Rugby Union News Articles

RFU revamps fixtures to help Fiji - 18 Jun 2009

The Rugby Football Union has cancelled England’s scheduled November international against Fiji and replaced it with a Test against Australia in a move designed to help the cash-strapped second-tier rugby nation. read more

Sevens to swap World Cup for Olympics - 27 May 2009

The International Rugby Board has stated that it will scrap the Rugby Sevens World Cup should the format gain entry to the Olympics in 2016. read more

RFU launches £1 ticket scheme - 27 May 2009

In an effort to boost its domestic fan base, the RFU is selling about 5,000 tickets to children under the age of 16 for just £1 for the England v Argentina match at Old Trafford on Saturday, 6th June. read more

Land Rover signs last minute Lions deal - 22 May 2009

Land Rover has signed a last minute deal to sponsor the British & Irish Lions as the team gears up for its three Test series against South Africa. read more

Paris to host 2010 Heineken Cup Final - 19 May 2009

The Stade de France stadium in Paris has been chosen to host the Heineken Cup final in 2010, European rugby’s flagship event. read more

Diageo renews Guinness Premiership deal - 18 May 2009

Premier Rugby has renewed its association with brewers Diageo to continue its highly successful title sponsorship of the Guinness Premiership for a further year. read more

Pitch to help England 2018 World Cup - 15 May 2009

PR agency Pitch has been hired on a project basis to help launch England’s 2018 World Cup bid at Wembley, which includes offering support for the initial stage of the campaign. read more

RFU unveils 2015 Rugby World Cup bid details - 13 May 2009

The Rugby Football Union has unveiled the details of its bid to host the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015 including using football grounds such as The Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford and Anfield to stage games. read more

IRB confirms record bids for RWC - 11 May 2009

Following the 8 May deadline to submit bids for the Rugby World Cup 2015 or 2019, the International Rugby Board has confirmed that receiving four Unions officially submitting applications – England, Italy, Japan, and South Africa – resulted in a record for tournament bid response. read more

Japan officially bids for RWC - 08 May 2009

Japan has officially submitted a bid to host the 2015 or 2019 Rugby World Cup just in time for the deadline, joining England, South Africa and Italy as nations vying for the winning spot to be announced in July. read more

Home nations launch new semi-pro Cup - 07 May 2009

The respective rugby union governing bodies of the home nations have unveiled a new 24-team semi-professional club rugby tournament to be launched next season. read more

RFU confirms England 2015 RWC bid - 06 May 2009

The RFU has officially confirmed that England will bid to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup despite the £80m guarantee demanded of a host nation by tournament organisers the International Rugby Board. read more

Finances cloud England RWC 2015 bid - 01 May 2009

England’s bid to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup is in the balance with the RFU hesitating at the £80m financial guarantee demanded by the International Rugby Board to host the tournament. read more

Scotland pulls out of RWC 2015 race - 30 Apr 2009

Scotland has withdrawn from the race to co-host the 2015 Rugby World Cup - meaning there will be no joint bid from the home nations. read more

Guinness Premiership attendances rise by 10% - 28 Apr 2009

Premier Rugby has announced that regular season crowd attendances in the Guinness Premiership rugby union top-flight for the 2008/9 season have risen by 10% year-on-year. read more

Bath Rugby signs new shirt sponsor - 24 Apr 2009

Guinness Premiership rugby club Bath has signed a new main sponsor for next season after agreeing an initial one-year deal with IT services company IPL. read more

Australia pulls bid to host RWC 2015 - 21 Apr 2009

Australia has withdrawn its bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2015 with the Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill citing Europe as the logical destination for the tournament. read more

Cipriani to be new face of Eden Park - 16 Apr 2009

Wasps and England fly-half Danny Cipriani has signed a deal to become the face of Eden Park, the rugby inspired fashion label set up by five former French international players. read more

EDF renews European rugby tie-up - 14 Apr 2009

EDF, the global energy supplier, has extended its sponsorship of European club rugby's two leading tournaments, the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup. read more

French rugby to limit overseas player imports - 03 Apr 2009

English rugby stars looking for lucrative transfers to the French league are to have their options reduced after the latter implemented a limit on the number of overseas players plying their trade domestically in their top-flight clubs. read more

Trafigura completes Lions sponsors - 31 Mar 2009

Oil, metals and minerals commodities trader Trafigura has filled the fourth and final sponsorship slot for the British & Irish Lions rugby union tour of South Africa this summer. read more

Puma strikes Irish rugby kit deal - 31 Mar 2009

Puma has signed a sponsorship deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union to become the official kit and replica merchandise licensee of Irish rugby. read more

Celtic Rugby looks to add Italian teams - 27 Mar 2009

The Celtic Rugby Board has announced that it is considering moving two Italian teams into the Magners league, and has advised the Italian Rugby Federation that it could be done in time for the start of the 2010-11 season. read more

Magners extends Celtic Rugby deal - 25 Mar 2009

Magners Irish Cider has extended its sponsorship of the Magners League for a further two years, which will see the brand continue as title sponsor of the competition until at least May 2011. read more

Players' union angry over RFU letter - 19 Mar 2009

Representative body the Professional Rugby Players’ Association has reacted angrily to a letter sent out by the Rugby Football Union to England players warning them against moving abroad to play for non-English clubs. read more

Heineken to be top partner for RWC 2011 - 18 Mar 2009

For the fourth time, Heineken will be the worldwide partner and the official beer of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand. read more

bmi replaces BA as England airline - 11 Mar 2009

The Rugby Football Union has struck a deal for bmi to become the official airline of the England rugby team, taking the contract over from long-standing sponsor British Airways. read more

Anglo-Welsh Cup set for revamp - 05 Mar 2009

Premier Rugby, the representative body for the top-flight English clubs, is turning to a wholesale revamp of the Anglo-Welsh Cup next season as a means of combating the economic downturn following the RFU's refusal to sanction the proposal for an extra six league matches. read more

ERC appoints marketing firm Essentially - 04 Mar 2009

European club rugby tournament organiser ERC has appointed Essentially Group Limited to market and sell partnerships for Europe’s biggest club rugby competitions: the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup. read more

RFU gets tough on player exodus - 26 Feb 2009

In the wake of a growing player exodus over the Channel, the RFU Management Board has announced that England players’ club contracts in France must include the provisions detailed in the Elite Players’ Squad deal brokered with Guinness Premiership clubs. read more

RFU concerned over player moves - 20 Feb 2009

The Rugby Football Union has admitted its growing concern of the effect on the Guinness Premiership and the England team in the wake of the exodus of leading players transferring to French club rugby. read more

England to bid solo for 2015 Rugby World Cup - 19 Feb 2009

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed that it will be bidding to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup alone, ruling out any joint proposals with any of the other home nation unions although the bid may include plans for some matches to be staged in those countries. read more

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