Rugby Union News Articles

New management duo for Cipriani - 21 Nov 2008

England and Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani is believed to have officially parted ways with his current representative agency The Stellar Group in favour of being jointly managed by PR chief Stuart Higgins and Harbottle and Lewis lawyer Gerrard Tyrrell. read more

RFU finances record £1.5m profit - 20 Nov 2008

The RFU has unveiled its latest annual financial results recording a £1.5m profit after tax for the year – the first time the governing body has done so in a Rugby World Cup year. read more

Bristol Rugby needs £2.5m cash boost - 20 Nov 2008

Guinness Premiership team Bristol needs £2.5m in additional funding if it is to maintain its top flight status according to the rugby club’s chief executive. read more

RFU approves new 12-team division - 17 Nov 2008

Among other changes to be made for next season, The RFU Council has approved the creation of a 12-team Championship division. read more

WRU refuses Canada slice of ticket sales - 14 Nov 2008

The Welsh Rugby Union has reportedly turned down Canada’s request for a percentage of tickets sold during their friendly at Millennium Stadium. read more

RFU to restructure brand - 14 Nov 2008

Rugby Football Union has hired consultancy Whitestone to restructure the governing body’s brand. read more

Traditional Rugby Tour could return - 12 Nov 2008

A meeting of representatives from the 10 Tier 1 Unions hosted by the International Rugby Board at Heathrow agreed to investigate a return to traditional tours as a potential way to solve the problematic June Test match window. read more

Sky Sports strikes new rugby deal - 03 Nov 2008

Sky Sports has signed a new five-year TV rights deal with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) covering all England international matches played at home or overseas outside of the RBS 6 Nations and the Rugby World Cup. read more

England could pull out of 2015 RWC bid - 31 Oct 2008

England may withdraw from the bidding for the 2015 Rugby World Cup because of the ‘massive financial risks’ associated with hosting the tournament according to RFU chief executive Francis Baron. read more

Capacity cut at Headingley Carnegie - 29 Oct 2008

Headingley Carnegie Stadium, which hosts Leeds’ rugby union and rugby league clubs, will have its capacity cut to 20,500 for the next two years. read more

Canterbury of NZ opens UK store - 28 Oct 2008

Sportswear brand Canterbury of New Zealand is opening its first European retail store in London this week as it looks to enter the UK market. read more

National League One to go professional - 27 Oct 2008

The Rugby Football Union has revealed proposals showing how National League One could work as a professional division, supporting the Guinness Premiership. read more

Sale Sharks sign up new sponsor - 27 Oct 2008

Guinness Premiership side Sale Sharks have signed a one-year sponsorship deal with insurance specialists Mike India 5. read more

Scrum.com rebrands under ESPN name - 23 Oct 2008

Rugby website Scrum.com is relaunching under the new name of ESPNscrum.com bringing the brand in line with that of its parent company, ESPN. read more

Rugby World Cup earns £2.1bn for host nation - 23 Oct 2008

An independent report has found that the Rugby World Cup is one of the most economically beneficial sports event in the world, bringing in a potential £2.1bn for the host nation. read more

New body to mediate Welsh rugby row - 21 Oct 2008

The ongoing debate between the Welsh clubs and the Welsh Rugby Union over player availability issues has escalated with the former setting up a new representative body. read more

Scottish forward fails drug test - 21 Oct 2008

Scottish rugby has been hit by a doping scandal after international Scott MacLeod failed a drugs test that revealed his sample contained a high level of testosterone. read more

Welsh teams consider WRU compromise - 17 Oct 2008

Welsh rugby’s regional team franchises are reviewing a compromise deal from the Welsh Rugby Union regarding the release of players for the autumn Test series. read more

Wasps switch Cup tie to Twickenham - 16 Oct 2008

Wasps have moved their Heineken Cup rugby match against Leinster to Twickenham to attract bigger crowds in the wake of the rise of fly-half Danny Cipriani’s celebrity status. read more

EDF Energy Cup set for overhaul - 03 Oct 2008

Rugby union’s EDF Energy Cup is set for a major revamp next season, including a move in the annual scheduling and the addition of a second-tier tournament. read more

Home nations set for joint RWC bids - 02 Oct 2008

With all four confirming an interest, the home nations are now weighing up their options with regards to joint bids to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup. read more

Record number of bids for Rugby World Cup - 01 Oct 2008

The International Rugby Board has confirmed that it has received a record number of bids from nations confirming their intention to host either the 2015 or 2019 Rugby World Cup. read more

Emirates signs up as first RWC 2011 sponsor - 26 Sep 2008

The Rugby World Cup 2011 has signed up its first worldwide partner in the form of Emirates Airline which becomes the official airline for the tournament to be staged in New Zealand. read more

IRB to mediate Scottish rugby row - 24 Sep 2008

The International Rugby Board is to intervene in a dispute between Scottish Rugby and the Guinness Premiership over player availability. read more

England to host Women's RWC in 2010 - 24 Sep 2008

England has been named as the host nation for the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup. read more

Greene King backs rugby radio coverage - 24 Sep 2008

Beer brand Greene King IPA has extended its association with rugby union by signing a deal to sponsor radio station talkSPORT’s coverage of the sport for the upcoming season. read more

Murrayfield adds £100m to economy - 15 Sep 2008

Scottish Rugby contributed more than £100m to the economy according to a new study due to its exploitation of the Murrayfield Stadium. read more

Llanelli rebrands as the Scarlets - 12 Sep 2008

Welsh rugby union club Llanelli Scarlets have undergone a major rebrand and will now on be known only as the Scarlets. read more

WRU to set up new club franchise - 09 Sep 2008

The Welsh Rugby Union has announced plans to set up a new regional team in north Wales as it looks to increase the number of competitive club franchises in the country. read more

Gloucester boss denies sale rumours - 05 Sep 2008

Gloucester Rugby chairman Tom Walkinshaw has denied reports that he is on the verge of selling the club to a Far Eastern investment firm. read more

Saudi firm backs London Scottish - 04 Sep 2008

Middle Eastern investment company Saudex Global has signed a sponsorship deal with London Scottish thought to be the largest such contract outside of rugby union’s top-flight. read more

RWC starts hunt for telecoms partner - 02 Sep 2008

The tender process for the IT and telecoms rights contract for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011 has been opened. read more

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