Rugby Union News Articles

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Scotland has withdrawn from the race to co-host the 2015 Rugby World Cup - meaning there will be no joint bid from the home nations.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Australia has withdrawn its bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2015 with the Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill citing Europe as the logical destination for the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

Russia opts for Sevens over RWC bid - 16 Feb 2009

Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has confirmed that the Rugby Union of Russia has dropped out of battle to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019 switching its attention to bidding for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 tournament. read more

BA and M&S strike Lions sponsorship deals - 10 Feb 2009

The British & Irish Lions rugby union team have struck sponsorship deals with British Airways and Marks & Spencer for the upcoming tour of South Africa, further adding to their portfolio of commercial partners. read more

MasterCard signs up as Rugby World Cup sponsor - 09 Feb 2009

MasterCard has signed a major multi-million pound sponsorship deal to become a worldwide partner of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011, replacing previous credit card sponsor VISA. read more

Harlequins Cup clash stays at The Stoop - 05 Feb 2009

Despite the lure of added revenues, rugby union club Harlequins have confirmed that they will not moving their Heineken Cup quarter-final clash against Leinster to Twickenham. read more

England rugby to play at Old Trafford - 04 Feb 2009

The Rugby Football Union has announced that it is to veer away from tradition by taking an England international match against Argentina to Manchester's Old Trafford Stadium later this year. read more

WRU to bid for 2010 Heineken Cup Final - 03 Feb 2009

The Welsh Rugby Union is bidding to bring next season’s Heineken Cup Final to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. read more

Magners pulls out as Wasps’ sponsor - 02 Feb 2009

After four years, cider brand Magners is reportedly ending its partnership with Rugby Union club London Wasps. read more

RFU opposes Premiership extension plans - 30 Jan 2009

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced its strong opposition to proposals put forward by Premier Rugby to extend the Guinness Premiership by a further six rounds of matches. read more

New test confirms clean Rugby World Cup - 28 Jan 2009

The International Rugby Board has announced that blood samples taken at the Rugby World Cup 2007 have all come out negative for Human Growth Hormone (hGH). read more

Powerade unveils InnerGear rugby ads - 26 Jan 2009

Sports drink brand Powerade is launching a new advertising campaign using its ‘InnerGear’ strapline to support its sponsorship of the England and Wales rugby teams. read more

RBS renews £20m Six Nations sponsorship - 21 Jan 2009

The financially-troubled Royal Bank of Scotland has confirmed that it has renewed its sponsorship of rugby union’s Six Nations Championship for a further four years in a rumoured £20m deal, despite the bank registering reported record losses of up to £28bn. read more

Wolf Blass renews England rugby tie-up - 20 Jan 2009

Australian wine brand Wolf Blass has renewed its sponsorship deal with the Rugby Football Union ahead of this year’s Six Nations tournament. read more

RFU concerned about added club fixtures - 16 Jan 2009

The Rugby Football Union has stated its concern about the proposal to increase the number of domestic club fixtures after Premier Rugby agreed that salaries would be capped at £4m and games would be added to allow for more income. read more

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