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World Rugby clarifies Nations League plans

World Rugby has released a statement in an effort to clarify the organisation’s position on the merits and structure of the proposed new Nations League.

It follows criticism of proposals for the new annual global competition from a number of stakeholder groups within the game.

Opposition was led by the International Rugby Players (IRP) council, which issued a statement as the news broke last week, expressing concern over the impact of the changes on player welfare.

Formula E set for London return

Formula E has confirmed its global series will return to London in 2020 with a new venue around the Royal Docks and ExCeL.

The electric racing series last appeared in the capital in 2016, when the London ePrix took place for a second successive year in Battersea Park.

The stage was subsequently discontinued amid opposition from the local community to the disruption caused to the site.  

Royal Windsor becomes UK's richest horse show

The CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show has announced it's to offer a record-breaking prize fund for its 2019 edition, becoming the UK’s richest equestrian show.

History will be made at the country’s largest horse show this year following news that the Grand Prix prize fund has been increased from €300,000 to a €500,000.

The prize boost brings the total cash prize on offer at the show to €875,000.

The Bosch eMTB Challenge comes to the UK

The Bosch eMTB Challenge supported by Trek has announced it is to expand into the UK for the first time.

For its third season, the Bosch eBike Systems challenge series is touring six European countries, including an inaugural Scottish event in June, hosted at the TweedLove Transcend Bike Festival just 29 miles south of Edinburgh. 

The challenge is aimed at eMountain bikers from different age and performance classes.

British Airways unveils Twickenham fanzone

British Airways unveiled an experiential two-tier fanzone at Twickenham ahead of England’s convincing Guinness Six Nations victory over France.

Whilst triple try scorer Jonny May provided the entertainment on the pitch, away from the field, fans attending Sunday’s fixture were treated to the British Airways fanzone activation, designed, produced and managed by CSM Live.

Both a Principal Partner to Twickenham Stadium and the Official Airline Partner to England Rugby, British Airways will this year celebrate its 100th anniversary.

RLWC2021 confirms host venues

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 has announced the 21 chosen host venues for the tournament taking place in England in two years’ time.

The RLWC2021 will see the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments played concurrently for the first time.

In a UK first, Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium will host the men’s and women’s finals in a double-header on 27 November 2021.

Saracens in netball joint venture

Saracens Rugby Club has acquired a 50% stake in Vitality Netball Superleague team benecosMavericks in what it describes as a “mutually beneficial partnership” that will help fuel the next phase of growth for both organisations.

As part of the move, two-time Vitality Superleage winners Mavericks will be renamed the Saracens Mavericks.

New Thursday night racing league to launch in 2019

A new racing league is to launch in 2019, which will see “high profile” teams compete for points and millions of pounds in prize money over eight consecutive Thursday evenings.

‘The Series’ is described as a “first of its kind” event, promising a “totally new approach” to fan engagement in the sport.

Teams representing global brands will compete over 48 flat races for points towards a £5m overall winners’ prize, with up to £100,000 on offer for individual races.

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