World Rugby has appointed Michel Poussau as Rugby World Cup 2023 General Manager.
Poussau is a former IMG Executive Director and joins World Rugby from IMG’s Tokyo office, where he supported the development and delivery of the commercial rights programme for Rugby World Cup 2019.
The RFU has published its annual accounting report, which shows the organisation made an operating profit of £14.9m in the 2018/19 season.
The news comes after the governing body for rugby in England posted an operating loss of £24.4m in the year prior.
The RFU also says it invested £100.5m in the professional and grassroots game, and after that reinvestment, 2018/19 profits stood at £3.9m. The previous year saw a post-investment loss of £30.9m.
Speaking at Sport Industry Private Dining Club, Monye urged the RFU to use the Rugby World Cup as a catalyst to reach new diversity heights.
Canterbury has extended its partnership with the British and Irish Lions, continuing as Official Apparel Partner for the 2021 tour of South Africa.
The deal will see the specialist rugby brand supply all of the invitational team’s on-field kit as well as training wear for the tour of South Africa, where many England and Wales players will be looking to gain revenge on the Springboks for defeats at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Private equity firm CVC has agreed a deal in principle to purchase a minority 27% stake in the Guinness PRO14, according to multiple reports.
The league, jointly owned by the Welsh, Scottish and Irish Rugby Unions, would see an investment of £120m as a result of the deal, which is yet to be formally ratified. Each of the unions would see a cash boost of around £35m, while Italian and South African rugby - who also have clubs competing in the league - would also benefit.
The agency will provide strategic advice and sales support to the Federations, as well as managing the commercial delivery and partnership programme.
Gilbert and technology company Sportable have launched the world’s first ‘smart rugby ball’, which was debuted at the inaugural RugbyX tournament.
The technology captured data from the event in real-time, including fastest ball carriers, the longest and fastest passes as well as spin rate and hang-time. Throughout the tournament, the ball-tracking technology was also used to enforce RugbyX’s 10m kick height restriction without interruption by instantly alerting the referee.
Saracens have said they will appeal against ‘heavy-handed’ sanctions meted out by Premiership Rugby over breaches of the league’s salary cap.
The Premiership champions say they are ‘shocked and disappointed’ at being docked 35 points - the maximum under league regulations - and fined over £5.3m for breaches of the salary cap over the last three seasons.
Rugby ball manufacturer Gilbert has published a glimpse behind the scenes of its Rugby Memories campaign, which ran throughout the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The tournament’s Official Ball Supplier has been a partner for the last seven tournaments, and has used this year’s competition in Japan to look back at the previous incarnations of the event in a nostalgic clip.
O2 has drummed up support for the England team and its players ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final with one last push of its Be Their Armour campaign.
Eddie Jones's side will face South Africa in a repeat of the 2007 final, and O2 has taken the recognisable Samurai character from its Rugby World Cup ad to the streets of London in order to build up to the match.
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