Rugby Union

LONDON PRIDE ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL BEER OF PREMIERSHIP RUGBY

Premiership Rugby can today announce a multi-year partnership with Fuller’s London Pride. The agreement will see Fuller’s London Pride become the Official Beer of Premiership Rugby, reinforcing the brand’s heritage with rugby; from supporting the game’s grassroots community clubs up to the elite level, and as an iconic ale enjoyed by fans and players alike for generations.  

Players union launched in women’s rugby for the first time

The Women’s Rugby Association, which is being launched today with World Cup Winner Nolli Waterman as CEO, is a new players’ union which will provide support and a collective voice for Premier 15s players.

The Allianz Premier 15s is at the forefront of domestic women’s rugby. The standard of rugby is accelerating to new levels, audiences are growing and there is unprecedented coverage in the media. During this period of significant growth, it is critical that players are supported and protected on and off the field and have a voice on the future of the game.

OP-ED: How the 2021 Lions Tour was a landmark for at-home fan engagement

While the absence of travelling and domestic fans was palpable during the 2021 British & Irish Lions Tour of South Africa, the touring party found a new way to galvanise support watching from home via the fully integrated Lions Media Portal. PT SportSuite’s Nick van Rensburg speaks about the ‘beauty’ of user-generated content.

Gallagher and Premiership Rugby renew partnership

Premiership Rugby and Gallagher have today announced a multi-year renewal of their existing partnership.

Gallagher has reaffirmed its commitment to the sport as the Official Title Partner to elite rugby’s most competitive league. The partnership extension builds on its first four years of a successful sponsorship that has delivered year-on-year increases in brand awareness and business value.

Rassie Erasmus banned for two months

South Africa's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has been banned from all rugby for two months after World Rugby found him guilty on six charges.

The South Africa director of rugby will also be forbidden to take part in any matchday activities, including coaching and media duties, until September 30, 2022.

The 49-year-old has been punished for an hour-long video criticising the refereeing in July's first-Test defeat by the British and Irish Lions.

World Rugby found the video contained "multiple abusive and insulting comments and attacks on the officials".

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