Entries by Dave Williams

Stade Francais About To Go Wild?

Paris Top 14 club, Stade Francais is about to be sold to the German Capri-Sun owner, Hans-Peter Wild. Current club president, Thomas Savare is reported to have opted for Wild’s proposal over that of the former players Thomas Lombard, Christophe Dominici and Mathieu Blin (among others). Born in Germany but resident in Switzerland, Wild (75) […]

Nigel Davies Named New Merthyr Chief Executive

Former Scarlets, Wales and Gloucester coach, Nigel Davies has been confirmed as new chief executive of Welsh Premiership champions Merthyr RFC. Davies will be focusing on the commercial side of the club with Dale McIntosh moving to head coach and Lee Jarvis becoming backs coach. He will be taking on a new role after two […]

Cardiff Blues Pull-Out Of WRU Takeover

Cardiff Blues have pulled out of talks with the WRU about handing over the management of the region to the governing body. In an open letter to fans, chief executive Richard Holland explained that they would no longer be pursuing that option, be it temporary or permanent. His letter said: “I am writing on behalf […]

RPA Reject Extension Of Playing Season

The RPA, representing professional rugby union players in England, has rejected proposals by Premiership Rugby to extend the domestic playing season in 2020 and beyond as a response to the adjustments to a new global schedule due to be implemented. World Rugby agreed to move the summer international games window from June to July after […]

Newport RFC EGM Votes For WRU Take Over

Newport Gwent Dragons will be taken over by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) following Tuesday night’s historic Newport RFC shareholder vote. The nine-acre Rodney Parade site is included in the £3,750,000 (€4.4m) deal with the WRU set to assume operational control on the 1st of July. The vote, recorded at an EGM at Rodney Parade, […]

5-Year Eligibility Rule For Rugby Union From 2021

The World Rugby Council has approved reforms to eligibility rules extending the 3-year residency qualification for a player to qualify to play for his or her country of residence to five years. The ruling was passed unanimously and will take effect from 31st December 2020. The reformed Regulation 8 ensures that a player has a […]

MLR Forms A New Plan For Pro Rugby In The US

Professional rugby union in the United States will rise again in 2018 in the form of Major League Rugby (MLR) which claimed in a press release late last week that it will become the premier rugby competition in the United States. Formed and owned mostly by a group of pre-existing domestic clubs the inaugural league […]

Wasps’ Armstrong Steps Down

Wasps Group CEO, David Armstrong will be stepping down in June, at the conclusion of the rugby, netball and concert seasons. Deputy chairman, Nick Eastwood will take on the role. Armstrong will remain on the board of Wasps as a non-executive director. Derek Richardson, Wasps’ chairman, commented: “David’s impact on Wasps has been huge, from […]

Hassanein To Become CEO Of International Players’ Union

Rugby Players Ireland (formerly IRUPA) confirmed that CEO, Omar Hassanein is to leave the organisation to take up a position as CEO of the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA). Omar was appointed in April 2011 serving six years as CEO. Hassanein’s appointment to the International Association comes after a period of growth for Rugby Players […]

McCafferty Looks At Pros And Cons Of New Global Season

Premiership Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty has discussed the impact and opportunities presented by the new global season at a launch event this week including the shortening of the Lions tour period, a northern hemisphere against southern hemisphere club tournament in June, South African clubs joining the Anglo-Welsh Cup and at the same time protecting […]