Entries by Dave Williams

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 […]

Darbon Is New Chief Exec At Northampton

Mark Darbon is to be the new chief executive of Northampton Saints. Darbon arrives at Franklin’s Gardens in late July with experience from a career spent working for some of the world’s biggest sporting brands, including as a senior figure in the delivering of the London 2012 Olympics. After over five years with Diageo as […]

Altrad Withdraws From Gloucester Bid

Mohed Altrad has withdrawn his latest offer to purchase Gloucester Rugby after the PRL rejected his proposals. The Montpelier president had initially proposed the purchase of a 55% stake, which he scaled down after fears of conflict of interest threatened to obstruct his bid. At a PRL board meeting on 11 April, the decision was […]

Super 18 Reverts To 15

Super Rugby will revert to a 15-team format from next season, with three current sides set to be cut: two from South Africa and one from Australia. Governing body Sanzaar has confirmed that it is the national governing bodies of the two countries involved who will decide which sides are to be cut. It is […]

Bath Report Increased Income Of £16.9m For 2015-16

Bath Rugby has reported increased turnover and a reduction in net loss for the 2015/16 financial year, as the club moves closer to its goal of becoming self-sustainable. The results for the year ending 30th June 2016 show a 15% growth in turnover to £16.9m (2015: £14.6m), and a 33% reduction in net loss for […]

NZ Super Agent – Warren Alcock

“Some people might not find it very enjoyable knowing that every day they were going to work to have an argument over money. Basically, that’s what I’m doing every day.” There’s an interesting feature on NZ super-agent, Warren Alcock in the New Zealand Herald. A sports lawyer who started representing players and coaches in 1995, […]

French rugby players call for independent doctors

South African sports website, Sport 24 has reported that France’s professional rugby players have demanded independent doctors be employed to “cut the cord” with their clubs amid fears their health and careers are being put at risk.In a sport where revenues are booming, players are worried they are risking serious long-term injury with club doctors […]