Entries by Mark Tilley

New Zealand Rugby Wary Of Losing Players To Europe

New Zealand Rugby Players Association boss Rob Nichol believes that his country should be wary of the risk of losing so many players to rich oversees clubs. A host of New Zealand qualified and international All Blacks will be leaving to play for clubs in Europe after the Rugby World Cup, with Colin Slade the […]

French Top 14 Suffers Record Deficit

France’s Top 14, the world’s richest rugby union league, suffered a record deficit of €24.2 million last season as player salaries increased, according to the annual report from the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). Agence France-Presse’s report on the deficit says that the Top 14 accounted for the bulk of the €33.8 million loss for […]

Players Need To Stay Sharp To Protect Reputations

Whilst stories about our sportsmen and women have in the past been confined to the back pages of the newspapers, it is becoming increasingly common to find their off-the-field exploits on the front pages and sometimes their reputations can be left in tatters. To date this has been a rare occurrence in rugby (with a […]

Irish Star’s Father Plays Big Role In Son’s Career

Connacht and Ireland star Robbie Henshaw has hit the headlines over the last month after a series of excellent performances during Ireland‘s Six Nations campaign but one of the men partly responsible for his rise is both his agent and his father. Henshaw is represented by his father Tony and the father/son-agent/player relationship is nothing […]

Esportif Completes Big Red Management Merger

Esportif International has completed a merger with Big Red Management to form a global rugby agency which represents more current Six Nations players than any other. Big Red Management were shortlisted for a BT Sport Industry Award for their management of England international Danny Care and the merger will see Mark Spoors, the managing director […]