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New Zealand Rugby's End-Of-'17 Match Will Not Be Against England, CEO Says

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 20 / 16

New Zealand Rugby is in negotiations to "add a fourth match to next year's All Blacks' end-of-year-tour" -- but it will not be against England, according to Aaron Goile of STUFF. NZR CEO Steve Tew said that plans "were in motion to lock in another game on a schedule that currently reads: France, Sco...

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Sky TV Growing In Subscribers

The "convoluted changes to Super Rugby's structure have coincided with more Sky TV subscribers tuning into games," according to Richard Knowler of STUFF. Sky Dir of Sport Richard Last said that criticism of the "confusing methods" introduced by SANZAR for the expanded competition has not had a negat ...

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Netball Facing 'Shock Split'

Netball's transtasman league is "headed for a shock split with it looking increasingly likely this year's ANZ Championship will be the last of its kind," according to Dana Johannsen of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. New Zealand and Australian teams will "almost certainly compete in separate competitions ne ...

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Sky Gets Rights To America's Cup

Sky TV "hit back in a renewed broadcasting war with Television New Zealand by taking exclusive rights to the America's Cup off the state broadcaster," according to the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. TVNZ recently announced it secured exclusive rights to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in "what wa ...

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Hagley Oval Not Damaged By Quake

Structural engineers reported the Hagley Oval pavilion and Horncastle Arena have not been damaged "by the 5.7 magnitude aftershock that shook Christchurch on Sunday," according to Richard Knowler of STUFF. Engineers instructing Vbase, the Christchurch City Council-owned firm which manages Horncastle ...

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New Teams To Reinvigorate Super Rugby

The addition of three teams and a "re-jigged Super Rugby format have been met with a lukewarm response from most supporters" but new SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said that the Sunwolves, Southern Kings and Jaguares will help "re-invigorate the competition," according to Patrick McKendry of the NEW ZEALA ...

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Wellington Council Could Sponsor Rugby

A Wellington City councilor wants the council to sponsor Wellington rugby's 10 representative teams to the tune of NZ$250,000 ($162,270), "in a proposal that has sparked controversy," according to ONE NEWS. The Wellington Lions "have a solid fan base as the most watched ITM Rugby Cup team," and coun ...

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Match-Fixing Suspected At NZ Tournaments

Match-fixing "has been suspected in at least four matches played at New Zealand's premier tennis tournament over the past five years," according to Anderson & Cleaver of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. One match "played at the Heineken Open in 2011, one in 2012 and two in 2014 have caught the eye of tho ...

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Auckland Will Not Host Rugby League WC

Ateed CEO Brett O'Riley said that Auckland, New Zealand will not "get into a bidding war with Australia to host next year's Rugby League World Cup final," according to David Long of STUFF. Australian cities, most notably Sydney and Brisbane, "are keen on hosting the showpiece game from next year's R ...

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NZRU Ends 21-Year Sponsorship With Coke

The New Zealand Rugby Union has "ended a two-decade long commercial relationship with Coca-Cola by signing a deal with Pepsi," according to the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. The new five-year partnership "will see the All Blacks linked to Gatorade, rather than Coca-Cola owned Powerade, the rugby union said in ...

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Auckland Nines 'Not Affected'

Duco Events CEO Martin Snedden said that this year's National Rugby League Auckland Nines "will go ahead unchanged," according to Clay Wilson of STUFF. Snedden said that "the placement of Dick Smith stores into voluntary administration will have no impact on the upcoming NRL Auckland Nines." Three y ...

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