Choose Rugby


Choose a club. Choose a team. Choose a family. Choose a f*cking big prop; choose jumpers, tactics, big mean forwards and lightning fast backs. Choose good health, low blows, and dental insurance. Choose fixed stares and intimidating hakas. Choose a starting line-up. Choose a top-end scrum machine on hire purchase in a range of f*cking colours. Choose ICU and wondering where the f*ck you've woken up on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that icecold bench watching mind-numbing, spirit-enriching live matches, stuffing f*
ucking cold pies into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of the night, pishing your last in a miserable outhouse, nothing less than a legend to the selfish, f*cked-up brats you trained to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose Rugby.


Escolha Rugby. Escolha um clube. Escolha um time. Escolha uma familia. Escolha um prop do c*ralho; escolha segunda-linhas, táticas, grandes e crueis forwards, e rápidos backs. Escolha uma boa saúde, golpes baixos, e o plano dental. Escolha olhares fixos e hakas intimidantes.
Escolha um ponto de partida line-up. Escolha seus amigos. Escolha agasalho e kitbags combinando. Escolha uma máquina potente de scrum comprada ou de alugada em uma gama de cores do c*ralho. Escolha UTI e se perguntando onde diabos você acordou numa manhã de domingo. Escolha sentar naquele banco assistindo entorpecido mentalmente, com espírito enriquecedor aos jogos ao vivo, estufando de tortas frias do c*ralho em sua boca. Escolha apodrecer no final da noite, xingando seu passado em uma casinha miserável, nada mais do que uma lenda para os egoístas, pirralhos f*dido você treinou para substitui-lo. Escolha o seu futuro. Escolha Rugby.

Friday, 24 December 2010

IRB revenues down 12% on projections

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced record investment levels in the worldwide development of rugby union despite gross revenues falling approximately 12 per cent on expected figures, according to the body's 2009 annual report. 

The impact of the economic climate most keenly felt in the sponsorship sector, the IRB said, however it continued its commitment to global distribution of development funding during 2009 via the £48 million Global Strategic Investment Programme.
The IRB’s Group financial results showed a net loss of £40 million in 2009, however the IRB said this was broadly anticipated as the majority of revenues for the Rugby World Cup are ordinarily received in the latter half of the four-year cycle.
"These are exciting times for Rugby around the world and despite a difficult global economic climate and a reduction in operational costs, the IRB remains committed to the development of the Game worldwide," said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"Such levels of investment are made possible owing to the commercial success of Rugby World Cup, which is firmly established as one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Record reserves from the 2007 tournament in France will continue to underpin the delivery of key tournament, development and high performance programmes around the world within the four-year RWC cycle, all aimed at raising playing standards."
A cost reduction programme saw a reduction in operating costs of 5 per cent, and further 5 per cent in-line reductions are projected for its 2010 and 2011 budgets. 


Date : 04/06/2010  (Friday)

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