Fixtures - Top Bar

Diamond Excited After The Takeover

SDiamond-Sale-1006

Steve Diamond is excited about the potential of the club, following the club’s takeover by Simon Orange, and CorpAcq Ltd.

Yesterday, it was announced that the Manchester-based company has taken over control of the club from Brian Kennedy, and whilst its  the end of an era, its also the start of an exciting new one.
 
Diamond said: "It’s a great day for the club. It’s an end of era with Brian and Ian, but they’ve taken a different direction in their lives with Brian mainly based in America, and the enthusiasm of CorpAcq and Simon Orange is fantastic.
 
"I just think the trajectory that we’ve been on for the last four/five years is that it has got a really good foundation in place – we have a really good academy, some great players, we’ve strengthened the team this spring with top players, as well as some unknowns.
 
"What Simon brings is a vast knowledge of commercial side of businesses. His team will be putting in place a new board of directors which will be announced over next few weeks with a very influential chairman, and it is fantastic for rugby in North West.
 
"We’re always under pressure – look at dreadful scenario London Irish found themselves after summer of expectation with new coaches and players, we won’t go off the beaten track – we’ll keep doing what we do well, which is bring players through the academy and first thing we’ll be looking at doing is avoiding relegation – there’s a one in twelve chance it could happen, especially with Bristol getting promoted.
 
"With AJ MacGinty joining us, who was picked as one of the players of Pro 12, he is a total unknown to Aviva Premiership, let’s see where we go with it. We’ve got a big set of forwards, and a young set of backs, great coaching fantastic facilities – what more could you want?"
 
Speaking about recruitment, he said: "We’ll probably look at getting a winger, Josh Charnley doesn’t join us until the autumn, but unless the right person is out there, then there’s a couple of kids in academy doing well – we aren’t just going to go out there and spend with the chequebook like other clubs do.
 
"We’ll work off 33 men, and 15 kids and that’s what works for us. If we get into the later stages of Champions Cup over the next few years, then we’ll look to increase the squad size."
 
He added: "My role isn’t going to change with the team – I’ll be setting out the way things go around here, with the mentality of the squad, and looking after the coaches. I’ll help out with the commercial side as I always do but CorpAcq will look at the commercial side of things, and strategies will be put in place and no doubt I’ll be in the forefront of those."
 

Latest News

More to come from Leicester Tigers, warns Dom Barrow

Leicester Tigers have recorded back-to-back bonus-point victories but lock Dom Barrow has issued a warning to the rest of Aviva…

dombarrow1111sb17

Jimmy Gopperth: Youthful experience can help Wasps thrive in key period

Wasps may have suffered a first Aviva Premiership Rugby loss since November last weekend but with a hungry, young squad…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Redcar and Keswick shine at Newcastle Falcons’ Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

Redcar Rugby Club U12s team captain Will Lund will be part of May’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham after…

lrpc_newcastlesb0816redcar

Old Patesians and Tewkesbury secure spots at Twickenham after Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

Wyatt Dundas and his Old Patesians RFC U12s team have secured a spot as part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby…

lrpc_gloucester_md_5976oldpats

Northampton Saints to receive investment from majority shareholders

Northampton Saints plc, the parent company of Northampton Saints, has today announced a significant cash injection into the Aviva Premiership…

Northampton Saints celebrate

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw and Kahn Fotuali’i

Francois Louw and Kahn Fotuali’i of Bath Rugby will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel in Bristol on Tuesday 21…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Worcester Warriors sign Jersey prop Simon Kerrod

Warriors have captured the signing of Jersey Reds tighthead prop Simon Kerrod. The 24-year-old, who is considered to be a…

Simon Kerrod

England Rugby squad update

28 players assembled at Pennyhill Park on Monday evening to train for Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at…

Mako Vunipola

New Technology and Strategy film launched as part of Rugby Change Series

Global technology company, Ricoh today launches the fourth film in their Rugby Change Series; which identifies and analyses the major…

Ricoh Technology and Strategy

James Short full of praise for Exeter Chiefs pack

Hat-trick hero James Short praised the contribution of the Exeter Chiefs pack as they brushed aside the attentions of Worcester…

James Short

Steve Gorvett to step down as Bristol Rugby CEO

Steve Gorvett has decided to step down as Chief-Executive at the end of the 2016/17 campaign. Mark Tainton has been…

Steve Gorvett

Gloucester Rugby statement on supporter behaviour at Saracens game

Gloucester Rugby today issued the following statement in relation to an incident following the Saracens game at Kingsholm on Friday…

Kingsholm

Premiership Rugby backs #LiftTheWeight campaign

Premiership Rugby is proud to support #LiftTheWeight a new campaign from The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) that aims to help…

PremRugbyBalls-WP

David Ewers eager to get back fit and firing for Exeter Chiefs

David Ewers may be tipped for an England call-up in the near future but the flanker believes holding down a starting…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Newcastle Falcons sign Josh and Joel Matavesi

Newcastle Falcons’ ambitious recruitment plans for the 2017-18 season have advanced with the news that Fijian international Josh Matavesi and…

Josh Matavesi