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Governance reform amidst a pandemic: the unenviable task facing World Rugby’s re-elected chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont

May 19, 2020

Sir Bill Beaumont has won the race to be re-elected World Rugby’s chairman for another four years. The former England and Lions captain saw off a spirited challenge from his vice-chairman, Agustín Pichot, who had vowed to shake up rugby union in order to capitalise on its growing international appeal following the success of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

COVID-19: frustrating a sporting nation

April 14, 2020

Sport around the world has become collateral damage of another world health crisis. In Australia, as an exponential number of people are forced into self-isolation by the emerging and potentially deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), the enjoyment they experience from sport is compromised at a time when many normally would seek refuge in watching their favourite team.

Does competition law still have a role to play in sport? The failed challenge by Saracens

February 21, 2020

In November last year, the English professional rugby club, Saracens, was heavily sanctioned by a league disciplinary panel for breaches of the salary cap rules.

Saracens overstep the line – what happens next?

December 20, 2019

Posted in Rugby
As England were boarding the plane home from Japan days after a World Cup final defeat by South Africa, a significant story was surfacing back in England.

Trade secrets: the price paid for a mid-season trade period

September 25, 2019

As the 2019 Australian Football League (AFL) season draws to a close, the post-Grand Final debate looks set to be dominated by the issue of whether a mid-season trade period should be introduced.

Head Injury Assessment protocol

May 01, 2019

Rugby is a confrontational and physical sport. Its nature requires both players and teams to put aside the very real prospect of finishing the game pretty sore and even a bit beaten up.

Steinhoff, the cost to South African rugby?

March 12, 2019

Posted in Rugby
The Steinhoff Saga, possibly the biggest case of corporate fraud in South African history, has dominated South African and global news headlines since the company’s share price collapsed on 5 December 2017, when its CEO, Markus Jooste, resigned and the company admitted to accounting irregularities.

TV Rights and the economics of sports in South Africa: proposed broadcasting laws sets a cat amongst the pigeons

January 29, 2019

In South Africa, as in all other countries around the world, the relationship between sporting organisations and broadcasters who pay huge sums of money for the right to broadcast live sporting events generally ensures that those sporting organisations are able to survive financially and at the same time ensuring that the general public are able to watch their favourite sports events on TV.