The Rugby Football League caused a stir by offering the defunct Bulls the chance to stay in the second tier of the professional game under new ownership rather than starting at the bottom of the pyramid, as the Wolfpack are doing in League 1.The Canadian newcomers are gearing up for the start of the season in March, using training facilities in West Yorkshire, but Rowley says they would be keen to start in the Championship if the opportunity arose.”We weren’t sounded out and nor were any of the Cumbrian clubs,” Rowley told Press Association Sport.”We fully supported starting at the bottom, I think that’s right.”But, if you are asking me if we would take the opportunity, absolutely yes, we would go now. I know that Barrow would do the same, I’m not too sure about the other two, Whitehaven and Workington, although I’d be surprised if they refused it.”The whole situation is confusing and not consistent with messages that have been given out previously when other clubs have been in similar situations. It creates unrest and debate.”The one thing we all agree on is that we all want Bradford strong and safe but we do with Sheffield and York and other clubs as well so it’s no different. The rules need to be laid down early and then nobody can complain.”Who knows but if someone asks us the question, then we’re ready. But really the option, if it’s going to anyone, should go to the Cumbrian clubs – two got relegated and one missed out on promotion.”That’s what I believe but, if someone wants to give it to us, we’ll take it.”Toronto have signed former Salford prop forward Adam Sidlow from Bradford to take their number of full-time players to 22, not including three trialists who came from the club’s scouting mission in Jamaica and North America.”It’s not enough for the rigours of the season,” admitted Rowley. “We’re thin in some areas.”But we’ve set ourselves a budget and we want to stick within that. We’re pretty much done but we’ll keep looking.”Wolfpack will play the second of two opposed training sessions with Halifax on Saturday and one against Huddersfield next week before playing friendlies against Hull and Wigan.
Source = CINZ 40th CINZ Conference heading to HamiltonThe Hamilton Waikato region is on show in October when the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) 40th annual conference comes to town.CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says the 40th conference promises a jam-packed programme of education and networking. The theme is the Art of Collaboration and includes presentations from several international speakers.“As an industry we need to understand what is happening overseas, and learn how we can continue to grow. Workshops from our keynote speakers will provide CINZ members with the opportunity to dive deeply into relevant topics, and take real learnings back to their businesses,” she says.Claudelands is the host venue for the conference on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 October, with social functions planned for some of the region’s key attractions.Delegates can select from a range of workshop options for practical educational sessions on a series of trending topics. They include everything from the latest on international competitive advantage, to crisis management and social media engagement.Keynote speaker Gary Grimmer, CEO of international consultancy Gaining Edge will be discussing how New Zealand can deliver competitive advantage in the convention space. He will be focusing on the key trends and challenges emerging in the Asian market, and how New Zealand can respond.Issue and crisis management specialist, Dr Tony Jaques will run a participative workshop on how to create a crisis management plan.Closer to home, delegates will have the chance to hear from the driving force behind the New Zealand Story, Rebecca Smith. She will focus on the competitive advantage gained by sharing a strong, consistent story about what New Zealand has to offer beyond its natural beauty.The conference will include key industry updates from Hamilton City Council, Tourism New Zealand, CINZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).Sue Sullivan says the social programme is always a highlight of the CINZ conference.“This year promises to be very special for our 40th CINZ conference, with a Lord of the Rings themed gala dinner at Hobbiton Movie Set on 13 October.”The conference starts with a welcome cocktail event at the Zealong Tea Estate, a chance to check out their new conference facility. A casual evening at Novotel Tainui follows day one.The 40th CINZ Annual General Meeting and CINZ board member voting will also take place at Claudelands on Thursday 13 October.Click here for the full conference programme and register here.About Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ)CINZ www.conventionsnz.co.nz is the official, membership based association of New Zealand’s conference and business travel industry with more than 380 members across a broad range of sectors.CINZ takes a leadership role in increasing meetings, incentives, conference and events business for the benefit of its members, principal stakeholders and the New Zealand economy.CINZ works to actively promote the sector, providing advocacy with central government, and offering assistance, information, professional development and real business opportunities to its members.CINZ manages New Zealand’s only national annual trade show MEETINGS.Multi-day convention/conference delegates spent an estimated $472 million in the New Zealand economy during 2015 (MBIE CDS Dec 2015).Domestic delegates accounted for $246 million (52 per cent of the total amount),Local delegates spent $96 million (20 per cent) inside their regionsInternational visitors spent a total of $130 million (28 per cent). Of the international spend;$77 million was generated from Australian visitors$53 million from other international visitors.