Rugby Football League (RFL) and Super League has committed their support to Rugby Expo in the form of senior management attendance from the RFL and a number of clubs as well as attendance at the Rugby Expo Awards and contributions to the conference schedule.
The partnership is great news for Rugby Expo as it looks to bring the key stakeholders from the governing bodies, leagues and clubs from both codes together for two days of debate, discussion and networking at the event which is now known as the meeting place for the business of club rugby.
The announcement of the new partnership follows recent announcements that have seen both Premiership Rugby and PRO12 confirm full club attendance and a series of meetings which will take place at this year’s Rugby Expo. The addition of the RFL and Super League clubs further highlights the commitment of both codes, with full club attendance from both leagues ensuring the largest ever club attendance at Rugby Expo since the event moved to Twickenham in 2010.
Commenting on the new agreement, John Hockey, chairman of Rugby Ventures said:
It is fantastic to be able to confirm the new partnership with the RFL and Super League. We want the event to be a forum that is proactively used by clubs from both codes to share best practice, debate the latest innovations and network to maximise the unique opportunity an event like Rugby Expo creates.
There are some fantastic examples of clubs from both codes working together at the grass roots to develop players and many synergies and challenges that can be shared between the pro clubs. To be working with the RFL, Super League and their clubs is great news that we are delighted to share with our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees.
Blake Solly, general manager for Super League, added:
Rugby Expo is a key event in the calendar and I am pleased that Rugby League will have a strong presence throughout the conference. Rugby League is in for a hugely exciting 2015, and Rugby Expo provides another fantastic opportunity to discuss the future of the sport and share best practice.
Taking place at Twickenham on Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 October, Rugby Expo 2014 will include a detailed conference programme (pictured 2013 conference, picture courtesy PA images) comprising main stage plenary sessions, summits and workshops alongside a live exhibition showcasing the latest products and innovations in the sport.
Following the success of previous years, the two day event will switch its focus from the professional game on day one to grass roots rugby and development on day two.