Rugby Expo approaches

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With three weeks to go until the single biggest rugby focused conference and exhibition comes to Twickenham, Rugby Ventures, the management team behind the event, is delighted to announce the final conference programme content for day one of Rugby Expo.

Building on the new conference format for 2011, day one of Rugby Expo will be focused on the professional game. With a top list of high profile international speakers from rugby as well as the wider world of sport, the programme will include four plenary sessions and 11 workshops, open to attend by all delegates. Among the list of expert industry speakers confirmed, the main stage will play host to Paul Vaughan, CEO of RWC 2015, John ONeill, CEO of Australian Rugby Union, Mike Miller, CEO of the IRB and fresh from the RWC in New Zealand alongside Steve Fanelli from the Oakland Athletics, Elaine Clarke of Chelsea FC and Alistair Kirkwood, UK managing director for the NFL. Other speakers taking part on day one include: – Nick Chesworth, head of rugby at IMG– Dan Lyle, tournament director for USA Sevens– Derek Palmer, managing director EMEA for Tickets. com– Paul Kimberley, commercial director for RFL– David Hutchinson, commercial director for Warrington Wolves– Steven Jones, awarding winner journalist from The Sunday Times– Vicky Howarth, head of retail for Tottenham Hotspur– Steve Griffiths, head of technical services for the IRB Alongside the four main plenary sessions, day one will host 11 interactive workshops, designed to provide delegates with a much broader range of content covering issues that affect professional rugby. These workshops will focus on three specialist areas from within a typical professional rugby club including; management and finance, marketing and commercial, and technical and performance. All designed to ensure a full programme and a significant amount of content on offer for all attendees. At the time of going to press, the management team of Rugby Expo can confirm that the exhibition floor is now sold out with 38 exhibitors confirmed for the event. The announcement is testament to the purposeful growth of the event in 2011 with a number of high profile brands and suppliers showcasing their products and services including Tickets. com, Paddy Power, Rhino Rugby, ONeills, the IRB, York Fitness, Gatorade, the European Synthetic Turf Organisation, 80 minutes and FK Pro amongst many others. Selling out the exhibition floor follows recent announcements confirming the support of the IRB, the RFU, SRU, Premiership Rugby, RaboDirect PRO12, the RFL and Super League and with a large number of club officials as well as senior members from the various unions and leagues also in attendance, the event will be the meeting place for the sport in 2011. If youd like to know more information about tickets or commercial opportunities at Rugby Expo 2011, simply contact Mark Kemp by email mark@rugbyexpo. com or phone using +44 (0) 7703 912222. Rugby Expo 2011 is the third occurrence of the event and will take place over 23 – 24 November at Twickenham Stadium, London. The event, which combines an unrivalled conference programme, master class workshops and a live exhibition, is set attract 1, 000 delegates and 40 exhibitors from the global rugby industry, providing those in attendance with ideal environment for learning of the latest developments in the game, networking and generating new business opportunities.

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