IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition 2014 Marks 100 Days to Go with Announcement of Strong RWC Panel

Dublin, August 11, 2014: The International Rugby Board has announced a strong line-up for the “Rugby World Cup – Past and Future” panel to mark 100 days to go to the World Rugby ConfEx 2014.

Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015 Debbie Jevans and New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew will feature in the panel alongside Head of Rugby World Cup Ltd, Alan Gilpin, Secretary General of Japan 2019, Akira Shimazu and RFU Chairman, Bill Beaumont.

With what promises to be a record-breaking tournament, Rugby World Cup 2015 is set to engage and inspire sports and major event fans around the world. With Japan Rugby 2019 preparing to be the first Asian host, the panel will discuss the importance of planning, innovation, delivery and IMPACT (legacy) on past and future Rugby World Cups.

The announcement marks 100 days to go to the event, which is taking place at the Hilton London Metropole on November 17-18. In its second year, World Rugby ConfEx will once again bring together leading figures and decision-makers from across Rugby and the wider sporting community, providing a unique environment for those involved to share knowledge and foster relationships.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “We are thrilled to be able to announce such a strong line-up for the first confirmed panel at the World Rugby ConfEx 2014. Our aim is to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event by delivering a truly world-class conference on the issues that really matter to the rugby family and wider sporting community. We look forward to being able to reveal further panellists soon.”

“Tournaments like Rugby World Cup and Women’s Rugby World Cup, which is currently enjoying record-breaking exposure in France, are part of what makes the sport special and places it firmly on the international stage. World Rugby ConfEx 2014 seeks to draw on the experiences of those involved right at the heart of these big events, while also providing a fantastic opportunity for people to gather, share knowledge, network and build relationships in a unique global environment.”

About the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition
The IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition, taking place on November 17-18, will once again provide a unique environment for the global Rugby community to share knowledge, network and develop relationships. It will feature speeches, workshops, exhibitions and plenary sessions on a host of key themes including, the development and growth of the game and increasing fan engagement via commercial, broadcast and marketing streams. The conference will also provide invaluable networking opportunities with leading figures and decision-makers from across Rugby and the wider world of sport. —- IRB

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