Rugby Expo 2016 confirms professional game-focused Day One conference programme



Heath Harvey, chief executive of Aviva Premiership and European champions Saracens and Nathan Bombrys, managing director of Guinness Pro12 winners Glasgow, have joined the line-up of expert and insightful speakers at Rugby Expo 2016 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 03 November.



They will be joined by David Armstrong of Wasps and Mike Rush of St Helens Rugby League club on a ‘CEO Council’ which will discuss and debate the biggest rugby issues of the moment in an hour-long session which promises to be one of the highlights of an outstanding day.



The CEO Council meet with no pre-set agenda and questions from the panel moderator and audience will be of the moment, drawn from the key rugby issues of the day and reflecting the concerns of both union and league codes.



Now in its eighth year, Rugby Expo has become established as the premier conference and exhibition for club rugby at all levels. While Day One (Thursday 03 November) focuses on the professional game, the following day concentrates on community and grass roots clubs through a series of fascinating sessions organised in conjunction with bodies including the RFU.



Rugby Expo 2016 will be kicked off by Bill Beaumont, incoming chairman of World Rugby who was in Rio to see rugby sevens make a triumphant Olympic Games debut and the event’s strongest-ever line-up will also see Barney Francis, head of mould-breaking rugby broadcaster Sky Sports close Day One when he delivers the first ‘Game Changer’ lecture on the relationship between the sport and media in an economically, socially and technologically changing world.



The current and future impact of technology on the business of rugby clubs will come under the spotlight in a discussion featuring Stuart Mison, head of sports projects at Microsoft, Derek Palmer, managing director, executive vice president international of and Russell Glenister, founder of tracking and analytics company SnapRapid whose work is changing the way sports bodies value and deliver sponsorship in the digital age.



In addition to the must-see conference sessions, Rugby Expo offers an exhibition platform for many of the sport’s leading suppliers of equipment, product and services.



Rugby Expo event director Jonathan Wilson said: “Rugby Expo 2016 is breaking new ground in many ways. Not only is it our debut at the Ricoh Arena under an agreement with our hosts Wasps, but the conference format and programme is the most exciting and up-to-the minute we have ever delivered.



“It is about big names delivering real insight into issues that really matter to rugby and the people who run and play the game.



“We are looking forward to welcoming representatives from the world’s leading clubs, leagues and governing bodies to the Ricoh Arena for what promises to be an outstanding occasion.”





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