The Rugby Business Network was set up in 2010 by Colm Hannon, a digital entrepreneur and ex-professional rugby player. A not-for-profit organisation, the network is dedicated to encouraging and celebrating the application of rugby's values to business.
Since its inception, the RBN has rapidly become the largest business network in the world for people with a passion for rugby. Our 25,000 members regularly hold events in over 50 cities around the world, where they help and inspire each other in business and life.
By connecting our members, we hope they can better justify a sustainable investment back into the rugby community, whether that's grassroots rugby, charities associated with the game or sponsorship of elite-level competitions. We want to create a sense of anticipation and excitement about the potential of rugby and business to move forward together.
The whole network is built on the rugby's goodwill, with the world's top players, coaches and business leaders speaking for free at events held in venues laid on by supportive companies. The organising committees are business people who volunteer their time to facilitate the events. We encourage members who attend our networking events to start with the words 'How can I help you?', not 'What can you do for me?'
If your company looks to build relationships based on common values and integrity, then there is no better vehicle in the rugby world than The RBN. Don't just take our word for it; come and find out for yourself at one of the forthcoming events near you.
Our mission is simply to create the best rugby clubhouse in the world, where the game's values of camaraderie, honesty, humility, community and bravery set the tone for long-lasting, productive and enjoyable relationships.
We are constantly looking to create value and bring new benefits to our members, hence our partnerships in a variety of areas, from hotels, banking, sports hospitality, travel, fine wine, tailoring, golf and prestige cars, to leadership development.
Wherever you go, there will be an RBN community nearby where you can immediately feel at home.
We want to create a sense of vitality, anticipation and excitement in the potential of rugby and business to move forward together. Our values reflect those we believe bridge the worlds of rugby and business in equal measure.
RBN wish to inculcate these values and forge an unbreakable bond between rugby and business to solve the challenges of the real world in sustainable ways. We are not a fundraising vehicle, we put business people with a passion for rugby first and consider them as one of rugby's best customers to be cared for accordingly.
Where we are around the world
We have tried to summarise our philosophy in a simple manifesto to the world.The best clubhouse in the world.
The Rugby Business Network has been set up to create new value for its members and in turn put something back into the game of rugby.
It seeks to do this by inspiring new relationships and opportunities for all, built on a clear set of values that emanate from a shared love of rugby and all that it stands for.
Those values are borne out of openness, mutual respect and an intrinsic love of doing business in a supporting spirit of 'what can I do for you?'
We are in the business of creating sustainable and valuable rugby communities.
Wherever you may go there will be an RBN community somewhere near you or online, where you can immediately feel home from home.
We want all RBN events and activities to be like being inside the best clubhouse in the world full of welcome and surprising connections and influence.
We're a club in the true sense of the word.
Our events around the world should inspire us all to share our stories and experiences in an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie.