Our local RBN committees around the world have been working hard over the last few weeks and those of you based in or near Boston, Edinburgh, Sydney or Perth can now enjoy the fruits of their labours.
RBN Boston will be first out of the blocks on April 21st with an event at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub focusing on ‘The Evolution of College Rugby’.
Three incredibly knowledgeable speakers have been lined-up to discuss all aspects of the college game at what will be a wonderfully social evening.
Members will hear from Kathy Flores and David R. Laflamme, the head coaches for the women’s and men’s rugby teams at Brown University, and Mike Diamantopoulos, Head coach of Harvard Men’s Rugby.
26th April will see RBN Edinburgh members enjoy an evening with Scotland’s legendary prop Iain “The Bear” Milne at the offices of Brewin Dolphin. With 44 Scotland caps (including a Grand Slam) and a Lions tour under his belt, Iain has some wonderful stories to share and he will doubtless make the evening unforgettable for all those lucky enough to attend.
A man equally well-deserving of his nickname, ex-Wallaby Adrian “Moose” Skeggs, will be welcoming RBN Sydney members to The Red Room on Monday 1st May.
Key speakers for the event will be David Begg and Josephine Sukkar. Recently appointed as President of the Sydney Rugby Union, David will be discussing a number of areas regarding club rugby in Sydney, including aspirations to have the best club rugby competition in the world.
If anyone could be the perfect speaker for an RBN event, Josephine might just be that person. She is Director of the Australian Rugby Foundation, President of Women’s Rugby and Principal and Co-Owner of Buildcorp, a $500 million turnover company. Josephine will share some of her rugby and business experiences and offer insights on some key initiatives around the community rugby.
Last, but by no means least, is RBN Perth’s dream weekend for rugby-loving business folk, based on the beautiful Rottnest Island on the 6th and 7th of May.
Those attending will have the chance to watch screenings of two Super Rugby games, play in a dedicated and very social golf tournament and then attend a networking event with Western Force’s Springbok fly-half Peter Grant.
If there is a better or more enjoyable way to make new rugby friends who could prove powerful business allies, we’ve not heard of it. The only real issue is that the RBN expenses account won’t stretch far enough to cover my air fare to join them.