We are very proud to announce that Penn Mutual, who have supported many of our chapters across the USA since our first stateside events, are now official partners of the RBN. It’s a move that will add significant momentum to our operations around the world, the USA in particular.
Rugby in the USA has been growing exponentially in recent years, returning better growth figures than any other sport. Even if that wasn’t the case, Penn Mutual’s timing couldn’t be better, with the USA team likely to generate huge interest as they look to defend their Olympic title in Rio later this year.
Penn Mutual are now one of rugby’s highest profile supporters, a relationship that began when it became the title sponsor of The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship and Penn Mutual Varsity Cup in 2015, and later with the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO).
Since then, the company has engaged with America’s enthusiastic and dedicated rugby community through events and various sponsorships. They will be an official strategic partner of the RBN in the United States and will work together with us to help expand the RBN footprint and establish events in locations where Penn Mutual has a presence.
Tom Harris, Penn Mutual Executive Vice President, Distribution, said, “Joining forces with the Rugby Business Network truly reinforces our commitment to the rugby community and is a great network for Penn Mutual. Rugby enthusiasts have welcomed Penn Mutual with open arms and we are excited to continue to give back and support ruggers in business”.
RBN founder Colm Hannon, commented, “We are thrilled to have a partner of the standing of Penn Mutual, all the more so due to their already long-term support of rugby and its values. We look forward to working with them as our network grows across the USA.
“With the advent of professional rugby in the States, it’s a crucial time for the sport to deepen its business ties and equip itself with the means to help its less fortunate players make the often difficult transition to their post-playing careers. We could ask for a better partner to help achieve those goals.”