IMG_2926Our purpose at the Rugby Business Network remains to connect senior business people with a passion for rugby so they can justify investing time and/or money into the rugby community in a sustainable way.

In the last year, developments at the RBN have been many and significant.

We have launched a Trusted Supplier Directory for the businesses and individuals who work closely with us and the volunteer committees around the world. Trusted Suppliers are invited to be members of ‘The Squad’, our new business introduction platform based on the social intranet software Profinda, an RBN sponsor. Members of The Squad, managed by new addition Eamonn Gallagher, get first refusal on all events, after our principle partners Marriott, Etihad and CNBC.

We have hired a CRM Manager, Vineet, who manages our membership data and helps to support our regional event organisers. Vineet is a graduate of Aberdeen University and has proved a fantastic addition to the team.

Our Rugby Cellar wine store has been a great success. The wines are distributed by England World Cup finalist Simon Halliday, who sources them from vineyards owned by rugby folk, like Springbok Schalk Burger. Those guys then put half of their margin back in to our Life After Rugby Programme.

The Life After Rugby Programme is 100% non-profit and we have helped over 20 pro and ex-pro players around the world make the transition from rugby to business. We work with the players’ associations and our members to provide various services, including: work placements, jobs, mentoring and businesses start-up help. Paddy Wright, who runs the programme, is looking for sponsors, partners and business people to help grow the programme internationally.

This was the first year we have ventured into golf events and we recently signed up Maserati as our Golf Sponsor. They will provide branded balls, test drives, track days and hole in one prizes. Maserati’s start from just £49,500, so get in touch with them for a test drive. The proceeds from the golf will also support the Life After Rugby Programme.

Probably the most exciting development has been the introduction of the Leadership Breakfast Series, to be hosted at RBN members’ venues. We will have some of the most successful people from the rugby and military worlds running masterclasses on leadership.

The series will be overseen by Rob Cromey-Hawke, who joined RBN via Help For Heroes after he was wounded in Afghanistan. He is certainly the most organised and inspirational of the lot of us (I’m sure the guys won’t mind me saying that). Sign up to the series or let your HR Director know about it in case they choose to send a few of you along. The series will offer top-notch leadership training and will present a fantastic opportunity to network with other strategic level business folk.

Our work with our charity partners continues, chiefly by giving them a platform to speak at our events. As a result of that platform, our rugby-related charities are making valuable partnerships that generate both donations and working relationships with companies whose employees volunteer their time and efforts to helping the great causes. It is hugely rewarding for all parties involved.

If your company would like to sponsor the RBN in exchange for help with business introductions, please get in touch on

I hope to see you at one of our events very soon.

Best wishes,

Colm Hannon

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