How did you get to play rugby for a living? I had a fairly long journey into professional rugby as I certainly didn’t get picked up as a 16 year old. I started doing A-levels, but ended up taking a job with DHL. At 19 I got a 3-month trial with Bradford Bulls, at the [...]
In our first Rugby League interview, we chat to Jamie Peacock, Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain’s Man-of-Steel winning forward
Ex-England centre Simon Halliday of OTAS Technologies offers the RBN his view on this weekend’s crunch match at Twickenham
It’s still mathematically possible for any one of four teams to win the Six Nations, so the debate in Europe has been more about individual team progression rather than overall supremacy. It was clear at the outset that there was to be no outstanding side and that the competition has two distinct tiers, though Scotland and Italy [...]
The Rugby Business Network, sponsored by HSBC and Marriott Hotels, held its inaugural event in the City of Exeter on 6 March 2014, with support locally from Nine Feet Tall, Mercedes Benz of Exeter and Perform2Excel. Held at the Mercedes Benz of Exeter dealership, guest speakers included: Peter Drewett – Business, Sport and Education Consultant [...]
Canadian international centre, Phil Mackenzie, will be speaking alongside Alex Bennett at RBN Manchester’s event on the 12th March at the St James Club. How did you end up with a rugby career in the UK? I played American football and hockey when I was young and knew nothing about rugby until I tried it [...]
David Barnes, RPA Rugby Director and ex-Bath stalwart, answers our questions on his career and running across the Sahara.
How did rugby change what otherwise might have been your transition from education to employment? I still think myself lucky that rugby wasn’t a professional sport until I left university. In my final year at university I played for West Hartlepool, who were then in the old First Division, and then joined Newcastle as a [...]
Event highlights from RBN Cheltenham and Gloucester, including the inside track on Tom Savage’s ‘injury beard’.
RBN Cheltenham and Gloucester were hosted by Sytner Mercedes-Benz Cheltenham last month for a superb evening of networking. Over eighty local business leaders heard from Paul Sayer of Rugby for Heroes along with Gloucester’s Club Captain, Tom Savage, and CEO, Stephen Vaughan. Click on the video below to see the highlights. Mercedes-Benz of Exeter [...]
The stars will come out over the next two weeks for a string of RBN events in Australia, Northern Ireland and the UK.
This month will be our busiest ever, with 8 events scheduled in the next fortnight alone. As always, our local organising committees and host companies have secured a stellar line-up of guest-speakers at some great venues. There are still a few places available at some of the events, so register now if you want to [...]
Late last year, The London Marriott Hotel Twickenham hosted a Rugby Business Network event with a stellar line up of speakers. Richard Hill talked about the British Lions’ incredible against-the-odds 1997 series victory in South Africa and winning the World Cup with England. Fellow England and Lions legend, Peter Winterbottom, shared some cracking stories and [...]
Richard Bryan offers the RBN an insight into his work as one of the RPA’s Player Development Managers.
What’s your role with the RPA? I am a Player Development Manager for the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), working with the players at Bath Rugby and London Irish. We’re independent of the clubs, but work in conjunction with them. We represent the interests of our members, both senior and academy players, looking after their welfare [...]
Last week, Thomas International Sport, the sports division of the psychometric assessment company Thomas International, welcomed RBN London members to their Piccadilly offices for an enlightening evening of networking and rugby chat. The MD for Thomas International Sport, Mike Walker, explained how the assessment programmes help ensure companies employ the right people for each position. As [...]
Nicholas Mott, Sponsorship Manager for QBE Insurance, explains how rugby offered exactly what he was looking for.
James Gibson, Head of Sponsorship at Air New Zealand, recently told The RBN why the All Blacks are such a good fit as a long-term partner of the airline. He explains how the relationship goes beyond shared brand values and as far as facilitating introductions of the individual players to Air New Zealand’s existing partners. [...]
Simon Halliday, of Bath, Quins and England, discusses the harsh realities of a late start to life in business
In the amateur days, how did you manage to play international rugby and have a career? I played in an era when we relied on co-operative employers, especially when we headed off on England tours. We were probably lucky the team skills that are now conventional wisdom and available from any number of management consultants [...]