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Victoria Chipp Talks About Innovative Ways to Raise Money For Charities

Victoria Chipp Talks About Innovative Ways to Raise Money For Charities

I caught up with Victoria Chipp to find out how things went at the last event she organised, on the 21st of this month, which drew in a tremendous crowd, including the likes of Alun Wyn Jones, Christian Wade and Tom Powell to name but three. Also at the event were the England, Saracens and [...]

Former Harlequins Flanker, Will Skinner, Outflanks Injury to Forge a New Career

Former Harlequins Flanker, Will Skinner, Outflanks Injury to Forge a New Career

Will Skinner is proud of his legacy of a superb rugby career, which – like so many other players of his calibre – came to an abrupt end due to injury. He chatted to me about how last season saw him retiring from rugby and beginning a new chapter in his life, which he is [...]

David Quinlan talks about the importance of networking and building up business relationships

David Quinlan talks about the importance of networking and building up business relationships

I had the great pleasure of talking to David Quinlan, whose impressive career as an international rugby star came to an end in 2007 after receiving the results of an MRI scan. He went on to forge a career in law and has just recently switched from corporate to sports law, a move he finds [...]

An interview with French rugby star Raphael Poulain

An interview with French rugby star Raphael Poulain

Raphael Poulain retired from rugby back in 2005, due to injury. Like many other French players he found himself in a unique and strange world once outside of the game. He began questioning his role in life, which created a crisis of identity and self-doubt. I recently chatted to him and asked how he coped, [...]

Wines mixed with the spirit of rugby can be a cocktail for success.

Wines mixed with the spirit of rugby can be a cocktail for success.

It may not come as a surprise to hear that a series of curry lunches, involving fine wines, the occasional light ale and some sporting greats, have been a rip-roaring success with rugby fans, all while raising a good few quid for charity.  We hear from the man who concocted that heady mix, Charlie Womersley. [...]

The Magnificent 7:  Tips For Attending RBN Events

The Magnificent 7: Tips For Attending RBN Events

Through observing group activity on LinkedIn, we’ve been privy to some heartening interactions between members from all corners of the planet.  However, despite such occurrences, it remains the case that the RBN’s world revolves around its events.  The bonds formed when meeting like-minded souls face-to-face and spending time chatting over common interests cannot be replicated [...]

RBN Bristol Meets the Bhubesi Pride While RBN Sydney’s on Cruise Control

RBN Bristol Meets the Bhubesi Pride While RBN Sydney’s on Cruise Control

Two more inspirational and highly social events have been announced for next month, offering RBN members the chance to hear from speakers as diverse as one of Australia’s leading business women, an international referee and a man on a mission to use rugby to empower disadvantaged communities across Africa. The Rugby Club in Sydney will [...]

Marriott Marble Arch Making a Difference

Marriott Marble Arch Making a Difference

Richard Hider, Director of Sales and Marketing at London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch, tells the RBN about an innovative CSR programme and a rather good offer for RBN members. How did Marriott Hotel Marble Arch first become involved with the West London Day Centre? We wanted to get involved in a local charity that we [...]

Old Whitgiftians’ Odyssey of Remembrance

Old Whitgiftians’ Odyssey of Remembrance

Last month, ten members of Surrey One team Old Whitgiftian RFC spent four days visiting the graves of the club’s players who fell in World War One.  Here, RBN member Jonathan Bunn tells us the story behind an emotional journey. What caused the interest in the players lost during World War One? Our current skipper, [...]

Sevens Stars Launch Event and Andy Goode Looks After the Ladies.

Sevens Stars Launch Event and Andy Goode Looks After the Ladies.

A group of International Sevens stars will be hosting an evening of entertainment in the City of London on Thursday 21st August.  With the aim of raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, the evening, held at The No 1 Sports Bar, will follow Saracens’ pre-season friendly against the Ospreys at the HAC, with players from [...]

Rugby’s values can shine brightly on even the darkest days.

Rugby’s values can shine brightly on even the darkest days.

I recently attended the wedding of one of my old team mates with whom I’d shared some great times (both on and off the pitch) at Bedford, Coventry and London Welsh, where I’d propped and he’d leant on my backside in the second row.  On a day that proved to be one of contrasts, I [...]

Rugby to the rescue in Belize

Rugby to the rescue in Belize

Bestselling author and businessman, Tony Gillings, is bringing rugby to Belize.  He told the RBN about the task in hand. How did you end up in Belize? I was stationed in Belize in 1982 at the start of the Falklands Conflict.  I soon fell in love with the place and extended my tour three times [...]

William Ayot on how poetry combines creativity with structured thinking

William Ayot on how poetry combines creativity with structured thinking

William Ayot is an award-winning poet, playwright and creative consultant. He was a co-founding director of Olivier Mythodrana, is chief executive of NaCOT, Poet-in-Residence at the Oxford University Saïd Business School and teaches on the AMP (Advanced Management Programme) at INSEAD. He has worked with church, political and business leaders on four continents and his [...]