The Rugby Site team joined some of the sport’s biggest names at the Rugby Expo at Twickenham this week for an event billed as ‘the ultimate meeting-place for the leaders of professional and community rugby and the businesses which support the sport’.
Stakeholders from all levels of the game flocked to the traditional home of English rugby to hear from speakers such as RFU chairman Bill Beaumont, Aviva Premiership CEO Mark McCafferty, England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans and SANZAR CEO Greg Peters.
The event also included the Rugby Expo awards that saw Wales and British & Irish Lions head coach, and The Rugby Site expert, Warren Gatland claiming the Outstanding Contribution to Rugby honour.
Led by founder Brendon Ratcliffe, The Rugby Site team entertained hundreds of delegates during the course of the two-day conference and introduced the unrivalled online video coaching resource to a host of new players, fans, administrators and coaches.
Ratcliffe hailed the success of the event, saying:
“The Rugby Expo is the perfect opportunity for us to meet with the rugby coaches, players and fans that our site is built for and to interact with them face-to-face. I’ve really enjoyed getting direct feedback from community clubs, understanding their challenges and how we can help them to develop their coaches via our site.”
He was joined at the Rugby Expo by former England and Kenya Sevens coach Mike Friday who is the latest high-profile name to join The Rugby Site stable alongside the likes of Sir Graham Henry, Wayne Smith, Richie McCaw and Leigh Halfpenny.
Friday, who also took part in a Twitter Q&A during the event, commented:
“The Rugby Expo has been a great opportunity for me to come and meet some of the coaches that are using The Rugby Site, particularly the coaches from grassroots clubs around the country. I joined The Rugby Site so that coaches, such as the ones I’ve been meeting today, could learn from my knowledge of the game. They are what it’s all about.”