Glasgow Warriors have agreed a major three-year partnership with SP Energy Networks, which sees the company that operates across central and southern Scotland create a powerful new partnership where the Warriors will be their Community Partner from this season.

As part of the landmark deal their logo will feature on the front of the home and alternate Macron playing kit and on the roof of the Community Stand at Scotstoun Stadium for the next three seasons. The distinctive SP Energy Networks logo will also feature on the Glasgow Warriors retail kit from the 2018/19 season.

This community partnership will see SP Energy Networks, the distribution arm of ScottishPower which owns and operates the electricity transmission and distribution network in the area, working with Glasgow Warriors on wide-ranging community events throughout the year.

SP Energy Networks will be heavily involved in match day community activity supporting schools and local clubs, the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship for schools, and a number of other key initiatives aimed at inspiring the next generation of rugby players from surrounding communities.

Glasgow Warriors Managing Director, Nathan Bombrys said: "Our commitment to representing Glasgow and the West of Scotland is at the heart of the purpose of our club and it's clear that SP Energy Networks have an even deeper commitment within our community.

"This partnership with SP Energy Networks is an example of how great things can happen when you put a genuine focus on serving your community.

"We look forward to developing this innovative community partnership over the next three seasons."

Scottish Rugby Ambassador and Business development manager Al Kellock, who has worked closely with both ScottishPower and SP Energy Networks over the last couple of years, said: "As the ScottishPower relationship comes to an end, it's great that SP Energy Networks have seen the benefits of partnering with Glasgow Warriors.

"We look forward to working with their team over the next three years to add real depth to an exciting partnership."

SP Energy Networks Chief Executive, Frank Mitchell said: "We are delighted that Glasgow Warriors will support our focus on community engagement.

"It's vital that we support the communities we serve and we know the profile of the Warriors will give our messages improved resonance with many of them."

In celebrating the announcement of their partnership with the RLWC2017, Telstra is giving its customers even more reason to be part of the action with 20% off RLWC2017 tickets with Telstra Thanks.

As an Official Partner of the RLWC2017, Telstra will receive brand integration at matches played in both countries through in-stadia, virtual and LED signage.

Andrew Hill, RLWC2017 CEO said: "We are delighted to welcome Telstra as the Official Telecommunications and Technology Partner of this year's Rugby League World Cup, a company with such a rich history in supporting the greatest game of all.

"Telstra's strong presence and servicing throughout Australia complements our tournament schedule, where the sport's premier international event will be played across the country with matches in Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia."

"WE ARE EXCITED TO BE WORKING WITH TELSTRA AND OUR OTHER COMMERCIAL PARTNERS TO DELIVER THE BEST EVER RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP, AN EVENT THAT WILL CELEBRATE THE GAME, INSPIRE COMMUNITIES AND ENTERTAIN THE WORLD."

On announcing the news, Joe Pollard, Telstra's Group Executive Media and Marketing said: "Sport is part of our DNA at Telstra and it's fantastic to be able to extend our support of Rugby League through our partnership with this year's Rugby League World Cup. "

"THE EVENT WILL BE PASSIONATELY SUPPORTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY; AT THE GAMES AND VIA OUR BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SEVEN NETWORK."

The RLWC2017 will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand with three pool matches in Papua New Guinea from 27 October – 2 December 2017 and features 14 teams, contesting 28 games, in 13 cities. The tournament will be the biggest event in the region during 2017, with an estimated event record of 450,000 fans expected to attend the RLWC2017.

Tournament tickets and information at RLWC2017.com

Rugby League World Cup 2017 | @RLWC2017

Rugby has taken massive strides but in most parts of the world remains a challenger sport, fighting for audience, mindshare and media attention.

In this year's hard-hitting conference programme, Rugby Expo will recognise the achievements of both codes over the past 25 years and look to successful challenger sports for inspiration and practical lessons on growing commercially successful sports brands operating in tough and crowded markets.

Delegates will hear from senior representatives of a range of sports about their secrets for success, and from CEOs of union and league clubs who will put the lessons through the filter of the real-life challenges facing the sport today.

Attention will then switch from the pro game to grass roots and community rugby, as the 2017 event will provide a greater focus on interactive content, with coaching demos and group sessions led by leading experts and star names from the sport.

In a change to previous years, Rugby Expo 2017 will see a new format designed to further support and engage those from the professional and community game.

The conference and exhibition will be combined into one extended day, providing attendees with 12+ hours packed with high-level discussion and debate, partner events and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

Attending Rugby Expo
This year there are two types of delegate passes available to attend Rugby Expo:

Pro game delegates
- Access to the event including both the exhibition and full conference programme on Wednesday 08 November
- An invitation to an exclusive networking event for VIPs, sponsors, exhibitors and club representatives hosted on the evening of Tuesday 07 November
- Delegate pack including event brochure and full delegate list
- Lunchtime refreshments

Early bird (before 31 July) £195+VAT
Standard pass £295+VAT
Group pass (3+ attendees) £195+VAT per person

Community club delegates
- Access to the event including both the exhibition and community club conference programme on Wednesday 08 November (afternoon/evening only)
- Delegate pack including event brochure and full delegate list
- Evening refreshments

Standard pass £20+VAT per person*

Attend Rugby Expo 2017 and get two free tickets to Wasps vs Newcastle Falcons
The Ricoh Arena is offering Rugby Expo delegates the chance to experience Aviva Premiership Rugby live as Wasps take on Newcastle Falcons on Saturday 18 November 2017.

All Rugby Expo 2017 delegates will be eligible for two free tickets to the fixture – information about how to apply for the tickets will be sent to delegates upon completion of registration.

For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, or to attend Rugby Expo 2017 as a delegate, please contact Jenny Forbes, head of business development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on +44 (0) 843 289 0583.

*Please note that community club delegates will be required to provide information regarding their role at their respective club and passes will be chargeable to the club.

World Rugby and Gilbert have unveiled the official match ball for Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 as the tournament marks 20 days to go.

Sporting the distinctive tournament look, the Match-XV is the most technically-advanced and performance-tested ball ever used at the pinnacle event in the women's 15s game.

The announcement of Gilbert as an official supplier extends the brand leader's association with the major properties in the women's game, which also includes the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games within an impressive portfolio.

Gilbert have also supplied the match balls to every Women's Rugby World Cup since 1991 and the Match-XV ball's renowned surface compound enhances grip without compromising subtlety or durability.

World Rugby Chairman, Bill Beaumont said: "With just 20 days to go until Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 gets underway, today's announcement furthers excitement as the teams prepare to depart for Dublin.

"We are delighted to be extending our long-standing partnership with Gilbert as official match ball supplier and I am sure that the ball will play its full part in what promises to be an exciting and highly-competitive Women's Rugby World Cup."

Fans wishing to purchase a replica ball can avail of Gilbert's full range of replica and supporter products either via gilbertrugby.com or in merchandise outlets at the match venues.

Gilbert Rugby Global Sales and Marketing Director Richard Gray added: "We are proud of our partnership with Women's Rugby World Cup and the opportunity to provide the world's top players with their preferred ball. The Match-XV ball is proven to combine Gilbert's unique record of innovation with over 190 years of experience in producing rugby balls at the highest level, all around the world.

"We can be sure the tournament will be a wonderful celebration of the exciting growth of women's rugby and we wish the organisers and all teams the very best of luck."

Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 takes place in Dublin and Belfast from 9-26 August. Ticket information is available by clicking here.

Rugby Ventures Ltd., the management team behind Rugby Expo, is excited to confirm media partnerships with Running Rugby, Teamer, Talking Rugby Union, and The Scrum Magazine for this year's event.

RunningRugby.com is an online resource for business decision makers in rugby league and union in the UK and Ireland. They produce their own content on varied aspects of the industry, publish case studies, and interview the key stakeholders and from the elite end of the game. Commercial Director Dave Williams commented on the partnership announcement: "RunningRugby.com is all about the business of rugby and we set great value in attending Rugby Expo each year. As the main business event for elite rugby clubs of both codes, the exhibitors and delegates are on target for us and much of the conference content and discussion is topical and enlightening. Partnering with Rugby Expo is a 'no-brainer' for us and we are happy to support progress towards the delivery of another great event this year."

Teamer is an online team management system created and designed to take the hassle out of managing any sports team, and decreases the amount of time it takes to get a team on the field. Teamer CEO Robert Mattar sees Rugby Expo 2017 as an ideal opportunity to connect with a wider rugby audience, saying "We're very pleased to be supporting Rugby Expo this year. Teamer is now used by over 400,000 rugby players worldwide and we have exciting new features for rugby club's launching soon. Helping to promote key sports events such as Rugby Expo is a perfect fit for our audience."

Talking Rugby Union is one of the world's largest independent rugby websites, which has news and views from across all tiers of the game, providing unique content and an open forum for fans to communicate. Director Austin Halewood commented on the announcement, "Rugby Expo is a great place for influencers from all corners of the rugby community to share positive ideas and initiatives. We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with event this year and hope our subscribers will take the trip to Coventry in November to experience Rugby Expo first hand."

The SCRUM Magazine is the only publication dedicated to Scottish rugby at all levels from the international men's & women's teams down to grass roots & community level. The magazine has a subscription base in excess of 25,000, and the magazine is received by every single club in Scotland. Editor Stuart MacLennan said, "SCRUM is delighted to work in conjunction with Rugby Expo, an event that delivers all manner of rugby content to those that love the sport the most. We're sure a number of SCRUM readers will be in attendance in November at the Ricoh Arena."

Speaking about the media partnerships, Rugby Expo Event Director Jonathan Wilson said: "These are fantastic partners for Rugby Expo to be teaming up with and we're excited to see the mutually beneficial opportunities that will be created from working together.

"All four have significant audiences for us to promote Rugby Expo to across both professional and grass roots rugby, and with the changes to this year's event better supporting those attending from community rugby in particular, we're looking forward to working closely with our partners to make Rugby Expo 2017 the best edition of the event to date."

Rugby Expo 2017 will host 40 rugby-focused exhibitors, an extensive list of industry-wide hard-hitting speakers and a targeted 800 attendees comprising representatives from professional and grass roots clubs, unions, federations, leagues, rights holders, rugby agents, brands, suppliers, service providers, media, sponsorship agencies and more.

This year's event will see a new format, designed to further support and engage those from the professional and community game. The conference and exhibition will be combined into one extended day, providing attendees with 12+ hours packed with high-level discussion and debate, interactive coaching content, partner events and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

For information on sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, or to attend Rugby Expo 2017 as a delegate, please contact Jenny Forbes, head of business development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on +44 (0) 843 289 0583.

For more information on Running Rugby, visit www.runningrugby.com
For more information on Teamer, visit www.teamer.net
For more information on Talking Rugby Union, visit www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk
For more information on The Scrum Magazine, visit scrummagazine.com

One of the longest standing sponsorships in the NRL has today been upgraded with United Resource Management (URM) increasing their 21 years of support with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Already Manly's main front of jersey sponsor for all home games, URM will now also feature across the main front of jersey position on the Sea Eagles away jerseys for the remainder of 2017.

The third-placed Sea Eagles will wear the new white URM jerseys for the first time this Saturday 8th July against the Panthers at Pepper Stadium in Penrith (NRL kick-off 5:30pm).

As part of the partnership upgrade, URM have donated the sternum position on the front of away jerseys to charity partner Life Education, who will feature Healthy Harold above the URM logo.

"We're very proud of our long-standing commitment to the Sea Eagles and we're excited to announce the increased partnership with the branding of the away jerseys," said URM Managing Director, Anthony Johnston.

"Featuring Healthy Harold on the jerseys also provides us with a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic work that Life Education deliver within our community," Johnston added.

The new jerseys will soon be on sale for members and fans through the Sea Eagles website.

EY is pleased to announce its official sponsorship and support of Women's Rugby World Cup 2017. With this sponsorship, and as current sponsors of the British & Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, EY is continuing its commitment to developing purpose-driven leaders through high-performing teams to help build a better working world.

Over the past few years, women's rugby has enjoyed unprecedented growth and the inclusion of rugby sevens in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 has helped establish the sport in new markets. Today, women's rugby is played by nearly 2.2 million women and girls in more than 110 countries.1

EY firms are working with external suppliers to recruit high-potential female athletes for professional roles, and to provide the necessary resources to help them transition from sport into business.

Nancy Altobello, EY Global Vice Chair of Talent, says:

"EY shares common values with rugby and has long been a proponent of the sport worldwide. The leadership skills, motivation and resilience developed through playing rugby are incredibly beneficial in a business environment. At EY we're thrilled to harness the leadership potential of elite female athletes and help them seamlessly transition to new careers in business."

EY has a long history of driving the global dialogue around the advancement of women athletes and harnessing the often untapped leadership potential of this talent pool. EY's Women Athletes Business Network (WABN), for example, was established to inform, empower and create an environment that supports elite female athletes, seeking to develop their leadership potential and transition from sport to careers in business.

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman, says:

"We are delighted to welcome EY as an official sponsor of Women's Rugby World Cup 2017. As the game grows across the world, it's important that we work with a brand that is the right fit and reflects the character-building values of our sport. This year's tournament promises to be the biggest and best yet and we look forward to working with EY toward further promotion and engagement within Ireland and around the world. As women's rugby goes from a grassroots level all the way to the top of the sport, it's exciting to have global organizations like EY realize the human capital potential of the players and the values they bring including team-work, tenacity, hard work and discipline."

The eighth Women's Rugby World Cup tournament will be held in Ireland in August 2017. The qualifying nations competing this year include Australia, Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, USA and Wales.

Macron and the Italian Rugby Federation have signed an important agreement that ties them together for the next eight years. Thanks to this partnership, which involves the complete provision of the technical equipment for the Italian national teams, Macron further strengthens its standing in international rugby. In addition to announcing the agreement, the press conference was the perfect platform to unveil the new Home and Away jerseys of the national teams. Both jerseys have been praised for their strong design and technical characteristics.

A new format will see extended one-day event dedicated to the pro and community game

Rugby Ventures Ltd., the management team behind Rugby Expo, has confirmed Rugby Expo is returning for its second consecutive year to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Wednesday 8 November 2017.

A new format, designed to further support and engage those from the professional and community game, will see the conference and exhibition combined into one extended day, providing attendees with 12+ hours packed with high-level discussion and debate, interactive coaching content, partner events and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

New for 2017, Rugby Expo will officially open on the evening of Tuesday 07 November, with an exclusive networking event for VIPs, sponsors, exhibitors, delegates, club & league representatives.

Following on from the success of previous years, Rugby Expo will once again be split in two parts; the morning/afternoon will be focused on the professional game, before attention switches to community club rugby, with this year's event running into the evening to support those attending from the grass roots game.

Rugby Expo 2017 will also have a greater focus on interactive content, with sessions offering expert opinion, practical demonstrations and take-home advice from a playing, coaching and technical perspective, to further engage with volunteers at the heart of the community game.

Last year's Rugby Expo welcomed more than 500 delegates including senior figures from many Premiership, Championship and Rugby League clubs, key decision makers from the sport's governing bodies, community club representatives, suppliers, brands and rights holders.

The event also cemented its reputation of addressing the key issues affecting both the professional and grass roots games, with speakers including Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis, Premiership Rugby CEO Mark McCafferty, former rugby league international Paul Sculthorpe and senior representatives from the RFU.

Commenting on today's announcement, John Hockey, chairman of Rugby Ventures, said: "We are delighted to confirm our return to the Ricoh for 2017 and to share our vision and plans for the new-look Rugby Expo.

"Now in its ninth year, the event is very well-established, but we are always looking at new ways in which to refresh and reshape our offering to further support and engage both sides of the game.

"We've listened to feedback from past attendees and key stakeholders to help form our plans for 2017 and the response so far has been very positive. The changes that we're implementing will not only support those attending from the community game, but will ensure that we continue to deliver the big names, hard-hitting content and unrivalled networking opportunities that Rugby Expo is known for."

To discuss sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities or to find out more about attending Rugby Expo 2017 as a delegate, contact the team on +44 (0) 843 289 0583 or e-mail Jenny Forbes, Head of Business Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

adidas has announced it is extending its commitment with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) in a move which will be celebrated across the game in New Zealand.

As Principal Partner, adidas has reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to all levels of rugby, making direct investments into the community game as well as support for our national teams.

This extension will continue the long-standing partnership through to 2023, marking an exceptional 24-year relationship that has been critical to the success of rugby and New Zealand's teams in black over the last quarter century.

The announcement of the new deal was made at today's launch of the All Blacks' new "special edition" jersey in Auckland, as excitement builds for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series.

Simon Cartwright, Senior Director at adidas Rugby, said adidas was thrilled to be announcing its commitment to New Zealand Rugby for another four years.

"It's an absolute honour and privilege to extend our relationship with New Zealand Rugby. Their dedication to delivering the best rugby players the world has ever seen is second-to-none and we're ecstatic to be working alongside them."

NZR CEO Steve Tew said they'd enjoyed "an exceptional and prosperous relationship" with adidas since the first deal was signed in 1999.

"We see adidas not just as a sponsor but a real partner in our game. In financial terms, this deal extends the most significant sponsorship deal in our history, and the importance of adidas's investment to all levels of our game shouldn't be underestimated," Tew said.

"The partnership helps ensure our game is healthy from the bottom up - from Small Blacks to All Blacks - with a portion of the income tagged to our community game. We are delighted that our Principal Partner will continue to work alongside us for the good of the game right through to 2023."

Under the deal with NZR:
• adidas holds the position as Principal Partner of New Zealand Rugby and Principal Sponsor of the All Blacks
• Supplies apparel, boots and equipment to all New Zealand's teams in black, including the All Blacks, Black Ferns, Black Ferns Sevens, All Blacks Sevens, Maori All Blacks, the New Zealand Under 20 and New Zealand Schools
• Helps fund community rugby activities across the country