Rugby Expo has today confirmed its renewed partnership with the Association of Rugby Agents (ARA) and Agents Review Board (ARB), which will see the Home Unions Agents Annual Seminar held at the event for the third year running.
Today's announcement also confirms the ongoing support to Rugby Expo from the RFU who, alongside the WRU, IRFU, RPA, IRUPA, Premiership Rugby and English Championship, work in partnership with the ARA to deliver the seminar. Continuing the longstanding partnership with Rugby Expo, the RFU will work closely with the event for 2016 ahead of its debut at the Ricoh Arena on 03-04 November.
The Annual Seminar, which brings together all registered agents and wider stakeholders responsible for the management and wellbeing of professional rugby players, will take place on the morning of the professional game-focused day one of Rugby Expo (03 November); all attendees will then be given full access to both days of the event.
Commenting on today's announcement, Jonathan Wilson, Rugby Expo event director, said: "We are delighted to renew our partnership with the ARA; the annual seminar is a key date in the organisation's calendar and is attended by all registered agents and board members as well as other rugby stakeholders.
"It is the third year that Rugby Expo will have all registered players' agents in attendance and the ARB's decision to move its seminar to the Ricoh Arena demonstrates the strength and value of the partnership. The opportunity for our event's exhibitors and delegates to meet and engage with the individuals and companies that work closely with the sport's professionals is another reason why Rugby Expo maintains its position as the meeting place for those in the sport of club rugby."
Rob Andrew MBE, professional rugby director at the RFU, said: "This will be the third year that we have hosted the Agents Seminar at Rugby Expo and the move to the Ricoh Arena provides us with a great opportunity to deliver the event at another fantastic venue, and one that is so easily accessible for our members and stakeholders.
"The Agents Seminar continues to provide an ideal platform for bringing together agents, clubs, home unions and stakeholders in a forum designed to focus on the business and development of rugby; education, communication and awareness of important issues is the key to the success of our sport and the presence of the Agents Seminar at Rugby Expo provides a great forum for facilitating this."
Mark Spoors, ARA chairman, added: "We have had fantastic feedback from our members following last year's Agents Seminar at Rugby Expo so it is great to be able to confirm our partnership again with the 2016 event. The Ricoh Arena is ideally-located in the centre of the country and a fantastic venue for us to invite our members and wider stakeholders to.
"Rugby Expo continues to provide our members with a wealth of information and contacts within rugby and the wider sports industry and it is a fantastic way for us to help to maximise their ARA membership further."