The 2018 event will see the return of Premiership Rugby's commercial managers' meeting plus a new gathering for the club's senior media representatives

Rugby Expo has re-confirmed its relationship with Premiership Rugby to welcome the event's biggest ever attendance from both codes of the sport to the Ricoh Arena in April.

As part of the relationship with Rugby Expo, Premiership Rugby will host a meeting for senior staff and commercial managers from all 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs on Tuesday 17 April, before attending Rugby Expo's new exclusive networking event and the main conference and exhibition on Wednesday.

In addition to this, for the first time Rugby Expo will host Premiership Rugby's bi-annual media managers' meeting, bringing together senior media and communications representatives from all 12 clubs.

Continued support for the event will see Rugby Expo promoted to clubs via Premiership Rugby, whose involvement will also extend to representation in the section of the event's conference programme which focusses on the professional game.

Today's news follows the announcement of a new partnership between Rugby Expo and Rugby Football League (RFL) and Super League (Europe) Ltd for 2018, which will see senior commercial and marketing representatives from the organisation and all 12 Betfred Super League clubs attending Rugby Expo.

The event has also been confirmed as the host for Wasps' annual Community Conference, attracting over 200 club representatives from Coventry and the surrounding area.

Commenting on today's announcement, Dominic Hayes, Commercial Director for Premiership Rugby, said: "We have been a longstanding supporter of Rugby Expo and the event continues to provide us with a great environment to engage with representatives from the rugby world. It's also a fantastic platform for networking and to take learnings from rugby and across the wider sports industry and offers real value to our stakeholders."

Jonathan Wilson, Event Director for Rugby Expo, said: "We're delighted to extend our work with Premiership Rugby into 2018 and to bring together senior league and club representatives at Rugby Expo. This relationship, alongside our partnerships with the RFL, Super League and Wasps, is demonstrative of the event continuing to grow year-on-year, with each one helping us to reach a wider audience across the professional and grass roots games and facilitate exciting discussion across the two codes to benefit their sports."

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Rugby Expo is returning to the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 18 April 2018, bringing together the event's biggest ever attendance from the professional game with community club representatives to discuss and debate the issues at the heart of club rugby.

The one-day event will combine a packed exhibition floor showcasing the latest products and services, a hard-hitting conference programme featuring interactive coaching sessions plus 12+ hours of networking and new business opportunities for anyone involved in the sport.

Find out more about the event's media partners:

Teamer is a multi-award-winning web and mobile platform for taking the hassle out of sport team, club and league organisation and management. With a simple suite of web and mobile applications, Teamer makes it easy to organise team events, track participation, manage attendance, collect payments, set up a free club website, take player registrations and organise a league or tournament website. Integrated messaging ensures all league, club and team members, parents and players stay connected and informed at all times. Teamer is changing the way grassroots sport is organised and managed. It is quickly becoming a global leader in the delivery of technology solutions for sports teams.

Running Rugby is the home of rugby business news. From sponsorship deals to job news and financial developments to stadium developments, all of the behind the scenes action in rugby union and league is covered. Established as a magazine in 1998, Running Rugby is now an online resource for business decision-makers in both codes of rugby in the UK and Ireland offering new in-depth features, news and videos every week.

For 10 years Rugby Coach Weeklyhas supported grass roots coaches to be the best, with tried and tested rugby drills, practice plans and advice from the touchline, and they are still at the cutting edge of rugby coaching, drawing on the latest techniques and wealth of experience. Rugby Coach Weekly provides a rugby coaching resource informed by hands-on experience and understanding of what it takes to be an effective grass roots coach and team manager. They are passionate about improving the quality of coaching and giving coaches the resources they need at every age group and all levels.

Talking Rugby Union is an independent rugby union website that brings you all the news, views and opinions from elite level down to the grass roots of rugby. They heavily feature areas of the game which they feel could do with some of the spotlight i.e. University rugby, emerging talent and national league rugby.

Rugby Club Magazine is committed to providing the rugby world with a platform from which to share ideas, best practice and information with content provided by many leading figures within the industry. A major part of what they do is providing grass roots sports clubs with a chance to highlight the work they are carrying out with a focus on community involvement, youth development, sound financial planning and sporting success. The crucial role that these establishments play in the industry cannot be overstated and they regularly provide stories of astounding commitment, dedication and integrity.

Predominantly focussed on the business of rugby, Rugby247 also provides opportunities for grass roots clubs to share news and best practice, with the combined platforms of Rugby Expo and Rugby247 supporting programmes and key initiatives focused on the development of sport. Global in its perspective, Rugby247 includes contributions from all established – and a number of developing – rugby territories, as it becomes the platform for the business and development worlds of the sport.

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The UK's leading rugby exhibition, Rugby Expo, has today announced Pitchero as its Official Grassroots Partner.

Rugby Expo will host the largest gathering of decision makers in club rugby at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday the 18th April.

Pitchero, the largest network of rugby club websites in the UK and Ireland, will be showcasing its latest technology aimed at bringing everyone involved in rugby closer together, from governing bodies to grassroots players, parents and volunteers.

Pitchero, which powers over 1,000 rugby clubs in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland aims to use technology to unite the people playing the game with the people running the game. Its latest mobile apps, the Club App and the Manager App, will be debuted at Rugby Expo.

The Club App is for players, parents and supporters and is ideal for team chat, selection confirmation, fixtures and results, and watching the latest match highlights. The Manager App is for coaches and team managers to aid team management, organising fixtures, as well as recording live stats, capturing video and updating social media. Pitchero staff will be on hand all day offering demonstrations and advice for attendees.

The Apps follow the recent launch of Pitchero Together, a platform aimed at helping Governing Bodies increase grassroots participation in their sport, generate more revenue through central membership, sponsorship and advertising, capture data, maximise engagement and communicate with participants, whilst helping clubs with their own revenue generation and administration.

Rugby Expo 2018 is expected to attract the biggest ever attendance of delegates from the professional game and community club representatives to discuss and debate the issues at the heart of club rugby.

The one-day event will combine a packed exhibition floor showcasing the latest products and services, a hard-hitting conference programme featuring interactive coaching sessions plus 12+ hours of networking and new business opportunities for anyone involved in the sport.

Pitchero CEO, Mark Fletcher, commented: "Pitchero is looking forward to Rugby Expo. It has a great reputation as the number one conference for rugby union and rugby league in the UK. It's a great day out for all club officials from every standard of the game."

Event Director Jonathan Wilson said: "Pitchero have been long-standing supporters of Rugby Expo so it's great to be able to extend our partnership with Mark and the team for 2018.

"We've made a number of changes to this year's Rugby Expo for grass roots clubs including more interactive, coaching-led content and running the event into the evening to support those attending from the community game, and we look forward to working with Pitchero and engaging with the many clubs in their network."

For more information about attending Rugby Expo from a community club, visit http://www.rugbyexpo.com/community.

In the first of a number of major announcements to come in the build-up to next month's event, Rugby Expo 2018 will welcome senior representatives from Major League Soccer, Formula E and Basketball Champions League, who will share their secrets for establishing successful brands against tough competition and in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

The panel discussion, Succeeding Against The Odds, will look to challenge, inspire and educate delegates from across both codes and provide practical learnings from sports with similar challenges, as rugby fights for its audience, mindshare and media attention.

Joe Cote
Senior VP, Ticket Sales & Service – Portland Timbers, Major League Soccer
Established as the highest level of professional soccer in the United States and Canada, MLS launched in 1996 with ten teams. Now 22 years on, Los Angeles FC became the 23rd team to join the league in 2018 and the popularity of MLS continues to soar. Joe Cote will share an unrivalled insight into establishing a successful MLS franchise, and one that has subsequently achieved 125 consecutive regular-season sell outs, alongside record attendances for the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League.

David Warren
Head of Partnerships – Formula E
The popularity of Formula E since its inception into the motor racing calendar in 2014 continues to rise, with the sport becoming an exciting property for many brands including global technology company and Formula E title partner ABB. Major manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are also starting to invest, with a view to join the series in years to come. David Warren will present on how these partnerships, amongst other facets, seek to further Formula E's position as a major player in motorsport.

Patrick Comninos
CEO – Basketball Champions League
The Basketball Champions League has brought a successful new era of basketball through its union of the major European leagues and its strategy to embrace social media as its main channel of communication. As a result, in 2017 it was among the fastest growing sports properties and the number one European club competition on Facebook after only 12 months. Patrick Comninos, Basketball Champions League's CEO, will discuss the impressive rise of the partnership between the FIBA and the 10 major European leagues.

Full details of the event's Conference Programme will follow over the next ten days.

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Two-time Man of Steel Paul Sculthorpe MBE and six-time World Champion & Paralympic Gold Medallist Emma Wiggs MBE to speak at networking event

Rugby Expo will welcome guests to an exclusive networking reception on Tuesday 17 April, the eve of the main conference and exhibition.

Bringing together VIPs, sponsors, exhibitors, pro game delegates and senior club representatives, the event will offer attendees the chance to meet, network and share ideas in an informal, relaxed atmosphere before Rugby Expo 2018 officially opens its doors on Wednesday.

The evening will host rugby league legend and two-time Man of Steel Paul Sculthorpe, who will share stories from his time in the sport and his successful transition into business, plus his own insight into the pressing issues currently facing both codes.

Paul will be joined by Emma Wiggs, who overcame a life-changing illness at the age of 18 to go on to become Paralympic, World, European and British paracanoe champion. Attributing much of her success to her attitude and mental resolve, Emma spends time outside of the sport presenting to senior businessmen and women about overcoming challenges and applying her learning and experience in the workplace.

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Attendees to Rugby Expo will receive:

Full access to the event including both the exhibition and conference on Wednesday 18 April
An invitation to the exclusive networking event on Tuesday 17 April
Delegate pack including event brochure and full delegate list
Two free tickets to Wasps vs Northampton Saints on 29 April
Refreshments
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Paul Sculthorpe MBE
Paul's professional rugby league career spanned more than 15 years and included 247 appearances for St Helens – a side he also captained for four years – alongside six England and 26 Great Britain caps. The only player ever to win back-to-back Man of Steel awards, Paul has successfully transitioned from professional sport and is now shareholder/director of Rhino Rugby League and director of Evolve Brand Management. In 2013 Paul was awarded an MBE for his services to the sport and charity.

Emma Wiggs MBE

Emma grew up doing a variety of sports but at the age of 18, her mobility in both lower limbs was impaired after she contracted an unknown virus. After being discovered at a Team GB talent day in 2010, Emma competed in sitting volleyball in London 2012 before switching to paracanoe. Now six-time World Champion and reigning Paralympic, European and British Champion, Emma's achievements were recognised in the 2017 Queen's New Year Honours list, where she was awarded an MBE for services to canoeing.

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A blockbuster clash between arch rivals Queensland and NSW will kick off the Super W, with the full draw revealed on Friday.

The season opening Super W clash will form a double header prior to the Reds' clash with the Bulls at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday week, giving Queensland rugby fans a timely chance to watch the Brisbane Tens winning side do battle with the competition favourites.

The season opener will be one of five double headers throughout the competition, giving fans across the country the chance to get a glimpse of the stars of the women's game.

All matches will be broadcasted on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au, with one match a week streamed LIVE on RUGBY.com.au.

"This is a really exciting time for Women's Rugby with the Buildcorp Super W to give our players significantly more playing opportunities and a chance to represent their state in week-in, week-out competition," Rugby Australia Head of National XVs Programs Adrian Thompson said.

"This competition is a completely different format to the previously held National Championship, which was staged over a few days in total, and it will allow our players to really test themselves under the pressure of performing in big matches each week."

In further exciting news, Buildcorp has been unveiled as the official naming rights partner of the Super W.

The family-owned Sydney based construction firm has been one of Australian rugby's most loyal supporters and has now signed off on a multi-year deal which includes continued naming rights partnership with the Wallaroos.

"Buildcorp, Tony and Josephine Sukkar have been strong supporters of Women's Rugby over the years and their continued commitment to expanding the Women's game is an exciting development, Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said.

"The Buildcorp Super W is an exciting prospect that is going to enhance the pathway to the Buildcorp Wallaroos and create a stronger national team as we head into the start of the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup cycle."

Buildcorp's Josephine Sukkar said the organisation was thrilled to be part of bridging the gap between men's and women's rugby in Australia.

"We are extending our support of the women's game to connect a player pipeline from club to the national level," Sukkar said.

"This fills an existing gap and ensures that, like Buildcorp, Australian Rugby is structured to provide the same opportunities for women and men.

"That is, the opportunity for participation, development and promotion regardless of age, gender or culture."

DRAW
2018 Super W Draw (All times local)

Round 1

Queensland Women v NSW Women, Saturday 10 March, 4.00pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

This match will be broadcast LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delay on FOX SPORTS.

Western Force Women v Melbourne Rebels Women, Sunday 11 March, 3.00pm, Cottesloe Rugby Club, Perth

This match will be broadcast LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delay on FOX SPORTS.

Brumbies BYE

Round 2

Brumbies Women v Queensland Women, Saturday 17 March, 5.00pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

This match will be broadcast LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delay on FOX SPORTS at 10pm AEDT.

NSW Women v Western Force Women, Sunday 18 March, 1.30pm Allianz Stadium, Sydney

This match will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and LIVE on RUGBY.com.au.

Melbourne Rebels Women BYE

Round 3

NSW Women v Brumbies Women, 3.00pm, Saturday 24 March, 3.00pm, Warringah Rugby Park, Sydney

This match will be broadcast on delay on FOX SPORTS at 7:30pm AEDT.

Queensland Women v Melbourne Rebels Women, 1.30pm, Sunday 25 March, Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane

This match will be broadcast LIVE on RUGBY.com.au.

Western Force Women BYE

Round 4

Melbourne Rebels Women v Brumbies Women, Friday 30 March, 5.00pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne

This match will be broadcast on delay on FOX SPORTS at 10pm AEDT.

Western Force Women v Queensland Women, Saturday 31 March, 3.00pm Kingsway Sporting Complex

This match will be broadcast LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delay on FOX SPORTS at 10pm AEDT.

NSW Women BYE

Round 5

Melbourne Rebels Women v NSW Women, Saturday 7 April, 3.00pm, Box Hill Rugby Club, Melbourne

This match will be broadcast on delay on FOX SPORTS at 10pm AEDT.

Brumbies Women v Western Force Women, Saturday 7 April, 5.00pm GIO Stadium, Canberra

This match will be broadcast LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and on delay on FOX SPORTS at 11:30pm AEDT.

Queensland Women BYE

The Super W Final will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS. It will be played the weekend of 20 April to accommodate a break for Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Warwick has been confirmed as a new sponsor of both the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province teams, as Associate Sponsor and Wealth Partner.

Warwick is a local and international investment house, with products that span asset, estate, wealth and credit management. Warwick operates across South Africa, with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and Knysna.

With over 18 years' experience within South Africa alone, Warwick provide clients with 'financial maturity' via their products, high service levels and the ability to assist any person with their wealth needs and financial planning.

Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks, welcomed Warwick as the latest high-profile brand to get behind the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province.

"It is our pleasure to welcome Warwick to the fold here at DHL Newlands, we are very excited to be associated with another top brand.

"Warwick are leaders in their field, which makes them a good fit with our teams and the rest of our valued sponsors and partners," he said.

President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union, Mr Thelo Wakefield, said that Warwick's sponsorship is another important step forward for the WPRFU.

"Being connected to a company like Warwick gives WP Rugby and our professional teams even more prestige, so we are very excited about what the future holds with them.

"Our aim is to continue reaching for greater heights and this sponsorship is another step in that process," he said.

Ian Kilbride, the CEO of Warwick, stated, "Warwick is delighted to be associated with the pre-eminent global rugby franchise and this now extends Warwick's sporting links, sponsorship and support to rugby, in addition to our existing support for soccer, bowls, golf, bridge, croquet, hockey, cycling and numerous other sporting and leisure activities, enjoyed by our extensive local and international client base."

The Warwick logo will feature on the chest of the jerseys worn by the 2018 DHL Stormers and all Western Province teams, as part of the new 2018 sponsorship line-up. This new sponsorship deal sees Warwick join the likes of fellow associate sponsors, Land Rover and BrightRock, along with the title sponsor DHL.

We preview some more of the exhibitors showcasing their products and services at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 18 April.

The new-look one-day conference will provide delegates from the professional and community game with 12+ hours packed with high-level discussion and debate covering both codes of the sport, interactive coaching content, partner meetings and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

Find out more about the exhibitors below:

Catapult exists to build and improve the performance of athletes and teams. Their products are designed to optimise performance, mitigate the risk of injury and support the return to competition. Catapult has also provided performance analytics to some of the world's leading sports organisations. Chelsea, Bayern Munich, the New York Giants, Houston Rockets as well as the English Cricket Board, AFL and Australia Rugby Union have all benefited from Catapult insights.

With 40 years' experience in manufacturing both sports and architectural metal products to schools, colleges, universities, and sporting academies. Robbin prides itself on its knowledge, passion, and commitment to national, regional and local sport with a team of ex-professional sportsmen and members of various local community clubs.

The 1839 Company are the manufacturers of fine traditional honours caps, historically awarded within Rugby to commemorate significant achievement within the game. We have worked with schools, clubs and universities within the UK to provide bespoke caps which have previously been awarded to those going on sports tours, gaining school colours or reaching a certain number of appearances.

As a leading contractor founded on more than 50 years' experience, Agripower work nationwide undertaking the design, construction, refurbishment, drainage and maintenance of all natural and synthetic sports facilities. Agripower directly employ a team of highly trained staff, and own and maintain an enviable fleet of specialist plant and machinery ensuring that no delays are encountered throughout the project. They specialise in natural sports turf, 3G grass, multi-use areas, athletics facilities and are primary installers of the Powergrass Hybrid System.

Cardskipper is an app that improves member and fan engagement and replaces the traditional membership card. It gives organisations a constant presence in members' pockets for instant and effortless communication. Launched in 2015, Cardskipper is used by over 220 organisations internationally – including ice hockey, football and basketball sport federations, supporter clubs and student unions.

Traveleads look after some of the largest sports organisations in the UK including The Rugby Football League, Super League, Scottish Rugby Union and Premiership Rugby. They help achieve the best levels of savings in travel purchasing for team and business travel, reduce the costs associated with changes and excess baggage, taking away the hassle of managing contracts and squad amendments.

Spain is experiencing a tremendous growth in the number of rugby players. Rugby Challenge Spain was born with the only intention of supporting and shoring up that growth, improving the relationship between the Federation, clubs and soccer stadiums, organising different matches and test matches between international clubs, national rugby teams, and providing a great framework, playing in different stadiums full of people. They also help and advise any Rugby Schools, who want to establish a branch in Spain.

The UHY Hacker Young Group is an ambitious and growing network of UK chartered accountants. They pride themselves on providing an attentive and personal service, tailored and shaped to fit your needs. Their clients come in all shapes and sizes and so do their services, whether it is complex or day-to-day, local, national or international.

Rugby Visitor Centre is based in the heart of The Rugby Town, birthplace of the game. Visit their stand to find out about the newly opened, interactive, immersive and inspiring World Rugby Hall of Fame, and the town's varied cultural offer. There are a number of exclusive offers for groups and all the information you need to make your visit to the town a memorable one.

Clubminder have been involved in the Club Industry for over 20 years and their experience has shown that Clubs can reduce costs, improve cash-flow and increase turnover, by engaging with them, listening to some or all of their suggestions and implementing them.

Yihong Garment Manufacture was founded in 2006 and has 11 years' experience in bespoke teamwear, sportswear and school wear, working with many large brands including KOOGA, Beyond Limits Known, International Sports Clothing, XB, and LE.

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With just over three months to go until Rugby Expo 2018, we preview some of the exhibitors set to showcase their products and services at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 18 April.

The reformatted one-day conference will provide attendees from the professional and community game, with 12+ hours packed with high-level discussion and debate covering both codes of the sport, interactive coaching content, partner meetings and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

Find out more about the exhibitors below:

OPRO Mouthguards are leaders in custom-fit mouthguards to schools, colleges, clubs and individuals. With hundreds of custom design possibilities, and OPRO's Custom-Fit mouth impression method, every player can have a mouthguard unique to them and that is made to measure.

ClubMinder provides integrated technology to fitness clubs throughout the UK and Ireland covering membership, subscriptions and CRM, tills and EPOS, golf competition management, access control, bookings, accounting and internet services.

The 1839 Company are the manufacturers of fine traditional honours caps, historically awarded within Rugby to commemorate significant achievement within the game. The 1839 Company seeks to continue this very tradition celebrating the achievements of those men and women awarded the highest of sporting honours within all sports, at all age groups. We have worked with Schools, Clubs and Universities within the UK to provide bespoke caps which have previously been awarded to those going on sports tours, gaining school colours or reaching a certain number of appearances.

G-Form was founded by avid athletes that shared in a common vision of using advanced polymer technology to revolutionise impact protection and vibration dampening for competition. G-Form's innovative and ground-breaking athletic and consumer electronic products absorb over 90% of the energy from high-speed impact.

William Turner is a leading UK manufacturer that specialises in supplying premium quality ties and accessories for the schoolwear, club and corporate markets. Established in 1969, the family led business is proud to have supplied some of the world's most highly esteemed names in the education and sports sectors.

As a leading contractor founded on more than 50 years' experience, Agripower works nationwide undertaking the design, construction, refurbishment, drainage and maintenance of all natural and synthetic sports facilities. We directly employ a team of highly trained staff, and own and maintain an enviable fleet of specialist plant and machinery ensuring that no delays are encountered throughout the project. Specialising in natural sports turf, 3G grass, multi-use areas, athletics facilities and primary installers of the Powergrass Hybrid System.

Phoenix Sporting Goods create and distribute a range of strong, performance led brands to the retail and sports education markets. With inspirational leadership and world class customer service, Phoenix Sporting Goods aid aspiring athletes and their coaches, from grass roots to sporting professionals.

Mobile Virtual Player is the first ever self-righting mobile training device. Controlled remotely and powered by a motor, it's an innovative training partner that can move at the speed of your opponent. By simulating human motion, the MVP allows players to practice tackling, pursuing, evading and throwing at a mobile target, without the impact and fatigue associated with athlete on athlete training.

O'Neills was founded in 1918 as a manufacturer of Gaelic footballs and it is now the largest sportswear manufacturing company in Ireland. They customise garments to satisfy demand for crests, logos, sponsorship etc.

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A refreshed format will see extended one-day event dedicated to the pro and community game on 18 April 2018
Rugby Ventures Ltd., the management team behind Rugby Expo, has confirmed the return of the event to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Wednesday 18 April 2018, with a series of changes and innovations as part of an updated programme of events.

The 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 covering both codes of the sport, interactive coaching content, partner meetings and a busy exhibition showcasing the latest rugby-focused products and services.

New for 2018, Rugby Expo will officially open on the evening of Tuesday 17 April, with an exclusive networking event for VIPs, sponsors, exhibitors, delegates, club & league representatives.

Following on from the 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 has also moved to a new, larger exhibition hall to facilitate a greater focus on interactive content, with a new 102m² interactive area at the heart of the exhibition floor, which will facilitate a series of technical and practical coaching demonstrations from some of the very best coaches in the game. This has been designed to allow community game coaches and volunteers to get the best access they can to the very best coaches, to support their development and allow them to take away unrivalled insight and knowledge transfer from the pro game to the community game.

The new location in the Ricoh Arena also provides a much larger auditorium for the main stage presentations, which will be a real focus for the professional game content, with the conference programme, final schedule and the line-up of speakers to be announced very shortly.

The event also continues to be well-supported by the sport's governing bodies including Premiership Rugby, the RFU and RFL, as well as extending its close working partnership with the Ricoh Arena and senior management team at Aviva Premiership home side, Wasps.

Commenting on today's announcement, Jonathan Wilson, event director, said: "We are delighted to confirm our return to the Ricoh for 2018 and to share our vision and plans for the new-look Rugby Expo. I also want to place my thanks, on record, to Wasps who have worked with us to help create our new vision for Rugby Expo.

"The event is very well-established, but we are always looking at new ways in which to work with our partners to refresh our offering, and further support both sides and codes of the sport. The new-look event for 2018 will not only bring about positive changes for 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."

Stuart Cain, commercial director of Wasps and the Ricoh Arena, said: "Rugby Expo is a fantastic platform that brings together the pro and community games and we're proud to welcome the event back to the Ricoh Arena.

"The relationship is a true partnership and we're looking forward to working closely with the event team to help support and implement the exciting changes outlined for 2018."

To discuss sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities or to find out more about attending Rugby Expo 2018 as a delegate, contact Jenny Forbes, Head of Business Development, on +44 (0) 843 289 0583 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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