Today sees the announcement of the full conference programme for the professional game-focused day one of Rugby Expo 2014.

Comprising five hard-hitting plenary sessions and two master class summits, day one’s conference sessions will host an extensive list of speakers from rugby and the wider sports industry, as the event seeks to address many of rugby’s key talking points.

Day one conference sessions

> The vision for the future of professional club rugby
> Building Big Game strategies
> ‘Grow your own’ – Maximising ROI in talent identification and development
> One on one with Bill Beaumont
> Marketing and social media summit
> Sponsorship and commercial summit 
> Rugby World Cup 2015 preview with Jason Leonard OBE and Ieuan Evans

Day one speakers

> Ian Ritchie – CEO, RFU
> Mark McCafferty – CEO, Premiership Rugby
> Bill Beaumont CBE – Chairman, RFU
> Mick Dawson – CEO, Leinster Rugby
> Mark Davies – CEO, Regional Rugby Wales 
> Blake Solly – General manager, Super League 
> Jon Duckworth – Managing partner, eightyone600 
> Edward Griffiths – CEO, Saracens 
> Tom Hill – Head of sponsorship, Manchester United FC
> Alex Trickett – Head of sport, Twitter UK
> Mike Rigg – Head of talent identification, the FA 
> Jason Leonard OBE – Former England International and RWC winner
> Ieuan Evans – Former Wales International 
> Les Reed – Head of football development, Southampton FC 
> Simon Cohen – CEO, Leicester Tigers 
> Tim Crow – CEO, Synergy 
> David Ellis – CEO, Harlequins 
> Dan Lyle – Executive VP, United World Sports
> Casimir Knight – Independent Media Consultant 
> Alistair Richards – Global president, Guinness World Records
> James Toney – Managing editor, Sportsbeat
> Sonja McLaughlan – Broadcaster
> Kevin Roberts – Editorial director, SportBusiness Group

Day two of Rugby Expo will switch its focus to grass roots rugby and the community game and the full conference programme will be announced on Friday.

To find out more about attending Rugby Expo as a delegate, contact Rob Ware at or on +44 (0) 843 289 0583.

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