Thursday 23 October, 2014 – Twickenham Stadium was the host for last night’s Rugby Expo Awards 2014, marking half time at this year’s two day Rugby Expo and a chance to celebrate the success stories and stars from the sport. 

Rugby Expo Awards 2014 winners 

Sponsor of the year

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BT Sport rugby sponsorship

Dyson and Bath Rugby

QBE and England Rugby

Winner: BT Sport

Rugby event of the year

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The Magic Weekend – RFL & Super League

Rugby Sevens at Glasgow 2014

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014

Winner: Rugby Sevens at Glasgow 2014

Marketing campaign of the year

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O2 presents ‘Wear the Rose’

London Irish and Setanta Sports Partnership

#StickersForTwickers

Wasps’ partnership with the Invictus Games

Winner: O2 presents ‘Wear the Rose’

Community programme of the year

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Bhubesi Pride and Rugby in Africa 2014

Premiership Rugby and HITZ Programme

Wheelchair Sevens International Board (W7IB) and Wheelchair Rugby Sevens

Winner: Premiership Rugby and HITZ Programme

Technical innovation of the year

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First Sports International and RFU Game Management System (GMS)

Rhino Rugby and the Rhino Bulldog Sled

Ultimate Rugby mobile app

Winner: Ultimate Rugby mobile app

Rugby venue of the year

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Aviva Stadium, IRFU

Langtree Park, St. Helens

Kingston Park Stadium, Newcastle Falcons

Winner: Aviva Stadium, IRFU

The evening culminated with the presentation of the Outstanding Contribution to Rugby Award; as the only category where the winner is nominated and selected by the judging panel, this year’s award was won by Stuart Gallacher, former Scarlets and Regional Rugby Wales Chief Executive who sadly passed away at the weekend at the age of 68. 

Stuart, who was also former Director of ERC and the Celtic League, was a dual-code international player who made a major contribution to Welsh Rugby during a career that spanned more than 40 years. 

Close friend and former Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Bob Norster received the award on behalf of Stuart and his family.