Sebastian Coe to speak at IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition

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October 30. 2013 (ISN) – The International Rugby Board (IRB) is delighted to announce that Lord Sebastian Coe will speak at the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition.

As an Olympic gold medallist, former world-record holder in the 800m and 1500m and leading administrator, Coe is now one of the most recognisable figures in world sport. Prior to his current role as Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Coe is best known for overseeing the successful delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was most recently appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020.

As part of his attendance at the inaugural event, Coe will share his experiences in a special networking breakfast with delegates and media on Tuesday, November 19. At the event, he will discuss a range of topics including his experience delivering the world’s largest sporting event as well as the benefits Rugby can expect ahead of its return to the Olympic Games programme in Rio 2016.

Speaking of his participation, Coe said: “The Olympic movement is the most powerful driver of change through sport – both social and economic – and to have Rugby sitting at the table alongside other great sports is hugely important.”

“It gives me great pleasure to be attending the first IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition for what I am sure will be an important event for the international Rugby and sporting community in the countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015 and Rio 2016.”

IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper said: “Lord Coe is a sporting icon and recognised leader within international sport and the Olympic movement. I am delighted that he will share his experiences at the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition.”

“With many key topics set to be discussed, this year’s event will provide delegates with a valuable opportunity to network with leading figures and decision-makers in world sport.”

“With less than one month to go, we look forward to welcoming the Rugby community and wider sporting world to Dublin for what I am sure will be one of the highlights of international Rugby calendar.”

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Background Information

The IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition will create a truly international gathering of stakeholders in Rugby. It will incorporate a series of meetings, a medical specific and general Rugby conference, a variety of social activities, and an exhibition where organising committees of IRB events, Rugby World Cup Partners, industry suppliers and commercial partners will host meetings with international colleagues from around the world. The IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition will include:

Private sessions:

IRB General Assembly, IRB Medical Commission Conference.

Open to all:

Two-day day Rugby conference programme, two-day day exhibition, networking and social programme.

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Further Information:

Gemma Williams Fox, IRB Communications Events and Operations Coordinator ,+353-86-041-9486, email: