The inaugural meeting of The Rugby Business Network took place at Lansdowne Rugby Club in Dublin.
Former rugby international, politician and businessman Jim Glennon acted as MC for the night, joined by former Leinster, Ireland and Lions player Shane Byrne.
Representatives from all grades of rugby and business professionals interacted throughout the night in between some valuable discussion from the host and special guests.
Leinster Rugby's head coach Joe Schmidt attended as a surprise guest, engaging the attendees with insights into man-management and preparing such a competitive squad of players.
Joe also recalled his former career as a school's vice-principal and concluded with a look at the working culture across New Zealand, France and Ireland that could be applied in business.
Shane spoke of his career in the game, the highs and the lows and how the lessons he learnt on the field of play -- about discipline, remaining calm under pressure and making the best of those working around you -- have been invaluable in his subsequent business career as a director of his family's waste disposal business and through to the charity work he undertakes.
The evening also included a Q&A with event sponsors, Teamer.net and Sport For Business, and an open forum in which the hosts were questioned on the link between sport and business, sponsorship, the development of professional sport and how businesses can optimise growth parallel to its development, with special attention on the bid for the Rugby World Cup and rugby sevens in the 2016 Olympics.
The Rugby Business Network will continue to organise events around the country to engage all business landscapes with a common passion for rugby. For further details keep up to date on Business platform LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/) and follow The Rugby Business Network Group.