Rugby World, the world’s best-selling Rugby magazine and Game Changer Sports, a leading sport innovation network, have joined forces to launch The Rugby Innovation Summit, a unique rugby event carefully designed to optimise performance, reduce injury and boost participation across all levels of the game.

The Rugby Innovation Summit 2016 takes place at Twickenham Stoop Stadium, London, on 24th and 25th May 2016 and is truly the first event of its kind. Over two days the event combines content-rich presentations with injury specific medical seminars, live performance testing alongside a Home Nations International Mixed Touch Tournament.

Leading figures from the world of Rugby, Contact Sports, Medicine and Sports Science will be in attendance and speakers include:

Dave Alred, Elite Performance Coach, Performing Under Pressure
Mike England, Director RFU Injured Players’ Foundation, RFU
Stephen Aboud, Head of Technical Direction, IRFU
Daniel Tobin, Head of Fitness, Leinster Rugby
Dr Wayne Viljoen, Head of Rugby Safety, SARU
Mike Friday,
Head Coach, USA 7s
Bill Burgos, Head of Strength & Conditioning, Orlando Magic
Rachel Brown, Player Welfare Manager, RFU

Mark Bennett, Head of Performance, Bristol Rugby
Matt Johnson, Head of Innovation, Leicester Tigers
Mark Atkinson, Academy Performance Manager, Bath Rugby
Mike Loosemore, Chief Medical Officer, GB Boxing

Peter White, Head of Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships for Rugby World says: “Rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world with many new participants inspired to take part following Rugby World Cup 2015. Rugby World reaches elite players, coaches and grass roots players and is therefore perfectly placed to promote key innovations in rugby and amplify Game Changer Sports’ grass roots initiatives to players and coaches at all levels. Through this partnership we hope to increase participation and lengthen careers from grass roots to elite level.”

Luke James, Co-Founder & CEO of Game Changer Sports says: “We are delighted to partner with Rugby World magazine. They completely bought into and shared our values and objectives in reducing injury and increasing performance from Day 1. Their involvement elevates the event to a global audience and creates a platform for continual improvement and positive change across every level of the game. As part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy it is absolutely critical to have our safety heads on and ensure we uphold the reputation of rugby union, inviting new players into the game and ensuring we retain as many current players as possible. The role and application of technology, particularly at the grass roots level is going to be critical to its success.”