1 Rugby as business: hints for Japan

Tuesday 16 February 2016 from 2 to 3.30pm

‘Rugby as business: hints for Japan’ 

Fergus Wallace

University of Glasgow Chapel, G12 8QQ, Glasgow

Free and open to the public.   

This was organised as part of Japan Matters public lecture series, in cooperation with University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, with a grant from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.


With the recent outstanding performance at the Rugby World Cup, rugby has attracted wider attention for the first time in Japan.

How should Japan rugby move forward from here?
How can a rugby team/club develop as a business?
How should the most important asset of a rugby team, the players, be nurtured as individuals?
How can people/businesses from outside the rugby world engage with rugby and why should they?
How do we grow the game and get more people attending games?

Fergus Wallace discussed these issues based on his experience as a rugby player and a business person. Fergus is a former rugby player who played during the amateur and professional eras and also captained Glasgow and Scotland.  He has run his own business and more recently held the role of Business Development Manager at Glasgow Warriors during the fastest expansion of the club and moved on to be Director of Sports Partnerships at House of Fraser. He has now just started a new business, The Sports Global Network