Rugby 1st

Where Rugby and Business Meet

Rugby 1st is a Not-For-Profit Business Activation Community created for the betterment of Rugby.

Through our rapidly growing membership base, our goal is to facilitate long term business outcomes and enduring
corporate relationships for our members via our website, networking & bespoke business events and personal, results driven
introductions.

The principals commit their time, expertise and connections to facilitating better outcomes for Rugby and continue to
develop creative ideas to support the Game, Players and NFP Foundations and Charities at the core of giving back.
We believe in the value of ROI – Return on Involvement – and seek to be Australia’s most reputable business group
supporting Rugby.

In 2019 we will progress key activations in the following spaces:

Strategic Connections

  • Connecting Australia’s top corporates, brands, executives and influencers to each other for the good of the Game.
  • Delivering superior opportunities for our Members to achieve better results for their brands and businesses via new
    and targeted relationships

Career Transition & Mentoring.

  • Cultivating and supporting Mentorship and Business Ambassador Programs for players and members

Partnering for Purpose

  • Sourcing and delivering meaningful opportunities to our partner NFP’s supporting Rugby
  • Creating new and unique fundraising and brand engagement activations to deliver results for Rugby charities
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Adrian Skeggs

Adrian Skeggs – is an Ex Wallaby and was the National Convenor of the Australian Rugby Business Network for over 5 years, creating and hosting more than 60 events during that period.

It is widely known that Adrian has spent years cultivating a worldwide network of unparalleled rugby and business associates and is legendary in his ability to invite the right people into the right boardroom at the right time to achieve powerful results.

Moose will nowspearhead the operations of Rugby 1st, where he will fulfil his passion to connect his corporate and rugby worlds in strategic alliances, fostering and facilitating meaningful partnerships that result in real and measurable outcomes for the good of the Australian game.

Angus Stewart

Angus Stewart – is an experienced international entrepreneur and business builder with a passion for creating and nurturing businesses in the global
marketplace across diverse industries.

Having spent the last 20 years living in Hong Kong, he has developed a deep understanding of Asian business and culture and Australia’s place in our global region.

With a committed interest in the value and potential of the individual, Angus has dedicated much of his time to mentoring young entrepreneurs and professional sportsmen and women both here and in Asia, helping them to transition.

He is an expert in the art of delivering bespoke guidance to assist the elite athlete in establishing their place after professional sport and fulfilling their post-playing career goals.

Mentoring is Angus’s passion and focus.

From his life in Rugby as a player, club administrator and philanthropist, he is now unashamedly a committed servant to Australian Rugby

Alexandra Lyus

Alexandra Lyus – is a professional Senior Conference, Incentive and Event Manager. She had a successful career in advertising and TV production in Sydney and New York prior to establishing On Q Event Management Pty Ltd in 2000.

Since then she has enjoyed long term relationships with blue chip corporate clients and has organised international and national conferences, special events, incentive travel programs, exhibitions, roadshows, product launches, media events, team building, fundraising and gala charity functions for some of Australia’s largest companies and has worked pro bono with some of our most respected NFP organisations, including Special Olympics, Care For Kids, Fred Hollows Foundation and AMA (NSW) Foundation.

With a passion for philanthropy and a finger on the pulse of the Australian business market, she also owns Sydney Referral Network on LinkedIn and established The Corporate Game Plan as a division of On Q.

What People are saying

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“I attended the Rugby 1st launch event and heard about many of the new programs that are in the pipeline. These programs are inclusive and a reminder that sport brings people together.  I’m confident that this network can make a positive contribution to the game of Rugby in Australia”. 

Nate Godfrey

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I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Rugby 1st at City Tattersalls. It was refreshing at a time when there is so much negativity surrounding rugby union, that we can be reminded about what makes our community so great. A focus on grassroots initiatives, affirming the positive role rugby clubs and associations can make to the lives of young and old, player and supporter alike. Congratulations to Adrian and the team and my best wishes for your future success.  

Toby Lawson

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I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Rugby 1st at City Tattersalls. It was refreshing at a time when there is so much negativity surrounding rugby union, that we can be reminded about what makes our community so great. A focus on grassroots initiatives, affirming the positive role rugby clubs and associations can make to the lives of young and old, player and supporter alike and I’m confident that this network can make a positive contribution to the game Congratulations to Adrian and the team and my best wishes for your future success and look forward to the many new programs that are in the pipeline and the networking opportunities that will come from that.    

TONY SAVINO

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“I enjoyed attending the Rugby 1st launch event and having previously heard about many of the Adrian’s new programs he is planning, I was very interested in seeing the feedback from the rugby public. It was a positive vibe on the night and like many attending, NSW Juniors is always happy to support programs that will benefit the game of rugby and promote growth across all sectors of the game.”

Ben Gregory

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 “I attended the Rugby 1st Launch event and was very impressed by the events and programs Rugby 1st are organizing. It is crucial for Rugby Union to thrive at all levels and Rugby 1st is a non for profit organization supporting just that! Rugby is more than just a sport, it bring communities together. We are in full support of this new initiative to help rugby grow and thrive.

Andrew Nash

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Congratulations to Adrian, Angus and Alex on the launch of Rugby 1st.  This initiative will assist in bringing together the business and rugby communities to achieve success in the development of various integration, career and leadership programmes.  I am particularly impressed that you will be working with club, junior and regional rugby communities.  Best wishes for future success.

Ian Cameron