On the Ball: The Rugby Union Conference


Morgan Sports Law and Kings Chambers are excited to co-host ‘On the Ball: The Rugby Union Conference’.

A conference for players, agents, clubs, governing bodies and all those interested in the sport of rugby union. This two-day event, featuring panels of industry-leading experts, will tackle some of the most important legal and business issues that are impacting the game, now and into the future.

Taking place virtually, the conference will be divided into four key webinars, each with a dynamic panel discussion, followed by a Q&A – see schedule below. Access will be provided to all webinars free of charge, so you can attend the webinars that appeal to you.


Wednesday 2 December

14:00 - 15:15 - The International Movement of Rugby Players

17:00 - 18:15 - Employment Contracts in Rugby

Thursday 3 December

14:00 - 15:15 - Disciplinary Issues in Rugby

17:00 - 18:15 - The Future of Rugby



This conference is free to attend. To register, please email events@morgansl.com.

More details to follow once registration is confirmed.



The International Movement of Rugby Players

A discussion of the big talking points surrounding the movement of players between clubs: considerations for players, agents and clubs when making approaches to players who are under contract (following the van Rensburg case); World Rugby’s residency rules; and the impact of Brexit. Does, or will, rugby have a football-esque transfer market?


Disciplinary Issues in Rugby

A detailed look at some of the topical disciplinary issues in rugby. What are the reasons behind World Rugby’s much-discussed High Tackle Framework, and how is it being applied by disciplinary panels? How should rugby deal with discriminatory remarks made on or off the pitch? Are governing bodies handling breaches of their betting rules in the right way?


Employment Contracts in Rugby

A discussion of the key issues surrounding player contracts, ranging from the varying contractual models used across the game, to the actions taken by clubs in response to COVID-19. What are players’ rights? And what is the impact of the salary cap?


The Future of Rugby

A final session considering how the game will look one, five and ten years from now. How will rugby emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, and will private equity hold the key to its future growth? What role will player unions have and are their current models broken? Will there ever be a ‘global calendar’, and would the Lions survive it? How will the women’s game develop, and what more can be done to protect players?


Can’t make it?

If you’re unable to attend the conference, please email events@morgansl.com to register your interest, and the team will be able to share additional resources following the event.



02 Dec 2020




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