EY announces official sponsorship and support of Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

London, 7 July 2017

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EY is pleased to announce its official sponsorship and support of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017. With this sponsorship, and as current sponsors of the British & Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, EY is continuing its commitment to developing purpose-driven leaders through high-performing teams to help build a better working world.

Over the past few years, women’s rugby has enjoyed unprecedented growth and the inclusion of rugby sevens in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 has helped establish the sport in new markets. Today, women’s rugby is played by nearly 2.2 million women and girls in more than 110 countries.1

EY firms are working with external suppliers to recruit high-potential female athletes for professional roles, and to provide the necessary resources to help them transition from sport into business.

Nancy Altobello, EY Global Vice Chair of Talent, says:

“EY shares common values with rugby and has long been a proponent of the sport worldwide. The leadership skills, motivation and resilience developed through playing rugby are incredibly beneficial in a business environment. At EY we’re thrilled to harness the leadership potential of elite female athletes and help them seamlessly transition to new careers in business.”

EY has a long history of driving the global dialogue around the advancement of women athletes and harnessing the often untapped leadership potential of this talent pool. EY’s Women Athletes Business Network (WABN), for example, was established to inform, empower and create an environment that supports elite female athletes, seeking to develop their leadership potential and transition from sport to careers in business.

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman, says:

“We are delighted to welcome EY as an official sponsor of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017. As the game grows across the world, it's important that we work with a brand that is the right fit and reflects the character-building values of our sport. This year’s tournament promises to be the biggest and best yet and we look forward to working with EY toward further promotion and engagement within Ireland and around the world. As women’s rugby goes from a grassroots level all the way to the top of the sport, it’s exciting to have global organizations like EY realize the human capital potential of the players and the values they bring including team-work, tenacity, hard work and discipline.”

The eighth Women's Rugby World Cup tournament will be held in Ireland in August 2017. The qualifying nations competing this year include Australia, Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, USA and Wales.


1Source: World Rugby

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About EY’s Women Athletes Business Network

EY’s Women Athletes Business Network’s (WABN) goal is to create an environment that supports elite female athletes who seek to develop their leadership potential beyond their sporting careers. For more information about EY’s Women Athletes Business Network, please visit: ey.com/womenathletesnetwork.

About World Rugby

The World Rugby vision is: ‘A sport for all, true to its values’ and its mission is ‘Growing the Global Rugby Family’. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, World Rugby is the game's governing body with a focus on regulation and inspiration. Rugby is played throughout the world by more than 8.5 million men and women, boys and girls currently. Our sport is built upon the principles of camaraderie, fair play, respect and teamwork.