Ahead of RWC2015 in England, each Constituant Body in England were partnered with a European Rugby Nation to help develop the game. Our home County of Northumberland were joined with Spain & we were delighted to offer our expertise on travel between the two Rugby playing regions.
World Rugby has partnered with FIRA-AER and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to deliver a ground-breaking project that will drive Rugby growth in 17 European national Unions as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy.
A key component of World Rugby's Impact Beyond 2015 programme, the Unity Project will see the RFU constituent bodies pairing with a Union selected by the IRB and FIRA-AER to work with over the next three years.
The European nations and their allocated RFU constituent bodies will work together to devise and deliver development plans to support the growth of the Game.
This support could come in the form of helping to train ground staff and facilities managers, through to working on grassroots coach and player development pathways.
With eight European teams competing at England 2015, FIRA-AER Unions will have the largest representation at Rugby's global showcase event, while the region boasts more than three million active players, the largest regional playing representation.
The Unity Project will ensure that the Region maximises the opportunity of hosting one of the world's largest sports events.
Our home county of Northumberland has been partnered with Spain. As official Tour Operator of this particular link, our focus starts immediately with the promotion of reciprocal tours between our home County and the Iberian Peninsular.
Our work doesn't stop there.
The Unity Project is a wonderful opportunity to help grow and develop our game in parts of Europe often forgotton in the shadows of the countries of the Six Nations. We are determined to do our bit and ensure we promote the wonderful Rugby Destinations Spain has to offer.
Santiago Santos, the head-coach of the Spanish National Team, said this: "I hope these sports exchanges are beneficial and contribute to the development of rugby the whole of Spain. We believe that this exchange can be very beneficial for the Spanish rugby. Not only for the players, who would have the experience to compete with English players, but also to train trainers, who may have the opportunity to see first hand some highly qualified English coaches."
Read more about the Unity Project on the World Rugby website. Click Here.