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By ARU Media Unit
We’re excited to announce that Australian Rugby will be moving to a new online system for national competition management and participant registration for the 2014 Rugby Sevens season and the 2015 club Rugby season.
The new system, which will be provided by InteractSport, will cater for Rugby’s needs – from managing competitions right through to helping local clubs with their administration.
InteractSport is an Australian company with a proven track record in delivering online competition and participant management systems for major Australian sports including cricket, tennis, and netball. Rugby will now join a host of other sporting organisations who already use InteractSport online systems to successfully manage their competitions, teams, participants and members.
For the first time, we’ll have the capability to connect everyone involved in Rugby through one system. This is a big step forward and means that no matter where a player lives, they will have the same experience when dealing with Australian Rugby as any other player right across Australia.
The InteractSport system will be a critical tool for clubs and Rugby affiliates, and will revolutionise the way they manage participant registration, competitions, and websites. For example, if Rugby is called off at short notice due to wet weather, all players (or mums and dads) can now receive a text message* from their club or competition manager advising of the changed arrangements. Also, there’ll be no more paperwork for officials on match day - results can be entered into the online system via the live scoring App in real time from the sideline.
The time is right to invest in new technologies that will meet the needs of our stakeholders. Our partnership with InteractSport provides a cost effective and sustainable system that will help us to grow the game at grassroots level.
Australian Rugby will work with our clubs, competition managers and unions to configure the InteractSport system, which contains over 200 features that are general across all sports. In addition to the core features, Rugby-specific requirements will be addressed through consultation with our stakeholder to ensure the InteractSport system meets all of our needs.
For more information please see the attached key messages information sheet which includes system features and frequently asked questions.
The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.
We’re set for an exciting year with plenty to look forward to in 2014, including our Qantas Men’s Sevens team competing in the Commonwealth Games (July), the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France (August) and the launch of a new domestic competition – the National Rugby Championship (August).