Call for Papers | The World in Union (New Zealand) Conference 2017: Tackling the Big Issues. Passing on Knowledge. Kicking it Forward


From pre-game preparation incorporating developed insights into player training and performance, through to the emergence of established sponsorship agreements, fan allegiances, cultural and national identity, media coverage and post-game analysis – tradition and history has melded with progress to forge an engaging and unassailable position for Rugby Union within the modern sports industry.

The World in Union (New Zealand) 2017 Conference aims to celebrate the development of Rugby Union on a global scale and also tackle some of the big issues the sport is currently facing. “Kick-off” for this exciting event will take place on Wednesday 28th June, 2017 at The New Zealand Rugby Museum, Palmerston North, the home of New Zealand rugby heritage and culture where a collection of some of the world’s rarest rugby artefacts can be found.

Academics, practitioners and educators with expertise in the field of rugby union are warmly invited to submit 300 word abstracts on (but not limited to) the following rugby related themes:

  • History
  • Social issues
  • Nationalism, Culture and Identity
  • Sport Development
  • Branding
  • Media and broadcasting
  • Coaching
  • Volunteers
  • Event Management
  • Governance
  • Performance-enhancement
  • Sport nutrition
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Education
  • Social media
  • Sponsorship

Abstracts will be accepted from Monday 5th September, 2016 through until Friday 11th November, 2016.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference academic panel as they are received. Authors will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis with final notifications of acceptance released by Monday 21st November, 2016. Submission of an abstract indicates that at least one of the authors will register for the conference. Accepted Abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. N.B. Failure to register will result in the abstract being withdrawn from the conference.

Selected full papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Global Sport Management or Journal of Sport History. Further information on these special editions including full paper submission guidelines will be released in due course.

Click here to visit the conference website, or here to submit an abstract.


Dr. Rachel J. Batty
Lecturer in Sport Management|Sport Management Programme Adviser (Manawatu & Distance)
Conference Director | The World in Union (New Zealand) 2017
Email | Tel. +64 6 951 8025 |Fax. +64 6 350 5781

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