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Thursday, January 12, 2006


Rugby Administration: IRB Jobs available

The International Rugby Board are looking for a Training Manager and Communications Officer.

The observant amongst you will no doubt notice that the picture bears no relation to the story. Well, if you had a choice between a boring logo and Joost in full flight and backed up by the great Andre Venter, what would you have done? Thanks to


Rugby is one of the world’s most popular and fastest growing sports. The world governing body is the International Rugby Board (IRB), which is based in Dublin, Ireland. With over 100 national unions in membership, it is responsible for the governance, administration and development of rugby worldwide, as well as the staging and management of Rugby World Cup and other major tournaments.

Following a reorganisation a vacancy exists in the Rugby Services
Department in Dublin for a Training Manager who will provide a leading edge
education and training service covering coaching, match officiating and
Rugby administration for the IRB Member Unions.

The successful applicant will:
· Design training products and manage them into production including,
training manuals, trainer guidelines, workbooks, videos/DVDs,
computer and web based materials.
· Work in conjunction with Member Unions to jointly produce appropriate
· Deliver Train the Trainer programmes in conjunction with the IRB
Regional Development Managers.
· Produce the IRB Law Book and project manage Law experimentation.
· Manage the IRB Game analysis activities.
· Provide Game Analysis support at IRB Tournaments.

The successful applicant will have:
· Tertiary Education to degree level
· Substantial practical coaching and/or refereeing experience
· A thorough knowledge of the Laws of the Game
· High level planning skills
· Knowledge of current concepts in the technical developments in rugby
· Experience in training and development activities including
accreditation course design, delivery of training courses and
preparation of high quality written materials.
· IRB Train the Trainer qualification an advantage

(Closing date - 20 January 2006)

Communications Officer

A vacancy exists in Dublin for a Communications Officer, who will play a key
role in the continued expansion of the IRB’s communications strategy.
Reporting to the IRB’s Head of Communications, the Communications Officer
will be responsible for the day-to-day execution of the IRB’s internal and
external communications programme and related activities. In addition there
will be tournament media operations responsibilities.

The successful applicant will have excellent writing and editing skills with a
minimum five years experience as a journalist (or in a similar role). The
preferred candidate will have experience in the production of publications,
have a sound knowledge of the media, public relations and the Internet, event
experience and a thorough knowledge of the Game.


To provide journalistic, public relations and administrative support to all media
and communications activities.

Principal Accountabilities
· Writes press releases, and articles for web sites and IRB publications
and coordinates internal and external publications including
newsletters, magazines, annual report, etc
· Manages the media monitoring programme

(Closing date - 27 January 2006)
a picture of the legend flecky would have been nice as a pick ras!!!  
PA, that 'Communications' job is YOU!!!!

They want 50 page press releases....;-))) Hehehehe

As for the 'Legend' Fleckie, look I love the guy, I'd love to go for a beer with him but he's only a legend in Keo's mind.

He's a good studio guest though, very good.
heheh, i think i will struggle keeping it down to 50!!!  

And my wife works in communications too PA.

You know your theory of forwards play and KISS.

Guess what?

PR and communications people invented the concept.

My wife's rules are

Arial Narrow 11'

lots of white space

Preferably pictures and


She's won national awards for her press releases and corporate documents!!!!!
does she give lessons davids???  

She's been complimented by a guru on plain english writing PA

I can ask...

I know last year the holding company of her company retained her as a consultant to write their Financial Report because she's won the JSE award for best financial statements two years in a row!
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