The World in Union (New Zealand) Conference 2017

Tackling the big issues. Passing on knowledge. Kicking it forward.

Following on from the success of the inaugural "The World in Union: Rugby Past, Present and Future" global summit hosted by the University of Brighton in 2015, Massey University is proud to announce that it will be hosting "The World in Union (New Zealand) 2017 Conference".
This international conference will take place in Palmerston North, New Zealand between 28th and 30th June 2017 at the New Zealand Rugby Museum and Sport & Rugby Institute.
The event will amalgamate an international array of academics, practitioners and educators with expertise in the field of rugby union. Dates coincides with the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 with an extended opportunity for conference delegates to travel to Wellington on July 1st for those planning to attend the All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions live at Westpac Stadium.

Conference programme

6pm to 7.30pm, Wednesday 28 June

New Zealand Rugby Museum
Conference welcome, including speeches, a guided tour of the New Zealand Rugby Museum by Director Stephen Berg and drinks and nibbles.

8.30am to 5pm, Thursday 29 June

Sport & Rugby Institute
Cultural welcome, conference presentations and discussion forums. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

9am to 5pm, Friday 30 June

Sport & Rugby Institute
Conference presentations and discussion forums. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

6.30pm to 9.30pm, Friday 30 June

Hotel Coachman
The conference dinner (hangi). This will include speeches, prizes, a discussion panel, cultural performances, a few special surprises(!) and farewell.


The Massey University kicking robot will be on display and the interactive rugby simulator, developed by Cain and Gabe Redding will be in action. There will be opportunities for delegates to participate in various cultural sessions and workshops.

Download the conference programme

Conference programme and proceedings (3,852 KB)

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand’s defining university.
We also have strong links to New Zealand's sporting community. As the largest distance education provider in New Zealand we have proven flexibility to work with elite athlete's lifestyle demands. Consequently many of New Zealand's top sportspeople study with us. As an example over 40% of the Rio 2016 New Zealand Olympic squad was a current or past Massey student.

Massey’s School of Sport and Exercise brings staff in all sport-related areas together into one academic unit. The school is one of New Zealand’s most innovative research-led academic groupings in sport and exercise, providing excellence in research and teaching.

Palmerston North is the home of the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand, the Sport and Rugby Institute, the New Zealand Rugby Museum, and the hometown of Charles John Monro who is credited with introducing rugby union to New Zealand.

Palmerston North is a compact city located in a rural setting. It is located in the Manawatu region of the lower North Island, approximately 1.5 hours drive from Wellington.

More information on the Manawatu region and Palmerston North, including transport and accommodation can be found below

Pricing and accommodation

Conference registrations and purchasing Practitioner Passes has closed.

Find out about the packages offered and accommodation options

Conference dates and location

28th to 30th June 2017, Palmerston North, New Zealand


Abstract submissions have now closed.

If you are interested in being involved in the conference and have missed the submission deadline, please contact the Conference Director

Contact us

For further enquiries please get in touch with the conference convenor, Dr. Rachel Batty, Massey University, School of Sport & Exercise.

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