Blythe Liggins is to hold talks with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) this month about funding for the new Leamington-based Rugby Coaches Association (RCA).

Blythe Liggins represents this new organisation for professional rugby union and rugby league coaches and Richard Moon, head of both the firm’s sports law and employment law units, sits on its board.
The talks will take place at Twickenham on Thursday January 31 between Mr Moon and Rob Andrew, director of operations for the RFU.

The two are former playing colleagues, having represented Cambridge University and been paired at scrum-half and fly-half respectively in the 1984 Varsity Match.

Mr Moon, who went on to play for England, the Barbarians and Harlequins and was recently interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme about rugby refereeing, said: “The RCA is a new, independent not-for-profit association (chaired by Sir Ian McGeechan, a former head coach of the British and Irish Lions) and we are seeking additional funding to help us represent all member coaches in their dealings with governing bodies and other stakeholders in both rugby codes.”

Mr Moon is no stranger to the corridors of power at Twickenham, having once sat on the governing body of the RFU. He was also involved in the establishment of the Rugby Union Players Association in 1996.
In addition to the RCA, Blythe Liggins’ sports law unit has represented a number of sporting individuals and organisations, from local concerns such as Warwick Boat Club and Leamington Cricket Club to international rugby players, county cricketers, athletics coaches, Olympic horsemen, the English Women’s Golf Association and Riding for the Disabled.

CAPTION: (1) Richard Moon and Sir Ian McGeechan at the launch of the RCA. (2) Richard Moon preparing to give a radio commentary at Twickenham.

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