The Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) joined forces with banking partner NAB Private last week to host the annual NAB Private Sports Luncheon. Emceed by the Nine Network’s Sylvia Jeffreys, the Luncheon featured sports panellists of the highest calibre.
Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Gold Medallists Ellia Green and Evania Pelite joined their Olympic counterparts from the Matildas, Ellie Carpenter and Michelle Heyman, to discuss their Rio experiences and how their lives have changed in the aftermath of winning Gold before former Wallabies and All Black legends Owen Finegan, Daryl Gibson, Andrew Mehrtens and Stirling Mortlock previewed last Saturday’s Test between the Wallabies and Springboks.
The panellists gave their opinions on the All Blacks’ dominance of the Bledisloe Cup in 2016 with long-term investments in coaching, skill development and unity of purpose identified as key themes which drive successful Rugby teams and businesses.
The exclusive event attended by only 100 people gave NAB Private an opportunity to engage their clients and showcase their capabilities and broader corporate support for RUPA and the Smith Family. RUPA’s wine partner Taylors Wines graciously provided some of their finest South Australian wines to a well fed and very satisfied audience.
Jason Murray, NAB Private General Manager (QLD, NSW & ACT), was pleased to host yet another successful Sports Luncheon in partnership with RUPA.
“We have been a proud supporter of Australia’s Rugby players since 2013 and allowing our clients to experience intimate events like this with past and present players is just one of many ways we look to engage more deeply than just dollars and cents” Murray said.
“We were again delighted to partner with RUPA to the 2016 NAB Private Sports Luncheon to life, and to bring together some of Australia’s finest male and female elite sporting professionals to speak about their experiences competing at the highest level gave our staff and clients a wonderful thrill.”
RUPA Chief Executive Officer Ross Xenos echoed Murray’s sentiments.
“RUPA is really proud of our partnership with NAB Private and it’s hard not to enjoy an afternoon of fine Taylors wines, great company and plenty of Rugby banter. We thank all of our special guests for making themselves available and sharing their personal stories from life on and off the field. We thank Jason and his team for their ongoing support as we look to further enhance the experience and opportunities afforded to Australian Rugby players” Xenos said.