Over 300 international politicians come together for the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup – supported by TEAS

Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has supported the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup from 13–18 September – in which more than 300 rugby-loving politicians from ten parliaments around the globe compete – in anticipation of the Rugby World Cup, which is being hosted in the UK.

Launched 20 years ago, and now in its sixth edition, the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup has forged myriad international relationships between politicians and decision-makers through a shared passion for the game.

The 2015 event kicked off with a first round of matches on 13 September at Rugby School, Warwickshire, where William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran during a football match in 1823, thereby giving birth to the eponymous game. It then continued at the Richmond Rugby Club ground, close to Twickenham, the home of British rugby.

After the cup was raised by a triumphant Australian team, there was an additional game featuring the Japanese delegation, led by Yoshiro Mori, former Japanese Prime Minister, in advance of the next edition of the Rugby World Cup, to be hosted in Japan. This match featured a run-on from Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS, and rugby aficionado.

Mark Pawsey MP (Rugby and Bulkington) said: “As the MP for the birthplace of Rugby football, I am utterly delighted to see the game celebrated in this way by my colleagues from 10 parliaments from across the world. It is excellent to see so many people coming together through a shared love of the sport; to herald the forthcoming Rugby World Cup, hosted in the UK; and to raise funds for three worthwhile charities.”

TEAS’ support of the Parliamentary World Cup benefited three UK charities – the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Injured Players Foundation; HITZ Rugby, which benefits young, economically-challenged young people; and the School of Hard Knocks, which uses sport to tackle the issues surrounding unemployment, anti-social behaviour, crime and health.