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Rugby World Cup 2015 – Does it take a superstar or a team to win it?
Tuesday September 15, 2015

The Rugby World Cup (RWC) is the greatest prize in rugby and one of the world’s most admired competitions having established itself as a key sporting event alongside the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The RWC is controlled by World Rugby and is contested every four years and has increasingly grown in size, stature and prominence to 20 teams.


My personal experience of playing rugby has been a rocky road due to injury factors, I’ve been playing rugby for 8 years now and to be honest it’s one of the best sports I’ve ever played. The atmosphere on the pitch is just exhilarating, all the parents and coaches cheering you on as you’re dancing around players, leaving them behind, diving over that try line and scoring that winning try. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs in rugby; the one thing that has always driven me even more is the team on the field with me. No matter what the outcome, we have always stuck together and improved as a team.


Being a keen supporter of both Rugby and Football, I can honestly say in my opinion one of the most refreshing aspects of rugby is the sportsmanship on display. Coming into the football tournaments all eyes tend to be on a superstar rather than the team. We can all see how in the Football World Cup the one man brilliance of Messi for Argentina couldn’t carry them all the way through, but the teamwork of Germany took them the distance. When it comes to the Rugby World Cup the focus is firmly on which nation can pull together. I remember last year Charles Dance brilliant team talk rallying the whole nation to pull behind the event and not be any team but become ‘The Team’.



Teamwork is definitely the focus in rugby, to succeed everyone involved needs to combine their abilities and efforts. If everyone does their job well, it will only mean one thing which is accomplishing their goals. Teamwork has to be recognised by everyone from on the field to off the field such as the supporters for their country. Great things will happen if individuals master their fundamentals within the team and all come together as one big unit including supporters. Each person from the players, coaches & supporters have an individual role that will be recognised and appreciated by everyone. Remember TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More.


“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi


If we can take one thing away from the Rugby World Cup to apply to our business performance it would have to be the teamwork over superstar attitude. While superstars can achieve great things in your organisation, to go the distance you need a team. The successful ingredients for a team rely on the right combination of personalities, rewards and resources.


In terms of resources, a Customer Relationship Management solution can be a real differentiator in terms of improving communication and collaboration across the office departments.


In choosing CRM you can open up the flow of vital information around your organisation. So whether you operate in the marketing, sales, customer services, management or technical side of the business CRM has a role to play for better communications and efficiency. With the CRM system, it will be easier to share customer-focused information through their company. Also having all the information you need at your fingertips, means that information can be pulled from the system to be used for yourself or passed onto other colleagues within the company.


With the Rugby World Cup starting this Friday, the question is will you be creating a team for your organisation or driving towards becoming ‘The Team’?

Written by Kyle McLaughlin at 00:00