Indo Pacific Championships Pty Ltd (IPR) is establishing a new six team premier rugby competition to be staged throughout the Indo Pacific region from 2018. The Indo Pacific Rugby Championship (Competition) will re-imagine the future of Rugby Union in the fastest growing consumer market in the world. It will be played in Indo Pacific region, where over 60% of the world’s people live in a substantially similar time zone.
The Competition will ignite a passion for rugby through the design of a more exciting on field product and off field entertainment. The objective is to establish a commercially sustainable mass entertainment product that engages the player and supporter interest in Rugby throughout the Indo Pacific region. This will be achieved through a structured, centralised administration to ensure consistency and quality, coupled with decentralised implementation and innovative delivery via the clubs.
The Competition will be presented to a standard befitting of the reputation and stature of one of the top global international sporting competitions, and of the importance of organising and presenting the Competition using facilities, technology and technical systems and procedures that are best practice and innovative. IPR will work with countries in the development of critical skills and capacity for rugby clubs in Asia, providing a clear pathway for the development of players, coaches, referees and administrators across the Indo Pacific Region.
The Competition is the brain child of Andrew Forrest. Mr Forrest is a businessman and philanthropist. The Founder and Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, the fourth largest seaborne iron ore producer with a A$14 billion market capitalisation. Under Mr Forrest, Fortescue has made significant investments in the Australian resources sector of more than US$20 billion.
As an Adjunct Professor of the China Southern University and a longstanding Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Mr Forrest is a leading representative of and advocate for the resources sector globally. He is Co-Chairman of the Senior Business Leaders’ Forum, the leading formal dialogue for China and Australia’s most senior business leaders. He is a Commonwealth Ambassador for employment and engagement with disadvantaged communities and Chair of the Foundation of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. As co-founder of the Minderoo Foundation, he has supported over 230 initiatives across Australia and internationally in pursuit of a range of causes including education, ending slavery, research, indigenous disadvantage, disaster response and the arts.