Bob Latham Quoted in 'NZ Rugby World' on Upcoming Rugby Match
The test match will take place on November 1, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago and presents an opportunity for the United States to raise its international profile as a rugby nation.
“The test will be a great opportunity for anyone who has ever picked up a ball, or who has rugby in their soul, to celebrate and enjoy,” Mr. Latham told the publication. “I think a lot of people will see that we are credible enough to host the world’s best team and that the game will reveal that the people who play this game have fantastic values.”
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Since retiring as a rugby player, Mr. Latham has demonstrated tireless dedication to advancing the sport. He is currently the Chairman of USA Rugby and a member of the International Rugby Board Executive Committee. He is the immediate past-President of the North America Caribbean Rugby Association, and the current Chairman of the IRB Regulations Committee.
In addition to helping raise the profile of rugby in the United States, Mr. Latham played an important role in the effort to see rugby once again recognized as an Olympic sport. Mr. Latham served as a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 2000-2004 and remains active with the USOC. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to include rugby in the program for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. The inclusion of rugby sevens, a variation of the game, in the 2016 Summer Olympics will mark the first time the sport has been played in the Olympics since 1924.
Mr. Latham’s practice at Jackson Walker includes intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, and media law.