.Rugby Governance Council launched

Ruggers, Fans, and Others Invited to Contribute to New gTLD Advisory Body

June 2013 – Dot Rugby Limited, which has submitted its application to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to operate the .Rugby top-level domain (gTLD), today announced the launch of the .Rugby Governance Council. Worldwide rugby stakeholders are being invited to contribute their perspective on the direction of the .Rugby gTLD, including advice on best practices for the sport’s premier domain.

The .Rugby Governance Council is the second of its kind, with the first-ever Governance Council (for .Health) having been announced two weeks prior. “The intention is to carve out a unique advisory body that meets the needs of rugby players and fans so that their views are represented,” declared Charles Melvin. Participants will be asked to help define best practices for the .Rugby gTLD, including Abuse Prevention and Mitigation (APM) Seal reporting system, intellectual property rights protection, gTLD rules, reserved second-level domain names, certification or authentication programmes, and ensuring compliance with ICANN rules.

“Anyone who knows anything about the rugby community knows that its players and fans are an opinionated bunch,” said Iain Roache of Dot Rugby Limited. “It is our hope that this passion can be translated to the .Rugby Governance Council so that voices from Wales, to South Africa, to New Zealand and beyond can help ensure that the .Rugby domain meets the community’s expectations.”

All interested parties with a passion for the rugby industry are invited to participate—from players, to fans, to media personnel, and more.  Those interested are encouraged to visit www.governancecouncils.com/rugby and consider participating.

Dot Rugby Limited representatives explained that expressions of interest would be accepted at this site for several months, with ongoing communications sent to interested parties prior to the Governance Council launch.  Officials also noted that ongoing Governance Council activity is subject to award of the .Rugby gTLD by ICANN.