Rugby Europe has strengthened its partnership with the European University Sports Association (EUSA) as they aim to increase the development of sport among the university students.
Both the bodies had already signed a partnership in 2017 but now will work towards various programmes specifically on 7s among students across the continent.
The partnership will be already implemented at the next European University Games (EUG) planned for Belgrade (Serbia) in 2021 and the agreement also involves having quality refereeing and equipment at EUSA competitions to encourage the participants to take the sport at the national level.
Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe expressed delight on the partnership with EUSA.
“We are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with EUSA with this new agreement," he said.
"To promote and play rugby at University is a key element for players development and retention in our sport throughout Europe.
"This agreement will also offer new opportunities to our referees, adding to our current officials’ pathway, to gain experience at more international events".
Meanwhile, EUSA President Adam Roczek expressed confidence the partnership will benefit both the parties.
"For three years, EUSA and Rugby Europe have worked together in promoting and developing rugby across the continent, together making a significant contribution to the promotion of an active and healthy way of life.
"By signing this new agreement, we believe we have further strengthened our cooperation which will result in an even greater impact on student-athletes across Europe who will no doubt benefit from the fruits of this renewed partnership