Rugby Canada partners with Merit Travel

Rugby Canada has picked Toronto-based Merit Travel Group as its Official Travel Partner leading up to the 2015 Pan Am games and 2015 Rugby World Cup. Merit will provide a full service travel program to all of the National teams and programs operated by Rugby Canada. Nick Taylor, director of commercial operations for Rugby Canada, said: “Ensuring that our athletes arrive at their destination in the safest and most efficient manner means that they, and our management team will be able to focus on the training and competitive aspects of their tours.” He noted as well that the new relationship with Merit Travel will allow Rugby Canada to begin to cater more to the sports growing number of supporters and offer them a turn-key experience when it comes to their sport and leisure travel. Louise deGrandpre, executive vice-president and co-owner of Merit Travel Group, said that: “As this new relationship grows, it is Merit’s goal to become closely integrated into the Rugby Canada operations and as a key partner to deliver outstanding travel management support services to the organization, its executive, coaching staff, athletes, teams, officials and other supporters, including the families as Rugby Canada builds towards the 2013 World Cup 7s in Russia, the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup, the 2015 Pan Am Games and Rugby World Cup, and finally to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where Rugby will make its triumphant return to the world’s second biggest sporting event.” Go to for more information.

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