John "Bradshaw" Layfield, USOC's Snyder to headline Rugby NDS Dinner

Each year, the entire rugby community is invited to the National Development Summit Dinner of Champions. This year’s dinner, held at the Renaissance Baltimore Inner Harbor, will feature WWE’s John Layfield, the United States Olympic Committee’s Chris Snyder, new USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Dan Payne, and the USA Rugby Coach of the Year awards.

Layfield, known to WWE fans as “JBL” (John “Bradshaw” Layfield), will deliver USA Rugby’s 2017 NDS keynote address Jan. 14. After a long and successful career as a professional wrestler, Layfield currently serves as a television commentator for the WWE and for Fox’s Bulls and Bears.

Aside from his broadcasting and entertaining career, Layfield is well-versed in the social benefits and power of youth rugby. He founded the award-winning Beyond Rugby Bermuda, a youth program that combines academic and family resources alongside rugby through both the Bermuda Rugby Football Union and the Family Centre Bermuda.

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Layfield’s background in sport includes All-American honors at Abilene Christian University, three years of professional football, and a WWE Championship–where he holds the record for longest-reigning champion in the history of Smackdown.

Snyder serves as the director of coaching education at the USOC. He oversees a department that includes coaching education, coach development, and coach recognition, working with all 47 Olympic and more than 20 Paralympic sports and organizations. Snyder previously worked as the manager of coaching education at U.S. Lacrosse and has a 14-year history of coaching at all levels.

The Dinner of Champions caps off the first day of sessions at the Summit featuring a wide range of presentations, including baseline concussion testing, an in-depth look at a state-of-the-art referee development facility, club fundraising at all levels, and hands-on practical sessions. See the full agenda on the NDS website.

Register today at and secure a spot at the premier rugby conference of the year.