17 Jun, 19:25
Ireland pulled clear of hosts Canada with four tries in the closing half hour as they earned a 40-14 victory at the BMO Stadium on Saturday night. Check out some photos from the Toronto tussle.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "Rugby is currently enjoying unprecedented growth all around the world, reaching out to new countries, communities and audiences.
"Yet it is important that, within that growth, we collectively remain focused on the core values of our sport and ensuring that rugby is as enjoyable to play, officiate and watch as possible while promoting the best-possible player welfare practices.
"The object of the two-day conference is to take stock of the game and holistically consider global playing trends as we embark upon an exciting and pivotal decade for the sport which includes Sevens' Olympic Games debut in Rio in 2016 and the next three Rugby World Cups."
He added: "The conference will provide a forum for leading technical experts and playing representatives from around the world to gather to exchange information, discuss playing and coaching techniques and trends, currency of law and player welfare considerations.
"The IRB is delighted to be able to facilitate that dialogue and I would like to thank the Member Unions for their collaboration and input to date. I am sure that it will be a very interesting forum."
While the IRB Rugby Conference is not a decision-making forum, any outcomes will be presented to the IRB Rugby Committee for consideration at its October meeting.
The conference is also a key element of the next four-year cycle of the law amendment process that will shape the way that laws are evaluated, but any experimentation and/or amendment will not take place until after the 2011 Rugby World Cup.