In a boardroom 23 years ago, Gareth Lloyd-Jones was feeling the heat. After nearly 100 meetings around the City, he was no closer to floating his company on the stock exchange. Then, from among the steely faces, a young man stood up and announced that he would invest. “When you were at Rugby you were a great runner, and anyone who has that level of fitness I’m going to gamble on,” he declared. Mr Lloyd-Jones was taken aback. “I didn’t even know who he was,” he admits. “But I thought, ‘Well, this is interesting.’”

Today, as president of the Rugbeian Society, he is overseeing a technological upgrade aimed at making such connections less coincidental. In July the club launched an app that allows alumni to seek everything from interns to fellow wine-enthusiasts. It has already been downloaded by more than 800 old boys and girls.

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