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Rugby World Cup 2025 set to break new ground as tournament expands to 16 teams
World Rugby has confirmed that the women’s edition of the Rugby World Cup will expand to 16 teams from 2025 onwards.
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One Rugby: A new movement promoting the sport from former Japan captain Toshiaki Hirose
Former Japan captain Toshiaki Hirose and his non-profit One Rugby are behind a new movement to promote all forms of rugby amongst the Japanese people.
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Six of rugby’s best crossover athletes
From Sonny Bill Williams to Christian Wade, we recap six of the best players to have left their mark in rugby while playing to a high level in another sport.
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Su Carty put scholarship plans on hold to answer ‘Ireland’s Call’
The World Rugby Council and IRFU Committee member returned to work as a psychiatric nurse in Dublin during Ireland’s initial period of lockdown.
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Women’s sevens returns in South America as they bid farewell to a star
Women’s rugby sevens returns in Uruguay with the annual South American Sevens, played in Montevideo this weekend. The tournament, which will mark Baby Futuro’s final outing for Brazil, will be streamed live on the SAR’s app.
Rugby World Cup joint host selection process
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Key elements approved for future Rugby World Cup awarding
The World Rugby Council has approved a progressive package of recommendations by the Rugby World Cup Board that reflects the organisation’s ambition to select future men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup hosts via a transparent, best-practice host selection process.
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Warren Abrahams and Rachel Taylor “building for the future” in Wales
The incoming Wales head coach and skills coach hope to inspire future generations of female players while creating a stable and competitive environment.
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England comeback maintains momentum on road to Rugby World Cup 2021
The Red Roses recorded a seventh successive victory against France, as last week’s Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw added extra spice to Le Crunch at Twickenham.
Madagascar’s Unstoppable, Donatienne Rasoampamonjy
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Meet Donatienne Rasoampamonjy, Madagascar’s tireless Unstoppable
Since Donatienne Rasoampamonjy discovered rugby as a teenager, the game has changed her life. Now she helps other players discover the sport in turn.
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Joy Neville helping to change perceptions as she creates history in Autumn Nations Cup
The former Ireland captain will achieve the latest in a long list of accomplishments when she performs TMO duties in the match between Wales and Georgia in Llanelli.
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Viengsamai Souksavanh keen to share rugby’s values with Lao women
The World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient is driven by a desire to provide all women and girls in Laos with an opportunity to play the game.
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Eight classic women’s pool matches at Rugby World Cup
Following the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw, we look back at eight of the best women’s pool matches from the archives.
Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw
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Pools confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2021
The pools have been confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2021 with less than 10 months until the ninth edition of the tournament kicks off in Auckland on 18 September, 2021.
Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw
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“If that is a taste of things to come then you don't want to miss the World Cup”
We bring you the best of the reaction to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw which took place in Auckland, New Zealand, on 20 November.
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New Zealand 2021 set to inspire a generation of “see it, be it, play it” participants
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont believes that Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand is perfectly placed to inspire more women, girls and boys to get into rugby.
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Will history repeat itself in Rugby World Cup 2021 draw?
Ahead of this week’s Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw in Auckland, we take a look at some of the most and least common fixtures to have taken place in the competition.
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: New Zealand
We conclude our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw by taking a look at defending champions and hosts New Zealand’s history in the tournament.
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World Rugby continues global expansion with new members
Burkina Faso, Iran and Laos achieve World Rugby full member status while Nepal and Panama become new associate members of international federation
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10 of the biggest upsets in international rugby history
Following Argentina’s first ever win against New Zealand, we look back at some of the biggest upsets in the history of the game.
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: England
We continue our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw by taking a look at England’s history in the tournament.
Rugby World Cup 2021 official ball unveiled
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Official Gilbert Rugby World Cup 2021 match ball design unveiled
World Rugby and Gilbert today unveiled the official Rugby World Cup 2021 match ball design which embodies the unique RWC 2021 brand identity
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World Rugby announces Joël Jutge as Head of Match Officials
Joël Jutge will return to World Rugby as Head of Match Officials in January 2021.
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: Canada
We continue our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw by taking a look at Canada’s history in the tournament.
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Alana Thomas eager to soak up high-performance experience with Fiji at RWC 2021
Thomas talks to World Rugby about the opportunities the Rugby World Cup 2021 Coaching Internship Programme will create for her and other female coaches.
Melbourne Rebels Squad Prepare for Their Opening Super W Match
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Rugby World Cup 2021 coaching intern confirmed for Fiji
World Rugby and the Fiji Rugby Union today announced former Australian international and Melbourne Rebels head coach Alana Thomas will join the Fijiana 15s squad management team.
RWC 2017 bronze final: France v USA
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: France
We continue our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw by taking a look at France’s history in the tournament
RWC 2017: Ireland v Australia
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: Australia
We continue our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw by taking a look at Australia’s history in the tournament.
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: USA
We continue our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw by taking a look at the USA’s history in the tournament.
Tonga v Samoa
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Samoa maintain Rugby World Cup 2021 hopes with six-try defeat of Tonga
Manusina maintained their impressive record against their Pacific Island neighbours, and booked a place at the Final Qualification Tournament for RWC 2021 with a 40-0 win in Auckland.
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: Wales
We continue our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw by taking a look at Wales’ history in the tournament.
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Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw to be confirmed in Auckland
World Rugby, and hosts New Zealand Rugby (NZR), have today confirmed that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to participate in the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw.
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: South Africa
We continue our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw by taking a look at South Africa’s history in the tournament.
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Samoa and Tonga to meet in Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifier
The journey on the road to Rugby World Cup 2021 continues for the two rivals in Auckland on 14 November, when they meet in the final match of the Oceania regional qualification process.
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Karina Soerjanatamihardja putting structures in place for Indonesia women’s rugby
The World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship discusses how rugby has shaped her life and her hopes for the women’s game in Indonesia.
Oceania Rugby Women's Championship 2019: Fijiana celebrate
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RWC 2021 Spotlight: Fiji
We begin our countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw on 20 November by taking a look at Fiji’s journey to the tournament in New Zealand.
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Ambition of Exeter Chiefs Women “has no limits”
Susie Appleby and Amy Garnett talk to World Rugby about how they built a new team in the midst of a pandemic.
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Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifying update: Europe
World Rugby and Rugby Europe have taken the decision to postpone the Rugby World Cup 2021 European qualification tournament.
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Cathy Wong: Fijiana can eclipse the men’s team at Rugby World Cup
Cathy Wong predicts a bright future for women’s rugby in the Pacific island after receiving a Fiji 50th Anniversary of Independence commemorative medal.
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Keisha-Ann Down working hard to realise Jamaica’s potential in rugby
Down tells World Rugby that the Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship has “blown open the doors” of possibility for both her and her country.
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Women’s Six Nations: Six stars with their eyes on Rugby World Cup 2021
Following England’s Grand Slam success, we pick out six players who impressed with less than a year to go until New Zealand 2021.
Shaunagh Brown and Detysha Harper celebrate Grand Slam
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Shaunagh Brown: “Everything I do in life is towards winning Rugby World Cup”
The England and Harlequins prop has set her sights on winning a place in Simon Middleton’s squad for New Zealand 2021.
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Rugby Americas North “keeping focus on women” with ‘Unstoppables’ month
The regional association launched an online campaign on Monday that will showcase the inspirational stories of women from the Caribbean and North America.
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New rugby pathway open to women in Samoa
Oceania Rugby recently staged a Women in Rugby month. In Samoa that meant recognition for all those who contribute to the game in a number of areas.
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Landmark partnership adds to Rugby India’s success story
Significant developments have recently taken place in India and Korea as rugby continues to grow in Asia on the back of the region’s first-ever Rugby World Cup.
Women's Six Nations 2020: Scotland v France
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Records tumble as Scotland build towards Rugby World Cup qualifiers
Buoyed by Sunday’s heroic draw against France, number eight Jade Konkel says Scotland are a much more resilient team as the Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifiers in December loom on the horizon.
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Wales looking to avenge losses at Autumn Nations Cup
The latest on Wales’ men’s and women’s teams as both squads prepare for a return to international rugby.
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Rugby Africa Unstoppable CJ Kotze using her voice to promote women’s game in Namibia
Kotze, whose father Jaco played test and sevens rugby for Namibia, is one of 12 women who have been chosen to front Rugby Africa’s ‘Try And Stop Us’ campaign.
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Doris Chow aiming to inspire women and girls in Hong Kong
The World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient wants to make it easier for young women in the region to connect with the game.
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Vanessa Doble using World Rugby scholarship to put a “zoom lens” on gender-based violence
World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient believes rugby can provide a refuge for women suffering violence and is a tool that can transform the world.
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England in the hunt for Six Nations championship double
Following the Red Roses’ coronation as Women’s Six Nations champions, England’s men have an opportunity to emulate that success in Rome this weekend.
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“Bringing together the best experts to contribute to the future of a sport I am passionate about”: Joe Schmidt on his new role at World Rugby
Joe Schmidt is joining World Rugby as Director of Rugby and High Performance to head-up a newly-created department. Here he discusses why he’s making this transition.
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World Rugby Awards: Vote for the IRP 15s Tries of the Decade
Fans from across the globe are being invited to cast their vote on the International Rugby Players Men’s and Women’s 15s Try of the Decade.
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Squads, form and fixtures: Scotland’s men and women prepare for international rugby return
Here’s all you need to know about the two sides as they build toward the return of the Six Nations, the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup, and, for the women's side, a place at Rugby World Cup 2021.
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France hoping to build towards something big as Autumn Nations Cup and Rugby World Cup 2021 loom
Fabien Galthié’s men’s side will begin the 2020 Six Nations restart joint top of the leaderboard, with a home fixture against Ireland all that remains before the Autumn Nations Cup. For France Women, the challenge is to build momentum as the countdown for Rugby World Cup 2021 begins…
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Coaching intern Allainmat excited by life on “the other side of the fence”
Former France full-back/winger Céline Allainmat is looking forward to a third Rugby World Cup in 15s – thanks to World Rugby’s Coaching Internship Programme.
Rugby World Cup joint host selection process
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New reports help nations prepare RWC bids that optimise return on investment
Rugby World Cup hosting can generate up to £2.9 billion in total economic impact, while direct visitor expenditure into the host economy can reach £1.1 billion according to independent analysis of previous event hosting designed to inform potential future hosts of rugby’s showcase event.
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Date set for Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw
Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw will take place in Auckland on Friday, 20 November, 2020
Emily Scarratt breaks French line
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Women’s Six Nations: What’s to play for
With the Women’s Six Nations 2020 set to resume, we take a look at what’s at stake for the competing nations.
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Six Nations, Autumn Nations Cup and Rugby World Cup qualifiers: Steyn and Franco on Italy’s return to international rugby
Braam Steyn and a youthful-looking Azzurri side are ready to cause an upset as international rugby resumes. Giada Franco and her Azzurre teammates have it all to play for as RWC 2021 qualification looms. Here both players reveal their preparations for an exciting series of fixtures.
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Take our Women's Six Nations quiz
How much do you know about the northern hemisphere’s premier women’s international competition?
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Ireland plotting Six Nations, Autumn Nations Cup and Rugby World Cup qualification success
Andy Farrell and Adam Griggs face a busy few months as Ireland’s men and women each compete on two fronts.
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Vote for the World Rugby 15s Players of the Decade
Rugby fans across the world have up until 25 October, 2020 to vote for their World Rugby Men’s and Women’s 15s Players of the Decade.
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Heather-Latu makes history as first woman chair of Oceania Rugby judiciary
Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu speaks about her love of rugby and the honour of becoming the first woman chair of Oceania Rugby’s Judicial Committee.
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World Rugby Awards Special Edition: Fans’ Choice voting now open!
Voting will remain open until 25 October, as supporters are given the opportunity to have their say on six Fans’ Choice categories at a special virtual edition of the World Rugby Awards.
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Beth Onesemo striving for gender equity in Samoan rugby
The World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient, who serves on the Samoa Rugby Union board, believes attitudes are beginning to change for the better.
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Players, female leaders and greater global representation on interim World Rugby committees
Rassie Erasmus, Melodie Robinson, Conrad Smith and Bryan Habana are among a host of leading players and coaches who have been appointed to World Rugby interim committees.
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World Rugby approves updated transgender participation guidelines
World Rugby has approved updated transgender participation guidelines following a comprehensive, collaborative and transparent review of its existing guidance.
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World Rugby appoints Joe Schmidt as Director of Rugby and High Performance
World Rugby has announced the appointment of Joe Schmidt as the international federation's Director of Rugby and High Performance.
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Rugby in Peru in safe hands with CEO Sisy Quiroz
Despite her footballing background, Sisy Quiroz leads an exciting period of nationwide growth for rugby in Peru.
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Fiji legend Rauluni reflects on five of the nation’s greatest rugby wins
Former Fiji captain and assistant coach, Mosese Rauluni, knows firsthand what it’s like to be part of one of the most exciting teams in rugby. Here he picks out five of Fiji’s most memorable wins.
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Farah Palmer Cup playing “hugely important” role in development of female rugby coaches
There are currently seven female coaches and eight managers working across the 13 Farah Palmer Cup sides.
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Rugby community helping Beirut to rebuild following explosion
Asia Rugby’s new video shines a light on the work being done in Beirut by members of the city’s rugby-playing community.
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Inge Visser takes next step on coaching journey with internship
Former Netherlands international is delighted to have the opportunity to put her theories into practice as part of the Coaching Internship Programme for Rugby World Cup 2021.
Laurian Johannes - new South Africa Women's U20 head coach
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Laurian Johannes-Haupt aiming to guide female coaches in South Africa
The former South Africa and Western Province prop discusses how the Coaching Internship Programme for Rugby World Cup 2021 can have a lasting impact on the women’s game.
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Marjorie Enya and María Catalina Palacio Gaviria join World Rugby and Sudamérica Rugby Councils
Previous World Rugby’s Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients Marjorie Enya and María Catalina Palacio Gaviria will take their seats at World Rugby and Sudamérica Rugby’s (SAR) Councils respectively, it was announced this weekend after SAR’s Annual General Assembly.
India women win first test
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Try And Stop Us: Unions and regions driving “Unstoppable” momentum
World Rugby has created a Try and Stop Us Toolkit to let unions guide its second phase, with Unstoppable campaigns launched across three global regions.
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Shanae Gordon hopes to use JOA scholarship to benefit rugby in Jamaica
The Jamaica women’s sevens player is keen to help spread awareness of the game on the Caribbean island as one of four recipients of the scholarship scheme.
USA Women's assistant coach Kate Daley
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Kate Daley humbled but honoured to be part of coaching initiative
Former USA captain Kate Daley believes initiatives like the Rugby World Cup 2021 Coaching Internship Partnership are vital to enable more women to earn high performance coaching roles.
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“Awesome women doing awesome things” at Rugby Canada’s Maple Leaf Academy
Rugby Canada’s Coordinator Women’s High Performance, Kristy Martin Hale, talks about the giant strides made towards achieving gender equality in the sport.
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Fijiana out to “make waves” at Rugby World Cup 2021
Fijiana captain Sereima Leweniqila is determined to go out on a high at Rugby World Cup 2021.
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Super Rugby’s first female referee, Amy Perrett, on making history
World Rugby caught up with Australian referee Amy Perrett who became the first woman to officiate a Super Rugby match, in Canberra last month.
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Owens and Neville to make officiating history
November will see history created for match officials with Nigel Owens set to become the first to take charge of 100 test matches and Joy Neville the first female to perform TMO duties for a major men's international competition.
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Women’s Six Nations and November international match official appointments confirmed
World Rugby today confirmed an experienced team of match officials from six member unions to take charge of the remaining Women’s Six Nations and November test matches.
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Turner prize is coveted coaching internship
Former England international Amy Turner is honoured to be a part of World Rugby’s Coaching Internship Programme as she looks forward to helping the Red Roses prepare for Rugby World Cup 2021.
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HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Awards 2020 winners announced
Twenty-four winners have been confirmed across six men’s and women’s award categories.
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Maria Gallo: a fearless ambassador for the women’s game
Former Canada winger and assistant women’s 15s coach, Maria Gallo, hopes World Rugby’s Coaching Internship Programme will help eradicate the misconception in some quarters that rugby is “a man’s world”.
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Jess Breach: England winger has eyes set on Rugby World Cup 2021
England and Harlequins Women winger Jess Breach chats to World Rugby about her hopes for Rugby World Cup 2021.
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10 of the greatest women’s Rugby World Cup tries
With Rugby World Cup 2021 set to kick off in less than 12 months’ time, we take a look at 10 of the best tries ever to be scored at the tournament.
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Six unions confirm Rugby World Cup 2021 coaching interns
Canada, France, USA, England, South Africa and Australia and the first Rugby World Cup 2021 participating unions to confirm their coaching interns as part of the Coaching Internship Programme fully funded by World Rugby, as part of IOC international development grant.
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Black Ferns to play opening Rugby World Cup 2021 match at Eden Park
Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand celebrates the one year to go milestone.
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Rugby World Cup: The story so far
World Rugby takes a stroll down memory lane to look back at the eight previous women’s editions of Rugby World Cup.
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10 things deaf rugby players want you to know about their sport
We caught-up with players and administrators from the England Deaf Rugby set-up to bust the myths around the sport, from why players sometimes play on past the whistle to how the front row knows when to engage.
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Rugby United helps refugee children in Germany rebuild their lives
World Rugby’s Spirit of Rugby partner, Rugby United, has been helping the physical and mental wellbeing of refugee children in Germany for the past four years.
Fiao'o Fammausili and Selica Winiata celebrate winning Rugby World Cup 2017
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One year to go: Rugby World Cup 2021 gives New Zealand opportunity to inspire
Farah Palmer, Melissa Ruscoe, Selica Winiata and Rachael Burford look ahead to next September’s tournament, and discuss the impact RWC 2021 could have on New Zealand and beyond.
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From sevens to 15s: The likely stars of New Zealand 2021
We profile seven stars of the sevens circuit ready to make an impact at Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.
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Kirby Sefo drawing on her own adversity to inspire young women
The former Wallaroo has created Subbed, a programme which uses rugby to encourage young women to talk about social issues including mental health and sexuality.
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Craig Joubert harnessing “competitive spirit” to up-skill match officials during Virtual High Performance Academy
The World Rugby Referee Talent Development Coach has used a games-based online learning tool to help test knowledge during the virtual programme.
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Inspirational Jodie Ounsley breaking down barriers on and off the rugby pitch
World Rugby caught up with Sale Sharks Women and England Sevens winger Jodie Ounsley to talk about her meteoric rise within the game.
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Over two million new rugby participants in Asia shows impact beyond Rugby World Cup 2019
World Rugby’s Year in Review 2019 publishes rugby’s latest global participation data, with 43.1 per cent of Asia’s new participants female.
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Rugby Africa sets up Women's Advisory Committee
The newly created commission will focus on governance and leadership, competitions, player welfare, development and retention to meet strategic goals for women’s rugby across the continent.
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Rugby Clinic on Tour helped “keep game alive” in Thailand
World Rugby talks to Thailand sevens head coach Lote Raikabula about the success of the Chang Rugby Clinic on Tour 2020, which took the game to six provinces around the Asian country.
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15 miracle rugby plays throughout history
We take a look at some of the moments of magic that have lit up the international arena in men’s, women’s, sevens and U20 rugby.
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Six players who made inspirational returns to the rugby pitch
We take a look at six players who have dealt with hardships off the pitch in order to thrive on it.
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Eddie Jones happy to share secrets of his success through Virtual High Performance Academy
The England coach has kept busy during lockdown, passing on his considerable coaching knowledge to participants in the World Rugby Virtual High Performance Academy.
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Date set for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Awards 2020
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 Awards winners will be announced on Monday, 21 September.
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World Rugby launches search for global rugby fan panel
World Rugby launches search for a new global rugby fan panel to be part of the future shaping of the governing body’s award-winning broadcast, content production and social media rugby offering
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World Rugby announces innovative Rugby World Cup 2021 Coaching Internship Programme
The Coaching Internship Programme will provide female coaches with a unique 12-month placement opportunity with a team competing at Rugby World Cup 2021
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Jenny Davies: From the front row to the middle
Upcoming WRU referee Jenny Davies is encouraged by the increasing number of women who are following her lead and taking up the whistle
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10 of the greatest rugby match comebacks of all time
We take a look at some of the biggest, and most unlikely, comeback victories that have occurred in international sevens and 15s rugby.
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Rugby sevens boosted by preparation investment ahead of Olympic Games
World Rugby announces rugby sevens funding boost of US$2.5 million to optimise teams’ Olympic preparations for Tokyo Games
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Inaugural Women’s Online Forum helping rugby reach more of the Americas
Following the final instalment of the Rugby Americas North Women’s Online Forum, we take a look at the impact of the inaugural event.
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“It’s time for us to step up” – Hannah Tyrrell on Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid
Irish women’s international Hannah Tyrrell has retired from sevens to concentrate on 15s and play her part in Ireland’s bid to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2021.
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New global women’s rugby survey aims to bridge gender data gap
A global research collaborative group has launched the largest ever women-specific rugby injury research project to collect valuable data that they hope will make the game safer.
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Giselle Mather forced out of her coaching ‘comfort zone’ due to COVID-19
The Wasps Ladies director of rugby talks to World Rugby about coaching in a pandemic and watching four of her former charges playing at Rugby World Cup 2019.
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Mais Khoury plotting a course for female rugby coaches in Jordan
World Rugby talks to the 30-year-old Jordan international, who has grand plans for the women’s game in the Middle Eastern nation.
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How Laurie O’Reilly’s ‘larger than life’ passion for rugby helped women’s game soar
The late New Zealand lawyer played a pivotal role in the growth of women's rugby, not only in his own country but around the world as well.
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Kenya Lionesses out to create a rugby legacy at Tokyo 2020
The Kenya women’s rugby sevens team have been using the country’s lockdown to plan how they will take on the world at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Sudamérica Rugby appoints Bárbara Pichot as first-ever Women’s Rugby Coordinator
The regional association has introduced the role with the goal to continue promoting the game in South and Central America.
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“Great for the economy of the sport”: Reaction to news that hosts of next four Rugby World Cups will be announced in 2022
In a move designed to benefit everyone from host unions to fans, World Rugby is introducing a 10-year plan that will maximise the financial impact and sporting legacy of Rugby World Cup.
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World Rugby announces joint men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup host selection process
In a ground-breaking move, World Rugby will award hosting rights to its next two men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups within the same process.
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Wheelchair rugby: Team GB Paralympian Kylie Grimes on being a woman at the top of the game
One of the few women to play international wheelchair rugby, Kylie Grimes reveals to World Rugby how sport saved her life.
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The Elgon Cup: A celebration of Kenya and Uganda rugby
We explore the rugby rivalry between Kenya and Uganda in the annual battle for the Elgon Cup.
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Dates confirmed for Rugby Europe Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifiers
The dates have been confirmed for the postponed fixtures of the Rugby Europe Women’s Championship 2020 and the region’s Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifiers.
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Farah Palmer Cup: New Zealand's women players line up for rugby's return
As the Farah Palmer Cup kicks off next week, we meet some of the stars ready to return to the pitch in the country’s highest level domestic competition.
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Regulation 8 national team representation (COVID-19 residency criteria adjustment)
The World Rugby Executive Committee approved an adjustment to Regulation 8 (eligibility) in July to combat the exceptional disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic on the necessary residency criteria for players wishing to qualify for a national union.
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The World Rugby Rankings in numbers
We take a look at some of the eye-catching numbers from the World Rugby Rankings in both the men’s and women’s game.
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Flying the flag for women’s rugby: Babalwa Latsha, the first African women’s player to go professional
Springbok women’s captain Babalwa Latsha made history when she became the first African women’s rugby player to turn professional in January 2020. Here she shares her rugby journey and hopes for the growth and development of the women’s game.
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Rugby at the Olympics: Creating sevens history at Rio 2016
Patricia Garcia, Jade Ulutule and Pierre Gilles Lakafia talk to World Rugby about Rio 2016 and their roles in the first men’s and women’s sevens matches to be played at an Olympic Games.
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International rugby set to resume in October as World Rugby Council approves temporary 2020 COVID-19 calendar
An exciting programme of international matches is set to take place later this year after the World Rugby Council approved a temporary adjustment to Regulation 9 to accommodate the release of international players for revised 2020 windows.
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Plans revised for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021
World Rugby and its partners are continuing to focus on planning for the 2021 Series and the build-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which are now less than one year away
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One Year To Go: Japan hope to establish sevens culture through Tokyo 2020
Kensuke Iwabuchi and Hitoshi Inada talk to World Rugby about their hope that the Olympic Games will leave a lasting legacy of sevens in Japan.
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Wales and Bristol Bears’ Elinor Snowsill on life as a gay woman in rugby
The fly-half opens up about her journey through the game and states why “it’s still really important” to talk about LGBTQ+ issues today.
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How women are changing the game in Iranian rugby
We take a look at the history of rugby union in Iran, a country where more women play the sport than men.
Rugby - Olympics: Day 6
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One Year To Go: Looking ahead to Tokyo 2020
As the countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games begins in earnest, we take a look at the frontrunners, the most-improved teams and those set to make their debut.
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World Rugby Executive Committee recommends 2020 temporary COVID-19 international calendar
The World Rugby Executive Committee has today recommended a revised temporary 2020 international calendar with the express objective of optimising recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for the betterment of the global game at all levels.
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Zoe Saynor keen to help Harlequins create a safe space for LGBTQ+ community
Harlequins Women second-row Zoe Saynor discusses her involvement in the club’s Pride match against London Irish in February.
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A word to the wise on LGBTQ+ issues from rugby commentator Nick Heath
We talk to rugby commentator Nick Heath about his career behind the microphone and rugby and its relationship with the LGBTQ+ community.
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Making a statement: How Alison Miller and Ireland stunned England
Former Ireland winger Alison Miller and captain Fiona Coghlan reminisce about the team’s first ever victory against England, which came during the Women’s Six Nations 2013.
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St. Lucia’s Chantel John on balancing life as a player, referee and police officer
Chantel John is a rugby pioneer and aspiring international referee from St. Lucia. As she balances her life as a police officer during the COVID-19 pandemic with her rugby aspirations, John speaks to World Rugby about chasing her goals in a changing world.
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games rugby sevens schedule confirmed
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organising committee and the International Olympic Committee have announced the revised competition schedule for the Tokyo Olympic Games which were postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the opening ceremony now set for 23 July, 2021.
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Rugby gold: Australia edge New Zealand to Olympic title in Rio
We revisit the Olympic Games women’s sevens tournament final from Rio 2016, which Australia won to create history.
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World Rugby thanks departing Alain Rolland
World Rugby has paid tribute to Alain Rolland following the Irishman’s decision to step down from his role as 15s High Performance Match Official Manager at the end of July.
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The internationals battling South America's COVID-19 pandemic
Uruguay captain María Eugenia Cruces and Chile's Francisco Urroz speak to World Rugby about their experiences on the frontline.
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Women’s academy augurs well for a new era of inclusivity in Fijian rugby
Simon Raiwalui says the inductees of the inaugural Fiji Rugby women’s high performance academy have the opportunity to be trailblazers for women’s sport in the country.