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World Rugby to consider potential law trial proposals following productive player welfare symposium
World Rugby will undertake detailed analysis on a package of law proposals after its three-day player welfare symposium in Paris concluded with delegates submitting evidence-based injury-prevention proposals.   Leading coaches, match officials, recently retired players, international and domestic competition representatives, game analysis experts, doctors and sports scientists considered the detailed latest shape of the game and injury data before breaking into workshops to consider potent...
Comprehensive and innovative medical standards set for Rugby World Cup 2019
World Rugby continually striving to further best-practice player welfare standards New premium standards for elite competitions provides a gold-standard framework for competition owners wishing to operate the Head Injury Assessment process Premium standards now operational in 6 Nations and other major elite competitions Tournament standards programme plays a pivotal role in the prevention, identification and management of injuries across 22 elite competitions worldwide     Rugby World...
Stars join new-look World Rugby Awards panels
World Rugby has announced star-studded panels for the World Rugby Awards 2019, which will take place at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo on 3 November, the day after the Rugby World Cup 2019 final in Japan.   As in previous years, the panels have all been reviewed to ensure specialist panel members are assigned to each award category and for the first time there will be separate panels to determine the World Rugby Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year in association with Mastercard.   T...
Rugby united in commitment to evidence-based injury-prevention
World Rugby, unions and professional leagues consider future shape of the sport through law amendment cycle opportunity Injury incidence not increasing, concussion incidence decreasing World Rugby, unions and competitions to identify an elite competition to trial the high tackle warning system which resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in concussions at the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018   The future shape of rugby will be determined by evidence-based injury-prevention initiatives after ...
2019 Oceania Rugby U20 Championship Announcement
The Oceania Rugby U20 Championship takes place at Bond University on the Gold Coast over three rounds next month from April 26 to 4 May 2019 and will feature the Junior Wallabies, New Zealand U20, Japan U20s and Fiji U20 teams. “The Oceania Rugby U20s Championship serves to provide our premier U20s teams in the region the best preparation possible ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championship each year,” said Oceania Rugby’s Competitions Manager Wayne Schuster. He said it essentially allows our te...
Fiji Warriors win Pacific Challenge
Fiji Warriors swept to their fourth consecutive World Rugby Pacific Challenge title on a day when the victims of Friday's Christchurch shooting were commemorated with a minute's silence before play got underway at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.   Having witnessed Junior Japan beat Tonga A 39-10, the crowd were treated to another dazzling display of 15-man rugby from the tournament hosts who ran in four tries in each half to see off Samoa A 48-16.   FIJI WARRIORS 48-16 SAMOA A &nbs...
Pools and schedules confirmed for World Rugby Qualifiers and Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens
The pools and schedules for the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifiers and the men’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on 4-7 April, have been confirmed.   Across four days of action-packed rugby, 12 men’s and women’s teams will compete in the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifiers with the winner of each tournament securing core status on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020   Alongside these qualifiers, the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series teams will continue their race to sec...
World Rugby outlines game-changing Nations Championship concept to key stakeholders
World Rugby outlined its vision for the future of international rugby, including the proposed Nations Championship concept and supporting business model, during a meeting with international rugby’s major stakeholders in Dublin on Thursday.   The international federation is undertaking this project in line with the mandate of its unions to secure a strong and sustainable competition and financial platform for unions and a true opportunity for emerging nations to develop and compete at the h...
World Rugby symposium set to further evidence-based injury-prevention
World Rugby has announced details of a dedicated symposium that will further evidence-based player welfare considerations in shaping the way that the game is played in the future   World Rugby, its unions and international and national players’ associations are committed to ensuring that rugby leads the way when it comes to injury-prevention and player welfare. The three-day Shaping a safer game symposium hosted by the FFR in Paris on 18-20 March will bring together leading playing, coachi...
World Rugby announces new look men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019-23
World Rugby today announced a new look men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which includes at least six combined men’s and women’s events, as the women’s series increases to eight rounds for the first time in its history over the next four-year cycle.   Dubai, Cape Town, New Zealand, Sydney, Hong Kong and Paris will host combined men’s and women’s sevens events from next season onwards as part of the next four-year world series hosting cycle.   In the women’s series, the U...
Fiji Warriors and Tonga A victorious in round two
Fiji Warriors are on the verge of winning their fourth title in a row after an emphatic win against Junior Japan in round two of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge, while Tonga A edged Samoa A after kicking a last-gasp penalty.   Fiji Warriors hold a four-point lead over Junior Japan the top of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge 2019 standings after beating the Asian side comfortably in front of a home crowd in Suva.   The defending champions, who have won the last three titles, produce...
Final RWC 2019 team camps announced
Communities across Japan are set to experience the unique aspect of hosting Rugby World Cup 2019 teams following the announcement of the tournament’s finalised list of team camps. The 55 training and accommodation facilities will provide the optimum base from which teams can prepare for their pool matches and knockout stages.   Team camp selection began in 2016 after more than 90 cities and prefectures across Japan applied. Following a rigorous and comprehensive selection and inspection pr...
Australia win the challenge trophy in Vancouver
South Africa claimed their first tournament victory since Paris last season by beating France 21-12 in the final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver.   The two teams had never previously met in a Cup final and Pierre Gilles Lakafia’s early try forced South Africa to come from behind but they stood up impressively, putting three converted tries on France before conceding again.   Selvyn Davids ran more than half the field to set up Impi Visser beneath the posts, Werner K...
Captains ready for HSBC Canada Sevens
Sixteen captains lined up at False Creek Seawall in Vancouver as BC Place lights up the city ahead of the HSBC Canada Sevens.   The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series delivered scintillating action in Las Vegas last weekend with a victory for USA on home soil.   The win puts The Eagles top of the table going into the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver hosted at BC Place Stadium on the 9 and 10 March.   USA lead the series on 98 points, closely followed by Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 cha...
Pacific Challenge opens with wins for Fiji Warriors and Junior Japan
Fiji Warriors sit on top of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge table on points difference from Junior Japan after both sides opened their campaigns with bonus-point wins.   Nineteen tries were scored across the two matches at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Friday, with the host nation and defending champions accounting for 10 of them in their 56-14 victory over Tonga A.   The opening game of the tournament was a more even affair with Samoa A left to lament a slow start as they fell to a 31...
Four World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarships awarded in Oceania
On the eve of International Women’s Day, World Rugby has renewed its commitment to driving inspirational leadership and fast-tracking the development of women in rugby on and off the pitch through its successful Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship programme.   Receiving more than 100 applications globally, this year the highly sought-after World Rugby Executive Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 14 women from different unions, an increase on the 10 who were awarded in 2018. ...
World Rugby outlines Nations Championship concept
World Rugby has moved to clarify the organisation’s position on the merits and structure of an annual global competition in advance of key meetings in Dublin next week.   As the international federation for the sport, World Rugby is committed to the global advancement of rugby and its character-building values to build a better, stronger game for players, unions, clubs and fans.   Tasked by unions last May to examine the feasibility of competition structures that had the potential to ...
Samoa Unable to Upset USA in Las Vegas
USA retained their title in Las Vegas with a 27-0 victory over Samoa in the Cup final and become the outright leaders on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019. Three scintillating days of action at the Sam Boyd Stadium saw the home team finish on top of the world and that further emphasises their credentials as potential series winners come the end of the season. After four consecutive Cup final appearances, finishing with four losses, Mike Friday's outfit were willed on by a packed house. Th...
Match schedule announced for World Rugby U20 Championship 2019 in Argentina
The match schedule and ticketing information has been announced for the 12th edition of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2019, to be hosted in Argentina.  The cities of Rosario and Santa Fe will play host to 30 matches played over five match days across three venues from 4-22 June.   The 12 participating nations have been drawn in three pools of four teams, based on rankings from the 2018 edition. Defending champions and 2018 hosts France will take on home favourites Argentina, Wales ...
World Rugby Statement on World League media reports
World Rugby recognises and values the importance of player considerations and input into the annual international competition discussions. However, the manner the International Rugby Players (IRP) organisation has expressed these is surprising given regular engagement throughout this ongoing process. World Rugby’s commitment to player welfare matters is unwavering and we will continue to engage and give full consideration to the welfare of players within the ongoing discussions.   It is in...
Final squads announced ahead of HSBC USA Sevens
The final squads for the HSBC USA Sevens at the Sam Boyd Stadium on 1-3 March have been announced.   VIEW FINAL SQUADS HERE >>   The HSBC USA Sevens is the fifth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and marks the halfway point in the season.   New Zealand and USA sit joint top of the standings, the USA making history becoming series leaders after Cape Town for the first time in the world series.   The Eagles are current Las Vegas champions, defeating Argentina 2...
Pools and schedule announced for HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens 2019
The pools and match schedule have been announced for the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens, 20-21 April, the fourth round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2019 .   As the women’s competition passes the halfway mark, the race for the coveted world series title continues with teams also competing to secure their ticket to Tokyo 2020 as the series acts as principle route for Olympic qualification.   Kitakyushu follows on from the HSBC Sydney Sevens which saw New Zealand claim victory o...
Fiji Rugby’s Top Awards celebrated in Suva
The 2019 FRU Annual Awards Gala which was held at Grand Pacific Hotel was a joyful night filled with memorable moments for many, with the astonishing Conservatorium of Music choir entertaining the guests and the presence of lovely family members, players, cooperates, company, staffs and fans that turn up to enjoy the night.   The awards in partnership with FBC aired its first ever live broadcast, so not only the attendees enjoy the night but also a chance for the general public to be part ...
New Zealand take the honours in Australia
New Zealand beat USA 21-5 to win the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney and move top of the overall standings after four events.   The All Blacks Sevens were ruthless throughout the final, striking first and refusing to let go. Vilimoni Koroi played an effortlessly magical offload to Regan Ware on the left wing and his side took the lead.   After his side displayed some resolute defending, Sam Dickson doubled the lead on the stroke of half time, New Zealand capitalising on a col...
Black Ferns Sevens win HSBC Sydney Sevens title
New Zealand now hold all six titles on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series after beating hosts Australia in the final of the HSBC Sydney Sevens.   New Zealand have won six tournaments in a row for the second time in HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series history after a Michaela Blyde hat-trick inspired them to a 34-10 defeat of hosts Australia in the HSBC Sydney Sevens 2019 final at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.   Twelve months ago, New Zealand had left Sydney licking their woun...
Fiji Veteran Stars Nagusa and Nadolo hand back their White Jersey
With just 8 months to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, two stalwart members of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians have announced they will step away from the international arena.   Montpellier wingers Timoci Nagusa and Nemani Nadolo both revealed to the world their decisions to hang up their White Jersey’s from their home bases in France after a combined 56 test caps for Fiji.   Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Head Coach John McKee was aware of the duo’s intended decision but...
ICTSI PALAIS UNFAZED BY BIG TEAMS AT SYDNEY 7s
COACH of the ICTSI South Pacific Palais Paul Tietjens believes he has given his Papua New Guinea team the best possible preparation as they put the finishing touches to their training for the Sydney leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series this weekend.   Tietjens concedes that his team will start as underdogs in the opening match against New Zealand at 1pm match (12pm PNG time) to be carried live on local TV station EMTV which has secured broadcast rights jointly with TV Wan for the Rugb...
Captains ready for HSBC Sydney Sevens
  Twenty-eight captains assembled at Spotless Stadium in the Sydney Olympic Park ahead of this weekend’s HSBC Sydney Sevens.   The HSBC Sydney Sevens is the fourth tournament of the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the third tournament for the women. Defending HSBC Sydney Sevens champions for both men and women are Australia who triumphed at Allianz Stadium last year.   The competition kicks off at 12:00 local time (GMT+11) on Friday 1 February when Ireland plays Russia i...
Fiji Make A Winning Start To 2019
In front of a full house at FMG Stadium, Fiji were unstoppable against the USA and have retained their title at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens and won their second tournament in succession on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 as a result of an emphatic weekend in Hamilton.   The defending champions had looked electric from the very first moment that they stepped onto the park at the FMG Stadium and it wasn't any different when it came to the Cup final against the USA.   Kalione Nas...
PNG Rugby Union Uniform Design Contest
With the launch of the PNG ICTSI South Pacific Palais 7s campaign to break into the HSBC 7s World Series and to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Rugby PNG has initiated a uniform design contest for the 2019 playing season.          Entries should meet the following criteria: Front and back design Home & away jerseys 4 colours: red, white black and gold Incorporate png's cultural uniqueness or a cultural motif  Lizard theme in keeping with the mean...
Captains ready for HSBC New Zealand Sevens
Sixteen captains lined up at the iconic Turangawaewae Marae, ahead of the HSBC New Zealand Sevens, which kicks off this weekend at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton.   The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has delivered scintillating action from the opening two rounds in Dubai and Cape Town.   Heading into Hamilton, USA sit top of the standings for the first time and are closely followed by Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 champions New Zealand and Olympic gold medallists Fiji in third.   The ...
RUGBY AUSTRALIA RELEASES SERIOUS INJURY REVIEW REPORT
Rugby Australia has today released a report from a review of serious injuries sustained by four schoolboy rugby players in the Queensland Great Public Schools’ (GPS) competition. The four serious spinal injuries occurred in four unrelated and dissimilar incidents between July 13 and August 4, 2018. The injured players were Oliver Bierhoff (18, Toowoomba Grammar School), James Kleidon (17, Toowoomba Grammar School), Conor Tweedy (16, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace), and Alexander Clark (15...
Oceania Rugby integrates mental health in its annual Staff Planning Workshop
Mental health and optimal performance has been on the sports agenda for quite some time now however its role in the health and wellbeing of sports administrators has been rarely explored and if it has – it has always been reactive.   At the recent Oceania Rugby Staff Planning Workshop in Sydney, Australia, staff heard firsthand, the personal story and experience of one of Australia’s leading Mental Health Advocates, Key Note Speaker and Author, Craig Hamilton.   “There’s lots of menta...
Participation and Pathways Manager scoops “Most Valuable Team Member” award
Determination and hard work paid off for Oceania Rugby’s Participation and Pathways Manager Tihrani Uluinakauvadra when he was awarded Oceania Rugby’s Most Valued Team Member Award at the 2018 Staff Planning Workshop in the Blue Mountains, Australia west of Sydney.   This inaugural Oceania Rugby Award is based on World Rugby’s Core Values of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline.   “Our staff work closely with each other as well as with multiple stakeholders such as o...
Oceania Rugby explores regional synergies at annual Staff Planning Workshop
The similarities in opportunities and also challenges in program and activity delivery were evident at the recent Oceania Rugby Staff Planning Workshop.   The 4-day retreat, held at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains with the theme “Across the Andes by Frog” - was a combination of planning, networking, and team-building activities and was attended by Oceania Rugby staff and for the first time an observer from Rugby Europe.   “This was a great opportunity for two regions to come together t...
Excitement building ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019 general ticket sales
Following record demand across the 2018 ticket ballot phases for Rugby World Cup 2019™, first-come-first-served ticket sales are set to begin this month.   Ticket sales will take place via a two-stage process with an exclusive opportunity for applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2018 sales ballots commencing on 15 January and sales to the general public following on 19 January.   Ticket availability across the tournament remains limited following record sales throughout the 2018 ba...
Women’s schedule and pools announced for HSBC Sydney Sevens
The stars of sevens will resume the race for Olympic Games qualification at the HSBC Sydney Sevens on 1-3 February, the third round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2019. Hosted for the first time at Spotless Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, the HSBC Sydney Sevens features the 11 series core teams and invitational team - Papua New Guinea. After a thrilling second series round in Dubai, where Canada reached their first Cup final, and all series points counting towards Tokyo 2020 qual...
ICTSI Palais Head into Camp Ahead of Sydney 7s
COACH of the ICTSI South Pacific Palais Paul Tietjens has commended his team for their commitment to training especially as the last two weeks would have been quite disruptive due to the festive season. The wet weather that Port Moresby faced where the majority of his players reside would have been equally challenging. He said it would have been quite testing since the last training camp was in early December prior to the Christmas and New Year period when everybody is in celebratory mode and t...
World Rugby and unions advancing evidence-based approach to injury-prevention
World Rugby has set out its 2019 plan to further mitigate the risk of injury in the sport, beginning with a dedicated laws forum in March. In a year set to see the most rigorous tournament player welfare standards ever at Rugby World Cup 2019, the focus areas build on significant progress in the management of injuries, particularly concussion ( the latest Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project for the English elite game published this week demonstrates a 14.3 per cent drop in concussion...
Beaumont "honoured and humbled" after being awarded knighthood for services to rugby
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has expressed his gratitude and says that he is "honoured and humbled" after being awarded a knighthood for services to rugby in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s honours list. The honour is in recognition of a champion of rugby, who has dedicated his life to the betterment of the sport on and off the field in both a domestic and global context. The announcement comes at a particularly exciting time for Beaumont and the sport. Elected Chairman of World Rugby ...