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CHAMPIONS NEW ZEALAND TO HOST WRWC 2021
New Zealand will host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 after World Rugby awarded the hosting rights for the prestigious tournament to New Zealand Rugby. It will be the first Women’s Rugby World Cup in the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealand Rugby won the hosting rights over neighbours Rugby Australia in a 25 to 17 voting split of World Rugby Council members.   The showpiece event will take place in New Zealand’s North Island in July and August 2021 in the ninth edition of the tournament and the f...
FIJI AND AUSTRALIA REIGN AS REGIONAL CHAMPS
The Fiji Airways Fiji Men’s Sevens team has successfully defended their title as the Oceania Rugby Sevens Champions after defeating the All Blacks Sevens team in a thriller 17 points to 12 in sudden death. The Women’s Competition also Australia regaining their title from New Zealand by holding on till the dying minutes against arch-rivals. The Tonga Men’s team came away with a sweet victory over the Cook Islands at 5th place, qualifying them for the Hamilton, Sydney and the Hong Kong leg of the...
RECORD MAKING WOMEN'S RUGBY CAPTAINS ACKNOWLEDGED IN FRONT OF FIJI CROWD
A special moment in the final hours of this year’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship (Oceania 7s) preceding the final play offs was a special presentation made to the each of the eight Women’s Team Captains. Page Mcgregor (AUS), Vaine Greig (COK), Litia Naiqato (FIJ), Julinda Cain (NAU), Emmanuelle Wadrenges (NCL), Janna Vaughan (NZL), Melanie Kawa (PNG) and Tiana Jones (WSM) were all congratulated on their team's progress in the tournament and presented with garlands. The special ceremony refl...
OCEANIA SEVENS DAY ONE: A SERIES OF FIRSTS
It’s been a series of firsts for this tournament. A first ever assembled women’s team for Nauru in their first ever Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship tournament, making it their first international tournament also.   Despite the heavy losses on Day One of the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship, the Nauru Women’s 7s Team Coach Dagan Kaierua said that they can only take the positives out of this experience, as this will enable them to reach their goal.   “Our goal is marching into the Pa...
FIJIAN SCHOOL STUDENTS ADOPT NEW COUNTRIES
Teams from Australia, New Zealand, Nauru, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea were amongst those who visited schools in the Suva area today as a part of the Oceania 7s Impact Beyond Rugby programme.  The teams put a hold to final preparations yesterday and engaged with the students in sharing the joy of rugby.    Teams were greeted at the schools with excited cheers before being treated to a cultural exchange programme. Students from Latter Day Saints Primary school treated t...
SEVENS TEAMS RARING TO GO FOR THIS WEEKEND
The National Sailing Centre in Laucala Bay hosted the 21 captains this morning ahead of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships starting at 11am tomorrow at ANZ Stadium, Suva.    Papua New Guinea Women’s will be hoping new coach Paul Tietjens will be able to steer the team to another HSBC Women’s World Series qualification berth and continue to momentum built from their appearance at the 2018 RWC7s in July.   Husband and Wife team Ben and Crystal Kaua will be pitted against e...
SEVENS TEAMS WELCOMED TO SUVA
The Fijian Government has pledged its commitment to hosting the Oceania Rugby Championships for three years commencing last year.   “This is a true reflection of the commitment of Government to develop sports in our country and in our region with support from Oceania Rugby, whose commitment, dedication and work done behind the scenes continuous to make this event happen and happen successfully.    Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou said as he welcomed the Coach...
Men’s and Women’s match schedule confirmed for Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018
The  match schedule for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018, which takes place on 29 November-1 December, has been confirmed. Dubai again hosts both the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, acting as the men’s series opener and round two of the women’s, following on from in the opening round in Glendale, Colorado, last month. Twenty-eight teams will compete over the course of three days, 15 men’s core sides and 11 women’s core sides, with Zimbabwe’s men and Kenya’s wo...
SEVENS TAKES EDUCATION TO THE PLAYGROUND
Students of Nabua Primary school in Suva hosted the Toa ni Vala of the tournament, the Fiji Airways Men’s Sevens team today. The visit is part of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship ‘Impact Beyond Rugby’ initiative. Each of the 21 International Sevens Rugby teams participating at this weekend’s tournament will visit a school around the Suva area. Over 4000 Primary and High school students and 250 players will engage in the program over Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 November.     Rup...
REGIONAL CANDIDATES ATTEND WORLD RUGBY IMMEDIATE CARE IN RUGBY COURSE
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Lasisenia Tuitubou opened the World Rugby Immediate Care in Rugby (ICIR) course at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Sunday 4 November ahead of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships.   The level 2 ICIR is aimed at providing health care and allied health care professionals working in rugby the ability to assess, stabilise and package for removal to a safe area awaiting the arrival of advanced care provision. A Level 1, First Aid in Rugby (FAIR) and Med...
MEDIA ENCOURAGED TO USE A GENDER EQUAL APPROACH TO RUGBY REPORTING
  A Women in Rugby and the Media Forum was conducted on Monday 5 November, just days before the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship, with the aim of encouraging and assisting journalists to report equally on women’s and men’s rugby.   20 journalists and media staff from around Suva gathered at ANZ Stadium for the one-day workshop, called ‘Using a gender equal, rights-based approach to news reporting’. The forum will also give journalists the chance to discuss opportunities and barr...
Nominees for World Rugby Players of the Year announced
World Rugby has announced the shortlists for the prestigious Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year awards for 2018, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 25 November.   Following a stellar year for international rugby, the shortlists for the ultimate accolade feature players who have excited and inspired fans around the world with their feats in 2018.   The nominees for World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in association wi...
Continued evidence-based advances in injury-prevention tops World Rugby Medical Commission agenda
  Injury-prevention and player load in elite rugby will top a packed agenda at the World Rugby Medical Commission Conference in London on 1-2 November, 2018. In its 10th edition, the conference will bring together a host of experts from a range of medical disciplines to present and share the latest research, practice and industry learnings on a range of topics including concussion prevention, reducing injury-risk and training load management.   The conference has grown into the leadin...
AU 7s WOMEN LOOKING TO MAKE A COMEBACK AT OCEANIA SEVENS
Sevens   fever has descended upon Fiji again and expectation for a hot competition at running high at next week’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.   Given what will be at stake during the 2018/19 HSBC Sevens World Series with Olympics Qualification, fans can expect teams to kick off their campaign with a sense of urgency.   With a couple of scores to settle from this year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens and Commonwealth Games tournaments, next weekend should...
SHORTLIST REVEALED FOR INTERNATIONAL RUGBY PLAYERS TRY OF THE YEAR 2018
The contenders for the International Rugby Players (IRP) Try of the Year 2018 have been revealed, with the winner to be announced at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo on 25 November. Two of the tries shortlisted began with turnovers deep in their team ’ s own half with New Zealand second-row Brodie Retallick and fly-half Beauden Barrett the finishers, with the others scored by Ireland number eight CJ Stander and Scotland winger Sean Maitland. Barrett, the 2016 and 2017 World Rugby Men ’ s 1...
AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD FOR WOMEN AND MEN A PRIORITY FOR OCEANIA 7S
A record number of women in the workforce and local women assistant referees are part of this year’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship reflecting a global movement to achieve more equal participation of women and men in rugby.   The number of women working in the tournament team has almost doubled in just a year, up from about 40 last year to 80 in 2018. In a first for the regional tournament, there will also be locally appointed women assistant referees – with two of the eight appointed f...
Rookie All Black Karl Tu’inukuafe’s in the running for World Rugby Awards
All Blacks prop Karl Tu’inukuafe will officially graduate from the international newcomers’ class of 2018 as one of the world’s best. The 2018 All Black prop, who shot to fame after a shock call-up as injury cover for the All Blacks during the June international season, has been named one of three World Rugby nominations – and the only forward - for the Breakout Player of Year.  The other nominees are South Africa winger Aphiwe Dyantyi and Ireland winger Jordan Larmour. Called into the Chi...
Maiden NRC title for Drua
The Fijian Drua have won the 2018 National Rugby Championship after defeating Queensland Country 36 to 26 in the Final at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Saturday afternoon.    Fiji were favourites for the clash, finishing as minor premiers, but they had to pull out their full range of tricks to clinch the historic title against Country, the only team to have tasted vistory against the Drua in 2018.   The first half was a textbook slog, with the Drua relying on the power of their forw...
OCEANIA RUGBY WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE STAGED IN FIJI NEXT MONTH
Four senior national women’s teams will converge at Lautoka’s Churchill Park next month to contest the 2018 Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship.   Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and hosts Fiji will play in a three round robin tournament on Friday 16, Tuesday 20 and Saturday 24 November in pursuit of Pacific supremacy and the opportunity to showcase and promote International Women’s XVs Rugby in Fiji and the Pacific.   “We are entering some exciting times in the region for Women’s Rugby...
2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship Draws announced
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AUSTRALIA, FIJI & NEW ZEALAND INCLUDED IN NOMINATIONS FOR WORLD RUGBY SEVENS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR 201
World Rugby has revealed the shortlists for the Men’s and Women’s Sevens Players of the Year 2018 awards in association with HSBC, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 25 November.   The shortlists feature players from four nations, including three previous recipients of the prestigious award, with five of them having featured in the dream teams for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 or Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.   The nom...
NEW ZEALAND CROWNED HSBC USA WOMEN’S SEVENS CHAMPIONS
New Zealand claimed a fourth successive title on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series – and sixth in total – after beating the Women's Sevens Eagles in the HSBC USA Women's Sevens final in Glendale, Colorado, on Sunday.   The Black Ferns Sevens have now won 33 consecutive matches, including the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens, after another dominant weekend in the opening round of the 2019 series at Infinity Park.   USA were bidding to win a first series ...
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND UNBEATEN ON DAY ONE IN GLENDALE
Australia, Canada and New Zealand finished top of their pools as the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 kicked off at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, on Saturday.   Defending series champions Australia had to recover from 15-0 down at half-time in their Pool A decider with Russia to make it three wins from three at the HSBC USA Women's Sevens and set up a Cup quarter-final with the hosts who finished third in Pool B.   VIEW #USAW7S RESULTS >>   VIEW FINAL POOL...
Australia Set Out To Defend Title
The Twelve captains gathered at Infinity Park ahead of the new HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series opening round which takes place this weekend (20-21 October)  i n the heart of Glendale, Colorado’s rugby epicentre and premier setting for rugby in the USA.   With the addition of the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens, the women’s series increases to six rounds this season, providing more high-quality playing opportunities for participating teams.  The 2019 series has added incentive for ...
New Zealand and Argentina crowned Youth Olympic Champions
The Youth Olympic Games rugby sevens competition came to a scintillating conclusion as New Zealand and Argentina won the women’s and men’s gold medals respectively in front of a loud and enthusiastic full house at Club Atlético San Isidro La Boya in Buenos Aires.   New Zealand’s women claimed the gold medal with a hard fought 15-12 victory over France, while Argentina ran out deserved Youth Olympic champions courtesy of a 24-14 win over France in the men’s final.   While France were f...
Samoa A win 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge
Samoa A are the new Americas Pacific Challenge champions after defeating Uruguay A 38-26 in an entertaining clash at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo.   The Pacific Islanders won all three of their games to finish top of the pile while dethroned champions, Argentina XV, finished runners-up after overwhelming the USA Select XV 55-15.   Canada A signed off on a winning note too, putting the disappointment of earlier defeats to Argentina XV and Uruguay A behind them to edge To...
NZ Womens going for gold as Youth Olympic Games reach climax
Argentina men and New Zealand women are guaranteed to be going for gold as the rugby sevens competition at the Youth Olympic Games reaches its final stages on Monday. Both teams maintained their unbeaten records on another great day of rugby sevens in Buenos Aires at what is already being hailed as the best Youth Olympic Games ever. For the second day running rugby sevens enjoyed a full house at the Club Atletico San Isidro sede la Boya and the home fans were delighted to see Argentina, silver ...
Sevens puts on a show at Youth Olympic Games
With hosts Argentina in action and the buzz around rugby sevens at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the number of fans wanting to watch at the Club Atletico San Isidro sede la Boya on Saturday meant that additional areas had to be opened to accommodate them.   Five teams ended an entertaining opening day with two wins from two, three women's in France, New Zealand and Canada, and two men's in Argentina and France. VIEW DAY ONE MEN'S RESULTS >>   VIEW DAY ONE WOMEN'S RE...
Samoa A, Tonga A and Uruguay A win as the Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 makes a thrilling start
Two-time defending champions Argentina XV suffered their first loss in the three-year history of the Americas Pacific Challenge, losing 36-31 against a Samoan A side unrecognisable from the one that finished fourth in last year's competition.   In what was a good opening day for the Oceania representatives, Tonga A also recorded a 39-30 victory against last year's runners-up, the USA Select XV, while Uruguay A christened the new artificial pitch at their Estadio Charrua home with a 35...
World Cup hopefuls on trial at Americas Pacific Challenge
Six nations will compete at the World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 from 6-14 October as the head coaches involved continue to run the rule over players ahead of selection for Rugby World Cup 2019.   With three matches each, the tournament will offer a timely opportunity for emerging talent and experienced players alike from Uruguay, Argentina, USA, Samoa and Tonga to stake a claim for full national honours ahead of the game's flagship event in Japan in two years' time, while for C...
World Rugby approves revised TMO trial for November tier one hosted tests
World Rugby  and its Member Unions have underscored their ongoing commitment to consistent and accurate match officiating by approving a closed trial revising the scope of the Television Match Official (TMO) in the November tests hosted by Tier one unions.    Confirmation of the trial comes after a full review of the current global trial and the variant used in Super Rugby by a working group of match officials, coaches, players  and administrators, reflecting the sport’s com...
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 all set for kick off as race for Olympic Games qualification beg
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to act as principle qualification route for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women’s world series increases to six rounds with addition of HSBC USA Women’s Sevens Australia women and South Africa men current title holders Men’s and women’s World Series 2020 qualifier to be hosted in Hong Kong Rugby sevens fan base continues to see record growth Australia women and South Africa men will be looking to retain their titles as teams begin their preparations in earnest for the ...
"Significant and highly-productive" World Rugby meetings conclude in Sydney
A week of highly-productive World Rugby meetings has concluded in Sydney with Chairman Bill Beaumont reaffirming the international federation’s commitment to ensuring an attractive, vibrant and strong game for all as the sport looks towards the next decade.   Beaumont said: "Over the course of a significant and highly-productive week of committee and board meetings in Sydney, we have considered some important and pressing topics, which are vital to the sport’s ongoing growth, prosperity an...
World Rugby committed to exploring ways to enhance the attractiveness and value of international rug
World Rugby committed to enhancing the competitiveness of international rugby between Rugby World Cups within the 2020-32 calendar framework agreed in San Francisco to boost value for all Breaking new broadcast and commercial markets, furthering competition opportunities for emerging rugby nations and player welfare key considerations Executive Committee gives approval for discussions to be progressed by a dedicated professional game committee           Within a week of...
Rugby sevens match schedule for Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
World Rugby has confirmed the rugby sevens match schedule for the hotly-anticipated Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, ahead of the competition kicking off next month from 13-15 October at the Club Atletico San Isidro, sede La Boya In the men’s tournament Samoa will be debuting at the YOG and will be looking to add to their medal collection following their 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games Gold medal with France hoping to retain the gold medal they won at the previous edi...
Samania lays out Cook Islands Sevens plan
Cook Islands Sevens coach Vaivase Samania is working on various strategies to ensure the side is able to achieve its goal in the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship to be held in November.   And that goal is to make it to at least one of the HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments in 2018/19 season.   Cook Islands is placed with Australia and Vanuatu in Pool C of the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships to be held in Suva, Fiji.   Samania said their initial focus was the pool competitio...
Sydney to host World Rugby committee meetings
Rugby’s leading decision-makers will meet in Sydney next week when Rugby Australia hosts key World Rugby committee meetings. Within a week of scheduled meetings, World Rugby’s Executive, Rugby, Regional, Audit and Risk and Regulations Committees and Rugby World Cup Board will meet to discuss global rugby matters. With rugby participation and fandom continuing to grow rapidly, the committees will consider strategies that will foster continued prosperity and sustainability of rugby at all levels ...
RWC 2019 Japan celebrates one year to go
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes that Japan 2019 will be “a very special and game-changing Rugby World Cup” as the one year to go milestone was marked with a series of celebrations across the host nation.   World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes that Japan 2019 will be “a very special and game-changing Rugby World Cup” as the one year to go milestone was marked with a series of celebrations across the host nation.   On 20 September, 2019, the world’s top 20 teams, supp...
Olympic qualification pathway for rugby sevens confirmed for Tokyo 2020
Rugby sevens’ Olympic qualification pathway for Tokyo 2020 has today been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee and World Rugby. Twelve teams will compete for medals in both the men's and women's rugby sevens competitions from 27 July- 1 August at Tokyo Stadium. Japan’s men’s and women’s teams have secured automatic qualification as hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, leaving 11 places in each event to be filled through the qualification process. Just as for Rio 2016, the top four...
BABER LOOKING FORWARD TO REGIONAL COMPETITION
Fiji Airways Men’s Sevens  Coach Gareth Baber is looking forward to kicking off the Fiji 7's 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with a strong performance at the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships.   Speaking after the Pools draw in Suva today Baber said " naturally we look at the other seeded teams as the immediate competition for us like New Zealand, Australia and Samoa and this gives you an impression of the level of competition we’ll have here."   Further adding, ...
POOLS CONFIRMED FOR 2018 OCEANIA RUGBY SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIP
In a first for the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships the pools were randomly drawn this morning at a Media Conference organised by Oceania Rugby at Fiji’s Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.   The top four (4) seeded Men’s Teams and two (2) Women’s teams were allocated the top spot in each pool, with the remaining spots in each pool drawn randomly in accordance to the bands of teams ranked 5-8, 9-12 and 13 th in the Men’s section, and 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 in the Women’s section. The rankings were deter...
RWC 2019 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL PUBLIC
General Ticket Sales Ballot application phase opens from 19 September to 12 November Follows unprecedented demand for Rugby World Cup 2019TM Tickets during initial priority ballots, with more than 2.5 million ticket applications received Tickets across all categories still available for all 48 tournament fixtures Fans encouraged to use traffic-light indicator on the Rugby World Cup ticketing site to give themselves the best chance of securing tickets By using Mastercard, fans can double their c...
Mindset Mental Well-Being Education Resource Launched For Elite Medical Staff
World Rugby and International Rugby Players have launched Mindset, a new global mental health and well-being awareness and education resource for elite rugby medics.   As with society as a whole, elite sports people are susceptible to mental health conditions, which can be characterised by changes in mood or behaviour and can include anxiety, depression and illness.   A number of education campaigns have been developed by national player associations and unions, but Mindset is the fir...
WORLD RUGBY U20 TROPHY: Fiji U20s Trophy Champions
Fiji will play in the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2019 after beating Samoa in the final of the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2018 in Romania.   On another day of high-scoring matches at the Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest, Fiji defeated Samoa 58-8 in a one-sided final to win promotion to the World Rugby U20 Championship for the first time since 2014.   Despite being previously unbeaten at this level, Samoa were no match for their Pacific rivals whose marvellous performanc...
WORLD RUGBY U20 TROPHY: SAMOA TO FACE FIJI IN FINAL
  The World Rugby U20 Trophy 2018 final will be an all-Pacific Islands affair with Samoa and Fiji meeting to not only determine the champion but also the side who will be promoted to the U20 Championship next year.   Fiji stand between Samoa and a third World Rugby U20 Trophy success following a thrilling final day of pool action in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday.   Samoa have won every single match they have played in this competition but that proud record will be severely tes...
World Rugby and ChildFund launch transformational partnership for RWC 2019
Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan will play a transformational role in the lives of disadvantaged children across Asia, thanks to a game-changing partnership between World Rugby and ChildFund launched today. ChildFund Pass It Back partnership aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged children in Asia Fans can opt-in to donate to the programme when purchasing tickets from 19 September Partnership forms key element of Rugby World Cup 2019 Impact Beyond legacy programme   Rugby World Cup 2019 ...
2018 OCEANIA RUGBY SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO FIJI
The Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, Minister for Youth and Sports, Fiji Government together with Oceania Rugby Women’s Director, Ms. Cathy Wong and Mr. John O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Fiji Rugby Union confirmed the event’s return and the Fijian Government’s support at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva today in launching the 2018 event.   In a continuing commitment to ensuring fans have access to experiencing the best of the best in the world of Sevens Rugby the Men’s and Women’s events will st...
RUGBY SEVENS TEAMS CONFIRMED FOR BUENOS AIRES 2018 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
New Zealand Women’s and Samoa Men’s have been confirmed by World Rugby within the six men’s and six women’s teams that will participate in the rugby sevens competitions at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 13 to 15 October.   Rugby sevens is featuring at a YOG for the second time, having made a blistering debut in Nanjing, China four years ago where Australia’s women and France’s men struck gold. The YOG is an important player development pathway for aspiri...
WORLD RUGBY U20 TROPHY: FIJI & SAMOA MAINTAIN PERFECT START
Fiji, Namibia and Samoa continue to set the pace following day two of the World Rugby U20 2018 Trophy in Bucharest.   In Pool A, Namibia laid down another marker with a 12-try defeat of Hong Kong and put themselves within 80 minutes of the final. Samoa stand in their way and got the victory over Romania they needed to keep pace at the top of the group despite an ill-disciplined performance that earned them two yellows and one red card. The two sides meet on Wednesday afternoon in a winner-...
World Rugby U20 Trophy: Samoa & Fiji make statement in Opening Round
Top seeds Samoa, and Fiji off to winning starts at the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.   Fiji broke the 50-point barrier and enjoyed themselves on day one, running in nine tries to beat 2008 champions Uruguay 55-34 at the Stadionul National Arcul De Triumf, on the opening day of the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2018 in Bucharest, as Samoa also secured an opening round victory.   Samoa have never tasted defeat at this Trophy level, and a seven-minute first-half hat-trick f...
Samoa head competitive field at U20 Trophy
The 11th edition of the World Rugby U20 Trophy kicks off in Bucharest on Tuesday 28 August with eight teams doing battle for the title, and the right to compete in the U20 Championship in Argentina next year.   Samoa return to the competition after their relegation from the Championship in 2017, and are one of three previous winners competing in Romania, alongside the hosts and Uruguay.   Head coach Laauli Rudy Leavasa and his players will be aiming for a swift return to the Champions...
Romania and Brazil to host World Rugby U20 Trophy in 2018 and 2019
World Rugby has announced Romania and Brazil as the hosts of the next two World Rugby U20 Trophy events.  Romania, who hosted the World Rugby Nations Cup hosts on many occasions, will host the age-grade competition between 28 August-9 September, 2018 at the Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest. Brazil, who are making significant strides on the international stage, will host their first World Rugby 15s tournament in 2019 with the Estádio Martins Pereira in São José dos Campos the...
World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 Match Schedule Announced
World Rugby has announced the dates and match schedule for the upcoming Americas Pacific Challenge 2018, which will be hosted for the third year in a row by Unión de Rugby del Uruguay, in Montevideo from 6-14 October. The Americas Pacific Challenge was introduced in 2016 to boost the high-performance pathway for the test arena and to support the Americas Rugby Championship and Pacific Nations Cup as well as November international test window preparation. The six “A” team tournament includes two...
Black Ferns Beat Wallaroos In Front Of World Record Crowd
A world record crowd for a women’s international sees New Zealand celebrate their return to action with a comfortable victory against Australia in Sydney.   New Zealand have gone 1-0 up in their two-test series against Australia after a 31-11 victory against their trans-Tasman rivals in Sydney on Saturday.   Playing in their first test since lifting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017, the Black Ferns scored five tries, including a hat-trick for captain and hooker Fiao'o Faamausili, i...
Training Coaches for the New Get Into Rugby PLUS Programme
C oaches are developing key skills to support equal and safe rugby participation for girls and boys for the new Get Into Rugby PLUS life-skills programme.   Get Into Rugby PLUS (GIR PLUS) is part of a broader initiative using rugby to prevent violence against women and girls and promote gender equality, which is being implemented regionally by Oceania Rugby and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO).   It is co-funded by Oceania Rugby, through Rugby Australia and the Australian Gove...
Larkham (Australia) & Williams (New Zealand) Inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame
Former Australia international Stephen Larkham has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held in Sydney on the eve of Australia’s Bledisloe Cup opener with New Zealand.   A Rugby World Cup winner in 1999, Larkham amassed 102 caps, scoring 25 tries in a tally of 135 test points throughout his international playing career before retiring from international rugby after Rugby World Cup 2007 in France.   The ceremony, attended by Chairman of the Hall of Fame...
Australia & New Zealand Bid To Host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021
World Rugby has confirmed Oceania Rugby members Australia and New Zealand as Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 host candidates after each union submitted their bid responses to the international federation by the 10 August deadline.     The 2021 tournament will be the first to feature exciting new format changes, including the extension of the tournament window from 23 to 35 days (promoting player welfare), the addition of a quarter-final stage and squad increases from 28 to 30 players, re...