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Rugby’s global expansion increases in Africa

World Rugby’s reach across Africa grew further as Algeria and Burundi became full members of the international federation

Algeria and Burundi achieve full member status of international federation; World Rugby (www.WorldRugby.org) membership stands at 128 countries, including 19 associate members; Both nations will enter Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifying via the Rugby Africa Cup 2021; Rapid growth in African rugby being led by strategic focus on youth and…

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World Rugby and unions confirm men’s July test schedule

A strong revised programme of men’s test matches is set to take place in July after all unions and World Rugby agreed a revised schedule within the existing window

Twenty-five of the top 30 ranked unions to play tests in the July window; World champions South Africa and hosts Japan play first tests since Rugby World Cup 2019; The UK and Ireland set to host a number of nations, while New Zealand becomes Pacific hub; Samoa v Tonga play-off…

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Olympic excitement builds ahead of World Rugby Sevens Repechage draw

Twelve women’s teams and 10 men’s teams to compete for the final two women’s and one men’s places at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics

World Rugby Sevens Repechage (www.WorldRugby.org) draw to take place at 10:00 BST (GMT+1) on Tuesday, 11 May; Monaco set to host the final Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification event on 19-20 June; 12 women’s teams and 10 men’s teams to compete for the final two women’s and one men’s places at…

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Rugby sevens Olympic test event held at Tokyo Stadium

The event was held at Tokyo Stadium, which will host all six days of action during the Games

Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games held an operational test event for rugby sevens on Thursday, with 95 days to go before the first match of the tournament on 26 July. The event was held at Tokyo Stadium, which will host all six days of action during the Games…

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World Rugby Launches ‘A Global Sport For All’ Strategic Plan 2021-25 to Guide Long-Term Growth

Strategy is centred on enhancing competition portfolio, growing participation and increasing engagement, inclusion and diversity

Plan to guide long-term response to COVID-19 pandemic; It is underpinned by a focus on evolving the game, with advancing player welfare at heart; Strategy, which includes clear game-changing targets, is centred on enhancing competition portfolio, growing participation and increasing engagement, inclusion and diversity. VIEW THE WORLD RUGBY STRATEGIC PLAN…

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Rugby sevens match officials unveiled for Tokyo Olympics with 100 days to go

Rugby sevens competition takes place from 26-31 July, 2021 at Tokyo Stadium

Squad of 22 match officials from 12 countries selected for the Olympic Games in Tokyo; Inclusion of five international players who have swapped the playing shirt for the whistle, including New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup winner Selica Winiata; Eight female referees including two making their second appearances at the Olympic…

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Concussion education driving surge in World Rugby course completions to 1.8m

World Rugby online learning course completions have surged in 2021 with more people per month engaging with the educational materials in the first three months of the year than in any other three-month period

Already in 2021, online module completions by the worldwide community of players, coaches, match officials, medics and members of the public has topped 200,000, driven by a strong increase in concussion and medical course completions, reflecting World Rugby’s (www.WorldRugby.org) mission to educate everyone in the game. The total number of…

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World Rugby launches new global competition and aligned calendar to supercharge the women’s 15s game

World Rugby has launched WXV, a three-tiered annual competition model that will start in 2023

Sixteen-team, three-tier WXV global competition set to begin in 2023; World Rugby to invest £6.4 million in its first two years; unified international 15s calendar to comprise of two playing windows on an annual basis, optimising player welfare and performance; ground-breaking global international 15s calendar set to accelerate development of women’s…

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World Rugby paves the way for future leaders in rugby with 12 new Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarships awarded

World Rugby has invested £490,000 in the Executive Leadership Scholarships since the programme’s inception in 2018

On International Women’s Day, World Rugby (www.WorldRugby.org) has reconfirmed its commitment and investment into the acceleration of women in leadership positions in rugby through its transformational World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship programme, with 12 new recipients identified across the globe for 2021. Twelve new Executive Leader Scholarship recipients in…

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World Rugby has made the difficult decision to recommend the postponement of Rugby World Cup 2021, scheduled to be hosted in New Zealand between 18 September-16 October, until next year

The recommendation will be considered by the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee on 8 and 9 March respectively

World Rugby (www.WorldRugby.org) has made the difficult decision to recommend the postponement of Rugby World Cup 2021, scheduled to be hosted in New Zealand between 18 September-16 October, until next year. The recommendation will be considered by the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee on 8 and…