Source: South African Rugby Union |

SANZAAR announces Castle Lager Rugby Championship schedule

South Africa’s participation in the event still has to be confirmed but SANZAAR has revealed the intended playing schedule for the 12-match, six-week tournament

The Springboks will begin their defence of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship with an away match against Argentina – in Brisbane – before a ‘home’ game against the Wallabies in Sydney, it was announced overnight as SANZAAR unveiled the competition fixtures. South Africa’s participation in the event still has to…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

Just a few cigarettes a day, occasional smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke increase the risk of heart disease

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September. This equates to one in five of all deaths from…

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Source: Foundation for a Smoke-Free World |

Issues in ensuring COVID-19 vaccine compliance (By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World)

We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures was associated with trust

By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated [1]. We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness…

World Rugby
Source: World Rugby |

Rugby World Cup 2021: Former South Africa 15s international and current South Africa Women’s U20 head coach Laurian Johannes confirmed as Rugby World Cup 2021 coach interns

RWC 2021 Coaching Internship Programme is fully funded by World Rugby, as part of IOC international development grant

All nine Rugby World Cup 2021 qualified teams to avail of Coaching Internship Programme opportunity; Six RWC 2021 participating unions confirm coaching interns; Announcement marks one year to go until RWC 2021 with the tournament to be hosted for the first time in the southern hemisphere; Selected participants to be…

Source: South African Rugby Union |

Castle Lager Springbok Showdown to kick-start local season next month

The drama will unfold live on SuperSport, with the enlarged squad set to be announced live on Saturday

The battle lines are being drawn for a Castle Lager Springbok Showdown, which will pit the best local stars and top, up-and-coming talent against each other on 3 October, as SA Rugby (www.SARugby.co.za) announced its plans today to reignite an exciting four-month local season. Springbok assistant coaches Mzwandile Stick and…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus - Africa: Canada continues to lead international coordination on response to COVID-19

Hosted the 10th call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted the 10th call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19 with his counterparts from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Morocco, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The ministers provided an update on their countries’ responses to COVID-19 and ongoing multilateral work on…

Source: Commonwealth Secretariat |

Coronavirus - Africa: Commonwealth Secretariat and NO MORE Foundation launch campaign against domestic and sexual violence across 54 countries

As part of the initiative, leaders, celebrities and individuals globally are taking the ‘Commonwealth Says NO MORE’ pledge towards ending domestic and sexual violence

The Commonwealth Secretariat and NO MORE Foundation have today launched a new campaign designed to help tackle the immediate crisis of the rapid increase in domestic and sexual violence due to the impacts of COVID-19, while also providing support for governments, organisations and individuals to confront this issue through longer-term…

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Source: Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) |

Innocent Simiyu returns as Kenya Sevens Head Coach

The appointment of Simiyu comes after an intensive interview process last month in which he topped a short list of four candidates

The Kenya Rugby Union (https://www.KRU.co.ke/) is excited to announce the appointment of Innocent Simiyu as the Head Coach of the Kenya 7s Team. The appointment of Simiyu comes after an intensive interview process last month in which he topped a short list of four candidates Simiyu, Dennis Mwanja, Paul Murunga…

Source: World Rugby |

Video - Eddie Jones: “I want to see rugby being the number one sport in the world”

Some 265 participants from World Rugby’s virtual High Performance Academy have been learning from some of the best rugby coaches in the world

Back to school. Some 265 participants from World Rugby’s (www.World.Rugby) virtual High Performance Academy have been learning from some of the best rugby coaches in the world to prepare themselves for when international rugby restarts. Launched in May when most of the world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

Source: World Rugby |

Date set for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Awards 2020

Nine unions nominated across the men’s and women’s UL Mark of Excellence Award and Cigna Pressure Play Awards

HSBC World Rugby (https://www.WorldRugby.org) Sevens Series Award winners to be announced on 21 September; Twenty-four winners to be announced across six men’s and women’s award categories; Nine unions nominated across the men’s and women’s UL Mark of Excellence Award and Cigna Pressure Play Awards; Fan voting opens for Cigna Pressure…