Source: World Rugby |

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…

World Rugby
Source: World Rugby |

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…

Source: World Rugby |

Rugby’s greatest of the decade recognised at World Rugby Awards Special Edition

Special edition also featured rugby’s heroes of the pandemic

Richie McCaw and Jessy Trémoulière take home 15s Player of the Decade Awards; Portia Woodman and Jerry Tuwai win Sevens Player of the Decade categories; Jamie Heaslip and Portia Woodman tries voted as best of the decade; Two stellar 15s Teams of the Decade selected by the World Rugby Awards panel highlight the…

World Rugby
Source: World Rugby |

Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw to be confirmed in Auckland next week

RWC 2021 Draw to be broadcast live on SPARK from 07:30 NZT / 18:30 GMT (19 November)

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to join Melodie Robinson, Dr Farah Palmer and Dan Carter as RWC 2021 ball presenters; RWC 2021 Draw to be broadcast live on SPARK from 07:30 NZT / 18:30 GMT (19 November); Elma Smit and Ugo Monye to host exclusive online RWC 2021 Draw Show via…

Source: World Rugby |

Date set for Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw

RWC 2021 Draw to be live streamed to global audiences via World Rugby digital channels

Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw confirmed for 20 November 2020; Draw event to be held at SkyCity Theatre in the heart of Auckland; RWC 2021 Draw to be live streamed to global audiences via World Rugby digital channels; World Rugby Women’s Rankings to be used for first time to determine…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus: Updated influenza vaccine advice targets protection of elderly and health workers

Although the influenza jab would not protect people from coronavirus - a new disease for which there is so far no cure - “it keeps you out of hospital”

Amid a potential global shortage in influenza vaccines and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency has advised countries to protect the elderly and health workers first. The updated recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), come as the northern hemisphere braces for the seasonal bug, which claims hundreds of thousands…

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Conflict, climate crisis and COVID-19 pose great threats to the health of women and children

COVID-19 crisis, in particular, is exacerbating existing inequities, with reported disruptions in essential health interventions disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable women and children

Protect the Progress: Rise, Refocus, Recover - 2020 Progress Report on the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030) Download Report: https://bit.ly/3mUckkU Fragile gains made to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19, according to a new…

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: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

Coronavirus - Africa: Education for all - pandemic threatens to increase inequalities

40% of low and lower-middle income countries have not supported disadvantaged learners during the COVID‑19 crisis

Presentation in Germany of UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report: Inclusion and Education Joint press release of the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Commission for UNESCO On 22 September 2020, the Federal Foreign Office, the…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus: Boost for global response to COVID-19 as economies worldwide formally sign up to COVAX facility

156 economies, representing roughly 64% of the global population in total, are now either committed to or eligible for the COVAX Facility

64 higher income economies have now joined the COVAX Facility, with a further 38 economies expected to sign in the coming days; these self-financing economies, which include 29 from ‘Team Europe’ participating as part of an agreement with the European Commission, join 92 lower income economies eligible for financial support…