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Head of Rugby World Cup McConnell to Join IOC

Dublin, Nov 13, 2013: The International Rugby Board has announced that Head of Rugby World Cup Kit McConnell is to leave the global governing body to join the International Olympic Committee as Sports Director. In his 10 years in his current position, McConnell has helped in the delivery of the three most

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Kit McConnell appoints as new Sports Director

Lausanne, Nov 13, 2013: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today appointed Kit McConnell as its new Sports Director. McConnell currently holds the position of Head of the Rugby World Cup and RWC Tournament Director at the International Rugby Board (IRB). In his 10 years with the IRB, he has assisted with the

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Engage Sports Media Partners with IRBConfEx

Dublin – Ireland, Nov 8, 2013: The International Rugby Board (IRB) is delighted to announce leading sports entertainment media organisation, Engage Sports Media, as Official Production and Distribution Partner of the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition taking place in Dublin on 18-19 November 2013. Engage will produce footage from the

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RWC 2015 Americas Qualification Playoff

Dublin – Ireland, Oct 19, 2013: RWC 2015, The IRB has confirmed the dates for the decisive Rugby World Cup 2015 Americas 2 qualifier playoff between the USA and Uruguay. In a mouth-watering home and away contest, Uruguay will host the first match on Saturday, March 22, with the return leg set

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HSBC Sevens World Series defence in style

Australia, Oct 13, 2015: Debutant Ambrose Curtis scored two tries as New Zealand came from behind to win the 2013 Gold Coast Sevens, beating hosts Australia 40-19 in the final to get the defence of their HSBC Sevens World Series title off to a flying start. Trailing 12-0, it looked as though

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IRB Announces Direct Promotion and Relegation

Dublin – Ireland, Oct 9, 2013: In the build-up to the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia this weekend, the International Rugby Board has announced details of the new promotion / relegation structure for the Series, as the sport continues to build towards its Olympic Games debut in

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IRB Pledges to Maximise IMPACT Beyond RWC

London, Sept 18, 2013: Growing Rugby participation by more than one million by 2016 and promoting sustainable growth is the aim of a new initiative launched by the International Rugby Board today. IMPACT will partner with IRB events, including Rugby World Cup 2015 and 2019, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 and the

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Rugby World Cup Marks Two Years to Go

Dublin – Ireland, Sept 17, 2013: With two years to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, tournament organisers England Rugby 2015 Limited (ER 2015) and tournament owners Rugby World Cup Limited are on track to deliver the Game’s showpiece event. ER 2015 Chief Executive Debbie Jevans today outlined the progress

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Official Rugby World Cup Gilbert Ball Launched

Dublin – Ireland, September 2, 2013: With two years to go until the world’s top players arrive in England for Rugby World Cup 2015, Gilbert Rugby has launched the design of the official match ball that will play its part in every pass, kick and try at the showcase event. With the

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Canada Qualifies for Rugby World Cup 2015

Dublin – Ireland, August 25, 2013: Canada is the first direct qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England after defeating USA 13-11 at BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday. The victory followed last weekend’s 27-9 win in Charleston to give the home side a 40-20 win on aggregate, booking a place