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São Paulo Joins Expanded Women’s Sevens World Series

Dublin – Ireland, August 22, 2013: The International Rugby Board has announced the inclusion of São Paulo as a host city of an expanded IRB Women’s Sevens World Series for 2013/14. The new series aims to capitalise on a stellar debut season with rounds across the globe, kicking off with Dubai (November


Exciting IRB-Financed Tier Two November Test Schedule

Dublin – Ireland, Aug 12, 2013: Tier two nations will play a record total of 20 Test matches in this year’s November internationals as the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 in England continues. The strong programme is being financed and supported by the IRB, which invests more than £10.5 million each


IRB Elite Referees Ready for Scrum Trial Debut

Dublin – Ireland, august 12, 2013: The International Rugby Board’s top referees gathered at the Fédération Française de Rugby’s (FFR) Centre National de Rugby in Marcoussis, near Paris, last week for a workshop to finalise consistent management of the new ‘crouch, bind, set’ scrum engagement sequence that will begin global trials this


Expert Concussion Group Endorses Rugby Approach

Dublin – Ireland, Aug 9, 2013: Independent neurologists, Rugby medics and the players Union have given their unanimous backing to the IRB’s Pitch-side Suspected Concussion Assessment (PSCA) protocol, recommending continuation of the current global trial in elite Rugby. The concussion management working group unanimously agreed that the trial should be extended for


South Africa claim World Games Rugby 7s Gold

Cali – Colombia, August 3, 2013: South Africa’s Rugby Sevens team performed heroics to finish unbeaten at the World Games in Cali, Colombia, Seabelo Senatla scoring two of their five tries in a fine final as they beat Argentina 33-24 to claim a deserved gold medal. One month after the disappointment of


Commitment to Outstanding Rugby World Cup

Dublin, Aug 02, 2013: Japan’s top ministers have reaffirmed their collective cross-party commitment to the delivery of an outstanding Rugby World Cup 2019 that will deliver significant and wide-ranging benefits for Japan, Asia and the global Rugby community. At the general meeting of the Members of Parliament Group for Success of Rugby


Rugby World Cup 2014 Qualifiers Announced

Dublin – Ireland, July 24, 2013: The International Rugby Board has announced the dates for the qualifiers that will decide the final two places at Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 in France. The final African qualifier will take place on September 7 when South Africa host Uganda in East London. South Africa


IRB and Unions Reaffirm Commitment to Concussion

Dublin – Ireland, July 17, 2013: The International Rugby Board and its Member Unions have reaffirmed their commitment to ensure best-practice concussion management procedure delivery by undertaking a full review of the first year of the application of the Pitch side Suspected Concussion Assessment (PSCA) protocols to further enhance the delivery of


Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base Hosting Interest

Dublin – Ireland, July 17, 2013: Rugby World Cup Limited has welcomed the strong level of interest and enthusiasm shown in response to England Rugby 2015’s nationwide team base search and selection programme for Rugby World Cup 2015, reflecting the enormous prestige and value of hosting Rugby’s showcase event. England Rugby 2015


New Zealand wins Men and Women’s Rugby

Moscow – Russia, June 30, 2013: After an enthralling tournament and two incredible finals, New Zealand are both the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 champions. New Zealand’s men emerged victorious after beating England 33-0 on a rain-soaked pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to claim the Melrose Cup.