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IRB Welcomes Major New Initiative to Support Rugby Growth in Brazil

Dublin, Feb 20, 2013: The IRB welcomes a major new initiative by World Series sponsor HSBC aimed at introducing thousands of children around the world to Rugby ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. With the breath-taking sport of Rugby Sevens set to make its Olympic Games debut in Rio, the first

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Rugby World Cup 2015 Volunteer Programme ‘The Pack’ Launched, Applications open March 17, 2014 and close April 17, 2014

London, Feb 12, 2014: The England Rugby 2015 Organizing Committee has today launched ‘The Pack’ – the volunteer programme for Rugby World Cup 2015. ‘The Pack’, made up of 6,000 volunteers, will be the faces of the tournament, helping to deliver Rugby World Cup 2015 across England and in Cardiff. In line

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Brazil Men and Women Guaranteed Rio 2016 Rugby Sevens Place

Dublin, Feb 06, 2014: The International Rugby Board has announced that the Brazil men’s and women’s teams will automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Rugby Sevens events. Confirmation follows ratification by the International Olympic Committee of the inaugural Rugby Sevens qualification process that will feature a blend of the existing

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Women’s Rugby Set for Stellar Year in 2014 – Lapasset

Dublin, Jan 31, 2014: IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset has predicted a stellar year for the Women’s Game as the Rugby family looks forward to Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 in France. With the RBS Women’s 6 Nations kicking off a busy year of international Fifteens and Sevens action and global participation at

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Emirates Appointed Official Airline of Rugby World Cup 2015 and 2019

Dublin – Ireland, Jan 27, 2014: Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has announced the appointment of Emirates as a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England and Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. The deal also features an extension to Emirates’ successful sponsorship and support of the IRB match officials

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Major Initiative Launched to Boost Rugby Growth in Europe

Dublin – Ireland, Jan 22, 2014: The IRB has partnered with FIRA-AER and the RFU to deliver a ground-breaking project that will drive Rugby growth in 17 European national Unions ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015. A key component of the IRB’s IMPACT Beyond 2015 programme, the Unity Project will see two

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Commonwealth Games Organizers Announce Rugby Sevens Teams and Pools

Dublin, Jan 14, 2014: The organizers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have today (Tuesday January 14) confirmed the teams and pools for the Rugby Sevens at this summer’s Games. The sixteen teams who will strive for the coveted Gold medal in front of packed audiences at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium are: Australia,

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IRB Statement on European Competitions

Dublin, Jan 08, 2014: The International Rugby Board strongly believes that the establishment of a truly representative pan-European Rugby competition that fully complies with IRB Regulations and Bye-Laws is in the best interests of the global Game. The IRB acknowledges and supports the commitment of the six nations Member Unions in their

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Rugby World Cup 2015 Kick-Off times announced as team, fan and broadcast preparation progresses

London, Nov 27, 2013: Rugby World Cup 2015 today marks another significant milestone with the announcement of the kick-off times for the 48 matches that comprise Rugby’s showcase global event. With tournament organisers England 2015 and owners Rugby World Cup Limited also unveiling details of the tournament ticketing programme, today fans from

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Rugby Introduced to Rio’s Public Schools

Dublin, Nov 27, 2013: As Rugby counts down towards the readmission of the Game into the Olympic Games in 2016, more Brazilians than ever before are now playing, it has emerged. And Confederação Brasileira de Rugby (CBRu) in partnership with the education department of the Rio 2016 organising committee has been taking