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A Number Of New Rugby Laws Set For Trial Next Year

Rugby Laws Trial

World Rugby’s Law Review Group (LRG) met in London this week over two days and a number of new law variations look set to be trialled next year.  We previously discussed the various potential law changes earlier in the week but the ones which look set to be trialled pending further approval include: 50:22 Kick Proposal If the team in …

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World Rugby To Take Next Steps With Potential Law Changes Post World Cup

rugby law changes

World Rugby have announced that they will take the next steps towards potentially introducing law changes after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.  The law amendments under consideration are proposed with player welfare in mind and law experts, players, coaches, referees and elite competition representatives will meet in London this week to further build on the player welfare and …

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World Rugby Scraps Plans For Nations Championship

Rugby Law Changes

World Rugby has discontinued their Nations Championship plans having failed to gain unanimous support from the countries involved in the Six Nations.  The proposed structure, which they hoped to launch in 2022, would have seen the Six Nations winners take on the winners of the expanded six-team Rugby Championship. The governing body says that plans were scrapped due to “a …

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Sexton Hits Out At “Out Of Touch” 12-Team ‘World League’ Proposal

Johnny Sexton World League

International Rugby Players President Jonathan Sexton has hit out at the newly proposed 12-team World Rugby tournament which could begin as early next year.  The ‘World League’ model, which has received considerable media attention in recent months, has come in for criticism from many quarters but most notably the players themselves. The new tournament will consist of the Six Nations …

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Pundit Arena’s ‘World XV’ Of 2018

2018 has been another memorable year for rugby as all focus now switches to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.  Ireland have been the most impressive as on the international stage they secured a Grand Slam, a series win in Australia and a 100% record throughout the November internationals which included a victory over the All Blacks. Leinster, who provide a …

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Joe Schmidt Takes Home World Rugby Coach Of The Year Award

Joe Schmidt Ireland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt topped off a fantastic year by taking home the World Rugby Coach Of The Year award while Ireland themselves won the World Rugby Team Of The Year at today’s ceremony. While not much is certain about the future of the Ireland head-coach, his efforts over the last 365 day period have not gone unnoticed during tonight’s …

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Scope OF TMO To Be Revised During Closed Trial In November Tests

World Rugby have approved a closed trial revising the scope of the Television Match Official (TMO) in the November tests hosted by Tier one unions. Confirmation of the trial comes after a full review of the current global trial and the variant used in Super Rugby by a working group of match officials, coaches, players and administrators. The key objective of …

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World Rugby ‘Examining Models’ For Test Tours Shake-Up

World Rugby said it is “examining models” for the annual Test windows from 2020 signalling a potential shake-up following reports of a new world league for national teams. The world body is looking at “ways to inject further significance and excitement into the July and November windows and optimise the commercial model for all”, a statement said. Currently, teams tour …

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World Rugby Considering Huge Change To November Internationals

World Rugby are reportedly considering abandoning the current summer and November international test windows in favour of a world league format similar to that of the UEFA Nations League in football. French publication Midi Olympique reported the news on Sunday as World Rugby look to do away with the usual test format, introducing a tournament which would be held across five …

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Rugby World Cup Expansion Is On The Cards After 2019

We’re about a year away from the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan but already, plans are being made for the 2023 and 2027 editions of the tournament.  World Rugby have stated that they are giving serious consideration to expanding the tournament from 20 to 24 teams for the 2023 edition of the tournament although this expansion first occurring in …

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Ireland Scale New Heights In Latest World Rugby Rankings

Mitsubishi Estate Series 3rd Test, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia 23/6/2018 Australia vs Ireland Ireland's Conor Murray celebrates after the game

Ireland remain in second place in the latest World Rugby rankings, but have also hit a new milestone. Their dramatic series-clinching 20-16 victory over Australia in Sydney last Saturday has seen Joe Schmidt’s side move past the 90-point mark for the first time in the 15-year history of the rankings system. It marks the end of a stunning season for …

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England Slip To Two-Year Low In Latest World Rugby Rankings

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 09: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, shakes hands with team captain Owen Farrell (R) after their defeat during the first test match between South Africa and England at Elllis Park on June 9, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England’s poor form in 2018 has seen them slip out of the World Rugby rankings top three. Eddie Jones’ side began their South African tour with a 42-39 defeat to the Springboks in Johannesburg – their fourth test defeat in a row – and having fallen behind Ireland earlier in the year, England have slipped below Australia into fourth place. It is …

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Wales The Big Movers After Latest World Rugby Rankings Update

Wales have arrived in Argentina ahead of their two-Test series against Los Pumas in San Juan and Santa Fe over the next two weekends.  Warren Gatland’s side go into those fixtures with a win under their belt after they overcame an inexperienced Springboks side 22-20 at the RFK Stadium in Washington D.C on Saturday. However, the clashes against Argentina will …

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12 New Laws To Come Into Effect Immediately After World Rugby Approval

World Rugby have unanimously approved 12 new rugby laws which will be put into effect immediately.  The 12 laws have been trialled around the world over the last year, since August in the northern hemisphere and since January in the southern hemisphere. According to World Rugby, player welfare, player experience and law simplification are the reasons for the changes. Here are …

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