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World Rugby Announce Huge Changes To Global Calendar

World Rugby, the sport’s global body, have announced signifcant changes to the long-term global calendar. The new 2020-32 schedule now prioritises rest periods, as well as supporting the sport’s tier two nations further, and brings further accord to the relationship between the international and domestic games. “Agreement on an optimised global calendar that provides certainty and sustainability over the decade …

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World Cup Winning Coach Sir Clive Woodward Calls For Rule Change Following Italy’s ‘No Ruck’ Tactics

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Former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward has waded into the debate following Italy’s novel application of the rules against England in their Six Nations encounter on Sunday. The World Cup winning coach has been writing in his Dail Mail column and has admitted to rethinking his position on Italy’s decision not to contest the ball after a tackle, thus …

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How An Inadvertent Law Change Saved England From Further Embarrassment Against Italy

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

Rugby fans were left divided and confused by the ruck time tactics employed by Italy during their Six Nations encounter with England yesterday. Despite the whistles of derision that were sounded in the direction of Romain Poite in Twickenham, Italy were not offside when their players took up positions on the English side of the breakdown, or the area in proximity to …

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Georgia’s Hopes Of Entering Six Nations Dealt Major Blow

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Jonny Gray of Scotland tackles Vasil Lobzhanidze of Georgia during the Autumn Test Match between Scotland and Georgia at Rugby Park on November 26, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite recent reports, Georgia’s hopes of being given the chance to earn a spot in the Six Nations have been shot down, after chief executive John Feehan insisted there are no vacancies in the competition. There have been calls from many, including Sir Clive Woodward, to introduce promotion and relegation. However, Feehan has ruled out any changes to the Six …

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RFU To Push For Five-Year Residency Rule

England’s governing body, the RFU, are to push for the existing global residency rule to be extended from three years to five, meaning players not born in or with parentage from their adopted country must live in that nation for at least five years to qualify. According to The Telegraph, the RFU’s chief executive is keen to see a change …

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George North Takes Aim At The Media Over ‘Made Up Stories’ Around His Concussion Problems

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: George North of Wales during the International Match between Wales and South Africa at the Principality Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Wales and Northampton Saints star George North has rounded on the media following the latest in a series of high profile concussions he has suffered in recent times. The 24-year-old has been the subject of much debate following his most recent head injury, an in-air collision with Leicester Tigers’ Adam Thompstone during an English Premiership tie last month, which left …

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Opinion: World Rugby’s Weak Line On Concussion Putting Players In Danger

World Rugby NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27: George North of Northampton Saints lays injured after colliding with Nathan Hughes of Wasps as he scored his second try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on March 27, 2015 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

The Oxford Dictionary’s definition of concussion is a “temporary unconsciousness or confusion and other symptoms caused by a blow on the head”. World Rugby have handled the George North debacle very poorly. The controversy surrounding George North’s health began on the 6th of February 2015 at the Millennium Stadium against England. Dave Attwood’s foot collided with North’s head while scrambling …

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Ten Diminutive Internationals Who Could Thrive Under New High Tackle Laws

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Ben Youngs of England breaks during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

After watching the first weekend’s Premiership action under the new zero tolerance high tackling laws, former England international Will Greenwood predicted that shorter players could thrive under the new laws as their lower centre of gravity and smaller tackle area mean a greater risk of indiscretions by opposing players. He went on to explain to Sky Sports News (via the …

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Welsh Rugby Legend Blasts Inexperienced Referees Over Their Handling Of The New High Tackle Laws

Rugby union is currently undergoing a process of recalibration following a rule change by World Rugby in relation to high tackles in the sport. As players and officials struggle with the new definition, the game has suffered. This past weekend, with the new laws getting their first real test in the Pro 12, Champions Cup and the English Premiership, numerous …

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World Rugby Announce Revised Foul Play Sanctions

Australia v Wales - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

Following an extensive review of rugby’s disciplinary processes, World Rugby have announced details of an enhanced and modernised Regulation 17 framework dealing with foul play. The new regulations deal primarily with sanctions and the sport’s disciplinary structure in order to create processes to reflect the modern rugby environment.  Wherever practicable World Rugby will appoint three person judicial committees, comprising of …

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A Run Down On The List Of Laws Being Trialled In 2017

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: Referee Nigel Owens explains a call to Kieran Read of New Zealand and Nic White of Australia during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Although some rugby fans have been critical of World Rugby’s constant tinkering with the game’s laws, it’s hard to knock a sporting organisation that is constantly looking at ways to evolve the sport it governs. Take football for instance, despite the availability of goal line technology, FIFA was opposed to it’s introduction and UEFA resorted to deploying assistant referees behind …

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