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Ireland Fans Distraught At Losing 2023 Rugby World Cup Recommendation

Ireland 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid Presentation Preparation, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/9/2017 Finishing touches - Dick Spring (Ireland 2023 Bid Chairman) presents Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Brian O’Driscoll with Ireland 2023 ties and tie-pins as they go through the final preparations for tomorrow’s crucial Rugby World Cup bid presentation to World Rugby, in London. Ireland will propose a ‘tournament like no other, full or Irish spirit and commercial success’. The Ireland bid team are confident that their bid is the most lucrative and secure ever presented for a Rugby World Cup, with support and guarantees from the governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland offering an unsurpassable opportunity for World Rugby to host the 2023 tournament to another first time host. Pictured (L-R) Brian O'Driscoll, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Dick Spring (Ireland 2023 Bid Chairman) Mandatory Credit ©

World Rugby has dealt a major blow to Ireland’s hopes of hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup by recommending a rival bid from South Africa. Although the recommendation is just that, a recommendation, it does carry a significant amount of weight when it comes to the actual voting process on November 15th. The news, understandably, was met with bitter disappointment …

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World Rugby Have Brought In A New Law For Head Injury Assessments

World Rugby has made a much-welcomed change to how Head Injury Assessments (HIA) will now be conducted. This amendment applies to all elite level adult rugby competitions and will come into effect on August 26 but it will also apply to the start of the Rugby Championship, which kicks off this weekend.  The new amendment states that a player who …

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Opinion: Rugby Needs A Global Salary Cap

Since the dawn of professionalism in rugby it feels like there has been no real agreed plan on how the sport as a whole should progress. England and France have adopted approaches similar to those in football, with privately-owned and run clubs producing players for Test teams. However, most of the other major nations have come to operate some kind …

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Sonny Bill Williams Will Miss Rugby Championship Opener

New Zealand All Blacks player Sonny Bill Williams (R) takes part in a training session in Auckland on July 6, 2017. The New Zealand All Blacks will play the British and Irish Lions in the third and final Test in Auckland on July 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Two-time World Cup-winning All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams will miss his side’s opening Rugby Championship clash with Australia in Sydney on August 19, according to the New Zealand Herald. This is after a World Rugby hearing decided that the 28-year-old’s four-week ban for a reckless shoulder charge to Anthony Watson’s face during his side’s second Test against the British …

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World Rugby Slams The Door On The Current Player Residency Rule

World Rugby has finally ruled on the somewhat contentious three year residency rule that Ireland rule has used so effectively in recent years. Mooted for some time now, rugby’s governing body has deemed that foreign players will no longer be eligibile to play for the country of their residence until such time that they have played five consecutive years in …

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The Seven Best Moments In Rugby World Cup History

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw now only a week away, we have decided to take a look back at the seven best moments in Rugby World Cup history. ________ 7. French Flair In 1987 With the scores level at 24 all between Australia and France in the first semi-final of the 1987 World Cup Les Bleus produced a …

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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


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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