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Rugby World Cup 2019 Mascot - World Rugby introduced Ren-G, the newly created mascot for the Japan RWC in 2019.  The lion-like creature emanates from Japanese mythology.

Sydney Sevens Women Update - New Zealand shutout the USA Women 31-0 in a poorly played game by the Eagles. The team finished 1-2 in pool play, with a victory over Japan 38-0, and a loss to England 28-24. But the Eagles will advance into the quarterfinals against Russia thanks to Japan's 17-10 upset of England. In the Eagles' pool, they, Japan, and England finished 1-2 but the USA move forward on point’s differential. (NB. Portia Woodman from New Zealand scored ten tries on Day One.) Matches on The Rugby Channel.

Quarterfinalists:

USA v. Russia. Australia v. Spain. New Zealand v. Ireland. Canada v. France

Disquieting Rugby News from France - It's a picture and a story no one in international rugby wanted to see: French Police searching the offices of the French Rugby Federation at Marcoussis, twenty-miles south of Paris, and also the home of its president, Bernard Laporte. Official financial prosecutors are investigating whether Laporte assisted in reducing the fine of the Montpelier RFC, which was involved in financial negotiations with Laporte's company.

Laporte denied allegations.

Zambia Make Their Commonwealth Games Rugby Debut - This year marks the first occasion for the African nation of Zambia to compete in rugby 7s in the Commonwealth Games.

Major League Rugby Spring Schedule - MLR announced its league debut schedule, which commences on April 21 and terminates the weekend of June 23 and 24. Seven professional clubs will compete in the inaugural MLR season. Games to be aired by CBS Sports.