Expanded Council convenes in Dublin for annual meeting
13 new members (11 female) join World Rugby’s highest decision-making body, bringing the total to 43
Expansion follows landmark governance reform announced in November 2017
On a historic day for World Rugby, 13 new union and regional association representatives have been welcomed onto an expanded World Rugby Council, the sport’s highest... Read More
The latest news from World Rugby again narrates dysfunction within the global rugby community. This time, the governing body decided to exclude three European nations - Belgium, Spain, and Romania - from continuing to qualify for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
The reason given was multiple team player ineligibility, resulting in sanctions from World Rugby and the subtraction of points.
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The fate of this year’s European Champions Cup rested on the toe of Leinster captain Isa Nacewa whose earlier penalty at the 78th minutes tied up the game at 12 apiece against Racing 92, the other finalist.
With 90-seconds left on the clock, Nacewa kicked a final penalty, ensuring a 15-12 victory for the Irish side that notched its fourth Champions Cup title.
This match represented the first... Read More
The New Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) Gold Cup perpetual trophy – a Rugby World Cup qualifier – will be unveiled during the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Congress in Brussels on May 8, 2018.
The 2018 edition of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup (June - August 2018) will be played by the national teams of Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Tunisia.The winners of the 2018... Read More
With the second weekend of USA’s Major League Rugby now history, it may be premature to discuss what happens – if anything – years down the road when the League considers relegation of the bottom team. Relegation, the act of being sent down to a lower league, has been standard procedure for European professional soccer, and adopted when rugby union turned professional in England.
The English top... Read More
New Zealand achieved a rare Commonwealth Games double, winning gold medals for both Women’s and Men’s rugby sevens in Gold Coast, Australia. For the Men, who stand third in the current HSBC World Rugby Sevens, the win was particularly satisfying with a final’s victory over Fiji in a defensive shutout 14-0.
The All Blacks Men defeated England in the semis 17-12, while Fiji beat past Commonwealth... Read More
Japan secured a spot on the 2019 Men’s World Rugby’s ten-city, Sevens circuit by beating Germany 19-14 on the final play at the recent Hong Kong Sevens qualifier. Twelve teams started the event with Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Chile moving into the semifinal rounds.
In the semis, Japan beat Ireland in overtime 12-7. In this match, an unusual play occurred when Ireland squib kicked through. The... Read More
With the European pro rugby season about two thirds over, there are some reasonably close races with a few games left to contest. The Six Nations Championship has ended and players have returned to their home teams for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Aviva Premiership – England
Exeter and Saracens are going head to head for the title. The Exeter Chiefs have 65 points and lead Saracens by... Read More
Episode No. 2 features USA and Sale Sarks flyhalf AJ MacGinty, who returned from a torn MCL to help the Sharks put 58 points on Worcester in his first game back. Joining Pat and AJ is Bruce McLane, coach of Major League Rugby's Rugby United New York. We talk Eagles, MacGinty's time in the USA, and a whole lot more.
RUGBY PatCast is a new podcast hosted by our associated editor, Pat Clifton. It... Read More
Portugal held on for a narrow away win 25-22 against upstart Poland to clinch the Rugby Europe Trophy, the third-tier European event. The victory qualifies Portugal for a two-match, home and away contest with Germany, where the winner will play in the second tier European Championship. (NB: Germany competed this year and finished last. If Portugal win, they advance to the higher division.)
The... Read More