Today, Monday, September 25, 2017, World Rugby received final presentation bids for the 2023 Rugby World Cup from France, Ireland, and South Africa. The World Rugby Selection Committee, comprised of 37 nations, will vote on these applicants. Nineteen votes, a majority of one, is needed to determine the winner. The announcement will be November 15, 2017.
South Africa last hosted the event in 1995... Read More
The Silicon Valley Sevens scheduled for November 4 and 5 in San Jose's Avaya Stadium brings international sevens to the Bay Area. It also will mark the first time since 2007 that Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga will compete in the same tournament on American soil.
At first glance, it seems an incongruity in sport history that these three small island nations play competitive rugby (World Rugby current... Read More
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Informal. something once popular or valued that has retained its appeal or for which interest has been reawakened, especially a popular song or record.
Once rugby players realized they could play the sport well past their 35th birthday, it was natural for these old boys to plan and promote tournaments with like-minded... Read More
With anticipation and excitement building across the host nation, the Webb Ellis Cup visited Mount Fuji for the iconic image that will be liked and shared around the world.
And today, the Cup will be unveiled this morning to the public at Shibuya 109 – one of central Tokyo’s busiest and most recognisable landmarks – kicking off a 46-day tour of the host nation.
From Sapporo City in the north to... Read More
Japan won the 2017 U-20 Trophy title defeating a plucky Portugal 14-3 in the rain. The annual contest was hosted by Uruguay, which clinched the bronze medal with a 34-12 win over Namibia.
For the Junior Brave Blossoms, the championship victory promotes them to the U-20 Junior World Championship next year, two years after being relegated to the Trophy event in 2016.
Japan must rank as the most... Read More
Tonga qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, making them the last side to be slotted in Pool C, along with England, France, Argentina, and the USA. The Tongans made it as the Oceania 2 nation.
In this year’s Pacific Nations Cup, Tonga beat Samoa, which will compete in a RWC 2019 playoff against a European fifteen, either Portugal or the Czech Republic. All three Pacific Nations sides... Read More
Fiji and the USA became two more qualifying teams for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Fijians won the Pacific Nations Cup against Samoa and Tonga while the USA defeated Canada to advance into the Americas 1 slot in Pool C. Fiji moved into Pool D.
Pool C awaits one more nation for the Oceania 2 slot, either Samoa or Tonga. The loser of this series will have a repechage opportunity to... Read More
World Rugby has announced record-breaking fan figures for the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, after another compelling season on and off the field.
The 2016-17 series, the first after rugby sevens’ Olympic Games debut at Rio, saw massive crowds in cities including Dubai, Cape Town, Sydney, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Hong Kong and London as the total attendance over the 10 rounds increased by... Read More
The 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship concluded with a new attendance record for the event in its eighth year (Seven in Philadelphia, One in Columbus, Ohio). The tournament expanded its footprint from the two “Academy” fields that abut the Talen Energy Stadium, where many of the preliminary games were played to large crowds of fans.
NSCRO continued to hold its Men's National... Read More
In June of 2011, the College Rugby Championship would move to PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. It marked the second year of the CRC sevens event, first held in Columbus, Ohio, to a sparse crowd. That initial contest – aired on NBCSports – witnessed a ding-dong battle between Cal and Utah, tied at the whistle, and won in overtime by Utah 31-26. Utah’s football and rugby ace... Read More