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Candidates for 2017 All-Star Team (Courtesy-Getty Image)

France RWC 2023 Estimated Payouts - The ten tier-one nations will each earn a $26.0 million windfall from the France 2023 Rugby World Cup. That totals $260 million of the total French proffer of $525 million, or 49.5 percent. Those ten nations are England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina. The balance of the monies - $265 million - will be awarded to tier-two and tier-three nations. Most prominently, World Rugby will continue to fund successfully emerging programs in Germany, Brazil, China, India, and the USA.

England 2017 Year End Film - England have compiled an exciting year-end review of their 2017 season, marred only by a singular loss to Ireland in the Six Nations Championship's final game. Link to

US Sports Medicine Symposium - The USA Rugby Sports Medicine organization will host its annual symposium (the tenth) in Las Vegas on March 1 and March 2, a few days before the HSBC World Rugby Las Vegas Sevens Tournament.  Topics will include player safety, concussions, orthopedic surgery, and research. Registration is now open with discounts offered through December 31st. Find more info or register at:

Aviva Premiership Rugby To Be Broadcast In China - The England Aviva Premiership rugby will air on national television in China via a four-year contract. The first game is Leicester Tigers versus Saracens on Sunday, December 24.

BBC Running Men's Team of the Year Voting - Go to to cast your vote for the fifteen top international players.

Sydney Sevens USA Pools - The HSBC World Rugby Sydeny Sevens, January 26, 27, 28 has slotted the USA Women against England, Japan, and New Zealand. The USA Men will compete against Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. 

Happy Holidays from Rugby Today -  All of us at Rugby Today send best holiday wishes to our readership and their families. We shall be on a reduced schedule until January 2, 2018.