Rugby Aug 22, 2019

Contentious George North try prompts World Rugby rule change

World Rugby has changed a rule governing restarts in the wake of George North's contentious try for Wales in its 13-6 win over England in Cardiff on Saturday. Wales winger North scored in the 34th minute while England had yet to send on a temporary ...

Brave Blossoms climb to No. 9 in world rankings

Rugby Aug 13, 2019

Brave Blossoms climb to No. 9 in world rankings

Japan climbed two spots in the world rankings to ninth, according to World Rugby's announcement on Monday, two days after clinching the Pacific Nations Cup with a 34-20 victory over the United States. With a little over a month to go until the 2019 Rugby ...

Rugby Jun 21, 2019

Fiji, Japan could be added to expanded Rugby Championship

Fiji, Japan and even the United States could join an expanded Rugby Championship now that World Rugby's proposed global league has collapsed. Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle revealed Friday that governing body SANZAAR had been working on new models for the Southern Hemisphere competition in ...

Rugby Mar 15, 2019

World Rugby says controversial shake-up could earn billions for game

World Rugby has defended its controversial Nations Championship concept, saying the proposed annual global tournament could earn the sport £5 billion ($6.6 billion) in 12 years. Rugby chiefs want to launch a new cross-hemisphere contest in 2022, in which the winners of the Six Nations ...

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

Rugby Mar 8, 2019

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

by Rich Freeman

A World Rugby news release late Wednesday night from Dublin may have appeased some parties concerned by plans for a new worldwide league, but many questions remain as to how Japan will be affected. The sport's governing body was attacked from all sides last week ...

Rugby Sep 26, 2018

Rugby players’ chief urges fairer payments for tier-two sides

The Rugby World Cup will remain the preserve of a handful of top sides and will fail to evolve unless players from smaller nations are properly rewarded, international players chief Omar Hassanein told AFP. The 41-year-old Australian — chief executive of the Dublin-based International Rugby ...

Rugby Mar 6, 2018

Almost 900,000 applications received for 2019 Rugby World Cup tickets

Rugby's international governing body said Tuesday it has received nearly 900,000 applications from fans in more than 100 countries for tickets to the 2019 World Cup in Japan. In a press release on its website, World Rugby said demand significantly exceeded supply for the first ...

Bankrupt Samoa Rugby Union faces scrutiny

More Sports / Rugby Nov 9, 2017

Bankrupt Samoa Rugby Union faces scrutiny

World Rugby said Thursday it will look at the game's governance in Samoa after administrators in the Pacific nation admitted they were bankrupt and could not pay their bills. Samoa Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao pleaded with the public for financial support this week, ...

Rugby World Cup schedule unveiled in Tokyo

More Sports / Rugby Nov 2, 2017

Rugby World Cup schedule unveiled in Tokyo

by Andrew McKirdy

Japan will play the winner of the European qualifying competition in the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium on Sept. 20, as organizers announced the full tournament schedule on Thursday. [video_embed number="1"] The Brave Blossoms, who will be bidding to ...