World Rugby chairman calls RWC 2019 'greatest of all time'

Rugby Nov 3, 2019

World Rugby chairman calls RWC 2019 'greatest of all time'

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont complimented Japan on Sunday, saying the "wonderful, humble and history-making" Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts succeeded in putting together the greatest showpiece event in the history of the sport. A day after Asia's first World Cup closed with South Africa ...

Johnny Wilkinson, Bryan Habana show kids how it is done

Rugby Oct 29, 2019

Johnny Wilkinson, Bryan Habana show kids how it is done

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The 2019 Rugby World Cup has been electrified by inspirational performances of the Japan national team, which made the knockout stage for the first time at the quadrennial tournament. And the sport's global and domestic governing bodies hope that it will help encourage more children ...

Referee Jaco Peyper sidelined over photo with fans

Rugby Oct 22, 2019

Referee Jaco Peyper sidelined over photo with fans

World Rugby has sidelined Jaco Peyper from officiating at any of the World Cup semifinals and appointed Nigel Owens as referee of the knockout game between defending champion New Zealand and England. Peyper has apologized for posing for a photograph with a group of Wales ...

World Rugby slams Scotland over legal threat

Rugby Oct 11, 2019

World Rugby slams Scotland over legal threat

World Rugby slammed Scotland over a "disappointing" threat of legal action on Friday as tempers flared over fears their pivotal game with World Cup hosts Japan will be cancelled because of a typhoon. After Japan coach Jamie Joseph had also lashed out at Scotland's warning, ...

Brave Blossoms play down comments on officiating

Rugby Oct 2, 2019

Brave Blossoms play down comments on officiating

by Rich Freeman

Japan defense coach Scott Hansen put aside reports that World Rugby has admitted the referee got three out of four offside calls wrong in the Brave Blossoms' 19-12 defeat of Ireland last weekend in Shizuoka, saying his team "were only looking forward." "Those looking back, ...

Leave the refs alone, says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

Rugby Sep 30, 2019

Leave the refs alone, says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has appealed to rival coaches and pundits to lay off referees at the Rugby World Cup as match officials continue to face strident criticism. Even the sport's controlling body lambasted referees in a public statement after the first weekend, complaining ...

Rugby Sep 24, 2019

World Rugby issues rare rebuke of referees at Rugby World Cup

World Rugby issued a rare criticism of refereeing standards at the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday after a number of controversies in the tournament's opening days. The governing body said there had been "initial challenges" with technology and communications between match officials at the tournament. Several ...

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 ...