Rugby World Cup teams to get longer rests and bigger squads

Rugby Feb 23, 2021

Rugby World Cup teams to get longer rests and bigger squads

The 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will have increased rest periods for all teams as part of a new player welfare package announced on Monday by the Rugby World Cup Board, the World Rugby executive committee and tournament organizers. As part of the package, ...

World Rugby approves open vote for World Cup host decisions

Rugby Nov 25, 2020

World Rugby approves open vote for World Cup host decisions

The World Rugby Council on Tuesday approved recommendations by its World Cup Board for a more transparent process of selecting hosts for future men's and women's editions of the tournament, including an open electronic vote with results published. The sport's global body said that after ...

English Premiership unhappy with 'unilateral' calendar changes

Rugby Jul 24, 2020

English Premiership unhappy with 'unilateral' calendar changes

English Premiership chiefs have criticised World Rugby's "unilateral decision" to stage test matches in December. The global governing body announced Wednesday a revised international calendar in response to the coronavirus pandemic that is set to see the Southern Hemisphere's delayed Rugby Championship taking place from ...

Scotland coach Townsend backs call for fewer international windows

Rugby May 31, 2020

Scotland coach Townsend backs call for fewer international windows

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has welcomed moves to reduce the number of international windows in rugby union's calendar. Europe's Six Nations traditionally takes place in February and March, with the southern hemisphere then staging tests from July and the northern hemisphere in November. Some critics argued ...

World Rugby outlaws tries against post protector

Rugby May 13, 2020

World Rugby outlaws tries against post protector

Tries in rugby union can no longer be scored by grounding the ball against the post protector, World Rugby announced on Tuesday. The law change, which comes in with immediate effect, was approved by the global governing body's council on Tuesday. World Rugby, explaining the amendment ...

World Rugby chief says current crisis may lead to calendar consensus

Rugby Apr 19, 2020

World Rugby chief says current crisis may lead to calendar consensus

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont believes the unity shown in the global game during the coronavirus pandemic will finally lead to a new international competition along the lines of last year's Nations Championship proposal. Beaumont, who faces a challenge for his job from Argentine vice-chairman ...