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# world rugby

Last month
August 2023
Farrell to miss England's first two World Cup matches as World Rugby win red card appeal
Farrell was handed a four-match ban on Tuesday, which includes last weekend’s warm-up match against Ireland which he voluntarily sat out.
Farrell to miss England's first two World Cup matches as World Rugby win red card appeal
Farrell was handed a four-match ban on Tuesday, which includes last weekend’s warm-up match against Ireland which he voluntarily sat out.
What happens next with the controversial Owen Farrell case?
World Rugby has appealed but there is no guarantee of success at the new hearing.
Owen Farrell to face appeal hearing early next week
The England captain’s World Cup involvement is back in doubt.
World Rugby to appeal against overturning of red card from England captain Owen Farrell
Farrell was sent off for a high tackle following an off-pitch ‘bunker’ review of the incident during last weekend’s World Cup warm-up game.
This year
World Rugby launches new SVNS competition in bid to build 7s rugby
There’s a new format that features men’s and women’s teams earning equal participation fees.
'The guys showed great character' - Murphy proud of his Ireland U20s
Next up for this exciting Irish team is hosts South Africa in the semi-finals.
Smart ball technology to be used at World Rugby U20 Championship
Areas covered include whether a ball has been passed forward, is over the try-line and if a lineout throw is straight.
World Cup winners New Zealand to host inaugural WXV tournament
Ireland will compete in the WXV 3 tier later this year.
The new 'TMO Bunker' could be in place for this year's World Cup
The system will be trialled this summer and has growing support within the game.
World Rugby recommends trial of ‘belly tackle’ height in community game
The game’s governing body wants to reduce the threat of concussion.
Should amateur Irish rugby lower the legal tackle height like in England?
The IRFU says it still has to decide whether to opt-in on World Rugby’s global trial.
Former rugby players send brain injuries claim letter to governing bodies
The letter has been sent to World Rugby, the RFU and the WRU.
Last year
'March 2nd, 2014 was one of the most important days of my life'
Read an extract from ‘Ian McKinley: Second Sight: Rugby and Redemption.’
Rugby kicking clock among measures to be introduced in January to speed up game
Players will have 90 seconds to take a conversion and a minute for penalties, while there will be less TMO interference and fewer water-carrier interventions.
'The TMO intervention around foul play has created so much dead time'
Ex-Ireland analyst Eoin Toolan wants to see TMO involvement limited to try-scoring decisions.
'It's about winning trophies' - Six Nations and World Cup in view for Ireland
Andy Farrell believes he and his squad learned plenty from their autumn clean sweep.
Ireland's Josh van der Flier named World Rugby men's player of the year
Johnny Sexton, van der Flier, Tadhg Furlong, and Tadhg Beirne made the men’s dream team.
Three former Irish rugby players have initiated legal actions against the IRFU
It is believed the cases are related to concussion injuries the players suffered during their rugby careers.
World Rugby CEO says 'different issues have become conflated' in head-injury discussion
Alan Gilpin also responded to criticism of the HIA processes surrounding Johnny Sexton’s injury during Ireland’s first Test with the All Blacks.
'I feel like my world is falling apart' - Ex-Wales captain Ryan Jones diagnosed with dementia
Jones was part of the British and Irish Lions squad who toured New Zealand in 2005.
World Rugby defends head-injury protocols in wake of Johnny Sexton’s selection
Progressive Rugby has claimed the HIA checks are ‘being exposed’.
What happened to Johnny Sexton and how can he play this weekend?
The Ireland captain was forced off against New Zealand last weekend but is available for the second Test.
World Rugby extends concussion stand-down period
The new measures will be in place for Ireland’s summer tour to New Zealand.
Can rugby finally crack the US by bringing the World Cup there in 2031?
The Americans plan to use NFL stadiums and sell more than 3 million tickets.
Rugby chiefs to discuss revived Nations Championship proposal
Talks will be held at a meeting in Dublin on Tuesday night.
Spain thrown out of 2023 Rugby World Cup
World Rugby announced on Thursday that Spain will be replaced by Romania.
World Rugby to consider introducing 20-minute red card in global trial
The means the dismissed player can be tactically replaced by a substitute after 20 minutes.
World Rugby to investigate possible eligibility breach by Ireland's RWC opponents Spain
The review pertains to an unnamed player who represented Spain in the Rugby Europe Championship, which doubled as World Cup qualifiers.
World Rugby says recent hurdling try should have been a penalty
The Rugby Committee was far less definitive on Jonny May’s try against Italy last year.
Russia, Belarus suspended by World Rugby 'until further notice'
The world governing body has announced “full and immediate” sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine union urges World Rugby to ban Russian teams from all competitions
The Russian women’s team played against Spain on Saturday in Madrid.
U20s World Championship cancelled again in 2022 but will return in 2023
Dates and hosts of the World Rugby U20 Championship and World Rugby U20 Trophy will be announced in due course.
Upcoming Six Nations will involve trial of new 'brake foot' scrum law
The new tweak aims to put an end to the practice of ‘axial loading’ at scrums.
All time
France's Antoine Dupont named World Rugby player of the year
Meanwhile, England’s Zoe Aldcroft has won the women’s player of the year award.
Tadhg Furlong named in World Rugby's Dream Team of the Year
The tighthead is the sole Irish player selected in the team, which includes five Springboks and three All Blacks.
World Rugby approves 'birthright' rule change to allow players to switch allegiance
New criteria, which will be ‘a real boost to the competitiveness of emerging nations’, come into force from 1 January 2022.
No Springboks or All Blacks as World Rugby reveal four-man Player of the Year shortlist
Michael Hooper, Samu Kerevi, Antoine Dupont and Maro Itoje will do battle for the 2021 Men’s 15s award.
Ireland move up to third in world rankings after beating the All Blacks
New Zealand will relinquish their spot at the top of the rankings to South Africa.
'I was certainly quite a rare item in Japan at 6ft 5ins with red hair'
Irishman Mark Egan had great success as a rugby player in Japan and now works for the JRFU.