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# world rugby

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Concussion
World Rugby recommends trial of ‘belly tackle’ height in community game
The game’s governing body wants to reduce the threat of concussion.
This month
March 2023
# 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.
This year
# world rugby
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
# Looking Back
'March 2nd, 2014 was one of the most important days of my life'
Read an extract from ‘Ian McKinley: Second Sight: Rugby and Redemption.’
# tick tick tick
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.
# Review
'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.
# Next Job
'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.
# top gong
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.
# Irish Rugby
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.
# distinction
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.
# world rugby
'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.
# Return to Play
World Rugby extends concussion stand-down period
The new measures will be in place for Ireland’s summer tour to New Zealand.
# ambitions
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.
# future plans
Rugby chiefs to discuss revived Nations Championship proposal
Talks will be held at a meeting in Dublin on Tuesday night.
# france 2023
Spain thrown out of 2023 Rugby World Cup
World Rugby announced on Thursday that Spain will be replaced by Romania.
# world rugby
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.
# Regulation 8
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.
# laws
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.
# Sanctions
Russia, Belarus suspended by World Rugby 'until further notice'
The world governing body has announced “full and immediate” sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.
# taking a stand
Ukraine union urges World Rugby to ban Russian teams from all competitions
The Russian women’s team played against Spain on Saturday in Madrid.
# Patience
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.
# Axial Loading
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
# top gong
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.
# top of his class
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.
# Trading Places
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.
# top four
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.
# moving up
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.
# Irish Abroad
'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.
# limit
'Who's timing it?': Wallabies coach questions new World Rugby contact guidance
Rennie says a 15-minute weekly cap could be hard to implement.
# full contact
15 minutes of full-contact training per week - World Rugby's new guidelines
Leinster are among the clubs who have agreed to track their contact loads using mouthguard technology.
# Moving On
Joe Schmidt to step down from World Rugby role
The former Ireland head coach is leaving the position so he can spend more time with his family.
# Misconduct
'Let's put World Rugby on trial' - Sharks owner vows to defend Rassie
Marco Masotti says he has ‘a team of New York lawyers’ ready to support Erasmus.
# furore
World Rugby to engage with SA Rugby over 'nature' of Erasmus comments
An hour-long video features a host of complaints by the Springboks’ director of rugby.
# laws
'I was as guilty as anyone - we need to refocus and actually referee what's in law'
Nigel Owens gives his view on World Rugby’s new global trial laws.
# Brain Injury
Independent concussion consultants introduced to top-level rugby
The measure comes as World Rugby announces its six-point plan to further player welfare.
# shape of the game
World Rugby will globally trial the 50:22 kick and new breakdown laws
The new laws could have a big impact on the shape and safety of the game.
# screening
Eye-tracking technology will be trialled to help detect concussions in rugby
Competitions which will trial the technology are still to be confirmed by World Rugby.
# Global
WXV, the new three-tier global women's rugby competition to launch in 2023
World Rugby has confirmed the format of an annual 16-team competition.