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Major unions must work together to ensure Test rugby has a future  The Guardian

World Rugby meets on Wednesday with the game at a crossroads as the Rugby Football Union considers a 13-team Premiership. Robert Kitson. Tue 21 May ...

Uganda Rugby Union welcomes World Rugby campaign dubbed “Women in Rugby Global Marketing Campaign”  Africanews English

The Uganda Rugby Union welcomes the World Rugby campaign dubbed “Women in Rugby Global Marketing Campaign” that was launched on Tuesday 21st ...

The Algerian Rugby Federation, officially accepted as an affiliate member of World Rugby  Africanews English

The young Algerian rugby federation formed in 2015, and who joined Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) in December 2016 filed its application in 2018 with ...

Venezuelan Factory Mixes Rum With Rugby To Stem Crime  NPR

A famous rum factory in Caracas organizes rugby tournaments for impoverished young men. The factory started the program years ago as an effort to get gang ...

Australia track star Trae Williams switches to rugby sevens  ESPN

Powerhouse sprinter Trae Williams will add the X-factor of raw speed to the Australia rugby sevens squad after switching sports little more than a year out from ...

Rugby: Cipriani completes Premiership award double  Euronews English

LONDON (Reuters) - Gloucester flyhalf Danny Cipriani was named Premiership player of the season on Wednesday, becoming only the secondman to win the ...

Meet rugby's new fastest man - his nickname is 'Quadzilla'  RugbyPass

Australia Sevens have been dealt a major boost heading into next season, and the Olympics, with former sprinter Trae Williams signing a two-year contract with ...

Australian rugby star sacked after homophobic social media post  NBC News

Israel Folau's status as the unrivaled star of Australian rugby wasn't enough to save his job in the wake of a social media post that condemned gay people and ...

Westchester company sues World Rugby and USA Rugby for $40M over tournament dispute  The Journal News | LoHud.com

A Westchester company run by the late Jon Prusmack is suing USA Rugby and World Rugby for $40 million over tournament hosting rights dispute.

Premiership rugby union 2018-19: a club-by-club season verdict  The Guardian

Fall of Newcastle Falcons reflects brutality of top flight while excellence of Saracens and Exeter continue to set the gold standard.

World Rugby launches campaign to increase participation in women's game  BBC Sport

World Rugby launches a new global campaign 'Try and Stop Us' to increase participation in the women's game.

Scottish Rugby to look 'very closely' at Six Nations plans  BBC Sport

Scottish Rugby will look "very, very closely" at any proposals for promotion and relegation in the Six Nations.

World Rugby still pushing the Nations Championship - with Japan and Fiji included  RugbyPass

World Rugby are continuing to push the proposed Nations Championship - the global tournament which would see the top international sides play each other at ...

Super Rugby must go 'free-to-air' to save sport in Australia  RugbyPass

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has called on administrators to ensure Super Rugby's next broadcast deal puts the game on free-to-air television. Super Rugby ...

Rugby roundup: Bath have last word at Leicester on day of thrillers  The Guardian

On the last day of the season, Bath clinched sixth place with a 32-31 comeback win at Welford Road, while Sale were seventh after edging past Gloucester in a ...

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Geordan Murphy charged by RFU after alleged verbal abuse of match official  Telegraph.co.uk

Geordan Murphy, the Leicester Tigers director of rugby, will appear before an Independent Disciplinary Panel on Wednesday next week in London after ...

David Pocock's Super Rugby career could be over  RugbyPass

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar admits David Pocock's Super Rugby season could be over, with a decision to be made in the coming days.

Former professional rugby player stabbed dog to death  RugbyPass

A New Zealander who fatally stabbed his neighbour's dog in Perth faces a possible jail term after abandoning his trial and pleading guilty to both charges ...

A. Jon Prusmack: Rugby Sevens' Johnny Appleseed  The Journal News | LoHud.com

A. Jon Prusmack — the inventor, entrepreneur and artist who died at 76 on Dec. 21, 2018 — was the unofficial Johnny Appleseed of American Rugby Sevens, ...

Rugby players' union to conduct 'faith review' after Israel Folau sacked over Bible verse  The Christian Post

After Christian rugby player Israel Folau was sacked for verbalizing his opposition to homosexuality, the rugby players' union (RUPA) set up a committee to ...

New York’s New Pro Rugby Team Lands a French Star  The New York Times

The fledgling Major League Rugby will soon say bonjour to an international superstar. Mathieu Bastareaud, 30, will join Rugby United New York on a loan from ...

Pat Lam: Bristol Bears head coach extends contract to become director of rugby  BBC Sport

Bristol Bears head coach Pat Lam has signed a new long-term contract to become director of rugby at the club. Former Newcastle, Northampton and Samoa ...

Israel Folau to be missed by Wallabies at World Cup following Rugby Australia sacking  ABC News

As the Wallabies come to terms with Israel Folau's sacking in the build-up to the World Cup, teammate Kurtley Beale says he hopes the dual international will not ...

Israel Folau's surprise revelation in swipe at Rugby Australia  Yahoo Sports

Lost in Israel Folau's pointed swipe at Rugby Australia was the message that he wants to keep playing rugby. Sports journo Andrew Webster threw a curveball in ...

The road to Super Rugby glory: who still has a shot at making the finals?  RugbyPass

Super Rugby has reached its final month of regular season competition. It's been one of the most even playing fields in recent years and almost every team still ...

Israel Folau considering options after not appealing against sacking  The Guardian

Israel Folau has decided not to appeal against Rugby Australia's decision to tear up his four-year, $4m contract for his controversial social media posts, but says ...

A famous Welsh rugby Cup final has had to be cancelled after one team hit by big injury problems  Wales Online

The prestigious West Wales Cup final, due to be played on Thursday night, has been cancelled after WRU Championship-bound Ystalyfera RFC were hit by ...

Israel Folau's sacking shines light on confusion between athletes and sports bodies on religious expression  ABC News

As Israel Folau considers his legal options in the wake of his sacking by Rugby Australia, other Australian sports are keeping a close eye on proceedings in what ...

Quentin Pongia, former New Zealand rugby league captain, dies aged 48  The Guardian

Tributes are flowing in for former Canberra and New Zealand forward Quentin Pongia, who has died from cancer aged 48.

Aussie 'Quadzilla' shocks international athletics with extraordinary act  Yahoo Sports

Trae Williams just sent shockwaves through the athletics world.

Super Rugby 2019: Steph Dyhrberg urges South African accusers to come forward  Newshub

NZR independent complaints manager Steph Dyhrberg has called for alleged South African victims to step forward, as she begins her investigation into the ...

George Smith retires as a mould-breaking, game-changing legend of rugby union
with plenty to answer for  Telegraph.co.uk

When a dreadlocked George Smith stormed onto the Test scene in November 2000 at the tender age of 20, and then helped Australia derail the British and Irish ...

The one-off Welsh rugby match this summer that will see your favourite players take the field once again  Wales Online

Some recently retired Wales legends are putting their boots back on.

Jansin Turgut: Rugby league player on life support in Ibiza after three-storey car park fall  Sky News

Jansin Turgut has broken every bone in his face and has broken hips, broken legs, broken knees, a broken arm and broken hands.

Super Rugby teams: Round 15 line-ups, referees, injury news  Fox Sports

The Waratahs have unveiled an eye-catching new indigenous jersey and a settled line-up to tackle the Jaguares — although Tolu Latu's suspension means they ...

Rivals and friends: Jesuit, Granite Bay compete as top seeds for national rugby title  Sacramento Bee

For years, it used to be Jesuit and everyone else locally in rugby. Now it's Jesuit and Granite Bay - and everyone else. The programs compete as top seeds in ...

Rugby X: England and Ireland among nations to sign up for event  BBC Sport

The inaugural 'Rugby X' tournament will feature a host of Olympic medallists after England, Ireland, USA and France all signed up for the international ...

Israel Folau says he resisted 'temptation' of Rugby Australia peace offering  The Guardian

Israel Folau has revealed how he resisted the temptation of a peace offering from Rugby Australia that would have allowed him to resurrect his playing career.

Women’s rugby ‘revolution’ promised at Dublin event  The Irish Times

Rugby dignitaries hear of global campaign ahead of crunch Nations Championship talks.

South Africa appoints first ever female national rugby coach  Africanews English

South Africa's Rugby authorities on Tuesday appointed the first ever female coach of a national team, announcing that Laurian Johannes will take charge of the ...

New Ground Broken As FC Barcelona Prepares To Host Rugby League's Catalans Dragons  Forbes

FC Barcelona's iconic Camp Nou stadium will host its first ever rugby league match this weekend - with the Catalan Dragons, holders of the Challenge Cup, ...

Rugby player dies in Switzerland  RugbyPass

A rugby player has died in Switzerland following a Swiss second league match (Excellence A) in the town of Yverdon on Saturday.

Jantjies 2.0 - mature playmaker and key Lions leader  SuperSport

Much of the focus during the Emirates Lions' campaign this season has revolved around the captaincy and the impact with or without Warren Whiteley.

Rahul Bose: Indian movie star on his one true passion -- rugby  CNN

(CNN) Indian actor Rahul Bose has starred in multiple feature films, directed some of his own and was even described by Time Magazine as the "new face of ...

Fiji name youthful Rugby World Cup preliminary squad  The South African

Fiji on Wednesday named nine uncapped players in their preliminary squad for this year's World Cup.

Israel Folau and Australian rugby's moment of reckoning  The Guardian

A homophobic tweet has exposed deep fault lines running through the dressing room as the team prepares for the World Cup.

Wallaby arrested - Rugby Australia release statement  RugbyPass

Rugby Australia have released a statement after it was reported that Wallaby hooker Tolu Latu has been arrested for drink driving.

Good news for rugby fans as Pro14 final to be shown free-to-air  The42

SATURDAY'S GUINNESS PRO14 final between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors [KO 6.30pm] will be available on free-to-air television after TG4 today confirmed ...

Super Rugby XV of week: Beale presses for Wallabies 15 jersey  Fox Sports

Four Australians have made Super Rugby's Round 14 team of the week, and all them of the come from the Waratahs after their important win over the Reds in ...

Guinness PRO14 dream team shortlist: Eight regional rugby players nominated  Wales Online

It's been a difficult season for the regions but they've received a decent number of nominations.

Ulster Rugby: Utility back Peter Nelson to leave club  BBC Sport

Ultility Back Peter Nelson is one of four players leave Ulster this summer having spent eight seasons with the province.

Super Rugby team of the week: Sam Cane's big first step towards Rugby World Cup  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: The All Blacks flanker was the big winner from the Chiefs v Blues game.

Wednesday’s Rugby News  Green and Gold Rugby

Wednesday's Rugby News looks at the past, present and future of the Wallabies. It examines the retirement of Wallaby great George Smith, the standing down of ...

Super Rugby: Crusaders push the letter of the law  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: Super Rugby champs game the system and referee by offending collectively, writes Brendan Venter.

Ottawa gets green light for English rugby league franchise  CBC.ca

The governing body of English rugby league has accepted a bid to put a franchise in Ottawa. Toronto's Eric Perez, who helped bring the sport to North America ...

Many give rugby a 'try' in Green Bay  The Press-Times

The Green Bay Youth Rugby club is gaining popularity in the area and program organizers see a lot of potential for even more growth.

Japan warned of beer shortage for Rugby World Cup fans  Quartz

Later this year, Japan faces a daunting specter, as tens of thousands of rugby fans from around the world descend on the country to attend the Rugby World Cup ...

Mariners to play Yale for Fraser Valley rugby banner  Cloverdale Reporter

Senior boys rugby teams to rekindle rivalry on pitch in Abbotsford.

A sleeping giant? Utah Warriors, Major League Rugby trying to bring rugby into American mainstream  Deseret News

In Year 2 of its existence, the Utah Warriors and Major League Rugby have lofty dreams.

'It's rife': Rugby's big problem with homophobic language  Stuff.co.nz

Rugby players are not raging homophobes but the 'careless' use of homophobic language is rife and rugby bosses need to confront the issue head-on.

Warriors centre Patrick Herbert's motivation 'bigger than rugby league'  Stuff.co.nz

Life was good, football was going well - until Patrick Herbert awoke to the news that changed his life forever.

Can Ireland reignite Rugby World Cup hopes?  CNN

After toppling the All Blacks last year, Ireland was spoken of as favorite to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup. But recent results have seen them slip down the ...

Glasgow Warriors v Leinster: Stuart Hogg wants to finish on high  BBC Sport

As he prepares to end his nine-year stint at Glasgow Warriors, Stuart Hogg reflects on his debut, agitating for a move to Ulster, and how an "absolute shocker" ...

Qualifiers for the Women's Rugby World Cup, a first for Africa!  africanews

Together with their partner Société Générale, Rugby Africa's (www.RugbyAfrique.com) official bank, and with the support of World Rugby, Rugby Africa will ...

The different faces of the women's rugby boom  Sport24

Women's participation in rugby around the world is at an all-time high, with latest figures showing 2.7 million players involved in the game.

World Rugby launches global campaign to boost women's game  Sport24

World Rugby launched a global campaign to boost women's rugby, with chairman Bill Beaumont saying it was the biggest growth area in the game.

Blank Esports partners with NZ rugby side Vodafone Warriors  Esports Insider

Oceania Overwatch outfit Blank Esports has partnered with the Vodafone Warriors, an Auckland based rugby league side that competes in the ANRL.

Laurian Johannes breaks new ground with SA Rugby coaching role  Sport24

Laurian Johannes, a former Springbok Women's player, has broken new ground with her appointment as coach of the South African Women's U20 squad.

Women's rugby gets a shot in the arm with new lease of life for Ballymore  The Guardian

Women's rugby in Australia was last week buoyed by the announcement of a major redevelopment of the iconic Ballymore Park in Queensland that will include a ...

White River Rugby Club clashed with Middelburg  Lowvelder

White River Rugby Club showed off slick skills when they beat Highveld rivals Middelburg 31-10 on Saturday.

Australia: Christian Rugby Player Canned for Stance on Homosexuality  Church Militant

Israel Folau loses contract with Rugby Australia after saying 'drunks, homosexuals, adulterers' go to Hell. You are not signed in as a Premium user; we rely on ...

This 20-year-old has been voted Welsh rugby's best new talent  Wales Online

He's won the award that has previously gone to Alun Wyn Jones and Taulupe Faletau.

Use All Blacks to stamp out rugby's gay slur culture, expert urges  Stuff.co.nz

If NZ Rugby wants to end gay slurs in rugby it has the perfect tool - the All Blacks.

Newcastle Rugby: Fijian flies from AFL to Canaries to Two Blues  Newcastle Herald

"He took a risk to come to Newcastle to try something different."

Pro14 first rugby union league to launch OTT service  SportsPro Media

StreamAMG to manage provincial rugby competition's subscription streaming platform.

Newcastle Rugby League: Central club to front panel after code of conduct breach  Newcastle Herald

This week Newcastle RL received letters of complaint from both Cessnock and independent parties.

Bonebreaking, horseback archery, scrummaging: How rugby came to Mongolia  CNN

At the Chingisiin Huree camp south of Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, amidst the yurts where bone-breaking and horseback archery remain popular activities, ...

Rugby goal-light technology trial at Principality Stadium  BBC News

The posts lit up to show whether a kick went over at Saturday's Judgement Day double-header.

Super Rugby 2019: Team of the Week, round 14  Newshub

OPINION: Round 14 proved to be a weird one for the Kiwi sides in Super Rugby, with the Blues the only side to win. On Friday night, the Hurricanes were beaten ...

Bermuda Rugby National Squads To Visit Toronto  Bernews

The Under-15 and Under-18 national rugby squads will be traveling to Toronto on Thursday [May 23] to compete against Trinity College School and the Toronto ...

Rugby roundtable: Brian Moore and Wayne Barnes on VAR, the 2019 World Cup and the game's big talking points  Telegraph.co.uk

The Telegraph's rugby union correspondent Mick Cleary got together some of the best brains in rugby for a recent get-together. Joining Mick were Telegraph ...

Israel Folau: the ramifications of his Rugby Australia code of conduct hearing  The Guardian

The divisive Wallaby's future may be decided this weekend – but more likely it will be a starting point for further action.

Ex Hull rugby league player Jansin Turgut, 23, in hospital with ‘severe injuries’ after falling from third flo  The Sun

The man, 23, was rushed to hospital with "multiple" severe injuries at 3am this morning.

Analysis: The Exeter Chiefs have invented rugby's newest attacking structure that might double the size of coaching playbooks  RugbyPass

The Chiefs have shown a willingness to try new schemes, finding the balance between old school grit and innovative new plays. This one may have just opened ...

Memphis Inner City Rugby hopes to turn vacant lot into sporting complex  WMC

Organizers with Memphis Inner City Rugby have big dreams for the vacant lot that was once Vance Middle School.

Santiago Socino: Newcastle hooker signs for Argentina Super Rugby side Jaguares  BBC Sport

Newcastle hooker Santiago Socino returns to Argentina to improve his international hopes by signing for Super Rugby side Jaguares.

Ireland's fastest rugby athlete breaks Ulster schools 100m and 200m record  RugbyPass

Arguably the fastest rugby athlete in Ireland has broken two sprinting records at the Ulster Schools Athletics Championships. 18-year-old Aaron Sexton broke ...

Outback Rugby League competition pins hope on game's survival during player drought  ABC News

For keen rugby league player Owen Whyman, times are tough enough in the Darling River town of Wilcannia without losing the game he looks forward to each ...

Fiji Rugby World Cup plans in disarray as coach is released amid financial concerns  Wales Online

Fiji are in the same pool as Wales and Australia in Japan.

Big Match Previews: Semi-Finals await for the chosen four  Premiership Rugby

After 22 rounds of gruelling Gallagher Premiership Rugby, the safety net of the domestic season has gone, with knockout rugby the order of the day. It's win or ...

Illawarra fight hard at Country Rugby Union Championships  Illawarra Mercury

The rugby union junior Country Championships have wrapped up, with Illawarra's under 15 and under 16 teams travelling to Lismore for the competition.

Rugby: Doug Howlett's 11-year love affair with Munster Rugby comes to an end  New Zealand Herald

All Blacks legend Doug Howlett will return to New Zealand. In announcing the move, Howlett confirmed that after six years of working with Munster Rugby and ...

Nine things you need to know about rugby league at Anfield  Liverpool FC

With Super League's Magic Weekend set to take place at Anfield this Saturday and Sunday, we've picked out nine interesting things you should know about the ...

A summer of soul (and coach) searching begins for Munster rugby  Irish Examiner

When Scottish referee Mike Adamson blew the final whistle at the RDS last Saturday, it not only signalled the end of a somewhat underwhelming Guinness ...

Borders rugby player suspended until 2023 after Anti-Doping rule violation  The Scotsman

Borders rugby player Sean Goodfellow has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Why one of Welsh rugby's most promising coaches had to walk away from his job and what he wants next  Wales Online

The former Wales wing is stepping down after three years in the job at RGC.

Uncertain future tests rugby's departing stars | Sport  The Times

On Saturday evening after the game, the players and staff gathered in the clubhouse at Welford Road for a shirt presentation ceremony. Usually shirt ...

Salford Red Devils: Disability rugby team's minibus stolen  BBC News

Salford Red Devils' learning disability team pulls out of a major event after its minibus is stolen.

Toronto Wolfpack have as many as 10 rugby union stars on wishlist  RugbyPass

Toronto Wolfpack owner David Argyle claims Sonny Bill Williams is one of ten “superstar” rugby union players the ambitious league outfit will target after this ...

Rugby: Steve Hansen's All Blacks 2019 Rugby World Cup strategy - attack, but mind the referee  New Zealand Herald

The All Blacks will take an attacking mindset into the Rugby World Cup when it kicks off in exactly four months, an attitude coach Steve Hansen wants to see ...