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#world rugby

# world-rugby - Friday 24 November, 2017

World Rugby announce 'historic' reforms to add female representation to Council

The governing body will ensure that one third of its soon-to-be expanded board members are female.

# world-rugby - Monday 13 November, 2017

Beauden Barrett and Owen Farrell among 5 nominees for World Rugby player of the year

The New Zealand fly-half, given the award in 2016, is looking to emulate flanker McCaw’s feat of 2009 and 2010.

# world-rugby - Thursday 9 November, 2017

Sean O'Brien is on the shortlist for IRPA Try of the Year Pick Of The Bunch This post contains videos

Sean O'Brien is on the shortlist for IRPA Try of the Year

Tuculet, O’Brien, Woodman and Aprasidze will do battle for this year’s award.

As Ireland and France pick holes, World Rugby boss says 2023 report 'stands up to any scrutiny'

“There’s a vote to come and we’ll see what happens with that.”

# world-rugby - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

IRFU CEO expresses concerns with South Africa's World Cup bid in strongly-worded letter

Philip Browne criticised a recent evaluation report on how it scored the country under categories such as ‘stadia’ and ‘security’.

# world-rugby - Thursday 26 October, 2017

Leinster legend Felipe Contepomi to be inducted in World Rugby Hall of Fame

The Argentine claimed scoring records for both the Pumas and Leinster before retiring.

# world-rugby - Monday 2 October, 2017

Ireland back up to third in the world rankings ahead of November internationals

Joe Schmidt’s side leapfrog South Africa without kicking a ball.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

World Rugby slams calls for tackling ban in schools

Allyson Pollock and Graham Kirkwood from the Institute of Health at Newcastle University have published research on the issue.

# world-rugby - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Now rugby players will have to stay off the pitch for 10 minutes to undergo head injury assessment

The new ruling wll be enforced from 26 August.

# world-rugby - Thursday 20 July, 2017

World Rugby has tidied up the 'tackle-only' law that caused England so much trouble against Italy

In addition, players will no longer be able to kick the ball out of rucks and jackaling players must work from their own gate.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Tana Umaga's nephew and more players to watch out for at the U20 World Cup

Here are five non-Irish players we’re looking forward to seeing in action from tomorrrow.

# world-rugby - Saturday 13 May, 2017

The IRFU is serious about bringing in Irish-qualified talent from around the world

Joe Lydon explains what he’ll be doing as head of the union’s new IQ Rugby programme.

# world-rugby - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

World Rugby confirm 5-year residency rule as 'necessary step in protecting integrity and credibility'

The 60-month consecutive residency rule will come into effect in 2021.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

One of Ireland's rivals for 2023 World Cup bid gets major government boost

The ban on South Africa hosting international tournaments has been lifted.

# world-rugby - Thursday 16 March, 2017

June Tests moved to July as World Rugby shakes up global calendar

The organisation have also moved the November window forward one week so it now takes in the first three weeks of the month.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

World Rugby is running further trials around the 'tackle-only' tactic in 2017

The defensive ploy has been under review in recent years.

# world-rugby - Friday 3 February, 2017

Against the head: how the issue of concussion developed from amateur to professional rugby

Dr Barry O’Driscoll resigned as medical advisor to the IRB in 2012.

# world-rugby - Friday 23 December, 2016

World Rugby to speak to RFU after 'apparent non-compliance' regarding George North head injury

The winger seemed to temporarily lose consciousness in a game against Leicester earlier this month but was allowed to resume playing.

# world-rugby - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

World Rugby will take 'zero tolerance' approach to reckless high tackles in 2017 Get Low This post contains videos

World Rugby will take 'zero tolerance' approach to reckless high tackles in 2017

The governing body have upgraded the sanctions for tackles that make contact with the head.

# world-rugby - Thursday 1 December, 2016

World Rugby CEO hails 'return of the north' as €224 million profit is announced for 2015

Northern hemisphere teams bounced back in November after the southern success at last year’s World Cup, says Brett Gosper.

# world-rugby - Sunday 13 November, 2016

World Rugby to test new head guard 'scientifically proven' to reduce risk of injury

The product has been manufactured by a Galway-based company.

# world-rugby - Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Poll: Are the current World Rugby residency rules too lenient? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are the current World Rugby residency rules too lenient?

Does the qualification period need to be made longer than three years?

# world-rugby - Wednesday 12 October, 2016

World Rugby announce referee appointments for Ireland's November Tests

Ireland’s John Lacey will officiate one of the 33 internationals scheduled for next month.

# world-rugby - Wednesday 5 October, 2016

World Rugby launches review of controversial three-year residency rule

The eligibility laws in Test rugby have allowed the likes of CJ Stander and Jared Payne to play for Ireland.

# world-rugby - Thursday 12 May, 2016

'It is wrong' - World Rugby vice-chairman slams three-year residency rule

Agustín Pichot says a change is required to international eligibility laws.

# world-rugby - Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Remedying global calendar issue the biggest challenge for Beaumont

New Zealand Rugby have threatened to break away after the current agreement ends in 2019.

Huge 12 months ahead for Schmidt's Ireland with RWC pool draw set for 2017

World Rugby confirmed the draw will take place in Japan next year.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 5 April, 2016

Joe Marler banned for two games and told to donate £20k to charity

World Rugby handed down their punishment after a hearing in London earlier.

Joe Marler apologises for 'gypsy boy' comment

The Harlequins front-row was reprimanded by England coach Eddie Jones for his comment.

# world-rugby - Monday 4 April, 2016

We'll Leave It There So: GAA defends venue farce, a Six Nations revamp and all today's sport

Elsewhere, Antonio Conte will be the next Chelsea boss while Jonathan Sexton was not best pleased with the officiating during Leinster’s Pro12 win over Munster.

# world-rugby - Wednesday 23 March, 2016

England's Joe Marler to face World Rugby hearing over 'gypsy boy' taunt

The prop finds himself in hot water as the governing body step in.

# world-rugby - Sunday 13 March, 2016

World Rugby suspends two Russian players over Meldonium violations

Rugby’s governing body has confirmed the suspensions.

# world-rugby - Wednesday 2 March, 2016

World Rugby chief tells Dublin meeting he'll stand down to focus on Olympic goal

Bernard Lapasset wants to spearhead a Paris bid for the 2024 Games.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

IRFU signed up to goggles trial

Former Leinster out-half Ian McKinley had petitioned for Ireland’s inclusion in the trial after coming out of retirement thanks to the eyewear.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 5 January, 2016

World Rugby has confirmed more fascinating law trials for 2016

The offside line will be one metre back from a new ‘breakdown,’ with two referees on the pitch.

# world-rugby - Friday 18 December, 2015

Great news for ex-Leinster man Ian McKinley as IRFU apply to goggles trial

The former Ireland U20 international may be able to play on Irish soil in 2016.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

There were no failed doping tests at this year's Rugby World Cup

World Rugby say they carried out 468 tests on players during the tournament.

# world-rugby - Friday 30 October, 2015

World Rugby Player of the Year nominees revealed

However, no Irish player makes the shortlist.

# world-rugby - Tuesday 27 October, 2015

Here are the six tries nominated for IRPA World Rugby Try of the Year Try Time This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Here are the six tries nominated for IRPA World Rugby Try of the Year

Julian Savea has two nominations from the same game.

# world-rugby - Monday 26 October, 2015

These are the nominees for the first Breakthrough Player of the Year award

Nehe Milner-Skudder, Mark Bennett and Vasil Lobzhanidze have all showed superb form.