SYDNEY, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Japan have been awarded Asia's one guaranteed spot at next year's women's World Cup in New Zealand after travel and quarantine challenges disrupted the normal qualifying process, World Rugby has announced. The Sakura Fifteen will join Canada, the United States and Italy in Pool B of the 12-team tournament, which was postponed for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and kicks off with a triple-header at Auckland's Eden Park on Oct. 8, 2022.
Group of academics, clinicians and carers demand overhaul Concussion In Sport Group ‘consistently downplay risks’ The International Olympic Committee, Fifa, World Rugby and other sport governing bodies are facing new calls for a radical overhaul of their concussion policies from a group of academics, researchers, clinicians and carers, who argue that the process has consistently underplayed the risks of concussive and sub-concussive impacts.
Plus, Daniel Schofield: 'Water carriers' should carry water alone and not instructions World Rugby intends to launch a clamp down on water carriers abusing their position as the Rugby Football Union banned two Wasps coaches for their conduct in a match against Exeter. The one-week suspensions handed to Scott Barrow, Wasps’ backs-transition coach, and Pete Atkinson, the club’s performance director, are the first formal punishments handed down by the RFU to water carriers in the elite game.
Scotland Autumn Tests 2021: Scots’ belief they can beat anyone is the biggest improvement, says Gregor Townsend
The belief that this Scotland team can beat anyone in World Rugby is the biggest element going forward into the new international season, believes head coach Gregor Townsend. The head coach has finalised a 42-strong squad for the four-match Autumn Test Series. That’s larger than usual because the opener against Tonga is outside World Rugby’s international window and only home-based players are available.
Springboks director Rassie Erasmus will face a misconduct hearing with World Rugby at the end of October, but that won't prevent the South Africa figurehead from joining the squad's autumn tour. South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has confirmed the reigning world champions will have chief 'water boy' Rassie Erasmus at attention for their upcoming trip to Europe.
Exclusive: Blackett says Erasmus' case should have been staged in same week his 62-minute video rant was published, not three months later Jeff Blackett, not for the first time, does not mince his words. The Rugby Football Union’s president, who is regarded as the governing body’s most distinguished disciplinary figure, says he has been appalled at the length of time it has taken World Rugby to set up Rassie Erasmus' misconduct hearing for criticising match officials in the wake of the Lions’ first Test victory over the Springboks in July.
The Autumn Nations Series referees have been confirmed by World Rugby. Where to watch the Autumn Nations Series? Prime members can watch the Autumn Nations Series live from 30th October with the Prime Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, games consoles, on Virgin’s V6 TV Box, the Talk Talk TV set top box, Apple TV, Chromecast, BT TV or online.
'I won't be wearing tights!': Players can now don leggings on plastic pitches… but Mike Brown says he will not be taking advantage of the rule change
Men were previously not permitted to wear leggings or tights during matches World Rugby has altered its laws following a rise in abrasions on artificial pitches The change comes as teams prepare to enter their autumn and winter schedule However, Mike Brown says he will not be taking advantage of the rule change
Male players will now be allowed to wear tights or leggings during rugby matches All players will be able wear tights or leggings in matches at all levels of the sport after the World Rugby Executive Committee approved an amendment to the laws of the game. Currently only permissible for women, Law Four will be extended to all participants with immediate effect, allowing the wearing of conforming tights or leggings on the grounds of player welfare and accessibility.
Men's players were previously not permitted to wear leggings or tights during matches, but World Rugby has altered its laws following a rise in burns and abrasions on artificial pitches. World Rugby has tweaked its laws to allow men's players to wear tights or leggings during games in an effort to minimise the risk of players suffering burns or abrasions on artificial surfaces.
THE case of World Rugby v Rassie Erasmus becomes more disturbing by the day, and the latest development in the saga almost beggars belief. You will recall that at the end of this month, South Africa’s Director of Rugby and former Springboks coach Erasmus is due to face a two day misconduct hearing, more than three months after the release of a 62-minute video in which he criticised the match officials following South Africa's defeat in the opening match against the British and Irish Lions.
Previously only women permitted to wear leggings in games Amendment made on ‘welfare and accessibility grounds’ Skinned knees could soon be a thing of the past in rugby union after the sport’s governing body amended its laws to allow players at all levels to wear tights or leggings during games.
Plus comment on why leggings are now a necessity until there is a long-term solution to artificial surfaces Male rugby players at all levels of the game have been given permission to wear tights during matches. The law amendment, which also includes the wearing of leggings, comes into immediate effect after a ruling by World Rugby’s executive committee.
The Sevens Series will resume regular service, but World Rugby has confirmed Australia and New Zealand won't return as hosts due to complications caused by the global pandemic Sevens is set for a return to the sports calendar after World Rugby confirmed the 2022 season schedule, complete with three first-time host cities.
The 2022 World Rugby Sevens Series will kickoff with a pair of men's and women's rounds in Dubai starting November, while Hong Kong returns as a stop, the global body said on Tuesday as the schedule was announced. Sydney, Australia and Hamilton, New Zealand will not host the series next year due to logistical challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, World Rugby added.
Vancouver and Langford, B.C., are back on the full 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series schedule. World Rugby announced Tuesday that the 2022 season will feature 10 men’s and seven women’s rounds over six months, starting in November with a pair of joint men’s and women’s events in Dubai.
Still only 23, England flanker Tom Curry has become a leader for Eddie Jones’ team. The Sale Sharks flanker had a breakthrough season in 2016/17 and made his Twickenham bow in an uncapped game against the Barbarians in May 2017, after twin brother Ben had withdrawn because of a back spasm.