Japan win Junior World Trophy with convincing victory over Tonga

By Paul Osborne

Japan have qualified for the 2015 IRB World Junior Championships following a convincing victory over Tongo in the Junior World Trophy ©Getty ImagesApril 19 - Japan have booked their spot in the 2015 International Rugby Board (IRB) Junior World Championship in Italy after being crowned champions of its sister tournament, the Junior World Rugby Trophy.

MasterCard announced as official worldwide partner of Rugby World Cup 2015

By Gary Anderson

April 16 - All Black legend Dan Carter was at the announcement of MasterCard as an official worldwide partner of the Rugby World Cup 2015 ©IRBGlobal payments firm MasterCard has renewed its partnership with Rugby World Cup Limited, which will see it act as the preferred card and official payment system of Rugby World Cup 2015.

TV3 win Irish broadcast rights for Rugby World Cup 2015

By Zjan Shirinian

Ireland will be looking to better their 2011 quarter-final berth when they compete at the Rugby World Cup 2015 ©Getty ImagesApril 15 - Irish broadcaster TV3 has been awarded rights to the live coverage of all 48 Rugby World Cup 2015 matches.

Lapesset welcomes changes ensuring future of pan-European club rugby

By Nick Butler at the Susesi Convention Center in Belek

IRB President Bernard Lapasset has welcomed the agreement ©Getty ImagesApril 10 - International Rugby Board (IRB) chairman Bernard Lapasset has welcomed the long awaited introduction of the new European Rugby Champions Cup to replace the Heineken Cup after it was given the go-ahead to start from next season.

IRB reveals match schedule for 2014 Pacific Nations Cup

By Gary Anderson

April 9 - Canada will travel to take on rivals the United States on the final weekend of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup in June ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the match schedule for this year's Pacific Nations Cup which sees rivals the United States and Canada, and Fiji and Samoa, clash on a mouth-watering final day.

Exclusive: UK Sport say no to Rio 2016 rugby sevens funding

By David Owen

A British rugby sevens squad could be made up of players from England, Wales and Scotland, but their Rio 2016 mission will not be supported by UK Sport ©Getty ImagesApril 3 - UK Sport turned down a request for funding for British women's rugby sevens teams, it has emerged, indicating that the sport was capable of self-funding its preparation for Rio 2016, when rugby will be returning to the Olympics for the first time in 92 years.

Cities in USA invited to bid to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018

By Zjan Shirinian

The United States could be playing on home soil if they are successful with a bid for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 ©Getty ImagesApril 2 - Cities in the United States are being invited to put themselves forward to host the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, after USA Rugby confirmed its intention to bid.

Olympic bobsleigh silver medallist named in US rugby sevens squad

By Paul Osborne

The United States have announced their 12-player team for the upcoming Guangzhou Sevens, the fourth leg of the 2013-2014 IRB Women's Sevens World Series ©IRB/Joao NetoMarch 31 - Olympic bobsleigh silver medallist Elana Meyers is among three players who will make their debut for the United States women's Eagles Sevens this week at the Guangzhou Sevens, the fourth leg of the 2013-2014 International Rugby Board (IRB) Women's Sevens World Series.

New Zealand seal Hong Kong Sevens title

By Paul Osborne 

New Zealand beat England to secure the Hong Kong Sevens title and move atop the HSBC Sevens World eries standings ©IRB/Martin Seras LimaMarch 30 - New Zealand beat England to seal the Hong Kong Sevens title as Japan secured a spot as a core team in next season's HSBC Sevens World Series with victory over Italy.
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