Rugby

International Rugby Board reveals record levels of investment in build-up to Rio 2016

By Gary Anderson

The IRB has announced it is to invest record levels of funding into rugby ©Getty ImagesThe International Rugby Board (IRB) is set to pump just under £200 million ($323 million/€256 million) into the game up until 2016, with a record £50 million ($81 million/€64 million) being invested across all levels of the sport this year.

Tickets for every match at Rugby World Cup 2015 to go to ballot after high demand

By Zjan Shirinian

A total of 1008 people took part int he worlds biggest scrum to signal the opening of the general ticket sale window earlier this monthTickets for each of the 48 matches at Rugby World Cup 2015 will go to a ballot after high demand during the 18-day general sale window.

Russia takes small step to Rugby World Cup 2015 after edging tight playoff first leg

By Gary Anderson

Russia remain on track for a second Rugby World Cup appearance in England next year ©Getty ImagesIn near freezing conditions in Siberia, Russia edged a tight Rugby World Cup 2015 final qualifier first leg against Uruguay scoring the only try of the game to secure a 22-21 win.

Jonny Wilkinson lookalike used to warn fans of fake Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets

By Zjan Shirinian

The real Jonny Wilkinson (pictured) scored the winning drop goal at the 2003 Rugby World Cup final for England, while a lookalike has been used to warn against buying fake tickets for the 2015 tournament ©Getty ImagesRugby World Cup 2015 organisers have used a lookalike of World Cup-winning player Jonny Wilkinson to drive home the message about the risks of buying what could be fake tickets for the tournament.

International Rugby Board clamps down on Olympic qualification loophole

By Paul Osborne

The IRB has tightened up a loophole in its eligibility regulations to prevent players switching allegiances for the sole purpose of Rugby World Cup 2015 ©Getty ImagesPlayers hoping to switch allegiances in the wake of the 2015 Rugby World Cup will have another barrier to hurdle after the International Rugby Board (IRB) plugs a loophole in the Olympic qualification system.

Prince Harry named England Rugby 2015 Honorary President to mark one year to go

By Emily Goddard

Prince Harry (right) and England 2015 Ambassador Jonny Wilkinson mark one year to go to the Rugby World Cup ©David DaviesPA WirePrince Harry has been appointed Honorary President of England 2015 to mark one year to go to the Rugby World Cup.

IRB chief confident Rugby World Cup 2015 will be a "record-breaker"

By Paul Osborne

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper believes the Rugby World Cup 2015 is on course to be a record-breaker ©Getty ImagesInternational Rugby Board (IRB) chief executive Brett Gosper believes the Rugby World Cup 2015 is on course to be a "record-breaker".

Pools drawn for opening round of HSBC Sevens World Series season

By Zjan Shirinian

New Zealand will play Samoa, France and Japan as they begin the defence of their HSBC Sevens World Series title ©Getty ImagesDefending champions New Zealand will play Samoa, France and Japan on the first day of the new HSBC Sevens World Series season, after the draw was held.

Rugby World Cup organisers prepared to deal with "inevitable" black market ticket sales

By Paul Osborne at The Lensbury in Teddington 

Organisers are ready to tackle illegla ticket selling ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015 ©RugbyWorldCupBlack market ticket sales for Rugby World Cup 2015 are "inevitable" claims the tournament's head Alan Gilpin, however, organisers say they are well prepared to deal with the issue.
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