Rugby

World Rugby gives Cyprus warm welcome but Armenia and Greece the cold shoulder

By Duncan Mackay

Cyprus has been granted associate membership of World Rugby ©CRFCyprus were today voted in as an associate member of World Rugby but Greece were suspended and Armenia excluded.

New look and logo for rebranded World Rugby launched

By Daniel Etchells at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel

World Rugby replaces the International Rugby Board ©World RugbyThe 2014 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rugby Conference and Exhibition (ConfEx) in London has concluded with the official unveiling of the logo and look of the governing body's new name, World Rugby. 

Rugby sevens purpose at Rio 2016 is the same for IRB and IOC, insists top official

By Daniel Etchells at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel

Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe, was speaking at the IRB World Rugby ConfEx ©Getty ImagesRugby Europe President Octavian Morariu has dismissed the notion the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have alternative interests in including rugby sevens in the Rio 2016 programme.

Action needed to increase depth of international rugby, claims All Black legend

By Daniel Etchells at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel

Sean Fitzpatrick was speaking at the 2014 IRB World Rugby ConfEx ©Getty ImagesNew Zealand's former World Cup winner Sean Fitzpatrick believes more needs to be done to improve the standard of the lower-ranked rugby nations. 

Male, female and sevens stars make-up first Rugby Athletes' Commission

By Daniel Etchells at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel

New Zealand's Victor Vito participated in the Rugby Athletes' Commission ©Getty ImagesAn inaugural Rugby Athletes' Commission (RAC) meeting has been held to start a busy programme at the 2014 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rugby Conference and Exhibition (ConfEx).

IRB names five-strong shortlist for World Rugby Player of the Year award

By Paul Osborne

Jonathon Sexton is one of five nominees for the IRB World Rugby Player of the Year award ©Getty ImagesThe International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the five nominees for this year's World Rugby Player of the Year award, with the winner set to be revealed at their nation's final match of 2014.

ANOC President vows to work to address Olympic rugby eligibility issues

By Nick Butler at the Centara Convention Centre in Bangkok

Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah pledged to assist Samoa work with the IRB over the eligibility issue ©Getty ImagesAssociation of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah has vowed to work with the International Rugby Board (IRB) to address eligibility issues ahead of the sport's return to the Olympics at Rio 2016.

England 2015 is set to be a record-breaking Rugby World Cup, claims IRB chairman

By David Owen

Next year's rugby World Cup in England will set records for spectators, hospitality, activities and broadcasting ©Getty ImagesNext year's rugby World Cup in England will set records for spectators, hospitality activities and broadcasting, Bernard Lapasset, International Rugby Board (IRB) chairman has told insidethegames.

Greats to discuss future of the game at IRB World Rugby ConfEx

By Daniel Etchells

The IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition will take place on November 17 and 18 ©IRBA quartet of high-profile former internationals will discuss the future of rugby at the 2014 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rugby Conference and Exhibition (ConfEx) later this month.
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