Rugby

Uruguay claim final spot at Rugby World Cup 2015 with play-off win over Russia

By Gary Anderson

Uruguay celebrate clinching a third appearance at a Rugby World Cup ©AFP/Getty ImagesUruguay will make their third appearance at the Rugby World Cup after three second-half tries saw them come from behind to beat Russia in Montevideo and claim the last remaining spot for next year's showpiece event in England and Wales.

Road to Rio 2016 begins with four teams unbeaten on opening day of Gold Coast Sevens

By Paul Osborne at the Robina Stadium in Gold Coast

Defending champions New Zealand recorded a 100 per cent win streak to kick off their World Series title defence ©IRB/Martin Seras LimaFiji, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina were in scintillating form here today as all four recorded 100 per cent records on the opening day of the Gold Coast Sevens, round one of the HSBC Sevens World Series and the first qualifying event for Rio 2016. 

International Rugby Board to set up Athletes' Commission

By Gary Anderson

The IRB is to set up a World Rugby Athletes' Commission ©Getty ImagesThe International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced that it is to establish a first ever World Rugby Athletes' Commission.

Rugby sevens looks ahead to Rio 2016 debut with opening qualifier in Gold Coast

By Paul Osborne at SkyPoint in Surfers Paradise

Captains line up at Gold Coasts highest residential skyrise, Q1, ahead of the Gold Coast Sevens ©ITGThe rugby sevens road to Rio 2016 gets underway in the Gold Coast this weekend as 16 teams fight for the first set of all-important World Series ranking points and the opportunity to compete in the sport's first appearance at the Olympics for 92 years.

Women's rugby sevens confirmed for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

By Paul Osborne at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Women's rugby sevens will be included for the first time at Gold Coast 2018 ©Getty ImagesGold Coast 2018 will give women the opportunity to compete in rugby sevens for the first time in Commonwealth Games history, it was confirmed here today. 

Fiji claim Oceania Sevens title with impressive win over All Blacks

By Gary Anderson

Fiji secured the Oceania Sevens title with a win over New Zealand in Noosa ©AFP/Getty ImagesFiji claimed their first Oceania Sevens title in Noosa after an impressive 21-5 win over pre-tournament favourites New Zealand, while there was better news for the All Blacks' women who prevailed against big rivals Australia in their final clash.

Big three dominate on day one of Oceania Sevens in Noosa

By Gary Anderson

New Zealand and Australia remain unbeaten after the first day of the Oceania Sevens in Queensland ©Getty ImagesThe first day of action at the Oceania Sevens saw New Zealand, Australia and Fiji all record three wins from three to top their respective pools in Noosa, Queensland.

England legend Wilkinson marks one-year until Rugby World Cup kick-off in Newcastle

By Gary Anderson

Jonny Wilkinson was in Newcastle with the Webb Ellis Cup and met some volunteers of The Pack as the city marks one year to go until it hosts its first Rugby World Cup 2015 match ©England 2015Former England star Jonny Wilkinson was in Newcastle today to mark one-year to go until St James' Park hosts its first match of Rugby World Cup 2015.

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.
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