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Match officials
Owens and Neville to make officiating history
November will see history created for match officials with Nigel Owens set to become the first to take charge of 100 test matches and Joy Neville the first female to perform TMO duties for a major men's international competition.
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Autumn Nations Cup
Autumn Nations Cup 2020: All you need to know about the tournament and the eight nations competing in it
Your guide to the new tournament, who is playing, where to watch, and what to look out for.
RWC 2023
LOXAM announced as Rugby World Cup France 2023 Official Sponsor
The LOXAM group, leader in equipment rental, becomes Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup France 2023. This commitment was formalized this Monday, September 7 by Gérard Deprez, President of the LOXAM group and Claude Atcher, General Manager of Rugby World Cup France 2023.
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RWC 2023
France 2023 aims to deliver positive impact and unite the host nation with three years to go
8 September marks three years to go until France hosts Rugby World Cup 2023 and to celebrate the milestone, the France 2023 organising committee has announced details of how the flagship event will be the most socially responsible and sustainable rugby event ever.
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Rugby history
10 of the greatest rugby match comebacks of all time
We take a look at some of the biggest, and most unlikely, comeback victories that have occurred in international sevens and 15s rugby.
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Rugby history
An open game: The story of how rugby union turned professional
We take a look at the events leading up to Vernon Pugh’s historic announcement in Paris, 25 years ago.
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International rugby set to resume in October as World Rugby Council approves temporary 2020 COVID-19 calendar
An exciting programme of international matches is set to take place later this year after the World Rugby Council approved a temporary adjustment to Regulation 9 to accommodate the release of international players for revised 2020 windows.
Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
RWC 2019 delivers record economic, social and sporting outcomes for Japan
Japan 2019 was the most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever, with nearly £4.3 billion generated in economic output according to a report published by EY today.
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Podcast Preview
Between the Lines: Sam Warburton
Former Wales captain Sam Warburton discusses the unifying impact of touring with the British and Irish Lions on the latest episode of the World Rugby podcast.
Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualification Process
RWC 2023
Qualification process set for Rugby World Cup 2023
World Rugby has announced details of the qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Podcast Preview
Between the Lines: Michael Leitch and Luke Thompson
Japan stars Michael Leitch and Luke Thompson join Sean Maloney on the latest World Rugby podcast to discuss the Brave Blossoms’ run to the Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter-finals and much, much more.
RWC 2015: Ireland v Argentina quarter-final
Classic matches
Watch LIVE rugby TODAY ... Ireland v Argentina, RWC 2015
Watch how Argentina produced their most pulsating Rugby World Cup performance to deny Ireland a place in the semi-finals as we delve into the World Rugby archives once again to bring you classic matches from the past.
Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Press releases
New research links Japan’s Rugby World Cup hosting with national pride and excitement boost
Rugby World Cup hosting was a catalyst for national pride growth in Japan, capturing the imagination, growing rugby interest and leaving a positive legacy for the sport, according to the latest research.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Press releases
RWC 2019 sets new broadcast records and inspires new audiences
Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan was the most watched rugby event ever with more than 857 million people around the world watching the action via World Rugby’s network of rights-holding broadcast partners, an increase of 26 per cent from the previous tournament in England.
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World Rankings
Wales and France seek pool draw boost
This weekend's matches could see changes in the top band of seeds for the Rugby World Cup 2023 pool draw, with Wales and France both able to climb into the top four in the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
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Press releases
RWC 2019 player welfare approach delivered significant concussion reduction
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has praised “hugely encouraging” player welfare results from RWC 2019 that demonstrate a 28 per cent reduction in overall concussion incidence and a 37 per cent reduction in tackle concussion incidence compared to the current elite competition average.
Wales v France - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
High five for Les Bleus
Grand Slam-seeking France are up to fifth in the World Rugby Men's Rankings, their highest position for nearly six years, following their 27-23 win over Wales in Cardiff.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
World Rankings
Top band of seeds for RWC 2023 could be set for shake-up
After a fallow week, the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship resume with a set of matches that could have a significant impact on the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
Rugby Europe Championship 2020: Spain v Georgia
World Rankings
Georgia overtake Italy in rankings
Ireland, Georgia and Portugal all climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings, while Russia fall to their lowest position in over 14 years.
Wales v Italy - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
Northern hemisphere bragging rights on the line in Six Nations
Wales and Ireland could both replace England as the highest-ranked northern hemisphere team when the Six Nations continues this weekend, while significant milestones are within the reach of Spain and Portugal if results go their way in the Rugby Europe Championship.
France v England - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
Les Bleus on the rise in rankings
France, Georgia and Portugal all climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings following this weekend's matches in the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship.
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World Rankings
First international weekend of 2020 heralds start of new era
The jockeying for position in the World Rugby Men's Rankings ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 pool draw begins this weekend as the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship get underway.
France 2023
RWC 2023
World Rankings race begins for RWC 2023 Pool Draw
World Rugby and the France 2023 Organising Committee have confirmed that the Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool Draw will take place in Paris after the November 2020 international window.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Retiring legends of the international arena
Rugby World Cup 2019 was the last hurrah for a host of international rugby greats. Here we highlight the players who have officially called time on their test careers.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
Press releases
Fun focus sees RWC 2019 social and digital content break new ground and records
World Rugby has announced record-breaking digital content viewing figures for Rugby World Cup 2019, confirming the tournament as one of the most watched and engaged sports events of the decade.
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RWC 2023
France 2023 sets sights on most impactful Rugby World Cup as preparations are praised
World Rugby has concluded its first official coordination meetings in Paris since the hosting ball was passed from Japan 2019 to France 2023 earlier this month, with the international federation praising continued strong progress.
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They Said It...
Quotes of the day - Wednesday, 23 October
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Japan v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-final
World Rankings
England and South Africa on the rise in rankings
England and South Africa climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings to ensure that the top four nations will contest the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
New Zealand v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Schmidt era ends in heartbreak as players fall drastically short
The Rugby World Cup came a year too late for a team who scaled the heights in 2018.
New Zealand v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
Match review: NZL 46-14 IRE
Brilliant All Blacks make it a sad farewell for Ireland's Best and Schmidt
Coach Hansen hails New Zealand's ferocious defence and seven dazzling tries that set up a mouth-watering semi-final with England.
Jonah Lomu v Ireland 1995
When Lomu crushed Ireland and the world was mesmerised
The late, great winger continues to inspire a new generation of All Blacks as they seek to emulate his legendary performance against Ireland in a World Cup.
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Match Preview
All Blacks face another stern test from their tormentors in green
New Zealand have to tackle an Irish team whose Kiwi mentor Joe Schmidt has already plotted two victories over the champions.
Ireland v Samoa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Analysis: team focus - Ireland
Which Ireland will turn up in Tokyo?
Joe Schmidt's side were superb against Scotland but jaded in losing to Japan. Taking on the All Blacks on Saturday, they will need to be tireless and play at their powerful best.
Ireland v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Murray and Sexton: record-breaking partners and pals ... most of the time
For their 56th start together Ireland's half-backs take on the world's No.1 team in a World Cup quarter-final - and they would not want it any other way.
Hansen's thoroughbreds going for double glory
The All Blacks coach dreams of wins for the racehorse he cannot control and the rugby players he can.
Victor Costello on the charge for Ireland
The day Ireland Olympian Costello made RWC history
Long before sevens became an Olympic sport, the hard-running number eight competed in the shot put at Barcelona 1992. Eleven years later, he scored a noteworthy Rugby World Cup try.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
team announcement
Schmidt trusts in old guard to repeat All Blacks feat
Ireland's starting line-up includes 12 of the team that beat New Zealand for the second time in three years last November.
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Persistence pays off in epic quest to beat All Blacks
Ireland waited 111 years and endured several heartbreaks before ending their New Zealand hoodoo in the most unlikely venue.
Sir Stevo Timothy hilariously previews Ireland v Russia
RWC Daily host is roaming with a licence to thrill
The video magazine is wooing a whole new audience with its fresh take on all matters rugby, thanks in large part to livewire presenter Elma Smit.
Ireland Portraits - Rugby World Cup 2019
Earls calm as All Blacks challenge looms
The Ireland winger admits he was so wound up before the RWC 2015 quarter-final, his wife feared he would have a heart attack, but he is in a much better place now for another tilt at the last four.
Ireland v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Analysis: Key man - IRELAND
Furlong must lead from the front for Ireland to reach final stretch
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in this weekend's quarter-finals. The latest is Ireland tight-head prop Tadhg Furlong.
Munster v All Blacks 1978 Donal Canniffe hacks away
History-seeking Ireland must summon spirit of Munster against All Blacks
Coach Joe Schmidt has plenty in common with the first Irishman to mastermind a win against New Zealand, writes Rugby News Service correspondent Alan English, author of a book on the epic day in 1978 when Munster shocked the rugby world.
Cian Healy vs Romania 2015
Past glories against All Blacks mean nothing to resolute Healy
Ireland's veteran loose-head prop admits the quarter-final tie with New Zealand is a 'defining moment' in his career.
New Zealand Media Access
Coles goes full-bore in All Blacks' shot at third straight title
He nearly quit rugby earlier this year but abrasive hooker Dane Coles will ensure New Zealand are firing at 100 per cent when they face Ireland on Saturday.
New Hansen with Schmidt
Hansen v Schmidt: a coaching duel for the ages
New Zealand against Ireland is a great modern-day rivalry thanks to Shag the former policeman and Schmiddy the ex-teacher - two Kiwi coaching masterminds.
Ireland v Samoa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Disciplinary update: Bundee Aki (Ireland)
Ireland centre Bundee Aki attended a disciplinary hearing on 14 October having received a red card from referee Nic Berry for an act of foul play in Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool A match against Samoa on 12 October.
Johnny Sexton
Sexton: never mind the knockers, we're up for the All Blacks
Veteran playmaker says negativity is misplaced and momentum is building within the Ireland squad as they chase another famous victory against New Zealand.
Ireland v Samoa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Ireland powerhouse Furlong relishing quarter-final challenge
Experienced prop has had success against South Africa and New Zealand, but knows the knockout stages at RWC 2019 are a whole new ball game.
Ireland v Samoa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Disciplinary update: Bundee Aki (Ireland)
Ireland centre Bundee Aki will attend a disciplinary hearing in Tokyo on Monday after receiving a red card against Samoa.
Ireland v Samoa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Ireland simply too strong at close quarters
Who needs expansive rugby when you have Ireland's forward power? Joe Schmidt's team can take heart from their performance against Samoa.
Ireland v Samoa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Match review: IRE 47-5 SAM
Seven-try victory puts Irish into last eight despite red card
Joe Schmidt's team are already thinking about the All Blacks following the bonus-point win against Samoa, achieved after the first-half dismissal of Bundee Aki.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Match preview
Ireland out to restore confidence and book last-eight spot
Coach Schmidt's contenders need to rediscover their spark, but already-eliminated Samoa plan to go out with a bang.
World Rugby Press Conference
Official statement
Typhoon Hagibis impact on Rugby World Cup 2019 matches
World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced an update regarding the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on this weekend’s pool matches. This includes the cancellation of two matches on safety grounds.
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Henshaw fit, fresh and ready to fire for Ireland
The centre makes his first appearance at RWC 2019 after recovering from injury as Ireland seek bonus-point victory over Samoa.
Team announcement
Ireland's Henshaw makes first RWC 2019 start in crucial game against Samoa
The Leinster centre partners Bundee Aki for the match in Fukuoaka on Saturday.
Ireland v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
It's steady as you go for Furlong's Ireland
On a rare few days off, the prop has been enjoying Japanese culture and cuisine, but he now wants the team to knuckle down and trust in the systems that have served them well.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Fit-again Carbery ready to reward Schmidt's faith
Talented fly-half has had a frustrating year with injuries and is raring to help Ireland get back on track as they seek to secure a place in the knockout stages.
Georgia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
World Rankings
Georgia count cost of Fiji victory in rankings fall
The Lelos have dropped three places in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings after their 45-10 loss to Fiji.
Scotland v Samoa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Samoa out but they won't lie down
Despite missing the cut for the knockouts, assistant coach Al Rogers says his team are still motivated to upset Ireland in their final Pool A match.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Earls helps Stockdale up from post-defeat lows
The experienced Munster winger has lifted the spirits of his young team-mate after 'incredibly disappointing' Japan setback.
Rugby fundamentals
Solid defence demands teams have fluid lines
Simply put, if teams do not score, they do not win, so a structure that holds out the opposition attack is crucial.
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Press Release
Rugby World Cup stars unite to support #KeepRugbyClean initiative
All 20 teams at RWC 2019 will unite to get behind Keep Rugby Clean weekend on 5-6 October in a show of solidarity and support for World Rugby’s anti-doping education and awareness programme.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Best: Our confidence was knocked by Japan
Ireland captain admits that his players are not where they want to be after losing to Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts.
Ireland v Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
match review: IRE 35-0 RUS
Ireland labour to bonus point against Russia
Coach Schmidt looks on the bright side, but it took his team 62 minutes to run in the important fourth try against a dogged Bears side in Kobe.
Japan v Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Creating the overlap: why it takes wit to score out wide
You do not create tries for wingers by simply passing the ball through the backs. Here is why scoring out wide takes a little bit of magic.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Match preview
Ireland seek redemption against Russia - and a bonus point
Underdogs admit to being a little star-struck by their high-powered opponents, while Ireland are focused on bouncing back from their defeat by Japan.
Ireland Portraits - Rugby World Cup 2019
Team announcement
Sexton to lead revamped Ireland for Russia clash
Only four players who faced Japan will reappear for the men in green on Thursday.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
World Rankings
Wales return to second as Japan reach new high
Wales have climbed to second place in the World Rugby Men's Rankings after beating Australia, while Ireland's conquerors Japan now sit in their highest ever position of eighth.
Ireland v Argentina - International Friendly
Fit-again Sexton voices concern at lack of Irish discipline
Ireland gave away too many penalties in shock defeat by Japan, says fly-half who is looking to make an impact in remaining pool games.
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What the papers say
'It's not a miracle any more'
How the Japanese and Irish media reacted to the Brave Blossoms' famous win in Shizuoka.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Joseph's pride as magnificent Japan stun Ireland in World Cup classic
Sensational scenes in Shizuoka as hosts fight back to record another famous victory.
Ireland's dejected players following their defeat by Japan in Shizuoka
They tweeted it...
'Well, that certainly didn't go to plan...'
The great and the good from the world of rugby have their say on Japan's stunning win over Ireland.
Rory Best for Ireland v Scotland
Match Preview
Ireland do their homework as Japan prepare for 'game of their lives'
Coach Schmidt has been meticulous in preparing to face the Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts in front of 50,000 fans.
Japan v Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Hat-trick hero Matsushima eyes more tries against Irish
The 26-year-old winger lit up the host's first match and believes he can stay in scoring form against tougher opposition, too.
Fiji v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
player column
You only get one shot at the World Cup... We want to finish on a high
In the second edition of his Rugby World Cup diary, Fiji scrum-half Frank Lomani explains why their shock defeat to Uruguay is a timely reminder of how the tournament is helping smaller rugby nations raise the bar.
Japan v Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Press Release
Japan shines as host in spectacular and record-breaking RWC 2019 opening week
From a spectacular opening ceremony, packed stadia and fanzones, record broadcast and social media figures to superb action and emotional scenes in Kamaishi, it has been a spectacular start to Rugby World Cup 2019.
Ireland v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Murray back in form at the right time
Scrum-half suffered a worrying dip in form early in the season, but he returned to his brilliant best against Scotland and now has Japan in his sights.
Ireland Portraits - Rugby World Cup 2019
team announcement
Ireland add vast experience for match against host nation
Star fly-half Sexton has been rested but the veteran pair of Kearney and Earls return to a strong Ireland XV to take on Japan.
Fiji v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Press Release
Beaumont hails important day as Kamaishi makes Rugby World Cup bow
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont believes the important decision to make Kamaishi a Rugby World Cup host is one of the best the organisation has made.
Rob Kearney scores for Ireland against Wales on 7 September 2019
Veteran Kearney faces a fight to keep young gun Larmour at bay
The 33-year-old arrived in Japan as Ireland's undisputed starting full-back, but a twinge in training gave his Leinster team-mate the opportunity to shine against Scotland.
Ireland v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Munster pair Farrell and Kilcoyne savouring rugby's biggest stage
They both had to resist fierce competition to even make the plane to Japan - but Ireland centre Chris Farrell and prop Dave Kilcoyne are making the most of their opportunities.
France v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
Boffelli's long-range risk, Ireland's resilience and All Black opportunism rounds up the biggest analytical talking points from the first weekend of matches at Rugby World Cup 2019.
Ireland v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
'Old man Best' answers his critics with vintage display
The role of 37-year-old Ireland captain was questioned by many after defeat by England in August, but he produced a resounding response against Scotland.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
New Zealand return to top of rankings
The All Blacks are once again the number one side in the World Rugby Men's Rankings after battling past South Africa in their Pool B opener at Rugby World Cup 2019.
Ireland v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
Ireland power past Scots for impressive start to the campaign
Joe Schmidt’s team take control of Pool A with a commanding performance that should set them up for a likely quarter-final place against South Africa.
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Match preview
Ireland forwards carry weight of expectations against underdogs Scotland
Scotland have solid backs and a talented playmaker with a flair for havoc but that may not be enough to overturn the world's top team.
Andrew Conway
Schmidt puts his faith in Larmour and Conway as Ireland look for the perfect start
With the more established Rob Kearney and Keith Earls not taking the field, the world's No.1 ranked team will bet on enthusiasm as a substitute for experience.
Wales v Ireland - Guinness Six Nations
team announcement
Larmour and Conway step up as Kearney and Earls miss Ireland's opener
Injuries take their toll - and only four of coach Schmidt's squad to face Scotland featured in Ireland's last World Cup game in 2015.
Keith Earls
Home thoughts from abroad as family men Earls and Stander hope to go all the way with Ireland
They could be away from their young families in Limerick for eight weeks if Ireland make it to the final weekend, but Keith Earls and CJ Stander are still hopeful that they are in for the long haul.
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Press Release
Stage set for spectacular Rugby World Cup 2019 opening ceremony
Sold-out Tokyo Stadium and massive worldwide television audience set to be delighted by uniquely Japanese welcome.
Australia v Fiji - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015
Predictions game: your chance to choose the finalists
Players, coaches, media and fans from all 20 World Cup countries have had their say in the bracket game and their choices point to a New Zealand - South Africa final. Now you can have your say...
England v Scotland - Guinness Six Nations
Scotland confident of knocking over Irish, says Johnson
Rookie centre believes familiarity with the opposition and the neutral ground will play into Scotland's hands on Sunday.
Gold medallists Fiji pose during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens
press release
Olympians set to make Rugby World Cup history at Japan 2019
Tournament will feature 18 sevens players from Rio 2016 - including four Fijians who romped to gold medal glory.
Andy Farrell press conference in Yokohama
Green machine moving into overdrive ahead of opener, says Farrell
The Ireland defence coach says the players have been pushing themselves hard during some high-octane training sessions.
Akihito Yamada of Japan breaks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan
Tier 2 team analysis: Japan
Russia beware: Brave Blossoms bring speed and intensity to the contest
In the first part of a series on Tier 2 teams competing at RWC 2019, a guide to the strengths and weaknesses of Japan.
RWC 2019 Volunteers
Hospitality and happiness the goal of 'Team No-Side' volunteers
A team of 13,000 from around Japan will help to give fans at Rugby World Cup 2019 lasting memories of a local welcome.
World Rugby U20 graduates at Rugby World Cup 2019
RWC 2019
U20s a proven pathway to Rugby World Cup stage
More than 300 players selected for Rugby World Cup 2019 have come through either the World Rugby U20 Championship or U20 Trophy.
Impact Beyond 2019 Infographic (EN)
Press releases
RWC 2019 Impact Beyond programme inspires 1.8 million new rugby participants in Asia
Started in 2016, the innovative Impact Beyond programme has achieved 1.8 million new rugby participants across Asia, including more than one million in Japan.
Rob Kearney scores for Ireland against Wales on 7 September 2019
Ireland veteran Kearney in doubt for Scotland clash with calf injury
The 33-year-old full-back returned to his best in Ireland's final warm-up match against Wales but may not be risked on Sunday, adding to the injury concerns of coach Joe Schmidt
Andrew Porter
Ireland's powerhouse prop Porter shares tender memory of his late mother
Ireland's Andrew Porter is one of the most promising young props in world rugby, but a moving picture of him looking at a photograph of his late mother Wendy has revealed the human side of the front-row hard man.
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