The All Blacks enjoy a singsong in their dressingroom after winning the Rugby World Cup final 34-17 against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

World Rugby has promised to do more to further close the gap between tier-one and tier-two nations before the next Rugby World Cup (RWC) in Japan, af(...)

Japan Rugby 2019 tournament organisers and World Rugby have launched a new logo in London - ‘symbolising the transition from future to current host as the land of the rising sun prepares to welcome the world to Asia’s first Rugby World Cup’. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place on September 20th and the final on November 2nd, it was announced on Tuesday. This year’(...)

Wales fullback Liam Williams was the latest player from Warren Gatland’s squad to be ruled out of tournament. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Despite the mounting injury count to Welsh and Irish players, World Rugby says it is not alarmed by attrition rates in teams. Figures from this World(...)

Richardt Strauss is one of five Irish players, not born in the country. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The pool stages may be over but the debate over player eligibility at the Rugby World Cup looks likely to rumble on ahead of the next tournament in 20(...)

England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster leaves the   team hotel on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

World Rugby chief executive, Brett Gosper has back tracked on disapproving views he held about England’s humiliating departure from the Rugby World Cu(...)

USA ssistant coach Chris O’Brien:  “It’s the fastest growing sport in the country right now and you are seeing kids starting at six and eight years old.” Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

As a sense of inevitability descends over the team colours of the final eight nations in the Rugby World Cup, there is room to believe that it may not(...)

Fiji’s winger Nemani Nadolo reacts after losing theopening match of the Rugby World Cup to England. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Three-day breaks between games are far from ideal in rugby union. No time to rest, no time to heal. For that matter, no time for a concussed player(...)

George North is nearing a Test return after being plagued by a string of head injuries. Photograph: Getty

Rugby World Cup bosses are “unlikely” to disqualify teams for breaching concussion protocols but could impose fines should competitors flout head-inju(...)

Irelands Jared Payne runs in a try during the Six Nations match against Scotland. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Less than five months before the World Cup kicks off in England and Wales, some of rugby’s finest talents are still deciding which country to repre(...)

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper:  “You can’t say at this point who is favourite or not favourite.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Ireland will face fierce competition from other countries to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. The IRFU, with the backing of politicians north and (...)