Rugby World Cup

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Russia would use the stadiums from football’s 2018 World Cup as venues in their bid to host the Rugby World Cup. File photograph: Getty Images

The Russian Rugby Federation (RRF) has confirmed the country is preparing an application to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup and that President Vladimir(...)

Principality Stadium in Cardiff. There are few if any better places in the world to enjoy a big rugby match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Descending from the valleys like red-clad wildebeest, they squeeze into Cardiff’s watering holes, cheek by jowl with friend and foe in heady anticipat(...)

Alain Rolland took charge of the 2014 Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alain Rolland is to step down as World Rugby’s high-performance 15s match officials’ manager after just over four years in the role. The Irish Times h(...)

Georgia in action against Australia  during the Rugby World Cup  Group D match  at Shizuoka Stadium in  Japan. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

World Rugby is hoping to provide some clarity this week on a Test match fixture list for the remainder of the year, including dates and kick-off times(...)

  Manu Tuilagi: In the week that 139 job losses have been signalled at Twickenham, there is no longer any mileage in pretending that English rugby – or Leicester – has the available spare cash to guarantee the status quo.  Photograph:  Paul Faith/Getty Images

As he sat overlooking the Mediterranean, sipping a cafe au lait, Manu Tuilagi smiled wryly to himself. No need to jump into any harbours these days,(...)

CVC Capital Partners’ estimated €450 million bid for a 14.5 per cent stake in the Six Nations is still in negotiation. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The suggestion that CVC Capital Partners will follow up their €140 million investment in the Pro14 by purchasing a 14.5 per cent stake in the Six Nati(...)

Ireland celebrate winning a penalty at a Welsh scrum during February’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Six Nations unions appear to be unaware of the restless, even revolutionary mood that is rumbling across the rugby world. The fact that World Rug(...)

Billy Morton with his Santry shovel in 1958.

“Gentlemen,” the small man began, “grass is on the way out”. Knowledge of sport is no excuse for a lack of imagination, or vice versa, and Billy Mort(...)

Springboks winger Aphiwe Dyantyi will face a doping hearing after he failed a drugs test a year ago. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

A full year after Aphiwe Dyantyi tested positive for anabolic steroids, the Springbok winger is to face disciplinary proceedings. Apparently, with ei(...)

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Trophy after the Springboks’ final victory over England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Rugby World Cup held in Japan last year was the most economically successful World Cup to date, attracting some 242,000 international visitors and(...)

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