World Rugby held another forum involving all the game’s leading stakeholders on Tuesday to continuing discussions regarding an extended autumn window (...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is seeking a second term, going against challenger  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Jason O’Brien/Getty Images

Rugby, like all sports, is feeling utterly powerless right now as it waits to see how it might eventually one day be able to respond to the loosening (...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont  is being challenged by present vice-chairman  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, World Rugby will elect its chairman for the next four years. In the past, this event has held about as much interest for rugby people (...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is being challenged by  vice-chairman Agustín Pichot in Sunday’s vote. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/World Rugby via Getty Images

There may be no more on-field rugby contests for the foreseeable future but a hugely significant match-up takes place on Sunday when the World Rugby C(...)

French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte: The Club World Cup could see Sharks v Sale Sharks, and Chiefs v Exeter Chiefs. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

There has been a lukewarm reception within the game to the rather fanciful concept of a World Club Cup which has been floated by the French Federation(...)

A Covid-19 public information leaflet at Tullamore Rugby Club in Offaly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When the IRFU announced last Friday that the 2019-20 club/domestic game was being abandoned for the season this news was soon overtaken later in the d(...)

Toulouse players celebrate the victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are back, literally if not figuratively. Having won the Heineken Champions Cup a joint record four times and been ever-presents since the to(...)

Joe Tomane (centre) with Rhys Ruddock and Dan Leavy at the launch of the new Leinster home and alternate jersey at Life Style Sports, Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Tomane sought out Leinster, not the other way round. The Wallaby wing or centre if needs must, as they surely will, was under contract to Montpel(...)

France  coach Jacques Brunel and his squad during training. They face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday. As my Dad would say, “They are Bob Hope’s brother . . . No Hope.” Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

This is the worst France team I have witnessed in my lifetime. You may have to go back to the late 1940s to find a French team so bereft of world-cla(...)

The host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be unveiled on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

October 31st: Rugby World Cup Board recommends South Africa as RWC 2023 host. “This is the first Rugby World Cup host selection to take place followi(...)

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