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Pacific Rugby campaigners have called for a review into Bill Beaumont’s re-election as World Rugby chairman in May. File photograph: PA

Pacific Rugby campaigners have called for a review into Bill Beaumont’s re-election as World Rugby chairman in May. Pacific Rugby Players Welfare all(...)

Ireland are set to play their Six Nations match against France at Stade de France in Paris on October 31st. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bernard Laporte, the president of the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR), has confirmed that the postponed 2020 Guinness Six Nations match between Fr(...)

 Daniel Leo, the former Samoan lock: “I’ve been contacted by four or five high-profile players, in the prime of their careers, Wallabies and current All Blacks, who have said ‘My heart wants to play for my Pacific Island nation – when is that going to happen?’” Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

Rugby is a cosy cartel. Always has been and recent events suggest it always will be. We are talking about the pandemic and about Bill Beaumont’s re-(...)

Argentina’s Hugo Porta in action with Ireland’s Kenny Murphy in 1990. ‘I have always felt in Ireland things are just that little bit more fun and the people are so lovely,’ says Porta. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Argentina’s greatest rugby player Hugo Porta is still directing operations beautifully, just not from outhalf. At 68 years old he is doing it off the (...)

 Agustin Pichot has announced his resignation from the World Rugby council. Photograph: PA

Agustin Pichot has announced his resignation from the World Rugby council in the wake of his defeat to Bill Beaumont in the election for World Rugby c(...)

Professional sport could return behind closed doors in England from June 1st, the UK Government has announced. Photograph: PA

An escalating club versus country row intensified in England and France on Monday with Premiership Rugby and Top 14 demanding a say in any changes to (...)

New Zealand Warriors rugby league team players arrive at the airport in Tamworth, New South Wales last Sunday. The squad will spend 14 days in quarantine  before competition restarts on May 28th. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

In the space of a couple of months, rugby’s business model of the last 20 years has been destroyed. Burned in the all-consuming flames of the Covid-19(...)

There is a danger of the international game splitting unless the next few years spawn meaningful change and an end to self-interest. Photograph: Inpho

Bill Beaumont’s re-election as World Rugby’s chairman was not an end but a new beginning. The former England captain faced several hurdles as a player(...)

The British and Irish Lions tour offers camaraderie, adventure, colour, romance, mass interest and rarity value. Photograph: Getty Images

Every household in the world is currently playing the same game. Where would you most like to go when all this is over? How does the future ideally lo(...)

James Cronin in action for Munster against Saracens. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

This is the worst time imaginable to have tested positive for a banned substance. There is no sport to turn the page. No arrival of cheating Saracens (...)

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