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WXV: ‘Landmark’ global women’s rugby union competition launched

WXV: ‘Landmark’ global women’s rugby union competition launched

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A "landmark" global women's rugby union competition has been launched by the sport's international governing body.World Rugby is investing £6.4m in the WXV tournament, due to begin in 2023.The competition will have three tiers, offering consistent international Test-match opportunities to 16 teams to help them prepare for the 2025 World Cup.World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont hailed a "landmark moment" and said the plan would "accelerate the development of the women's game".The announcement comes a week after the 2021 World Cup - for which three teams are yet to qualify because of postponements caused by the coronavirus pandemic - was pushed back to 2022.The WXV competition will be played in a global window from September to October, except in World Cup years.World Rugby says the aim of...
Former French rugby star Christophe Dominici dies at 48

Former French rugby star Christophe Dominici dies at 48

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Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Christophe Dominici, a former France international rugby star, was found dead Tuesday near Paris at 48, his former squad Stade Francais said. His body was found in Parc de Saint-Cloud in France's Hauts-de-Seine region, authorities said. Advertisement "It is with immense sadness and deep heartbreak that Stade Francais Paris learns of the death of Christophe Dominici," a statement from Stade Francais said. Dominici spent 11 years with the team. "An international 67 times, his exploits in the blue jersey will have dazzled thousands of young rugby players and allowed the French team to write some of the most beautiful pages in its history," the team said. "A rugby genius and peerless companion, he leaves a great void in our big family." Dominici received accolades from around...
Rugby union: All summer tours off amid coronavirus pandemic

Rugby union: All summer tours off amid coronavirus pandemic

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All of this summer's tours have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, World Rugby has confirmed.With many countries restricting people's movements and some borders closed or under strict controls, the news is not unexpected.Wales were due to tour Japan and New Zealand, while England have long been resigned to not going to Japan. Scotland were due in South Africa and New Zealand, with Ireland heading to Australia.The sport has been suspended at domestic level throughout the world amid the pandemic, with only New Zealand having announced plans to resume its Super Rugby competition.In a statement, World Rugby said: "Extended travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to numerous...
Bullied boy hailed ‘young warrior’ as he leads out all-star rugby team

Bullied boy hailed ‘young warrior’ as he leads out all-star rugby team

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A nine-year-old boy who was left suicidal after being bullied because of his dwarfism has had "the best day of his life" as he led out an all-star rugby league team in Australia.Quaden Bayles received an outpouring of support worldwide after his mother shared an emotional clip of him on social media. In the viral video the youngster was heard saying, "I'm going to die right now... give me a knife, I'm going to kill myself", after a bullying incident at his school. ...
England v South Africa: Eddie Jones planning for Rugby World Cup final ‘for four years’

England v South Africa: Eddie Jones planning for Rugby World Cup final ‘for four years’

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Rugby World Cup final: England v South AfricaVenue: Yokohama International Stadium Date: Saturday, 2 November Kick-off: 09:00 GMTCoverage: Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app.England coach Eddie Jones has warned South Africa that Saturday's Rugby World Cup final is the game he has been planning for since he took control of the team in January 2016.England are attempting to land their second World Cup to repeat the 2003 success and avenge the Springboks' victory in the 2007 final."We've had four years to prepare for this game," said Jones. "That's why the players can be relaxed because we know we've done the work."Jones has had ro...