World Rugby Updates – May 2024

World Rugby Expands Trial on 20 Minute Red Cards with Automatic Sanctioning

World Rugby has announced details of further trials on the 20 minute red card, it will include competitions Canada are involved with this summer including WXV, U20 Trophy and Pacific Nations Cup. A player receiving a red card will have to sit out the match and then receive a two or four week ban, depending on severity, his team however will be able to replace him in the match after 20 minutes.

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World Rugby Invests in MLR Team

World Rugby Announces Investment in MLR Team Based in Charlotte, North Carolina

World Rugby has announced a partnership with USA Rugby and MLR to launch a new MLR expansion club in Charlotte, North Carolina, named Anthem Rugby Carolina. The initial roster will “feature players from various MLR teams who are eligible to compete on behalf of the USA in international competition”.

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Paris Olympic 7s Repechage Tournament

World Rugby Announces Repechage Tournament for Paris Olympic 7s Qualification: June 21-23 in Monaco

The repechage tournament for the Paris Olympic 7s was announced by World Rugby today. It will be held in Monaco on June 21-23. The women’s team earned their way into the Olympics by winning the RAN tournament, fortunately the USA didn’t attend the women’s RAN tournament as they had already qualified as a top 4 finisher in the World Rugby 7s series. The men weren’t as fortunate and lost to USA in the RAN tournament forcing them to qualify through the repechage tournament.

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World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series 2024

World Rugby Announce 2024 HSBC Sevens Challenger Series Schedule and Teams

The Tier 2 competition to gain promotion to the World Rugby 7s series has been announced along with the qualifying teams. Canada are in the Tier 1 competition but if either the men or women finish in places 9 to 12 at the end of the season, they’ll have to compete against the top 4 from this group in an 8 team tournament, the top 4 earning their place in the 2025 Tier 1 series.

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Rugby World Cup 2027

2027 Rugby World Cup to Feature 24 Teams in Six Pools of Four Teams

World Rugby has been busy today releasing various media releases. This one specifically deals with the 2027 Rugby World Cup. This has significance for Canada obviously as they’re adding 4 more teams and that gives Canada more opportunity to qualify. The details of the qualification process are yet to be revealed.

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World Rugby Updates – October 2023

World Rugby Officially Announces La Vila International Rugby Cup with Spain, Brazil, Canada, USA

Knowledge of the tournament was already out in the public domain last week but World Rugby just announced it officially today.

Spain seem to be embracing rugby more lately, and World Rugby seems to be pushing the sun, fun, rugby theme more. Recall that Spain was the first venue announced for the “new and improved” 7s series that World Rugby rolled out, the 7s series finale will be held in Madrid in June.

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RWC 2023 – Quarter Final Updates

Quarter Finals Set for October 14th & 15th: Thoughts on RWC to Date?

[editor’s comments below]

I’d like to hear readers thoughts on the World Cup to date also your predictions.

Below are my thoughts, plus the latest World Rugby media release is posted below.

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RWC 2023 – Match 1

France v NZ Lineups and Stats

Kickoff noon PT on Friday September 8th, televised on TSN 5.

New Zealand

Fly-half Richie Mo’unga will win his 50th cap after being named in the New Zealand team to face France in the opening game of Rugby World Cup 2023 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Friday.

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