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  • Sep 18, 2014
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International Rugby Board

England seek to win physical battle over South Africa

England coach Stuart Lancaster has told his side they must win the "breakdown battle" if they are to overcome South Africa at Twickenham today.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 3:06am

Singapore Sports Hub the Lion City's pride and joy

English Premiership sides, rugby's HSBC Sevens World Series and cricket's Bollywood-styled Indian Premier League will soon be strutting their stuff at the Singapore Sports Hub, a playground for the world's most famous athletes.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:54am

Hong Kong face Rugby World Cup qualifying test run in Dubai

Hong Kong will take on two of the best tier-three nations in the world, Belgium and Zimbabwe, in the Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations next month in Dubai in what is really a test of their ability to win a repechage match and qualify for the 2015 World Cup (15-a-side).

14 Nov 2012 - 1:12am

Hong Kong 'let down' by IRB's Women's Sevens snub

Hong Kong has been "badly let down" by the International Rugby Board after being overlooked as a venue for the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series despite being a pioneering force behind the development of the women's game, says rugby union chairman Trevor Gregory.

20 Oct 2012 - 3:40am

IRB's relegation system for sevens world series is a joke

One thing is for certain after this week's announcement by the International Rugby Board - don't ask the world governing body to organise a booze-up in a brewery.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:41am

Missed opportunity to bolster HK's sevens campaign

Poor Brian Stevenson. The president of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union had lost his Blackberry and wasn't aware the International Rugby Board was hosting a cocktail party until Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting asked him why he hadn't turned up.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:20pm

Guangzhou set to host leg of IRB women's sevens

Guangzhou is set to host a leg of the IRB Women's Sevens Series next year after the world governing body said China's third largest city would become the mainland's rugby hub.

Rugby in China received a significant boost with the International Rugby Board signing a memorandum of understanding with Guangzhou and the Chinese Rugby Football Association.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Afghans join ever-growing ‘Asian rugby family’

Afghanistan became the newest rugby playing country in the world this weekend as the International Rugby Board and top Asian officials rejoiced at the healthy state of the game globally.

7 Apr 2014 - 9:19pm

Blooming in hostile territories

A few years ago, they used to cut off the hands of petty thieves and execute criminals at the dusty, pebble-strewn National Stadium in Kabul. Today those killing fields have turned into a field of dreams for aspiring rugby players in war-torn Afghanistan, a band of whom on Friday had their first taste of international rugby in Dubai.

7 Apr 2014 - 9:22pm

Switch necessary to help minnows, insists IRB

One-off David versus Goliath clashes have not helped the smaller nations to develop as hoped. That, plus the need to unearth three new core teams for the HSBC Sevens World Series, is what led to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens being split into two separate competitions, says the International Rugby Board.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am