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World Rugby is the world governing body for the sport of rugby union. World Rugby, founded in 1886, organises the Rugby World Cup every four years, the sport's most recognised and most profitable competition. It also organises a number of other international rugby competitions, such as the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the World Under-20 Championship, and the Pacific Nations Cup. World Rugby's headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland. Its membership now comprises 120 national unions.

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World Rugby announces dates and locations for two of its three WXV tournaments later this year, with New Zealand and South Africa staging games. Hong Kong rugby bosses may bid to host third tier competition.


Next year’s tournament is likely to be the last at Hong Kong Stadium, but it will be the first of new era that sees the World Rugby Sevens Series reduced to just 12 teams in the men’s and women’s competitions.

City ‘is a great option’, Hong Kong Rugby Union boss says after it is suggested as venue for the final of a proposed league between the best of the northern and southern hemispheres.

HKRU to discuss a proposed global opt-in trial announced by World Rugby, in which hits above sternum level would become illegal in an effort to make the sport safer.

Changes to the World Seven Series will come into force in December next year, when the number of men’s teams will be cut from 16 to 12 and the number of tournaments drop from 10 to seven.

Weir, who won 61 caps for his country and was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 1997, was diagnosed with MND in 2016.

More opportunities to play internationals central to any progression in national team’s ability to reach global tournaments, but the club game in Hong Kong must evolve too.

City’s 49-7 defeat by USA Eagles in Rugby World Cup final qualifying ‘up there as one of toughest games I’ve ever played, physically,’ admits Hong Kong captain Josh Hrstich.

Chief Executive John Lee calls the tournament ‘one of the most popular sporting events in Asia’ and ‘living proof’ Hong Kong has returned to the world.


Hosts suffer shock 24-14 loss in a dramatic finale to Saturday’s action at Cape Town Stadium, while New Zealand, Australia and Fiji make it through.

Defending champions New Zealand run in seven tries as Fiji, Australia and hosts South Africa also ease through their last-16 clashes at Cape Town Stadium.

The All Blacks coach has survived the storm of criticism that followed the midyear series loss to Ireland, at least for now, and promised change ahead of two tests against the Springboks.

Lewis Evans has made six changes to the starting 15 that won the Asia Rugby Championship against South Korea two weeks ago, and has named six forwards on the bench.