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  • Australia/NZ Beat South Africa To Become RLWC2017 Hosts

    The next Rugby League World Cup in 2017 will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand after the Rugby League International Federation chose their joint bid over the only other proposal from South Africa. The rugby league heartlands Down Under were always favourites to be awarded the event over the ambitious bid from South Africa, which has no real heritage in the sport, but RLIF vice-chair Nigel Wood insists that it “was not a simple decision” and that the bid from the Rainbow Nation was a ver...

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  • France Awarded 2023 RWC

    ... rights for the Rugby World Cup 2023 have been awarded to France after two rounds of voting in a secret ballot by the World Rugby Council in London on Wednesday (15th). The selection was made following two rounds of voting: France received 24 votes to South Africa’s 15 in the final round of voting. In the first round, France received 18 votes to South Africa’s 13 and Ireland’s eight. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Congratulations to France on being elected Rugby World Cup 2023...

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  • Lions appoint Accelerate

    The British and Irish Lions have appointed Accelerate as its exclusive commercial broker and sponsorship managers for the 2009 tour to South Africa. Accelerate was appointed following a comprehensive pitch process involving the world’s leading sponsorship agencies. John Feehan, Lions chief executive, commenting on the appointment, says, “The Lions tour to South Africa will be the biggest sporting event in 2009 and we are delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Accelerate as our c...

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  • SA 2023 RWC Bid Scuppered From Within

    South Africa’s 2023 World Cup bid could be scuppered from within as sports minister Fikile Mbalula has banned the rugby, athletics, netball and cricket federations from bidding to host major international tournaments. The ban has been imposed for not reaching agreed targets for transformation – achieving a reasonable balance of racial integration into representative teams - and only the country's football federation has met its targets. In a statement Mr Mbalula said the ban was enforced aft...

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  • Catt Answers England's Call

    Mike Catt will join the England coaching team for the five-match tour of South Africa next month. Catt will leave London Irish after their final Aviva Premiership match with Gloucester Rugby at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday and start work with England on May 7 through to June 30. England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Mike has played at the top level and is highly respected. He has done a great job whilst coaching at London Irish and we are looking forward to working with him on this S...

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  • Dodson Positive About Scottish Rugby’s Future

    Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson speaks to BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin during Scotland's tour to South Africa. Please click here to watch the video interview on the BBC website...

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  • Cherry Blossoms Prove The Hot Autmn Ticket In Cardiff

    ... when Argentina come to Cardiff the week before. Wales Online reports that Welsh Rugby Union bosses have been taken aback by the huge level of interest - more than 400 tickets are currently being sold every day - in the visit of the Japanese who stunned South Africa in last year’s World Cup with the biggest upset in the tournament’s history. The visit of Argentina has proved less appealing, with the WRU bracing themselves for a crowd of around 45,000 on November 12, when the 5.30pm kick-off...

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  • Saracens To Play Heineken Cup Match in Cape Town

    ... ground by playing their Heineken Cup Round 5 match against Biarritz Olympique in Cape Town on Saturday, January 14th, 2012. ERC, organisers of the Heineken Cup, and the IRB have both approved an application by the English champions to play the match in South Africa, further growing the club’s brand, sponsor network and supporter base. The decision means South Africa will become the 10th country to host action from European rugby’s premier club tournament, which annually sees 24 elite teams...

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  • Super 18 Reverts To 15

    Super Rugby will revert to a 15-team format from next season, with three current sides set to be cut: two from South Africa and one from Australia. Governing body Sanzaar has confirmed that it is the national governing bodies of the two countries involved who will decide which sides are to be cut. It is expected that the two South African franchises with the least support and poorest results, the Cheetahs based in Bloemfontein and Kings in Port Elizabeth will be cut. SARU have said that a consul...

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  • Canterbury's 99 t-shirt

    As the British & Irish Lions head out to South Africa for this summer’s Test Match series it will mark the 25th anniversary of one of the most famous Lions tours against the might of the Springboks.  It was on this tour that an iconic moment of rugby folklore took place as Lions captain Willie John McBride instigated a policy of ‘one in, all in’ – brought to life on the pitch through the infamous 99 Call.  The ‘99 Call’ was used to signal an en masse assault  on the opposition...

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