European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced new dates for the postponed knockout stage matches in the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup competitions.
The return to competition will begin on the 18th September with the quarter-finals of both tournaments taking place a week before the semi-finals are scheduled to take place on the weekend of 25th to 27th September.
British Olympic Association Chairman and former Olympics Minister Sir Hugh Robertson will chair a new independent-led governance review launched by World Rugby.
The governing body says it aims to build on a review taken in 2015, which it says delivered ‘transformational’ changes to the make-up of the federation’s decision-making body, the World Rugby Council, including wider union representation and greater gender diversity.
Premiership Rugby clubs have unanimously agreed to cut their salary cap by £1.4 million.
The league says the salary cap will be reduced in the 2021/22 season and will return to its current level before the start of the 2024/25 season at the latest.
The move sees the cap cut from £6.4 million - which could reach £7 million with ‘credits’ - to £5 million, which can be topped up to total of £6 million through credits. Credits are earned through the use of home-grown players and injury dispensation.
England Rugby has announced a new four-year partnership with Umbro, who will become the Official Technical Kit Partner of the country’s rugby union teams from 1st September 2020.
The British sportswear manufacturer will provide match kits for all of the England Men’s teams, Red Roses, sevens and age group teams managed by the RFU.
It will also provide the team’s training wear and off-field kit as well as offering fans a full range of supporter wear including men’s, women’s and children’s ranges from the start-date of the partnership.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has been re-elected to the role on the back of a 'progressive reform' manifesto, and will continue to serve in the position for the next four years.
The former England rugby captain won a simple majority of 28-23 against his opponent, and former Vice-Chairman, Agustin Pichot. Meanwhile, French Rugby Federation (FFR) President Bernard Laporte was elected as new World Rugby Vice-Chairman.
The RFU has launched a new educational programme, ‘School of Ruck’, to support parents and teachers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The programme will feature resource packs with activities to help support home education as well as create content to assist teachers looking after the children of key workers.
The packs, targeting primary school children aged 5-11 years old, will be issued every Monday, allowing children to continue having access to education, new learning, and consolidating former learning while at home.
BT and Scottish Rugby have given fans the chance to take part in a training session with their heroes through a VR-enabled sports team training experience.
Created with a robotic, remotely controlled and gyroscopically stabilised 360 degree camera system that can travel at the same speeds as the players sprinting, the pair were able to create a first of its kind virtual reality film.
The Guinness Six Nations has confirmed that its fourth round of matches will go ahead, with the exception of the already-postponed game between Ireland and Italy in Dublin, which has been called off due to coronavirus fears.
Officials met in Paris to discuss the impact that coronavirus might have on the rest of the tournament. Organisers have said that they and the six participating unions will “strictly follow any directive given that would impact sporting events,” but for the moment the tournament would continue as planned across the men’s, women’s and U20 competitions.
Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations, Women’s Six Nations and U20 Six Nations matches against Italy across the weekend of 6th - 8th March 2020 have been postponed over fears of the spread of coronavirus.
The news comes after Irish Health Minister Simon Harris said the game should be called off.
After a meeting between the IRFU and the minister, the decision was taken to postpone the game, with the governing body saying it would attempt to reschedule the fixtures.
World Rugby will host what it says is a ‘ground-breaking’ forum in London which will pave the way for a comprehensive review on rugby’s policies relating to transgender players.
The sport’s governing body says it will consult with a host of experts in the fields of sports science, biology, medicine, ethics and law, as well as voices from the global women’s game in order to ensure its policies are ‘fit-for-purpose in the modern sporting and societal landscape’.
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