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Rugby Sevens set for 2022 launch in Las Vegas

A new U.S. rugby sevens league will launch next October, which organisers say will pit 12 top international teams against four new U.S. franchises.

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COVID-19: 14 positive cases in Munster squad

Munster reported 13 new COVID-19 cases in their camp in South Africa, taking the total count to 14, as the remainder of the squad departed Cape Town on Tuesday, the Irish rugby team said.

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European rugby teams stuck in SA after positive COVID tests

Cardiff remain unable to leave South Africa as planned on Sunday after they returned positive COVID-19 cases, although the majority of the Munster squad have been cleared to return to home.

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Rebels to pay Super W team in 2022

Melbourne players will be the first in the Super W rugby competition to be paid after the Rebels announced a push to make the women's program professional.

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Aus women's sevens win Dubai tournament

The Australian women's sevens team have bounced back from their disappointing Tokyo Olympics campaign, winning the opening World Series tournament in Dubai by defeating Fiji in the final.

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Wallabies trio positive to COVID in London

Three Wallabies players are among six confirmed coronavirus cases that forced the abandonment of the Barbarians match against Samoa.

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COVID-19: Men's Barbarians match called off

The men's Barbarians match against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday was cancelled 90 minutes before kickoff after four players and two members of the staff in the Barbarians camp tested positive for COVID-19.

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SA sport in chaos as new COVID variant threatens multiple events

South African sport faced a shutdown on Friday due to the detection of a new coronavirus variant, with British rugby teams scrambling to leave before travel restrictions are imposed, and the first event of golf's new-look DP World Tour under threat.

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Australian women's rugby in a state ahead of massive 2022

A World Cup in New Zealand, Commonwealth Games, World Cup Sevens and an expanded home-and-away Super W season are all on the calendar, but a big question remains: What shape is the women's game actually in at the moment? Brittany Mitchell writes.

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Erasmus withdraws appeal, apologises to officials

South Africa's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has withdrawn his appeal against a two-month ban and apologised to referee Nic Berry for his 62-minute video critique of the match official after the first Test against the British & Irish Lions in July.

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Jones questions Itoje as future England captain

Eddie Jones does not view England lock Maro Itoje as a future England captain, despite sending him to acting classes to try and improve his leadership skills.

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RA pledges not to blow World Cup revenue

Rugby Australia boss Andy Marinos has pledged to not repeat the mistakes of the past, with the governing body already planning an endowment fund to manage the financial windfall that will be generated by hosting the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

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Australia named 'preferred candidate' for RWC 2027

Australia has been announced as the "preferred candidate" for the 2027 Rugby World Cup, virtually guaranteeing the tournament will return Down Under for the first time in 24 years.

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NZ border plans wreaks havoc with SR Pacific draw

The inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season and its historic "Super Round" have been thrust back into uncertainty, after the New Zealand Government on Wednesdaty unveiled its plan for the staged reopening of its international border.

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All Blacks' Foster: 'Don't believe it's all doom and gloom'

New Zealand coach Ian Foster believes 2021 was a unique season and there is no need for panic just because the All Blacks lost their last two Tests of their European tour against Ireland and France.

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Re-ranking world rugby's top 10 two years out from the World Cup

The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?

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'Not good enough', Foster under fire

Finishing the season with 12 wins out of 15 tests would probably not trigger a crisis for most major rugby nations but All Blacks coach Ian Foster will head home from Europe to a storm of calls for his sacking.

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A frustrating finish, but Wallabies can look to 2022 with quiet optimism

When the frustrations of several key decisions from the loss to Wales subside, the Wallabies can take pride in the fact that this was their best performance of the tour -- and look ahead to 2022 with the belief they have significant improvement to come.

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England women crush U.S. in 89-0 victory

The England women's rugby team completed an autumn clean sweep with an emphatic 89-0 thrashing of the United States on Sunday to extend their winning streak to 18 matches.