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Quade Cooper’s out-of-the-box solution for bringing Super Rugby to Japan

Justin Chadwick, Rugby Pass – 8 April 2021 In this article in Rugby Pass, the Wallabies player Quade Cooper is calling for Super Rugby to be introduced to Japan. Cooper states that the strength of Japanese rugby means the country should be hosting Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams, rather than the other way…

How rugby is helping Hong Kong’s ethnic minority children overcome pain, pandemics and prejudice

Andrew McNicol, South China Morning Post – 8 April 2021 The Integrated Brilliant Education Limited, an ethnic minority-friendly educational centre, recently organised a “rugby fun day” with the Hong Kong Rugby Union. This article in SCMP describes why the partnership’s sports activities are encouraging ethnic minority children to get outside after Covid-19 and keep active,…

150 years of international rugby: “Let’s remember the pioneers”

Gary Heatly, Talking Rugby Union – 27 March 2021 March 27th was the 150th anniversary of the first ever game of international rugby – in 1871 Scotland beat England at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. Inducting the entire 1871 Scotland team into its Hall of Fame and creating a documentary exploring the social, political and sporting background…

Scottish Rugby promises ‘unprecedented’ funding allocation for club game

David Barnes, The Offside Line – 20 April 2021 Scottish Rugby have recently came under intense questioning over concerns as to why member teams are yet to see any of the £15 million grant funding it received from the Scottish Government. Scottish Rugby Chairman John Jeffrey and Chief Executive Mark Dodson said in a recent statement “Scottish Rugby has…

Going it alone – the lives of China’s single people

Duncan Bartlett, China in Context Podcast – 13 April 2021 Duncan Bartlett, Research Associate at SOAS China Institute and Editor of Asian Agenda, hosts the China in Context podcast which offers expert insight into the politics and culture of China, as well as Chinese international affairs. For episode 10 he discusses the changing attitudes of…

Women Can’t Sing in Iran: One Artist’s Struggle to Be Heard

Fatemeh Hosseinzadeh, Living Life Fearless – 4 April 2021 Samaneh Mahmoudi (Naria) is an up-and-coming singer in Iran who, by law, cannot sing solo because of her gender. Samenah talks about the struggles growing up as a budding singer in a house where her parents urged her to be quiet so the neighbours wouldn’t hear. “Despite…

Iran’s Zarif indicates that Iran hopes to balance Russia and China

Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post – 5 April 2021 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency about power shifts from the West to the East and why Iran must, as a result, work more closely with Russia and China. This article in The Jerusalem Post analyses the main points from the…