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World Rugby picks bankers ahead of scrum with private equity giants

Mark Kleinman, Sky News – 20 April 2021 Sky News reports that rugby union’s global governing body has hired bankers for a groundbreaking shake-up that could include selling a stake in the World Cup’s commercial rights. World Rugby has appointed Jefferies and Rothschild to handle a review into its options for new areas of funding,…

The hidden cost to the Wallabies of Pacific Island inclusion in Super Rugby

Bret Harris, The Guardian – 20 April 2021 The inclusion of a Pacific Islander team in Super Rugby is, according to some, long overdue in terms of diversifying the competition. However, their inclusion also presents significant challenges to Australian rugby, as described in this article on The Guardian. Read the full article here.

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…