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Written by Press Release    Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:57    PDF Print Write e-mail
Pacific Nations Cup Details Announced
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The International Rugby Board has today announced the match schedule for the IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2014. The new format will feature six teams who will compete in two pools of three. In Pool A Samoa, Tonga and Fiji will battle it out to determine the Pacific Island conference champion for 2014. In Pool B USA, Canada and Japan will compete for the Asia/Pacific conference title. 

The tournament will take place over three match days on June 7, 14 and 21. With Rugby World Cup 2015 fast approaching, the IRB Pacific Nations Cup will give valuable and competitive game time to all six teams.

IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan said, "The Pacific Nations Cup is an excellent opportunity for all participating teams to play some tough, competitive test matches with just over a year to go until Rugby World Cup 2015.

"We have a long-term commitment through our 10-year strategic plan to create greater levels of quality test competition for tier two nations in order to boost the competitiveness of the world game."

"The PNC will help us reach that goal, but also provide some great Rugby for local fans, especially on the last day when great rivals Fiji take on Samoa in Suva and USA host their neighbors Canada in California."

Re-affirming its long-term commitment to boosting the tier two competition schedule and the competitiveness of the international game, the IRB last week confirmed that other tier two unions would be taking part in the IRB Tbilisi Cup and the IRB Nations Cup in June.

The IRB is committed to assisting tier two unions close the competition gap to Tier One through a combination of investment in high performance program support and a £3.3 million investment in competition structures for the senior national teams.

IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2014 Fixtures (all times are local)
Saturday, June 7

14:00 - Samoa v Tonga, Apia Park, Samoa
18:00 - Canada v Japan, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, British Columbia

Saturday, June 14
15:00 - Fiji v Tonga, Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji
19:30 - USA v Japan, Stub Hub Center, Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, June 21
15:00 - Fiji v Samoa, ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji
15:00 - USA v Canada, Cal Expo Facility, Sacramento, CA

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 07 April 2014 10:34    PDF Print Write e-mail
2014 JWRT Pool Standings
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Standings for the 2014 Junior World Rugby Trophy
(Updated April 7 2014)

Pool A
USA 1 0 0 37 0 1 0 5
Georgia 1 0 0 34 10 0 0 4
Tonga 0 0 1 10 34 0 0 0
Hong Kong 0 0 1 0 37 0 0 0

Pool B
Namibia 1 0 0 37 25 1 1 5
Uruguay 1 0 0 33 28 0 0 4
Japan 0 0 1 28 33 1 1 2
Canada 0 0 1 25 37 0 0 0

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 21 February 2014 11:34    PDF Print Write e-mail
Serevi Clinic Hits Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro - HSBC, the sponsor of the International Sevens Series, has today announced a new international grassroots rugby programme partnering with Serevi Rugby, which will introduce thousands of youngsters to the sport in the next two years.

The program launched this week with five days of HSBC Rugby Festivals in Brazil, before moving to Hong Kong and the United States later this season.

Serevi Camp Brazil
Serevi Camp Brazil
Serevi Camp Brazil

Serevi Rugby, led by two of the greatest ever players in the sport Waisale Serevi from Fiji and Ben Gollings from England, will manage the festivals and personally coach the children and adults.

HSBC is a long term sponsor of Rugby at all levels around the world, and the new partnership with Serevi Rugby will target children who have not previously played Rugby. The program also has a Coach Education element which will see hundreds of adults earn their IRB Level One coaching qualification enabling them to continue to work with the youngsters in their communities.

The two-year program began with two coaching sessions for 250 youngsters in Rio de Janeiro today involving children from the Morro do Cantagalo underprivileged community, as well as a special coaching clinic staged on Copacabana Beach. The activity in Brazil is in partnership with the Brazil Rugby Union and includes a commitment by HSBC to return to Brazil during the two year period with coaches to ensure the children continue their Rugby education.

Speaking on the launch of the program, Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship for HSBC Holdings said, "HSBC has been involved with Rugby Sevens since 2010 as the first ever sponsor of the International Rugby Board's Sevens World Series. The bank sees the potential of the sport to reach new audiences and attract children, in particular, to play the Game. Helping to further grow the sport during this crucial period leading up to 2016 is a key aim of our investment. By partnering with the biggest names in the sport in Serevi Rugby, and by working closely with our partners at the IRB and the local unions, we are hopefully going to enable more youngsters to learn about Sevens and build excitement on the Road to Rio. This week's activity in Brazil is the start of our increased commitment to helping to grow the sport around the world."

Ross Young, CEO of Serevi Rugby, said, "We are focused on growing the game of Rugby around the world, so partnering with HSBC is an amazing strategic alignment that will further our mission to inspire new players and help develop future Olympians. We're proud to come together with a proven, global leader in the support of Rugby, to introduce the physical benefits and strong values of the Game to children around the world."

Waisale Serevi, who won the Rugby World Cup Sevens twice with Fiji, and who formed Serevi Rugby in 2010, said, "We are delighted to work with HSBC on this new partnership to grow the Game; bringing the skills, fun and values of Rugby to new audiences around the world. The moment these children step onto a rugby pitch, they will join a large and tight-knit community of rugby players that unites generations, defies gender and race, and spans the world. I'm thankful to HSBC for the opportunity to give back to the game that has given me so much."

The IRB announced earlier this month that Brazil, as host nation, will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. Speaking in Rio for the launch, Mark Egan, IRB Head of Competitions and Performance, said: "The IRB welcomes this major initiative from HSBC, which complements the IRB's commitment to develop Rugby in Brazil, which has seen a 25 per cent participation increase since 2011."

The HSBC Rugby Festivals Program, powered by Serevi Rugby, concludes in Brazil on Sunday 22nd February, before moving to Hong Kong from the 24th March. Details of the other locations for the program will be announced shortly.

Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 15 February 2014 20:48    PDF Print Write e-mail
Atlanta 7s Day One Wrap
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Canada, New Zealand, and Russia emerged from a chilly Day One at the Atlanta 7s Women’s World Series stop with 3-0 records to top their respective pools.

England winning a lineout against Ireland Michael Lee photo.Canada was virtually unstoppable, shutting out the USA and Chine before edging a tough Australia team 12-7 thanks to Mandy Marchak’s second-half try.

Russia blasted Japan 29-0 in their opener before beating Brazil 42-5 and struggling to offload Spain 19-14. The two teams were tied as time was up when Anastasia Mukhariamova scored the game-winner. Japan shocked Spain to finish 2-1.

It was a similar story for New Zealand, as they beat the Netherlands and Ireland by comfortable margins, but had to battle England 14-5, with the game in doubt until Gayle Broughton’s late try.

For the USA, it was a sobering day, as they were shut out by Canada and Australia before beating China 41-0 on the back of Victoria Folayan’s three tries and Jessica Javelet’s two.

It was just enough to ensure the Eagles made the top eight, as the big victory put them at -7 in points difference, behind Spain but ahead of Ireland among 3rd-place teams. Two third-place teams join all of the 1sts and 2nds in the Cup Quarterfinals on Sunday.

The teams now have are re-seeded 1 through 12 for the knockout rounds:
1. Canada
2. Russia
3. New Zealand
4. Australia
5. England
6. Japan
7. Spain
8. USA
9. Ireland
10. Netherlands
11. Brazil
12. China

So Sunday’s games look like this:
Cup QFs
Noon  Canada v USA
12:22 Australia v England
12:44 Russia v Spain
13:06 New Zealand v Japan

Bowl SFs
13:28 Ireland v China
13:50 Netherlands v Brazil

Written by Press Release    Monday, 10 February 2014 20:03    PDF Print Write e-mail
IRB Forms Concussion Advisory Group
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The International Rugby Board has announced the establishment of a key independent advisory group comprised of experts in related fields.

Leading concussion experts Professor Caroline Finch (Injury Prevention Researcher, Federation University Australia), Professor Bob Cantu (Neurosurgeon, Boston University), Dr Willie Stewart (Clinical Neuroscientist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow University) and Dr Jon Patricios (Sports Physician, South Africa) have begun collaborating with the IRB in key areas.

With a wealth of field-leading knowledge, the group will use the latest research as a base to advise the IRB on all areas of concussion to ensure that it continues to take a proactive approach to developing and enhancing on-field care, return to play management, implementation guidelines and education programmes for community and elite Rugby.

"Player welfare is the IRB’s number one priority and as a sport Rugby is committed to the continued delivery of best-practice concussion management and education strategies across all levels of the Game," said IRB Chief Medical Officer Dr Martin Raftery. "Our approach is to use evidence-based research and expert recommendation and I am delighted that these leading experts have agreed to form this critical group. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise will ensure that Rugby has access to the best-possible advice in the continued drive to enhance concussion management and education in our sport.

"The group is encouraged by the proactive approach that the IRB has taken and they want to fully contribute and will initially focus on education and strategies to ensure compliance and consistency across our Member Unions when it comes to concussion prevention and management strategies."

Group member Professor Cantu added: "Concussion is a significant issue for contact sports and I am pleased that the IRB is being proactive in striving to implement education, prevention, research and education policies that will put player welfare first. I am delighted to have been asked to join this group with other leading experts and look forward to making a full contribution in this important area."

The announcement reinforces the IRB’s commitment to tackling concussion in Rugby to ensure players at all levels are given the best-possible level of care. In 2014 the IRB will be focusing on education and implementing a program that will cover all IRB tournaments as well as core delivery standards for Member Unions.

Last year the IRB launched its Recognise and Remove (#recogniseandremove) education campaign and is working with its national Member Unions to roll out awareness materials across the Game.

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