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Four SA refs on Six Nations panel

2014-12-10 12:43

SA referees Jaco Peyper, Craig Joubert, Stuart Berry and TMO Shaun Veldsman will all officiate in the 2015 Six Nations competition.

All Blacks ranking gap grows

2014-12-01 14:06

The All Blacks have stretched their lead atop the World Rugby standings, thanks to the Boks' defeat to Wales in Cardiff.

New IRB Hall of Fame members

2014-11-18 12:40

Fifteen legends of men’s and women’s rugby have been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in London.

Bok gap to All Blacks grows

2014-11-10 14:25

The All Blacks have increased their gap over second-placed South Africa in the latest IRB world rankings.

IRB rate teams on current form

2014-10-08 13:26

Morne says the IRB rankings focus on current form of the teams, a system he agrees with.

IRB to sniff out fraudsters

2014-09-15 17:30

Any prop hoping to disguise himself as a rugby sevens speedster in a bid to secure a switch of nationalities for should think again.

Wallabies slash gap on Boks

2014-09-08 13:25

The Wallabies' win over the Boks in their Test in Perth has seen them move within a whisker of the No 2 spot in the IRB rankings.

IRB set for name change

2014-08-28 10:26

The International Rugby Board is to change its name to World Rugby, the global governing body for rugby union announced.

No change in IRB rankings

2014-08-18 14:30

There has been no change in the Top 12 of the IRB world rankings following the opening round of the Rugby Championship.

Frenchman to ref Bok v NZ Test

2014-06-24 15:42

The International Rugby Board has promised the best referees for this year’s Rugby Championship games.

Little change in IRB rankings

2014-06-17 14:14

There was little change in the International Rugby Board's rankings after the resulting weekend matches.

Little change in IRB rankings

2014-06-09 14:00

There has been no change in the top echelons of the latest IRB world rankings following the weekend's Tests.

O'Neill quits RWC post

2014-02-25 07:46

Australian John O'Neill has quit as director of the 2015 Rugby World Cup citing personal reasons, the IRB has said.

Play rugby with goggles!

2014-01-23 10:22

Short-sighted rugby players will be given the opportunity to wear goggles after the trial was approved by the IRB.

IRB cuts funding for Fiji

2014-01-11 21:51

The IRB have announced that it had suspended all direct financial support to the Fiji Rugby Union with immediate effect.

IRB to ditch ‘yes, nine’ call

2014-01-07 09:08

The International Rugby Board is set to ditch the current 'yes, nine' scrum call in favour of a non-verbal, pre-agreed instruction.

Etzebeth cracks IRB nomination

2013-11-22 22:26
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Eben Etzebeth has been named as one of the five nominees for the prestigious IRB World Player of the Year Award.

IRB chief warns 'renegades'

2013-10-31 10:40

IRB boss Bernard Lapasset has warned English and French clubs wishing to form a breakaway European club competition.

All Blacks stretch IRB lead

2013-10-07 14:44

The All Blacks have stretched their lead atop the IRB world rankings after their Rugby Championship victory over the Boks.

IRB chief wants 'full' Euro Cup

2013-09-18 15:30

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper says he wants the European Cup to remain a tournament for the continent's leading clubs.

Peters lifts lid on IRB call

2013-09-16 23:32
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Greg Peters has lifted the lid Sanzar's role in influencing the IRB to voice their concerns regarding referee Romain Poite's performance.

IRB: Poite was wrong

2013-09-15 19:01
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The IRB has confirmed that referee Romain Poite was wrong to initially send Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis to the sin bin.

Little change in IRB rankings

2013-08-26 15:30

There have been no changes to the IRB rankings for the four countries involved in the Rugby Championship.

IRB to review concussion test

2013-07-17 20:00

The International Rugby Board has announced that it is to review its controversial in-match test for concussion.

No plans for rugby overhaul: IRB

2013-06-23 20:42

There are no current moves afoot to establish a global calendar for the rugby union season, a senior IRB official has said.

 

Italy keen to host 2023 RWC

2014-12-05 10:24

Italy is lining up a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, , Italian rugby federation president Alfredo Gavazzi has said.

IRB formally changes its name

2014-11-18 21:37

The IRB, the global governing body for the 15-a-side code in rugby, has formally changed its name to World Rugby.

Samoa retract England boycott

2014-11-12 20:00

Samoa will play against England as planned after raising concerns with the IRB over their union's governance.

All Blacks open gap on Boks

2014-10-21 12:09

New Zealand’s last-gasp win over Australia in their Bledisloe Cup match saw them improve their position at the top of the IRB rankings.

IRB rankings make little sense

2014-10-08 11:27

The IRB world ranking system has to be the worst - or at best, most confusing - in all of sport...

IRB wary of Olympic loophole

2014-09-09 19:13

The IRB hope to prevent a flood of players switching national allegiance in order to compete at the sevens tournament at the Olympics.

Kenyan star has op in SA

2014-09-03 15:42

Kenya's Humphrey Kayange will miss the opening three rounds of this season's IRB Sevens series after undergoing ankle surgery in SA.

NZ stretch IRB ranking lead

2014-08-25 14:05

New Zealand have increased their advantage at the top of the IRB world rankings after their record victory over Australia.

IRB happy with study results

2014-07-26 10:46

The IRB have welcomed the findings from an independent study into pitch-side concussion assessment processes.

Japan into IRB's Top 10

2014-06-23 15:40

Japan, unbeaten for 10 Test matches, have made it into the Top 10 on the International Rugby Board's rankings.

IRB wants stars for Rio 2016

2014-06-12 12:00

Global rugby chief Brett Gosper has urged international unions to play their star names at the Rio Olympics Sevens.

Lions try: SARU seek clarity

2014-03-20 16:30

General Manager of Referees at SARU, André Watson, has asked the IRB to rule on the Lions v Blues 'try' or no 'try'.

IRB worried over ref criticism

2014-01-30 19:30

IRB chairperson Bernard Lapasset has spoken out against the "increase" in public criticism of referees ahead of the Six Nations.

Fiji promises to clear mess

2014-01-12 10:25

The Fiji Rugby Union have blamed its previous management for the administrative mess that prompted the IRB to suspend all funding.

IRB out to avoid brain damage

2014-01-07 12:55

The IRB is considering stricter protocols to prevent players with possible concussion from returning to the field during matches.

Rugby 'world record' for Cyprus

2013-12-11 10:38

Most Cypriots are blissfully unaware of it but their national rugby XV has notched up a 21st straight triumph.

All Blacks cement top spot

2013-11-18 16:26

New Zealand marked four years at the summit of the IRB world rankings by consolidating their top spot with their win over England.

Poite shifted to Eastern Europe

2013-10-09 07:43

Referee Romain Poite's below-par performance in a recent Bok Test has cost him participation in any upcoming high-profile Tests.

Boks inch closer to No 1 spot

2013-09-30 16:00

The Springboks have narrowed the gap to leaders New Zealand at the top of the latest IRB world rankings.

Mallett: Too late, IRB!

2013-09-17 12:06

Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says the IRB needs to act if it wants to eradicate poor decision-making by referees.

NZ-SA ranking gap grows

2013-09-16 14:01

New Zealand have strengthened their position as the No 1 side in the IRB rankings after beating nearest challengers, the Springboks.

Boks close gap on All Blacks

2013-09-09 15:00
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Following their win over the Wallabies, the Springboks have closed the gap on New Zealand at the top of the latest world rankings.

Crooked start for new laws

2013-08-18 17:45

Rugby's new scrum law could simply see the crooked feed replace the collapse as the biggest source of contention.

IRB RWC Sevens: Past Winners

2013-06-27 20:50

The list of previous winners of the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens, with the latest edition taking place in Moscow.

No rankings change for Boks

2013-06-18 15:15

The Springboks have retained their second place in the latest IRB world rankings after their victory over Scotland in Nelspruit.

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