Rio 2016 Olympic Games

  • IOC To Recommend Rugby Continues For 2024 Olympics

    World Rugby have expressed their appreciation for the IOC Executive Board’s recommendation to retain all 28 sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the 2024 Olympic Games programme (to be held in Paris or Los Angeles). The recommendation, which will be considered at IOC session in Lima, Peru in September, is an endorsement for rugby sevens, which was considered as one of the stand-out highlights on debut at the Rio Games. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “While the IOC...

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  • Olympic Stadium joins 2015 RWC Shortlist

    London’s Olympic Stadium may be used to host matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The company who manage the venue, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), has submitted an application for it to be used during the tournament. After the Games, the stadium is to be downsized from its current capacity of 80,000 to 60,000 and will act as a multi-use arena. It is still unknown who will be primary tenant for the ground, the decision is due to be announced by the OPLC after the event has finished...

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  • GB Sevens Team Gets Official Seal Of Approval

    ... passport and should have previous sevens experience at international level in the World Rugby International World Sevens Series, Rugby Europe International Sevens Tournaments or an invitational preparation tournament in the 14-month peRiod pRior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. A wider squad will begin to prepare for the Olympics in June 2016, with a final squad of 12 selected in July 2016, and RFU chief executive Ritchie is delighted to have qualified and is looking forward to working with the o...

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  • IRB Hails Commonwealth Sevens As SRU Consider Ibrox

    ... record and Lapasset claimed the event provided the necessary showcase of the sport ahead of its inclusion at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. "Glasgow 2014 has been the ideal stage to showcase our sport and the perfect springboard to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," he said. "Once again, rugby sevens has proven to be one of the events to see at the Commonwealth Games with its winning blend of skill, speed and tries and carnival atmosphere attracting a world record attendance for a seven...

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  • Five Of Six Women's Sevens Series Venues Announced

    Five of the six legs of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series have been confirmed. Olympic gold medallists Australia and Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympic Games 2020 hosts Japan are the latest countries to host rounds of the series, which gets underway in early December. The series will kick off alongside the men's equivalent in Dubai in early December, before joining the Sydney Sevens in February. It then moves to a new location in Kitakyushu, Japan, in April before heading to Victoria, C...

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  • IRB Conference Speakers Revealed

    The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the individuals who will making the key speeches at the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exibition in Dublin on 18 November. They are as follows: -Debbie Jevans CBE (chief executive of England Rugby 2015). Jevans is now leading ER 2015, the organising committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, and has been tasked with delivering the six-week celebration of rugby, which will include 48 matches played over 44 days and feature 920 players and team...

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  • Olympic Stadium Could Host Five World Cup Games

    The Olympic Stadium is set to host as many as five fixtures at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it emerged on Wednesday night, according to The Telegraph. The London 2012 centrepiece is at the heart of the match schedule ­submitted by England 2015 for approval by the International Rugby Board, demonstrating just how crucial the stadium has become for ­tournament organisers since they were given more time to secure the ­venue’s inclusion. Staging five Games at the iconic arena would help to solve t...

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  • IOC Plans In Place For Scottish Independence

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) promised Scottish athletes' interests would be "safeguarded" ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics should Scotland vote in favour of independence on 18 September. If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, Scottish athletes, including their rugby sevens team (should they qualify), would not be eligible to compete for Great Britain in Rio. In order for Scottish athletes to compete under an independent flag in Brazil in two years time, should they v...

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  • World Rugby Events Set For Dublin, Belfast, San Francisco And San Jose

    Dublin and Belfast will host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 after World Rugby awarded the hosting rights for the eighth edition of the tournament to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). The pool stages in August 2017 will be held at University College Dublin, with the semi-finals and positional play-offs taking place at Queen's University Sport and The Kingspan Stadium. The final will take place at Ulster's home ground, which has a capacity of 18,196. The 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup was w...

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  • Firm In Threat To Disrupt Olympic Stadium Games

    A company that helped to refit the Olympic Stadium has threatened to make it “unusable” for the rest of the Rugby World Cup after not being paid for the work, according to The Telegraph. Gallowglass, run by the former Scotland full-back Nick Grecian, warned that it planned to sneak into the £700 million venue and remove materials essential for the functioning of its retractable seating. The plot has been hatched in a bid to force the stadium owners to honour a payment of £712,000 to the...

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