Rugby union

Knowledge Identifier: $Rugby_union


Rugby union

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Category: Rugby

Launched in 1991.

Countries: United Kingdom (32%), Australia (11%), New Zealand (9%)

Main connections: International Rugby Board, Leighton Buzzard R.F.C., King Country Rugby Football Union

Linked to: Super Rugby, McGill University, Rugby School, University of Cambridge




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Geoff Cooke (rugby union) - He was awarded the O.B.E for services to Rugby Football in June 1992


From its inception in 1996 through 2011, it was known as the Tri Nations, as it featured the hemisphere's traditional powers of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa add something


The Women's Six Nations, first played in 1996 has been dominated by England, who have won the tournament on 13 occasions, including a run of seven consecutive wins from 2006 to 2012 add something


John Bentley (rugby) - When Rugby Union turned professional, he signed for Union side Newcastle Falcons in 1996, helping the side to their first and so far only Premiership title


Alan Tait - With the advent of Rugby Union turning profession Tait along with many other converts switched codes back to union in 1996 signing for the Newcastle Falcons with whom he won the premiership with in 1998


In the 1998 and 2002 editions of the games, both the usual fifteen-a-side variety and rugby sevens were played, but from 2006 onwards, only rugby sevens was retained add something


Rugby Sevens was introduced into the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and is due to be added to the Olympic Games by 2016 add something


Rugby sevens has been played at the Commonwealth Games since the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur add something


Rugby union has been an Asian Games event since the 1998 games in Bangkok, Thailand add something


In 2000, Italy became the sixth nation in the contest and Rome's Stadio Olimpico has replaced Stadio Flaminio, as the venue for their home games since 2013 add something


Newport Gwent Dragons - On 27 November 2003 "Dragons Rugby Ltd." a new company was established to run the region, with both Newport RFC and the Welsh Rugby Union holding a fifty percent stake


Australian Rugby Union - In 2004, the ACT union changed its name to the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union after two regional unions in southern New South Wales switched affiliation to the ACT union


Josh Drauniniu - Upon joining the Navy, Josh was soon introduced to Rugby Union, having played rugby league and football at school in Fiji, and he made his debut in the annual Army v Navy match at Twickenham in 2004


Nenagh - After years of being one of the stronger junior Rugby clubs in Munster winning many trophies in the late nineties and early part of the new century Rugby Union club Nenagh Ormond RFC became the first Tipperary club to gain senior status by being promoted to the third division of the Rugby AIB League in 2005


In 2006 a new system was introduced where each nation plays the others three times, though in 2007 and 2011 the teams played each other only twice, as both were World Cup years add something


Ryan Cross - In June 2006, after a period of speculation and rumour, Cross signed a two-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union and went to Perth to play for the new Super Rugby side, the Western Force


Since Argentina's strong performances in the 2007 World Cup, a number of commentators believed they should join the Tri-Nations, which came closer to reality after the 2009 Tri Nations tournament, when SANZAR extended an official invitation to the Argentine Rugby Union to join an expanded Four Nations tournament in 2012 add something


The 2007 World Cup was contested by 94 countries with ticket sales of 3,850,000 over the pool and final stage add something


The report claimed that since 2007 participation has grown by 33 percent in Africa, 22 percent in South America and 18 percent in Asia and North America add something


David Vaealiki - In September 2007 he was linked with a move to French Rugby Union side &Sporting_Club_Albigeois (SC_Albi)


Blanche de Castille - An image of Blanche of Castille has been used on the home kit of French Rugby Union team Stade Français since the 2008 season


Vince Mellars - In 2008 Mellars made the switch to Rugby Union, moving to Christchurch, New Zealand to be with his wife, Charmian Purcell, who plays basketball for the Christchurch Sirens and who has represented New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics


Estonian Rugby Union - In 2008 the Estonian Rugby Union signed a contract with Advanced Micro Devices to the primary sponsor of Rugby in Estonia and in July 2009 ://www


Regardt Dreyer - Dreyer signed for Northampton Saints along with Juandré Kruger, another fellow South African Rugby player on 6 October 2008 but did not officially join until after his Currie Cup commitments


As of 2009 over six hundred women's internationals have been played by over forty different nations add something


"Invictus" , based on John Carlin's book "Playing the Enemy", explores the events of the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Nelson Mandela's attempt to use the sport to connect South Africa's people post-apartheid add something


Tonga - Rugby union is governed by the Tonga Rugby Football Union, which was a member of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance and contributed to the Pacific Islanders rugby union team, before they were disbanded in 2009


Jon Christos - Christos has performed at a number of high profile sporting events, including appearances at the Powergen Rugby Cup Final, the 2009 England vs Scotland 6 Nations Championship Rugby Union game at Twickenham along with Jonathan Ansell, the Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and was credited as the first man to sing at the new Wembley Stadium


Amlin - In 2009 the company became the title sponsor of Rugby Union's European Challenge Cup and in 2010 Essex County Cricket Club signed Amlin as its sponsor


Estonian Rugby Union - In June 2009 the Estonian Rugby Union formally received recognition as the governing body of Rugby Union in Estonia from the Estonian Olympic Committee with permission to represent Estonia at international level


Karmichael Hunt - Despite never playing Rugby Union professionally Hunt made his Rugby Union debut for the French Barbarians in Brussels, Belgium on 14 November 2009


Southland Sharks - On December 22, 2009, the Southland Basketball Association received a three year license to enter the countries premier basketball competition becoming the regions third professional sports team after the Ranfurly Shield holders the Southland Stags Rugby union side and the Southern Steel netball team


In 2010, the women's rugby sevens event was introduced add something


The present gold medal holders in the sevens tournament, held in 2010, are Japan in the male event and Kazakhstan in the women's add something


In April 2010 Lithuania broke the record of consecutive international wins previously held by New Zealand and South Africa,which was 17 consecutive wins against tier 1 nations, with their 18th win in tier 2 in a match against Serbia add something


Rugby remains a minority sport in the region with Israel, as of 2011, being the only member union from the Middle East to be included in the IRB World Rankings add something


Kyle Eastmond - In early 2011 Eastmond was linked with a move to Rugby Union


The competition has been officially rechristened as The Rugby Championship beginning with the 2012 edition add something


Greg Inglis - Around this time, Sonny Bill Williams walked out of the Bulldogs and joined French Rugby Union side RC Toulonnais, despite being contracted with the Dogs until 2012


As of November 2012 the IRB recorded 118 unions in its membership, 100 full members and 18 associate member countries add something


Border Bulldogs - Rugby union - In 2013, a dispute arose between the Border Rugby Union and the Border Rugby Ltd, the professional arm of the BRFU which administers the Bulldogs


As of 2014 the International Rugby Board removed the total breakdown of world-wide player numbers by country, by age and sex to publish instead an overall figure per country add something


In 2014 the IRB published a breakdown of the total number of players worldwide by national unions add something


Rugby union is played in over 100 countries across six continents and as of 2014, the IRB has 101 full members and 18 associate members add something


The figures released in 2014 give an overall figure of those playing rugby union, or one of its variants, as 6,684,118, but reports that of that total, 2,36 million are registered players, while 4,3 million are unregistered add something


Leighton Buzzard R.F.C. - Rugby union - In the 2014-2015 season they will play in South West 1 East a division in the sixth level of the English rugby union system


As of February 2014 the IRB recorded 119 unions in its membership, 101 full members and 18 associate member countries add something


Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires - Rugby union - On September 2014, the rugby union senior squad returned to the first division after defeating Manuel Belgrano by 23-16 at playoffs


New Zealand is the current cup holder, winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup held at Twickenham, beating Australia in the final add something


Other transnational competitions include the Pro12, involving Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams; the European Rugby Champions Cup, involving the top European teams from their respective domestic competitions; and Super Rugby, involving Australian, New Zealand and South African teams and set to add teams in Argentina and Japan in 2016 add something


Rugby sevens reinstated 2016 add something


The event is likely to remain a permanent fixture of the Asian Games due to elevation of rugby sevens as an Olympic sport from the 2016 Olympics onwards add something


Leighton Buzzard R.F.C. - Rugby union - After two seasons they have returned to the Midlands Division and in 2016-2017 they will compete at the sixth level of the national English rugby union system in Midlands 1 East,


Limerick - A Limerick-based side is planning to enter Super League by 2016 playing matches out of Thomond Park, it is set to host high profile rugby league matches including the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, an academy was set up to identify players to play for Super League clubs


Liam Messam - After the history-making tournament was finished, Messam announced the will to compete in the Rugby Sevens for the 2016 Olympic Games


Bishop's Stortford - Bishop's Stortford Rugby Football Club play in National League 1, the third tier of English rugby, following a successful 2016/17 season


Leighton Buzzard R.F.C. - Rugby union - After two seasons they returned to the Midlands Division and in 2017-2018 they compete at the sixth level of the national English rugby union system in Midlands 1 East,


Nottingham Moderns R.F.C - Rugby union - The 1st XV currently compete within the RFU English rugby union system and play in in Midlands 3 East following their promotion from Midlands 4 East as runners up at the end of the 2017-18 season


Bruce Reihana - He has since moved to Bristol at the beginning of the 2017/18 season to work with Bristol Rugby


Jay Tabb - Tabb joined Rugby Union side Old Wimbledonians in 2017


Toronto - The Toronto Wolfpack will be Canada's first professional rugby league team and the first transatlantic professional sports team competing in the British Rugby Football League's League One competition from 2017


This record was equalled by England on 11 March 2017 with a win over Scotland at Twickenham add something


New Zealand are the current champions, having won the 2018 title with a round to spare add something


Leighton Buzzard R.F.C. - Rugby union - After two seasons they returned to the Midlands Division and in 2018-2019 they compete at the sixth level of the national English rugby union system in Midlands 1 East,


The 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place in Japan from 20 September to 2 November add something