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World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper tell Kevin Roberts about his hopes for the impact and legacy of the showpiece 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan at the tail end of a year when plans for a global Nations Championship foundered on the rocks of resistance from the sport’s established nations.

IMG Licensing says it has secured contracts with 25 Japanese licensees and 21 global licensees for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Ben Cronin reports.

Tom Hill, chief commercial officer, World Rugby speaks exclusively to SportBusiness about the commercial programme for the 2019 World Cup in Japan

Rights marketing experts assess the commercial implications of World Rugby’s proposals for a new Nations Championship.

With just two years to go until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the competition's chief operating officer, Alan Gilpin, tells Ben Cronin about the benefits of its proximity to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and how it could influence the future of sports hospitality in the region.

World Rugby has announced that it will select the next two hosts for both its men’s and women’s World Cups at the same time, running a joint bidding process for the four events.

The World Rugby Council has approved dates for a temporary international calendar in 2020, paving the way for the Six Nations to resume in October

World Rugby has announced the cancellation of the Dubai and Cape Town rounds of the 2021 HSBC World Sevens Series due to Covid-19

The Russian Rugby Federation has been given a major boost to its mooted bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup, after confirming that the country’s president Vladimir Putin has backed the proposal.

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World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset writes exclusively for SportBusiness International about the future of rugby union as he prepares to step down from the helm of the governing body.

Later this month the destiny of rugby’s world cup will be decided at Twickenham, the home of the Rugby Football Union in West London.

Elisha Chauhan asks industry experts to assess the Tokyo 2020 national stadium saga, and whether it will be ready on time and on budget, having dropped Zaha Hadid Architects’ controversial design.

Is the rebranding of sports federations a waste of time and money?

Plans for a Six Nations rugby union tournament for the Americas are rapidly picking up speed. Elisha Chauhan spoke to Agustín Pichot, the man driving the event forward, to understand where the demand is coming from and how it will be set up commercially.