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Fiji, Samoa name squads for Gold Coast

Kolinisau will skipper the Fiji team. Photo: IRB

Kolinisau will skipper the Fiji team. Photo: IRB

Ben Ryan has named four new players in his squad for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia.

Eminoni Nasilasila, Apisai Naqaliva, Sanivalati Ramuwai and Savenaca Rawaca will all make their debut for Fiji in Australia.

“All these players are going to make their debut, they’re not there to make up the numbers but they’re there to make an impact,” said Ryan.

Fiji squad: Apisai Domolailai, Semi Kunatani, Jasa Veremalua, Setefano Cakau, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Naqaliva, Emosi Mulevoro, Osea Kolinisau, Eminoni Nasilasila, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Savenaca Rawaca, Apisalome Waqatabu
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RWC tickets set to go on sale

Debbie Jevans, CEO of England Rugby 2015. Photo: Skysports

Debbie Jevans, CEO of England Rugby 2015. Photo: Skysports

Tickets for next year’s Rugby World Cup in England will go on sale on Friday, with those for popular matches to be distributed via a ballot, according to organisers.

Prices for adults start at £15 ($45) – £7 ($21) for children – and rise to £715 ($2166.67) for the best seats for the final at Twickenham on October 31, 2015. The average ticket costs around £100 ($303).

“We have worked hard to create as many low-priced tickets as we can and prices start at £7 ($21) for children and £15 ($45) for adults,” said a spokeswoman from England Rugby 2015.

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IRB to change to World Rugby

More than a name change, says Lappaset. Photo: IRB

More than a name change, says Lapasset. Photo: IRB

The International Rugby Board have embarked on a major rebranding programme which will see the organisation becoming World Rugby from November 19.

Rugby’s participation has increased by more than two million to 6.6 million players over the past four years.

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Unions plot path to the TOP

Referee Chris Linwood from UAE during a match officials' session at TOP in Stellenbosch: Photo: IRB

Referee Chris Linwood from UAE during a match officials’ session at TOP in Stellenbosch: Photo: IRB

One of the key presentations at the IRB’s Talent Optimisation Programme (TOP) in Stellenbosch, South Africa, recently was entitled “Where is rugby going?” and it’s a safe bet that the simple answer to that question is “onwards and upwards”, in no small way thanks to courses such as this one.

The ninth edition of the TOP just concluded, hosted for the eighth time by the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, about 50km east of Cape Town, and situated in an historic rugby centre. It targets coaches, trainers and match officials from unions that don’t have their own high-performance programme.

This year’s course involved 34 participants from countries as diverse as Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Romania and Russia but it was also attended by delegates from Argentina and Scotland.

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Fiji based at Swansea Uni for 12 days

Fiji qualified for the RWC 2015 after defeating the Cook Islands last month. Photo: Skypacific

Fiji qualified for the RWC 2015 after defeating the Cook Islands in July. Photo: Skypacific

Fiji will be based at Swansea University in Wales for 12 days playing at the Millennium Stadium against Australia and Wales for the 2015 Rugby World Cup tournament.

The Flying Fijians faces Australia at 4.45pm on Wednesday 23 September and come up against Wales at 4.45pm on Thursday 1 October.

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World Cup team bases confirmed

Drawing closer: RWC2015

Drawing closer: RWC2015

The 41 team bases selected for use at Rugby World Cup 2015 have been confirmed by the tournament organisers.

The 20 teams participating in the tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31, will be based across England and Wales

The search for team bases was launched via an open tender process in April 2013 and just under 100 bids were received.

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More records tumble for McCaw

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is congratulated by Aaron Cruden after scoring a try against Australia. Photo: Planet Rugby

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is congratulated by Aaron Cruden after scoring a try against Australia. Photo: Planet Rugby

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who already holds plenty of records, notably the most capped New Zealand Test player and the most experienced international forward ever to play the game, has taken a couple more.

McCaw, who scored two tries against the Wallabies, now has crossed the chalk 23 times.

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