An oval ball, five players per team and races in powder snow: to avoid getting too bored during the long winter months, the Russians have adopted “snezhnoye-rugby”, literally “snow rugby”. The discipline is booming in the year of the Rugby World Cup for which the Russian team is qualified. “It’s a very dynamic game. The rules are simple, they are simplified compared to ‘big’ rugby – rugby 15. Anyone can participate in snow rugby. Everything is quite simple, fast and very spectacular”, explains Anton Nikolaichuk, a snow rugby player from Murmansk.
Mike Ford, a former British and Irish Lions defence coach, admits it’s humbling to help Germany’s part-timers prepare for their once-in-a-lifetime chance to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Blending its love of all things cute with its rich cultural heritage, Japan unveils the mascots for the 2019 Rugby World Cup: a pair of pot-bellied lions.
A fairytale run to the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals by hosts Japan would give a massive lift to a “ground-breaking” tournament, the country’s organising chief says.
France has won the right to stage the 2023 World Cup, it was announced Wednesday, despite finishing behind rival bidders South Africa in an evaluation report. IMAGES