Sport Bigger squads, more rest at 2023 Rugby World Cup
A rugby team sang from their balconies during a hotel quarantine to thank staff for taking care of them
Watch this beautiful video of the Kaiviti Silktails, who are currently in Australia to compete in the Ron Massey Cup, a rugby league division.The Kaiviti Silktails, a semi-professional team from Lautoka, are currently in Australia to compete in its first-ever Ron Massey Cup, a rugby league division that sits two levels below the National Rugby League.
Teams heading to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will be allowed bigger squads and will benefit from greater gaps between matches, the organisers announced on Monday.
In order to improve player welfare, squads will be expanded from the 31 used in 2019 to 33 while all teams will have a guaranteed five-day break between pool matches which means that tournament will run one week longer than in Japan.
The 2023 edition will kick off on September 8 and conclude with the final on October 28.
The announcement came after the Rugby World Cup Board, the World Rugby executive committee, the France 2023 organising committee and international players' representatives agreed a "ground-breaking" package of player welfare principles.
Steve Sarkisian, Texas land commitment from 2023 No. 1 RB
Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns have secured their first commitment for the Class of 2023. © Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Rueben Owens, who is in his sophomore year at El Campo High School in Texas, announced on Thursday that he has committed to the Longhorns. Owens said that part of his decision is attributed to how well he believes he fits in with Sark’s offense. The Black Unicorn To Austin TX #HookEm @RuebenOwens2 @MikeWestHTX @TXStarsFootball pic.twitter.com/KXHsPcTsZO — Rueben Owens ll #BlackUnicorn (@ii_rueben) February 26, 2021 247 Sports ranks Owens as the No.
"For the first time in modern Rugby World Cup history, no team will have a rest period of less than five days, optimising recovery and preparation... particularly for emerging nations," said a press release.
In the past, emerging nations, who have less depth in their squads, have had shorter breaks between pool matches.
Video: Extended highlights: Man United 3, Newcastle 1 (NBC Sports)
"The game has become too physical and competitive for short turnarounds," said former Ireland and British and Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll, the World Cup's International Rugby Players' representative.
"All teams have found it tough, particularly those without the squad depth of the major nations.
Sinckler glad of England recall as Jones says he can be world's best
Kyle Sinckler was just grateful to be back playing for England as coach Eddie Jones suggested he could be the world's best tighthead prop following Saturday's man-of-the-match display against Italy. The Bristol Bears front rower made his first appearance of this year's Six Nations in the 41-18 victory at Twickenham, having missed the champions' opening loss at home to Scotland the week before through a suspension for swearing at a referee. Sinckler, accepted responsibility for his actions when consulting 'Saviour World', a life-coaching programme for men.
"This is a positive step forward for the game and further demonstration of how International Rugby Players and World Rugby can work together towards better outcomes."
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, a former England captain before the World Cup era began in 1987, applauded the moves.
"This is a landmark day for Rugby World Cup and the sport," he said in the press release.
"As a rugby father, former player, fan and administrator, player welfare is at the very top of my agenda.
"This continued focus for a player-first decision reflects that commitment.
"This decision means that every player and every team will have a fairer chance to perform to their potential in every fixture."
Brandel Chamblee Q&A: Why Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau aren't winning; Team USA's Ryder Cup captaincy flaws .
In an era of vanilla analysts towing the company line, Brandel Chamblee is the Neapolitan ice cream, with an opinion and yellow legal pad full of research to defend his arguments. On the morning of the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Chamblee sat down with…On the morning of the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Chamblee sat down with Golfweek to discuss the game he loves and some of the intriguing players who have been struggling to find the winner’s circle (we previously published his thoughts on Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Jason Day). Chamblee also launched his Ryder Cup campaign for Larry Nelson in 2023.