(IRB.COM) Monday 17 June 2013 Namibia celebrate their return to the top flight of the Africa Cup Namibia remain in the hunt for a place at Rugby World Cup 2015 after beating Tunisia 45-13 to win the Africa Cup Division 1B title and earn promotion to the top tier for next year when the Africa 1 qualifier will be determined. The Welwitschias, bidding to qualify for a fifth successive Rugby World Cup, outscored Tunisia by five tries to one at the Stade Iba Mar Doip in Dakar with Chrysander Botha (2), Rohan Kitshoff and Heinrich Smith dotting down with each side awarded a penalty try
(Other) Thursday 18 April 2013 The Philippines had plenty to celebrate in 2012 – can they spring a surprise in the Top 5 in 2013?
(Other) Thursday 7 March 2013 Romania have already beaten Portugal, Russia and Spain so far this year – Photo: FRR It’s fair to say that Romania have hit the ground running in Division 1A of the European Nations Cup 2014. The Oaks are currently three from three following a 25-15 away victory over Spain last time out and director of rugby Lynn Howells has called on his side to secure qualification for Rugby World Cup 2015 as early as possible.
(RUGBY WORLD CUP) Friday 5 October 2012 Hungary will kick-off the European qualifying process for RWC 2015 – Photo: HRFU By Ian Gilbert Three years out from Rugby World Cup 2015, the players of Hungary and Bulgaria will this weekend get a close-up look at what it’s all about. Saturday’s meeting between the two sides will mark the start of the European qualifying process for England 2015 – and there will be some notable guests at Kecskemét, in the centre of Hungary. The Webb Ellis Cup will be paraded at the European Nations Cup Division 2C match and with England legend and ER 2015 Ambassador Lawrence Dallaglio attending, there is little doubt about the significance of the event for a developing rugby nation.
(RUGBY WORLD CUP) Friday 5 October 2012 Hungary will kick-off the European qualifying process for RWC 2015 – Photo: HRFU By Ian Gilbert Three years out from Rugby World Cup 2015, the players of Hungary and Bulgaria will this weekend get a close-up look at what it’s all about.
(RUGBY WORLD CUP) Monday 9 July 2012 A packed Mahamasina Stadium inspired Madagascar to the Division 1B title and promotion to the top tier in 2013 Madagascar have jumped 14 places in the latest IRB World Rankings to equal their highest ever position of 42nd after beating Namibia 57-54 to win the Africa Cup Division 1B title on home soil, a competition which doubled as the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifying process in the continent. Ranked 35 places below Namibia going into the four-team tournament, Madagascar was in inspired form all week and, having already beaten the higher ranked Morocco to reach the final, sent 40,000 fans home happy with their last gasp extra-time victory at the Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo. VIEW THE FULL RANKINGS > > The final had been a rollercoaster affair, swinging one way and then the other
(RUGBY WORLD CUP) Friday 13 July 2012 Thailand battled past Malaysia to win Division II in Kuala Lumpur The road to Rugby World Cup 2015 continues in Asia this weekend when Thailand and India come face to face in a play-off to determine who will be promoted to Division I of the HSBC Asian 5 Nations and keep their qualification dream alive. Thailand are slight favourites going into the match at the Thephasadin Stadium in their capital Bangkok, having beaten Malaysia at the beginning of June to win Division II and earn a meeting with India, the Division III champions
(RUGBYWORLDCUP.COM) Saturday 21 April 2012 Justin Coveney celebrates his match-winning try against Sri Lanka The Philippines continued their march up the Asian rugby ladder in Manila on Saturday, beating Sri Lanka 28-18 to propel themselves into the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Top 5 in 2013 alongside the likes of Japan and Hong Kong. They will become the eighth team to play in the Top 5 since the tournament began in 2008, a year which saw the Philippines playing at the bottom of the A5N pyramid. Ten wins in 11 matches later, the Philippines have reached the top echelon.
(Other) Friday 13 April 2012 Philippines captain Michael Letts finds a way through the Korean defence in their 2011 HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division I encounter in Ansan.
(Rugby News Service) Monday 17 October 2011 Morgan Parra’s kicking helped France reach the RWC 2011 Final AUCKLAND, 17 Oct. – France’s reward for reaching a third Rugby World Cup Final is a rise to number three in the latest IRB World Rankings, thus becoming the first northern hemisphere nation to occupy this position in nearly 16 months. Les Bleus were the last side to break the Tri Nations’ stranglehold on the top three, albeit only for a week as their 41-13 loss in Argentina on 26 June 2010 allowed Australia to regain the place they had lost on the back of a defeat by England on home soil the previous weekend