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27 Aug 2019
World Rugby to introduce gender-neutral names for major tournaments

Rugby's world governing body has announced that its flagship Rugby World Cup properties will no longer include gender in their titles.

Making the announcement, World Rugby said the move was part of a "commitment to equality and brand consistency across its portfolio".

In a first for a major sporting federation, the women’s designation will be dropped from Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand. It will be named Rugby World Cup 2021, starting the global rollout.

According to Bill Beaumont, World Rugby chair, the move will ensure that the competitions have equal billing from a brand perspective, regardless of whether the events feature men or women.

He added that the purpose is to elevate the profile of the women’s game, while eliminating any inherent or perceived bias towards men’s only competitions and tournaments, which traditionally haven’t specified gender.

"Unintentional gender bias in sport is an ongoing issue," Beaumont said.

"As a global sporting federation, we need to be leading from the front on the issue of equality.

"By adopting gender balance in the naming of men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup competitions, we are setting new standards of equality in rugby."

The announcement follows the unveiling of World Rugby’s landmark Women in Rugby brand identity and global campaign, entitled 'Try and Stop Us'.

Launched in May in partnership with member unions, the campaign aims to drive greater growth and investment in the women’s game.

The campaign uses striking imagery and inspirational stories to showcase 15 "unstoppable women and girls" in rugby from around the world, who have challenged barriers to participation and used rugby to overcome life’s hurdles.


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15 Jan 2020
Australian Open under threat due to smoke from bushfires
Worries have been raised over the health of players at the Australian Open, after two matches were forced to be abandoned due to the presence of heavy smoke.
14 Jan 2020
CES news: CTA predicts US consumer tech sales to reach record level of US$422bn
The increasing popularity of streaming services and wireless earbuds – along with the introduction of 5G connectivity and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled devices – are set to drive revenues in the US consumer tech industry to a record $422bn during 2020.
13 Jan 2020
HOTel&SPA Forum announce 2020 event with new award
The Forum HOTel&SPA has announced details of its 2020 conference, which will be held on 4 June 2020.
08 Jan 2020
CES news: 'age-tech' among the emerging markets on show
'Age-tech' has been identified as one of the emerging markets which could shape future innovations in the wellness and fitness technology sector.
03 Jan 2020
Tokyo 2020 main stadium inaugurated during its first official sports event
The new National Stadium in Tokyo, built for the 2020 Olympic Games, has been officially inaugurated.
01 Jan 2020
Helping children deal with cyberbullying: COMO Shambhala speaker series for parents
The Como Shambhala Urban Escape spa at the Metropolitan London hotel, UK, has launched a mental wellbeing Speaker Series in association with mental health support specialists Head Talks. The programme will kick off in January 2020.
28 Dec 2019
Tokyo 2020 could utilise ‘groundbreaking’ gene testing to catch doping cheats
A pioneering gene testing method could be ready to use for the first time at an Olympic Games next year.
27 Dec 2019
Five sports secure elite funding ahead of Tokyo 2020
Five sports have secured additional funding towards their high-performance programmes ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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