21/12/2016 - 31/01/2017

Rugby Europe wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017 and ...

 The Président Octavian Morariu, le board of Directors and  Rugby Europe's staff wish you a Merry Chirstmas and Happy New Year 2017. Open to watch the video

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07/11/2016 - 30/12/2016

Belgium - Match Official Level 1 Courses

This weekend 2 World Rugby Match officials level 1 courses took place in Antwerp and Gent in Belgium. The main target group were youngsters in order to promote officiating at an early age in Belgium.

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31/08/2016 - 16/08/2017

Bosnia-Herzegovina - Technical course for coaches and professors of physical education

In the organization of  the Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby Union with the support of Olympic Solidarity Funds and National Olympic Committee, under the auspices of the World Rugby educator Mr. Ursić Vlado (Croatia Rugby Union).

160831 IL Match official course 3

31/08/2016 - 08/08/2017

Israel - Level 1 match official course

On the 23-26 of August the Israeli Rugby Union held a world Rugby level 1 referee course and a referee seminar.

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12/06/2016 - 12/06/2017

France team takes away the first stage of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan 

First stage of the European circuit was organized by Rugby Europe, the Women Sevens Grand Prix Series of Kazan took place yesterday and today (June 11th and 12th) in the capital of Tatarstan under a radiant sun and ideal temperatures to practice a beautiful game.    The Women Sevens Grand Prix Series 2016 gather the 12 better European Nations: France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Russia, Ireland, Latvia, Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine and the British Unions under the "GB Lions" and "Royal GB". Beginning their Olympic preparation, the British participate in this circuit 2016 with 2 teams consisted of the players selected with the aim of the Rio Tournament.  

Eric Situma - GIR Coordinator 1

23/05/2016 - 23/05/2017

Get Into Rugby coordinator passed away last night

  Rugby Europe is really sad to bring the bad news that our dear friend and colleague from Rugby Africa, Eric Situma passed away on Sunday the 22nd during the night in a hospital in Nairobi. 

25/04/2016 - 30/04/2017

Timisoara and Enisei got qualified for the 2017 Challenge Cup.

   This week end 2 decisive matches for the future of the European rugby took place : Timisoara and Enisei competed their play off matches with the aim of their participation in the 2017 Challenge Cup. 

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21/04/2016 - 14/04/2017

Rugby Europe Appoint Daniel Mitrea as their new Regional Training Manager

In a bid to support its member Unions, Rugby Europe in conjunction with World Rugby is delighted to announce the recruitment of Daniel Mitrea as their new Regional Training Manager. 

05/04/2016 - 04/04/2017


  Croatian Rugby Union organized Level 1 coaching course, which was held under the direction of Vlado Ursić, Croatian 7s and U18 national team coach. 

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26/03/2016 - 31/03/2017

France U18 European Champion 2016 in Lisbon


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23/03/2016 - 30/03/2017

France in the Finals of the U18 Rugby Europe Championship

  The semis finals of the U18 European Championship (RE U18 Championship) took place yesterday in Lisbon, under a good weather despite a lot of wind. 

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23/03/2016 - 31/03/2017

2nd round of Rugby Europe U18 Trophy – Avalanche of tries in Lisbon 

For the second round of Rugby Europe U18 Trophy, 23 tries have been scored by all participant teams who enjoyed a brilliant sunshine today, despite a huge wind.  

160318 U18 RU BE photo 5 credit Movesport

19/03/2016 - 31/03/2017

France v Belgium and Portugal v Georgia in the Semis

 Hosts Portugal join Champions France in the Semis. 

19/03/2016 - 31/03/2017

Georgia wins the European Nations Cup 2016

This Saturday was the last match day of the 2016 ENC1A, with Portugal and Germany fighting for their survival in Division 1A. At the bottom of the ranking, they were respectively playing home against Russia and Spain.  

160319 U18 UA CH photo 3 credit Movesport

19/03/2016 - 31/03/2017

DAY 1 of Rugby Europe U18 Trophy

Lisbon welcomed today Staurday 9th March, 2016 under a quite clement weather the Quarter Finals of the Rugby Europe U18 Trophy, with 8 Unions of the 2nd European level.   

18/03/2016 - 31/03/2017

Rugby Union of Russia hits social media landmark - 100 000 Twitter followers

  The Rugby Union of Russia is delighted to announce that our number of followers on Twitter has hit 100,000! The RUR is one of just two unions (Japan being the other) to run mirror bilingual official accounts and our @rugbyrussia (Russian) and @russiarugby (English) handles hit a combined six-figure follower total early morning on March 18, 2016.  

15/03/2016 - 01/03/2017

160315 Level 1 Coaching Course in Belgium

The Belgium Rugby Union (BRU) organized a level 1 coaching course with the support of RC Haspinga during the weekend where the black devils won their curial game to promote to the six nations B.  

160211 BJ Web TV image

15/02/2016 - 28/02/2016

Russia put themselves in European Nations Cup 2016 contention

Seven try win over Germany in Sochi sets Russia up for title challenge ahead of Round 3 match in Cluj

160211 BJ Web TV image

11/02/2016 - 14/02/2016

European Nations Cup leaders Georgia take on Portugal this Saturday LIVE on

  Lisbon showpiece one of three matches broadcast free of charge on Rugby Europe streaming platform

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04/02/2016 - 22/03/2016 shines a light on International Rugby beyond the 6 Nations

Rugby Europe launch streaming platform as part of their plans to grow the structure and stature of 2nd and 3rd tier rugby on a pan European level.

31/01/2016 - 31/07/2016

WR Match Officials Level 1 Course in Sweden

 World Rugby Level 1 Match Officials course was held in Sweden on the 24th January with 13 Delegates from the Swedish Rugby Union’s Talent Development Program, including U18 and U16 players and a number of coaches.  

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29/01/2016 - 31/12/2016

GiR activities resume with a Quality Assurance Visit to the Portuguese Federation

Get into Rugby Europe Manager Jose Gorrotxategui visited Lisbon between the 21st and 23rd of January. This quality assurance visit is included in the plan for this year to work alongside with participating Unions to ensure the quality of the planning, implementation and delivery of the Get into Rugby activities in Europe.      

Get into rugby

29/01/2016 - 31/12/2016

GIR 2016: Continue the growth working on the quality of the development of rugby in Europe.

 During the past Rugby Europe General Assembly in Paris in December of 2015, the plan for GiR in Europe was presented to the Presidents of the attending Unions. In line with the work done in previous years, World Rugby and Rugby Europe see Get into Rugby as an essential tool to assist Unions to grow the game, and bring more people to Try, Play and Stay in rugby. 

Rugby Europe logo

27/01/2016 - 29/02/2016

Recruitment of Rugby Europe Training Manager

In order to increase the support provided to its member Unions, Rugby Europe (in conjunction with World Rugby) is looking to engage a suitably qualified and experience person to fill the above role.

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19/01/2016 - 28/01/2016

Polish Rugby Union is looking for a new head coach for Man’s 7s Polish national team

 After a very succesful 2014/2015 season and qualification for this year Rugby Europe’s GPS, Polish Rugby Union is looking forward to further development of 7s.

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17/12/2015 - 17/02/2016

Georgia - Visit of Rugby Europe President

Octavian Morariu, president or Rugby Europe, met the Heads of Sports institutions in Tbilisi on Wednesday 16 December.

151025 U19 Spain Photo S. Raphael

31/10/2015 - 31/12/2015


 Spain can celebrate tonight as they beat Romania 24-3 to be crowned 2015 Rugby Europe Under 19 Champions. It is a thoroughly deserved result as Spain have been the stand out team in this tournament, recording impressive wins over Germany and Russia in the early rounds.  In a tight first half, Spain dominated possession but were restricted to one unconverted try by full back, Guillermo Domingues. Romania replied with a penalty from Ionel Melinte to make the score 3-5 to Spain at the break.    Spain’s dominance grew in the second half. Their forwards often on the front foot were able to secure quicker ball in the second half and unleash a set of well drilled and pacy backs, leading to tries from Pacheco, Parry and Zabala to take the game out of the reach of Romania. Cue great celebrations from the Spanish players and management as they also secure qualification to World Rugby’s 2016 Junior World Trophy in Zimbabwe.

151025 U19 Romania Photo S. Raphael

28/10/2015 - 31/10/2015

Romania upset the Hosts to Reach Under 19 Final

 A last gasp try from Romanian Number 8, Adrian Motoc saw Romania reach their first Rugby Europe Under 19 final in four years keeping alive their hopes of qualifying for World Rugby’s 2016 Junior World Trophy in Zimbabwe. This engrossing semi final proved a clash of styles as Romania’s big forward pack picked and drove as they sought to breach an excellent Portugese rush defence. In attach the Portugese, true to their traditions, aimed to move the Romanians around the park, looking to unleash the backs at every opportunity. 

151028 WEC Captain photo

28/10/2015 - 01/11/2015

Women European Cup - Streaming LIVE

 LIVE streaming for WEC Competitions is avialable on

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26/10/2015 - 28/10/2015

2015 Rugby Europe Under 19 Championship - Hosts Portugal Through to the Semi Finals

Hosts and top seeds, Portugal will meet Romania in the Rugby Europe Under 19 Semi Finals after beating the Netherlands by 17 – 3 at the Estadio Nacional do Jamor in Lisbon.

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24/10/2015 - 01/11/2015

2015 - U19 European Championship Streaming LIVE

From 25 October to 1 November U19 European championship in Lisbon (PT). Follw all games in streaming live on

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16/10/2015 - 30/11/2015

Poland - Mini Rugby World Cup Tag Tournament

On the 13th of october Polish Rugby Union with help from Polish Ministry of Sport,and Embassy of Great Britain organized at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, a Mini Rugby World Cup tag rugby tournament.

Rugby Europe logo

13/10/2015 - 20/12/2016

Georgia and Romania Set for World Cup Legacy Conversion

 Rugby Europe considers how World Cup legacy needs to deliver competitive integration across Europe to help grow rugby outside the 6 Nations

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17/09/2015 - 28/10/2015

6-Nations continuing to support Officiating & Coaching through “TES”

More World Rugby/Rugby Europe Training & Education Support “TES” adoption scheme activities have recently been completed in Europe. Thanks to the continued support of the 6-Nation Unions, further assistance with developing coaches and match officials has been occurring in emerging and developing unions.  

17/09/2015 - 03/11/2015

Rugby Europe 7s women grand prix series U18 - England winner

On 12th and 13th September the Belgian Rugby Federation hosted the women’s U18 Grand Prix sevens Tournament in Liège.  Twelve teams competed to decide which Union would win Bowl, Plate and Cup in what turned out to be a successful and exciting rugby event.

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11/09/2015 - 21/10/2015

The end of the summer brings back Get into Rugby activities around Europe

After the summer break, Get into Rugby activities around Europe resume. All Unions are preparing their Get into Rugby festivals for the RWC15 and GiR Europe Manager launched the program in Ukraine with Michel Arpaillange's (World Rugby Regional Development Manager) assistance. 

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02/09/2015 - 11/11/2015

August a busy month for 6-Nations Training & Education Support

 A number of World Rugby/Rugby Europe Training & Education Support “TES” scheme activities took place during August, with the support of the RFU & FIR.

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01/09/2015 - 27/10/2015

Integrated Training & Education week in Luxembourg: Player Welfare - Paramount

 The Luxembourg Rugby Federation hosted a number of Training & Education courses on behalf of World Rugby/Rugby Europe during a “Super” week of activities focusing on Player Welfare. Courses started on 26th August with a Medical Educator and a Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Accreditation Coaching Course. 

150822 BH Course Photo 1

31/08/2015 - 07/10/2015

Bosnia-Herzegovina - Technical course Level 2 for coaches

In the framework of the Technical Course for coaches Level 2 under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity and the World Rugby. Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby Union third consecutive time held the courses for young coaches on 22 August in Bihac (BH).  

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29/08/2015 - 22/09/2015

2015 U20 - Switzerland winner in Czech Republic

 From 23 to 29 August in Brno (CZ) six countries have palyed in 3 rounds the U20 European championship. Switzerland has won the final against Czech Republic 38-0

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24/08/2015 - 31/12/2015

Ireland make it 5 for Europe in World Rugby’s Women’s Sevens World Series

  Ireland came second in a well hosted WSWS Qualifier in Dublin on 22-23 August at the UCD Bowl and booked their place as a core team for the 2015-16 season after defeating South Africa in the semi-finals, 26-14

150822 U20 Captain photo Credit M Flousek

23/08/2015 - 30/08/2015

U20 - European Championship in Brno (CZ)

 U20 European Championship in Brno (CZ) from 22 to 30 August will be streamed LIVE

23/08/2015 - 01/10/2015

“Ireland, Netherlands & Wales in contention for Women’s Sevens World Series

 22-23 August sees Ireland host the qualification tournament for World Rugby’s Women’s Sevens World Series 2015-16. 2 teams from the tournament will qualify from the 12 participants. Europe has 3 contenders which sees Wales in Pool A face Rio 2016 hosts Brazil along with Japan & Samoa. 

Logo Rugby Europe Web

25/07/2015 - 30/11/2015

Press Release - Rugby Europe AGM 
Twickenham, July 25, 2015

Rugby Europe has entered a new era today (Saturday 25 July) when the organisation's General Assembly voted in favour of adopting a refreshed competition structure for its 48-member nations. The European Rugby's governing body (formerly known as FIRA-AER) have reshaped the way in which players at all levels, men and women, senior and age-grade, in fifteens and sevens will compete in the future.  

19/07/2015 - 21/07/2015

Georgia Upset Favourites Russia but Top Seeds all Safely Through

Georgia produced the shock of Day, One in this crucial Olympic qualification Tournament by  beating Russia in their last Pool Game to deliver some thrilling Cup Quarter Finals for Day 2. With the scores all square at 7-7, Russia were penalised for dangerous play, allowing the Georgians to drop a Penalty Kick at the death in the last play of the game to win 10-7. As a result, Russia are forced into a mouthwatering Cup Quarter Final against resurgent hosts Portugal who breezed through the Pool Rounds with impressive wins over Ukraine, Poland and Belgium.

19/07/2015 - 21/07/2015

1st Day or Women European Repechage for Rio 2016 completed

The first day of competition in Lisbon,  showed no real surprises with Women’s Sevens GPS front runners in this tournament; Spain, Ireland and Netherlands dominating their pools. Belgium (who face neighbours Netherlands in the Cup Quarter finals on Day 2), however created the day’s upset by beating WGPS 2016 10th ranked team Ukraine. 

150719 Portugal RU IR Photo Joao Peleitero

19/07/2015 - 26/08/2015

Russia, Germany and Ireland keep Olympic dreams alive

Russia, Germany and Ireland can still dream of Rio after taking the top three spots at the European Olympic Repechage Tournament at Honor Stadium do Jamor in Lisbon today. Congratulations go to an excellent Russia side who won the Tournament with a 38-12 over a German side who were outstanding throughout the European Sevens season. Both could afford to relax a little in the Final having booked their places at next year’s Global Repechage with Semi Final wins over Ireland and Georgia respectively. 

150719 Portugal Group Photo Joao Peleitero

19/07/2015 - 22/09/2015

Spain, Ireland & Portugal keep Women’s Olympic Dreams Alive

 The European Repechage held in Lisbon at the National Sports Complex, Jamor saw Spain win the Cup Final in a competitive and entertaining match 26-19 against Ireland. The 2 teams still gave all in the Final despite already booking places in next year’s World Rugby Global Repechage after their Semi-Final wins. The winner of the Global Repechage will book their place in Rio 2016.

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17/07/2015 - 20/07/2015

Next stage of Olympic Qualification gets under way in Europe for Women

Teams have arrived in Lisbon for the European Repechage where 3 of the 12 teams participating will qualify for the Global Repechage towards Rio 2016 along with already qualified, Russia.

150712 GPS France qualified Photo I. Picarel - FFR

12/07/2015 - 26/07/2015

Dominant France are 2015 European Champions

France are 2015 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Champions after beating hosts England 14 – 5 in the Cup Final of the Exeter Sevens. The newly crowned Champions won each of the three legs in Moscow, Lyon and today in Exeter to retain their Series title in front of 3,500 vociferous fans in England’s south west.   

11/07/2015 - 13/07/2015

Grand Prix Sevens in Exeter - a exiting Day 1

AN ENTHRALLING first day at the Exeter leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix 7s Series was rounded out by a comfortable victory win for England, who dispatched Spain 48-0 to finish top of Pool B. Having already beaten Italy and Lithuania, Dan Norton, Alex Gray and Alex Davis all ran in try doubles in the eight-try rout meaning the Red Rose face a rematch with Lithuania in the Cup quarter-finals at Sandy Park on Sunday.

08/07/2015 - 13/07/2015

Broadcasting GPS 3 in Exeter, LIVE streaming and TV

You can keep up to date with all of the action live on Sky Sports 1 (UK and Ireland viewers), Canal + Sport (France) and of course for all other countries right here on     where the entire Exeter Tournament will be streamed live throughout the weekend. Note that France Ô will run a 52mn highlights the Sunday at 23:30 French time and Eurosport Asia will do the same at 11:00am CET the 14th of July.

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06/07/2015 - 12/07/2015

2015 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series – FINALE

This weekend, sees the Finalé of the 2015 Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series at Sandy Park, in Exeter and there is a massive amount to play for. The first two legs in Moscow and Lyon produced some outstanding Sevens in two highly competitive Tournaments.   All to play for in a Massive weekend for European Sevens European Champions and Olympic Qualifiers  to be crowned this weekend in Exeter

03/07/2015 - 01/09/2015

Call for Tenders 2015-003 - Web site Portal

 Please find to be downloaded a Call for Tender 2015-003 for a Web site PORTAL for our association Rugby Europe

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24/06/2015 - 05/08/2015

Rugby Europe represented in Manila's Get into Rugby Conf

At the same time most European countries were competing on grounds around Europe in different 7-a-side Rugby Europe tournaments, in the Philippines Rugby Europe was being represented by Jose Gorrotxategui in the Get into Rugby Conference in Asia. The conference had 2 clear outcomes. The first one, to review and create new materials for the successful Get into Rugby program with the direct input of all the GiR coordinators of the Regional Associations. The second, to test in first person the new materials with players, coaches and GiR coordinators from the Unions of Asia.

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24/06/2015 - 31/07/2015

Rugby Europe - National Coaches Workshop during U20 World Cup

Durant la dernière semaine de la Coupe du monde U20 en Italie, Rugby Europe  a organisé un stage pour les entraineurs des 6 nations « B » (ENC 1A) dans la cadre de l’Action de World Rugby « Impact Beyond »

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22/06/2015 - 25/08/2015

WGPS - France book ticket to Rio Olympics with WGPS victory in Malemort

Despite an unexpected loss to Netherlands in the pool stages of the Final Series of the Sevens WGPS in Malemort (France), a semi-final victory over 1st leg winners Russia and a convincing Cup Final win over Spain saw France celebrate their direct route to Rio 2016 with well over 3000 spectators cheering them on. They will join their fellow European Olympic qualifiers Great Britain whilst Russia will hope they can qualify through the World Rugby Repechage Tournament for a 3rd European place in Rio.

21/06/2015 - 30/07/2015

2015 RE 7s - Men’s Div B -Ireland blitz the field to book place in European Repechage

An outstanding Ireland side are Division B Champions and booked their place in the European Olympic Repechage Tournament in Lisbon on 18 / 19 July after a massive 74-0 victory over a gallant Serbia in the final. 

21/06/2015 - 30/07/2015

2015 RE7s – Women’s Div B - Dominant Denmark are Division B Champions

Denmark are Division B Champions and book their place in the European Olympic Repechage Tournament in Lisbon (18/19 July) after a 27-19 victory over Israel in Zagreb from é0 to 21 June

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20/06/2015 - 31/12/2015

Lots to play for after the 1st day of the Sevens WGPS

The town of Malemort and the Rugby Committee of Limousin hosted a great day of Women’s Sevens Rugby in sunny & warm conditions. Around 2000 spectators saw some very competitive games in the hunt for Rio 2016, the European Championship and a route to the World Rugby WSWS.  

150620 7WGPS FR PT Malemort 1 credit I Picarel FFR

19/06/2015 - 24/06/2015

Sevens Women’s GPS – Live Streaming

The 12 teams participating in this Series are in final preparations for the Final of the Series which sees the European Champions for 2015 crowned on Sunday (21st June), a qualifier for Rio 2016 known as well as 3 teams qualified for the World Rugby WSWS Qualifier. 

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17/06/2015 - 29/07/2015

GiR - Kazan launch, Russia linked to WGPS 7s

The WGPS was not the only activity happening between the 12 and 14 of June. Linked to that tournament, GiR Europe Manager Jose Miguel Gorrotxategui organised with the Rugby Union of Russia a new Program Launched in Kazan, Russia.

150614 GPS Lyon FR cap Photo FFR-I.Picarel

15/06/2015 - 21/07/2015

GRPS - Bouhraoua the toast of Lyon as France crowned Champions

France’s hopes of being crowned 2015 European Champions and of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio look even more positive after they won the second leg of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Lyon..

150614 WGPS Kazan RU Cup final credit M Anderson

14/06/2015 - 21/07/2015

Sevens Women’s GPS - Russia in Pole Position for Rio

After a very competitive round of final matches in Kazan (Russia) in the 1st leg of the series, Russia are in pole position for Rio (and for retaining the European Championship) after a very close 19-15 victory over France.

150614 WGPS Kazan RU WA credit M Anderson

13/06/2015 - 17/06/2015

1st Day of Sevens WGPS sees front runners for points towards Olympic Qualification.

England, France & Russia dominate their pools on Day 1 of the tournament being hosted in Kazan. This 2015 Series sees teams battle it out for the European Championship, Olympic Games & WSWS qualifier places.

150613 GPS Lyon RU WA 1 Photo FFR

13/06/2015 - 25/06/2015

2015 GPS - Day 1 – Brilliant Belgium go unbeated to reach the Quarters

Belgium created the story of the day at Matmut Stadium in Lyon, going unbeaten in the Pool Phase to qualify for tomorrow’ Cup Quarter Finals. Keen to redress a disappointing 10th place finish in Moscow last week, the Belgians looked like a different team as they kicked off the Tournament with a shock win over last weeks finalists, Russia by 24-19.

150613 WGPS Kazan RU IT credit M Anderson

12/06/2015 - 30/06/2015

Teams begin the battle for the Olympics & Women’s Sevens World Series

All teams have arrived in Kazan (Russia) for the 1st leg of the 2015 Sevens Women’s Grand Prix Series. The venue the hosted the 2013 World Student Games Rugby Event will see teams battle for the European Championship as well as Rio 2016 and the chance to qualify for World Rugby’s WSWS as a core team for the 2015/16 season. Teams trained at the stadium venue on the day before the tournament start on 13th June which also hosted the “Impact Beyond” activities for Get into Rugby and the Russian Women’s Sevens National Championship. 

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07/06/2015 - 30/11/2015


Defending Champions France beat hosts Russia by 40-17 to win the first leg of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series at the Luzhniki Sports Palace in Moscow. 

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27/05/2015 - 30/06/2015

450 children take part in Get into Rugby-event during World Series Amsterdam.

 On Friday 22nd May 450 children visited the Women’s Sevens World Series in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They were not only there to watch the games, but also to get acquainted with rugby. Many partners were involved to help the Dutch Rugby Union (NRB) organise this event: Tournament organisation S.R.P.A., local club AAC aided by students from sports academies and players from the Rugby Talent Academy N.T.C. were present to give technical instructions to the group of enthusiastic young children.

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25/05/2015 - 29/06/2015

Rugby Europe Training & Education Impact Beyond World Rugby U20 Trophy

 As part of a number of Impact Beyond programs at the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Lisbon, World Rugby/Rugby Europe courses were held during the event from the 19th-24th May 2015.

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24/05/2015 - 01/07/2015

GiR in Portugal

Between the 16 and the 19th of May, Portugal had the visit of Get into Rugby Program manager Jose Gorrotxategui. This visit was linked to two big events happening at the same time in Portugal. The Junior World Trophy U20, and a big National School tag festival organised by the Portugal Rugby Federation. 

150522 NCW Lisbon the group

23/05/2015 - 30/06/2015

National Coaches Workshop - Lisbon 19th-25th May 2015

 During the current World Rugby U20 Trophy, Rugby Europe has organized a Natioanl Coaches Workshop. This course was led from 19th to 25 May 2015 by Michel Arpaillange, World Rugby Development Manager for Rugby Europe

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19/05/2015 - 30/06/2015

GIR in Krasnodar (RU)

 During the 12th of May the Russian region of Krasnodar was launched in GiR, making it the 4th region to have an official GiR Activity in cooperation with World Rugby and Rugby Europe. The Rugby Union of Russia coordinated a fantastic activity in a unique venue, the Kuban University of Sports, in Krasnodar. University students, professors and local school teachers were invited to this activity, and 70 of them participated in a 3 hours theoretical session with a 1 hour practical session were local school students joined to facilitate the course. 

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13/05/2015 - 23/07/2015

World Rugby and Rugby Europe launch Get into Rugby in the Republic of Dagestan (Russia)

 Between the 9th and the 10th of May the Rugby Union of Russia organised a new regional GiR launch, this time in the Republic of Dagestan. This region is well known by being one of the regions of the world with the highest number of local Olympic Medallist in the world, and being a region the thrives with sport excellence. In such a unique environment, Rugby Europe’s GiR Program Manager Jose Gorrotxategi delivered another GiR course with the assistance of World Rugby’s Regional Development Manager, Douglas Langley. 

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06/05/2015 - 24/06/2015

The Rugby Union of Russia continues with the GiR Regional launches

 During the last week of April, the Rugby Union of Russia organised with great success yet another GiR launch this time in the southern region of Sochi. Coordinated by Technical Director Dmitri Afinogenov, the 2 days activity took place in 2 different schools involving 24 PE teachers and 124 boys and girls.

26/04/2015 - 26/05/2015

France - European champion Rugby 7 U19

From 25 to 26 April in Vichy (FR) under heavy showers on Sunday, France won the U19 Rugby 7s championship face to Ireland in semi (24-12) and Portugal in Final (40-0)

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20/04/2015 - 19/05/2015

GiR is launched in two new regions in Spain, Catalonia and Madrid

 During the 11th and 14th of April, GiR was launched in two of the biggest rugby regions of Spain, Catalonia and Madrid. Get into Rugby Europe Program Manager Jose Gorrotxategi participated in two workshop that took place in Sant Boi and Madrid to reach the GiR coordinators of more than 20 of the biggest clubs in both regions.

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14/04/2015 - 27/05/2015

Slovakia are 2015 ENC Division 3 Champions

On 14 April in Budva,, it is Slovakia who can celebrate as Champions of the 2015 European Nations Cup Division 3 Tournament after a solid 31-3 defeat of Hosts Montenegro at Mogren Stadium.

150411 ENC3 MO EE 3 Photo Alomerovic

11/04/2015 - 14/04/2015

ENC Division 3 - Hosts Montenegro triumph in their first International 15 a side match

It was a momentous day for Montenegrin Rugby as Rugby Europe’s newest Member Union beat Estonia 29-27 in a thrilling match at Bar Stadium.  In glorious sunshine, the visitors Estonia raced to an early 10-0 lead with a brace of tries from pacy left wing Marten Martinson. Montenegro, playing their very first international match, hit back with a try from the impressive centre Vucicevic with Srdjan Popovic adding the conversion and a penalty to make the score 10-10 at half time. 

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10/04/2015 - 31/05/2015

Official launch of the GiR programme in Andorra during the U18 European Tournament.

 Between the 7 and 10th of April, Andorra had the visit of Rugby Europe's GiR Manager Jose Gorrotxategi. Andorra is the 3rd country during 2015 with a GiR activity and now is on the group of the 20 countries that have been officially launched by World Rugby and Rugby Europe’s representatives in the last 2 years. 

09/04/2015 - 30/10/2015

Referees for RWC 2015 announced

 Eight referees of the 12-strong panel selected by World Rugby for the RWC 2015 are from Rugby Europe member Unions, with the other four from SANZAR Unions. Three of the seven assistant referees and one of the four TV match officials are also from Rugby Europe Unions, making a total of 12 officials out of the 23-strong squad for the Tournament that kicks off on 18 September. 

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09/04/2015 - 20/05/2015

Integrity/Tackle Doping outreach sessions during U18 Tournament in Andorra

Tackle Doping and Integrity days as part of Impact Beyond at the U18 Div Championship in Andorra are managed by Jose Gorrotxategui and Michel Arpaillange 

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06/04/2015 - 06/05/2015

20-22 March 2015 - Big Development Weekend in Germany

 Leaded by 5 German World Rugby Educators and Trainers, the German Rugby Referees Society held 3 courses in parallel from March 20th till March 22nd in Hameln (near Hannover). A total of 50 German referees were involved in the sessions.

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04/04/2015 - 05/04/2015

U18 Finals streaming LIVE link

U18 Rugby Europe Championship Finals will be streamed worldwide LIVE today from 2.45pm and for FRANCE on

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31/03/2015 - 31/03/2015

Live Streaming : France-England & Georgia-Italy

  Please follow the U18 European Championship Semi Finals Live on Dailymotion at 18:45 PM (french time)

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31/03/2015 - 08/04/2015

2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship - Day 3 round-up

In the final of the Elite Division of the 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship, the hosts France who defeated the holders England 23-19 in Blagnac this afternoon, will play Georgia, who, with the score level 6-all at the end of their match against Italy, managed to qualify to the final after a penalty shoot-out in Albi. The Georgians won the shoot-out 5-4, having knocked out Ireland in the previous round, also after a penalty shoot-out. This is a remarkable achievement for the Georgian team, who started the tournament as the seventh seed. The final will be held at Ernest-Wallon Stadium (Stade Toulousain), on Saturday 4th of April, 5.00 pm. Today's losing teams England and Italy, play in the bronze final at the same venue, with the match kicking off at 3 pm also on Saturday.

150331 U18 2015 KRC Poland

31/03/2015 - 30/06/2015

Tackle Doping days as part of Impact Beyond at the U18 Championship

For the second round of games all teams have been asked to wear their “Tackle Doping” t-shirts at the U18 Championship in Toulouse. In response to all the teams’ dedication to #keeprugbyclean they will wear the shirts during warm-ups and the dedicated approach to keeping doping out of the Game is linked to the Impact Beyond program with the Rugby value of INTEGRITY. These programs will continue to be delivered during the tournament. For more information please see & 

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30/03/2015 - 31/05/2015

Impact on the values of Integrity at the u18 European Championship

Impact Beyond activities started with the a number of planned Integrity Outreach Workshops with participating teams. The Integrity workshops are a proactive approach with regards to potential anti-doping & anti-corruption issues within in the Game, which is done through education and awareness for players and team staff. 

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30/03/2015 - 30/06/2015

Semi-finals: a busy day for the Continent's Top U18 Teams

  The clash between the reigning Champions England and hosts France, at Blagnac near Toulouse dominates the mouth-watering draw of the third round of 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship, which also includes the unbeaten Italy and Georgia, as well as the leading lights of Division A, Russia, Romania, Germany and Belgium. The match between the five times champions England and their French opponents, also five times U18 Champions will kick off at 7 pm and will be preceded by the match between Sweden and Poland, that will kick off at 5 pm.  

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29/03/2015 - 27/07/2015

Rugby Europe U18 2015 : Round 2

Day 2 Round-up - Division A   The four double headers featuring the 16 teams of the second (A) and third (B) divisions of U18 Rugby Europe Championship were played on Saturday, 28th of March at four rugby clubs in Toulouse area in Bruguiers , Pamiers, L’Union and Ramonville. The guests, both the visiting teams and Rugby Europe officials have praised the immaculate match arrangements   of the four clubs, members of Midi-Pyrenees region, one of the largest in French rugby, and host of the 12th Under18 Rugby Europe Championship. Chris Thau has compiled a round-up of the eight matches played at the weekend.  

150327 U18 Batigne 2 photo Pontico

28/03/2015 - 30/04/2015

2015 - U18 Championnat d'Europe Souvenir Marcel BATIGNE

European Rugby and Rugby Europe haven’t forgotten Marcel Batigne, the former President of FIRA and native from Graulhet, during the first round of the Elite U18 European Championship on March 27th, 2015.

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27/03/2015 - 31/12/2015

Rugby Europe U18 Championship 2015 : 1st Round

The Elite division of Europe’s largest rugby tournament kicked off in spectacular fashion in the towns of Graulhet and Montauban, with both favourites England and France defeating Portugal and Scotland respectively. But as Chris Thau reports the limelight was stolen by Georgia and Italy who managed to reach the next round at the expense of Ireland and Wales respectively, who are both out of the medal race. 

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26/03/2015 - 17/04/2015

U18 Rugby Europe Championship

The Elite Division of the world’s largest rugby tournament the “Rugby Europe U18 Championship” kicks off tomorrow 27th of March, 2015 in the Midi-Pyrenees Region of France, with the holders England, seeded one, taking on Portugal, the 8th seed in the well-known French stronghold of Montauban. The hosts France, a 2014 semi-finalists, start their campaign against fifth seed Scotland in the town of Graulhet, the venue of the opening ceremony, chosen to honour the memory of Marcel Batigne, a former President of both FIRA (Federation Internationale de Rugby Amateur) and FFR (French Federation). 

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20/03/2015 - 24/03/2015

Preview of Round 5 - Rugby Europe Championship 2015

The 2015 Rugby Europe Championship concludes at the weekend with three mouth-watering encounters, which despite the reporting frenzy generated by the final round of Six Nations Championship matches, are nevertheless attracting considerable press interest on the Continent, writes Chris Thau:

150318 Nodar Anguladze at the UN

18/03/2015 - 31/10/2015

“A personal matter” - Georgian players say No to violence against Women

  Thirty-seven-year-old Nodar Anguladze, who recently represented his country and the game of Rugby at a UN seminar on the “Place of sport for women’s empowerment post-2015”, is a well-known figure in Georgian rugby circles. He started his playing career with the Tbilisi club Lelo and Locomotive, after which he played for Georgia U20s and represented the country at senior level in both 15s and 7s for a number of years. A graduate in Business studies of Tbilisi University; he attended Asheville HS in North Carolina, US and got a degree in international management from the Amsterdam School of Business - not bad for a rugby Union Development Manager.  

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16/03/2015 - 30/06/2015

RWC fever

After visiting Italy in January, the RWC trophy will land in Bucharest tomorrow for a two-day visit, as part of its European Tour, before the eighth RWC tournament kicks off in England in September. The Romanian team, who was one of the original 16 participants invited to the first tournament in 1987 have played in all seven editions so far.  The tour of the William Webb Ellis trophy is organized by Land Rover and DHL, two of the RWC 2015 World Wide Partners.   

150315 Georgia Coach Milton Haig

15/03/2015 - 31/10/2015

RUGBY EUROPE Championship Stage 4 round-up

While three of the Six Nations are still in the race for the Six Nations title, to be decided next weekend, on the Continent, Georgia has made a decisive step towards winning the Rugby Europe Championship 2015, by dispatching Russia by 33-0 in Tbilisi, with Spain moving into the third place after defeating their Iberian rivals Portugal 19 -8 in Coimbra. However, probably the most remarkable result came from Heidelberg, where a fast-improving Germany acquired their first point this season, a defensive bonus point, by going down 17-12 to Romania, who remain second in the table. The Oaks may still be able to derail the armored Georgian train  in the final and decisive match in Bucharest, next weekend. Chris Thau reports 

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12/03/2015 - 31/12/2015

Preview Germany v Romania at Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark, Heidelberg -Time to produce the goods!

 Officially, the match between Germany and Romania in Round Four of the Rugby Europe Championship in Heidelberg is the seventh international between the two countries since they have commenced playing each other in 1936. However, as Chris Thau explains, the official record of the six-match series, with Germany winning three and losing three, is a rather misleading piece of statistical information:  

150311 PT Team photo

11/03/2015 - 16/03/2015

ENC1A - Portugal v Spain 14 Mar 2015 in Coimbra Preview – A match of tradition!

The clash between the two nations is loaded with history and sentiment, though this weekend’s match in the fourth round of Rugby Europe Championship has got additional emotional bearing on hosts Portugal, who celebrate 80-years since they made their international debut against their Iberian neighbors. However, for fairly similar reasons, both sides want badly to win the anniversary match played in the old Varsity city of Coimbra, as Chris Thau explains:

150310 GE Photo team

10/03/2015 - 16/03/2015

Match preview: Georgia v Russia 14/03/2015 in Tbilisi -“A very interesting match”

The match between Georgia and Russia in Round Four of the 2015 Rugby Europe Championship is business as usual, despite Russia’s defeat of previously unbeaten Romania in the round three, a fortnight ago. There is hardly anything that could add to the intense rivalry between the two countries, irrespective where they play, who is available or where do they stand in the World Rugby hierarchy, writes Chris Thau:

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09/03/2015 - 28/04/2015

Luxembourg Federation conduct combined training for Coaches and Match Officials

On Saturday 7th March in near perfect spring conditions the Luxembourg rugby federation conducted a  joint venture training for coaches and match officials in the National Sports Institute, with 16 participants

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27/02/2015 - 11/03/2015

ENC1A - Spain v Georgia Preview A key match in the offing!

This is a significant match for both Spain and visiting Georgia in the third round of Rugby Europe Championship, as they are trying to recapture their first round form and fortunes, when they had the better of Russia and Germany respectively. But as Chris Thau reports, there was not that much plain sailing for either team in the second round, as Georgia struggled to beat Portugal, while Spain had to acknowledge defeat at the hands of a robust Romania.

Russia 2015 credit M Anderson

26/02/2015 - 02/03/2015

Russia v Romania – preview (28/02/2015 at Krasnodar, Russia) Long-standing rivalry!

The beginning of rugby contacts between the two countries go back to the mid-1970s, when Russia was just a part of the Soviet Union and then Communist Romania, as one of the leading Continental nations, was a supplier of rugby know-how and qualified opposition. Romania was one of the earliest opponents of the emerging Soviet rugby, with the first ever international match between the two held in the unlikely venue of Burgas in Bulgaria in 1976. Romania was also among the early rivals of the newly-born Russia, called for a short while the Community of Independent States (CIS), in 1992. From 1994, onwards the two nations played each other at increasingly regular intervals, with Russia recording their first win in 2004 in the City of Krasnodar, the very venue of this weekend match in Round three of Rugby Europe Championship.

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26/02/2015 - 03/03/2015

Preview Portugal v Germany Changing negatives into positives!

This is going to be the 9th match between the two nations, a series of intermittent clashes that started in 1974, with Germany winning 20-10. The next match was played some 14 years later with Portugal extracting revenge 13-9 in 1988, but Germany struck back winning 30-15 the following year. In 1994 Germany won in Lisbon 20-18, their last win of the series and from 1995 onwards it was Portugal all the way, winning all four matches, the last two in 2009/2010 double season by substantial margins. Chris Thau reports

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18/02/2015 - 25/03/2015

ENC1A - Georgia Vs Portugal The return of the Lobos

 Even if Portugal would have returned home from their weekend trip to Georgia empty-handed, their hard-nosed, never-say-die performance against the Rugby Europe reigning Champions on their home ground, which earned them a defensive bonus point,  would have been enough to restore both their pride and self-respect, after the debacle of the first round against Romania. Chris Thau looks at the way the Lobos fight-back in Tbilisi could shape the rest of their campaign in the Championship: 

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17/02/2015 - 31/03/2015

ENC1A Romania Vs Spain Hard fought bonus point

One of the intriguing questions the match Romania v Spain was supposed to answer was whether Spain’s demolition of Russia in the first round of Rugby Europe Championship was just an accident, or whether Los Leones have become a power to be reckoned with among the Continental rugby nations. Chris Thau writes; Photo (credit FER): The scrum has been one of the strong areas of the Spanish game, both against Russia and Romania

150214 ENC1A DE Photo

16/02/2015 - 05/03/2015

ENC1A - Germany and Russia in 10-try spectacular

And they say the history does not repeat itself. Well, ask Germany coach Kobus Potgeiter and his players what they think about that after losing to Russia for the second consecutive time in less than a year in the closing stages of a match, having led at half time and for quite a while into the second half. Uncanny similarities between their first defeat in Hamburg last May, when they battled the Russians for the European slot in the RWC 2015 Repechage, when they lost in the last five minutes, and the second in Pfortzheim last weekend when they took their foot off the pedal too early (with some 20 minutes to go) watching incredulously as their 10 points lead, turned into a 20 point plus deficit. Chris Thau reports

150214 ENC1A DE team

13/02/2015 - 28/02/2015

Germany v Russia Preview - “No Valentine Day presents on offer”

The match between Germany and Russia in the second round of the Rugby Europe Championship is an opportunity for both countries, to redeem themselves after the first round defeats, re-lunching their campaigns with a winning performance. While the German coach Kobus Potgeiter has warned his players not to anticipate any Valentine Day presents form their Russian opponents, his Russian counterpart Alexander Pervukhin told his team not to expect an easy ride in West Energie Stadium, in Pforzheim, home of the German first division club TV Pfortzheim. Chris Thau reports:

150214 ENC1A GE team

13/02/2015 - 28/02/2015

Georgia v Portugal Preview - Wholesale changes

Though they start the match at the opposite end of the spectrum, both Georgia and Portugal made substantial changes to their starting line-ups for Saturday’s match in Tbilisi. The hosts Georgia, who defeated Germany with comparative ease last Saturday, made 11 changes to their starting line-up while the visitors, defeated in their opening match by Romania, made eight changes of which six to the pack. Chris Thau looks at the starting line-ups

Romania 2015 credit FRR

13/02/2015 - 28/02/2015

Preview Romania v Spain - Battle Royale up front!

Based on its 56-year history the match Romania v Spain was expected to be just another run-of-the-mill affair in the second round of Rugby Europe Championship, yet after last week’s momentous Spanish victory over Russia, it has acquired a new significance,  that could impact the fortunes of the two sides in the competition and beyond. The match will be played at the Cluj Arena, the scene of a comprehensive Romanian win two years ago. This time it may not be so easy, writes Chris Thau

150214 ENC1A Trophy

11/02/2015 - 30/09/2015

RUGBY EUROPE Nations Championship : Review of 1st Round in Division 1A

 A total of 25 tries got scored in the first round of the Rugby Europe Championship, which kicked off at the weekend in Madrid, Lisbon and Heusenstamm, in Germany, with the winning teams, Georgia, Romania and Spain acquiring try-bonus points for scoring four or more tries. The match in Heusenstamm was preceded by a ceremony, with the Champions Georgia returning the Rugby Europe trophy, as the new competition was about to kick off. Chris Thau reports:

Spain 2015 credit FER

06/02/2015 - 31/08/2015

RUGBY EUROPE Championship Div1A ES RU 7/02/15 : announcement of the teams

 Only one score has made the difference between winning and losing in the last four encounters between Russia and Spain. Will Russia carry on, or will Spain be able to bring this pattern of narrow defeats to an end? Our correspondent Chris Thau has had a look at the current challenge and its history:

Portugal 2015 credit FPR

06/02/2015 - 31/08/2015

RUGBY EUROPE Championship Division 1 match PT RO 7/02/15 : announcement of the teams

Le Portugal et la Roumanie ont annoncé la composition de leurs équipes pour le match de samedi. Des blessures ont forcé les Roumains à rappeler des vétérans comme Dan Dumbrava, qui n'a joué aucun match international depuis 2012, et l'ouvreur Dorin Manole. Could Romania, focused on their preparations for the RWC 2015, be vulnerable to a commando raid by a motivated Portuguese fifteen? If all their French-based players are available, Portugal could be a formidable opponent on their home ground. But then Romania have seen all this before, writes Chris Thau:

Germany 2014 credit DRV

06/02/2015 - 31/08/2015

RUGBY EUROPE Championship Division 1 DE GE 7/02/15 : announcement of the teams

Georgia coach Milton Haig has appointed 30-year old Shalva Sutiashvili of Massy club, in the French ProD2 division ; captain for the match against Fermany tomorrow. Sutiashvili, who made 43 international appearances for his country, two as captain, replaces the long term captain Irakli Makhchaneli who retired last November.    Germany have also made changes, as expected. Captain Robert Mohr, failed a fitness test this morning and was replaced by Falk Duwe of Berlin RK, with the captaincy taken over by Clement von Grumbkow, of Haidelberg RK. Regular Germany captain Sean Armstrong is on the bech, with Tim Menzel, of Perpignan Espoirs starting at scrum-half Should the match between Georgia the highest placed in the World Rankings (15) of the six Rugby Europe Championship contenders, and the lowest, the newly-promoted Germany (25) be a forgone conclusion? Or will Germany find the resources and the inner belief to challenge the mighty Lelos?  A great match in the offing! Chris Thau reports:  

02/02/2015 - 31/08/2015

RUGBY EUROPE Championship Division 1A kicks off on Saturday

Spain, Portugal and Germany host the opening matches of this year’s Continental Europe premier competition, the Rugby Europe Championship on Saturday the 7th of February. Previously known as FIRA-AER, the governing body of European rugby has voted unanimously to change its name to Rugby Europe, as part of a re-branding exercise reflecting the changes in the European and global game. Accordingly, the first division of the European Nations Cup, which was launched in year 2000, has been renamed the Rugby Europe Championship and kicks off at three European venues in Madrid, Lisbon and Heusenstamm this Saturday. 

Sandy Park Exeter

28/01/2015 - 31/12/2015

Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series 7s final at Exeter

Rugby Europe is pleased to announce that the third and final round of its 2015 Grand Prix 7s Series will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter, in England, over the weekend of July 11-12, 2015. This is the second time the RFU is hosting the final leg of the “Rugby Europe” Grand Prix Series after the 2014 tournament in Manchester. The significance of this year event is enhanced its role in the Olympic qualification process, with the winner of the three-tournaments Grand Prix Series guaranteed a place in the 2016 Olympic final line-up and the runner-up qualified for Final Olympic qualifying tournament.

25/01/2015 - 29/03/2015

Enisei and Viadana prevail in Round 2 of EPCR playoffs

Enisei-STM club from Krasnoyarsk, the first Russian club to play in an European competition, made a successful debut in the second round of pool 2 of the qualifying tournament for the 2015/16 European Rugby Challenge Cup.   

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23/01/2015 - 28/02/2015

Training & Education in Europe kicks off 2015 in Madrid

8 delegates from Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Spain & Switzerland participated on the 2nd part of a World Rugby/Rugby Europe Level 3 Coaching Accreditation Course, which was facilitated by World Rugby licensed Educators Colin Moran (IRFU) & Gerry Roberts (WRU)   The Course has been 1 of 2 parallel courses that began last year in Europe. The 2nd part of the other course in Georgia, is to be completed later in the year. Delegates took part on Part 1 of this course in July last year and have since then been evaluated coaching their own teams and undertaken some analysis and planning exercises. The Course theme is “Analysis & Preparation” where participants practise their planning and delivery of coaching sessions. Practices with some local players during Part 2 of the course took place as part of the modular work. Some delegates will have now been deemed competent enough to receive their Level 3 certification, whilst others will continue work in their own unions towards competency. Many thanks must go to the Spanish Federation, especially Cesar Archille for hosting and organising the Course and of course many thanks to Colin & Gerry in doing such a great job with the Course delivery.

17/01/2015 - 31/12/2015

Qualifying EPCR : Calvisano and Mogliano win comfortably in Round 1

Italian clubs Cammi Rugby Calvisano and Rugby Mogliano defeated Rugby Viadana, the third Italian club in the EPCR playoffs, and the Portuguese Champions "Centro Desportivo Universitário de Lisboa” (CDUL) respectively in the first round of qualifying matches for the 2015/16 European Rugby Challenge Cup.  

16/01/2015 - 31/12/2015

Press release

The first round of qualifying matches for the 2015/16 European Rugby Challenge Cup kick off this weekend at Mogliano and Calvisano in Italy involving four of the six clubs who are trying to qualify to this year's EPCR Challenge Cup: three Italian clubs Calvisano, Viadana and Mogliano and Portugal's "Centro Desportivo Universitário de Lisboa” (CDUL).  

18/12/2014 - 01/07/2015

Rugby Europe welcomes New Qualifying Tournament for EPCR Challenge Cup

EPCR has announced details of an expanded Qualifying Tournament for the 2015/16 European Rugby Challenge Cup which will include additional clubs from other member Unions of Rugby Europe, including Russia, Spain and Portugal, alongside clubs from the Italian Premiership “Eccellenza”.

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11/12/2014 - 25/02/2015

Special Rugby Sevens workshop in Luxembourg with Wales Rugby Union as “TES” activity

  The Luxembourg Rugby Federation hosted WRU Development Officer Dan Owens at the Sports Institute facilities in a 2 day Workshop, dedicated to Sevens Rugby on 6th and 7th December. 

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09/12/2014 - 31/01/2015

Italy supports Bosnia Herzegovina with developing new referees to the Game.

On the 6th & 7th December and as part of the World Rugby/Rugby Europe's Training & Education Support "TES" scheme, 14 delegates from Bosnia Herzegovina attended a World Rugby/Rugby Europe Match Officiating Level 1 Course in the town of Briznik.

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06/12/2014 - 28/01/2015

Training & Education Succession Planning in Siberia for Get into Rugby – Europe

As part of the week of Russian regional Get into Rugby launches in Moscow Region & Krasnoyarsk (Siberia), an Education Course was also organised at the home of the Russian Champions, Enisei STM. 

03/12/2014 - 31/12/2014

GIR launched in Spain

During the 27th and 29th of November, the Spanish Rugby Federation organised a series of workshops and activities to officially launch Get into Rugby in Spain.   Rugby Europe’s GiR Manager Jose Gorrotxategi coordinated the activity and worked alongside Spanish Technical Director Santiago Santos and Spanish Training and Development Manager César Archilla to create an implementation plan that will suit the needs of the Spanish Rugby Federation.  

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02/12/2014 - 31/01/2015

RUGBY EUROPE General Assembly November 2014

RUGBY EUROPE celebrated 80 years since its launch in 1934, at its 93rd General Assembly, held at the headquarters of Societe Generale Banking Group, at La Defense in Paris, last weekend (28/29 November).  The anniversary meeting was attended by 96 delegates from 42 member Unions, including the Home Unions (England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales), France and Italy and was run in parallel with a reunion of RUGBY EUROPE Board of Directors. A meeting of the RUGBY EUROPE Executive Committee was held on Thursday, November 27, 2014. 

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02/12/2014 - 22/01/2015

Get into Rugby” further launched in Russia in its Rugby heartland of Krasnoyarsk (Siberia)

 Tuesday 2nd December, Get into Rugby is further launched in Russia at the home of the Russian Champions, Enisei STM. Nearly 40 coaches and teachers attended the launch and were educated with the Get into Rugby resources and processes, as well as the mass participation strategies of the Rugby Union of Russia (RUR).

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30/11/2014 - 31/12/2014

Get into Rugby launched in Russia. Target of 30000 children new to Rugby in 2015

 Sunday 30th November, Get into Rugby was launched in Moscow for the Moscow Region at School 962 in the area of Devyatshesi Dva. Approximately 60 coaches and teachers attended the launch and were educated with the Get into Rugby resources and processes, as well as the mass participation strategies of the Russian Rugby Federation (RUR).

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29/11/2014 - 29/12/2014

Leuven in Belgium hosts Training & Education Support “TES” activity

Thanks to the World Rugby/Rugby Europe “TES” program the Belgium Rugby Union was able to organise a refresher course for their coaches on 22 November, at the University Sport Centre of Leuven. 

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29/11/2014 - 31/12/2014

Get into Rugby” now being launched in 5 countries across Europe

The last week of November and first week of December sees 2 “Super Weeks” of launching Get into Rugby Europe in 5 countries.

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17/11/2014 - 24/12/2014

Europe well represented at IRB Growing the Game Conference

In London on 15th-16th November, the IRB delivered a global conference on Growing the Game. It focused on mass participation projects but especially the IRB’s Get into Rugby .

17/11/2014 - 31/12/2014

RUGBY EUROPE staff represented at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition

For the second year, the IRB organized The World Rugby Conference and Exhibition, this time at the Hilton London Metropole, on November 17th and 18th 2014.  

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13/11/2014 - 31/12/2014

Ireland supports Rugby Europe with its National Coaching Conference

 Specific Rugby Europe unions were targeted for invitation from ENC 1A, 1B and 2A and 11 of these unions were represented at this Conference: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden & Ukraine.

141108 GE TES course

09/11/2014 - 24/12/2014

Georgia v Tonga Test used as an Impact on European Coach Education in Tbilisi.

10 delegates from Austria, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia & Switzerland participated on Part 1 of an IRB/Rugby Europe Level 3 Accreditation Coaching Course, which was facilitated by IRB licensed Educators Olivier Baragnon (France), Neil Graham (Scotland) & RDM Douglas Langley.

141108 RO USA Test Match 3 credit FRR

08/11/2014 - 25/11/2015

A new award between Romania & USA

The Pershing Cup was awarded on Saturday November 8th to USA team by Mr. Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe. USA beat Romania in Bucharest 27-17.  

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02/11/2014 - 31/12/2014


 Georgia retained their title as European Under 19 Champions with a 44-14 victory over hosts Portugal at the Honour Stadium, Jamor in Lisbon.   After a nervous start from both teams, Georgia grew in confidence as their forward pack began to dominate, providing quick ball for an exciting back line marshalled by Fly Half Revaz Jintchvelashvili.   After scoring an early penalty Georgia made the breakthrough in the 20th minute when the lively Jintchvelashvili burst through the center and offoaded to Liparteliani who put skipper Badri Alkhazashvili to score under the posts. Another try through number 8 Lobzhanidze stretched the lead before Portugal hit back with a try from flanker Pedro Rosa, converted by Joao Leitao to go into the break with Georgia leading 20 - 7.   The second half grew in physical intensity with big tackles coming in from both sides. Portugal battled to gain momentum and unleash the flowing attacking play that we has witnessed in previous games. Georgia however, remained resolute and added four second half tries to Portugal's one to run out winners and worthy 2014 Under 19 European Champions.  

02/11/2014 - 30/11/2014

IRB/Rugby Europe’s “TES” scheme - SRU assists Iceland

As part of this “TES” adoption scheme whereby the 6-Nation Unions support the other 42 Rugby Europe Members, James Wade (Coaching Development Officer) for the SRU visited Reykjavik on the 21st-25th October     

02/11/2014 - 31/12/2014

Young Players aim to "Keep Rugby Clean"

RUGBY EUROPE is passionate about providing the best quality international competition to develop players from youth through to senior international level. As well as on field development, it is important to provide training and education opportunities to young people to assist them in making the right choices as they strive to be the best that they can be.    At the recent European Under 19 Championships and Under 18 Qualification tournament in Lisbon, all 11 teams attended Anti Doping and Anti Corruption training, delivered by Rugby Europe and the IRB. 

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01/11/2014 - 24/12/2014

An Impact on the Rugby value of INTEGRITY at the Women’s European Trophy (Waterloo)

 As part of the Impact program at this tournament being hosted by Belgium; players, team staff and the referee squad were facilitated with an IRB/Rugby Europe Integrity “outreach” workshop. 

31/10/2014 - 30/11/2014


Portugal Under 18 scored a resounding 37- 10 victory over Russia on 31 October at the Honour Stadium Jamor in Lisbon tonight, securing their place in the Elite Division of the Under 18 European Championships in Toulouse next March. 

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31/10/2014 - 03/11/2014


Saturday 1 November sees Hosts Portugal take on reigning champions, Georgia in the European Under 19 Championship Final at the Honour Stadium Jamor in Lisbon (Kick off 5pm).

141025 U19 Lisbon Captain photo 1

30/10/2014 - 18/12/2014


Portugal will face Georgia in the Final of the Rugby Europe Under 19 Championship in Lisbon on Saturday (1st November, KO 5pm).

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30/10/2014 - 06/11/2014

Teams battle it out in Waterloo for Rugby Europe’s 2014 Women’s European Trophy

At this historic location, hosts Belgium along with Netherlands, Russia & Switzerland have arrived and begun preparations for the Trophy, which was last won by England “A” back in 2011.

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27/10/2014 - 31/10/2014

One day in Europe ...

The 25-26 October week-end was one of the most important of the year with 10 games on 3 competitions: ENC, U19 and U18Q

25/10/2014 - 28/10/2014

European Under 18 Qualification Tournament kicks off on 25 October

 The European Under 18 Qualification Tournament kicks off tonight at the 30,000 capacity Estadio Lisbon, Portugal. The three team Tournament will see Portugal U19, Romania U19 and Russia U19 play against one another, with the the team finishing top of the table, taking their place in next year's Elite Division at the European Under 18 Championships in Toulouse (March 26 to April 5th 2015).

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05/10/2014 - 20/11/2014

Integrated Training and Education weeks continue in Switzerland

From 2nd-5th October, the Swiss Rugby Federation hosted IRB/Rugby Europe Training & Education activities. Approximately 55 persons were engaged in different courses in the excellent location of the National Olympic Centre in Macolin. Over the 2 weeks of activities here and in Lisbon, well over 100 delegates have participated in activities from more than 20 unions. This will hopefully serve well in supporting unions Training & Education programmes and processes with a quantity of quality Rugby enthusiasts, ensuring safe and enjoyable environments for players to develop & perform in.

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29/09/2014 - 05/11/2014

Integrated Training & Education week in Lisbon: Player Welfare - Paramount

The Portuguese Rugby Federation hosted a number of IRB/Rugby Europe Training & Education courses during a “Super” 2 weeks of various IRB/Rugby Europe courses. Courses started on 25th September with Medical Educator and Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Accreditation Coaching Courses. As an Impact program for the host union, the Medical Educators utilized their new found skills by delivery a Level 1 First Aid in Rugby Course to delegates from the Portuguese Rugby Federation. These courses were then joined by delegates for a Level 2 Sevens Accreditation Coaching Course and the week of activities will continue on Sunday 28th September with a Level 2 Immediate Care in Rugby Course. 

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26/09/2014 - 31/10/2014

Belgium - RE/IRB Match officials Level 1 Course

From 27 to 28 September, 18 youngsters (14-18 years old) from Dendermonde Rugby Club and 1 adult from Antwerp Rugby club  participated in a succesful IRB level 1 course for match officials at Dendermonde Rugby Club in Belgium. On Friday evening the 26th the participants got an introduction to officiating, practised communication and positioning skills. 

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21/09/2014 - 30/09/2015

France Seven, 2014 European Champion

 Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, the last leg of the 7s Grand Prix Series was organised in Bucharest.  France won the leg and the European tittle. 

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16/09/2014 - 11/11/2014

IMPACT Program Helps Develop Coaches at Women’s U18 7’s

  As part of the Impact programs at the Rugby Europe Women’s U18 European Championship in Enkoping (Sweden), an IRB/Rugby Europe Coaching Sevens Accreditation Course was organised. 

140914 GPS3 Cup winer Photo Creatve Capture

15/09/2014 - 30/09/2014

RUGBY EUROPE 7s GPS MANCHESTER : l’Angleterre, maître chez elle

During the week end of 13/14th September 2014, the third leg of the RUGBY EUROPE Men 7s GPS took place in Manchester (England). Historic as it was the first time RUGBY EUROPE (ex FIRA-AER) organized a competition in England.

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15/09/2014 - 25/11/2014

U18 Women 7s - England first crowned

Le premier tournoi à 7 féminin de l'histoire pour les U18 retiendra l'Angleterre comme vainqueur. Les filles d'outre manche ont largement dominé ce tournoi organisé à Enkopping (SE) avec un plateau de 10 nations.

140912 GPS 3 Manchester captains photo

13/09/2014 - 15/09/2014

Live streaming : Manchester seven GPS

 Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th, please follow the 7s Grand Prix Series in Manchester, third round of the season.

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12/09/2014 - 05/11/2014

Italy supports Slovenia as part of IRB/Rugby Europe Training & Education Support “TES”

 As part of “TES” Mario Dadati from the FIR delivered an IRB/Rugby Europe Level 1 Course to budding coaches in Slovenia. This course is designed to enable coaches to acquire basic skills so that players new to the game learn to play in safe and enjoyable competition.

140912 U18 7S Captain photo

12/09/2014 - 15/09/2014

Inaugural Women’s U18 7’s European Championship (Stars of Tomorrow)

 Many of the 10 teams participating in this competition have arrived in Enkoping (Sweden) and used the chance for some final preparation for this weekend’s tournament.

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11/09/2014 - 13/11/2014

Olympic Solidarity again Supports Bosnia Herzegovina

At the end of last month, Bosnia Herzegovina had its second Olympic Solidarity supported coaching development activity. Last year the union was the World’s first Rugby Union to implement an OS supported activity.

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04/09/2014 - 31/12/2015

the 3rd Tier European Competition postponed

 Further to the Executive Committee of the EPCR, on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 in Geneva, which decided to postpone the project of a 3rd Tier European Competition for 2014/2015, the President of RUGBY EUROPE Octavian Morariu wanted to express his regrets.

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02/09/2014 - 02/10/2014

IRB/Rugby Europe Training & Education Support “TES” scheme in Israel

 Last month as part of this initiative, Simon Burns from the RFU visited Israel and supported with a number of coaching development initiatives. 

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30/08/2014 - 30/09/2014

U20 - Czech Republic 2014 European Champion

The final of U20 tournament was held in Brno (CZ) on Saturday 30 August, Czceh Republic won Switzerland with difficulties 25 to 21 with a try at the 73th minute face to an important crowd estimated from 1500 to 2000 personnes.

140828 U20 GIR in CZ Photo 2

29/08/2014 - 09/10/2014

Get into Rugby launched in the Czech Republic

 The mass participation program Get into Rugby has been launched in the Czech Republic as one of the activities linked to the U20 European Championship that is being taking place in Brno. 

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26/08/2014 - 16/10/2014

An Impact on the Rugby value of INTEGRITY at the U20 European Championships (Brno)

As part of the Impact program at this tournament being hosted by the Czech Republic; union technical directors, teams and tournament referees will be facilitated with IRB/Rugby Europe Integrity “outreach” workshops. This is to educate tournament participants with being proactive in preventing issues with corruption and doping in the Game.

140826 U20 Brno Impact Program 2

26/08/2014 - 09/12/2014

Full participation in the Integrity Outreach IMPACT program achieved at U20s in Brno

 Around 250 participants at the Tournament have now completed the Integrity IMPACT program

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26/08/2014 - 30/04/2015

Hari DUMITRAS new Romanian Union President

  Tuesday, August 26 in Bucharest, 2014, Hari Dumitras was elected as Chairman of the Romanian Rugby Union. He succeeds Alin Petrache became President of the Romanian Olympic Committee. 

140820 YOG Gold Medal for France credit France Olympique

20/08/2014 - 31/08/2016

YOG 2014: France Olympic champion, Europe celebrates

The French Mens team, only representative of Europe rose on the highest walking of the Olympic podium in Nanjing (China). For the first time 7s rugby is added to the program (U15-18), it is a wonderful success.

13/08/2014 - 14/08/2014

Possibility of an all Europe WRWC Final

 Semi-final matches are underway tomorrow (13th August) at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. At the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris, there are 4 European teams in action.   Wales are first up at 15.45hrs. (CET) against New Zealand in a match to determine the finalist for the Tournament’s 5th place match. This will warm-up the expected full stadium for the World Cup semi-final matches, where three European teams are involved and looking to progress to the Final to be played on Sunday (17th August).   Ireland will face England at 18.00hrs. (CET) and be followed by hosts France vs. Canada at 20.45 (CET).   All matches at Stade Jean Bouin can be seen live at   At the Marcoussis venue, Spain will be representing Europe for a place in the final for 9th place against Kazakhstan from Asia. Spain were today (12th August) making their final preparations at the Centre National de Rugby in Marcoussis (see picture).

11/08/2014 - 31/08/2014

As Part of “TES”, Italy supports Liechtenstein with the Development of Coaching Sevens

Recently, Diego Sacca visited Liechtenstein as part of the IRB/Rugby Europe Training & Education Support “TES” scheme. In the town of Planken, an IRB/RUGBY EUROPE Level 1 Sevens Coaching Course was delivered by him. The course aims  to assist coaches in coaching players to play Sevens Rugby to the level of the players’ ability, based on an understanding of the Sevens Game. This is done through a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions, focusing on the principles of Sevens Rugby. Many thanks must go to the FIR for allowing Diego to undertake this visit and to Diego for delivering the course. 


10/08/2014 - 29/07/2017

Antidoping - new rules

As from September 1st, Xenon and Argon will be added to the S2 of the 2014 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, in competition and out of competition.

09/08/2014 - 13/08/2014

Marcoussis Ready for an Exciting Day of Final Pool Matches at the WRWC 2014

Rugby Europe teams; England, France and Ireland all have a chance of qualifying for the WRWC Semi-Finals from the final round of pool matches tomorrow (Saturday 9th August). 

08/08/2014 - 20/09/2014

GPS 2014 - Ranking after two tournaments and before Manchester and Bucharest

 The European title for 2014 Men Seven' competition concerns now 6 to 7 countries, see ranking in annex after the tournaments of Lyon and Moscow. The next tournament in Manchester (13-14 September) and Bucharest (20-21 September) are very important in view of the 2016' RIO Qualifying process.

05/08/2014 - 30/09/2014

Great performances of the European Teams at WRWC

 The Irish shock in front of New Zeland yesterday, and English and French teams 100% victorious until now...

04/08/2014 - 30/09/2014

RWC 2015 : Russia book a place in Repechage Final

 Russia remain in the hunt for the final place at Rugby World Cup 2015 after beating Zimbabwe 23-15 in their Repechage semi-final in Krasnoyarsk on Saturday.   The Bears, bidding to reach a second consecutive tournament, will now face Uruguay who beat Hong Kong 28-3 at the Charrúa Stadium on Sunday.   Who will win the right to join hosts England, Australia, Wales and Fiji in Pool A at RWC 2015 ?   The first leg of the match will take place in Russia on the 27th or 28th of September, the second leg will be in Montevideo Urugay on the 11th of October.  

140718 Jose Gorrotxategui GIR Project Manager 2

18/07/2014 - 30/11/2014

New appointment in Rugby Europe for the “Get into Rugby – Europe” Programme

  Rugby Europe are happy to announce the appointment of the new Get into Rugby – Europe Project Manager which will commence with immediate effect. This position will be taken up by Jose Gorrotxategui and will be on a part-time basis.

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15/07/2014 - 18/09/2014

Portugal to host IRB/Rugby Europe Integrated Training & Education week

 Portugal will host at the end of September in Lisbon, an integrated T&E week which will include 6 courses for European delegates as well as specifically for the Portuguese Rugby Union.

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15/07/2014 - 23/09/2014

Technical Directors Continue their Training & Education in Lubersac

 7 Technical Directors continued the 2014 Rugby Europe Technical Director Course. They began with the 1stModule in January in Castres and this 2nd module focused on the methodologies of developing the playing abilities of teen-agers. 

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07/07/2014 - 31/08/2014

Ireland supports Croatia through “TES”

 Ulster Branch Coach Development Officer, Jamie Turkington worked with 9 coaches on best-practise for coaching “General Movement” in play and the 9 coaches were given the opportunity to develop their skills on 30 players attending an U16 technical camp. The camp took place in Josipdol. The IRB & Rugby Europe are very grateful to Jamie and the IRFU for this opportunity.

140628 7s Div B Parg CZ Cup Photo M Fitousek

29/06/2014 - 31/07/2014

7s Rugby Europe - Division B North in Prag

 The men’s Sevens Division B tournament took place i Ricany near Prague on Saturday 28 June 2014. 8 nations played for promotion to the A division and the Czech Rugby Union provided the perfect settings for a long and great day of rugby.

140629 7s GPS Moscow EN 1 Winner Credit Anderson

29/06/2014 - 31/12/2014

7 GPS : England won the second leg in Moscow

  The second stage of GPS 7s in Moscow on 28 and 29 June, England won the final game against Portugal 47-12. This leg in Moscow has show the return to the top of the ranking, the teams underperformed in Lyon 2 weeks ago have retablished the ranking after 2 stages. The better team after the four stages (Lyon, Moscow, Manchester and Bucharest in September) will be crowned European Champion 2014.

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28/06/2014 - 29/06/2014

Moscow 7 GPS Day 2 in live streaming

  After the first leg in Lyon, won by France, the eleven other teams want to score points in Moscow for the European Championship's ranking.

28/06/2014 - 31/08/2014

7s Tournament Division B - Hungary winner

Hungary who were relegated to this 12 team division, showed domination from the start and have been promoted to Division « A » along with host Lithuania who they beat comfortably in the final 5-40. 

27/06/2014 - 31/08/2014

European Women’s Championship Division “B”, Vilnius

Within 2 weeks of already having organised a European 7’s tournament, The Lithuanian Rugby Federation are already welcoming another 12 unions to Lithuania. All teams have arrived and the managers have been met and informed of the proceedings, for this one day tournament. The teams placed first and second will be promoted to the 2015’s Division “A” tournament.  

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21/06/2014 - 26/09/2014

7s Division A - Lithuania to 2015 GPS

 The home team finished off a great weekend of rugby from 14 to 15 June in Kaunas, by winning the final against Poland 17-22. Lithuania will now play in the GPS in 2015.

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20/06/2014 - 31/12/2014


During its 92nd General Assembly currently held in Split (Croatia), FIRA-AER (Federation Internationale de Rugby Amateur - Association Europeenne de Rugby) voted in favor of changing its name to the much simpler, more representative and easy to grasp "RUGBY EUROPE".

140615 7WGPS European Winner 2014 Russia

15/06/2014 - 31/12/2014

7s Women GPS : Russia European Champion 2014

 Russia win the European tittle after the 2014 both leg in Moscow (RU) & Brive (FR). France won the last round at home. France and England are staying on the european Podium.

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15/06/2014 - 30/07/2014

Training & Education Support “TES” in Georgia

 As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER “TES” scheme, the RFU supported a Coaching Clinic at one of the Georgian Rugby Union’s Academies in Tbilisi, 5th-6th June. The Clinic’s theme was “Understanding and Building a Winning Defence”.

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14/06/2014 - 15/06/2014

Live Streaming : Brive 7s Women Grand Prix Series

  Saturday 14th June and Sunday 15th the Brive 7s Grand Prix Series will be in live streaming.

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13/06/2014 - 17/06/2014

A cultural Impact starts off Men’s Division “A” 7’s with a bang

All teams have arrived in Kaunas (Lithuania) for the tournament that will qualify the winner to next year’s GPS. Tournament officials and team managers were welcomed with a canon salute and the City Mayor. 

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12/06/2014 - 31/08/2014

IRB/FIRA-AER Union Visit to Siberia, the hotbed of Russian Rugby

The town and region of Krasnoyarsk was recently visited as part a Union Review along with Moscow, by RDM Douglas Langley. The main findings and outcomes from the visit showed a keen willingness to soon launch Get Into Rugby-Europe in the 2 regions in conjunction with Training & Education support mechanisms for coaches, referees and teachers. This will also especially be linked with the dedicated Krasnoyarsk Rugby residential academies in the towns of Mogansk & the Krasnoyarsk Olympic College in Divnogovsk.

09/06/2014 - 30/09/2014

Womens 7s GPS Moscow

  In 30 degrees heat and at the venue of the 2013 Sevens RWC, England and Russia battled it out in an very entertaining final, at the 7’s WGPS in Moscow.

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08/06/2014 - 10/06/2014

7s Tournaments in Live streaming

 Sunday June 8th, 3 Tournaments are in live streaming.

08/06/2014 - 30/09/2014

France wins the Lyon 7s Grand Prix Series

 France beats for the first time at home a stage of the Men 7s GPS, dominating the final against Belgium (40-10).

08/06/2014 - 30/09/2014

Results from Bergen 2014 : Women 7s Division A

  The level of the teams is still improving every year, and after 2 days in Bergen, Ukraine got out of this tournament winnig the Cup, Moldova the Plate and Switzerland the Bowl. 

07/06/2014 - 31/07/2014

Bergen 2014 : Women 7s Division A

Norway has been promoted to Group A this year and is looking forward to put in a good performance in front of the home crowd.   Bergen is now ready to host the FIRA-AER Women 7s Division A Tournament, with 12 participating teams, day one tomorrow.

07/06/2014 - 31/08/2014

Bergen Women 7s Division A : First day

  Today the pool matches were played under excellent conditions. 

06/06/2014 - 11/06/2014

7’s Women’s Grand Prix Series, 7-8 June (Moscow)

 Defending European Champions Russia, will be hosing the 1st Round of this year’s tournament. Teams have arrived for the 1st Round of this year’s Series which will be played at Sport Gorodok in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, which was home to the IRB Sevens WRWC last year. 

31/05/2014 - 31/07/2014

European FIRA-AER Men 7s Championship Division B

 The 2014 FIRA-AER European Men 7s Championships began with the division B in Thessalonica, Greece Saturday May 31st.

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29/05/2014 - 30/09/2014

7s GRAND PRIX SERIES start on June 7/8th in Lyon

  On June 7th and 8th the first leg of the European GPS 7s 2014 will take place in Lyon. It includes 3 other stages in Moscow (28/29 in June), Manchester (September 13/14) and Bucharest (September 20/21).  

28/05/2014 - 30/06/2014

Scottish Rugby roll-out new IRB First Aid in Rugby course

  Scottish Rugby, in partnership with the International Rugby Board, held a successful 4 day training programme at Murrayfield for IRB Medical Educators (8-11th May).

BeRugbe Balls U18 Poznan 2014

26/05/2014 - 31/10/2014

U18 : All the Anti-doping controls are negative

  The FIRA-AER thanks all the 24 federations represented by a team during the U18 European Championships in April in Poznan and its region. The education of the young people & the promotion of a clean sport have to be in the center of the Rugby development policies.

24/05/2014 - 14/06/2014

Russia on time

 Russia is qualified for the interegion repechage RWC2015. Russia won Germany 31 to 20 in Hambourg on Saturday 24 May 2014.

19/05/2014 - 31/05/2014

Get into Rugby – Europe & Impact at the WSWS (Amsterdam), 16/5/14.

 Over 250 children took part in a Get Into Rugby - Europe Impact program in the Netherlands, as the Game was promoted during the last round of this season’s IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Amsterdam.

140516 ES A. Nievas Photo

16/05/2014 - 16/06/2014

Miss Alhambra Nievas (ES) called to referee two games in New-Zealand

 Following a player carreer in Spain, Miss Alhambra Nievas, 30, has been designated as main referee for two games in New Zealand.

15/05/2014 - 30/06/2014

Launch of the SOTIC rugby management platform for FIRA-AER

 Sotic appointed by FIRA-AER to develop player registration and game management platform for 48 affiliated Rugby Unions

140510 U19 7s Lisbon PT MD photo 2 credit M Carmo

11/05/2014 - 13/05/2014

U19 7's : Semi-finals France-Portugal & Poland-Russia

   Sunday May 11st, will be held the Day 2 of the "Société Générale" U19 7's European Championship in Lisbon. We know the best 4 teams and in quarter were big surprises.

140410 ENC2D LU FI Game 3 photo Patricola

11/05/2014 - 31/05/2014

RWCQ2015 & ENC2D – clear & dark

Germany won away the right to play Russia in Hanover for Round 5 of RWCQ 2015. For the ENC2D, the results of the two games played on 10 May did not open this Division. The future of the 5 countries of ENC2D depends to the result of the last game scheduled on 31 May.

140511 U19 7s Lisbon FR RU Final photo 2 credit M Carmo

11/05/2014 - 30/11/2014

Men U19 7's : France is European Champion for the second time

As in 2013, the French U19 Mens 7s team, in Lisbon, wins the U19 7s European Championship by beating Russia ( 38-19 ). The European podium 2014 is completed by Portugal which hardly beat Poland ( 22-19 ) for the third place. On the 16 participating teams, Ireland which won Pate, Germany Bowl and finally Latvia Shield also got noticed.

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09/05/2014 - 30/06/2014

IRB/FIRA-AER “TES” Women’s Coaching Workshop in Finland

A nice partnership took place in Finland, between the Irish and the Finnish Rugby Union, around a "womens coaching workshop" in the framework of the "TES" IRB/FIRA-AER program.

09/05/2014 - 31/05/2014

Belgium - Ref Day campaign in Belgium Union

In a first stage, the Vivaldi plan has allowed to increase in a very important way the number of practising match officials.

140510 U19 7s Lisbon PT HU photo 2 credit M Carmo

09/05/2014 - 12/05/2014

U19 Sevens European Championship in live

 In Lisbon, Portugal, Sevens U19 European championship "Société Générale" are organised on 10th and 11st May. Which team will be the winner? In 2013 was France.

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26/04/2014 - 09/05/2014

Overview of the ENC 2012-14, a few games to play

 After the games played on 26 April, final positions of some Divisions are now completed.

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19/04/2014 - 20/04/2014

U18 2014 - today LIVE STREAMING

   The U18 Final game England-Ireland (15h30 UK time) and France-Wales in Wronki, Poland, will be streamed in live. 5 games (4 Elite and the Div B Final games) are on the program.

19/04/2014 - 21/05/2014

U18 Finalists make an IMPACT on the Rugby value of Integrity.

  During the final day of the Division “A” games, a number of Elite Division teams completed the Integrity Outreach Impact programme. Finalists England did a joint session with France. England Captain Sam Underhill said “I learnt how seriously anti-corruption is taken and what the far reaching consequences can be with match fixing and betting”. Wales and Portugal also took part in the final sessions of the programme. During the 2nd tournament Manager Meeting, some of the meeting delegates also showed their support for “Keep Rugby Onside” at “Integrity Corner”. 14 teams completed the program during the tournament with over 360 players taking part and all team staff. Many congratulations and thanks must go to the tournament organisers for supporting this and allowing this opportunity for the teams. 140418 DL

140419 U18 Poznan 2014 EN IR photo 3 credit S Grubalski

19/04/2014 - 31/10/2014


 England 30 – 14 Ireland, Wronki Stadium, Poland

18/04/2014 - 19/07/2014

Get in Rugby – Europe making an IMPACT at the European U18’s

  As part of the Impact programme in collaboration with the European U18 Championship, the Polish Rugby Union has been using the tournament as an opportunity to grow the Game in the region of Poznan. 

BeRugbe Balls U18 Poznan 2014

18/04/2014 - 31/10/2014

Under 18 Division A – Joy for Russia

Friday 18th April, 2014 – Plewiska Stadium, Poznan Russia achieved sweet revenge as they beat reigning champions Spain to win the Division A title by 27 points to 3.

17/04/2014 - 20/04/2014

U18 integrity outreach Division A

  Teams make joint IMPACT on Integrity in Rugby at the U18’s

17/04/2014 - 20/04/2014

Hosts make an IMPACT on Integrity at the U18’s

  Integrity outreach sessions continued on the final rest day of the FIRA-AER U18’s as part of the tournament’s Impact programme. The host team Poland were visited in Pobiedziska whilst a joint session was done with Luxembourg & Croatia and the day’s sessions were finished off with Lithuania. For more information on INTEGRITY in RUGBY please see . 140417 DL

140416 U18 Poznan 2014 CH UA photo 10 credit S Gruchalski

16/04/2014 - 30/09/2014

U18 Division B Switzeland take on Sweden in the Final

  Wednesday 16th April -  Results from today’s, matches have confirmed the final round of clashes in Division B . Switzerland will meet Sweden after wins against Ukraine and Luxembourg respectively, and will battle it out for the right to be promoted to Division A for next year’s tournament in Toulouse. Losing Semi Finalists Luxembourg and Ukraine will play off for third place while Lithuania and Serbia go head to head for fifth spot. Croatia, who lost to Serbia and Austria, well beaten by the Lithuanians, will fight it out to avoid relegation to Division 3.

140412 U18 Poznan 2014 PL CZ Photo 2 credit S Gruchalski

15/04/2014 - 16/04/2014

Match in Live streaming today

 Please find below the LIVE STREAMED matches of the April 15th 2014.

15/04/2014 - 19/04/2014

Scotland make an IMPACT in Poland at the U18 European Championships

  Scotland were the first team to complete the Integrity Outreach session at this tournament, looking at the IRB Keep Rugby Onside and Keep Rugby Clean websites and resources. 

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15/04/2014 - 25/04/2014

U18 Elite : England-Ireland in finals

  On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, the U18 semi-finals of the European Championships gave their result. Finals, identical to that of the 2012 in Madrid will deceive between England and Ireland in Wronki on Saturday, April 19th at 4:30 pm. The small final will set Wales to France in Wronki again (12:30 am).

140415 U18 Poznan 2014 RU PL photo 5 credit S Gruchalski

15/04/2014 - 28/05/2014

U18 Division A Russia-Spain in finals : the revenge from 2013

The host union, Poland, bowed in front of Russia 39-12 in Gniezno, on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. In other semi-finals, Spain dominated Romania 17 - 15. Finals will oppose Russia (Photo) to Spain on Friday, April 18th to Plewiska. In the fight for the preservation, the Czechs and Dutch will play everything on a match.

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14/04/2014 - 17/06/2014

An Impact on the values of INTEGRITY at the U18 European Championships (Poznan)

As part of the Impact program at this tournament, teams and tournament referees will be facilitated with an IRB Integrity “outreach” workshop. 

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14/04/2014 - 17/04/2014

U18 Elite semi : England-Wales & France-Ireland

   Semi finals England-Wales and France-Ireland are a serious classic of the Under 18 European Championship. Let’s have a look on these last oppositions.

12/04/2014 - 13/04/2014


 Today, April 12th 2014, 2 matches of Group A will be in live streaming.

140412 U18 Poznan 2014 PL CZ Photo 2 credit S Gruchalski

12/04/2014 - 16/04/2014

U18 Div A & B : the semifinalist are now known

  One day before Elite group, the A & B divisions started the tournament, saturday 12th April, in the region of Poznan (Poland)

12/04/2014 - 28/05/2014

U18 – Latvia and Moldavia promoted in 2015

We now have the results for U18 groups C and D in 2015. In Bosnia, Division D was won by Moldova and they will be promoted to Division C in 2015.  In Hungary, Division C was won by Latvia and they will be promoted to Division B for 2015.

Important notice

11/04/2014 - 31/10/2014

FIRA-AER Chairman Octavian MORARIU comments on the European Competitions Accord

  FIRA-AER Chairman and International Olympic Committee Member, Octavian MORARIU would like to clarify the position of FIRA-AER further to the announcement of a European Competitions Accord.

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11/04/2014 - 24/05/2014

Impact programs and the European U18 Championship, Poznan (Poland)

The Polish Rugby Union have been using this tournament to make a positive impact on their mass participation projects in growing the Game of Rugby in Poland. This has been  especially targeted in the greater area of Poznan. 

11/04/2014 - 31/05/2014

Get into Rugby – Europe/Training & Education in Belgium

On the weekend of the 4th and 5th of April, the Belgium Rugby Federation organised an IRB/FIRA-AER Level 1 coach for coaches at the Rugby Club Pajot in the town of Lennik. This was organised in order to support the rapid growth of the playing numbers at the club with more appropriately educated coaches.

140410 U18 Poznan Elite captains photo

11/04/2014 - 31/07/2014

ELITE Division : the favorite teams will be on semi-finals

The first day of the U18 European championships in the region of Poznan (Poland) took place in front of a large public. The rugby created the event. Four semifinalists of the last year will find themselves from Tuesday, April 14th for Angleterre-Wales and France-Ireland.

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10/04/2014 - 30/09/2014

Press Conference U18 Poznan

  On the eve of the FIRA-AER U18 European Championship 2014, a press conference was organized, on April 10th, 2014 in the Poznan Centrum Novotel, where all the match officials and the FIRA-AER staff are accomodated, in order to officially launch the tournament. Michel Arpaillange, Tournament Director, Tomasz Rybachi and Jean François Kubas, of the Local Organization Committee spoke, together with Madam Ewa Bak, Sport Manager of Poznan city, and Mister Tomasz Wiktov, in charge of the Old Poland Regional Committee.

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10/04/2014 - 12/04/2014

U18 : the 4 games of Elite Division streamed live

  On Friday, April 11th, 2014 from 12 am till 6 pm the FIRA-AER and the Local Organisation Committee propose 4 LIVE matches, for the first time ever in FIRA-AER. Supporters can follow the players of tomorrow.

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02/04/2014 - 02/06/2014

FIRA-AER Mass Participation, Get into Rugby – Europe Training & Education (Latvia/Lithuania)

As part of FIRA-AER’s Mass Participation strategy of growing the number of registered players in Europe  from 1 million to 1.2 million by 2016, GiR-Europe Training & Education activates were recently supported by FIRA-AER in Latvia and Lithuania.

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01/04/2014 - 08/05/2014

IRB/FIRA-AER Educator Course, 28th-30th March 2014 Roosendaal (NL)

 This course was run by the Dutch and Belgium Unions utilising their own IRB licensed Trainers, Sean Mallon (NRB) and Johnny Meersman (FBRB). The aim of the Course was to assist the unions with their ever growing need for coach and match official human resource to support their successful Training & Education activities, which are linked to supporting their Mass Participation projects (Get into Rugby – Europe).

130910 New IOC member Octavian Morariu credit IOC Juilliart

01/04/2014 - 31/10/2014

Octavian MORARIU joins two IOC strategic committees

  Octavian Morariu, President of the FIRA-AER member of the International Olympic Committee has been appointed by Thomas Bach, IOC President at the Olympic Programme Commission and the International Relations.

26/03/2014 - 26/06/2014

IRB/FIRA-AER Conferences, workshops and courses (Bucharest, Romania) 18-21 March 2014

The “Sydney 2000” Olympic Centre just outside of Bucharest along with the FRR hosted a number of IRB/FIRA-AER activities over the 4 days and included representative from almost all of the 48 FIRA-AER Member Unions.

26/03/2014 - 26/06/2014

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Coaching Accreditation Course (Part 1), Sofia (Bulgaria) – 24/25th March

As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support "TES" scheme, Diego Sacca (FIR) delivered the 1st part of a Level 2 Coaching Course for the Bulgarian Rugby Federation at the Sofia National Sports Academy

140315 ENC1A GE RO Photo IRB-GRU-RWC

17/03/2014 - 31/07/2014

ENC1A - Georgia 2014 European Champion and Europe 1 for RWC2015

  Saturday March 15th, 2014 in Tbilissi, Georgia won the right to face All Black on October 2nd, 2015 within the framework of the round C of the RWC on 2015 in England. Romania will be in the round D with France Ireland, Italy and Canada. With this victory 22 - 9 in front of Romania, Georgia is also crowned 2014 European Champion.    

140312 PL Referees course 2

12/03/2014 - 30/04/2014

Poland - Referees training

From 08.03 to 09.03 in Poznań the Referee Council of the Polish Rugby Union hosted IRB Educator – Philippe Marguin. The course was a part of preparation for U-18 European Championship that will be held in Wielkopolska in April. The main purpose of the course was to introduce FIRA/AER standards for assistant and technical officials for the event in areas of: prior and secondary responsibilities, working in a team, positioning and communication. Course was combined of a lecture and practical training on the pitch. During the meeting one of the members of the referee panel for the U-18 European Championship – Marcin Zeszutek received the award for Referee of the year 2013. 

140305 SC 7s Course

11/03/2014 - 30/04/2014

Commenwealth Games Rugby Sevens Impact programs already giving results

 With the Commenwealth Games being held in Glasgow this July, Sevens Rugby programs are already being delivered to assist with promoting and developing the Game in Scotland. IRB/FIRA-AER Training and Education Courses focusing on further developing Sevens Rugby in Scotland – Murrayfield, Scotland, 3rd-5th March 2014

140228 GiR Germany

03/03/2014 - 03/07/2014

Germany - Get into Rugby, Europe

Get into Rugby - Europe has become a key tool in the mass participation strategies of the German Rugby Union (DRV).   Since the union launched the project as a GiR - Europe pilot nation at the start of 2013, there has now been over 18,000 participants in the Try and Play phases, in 7 regions of Germany.   The DRV currently has close to 13,000 registered players and is looking to retain as many of the 18,000 participants to stay in the Game and support FIRA-AER's goal of increasing registered players in Europe, from 1 million to 1.2 million by 2016.   One of the projects was today observed in Freiherr von Stein School in Rodgau in the region of Hessen and supported by the DRV Technical Director Manu Wilhelm, DO of Hessen Rugby Board, Max Pietrek, IRB Training Manager Jock Peggie, RDM - Europe Douglas Langley and DRV President Ian Rawcliffe who said, "What is being seen today is the great enthusiasm shown to be involved in the game of Rugby in Germany. Our challenge now is to have greater sustainability with resources to ensure the retention of players now trying the sport". 130228 DL   Photo from GiR - Europe activity in Heidelberg, Germany in 2013.

140301 BE Level 1 match official 2

02/03/2014 - 23/04/2014

Belgium - Level 1 for match official

 On Saturday the 1st of March 2014, 13 delegates took active part in the IRB/FIRA-AER Match officials level 1 course at Antwerp Rugby Club in Belgium. The outcome for the group of players, coaches and parents to practice technical skills, positioning and communication as match officials, and referee games or U11 and U13 players at the end of the day. 

140222 ENC1A RO ES Photo FRR 1

22/02/2014 - 18/04/2014

RWCQ2015 – ENC1A : Georgia and Romania qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015

Georgia and Romania have secured their places at Rugby World Cup 2015 following victories in the FIRA-AER European Nations Cup Division 1A this weekend. Georgia defeated Russia 36-10 in front of a massive crowd in Tbilisi, where IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset was also present. Romania beat fourth-placed Spain 32-6. Russia’s hopes now pin on finishing third in the ENC and therefore a place in the play-off process.

140209 Baltic Ref group photo

10/02/2014 - 31/03/2014

Nordic and Baltic referee managers conference held in Riga, 8th February

The first Nordic and Baltic referee conference was held in Riga on February 8th. Referee managers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and hosts Latvia attended with the aim of boosting cross-border cooperation between the referee unions.

140208 lux beginers day

10/02/2014 - 31/03/2014

Luxembourg - 8th February Workshop for novice players

13 senior, novice players attended with the vast majority having less than 3 seasons experience. 11 were from RCL, 1 Walferdange and 1 from Bonn. CSCE were unable to attend due to Under 19s playing in Antwerp.

flag OG

06/02/2014 - 31/08/2016

Olympic Rugby Sevens Qualification Confirmed

IRB has just announced what will be the process of qualification for the Olympics of RIO 2016. Besides 4 qualified via the HSBC World Series, every region will qualify one nation. Finally, the last ticket will be distributed between the best nations still not qualified in a qualifying tournament in the end of June 2016. The process will be the same for men and women.

140201 ENC1A GE BE Photo 2

04/02/2014 - 10/02/2014

ENC1A/RWCQ2015: The merger of the Iberian Peninsula on the second day

The first day of 2014 instructed its final and unappealable verdict. Two championships are being played, and unless a huge turnaround, the 3 first places will be played between Georgia, Romania and Russia, and relegation between Portugal, Spain and Belgium.  

03/02/2014 - 31/05/2014

Inaugural IRB Training Conference, 3-5 February 2014 (Teddington, England)

 For the first time, themes of the 4 Training and Education (TE) strands were integrated into the conference format : Coaching, Match Officiating, Medical, Strengh and Conditioning.

140130 DE Conference photo 2

30/01/2014 - 31/03/2014

German Rugby Federation (DRV) Coaching Conference, Hannover, 24th-26th January 2014

 The Conference was facilitated by The Welsh Rugby Union’s National Coach Development Manager, Gerry Roberts and was assisted by the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme.

131004 WEC Luxembourg 2 photo Patricola

29/01/2014 - 04/02/2014

2014 European Nations Cup: Serious challenges for all the nations involved

  FIRA-AER (European Rugby Association) is happy to announce that the European Nations Cup will resume on 1st February 2014 with 3 matches for division 1A - Romania-Portugal, Spain-Russia & Georgia-Belgium - alongside the 6 Nations Championship. 

140124 Women committee meeting PARIS Photo 2

25/01/2014 - 28/02/2014

FIRA-AER Women’s Commission Meeting (Paris) 24th January 2014.

This was the first meeting of the group under the recent restructuring of the FIRA-AER Commissions. All members from England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, FIRA-AER & IRB were in attendance.

25/01/2014 - 28/02/2014

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 3 Accreditation Coaching Course, Part 2 (Leuven) 17-19 January 2014

7 delegates from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg & Netherlands participated on this course which was facilitated by IRB licensed Educators Gerry Roberts (WRU) & Guillaume Lafont (FFR)

150115 DTN Castres photo 3

14/01/2014 - 28/02/2014

FIRA-AER Technical Director Course, Module 1 (Castres, France) 10th-17th January 2014

10 delegates from Cyprus, Czech Rep., Finland, Germany, Moldova, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Sweden & Switzerland attended this FIRA-AER course which is also supported by the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme and facilitated by RDM’s Michel Arpaillange & Douglas Langley.

140114 Ref Amsterdan Course

14/01/2014 - 28/02/2014

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 3 MO Accreditation Course, Part 2 – Amsterdam (NL), 10-12 January

 The course was held at the Dutch National Rugby Centre and included 12 delegates selected by FIRA-AER from Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain & Switzerland. The course was the follow-up part for the delegates from Part 1 that was held during August last year (attached picture from Part 1).

Important notice

16/12/2013 - 07/01/2014

Office closure

 Please note that the FIRA-AER office in Paris will  be closed from Friday 20th December 2013 at 18:00 to Monday 6th January 2014 at 09:00. In case of an urgent matter, you can call Gilles Bizot using useful links.

Course IRB/FIRA level 1 Belgium photo 1

10/12/2013 - 31/12/2013

IRB/FIRA AER LEVEL 1 COURSE for match officials

On Sunday 8 th of December, 21 referees attended the IRB/FIRA AER LEVEL 1 COURSE for match officials in Belgium.

131202 FIRA Course UA Photo 1

05/12/2013 - 01/03/2014

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Coaching Accreditation Course (Part 1), Odessa (UA) – 23rd-24th Nov 2013

As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support "TES" scheme, Tim Hoare (WRU North Wales Coach Development Manager) delivered the 1st part of a Level 2 Coaching Course for the Ukraine Rugby Union in Odessa.

28/11/2013 - 12/04/2014

U18 - Poland 2014 Frist information

On 28th November the first Manager's meeting was held with U18 Organisation committee from Poland and the Managers of the 24 participating countries. Discussions were done on organisation, stadium, venues, hotels and schedule.

131121 National Coaching conf Cardiff nov 2013 3

22/11/2013 - 30/11/2013

FIRA-AER National Coaching Conference, Cardiff (Wales), 19-21 November 2013

Specific FIRA-AER unions were targeted for invitation from ENC 1A, 1B and 2A and 12 of these unions were represented at this Conference: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden & Ukraine.

131120 CH Level 2 Course photo 3

20/11/2013 - 31/12/2013

Switzerland - Level 2 course for coaches

Last week-end from 15 to 17 November, in the occasion of the International Window, The Swiss Rugby Union has organized an FIRA-AER/IRB course for coaches Level 2 in Macolin (Swiss Federal Center of Sports).

IRB world conference-photo2

19/11/2013 - 30/11/2013

IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition (Dublin), 18th-19th November 2013

Day one of the first ever IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition was an extraordinary success, with the event selling out just days before doors opened in Dublin. Well represented by FIRA-AER Member Unions, there was the opportunity to exchange ideas and meet with the RDM’s Europe at the IRB Zone. This ConfEx was held directly after the IRB General Assembly which was also well represented by FIRA-AER and its Member Unions. Delegates were able to meet and greet fellow Rugby administrators from around the World and share ideas, as conference themes explored new media and new ways of growing the game.  More information on the conference: 

19/11/2013 - 30/11/2013

IRB/FIRA AER workshop for match officials educators

An IRB/FIRA AER workshop for match officials educators took place on Saturday 16th of November 2013 in rugby club Leuven in Belgium. 

08/11/2013 - 25/12/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” Activities in Italy and Russia

  IRB/FIRA-AER Educator Course, 1st-3rd November 2013  (Rome) The course was attended by 16 delegates from the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR). It was organised for the FIR to increase their resource of Educators in them supporting the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” adoption scheme. The now IRB licensed Educators will be able to deliver relevant educational activities in the unions that they support in Europe. It will also assist the FIR with their own educational processes that they continue to develop. The course was delivered by IRB licensed Trainers; Franco Ascione (FIR), Carlo Orlandi (FIR), Simon Jones (England) & Douglas Langley (IRB/FIRA-AER). Many thanks must go to the FIR for their hosting and support of the course. RUR Coaching Workshop on Elite Age-Grade Player Performance,  30th October-2nd November 2013 (Moscow) This “TES” activity  supported the Russian Rugby Federation with a requested workshop on elite age-grade player performance for professional club and national team Coaches. The workshop attended by 15 coaches was delivered at the Russian Federation’s Academy by Iain Monaghan (SRU), who is the Elite Development Coach at Glasgow Warriors. Many thanks must go to Iain and the SRU for supporting this project.  

131102 U19 Final GE winner 3

02/11/2013 - 31/03/2014

U19 :

Iin the final of the U19 European championship (Lisbon), Georgia beat Belgium and qualified for the 2014 World Junior Rugby Trophy. After winning against the host union (17-9), Portugal, Spain ranked 3rd.

131026 Rugby in Montenegro

28/10/2013 - 30/11/2013

Rugby in Montenegro

Michel Arpaillange, RDM Europe, was in Montenegro on 21 October 2013. He met the responsible of Rugby. From now on, 4 clubs and 150 players are registered in Montenegro.

131026 San Marino visit

26/10/2013 - 30/11/2013

San Marino Rugby observed by FIRA-AER

La Fédération San Marino Rugby (membre affilié à la FIRA-AER depuis 2007) a reçu les 17/18/19 octobre 2013 la visite de Michel Arpaillange (Regional Developpement Manager). Cette visite avait pour objectif d’observer la situation et le développement du Rugby à San Marino.

Photo 2 stage IRB/FIRA Reikjavik

22/10/2013 - 31/10/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” Scheme Visit – Iceland, 11/13 Octo

As part of the above, the SRU kindly deployed IRB licensed Educator Bosman du Plessis to deliver Level 1 & 2 Coaching courses in the young FIRA-AER Member Union of Iceland. 

131019 U17 DK NO SW Photo 2

19/10/2013 - 28/11/2013

U16/17 FIRA-AER camp: Denmark, Norway and Sweden

The 2013 camp between the 3 three Scandinavian countries was held in the lovely cities of Ronneby from 12-15 October.

131016 GiR GR Photo 1

16/10/2013 - 28/11/2013

Rugby comes to Greece !

The Hellenic Rugby Federation (Get into Rugby in Greece) invites you to an original event on October 25, 2013 in Thessaloniki (2000 children will watch this event) in order to get to know the new Olympic sport for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Tournoi capitales photo5

14/10/2013 - 31/10/2013

7's rugby for U15: Tournament of the capital cities

The 6th edition of the tournament of the capital cities, organised by the Comité de Rugby de Paris, took place from 20 to 22 September 2013.

131005 Beach meeting Anglet photo Sud Ouest

09/10/2013 - 12/12/2013

Beach Rugby - an European tournament in project

 Friday 4th October, early in the morning, close to the Tourist Office of Anglet next to the "plage des Sablons d'Or", a meeting was held to launch a beach rugby tournament paste from the 6 Nations tournament.

131004 WEC Luxembourg 2 photo Patricola

04/10/2013 - 29/11/2013

Webb Ellis Cup on show in Luxembourg

From James Fitzgerald - IRB Media Manager The famous Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg on Saturday as the home team takes on Israel in the latest round of European qualification for Rugby World Cup 2015.  The iconic trophy has been making a number of other appearances around the land-locked country as locals look forward to their huge game on Saturday. A number of European Union buildings have hosted the Cup while RWC Worldwide Partner Société Générale threw a party on Thursday to commemorate 120 years of the bank in Luxembourg and the Cup was a guest of honour. 

131005 GiR Georgia photo 1

03/10/2013 - 05/11/2013

Get into Rugby – Europe (Georgia) Launch, 4th October 2013

Georgia launch their “Get into Rugby – Europe” programme with the goal of a 20% growth in registered players by the end of 2015 (7500+ players) and that by the end of 2016, 10% of the registered playing population are female. 

131001 educator course SE

01/10/2013 - 31/10/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Educator Course, 27th-29th September 2013, Enkoping (Sweden)

This course was organised to support the unions of Denmark, Norway & Sweden with the “Get into Rugby – Europe” Scandinavian project and was opened by the Swedish Rugby Federation (SRF) President Madeleine Lahti. With the regions aim of increasing registered players as part of this Mass Participation program and linked to the FIRA-AER/RFU RWC 2015 “Impact” programme, it was felt necessary to support the unions with qualifying more Educators. The aim with this being to support them with the growth and development of coaches and match officials in ensuring an enjoyable and safe environment for players being recruited and retained in the Game.

130922 GPS2 EN european champion

21/09/2013 - 31/12/2013

England dominates the European Rugby Seven

 On Sunday, September 22nd, 2013, England won the European title after two 7's Grand Prix Series. Already victorious of the stage of Lyon in June. The England Men sevens won the second against France ( 31-7 ) in finale. The 2013 European podium is England, France & Russia

130914 U17CB RU winner 1

17/09/2013 - 23/10/2013

Russian team won U-17 Cross Border Tournament in Lithuania

From 11th to 14th of September, the East Group of U-17 Cross Border tournament took place in Alytus (LT). The winner of this tournament was Russian against Romania 34:23 in the final game.

130910 New IOC member Octavian Morariu credit IOC Juilliart

10/09/2013 - 30/06/2014

Octavian MORARIU, new IOC member

In Buenos-Aires (Argentina), on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013, Octavian MORARIU, President of the FIRA-AER, was elected Olympic International Committee member by 74 votes for and 13 against.

130910 BH Course level 1 Photo 1

10/09/2013 - 16/10/2013

Bosnia- Herzegovina - Level 1 course for coaches

Bosnia and Herzegovina Rugby Union, with the support of Olympic Solidarity and the FIRA-AER, organised from 29 August to 1 September an IRB/FIRA-AER Level 1 Course for Coaches.

130903 BE FIRA-AER Level 1 course

02/09/2013 - 14/10/2013

Belgium: IRB/FIRA level 1 course in BSB - Tervuren

During the weekend of 31 August and 1 September the BSB (British school of Brussels) along with the VRB organised an IRB/FIRA-AER level 1 course for coaches. This is the first course in Belgium we do in English so participants from other clubs (Boitsfort, Anderlecht, De Haan) also participated. Also the format changed a little with the inclusion of the Get Into Rugby project.


28/08/2013 - 30/09/2013

Training courses and traineeship in Lithuania

On 24th of August Lithuanian rugby coaches gathered in Šiauliai to take IRB/FIRA-AER Level 1 coaching courses. "These IRB educational resources added to a useful coach education experience", said the LRF manager of coaching.

130825 IL Level 2 Coaching course photo

26/08/2013 - 27/09/2013

23rd to 24th August, intensive training course in Israel

The Israeli rugby union held a training and education week as part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support "TES" scheme which was delivered by RFU licensed IRB Educator Neill Loader. During the week, there was a FIRA-AER/IRB Level 2 Coaching Course with 15 participants.

130820 BH U17 and Women workshop 2

21/08/2013 - 01/10/2013

Bosnia-Herzegovina - U17 and women camp

From 12 August to 16 August, Rugby Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has organized an advanced course for U-17 boys (born in 1996 and 1997) and Women's National Teams. The camp is held at the site Boracko Lake ( Boračko jezero ), in a beautiful natural environment.

130820 NL Match official level 3 course

21/08/2013 - 02/10/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 3 Match Officiating Accreditation Course, Part 1 – Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The course was held at the Dutch National Rugby Centre from 16th to 18th August and included 14 delegates selected by FIRA-AER from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain & Switzerland. 

130823 IRB FIRA Bucharest 1

18/08/2013 - 30/09/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Courses, Bucharest (Romania), 15th-19th August 2013

 3 IRB/FIRA-AER courses were held during this period at the FRR; Medical Educator, Level 2 Strength & Conditioning & Level 1 1st Aid for Rugby.

130803 EVRA

03/08/2013 - 31/08/2013

EVRA - From Esztergom to Rugby World Cup 2015

 3rd EVRA European Festival will be organized by Farnham RUFC, supported by Rugby Football Union, in Farnham, the small town in Surrey, only one hour drive from capital City of London. Farnham Rugby Club, where Johny Wilkinson (England and British Lions) started to play Rugby, with superb new clubhouse (social & corporate events facilitation) and four rugby pitches (two of them international size), with over 1.000 members and with close ties with sports and leisure facilities in Town area are ready to host the biggest ever European Festival. Geoff Robins, Club chairman and Paul Brooker, EVRA Festival organizer are aiming to brake the Madeira record (in 2008, with 43 teams), and to host up to 50 teams from all over Europe. Starting Festival information available at

25/07/2013 - 15/08/2013

Congress in Stockholm- Administrative changes

The congress in Stockholm allowed the General Assembly to take decisions on many items in the agenda.

25/07/2013 - 12/08/2013

Congress in Stockholm - Sport news

As the tradition goes, the General Meeting in Stockholm started on Friday 5th July with a complete review of the Men’s and Women’s competitions, the fixture schedule, the plans for 7’s rugby... performed by the two Region Development Managers, Michel Arpaillange and Douglas Langley.

25/07/2013 - 13/08/2013

Congress in Stockholm - AOB

Just as usual, FIRA-AER reported on the work done by the different committees and the results of the competitions in a document called “Annual report” with more than a hundred pages given to the attending unions either in French or English.

130722 TOP Programme Stellenboch

22/07/2013 - 10/09/2013

IRB Talent Optimisation Programme “TOP”, Stellenbosch (South Africa), 22-27 July 2013

15 participants from 8 FIRA-AER unions are attending this programme being held at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. The programme is aimed at coaches and match officials with significant experience and qualifications (from IRB Strategic Investment or targeted Unions) who are looking to optimize their talent in a high performance environment.

130721 ML Kazan Universiades

21/07/2013 - 28/08/2013

Academic games in Kazan (RU) - Russian Referees on top

 27th Summer Universiade were held in Kazan (RU) from 6th to 17th July. 7s Rugby was represented through 7's Men's and Women's tournaments scheduled from 14th to 17th July. 

130721 Beach FR Winner

19/07/2013 - 31/08/2013

Beach Rugby in Anglet (FR)- France beat Italy in final game

 The Euro Beach Rugby in Anglet (FR) started on 19th July on the large beach of Anglet where 10 teams will play for three days. After the first day with the play-off game (Friday 19th July), the final stage is on Sunday 21st July.

Get into Rugby - Stockholm

06/07/2013 - 31/07/2013

Get Into Rugby Scandinavia - 6th July 2013 (Stockholm)

 Immediately after the FIRA-AER General Meeting, the Swedish Rugby Union organised Get Into Rugby activities on Saturday 6th July 2013 in the streets of their capital city.

130726 Morariu

05/07/2013 - 01/10/2013

Octavian Morariu is the new president of the FIRA-AER

Octavian Morariu (52 years old) was elected FIRA-AER president in Stockholm during the 90th General Assembly with 255 votes out of 301.

130705 Logo Law of the game

04/07/2013 - 30/09/2013

Laws of the game - Scrum: Crouch-Bind-Set

 FIRA-AER suggests that you read the IRB page (click on link) applicable from 1st August 2013.

130627 7RWC2013 Logo

27/06/2013 - 01/07/2013

Only one day to go to the start of the 2013 Rugby World Cup 7's

 The 2013 RWC 7's will start on 28th June 2013 in Moscow (Russia). All teams are getting ready for those three days of competition. While this is the last day of training for the Men's teams playing on Friday, the Women's teams will only begin on Saturday.

130623 FIRA 7s Brussels

24/06/2013 - 31/12/2013

Seven : Belgium promoted to 2014 7's GPS

  Belgium won the second round of the Men's 7's European Championship Division A at home and will play in the 2014 7's Grand Prix Series.

130623 RWCJ EN Winner credit IRB Martin Seras Lima

24/06/2013 - 31/12/2013

England becomes RWC Junior winner : celebrations in Europe

For the first time in history, England becomes U20 World champion after the victory against Wales 23-15. For the first time an European Country from FIRA-AER Members is World champion in U20 age grade.

130624 IRB Award Lamoulie Credit Photo IRB

22/06/2013 - 06/08/2013

Michel Lamoulie (FIRA-AER) receives IRB Referee Award for distinguished service

Former French referee Michel Lamoulie has become the latest recipient of the IRB Referee Award for Distinguished Service. A native of Mont de Marsan in France, Michel has played a very important role in developing young match officials, especially at Under 19 and Under 21 levels.

130531 7s Israel NL DK Photo 1 Credit Silverman

22/06/2013 - 24/06/2013

7's Division A in Brussels Live streaming

  7's European championship Div A Last stage in Brussels, Stade du Roi Beaudoin

Junior RWC 2013 France

19/06/2013 - 31/10/2014

U20 RWC :final game Wales vs England

It is a great news for European rugby. FIRA-AER & the 6 Nations are happy about their collaboration. Wales & England will meet in the final of the IRB Junior World Championship on Sunday 23rd June in La Roche sur Yon (France) at 18:45 after they performed two sensational games in the semi-final.

WGPS Marbella winner Cup RU

16/06/2013 - 30/06/2013

FIRA-AER European 7’s Women’s Grand Prix Series, Final Standings for 2013

After their victory of the Marbella round of this year’s Series beating France in the final (12-29), Russia are crowned 2013 European 7’s Champions.  

WGPS Marbella Captains-Credit:Revista 22

14/06/2013 - 30/06/2013

FIRA-AER European 7’s Women’s GPS Final, Spain, 15-16 June 2013

Teams make their arrivals for the Tournament and final training preparations in Marbella.  

130612 RCC Nada champion Final photo

12/06/2013 - 25/07/2013

Clubs Cross Border - Nada Split wins the Balkans competition

Rugby Club Nada won six consecutive RRC title. In RRC final match played on June 8th in Split, Croatia, in front of more than 1000 spectators. RK Nada was the far better team. They outscored RK Zagreb by 57-0.

130609 7s GPS Lyon Cup Finalists credit M Galaor

08/06/2013 - 31/10/2013

England won the Lyon 7's Grand Prix Series for the third time

  With almost 3 000 spectators in the Matmut Stadium of Lyon, the English 7's team won the French round of the Men's 7's European Championship for the third year in a row. The victory was easy against Russia (33-5) after a very tactical and physical game. The score at half ime was very balanced (7-5 for England). During the second half though, England played with feet on order to go through the Russian defence.

poster 2013 7GPS in Lyon

05/06/2013 - 30/06/2013

Start of the 2013 7's Grand Prix Series

The FIRA-AER 7's Grand Prix Series will start on 8/9 June 2013 in the Matmut Stadium of Lyon. After the successful previous editions, the Comité de Rugby du Lyonnais, together with the local club Lyon Olympique Universitaire (LOU), will host for the third year in a row the first round of the 7's European Championship. The last round will take place in Bucharest on 21/22 September 2013.

130601 FIRA-AER 7s Israel BE team Credit Silverman

02/06/2013 - 31/07/2013

FIRA-AER 7s - Belgium takes an option on 2014 GPS, Latvia in Division A in 2014

 Frist week-end of June was heavy days in Rugby 7s competitions in FIRA-AER. Three tournaments were scheduled, Round 1 of WGPS in Brive (FR), Round 1 of Men Division A in Netanya (IL) and North Division B tournament in Riga (LV). Good weather in all stadium which allowed a pleasent spectacle for the crowd to enjoy.

130602 WGPS Brive winner 1 credit P Ceaux

02/06/2013 - 31/12/2013

England winner of the Brive 7's Women GPS

England won the Brive 7's Women Grand Prix Series after beating Russia in Final (30-7).

130601 ES AGM Michel Arpaillange speaker

01/06/2013 - 10/07/2013

Spain: 2013 FER AGM, Spain team in International context

 Yearly AGM for Spain Rugby Union (FER) was held in Hotel Melia Castilla in Mardid from 31 May to 1 June. FER has invited Michel Arpaillange RDM Europe to intervene on first day of Congress.

Picture WGPS Brive

30/05/2013 - 30/06/2013

Women's 7's rugby: Grand Prix Series in Brive

 The first round of the FIRA-AER Women's 7's European Championship will be held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June in collaboration with the Comité du Limousin (French Rugby Union).

29/05/2013 - 30/06/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme activity

On Saturday 25th May 2013, Jean Archippe from the French Rugby Union held a clinic for youth coaches in Amsterdam (Ntherlands). Both FIRA-AER & IRB supported this clinis (TES program). There was much interest in the subject "How to develop rugby for young rugby players". The local club Haarlemn RFC showed up with 4 youth teams in each category. From the very young <9 till <15 Jean gave exercices which inspired the 35 youth coaches. Intsead of telling players how to play, the youth coach must be the facilitator and lead players to question themselves. They will find the solution in the end, and that is the way you develop players. Beside the practical session, Jean gave three presentations. In the presentations, he showed a lot of clips that highlighted the different stages of yought development. This was a very inspiring day for the players, parents and youth coaches.


29/05/2013 - 06/06/2013

Division A 7's Rugby : historical tournament in Israel

The first round of division A of the Men's 7's European Championship will be held on Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June in Wingate Institute (Netanya) in Israel.

130525 FIRA-AER 7s Bratislava NO Photo 1

26/05/2013 - 30/09/2013

Finland won in Bratislava (Female Div B)

Finnish 7's team won the Bratislava (Slovakia) Tournament after beating Norway in Final (25-12). Both unions will play in Division A next year.

120407 U18 Gala 5 Photo Hector Sanchez

22/05/2013 - 31/12/2013

Resignation of Jean-Claude Baqué, FIRA-AER President

  The FIRA-AER Executive Committee, who met on 21/21 May 2013, notified the regrettable resignation of Jean-Claude BAQUE, FIRA-AER President since 1997.

19/05/2013 - 30/09/2013

Monaco won the Division B Tournament in Keczkemet

 In the term of a nice finale, Monaco, led 0-19 at half-time, won 28-26 against the Hungarian hosts. The princely team will play in 2014 in Division A.

130513 BE Coach ref photo 3

13/05/2013 - 26/06/2013

Belgium - Pole position for the referees

 The Referees Committee of Belgium (CAB) has proposed to FIRA/AER to organise a workshop with Philippe Marguin from FIRA-AER. This workshop was held from 11 to 12 May. After the first workshop in January 2013 on game continuity, Philippe Marguin came to coach 3 young referees and assistant referees on 3 games organised during the current week-end.

130504 EN IRB-FIRA course photo 1

04/05/2013 - 28/06/2013

England - IRB/FIRA-AER Trainer & Educator Courses, Nottingham

In Nottingham (EN) from 30th April to 3rd May, there were 4 participants for the Trainer Course from England and Scotland who practised their new found skills on 20 Educator Course delegates from England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales. The objective of the Courses was to train further Trainers & Educators from these unions that can support the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” Adoption scheme. 

130426 WRWC Legacy Photo IRB.COM

27/04/2013 - 31/05/2013

Women's teams take part in WRWC Legacy event

 From IRB Correspondant - Despite focusing on the last round of Women's Rugby World Cup qualifiers on Saturday, players and coaches from the six international teams involved took time out to bring Rugby to the next generation of players in Madrid.

130420 WRWC Q NL SC Photo 3 credit FER/Revista 22

23/04/2013 - 24/04/2013

Live Streaming WRWC 2014 Qualifications

WRWC Qualifications in Live streaming (Madrid)

RWC2015 Qualifier Round 1 - Luxembourg Slovenia

21/04/2013 - 05/05/2013

RWC 2015 Qualification: Play-offf

  Saturday 20th May was the last date for the Division 2 final ranking. The 2012/13 Division 2 winners are now known, Netherlands, Israël, Slovenia (Cyprus is not qualified for RWC) and Luxembourg. 

130420 WRWC Q ES Team Photo credit FER/Revista 22

20/04/2013 - 28/05/2013

WRWC Qualifier Kicks-Off

The Team Captains met for the traditional start of Tournament with the Captain’s Photo in Madrid with the Tournament Winner’s Trophy. The Manager’s have also had their initial meeting to discuss tournament details with the Tournament Officials.

130420 WRWCQ 2014 Madrid Pictures

17/04/2013 - 30/04/2013

On the road to the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup

The WRWC Qualification Tournament for Europe and Oceania, will be organised by FIRA-AER and take place in Madrid from 20 to 27 April 2013. Teams from ranking pool A will play only the 3 teams from ranking pool B and vice versa and match points will be awarded using the bonus point system. At the conclusion of the tournament, the teams are ranked one to six based on their cumulative match points, and identified respectively as winner, runner up, third, fourth, fifth, sixth. The winner and runner up will qualify for WRWC 2014.

130414 7s U19 France et Russie photo 1 credit G.Rubert

14/04/2013 - 30/06/2013

France 7's U19 : European champion

In Palma de Mallorca, Sunday 14 April, France 7s is the first winner of U19 European championship named "U19 7s Grand Prix Series Société Générale".

U19 7s Grand Prix Series Societe Generale Picture

11/04/2013 - 15/04/2013

First time in Europe : the 7’s U19 Grand Prix Series Société Générale

The  7’s U19 Grand Prix Series Société Générale, as it will be called, will take place on 13/14 April 2013.    

130407 DE Referees course

11/04/2013 - 22/05/2013

Germany - New Coaches of Match Officials

he German Rugby Referees Association (SDRV) used the weekend from 5 to 7 April with the European Cup match in Hamburg for several activities.

130406 U18 Division C Captain Photo

06/04/2013 - 30/04/2013

U18 2014 - Austria in Division B and Denmark in Division C

The Division C and Division D U18 tournaments were played from 2nd to 7th April In Ezstergom (HU) and Zenica (BH). All games were very tight and finaly Austria will play in 2014 in Division B and Denmark in Division C.

130330 EN FR U18 Justin Bridou photo 7 credit D Mour

30/03/2013 - 31/07/2013

England won the U18 Justin BridouTrophy

In Stade des Alpes Grenoble (FR) and facing to a superb crowd of 12 000 people, England U18 wins the Trophee Justin Bridou European championship Elite. The game was outstanding to France for a final score of 27 - 22.

130328 U18 Manager meeting 2

29/03/2013 - 23/04/2013

U18 - Managers meeting

On Thursday 28 March the Managers from all Divisions of the U18 Tournament and their liaison Officers met for the traditional mid tournament meeting.  The "Maison du Rugby" of the Comite des Alpes hosted this meeting.

130329 RU ES U18 Justin Bridou photo 5 credit S Albaran

29/03/2013 - 30/04/2013

U18 Justin Bridou: Spain overpowered Russia to take the title in division A.

The first of the finals of the U18 Justin Bridou Trophy was decided in division A: Spain had a brilliant win against Russia (47-0). The Spanish team won the division without conceding any point with their different opponents (Sweden, Germany and finally Russia). Ranking third of division A, Poland did a surprising performance against Germany (30-6). Romania took fifth place easily against Czech Republic (30-7). Finally in the relegation game, Belgium avoided defeat, which leans Sweden will now be relegated to division B (46-14).

L'équipe 21

28/03/2013 - 31/03/2013

U18 Justin Bridou Final on TV - L'équipe 21

 U18 Final England Vs France will be given LIVE on l'équipe 21 TV. Please also note that the final game will be also LIVE on the Internet worldwide at

130327 U18 France Legacy 2

28/03/2013 - 30/04/2013

France U18 to visit Grenoble

Wednesday, March 27, the team of France had a very full day with the Legacy program: after a swimming session in the pool,they went to the reception organised by the pupilles de l'air, an important military institution in Grenoble, to meet the students, who appreciated this visit very much. A team jersey of France was offered by Captain Anthony Meric to the Colonel Chabane, commander of the EPA in the center and Lieutenant Colonel Bordère commander EPA. Students talked with Thomas Jolmes,one of the players who come from Grenoble.

130327 NL UA  U18 Justin Bridou photo 4 credit D Mour

27/03/2013 - 31/03/2013

Netherlands will play against surprising croatians for promotion

  Finalist last year, Netherlands will this year, on Saturday 30th March meet a Division B surprised opponent Croatia. Luxembourg & Ukraine will fight it out for third place. Serbia and Lithuania will play to save their honour. And finally Latvia & Switzerland will try to avoid relegation.  

130326 FR IR U18 Justin Bridou photo 4 credit D Mour

26/03/2013 - 30/04/2013

U18 Justin Bridou : A Vital Game in the Alpes - a real Final!

  The U18 Justin Bridou Championship is going to give us a prestigious Elite Group Final in the Stade des Alpes on Saturday 30 March at 17h00.  Tuesday 26 March witnessed the semi finals of both the Elite and A Division.  Russia will meet Spain in the Final of Division A.  Georgia had a decisive victory over Italy.  

130326 U18 UA Legacy

23/03/2013 - 30/04/2013

U18 - Grenoble in brief

 Flash news from Grenoble after the first round of the 2013 U18 Competition. On 26 March, the two games in Chambéry Ireland Vs France and Georgia Vs Italy were broadcasted LIVE on FIRA-AER channel on DailyMotion platform.

130323 U18 BE PL Photo 1

23/03/2013 - 30/06/2013

U18 Justin Bridou: surprising results in all divisions at the end of the quarter finals

  The U18 Justin Bridou is in full swing in the Comité des Alpes: the quarter finals of all three divisions were held on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March. Surprises or indredible performances need to be reported. The programme of the semi-finals is now known.

130322 Pal Turi credit HRFU

22/03/2013 - 31/07/2013

Hungary : President Pal Turi reelected

On 20th March 2013 Hungarian Rugby Football Union had new vote for the next 4 years. Mr. Pál Túri was the only candidate for President and he elected by 100% support.

130322 U18 Justin Bridou EN PT photo 3 credit D.Mour

22/03/2013 - 30/04/2013

U18 Justin Bridou Elite : Scottish surprise and biggest fear for Ireland

  After this first day of competition, we already know the program of the semi-finals of Tuesday, March 26th: England-Scotland and France-Ireland. But first, let's discuss today's matches. Two very tight games in Moirans and two easy games in Rumilly.

130321 U18 Elite Captain photo 8

21/03/2013 - 24/05/2013

Justin Bridou U18 Let's go!!

The Division Elite Managers Meeting was held, thursday 21st March, in the Rugby House, Comité des Alpes Office. The U18 Justin Bridou European championship starts friday.

130319 BE Level 1 MO Photo 1

19/03/2013 - 30/04/2013

Trainings in Belgium

 Plenty of training sessions in March for the Belgium Match Officials and for the Coaches. Under a cloudy sky, the participants were all in the grounds of Belgium

130316 FIRA 7s Tournament Directors meeting

17/03/2013 - 21/05/2013

FIRA-AER: 7s tournaments Operationals Directors meeting

 FIRA-AER has notified all Operational 7s Director's Tournaments organised in 2013 to join Paris from 15 to 16 March to review all differents aspects of this type of tournament. More than 15 personnes have participated to this meeting. At the end of the day, all together were invited to follow the 6 Nations game between France and Scotland in Stade de France.

130316 ENC1A GE European champion

17/03/2013 - 19/06/2013

Georgia 2013 European Champion

 Georgia is European Champion for 2013 after his important draw in Romania. The game was difficult, engaged and interresting till the end, without winner but with an European Champion: Georgia (better GA in pool games). Congratulations to Georgians who have perfectly negociated the first championship for the RWC2015 Qualification.

130312 U18 Pologne 1

16/03/2013 - 30/04/2013

U18 2014 in Poland ?

 Jean-Claude Baqué and Michel Arpaillange were in Poland from 12 to 14 March in Poznanand subroundings where could be organised the next 2014 U18 championship.

130308 U18 Justin Bridou 2013 picture web

08/03/2013 - 24/03/2013

The U18 European Championship Justin Bridou 2013: first matches this week

  The U18 « Justin Bridou » Trophy will take place from 22nd to 30th March in the Alps and more precisely in the departments of Savoie, Haute Savoie & Isère and in 18 cities. FIRA-AER, European Rugby Association, has granted the organisation of this competition to the Comité des Alpes.  

130308 WET RU FI 2012 credit L AZPIAZU

07/03/2013 - 30/04/2013

FIRA-AER celebrates the International Women's Day

  The International Women’s Day is marked on Friday 8th March. For this occasion, FIRA-AER wants to pay tribute to the women in rugby.  

130304 HU Youth Tag 1

04/03/2013 - 23/04/2013

Youth Indoor Tag Rugby Series in Hungary

Rugby in Central Europe during winter time? Yes, it is possible! More than 25 school and club teams and 150 players from different age groups participated in February in the Hungarian Youth Indoor Tag Rugby Series in winter of 2013.

130203 Course Luxembourg level 3 - 1

03/03/2013 - 24/04/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Trainer & Educator Courses, 28 February-3rd March 2013 (Luxembourg)

From 27 February to 3 March, Luxembourg was the centre of Europe for IRB/FIRA-AER Training activities. 40 persons were engaged in different courses in the excellent premises of National Sport Institute of Luxembourg.

RWC 2013 logo

28/02/2013 - 30/06/2013

Moscow RWC 2013 : allocation of the pools

 The sixth edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens will take place in Moscow, Russia, from 28th June to 30th June 2013.  

130224 SW GET into rugby 3 - Credit Danko Lisse

24/02/2013 - 31/03/2013

« Get into Rugby Europe » – Scandinavia Launch, 22-23 February 2013 (Stockholm)

The Rugby unions of Denmark, Norway and Sweden have taken the initiative to develop this Mass Participation project through sharing cross-border resources & activities. The project is in cooperation with FIRA-AER in its goal of increasing registered players in Europe from 1 million to 1.2 million by the end of 2015.   

121212 FR Tournoi des 6 stations

18/02/2013 - 04/03/2013

France - first in world Ski-Rugby in 6 French ski resorts

The Rugby and the Mountain share multiple values: taste for effort, solidarity, joy of living and celebrating sport and victory together… and are both the favorite sports and leisure activities of the French people. It was natural to associate them and to mix these positive universes.  

130218 LT Refereee course 4

18/02/2013 - 26/03/2013

Lithuania - Refereeing course in Kaunas

From 15 to 17 February, the Lithuanian Rugby Referee Association and the Lithuanian Rugby Federation co-organized a Level 1 refereeing course in Kaunas.

130212 U18 Conference presse photo

13/02/2013 - 22/03/2013

U18 Justin Bridou Grenoble - it's time to start!

French Alps Committee and FIRA-AER has completed a press conference on 11February in Grenoble to start the U18 Justin Bridou European championship which will held in France (Apls Committee) from 22 to 31 March, the final game will be played in Alps Stadium in Grenoble on 30 March.

130209 ENC1A RO RU Photo 5

10/02/2013 - 23/02/2013

ENC1A – Day 2

Romania and Georgia have secured a second win at home and are on top of the 2013 FIRA-AER European Nation Championship.

130208 RO President Petrache

08/02/2013 - 13/03/2013

Romania - Alin Petrache elected Chairman of Romanian Union

Alin Petrache was re-elected Chairman of Romanian Rugby Union during AGM held on 8 February 2013.

130202 ENC1A BE GE Game photo 1

03/02/2013 - 10/02/2013

ENC1A - Day 1

No big surprises in Day 1 of the ENC1A!, the three Eastern countries have won against Western countries from Europe. Results are very tight and will give an uncertain issue of this top Division of FIRA-AER European Nations Championship.

130202 LT Referees workshop

02/02/2013 - 13/03/2013

Lithuania – Referees workshop 27-28 January 2013

The Lithuanian Rugby Union and Lithuanian Rugby Referee Association have organized on 27 and 28 January a workshop for Lithuanian referees.

02/02/2013 - 13/03/2013

FIRA-AER - Union Visit – Spain, 10th-11th January 2013

FIRA-AER President Jean-Claude Baque and RDM’s Michel Arpaillange & Douglas Langley were in Madrid at the FER offices to meet with the new management  of the Federation. The President of the union and relevant staff discussed the restructuring of their organisation and what their Rugby development priorities will be going forward. 

130130 FIRA-AER ExCo 1-13

31/01/2013 - 06/03/2013

FIRA-AER - Executive Committee meeting

 For the first time, the Executive Committee with all Members presents, was held in the new FIRA-AER Offices, 5 rue de Liège on 29 and 30 January;

130123 HR Level 1 photo 1

23/01/2013 - 26/02/2013

Croatia - Level 1 Course in Strength and Conditioning

 On 19 January 2013 in Split (HR), Luka Bjelanovic licenced educator IRB/FIRA-AER held a Strenght&Conditioning Level 1 course for 8 candidates from this region of Croatia (Split, Sibenik, Makarska and island Brac). 

130119 Luxembourg Gala MVP

20/01/2013 - 28/02/2013

Luxembourg – Gala Dinner

Saturday 19 January, in Belair Parc Hotel was held the traditional Gala Dinner and awards for Luxembourg Rugby Union. This diner let the FLR given the awards for 2012.

130115 BE Ref course photo 1

15/01/2013 - 20/02/2013

Belgium - No winter break for the referees and coaches

Begining of January with an heavy programme for the Belgium coaches and referees. First the coaches in Hasselt on 5 and 6 January followed by the referees. The Belgian Referees Committee took advantage of the winter break to organize a workshop for the national panel referees on Saturday 12/01/2013 at Boitsfort Rugby Club. Then the referees again on 13 January in the British Rugby School.

130114 Course Madrid level 3 photo 1

14/01/2013 - 28/02/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 3 Accreditation Coaching Course, Part 2 (Madrid) 11-13 January 2013

8 delegates from Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Spain & Sweden participated on this course which was facilitated by IRB licensed Educators Colin Moran (IRFU), Gerry Roberts (WRU) & Douglas Langley (IRB/FIRA-AER)

130108 Iberian cup

08/01/2013 - 19/02/2013

2013 Iberian Cup

The 2013 Iberian Cup was held on 5 January in Valladolid (ES). The referee of this game was Stéphane Pomarède between VRAC Quesos Entrepinares Vs CDU Lisbon has given the Portuguese’s of Lisbon win the Iberian Cup. The final score was 24-13 for Lisbon

EGOR 2013

27/12/2012 - 13/06/2013

European Golden Oldies Rugby Festival in Prague

12th European Golden Oldies Rugby Festival (EGORF) will take place in June 13-17, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. 

2013 voeux FIRA

17/12/2012 - 04/01/2013

FIRA-AER office closure

Please  note that the FIRA-AER office will be closed from Friday 21st December (18:00) to Tuesday 1st January 2013. We will be back on Wednesday 2nd January 2013. In case of an urgent matter, you can contact: We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

121213 RO Trophy Pugh Morariu 1

13/12/2012 - 04/02/2013

IRB - 2012 Vernon Pugh award to Viorel Morariu (RO)

 On 13th December in Bucharest (RO), Bernard Lapasset, with Jean-Claude Baqué, has awarded Viorel Morariu with the Vernon Pugh Trophy.

121212 HU Conference 1

12/12/2012 - 15/01/2013

Hungary - Coaches and Referees Conference in Esztergom

  Hungarian Rugby Union has organized a kick off conference for 2013 mass participation project. 106 rugby specialists has been invited and 38 coaches and 16 referees could were taking part on the two days meeting in Esztergom on 08-09 of December.

121201 Cours Level 2 Portugal

04/12/2012 - 15/01/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Coaching 7s Accreditation Course, 30 Nov -1 Dec 2012, Lisbon (PT)

3 Level 2 courses for Sevens Coaching have been organised in Europe in 2012 in conjunction with the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme. This 3rd of the courses was attended by delegates from Georgia, Germany, Latvia & Portugal.

121130 JCB President

30/11/2012 - 22/01/2013

Four more years for Jean-Claude Baqué, reelected FIRA-AER Chairman

 At the end of 30 november 2012, the first day of the FIRA-AER AGM hosted in La Défense (Paris) in Société Générale HQ, Jean-Claude Baqué was reelected Président of FIRA-AER

121126 BG Academy logo

26/11/2012 - 07/01/2013

Bulgaria - New Rugby Academy

The National Rugby Academy has started with a great success. From 19 to 23 November, 43 young players and 9 coaches coming form all over the country have followed in Sofia (BG) theoretical and practical courses under the management of Robert Antonin (FR).

121122 SG TD Conference Prague credit M Haitman

22/11/2012 - 28/02/2013

2013' DOs and General Secretaries Conferences in Prag

From Tuesay 20 to Thursday 22 November in Prag (CZ), more than 60 DO's and General Secretaries have worked on thema "Mass Participation" and 2013 calendar competitions

21/11/2012 - 14/12/2012

Belgium XV to Emirates Airline Cup of Nations in Dubaï

The second Emirates Airline Cup of Nations XV’s tournament will be played on December 8th, 11th and 14th in Dubaï. Participating in this year’s tournament are Zimbabwe, Belgium, hosts UAE and reigning Champions Hong Kong. Competition is expected to be fierce with the three visiting-countries so closely ranked (Belgium 23rd, Hong Kong 28th and Zimbabwe 29th) and while the bar may be set high hosts UAE will be looking at this XV’s tournament to lift their playing standards to a more competitive level.       

121117 FIRA Women meeting

19/11/2012 - 27/12/2012

FIRA-AER Women’s Development Committee Meeting

The 7th meeting of this committee was held at the Club Prince Albert in Brussels on 19 November 2012.

121110 BL Members in LT Photo2

13/11/2012 - 27/12/2012

Belarus - First contacts

On request of the Lithuanian Rugby Union (LRU), on 10 November the Members of Belarus Rugby Union were hosted in Siauliai (LT). The target to this visit was to meet the Members of LRU, get in touch with Mr Patrick Robin Referees Manager in FIRA-AER, and enlarge the relationships with Lithuanian Rugby Clubs.

121106 TES Nat Tranier Marcoussis Photo 5

06/11/2012 - 26/12/2012

IRB/FIRA-AER TES” National Coaching Clinic, Marcoussis (FR), 6-8 Nov 2012

10 unions from IRB banded and FIRA-AER Key Development Unions are represented at this Clinic; Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden & Ukraine.   

121103 BE Traning coach level 1 photo 2

04/11/2012 - 04/12/2012

Belgium - Match Officials Level 1 course

 On Saturday the 3rd of November the Belgian refereeing committee organised an IRB Match Officials level 1 course with special focus on refereeing U7 to U13 players in the Dendermondse Rugby Club.

121103 U19R PT Winner photo 4

03/11/2012 - 06/12/2012

U19 Portugal - U18 Qualifier Géorgie

 From 27 October to 3 November in Lisbon (PT) was held two tournamnents for 2012 competition U19 and U18 Qualifier. The U19 Tournament had 6 countries and the U18 Qualifier 4 countries.

121102 PT Altaide medal

02/11/2012 - 07/12/2012

Portugal - Medals and awards

 During the U19 - European Championship and qualifier for the Junior World Trophy (IRB), and U18 Qualifier for Elite pool on 2013 European championship, the Portugese Rugby Union and FIRA-AER have taken the oportunity to award some members.

121030 RO Coaching course 3

30/10/2012 - 05/12/2012

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Sevens Coaching Accreditation Course, Bucharest (R0), 27th-28th October 2012

3 Level 2 courses for Sevens Coaching are being organised in the Europe zona in conjunction with the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme. The second course in Bucharest (RO) was attended by 6 delegates from Romania and Russia.

Logo 2012 U19

26/10/2012 - 03/11/2012

Portugal - UPDATING - U19 European Championship and Qualifying U18

The 2012 U19 European Championship will take place in Lisbon (Portugal) from 26th October to 4th November. In the same week, U18 Qualifying for the 2013' Eilite pool will be held in Lisbon.

121013 BG Coach course photo 3

22/10/2012 - 29/11/2012

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Part 1 Accreditation Coaching Course, Sofia (BG)

As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support "TES" scheme, Mattia Dolcetto of the FIR delivered the 1st part of a Level 2 Coaching Course for the Bulgarian Rugby Federation from 13th to 14th October 2012. 

121020 BJ FIRA Apps Seminar 1

21/10/2012 - 07/12/2012

FIRAAER - Working group on FIRA Apps for Unions

 Following 2011' AGM in Paris and Sec Gen meting in Budapest early in 2012, the FIRA-AER has created a working Group to finalize a possible FIRA App to manage the administrative part of each Union.

121013 FR Women 7 tournament Marcoussis EN Winner photo Picarel

13/10/2012 - 21/11/2012

Women’s International 7s Tournament – NRC, Marcoussis (FR) – 12-13 October 2012

The teams of England, France, France “A”, Germany, Netherlands & Spain will play each other on the first day and then ranking matches will conclude the Tournament on the second day. The Tournament is part of the preparation for  the Sevens World Series in Dubai at the end of November for England, France, Netherlands and Spain as well as their first stages of preparation for the RWC Sevens Finals in Moscow at the end of June 2013

121010 Commissioner course Luxembourg photo 1

10/10/2012 - 30/11/2012

Luxembourg – Commissioner’s Course

From 10 to 11 October, 11 persons proposed by their Union and confirmed by FIRA-AER have participated to a Commissioner’s Course. This course follows previous courses organised in Stockholm (2005) and Heidelberg (2008).

121006 ENC2C HU BG presentation

06/10/2012 - 30/11/2012

The Webb Ellis Cup celebrates the beginning of the European qualifications in the RWC on 2015

THE IRB, the RWCL and England 2015 with the support of the FIRA-AER wanted to emphasize the beginning of the qualifications in the World cup 2015. Being of use as support to the qualifications, the European nations Cup is  honored this weekend through the first match of the Division 2C Hungary-Bulgaria to Kecskemét on Saturday, October 6th.

121004 FIRA siege Paris photo 3

04/10/2012 - 31/12/2012

FIRA-AER Offices are moving

 From 8 October, FIRA-AER is now on 5 Rue de Liège Paris. The moving scheduled on October 8, offers a nice area only a few meters far from the old FFR building.

121002 LV Visit JCB et PR photo 5

02/10/2012 - 21/11/2012

Jean-Claude Baqué and Patrick Robin visiting Latvia

On 27th and 28th September European Rugby Association (FIRA-AER) President Jean Claude Baqué and Referees manager Patrick Robin visited Riga (LV).

121003 Ref workshop Bucarest photo 2

02/10/2012 - 05/12/2012

High level workshop for referees in Bucharest (RO)

 From 2 October starts in Bucharest (RO) a high level workshop for FIRA-AER referees. This workshop concerns best referees from Poland, Russia, Romania, Spain, Portugal Ukraine and Belgium. 12 referees under the Management of Mathieu Raynal, professional referee from France ; Michel Lamoulie (FR) and Patrick Robin (FIRA-AER referees Manager). Those referees will be appointed for the next ENC games in a few weeks.

120929 TES Amsterdam photo 1

29/09/2012 - 08/01/2013

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Sevens Accreditation Coaching Course, Amsterdam (NL), 28-29 September 2012

3 parallel courses at Level 2 for Sevens Coaching are being organised in regions of Europe in conjunction with the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme. 

120928 JCB PR visite Lituanie photo 1

29/09/2012 - 14/11/2012

Lithuania - Visite JC Baqué and P Robin

On 26-27 of September European Rugby Federation (FIRA-AER), President Jean-Claude Baqué and Referee Manager Patrick Robin flew to Vilius to visit the Lithuanian Union.  

120925 UA Coaching course level 2-1

25/09/2012 - 31/10/2012

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Coaching Course Part 1, Kiev, Ukraine (22-23 September 2012)

As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support "TES" scheme, Tony Thomas of the WRU delivered the 1st part of a Level 2 Coaching Course for Ukraine Rugby Union in Kiev.

120920 IT President Gavazzi

20/09/2012 - 31/10/2012

Alfredo Gavazzi, new President of Italian Rugby Union

Alfredo Gavazzi was elected President of the Italian Rugby Federation at FIR’s General Assembly held in Rome on Saturday, 15th September. Alfredo Gavazzi has taken over from Giancarlo Dondi, who chaired the Italian Rugby Union for 16 years serving four terms as FIR’s President and who had annouced earlier this year that he would no longer stand for a further 4-year term. 

120913 7 Baltic cup 2012 Group

13/09/2012 - 24/10/2012

Seven's Rugby - Baltic League

 The 4th Baltic League for 7s Rugby was held in spring and autumn 2012 on two tournaments organised between 12 teams from Lithuania and Latvia.

120907 TES GE Photo3

08/09/2012 - 29/10/2012

Georgia - Strength & Conditioning for Rugby Training & Education, Tbilisi, 5th-7th September

As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme, Gordon Brett (IRFU/Munster Academy) worked with coaches, educators and staff of the Georgian Rugby Union on their knowledge and skills of delivering Strength & Conditioning coaching sessions and courses relevant to the Game of Rugby.

120908 U20 CZ PL Photo 1

08/09/2012 - 23/10/2012

U20 - Poland crowed in Czech Republic

Poland won the U20 2012 European title having beaten the Czech Republic in Ricany (CZ) by 44 to 8. Czech Republic second is followed by Ukraine and Hungary.   

120906 SW Course Match official level 1 photo 3

06/09/2012 - 25/10/2012

Sweden - level 1 Match Officials course

From 1 to 2 September in Lund, Sweden, 7 delegates took part in a level 1 Match Officials course held by the Swedish Rugby Union and hosted by Lugi Lions Rugby club. The course was facilitated by iRB Educator Julian Bevan from the Swedish rugby union. 

120905 U20 CZ Rep team photo day 2

05/09/2012 - 08/09/2012

U20 - Day 2 of European Championship in Czech Republique

 Czech Republic is hosting the U20 European Championship. 8 countries ranked following the U18 results in 2010.

120903 SK TES Course

03/09/2012 - 18/10/2012

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Coaching Course Part 1, Bratislava, Slovakia

As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme, Simon Burns of the RFU delivered the 1st part of a Level 2 Coaching Course. 

120830 RWC 2015 photo IRB

29/08/2012 - 07/10/2012

Hungary Kicks Off Rugby World Cup 2015 European Qualification

- European teams participate in the largest regional process - Europe central to tournament planning and success - RWC 2015 to boost Rugby in the Region  The global qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England  is gathering pace and next month teams from across Europe will join the party. 

120818 LT U25 Baltic League 4

18/08/2012 - 11/10/2012

Seven’s Baltic League U25 (Cross border Tournament)

The 2012 Baltic League U25 (Seven’s) was held on 11 August at Slauliai (LT) with teams from Latvia, Russia and Lithuania.  

120804 U17 DK Summer camp 1

06/08/2012 - 19/09/2012

U16/U17 – FIRA-AER training camp with Denmark, Sweden and Norway

 The annualy FIRA-AER training camp was hosted by Hundested Rugby Club in Denmark from 2 to 4 August.

120726 LI Level 1 Coaching course 7

26/07/2012 - 28/09/2012

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 1 Coaching Course, Liechtenstein, 14-15 July 2012

As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support "TES" scheme, IRB licensed Educator Daniele Porrini (FIR) delivered the Level 1 Coaching Course entitled "Introducing Rugby". 

120724 Beach anglet photo 3 Killian

25/07/2012 - 14/09/2012

France retain FIRA-AER Euro Beach Rugby Cup

The beach of Les Sables d’Or near Biarritz, France, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Anglet Beach Rugby Festival and played host for the second year in a row to the 2nd edition of the FIRA-AER Euro Beach Rugby Cup last weekend. In a region synonymous with its passion for Rugby and renowned for its beaches, 10 nations from across Europe fought it out on two pitches over two days in front of a large international crowd which saw inaugural champions France retain their crown.

120724 RWC 7 2013 Russia

24/07/2012 - 26/10/2012

RWC 7 2013 - The 8 FIRA-AER countries representative are known

 England, Wales and Russia were qualified for the RWC 7 in Russia (Moscow) in 2013. The tournament in Algarve (Portugal) has given a ticket to Portugal (winner), Spain, France, Georgia and Scotland to Moscow.

120721 DL Madrid level 3 Course 2

21/07/2012 - 21/09/2012

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 3 Coaching Course, Part 1, Madrid, 20-22 July 2012

9 delegates from Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain & Sweden participated on this course which was facilitated by IRB licensed Educators Colin Moran (IRFU), Gerry Roberts (WRU), Ruben Duque (FER) & Douglas Langley (IRB/FIRA-AER)

120630 FR DE 7GPS Moscow credit Mascha Anderson

20/07/2012 - 22/07/2012

Live 7's European RWC Sevens qualifiers

The men's qualification process for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 begins on Friday in Algarve, Portugal, with five European spots up for grabs.

120710 U17 Monaco Italy stage 1

17/07/2012 - 31/08/2012

U17 - Camp with Monaco and Liguria Region (IT)

A common U16/17 workshop between Monaco and Region of Liguria (Italy) was held from 6 to 8 July in Recco (Italy).  

120712 CZ Praha both final teams

17/07/2012 - 31/08/2012

CZ - Domestic League of 7s Rugby

 RC PRAG was crowned in 5 July, Czech Rep 2012 7s Champion after 4 Regionals tournaments played between 8 teams from Czech and Moravia.

120710 GPS France winner Odense - Photo C. Dahl

08/07/2012 - 14/09/2012

Grand Prix Series 3 for France in Odense (DK)

 France has won the GPS 2012 in Odense (DK) after the final face to Portugal

120710 GPS England European champion - Photo C. Dahl

08/07/2012 - 20/09/2012

England, 2012 7s European Champion

 After 3 tournaments France (Lyon), Russia (Moscow) and Denmark (Odense), England is crowed 2012 7s European Champion.  

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Continuation of IRB aid for developing nations

The prologue to the Danish AGM, delivered by the Head of the World Cup, Kit Mc Connell, proved most reassuring.    

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

J.C. Baqué : “FIRA-AER and IRB need to work in harmony”

Before tackling the meeting agenda, starting with domestic competitions, Kit Mc Connell praised the Russian Union which is currently organising the Sevens World Cup 2013. “The IRB and the Russian Union are working closely together” he said. 

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Preparations for Justin Bridou U18 European Championship already underway

The details of the Men’s, Women’s, Youth and Sevens rugby competitions will be outlined in detail later in this edition. Michel Arpaillage and Douglas Langley presented a report on the work carried out in the different sectors and spoke of a policy aimed at creating greater movement between the different nations. He complimented Georgia and Belgium (two nations at the top of their game), and also congratulated Denmark, Bulgaria and Bosnia on their promotions. He singled out the progress made in the Women’s sector and called for greater work in the area of the Youth sector, which is currently dominated in world competitions by the southern nations.

His Royal highness Prince Joachim of Denmark

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Prince Joachim, patron of Danish Rugby

Chairman of the Danish Union and host, Ole Nielsen took on the duty of opening the Administrative Council and the General Assembly. He had the added task and pleasure of welcoming his Royal Highness, Prince Joachim of Denmark, to whom he gave an account of the state of European Rugby.

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

A year of sporting and administrative success. Time now to work on policies says JC. Baqué

In his review of a year abundant in sporting as well as administrative successes, Jean-Claude Baqué singled out the following for praise: the community values espoused by the Justin Bridou U18 Championship, the high standard of play at the Sevens Grand Prix Series and Women’s competitions, the great work carried out at the NTD and General Secretary meetings in Budapest. He also spoke of the frank and open discussions on the action plan which took place in Dublin and the closer relations between FIRA-AER and the Six Nations. The Chairman finished his sporting review by stating that “the countries that have a NTD in place are making the most progress”.

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

JL Barthes: “47 nations, 6 000 clubs, across all of Europe”

In his report, which was unanimously passed, the General Secretary, Jean-Louis Barthes, having thanked the Danish organisers (their 3rd time to host an AGM, having done so in 1975 and 1990) and paid homage to the memory of Albert Ferrasse, gave a detailed, pithy review of FIRA-AER’s activities. These activities are outlined in a 107-page document produced in French and English and covering the competitions, meetings and training courses. He went on to state that this document is extremely comprehensive and of an excellent standard and that it contains all of the events which punctuated the season: results, competition classifications, working meetings, administrative, sporting technical and refereeing courses, and reports from the Executive Committees, Administrative Councils and AGMs”

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Michel Arpaillange: “Our priority is to have 1,200,000 members by 2015”

It was the job of the two Regional Development Managers, Michel Arpaillange and Douglas Langley to present the sporting review of the NTD meeting in Budapest. This was a detailed and comprehensive report which included; the training of NTDs, grant applications, educator courses (32 participants), mass participation projects and competitions by grade and age category. A meeting has been scheduled for August to standardize all of the IRB initiatives. 

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Morgan Buckley: “Thank you for your cooperation, your effort and your help

IRB Head of Development, Morgan Buckley, was pleased to announce that: Europe is at the cutting edge of rugby development and is working in full collaboration with the IRB. I congratulate you on your efficiency. We have produced a number of documents which will be helpful to you.

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Role of Commissioner is finalised and telephone directory is completed

 The administrative review of the General Secretaries’ Conference in Budapest was given by Gilles Bizot (Director) and Amandine Guichard, (Sports and Communications Assistant). It comprised the strategic plan, the membership management software (which shows FIRA-AER’s desire to assist unions), the establishment of a working group to deal with meetings and objectives, the application of Regulation 9 (availability of players), grants, the standardization of competitions (ENC, U18 and 7s), insurance, communications (articles on the internet site). 

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Romanian referee officiates at international tournament

  René Hourquet (Chairman) and Patrick Robin (Referee Manager) represented the Referees Committee. 

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

New Head of Marketing in association with the IRB

  Jean-Claude Baqué and Octavian Morariu spoke about the work of the High-Performance Committee created at the end of 2008 and officiating since January 2009 with the aim of improving the marketing of competitions. 

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Expenditure down, revenue up by 2%

 It was the job of the Head of Finance, José Maria Epalza, to give a review of the financial situation of the last tax year (1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012). Despite the reimbursement of visas and the aid given to unions who do not receive financial assistance from the IRB and also to countries who have increased by 6% on the previous tax year (due to new competitions) and thanks to the tighter control of administrative costs (10% decrease (i.e. €10.000) on last year and 30% decrease due to organising the Executive Committee meetings in Paris), expenditure is down by 3% on last year.

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Jacques Mombet: “Negative drug tests”

  In his report, the Chairman of the Medical Committee, Dr. Jacques Mombet, firstly expressed his delight at the negative drug tests carried out at the Men’s European Sevens Championship in Heidelberg. 

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Internet site: 30% increase in hits

In his introduction, Bernard Jargeac, Head of Communications, reminded us that the site is now available in two languages (French and English). He gave details of how the site functions and expressed his delight at the success of the forum and especially at the large number of hits, (600,000 per year, i.e. 100,000 more than last year) from all over the world. This amounts to a 30% increase on last year.

120707 Congress view Godvin

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Preparations underway for the 2013 Congress in Sweden

  In her presentation on the 2013 Congress in Stockholm (3 to 7 July), the Chairwoman of the Swedish Union announced that she was ready to welcome the entire European delegation. Jean-Claude Baqué pointed out to her however, that to “to enable them to work more efficiently the General Secretaries and the NTDs would prefere to be accomodated separately . This unfortunately means they will not get to experience the historic location chosen to accommodate the Congress, i.e. the hotel in which the Nobel Prizes are awarded!

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Rugby at the Youth Olympics 2014

 Jean-Claude Baqué gave a report on behalf of Raul Martins who was unable to attend and whom he had already replaced at the IRB Council. He spoke firstly about the creation of an official committee (as requested by Chairman Lapasset) to deal with regional associations. This committee would have a rotating presidency and would serve to highlight the needs, projects and the opinions of the associations. It would hold 2 or 3 meetings per year. 

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Unanimous vote for Turkey

The three candidates for the Administrative Council, Rossen Cholov (Bulgaria), Klaus Blank (Germany) and Bill Nolan (Scotland) were unanimously elected by the AGM. The Chairman of the Legal Committee, Jean-Jacques Zander, announced the permanent withdrawal of Armenia due to its inability to pay its subscription fees and stated that it will be penalised at the Executive Committee meeting in October. He also made reference to the financial compensation that Lithuania owes to Sweden (travel expenses).   

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

IRB: 10 million sterling for strategic plans

  One of the top referees from the European AGs, David Carrigy, representing the Chairman of the IRB Bernard Lapasset, delivered a cordial message on his behalf. “It is always a great pleasure to be here with you. The IRB representatives appreciate your hard work. Your support for the development of rugby can only get better. You are truly part of the IRB. We are living in difficult times; however the positive financial figures of the last World Cup mean that the IRB can continue to provide financial aid. A new financial policy has been adopted. It involves the release of funds for strategic purposes (on-going development) which will be outlined at a later date, totalling 10 million sterling. Our internet site and videos are at your disposal. A huge effort has been made in Women’s rugby (110 nations, more than one million players). This steady growth has exceeded our expectations. We are sure FIRA-AER will take full advantage of this growth in the development of its structures. Thank you for the work you are doing”.

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Medals: An investment in the future

   It is a FIRA-AER tradition to end all General Assemblies with the awarding of bronze, silver and gold medals. These awards are, usually and in almost all cases awarded for services rendered. In his speech during the awarding of the medals to the recipients, Jean-Claude Baqué stated that “it is an excellent idea to reward the young”. It is an effective way of investing in the future”.

07/07/2012 - 09/07/2012

Additional Info

1. Interest from the Chinese. One of the most satisfying things to emerge from the last World Cup (the most sensational yet, according to Kit Mc Connell) was that it produced the greatest number of television viewers ever. This included viewers from China. 2. Three new Chairmen were announced: Santiago Mazza (San Marino), Semsudin Mehmedovic (Bosnia Herzegovina), Jan Coupe (Belgium). They were warmly welcomed by the Assembly.  

120706 AGM Odense-group picture

06/07/2012 - 31/08/2012

88th Annual General Meeting/Board of Directors

 The FIRA-AER Annual General Meeting was held on 6 & 7 July 2012 in odense (Denmark).

120705 Camp in Israel-1

05/07/2012 - 31/07/2012

U17 - Camp in Israel

 Between 5th/8th July 2012, the Israeli Rugby Union hosted the Cyrpiot Rugby Union for the FIRA-AER U17 camp that was held in Hadasa Neurim boarding school right next to the beautiful Metirranean beach.

120701 NL DE 7GPS Moscow credit Mascha Anderson

04/07/2012 - 11/07/2012

Last 7's Grand Prix Series in Odense in live on Dailymotion

 The last 7's Grand Prix Series of the year will be organised in Odense (DK) saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July.

120701 EN winner EWSS 2012 credit Masha Anderson

01/07/2012 - 31/08/2012

England Women 7's european Champion

After their wins in Ameland and Moscow, England is crowned for the second year in a row Women’s European Champions. Spain is second in the final rankings whilst France are third.

120701 EN Winner 7GPS Moscow credit Masha Anderson

01/07/2012 - 31/08/2012

Moscow 7's Grand Prix Series : England, the best

England win the second 7's GP¨S after a victory versus France in final (21-15)

120624 Poland Rugby FINAL Photo 1 credit K.Lewandowski

27/06/2012 - 31/07/2012

Lechia Gdansk - new Polish Champion

In a beautiful, sunny weather, about 7000 fans (!) strongly motivated the finalists Polish Extraleague in Lodz.

120627 DE Tournoi Heidelberg Midi pyrenees

27/06/2012 - 03/08/2012

Germany - Victory for French team (from Midi-Pyrénées) in Heidelberg

La sélection du Comité Midi-Pyrénées de la Fédération Française de Rugby a remporté la Coupe SAS Institute le 24 juin à Heidelberg en gagnant le final du tournoi Heidelberg Sevens pour les équipes moins de 16 ans. Les jeunes du manager André Henkinet et de l'entraineur Romain Blattes terminaient le tournoi avec cinq victoires et 228:5 points en battant le sélection de Bade-Wuerttemberg (Allemagne) en finale par 54 à 5 points.

27/06/2012 - 31/07/2012

Men's & Women's 7's - 30th June/1st July 212

On Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July, the 7's Grand Prix Series will stop by Moscow (Russia) for two days of high level rugby.

Golden Oldies

22/06/2012 - 31/12/2012

Golden Oldies from Trieste 2012 to Prague 2013

      Growing Attractivity of Golden Oldies Rugby: This Game is Possible to Practice till the High Age  - 11th Festival in Trieste finished with Great Success: 40 teams from 15 countries = 1200 Participants - Next Time to Prague, Czech Republic in June 13-17, 2013 - First Entries Have Already Came

120617 EWSS Ameland EN ES Photo 6 credit Yvette Gito

17/06/2012 - 30/11/2012

England win the European Women Seven Series round 1 in Ameland (NL)

  On Ameland Island (NL), the England Women’s team has beaten Spain in the Final after a wonderful tournament. Dutch team defeats France for the third place. Russia won the Plate and Germany, the Bowl

Logo Women's 7's in Ameland

15/06/2012 - 31/07/2012

European Women’s Sevens Series 2012

Women’s 7’s European Championship: phase 1 in Ameland (Netherlands) 

120615 EWSS Legacy 1 Photo Langley

15/06/2012 - 17/08/2012

European Women' Sevens Series EWSS, Ameland (NL) - Legacy program

Some teams have already arrived in preparation for the 1st Round of the EWSS. 

120610 7s WFIRA HR WA Final

10/06/2012 - 01/07/2012

Croatia, Wales, Scotland & Ireland qualified for the Moscow RWCQ

With Wales playing Croatia in the Final of the 1st Round Qualifier in Sofia (Bulgaria) & Ireland playing Scotland in the Final of the parallel tournament in Ghent (Belgium), the 4 qualifiers to join the 12 European Women’s Sevens Series nations are now known. Wales will be “Qualifier 1” as winners from Sofia and having a superior points difference statistic over Ghent Cup winners Ireland who will be “Qualifier 2”. Scotland was the better runner-up and will be “Qualifier 3”. This means that Croatia will be “Qualifier 4

120608 WRWC 2013 qualif tournament in Sofia

08/06/2012 - 10/06/2012

Start of Women's 7's tournaments

Teams are arriving in Ghent (Belgium) for group B & Sofia (Bulgaria) for group A for the 2 parallel European WRWC 2013 Qualification Tournaments. 

120603 England Winner 7GPS Lyon 2012 credit J.Kessler

03/06/2012 - 31/08/2012

7's GRAND PRIX SERIES : England won in Lyon

 The FIRA-AER 7's European Championship started this week-end in Lyon (France) MATMUT Stadium where the TOP 14 Club LOU is hosted. This was the first round of the 2012 7's Grand Prix Series played by the 12 best European 7's teams. In total, 42 fixtures were programmed on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June.  The last game shows England wining the title after a very interesting finale under a pouring rain.

120602 EN UA 7GPS Lyon 2012 4 credit CRL

30/05/2012 - 31/07/2012

7's Grand Prix Series: kick-off on 2/3 June 2012

The FIRA-AER 7’s European Championship has started on 2/3 June 2012 in Lyon. The best 12 European 7s teams has played the first round of the 2012 7’s Grand Prix Series over two days. Altogether, 42 fixtures were scheduled from Saturday 10:00AM to Sunday 17:30PM in the state-of-the-art stadium of the LOU team. Indeed, the spectators in Lyon, have enjoyed the MATMUT Stadium (capacity: 8 000 persons) and spent some festive & sensational time.

120528 MC 7 training camp

29/05/2012 - 10/07/2012

Monaco - Training for Level 2 Rugby 7s coaches

 Monaco Rugby Union with the assistance of IRB/FIRA-AER Training and Education Support “TES”, organised a  Rugby Sevens Coaching Course from Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 May. IRB licensed Educator, Eric Lombarteix (FR) delivered this Level 2 Course in Isola Village near Nice (FR)

120525 RCC Nada Batta Photo

25/05/2012 - 30/06/2012

Cross-Border Clubs competitions - RCC

Upcoming RRC Final will be crown of fifth consecutive season of this regional club’s competition. RK Pobednik Mozzart from Belgrade (Serbia) and four times RRC Champion, RK Nada from Split (Croatia), will decide 2012 RRC Champion in one final match scheduled for June 9th 2012 in Belgrade.

120520 RO 7s European Championships Gr A Warsaw credit : FIRA AER

20/05/2012 - 13/07/2012

Romania, 7's European Champion Group A

On May 19th and 20th took place in Warsaw (PL) the Men FIRA-AER 7's European Championships Group A.

110702 M7 PL CZ Photo A. Schirle

19/05/2012 - 21/05/2012

7's European Championship Group A

Live  Matches

120518 WEC GrA Legacy Italian Bell

19/05/2012 - 30/06/2012

“Legacy – FIRA-AER Women’s European Cup “A” 12-19 May 2012, Rovereto (

In order that the Tournament had an impact on promoting Rugby and the Tournament locally as well as having a cultural impact for participants, the following activities were organised.

120518 WEC GrA Legacy French team

11/05/2012 - 21/06/2012

FIRA-AER Women’s European Cup “A”, Rovereto (IT) with Legacy programme

Just days after Sweden were crowned European “B” Champions in Enkoping, all teams have arrived in the beautiful Northern Italian location of Rovereto for the “A” tournament. England (reigning European Cup Champions from 2008), 

120512 EE TR Game poster

09/05/2012 - 28/06/2012

Turkey Tour in FIRA-AER

 Turkey on tour in FIRA-AER countries, Slovakia and Estonia have hosted Turkey in April and May 2012. This tour will permit to Turkey to have an idea of the level of their Rugby.

120504 ENC2A SW Referees

05/05/2012 - 07/06/2012

ENC2A - Historical Day for FIRA-AER & Match Officiating

 Saturday 5th May saw Sweden beat Latvia 31-3 to win Division 2A of the FIRA-AER ENC Men’s tournament. The match marked an historical occasion that represents the further developments of Women’s Rugby in Europe when female Assistant Referees Claire Hodnett (England) & Barbara Guastini (Italy) made up the “team of 3” along with referee Marcin Zestuzek (Poland).

120504 WEC SW Legacy photo 1

02/05/2012 - 31/05/2012

FIRA-AER Women’s European Cup “B”, Enkoping (Sweden), 2-6 May 2012

Finland, Netherlands & Russia have descended upon hosts Sweden to compete for the “B” Cup of Women’s European Rugby. The Tournament has an added incentive in that it is being used as the 2nd phase of qualification for the WRWC 2014. 

120425 IS Match officiating course level 1

25/04/2012 - 31/05/2012

Iceland - IRB/FIRA-AER "TES" supported Match Officiating Course, Valur (IS), 13th April 2012

There were 10 participants on an IRB/FIRA-AER Level 1 Course entitled "Introducing Officiating". 

25/04/2012 - 31/05/2012

Poland - IRB/FIRA-AER Level 1 Match Officiating Course, Sopot (PL), 21-22 April 2012

The Polish Rugby Union organised a IRB/FIRA-AER Level 1 Match Officiating course “Introducing Officiating”. 

120424 SG Conference Hungary 4

24/04/2012 - 30/06/2012

General Secretary Conference, Budapest, 20/22 April 2012

A conference for General Secretaries was held in Budapest from 20 to 22 April 2012, at the same time as another conference for Technical Directors. After FIRA-AER President, Jean-Claude BAQUE, & Pal TURI, President of the Hungarian Rugby Union, opened the meetings, a busy programme started to stop on Sunday at midday.

120501 BH Chairman Semsudin Mehmedovic

23/04/2012 - 07/05/2012

New Unions Responsibles

 Following elections in affiliated Unions, FIRA-AER has registered the following changes:

120421 FR SK TR Game poster

22/04/2012 - 23/05/2012

Friendly game - Slovakia hosts Turkey

 In the long list of friendly games at the end of each season, FIRA-AER would like to highlight Slovakia which is hosting Turkey on 29 April 2012.

120421 SG TD Conference Hungary 1

20/04/2012 - 09/07/2012

FIRA-AER Technical Director Conference (Budapest), 19-22 April 2012

The Conference will be run alongside the FIRA-AER General Secretary Conference. The aim of the Conference is; by using information gathered and discussed, delegates will have the ability to assist and further assist their unions in improving strategic & action planning.

120405 BE Recycling 1

12/04/2012 - 09/05/2012

Belgium - Continuity for coaches

 As part of the IRB/FIRA-AER Training & Education Support “TES” scheme, IRB Licensed Educator Jean Bidal (FR) delivered a coaching workshop (4th-6th April) for the Belgium Rugby Federation on “Continuity” at Hoge Rielen.

120407 U18 Gala 2 Photo Hector Sanchez

09/04/2012 - 06/06/2012

2012 - U18 Closing ceremony

 Following the win in the Cuidad universitaria de Madird of U18 England, the Spanish Union has invitated all players, Mangement, Volunteers, Officials, Clubs ... to the great auditorium in the Hotel Auditorium Madrid for a big closing ceremony.

07/04/2012 - 08/04/2012

2012 - U18 Tournament in Madrid (ES)

 The last two games will be given LIVE Streaming from 3pm today

Poster U18 2012

06/04/2012 - 09/04/2012

2012 U18 – Finales du championnat d’Europe à Madrid

The final rounds of the U18 European Championship are taking place in Madrid and the surrounding area.   Group A will open the final round of 12 matches today.  Group B will follow tomorrow morning, 7 April and the Elite Group in the afternoon, bringing to a close the 48 matches of the tournament. 

Poster U18 2012

04/04/2012 - 14/04/2012

2012 U18 Justin Bridou - Watch highlights on FIRA-AER Web site

 You could find in this web site importants information concerning the 2012 U18 Justin Bridou competition in Madrid (ES)

120402 U18 Legacy 2 photo 1

01/04/2012 - 07/05/2012

U18 FIRA-AER European Championship Legacy Programmes

Saturday 31st March saw the start of the 2 legacy programmes taking part during this tournament. “Outreach” is aimed at Educating players to take responsibility to “Keep Rugby Clean”.

120330 U18 Elite WA IT 4 Game photo Hector Sanchez

01/04/2012 - 05/04/2012

2012 U18 FIRA-AER Justin Bridou Trophy, Semi finals presentation

 After the first round of matches, the semi finals of the 3 groups will be played on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April.  There were few surprises during the quarter finals except for Sweden and Luxembourg, who lost their matches to Romania and Ukraine respectively.

120329 U18 Elite Captains photo

27/03/2012 - 08/04/2012

2012 - U18 Tournament in Madrid (ES)

The Trophy U18 Justin Bridou opens on Friday, 30th March in Madrid. Friday March 30th, begins in Madrid (Spain) the Trophy FIRA-AER U18 Justin Bridou. This European Rugby Championship U18 is reserved for the players born in1994 and 1995. The Tournament is organized for the first time in Spain by the Spanish Federation of Rugby (FER) and will last until Saturday, April 7th.In the three divisions, the teams will be in confrontation in quarterfinal, semis then finales using as  ranking matches. 24 teams divided in 3 pools of 8 teams, 624 players and 36 games, about 40 referees and more than100 volunteers are going to live up this magnificent competition.

120322 DL Conference Liege 2012 participants credit FIRA-AER

20/03/2012 - 30/08/2012

National Coaching Conference and Coach of Match Officials Workshop Liege (BE) 20-23 March 2012

12 delegates from Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain & Ukraine are attending the Conference and 9 from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway & Romania the Workshop.

120313 Jock Hobbs photo Belga

13/03/2012 - 11/04/2012

Rugby World mourns the Passing of Jock Hobbs

The FIRA-AER is extremely saddened to learn that Jock Hobbs has passed away aged 52. He was Chairman of the NZRU from 2002 to 2010, as well as being Chairman of Rugby New Zealand 2011

120306 SW Course 1

11/03/2012 - 14/05/2012

Häckes cup in Sweden - level 1 officiating sevens course

On March 2-4th in Vaxjo, Sweden the 14th Hackes cup was held and a team of 11 referees officiated at the indoor tournament that traditionally starts the Swedish season.

120306 GPS Lyon Conf Photo 2

10/03/2012 - 26/09/2012

Official launching of the 7’s GPS in Lyon

The second edition of the 7’s Grand Prix series in Lyon was officially announced - 2/3 June 2012 - during a press conference held in the magnificent town hall this week. The deputy mayor in charge of sports, Thierry Braillard, is glad the French stage of the competition is taking place in Lyon. Accompanied by Daniel Falque, Vice-President of the French Rugby Union, and Yvan Patet, President of the LOU rugby club, he confirmed that this choice was resolutely forward-looking. They believe 7’s rugby, becoming an Olympic sport in 2016 in Rio, has a huge potential and has a larger scope than fifteen-a-side rugby.

NOC of Slovenia.jpg

10/03/2012 - 02/05/2012

Jean-Claude Baqué in Slovenia

The FIRA-AER President & Octavian Morariu, member of the FIRA Executive Committee and President of the Romanian National Olympic Committee, were in Ljubljana on Monday 5th March. During their meeting with the President of the Slovenian Union, Jos Zalokar, they heard about the financial difficulties the union is experiencing. FIRA-AER encouraged the union to get in touch with the IRB to figure out the development tools they could use.

120307 Eprui meeting Brussels credit FIRA AER.jpg

10/03/2012 - 20/06/2012

FIRA-AER facing European deputies

In collaboration with avec Jan KOZLOWSKI, Dany ROELANDS and Gilles BIZOT, Jean-Claude BAQUE met in Brussels with the European Parliamentary Group, chaired by Poland. The objective was for the European Association of Rugby to be better known by the political institutions who were advised of the Turkish RU's future entry.

120223 CZ SG Photo sponsor

23/02/2012 - 29/03/2012

Société Générale new sponsor of Czech Rugby

Komercní banka (Société Générale) has signed a new agreement on partnership and cooperation with The Czech Rugby Union for 2012

120222 TR Visite JCB final

17/02/2012 - 28/03/2012

FIRA-AER - President JC Baqué in Turkey

 In the second half of February, the President Jean-Claude Baqué has scheduled visits in Italy, Turkey then France. In Istanbul, Jean-Claude Baqué has met M Sakin Komurcu, Turkey Rugby Union Chairman and M Salim Kosar, Deputy Chairman. The day after, he was in stadium to see the final game of Turkish League.

New logo

12/02/2012 - 13/02/2012


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03/02/2012 - 10/03/2012

Info IRB

FIRA-AER presents in Infos window in this web site, a serial of Web sites managed by IRB and available for the Rugby World. To access to the application, please click on visible link.

120127 RO Level 3 course

01/02/2012 - 24/08/2012

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 3 Coaching Courses 2012

It was decided this year to organise 3 parallel courses of this level in three separate areas of Europe. Unions invited to nominate participants were from the IRB “High Performance”, “Performance” & “Targeted” bands as well as FIRA-AER “Key Development Unions”.


27/01/2012 - 11/02/2012

Ukraine-Georgia postponed

Due to very difficult weather forecasts in Ukraine, the ENC1A match Ukraine - Georgia scheduled on February 4th, 2012 at Dnepropetrovsk is postponed. New date is not yet known.

110212 Georgia Spain photo 4  credit Gogita Bukhaidze

25/01/2012 - 12/02/2012

February 4: Resumption of the European Nation Cup

10 days ahead of the opening of the RBS 6 Nations tournament, FIRA-AER is getting ready for the first matches of the European Nations Cup division A. On February 4, not only will France play Italy and Scotland play England,but the program will also see Romania vs Portugal in Bucharest. Ukraine vs Georgia in Dnepropetrovsk is postponed due to weather conditions.  

Important date

18/01/2012 - 22/04/2012

Conference for General Secretaries and National Technical Directors

SAVE THE DATE - A conference for General Secretaries and National Technical Directors will be organised by FIRA-AER from April 19 to 22, 2012 in Budapest.

120115 BE Ref workshop 2

15/01/2012 - 20/02/2012

Belgium - Learning week-end for Referees

From 14 to 15 January 2012, the Belgium Referees Comitee took advantage of the winterbreak to organise a workshop around the scrum for their match officials. About 85 referees have participated in this event for the occasion at Antwerp Rugby Club.

26/12/2011 - 06/02/2012

Serbia - IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Accreditation Coaching Course, Part 1

The above was held by the Serbian Rugby Union in conjunction with the Training & Education Support “TES” scheme in Belgrade, 17th-18th December.

20/12/2011 - 03/01/2012

FIRA-AER Office closure

Please note that the FIRA-AER office will be closed from Friday 23rd December 2011 at 18:00 to Monday 2nd January 2012 at 9:00.

111206 Cross border Final result

06/12/2011 - 14/03/2012

Cross Border Competitions - 2011 Baltic Rugby Cup

 The Baltic Rugby Cup (BRC) was held from July to October 2011 in the region of Baltic Sea with clubs from Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.

111115 PL LT U20 Final Round

16/11/2011 - 18/11/2011

Poland-Modlova in U20 final

Poland and Moldova will play friday 18th November the final of the U20 European Championship in Siedlce (PL)

111114 SW Photo plan strategic

14/11/2011 - 29/12/2011

Sweden - Plans for the future

The 12th and 13th of November 2011 will go down as a landmark weekend for Swedish Rugby. A club forum with the theme of ‘building for the future’ was attended by representatives of almost every rugby club in Sweden. 

111111 National conference photo 4

11/11/2011 - 27/06/2012

FIRA-AER National Coaching Conference & Sevens Refereeing Workshop, Amsterdam, 10-13 November 2011.

On 10th November delegates of the above assembled at the NRB National Rugby Centre for the opening of the Conference & Workshop. FIRA-AER President, Jean-Claude Baque & NRB President Willem de Jong started the conference and welcomed the delegates. The Conference was a sequel of the 2010 Coaching Conference focusing on Rugby Sevens.  

111102 U19 NL RU Photo 3

04/11/2011 - 07/11/2011

U18 Trophy Justin Bridou Qualifications and U19

Qualifying tournament for the U18 Justin Bridou Trophy After day 2 of the U18 qualifying tournament with four teams, we are now in a position to announce the two squads that will play the 6 Nations teams in March 2012: Georgia and Portugal since they overshadowed the Romanian and the Belgian. The two leaders will play each other today to determine who will rank 7 and 8 in Madrid.    

111102 SW Cours Ref et CMO

02/11/2011 - 07/12/2011

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 1 Coaching of Match Officials Course & Referee Clinic, Sweden

 As part of the IRB Training & Education Support “TES” scheme, IRB licensed Educator Claire Daniels (bottom far left) of the RFU visited Stockholm & Enkoping on 28th-30th October 2011.

110904 RWC2011 Logo

23/10/2011 - 16/11/2011

New-Zealand winner of RWC2011

 New-Zealand is the winner of the RWC2011 at home facing to France 8 to 7. Northern hemisphere country failed against a Tri Nations country

111015 ES award ceremony

15/10/2011 - 19/11/2011

Spanish Rugby Union awarded

The Chairman of the Spanish Rugby Union, Mr. Alfonso MANDADO, was awarded with the Golden Medal of the Royal Order for Sports Achievements. Also, Spanish Rugby Union´s General Secretary, Mr. José Manuel MORENO, was awarded with the Silver Medal during an award ceremony presided by Her Royal Highness, Princess Cristina de Borbón last 5th of October.

111004 UA Women 2

02/10/2011 - 16/11/2011

Ukraine - Women Ukraine winner of Coupe de l'Amitié

 On 1st October was held in Lviv (UA) the Coupe de l'Amitié for the Rugby 7s women teams.

111003 U27 HR Photo 2

01/10/2011 - 09/11/2011

U17 - Camp in Croatia

From Wednesday 28 of September until Sunday 2nd of October the U17 Camp with Croatia and Bosnia took place in Josipdol (Croatia).

111004 ENC 10-12 Logo

01/10/2011 - 30/10/2011

ENC - Season 2011-12 begins

RWC 2011 Quarter final games start this week-end, but the ENC also starts on 8th October. At then of this season, the European Champion title will be given and some countries will be promoted for a new round 2012/14.

111002 UA Workshop beginners

29/09/2011 - 31/10/2011

Ukraine - Workshop for trainers beginners

 From 22 to 23 September was held in Sports University of Kiev (UA) a seminar for trainers beginners.

110926 CNOSF Logo

26/09/2011 - 31/10/2011

FNOC - Article on European Rugby

 RWC2011 is now running and a lot of media are interested by our sport. One of the large number of Press Releases produced has to be reviewed and highlighted because you can see it on the French Sports and Olympic National Committee web site.

2011 U20 logo

24/09/2011 - 19/11/2011

U20 - 2011 Final in Poland

 2011' FIRA-AER U20 Final will be held close to Warsaw (PL) in Siedlce from 14 to 19 November. The four contries will be the three winners of pools, Poland, Moldova and Ukraine and the best runner-up Lithuania.

110904 RWC2011 Logo

04/09/2011 - 30/09/2011

RWC2011 - Competition starts for the 9 FIRA-AER Countries

The 7th RWC begins the 9th September. Nine countries affiliated to FIRA-AER will start the competition on 10 September. Scotland, Romania, France, England, Ireland, Russia, Georgia, Wales and Italy wish to complete a good tournament with different motivations.

110825 U20 CH LU 1 Photo P Ernster

02/09/2011 - 29/09/2011

U20 - 2011 Tournaments in Luxembourg and Lithuania

The first two U20 tournaments were completed end of August in Luxembourg and Lithuania. Moldova and Poland have validated the ticket for the final tournament.

Albert Ferrasse

29/07/2011 - 29/09/2011

Death of Albert Ferrasse

The world of Rugby and FIRA-AER was extremely saddened to learn that former FIRA-AER and IRB Chairman Albert Ferrasse has passed away aged 93. A great stalwart of the Game, Ferrasse served twice as IRB Chairman in 1980 and 1987, IRB Council Member between 1979 and 1992, FIRA-AER President between 1989 and 1997 and was the man who had the idea of the Rugby World Cup.      

110724 Beach rugby Anglet opening ceremony

24/07/2011 - 25/07/2011

Euro Beach Rugby Cup - Anglet (FR)

 Friday 22 July 2011, the Euro Beach Rugby Cup of FIRA-AER was launched in Anglet (FR) with the open Ceremony and the procession of 10 Nations represented.

110718 GPS Bucharest PT winner Photo Marinescu

20/07/2011 - 30/09/2011

Seven's Grand Prix Series : the outcomes

 The first edition of the Seven's Grand Prix Series ended on the 18 July in Bucharest. Besides the victory of Portugal, other events occured in the 2011 Season. The rankings of Try scorers and Scorers are available attached.

110719 DE President

17/07/2011 - 17/08/2011

New President in Germany

During its last General Assembly on 16th July 2011, the German Rugby Union (DRV) elected its new President for the next two years: Ralph GOTZ. This former player of the Sport Club Neuenheim in Heidelberg succeeds Claus Peter BACH who had been holding the position since 2005.

15/07/2011 - 18/07/2011

U17 Polish Championship available in streaming

 The U17 Polish Championship is held at this moment. It finishes Sunday and is accessible in streaming at this address :


12/07/2011 - 18/07/2011

The stakes of Bucharest's tournaments (Seven's Grand Prix Series and Top 12)

 After the surprising results in Barcelona, the final tournament of this year's 7's Grand Prix Series, that will be held in Bucharest the next 16th and 17th July, will be thrilling. The statistics of the competition are also available attached. The Top 12 (Women's European Championship) will also be played in Bucharest.

110709 M7 Riga RS Photo

11/07/2011 - 31/07/2011

Seven's - Victory of Serbia in Division B

 Last 9th and 10th July, the European Seven's Division B was meeting in Riga (Latvia). Serbia is the winner of this competition.

110711 DO Module 3 Noirmoutier

11/07/2011 - 31/08/2011

FIRA-AER Technical Director Course 2011, Module 3, 3rd – 8th July 2011

From 3rd to 8th July, 6 Technical Directors from Austria, Croatia, Moldova, Portugal, Sweden & Ukraine attended the above module as part of an U17 player camp organised by Pierre Villepreux in Noirmoutier, France. 

110710 RU WINNER of 7GPS BARCELONA credit J Montraveta

10/07/2011 - 31/07/2011

GPS Stage 3 in Barcelona - Fantastic victory of Russia in Barcelona

Today on 10 July 2011, inside the wonderful Stadio Olympico de Montjuïc (Barcelona), following an amazing tournament, Russia team won the GPS Stage 3 against Italy.

110703 IS 1ST Game photo 1

07/07/2011 - 31/08/2011

Iceland rugby made history on 3rd of July

 On Sunday 3rd of July, Reykjavik Raiders played the first ever official 15-aside rugby game on Icelandic soil against Thunderbird Rugby Club from Arizona, US.

06/07/2011 - 31/07/2011

Publication of July's Flashinfo

In order to integrate the results from the last stage of 7's Grand Prix Series in Bucharest (16/17th July), the July Flashinfo will be released around 20th July. The next Flashinfo will be released in mid-September.

110707 GPS Barcelona Poster

30/06/2011 - 11/07/2011

The stakes of Barcelona's tournament (Seven's Grand Prix Series)

 Barcelona will be the next stage of the 2011 7's Grand Prix Series. Played on the 9-10 July, the suspense is intense at all the levels of the competition.

110620 NO 7s logo

29/06/2011 - 10/08/2011

Norway: National 7s championship, 25-26th June

U16 Oslo RK-Lycee R. Cassin, U18 Horten RK, Women Bergen BSI and Men Stavanger RK are the new 7s Norwegian champions

110625 CMO Treviso

29/06/2011 - 31/07/2011

IRB/FIRA-AER Level 2 Coaching of Match Officials (CMO) Course. 25-26 June 2011. Treviso (Italy)

7 delegates from Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal & Sweden attended the above course which was facilitated by Educators, Bob Easton (SRU) & Bernd Gabbei (IRB).

110625 RWC Brussels 2

29/06/2011 - 30/07/2011

RWC Webb Ellis in Brussels

 RWC Web Ellis was in Brussels Monday 25th June 2011. Photos shooting was organised with Bernard Lappaset, IRB Chairman.

110626 EN WINNER 3 7GPS Moscow credit M Anderson

28/06/2011 - 31/08/2011

Wonderful England ! Winner of Moscow 7's GPS 2011

England and Portugal have produced a wonderful show in the final of 7s GPS in Moscow on 25 June 2011. The two best teams of the tournament, the teams which have scored the more tries logically faced one another in the final..

Logo Czech Republic

27/06/2011 - 01/01/2012

Czech Rugby News

RC Mountfield Říčany: Czech Rugby Champions   -  16 teams took part in Old-Prague Ham - Greatest Rugby Event of the Year - RK Petrovice for the fist time Women´s Champions - First Tournament of New Clubs

110619 EN Winner LYON 7GPS credit AtoutEvents

19/06/2011 - 26/06/2011

GPS In Lyon, England won the first tournament of 7's Grand Prix Series

Broadcasted on Eurosport 2 TV, England won against Spain the stage 1 of 2011 Grand Prix Series with a narrow score in final (28-14). Spain was unbeaten till the final.

billboard GPS Lyon

15/06/2011 - 20/06/2011

Seven's Grand Prix Series : Kick-off this week-end!

 This new competition, gathering the best teams in Europe, is starting this week-end in Lyon

110612 7s Gdansk Winners Belgium credit M Arpaillange

12/06/2011 - 02/07/2011

Belgium winner of the first Group A tournament in Gdansk

Belgium takes in mid-term, the best departure to be promoted in 7 Grand Prix Series next year. Sweden beaten in final 17-5, Germany and Lithuania will try during the second tournament in Heildelberg (2/3 th July) to change the order established in Poland.

110608 SK Final

08/06/2011 - 13/06/2011

Slovakia - finals and Rugby 7s International Tournament

 On 11 June, Slovakia Rugby Union closes the 2010/11 Season in Bratislava  with two major events.

110604 IS Rugby 5

05/06/2011 - 12/07/2011

Rugby in Iceland

On Wednesday the 1st June 2011, Iceland Rugby hosted a historic visit from Douglas Langley of the IRB and FIRA-AER.

110605 7s PL DK  Zanka Group B credit Hungarian Union

05/06/2011 - 20/06/2011

Women 7's : Poland, winner of Group B

The tournament of the Division B of Women Seven's was held in Zanka (Hungary) the last 4th and 5th of June. Poland came back victorious.

Provisional poster 7'sGPS Lyon

01/06/2011 - 30/06/2011

7s Rugby - Start of 2011' Competitions

FIRA-AER 7s Rugby competitions begin from 4 to 5 June with the Division B Women. Follow all competitions on our dedicated web site.

110507 WET EN champion photo Sotelo

08/05/2011 - 21/06/2011

WET - England winner of the Women European Trophy

 2010 European Trophy winners Spain, hosted the 2011 Trophy which was won by England A  5 - 3 over the hosts. The 2011 competition had an  excellent level with 16 games in 9 days.

110507 WET Legacy

07/05/2011 - 11/06/2011

WET - Legacy program during the tournament

Legacy project have been undertaken during the Women European Trophy in Coruña, Spain on Thursday 5th May.

110423 IR EN U18 1 credit R Reulet

23/04/2011 - 29/05/2011

Ireland, U18 European champion

In Tarbes, Ireland defeated England (17-8) in the final of the U18 "Justin Bridou" European championships and won the trophy for the first time. For the third place, Wales won over France (6-15).

110421 U18 Suisse legacy 2

22/04/2011 - 25/05/2011

U18 - Legacy programme in U18 Tournament

 On the 21st April during the U18 Championship the team of Switzerland participated in one of many legacy projects organised. 

110415 U18 Justin Bridou ball

22/04/2011 - 24/04/2011

U18 - Satuday 23 April final games

Spectators in Armagnac-Bigorre will be able to watch the 6 scheduled matches on Saturday 23 April.  Two outstanding games will be played in Tarbes.


20/04/2011 - 24/04/2011

U18 - Elite games LIVE on Eurosport

 The final and the third place of Elite group will be LIVE on Eurosport on 23 April from Tarbes

110419 U18 Legacy programme

19/04/2011 - 30/05/2011

U18 - Legacy programme

 Before the Group C matches in Vic Fezenac between Bulgaria and Denmark & Hungary and Luxembourg, nearly 200 children from local schools participated in one of the many Legacy projects to be organised as part of the Tournament

110417 EN WA U18 10 credit R.Gilissen

17/04/2011 - 23/04/2011

U18 - The final will be Ireland Vs England

 Fantastic games were played in Auch for the semi finals of the Elite Group. The two games were decided in the last minutes. Finally the final will be Ireland Vs England Saturday 23 April in Tarbes at 6.30pm Live on Eurosport 2.

press clipart

05/04/2011 - 16/04/2011

U18 - Accreditation form

You can download you press accreditation for the U18 Justin Bridou European Championship.

110226 ENC1A Portugal Georgia photo 3 Carlos Palma Celta Images

27/02/2011 - 12/03/2011

ENC 1A - Georgia wins in Portugal

 Georgia is now 5 points ahead to Portugal after the game won in Lisbon. Wins of Spain (Ukraine) and Romania (Russia) at home were expected.

New logo

24/02/2011 - 31/12/2011

New logo

Since the FIRA-AER is expanding, an evolution of its logo and its visual identity was necessary. As an important vehicle for communication, it had to be uncluttered and clear.

110212 RU PT Photo 1 Stas Kolpakov

13/02/2011 - 27/02/2011

ENC 1A - Portugal wins in Russia

Day 2 of ENC 1A with a fantastic victory of Portugal in Russia after having defeated Romania on Day 1. After it won over Spain, Georgia now scores two victories. The game Ukraine Vs Romania has been postponed due to weather conditions in Ukraine.


10/12/2010 - 21/01/2011

Fundamentals rights in sports - Doping 2011

 A new workshop will be given on 21 January at the Maison du Barreau de Paris. This seminar will present the mains problems in the morning, works in group per topic in the afternoon. General Assembly in the evening with report from the three workshop described below and a report at the end of 2011.   The organisator (Institut des Droits de l'Homme du Barreau de Paris: IDHBP) will complete a report at the end of 2011 to give working tools to those who practice in doping sector(indicators to permit to get certain points of references to finalize law or doping practice). See below topics on program. Informations: Nathalie Korchia (or Christophe Pettiti) 

2010 U20 LT HU photo 9 István Takács

09/11/2010 - 18/12/2010

U20 - Lithuania won the final four in Hungary

Hungary have had the right to organize the final of the group finalists: Ukraine, Lithuania, Switzerland and the host themselves.

Georgia U19 2010 European Champion (Photo:

31/10/2010 - 30/11/2010

U19 - Georgia FIRA-AER European Champion 2010

Georgia is European FIRA-AER 2010 Champion after his excellent win against Russia, Russia will joint Georgia in 2011 JWT U20 . Photos: 

2010 FIRA-AER Photo

21/10/2010 - 28/12/2010

2010 - FIRA-AER Who's who?

 Members of the FIRA-AER Office in 2010. Photo: Isabelle PICAREL

01/12/2001 - 31/12/2001

Black Sea Tournament

As the curtain opener to the 87th General Assembly two work shops were organised in rue de Liège. The first was dedicated to the Women’s Committee, which we will come back to later, the second one to cross border tournaments. This particular initiative fits in to FIRA-AER’s overall development plan. 

01/12/2001 - 14/12/2001

Women’s calendars

With regard to competitions, Douglas LANGLEY gave an account of the work carried out by the FIRA-AER Women’s Development Committee, presided over by Jean-Claude Baqué and assisted by Pierre Villepreux, to which Malcolm Gillies (Six Nations), Ruben Duque (Spain) and Akos Harmat (Hungary) were invited. 

87th General Assembly [1] - Credit: I. Picarel

01/12/2001 - 14/12/2001

U18 - Justin Bridou Trophy in Spain well on track

Before the Spanish technical officer Ruben Duque outlined the details of the organisation of the event, Jean-Claude Baqué welcomed two “strangers” to FIRA-AER, namely Jon Davis from the UK and Jacques Laurans (Six Nations) and stated that FIRA-AER and the Six Nations were totally united in their efforts and were working hand in hand in all areas including youth rugby policy, training of staff and the development of women’s rugby. 

01/12/2001 - 14/12/2001

U18 European Championship 2013 in France

To conclude on competitions, Jean-Claude Baqué welcomed the addition of Spain to the list of organisers. Up until now this role has been fulfilled by Italy and France with one event taking place in Wales . He went on to announce that the 2013 competition will take place in France.

01/12/2001 - 15/12/2001

Healthy finances despite economic crisis

José Maria Epalza and his assistant Ole Nielsen presented a table of the current financial situation which despite the economic crisis and a policy to support increased numbers of competitions, remains reassuringly healthy. A surplus of €43,000 is recorded, while expenditure amounted to €2 436 000. 74% of income came from the IRB, 14% from sponsorship and the remainder from various other sources. 

01/12/2001 - 15/12/2001

2010-2011 strategic plan 95% complete

Chairman Jean-Claude Baqué expressed his satisfaction that “we have realised 95% of the strategic plan which we presented to the IRB”. He emphasised the effectiveness of the logbook created by the IRB. He went on to talk about the 2011-2015 plan, the fruit of collective labours which involved taking the previous plan and reviewing all areas in need of improvement. He spoke of the work carried out at the General Assembly in Las Palmas, then by the Executive Committee and then by the twelve or so participating unions. In January 2012 a final draft will be submitted with the help of the IRB and forwarded, in French and English, to all member nations. 

87th General Assembly [2] -Credit: I. Picarel

01/12/2001 - 15/12/2001

Increasing number of members. Why? How ?

The major debate of this General Assembly focused on the fascinating subject of increasing member numbers. In his opening address Michel Arpaillange stated that “ comparison between 2003 and 2010 shows that certain countries have not increased their number of players. Over the next four years let us use the 2015 World Cup as the impetus for new initiatives to develop Rugby”

01/12/2001 - 15/12/2001

FIRA-AER ready to promote the RWC 2015

Paul Vaughan, representing the Organising Committee of the Rugby World Cup 2015, following a video presentation of the event, announced a programme which involves the participation of all IRB nations and in particular the European nations. 

01/12/2001 - 15/12/2001

Europe must speak as one voice

This objective has been pursued relentlessly by Jean-Claude Baqué : “Speak and be heard” he stated, “In total harmony. For this to happen it is necessary to find a way of combining the FIRA-AER bylaws with the Commercial Company which is made up of the Six Nations” he continued.

87th General Assembly - Mike Miller (IRB)/Jean-Claude Baqué (FIRA-AER) - Credit: I. Picarel

01/12/2001 - 15/12/2001

Mike Miller’s Olympic tool box!

As we mentioned earlier, the Chief Executive of the IRB Mike MILLER, in his opening address had great praise for FIRA-AER : “Thank you for your work. Without you rugby would not exist.” He then went on to deliver his analysis of a rather less than positive situation.

01/12/2001 - 15/12/2001

FIRA-AER vote Bernard Lapasset as IRB Chairman

Raul Martins, FIRA-AER representative on the IRB Council, had earlier explained why the election of the IRB Chairman was postponed to Los Angeles due to the late application of Bill Beaumont. The General Assembly therefore included the vote to appoint a candidate in its agenda. Bill Beaumont followed by Bernard Lapasset were given half an hour each to state their case. This involved a twenty minute address followed by ten minutes to respond to questions from the floor. 

87th General Assembly - new members (Iceland, Liechtenstein)

01/12/2001 - 15/12/2001


1 Next Winter meeting. Thanks again to the hospitality of Société Générale, next winter’s meeting will take place on 30 November/1 December 2012 in Paris. Sweden and Bulgaria have submitted applications for the 2013 Summer Congress. 2 Condolences. Jean-Claude Baqué expressed his condolences to the Bulgarian union on the death of its Development Officer and passed on its sympathies and thoughts to the Marinkin family. 

2010 AGM Arpaillange

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

The JUSTIN BRIDOU » European U18 Rugby Union championship on Eurosport

  Following a working session held at its new offices in rue Liège at which Jean-Claude BAQUÉ and his staff had a final look at the agenda, the 85th three-part General Assembly got under way in the fine surrounding of the Société Générale which was made available to FIRA-AER. Thanks once again.  

2010 AGM salle totale

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

Competitions : more evently matched / new handbook

A general review of the competitions (men and women’s) was preceded by a report given by Bernard JARGEAC concerning improvements to the internet site (praised by José Maria EPALZA) and also the introduction of the bonus system which he remarked had lead to more dynamic and more evenly-matched games. His report focused on the first 25 matches (55 in total) played in divisions 1B, 2 and 3. On the financial front the IRB will provide the same assistance for 2012 as last year  

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

Le creed according to JC BAQUÉ : «Bring, share, exchange, discuss, receive, ...»

The Executive Board opened its meeting with a impassioned call for solidarity by Jean-Claude BAQUÉ in the presence of Raphaël NIEMI, who was representing Société Générale’s Head of Sponsorship, Ms Hafida GUENFOUD-DUVAL. Mr. NIEMI was sincerely thanked for his current hospitality and was invited to attend next year’s General Assembly!

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

High-performance Committee gets go-ahead

Two years after its creation, the High-Performance Committee, presided over by Octavian MORARIU, is about to achieve its objective: to provide the top teams with the exposure they deserve by launching an invitation to tender (media and commercial rights) which has resulted in negotiations with Eurosport and Sportfive. The arguments and views put forward by Eurosport would appear to be the most convincing.

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

150 refeees on file

Refereeing must remain central to the development of rugby. The work of the committee presided over by René HOURQUET is therefore focusing its efforts on ensuring that a maximum number of nations is represented on the FIRA-AER refereeing panel.

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

Communication : much-needed upgrade of Internet site

Webmaster Bernard JARGEAC discussed the modernisation of the internet site which is now much clearer and more detailed.

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

Medical : efforts being made / noticable improvements

Doctor Jacques MOMBET, Chairman of the Medical Committee, announced the new anti-doping regulations and explained how they will work, in particular the withdrawal of the declaration of use; players will now be required to be in possession of a doctor’s prescription at all times for banned products which they might be receiving for treatment.

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

Legal Commitee

The Legal Committee (Jean-Jacques ZANDER, Jean-Louis BARTHES, Henri KUSZCO) studied the comprehensive application submitted by Estonia (130 members, 4 clubs) and is very much in favour of its admission.

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

IRB recommends caution regarding economic plans

In the absence of Raul MARTINS who was ill and who communicated via email, Jacques LAURANS and David PICKERING acted as spokespersons for the IRB announcing an economic conference which will examine ideas for starting afresh and will encourage unions to examine their expenditure and increased charges in the current economic climate and to assess the financial implications arising from the current situation.

2010 AGM Epalza

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

Financial situation satisfactory, however …

José Maria EPALZA and Ole NIELSEN presented in detail the financial situation which was deemed to be “satisfactory” by the auditors and was certified to be accurate and above board. However this good news comes at a cost.

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

Unanimous approval of new Executive Committee

Once the minutes of all the previous meeting of the bodies had been approved, Jean-Claude BAQUÉ submitted a proposal for an amendment to the Executive Committee to the Extraordinary General Assembly as is permitted by the bylaws every two years.

2010 AGM Carrigy speech

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

DAVID CARRIGY : « FIRA-AER is constantly improving »

Having apologised for the absence of the Chairman of the IRB Bernard LAPASSET ( “who I am standing in for due to illness but who I cannot replace.) David CARRIGY, spokesperson for the IRB congratulated FIRA-AER : “For its constant progress and the work you have accomplished both in terms of competitions and development”.

2010 AGM Baque Trophee

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000

An emotional moment as Jean-Claude BAQUÉ is honoured

As we stated at the opening of this issue, Bernard LAPASSET appointed two representatives to relay his message and it was Jacques LAURANS who had the enviable task of presenting Jean-Claude BAQUÉ, head of FIRA with his award:  

2010 AGM Salle

02/12/2000 - 30/12/2000


Below the last items discussed during the 2010' PARIS AGM. The English version has been realised by Gilles Fabre (IRB). Crédit Photos: Christelle GLEMET

110624 FIRA 2011 Congress DTN meeting

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

The NTD’s crusade to increase player numbers

The first knights to start their crusade were the National Technical Directors. Led by Jean-Claude Baqué who came straight from the airport to the meeting room, and bolstered by the duo Michel Arpaillange and Douglas Langley, the 25 participants, broken up into four working groups with a spokesperson each, took on the mammoth task of addressing the burning question: “How can we increase player numbers?” 

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

Creation of a Sevens Youth Competition for boys and girls

The second part of the meeting began with a review of all XVs Rugby competitions culminating in discussions, commentaries, critiques and proposals. These were always constructive and always kept the issue of finance in mind. The main theme was the creation of a Sevens Rugby Competition for young players (boys and girls). Jean-Claude Baqué’s view was to “agree in principle to a competition for players between 16 and 18 years of age sponsored by the Société Générale. “Seven’s Rugby is a very specific discipline and therefore we need to train a maximum number of young people as quickly as possible”, he suggested. Michel Arpaillange  suggested that “we should explore and reflect on this issue and come up with a proposal at the AGM in December”. 

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

The “Boss” pays tribute to IRB development

Morgan Buckley, General Director of development at the IRB, kept a close eye on proceedings. Having presented the IRB strategic plan to the National Technical Directors and revealing that Rugby has gained 19% in new markets, that the number of players has increased by 18% since the last World Cup (33% in Africa, 22% in South America and 19% in Asia), that Rugby is now the 3rd most popular sport in the USA and that the 98 IRB member-unions generated 5.5 million players (this statistic refers to members only), he went on to review all the methods which would be used by the major nations, as well as the USA, Mexico and Brazil, to develop Rugby, and he urged  the FIRA-AER nations to let their ideas be known. “What are you doing to hold on to players? Have you any new initiatives?”

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

A Communications Officer for each country

At the opening of the General Secretaries meeting and before handing over to Michel Arpaillange and Bernard Jargeac, Jean-Claude Baqué, standing in for Gilles Bizot, who was on an assignment at the Sevens Grand Prix Series in Moscow, reminded everyone of the propose of the meeting and introduced Amandine Guichard, a specialist in the sporting sector.

110624 FIRA 2011 Congress Arpaillange

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

Outstanding jointly-compiled strategic plan

The collective working session with the Chairmen was described by Jean-Claude Baqué: “As a key page for the future”. A page that strategically includes two crucial years: 2015 (World Cup) and 2016 (Olympic Games.) As all nations (with the exceptions of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Estonia) have added their contributions to the structure it is, according to the Chairman of FIRA-AER who chaired the whole of the meeting: “an outstanding joint operation. An improvement in the continuity issuing from 37 nations. The financial resources pump has been primed. It is now about planning. By speeding up communications (which are already better) with the VI Nations”.

110624 FIRA 2011 Congress Baque

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

Jean-Claude BAQUÉ: “Stunning success of a group that must maintain its values”

This enormous amount of preparatory work (a stunningly successful precedent that must now be applied for the future) was solemnly confirmed during the Congress in the presence of all representatives. Traditional translation into three languages (English, French and Russian), welcoming speech from the local Chairman, Alfonso MANDADO, thanked by Jean-Claude Baqué for the excellence of the reception amplified by the multiplication of cells. 

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

Jean-Louis BARTHES: “FIRA-AER takes on a new dimension”

In accordance with the Chairman’s wish, the Secretary General, Jean-Louis Barthès, offered a condensed Report although the sheer volume of material did not help in this task!

110624 FIRA 2011 Congress Morariu

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

Octavian MORARIU: “All set for the start-up of the commercial partnership”

Chair of the Elite Level Commission, Octavian Morariu, outlined the hard work accomplished since 2007 to reach the objective, at last achieved: “The creation of a trading company enabling the start of the partnership”. To be recorded and formalised by the Executive Committee in September.

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

R HOURQUET: “All countries must move forwards to ensure that the refereeing gap does not de

From the inventory in terms of refereeing, where he chairs the Commission (led by Patrick ROBIN to whom he offered his thanks), René Hourquet drew the following conclusion: We can only progress through work. In the field of refereeing all countries must move forwards otherwise the gap will deepen and this runs counter to the global project of FIRA-AER.

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

Sevens: Scotland integrated in 2012

The VII Rugby Commission strategic plan presented by its Chairman: Howard THOMAS as a joint strategy with the Elite Level Commission (a card to be played in the commercial operations) led to the following declaration: “I am convinced that our actions will inspire other Regional Associations and that we will play a role in the qualifications for the Olympic Games. 

110624 FIRA 2011 Congress Epalza

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

JM EPALZA: “The current balance is in deficit but financial equilibrium is guaranteed for 2 Ye

Introductory statement from José Marie Epalza, the FIRA-AER Treasurer: “These accounts were closed on 30 June”.

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

Pierre CAMOU’s two hats

The former FIRA-AER Treasurer and Current Chairman of the Fédération Française de Rugby had the tough task of replacing IRB Chairman Bernard LAPASSET, detained in Italy for the World U20 Competition. With the abilities we know well, he was perfectly adept at combining the two philosophies.

110624 FIRA 2011 Congress Gatineau

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000

Jean-Claude BAQUÉ: “A highly memorable 86th Congress”

Led by Michel Arpaillange the final touch was made to the fixtures. One problem, between Finland and Luxembourg, remained unresolvable because of the absence of Cyprus. As an exception, Russia was authorised to play matches at the end of the season on the grounds of climatic conditions but without this be established as a precedent because, once the World Cup qualifications get underway, the timetable simply has to be complied with.

110624 FIRA 2011 Congress

01/07/2000 - 31/07/2000



121130 U18 2013 Grenoble poster

02/12/1988 - 22/12/1988

U18 Justin Bridou Trophy : The Alps comes out on top!

The opening of the 89th General Assembly was devoted to what Jean-Claude Baqué described as, “Our leading light youth competition: the U18 Justin Bridou Championship”, adding that “Spain has set the bar very high” and expressing his hope that the Committee from the Alps would follow suit. This objective was indeed achieved and even surpassed in terms of the organisation of the event.

110624 FIRA 2011 Congress Arpaillange

02/12/1988 - 22/12/1988

Competitions : Improvements at Elite level require changes at youth level

In his introduction to the meeting devoted to competitions (Men’s and Women’s) Michel Arpaillange stated that “seven World Cups have been played since 1987. Six have been won by countries from the southern hemisphere with only one being won by the northern hemisphere (England in 2003). We therefore need to improve our standard. Any significant improvement will require a new approach at youth level”.

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris  SG signature

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

Extension of partnership with Société Générale

In his opening address to the Board of Directors and the Ordinary General Assembly, Jean-Claude Baqué expressed, to Caroline Guillaumin, Communications Manager, his pleasure at being asked to speak on this special occasion and in such convivial circumstances. He spoke of the friendship they shared, describing it as a partnership in the true sense of the word. He thanked her for her help in the past and anticipated her help in the future (the contract has been renewed up to June 2016 with an increase of 22%). He thanked the bank for its sponsorship of the U19s Sevens Tournament which bears its name and assured it of FIRA-AER’s total support in the staging of this event.

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris Election

02/12/1988 - 28/12/1988

Jean-Claude Baqué elected Chairman

The Assembly continued its work while the election was taking place, with Daniel Mitrea from Romanian acting as intermediary Chairman. The vote resulted in the election of 44 members. There are 13 new members representing 33% of the overall board. (See internet site).

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris JL Barthes

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

A well-balanced and functional management team

The Executive Committee, composed of Jean-Claude Baqué, Jean-Louis Barthès, Drazen Colnago, Jonathan Dance, Martin Davies, José Maria Epalza, Archie Ferguson, Stephen Hilditch, Bernard Jargeac, Vyacheslav Kopiev, Raul Martins, Octavian Morariu, Dany Roelands, Tullio Rosolen, was appointed in accordance with FIRA bylaws. The choice of the ten Vice-chairmen represents a balanced geographic spread with from Portugal : Amado Da SILVA ; England : Benjamin Calveley ; Spain; Javier Gonzalez Cancho ; France: René Hourquet (Pierre Camou having voluntarily given up his position) ; Russian : Vyacheslav Kopiev ; Poland ; Jan Kozlowski (who is to represent FIRA-AER on a permanent basis in Brussels) ; Romania : Octavian Morariu; Georgia : George Nijaradze ; Scotland: Bill Nolan ; and finally from Italy: Zeno Zanandrea.

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris Overview

02/12/1988 - 20/12/1988

A target of one million two hundred thousand players by 2015

In his address on competitions, Michel Arpaillange had already broached this particular subject by stating the need to “strengthen our competitions in order to catch up on the southern hemisphere (2 working groups, 6 Nations and all European countries) while remaining aware of the economic realities involved”. He probed the issue further with Douglas Langley in their address on the Prague Conference and the “Get into Rugby Europe” initiative. Their idea is to use the occasion of the World Cup in England to work on relationships between clubs and primary schools, using club coaches trained by FIRA-AER who will provide the funding and skills required.

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris  Carrigy

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

Regulations : David Carrigy goes the whole hog

Initially it was intended that Regulation 22 would be the sole subject of the IRB representative, David Carrigy’s address. However, he ended up giving a rather longer address in which he highlighted the responsibility of the Chairmen and Secretaries General to insure that the regulations are clearly understood and complied with, whether they be in relation to artificial surfaces, anti-doping matters or other issues. The 400-page IRB manual should not frighten us. “If you have difficulties, ask for explanations”, he urged. “We have produced a summary in English, French and Spanish which should make this easier for you.

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris General view

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

862 artificial pitches in official use

The Andorran example was the first to be addressed. This is a publically owned pitch in the city centre, refurbished using 2 million euros provided by U.F.A. This represents two thirds of the overall cost, the government having provided the final third. The pitch was refurbished to host half a dozen international soccer matches. The other dates were assigned to rugby matches since the pitch dimensions meet with the required standards. It can accommodate 3,000 spectators.

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris Camou

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

Six Nations protocol agreement: France the only dissenting voice

Since January 2011 and following the Lisbon Treaty, the 6 Nations have been keen to participate in European institutions. A document implicating FIRA-AER, the IRB and the 6 Nations was drafted to help increase cooperation with the common aim of developing rugby and collaborating on field studies.

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris Carrigy speech

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

David CARRIGY : IRB-FIRA partnership has never been stronger

It was the job of David Carrigy, representative and spokesperson for the IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, to conclude the General Assembly. He congratulated Jean-Claude Baqué and all the elected members and expressed his desire to get down to working with them as soon as possible. He paid tribute to Raul Martins for his activities on the Board and expressed his pleasure in welcoming his successor, Octavian Morariu. Octavian’s father, Viorel was awarded the Vernon Pugh trophy, by a unanimous decision, for his service to rugby.

121130 AGM FIRA-AER Paris Epalza

02/12/1988 - 20/12/1988

Finances show a surplus in 2012

Before starting his two-fold presentation (accounts 2011-2012 and the budget for future competitions), General Treasurer, José Maria Epalza highlighted that 75% of expenditure related to the sporting sector and that this figure is on the decline. Jean-Claude Baqué responded by stating that the IRB was pleasantly surprised by this and noted that, apart from the two Board members and the two FIRA staff who receive a salary, everyone else participated on a voluntary basis.

121130 AGM Paris Sweden

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

Stockholm Congress (5/6 July 2013)

Deadline for enrolment is the end of February. Details on fees will be provided to the organisers. A sporting event by young Scandinavians is scheduled. The closing dinner will take place on a boat. 

121130 AGM Paris Moscow

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

162, 000 tickets on sale for Sevens World Cup in Moscow

The Russian administrative staff gave a comprehensive presentation, accompanied by documentation, of the event which will take place in seven months’ time. 11,187 tickets have already been sold. Various events for young people and a music festival are scheduled. Jean-Claude Baqué congratulated Russia on what he described as a “cocktail of sport and culture”. 

121130 AGM Paris bach

02/12/1988 - 21/12/1988

Info Summary

1.     FIRA-AER medal goes to Claus Peter Bach. The efficient, loyal and long-serving devotee of European and German rugby, Claus Peter, was honoured by Jean-Claude Baqué in an emotional exchange. 2.     Vernon Pugh trophy goes to Viorel Morariu.  The International Rugby Board awarded the Vernon Pugh trophy, which honours distinguished individuals who have served Rugby, to Viorel Morariu, the former Romanian Chairman, vice Chairman of FIRA and former captain of his national XVs team. Morariu also served as the FIRA representative on the IRB Board from 1995 to 1997. We extend our warmest congratulations to him.   

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