World Rugby backs down over ban on wrist messages

World Rugby have performed a U-turn over its policy to ban players writing personal messages on strapping on their wrists.

In a spectacular back-flip, World Rugby have today announced that they will adopt a common-sense approach to players' messages on their wrists.

"While World Rugby understands the emotion around this matter, the policy is aligned with the Olympics position and other major sports. The re-focus on this area is in response to an increase in size of such messages and to deter any inappropriate content,"a World Rugby spokesperson said.

That said, a common-sense framework will operate at Dubai (Sevens) and this has been discussed and agreed with the teams."

Yesterday, the game's governing organisation said that they would take action against players who featured messages on their strapping during matches.

World Rugby defended the move, saying it is necessary to make sevens rugby compliant with International Olympic Committee regulations which ban athletes from wearing any unauthorised slogans, logos, messages or symbols. Sevens became an Olympic sport for the first time at last year's Rio de Janiero Games.

World Rugby has banned players from writing messages on strapping on their wrists in the Sevens World Series Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: English rugby team destroy goalposts with powerful scrum, but miss out on try

An English rugby club may need to resort to scrummaging lessons for new uprights after one of their teams' destructive forward packs managed to destroy the goal posts with their scrum.

The Hinckley Rugby Club proved how powerful the scrum can be after they managed to crash not only over their opponents but the goal posts as well.

Despite their monstrous effort, the team failed to score from the drive and even forced the game to an adjacent pitch for the remainder of the match.

Hinckley went on to win the match 52-12.



Watch humble Beauden Barrett & Portia Woodman respond after being named best rugby players on earth

Beauden Barrett and Portia Woodman have taken home the top individual honours at this year's World Rugby Awards in Monaco while the Black Ferns also claimed the Team of the Year.

Barrett defended his 2016 award tonight after he was selected by a World Rugby Panel featuring greats of the game such as Richie McCaw, George Gregan and Augustine Pichot.

"I'm very proud and surprised," he said.

However, the Taranaki first-five admitted he doesn't expect any special treatment at Christmas despite the accolade.

"As soon as you get home, no one really cares." he laughed.

"It's probably the good thing about growing up on a farm in Taranaki - it's humbling and mum and dad bring you back down to earth pretty quick."

Woodman capped off her stellar year with two awards from a possible three - the only one she missed out on was try of the year which went to Argentinian Joaquin Tuculet for his try against England.

However, the Black Ferns winger says the the Black Ferns winning Team of the Year proves they're the reason she took home Women's Player of the Year.

"The team winning the Team of the Year award shows how good our team is.

"Honestly, they make me look good and I'm just sitting out there on the sideline!"

All Blacks speedster Rieko Ioane also won an award, taking home Breakthrough Player of the Year.

Ioane was also a finalist for Men's Player of the Year.