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World Rugby has announced that its flagship 15s and sevens Rugby World Cup tournaments will no longer include gender in their titles.
The body in charge of the sport says the move is to further its commitment to equality in the game.
It means the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand will now be named Rugby World Cup 2021, starting the gender-neutral roll out.
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The move is a first for a major sporting federation and it is done in the hope it will help ensure that the competitions have equal billing from a brand perspective, regardless of whether the events feature men or women.
The purpose is to elevate the profile of the women’s game, while eliminating any inherent or perceived bias towards men’s only competitions and tournaments, which traditionally haven’t specified gender.
The decision to adopt a consistent approach to the naming of these events and tournaments was based on a recommendation brought before Council by the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board, according to a statement on World Rugby’s
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