World Rugby has responded to French rugby president Bernard Laporte’s criticism of the 2023 World Cup evaluation process.
World Rugby has raised the residency period needed for Test eligibility from three to five years.
A new global calendar will see the annual June Test window moved to July from 2020, so that Super Rugby can be played without interruption.
Five law changes, aimed at reducing negative play, increasing ball in play time and improving player welfare have been confirmed following approval by the World Rugby council late last year.
Former England flyhalf Stuart Barnes says rugby union’s zero-tolerance approach to head contact will make the sport more like rugby league.