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Span­ish ref­eree Al­ham­bra Nievas (above), who took charge of the women’s gold medal match at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has re­tired from of­fi­ci­at­ing and taken up a role as ref­eree devel­op­ment man­ager with World Rugby. Fans who pur­chase tick­ets for Ja­pan 2019 will be able to do­nate to the ChildFund Pass it Back pro­gramme, which teaches chil­dren across Asia to play tag rugby as well as life skills. For­mer Wal­laby Stephen Hoiles (above) has taken on a part-time coach­ing role with the Aus­tralia men’s sevens team. Hoiles will fo­cus on the con­tact area and break­down work.

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