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World Rugby admit they suffered cyber-attack

By Ian Cameron
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont

World Rugby have admitted that one of the training websites suffered a security breach and that data was compromised.

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The incident occurred on the 3rd of May, when World Rugby became aware of unauthorised access to our database of education and training portal accounts. Users of the portal have been told to change their passwords as a result and to be wary of any suspicious activity on their account and to avoid clicking or downloading any suspicious emails sent to their email account.

The sports body were at pains to point out that the main website was unaffected by the breach.

Upon publishing, the training website portals remain unavailable.

An official statement reads: “The affected database contains information relating to education and training history with World Rugby and the breach was isolated to subscriber first name, email address and encrypted (hashed) password, which have not been compromised. There was no attempted breach of the entirely separate www.worldrugby.org website or any other World Rugby digital platform.

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“World Rugby takes the protection of data extremely seriously, partners with industry experts and aligns with best-practice. It acted immediately to determine the nature and scope of the issue, investigate how the incident occurred and to take steps to prevent a repeat situation. This included immediately suspending the affected websites.

“World Rugby also immediately contacted affected subscribers immediately via email, detailing the level of information that was accessed and recommending that subscribers should change their password, as should be undertaken regularly in line with security best-practice. World Rugby is confident that the breach cause was identified, isolated and remedied.

“World Rugby has proactively been updating the relevant regulators throughout and would like to reassure its training and education community that all possible steps have been taken to protect subscriber data and mitigate any repeat.”

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Jon 23 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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