IRB Fan Forum: Look ahead to 2011

(IRB.COM) Thursday 6 January 2011
 
 IRB Fan Forum: Look ahead to 2011
Fans will be able to get involved with RWC 2011 through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Read all the latest from the world of the International Rugby Board's social media and find out how you can interact with Rugby World Cup, HSBC Sevens World Series and Total Rugby, on their social networking platforms and watch the latest videos from the IRB and Rugby World Cup YouTube channels.

Rugby World Cup 2011 will take centre stage this year, and following a successful 2010, the IRB's world of social media will continue to grow before and throughout the tournament in New Zealand.

The official RWC Facebook page, which has more than 770,000 fans, is the best way to keep up to date with all the latest news and discussions before, and will provide a platform for everyone to be involved with RWC 2011 when the tournament begins in September.

The official RWC YouTube channel will also continue to grow in 2011, having already had more than 1,000,000 views on its videos so far, providing you with qualifying, archive and preview videos before, and feature and highlight videos throughout.

This week, as voted for by you on Facebook in 2010, the first video of the year of New Zealand performing the haka at RWC 1995 was uploaded to YouTube and has already had more than 10,000 views.

Video - New Zealand haka at RWC 1995


A third way to make sure you don't miss anything related to this year's tournament is Twitter. For all the latest news and information surrounding next year's tournament you can follow RWC, @rugbyworldcup, as well as IRB CEO/General Secretary Mike Miller, @irbmikemiller.

HSBC Sevens World Series

Before RWC 2011 begins in September, however, the remaining six legs of the 2010/11 HSBC Sevens World Series will take place.

As a result of the first two events, England currently lead the Series standings from New Zealand with Samoa and Fiji lying just behind and the third and fourth legs of the Series will be played out in Wellington, New Zealand and Las Vegas, USA on the first two weekends of February.

By joining the official Series Facebook page you can keep up to date with all the latest news, fixtures, results and previews, as was the case throughout the opening two legs in Dubai and South Africa.

You can also subscribe to the IRB YouTube channel to see all the latest videos which include 'Play of the Day', 'Seven of the best' and the new 'Inside Sevens: Uncovered' series.

Video - Samoa win 2010 USA Sevens


The channel has already had more than 2,000,000 views across all its videos which includes the most viewed Sevens video of 2010, with more than 55,000 views. Don't forget to get your questions in for the Samoan Sevens team either, which will be answered in Wellington.

Total Rugby

The 2011 Total Rugby season begins again in February but there is still the small matter of the 2010 IRPA Try of the Year to decide. You can view all 18 of the shortlisted tries and vote for your favourite at votetry@irb.com.

This week a video of Scotland's Thom Evans was also uploaded and as always you can follow Total Rugby on Twitter, @IRBTotalRugby, for all the latest news and goings on from Total Rugby, or become a fan of the official Total Rugby Facebook page.

Video - Thom Evans