International media and entertainment company Discovery Communications has acquired a minority stake in Rugby Pass, an online sports platform available in 23 Asian countries.

New media player Coliseum has developed into a pan-Asian service and will wind down operations in its home market of New Zealand.

World Rugby has said the 2015-16 season of the World Rugby Sevens Series national team competition will reach more fans than any previous edition thanks to new deals with free-to-air broadcast partners.

World Rugby, rugby union’s global governing body, has reported that Japan set a new Rugby World Cup national television audience record for the national team’s clash against Samoa on Saturday.