Challenge Cup

2022 - 2023

Champions Cup set to ditch ‘mega pool’ format

7 hours ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Champions Cup competition looks likely to abandon two groups of 12 and go back to six pools of four, possibly as early as next season, writes The Times.   For the past three seasons, the 24...

John Muldoon appointed to Connacht Rugby coaching team

1 day ago by Ultimate Rugby

Connacht Rugby confirm the appointment of former club captain John Muldoon to the Professional coaching team on a two-year deal.    Muldoon will have responsibility for the lineout...

Alex Waller commits future to Saints as Aaron Hinkley leaves

6 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Alex Waller has put pen to paper on a deal to see the loosehead prop remain at Northampton Saints.    The tenth most-capped player in Saints’ history and the Club’s record...

Stafford McDowall commits future to Glasgow Warriors

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

One of the breakout players of the 2022/23 campaign has extended his contract with Glasgow Warriors, after Stafford McDowall put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the Scotstoun side.   The 25-year-old...

Julien Marchand secures EPCR Player of the Year nomination

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Stade Toulousain captain Julien Marchand is among the nominees for the 2023 EPCR Player of the Year award after leading the five-time champions to four straight wins in this season’s pool stage.   The...

Mike Haywood to retire at end of 2022/23 season

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Northampton Saints hooker Mike Haywood has announced his retirement from professional rugby at the end of the 2022/23 season.   The 31-year-old has made an incredible 269 appearances to...

Joe Marler recommits to Harlequins

4 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Harlequins has announced that iconic prop Joe Marler has signed a new deal with the Club.   A homegrown Harlequins Academy product, since making his debut during the 2009/10 season, the 32-year-old...

All Blacks XV to play two matches in Japan

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

The All Blacks XV will play two matches in Japan against the Japan XV in Tokyo and Japan's National Team, the Brave Blossoms in Kumamoto this July, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Japan Rugby Football Union...

Pete Wilkins to take the reigns at Connacht

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are delighted to announce the appointment of Pete Wilkins as Head Coach of Connacht Rugby, assuming overall responsibility for the Professional team from next season.Following...

Javan Sebastian to join Edinburgh next season

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Javan Sebastian is to join Edinburgh Rugby for next season, the Scarlets can confirm.   The 28-year-old tight-head prop has played 64 games for the Scarlets over two spells, sandwiching a season...