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Rugby World Cup 2023 round one review

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Eight matches down, another 40 to come – and Rugby World Cup 2023 is already setting a high bar. France and New Zealand defied energy-sapping temperatures at Stade de France to put on...

RWC2023 Team of the Week Round 1

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

A thrilling opening round of RWC2023 gifted the fans 50 tries at 6.25 tries per game with the tackles topping out a 1937 for the weekend and three incredible drop goals from geroge Ford.   The...

Chile will become the latest Rugby World Cup debutant

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Los Condores will become the 10th new team to appear at a Rugby World Cup since the tournament's inception in 1987 when they take on Japan in Toulouse on Sunday. We take a look at past tournaments to see...

Wales on alert to expect ‘lightning bolts’ in World Cup opener against Fiji

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Wales have been put on alert to expect “lightning bolts” in their Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji on Sunday.   It is the fifth-successive tournament for Wales and Fiji to meet, with...

Scotland prepare to do battle with Springboks amid heatwave – 5 talking points

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Scotland kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign against South Africa in Marseille on Sunday.   Here, the PA news agency sets the scene with five talking points ahead of the mouth-watering Pool...

Wales face familiar foes Fiji – 5 talking points before Rugby World Cup clash

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Wales kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign on Sunday when they tackle Pool C opponents Fiji in Bordeaux.   It will be a fifth successive World Cup at which the teams meet, with Wales having reeled...

Warren Gatland insists Wales are heat-proof before sweltering showdown with Fiji

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Warren Gatland has no doubt that Wales are fully conditioned for Bordeaux’s blistering heat as they aim to turn up the temeprature on Rugby World Cup opponents Fiji.   It is due to hit 36...

Time for Steve Borthwick’s side to deliver – England v Argentina talking points

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

England and Argentina collide in their pivotal World Cup opener at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday with Steve Borthwick’s side in the unusual position of being considered underdogs.   Here...

Alex Mitchell ready to continue World Cup rollercoaster ride in England’s opener

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Alex Mitchell is ready to continue riding his World Cup rollercoaster after being entrusted with the scrum-half duties for England’s critical opener against Argentina. Mitchell starts Saturday’s...

Fit-again Taulupe Faletau named in Wales’ team for World Cup opener with Fiji

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Taulupe Faletau will make his first Wales appearance since last season’s Six Nations after recovering from injury to feature against opening World Cup opponents Fiji. The 100 times-capped number...