Bundee Aki Playing a Key Role in Ireland's Campaign

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Bundee Aki, the former Chiefs and Counties Manukau second five-eighths, played a significant role in Ireland's 13-8 win over South Africa in their Sunday Rugby World Cup pool game in Paris.   Ireland's...

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Counties Manukau v Manawatu

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Check out all the highlights from Counties Manukau v Manawatu in round eight of the NPC.  

Counties Manukau shock Canterbury with last-ditch try in Pukekohe

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

At Navigation Homes Stadium, Pukekohe: Counties Manukau 31 (James Thompson, Ioane Moananu, Adam Brash, Blake Makiri tries; AJ Alatimu con, pen, Tevita Ofa 3 con) Canterbury 29 (Ben Funnell, Daniel Lienert-Brown,...

Aaron Cruden made a shock return to the NPC

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

On Saturday, Aaron Cruden stepped off the plane from a family holiday in Bali. On Sunday, he stepped onto the FMG Stadium Waikato turf for a shock return to NPC rugby. Earlier in the week Waikato coach...

NPC: A look into Round 3

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

The NPC enters its third week of non-stop action. This weekends fixtures kick-off with Bay of Plenty travelling to the Navigation Homes Stadium is a stadium in Pukekohe, to take on Counties Manukau....

Hawke's Bay score three late tries to seal a dramatic finish

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Hawke’s Bay snatched a dramatic late victory to remain unbeaten in the NPC after stunning Waikato with three late tries on Wednesday night. The Mooloos were cruising to their first win in Napier...

NPC: The history of the Ranfurly Shield

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

In 1902 Auckland became the first holders of the Shield because in that year it had the best record of any Provincial Union (the blue and whites were unbeaten that year). In 1904 the first challenge was...