counties

Hoskins Sotutu has re-signed with the Counties Manukau Steelers

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

All Blacks and Blues number eight Hoskins Sotutu has re-signed with the Counties Manukau Steelers until 2026. Sotutu enjoyed a strong campaign with the Steelers in 2023 and was recognised for his performances...

Black Ferns Pacific Four Series squad named

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Black Ferns coaches Allan Bunting, Steve Jackson, Mike Delany, Tony Christie and Dan Cron have named a 30-strong squad for the Pacific Four Series including three home Tests in Hamilton, Auckland and Christchurch.The...

From Bank Teller to the top of the Rugby Mountain: The Origins of Bundee Aki

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Normally, you'd be hard-pressed to find similarities between a bank teller working on the other side of the world and a World Rugby Player of the Year nominee.  But Bundee Aki doesn't do normal. The...

Top referees selected in new-look development programme

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

A new-look development referee programme has been introduced in 2024 and features more than 70 of the country's leading referees.The programme sees the traditional High Performance squad disbanded in favour...

Ardie Savea wins top prize at ASB Rugby Awards

6 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

A month after claiming World Rugby’s biggest prize, Ardie Savea has claimed the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year at this evening’s ASB Rugby Awards. It is the second time Savea...

CMRFU CEO Aaron Lawton to stand down in March

6 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Counties Manukau Rugby will be on the lookout for a new chief executive after Aaron Lawton announced his resignation from the position this week. Lawton, who started in the role in January of 2020, has...

Hurricanes Poua 2024 Sky Super Rugby Aupiki Squad named

6 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Hurricanes have announced their 2024 Hurricanes Poua squad for the upcoming Sky Super Rugby Aupiki competition. Hurricanes Poua Head Coach Ngatai Walker has named an exciting squad with 13 new...

Chiefs Manawa welcome back Ruby Tui

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Black Ferns and Counties Manukau Heat winger Ruby Tui has signed with the Chiefs Manawa for the 2024 Sky Super Rugby Aupiki season.An Olympic gold and silver medalist, Tui began her career in sevens, debuting...

Moana Pasifika gear up to take the 2024 season by storm

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

A new wave of Moana Pasifika talent is set to light up DHL Super Rugby Pacific in 2024.  Twenty newly contracted players headline the 38-man squad. The team boasts 19 players that featured at...

The Chiefs are ready to begin their 2024 season as they name squad without All Blacks captain

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Clayton McMillan has confirmed the 38-man Gallagher Chiefs squad to contest the 2024 DHL Super Rugby Pacific competition.There are nine current All Blacks featured in the refreshed side, eight new signings...