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The Rugby Championship: The Breakdown – Springboks preparing to pounce on struggling All Blacks

1 day ago by Ultimate Rugby

New Zealand are in a crisis by their standards, and things do not get any easier as they start the Rugby Championship in South Africa.     South Africa are favourites to inflict a third consecutive...

REPORT: Gloucester to sign Zach Mercer ahead of 2023 World Cup

2 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

According to The Telegraph, Zach Mercer is on the verge of a return to the Premiership after a successful stint in the Top 14.     The move will allow the 25-year old to be eligible to represent...

All Blacks must step up for under-fire Foster in the heat of Springboks battle

2 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

New Zealand have been smarting from a historic defeat to Ireland, and Ian Foster needs a response in South Africa as he fights for his job.     Ian Foster will know there is more...

Crunch time for Foster's All Blacks as eager Boks lie in wait

3 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

It’s all about to kick off at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit as, for the first time in four years, the All Blacks will do battle on South African soil against the Boks.    The hype...

43 IRFU Centralised Contracts to be Offered to Elite Women’s Players

3 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

The IRFU has announced that Gillian McDarby has been appointed as Head of Women’s Performance and Pathways following an extensive recruitment process directed by the IRFU National...

Springbok Women squad tweaked for Spain Tests

4 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Springbok Women head coach Stanley Raubenheimer named a group of 31 players for the forthcoming two-Test series against Spain, including a number of regular campaigners who have recovered from recent injuries.   Flyhalf...

All Black centre set to head to Japan

6 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

It has been confirmed that All Black centre Ngani Laumape will be moving on from Stade Francais with his next stop being the Japanese League One.    Laumape’s stay in France has not been...

Mixed fortunes for Team SA on first day at Commonwealth Games

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Springbok Sevens team have qualified for the Commonwealth Games quarter-finals after they beat Tonga (36-5) and Malaysia (46-0) in their two Pool B games in Birmingham on Friday, but it was a tough...

RANKED: Current Tier 1 coaches' win ratios

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Ahead of the 2022 Rugby Championship, we look at the win ratios for the current tier 1 test head coaches.     Argentina and South Africa secured Series victories in July, while...

IRFU to issue women players with professional contracts

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

The IRFU are set to hand out 40 professional contracts amongst the women’s 15s and 7s squads.    It will be a move a significant progress as the Women’s 15s representatives...