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Scarlets sign Fiji World Cup lock

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Scarlets have announced the signing of Fijian World Cup lock Tevita Ratuva, bringing their contingent in Japan up to 15 players.     The 6ft 6in forward came off the bench at half-time during...

Can England, Ireland, South Africa or Wales reign? Ranking the contenders to dethrone the All Blacks

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

It may not prove to be the case in the long run, but New Zealand feel a little vulnerable going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup.     Having failed to win this year's shortened version of the...

Jonny Wilkinson has high hopes for England beyond 'nasty' quarter-final

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Jonny Wilkinson believes England can win the Rugby World Cup but must first focus on negotiating a potentially tricky path to the semi-finals.     England will be expected to advance to the...

The Miracle of Brighton - How beating the Springboks set the stage for Japan

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan were meant to stand no chance against mighty South Africa but sprang the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history in Brighton.         Shortly after breakfast on September...

Selecting a RWC 2019 XV with just one player from a country

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

With the Rugby World Cup is just days away and we can look forward to seeing some of the greatest talents from around the world come together and compete.      Here's a combined...

England should consider Pacific Islands tour, says coach Scott Wisemantel

5 months ago by The Guardian

• Attack coach says tier-one nations must do more to help• ‘No reason England can’t go there’ says WisemantelWhen England’s attack coach, Scott Wisemantel, discusses the state of Pacific Island...

Rugby World Cup Update

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Robbie Henshaw unlikely to feature against Scotland   #RWC2019 Reasonably positive news on Robbie Henshaw @henshawrob after the scan. He is unlikely to feature v @Scotlandteam He...

Four Smaller Rugby World Cup Games Worth Tuning In For

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off next week and while everyone is looking forward to those big clashes involving the tier 1 nations, such as New Zealand v South Africa and Ireland v Scotland, we...

Fiji pose World Cup threat but Pacific Islands need a much fairer deal | Ben Ryan

5 months ago by The Guardian

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga export masses of rugby talent but need more resource sharing and better domestic managementBehind sugar, rugby players are the second biggest export from Fiji. Combined with Samoa...

World Ranking Permutations: Ireland have another shot at top spot

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Several teams get the chance for one last hit-out this weekend before flying to Japan for Rugby World Cup 2019 and potentially improve their rankings.         View this post...