rugbyworldcup2023

Stick, Willemse and De Allende chat ahead of France clash

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Mzwandile Stick, assistant coach On the support for the team: "It's very special to have our South African fans to come all the way to support us. It shows how much it means to our country. We know people...

Experienced Bok team named for RWC quarter-final

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber named an experienced team – including 15 players who featured in the 2019 final – for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France at the Stade de France...

Cubelli and Isa handed starts - Argentina name team to play Wales in quarter-final

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Scrum-half Tomás Cubelli has replaced Gonzalo Bertranou and Facundo Isa (pictured) has come in to Los Pumas' back-row for the injured Pablo Matera as Argentina head coach Michael Cheika makes two...

Romania: Rugby World Cup 2023 review

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Romania had three tough tests in the 'pool of death' before pushing Tonga hard in their final game. Abiding memory Scrum-half Florin Surugiu's beaming face as he jumped to his feet after scoring...

Expectation to underachievement – How Scotland came up short in France

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Scotland suffered a demoralising pool-stage exit from the World Cup after being unable to get the big win they needed against Ireland. Here, we look back at how the tournament unfolded for Gregor Townsend’s...

Stats review - what do the figures reveal about the teams heading home?

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Scotland and Australia were the two topped-rank teams to miss out on the knockout stage at Rugby World Cup 2023, but there was plenty to be positive about for teams such as Portugal, Georgia and Tonga. Pool...

Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2023 review

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The 'Ikale Tahi brought fight, flair and famous faces to the Rugby World Cup in France but had to wait for their final Pool B game to savour victory.   Abiding memory As the Tonga squad gathered...

Scotland: Rugby World Cup 2023 review

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Abiding memory The sight of captain Jamie Ritchie and full-back Blair Kinghorn, who had been the most bullish before the crucial Pool B decider with Ireland, sitting dejectedly on the sidelines at the...

Rugby World Cup Review: Portugal’s delight

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The quarter-finals are confirmed. Fiji were the last side to qualify for the knockout phase of Rugby World Cup 2023 in the final match of the pool stage on Sunday evening, but the night was Portugal’s...

Gregor Townsend admits Ireland were too good after Scotland’s World Cup exit

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Scots had to win with a bonus point or by denying the Irish a losing bonus in order to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals.   Gregor Townsend admitted Ireland were simply too good for his...