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As It Stands: Selecting a 31-man Irish Rugby Squad for 2019 RWC

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

With the November Series coming to a successful conclusion and Ireland finishing the 2018 campaign 2nd in the World Rugby rankings as they enter 2019, Joe Schmidt is left with a handful of games remaining...

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Addresses Steve Hansen Rumours

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew addressed the ongoing rumours surrounding Steve Hansen's future with the All Blacks in an exclusive interview with Stuff.co.nz writer Marc Hinton.         The...

Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

1 month ago by The Guardian

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Related: Jacob Stockdale scores only try as...

Wales need strong attack to win World Cup, says defence coach Shaun Edwards

1 month ago by The Guardian

• Edwards believes formidable defence alone will not be enough• ‘Last World Cup was attacking, the next will be even more so’Shaun Edwards believes Wales’s formidable defence alone will not be...

Farrell offers Ireland 'continuation' after Schmidt reign, says O'Driscoll

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Andy Farrell will replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach after the Rugby World Cup and Brian O'Driscoll has backed the call.           Brian O'Driscoll has backed...

Hansen offered All Blacks coaching extension - reports

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Reports from New Zealand suggest that All Black coach Steve Hansen has been offered a two-year extension for after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.           NZME said it...

Goode and Hamilton on how England look going into 2019

1 month ago by Rugby Dump

After a month of matches that included wins over Australia, South Africa, Japan and a narrow loss to New Zealand, The Rugby Pod's Jim Hamilton and Andy Goode discuss England's performances and where they...

Nowell set for eight-week lay-off with hamstring tear

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Jack Nowell left the England camp with an injury last week and Exeter Chiefs have confirmed he suffered a torn hamstring.           England winger Jack Nowell...

Beating the All Blacks and dashing England's dreams - Schmidt's best moments as Ireland coach

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Joe Schmidt will leave his role as Ireland head coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup and we look at his best moments in charge.         There will undoubtedly be a sadness...

Ultimate Rugby's Test Team Of The Year

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

With test rugby going on a break until next year we look back at the year that was in 2018 and pick our team of the year.   Ireland are understandably well represented while there are a few surprises...