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Rugby World Cup 2023 Match Preview: Scotland v Tonga

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

A fortnight after they were outmuscled and outpaced by defending champions South Africa in Marseille, Scotland will want to kickstart their Rugby World Cup challenge against Tonga, in Nice – a couple...

Allan (ITA) - 'My mum is cap No.2 for Italy'

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Comments from Italy fly-half Tommaso Allan as he reflects on learning the game from mother, an Italian international, before looking ahead to a defining seven days with Italy playing New Zealand and France.   Tommaso...

Ireland report clean bill of health after bruising South Africa showdown

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Ireland emerged from a blockbuster win over South Africa with a clean bill of health but wary there are “big tests on the horizon” at the Rugby World Cup.   Andy Farrell’s men...

Andy Farrell hails Ireland’s resilience in thrilling win over South Africa

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Andy Farrell hailed the mental strength of his players after Ireland propelled themselves to the cusp of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a statement 13-8 success over South Africa.   The...

Team Announcement Press Conference: Ireland

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Andy Farrell, head coach On the fitness of hooker Dan Sheehan, who returns to the match-day 23: “Dan is obviously fit and raring to go and in fine condition. He’s a world-class hooker in...

Ireland forwards coach Paul O’Connell, flanker Josh van der Flier and wing Mack Hansen

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Paul O’Connell, forwards coach On what sort of performance it will take to beat the Springboks: “It’s going to take a big performance for sure. They are an excellent side, they have...

South Africa backs coach Mzwandile Stick, centre Damian de Allende and prop Steven Kitshoff

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Mzwandile Stick, backs coach On whether the team take coverage of their seven-one bench split as a compliment: "It’s a World Cup, the biggest tournament you can get involved in. If you don’t...

Defusing the ‘Nuke Squad’ to reach quarter-finals – 5 talking points for Ireland

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Ireland take on world champions South Africa in a pivotal Rugby World Cup clash in Paris. Andy Farrell’s men top Pool B following bonus-point wins over Romania and Tonga, while the Springboks have...

RWC Match Preview: Scotland v Tonga

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

A fortnight after they were outmuscled and outpaced by defending champions South Africa in Marseille, Scotland will want to kickstart their Rugby World Cup challenge against Tonga, in Nice – a couple...

Rugby World Cup 2023 Match Preview: South Africa v Ireland

9 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Rugby World Cup 2023 kicked off on 8 September with a fixture that could easily have made a final. Three Saturdays later, the sporting festival continues with a match that could easily be the final, as...