rugbyworldcup2023

Quarter-Final Preview: England v Fiji

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Fiji return to the quarter-final stage for the first time since 2007, and the same ground where – 16 years ago – they gave eventual champions South Africa an almighty scare in their last-eight...

Marcus Smith given full-back role for England’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Freddie Steward has missed out on the 23-player matchday squad. England have rolled the dice for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Fiji by naming Marcus Smith at full-back in place of the...

UPDATED: Paulos replaces Matera in Argentina squad for Rugby World Cup 2023

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Argentina head coach Michael Cheika has replaced injured back-row Pablo Matera with Lucas Paulos in their 33-man Rugby World Cup squad. Matera, who started three matches, tore his hamstring in Argentina's...

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...

Beaumont hails special France atmosphere as spectacular pool phase ends

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has hailed the pool stage of Rugby World Cup 2023 as showing “the best of friendship, France and rugby” and vowed to facilitate greater opportunity for...

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...

Marcus Smith hails Daley Thompson sprint sessions as he bids to emulate NZ duo

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Marcus Smith has been completing sprint sessions with British Olympic great Daley Thompson in his effort to become one of the sport’s finest playmakers. Smith has developed into England’s...

Assistant coach Fernández Lobbe (ARG) - “The team has been growing since game one"

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Comments from Argentina's assistant coach, Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, on Monday after beating Japan in the last game of Pool D and reaching the quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup 2023.   Juan...

Samoa: Rugby World Cup 2023 review

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Samoa may only have won one game at Rugby World Cup 2023, but their two losing bonus points in their three losses showed how close they were to getting out of a difficult Pool D at Rugby World Cup 2023   Abiding...

I had to make crucial tackle after doing Alan Shearer celebration – Danny Care

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Danny Care saved England from disaster against Samoa on Saturday after realising he had to back up his Alan Shearer-style try-scoring celebration. Care stepped off the bench at Stade Pierre-Mauroy to...