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Clinical Springboks, happy hosts, Irish de ja vu – the top Opta facts

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

South Africa were crowned champions at the end of an enthralling Rugby World Cup on Saturday.   The tournament in Japan proved a huge success, with packed-out venues and fervent support from a nation...

World Rugby Reveals the Nominees for World Player of the Year

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

World Rugby has announced the shortlists for the prestigious Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year awards for 2019, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at The Prince Park Tower...

Injured Cheslin Kolbe ruled out of South Africa’s semi-final team to face Wales

3 weeks ago by The Guardian

• Sbu Nkosi the only change to quarter-final line-up • Coach Erasmus again opts for six forwards on benchCheslin Kolbe has been ruled out of South Africa’s World Cup semi-final against Wales in Yokohama...

What does Cheslin Kolbe's replacement Sbu Nkosi bring to the Springbok side?

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Springboks will be without their star winger Cheslin Kolbe for their semi-final clash with Wales at Yokohama Stadium on Sunday.     Kolbe has been sensational since linking up with the...

Springboks without star man Kolbe for semi-final clash

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Powerful winger Sbu Nkosi has been drafted into the Springbok starting line-up for Sunday’s gripping Rugby World Cup semi-final against Wales at the Yokohama International Stadium     Nkosi...

RWC Preview: Japan vs South Africa

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Michael Leitch declared "the end is not here" as Japan plot another sensational defeat of South Africa in their first Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.   The hosts reached the last eight...

Kolbe and Jantjies expected to be fit for Japan clash

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Cheslin Kolbe and Herschel Jantjies are expected to be fit for South Africa's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan on Sunday.   Livewire wing Kolbe missed the 66-7 rout of Canada last Tuesday...

Japan make history as fearsome All Blacks march on – the pool stage in numbers

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Rugby World Cup is headed for the knockout rounds after a dramatic pool stage in which Scotland were the biggest casualties.     Eight teams remain from 20, with hosts Japan – who...

Disciplinary Update: Paula Ngauamo

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo has been cited for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.12 (kicking) in their Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool C match against USA on 13 October.     Ngaumo...

RWC Review: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Johnny Sexton claimed an 18-point haul as Ireland sealed their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a 47-5 thrashing of Samoa despite Bundee Aki's red card.   Ireland knew maximum points...