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Three of the most iconic upsets in test rugby

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Fiji 27-30 Uruguay, Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, 25 September, 2019 The South American side had faced the Pacific Islanders four times in their history ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, losing...

Stormers prop relishing scrum challenge vs Stade Francais

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Stormers loosehead prop Ali Vermaak is looking forward to the challenge at scrum-time in Paris this weekend. The Stormers face a powerful Stade Francais side in their Round Four Champions Cup encounter...

On This Day in 2008 – Steve Borthwick named England captain by Martin Johnson

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Steve Borthwick was appointed England captain on this day in 2008 as manager Martin Johnson placed his faith in the Saracens lock forward. Borthwick had been skipper three times earlier in the year when...

Stats review - the figures behind the losing quarter-finalists

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Just 23 points separated the eight teams across four thrilling quarter-finals but what made the crucial differences and sent Ireland, France, Wales and Fiji home?   Wales (29-17 loss to Argentina)  Wales...

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...

Australia win but still face early exit

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Australia secured the bonus-point they needed with a 34-14 win on Sunday to maintain their slimmest of slim chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals. But the men in green and gold had it far from their...

AUS 34-14 POR: Australia win but still face early exit

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Australia secured the bonus-point they needed with a 34-14 win on Sunday to maintain their slimmest of slim chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals. But the men in green and gold had it far from their...

RWC Saturday Review: Fiji target last eight; Scots set up Ireland decider

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Fiji were below par but came from behind to beat Georgia 17-12 on Saturday and stay on course for the World Cup quarterfinals, a result that pushed Australia closer to a historic elimination. Scotland...

Boks expecting “brutal” battle against Tonga

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Springboks are expecting a “brutal” battle against Tonga in their final Rugby World Cup pool match in Marseille on Sunday, and have emphasised the importance of being accurate on attack...

Gregor Townsend thinks standard of officiating at World Cup needs to improve

8 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend insisted the standard of officiating at the World Cup needs to improve after being left perplexed by the decision not to issue a red card to Tonga’s Afusipa Taumoepeau...