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Referee Peyper omitted from semi-finals after fan photo

1 day ago by Ultimate Rugby

Jaco Peyper has not been selected to referee a Rugby World Cup semi-final after a photo emerged of him with Wales fans apparently mocking France's sent-off lock Sebastien Vahaamahina.     The...

Incredible scenes during Japan vs South Africa

2 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

The weekend saw South Africa gain vengeance for their shock loss to Japan in 2015 by comfortably defeating the Brave Blossoms 26-3 in an enthralling Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo.         Japan...

Springboks push right buttons and eject hosts Japan

2 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Rassie Erasmus was thankful South Africa "knew which buttons to push" to fend off the threat of another Rugby World Cup defeat to Japan.   After their stunning loss to the Brave Blossoms four years...

Japan boss Joseph 'so proud' of Brave Blossoms

2 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Jamie Joseph showed how much it hurt as Japan's journey at the Rugby World Cup ended with defeat at the merciless hands of South Africa.   An absorbing tussle at Tokyo Stadium was only one-sided...

Rugby World Cup: The quarter-finals in Opta numbers

5 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Rugby World Cup enters the knockout phase this weekend, with Ireland looking to finally reach a semi-final and Japan bidding to cause another upset.     Joe Schmidt's team may have beaten...

RWC Preview: New Zealand v Ireland

6 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Joe Schmidt acknowledges Ireland's victory over New Zealand a year ago means they will not be able to "sneak up on" the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday.     A shock defeat to...

Springboks have some Ferraris of our own, says Le Roux

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Willie le Roux is confident South Africa have enough speed of their own to cope with Japan's "Ferraris".     That was the nickname given to Japan fliers Kenki Fukuoka and Kotaro Matsushima...

Quarter Final Match Officials Announced

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

World Rugby has announced the match officials for the quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup 2019 following a full review of performances over the 37 pool matches.   Jérôme Garcès...

Kolbe and Jantjies expected to be fit for Japan clash

1 week 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 week 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...