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Italy coach O'Shea demands improvement after victory over Namibia

6 hours ago by Ultimate Rugby

Italy claimed a 47-22 win over Namibia in their Rugby World Cup opener, but coach Conor O'Shea was unimpressed by the Azzuri's performance.       Conor O'Shea was left frustrated by Italy's...

All Blacks punish Bok mistakes to kick off their title defence

1 day ago by Ultimate Rugby

South Africa started vibrantly but were put to the sword by New Zealand in an incredible first-half spell that changed the game.         New Zealand were unforgiving as they...

Proposed “50/22” law to be trialed in South Africa

2 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

World Rugby has toyed with the idea of the 50/22 law being appointed from rugby league to union and now a trial will be done in South Africa as soon as next week.   The SA Rugby Under-19 Championship...

NFL great Tom Brady backing Springboks in Japan

2 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Tom Brady knows a thing or two about winning and he is supporting South Africa at the Rugby World Cup.     South Africa have one of the great names in sport on their side as they prepare...

Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand v South Africa

2 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Kieran Read says New Zealand know exactly what to expect from South Africa in Saturday's huge showdown in Yokohama.       New Zealand will need to hit the ground running in their bid...

All Blacks boss Hansen condemns 'pretty obvious' Erasmus referee tactics

3 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen claims rival boss Rassie Erasmus was wrong to question standards of Test refereeing ahead of South Africa's Rugby World Cup opener.     The All Blacks face the...

Olympians set to make Rugby World Cup history at Japan 2019

3 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

In a historic first for the Rugby World Cup, 18 Olympians from nine nations are set to take to the field at Japan 2019, the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia, which begins on Friday when hosts Japan...

The Miracle of Brighton - How beating the Springboks set the stage for Japan

3 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan were meant to stand no chance against mighty South Africa but sprang the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history in Brighton.         Shortly after breakfast on September...

"They've really come to the fore in a massive way over the last month and a half" - Bryan Habana

5 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

The optimism around South Africa going into the Rugby World Cup is "absolutely incredible", according to Bryan Habana.     Rassie Erasmus' tremendous development of the South Africa squad...

All Blacks not invincible, but worthy favourites

5 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

New Zealand may have chinks in the armour, but write them off at your peril as they attempt to make history in Japan.       Talk of two-time defending champions New Zealand being vulnerable...