United Rugby Championship

What Alex Craig can bring to Scarlets
Ross Sanderson - Jun 29, 2023

Ahead of the 2023/24 rugby season, Scotland’s Alex Craig has traded the red & white of Gloucester for the red of Llanelli’s Scarlets. Craig is one of eight new signings that Dwayne Peel has made this summer as they look to improve on what was a disappointing 14th-placed URC (United Rugby Championship) finish last season. […]

Stormers vs Bulls
Jonny de Villiers - May 4, 2023

The DHL Stormers have recently dominated the North-South derby, but this week presents a good opportunity for the Vodacom Bulls. We look at how the Stormers and Bulls got to the quarterfinals of the URC and what they must do to progress to the semifinals. The Stormers season so far The Stormers finished as winners […]

John Plumtree
Jonny de Villiers - May 4, 2023

John Plumtree: The Second Coming Earlier this morning the Sharks announced the second coming of John Plumtree as Head Coach. Dave Williams joins him as an assistant coach, also for his second stint at the KwaZulu-Natal based team.   Familiar Territory The Sharks made the announcement earlier today in a move that will be widely […]

Glasgow Warriors Loose Forward, Ryan Wilson
Ross Sanderson - Apr 23, 2023

In just a few weeks’ time, at the end of the 2022/23 season, Ryan Wilson will say goodbye to Glasgow Warriors after 13 years at the club. Wilson leaves the place he has called home since he was just 20 years old, to embark on a new chapter of his life for the first time […]

Stuart Hogg: a career to remember
Ross Sanderson - Mar 29, 2023

The rugby world has yet again been shocked, when Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg this week after he announced he would be retiring from the game altogether after this year’s Rugby World Cup in France. With 100 caps for his country, almost 200 club appearances and three British & Irish Lions Tours to his name, Hogg […]

Six Nations round two: Law variations in play for 2023 Championship

As the Six Nations round two fixtures are set to kick off on Saturday, February 11, the law variations that were announced prior to the 2023 Championship launch last week are again being monitored by rugby observers. These include; a shot clock for placekickers, shortened time before a lineout and scrum is formed, fewer water […]

South African rugby results
Ryan Jordan - Jan 26, 2023

The South African rugby results in European competition have been more positive than the more pragmatic fans would have expected. Travel and squad depth has been a constant concern for many, especially when the step up from the URC to full European involvement was brought into the equation. Review 2021/22 South African rugby results in […]

South African European rugby
Ryan Jordan - Jan 5, 2023

The South African European rugby introduction was a success last season, with the Stormers winning the United Rugby Championship. How are the teams doing this season? South African European rugby performance: Competition standings The URC and the Heineken Champions Cup both still have a way to go, but we have seen enough to be able […]

Welsh's Joe Hawkins on February 4, 2022
Iestyn Rhys Thomas - Oct 26, 2022

On Tuesday, Wales head coach Wayne Pivac named his 35-man squad ahead of the Autumn series. With senior players like Dan Biggar, Liam Williams and Josh Navidi all unavailable through injury, there were going to be some new faces; Joe Hawkins being one of them. Scarlets pair Dane Blacker and Sam Costelow receive their first […]

Emiliano Boffelli
Ross Sanderson - Sep 29, 2022

Emiliano Boffelli has returned to Edinburgh Rugby this week after a near-perfect summer away on international duty and, if his recent form continues, could be the star piece of the jigsaw that the Scottish side needs to make this season a memorable one.  At 27 years old, the Argentinian flyer seems to have hit the […]

Young Scottish rugby players
Ross Sanderson - Sep 19, 2022

Last year, we listed four young Scottish rugby players that had the potential to become big names in the world of rugby and burst onto the international scene. Rufus McLean, Jamie Dobie, Ewan Ashman and Ross Thompson were the four players to look out for and, since publishing, all four had stellar campaigns last season […]

Fresh start for Glasgow Warriors 2022/23 United Rugby Championship
Ross Sanderson - Sep 14, 2022

The Glasgow Warriors 2022/23 squad will be the ones to get the United Rugby Championship new season underway, as they travel to Treviso to face Benetton in round one on Friday night. They will be hoping that a positive result in Italy will be the good start they need this year, to have a strong […]

Edinburgh Rugby training session on May 31, 2022
Ross Sanderson - Sep 7, 2022

With just 10 days to go until the start of the new United Rugby Championship season, we preview how Scotland’s capital city side Edinburgh Rugby can build on a successful campaign last year and push to reach another gear this 2022/23 season. Edinburgh Rugby: What their upcoming season looks like? 2021/22 Season The DHL Stormers […]

Jamie Roberts' rugby career comes to an end
Thomas Booth - Jul 28, 2022

Jamie Roberts’ rugby career; one that spans over a decade, has come to a close – no surprise to the majority, yet it is with fondness that many International and Welsh fans will look back on his stellar time as part of Warren Gatland’s Welsh team. Jamie Roberts’ rugby career in numbers Roberts honed his […]

SA Rugby migration
Ryan Jordan - Jun 24, 2022

The SA Rugby migration to Europe has been a resounding success. The DHL Stormers defeated the Vodacom Bulls in an all-South African final of the United Rugby Championship. Ryan Jordan considers the success of the transition of SA Rugby’s franchise teams from Super Rugby to the URC, as well as some work to be done […]

Touring Irish squad will bring toughest mid-year series for 2022 All Blacks

You could say, not since 2017, has the challenge been bigger. And this touring Irish squad has an opportunity like few others, to win games and even the entire 2022 Summer tour. New Zealand will undoubtedly feel the same – by turning this Irish visit into motivation to avenge last year’s loss in Dublin. The […]

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James Alunga - Jun 20, 2022

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Charlie Inglefield - Jun 20, 2022

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Larissa Falls - Jun 20, 2022

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Rugby World Cup 2023 fixtures: Top games in Round Two action
Connor Dickins - Jun 20, 2022

The first round of Rugby World Cup 2023 fixtures felt like ‘Christmas come early’ for rugby fans. It was a celebration across the French host nation, and this weekend looks to be just as action-packed. That first weekend certainly delivered some shiny gifts. Attacking flair from Wales v Fiji, a brilliant no-look cross-field kick from […]