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Liam Messam returns as the Chiefs make 20 changes for their final round robin match

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Chiefs Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named his  team to face the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday 1 May with 20 changes to the matchday 23 from last week.   The youthful twenty-three includes...

Jono Gibbes takes Clermont job, O'Gara promoted at La Rochelle

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Clermont have announced that Jono Gibbes will replace Franck Azema as the new head coach.   Gibbes returns to Clermont having worked with the club as the forward's coach when they won the TOP14...

Super Rugby Aotearoa: The Two Big Round 8 Clashes

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Last weekend saw two 3-point games playing out in Round 7 of Super Rugby Aotearoa and fans have another action-packed weekend to look forward to with the Highlanders taking on the Blues in Dunedin and...

Mitchell Brown to start in 50th Chiefs game

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Chiefs return refreshed from their bye week to venture south this Saturday to take on the inform Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.   Loosehead prop Aidan Ross, hooker Samisoni...

Aaron Smith uses the first big Captain's Referral perfectly

3 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Highlanders marched to their first victory of the Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 season as they punished the Chiefs in the second half claiming a 23-39 victory.   Jona Nareki was the star of...

New Zealand Rugby 2021 National Referee Squad Announced

3 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

New Zealand Rugby has announced the 2021 High Performance Referee Squad which will oversee all national competitions.   High Performance Referee Manager Bryce Lawrence said:   "We're really...

Chiefs to host Blues, Crusaders in "game of 3 halves"

3 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Chiefs will host both the Crusaders and Blues in a “game of three halves” on Saturday as the New Zealand franchises gear up for the second edition of Super Rugby Aotearoa.   The...

Hotshot: Black Ferns full-back Renee Holmes

4 months ago by Rugby World

This 21-year-old, who represents Waikato, has an impressive sporting background but is now fully focused on rugbyUp and running: Renee Holmes in Farah Palmer Cup action for Waikato (Getty Images)This 21-year-old,...

Watch James Small in his prime, scoring twice against Waikato for the Springboks in 1994

5 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Watch James Small in his prime, scoring twice against Waikato for the Springboks in 1994 during the tour of New Zealand. Small combined first with Andre Joubert and then with Chester Williams to score...

Probably the worst testes-related offence in recent years down in NZ

5 months ago by Rugby Dump

Back in 2018 Wellington prop Tolu Fahamokioa punched Waikato number eight Jordan Manihera in the testicles after receiving an accidental knee to his head.