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New Years Eve Retrospective of MC50 Author Contributions

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As the year comes to a close, Last Word On Rugby have made a collaborative effort to compile a list of the most influential rugby players. Across our department, our MC50 author contributions have seen eight of our writing staff recall their ‘best of the best’ just in time for the New Years eve fireworks!

In a series of feature articles, LWOR listed; in alphabetical order, the MC50 most influential rugby player series.

Compiling this list was a pleasure for all of them, as each wrote of the years efforts and accomplishments by players across the globe. Authors from the Southern Hemisphere, to the United Kingdom and Europe, LWOR staff hope that the MC50 series was a fair representation of all those men and women listed below. Of their deeds and attributes over the last year.

A Retrospective of all MC50 Author Contributions

Each player name opens the feature article.

Ryan JordanDepartment Head

Ryan is our Department Head for Rugby Union and resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. He specializes in International rugby, Super Rugby and domestic rugby in South Africa. Career highlights include being granted media accreditation for Rugby World Cup 2015.

Elton Jantjies of the Lions looks to pass the ball out during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Lions at FMG Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Hamilton, New Zealand.

MC50 author contributions:

Francisco Isaac

Portuguese rugby player and writer started to “scribble” in Planeta Desportivo. From then on, Francisco got the pleasure to talk with Eddie Jones, Stuart Hogg and many others. With a masters degree in History, working as a Consultant, rugby and sports are his ‘second job’ but my main passion.

Now helping and working for Last Word on Sports, you can also read some other works on Fair Play, Portal do Rugby and Rugby World Magazine.

Facundo Isa of the Jaguares scores a try during the Super Rugby match between Japan’s Sunwolves and Argentina’s Jaguares in Tokyo on April 23, (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

MC50 author contributions:

Joshua Bradham

Married father of four, been writing about rugby for the better part of a year.

Perry Baker of the USA makes a break during the 2016 Sydney Sevens match between the USA and Wales at Allianz Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

MC50 author contributions:

Robert Rees

Rugby nut who specializes [if that’s what you want to call it, haha] in Welsh rugby. Also huge football and american football fan, but love sport in general. studying sports journalism at Gloucester university and my teams are Liverpool FC, Denver Broncos and Ebbw Vale RFC.

JUNE 18: Jonathan Davies of Wales breaks through the tackle of Seta Tamanivalu of the All Blacks to score a try during the International Test match (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

MC50 author contributions:

Scott Hornell – Senior Editor

Scott is building a strong base in Journalism and Online Sports reporting, as a valued member of the Editing team for the LWOS Rugby department, Based in Auckland, Scott’s aim is to attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and is accredited to New Zealand Rugby–reporting on Super Rugby, the Rugby Championship and Mitre10 Cup.

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Dane Coles of New Zealand during the International rugby match between Ireland and New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago, USA. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

MC50 author contributions:

James Barker

James has been writing for Last Word on Rugby since summer 2015. He normally writes about his hometown club Gloucester Rugby but also about the Aviva Premiership more widely.

Rob Horne of the Wallabies misses a tackle on Jonathan Joseph of England during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

MC50 author contributions:

Steve Kendall

A father of 4, Steve splits his time between writing about Rugby & Wine. Steve’s writing influences are Steve James & Michael Atherton, and he laments the dying art of the true correspondent.

Grand Slam winning Ben Youngs of England celebrates with the trophy and triple crown shield following his team’s 31-21 victory during the RBS Six Nations  (Photo by David Rogers -The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

MC50 author contributions:

Scott MacLean

Scott MacLean is an active referee with the Wellington Rugby Referee’s Association and writes for Last Word On Sport–predominantly from the ‘match officials’ viewpoint.

Ben Smith of the All Blacks scores a try in the tackle of Hallam Amos of Wales during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Forsyth Barr Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

MC50 author contributions:


All the above writers for Last Word On Rugby would like to wish our readers a very Happy New Year–enjoy those fireworks!


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