Scott McLaughlin takes ‘second chance’ to achieve V8 Supercars title

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Sometimes in sport, as in life, getting a second opportunity is few and far between. So when the final race of the Virgin Australia V8 Supercars Championship was within reach for Scott McLaughlin, he grabbed it with both hands. Known as ‘the Kid’ up until the flag dropped at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500, when […] READ MORE


Thanks for the Memories, Craig Lowndes

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The end of an era. The last fulltime contracted motorsport race for Australian V8 Supercars legend Craig Lowndes saw emotion and a show of respect, never seen before in the sport. A popular figure, with some placing him on the same peddle still as Peter Brock and Dick Johnson, yet for a driver who has invested […] READ MORE


New Zealand Domestic Rugby Competitions Reach Their Final Round

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After nine weeks, the short window for New Zealand domestic rugby competitions has reaches their final round. For the Mitre 10 Cup, Heartland Championship and Farah Palmer Cup leagues, the last fixtures this weekend will all determine the placings for the semifinals and playoff matches over the next two weekends. From traditional local derby games, inter-Island […] READ MORE


All Black Selectors Make Subtle Changes for ARGvNZL

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If all those elements come together, after the All Black selectors make subtle changes for ARGvNZL, then The 2017 Rugby Championship title is one step closer for the current World Champions. READ MORE


Displaying New Self Belief in South African Rugby

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From the Last Word on Rugby department. Some will reflect on the last 12 months for the Springboks, as a year in crisis. And yes, it was a dark hour, but head coach Allister Coetzee is looking ahead. Displaying new self belief in South African rugby, after the success of the Lions in Super Rugby and […] READ MORE


Steve Hansen 101 “Never Assume Anything in Test Rugby My Son”

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From the Last Word on Rugby department. Over the years of his International coaching career, Steve Hansen looks like a man who is becoming more comfortable in his role. The success of the team during his term (2004-11 Assistant/2012-present as Head Coach) appears to have given Hansen confidence to show his personality. If ever there […] READ MORE



Melbourne Storm Seal NRL Telstra Minor Premiers Title in 2017

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From the Last Word on Rugby department. After a year of being ‘almost perfect’ Craig Bellamy and his Melbourne Storm team have claimed another NRL Telstra Minor Premiers title. Officially, this is the third time the side have been top of the league table – but true followers of rugby league will know, the Storm […] READ MORE



Next Step Hardest Yet for Harbour Rugby in M10 Cup Premiership

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Last Word on Rugby department. From such a great start, the Harbour Rugby side’s next step of their 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Premiership season is the ‘hardest yet’. On Sunday, they face Auckland at QBE Stadium. Last Word on Rugby spoke with Tom Coventry leading up to the ‘Battle of the Bridge’. The Mitre 10 […] READ MORE