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Seven things for rugby fans to be excited about in 2022

 With COVID cancellations and postponements across different leagues, it feels important to be optimistic. Rugby has plenty of exciting attractions in 2022, both at the elite level, and emerging competitions. We preview seven rugby highlights to look forward to this year: A final night decider in the 6 Nations? After memorable performances from England, France, […] READ MORE

National Leagues Rugby returns 2022

Tight Clashes up and down the Table – National League Rugby results

The National League One, leagues Two South and North rugby competitions all roared back into life this weekend just passed,  after the well-deserved Christmas break. Gratefully, only two games were postponed all weekend ensuring that all supporters go their fix in what ended up being a fascinating weekend. David Challis is here to bring you all […] READ MORE

Welsh rugby regions

Why the Welsh rugby regions are falling behind

The Welsh rugby regions are falling behind in regional competitions. New correspondent Iestyn Rhys Thomas tracks the changes through the years. Every time during international Test windows in Wales, all you hear about is rugby, rugby and the odd splash of rugby. Yet after the Six Nations has been decided or another autumn campaign comes to […] READ MORE

England Number Eight debate

The England Number Eight debate

After a highly successful Autumn international campaign, England rugby fans will be full of expectations as we head into the 2022 Six Nations Championship. One of the big questions they will ask is who will win come out on top in the England number eight debate. England will start with a massive clash against Scotland […] READ MORE

'Slammed' BBC Wales rugby documentary

‘Slammed’ BBC Wales rugby documentary review & rating

‘Slammed’ is a rugby documentary from BBC Wales that takes a look at the ups and downs of the Welsh men’s international team between 1998 and 2008. There are contributions from big-hitting coaches and players, including Shane Williams, Steve Hansen, Gareth Thomas, Mike Ruddock, Tom Shanklin, and Colin Charvis. LWOS Rugby casts an eye over, […] READ MORE

Vaccine Mandates French Rugby Six Nations

Vaccine Mandates, French Rugby and the Six Nations

On Monday evening, 27th of December 2021, Jean Castex announced that there would be an immediate reinstatement of  the “gauges”. In other words restrictions to the number of people who can gather in a crowd for recreational purposes. This of course affects rugby and sport in general. Within that evening’s announcements was the bombshell vaccine […] READ MORE

National Leagues Rugby returns 2022

National Leagues Rugby returns 2022

For many clubs, with the National Leagues Rugby returning to English rugby union competition, some will have had almost a month since their last outing in the next round of fixtures. The impacts of the latest wave of the Omicron COVID-19 variant; coupled with the Christmas break, have had quite an impact on the season. […] READ MORE

Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

For many, the vintage of rugby 2021 will probably raise a lot of discussion and differing opinions. That shouldn’t be a bad thing, with less than two years away from the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Here, our Last Word on Sports rugby department selected a few articles that represented the year in rugby […] READ MORE