Last chance for Championship Rugby promotion?

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A little over one year ago, when you Championship rugby promotion was a season goal and fans could watch a rugby match in the stadium, the RFU announced that funding for the Greene King Championship would be cut by almost half. A few weeks after that, the season was suspended in mid-March [by the pandemic] […] READ MORE


Josh Adams suspended from Wales Six Nations squad

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Wales squad member Josh Adams has been released from the Welsh training camp, having been suspended for the first two matches of the Six Nations 2021 following a breach of COVID-19 protocols.  Wales Rugby Union released a statement on Wednesday 3rd February, just four days before their first match of the tournament. Josh Adams suspended […] READ MORE


21st century British and Irish Lions coaches XV – the backs

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With the Lions 2021 tour under threat of postponement or cancellation, we are looking back at the previous five tours that have taken place in the last 20 years. Specifically, those players who have gone on to become coaches since retiring. James Barker has assembled a 21st century British and Irish Lions coaches XV. In […] READ MORE



Struggling Montpellier Hérault sign Gabriel Ibitoye

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Following reports that Bath back row Zach Mercer will sacrifice his chances of England caps by joining Montpellier Hérault, it has been announced that Gabriel Ibitoye will join the club as a ‘medical joker’.  Neither will be impressed by their new club’s current form, however. In Round 14 they lead 19-0 at half time away […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership latest statistics after Round Four

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Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow stands out in the Gallagher Premiership latest statistics, having made an incredible 32 tackles against Exeter on Boxing Day. Perhaps unsurprisingly, several of his teammates also put in big defensive shifts against the defending champions. Elsewhere the numbers highlight Bristol’s attacking ability with Nathan Hughes and Ioan Lloyd rising to the top. […] READ MORE



Chasing pack struggle in Gallagher Premiership Round One

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After less than a month away, Premiership rugby is back. Champions Exeter Chiefs have already taken their usual spot at the top of the league table, after putting in the most convincing win of Gallagher Premiership Round One. They beat Harlequins, who are joined at the bottom of the table by fellow ‘mid-table’ chasers Gloucester […] READ MORE


La Rochelle lead covid-affected Top 14

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La Rochelle leads the French Top 14 after eight rounds of league action, after beating top of the table Clermont Auvergne  19-10. Last Word on Rugby brings you a summary of this weekend’s action and senior editor James Barker looks at the disrupted season so far. #TOP14 – J8Il y en a eu pour tous […] READ MORE