Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

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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


Fully vaccinated rugby player policy to impact Northern/Southern hemisphere

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More and more, mandating that only a fully vaccinated rugby player policy introduction will have an impact on both Northern and Southern hemisphere competitions. The internal reactions from rugby unions and administrators take into account the health and welfare of all stakeholders. Yet with personal choice highlighting some genuine fears and more social media scaremongering, […] READ MORE


New Covid-19 strategy for elite game from Professional Game Board

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In a statement issued by the Professional Game Board (PCB), a fresh Covid-19 strategy for the elite game will mirror the 2021/22 season operations. Designed as a strategy that will incentivize players and management from the elite game [in England] to be fully vaccinated. From Monday September 13, the policy will allow Gallagher Premiership Rugby, […] READ MORE


Best rugby feature stories of 2020

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Known as much for our rugby feature stories, as well as news and analysis, Last Word on Rugby presents our Top 10 best of series. Amid the range of published rugby feature stories submitted over this year, our readers were given a selection of themes. From developing stories, to Tier One player profiles, the variety […] READ MORE





Distant cousins of rugby

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Football has a huge family tree with many branches that all represent a separate discipline. At its base, in turn, you’ll find the first written code of the game penned at the rugby school by William Delafield Arnold, W. W. Shirley, and Frederick Hutchins in 1845. The Football Association, the entity regulating English association football, […] READ MORE


Champions Cup Final still possible in October?

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Last month should’ve been a great one for all European rugby fans. The Champions Cup final should’ve been held at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. An event that – according to The Guardian rugby correspondent Robert Kitson – could’ve made the Monaco Grand Prix seem like a ‘garden fete’. Instead, rugby players and fans are […] READ MORE


Rugby Players lives outside of Rugby

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Athletes often get to live incredible lives outside of their respective sports. Rugby players seem to be an interesting bunch, and have hobbies and lives that give more insight into rugby players lives and their personalities. Here is a look into some truly unique rugby players lives and activities they enjoy outside of the sport.  […] READ MORE