Gallagher Premiership 2019/20 season grading

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The 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season is complete and Exeter Chiefs have been crowned champions. Looking back at the domestic and European campaigns of each of the 12 clubs, Robert Rees grades each sides performances. Grades are given based on a combined domestic/European contribution, but Champions Cup rates higher than Challenge Cup. Exeter Chiefs – A++ […] READ MORE


Wayne Pivac post match reaction to French mauling

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Following Wales’ 38-21 defeat in Paris, Wayne Pivac spoke to the media to give injury updates and his thoughts on a tough day at the office.  Samson Lee going through HIA protocols Wayne Pivac confirmed that the prop failed his HIA and will now need to follow the necessary head injury protocols to determine if […] READ MORE


Guinness Six Nations – Ireland vs Italy player ratings

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As the longest ever Guinness Six Nations draws to a close, Ireland claimed a bonus point victory at home over the Italians to send them top after four rounds. Robert Rees rates each player from their romping win. Guinness Six Nations down to the wire The win means the championship goes down to the last […] READ MORE


‘Barbarians 12’ video footage emerges online

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Following the cancellation of the Barbarians game against England this weekend due to the Baa-Baas squad breaking their bubble restrictions, footage has emerged of the meal, including some major Premiership stars. ‘Barbarians 12’ break covid restrictions The 12 includes the likes of Chris Robshaw, Sean Maitland, Richard Wigglesworth and Jackson Wray, some of whom have […] READ MORE


All the free to air rugby on TV this weekend

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As the domestic rugby season clashes with the international calendar there is a feast of rugby on free to air (FTA) TV. Last Word has got you covered, so you don’t miss a thing, with the full schedule below.  Rugby season in full flow The end of a delayed season meeting the beginning of a […] READ MORE


Exeter Chiefs vs Racing – Heineken Champions Cup final player ratings

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Exeter Chiefs lifted their first European crown, a decade on from their promotion to the top tier of English rugby. Following their scintillating victory at Ashton Gate, Robert Rees rates each of the players’ performances.  Exeter Chiefs Stuart Hogg – 7 A few shaky moment in defence, but a very solid final for the Lions […] READ MORE


Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup teams confirmed

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With the final round of Gallagher Premiership fixtures complete, the confirmed line-ups of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are finalised. Robert Rees brings you all you need to know about the one-off campaign ahead. Heineken Champions Cup sides confirmed There are going 24 teams that make up the top tier tournament for the […] READ MORE


Gareth Anscombe injury update, Harry Randall, Sheedy’s phone call and strict bubble rules

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Following the Welsh squad announcement by Head Coach Wayne Pivac, he spoke to the media to explain his choices, Gareth Anscombe, the omissions and how he approached the autumn rugby following months of lockdown.  Robert Rees brings you the full interview from Wales HQ. Gareth Anscombe out for the season…   BREAKING: Gareth Anscombe expected […] READ MORE


Wales squad announcement – Autumn 2020 series

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Wayne Pivac has named seven uncapped players in his 38-man Wales squad. Robert Rees brings you the latest from the Wales camp. Wales squad announcement Forwards: Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues, 8 Caps), Wyn Jones (Scarlets, 25 Caps), Nicky Smith (Ospreys, 35 Caps), Ken Owens (Scarlets, 77 Caps), Ryan Elias (Scarlets, 13 Caps), Sam Parry (Ospreys)*, Samson […] READ MORE


Welsh Rugby Union lift training lockdown in Caerphilly borough

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The Welsh Rugby Union have lifted Covid training restrictions that it imposed on all of its clubs last week, but only within the Caerphilly County Borough Council region.  Welsh Rugby Union lift restrictions The lockdown of training was solely a WRU restriction, with the government in Wales happy for limited sessions to go ahead. The […] READ MORE