Quilter Cup postponed: England v Barbarians; fans’ attendance denied

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News that the Quilter Cup fixture, England v Barbarians had been postponed, has taken away some of the enthusiasm of a return to International rugby. In a piece of event information from the England Rugby ticket site, it was revealed the England v Barbarians match has been ‘postponed following the latest Government advice. The match […] READ MORE


Men’s & Women’s HSBC Sevens Series Awards 2020 winners announced

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With the season abandoned, World Rugby still had the pleasure of sharing the men’s and women’s HSBC Sevens Series Awards 2020 winners, and the much-respected Dream Teams before the abruptly ended 2019/20 calendar was stopped prematurely. That did not diminish the quality of play though. And both the men’s and women’s teams were celebrated this […] READ MORE


Saracens set to compete in Champions Cup semi-finals v Racing 92

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In a tumultuous season to date, Saracens are now set to compete in another Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals match-up versus Racing 92 on Saturday, September 26. They secured their place with victory over Guinness PRO14 champions Leinster. Winning 25-17, it makes the 2020 season much improved for Mark McCall, as he can feel satisfied that […] READ MORE


ACT Brumbies win Super Rugby Australia, over Queensland Reds

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In a Grand Final that saw the ACT Brumbies win Super Rugby Australia, they have secured the title over the Queensland Reds 28-23 in Canberra. Competing in a semi-final and the winner takes all final was the difference between the Australian competition versus the New Zealand one. The Crusaders were victorious over the Tasman, yet […] READ MORE


‘Nobody’s perfect’ and John Eales still giving back to rugby

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Phoning in for a radio interview, John Eales laconically states, “if I hadn’t got that kick, you might not be speaking to me.” That kick being the one in 2000 where, in Wellington, he sunk the hearts of All Blacks fans. Recapturing the Bledisloe Cup, it was a moment where one player stepped up. With […] READ MORE


World Rugby committed to supporting development of female coaches

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In support of ‘developing inspirational leadership’ World Rugby is committed to supporting the development of female coaches in the sport. Qualified teams for theĀ  Rugby World Cup 2021 will participate in the opportunity to identify female coaches in this innovative program. Six countries are the first to put forward their nominated interns, who will see […] READ MORE


Bledisloe Cup home tests sealed, yet ‘trouble at Mill’

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With the Bledisloe Cup home tests sealed, you might assume that New Zealand Rugby were jumping for joy after announcing the two fixtures. Yet there is ‘trouble at mill’. Two matches, each uniquely scheduled for a Sunday kick-off is the bouquet. However, the trouble it took to secure those, the ignominy and frustrations caused the […] READ MORE


Autumn International’s dates set, including Nations Cup & Women’s Tests

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As the year passes the change in seasons, gladly for rugby fans, it means Autumn International’s dates have been set, including Nations Cup and Women’s Test matches. Knowing this, it brings the theatre of International rugby a step closer. All the while, Guinness PRO14 and the Premiership point towards their playoffs and grand final. All […] READ MORE


Tell Us – do you read the Rugby Papers?

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In these modern times, the good old Rugby Papers have appeared to become a second rate option. Compared to all the ‘rugby pods’ or independent websites available today, how does the average rugby reader actually consume content these days? Here at Last Word on Rugby, we decided to ask you ‘what is your preferred option?’ […] READ MORE


Will Jordan: Old head on young shoulders

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Will Jordan is one of seven new names announced in the 35-man All Blacks squad. A fresh face yet he has entertained fans for three years in provincial rugby, with ‘the writing on the wall’ for a call to higher honours. Named alongside Caleb Clarke, two men who stamped their report cards for an outstanding […] READ MORE