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2003 RWC Anniversary: Simon Shaw
Larissa Falls - Sep 22, 2023

It’s been 20 years since England were crowned 2003 Rugby World Cup champions, and Last Word on Rugby caught up with one of the successful squad members Simon Shaw. 2003 Rugby World Cup Anniversary: Simon Shaw Simon Shaw shared with Larissa Falls his favourite moments and memories from the 2003 triumph, and looked ahead to […]

2003 RWC 20th Anniversary: Matt Giteau interview
Larissa Falls - Sep 18, 2023

Hard to fathom that this year’s Rugby World Cup brings up the 20-year anniversary since the 2003 RWC tournament in Australia. A contest where Wallabies playmaker Matt Giteau would be involved in one of the more epic finales in all RWC folklore. The 40-year-old was then in his early career with the Australian national team, […]

France to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup
Charlie Inglefield - Sep 7, 2023

The 2023 Rugby World Cup promises to be the most open tournament since its inception in 1987. Pointers suggest France to win this World Cup as host . Realistically there are six teams who have a genuine claim to winning the famous Webb Ellis trophy. France are favourites, with Ireland and South Africa very close […]

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Stade Vélodrome will host the England vs Argentina RWC 2023 match
Connor Dickins - Sep 4, 2023

After England’s first ever loss to Fiji at Twickenham, confidence has plummeted ahead of the World Cup. Now with fears of a Group Stage exit ever-present, the England v Argentina fixture sparks great anxiety for English fans. Below is a playing XV which offers a different approach. There is definitely some controversial calls enclosed, yet […]

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard exterior and one of the venue used in the RWC 2023 Pool C
James Alunga - Sep 4, 2023

RWC 2023 Pool C matches might be a case that ‘it’s anyone’s game to lose’. The pool promises to be exhilarating, as most of the teams have had mixed results in their recent test matches, making for somewhat of an unknown factor. The Rugby World Cup (RWC) is a different environment though.  Fiji who have […]

Indigo Group Premiership

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Manie Libbok
Darryn te Roller - Aug 17, 2023

A shadow of doubt certainly lies above South Africa’s beloved Springboks’ as they prepare to defend their title as Rugby World Cup Champions.  Jacques Nienaber has made it clear that he has full faith in the squad that he has selected. Nienaber, Rassie Erasmus, and the rest of the Springbok coaching team have built a […]

Top 14 Match on October 2, 2021
Larissa Falls - Aug 15, 2023

 FEATURE: Essential 2023/24 French Top14 analysis before the competition kicks off this week.  Last Word on Rugby contributor Larissa Falls has done a ‘deep dive’ to bring you the most comprehensive guide for the 2023/24 season, analysing all 14 competing teams. 2023/24 French Top 14 analysis: Part 1 of 2 Part 1 of 2 is […]

how are Gallagher Premiership 2023/24 sides preparing?

“They are hard at work” is the answer for how Gallagher Premiership 2023/24 sides are preparing, all the while the ‘stars of the game’ are en route to France and the Rugby World Cup 2023. That’s no insult to the league, though, after just 72 days since the Grand Final where Saracens claimed another premiership, […]

Todd Clever
Larissa Falls - Aug 10, 2023

It’s been exactly 16 years since France last hosted the Rugby World Cup tournament. Larissa Falls interviewed former 2007 competitor and hard-hitting USA International Back-Rower, Todd Clever, as he takes us down memory lane and looks toward the 2031 Rugby World Cup to be held in the United States. Todd Clever: RWC Anniversary 2007 Memories […]

England's World Cup squad
Charlie Inglefield - Aug 8, 2023

England’s World Cup squad shows few surprises following the announcement on Monday. Henry Slade is perhaps the most significant omission of them all. The likes of Alex Dombrandt, Jamie Blamire, and Joe Cokanasiga have all paid the price for England’s disappointing performance in Cardiff on Saturday. Borthwick will feel the doubters circling after a desperately […]

Richie Mo'unga kick saves All Blacks

With scoreboard pressure on his team, a last-minute Richie Mo’unga kick has saved the All Blacks from defeat in Dunedin, all the while deepening Eddie Jones’ Wallabies dilemma in 2023. Unable to hold an – at times – 14-point lead, the Australians may take some positives from their 23-20 defeat. Yet in the crucial run […]

Duane Vermuelen
Darryn te Roller - Aug 6, 2023

New Springbok stars are emerging ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023. Jacques Nienaber will announce South Africa’s Rugby World Cup squad on Tuesday and there is no shortage of competition for selection, especially up-front. South Africa has no shortage of physical forwards to choose from including a colossal battle for the No.8 jersey.  Duane […]

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