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Zimbabwe Under 17 Rugby Team Players
Tawanda Mukanuki - Jun 18, 2023

The Grant Khomo Week is a great platform for Zimbabwe Under 17 rugby to participate in. Zimbabwe Under 17 team gearing up for youth week The Zimbabwe under-17  rugby team is putting in the final preparations for the upcoming Grant Khomo Youth Week in South Africa. In previous years the Zimbabwe Under 18 squad used […]

Portugal v Italy test; Hollie Davidson leads all women's match official's group

Setting a new benchmark, this month when the Portugal v Italy test occurs, Hollie Davidson leads an all-women match official group in a match including a Six Nations side for the first time in history. Not the first time four women have officiated on-field, including the Television Match Official (TMO) role. That has occurred on […]

Alcobendas Rugby player Mauro Perotti on May 30, 2021
Edward Anderson - Jun 1, 2022

Rugby on the Iberian peninsula had some news on and off the field these last few weeks. It was an eventful month as there was evidence of Spanish Rugby’s Guerra Civil action, of internal pressures and Yes, as well as some ‘actual’ rugby being played. Spanish Rugby’s Guerra Civil – news from on and off […]

Tonga Ikale Tahi squad announced with Israel Folau and Charles Piutau

The Tonga Ikale Tahi national rugby union side has announced a strong side for 2022, which includes recalls to former Wallaby Israel Folau, and former All Black Charles Piutau, as well as others who can remold the Pacifica side’s rugby future. Finally able to make the selection of several former Internationals, Tonga has brought in […]

Spanish Rugby RWC self-immolation
Edward Anderson - May 23, 2022

In what feels like a lifetime ago, LWOS began to feature Rugby Europe Qualification coverage. Team’s right across Europe had high hopes, and Spanish Rugby RWC hopes were high – that was until what can be described as self-immolation that has all but spoiled those ambitions. It cannot be overstated just how important qualifying for […]

Rugby Romania
Ryan Jordan - Mar 6, 2022

Romania Rugby has their eyes firmly set on Rugby World Cup 2023. The suspension of Russia by World Rugby may just have enabled Romania to plan for a trip to France. Romania Rugby update Current Romania Rugby coach, Andy Robinson, chatted to Ryan Jordan about Russia’s suspension, what he saw in the Romanian squad when […]

Six spots to fill in 2022, as RWC2023 qualification continues

With six spots officially leftover RWC2023 qualification tournaments scheduled this season, the candidates must all be focused on ‘any and every opportunity’ to reach Paris in September 2023. World Rugby has described the pathway for qualifying International sides to follow, if they wish to add their nation to the participating 20 men’s sides for the […]

Tonga XV after changes to World Rugby eligibility rules
Connor Dickins - Nov 25, 2021

World Rugby has voted to allow former international players the chance to switch allegiance to a new country. Voted in by the full council of partner nations, the improved World Rugby eligibility rules will be a huge encouragement to many who have publically asked for the opportunity to represent one nation, another playing for another. […]

Canada Rugby World Cup 2023
Connor Dickins - Oct 6, 2021

At the 1991 Rugby World Cup, Canada made the quarter-finals. The nation’s finest ever rugby achievement. They exited the competition respectably, losing 29-13 to none other than the All Blacks. Yet now in 2021, there’s doubt over whether the Canadians will even qualify for the 2023 World Cup edition. Could Canada genuinely fail to qualify […]

International Test match schedule confirmed

After the official World Rugby declaration on May 10, an affirmed International Test match schedule is now settled after New Zealand’s fixture list was announced to widespread approval. With July set to be a bumper schedule for all Tier one nations, the recognition for Pacific Islands nations, Rugby Europe teams, and for the two major […]

Copa Del Rey de Rugby semifinals takes focus from Division de Honor 2021
Edward Anderson - Apr 28, 2021

Well time flies and we are already knocking on the door of May. We’re less than two months away from the restart of Rugby Europe 2021 and the critical Rugby World Cup Qualifiers. However, there’s plenty of domestic rugby left in Spain to be crammed in before that date, including the Copa Del Rey de […]

Closed shop - Six Nations Championship
Edward Anderson - Apr 7, 2021

With both the Six Nations Championship wrapped up and the Rugby Europe Championship 2021 on pause until the summer, the status quo that is the 6 Nation’s closed shop is the question that won’t go away. There has been a repeated failure by one of the championship partners. With Italy continually living down to original […]

James Barker, Editor - Apr 3, 2020

In the first of a series of articles, we will be compiling teams of the best imports to the English Premiership. First, a XV of Premiership Pacific Islanders featuring the best from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. These players have been selected on the strength of their contributions to their club/clubs whilst in the Premiership, rather than […]

Rugby Europe Championship 2021
Edward Anderson - Mar 31, 2021

The Rugby Europe Championship 2021 is now on hold until this summer, with a Covid disrupted tournament still a year away from normality. Last weekend had a massive role to play in who would be putting themselves in pole position to head to France. A fresh Portugal took on a winless Spain, whilst Romania had […]

Rugby Europe Championship 2021
Edward Anderson - Mar 24, 2021

Rugby Europe Championship 2021: Vital Wins, shattering defeats Another week of Rugby Europe Championship 2021 action and we’re another step closer to knowing who will be going to France 2023. Georgia took on Russia in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Meanwhile, the rivalry between Romania and Spain added another chapter to the ongoing feud with […]

Welcome Alan Gilpin, World Rugby CEO

Announced last week, the new Chief Executive Officer for World Rugby is Alan Gilpin. And while it is not groundbreaking in his placement, it furthers the continuity in leadership and strategy. By promoting from within, World Rugby have taken the safe route, and has every confidence in their man. Gilpin is highly regarded within the […]

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Larissa Falls - Mar 23, 2021

We’re crunched the numbers, looked through the stats and brought you 14 wacky and wonderful facts from Round Five of the premier French League. 14 Top14 Round Five Facts and Figures Perpignan recorded their first victory of the season- the last Top14 side to do so- and got their first points in the standings. La […]

Rugby Canada earns unforgettable win over France

The Rugby Canada women’s national team did something they were aiming all year to do, to beat a top three side in a competitive game. Canada was not able to do it against either New Zealand or England. However, they were able to do it against France in an unforgettable win. It was a fantastic […]

Twickenham Stadium - The England Rugby duo of Mitchell and Martin look to bring England Rugby back to the top
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 23, 2021

Any way you want to break it down, Steve Borthwick has got England rugby believing again. And it is with the potential England Rugby duo of Alex Mitchell and George Martin hinting a more time near to the top of the Test arena. A semi-final spot which could and should have been a final shoot-out […]

Jacques Nienaber before the game on September 23, 2023
Darryn te Roller - Mar 23, 2021

Jacques Nienaber will be leaving the Springboks after an extremely successful run as the Springbok coach.  Winning one British & Irish Lions Tour victory and Two Rugby World Cups is some resume for Nienaber and he will undoubtedly bring a lot of value to Leinster, where he will be coaching under Leo Cullen. The move […]

Gallagher Premiership Rugby returns to Limelight after RWC finale weekend

Into its third round of action, Gallagher Premiership Rugby returns to the full ‘Limelight status’ after the RWC finale last weekend. It can stand clearly under the lights, so to speak. Three times that clubs have been without their representative players, all either completing or about to finalize commitments with their national sides; England ended […]

England's Marlie Packer on April 2, 2023

Marlie Packer, the Red Roses’ world-class back row/flanker, is part of the WXV 1 roster for England. The 5’5’ back row/flanker has played a big role with the national team. The player, born in Yeovil, Somerset, England, is 34 years old, and won the 2014 Rugby Women’s World Cup thanks to a final win over […]

WXV1 Rugby - England v Canada on Friday

Paige Farries, is a winger/outside back who represents Canada, and is originally from Red Deer, Alberta. However, she now lives in Vancouver Island, which is also where the Rugby Canada headquarters are in Greater Victoria, at Langford. Farries was born on August 12, 1994, and stands 5 foot 9 inches, a good height for an […]

2023 RWC semi-finals

It is not often that you can write your own ‘swansong’ yet for some RWC 2023 Cup final NZL/RSA stars, it might be a picture perfect ending. Difficult enough to reach one RWC (Rugby World Cup) final, for a few this is going to be their second men’s Cup final. And for one individual, he […]