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International Test match schedule confirmed
International Test match schedule confirmed, with NZ v Tonga/Fiji (x2)

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 […]

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Rugby Canada looks to advance in the 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers
Raheem Bashir - Sep 8, 2021

PREVIEW – Rugby Canada looks to qualify for the 2021 Rugby World Cup next Saturday against their rivals USA Rugby. Leg one of the North Americas qualifiers ended with a 34-21 victory for the Canucks in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This means that even a Canadian loss would allow them to qualify depending on […]

Exeter Chiefs Rugby 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership focus
Exeter Chiefs Rugby 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership focus
Thomas Booth - Sep 6, 2021

Gallagher Premiership Rugby is just weeks away from beginning. Here at Last Word on Rugby, we’re turning the microscope on to all the major competing sides and focusing on Devon’s Exeter Chiefs. The former Championship winning club was bested in the final playoff match. One that will be remembered for the sheer excitement and to-and-fro […]

Super League play-offs
Super League Play-Offs: The race is on
Sam Drew - Sep 1, 2021

With Super League announcing the abandonment of as yet unscheduled fixtures, the road to the playoffs is taking shape. There are now only three more rounds, with clubs left with just one more home fixture. Super League have just confirmed on a media briefing that Rounds 23-25 are likely to be the only games left […]

Melbourne Storm lose
Melbourne Storm lose against Parramata Eels
Sam Mackeown - Aug 31, 2021

For the first time since Round 3, Melbourne Storm lose. The Parramatta Eels emerged victorious on Saturday night against a lacklustre Storm.

Southern Hemisphere Rugby World Cup stranglehold
Southern Hemisphere Rugby World Cup stranglehold is not unbreakable

Can the Southern Hemisphere World Cup stranglehold be broken? A look ahead to France 2023 and what Northern Hemisphere nations need to do.

All Blacks squad less prepared for 'long haul' of Test schedule
All Blacks squad less prepared for ‘long haul’ of Test schedule

With a fresh All Blacks squad named on Thursday to travel to Perth – albeit missing their Captain and in-form key duo – this side is less prepared for the upcoming ‘long haul’ Test schedule than stakeholders will have wished for. Hurriedly assembled that is. If not under a degree of pressure before departing as […]

Rugby League World Cup
Rugby League World Cup Rescheduled
Sam Drew - Aug 26, 2021

The Rugby League World Cup has announced new dates for the tournament in 2022, kicking off on the 15th of October and ending on the 19th of November. The opening match is still destined to be held at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, whilst the double-header finals will stay at Old Trafford. The dates have been […]

SANZAAR Rugby confusion allayed with new 2021 TRC schedule
SANZAAR Rugby confusion allayed with new 2021 TRC schedule

The match schedule for the premier SANZAAR Rugby tournament has only just allayed the confusion and conjecture that was surrounding the 2021 Rugby Championship (TRC) fixtures list. With major changes made to these TRC fixtures timeline that is now based entirely in Queensland, it has become a singular-Continental tournament – and one that may or […]