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Rugby Heroes and Villains of 2023; Scotland

In a look back, Last Word on Rugby views the Rugby Heroes and Villains for 2023. Not focused entirely on one or the other – balanced in as how the sport of rugby union is a team-based game; as much as for individuals who can shine or be villainised for their contributions. Over the last […]

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 […]

Portugal Head Coach Patrice Lagisquet Smiling
Francisco Isaac - Apr 13, 2023

Another edition of the men’s Rugby Europe Championship has come to a close, and all eight competing nations will feel that there were more positives than negatives to take “home”. Georgia took the gold again, as the Lelos beat Portugal in a spectacular Championship final held in the Spanish city of Badajoz. Romania and Spain […]

Prevent Biometrics’ instrumented mouthguards worn at Rugby World Cup

As the build-up continues, news out that the World’s top female rugby players are to wear smart mouthguards at the Rugby World Cup 2021 is a landmark agreement to help reduce concussions and introduce technology into the sport. ‘Smart’ instrumented mouthguards will be offered to all Rugby World Cup 2021 teams ahead of the October […]

Ben White - Scrumhalf for the Ages
Ross Sanderson - Apr 6, 2023

In just over a year since his Scotland debut against England in the 2022 Six Nations, scrum-half Ben White has already featured 14 times for Gregor Townsend’s side. Every single game that Scotland has played since that Calcutta Cup opener last February, White has had a part to play. After years of dominance over the […]

Razor 'all revved up' to drop in as new All Blacks head coach in 2024

With a beaming smile, Scott ‘Razor’ Robertson has done enough to secure the All Blacks head coach role from 2024 on. Secure in his four-year upcoming role, he has impressed the majority of decision-makers. Impressed the New Zealand Rugby (NZR) board, the selection panel and a large number of All Blacks supporters. Many are buoyant […]

David Pocock shines, as Ireland suffer first defeat of 2018
Meadhbh Lewis - Jun 11, 2018

A much deserved victory for the Wallabies occurred Saturday, and a first over Ireland in Michael Cheika’s reign. A thrilling test match which had it all; brutal physicality, sensational aerial play from Israel Folau, tenacious defence and of course, a breakdown masterclass from the returning David Pocock. Joe Schmidt thrust some of Irish Rugby’s brightest […]

Six Nations

With the Six Nations now firmly over and domestic rugby back at the forefront of a lot of rugby fans, Robert Rees looks back with a Natwest Six Nations team of the tournament. Six Nations team of the tournament Loosehead prop – Cian Healy A dominant and instrumental figure in the Ireland Grand Slam set […]

Ireland Grand Slam

Ireland remain on course for a Grand Slam following a try-fest victory over Wales at the Aviva stadium. Ireland dominated the second half that saw an interception try take the game and any points out of Wales hands late on. Ireland Grand Slam can now be talked about The Six Nations is now past halfway […]

Johnny Sexton
Meadhbh Lewis - Jun 14, 2018

Johnny Sexton returns as Joe Schmidt makes eight changes to his starting line up that is looking to bounce back following their first Test loss of the season in Brisbane last Saturday. Reshuffled Backline adds Johnny Sexton at 10 Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw, Conor Murray, and Keith Earls all keep their starting spot with Earls […]

World Rugby Awards 2018 and, a huge decision from Joe Schmidt

On Sunday night in Monaco, the annual World Rugby Awards were held. The glittering festival of International rugby is where the best and brightest men, women and national teams can be applauded – and Irish Rugby received the loudest applause in 2018. That was for the team, as much as for their individual players and […]

Luke Pearce
Connor Dickins - Mar 18, 2023

There is no doubt that Luke Pearce has become one of the most popular referees in the world. There is even a montage video on YouTube titled ‘5 minutes of Luke Pearce being Luke Pearce!’ with over 170,000 views (see below). He is cherished for giving clear and concise explanations and letting play continue. Pearce […]

England victory
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 24, 2023

England’s record in Cardiff is not a pretty one as of late. A last-gasp Elliot Daly try in 2016 has been the only England victory in Wales since 2011. This coming Saturday England will face a fired-up Wales team desperate to get their Six Nations campaign up and running. Any notion that England will face […]

Garry Ringrose and Irish confidence herald World Number One side's 2023 quest

Triumph for hosts Ireland, with Garry Ringrose and others fine display. This is especially true when highlighting how this current playing group is succeeding with higher confidence in the 2023 Guinness Six Nations tournament. It is a confidence Ireland that rarely could ever validate. Yet validated now, where Irish Rugby is once again the ‘most […]

England's forwards get the job done over Italy
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 13, 2023

England’s 31-14 win over Italy on Sunday had Steve Borthwick written all over it. England’s pack was dominant up front, granite-like in defense, and with high energy in the kick-chase. Borthwick’s forwards got the job done and there was a lot to be happier about a week on from the Calcutta Cup loss to Scotland. […]

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Welsh Rugby Union head coach Warren Gatland looks on with pride after the Wales Grand Slam Celebration
Thomas Booth - Feb 13, 2023

Warren Gatland has had his say on the Rugby World Cup in France in his recent UK Daily Telegraph article. Wales failed to progress beyond the last eight not because they were outfought and outthought. Rather that there is something wrong with the rules of the game, and how it is played at the highest […]

Rugby Canada women's team player, Fancy Bermudez, celebrates try against France

The 2023 Rugby Canada women’s team might be seen as one of the best years in the national team’s history. There were many highlights for the national team, including playing the Pacific Four Series in the nation’s capital in the summer. 2023 Rugby Canada women’s team: Finished second in the WXV 1 competition Strengths Players […]

Your Favourite Rugby Players' Most Interesting Hobbies

Rugby League players are a talented and fearless bunch, so it only stands to reason that amongst them are some unusual hobbies. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the most exciting rugby league players in the world get up to in their spare time, or get up to now that they’ve retired, then we’ve […]

Jean-Bouin, home of the Stace Stade Français vs Leicester game on Sunday

The Champions Cup game of the Stade Français vs Leicester game will take place on Sunday at 12:30 PM ET. This will be the first group-stage game for Stade Français Paris after the Leicester Tigers won on December 10 against the Stormers. While Stade Français lost on the road against the Sale Sharks, it will […]

Marcus Smith, of the Harlequins F.C., playing against Racing 92
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 13, 2023

The two most impressive teams this past week in European Professional Rugby Club (EPRC) competition were perhaps the Harlequin F.C. and the Exeter Chiefs. And in those games, Marcus Smith and Will Joseph were superb in Harlequins’ scintillating win over Racing 92 in Paris. On Saturday afternoon, the Chiefs were equally impressive in downing mighty […]

Paris Stade Jean-Bouin, one of the 14 home venues for the Top14 Round Nine Games
Larissa Falls - Feb 13, 2023

If you love a stat or fact, then you’ve come to the right place! After the French Top14 Round Nine concludes, LWOS adds to your weekend’s enjoyment. 14 Fun Facts of Top14 Round Nine Larissa Falls continues her series breaking down the names and numbers from Round Nine of the French Top14. Après un énorme combat, […]

The Toronto Arrows team will not play in the 2024 MLR season

The Toronto Arrows will not play in the 2024 MLR season. The breaking news was announced on Monday night that the Arrows will not play participate in 2024, after exhaustive efforts to sustain the organisation. A sad result for the franchise, who came into Major League Rugby in 2019 (the other being Rugby United New […]