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Best rugby feature stories of 2020
Best rugby feature stories of 2020

Known as much for our rugby feature stories, as well as news and analysis, Last Word on Rugby presents our Top 10 best of series. Amid the range of published rugby feature stories submitted over this year, our readers were given a selection of themes. From developing stories, to Tier One player profiles, the variety […]

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More Covid-19 postponements: Women's Six Nations, Under 20s delayed
More Covid-19 postponements: Women’s Six Nations, Under 20s delayed

Yet more Covid-19 postponements in rugby mean the 2021 Women’s Six Nations and Under 20s programs have been delayed. Organizers still intend for the much-anticipated men’s Six Nations to be played as scheduled. Though, that would only be as so far as the conditions permitted play. Postponing the women’s Six Nations and Under 20s tournaments […]

Cardiff Blues
Mid-table Purgatory; Hard Truths: What’s Wrong with Cardiff Blues
T.J. Davies - Jan 13, 2021

Cardiff Blues’ Director of Rugby, John Mulvihill, has left his role six months prior to its planned three-year expiry. The region shiftily cited “personal reasons”. Dai Young, original Blues coach, has returned as interim Director of Rugby. Blues are stalled in fourth place, having won five of eleven games in the Guinness Pro14 this season. […]

Should relegation be scrapped
Should relegation be scrapped due to the pandemic?
Robert Mitchell - Jan 10, 2021

With more and more games being called off in the English Premiership and the result decided by which team caught the virus, questions have been raised about whether relegation should be scrapped for this year. Should relegation be scrapped? With the Premiership’s current system to deal with Covid cancellations awarding 4 points and a victory […]

Struggling Montpellier Hérault sign Gabriel Ibitoye

Following reports that Bath back row Zach Mercer will sacrifice his chances of England caps by joining Montpellier Hérault, it has been announced that Gabriel Ibitoye will join the club as a ‘medical joker’.  Neither will be impressed by their new club’s current form, however. In Round 14 they lead 19-0 at half time away […]

Leicester Tigers vs Northampton Saints Match CANCELLED
Leicester Tigers vs Northampton Saints Match CANCELLED

Leicester Tigers vs Northampton Saints has today become the most recent victim to the Covid-19 pandemic having been cancelled. This follows a significant number of positive tests from within the Northampton Saints camp. The cancelled game between Leicester and Northampton is the first casualty for this weekend so far. This comes after two games were […]

2021 South Africa tour update: Board to review in January/February
2021 South Africa tour update: Board to review in January/February

In a media release timed to give fans a 2021 South Africa tour update, no news was better than bad news (it seems). The Lions are due to kick off an eight-match Tour in South Africa on July 3 and continue to review the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “As you would expect, we are […]

Promising England Rugby U20 future
Promising England Rugby U20 future

England kicked off 2021 with the announcement of their Under 20 Elite Player squad. Coached by Alan Dickens, the Elite Player pathway has to date been a resounding success, the former saint will hope to continue that. England Rugby U20 – Who are the next names coming through? The 2019 Rugby World Cup squad contained […]

Guinness Pro14: What's left to play for
Guinness Pro14: What’s left to play for
T.J. Davies - Jan 2, 2021

As 2020 hobbles to a close and 2021 hints at a better year, we look at what’s left of a discarded leftover from a time that seems long ago: the Guinness Pro14. The Pro12-cum-Pro14-cum-Pro12 again, began the 2020/21 season in October but in March it will end early, and the Rainbow Cup will begin April […]