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Maori All Blacks to meet Ireland in midweek fixtures this July

The Māori All Blacks have played Ireland on two previous occasions, the most famous being the New Zealand Natives’ 13-4 win at Landsdowne Road in Dublin in 1888. So the news that two additional Māori All Blacks Ireland fixtures give many traditional supporters a feel-good factor. After the disruption of the last 24 months, seeing […]


Men's rugby's best International Captains - part two
Thomas Booth - Apr 27, 2022

Thomas Booth (@tboothy) of Last Word on Rugby looks at the Best International Captains through the history of the game and presents to you part two of our overview of the World Rugby ranked top ten international men’s sides in 2022. With the listed six sides, from number 10 down to no. five already published, […]

Best International Captains
Thomas Booth - Apr 22, 2022

Thomas Booth looks at the Best International Captains through the history of the current top ten internationally ranked men’s sides in world rugby. Part one starts with the side ranked ten (Japan), and counts down to the fifth-ranked international team (England). After ruminating on the why’s and wherefores of this article, why not check out […]

Springbok rugby season 2022

The Springbok rugby season 2022 started to take shape after SA Rugby announced their alignment camps prior to final squad selection and the start of training sessions. Purpose of alignment sessions The alignment sessions prior to the start of Springbok rugby season 2022 are aimed at exposing experienced internationals as well as uncapped players to […]

England Rugby player Ben Earl in Teddington, England
Edward Munro-Martin - Apr 8, 2022

With the Six Nations over and England’s performances failing to leave a positive impression on anyone despite a third-place finish, attention, and hope now turn to their summer tour of Australia. Whilst the coaches have to take some of the blame, ultimately it is the players that take to the field. So, they will know […]

6 nations team of the tournament
Connor Dickins - Mar 24, 2022

An entertaining 6 Nations has come to a close, and pundits have published their Team of the Tournament. But what about when opinion is replaced with objective figures? We compiled a team from Fantasy Rugby statistics alone. Only those who played in three games or more were considered, which is the only reason Italian superstar […]

Welsh Rugby Unease: Wales' Head Coach Wayne Pivac on March 19, 2022
Thomas Booth - Mar 23, 2022

Have you ever woken up after a big party wishing you hadn’t drunk so much? You wander bleary-eyed down the stairs. There’s a stale smell of smoke emanating from the cigarette butts in a discarded tumbler on the coffee table. To compound that, the aroma of smoke is intermingling with that of sweat. You have […]

Los Leones Rugby World Cup appearance booked after 24-year hiatus

After 24-years since their last appearance, a Los Leones Rugby World Cup berth was secured as they finish second in Rugby Europe Championship behind winners, Georgia. In celebrations after their 33-28 win against Portugal in Madrid on Sunday, March 13, the Spanish men’s side could safely plan out the next 18-months to be fully prepared […]

AWJ and the cult of the individual
Thomas Booth - Mar 16, 2022

Just to establish from the outset, this is not an attack on Alun Wyn-Jones (click on the link for Robert Rees’ look at AWJ back in 2020) or his achievements. The Neath and Swansea Osprey has been a tremendous and loyal servant to Wales and Welsh rugby for well over a decade. Whilst he has […]

Grand Slam dream continues for 2022 Les Bleus Six Nations squad

It’s just a little more than 18 months until the Rugby World Cup, and the immediate goal for French rugby is right on track. The 2022 Les Bleus Six Nations squad’s Grand Slam dream continues. No dream now is one honest assessment. It seems like the right combination of development and good planning. Yes, they […]

Principality Stadium
Alastair Telfer - Mar 11, 2022

Friday night under the Principality lights. As deafening Six Nations atmospheres go there is no better setting in world rugby. On Friday night France will arrive full of confidence to the Principality Stadium two wins away from a Grand Slam. This stadium, however, creates special memories. Here is a look back at some of the most […]

Ireland then France to determine England rugby team's 2023 prospects
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 10, 2022

Eddie Jones and the England rugby team goes into two hugely important games over the next two weekends. Ireland are up first, crucially for England at ‘fortress Twickenham’. England then finishes their tournament in the cauldron of Paris against a resurgent French team. After the first three rounds, many have no idea where England’s rugby […]

Juan Martin Gonzalez on life at London Irish so far
Tom Wade - Mar 4, 2022

Having joined London Irish back in November, Argentine International backrower Juan Martin Gonzalez sat down this week and opened up on his time in London so far. The Pumas representative told Last Word on Rugby what the differences are playing in the Gallagher Premiership compared to his native Argentina, and yes – before you ask […]

Italy red card: Hame Faiva was shown a red card in the Guiness Six Nations match
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 2, 2022

The Italy red card happened last Saturday against Ireland. Looking at just the scoreline, it was a game to forget for the Italians. However, looking deeper into the game, there was some controversy, especially regarding Italy’s red card. Law on the Italy red card needs a change but not far off FULL TIME! We score […]

Sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri

With the sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri, the tragedy of their early deaths highlighted men’s health and also reflected on their huge impact on the modern game. The news hit within 24 odd hours, and it was reported that Diabetes complications led to the death of Tuigamala, but to […]

Wales player Dan Biggar looks on against Scotland
Thomas Booth - Feb 22, 2022

Wales will face England at Twickenham on Saturday, February 26. And one of the participants is Wales rugby outside-half Dan Biggar who may well play a big hand in the outcome. This is a match that will go a long way in determining how both country’s Six Nations’ campaigns are perceived. With Dan Biggar the […]



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most popular rugby clubs
Connor Dickins - May 18, 2022

At LWOS, we have previously covered which countries have the most registered players. This got us thinking about other aspects of rugby’s popularity. At the very least, it can indicate how and where rugby flourishes. Using social media statistics, this list ranks the world’s most popular rugby clubs.Of course, social media won’t tell the whole […]

Toronto Arrows scores his first-ever try on May 19, 2022

The Toronto Arrows ended the New England Free Jacks’ 10-game-winning streak after the latest round of the Major League Rugby season. It was only the Free Jacks’ second loss of the season. The win at York Lions Stadium also put Toronto back in the MLR playoff race with only two games to go. Toronto Arrows […]

Stalling tactics in England v Argentina 7s match an 'aberration'

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Indigo Group Premiership

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Spanish Rugby RWC self-immolation
Edward Anderson - May 18, 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 […]

NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - May 18, 2022

Australia has been awarded the 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup and the women’s tournament two years later. This has kickstarted talk about whether Rugby Australia will look to a few NRL converts to boost their chances? In the past, NRL converts have had mixed success. For every Sonny Bill Williams, there is a Sam Burgess. […]

South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus on November 5, 2021

The Rassie Erasmus waterboy role was addressed by World Rugby with a change in the wording of the relevant law. Head Coaches and Directors of Rugby are now both not permitted to fulfill this role. Rassie Erasmus’s waterboy role was torpedoed by World Rugby Erasmus is very much a Marmite character. You either love him […]

Leicster Tigers' Kini Murimurivalu runs with the ball on April 10, 2021
Elliott Butlin - May 18, 2022

Last week saw Leicester Tigers announce a host of new contracts for existing squad members, as well as new signings ahead of next season. What was striking was that on both sides of the coin it showed the Tigers’ squad building strategy continues to follow a theme and purpose that started three years ago. This […]