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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 […]


England's Marcus Smith during the Rugby Summer Series match against Canada at Twickenham Stadium
Edward Munro-Martin - Feb 9, 2022

Italy v England preview – Both sides are coming off a loss, the players will be eager to do whatever they can to be on the other end of the scoreline come Sunday teatime. Here we look at the areas of the match that will be crucial to making that happen. Key matchup of Italy […]

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 […]

Ireland player Ronan O'Gara looks dejected as he is taken off on October 8, 2011
Thomas Booth - Feb 3, 2022

Ireland and Wales have a storied history that goes back to the 19th century. These two nations have faced each other annually in the Six Nations Tournament. History between Ireland and Wales The Irish and Welsh men’s rugby teams first met on January 28th, 1882 in Lansdowne Road, Dublin. This was the beginning of the […]

Wale's new captain
Thomas Booth - Jan 20, 2022

Another step in an illustrious career? Top pro and Wales stalwart Dan Biggar has been given the honour of being Wales’ new captain for this year’s Six Nations. Will it be another step in an illustrious career for this ten from Morriston in Swansea? Regular captain Alun Wyn-Jones is out injured. As are other captaincy […]

rugby 2022
Connor Dickins - Jan 12, 2022

 With COVID cancellations and postponements across different leagues, it feels important to be optimistic. Rugby has plenty of exciting attractions in 2022, both at the elite level, and emerging competitions. We preview seven rugby highlights to look forward to this year: A final night decider in the 6 Nations? After memorable performances from England, France, […]

England Number Eight debate
Dan Cullinane - Jan 11, 2022

After a highly successful Autumn international campaign, England rugby fans will be full of expectations as we head into the 2022 Six Nations Championship. One of the big questions they will ask is who will win come out on top in the England number eight debate. England will start with a massive clash against Scotland […]

'Slammed' BBC Wales rugby documentary
Thomas Booth - Jan 8, 2022

‘Slammed’ is a rugby documentary from BBC Wales that takes a look at the ups and downs of the Welsh men’s international team between 1998 and 2008. There are contributions from big-hitting coaches and players, including Shane Williams, Steve Hansen, Gareth Thomas, Mike Ruddock, Tom Shanklin, and Colin Charvis. LWOS Rugby casts an eye over, […]

Vaccine Mandates French Rugby Six Nations
Thomas Booth - Jan 6, 2022

On Monday evening, 27th of December 2021, Jean Castex announced that there would be an immediate reinstatement of  the “gauges”. In other words restrictions to the number of people who can gather in a crowd for recreational purposes. This of course affects rugby and sport in general. Within that evening’s announcements was the bombshell vaccine […]

Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

For many, the vintage of rugby 2021 will probably raise a lot of discussion and differing opinions. That shouldn’t be a bad thing, with less than two years away from the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Here, our Last Word on Sports rugby department selected a few articles that represented the year in rugby […]

Springbok rugby 2021

Springbok rugby 2021 presented fans with a real fruit cocktail of results, controversies and a multitude of talking points. With the soundtrack playing in the background, Ryan Jordan highlights the good, the bad and the ugly of Springbok rugby in 2021. The good side of Springbok rugby 2021 There can’t be any complaint about where […]

England Rugby 2022: State of the Nation report a positive one
Charlie Inglefield - Dec 21, 2021

There is never a dull moment under Eddie Jones whether you are an England rugby fan, a player or a coach. The usual stoushes and flirting with the media, lost in translation barbs over Great Britain’s most promising sports stars (think tennis) and selections that no one saw coming. But, Eddie Jones has got England’s […]

NZR sign Joe Schmidt to join All Blacks as Independent Selector

Reports that circulated the web have been confirmed, as NZR sign Joe Schmidt to join the All Blacks as an Independent Selector from July 2022. It is a coup for the New Zealand union, who have felt extreme examination after a contentious Northern Tour that only produced more questions than answers. With the ability to […]

Welsh rugby's winners and losers in 2021
Thomas Booth - Dec 13, 2021

Welsh rugby’s winners and losers in 2021 Who are Welsh rugby’s winners and losers in 2021? Plus, what were some of the standout moments of the year? Wales triumphed in this year’s Six Nations, but did it have a bit of a ‘meh’ feel given the lack of crowds, and the somewhat fortunate nature of […]

2021 World Rugby Awards all wrapped up before Christmas

With the 2021 World Rugby Awards winners announced over the last week, it ‘wraps up’ the winning players, coaches, and teams across all leagues and countries. Just in time for Christmas made it the perfect Xmas gift many all recipients. Awards might seem like the equivalent of Christmas gifts, yet they are all given on […]

Re-signed Ardie Savea commits to NZ Rugby/All Blacks/Hurricanes til 2025

Re-signed Ardie Savea has penned a four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZ Rugby) which will keep him in Aotearoa through to the end of the 2025 season. His contract terms will not be made public, so the questions many would be thinking could be; How much is he being paid directly from NZ Rugby? […]



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SA Rugby migration

The SA Rugby migration to Europe has been a resounding success. The DHL Stormers defeated the Vodacom Bulls in an all-South African final of the United Rugby Championship. Ryan Jordan considers the success of the transition of SA Rugby’s franchise teams from Super Rugby to the URC, as well as some work to be done […]

Champion Leicester Tigers’ progress continues
Elliott Butlin - Dec 1, 2021

Newly crowned 2021/22 Premiership Champion Leicester Tigers’ progress continues, after beating Saracens 15-12 in a pulsating final at Twickenham last Saturday. The result capped an extraordinary turnaround for a club that finished 11th in consecutive seasons only two years ago. Leicester Tigers’ progress continues to impress, so how has that come about and how will […]

England's rugby team player Jonny May celebrates scoring his team's second try on June 19, 2022
Charlie Inglefield - Dec 1, 2021

The Barbarians thrashing of England’s rugby team on Sunday has heaped more pressure on Eddie Jones. With Australia eagerly awaiting a three-test match series on their home turf, it won’t get any easier for Jones or the national side. This was a chastening weekend for England rugby. Last Sunday, the Barbarians put 50 points playing […]

London Irish back Theo Brophy-Clews warms up before game on March 27, 2021
Connor Dickins - Dec 1, 2021

INTERVIEW – Hanging up your boots is a sad time for many rugby players. But how must it feel for professionals, who can no longer play their cherished sport for a living? We spoke with Theo Brophy-Clews, a former England U20 international who played over 60 games for London Irish. He was forced to retire […]

Rugby Canada player Sophie De Goede wins player of the match against USA Rugby on June 6, 2022

Whangārei, NZ – Rugby Canada wins against the Australian Wallaroos on June 17 in Canada (June 18 in New Zealand). It was their second Pacific Series win and as a result, finished second in the competition. Rugby Canada wins despite giving the first 10 points in the game Three keys to the game Full Game […]

French Top 14 semi-finals all set

With the French Top 14 semi-finals, all set to go from Friday, June 17, matches including Castres, Toulouse, Montpellier, and the Bordeaux Begles will determine who can claim the famed Bouclier de Brennus shield. The pinnacle prize in French Rugby, the sides will compete as much to display their club’s abilities to peak but to […]

Determined tackling sees Crusaders reach Super Rugby Pacific final

With the results marked down, two semi-finals were played in New Zealand, where determined tackling sees the Crusaders reach the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific final. There, they will travel to Auckland to meet the competition premiers, the Blues. The Blues defeated the ACT Brumbies 20-19 on a wet evening, surviving a torrid final quarter after […]

Leicester Tigers' play-off challenge
Elliott Butlin - Dec 1, 2021

Leicester Tigers’ play-off challenge begins this weekend as they entertain local rivals Northampton Saints at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in the semi-finals of the play-offs. Tigers go into the contest having finished top of the Premiership’s regular season with 20 wins from 24 games. With this in mind, how are they looking as they enter […]