World Cup

NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - May 20, 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. […]

Exciting names for Red Roses’ fans in upcoming TikTok Six Nations 2022
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 21, 2022

It is time to get excited for the women’s TikTok Six Nations 2022. Beginning Simon Middleton has named the 40-woman training squad for the tournament and fresh from an unbeaten Autumn series England will be looking to claim their 18th title. Here are some of the exciting names to look out for in the Red […]

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 […]

Tonga XV after changes to World Rugby eligibility rules
Connor Dickins - Nov 25, 2021

World Rugby has voted to allow former international players the chance to switch allegiance to a new country. Voted in by the full council of partner nations, the improved World Rugby eligibility rules will be a huge encouragement to many who have publically asked for the opportunity to represent one nation, another playing for another. […]

Canada Rugby World Cup 2023
Connor Dickins - Oct 6, 2021

At the 1991 Rugby World Cup, Canada made the quarter-finals. The nation’s finest ever rugby achievement. They exited the competition respectably, losing 29-13 to none other than the All Blacks. Yet now in 2021, there’s doubt over whether the Canadians will even qualify for the 2023 World Cup edition. Could Canada genuinely fail to qualify […]

World Rugby principal charity ChildFund

The confirmation that the World Rugby principal charity ChildFund will be celebrated during the Rugby World Cup is a positive social responsibility policy from the governing body. With a focus on gender equality initiatives, ChildFund works with partners, including Oceania Rugby, to provide vulnerable girls and women with opportunities to learn skills to overcome challenges […]

James O'Connor re-commits to Queensland Reds/Rugby Australia & RWC23023

Positive messages continue to come from Rugby Australia, as the news that James O’Connor recommits to the Queensland Reds, and importantly towards the Rugby World Cup 2023. The 30-year-old has re-signed for the next two seasons that will see him remain at Ballymore, until the 2023 tournament in France. 🔐 JOC signs on until 2023! #Wallabies […]

2023 Rugby World Cup fixture list in France

Looking at it, the Stadium selection used for the 2023 Rugby World Cup fixture list across cities in France is secondary to the tournament draw. The matches take center stage however, the right setting and facilities can set up the encounter as a classic fans will all want to witness. The RWC 2023 Draw has been made, […]

All Black Sonny Bill Williams officially retires from storied rugby career
Ross Sanderson - Mar 12, 2021

This month, New Zealand All Blacks legend Sonny Bill Williams called time on his professional rugby playing career. Although already retired from rugby union at both club and international level, Williams announced he had played his last game in league too, officially hanging up his boots in rugby for good. In a career that spanned […]

Bad news for Women's rugby fans if Rugby World Cup postponed

There’s nothing else that you can say about it. It will be bad news for Women’s rugby fans if the Rugby World Cup 2021 is postponed. That is across the board, women or men because any Rugby World Cup postponed is disappointing. That is from the athlete’s point of view. From stakeholders to the organizer’s […]

Former All Black Dan Carter retires as record-holding Champion

As former All Black Dan Carter retires from first-class rugby, it is as a record-holding Champion. One who played at the elite level for his entire professional career, and he leaves a legacy of near-perfection. In a career that stretched from his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2002, his years as a professional footballer lasted […]

Who could guide the Red Roses to World Cup glory?
Elizabeth Cartwright - Feb 15, 2021

There is one question on the minds of England women’s rugby fans minds this season. Who could guide the Red Roses to World Cup glory? It’s an incredibly exciting year for women’s rugby. The Six Nations, the Rugby World Cup, and the Olympics all take place within the next 12 months. That is a lot […]

Springbok Women Rugby World Cup

The Springbok Women Rugby World Cup pool fixtures have been revealed, with the South African ladies facing a tough challenge to progress out of their pool. At the end of the pool stage, the bottom four teams in the three pools will head home and the top eight teams moving on to the quarterfinals. Springbok […]

Who could win the 2023 Rugby World Cup: England edition
T.J. Davies - Dec 21, 2020

With the draw just announced for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the possible plotlines to the final are being assessed by teams, pundits, and fans alike. Wales’ chances have already been assessed, so it seems fitting to look at their nearest and dearest neighbour, England. The English team is currently ranked 2nd in the world […]

Virtual 2020 Rugby Awards highlight greatest players of the Decade

Hindered by the pandemic, a virtual 2020 Rugby Awards ceremony, in particular, highlighted the greatest players of the Decade this week. Not as refined or as formal as in previous years, the presentation was played out live online. World Rugby used both live and pre-recorded segments to finalize the vote for individuals and teams of […]

2023 Rugby World Cup
T.J. Davies - Dec 4, 2020

You can’t predict much these days, but you can be sure, on any given weekend, an international-level coach will say, “we’re building a squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.” But does this hold much meaning? It’s catchy, it moves the interview on, but when the winners and the losers are saying it, it seems […]

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Edward Munro-Martin - May 20, 2022

Each new squad announced by a head coach brings joy to some corners of the country, and some misery for others. This squad is no different. The latest England men’s rugby squad is out, and supremo Eddie Jones has made some big decisions. There are recalls for discarded stars and first-time call-ups for young talent […]

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 20, 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 […]

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 […]

The 2021/22 Indigo Group Premiership and end of season rewards are revealed after another thrilling season of community rugby. Indigo Group Premiership Team of the Season After a season of both an Indigo Group Cup and Premiership, the Team of the Season has been selected by Robert Rees. Rowan Jenkins (Aberavon) Will Griffiths (Newport) Geraint […]

2019 Rugby World Cup: USA Rugby hooker Joe Taufete'e preparing for the game against England

USA Rugby got a huge boost today as they will host the 2031 Rugby World Cup (men’s) and the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup. They will be hoping to replicate the success Japan had in the 2019 Rugby World Cup (men’s). USA Rugby was given rights to host both Rugby World Cups Embed from Getty […]

Somoan wing Ed Fidow scores a try at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

TORONTO, ON – Rugby New York won the game, thanks largely to their strong start to the game. They scored the first 17 points of the game, as they found ways to get behind the Toronto Arrows’ defence on the road. Rugby New York really played well offensively in a 41-17 road win in Toronto […]

European rugby quarter-finals: Talking points
Edward Munro-Martin - May 20, 2022

The European rugby quarter-finals have finished for another year. Both the Heineken Challenge Cup and Champions Cup quarter-finals were settled last weekend, and they did not disappoint. There was plenty of drama across the two competitions. Knowing this, Last Word on Rugby has analyzed the main talking points. That penalty shoot-out! Breathtaking conclusion The biggest […]