Interview

Last Sunday saw the WRU AGM take place in the Westgate Hotel, Cardiff. The biggest discussion point following the meeting notes being released was that clubs didn’t manage to reach the 75% voting quota for a new independent Chair. Robert Rees spoke to clubs on both side of the fence to hear their views. WRU […]


Connor Dickins - Feb 16, 2022

With Major League Rugby in full swing, we spoke to the captain of Rugby ATL, Matt Heaton. The franchise did exceptionally well to reach the final last year, eventually losing to an LA Giltinis side containing Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, and D.T.H van der Merwe. The ambition of Rugby ATL clearly hasn’t faded for 2022: […]

USA Rugby player Will Hooley in the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Connor Dickins - Feb 14, 2022

INTERVIEW – Is Major League Rugby, America’s professional league, the sport’s most exciting prospect? USA Eagle Will Hooley believes so. MLR 2022 is in full swing, and you can watch all matches free of charge on The Rugby Network. LWOS spoke with Hooley about MLR’s potential, the USA National Team, and life after rugby. An […]

Rosslyn Park FC; sit down interview with Dom Shabbo
Connor Dickins - Nov 10, 2021

Those who followed rugby prior to the 1990s will be well-aware of the name Rosslyn Park FC. The London side was one of the country’s top teams, twice reaching the final of the National Cup. They have plenty of historic moments since their inception in 1879, which includes partaking in the first-ever rugby games in […]

Wayne Pivac has expressed his disappointment with Wales’ lack of clinical edge in their 20-20 draw with Argentina. Robert Rees brings you all the latest updates from Pivac and Player of the Game Hallam Amos. Wayne Pivac disappointed with untaken chances “We’re disappointed with the opportunities we gave them, they were very direct up the […]

Ex-Scotland International Tim Visser on the British and Irish Lions 2013 tour
Alastair Telfer - Apr 22, 2021

Ex Scotland international Tim Visser joined The Telf Rugby Podcast this week and spoke about his frustration on missing out on the Lion Tour 2013 along, with the potential Scottish representation this year. The following are excerpts from that interview from podcast host and Last Word on Rugby contributor, Alastair Telfer Discussing the Lions 2013 […]

MLR 2022: Interview with Major League Commissioner George Killebrew at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort before the Major League Rugby Vegas Weekend

This is a continuation of the first part of the interview with MLR (Major League Rugby) Commissioner George Killebrew. In this interview, the MLR Commissioner talks about topics like developing local talent in North America. MLR Commissioner George Killebrew’s vision for North America What do you think of having players like Andrew Durutalo, and somebody […]

MLR 2022: Interview with Major League Commissioner George Killebrew at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort before the Major League Rugby Vegas Weekend

Major League Rugby (MLR) commissioner George Killebrew gave a few minutes of his time to talk about MLR to Last Word on Sports. He talked about the present and future of MLR and how it compares to Major League Soccer (MLS). In this exclusive conversion leading into the launch of the new season, George Killebrew […]

Northampton centre Rory Hutchinson
Elizabeth Cartwright - Feb 25, 2021

Elizabeth Cartwight chats to Northampton centre Rory Hutchinson. He spoke about his omission from the Scotland squad, who influenced him to first pick up a rugby ball and a new hobby he picked up during lockdown. Rory Hutchinson plays for the Northampton Saints in the Gallagher Premiership, who he has represented since 2014. That was […]

Charlie Hynes - Jan 23, 2021

“If you ask anyone from around Pontefract and Castleford area who grew up watching Castleford or Leeds, the main aspiration was to be someone like Rob Burrow.” Leeds Rhinos Callum McLelland following in Rob Burrow’s footsteps Leeds Rhinos starlet Callum McLelland was five years old when his idol Burrow appeared in his first Super League […]

Indigo Group Premiership

The Indigo Group Premiership may be months behind its usual starting point, but with plenty of time to look at off the field matters, Robert Rees has investigated into the playing budgets of each team. Indigo Group Premiership playing budgets The Welsh Premiership is a turbulent environment financially, with changes to the format and funding […]

Steve Borthwick

Despite being unable to train as a unit due to Covid cases in the camp, Leicester captain Tom Youngs and Head Coach Steve Borthwick both insist they’re ready for Gloucester and the upcoming season. Robert Rees brings you the latest from Welford Road. Steve Borthwick has confirmed the game will be going ahead, so here’s […]

Rachel Taylor

Following the announcement this morning that Warren Abrahams and Rachel Taylor would be the new coaching staff for the Welsh women, they spoke on their experiences and what their plan is ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup. Robert Rees brings you the best bits from their interview. Abrahams “excited” for new role Becoming the […]

Rachel Taylor

Wales have announced Warren Abrahams and Rachel Taylor as their lead coaches for the women’s team. Robert Rees brings you the latest from Wales HQ. Abrahams announced… Warren Abrahams becomes the first black national coach of Wales. South Africa-born Abrahams, who was also part of the England Men’s Sevens coaching team for four year years […]

Joe Simmonds

Following a Gallagher Premiership-Heineken Cup double for the Exeter Chiefs, Jack Yeandle and Joe Simmonds reflected on their historic season, with a look ahead to their title defence, kicking off at Harlequins. Robert Rees brings you the latest from Chiefs HQ. Exeter looking forward to new season “I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this […]

George Skivington

With the opening round of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership lurking around the corner, Gloucester Head Coach George Skivington and Club Captain Lewis Ludlow look ahead to Leicester and take a moment to reflect on the shortest pre-season in history.  Robert Rees brings you the best bites from their press conferences. Why Ludlow for captain? George […]



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