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McGill University player, Monty Weatherall, drafted by the Toronto Arrows

The 2023 MLR draft Toronto Arrows game happened a week ago. Canada’s only professional rugby union team as usual selected players from Canadian universities. However, this time, they drafted players from Quebec universities. These players will likely play in the new Arrows gear including the refreshed logo that was revealed on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. […]

Sink or Swim: Springboks in Pool B
Darryn te Roller - Aug 28, 2023

It’s certainly a case of ‘sink or swim’ for the Springboks in Pool B, as they look to defend their title as World Champions at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.  There has been a lot of uncertainty for the Springboks surrounding injuries, position switches, goal-kicking, and the supposed departure of Rassie Erasmus. There is no […]

Matt Banahan playing rugby
Ross Sanderson - Aug 28, 2023

Not only have the Scotland Women’s side named their training squad of 32 for October’s WXV competition this week, but they have also bolstered their backroom staff with the addition of former England Men’s international Matt Banahan. Banahan links up with the team as an assistant coach, focusing primarily on attack.  As the women’s game […]

14 Fun Facts from Top14 Round One
Larissa Falls - Aug 24, 2023

From the weird to the wonderful, the bizarre to the best, 14 fun facts emerged after Round One of the French Top14, Larissa Falls has created a recap of the opening weekend’s results. Encore une masterclass du maestro bayonnais pour cette ouverture du championnat 🔥Dis-nous lequel de ces deux drops tu as préféré 👇#TOP14 @Lopezcamille64 […]

2023/24 Top14 Analysis: Part 2/2
Larissa Falls - Aug 17, 2023

FEATURE: The Top 14 is only three days away and is starting on Friday August 18. Here is a detailed 2023/24 Top14 analysis of the teams competing in the 2023/2024 league this year. This part two of a two-part French Top14 analysis series includes what each team did last year, what are the arrivals, departures, […]

Top 14 Match on October 2, 2021
Larissa Falls - Aug 15, 2023

 FEATURE: Essential 2023/24 French Top14 analysis before the competition kicks off this week.  Last Word on Rugby contributor Larissa Falls has done a ‘deep dive’ to bring you the most comprehensive guide for the 2023/24 season, analysing all 14 competing teams. 2023/24 French Top 14 analysis: Part 1 of 2 Part 1 of 2 is […]

how are Gallagher Premiership 2023/24 sides preparing?

“They are hard at work” is the answer for how Gallagher Premiership 2023/24 sides are preparing, all the while the ‘stars of the game’ are en route to France and the Rugby World Cup 2023. That’s no insult to the league, though, after just 72 days since the Grand Final where Saracens claimed another premiership, […]

Todd Clever
Larissa Falls - Aug 10, 2023

It’s been exactly 16 years since France last hosted the Rugby World Cup tournament. Larissa Falls interviewed former 2007 competitor and hard-hitting USA International Back-Rower, Todd Clever, as he takes us down memory lane and looks toward the 2031 Rugby World Cup to be held in the United States. Todd Clever: RWC Anniversary 2007 Memories […]

Expectation; Men's RWC2023 World Cup squads establish Nation's Game Plan

To the delight of their enthusiastic fans, all the men’s (Rugby World Cup) RWC2023 World Cup squads are expected to be announced over the next month. Revealed to the world – and their opponents – as well as to establish that nation’s game plan. Every one of them is fully emersed currently in their individual […]

Confrontational, aggressive behaviour earns Johnny Sexton suspension

Confrontational, aggressive behaviour now sees a three-week Johnny Sexton suspension imposed by European Rugby powers, and is costing the 38-year-old an inglorious delay to his ambition to drive Ireland towards a first-ever Rugby World Cup goal. It comes after the [then] injured Leinster club player Sexton was investigated by European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) at […]

What can Taine Plumtree offer Wales' men's World Cup squad?
Iestyn Rhys Thomas - Jul 10, 2023

Taine Plumtree was announced as a Scarlets signing last week and now, he’s been called to Wales’ men’s World Cup training squad by Warren Gatland. The former Under 20 New Zealand international has spent all of his rugby career in New Zealand; despite being born in Swansea, Taine is the son of former Swansea and […]

What Alex Craig can bring to Scarlets
Ross Sanderson - Jun 29, 2023

Ahead of the 2023/24 rugby season, Scotland’s Alex Craig has traded the red & white of Gloucester for the red of Llanelli’s Scarlets. Craig is one of eight new signings that Dwayne Peel has made this summer as they look to improve on what was a disappointing 14th-placed URC (United Rugby Championship) finish last season. […]

All domestic rugby titles decided; Crusaders seventh title in a row

All of the major domestic rugby titles have been decided over the month of June, with the Crusaders seventh title in Super Rugby supporting their status as the Premier rugby franchise across the globe. The Currie Cup grand final was also played on Saturday, with the Free State Cheetahs claiming the reward in South Africa’s […]

South African URC participants
Ryan Jordan - Jun 22, 2023

The South African URC participants are the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers. Should there be changes to who gets a seat at the top table? We ran a poll on social media and the result was 68% in favour of a change, with the Lions having to face the Cheetahs in a playoff series. But […]

Toronto Arrows vs NOLA Gold as the Toronto Arrows could not maintain lead

The Toronto Arrows could not maintain their lead and lost at the hands of the NOLA Gold. The Arrows, unlike most other games they played this year, started the game strong and looked like the better team. However, they did not take advantage of their opportunities, as they only led by three in the first […]

Zimbabwe Under 17 Rugby Team Players
Tawanda Mukanuki - Jun 18, 2023

The Grant Khomo Week is a great platform for Zimbabwe Under 17 rugby to participate in. Zimbabwe Under 17 team gearing up for youth week The Zimbabwe under-17  rugby team is putting in the final preparations for the upcoming Grant Khomo Youth Week in South Africa. In previous years the Zimbabwe Under 18 squad used […]

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Henry Arundell and Marcus Smith boost Borthwick's England attacking options
Charlie Inglefield - Jun 18, 2023

England’s 71-0 rout of Chile on Saturday was predictable but nonetheless a big confidence booster to the squad. Henry Arundell and Marcus Smith in particular made the most of their opportunities. With respect to Chile; who never stopped trying, they were never going to match England’s power. Sterner tests await for England but it would […]

Stade Vélodrome, home of the South Africa-Tonga game
James Alunga - Jun 18, 2023

The [Rugby World Cup] RWC 2023 race for the quarterfinal is on in the fourth round after matches in game week three saw teams that topped their various pools solidify their positions winning all their three matches while the rest fought for the remaining spots. Race for the quarterfinals of the RWC 2023 4 poules […]

Johnny Sexton will play against South Africa tomorrow

Saturday’s fixture Ireland v South Africa is a moc-Cup Final. It sees Johnny Sexton drive Irish hopes of a pinnacle World Title while defending title-holders the Springboks utilize their advanced 7-1 bench strategy. Ideally, fans could view this match-up later in the draw – your number one versus numbered teams two, three, or four should […]

2003 RWC Anniversary: Simon Shaw
Larissa Falls - Jun 18, 2023

It’s been 20 years since England were crowned 2003 Rugby World Cup champions, and Last Word on Rugby caught up with one of the successful squad members Simon Shaw. 2003 Rugby World Cup Anniversary: Simon Shaw Simon Shaw shared with Larissa Falls his favourite moments and memories from the 2003 triumph, and looked ahead to […]

Paris Skyline: Paris 2024 Olympics
James Alunga - Jun 18, 2023

The Paris Olympics 2024 qualification for Africa concluded in Harare, Zimbabwe with Kenya 7s beating South Africa 17-12  in the Africa men’s 7s to earn a direct ticket to next year’s showpiece. The Africa 7s tournament couples up with the Paris Olympics 2024 qualification. The two African rugby powerhouses found themselves in this tournament after […]

Stade de la Beaujoire, one of the RWC 2023 venues
James Alunga - Jun 18, 2023

The Rugby World Cup 2023 round two matches saw most teams solidify their position in their respective pools. The pools have teams that have the upper hand of featuring in the quarterfinals. Teams leading the pools have so far had two out of two wins in their respective pools. RWC 2023 round two matches overview […]

England won ugly yet momentum growing; RWC Pool D
Charlie Inglefield - Jun 18, 2023

England eventually found a way through a determined but under-par Japanese outfit on Sunday evening. England won ugly yet momentum is growing, with two wins over the pool’s two toughest opponents, Argentina and Japan. It was not pretty but, successful World Cup campaigns rarely are, and England ultimately might have one foot in the quarter-finals. […]

2003 RWC 20th Anniversary: Matt Giteau interview
Larissa Falls - Jun 18, 2023

Hard to fathom that this year’s Rugby World Cup brings up the 20-year anniversary since the 2003 RWC tournament in Australia. A contest where Wallabies playmaker Matt Giteau would be involved in one of the more epic finales in all RWC folklore. The 40-year-old was then in his early career with the Australian national team, […]