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South African rugby results
Ryan Jordan - Jan 26, 2023

The South African rugby results in European competition have been more positive than the more pragmatic fans would have expected. Travel and squad depth has been a constant concern for many, especially when the step up from the URC to full European involvement was brought into the equation. Review 2021/22 South African rugby results in […]

Worcester Warriors financial uncertainty unsettles Premiership fans

If you consider the timeline which points to the Worcester Warriors’ financial uncertainty, the developments are unsettling to stakeholders and Premiership fans alike, ever-changing, and, to a degree, lack clarity. Details are now emerging of the fashion in how recent Worcester Warriors’ financial uncertainty became common knowledge. As a matter of course, club management and […]

European rugby quarter-finals: Talking points
Edward Munro-Martin - May 11, 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 […]

Leicester Tigers 'big April' commences
Elliott Butlin - Apr 7, 2022

We are fast approaching the business end of the season, with each week bringing a fixture of significant proportions. After enjoying a bye week last weekend, the Leicester Tigers’ big April commences this Sunday. The Tigers travel to France to play European hotshots Clermont Auvergne in the first of their two legs of their Heineken […]

Worcester Warriors; Sione Vailanu breaks through Newcastle Falcon's defence at Sixways Stadium
Tom Wade - Apr 5, 2022

They may have a week off as the European Challenge Cup returns this weekend but that’s not to say that all associated with the Worcester Warriors will for one minute not be paying attention to this weekend’s fixtures. After finishing their European campaign back in January as they saw off United Championship Rugby side Zebre […]

Postponed Round Two Heineken Champions Cup a 'draw'

With the official word from European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) that all postponed Round Two Heineken Champions Cup/Challenge Cup games will now be recorded as a 0-0 draw. It means each team collects two points, irrespective of their squad Covid-status [at that time] or ability to travel. Following a series of meetings of the Board […]

In the Bin Rugby Pod - Jan 4, 2018

We’ve treated ourselves to a festive week off, but due to popular demand (and the fact we have nothing better to do), we are back with the first ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod of 2018! There were two rounds played in our absence – including a rugby-classic at Kingsholm – as we hit the halfway […]

In the Bin Rugby Pod - Oct 18, 2017

The ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod returns, with our European edition of the the pod as we welcome the Champions Cup back with open arms! Your hosts Andy and Paddy get out the red wine and cheeseboard, ready in honour of the French teams — there were some cracking games for us to discuss. Big […]

'In the Bin' Rugby Pod - Season 1, Episode 30
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Mar 27, 2018

The regular season has kicked back into gear, and so has ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod. The team of Andy and Paddy and ready to celebrate their 30th show. So, who is excited to see some Aviva premiership action….raise your hand? Big Story Roundup In the news, we’ll discuss London Irish ‘Kissing’ Nick Kennedy goodbye. […]

'In The Bin' Rugby Pod - Season 1, Episode 33
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Apr 18, 2018

‘Hands up who is ready for another episode?’ Well, the Falcons are certainly happy, and Andy and Paddy are ready to deliver the ‘In the Bin’ Rugby Pod this week. And over the last week, the we have seen matches from the absurd, to the glorious, so enjoy a breakdown of all the results and […]

'In The Bin' Rugby Pod - Season 1, Episode 34
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Apr 27, 2018

Better late than never. ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod couldn’t not comment on the rugby news….especially after some Champion-rugby last weekend. It’s been a busy week of news to compliment the European semi finals this week! Paddy and Andy are here to talk through the lot! Big Story Roundup We’ll start with England having the Hartley […]

Connor Dickins - Sep 17, 2021

Love them or loathe them, Saracens 2021/22 will certainly add some star power to the Gallagher Premiership this season. Will the former Gallagher Premiership champions manage to reach Twickenham for the Final? Ins and Outs for Saracens 2021/22 From their Championship campaign, club stalwart Michael Rhodes and hot prospect Ali Crossdale are the most notable […]

Connor Dickins - Sep 17, 2021

Worcester will be desperately hoping to improve on their last-place finish in the Gallagher Premiership last season. Worcester Warriors 2021/22 Director of Rugby Alan Solomons won’t have the fear of relegation, but, will hope the Warriors can be far more competitive. Worcester Warriors 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership Focus Can Worcester climb the table of such a […]

James Barker, Editor - Sep 10, 2021

Last Word on Rugby is refocusing attention on the Gallagher Premiership ahead of the 2021/22 season. We move on to London Irish, who can look forward to their first proper season back in London, with crowds allowed to return. Biggest departure It can only be stalwart Blair Cowan for this title. He stuck with them […]

James Barker, Editor - Jul 21, 2021

The Champions Cup 2021/22 draw was announced today as the build-up to the new season ramps up. As in last season, the 24 teams were drawn into two pools. Tier 1 sides will take on Tier 4 clubs, whilst Tier 2 and 3 teams will play each other home and away. After the success of […]

United Rugby Championship revealed: Opinion
Ryan Jordan - Jun 18, 2021

The United Rugby Championship has been revealed, replacing the PRO14 and including four former Super Rugby teams from South Africa. This new competition is the realization of long-brewing plans to include the South African teams in European rugby after their fallout with Super Rugby. It should be noted though that the competition has yet to […]

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