Challenge Cup

Heineken Champions Cup

With the final round of Gallagher Premiership fixtures complete, the confirmed line-ups of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are finalised. Robert Rees brings you all you need to know about the one-off campaign ahead. Heineken Champions Cup sides confirmed There are going 24 teams that make up the top tier tournament for the […]

Analysis of the Prospect of Premiership Rugby Midweek Games
David Challis - Jul 6, 2020

It has been reported by Standard Sport that upon its return, Premiership Rugby will face the prospect of midweek games. This is likely to cause controversy for fans and some players alike as many will cry player welfare. Whilst others will argue the product is being devalued. All are reasonable complaints to raise. However, given […]

James Barker, Editor - Jul 3, 2020

Unlike the Gallagher Premiership and the Pro14, the French Top 14 has ended the 2019/20 domestic season. With no promotion or relegation, the existing teams are busy organising their squads ready for the restart in September. Here we have collated all the Top 14 transfers to have taken place. For obvious financial reasons, there won’t […]

The Northern Hemisphere has a few cities that have both rugby union and league. These cities have one rugby code in the first-tier and a second-tier in another code. Furthermore, all three of these cities could very easily have a tier-one team in both codes of rugby. Two of them had first-tier teams in both […]

There are a total of only two Northern Hemisphere rugby cities with a first-tier rugby league and union team in the northern hemisphere. One city, Salford, in the Greater Manchester area of the UK, has rugby league and union teams that date back to the 19th century. This is while Toronto, Canada, a city where rugby […]

Champions Cup Final still possible in October?

Last month should’ve been a great one for all European rugby fans. The Champions Cup final should’ve been held at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. An event that – according to The Guardian rugby correspondent Robert Kitson – could’ve made the Monaco Grand Prix seem like a ‘garden fete’. Instead, rugby players and fans are […]

Gallagher Premiership

With the Pro14, Top14, Super Rugby and Gallagher Premiership either cancelled or postponed, the crowds seem unlikely to return to stadiums for at least a few months, maybe even next year. Therefore, Robert Rees has worked out the average attendances for all sides involved, domestically and for those in Europe.  All the average Guinness Pro14,  Gallagher Premiership […]

rugby union Top Trumps

Bored of no rugby to watch? Here at Last Word on Rugby we’ve got you covered with our very own game of rugby union Top Trumps’. Just print this article out and cut the cards out to play with friends or family, especially your children! Below are 32 cards of current and legendary international rugby […]

Top14 Round 14 'New Years' Wrap

Top14 rugby and French legs of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge quarter finals are in major doubts following the news that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has banned all sporting events until September. There are also plans to keep crowds from events until January. Season unlikely to be finished It’s back to the drawing […]

Heineken Champions Cup

The news broke on Monday morning of discussions regarding a Club World Cup in the place of the current European competitions. EPCR have since given a statement on the current state of affairs.  Robert Rees brings you the latest on the proposal. Club World Cup proposal Much like football, there is a want from some […]

James Barker, Editor - Mar 28, 2020

For reasons that we are all aware of, the 2019/20 rugby season is in increasing danger of never being finished. While it will not be the highest priority on everyone’s minds, some retiring rugby players may have already played their last game. If the season cannot be completed, some big names of World Rugby will […]

With the rugby season up in the air it could do with looking at cricket’s Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in order to decide future fixtures – if they can’t be played due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In order to finalize the tables, and ensure fair and proper qualification for the subsequent European competitions a year later, this […]

Gallagher Premiership

The Board of European Professional Club Rugby has decided that this season’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches will not now be played on the scheduled dates of 3/4/5 April. Champions Cup postponed along with European Challenge Cup Amid growing public health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken during […]

Scarlets’ Sam Lousi will be side-lined for five weeks after a red card was shown by Mike Adamson for a punch against Munster in their round 13 fixture in the Guinness Pro14.  Sam Lousi taking five Lousi was shown a red card by referee Mike Adamson (SRU) under Law 9.12 – a player must not […]

Champions Cup 2020/21

EPCR – the governing body of European rugby – have today announced their plans to continue with the Champions and Challenge Cup quarter finals as scheduled.   Challenge Cup and Champions Cup to go ahead Following the cancellations of Six Nations games among other sporting events EPCR has today announced that they plan to go […]

James Barker, Editor - Mar 4, 2020

Bristol’s derby day win over Bath sent the Bears third in the Premiership table, a far cry from their years stuck in the Championship. Among all the current and future star names, it is a homegrown fly half who attracting a lot of the attention. 24-year-old Callum Sheedy is rapidly becoming and integral part of Pat […]

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Ben Smith Nasi Manu 'championship combo' to inspire 2023 Highlanders

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Autumn International Series
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 4, 2020

The Springboks have roared back into being one of the favorites for the World Cup next year. They utterly destroyed England at Twickenham on Saturday despite being at half-strength. They join Ireland and France as genuine contenders. There were upsets, led by Georgia’s memorable win over Wales, last-minute thrillers, and plenty of controversies. Charlie Inglefield […]

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Wallabies victory 'stolen' out of the arms of defeat against Wales

In a memorable revival, this weekend’s Wallabies victory was one ‘stripped out of the arms of defeat’ against Wales. Stolen because the Welsh side had stretched out to a 20-13 lead after a pair of Australian players were sanctioned with yellow cards. Yet from that poor position, the Wallabies would then add 26 unanswered points, […]

Autumn International Series
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 4, 2020

South Africa’s Autumn International Series 27-13 demolition of England on Saturday at Twickenham was a brutal reality check for English rugby. England were completely dominated in every department. To further compound what was one of the worst displays by an England rugby team in many a year, the Springboks were down to 14 men going […]

France's flanker Charles Ollivon celebrates win on November 12, 2022
Connor Dickins - Mar 4, 2020

Are ‘rugby values’ truly superior to those of other sports? Not according to Rugby analyst Robbie Owen (or Squidge Rugby, as preferably known). According to Owen, rugby often pats itself on the back for actions that “other sports can do without needing a round of applause”. Some fans may not like it, but he is […]

England's 'finishers' provide blueprint to beat the Springboks
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 4, 2020

Sir Clive Woodward is not a fan of the expression ‘Finishers’. His understandable argument is that all players should be capable of playing 80 minutes. But with all due respect to Sir Clive, England’s finishers nearly pulled off a remarkable victory over the All Blacks on Saturday. Messrs. Dave Ribbans, Mako Vunipola, Will Stuart, Freddie […]

Suspensions to Antoine DuPont/Pieter-Steph du Toit for red cards

With suspensions announced for star players Antoine DuPont and Pieter-Steph du Toit, it comes at the wrong time for World Rugby. The last fully contested weekend of the Autumn Nations Series was bereft of two superstars that are both former recipients of World Rugby men’s Player of the Year. It is bad timing, especially for […]