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Northampton Saints 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership focus
James Barker, Editor - Sep 14, 2021

Last Word on Rugby is refocusing attention on the Gallagher Premiership ahead of the 2021/22 season. This article centers on Northampton Saints, who finished fifth last season but will be looking for a closer top-four challenge this time. Saints biggest departure in offseason Props Francois van Wyk and Owen Franks have departed, which could impact […]



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New Covid-19 strategy for elite game from Professional Game Board
New Covid-19 strategy for elite game from Professional Game Board

In a statement issued by the Professional Game Board (PCB), a fresh Covid-19 strategy for the elite game will mirror the 2021/22 season operations. Designed as a strategy that will incentivize players and management from the elite game [in England] to be fully vaccinated. From Monday September 13, the policy will allow Gallagher Premiership Rugby, […]

Disappointing choice makes London Broncos part-time from 2022
Disappointing choice makes London Broncos part-time from 2022 – Opinion
Sam Drew - Sep 9, 2021

A decision to make the London Broncos part-time from 2022 is a disappointing one for the Betfred Championship rugby league club. It is also indicative of the sport’s current malaise. Coming at the same time as the club wanted to relaunch a fresh future at Wimbledon’s Plough Lane, it underlines the strategic planning (or lack […]

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Rugby Canada looks to advance in the 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers
Raheem Bashir - Sep 8, 2021

PREVIEW – Rugby Canada looks to qualify for the 2021 Rugby World Cup next Saturday against their rivals USA Rugby. Leg one of the North Americas qualifiers ended with a 34-21 victory for the Canucks in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This means that even a Canadian loss would allow them to qualify depending on […]

Exeter Chiefs Rugby 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership focus
Exeter Chiefs Rugby 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership focus
Thomas Booth - Sep 6, 2021

Gallagher Premiership Rugby is just weeks away from beginning. Here at Last Word on Rugby, we’re turning the microscope on to all the major competing sides and focusing on Devon’s Exeter Chiefs. The former Championship winning club was bested in the final playoff match. One that will be remembered for the sheer excitement and to-and-fro […]

Super League play-offs
Super League Play-Offs: The race is on
Sam Drew - Sep 1, 2021

With Super League announcing the abandonment of as yet unscheduled fixtures, the road to the playoffs is taking shape. There are now only three more rounds, with clubs left with just one more home fixture. Super League have just confirmed on a media briefing that Rounds 23-25 are likely to be the only games left […]

Melbourne Storm lose
Melbourne Storm lose against Parramata Eels
Sam Mackeown - Aug 31, 2021

For the first time since Round 3, Melbourne Storm lose. The Parramatta Eels emerged victorious on Saturday night against a lacklustre Storm.

Southern Hemisphere Rugby World Cup stranglehold
Southern Hemisphere Rugby World Cup stranglehold is not unbreakable

Can the Southern Hemisphere World Cup stranglehold be broken? A look ahead to France 2023 and what Northern Hemisphere nations need to do.

All Blacks squad less prepared for 'long haul' of Test schedule
All Blacks squad less prepared for ‘long haul’ of Test schedule

With a fresh All Blacks squad named on Thursday to travel to Perth – albeit missing their Captain and in-form key duo – this side is less prepared for the upcoming ‘long haul’ Test schedule than stakeholders will have wished for. Hurriedly assembled that is. If not under a degree of pressure before departing as […]