Indigo Group Premiership

Indigo Group Premiership

Indigo Group Premiership transfer season is now underway as club’s start announcing retained staff before moving on to those who they are bringing in. Robert Rees brings you the destination of either incoming or outgoing Prem players. Jack Maynard The fly half is on the move back to Llandovery despite living nearer Cardiff. A great […]

Nigel Davies

Nigel Davies, the former Llanelli and Wales international has applied his trade across both Wales and England in numerous coaching roles since retiring. However, his latest challenge is arguably the toughest job of the lot, a National Council election campaign. With over 30 years of experience within the game, he’s now applying his off-field business […]

John Manders

EXCLUSIVE: John Manders is a name that not too many people will be familiar with within Welsh rugby, but he’s been a stalwart member of Old Illtydians RFC for over 30 years following a successful playing career with the likes of Newport, Pontypridd, and South Wales Police. The former sergeant of SWP now runs businesses […]

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 […]

Despite the cancellation and postponements of the rugby union season there is still plenty of activity behind the scenes and Last Word brings you all the latest contract news from the past week. Sam Parry The versatile hooker has announced an extra year extension to his tenure at the Ospreys, which will take him to […]

Indigo Group Premiership

Despite the early end to the Indigo Group Welsh Premiership over the Coronavirus pandemic, contracts are still busy being signed off. Last Word has already reported on 11 of those, but here are two more players on the move.  Ironmen making moves It’s Merthyr this time who are making the moves, rather than losing players. […]

Ebbw Vale RFC

Ebbw Vale have confirmed their squad of front rowers that’ll compete in the 2020/21 season at Eugene Cross Park.  Steelmen retain entire front row The news that hooker Rhys Francis would be leaving the club to help him resolve his shoulder injury issues have already been published. However, the news gets better in the front […]

Ebbw Vale

Ebbw Vale Chairman Jon Jones has confirmed the club’s coaching team ahead of next season, with two new additions to the group. Robert Rees brings you the latest from Eugene Cross Park. Trio re-sign The club can confirm that Head Coach Greg Woods has been retained by the Steelmen and he’ll be backed up by […]

Indigo Group Premiership

Despite the early end to the Welsh Premiership 2019-20 season, business has resumed to sort squads out ahead of next season. Last Word on Rugby brings you 11 exclusive transfers. Ben Flower The rugby league star has made a surprising switch, not only in codes, but a shock move to National Championship side Pontypool. The […]

John Manders

With the Indigo Group Premiership season cut short, it’s time to look back over the rugby we had and amalgamate the best 23 players that played in the league this season. Robert Rees gives you the Last Word Team of the Season.  1. Rowan Jenkins (Aberavon) This season’s loosehead position has been pretty much nailed […]

Gareth Davies

WRU Chairman Gareth Davies has urged Welsh clubs below the semi-professional Indigo Group Premiership to cut player payments amid the financial difficulties brought during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Chairman’s message In a message to the club community Gareth Davies stated; “As we often state, the community game is the lifeblood of our sport, club players are […]

RUGBY LIFE (news and views) under the Rugby Lockdown

For the majority of fans, they sustain a rugby life balance. One where participating, following and enjoying watching the game is Nirvana. But now, under the rugby lockdown, there is less and less to enjoy. So to fans who have very little to digest, we present RUGBY LIFE – news and views across the Rugby […]

Matthew J Watkins

Tributes have flooded in for former Dragons, Gloucester and Scarlets player Matthew J Watkins, who passed away earlier this month after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 41. Matthew J Watkins laid to rest The funeral was held on Tuesday March 31 with only a small gathering of close family due to Coronavirus quarantine […]

Greatest Amateur Era XV

It’s time to pick your greatest amateur XV. We’ve compiled a list of the greatest players in every position from the amateur* days of rugby. The players played all or most of their significant careers pre-1996 and YOU can choose who gets in each jersey. 88 men have been brought together in a who’s who […]

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 […]

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