Indigo Group Premiership

Indigo Group Premiership

The season may be only half way through, but with another year down, let’s have a look at the best XV players across the last twelve months.  *Players from the ‘Supporters’ Team of the Year’ considered upon other performances and accolades and both the end of last season and beginning of the 2022/23 calendar weigh […]

The Indigo Group Premiership is back after an 18-month absence, with Aberavon and Swansea getting us underway on Thursday evening, live on S4C. Robert Rees looks ahead at the upcoming season.  Shortened season With the season kicking off in December there is a one-off format to aid the season surrounding Covid. There is no relegation […]

Indigo Group Premiership

The Indigo Group Premiership may be months behind its usual starting point, but with plenty of time to look at off the field matters, Robert Rees has investigated into the playing budgets of each team. Indigo Group Premiership playing budgets The Welsh Premiership is a turbulent environment financially, with changes to the format and funding […]

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 […]

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