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Leicster Tigers' Kini Murimurivalu runs with the ball on April 10, 2021
Elliott Butlin - May 18, 2022

Last week saw Leicester Tigers announce a host of new contracts for existing squad members, as well as new signings ahead of next season. What was striking was that on both sides of the coin it showed the Tigers’ squad building strategy continues to follow a theme and purpose that started three years ago. This […]


Somoan wing Ed Fidow scores a try at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

TORONTO, ON – Rugby New York won the game, thanks largely to their strong start to the game. They scored the first 17 points of the game, as they found ways to get behind the Toronto Arrows’ defence on the road. Rugby New York really played well offensively in a 41-17 road win in Toronto […]

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 […]

Tom Youngs, a former Leicester Tigers' captain, after announcing his retirement in Welford Road Stadium
Charlie Inglefield - May 4, 2022

It was a sad but wonderful day at Welford Road last weekend. The Welford Road faithful showed their appreciation with a full house for the retiring Tom Youngs. There is no question that Tom Youngs goes down as one of the great Leicester Tigers, no mean feat when you think of the legends that go […]

England's Red Roses growth as Claudia MacDonald Maud Muir celebrates win over New Zealand on October 31, 2021
Edward Munro-Martin - May 4, 2022

England’s women wrapped up their fourth consecutive Six Nations title and are looking like strong favourites for the upcoming Rugby World Cup later this year. While a winning run of 23 matches may sound bad for the health of the sport due to a lack of competition, it does serve to force other unions into […]

Leicester Tigers' toughest challenge
Elliott Butlin - May 4, 2022

Last Saturday’s emotional victory over Bristol Bears secured Leicester Tigers a home semi-final in the end-of-season play-offs. This weekend however is Leicester Tigers’ toughest challenge yet as European heavyweights Leinster roll into town, for what should be a mouth-watering clash in the Champions Cup Quarter-Final. As to be expected, the fixture has caught the excitement […]

Bath Rugby 2021/22
Edward Munro-Martin - May 4, 2022

Bath Rugby 2021/22 has been a season that as much as they may want to, the club can never forget. Not only do they sit bottom of the Gallagher Premiership with just two rounds remaining, but the number of landslide losses they have been subjected to is simply unacceptable for a club with such history […]

Worcester Warriors club update: Exit interviews, Premiership Cup final and hard work
Tom Wade - May 4, 2022

After 24 rounds of Gallagher Premiership rugby, the Worcester Warriors club is now scheduled to play their final game of the 2021/22 season. However, as we all know by now – and with all thanks to a certain club from London – that final fixture at home to Bath Rugby will not take place until […]

USA Rugby player Christian Dyer dives and scores a try in London, England

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston SaberCats gets their first-ever win at AVEVA Stadium. It was also the SaberCats first-ever win against the Arrows. This win happened because of the strong start Houston had in the game, especially in the second half. The Arrows did score the last three tries of the game, but it was […]

Owen Farrell
Edward Munro-Martin - Apr 28, 2022

With two ankle injuries, Owen Farrell has been making his way back from four months out of the game. In his absence, Saracens have been winning but inconsistent while on the international stage England finished third on the Six Nations table. An improvement on last year but their attack offered little and the team struggled […]

Glasgow Warriors Managing Director Nathan Bombrys at Scotstoun Stadium

ANALYSIS – Nathan Bombrys is the new Rugby Canada CEO. Bombrys is an American who made his name in Europe, particularly, in Glasgow, Scotland. Rugby Canada hires Nathan Bombrys as new CEO Rugby Canada’s Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Nathan Bombrys as Chief Executive Officer following an extensive and […]

Men's rugby's best International Captains - part two
Thomas Booth - Apr 27, 2022

Thomas Booth (@tboothy) of Last Word on Rugby looks at the Best International Captains through the history of the game and presents to you part two of our overview of the World Rugby ranked top ten international men’s sides in 2022. With the listed six sides, from number 10 down to no. five already published, […]

Leicester Tigers' wing options
Elliott Butlin - Apr 22, 2022

Transfer rumours regarding Leicester Tigers have become less frequent ever since Head Coach Steve Borthwick joined the club in 2020. However, in recent weeks there has been talk of improved Leicester Tigers’ wing options [which are already strong as they are]. Numerous reports that Bath and England’s Anthony Watson has agreed on a deal to […]

The Indigo Group Welsh Premiership is set to reduce down to nine teams for the 2023/24 season. Robert Rees brings you the latest detail on the proposed changes. Welsh Premiership set to shrink According to club sources, the Welsh Premiership is set to cut three teams for the season after next. However, it’s not just […]

Rugby Canada's Gordon McRorie kicks a conversion on June 11, 2016

TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Arrows score over 50 points and they win their second-straight home game at York Lions Stadium. It was not a pretty win as the Arrows did not play well defensively. However, their offence was firing on all cylinders as they scored eight tries in the game. Toronto Arrows score eight […]

A Women's Six Nations match between England and Wales in Gloucester, England
Edward Munro-Martin - Apr 14, 2022

With three rounds gone we now have a fallow week before the final two rounds of this year’s tournament. So now is a perfect time to take stock of what we have seen so far. Here are the major talking points of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations. A take on the Women’s Six Nations Professional […]



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NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - May 18, 2022

Australia has been awarded the 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup and the women’s tournament two years later. This has kickstarted talk about whether Rugby Australia will look to a few NRL converts to boost their chances? In the past, NRL converts have had mixed success. For every Sonny Bill Williams, there is a Sam Burgess. […]

South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus on November 5, 2021

The Rassie Erasmus waterboy role was addressed by World Rugby with a change in the wording of the relevant law. Head Coaches and Directors of Rugby are now both not permitted to fulfill this role. Rassie Erasmus’s waterboy role was torpedoed by World Rugby Erasmus is very much a Marmite character. You either love him […]

2031/33 Rugby World Cup hosts are the right choices: Opinion
Connor Dickins - May 18, 2022

World Rugby gets plenty of stick yet deserves praise for its decisions over the last 12 months with the freshly appointed Rugby World Cup hosts being one of them. Other policies and decisions include; the change in eligibility laws will that allow Pacific Island teams to compete and encourage their qualified national representatives to continue […]

2022 ACT Brumbies display Championship credentials against Chiefs

For several weeks now, the 2022 ACT Brumbies team has played to their peak. No stumbling, no missteps, and few errors that would give others a sense that they are anything less than Championship contenders. A single blemish on their record against the Queensland Reds in Round 7 has been repaired. The Dan McKellar coached […]

What can solve rugby's mental health crisis? Interview with mind coach Don Macpherson
Connor Dickins - May 18, 2022

“Controlling your monkey mind” may seem like a bizarre goal. No doubt, it would seem strange to burly rugby players, sitting on a couch next to a cuddly stuffed monkey named Mike. And yet – when considering rugby’s mental health crisis – this is exactly what has helped dozens of international rugby players and Formula […]

Bath Rugby 2021/22
Edward Munro-Martin - May 18, 2022

Bath Rugby 2021/22 has been a season that as much as they may want to, the club can never forget. Not only do they sit bottom of the Gallagher Premiership with just two rounds remaining, but the number of landslide losses they have been subjected to is simply unacceptable for a club with such history […]

Fijian Drua home crowd

The positive news continues, as the Fijian Drua home crowd was recorded as the biggest yet after Super Rugby Pacific Round 11. Beyond the result in Suva last Saturday, the literal ‘winner on the day’ were actually the 15,102 people attending that historic match between the Fijian Drua and the Highlanders last weekend. What they witnessed […]

Best International Captains
Thomas Booth - May 18, 2022

Thomas Booth looks at the Best International Captains through the history of the current top ten internationally ranked men’s sides in world rugby. Part one starts with the side ranked ten (Japan), and counts down to the fifth-ranked international team (England). After ruminating on the why’s and wherefores of this article, why not check out […]