Premiership Rugby

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leicester’s European tour continues!
Elliott Butlin - Apr 13, 2022

Leicester’s European tour has already seen them travel to difficult away venues to play tricky and stern opponents, yet come away with a victory. Last Sunday saw them face one of the toughest tests in club rugby as they took on Clermont Auvergne in the bearpit of a stadium that is the Parc Des Sports […]

Gallagher Premiership Playoff race
Harry Nichol - Apr 7, 2022

With just four rounds remaining, the Gallagher Premiership playoff race tightens, but which teams will manage to overcome the body aches and pains that are beginning to set in and grasp onto a semi-final spot.  Despite the fact, Leicester Tigers and Saracens have already booked a place in the semis, the race for 3rd and […]

Leicester Tigers 'big April' commences
Elliott Butlin - Apr 7, 2022

We are fast approaching the business end of the season, with each week bringing a fixture of significant proportions. After enjoying a bye week last weekend, the Leicester Tigers’ big April commences this Sunday. The Tigers travel to France to play European hotshots Clermont Auvergne in the first of their two legs of their Heineken […]

Worcester Warriors
Tom Wade - Apr 3, 2022

Worcester Warriors welcomed Newcastle Falcons to Sixways on Saturday afternoon as they looked to register successive wins in the Gallagher Premiership for the first time since September 2020. Additionally, the hosts were also looking to register a first win over the Falcons in five meetings between the two teams. Warriors returned to action after last […]

Is Premiership Rugby Cup fit for purpose?
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 31, 2022

The Premiership Rugby Cup has gone through several forms in recent years. It has contained teams from Wales and England and known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup and we have seen the tournament under the sponsored name, the LV Cup. Currently, with the addition of a thirteenth team to the Gallagher Premiership, we have the most […]

Elliott Butlin - Mar 31, 2022

This year’s 6 Nations period was a tough one for Leicester Tigers as they undertook seven league fixtures without their key England internationals, without having the luxury of a bye week. In addition, they also made the trip to Newcastle to take on the Falcons in the Premiership Cup. After such a grueling period, they […]

Saracens vs Bristol
Connor Dickins - Mar 27, 2022

Bristol stalwart Joe Joyce busts through the defence in the dying minutes of Saracens vs Bristol. He sees Jack Bates charging on, and pops the ball to him. Bates gallops towards the try-line, and the crowd erupts at Tottenham Hotspur’s immaculate stadium. Max Malins admits to thinking at the time: “That’s the end of it […]

Worcester Warriors
Tom Wade - Mar 22, 2022

Worcester Warriors are set to make the short trip down the M5 to Kingsholm on Friday night as they take on Gloucester in a derby under the lights. After a week’s break from Gallagher Premiership duties, the Warriors return to league action as they go hunting for a second-ever league win at Gloucester. Steve Diamond […]

Worcester Wolves' Alex Hearle celebrates scoring his team's fifth try at Sixways Stadium
Tom Wade - Mar 16, 2022

The Worcester Warriors put in their best performance under the Steve Diamond regime so far on Saturday afternoon at Sixways as they hosted in-form Exeter Chiefs. After suffering a big 43-12 loss to London Irish in round 19, the Warriors needed to bounce back if they were to pull themselves off the bottom of the […]

Steve Diamond gives his thoughts ahead of Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs
Tom Wade - Mar 10, 2022

To say last weekend didn’t exactly ‘go to plan’ would be a massive understatement. A loss to London Irish means the Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs match adds a further dose of pressure to the Gallagher Premiership club. Not only did they suffer a huge 42-12 away defeat to London Irish but, head coach Steve […]

Gloucester Rugby forwards coach Trevor Woodman on October 9, 2021
Tom Wade - Mar 9, 2022

After a close encounter with Northampton Saints at Kingsholm last weekend in which they come back from 20-7 points down at halftime, Gloucester Rugby takes to the road in round 20 of the Gallagher Premiership. Head Coach George Skivington has been speaking to the media ahead of his team’s visit to the AJ Bell Stadium […]

Youthful Tigers fall short
Elliott Butlin - Mar 8, 2022

The dust has now settled on a bruising encounter at the Stonex Stadium last weekend after league-leaders Leicester Tigers traveled to face second-placed Saracens. The Leicester v Saracens rivalry is one that has seen numerous big clashes over the years, with last Saturday being no different. On this occasion, it was Saracens that came away […]

Saracens get their revenge in potential Premiership final dress rehearsal
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 6, 2022

The last time these sides faced each other, Saracens fans were left heartbroken as a controversial call led to a late penalty try for the host which clinched the match for them. This time though Saracens were able to get their revenge in what could be a Gallagher Premiership final dress rehearsal. Despite the Six […]

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England's 'finishers' provide blueprint to beat the Springboks
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 6, 2022

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

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