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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 […]

James Barker, Editor - Sep 1, 2021

In the first of a new series, Last Word on Rugby will be refocusing attention on the Gallagher Premiership ahead of the 2021/22 season. Under the spotlight to start is Bath Rugby, who will be hoping for a much better campaign 2020/21, where they finished seventh. Biggest departure Several dependable squad members have departed, including […]

James Barker, Editor - Sep 21, 2020

Six months late, but the first silverware of the 2019/20 English season has been claimed. Sale Sharks won the Premiership Rugby Cup final, beating Harlequins 27-19.  Sale Sharks win Premiership Rugby Cup Final The game ignited after a yellow card for Harlequins’ Stephan Lewies, with Sale scoring ten points during the sin-bin period.  Hooker Curtis […]

George Skivington
James Barker, Editor - Jul 22, 2020

A young Gloucester Rugby coaching team has been assembled and confirmed with today’s announcement that Dom Waldouck will take up the position of defence coach. Even ignoring the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been a whirlwind three months at Kingsholm. First the departure of Johan Ackermann, followed by David Humphreys and Rory Teague, left a huge […]

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 […]

Jacob Umaga
Charlie Hynes - Nov 28, 2019

Having only signed a senior contract at the start of the season, a string of exciting performances have earned young Wasps starlet Jacob Umaga a new upgraded contract. The new deal comes after a man of the match performance in last weekends 32-14 Challenge Cup victory over Agen. Umaga scored 12 points and produced a […]

James Barker, Editor - Nov 5, 2019

Premiership Rugby has confirmed charges have been brought against Saracens Rugby Club for alleged breaches of the Premiership Rugby Salary Cap. They have been docked 35 points for the 2019/20 season. Charges for past three seasons The charges, which relate to the seasons 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, were brought in June 2019 following a nine-month […]

Dai Young
Charlie Hynes - Oct 20, 2019

Last season would have been regarded as a disappointing season by Wasps’s standards in recent years. They finished eighth in the Premiership, just missing Heineken Champions Cup Rugby playoffs. This was a disappointment but Director of Rugby Dai Young believes they have a better foundation this season. Wasps had to compete with a number of […]

Premiership Rugby Cup Derby Day more than a must-win game for Exeter Chiefs
David Challis - Oct 10, 2019

Exeter Chiefs face Bristol Bears in their final Premiership Rugby Cup group game and their Derby-Day match. They do so in the knowledge that a win is their only chance to progress to the semi-finals. However, this Premiership Rugby Cup Derby-Day is about more than just the result. With most teams using these weeks as […]

10 biggest Gallagher Premiership Exits
David Challis - Aug 5, 2019

The Gallagher Premiership transfers keep coming thick and fast, with the season drawing ever closer. Last time out it was the incoming players that were the focus. However, this time Last Word on Rugby are looking at the 10 biggest Gallagher Premiership exits. Many players have moved onto new and greener pastures this season. Contract […]

James Barker, Editor - Jul 10, 2019

The fixtures for the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership have been announced. It will start just as it did in 2018/19 with a West Country Derby between Bristol Bears and Bath. The announcement was made at an event at the BT Tower in London with the big reveal happening at 11am. 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership Fixtures The start […]

James Haskell
Charlie Inglefield - May 8, 2019

James Haskell retires at the end of the season and brings and an end a stellar career. No player has bled more and given more to the English game. Farewell James Haskell We should forget about the limelight headlines because ‘Hask’ has had one hell of a career. 17 years at the top of the […]

Steve Dunham - Feb 22, 2019

The sale of a minority interest to former Formula 1 owners CVC Capital Partners (CVC) for a reported £200m, and the first multiple club relegation battle in recent years, means the divisive issue of ring-fencing English rugby’s Gallagher Premiership is back in vogue. New contributor to Last Word on Rugby Steve Dunham, adds his voice […]

James Barker, Editor - Feb 9, 2019

The action never stops for Gallagher Premiership sides, as Worcester Warriors, Saracens, Northampton Saints and Newcastle Falcons battled for a place in the Premiership Rugby Cup final. After two entertaining clashes Saracens and Northampton Saints came away as winners and will contest the final in March. Worcester Warriors 22 vs 38 Saracens The Warriors were […]

Gloucester’s injury-riddled season has seen their academy players step up to the mark. Players like Henry Walker, Lloyd Evans and Aaron Hinkley have all proved they’ve got what it takes. Walker and Evans spoke to the media on how they’ve developed as Gloucester Rugby academy players growing as senior squad share experience. Lloyd Evans relishing […]

With the senior team on a fixture break Tim Taylor has temporarily taken over the reins at Gloucester ahead of their final Premiership Rugby Cup pool game against Bath. As Gloucester seek knockout stage qualification Taylor will look to implement some first team players as they run back into the Gallagher Premiership. Gloucester seek knockout […]

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Charlie Inglefield - Jan 30, 2019

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France Masterclass on Saturday
Charlie Inglefield - Jan 30, 2019

France was brilliant. It was an awesome France masterclass exhibition from Fabien Galthie’s men and as for England…. they are truly at rock bottom. Or maybe not, as the old adage goes, ‘we did not realize that rock bottom had a basement’ – as they head to Dublin next week. England were awful in all […]