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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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NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 31, 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. […]

Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 31, 2022

Each new squad announced by a head coach brings joy to some corners of the country, and some misery for others. This squad is no different. The latest England men’s rugby squad is out, and supremo Eddie Jones has made some big decisions. There are recalls for discarded stars and first-time call-ups for young talent […]

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 […]

Leicster Tigers' Kini Murimurivalu runs with the ball on April 10, 2021
Elliott Butlin - Mar 31, 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 […]

Maori All Blacks to meet Ireland in midweek fixtures this July

The Māori All Blacks have played Ireland on two previous occasions, the most famous being the New Zealand Natives’ 13-4 win at Landsdowne Road in Dublin in 1888. So the news that two additional Māori All Blacks Ireland fixtures give many traditional supporters a feel-good factor. After the disruption of the last 24 months, seeing […]

2031/33 Rugby World Cup hosts are the right choices: Opinion
Connor Dickins - Mar 31, 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 […]

The 2021/22 Indigo Group Premiership and end of season rewards are revealed after another thrilling season of community rugby. Indigo Group Premiership Team of the Season After a season of both an Indigo Group Cup and Premiership, the Team of the Season has been selected by Robert Rees. Rowan Jenkins (Aberavon) Will Griffiths (Newport) Geraint […]

2019 Rugby World Cup: USA Rugby hooker Joe Taufete'e preparing for the game against England

USA Rugby got a huge boost today as they will host the 2031 Rugby World Cup (men’s) and the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup. They will be hoping to replicate the success Japan had in the 2019 Rugby World Cup (men’s). USA Rugby was given rights to host both Rugby World Cups Embed from Getty […]