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Premiership Rugby home-field advantage

Considering Premiership Rugby home-field advantage, you can question whether it is a constant benefactor? or a changeable one? A discussion for fans and stakeholders alike, home and away sides both. In this season to date, it is not a sole contributor to the current standings although, it will always play it’s part in every sport. […]

Portugal Head Coach Patrice Lagisquet Smiling
Francisco Isaac - Apr 13, 2023

Another edition of the men’s Rugby Europe Championship has come to a close, and all eight competing nations will feel that there were more positives than negatives to take “home”. Georgia took the gold again, as the Lelos beat Portugal in a spectacular Championship final held in the Spanish city of Badajoz. Romania and Spain […]

Fire and Ice Cup Rivals, the Toronto Arrows and Rugby ATL playing on April 2, 2022

The 2023 Fire and Ice Cup will be the headline of the February 17 game between Rugby ATL and the Toronto Arrows. Rugby ATL is looking to win their third consecutive trophy, while the Arrows will look to win their first-ever Fire and Ice Cup. 2023 Fire and Ice Cup: can the Toronto Arrows defeat […]

Outgoing WRU CEO Steve Phillips may have left the governing body in a disgraced position, but the shortlist of possible replacements is a high quality one, full of business acumen and sporting awareness.  Last Word takes you through the 10 best candidates for the top role as the next WRU CEO. New WRU CEO can […]

Toronto Arrows playing against Old Glory DC at York Lions Stadium as they get ready for the 2023 Toronto Arrows MLR Season

The 2023 Toronto Arrows MLR season will be about redemption. After a successful inaugural season where they made the playoffs and a positive start to 2020 before COVID-19 permanently stopped games from being played, the Arrows have struggled. In the 2021 Toronto Arrows season, they struggled again, with a big part of that ‘not playing […]

Rugby Canada women's team player, Sophie de Goede, runs the ball forward against New Zealand at the Waikatere Trusts Stadium

Rugby Canada women’s team has shown the world why they are a top four-nation. They do not get fazed by being down in a game and can get results when it is needed. They are right now, the face of Rugby Canada and for a good reason. They did not earn a medal, but Rugby […]

England’s men's team
Edward Munro-Martin - Oct 20, 2022

England has announced their training squad for the upcoming autumn internationals. It is less than a year out from the World Cup and players are running out of time to show Eddie Jones that they deserve to be in the squad going to France. There are six potential debutants for England’s men’s team this Autumn. […]

Rugby Union

Wrapping up the presents, it’s appropriate to consider the Best and Worst list of Rugby 2022. From the teams and competitions across the globe, this is a small selection to end the calendar year on a positive note. For all the positives in the sport, it is competitive, there must be a winning and a […]

Ben Morel

The Welsh Rugby Union badly needs governance change to turn around their poor performances at all levels, both on and off the field. A new CEO is badly needed to professionalise the way the game is run and the ideal candidate may have been found…. Welsh Rugby Union requires governance change The professional and community […]

Autumn International Series
Charlie Inglefield - Nov 27, 2022

South Africa’s Autumn International Series 27-13 demolition of England on Saturday at Twickenham was a brutal reality check for English rugby. England were completely dominated in every department. To further compound what was one of the worst displays by an England rugby team in many a year, the Springboks were down to 14 men going […]

Supporters of the Portuguese rugby union
Francisco Isaac - Nov 5, 2016

It’s common belief that 95% of World Rugby fans don’t know anything about Portuguese rugby. Not surprising really. There are big doubts and questions like: who plays and coaches there? what games and clubs exist? and many would have never heard of the Campeonato Português de Rugby–or the Portuguese Premiership But Last Word On Rugby are pleased to give […]

New Zealand v Wales - Women's Rugby World Cup 2017
Jovilisi Waqa - Aug 10, 2017

Follow all the results here on Last Word on Rugby, with coverage by Jovilisi Waqa. Today, he gives us ‘the Lowdown’ on all matches played in the WRWC2017 Day One games.

Rugby Canada's Paige Farries scores at Twickenham against England, one of the teams Rugby Canada RWC squad might face

PREVIEW – The Rugby Canada 2021 RWC team has a lot of optimism. The hope for them is to make a deep run into the Rugby World Cup. Yes, there are teams like New Zealand, France, and England who are seen as the favourites to win the tournament. However, the team that finished second in […]

Toronto Arrows playing against Old Glory DC on June 5, 2022

ANALYSIS – The Toronto Arrows had an up and down season. They had some incredible games, like the win against the New England Free Jacks. However, they also had some key losses at home against teams they needed to defeat, like Rugby ATL. The Toronto Arrows 2022 Season Campaign Strengths The Toronto Arrows do have […]

Alcobendas Rugby player Mauro Perotti on May 30, 2021
Edward Anderson - Jun 1, 2022

Rugby on the Iberian peninsula had some news on and off the field these last few weeks. It was an eventful month as there was evidence of Spanish Rugby’s Guerra Civil action, of internal pressures and Yes, as well as some ‘actual’ rugby being played. Spanish Rugby’s Guerra Civil – news from on and off […]

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, […]

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Ever found yourself in a chat with a rugby-mad buddy, only to be baffled by the lingo and the rules? Let’s start unscrambling that confusion by diving into the world of the National Rugby League (NRL) – the premier global competition in Rugby League.

Welsh Rugby Union head coach Warren Gatland looks on with pride after the Wales Grand Slam Celebration
Thomas Booth - Apr 27, 2022

Warren Gatland has had his say on the Rugby World Cup in France in his recent UK Daily Telegraph article. Wales failed to progress beyond the last eight not because they were outfought and outthought. Rather that there is something wrong with the rules of the game, and how it is played at the highest […]

Rugby Heroes and Villains of 2023; Scotland

In a look back, Last Word on Rugby views the Rugby Heroes and Villains for 2023. Not focused entirely on one or the other – balanced in as how the sport of rugby union is a team-based game; as much as for individuals who can shine or be villainised for their contributions. Over the last […]

Rugby Canada women's team player, Fancy Bermudez, celebrates try against France

The 2023 Rugby Canada women’s team might be seen as one of the best years in the national team’s history. There were many highlights for the national team, including playing the Pacific Four Series in the nation’s capital in the summer. 2023 Rugby Canada women’s team: Finished second in the WXV 1 competition Strengths Players […]

Your Favourite Rugby Players' Most Interesting Hobbies
Ricky Carroll, Editor - Apr 27, 2022

Rugby League players are a talented and fearless bunch, so it only stands to reason that amongst them are some unusual hobbies. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the most exciting rugby league players in the world get up to in their spare time, or get up to now that they’ve retired, then we’ve […]

Jean-Bouin, home of the Stace Stade Français vs Leicester game on Sunday

The Champions Cup game of the Stade Français vs Leicester game will take place on Sunday at 12:30 PM ET. This will be the first group-stage game for Stade Français Paris after the Leicester Tigers won on December 10 against the Stormers. While Stade Français lost on the road against the Sale Sharks, it will […]

Marcus Smith, of the Harlequins F.C., playing against Racing 92
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 27, 2022

The two most impressive teams this past week in European Professional Rugby Club (EPRC) competition were perhaps the Harlequin F.C. and the Exeter Chiefs. And in those games, Marcus Smith and Will Joseph were superb in Harlequins’ scintillating win over Racing 92 in Paris. On Saturday afternoon, the Chiefs were equally impressive in downing mighty […]

Paris Stade Jean-Bouin, one of the 14 home venues for the Top14 Round Nine Games
Larissa Falls - Apr 27, 2022

If you love a stat or fact, then you’ve come to the right place! After the French Top14 Round Nine concludes, LWOS adds to your weekend’s enjoyment. 14 Fun Facts of Top14 Round Nine Larissa Falls continues her series breaking down the names and numbers from Round Nine of the French Top14. Après un énorme combat, […]