Six Nations

England's Marcus Smith during the Rugby Summer Series match against Canada at Twickenham Stadium
Edward Munro-Martin - Feb 9, 2022

Italy v England preview – Both sides are coming off a loss, the players will be eager to do whatever they can to be on the other end of the scoreline come Sunday teatime. Here we look at the areas of the match that will be crucial to making that happen. Key matchup of Italy […]

England rugby team
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 2, 2022

Injuries will force Eddie Jones to tinker further with his England rugby team as they prepare to take on Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. It has been a long time since we last saw an England rugby team without Owen Farrell, Courtney Lawes or Jonny May. Injuries, a fire and Covid have not helped England […]

Wales Six Nations tactics
Iestyn Rhys Thomas - Feb 1, 2022

As he takes the Welsh national side to his third campaign, what were Wales  Six Nations tactics in 2021 and is there a chance of a change by Wayne Pivac 12 months later?  Ever since Warren Gatland left the Wales job on the first of November 2019, there has always been a mixed response regarding […]

Dewi Lake
Iestyn Rhys Thomas - Jan 21, 2022

Wayne Pivac named his Six Nations squad earlier on this week and it did include a couple of uncapped players and a particular player that should interest supporters will be hooker Dewi Lake. It has been a very interesting career for Lake who started player rugby at Valley Ravens as a youngster before moving on […]

Wale's new captain
Thomas Booth - Jan 20, 2022

Another step in an illustrious career? Top pro and Wales stalwart Dan Biggar has been given the honour of being Wales’ new captain for this year’s Six Nations. Will it be another step in an illustrious career for this ten from Morriston in Swansea? Regular captain Alun Wyn-Jones is out injured. As are other captaincy […]

2022 Six Nations
Charlie Inglefield - Jan 18, 2022

Eddie Jones has picked an initial squad for the 2022 Six Nations which is full of young blood and promise. The controversial pick given how little rugby he has played is Owen Farrell coming back as captain. Marcus Smith’s electric form for club and country surely means he will keep hold of the number ten […]

England Number Eight debate
Dan Cullinane - Jan 11, 2022

After a highly successful Autumn international campaign, England rugby fans will be full of expectations as we head into the 2022 Six Nations Championship. One of the big questions they will ask is who will win come out on top in the England number eight debate. England will start with a massive clash against Scotland […]

'Slammed' BBC Wales rugby documentary
Thomas Booth - Jan 8, 2022

‘Slammed’ is a rugby documentary from BBC Wales that takes a look at the ups and downs of the Welsh men’s international team between 1998 and 2008. There are contributions from big-hitting coaches and players, including Shane Williams, Steve Hansen, Gareth Thomas, Mike Ruddock, Tom Shanklin, and Colin Charvis. LWOS Rugby casts an eye over, […]

Vaccine Mandates French Rugby Six Nations
Thomas Booth - Jan 6, 2022

On Monday evening, 27th of December 2021, Jean Castex announced that there would be an immediate reinstatement of  the “gauges”. In other words restrictions to the number of people who can gather in a crowd for recreational purposes. This of course affects rugby and sport in general. Within that evening’s announcements was the bombshell vaccine […]

Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

For many, the vintage of rugby 2021 will probably raise a lot of discussion and differing opinions. That shouldn’t be a bad thing, with less than two years away from the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Here, our Last Word on Sports rugby department selected a few articles that represented the year in rugby […]

Pacific Islands influence
Harry Hudson - May 3, 2021

As British and Irish Lions fans eagerly await the announcement of Warren Gatland’s 2021 touring squad to face the Springboks this summer, let’s look at the Pacific Islands influence and the many senior and leading players of Pacifica descent. Experienced men that Lions’ management might call upon to lend their power and flair. Harry Hudson […]

Women's rugby rankings reward England

Coming one week after victory over France, quite rightly, the International Women’s rugby rankings have rewarded England. The 10-6 win over France gave the Roses a third successive Women’s Six Nations title. World Rugby released data on the rugby rankings permutations, after last weekend’s result. It has reinforced the existing number one ranked side, while […]

Closed shop - Six Nations Championship
Edward Anderson - Apr 7, 2021

With both the Six Nations Championship wrapped up and the Rugby Europe Championship 2021 on pause until the summer, the status quo that is the 6 Nation’s closed shop is the question that won’t go away. There has been a repeated failure by one of the championship partners. With Italy continually living down to original […]

Red Roses England women's rugby team secure win against Scotland
Elizabeth Cartwright - Apr 3, 2021

The Red Roses England women’s rugby team secured their first win in the 2021 Women’s Six Nations Championship on Saturday afternoon. Simon Middleton’s side beat Scotland 52-10, scoring eight tries to one. The current Six Nations title holders – who go into the tournament as clear favourites – got their campaign off to the perfect […]

Six Nations Chat: Scotland progress more evident to stop a France party
Jeremy Inson - Mar 29, 2021

Scotland played the part of Six Nations party poopers to perfection on Friday when their 27-23 victory at the Stade de France emphatically denied France the title, but what does it mean for Les Bleus long-term ambition of triumphing on home soil when hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup?

Six Nations Chat – France take step on road to possible Six Nations title
Jeremy Inson - Mar 24, 2021

France’s 32-30 win over Wales that kept their Six Nations title hopes alive means they remain in contention for the championship, but it could be the first significant step for France as they chase victory at the 2023 World Cup.

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Tigers' Title Defence
Elliott Butlin - Mar 24, 2021

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Gallagher Premiership
David Jones - Mar 24, 2021

This weekend saw the first round of fixtures in the Gallagher Premiership kick-off. This is obviously a welcome change from the off-season. Financial trouble and the slimming down of playing squads to accommodate a smaller salary cap. These issues paint a different picture to the excitement being produced on the pitch. With the uncertainty around […]

The Rugby Queen of our Hearts

In the most humble and respectful tone, Last Word on Rugby wishes to recognize and to honour the passing of the Monarch. A woman who some would see as the ‘Rugby Queen of our Hearts’. In doing this, firstly a reflection on the Queen who was to the majority, a constant leader and figurehead of […]

Elton Jantjies scandal

The Elton Jantjies scandal continues to grow. He was accused of harassing an air hostess a few months ago. This weekend, he was sent home from Argentina along with the Springboks team dietician after an extra-marital affair was exposed. Elton Jantjies scandal Jantjies attracted attention prior to the incoming Wales tour to South Africa. He […]