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Jamie Roberts' rugby career comes to an end
Thomas Booth - Jul 28, 2022

Jamie Roberts’ rugby career; one that spans over a decade, has come to a close – no surprise to the majority, yet it is with fondness that many International and Welsh fans will look back on his stellar time as part of Warren Gatland’s Welsh team. Jamie Roberts’ rugby career in numbers Roberts honed his […]

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 […]

Leicester Tigers' toughest challenge
Elliott Butlin - May 4, 2022

Last Saturday’s emotional victory over Bristol Bears secured Leicester Tigers a home semi-final in the end-of-season play-offs. This weekend however is Leicester Tigers’ toughest challenge yet as European heavyweights Leinster roll into town, for what should be a mouth-watering clash in the Champions Cup Quarter-Final. As to be expected, the fixture has caught the excitement […]

United Rugby Championship South African teams
Ryan Jordan - Feb 24, 2022

The United Rugby Championship South African teams update as they return from a week off presents fans with a slightly surprising leading light. Ryan Jordan reflects on their log standings after nine rounds of play. United Rugby Championship South African teams The overall championship table is led by two Irish and two Scottish teams. Despite […]

Curtis injury
Alastair Telfer - Feb 22, 2022

Angus Curtis says he wants to take every opportunity to get more game time following his recent injury issues with Ulster. 23-year-old Ulster centre Angus Curtis has gained good game time for Ulster this season for the first time since a nasty knee injury that kept him out for over 16 months. Born in Zimbabwe, […]

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 […]

Welsh rugby regions
Iestyn Rhys Thomas - Jan 11, 2022

The Welsh rugby regions are falling behind in regional competitions. New correspondent Iestyn Rhys Thomas tracks the changes through the years. Every time during international Test windows in Wales, all you hear about is rugby, rugby and the odd splash of rugby. Yet after the Six Nations has been decided or another autumn campaign comes to […]

South African professional rugby

More and more, mandating that only a fully vaccinated rugby player policy introduction will have an impact on both Northern and Southern hemisphere competitions. The internal reactions from rugby unions and administrators take into account the health and welfare of all stakeholders. Yet with personal choice highlighting some genuine fears and more social media scaremongering, […]

Munster v Dragons - Guinness PRO14 Round 8
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Nov 8, 2017

It’s November, which can only mean one thing (well two things)…. the Autumn Internationals are coming, and ‘In the Bin’ is here to discuss it! Big Story Roundup It was a news week that started out slower than James Haskell understanding the laws at the breakdown, Piers Francis’ development AND the Willie Le Roux hype-train! […]

In the Bin Rugby Pod - Jan 4, 2018

We’ve treated ourselves to a festive week off, but due to popular demand (and the fact we have nothing better to do), we are back with the first ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod of 2018! There were two rounds played in our absence – including a rugby-classic at Kingsholm – as we hit the halfway […]

In the Bin Rugby Pod - Oct 3, 2017

Andy and Paddy are back with yet another blistering edition of the ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod. There’s the usual tasting menu of reviews, analysis, opinions and gripes as we work our way through last week’s egg chasing. Big Story Roundup In the big news story of the week we talk Pollocks. Well, Allyson Pollock […]

Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons - Aviva Premiership
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Oct 12, 2017

‘In the Bin’ rugby pod is back with a bumper edition of the pod as we ruck our way through the domestic leagues, internationals & look ahead to the return of the Champions Cup! Big Story Roundup It’s been a scintillating week of rugby from Cape Town to Exeter, but to kick things off this […]

'In The Bin' Rugby Pod Season 1 Episode 16
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Dec 13, 2017

Just before we get ready to [avoid] the hoards of festive shoppers, sit back and enjoy the latest from ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod. Better than the proverbial chestnuts roasting on an open fire. As the Champions Cup reaches the halfway point, the Pool tables are starting to take shape. Some teams already look set […]

'In the Bin' Rugby Pod - Season 1, Episode 22
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Feb 2, 2018

It’s that time of the year again to start getting very, very excited! And nervous… the 6 Nations is upon us again and looks like it has all the ingredients to be a magnificent tournament. ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod cannot wait. Paddy and Andy will preview all the teams competing in anticipation of the big […]

'In The Bin' Rugby Pod - Season 1, Episode 24
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Feb 14, 2018

The boys are back! ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod, bringing their own unique style to review another pulsating round of Six Nations fixtures, including that try at Twickenham. There is more chat on the Premiership and Pro14 recommenced competition, while we ponder where Danny Cipriani be playing next year??? NatWest 6 Nations review Enjoyable? Yeah […]

'In The Bin' Rugby Pod - Season 1, Episode 29
In the Bin Rugby Pod - Mar 22, 2018

The 2018 Six Nations came to a magnificent end this past weekend, with Ireland completing a thoroughly deserved Grand Slam. At ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod, we’d like to salute all the teams for another fantastic Championship. Paddy and Andy are here to dissect the final weekend; and the tournament as a whole. 2018 Six […]

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Welsh Rugby Union head coach Warren Gatland looks on with pride after the Wales Grand Slam Celebration
Thomas Booth - Mar 22, 2018

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

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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 - Mar 22, 2018

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 - Mar 22, 2018

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 - Mar 22, 2018

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, […]