United Rugby Championship

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 […]

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, […]

United Rugby Championship offers African derby resolution

BREAKING: Fresh news out of South Africa may be a blessing in disguise, as a re-scheduled United Rugby Championship offers two South African derby matches as a resolution for the disrupted 2021/22 competition. As reported widely from Friday, November 26, the outbreak of a new variant of Covid-19 named OMICRON meant Round Six fixtures on […]

United Rugby Championship Covid 19

The United Rugby Championship Covid 19 scare this week underlined how fragile intercontinental competition remains. Games can be canceled at very short notice. Unfinished fixture lists also bring full competition results into question. Canceled fixtures South African rugby fans woke up to the unexpected news on Friday morning that the much-anticipated matches against Munster, Cardiff. […]

United Rugby Championship

The  United Rugby Championship saw round four completed this weekend. The South African teams haven’t set the competition alight but, have started to settle into their new environment. The early weeks Many unrealistic South African fans thought that their teams would walk in and dominate the competition. Aside from the Lions win in the first […]

United Rugby Championship Week 1
Alastair Telfer - Sep 28, 2021

Domestic rugby has well and truly returned for the entire northern hemisphere. Away from the incredible display of entertainment across the Top 14 and Premiership, a new league has been formed: the United Rugby Championship. Brand new teams added, broadcasters, and branding. However, this ensured there was more scrutiny on the opening round than any […]

United Rugby Championship

The United Rugby Championship kicks off on Friday 24 September. This season of the former PRO14 competition is a significant one, with the entry of the big four of South African Rugby. South African rugby starts migration to the North North Hemisphere versus Southern Hemisphere: The hard border The move to Northern Hemisphere competition might […]

United Rugby Championship countdown

With the United Rugby Championship countdown arriving closer and closer to the competition’s September 24 ‘kick off’ it’s become a reality for fans, teams, and stakeholders. The replacement of the Guinness PRO14 league has been touted as ‘bigger and better’ than before, the proof will be in the product. In the opening weekend’s match outcomes, […]

James Barker, Editor - Jul 21, 2021

The Champions Cup 2021/22 draw was announced today as the build-up to the new season ramps up. As in last season, the 24 teams were drawn into two pools. Tier 1 sides will take on Tier 4 clubs, whilst Tier 2 and 3 teams will play each other home and away. After the success of […]

United Rugby Championship revealed: Opinion

The United Rugby Championship has been revealed, replacing the PRO14 and including four former Super Rugby teams from South Africa. This new competition is the realization of long-brewing plans to include the South African teams in European rugby after their fallout with Super Rugby. It should be noted though that the competition has yet to […]

A Home for Jaguares?
Edward Anderson - Apr 22, 2021

With a disappointing start to their Rugby World Cup qualification, could giving Jaguares a home be the boost Spanish rugby needs? A Home for Jaguares? There have been many victims to Covid and in the World of Rugby, one of them was the Jaguares. Despite only playing their first season in 2016, the Jaguares were […]

Warren Gatland has selected his Lions coaching group. So, next on their list is to decide on, and announce their SA2021 squad list. With all the attention that any British and Irish Lions squad gains – considering it only occurs once every four years – media outlets are rife with initial probable XVs. Last Word […]

Pro14 Final Leinster Munster
Alastair Telfer - Mar 26, 2021

The climax of the Pro14 season takes place on Saturday as Munster travel to the RDS to take on Leinster in a mouth-watering final. The two sides impressively topped their respected Conferences with 14/16 wins. League points however play no factor in a one-off final. Can Leinster make it four consecutive Pro14 titles? Or will […]

Welsh club rugby
Alastair Telfer - Mar 16, 2021

Wales are one special night in Paris away from a 5th Grand Slam. To put this into perspective in the last 15 years: Ireland has done it twice, with England and France only doing it once. Although actual titles are a lot more even in recent years, Wales are the kings of the Slam. Yet, […]

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most popular rugby clubs
Connor Dickins - May 4, 2022

At LWOS, we have previously covered which countries have the most registered players. This got us thinking about other aspects of rugby’s popularity. At the very least, it can indicate how and where rugby flourishes. Using social media statistics, this list ranks the world’s most popular rugby clubs.Of course, social media won’t tell the whole […]

Toronto Arrows scores his first-ever try on May 19, 2022

The Toronto Arrows ended the New England Free Jacks’ 10-game-winning streak after the latest round of the Major League Rugby season. It was only the Free Jacks’ second loss of the season. The win at York Lions Stadium also put Toronto back in the MLR playoff race with only two games to go. Toronto Arrows […]

Stalling tactics in England v Argentina 7s match an 'aberration'

The visual evidence is damming yet, the recent stalling tactics in the recent England v Argentina 7s match at the Toulouse leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has tarnished each nation’s team’s strategic desires to ‘win at all costs’. Yet for all the social media beat-up, it clearly is an aberration in the […]

Indigo Group Premiership

Indigo Group Premiership transfer season is now underway as club’s start announcing retained staff before moving on to those who they are bringing in. Robert Rees brings you the destination of either incoming or outgoing Prem players. Jack Maynard The fly half is on the move back to Llandovery despite living nearer Cardiff. A great […]

Spanish Rugby RWC self-immolation
Edward Anderson - May 4, 2022

In what feels like a lifetime ago, LWOS began to feature Rugby Europe Qualification coverage. Team’s right across Europe had high hopes, and Spanish Rugby RWC hopes were high – that was until what can be described as self-immolation that has all but spoiled those ambitions. It cannot be overstated just how important qualifying for […]

NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - May 4, 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 - May 4, 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 […]