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Gallagher Premiership

With the Gallagher Premiership, Guinness Pro14 and European rugby seasons still to play out, Last Word have looked at the calendar that lies ahead of us in the coming months. Gallagher Premiership calendar explores midweek options With nine fixtures outstanding in their season, Premiership Rugby have reportedly elected to go with three midweek fixtures to […]


Aled Davies to Saracens Confirmed
David Challis - May 31, 2020

Welsh international Aled Davies has confirmed his move to relegated Saracens. The 27-year-old scrum-half will move from the Ospreys to start at Saracens in the 2020/21 season. Some will question this move, given that Davies will be playing next season in the Championship. This may harm his international hopes but with Rhys Webb and Gareth […]

Enda Fahy - May 25, 2020

While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on all major rugby competitions across the globe, each of the four Irish provinces has been busy finalising their squads ahead of next season. Leinster have yet to confirm any new signings but head coach Leo Cullen recently suggested that the province will instead promote players from […]

Guinness Pro14

The Guinness Pro14 has seen an investment of £116m from private equity firm CVC for a 28% share. This is the same group who have also invested in the Gallagher Premiership, and are looking for a deal with the Six Nations. The deal is for stakeholders only, as South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) clubs – […]

Gallagher Premiership

With the Pro14, Top14, Super Rugby and Gallagher Premiership either cancelled or postponed, the crowds seem unlikely to return to stadiums for at least a few months, maybe even next year. Therefore, Robert Rees has worked out the average attendances for all sides involved, domestically and for those in Europe.  All the average Guinness Pro14,  Gallagher Premiership […]

Gregor Townsend

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has spoken to the media during the lockdown to discuss his relationship with Finn Russell, Scotland’s summer Tests, finishing the Six Nations and how good it can be to have major stars playing outside of Scotland. Robert Rees brings you the latest from the Scottish camp. When will Scotland play […]

Sir Bill Beaumont has recently been re-elected as chairman of the International Rugby Board. He has been in this position since 2016. Beaumont is a former captain of the England team, where he earned 34 caps. He played for England from 1975-82 and for the British and Irish Lions from 1977-80. Opportunities and Challenges for […]

Despite the cancellation and postponements of the rugby union season there is still plenty of activity behind the scenes and Last Word brings you all the latest contract news from the past week. Sam Parry The versatile hooker has announced an extra year extension to his tenure at the Ospreys, which will take him to […]

World Rugby

France top the list as most ill-disciplined World Rugby country in 2019-20, rattling up 10 red cards across the four major professional league’s, international tests, and the World Cup. Rugby’s clampdown on how the laws of the game are now refereed and interpreted have meant a spate of cards this year, including 51 red cards […]

Jonah Holmes

Leicester Tigers have released Welsh winger Jonah Holmes from his contract, one season early. The move comes just two days since Holmes’ last contact with Wayne Pivac over a mover to Wales.  Holmes coming home? The Dragons have been set as favourites to sign the 27-year-old, who now seems set to continue his test career […]

Owen Jenkins

Wales Sevens star Owen Jenkins has re-signed with the Dragons on a long-term deal. Jenkins, 26, linked up with Dragons at the start of this season and has made 11 appearances in all competitions, scoring three tries. The former Cardiff Blues academy player will be spending a few m ore years of his career in […]

Gallagher Premiership

An Anglo-Welsh league could well be a possibility in the not-so distant future as reports suggest that six Premiership clubs wish to split from PRL, the body which oversees Premiership Rugby. Robert Rees explains how and if this could work. How is this possible? Well, let’s start off by looking at the reports of six […]

World Rugby shuts down for the 'foreseeable future'

The Ospreys have shown losses of £243,546 in their latest accounts, for the year ending 2019, down from £2.706m for the previous year. Robert Rees brings you the latest from the club’s accounts.  Financial lowdown Operating loss: £243,546 (YE18:£2.706m) Lease fees: £6,027,088 Turnover: £10,957,585 (YE18:£8.586m) The region has also disposed of its 100% shareholding of Bridgend […]

James Cronin

Munster prop James Cronin has been banned from rugby for one month due to an unintentional anti-doping violation. 1 month ban Randomly selected for an in-competition anti-doping test following Munster Rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 2 match against Racing 92 at Thomond Park on 23 November 2019, Cronin tested positive for prednisolone and prednisone which […]

Another week of off-field has action has gone by and incase you missed any of it Robert Rees has compiled all the major contract news from the rugby union universe into one handy article.  Tom O’Flaherty The 25-year-old winger has re-signed a deal with Exeter that’ll likely see him add to his 15 tries in […]

Six Nations

The proposed £300m deal by CVC to invest in the Guinness Six Nations could be put on a halt following the Coronavirus outbreak. Reports in the Financial Times have suggested that the deal, that is part of the investment company’s run to be one of the biggest commercial players in world sport. £300m deal could […]



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