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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 […]


James Barker, Editor - Feb 3, 2021

Wales squad member Josh Adams has been released from the Welsh training camp, having been suspended for the first two matches of the Six Nations 2021 following a breach of COVID-19 protocols.  Wales Rugby Union released a statement on Wednesday 3rd February, just four days before their first match of the tournament. Josh Adams suspended […]

fly-half wales
T.J. Davies - Jan 25, 2021

Wales have announced their squad ahead of the 2021 Guinness Six Nations. It contains three fly-halves with different playing styles. After a run of bad results, Wayne Pivac is under pressure to win. The fly-half Pivac picks changes the structure of the backline, in turn affecting the way Wales play. The man at ten could […]

Cardiff Blues
T.J. Davies - Jan 13, 2021

Cardiff Blues’ Director of Rugby, John Mulvihill, has left his role six months prior to its planned three-year expiry. The region shiftily cited “personal reasons”. Dai Young, original Blues coach, has returned as interim Director of Rugby. Blues are stalled in fourth place, having won five of eleven games in the Guinness Pro14 this season. […]

Guinness Pro14: What's left to play for
T.J. Davies - Jan 2, 2021

As 2020 hobbles to a close and 2021 hints at a better year, we look at what’s left of a discarded leftover from a time that seems long ago: the Guinness Pro14. The Pro12-cum-Pro14-cum-Pro12 again, began the 2020/21 season in October but in March it will end early, and the Rainbow Cup will begin April […]

Rainbow Cup 2021 will reintroduce South African ex-Super sides to competition

Pro Rugby has laid out the welcome map for the ex-Super Rugby sides, to the planned Rainbow Cup 2021 competition. Starting in April 2021, the Guinness PRO14 competition will join with the four South African sides, to compete for a new trophy; as well as qualification for the 2021/22 Heineken Champions Cup draw. This is […]

T.J. Davies - Dec 21, 2020

Wales‘ national team has had a torrid year and the regional teams haven’t fared much better, but the festive Welsh rugby derbies are here regardless. Can they add a little sparkle to an otherwise ugly year as they battle to be the best Welsh region? History has a little something to say about that. History […]

Leinster rugby: Dublin giants continue to dominate in 2020/21 season
Christian Evans - Dec 12, 2020

After half a dozen games in the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 season, Leinster rugby is again flying high. Leo Cullen’s men are yet again the pacesetters in the Celtic league. Leinster; who have lost just five of their last 47 games in the Pro14 are again the frontrunners this season. That is despite being without a […]

Wales rugby team, and Wayne Pivac’s problems continue to mount
Christian Evans - Dec 3, 2020

Wayne Pivac’s tenure as Wales rugby teams’ head coach has got off to a ‘far from smooth start’ as problems continue to mount for the New Zealander. Pivac; who has won just two competitive games since replacing Warren Gatland as head coach of Wales, is already under increasing pressure. Although it was expected that the transition […]

Scotland's stand-off issues could be problematic for Edinburgh Rugby
Gavin Harper - Nov 6, 2020

Edinburgh Rugby will be hit hardest after Scotland confirmed it will be without Finn Russell and Adam Hastings for their Autumn Nations Cup campaign. Russell injured his groin and Hastings his shoulder, in the Guinness Six Nations win over Wales but Scotland has options, with Duncan Weir next in line. While James Lang, the Harlequins […]

James Barker, Editor - Nov 3, 2020

Another Six Nations tournament passes without a victory for Italy. It is now five years since they won a match in the Championship, and they are looking less likely to do so every year. Where is it all going wrong? Fewer leading players at big European clubs In the last 10-15 years, Italy had several […]

Rugby

As the domestic rugby season clashes with the international calendar there is a feast of rugby on free to air (FTA) TV. Last Word has got you covered, so you don’t miss a thing, with the full schedule below.  Rugby season in full flow The end of a delayed season meeting the beginning of a […]

Duhan van der Merwe excited about Scotland - and Lions - prospects
Gavin Harper - Sep 28, 2020

Edinburgh Rugby wing Duhan van der Merwe admits that his impending Scotland debut was far from his mind when he signed for the club three years ago. The South African-born wing arrived in the summer of 2017 and qualified to play for his adopted homeland during the COVID-19 shutdown. When opportunity knocks “I’m definitely keen […]

Southern Kings

The struggling Southern Kings rugby franchise was on Saturday placed into liquidation by SA Super Rugby (Pty) Ltd to preserve the future of rugby in the area. Southern Kings insolvent Before SA Rugby took over the franchise the original franchise owner, the Greatest Rugby Company in the Whole Wide World (GRC), were unable to service […]

Professional rugby
Paul Peerdeman - Sep 19, 2020

Immediately upon becoming professional, Rugby Union went global. The first Professional Rugby competition was Super Rugby, now all but dead in the water. This is the story of how that came about and how the peace deal made then influences rugby’s development now. Rugby, of either code, is a story both of tribalism and exclusivity. […]

Cardiff Blues
Lowri Jacob - Sep 13, 2020

Cardiff Blues‘ head coach John Mulvihill will have plenty of back rowers to choose from when the new season gets underway, with eight players in total to choose from. From Wales internationals Josh Navidi and Ellis Jenkins to up and coming young talents such as Shane Lewis-Hughes and James Botham, Wales’ capital region really are […]



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2031/33 Rugby World Cup hosts are the right choices: Opinion
Connor Dickins - Apr 22, 2021

World Rugby gets plenty of stick yet deserves praise for its decisions over the last 12 months with the freshly appointed Rugby World Cup hosts being one of them. Other policies and decisions include; the change in eligibility laws will that allow Pacific Island teams to compete and encourage their qualified national representatives to continue […]

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European rugby quarter-finals: Talking points
Edward Munro-Martin - Apr 22, 2021

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 […]

2022 ACT Brumbies display Championship credentials against Chiefs

For several weeks now, the 2022 ACT Brumbies team has played to their peak. No stumbling, no missteps, and few errors that would give others a sense that they are anything less than Championship contenders. A single blemish on their record against the Queensland Reds in Round 7 has been repaired. The Dan McKellar coached […]

What can solve rugby's mental health crisis? Interview with mind coach Don Macpherson
Connor Dickins - Apr 22, 2021

“Controlling your monkey mind” may seem like a bizarre goal. No doubt, it would seem strange to burly rugby players, sitting on a couch next to a cuddly stuffed monkey named Mike. And yet – when considering rugby’s mental health crisis – this is exactly what has helped dozens of international rugby players and Formula […]

Tom Youngs, a former Leicester Tigers' captain, after announcing his retirement in Welford Road Stadium
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 22, 2021

It was a sad but wonderful day at Welford Road last weekend. The Welford Road faithful showed their appreciation with a full house for the retiring Tom Youngs. There is no question that Tom Youngs goes down as one of the great Leicester Tigers, no mean feat when you think of the legends that go […]