Southern Kings
Ryan Jordan - Sep 19, 2020

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 […]

Gavin Harper - Sep 3, 2020

Edinburgh captain Stuart McInally has set his sights on leading the club to their first-ever Guinness PRO14 Grand Final to end a whirlwind year. Twelve months ago, the hooker had been named to captain Scotland at the Rugby World Cup, but that campaign ended in the pool stages, and with McInally admitting afterwards he struggled […]

Gavin Harper - Sep 1, 2020

Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill believes his side are ready for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final, but dismissed they will be favourites to beat Ulster. The club will take its first steps into the PRO14 last four when they welcome Ulster to BT Murrayfield on Saturday evening, and Cockerill is looking forward to the occasion. “I’m […]

Firstly, it is rumour, not confirmed reports that Guinness PRO Rugby will likely engage with the four South Africa teams recently ‘separated’ from Super Rugby. Not that that will stop the prospective stories and scenarios being posted on social media and by rugby observers. Last Word on Rugby believes that the truth lies between, with the […]

Southern Kings unable to continue in Guinness PRO14 competition

In a short statement on news, that the Southern Kings were unable to continue in the 2019/20 competition, PRO14 Rugby stated it ‘is aware of the Southern Kings voluntary decision to withdraw from any domestic competitions in South Africa for the rest of the 2020 calendar year. That admission from the competition organizers follows the […]

Over coaching kills the game
Paul Peerdeman - Aug 27, 2020

It has been one of the great debates in rugby for many years now. Why the Southern Hemisphere is better than the Northern. Super Rugby Aotearoa showed us the best of what New Zealand can do. Now the Premiership and the Pro14 (or rather Pro12) are supposed to show us the best of Britain and […]

Christian Evans - Aug 27, 2020

New head coach Glenn Delaney will have plenty of questions to answer as he prepares for his next adventure as the new head coach of the Scarlets. Few questions will be as important as how to accommodate both Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny. Halfpenny has reportedly signed an extension to remain in Llanelli per WalesOnline, […]

Glasgow Warriors
Gavin Harper - Aug 22, 2020

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson lamented his side’s inaccuracies at the breakdown as their slim hopes of making the Guiness PRO14 semi-finals were ended by Edinburgh. Gavin Harper shares his thoughts and comments. The hosts took control of the game after the break, with tries from scrum-halves Nic Groom and Charlie Shiel sealing a […]

Guinness PRO14
Gavin Harper - Aug 22, 2020

Guinness PRO14 rugby will return in Scotland this evening (Saturday) as play-off chasing Glasgow Warriors face Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield. A point will be enough for Richard Cockerill’s side to make it to the semi-finals, while Glasgow’s chances are hanging by a thread, but they’ll nevertheless be hoping to throw a spanner in the works […]

Pierre Schoeman
Gavin Harper - Aug 13, 2020

Scotland prop Rory Sutherland deserves to be part of the British and Irish Lions squad that tours South Africa next summer, according to Edinburgh team-mate Pierre Schoeman. Pier Schoeman backs Sutherland for Lions spot Pierre Schoeman, the South African-born prop who will qualify for Scotland next summer after World Rugby extended the three-year residency period […]

Enda Fahy - Aug 6, 2020

Leinster boast an embarrassment of riches in virtually all positions at present so it is no surprise that many promising players have left the province to find valuable game time elsewhere. Enda Fahy selects an alternative Leinster XV plying their trade outside Leinster, all of whom came through the Leinster sub-academy/academy (with the exception of […]

Blaine Scully has called time on his professional rugby career, but looks back on his time with Leicester Tigers, Cardiff Blues and USA fondly as he looks forward to a life of parenthood and ambition.  The former Eagles captain spoke to Robert Rees about his post-rugby life, his journey into rugby and his time travelling […]

Gavin Harper - Aug 3, 2020

Former Scotland captain Kelly Brown is “delighted” to be returning to Glasgow Warriors, after he was appointed the club’s Forwards Coach. The move sees the 38-year-old end a 10-year association with Saracens – where he won three Premiership titles and the Champions Cup on two occasions – to return north of the Border and join […]

Christian Evans - Aug 3, 2020

Dragons back-row Ollie Griffiths believes the region has a huge future ahead of them as they look ahead to next season. Prior to lockdown the Dragons were already showing significant improvement, having matched their win total from a year prior in the Pro14 and returned to the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup for […]

Gavin Harper - Jul 27, 2020

Ruaridh Jackson announced his retirement from professional rugby during the COVID-19 pandemic, ending a 16-year career that saw him make more than 100 appearances in two spells with Glasgow Warriors either side of stints with Wasps and Harlequins, and win 38 caps for Scotland. Jackson can reflect with pride on that career, and look to […]

Super Rugby divorce
Ryan Jordan - Jul 20, 2020

The Super Rugby divorce between the Australasian teams, South Africa and Argentina sounds like a done deal. There are lingering questions if this is indeed the case. Super Rugby divorce NZ Rugby CEO Mark Robinson announced that New Zealand had committed itself to a new direction at Super Rugby level. In summary, they are considering […]

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Henry Arundell and Marcus Smith boost Borthwick's England attacking options
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 20, 2020

England’s 71-0 rout of Chile on Saturday was predictable but nonetheless a big confidence booster to the squad. Henry Arundell and Marcus Smith in particular made the most of their opportunities. With respect to Chile; who never stopped trying, they were never going to match England’s power. Sterner tests await for England but it would […]

Stade Vélodrome, home of the South Africa-Tonga game
James Alunga - Jul 20, 2020

The [Rugby World Cup] RWC 2023 race for the quarterfinal is on in the fourth round after matches in game week three saw teams that topped their various pools solidify their positions winning all their three matches while the rest fought for the remaining spots. Race for the quarterfinals of the RWC 2023 4 poules […]

Johnny Sexton will play against South Africa tomorrow

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McGill University player, Monty Weatherall, drafted by the Toronto Arrows

The 2023 MLR draft Toronto Arrows game happened a week ago. Canada’s only professional rugby union team as usual selected players from Canadian universities. However, this time, they drafted players from Quebec universities. These players will likely play in the new Arrows gear including the refreshed logo that was revealed on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. […]

2003 RWC Anniversary: Simon Shaw
Larissa Falls - Jul 20, 2020

It’s been 20 years since England were crowned 2003 Rugby World Cup champions, and Last Word on Rugby caught up with one of the successful squad members Simon Shaw. 2003 Rugby World Cup Anniversary: Simon Shaw Simon Shaw shared with Larissa Falls his favourite moments and memories from the 2003 triumph, and looked ahead to […]

Paris Skyline: Paris 2024 Olympics
James Alunga - Jul 20, 2020

The Paris Olympics 2024 qualification for Africa concluded in Harare, Zimbabwe with Kenya 7s beating South Africa 17-12  in the Africa men’s 7s to earn a direct ticket to next year’s showpiece. The Africa 7s tournament couples up with the Paris Olympics 2024 qualification. The two African rugby powerhouses found themselves in this tournament after […]

Stade de la Beaujoire, one of the RWC 2023 venues
James Alunga - Jul 20, 2020

The Rugby World Cup 2023 round two matches saw most teams solidify their position in their respective pools. The pools have teams that have the upper hand of featuring in the quarterfinals. Teams leading the pools have so far had two out of two wins in their respective pools. RWC 2023 round two matches overview […]

England won ugly yet momentum growing; RWC Pool D
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 20, 2020

England eventually found a way through a determined but under-par Japanese outfit on Sunday evening. England won ugly yet momentum is growing, with two wins over the pool’s two toughest opponents, Argentina and Japan. It was not pretty but, successful World Cup campaigns rarely are, and England ultimately might have one foot in the quarter-finals. […]