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 […]

Munster v Scarlets - Guinness PRO12 Final
Brad Hayward - Jul 31, 2017

Hindsight will obviously decide on whether this brave move proved to be a catalyst to a large step forward for the competition. But proactively trying to rectify many of the challenges and concerns within the game should be applauded, and the proposed PRO14 intent provide optimism for the team’s involved.

A Zebre takeover by the FIR has been announced this morning by the Guinness Pro12 club via social media, and will take place before the start of the 2017/18 seaon. Unexpected Zebre Takeover Imminent by FIR Founded in 1973 as an invitational side, they were disbanded in 1997. They became a professional rugby entity when […]

Jon Melloy - Jul 20, 2017

The Scarlets full back will be joining five other teammates who toured New Zealand for the start of the 2017/2018 season hopping over the Welsh/English border as Lions star Liam Williams Joins Saracens.  Whilst he is leaving the current Pro12 champions, Williams is Saracens’ marquee signing for the upcoming season. Yet despite his role at full back on […]

Super Rugby Rd 17 - Kings v Cheetahs

The South African Pro12 entry is one that is appearing no earlier for Guinness Pro12 fans. The Kings and Cheetahs played their last Super Rugby fixture against each other on Friday, and fans now face the wait to find out when their side will face the new challengers. As Super Rugby reduces it’s format to […]

Alistair Stokes - Jul 15, 2017

Future success with Edinburgh in this combination of both expansive and tight-play could well earn the former Tiger’s man a few missed calls from the RFU in the years ahead. After all, Eddie Jones is only in his current role until 2019. This reporter for one, will be keeping a keener eye than usual on the Guinness Pro12 side Edinburgh next season, in the hope of seeing both an enthralling game plan – and success for Richard Cockerill, in his new direction.

Super Rugby Round 16 was preceded by the announcement that the Toyota Cheetahs and Southern Kings would be dropped from Super Rugby. Super Rugby Round 16: The African Conferences In a largely expected announcement on Friday, the Cheetahs and Kings were said to have reached “amicable” agreements with the South African Rugby Union (SARU). The […]

Munster v Scarlets - Guinness PRO12 Round 6

A proposed ‘Pro14 with South Africa teams’ takes a step closer, with meetings between Pro12 shareholders and Celtic Rugby Ltd. Chief Executives over the next ten days. This will support news on which South African conference Super Rugby teams will be axed ahead of next season. Guinness Pro12 CEO, Martin Anayi (see below image) has been […]

The key thoughts after Super Rugby Round 15 for this scribe is where the South African Rugby Union (SARU) are headed with the Super Rugby competition. Key Thoughts After Super Rugby Round 15 This is not a discussion about the complexity of the current format. We know it is a mess. The competition is too […]

SA Pro Rugby

A new concept circulating in the rugby world is the possibility of South African Super Rugby teams competing in the European Guinness PRO12 competition. South African Super Rugby Teams in the PRO12 This concept is a new development and is as a direct result of SANZAAR deciding to cut three teams from the Super Rugby […]

Ospreys v Munster - Guinness Pro12
Sam Meade - May 17, 2017

Ireland has provided six of the last nine winners for the Guiness Pro12 and 60% of the play-off teams for the last five years and no team has won an away semi-final in the Pro12 era. In short: the Welsh battalion has a lot on their hands. Scarlets and Ospreys travel across the Irish sea to take […]

Connacht Rugby Squad Training and Press Conference
James Barker, Editor - Apr 18, 2017

Over two articles, Last Word On Rugby will look at the more successful teams and high flyers who have ‘nailed’ the psychological side of the game. Conversely, those who have struggled to cope with the pressure.
The opening analysis looks at the more successful sides in Northern Hemisphere rugby.

Munster v Glasgow Warriors - Guinness PRO12 Round 19
Sam Meade - Apr 10, 2017

Munster took a huge step towards not only a Guinness Pro12 top four spot, but also a home semi final, with a 10-7 win over Glasgow at Irish Independent Park. The Irish side should have been out of sight by the time Stuart Hogg scampered down the touchline to pull the Warriors within three but […]

Joshua Bradham - Mar 29, 2017

Munster veteran and 47 cap Irish forward Donnacha Ryan to play for Racing 92 next year.

Newport Gwent Dragons v Enisei-STM - European Rugby Challenge Cup

The last few weeks have been rife with a plethora of possibilities over the future of the Gwent region, and today the WRU finally put exactly what they plan to do on the table.

Saracens v Leicester Tigers - Anglo-Welsh Cup
James Barker, Editor - Feb 7, 2017

As the Northern Hemispheres ‘rugby attention’ has turned to the Six Nations, English and Welsh clubs have returned to Anglo Welsh Cup action. Understandably the media are busily reporting on the first three fixtures of the annual Championship meanwhile, many supporters up and down the country still focus on club matters. Surprisingly, it would appear, so […]

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Steve Hansen comments on NZ Rugby

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British and Irish Lions
Connor Dickins - Feb 7, 2017

Warren Gatland recently named his British and Irish Lions XV after the Summer Internationals. Unsurprisingly, Ireland took 9 spots following their historic series win in New Zealand. LWOS Rugby’s Connor Dickins picked an alternative XV, containing 6 Irish players, and 6 English. This is a side designed to physically annihilate the opposition, with a scary […]

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