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Rugby Canada's fly-half, Harry Jones passes the ball on July 26, 2021

The 2021 overview of Canadian rugby of both codes is mixed. There were some absolute highs with the formation of a new pro rugby league in Canada. However, there were also some low points, which were highlighted by Rugby Canada failing to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Canadian rugby –  Rugby union Toronto […]

LA Giltnis

LA Giltinis in their inaugural season has won their first-ever MLR Championship final at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The best team in the league who had a record of 12 wins and four losses in the regular season showed up in the playoffs. They are now the newly crowned champions of Major League Rugby. They […]

Rugby ATL player Ryan Nell at Veterans Memorial Stadium

On July 24, both Rugby ATL (Atlanta) and Rugby United New York will battle for a spot in the 2021 MLR Finals. Both franchises have never made it to the 2021 MLR Finals. However, Rugby United New York did make the 2019 MLR playoffs. They were eliminated by the San Diego Legion in the semi-final […]

Eddie Jones England Rugby
Alastair Telfer - Jul 8, 2021

There is no getting away from the hard fact that Eddie Jones does not like change. On Sunday afternoon he finally fielded an experimental side. Ever since he took over England it has been Ford and Farrell as his generals. On Sunday we saw a new man running the ship – Marcus Smith. The result […]

Toronto Arrows player Tayler Adams in action against Old Glory DC on April 3, 2021

The Toronto Arrows won despite missing several players due to an international break. Most of those missing players were playing for Rugby Canada or Uruguay. The Arrows at one point in the first half were trailing 3-14 at their U.S. home at Lupo Stadium @ Life University in Marietta, Georgia. A strong second-half played a […]

Rugby United New York's Benjamin Foden and Julio Cesar together after deafeating the Austin Gilgronis at Sam Boyd Stadium

Rugby United New York wins an important game to keep themselves in the playoff race. It was not easy though, as the game went right to the wire in Round 15 of the Major League Rugby (MLR) 2021. That might have been expected though, as both rivals emerged in the MLR competition as expansion teams […]

Austin Elite fullback Zinzan Elan-Puttick puts the ball into play against the Houston SaberCats

In last weekend’s MLR matches, the Austin Gilgronis were in control for most of their Week 12 match. A key step for the host, as they invited Canadian franchise the Toronto Arrows over to their Bold Stadium base, in Del Valle. Austin Gilgronis dominate the Toronto Arrows in 47-21 win The Toronto Arrows took an […]

Toronto Arrows centre Ben LeSage playing at Segra Field on April 3, 2021

Ben LeSage is one of the two co-captains of the Toronto Arrows. The Canadian was born and brought up in Calgary, Alberta. He won the athlete of the year award at Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School in Calgary. LeSage would then play varsity rugby with the UBC (University of British Columbia) Thunderbirds in Vancouver, British […]

Gastón Mieres of Uruguay playing at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast

The Toronto Arrows were the better team on Saturday. They led throughout the match and never let go of the lead, something they had trouble doing so far this season. Credit to the SaberCats whose tremendous defence helped keep the game close. However, the Arrows dominated possession, especially in the first half and there was […]

Bill Webb

Bill Webb continues to reveal more intimate details about the Toronto Arrows in the second part of his interview with Last Word on Sports. Webb is a co-founder of the Toronto Arrows. The interview originally took place on April 24. Part two of Bill Webb Interview with Last Word on Sports Raheem Bashir continues to […]

Toronto Arrows Tayler Adams in the second half against Old Glory DC at Segra Field on April 3, 2021

Learn about part one of my interview with Bill Webb. Webb is a co-founder of the Toronto Arrows, which joined Major League Rugby (MLR) in 2018. The organization was formed in 2017 as the Ontario Arrows. Bill Webb, co-founder of the Toronto Arrows – Interview In a two-part exclusive, one-on-one interview, Raheem Bashir gained an […]

Namibian player Damian Stevens in the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C match against Argentina

For the first 54 minutes of the game, it looked like the NOLA Gold was the second-best team on the field. However, the Gold was able to create offence in the last 20 minutes of the game and it was enough for them to take the 22-14 win over the Toronto Arrows. NOLA Gold wins […]

Toronto Arrows Manuel Montero

The Toronto Arrows big win over Rugby United New York had several players step up. Manuel Montero (pictured above), Ben LeSage, and others played extremely well for the Arrows. Toronto Arrows extends winning streak to two games Their excellent passing ability was shown yet again with a critical win over Rugby United New York. Montero […]

Toronto Arrows player Lucas Rumball in the second half at Segra Field

Lucas Rumball was born in Markham, Ontario from the York Region, which is in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in 1995. Rumball was then brought up in Scarborough, Ontario so is a local Toronto product. He made his first-ever Canadian national team appearance with a 33-17 win over Uruguay in 2016. A member of the […]

Joaquin Tuculet of the Toronto Arrows passes the ball against Old Glory DC on April 3, 2021

What a big day for Toronto Arrows Joaquin Tuculet (see the main picture), Ross Braude, and Gaston Cortes, as they scored their first-ever MLR tries in a big win over the Seattle Seawolves. Toronto would end up scoring seven tries against Seattle. What was most impressive about Saturday’s performance was the Arrows only giving up […]

Paddy Ryan runs with the bal in Super Rugby action against the Rebels in 2018 at Melbourne, Australia

Paddy Ryan (pictured above) will join the second half of the 2021 MLR season. This will be his second stint with the San Diego Legion, with Ryan’s first stint in San Diego came in 2019, where he scored 15 points in 18 games. Paddy Ryan and his professional career It is official, Paddy Ryan is […]

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Autumn International Series
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 10, 2021

The Springboks have roared back into being one of the favorites for the World Cup next year. They utterly destroyed England at Twickenham on Saturday despite being at half-strength. They join Ireland and France as genuine contenders. There were upsets, led by Georgia’s memorable win over Wales, last-minute thrillers, and plenty of controversies. Charlie Inglefield […]

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Wallabies victory 'stolen' out of the arms of defeat against Wales

In a memorable revival, this weekend’s Wallabies victory was one ‘stripped out of the arms of defeat’ against Wales. Stolen because the Welsh side had stretched out to a 20-13 lead after a pair of Australian players were sanctioned with yellow cards. Yet from that poor position, the Wallabies would then add 26 unanswered points, […]

Autumn International Series
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 10, 2021

South Africa’s Autumn International Series 27-13 demolition of England on Saturday at Twickenham was a brutal reality check for English rugby. England were completely dominated in every department. To further compound what was one of the worst displays by an England rugby team in many a year, the Springboks were down to 14 men going […]

France's flanker Charles Ollivon celebrates win on November 12, 2022
Connor Dickins - Apr 10, 2021

Are ‘rugby values’ truly superior to those of other sports? Not according to Rugby analyst Robbie Owen (or Squidge Rugby, as preferably known). According to Owen, rugby often pats itself on the back for actions that “other sports can do without needing a round of applause”. Some fans may not like it, but he is […]

England's 'finishers' provide blueprint to beat the Springboks
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 10, 2021

Sir Clive Woodward is not a fan of the expression ‘Finishers’. His understandable argument is that all players should be capable of playing 80 minutes. But with all due respect to Sir Clive, England’s finishers nearly pulled off a remarkable victory over the All Blacks on Saturday. Messrs. Dave Ribbans, Mako Vunipola, Will Stuart, Freddie […]

Suspensions to Antoine DuPont/Pieter-Steph du Toit for red cards

With suspensions announced for star players Antoine DuPont and Pieter-Steph du Toit, it comes at the wrong time for World Rugby. The last fully contested weekend of the Autumn Nations Series was bereft of two superstars that are both former recipients of World Rugby men’s Player of the Year. It is bad timing, especially for […]