Rugby League

NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - May 20, 2022

Australia has been awarded the 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup and the women’s tournament two years later. This has kickstarted talk about whether Rugby Australia will look to a few NRL converts to boost their chances? In the past, NRL converts have had mixed success. For every Sonny Bill Williams, there is a Sam Burgess. […]

Rugby league club are fighting climate change
Elizabeth Cartwright - Jan 19, 2022

Keighley Cougars, a Rugby League Club up North are leading the fight against climate change off the pitch. They are becoming the first sports club in the world to plant a tree for every shirt the club sells during the league season. A Rugby league club are fighting climate change. The Cougars, who play in […]

Catalan Dragons head coach Laurent Frayssinous on March 28, 2013

ANALYSIS – It is official, the French Rugby League will host the 2025 Rugby League World Cup (including both men and women). They have hosted the Rugby League World Cup in 1954, 1972, 2000, and 2013. However, the last time France hosted a Rugby League World Cup as the lone host was in 1972. French […]

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 […]

Toronto Wolfpack fans wear wolf costumes in Toronto, Ontario

The 2022 NARL season will start on May 21. This will be the inaugural season of the NARL. There are also exciting plans with the league beyond 2022. 2022 NARL season starts on May 21 We’ll be sharing more over the next few weeks. Let’s go 2022! #NARL #NArugbyleague — North American Rugby League […]

Farrell's Ireland
Alastair Telfer - Nov 15, 2021

Rugby works in cycles. You rise, you peak, and then you decline. Then it is followed by a rebuild and the cycle continues again. The greatest peak at a Rugby World Cup. Something Farrell’s Ireland are striving to emulate. On Saturday, Ireland arguably put together the greatest performance an Irish side has produced against the […]

The Canada Grizzlies Masters rugby league

The Canada Grizzlies are a national masters rugby league team representing Canada, according to They play in the United Kingdom this month, participating in the upcoming masters’ World Cup festival in the UK from November 14. Canada Grizzlies Masters rugby league UK tour starts Beginning their planning for the Masters festival required the Canada […]

Super League Grand Final Rugby League match ball at Old Trafford

ANALYSIS – For RFL Ottawa Aces XIII fans, it was not the best news to hear. The RFL Ottawa Aces are no more and will relocate permanently to England. RFL Ottawa Aces XIII move permanently to England Please read this important announcement from our club. — Ottawa Aces (@ottawaaces) October 22, 2021 In […]

Super League Grand Final and RFL Play-Offs
Sam Drew - Oct 7, 2021

And so we reach the final curtain: rugby league’s domestic season in the northern hemisphere comes to a close this weekend with four immense matches – the Super League Grand Final for both the men and women, plus the promotion play-offs in the Championship and League 1. The wheat has been separated from the chaff. […]

Penrith beat South Sydney and win 2021 NRL Premiership title
Sam Mackeown - Oct 5, 2021

The Penrith Panthers beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-12 to win the 2021 NRL Premiership title on Sunday, in Brisbane. Penrith beat South Sydney and win 2021 NRL Premiership title In winning the 2021 Grand Final, coach Ivan Cleary and his chargers avenged the 2020 loss to the Melbourne Storm. It was a game watched […]

Super League Play-offs - Week 2 fixtures
Sam Drew - Sep 29, 2021

Last week saw the start of the Super League play-offs and the knockouts to reach the elite tier. This week, in the first and second divisions, the first- and second-placed sides enter the fray. Players, fans, and staff alike know that they are just 80 minutes away from the big one. Super League Play-offs – […]

2021 NRL Grand Final
Sam Mackeown - Sep 29, 2021

Here we are, 25 rounds, 200 matches, and 9193 points later. The 2021 NRL Grand Final: Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs. One of the most tumultuous seasons of NRL is down to its final weekend. The Grand Final will take place in Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium after the entire competition moved to Queensland in July. […]

Hull KR silence doubters with emphatic win over Warrington Wire
Sam Drew - Sep 25, 2021

Hull KR (Kingstown Rovers) defeated Warrington 19-0 in a complete display to book their spot in the Super League semi-finals. In an unexpected result that went against the form, the playing rotas, and the club resources, the men from East Hull are now just 80 minutes from Old Trafford. 2021 represents Hull KR’s best play-off […]

Who will make the 2021 Grand Final?
Sam Mackeown - Sep 24, 2021

The 2021 NRL season is down to the final four. Only two can proceed to the 2021 Grand Final but the contest for that will be thrilling to watch for rugby league fans across the globe. Week three of the play-offs and it’s up to the teams that finished in the top four in the […]

Super League play-offs 2021
Sam Drew - Sep 24, 2021

After a long, protracted, Covid-hit season, the Betfred Super League play-offs are upon us. The peak season for the 13-man game in England and the northern hemisphere. For followers of the Australian game, the NRL finals are already in full swing downunder, whilst the wheelchair grand final was played out to much acclaim on Sunday. […]

Toronto Wolfpack fans witness a 56-12 victory over the Coventry Bears

It is official. The Toronto Wolfpack starting roster was revealed on Thursday. This is for the September 18 game against DC Cavalry. Most of these players play in Canada, which is in large contrast to previous Wolfpack editions. It is a good thing though as it grows the game of rugby league in Canada. The […]

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Final round playoff hopes hang in balance for Tier One leagues

Over two hemispheres, final round playoff hopes hang in the balance for leading Tier One nation leagues of Premiership Rugby and Super Rugby Pacific. With the leading sides all but set, it is now up to those in the fight to make the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Premiership, and complete the Top eight places in […]

La Rochelle's head coach Ronan O'Gara, celebrates with Tawera Kerr-Barlow after making the Heineken Champions Cup Final at Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Edward Munro-Martin - May 20, 2022

This weekend sees the biggest game in the European club rugby calendar. The Champions Cup final is finally here. Last year’s beaten finalists, La Rochelle, are back for another shot at glory. Opponents Leinster are looking to add yet another star to their jersey. In a game of such magnitude every collision could prove crucial […]

most popular rugby clubs
Connor Dickins - May 20, 2022

At LWOS, we have previously covered which countries have the most registered players. This got us thinking about other aspects of rugby’s popularity. At the very least, it can indicate how and where rugby flourishes. Using social media statistics, this list ranks the world’s most popular rugby clubs.Of course, social media won’t tell the whole […]

Toronto Arrows scores his first-ever try on May 19, 2022

The Toronto Arrows ended the New England Free Jacks’ 10-game-winning streak after the latest round of the Major League Rugby season. It was only the Free Jacks’ second loss of the season. The win at York Lions Stadium also put Toronto back in the MLR playoff race with only two games to go. Toronto Arrows […]

Stalling tactics in England v Argentina 7s match an 'aberration'

The visual evidence is damming yet, the recent stalling tactics in the recent England v Argentina 7s match at the Toulouse leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has tarnished each nation’s team’s strategic desires to ‘win at all costs’. Yet for all the social media beat-up, it clearly is an aberration in the […]

Indigo Group Premiership

Indigo Group Premiership transfer season is now underway as club’s start announcing retained staff before moving on to those who they are bringing in. Robert Rees brings you the destination of either incoming or outgoing Prem players. Kieran Meek The 28-year-old Pontypool centre is on the move to Newport after a strong recruitment drive from […]

Spanish Rugby RWC self-immolation
Edward Anderson - May 20, 2022

In what feels like a lifetime ago, LWOS began to feature Rugby Europe Qualification coverage. Team’s right across Europe had high hopes, and Spanish Rugby RWC hopes were high – that was until what can be described as self-immolation that has all but spoiled those ambitions. It cannot be overstated just how important qualifying for […]

Edward Munro-Martin - May 20, 2022

Each new squad announced by a head coach brings joy to some corners of the country, and some misery for others. This squad is no different. The latest England men’s rugby squad is out, and supremo Eddie Jones has made some big decisions. There are recalls for discarded stars and first-time call-ups for young talent […]