Rugby League: time to look at Union for expansion tips
Christian Evans - Oct 4, 2020

With the Toronto adventure seemingly on life support, rugby league is looking another failed attempt at expansion. The 13 man code could learn a lot from rugby union. Unlike their league cohorts, rugby union has had little trouble expanding with Major League Rugby growing rapidly in the United States. The Top League in Japan doing […]

Leeds Rhinos
Sam Harris - Aug 13, 2020

Following on from Leeds Rhinos’ Golden Generation piece, Last Word on Rugby decide to look back at the World Club Challenge titles they won during that period and the few where they fell short. World Club Challenge Triumphs Canterbury Bulldogs – 2005 Following their 2004 Grand Final victory, the Rhinos earned a place in the […]

Leeds Rhinos 'Golden Generation' 
Sam Harris - Aug 10, 2020

In one of the most dominant periods in the sport, Leeds Rhinos won seven Grand Finals, two League Leaders Shields, and the Challenge Cup between 2004 and 2014. Last Word on Rugby has decided to recount that unprecedented decade of success.  Background on Leeds Rhinos ‘golden generation’ The Rhinos came into the 2004 season having […]

Nathan Brown signed as NZ Warriors 2021 head coach

The news that Nathan Brown has signed as the New Zealand Warriors 2021 head coach is one positive, out of a season that has challenged the club and fan base. Even while the side achieved back-to-back wins after a 22-26 win over Manly on Friday, the changes in management added to the side having to […]

Sam Harris - Jul 31, 2020

Danny McGuire is a name known throughout rugby league due to his personal success as Super League’s record try scorer and Leeds Rhinos’ exploits. Last Word on Rugby League writer Sam Harris profiles the great man.  Danny McGuire: promise as a youngster McGuire was a talented scrum-half and started his foray into rugby league at local […]

The world is going through a tough time right now, which includes the rugby league southern hemisphere community. However, it is not just a human toll, but an economic toll. This includes Australia and New Zealand, which have teams in the National Rugby League (NRL). COVID’s impact on the southern hemisphere for rugby league National […]

Toronto Wolfpack
Sam Harris - Jun 20, 2020

Over the years there has been a natural divide for fans, players and coaches alike when it comes to rugby league and rugby union.  However, some players have switched between the codes and Last Word on Rugby has decided to look at five of the best players to play both. Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill […]

Southern hemisphere Rugby Cities with both League and Union representation

In the southern hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand have five cities that play host to both professional rugby league and union teams. The game has a wide reach throughout the region; Australasia, the Pacific, and across the Southern Hemisphere. Fan loyalty can be engrained, although, at times, it might be whichever game has the most […]

Covid-19 health/family focus now switches back to rugby training mode

From the intense Covid-19 personal health and family focus of the last few months, it now switches back to one of a ‘rugby training mode’ for both men and women across the rugby-globe. Moving from the life-affecting changes to society and to the state of rugby worldwide was monumental for all. One which the Coronavirus […]

NRL set to be 'first Rugby League competition' to return

After doubts to start with, in fact the NRL is set to be ‘first Rugby League competition’ to return in a professional capacity, should be applauded for it. Few at the beginning believed that conditions and player welfare could allow for any rugby league competition during the Coronavirus pandemic but, to the credit of the […]

May 28th NRL restart planned without CEO Todd Greenberg

The intended May 28th date to restart the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership will now be planned for without the input of CEO Todd Greenberg, who has been stood down with immediate effect. Somewhat foretold over the last few months, the mutual agreement to depart his role was made with the Australian Rugby League Commission’s agreement. […]

RUGBY LIFE (news and views) under the Rugby Lockdown

For the majority of fans, they sustain a rugby life balance. One where participating, following and enjoying watching the game is Nirvana. But now, under the rugby lockdown, there is less and less to enjoy. So to fans who have very little to digest, we present RUGBY LIFE – news and views across the Rugby […]

Kick-off the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership

With a day to go until the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership begins, one of the most popular leagues in the Southern Hemisphere will again ‘bring it’ for another season. Running from March 12 until the Finals Series in August. The proceeding 25 rounds of the Premiership draw will play out naturally. Form or favouritism changing […]

Toronto Wolfpack

There were doubts that the Toronto Wolfpack would succeed when the team was announced. A lot of Torontonians didn’t know about the game of rugby league. This was especially true for a sport that only appeared in 2010 with the Canadian men’s rugby league team nicknamed the ‘Canada Wolverines’. However, what rugby league fans in […]

2019 NRL finals
Sam Harris - Sep 12, 2019

With the 2019 NRL finals starting 13 September, and Last Word On Rugby are elated to preview the upcoming matches in what is sure to be ‘another classic’ end to the season. The teams’ finals history The top eight for the finals is: Melbourne Storm, Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Canberra Raiders, Paramatta Eels, Manly […]

Sam Harris - Feb 26, 2019

The first match in the history of Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) took place just over a year ago. Last Word on Rugby looks at what this concept has achieved and future plans. What is Physical Disability Rugby League? PDRL is a nine-a-side version of the game with two 25 minute halves but drop goals and […]

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Emiliano Boffelli
Ross Sanderson - Feb 26, 2019

Emiliano Boffelli has returned to Edinburgh Rugby this week after a near-perfect summer away on international duty and, if his recent form continues, could be the star piece of the jigsaw that the Scottish side needs to make this season a memorable one.  At 27 years old, the Argentinian flyer seems to have hit the […]

Prevent Biometrics’ instrumented mouthguards worn at Rugby World Cup

As the build-up continues, news out that the World’s top female rugby players are to wear smart mouthguards at the Rugby World Cup 2021 is a landmark agreement to help reduce concussions and introduce technology into the sport. ‘Smart’ instrumented mouthguards will be offered to all Rugby World Cup 2021 teams ahead of the October […]

Worcester Warriors suspended Future is in doubt for the club as they missed deadline
Edward Munro-Martin - Feb 26, 2019

The Worcester Warriors have been suspended from all competitions with immediate effect. This was the result of news coming yesterday that the Worcester Warriors failed to meet their 5 pm BST deadline to show clear evidence they had a long-term ability to meet their financial obligations. Soon after this news broke that the Warriors have […]

England's attack
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 26, 2019

There were some notable omissions and inclusions from Eddie Jones’ Autumn Squad announcement on Monday. It was a clear statement of intent by England coach Eddie Jones that age is not a factor anymore. If you are young enough, you are old enough philosophy. The retention of Henry Arundell and Tommy Freeman after a successful […]

DCMS application for Worcester Warriors administration process begins

With a statement from the club, it has been revealed that DCMS application for the Worcester Warriors administration process has begun. And sad times prevail for their supporter base and, within all of the Premiership as the club is suspended from the competition. The official statement has been included below yet, the dire consequences may […]

New Zealand women's rugby team

The New Zealand women’s rugby side completed preparations, and are now all set for the ‘invited guests’ at the 2021 Rugby World Cup. Hosting the postponed 2021 edition, the world champion Black Ferns played Japan on Saturday in what was a double-header fixture on Eden Park. Opening the day of two International clashes, New Zealand […]

2023 Super Rugby Pacific draw takes games to Fiji and Samoa

Released the day after the final Rugby Championship clash at Eden Park, the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific draw will be unique in the natural evolution to include fixtures in both Fiji and Samoa. The best way to recognize the importance of the Fijian Drau and Moana Pasifika, was to schedule matches at their own home […]

The Toronto Arrows on TSN game against the New England Revolution

The Toronto Arrows on TSN is one of the newest trends happening in Canadian sports. For a new league like Major League Rugby, to find itself on the television sets of one of the two main sports channels in Canada is almost unheard of. In regards to rugby union, (The Sports Network) TSN is an […]