Rugby League

Toronto Wolfpack fans during Round 16 of the Betfred Championship game at Allan A. Lamport Stadium against the London Broncos

Matt Wyles is officially the third-ever head coach in the Toronto Wolfpack’s short history. He will also be the first Wolfpack head coach in the NARL. It also means the possibility of the Canada Cup against the Ottawa Aces XIII could very well happen this year. Toronto Wolfpack’s third head coach is Matt Wyles The […]

Super League 2021: St Helens - can Saints do the three-peat
Christian Evans - Mar 27, 2021

St Helens head into the Super League 2021 season with heavy expectations and will hope to meet those expectations as they look to claim their third successive title in a row – the three-peat. Jack Welsby’s late try wrapped up a second successive Grand Final win, but the Saints will look to do one better […]

Super League 2021: can promoted Leigh Centurions avoid relegation
Christian Evans - Mar 26, 2021

Leigh Centurions will be kicking off their Super League 2021 campaign this weekend when they host Wigan at Leigh Sports Village. Expectations are low for the Centurions with their sole focus on survival. Last year, Leigh were selected ahead of Toulouse and London Broncos as the team to replace Toronto Wolfpack in Super League, and […]

Leeds Rhinos player Stevie Ward gets past the Huddersfield Giants defence in 2017

Stevie Ward, former Leeds Rhinos captain, was appointed as the director of welfare and safety for the Canada Co-operative Championship Rugby League (CCCRL). He will bring with him the valuable personal experience of dealing with injuries while he played with Leeds. Stevie Ward joins board of CCCRL The CCCRL confirmed this week that former Rhinos […]

All Black Sonny Bill Williams officially retires from storied rugby career
Ross Sanderson - Mar 12, 2021

This month, New Zealand All Blacks legend Sonny Bill Williams called time on his professional rugby playing career. Although already retired from rugby union at both club and international level, Williams announced he had played his last game in league too, officially hanging up his boots in rugby for good. In a career that spanned […]

The Canada Co-Operative Championship Rugby League (CCCRL) was formed on Monday. This league is a grassroots organization as well as a professional league for both men and women in Canada. It is also the world’s first cooperatively owned sports league. The new Canada Co-Operative Championship Rugby League The Canada Co-Operative Championship Rugby League was revealed […]

Betfred Championship

On Sunday, the schedules of both the second and third-tier leagues of the Rugby Football League (RFL) were released as seen on the RFL’s Twitter page. Both the Betfred Championship and the Betfred League 1 canceled their 2020 season because of COVID-19. Betfred Championship/League 1 schedules released 🙌 Your @Betfred League 1 fixtures are here […]

Legacy of Failure - Robert Elstone's resignation from Super League
Edward Anderson - Feb 13, 2021

Super League has announced Robert Elstone’s sudden resignation in a surprise move by the often criticized Executive Chairman. The timing of the announced departure of the Super League executive is somewhat curious, with the Betfred Super League on the eve of a new season and with the game of Rugby League in the UK at […]

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck gone from Warriors to All Blacks*

The highly-rated rugby league player Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is gone from his Warriors NRL side, to chase a dream of playing rugby union – and possibly the All Blacks. Often touted but on Saturday afternoon, the rumours were proved true. In a ZOOM call, Warriors management and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck himself told media that his final year […]

Charlie Hynes - Jan 23, 2021

“If you ask anyone from around Pontefract and Castleford area who grew up watching Castleford or Leeds, the main aspiration was to be someone like Rob Burrow.” Leeds Rhinos Callum McLelland following in Rob Burrow’s footsteps Leeds Rhinos starlet Callum McLelland was five years old when his idol Burrow appeared in his first Super League […]

Rugby League 2021: All you need to get started
T.J. Davies - Jan 20, 2021

The rugby league season begins in the UK in just over two months and ends 2021 with a World Cup. If you’re a little bored with rugby union but can’t go to the theatre – as Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill recently suggested – take a look at how the hard-hitting relatives of union do things. […]

Toronto Wolfpack and their Top Six games at Lamport Stadium

Lamport Stadium has held all but one of the Wolfpack’s home games in Canada. Also, some of the biggest moments in the Toronto Wolfpack’s history have happened at their home ground. Most importantly, all these home games on this list took place in Canada, not the United Kingdom. Because of the cold weather, the Wolfpack […]

Best rugby feature stories of 2020

Known as much for our rugby feature stories, as well as news and analysis, Last Word on Rugby presents our Top 10 best of series. Amid the range of published rugby feature stories submitted over this year, our readers were given a selection of themes. From developing stories, to Tier One player profiles, the variety […]

Jordan Mailata success: will there be more NFL converts?
Christian Evans - Dec 29, 2020

Jordan Mailata became an NFL starter in just three years after leaving the South Sydney Rabbitoh juniors, a story which is already a remarkable tale. Mailata’s success could see more converts between rugby and the NFL. Mailata, who briefly starred with the South Sydney Rabbitohs under 20’s team made the switch to American football in […]

Leigh Centurions are the 12th Super League team in 2021

It is official, the Leigh Centurions will return to the Betfred Super League in 2021 to replace the Toronto Wolfpack. The last time they were in Super League was 2017. In that year, they were relegated to the Championship, after they lost 10-26 against the Catalan Dragons in the 2017 Million Pound Game. 12th Super […]

Toulouse Olympique are ideal candidates for Super League promotion
Christian Evans - Dec 4, 2020

After voting Toronto Wolfpack out of Super League, Europe’s premier rugby league competition has another failed expansion on its hands. If Super League is serious about expansion they need to promote Toulouse Olympique. As a matter of fact, the only way for the competition to save face is to promote Toulouse Olympique after the Wolfpack […]

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Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium on January 28, 2023
Connor Dickins - Dec 4, 2020

Whether it be the gritty grounds of the Championship or blockbuster encounters at Twickenham, there’s something special about watching live rugby. There are always little moments you won’t experience watching TV. With this in mind, we thought stadium reviews could be a useful addition moving forward. We start with Welford Road, the home of the […]

Head-coaches for upcoming Rugby Europe men's championship 2023
Francisco Isaac - Dec 4, 2020

The Rugby Europe men’s championship is days away from the first kick-off, in a fully new revamped competition that, for the first time ever, will have eight teams fighting for the chance to be the Kings of Europe – not counting the Six Nations, of course. Until last season, the Rugby Europe Championship was comprised […]

While all the talk of the “final event ever” was in all reality true, this cannot be the final HSBC New Zealand Sevens tournament. It seems counter to the actual understanding of the game. Which team’s appeared in the finals? Who sits atop the standings? [New Zealand sits atop all contenders over the men’s and […]

South African rugby results

The South African rugby results in European competition have been more positive than the more pragmatic fans would have expected. Travel and squad depth has been a constant concern for many, especially when the step up from the URC to full European involvement was brought into the equation. Review 2021/22 South African rugby results in […]

England v Scotland 2023: Excitement building, despite climbing injury toll
Charlie Inglefield - Dec 4, 2020

The excitement is building for the opening 2023 Six Nations clash – England v Scotland 2023. That is despite both teams being hit with injuries that have altered the squad makeup. In an interesting subplot to the Calcutta Cup, Edinburgh thoroughly outplayed an England-laden Saracens over the weekend, to strike the first psychological blow. Thereafter, […]

Welsh Rugby Union

Following the allegations against the Welsh Rugby Union of sexist, misogynistic and toxic culture within, there must now be an independent enquiry into the governing body and that call must be answered by their highest peers…. Welsh Rugby Union faces dark truth unveiling… Charlotte Wathan, a former WRU Manager was told by a male colleague […]

New Zealand's Kurt Baker runs with the ball at Queensland Country Bank as he will play in the 2023 MLR season with Old Glory DC

The 2023 MLR season will see the addition of one new team. This will be the Chicago Hounds, based out of Bridgeview, Illinois. However, this season also marks the time that MLR loses two teams, the LA Giltinis and the Austin Gilgronis. Austin was one of the original seven teams in the league while Los […]

Rugby Australia hires Eddie Jones ahead of RWC2023

As Rugby Australia hires Eddie Jones to assume the head coach role ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, they’ve said “goodbye Dave” to departing coach, Dave Rennie. Rennie has been replaced, within sight of the impending tournament in France. Yet his replacement himself has just been replaced. So is it “out with the new, […]