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Sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri

With the sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri, the tragedy of their early deaths highlighted men’s health and also reflected on their huge impact on the modern game. The news hit within 24 odd hours, and it was reported that Diabetes complications led to the death of Tuigamala, but to […]

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. […]

Disappointing choice makes London Broncos part-time from 2022
Sam Drew - Sep 9, 2021

A decision to make the London Broncos part-time from 2022 is a disappointing one for the Betfred Championship rugby league club. It is also indicative of the sport’s current malaise. Coming at the same time as the club wanted to relaunch a fresh future at Wimbledon’s Plough Lane, it underlines the strategic planning (or lack […]

2022 Challenge Cup Rugby League final moved from Wembley to Tottenham
Sam Drew - Aug 16, 2021

The RFL announced that the 2022 Challenge Cup final will be moved from Wembley to North London. The Tottenham stadium cup final represents a one-year hiatus from its traditional place and with it the opportunity to create interest and a buzz around a showpiece event. Because of its unique, temporary, and the ‘one-time nature’ of […]

Super League 2021: how will Salford fare in new Richard Marshall era?
Christian Evans - Mar 27, 2021

The Richard Marshall begins at Salford as they open their Super League 2021 campaign with a trip to St Helens. The question is can they continue the strides they made under Ian Watson? For the first time since the 2014 season, the Red Devils will play a game without Watson on their coaching staff. Ian […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How rugby players and staff are helping out in the Coronavirus pandemic

Professional rugby players and staff have worked together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic has hurt many people in several different ways. This includes rugby players and teams that have faced uncertainty. However, there have been some players and organizations that have risen to the occasion and are stepping up. Many of […]

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Emiliano Boffelli
Ross Sanderson - Dec 3, 2020

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 - Dec 3, 2020

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 - Dec 3, 2020

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 […]