Paris Skyline: Paris 2024 Olympics
James Alunga - Sep 22, 2023

The Paris Olympics 2024 qualification for Africa concluded in Harare, Zimbabwe with Kenya 7s beating South Africa 17-12  in the Africa men’s 7s to earn a direct ticket to next year’s showpiece. The Africa 7s tournament couples up with the Paris Olympics 2024 qualification. The two African rugby powerhouses found themselves in this tournament after […]

Rugby Union

Wrapping up the presents, it’s appropriate to consider the Best and Worst list of Rugby 2022. From the teams and competitions across the globe, this is a small selection to end the calendar year on a positive note. For all the positives in the sport, it is competitive, there must be a winning and a […]

Samoa rugby sevens Cape Town title

With this weekend’s Samoa rugby sevens teams’ success at the Cape Town 7s tournament, it is a real boost for the 2022/23 HSBS Sevens Series. Too often, a side dominates for stages of the sevens series. Even for the season, and that can make for a stagnated feel. The South African men had, and the […]

World Rugby Awards 2022 nominees

With players and clubs able to successfully reactivate their calendars after the pandemic, the World Rugby Awards 2022 ceremony in Monaco is set to celebrate a ‘full year of footy’. Nominees have been unveiled across all categories, in the afterglow of the successful 2021 Rugby World Cup, and with two more weeks of the Autumn […]

Maiden Australian HSBC Sevens Series title ahead of RWC7s

Claiming their maiden Australian HSBC Sevens Series men’s title ahead of the RWC7s tournament, it pairs perfectly with the Aussie 7s women’s title already secured, While not being able to reach the Cup final at the just-completed Los Angeles 7s weekend, the 2022 World Series title is based on a successful and hugely consistent calendar […]

Blitzboks Gold, Aussie women shine at Comm Games

The Blitzboks gold medals were worn proudly, as the Aussie 7s women shined brightly after an amazing calendar year (so far) that culminated at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Each team’s performance capped a brilliant tournament this last weekend. Now, as the party dies down in the South African men’s and Australian women’s locker […]

Full complement of sides set after World Rugby RWC7s qualifiers

After the last tournament of rugby sevens action in Europe, the full complement of sides is now set with the final World Rugby RWC7s qualification berths confirmed for the South African event. The winners and high-performing sevens nations secured their place at the showpiece tournament in Cape Town. It is scheduled to be staged between […]

Ireland women's 7s team flying high

Flying high, the Ireland women’s 7s side is consistently winning in European competition, ahead of crucial Rugby World Cup Sevens qualification steps that place their fortune, into their own hands. The women are peaking, and if the timing is not perfect, then it should propel the Irish representatives in the 7s game – yet in […]

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 Cape Town event qualification

With almost all of the final places secured, the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 tournament in Cape Town is fast approaching. The Madagascar women recently cemented their place in the women’s tournament draw. For emerging nations like them, this could be the highest peak of some players’ and supporters’ lives. And soon, they can make […]

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 […]

HSBC Singapore Sevens opens the path toward Greatest Prize in 7s

Not a follow-up event this year, the highly anticipated HSBC Singapore Sevens tournament opens the path toward the Greatest Prize in 7s rugby, when the leading nations meet at the National Stadium host the World Series. Usually the lead-in or follow-up tournament to its more established neighbour, the Hong Kong 7s, yet in 2022 they […]

Much-needed competition for isolated New Zealand Sevens teams

Sitting idle and isolated in the South Pacific, there will be some much-needed rugby sevens competition for both New Zealand Sevens teams in Fiji during March. Announcing a series of tournaments that will help prepare both the Black Ferns Sevens and the All Blacks Sevens teams ahead of the return of the HSBC Sevens Series […]

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 […]

Springbok rugby 2021
Ryan Jordan - Dec 28, 2021

Springbok rugby 2021 presented fans with a real fruit cocktail of results, controversies and a multitude of talking points. With the soundtrack playing in the background, Ryan Jordan highlights the good, the bad and the ugly of Springbok rugby in 2021. The good side of Springbok rugby 2021 There can’t be any complaint about where […]

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 […]

Aussie 7s women and Blitzboks claim second HSBC Sevens Series tournament wins

For the second week in a row, the Aussie 7s women and 2021 series champions, the Blitzbok South African men both won their respective draws at The Sevens Stadium, Dubai. Repeating each team’s success from a week earlier, they were again too dominant and leave the United Arab Emirates kingdom with all the treats, before […]

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Henry Arundell and Marcus Smith boost Borthwick's England attacking options
Charlie Inglefield - Dec 6, 2021

England’s 71-0 rout of Chile on Saturday was predictable but nonetheless a big confidence booster to the squad. Henry Arundell and Marcus Smith in particular made the most of their opportunities. With respect to Chile; who never stopped trying, they were never going to match England’s power. Sterner tests await for England but it would […]

Stade Vélodrome, home of the South Africa-Tonga game
James Alunga - Dec 6, 2021

The [Rugby World Cup] RWC 2023 race for the quarterfinal is on in the fourth round after matches in game week three saw teams that topped their various pools solidify their positions winning all their three matches while the rest fought for the remaining spots. Race for the quarterfinals of the RWC 2023 4 poules […]

Johnny Sexton will play against South Africa tomorrow

Saturday’s fixture Ireland v South Africa is a moc-Cup Final. It sees Johnny Sexton drive Irish hopes of a pinnacle World Title while defending title-holders the Springboks utilize their advanced 7-1 bench strategy. Ideally, fans could view this match-up later in the draw – your number one versus numbered teams two, three, or four should […]

McGill University player, Monty Weatherall, drafted by the Toronto Arrows

The 2023 MLR draft Toronto Arrows game happened a week ago. Canada’s only professional rugby union team as usual selected players from Canadian universities. However, this time, they drafted players from Quebec universities. These players will likely play in the new Arrows gear including the refreshed logo that was revealed on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. […]

2003 RWC Anniversary: Simon Shaw
Larissa Falls - Dec 6, 2021

It’s been 20 years since England were crowned 2003 Rugby World Cup champions, and Last Word on Rugby caught up with one of the successful squad members Simon Shaw. 2003 Rugby World Cup Anniversary: Simon Shaw Simon Shaw shared with Larissa Falls his favourite moments and memories from the 2003 triumph, and looked ahead to […]

Paris Skyline: Paris 2024 Olympics
James Alunga - Dec 6, 2021

The Paris Olympics 2024 qualification for Africa concluded in Harare, Zimbabwe with Kenya 7s beating South Africa 17-12  in the Africa men’s 7s to earn a direct ticket to next year’s showpiece. The Africa 7s tournament couples up with the Paris Olympics 2024 qualification. The two African rugby powerhouses found themselves in this tournament after […]

Stade de la Beaujoire, one of the RWC 2023 venues
James Alunga - Dec 6, 2021

The Rugby World Cup 2023 round two matches saw most teams solidify their position in their respective pools. The pools have teams that have the upper hand of featuring in the quarterfinals. Teams leading the pools have so far had two out of two wins in their respective pools. RWC 2023 round two matches overview […]

England won ugly yet momentum growing; RWC Pool D
Charlie Inglefield - Dec 6, 2021

England eventually found a way through a determined but under-par Japanese outfit on Sunday evening. England won ugly yet momentum is growing, with two wins over the pool’s two toughest opponents, Argentina and Japan. It was not pretty but, successful World Cup campaigns rarely are, and England ultimately might have one foot in the quarter-finals. […]