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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 […]


Making the best of it; NZ rugby preseason XVs & 7s warm-up

Across the board, all nations have had to make the best of it. Yet for sides downunder and being somewhat isolated, the NZ rugby preseason for each of the XVs and 7s sides has had to be creative and especially reactive. Covid-19 has changed or made near impossible so many of the prearranged set preseason […]

World Rugby Madrid 7s
Edward Anderson - Feb 17, 2021

Last Word on Rugby Spanish correspondent, Edward Anderson gives us the lowdown on a rare international rugby sevens tournament – the World Rugby Madrid 7s 2021. Scheduled over two weekends, it will be a pinnacle event for many invited nations; when competition is hard to find in the Covid era. Plus, an update on Leonas […]

Fiji rugby sevens update: new Super Sevens Series scheduled

Here is your Fiji rugby sevens update: & it’s good news. There will be Fiji rugby sevens in the new year. It will take the form of a new Super Sevens Series scheduled for this weekend. Good news for any fans of 7s although, organizers will surely be observant of both Covid-19 as well as […]

Summer of Sevens begins with 'Red Bull Ignite7' tournament

With restrictions lifting, the ‘Red Bull Ignite7’ tournament for women and men kickstarted the Summer of Sevens which should entertain fans of the shortened game over the New Year seasonal timeline. New Zealand’s leading women’s players joined the men in massing in Mount Maunganui, to restart the stalled sevens season. Halted due to the Coronavirus […]

One week until World Rugby Awards & Decades Greatest presented

In what will be a virtual awards ceremony, the 2020 World Rugby Awards are to be presented on Monday, November 7. And this year, the sport will also crown publically judged ‘decades greatest’ categories. World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee Maggie Alphonsi and rugby presenter Alex Payne host the show, which will be available for […]

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 […]

2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification promotes diversity in Rugby Sevens

With frantic 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification tournaments underway across World Rugby, the nations and regional tournaments completed and in the planning, have promoted diversity in Rugby Sevens. By diversity, it refers to both the Tier of the country competing (position within World Rugby), but also in the competition between regions. From Asia to Africa, every […]

Jovilisi Waqa; Loloma, to our Rugby Sevens Guru

It is with real sadness, that Last Word on Rugby bid farewell to a dear friend and contributor. Jovilisi Waqa. Our Rugby Sevens Guru and the cornerstone of the sites Pacifica rugby content. It is to our friend Jovi, that we say ‘Vinaka Vakalevu’ our friend. Jovi was to the rugby sevens coverage for LWOR, […]

America football players

It’s a longstanding question and one that has no definitive answer; can American football players hack it in rugby or vice versa? Lovers of rugby will say that NFL American Football players lack the stamina to play over 80 minutes while NFL fans may feel that rugby players lack the tactical discipline to succeed in […]

Jovilisi Waqa - Jan 19, 2019

The Police Rugby sevens side; laced with seasoned Fiji 7s stars, have defended their McDonalds Coral Coast Sevens title in style over tournament favorites Tabadamu, 17-0. The defending champion mastered the wet conditions at Lawaqa Park, with tries to Rusiate Matai, Necani Nawaqadau and Filipe Sauturaga, with Sauturaga named the Campese-Serevi Medal Winner as Player […]

2019 McDonalds Coral Coast Sevens
Jovilisi Waqa - Jan 17, 2019

Day three of the 2019 McDonalds Coral Coast Sevens will see the start of the I Wau men’s competition, with local side Tabadamu chasing their maiden title. The mix of 16 invited and local-based sides is what is popular about the CC7s tournament. Based on the fun of playing sevens in Fiji, teams like Police […]

Local and International teams battle for Na Iri 2019 Coral Coast Sevens women's title
Jovilisi Waqa - Jan 16, 2019

The McDonalds 2019 Coral Coast Sevens is shaping up to be one of the best in recent years. Women’s, men’s and Youth teams from across the rugby globe and locally, will all battle it out in the four-day tournament that begins on Wednesday, and ends on Sunday with the men’s Cup final. 16 Men’s and […]

Nico Jones bright future, and the Red Bull Ignite7 tournament

Talent identification is a critical tool for all leading rugby nations, and this week New Zealand Rugby pointed the finger squarely at Nico Jones. A talented student from national schools champions St Peter’s College, who happens to be the son of the ‘Iceman’ – former All Black Michael Jones. Aside from his father, Nico Jones has […]

Olympic Sevens Champions Fiji and Australia reign supreme at Oceania Sevens
Jovilisi Waqa - Nov 10, 2018

Olympic Sevens champions Fiji and Australia reigned supreme at the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens tournament, after two hectic days of competition at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji. The Fiji Airways men’s Fiji Sevens team scored through Waisea Nacuqu in extra-time, to overcome World Cup and Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand 17-12. On the other […]

World and Commonwealth Games Sevens Champions New Zealand want Oceania title too

The current World and Commonwealth Games Sevens Champions New Zealand, want to add the Oceania title to their current title. Both the New Zealand teams heading up to Fiji will be out to add the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship titles to their already impressive Trophy cabinet. The men’s and women’s teams hold titles from their […]



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European rugby quarter-finals: Talking points
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 7, 2022

The European rugby quarter-finals have finished for another year. Both the Heineken Challenge Cup and Champions Cup quarter-finals were settled last weekend, and they did not disappoint. There was plenty of drama across the two competitions. Knowing this, Last Word on Rugby has analyzed the main talking points. That penalty shoot-out! Breathtaking conclusion The biggest […]