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Fan favourites Fijian Drua secure first-ever Super Rugby playoff berth in 2023

Fan favourites Fijian Drua securing their first-ever Super Rugby Pacific playoff berth is an important step for the game. In so much that reality has matched the expectation – and not without a prolonged wait. Only in their second foundation season as a franchise, the long wait by Fijian rugby fans and supporters of Pacifica […]

Suspended Ardie Savea throat-cutting one match ban on top of Yellow Card

It was not solely the much-criticized throat-cutting act from the suspended Ardie Savea that contributed to his citing. The judgement included an on-field sanction handed to him when the Hurricanes played the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday, March 4. Sanzaar’s judiciary committee did not deem the throat-cutting gesture met the threshold for a red card, Savea […]

With days only until the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific competition commences its second season, the anticipation is building. Squads have been assembled, with the starting teams named for the opening clash between the Crusaders v Chiefs in Christchurch. Quickly followed by the New South Wales (NSW) Waratahs v ACT Brumbies. A good opening trial for […]

Richie Mo'unga Japanese contract post-RWC

An announcement that the Richie Mo’unga Japanese contract post-RWC is a lifestyle change, as much as an opportunity to maximize earning potential now, is a valuable revelation. It means that the conclusion of the Crusaders Super Rugby Pacific season is likely his last for the red and blacks. Completing 2023, Richie Mo’unga will have accrued […]

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 […]

South Africa head coach, Rassie Erasmus, celebrates after beating England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final
Thomas Booth - Dec 18, 2022

Did you see Rassie Erasmus’ social media posts about Wayne Barnes after the recent game between France and South Africa? (a game the Boks narrowly lost) Did you feel compelled afterward to send death threats to him and his family, or threaten sexual violence to his partner? No, me neither. True I’m not a South […]

Ben Smith Nasi Manu 'championship combo' to inspire 2023 Highlanders

The Ben Smith Nasi Manu ‘championship combo’ who took the side to the franchise’s only Super Rugby title, have been assigned key management roles to inspire the 2023 Highlanders squad. Highlanders head coach Clarke Dermody will welcome the pair to both senior roles in the administration, but more likely in how they each work with […]

Celebrations from Wellington Rugby NPC side

The party began seconds after the Wellington Rugby NPC side secured a well-earned, 18-26 win at Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch. Claiming the province’s first National Provincial Championship (NPC) title since 2000, it was the culmination of a season that peaked to perfection. And reaching that zenith against the established pack leaders Canterbury must have made celebrations […]

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 […]

Farah Palmer Cup finals approach

Now that the Farah Palmer Cup finals places are confirmed, both the Premiership and Championship divisions will be decided on Saturday, September 10. Some players involved in those two fixtures are also with the New Zealand Black Ferns women’s team. They are currently in full preparations ahead of the 2021 Rugby World Cup; postponed due […]

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper takes time off for Mental Health

Last weekend, on the eve of the first Rugby Championship Test match, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper made the call to take time off from the spotlight of International rugby, to take care of his Mental Health. Rugby Australia acted quickly and the 121 Test capped skipper was flown out of Argentina with another teammate who […]

2022 Under 20s Summer Series showcases the very best young talent

With the first round of pool matches complete, the 2022 Under 20s Summer Series showcases the very best young talent from eight Tier One nations. Among the expected results, one outcome has set tongues wagging. Invitee South Africa has defeated England, to set Pool A alight! With the pandemic spoiling the previous pinnacle World Rugby […]

SA Rugby migration

The SA Rugby migration to Europe has been a resounding success. The DHL Stormers defeated the Vodacom Bulls in an all-South African final of the United Rugby Championship. Ryan Jordan considers the success of the transition of SA Rugby’s franchise teams from Super Rugby to the URC, as well as some work to be done […]

Determined tackling sees Crusaders reach Super Rugby Pacific final

With the results marked down, two semi-finals were played in New Zealand, where determined tackling sees the Crusaders reach the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific final. There, they will travel to Auckland to meet the competition premiers, the Blues. The Blues defeated the ACT Brumbies 20-19 on a wet evening, surviving a torrid final quarter after […]

Final round playoff hopes hang in balance for Tier One leagues

Over two hemispheres, final round playoff hopes hang in the balance for leading Tier One nation leagues of Premiership Rugby, French Top14, and Super Rugby Pacific. With the leading sides all but set, it is now up to those still in the fight to make the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Premiership and French Top14, and […]

most popular rugby clubs
Connor Dickins - May 24, 2022

At LWOS, we have previously covered which countries have the most registered players. This got us thinking about other aspects of rugby’s popularity. At the very least, it can indicate how and where rugby flourishes. Using social media statistics, this list ranks the world’s most popular rugby clubs.Of course, social media won’t tell the whole […]

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Toronto Arrows player Mitch Richardson

Mitch Richardson, the dependable centre/wing player for the Toronto Arrows from Stoney Creek, Ontario, is in his fifth season with the Arrows club. The six-foot-two, 215-pound centre/wing player has been with the Arrows for a very long time and has been a major contributor to the club once again this year. Mitch Richardson: Toronto Arrows’ […]

Toronto Arrows player, Peter Nelson playing against the Houston SaberCats as the Toronto Arrows remain winless

The Toronto Arrows remain winless at home this year as they lost another game, this time at York Lions Stadium. Even with getting two recent draws at home, the Arrows are still struggling to get results at York Lions Stadium. Credit though to Houston, who saw this as a must-win game to keep their MLR […]

South African URC teams

The South African URC teams were a little below par in 2023 compared to expectations, with the exception of the Stormers. The Stormers hosted their second consecutive final and fell short against Munster. We consider the overall performance of the South African URC teams using their standings in the final table after the league stage […]

Alun Wyn Jones
Thomas Booth - May 24, 2022

With this year’s Rugby World Cup now less than a 100 days away, the curtain has come down on the illustrious careers of three international Welsh forwards. First Josh Navidi called time on his career. An injury to his neck meaning he retired from all forms of rugby in April. Then, hot on the heels […]

2023 Gallagher Premiership Final between the Saracens and Sale
Louis Chapman-Coombe - May 24, 2022

After months of drama, tribulation and red-hot rugby, we have our Gallagher Premiership final. This weekend, Saracens are set to do battle with the Sale Sharks, but who will leave Twickenham with silverware? Here is a rundown of the key narratives, and the key clashes to look out for during the final: The Gallagher Premiership […]

Toronto Arrows Winger, D'Shawn Bowen on May 12, 2023

There has not been a lot to be excited about this year for the Toronto Arrows. They are not having a great season and will likely miss the MLR playoffs for the fourth-straight year. However. there is a silver lining, which is D’Shawn Bowen. D’Shawn Bowen: The impactful Toronto Arrows winger 🗣️ "Playing at home, […]

Toronto Arrows player Mitch Richardson plays big role in Toronto Arrows thrilling draw at York Lions Stadium

TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Arrows earns thrilling draw in an exciting match that went back and forth against Rugby ATL. The Arrows trailed the entire game, but were able to score the last 14 points in the game to tie the game late against Atlanta at York Lions Stadium. Toronto Arrows earns thrilling draw […]

2022/23 Gallagher Premiership club ratings, highlights, wins and losses
Louis Chapman-Coombe - May 24, 2022

The regular Premiership season is now over, and eyes are firmly locked on the Cup final. So with that over the horizon, view our 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership club ratings, highlights, wins, and losses across all clubs that ended the calendar year. In a memorable season; all be it maybe for the some wrong reasons, there […]