The ghost of Sir Donald Currie settled into his heavenly armchair as he contemplated the destination of the trophy he donated in 1891. In this unusual, Covid influenced year, the 2020 Currie Cup had been won when the Bulls beat the Sharks 26 -19 on 30 January 2021. Sir Donald wondered whether the Sharks could […]
In the weeks after the Springboks winning the Rugby World Cup, allegations of systematic steroid use in South African rugby started to surface. There is a case to be heard as there have been high profile cases of senior-level players being caught using banned performance enhancers. Both Chiliboy Ralepelle (a second offense) and Aphiwe Dyantyi […]
Jaguares Super Rugby success in 2019 was no accident, but rather the result of years of planning. They were given opportunities and they used all of them. This could prove to be an advantage to their national team, Los Pumas, in the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The Jaguares were certainly not embarrassed in the Super […]
On the 14th of August, Last Word on Rugby was to publish a news item on John Mitchell departing the South African Vodacom Bulls organization. It appeared to be a fait accompli.…however, in the time between these dates, supposition and the facts have become entwined into a story which only Mitchell could have been associated […]
The 2nd week of the Currie Cup Premier Division competition had a full contingent of games. Only the iCollege Pumas were on a bye this weekend. The Xerox Golden Lions opened their campaign against the Tafel Lager Griquas. The Cell-C Sharks hosted the Vodacom Blue Bulls. Finally, the DHL Western Province faced the Toyota Free […]
The Currie Cup started on Friday night when the iCollege Pumas hosted the Tafel Lager Griquas in Nelspruit. The following game saw the Toyota Free State Cheetahs take on the Vodacom Bulls in Bloemfontein. This year’s competition will allow the use of rolling substitutions. This was trialed earlier in the year during the South African […]
The Currie Cup is one of the oldest domestic competitions in rugby history and it kick’s off next month. The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is touting a ‘shortened format’ as providing more action – and viewers – for the century old competition. Although, fans are lobbing a lot of criticism their way because of […]
Any person taking over at the helm of the Springboks, as Director of Rugby and Head Coach, finds themselves in a very tough position. Fans will want results from the beginning, but this won’t be sustainable if Springbok rugby stays in the dark ages in terms of structures. Somehow these two goals need to go […]
The Currie Cup 2017 competition has provided an interesting mix of results, with a very mixed log presenting itself just after the halfway stage.
The South African PRO14 teams sounds like a good idea to some, but is SARU only treading water while trying to work out what their future direction is?
On Sunday 9 April, SANZAAR announced that three Super Rugby franchises would be culled from the Super Rugby competition in 2018.
There have been a number of changes announced in South African Rugby recently. We take a look at a few of the most important changes.
Celebrating our game, Last Word On Rugby have combined the wealth of knowledge from all our staff and writers, to come up with the MC50 Most Influential Player Series. A list that profiles the many and growing number of players in World Rugby who are either the MVP of their country, competition or code: we […]
The Currie Cup 2016 Wrap is a celebration of Cheetahs rugby after their dominant campaign. Currie Cup 2016 Wrap: Cheetahs The Champions We take a brief look at how each team performed through the playoff stages of the competition. Xerox Lions The Lions ended fourth on the log after a tougher season than they have […]
The Free State Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls are the two 2016 Currie Cup Finalists after each won their respective semi-finals on Saturday.
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Over two hemispheres, final round playoff hopes hang in the balance for leading Tier One nation leagues of Premiership Rugby and Super Rugby Pacific. With the leading sides all but set, it is now up to those in the fight to make the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Premiership, and complete the Top eight places in […]
This weekend sees the biggest game in the European club rugby calendar. The Champions Cup final is finally here. Last year’s beaten finalists, La Rochelle, are back for another shot at glory. Opponents Leinster are looking to add yet another star to their jersey. In a game of such magnitude every collision could prove crucial […]
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 […]
The Toronto Arrows ended the New England Free Jacks’ 10-game-winning streak after the latest round of the Major League Rugby season. It was only the Free Jacks’ second loss of the season. The win at York Lions Stadium also put Toronto back in the MLR playoff race with only two games to go. Toronto Arrows […]
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 […]
Indigo Group Premiership transfer season is now underway as club’s start announcing retained staff before moving on to those who they are bringing in. Robert Rees brings you the destination of either incoming or outgoing Prem players. Kieran Meek The 28-year-old Pontypool centre is on the move to Newport after a strong recruitment drive from […]
In what feels like a lifetime ago, LWOS began to feature Rugby Europe Qualification coverage. Team’s right across Europe had high hopes, and Spanish Rugby RWC hopes were high – that was until what can be described as self-immolation that has all but spoiled those ambitions. It cannot be overstated just how important qualifying for […]
Australia has been awarded the 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup and the women’s tournament two years later. This has kickstarted talk about whether Rugby Australia will look to a few NRL converts to boost their chances? In the past, NRL converts have had mixed success. For every Sonny Bill Williams, there is a Sam Burgess. […]