All of the major domestic rugby titles have been decided over the month of June, with the Crusaders seventh title in Super Rugby supporting their status as the Premier rugby franchise across the globe. The Currie Cup grand final was also played on Saturday, with the Free State Cheetahs claiming the reward in South Africa’s […]
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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 […]
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.
On Sunday 9 April, SANZAAR announced that three Super Rugby franchises would be culled from the Super Rugby competition in 2018.
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?
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 […]
Despite South Africa not playing a competitive match since the 2019 Rugby World Cup final win over England, they are still considered to be one of the best sides in the world and have a huge pool to choose from, with both already capped and potential Springbok players in the future. The team that former […]
The struggling Southern Kings rugby franchise was on Saturday placed into liquidation by SA Super Rugby (Pty) Ltd to preserve the future of rugby in the area. Southern Kings insolvent Before SA Rugby took over the franchise the original franchise owner, the Greatest Rugby Company in the Whole Wide World (GRC), were unable to service […]
With the British and Irish Lions Series to South Africa less than a year away, LWOSRugby takes a look at the potential bolters for the tour. First up, it’s the Springboks. The Forwards Jaco Coetzee. 24. 108kg. Back Row. 0 Test caps. Embed from Getty Images The strength and depth that South Africa boasts in […]
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 […]
Southern Hemisphere rugby has had to endure a period of change in the last month. Not battered to the same degree as Europe has, yet wage cuts, fans and players’ seasons disrupted, and unease for what the future may hold is certainly is disarming. While still well mannered and constructive, everything has been spoken of, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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Warren Gatland has had his say on the Rugby World Cup in France in his recent UK Daily Telegraph article. Wales failed to progress beyond the last eight not because they were outfought and outthought. Rather that there is something wrong with the rules of the game, and how it is played at the highest […]
In a look back, Last Word on Rugby views the Rugby Heroes and Villains for 2023. Not focused entirely on one or the other – balanced in as how the sport of rugby union is a team-based game; as much as for individuals who can shine or be villainised for their contributions. Over the last […]
The 2023 Rugby Canada women’s team might be seen as one of the best years in the national team’s history. There were many highlights for the national team, including playing the Pacific Four Series in the nation’s capital in the summer. 2023 Rugby Canada women’s team: Finished second in the WXV 1 competition Strengths Players […]
Rugby League players are a talented and fearless bunch, so it only stands to reason that amongst them are some unusual hobbies. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the most exciting rugby league players in the world get up to in their spare time, or get up to now that they’ve retired, then we’ve […]
The Champions Cup game of the Stade Français vs Leicester game will take place on Sunday at 12:30 PM ET. This will be the first group-stage game for Stade Français Paris after the Leicester Tigers won on December 10 against the Stormers. While Stade Français lost on the road against the Sale Sharks, it will […]
The two most impressive teams this past week in European Professional Rugby Club (EPRC) competition were perhaps the Harlequin F.C. and the Exeter Chiefs. And in those games, Marcus Smith and Will Joseph were superb in Harlequins’ scintillating win over Racing 92 in Paris. On Saturday afternoon, the Chiefs were equally impressive in downing mighty […]
If you love a stat or fact, then you’ve come to the right place! After the French Top14 Round Nine concludes, LWOS adds to your weekend’s enjoyment. 14 Fun Facts of Top14 Round Nine Larissa Falls continues her series breaking down the names and numbers from Round Nine of the French Top14. Après un énorme combat, […]