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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 […]

Springboks Rugby Championship

The rumours of the possible  Springboks Rugby Championship exit has had rugby supporters around the world watching with keen interest to see what would eventually transpire. Would they or wouldn’t they? Springboks Rugby Championship withdrawal Back in August, Ryan Jordan was sceptical that the Springboks Rugby Championship defence would happen. Some of the circumstances have […]

Firstly, it is rumour, not confirmed reports that Guinness PRO Rugby will likely engage with the four South Africa teams recently ‘separated’ from Super Rugby. Not that that will stop the prospective stories and scenarios being posted on social media and by rugby observers. Last Word on Rugby believes that the truth lies between, with the […]

NZ Rugby trial match and unofficial Players Poll

For over a week now, the New Zealand Rugby trial match format and the North v South eligibility criteria have been hotly discussed subject. Ian Foster, head coach elect, has been promoting and arbitrating for the ‘pseudo All Blacks trial match’. In a note to the past, the North v South Island trial has been […]

Injury Heartache; Charmaine Smith forced into early Retirement

A check-up has resulted in Black Fern Charmaine Smith facing an early retirement from professional women’s rugby. Due to a diagnosed bulging disk in her neck, the 29-year old has made the cautionary decision to end her 27 cap New Zealand Black Ferns XV career. New Zealand Rugby’s head of Women’s Rugby, Cate Sexton said […]

The Greatest Amateur XV as voted by the public

The public voted in our polls for the greatest amateur XV side and the results are in! From one to fifteen, and reserves in every shirt, Robert Rees takes you through the team that you voted for. The final count: Greatest amateur XV 1. Os du Randt Despite playing a large chunk of his career, […]

The 'Last Word' on Rugby Australia Israel Folau settlement

While confidential in its nature, the Rugby Australia Israel Folau settlement decision, and the long-drawn-out process has come to a conclusion. This week, arbitration has seen a settlement of the Folau social media fracas. Not quite a circus, although with the mass media attention, religious context and freedom of speech connotations, the decision from both […]

Steve Hansen to leave All Blacks coaches role after Rugby World Cup
Melita Martorama - Dec 18, 2018

“Righto, I can see thousands. So we are here to establish if I’m staying or going……. so I’m going”. In a packed conference room at a central Auckland CBD hotel, All Blacks head coach Steven Hansen, flanked by New Zealand Rugby (NZR) CEO Steve Tew and NZR Chairman Brent Impey, announced that he will step […]

Women's Rugby 'rule the World' at ASB Rugby Awards

The theme is now more common. It happens more often. And after the ASB New Zealand Rugby Awards, the proof is that Women’s rugby is taking over the rugby world. Evidenced best last night, when Kendra Cocksedge claimed the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year award at the ASB Awards evening, held in Auckland. […]

2018 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens: Fiji wins historic fourth consecutive title
Jovilisi Waqa - Apr 8, 2018

The 2018 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens came to an enthralling end, as Fiji won an historic fourth consecutive title. They humbled Kenya again in the final 24-12, in a repeat of the Canada Sevens final. It ended four days of breathtaking rugby sevens. South Africa settled for bronze, with the young Kiwi side finishing fourth. […]

2018 Hong Kong Sevens: Fiji chase a fourth-consecutive title
Jovilisi Waqa - Apr 5, 2018

It’s the seventh stop on the HSBC Sevens Series and we are at the ‘Mecca of Sevens’ for the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens. It see’s 16 teams all out for glory, but the question is “who can stop them?” as Fiji chases a fourth-consecutive title. Gathered together, 40 teams in total will compete in this […]

HSBC Canada Sevens
Jovilisi Waqa - Mar 10, 2018

The sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens Series moves to Canada this weekend. BC Place in Vancouver will be hosting the 16 teams vying for the Canada Sevens. Five tournaments have passed and we have five different winners. The big question here is, Will the trend continue? United States won last weekend and has given […]

Hamilton 7s: can the Resurrection of Aussie Rugby continue?
Jovilisi Waqa - Feb 2, 2018

Can the resurrection of Aussie rugby sevens continue? That was be the big question, echoing in the minds of rugby pundits as the Aussies claimed a historic double at the Allianz Stadium. With the fourth leg of the HSBC Sevens Series is in New Zealand this weekend, could the Aussies claim their back-to-back tournament wins […]

2018 Fiji CC7s: Swish and USA Stars Boost Striders In Women's Comp
Jovilisi Waqa - Jan 17, 2018

Fijiana Makosoi will be up against some stiff competition, at this years Crest Na Iri Women’s competition that is a part of the Mana Whey Coral Coast Sevens. Local teams, as well as invited players; like Swiss and USA stars, will look to boost the chances of the Striders side, at the 2018 Fiji CC7s […]

HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2016/17 Kitakyushu - Day 2
Jovilisi Waqa - Nov 29, 2017

Another season of breathtaking sevens rugby begins this weekend in Dubai. The women’s competition opens our new season, with New Zealand out to retain their title. The 2017/18 HSBC Sevens Series will be hosted at the 7evens Stadium from November 30 to December 1. 12 teams will compete at the 2017 Dubai Sevens title, with […]

The Rugby World Cup host nation selection is becoming a serious conundrum for World Rugby, with questions being asked of the integrity of the process. The Rugby World Cup Host Nation Selection Conundrum This article does not seek to validate any particular 2023 Rugby World Cup host nation selection bid, but rather to question some […]

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2023 Gallagher Premiership Final between the Saracens and Sale
Louis Chapman-Coombe - Nov 10, 2017

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 - Nov 10, 2017

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 […]

Uganda Cranes
Anyole Emmanuel - Nov 10, 2017

The Uganda national rugby sevens team were looking to better their 2022 record which saw them win the Africa Mens 7s title on home turf. This time however they were away from home though with familiar opposition. Uganda Cranes Rugby 7s team falters For starters, Cranes Rugby 7s side bolted past Brazil (35-5), and Jamaica […]

Paddy O'Gorman

As of right now, there is only one pro rugby union team in Canada, and that is the Toronto Arrows. Paddy O’Gorman, though, is one of the people trying to bring a pro rugby union team to Vancouver, British Columbia in MLR. This would mean a rivalry for both the Canadian club, the Arrows, and […]

World XV vs Barbarians: a first-ever game designed for the fans
Francisco Isaac - Nov 10, 2017

Most fans might be thinking “how long until the Rugby World Cup?”. Not long, yet before we get to that special moment of the oval ball calendar, there is still time for a big event designed specifically for the fans – a World XV vs Barbarians. From the European Professional Rugby Club (May 19-20) fixtures, […]

Indigo Group Premiership

The Indigo Group Premiership enters its final round of the regular season this weekend as the top four get set to battle it out in the play-offs. However, clubs received communication from the WRU on Wednesday that all three play-off games would be moved to Sunday’s for 5.15pm kick-offs, with S4C dictating the moves. Last […]