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2021 World Rugby Awards all wrapped up before Christmas

With the 2021 World Rugby Awards winners announced over the last week, it ‘wraps up’ the winning players, coaches, and teams across all leagues and countries. Just in time for Christmas made it the perfect Xmas gift many all recipients. Awards might seem like the equivalent of Christmas gifts, yet they are all given on […]

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 […]

New Zealand v Scotland - 2017 Rugby League World Cup
Jovilisi Waqa - Nov 8, 2017

It is the penultimate round of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The final round robin games will be interesting to watch, as final playoff spots are confirmed. RLWC Round 3 has some very exciting games scheduled, as Kiwis brace for Tongan challenge in a vital clash. This will be our ‘game of the week’. […]

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NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - Dec 13, 2021

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. […]

Edward Munro-Martin - Dec 13, 2021

Each new squad announced by a head coach brings joy to some corners of the country, and some misery for others. This squad is no different. The latest England men’s rugby squad is out, and supremo Eddie Jones has made some big decisions. There are recalls for discarded stars and first-time call-ups for young talent […]

South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus on November 5, 2021

The Rassie Erasmus waterboy role was addressed by World Rugby with a change in the wording of the relevant law. Head Coaches and Directors of Rugby are now both not permitted to fulfill this role. Rassie Erasmus’s waterboy role was torpedoed by World Rugby Erasmus is very much a Marmite character. You either love him […]

Leicster Tigers' Kini Murimurivalu runs with the ball on April 10, 2021
Elliott Butlin - Dec 13, 2021

Last week saw Leicester Tigers announce a host of new contracts for existing squad members, as well as new signings ahead of next season. What was striking was that on both sides of the coin it showed the Tigers’ squad building strategy continues to follow a theme and purpose that started three years ago. This […]

Maori All Blacks to meet Ireland in midweek fixtures this July

The Māori All Blacks have played Ireland on two previous occasions, the most famous being the New Zealand Natives’ 13-4 win at Landsdowne Road in Dublin in 1888. So the news that two additional Māori All Blacks Ireland fixtures give many traditional supporters a feel-good factor. After the disruption of the last 24 months, seeing […]

2031/33 Rugby World Cup hosts are the right choices: Opinion
Connor Dickins - Dec 13, 2021

World Rugby gets plenty of stick yet deserves praise for its decisions over the last 12 months with the freshly appointed Rugby World Cup hosts being one of them. Other policies and decisions include; the change in eligibility laws will that allow Pacific Island teams to compete and encourage their qualified national representatives to continue […]

The 2021/22 Indigo Group Premiership and end of season rewards are revealed after another thrilling season of community rugby. Indigo Group Premiership Team of the Season After a season of both an Indigo Group Cup and Premiership, the Team of the Season has been selected by Robert Rees. Rowan Jenkins (Aberavon) Will Griffiths (Newport) Geraint […]

2019 Rugby World Cup: USA Rugby hooker Joe Taufete'e preparing for the game against England

USA Rugby got a huge boost today as they will host the 2031 Rugby World Cup (men’s) and the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup. They will be hoping to replicate the success Japan had in the 2019 Rugby World Cup (men’s). USA Rugby was given rights to host both Rugby World Cups Embed from Getty […]