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Class acts from the 1970s - Rugby royalty

With the ‘halt in play’ affecting the 2020 seasons in both hemispheres, a retrospective look at some past players is due. Some of the rugby royalty from the 1970s is as better place as any to start. Being a child of that era, my own reflection on this generation has been learned over the years. […]

Mitre 10 Cup Week Two: CANvTAS Match of the Round

At the end of the Mitre 10 Cup Week Two schedule, one clash was more significant. The CANvTAS game was certainly the match of the round, with the victor taking a superior position on the table. While their provincial rivalry might be short-lived – played 17, from 2007-2018 – the Crusaders regional contest between Canterbury […]

Sir Brian Lochore

The passing of New Zealand Rugby icon and senior figure Sir Brian Lochore, has illustrated that a player’s career is more than just what they achieve on-the-field. So it is with the utmost respect that Last Word on Rugby pays tribute to one of the All Blacks greats. Losing his fight with cancer on August […]

Domestic rugby distraction in Mitre 10 Cup 2019

When the focus shifted from Super Rugby towards International Rugby, many of the wider-rugby community were left with a limited selection. Down on options, to avoid the risk of some fans taking up with another code, there will soon be a ‘domestic rugby distraction’ in the form of the Mitre 10 Cup 2019 schedule. The […]

2018 Incredible Accomplishments, Key Moments and New Years 'Rugby resolutions'

As an organization, Last Word on Rugby looks forward to the New Year, as much as anyone. We too, like to review many of the incredible accomplishments that have occurred over the past 12 months, the key moments over the calendar before making any ‘rugby resolutions’ ahead of the next year. Fondly as we might […]

NZ Rugby Awards and Joe Schmidt receives Coach of the Year endorsement

Every December, the best and brightest of New Zealand (NZ) Rugby get together to celebrate. Whatever the accomplishments individually, the NZ Rugby Awards is the best time to celebrate the sport, as a group. For women and men, players and referees, coaches and administrators, they all sit back and acknowledge each other’s efforts. To highlight […]

It's a Super Saturday from New Zealand to Japan

Looking at the rugby-schedule, it is a Super Saturday from New Zealand to Japan. Domestic rugby finals across New Zealand, a Bledisloe Cup test in Tokyo, and many more fixtures over a 30-hour window. That is great news for rugby lovers, as well as for the exposure of rugby union into the important sports market in […]

Thames Valley the 'Cinderella story' of Heartland Championship Semifinals clashes

In every rugby season, from New Zealand to England, Ireland or Argentina, there is one team who surprise all the others. Not expected to challenge, they rise like cream to the top of the bowl. And in the 2018 major semifinals clashes, the Thames Valley Swamp Foxes is that team. The side from Boyd Park, Te […]

New Zealand Domestic Rugby builds toward major Semifinals

After the final regulation season game was concluded on Sunday, New Zealand Domestic Rugby is building toward the major Semifinals for all men’s and women’s rugby competition. That is for the Mitre 10 Cup; both the Premiership and the Championship. The Heartland Championship; both for the Meads Cup and the Lochore Cup. Each of those competitions […]

Derby Matches galore in the Week Five of Heartland Championshi

With so many local derby matches, the results from Week Five of the Heartland Championship has only minutely defined the standings. For fans and followers of New Zealand grassroots rugby, their focus was directed solely on the field, and on the heritage and tradition of the national provincial rugby competition. For those new to the […]

Super Saturday: Rugby Union and Rugby League overload

It is not often that Rugby Union and Rugby League fans have such conflicting match schedules, as they do on this Super Saturday. With both the All Blacks and NZ Warriors playing, it might end up as a question of sport? Which one do i watch Live? That decision is similar to other choices that […]

Women's rugby set to hold the ball during Super Saturday

Now that provincial rugby competitions have been up and running in NZ and South Africa, it’s the time when women’s rugby are set to ‘hold the ball’ during Super Saturday. The women selected to play in the 2018 Farah Palmer Cup, have been readying themselves. Training (see main picture) and building the important team culture, […]

James Lash: Heartland Rugby everything he enjoys about the Game

Another weekend, and another Super Saturday. Fans find that the Heartland Championship begins, along with the crucial Black Ferns/All Blacks test matches

Mitre 10 Cup Rugby brings the game to the nation

Like other provincial championships, bringing the game home to the nation is the point-of-difference. The emphasis on the heartland and ‘grassroots rugby’ is where fans can engage with a game that seems to always be played in the big centers – Mitre 10 Cup Rugby turns the focus on the stakeholder. In New Zealand Rugby, […]

Draw Announced for 2018 Mitre 10 Cup and Heartland Championship in New Zealand

The standard bearer of New Zealand provincial rugby strength, the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup and Heartland Championship, have had their full draw announced this week. With this schedule now known, the provincial rugby unions can begin to plan for their short term futures. From the beginning, the organization will call upon it’s staffs to now begin […]

James Lash: Heartland Rugby everything he enjoys about the Game

You get a sense from talking with James Lash that Heartland Rugby is everything that he enjoys about the game of rugby union and while some, including this reporter, would admire him being offered an opportunity to wear All Black, the player himself is more than happy playing for Buller. Buller, on the West Coast […]

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Thomas Booth - Jan 21, 2018

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Louis Chapman-Coombe - Jan 21, 2018

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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 - Jan 21, 2018

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 - Jan 21, 2018

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 - Jan 21, 2018

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, […]