Club Rugby/Tournaments

Toronto Arrows dependable player Sam Malcolm at Silverbacks Park

Sam Malcolm has been a mainstay for the Toronto Arrows. This includes being part of the inaugural 2019 MLR team for the Arrows. He has played professionally in Canada, as well as with Japan for the Kamaishi Seawaves, after graduating through the New Zealand rugby system before taking his talents offshore. Good night, Arrows fans […]

Toronto Arrows playing against Old Glory DC at York Lions Stadium as they get ready for the 2023 Toronto Arrows MLR Season

The 2023 Toronto Arrows MLR season will be about redemption. After a successful inaugural season where they made the playoffs and a positive start to 2020 before COVID-19 permanently stopped games from being played, the Arrows have struggled. In the 2021 Toronto Arrows season, they struggled again, with a big part of that ‘not playing […]

Suspended Joe Marler with case of 'foot in mouth' after sledging

The recently suspended Joe Marler is never far from a word or two. However, in the Harlequins match prior to the New Year public holiday, he was chastened with a case of literal ‘foot in mouth’ after an in-poor-taste sledging incident that was dealt with swiftly by the rugby authorities. Cited by the ruling body, […]

Owain Ruttan in 2018 ready to face Westshore and now was part of the Toronto Arrows MLR draft

ANALYSIS – The only Canadian MLR and present professional rugby union team (as of right now) did their MLR Draft back in August. The Toronto Arrows MLR Draft was also similar to the one last year. This is in terms of Canadian players, as all three players drafted were Canadian and came from Canadian universities. […]

Charlie Atkinson
Ross Sanderson - Nov 9, 2022

Last week, former Wasps flyhalf Charlie Atkinson put pen to paper and signed a new long-term deal with top-flight rivals, and last year’s Premiership winners, Leicester Tigers. He is still yet to play his first game for Steve Borthwick’s side but at just 21 years old, the road ahead looks very bright for Atkinson now […]

Goode fairytale
Edward Munro-Martin - Oct 31, 2022

Pre-match This game had so many storylines going into it. Sanderson returning to the home of his old club, Ben Earl as captain in the Premiership for the first time, first against second and the missing England players were some of the preview headlines. However, this day belonged to one man, Saracens’ legend, Alex Goode. […]

Suspended Wasps Rugby, Worcester and the 'state of the Premiership' 

167 players and staff from the suspended Wasps Rugby club follow Worcester Warriors employees who sadly lost their livelihoods when the two organizations went into Administration. Each act causing massive disruption within English Premiership rugby and….. we are not even halfway through the 2022/23 season. Worcester Warriors and Wasps have both gone into administration, with […]

Rugby Canada Sophie de Goede Is Tackled on October 09, 2022

The people who follow the Rugby Canada team, know about Sophie de Goede. Probably the best player on the team, De Goede has contributed a lot to the team’s success this year. For example, she won two Player of the Game Awards for Canada in the Pacific Four Series. Sophie de Goede: Rugby Canada’s Young […]

The Saracens' Max Malins steps away from a Alex Dombrandt tackle on September 17, 2022
Edward Munro-Martin - Oct 6, 2022

It was announced on Tuesday evening that Max Malins would return to Bristol for the 2023/24 season. He previously spent a season on loan there following Saracens’ relegation to the championship due to breaking the salary cap. The winger/fullback used his time at the Bears to break into the England team and establish himself as […]

Emiliano Boffelli
Ross Sanderson - Sep 29, 2022

Emiliano Boffelli has returned to Edinburgh Rugby this week after a near-perfect summer away on international duty and, if his recent form continues, could be the star piece of the jigsaw that the Scottish side needs to make this season a memorable one.  At 27 years old, the Argentinian flyer seems to have hit the […]

London Irish back Theo Brophy-Clews warms up before game on March 27, 2021
Connor Dickins - Jun 22, 2022

INTERVIEW – Hanging up your boots is a sad time for many rugby players. But how must it feel for professionals, who can no longer play their cherished sport for a living? We spoke with Theo Brophy-Clews, a former England U20 international who played over 60 games for London Irish. He was forced to retire […]

Old Glory DC ends the season with win in Toronto, Ontario

TORONTO, ON – Old Glory DC ends the season with a big road win at York Lions Stadium. It is official, the season has ended for both teams. Toronto tried to end their season on a happy note, but Old Glory stole the party with 50 points scored at York Lions Stadium. Old Glory DC […]

La Rochelle's head coach Ronan O'Gara, celebrates with Tawera Kerr-Barlow after making the Heineken Champions Cup Final at Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Edward Munro-Martin - May 26, 2022

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 […]

most popular rugby clubs
Connor Dickins - May 24, 2022

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 […]

Bath Rugby 2021/22
Edward Munro-Martin - May 4, 2022

Bath Rugby 2021/22 has been a season that as much as they may want to, the club can never forget. Not only do they sit bottom of the Gallagher Premiership with just two rounds remaining, but the number of landslide losses they have been subjected to is simply unacceptable for a club with such history […]

Montpellier vs Harlequins: Harlequins' Danny Care passes the ball on May 13, 2016
Connor Dickins - Apr 4, 2022

PREVIEW – There’s not much in club rugby more exciting than the Heineken Cup play-offs. Well, maybe a play-off involving Marcus Smith and his razzle-dazzle Harlequins. It’s the club’s first knockout game in Europe’s top competition for nine years, facing a Montpellier side who are currently 1st in the Top 14. Despite this, Smith spoke […]

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Guinness Six Nations 2023 of Aviva Stadium in Dublin
Connor Dickins - Apr 4, 2022

With the 2023 Six Nations over, fans and pundits alike are discussing their teams of the tournament. But do the numbers tell the same story? Using Fantasy Rugby, we have comprised an XV of the best performers statistically. Of course, this isn’t perfect, but Fantasy Rugby does consider a wide range of factors from tries […]

South African provincial rugby

South African provincial rugby has been a case of princes and paupers for decades. SA Rugby has tried to keep all its stakeholders and voting members happy with promises of a future in professional competitions. These promises have become unattainable in the modern professional game as the South African economy simply cannot afford to sustain […]

Razor 'all revved up' to drop in as new All Blacks head coach in 2024

With a beaming smile, Scott ‘Razor’ Robertson has done enough to secure the All Blacks head coach role from 2024 on. Secure in his four-year upcoming role, he has impressed the majority of decision-makers. Impressed the New Zealand Rugby (NZR) board, the selection panel and a large number of All Blacks supporters. Many are buoyant […]

Ireland's grand Slam win over England as they won the Grand Slan
Louis Chapman-Coombe - Apr 4, 2022

Ireland’s Grand Slam winning victory in Dublin showed they know ‘how to win ugly’. Secured with tenacity and by taking advantage of the situation provided, to win by 29-16 on home soil. This triumph will put them in a great position to enter the Rugby World Cup this Autumn, ranked as red-hot favourites. GRAND SLAM […]

Luke Pearce
Connor Dickins - Apr 4, 2022

There is no doubt that Luke Pearce has become one of the most popular referees in the world. There is even a montage video on YouTube titled ‘5 minutes of Luke Pearce being Luke Pearce!’ with over 170,000 views (see below). He is cherished for giving clear and concise explanations and letting play continue. Pearce […]

England attempt to stop Ireland Rugby Grand Slam
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 4, 2022

Steve Borthwick has made four changes to his line-up as he takes his battered and bruised team to face the Ireland Grand Slam assault. Injuries to Ollie Chessum and Ollie Lawrence mean recalls for Dave Ribbans and Manu Tuilagi. As well, Henry Arundell is finally given his chance on the wing in place of Max […]

2023 Sevens Series aims for bright lights of Hong Kong

The 2022/23 calendar continues for the World Series, with nations in preparations ahead of the next two rounds of the 2023 Sevens Series destined for Hong Kong on March 31 to April 2. That includes all the leading nations from the women’s and men’s competitions that in 2023 are chasing both the HSBC trophies, as […]

France Masterclass on Saturday
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 4, 2022

France was brilliant. It was an awesome France masterclass exhibition from Fabien Galthie’s men and as for England…. they are truly at rock bottom. Or maybe not, as the old adage goes, ‘we did not realize that rock bottom had a basement’ – as they head to Dublin next week. England were awful in all […]