Club Rugby/Tournaments

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 […]

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 […]

Saracens vs Bristol
Connor Dickins - Mar 27, 2022

Bristol stalwart Joe Joyce busts through the defence in the dying minutes of Saracens vs Bristol. He sees Jack Bates charging on, and pops the ball to him. Bates gallops towards the try-line, and the crowd erupts at Tottenham Hotspur’s immaculate stadium. Max Malins admits to thinking at the time: “That’s the end of it […]

Toronto Arrows player Ross Braude passes the ball on April 3, 2021

PREVIEW – The Toronto Arrows will travel to Veterans Memorial Stadium on March 12, 2022. There, they will face the New England Free Jacks on the road. The Arrows have won two straight games. Toronto Arrows play a third-straight road game, this time at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The New England Free Jacks plays home opener […]

England's Ollie Chessum acknowledges the crowd in Rome, Italy
Elliott Butlin - Mar 3, 2022

The recent announcement that both Doncaster and Ealing have had their applications to join the Premiership rejected was met by howls of anguish on Social Media.  It’s very rare to see agreement on Twitter on anything, let alone rugby, but this decision was one that united fans. The vast majority of responses to the news […]

MLR 2022: Interview with Major League Commissioner George Killebrew at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort before the Major League Rugby Vegas Weekend

INTERVIEW – MLR 2022 has just started with an addition of the 13th team in Dallas. The North American league, which currently has 12 teams in the U.S., and one in Canada, could be the next big sport in North America. At the centre of that is MLR Commissioner George Killebrew, who previously worked with […]

Brad Barritt the forgotten man
Edward Munro-Martin - Feb 23, 2022

Brad Barritt: The forgotten man in Saracens’ salary-cap fallout The history With the news last week that Kimono House Ltd had completed their takeover of Saracens in a £32 million takeover led by the likes of former Saracen and Rugby World Cup winner, Francois Pienaar, Nigel Wray is now no longer the main man when […]

London Irish
Tom Wade - Feb 17, 2022

Having seen his team overturn a 15-10 deficit at halftime into a huge win against Bristol Bears in spectacular fashion last Friday night, London Irish assistant coach Brad Davis sat down the media this week ahead of Saturday’s London Derby clash with Saracens and there were two words that came up regularly but could not […]

Tom Pearson is tackled sy Brentford Community Stadium
Edward Munro-Martin - Feb 17, 2022

To win a championship, you need depth. And there is no greater test of that than during the Six Nations period. Here we look at the new Gallagher Premiership stars who are shining, in the absence of the Premiership’s usual leading figures. Gallagher Premiership stars shining in the Six Nations Saracens – Theo McFarland Saries […]

LA Giltinis player Marco Fepulea'i warms up before the game on July 10, 2021

LANGFORD, BC – The LA Giltinis trailed after the end of the first half at Starlight Stadium. However, thanks to a spectacular second half, they were able to win the game 31-16. Even more remarkable was their ability to not allow the Arrows to score a single point in the second half. LA Giltinis gets […]

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Fan favourites Fijian Drua secure first-ever Super Rugby playoff berth in 2023

Fan favourites Fijian Drua securing their first-ever Super Rugby Pacific playoff berth is an important step for the game. In so much that reality has matched the expectation – and not without a prolonged wait. Only in their second foundation season as a franchise, the long wait by Fijian rugby fans and supporters of Pacifica […]

South African URC teams

The South African URC teams were a little below par in 2023 compared to expectations, with the exception of the Stormers. The Stormers hosted their second consecutive final and fell short against Munster. We consider the overall performance of the South African URC teams using their standings in the final table after the league stage […]

Alun Wyn Jones
Thomas Booth - Feb 16, 2022

With this year’s Rugby World Cup now less than a 100 days away, the curtain has come down on the illustrious careers of three international Welsh forwards. First Josh Navidi called time on his career. An injury to his neck meaning he retired from all forms of rugby in April. Then, hot on the heels […]

2023 Gallagher Premiership Final between the Saracens and Sale
Louis Chapman-Coombe - Feb 16, 2022

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 […]

2022/23 Gallagher Premiership club ratings, highlights, wins and losses
Louis Chapman-Coombe - Feb 16, 2022

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 - Feb 16, 2022

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 - Feb 16, 2022

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, […]