Under 20s

Promising England Rugby U20 future
David Jones - Jan 3, 2021

England kicked off 2021 with the announcement of their Under 20 Elite Player squad. Coached by Alan Dickens, the Elite Player pathway has to date been a resounding success, the former saint will hope to continue that. England Rugby U20 – Who are the next names coming through? The 2019 Rugby World Cup squad contained […]

David Challis - Jan 29, 2019

With the Six Nations looming soon that means we will also have the yearly treat of the U20s tournament. It is always intriguing and exciting to see the young guns perform at that level. This year we potentially see the strongest England U20s side ever. However they will face strong competition from the likes of […]

Tyrone Green
Cornelius Myburgh - Jun 18, 2018

The Junior Springboks ended their Rugby U20 World Championship campaign on a high. This came after they beat New Zealand in their 3rd place playoff game on Sunday. Although they lost to France in one of their pool matches, the Baby Boks still managed to get a semi-final spot. They then lost out to England […]

Cup Final: France v England this Sunday for U20 Championship

The U20 Championship cup final will be played in Béziers, France this Sunday night. Host nation France will match three-time champions England, in the tournament decider at the Stade de la Méditerranée. The final kicks off at 19:00 local time and will be the 350th match in U20 Championship history.  Cup Final: France v England this Sunday […]

Junior Springboks fall well short in last U20s pool match
Cornelius Myburgh - Jun 9, 2018

The Junior Springboks got properly hammered on Thursday night in their final Pool C game at the World Rugby U20 Championship

World Rugby U20 Championship
Cornelius Myburgh - Jun 4, 2018

The Junior Springboks U20 Championship chances remained intact as they closed the lid on the Ireland U20 Team’s campaign on Sunday. The game – played under grey skies in Stade D’Honneur Du Parc Des Sports Et De L’Amitie, Narbonne – was to all intents and purposes a semi-final for the Pool C hopefuls. Ireland had gone […]

Baby Boks
Cornelius Myburgh - May 31, 2018

It was a rocky start for the Junior Springboks in the World Rugby U20 Championship as they took on Georgia in the opening match. Chean Roux said he had selected a squad to face up to the Georgian pack’s strength for their game in Peripignan, France on Wednesday night. Junior Springboks missed chances In excellent […]

World Rugby Under 20 Championship, France 2018

Just days until the premier nations in World Rugby send their best stars to France, Last Word on Rugby features the teams and challenges ahead of the Under 20 Championship tournament. To be hosted by France, it is the annual competition for the ‘stars of tomorrow’. A stage where players can make a name for […]

Rugby Europe
Francisco Isaac - Apr 7, 2018

Rugby isn’t the same Ye Old Sport it was back in the 90’s. Not even the same as in the early years of the 21st century. The sport changed for better and for worse, it got bigger and smaller. It got more spectacular and decadent, living between paradoxes. And Rugby Europe epitomizes those issues. ‘Better’ as […]

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Joe Cokanasiga and Tommy Freeman can ignite England's backline
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 7, 2018

Joe Cokanasiga and Tommy Freeman might just be the sparks that can ignite the England attack. They were the two clear positives that came out of that embarrassing defeat to the Barbarians two weeks ago. Importantly Joe Cokanasiga and Tommy Freeman worked well off Marcus Smith’s running game. The likes of Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola, […]

Wales tour of South Africa
Thomas Booth - Apr 7, 2018

Wales men’s rugby team arrived in beautiful but turbulent South Africa this week. The South African nation isn’t alone in experiencing tumult. Truth be told it is a current global phenomenon. Will the men’s XVs rugby provide an entertaining diversion from our perplexing and worrying news cycle? Something that the Lions tour of last year […]

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 Cape Town event qualification

With almost all of the final places secured, the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 tournament in Cape Town is fast approaching. The Madagascar women recently cemented their place in the women’s tournament draw. For emerging nations like them, this could be the highest peak of some players’ and supporters’ lives. And soon, they can make […]

2022 Under 20s Summer Series showcases the very best young talent

With the first round of pool matches complete, the 2022 Under 20s Summer Series showcases the very best young talent from eight Tier One nations. Among the expected results, one outcome has set tongues wagging. Invitee South Africa has defeated England, to set Pool A alight! With the pandemic spoiling the previous pinnacle World Rugby […]

SA Rugby migration

The SA Rugby migration to Europe has been a resounding success. The DHL Stormers defeated the Vodacom Bulls in an all-South African final of the United Rugby Championship. Ryan Jordan considers the success of the transition of SA Rugby’s franchise teams from Super Rugby to the URC, as well as some work to be done […]

Champion Leicester Tigers’ progress continues
Elliott Butlin - Apr 7, 2018

Newly crowned 2021/22 Premiership Champion Leicester Tigers’ progress continues, after beating Saracens 15-12 in a pulsating final at Twickenham last Saturday. The result capped an extraordinary turnaround for a club that finished 11th in consecutive seasons only two years ago. Leicester Tigers’ progress continues to impress, so how has that come about and how will […]

England's rugby team player Jonny May celebrates scoring his team's second try on June 19, 2022
Charlie Inglefield - Apr 7, 2018

The Barbarians thrashing of England’s rugby team on Sunday has heaped more pressure on Eddie Jones. With Australia eagerly awaiting a three-test match series on their home turf, it won’t get any easier for Jones or the national side. This was a chastening weekend for England rugby. Last Sunday, the Barbarians put 50 points playing […]

London Irish back Theo Brophy-Clews warms up before game on March 27, 2021
Connor Dickins - Apr 7, 2018

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 […]