Farah Palmer Cup

NZ Rugby 2021 had some Good and some Bad

In the calendar year, reports and analysis are due and with consideration of the NZ Rugby 2021 season, you would be correct in classifying it as ‘some good, some bad’. Unsettled yes. Disastrous, No. That isn’t accurate. Three losses for the national team yes – both men’s and the women’s Black Ferns disappointed. Each had […]


Revised 2020 Farah Palmer Cup resumes Women's rugby competition

A revised 2020 Farah Palmer Cup draw has been released by New Zealand Rugby (NZR),  with provincial women’s rugby set to resume play in August. In a pivotal 12 month period, New Zealand will aim to host and defend the Rugby World Cup. Competitions like the Farah Palmer Cup, plus the club and provincial leagues […]

Nuerology Study: Contact Sports and Concussion in Rugby

In a study that compared Rugby Players to Swimmers and Rowers, study author Ravi S. Menon, Ph.D., FRSC, of Western University in London, Canada, found that contact sports have a correlation with brain damage and concussion. According to a new study published in the June 17, 2020, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of […]

2020 Mitre 10 Cup draw announced for Premiership/Championship

A revised 2020 Mitre 10 Cup draw has been announced, with a new schedule for the Premiership and Championship conferences, that starts on September 11. Across New Zealand, the 14 unions are committed to commencing the national provincial championship, as the country overcomes the Coronavirus pandemic. With Super Rugby being played, the Mitre 10 Cup […]

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 […]

Covid-19 health/family focus now switches back to rugby training mode

From the intense Covid-19 personal health and family focus of the last few months, it now switches back to one of a ‘rugby training mode’ for both men and women across the rugby-globe. Moving from the life-affecting changes to society and to the state of rugby worldwide was monumental for all. One which the Coronavirus […]

Women's rugby and Schools/Clubs given green light in NZ

After an age of postponement, Women’s rugby and Schools and Clubs have been given the green light in New Zealand, to resume training ahead of a June return. The phased reintroduction of team sports across rugby union, football, and other sports like Hockey, Netball/Basketball, will see many smiling faces. Player’s have had to bide their […]

Southern hemisphere rugby

Southern Hemisphere rugby has had to endure a period of change in the last month. Not battered to the same degree as Europe has, yet wage cuts, fans and players’ seasons disrupted, and unease for what the future may hold is certainly is disarming. While still well mannered and constructive, everything has been spoken of, […]

Rugby Highlights of 2019 - LWOR top ten

When compiling our list of Rugby Highlights, all the contributions were both personal, and a mix of popular and particular. Just like every rugby-conversation though, it is a mix of the most popular, and the most enjoyable moments across another great 12 months for Last Word on Rugby. Rugby Highlights of 2019 – LWOR top […]

Big week in New Zealand Rugby; new head coach and ASB Rugby Awards

As the details emerge, it has been a big week in New Zealand Rugby; there has been the announcement of a new head coach and the 2019 ASB Rugby Awards. Over the course of three days, the speculation over which man would helm the All Blacks direction over the next two years was finally decided. […]

Canterbury v Auckland final in 2019 Farah Palmer Cup

With the traditional ‘north versus south’ fixture of Canterbury v Auckland scheduled in the final of the 2019 Farah Palmer Cup, women’s rugby will hold the attention this weekend. With the two tiers, the Premiership cup final is scheduled to be played on Saturday, October 26 in Christchurch’s Rugby Park. The Auckland Storm will need […]

2019 Farah Palmer Cup set to be the 'Best Ever'

After months of waiting, the schedule for the 2019 Farah Palmer Cup has been released. And acknowledging the growth of the women’s game across the globe, this year’s competition is set to be the ‘Best Ever’. After three successful and well supported seasons in its current name, the Women’s national provincial championship has developed from an […]

Women's Final clashes of 2018 Farah Palmer Cup go the way of favourites

When the women’s final clashes of the 2018 Farah Palmer Cup were played this weekend, the results went the way of the favourites

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 […]

'Wahine Round' of Farah Palmer Cup and Mitre 10 Cup celebrate milestone for Women

125 years ago, New Zealand led the world in recognizing women, when the government of the day legalized the rights of women, to vote. A formalization of the growing suffragette movement, which this weekend will be celebrated in New Zealand Rugby. The very first ‘Wahine Round’ of Farah Palmer Cup and Mitre 10 Cup fixtures will highlight […]

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 […]



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Final round playoff hopes hang in balance for Tier One leagues

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Connor Dickins - Dec 27, 2021

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 […]

Toronto Arrows scores his first-ever try on May 19, 2022

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Stalling tactics in England v Argentina 7s match an 'aberration'

The visual evidence is damming yet, the recent stalling tactics in the recent England v Argentina 7s match at the Toulouse leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has tarnished each nation’s team’s strategic desires to ‘win at all costs’. Yet for all the social media beat-up, it clearly is an aberration in the […]

Indigo Group Premiership

Indigo Group Premiership transfer season is now underway as club’s start announcing retained staff before moving on to those who they are bringing in. Robert Rees brings you the destination of either incoming or outgoing Prem players. Kieran Meek The 28-year-old Pontypool centre is on the move to Newport after a strong recruitment drive from […]

Spanish Rugby RWC self-immolation
Edward Anderson - Dec 27, 2021

In what feels like a lifetime ago, LWOS began to feature Rugby Europe Qualification coverage. Team’s right across Europe had high hopes, and Spanish Rugby RWC hopes were high – that was until what can be described as self-immolation that has all but spoiled those ambitions. It cannot be overstated just how important qualifying for […]

NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - Dec 27, 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. […]