England's Red Roses growth as Claudia MacDonald Maud Muir celebrates win over New Zealand on October 31, 2021
Edward Munro-Martin - May 4, 2022

England’s women wrapped up their fourth consecutive Six Nations title and are looking like strong favourites for the upcoming Rugby World Cup later this year. While a winning run of 23 matches may sound bad for the health of the sport due to a lack of competition, it does serve to force other unions into […]

Beauden Barrett 100 test caps and Black Ferns celebrate 100th Test

Accomplishing three digits in sport is something to be celebrated. That means for Beauden Barrett 100 test caps makes him the 11th All Black to achieve that statistic, as the New Zealand Black Ferns women’s XV celebrate their 100th Test against the England Red Roses on Sunday. Two distinct moments for an individual and for […]

Women's Autumn Test window ready to open

As well as confirming the men’s calendar, the Women’s Autumn Test window is ‘ready to open’ in 2021. Many of the world’s leading nations are descending on Europe for a series of tests that are significant for their immediate outcomes, as well as the long-term goals for each country. Bringing teams north are New Zealand […]

England and France to host World Champion Black Ferns in 2021 Series

At a time when women’s rugby needs to be counted, England and France will host the World Champion Black Ferns in the 2021 International Autumn Series. Announced by both the New Zealand Rugby and England Rugby Union(s) with an eye toward the 2022 schedule for the postponed Rugby World Cup tournament. That, as well as […]

Women's rugby rankings reward England

Coming one week after victory over France, quite rightly, the International Women’s rugby rankings have rewarded England. The 10-6 win over France gave the Roses a third successive Women’s Six Nations title. World Rugby released data on the rugby rankings permutations, after last weekend’s result. It has reinforced the existing number one ranked side, while […]

Red Roses England women's rugby team secure win against Scotland
Elizabeth Cartwright - Apr 3, 2021

The Red Roses England women’s rugby team secured their first win in the 2021 Women’s Six Nations Championship on Saturday afternoon. Simon Middleton’s side beat Scotland 52-10, scoring eight tries to one. The current Six Nations title holders – who go into the tournament as clear favourites – got their campaign off to the perfect […]

WXV aims to benefit Women's game

After years of devotion to projecting the women’s game as being an area of growth, World Rugby has bravely chosen to announce the new WXV global strategy that will begin in 2023. In the unease of choosing to formally postpone the 2021 Rugby World Cup tournament until 2022, a fresh World Rugby women’s rugby fund […]

Bad news for Women's rugby fans if Rugby World Cup postponed

There’s nothing else that you can say about it. It will be bad news for Women’s rugby fans if the Rugby World Cup 2021 is postponed. That is across the board, women or men because any Rugby World Cup postponed is disappointing. That is from the athlete’s point of view. From stakeholders to the organizer’s […]

Madrid 7s 2021 finale, Spanish women crowned
Edward Anderson - Mar 3, 2021

The last weekend of February saw the Madrid 7s 2021 finale and despite setbacks, it was a worthy sendoff. As well, as predicted in February by this writer, the Spanish women were crowned as the 2020 Rugby Europe Women’s Champions – yet again. And with this continued success, how is it that one of the […]

Spain Rugby Europe Women's Champions 2020
Paul Peerdeman - Mar 1, 2021

On February 28, the crown was firmly positioned with Spain Rugby Europe Women’s Champions for 2020. With their win over the Netherlands, they also secure a spot in the European qualifying tournament for the RWC 2021. 🏆 | Introducing the 2020 Women's Rugby Europe Champions and now taking their place in the @rugbyworldcup European Qualifier….@ferugby! […]

Spain savages Russia in 2020 Rugby Europe Women's Championship
Paul Peerdeman - Feb 21, 2021

It is rare to see one side so utterly dominant in a rugby match. But that is what happened today when Spain hosted Russia. Spain savaged Russia in that penultimate match of the 2020 Rugby Europe Women’s Championship. The scoring opened with a short-range drop goal by Spain, after which Russia ran in their single […]

Who could guide the Red Roses to World Cup glory?
Elizabeth Cartwright - Feb 15, 2021

There is one question on the minds of England women’s rugby fans minds this season. Who could guide the Red Roses to World Cup glory? It’s an incredibly exciting year for women’s rugby. The Six Nations, the Rugby World Cup, and the Olympics all take place within the next 12 months. That is a lot […]

Women's British and Irish Lions? Potential there to form team
Elizabeth Cartwright - Jan 22, 2021

The British and Irish Lions first began touring in 1888 where 10,000 spectators watched the first clash in Otago. Fast forward 132 years and the next tour is due to take place this summer. It’s a hot topic in world rugby currently but, what if there was potential to form a women’s British and Irish […]

More Covid-19 postponements: Women's Six Nations, Under 20s delayed

Yet more Covid-19 postponements in rugby mean the 2021 Women’s Six Nations and Under 20s programs have been delayed. Organizers still intend for the much-anticipated men’s Six Nations to be played as scheduled. Though, that would only be as so far as the conditions permitted play. Postponing the women’s Six Nations and Under 20s tournaments […]

Chelsea Alley now Black Ferns 'seasoned campaigner' - ASB Rugby Awards

With Chelsea Alley now a ‘seasoned campaigner’ for the Black Ferns XVs side, it is a story of recognized talent developing into a supreme talent. Celebrated this week at the New Zealand Rugby, ASB Rugby Awards, Alley was one of many women and men to be highlighted. Given praise in a year like no other yet, […]

Virtual 2020 Rugby Awards highlight greatest players of the Decade

Hindered by the pandemic, a virtual 2020 Rugby Awards ceremony, in particular, highlighted the greatest players of the Decade this week. Not as refined or as formal as in previous years, the presentation was played out live online. World Rugby used both live and pre-recorded segments to finalize the vote for individuals and teams of […]

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European rugby quarter-finals: Talking points
Edward Munro-Martin - May 4, 2022

The European rugby quarter-finals have finished for another year. Both the Heineken Challenge Cup and Champions Cup quarter-finals were settled last weekend, and they did not disappoint. There was plenty of drama across the two competitions. Knowing this, Last Word on Rugby has analyzed the main talking points. That penalty shoot-out! Breathtaking conclusion The biggest […]

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What can solve rugby's mental health crisis? Interview with mind coach Don Macpherson
Connor Dickins - May 4, 2022

“Controlling your monkey mind” may seem like a bizarre goal. No doubt, it would seem strange to burly rugby players, sitting on a couch next to a cuddly stuffed monkey named Mike. And yet – when considering rugby’s mental health crisis – this is exactly what has helped dozens of international rugby players and Formula […]

Tom Youngs, a former Leicester Tigers' captain, after announcing his retirement in Welford Road Stadium
Charlie Inglefield - May 4, 2022

It was a sad but wonderful day at Welford Road last weekend. The Welford Road faithful showed their appreciation with a full house for the retiring Tom Youngs. There is no question that Tom Youngs goes down as one of the great Leicester Tigers, no mean feat when you think of the legends that go […]

Leicester Tigers' toughest challenge
Elliott Butlin - May 4, 2022

Last Saturday’s emotional victory over Bristol Bears secured Leicester Tigers a home semi-final in the end-of-season play-offs. This weekend however is Leicester Tigers’ toughest challenge yet as European heavyweights Leinster roll into town, for what should be a mouth-watering clash in the Champions Cup Quarter-Final. As to be expected, the fixture has caught the excitement […]