England put on a much-improved performance against Japan after their limp display over the Pumas. An error-ridden Japan were poor, allowing England to rediscover their confidence ahead of this Saturday’s huge clash where they intend to beat the All Blacks. New Zealand, by contrast, was taken all the way by a brave Scottish team before […] READ MORE
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What will the All Blacks bring to Cardiff Autumn International fixture?
After a mixed Rugby Championship tournament; which saw New Zealand lift the title -despite a defeat to South Africa and a first home loss to Argentina – this weekend’s Cardiff Autumn International fixture continues to demand the very best of the All Blacks 2022 team. After the All Blacks kicked off their northern hemisphere tour […] READ MORE
Time-wasting Wallabies Bledisloe Cup hopes dashed (yet) again
With fingers pointing at Bernard Foley and match referee Mathieu Raynal, it was a harsh end to such a sensational game – unfortunately, a match where any Wallabies Bledisloe Cup ambitions were dashed by a freekick penalty that stalled a fast-finishing Australian team in Melbourne. The game had fans on the edges of their seats. […] READ MORE
How far are recent All Blacks coaching staff changes going to go?
After announcements on Sunday, July 24, the question has arisen of how far are recent All Blacks coaching staff changes going to go? That comes after a series loss to Ireland this year, on top of losses across 2021. In news that came days after a press conference securing the role of the head coach […] READ MORE
Touring Irish squad brings toughest mid-year series to All Blacks doorstep
You could say, not since 2017, has the challenge been bigger. And this touring Irish squad has an opportunity like few others, to win games and even the entire 2022 Summer tour. New Zealand will undoubtedly feel the same – by turning this Irish visit into motivation to avenge last year’s loss in Dublin. The […] READ MORE
Rugby’s most popular tighthead props: Where are they now?
Rugby’s most popular tighthead props is a contentious discussion. Personal opinions, the passing of time and the ever-evolving nature of the professional game mean that not everyone will agree on a final list. The importance of tighthead props Rugby is the beautiful game made for all shapes and sizes and all positions are important. This […] READ MORE
Sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri
With the sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri, the tragedy of their early deaths highlighted men’s health and also reflected on their huge impact on the modern game. The news hit within 24 odd hours, and it was reported that Diabetes complications led to the death of Tuigamala, but to […] READ MORE
Rugby 2021: A year in reflection
For many, the vintage of rugby 2021 will probably raise a lot of discussion and differing opinions. That shouldn’t be a bad thing, with less than two years away from the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Here, our Last Word on Sports rugby department selected a few articles that represented the year in rugby […] READ MORE
NZ Rugby 2021 had some Good and some Bad in unsettled year
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 […] READ MORE
Confirmed: NZR sign Joe Schmidt to join All Blacks as Independent Selector
Reports that circulated the web have been confirmed, as NZR sign Joe Schmidt to join the All Blacks as an Independent Selector from July 2022. It is a coup for the New Zealand union, who have felt extreme examination after a contentious Northern Tour that only produced more questions than answers. With the ability to […] READ MORE