Delighted Blues Super Rugby fans back in winning mood

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Nearly 35,000 turned out on Sunday afternoon, as delighted Blues Super Rugby fans were back in the winning mood they have grown [a little] used to. The 21-17 victory was tough on the field; the Chiefs may have suffered a series of losses but, they pushed the home side right to the final whistle. And […] READ MORE


Highest paid rugby union players 2020

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Rugby union players can be well paid, and despite the pandemic, there are still plenty of lucrative contracts out there. Looking at various media sources, Last Word has identified the highest-paid rugby union players in the world.  14th. Faf de Klerk – £500,000 The Sale Sharks and World Cup-winning scrum-half is pocketing half a million […] READ MORE


Beauden Barrett to take year off Super Rugby with eyewatering £780k contract

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Auckland Blues star back Beauden Barrett has announced he’ll take a year off from Super Rugby to play in Japan, with the contract thought to be worth nearly £800,000.  Beauden Barrett bids goodbye! Beauden Barrett, who signed a four year deal with the NZRU last year will miss the 2021 Super Rugby season to play […] READ MORE


Long wait til Easter treats, for Beauden Barrett Blues first cap

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Blues fans were overjoyed by the news last year of a star signing for 2020. However, a Beauden Barrett Blues first cap may not come until April – a long wait for what might be some Easter treats will test some supporters resolve. And by then…..it could be too late. Not to be overly skeptical, […] READ MORE


England v New Zealand: SIX Reasons why England can win

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England v New Zealand is the first of two mouthwatering semi-finals as the 2019 World Cup reaches its climax. Many are saying that this is the final a week early. It is hard to disagree with this sentiment given how good England and New Zealand were in the quarter-finals. For all of the positivity around […] READ MORE


Phenomenal New Zealand All Blacks ‘show their cards’ at 2019 RWC

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To the delight of their wide fan base, a phenomenal New Zealand All Blacks team has literally ‘shown all their cards’ at 2019 Rugby World Cup. They have blitzed Ireland, to make a strong statement and proceed to the semifinals. And it was phenomenal, as they built on an impressive opening half of rugby, that […] READ MORE


All Blacks team named, as RWC rest days apply new pressures

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The All Blacks team to play Canada has been named, with 16 players ready to make their World Cup debut, in only the defending champions second match. 10 days after #NZLvRSA, it appears that RWC rest days has applied unfamiliar pressure on the All Blacks with assistant coach Ian Foster addressing the pressures of the […] READ MORE


Best looking teams so far at Rugby World Cup in Japan

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The Rugby World Cup in Japan is underway, and a few elite teams have looked seriously impressive in the early stages of the tournament. After enjoying the first round of fixtures, Last Word on Rugby has looked closely at the results, and found a shortlist of top performers. An agreement has been reached, and these […] READ MORE


Barrett/Mo’unga combination flourishes in Bledisloe Cup win

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Some considered Beauden Barrett at fullback a waste. Yet as the Barrett/Mo’unga combination flourishes after the Bledisloe Cup win on Saturday night it may be now seen as a masterstroke, particularly after the 36-0 victory over Australia. The two-time World Rugby Player of the Year had been assigned the fullback jersey (for the opening tests […] READ MORE


Rugby Championship 2019: All Blacks vs Springboks analysis

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The first game of the second week saw the two premier teams in Rugby Championship 2019, New Zealand and South Africa, clash in what has historically been tight, combative game. In last years tournament, only 2 points separated the two teams both times they faced each other. Rugby Championship 2019 It was an equally cagey […] READ MORE