Gallagher Premiership semifinals #1: Bristol Bears vs Harlequins

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Opening the penultimate weekend on the domestic calendar, this year’s Gallagher Premiership semifinals start with the enthralling Bristol Bears vs Harlequins, before Exeter vs Sales completes the preliminary finals playoffs. At the outset of this long and arduous 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership campaign, many of those predicting who would be holding the trophy at this point […] 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


Premiership marquee players: Why they must go

Following Lord Myners’ report into the Premiership salary cap, one of his recommendations was to look into getting rid of marquee players. Each Premiership team currently have two marquee player slots whose salary’s are exempt from the overall cap. Over the years the purpose of these players has somewhat shifted. They began as a way […] READ MORE


Premiership New Zealand XV: the backs

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Following the selection of a Pacific Island XV of the best-imported players into the Premiership, James Barker now selects a Premiership New Zealand XV; the best Kiwis to have played in England. Premiership New Zealand XV 15. Charles Piutau – Wasps, Bristol Bears A fairly simple decision to begin with. The most highly paid player […] READ MORE


Brutal Bristol Bears earn bonus point win over Stade Francais

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Resilient Bristol Bears secured a late 30-11 bonus point win over Stade Français to retain their 100% record in the Challenge Cup pool stages.  Late tries from Harry Thacker, Charles Piutau and Toby Fricker added to the early Luke Morahan try to claim their third bonus point win in Pool 4.  The away side frustrated the hosts as they […] READ MORE


Pacific Nations: How can they compete against the Tier One nations?

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The Pacific Nations arguably produces some of the best players in world rugby but, their sides struggle to perform. A major talking point pre-World Cup was the number of players from the Pacific playing for the Tier One nations. However, Fiji showed glimpses of their world-class quality in the first half against Australia; as well […] READ MORE


Bristol draw with Sale in Champions Cup qualification race

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Bristol Bears laid down their marker in game one of this season’s Gallagher Premiership, with a home derby win over Bath back in August, 2018. Now, in their final home game, Pat Lam’s ultimate target of Champions Cup rugby could be taken seriously. Although, the Friday night match at Ashton Gate saw Bristol draw with Sale 20-20, to leave […] READ MORE