Northampton Saints 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership focus

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Last Word on Rugby is refocusing attention on the Gallagher Premiership ahead of the 2021/22 season. This article centers on Northampton Saints, who finished fifth last season but will be looking for a closer top-four challenge this time. Saints biggest departure in offseason Props Francois van Wyk and Owen Franks have departed, which could impact […] READ MORE


Elizabeth chats to Northampton centre Rory Hutchinson

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Elizabeth Cartwight chats to Northampton centre Rory Hutchinson. He spoke about his omission from the Scotland squad, who influenced him to first pick up a rugby ball and a new hobby he picked up during lockdown. Rory Hutchinson plays for the Northampton Saints in the Gallagher Premiership, who he has represented since 2014. That was […] READ MORE


Premiership Grounds focus: Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

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In the heart of the country and strong Rugby territory sits Franklin’s Gardens. A very traditional stadium hosting a traditional rugby club: the Northampton Saints. Last Word on Rugby’s Premiership Grounds focus continues, following on our popular profiles of Sixways, Kingsholm and The Rec grounds. Embed from Getty Images The history of Franklin’s Gardens The home […] READ MORE




Vince Aso stays Loyal to Hurricanes

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Vince Aso has made it clear. When faced with the option that so many before have been offered, Aso stays loyal to his Hurricanes team in Super Rugby; rather than seek riches offshore. Known for his pace and strength, Aso has enjoyed success in the 2016 championship winning franchise. With both highs and lows, he […] READ MORE


Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby sides sit ‘in wait’ as African Conference begins 2018

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Week One of the 2018 Super Rugby season will feel a little strange.  This year, Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby sides must sit ‘in wait’ for their African Conference colleagues to complete the opening weekend alone. Usually, all teams have a big turnout. In years past, that has meant Thursday matches, double and sometimes triple-headers. […] READ MORE



Lions survive the Hurricane in high scoring midweek game

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In the final midweek game of the 2017 tour, it was your typical ‘game of two halves’. A fired-up British and Irish Lions team taking the early lead, only for the barnstorming home side to come within a whisker of stealing a win. A thrilling 31-31 draw was a close-run-thing, as the Lions survive the […] READ MORE