Heightened reality of ‘advancing rugby player’ penalties a technical foul

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There appeared to be a heightened reality of illegally advancing rugby player penalties this weekend in Super Rugby Aotearoa. Somewhat of a ‘technical foul’ for being offside, it showed up multiple times across both games in Round 7. Used primarily to judge players moving before permitted to following the ball upfield; apart from the player […] READ MORE


New Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea

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While humble in his self-assessment, new Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea will steel himself by having solid leadership around him, as he steps up into his new role in 2021. Savea says he is honoured to have the opportunity to lead. “This is getting out of my comfort zone, but I feel like this is a time […] READ MORE







Hurricanes All Set For 2017

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2016 was banner year for the Hurricanes Super Rugby franchise, putting the ‘crushing disappointment’ of losing the 2015 final on their home turf to the Highlanders behind them. They did that to finally take their maiden title, beating the Emirates Lions 20-3 in the decider at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. This year, target will firmly be […] READ MORE



MCXM III: Top 14 Final and Dane Coles Virtuoso Performance

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With the New Year fast approaching, Last Word On Rugby are reflecting back on a fine year. From the 2016 Top 14 Final, to International matches and Super Rugby, the LWOR highlights series are wide and varied. As part of the MCXM Top 10 memories of 2016, the third in our series see’s contributions from European rugby expert Josh Bradham, […] READ MORE