2020 Guinness Six Nations – Team of the Tournament revealed

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The 2020 Guinness Six Nations drew to a close on Saturday evening, as Ireland’s defeat in Paris meant England were crowned champions. Robert Rees selects his 2020 Team of the Tournament. 1. Rory Sutherland The Scottish loosehead has been in such quality form of late that he’s been tipped as a Lions starter. His set-piece […] READ MORE


The Simmonds Boys push for England recognition

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The Gallagher Premiership’s brutal schedule has inadvertently pushed a number of players into Eddie Jones’ eye line for England Rugby recognition. The England coach will be delighted that familiar and less familiar names have put themselves into consideration for the Autumn internationals. The intensity of two games a week has pushed certain players into form. […] READ MORE


Is Alfie Barbeary the real deal?

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The 19 year old hooker/flanker hit the headlines last night, and for all the right reasons. However, lets look into the making of the man and whether Alfie Barbeary has what it takes to fulfil the potential often spoke about. What was witnessed on Wednesday night was definitely an impressive performance from a dominant and […] READ MORE


Will Saracens’ relegation impact England?

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As Saracens prepare for life in the Championship, Eddie Jones must potentially begin to prepare for a year without a full strength team. Despite Saracens’ relegation a large chunk of the core ‘Wolfpack’ has opted to remain in North London. Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly and both Vunipola boys have put pen […] READ MORE


The four teams still in Six Nations contention

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With the Six Nations set to finish up over the course of two weekends in October, Last Word look at what needs to be done by the four teams who can still claim victory. Who isn’t in contention? It’s pretty simple for Wales and Italy, the latter of which have two games in hand, as […] READ MORE


Top 20 rugby union countries with most registered players

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The world of rugby union is full of countries who sit at the forefront of discussions and success, but many whom have a huge rugby culture sit deeper in the shadows and may shock some fans when they see them in our list of top 20 countries with the most registered players.  World rankings will […] READ MORE



Northern Hemisphere Rugby Cities: Union and League representation

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The Northern Hemisphere has a few cities that have both rugby union and league. These cities have one rugby code in the first-tier and a second-tier in another code. Furthermore, all three of these cities could very easily have a tier-one team in both codes of rugby. Two of them had first-tier teams in both […] READ MORE


Northern Hemisphere Rugby Cities: top-flight Union and League

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There are a total of only two Northern Hemisphere rugby cities with a first-tier rugby league and union team in the northern hemisphere. One city, Salford, in the Greater Manchester area of the UK, has rugby league and union teams that date back to the 19th century. This is while Toronto, Canada, a city where […] READ MORE


Reasons why England can’t scoop up Louis Rees-Zammit

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Louis Rees-Zammit was chosen in Wayne Pivac’s initial squad, but hasn’t been named in any of the five games in this year’s tournament. Despite the lack of a cap the winger isn’t eligible for England yet and here’s why.  Residency eligibility issues The laws for World Rugby’s eligibility now lie at five years, not three, […] READ MORE