Rugby is boring: How it can be fixed

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Not all rugby is boring. It’s northern hemisphere rugby, as exemplified by the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup, that has the issue. So what? Kiwis and Ozzies have been pointing that out for decades. But it’s objectively bad when English rugby royalty are complaining about the state of rugby after their team has just won both […] READ MORE


University Rugby: a pathway to professionalism

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In 2016 the ten best teams from the North and South Premier university divisions merged to create the top British university rugby division: BUCS Super Rugby.  It is now one of the most competitive leagues in the British Isles, and a fantastic breeding ground for highly talented rugby players. It’s an outstanding product, that is […] READ MORE


Ring-fencing Premiership Rugby

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The sale of a minority interest to former Formula 1 owners CVC Capital Partners (CVC) for a reported £200m, and the first multiple club relegation battle in recent years, means the divisive issue of ring-fencing English rugby’s Gallagher Premiership is back in vogue. New contributor to Last Word on Rugby Steve Dunham, adds his voice […] READ MORE





Will Bonus Points work in this year’s Women’s Six Nations?

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‘Losing’ bonus points in the 2017 Women’s Six Nations will certainly provide a new dynamic for crunch fixtures. But more significantly, they could end up favouring the more successful nations as opposed to ironing out the differences between the big three and bottom three – which could simply threaten to become even greater. READ MORE


Foreign Legion Players in Premiership Rugby

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As the Aviva Premiership is kicking into full gear, from a distance you notice the International player roster. It appears that every side has key players helping them achieve their goals of 2016/2017. Recognizing the importance of those players in Premiership Rugby, Last Word On Sports examines the best of the ‘Foreign Legion’. With input from […] READ MORE