Gloucester Rugby Mental Strength Still in Doubt After Bath Draw

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Another week, another moment of magic from Danny Cipriani’s “golden wrists” for Gloucester.  His defence-splitting pass salvaged a draw for Gloucester from the West Country Derby against Bath. How it got to that position from a 21-0 lead shows there are still doubts about the Gloucester Rugby mental strength that has been frail over the […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership Round Two: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

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The Gallagher Premiership Round Two match ups continued at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday when Wasps met the Exeter Chiefs. Both sides had featured in last season’s top four, Chiefs being pipped to their second consecutive championship title by Saracens. Wasps too had performed well; not quite their brilliance of 2016 but still potent in […] READ MORE


Premiership Rugby Takeover Bid: The Lowdown

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Yesterday, The Times(£) revealed that private equity firm CVC is looking to buy a 51% stake in Premiership Rugby, which they value at £550m. The 13 shareholders (the 12 current clubs and London Irish) will consider the Premiership Rugby takeover bid this week and vote on Tuesday. But who are CVC, what might they change, and […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership Round 1: Bristol v Bath

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With a new name and plenty of new faces, the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership Round 1 fixtures were sure to be explosive. Last year’s champions Saracens have brought in several exciting talents and look to carry on their momentum while the Exeter Chiefs continue their dominant form having topped the pile last season. High contenders of […] READ MORE


What was learned from Round One of the Gallagher Premiership

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The 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership rugby season is one of the most anticipated in years, with big changes at many clubs for success. As a result, many unknowns; especially in the middle of the table, could occur. At this point in time, it is hard to separate seven or eight teams and it is difficult to know […] READ MORE


Harlequins vs Sale Sharks player ratings

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Harlequins began to put a poor season behind them with a bonus point victory at home to Sale in a 51-23 victory. Paul Gustard’s first match in charge could hardly have gone better with Quins looking sharp in attack and improved in defence. There were some notable performances from the home side and some forgettable […] READ MORE


Matt O’Connor Sacked By Tigers After One Match

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Leicester Tigers have dramatically dispensed with Head Coach Matt O’Connor after just one match of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership season. It follows a crushing 40-6 defeat at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, where the Tigers conceded six tries. Matt O’Connor Sacked in ‘best interests of Leicester’ Released on early Monday evening, the Leicester press release does […] READ MORE


Lima Sopoaga brings All Blacks ‘sparkle’ but will he fit in at Wasps Rugby?

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As one of the highest-profile arrivals to this season’s Gallagher Premiership, Lima Sopoaga will join up with a Wasps Rugby side looking to go one better than their semi-final loss to Saracens last year. Sopoaga will hope to fill the shirt left vacant by mercurial; if somewhat divisive, fly-half Danny Cipriani. That player has moved […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership Countdown to 2018/19 Continues

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We are on the eve of the season kickoff, so Last Word on Rugby is looking back to last season’s highlights. Here is our Gallagher Premiership Countdown to whet your appetites ahead of Bristol vs Bath on Friday night. Remembering 2017/18 The 2017/18 season did not disappoint, from Gloucester’s dramatic victory over Exeter in game one, all the […] READ MORE


Gloucester Rugby Top Four Finish on the Cards

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Gloucester has always had talent. They have always had the potential to beat anyone on their day. They have always been competitive but lacked consistency. Consequently the Cherry and Whites have not made the Premiership play-offs since the 2010/11 season. So what makes this year different to predict a Gloucester Rugby top four finish? The […] READ MORE