All the free to air rugby on TV this weekend

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As the domestic rugby season clashes with the international calendar there is a feast of rugby on free to air (FTA) TV. Last Word has got you covered, so you don’t miss a thing, with the full schedule below.  Rugby season in full flow The end of a delayed season meeting the beginning of a […] READ MORE


Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup teams confirmed

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With the final round of Gallagher Premiership fixtures complete, the confirmed line-ups of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are finalised. Robert Rees brings you all you need to know about the one-off campaign ahead. Heineken Champions Cup sides confirmed There are going 24 teams that make up the top tier tournament for the […] READ MORE


Rugby League: time to look at Union for expansion tips

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With the Toronto adventure seemingly on life support, rugby league is looking another failed attempt at expansion. The 13 man code could learn a lot from rugby union. Unlike their league cohorts, rugby union has had little trouble expanding with Major League Rugby growing rapidly in the United States. The Top League in Japan doing […] READ MORE


Duhan van der Merwe excited about Scotland – and Lions – prospects

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Edinburgh Rugby wing Duhan van der Merwe admits that his impending Scotland debut was far from his mind when he signed for the club three years ago. The South African-born wing arrived in the summer of 2017 and qualified to play for his adopted homeland during the COVID-19 shutdown. When opportunity knocks “I’m definitely keen […] READ MORE


Leinster vs Munster: how slow can you go?

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The Leinster vs Munster Pro 14 semi-final should have been a feast of rugby. It is the Irish derby and should have been a spectacle of a contest. Instead, it was a contest of who could play the slowest. Yes, the weather was atrocious. But from both sides it was an appalling battle of attrition, […] READ MORE


McInally sets sights on PRO14 Final after ‘turbulent’ 12 months

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Edinburgh captain Stuart McInally has set his sights on leading the club to their first-ever Guinness PRO14 Grand Final to end a whirlwind year. Twelve months ago, the hooker had been named to captain Scotland at the Rugby World Cup, but that campaign ended in the pool stages, and with McInally admitting afterwards he struggled […] READ MORE


Cockerill shakes off Edinburgh favourites tag ahead of PRO14 semi-final

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Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill believes his side are ready for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final, but dismissed they will be favourites to beat Ulster. The club will take its first steps into the PRO14 last four when they welcome Ulster to BT Murrayfield on Saturday evening, and Cockerill is looking forward to the occasion. “I’m […] READ MORE


Further expansion of Guinness PRO Rugby: how would that work?

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Firstly, it is rumour, not confirmed reports that Guinness PRO Rugby will likely engage with the four South Africa teams recently ‘separated’ from Super Rugby. Not that that will stop the prospective stories and scenarios being posted on social media and by rugby observers. Last Word on Rugby believes that the truth lies between, with the […] READ MORE


Southern Kings unable to continue in PRO14/domestic competitions

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In a short statement on news, that the Southern Kings were unable to continue in the 2019/20 competition, PRO14 Rugby stated it ‘is aware of the Southern Kings voluntary decision to withdraw from any domestic competitions in South Africa for the rest of the 2020 calendar year. That admission from the competition organizers follows the […] READ MORE


How will Glenn Delaney manage Halfpenny and Williams

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New head coach Glenn Delaney will have plenty of questions to answer as he prepares for his next adventure as the new head coach of the Scarlets. Few questions will be as important as how to accommodate both Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny. Halfpenny has reportedly signed an extension to remain in Llanelli per WalesOnline, […] READ MORE