Super Saturday–Final Week of Competition

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Over the course of this season, teams have been cautiously building. Some began ‘hot’ in week one while others have built into their work. That is how it has transpired over the final week of competition. In the ninth week, all 14 Mitre 10 Cup sides are focused on their objective-reaching the Semi Finals. Over in […] READ MORE


Mitre10 Cup Trial Laws Abandoned by World Rugby

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The news that World Rugby won’t be taking the trial laws being used in the Mitre 10 Cup any further; in their current form, won’t be a surprise to many. Regular Last Word On Rugby contributor Scott MacLean looks at the impact of these changes, the positives and negatives for Rugby as a spectator sport. The […] READ MORE


Super Saturday–Top Teams Need To Shine

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Super Saturday brings you a weekly update on the state of New Zealand (NZ) Rugby. This week we get a step closer to the playoffs. A rise in temperature you might conclude, as the heat is turned on all sides and Top Teams Need To Shine. This weekend, you have a full-card of matches: three Mitre […] READ MORE


Super Saturday–Midseason Talking Points

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Super Saturday brings you a weekly update on the state of New Zealand (NZ) Rugby. This week, we bring you our midseason talking points, including the winners & the losers. The biggest winners were Canterbury, taking the Shiled off Waikato (main picture). As the Mitre 10 Cup heads past it’s midseason point, the public are still […] READ MORE


Provincial Rugby–Heartland Championship Week Five

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New Zealand Rugby has a wealth of talent, with quality matches played from International level through to the grassroots, provincial rugby. In this area, the Heartland Championship captures the emotion and hard-graft that immortalizes the provincial level. The competition is now into it’s fifth week of an eight round championship. Teams have jostled for position, […] READ MORE


Super Saturday–Women’s Provincial Championship

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It doesn’t get any better than this. Another Saturday full of rugby union (insert happy face here). Normally, Last Word On Sports would be celebrating Mitre 10 Cup or The Rugby Championship. Yes, of course there are three quality Mitre 10 Cup matches being played, with a weeks break for International rugby but importantly, today’s focus is […] READ MORE


Super Saturday: Jam-packed Rugby Weekend

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Last Word On Rugby is coming to you live out of Christchurch, New Zealand where this morning’s column delivers you a jam-packed rugby weekend. There is the Heartland Championship, Mitre 10 Cup and; the reason LWOS is reporting to you from the South Island, The Rugby Championship match between the All Blacks and South Africa.  Jam-packed is not […] READ MORE


NZ Rugby Grandstand–Week Four Mitre 10 Cup

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Another week of top-class provincial rugby occurred in New Zealand, with Week Four Mitre 10 Cup in action. It also saw a test match played for The Rugby Championship–New Zealand v Argentina. This was gladly welcomed by Last Word On Sport, as our New Zealand Rugby accredited writer Mike Pulman was on-hand to report on […] READ MORE


Super Saturday–Rugby Calendar Overflowing

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In New Zealand this weekend, not only are the All Blacks playing again, but so is everyone else! Don’t take me literally, but there are literally so many games this weekend, that fans rugby calendar is overflowing. The All Blacks are just one of a number of matches this Super Saturday. At one of the […] READ MORE


NZ Rugby Grandstand–Week Three Mitre 10 Cup

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The matches are coming thick-and-fast in this years Mitre 10 Cup. With mid-week Wednesday night games beginning, it built on a great start to the season. With all this rugby, there is enough to fill this NZ Rugby Grandstand column and more. Week Three coincided with a break in The Rugby Championship, so a small handful […] READ MORE