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


The Leinster XV plying their trade outside the province 

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Leinster boast an embarrassment of riches in virtually all positions at present so it is no surprise that many promising players have left the province to find valuable game time elsewhere. Enda Fahy selects an alternative Leinster XV plying their trade outside Leinster, all of whom came through the Leinster sub-academy/academy (with the exception of […] READ MORE


All Blacks ready for Knockout stages of 2019 RWC tournament

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With the experiences of past efforts at Rugby World Cups, and a coaching staff who have tasted both defeat and success at them, it makes the All Blacks ready for the Knockout stages of the 2019 tournament. That is by the awareness and familiarity of players and coaches involved, evidence that shows that New Zealand […] READ MORE


Could All Blacks management be nervous #NZLvIRE

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The common assumption with rugby followers is that New Zealand rugby teams are never intimidated. Never concerned to the point of second-guessing their preparation. Yet, due to meet Ireland, and without good build-up in their World Cup preparations, could the All Blacks management be nervous? Possibly nervous is not the word. Apprehensive, and in two […] READ MORE


RWC Match cancellations and delays right call from World Rugby

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Amid the RWC match cancellations that have just been announced by World Rugby, the decision to call off England vs France and New Zealand vs Italy but, to only delay Japan against Scotland is the right call. A press conference was called today in Tokyo, with UK media already speculating on the decisions. Now official, […] READ MORE


Taking the Losing Bonus-point mentality, passive thinking by Ireland

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In choosing the ‘safest option’ by Irish Rugby first-five Joey Carbery (in his team’s loss to Japan) it only proved that taking the Losing Bonus-point mentality is passive thinking by Ireland; in rugby terms. A highlights package shows how Japan overcame the stout Ireland team in their pool game, through sheer tenacity. They are just […] READ MORE


A first for Irish Rugby – leader of the Pack

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As the top teams of World Rugby direct all their efforts on the ‘main prize in rugby union’ there is a new leader of the Pack. Irish Rugby stands at number one, and will look to make a challenge for the real World Championship crown. Real or not, the official World Rugby rankings see the […] READ MORE


2018 Incredible Accomplishments, Key Moments and New Years ‘Rugby resolutions’

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As an organization, Last Word on Rugby looks forward to the New Year, as much as anyone. We too, like to review many of the incredible accomplishments that have occurred over the past 12 months, the key moments over the calendar before making any ‘rugby resolutions’ ahead of the next year. Fondly as we might […] READ MORE


World Rugby Awards 2018 and, a huge decision from Joe Schmidt

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On Sunday night in Monaco, the annual World Rugby Awards were held. The glittering festival of International rugby is where the best and brightest men, women and national teams can be applauded – and Irish Rugby received the loudest applause in 2018. That was for the team, as much as for their individual players and […] READ MORE


Surviving another All Blacks loss

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Not a common experience for fans, although it has occurred twice in this one season, but surviving another All Blacks loss will test the faith of many fans belief. Some will ask How? Others will think Who is to blame? While a few might suggest Which player can help us win? All those questions and […] READ MORE