Rugby World Cup news and team previews

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With the calendar page now showing September, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is now clearly in sight. Soon Rugby World Cup news will be front and center for this, and many other rugby websites globally. To consolidate our preparations, Last Word on Rugby brings you a full roundup of all the news, squad announcements, and […] READ MORE




Ireland RWC squad focused on Form Reversal in 2019

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With all International sides now announced, the Ireland RWC squad is wholly focused on a ‘form reversal’ in 2019, after the disappointment of the Six Nations. There is no hiding from it though. As Wales has run through all challengers in 2019, the Irish failing when on the top of the pre-Championship list, bewildered some. […] READ MORE


2019 Pacific Nations Cup squads and fixtures

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The 2019 Pacific Nations Cup teams have named their wider training squads, as a final chance to look at players performance before finalizing their squads for the coveted Rugby World Cup in September. Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga will be joined this year by Japan, Canada, and the USA to compete for the World Rugby 2019 […] READ MORE



Why Eddie Jones has ‘kept the faith’ with Manu Tuilagi

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At his best, Manu Tuilagi is a true game-breaker in the number 13 jersey. At just 27-years-old, the Leicester centre should be in his absolute prime. He is not, and that’s a problem for Eddie Jones, even though he’ll keep faith in Tuilagi nonetheless. The dejected look across Jones’ face as he revealed that the […] READ MORE




All Blacks in waiting or….just Wanting

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Let it be written; any game where a player is selected to represent the All Blacks is an honour. That is sacrosanct¬†and has been ever since the 1905 Originals toured Europe and North America. So with the Japan v New Zealand match tonight, the modern rugby question is, are they ‘All Blacks in waiting or….just […] READ MORE