All Blacks just too good for Lions: LWOR player ratings First Test

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As expected the All Blacks fortress that is Eden Park delivered once again, as Steve Hansen’s side ran out 30-15 winners over the Lions. it proved true, with the All Blacks just too good for the Lions, who entered this match with high expectations. Ironically the Lions conducted themselves very well, and will be pleased with […] READ MORE



Top 5 Lions candidates to fill vacant Stuart Hogg fullback position

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It’s the news that everyone was dreading – two-time Six Nations ‘player of the year’ Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of the remainder of the Lions tour after a freak accidental collision with Connor Murray. This had led to discussion about the leading candidates for the vacant Stuart Hogg fullback position. Though he was […] READ MORE


Guinness Pro12 Semi-Final Weekend: The Preview

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Ireland has provided six of the last nine winners for the Guiness Pro12 and 60% of the play-off teams for the last five years and no team has won an away semi-final in the Pro12 era. In short: the Welsh battalion has a lot on their hands. Scarlets and Ospreys travel across the Irish sea to take […] READ MORE


Challenge ahead for the British and Irish Lions backline

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Picture New Zealand as a metaphorical ‘rugby terrain’ and consider Warren Gatland and his British and Irish Lions as the group charged with ‘negotiating it’. To do that Gatland must first experiment with his squad, and especially the Lions backline depth, to find the winning combination before June 24. Returning from Whangarei, after the tour […] READ MORE





MCXM IV: Re-establishing the All Blacks and Fijian Olympic Dreams

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With the New Year fast approaching, Last Word On Rugby are reflecting back on a fine year. From the International matches to the Sevens at the Olympic Games, the ‘LWOR highlights for 2016’ are a wide and varied account. As part of our MCXM Top 10 memories of 2016, the fourth in our series has contributions from NZ rugby specialist Mike […] READ MORE


Wales Ease Past Disorganized Springboks

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Wales ease past disorganized Springboks to earn a 27-13 win over South Africa with a late try from flanker Justin Tipuric. It was far from an open game however, with few chances created. First Half  The first half was a close encounter, mainly dominated by forward play and slow ball,  ending 12-6 (the score of the […] READ MORE