Wellington rematch for New Zealand v South Africa

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With the assumption that Round One selection and planning policy by the two leading Southern Hemisphere rugby teams disproven, it all leads to a much more tantalizing fixture that will be the ‘Wellington rematch’ when fans prepare for New Zealand v South Africa on Saturday. A rematch due to the location and recent history. In 2018, […] READ MORE


The Rugby Championship 2018 schedule released

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The 12-match schedule for The Rugby Championship 2018, including match venues and kick-off times, has been officially released. It see’s the familiar foes within the SANZAAR partnership, all challenge for superiority of the Southern Hemisphere. Reigning champions New Zealand, Argentina (see main picture), South Africa and Australia will participate in a full schedule of home […] READ MORE


‘Maximum Exposure’ Vital For England U20s, says Ryan

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England U20s were emphatically defeated at the hands of New Zealand in the final of the World Championships on Sunday. The Baby Blacks put in a commanding performance in their 64-17 win before being crowned champions for an historic sixth time. But despite the defeat, it was still a successful campaign for  England. They remain the […] READ MORE


World Rugby U20 Championships: Knockout Stage Round-up

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After some thrilling pool stage matches in the World Rugby U20 Championships, all twelve sides were back in action in the knockout stages, to determine their final fixtures on Sunday June 18. Last Word on Rugby reporter Aaron Tillyer has been on hand to cover the World Rugby tournament. Here’s a quick round-up of all yesterdays action: Ireland 52 Samoa […] READ MORE




New Zealand Rugby Increase Financial Retainers

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Rugby players in New Zealand are due to get a big pay increase after a new Collective Employment Agreement was signed between the major associations today. New Zealand Rugby hopes to keep the top-performing Super Rugby talent by offering pay increases. Super Rugby teams can contract up to 32 players, and the maximum retainer is […] READ MORE



Dissecting Aaron Smiths’ All Black Return

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All Black halfback Aaron Smith will want to forget the events of the past two months, but it is going to take time and a little patience. The rugby-loving public of New Zealand and its media are ruthless when it comes to the performances of the 15 lucky men that put on the All Blacks […] READ MORE


HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series–Dubai 7’s Draw

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The opening round draws of the 2016-17 HSBC World Sevens Series has been announced by World Rugby. The season kicks-off in style as always at Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens (7’s). Dubai and World Series defending champs Fiji leads pool A. Fiji and New Zealand begin the season without their prolific coaches Ben Ryan and Sir […] READ MORE