Rugby TMO lessons for Football’s VAR

|

The application of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in football has resulted in nothing but controversy since its introduction to the Premier League. So is there anything to learn from a more mature technology, such as the Rugby TMO? Embed from Getty Images VAR decision incidents and contention It is tempting, when introducing any new […] READ MORE


Referees notebook; Red cards and RWC Head Contact directives

|

By and large the referees – since the opening round of matches – have implemented the new head contact directives released by World Rugby, to the letter. Last Word on Rugby’s resident referee Scott MacLean looks at the decisions to date at the Rugby World Cup (RWC) and how/why they might have come to their […] READ MORE





Teams primed ahead of All Blacks v Springboks clash

|

With the teams ‘primed’ and ready to restart the longstanding rivalry, Saturday night sees another All Blacks v Springboks clash at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. Round Four of the 2018 Rugby Championship brings the two powers of Southern Hemisphere rugby together, for another Test match. The visitors might not have the awesome attacking ability, as they had […] READ MORE



Head Injury Protocol back in the Spotlight

|

The last few minutes of the Six Nations match at the Stade de France had tension, controversy, and heroism in equal measure as both France and Ireland sought to get their campaigns off to ideal starts. Jonny Sexton’s magnificent 83rd minute drop goal deservedly won the game for the visitors, but its the actions of […] READ MORE


Is Rugby Union Turning into Football?

|

As rugby union continues its development as a professional sport, Last Word on Rugby author Alistair Stokes asks the question: Is Rugby Union Turning into Football? Despite becoming professional back in the 1995/96 season (22 years ago), Rugby Union continues its transition into a professional sport. In this, we begin to see stark comparisons to […] READ MORE