Iconic NRL rivalries – Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles

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In the last of our new series, Last Word on Rugby looks at iconic rivalries in the NRL. When did this iconic NRL rivalry start? Since these two great rivals first faced off in 1998, the record stands at 38 games, with 22 wins for Melbourne, 15 wins for Manly, and 1 draw. Melbourne’s biggest […] READ MORE



New Zealand and Queensland NRL clubs’ best ever players

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There have been some memorable players to take the field for teams based in Greater Sydney, regional New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory. Thinking of some New Zealand and Queensland NRL club’s best ever players.  Last Word on Rugby take a look at the best players to play for each of the three […] READ MORE


Best players from regional New South Wales, ACT and Victorian NRL clubs

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There have been some memorable players to take the field for teams based in Greater Sydne NRL clubs, and in regional New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, and New Zealand.  Here Last Word on Rugby are looking at the best players to play for each of the two regional New South Wales […] READ MORE


Best players from the Greater Sydney NRL clubs

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There have been some memorable players to take the field from the Greater Sydney NRL clubs. Recognized names, who have established legacies both at their clubs, and in the game in general. Here Last Word on Rugby is looking at some of the best players to play for each of the NRL’s eight Greater Sydney […] READ MORE


When English sides dominated the World Club Challenge

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It may seem unlikely given that the NRL sides have beaten their Super League counterparts in six of the last seven editions of the World Club Challenge, but between 2004 and 2008 the English sides were undefeated.  This run contained two victories apiece for the Bradford and the Leeds Rhinos while St Helens also got […] READ MORE


Leeds Rhinos’ World Club Challenge Victories

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Following on from Leeds Rhinos’ Golden Generation piece, Last Word on Rugby decide to look back at the World Club Challenge titles they won during that period and the few where they fell short. World Club Challenge Triumphs Canterbury Bulldogs – 2005 Following their 2004 Grand Final victory, the Rhinos earned a place in the […] READ MORE


Leeds Rhinos’ ‘Golden Generation’ 

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In one of the most dominant periods in the sport, Leeds Rhinos won seven Grand Finals, two League Leaders Shields, and the Challenge Cup between 2004 and 2014. Last Word on Rugby has decided to recount that unprecedented decade of success.  Background on Leeds Rhinos ‘golden generation’ The Rhinos came into the 2004 season having […] READ MORE


Nathan Brown signed as NZ Warriors 2021 head coach

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The news that Nathan Brown has signed as the New Zealand Warriors 2021 head coach is one positive, out of a season that has challenged the club and fan base. Even while the side achieved back-to-back wins after a 22-26 win over Manly on Friday, the changes in management added to the side having to […] READ MORE


The Southern Hemisphere: COVID’s impact on rugby league

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The world is going through a tough time right now, which includes the rugby league southern hemisphere community. However, it is not just a human toll, but an economic toll. This includes Australia and New Zealand, which have teams in the National Rugby League (NRL). COVID’s impact on the southern hemisphere for rugby league National […] READ MORE