The Rise of the Second row/Flanker

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An intriguing trend is emerging across the rugby world. More and more, locks are being utilized as flankers. It seems to be the ‘rise of the second row/flanker’. From English Premiership rugby, to the Mitre 10 Cup, the use of tall locks as ranging flankers has become fashionable. So, to bring a balance, Last Word […] READ MORE


Champions Cup Pool Two Wide Open After Round One

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Week one of this season’s Champions Cup has lived up to all expectation in terms of drama and excitement. If not in terms of flair and high scoring matches due to adverse weather conditions across the continent. Continuing our analysis of Champions Cup Pool Two, we react to all the big talking points from the […] READ MORE


Munster Rugby ease past Ospreys with seven tries in Cork

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Seven tries, a first-half bonus point, an impressive pack performance, and some welcome returnees. All in all, a very decent outing for Munster Rugby, in Round 3 of the 2018/19 Guinness Pro14. The home side was magnificent, as they clinically ‘took apart’ Ospreys. Claiming maximum points, the Johann van Graan coached team will certainly grow in […] READ MORE



Joe Schmidt’s Ireland claim historic series win in Sydney

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A rocky start to the final and deciding test for Joe Schmidt and Ireland team, as the Sydney traffic delayed the Irish arrival by over 30 minutes! Not the ideal start, the unease visible on Schmidt’s face obvious as he dismounted the bus. The 2016 Six Nations posed the same issue for Schmidt in Scotland, […] READ MORE


50 caps for Peter O’Mahony as Ireland look for series win

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Peter O’Mahony wins 50th cap as Joe Schmidt makes 5 changes to his starting side that beat the Wallabies last weekend. History seeking Ireland go in search of a first series win on Australian soil since 1979. Forced changes After a bruising opening two Tests and a long season for the Irish, injuries have forced […] READ MORE


‘In the Bin’ Rugby Pod – Season 1, Episode 16

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Just before we get ready to [avoid] the hoards of festive shoppers, sit back and enjoy the latest from ‘In the Bin’ rugby pod. Better than the proverbial chestnuts roasting on an open fire. As the Champions Cup reaches the halfway point, the Pool tables are starting to take shape. Some teams already look set […] READ MORE


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


British and Irish Lions squad reaction; Warren Gatland’s key calls

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With the first test squad announcement, the main focus was heavily aimed at head coach Warren Gatland’s key calls. Figurehead players such as George North, Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton were ‘headlined’ to be chosen by the Kiwi-born coach, despite their performances varying in quality to their positional counterparts. Last Word on Rugby analyze the […] READ MORE