Springboks Rugby Championship withdrawal was inevitable

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The rumours of the possible  Springboks Rugby Championship exit has had rugby supporters around the world watching with keen interest to see what would eventually transpire. Would they or wouldn’t they? Springboks Rugby Championship withdrawal Back in August, Ryan Jordan was sceptical that the Springboks Rugby Championship defence would happen. Some of the circumstances have […] READ MORE


Rugby Championship 2020 in New Zealand not a done deal

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The Rugby Championship 2020 is set to go ahead in New Zealand at the back end of the year, between 7 November and 12 December, in an attempt to catch up on a tournament that could not take place during its normal time-slot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand’s appeal New Zealand has successfully […] READ MORE


Play our game of interactive Rugby union Top Trumps

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Bored of no rugby to watch? Here at Last Word on Rugby we’ve got you covered with our very own game of rugby union Top Trumps’. Just print this article out and cut the cards out to play with friends or family, especially your children! Below are 32 cards of current and legendary international rugby […] READ MORE


Fiji Rugby Championship entry: Is the time right?

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Fiji’s performance in the Rugby World Cup and in the warm up games have led to calls for Fiji and Japan to be incorporated into a tier one competition.  In the case of Japan, it could be argued their performances in the pool stages have warranted a consideration of being included in the Rugby Championship. […] READ MORE


Rugby Championship 2019 Game Drawn: All Blacks vs Springboks

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A tense Rugby Championship 2019 game in Wellington New Zealand produced a draw between the All Blacks and Springboks. The quality was a little questionable, but the intensity was incredible. New Zealand 16 South Africa 16 Scores: New Zealand – Try: Jack Goodhue Conversion: Beauden Barrett Penalties: Barrett and Richie Mo’unga 2. South Africa – Try: Herschel Jantjies; Conversion: Handre Pollard; Penalties: Pollard 3 […] READ MORE


Springbok Rugby Championship win: Some thoughts

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The Springbok Rugby Championship win against the Wallabies in Johannesburg on Saturday was the bit of good news South African fans needed. Springbok Rugby Championship win There was a lot of emotion on display as this was the first Test played by the Springboks after the untimely death of Springbok James Small as well as […] READ MORE


First full week for All Blacks Rugby Championship squad

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After the group announcement was made on Tuesday last week, this will be the first full week of training for the All Blacks Rugby Championship squad. Days after the 2019 Super Rugby final has been decided, the countries rugby-mindset has now turned 100% onto the team’s goals ahead. Steve Hansen was the spokesperson last week, […] READ MORE


Rugby Championship 2019 Match Schedule released

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In news this week, the Rugby Championship 2019 Match Schedule has been released. SANZAAR confirmed that an abbreviated six-match series will see reduced fixtures; during this Rugby World Cup year. From the media release, it is reported that ‘The Rugby Championship is shortened to a three-round, six-match tournament from the traditional six-round, 12-match tournament with each […] READ MORE


Statements made on proposed World League of Rugby

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Unless you have been smothered in the middle of a ruck, the rugby world has been enthralled by the conversation over the proposed World League of Rugby. It has saturated sports news, and especially social media. The reaction from administrations, stakeholders – which includes national organizations and the players – are all adding their voice […] READ MORE


Springbok Substitution Conspiracy Theories: All Blacks Defeat Springboks in Final Minute

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Social Media has been alight with Springbok substitution conspiracy theories after their final minute loss to the All Blacks in Pretoria on Saturday. Springbok Substitution Conspiracy Theories South Africa 30 New Zealand 32 South Africa: Tries: Jessie Kriel, Damian de Allende,  Cheslyn Kolbe  Conversions: Handre Pollard (3)  Penalties: Pollard (3) New Zealand: Tries: Aaron Smith, Reiko Ioane, Scott […] READ MORE