The unnatural birth of Professional Rugby and its handicaps now

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Immediately upon becoming professional, Rugby Union went global. The first Professional Rugby competition was Super Rugby, now all but dead in the water. This is the story of how that came about and how the peace deal made then influences rugby’s development now. Rugby, of either code, is a story both of tribalism and exclusivity. […] READ MORE


Toronto Wolfpack future to be determined this month

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The Toronto Wolfpack and their fans will know the future of their team later this month. There are three-four dates in particular Wolfpack fans should be aware of. This includes September 25th, which will most likely determine whether the team continues to play in 2021 or not. Toronto Wolfpack future to be determined in September […] 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


Gareth O’Brien lands on his feet in Castleford

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New Castleford Tigers star Gareth O’Brien believes he has landed on his feet in Castleford, after joining the club on a short-term deal. O’Brien, who has penned a deal until the end of November is expected to feature prominently in Daryl Powell’s team between now and the end of the season as the club looks […] READ MORE


Toronto Wolfpack targeting North American ownership group

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The Toronto Wolfpack has some positive news regarding their own situation. Three ownership groups have shown interest in the Toronto Wolfpack. There are two ownership groups from North America and one from Great Britain. However, it seems that one North American ownership is coming out as the favourite. The Toronto Wolfpack Possible North American Ownership […] 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


Louis Jouffret: Ottawa Aces’ first-pick Player

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Louis Jouffret is the first and right now, the only player for the Ottawa Aces XIII. According to The Canadian Press, he started his career with Saint-Esteve XIII Catalan in France’s Elite 1 competition in 2015, on course to joining the Ottawa Aces. He is currently with the Featherstone Rovers, before he earns a cap […] READ MORE


Danny McGuire: profile of a Leeds Rhinos legend

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Danny McGuire is a name known throughout rugby league due to his personal success as Super League’s record try scorer and Leeds Rhinos’ exploits. Last Word on Rugby League writer Sam Harris profiles the great man.  Danny McGuire: promise as a youngster McGuire was a talented scrum-half and started his foray into rugby league at local […] READ MORE