Rugby League: time to look at Union for expansion tips

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With the Toronto adventure seemingly on life support, rugby league is looking another failed attempt at expansion. The 13 man code could learn a lot from rugby union. Unlike their league cohorts, rugby union has had little trouble expanding with Major League Rugby growing rapidly in the United States. The Top League in Japan doing […] READ MORE



Southern Kings go into liquidation

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The struggling Southern Kings rugby franchise was on Saturday placed into liquidation by SA Super Rugby (Pty) Ltd to preserve the future of rugby in the area. Southern Kings insolvent Before SA Rugby took over the franchise the original franchise owner, the Greatest Rugby Company in the Whole Wide World (GRC), were unable to service […] READ MORE


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


Will Jordan: Old head on young shoulders

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Will Jordan is one of seven new names announced in the 35-man All Blacks squad. A fresh face yet he has entertained fans for three years in provincial rugby, with ‘the writing on the wall’ for a call to higher honours. Named alongside Caleb Clarke, two men who stamped their report cards for an outstanding […] READ MORE



Highest paid rugby union players 2020

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Rugby union players can be well paid, and despite the pandemic, there are still plenty of lucrative contracts out there. Looking at various media sources, Last Word has identified the highest-paid rugby union players in the world.  14th. Faf de Klerk – £500,000 The Sale Sharks and World Cup-winning scrum-half is pocketing half a million […] READ MORE


Super Rugby divorce: Is it a done deal

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The Super Rugby divorce between the Australasian teams, South Africa and Argentina sounds like a done deal. There are lingering questions if this is indeed the case. Super Rugby divorce NZ Rugby CEO Mark Robinson announced that New Zealand had committed itself to a new direction at Super Rugby level. In summary, they are considering […] READ MORE