The Next Generation – Wales Rugby Breakthrough Players to Watch

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Last Word on Rugby, by Brad Hayward. With a new season commencing, and Wales’ Coach Warren Gatland’s return from another successful British and Irish Lions Tour, it would be interesting to identify some of the young talent that may be Wales rugby breakthrough players to watch in 2017/18. This article intends to also apply context, […] READ MORE


European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals 2017

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Another weekend of knockout rugby is upon us, with the European Rugby Challenge Cup kicking off on Friday evening in Edinburgh. With the pool fixtures completed, focus now turns to the knockout stage. Four mouth-watering ties promise to be another memorable weekend of action READ MORE



The Significance of the Singha 7s

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With the Premiership Rugby season just around the corner, the annual Singha 7s tournament gives supporters a bite size taste of the thrill, passion and fierce competition they can expect when the main league gets underway. Some sceptics see it as an excuse for clubs to keep revenue ticking over during the off-season months; charging […] READ MORE


Welsh Rugby End of Season Review

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Last season was a season of rebuilding in Welsh Rugby under new CEO Martyn Phillips, and as domestic rugby draws to a halt for the summer, Last Word On Sports asks ‘was any progress made within Welsh rugby?’ It has certainly been a long and exciting season for Professional and Semi-Professional rugby sides in Wales, and […] READ MORE


Pro Rugby Wales Onward Success

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Welsh Regions and Pro Rugby Wales (PRW) has had its ups and downs in recent weeks and months, but Welsh rugby must look forward not backwards if it is going to succeed – how this is done is the scenario needing conquering. OVERVIEW It must be stressed these ideas will have to be implemented over […] READ MORE


Welsh Regions Financial Viability

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After 13 years of Welsh regions, I think it’s fair to say that they have been of mixed success. Are they financially viable in the modern pro era though? Welsh Regions Financial Viability CARDIFF BLUES In the year ending June 2015 the Cardiff Blues made a loss of almost £240,000. The Blues’ loss was better […] READ MORE


Welsh Rugby In Decline?

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As a new era of Welsh rugby begins with clubs, regions and hierarchy starting fresh, has Welsh rugby on all platforms actually developed further or stagnated? If we look at the progress since the 2011 Rugby World Cup it tells a long twisting story that reveals how we have changed as a nation of rugby. […] READ MORE


Pro12: Festive Feast

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Ah Christmas, the time of the Festive Feast. Amidst the turkey, the stuffing and the dreaded Brussel sprouts, the Guinness PRO12 played host to 12 Christmas crackers (I’m sorry, I had to get that pun in there somewhere) as derby fever gripped all four nations and left us amazed in wonder at some of the […] READ MORE


Welsh Regions Christmas Hopes

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As the festive season begins, the whirlwind of games in the Pro12 begins to  flow. The Welsh regions will be hoping to keep consistency going through the Christmas period as they attempt to climb the table and grab that top spot before the New Year.   REALISTIC HOPES Welsh rugby is in a strange place, […] READ MORE