Long Gap Between Matches: So Who is the Top Ranked Rugby Team?

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From Last Word on Rugby, Scott Hornell This weekend, Ireland host England in the final match of the RBS Six Nations Championship. A championship that the English team have won, with a round to spare. Sound familiar? The All Blacks achieved the same feat in The Rugby Championship. For fans of the game the problem is; […] READ MORE



LWOR Highlights for 2016–MCXM I

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With the New Year fast approaching, Last Word On Rugby are reflecting back on a fine year. From the International matches to Super Rugby and Aviva Premiership, the ‘LWOR highlights for 2016’ are a wide and varied account. As part of our MCXM Top 10 memories of 2016, the first in our series has contributions from Australia-based writer Chris Duffy, and our […] READ MORE



Coach Speak: How the Manager Today Is Speaking Out

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From Last Word on Rugby, Scott Hornell Over the development of professional rugby, the players voice seems to have softened. No longer as accessible, it appears that ‘Coach Speak’ is the popular channel for teams to communicate. Think Eddie Jones, Warren Gatland or Steve Hansen. Each is well spoken, and this shows how the manager […] READ MORE




Tom Wood’s Determination Can be an Example to Jamie Roberts

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From Last Word on Rugby, Steve Kendall Both England and Wales have revealed their teams to face their respective Southern Hemisphere opponents on Saturday and whilst there is success for England’s Tom Wood being selected at open-side flanker, there is equal disappointment for Wales’ Jamie Roberts having been dropped from the starting XV to face […] READ MORE