England Women’s Rugby Looks to Rediscover the ‘Inner Warrior’

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Last Word on Rugby, by Fiona Thomas. This September will see the relaunch of ‘Inner Warrior’ camps – a nationwide campaign by England Rugby to encourage more girls and women to pick up a rugby ball and play the game. But this initiative is taking place against a controversial backdrop – the termination of England Women’s […] READ MORE


Jerome Kaino Leaves All Blacks Squad for Personal Reasons

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From the Last Word on Rugby department. Breaking News: The All Blacks management have publicly announced this afternoon that squad member Jerome Kaino has left the All Blacks team on Game Day, for ‘Personal Reasons’. This development follows unconfirmed newspaper reports published in Australia and New Zealand. These were of personal details of an ‘extra-marital affair […] READ MORE


Bledisloe Cup Match Selection for McKenzie and Squire Great Reward

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From the Last Word on Rugby department. Two new players have been introduced to the starting team, for the Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday, August 19. Liam Squire and Damian McKenzie get the nod over two veteran All Blacks, to reward great Super Rugby form (and more). Both players have had minimal opportunities in black, […] READ MORE


Owen Farrell’s Boots Ensures Decider at Eden Park: LWOS Player Ratings

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Last Word on Rugby, by Sam Meade. The Lions secured one of the greatest wins in their illustrious rugby history, thanks to some immense character, a huge heart and Owen Farrell’s boot. A monumental fixture that will now see a crucial decider at Eden Park to decide the series. Owen Farrell’s Boots Ensures Decider at […] READ MORE


International Rugby Test Series: The Most Unforgiving Environment

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From Last Word on Rugby, James Barker As the British and Irish Lions are finding out, an international Rugby Test series is the most unforgiving environment. One nil down in a three match series, they simply have to win in Wellington. But what makes Test series so special, and why are they so intense? Incomparable […] READ MORE


Julian Savea Public Judgement 101: In Modern Rugby, Who Judges Who

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Challenges Promote Julian Savea Public Judgment As Ioane moved from center to wing, he was growing as one of the great future prospects of the New Zealand rugby. With options like James Lowe and [in 2016] Johnny McNichol signing overseas contracts, the former Sevens player was heralded as an option. And his successes on the field, perked the interest of the national selectors - as much as Julian Savea public judgment. READ MORE


All Blacks Just Too Good for Lions: LWOS Player Ratings First Test

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Last Word on Rugby, by Sam Meade. As expected the All Blacks fortress that is Eden Park delivered once again, as Steve Hansen’s side ran out 30-15 winners over the Lions. The All Blacks just too good for Lions fans, who entered this match with high expectations. Ironically the Lions conducted themselves very well, and will be […] READ MORE


British and Irish Lions Squad Reaction; Gatland’s Key Calls

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With the first test squad announcement, the main focus was heavily aimed at head coach Warren Gatland's key calls. Figurehead players such as George North, Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton were 'headlined' to be chosen by the Kiwi-born coach, despite their performances varying in quality to their positional counterparts. Last Word on Rugby analyze the decisions and their impact teams chances against New Zealand on Saturday. READ MORE


All Blacks Squad ‘Street Smart’ But Lions Are Toughest Opponent

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Samoa will play their seventh International against the All Blacks. New Zealand hasn't played Pacific cousins Samoa since 2015 in what was also a warm-up match. The spectacle at Eden Park, including the Tonga v Wales test match, will mean this All Blacks squad will be inspired to entertain their fans and send a message to every challenger. READ MORE


British and Irish Lions 2017 Tour Pinboard – Fan Engagement

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Last Word on Rugby, by Scott Hornell. Not only will there be quality rugby played over the next six weeks of the British and Irish Lions tour, but the fans support will be on an epic level. A renowned ‘red army’ of fans and spectators will again descend on the small country of New Zealand. […] READ MORE