New Zealand Domestic Rugby Competitions Reach Their Final Round

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After nine weeks, the short window for New Zealand domestic rugby competitions has reaches their final round. For the Mitre 10 Cup, Heartland Championship and Farah Palmer Cup leagues, the last fixtures this weekend will all determine the placings for the semifinals and playoff matches over the next two weekends. From traditional local derby games, inter-Island […] READ MORE


All Black Selectors Make Subtle Changes for ARGvNZL

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If all those elements come together, after the All Black selectors make subtle changes for ARGvNZL, then The 2017 Rugby Championship title is one step closer for the current World Champions. READ MORE


Mike Friday, and Finding the Key to USA Rugby’s Growth

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From Last Word on Rugby, by Kyle Willoughby. The growth of the US Sevens team is well documented. This is in no small part due to the leadership of head coach Mike Friday. Friday has been key to guiding the men’s team to unprecedented tournament victories. This is Texas Rugby’s Grant A. Cole, correspondent and […] READ MORE


Displaying New Self Belief in South African Rugby

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From the Last Word on Rugby department. Some will reflect on the last 12 months for the Springboks, as a year in crisis. And yes, it was a dark hour, but head coach Allister Coetzee is looking ahead. Displaying new self belief in South African rugby, after the success of the Lions in Super Rugby and […] READ MORE



Steve Hansen 101 “Never Assume Anything in Test Rugby My Son”

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From the Last Word on Rugby department. Over the years of his International coaching career, Steve Hansen looks like a man who is becoming more comfortable in his role. The success of the team during his term (2004-11 Assistant/2012-present as Head Coach) appears to have given Hansen confidence to show his personality. If ever there […] READ MORE



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



Next Step Hardest Yet for Harbour Rugby in M10 Cup Premiership

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Last Word on Rugby department. From such a great start, the Harbour Rugby side’s next step of their 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Premiership season is the ‘hardest yet’. On Sunday, they face Auckland at QBE Stadium. Last Word on Rugby spoke with Tom Coventry leading up to the ‘Battle of the Bridge’. The Mitre 10 […] READ MORE