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


The Players Are There But Springbok Structure Is Lacking

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From Last Word on Rugby, Kyle Dutton Having avoided the dreaded pool of death in the Rugby World Cup 2019 draw, the Springboks now have the opportunity to make the most of it. Granted, they are in the same pool as their fiercest rival, the All Blacks, but with Italy, likely Namibia and then one […] READ MORE


So Who Has Been a Naughty Boy

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Last Word On Rugby, by Scott Hornell. With the recent news regarding All Black Aaron Smith, involved in a tryst with a woman in a disabled public toilet, the exploits of sportsmen raises it’s ugly head again. Poor behaviour by sportsmen [and sportswomen] affect a wide range of sports across the globe. Last Word On Sports […] READ MORE


Fiji Retains 2016 Pacific Nations Cup

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Fiji has retained the Pacific Nations Cup for the second year in-a-row, as they had to come from behind [for the second week in a row] to beat Samoa 26-16. Scoring 16 unanswered points in the second half, the Fijian team had to pull all their ‘tricks out of the bag’ with Seremaia Bai; who was playing his […] READ MORE


Absolute Flanker 23 December – A Year in Rugby

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WELCOME TO ABSOLUTE FLANKER: A RUGGER’S SHOW Absolute Flanker is the Rugby radio show covering all things from around the world, from domestic and European club rugby to the Six Nations and the World Cup. Join Molly, Ryan and Rob every week on Last Word Radio. Also follow us on twitter at @LWOSFlanker and like our […] READ MORE


RugbyNZ_ reflects on Jonah Lomu ‘the Gentle Giant’

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So much has, and will be said of Jonah Tali Lomu, it seems today that we know more about this quietly spoken man. The colossus of rugby union, his sudden loss on Tuesday night at his Auckland home has robbed the world of a player who changed World Rugby. Today, RugbyNZ_ reflects on Jonah Lomu […] READ MORE


A Rugby Nation Welcomes Home Their Heroes

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A rugby nation welcomes home their heroes with some sensational scenes across this tiny nation over the last three days since the all conquering All Blacks rugby side returned from the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC) with the biggest prize of them all. A Rugby Nation Welcomes Home Their Heroes The celebrations have not hardly […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup Countdown Clock Ticks Closer

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Many of us will have marked down the date of October 31st 2015 in their calendars a long time ago. Looking forward to it, with good fortune we will see another scintillating match in the epoch of rugby history, as the Rugby World Cup Countdown clock ticks closer. Being played at Twickenham, London on Saturday afternoon, […] READ MORE


RugbyNZ_ Overview – ITM Cup finals and the All Blacks

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With such a full weekend of rugby in New Zealand, residents required a public holiday to [slightly] recover from the action. With ITM Cup, Heartland rugby finals and the all important All Blacks semifinal being played, there was a flood of sports to absorb. After a competitive season, the ITM Cup was being finalized in both […] READ MORE


All Blacks Build on Experience

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As the All Blacks prepare to face of with the mighty Springboks this Saturday they pose the threat of the highest capped side in any world cup squad EVER! A combined 1318 caps of experience in their match day 23 shows an impressive run of stamina especially from those, like sure fire to be if New Zealand win […] READ MORE