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



Composure the All Blacks Key Asset: DHL Lions Series First Test

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While the execution let the side down in the end; in the opening attacking play, and in the middle of the second half, this Lions team showed the glimpses that everyone knew they possessed. Quality players, good motivation and combined strength. But with mixed messages issued from the coaches box, it had a counter-intuitive affect. READ MORE


All Blacks Thrash Samoa In One-Sided Pacifika Challenge

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Last Word on Rugby, by Mike Pulman. With one week remaining until the first test of the DHL Lions Series, the All Blacks have had a perfect appetizer, after convincingly thrashing Samoa in the Pacifika Challenge. 12 tries to nil, and a convincing scoreline that read 78-0. That was the end result in front of […] 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


Steve Hansen Names All Blacks Wider Training Group for DHL Lions Series

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Last Word on Rugby, by Scott Hornell. The presure is now on, as Steve Hansen names his All Blacks ‘wider training group’ for the DHL Lions Series.  The selected 33 men will be challenged to hold-up the aura of the New Zealand team, and the New Zealand (NZ) rugby public’s expectation. That factor will weigh […] READ MORE


Pools Drawn for 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

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With dignitaries from the host nation Japan, and including World Rugby representatives and coaches from many competing nations, the pools draw was streamed live across many channels. Last Word on Rugby joined thousands of others, who were interested in the final make-up of the pinnacle of the sport. READ MORE


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


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


Solid Performance from the All Blacks Breaks Rugby World Record

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Last Word On Rugby, by Scott Hornell. In a tough encounter, where an Australian team took a step-up, fans saw a solid performance from the All Blacks–tested, but never ‘bested’ by the Aussies–as they claim the World Record of 18 straight victories. In front of a loyal home crowd of 47,744 at Eden Park in Auckland, […] READ MORE