The Next Generation – Wales Rugby Breakthrough Players to Watch

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Last Word on Rugby, by Brad Hayward. With a new season commencing, and Wales’ Coach Warren Gatland’s return from another successful British and Irish Lions Tour, it would be interesting to identify some of the young talent that may be Wales rugby breakthrough players to watch in 2017/18. This article intends to also apply context, […] 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



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





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