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THE NEW issue of Rugby World is packed with Six Nations stars, including Joe Launchbury, Brian O’Driscoll, Leigh Halfpenny, Jim Hamilton, Mike Brown and Justin Tipuric. Will Carling gives us his verdict on England’s Grand Slam bid and we go behind the scenes at an Ireland training session – all in all it’s the perfect accompaniment to the final rounds of an exciting championship.

On top of all the Six Nations features, we look ahead to the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals with the likes of Andrew Sheridan, Lee Byrne and Will Fraser, and focus on the Welsh derby double header at the Millennium Stadium in late March. Former England coach Brian Ashton provides three attacking moves and Matt Hampson interviews Richard Cockerill, so there’s something for everyone!

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Front Row…

England’s Grand Slam bid

Win a box in Cardiff,

30 minutes with Geoff Parling

Sevens and Lions

Craig Chalmers – The ex-Scotland fly-half on the influence of Scott Johnson

Ben Foden – The No 15 on Red Nose Day and England’s strength in depth

Shane Williams – Wales can spoil England’s party, says the legendary wing

Spotlights…

Mike Brown – The England man tells Sarah Mockford how he’s finding the move from full-back to wing

Rory Best – He’d love to stay in the shadows but the Wales flanker has the talent to shine, says Owain Jones

Matt Scott – The Scotland centre is on a steep learning curve, writes Alan Dymock, but you wouldn’t know it

Justin Tipuric – The Ireland hooker is in good shape after his injury lay-off. Gavin Mortimer reports

Centres…

Joe Launchbury – From shelf-stacker to Test star — the England lock’s journey

Brian O’Driscoll – Ireland’s centre talks touring Australia with the Lions

Jim Hamilton – The Scot on moving to France, winning again and leadership

Leigh Halfpenny – The Wales full-back takes us back to where it all started

Pro Insight – Find out how Ireland’s stars warm up for training sessions

Rugby Fitness – How to step up your regime

Pro’s Playbook – Ex-England coach Brian Ashton delivers a few attacking moves

Mini Rugby – Putting the ball in at a scrum

Save Your Season – Kettering get a training session from Leicester. Plus, diet tips

Stephen Jones – Johnny Sexton is right to leave Ireland, argues our columnist

Hambo meets… Leicester’s Richard Cockerill enjoys a no-holds-barred chat

‘Fijigate’ – Take the cash or play for your country? That’s the shocking choice that many players face so we investigate the big issue

Euro special – The Heineken Cup quarters…

Lee Bryne – Clermont v Montpellier

Will Fraser – Saracens v Ulster

James Downey – Harlequins v Munster

Andy Sheridan – Toulon v Leicester

Challenge Cup – A focus on the Amlin quarters

Welsh Derbies – East versus West — we preview regional derby day in Cardiff

George Gregan – The Wallaby legend looks ahead to the Lions series

Backs…

Club section – News from around the country

Schools – Who’s starring for your school?

Essentials – The latest books and products

Uncovered – Kelly Brown talks stammers, singing and leading Scotland

Tour Tale – Do tequila and rugby mix? Read this story to find out

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