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Autumn Tests special! The new issue of Rugby World brings you an in-depth preview of the autumn Internationals as the world’s best teams endeavour to achieve big wins and ensure they have a good seeding ahead of the 2015 World Cup draw. As well as features on the home nations’ brightest stars – Chris Ashton, George North, Rory Best and Ross Ford – we have also infiltrated the southern hemisphere camps to talk to their big names – All Black Kieran Read, South Africa captain Jean de Villiers, Wallaby wing Digby Ioane and Argnetina’s talisman Juan Fernandez Lobbe.
On top of all that, we exclusively reveal the new Lions shirt for the 2013 tour to Australia, Stephen Jones explains how to solve the Heineken Cup row with a new competition, we look back at Lions history to name ten left–field selections who have made their mark on tour and we take a World Cup road trip across Europe with Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Will Greenwood.

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Forwards…

30 minutes with… Tim Visser

RWC 2015 seedings

Revealed – The new Lions shirt

Geoff Parling – The England lock runs the rule over the autumn opposition

Sean Holley – The ex-Ospreys coach on how teams can beat the All Blacks

Ben Ryan – England Sevens are aiming high, explains their coach

Spotlights…

Ryan Jones – The Wales back-row hopes to make experience count this autumn. Owain Jones investigates

Mike Blair – Life in France has given the Scotland scrum-half new enthusiasm for the fray. By Gavin Mortimer

Danielle Waterman – The England flier tells Katie Field she has unfinished business to attend to as the Black Ferns come to town

Donnacha Ryan – The Ireland lock hopes this month’s Tests will banish the pain of a tour debacle, says Katie Field

Centres…

Chris Ashton – The wing’s regained his form with Saracens and now wants to do the same for England

George North – Young and gifted – how does the super-sized Welshman keep his feet on the ground?

Rory Best – Inconsistent Ireland must now deliver, says their hooker

Ross Ford – The Scotland captain provides an honest assessment of his side’s chances this autumn

Stephen Jones – Europe is split over the future of its elite club competitions – but we have the answer!

2015 World Cup – The Webb Ellis Cup goes on a road trip with famous faces

Jersey – How have the island club climbed to the Championship?

Hamboe meets… Hooker Dylan Hartley talks England, Saints and sloe gin

Lions Bolters – Ten surprise Lions selections – and how they fared on tour

Pro Insight – Wasps reveal how rugby can learn from mixed martial arts

Fitness – How to stay in top condition

Pro’s Playbook – RFU coach John Fletcher on how to stretch a defence

Mini Rugby – How to play freeze ball and the skills needed to catch high balls

Kieran Read – Why the No 8 is so crucial to the All Blacks’ ongoing success

Digby Ioane – The Australia wing on tattoos, targets and the power of faith

Argentina – Juan Fernandez Lobbe on the Pumas’ progress this year

Jean De Villiers – The Springbok captain is lookingforwinsthisautumn

Backs…

Grass Roots – The latest from your local clubs and a round-up of schools news

Essentials – New rugby books and products

Uncovered – England Sevens’ Tom Mitchell on his unusual route to the top

Tour Tale – What do you do when all the pubs in Ireland are shut?

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