As well as big-name interviews, the new issue of Rugby World features an in-depth investigation into painkiller use in rugby while we also look at the Six Nations, the Lions…

On target: Johnny McPhillips in goal-kicking action for Ulster A.

When did you start playing rugby? My older brother Patrick played at Northern (in Gosforth) and Dad did some coaching so I went to watch, then joined in when I…

One to watch: Zach Mercer is having a breakthrough season at Bath.

Your dad Gary was a NZ rugby league star. Did you play league? No. Dad actually pushed me towards union and I’ve never played a game of league. Where did…

Up for the cup: McBurney (left) celebrates Ireland's U20 World Cup semi-final win.

How did you get into rugby? My uncle Maurice McBurney was the only one of my family that played, so my interest came through him. I joined Randalstown rugby club…

Quick Chick: Callum Chick on the charge for Newcastle Falcons.

Tell us about your rugby background… My dad played rugby at Newcastle and I wasn’t pushed to play, but I started at the age of about six and loved it.…