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…

Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

COUNTING DOWN to the eighth Women’s Rugby World Cup, many are looking  at the line-up and thinking, again, how depressingly short it is. With only 12 teams in three groups,…

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…