This month’s Rugby World is packed to the rafters with everything a rugby fan or player could want. It’s a whopping 200 pages including the first part of our World Cup Guide, which looks at Ireland’s group giving you in-depth information on the Irish alongside USA, Russia, Italy and Australia.
In the main body of the magazine we have a huge number of exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the game including a fascinating interview with the man many love to hate – Dylan Hartley. As the World Cup looms on the horizon we also speak to Alun Wyn Jones, Kelly Brown, Gordon D’Arcy, Chris Budgen, Toby Booth, Jonathan Davies, Ollie Phillips while explaining exactly why Leinster won the Heineken Cup and Quins the Amlin Challenge Cup. We also visit the Worcester Warriors for their promotion party, reveal the date of the new Help for Heroes match in an interview with Simon Halliday, give you a fascinating history of the rugby, and publish our unique Champions Section which features the winners of every League in England.
The Front Row…
Junior World Cup preview : Yes! The U20 Skipper Alex Gray tells Katie Field why his side can become world champion
Middlesex Sevens: Tradition and the future will collide at next month’s Middlesex Charity Sevens
Frank Keating: Richard Parks’s 737 Challenge typifies a sport that inspires great and charitable deeds
Anthony Allen: The midfield maestro has gone from dommed Test debutant to Leicester linchpin, writes John Westerby
Eric Elwood: The coach tells Bea Asprey why he’s relishing the arrival of Heineken Cup rugby at Connacht next term
Graeme Morrison: Richard Bath finds the Glasgow centre unusually restless ahead of Scotland’s World Cup Squad announcement
Dylan Hartley: The Northampton hooker finally feels worthy enough to wear the England jersey
Alun Wyn Jones: Why the Wales lock has turned down lucrative offers to stay put at the Ospreys
Kelly Brown: The Scotland and Saracens star has been tackling on- and off-pitch issues this season
Gordon D’arcy: One half of Ireland’s centre partnership would do anything for his team-mates
Technical Zone: Dan Cottrell explains the principles of good support play – and try out his rugby game
Mini Rugby: If your minis can’t wait to get kicking, get them playing this game of Forceback
Fitness Zone: Get your hydration right, plus a workout to help you start preparing for next season
England Squad: Stuart Barnes reveals the 30 players he would take to New Zealand for the World Cup
European Finals: Relive the Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, and find out how the best teams won
The Tourist: We visit Worcester’s Sixways stadium and welcome the club back to the Premiership
Pundits’ Panel: Ieuan Evans, Sean Fitzpatrick, Dean Ryan and Michael Lynagh discuss all things rugby
World Cup Ball: We meet the inventor who’s pushing the boundaries in the world of rugby ball technology
Chris Budgen: The Exeter Chief leads a very different life off the pitch. He opens up about Afghanistan
Tom Shanklin: The former centre is embarking on a new career, but still has some ideas for rugby’s future
Armchair Zone: A Fan’s Guide to World Rugby, plus a round-up of the latest books and products on the market
Tour Tale: Why did these travellers get more than they’d bargained for?
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