Ten reasons why you need to pick up a copy of Rugby World’s March 2018 edition

As if the Six Nations was not exciting enough, we are giving away two free gifts with Rugby World‘s Six Nations special issue! So not only will you get the brilliant, Six Nations-flavoured features you’d expect in this special edition, but you will also get a championship wallchart and a pull-out guide to every team in the famous competition, the women’s Six Nations and the U20s version too.

On the eve of the most celebrated Test tournament in the world, you shouldn’t need too much persuasion to run out to your local newsagents. But just in case you want an extra nudge, here are ten reasons to buy this brilliant mag…

1. FREE WALLCHART + TEAM GUIDE

Get the inside track on each team with our extensive, 24-page team guide, and keep track of every result with our Six Nations wallchart (complete with great snaps of al four Home Nations on the reverse side).

2. GEORGE FORD’S LIFE IN PICTURES

England’s fly-half talks us through the moments that have defined his short career, as well as telling the stories behind images of his family, his relationship with Jonny Wilkinson and winning moments in the white of England.

3. EPIC WELSH WINS

We count down through the most memorable, awe-inspiring Welsh victories in the history of the Six Nations (and its earlier guises). With obliterations of old enemies, come-from-behind victories and heart-in-mouth moments, there’s plenty in here to get you singing Hymns and Arias.

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4. THE NEED FOR SCOTTISH SUCCESS

Columnist Stephen Jones explains why something is stirring north of the border and why Scotland roaring is just what the Six Nations – and us fans – need. It’s safe to say that Jones loves his stays in Edinburgh…

Dynamic duo: Huw Jones and Stuart Hogg are integral to how Scotland attack

5. AKI’S BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS

Ireland and Connacht centre Bundee Aki talks to us exclusively about life in Galway, the challenges he has overcome simply to make it as a professional rugby player and what he made of the storm about his selection for Ireland back in November. There’s eve a mention of the 2000 hit, Angel by Shaggy!

6. FRESH ROSES

We introduce you to the next generation of England women who will be lighting up the Test scene. We talk to all five youngsters – Ellie Kildunne, Zoe Harrison, Caity Mattinson, Lagi Tuima and Hannah Botterman – and England veteran Rachael Burford gives us her view on these upstart talents.

6. SUPER RUGBY RETURNS

While we all get excited about the Six Nations, you must remember that the premier club competition in the southern hemisphere is set to start up again. Our resident columnist Ben Ryan explains what to look out for in the Super Rugby competition. We also talk to the fly-half for last year’s triumphant Crusaders, Richie Mo’unga.

Pivotal player: Richie Mo’unga in action for the Crusaders

7. SCOTLAND SKIPPER JOHN BARCLAY

This well-respected back-rower is ready to lead the Scots into battle, but there’s lots more he has to talk about. He gives us his thoughts on his high-flying Scarlets side, concussion and his long-running campaign of terror against the easily-scared Stuart Hogg.

8. MUNSTER HERO

As part of our continuing ‘Club Hero’ franchise, we get an insight from former all Black Doug Howlett into what has made Munster stalwart Keith Earls tick over the last impressive decade. A tenacious and industrious character, he should also shine in the green of Ireland over the coming months.

Family man: Keith Earls with his daughters Ella May and Laurie

9. INSIDE THE MIND OF HALLAM AMOS

The Wales and Dragons outside back lets us into his head. He talks on diverse subject ranging from studying for his medical degree to learning piano and what he would change about rugby.

10. THE ITALIAN VIEW

Italy and Benetton Treviso back-row Braam Steyn writes exclusively for us about what it’s like to work your way up to Test level from Italy’s Eccellenza, what playing in Rome is like and the continued brilliance of Sergio Parisse.

PLUS, THERE’S ALL THIS…

  • The ever-intrepid Alan Dymock writes about his day out in Ulster as part of our Welcome to my Club series.
  • Ben Scully explains what it was like to go from interning with Eddie Jones to coaching his own Test team, Norway.
  • Sean Holley looks at the threats posed by Scotland in The Analyst.
  • Dan Biggar offers up some top tips on how to regather kicks you have launched up yourself..
  • The Secret Player confronts the myth of ‘playing at home’ during the Six Nations. Does it really give you an edge?
  • Canada sevens star Jen Kish explains the reasons behind her impending retirement and why she values free speech.
  • Meet rising stars Dane Blacker, who eyes a spot at the Junior World Cup for Wales, and Jacob Umaga, son of Mike and nephew of Tana.
  • James Horwill – or Big Kev to his mates – runs the gauntlet of our Downtime Q&A.
  • Ali Donnelly reports on Scotland centre Lisa Thompson’s French sojourn.
  • We take a trip to Yokohama to see the venue of the World Cup 2019 final, but end up finding so much more…
  • Grass-roots news in our club section.