THE LATEST issue of Rugby World ties up the domestic seasons brilliantly as well as bringing you all the fallout and frolics from the summer tours. Big names from the tours like George North, Rob Kearney, Kelly Brown and Marland Yarde, are ably supported by some of the biggest names in the women’s game in the build up to the WRWC.
We have a breakdown of how the summer tours went for the home nations and we have some thought-provoking pieces that discuss what England’s best back row would be and what the lay of the land is with rugby in the north of England while Stephen Jones considers whether TV is ruining rugby.
We also have a spread showcasing YOUR best pictures from the season as well as all the usual brilliant advice and insight.
Rugby World dishes out the awards as the European season officially closes, we look at England retaining the JWC title and there is there is fun in the sun with a Commonwealth Games preview and a look at beach rugby
Sean Lamont – The Scotland wing on his Commonwealth return
Katy Mclean – England’s fly-half looks ahead to the WRWC
Andy Hazell – Cocussion caused this flanker to retire. He looks at the issue
Gareth Davies – It’s the Scarlets scrum-half’s time to shine for Wales
David Wilson– The English rock in the scrum talks diet, development and dreams
Finn Russell – Meet the fly-half muscling his way into Scotland and Glasgow’s plans
George North – It may have been a long old season, but the giant wing is still eager to evolve
Kelly Brown – His last 12 months have been a roller coaster, but the Scotland skipper and Saracens flank has reason to be optimistic
Marland Yarde – Personal tragedy and bare ambition are driving this electric winger to the top of his game for England and in the Premiership. See what he has to say about his international team-mates here
Rob Kearney – “We can beat any team in the world” said the Irish full-back, looking to the World Cup
The Summer Tours Reviewed – Our experts give you their verdict on the home nations’ tours
RW’s photo competition special – We showcase YOUR pictures from the season
What is England’s best back-row? – We ask some of rugby’s biggest names to pick their England back row for the future. Who makes the cut?
Is TV ruining rugby? – Stephen Jones assesses the role of broadcasters in our game
London Welsh– It’s a second shot at the Premiership for Welsh next season, so we met up with the brains behind the club
WRWC preview – We take a detailed look at the upcoming Women’s World Cup, the star players and whether the Black Ferns can be toppled
Pro Insight – Ireland’s defence coach Les Kiss talks you through his side’s defensive system and how you can emulate it
Fitness – How to prepare for next season
Pro Playbook – England Counties U20 coach Bob Hood looks at switching in midfield
Mini rugby – Building a driving maul and a passing game
Essentials – The latest books and products
Uncovered – New Zealand women’s Pocket Rocket, Selica Winiata
Tour Tale – The strength of Steve Black impresses The Hulk…