Big stars and big issues both feature in the new edition of Rugby World. As well as interviews with international players like Courtney Lawes, Liam Williams, Fourie du Preez, Conor Murray and Adam Ashe, Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll gives us his unique insight on the Hong Kong Sevens.

On top of all that, we look at the influx of foreign players to Europe and whether that is good or bad for the game. Plus, Stephen Jones gives his views on the rumours that the Aviva Premiership clubs want to put an end to relegation and become a closed shop.

Here’s a list of contents – and find out where to buy your copy here or get our free magazine finder app here. Plus, download the digital edition here.


Sevens players to watch, the European Cup, 30 minutes with Glasgow’s Pete Horne, the Bournemouth Sevens, pre-season competitions, Hotshots and more


Mark Cueto – The Sale wing talks through his impending retirement

The Secret Player – Pro rugby isn’t glamorous, insists our former international

Jonathan Kaplan – The former Test referee says officials need to use more common sense


Dave Ewers – Exeter’s burly back-row talks kayaking, chillies and staying in the fight

Justin Tipuric – The Ospreys flanker is excited about the Guinness Pro12 play-offs

Tim Visser – The Scotland wing believes joining Quins will reinvigorate his game

Niall Morris – Leicester’s Irish wing talks about searching for a silver lining


Courtney Lawes – The England lock on big hits, the World Cup and fatherhood

Conor Murray – He’s lifted a trophy with Ireland this season and now the scrum-half is chasing success with Munster

Conor Murray

Opening up: Conor Murray talks Ireland and Munster in the new issue of RW. Photo: Inpho

Adam Ashe – Meet the music-loving Scotland No 8 who is also a DJ

Liam Williams – RW talks to the Scarlets full-back who’s bounced back from criticism to star for Wales this season

Euro stars – A picture special of players who have set the bar in Europe this season

The Big Debate – Is the foreign influx bad for European rugby?

World Cup make or break – For every tale of injury woe, there’s a player who takes their opportunity at a RWC

Ring-fencing – Stephen Jones explains why the Premiership must not become a closed shop

Fourie du Preez – Find out about the Springbok scrum-half’s unusual World Cup preparation

Brian O’Driscoll – RW hangs out with the Ireland legend at the Hong Kong Sevens


Pro Insight – Wales fly-half Dan Biggar explains how to kick to regain

Dan Biggar

Jump start: Wales fly-half Dan Biggar leaps for a high ball against South Africa. Photo: Huw Evans Agency

Nutrition – How to keep food fun, including a recipe

Fitness – How to scrummage like Dan Cole

Pro Playbook – London Irish coach Glenn Delaney explains a lineout move

Mini Rugby – Play Fuzzball and learn how to do post moves


Rugby Focus – A news round-up from clubs, schools and women’s rugby, including an interview with New Zealand Sevens captain Sarah Goss

Essentials – The latest books and products, including four of the best rucksacks

Uncovered – Jason Robinson charts his journey from schoolboy to World Cup winner

Tour Tale – RW’s very own Alan Dymock on an interesting trip to Rome

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