THIS is a special issue of Rugby World as we’ve compiled a list of the 50 Most Influential People in Rugby, counting down the movers and shakers who currently shape our game. Running over 33 pages, it is sure to provoke debate.
We also look ahead to the Rugby Championship as well as the Top 14, chat to Stephen Ferris and Josh Lewsey, get stuck into a hot debate in Scotland and find out how Saracens plan to bounce back from their two final defeats.
This month we look at changes that could improve the women’s game, reflect on Glasgow 2014, find out more about Brive’s new academy in Fiji, shine the spotlight on two up-and-coming players and grill Nigel Owens in 30 Minutes
Michael Lynagh – The former Australia fly-half on the Rugby Championship
Stephen Myler – Can Saints succeed again? The fly-half gives his thoughts
Jamie Cudmore – Clermont’s menacing lock on a tough Top 14 season ahead
Christian Wade – The Wasp is eager to make up for lost time after his injury
Matthew Morgan – The Welshman is proving that size isn’t everything
Luke Marshall – The Ireland centre talks concussion and comic team-mates
Greig Laidlaw – Scotland’s scrum-half explains why he is in need of a change
The 50 Influential – We reveal our list of the 50 Most Influential People in Rugby right now, including interviews with some of the big names and verdicts from stars on others who’ve made the cut
The Rugby Championship – All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith looks ahead to the southern hemisphere’s elite tournament
Josh Lewsey – The England World Cup-winning full-back is now the WRU’s Head of Rugby. RW editor Owain Jones went to meet him
Top 14 – Toulouse struggled in Europe and the Top 14 last season, so can the French aristocrats bounce back? We speak to coach Guy Noves
Stephen Ferris – The former Ireland flanker has had to hang up his boots because of injury, so what does he plan to do next?
Saracens – They lost two finals last season, but they are still upbeat
Scotland – How should the SRU spend their £20m windfall for the Murrayfield naming rights? We asked four Scottish rugby fans – and got very different answers
Pro Insight – NZ Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens on the secrets of his success
Fitness – Our new-look guide shows you how to jump like Paul O’Connell. Watch a video of the three exercises here
Pro Playbook – England Women’s flanker Maggie Alphonsi explains a set move
Mini rugby – A step-by-step guide to a switch pass – watch a video here – and learn how to play rugby football
Essentials – The latest books and products reviewed
Uncovered – Japan head coach Eddie Jones on his life in rugby
Tour Tale – Lawrence Dallaglio tells a story from the 1997 Lions tour