Plus, a World XV of the year and the players’ views on the game’s big issues in the January 2019 edition of the magazine
Free 2019 calendar with the latest issue of Rugby World
The new issue of Rugby World magazine comes with a FREE 2019 calendar. Not only do the images celebrate a dozen standout Rugby World Cup moments but the calendar includes key dates for the year ahead, including all the Six Nations and Japan 2019 fixtures.
In the magazine itself, Rugby World brings you the views of the world’s top stars in ‘The Players’ Issue’. We’ve teamed up with International Rugby Players, the global body that represents the game’s professionals, to find out what their members think about the sport’s biggest issues.
More than 350 Test players completed an anonymous survey on topics including workload, concussion, international rugby, agents and money – and we reveal the findings in the latest edition. They make interesting reading.
As well as all that, here are another ten reasons to pick up a copy of Rugby World’s January 2019 issue
1. World XV of the Year
We’ve canvassed the opinions of writers across the globe to compile a team of 2018’s best players – how many Ireland players make the cut? And how many All Blacks?
2. England prop Kyle Sinckler
The England and Harlequins tighthead, who was so impressive during the November Internationals, talks dinner guests, sports knowledge and being a landlord in ‘Downtime’
3. Season structure
RW columnist Stephen Jones describes the plans for a structured season as “a sorry shambles”. In this issue, he explains why playing fewer Tests would help solve the problems
4. South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe
Once fearful for his Test hopes, the pocket rocket is now flying for the Springboks – and Toulouse
5. Welcome to my club… Munster
The province boasts a must-visit ground, so Alan Dymock jumps into a sea of red and discovers what it’s really like to Stand Up and Fight!
6. My life in pictures… Jamie Roberts
The Bath, Wales and Lions centre has always been one to keep himself busy. Here he reflects on his achievements on and off the field
7. A great lineout move for your team
In The Analyst this month, Sean Holley explains how you can take inspiration from a trick lineout that worked a treat for Newcastle
8. Scotland lock Sam Skinner
Pro rugby didn’t look on the cards for the second-row, but now he’s starring for Exeter and Scotland. Find out about his rugby journey
9. Rugby in the USA
It often feels like everyone in the world is waiting for rugby in America to explode, but what is the Stateside game really like? RW’s Alan Dymock investigates
10. What it’s like to… be a citing officer
Greek Danae Zamboulis is helping to push rugby’s boundaries by becoming Premiership Rugby’s first female citing officer. She tells RW’s Alan Pearey about her background in rugby and what the role entails
PLUS, THERE’S ALL THIS…
- World Cup winner Conrad Smith on agent regulations
- Inside the mind of… Brian O’Driscoll
- Danielle Waterman on the state of the women’s game
- Club Hero Charlie Sharples
- Tim Swinson on setting up a Scottish players’ union
- A roller-coaster few months for Canada Sevens
- Ben Ryan on the pressures coaches face
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