First day at school: The class of 2013 try to break out of their cliques. Matt Stevens seems to be succeeding so far!

IT’S HERE! The Lions tour has started and the new issue of Rugby World has everything you need to make the most of events in Australia over the coming weeks. Firstly, the magazine comes complete with a Lions wallchart so you can fill in all the results as the tour goes on and we profile every player so you can get to know the squad. We have exclusive interviews with Lions stars Johnny Sexton, Ben Youngs, George North and Richie Gray as well as Wallabies Will Genia and James Horwill, while former internationals Stuart Barnes and Rod Kafer look ahead to the Test series and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the Wallabies and the Lions.

On top of all the Lions news, views and behind-the-scenes pics, we look ahead to the Sevens World Cup at the end of June, previewing the men’s and women’s competitions, Stephen Jones casts a critical eye over the venue selection for the 2015 World Cup and we celebrate all the league winners in our grass-roots champions section. The domestic season might be over – but there’s still plenty to keep you entertained in Rugby World!



30 minutes with Toby Faletau

Sideline – Our awards, tour starlets, rant, back-to-rugby, and lots more

Tony McGahan – The Aussie coach promises a warm welcome for the Lions…

Dave Flatman – Memories of England’s epic 2002 tour to Argentina

Eric Miller – What’s it like to be the youngest Lion? This 1997 tourist knows


Dan Lydiate – The Lions flanker tells Owain Jones why he can’t wait to tackle the Wallabies again

Benn Robinson – The Lions present a welcome test for the Wallaby prop. Alan Dymock reports

Jonny May – Gloucester’s speedster is targeting a first England cap in Argentina. By Owain Jones

Matt Stevens – The Saracens prop won’t just be providing entertainment in Oz, says Alan Dymock


Lions Profiles – An in-depth look at the players facing the Aussies, including their Test prospects and Sir Ian McGeechan’s expert verdict

Johnny Sexton – Meet the Irishman regarded as crucial to the Lions’ hopes

Ben Youngs – The Tigers No 9 doesn’t intend to play second fiddle on tour

Battle Plans – Stuart Barnes and Rod Kafer analyse where the Lions series will be won and lost

Richie Gray – It’s been a tumultuous season for the big-haired Scottish lock

George North – He was a schoolboy when the Lions last toured — but he’s not faced an examination like this

Pro Insight – The circuit training that makes England Sevens stars super-fit

Fitness/Pro play How to test your fitness and a move to try from Giselle Mather

Mini Rugby – How to fall safely when tackled and a fun kicking game

Stephen Jones – The schedule for RWC 2015 leaves a lot to be desired…

RWC Sevens – After Welsh glory in 2009, the Sevens World Cup in Moscow should be a ding-dong affair

Dutch of Class – The Netherlands women are targeting a medal at Rio 2016

Lions Tales – Laughter and disaster from previous Lions tours

Little and Large – Wallabies Will Genia and James Horwill are hoping to emulate the Gregan-Eales double act

Big Debate – Mike Blair and David Lyons take issue over the Lions series

Scottish Lions – Three legends discuss how to succeed in the famous red shirt


Club section – All the league champions, plus our 2013 Team of the Year

Schools – News from the schools game

Essentials – The latest books and products

Uncovered – Tommy Bowe spills the beans

Tour Tale – Surely this Welsh Lions fan was taking things too far?


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