WITH THE start of the tour less than a month away it should come as no surprise that the new issue of Rugby World is jam-packed with Lions features. Not only do we have a free 36-page guide to the 2013 Lions tour, featuring a travel guide, expert views and the greatest Lions team ever, but there are interviews with four big-name tourists too: captain Sam Warburton, Manu Tuilagi, Stuart Hogg and Cian Healy. We also have an A to Z of the Lions, an interview with hilarious bag man Rala O’Reilly and David Campese letting rip about the Aussies.
There is plenty of non-Lions content too. We find out why rugby is booming in Brazil, pick this season’s best European XV based on stats and tell one man’s cautionary tale about racism in rugby. We also have exclusive photos from Martin Johnson’s return to the rugby pitch. All in all, there’s plenty to keep you entertained as the countdown to the Lions tour begins.
30 minutes with Donnacha Ryan
Home nations’ June tours
Celebrating 10 years of Mongolian rugby
Craig Chalmers – The ex-Scotland No 10 shares his favourite tour memories
Gwyn Jones – The former Wales captain on the ongoing Welsh rugby row
Rob Baxter – Why the Exeter coach is so excited to tour with England
Liam Williams – The Scarlets full-back’s fearless approach has won over fans, says Owain Jones
Nathan Hines – The Clermont lock tells Alan Dymock why he has such an appetite for new challenges
Isa Nacewa – Before he heads home, the Leinster favourite shares his fondest memories with Bea Asprey
Jacques Burger – The Saracens flanker has endured a long road back from injury. Katie Field reports
Manu Tuilagi – Discover why the Lions are so special to the England centre
Sam Warburton – The Wales flanker reveals how he recently had to toughen up
Stuart Hogg – Why the Scotland full-back enjoys being a rugby geek
Cian Healy – Ireland’s prop on the off-field abuse that followed his stamp
Pro Insight – Wings Christian Wade and Tom Varndell give their top tips
Rugby Fitness – What to do in the off-season
Pro’s Playbook – England U20 coach Nick Walshe’s try-scoring play
Mini Rugby – How to play Rugby Soccer as well as a guide to the spin pass
Save Your Season – We assess how Kettering have improved during our campaign
David Campese – The outspoken Aussie lays into Robbie Deans and referees
Lions A to Z – Take an alphabetical journey through all things Lions
Rala O’Reilly – The Lions bagman opens up on behind-the-scenes antics as he prepares for his second tour
Picture Special – We snapped legends like Martin Johnson returning to the pitch
Stephen Jones – One player’s cautionary tale about racism in rugby
Dai Young – Wasps, Lions and Barbarians are all on the coach’s agenda
European XV – The best stats-based team in Europe — you may be surprised!
Marland Yarde – Go back to school with the promising London Irish winger
Rugby is booming in Brazil — we went to find out why
Club section – All the latest grass-roots news
Schools – Who’s starring at school level?
Essentials – The latest books and products
Uncovered – George Smith on comebacks, culture shocks and clothing
Tour Tale – One reader shares his hilarious story of a close shave on tour
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