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HAS THERE ever been a more difficult Six Nations to call? The March issue of Rugby World reflects the hopes and fears of each of the contenders, with Stuart Barnes setting the scene and sticking his neck out with his predicted finishing order.

We have exclusive interviews with two men at the helm, fly-halves Freddie Michalak (France) and Dan Biggar (Wales), go down the farm with Irish powerhouse Sean O’Brien, and get to know one of the game’s great characters, England prop Alex Corbisiero. New Scotland coach Scott Johnson outlines his philosophy while we also meet one of the championship’s most consistent performers, Italy flanker Alessandro Zanni.

England coach Stuart Lancaster, ex-Scotland fly-half Craig Chalmers and Welshman Dan Lydiate, last year’s Player of the Tournament, are our columnists, and there are Spotlights on Billy Twelvetrees, Ryan Grant, Conor Murray and Jonathan Davies.

Elsewhere, Stephen Jones gives his verdict on the Women’s Six Nations, Lions coach Warren Gatland fields readers’ questions, and we preview the Super Rugby campaign that kicks off in February. Plus, be sure to catch part two of Save Your Season, in which we team up with Gatorade to help a struggling amateur side.

There’s a whole lot more in our March issue, so don’t miss it.


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Hotshots – Jonny Gray and Kyle Sinckler

30 minutes with David Denton

Stuart Lancaster – The England coach on kicking on in this year’s championship

Craig Chalmers – Home games are the key for Scotland, says the former No 10

Dan Lydiate – The Wales flanker talks injury — and a Six Nations comeback


Billy Twelvetrees – The Gloucester centre could be the missing piece of England’s jigsaw, says Owain Jones

Conor Murray – The scrum-half tells Katie Field why beating the Pumas signals the start of a new era for Ireland

Ryan Grant- The Glasgow prop is fast becoming a key man for Scotland. Richard Bath reports

Jonathan Davies – The Scarlets centre will use his head to help Wales defend their title. By Sarah Mockford


Stuart Barnes – The former England fly-half analyses the six contenders for the championship title

Alex Corbisiero – Get to know the England prop — not your everyday player

France – How his time in South Africa revitalised Freddie Michalak

Dan Biggar – The Osprey is ready to fill Wales’ hallowed No 10 shirt

Six Nations – We run the rule over all the teams, looking at strengths, weaknesses and key men

Sean O’Brien – The Ireland back-rower wants to leave his injury woe behind

Scott Johnson – How does the coach plan to get Scotland on track? We find out

Italy – Meet Alessandro Zanni — a shy man who makes a big impact

Stephen Jones – Our columnist gives his verdict on the Women’s Six Nations

Pro Insight – Saracens players give us the low-down on their new pitch

Fitness – Ideas to freshen up your regime

Pro’s Playbook – England Women’s coach Gary Street provides these moves

Mini Rugby – A new take on Piggy in the Middle and how to place-kick

Save Your Season – Three Kettering players get a scientific going-over and what does the Opta analysis show?

Warren Gatland – The Lions coach outlines his plans for the Aussie tour and answers readers’ questions

Super Rugby – The Lions tour could affect the destination of this year’s title

Dan Ward-Smith – Find out howthe former Wasps No 8 is coping with retirement


Club Section – News from around the clubs

Schools – Stories from the schools game

Essentials – The latest books and products

Uncovered – England centre Emily Scarratt on training, treats and tractors

Tour Tale – Bikinis on prop forwards? Surely that’s not a good look…


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