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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