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BRAD BARRITT sums up the jubilant mood of the England team on the cover of the May edition of Rugby World. The Saracens centre is a guest columnist in an issue packed with quotes, pictures and analysis of the 2012 Six Nations. Our 14-page rundown is followed by Stuart Barnes’s verdict of the championship, in which he picks his Lions XV one year out from their tour to Australia.

Ben Morgan, Leigh Halfpenny and Rob Kearney, three stars of the Six Nations, all feature, while Scottish gloom following a wooden spoon campaign should be dispelled by reading about Edinburgh’s flying Dutchman, Tim Visser – soon to qualify for Scotland. Ireland’s problems also come under scrutiny as Paul Wallace explains what must be done in the wake of their scrum implosion at Twickenham.

With the Welsh exodus to France gathering momentum, Stephen Jones looks at what the newly crowned European champions can do to stop the drain of talent. And staying in the principality, Derek Quinnell remembers the legendary Mervyn Davies.

Elsewhere, we report on the remarkable Bumble Bees from Yorkshire – England’s only mixed-ability team – and take Sale and England Saxons forward James Gaskell back to his roots at Sandbach. We also visit Dublin to put your questions to the ERC, see how the Pumas are gearing up for the first Rugby Championship, and see what happens when Essex side Eton Manor have a coaching session with London Irish.


The Front Row…

30 minutes with Lee Dixon

Six Nations 2012 – A round-up of the tournament

Derek Quinnell – The former Wales back-rower pays tribute to Mervyn Davies

Brad Barritt – The centre on the Six Nations and England’s summer tour

Paul Wallace – The ex-prop gives his solutions to Ireland’s front-row crisis


Jonathan Davies – With the Grand Slam ticked off, the Wales centre wants a win Down Under. By Sarah Mockford

Geoff Parling – The England lock relished his first taste of Test rugby and is hungry for more. Owain Jones reports

Rory Best – Bea Asprey finds the Ulster hooker eager to right Ireland’s Six Nations wrongs by beating New Zealand

Greig Laidlaw – The Edinburgh half-back hopes to draw a line under Scotland’s wooden spoon. By Katie Field

The Centres…

Stuart Barnes – A look back at the Six Nations teams, plus his 2013 Lions XV

Ben Morgan – The rampaging England No 8 is living the dream on the Test stage. Here’s his story…

Leigh Halfpenny – The full-back has worked tirelessly to help get himself – and Wales – back on top form

Tim Visser – Will Scotland’s try drought end when Edinburgh’s scoring machine joins the side in June?

Rob Kearney – This man has been getting the fans cheering despite Ireland’s disappointing tournament

Technical Zone – Dan Cottrell’s tips on how to create gaps in defence

Minis Zone – Kicking, catching and your team’s first scrum session

Fitness Zone – Wales’ cold relief, plus how to perfect your gym technique

Save our Season – Eton Manor need our help. So we sent them to London Irish to take part in a skills session

Welsh Exodus – Stephen Jones on why Wales are haemorrhaging stars to France – and how to stop it happening

Mixed Ability – We visit Yorkshire to meet a team breaking down barriers – the remarkable Bumble Bees

European Rugby – Your questions are answered as we go to Dublin to meet the boss of Heineken Cup rugby

Argentina – How the influence of Agustín Pichot has helped the Pumas’ enter the Rugby Championship

It started here – James Gaskell’s rugby journey has taken him from Sandbach to Sale. And he’s not finished yet

Naked Truth – We get to know the real Will Genia

The Backs…

Club Guide – All your grass-roots news, plus Team of the Month and School Team of the Month

Naked Truth – Meet Wallaby Will Genia

Armchair Zone – The latest books and products

Tour Tale – A nasty wake-up call


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