This month’s edition of Rugby World Magazine brings you some of the biggest names in the game as we battle into the last weeks of the northern hemisphere season and begin the long run-in to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. On our covers this month are four men who we believe will play big roles for the North down in New Zealand. In England it is Tom Croft, in Wales Lee Byrne, Scotland Sean Lamont and in Ireland Donncha O’Callaghan, the much-decorated Munster locks. Our hard-hitting columnists come from England (Lawrence Dallaglio), Wales (Paul Turner) and Scotland (Craig Chalmers), putting the world to rights and stoking up a few debates. We also speak to many others including Matt Stevens, Stephen Jones (the next man to win 100 Wales caps), Jamie Heaslip and Ross Ford about his end of season break. We journey to Georgia and also ensure there are a few smiles on people’s faces by discovering the other side of Nick Easter. Above all we hope you enjoy it!
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The Front Row…
Magners dream XV: These 15 players have been the toast of the league – but will you agree with the selection?
The Barbarian Stars: The Barbarians – rugby’s Harlem Globetrotters – are back on tour. Watch out England and Wales!
Mad About Rugby? How crazy a fan are you? Show your passion for the game on film and you could win a holiday to Tonga
Stephen Jones: This summer the Scarlets fly-half should play in his 100th Test for Wales. Sarah Mockford reports
Jamie Heaslip: The Leinster No 8 tells Bea Asprey why Ireland aren’t going to the World Cup just to make up the numbers
Tom Croft: The Leicester and England flanker sheds light on his weird and wonderful life off the pitch
Lee byrne: The Wales full-back believes missing out on the last World Cup was the lesson he needed
Donncha O’Callaghan: Ireland lock Donncha O’Callaghan has a brand-new distraction from rugby
Sean Lamont: A new family business is keeping the Scot busy before he heads to the World Cup
Technical Zone: Dan Cottrell explains the skill set needed to be a top-notch No 10 – and picks his top four
Mini Rugby: Get your rugby-mad minis playing Nigel Botherway’s version of piggy in the middle
Fitness Zone: The piece of plastic that will transform your performance. Plus, an upper-body workout
Sevens Rugby: Whether you’re a player or a spectator, make sure you don’t miss out on sevens this summer
Ford Family: Move over the Tuilagis! We meet an England coach and two up-and-coming fly-halves
The Scrum: Experts from around the globe give their views on the scourge of the game – collapsing scrums
Georgian Rugby: Don Caskie is going to the World Cup with Georgia – but first he faces a more serious challenge
Welsh Duo: Wales back-rowers Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate can’t wait to get to New Zealand
Club Rugby: Should grass-roots clubs pay their players? Stephen Jones discusses the pros and cons
Golden Oldie: You’re never too old to play rugby, according to Mill Hill’s 70-year-old prop John Goldman
The Tourist: We take a trip to Twickenham, the HQ of England rugby, and preview the Premiership final
Armchair zone: The latest books and products including a review of England Champions, our DVD of the month
Tour Tale: How has Justin Marshall been upsetting his neighbours?