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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…

30 Minutes with joker – Nick Easter

Hotshots: Joe Robinson (Newcastle) and Mark Bennett (Ayr)

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!

The Churchill Cup: A World Cup Trial

Lawrence Dallaglio: England must go through pain before gain, says the No 8 great

Paul Turner: Why can’t the Welsh rugby media be more realistic?

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

Craig Chalmers: Forcing players to rest is odd, argues the ex-Scotland fly-half

Spotlight on…

Matt Stevens: The prop is experiencing a life less ordinary at Saracens – now for an England recall. By Paul Morgan

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

Ross Ford: The Scotland hooker tells Richard Bath that his end-of-season break isn’t all about rest and relaxation

The Centres…

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

The Backs…

Club Guide: Our round-up of news from grass-roots clubs and schools, including Team of the Month and School Team of the Month

Naked truth: Stephen Ferris on his late introduction to rugby

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?