We celebrate greats of the game past and present in the July 2020 issue


Rugby World magazine’s 60th anniversary edition

The new edition of Rugby World is a celebration of 60 years of the sport as the magazine marks its 60th anniversary.

That’s six decades of rugby to rejoice and reflect upon, with greats past and present looking back at significant moments in the history of the game.

We have an exclusive interview with British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland as well as insight from the likes of Richie McCaw, Brian O’Driscoll and Gareth Edwards. The July 2020 issue truly is packed with stars.

If you can’t get to the shops to buy a copy, you can now order single issues online and get the magazine delivered direct to your door – click here and select Rugby World’s Jul-20 issue.

Or you can find out how to download the digital edition to your tablet here. We also have incredible subscription offers, including three issues for just £5 – find out more here.

Here are ten reasons to get a copy of Rugby World magazine’s 60th anniversary edition…

Icons of Every Decade

You voted to decide the best players of the past six decades and we bring you interviews with all the victors.

Rugby World magazine’s 60th anniversary edition

Icon: Richie McCaw has been voted the greatest player of the 2010s (Getty Images)

The Big Interview: Warren Gatland

Your votes crowned the New Zealander the greatest coach in rugby history. So we caught up with him to talk learning lessons, touring South Africa and the Lions.

Related: Warren Gatland voted greatest ever rugby coach

All-time Women’s XV

Who would make the ultimate female rugby side? We span continents and decades to pick a dream team.

Rugby in Pictures

We’ve scoured the archives to assemble a photo album of the past 60 years and asked stars of the game to recount their memories of historic moments.

Rugby World magazine’s 60th anniversary edition

Standing tall: Siya Kolisi lifts the Web Ellis Cup on South Africa’s victory parade (Getty Images)

Read the reflections of Dan Carter, Siya Kolisi, Sam Warburton, David Campese, Keith Wood, Emily Scarratt and Kenny Milne among many others.

Behind the Scenes at World Rugby

After a tumultuous few years, World Rugby has the chance to reset and establish new goals. We pull back the curtain on what’s been happening at the governing body – and look at what’s next on the agenda.


Memories of a Lifetime in Rugby

From adolescent nerves in Newport to unbridled joy in Japan, long-time Rugby World columnist Stephen Jones shares his highlights from the past six decades.

Rugby World magazine’s 60th anniversary edition

Pure joy: Japan players celebrate beating Scotland at RWC 2019 (Getty Images)

Grass-roots Champions

The season may have been curtailed due to coronavirus but the English leagues still have 2019-20 champions. We celebrate them – and reveal our Team of the Year.

Jonah Lomu

“No one has climbed the dizzy heights to the stars like the late great New Zealand giant.” Stuart Barnes on what made Jonah Lomu so special – and why no player since has been able to make such a big impact on the game.

The Best Welsh Try

Sean Holley breaks down Phil Bennett’s wondrous score for Wales against Scotland at Murrayfield in 1997 in The Analyst.

South Africa’s 1995 World Cup Win

Ed Morrison reflects on the enormity of global showpiece 25 years ago and explains what it was like to referee the final.

  • Plus, there’s all this…
  • Downtime with… World Cup winner Phil Vickery
  • Drop-goal tips from Jonny Wilkinson
  • Classic Club Hero Scott Quinnell
  • Stuart Lancaster on the development of coaching
  • A professional v amateur era debate
  • Secret Player on the appeal of MLR
  • Rising Stars Ollie Sleightholme and Dane Zander
  • Fitness and nutrition advice
  • Inside the mind of… Mike Haley
  • The rise in European players joining Japanese clubs

The July 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine is on sale until 6 July 2020.

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