The December 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine is packed with big-name interviews and expert analysis ­– find out more here


What’s inside Rugby World’s autumn Tests special

The autumn Tests are upon us and the December 2018 edition of Rugby World is the perfect off-field accompaniment to the world-class on-field action. We’ve even produced FOUR covers to celebrate the upcoming Internationals.

It is packed with big-name interviews and expert analysis of the game’s major talking points. Here are 15 reasons to pick up Rugby World’s December 2018 edition…

1. New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick

With the All Blacks touring Europe, former England fly-half Stuart Barnes explains why he thinks Brodie Retallick is the best player in the world and how he has redefined the second-row role.

2. England’s Jonny May

He’s not the biggest wing at Eddie Jones’s disposal but Jonny May is England’s most attacking threat. The Leicester Tiger discusses size and why he thinks players’ careers will become shorter.

What’s inside Rugby World’s autumn Tests special

Danger man: Jonny May on the attack for England (Getty Images)

3. South Africa

Does South Africa hold the key to rugby’s future? The country’s ability to be part of both northern and southern hemisphere competitions could alleviate concerns over the sport’s financial sustainability.

4. Team GB Sevens

With this season’s World Sevens Series acting as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympics, Stephen Jones says the home unions need to put a proper Team GB structure in place for sevens to succeed in Britain.

5. Ireland’s Rob Kearney                              

The full-back is Irish rugby’s most decorated player and he has plenty of off-field business interests too. He covers both topics in this interview.

What’s inside Rugby World’s autumn Tests special

Keeping busy: Ireland full-back Rob Kearney at his Ballsbridge pub (Inpho)

6. Japan 2019

Rich Freeman reports from Japan on the inspiring story of Kamaishi and assesses how the host nation is shaping up for the World Cup on and off the field.

7. Repechage lowdown

The final qualifier for the 2019 World Cup will be decided in Marseille in November – and we have all the info you need. Plus, Brett Beukeboom talks about Canada’s last shot at reaching Japan.


8. Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw

“I don’t mind being written off. I enjoy it actually.” The Scotland scrum-half talks about competition, Clermont and the World Cup.

What’s inside Rugby World’s autumn Tests special

Highlight: Greig Laidlaw celebrates beating England earlier this year (Inpho)

9. Argentina’s Bautista Delguy

“Super Rugby fits my game. I like it fast and open.” The Pumas wing gives us an insight into his background and assesses his breakthrough season.

10. Australia Analysed

Sean ‘The Analyst’ Holley looks at the three areas the Wallabies are vulnerable – and offers solutions to their game’s deficiencies.

11. Wales’ Jonathan Davies

The centre is back from a long-term injury lay-off and in our ‘Downtime’ Q&A covers guilty pleasures, dinner guests and Ryan Giggs.


What’s inside Rugby World’s autumn Tests special

Centre point: Jonathan Davies has been in decent form for the Scarlets (Huw Evans Agency)

12. Georgia’s Merab Sharikadze

“We won’t grow if we don’t get opportunities.” The centre explains why Georgia’s progress could stall without better fixture.

13. Ben Ryan’s World Cup squad

The gold medal-winning coach turns selector and picks his 31-man England squad for next year’s World Cup – be prepared for bombshells!

14. Cory Hill

The Dragons and Wales lock talks Liverpool, lineouts and leading men.

15. Should the haka be banned from rugby?

Former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan and ex-All Blacks prop Ben Franks present different sides of the argument. 

What’s inside Rugby World’s autumn Tests special

Hot topic: All Blacks perform the haka in Yokohama (Getty Images)


  • Inside the Mind of… Harry Williams
  • What it’s like to… Go viral at the Olympics, by Brazil’s Izzy Cerullo
  • Glasgow and Scotland fly-half Adam Hastings
  • The new TMO trial explained
  • Club Hero – Ulster centre Darren Cave
  • Rising Stars Dan Davis and Caelan Doris
  • Leigh Halfpenny’s goalkicking tips
  • Grass-roots club news in Club Focus
  • South Africa Sevens star Chris Dry
  • Jasmine Joyce on an exciting autumn series for Wales Women

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