The countdown is on for the World Cup – and the excitement is definitely building in the latest issue of Rugby World. As well as big-name interviews with Eben Etzebeth, Ben Youngs, Sam Warburton, Rob Kearney and Finn Russell, we find out about a family divided ahead of the New Zealand v Tonga fixture, look at the current state of Samoan rugby and rewind to the 1991 final.

On top of all that, we examine rugby’s eligibility rules and put forward three solutions that would ensure the integrity of international rugby is assured.

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We reflect on the U20 World Cup and Super Rugby, check in with a thriving club in China and catch up on the latest sevens goings-on ahead of Rio 2016. Plus, there’s 30 Minutes with Sam Burgess, two U20 Hotshots and a rant on deliberate knock-ons


Shane Horgan – He runs the rule over Ireland’s wing options

The Secret Player – Our former pro gives us the inside track on World Cup camps

Adam Jones – The Test centurion pays tribute to Jerry Collins

John Barclay

Sharp mover: John Barclay’s Scarlets form has earned him a Scotland recall. Photo: Huw Evans Agency


Maro Itoje – England’s rising star on poetry, politics and progress

John Barclay – The Scarlet talks about being back in the Scotland mix

Chris Henry – The Ulsterman opens up about his return after heart surgery

Tomas Francis – Meet the Exeter prop who can make a big impact for Wales


The Rugby Championship – Eben Etzebeth on South Africa’s title bid and the World Cup

Ben Youngs – The England scrum-half on the Lions, Manu Tuilagi and RWC 2011

The Big Issue – RW takes an in-depth look at ‘flags of convenience’ and the eligibility rules

Sam Warburton – The Wales captain on makes him angry and World Cup preparation

Season Review – Look back at the Pro12, Premiership and Top 14 finals with facts & photos

RWC 1991 – Did England get their tactics wrong in the 1991 final? Read what the players think in this extract from Behind The Rose

Rob Kearney

Flying machine: Rob Kearney leaps over the South Africa defence last autumn. Photo: Inpho

Rob Kearney – The full-back insists Ireland have the game plan to succeed at RWC 2015

Samoa – How ongoing turmoil off the field could affect them come the World Cup

Finn Russell – Scotland’s young fly-half explains why his gambles have paid off

The Piutau Brothers – Charles and Siale Piutau are set to go head-to-head for New Zealand and Tonga respectively at RWC 2015. So how do they feel about being foes?

Worcester – Stephen Jones looks at the Warriors’ chances in the Premiership and gives his verdict on the Championship play-offs

Tom Youngs

Wheels of steel: England hooker Tom Youngs gets stuck into a Wattbike session. Photo: Leigh Quinnell


Pro Insight – Find out why the likes of Tom Youngs swear by the benefits of using a Wattbike

Nutrition – Why planning your meals is so important

Fitness – Three exercises to help you drive mauls like an England forward

Pro Playbook – Former Harlequins wing Tom Williams reveals his circle ball ploy

Mini Rugby – This month’s game is rugby cricket. Plus, learn how to sell a dummy


Essentials – DVD and book reviews as well as new products on the market

Uncovered – Pumas scrum-half Tomas Cubelli on why it’s all change in Argentina

Tour Tale – How did Ireland’s kit man get revenge on Brian Carney?

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