IT’S A new age in Europe, with the launch of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. The latest edition of Rugby World gives you the skinny on every pool! As well as talking with the biggest personalities in the competitions, we look at previous champions and consider the possible issues ahead.
On top of that, Rugby World looks at the biggest innovations to shake the game since its inception, we talk with those hardy souls who have swapped between rugby league and rugby union to see if they think Sam Burgess will be a success and Stephen Jones has a warning for the women’s game.
This month we look at the most intriguing match-ups to come in the Champions Cup, Bernard Lapasset’s concerns for the Rio Olympics and talk with Steve Borthwick about life in Japan.
John Kirwan– All Blacks hero Sir John Kirwan is in the UK in November, coaching the Baa-Baas. He tells us about it
Chris Cracknell– The sevens specialist gives us his views as the HSBC Sevens World Series
Gareth Davies– The Dragons’ Chief Executive was recently elected to the WRU board. He talks about the state of the Welsh game
James Haskell– Wasps’ captain talks us through his career to date
Scott Willians– A leader? At such a young age the Scarlet is a senior player
Felix Jones – The Munster full-back hopes his side can push on following a tough start
Scott MacLeod – Making trips over the border between Hawick and Newcastle is part of life for the second-row
Owen Farrell – Here comes another monumental season for England and Saracens’ plucky fly-half
Leinster – Can the province triumph in Europe again? Tom English looks at their chances
Carl Hayman – Toulon’s captain looks back at his career and lifts the lid on Europe’s reigning champions
Mark Bennett – It’s been one hell of a journey for the young Scottish centre to end up back in Glasgow with the Warriors
Dan Biggar – Shy and retiring off the pitch, loud and proud on it, the Ospreys stand-off is keen to ignore the criticism and just play his game
Challenge Cup – Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie talk through European competition with us on the crazy golf course
25 innovations– Here are the big changes that rocked rugby
Big debate– Was it right to hand the European Champions Cup final to Twickenham? Here are the arguments
Women’s rugby – The World Cup was fantastic and it’s great to see some players going pro but the women’s game must be watchful, warns Stephen Jones
Rugby focus – It’s back! News from clubs, schools and women’s rugby here!
Pro Insight – Ben Youngs tells Rugby World about decision-making at the breakdown
Pro Playbook – Shane Howarth looks at attacking moves
Mini Rugby – How to play rugby netball
Essentials – The latest books and products
Uncovered – Recent retiree James Simpson-Daniel looks to the future
Tour tale – Japes on tour with the 1974 Lions