The latest issue of Rugby World does exactly what it says on the cover: reveals the 50 Most Influential People in Rugby right now. Yet that’s not all that features in the September issue – here are ten reasons to buy Rugby World this month…
This is the ultimate list of rugby’s movers and shakers. Detailed and comprehensive, the rundown covers 36 pages and some of those featured are profiled by the likes of Stuart Lancaster, Tommy Bowe, Luther Burrell, Michael Leitch, Sue Day and Nick Evans. Some names will be familiar, others will not, but it’s a definitive look at the people who shape the game – and it’s sure to provoke plenty of debate.
2. Rugby Championship Preview
Teams in the northern hemisphere may be gearing up for the new campaign with a gruelling pre-season, but for those in the south it’s time for international competition. As Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa prepare for the Rugby Championship to kick off, we ask: Can anyone beat the All Blacks? Former England fly-half Stuart Barnes provides expert analysis ahead of the tournament.
3. 30 Minutes with Dylan Hartley
The England captain talks superpowers, sunbathing and sightseeing as well as why he bought night-vision goggles to spy on Chris Ashton!
4. Tips from the pros
Matthew Morgan, the hot-stepping Wales No 15 who is now in situ at Cardiff Blues, gives his top tips on how to counter-attack from full-back. Plus, USA Sevens coach Mike Friday explains four ways to score from an attacking scrum in the abbreviated game.
5. Big-name interviews
Ireland’s 36-year-old prop Mike Ross explains why he has no plans to hang up his boots yet, Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson discusses his move to Harlequins and Ross Moriarty, the Wales flanker, reveals how he almost lost an arm when he was younger. Three southern hemisphere stars also talk exclusively to us – Australia captain Stephen Moore, Leicester’s new Springbok recruit JP Pietersen and former New Zealand hooker Corey Flynn, who has joined Glasgow Warriors.
6. Midfield minefield
England’s midfield has been a problem ever since Will Greenwood retired, with successive coaches mixing and matching players in the 12 and 13 shirts for more than a decade. So who should Eddie Jones pick at centre for the autumn Tests? Chris Hewett takes a look at the contenders.
7. France’s foreign policy
Montpellier lifted the European Challenge Cup last season and reached the Top 14 semi-finals, but Jake White’s South African-infused squad is proving controversial. With a new Top 14 season kicking off this month, Rugby World looks at how French rugby hopes to stem the flow of overseas signings.
8. Ayumu Goromaru Uncovered
The Japan star who’s just swapped Queensland Reds for Toulon talks that win over South Africa, experiencing different cultures and what it’s like to have “80% of the Japanese people” recognising you.
9. Beach rugby
Rugby World travels to Portugal to find out why beach rugby is taking Europe by storm. Could it become an Olympic sport?
10. Fired-up columnists
South African referee Craig Joubert opens up on how officiating on the sevens circuit has energised him while Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan presents a strong case for banning body rolls.