Rugby World

Rugby World June 2019

Rugby World is the voice of global rugby and the biggest-selling rugby magazine anywhere. Through its team of respected and professional writers, it offers unrivalled access to the players and coaches behind the thrilling clashes that define the sport of international rugby union. The magazine has four editions, one for each of the UK national teams, and delivers a comprehensive monthly package of rugby action, with hundreds of images that capture the excitement and passion that define this high-impact sport..

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what you should be talking about this month

WELL DONE to Exeter Chiefs for bagging their Gallagher Premiership play-off spot a month before we’d tucked into any hot cross buns. Saracens deserve credit, too, for going so strongly. But let’s focus on the real story of this season: who will be relegated? It has been a right old rammy at the foot of the table. All of the bottom four sides – Bristol, Leicester, Worcester and Newcastle – had won only six matches with four rounds to go. You may gasp at seeing the famous, supporter-rich Leicester in the relegation mix but the Premiership is as fair as it is cruel and conceding 69 tries in those 18 games (the league’s worst numbers) is a surefire way to flirt with the drop. “Many can go down, but few can come…

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“end of the season to deliver drama aplenty”

CELEBRATIONS GOT a little out of hand when Westport beat NUIG in the Connacht Women’s Cup final, so much so that the triumphant players broke the trophy! It was an accident, of course, but paradoxically shows how much silverware means to people. Over the next few weeks, more trophies will be won and lost as players – and supporters – experience both the highs and lows of sport. In a World Cup year, the season’s end has added significance. These last few matches are a final chance for players to prove why they deserve to be part of their country’s squad for Japan 2019. Yes, there are training camps and warm-up games to come – but fail to impress now and you may not get the opportunity to take part in those. We…

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your rugby calendar

8th Twickenham will stage the Rugby Players’ Association awards dinner. We know that Mathew Tait (below) will be honoured with the Special Merit Award, but who will be crowned Players’ Player of the Year? 21st If the Nations Championship is to get off the ground, this Tuesday’s World Rugby Council meeting is crucial. It will decide whether to proceed with the proposed competition – the key facet is promotion and relegation, so that emerging nations have a pathway. 2nd Looking for some good book recommendations? The shortlist for the 2019 Rugby Book of the Year will be announced this Thursday – keep an eye on rugbyworld.com for all the details. Last year the gong went to Wrecking Ball by Billy Vunipola (left), and this year’s winner will be announced at the Telegraph Sports Book Awards…

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the directory

FRI 19 APR Super Rugby Chiefs v Lions (9.35am) Sunwolves v Hurricanes (noon) Sharks v Reds (3.05pm) TV All live on Sky Sports Greene King IPA Championship Richmond v London Irish (3pm) Nottingham v Jersey Reds (7.45) WEEKEND 20-21 APR HSBC World Sevens Series (Women, Kitakyushu) SAT 20 APR Heineken Cup Semi-final Saracens v Munster (3pm, Ricoh Arena) TV Live on BT Sport Challenge Cup Semi-finals La Rochelle v Sale (5.30pm) TV Live on BT Sport Clermont v Harlequins (8pm) TV Live on BT Sport Continental Shield Play-offs Enisei v Timișoara Saracens (9am) Rovigo v Calvisano (2pm) Super Rugby Highlanders v Blues (9.35am) Waratahs v Rebels (11.45am) Stormers v Brumbies (3.05pm) TV All live on Sky Sports Greene King IPA Championship Doncaster v Coventry (2.30pm) Hartpury Coll v L Scottish (2.30) Ealing v Bedford (3pm) Principality Premiership Bridgend v RGC 1404 Ebbw Vale v Bedwas Llandovery v Carmarthen Quins Llanelli v Swansea Merthyr v Bargoed Newport…

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2019 world cup fixtures

POOL STAGES FRI 20 SEP Japan v Russia (11.45am, Tokyo) SAT 21 SEP Australia v Fiji (5.45am, Sapporo) France v Argentina (8.15, Tokyo) N Zealand v SA (10.45, Yokohama) SUN 22 SEP Italy v Namibia (6.15am, Osaka) Ireland v Scot (8.45, Yokohama) England v Tonga (11.15, Sapporo) MON 23 SEP Wales v Georgia (11.15am, Toyota) TUE 24 SEP Russia v Samoa (11.15, Kumagaya) WED 25 SEP Fiji v Uruguay (6.15am, Kamaishi) THU 26 SEP Italy v Canada (8.45am, Fukuoka) England v USA (11.45am, Kobe) SAT 28 SEP Argentina v Tonga (5.45, Osaka) Japan v Ireland (8.15, Shizuoka) S Africa v Namibia (10.45, Toyota) SUN 29 SEP Georgia v Uruguay (6.15, K’agaya) Australia v Wales (8.45am, Tokyo) MON 30 SEP Scotland v Samoa (11.15am, Kobe) WED 2 OCT France v USA (8.45am, Fukuoka) NZ v Canada (11.15am, Oita) THU 3 OCT Georgia v Fiji (6.15am, Osaka) Ireland v Russia (11.15am, Kobe) FRI 4 OCT S Africa v Italy (10.45, Shizuoka) SAT 5 OCT Australia v Uruguay (6.15am, Oita) England v…

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“i had a morris minor traveller. any speed above 30mph was terrifying”

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch? At Sale three years ago, Greig Laidlaw was giving us the pre-match pep talk out on the pitch. Everyone was laughing because he had a big length of tissue roll attached to his boot. It was an unorthodox psyche-up but we ended up winning and Greig was Man of the Match. Who’s the biggest prankster at your club? Fraser Balmain’s up there. He has a quintessential British humour, mixing classic comedy with a bit of darker stuff. His partner-in-crime is Ed Slater. Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with? I feel Theresa May would enjoy a bit of time with the cameras off her face, so she could chill out in there. I’d be happy to help her relax. That…