Rugby World

Rugby World July 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

THE MEN’S and Women’s World Sevens Series reach their climax over the coming weeks – and teams are not only competing for the two respective titles but 2020 Olympics qualification. This season’s series are the primary route to next year’s Games in Tokyo, with the top four teams in the final standings guaranteed a place. Besides Japan, who qualify automatically as hosts, only one other team has booked their spot – New Zealand Women, who won the recent Langford Sevens. So there is plenty still to play for in the final rounds: London (25-26 May) and Paris (1-2 June) for the men, and Biarritz (15-16 June) for the women. “World’s top teams closing in on Olympics” In terms of the women’s series, four teams are competing for the final three qualification spots – USA…

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“pro players must look at the bigger picture”

CONGRATULATIONS to Saracens, champions of Europe for a third time. Yet where will those players be in 20 years’ time? Retirements will scatter that period, the ex-pros then facing 30 years in their ‘second career’, with less earning power. A few may go ‘upstairs’ into coaching or into the media, but the vast majority will need to seek employment outside of the sport. And the worry is that too many players are burying thoughts of the future at the back of their mind. In fairness to Saracens, it is a club that actively nurtures players off the field, encouraging them to pursue extracurricular activities. But a lot of pros don’t use their spare time so effectively. We’ve themed this edition around the important issue of ‘life after rugby’. We’ve spoken to retired players…

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your rugby calendar

6th Want a brilliant insight into Welsh rugby? In the book Behind The Dragon – published this Thursday – it’s the players who tell the story of the team, so you learn about Wales’ history and get an understanding of what it’s like to wear the red jersey. Published by Polaris, the RRP is £20. 17th France (right) lifted the U20 World Championship trophy in 2018, but who will get their hands on it this year? The tournament, hosted by Argentina, kicks off on 4 June and the semi-finals take place at Rosario’s Racecourse Stadium on Monday 17 June, ahead of the 22 June final. 2nd Twickenham has a packed schedule this Sunday, with the historic England v Barbarians double header. The women’s match kicks off at 12.45pm and the men’s at 3.30pm. There’s the…

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the directory

FRI 17 MAY Guinness Pro14 Semi-final Glasgow v Ulster (7.35pm) TV Live on Premier Sports/eir Super Rugby Hurricanes v Jaguares (8.35am) Rebels v Bulls (10.45am) TV Both live on Sky Sports Principality Premiership Pontypridd v Merthyr SAT 18 MAY Gallagher Premiership Exeter v Northampton (4pm) TV Live on BT Sport Leicester v Bath (4pm) Newcastle v Bristol (4pm) Sale v Gloucester (4pm) Wasps v Harlequins (4pm) TV Live on BT Sport Worcester v Saracens (4pm) Guinness Pro14 Semi-final Leinster v Munster (2.30pm) TV Live on Premier Sports/eir Pro14 European Play-off Ospreys v Scarlets (7.45pm) Top 14 Agen v Castres Bordeaux-Bègles v Toulouse Lyon v La Rochelle Montpellier v Stade Français Pau v Grenoble Perpignan v Racing 92 Toulon v Clermont Super Rugby Blues v Chiefs (8.35am) Reds v Waratahs (10.45am) Lions v Highlanders (2.05pm) Stormers v Crusaders (4.15pm) TV All live on Sky Sports…

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2019 world cup fixtures

POOL STAGES FRI 20 SEP Japan v Russia (Pool A, 11.45am, Tokyo) SAT 21 SEP Australia v Fiji (Pool D, 5.45am, Sapporo) France v Argentina (Pool C, 8.15am, Tokyo) New Zealand v South Africa (Pool B, 10.45am, Yokohama) SUN 22 SEP Italy v Namibia (Pool B, 6.15am, Osaka) Ireland v Scotland (Pool A, 8.45am, Yokohama) England v Tonga (Pool C, 11.15am, Sapporo) MON 23 SEP Wales v Georgia (Pool D, 11.15am, Toyota) TUE 24 SEP Russia v Samoa (Pool A, 11.15am, Kumagaya) WED 25 SEP Fiji v Uruguay (Pool D, 6.15am, Kamaishi) THU 26 SEP Italy v Canada (Pool B, 8.45am, Fukuoka) England v USA (Pool C, 11.45am, Kobe) SAT 28 SEP Argentina v Tonga (Pool C, 5.45am, Osaka) Japan v Ireland (Pool A, 8.15am, Shizuoka) South Africa v Namibia (Pool B, 10.45am, Toyota) SUN 29 SEP Georgia v Uruguay (Pool D, 6.15am, Kumagaya) Australia v Wales (Pool…

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“one time he threw a cricket ball at my balls. i didn’t see it coming”

THERE’S A certain irony that the name Uini is pronounced ‘weeny’ when you consider international front-rower Atonio was the heaviest player to take part in this year’s Six Nations. Born in New Zealand, Atonio represented Samoa U20 at the 2009 Junior World Championship, played for Counties Manukau in the ITM Cup the following year, joined La Rochelle in 2011 and then made his France debut in November 2014 after completing his three years’ residency. He’s become something of a cult figure in rugby and here he gives us a little more insight into his life… What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Never give up. I remember Tana Umaga telling me one time (at Counties Manukau) that no matter how many times you go down, always get back to your feet. What…