Rugby World

Rugby World August 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

JOHNNY SEXTON was crowned World Player of the Year at the end of November after a stupendous 2018. Yet the Leinster and Ireland fly-half has struggled to hit the same heights this year, injuries stalling his momentum. David Pocock was given the highest honour in Australian rugby at the end of last year when he was voted winner of the John Eales Medal. Yet he’s played only three matches in 2019 and is battling to be fit in time for the World Cup. Danny Cipriani collected an awards double in May – RPA Players’ Player of the Year and Premiership Player of the Year. Yet he wasn’t picked in the England squads for the autumn series or this year’s Six Nations. “Who is the best player in the world?” Three examples that show how…

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“top clubs dominate our 100 best players list”

IT WAS fitting that while we enjoyed a pint in Covent Garden after selecting our list of the 100 best players in the world that Owen Farrell should walk past. The England fly-half topped our chart when we last compiled it 18 months ago and is one of nine Saracens included this time. It’s no surprise the Londoners dominate the list. Their Premiership and European double lifts their tally of major trophies to eight in five seasons and there is talk of a dynasty being created. In all, four club teams stood out when compiling our list for they provide more than a quarter of the players who make the cut. As well as nine Saracens, there are seven Crusaders and six players apiece from the Hurricanes and Leinster. With so much talent…

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your rugby calendar

10th Get your diaries out – the Gallagher Premiership fixtures for the 2019-20 season will be announced this Wednesday. The staging of the 2019 World Cup means the English top-flight season will start on 21 September, with the final not until 20 June 2020. You’ll soon know all the dates for the campaign. 11th Close to 16 years have passed since Matt Dawson helped England lift the Webb Ellis Cup and this Thursday he is hosting a dinner at Balls Brothers, Minster Court, in London to talk rugby and more over a three-course meal. See undertheposts.co.uk for details. 6th The Crusaders have been crowned Super Rugby champions for the last two years, beating the Lions in each final to add to the seven titles they won between 1998 and 2008. But who will lift the…

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the directory

FRI 14 JUNE Super Rugby Highlanders v Waratahs (8.35am) Rebels v Chiefs (10.45am) Jaguares v Sunwolves (11.10pm) TV All live on Sky Sports WEEKEND 15-16 JUNE HSBC World Sevens Series (Women’s tournament, Biarritz) SAT 15 JUNE Nations Cup (Uruguay) Namibia v Russia (7.30pm) Uruguay v Argentina XV (10pm) Top 14 Final (8pm, Stade de France) TV Live on Sky Sports Super Rugby Hurricanes v Blues (8.35am) Brumbies v Reds (10.45am) Stormers v Sharks (2.05pm) Bulls v Lions (4.15pm) TV All live on Sky Sports MON 17 JUNE U20 World Cup Semi-finals (5 & 7.30pm, Rosario, Argentina) WEEKEND 21-23 JUNE Super Rugby Quarter-finals TV All live on Sky Sports SAT 22 JUNE U20 World Cup Final (7.30pm, Rosario, Argentina) WEEKEND 28-30 JUNE 2020 Olympic Qualifying South America – Men (Santiago, Chile) Super Rugby Semi-finals TV Both live on Sky Sports FRI 28 JUNE Women’s Super Series USA v England (9pm) Canada v New Zealand (midnight) (Chula Vista, San Diego) TV Both live on Sky…

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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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“during the first tackle my shorts disintegrated”

Do you have any phobias? Being burgled when I’m in the house. I’ve heard some brilliant stories recently of people being there but if that was me I’d be screaming! I’m such a deep sleeper, it’s the thought of waking up and someone’s face being almost on top of mine. Other than that, snakes and spiders don’t do anything for me. What annoys you? Alex Lozowski – it’s like having a little brother, so juvenile. Also, laziness and lack of ambition. What’s been your best fancy-dress outfit? The Joker from Batman. I kept it quiet ahead of last year’s end-of-season do and a friend did all my make-up, so it was a massive surprise for people. The details were bang-on. When we went to St Anton (in Austria), Duncan Taylor and I were the…