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Rugby World

June 2021
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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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
what you should be talking about this month…

“The problem with rugby broadcasting” FOR ALL the talk of engaging new audiences, rugby doesn’t half make it difficult – and expensive – for people to watch matches. If you’re a rugby fan in the UK or Ireland and want to watch live coverage of the various international and domestic competitions, you have to pay for a handful of subscriptions. BT Sport covers the European competitions and Gallagher Premiership, it’s Premier Sports or eir Sport for the Guinness Pro14, then you need Sky Sports for coverage of this summer’s Lions tour and RugbyPass for live streams of Super Rugby Aotearoa, while it was Amazon Prime for the Autumn Nations Cup. Yes, the odd club match is shown on free-to-air channels (of course, you do need to pay for a TV licence), but the majority…

1 min.
editor’s letter

WHEN THE late John Dawes was interviewed about the modern game in 2013, he bemoaned the focus on physicality. “These days the first thing you look at in a player is how big he is, how strong he is,” he told his biographer Ross Reyburn. Tackles and breakdowns have become more ferocious – the use of the word ‘collisions’ illustrates that – and there’ll be no shortage of physicality when the Lions tour South Africa in a few weeks. Yet let’s hope that series also sees the unique skills of individual players come to the fore, as in Dawes’s day. We’ve put the Boks under the spotlight in this issue and feature two stars who may not be the largest but do pose a big threat to Warren Gatland’s Lions – Faf…

1 min.
your rugby calendar

8th NEW ISSUE OUT 12th The World Rugby Council meets this Wednesday – and will decide who’ll fill the Executive Committee spot left by Gareth Davies, who lost his bid to be re-elected WRU chairman last year. Cristina Flores (Rugby Americas North), Ada Milby (Asia Rugby) and Jonathan Webb (RFU) are all standing. 6th It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – the 2021 British & Irish Lions squad announcement. Who will be selected in Warren Gatland’s 36-strong touring party? What will be the surprise calls? Find out at rugbyworld.com – and turn to P46 to read Stephen Jones’s verdict on one team that has already been picked, the coaches. 8th Crusaders (below) triumphed in the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa season and we’ll find out who will lift the trophy in 2021 this Saturday. It’s…

8 min.
the directory

FRIDAY 30 APRIL Women’s Six Nations Exhibition France v England (8pm, Villeneuve d’Ascq) TV Live on BBC iPlayer Challenge Cup Semi-final Leicester v Ulster (8pm) TV Live on BT/Ch 4/Virgin Media Rainbow Cup SA Sharks v Lions (6pm) TV Live Premier Sports/eir Sport Super Rugby Aotearoa Hurricanes v H’landers (8.05am) TV Live on rugbypass.com SATURDAY 1 MAY Champions Cup Semi-final Toulouse v Bordeaux-Bègles (3) TV Live on BT Sport Challenge Cup Semi-final Bath v Montpellier (8pm) TV Live on BT Sport Rainbow Cup SA Stormers v Bulls (4pm) TV Live Premier Sports/eir Sport Greene King IPA Championship Ampthill v Jersey (1.45pm) Coventry v Cornish Pirates (3pm) Ealing v Richmond (3.30pm) Nottingham v Saracens (5.30pm) Super Rugby Aotearoa Blues v Chiefs (8.05am) TV Live on rugbypass.com Super Rugby AU Qualification Final TV Live on world. rugby Major League Rugby NE Free Jacks v San Diego Legion Old Glory DC v LA Giltinis TV All live therugbynetwork.com Superliga Americana de Rugby Cafeteros Pro v Olimpia Lions Cobras Brasil XV v Selknam Peñarol Rugby…

4 min.
“i’d be hoggy for his pay cheque but then you’ve got to have that hair!”

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on a pitch? Alex Dunbar trying an up-and-under against Wales in 2015. I’d been sin-binned, so Alex slotted in at stand-off and attempted this kick that was meant for Tim Visser but went backwards 10m and straight out on the full. The best bit was Eck turning to Greig Laidlaw and trying to blame him, for reasons I’ve never quite been able to understand. Any practical jokes you can tell us? I’m still wondering if Stuart Hogg’s hair at the end of the Six Nations was a practical joke. Ryan Wilson and John Barclay used to give him frights, but he’s getting his own back on all of us with that wig. t really annoys you? There’s not much that really gets to me. The boys…

1 min.
what’s on your phone

Last person you phoned My mum, Sally Most important person on phone My mum and Jacky Lorenzetti, the owner of Racing 92 Last person you texted Emma, my girlfriend Last photo taken Me with Hoggy and Ali in the dressing room after we beat France in Paris Favourite music app I use Spotify the most, but I like a lot of songs on SoundCloud too Last app downloaded The Rugby Network, to watch Adam Ashe play in MLR for LA Giltinis Guilty pleasure app I play Candy Crush quite a bit! Favourite Whatsapp group My three oldest pals from school. We’re back and forth every day…