Rugby World

Rugby World

June 2020

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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in this issue

2 min.
what you should be talking about this month

“Who will win the World Rugby election?” RUGBY IS in a state of limbo due to the pandemic but while we don’t have a clear idea of when matches will resume, there is a big date coming up. The annual World Rugby Council meeting will take place on 12 May – remotely due to Covid-19 – with a vote for the chairman, vice-chairman and executive committee positions. Sir Bill Beaumont and Agustín Pichot have worked together as chairman and vice-chairman respectively for the past four years, but are now going head-to-head for the top job. Many are describing it as a battle between the old school (Beaumont) and the visionary (Pichot), but a look through the two manifestos shows they are focusing on similar things – global season, player welfare, governance review, sustainable finances…

1 min.
“nobody can doubt rugby is an inclusive sport”

RUGBY PRIDES itself on its fundamental value of being a sport for all. It’s a game for all shapes and sizes and a game for all in other ways – sexuality, colour of skin, religion, political views… Rugby changing rooms on a Saturday afternoon have people from all walks of life, backgrounds and beliefs. It’s hugely inclusive. As with everything, there’s always a minority of people who don’t like somebody for whatever reason, but people who are prejudiced in any shape or form are few and far between. I could count on one hand the number of homophobic comments I’ve had since I came out 15 years ago. If rugby wasn’t inclusive, I wouldn’t be able to be who I am today and do what I do, I wouldn’t be able to…

1 min.
your rugby calendar

7th Are you a sucker for rugby stats? @OptaJonny is a good source on Twitter and every Thursday he is highlighting the best facts and figures from previous World Cups. This Thursday it will be statistics from RWC 2011 in New Zealand (below). 11th The Rugby Union Weekly team of Chris Jones, Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Chris Ashton are still producing podcasts despite the lack of live rugby due to the pandemic. New episodes land on Mondays and include plenty of laughs as well as the dissection of serious topics. A perfect combination in these strange times. 10th Classic World Cup games are being streamed to help fill the void created by the postponement and cancellation of fixtures. If you miss the weekend live feeds, the matches remain on World Rugby’s YouTube channel, so…

4 min.
“his car was completely covered in post-it stickers”

HOW HAVE you found lockdown? I’m quite lucky because I have a home gym set-up to keep me ticking over and we also have some outside space, so I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden. Rarely do you get an opportunity to completely switch off rugby-wise. Even in the off-season, after about a week you’re thinking about pre-season and the season ahead, so it’s been good to sit back and reflect on what’s just been. How have you been training? I’ve got weights and a Wattbike at home, and it’s been nice training on my own schedule. I’ve done a few longer Wattbike sessions using Zwift to ride with others (virtually). We also have a Philosophy Club at Saracens. We have a topic, say the art of listening, and David Jones…

1 min.
what’s on your pho?ne

Last person you called I’ve got a missed call from Will Carling so better ring him back Most important person in phone My old man’s a long-time Rugby World subscriber, so I’ll say him Last person you texted Danny Care. I was doing the BBC podcast Last picture you took The coffee I just made. I’m sending it to Elliot Daly as a progress update Favourite social media I don’t use very many so probably Instagram Last app downloaded Zwift, the cycling one Last song you played I’ve been listening to Six60, they’re a Kiwi band Guilty pleasure At training we use Flappy Golf to decide who will make the teas…

3 min.
around the world in ten stories

1 France French federation president Bernard Laporte has radical plans to reshape rugby and boost finances. Laporte (below) outlined his proposals to launch an annual 20-team Club World Cup in Midi Olympique, with space in the calendar created by using the European Cup weekends. He said: “The European competition is magnificent. But let’s be frank, it does not generate enough income.” 2 Guatemala It is hoped the first women’s Test between Guatemala and El Salvador will encourage more 15s players in Central America. Hosts Guatemala (above) won 50-5, but of more importance to the participants was raising the profile of the sport and particularly the 15-a-side code, as sevens often takes precedence in the region. Guatemala captain Elisa Illescas said: “Now there is a place for those that are not athletic enough to play sevens. It…