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Rugby World

October 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

AT RECENT sporting events we’ve seen the officials generate almost as much coverage as the matches themselves. The Women’s Football World Cup was dominated by discussions about VAR. The first Ashes Test saw the umpires’ decisions come under scrutiny. After that memorable Cricket World Cup final, there was debate over the number of runs awarded when a throw deflected off Ben Stokes’s bat. We can only hope the Rugby World Cup is not marred by controversial refereeing or TMO decisions. It may seem like too much to hope for, but we all want the feats of the players on the pitch to determine who triumphs rather than, say, an incorrect penalty call. That’s what we got at the 2015 World Cup, when Craig Joubert’s error at Twickenham denied Scotland a place in…

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“the one we’ve been waiting for is finally here”

IT HAS been ten years in the making and is now only days away: the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It’s the first time rugby’s biggest tournament has been held in Asia and the 48 matches will be played in 12 venues across three islands in Japan. Crowds at Japan’s recent Pacific Nations Cup matches demonstrate how excitement is building in the country and there are hundreds of thousands of supporters flying in from overseas too. I, for one, cannot wait. With half-a-dozen teams in with a realistic chance of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup in Yokohama on 2 November, this tournament is set to be a cracker. And I’m expecting some upsets too. Our in-depth team guides (P37-100) provide everything you need to know about all 20 countries competing, from players to watch…

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your rugby calendar

2nd This is the day teams have to submit details of the 31 players they have picked for Japan 2019 to World Rugby. They then have until Friday 6 September to publicly announce the names, although some teams will reveal their squads earlier. From Samoa to Scotland (above), we’ll keep you up to date with all the squad news at rugbyworld.com 19th “Intimate access to the unique mindset required to make someone a genuinely great leader of men.” That’s what publishers HarperCollins are promising Sam Warburton’s new autobiography Open Side (RRP £20) will deliver. The ex-Wales captain reflects not only on his career but on what he’s learnt from rugby – the book goes on sale just before RWC 2019. 6th England (below) are taking the last of their warm-ups away from…

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the directory

WEEKEND 23/24 AUG Celtic Cup Cardiff Blues A v Leinster A Connacht Eagles v Dragons A Scarlets A v Ulster A FRI 23 AUG Celtic Cup Munster A v Ospreys Dev (7.30) SAT 24 AUG World Cup Warm-ups England v Ireland (3, Twickenham) TV Live on Sky Sports Scotland v France (1.10pm, BT Murrayfield) TV Live on Premier Sports Top 14 Agen v Toulon Bordeaux-Bègles v Toulouse Castres v Montpellier Lyon v Stade Français Pau v Brive Racing 92 v Bayonne SUN 25 AUG Top 14 Clermont v La Rochelle WEEKEND 30/31 AUG Celtic Cup Leinster A v Scarlets A Ospreys Dev v Connacht Eagles FRI 30 AUG World Cup Warm-up France v Italy (9, Stade de France) Celtic Cup Dragons A v Munster A (7pm) SAT 31 AUG World Cup Warm-ups Samoa v NZ Heartland XV (3am, Auckland) Tonga v Fiji (5.30am, Auckland) Wales v Ireland (2.30pm, Principality Stadium) TV Live on Channel 4 Georgia v Scotland (5pm, Tbilisi) TV Live on Premier Sports Celtic Cup Ulster A v Cardiff Blues…

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“i’d teleport to the tee. but i wouldn’t want superpowers in golf”

“I bought this T-shirt that was half black and half white. My wife called me an orca whale!” Do you have any phobias? Yes, I’m claustrophobic. When I was at boarding school a guy locked me in a cupboard. It felt pretty traumatic. I don’t have any problems with long-haul flights, but when I get caught under anyone… How was your relationship with your brothers growing up? We would hang out a lot. It’s difficult being away from the family and farm now, but realistically I’ll only go back a couple of times a year. It was the best place to grow up. It was pure joy, just kicking the ball around. Would you go into farming after rugby? No, I won’t. My brother Scott may do. It’s probably not for me. I…

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around the world in ten stories

1 Brazil Japan secured promotion to next year’s Junior World Cup after winning the U20 World Trophy. They beat Portugal 35-34 in the final in São José dos Campos thanks to a late try from Ryosuke Kawase that was converted by Ryuto Fukuyama. Captain Shota Fukui also made history by becoming the first player to win the U20 Trophy twice, having been part of Japan’s champion team in 2017. Tonga came third after beating Uruguay 29-27 while Canada saw off Kenya 52-13 to take fifth place and hosts Brazil beat Hong Kong 32-29 to finish seventh. 2 Australia The Wallaroos claimed their first Test wins on home soil by beating Japan in back-to-back matches. Nine debutants played in the series opener but they still ran in six tries to win 34-5. The margin was even wider in…