Rugby World

Rugby World

October 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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what you should be talking about this month…

“The race for European Champions Cup qualification” WHILE THE 2019-20 Champions and Challenge Cups are still to reach a conclusion, eyes are already turning to next season and qualification for Europe’s premier competition. Tournament organisers EPCR are due to announce a revised format for 2020-21 early this month and it’s expected that the top eight teams in each of the Premiership, Guinness Pro14 and Top 14 will qualify for a 24-team Champions Cup. With the 2019-20 Top 14 season officially cancelled in May, league standings will be taken from when matches were suspended in March, which means Toulouse and Montpellier – seventh and eighth in the table respectively – would make it in. Pro14 standings would be taken after their abbreviated campaign, while Premiership clubs will have the added incentive of Champions Cup qualification…

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“breaks in play hit rugby’s entertainment value”

DONÕT MISS THIS MONTH England coach Eddie Jones covers everything from baseball to books, learnings to laws in our exclusive interview. Turn to P32-37 to read it SITTING IN the Stoop for the first game of the Gallagher Premiership’s ‘restart’ – mask on and empty stands all around – was a somewhat strange experience. The absence of fans highlighted the importance of the role crowds play in rugby. The colour, the noise, the passion – the atmosphere fans create cannot be replicated by back-room teams cheering from the sidelines. Without the sights and sounds of the crowd, it was also much more evident just how much wasted time there is in a game of rugby. The Telegraph reported recently that five of the six games over that opening weekend had more than an…

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golden boot

Jeremy Guscott drops the goal that seals the 1997 British & Irish Lions’ 18-15 win over the Springboks at Kings Park in Durban. Victory in that second Test gave the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series against the then world champions and they became only the second Lions team to win a series in South Africa after the 1974 side The British & Irish Lions are the most iconic touring rugby team in the world and now you can join them in South Africa. Their official travel company have launched the biggest range of ticket-inclusive packages and experiences ever, which gives fans peace of mind when it comes to packages that include official tickets, flights and hotel accommodation, with flexible payments, a Covid-19 guarantee and amazing special events. Prices…

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your rugby calendar

1st The return of the Premiership and Pro14 means there are myriad rugby podcasts to listen to. Rugby Union Weekly and The Ruck will reflect on the latest news, and if you want detailed insight from great players, check out the One Game at a Time archive. It features Tom Curry, Gareth Edwards, Schalk Brits, Kat Merchant (below) and more. 18th European quarter-finals weekend kicks off this Friday night with Bristol v Dragons – and Luke Morahan (right) will be looking to add to his chart-topping clean breaks tally of 13 in this season’s Challenge Cup. Watch all eight matches live on BT Sport. 4th Matthieu Jalibert’s Bordeaux (left) travel to Paris to face Stade Français in the opening round of the new Top 14 season. Bordeaux were top of the table when the 2019-20…

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the directory

WEEKEND 4-6 SEPTEMBER Guinness Pro14 Semi-finals TV Live on Premier Sports & eir FRI 4 SEPTEMBER Gallagher Premiership Worcester v Bristol (6pm) Northampton v Exeter (7.45pm) TV Both live on BT Sport Top 14 Stade Français v Bordeaux SAT 5 SEPTEMBER Invitational Fixture North Island v South Island (Auckland/Wellington) TV Live on Sky Sports Gallagher Premiership Saracens v Wasps (12.30pm) TV Live on BT Sport Harlequins v Bath (2pm) TV Live on BT Sport & Channel 5 Leicester v Sale (3pm) Gloucester v Lon Irish (4.30pm) TV Both live on BT Sport Top 14 Agen v Castres Brive v Bayonne La Rochelle v Toulon Lyon v Racing 92 Montpellier v Pau Super Rugby AU Rebels v Western Force (8.05am) Reds v Brumbies (10.15am) TV Both live on Sky Sports Farah Palmer Cup Counties Manukau v N Harbour Waikato v Northland SUN 6 SEPTEMBER Top 14 Clermont v Toulouse Farah Palmer Cup Taranaki v Auckland 12th DEFENDING CHAMPS Alana Bremner scores during Canterbury’s Farah Palmer Cup-winning campaign last year. They kick off their…

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“i was hitting a ton of water pipes, putting these nails into the wall”

HOW HAS it been settling in France? It’s been good, though the language is a bit tough. I’ve got a bit of a background there, coming from Canada, so I can probably understand enough of what people are saying. I can get myself around but I’m sort of a walking mute half the time! So far Castres have been awesome, the boys have been good and I have had a lot of help. Of all my moves, it has probably been the easiest. How do you reflect on your time in New Zealand with the Chiefs? It was amazing. Not only for the rugby – which is obviously so well known and has this reputation, rightly so – but now I’ve got what I consider a whole family there. I was living with…