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Rugby World

Rugby World

January 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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12 Issues


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

AS JOE MARLER got into his spiel to promote Harlequins versus Bath in the Heineken Cup, it became very clear that he was taking the mick. Talk turned to not only getting back on the horse after a loss in the last round but taking that horse to water to swim and then going “clippity-clop” to the Stoop. The prop even did an impersonation of the horse talking. “He’s a slightly Irish horse,” Marler added, mid-skit. Plenty found this incredible. Some called it irritating. But it came shortly after Marler shone on The Jonathan Ross Show, talking about England’s reply to the haka at the World Cup. Personalities like Marler, referee Nigel Owens and jungle survivor James Haskell are lightning rods. They may stand out because of the lack of voices elsewhere in…

1 min.
“fairness must remain at the heart of sport”

“WE’RE A SPORT that claims to be whiter than white, we look down on this and that, but we are like everyone else.” Those were the words of Chris Robshaw in the wake of Saracens’ salary cap breach and events have no doubt tarnished the ‘rugby values’ so often espoused by those involved in the game. Fairness must always be at the heart of sport. Anything that gives an individual or team an unjust advantage can taint a contest, whether it’s a professional foul on the pitch or creative accounting off it. There has to be a zero-tolerance policy to cheating in all its forms, or the whole idea of sporting competition flounders. When those lines between right and wrong become blurred, so do the messages we send the next generation. Salary caps are…

2 min.
your rugby calendar

9th London’s Hurlingham Club is hosting a Christmas dinner with a difference this Monday. World Cup winners Mike Tindall, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Leonard are among the special guests at the event, which will raise money for the Atlas Foundation, Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Dallaglio RugbyWorks. Tickets are available from £210. For more info, see fireball.co.uk 27th A new BT Sport documentary, Stop the Tour, charts the anti-apartheid protests that disrupted the Springboks’ 1969 tour and led to the banning of South African sport internationally. The film looks at the personal battles involved, from those leading the protests (above) to those whose sporting careers were affected. It will premiere on 28 December at 7.30pm on BT Sport 2, so remember to set your record button the day before. 5th To coincide with the launch of…

8 min.
the directory

SAT 30 NOV International Friendlies Wales v Barbarians Women (11.45) Wales v Barbarians Men (2.45pm) (Both at Principality Stadium) Gallagher Premiership Exeter v Wasps (3pm) Northampton v Leicester (3pm) TV Live on BT Sport Worcester v Sale (3pm) Guinness Pro14 Benetton v Cardiff Blues (3pm) TV Live on Premier Sports Connacht v Southern Kings (5.15) TV Live on Premier Sports/TG4 Dragons v Zebre (5.15pm) TV Live on Premier Sports/S4C Glasgow v Leinster (7.35pm) TV Live on Premier Sports/eir Ospreys v Cheetahs (7.35pm) TV Live on Premier Sports Top 14 Clermont v Agen La Rochelle v Castres Montpellier v Lyon Pau v Toulon Racing 92 v Bordeaux-Bègles Tyrrells Premier 15s Harlequins v Waterloo (noon) Wasps v Saracens (1pm) Worcester v Bristol (2pm) Glo-Hartpury v DMP Sharks (2.30) Richmond v Loughborough (5pm) Championship Cup Coventry v Ampthill Ealing v Bedford Jersey v Doncaster Yorkshire Carnegie v Lon Scottish Energia All-Ireland League 1A Cork Constitution v Ballynahinch Terenure…

4 min.
“my daughter loves the world cup medal because she thinks it’s chocolate!”

How were the World Cup celebrations in South Africa? It was awesome. From the moment we landed in Johannesburg, the welcome we got from supporters was incredible. They were so happy about what we had done, winning it. Have you taken the medal off yet? My daughter loves the medal because she thinks it’s chocolate! She keeps fooling around and taking bites at it. It’s quite funny. My parents and wife love it. What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on a pitch? During the World Cup, Anton Lienert-Brown got his pants pulled down. Your funniest team-mates? With South Africa it’s Lood de Jager. He always has a few jokes and cheers the boys up. He loves to sing and maybe he’ll be a rapper after rugby, so he backs himself singing…

3 min.
around the world in ten stories

1 Netherlands Amsterdam Lowlanders, an LGBTQ+ club, have released a naked calendar to help raise funds to support their participation in next year’s Bingham Cup, the gay and inclusive rugby world championships being held in Ottawa, Canada. The Lowlanders shot the calendar at Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum and photographer Henri Verhoef, who is also a player, says: “There is no sport as inclusive as rugby. In this calendar we show that there is no real ideal image.” You can buy the calendar from amsterdamlowlanders.nl for €17.50. 2 Latvia A new documentary shines a light on rugby in Latvia. The Gentlemen’s Code follows one of the five clubs that competes in the national championship: Miesnieki (The Butchers, above), which is the oldest rugby club in Latvia. Director Raimonds Rudzats says the film is “about the true amateur…