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Rugby World

September 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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English
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TI-Media
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2 min.
“more pros should mix it with the amateurs”

WE’VE WATCHED that clip of Dan Carter being smashed on his return to club rugby with Southbridge in July a fair few times. Not to glory in the violence but because of what it represented – a man who is in the discussion for greatest fly-half ever got tarmacked while playing amateur footy He’s not the only stellar name dropping into New Zealand’s amateur ranks the past few months. Ardie Savea ran amok for Oriental-Rongotai in Wellington’s Swindale Shield. Both stars were using the club game to get back up to speed. But this is familiar stuff in NZ. Could you fathom it being regularly seen in the North? It’s tough to picture. When images of Savea circulated, some in Ireland asked if the game there had failed to utilise the All-Ireland…

1 min.
“when will player welfare truly be put first?”

ADMINISTRATORS often espouse the importance of player welfare. It is said to be at the heart of decisions made about the game. Yet how does the forthcoming Gallagher Premiership schedule put players’ welfare first? Premiership Rugby said the revised schedule protects “the integrity of the competition”, but surely that integrity is already in question with clubs set to avoid penalties for fielding weakened teams, players playing for different clubs in the same season… And that’s before you consider the impact on next season. Top pros now face the prospect of 12 months of back-to-back rugby with the British & Irish Lions tour next summer. People will point to squad rotation as a way of resting players but an injury or two, or a run of knockout matches, will see best intentions fall…

1 min.
your rugby calendar

5th Father-and-son referees Julian and Theo Edwards will complete their visit to all North Midlands RFU clubs this month. Their cycle ride is in aid of the RFU Injured Players Foundation and Matt Hampson Foundation. See refsdotherounds.wordpress.com 27th This marks a week until the release of Dylan Hartley’s autobiography The Hurt (RRP £20). The former England captain and hooker retired due to injury last year and discusses the physical and psychological demands that players face, as well as his rugby journey, in the book written with Michael Calvin. 21st Western Force play their final ‘home’ tie of Super Rugby AU this Friday night. Force had to play two home matches in New South Wales due to travel restrictions but hope to face the Reds this Friday in Perth. Sky Sports have live coverage of the…

6 min.
the directory

FRI 31 JULY Super Rugby AU Western Force v Rebels (10.05am) TV Live on Sky Sports SAT 1 AUGUST Super Rugby Aotearoa Chiefs v Crusaders (8.05am) TV Live on Sky Sports Super Rugby AU Brumbies v Reds (10.15am) TV Live on Sky Sports SUN 2 AUGUST Super Rugby Aotearoa Highlanders v Blues (4.35am) TV Live on Sky Sports FRI 7 AUGUST Super Rugby AU Rebels v Brumbies (10.05am) TV Live on Sky Sports SAT 8 AUGUST Super Rugby Aotearoa Hurricanes v Chiefs (8.05am) TV Live on Sky Sports Super Rugby AU Waratahs v Reds (10.15am) TV Live on Sky Sports SUN 9 AUGUST Super Rugby Aotearoa Crusaders v Highlanders (4.35am) TV Live on Sky Sports FRI 14 AUGUST Gallagher Premiership Harlequins v Sale Super Rugby AU W Force v Waratahs (10.05am) TV Live on Sky Sports SAT 15 AUGUST Gallagher Premiership Bath v London Irish Bristol v Saracens Exeter v Leicester Worcester v Gloucester Super Rugby Aotearoa Highlanders v Hurricanes (8.05am) TV Live on Sky Sports Super Rugby AU Reds v Rebels (10.15am) TV Live on Sky…

4 min.
“i don’t tend to get embarrassed. sometimes i like being the joke”

WHAT’S IT like being back at Gloucester? It’s been really nice so far. It’s just nice being back playing rugby and having a bit of a routine. I did enjoy the isolation period but by the end of it I was ready to get back. I’m obviously happy to be back here and to be closer to my family, and I’m really enjoying training. We have a really good group. What did you enjoy about isolation? I fractured my cheek against Wales (in March) so I couldn’t play anyway and I quite enjoyed a break from rugby at that stage. It’s World Cup year, I’d had a sore foot then fractured my cheek, so I needed a break. cheek, so I needed a break. I enjoy doing my own training anyway and I was…

3 min.
around the world in ten stories

1 England Southport RFC smashed their targets in a fund-raising expedition to the ‘South Pole’. Players and supporters set out to run, walk and cycle the equivalent distance from Southport to the South Pole (16,000km) in honour of club president Graham Ellis (below centre), who died aged 64 two days before the Ellis Expedition started. Money raised is for the local hospital – justgiving.com/team/SouthportRFC 2 New Zealand New Zealand were awarded both the men’s and women’s World Sevens Series titles after the remaining legs of the 2020 competition were cancelled. The Black Ferns Sevens (above) had won four of the five rounds on the women’s circuit, while the All Blacks Sevens had won half of the six rounds on the men’s circuit Japan have been awarded the inaugural men’s Challenger Series title and will be a…