Rugby Issue 13
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Inside this issue
The England captain talks exclusively to us about preparing for her fourth World Cup, the challenges of social media, 90s weekends, staying young, and Loughborough Lightning’s ‘ultras’.
The story of how the Italian described as “the man who screwed an entire country” tried to take over the sporting world with David Campese and Diego Dominguez leading his rugby charge.
After years of ‘hiding away from the media’, the former England, London Irish, Toulon and Lyon fullback gives his first exclusive interview since retiring, telling his complete story from Trinidad through to European cups, controversies and Springboks shooting pigs in his garden.
The Hong Kong match official was expected to not live beyond her infancy, having been abandoned by her parents at birth. What she’s been through is remarkable. She explains all about life with harlequin ichthyosis and how rugby saved her life.
A baby on the way, a new club, a new country and the impact of that Barbarians incident, the former England captain shares his emotional rollercoaster of a career with Rugby Journal.
The former Welsh rugby international discusses the most epic of sporting careers traversing wrestling, weightlifting, judo and Gladiators, and how the impact of the end led her to a battle with alcohol.
After stopping rugby at 26, former Ospreys centre Ben John moved to London to recover, but never returned, after failing to win his battle with concussion. We look at how the man, now known as The Rugby Trainer, fought back.
The iconic French rugby prop is a legend of Béziers. His death though is surrounded with mystery, amid endless tales involving guns, Russian roulette and drinking. We celebrate this legendary French forward’s life, and ponder the circumstances of his death in the rugby town in 1993.
Leicester’s baby rhino has overcome dyspraxia, being a “dickhead” at school and Bristol’s distracting night life to become an England international after Richard Cockerill helped put him on the straight and narrow.
Former Welsh lock Andy Allen missed the glory days of his rugby career so much that it drove him to drink, and drive, which earned him a spot at ‘her majesty’s pleasure’. Ryan Herman tells his tale
He’s the most influential rugby coach you’ve never heard of as this Scotsman heads up China women’s sevens programme – and has eyes on causing a stir at the Tokyo Olympics.
+ Squidge picks his all-time openside
+ Rusty Earnshaw contemplates rugby’s reality
+ Rocky Clarke explores the differences in coaching women and men
+ Rachael Burford looks at the female coaches of the future
+ Vicky Fleetwood discusses inequality