The television audience number does not include the audience for a delayed broadcast of the match on TV3 nor any of the other delayed broadcasts (online or otherwise).Similar numbers watched the opening ceremony on Sky and TVNZ (One) with well over one million households tuning in to watch the distinctively New Zealand ceremony which has received rave reviews around the world.The strong viewing audience continued into day two of the Tournament with 750,000 people tuning in to Sky Sports 1 and Maori Television watch live coverage of Match 5 – England versus Argentina – from Otago Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday evening.The match concluded a blockbuster day of RWC 2011 matches with an unprecedented four matches staged across New Zealand stretching from Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill (Romania v Scotland) to North Harbour Stadium at Albany (France v Japan).To view highlights from the Opening Ceremony, please click here.Audiences for Opening Match:TV ONERWC 2011 Opening Match: 1,015,180 (8:35pm – 10:20pm) The World Cup trophy showing the previous tournament winnersOne of the largest ever New Zealand television audiences tuned into the opening night of Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) official figures show.Combining the live broadcast by host broadcaster Sky Television on Sky Sport 1, and live broadcasts on free-to-air channels Television New Zealand (One) and Maori Television, an audience of 1,635,780 watched live broadcasts of the opening match between Tonga and New Zealand, won 41-10 by the All Blacks.* New Zealand television audience of 1.6m households* Huge global television audienceRugby World Cup Limited Chairman, Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby World Cup continues to raise the bar in terms of audiences with each Tournament and New Zealand 2011 is being broadcast in over 200 territories.“I am delighted that the spectacular opening to the biggest event ever hosted in New Zealand drew such a large television audience in the country. These excellent figures truly show that New Zealanders are right behind the Tournament.”Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd CEO Martin Snedden said the audience figures were extremely satisfying.“That is an absolutely incredible number especially when you consider that the total potential television audience in New Zealand is 1.9 million households, and some 200,000 people were in central Auckland and another 60,000 were at Eden Park, plus thousands more watching live in Fanzones across the country.“I would think that this might represent one of the highest rates of viewership for a major event in the host country anywhere, which underlines that our vision of a stadium of four million, and a nationwide festival, has well and truly come to life.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS SKY Sport 1RWC 2011 Opening Match: 442,880 (8:35pm – 10:15pm)Maori TVRWC 2011 Opening Match: 177,720 (8:35pm – 10:20pm) AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 07: The Rugby World Cup, the Web Ellis Cup is seen during a IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 press conference at Eden Park on September 7, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
England skipper Chris Robshaw is delighted to get his hands on the Calcutta CupBy Katie FieldIn a NutshellCALCUTTA CUP matches are so often dour, attritional battles but this Twickenham clash was a world away from that, featuring six tries and some helter-skelter running rugby. Scotland had their moments, bringing their supporters to their feet as early as the tenth minute when debutant wing Sean Maitland dived over for a try, to give them a 5-3 lead, but England weathered the storm and took control of the breakdown, possession and, ultimately, the match.Sean Maitland celebrates his try with Greig Laidlaw (left)England’s half-time lead was only 19-11, but they stretched away in the second half, putting Scotland under pressure for long periods. Scotland did all they could in defence, but the gaps eventually opened up as England recycled possession and went through the phases and the final score is a fair reflection of the game.Centre Billy Twelvetrees emulated Maitland to celebrate his first cap with a try and an accomplished performance. Stuart Hogg was the outstanding performer for Scotland, illustrating once again that if Scotland can only win more ball, they have the talent to use it to good effect.Key MomentA 30th minute try from that arch finisher Chris Ashton gave England a 16-8 lead and from that point on they never looked like losing the match. The home side had taken an early 3-0 lead with an Owen Farrell , Scotland had come flying back at them and led briefly, but England didn’t panic, got back the scoreboard ticking over with two more penalties and then Ashton struck.Star ManOwen Farrell was the official Man of the Match and deservedly so, as he set England’s back line in motion and mixed his game up intelligently. His place-kicking is almost faultless – he mised just one in this match – and he scares the living daylights out of opposition defences with his footwork and deft handling. Watching him run a game as big as this, it’s easy to forget he is only 21 years old!Lions WatchHotOwen Farrell: Ireland’s Johnny Sexton won’t be receiving that red No 10 jersey in the post just yet. Farrell had a terrific all-round game, floating out a sublime pass for Geoff Parling’s try and kicking almost everything that was put in front of him. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS ScorersEngland:Tries: Chris Ashton, Billy Twelvetrees, Geoff Parling, Danny CareCons: Owen Farrell 3. Pens: Farrell 4Scotland:Tries: Sean Maitland, Stuart HoggCon: Greig Laidlaw. Pens: Laidlaw 2 Stuart Hogg: The Scotland full-back put in a really bright performance, asking questions of the England defence with his bold runs from deep.Johnnie Beattie: The No 8 ticked plenty of boxes on his return to Scotland’s side after 18 months in the wilderness. He was everywhere in the loose, carrying the ball nine times.Joe Launchbury: Another really accomplished performance from the England lock, and he was almost rewarded with a try, having one disallowed and coming close to the line on another occasion.ColdTim Visser: No tries this time for the scoring machine and he was overshadowed by Maitland and Ashton in that area. He chased his own kicks well, but was found wanting in defence once or twice.Chris Ashton powers over for England’s first tryTop quotesEngland coach Stuart Lancaster: “Whilst we are not happy with everything, by any stretch of the imagination, I thought our cohesion was excellent and it’s given us a great foundation going into Dublin. Last year we went there on the back of four from four and came home with our tails between our legs so we need to be ready.”Scotland coach Scott Johnson: “We can dream away about how we would like to play the game but the reality is in the modern game if you don’t get the contact area right, it’s a fantasy. Fairy tales don’t come true.”StatsEngland made 597 metres in attack compared to Scotland’s 225 and the Scots were forced to make 128 tackles. England won 106 rucks and mauls while Scotland managed just 55.
For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here. He laughs for a solid ten seconds before clearing things up. “Na, man,” insists Perry Baker, “I never chased anyone down the street! I just had to make sure the girls didn’t try to sneak any guys into the sorority house!” If this is all getting a little serious, though, that warming laugh laps the sides of the conversation again. Baker has just been asked if his house is wall-to-wall crates of beer, since signing a big Budweiser sponsorship deal. Perhaps missing the irony, or maybe sensing an easy sale, he says: “Not at the moment because I’m focused on training, but there is nothing better than getting back after a hard day and grabbing a cold one.” But going from an academy to being in advertising campaigns within two years, that is huge, right? “It’s happened fast. I am unbelievably grateful because I didn’t realise this would ever happen, definitely not this quick. I mean, I’m just glad to be a part of it all and this team, and I’m willing to do whatever.”With the TV pull and market forces at play in the US it could be a bit of a distraction, but there is serious Olympics business to get on with and the Eagles are no longer a team content with simply taking part. Baker voices all of this clearly, and although there is a nod to the outsider nature of rugby in the country, there is still a bit of that Stars-and-Stripes, can-do chat that draws us to American athletes. No more laughing, this is a telling sign-off from a player willing to sweat for the cause under an unwavering media gaze.Expectation: The USA have proved that they can mix it with the best in the world“The US is all about the Olympics and it will definitely get attention. Many people here will be picking up the game of sevens and they’ll appreciate that it’s really fast. And the commentators will help explain the game on the fly, so it will be well exposed.“It also speaks volumes that Americans will expect something from us without knowing too much about us. But some of that has to be recognition of what we’re doing. We’ve beaten New Zealand a couple of times, for example. We are making a lot of noise and getting better and improving.“So to be there, as an Olympian, you embrace the hard work. It gets inside your head but you talk to it and push it beyond anything that you thought you could ever do before. When that happens, man, the stars are the limit.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This is the man known as the ‘Speed Stick’, the headline-grabber who has sparkled on the HSBC Sevens World Series over the past year, being named in the end-of-season Dream Team. He is talking about a time two years ago, before all the attention and international touring, when he was the security guard for a college sorority in Ohio. It was not glamorous in any way.As his nickname suggests, Baker is not a big unit, but all his childhood dreams revolved around American Football. He was a wide receiver from a family of footballers who had played high-end college ball in Florida before going to the NFL. He never reached truly giddy heights but he had determination. A short stint as an undrafted free agent at the Philadelphia Eagles and a spell playing professional American Indoor Football testifies to that determination. Then, in the second half of his 20s, he was at the Tiger Academy in Columbus, learning the ropes of the game of rugby.Electric: Perry Baker is one of the quickest men on the sevens circuitBaker initially went on a freebie but soon realised he needed extra money. At first he was a security guard, looking after college girls, but working one or two shifts a week didn’t cut it. So he went into pest control.“I didn’t have to find the problems, man,” he reassures Rugby World. “I went back a few weeks after the guys had done that, for a check-up.” As we all know, however, it would not last. For the very best of reasons.“It was the biggest relief ever when I got the call asking if I was prepared to join up with the USA Sevens team. I said to myself right away, ‘I’m not going to that next house!’ My boss understood and I went for it. I didn’t expect it, but getting somewhere was always in my mind. I’m a big believer in doing the hard work, because I’ve witnessed first-hand how hard it is. You gotta keep going no matter how tough it is. I keep reminding the guys, ‘Nothing comes easy when you’re going for gold’.”It is an impassioned, wholesome sentiment – but remember this is a standout star in a wide-open sport representing a nation with an Olympic obsession. Americans don’t do half-arsed. And he is on the crest of goodwill and adrenaline that comes from shining after only two seasons of serious sevens circuit rugby, under a coach in Mike Friday who’s nurtured and pushed him.Expat: Mike Friday showed faith in Baker when his sevens experience was limited
Hookers’ conference: Dylan Hartley talks to Luke Cowan-Dickie at Suncorp Stadium in June (Pic: Getty) It’s a nice headache for Eddie Jones but still a headache – which of England’s strong pool of hookers to put on the fast track to Japan 2019? Who’s got the Paracetamol? As Eddie Jones today names his latest EPS, a logjam is developing in the very position that England’s coach once graced for Randwick and NSW – hooker.Dylan Hartley, as England’s so-far invincible captain and favourite to lead the 2017 Lions, is pretty much immovable and it would take a bold or foolish man not to give Jamie George the replacement’s shirt, after his prolonged excellence for Saracens. These two are the incumbents and everything’s been going swimmingly.The snag is that England will require three hookers for their 2019 World Cup squad and the third-choice man needs Test-match exposure – preferably not just in a warm-up shortly before boarding the plane for Japan.Currently there are three standout candidates in Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tommy Taylor and, the long shot, Tom Youngs. All have been capped in the past year, although Youngs’s last Test was at the World Cup during the Stuart Lancaster era.It’s easy to forget that Youngs, the new Leicester captain, played throughout the last Lions Test series, starting twice, but after being surprisingly dumped at the start of Jones’s reign he has responded in champion fashion.Growling presence: Tom Youngs is playing well but still failing to convince Eddie Jones (Pic: Getty)Richard Cockerill, his director of rugby and a former international hooker himself, is not a man to dish out plaudits lightly and he rated Youngs “the best hooker in England by a country mile” last season, praising his attitude and work-rate.At 29, Youngs is older than all but Hartley in the list of contenders but his 31 caps gives him a nudge-up on others because he has experienced the full heat of Test rugby over several years and survived to tell the tale.Yet his exclusion from the Elite Player Squad announced today suggests he will only get a look-in if others stall. And it is Taylor, who will be 25 the day before England face South Africa in November, who’s in the box seat having been asked to attend the upcoming training camp in Brighton. He was signed by Wasps for his dynamic physicality and he’s the best tackler of the whole bunch, both in terms of quantity and accuracy.It helps to play in a club team of such skill and ambition, of course, but Taylor is one reason for Wasps’ success, and it says much that he’s able to keep bruising ball-carrier Ashley Johnson on the bench.Touch of class: Tommy Taylor, yet to miss a tackle this season, scores for Wasps against BristolCapped against Wales last May and part of the Saxons side that won 2-0 in South Africa, Taylor has three caps fewer than Cowan-Dickie, the 23-year-old notching up the tries for Exeter Chiefs.For a long time, Cowan-Dickie’s Achilles heel was his lineout throwing, an absolute ‘non-negotiable’ in the hooker’s armoury and perhaps Hartley’s greatest strength.This is no surprise because the Cornishman came late to the party. As recently as 2013 he was playing loosehead prop for England U20 (as well as hooker), and he has had to be patient whilst learning his art. But his near-perfect lineout stats this season suggest the throwing gremlins are being suppressed and, interestingly, he has become a major carrier for the Chiefs, with only Thomas Waldrom used more.Workhorse: Luke Cowan-Dickie is a key carrier for Exeter and is throwing with accuracy (Pic: Getty)Rob Baxter, his boss at Sandy Park, is not shy at pushing his case. “He’s bang on form and I think he’ll give Eddie Jones a few difficult selection issues,” he says. “It’ll be great to see him carry on that form in the autumn Internationals.” He may have to wait for his chance.Five top hookers and we haven’t even discussed Jack Walker, yet to appear for new club Bath after an injury in pre-season, or Harry Thacker, last season’s meteorite now struggling for game time at Leicester because of Youngs and George McGuigan, another Saxons tourist. Sale’s Cameron Neild, part hooker, part back-row, is another to watch. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS For now, Taylor is in pole position and Jones’s task will be to accelerate his development without losing sight of the main aim: to win each Test match in front of him.This weekend Argentina face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship and on view will be arguably the world’s best two hookers in Agustin Creevy, the dogged scrummager with a knack of winning breakdown turnovers, and Dane Coles, the speedy All Black who throws 20-metre scoring passes for fun.Same position, different styles. And that’s the headache Eddie Jones is facing when it comes to narrowing down his options at hooker.Understudy: Jamie George, here scoring for Saracens v Saints, is England’s reserve choice (Pic: Getty)England’s 45-man Elite Player SquadForwardsJosh Beaumont (Sale), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Will Evans (Leicester), Charlie Ewels (Bath), Ellis Genge (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Sam Jones (Wasps), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Mike Williams (Leicester).BacksMike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Mike Haley (Sale), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Dan Robson (Wasps), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath), Henry Slade (Exeter), Ben Spencer (Saracens), Ben Te’o (Worcester), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Ben Youngs (Leicester). 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James Hudson is a member of UK Anti-Doping’s Athlete Commission and was speaking ahead of Clean Sport Week, which runs from 20-26 May. You can follow the week on social media via #CleanSportWeek Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. There are also serious health consequences resulting from abusing IPEDs. You increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney and liver failure, as well as infertility, by using them. No Instagram selfie in the gym is worth your health, or the negative consequences your drug use can have upon your close friends and family.In so many cases players may be looking for a short cut to gaining muscle and getting stronger. There are no quick fixes but as a performance nutritionist, I regularly witness athletes progress rapidly once they unleash the power of food! Simply eating enough, showing discipline and dedication to preparing meals, staying hydrated and fuelling all their training properly can bring the desired outcomes.Eat right: A diet including plenty of fruit and veg is key (Daniel Gould)There is no ‘magic window’ after a gym session where a protein shake must be guzzled down immediately. Good habits around nutrition, focusing on real food and being consistent, are key. Organising four to six meals and snacks with each including a quality protein source, foods to provide energy and plenty of vegetables and fruit will get the best from any athlete naturally.UK Anti-Doping’s Clean Sport Week, running from 20-26 May, is an opportunity to celebrate the values of our sport and stand up to support the hard work the RFU, WRU, SRU and UKAD are doing in the fight against doping.I am proud to look back on the years playing rugby from school right through to professional teams knowing that any achievement was borne out of hard work and being a committed clean athlete. Please respect the rugby family but most of all respect yourself and stay safe. Knowledge: James Hudson is a member of UK Anti-Doping’s Athlete Commission Former rugby pro James Hudson, who is now a nutritionist, explains the health risks of breaking anti-doping regulations LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Clean Sport Week: The Dangers of Performance-Enhancing Drugs Image- and Performance-Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs) have traditionally been associated with body builders and athletes involved in sports requiring high levels of muscle and size. They cover a broad spectrum of drugs including anabolic steroids and hormones, but also chemicals to alter skin colour and appearance.Unfortunately, there are a number of rugby players currently serving anti-doping sanctions. This shows there is work to be done to better educate players across all levels of the game who are making poor decisions to use these substances.At the top end of the sport, where testing is most prevalent, failed tests are thankfully very rare. It is also important to highlight the work of the RFU and other governing bodies in educating players and contributing to the testing programme. Testing happens at all levels of the game, so players at the lower tiers shouldn’t think: “I’ll never get tested”.High-profile case: Wasps’ Ashley Johnson was banned for six months after failing a drugs test last year (Getty Images)However, the ever-increasing financial rewards of contracts at the elite level means the temptation for sub-elite players to dope may be at its greatest.At the purely amateur levels of the game, drug use is very much reflective of society. The pressures upon young men and women feeling as though they are constantly judged by appearance and the desire to fit an aesthetic ideal is causing more to abuse these substances, resulting in many of the failed tests we hear about.The values we share as rugby players across all levels are what draws us to this wonderful sport. The friendships and camaraderie between team-mates on and off the field are why we roll out in the wind, rain and mud of a weekend to do battle.Playing days: James Hudson in action for Gloucester in 2013 (Getty Images)The thought of risking using these substances, and being banned from the sport we love, just doesn’t make sense. Athletes still in many cases don’t comprehend the part of their life they would lose as a result of an anti-doping rule violation.
Downtime with… Jaguares amd Argentina scrum-half Tomas CubelliHow does it feel to relax after a busy season? We did a lot of travelling this year. We went to New Zealand a couple of times, Australia, South Africa, Japan. We’ve covered a lot of miles, particularly as the Jaguares made the final (of Super Rugby) so we had one extra trip.What stood out at the World Cup?I think the kindness and respect of the people in Japan. Everyone at the hotels and training fields – every place we went, people were awesome to us. The Jaguares’ pre-season started on 25 November.What do you do to chill out?Maybe go to the family farm. There’s our honey business, so I may help a bit there. Nothing serious but give a hand if it’s needed and enjoy being out the city.Wait, you have a honey business? Yes, and we have some cattle. I don’t do the beekeeping as I have more to do with rugby, but if needed I can be close.Most of my life I’ve been in Buenos Aires, and a lot of people there have a main job in the city and then do some farming when they have time off. I’d go to the farm for holidays. Maybe it will be a part of my life when I finish.What are your memories of living in Australia? It was maybe the strongest experience of my rugby career. It was the first time I left home. In Canberra I met great people and the Brumbies is a great club. We made the finals. There are memories I will have for life.Who are your funniest team-mates? We have a couple. Argentinians like to laugh a lot. We have a lot of funny players. For me Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro is a funny guy, Juan Figallo is funny. A couple of young players too – I really like Bautista Delguy’s sense of humour.Right laugh! Bautista Delguy poses for a portrait (Getty Images)What is your nickname? They call me ‘Cube’, which isn’t that bad. I have a couple more. Tomás Lavanini calls me Dobby, after the elf from Harry Potter. That’s not good for me. I cannot say what I call him back!Do you have any hidden talents? I think I’m becoming a good barista. I made coffees in Australia. It’s not a special talent. My team-mates will laugh reading this but I’m trying to get better.If you could be one of your team-mates, who would you be? I’d like to be one of the big guys for a bit. Any of them. Or I’d like to feel really, really fast, so one of the young wingers. Long server: Tomas Cubelli has won 75 caps for Argentina (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Pumas No 9 talks Brumbies, beekeeping and being a barista Do you have a guilty pleasure? Sweets. When I quit my diet it will be candy all the time. I like that.Do you have any superstitions? I have routines to feel ready but I’m not superstitious. I listen to music, stretch, relax. On game day I’ll try to have a coffee outside the hotel. During the World Cup that was difficult because there were a lot of people around, especially on game day.If your house was on fire and everyone was safe, what item would you save?If everyone’s safe, and my dog is safe, maybe some of the special things, like the presents I’d never get back or photographs that mean a lot.What kind of dog do you have? It’s a street dog. I adopted him. He’s called Richard, ha! Well, Ricardo in Spanish. The name is a bit random.How about your three dream guests for a dinner party? I’d like to have coffee with Rafael Nadal. He is a sports inspiration. Then I’d have Maradona. He would be funny! And I’d like to have a beer with Piri Weepu. It’s all about sports. I like the way he played.Jump to it: Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action at the Davis Cup (Getty Images)What do you miss about home when on tour? My girlfriend and my family. The food. Friends and shared time with my mates at the local rugby club, Belgrano.Are you still involved there? Every time I’m in Argentina I’m at the games, I want to stay involved. My brother Francisco plays for the first team. So I watch rugby there and get close to the feel of club rugby. It’s fun.Best advice that you’ve been given?Nothing special but I had the fortune of being really helped with kindness from people around me when I had tough times with injury. I learnt a lot from that.How’d you like to be remembered? As someone who really gave the most for their team. Someone who tried to make them better and who made special moments and brought good times to the team in terms of success. This article originally appeared in the December 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World magazine’s inclusive and diversity issueWhile there is no live rugby right now, the spirit of the game is evident in the work those associated with the sport are doing in their communities and beyond, from delivering food to vulnerable neighbours to huge fund-raisers.At Rugby World magazine, we also wanted to highlight what makes rugby so special and why it is a sport for all. That is why we’ve produced an inclusive and diversity issue.The June 2020 issue covers everything from the Bingham Cup to BAME representation, and highlights initiatives for those affected by homelessness, autism, deafness and more. Celebrating rugby for all in the June 2020 edition Plus, we have a host of big-name interviews too, including Nigel Owens, Jamie George, Simon Zebo, Elinor Snowsill and Sam Skinner.If you can’t get to the shops to buy a copy, you can now order single issues online and get the magazine delivered direct to your door – click here and select Rugby World‘s Jun-20 issue. Or you can find out how to download the digital edition to your tablet here. We also have incredible subscription offers, including three issues for just £5 – find out more here.Here are a dozen reasons to get a copy of Rugby World magazine’s inclusive and diversity issue…1. The Big Interview: Nigel OwensAs the Welsh referee approaches a career milestone, he reflects on being a role model, what law he would change and his favourite match2. DiversityEngland’s squad shows diversity but are BAME communities under-represented elsewhere in the game? And what work is being done at grass-roots level? Rugby World investigates3. Wales fly-half Elinor SnowsillThe playmaker talks about seeing rugby’s transformative effects in her work with the School of Hard KnocksCalling the shots! Elinor Snowsill talks to team-mates during a Wales match (Getty Images)4. Trans PlayersWhat should rugby’s transgender policy be? The participation of trans athletes is one of the biggest issues in sport and World Rugby is being proactive in addressing it. We look at all aspects of a complex debate5. What it’s like to… play in the Homeless International Cup Forward march: Scotland’s Sam Skinner in action for Exeter against Northampton (Getty Images)Plus, there’s all this…Mark Evans on how the coronavirus crisis will affect rugbyNorthampton prop Owen Franks on life in lockdownA rugby rant about wheelchair rugbyClub Hero: Sharks captain and World Cup winner Lukhanyo AmToby Flood on Newcastle Falcons’ promotionInside the mind of Saracens scrum-half and midwife Jade KnightHow to master mindfulnessBlack Ferns centre Carla Hohepa on balancing rugby and parentingStaying fit in isolation – expert tipsIreland Sevens star Jordan ConroyHow Warren Gatland is putting his mark on the ChiefsRising stars Fraser Dingwall and Sam CostelowThe June 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine is on sale until 8 June 2020.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Louis Stone explains how a rugby initiative set up by London Irish has changed his life6. England hooker Jamie GeorgeThe Saracens star talks laughs, lockdown and latte art in our Downtime Q&AOn the ball: England’s Jamie George takes on Wales during the Six Nations (Getty Images)7. Gay and Inclusive RugbyThe LGBT+ rugby landscape has been transformed in the past two decades. Europe’s Union Cup is taking place in Birmingham next year while the global Bingham Cup continues to grow. RW talks to three key figures about the progress8. Harlequins WomenWith a new iteration of the Tyrrells Premier 15s kicking off next season, RW’s Alan Dymock take a closer look at one of the clubs at the vanguard of the women’s game9. My Life in Pictures… Simon ZeboThe Racing 92 full-back is known for his jovial nature. Here he talks through the highs – and lows – of his career so farTry time: Simon Zebo celebrates scoring for Racing 92 (Getty Images)10. Mixed AbilityMixed ability rugby shows the sport at its purest and it’s going worldwide. RW’s Alan Pearey reflects on its growth11. Inclusivity ProjectsRugby World hears from a diverse cast around the world as we celebrate the projects and game variations bringing our sport to everyone12. Scotland lock Sam SkinnerA cider business and learning the guitar are keeping the Exeter second-row busy during lockdown TAGS: Highlight
Lovely flick: Steff Evans’s pass isnt bad either (Inpho) #Rugby fans rejoice, Angoulême have found the rightful heir to Jack Goodhue’s mullet https://t.co/22HH8Vn895— James Harrington (@Jamesonrugby) August 21, 2020Don’t miss: From the French Foreign Legion to the Top 14, meet Tavite Veredamu #TBT – Let’s face it, Q practically invented the mulletOur hooker has been nailing the look for years, even back to his @RugbyOntario Junior Blues days Calgary Rugby Park Summer 2014 U18 @RugbyCanada Championship pic.twitter.com/79CQ4rN7y8— Toronto Arrows RFC (@TorontoArrows) May 21, 2020 MLR also on this weekend and, well, Quattrin has already won the Mullet Sweepstakes pic.twitter.com/tmcxowOda0— Alan Dymock (@AlanDymock) February 8, 2020 However, in the aftermath it became apparent that in trimming the lid, Goodhue had opened up the race to claim the title of rugby’s best mullet.And since Europe’s elite rugby players have emerged from lockdown to renew battle on the fields, it turns out that the contest for such a title is fiercely contested. Outlandish? Maybe. But the mullet is on the rise, from the Gallagher Premiership to the Guinness Pro14 and beyond.Giddy up and check out some of the cracking thatches below. SAD DAY! Enjoyed it while it lasted, the ban from those dangerous people…#HairDressers But family making me cut me bleeden hair! #WishMeLuck One last thing #MULLETSRULE pic.twitter.com/uaeG6JHCF1— Shane Byrne (@shanebyrneoffic) July 2, 2020We hope some things never change.Yeehah! Watch: Jack Nowell’s brilliant finish against Worcester Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Since rugby’s restart we’ve seen more business out front, party out back Goodhue took to social media to tell of the end, with his pics captioned: “We had a good run together. But it was time for the mullet and I to part ways. Was it the right decision?”It was enough to cause line-dances to grind to a halt and for denim shirts to be ripped off in anguish. Pre-season mullet for Connacht’s Jonny Murphy. pic.twitter.com/tfJcGpGd1J— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) June 29, 2020 We second the motion to add @thomasgordon844 to the panel pic.twitter.com/IsQlW6jXs2— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) August 30, 2020Of course, the mullet makes it big in the America’s too. Jack Goodhue, Uruguay’s Germán Kessler’s coming for you pic.twitter.com/kP01vCUgEc— Alan Dymock (@AlanDymock) September 23, 2019Which of those is your favourite? Any flowing locks we’ve criminally missed out?Related: Steve Diamond reveals key to Sale Sharks turnoversMind you, whatever you think of the above hairdos, you have to take time to appreciate the Godfather – the man who blazed a trail on his own for so many years. Ladies and gentlemen, the great Shane Byrne was blazing trails before retro was cool… The flying mullet!! pic.twitter.com/7OUIQhoFHl— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) August 22, 2020 Competition for rugby’s best mullet hotting upIt was a moment to break Billy Ray Cyrus’s achy breaky heart – earlier in August, All Blacks and Crusaders star Jack Goodhue decided to do away with his iconic mullet. The centre had become renowned for his throwback hairstyle, but even he had seen enough. He got the chop.
World Rugby is the sport’s governing body (Getty Images) Chairman: Sir Bill Beaumont (Getty Images)Lao Rugby Federation CEO and 2020 World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship member, Viengsamai Souksavanh commented: “Becoming a full member of World Rugby has been our dream and we are thrilled to be able to finally accomplish this during Lao Rugby’s 20 year anniversary. Our thousands of coaches and players, over half of whom are female, across Laos will be joining us in celebrating this great accomplishment and in working even harder to use the boost of full membership to expand and develop rugby even further across the country.”Dr Hassan Mirzaaghabeik, President Iran Rugby President said: “Iran Rugby has gone through difficult conditions to reach today. So at this point, I would like to thank the people who have helped Iran move forward in the development of rugby in Asia, including Sir Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Women’s Rugby General Manager Katie Sadleir, Qaith Abdullah Al Dhalai and all the World Rugby representatives in Asia. Iranian women are more active in rugby today than men and this is due to the efforts of Nahid Biyarjomandi.”Tanka Lal Ghising, Nepal Rugby Association President said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to World Rugby from Nepal, a nation containing Mount Everest for this immense recognition in World Rugby as an associate member. It has been a great achievement to develop rugby in Nepal under my leadership since 2012. We are delighted by the recognition of our continuous devotion to the sport. The dimensions of Nepal Rugby have increased with this decision and Nepal is eager to bear the new responsibility.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Burkina Faso, Iran and Laos are the latest rugby nations to become full member of World Rugby, the sport’s governing body.At its virtual interim council meeting earlier in the week, the three unions were anounced as full members, while while Nepal and Panama become new associate members of the international federation. The moves bring the World Rugby’s global membership to 128 national unions.Related: The uphill climb to grow rugby in NepalWorld Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby is delighted to welcome Burkina Faso, Iran and Laos as new full members and Nepal and Panama as associate members as we continue our commitment to the sustainable global growth of the sport combined with strong governance.“We are dedicated to increasing the breadth and diversity of the global game and the progress being made in countries such as these is a great tribute to the many talented coaches, administrators and volunteers involved in growing the sport across the emerging nations.“Increasing the interest, participation and executive positions for women in rugby is a key objective for World Rugby so it is particularly pleasing to see the leading roles being played by women in both the Burkina Faso and Iran unions. As members of the World Rugby family we will work with these unions to provide them with continuous support and a solid framework to accelerate the growth of the sport in their countries.” Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
How to get your binding right – by Phil PriceA scrum forms with eight players binding together and that binding is crucial to the effectiveness of the set-piece. Here Scarlets prop Phil Price gives his top tips on how to get your binding right…Stay tight“Binding is important not just for the props but throughout the whole scrum. It keeps everyone connected and tight. The art of scrummaging is to get eight people to be together and pushing in the same direction as one unit. So good binds are very important, especially when there’s a lot of pressure coming on.”High elbow“For me as a loosehead, the golden rule basically is to have as tight a bind with the hooker as possible. And then with my binding arm on the opposite prop, I want to keep my elbow high because it paints a good picture to the referee.“If the scrum collapses and my elbow is high, it shows I’m not pulling it down. Tightheads tend to bind a bit differently as they like to have more movement, to be able to keep a loosehead out or attack into a hole.”Loose or tight “As a loosehead, I want to be level with my hooker so I’ll bind higher on his back, and that gives our tighthead more room to get his bind and get in the right position. By binding high I get that good connection with the hooker’s hips and shoulders.“But it’s specific to the person and position. Some second-rows like to bind on the shorts, others use the forearm and bicep to connect to the prop in front of them. It takes time to find the bind that suits you.”Specific tactics“At the start of scrum sessions or in individual work-ons, we’ll practise bindings. Potentially we’ll adjust them depending on how our next opponents tend to operate.“In the past I’ve done exercises where a tennis ball has been attached to the opposition prop and you’re working to try to grab on the tennis ball to improve your grip.”For more skills advice from professional players and coaches, look at our Pro Insight section. Pulling together: Players’ binding at a scrum is crucial (Getty Images) This article originally appeared in the December 2020 edition 0f Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Scarlets prop offers advice on an area that should never be neglected LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS