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Inside Issue 6: Henry Slade, New Orleans, Mat Tait, John Dawes, Loughborough Lightning, Rusty & Fletch, Brad Barritt & more

Inside issue 6 of Rugby

Henry Slade – New Orleans – Loughborough Lightning – Liverpool St Helens – John Dawes – Brad Barritt – Russell Earnshaw & John Fletcher – Heather Fisher – Ampthill – Welsh women’s rugby – Auld Enemy

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We ask a fully suited Henry Slade to take a stroll into the River Exe, as he talks about growing up in Devon, how golf compares with rugby, Eddie Jones’s straight talking methods, and how he was brought to tears by a county coach.

We visit New Orleans to sample Mardi Gras and discover how they set up a table-topping rugby side in just two years.

We meet Sarah HunterEmily Scarratt and Katy Daley-Mclean and the entire Loughborough Lightning team as we go behind the scenes for their crunch game against Saracens

We welcomed Mat Tait to Rugby’s offices on the day he retired where he gave us chapter and verse on his life and times.

We met up with Ray French and the people who keep Liverpool St Helens running on their final home game of the season

We look back on the playing and coaching careers of Russell Earnshaw and John Fletcher and find out what they’re up to now.

We find Ampthill on the map and tell their incredible story that encompasses Catherine of Aragon, The Golden Hare, a legion of Tongan rugby players and former Dragons, Sale, Harlequins and Saracens coach Paul Turner.

We learn an awful lot about bobsleigh from Heather Fisher while hearing how she’s battled anorexia, alopecia and severe burn out, in her fight to be an elite athlete.

We start to use coffee as a slug repellent after visiting Brad Barritt at his company headquarters.

We meet London Welsh, Wales and Lions John Dawes and Geoff Evans to find out about how the ‘Welsh way’ was shaped in the 60s and 70s.

We spend an evening with the legends of English and Scottish rugby at the Auld Enemy dinner

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INSIDE ISSUE 5 OF RUGBY

A collection of timeless interviews with the players and coaches who’ve been at the very heart of the world’s greatest rugby competition

Sir Bill Beaumont takes us through his incredible tale, from the mills of Lancashire to becoming chair of World Rugby, via an unexpected England Grand Slam, captaining a Lions tour and, of course, A Question of Sport.

Stuart Lancaster gives one of his most in-depth interviews since 2015, as he talks about the early days of his coaching career, how he got the England job and the highs and lows of his Six Nations career.

Shaun Edwards on his late brother Billy-Joe, his dad’s world-record transfer fee in the 1950s, England job offers and what he first thought of Wales.

Cory Hill on coming of age in the Six Nations, the toughest of times in a South African hospital and life with the Lions as part of the ‘Geography Six’

Tommy Bowe on Ireland’s first Grand Slam in more than 60 years, how he learnt to fly in Wales, and his 30-second Six Nations farewell.

Serge Betsen on his Cameroon upbringing, destroying English fly-halves and when Bernard Laporte said he’d never play for France again.

Jim Hamilton & Andy Goode on it being okay to not always agree, stories that got them into trouble, and the only time they met on the field in the Six Nations.

Phil Davies on his role in the miner’s strike, taking the first hit in 1987’s Battle of Cardiff, and his search for one final top job.

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INSIDE ISSUE 4 OF RUGBY

Danny Cipriani talks exclusively to Rugby about depression, the Jersey incident, dealing with the media, the pressures of fame and what happens if he’s already played his last game for England.

Steve Diamond gives a truly in-depth interview on life on and off the pitch, covering his first job in a printing press right through to attempts to break rugby league, what went wrong at Saracens and what he thinks of the player welfare in the modern game.

Kyle Sinckler talks about his portrayal as ‘an angry black dude’ from London, being a property magnate, his dog Brody and the former school rival that recently died in a shooting incident.

We visit Neath on matchday to meet the people fighting to keep this famous club alive.

We tell the incredible life story of Richmond FC from its very beginnings on the same site that once hosted Henry VII’s jousting tournaments.

Leicester Tiger and legendary England wingman Rory Underwood gives us the complete lowdown on his incredible career.

Kosovan women’s rugby is on the up, so we visit the capital Pristina to find out how the sport emerged from the ashes of war.

We tell the story of former Swansea, London Welsh, Oxford Uni and Doncaster prop Ian BGI Williams who died suddenly before a weekday training session.

The pioneering former Great Britain and England captain  Carol Isherwood takes us on trip down to memory lane to the very beginnings of women’s rugby.

Heard about the Englishman who took the helm of a European national side and led them to their highest world ranking in decades? Say hello to Jim Crick, a rugby globetrotter.

Plus much more…

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INSIDE ISSUE 3 OF RUGBY 

We spend an awful lot of time with Alun Wyn Jones talking about caravans, breastfeeding, fame and even a bit of rugby. We meet Verity Smith, a transgender rugby player who’s experienced the best and worst the game has to offer. We reveal what happened when we spent a week in the Barbarians’ camp in the run-up to the England game. We visit Bath Rugby to talk to the likes of Anthony Watson, Charlie Ewels and Nathan Catt about injuries, rehab and prehab. We find out how Dragons’ chair David Buttress helped build a £5.6bn company and what he can do for the region. We catch a train to Penzance to meet Cornish Pirates Gavin Cattle, Alan Paver and Dicky Evans who tell us their Premiership masterplan. We head to HM Prison Cookham Wood to see rugby being used to rehabilitate young offenders. We travel to Heidelberg to discover the truth about the rollercoaster ride that is German rugby.

+ Grassroots Scottish rugby at its best + The first-ever Rugby Schools Guide + Golf fashion

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INSIDE ISSUE 2 OF RUGBY

In the second issue of Rugby, we visit Shetland to go on the UK’s lengthiest away fixture, meet the Jamaican saved from a life of crime with a one-way ticket to Old Coventrians, find out how karaoke is keeping spirits high in Rotherham and reveal how Battersea Ironsides manage to coach more than 1,000 kids every week.

We also discover how renting jet engines helped Coventry rise from the ashes and why a Japanese rugby company team has been touring the Welsh valleys.  We’ve also got exclusive interviews with Harlequins starlet Marcus Smith, the man behind Exeter Chiefs rise (and former powerboat champion) Tony Rowe, Welsh legends Adam Jones and Mike Rayer and London Irish stalwart Topsy Ojo.

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