July 1990 - – NZ code breakers by Don Cameron, Buck’s broadside – All Black skipper Wayne Shelford’s column, Melville: true Bleu Bok – David Llewellyn with Eric Melville, Stephen Jones (Sunday Times) reports on Romania’s first win on French soil and the French Championship Final – Racing beating Agen, Beaumont at large, Mick Cleary talks with England’s coach Roger Uttley ahead of the tour to Argentina, Will Carling tells Mick Cleary about the past season, England XV beat Italy XV, England claim European classic – Hugh Godwin reports from Brussels as the Five Nations veterans raise the roof for charities, Middlesex Sevens – report and results – Harlequins beat Rosslyn Park in the final, Courage Championship – National Divisions, Northern Division, London Division, South West Division, Midlands Division, top scorers – compiled by Peter Jackson, youth and schools rugby – Neath’s brilliant climax by Mike Stevenson – England retain upper hand by Harry Townsend, servicescene by Major John Quin RE, Scottish notes by Bill McMurtrie, Wall-to-wall – Welsh news by Brian Wall, final league tables in England.
June 1992 - is the World Cup on the right road? asks Chris Thau, Mick Cleary listens to David Campese, Buck’s broadside – the Wayne Shelford column, laws low-down by Clive Norling, professionals land big prize! by former Springbok Tommy Bedford, the “B” brigade under fire by Paul Stephens, Beaumont at large, Pilkington Cup Final – Bath 15 Harlequins 12, double page poster of Will Carling, Steve Bale talks with Jeff Young (WRU Technical Director), Schweppes Cup semi-finals – Llanelli 27 Pontypridd 6 and Newport 9 Swansea 23, down the line with Phil Bennett, Bill McLaren talks with Dave McIvor (Edinburgh Academicals & Scotland), Scottish notes by Bill McMurtrie, Chris Thau with France captain Philippe Sella, Sean Diffley meets Philip Danaher (Garryowen & Ireland), top scorers compiled by Peter Jackson, Don Cameron on New Zealand’s centenary celebrations, Michael Blucher meets Australian centres Tim Horan and Jason Little, Greg Campbell meets injured Aussie No 8 Tim Gavin, John Robbie looks forward to South Africa’s meeting with New Zealand and Australia, Peter McMullan on the Can-Am clash in Denver, Eric Weil talks with Argentinean prop Diego Cash, international crossroads with Chris Thau,
August 1992 - Bedford’s blast – former Springbok skipper Tommy Bedford’s column, John Robbie on Junior Springboks crushing defeat of Namibia, Peter McMullan on the Canucks crush Eagles, Don Cameron on the New Zealand selectors’ policy, reflections of the Ireland tour to New Zealand by Don Cameron and Sean Diffley, Students World Cup preview, Chris Thau on the French Championship Final – Biarritz 14 Toulon 19, Nick Cain reports from Lisbon Sevens, England round-up, Irish report with Sean Diffley, window on Wales.
September 1992 - international crossroads with Chris Thau, France – top of the class by Chris Thau, Paul Nelson meets Rupert Moon, window on Wales by Dave Stewart, England round-up by Richard Bath, the way ahead – club structure off the field by Sarah Massey, Irish report by Sean Diffley, Scottish notes by Bill McMurtrie
January 1993 - Whitbread Player of the Month – Peter Winterbottom – double page poster and profile, Willie Ofahengaue – International Player of the Month, England clubs round-up, Bedford’s blast – the Tommy Bedford column, Whitbread Senior Club of the Month – Llanelli, Whitbread Junior Club of the Month – Fleetwood, window on Wales – Welsh leagues by David Stewart, Australia tour to Wales – results, Irish report with Sean Diffley, top scorers compiled by Peter Jackson, Chris Thau reports on the Dubai International Sevens, Nick Cain reports from the Bermuda Classic – a Golden Oldies tournament, Greg Campbell on Australia’s punishing schedule, Keith Quinn reflects on a gruesome story – Loe counts the cost, John Robbie reports on South Africa’s teething pains, international crossroads with Chris Thau, Harry Townsend and Mike Stevenson reports on youth rugby, Daily Mail School of the Month – King’s School in Macclesfield, Daily Mail Youth Team of the Month – Ampthill & Districts Colts
April 1993 - Chris Thau on France’s Jekyll and Hyde – Jean-Baptiste Lafond, Ireland 6 France 21, bring on the Lions says Don Cameron, Greg Campbell reports on new moves from the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Alliance meeting, Eric Weil reports from Argentina, John Robbie reports on the newly appointed Boks coach’s resignation, Bedford blast – the Tommy Bedford column, the Rugby World Cup qualifiers – Chris Thau reports, World Cup Sevens update, Richard Bath witnesses a British win in Malaysia – Penguins take 10s title, England clubs round-up, Whitbread Senior Club of the Month – Young Munster, Whitbread Junior Club of the Month – Hitchin, Irish report with Sean Diffley, Scottish notes by Bill McMurtrie, window on Wales – Welsh leagues by David Stewart, top scorers compiled by Peter Jackson, women’s rugby Scotland beat Ireland and England overcome Wales, servicescene by Major John Quin RE, youth and schools rugby with Mike Stevenson and Harry Townsend, Daily Mail School of the Month – Bradford Grammar School, Daily Mail Youth Team of the Month – Biggar Colts, PLUS a 16-page supplement on England Rugby – grass roots grouse by Gloucester coach Keith Richardson, official RFU column – news from HQ, Pilkington Cup and National Divisions news, Old boys put on the burn – Gloucester Old Boys, spotlight on Jon Callard by Mark Easterbrook, tarting up Bakewell – Bakewell Mannerians, spotlight on Darren Garforth by Chris Goddard, an ill wind blows some good – Old Cranleighans, Crossleyans keep on climbing – Old Crossleyans, the Provincial Insurance Cup – Hitchin rise to the challenge by Bill Mitchell, ADT County Championship by Bill Mitchell, news from the Young England Rugby Club.
May 1993 - Buck’s broadside – the Wayne Shelford column, Galwey: pure Kerry gold! – Sean Diffley talks with the versatile Mick Galwey or Ireland, Ireland 17 England 3, double page poster and profile of Eric Elwood, Steve Bale on new Lion Tony Clement, France 26 Wales 10, England clubs round-up, Whitbread Senior Club of the Month – Melrose, Whitbread Junior Club of the Month – Hornets (Weston-super-Mare), World Cup Sevens tit-bits, window on Wales – Welsh league by David Stewart, Irish report with Sean Diffley, Scottish notes by Bill McMurtrie, top scorers compiled by Peter Jackson, women’s rugby, servicescene by Major John Quin RE, youth and schools rugby with Mike Stevenson and Harry Townsend, Daily Mail School of the Month – Woodhouse Grove School, Daily Mail Youth Team of the Month – Northampton Colts.
June 1993 - the Clive Norling column, international crossroads with Chris Thau, British Lions team poster, Springboks feast in pastures new by Richard Bath, Super 10 results, bridging the great divide – Chris Thau on rugby in the new South Africa, Bedford’s blast – the Tommy Bedford column, John Robbie on South African provincial sides in the Super 10 tournament, Greg Campbell charts the rapid rise of Semi Taupeaafe on the Aussie stage, Don Cameron reports on Kevin Schuler’s move to Japan, Eric Weil profiles new Puma coach Hector Mendez, Peter McMullan talks with Canadian national coach Ian Birtwell about the 1995 World Cup draw, England clubs round-up with Bill Mitchell, Gloucester wins Worthington National Tens, Whitbread Senior Club of the Month – Sudbury, Whitbread Junior Club of the Month – Reading, Llanelli: too hot to hold! – Steve Bale talks with Llanelli coach Gareth Jenkins, window on Wales – Welsh leagues – high Moon at Stradey by David Stewart, Irish report with Sean Diffley, Scottish notes by Bill McMurtrie, top scorers compiled by Peter Jackson, women’s rugby, servicescene by John Mace, youth and schools rugby by Mike Stevenson and Harry Townsend, Daily Mail School of the Month – Durham School, Daily Mail Youth Team of the Month – Carmarthen Athletic, PLUS an 8-page World Cup Sevens pull-out.
August 1993 - double page action photo of Lions scrum half Dewi Morris getting the ball away from the base of a scrum in the Second test, Dooley – insulting end to a great career by Mick Cleary, France tour to South Africa – Chris Thau reports, South Africa v France Second Test – John Robbie reports from Ellis Park, one game – why not one judge and jury? – Bedford’s blast – the Tommy Bedford column, French turn the tables – John Robbie reports on the French in South Africa, Scottish Provident tackles ITV rugby sponsorship, Don Cameron reports on the latest initiative of the NZRFU to reward its players, Western Samoa 20 Scotland 12, Campo has his wings clipped – Greg Campbell on David Campese, Olivos take the TV limelight – news from Argentina, Canada clip Eagles’ wings – Peter McMullan sees the Can-Am international go to form, servicescene by John Mace.
September 1993 – Chris Thau reports on the French domestic season, Bledisloe Cup – the best of enemies by Don Cameron, stormin’ Norm – Don Cameron on Norm Hewitt of Hawke’s Bay, Greg Campbell on South Africa’s victory in Australia, back on parade – Greg Campbell reports on the return of Nick Farr-Jones, the long and short of it…Bedford’s blast – the Tommy Bedford column, Chris Thau reports on rugby in South Africa, Canada wing Julian Loveday will look back on 1993 with fondness – Peter McMullan reports, news from the Young England Rugby Club, youth and schools rugby by Mike Stevenson, women’s rugby by Alice Cooper, servicescene by John Mace.
October 1993 - England expects…too much! – the Nigel Starmer-Smith column, Greg Campbell talks with Australia coach Bob Dwyer as World Champions Australia prepares to face Five Nations Champions France, TV wars – BBC – ITV – Sky, France’s rugby revolution – French coach Pierre Berbizier talks with L’Equipe rugby correspondent Henri Bru, coaching master class – Fran Cotton on the art of propping, profile of Ieuan Evans, living with legends part two – Bill McMurtrie on fallen giants Hawick RFC, doctor’s surgery – Dr James Robson answers your queries on medical problems, Kick-off – free – the official magazine of the 1995 World Cup, sleeping giants – Simon Turnbull reports on Newcastle Gosforth RFC, victory in defeat – John Robbie reports on South Africa losing the test series to Australia, nippy man – former Wallaby Ian Williams playing for Japan, profile on junior clubs Twickenham RFC and Ruskin Park RFC, Irish rugby – tour reflections by new President Cuddy by Sean Diffley, postbag, readers’ letters, a matter of finance – Eric Weil reports on sponsorship in Argentina, schools and youth rugby, women’s rugby by Alice Cooper, rugby nostalgia column – Pierre Villepreux recalls France v England 1972, the final match at Colombes Stadium.
January 1994 - good winners or nice earners…? – the Nigel Starmer-Smith column, Varsity Match – Dark Blues triumph, too many false dawns – Ian Malin talks with Welsh skipper Ieuan Evans, Phil Bennett on Welsh prospects, Peter Jackson looks at tries and penalties scored in the Five Nations, Scotland’s grand design – Bill McMurtrie looks at the future of Scottish rugby in the light of the New Zealand debacle, Wales 24 Canada 26, Courage Club Championship, profile of Matthew Dawson, Rugby World talks with Steve Taberner (captain of Orrell RFC), on the up! – Mike Stevenson on the fall and rise of the Manchester club, a look at Lightwater RFC, Sevenoaks RFC and Tiverton RFC, conflict of interests – Alastair Hignell on Gloucester RFC, league results and league tables, Kick-off (issue 5) – free – the official magazine of the 1995 World Cup, cooking up a tasty England future – Ian Stafford talks with England Manager Geoff Cooke, a day in the life of Ian Beer – Peta Bee spoke with the RFU President, Beaumont on England, postbag – readers’ letters, Nigel Starmer-Smith looks at Bath’s ambitious plans for a new stand, Whitbread Player of the Month – Nigel Redman (Bath & England), Whitbread Senior Club of the Month – Treorchy, Whitbread Junior Club of the Month – Ealing, the schools rugby column by Mike Stevenson, the youth rugby column by Harry Townsend, news from the Young England Rugby Club, the women’s rugby column with Alice Cooper, the rugby nostalgia column – Scottish centre Iain Laughland remembers a rare Scottish victory against Wales in Cardiff in 1962 which ended a 35 year wait.
February 1994 - news in brief including the Pilkington Cup fourth round results and fifth round draw and South West winning the CIS Insurance Divisional Championship, the world’s best XV for 1993 – selected by a panel of eight experts, Aussie coach Bob Dwyer assesses the current state of the game, the Hart of the All Blacks – ex Auckland coach John Hart in conversation with Don Cameron, 1994 Five Nations forecast, opening time – bars under the East Stand at Twickenham, a poisoned chalice? – Ian Stafford on the advent of full-time paid administrators, postbag – readers’ letters, Courage Club Championship – a different philosophy by Clive Woodward, Rugby World interviews Leicester captain John Wells, Stan Townsend on the rise of Wharfedale RFC, Alan Hedley on Horden RFC, Stroud RFC fighting back, Mike Stevenson on Kendal RFC, Nottingham’s sad decline, league results and tables, Kick-off (issue 6) – free – the official magazine of the 1995 World Cup, Terry Godwin catches up with the legendary Pontypool Front Row, the top scorers page by Peter Jackson, news from the Young England Rugby Club, the youth rugby column by Harry Townsend, Youth Team of the Month – Thornesians Under 19 from Thorne in Yorkshire, Whitbread Player of the Month – Rob Andrew, Whitbread Senior Club of the Month – Sale, Whitbread Junior Club of the Month – Sandal, the schools rugby column by Mike Stevenson, School Team of the Month – Truro School, the women’s rugby column by Alice Cooper, the servicescene column by John Mace, the rugby nostalgia column – Bill McMurtrie talks with Tony Stanger about the try which won Scotland the Grand Slam in 1990.
May 1994 - Peter McMullan argues for inclusion of Canada in an expanded International Championship, centre of excellence – John Kennedy spotlights the unsung talents of the man with the brain – Wales and Llanelli centre Nigel Davies, the giants collide – SWALEC WRU Cup Final preview – Llanelli v Cardiff, rugby in the front line by Andy Keast the new coaching co-ordinator for Natal, spoiled by success – Don Cameron on Dunedin’s rise as a test venue, United nations? – Greg Campbell on the proposals for a new Southern Hemisphere Championship, Courage Clubs Championship – under the spotlight – Catt’s whiskers – Alastair Hignell interviews Mike Catt, profile of Martin Bayfield, club focus – Old Griffinians RFC put down roots, Halifax build for the future says Stan Townsend, Barry French on the trials and tribulations of the Barnes club, Exeter excellence – Paul Easterbrook on Exeter’s enduring half backs, league results and tables, Welsh supplement - reporter Ian Stafford and photographer David Rogers travelled to Lisbon and Madrid to get an insight into the Portugal and Spain squads ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Wales, Scottish supplement – the doctor takes charge – Alan Lorimer talks with new Scottish captain Rob Wainwright about the challenges ahead, player drain – Jim Telfer (Scotland’s director of rugby) talks about a new threat to the game north of the border, missionary zeal – Bruce Gilmour looks at how the Cumbernauld club is spreading the message, Wanderers’ new home – how Edinburgh Wanderers have benefited from their move to Murrayfield, Corstorphine bounce back – Ian Cameron finds a club newly promoted to Division Two and determined to stay there, ups and downs – all the major promotion and relegation issues have been settled, Irish supplement – Davidson on the up – George Ace on the young Dungannon lock who is being touted as a new Willie-John McBride, player profile – long shot – Mark Jones talks with shot putter turned rugby player Victor Costello, under the spotlight – Eric Elwood discusses a tough international season and looks ahead to the tour of Australia, Sunday best – the omission of Ken O’Connell from the Irish tour party has taken a little of the shine off the promotion celebrations of Sunday’s Well, the winning habit – how the league rugby set up has revitalised unfashionable Monkstown, splendid isolation – Mark Jones on the continued dominance of Connemara, Garryowen’s title – Mark Jones sees the title decided in the mud of Limerick, follow England in South Africa, the women’s rugby column with Alice Cooper, Southern hemisphere dominance – Mark Jones reports from the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sevens, the letters page, Whitbread Player of the Month – Dean Richards, Whitbread Senior Club of the Month – Clifton, Whitbread Junior Club of the Month – Esher, the top scorers page with Peter Jackson, School of the Month – Kelly College in Tavistock, the schools rugby column with Mike Stevenson, Daily Mail Schools Day at Twickenham, Youth team of the Month – Old Crossleyans from Halifax, the youth rugby column with Harry Townsend, Kick-off (issue 9) – free – the official magazine of the 1995 World Cup.
July 1994 - positive thoughts – Greg Campbell on how the World Champions coped with the Irish challenge, tour analysis: Ireland, Scotland’s tour of Argentina – tough stuff on trhe pampas by Alan Lorimer (1st Test Argentina 16 Scotland 15, 2nd Test Argentina 19 Scotland 17), lessons to be learned by Alan Lorimer, tour analysis: Scotland, Wales tour of Canada – Wales gain revenge by Peter McMullan (Canada 15 Wales 33), John Kennedy reflects on the Welsh World Cup qualifying games against Portugal (won 102-11) and Spain (won 54-0), news desk, Toulouse 22 Montferrand 16 – teams, scorers, photos and match report of the French Championship Final by Peter Bills, across the great divide – Greg Campbell on the remarkable case of former rugby league player Brett Papworth who is back playing rugby union, profile of David Campese (Randwick, NSW and Australia), Bath clean up – English League & Cup winners Bath made it a treble to remember with victory in the Save & Prosper Middlesex Sevens tournament with results, listings of teams in final plus photos, Beer makes his mark – Ian Stafford talks with the retiring RFU President about his year in office, money matters part 2 – Alison Kervin with some practical ideas for fundraising, how to be a better player – right wing, fit for rugby – Stewart Murray’s second article aimed at getting you fit for the new season, time for a referendum asks Nigel Starmer-Smith, coaching masterclass – former England & British Lions lock Wade Dooley on second row play, Queensland crowned – Andrew Slack reviews the Southern Hemisphere’s Super Ten championship, Horan’s horror – Aussie Tim Horan fights to save his career after shattering his left knee in the Super 10 final reports Greg Campbell, France humbled – Peter McMullan reports on an awesome Canadian performance which destroyed the French in Ottawa, a gruelling schedule – Keith Quinn assesses the mood in the All Black camp as they prepare for a series of tough tests, Whitbread awards – Junior Club of the Month – Esher, Referee of the Year – Derek Bevan, Team of the Year – Bath, Coach of the Year – Alan Davies, Young Player of the Year – Scott Quinnell, Services to Journalism – Clem Thomas, an unbridgeable chasm by Robert Armstrong (The Guardian), the rugby union debate, women’s rugby – Alice Cooper rounds-up the season, youth rugby with Harry Townsend, rugby nostalgia – Graham Mourie recalls the 1981 South Africa tour to New Zealand, kick-off issue 11 – official magazine of the 1995 World Cup.
September 1994 - Mark Jones previews the All Ireland League First Division, an unhappy tour – Dan Retief reports on a disappointing and somewhat controversial South African tour of New Zealand, Andrews makes his mark – South Africa have finally a new world class lock says Dan Retief, coaching master class – Phil Matthews analyses the role of blindside flanker, how to be a better player (inside centre) - experts offer advice on how to improve your own playing performance, looking at the laws – Clive Norling analyses the new amendments, reviving the legend – Bristol aim to change Bath’s domination of West Country rugby, are Bath about to fall? – Mick Cleary explores the winning philosophy with Stuart Barnes and Richard Hill, Pilgrim returns to the fold – Ian Malin talks with Steve Pilgrim about his return to rugby union, the Phoenix rises – Michael Austin talks with Coventry captain Barry Evans, Welsh League preview – John Kennedy assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the Heineken First Division, Lyn’s leap of faith – John Kennedy hears the enthusiasm of Treorchy’s new recruit Lyn Jones, from valleys to veld – John Kennedy talks with Robert Jones about his South African experience, Scottish League preview – Alan Lorimer previews the Scottish First Division teams, the President speaks – Alan Lormier talks with this year’s SRU President Ken Smith, Wallabies silence the doubters – Greg Campbell reviews the tour of Italy and Western Samoa to Australia, Australian back row forward Julian Gardner now a member of the Italian national side talks about Italy’s exciting rugby progress, rugby in the war zone – playing rugby in Zenica, Central Bosnia near the front line, the Marquee player – Al Charron is the rock of the Canadian side and he told Peter McMullan he’s been in love with rugby for years, Courage League tables – promotion and relegation across the divisions for the season 1993-94, Sevens in the sun – “Rugby World” reports from the Lisbon and Madrid Sevens, the personality column – Labour MP Peter Hain (Neath RFC Vice-President) discuses how rugby has influenced his life, Kick-off (issue 13) – free – the official magazine of the 1995 World Cup.
April 1995 - Peter Bills on Scotland's first win in Paris since 1969, Peter Bills meets Australia captain Michael Lynagh, World Cup - Aussies over the top?, collision course - Barrie Fairall reports on many of England's top players look set to be involved in the Pilkington Cup final just weeks before the World Cup, Clem Thomas on yet another IRB meeting which has failed to grasp the nettle, Rotherham are on the verge of another promotion reports Tony Simpson, Paul Bolton on Worcester's vigorous recruitment campaign, Christopher Marton examines York RUFC's challenge for National League status, Alison Kervin looks at Maidenhead - a club planning for a bright future, profile of Gavin Hastings, Youth Team of the Month - Cardiff, famous schools - Monmouth, School of the Month - Campion, John Kennedy talks with in-form Cardiff scrum half Andy Moore, John Kennedy reports on Abercynon's progression through the Heineken leagues, Wrexham are restructuring from top to bottom, Huw S Thomas reports on the appearance of a second generation of famous Welsh rugby names, Alan Lorimer talks with Scotland's stalwart hooker Kenny Milne, preview of the Scottish sevens circuit, Alan Lorimer speaks to Stirling County captain Stewart Hamilton, Mark Jones talks with Davy Tweed making his international debut for Ireland at 35, Ian Stafford chats with Willie Anderson on Ireland's uphill struggle, how to be a better player - tight-head prop, Eric Weil sees Argentina overcome Canada to win the inaugural Pan-American Championship, John Mace reports on the RAF's bid to win a hat-trick of consecutive titles in the Inter-Services Tournament, England Women 25 Wales Women 0 - Malcolm Crane reports on this 10th anniversary encounter, Kick-off - the Rugby World Cup supplement, plus Radio Times 1987 World Cup Rugby Wall-chart and poster and profile of Colin Deans (Hawick & Scotland).
May 1995 - a local affair – Malcolm Crane on the Pilkington Shield semi-finals which have thrown up a Home Counties final, turning head – Peter Bills talks with Sale’s new recruit Paul Turner, Small but perfectly reformed – Ian Stafford meets South Africa’s reformed bad lad James Small, an unlikely rugby man – Jon Ufton has made the Wasps’ full back slot his own this season as Rugby World explains, making their mark – following an incredible run of success over the past four years Newport RUFC are making people sit up and take notice, highs and lows – Christopher Marton on how the introduction of club leagues has affected Scarborough RUFC, cavalier approach – Kenny Wiwa profiles the 101-year-old Honourable Artillery Club, the end of an era – Ian Malin talks with Bath’s John Hall on his retirement, on the crest of a wave – Barrie Fairall reports on the return of Saracens to the big time having secured the Second Division title with four games to spare, county classic – Malcolm Crane looks forward to a cracking CIS County Championship Final – Northumberland v Warwickshire, regions round-up – reports from regions around the country, mini-rugby – take your place – Alison Kervin on the role of the centre, personality profile – Will Carlinig, youth rugby – news from the Under 21 scene with Harry Townsend, schools news – Huw S Thomas with the latest news of cup and international matches, School of the Month – Royal Belfast Academical Institution, may way – Ian Stafford in conversation a man with very individual ideas – Welsh international Mark Perego, the way forward – John Kennedy talks with Jeff Young (WRU Technical Director) on new initiatives designed to restore the Welsh game to the top, local heroes – photographer Kim Ludbrook, a young South African, captures the community spirit of Welsh rugby, home grown – Alan Lorimer reports from Kelso where young players are developed to safeguard the future, up in the Ayr – following their achievement in winning the Division Three title, Ayr are planning to continue their success by aiming for the top, the winning habit – Mark Jones reports on Shannon RFC who have kept up the successful Limerick tradition by becoming Division One champions in style, communication breakdown – Mark Jones looks at Ireland’s World Cup squad, how to be a better player (second row) - experts offer advice on how to improve your own playing performance, tales from the touchline – Faith Hallett offers a wife and mother’s view on rugby union, rugby’s future hope – Peter Bills on the story of how destitute Indian children have taken up rugby union, women’s rugby - Vladivar National Cup semi-final results – Northampton 0 Richmond 59 and Blackheath 7 Wasps 20, university champions – Loughborough University 53 De Montford Bedford 11, winning ways – triumphant captain Caroline Orton talks with Alison Kervin about her team’s big day at the British Universities final and the success behind Loughborough University, wielding the whistle – John Mace examines the referee’s role in the Services, the magnificent Sevens – the Frank Keating column, Kick-off (issue 21) – free – the official magazine of the 1995 World Cup.
June 1995 - Bill Cain warns those planning to travel to South Africa for the World Cup of the crime wave that is sweeping the country, Ian Stafford attempts to examine the accounts of the Rugby World Cup, Alison Kervin speaks to ITV about overcoming enormous problems to cover the World Cup, Rugby World Cup TV schedule, Andrew Slack analyses the Wallabies as they prepare to defend the World Cup, Australia's coach Bob Dwyer forecasts a dramatic future for rugby union after this World Cup, Greg Campbell talks with David Campese on the eve of his third World Cup, Dan Retief examines the difficult decision South Africa's coach had to make in choosing his final squad, Dan Retief talks with Springbok full back Andre Joubert, Gareth Llewellyn taking a walk on the blind side, Peter McMullan believes Canada will relish the challenge of being drawn in the premier pool, Canada look to full back Scott Stewart for both defensive and offensive talents, Chris Thau on Romania, in the pool of death, who have battles on and off the field, David Hands on England's chances in the World Cup, Alison Kerwin talks with homeward bound England three-quarter Mike Catt, centres of attraction - Will Carling and Jeremy Guscott, Clinton Van Der Berg on whether Western Samoa can live up to their performance in the 1991 World Cup, Brian Lima examines his role in this year's World Cup, Eric Weil finds Argentina in a positive mood, Argentina's captain Sebastian Salvat on his team's World Cup chances, Italy can reach the last eight if they are bold says Australia's Michael Lynagh, brothers in arms - Norman Howell talks with Massimo Cuttitta, Italy's captain and twin brother of winger Marcello, Keith Quinn assesses the All Blacks' prospects, Ray Cairns talks with the new All Black sensation Andrew Mehrtens, Steve Bale ponders the chances of Wales improving their form, Alex Evans has a simple philosophy for Wales - release the talent in the players, Mick Doyle believes Ireland have a monumental task at the World Cup, Mark Jones talks to Jim Staples about his return to the Irish team, Alvin Sallay reports on how Japan are placing their hopes on the oldest member of the squad who is making a comeback, John Rutherford says Scotland can emulate their 1991 deeds by reaching the World Cup semi-finals, Ian Stafford talks with Jim Telfer (Scotland's Director of Rugby), Henri Bru feels that the French can spring a World Cup surprise, Steve Bale talks with Franck Mesnel about how he is looking forward to the World Cup and playing away from Paris, Charles Jacoby on why Ivory Coast should not be ignored, Tonga's technical adviser Chris Hawkins assesses their World Cup chances, Chris Thau examines the rise of the so-called outsiders of the World Cup, Ian Stafford speaks to Scottish referee Jim Fleming, David Kirk who led New Zealand to victory in the first-ever World Cup reflects on the 1987 tournament, Nick Farr-Jones remembers the 1991 World Cup, World Cup quiz compiled by Huw S Thomas, forty years after first touring South Africa Clem Thomas looks back on the trials of a fanatical rugby nation, Rugby World Cup update.
August 1995 - on-screen blunders by James Connor, Mike Catt’s tour diary, the case for a single host by Stephen Jones, World Cup Semi-Finals New Zealand 45 England 29 and South Africa 19 France 15 – teams, scorers, photos and match reports, banishing the blues – Henri Bru reflects on France’s failure to get to the World Cup Final, judging the contestants – Gareth Edwards gives his impressions on the 16 finalists, behind the scenes at the World Cup with Press Officer Chris Thau and ITV’s anchorman Alastair Hignell, John Mason (Daily Telegraph) explains what the life of a newspaper reports touring South Africa entails, lost opportunities – Peter Bills explains why all South Africans were overjoyed at the reality of the World Cup, future of Wales – programme of change with Peter Bills, Gareth Davies and Clem Thomas, changing times – former Irish player and coach Willie Anderson reflects on Ireland’s World Cup performances and offers some pointers to the future, Rupert Bates talks with Kenny Logan about life after retiring Scottish captain Gavin Hastings, World Cup Quarter-Finals – England 25 Australia 22, France 36 Ireland 12, New Zealand 48 Scotland 30, South Africa 42 Western Samoa 14 – teams, scorers, photos and reports, 1995 World Cup pool results – teams and scorers, a hard act to follow – the Frank Keating column.
October 1995 - David Lawrenson canvassed the views of Harlequins' Director of Rugby Dick Best while Tony Simpson talked with Jim Coulson secretary of Wakefield, Wasps' new recruit from Biarritz, flank forward Richard Pool-Jones, tells Peter Bills what drove him away from French rugby, former Bristol captain Derek Eves talks with Michael Prestage about his surprise move to National League Three side Coventry and the financial packages on offer, John Kennedy talks to Pontypool's John Perkins and Gareth Davies of Cardiff about how "open" rugby will affect Welsh clubs, John Kennedy speaks with new Welsh cap full back Justin Thomas, South Africa 40 Wales 11 - Dan Retief on South Africa's first game as world champions, the advent of professionalism will lead to many Irish clubs paying a price, predicts Mark Jones, Alan Lorimer takes a close look at the accounts of Kelso and Melrose, Gregor Townsend talks with Greg Campbell about his enthusiasm for southern hemisphere running rugby, Serge Manificat looks at three French clubs at the start of the first officially "open" season, Greg Campbell looks at how the introduction of open professionalism will make increasing demands on Australian players, the IRB's announcement on professionalism has been greeted by both excitement and sorrow in New Zealand says Keith Quinn, Dan Retief and Eric Weil reports on how professionalism will affect South Africa and Argentina respectively, how to be a better player - blind-side flanker, English club guide, Malcolm Crane reports on the highs and lows from round one of the Pilkington Shield. Magazine is in very good condition.
November 1995 - no regrets – Dennis Easby talks with Ian Stafford about his decision to sack then reinstate Will Carling as England captain, out of the blue – Steve bale spoke with Cardiff and Wales hooker Jonathan Humphreys, the man you’d least like to face by Stephen Jones, fight to the finish – Ian Stafford spoke with Welsh prop Stuart Evans about his battle for the right to play for his country, a cup for Europe – John Kennedy looks at the beginning of a new era in club rugby, natural-born leader – Alastair Hignell spoke to Eric Peters about being Scotland’s captain, all change – Henri Bru on the machinations in French rugby which saw Pierre Berbizier sacked, testing times – New Zealand protests at nuclear testing in the Pacific will give added spice to the All Black tour of France according to Keith Quinn, Kronfeld’s campaign – Alison Kervin talks with Josh Kronfeld, down but not out – Mark Jones spoke with Irish hooker Keith Wood, success at a price – Keith Quinn says Western Samoa are paying the price for their success over the past few years, ahead of their tour of England & Scotland, tough task – Rugby World looks at the plight of Fiji as they embark on a nine-match tour of Wales & Ireland, Pilkington Cup 3rd Round draw, Team of the Month – Scunthorpe, youth rugby with Harry Townesnd, school news with Huw S Thomas, School Team of the Month – Tonbridge School, English club guide with National League news and all the news from the regions, Pilkington Shield – Malcolm Crane with all the action from Round Two, tours de force – John Mace with all the latest news from the Forces, walking the tightrope – women’s rugby has come a long way since its inception but what of its future – Julie Potter reports, travelling north and south by Frank Keating.
December 1995 - the messiah returns – Jonathan Davies returns to Wales and Rupert Bates looks back at the odyssey of Welsh rugby’s favourite son, homeward bound – David Lawrenson looks at how the rugby world is changing, on the way up – Mark Jones in conversation with Eddie Halvey, new faces – Mark Regan, Damian Hopley and Andy Robinson, having their say – as the top clubs flex their muscles, is rugby union set to emulate premiership soccer – Ian Stafford investigates, brief encounter – Greg Campbell examines the politics behind the election of Australia’s coach, Kidd’s quiet revolution – Ireland’s new coach Murray Kidd speaks with Mark Jones, coaching clinic – the backs working as a unit, rucking & mauling and line-outs, proving their worth – Alan Lorimer examines the crucial role of the Scottish Exiles as they prepare to defend their district championship title, officials under fire – referees have come in for unprecedented criticism this season – Rugby World put some of these concerns to Steve Griffths the RFU’s referees development officer, best of British – Julie Potter previews this season’s inaugural women’s Home Nations tournament, school news with Huw S Thomas, School Team of the Month – Sedbergh School, youth rugby with Harry Townsend, Youth Team of the Month – Stourbridge Colts, English club guide with National League news and all the news from the regions, Pilkington Shield – Malcolm Crane with all the action from Round Three, getting in shape – John Mace with all the latest news from the Forces.
January 1996 - candidates for No 10 – David Lawrenson discusses England’s fly half dilemma with Paul Turner, review of the year – a look back at some of the highlights of an eventful 1995, hotshots – profiles of Tim Stimpson, Austin Healey, Peter Mensah and Gwyn Jones, no hard feelings – Ian Stafford chats with Ieuan Evans, keep on running – Michael Austin speaks with Northampton’s Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan, end of an era – Keith Quinn reports on New Zealand’s tour to Italy and France and the departure of coach Laurie mains, man with a mission – David Lawrenson talks with Western Samoa’s captain Pat Lam about rugby, drug prevention and those Samoan tackles, Scotland 15 Western Samoa 15 – Alan Lorimer reports, wind of change – Alan Lorimer talks with new Scottish coach Richie Dixon about his plans to develop Scotland’s game, Wales 19 Fiji 15 and Ireland 44 Fiji 8, rich pickings – Mark Jones reports on the speculation of more of Ireland’s star names joining the English Courage Leagues, coaching clinic – organising defences, Snow progress – Peter McMullan chats to Canadian prop Rod Snow on his move to Newport, women’s rugby – news & views, better safe than sorry? – Anita Naoko Pilgrim investigates should the women’s game be adapted to make it safer for the players?, club focus – Swansea Uplands Women’s Rugby Club, player profile – Cath Mulalley (Wasps & Ireland), school news with Huw S Thomas, School of the Month – Radley College, youth rugby – the latest news from the Under 21 scene with Harry Townsend, Youth Team of the Month – Swansea Under 19s, English club guide from National Leagues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 North and 5 South, club guide in the North, Midlands, London & South East, and South West, Pilkington Shield – Malcolm Crane reports on some close matches in round four, win some lose some by Frank Keating.
February 1996 - Rugby World’s experts answer your queries, the top ten – profiles of two players from each of the Five Nations countries – Rob Wainwright and Craig Chalmers of Scotland, Olivier Roumat and Emile N’Tamack of France, John Davies and Ieuan Evans of Wales, Neil Francis and Jonathan Bell of Ireland and Ben Clarke and Jason Leonard of England, his master’s voice – Alan Lorimer speaks with Bill McLaren who embarks on his 44th season as commentator of the Five Nations Championship, Skinner’s munch through the month – all the latest news and views from the world of rugby, Cambridge University 21 Oxford University 19 – Alastair Hignell looks at the Varsity match past and present, England 27 Western Samoa 9 – David Lawrenson reports, return of the forgotten man – Ian Stafford chats to Bristol’s captain Paul Hull on his selection for the Five Nations squad, hotshots – profiles of David Corkery, Kevin McKenzie, Lawrence Dallaglio and Arwel Thomas, quest for excellence – Alison Kervin looks at the highly acclaimed Australian Institute of Sport as a possible way forward, read all about it – by Stephen Jones, the famous five – John Griffiths looks at the facts and figures behind the Five Nations Championship, behind the scenes – a look at some of the stars off the field at the Five Nations Championship, coaching clinic – technical expert Des Diamond gets to grips with the five key areas that should be familiar to every coach, women’s news – news and views, Vickie Sheriff with a round-up of the women’s scene including a Home Nations preview, club focus – Edinburgh Academical Women RFC, player profile – Sue Butler (Richmond & Wales), school news with Huw S Thomas, School of the Month – John Fisher School from Purley in Surrey, Junior Choice – St Alphege School in Solihull, youth rugby – the latest news from the Under 21 scene with Harry Townsend, Youth Team of the Month – Cheltenham, English club guide – Pilkington cup fourth round results, news from National League 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 North and 5 South, club guide in the North, Midlands, London & South East and South West, Pilkington Shield – Malcolm Crane reports from an eventful round five, did you know? – compiled by Alex Spink – quizzes and a look behind the scenes, nothing remotely new by Frank Keating.
March 1996 - Alison Kervin reports, out in the cold – Robert Jones the most capped Welsh scrum half talks to Ian Stafford about being dropped six times from the Wales side, Skinner’s munch through the month – Mickey Skinner’s light-hearted view of the rugby scene, Ireland 10 Scotland 16 – David Lawrenson reports, hotshots – profiles of Andy Gomarsall, Chris Anthony, Phil Greening and Barry Stewart, seeds of success – John Kennedy reports on how the inaugural European Heineken Cup has made a dramatic impact on the club scene, a question of balance – Stephen Jones charts the changing role of blindside and openside flankers in the back row, coaching clinic – technical expert Des Diamond looks at how to use possession, women’s rugby – news & views, Vickie Sheriff reports on the RFUW’s £45,000 grant from the Sports Council, club focus – Banbury RUFC Women’s Section, player profile – Helen Maskell (Wasps & England A), school news with Huw S Thomas, Schools of the Month – Lord Wandsworth College in Hook and King’s School in Macclesfield, youth rugby – the latest news from the Under 21 scene with Harry Townsend, Youth Team of the Month – Maidenhead, hill start – Michael Prestage speaks to former Bath and England captain Richard Hill about bringing Gloucester into the professional era, English club guide – news from national league 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 North and 5 South, club guide in the North, South West, London & South east, and midlands, Pilkington Shield – Malcolm Crane reports from a weather-hit round six, memories of a legend by Frank Keating, did you know? – compiled by Alex Spink – quizzes and a look behind the scenes, tall tales – Salmon stitch-up – Mickey Skinner on the lighter side of rugby with a memorable tour tale.
April 1996 David Lawrenson reports, Wales 16 France 15 – John Kennedy reports, sidelines – news in brief, didn’t you used to be…? Alex Spink talks with Chris Oti the English international wing whose career was cut short by repeated injuries, return to amateurism – the results of Rugby World’s exclusive poll, the state of our stadia by Stephen Jones, Terry-vision – John Kennedy finds the new Welsh rugby supreme Terry Cobner as uncompromising off the field as he was on it, living legends – 25 years ago Wales swept all before them with a team that has passed into Welsh folklore. They recently had a re-union and Bill Day was there to see what has happened to the Welsh Grand Slam team of 1971, Scotland 9 England 18 – Alison Kervin reports, man with a mission statement – Alison Kervin speaks with Jim Telfer who has been a key figure in Scotland’s success this season, Scotland 16 Wales 14 – Alison Kervin reports, France 45 Ireland 10 – Ian Borthwick reports, Gabriel’s ascent – rising star Gabriel Fulcher is an Irish success story and talks with Mark Jones, Ireland 30 Wales 17 – David Lawrenson reports, hotshots – profiles of Garath Archer, Mike Voyle, David Humphreys and Scott Murray, women’s rugby – news & views, Vickie Sheriff reports on the RFUW’s efforts to get new members to come forward for committee posts, club focus – Alton WRFC, player profile – Pogo Patterson (Richmond & Scotland, coaching clinic – technical export Des Diamond goes through various methods of attacking the scrum, southern discomfort – Greg Campbell reports on the new Super 12 competition kicked off surrounded by controversy, school news with Huw S Thomas, School of the Month – Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, youth rugby – all the latest news form the youth scene with Harry Townsend, Youth team of the Month – Old Laurentian Colts in Rugby, English club guide – new from National League 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 North and 5 South, club guide in the North, South West, London & South east and Midlands, Pilkington Shield – Malcolm Crane reports on the quarter-finals, the pride of the Lions by Frank Keating, did you know? – compiled by Alex Spink – quizzes and a look behind the scenes, tall tales – unlucky for some – Irish full back Rodney O’Donnell must be the most superstitious man ever to play rugby.
May 1996 - cracking the code – David Lawrenson looks at how Wigan are getting to grips with rugby union in preparation for their game against Bath at Twickenham, Avon calling – Ian Stafford talks with the former Welsh coach Alan Davies about his new challenge at Bristol, Kidd’s stuff – Mark Jones talks with the first overseas coach to take on a Five Nations side – Ireland’s coach Murray Kidd about his Championship experiences and Ireland’s professional future, it’s a knockout – Paul Morgan looks back at 25 years of the English national knockout competition, Rugby World’s guide to world rugby, Pan pacific lift off – Peter McMullan reports on one of the most imaginative developments in world rugby, leading lights – who will be the next Wallaby captain? – Greg Campbell reports from Australia, testing times – Keith Quinn looks ahead to a murderous international schedule for the All Blacks, rude awakening – the new Super 12 competition has been a real shock for South African rugby according to Dan Retief, Sevens heaven – Huw S Thomas on the Rosslyn Park National Schools tournament, caching clinic – Des Diamond gives a try-by-try account of France’s recent Five Nations victory over Ireland and explains why we can learn from it, school news with Huw S Thomas, School of the Month – Stonyhurst Sevens Kings near Blackburn, youth rugby with Harry Townsend, Youth Team of the Month – Wimborne Under 16s, women’s rugby – news & views, Vickie Sheriff reports on England’s triumph in the first women’s Home Nationals competition, club focus – Brother’s Old Boys Rugby| Club, player profile – Rhian Williams (Shelford & Wales), English club guide – news from National League 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 South and 5 North, club guide in the North, South West, London & South East and Midlands, Pilkington Shield – Malcolm Crane looks back on two competitive semi-finals, end of the 101 years’ war by Frank Keating, did you know? – compiled by Alex Spink – quizzes and a look behind the scenes, tall tales – lost in France – From Twickers to Paris; the strange case of Patrick the disappearing prop.
June 1996 - the ultimate penalty – Bath 16 Leicester 15 – David Lawrenson reports from Twickenham on a controversial end to the Pilkington Cup, the ultimate challenge – Norman Mair assesses what’s in store for Scotland on their tour of New Zealand, Wales and the Wallabies – Wales’ young squad will be in for a tough time in Australia according to John Kennedy, Ben Smolden was awarded damages against referee Michael Nolan when a scrum collapsed and Nolan was found to be liable – What effect will this have on the future of the game – former England international and London lawyer Brian Moore explains the implications of the Nolan Trial and of litigation on the game, fighting fit – Ian McGeechan’s summer fitness programme, hotshots – profiles of Krynaauw Otto (South Africa), Rob Card (Canada), Jason Madz (Australia) and Christian Cullen (New Zealand), Ponty pride – John Kennedy reports on a thrilling SWALEC Cup Final which saw Pontypridd come from behind to deny Neath victory, Rugby World’s guide to world rugby – Hurricanes put the wind up opposition – Keith Quinn assesses the impact of the Super 12 Series in New Zealand, power struggle – Eric Weil reports on Argentina’s new more democratic voting system, Pacific Rim – Peter McMullan reports on the breakdown of the Pan Pacific Series and the emergence of the Pacific Rim, Christie retires – Dan Retief reports on the World Champions ever increasing problems, held to ransom – Greg Campbell explains why the Australian Rugby Football Union’s dreams are turning into a nightmare, school news with Huw S Thomas, School of the Month – Colston’s Collegiate College in Bristol, youth rugby with Harry Townsend, women’s rugby – news & views, Vickie Sheriff watched Saracens regain the national Cup from two-time winners Richmond, club focus – Saracens WRFC, player profile – Jayne Molyneux (Waterloo & England), English club guide – news from National League 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 North and 5 South, club guide in the North, South West, London & South east, and Midlands, tall tales – getting shirty – former England hooker Jon Olver tells the tale of how he stitched up Martin Hynes.
August 1996 - Rupert Bates reports on how the Toulouse club is faring in the professional era, Alison Kervin followed Scotland to New Zealand, John Kennedy on the Welsh tour to Australia, Whitbread Awards - International Player of the Year - Jonah Lomu (New Zealand), Player of the Year - Gregor Townsend (Scotland), Most Promising Player - Leigh Davies (Wales), Team of the Year - Bath, Coach of the Year - Brian Ashton, Schools of the Year - Colston's (England), Glantaf (Wales), Strathallan (Scotland), Blackrock College (Ireland), St Olaves (Junior Team), Youth Team of the Year - Swansea, McGeechan's guide to fitness, guide to world rugby - Greg Campbell takes a critical look at the Wallabies' performances following their success over Wales, Dan Retief on how some minnows in the new format Currie Cup have been swamped by the Super 12 vets, Keith Quinn reflects on Scotland's tour down under and Lomu-mania sweeping New Zealand once again, a look at Western Samoa, Fiji and Tonga , Canada in the Pacific Rim Tournament, Eric Weil highlights the continuing problems of the Pumas both in personnel and fitness levels. Magazine is in good condition.
December 1996 - Brendan Gallagher on the debate of who should play fly half for Wales, a wolf in sheep’s clothing – Norman Mair speaks to Scotland’s full back Rowen Shepherd, tour preview – Australia, New Zealand Barbarians, Western Samoa, Italy, Argentina and South Africa A visit the British Isles, better, stronger, fitter…Alan Headley on Newcastle Falcons’ Steve Black’s one-to-one style regime, fitness queries – Ian McGeechan answers them, Mickey Skinner with Wasps No 8 Chris Sheasby, know your rights – part 2 – Brian Moore and Michael Breen guide you through the world of insurance and personal injury, hotshots – profiles of Stephane Glas (France), Joeli Vidiri (New Zealand), Graeme Beveridge (Boroughmuir), club round-up – Intermediate Cup – Malcolm Crane sees the RFU’s Intermediate Cup reach its third round after some shocks in the second, County Championship, Junior Cup, Rugby World’s reality rugby table, club guide in the North, Midlands, London & South east and South West, youth rugby, schools rugby, School of the Month – Llandovery College, letters to the editor, drop the drop – Frank Keating says it is time to change the game by doing away with the drop goal.
April 1997 - The Munch’s match day guide – Mickey Skinner is sent to watch Saracens v Wasps and to eat, drink and be merry with the Enfield rugby crowd, leap of faith – Morman Mair chats with Scotland’s No 8-turned-lock Doddie Weir, the Tigers’ lair – Rupert Bates speaks with Leicester’s former Australian coach Bob Dwyer on how he turned the club’s season round, fitness – Back powers through – Neil Back explains what it takes to keep in top shape and offers vital advice to younger players who are thinking of using weights, put fitness first – Ian McGeechan answers your fitness queries, hotshots – profiles on Steve O’Neill (Newcastle Falcons), Huw Harries (Harlequins) and Rob Hitchmough (Orrell), club round-up – Wadworth 6X Team of the Month – Gloucester, Pilkington, Intermediate and Junior Cups news, Rugby World reality rugby table, club guide in the North, Midlands, London & South East and South West, schools rugby, School of the Month – Kirkham Grammar School in Preston, youth rugby, letters to the editor.
May 1997 - Five Nations review – the experts’ verdict, Alison Kervin interviews French assistant coach Pierre Villepreux on France’s fifth Grand Slam, Five nations ’97 final analysis, Keith Quinn on the start of the Super 12 Series, The Munch’s match day guide – Mickey Skinner descends on Twickenham for a visit to the all-London Pilkington Cup quarter-final between Harlequins and Saracens, Dawes in the scores – John Kennedy interviews victorious Lions 1971 captain John Dawes on what the tourists can expect in South Africa, uncapped Lions – Will Greenwood, Martin Corry and Jim Mallender are England’s young guns. All three made the initial Lions squad without a cap to their name – Rupert Bates finds out why, battle for No 9 – Scottish coaching co-ordinator Roy Laidlaw casts his well-trained eye over the nation’s best scrum halves, hotshots – profiles of Tom Beim (Sales & England Under 21), Dean Hardcastle (Wakefield) and Adam Vander (Richmond), power and glory – fitness adviser Darren Grewcock explains the changing nature of fitness training and how increasing your power is the way forward, height and weight – Ian McGeechan answers your fitness queries, club round-up – Wadworth 6X Team of the Month – Sale, Pilkington, Intermediate and Junior Cups news, Rugby World reality rugby table, club guide in the North, Midlands, London & South East and South West, youth rugby, schools rugby, School of the Month – Bromsgrove School, going through the roof – Frank Keating predicts a sudden end to the huge fees, cars and houses players receive.
September 1997 - Burns battle – Rupert Bates meets England Women’s captain Gill Burns as she prepares to play in New Zealand; and pay for the privilege, The Munch’s match day guide – bosh! what a win and I was there – Mickey Skinner on the Lions Test series win in South Africa, rugby’s new prime minister – Paul Morgan quizzed Cliff Brittle (Chairman of the RFU Management Board) to see what rugby union can expect in the next 12 months, captain’s log – Alex Spink (The Express) asks Phil de Glanville if he has any regrets taking over as England captaincy from Will Carling, hotshots – profiles of Phil Graham (Waterloo & North Under 21), Gareth Williams (Brynteg Comprehensive School & Wales Under 18) and Luke Gross (Harlequins and USA), a season dawns – Ian McGeechan answers your fitness queries, speed freaks – Daniel Ford see how six readers are progressing with their fitness training and explain a speed routine that will help make you faster, world rugby – World Cup countdown, Pacific Rim Trophy – Canada’s foreign legion triumph, letters to the editor, you’ve stood now deliver – Frank Keating sets the agenda for Cliff Brittle’s time as chairman of the RFU council.
October 1997 - profiles of Brendon Daniel (Saracens), Jeremy Griffiths (Llandovery) and Russell Earnshaw (Bath), agent exposed – rugby agent Nick Keller was dismayed to see his profession criticised in last month’s Rugby World so Gavin Mortimer met up with him to get his view, a man for all seasons – Norman Mair talks with Alan Tait who is one of the most versatile rugby players in Britain, the man from Milan – Alan Pearey meets Italy’s World Cup captain Massimo Cuttitta who has signed for Harlequins, new generation – the 1997 Lions have inspired a new wave of players but as Malcolm Crane finds out one Yorkshire town has caught the rugby bug worse than most – Whitworth Lions, staying power – the concluding part of the fitness special articles – Daniel Ford finds out how our six readers cope with stamina training, balancing act – Ian McGeechan gives advice on how to get the right balance in a training programme, world rugby – World Cup countdown, Tri Nations: All Blacks blues, the backs – a new section listing the fixtures for the month ahead plus book and video reviews, letters to the editor, the dream that is reality – Frank Keating raises a glass to the European Cup and the men who made it happen.