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Fact File
Nickname Lewy Age 29 (20 Sep 1991) Personality Sociable Last book read The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman Favourite TV show Gogglebox – the characters on it are hilarious Best film Gladiator Dish you like to cook A chicken and chorizo risotto To
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Stephen Jones
Rugby’s most outspoken and inf luential journalist THE BRITISH & Irish Lions tour finally took on some sort of shape last month, rather than being defined by the ghostly outline of possibilities concerning the venue, the timing and, indeed, whether i
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Inside The Mind Of… Ollie Hassell-collins
“The best advice I’ve ever received is just to enjoy it. If there’s a day when I’m not feeling it, I remind myself that I’m doing what I love, ‘this is your time’.” “My nickname at London Irish is The Grinch. I’m loving life here. Me and Loader like
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Jamie Joseph
JAPAN’S GAME against the British & Irish Lions is a one-off opportunity for my players to play one of the most famous rugby teams in the world. And from a personal point of view, it brings back some great memories from 1993 when I played against the
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Stuart Dickinson
“I RETIRED at the end of 2011. Having refereed professionally since ‘96 – and before that, been on panels for eight years – I had to look at getting back to the real world. We didn’t have a number on our back so we didn’t get paid like the players! B
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Rising Stars
Age 19 (19 Jan 2002) Born Cardiff Position Scrum-half Club Exeter Chiefs Country Wales How did you get involved in rugby? I started aged eight, at Rumney Juniors. A couple of boys in my class at primary school asked me to come down. When I couldn’t p
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The Rugby Rant
THERE WAS no intent but it’s contact with the head, and that is not allowed. Players are just going to have to learn. There will be a transition period as they do, but player welfare is paramount.” Apologies if there are any clichés missing from thos
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How To Spiral Kick
“I try to use the spiral kick because when you connect properly it goes further. You get that bit of a glide with a spiral kick that carries it on. If we were in our 22 and I’m trying to kick it as high and as far down the pitch as possible, ideally
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Change Of Scene Is A Challenge For Sarries
ALEX LEWINGTON was more prepared than most of his team-mates for a stint in the Greene King IPA Championship, but even the Saracens winger has raised his eyebrows at some aspects of the campaign. No one inside the camp said it would be easy to get pr
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The Secret Player
PLAYING WITH pain is 100% a fact of life. Week to week, you are always dealing with something. You wake up on a Saturday or Sunday after a game and think ‘How the f*** am I going to be able to play in a week’s time?’ Then weirdly, by team run time, y
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3 Of The Best
“He really touched my heart – the way he led and the way people loved him” “He’s such an amazing human being and I understand why the boys play so hard for him. I’ve got huge respect for him” “A true sporting icon”
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The Wild Side
FROM THEIR first trip to South Africa in 1891 to the dozen tours that followed over the next century and more, the Lions versus the Springboks has carried a magic with it at every step. Great Tests, immortal players, disgraceful violence, controversi
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News Round-up
‣ Milestone man Luke Eves made his 100th appearance for Hartpury University when he came off the bench against Nottingham in April. ‣ New signings Prop Adam Nicol has joined Jersey from Glasgow Warriors on a contract until the end of the 2021-22 seas
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Lightning’s Lark On Song For Red Roses
THE FACT that Lark Davies’s dad took inspiration for his daughter’s name from the piece of music The Lark Ascending seems very appropriate these days as the England hooker is most certainly on the rise. She has helped the Red Roses to back-to-back Gr
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Comic Relief
HAVE YOU heard the one about the British & Irish Lions team bus after a body-breaking session? “There’s one incident I remember from the tour in 2009,” says Simon Shaw. “We’d just had a major contact session and the forwards were shot to bits. Everyo
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In Touch
Email your letters to rugbyworldletters@futurenet.com or write to our editorial address WIN SOME CASH! The Star Letter winner will receive £20 – let us know your views on the game to be in the running How does the 20-minute red-card replacement provi
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Taulupe Faletau
Age 30 (12 Nov 1990) Born Nuku’alofa, Tonga Club Bath Position Back-row Height 6ft 2in Weight 17st 4lb Wales caps 86 (8T) Lions caps Four (1T) Instagram @tobyfaletau IT’S HARD to articulate, Taulupe Faletau says of the overarching goal in rugby. It’s
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Rugby World
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Editor’s Letter
WHEN THE late John Dawes was interviewed about the modern game in 2013, he bemoaned the focus on physicality. “These days the first thing you look at in a player is how big he is, how strong he is,” he told his biographer Ross Reyburn. Tackles and br
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What Goes On Tour…
ANDREW MARTIN, of Edwards Coaches, has driven the Wales team’s bus for the past 13 years. He recalls his standout memory from the 2015 Rugby World Cup… My favourite occasion has to be driving back from Twickenham after that memorable win (28-25) over
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Joe Rokocoko
I WAS HAPPY to hear that the opportunity had finally come for two Pacific teams to be involved in Super Rugby. It’s been a big demand for the majority of former players – not just in the Pacific but from all over the world now – and the PI boys are g
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Long-term Vision
THE OVAL-BALL game has been hit hard by Covid-19, with the pandemic costing the sport £1bn according to World Rugby. So it’s no surprise that the governing body’s new strategic plan aims to grow the game and put it on a sounder financial footing. Ent
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Grass Roots
The absence of grass-roots rugby for more than a year has increased the behind-the-scenes activity, with clubs caring for the wider community. Take Barnes, who, in three hours, received 2,700kg (2.7 tonnes) of donations for the Trussell Trust food ba
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Should The Lions Tour France?
THE BRITISH & Irish Lions is an institution. And we adore it. We tour for the adventure, the thrill, the quality of rugby, yes – but also for the amazing fan experience and being confronted by the best. If you want to package an amazing destination,
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How To Beat The Boks
It’s not easy to articulate just how important the captain is to the Springbok cause. What you see is most certainly not what you get. It’s not the way the flanker plays for South Africa; it’s the impact his presence has upon every other member of th
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“I Want That Feeling Every Time We Are Together”
THAD been an upside-down Olympic prep for GB women’s coach Scott Forrest, going from grand plans to a stay-at-home dad in a few Covid-corrupted months. All the while with lingering uncertainty over the viability of a Tokyo Games. But as restrictions
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Siya Kolisi
Age 29 (16 June 1991) Born Port Elizabeth Franchise Sharks Position Back-row Height 6ft 2in Weight 16st 9lb SA caps 50 (6T) Instagram handle @siya_kolisi_the_bear THE STATESMAN, the entrepreneur, the philanthropist, the dedicated dad. Siya Kolisi wea
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Short Pass
Alun Wyn Jones, 35, has extended his WRU and Ospreys contract for another year. The number of teams in NZ’s U85kg National Club Cup has doubled in a year, with 45 sides entering in 2021. Henry Trinder (right) is leaving Gloucester after more than a d
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West Hartlepool
The young and not so youthful are well catered for at West, where Stuart Parker, 76, is the oldest player and the ‘Little Deers’ form the two to six age-group at a club whose emblem is a stag. Secretary Dave Picken said: “Initially we expected a doze
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Faf De Klerk
THE HOMECOMING was an odyssey that will never leave him, a five-day trip atop a victory bus moving slowly through the joyous human traffic of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto one day, then Durban the next, then onwards to East London, Port Elizabeth
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