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RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD - ISSUE 379 (NOV 2012)

The new issue is now in shops and also available online for PC/Mac, iPads and all manner of other smart gizmos.

Get it online here / Order a print copy here

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It’s not every day you get to meet an Olympic champion, and we were lucky enough to meet two at once. The Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonny, fresh from their London 2012 success talk to Jamie Jones-Buchanan about their love of the Rhinos and Rugby League. With fellow Olympic hero and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins presenting this year’s Man of Steel award to Sam Tomkins, and Wayne Rooney tweeting about the Grand Final to his five million plus followers, the more these high profile admirers sing the praises of Rugby League, perhaps the more attention our sport will begin to receive from an often indifferent media?

No amount of praise seems to have much of an impact on the size of our play-off crowds though, which show an alarming drop off just as the season reaches its boiling point. We take a look at this frustrating phenomenon.

The Old Trafford showpiece continues to pack ‘em in, however, and Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos served up a classic encounter in front of over 70,000 fans. Dave Hadfield reports from the Theatre of Dreams, Jon Wells offers his analysis of how the game was won, and Robbie Hunter-Paul debates the appeal of winning a Grand Final over finishing top of the league.

Doncaster can celebrate both these achievements in Championship One. We take a look back at their history of struggle and how they turned it into a moment of glory.

With the Super League season now done and dusted, we begin our club-by-club review of 2012 with those who didn’t quite make it to the play-offs. The people who know the reasons for that tell us why.

Also, we catch up for a chat with Michael Korkidas who has been a fixture of the British game for almost a decade but is calling time on his playing career to head down under for a new life as a butcher, and Wolves star Tyrone McCarthy, one of the most recognisable faces in the game because half of it is covered by his giant beard, answers a quickfire round of questions.

As England, Wales and France gear up for their Autumn International series, we take a look at how the rest of Europe’s Rugby League playing nations will be keeping themselves occupied in what is another packed issue.

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Got mine the other day (in good time) and it's a good issue. Plenty there of interest, though Im not really into triathlon.

The inevitable whinges:

Thought there might have been more on this Euro tournament thingy that England are in. Probably next month?

A good article exploring why the playoff crowds are cr ap until the final was spoiled by some mistakes in the stats which meant they didn't make sense.

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received my copy yesterday !

the quickest delivery yet !

must be a record - well done & thanks

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I must admit mine is still in the cellophane, I'll finally be able to sit down and stop everything to have a read tomorrow.

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Thought there might have been more on this Euro tournament thingy that England are in. Probably next month?

Yep. To be honest, there was just too much else to fit in with all the domestic competitions coming to an end all at once, and hardly any available info to hang an article on regarding the Autumn Internationals by the time we went to press.

A good article exploring why the playoff crowds are cr ap until the final was spoiled by some mistakes in the stats which meant they didn't make sense.

Yes, that's hugely frustrating. The perils of print! Once it's done you can't change it. I'll put the whole thing online with the correct formatting at some point. Watch this space.

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received my copy yesterday !

the quickest delivery yet !

must be a record - well done & thanks

Phew, that's a welcome relief! We gave the pigeon extra feed this month! :D

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I must admit mine is still in the cellophane, I'll finally be able to sit down and stop everything to have a read tomorrow.

It's okay, it's safe to approach. It isn't all about Leeds. ;)

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Shame to see Jon Wells go - enjoyed his articles in RLW the past few years, one of the better players/ex-players writing about the sport.

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Oh and the biggest laugh this month came from Robbie's story of sellotaping his 1997 SL medal to his finger after seeing Henry's Grand Final ring. :lol: All round good issue.

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I genuinely had no idea that the Brownlee Brothers were big RL fans - I always assumed that they either weren't interested. I've interviewed them quite a few times over the years but I never thought to ask if they were interested in League.Top lads.

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Yes, that's hugely frustrating. The perils of print! Once it's done you can't change it. I'll put the whole thing online with the correct formatting at some point. Watch this space.

As promised! The play-off crowds article as it should have appeared in issue 379

http://www.rugbyleag...sing-in-action/

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