Issue 420 of Rugby League World magazine is out now – available both in print and online (click here to read the digital version right now!).
As you’ll see on the cover, we’ve gone for something a bit different this month, interviewing famous footballer Joey Barton, one of League’s biggest (and most vocal!) fans.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though.
Packed with unmissable features from the sport’s best writers, award-winning photography, columns from elite players, and cutting-edge design, RLW is the best read in Rugby League – no question. It is also the most popular RL magazine outside Australia and it’s not hard to see why.
Supposed to be getting ready to gpu out but Postie just brought my new copy of @rlworld, Guess I’m gonna just have 2 get ready later.
— Paul Bayliss (@Paulalmanack) March 19, 2016
Here’s what’s inside issue 420
Joey Barton exclusive
The controversial footballer is spreading the Rugby League message to millions on Twitter every week. We found out what draws him to the 13-man code.
— Adrian Ward (@ajward1985) March 19, 2016
— Danny Ward (@d_wardRL) March 18, 2016
— Lee Wilson (@lee481) March 19, 2016
— Ian Garside (@IanGarside1) March 18, 2016
Steve McNamara exclusive
The former England coach opens up after being replaced by Wayne Bennett and addresses rumours linking him with the Hull KR job.
— Nigel Wiskar (@nigelwis) March 18, 2016
NEW: Michael Shenton’s Inside Line
The Castleford centre swaps his columnist cap for a job as a writer, interviewing team-mate Denny Solomona in a gripping four-page feature. Find out what motivates the high-scoring winger and how his end-of-season review in 2015 could shape his career.
Lewis Tierney exclusive
Dave Hadfield speaks to the Wigan fullback on stepping out the shadow of his famous father at the Warriors.
World Club Series: Should it stay?
In this superb investigation, Gareth Walker finds out what players, coaches and key figures on both sides of the world think of the WCS and asks whether it has a future.
Super League v NRL
Is our premier competition seen only as a last-chance saloon for NRL talent? We get feedback from both sides of the planet to answer the question once and for all. This exclusive investigation is genuinely unmissable.
Amateur Cup Kings
Gareth Walker catches up with some of the giant-killing amateur teams following their Challenge Cup exploits. One coach even believes his side have what it takes to win League 1, and urges the RFL to open up the pathway.
City of Hull Academy
The merged academy in Hull is already bearing fruit. We speak to the new coaching team, as well as James Webster and even Jamie Peacock, who explains the set-up has one eye on a League 1 spot.
John Kear exclusive
We caught up with the Batley coach and found out what inspired the Bulldogs to such a strong start in the Championship.
Linnett to Win It
Scotland international Kane Linnett on success with the North Queensland Cowboys and his hopes for the forthcoming Four Nations.
Back For Good
Winger Jamie Foster opens up on his failed rugby union experiment, his early career, and future ambitions.
Kumul ye Faithful
Dave Hadfield picks the six Papua New Guinean players to have the biggest mark on the game in the UK.
Eorl Crabtree column
The Giants forward weighs in on the debate over banning tackling in schools.
This Month In History
In our regular archive piece, we re-live the 2003 Challenge Cup final between Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos.
Dream Thirteen: Scott Moore
The Wakefield hooker picks a composite lineup from team-mates past and present.
Alex Walmsley column
The St Helens prop on more World Club Series humiliation for Saints and annoyance at playing under two sets of rules.
Nigel Wiskar’s regular sideways look at the game includes Dom Manfredi’s f-bombs, a naked Rhinos player, and hot-stepping Shaun Johnson.
Steve Mascord asks whether a midseason international is now a possibility given the number of English players in the NRL. Plus, much more.
Getting to Know: Joe Mellor
The Widnes playmaker outs Kevin Brown as the worst dresser at the Vikings and reveals an addiction to video games in our latest off-topic quiz.
Our regular round-up of all things international focuses on New York City, Canada and Ghana.
Ryan Hall column
The Leeds winger opens up about the challenges facing him and his Rugby League form following the arrival of his second child.
The peerless Dave Hadfield, as always, has the last word. This month, he debates whether or not Salford can be considered a good team.
Feeling like death today so won’tl be moving very far from this armchair. Still, I have the latest copy of @rlworld to keep me amused
— Mike Godfrey (@uncletatty) March 20, 2016