The Bravehearts of Scotland were the surprise package of the 2016 Four Nations and their captain Danny Brough graces the cover of the new issue of Rugby League World Magazine which features a special, in-depth investigation into the true state of Rugby League north of the English border. Was that sensational draw against the Kiwis in the Four Nations the start of something big in Scotland, or a last hurrah?
Also inside this month’s issue, three-time Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston bids farewell to English shores a winner again in the Four Nations, and he chats about his fond memories of an international career set to conclude at next year’s World Cup. This year’s Golden Boot shortlist is also revealed.
England NRL star Elliott Whitehead talks about his future plans, which may involve a return to Super League sooner than most people expect. New Zealand’s Thomas Leuluai is already on his way and discusses his return to Wigan.
One man who earned a gigantic reputation in the British game with St Helens is current Australia coach Mighty Mal Meninga, who argues with Steve Mascord that it’s never good for Rugby League when the Kangaroos lose.
Great Britain wing legend Martin Offiah knows what it feels like to beat the Aussies and he picks a star-studded Dream XIII made up of past teammates.
On a festive note, new Leeds Rhinos signing and former Sheffield Eagle Cory Aston goes all Christmassy, revealing his best and worst gifts and how dad Mark copes with the pressure of the big day, and there’s a nostalgic look back to Super League’s last ever Boxing Day derby between Wigan and Saints, plus the biggest shocks of 2016.
Nigel Wiskar reports from Toronto on how the locals are looking forward to the arrival of their new Rugby League team, and RLW’s expanding international coverage includes Hawaii, Serbia and Avignon.
There are features on Women’s Rugby League and the amateur scene too with Hunslet Warriors and Newsome Panthers in focus.
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