EDITOR’S LETTER “Dive into an enthralling month of Test rugby”
GREIG LAIDLAW likens the autumn Tests to the “starting gun” for next year’s World Cup in this issue – read his interview on P66 – and it’s a fitting analogy. We have the best teams in the world going head-to-head with less than a year to go before Japan 2019 kicks off.
There is plenty to whet the rugby appetite in November. New Zealand’s matches with England and Ireland may grab the headlines, but the fixtures in Marseille are also huge in terms of
RWC 2019 as they will determine who completes the line-up in Japan – get the lowdown on the repêchage on P52.
Uruguay face Fiji at Hartpury College on 17 November and Japan play Russia at Kingsholm a week later – both ties that will be repeated at the World Cup.
In the women’s game, France’s back-to-back Tests against the world champion Black Ferns should draw big crowds to Toulon and Grenoble too.
It’s time to revel in an enthralling month of Test rugby – and, of course, this issue!
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Touching down Rieko Ioane and the All Blacksare in Europe in November