EDITOR’S LET­TER “Dive into an en­thralling month of Test rugby”

Rugby World - - FRONT ROW - Sarah Mock­ford, Editor

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!

Email: sarah.mock­ford@ti-me­dia.com Phone: 01252 555272Twit­ter: @heel­son­halfway

Touch­ing down Rieko Ioane and the All Blacksare in Europe in Novem­ber

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