It’s just under a month until Rugby’s Greatest Championship gets underway when France take on Wales in Paris to start the 2019 Guinness Six Nations. ProgrammeMaster and Six Nations Rugby Limited have once again teamed up to publish the official Guinness Six Nations Championship guide on sale now for £5.00 online here or in all good retailers such as Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s and WH Smiths. This year’s edition was edited by Owain Jones, a highly respected rugby journalist and was assisted by our design team to produce a great guide to this year’s Championship. 

Inside this year’s edition, there are some great articles and features on players, coaches and much more, we provide a preview of some of the features below.

Teenage kicks 

“When a player like Maro Itoje or Owen Farrell produces a moment of sublime skill in a pressure-cooker Test environment do you ever stop to wonder how a player can make something so complex look so simple in front of 82,000 fans? The answer lies in England’s player pathway. The route the best players in the land take with the aim of eventually catching Eddie Jones’ attention. England have, by far, the most successful age-grade set-up in the Northern Hemisphere, winning eight U20 Six Nations titles since the tournament was introduced in 2004 and to put that down to the largest playing pool is too simplistic. No, it’s more instructive to deepdive, analyse the system and see how players are shaped. With that in mind, we sat down with Dean Ryan, the former England No 8 and now the RFU’s head of international player development to discuss what a player’s route to Six Nations nirvana looks like in 2019…

The Long farewell

In just over five years Joe Schmidt has taken Ireland to near the pinnacle of world rugby and with months left of his reign, it’s time to ponder, from those who know him best, what his legacy to Irish rugby will be…

When Joe Schmidt pitched up at Leinster in the summer of 2010, having been coerced by Isa Nacewa to leave Vern Cotter’s Clermont Auvergne, little was known about the slight, blond former headteacher from Woodville, on New Zealand’s North Island.



Justin Tipuric has come out of the shadows of long-time rival Sam Warburton to spearhead Wales’ assault on a fi rst Six Nations trophy since 2013.In a bygone era, a wholesome stereotype was perpetuated of a working man, returning home from his place of work in a bowler hat, and tossing it on the hat-stand in the hallway. Ready, of course, for a soothing Ovaltine and being welcomed into the bosom of his smiling family.

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