eric launches issue 2 of RUGBY
England ‘apprentice’ and Harlequins sensation Marcus Smith gives his first major interview in the second issue of eric’s premium rugby quarterly.
Following the incredible response to the limited-edition issue one of RUGBY, featuring England and British & Irish Lions flanker James Haskell as a cover star (shot exclusively for eric by world-renowned photographer Rick Guest), the second issue of the quarterly is going global and is now available for subscription.
In addition to Marcus Smith, the journal continues its theme of rugby’s greatest stories and storytellers including famous names such as Welsh legends Mike Rayer and Adam Jones, discussing everything from Don King and selling cranes to completing LEGO sets. We have Exeter Chiefs chairman Tony Rowe on a life of drum kits, powerboats, telecoms, rugby and the occasional gin. Topsy Ojo of London Irish talks about his Nigerian roots, changing times at Irish and future plans. But it’s perhaps in the features with lesser-known names that RUGBY makes its mark.
Names such as Tyronie Rowe, who worked in a Jamaican morgue aged 13 and found himself in the middle of the Tivoli Gardens incursion that saw more than 70 lose their lives. Rugby has provided his escape to another life.
Then there are the players of Shetland RFC, who face a 12-hour ferry journey just to start every away game and once left for a league game on a Thursday, only returning the following Tuesday.
We meet Rotherham’s army of 70-somethings who literally keep the club going on a daily basis and we meet the people behind Coventry’s return to the Championship, including the man who built a billion-pound company from jet engines.
Japanese team Mitsubishi RFC visited the UK recently and we spent a day with them to explore the ins and outs of company rugby in the Far East. And we also spent a Sunday with the club with the most juniors – more than 1,000 of them.
To buy issue 2 of RUGBY or subscribe, click here. The journal will be available in selected outlets in the UK and internationally, with a full list announced at a later date.