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July 2011 Volume 1 Issue 1

Fev versus Fax

14 Marmite Man

20 Original heroes


Inside your next generation rugby league monthly

Front Row 4 Editorial Tony Hannan, editor-at-large, welcomes you to Forty-20 magazine

5 Personality of the Month Andy Wilson of The Guardian profiles Nathan Brown 7 Five Drives and a Kick Rugby league stories from Julie Stott, Chris Westwood,

Stuart Charmak, Paul Burland, Tony Hannan and Forty-20 managing editor Phil Caplan

Columns 6 LMS Rabbits Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook on sleep, Widnes and Saints-Wigan derbies

12 The Reality Is... Brian Noble bemoans the lack of opportunities for British coaches 27 View from the Back Richard Mathers pleads for a halt to the dangers of ‘third-man-in’ 30 Married to League Penelope Davidson reflects on crossing the rugby league rubicon 33 Radio Waves Richard Stead of Yorkshire Radio is first to discuss life on the wireless 42 Irvine’s Indigestion Christopher Irvine of The Times gets indignant over RL Nines

Articles 14 Match of the Month Gareth Walker takes his crash helmet to Featherstone-Halifax

16 Exiles Peter Smith and Neil Barraclough reflect on the International Origin experience 18 Scott who? Steve Kilgallon meets Scott Carter, under-stated chairman of the RLIF 28 Midlands Magician Phil Caplan salutes the remarkable recovery of Ash Howlett 30 Urban Regeneration Mike Rylance on the rebuilding of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 36 South West Passage Chris Wilson takes a trip around Gloucestershire, Exeter and Bristol 38 Hungary for League? Phil Caplan with updates from Budapest and Germany 40 Exodus of Poms Steve Mascord asks if an expanded NRL will devour Super League stars

Postcards 29 Coventry Ron Banks considers whether the Bears should turn semi-professional

34 Montpellier Angela Powers of Sky Sports enjoys the aroma of the South of France 35 Hull Dave Craven of The Yorkshire Post asks why so many Aussie accents on the Humber?

Interviews 20 Play it again, Sam Angela Powers hears how the boo-boys don’t bother Sam Tomkins

23 Poker face Gareth Walker - our resident card shark - deals Warrington’s Brett Hodgson 26 Woes of Rehab Jonathan Doidge hears of a frustrating season for Danny McGuire

Heritage 24 Fall-out in ‘58 Tony Collins recalls one of the most controversial Great Britain tours ever

32 Kings of Queensland Greg Shannon pays tribute to the unheralded Maroons 46 Parting Shot A forgotten image from the annals of rugby league history

The Culture 42 Raise the Curtain Tony Hannan meets a playwright taking rugby league to the stage

43 Hail the Invincibles Win a thrilling DVD of Wigan’s record-breaking Challenge Cup run 44 Courting King Eddie Exclusive extract from Ronnie Teeman’s A Lawyer for All Seasons 45 Bottoms Up! Dave Hadfield serves the first in his monthly review of rugby league pubs

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