After 57 Years, Women Finally Take Over the Cover of U.K.’s Rugby World Magazine

Women's World Cup is set for Dublin and Belfast Aug. 9-26

There was a cover in 2002 featuring England Women’s captain Paula George alongside Lawrence Dallaglio. But the September issue of Rugby World, out today, marks the first time since the U.K. publication launched in 1960 that its cover is dominated by female practitioners of the sport.

Pictured ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland are England’s Emily Scarratt, Ireland’s Niamh Briggs, New Zealand’s Portia Woodman and Canada’s Magali Harvey. From deputy editor Sarah Mockford’s note:

That’s the thing about women’s sport–the stories are often far more unusual and compelling than the men’s genre because their journeys to the top are so different. …

Here are a couple of examples. Carolyn McEwen was a figure skater before switching to rugby in her early twenties and now she’s packing down at prop for Canada. Becky Wood, a firefighter, only started playing XVs three years ago but is now in the Black Ferns squad for the global showpiece.

Both these stories–and more–feature in the new issue of Rugby World as we celebrate the best of women’s rugby and put the sport center stage.

England are the defending World Cup champs. Rugby World is part of Time Inc. U.K. and is one of a dozen and a half sports magazines. Others include Horse and Hound, ShootingTimes and Yachting World.