• Once the man leading the England and Lions team, Bill Beaumont now takes the lead as Chairman of the RFU Board, while there are other honours in the Queen's birthday honours list, among them Maggie Alphonsi, England Women's flanker gets an MBE
• Good news too from Sport England's annual Active People Survey, undertaken by Ipsos Mori, which shows that rugby participation in England grew by 26,000 in the year to April 2012
• With Twickenham Stadium hosting a selection of matches, including the opener and final of Rugby World Cup 2015, the search is on for the best venues around the country so that the whole nation can be truly proud to host the much anticipated global tournament
• Key Regulation changes feature, together with those to Age Grade and Girls Rugby for the coming season. While at Carlisle, a brother and sister become captains of the men's and women's teams
• You can read about Twickenham's amazing new pitch incorporating enough stability-providing artificial grass strands to encircle the earth. And if you wondered why a group of players and their families were to be seen carrying their rugby posts through the streets recently, you can read about Farnham's trek on Page 12
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