Get behind the Ben Lei’a Trust

first_imgAll for a good cause (L-R) Chris Stephenson; Kevin Eason and Lesleigh MudalyRugby World is backing the efforts to raise funds for Ben Lei’a, a Samoan player who was paralysed during a match. Alongside Canterbury chief executive Chris Stephenson, members of the Rugby World staff took part in an abseil down the front of Guy’s Hospital in London (above).To read an article about how the All Blacks and Richie McCaw helped BenIf you’d like to get involved please go to:The Facebook page – Help Ben Leia Or to donate direct to go the charity giving page that has been set up Check out the video below to find out more about Ben and to hear from him…center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

RBS 6 Nations: A blast from the past – Round 2

first_imgIt is also worth mentioning Alex Cuthbert’s jinking try that sealed victory in 2012. The Cardiff Blue had scored well in the Heineken Cup before the region fell out of the competition and he bagged a try last weekend, despite his team having to climb a mountain.Maybe a big man will lift the crowd this weekend, with both teams desperate for a victory.Ireland v EnglandAt the double: Greenwood celebrates his second in 2003The last time England were building towards ‘something special’ they had a championship decider in Dublin.It is far too early to say that this Sunday’s clash will decide the whole tournament. However, Ireland will still want to guard against history repeating itself. That day, in 2003, England ran riot with Will Greenwood scoring twice and team-mates Tindall, Dallaglio and Luger all dotting down while Jonny Wilkinson helped himself to 15 points. The score was 6-42.England now have a multi-skilled No 12, men who can bash and a fly-half who racks up points…While we are looking at tries, legend Brian O’Driscoll has only scored 3 times in this fixture since 2000 – although he does have one drop-goal – but Ireland have won 8  of their 11 6 Nations matches when O’Driscoll has been named in the starting line-up. Two notable victories in amongst those came in ’06 and ’09. In 2006, 2 tries from Shane Horgan and a score from Denis Leamy were enough to see the Irish past the English and saw them take a Triple Crown. In 2009 they won by a point, with a close-range try from O’Driscoll helping them to a 14-13 success.No doubt many expect a nip-and-tuck affair at the Aviva, with some magic from a centre or a fly-half simply stretching out the win. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS DUBLIN – MARCH 30: Will Greenwood, the England centre celebrates with team mate Jason Robinson after scoring his second try in the RBS Rugby Union International match between Ireland and England at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland on March 30, 2003. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Moment of magic: Wales flanker Martyn Williams bursts away from the French to score an impossible try in 2008By Alan DymockROUND TWO of the RBS 6 Nations throws up some intriguing match-ups, with Scotland facing a white-hot Italy, an out-of-sorts Wales facing a flailing France and Ireland’s match with England being billed as ‘winner takes all’.If we look into the past, though, have these matches thrown up any interesting pointers?Scotland v ItalyTekkers: Sergio Parisse let’s fly with a drop goal in 2009Italy have beaten Scotland 6 times, while Scotland have triumphed on 7 occasions. Italy won the first time in 2000, and the last time, in 2012. The try count is also equally balanced with 19 Scots dots only slightly better than Italy’s 17. Neither team are the most prolific of scorers, but we all remember that remarkable day in ’07 when Italy scored three times in the first six minutes.The biggest poacher in that time? Well, the only current squad member who has scored more than once in this match is Andrea Masi, with 2. Perhaps this is because, traditionally, this fixture is won with the boot. Luciano Orquera and Greig Laidlaw will be hitting for the sticks on Saturday, but they have some way to go before they get near to the legends of the tee. Diego Dominguez nudged 8 penalties in his games against Scotland in the 6 Nations, while Chris Paterson claimed a stonking 21 three-pointers in total against Italy.While we are at it: does anyone remember the bulging polymath Sergio Parisse knocking over a drop-goal in 2009?France v WalesThis is a game that tends to bring out big pack performances. The likes of Morgan Parra, James Hook, Stephen Jones, Jean-Baptiste Élissalde and Dimitri Yachvili have all built scores thanks to penalties won off the back of grunting forwards. However, do you remember the try brace from Lionel Nallet in ’11, or even the two tries from Martyn Williams in ’05? Remember Nugget at it again in ’08 when he dummied and darted to an impossible score to help Wales and a magical Shane Williams topple France and claim a Grand Slam? One year later, of course, Nallet and a try-scoring Thierry Dusautoir made sure Wales lost for the first time in almost two years as they squeezed them out in the Stade de France.last_img read more

Ireland analysis: Ireland must do better against France

first_imgGiving ground is fine, but Ireland need to pick and choose when and where to hit up, and do it all together. Jared Payne led the defensive line against Romania, and hopefully his return will see a return to a solid line.2. KICK DECISIONSJoe Schmidt’s Ireland have built their foundation on a solid game and a superb kicking game, with kick chasing an integral part. Tommy Bowe looked like he was approaching something like his best in the air, while Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton pinned Italy back time and time again – clearly the tactic was to let Italy make mistakes from deep. The problem? An over-reliance on the boot, and it’s something better teams will be wise to and will punish. To clumsily paraphrase Kenny Rogers, ‘you’ve got to know when to kick the ball, know when to hold it’. One passage in the 58th minute highlights the good and bad of the Irish kicking game on Sunday.After a Sexton penalty put Ireland 13-9 up, a textbook kick-off routine saw Murray clear the ball and Tommy Bowe chase, leap and regather. …then by Josh Furno doing the same minutes later. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS From here, the winger presents the ball perfectly… On the hoof: Johnny Sexton makes a break in a patchy Irish performance While Ireland came away with the win against Italy, they will know they have to perform better against France to avoid a likely quarter-final with New Zealand Compare that to the 33 minute mark, where Italy have a scrum just outside their 22. Again, they choose to move it out to the wider channels, but this time Ireland are aligned with Earls deeper, and the tackle isn’t made until beyond the ten metre line. …and Ireland are flying on the front foot. With quick ball, though, Murray goes to type and kicks the ball into space behind Italy. Just look at the number of Irish players standing in the line as Murray picks the ball up, while there are 10 Italians who are out of the game with one decent pass to the waiting players.While Ireland eventually win a penalty, this is one of the few moments they had Italy truly exposed. Choosing when to make the most of these situations could make or break the game on Sunday.LEARN FROM YOUR ERRORSA simple one, this, but again Sunday was very unlike the men in green we’ve come to know so well. Joe Schmidt has instilled a gameplan where you just can’t second guess this Irish team, with plans B, C and D ready to be rolled out.Against Italy, though, Ireland stubbornly refused to change from their Plan A – kick, win the ball, set up a maul and drive. The tactic was first foiled by Quintin Geldenhuys coming through the middle of a maul in the 32nd minute… By Mark CoughlanThree wins from three, and a showdown with France to come. Everything is going much as Ireland would have planned in Pool D of the World Cup so far, but their 16-9 win over Italy was hardly emphatic.“We made it tough for ourselves,” Joe Schmidt said after the game, and Rory Best agreed, telling the press “we’re not very pleased with the manner in which we played, and we absolutely need to step it up a few gears for the France game.”While Italy’s line speed and defensive commitment played a large part in Ireland being so quiet, there is a worry that the boys in green are suffering from yet another severe case of World Cup-itis. Or are they just holding something back for the big games? We’ll find out on Sunday. Here are a few lessons that need to be learned from the Italy victory, though…1. DEFENSIVE SPEEDBrian O’Driscoll pointed this out in his studio analysis, and if it’s good enough for BOD, it’s good enough for us. Ireland’s defensive line was just too passive throughout the game, with Keith Earls at 13 seemingly reading a different playbook. It wasn’t fatal, but Ireland just conceded needless territory time and time again. Firstly, 11 minutes into the game, and Earls comes flying out of the line, while the rest of the backs stay aligned, giving Italy space to attack outside him and forcing Ireland to conceded 20 metres before Tommy Bowe makes a tackle… Ireland then get a penalty metres out from the Italian line in the 38th minute – time for one more opportunity before half-time. The men in green decide to kick to the corner, but there is no disguise, no clever sleight of hand and no different option. Just throw to the front and drive, and Italy – once again – come through the middle, spoiling the maul enough that Rory Best goes to ground, and under pressure, Conor Murray knocks on. Chance gone. They aren’t huge faults in a gameplan, but Ireland need to be a bit cleverer with every kick, pass and tackle they make, and choose their moments when to strike in both attack and defence. The game against France is bound to come down to the tiniest of margins – Ireland just need to be on the right side of them.last_img read more

Free 2019 calendar with the latest issue of Rugby World

first_imgIrish welcome… Rugby World’s Alan Dymock at Thomond Park (Inpho)6. My life in pictures… Jamie RobertsThe Bath, Wales and Lions centre has always been one to keep himself busy. Here he reflects on his achievements on and off the field7. A great lineout move for your teamIn The Analyst this month, Sean Holley explains how you can take inspiration from a trick lineout that worked a treat for Newcastle8. Scotland lock Sam SkinnerPro rugby didn’t look on the cards for the second-row, but now he’s starring for Exeter and Scotland. Find out about his rugby journeyNew international: Sam Skinner impressed in his first campaign for Scotland (Getty Images)9. Rugby in the USAIt often feels like everyone in the world is waiting for rugby in America to explode, but what is the Stateside game really like? RW’s Alan Dymock investigates10. What it’s like to… be a citing officerGreek Danae Zamboulis is helping to push rugby’s boundaries by becoming Premiership Rugby’s first female citing officer. She tells RW’s Alan Pearey about her background in rugby and what the role entails PLUS, THERE’S ALL THIS…World Cup winner Conrad Smith on agent regulationsInside the mind of… Brian O’DriscollDanielle Waterman on the state of the women’s gameClub Hero Charlie SharplesTim Swinson on setting up a Scottish players’ unionA roller-coaster few months for Canada SevensBen Ryan on the pressures coaches faceFollow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Plus, a World XV of the year and the players’ views on the game’s big issues in the January 2019 edition of the magazine Free 2019 calendar with the latest issue of Rugby World The new issue of Rugby World magazine comes with a FREE 2019 calendar. Not only do the images celebrate a dozen standout Rugby World Cup moments but the calendar includes key dates for the year ahead, including all the Six Nations and Japan 2019 fixtures.In the magazine itself, Rugby World brings you the views of the world’s top stars in ‘The Players’ Issue’. We’ve teamed up with International Rugby Players, the global body that represents the game’s professionals, to find out what their members think about the sport’s biggest issues.More than 350 Test players completed an anonymous survey on topics including workload, concussion, international rugby, agents and money – and we reveal the findings in the latest edition. They make interesting reading.As well as all that, here are another ten reasons to pick up a copy of Rugby World’s January 2019 issue1. World XV of the YearWe’ve canvassed the opinions of writers across the globe to compile a team of 2018’s best players – how many Ireland players make the cut? And how many All Blacks?2. England prop Kyle SincklerThe England and Harlequins tighthead, who was so impressive during the November Internationals, talks dinner guests, sports knowledge and being a landlord in ‘Downtime’Prop star: Kyle Sinckler on the charge for England against Australia (Getty Images)3. Season structure RW columnist Stephen Jones describes the plans for a structured season as “a sorry shambles”. In this issue, he explains why playing fewer Tests would help solve the problems4. South Africa wing Cheslin KolbeOnce fearful for his Test hopes, the pocket rocket is now flying for the Springboks – and ToulouseDOWNLOAD RUGBY WORLD’S DIGITAL EDITION HERE5. Welcome to my club… Munster The province boasts a must-visit ground, so Alan Dymock jumps into a sea of red and discovers what it’s really like to Stand Up and Fight! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

Sunwolves axed from Super Rugby after 2020 season

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sunwolves axed from Super Rugby after 2020 seasonThe grim reality has finally been confirmed: the Sunwolves will be jettisoned from Super Rugby following the 2020 season. Just one year after the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the nation’s lone Super Rugby side will be gone.Super Rugby will revert back to a 14-team league – as they had it between 2005 and 2010 – in a round-robin format.The Sunwolves were founded in 2015 ahead of the competition’s ill-fated expansion to 18 sides in 2016. Since then, Super Rugby was chopped down to 15 sides, retaining the regional conference system that has displeased so many fans. This move brings back the more traditional model.Since rumours began about the demise of the Sunwolves, many have lamented the impact it may have in the aftermath of the World Cup, in a region with so much potential. According to reports in Japan, the writing was on the wall as Japanese authorities and Super Rugby chiefs failed to agree on financial terms going forward.Related: Crusaders to consider name changeA recent statement from the JRFU read: “An agreement for a new contract after 2021 could not be reached due to the newly proposed financial conditions, which was difficult to agree on.” They went on: “According to the proposed financial conditions, the Japan Super Rugby Association and the JRFU shall provide a substantial amount of additional funding, which has posed a concern about not only huge impacts that would be suffered by the future operation of both JSRA and JRFU, but also obstacles caused to the whole activity of Japanese rugby.”Happier times: Sunwolves beat the Chiefs this season (Getty Images)Rich Freeman of Kyodo News has offered more on this, writing: “A source has confirmed that tournament organizers SANZAAR demanded the Japanese team pay 1 billion yen (around $9 million) per year in participation and other fees, something no other franchises have been asked to pay.”Related: Does South Africa hold the key to rugby’s future?Giving the competition’s side, SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said: “SANZAAR was advised by the JRFU in early March that they would no longer be in a position to financially underwrite the Sunwolves’ future participation post 2020. The future of the Sunwolves will now be determined by the JRFU which has determined that Super Rugby no longer remains the best pathway for the development of players for the national team.”The moves mean that the Sunwolves will play out the rest of this season and the entirety of the next, fully aware that their fate is sealed. It’s all over: The Sunwolves – who play in Tokyo and Singapore – will exit Super Rugby (Getty Images) center_img Sunwolves face the Lions in Singapore on Saturday.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s official – Japan’s flagship side will cease to play as the competition contracts to 14 teams.last_img read more

Rugby’s Greatest: Don Clarke

first_imgHis haul of 207 Test points includes two goals from a mark, a scoring method long since outlawed, with one 65-yard effort toppling England in 1963.One of the few to achieve a ‘full house’ in a Test, Clarke was one of five brothers to play for Waikato. He was also a fine pace bowler, taking 117 first-class wickets for Northern Districts.Masterclass: Clarke in 1962, showing Aussie youngsters how to tee up the ball (Fairfax Media)Against the 1959 Lions he became the first All Black full-back to score a Test try – in New Zealand’s 98th Test – and in eight years he was never dropped, missing just two Tests through injury. All told, he lost just four times in 31 Internationals.Sir Wilson Whineray, Clarke’s captain in all but six of his Tests, said: “He was like a huge energy force behind you and could have a devastating effect on the opposition. He could kick them from his own ten-yard line, and we’d find opposition hookers were afraid to move, and that loose forwards would stay attached to scrums. He inhibited the whole opposition.” New Zealand have been spoilt with great full-backs, and Don Clarke was one of them TAGS: The Greatest Players Major teams: WaikatoCountry: New ZealandTest span: 1956-64Test caps: 31 (31 Starts)Test points: 207 (2T, 33C, 38P, 5DG, 2Gfm)Rugby’s Greatest: Don ClarkeHe wouldn’t have troubled Christian Cullen, one of his Kiwi successors, in a foot race but class come in different packages. And Don Clarke was class all right.At 6ft 3in and over 17st, Clarke was a huge man for his era, and his powerful frame provided an intimidating sight for opponents. But his forte was his kicking – whether from hand or toe-kicking off the ground – and it’s this facet of his game that edges him into our Top 10 at the expense of another great All Black, Bob Scott.Clarke scored 781 points in 89 games for New Zealand – a national record until surpassed by Grant Fox in 1988 – and a host of opponents had reason to curse his interventions.In 1959, the Lions scored four (three-point) tries to nil at Dunedin but lost controversially to six Clarke penalties. Whilst two years later in Wellington, he landed an extraordinary kick to beat France; in an 80mph gale, he aimed the ball along the 25-yard line from wide out and saw the wind take it through the posts. “It was the most unbelievable kick I’ve ever seen,” wrote the late Terry McLean. Phenomenal kicker: nicknamed ‘The Boot’, Don Clarke was a towering figure of rugby in the early 1960s Don Clarke emigrated to South Africa in the 1970s and set up a tree-felling business, before passing away in Johannesburg in 2002.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Gloucester v Bristol live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgEverything you need to know ahead of this West Country Derby LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Gloucester: Louis Rees-Zammit; Ollie Thorley, Chris Harris, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May; Danny Cipriani, Joe Simpson; Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton, Fraser Balmain, Ed Slater, Matt Garvey, Ruan Ackermann, Lewis Ludlow (captain), Jake Polledri.Replacements: Franco Marais, Logovi’i Mulipola, Jack Stanley, Danny Drake, Jack Clement, Stephen Varney, Tom Seabrook, Charlie Sharples.Bristol: Max Malins; Alapati Leiua, Semi Radradra, Siale Piutau, Henry Purdy; Callum Sheedy, Andy Uren; Jake Woolmore, Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Joyce, Chris Vui, Steven Luatua (captain), Ben Earl, Nathan Hughes.Replacements: Will Capon, Yann Thomas, Max Lahiff, Ed Holmes, Dan Thomas, Harry Randall, Tiff Eden, Luke Morahan.If you don’t want to miss this top-of-the-table clash, we explain how to find a reliable live stream for Sale v Exeter wherever you are.How to watch Gloucester v Bristol from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Sale v Exeter, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs. Familiar foes: Luke Morahan gets tackled against Gloucester (Getty Images) We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing. Gloucester v Bristol live stream: How to watch from the UKGloucester v Bristol, which kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday evening, will be shown live on BT Sport EXTRa 2 in the UK, with coverage starting at 7.45pm. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Sale v Exeter takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Gloucester v Bristol live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Gloucester v Bristol (kick-off 8.45pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Gloucester v Bristol live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six NationsGloucester v Bristol live stream: How to watch from JapanDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch Gloucester v Bristol in Japan (kick-off 3.45am on Saturday). The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Find out more about DAZN here Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Gloucester v Bristol live stream: How to watch from anywhereAlthough there will be no shouting from the Shed this Friday, it’s still a West Country Derby and there promises to be plenty to savour in thsi Gallagher Premiership clash.The hosts make two changes to their starting XV following the big win over Worcester Warriors last week. Matt Garvey gets his first start and the exciting Louis Rees-Zammit in the starter blocks at full-back.Meanwhile, England tighthead Kyle Sinckler makes his first start for the Bears, having come off the bench to make his debut in a narrow victory over Saracens last weekend. On-loan Sarries Max Malins and Ben Earl also come into the starting line-up for the first time.In January, Bristol beat the Cherry and Whites by 34-16 with a sparky second-half performance and the boot of Callum Sheedy proving vital. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Five things we learnt about rugby in November 2020

first_imgPaul Williams delivers his monthly musings on the major happenings in the game However, there is one key stat that is rarely presented on TV coverage or in post-match write-ups and that is ‘tries disallowed’ – or, more precisely, the number of times that a team crosses the tryline without scoring.Close call: Referee Jono Bredin signals a try held up during the Mitre 10 Cup (Getty Images)Getting to the tryline is the hardest thing to do in the game and with modern defence as effective as it is, touching the ball down seems immeasurably harder than it did just a decade ago.We often dwell on how much possession and territory a team wins when many of the world’s dominant teams manage victory with well under 50% of the ball – often nearer 40%. As we saw when England beat Ireland, the tackle statistics were grossly in favour of England, yet Ireland weren’t in the game at all – a high tackle count usually works against the team making it.We also obsess over lineout completions and scrums when, in reality, all of the key performance indicators count for nothing unless you cross the tryline in one form or another. One more stat won’t hurt, let’s chuck it into the mix.Pumas prove that exposure worksDon’t let the recent 38-0 loss to the All Blacks dilute the importance of the Pumas’ initial victory over New Zealand. It was epic in every way. Teams such as Wales, Ireland and Scotland have played Tier One rugby for decades but don’t come close to regularly beating New Zealand.For the Pumas to have beaten them was remarkable. To have done it having prepared for the match in an almost Covid-enforced, amateur-era style merely added to the mystique. Their approach really does make you question the benefits of meticulous over-preparation when compared to rocking up with a team of players who are injury-free and relaxed.Perhaps the most important aspect of the victory is that it proves that exposure to better teams does work in the long term. Many will point to Italy as evidence to disprove that theory, but as a glass half-full approach, ‘playing up’ in standard certainly seems to have its positives.Faletau, the sideways masterTaulupe Faletau has had a quiet couple of seasons by his standards. Injury has seen the once first-choice Wales No 8 not exactly slide down the pecking order, but for once his selection has at least been a debate and not an assumption. But when he’s in form, as we saw against England, he is by far the best ball-carrier in the Welsh squad.Side move: Taulupe Faletau on the ball against England (Getty Images)Jake Ball carries well, make no mistake, and his recent performances have seen him arguably become Wales’ most important lock. But Faletau’s carries are different. There is, of course, grunt, but before that there is a smooth move to the side. It’s a slide that allows him to move one foot to the right, or left, of the defenders’ rigid core and into the gooey spaces on the edge.It’s like watching rugby Frogger, where simply running blindly forward means that you will eventually get messed up by something heavy. Whereas Faletau shuffles left, right and sometimes backwards before moving forwards.We have all become obsessed with how carriers move forwards, and the attritional metres gained, but often the best go in a different direction first. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Cross the line: Ardie Savea scores in New Zealand’s 38-0 win over Argentina (Getty Images) center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ardie Savea is the genuine hybridHybrid has become a dirty word in rugby. It’s synonymous with Eddie Jones’s theoretical musings that in the future wings may eventually play ten minutes at lock, three at tighthead and then go to full-back for the final 20 minutes before finally reverting back to being an amphibian and re-entering the water.Being a hybrid is seen as a bonus in club rugby, where positional fluidity is key for a squad to thrive over the season, but it still has a whiff of career stagnation if you’re looking to excel at Test level.One player who this does not apply to is Ardie Savea. Whether he is playing at six, seven or eight, you are getting Ardie Savea. Full fat, max caffeine, deep fried, covered in cream and sprinkled with angel dust Ardie Savea.His performance for New Zealand against the Pumas at the end of November was magnificent. If there is a player who makes more metres after contact in the global game, then it must be in games that aren’t televised to the wider public.The All Blacks have good depth when it comes to young ball-carrying eights, with Hoskins Sotutu at the head of the queue, but they will have a massive job trying to out-perform Savea. He’s relentless.The ‘dark arts’ have movedThe ‘dark arts’ were once reserved for those who were 18 stone and with necks that have their own time zone. These acts were performed in dimly-lit, damp areas where players underwent things that should never really be seen outside of a puppeteer’s convention. But times have changed, and the dark arts are now to be found in the kick-chase and particularly underneath the box-kick.As we saw in Llanelli, England’s work under the high ball was exemplary and allowed them to dominate the aerial battle. In reality, it isn’t what happens in the air that’s key, it’s what happens on the ground.England’s ability to set a ‘shield’ of players around the target area is vital in winning what takes place in the air. Such is the precision of the ‘catch’ in modern rugby, that any player who can fill the space in front of the catcher has already won the battle.The key is to not make it look like you’ve altered your line. If you can accurately predict where the ball will land and run in a slow, but deliberate, line, you’ll make it much easier for the player who is actually going to take flight and win the ball.England did it so effectively against Wales that it even stifled Dan Biggar’s attempts in the air and he is, despite being an outside-half, one of the best takers of a high ball in the game.England did plenty of things well against Wales, but their tactics around the catch were superb.We need a new statSome rugby supporters hate stats, some love them. But like it or not, they’re a vital part of the game and have become core to understanding and enjoying the sport.last_img read more

Bishops vote to relocate but not to sell Episcopal Church…

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH By Pat McCaughanPosted Jul 10, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Charles Smith says: Comments (1) Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service Comments are closed. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA House of Bishops, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing General Convention 2012, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest General Convention, Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishops vote to relocate but not to sell Episcopal Church headquarters Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Property Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] The House of Bishops on July 10 approved a move away from, but did not authorize the sale of, the Episcopal Church Center headquarters.Bishops voted 74-71 in favor of Resolution D016 after striking the last paragraph, “General Convention directs the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church to sell the Church Building at 815 Second Avenue, New York City.”Deputies had approved the church center sale July 6. Since bishops amended the resolution, which came through the legislative committee on structure, the measure now returns to deputies for another consideration.Several bishops objected.“It is fiscally irresponsible to demand immediate sell of a building without knowing where you’re going, knowing if the economic climate is right,” said Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce of Los Angeles.Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church, also opposed the measure. He said a study is underway to help determine answers to two issues: what to do with the strategic and missional location of the church center and what to do with a real estate asset in Manhattan that is owned by the Episcopal Church.He said Executive Council has been kept informed as the study has progressed and anticipates presenting its final results in October of this year.Bishop Mark Sisk of New York offered the amendment, saying he is “convinced there are ways to make a property like that – it’s extremely valuable – make it an income-earning asset. At the very least there could hardly be a worse time to enter the real estate market in the sales end than this time. This resolution would not prohibit the sale, it simply wouldn’t direct it and would allow leadership to consider the alternatives, of which there are many.”Bishop S. Johnson Howard said the structure committee, which he chaired, supported the resolution “to provoke just the sort of conversation we’re having now, with the feeling that in the church at large there is a will to leave that building in New York and to get out from under some of the debt it evidently carries and to have some of the income from the sale.“You will notice there is no time period set on the sale. It could be a matter of years before it happens.”Bishops also saluted both outgoing President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson and President-elect the Rev. Gay Jennings with sustained applause and standing ovations. The house passed a courtesy resolution expressing “thanks and praise to God” for Anderson’s service and leadership.Anderson thanked bishops for their hospitality, commitment and service. “Our relationships are critical,” she said. “I think it’s important for us to continue to talk with each other and solve problems. Many of you served so long and so diligently in the standing commissions and I had the pleasure of working with you and the work you did is just so great.”Jennings said she looks forward to the next triennium. “If there’s anything I or the House of Deputies can do to be of assistance to you, we’re ready.”In other convention business, bishops also considered several resolutions involving the relationships of bishops with dioceses. Among those was a substitute for Resolution B021, which would create a process for the office of the presiding bishop and the House of Bishops to help reconcile disagreements affecting pastoral relationships between a bishop and a diocese, including mediation, reconciliation and even removal of that bishop from office. The bishops requested discussions be continued in private.They approved Resolution D001, which would allow a suffragan bishop to serve also as a rector of a congregation, but rejected Resolution D085 which provided that a bishop could leave a diocese before he or she reached the recommended commitment of at least five years service and be elected in another diocese if the pastoral relationship isn’t working.“It seems an unlikely way to solve a bad pastoral relationship, to hope that they (a bishop) will be elected in an other diocese,” California Bishop Marc Andrus said. “I would also raise the question of the financial burden it would place on the diocese in which that person is currently serving. We have seen departures after one or two years in the House of Bishops and the cost it imposes on the diocese.”Bishops also approved an amended resolution directing the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations to initiate dialogue between the Episcopal Church and the Mormon Church “for the interreligious purposes of friendship, goodwill, mutual understanding” and in anticipation of the 78th General Convention to be held in Salt Lake City in 2015.A courtesy resolution (D030) honoring the life and service of Pam Chinnis, the first woman president of the House of Deputies, was approved and applauded by bishops.— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. 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Church of England launches online prayer drive

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Posted Nov 23, 2015 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC [Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England has launched an online campaign to encourage a renewal of prayer life in the nation; but the organizers could not have expected that the launch of its new website would have received quite as much publicity as it has – thanks to a decision by the UK’s three largest cinema chains to ban an advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer.Refugees in a support center pray the Lord’s Prayer in a scene from the Just Pray cinema advertisement. Photo/Anglican Communion News ServiceThe advertisement, which features a range of characters reciting the Lord’s Prayer, including weight lifters, a police officer, a commuter, refugees in a support center, school children, a mourner at a graveside, a festival goer and the Archbishop of Canterbury, was prepared by the communications department of the C of E, working with the cinema’s advertising agency. It had been intended to show the advertisement ahead of screenings for the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, which opens on 18 December.The 60-second advertisement has been granted a U certificate by the British Board of Film Classification, meaning that it is suitable for all audiences; and has been cleared by the Cinema Advertising Authority. But the UK’s three largest cinema chains – Odeon, Cineworld and Vue – have refused to show the it, saying that it “carries the risk of upsetting, or offending, audiences.” This effectively bans the advert from 80 per cent of all cinema screens in the country.“I find it extraordinary that cinemas rule that it is inappropriate for an advert on prayer to be shown in the week before Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,”  Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said. “Billions of people across the world pray this prayer on a daily basis. I think they would be astonished and deeply saddened by this decision, especially in the light of the terrorist attack in Paris where many people have found comfort and solace in prayer.“This advert is about as ‘offensive’ as a carol service or church service on Christmas Day. As a church we are a Jesus movement and this is the prayer which Jesus taught his disciples.”Welby urged people to watch the advert “and come to their own conclusions as to whether it is offensive or upsetting. Let the public judge for themselves rather than be censored or dictated to.”The ban was described as “plain silly” by the Archbishops’ Council’s director of communications, the Rev. Arun Arora.“The Lord’s Prayer is prayed by billions of people across the globe every day and in this country has been part of everyday life for centuries,” he said. “Prayer permeates every aspect of our culture from pop songs and requiems to daily assemblies and national commemorations.“For millions of people in the United Kingdom, prayer is a constant part of their lives whether as part thanksgiving and praise, or as a companion through their darkest hours.”In one way the decision of the cinemas is just plain silly but the fact that they have insisted upon it makes it rather chilling in terms of limiting free speech. There is still time for the cinemas to change their mind and we would certainly welcome that.”In 1999, the British Christian singer Cliff Richard released the Millennium Prayer, a single featuring the words of the Lord’s Prayer set to the music from Auld Lang Syne. It was released by the independent record label Papillon after his own record company, EMI, said that they wouldn’t release it; and many radio stations refused to play it.But it was an unlikely hit with the public – reaching number one in the official charts for three weeks running; staying in the Top 10 for seven weeks and the Top 75 for 16 weeks. In 2000, it received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, in recognition of it being the biggest selling UK single of 1999.The justpray.uk website, which has been produced by the C of E with the support of the Allchurches Trust – owners of Ecclesiastical Insurance, the company which insures most C of E churches – has been designed to “promote the renewal of prayer in a digital age.”It creates a place for prayer with advice on what prayer is and how to pray. 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