TAGS: Ospreys RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?TB: What would I want to do? Morph into different things like the character in X-Men [Mystique]. I could morph into [President Barack] Obama.RW: Do you have a party trick?TB: I can play The Pink Panther theme tune on the saxophone, although I haven’t done it for about ten years! That could be my party piece and if people have been drinking, hopefully they’ll be able to tell it’s The Pink Panther.RW: Who’s your ideal woman?TB: Jessica Alba.RW: What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever bought?TB: The green Beetle. I like it, but I can only use it for two or three weeks a year. It’s 37 years old and a lot of trouble – I can’t drive too far in it. If I lived in southern Spain it might be better, but over here it isn’t very practical. I’ve got a Mitsubishi Outlander in Wales – there’s loads of room for my kit.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?TB: To have a nice family and a successful career. I’ve not got a clue what it will be, though. I’ve got a degree in construction engineering, but I don’t think I’ll be using it.RW: How do you want to be remembered?TB: As somebody who played rugby and enjoyed his time on and off the pitch.Check out his profile for IrelandCheck out his Twitter pageHave a look at this interview…Learn more about Tommy’s Teammates at Ospreys… Alun Wyn JonesRyan Jones Irish joker Tommy BoweIreland wing and all-round funnyman , took some time out to chat with Rugby World about nicknames, old school cars, practical jokes and party tricks. He also proves that he’s not just a talent on the pitch.RUGBY WORLD: Do you have a phobia?TOMMY BOWE: Rats. I haven’t come across many, but having lived in the country they’re the main thing.RW: What are your bugbears?TB: Slow drivers. Or people who are in a world of their own when they’re driving, like Andrew Trimble. He’s a disaster! He’s got an old-school convertible Mini and I’ve got an old-school convertible Beetle, in pea green – it stands out! I want us to have a race when the weather’s nice – he’s a slow driver so I should come out on top.RW: What couldn’t you live without?TB: Mayonnaise – I could eat it with anything. Also, my mobile phone.RW: How’s life in Swansea?TB: It’s going well. It’s the first time I’ve ever lived on my own. I’ve always had housemates so now I’m doing all the cooking and cleaning. It’s nice to have a bit of space and the Ospreys guys are great – there’s always something to do.RW: Who are the jokers at the Ospreys?TB: There are a couple of good pranksters. Ed Shervington is one of the characters in the squad and Ian Evans is a funny guy. In a rugby environment, there are practical jokes every day – you can never let your guard down. People take your phone and text people or take your car keys and park your car in a different place.RW: What about with the Ireland squad?TB: There are a lot of jokers in that set-up. Donncha O’Callaghan is known for it and Tomas O’Leary is a funny guy, too. There’s always stuff going on.RW: Any good pranks you can share?TB: A couple of guys once tied up our bag man, gagged him and sent him down in the lift to the lobby of the hotel. Everybody scarpered pretty quick after that.The Pink Panther, Party tricks and VW BeetleRW: What are your nicknames?TB: With a name like Bowe, you get a lot: Bowfinger, Elbow, Dumbo, Dicky Bowe. At the Ospreys they tried to call me the Gypsy from Ireland, but it’s not caught on.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?TB: Once when I was playing for Ulster, this guy was running and had his shorts and pants pulled down. I can’t remember who it was but everything was exposed, although it didn’t get as big a cheer as I thought it would. Maybe it wasn’t the best arse! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Do you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. Mark Jones in full swing during his international daysThere have been a couple of occasions this season when Mark Jones has been tempted to leave his spot amongst the Scarlets coaches on the sidelines and run onto the pitch. An interception or a break down the wing is what most entices him towards the touchline. “I’ve been half in the motion of running onto the field,” jokes the former Wales wing.It was last August that Jones had to retire from the game, the latest in a long line of knee injuries forcing him to call time on his career or risk long-term damage. He says: “Funnily enough my wife asked me the other day if I miss playing. I said yes – but I don’t miss my knee swelling up and picking myself up from injuries and so on. I miss playing terribly and would love to get back playing again, but I can’t. “The surgeon said I needed to stop so it was taken out of my hands. I had 12 years so I didn’t want to be greedy – there’s a long life after rugby. I want to be able to kick a ball around with my kids.”The number of professionals being forced to retire prematurely through injury is an ongoing concern, many fearing that players have become too big and too powerful for their own – and their opponents’ – good. Jones, however, believes rugby has self-regulated itself and a change in attitudes is seeing a move away from the ‘bigger is better’ view. “Physicality is part of the attraction of rugby – that’s why you start playing and, along with the skill, that’s why people watch,” he says. “Everybody loves to see a great tackle and the whole crowd gasp.“The game is very physical but I think it’s plateaued. There’s been a huge development in the size of players in the last six or seven years, but now teams are looking to lighten players. The laws of the game are now more suited to that – the ball is in play more and the contact area now favours the attacking team. A lot of things have made it a more running-orientated game rather than the collision game of the past few seasons.”With 47 Wales caps and over a decade on the wing at the Scarlets, Jones knows all about a running game. And now that he’s crossed the divide from player to coach to join Nigel Davies’s back-room team, he’s trying to impart his knowledge on the region’s youngsters. He took up the role of skills coach in the summer and says: “I’m enjoying it immensely. It’s obviously frustrating having to finish playing, but the next best thing is coaching. The coaches I’m working with are brilliant and it’s a great learning environment for me.“There’s huge pressure to improve standards after last season, when we finished second from bottom in the league. There’s so much further we can grow, but we’re not a million miles away from things taking shape. I’ve been responsible for our attacking play this season, that’s fallen into my lap, and we’ve taken a lot of the structure out of the game. We now play what’s in front of us. It’s my role to upskill the players so they can do that.”Having only recently hung up his boots, Jones knows the importance of keeping players focused during training so that the key messages can be conveyed and he’s been impressed by the attitude of his charges, particularly the younger contingent. “Having just come out of the locker room, I know the conversations that happen after team meetings and matches, and how players are tired in certain situations. I’ve a clear idea of how players react to things and I want to keep them interested in what we’re doing.“Running came easy to me, but I had to work hard on my passing, kicking and footballing ability. I’ve tried to get that across to the younger players and explained the type of things I tried to improve. There’s a great willingness to learn from the young guys and that helps me. They’re like sponges. They’re so keen to learn and are willing to accept help and advice to improve.” Wonder boy George NorthOne of those youngsters is George North, who made a rapid rise from schoolboy player to Wales international last autumn, scoring two tries on his Test debut against South Africa. The 18-year-old, who is out with a shoulder injury, has paid tribute to Jones, saying: “I feel lucky to be able to work with a coach like Mark Jones, who’s fresh from the game and has really helped me look at how I play in different ways as well as helping me gain confidence and belief.”The modest Jones plays down his part in North’s progress, but believes the winger can become a key player for Wales. “As a wing I’ve been able to offer him an extra insight into that area, but I’ve only been working with him for a short period, so the people who’ve coached him before should take credit. He’s not afraid to speak up and challenge the coaches. That’s healthy – you don’t want to be autocratic.“George can be exceptional. It’s all up to him now. He’s got the capability to go to the World Cup and if he gets certain parts of his game really polished, he can be a big asset for Wales, a real force.”And that’s where Jones, the coach, comes in.This article appeared in the February 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Scarlets
The citing against Duncan Bell for making contact with the eye/eye area of Sale Sharks’ Chris Jones during Aviva Premiership match, Sale Sharks vs. Bath Rugby on February 11 was today (Monday 21) dismissed by an RFU Disciplinary Panel of Jeff Blackett (chair), Robert Horner and Buster White at the Park Inn, London Heathrow. Roger Wilson of Northampton Saints has this evening been banned for two weeks until March 8 for stamping or trampling on an opponent during the Aviva Premiership match against Saracens on February 12. The panel determined that Wilson’s boot did not make contact with Ernst Joubert’s head but that contact was with the chest. They decided that this was a low entry point and gave him credit for his plea of guilty. The panel accepted Duncan Bell’s assertion that his actions were in defence and that he grabbed the head guard of Chris Jones and did not make contact with the eye or eye area. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Chris Ashton looks on during the Northampton Saints training session held at Franklin’s Gardens on May 18, 2011 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) These are the only awards that span the entire globe, taking in the season from September to May. We reveal our winners…[imagebrowser id=9]PLAYER OF THE YEARChris AshtonHe may have come up just short of a Grand Slam in his first full season as a Test player, but Chris Ashton still enjoyed a stellar campaign. His England season started with an unforgettable 80-metre try against Australia and he then touched down twice against Wales and scored an incredible four times against Italy as England won the Six Nations. And then there’s his ten tries in 11 Aviva Premiership matches. The lad has been on fire in 2010-11.RUNNERS-UP: Sean O’Brien, Tom Palmer and Sonny Bill WilliamsTEAM OF THE YEARCobham U18THE Surrey side graduated from their club’s youth section with a remarkable record – eight straight seasons in which they didn’t lose a game on English soil. Most of the squad started together as minis.RUNNERS-UP: Bideford, HeathfieldCOACH OF THE YEARRob BaxterWE ALL thought we knew what would happen this season – Exeter would be relegated. Well, Chiefs coach Rob Baxter had other ideas, pulling together a side of unsung heroes and driving them to ten wins and eighth place.RUNNERS-UP: Joe Schmidt, Graham Henry and Jim Mallinder YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEARSam Warburton THE toughest decision of all, the flanker edging out Richie Gray after being named Wales captain for the Baa-Baas game.RUNNERS-UP: Gray, Courtney LawesOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEARCanterbury CrusadersMANY stories touched our hearts, but none more so than the Crusaders’ response to the Christchurch earthquake. They showed remarkable resilience in the face of adversity.RUNNERS-UP: Italy for beating FranceThis article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
TAGS: Gloucester Dazed and confused: Vunipola leaves a couple of Tigers in his dust. He will join his brother at Saracens this termChristian Wade @ChristianWade3This 22-year-old winger hardly needs an introduction thanks to the number of headlines he made last season. The Aviva Premiership joint top try scorer alongside Wasps team-mate Tom Varndell, he also made history by becoming the first player to win the Rugby Players’ Association Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year in the same season. Tearing through the Leinster defence like a hot knife through butter during the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final was just one of the reasons Wade was picked to tour Argentina with England, only for Warren Gatland to step in and call upon his services for the Lions in Australia. You wouldn’t blame Lancaster if he had been slightly miffed at the time, but the speedster will now have his sights firmly set on securing a place in England’s starting team in November having beaten David Strettle in the race to the EPS.Wheel spin: Wade enjoys getting out on the water on tour with the Lions, having left England’s tour in ArgentinaMarland Yarde @YardeM London Irish’s wing on song, Yarde was educated at Whitgift School in Croydon, of Danny Cipriani fame, and helped the school to win the 2010 Daily Mail Cup. Having also featured in London Irish’s JP Morgan 7s-winning team last season, and the England U20s, the 21-year-old became a key feature of England’s winning tour this summer, scoring two tries on his Test debut. Born in St Lucia, Yarde is another award winner, and won the London Irish Supporters’ Club’s Player and Young Player of the Season last term. Yarde admitted to feeling nervous before his first Test appearance, but ended up taking to international rugby like a duck to water. The other wings in the EPS include Wade, Chris Ashton and Mike Brown, but he has made no secret of his desire to cement his place in England’s starting lineup. The sixth player to make way for this newby is Exeter’s Tom Johnson.Splashing: England fans hope they will be seeing plenty more splash dives from Yarde this seasonEngland Senior EPS Forwards: Dave Attwood, Dan Cole, Alex Corbisiero, Tom Croft, Dylan Hartley, Matt Kvesic, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Ben Morgan, Geoff Parling, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, David Wilson, Tom Wood, Tom Youngs.Backs: Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Freddie Burns, Danny Care, Lee Dickson, Owen Farrell, Toby Flood, Ben Foden, Alex Goode, Kyle Eastmond, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Billy Twelvetrees, Christian Wade, Marland Yarde, Ben Youngs.England Saxons EPS Double trouble: Marland Yarde and Kyle Eastmond have been named in the England Senior EPS for the first timeBy Bea Asprey ON THURSDAY Stuart Lancaster recruited six new names to his Elite Player Squad (EPS), including five who won their first caps on England’s summer tour to Argentina. Matt Kvesic, Billy Vunipola, Kyle Eastmond, Christian Wade and Marland Yarde joined the senior squad for the first time, while lock Dave Attwood returned, having won his first cap in 2010. So lets find out more about the newcomers…Dave Attwood @DmjattwoodThe second-row is a West Country lad through and through. Born in Bristol, he first represented his home town’s club before moving up to Gloucester, and then back south to Bath, where he’s been refurbishing the home he owns with girlfriend, Bridget, during his spare time. Having won his first cap, off the bench against New Zealand at Twickenham in 2010, he was famously banned for nine weeks for stamping on Petrisor Toderasc during an Amlin Challenge Cup game, and subsequently missed out on a place in Martin Johnson’s 2011 World Cup squad. But when Lancaster handed him his first Test start against Argentina, he seized his opportunity, creating havoc in the lineout during the visitors’ Test series victory. Attwood replaces Calum Clark in the EPS, who has dropped down to the Saxons squad.Gritted teeth: it’s been a long road to redemption for Attwood, who didn’t play for England for three years after a banKyle Eastmond @kyle_eastmond7Attwood’s Bath team-mate replaces Jonathan Joseph, who has also joined the west country club from London Irish this season. Following in the footsteps of England coach Andy Farrell, as well as Chris Ashton and Jason Robinson, Eastmond’s rugby career first took off at league club St Helens, where he scored tries for fun. He also represented England for the 13-man game, but made the decision to switch codes and move over to the Rec in 2011, where he first shared a house with Olly Barkley. The 24-year-old, who can play centre, wing or full-back, and was offered a contract by St Helens at just 11 years old, was also weighing up a transition to the NRL in Australia, but his faith in rugby union has paid off, as he can now put the words ‘dual-code international’ on his CV.Making a point: Eastmond (centre) is congratulated by Haydn Thomas (left) and Yarde after scoring for EnglandMatt Kvesic @mattkvesic Born in Germany, it was Worcester who initially snapped up this young flanker, and he became the youngest Warrior in the pro era when he took on the Scarlets in the LV= Cup in 2009. A former England U18s and U20s captain, his career has gone from strength to strength, and despite his age of just 21 years, he is already being spoken about as the ‘next Neil Back’ thanks to his classic openside style of play. He moves to the Cherry and Whites this season to join the No 8 he teamed up with in Argentina – Ben Morgan – where he won his first full England cap. Having displaced James Haskell in the EPS, could he also remove captain Chris Robshaw from his throne this autumn?Get out my way! Kvesic pushes past a Puma on tour. Is he about to do the same to Captain Robshaw?Billy Vunipola The Sydney-born No 8 is known for his shyness off the pitch, (and has yet to sign up to Twitter), but not so on it as his powerful displays for Wasps and England have proved. Just 20-years-old, he made headlines when he swapped Wasps for his brother Mako’s club, Saracens, a move that bitterly disappointed the west London outfit he has left behind. Another try-scorer from the 3-32 England victory over Argentina in Salta, the first Test of the tour, Vunipola scored a hat-trick in six minutes in the uncapped warm-up game against Consur XV, showing how ably he can get his near 20-stone frame over the try line. His father, Fe’ao, played hooker for Tonga, winning 32 caps, but Billy qualifies for England through residency, having been educated at Harrow, and replaces Tom Waldrom in the EPS. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Forwards: Calum Clark, Jordan Crane, Paul Doran Jones, Will Fraser, James Haskell, Tom Johnson, Graham Kitchener, George Kruis, Kearnan Myall, David Paice, George Robson, Ed Slater, Henry Thomas, Thomas Waldrom, Luke Wallace, Rob Webber, Nick Wood.Backs: Anthony Allen, Luther Burrell, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ugo Monye, Stephen Myler, Jack Nowell, Charlie Sharples, Joe Simpson, David Strettle, Mathew Tait, Joel Tomkins, Richard Wigglesworth.
Brive’s Fijian bulldozer Siya Koyamaibole makes an incredible 19.2 carries every starting appearance. He does make less passes and tackles than his peers though, starts less matches and is ranked second highest for both penalties conceded and missed tackles.Knowing that the 19st behemoth rapidly approaching is unlikely to pass may not be much comfort for a tackler at the time, but over a long period a lack of distribution may hinder an attacking side. CJ Stander is the only other player that makes over 14.0 runs a match and it is noticeable that his 2.7 passes a start is one of the lowest figures for these 42 players.There were some complaints from fans when Josh Navidi didn’t make the recent Wales squad. Below it can be seen that he is the top tackler at No 8 this season with an average of 13.5 a start.The volume/quality proviso shouldn’t be forgotten for the tackle stats, but 13.5 does stand out considering the average for all the players in this data set is 7.5. The Cardiff Blues back-rower also has a low error count and given he has played frequently at flanker, his presence at the top of this list may not be a surprise. While an average gain of 2.7metres per run is low compared to rivals, his strong carrying performances against Treviso and particularly Leinster in the Pro12 would alleviate any concerns of him being only a defensive option at No 8.So to try and identify those players that may possess an ‘all-round game’, here is a look at combined passes, runs and tackles – termed ‘action’ in this instance. Due to the great number of carries, Koyamaibole still makes the list – despite a below average rate for tackles and passes. The experienced George Smith is the only player to average over ten passes, runs and tackles per start and indeed, eight of the 12 players that manage over 25 ‘actions’ an appearance, are over the age of 30.In good nick: Nick Easter has a good passing game (pic courtesy of Action Images)It has been suggested that a reason for Nick Easter’s non selection in England squads from 2012-2014 was due to Stuart Lancaster’s worry that the Harlequins No 8 wouldn’t be able to play at the requisite level of intensity in the upcoming Rugby World Cup. However since 2011, Easter has racked up 1723, 2181, 2446 and 1419 minutes of game-time in the respective seasons, so hasn’t yet shown signs of fading. In 2013, then Scotland head coach Scott Johnson received a few laughs for his “statistics are a bit like bikinis – it shows a lot but not the whole thing” line. He did have point though and individual rugby statistics can be used out of context to ‘prove’ anything. Weighted toward quantity rather than effectiveness, it is easy to fall into the trap of saying Player A is the best, simply because they have made the most runs or tackles.That doesn’t mean the match stats should be rejected though. They can still reveal trends that might go unnoticed during a match. Here is a look at how No 8s from the Aviva Premiership, Guinness Pro12 and Top 14 have performed this season in both domestic and European competition. Opta stats have been used to give an understanding of what an average match performance for a starter might consist of. To make it fairer, only players that have made at least eight starts were considered. That left a collection of 42 players, with a split of 16 from the Top 14, 11 from the Premiership and 15 from the Pro12.If comparing the leagues on a very basic level, the France-based No 8s carry more but tackle less. While it does seem that the Premiership representatives are far more active in the lineout, the inclusion of Josh Beaumont and his average of 5.8 takes a game is a factor in that.In most cases the No 8 is going to be a key ball carrier in the team and one way of measuring how effective they are in that regard is by looking at how many metres they average with each run. There is the caveat that it doesn’t differentiate between gains from kick returns compared to the ‘hard yards’ into heavy traffic.There are nine players that have made at an average of 4.0 metres per carry or greater, with Exeter Chiefs’ Thomas Waldrom topping the chart with 5.3 metres. The ‘tank engine’ has scored nine tries in 13 Premiership games so far and been revitalised – or perhaps refuelled – since his move to the Chiefs. The high number of defenders beaten and offloads for Nathan Hughes and Louis Picamoles matches the accepted view of how both players usually perform.An interesting point is whether carrying can come at the expense of others areas in the game. Below is a look at players who average 12 or more runs a match. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Exeter Chiefs Easter ranks top for passes, fourth for offloads and despite a large number of involvements a game and generally remaining on the pitch for the full 80 minutes, his rate of turnovers conceded (0.6) and missed tackles (0.4) is also low. While it can be said again that these stats don’t say anything about effectiveness, he does manage to avoid any significant drop offs in other areas, unlike many of his rivals across Europe.England do enter the Six Nations with injury concerns, but the No 8 cupboard looks well stocked. Just don’t ask to see them in a bikini. This train is not scheduled to stop: Thomas Waldrom (Pic courtesy of Action Images)
This image, of two genuine greats snuffing out an opponent, is hardly unfamiliar.From now until October 31, the date of the World Cup final, we might just see it once or twice more. Power couple: Richie McCaw and Dan Carter in action against Samoa He turns sideways to catch – so if he spills there is no knock-on……before offloading under pressure form Filo Paulo:This allows New Zealand to move the ball right into some space, and Williams hacks downfield. Alofa Alofa then carries back into his own 22 before kicking out on the full:The All Blacks end the exchange with a net gain of around 50 metres and a lineout just outside the Samoa 22. Of course, what you also get with such outstanding players are moments of individual excellence.Game-changersIn a scrappy encounter, New Zealand managed to quell Samoa’s attack for the majority of the first period. That said, this foray looked dangerous…until McCaw intervened:As the aforementioned McCaw turnover hinted, a virtue of breakdown play is efficient decision-making – knowing which rucks to attack and when not to waste a bullet. This is a prime example.As Pisi switches the attack and comes left off the pass of Kahn Fotuali’i, Owen Franks and Luke Romano tackle him.The fly-half is somewhat isolated with McCaw lingering. However, Fotuali’i tells Ole Avei to hit the ruck:The Samoa hooker does so, convincing McCaw to bide his time and fill in for the next phase:Paulo now continues the attack on the same route, where he is met by Whitelock:Sensing a lack of support for the Samoa runner, McCaw dives in on this occasion:Just about supporting his own bodyweight, he makes the turnover:Carter’s headline act came in setting up George Moala‘s debut try, New Zealand’s only five-pointer of the match, with a deft cross-kick.He had already warned Samoa not to become too narrow in the first half, just overcooking this chip:After half-time, the hosts were not so lucky:At the point Carter drops the ball onto his boot, we can see from the Samoans’ body angles that they are set up to stop a punchy carry in midfield.There is space out wide to be exploited, and a perfectly-weighted kick does exactly that:Grinding it outThe home stretch of a boxing bout is known as ‘the Championship rounds’. In the same way, rugby teams used to winning will regularly pull away around the hour-mark.With 58 minutes on the board in Apia, Laulala came off the bench as New Zealand were awarded a scrum. His first few seconds in Test rugby were influential:The powerful tighthead carves into the tired Samoan front-row. But watch how much effort McCaw is putting into the shove on the same side……and how he looks across to coax a penalty out of Peyper:Sure enough, the South African official obliges on the 10-metre line and Samoa’s backs are offside too, meaning a penalty inches shy of halfway.Carter strokes over to make it 22-9:Creaking…At 34 and 33 respectively, McCaw and Carter are probably past their peak. In this match, there were mistakes.Here, McCaw left the bodyguard position to let the irrepressible Faosiliva through for the break that foreshadowed his try:To begin the second period, Carter sent his restart out on the full as well:…but still convincingEven so, the pair came together to decide the game in the final minutes, opting to kick for goal following another scrum penalty: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Every year, without fail, the vast Super 15 talent pool infatuates onlookers from the northern hemisphere. Bleary-eyed from a schedule of early morning alarms, they fall head over heels through their television sets and in love with aspiring All Blacks.This season has been no different. As the likes of Lima Sopoaga, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Nepo Laulala, James Broadhurst and Waisake Naholo have excelled, many have urged Steve Hansen to chuck them straight into the international arena.In fairness, each member of this burgeoning quintet have been fast-tracked into the New Zealand squad and should get a World Cup audition. Fabulous Fiji-born finisher Naholo is handed a run against Argentina on Friday in the Rugby Championship opener. After debuting in Samoa a fortnight ago, Laulala will bring abrasive ballast from the bench.It would be fascinating to see how all of them would fare in a Test together. There is certainly enough ability there. Hansen knows full well, though, that newbies require sturdy safety nets. Experimentation needs a bedrock of experience.Stuart Lancaster has made no secret of his desire for an aggregate total of around 600 caps across England’s starting side. Well, two icons will bring precisely 241 appearances to the All Blacks mix in Christchurch – a city that they have served wonderfully over a glittering decade and a half.Given the Pumas must also face Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Jerome Kaino and Ma’a Nonu, it would be unfair to say their presence is absolutely fundamental. But captain Richie McCaw and lieutenant Dan Carter remain hugely important to New Zealand while Hansen rations game-time.It is difficult to measure intangible attributes such as leadership. However, many other on-field qualities shone through in Apia.Fighting fire with fire In truth, the cultural and human aspects of a fixture in the Pacific Islands eclipsed everything else. For many reasons, the All Blacks’ trip to Samoa earlier this month was uplifting as it was essential.Actually sharing the field with 15 fired-up figures in blue and white in sweltering heat and claustrophobic humidity was never going to be fun. And so it proved. Most of the hits were eye-watering, epitomised by this thunderous early kick-return from Bath back-rower Alafoti Fa’osiliva:Such a surge should guarantee Samoa front-foot ball, but watch New Zealand wrestle gain-line ascendancy from the next phase:McCaw is central to this, first spotting the midfield wrap-around between Tusi Pisi and opposite number Jack Lam and shooting out of the line:He reaches Lam as the exchange of passes is completed:Rather than crudely clattering into an inane tackle, he slips off the collision. Remaining on his feet, he can slide across to the right and contribute to the defensive effort further out as Tim Nanai-Williams has a run:Watch what happens next:McCaw is loitering with intent on the inside track. When Nanai-Williams is tackled by Carter, he covers the potential offload to supporting left wing Alesana Tuilagi:The pass does not come and Samoa’s full-back is isolated.McCaw readjusts and makes a nuisance of himself at the breakdown – with help from a counter-rucking Carter – to force the ball loose. As the body language of referee Jaco Peyper suggests, he is perfectly legal:This was icily clinical from McCaw, and Carter brought similar composure on attack.Calm conductorAt times during a frantic Super 15 decider, the phenomenally exciting Beauden Barrett overplayed his hand. Though this phase came to nothing following a rare Read handling error, it demonstrates the meticulous organisation Carter offers:As Israel Dagg takes it up, he steps into the first receiver position past centres Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty:Carter urges them to sweep around to the openside behind a primary wave of forwards led by Sam Whitelock, where they nudge Read wider towards his favoured 15-metre channel:What follows is a classic All Blacks pattern. Carter passes to Whitelock, who threatens the gain-line and draws in tacklers before turning to find Williams.As this screenshot shows, it is particularly effective against an aggressive, pressing defensive system such as Samoa’s. From this point, as Whitelock’s pass finds Williams, New Zealand should have scored:New Zealand generally operate at a higher skill level than most other nations. Another integral facet to their success is an almost mechanical cohesion.Trap of territory This longer sequence depicts how McCaw and Carter fit into a rather unglamorous part of the All Blacks gameplan – kick-chase.We join it as New Zealand have gathered a restart and scrum-half Andy Ellis goes long from the base of a ruck:McCaw holds his depth to stay onside as his Crusaders teammate kicks:He encroaches on Nanai-Williams alongside Read after the ball is allowed to bounce, and covers a slick, left-footed step……before executing a robust tackle:Samoa manage to recycle under pressure and Pisi goes to the air:Having stayed in backfield to cover while some of his back three join the chase, Carter’s technique here is exemplary. The All Blacks head into the Rugby Championship with some exciting fresh faces, but Richie McCaw and Dan Carter remain central to Steve Hansen’s plans.
Fellow hooker David Cherry followed Bigi’s lead four minutes later as Scotland put their driving maul into action close to Italy’s line. It’s the first time in the Six Nations that both starting hookers have scored a try in the same match. Scott Steele has a go himself and is rewarded with the try! #GuinnessSixNations #SCOvITA pic.twitter.com/y1WTypfrbk— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 20, 2021Then as the clock ticked past the hour mark, Monty Ioane was sent to the sin-bin for a tip tackle on Hogg – the fact the Scotland skipper landed on his back saving the Italy winger from a red card.Two tries followed for Scotland – Johnson powering over from close range and then van der Merwe crossing for his second of the afternoon.That eighth try was created by Ali Price, the replacement scrum-half dummying his way out of Scotland’s own 22 to break to halfway and then passing over the top to van der Merwe, who sprinted into open space. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Stuart Hogg’s side with a record 52-10 victory over the Azzurri Try number scored by, @duhanvdmerwe pic.twitter.com/haAwqh8e2F— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 20, 2021Federico Mori was then shown a yellow card for a late charge on Sam Johnson midway through the half and Scotland scored two tries while he was in the sin-bin.First Sean Maitland and Jones combined in the Italian 22 to send Darcy Graham over. Make that 3 tries for Scotland! Darcy Graham with the score #GuinnessSixNations #SCOvITA pic.twitter.com/OrXqMa7MPj— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 20, 2021Then Jones scored himself after another van der Merwe run and neat pass from Stuart Hogg. Duhan van der Merwe scores Scotland’s second try against Italy (Getty Images) He was never going to be caught there! Duhan van der Merwe with another try for Scotland. #GuinnessSixNations #SCOvITA pic.twitter.com/oc0eQm6hLE— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 20, 2021Another heavy defeat means this is Italy’s worst Six Nations in terms of points conceded. Throughout their 2021 campaign they leaked 239 points in total, whereas their previous highest tally in that column was 228 in their first season in 2000.So Italy’s wait for a Six Nations victory goes on – they haven’t won in the championship since 2015 – while Scotland will head into Friday night’s finale against France with confidence. Then Scotland’s backs got in on the action. Huw Jones broke from his own 22 to the Italian half, then the ball was recycled, spread wide and Duhan van der Merwe broke down the wing to get over the try-line. Scotland secure bonus point in 28 minutes against ItalyScotland scored eight tries as they beat Italy by a record 52-10 margin in the Six Nations.It took Scotland just 28 minutes to score four tries and secure the bonus point against Italy – quicker than any other country has managed in the 2021 championship.France and England both got their fourth try against the Azzurri after 49 minutes while Ireland took 42 minutes. When Ken Owens touched down for his second and Wales’ fourth last weekend, the clock was on 29 minutes.Scotland shaved a few seconds off that with Huw Jones going over the line for the hosts’ fourth try at BT Murrayfield in the 28th minute. Then they added another four tries in the second period.It was Italy, however, who got the first try of the game. Paolo Garbisi gave the visitors the perfect lineout position to attack from five metres out after kicking a penalty to touch and from the ensuing maul captain Luca Bigi broke off to score in the corner after just six minutes. Their 4th try of the half #GuinnessSixNations #SCOvITA pic.twitter.com/cl97Q5DY3u— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 20, 2021It took Scotland 18 first-half minutes to score four tries and secure the bonus point, and they extended their 24-10 lead in the second period.Italy’s ill-discipline didn’t help their cause as two more players were sent to the sin-bin after the break – any team would struggle with being a man down for half an hour.Scotland’s fifth try came against a full complement of Italian players, Cherry getting his second from another driving maul in the 44th minute. David Cherry starting the second half as he started the first! Second try of the day for the hooker. #GuinnessSixNations #SCOvITA pic.twitter.com/QqadC5G3Aq— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 20, 2021Sebastian Negri was yellow-carded in the 52nd minute for a deliberate knock-on as Scotland pressured the Italian line and it didn’t take long for the hosts to take advantage.From a five-metre scrum, Scott Steele passed to Johnson on a hard line. The centre was brought down close to the posts, Steele collected the ball and twisted over to touch down himself. Silky link-up play from Scotland. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York April 2, 2012 at 9:52 am Very good……..growing up in Ohio and marrying a Southern boy, this story speaks to me so vividly! The cultures of a northern girl and southern boy portrayed various challenges over the years, but I see God’s answer to what had been a hindrance to me for years! Not my will, but Thine dear Lord! Yes, God works and speaks in His own time. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Rev. Jesse Zink[Episcopal News Service] My friend Fumanekile lived in Itipini, a shantytown community built on a garbage dump outside a small town in South Africa. I had been working in a community center in Itipini for three months as a Young Adult Service Corps missionary of the Episcopal Church. He had AIDS and tuberculosis and came to our clinic every day for his medication. Over that time, I had come to know and like Fumanekile, even as I watched his health decline.One morning, his friends rushed into the clinic to say he hadn’t woken up that morning. When I went to see, I found him unconscious, breathing shallowly, with a weak pulse. We gingerly placed him in the back of our all-purpose truck. A friend drove, I climbed in the back, arranged myself to cushion Fumanekile’s head from the bumps of the rough dirt road we were on, and we were off for the hospital.Before coming to Itipini, I had been an EMT and had lots of experience in the back of an ambulance. But on this day, I felt helpless. I had no oxygen, no fancy tools. I could barely position myself to take his pulse. Fumanekile was dying in my lap and I was powerless to stop it.It was then I realized there was at least one thing I could do. Bumping down that dirt road, I began to pray over Fumanekile, offering him to God’s care. Human care seemed to have reached its limit. We made it to the hospital in one piece and it was a relief to see nurses begin to tend to him.There’s been an awful lot of talk about “mission” in the church lately. It crops up in budgetary conversations, in discussions of church structure, working at the local soup kitchen and, it seems, just about everywhere else. God has a mission. We’re commissioned in our baptism to respond to it. As I listen to this conversation, my mind goes back to that day in the back of the truck with Fumanekile. What would he make of our talk about mission? How does the idea speak to his situation?For me, mission began the moment I first arrived in Itipini, the community where Fumanekile lived. There was so much to learn: a new language, new customs, new faces and places. More than that, however, there was me — I was more than a little afraid. Itipini was foreign to me, much different than anything I had ever before encountered. Although I was eager and excited to be there, I was, I confess, a bit fearful to be working with people who were so poor, sick, and, well, different than me. Difference, especially on such a stark level, I was learning, can be frightening thing.Itipini, the community within Mthatha, South Africa, where the Rev. Jesse Zink served as a Young Adult Service Corps missionary.Those first few weeks, I stayed close to our clinic and let the residents of Itipini come to me if they needed help. It was safe. “They” came to “me.” But it was an untenable and unsatisfactory situation. I hadn’t moved to South Africa to sit in a clinic all day. Gradually, I began to venture forth. I met people like Fumanekile who made it feel safe to wander farther afield. I began to think in terms of “we,” not just “they” and “me.”I came to think of the Incarnation in a new light. By being born in a manger, God in Christ crossed the hitherto impassable barrier between human and divine and showed up in a place no one expected. Jesus took time — thirty years, in fact — to build relationships with those around him. If I was going to model my life on Christ’s — be a Christian, in other words — something of the same had to happen in my life. I needed God’s grace to overcome my fear and share an existence with people who seemed different than me and lived in a different place. Gradually, imperfectly, incompletely, that happened.God’s mission calls us to engage the multiple forms of difference in this world — down the street or around the world — and doing so in a vulnerable, Christ-like way. It’s great that we’re talking so much about mission in the church. But if we don’t talk about it without also talking about our individual, personal need to change — the forgiveness, renewal, and transformation that comes in baptism and is reaffirmed each time we celebrate the Eucharist — and the difficulty and joy of modeling our lives on Christ’s, then it’s hard to see how the conversation is going to help us proclaim the good news of God in Christ.Fumanekile died shortly after we reached the hospital. Our help had been too little, too late. But when I remember him, as I often do, I am reminded of how many barriers in my own life had to fall for me to get to a point of cradling his head in the back of a truck—and how many barriers remain to fall in this world of ours.— The Rev. Jesse Zink is the author of Grace at the Garbage Dump: Making Sense of Mission in the Twenty-First Century (Cascade Press, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-61097-613-8), a theological memoir of his years as a Young Adult Service Corps missionary in Mthatha, South Africa, from which this piece is adapted. More information is at www.jessezink.com. Comments (2) Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments are closed. 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Gay Clark Jennings, presidente de la Cámara de Diputados de la Iglesia emitió esta declaración en respuesta a la resolución de hoy del Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos de que la ley de Defensa del Matrimonio es inconstitucional y que el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo puede reanudarse en California:“Me uno a millones de cristianos en todo el país en la celebración de la resolución del Tribunal Supremo de hoy en día que extienden la igualdad de protección bajo la ley federal para todos los matrimonios y permite que la igualdad de matrimonio se reanude en California. Estamos avanzando cada vez más a las leyes civiles que reconocen la dignidad otorgada por Dios y la igualdad de nuestros hermanos y hermanas lesbianas, homosexuales, bisexuales y transexuales.“La decisión de hoy permitirá que más personas de todas las religiones puedan ver lo que en la Iglesia Episcopal hemos visto en décadas: Las parejas del mismo sexo y sus familias son una prueba de la bondad de la creación de Dios. Ellos bendicen a nuestras congregaciones y comunidades inmensamente, y todos hemos aprendido de su gran amor por los demás y la evidencia de la bondad de Dios que ellos nos muestran.“Aún no hemos terminado. No terminaremos hasta que las leyes de toda la tierra y toda la iglesia de Dios reconozcan la dignidad de cada ser humano y la igualdad de todas las parejas fieles. Hoy, sin embargo, estamos más cerca de la justicia que Dios nos llama a buscar”. 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