Falcons off to a flier

first_img“We played with two young guys up front who have only recently become professionals and with the injuries I’m really concerned.“We are down to the bare minimum in the front row and only have five fit players in that area.” Running the show against Bourgoin was “senior” back Jeremy Manning – while teenager Joel Hodgson took over at No 10 for the closing stages.“Jeremy at 25-years-old was left in charge of the boys,” said Tait. “He is one of our most experienced players and I wanted a big game from him.“He guided the ship well and did a good job – and then Joel came on to make his debut. He also did a good job and scored the third try in what was probably our best play of the game.“All in all it went well but at times we struggled with inexperience and made a meal of it in the end. However, they got the result and will take confidence from it.“Winning breeds confidence and I’m glad we have got the win under our belts. I want to see the boys put in another performance next week.“We know we have to keep building and I will probably stick with the same squad wherever we can. Newcastle FalconsNewcastle Falcons look ahead to a second successive weekend of facing up to a formidable French test as they travel to Montpellier on the back of a Round 1 victory over Bourgoin.The 22-16 home win got them off to a flier in their bid to make the tournament knock-out stages for a sixth successive season but head coach Alan Tait knows the club in fourth place in the Top 14 – including wins over Toulouse and Racing Metro 92 – will be yet another step up.For their part Montpellier went to Sandy Park in Round 1 to provide the opposition for Exeter Chiefs on their European debut and the French club went home with a 20-13 victory against the newcomers.“Montpellier have all that forward power and scrummage well,” said Tait.“And with them having home advantage I just want the boys to put in a performance, we know they are going to be very tough down there.“They are playing really well, their results say it all and it will be a massive ask. We just have to wait and see how things pan out but if we can perform and put a Newcastle stamp on the game I will be pleased.“Regardless of what competition you are in you go to play in France and it will be good experience for the youngsters and another challenge in their development.“I’m delighted with the result we got against Bourgoin. The boys have been knocking at the door for a while and, although we have not got the results, we have been putting in good performances.“Hopefully they will take confidence from the result and move it forward from there.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Newcastle Falcons last_img read more

Rugby Book Review – Alan Quinlan: Red Blooded

first_imgTAGS: Munster 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. Alan Quinlan being held back from Leo Cullen At 36, Alan Quinlan is on a one-year contract at Munster and nearing the end of a career that has never touched the heights it might have, writes Rugby World deputy editor Alan Pearey. If that sounds odd after 27 Ireland caps, two Heineken Cups and “the try that saved Irish rugby” at RWC 2003, then the disruptions caused by injury or suspension point to a character who often presses the self-destruct button.Examples include his sin-binning within a minute of coming on against New Zealand in 2002 (friends called him Nicolas Cage, after the film Gone in 60 Seconds), the wayward behaviour that almost cost him a pro contract (he was forced to take a ten grand salary cut), and even the late indiscipline in the Miracle Match against Gloucester – Quinlan conceded a penalty that ought to have rendered Munster’s heroic efforts futile, but Andy Gomarsall, disastrously for Gloucester, tapped and ran when the three points would have put his side through.Of course, it was the eye-gouging of Leo Cullen – a charge he denies vehemently – that hurt Quinlan the most, costing him a place on the 2009 Lions tour and sending him into a downward spiral whereby he couldn’t eat or sleep. The episode, which preceded the break-up of his marriage, ultimately proved cathartic and Quinlan is now patron of the Mental Health Association of Ireland, turning a huge negative into a positive.It’s a turnaround that the game will rejoice in, for the former garage mechanic from Tipperary is one of life’s good guys, just with a few rough edges. His book, written with Kevin MacDermot, very much reflects that.We have six copies to give away. For a chance to win one, tell us: Quinlan was Man of the Match in the 2008 Heineken Cup final – against which team? Send your answer by Fri day 11 March to our address or email rugbyworld [email protected] Please give a phone number.RW RATING 4/5 BUY AT:  alanquinlanbook.com RRP:  €19.99 (£17)   PUBLISHED BY:  Irish Sports PublishingGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email [email protected] article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazinelast_img read more

Chill-out chat with Lee Dickson

first_imgWould you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 RW: What couldn’t you live without? LD: Gadgets. My iPad, iPhone, TVs… I love how you can have your whole life on your phone!RW: What are your bad habits? LD: I fall asleep with the TV on. My missus doesn’t like it because she wakes up at 2am and has to turn it off. And I’m not good at cleaning up after myself.RW: What’s the silliest thing you ever bought? LD: A PSP. It’s still sat in its box at home.RW: Any regrets? LD: No, you shouldn’t have regrets.RW: What recently made you laugh? LD: Playing football with a Swiss Ball. Some of the jokers who can’t play in England’s backs!RW: Did you win? LD: Oh yes, we won, and I scored!RW: What recently made you angry? LD: Losing to Wales. It took until the Tuesday of the week after in Loughborough to get over it, when we were told to move on.RW: If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? LD: I’d fly, so if I wanted to go on holiday I could fly to Barbados.RW: Is that your idea of a dream holiday? LD: My dream sunny holiday would be in the Seychelles. But I love America. I went with the Saxons last year and it was amazing, so I’d go to Manhattan.RW: How would you like to be remembered? LD: As an energetic, cheeky chappy.Follow Lee on twitter: @Dicko9This article appeared in the May 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Gadget geek – Lee Dickson (centre)RUGBY WORLD: How did you enjoy your first Six Nations? Lee Dickson: I loved every minute of it. I knew Stuart (Lancaster) already so I knew what to expect, but everyone was awesome. The lads came together really well and there were a lot of good characters, which was awesome for me because I’m a bit of a cheeky chappy.RW: Who are the big characters at England? LD: Chris Ashton has a big sense of humour. Ben Foden is a bit of a space cadet, and Dave Strettle. There was a good team environment and everyone took their bit of banter on the chin.RW: What was it like having your brother Karl around? LD: Brilliant, it was great for us and the family and he deserves it. He’s played well all year, hopefully he’ll stick around.RW: Do you have any phobias? LD: I don’t like pigeons. I kick them out the way.RW: And bugbears? LD: It annoys me when people, in jest, pick me up and throw me to the floor because I’m small. I’m quite cheeky so people can get annoyed with me, and they just grab me by the collar and throw me down. Off the pitch, bad drivers annoy me, like when people sit in the outside lane at 40mph.RW: What three things would you take to a desert island? LD: My iPhone, my missus, and a supply of Haribo to keep me going.RW: Top three albums? LD: I’m not big on albums but I like a bit of Eminem and Jay-Z.RW: What’s your dream car? LD: A Range Rover Vogue. Hopefully I’ll get one, one day.RW: Who did you room with during the Six Nations? LD: Ben Foden.RW: Good room-mate? LD: Brilliant. We watched TV series most days. He’s into Friday Night Lights and I’m on Sons of Anarchy. And we always had a cup of tea before going to bed.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch? LD: I’ve heard things that are unprintable! But a funny one was during a maul at Northampton, when someone, I can’t remember who, got his shorts pulled down and didn’t notice. He carried on for about 20 metres with his bum showing to the crowd!RW: Have you got a nickname? LD: Dicko or Weasel. Karl gets called Dicko at Quins, but he just gets called Karl at England.RW: Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with? LD: For political reasons, my missus. But otherwise Jessica Alba!center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

England v New Zealand: All Blacks stick, while England and Tuilagi twist

first_img Shaking it up for the second Test against the All Blacks this Saturday, England head coach Stuart Lancaster has brought five new names into his starting lineup, while Manu Tuilagi shifts onto the wing.The move means that Tuilagi goes onto the right wing to set-up a Dunedin showdown with fit-again Julian Savea as the hosts retain all but one of the team that defeated England 20-15 at Eden Park, themselves shifting Ben Smith to full-back as an injured Israel Dagg drops out. Marland Yarde hops over to the left wing to accommodate Tuilagi, replacing Jonny May who has fallen out of the squad completely.Stripping off: The prolific Julian Savea is finally ready to play against EnglandIn the centres a successful Six Nations combo of Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell step into the side, as do half-backs Danny Care and Owen Farrell. Tom Wood is in at six.With changes being rung – James Haskell joins May in falling from the squad completely – it is perhaps a surprise that Courtney Lawes is not brought straight back in alongside Joe Launchbury, but Lancaster feels he had to strike a balance between rewarding some who shone last Saturday, as Geoff Parling and Rob Webber did, and reinstating those who have performed well for him, long-term.“The side we have gone for is certainly an exciting side, it’s one we have wanted to look at for a while,” Lancaster said of the team for Forsyth Barr.On Tuilagi’s selection he said: “We were thinking of Manu on the wing six to 12 months ago, really. Having seen him as an age-grade player play there and understanding how effective he was, I saw that obviously when I was in charge of the Saxons. What we’ve now got is real quality in the centres who can get the ball to him. And it’s not just about clearly getting the ball to Manu on the wing because you have Luther (Burrell) and Billy (Twelvetrees) who played really well for us in the centres in the Six Nations.”Clearly putting three into two is difficult, but with Tuilagi being able to plough up the middle from strike moves, Lancaster is happy to use him out wide, even if there may be an element of uncertainty about how Tuilagi copes with high balls being kicked his way. As his coach put it, there will certainly be plenty of opportunity to counter-attack.Missing out: Courtney Lawes is on the bench despite fine 6N and Saints formThe get out of jail card on the bench is Chris Ashton, who takes the place left with May away. And with fireworks promised as Dylan Hartley, Lawes and Billy Vunipola come on near the hour mark, it is certainly easy to see why the coach is excited about his selection. The only potential issue is having the freshly buoyed Freddie Burns now covering stand-off and full-back from the bench. TAGS: Highlight Blasting in from the wing: Manu Tuilagi will join Marland Yarde on the wings this Saturday. He faces Julian Savea Young Kieran Brookes also comes in on the bench with Henry Thomas struggling with a knock that has “weakened” his neck, however the England coaches are more than happy to see how the 125kg prop holds up, should he be needed.Much of the pre-game hype will be about Tuilagi trying to hit Savea – who has scored 19 tries in 20 games – “very hard.” However, with England promising to play for 80 minutes rather than fade in the dying minutes, expect this game to turn on how the impact substitutes fare and how those needed for a full shift survive.England XV to face All Blacks: Mike Brown; Manu Tuilagi, Luther Burrell, Billy Twelvetrees, Marland Yarde; Owen Farrell, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Rob Webber, David Wilson, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (c), Ben Morgan.England subs to face All Blacks: Dylan Hartley, Matt Mullan, Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes, Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Freddie Burns, Chris AshtonAll Black XV to face England: Ben Smith; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (c), Jerome Kaino. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There are differing approaches to selection for the Dunedin Test as England move Tuilagi onto the wing and strengthen with players returning from injury and those who missed the first Test due to domestic finals while New Zealand make one personnel change, reports Alan Dymock from Auckland All Blacks subs to face England: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Victor Vito, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai, FekitoaRead all about Danny Care and Israel Dagg in the latest edition of Rugby World– and you can find out where to buy your copy here or download our free magazine finder app here. Plus, download the digital edition here.last_img read more

#SamoaUnited has to encourage change

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS I imagine it is pretty comforting to know All Black big men Jerome Kaino, Sonny Bill Williams, Brodie Retallick and Liam Messam have got your back. Then again, the Samoans preparing to represent their country against England on Saturday must be hurting badly.After threatening to boycott the Twickenham tie in order to raise awareness of administrative shortcomings, they have allegedly been threatened with a razor-sharp trident – expulsion from next autumn’s Rugby World Cup, exclusion from the 2016 Olympic sevens and having their historic home Test against New Zealand cancelled.Now, the nature of the problems that instigated the idea of collective action must seem prehistoric to those who have grown up in rugby’s professional era. Some sinister financial murkiness is best defined by the fact that a large public-funded pot simply went missing prior to 2011 and players have been expected to pay their own air fares since. A habit of naming the starting side on social media without informing the protagonists themselves epitomises an inconsiderate approach.Raw talent: The Samoans boast players like Alapati LeiuaSuch amateurish faults are totally at odds with the stratospheric talent that a nation of 190,000 continues to produce – skills that clubs in Europe will pay handsomely for. Alapati Leiua, a wonderful centre-cum-wing who joined Wasps this summer, reportedly commanded a three-year contract worth £600,000. He is worth every penny as well. Even defensive guru Brad Barritt has his work cut out on Saturday evening.Put simply, there is a disconnect between playing prowess and the flimsy, corrupt infrastructure charged with managing it. For a while, pride was enough and held things in place. Quite rightly, those who wear blue now want a support network sufficient to give them the best chance of doing Samoa proud. But friction remains. Just this morning, news emerged that Union “got the dates mixed up” and missed a crucial meeting with newly re-named World Rugby (formerly the IRB).Standing together Samoa go through some scrummaging this weekThe upshot is that the Pacific Islanders head into a mighty tough Test match under a dark cloud of disillusionment. Samoan’s prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who doubles up as the president of the rugby union, labelled them “spoilt children” for even entertaining thoughts of a strike. The situation feels like a horrible cul-de-sac, as lock Dan Leo explained last weekend.“This has all weighed heavily on us all,” he explained. “We woke to those comments [by the prime minister] on Friday, which appeared to be dismissive of all our concerns. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 02: Samoa fans showing their support during the 2014 Junior World Championships match between New Zealand and Samoa at QBE Stadium on June 2, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) Saturday evening’s fixture against England at Twickenham comes at a hugely turbulent time for Samoa, but this week is also proving a perfect chance for world rugby to rally around the Pacific Islanders. “We know that our results on the field will help our cause somewhat by proving our commitment. We don’t want to get drawn into a slanging match.“This is has been ongoing for months and initially we wanted to deal with it in-house and not to wash our dirty linen in public. We don’t want to destroy the thing we are trying to save, and that is Samoan rugby. That has got to be reciprocated by officials. And it hasn’t been.”Samoa account for an extremely vivid part of international rugby’s rich tapestry. From the late Peter Fatialofa through Pat Lam and Brian Lima, via Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu to the likes of TJ Ioane Kahn Fotuali’i, who carry the torch today, their fully-committed characters and all-action playing style have brought smiles to many. That is a mightily important legacy.The rugby community is very good at gathering together around a shared cause, and it was extremely heartening to see goodwill spread across the Twittersphere yesterday, celebrating a bona fide rugby heartland.Samoa will run out at Twickenham wearing black armbands to mourn what is certainly a set-back in terms of player welfare. In the meantime, it feels like a public duty to make them aware of how much they are valued and respected. TAGS: Samoa Jump on the #SamoaUnited bandwagon. Make your voice heard so theirs can be too.last_img read more

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions – First Test analysis

first_img On the attack: The Lions have to regather themselves and win the second Test Analysis of the First Test between the British & Irish Lions and New Zealand makes for sobering reading but there are positives ahead of next week… The manner of defeat will concern Warren GatlandThe British and Irish Lions’ 30-15 defeat in the first test will obviously concern Warren Gatland. But the manner of the defeat will probably concern him more. Being out-dazzled by a Kiwi backline is one thing, but having his Northern Hemisphere forwards out ‘protein shaked’ is quite another. Whilst the pre-match build-up related to the width of the All Blacks style of play, it was the narrow that did for the Lions early on. Big direct carries and a series of intricate short passes rendered the Lions’ blitz defence ineffective and allowed Sonny Bill Williams to deliver his performance of the season for club and country.Winning the midfield battles: Sonny Bill Williams sucked in defendersThis isn’t to say that the Lions weren’t competitive. For periods, they were. The Lions first try was immaculate and worthy of any Lions’ DVD. The Lions also saw some very positive individual performances from Ben Te’o, Jon Davies and Liam Williams, but it was nowhere near enough. Gatland will have started the game wanting to dominate the collisions and that simply didn’t happen. It’s very rare that you see Owen Farrell lose a collision, against a forward or a back. The collision he lost against Kieran Read was a proper eye opener – or eye closer – depending on how you see it.Lions’ lineout was a genuine positiveIt is rare to find many areas in which any team outperforms the All Blacks. Keeping their lineout to a completion of just 61% is massive. The defensive lineout work of the Lions was exemplary. To reduce the All Blacks to completing eight lineouts from 13 is a genuine plus for the Lions. It does though present a selection problem.Contest: The Lions competed well at the lineoutPeter O’Mahony is the best defensive lineout forward in the squad. Sam Warburton is however the best ‘jackal’. The Lions dominated the lineout but lost out on the deck. For the second test, do the Lions opt for mobility and power defensively in the lineout, or on the ground? I know which way I’d go. It would be interesting to hear your view.Lions score a wonder try. But need moreWhoever is editing this year’s Lions’ DVD will have already cut, dubbed and titled the first try from the first test. And rightly so. It was started by a beautiful step from Liam Williams, which saw Kieran Read fooled for the only time in 80 minutes. Williams then flowed through the gap between Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams (Ben Te’o offering a subtle shield). Then, Jon Davies and Elliot Daly executed some excellent inter passing, with the lung burning supporting line of Sean O’Brien to finish.Breakaway: Liam Williams started a brilliant try but more was neededBut here is the problem. Whereas this try will definitely feature on the Lions’ DVD, the All Blacks score so many tries that their DVD editor will have to wait a while before choosing their top tries for the film. The All Blacks scored three in the first test with a malfunctioning lineout and two backs substituted in the first 34 minutes. This isn’t to say that the Lions’ can’t create tries, they actually made more clean breaks in the first test than their opposition with 15 breaks to 12. Only tries will beat the All Blacks. Let’s hope the Lions’ section policy continues to reflect that. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERELions struggle with the All Blacks short passesIt’s becoming very difficult to give a term to some of the passing that the All Blacks executed in the first test. They’re not quite passes, because they don’t always go into the air. They’re not quite ‘gut passes’ – an old school term used to explain passing the ball into your team mates hands and abdomen. And they’re not quite offloads either as it’s difficult to tell if they’re being executed before or after contact.Pop pass: The All Blacks’ short passing continually caused problems for the LionsWhat they definitely are however is a way to render defence systems absolutely redundant at times. It’s like watching the ‘Roman Tortoise’, a roman military formation, but with a ball moving underneath like a pinball. When we in the Northern Hemisphere are often marvelling at New Zealand’s’ backs, we’re possibly taking an eye off their forwards. Codie Taylor’s try, with a pick up that James Dyson would be proud of, is a literal example of that.Kieran Read immaculateDoing player ratings is a nightmare. No one agrees on them. Except for Kieran Reads performance in the first test. It was a straight ten. There are plenty of players in world rugby capable of making that hit on Owen Farrell and there are plenty of players who are capable of executing that one handed pass from the floor of the scrum – but there are few that can do both.Majestic: Out with injury for seven weeks, Kieran Read put in a stellar performanceRead’s link play was immaculate and to put it into perspective he executed four times the number of passes of Taulupe Faletau – himself a good link player. All of this was made more remarkable by the fact that this was just Read’s fifth game of the season. There are some very good number eights in world rugby, but none come close to the Kiwi.last_img read more

The Great Migration: The director of ‘Mercenary’

first_img Talking about his movie Mercenary over Skype, French director Sacha Wolff considers the issue of rumours and urban myths clouding discussions about exploitation of players from the Pacific Islands. After a quick think, he puts forward his view.“When you talk about rumours, what is a story and what is not a story, I guess on the money side it’s not as bad as I say in my movie but what is very interesting to me is the physical part of it. Why do European teams look for those guys? I guess the exploitation is, to me, mainly physical.”Last year Wolff unleashed Mercenary – known as Mercenaire in France, where it was originally released – a film he had written and directed. The movie centres around Soane Tokelau, played by Toki Pilioko who is a prop for ProD2 side Dax in real life. Soane is a young man from the French territories of Wallis and Futuna who is scouted in New Caledonia and brought over to France to play rugby. The story follows his lows and eventual highs as he is ditched at the arrivals gate by a big French club, finds himself playing further down the divisions, discovers and loses love, and eventually challenges the tyranny of his father and the ‘agent’ who picked him out. It is a tale of an outsider getting by in a field that can chew up and spit out those who don’t strike it lucky.Conflict: In the movie Soane confronts his father, LeoneSo what prompted the making of this film? “I really love boxing movies and I thought to myself, ‘There are not so many movies about rugby,’” Wolff says.“I had no special idea about how to do it. Then one day I read an article in Le Monde about a small rugby team in the east of France who were in Fedérale 3, which is like the fifth division. They had players from all around the world who came in to help them grow. I thought this was a very interesting subject.”SEE OUR INVESTIGATION IN THE NEW ISSUEThe director talked to athletes, coaches and administrators around France, trying to get a handle on the world he hoped to illustrate. But there was never an easy in with players and the overarching theme of the movie was at that point a mystery, even to him. But everything changed when he met one veteran athlete.Wolff says: “I met a guy from Wallis and Futuna. This was much more interesting, to talk about this French identity which is not so well known in France. If you ask somebody in the street, ‘Do you know Wallis and Futuna?’ They will not know that it is French. “So when I met this guy, Laurent Pakihivatau, who plays Abraham in the movie, he was playing in Lyon. There were a lot of Pacific Island players in Lyon and when I met him I realised I had to make a movie with this guy because he was very powerful, visually, very interesting. I spent a lot of time talking with him, and a lot with players from Wallis, but also with people from Samoa, Tonga, then also from New Zealand.“When I met Paki, he told me: ‘When I am in France, nobody knows where I come from. They all look at me as a beast. And when I go back to New Caledonia they all look at me like a French guy. My identity is stuck somewhere in the sky. When I took my first flight to France I lost something, and I’ll never get it back.’ So I was saying to myself, this is probably a good story to tell. That was the beginning.”Tender moment: Soane with Coralie, played by Iliana ZabethWolff’s eyes were opened to a new community; a little pocket of the rugby world that few appreciated as he now does. You know of players of Tongan, Samoan or Fijian extraction, but how about those with ties to the lesser-known French territories of the Pacific? Looking through French squads of the past few years, you realise that you know nothing of the culture and heritage of players like Jocelino Suta, Sebastien Vahaamahina, the Taofifénua brothers or new kid on the block Christopher Tolofua.Some believe that these regions are just a ripe patch to be ploughed by French sporting authorities. At one point on the call, Wolff gets very animated as he talks about the colonial attitude he believes many in modern rugby still cling to. He feels that there is a conveyor belt of ready-made replacements from the islands, that broken-down bodies can be swapped for younger models. This is the reason why one of the very first lines of the movie comes from Abraham, who, surveying a field of young Pacific Islands talent in New Caledonia, utters to a fellow scout: “They only want the youngest, the tallest and the biggest.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREThe movie took Wolff four years to write. He needed to ingratiate himself with Pacific players, so they would open up and he could hear their stories. He admits that the younger players who are still in the throes of burgeoning playing careers tend to remain quiet. But older players – the ones he describe as scarred, unable to climb stairs, physically broken – would tell of their past troubles, their struggle for identity beyond being beasts of burden. Game time: Toki Pilioko, as Soane, at US Fumel Libos Credit: Timshel Productions LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img ‘Mercenary’ is a movie about a young man from the Pacific territory of Wallis and Futuna, who moves to France to play rugby. Alan Dymock talks with director Sacha Wolff as part of our Great Migration series It was also after these discussions that Wolff decided to focus on the lower reaches of French rugby, beyond the elite levels. He explains: “I wanted to place the story at a very, very small team. We always talk about what’s going on at the big teams with the big dreams, but there are a lot, lot, lot of small teams where the players who don’t make it go to, where there are no rules basically.”In 2016 the movie was aired at Cannes, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label award. You can see Mercenary on Netflix UK & Ireland now.last_img read more

Sevens survey raises player welfare concerns

first_img Sevens survey raises player welfare concernsRugby World has teamed up with International Rugby Players (IRP), the representative body of professional players around the world, to conduct a series of surveys to find out what the players think about the game’s big issues.In coming months there will be a women’s survey, covering both the 15s and sevens game, and a men’s 15-a-side survey, but to kick things off are the results of the men’s sevens survey.Close to 200 players from across all 15 core teams on the World Sevens Series completed the IRP survey, which is approximately 85-90% of the elite player base.The key findings concerned player welfare with nearly 60% of players saying that at times they struggle to keep up with the physical load of competing on the series while 70% struggle with the mental load.England player Charlie Hayter, who sits on the International Rugby Players Sevens Group, said: “We need to get the season structure right. The number of tournaments is not the issue – we love playing the game.“However, we need more time before tournaments to allow for mental and physical recovery. Four weeks recovery between tournaments, without travel, should be a bare minimum and a general standard of travel over long distances would be a huge step forward for the game.”Related: What’s it’s like to train with the England Sevens teamLeading the way: England’s Charlie Hayter in action at the Singapore Sevens (Getty Images)Interestingly, the players are not fans of artificial pitches used during tournaments with less than 12% approving of them.As for a possible revamp of the World Series structure, more than 60% of players think three-day tournaments are too long and 64% think a second-tier tournament would benefit the sport as a whole. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Grounded: South Africa’s Siviwe Soyizwapi lies on the ground at the Canada Sevens (Getty Images) Also, a quarter of players on the series work alongside playing rugby, with 16% describing their status as ‘amateur’.When asked for general comments on the series, players also raised concerns about the effects on their performance of flying such long distances in economy.One player said: “We need business class flights. Having to travel so far takes it toll on match prep and trying to get your body in the right place to perform is hard.” Another said: “It’s hard to ask a big rugby player to squeeze into an economy seat for 24 hours and be expected to train and perform as soon as we land.”International Rugby Players CEO Omar Hassanein said: “While most players are happy with the layout of the Sevens Series, there are still areas that need to be addressed.“We work on an ongoing basis with World Rugby to ensure that the players’ voice is heard. Player welfare, schedules, recovery and travel are all major issues for our members and we need to make sure that, along with getting the economic model correct, player welfare is to the fore so that everyone can benefit.”In response to the survey, World Rugby stated: “World Rugby is committed to the best-possible player welfare environment, which is why we partner with participating unions, host unions and International Rugby Players to collaboratively and constructively identify enhancements to embed within future hosting agreements.”center_img The most comprehensive survey of the top men’s sevens players highlights concerns over the physical and mental load experienced on the World Series World Rugby cited the following as examples of their commitment:the expansion of squad sizes to 13reduction in travel burden by coupling tournaments by geography and giving long-haul teams longer acclimatisationadditional player welfare and recovery amenities at tournamentsconsistency of nutrition across all tournamentstrialling of seven-minute halves for finalsminimum of two hours’ rest between matches and 12 hours between last match on day one and first match of day 12Hawkeye technology to assist with concussion recognition and removalFormal consultation with the sevens player welfare group.The findings of this survey should now be taken into consideration as the schedule for the 2019-2024 Sevens Series is decided upon.Read more on the World Sevens Series in the July 2018 issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

National Cathedral appoints Francis H. Wade interim dean

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Posted Jan 4, 2012 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Dorothy P. Webb says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing People An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK January 5, 2012 at 12:08 am Good choice in Frank Wade. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal News Service] The chair of the Washington National Cathedral Chapter, the Rev. James P. Wind, announced Jan. 4 the appointment of the Rev. Francis H. Wade as interim dean of the cathedral. Wade has been called on a part-time basis to focus on spiritual guidance and support to the cathedral during its search and transition to a new dean. Canon Kathleen A. Cox, the cathedral’s executive director and chief operating officer, will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the cathedral. Wade will take up his new position on Jan. 6, according to a press release.It was also announced today that the Cathedral Chapter has selected Alexander H. Platt to chair the search committee for a new, permanent dean with the goal of calling that individual by the fall of 2012. The Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III stepped down as cathedral dean in September 2011 to return as priest-in-charge of Boston’s Trinity Church, Copley Square, where he had previously served as rector.“It is a great honor to be entrusted with one of our nation’s most treasured institutions, and it is a joy to be able to do so here in a community I have been a part of for so long,” said Wade, in the release. “The cathedral plays a vital role in welcoming the country to pray, commemorate, celebrate, and mourn. As such, it must serve the millions of Americans of all faiths who turn to it in times of national significance just as ably as it does its local community and congregation.”Wade, a native of West Virginia, has been an ordained Episcopal priest for 45 years, having served as rector of St. Alban’s Parish on the grounds of the cathedral from 1983 until his retirement in 2005. He is an adjunct professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, where he earned his M. Div. and D. Div. degrees, and he has also taught at The General Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including Transforming Scripture, and his sermons and writings have been published extensively, including in a variety of anthologies by Forward Movement Press. Wade is a noted leader in the Episcopal Church, having served in a variety of roles and committees at the church’s triennial General Convention for which he most recently served as chaplain of the 2009 gathering, the release said.“Frank Wade’s long-standing reputation as a preacher and teacher brings experienced leadership to Washington National Cathedral during this time of transition,” said the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, in the release. “He also is a gifted pastor, who will help bring together the cathedral community, other clergy, volunteer leadership, and staff to continue the cathedral’s mission as a spiritual home for the nation, embodying the Episcopal Church’s expansive and thoughtful understanding of God and passionate commitment to the reconciling ministry of Christ.”Wade will work closely with Budde and Cox, as well as with the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, cathedral vicar. He will also work closely with the worship team in developing major services of national importance, as needed, lead cathedral worship, and preach regularly, the release said.“On behalf of the Cathedral Chapter we are grateful to Frank Wade for accepting our nomination as interim dean,” said Wind. “We look forward to finding a new leader for the cathedral with the able guidance of Alix Platt while also benefitting from Frank’s stewardship and support.”“The cathedral faces significant challenges going forward, and our next dean must be able to lead us as we work to restore the Cathedral physically while also continuing to expand our mission and programs,” said Cox. “This is an exciting new era for the Cathedral with many great possibilities ahead of us.”According to the release, in addition to Platt, Craig M. McKee, Esq., will serve as vice-chair of the dean’s search committee. McKee is a Chapter member and co-chair of the National Cathedral Association. The other committee members are: John D. Barker, Chapter member; Llewellyn W. Bensfield, member of the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation; Paul Cooney, canon to the ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; the Very Rev. Martha J. Horne, former dean of Virginia Theological Seminary; the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square in Northwest D.C.; Dr. Eric L. Motley, Chapter member; Wind; and Dorothy M. Woodcock, Chapter member.center_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Melinda St.Clair says: Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL National Cathedral appoints Francis H. Wade interim dean Search process also announced for new dean Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Washington, DC 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 June 4, 2012 at 9:55 am I just learned of Frank’s appointment from a dear friend who was a docent at the Cathedral for over twenty years. For several years, I volunteered and then worked in the Finance Office at St. Alban’s when Frank was the Rector. I am looking forward to hearing him at the Cathedral … whoever thought of Frank was inspired in their thinking. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments (2) Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

Zimbabwe: Harare Anglicans relaunch abandoned clinic project

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Africa, 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop of Harare Chad Gandiya (R) said the diocese is having to rebuild after five years of persecution. Photo: ACNS[Anglican Communion News Service] The construction of a much-needed clinic has resumed five years after a property-grab by an excommunicated bishop forced the Anglicans in Harare to abandon the project.The Memorial Clinic project was initiated by members of the Anglican Wabvuwi Guild and Anglican clergy following the death of five members in a road traffic accident in November 1997 at a turnoff close to St. Clare’s Mission.Construction was halted in 2007 when Nolbert Kunonga, a former bishop of the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA), and his supporters seized CPCA church properties including buildings, schools and orphanages. He then denied Anglicans access to any of the seized properties including the project site and the nearby church building.Kunonga, however, failed to carry on with the clinic’s construction and so stalled a development that had been approved by the Murewa Rural District Council (MRDC), the local traditional leadership, and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.St. Clare’s Memorial Clinic is a US$150,000 project expected to serve around 30,000 people living in Murewa, a Zimbabwean village located about 70 kilometers northeast of Harare. It will offer key health services such as a maternity department and outpatient services for adults and children.In a statement delivered on Aug. 27, Bishop of Harare Chad Gandiya said, “The initiative to build a health center in Murewa is work in progress for the Anglican diocese as we rebuild the church following five years of persecution by enemies of progress.“More support is still required from the corporate world and individuals to ensure that the project is completed on time and begins to serve the Murewa community in the delivery of standard health services.“To date we have spent US$30,850 and have since reached window level. We expect that, with proper support from corporate world and other well-wishers, the process can be expedited and completed by August 2014.”Gandiya praised the local communities for contributing their labor and time towards the project. “In line with its mission, the Anglican Diocese of Harare (CPCA) commends the work being done at the project site,” he said. “This project links directly with our various health initiatives across the diocese where we have HIV/AIDS projects, orphanages and functional institutions within the education sector.”In December last year, the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe ruled that the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) was the rightful owner of the properties. However, after five years of neglect by Kunonga and his followers, most of its buildings had been run down and many construction projects stalled. Refurbishing or finishing construction work is costing the diocese thousands of dollars. Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Zimbabwe: Harare Anglicans relaunch abandoned clinic project Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls By Bellah ZuluPosted Aug 30, 2013 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Anglican Communion Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Tampa, FL 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 Rector Knoxville, TN Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel last_img read more