Jonny Wilkinson on the new Top 14 season

June 23rd, 2021

first_img Ready for kick-off: Jonny Wilkinson and Toulon start the French Top 14 season with a game against PerpignanBy Gavin Mortimer, Rugby World writerTHE OLYMPICS are over and the football season is about to get underway. But don’t worry, it’s not all depressing news on the sports front. The 2012-13 rugby season is just round the corner in the British Isles while over in France the new Top 14 campaign kicks off this weekend.You have to feel for some of the players across the Channel, particularly the French internationals who spent June touring Argentina on the back of a season that had begun a year earlier with the build-up to RWC 2011. Barely had they the time to unroll the towel on the beach than they were called back to their clubs for pre-season training. And it’s not as if the Top 14 season is short, what with the final scheduled for Saturday 1 June next year. Incidentally, that’s the same day the Lions play their opening match of their tour so let’s hope the likes of Mike Phillips, Gethin Jenkins and James Hook have talked it over with their respective clubs.New boy: Wales’ Gethin JenkinsJenkins is one of seven British players now at Toulon, a band of Brits that includes the Armitage brothers, Steffon, Delon and Guy, and Andrew Sheridan.The leader of the band is Jonny Wilkinson, now in his fourth season with the Mediterranean club and enjoying life more than ever in France. Speaking exclusively to Rugby World, the former England fly-half said last season’s defeats in the final of the Top 14 (to Toulouse) and the Amlin Challenge Cup (to Biarritz) haven’t dented the morale of Toulon. Toulon have two months of the Top 14 before their focus shifts to the Heineken Cup, a competition in which they first appeared two seasons ago. This time around the draw has been kind to Wilko and Co – they’ll have to get the better of Cardiff Blues, Sale and Montpellier if they wish to progress to the quarters. Wilkinson is far too experienced a pro to admit it’s a relatively easy draw, restricting himself instead to a diplomatic response. “We’ve avoided the likes of Leinster, Munster and Toulouse, who are known for destroying teams in Europe, but it’s what you make of it. The great thing about the Heineken Cup is it’s home and away so you never know what’s going to happen. Let’s just wait and see.”Fortunately, as far as the Top 14 is concerned, the waiting is all but over. Let battle commence… NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “The guys are desperate to get stuck in and make it count,” said Wilkinson, who is an ambassador for the Jaguar Sports Academy. “Reaching the final of the Top 14 gave us a taste of what it’s like to play at the Stade de France in front of 80,000 people. That’s where we want to be again this season and we all realise how hard we must work to get there.”There has been a lot of activity in the Top 14 transfer market over the summer, with the likes of Pedrie Wannenburg  arriving at Castres from Ulster and Luke Charteris joining Perpginan, and Wilkinson says the league is more competitive than ever. “Every team is strong with great players in all positions, so there’s no time to relax or stand still. If we don’t get it right then we could easily find ourselves finishing eighth or ninth.”Rugby World was in Toulon last week to watch their final pre-season friendly, an early evening run-out against newly-promoted Mont-de-Marsan. The temperature was in the high 70s and the likes of Jenkins and Sheridan were struggling to acclimatise. But only with the heat. According to Wilkinson, off the park both players are loving their new life. “The new guys are fitting in really well,” he says. “I know what it’s like when you first arrive in France, particularly in a place like Toulon where the rugby is so full-on. It takes you by surprise to discover just how much the city loves its rugby. But the lifestyle change is a great one and it’s good to see the guys adapting to it and even speaking a bit of French!”last_img read more

Championship blog: Semi-finals second leg wrap

June 23rd, 2021

first_img Official Briz biz: Ryan Jones put in a real leader’s performance, helping Bristol into the final By Richard GraingerBristol and London Welsh will contest a two-legged final with the winner replacing Worcester in the Aviva Premiership next season. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “When you get two good teams it can go either way, but like I’ve said from day one, we’re a resilient bunch,” said a delighted Exiles head coach, Justin Burnell. “We never roll over and in that last 20 we just seemed to get better. There was no panic whatsoever.”Leeds have the consolation of a trip to Donnybrook this Friday (kick off 7.30pm) to play Leinster A in the final of the British & Irish Cup, while London Welsh prepare to host Bristol at the Kassam on Wednesday 28th May, kick off 7.45 pm, before making the trip to the Memorial Ground the following Wednesday.center_img Leeds found themselves tantalisingly close to the finishing line, 13 points ahead for the third time in two weeks, a mere 12 minutes away from a Championship final.But the final gallop came from the a fitter looking Exiles side, who scored two tries in three minutes to put themselves within a point of the visitors. And when Leeds — who had already conceded 12 penalties — again fell foul of referee Greg Garner’s whistle, Gordon Ross put his jittery kicking form behind him to nail the penalty that put Welsh ahead in the final furlong.Ross had opened the scoring with a penalty before Leeds were turned over following a tap and go in their own 22. The former Scottish international initiated the counter from which Man of the Match Carl Kirwan scored an unconverted try.Then Stevie McColl’s try wiped out the hosts’ slender aggregate lead, and when Glyn Hughes knocked over his only successful kick from four attempts, Leeds held a six point advantage. Ross reduced that to three before the break but when play resumed, Alex Lozowski, who had replaced Hughes, added a penalty following an infringement for which Kirwan was sent to the bin.Hughes, who couldn’t miss at Headingley last Sunday, was out of sorts with the boot, but coach Jimmy Lowes also opted for a less high-risk strategy by installing Lozowski at 10.Up until the turnaround, Carnegie had been playing champagne Barbarians style rugby, which had gifted 11 points to the Exiles.Following a lengthy stoppage for an injury to Rob Vickerman, Ross had the chance to reduce the gap to three but his penalty attempt struck the outside of the upright.When McColl sent Charlie Beech over in the left corner following a Jonah Holmes break, and Lozowski’s touchline conversion put the visitors 13 points ahead for the third time, Carnegie had one foot in the final.McColl on me: Stevie McColl scores for LeedsBut Welsh, who had tightened up their set piece from last Sunday and were more effective at the breakdown, responded instantly with a try from Sky Sports’ Man of the Match Seb Stegmann, which Ross converted from the touchline. Three minutes later, with Carnegie visibly wilting, Ollie Stedman cantered over from a ruck. Ross missed the conversion and the Exiles still lagged by a point.Ross’s was on target in the 71st minute to put Welsh ahead when it mattered most, but there was still one final piece of drama when Lozowski shaped for a long range drop goal, but took his eye off the ball. It appeared to have gone backwards but Glen Garner didn’t think so, and when Ross booted the ball into an empty stand from the following scrum, the celebrations began. That the two top teams after the regular season should battle it out in the final is a validation of the tournament’s structure. Less so, are rules that permit Bristol’s passage to the final to be hugely aided and abetted by Ryan Jones, who joined Bristol from Ospreys before the transfer deadline in March.Bristol tough out last twenty to overcome TitansRotherham 11, Bristol 22 (Bristol 39, Rotherham 25 on aggregate)33 year-old Jones, who is one of an elite club of six players to have won three Grand Slams, continued to play for the Ospreys on a loan arrangement until he arrived at the Memorial Stadium earlier this month. Rule are rules; but is this really in the spirit of the Championship?Jones made his debut on Saturday against the Titans — only three points adrift after the first leg — and played a key role in a nervy Bristol performance, taking over from Ruki Tipuna as captain in the second half.“You can’t underestimate what Ryan has done in just two weeks,” said Bristol head coach Sean Holley. “At half-time I made him captain, having taken Ruki Tipuna off. It’s nice to able to go to Wales’s most capped captain at half-time and give him the captain’s armband.”Star turn: Juan Pablo SocinoBristol trailed by eight points — five on aggregate — at the interval thanks to a Juan Pablo Socini penalty and a try from Irish winger Michael Keating. But Bristol’s former Welsh international fly-half, Nicky Robinson, responded well to criticism of his poor kicking in the first leg with a 100 per cent record, adding four second half penalties and the conversion of Ben Mosses’ try to his first half three-pointer.Bristol scored 19 unanswered points after the break to ensure a grand send-off at the Memorial Ground on June 4th when they host London Welsh in the second leg, before moving to Ashton Gate next season.The Titans pushed the promotion favourites all the way at Abbeydale, home of Sheffield RUFC, on Saturday and will rue the normally metronomic Socini’s long overdue off day with the boot. When Marco Mama was carded before half time, Holley’s men knew that they had to improve their accuracy and control, and Ryan’s Jones’ experience helped calm nerves and steer them home.Final time: Chris Cook throws shapes after Welsh defeated Leeds by two pointsWelsh win shootout in the Oxford sunLondon Welsh 29, Leeds 20 (London Welsh 60, Leeds 58 on aggregate)The only disappointment about this tie — albeit for the neutral — was that, after 160 minutes, someone had to lose. This game had everything.last_img read more

All Blacks surprise Air New Zealand passengers after World Cup success

June 23rd, 2021

first_img Happy homecoming: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and Sonny Bill Williams with the cup. Pic: Getty The guest of honour came in the shape of the Webb Ellis Cup, with passengers able to touch the trophy and take pictures as it was passed down the plane aisle Pride of the nation: Skipper Richie McCaw and other All Blacks at the official team parade. Pic: GettyFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Watch a triumphant (and dare I say, slightly hungover?!) New Zealand team arrive at the airport to the applause and delight of their fans.Delighted fans take snaps and selfies with man of the moment Sonny Bill Williams…Here’s another one of Williams…Dan Carter and Co were keeping a close eye on the Webb Ellis Cup that they had retained for the first time…New Zealand coach Steve Hansen had some nice words to say about the hospitality he received from the host nation but is very much looking forward to spending some quality time at home.A croaky-voiced New Zealander gives his reaction to being on the same flight as his heroes.We also showcase some footage from the triumphant All Blacks’ plane. Watch as passengers celebrate the All Blacks success, toasting the victors with a glass of champagne. Lovely jubbly!center_img There was a special reservation for a rather golden guest… any guesses who that might be?The Webb Ellis Cup made a special guest appearance, great handling being shown by the passengers!Mr William Webb Ellis even had his own ticket! Great stuff!Welcome home… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Hotshot: Harlequins and England U20 wing Gabriel Ibitoye

June 23rd, 2021

first_img Hot stepper: Gabriel Ibitoye in action during the U20 World Championship (Getty Images) Harlequins and England U20 wing Gabriel IbitoyeDate of birth 5 March 1998 Born Lambeth Club Harlequins Country England Position WingHow did you get into rugby?It was when I joined Trinity School (Croydon) at 11. All my mates played it so I gave it a go and enjoyed it. My mates went into the forwards so I did the same, but I had no idea about roles. In Year Seven I was in the second row, in Year Eight the back row and by Year Nine in the centre. Now I’m on the wing.What are your strengths?I’d say I’m quite evasive, using pace and agility to get in and out of spaces.Did you play any other sports? I joined Trinity on a football scholarship and also played indoor and outdoor hockey, and a bit of cricket in the summer. Trinity encourage you to do multiple sports so you gain different skills. At the age of 15 or 16 I had to focus on one and by then I was going better at rugby than football.When did you link up with Harlequins? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS At 13 I went into their development programme. We’d have training camps in the Surrey-Sussex region every few weeks and then when I was 15 I’d train with the U16s every Monday night. When I left school I joined the senior academy.Who’s been the biggest influence on you? I have to say Mum, Olaide. There are five of us – I’ve got two older sisters, a younger sister and a younger brother – and she was everywhere for all of us. She’s a single mum and always gave up a lot of time for us and prioritised my rugby. My dad helped a lot as well but my mum was at the front of that.Who were your childhood heroes? Thierry Henry, definitely. I’ve got a real passion for Arsenal and he’s the reason I support them – a gentleman off the pitch and classy on it.You’ve trained with the senior England team. How was it? It’s a good environment to be in, surrounding yourself with the best players in the country. I tried to learn little things here and there, but you shouldn’t change who you are as that’s what got you there in the first place. TAGS: Harlequins RW VERDICT: Having been an integral figure in the England U16, U18 and U20 teams in recent years, Ibitoye will switch his attention to impressing new Quins DoR Paul Gustard as he targets more first-team game time.This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Rugby World. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. From football to rugby, second-row to wing, track the progress of Harlequins speedster Gabriel Ibitoyelast_img read more

Opinion: Why the Romanian rugby federation needs new management

June 23rd, 2021

first_img TAGS: Romania Yellow fellows: Romania in action against Georgia last year (Getty Images) Former Romania sevens player Tony Pisaroglu argues that Romanian rugby needs an overhaul LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In fact, dozens of former players are so upset about Romanian rugby’s deterioration that they have signed an open letter calling for Petrache to resign right away — five years before his tenure as president is set to expire in 2024. Without an immediate management change, the letter contends, Romanian rugby may be relegated to also-run status for many years to come.Those who signed the letter say that the end of the Petrache regime is part of a three-pronged programme that is needed for Romanian rugby to bounce back. The other prongs are a concerted effort to develop home-grown Romanian talent once again and attracting new investors and sponsors to the sport.Flying the flag: Romania fans at the 2015 World Cup in England (Getty Images)I have now joined those calling for his departure.Rugby has been a source of Romanian pride for more than 100 years. To restore that pride as quickly as possible, the Romanian rugby federation needs new management — people with fresh thinking, a grasp of international best practices in sport and the business of sport, and an ability to adapt to changes in the game.It’s crucial that new management look to the future of Romanian rugby rather than stay rooted in the past.In addition to leaders with fresh ideas, the federation needs to make a more concerted effort to develop home-grown players, starting at a very early age.I know it is standard these days for national teams to bring in talented players from abroad. The justification is that top imported players give a team immediate punch that they would not have otherwise. But this is often done at the cost of failing to develop home-grown talent.When I think about the dynasties in sport — teams like Barcelona in soccer, the New York Yankees in baseball, and the New England Patriots in football — I see great players and coaches, yes. But I also see enlightened owners and team management.The same is true of national sport associations — like the Romanian rugby federation.A series of sterling management teams kept Romanian rugby in the upper echelons of the sport for decades.It can regain that status — and soar higher — with new management. And the sooner, the better. Opinion: Why the Romanian rugby federation needs new management When Alin Petrache became president of the Romanian rugby federation ten years ago, players and fans had high hopes that he would take a strong international programme to the elite level. But Petrache, a former member of the national team who went on to play professionally in France, has been a catastrophe for Romanian rugby.A team that was ranked 13th in the world in 2006 has in recent years been trounced by Germany and Spain – once viewed as sparring partners.A sign that it won’t get better is that Romania’s junior teams — the cornerstone of the future — have had a disastrous record in international competition.The crowning blow was World Rugby disqualifying Romania from the 2019 World Cup having fielded an ineligible player in the Rugby Europe Championship, which acted as a qualifying tournament.Related: Russia qualify for 2019 World Cup in place of RomaniaRomanian fans were furious that their national team had failed to make the World Cup after competing in the previous eight tournaments.Petrache quickly went on the defensive. He contended that his management team wasn’t asleep at the switch — that it did look into whether the Tongan player concerned was eligible. It simply misconstrued the complicated eligibility rules, he said.This wasn’t good enough for former players and fans. The fact that he shrugged off the fiasco as “just one of those things” deepened their anger.Man at the top: Alin Petrache is president of the Romanian rugby federation (Getty Images)Petrache’s critics contend that his attempt to duck responsibility for the Word Cup debacle is part of a pattern — that he has also failed to assume responsibility for the overall decline in Romanian rugby on his watch. Not only has he refused to accept accountability, they say, but he has failed to offer specific reasons for the sport’s decline — which would be a necessary starting point for fixing the problem.Particularly disturbing is the federation’s failure to maintain junior rugby’s health. Rugby has long been a path to success for Romanian youngsters from modest circumstances, especially those from rural areas. It has given many youths opportunities in business and public life that they could never have dreamed of without rugby.I am one of those rural youths whom rugby has helped. It opened the door to me having a successful career in business and public affairs. I am eternally grateful for that, and want to see it continue for youngsters with roots like mine.Petrache has brushed off the criticism with pronouncements that he is considering new initiatives to restore Romanian rugby to its former glory. But, again, there is no detail on what these initiatives would be and these vague statements have failed to mollify fans and former players. Tony Pisaroglu is a former Romanian rugby player who competed with the national sevens team and is now vice president of the Bucharest-based crisis management firm H5 Strategies.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Five things we learnt about rugby in February

June 23rd, 2021

first_imgSalary cap breaches are dangerous, the effects far-reaching and they shouldn’t be dismissed with a wry smile and a perfunctory press release.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. When you lose, someone must take the blame. It’s usually the head coach, but following England’s defeat by Wales the collective social media groin-punch was aimed at an individual player – Kyle Sinckler.The criticism was unjust. Sinckler was fantastic against Wales and his scrummaging against Rob Evans showcased the next generation of Lions props (Evans was equally impressive).On the attack: Kyle Sinckler with ball in hand against Wales (Getty Images)As solid as his scrummaging was, it was Sinckler’s tackle count that endured the post-match fallout. In 57 minutes the tighthead made 22 tackles – that is ludicrous.Many suggested that he was yanked after 57 minutes due to his fracturing temperament, but around 57 minutes is usually the mark when all front-row forwards are replaced.Related: Downtime with Kyle SincklerYes, he’s aggressive and yes, he’s a pain in the arse on the field, but that’s exactly why he’s picked. England didn’t lose that game because of Sinckler. Quite the opposite. Other than Tom Curry, he was their best player.Backs joining mauls is now legitDuring the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, backs joining mauls was usually accompanied by clown music. The sight of three 11st men joining a maul, with their combined effort exerting the same force as an ant yawning, was often a last-ditch attempt to secure the win, or some pride.However, as we have seen during this Six Nations, backs joining the maul is now a genuine tactic and one which can change a game in the opening minutes and not just the last.That backs now weigh more than 16st has led to their body weight genuinely helping move a maul forward. But arguably the biggest change has come from the way in which modern five-metre mauls are constructed.Drive together: A maul is set in the Top 14 match between Toulouse and Montpellier (Getty Images)The five-metre maul is now as effective and well-organised as a 1980s scrum. The body angles/body shape of the tight five are now almost mathematical in their construction.The benefit being that when backs now attach to the maul they are adding their momentum to a mass that is moving forward and not in some random motion like we saw in the amateur days – where half of the players were driving towards the touchline and the other half heading for the posts.It will be interesting to see how the tactic is utilised in the World Cup.Salary cap breaches affect everyoneFebruary saw Harlequins fined for a salary cap breach. It wasn’t a big fine and neither was the breach. But the importance can’t be overstated. Salary cap breaches are rugby’s ‘Butterfly Effect’. They create the wage inflation that rugby simply can’t cope with.Money game: Harlequins were fined for a salary cap breach (Getty Images)This is the major danger with stacks of cash being plowed into rugby. If it isn’t spent on physical assets, such as training facilities and academies, it will merely be added to players’ wages. This is great for the players and their agents, but foolish for the game. We will be paying more money for the same players and same talent levels. Global league can’t exclude Pacific IslandsIt may be speculation and little more. However, reports from down south suggest that the proposed World League may exclude the Pacific Island nations. This simply cannot happen.The Pacific Islands aren’t just a part of rugby, they are rugby. Take one glance at your Test/club/region team and the chances are there is least one Pacific Island player in that squad.Take a longer look at the squad lists in the Top 14, Gallagher Premiership, Guinness Pro14 and Super Rugby and you will see just how all-encompassing their presence is.The Pacific Islands have an approximate total population of 2.3m, yet their impact on the global game, per capita, is arguably the largest of any rugby community in the history of the game. Try time: Josua Tuisova scores in Fiji’s win over France last year (Getty Images) The Pacific Islands are already the production line of rugby. To limit their minuscule financial base, with exclusion from a lucrative global competition, would be to turn those nations into a puppy farm, where players are grown and then simply rehoused for a fee.Weirdly, the news seems to have had a bigger reaction in the northern hemisphere than the southern. That the Pacific Island nations are more appreciated up north is worrying and rather telling. Maybe those down south have more to gain from a downtrodden Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.Rugby is very proud of its on-field values, but sometimes its off-field values seem dichotomous.Changes to Welsh rugby are neededOn the surface, at least at Test level, things are functioning well. Wales are on a glorious winning streak, have just beaten England and are still on for the Six Nations Grand Slam. But appearances can be deceptive. And this is where Welsh rugby finds itself.The game in Wales is currently walking around with a Harrods carrier bag, yet look inside and it’s full of stuff from Poundland.In February it emerged that major changes have been discussed with regards to the Welsh regions. Mergers and closures have been tabled, as has the possibility of adding to the rugby base in North Wales.Up in the air: The future of the Welsh regions, including Ospreys and Scarlets, is in doubt (Getty Images)The reality is that Wales can’t afford four regions. Keeping four means that everyone loses. The decisions that need to be made are massive and huge swathes of the rugby public in Wales will hate them. But that isn’t the point, or what matters.This isn’t about whether your region will exist in 12 months and how it will affect your season ticket. The endgame is whether any professional teams will exist in Wales in 20 years.Or will Wales, like the Pacific Islands, become a ‘puppy-farm’ for more financially stable rugby economies.In 20 years’ time that some will feel no affinity for their nearest geographical region is a far more favorable outcome than young Welsh players going straight into a French academy aged 16. It could happen, unless something changes.Kyle Sinckler doesn’t deserve the criticism From the World League to Welsh rugby, Paul Williams assesses the game’s latest goings-on LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

WATCH: Christian Wade Scores Incredible Touchdown On NFL Debut

June 23rd, 2021

first_img Expand Expand WATCH: Christian Wade Scores Incredible Touchdown On NFL DebutIt is usually incredibly difficult to switch sports completely at the highest level but former Wasps and England star Christian Wade seems to have made the perfect start in his pursuit of conquering the NFL this week.Making his NFL debut in a pre-season game with the Buffalo Bills, Wade pulled off an incredible 65-yard run that saw him leave every opponent in the dust. It also happened to be his first touch of the ball too! You can watch the moment below; Sevens rugby player Greg O’Shea and beautician Amber… Todd Clever: “Major League Rugby has been the missing link for USA” One of his teammates, Bills quarterback Josh Allen said; “Huge congratulations to Christian Wade,”“Watching him score that touchdown was one of the coolest experiences of my football career and I wasn’t even on the field.”The Bills went on to win the match against the Indianapolis Colts by 24 points to 16.Wade is attempting to make his dream a reality by competing in the NFL. He is part of the International Player Pathway scheme which basically allows Wade to train with the team during the pre-season and also the practice squad in 2019.However he is ineligible to play during the regular season. He will attempt to book his spot on the 53-man roster for the 2020 season in the future. The former England winger scores a 65-yard touchdown with his usual blazing speed. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Speaking after the match Wade said; “I knew where I was going even before the ball came because they overloaded one side.“Then as soon as I got the ball I was off to the races. I was looking up at the screen to see if any of the linebackers or anyone was coming up behind me.” Who knows, maybe this moment of genius will see Eddie Jones shock the world and help Wade add to his sole England cap by adding him to his Rugby World Cup squad? Unlikely we know but stranger things have happened. Irish Sevens Star Wins ITV’s Love Islandcenter_img Irish Sevens Star Wins ITV’s Love Island Five things England can learn from the Cricket World Cup Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news in rugby. Collapse Handoff: Wade takes the ball on his way to scoring (Getty Images) Five things England can learn from the Cricket World Cup Todd Clever: “Major League Rugby has been the… Jacob Whitehead looks at how Eddie Jones and… Todd Clever: “Major League Rugby has been the missing link for USA”last_img read more

Too Much, Too Soon: Chris Boyd on using young stars at the right time

June 23rd, 2021

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Too Much, Too Soon: Chris Boyd on using young stars at the right timeIn our special report on Too Much, Too Soon in rugby we looked into why the physical and mental demands of the game can overwhelm some unlucky young players taking their first tentative steps into elite rugby. But within that feature we also made a point of celebrating some of those who ensure that young players are looked after.Chris Boys is one such coach who is celebrated for the way he gives young players a chance at the very top level, but manages their load – and expectations. So in the original report he wrote us a panel on his approach….Boss: Chris Boyd (Getty Images)“If you’ve got a long-term view of youth your players will be in a better space,” writes Northampton Saints director of rugby Boyd of how they integrate starlets.“They also need to know that you trust and have faith in them, physically and mentally. Three or four times we’ve given guys opportunities and they’ve not actually played well but it’s a great part of their learning. It’s individual development, as well as performance. “When I arrived I made a decision to have a coaching group of young, English, high-potential talents. That’s slid into the playing group. I’m not naive enough to miss competency in that group, but Owen Franks can bring on young props like Ehren Painter and Paul Hill. But they can’t get impatient.“The biggest issue is fear of failure. I remember when Painter played Clermont in the Challenge Cup and got dusted by their prop. He was pretty dark but in years to come he’ll do the same to someone else. So it was a great day for learning.”This panel first appeared in Rugby World magazine in March. Saints prospect: Ollie Sleightholme, 19 (Getty Images) center_img The Northampton Saints boss explains his policy for promoting talent Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Wales v England live stream: How to watch the Six Nations from anywhere

June 23rd, 2021

first_imgHow to watch Wales v England from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Six Nations coverage, like Wales v England, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Six Nations live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN  Wales v England live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to watch the Six Nations from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go.The match kicks off at 6.45pm on SuperSport Action.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.Wales v England live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Six Nations matches is NBC, with matches streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.The game will kick off at 11.45am EST and 8.45am on the West Coast.Get Peacock Premium Wales v England live stream: How to watch the Six Nations from anywhereWales will look to continue their bid for a Six Nations Grand Slam this afternoon (kick-off 4.45pm) against England as they have already defeated Ireland and Scotland. This means the men in red will be aiming to secure the Triple Crown as well, but England will hope to build on their victory over Italy two weeks ago.Here are the two match-day squads for their meeting at the Principality Stadium…Wales: Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Jonathan Davies, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Kieran Hardy; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomos Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, Justin Tupuric, Taulupe Faletau.Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhodri Jones, Leon Brown, Cory Hill, James Botham, Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy, Uilisi Halaholo.England: Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, George Martin, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, 23 Max Malins.Check out our full Wales v England preview here and below we explain how to find a reliable live stream wherever you are. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Wales v England live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to the game from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 5.45am on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 June 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer In Italy, DMAX is showing the match at 5.45pm and you can also live stream matches via its online player Dplay. If you’re in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, you can watch Wales v England at 5.45pm through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Wales v England live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Wales v England will kick off at 3.45am and is live on beIN Sports 3. Access to beIN Sports’ Connect package is $19.99 a month or $179.99 for a year and also includes lots of European football action. Plus, there is currently a 14-day FREE trial offer, so you could take advantage of that to watch some Six Nations matches!You can also stream beIN Sports’ coverage live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offer LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Don’t miss the latest instalment of this long-running rivalry We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Wales v England live stream: How to watch from the CanadaSix Nations matches are shown on streaming platform DAZN in Canada.Wales v England will kick off at 11.45am EST and 8.45am on the West Coast.Wales v England live stream: How to watch from AsiaPremier Sports has the rights to broadcast Six Nations matches, like Wales v England, in Asia and will show matches in 22 territories – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.A weekly pass to Premier Sports Asia is $25.99 or you can take out a rolling six-month contract for $89.99 or a year’s deal is $129.99.Premier Sports Asia subscription Wales and England are familiar rivals (Getty Images) Wales v England live stream: How to watch from the UKThe good news is that all Six Nations matches are available on free-to-air TV in the UK. Wales v England, which kicks off at 4.45pm, will be shown live on BBC in the UK and you can also watch via iPlayer.Welsh language channel S4C also has live coverage of Wales’ Six Nations match against England.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Wales v England takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Wales v England live stream: How to watch from IrelandIn Ireland, Wales v England is also on free-to-air TV, with Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) broadcasting live coverage of all Six Nations matches. You can also stream live TV through Virgin TV Anywhere if you’d rather watch on your phone, tablet or computer. Wales v England live stream: How to watch from EuropeFrance 2, another free-to-air channel, has the rights to broadcast Wales v England at 5.45pm in France. last_img read more


June 20th, 2021

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group [Episcopal News Service] Every organization needs money to carry out its mission. Churches, too, but Christians sometimes have a lackluster spirit when it comes to raising money. Add to that the pride of being in charge, the feeling that you can’t change anything lest the event chairpersons of the past will haunt you, and the unspoken fear that if you don’t raise so many tens of thousands of dollars you’ll disappoint God, your rector, and the entire community, and church fundraisers often have more drama than daytime TV.Let’s be honest: People of faith are lousy at fundraisers.People of faith are good at inspiration, compassion, and celebration, however. That’s what it means to be animated by the Holy Spirit. What if we took our fundraisers and turned them, inside out, into celebrations of ministry? Or opportunities for fellowship? Or a gift to our community? What if we set out to raise fun; fun-raisers instead of fundraisers?Actually, this thought occurred to me at the very moment I needed it. The church I serve in Maryland has a tradition of an annual crab cake dinner. Every year we beg, plead, and drag someone into the role of dinner chairperson. Then, for the next six months of their once blissful life, they fret about beets and crab meat and hear everyone’s opinion about everything else. After it’s all over we wonder why they look so exhausted or why we seldom see their chipper face.Around the time of the annual solicitation, er, cajoling for a chairperson, the parish historian shared with me some anecdotes about crab cake dinners of the past. I read stories about people bringing what they had – farmers bringing chickens, watermen crabs, others produce from their gardens. The week was spent picking crabs (and probably gossiping) and making sure the chickens kept cool hanging in the well. On the appointed day, everyone came and the church charged a nominal fee. At the end of the dinner the kids were taken home, at which point the adults danced and sang, probably accompanied by a few bottles. Some of these stories were told by parishioners who remember, as children, sneaking back to the hall and peeking through the curtain at their moms and dads doing a jig and having a blast.To me, it sounded like fun. Over time, we turned what was a potluck-homecoming-fellowship dinner into an all-you-can-eat fundraiser. Besides the bit about chickens hanging in the well – about which today’s health department would have something to say – I saw no reason why we couldn’t return to the fun and celebration that marked the historic dinners.We ditched the crab cake dinner and started to plan a new (but actually old) Crab Cake Festival. The crab cakes were the same, and we served in boxes a simple but ample dinner – which not only brought down the price but also cut down on the number of required staff, given that we no longer needed table servers. Preparation days were reduced from four to two. Tasks were delegated in advance, which left no one person doing everything. We found local bands, and friends of the parish donated inflatable moon-bounces for the kids and other fun outdoor games. Homemade desserts were offered for rock-bottom prices, and beverages sold for just over cost. All day long people enjoyed food, fellowship, conversation, and fun. By the end of the day, we nearly sold out of crab cakes, and what was leftover was bought by noon on Sunday, ironically making it one of the most successful crab cake dinners in recent memory.Recently, a colleague reminded me of a line from a book I’ve never read but see quoted a lot. In the 1958 novel, Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), the character Tancredi urges his nobleman uncle to support a rising political power: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” We sold our dinners, raised lots more money than we thought possible, and had fun together, celebrating the gift of Maryland’s finest seafood and the treasure of Christian community under the auspices of the Episcopal Church. People are talking about it with their friends in the congregation and, most likely, with their friends and co-workers who didn’t show up: “That was just a perfect day,” one said. Or: “When we do this again next year, I’d like to…” They say those things with a smile because they’ve experienced, once again, the work of the Holy Spirit in their midst. And they want more.— The Rev. Greg Syler is rector of St. George’s in Valley Lee, Maryland, co-chairs the Collaborative Ministries Exploration Group of Region 6 of the Diocese of Washington. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ rosalie wieldt says: Rector Martinsville, VA Mary Catherine Day says: Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 June 6, 2012 at 1:23 am Thanks for the article. I believe you are “right on”! I will be sending this along to the Fund Raising Committee and Rector at our church in Maryland, St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Baltimore. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 FUNraisers 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem By Greg SylerPosted Jun 5, 2012 Joey Rick says: Jessica Dye says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img Comments are closed. June 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm Thank you so very much for writing this and for publishing it! I’m part of a small church in Central Texas and we just had our annual drama/exhaustion fund raising fest, which, thankfully, was at least profitable this year. I’ve sent this article on to my Vicar and our Congregational Development Director, and will present this idea at our upcoming Bishop’s Committee meeting.We definitely need more fun and fellowship in our fest, and with that I think the funds will come on their own. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska June 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm what a wonderful story; and from where i was the day before helping out and having the best time with “real people” making crabcakes to the day of the dinner it was an experience i’ll never forget! Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events June 6, 2012 at 6:51 am Bravo, Greg! Way to bring fun and mission together — and to evangelize it for us all to see! Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (4) Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK last_img read more