LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS French exchange: Paul Sackey and Tom May training in ToulonHeading out to Toulon to see the rugby or perhaps enjoy a holiday in the South of France? Well, we asked former England centre Tom May, who is enjoying his second season playing for Toulon, for his top tips of what to do in the town…
“We must be doing something right if people are coming looking for our players. For us, we’re disappointed that we’ve lost what we would see as four starters, four good, young Irish players in Jamie (Hagan), Ian (Keatley), Sean and Fionn, but there are other clubs out there that see the good work we’re doing here, how we’ve developed those players and helped them to develop themselves. For the other provinces, it’s World Cup year and they’re also looking to get these players in and unfortunately we weren’t able to hold on to them. I’m afraid that’s just the nature of the business we’re in.“I’m excited about George (Naoupu), our No 8, coming back, he’ll bring good stability. And I’m looking forward to seeing John Muldoon returning from injury. Our young lads should see this as a massive opportunity to test themselves against the best teams in Europe.“All I want to do is say I was part of the squad that was able to put Connacht on the map in Europe. I’m looking to produce players who can play for Ireland and I want to raise the profile of Connacht.”Did you Know?Connacht are offering fans some great deals on season tickets. Various packages include a supporters’ scarf, two complimentary tickets and free beer at home games! For more info, go to connachtrugby.ie This article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit Eric Elwood during his player days at ConnachtLast month Leinster had to use all their resolve to come back from a 16-point deficit to beat Northampton 33-22 and win the Heineken Cup. The goods they produced in the second half stunned a packed Millennium Stadium and they lifted the European trophy for the second time in three years. As for Munster, they finished the regular season 13 points clear at the head of the Magners League table while Ulster made the top four for the first time since 2006, losing to Leinster in the semi-final, so things are looking rosy in the Irish rugby garden.But the biggest news at the end of the campaign was Connacht’s entry into next season’s Heineken Cup – a competition they have never played in before. The smallest province finished ninth in this year’s Magners League above Treviso, Glasgow and Aironi, a notable improvement on the last-place position that they made their own for the previous three seasons. Now they have the opportunity to build on their promising year both on and off the pitch in Europe’s premier competition, their place secured by virtue of Leinster’s Heineken Cup win and which means all four Irish provinces will compete in the tournament for the first time.Eric Elwood, who has just completed his first season as head coach, is pleased with his side’s progress and believes that setting the team simple targets has helped them move up the table.“We’re pleased with how we finished,” says Elwood. “During the course of the year we set ourselves clear performance goals that we felt were realistic and achievable. We finished ahead of three other teams and in the past we had finished last. We could have done a little bit better but every team in the league could say that.“In the past we would’ve been seen to be very competitive at home, so we wanted to make sure we were competitive at home and away, and to gain the respect of other teams in the league. How we played our rugby was another goal for us, and we wanted to improve our try-scoring and our points differential.”Although the province has taken a step forward, Elwood knows that all-round improvements need to be made and he hopes their entry into the Heineken Cup will provide a springboard for the game to grow in Connacht. The province hope that the financial opportunities that will arise from being a part of the tournament will help their plans to upgrade facilities at the Sportsground, and having world-class players from European teams visiting Galway will be a huge draw for spectators. Firstly, though, Elwood is over the moon about a significant landmark in their history.“This is the holy grail. We’ve been in the Amlin (Challenge Cup) since it started but the holy grail has always been to get into the ERC (Heineken Cup) by whatever means possible, so Leinster have done us a huge favour.“This is everything to us. The thought of a Toulouse or a Leicester or Perpignan coming to Galway and filling our park with all their stars is terrific. We’re in with the big boys. Can we compete with the big boys? Therein lies the next big question, but there’s great excitement and great enthusiasm here.“It’s a massive opportunity to expand our fan base. We’ve got to upgrade our facilities and the wheels are in motion for a new stand. We’re looking to provide a good match-day experience. The professional game is about comfort and entertainment, and we have to come up to the mark on that.”Despite a positive season, Connacht have struggled to hold on to some of their most promising players. For instance, Ireland hooker Sean Cronin and winger Fionn Carr, the first Connacht player to appear in a Magners League Dream Team, will be playing for Leinster next season. However, Elwood is staying positive and is excited about welcoming 16 new players to the province for 2011-12.
Record man: Stephen Jones will overtake Gareth Thomas’s record of 100 Wales caps on SaturdayVenue: Twickenham, date: Saturday, 6 August, Kick-off: 1430 BSTCoverage:Live commentary on BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC 5 live sports extra; Watch live on Sky Sports 1; Highlights on BBC Sport website, BBC Three (Saturday 1900-2000 BST) and on BBC One (Sunday 0800-0900 BST); Live text commentary on BBC Sport websiteSTEPHEN JONES will become Wales’ most-capped player on Saturday when he plays his 101st Test match for his country against England at Twickenham.The Scarlets fly-half overtakes fellow centurion Gareth Thomas to set a new record while Ospreys lock Alun Wyn Jones reaches the milestone of 50 caps.Wales assistant coach Rob Howley added: “It is a tremendous achievement for Stephen, but he had all the well deserved accolades when he won his 100th cap and the spotlight this weekend should really go to Alun Wyn on winning his 50th.”Warren Gatland has made six changes to the side that faced the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium in June.In the back-line Rhys Priestland comes into the side at full-back in place of Morgan Stoddart, Jamie Roberts returns at inside-centre for Gavin Henson and Shane Williams replaces Aled Brew on the wing having recovered from a knee injury suffered in March.Up front prop Craig Mitchell comes in for Ryan Bevington, who moves to the bench, with Paul James switching sides of the scrum.It’s all change in the second row with the established unit from the recent RBS 6 Nations Championship, Bradley Davies and Jones reunited, as both Ryan Jones and Luke Charteris move to the bench.The young back-row unit of Sam Warburton, Toby Faletau and Dan Lydiate, which made its debut against the Baa-Baas, is retained and Warburton keeps the captaincy.High note: Alun Wyn Jones will win his 50th cap against England“We have made changes but we have some pretty established combinations coming back with Jamie Roberts returning to the midfield and Alun Wyn and Bradley in the second row,” said Wales coach Gatland.“These are the men in possession of the jersey at the moment and it is now up to them to hold on to it and they will only do that with a performance at Twickenham at the weekend.“The stakes are high for individuals, but as a team it is also important for us to create some momentum as we head for the World Cup in New Zealand.”Players not considered for selection for this game but expected to be back in contention next week are: Adam Jones (toe), James Hook (neck) and Lee Byrne (knee).Gethin Jenkins is considered fit, but is taking extra time to get himself up to 100 per cent and Matthew Rees has had an injection in his neck and will be re-assessed next week. Leigh Halfpenny has an ankle injury and is not yet ready to return to action, but is targeting the match against Argentina.Wales team to play England, Saturday 6 August, Twickenham, 2.30pm15 Rhys Priestland (Scarlets)14 George North (Scarlets13 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets)12 Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues)11 Shane Williams (Ospreys) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 10 Stephen Jones (Scarlets)9 Mike Phillips (Bayonne)1 Paul James (Ospreys)2 Huw Bennett (Ospreys)3 Craig Mitchell (Exeter)4 Bradley Davies (Cardiff Blues)5 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys)6 Dan Lydiate (Dragons)7 Sam Warburton (Captain, Cardiff Blues)8 Toby Faletau (Dragons)REPLACEMENTS16 Lloyd Burns (Dragons)17 Ryan Bevington (Ospreys)18 Luke Charteris (Dragons)19 Ryan Jones (Ospreys)20 Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets) 21 Scott Williams (Scarlets)22 Morgan Stoddart (Scarlets)
Team of the Year: find out what makes Quins so mighty in the January 2013 edition of Rugby WorldBy Alan DymockAT THE end of a rollercoaster year, the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year bash was extravagant as it was tearful.We are desperately trying not to let go of the year that has passed and already the backs of our shirts are worn thin from patting ourselves collectively on the back, but why shouldn’t this be the case? 2012 was a year so stuffed with success that merely looking through the crowd at the packed out gala event made you swell with pride.Of course, rugby has its own mechanisms for rewards, but with no players allowed near the stage on Sunday we have opted to elect our own Rugby Personalities of the Year.In the same format, these are the names in Europe’s top leagues who deserve a gong.Rugby Personality of the Year: Nick EvansMuch like the SPOTY, this is an award for continued quality, rather than a trophy for best soundbite. Yes, Evans speaks his mind, looks like he has been dragged out the pub and has never pulled a sock up in his life but his controlling, intelligent play for Harlequins has been exquisite.Louis Picamoles is worth a mention and Dan Lydiate was the Six Nations man of the tournament while Owen Farrell was shortlisted for IRB player of the year, but the New Zealander has booted and swayed his and Harlequins’ way to a title, whilst playing bloody good style of high-tempo rugby.Class: Gael Fickou is set for stardomYoung Personality: Gael FickouA late runner, this young centre exploded onto the scene in October, with only the charred remains of Anthony Allen left as he stormed in for a Toulouse try against Leicester in the Heineken Cup.He was a big name for the French U20s and has already been picked for full French squads at the age of 19, but he has a lot still to learn.He was released by Toulon last season and Toulouse are refusing to give him any lofty labels just yet, but his potential is obvious, if not a little frightening.Most Inspirational: Sir John KirwanHe may not be European but as the Queen has honoured him we can let it slide.The All Black and former Italy and Japan head coach was awarded the title of Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Meirt by HRH during her birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours this summer.Sir John has campaigned for mental health awareness after revealing his own battles with depression and was bestowed this honour after doing everything he could to help eradicate stigma around the issues of mental illness. Bravo!Pack leader: Lobbe troubles IrelandOverseas Personality: Juan Martín Fernández LobbeIt had to be Lobbe and this is a reward for his stupendous Argentine performances. Surprisingly ignored when it came to naming the shortlist for IRB player of the year, Lobbe is the kind of player you follow into a skirmish.He led Argentina with distinction in their first Rugby Championship and he has consistently impressed despite his top-drawer opponents. Skill, savagery and innate game sense make him one of 2012’s best.Team of the Year: HarlequinsEngland’s Women deserve a mention here for their walloping of their Kiwi counterparts this autumn and Leinster romped to yet another Heineken Cup victory, but Quins won a title last season to banish several ghosts. Better still, they’ve kicked on and are still leading the pack for this season’s Premiership as well as finishing 2012 imperiously on top of their Heineken Cup group.They have not weakened. They have a strong leadership group and their rugby still excites. Only time will tell if they can retain the Aviva Premiership and do damage in Europe, but boy, what a 2012 they’ve had.Coach of the Year: Joe SchmidtLeinster play with certain panache and a lot of that is down to Schmidt, whose stock was high enough to see him being regularly mentioned on a weekly basis to take a position on the Lions’ coaching team.The former Clermont Auvergne coach has won the Heineken Cup twice and been runner up in the RaboDirect Pro12 twice with the Irish province, but the New Zealander has done so with playing fast, exciting and enterprising rugby.He has an uphill battle winning the Heineken Cup again, but it is within Leinster’s capabilities. Do not be surprised if Schmidt adds the Pro12 title for good measure, too.Defying the odds: London Welsh’s Lyn JonesUnsung Hero: Lyn JonesIf London Welsh are spared the drop this season (which it looks like they might) there should be a day dedicated to the former Ospreys coach who pulled the side out of the Championship and kept them in the Aviva with only a shoestring budget, a bucketload of resolve and soothing words in the ear of a certain Gavin Henson.Lifetime Achievement: Guy NovesThe coach is simply, Monsieur Toulouse.He was born there; he played all of his rugby on the wing there and was capped seven times for France as a Toulousain. Then he got down to taking on a real job as he took up the coaching reins at Toulouse. He’s still there 19 years later.In that unbelievable timeframe, Noves has won the Top 14 a whopping 10 times and the Heineken Cup four times. His side are currently second in the league behind Toulon and likely to progress into the Heineken quarter-finalsNoves will likely stay a Toulousain forever, but right now, during this season, he will settle for meeting Toulon in a Top 14 final and negotiating his way to a fifth Heineken victory. Who’d bet against him?Follow Alan Dymock on Twitter @AlanDymock LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Harlequins
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Eighteen years separate the appointments of Phil Larder and Paul Gustard as England defence coach but a strand exists between the two, because Gustard was a Leicester player during their glory years of 1999-2002 when Larder oversaw the meanest defence in the land.Gustard remembers fondly the infamous Wednesday defence sessions at Leicester but what he may not have been aware of at the time was the innovative nature of Larder’s work, because defence in union as we know it today was still in its infancy.Nothing illustrates that better than the try Ben Tune scored against England in Clive Woodward’s first Test in charge, a 15-15 draw on 15 November 1997. Scrum-half George Gregan picked the ball up at a ruck near England’s 22 and ran laterally, being tracked all the way by Lawrence Dallaglio. A simple swivel and inside pass by Gregan gave blindside wing Tune the ball with clear space before him and he cantered to the try-line.Larder was watching that game from the Huddersfield YMCA clubhouse and it was his son Matt, a dual-code player, who was first to articulate a defensive solution to this problem. Namely, that the ruck appeared to be the equivalent of rugby league’s play-the-ball and that in league you had two markers stationed there who would have stopped the Wallaby move dead in its tracks.“Listen up, lads”: Larder runs a session in 2003, when England had the world’s best defence (Pic: Getty)And so was born the guard system in union, with Larder, starting employment with England the following Monday, able to implement this and many other new practices in a coaching revolution.England forwards were still following the ball, instead of dropping into channels and covering the width of the pitch, when they played New Zealand at Old Trafford – with obvious consequences.But gradually the systems bedded in: the front-row forwards, who at first would pull fellow defenders tight to them, were forced to spread wider and their tackle count doubled in a trice.The sliding defence advanced to such an extent that the last defender could stand 20 metres inside the outside attacker and still be confident of snuffing out the move. And Larder introduced a sweeper – capitalising on Austin Healey’s reading of the game – to patrol the space just behind the line and alert team-mates to opposition overloads.By the time England arrived at the 2003 World Cup, they were the best defensive side in world rugby bar none. Such was their line speed that they were getting penalised when onside, so they started shouting “back foot” and checking with referees even as they prepared to fly forward.Template: Eddie Jones would like to emulate the qualities that took England to glory (Pic: Getty Images)England missed only six tackles in 100 minutes during their World Cup final triumph and Larder’s preachings surfaced all around the globe, hastened in large part by his role on the 2001 Lions tour – head coach Graham Henry adapted Larder’s ideas in his next job in Auckland and then installed the system with the All Blacks.The international ‘brick wall’ that Larder helped build created a need for enhanced skill levels when attacking, and in particular better footwork, handling and power running from tight-five forwards who had previously been expected to do little more than push in the scrum and get to the breakdowns.In his fascinating book The Iron Curtain, written with award-winning author Nick Bishop, Larder relates an exchange between attack coach Brian Ashton and Martin Johnson in training.“Brian, do you really want me to run and pass the ball?” asked the England captain.“Of course I do, Johnno, can you handle it?”“Course I can,” said Johnno, his face lit up, “but no one has allowed me to pass the ball before.”Talk to Larder now and he sees an urgent need for England to rediscover some of the ways of that all-conquering team of Johnson’s.“The evidence of the (2015) World Cup is that the northern hemisphere teams, especially England, tended to play the old-fashioned way: the forwards were there to win the set-piece,” he says.“In every sport, numbers are so important. In my early years with England, especially when playing teams from the northern hemisphere, we would have 15 defenders defending against a set of backs and two forwards, because five or six forwards never did anything apart from hit rucks.“But New Zealand players can all pass before contact and offload and read the game. Eddie Jones has to solve that problem, as we did in 2003. Phil Vickery, Trevor Woodman, Steve Thompson, Ben Kay and Johnno could all play football. You can change players’ skill levels, although you can’t do it for this Six Nations (because it takes time). It must be top of Eddie’s list.”On the ball: Ben Kay passes out of contact in 2005 – a skill lacking in some English tight-five forwardsThe good news for England fans is that Larder believes Jones will do just that, and indeed the Australian has already expressed his admiration for the team that defeated his Wallabies in that 2003 final, one that Bob Dwyer called probably “the first in rugby history to attack through all 15 players”.“I know Eddie as a competitor trying to beat the teams I worked with and I have a lot of respect for him,” says Larder, 70. “He’s an outstanding coach and gets the best out of his players. He plays a very entertaining game. When England played Australia in my time, apart from Melbourne in 2003, they always gave us one hell of a game; in the 2003 World Cup final they played out of their skins. I think he’ll do a superb job.” As Wallaby coach, Jones took the view that if you could keep the ball for three minutes, or 20-plus phases, a defensive system would crack under the strain. Larder countered that by getting England to do a four-minute defensive drill where spacings had to be maintained and tackles made despite non-stop ball for the attack.South Africa used to present few difficulties in Larder’s era because of the route-one nature of their rugby. England would happily pick Julian White, very strong but immobile, against the Springboks and let the Leicester prop defend a very narrow channel close to the ruck.Power station: Julian White was favoured against the Boks due to their physical but limited approachThat all changed when South Africa employed Jones on a consultancy basis in the run-up to the 2007 World Cup.“He made a massive difference to them,” says Larder. “South Africa were very physical but they would always try to run over you. Eddie worked on their passing and offloading skills and they became much more difficult to defend against. I think he’ll adapt the same strategy with England.”The No 12 position has been a bone of contention since Will Greenwood retired more than a decade ago, and Larder agrees that it’s fundamental to how Jones’s England will operate.“Inside-centre is a unique role and very important,” says the Lancastrian. “A 12 should have very fluid attacking skills. It’s not a fly-half and not an outside-centre. You need good passing, vision, decision-making.“Will Greenwood was the perfect type of player in this position, very helpful to Jonny Wilkinson’s decision-making but also with sublime handling skills.“The inside-centre shouldn’t just be a tough defender, he has got to ask questions. I always looked at it as what would I least like to defend against, and playing two footballers at ten-12 asks far more difficult questions of a defence.”Larder says the injured Henry Slade is top of England’s pecking order at the moment, but he has no issue should Owen Farrell, as predicted, take the shirt for this weekend’s Calcutta Cup match. “George Ford and Owen Farrell are both footballers and of course played together as ten-12 for England U20s.”Fit for purpose: Larder has every confidence that Owen Farrell can do a job at 12 for England (Pic: Getty)He is also a firm advocate of the specialist No 7, and was mystified by Matt Kvesic’s early cut from England’s squad last summer ahead of the World Cup – “Something must have happened there,” he says.Larder’s esteem for Neil Back knows no bounds. In his book he salutes the flanker’s “work-rate, speed to the ball and tackling technique” and labels him the only member of that great England team who could have played rugby league straightaway.“If he’d been playing league, his name would have been the first on my team-sheet. I fought tooth and nail to keep him in the England team, though not for long because pretty soon everyone realised what an outstanding player he was. An out-and-out seven is dangerous around the contact area and I believe a team should have one.”Back’s relative smallness, at 5ft 10in, led some coaches to doubt him but the only real side effect was a question of balance in the lineout, something the current England team can relate to without a lithe Tom Croft- or Jamie Gibson-style No 6, or indeed a jumper like Josh Beaumont at No 8.A seven needs to get away from the set-piece quickly, so in Back’s era he would lift Dallaglio and often shoot off even before the No 8 had landed!James Haskell looks set to get first dibs on the No 7 shirt in the Jones era, with Jack Clifford waiting in the wings and Kvesic seemingly third in line, but it’s fair to say this remains an area of concern for the Red Rosers.Larder has no concerns about the need for Gustard to transfer his ‘connected line speed’ from the club to international environment – “He’s a bright bloke and won’t change too much too quickly” – but asked to pinpoint the area most in need of attention for England and he doesn’t hesitate.In with a shout: Eddie Jones has a strong hand but would like more time with his players (Pic: Reuters)“How players handle pressure. Stuart Lancaster’s team severely underperformed in that area. Some of the people we pushed out were outstanding attackers or defenders but they couldn’t handle the pressure. You need to make quick, correct decisions when the pressure is on, and we did a lot of work on decision-making and putting players in pressure situations – mental pressure, not physical.”He continues: “The lack of player access will hit Eddie more than anything else because in Australia he had far more time with his players as they were contracted to the union. The Six Nations will be coming round too soon for him.“There’s a tremendous amount of pressure on him, especially because in the UK the media can quickly turn. But he’s a very good coach and he’s one of those who has always liked to get involved on the training pitch; it’s good that he will be running the attack.” And what would constitute an acceptable result in Jones’s first Six Nations? “England need to win it,” comes the answer.The Iron Curtain: My Rugby Journey From League to Union is published by Pitch, priced £18.99. To purchase, click here. The mastermind behind England’s World Cup-winning defence left a remarkable legacy for the game. Here he discusses the biggest issues facing Eddie Jones’s Six Nations team Giving his all: Billy Vunipola is part of a core of young Englishmen looking for a fresh start (Pic: Reuters)
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Finishing touch: Tommy Seymour opened Scotland’s account after a finely worked try TAGS: Highlight ScorersWalesTry Gareth Davies, Jamie Roberts, George NorthCon: Dan Biggar (3)Pen: Dan Biggar (2)ScotlandTry: Tommy Seymour, Duncan TaylorCon: Greig Laidlaw (2)Pens: Greig Laidlaw (3)Wales team: Liam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Tom James (Gareth Anscombe 65); Dan Biggar (Rhys Priestland 75), Gareth Davies; Rob Evans (Gethin Jenkins 48), Scott Baldwin (Ken Owens 48), Samson Lee (Tom Francis 68), Luke Charteris (Bradley Davies 48), Alun Wyn Jones, Sam Warburton (C), Justin Tipuric (Dan Lydiate 61), Taulupe FaletauUnused replacement: Lloyd WilliamsScotland: Stuart Hogg (Ruaridh Jackson 28); Sean Lamont, Mark Bennett, Duncan Taylor, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell (Duncan Weir 68), Greig Laidlaw (Sam Hidalgo-Clyne 77); Alasdair Dickinson (Gordon Reid 65), Ross Ford (Stuart McInally 65), WP Nel, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray (Tim Swinson 68), John Barclay (Blair Cowan 65), John Hardie, David Denton. Wales and Scotland played out an entertaining game in which the hosts emerged victors but only after a stern test from a pumped-up Scotland outfit. Gareth Davies got the scoring underway with an opportunist try, streaking in from 40 meters, but their lead was to last for a matter of minutes before Tommy Seymour was sent in by Finn Russell‘s cultured dink over the top of the Wales defence. Scotland were the better of the two teams in the first half, and after Laidlaw and Biggar swapped penalties, a final kick of the half gave Scotland the advantage going in at the break.In the second-half, Scotland again started the brighter, and Laidlaw again game them the lead until the 64th minute, where after concerted pressure, Jamie Roberts crashed over. Wales were to stretch their lead to 11 points with eight minutes left on the clock as George North, put months of frustration behind him, to find a sharp line to run in from 40 metres. Last word went to Duncan Taylor who was put through a gap by Duncan Weir to go over for a fine score.What’s hotFlair is backAfter a dour tournament to date, within 10 minutes, two tries had been scored to restore faith in enterprising play. First Dan Biggar‘s cute chip was flapped back – basketball style – by Jamie Roberts for Gareth Davies to streak in, and just minutes later Finn Russell’s dink over the Welsh defence was read by Tommy Seymour to dot down. With fine individual tries from North and Taylor in the second-half, it was a game to restore faith in a tournament that finally spluttered into life. Can they do it on a dank night in Cardiff in February? Yes they can.Finishing touch: Tommy Seymour opened Scotland’s account after a finely worked tryAerial battlesWe lost count of the amount of times the ball was sent skyward up into the lights of the Principality Stadium, but the finesse and bravery of the players collecting the balls was a delight to watch. Tommy Seymour, Stuart Hogg and Dan Biggar were all seen taking flight and regathering the ball, with little though of their safety. It’s become an arresting sight in games and despite the obvious risks, we hope it continues.Jamie Roberts rolling back the yearsWith his gifted rival at 12, Scott Williams expected back in April, Jamie Roberts is consolidating his No 12 shirt with some match defining displays. In many people’s eyes, Roberts was very unfortunate to not to pick up the Man of the Match award in Ireland after a hugely physical but there was no doubting his impact at the Principality Stadium. His try in the 64th minute was typical Roberts, powering over from short range for his 10th Wales try. Then on 76 minutes he showed his power, hitting Blair Cowan so hard that he had to leave the field. It’s turning into a vintage tournament for ‘the Doc’.Hammer time: Jamie Roberts celebrates after his score puts Wales in the leadWhat’s notWales’ width is a work in progressIn the first-half, George North and Tom James were virtual bystanders and the ball refused to make it to the wide channels. Much has been made of Wales’ intent to play a more expansive game but it’s clearly taking time to manufacture a new playing style. In the last quarter there were promising signs, as Scottish legs tired and Wales were able to fashion more openings in the wide channels.Scotland inability to finish the jobVern Cotter‘s men were good value for their lead until the 62nd minute. They had the better of the aerial exchanges and created more linebreaks. However, Wales’ were still able to win to conspire the Scots to a ninth consecutive Six Nations loss. The Welsh bench made a difference – bringing on a 121-cap prop and British & Irish Lion helps – and by the time North streaked over, Scotland were 11 points down. Their defence didn’t help only a 79% success rate. Until Cotter’s men can play the ’80 minute game’, they will continue to fill the role of plucky losers.Top Taylor: Duncan Taylor finished with a fina individual score for ScotlandOver zealous celebrating winning a scrum penaltyIt’s a modern trend that when a side wins a scrum penalty, the whole team trots over clapping their hands and slapping players on the backside in an elaborate manner. Both sides were at it at the Principality Stadium. Whether this serves to dishearten the opposition or rile them into action is a moot point. This curmudgeonly writer is not a fan.StatsWales shaded metres run with 359 metres to Scotland’s 347Wales beat 15 defenders compared to Scotland’s 8 Wales made 94 of their 102 tackles, a success rate of 92%, while Scotland only made 57 of 72 tackles, a success rate of 79 per centGeorge North was the game’s top carrier with 106 metres carried, Tom James was second with 89 and Liam Williams third with 62Taulupe Faletau was the game’s top tackler with 13, followed by Sam Warburton with 12. Jamie Roberts and Alun Wyn Jones had 11 eachFoot race: Tom James raced 80 metres before being taken down by a brilliant Duncan Taylor tackleReferee: George Clancy (Ireland)Man of the Match: Jamie Roberts Wales came from behind to record their first win of the Championship as they scored three tries in an entertaining game in which Scotland play a full part Unused replacement: Zander Fagerson,
A recently published book by Y Lolfa provides a top 20 list of the hardest players the game has seen. So who has made the cut and why? Rugby World appraises the selection TAGS: Book Review Hard Men of Rugby are brought to bookWho are the hardest men that rugby has seen? If you’re a rugby enthusiast you’ve probably debated this at some point or other. Welshman Luke Upton has taken it a step further, committing to print a 20-strong list spanning 110 years and a dozen nationalities.His book Hard Men of Rugby, published by Y Lolfa, features 18 forwards and two backs – evidence that hard men like to get stuck in at close quarters. Upton says the key criteria for inclusion, beyond being very good players, is being “tough, uncompromising and physical”.BUY NOW from AmazonThat can apply to a great number of people of course, including Richie McCaw, named by referee Nigel Owens in the foreword as the hardest player he has ever come across. And how could you disagree when you consider how many times the All Black great was smashed at the breakdown during his 148-Test career?McCaw, however, might not have made such a colourful profile as anyone inhabiting Upton’s top 20. He didn’t earn YouTube fame with a crunching tackle like Brian Lima or send a Springbok prop sprawling like Scott Gibbs. He didn’t lay out four Scots in one match like Gérard Cholley. He didn’t adopt a caveman look like Sébastian Chabal or leap recklessly into the crowd like Trevor Brennan.That is not criticism. A lot of things go into the pot.Bone-cruncher: Brian Lima’s tackle on Derick Hougaard at the 2003 World Cup went viral (AFP/Getty)Where things get more sticky is the use of illicit violence as a yardstick for ‘hardness’. Cholley, for example, almost blinded All Black Gary Knight with an eye gouge. Tomás Lavanini put a knee into the ribs of William Small-Smith as he slid in unprotected for a try. Wade Dooley arguably comes across more as a thug than a hard man in the book.Certainly there is no attempt to soften the misdemeanours, to disguise the charge sheet. It is easy to argue that Colin Meads, guilty of several dubious acts during his career, is one of the hardest players ever when he played 76 minutes against East Transvaal with a clean break of the radius. Nevertheless, for this book reviewer, the most satisfying profiles are those focusing on more positive qualities.How can you not love the late Stormin’ Norman Hadley, for instance? The big-hearted Canadian who was mentioned by former British PM John Major in the House of Commons for depositing some yobs on an underground platform.Hadley later came to the aid of some girls being harassed by a gang in Tokyo but on the pitch too he was fearsomely impressive. Jason Leonard relates how he landed a huge punch on Hadley in a 1992 Test and the lock replied nonchalantly, “Is that all you’ve got, Princess?”Canadian legend: Norm Hadley, on the charge for Wasps in 1995, died of a heart attack aged 51 (Getty)Glenn Ennis, the former No 8 who now works in the movies, played with Hadley during Canada’s golden age shortly before professionalism. He says: “Norm scared a lot of guys who thought they were big and tough, but his intellect was even more frightening. He was by far the cleverest person I’ve ever met. He was a full genius.“I was in a lot of fights right by his side, and there was no one better to have beside you. But most of all I remember being beside him and laughing – he was an even more accomplished comedian than a fighter. He used his genius to make us all laugh.”Jacques Burger is another splendid addition to the book, a man who it felt at times was holding up the Namibia team on his own. The former Saracens flanker was out of the Lewis Moody no-holds-barred school of tackling and yet would emerge from his weekly battering with a smile on his face.Towards the end of his career, he told journalists: “I’ve had six surgeries on my right knee, two on my right shoulder, two on my cheekbones and a broken hand. I’ve had all the plates and screws taken out now, but I carry them with me in my kitbag as a reminder.” 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. Hard man? You bet, and in a book that contains some wicked nicknames he also has one of the best – The Widow Maker.Burger king: Jacques Burger was named as one of the top five players at RWC 2011 (Corbis/Getty Images)Jerry Collins, aka The Terminator, is a challenger in that respect. The All Black flanker, who saved his daughter in the car crash that so tragically took his life in 2015, made headlines for his decision to turn out for Barnstaple’s second team shortly after the 2007 World Cup.Lee Byrne played with Collins at the Ospreys and explains how the Kiwi once went into a village pub in the Swansea valley to watch a match on the telly, only to find the TV was pretty small. So he got a taxi to the nearest Comet store, bought a big TV and took it back to the pub. He watched the game and left the TV as a gift.Schalk Burger, who might easily have made Upton’s 20, said of facing Collins: “There was just no backing down. If you were the type of opponent to back down, he’d have lost respect for you. He wanted you to show your respect by taking him head-on. Jerry won most of those collisions throughout his career. He was a tough player but also an honest and true man.”Johnno: Martin Johnson, England’s World Cup-winning captain, lacked an intimidating nickname but still makes the book! (AFP/Getty Images)Much of the content is woven from previously published material. Where Upton has interviewed players anew, the effort is well worthwhile. For example, he speaks to both Lima and Derick Hougaard, instigator and victim, about the famous RWC 2003 tackle that helped earn the Samoan his ‘Chiropractor’ nickname.Hougaard had been a sitting duck, his ribs exposed by having to reach up for a high pass by the late Joost van der Westhuizen. Years later, when Joost was sick, he apologised for the pass and gave Hougaard a Brian Lima jersey, a present he will treasure forever.“What are you looking at?” Springbok Bakkies Botha revelled in his enforcer role (Gallo Images/Getty)There is also an engaging interview with Bakkies Botha. “I was labelled ‘the Enforcer’ and that was truly an honour – I loved that role,” admits the South African, who now farms in the Northern Transvaal and is an online butcher.“I played to the edge and sometimes, yes, I went over it. Peter de Villiers, when he was Springbok coach, once told me that I was ‘born to hurt people’ and that for me was a huge compliment. I always played to see the fear in my opponents’ eyes.”It is a powerful quote in a well-constructed book. You will certainly take issue with the chosen few – a personal ‘hard man’ favourite of mine is Peter Winterbottom – but that is par for the course. 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Six Nations live stream: How to watch from anywhereThe 2021 Six Nations Championship runs from Saturday 6 February until Saturday 20 March.The tournament kicks off in Rome where Italy host France and concludes with ‘Super Saturday’, when the three back-to-back matches are Scotland v Italy, Ireland v England and France v Wales.Here’s your guide to finding a reliable live stream for Six Nations matches wherever you are – and the good news is that the championship is on free-to-air TV in several countries.How to watch the Six Nations from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Six Nations coverage, 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. 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Six Nations live stream: How to watch from the UKAll Six Nations matches are available on free-to-air TV in the UK, with the BBC and ITV sharing the broadcast rights.The BBC air the home games of France, Scotland and Wales while ITV show England, Ireland and Italy’s home matches=.Most games are also available to stream on BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.Welsh language channel S4C has live coverage of Wales’ Six Nations matches too.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Six Nations matches take place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Six Nations live stream: How to watch from IrelandIn Ireland, the Six Nations is also on free-to-air TV, with Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) broadcasting live coverage of all matches.You can also stream live TV through Virgin TV Anywhere if you’d rather watch on your phone, tablet or computer.Six Nations live stream: How to watch from EuropeFrance 2, another free-to-air channel, has the Six Nations broadcast rights in France.In Italy, DMAX are the Six Nations broadcasters – again free-to-air – and you can also live stream matches online via its Dplay service.If you’re in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, you can watch Six Nations matches through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL Rapidísimas Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ El obispo uruguayo emérito Luis del Castillo, SJ, que ayuda en Santiago de Cuba, ha dicho que compartirá parte de sus escasos recursos con “nuestros hermanos episcopales”. Castillo describe así la situación: “La ciudad está destruida. Los techos de tejas o de chapa volados. Templos destruidos. No hay energía eléctrica. Escasea el agua y las posibilidades de cocinar. Faltan alimentos. Cuadrillas de otras provincias trabajan incansablemente. La frase más escuchada es “Estamos vivos”.La secretaria general de Cáritas Cuba, Maritza Sánchez, ha señalado que tomará años la recuperación total del oriente de la isla destruido por el Huracán Sandy. Añadió que a pesar de la adversidad, la iglesia sigue haciendo todo lo que puede para llevar alivio y esperanza a los miles de damnificados.Por fin llegamos al día de las elecciones presidenciales. Que salga el que mejor pueda servir en este cargo. No más propaganda política, por favor.En Roma se ha estrenado la película Campanas de Europa que trata de la relación entre el cristianismo, la cultura europea y el futuro del continente. En la cinta se presentan entrevistas con líderes cristianos como el papa Benedicto XVI, el patriarca ecuménico Bartolomé I, el patriarca Cirilo de Moscú, el arzobispo de Cantórbery Rowan Williams, el anterior presidente de la Federación de Iglesias Evangélicas en Alemania Wolfgan Huber, y otros representantes de la política y la cultura.Enrique Treviño Cruz, un clérigo de 53 años de edad nacido en Poza Rica, Veracruz, fue electo la semana pasada obispo de la diócesis de Cuernavaca en la primera votación. Además de sus estudios teológicos tiene una licenciatura en docencia y una maestría en enseñanza de las ciencias. Anteriormente fue tesorero diocesano y actualmente es presidente del comité permanente de la diócesis. Está casado con María Eugenia Salgado. La pareja tiene tres hijos adultos. Sus compañeros lo consideran un hombre “humilde, tolerante y conciliador”.Comunidades de iglesias de tradición calvinista-presbiteriana de México tendrán por primera vez en su historia mujeres pastoras ordenadas. Gloria González y Amparo Lerín, ambas con títulos de maestría en teología, fueron ordenadas en la Iglesia Anglicana de San Jorge en la Sección de San Ángel en la Ciudad de México. En el acto se anunció el surgimiento de la Comunión Mexicana de Iglesias Reformadas y Presbiterianas, organizada en 2010 como resultado de la fusión de la Alianza Reformada Mundial y el Concilio Mundial de Iglesias Reformadas.La canóniga Margaret Vertue, es la segunda mujer en ser electa al episcopado anglicano en África. La nueva obispa trabaja en la diócesis de False Bay donde abundan los pobres en los suburbios de Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica. El arzobispo Thabo Makgoba, primado de la Iglesia Anglicana en Sudáfrica, dijo que estaba “encantado” con su elección.Para suceder al papa Shenuda III de Egipto que falleció en marzo pasado, la Iglesia Copta ha elegido al obispo Tawadros, de 60 años, obispo auxiliar de Beheira. Antes de ser sacerdote se formó como farmacéutico. Es obispo desde 1997. Según la tradición copta un niño con los ojos vendados sacó un nombre al azar de los tres finalistas. Tawadros será entronado oficialmente el 18 de noviembre con el título de “Papa de Alejandría, Primado de Egipto, Pentápolis, Libia, Nubia y Sudán y Patriarca de Toda África”. Su feligresía es de unos 10 millones, ocho de los cuales viven en Egipto. La oración popular fue: “Señor, danos un buen pastor”. El islam es su principal reto.Uva de Aragón, periodista y escritora de origen cubano, hace una evaluación del candidato Mitt Romney en relación con la situación social de millones de ciudadanos en Estados Unidos. Dice la escritora en parte: “En su jerga anti-diluviana y de escasa sensibilidad humana, Romney está declarando torpemente al país: ¡Al diablo con los que nacieron sin herencia, sin cucharita de plata en la boca, sin maruga de oro en la cuna, tan costosa como el primer carrito usado de un inmigrante o un estudiante! ¡Al diablo los pobres, que prácticamente no son más que unos vagos irresponsables”!Aunque usted no lo crea. La universidad mexicana del Estado de Morelos ha concedido un título honorífico al dictador cubano Fidel Castro por sus “aportaciones a la agricultura, la educación y la cultura”. Además, la citación menciona su contribución al cultivo de la caña y dice que “muchos de nuestros profesores se han formado en Cuba”. La decisión fue tomada por profesores, estudiantes y miembros del sindicato. Obviamente los “distinguidos académicos” no saben de la miseria y la opresión que sufre el pueblo cubano.REFRÁN: “No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver”.
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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal News Service has launched a new section, On The Move, sharing the news of churchwide appointments, job transitions, clergy ordinations and retirements.“We wanted to add this new section to the Episcopal News Service website to make it easier for people to share the news of their job transitions with the wider Episcopal Church,” explained the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service editor/reporter.On the Move, available here provides an area for announcements of ordinations, promotions, calls, hiring or retirements in an Episcopal Church-related job. A user-friendly form can be uploaded by the person or someone on his/her behalf, provided they verify their relationship.Matthew Davies, Episcopal News Service editor/reporter, added, “Based on the number of job-change announcements Episcopal News Service routinely receives, we believe that our readers will greatly appreciate this service.”“While Episcopal News Service will continue to report major employment announcements such as bishop elections, this new service expands the news available to our readers and assists us in our comprehensive coverage of the Episcopal Church,” explained Lynette Wilson, Episcopal News Service editor/reporter.On the Move joins other reader-driven sections of the Episcopal News Service website, including Featured Jobs and Calls, a bulletin board where Episcopal Church-related institutions can post job announcements for free and Featured Listings, a similar area for announcement of events and other opportunities. In January, Episcopal News Service launched a section for reader-submitted obituaries.For more information contact Davies [email protected], Schjonberg [email protected] or Wilson [email protected] . 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