Month: June 2021

Life-saving defibrillators should be in every school and sports club

first_imgWould you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 There are several charities that help to place defibrillators in schools and sports clubs, including Lucky2Bhere and Hand on Heart, while the National Sports First Aid course is ideal for coaches, teachers and so on to learn CPR.Hanson’s key messages– If a player’s collapsed or unconscious, decide: “Are they breathing normally?” Occasional or absent breathing may be a cardiac arrest.– As long as they’re breathing normally, don’t move them – this may worsen a neck injury – and get help.– Think of off-the-ball collapses as a potential cardiac arrest. If they’re not breathing normally, get help, start CPR and ask for a defibrillator.– Simple training can give key first-aid skills to save a life: get trained and get a defibrillator.This article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Team work: Medics treat Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba after his collapse in March and he’s recovered wellDID YOU know that if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital and with no trained people nearby, your survival rate is just 6%? Incredibly, this rises to 60% if there is a defibrillator to hand.These statistics, coupled with recent events like the tragic death of schoolboy Luke Chapman while playing rugby, highlight the need for clubs and schools to have adequate training and equipment.There are screening programmes aimed to pick up heart problems, but they only detect 60-80% of conditions. For example, Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba had been screened three times but still suffered a cardiac arrest when he was playing against Tottenham. In that instance, it was the pitch-side medical staff and defibrillator that helped to save his life.Mobile defibrillators like this can save livesDr Jonathan Hanson has worked with the SRU for nine years and is in his third season as Scotland A’s team doctor. He says: “For me, screening isn’t the total answer. If we forget about training and defibrillators there will be more tragic cases.”Hanson is quick to point out that incidents of players suffering cardiac arrests are rare, but he believes it is important for clubs and schools to invest in defibrillators in case of an emergency.“Each minute’s delay in using a defibrillator decreases the chances of it working by 10%, so if you wait five minutes the chances have halved,” he explains. “If I had £1,000 I’d spend it on a defibrillator because it saves lives. They’re designed to be used by people with no training and they talk to you, tell you what to do.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Defibtech’s Lifeline AED(R) (automated external defibrillator) was chosen for deployment at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Easy to use and portable, Defibtech’s Lifeline and ReviveR(TM) AEDs make saving a sudden cardiac arrest victim more possible than ever. Each device “talks” to the user, giving audible instructions on lifesaving defibrillation. The AED’s award-winning design makes it easy to operate. Durable and reliable, the AED offers pediatric capability and the market’s longest battery life. 1-866-333-4248, [email protected], www.defibtech.com (Photo: Business Wire) last_img read more

Scotland unveil new change strip for EMC Tests

first_imgScotland’s Ross Ford, David Denton and Sean Lamont launch the new away kit at the Omni Centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 03, 2012.Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire Scotland produced several excellent performances during their summer tour of Australia, Samoa and Tonga, returning home unbeaten and receiving plenty of praise for not only their results but also for taking on the Pacific Island nations on their home turf. With momentum behind them, coach Andy Robinson will hope his side’s good form continues in the build up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Flying the flag: Ross Ford, David Denton and Sean Lamont model the new Scotland change stripSCOTLAND HAVE unveiled their new change strip for the upcoming EMC Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga.The new strip will be used for the first time when Scotland take on Rugby World Cup and Rugby Championship winners New Zealand at Murrayfield on the 11th of November.Scotland players David Denton, Sean Lamont, and captain, Ross Ford were on hand to try on the new kit for the very first time, unveiling it outside the Omni Centre in Edinburgh today against a giant “in the flesh” backdrop emblazoned across the building.Ford said: “Playing for your country is one of the highest honours a rugby player can achieve and running onto the pitch at Murrayfield with the St. Andrew’s Cross across our chest will be a “hairs on the back of the neck” moment.” Canterbury Chief Executive, Chris Stephenson said: “This is a kit which is designed to evoke the spirit and pride of Scottish rugby and blends these with the brand’s heritage of producing the world’s strongest rugby kits.  We wish Scotland every success in their Autumn Internationals campaign.”Dominic McKay Scottish Rugby’s Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, said: “It’s just over a month to go before we welcome some of the best teams in world rugby to Scotland for what will be a great series of intense, exciting rugby.  Canterbury has produced a kit which I am confident will underline the greatvirtues of playing for the Scotland national team.”last_img read more

Lions 2013: Who’s burning bright and who’s cooling down (Under)?

first_imgOne would suspect that despite it all, they will be.If you are looking for a bit of Aussie perspective we have George Smith, David Campese and Michael Lynagh saying their piece in the June edition of Rugby World. Don’t forget to buy your copy – it’s on sale Now! Tormentor in chief was loose-head Robinson. He pumped and bucked in the scrum. He had a firmness in his play. He was never blowing. While others like Folau and Adam Ashley-Cooper and Bernard Foley ran themselves silly, Robinson was doing what he always does, without ever looking like popping a single bead of sweat.George Smith: It would be dull to go on and on about Smith, but rest assured: despite the Brumbies slackly grasping to keep up with the Crusaders at the weekend, the people of Australia are firmly in love with old Smithy.COLDGobbled up Brumby: Ben Alexander suffering through contactBen Alexander: While Robinson is squashing opposition, Alexander has come under fire for giving away scrum penalties and stumbling just that wee bit more. He is a squad fixture for Australia, but he has slipped down a place, or two in the pecking order.Jesse Mogg: One of the league’s most exciting prospects had a howler by his own high standards against the ‘Saders. The problem for him? Folau is lighting it up and Kurtley Beale is back from his punchy exile.A starting spot may be even more of an ask for the mercurial full-back.James Horwill: Okay, so the Aussie captain elect is in good nick and has just signed a new contract with the Reds. However, despite the fact we all know how hard he is and how he can mix it up or tape the wound and truck on, at some point Horwill needs an unblemished run.He was a one-half wonder against the Force at the weekend after taking a head knock. In his absence the Reds clung on and almost beat the Perth outfit for the first time in three games, had it not been for a missed Quade Cooper kick. Both men will be in the squad come Lions time, but will their heads be in the right place? Busy Izzy: Israel Folau impressed from full-back at the weekend, helping the Waratahs rout the Southern Kings 72-10By Alan DymockWITH THE Lions clubbing together in a few weeks and finals throughout Europe coming up fast, attention must once again turn to those in the thoughts of Wallaby coach Robbie Deans.The tour feels close now. Closer than a saran-wrap scarf. What that means is that while the waiting is over on these shores, the pressure down under mounts and talk turns to how Deans will shape his squad, what his tactics will be and how conservative he becomes in the face of the Lions line-ups.So as time begins to slip away like makeup off a dolphin, who is lighting it up in Australia?HOTIsrael Folau: At full-back he has had a sublime few weeks, looking like he can storm in from any point 20m from the try-line.Pyle up: Hugh Pyle scores his first of two against the ChiefsIt will be worrying for Warren Gatland that Big Izzy is growing in stature, particularly as he can climb up and collect a high ball, but he is likely to be a winger for the Wallabies despite his superhuman efforts from the back against the Kings, who were obliterated 72-10.There should be enough ballast and burst from the Lions to compete on the flank in a test, but if he comes in looking for work he has shown that he can cause problems.Hugh Pyle: The Rebels second-row is more like a flanker with a particular attraction to lineouts and a squashed head, but he is impressing. He scored two tries at the weekend against the Chiefs, but it was he willingness to carry and his dynamism at close quarters that may have caught Deans’ eye.He is not the biggest of names, but he is forcing his way into the reckoning.Benn Robinson: What the Waratahs did to the Southern Kings in the 72-10 victory bordered on the insensitive. Indeed, a mug of cocoa and a month-long hug would not begin to salve the South African franchise. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – MAY 05: Ben Alexander of the Brumbies is tackled during the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Crusaders at Canberra Stadium on May 5, 2013 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images) last_img read more

Lions 2013: The anniversary of Jonny Wilkinson versus Elton Flatley

first_img“In 2001 Queensland put up a full-strength team full of internationals. We were confident and we knew it would be great to get a Lions scalp. We would go down in history if we got that. Then I went to the breakdown and Lawrence Dallaglio and Neil Back were there!”The New South Wales-born footballer laughs. He has been to the pinnacle of the game and played scintillating rugby, but he would rather explain the dismay in the shed after being bludgeoned by the Lions than gloat about the Test series victory he played a part in.So what was it like facing Jonny for the first time?“I remember watching him train at Ballymore. He stayed out two hours after the team. He is the consummate professional and as a competitor he is right up there. He had to be the best and he ended up winning the World Cup (two years later). I would have loved to see him back here again. In Australia they would love to see the back of him, but we respect him.”Flatley will always share a part of history with his English counterpart, even if the events on that day were simply part of his routine.“With that first kick I was nervous,” Flatley explains of his shot-for-shot second half with Wilkinson in 2003, “but, as Jonny will agree, that is why you spend all those hours kicking. In those moments the training takes over.“With the second kick I was confident – perhaps over-confident – and I put it through. It was one of the great games, even if it was absolutely the wrong result. It was so, so close but England were deserving World Cup champions and Jonny deserved to win.”Taking a breather: Wilkinson relaxes after a tough seasonThe two could not be further apart now. Flatley is an insurance advisor in Queensland. He is happy he will not be in the defensive line when the big Lions come roaring forward and the romantic in him wants a series draw heading into the last Test of the tour. Wilkinson says he now feels more comfortable in his own skin. He wants to help young players on at Toulon and although he is “freaked out” by the idea of being a player-coach, he does see his future in mentoring individuals. He just wants the Lions to build momentum as a team before those Tests.The decorated pair may respect each other and are at pains to explain how resplendent the other is, but they are definitely different and whatever they say it was their bloody attempts to vanquish each other that made their rivalry one of the game’s best. Beautiful rivalry: Jonny Wilkinson and Elton Flatley collide in the World Cup final, the site of their greatest ever duelBy Alan DymockON SATURDAY the British and Irish Lions face the Queensland Reds, a team they thumped 42-8 last time they met at Ballymore 12 years ago. The ground itself became legendary for hosting the infamously physical second Test in the Lions series of 1989, but on that that day, on June 16 2001, Ballymore became the testing ground for one of rugby’s greatest duels.It was the first ever match-up between Jonny Wilkinson and Elton Flatley.Running amok: Jonny Wilkinson versus the Queensland Reds“I remember watching that Lions game at Ballymore in ’89,” Wilkinson says as we talk about that third game on the 2001 tour Down Under.  “I knew the place had historical significance. It was exciting playing there because I came in with not very much time to prepare, as the Lions were never going to have international-style preparation, but we set the tour up. I was actually injured, with my groin, but I enjoyed it.”The Toulon captain has since been laid low with another groin injury, making it almost impossible for him to be called up as a replacement to tour again, 12 years after he held the rudder for the Lions in the land of green and gold. However, in that match against Queensland, while the likes of Dan Luger and Keith Wood were helping the fly-half dominate the province, the opposition playmaker was the man who caught Wilkinson’s eye.“I remember him [Flatley] being an all-round talent, with his kicking and moving. He had it all but once I got to know him the overriding issue for me became the fact that he was just a really nice bloke. Sometimes when you play you can say you will do this to someone or do that, but it becomes much harder against people that have respect for others and great values. They are the tricky ones, because they are the ones who know your game and understand every decision, as real leaders.”For the lovers of the game this first meeting is a significant moment in the history of rugby. It was the first time that Wilkinson and Flatley stood directly opposite each other, studying their opponent, staring him down.Steel: Flatley kicks RWC 03 into extra timeFlatley’s all-round talent was not advertised at fly-half in a game where only Sam Cordingley crossing the whitewash for the hosts. One measly Queensland conversion was matched with four from Wilkinson, plus three penalties. However, he was at stand-off the day Australia won the third Test against the Lions to snatch the series and just two years later the Australian picked the biggest stage of all, the World Cup final, to take the Englishman’s breath away.“There were two kicks Flatley had to make in the final and I remember thinking ‘there’s no way he can get them both,’” Wilkinson continues. “When you take me out of the moment, there was so much pressure there and once he kicked the first one I went to the halfway for the restart and actually said out loud ‘fair play.’“When he took the second I did wonder if they would get there, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. From Flatley that was quality, right there. The kicks were difficult even though they may not have been on the edge of his range. You have got to make those and he did.”That duel in the final between two dead-eyed sharpshooters has become iconic. Wilkinson met with a determined and nerveless foe in the then-inside centre, and he raised his own game. The showdown will live long in the memory, but on the other side is self-deprecating Flatley, a man quick to smile and point out that his meetings with Wilkinson have always been coloured by the fact he was set against impressive units. PICTURE BY Ben Duffy – www.benduffyphotography.com – pictured is Jonny Wilkinson – 06th June 2013 near Newcastle, UKCopyright – Ben Duffy – 07891705762 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS As Owen Farrell and Quade Cooper vie to dominate proceedings at Suncorp on Saturday, perhaps they may capture just a little of that respectful enmity. Perhaps they may go on to duel in future years. Then again, maybe we will never see the likes of Wilkinson versus Flatley again.Jonny Wilkinson was speaking to Rugby World on behalf of Gillette’s Great Start programme, celebrating the role of coaching and encouraging the next generation to get into coaching by offering grants.  To apply for a coaching grant visit www.facebook.co.uk/GilletteUKlast_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgTAGS: Cardiff BluesEdinburgh RugbyHarlequinsScarletsZebre BBC TV pundit Jonathan Davies called into the question the neutrality of the Italian assistant referees and TMO, saying it was “the worst decision I have seen by a TMO”.However, some credit needs to go to Zebre who were fielding five players on loan from Calvisano but still managed to score two tries against the Welsh side. Take two: Tommy Bowe helped himself to a try double for Ulster on his return from injuryBy Katie FieldThe SaintsTake a Bowe, TommyOut since November with a groin injury, it didn’t take Ireland wing Tommy Bowe long to get back into the swing of things when he returned to action for Ulster against the Dragons on Friday evening.He scored two tries in three minutes mid-way through the first half, helping his team on their way to a 38-8 victory. Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe clearly thinks Bowe needs to ease his way back into the season and took him off at the start of the second half. If a half fit Bowe can score two tries, what will he achieve in the next couple of months?More than a gameEven with precious Aviva Premiership points up for grabs, Harlequins reminded us all there is more to life than rugby as they set out to raise funds for Sport Relief at their game against Worcester Warriors. Their raffle for the charity raised around £37,000.Hear this: Ben Botica scored 11 Quins’ pointsTo add to the match-day fun, Quins also set out to break two Guinness World Records – one for the most jester hats worn in one place and one for the most consecutive rugby passes. The hats were handed out for free before the game and, subject to confirmation from World Record officials, Quins think they broke that record. They were not so lucky with the passing attempt, as by the time it took place, after the game, some of the participants had enjoyed a few too many matchday beers!Two of HartsEdinburgh have had their share of problems this season, with new faces appearing almost every week aas boss Alan Solomons re-assembles the squad as he goes along, and their Murrayfield pitch hit by a grass-root-eating parasite. They had to play this weekend’s “home” match at Meggetland instead of their usual HQ and with the play-off chasing Ospreys as their opponents,  they knew they were in for a tough time.However, Kiwi scrum-half Grayson Hart broke from the back of a maul twice to grab two critical tries and help Edinburgh win 31-25. Having lost to the Scarlets, Connacht and Munster in their last three games, it was a welcome change for Edinburgh and keeps them in the hunt for a top-half finish in the RaboDirect Pro 12.A win for WalesThe Scarlets stopped Munster from completing a whitewash of home-and-away Pro 12 wins over the four Welsh regions this season by beating the Irish side 18-13 in Llanelli.Happy man: Israel Folau is in top formTries from Gareth Davies and John Barclay helped Simon Easterby’s team defeat the league leaders and there was the added bonus for Wales and Scarlets fans of seeing centre Jonathan Davies make his return from injury and show some lovely touches as he came unscathed through 65 minutes of rugby. Folau on fireIsrael Folau has started the new Super Rugby season with a bang, scoring a hat-trick in the Waratahs’ win over Western Force last weekend, then adding another two tries to his tally in the 32-5 victory over the Queensland Reds this week. It means the Waratahs have a maximum of ten points from their first two games but Folau is not willing to take any credit. “I think I was lucky tonight,” he said. “It was a great team performance to get back-to-back wins.”The SinnersPlay to the finishHe had hoped to offer a serious challenge to Owen Farrell for the England No 10 shirt this season, but instead Freddie Burns finds himself in serious danger of losing his leading role at Gloucester after failing to deal with the mental hurdles he has faced in recent months.Burns’ form slumped in the autumn, partly because he was playing behind a beaten pack and partly because – by his own admission – he was pre-occupied by whether to sign a new Gloucester contract or leave.Having decided to do the latter, Gloucester fans hoped the clouds in his mind would clear and he would rediscover his irresistible form of last season. However, the mental frailty remains and was highlighted starkly during Gloucester’s 39-13 loss at Northampton on Saturday, when Burns looked a shadow of his former self – although he was far from being the only off-form player in the Gloucester team.Nigel Davies chose to keep Burns on the bench when the Cherry and Whites met his likely new club Leicester last month, perhaps because he knows the young fly-half is having trouble playing for a club he is about to leave. But scores of other players manage to keep giving their all in their final few months at a club and Burns has to buck up his ideas if his time at Kingsholm is not going to end on a sour note.TV travestyZebre are celebrating a RaboDirect Pro 12 double over Cardiff Blues after this weekend’s 15-10 triumph in Italy but the Blues were actually robbed of a chance to snatch a win at the death when Harry Robinson’s try was inexplicably ruled out by the television match official, Mauro Dordolo.One of the assistant referees asked referee Gary Conway to let the TMO take a look at the score and he recommended it be disallowed for an obstruction by Ellis Jenkins, but it was a ludicrously harsh decision. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Australia Women’s Sevens receive national medals

first_imgBy Rachel King LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens squad celebrate their Olympic Gold in Rio (Photo: Getty Images) Australia’s gold-medal winning Women’s Sevens team received yet another award today when they received Order of Australia medals in the Australia Day honours list.The Olympic and World Series champions were included for their ‘services to sport’ rounding off a triumphant twelve months for the squad.The team became Australia’s first, men’s or women’s, to win a Sevens Series championship last May, ending New Zealand’s three-year grasp on the title. Just months later, they came face to face with the Black Ferns yet again, beating them 24 – 17 to take gold in last year’s inaugural Olympic final.Eyes on the prize: Australia’s Mahalia Murphy at the Dubai Sevens Series (Photo: Getty Images)On the honour, star Alicia Quirk said: “We’re really proud we can, in our own way, have this recognition and give something back to the community and share in that same passion and love of sport that all Australians do, so it’s a very special honour.“I’ve been overwhelmed with the number of young girls and their parents that say their daughters are now playing rugby and really interested into it.”Miles ahead: Evania Pelite scores a try for Australia in the Olympic final (Photo: Getty Images)Rugby pioneer and LGBT advocate Andrew Purchas also received an Order of Australia medal for: “Services to rugby union and to the promotion of social inclusion for LBGTI people.”center_img Purchas founded the Sydney Convicts, Australia’s first Gay and Inclusive rugby team, in 2004 and has been involved with a number of anti-homophobia and inclusion initiatives including the ‘Homophobia? Knot me’ rainbow laces campaign.Andrew Purchas (Centre) with the trophy during the Bingham Cup  (Photo: Getty Images)Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said: “I have worked with Andrew many times over the years and have seen his passion around the need to change sporting culture to make it more inclusive of LGBT people.“He has been instrumental in Australian rugby’s adoption of policies and programs to address homophobia and ensure everyone feels safe, welcome and included to play and enjoy our sport. “He is completely deserving of this honour and I offer him Australian Rugby’s most heartfelt congratulations.”Former Wallabies captain Phil Kearns was also recognized, being named as a Member of the Order of Australia for his charity work. Kearns founded the charity event Balmoral Burn which has raised more than 27 million Australian dollars for childcare charity The Humpty Dumpty Foundation.last_img read more

Lions name team to take on the Hurricanes

first_img On the burst: Jack Nowell is tasked with firing the Lions from the back LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “This week is really, really important for us.”The Lions tour is reaching a critical juncture, and the next five days could define the 2017 Lions tour.Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions, Tuesday 27 June, 7.35pm (8.35am UK & Ireland), Westpac Stadium, Wellington, live on Sky Sports and TalkSportBritish & Irish Lions: Jack Nowell, Tommy Seymour, Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, George North, Dan Biggar, Greig Laidlaw; Joe Marler, Rory Best (captain), Dan Cole, Iain Henderson, Courtney Lawes, James Haskell, Justin Tipuric, CJ StanderReplacements: Kristian Dacey, Allan Dell, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, George Kruis, Gareth Davies, Finn Russell, Jared PayneHurricanes Warren Gatland has named his 23-man squad to face the Hurricanes on Tuesday night at the Westpac Stadium. He has named the experienced Rory Best as his skipper and was in no doubt that the onus is on the squad to continue the momentum kick-started against the Chiefs a week ago and give the Test team an adrenalin-shot.With the Lions smarting from a 30-15 loss in the First Test in Auckland, Gatland, has picked a side with a smattering of players with a realistic chance of featuring in the Second Test. Among them are George North, dropped for the first time in his career, and the Lions management will be looking for a reaction from the 2013 Lions star.Playing catch-up: It’s been a low-key Lions tour for George North this time outElsewhere George Kruis, who played 80 minutes on Saturday, is named on the bench, with Gatland intimating that it was solely down to rotation – and nothing more – with Alun Wyn Jones covering against the Chiefs in the 34-6 win.The smattering of controversial late call-ups are named on the bench again, with Gatland saying they’d be heading home in the next couple of days and playing no further part in the tour.Another player with the chance to impress his claims on a squad berth on the weekend is the industrious Jack Nowell, who has been picked at full-back, and he’ll be intent on making the sort of impression Liam Williams did as a broken-field runner, after a sluggish start to the tour.The Lions back three, which is completed by Tommy Seymour, will have their work cut out with the news the All Blacks Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea and Jordie Barrett will be filling the back three shirts for the free-scoring ‘Canes.Pedigree: Julian Savea will be looking to prove a point on Tuesday nightIn midfield, Jonathan Joseph, so close to a place in the Test 23 on the weekend, has a chance to reprise his relationship with Robbie Henshaw but they will have a busy night with the explosive ‘Canes duo Vince Aso and Ngani Laumape facing them.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREIn the pack, it’s ‘as you were’, as James Haskell, Justin Tipuric and CJ Stander will offer ballast, pace and workrate in the backrow and Iain Henderson and Courtney Lawes, pushing hard for a bench spot will be looking to maintain their industry in the engine room.Gatland, like he had done against the Chiefs is adamant Test places can still be earned, with certain elements of the First Test performance frustrating him. “My mind is open in terms of selection for the second Test. There are areas we need to improve on from Saturday. Having looked at the game, there were lots of things that we did well. We need to improve on the collisions. The contact area was the one area that was disappointing for us. TAGS: Highlight Warren Gatland has named his 23 for the final provincial game of the 2017 Lions tour, reinforcing that Test places are still up for grabs Hurricanes team: Jordie Barrett; Nehe Milner-Skudder, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea. Black, Tahuriorangi. May, Riccitelli, To’omaga-Allen; Abbott, Lousi; Fifita, Gibbins, Shields.Replacements: Apisai, Eves, Kainga, Blackwell, Prinsep, Hauiti-Parapara, Goosen, Cory Janelast_img read more

Five things we learnt in rugby in May

first_imgTest rugby remains the pinnacle – that’s why Joey Carbery movedMay saw Joey Carbery sign for Munster and with it the understandable lobbing of Irish faeces onto the social-media fan. The fallout is understandable.If you’re a Leinster fan, you’ve just lost one of the best next-generation outside-halves in Europe and handed over an asset to your arch enemy. And that’s why Test rugby must, in all countries, remain the pinnacle of rugby.Switch: Joey Carbery is leaving Leinster for Munster (Getty Images)Club/regional/provincial rugby can be bought. Success at that level is fleeting and is often the direct result of money. You need only look at Stade Francais’ recent shopping spree to see how next season’s pending success is a matter of popping a straw deep into a well full of financial juice – which is, by the way, far easier than popping an actual straw into a Capri-Sun.Related: Stade Francais are out-spending Top 14 rivalsTest rugby success, while being heavily influenced by cash long-term, cannot be bought directly. It is impossible to alter the three-year win rate of a Test team with money alone, whereas that can be easily achieved in the club game.And that’s why the current Irish model is proving so successful. The success of the provinces is secondary to the Test team, yet their top provinces remain the benchmark in European rugby.Creative ‘player announcements’ should be applaudedCreative player announcements are unfamiliar territory for rugby. Many have responded to the conceptual unveiling of players on social media in the same manner that Sir Clive Woodward responded to the Barbarians’ performance against England. But these shifts in rugby marketing should be applauded, not ridiculed. From Laumape to lessons in creativity and Carbery to Cardiff Blues, Paul Williams has the rugby happenings of the past month covered Ngani Laumape can fill hole left by Sonny Bill WilliamsThere was a time when the All Blacks couldn’t do without Sonny Bill Williams. With the absence of Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith, SBW became the fulcrum in the centre. His ability to crash the line and offload fused the roles of Nonu and Smith into one position and allowed the All Blacks to experiment with younger centres outside.Those performances are long gone from the injured SBW. However, the emergence of Ngani Laumape will have calmed many fears in Kiwi rugby.Out of action: Sonny Bill Williams will miss the three-Test series against France (Getty Images)Laumape had a very successful ’carrying’ season for the Hurricanes in 2016-17, where his unorthodox 5ft 7in and 16st frame saw many a defender’s ribcage compress. But the crash-ball Laumape is so last year. This year, whilst defenders set their legs, and hope that their internal organs don’t move too much in the impact, Laumape has been sending miss-two passes into the wider channels – making narrow defences looks incredibly naive.Laumape may not be the long-term owner of the All Blacks’ No 12 shirt, but he could certainly be there for the World Cup – and he will cause France massive problems in June.Barbarians prove that individual talent still mattersEngland versus the Barbarians was, from the outset, intended to be about creativity and individual talent. The selection of Danny Cipriani looked like a rare change in selectional stance from Eddie Jones, a coach who is becoming so rigid that he makes the Angel of the North look like a yoga master.However, the lesson in creativity and individual talent came not from Cipriani, but from the Barbarians. It was an immaculate display of individual ability and a real kick in the windpipe for a sport where, particularly at Test level, stability of defensive and attacking systems has superseded individual ability.Making a splash: Chris Ashton scored a hat-trick for the Barbarians (Getty Images)At it’s most basic it proved that individual talent really matters when time in camp, strength and conditioning, and consistency of selection are absent. To see 23 Barbarians players, who would have spent way more time playing drinking games than analysing England games, reduce a team to a defensive completion of 67% was incredible. To stick nine tries on England and 63 points on the Twickenham scoreboard is worthy of its own documentary on Netflix.It was, of course, a weakened England team, playing in a fixture that meant little to the World Cup cycle, but to watch 23 Barbarians, relying on their talent rather than PowerPoint rugby, was as big a victory as the winning margin itself.Cardiff Blues deserve the backslapsLeinster will rightly take the European plaudits this season. Their rugby was stunning in every aspect. And whilst in Wales, the Scarlets will arguably receive the greater plaudits for reaching the Champions Cup semi-final and Guinness Pro14 final, it is the Cardiff Blues that deserve the rigorous slaps on the back.In the soap opera of Welsh rugby, Cardiff Blues have been EastEnders. Very few smiles punctuated by public feuds, financial problems and unsightly divorces. But despite this, the Cardiff Blues won the Challenge Cup.Triumph: Cardiff Blues celebrate their Challenge Cup win (Getty Images)It was a remarkable victory given the pre-Christmas situation, where Danny Wilson had announced he was leaving and the news that the club may once again have to move from Cardiff Arms Park.Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of their achievement is that it involved zero additional cash – it couldn’t, as the performance improvements all took place mid-season. Cardiff Blues’ turnaround was entirely down to attitude and endeavour, and it has made them Wales’ second region – as opposed to having to scrap it out with the Dragons to be the third or fourth.Cardiff Blues finally have a squad – and hopefully a coaching staff – who are looking to thrive rather than escape. And that is fantastic for Welsh rugby. Rugby is moving forward on the pitch, let’s hope it can off the pitch too.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Ospreys’ unveiling of George North was executed using a parody of a WhatsApp chat, whereby the region’s players added George North to the group. It was a clever, affordable use of social media, which certainly cut through what can be a very conservative creative space. Yet the response was as positive as Mourad Boudjellal’s managerial feedback.Rugby finds itself in a strange predicament when it comes to advertising and creative thinking. On one hand we have the constant criticism of the ‘blazers’ and their traditional, constrictive hold on the game. Yet when someone rips off the blazer and reveals a funky T-shirt, the rugby public baulks and does a little sick in its mouth. Power surge: Ngani Laumape on a burst for Hurricanes (Getty Images) last_img read more

Interfaith leaders: Middle East peace ‘more urgent than ever’

first_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Rector Belleville, IL Ecumenical & Interreligious, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem center_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Interfaith leaders: Middle East peace ‘more urgent than ever’ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Middle East Submit a Job Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Advocacy Peace & Justice, Editor’s note: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is an endorser of the following statement.[National Council of Churches] In the context of momentous developments in the Middle East , the National Council of Churches has joined leaders of major Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations “affirm with urgency that Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace is more vital than ever.”Leaders remain guided by “Principles of Cooperation” that acknowledge their bonds with those on different sides of the conflict and reemphasize their common agenda for peace.Appreciating that “the months ahead, leading up to U.S. national elections, present a special challenge,” they urged “candidates not to use any rhetoric that could make prospects for peace more problematic.  “As Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, we strongly caution candidates to do no harm to chances for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.”More specifically, the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East calls on the Administration, the Congress and candidates for office to support the following steps:● Address warnings to both sides to prevent violence, and undertake diplomatic efforts, in coordination with the Quartet, to help maintain a durable, effective ceasefire; all attacks on civilians must immediately end;● Continue to support Palestinian state-building and economic development capacity, including immediately lifting the Congressional hold on humanitarian aid;● Support Palestinian efforts to form a government capable of representing the West Bank and Gaza on the essential conditions that it agree to halt violence, respect all existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and negotiate a two-state peace agreement with Israel;● Urge Israel to halt all settlement expansion, including in East Jerusalem ; and● Urge a resumption of negotiations for a two-state peace agreement, based on U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397, and drawing on elements from the Arab Peace Initiative (2002), the unofficial Israeli Peace Initiative (2011), and the Geneva Accord (2003) which might lead to an agreement acceptable to both sides.The national religious leaders pledged to urge members of their communities across the country“to work actively in the coming months to preserve and further prepare the ground for Middle East peace, and to support positive efforts by political leaders in both parties to help move towards this goal.”The full statement, with signatories, follows:Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace Is More Urgent Than Ever.Concerned with new challenging developments in the Middle East , as leaders of major Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations inspired by core teachings of our traditions, we affirm with urgency that Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace is more vital than ever.  We remain guided by our founding “Principles of Cooperation” in which we acknowledge how our bonds with those on different sides of the conflict sometimes lead to differing viewpoints, and we reemphasize our common agenda for peace.  We derive encouragement from benchmark principles developed by Arabs and Israelis in earlier formal and informal negotiations that provide practical parameters for a peace agreement that could be acceptable to majorities of Israelis and Palestinians.At this time of momentous changes, the drive for Israeli-Palestinian peace must be viewed in the context of:● the hopes and challenges related to the Arab Spring, including concerns for the rights of minorities;● the aftermath of the war in Iraq , including challenges to Iraqi democracy and stability;● the future of Afghanistan as the U.S./NATO role winds down;● tensions in U.S.-Pakistan relations;● the deepening crisis in Syria ; and● The dangers of confrontation over Iran ’s nuclear development activities.Appreciating that we are addressing these issues in other forums, we agreed that all of these developments make efforts for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace more, not less, urgent.  Anchored in the deep concerns of our religious traditions to respect the hopes and rights of all people to live in peace, we reaffirm our commitment to work together for active, fair and firm U.S. leadership for comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace based on U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397, including a negotiated two-state peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.We acknowledge that 2011 was a difficult and frustrating year.  While majorities of Israelis and Palestinians continue to long for peace, political problems on both sides inhibit leaders from moving forward.  The months ahead, leading up to U.S. national elections, present a special challenge.  We urge candidates not to use any rhetoric that could make prospects for peace more problematic.  As Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, we strongly caution candidates to do no harm to chances for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.More specifically, the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East calls on the Administration, the Congress and candidates for office to support the following steps:● Address warnings to both sides to prevent violence, and undertake diplomatic efforts, in coordination with the Quartet, to help maintain a durable, effective ceasefire; all attacks on civilians must immediately end;● Continue to support Palestinian state-building and economic development capacity, including immediately lifting the Congressional hold on humanitarian aid;● Support Palestinian efforts to form a government capable of representing the West Bank and Gaza on the essential conditions that it agree to halt violence, respect all existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and negotiate a two-state peace agreement with Israel;● Urge Israel to halt all settlement expansion, including in East Jerusalem ; and● Urge a resumption of negotiations for a two-state peace agreement, based on U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397, and drawing on elements from the Arab Peace Initiative (2002), the unofficial Israeli Peace Initiative (2011), and the Geneva Accord (2003) which might lead to an agreement acceptable to both sides.We believe that U.S. support for these steps is essential to preserving hope for negotiated Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace, and that achieving peace would have profoundly positive effects on other current conflicts and challenges in the Middle East. As national religious leaders, we pledge to urge members of our communities across the country to work actively in the coming months to preserve and further prepare the ground for Middle East peace, and to support positive efforts by political leaders in both parties to help move towards this goal.List of EndorsersChristian Leaders:Bishop Richard E. Pates, D.D., Chairman, USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace*His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington *Bishop Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore *Archbishop Vicken Aykasian, Director, Ecumenical Affairs, Armenia Orthodox Church in America *Fr. Mark Arey, Director, Office of Ecumenical Affairs, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America *Clare J. Chapman, Esq., Interim General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ USA *Bishop Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America *Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, Episcopal Church*Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church ( USA )*Reverend Geoffrey Black, General Minister & President, United Church of Christ *Reverend Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister, President, Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ)*Bishop Neil Irons, Executive Secretary, Council of Bishops, United Methodist Church *Richard Stearns, President, World Vision USReverend Leighton Ford, President, Leighton Ford Ministries, Board Member, World Vision US*David Neff, Editor in Chief and Vice-President, Christianity Today*Jewish Leaders:Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism*Rabbi Peter Knobel, Past President, Central Conference of American Rabbis*Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary*Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Director of Congregational Services, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation*Rabbi Amy Small, Past President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association*Rabbi Freddi Cooper, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association*Muslim Leaders:Imam Mohammed Magid, President, Islamic Society of North America *Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Syeed, National Director, Islamic Society of North America *Naeem Baig, Executive Director, Islamic Circle of North America *Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Founder of the ASMA Society and the Cordoba Initiative*Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim Chaplain, Georgetown University *Dawud Assad, President Emeritus, Council of Mosques, USA *Eide Alawan, Interfaith Office for Outreach, Islamic Center of America *Iftekhar A. Hai, Founding Director, United Muslims of America **Organizations for Identification Only Posted Mar 6, 2012 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA last_img read more

Anglican agency assists with communications for Filipino seafarers

first_img 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 Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Tags Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Anglican agency assists with communications for Filipino seafarers Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 center_img Posted Nov 13, 2013 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Anglican Communion Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA [Mission to Seafarers] Anxious Filipino crewmen and women have converged on the world’s Mission to Seafarers’ centers over the weekend in the hope that they can quickly find out the situation at home, after Typhoon Yolanda is thought to have killed over 10,000 people this weekend. With about 364,000 Filipino seafarers crewing the global shipping fleet, they make up 28% of the total crew numbers.In response The Mission to Seafarers, the global maritime welfare charity, has announced today that they have set up a new emergency communications fund, which will give free access to Wi-Fi and hand out phone cards to Filipino seafarers in our directly funded international centers.Ken Peters, director of justice and welfare, said: “With so many Filipino crews around the world, we are very anxious to ensure that any crew member who needs to call home in an emergency can do so, regardless of the ability to pay. At the mission, we have offered an immediate bursary for 7 days, to MtS centers, to enable them to fund free calls home, either by connecting to Wi-Fi or to fund the distribution of free phone cards, SIMs or top up cards. We will monitor this situation closely but it comes in response to so many worried and distressed seafarers who are far from home and are desperate to get news quickly as they come ashore in port.”Ben Humphries, mission chaplain in Mombasa, Kenya, said: “I have just been in the mission chapel with Loggan, a Filipino seafarer on the Bahamas registered cargo ship ‘Kumasi’ which docked in Mombasa earlier today, having crossed the Indian Ocean Piracy High risk area from the Maldives. Loggan came to the mission anxious for news of his wife and young children as they were enduring the typhoon following on closely from the earthquake of three weeks ago.Loggan had been at sea for four weeks and was desperate for his ship to sail within range of the Kenyan phone networks so that he could get news of his family. After having spoken with them, and watched some videos of how his family had survived which his friends had posted onto his phone, he then wanted a few moments of quiet and to have his family prayed for.Humphries said: “Clearly these are the stresses that seafarers have when they await news of their family in worrying times, and this is how The Mission to Seafarers can help. I am delighted we are now able to offer direct, practical communications services for free, in our key centers so that other seafarers can contact home quickly at this terrible time.”The Mission to SeafarersFounded in 1856, and entirely funded by voluntary donations, today’s Mission to Seafarers is a registered charity that offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting over 260 ports around the world in 71 countries.Whether caring for victims of piracy or providing a lifeline to those stranded in foreign ports, we are there for the globe’s 1.3 million merchant seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs.The Mission to Seafarers’ Patron is Her Majesty The Queen and our President is Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Press Release Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more