Goode ready for European test

first_img Goode vibrations: the England full-back says Saracens have learnt their lessons from last year’s European defeatBy Charlie Morgan GIVEN THE intelligent, unfussy rugby instincts that characterise his game, it comes as no surprise that Alex Goode also possesses a pretty precise memory.Describing a short sequence an hour into his first Test start at Port Elizabeth 10 months ago – the last time he faced Springbok scrum-half Ruan Pienaar – the Saracens and England full-back offers a razor-sharp recollection.Threat: Pienaar is one of Ulster’s key men“I’d seen [Pienaar] take free-kicks from the back of the scrum for years,” Goode grins. “He often looks for the corner from there, so as soon as the referee blew up, I put my head down and sprinted towards the touchline.”In one of many contributions to his country’s cause that afternoon, the 24 year-old then slid across the turf to take an athletic mark before unfurling a 50-metre clearance with just enough oomph to prevent a quick throw-in and give everyone a rest. No wonder it springs to mind.Major protagonists in the pivotal battle for territory, Goode and Pienaar will once more lock intellectual horns on Saturday when Ulster travel to Twickenham for the closest Heineken Cup quarter-final to call.Ulster’s defeat of Leinster in Dublin arrested a slump of one win in five since their pool-stage defeat of Castres. Lineout lynchpin Johann Muller has returned to action after suffering a broken arm and the visitors will not fear a return to the scene of their heavy loss in last year’s final.Still, Saracens also have the credentials to become England’s first winners since 2007. Their own quarter-final exit last season – a 22-3 dismantling at home to Clermont Auvergne – supplied a chastening lesson.“We got taught about knockout rugby,” Goode admits. “From minute one, they converted every opportunity. They built a lead and squeezed us with their kicking game.“Brock James and Morgan Parra pinned us back, Sitiveni Sivivatu ran riot and their power was unbelievable. In no time we were 9-0 down and chasing. They played the perfect way.“In terms of us finding out what our next steps were, though, it was a positive experience. We needed to get better.”Goode is too pragmatic to issue any now-or-never ultimatums, but does believe that his side are “five per cent” better than they were before being overturned by Auvergne. And the immediate aim is obvious.“We want to do what Leicester and Wasps have done – become a powerhouse in Europe,” he continues. “To earn that tag, we have to put in a good performance in this quarter-final.”Home defeat: Clermont celebrate beating Saracens in 2012While comfortable qualification from Pool One in January – featuring twin thrashings of Edinburgh to supplement victories over Racing Metro and Munster – signalled intent, Saracens’ emergence from the international window has been more encouraging. TAGS: SaracensUlster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Alongside fellow Six Nations regulars Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton, Kelly Brown and Mako Vunipola, Goode jumped straight back into domestic action after England’s Grand Slam-shattering reverse in Wales, aiding one of the stand-out displays of this season’s Aviva Premiership as champions Harlequins were battered in Barnet.Following another of Saracens’ envy-inducing bonding trips – this time to Verbier – Wasps were also beaten on Saturday, surrendering a 13-0 lead.Understandably, even without sojourns to the Swiss Alps, Goode has enjoyed the happy home-coming.“Playing in the Six Nations was great, but it was gutting to lose by such a big margin in Cardiff,” he concedes. “That’s the brilliant thing about rugby, though – you can move on.“It’s comforting to come back to Saracens. We get on so well and nobody gets treated differently. Verbier accentuated that. It might sound sad, but I got to be with the mates that I hadn’t seen for eight or nine weeks.“We had three days of quality time together, paragliding and all sorts. Now we can knuckle down.”Paying tribute to those who “put in the leg-work” during the Six Nations – the likes of outstanding openside flanker Will Fraser and David Strettle, who has rediscovered the scoring touch – Goode neglects to mention his own influence.However, the two assists in High Wycombe at the weekend that completed the Saracens comeback were exceptional. The second of these – a neat grubber that turned Tom Varndell and Elliot Daly – brought a try for Ashton, denting the theory that England’s back three are incompatible.Smiling at the suggestion that the score was just as important to Stuart Lancaster as anyone else, Goode finishes by looking forward to a season-defining date at HQ.“For me, the next task with England is to nail down my position at 15,” Goode says. “I know Mike Brown, Ben Foden and Eliott Daly are snapping at my heels so I can never feel like it’s my shirt. The Argentina tour is a big goal, but it’s all about Saracens, now.“To be honest, Chris has been a different person all week because scoring is what drives him. He has already taught me so much about support lines and if we keep developing together, I’m sure we’ll get even better. That starts on Saturday.center_img “The platform is key, so our forwards need to work as hard as they have been. Outside that, we have to be clinical and take every chance we get.Follow Charlie Morgan on Twitter @CharlieFelix Clermont Auvergne’s Morgan Parra (L) and Aurelien Rougerie (R) celebrate after winning their European Cup rugby union match against Saracens at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford on April 8, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Olly Greenwood (Photo credit should read OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

Tales wants French revenge on New Zealand

first_imgThough he drops goals for Castres – five in total last season – Tales doesn’t kick them, leaving that task to his scrum-half Rory Kockott. He’s not the first French fly-half to delegate the responsibility, and nor will Tales be the last, but why is the practice so common across the Channel? “The fly-half has other responsibilities so it’s easier for him to concentrate on those – like tactical kicking or directing the backline – if his scrum-half takes on the goal-kicking,” explains Tales. “It’s always been that way with me, and I’ve also been lucky to play at clubs where there has been a scrum-half who kicks.”Apprentice: Tales has kept a close eye on WilkinsonTales admits he’s learned much from studying Jonny Wilkinson in the past few seasons, describing the Toulon ten as the “reference” for all fly-halves in France. It’s not just the Englishman’s drop goals that Tales admires, it’s also his defence, an area of his own game that is rock solid. “Tens today are more exposed than ever as defenders so you’ve got to be able to tackle,” says Tales who stands 6ft 1in and weighs 14 and a half stone. “It’s a part of the game I enjoy so there’s no problem for me.”Tales insists that the morale of the France squad is “good” after the events of last season when for the first time in 14 years they finished bottom of the Six Nations, and then suffered their series whitewash in New Zealand. “We’ve done a lot of work since losing the three Tests in June and we believe in ourselves. We’re up against the best side in the world but we’ve nothing to lose on Saturday. New Zealand are the favourites but why can’t we win?” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Blue v Black: Tales made his Test debut in New Zealand in June. Can he inspire France to beat them on Saturday?By Gavin Mortimer AS TEST debuts go, they don’t come much tougher than the one endured by Remi Tales. The French fly-half replaced Frederic Michalak 64 minutes into the second Test against the All Blacks in June. France were losing 23-0 at the time so what was Tales supposed to do? Inspire the maman of all comebacks?His first full cap came the following week, in the third and final Test of France’s summer tour to New Zealand. The French at least got points on the board in New Plymouth, but their 24-9 defeat hardly boosted morale in what hasn’t been the best of years for Les Bleus.Bench-mark: Perpignan’s LopezFrance have their chance for revenge on Saturday night in Paris, but few give them a realistic chance of inflicting on New Zealand what would be their first defeat of the year. Tales is tipped to start at ten in the Stade de France, his form for Castres giving him the edge over Perpignan’s promising fly-half Camille Lopez.If he does start his first match in front of his home crowd, it will cap an astonishing rise for the 29-year-old Tales, proof that sometimes the best things do come to those who wait. So why has it taken Tales so long to get to where he is now? “I spent seven years in Pro2 (with Mont de Marsan and La Rochelle) so I was a latecomer to the Top 14,” he explains. “Then in my first season at Castres in 2011-12 I ruptured my knee ligaments and that kept me out for several months. So it wasn’t until last season that I really benefited from playing regularly in the Top 14, and fortunately I was in a very successful Castres side.”Tales was one of the pivotal figures in Castres winning the Top 14 last season for the first time in 20 years. He started 23 of their 29 Top 14 matches, and the greater the pressure the more he thrived, culminating in his two dropped goals in the 19-14 defeat of Toulon in the final. It was one of the great upsets of recent years in French rugby and Tales says the win was three years in the making. “That’s how long we had been building as a squad. Each season we got better and better, evolving as a squad, and it was our solidarity that proved so important in our success.” The question most French rugby fans want answered is why can’t their boys play the way they used to, when their rugby was synonymous with panache and daring, what came to be dubbed ‘French flair’. “Rugby has changed since those days,” replies Tales. “We still have the quality of players capable of scoring tries the length of the field, in the old style, but defences these days are much tighter and better organised. The French game used to be based on the counter-attack but opponents are fitter now and the space isn’t there. “They don’t come much fitter than the All Blacks, as Tales discovered in June. Two defeats then, will it be third time lucky for him in Paris? PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 01: Jonny Wilkinson (R) of Toulon is tracked by Remi Tales (L) of Castres Olympique during the Top 14 Final match between Castres Olympique and Toulon at the Stade de France on June 1, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) last_img read more

French great Julien Bonnaire has one final swansong

first_imgUp with the best: Bonnaire takes on New Zealand at the 2011 Rugby World CupRW: In last season’s Heineken Cup semi-final you were beaten 46-6 by Saracens. What went wrong?JB: It was one of those days when everything went wrong. Against a side as well organized as Saracens you need to be on the front foot and we weren’t.RW: Northampton, like Clermont, pride themselves on their pack. Relishing the challenge?JB: Yes, you always know when you play the English clubs that you’re in for a tough physical battle, particularly up front. Northampton have a formidable scrum and Saturday will be a huge clash. That’s the key battle, the set-piece. Whoever wins that battle, will win the game.RW: Courtney Lawes’ tackle on Jules Plisson in Le Crunch – legal or not?JB: It was a big tackle but just on the limit. The television made it look worse than it was.Self-belief: Bonnaire says France don’t need him, but require confidence in themselvesRW: How do you rate the progress of France since 2012JB: It’s been tough. Against England they played better in attack but that’s one of the rare times in recent seasons. RW: The deal with Lyon is for two years, any plans post-rugby?JB: We’re opening a restaurant, serving good French cuisine, and then, who knows, perhaps a rugby journalist!RW: You’re 36, so what’s the secret of staying young?JB: I don’t know. I came to rugby quite late [he was 23 when he became a professional with Bourgoin in 2001] so perhaps that helped but above all it’s that I still love the sport. It’s not a question of age, it’s how you feel about the game in your head.Warrior: Bonnaire celebrates at the Stade Marcel Michelin after Clermont’s win over Munster last yearRW: You’ve had eight years with Clermont, what’s been the best moment?JB: Undoubtedly it was winning the Top 14 in 2010, that was a wonderful occasion. But my time at Clermont isn’t finished and I hope it will end with another trophy in a few weeks.RW: You’ve seen many foreign players come and go at Clermont, why do some players succeed in France and others fail?JB: Language is a factor. French is much harder to learn than English but those players that learn some French find it easier to integrate. But others just arrive and are better able to adapt. They enjoy France and its differences. Others are homesick and struggle to integrate.RW: Will Nick Abendanon [Clermont’s English full-back] provide you an insight into Northampton’s style and mentality?JB: Nick’s an example of someone who’s fitted in really well at the club since arriving. He’s having a great season and his knowledge of Northampton will be an added advantage. RW: France today are in a similar position to 2011 when you were playing, and yet you reached the final of the RWC. Can Les Bleus do the same in September?JB: Yes. Get out of the pool and anything is possible. The fact that the squad will have a lot of time to prepare over the summer will help. And it should help that the squad will travel to England without much pressure because of recent results.RW: There are rumours you could make the squad, are you ready if called on by Philippe Saint-Andre?JB: Frankly, I think it’s finished for me with France. They have a good squad, a lot of strength in the back-row, and what they need more than anything is self-belief. Leader: Julien Bonnaire has had a long, distinguished career and he will face Saracens this Saturday France and Clermont stalwart Julien Bonnaire has recently signed a two-year deal with Lyon that will take him to 38, here he talks about the Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Northampton and life post-rugby LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Few players in the world game today are as respected and as experienced as Clermont flanker Julien Bonnaire. Capped 75 times by France, the 36-year-old played in the 2011 World Cup final and was a member of the Grand Slam sides of 2004 and 2010. After eight years with Clermont he’s just announced he is moving to Lyon next season, so this will almost certainly be his last European campaign, and he wants to finish on a high, starting on Saturday by beating the Saints.Rugby World: You’ve just signed a two-year deal with Lyon. Why Lyon?Julien Bonnaire: My family is from the region and it will allow me to start preparing for life after rugby.last_img read more

Summer tours: Southern Hemisphere’s danger men

first_img By Alex ShawWith European finals and domestic play-offs approaching, the conclusion of the northern hemisphere season is nigh and attention is beginning to shift towards the home nations’ summer tours.England and Wales have three-match tours to the Antipodes lined-up, facing Australia and New Zealand respectively, whilst Ireland are also heading south for a three-match series, to take on South Africa. Scotland round off the summer schedule with a two-match tour of Japan.With no international rugby for the southern hemisphere nations (plus Japan) since the Rugby World Cup last year, rugby fans, coaches and journalists alike are treating this year’s Super Rugby competition as the most useful form guide as to how the All Blacks, Wallabies, Springboks and Cherry Blossoms will all perform this summer.We take a look below at some of the competition’s more impressive performers so far this season and identify who could be the architects of the home nations’ downfall in June.Try time: Julian Savea will be waiting to welcome Wales in New ZealandNew Zealand v Wales1st Test Auckland, 11 June,2nd Test Wellington, 18 June,3rd Test, Dunedin, 25 June)Damian McKenzie, Chiefs and New ZealandThe irrepressible full-back is currently uncapped but even given the riches New Zealand have at their disposal in the 15 jersey, he will surely feature at some point this summer. Heading into Round 10, Damian McKenzie leads Super Rugby in tries (seven), points (120), metres (621) and defenders beaten (36), as well as being just shy of the summit in offloads (14) and clean breaks (15). If the stats are not enough, he has also certainly passed the eye test, playing with complete composure and awareness, and doing things with a rugby ball that his potential Welsh adversaries can only dream of.Breakaway: Damien McKenzie’s brilliance has brought him into the All Blacks’ reckoningIt is testament to McKenzie’s impact this season that there is talk of moving the world’s undisputed best full-back, Ben Smith, back to a spot on the wing, and that the resurgent Israel Dagg will have to bide his time before once again donning the silver fern. With no Dan Carter anymore, the reliable boot of McKenzie could allow Steve Hansen the luxury of removing place-kicking concerns from his decisions at fly-half, something which could work in the favour of Beauden Barrett.Charlie Ngatai, Chiefs and New ZealandA shoulder injury may be hampering Ngatai right now, but he should be fit and firing once again long before Wales arrive in the Land of the Long White Cloud. The inside centre hasn’t just been knocking down doors in the Chiefs midfield, he’s been bringing down entire houses with his barnstorming runs and, critically, is showing the speed of thought and distribution skills to turn those holes into chasms with his passing and offloading.Plugging the gap: Charlie Ngatai is being primed to fill the hole left by Ma’a NonuMa’a Nonu has moved to France and Sonny Bill Williams is focused on the upcoming Olympics in Rio, suddenly propelling the in-form Ngatai into pole position to step into the All Blacks’ inside-centre void. Lima Sopoaga, George Moala and Ryan Crotty are other options, but all three are a significant way off the early season form of Ngatai.Australia v England 1st Test, 11th June, Brisbane2nd Test, 18th June, Melbourne3rd Test, 25th June, Sydney The four home nations will soon travel South to test their mettle against the World’s top three sides and giant-slayers Japan. Who should they be doing their homework on? Touchdown: Harumichi Tatekawa’s elusive running could give Scotland’s centres some uneasy momentsHowever, it is no coincidence that a move to inside centre for Tatekawa pre-empted the Tokoyo-based franchise’s first ever victory in Super Rugby, as they defeated the Jaguares in Round 9, 36-28. At inside centre the Sunwolves make better use of Tatekawa’s distribution skills, and that was evident as he pulled the strings alongside Tusi Pisi and found significant holes in the Jaguares’ defence. The likes of Duncan Taylor and Mark Bennett will need to be on their toes defensively in June, lest this dual-threat centre expose them as well.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Sean McMahon, Rebels and AustraliaThe 21-year-old flanker has led the Rebels to the top of the Australian conference and is receiving backing from all quarters to cement himself into a new-look Australian back row. To be the standout openside flanker in a conference which also boasts David Pocock, Michael Hooper and Matt Hodgson is quite something and McMahon may be forcing Michael Cheika’s hand with his constant breakdown pilfering and ability to find or create gaps in defences.Dynamic: Sean McMahon has been in great form for the RebelsCheika has already hinted that he may field three natural opensides in his back row to take on England, whilst others have suggested that Hooper’s form has not been good enough and that McMahon should take his spot alongside Pocock and Scott Fardy. Either way, it seems probable that the former Australia U20 captain will be heavily involved with the Wallabies this summer and will likely come face-to-face with Maro Itoje, the man who led England to knock McMahon’s U20 side out of the Junior World Championship two years ago.South Africa v Ireland1st Test, 11th June, Cape Town2nd Test, 18th June, Johannesburg3rd Test, 25th June, Port ElizabethElton Jantjies, Lions and South AfricaFew will envy Allister Coetzee’s job of having to combine the goals of winning and transformation, all the while having to deal with an expectant fan base and a government that aren’t afraid to involve themselves in the affairs of sport. Thankfully for Springbok fans, that’s a combination Coetzee managed well with Western Province and the Stormers and in fly-half Jantjies, he has a player that ticks both boxes.Lift off: Elton Jantjies is the type of gifted playmaker who should replace Handre PollardHandré Pollard will miss the series with Ireland through injury, whilst Pat Lambie is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder which has seen him unable to feature in Super Rugby thus far this season. Jantjies is the standout fly-half in South African rugby right now and has been spearheading the very ambitious style of rugby that the Lions like to play under Johan Ackermann. He can also kick well and defend solidly, like any South African fly-half worth his salt, but the high-tempo and expansive style he likes to employ could be what gives him the edge over the competition and makes him a very troublesome thorn in Ireland’s side this summer.Japan v Scotland1st Test, 18th June, Aichi2nd Test, 25th June, TokyoHarumichi Tatekawa, Sunwolves and JapanThe reality is that large swathes of the Brave Blossoms squad will not come from the Sunwolves, rather the Japanese Top League, but playmaking centre Harumichi Tatekawa is a player that, barring injury, should certainly line up against Scotland in June. A former fly-half, Tatekawa has been playing solidly at outside centre in an earnest but under-equipped Sunwolves side this season and has definitely been one of the more impressive players in the team. The rematch: England will look to avenge their World Cup defeat in a three-Test tour last_img read more

Without Sonny Bill Williams, the All Blacks have a tough selection decision to make

first_img“Ngani’s performance proved he was working hard even when he wasn’t in the group.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREIt is difficult to put a black mark against a player’s name when filling in for a red carded colleague, even if he was at fault in the build-up to Conor Murray’s try.The one constant in all of this is Anton Lienert-Brown. It sound very un-All Black to say that a 22-year-old centre holds the key to their backline clicking, yet a lot of pressure now falls on his shoulders. Back in black: Malakai Fekitoa is in the All Blacks camp againFekitoa and Lienert-Brown both started in the centre for the All Blacks’ 21-9 win over Ireland in November, a result that avenged their loss in Chicago a few weeks previous. Which means there is a level of understanding there. But with the Lions thriving with their spiced-up backline, with Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell at ten and 12, perhaps taking a leap will be good for the game. Perhaps the All Blacks will fancy seeing how destructive their new League convert can be with a full team on the field.With the series coming down to a one-off decider at Eden Park, the stage is set for unexpected heroes on either side. The All Blacks may well see the former New Zealand Warriors star as that man. Or they can allow Fekitoa, discarded before the run-in by the All Blacks – as rumours also circled that the short-on-form centre is off to Toulon – to redeem himself and re-enact the heroics of last November. Fronting up: Sonny Bill Williams after hearing of his four-week ban STEVE HANSEN has never been afraid of chucking players in the deep end and seeing if they can swim. However, sometimes the chucking is taken out of his hands – as with Sonny Bill Williams seeing red in last week’s 24-21 Lions win.Williams is out of the decider after a citing commission judged that his dangerous play – a shoulder charge on the head of Anthony Watson – was worthy of a four-week ban. It is worth noting that Williams has used his shoulders like this before.Now Hansen and his crew have a tough selection decision to make. With Ryan Crotty also out, they have drafted in Malakai Fekitoa to the squad, but they may  consider sticking with Ngani Laumape, who came off the bench to plug a SBW-shaped hole in midfield, making his All Blacks debut in the process.Hit parade: Ngani Laumape tackles Elliot DalySpeaking of how unfortunate it was for Laumape to start his international career like this, All Blacks assistant Ian Foster said: “What a tough way to start your test career; to come in and have to do your role and someone else’s. I think in those circumstances he did really well. I would like to think whilst he’ll be pretty disappointed with the result he should be proud of what he did out there. He was still able to express himself and do what he likes doing.“Like the rest of the team there will be some lessons that when you drop a man it requires a slightly different focus in some areas. We didn’t get that 100% right obviously but he should be pretty proud of his first game.center_img The All Blacks must opt for the promise of Ngani Laumape or the redemption of Malakai Fekitoa LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Hotshot: Scotland U20 fly-half Callum McLelland

first_img Hotshot: Wasps centre Jacob Umaga Playmaker: Callum McLelland wore the Scotland No 10 shirt in the U20 Six Nations in 2018 (Getty Images) TAGS: Edinburgh Rugby Find out more about highly-promising Scottish winger Darcy… MORE RUGBY WORLD HOTSHOTS Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scotland U20 fly-half Callum McLellandDate of birth 16 September 1999 Born Pontefract, W Yorks Club Edinburgh Country Scotland Position Fly-halfHow did you get involved in rugby?I first played union when I was five at Castleford and was there until I was 12. Then I decided to play league as there’s always contact and it’s the part of the game I enjoyed most.Talk through your progress in league…I was training with the Castleford Tigers development team from the age of 13. It was massive for me as where I’m from is heavily rugby league.I played England U15s and U16s, and captained them. At my first England camp no one knew who I was, so to then be told I’d be captain was a massive achievement. Then I was with the Castleford pro team.You joined Edinburgh in November. Why the switch to union? Because of the amount of avenues you can go down. Rugby union is massive in many countries whereas league is in England and Australia, with a couple of teams in New Zealand and France.I’m still young and by making the switch now I can develop my skill-set. I want to test myself.What’s been the biggest challenge? Being away from home. Not having my family around is tough and I’m living on my own for the first time. Find out more about Callum McLelland, the teenager who has crossed codes from league to union and is already representing Scotland U20 Hotshot: Leinster wing Jordan Larmour Hotshot: Leinster wing Jordan Larmourcenter_img Hotshot: Edinburgh wing Darcy Graham An exclusive Q&A with Wasps centre, Jacob Umaga… RW VERDICT: McLelland had only been in union for two months when picked to start Scotland’s opening U20 Six Nations games – at fly-half and centre. He has the ambition to succeed in this code, with the U20 World Cup his next goal.This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hotshot: Edinburgh wing Darcy Graham Expand Did you expect to play for Scotland U20 so quickly? Alan Tait scouted me and talked to my agent about it. He said there was a possibility of playing this year but definitely next year. I wasn’t expecting to start the first game of the Six Nations! That was a huge shock.What’s your link with Scotland? My grandad was from Ayr. He passed away a couple of months before I was born, but we’ve always stayed in close contact with our family in Ayr and go up a few times a year. It’s not as if I’ve just realised and got a bit of an interest.What are your strengths? Manipulating defences. In league it’s the main thing the half-back and stand-off have to do, so I’ve brought that.What do you do away from rugby? I’m doing a part-time college course in sport. Being full-time it’s tough to keep up, but I’d like to go to uni in a couple of years. I’d probably do something like physiology. I want to stay in sport, be that coaching, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy… Hotshot: Wasps centre Jacob Umaga Collapse An exclusive Q&A with Leinster’s up-and-coming wing Jordan…last_img read more

Social Media Round-up 2018-19 Season: Week One

first_imgSo one round of league matches done, but there’s plenty more action to come between now and May.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They play South Africa in the Rugby Championship third round this weekend. Vereniki Goneva Denied Try After Footwork TrickeryThe first weekend of the 2018-19 season is done – and what a weekend it was. So we’ve put together this round-up of the social media goings-on.The final game of the opening round of the Gallagher Premiership provided the biggest talking point.Midway through the first half, Newcastle wing Vereniki Goneva touched the ball down on his boot rather than the ground when over his own try-line, then proceeded to run the length of the field past bemused Saracens defenders to touch down at the other end of the pitch.Yet the referee had blown for a 22m dropout having not seen what Goneva had done and ruled the try out.The decision caused plenty of debate on Twitter, with BT Sport pundit Ugo Monye backing Goneva’s trickery… Interestingly, there was a little controversy towards the end of the Connacht-Glasgow Guinness Pro14 game over a 22m dropout, with officials failing to spot Stuart Hogg carrying the ball over his own line before touching it down. A 22m dropout was awarded but it should have been a 5m scrum to the hosts, who lost 27-26. Further west, George North marked his return to Welsh rugby with two tries in the Ospreys’ win over Edinburgh. Here’s one of them… On Friday night Bristol marked their return to the English top flight with a derby victory over Bath and the repartee between the two clubs continued on Twitter after the final whistle… In the southern hemisphere, New Zealand took a break from their preparations for this Saturday’s match against Argentina to visit All Blacks fans around the country. One of the highlights included second-row Sam Whitelock trying his hand at the ‘floss’ dance… And there was some unusual footwork on show for Edinburgh Accies in the Tennent’s Premiership… The Pro14 clash between European champions served up a treat. Challenge Cup winners Cardiff Blues hosted Champions Cup and Pro14 winners Leinster in a game that ebbed and flowed before a late Bryan Byrne try secured a victory for the visitors. Watch that winning play here…center_img Over in France, Racing 92 may have lost 40-17 to Clermont but Donnacha Ryan made his presence felt with this tackle… Yet Rugby World’s Alan Dymock felt it was the right call because the referee had already blown his whistle… In Australia, the Wallabies had a few unexpected fans watching training… Related: Watch Danny Cipriani’s Wonder PassAhead of their first Premiership highlights show of the season, Channel 5 also put together these brilliant packages with a young stand-in for David Flatman. Not sure the players knew what to make of his questions… From Vereniki Goneva’s ‘dummy’ to Bristol banter and All Blacks dancing – we wrap up what’s been happening on Twitter this weekend On the run: Vereniki Goneva breaks for a try that was then ruled out (Getty Images) While hooker Dane Coles made the boarding announcement for a flight…last_img read more

Hotshot: Sale Sharks and England U20 centre Cameron Redpath

first_imgHe may have a famous father but Cameron Redpath is putting his own stamp on the game TAGS: Sale Sharks I went to the 2003 World Cup to watch him. He knows the game so well and will be honest and tell me if I do something wrong. I’m lucky.You’ve trained with the senior England squad – how was it? A great experience, learning off Owen Farrell and George Ford, especially when you’ve looked up to them coming through the ranks and they’ve done what I’m trying to do.Are you studying away from rugby?This season, as I’d only just finished education, I wanted to enjoy the year and, having been injured (he had knee surgery last summer), get back fit. So I’ve just focused on rugby.Next year I might do an Open University or online course in business or property management.How do you relax? I play a bit of golf. I do a bit of goalkicking with Jon Callard so the golf helps – you don’t have to hit the ball hard to get the swing right.RW VERDICT: Redpath’s potential has already been noted by Eddie Jones. The teenager should play a significant role for England U20 at the Junior World Cup in Argentina in June, before targeting more game time for Sale Sharks next season. Sale Sharks and England U20 centre Cameron RedpathDate of birth 23 December 1999 Born Narbonne Club Sale Sharks Country England Position CentreWhen did you first play rugby? I was brought up around rugby and always had a rugby ball or a big pair of socks pretending it was a ball! I first played when I was four at Cheltenham Tigers.Did you play any other sports growing up? A lot of football – I played in centre midfield. I managed to get into the West Brom academy for a couple of years.So why did you opt for rugby? I’d always preferred rugby and just grew away from football. I enjoyed rugby a lot more, so started to take it more seriously.What positions have you played? Fly-half, centre, full-back… I even played nine for ten minutes on my Premiership debut because our nine had been yellow-carded. I’d underestimated how much running you have to do there! At the minute I’m looking at centre.Who were your childhood heroes? For rugby, guys like Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams. And obviously my dad (ex-Scotland captain Bryan Redpath). Fine line: Cameron Redpath in action for England U20 (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This article originally appeared in the June 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Massachusetts: Young adult communities get ‘Intent’ this Lent

first_img 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing By Tracy J. SukrawPosted Feb 18, 2015 Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Ash Wednesday devotional image from “Intent”: A mixed-media collage by MIT undergrad Annie Dunn[Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts] Young adults from several worshiping communities in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts are inviting one another into Lent this year with a daily dose of their own art, poetry, stories, photography, music and maybe even a cartoon or two.And because these devotions are digital, anyone can sign up to receive them via a daily e-mail.They’re calling the effort “Intent.”“One goal was to find ways to take Lent seriously, something above giving up chocolate but below singing the five daily offices,” explained Isaac Everett, the liturgical minister at The Crossing, the congregation of young adults, mostly in their 20s and 30s, that worships at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.“One thing that’s really true of our demographic is that we’re completely overcommitted,” Everett said.  “We’re in our first jobs out of college, or in school or have a baby at home. It’s difficult enough to eat or get to the gym. Trying to find time with God is really hard without some impetus — like an e-mail landing in my inbox inviting me to spend a few minutes with it and getting to know my community,” he said.“Bite-sized instead of all-consuming” is how the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas puts it. She is the Episcopal chaplain at MIT.“Intent” grew out of an e-mail series of Lenten reflections that she and a colleague started two years ago at the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT. This year The Crossing and the Episcopal chaplaincies at Boston University, Northeastern University and Boston College are contributing, as well as two parish partners, St. Bartholomew’s Church in Cambridge and Emmanuel Church in Boston. Most of them have been involved together in a discernment process over the past year about the possibility of becoming a diocesan mission hub, and “Intent” is a product of the new relationships growing between their communities.“This year it is a much larger group of partners who will be contributing and viewing,” Keith-Lucas said, “so we are going to branch out in our style, mix it up and surprise people a little bit.”On Ash Wednesday, for example, “Intent” subscribers will receive a sunflower-bright mixed-media collage by Annie Dunn, an undergraduate at MIT studying materials science.“Intent, that’s at the heart of it. For at least a moment in the day, try to be intentional about the season and see what it might have to offer you,” Keith-Lucas said.  “That’s the hope in keeping these devotions short, diverse and surprising.”Everett said he thinks of “Intent” as 40 days of “liturgy delivered to your iPhone.”“Every day is going to be cool,” he said.Sign up to receive “Intent” e-mails daily in Lent here. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Massachusetts: Young adult communities get ‘Intent’ this Lent Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Youth & Young Adults Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY center_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Lent, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

Protect the environment with a candlelit dinner during Lent

first_img Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel David Potter says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS By Gavin Drake]Posted Jan 25, 2016 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Anglican Communion, Featured Events Comments are closed. Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans and other Christians are being challenged to take enjoy a candlelit dinner as part of a series of challenges for a “carbon fast” during Lent. The initiative comes from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and is being supported by the Anglican Communion’s Environmental Network (ACEN).“For Anglicans, Catholics and many others, Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation,” the Southern Africa environmental group Green Anglicans, say. “It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our life. This year we challenge you to take a carbon fast – to reduce the actions which damage God’s Creation.”A downloadable crib-sheet of daily challenges is available online. Participants are encouraged to take part in a variety of activities, including, on February 15, “Reduce your meat consumption, starting with a Meat Free Monday.”Other suggestions include, on March 2, “On bin day, look at the size of your rubbish and commit to reducing it by half”; and, on March 16, “Think of a place to plant a tree and make it happen this month.”Other suggestions are less taxing. On February 18, participants are encouraged to “fix your fridge” by “setting the temperature around three degrees Celsius”; and on March 3 to “create your own green cleaning spray with water and white vinegar solution.”And there is also a romantic side to the challenge. On February 26, participants are encouraged to “have dinner by candlelight, talk, play games and enjoy.” And, if that encourages couples to want to spend more time with each other, they are helped by the challenge on the following day, February 27, which is dubbed “No electronics day” with participants challenged to “not use any electronics”, presumably including tablets, laptops and mobile phones.The Carbon Fast for Lent crib sheet can be downloaded from the Green Anglicans’ website. 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Richard McClellan says: Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls January 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm Lent has come to THIS?! Marshall Bilderback says: Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags January 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm That’s why you should only use beeswax candles’ not pariffin, no oil in beeswax! The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (4) January 26, 2016 at 4:39 pm I like candles, I really do, but they are not a low carbon option. In fact, one pariffin candle has several times the carbon footprint of a 40 watt incandescent bulb, even if powered by coal. No electronicsmakes a lot of sense, though. January 27, 2016 at 10:26 pm Please overlook the above comment. I was having a bad day today. Lenten blessings to all, no matter our convictions. We are all one. Environment & Climate Change Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Richard McClellan says: Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Protect the environment with a candlelit dinner during Lent Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books last_img read more