Fifteen minutes of madness hides Scotland’s progress

first_imgScotland’s problem is still the midfield. Sean Lamont, for all his fiery intensity, is a better winger than a centre but with the sorely missed Joe Ansbro injured and now perhaps Max Evans, Robinson may elect not to introduce yet another youngster (Edinburgh’s Matt Scott) into the fray against France.However with the tournament fast slipping away, now might be the time to continue the rebuild that is starting to show promise, if not results. In amongst the negative there are still positives for Scotland. No doubt sick of again being branded plucky losers, the team can take heart that their set piece and scramble defence – when at full strength – was top class, and the pack provided a stable platform from scrum and especially lineout.In Richie Gray and David Denton they have forwards that are young, powerful ball carriers and fast approaching very good indeed. Jim Hamilton is finally starting to throw his considerable weight around – just ask George North – and Ross Rennie too is showing the talent that injury has stifled for years.Behind the scrum it is warming to see Mike Blair back to his best and finally having a ball player outside him in Greig Laidlaw who is happy to play the same way – fast and loose. Laidlaw ran the backline well, and while he wasn’t the saviour every Scottish fan hoped for, he did at least allow those outside him to ask questions of the opposition defence – for periods they almost looked confident with ball in hand.Stuart Hogg is tackled by James HookScotland might also have unearthed a new attacking threat in Hogg, who showed with some good support runs and a blistering break that so nearly came to fruition that he should be around in a Scotland shirt for years to come. If Robinson is looking to punish errors and reward performance, Rory Lamont’s place could well be under threat. NOT FOR FEATURED Greig Laidlaw impressed in Cardiff By Rory BaldwinONCE again Scotland come away from a Six Nations Test smarting from errors in judgement that cost them a game in which they were ultimately competitive for the majority of the match.After going in at half time 3-3 yesterday against Wales in Cardiff, two yellow cards followed a mishandled kick-off at the start of the second half and the ensuing tries put the game to bed for Wales, despite a fiery response from the Scots in the closing quarter.Andy Robinson (left) looks onCoach Andy Robinson once again cut a hugely frustrated figure high up in the Millennium Stadium rafters but while the errors that let Scotland down last week were basic skills and execution, you can’t blame the coach for the mistakes made – these were errors of a different kind.There could be a temptation to blame instead referee Roman Poite, but his calls on the cards were both correct; rash off the ball tackles by Nick De Luca and Rory Lamont aimed at stopping the potent Welsh from running riot in attack. When the culprits were off the pitch, the Welsh ran riot anyway – Leigh Halfpenny claiming 17 points during that period – and what was for the most part a close contest between two teams playing good rugby became another Scottish lost cause and a 14 point win for Wales.Poite did miss a catch by teenage debutant Stuart Hogg for a certain try, instead ruling it a knock on. It should have been a try, but with space aplenty it also should have been a better pass from De Luca. In the absence of Dan Parks as a scapegoat, he is sure to once again draw fire from commentators on message boards north of the border for his key errors under pressure. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Munster v Leinster preview

first_imgTAGS: LeinsterMunster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Flying the flag: Munster and Leinster fans will be out in force at Thomond Park tonightTHE TOP two in the RaboDirect Pro12 go head-to-head at Thomond Park tonight as Munster host their Irish rivals Leinster. It’s sure to be an enthralling match, but who’s going to come out on top in Limerick? Here Conor Murray, Alan Quinlan, Bernard Jackman and RTE Sport’s Michael Corcoran offer their thoughts on the top-of-the-table clash…last_img

Lions 2013 squad options: The Hookers

first_img Hair raising: Richard Hibbard carries into heavy traffic during the RBS 6 Nations match with ScotlandBy Alan DymockIN THE aftermath of the 6 Nations and with time running out we are all confronted with the starkest of choices: who are our Lions?An obvious point of conjecture, there were at least some standouts in recents weeks. So in the interest of making clear what Warren Gatland, Graham Rowntree, Rob Howley and Andy Farrell face before the squad announcement on April 30, Rugby World will sift through the runners and riders in each key position.Question marks: England’s Tom YoungWith the hookers it is a case of seeing who survives the latest cull as the debate between Graham Rowntree and former hooker and Head Coach, Warren Gatland sharpens.While most would agree that Richard Hibbard was the standout hooker in the 6 Nations, former inside-centre Tom Youngs provides an exuberant carrying option and Rory Best offers an all round package to the coaches, the starting credentials of all three could be argued.After years of falling apart at the point of most stress, a bit like a Kleenex riot shield, Hibbard’s heavily tatooed body finally seems able to cope. He is fit, firing, in-form and even able to pull through the fabled Judgment Day at the Millennium Stadium, where all the Welsh regions played under the roof.If he is favourite to travel, though, behind him are uncertainties. In the last year Best had been the most reliable hooker in the game, landing lineout balls on needle-points and turning over in such a manner that referees could only beam at his legal efficiency. During the 6 Nations, though, he was as rattled as the rest with the way Ireland spluttered and choked. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Rory Best of Ireland in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Youngs, on the other hand, is as exciting as he is capable of looking lost. Yes, he jukes like a juiced-up energiser bunny, but he can also be caught trying too much or can be overwhelmed by occasion. Perhaps this is why the accusations of poor lineout prowess are often brought against him. He is enthusiastic and fit, but that doesn’t hide the look of a child asked to find the kumquats at the supermarket before returning to find his mother is somewhere else in the building.Points could be pushed for Youngs to be kept as a summer back-up. Nevertheless, if form is to be rewarded all three of these men top a list.That will disappoint Dylan Hartley, the man brought on when Youngs looked like he was suffering a fizzy head. He was there when the scrum needed shoring up or the game needed tightened. He fancies himself an enforcer, but for England he was more of the cowboy plasterer, brought in to seal up some cracks at the last minute.Still Mr Reliable?: Ireland and Ulster’s Rory BestIt is hard to tell whether Gatland truly dislikes Hartley or is secretly a massive fan of his reactionary antics. This is where the tough choices comes in.Elsewhere, Ross Ford is a few months of form short of going on another tour, though again back-up is about right. Ken Owens may also be talked about, with his penchant for being the explosive replacement in the loose, but he was too often Hibbard’s replacement for Wales, and recently Mathew Rees has been the go-to for a Scarlets starting berth. Of course, does Gatland consider club form away from international intensity? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sean Cronin is the only other possible name that could be bandied about, with his dynamism and ability to support a break, but he has very, very long odds against his name.It is almost certain that three will tour, all the others can do is cross their fingers and hope.last_img read more

Five things we’ll learn about Welsh rugby this season

first_imgCARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 01: Blues player Rhys Patchell (c) in action during the LV= Cup match between Cardiff Blues and London Irish at the Arms Park on February 1, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Such is the claustrophobically competitive nature of the Heineken Cup that the Welsh regions are no strangers to a ‘group of death’. However this season the difference between the region’s budgets and their flush counterparts have turned ‘groups of death’ into pools of bubonic plague – the regions’ hopes of making the knockout stages are bleaker than a Siberian midwinter. This isn’t to say that the regions can’t beat the giants of European rugby in one-off fixtures, they can, however the Heineken Cup isn’t about one-off victories. Progressing in the Heineken Cup requires a team to win all of its home games, pick up an elusive away win and a generous helping of bonus points. All of which requires deep squads, purchased with deeper pockets. Sadly, the regions currently have neither.4G-eniusThe decision by Cardiff Blues to install a ‘4G’ surface at Cardiff Arms Park was shrewd. It reduces the negative impact of severe weather and minimises the risk of games being cancelled and the associated loss of revenue. However, by far the most important factor for supporters of the club and the game of rugby, is the quality of rugby that can now be played at the Cardiff Arms Park – which will, in turn, fuel revenue streams. The Cardiff Blues now have year around access to ‘Southern Hemisphere’ rugby conditions. Whilst there are many reasons why Southern Hemisphere rugby teams lead the rugby world in terms of performance, playing conditions are certainly one of them. The impact of the 4G surface can already been seen at Cardiff Arms Park. The Blues recently beat Sale Sharks, admittedly in a pre-season friendly, by 45-24. The Blues haven’t scored 45 points in a single game since they beat Harlequins, in an LV Cup fixture, during the 2011/12 season. But of course the ‘4G’ surface isn’t all good news for the ‘home’ team. Some of the finest ‘away’ teams in Europe will also get to play on this fast, dry surface. I’m sure that Bryan Habana and his Toulon chums will be licking their lips at stretching their legs on the 4G in October. A scary thought. The answer: Rhys Patchell should progressRhys Patchell is the answerMany a question is prefaced with the words “here’s a starter for ten”. In Wales we prefer “‘who’s your starter at 10?”. Welsh supporters are obsessed with the question of who plays at ten for Wales – yet it remains unanswered. James Hook often secures the romantics vote. Hook has always had tremendous lateral movement, a line-splitting dummy and a spiky step and fend. Although Hook’s recent appearances at 15 for Perpignan suggest that he may not feature much at ten this season – even in the Top 14. Rhys Priestland has the desirable ‘flat’ alignment at first receiver and the sympathetic pass that outside backs thrive on. Dan Biggar has a yard-perfect kicking game, great ball skills and a solid defensive skillset. Yet none of the three contenders have consistently quelled their critics. If only it was possible to combine all three players’ skillsets into one? It is. His name is Rhys Patchell and with him Welsh rugby’s perennial question may finally be answered. Expect to see him figuring the end of the season, at the latest. The man everyone’s talking about: Young full-back Jordan Williams will see plenty of action for the ScarletsBy Paul WilliamsA promising new cropThere is a farming process known as ‘slash and burn’. It involves setting fire to your land at the end of the season with the aim of nurturing the soil and future crops. Regional rugby in Wales is currently going through this process. Although admittedly Welsh rugby didn’t set its own crop of talent ablaze – it was sparked and fuelled by the gallons of liquid cash that is pouring into the Top 14 and the Aviva Premiership. And whilst supporters, and the media, are justifiably pessimistic about some of Wales’ Grand Slam generation leaving, some of the gaps are already ready to be filled. Jordan Williams, Cory Allen, Ieuan Jones, Dafydd Howells, Owen Williams, Sam Davies, Ellis Jenkins, Jack Dixon, Rhodri Williams, Hallam Amos and Dan Baker are all set to receive meaningful game time this season – not merely sporadic appearances in the LV Cup. The major issue is whether Welsh rugby can create a financial plan that prevents this next generation of players seeking the ‘going rate’ in France and England. If they don’t, regional rugby will have to ‘slash and burn’ every two or three seasons.The blue Dragon: Kris Burton is one of several additionsFirebreathing Dragons?Despite valiant efforts from the Newport Gwent Dragons’ players and the coaching staff in recent years, the Dragons have become Wales’ ‘fourth’ region. However, optimism abounds at Rodney Parade. Gareth Davies has been brought into the boardroom and Lyn Jones and Kingsley Jones have been introduced into the changing room. Davies’ appointment as the new CEO is a masterstroke and brings the perfect fusion of rugby and business experience – too often rugby CEO’s lack one or the other. However, it is Lyn Jones’ arrival that has forced a reappraisal of the Dragons. Despite having worked at the Ospreys, with a velvety squad of players, Jones showed at London Welsh that he can also work near miracles on a pittance. Jones has a Second-World-War mentality which thrives on making do and his ability to work with a lean budget is evident at the Dragons. He has a central axis of players around which he can build. Internationals such as Toby Faletau and Andrew Coombs have been reinforced by Richie Rees, Rhys Thomas and Kristopher Burton. The result is a ‘two,four,eight,nine,ten’ spine on which results can be built  – and young, gifted players such as Hallam Amos and Jack Dixon can be introduced. The Dragons may not be the ‘fourth’ region for long.Fatal European ‘Groups of death’last_img read more

Buckle up for Munster v Leinster

first_imgLeinster: Rob Kearney; Fergus McFadden, Lote Tuqiri, Gordon D’Arcy, Dave Kearney; Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Mike McCarthy, Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip (c).Subs: Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Rhys Ruddock, Dominic Ryan, Isaac Boss, Jimmy Gopperth, Luke Fitzgerald. Big day out: Thomond will be heaving with home supporters on Saturday but Leinster will make their presence knownBy Alan DymockON SATURDAY several Irish rugby fans may feel compelled to abandon their other halves, lock themselves in the living room and turn on the telly. Partners may be left to attend to long walks alone as fans sprint back to the car and the comfort of sports radio. Limerick may be a no-go area for anyone with eardrums.Big game boy: Paul O’ConnellIt’s Munster versus Leinster this weekend.Attempting a prediction on this one may be a bit like a fishing trip to the Dead Sea, but suffice to say there will be plenty of interest in the result.The hosts have recalled Felix Jones and Paul O’Connell to the starting lineup and with BJ Botha and Conor Murray returning to the bench there is more of an element of strength to this Munster side.Leinster, on the other hand, have brought back Sean O’Brien to partner Kevin McLaughlin and skippe Jamie Heaslip, with impressive youngster Jordi Murphy pulling out due to a long-term injury. The biggest surprise for them, though, is that they start Aussie code-hopper Lote Tuqiri at outside centre, partnering Gordon D’Arcy. This twins with the much smaller surprise – if you can even call it a surprise at all – that Ian Madigan is the fly-half Matt O’Connor and Leinster have favoured for the biggest game of their season so far, with Jimmy Gopperth left on the bench alongside the two props who are growing in stature daily, Jack McGrath and Martin Moore. MONTPELLIER, FRANCE – APRIL 27: Paul O’Connell, the Munster captain walk off the pitch after his teams defeat during the Heineken Cup semi final match between Clermont Auvergne and Munster at Stade de la Mosson on April 27, 2013 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Still capable of magic?: Lote TuqiriMunster are third and Leinster are fourth in the table at the moment, but at this stage of the season that is irrelevant and this is particularly the case with such decorated rivals butting heads again.These two last met at Thomond in April, when Leinster won 22-16 thanks to a late Brian O’Driscoll try, Leinster’s only try of the game against Munster’s two. The great man won’t be on the field this time, so the opportunity to create a moment of magic will have to fall to someone else this time round. Is Tuqiri, in particular, still capable of such conjuring? If he isn’t then Casey Laulala and the tank-bashing defender James Downey will be opposite him hoping to greedily snatch the chance away from him.Munster: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilycoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer; Donncha Ryan, Paul O’Connell; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Niall Ronan, James Coughlan.Subs: Damien Varley, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghan, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, JJ Hanrahan, Denis Hurley. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Wales: Five things we learnt v Scotland

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Close range: Jamie Roberts barges over for his try against Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesBut the real majesty of Roberts’s performance on Scotland was his try. Roberts is known for running straight, but the 45-degree angle fooled everybody. Stopping Roberts when you can see him coming is a two-man job, but when he blasts across the defender’s blind spot major problems lie ahead. And so it proved. Well played, Jamie.Risks can pay offWhilst Wales beat Scotland, there were moments when the decision-making seemed overly conservative. There were two or three opportunities where the Welsh midfield found themselves with turnover ball, an overlap or a defensive mismatch but players opted to drive the ball into the corner rather than exploit the space with a pass or simple change of direction. This week the former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips alluded to the fact that players were overly admonished for making mistakes, which would explain a lot.Fast show: Tom James is halted by a Duncan Taylor tackle after a great run. Photo: Getty ImagesThe one glorious example of risk taking being positive was Tom James’s break. From turnover ball James could easily have chosen the conservative option by feeding his scrum-half, who could then have cleared the ball and set up an attacking kick-chase, but he didn’t. Instead James looked up, saw a clear field and ran 70 electrifying metres like he was being chased by a swarm of bees. Wales could do with a bit more ‘Tom James’ about them, at times.Young Welsh props are developingWales’ young props are becoming a huge positive during this Six Nations. With Samson Lee and Rob Evans both aged just 23, they’re reasonably young for international front-row forwards. But their performances so far have been at the level that you’d expect from far more senior players. Front foot: Wales scrum was generally dominant against Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesTogether with Scott Baldwin they helped deliver a 100% scrum completion and whilst it wasn’t perfect for the entire 80 minutes, at times it was genuinely imposing. On two occasions the Welsh scrum rolled forward at a rate that you rarely see at Test level – where the front-row forwards’ feet were churning so quickly that you could have lobbed a barrel full of grapes under their boots and two scrums later you’d have wine. Promising signs.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. TAGS: Highlight High jump: Is Justin Tipuric under pressure to add creativity? Photo: Huw Evans Agency The dilemma of winning v progressingDespite beating Scotland by 27-23, Wales find themselves in a difficult and rather weird position. They are winning, but maybe not progressing as the Welsh rugby public would like. The Welsh team’s performance on Saturday was solid and there were some genuine highlights: a 100% completion on both scrum and lineout, a classic scrum-half’s run-in from Gareth Davies, a delicate angle from Jamie Roberts and a mesmerising line from George North that Julian Savea would have drooled over.Wales’ very own Kraken, Luke Charteris, managed to wrap the ever dangerous Scottish rolling maul and Alun Wyn Jones managed to disrupt what is a very stable lineout. But for some reason, the Welsh public still remain largely unsated.This desire for more expansive rugby has manifested with an obsession for Justin Tipuric to start at seven – a position where creativity comes way down the priority list. Creativity is a back’s issue, not one for the forwards. Even the world’s greatest opensides have had little impact on their team’s creativity – Richie McCaw being a prime example. It is a difficult conundrum: allow the players to progress the style in which they play and give them a chance of competing in this summer’s three-Test tour of New Zealand or focus entirely on winning this year’s Six Nations. There is no easy answer.George North is backFor all Welsh supporters and neutral observers, it was fantastic to see George North being, well, George North. He has spent the past 12 months largely subdued on the rugby field. His dip in form has been perfectly understandable given the severity of his concussions and the impact that the symptoms have had on his life. It felt as though we’ve been watching a film in 2D when we know full well that it was shot in 3D.Fine line: George North breaks for his try against Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesAgainst Scotland, however, in the 70th minute we saw the full 3D, Dolby surround sound, 360-degree IMAX George North. The line that he ran for his try was glorious. With the Scottish defence drifting wide to cope with the usual 12 channel barrage, North cut back against it and exposed the weaker, left shoulders of the Scottish defenders. His angle left six defenders dumbfounded – you could have sent North’s shorts to the CSI Miami lab and not found a single Scottish fingerprint on them. Great to see you back, George.Jamie Roberts was awesome againJamie Roberts was Man of the Match against Scotland and delivered one of the performances of his career. His defensive capabilities are a given, he simply doesn’t miss tackles and the majority of those hits are ‘+1’ aggressive tackles that halt or drive the attacking player backwards. The fine form of George North and Jamie Roberts, a solid scrum and an unsatisfied Welsh public – we analyse Wales’ performance against Scotlandlast_img read more

Six Nations: Team of the Weekend: Round Five

first_imgRan a brilliant support line to Ali Price to score a try that completely changed the atmosphere in Twickenham. What Trophies Do You Get For Winning A Grand Slam? Expand Relive Wales’ Grand Slam win Why Alun Wyn Jones and Warren Gatland were… Collapse LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The two men at the heart of Wales’ Grand Slam win Relive Wales’ Grand Slam win Six Nations: Team of the Weekend: Round FiveWell Wales are Six Nations Grand Slam champions, and sadly we have come to Sam Tremlett’s final Team of the Weekend. What do you make of his selections? Do you agree or disagree with them? Let us know on our social media channels.1. Rob Evans (Wales) Going up against probably the best tight-head in the world in Tadhg Furlong, Evans was excellent both in the scrum and in the loose.Stepped Up: Facing Furlong, Evans didn’t back down one inch (Getty Images)2. Stuart McInally (Scotland)It was his intercept try and subsequent 60-metre run that gave Scotland the glimmer of hope they needed just before half-time. I still don’t know how he was able to outrun Jonny May and Owen Farrell.3. Tomas Francis (Wales) Like Evans above, Francis also didn’t give an inch to his Irish opponent Cian Healy. In fact Francis frustrated him so much that it was Healy who was regularly feeling the wrath of the referee.Access Denied: Francis about to stop Sexton in his tracks (Getty Images)4. Adam Beard (Wales)In what was his first Six Nations campaign, Beard stepped up to the plate whenever he was asked. Generally strong in defence and a nuisance at the line-out, Beard is sure to give Cory Hill some competition for a starting spot at the World Cup.Unbeaten: Adam Beard still hasn’t lost in a Wales shirt (Getty Images)5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) Probably the player of the tournament, Jones embodies this Welsh team to a tee. Passionate, powerful and defiant, Jones was once again excellent. An inspirational leader who deserves all the plaudits.Soldiered On: Jones kept going after picking up a knock (Getty Images)6. Josh Navidi (Wales) 21 tackles in all and none missed only tells half the story with Navidi. He seemed to be a constant presence all over the pitch and his general energy and thirst for work over the entire 80 minutes is testament to how effective he is.Breakdown Nuisance: Navidi’s work-rate is top notch (Getty Images)7. Justin Tipuric (Wales)Tom Curry was once again brilliant for England but I have gone with Justin Tipuric because he rarely receives praise because a lot of his work is unseen. For example the Osprey’s man stopped an Irish rolling maul near the Welsh try-line in the first half which totally stalled any Irish momentum.Unseen Excellence: Tipuric does all the dirty work for Wales (Getty Images)8. Magnus Bradbury (Scotland) Wales won a Grand Slam last year, but… THE WRU cameras were there to capture all… Expand What Trophies Do You Get For Winning A Grand Slam? Sadly we have come to Round Five of the Six Nations, and Sam Tremlett’s last Team of the Weekend. Agree with his selections? The two men at the heart of Wales’ Grand Slam win Worthy Winners: How many welshman make it into Sam Tremlett’s Team of the Weekend? (Getty Images) 9. Tito Tebaldi (Italy)Italy’s best player throughout the tournament, he was again excellent against the French scoring once and nearly dotted down again. He was also arguably the best scrum-half in the tournament given the struggles of players like Conor Murray, Ben Youngs and Gareth Davies.10. Finn Russell (Scotland)He struggled to deal with England’s line speed in the first half but as they tired he excelled. As far as excitement and unpredictability goes at the fly-half position, he is unmatched in the Six Nations. His intercept try shows his vision and reading of the game to be exemplary.11. Jess Breach (England Women)Another two tries against Scotland, she had nine in the tournament to help England to a Grand Slam.Unstoppable Force: Breach scored another two tries against Scotland (Getty images)12. Hadleigh Parkes (Wales) Parkes was the man at the centre of two pivotal moments in the match in Cardiff. First he gathered Anscombe’s kick to score after just 69 seconds and then five minutes later he produced a try-saving tackle on Jacob Stockdale – a moment which could have changed the game entirely.13. Henry Slade (England)He is brilliant to watch and has all but cemented a centre spot for the future. His offload to Jonny May was brilliantly audacious.Electric Entertainer: Slade excites whenever he is on the ball (Getty Images)14. Damian Penaud (France)Played a key role in the two biggest moments of the match against Italy. First he pulled off a brilliant tackle on Marco Zanon to force a knock-on and deny almost a certain try. He then went up the other end and put the game to bed after some dramatic skill by Romain Ntamack. Only 22-years-old, the Clermont man looks to be a real find.15. Gareth Anscombe (Wales)  He may have had the number ten on his back but given the early injury to George North and a change of personnel, Anscombe played his finest game in a Welsh jersey in the full-back position. He racked up the points – 20 in all – and also produced a lovely dinked kick to allow Parkes to score at the start of the match against Ireland.Fine Fettle: Anscombe was outstanding regardless of position in Cardiff (Getty Images)Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Too Much, Too Soon: Harry Robinson on preparing for the future

first_imgThe former Wales international preaches financial savviness to young stars Breaking through: Harry Robinson faces London Irish with Scarelts in 2015 (Getty Images) Too Much, Too Soon: Harry Robinson on preparing for the futureIn Rugby World‘s new long-read, ‘Too Much, Too Soon’, Quade Cooper says of first bursting onto the elite scene: “I learnt the hard way. I’d spend all my money, pay cheque to pay cheque, every cent, because I knew it would fill back up.”Money management. It’s a subject that can be on many players’ minds. And according to former Wales international Harry Robinson, who had to retire at 23 following a serious neck injury, there are steps you can take to safeguard your future.Related: The latest issue of Rugby World magazine“My first bit of advice would be to enjoy your money,” says Robinson, who is now in wealth management and advises some players. “You are in an extremely privileged place. Not many 18-, 19-, 20-year-olds are going to be on that money. That’s the time where you are going on holiday with your mates, having a laugh.“Then even before I was 20 I went, ‘Right, I’m going to buy my first house’. So second, I’d say getting on that property ladder is absolutely crucial.“Third is understanding that this can end at any time. So you should have a safety blanket there, in cash or investments. I was lucky to not have to sell my house or go for a loan or go to my parents for money. You should have cash easily available should anything happen.“Ask ‘What are my outgoings?’ If they are, say two grand a month, living frugally, you’ll need £24k to get you through a year of retraining, if I was to finish. And then there’s thinking about longer term. This part of your life could be when you make the largest amount of money, potentially, so it’s making sure you take surplus income from now and putting it somewhere you might need it in the future.”He mentions putting money into a pension, saving money on tax now, growing a nest egg. Which means his checklist goes: enjoyment, property, emergency fund, and then being smart with surplus income now. Big hand: Robinson celebrates a try for Wales against Japan (Getty Images)Oversimplifying, if you budget for your mortgage, council tax, bills and insurance, then you can save X amount of thousands to put in your pot for after rugby. Whatever is left can help with holidays, splurges and other fun asides.As he surmises: “You can enjoy your money and be sensible at the same time.” The end of his career was borne from a collision against Edinburgh, which caused two discs to slip into his spinal cord. He was incredibly lucky “to be alive, let alone walking”, according to the experts who saw him.Yet despite trying to come back after surgery, he was not the same athlete. His previous 40m sprint time was 4.62secs, but when he came back he could not break 5secs. As a winger, he knew the writing was on the wall.He is happy with how his life has panned out away from the field, though, saying he is in “a very, very good place” with his career and the client bank he is building.He is also full of praise for the Welsh Rugby Players’ Association for the work they do with workshops and contacts. He encourages young players to seriously consider future careers.Signing that first contract is exciting he says, and money should be enjoyed. He also appreciates that many older players are good at giving advice (“go speak to an accountant or financial advisor” etc). But don’t put off thinking ahead. The game doesn’t last forever. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand Too Much, Too Soon: the strain on young referees Too Much, Too Soon: The French gateway for… Too Much, Too Soon: The French gateway for South African rugby talent Too Much, Too Soon: the strain on young referees Too Much, Too Soon: The French gateway for South African rugby talent You can read our original special report – Too Much, Too Soon – in the current issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Collapse Too Much, Too Soon: the strain on young…last_img read more

Resumen del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano: 29 de octubre

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Episcopal News Service – Auckland, Nueva  Zelanda] Muchas cosas ocurren cada día durante la 15a. reunión del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano (ACC). Además de la cobertura regular de Episcopal News Service, he aquí algunas de las otras cosas que siguieron del 28 al 29 de octubre (hora local).Jóvenes autores anglicanos presentan un libro sobre la misión como “enriquecedora de la vida”.El arzobispo de Cantórbery, Rowan Williams lanzó oficialmente el  libro Life-widening Mission: Global Anglican Perspectives [Misión enriquecedora de la vida: Perspectivas anglicanas mundiales] al que llamó una nueva hoja de ruta para la misión en la Comunión Anglicana.El libro consiste en una colección de reflexiones y perspectivas de un grupo de jóvenes anglicanos compiladas después de que asistieran a Edimburgo 2010, un evento que conmemoró la histórica Conferencia Ecuménica de Edimburgo de 1910. Los ensayos se escribieron a partir de los antecedentes contextuales personales de los asistentes y a la luz de las Cinco Marcas de la Misión de la Comunión Anglicana.Jóvenes anglicanos de Brasil, Canadá, África Central, Hong Kong, Kenia, África del Sur y la Iglesia Episcopal de Estados Unidos escribieron la mayoría de los capítulos. Cathy Ross de Nueva Zelanda editó la colección.“Teníamos una visión común…de cómo resultar eficaces en la misión de Dios”, dijo la Rda. Irene Ayallo, de Kenia, una de los autores, durante el lanzamiento.Williams dijo que hasta ahora la mayoría de los mapas usados para señalar el curso de la misión en la Comunión Anglicana habían sido trazados “en gran medida por hombres mayores de 55 años, en gran medida por hombres ordenados mayores de 55 y en gran medida por hombres ordenados mayores de 55 años con una tez ligeramente más pálida” que la mayoría de las personas del mundo. Él resaltó que esas hojas de ruta tradicionales “no siempre lo llevaban a uno a la meta porque los sucesos resultan cambiantes sobre el terreno”.Recurriendo a un tema del que había hablado antes en la reunión del CCA, Williams dijo que los jóvenes no son el futuro de la Iglesia, sino que, por el contrario, son el presente de la Iglesia. Y los jóvenes escritores cuyos textos aparecen compilados en este libro sobre la misión muestran que el contingente juvenil de la Comunión “está haciendo sus propios mapas, y trazando su propio rumbo”, no en rebelión contra la tradición, “sino sencillamente progresando con ella”.Todas las provincias aceptaron la invitación del CCA; todas excepto una están representadas.Kenneth Kearon, el secretario general de la Comunión Anglicana, dijo en un encuentro informativo con la prensa el 29 de octubre (hora local) que si bien ninguna provincia se ha quedado oficialmente fuera de la reunión del CCA15, faltan algunas personas.El Servicio de Noticias de la Comunión Anglicana [Anglican Communion News Service] informó que de 87 delegados, 10 no se encuentran presentes aún. Entre éstos se incluyen tres miembros de Uganda y uno de cada una de las provincias del Congo, Irlanda, Norte de la Inda, Filipinas, Tanzania y de los invitados por el comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana para garantizar la diversidad de la membresía del Consejo. Algunos de esos siete se encuentran todavía de viaje, si bien otros declinaron la invitación debido a razones personales o administrativas, o por problemas de visado.“No hay ninguna provincia que se haya quedado fuera” dijo Kearon.La Iglesia de la Provincia de Uganda no está representada en la reunión, pero sólo porque se olvidó de elegir a sus miembros, apuntó él. La provincia debió haber elegido a sus tres miembros este verano pasado en la misma reunión en que resultó electo el Rvdmo. Stanley Ntagali como el 8vo. arzobispo de la Iglesia de Uganda.“Hubo la intención; lo cual es bueno”, dijo Kearon. “Pero siento genuinamente que no vinieran porque existe el antecedente de una historia para eso”.Esa historia incluye la decisión de Uganda de boicotear la reunión decenal de los obispos de la Comunión en 2008 porque el arzobispo de Cantórbery Rowan Williams había invitado a los obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal. Los obispos ugandeses manifestaron su objeción debido a recientes acontecimientos de la Iglesia Episcopal y a decisiones tomadas por ésta, entre ellas la de permitir en 2003 que su diócesis de Nueva Hampshire ordenara y consagrara a Gene Robinson como su obispo.Los anglicanos ugandeses se vieron involucrados en una polémica en la última reunión del CCC que tuvo lugar en Jamaica en 2009, cuando a Philip Ashey, ex sacerdote de la Iglesia episcopal que fue aceptado en la Iglesia de Uganda en 2005, no se le permitió que participara como delegado de Uganda porque, según dijo en ese tiempo el Comité Permanente, su relación con la provincia del este de África es “resultado de una intervención interprovincial”.Y Uganda fue también una de las siete provincias que boicoteó la Reunión de los Primados en enero de 2011.Una lista de todos los miembros del CCA aparece aquí.Un código de conducta para el ConsejoTodos los miembros del Consejo recibieron un código de conducta tocante a comportamientos discriminatorios, acoso y acoso sexual. El personal de la Oficina de la Comunión Anglicana redactó el código para usarlo en todas las reuniones oficinales de la Comunión.El código compromete a la Comunión a garantizar que las reuniones se celebren “en un ambiente de hospitalidad y seguridad” y declara que “la conducta discriminatoria, incluido el acoso de cualquier clase —sexual, étnico, basado en la clase, relacionado con la edad o de cualquier otro tipo, no ha de ser tolerado”.Entre sus principios, el código le pide a los participantes de la reunión que se comporten respetuosamente hacia los demás,  que no abusen de sus relaciones, “sean honestos con ustedes mismos y con los demás respecto a sus límites personales”, sean sensibles a las diferencias sociales y culturales y “estén prestos a disculparse” si alguien cree que la conducta de uno ha resultado ofensiva o ha sido malentendida.El código, con una extensión de tres páginas, bosqueja también el papel de los responsables de abordar los casos de acoso que se reporten.Kearon dijo al Consejo el 29 de octubre que le habían preguntado si los miembros podrían poner en vigor el código de conducta en sus diócesis y provincias.“Nos alegra de que lleven eso de vuelta a sus provincias”, dijo él, advirtiendo, sin embargo, que algunas formulaciones específicas habían sido examinadas por abogados del Reino Unido para ajustarlas al derecho local y que los miembros deben procurar asesoría legal para estar seguros se ajusta a las leyes en sus jurisdicciones.No obstante, agregó él, el código “debería ser el punto de partida para un diálogo en su provincia”.Toda la cobertura de ENS del CCA15 se encuentra aquí.– La Rda. 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‘Washed out to sea,’ but New Jersey chapel survives

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The battered Fellowship Hall of St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ortley Beach, New Jersey, was elevated 42 inches above ground when it was built. Three feet of sand is now piled up underneath it and covers the remains of the chapel in the foreground. St. Elisabeth photo/Lynn Casaleggio[Episcopal News Service] If you were to say, six weeks after Hurricane Sandy blew through, that all that is left of St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ortley Beach, New Jersey, are some battered brass vases, candlesticks and collection plates; some sodden prayer books and hymnals; part of a sign honoring contributors to the chapel; the back of a pew with a Bible still secure in the rack, the water-stained register of services and, perhaps, the bishop’s chair, you would be right, but only in the physical sense.And the same can be said for many of the other churches and chapels along the shore in the Diocese of New Jersey. (The diocese has a status report of all its congregations here. St. Elisabeth’s is the only complete loss.)Dennis Bellars, who has been the chapel’s senior warden for 16 years, told Episcopal News Service that the congregation is “tucked into the [East Dover] Baptist Church on the mainland.” Diocese of New Jersey Bishop George Councell has been there to worship with the members and “we want to reopen our doors as soon as possible.”Prior to Hurricane Sandy, St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea in Ortley Beach, New Jersey, sat parallel to the Atlantic Ocean at the end of Third Avenue with just a small parking lot separating it from the beach. The chapel’s Fellowship Hall in the background is still standing. St. Elisabeth photo/Kathy WatsonBellars and his fellow leaders of the 127-year-old congregation have already begun to write “our need list, our want list and our wish list for our next building.” That work began during the month before he could actually visit the spot from which, in Councell’s words, St. Elisabeth’s was “washed out to sea.”When Bellars and others finally gained access to Ortley on Nov. 29, a month after Sandy, “we saw just rubble where the church once was.”The Fellowship Hall, built in 2009, is still standing but its structural integrity is in question. Built on 42-inch pilings but now with barely any daylight between the sand and the underside of the hall, the building took on about 15 inches of water, Bellars estimates. That means Sandy drove at least five feet of water against it and the chapel, which stood in front of it parallel to the ocean and across a small parking lot from the beach.“I had seen pictures but when you see the devastation in reality and when you see chunks of asphalt from the municipal parking lot, which was right next door between us and the water, and the telephone poles on the ground where the chapel was, it just moved me to the point where – I’m kind of an emotional person anyway – the tears just flowed,” he said. “It was very sad, very sad.”There may have been 15 inches of seawater in St. Elisabeth’s Fellowship Hall that floated the piano and refrigerator, but the Christmas gifts were untouched. Diocese of New Jersey photo/Phyllis JonesBut the sadness has been salved in part by members, friends and neighbors in the small community that is part of the town of Toms River, which lost an estimated 20 percent of its taxable base to Sandy. Ever since the storm, people have e-mailed and called Bellars to tell him they have found things they think belong to St. Elisabeth’s. A parishioner on Green Island, across the bay and slightly north on the mainland, found part of a 3 feet by 5 feet commemorative sign that used to hang inside the chapel. Many of its brass plaques were intact.A young man not affiliated with the chapel found an interior door up in Ocean Acres about three miles north of Green Island. Bellars said the door was severely damaged but for the brass plaque on it, which honored Mrs. T. Robinson Warren of New Brunswick, New Jersey, who was instrumental in having the chapel built as a thank offering for the restoration of the health of her daughter, Cornelia.Someone found a pew back with a Bible still in the book rack about three blocks down Third Avenue from the church. Bellars said the person e-mailed him to report the finding and noted that when they checked the Bible, it opened to a passage about rebuilding the temple.“Go figure,” Bellars said.Early on, Toms River Police Sgt. Ralph Stocco, who was married at St. Elisabeth’s nine years ago, contacted Bellars to tell him he had recovered an ornate chair wedged under the rubble of a nearby house and put it in the back of his pickup truck. From his description Bellars was certain it was the bishop’s chair. Stocco later brought the chair to East Dover Baptist where Pastor Michael Mazur vacuumed the needlepoint, cleaned up the wood and set it up near the altar, Bellars said. It’s a little worse for wear, he said, but will be restored.“People have found our prayer books and our hymnals” scattered around the neighborhood, as well as the services register, Bellars said.“It was wet but, they thought that it would be salvageable because you can read it,” he said of the latter.While Bellars was meeting inside the Fellowship Hall Nov. 29 with John Webster of Church Insurance and others, diocesan Chief Operating Officer Phyllis Jones was outside taking pictures when a squad car pulled up. The officer asked if she was part of the church and if he could give her something. Jones said he reached over to the passenger side and lifted out one of the chapel’s brass altar vases.Bellars thinks there’s more to be found, especially on the site, which he estimates is now covered by 3 feet of sand. He’s had offers from a group of Boy Scouts in Tennessee to come and methodically dig through that sand whenever the congregation is ready. Bellars is eager to have that happen.“I think the bell is down there,” he said.Inside the Fellowship Hall, Sandy was capricious. The storm knocked over the refrigerator and the piano. It destroyed one of two filing cabinets into which Bellars had recently organized documents related to the chapel’s history. The other “floated from the back of the hall to the front of the hall on its side,” he said.Yet, in one corner, tables filled with items for a Christmas celebration were “just the way it was left; the gifts were there, the table cloths were there,” according to Bellars.Still, he finds an upside: the congregation has grown to the point where the year-round residents gather during the winter for worship at Faith Lutheran Church in nearby Lavallette. The members met there for two years while the chapel was insulated, got air conditioning and a better heating system. Lately there’d been talk of adding on to the chapel and Bellars said there was a debate about just where the addition would go. “Now we don’t have to face that situation,” he notes.Water from all sidesAs Sandy roared into New Jersey, it flung winds over 1,150 miles around it. Those winds, coupled with a full-moon high tide around the time the storm raked the coast, pushed water ahead of it and forced it far inland. Along New Jersey’s barrier islands, many buildings were damaged or destroyed not by water from the ocean but from the bay side of the islands.Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge clobbered All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey, from both the ocean and the bay sides. Diocese of New Jersey photo/Phyllis JonesSuch was the case in Bay Head where All Saints’ Episcopal Church sits three blocks from the ocean and a block from the tidal Scow Ditch, and where Sandy caused an estimated $4 million in damage to the church and rectory, according to its rector.“It got hammered on both sides by the ocean and the bay,” said the Rev. Neil Turton in an interview one month after the storm. “But the bay did more damage through all the mud and muck and slime. The foundations literally collapsed. If you would have gone into All Saints’ [just after the storm], you would have seen the pews at a 30 degree angle pointing towards the center of the aisle.”Turton and his wife, Wendy, rode out the storm a bit farther inland in Bay Head, and he first saw the church when friends came with their kayaks to paddle there. The sight “was devastating,” he said, adding that but for the parish’s Bristol Hall and office area “the church would have floated into the ditch.” The rectory was severely damaged and may well have to be razed, according to Turton.“The water damage was so colossal,” he said. “It destroyed my office. We’ve lost so much. I was walking around in borrowed shoes for five days. All our clothes at the rectory – everything – we just lost everything.”“The Church Insurance group has been wonderful; I have the utmost praise for them,” Turton said.An adjustor came within a day or two and arranged for clean-up to begin, he said, as well as an immediate project to raise the ditch’s bulkhead behind the church by two feet. That latter project is being funded by $50,000 from the insurance company and a parishioner’s gift of stock that will add another $30,000, according to Turton.“It’s just amazing how people have risen above this catastrophic nightmare and come together in a most impressive way,” said Turton, who was a priest in the Church of England for 23 years before coming to All Saints’ 10 years ago.The All Saints’ congregation is now worshipping at 12:15 p.m. on Sundays at St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant Beach, about two miles to the north. St. Mary’s has offered refuge to hundreds of storm victims since the morning after Sandy cleared.“We, hopefully, will be celebrating at All Saints’ again at All Saintstide 2013,” Turton said.Life in the six weeks since Sandy “is like living in an alternate universe – all our certainty, our sense of knowing what the day will bring is gone,” he said.“I preached on that first Sunday [All Saints Sunday six days after Sandy struck] that we are a people in exile. This is what exile feels like. We are in a borrowed house. We are in a borrowed church. We’re wearing borrowed clothes.”The Turtons are living in a summer rental home in Point Pleasant which had never been rented in the winter until a parishioner made connections with the owners who agreed to let the couple move in.Some of the All Saints’ members have lost their houses, as well, yet “no one has put the blame on God,” said Turton.“They might say ‘Is God testing us?’ but no one is blaming God, no one has blamed God or asked why God has allowed it.”The Jersey Shore weathered Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and residents figured Sandy would be bad but “nobody thought it was going to be like this. Because if we had, I don’t know what we would have done and perhaps it was a good thing we didn’t know.”Sandy was a fickle stormFarther north along the shore, Sandy’s storm surge pushed five feet of water into the basements, parish hall and rectory of St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson. Oil tanks tipped over and spilled oil into the water. The members are worshipping at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in nearby Red Bank.For all of its power, Sandy was fickle, or least astoundingly unpredictable. St. John’s Episcopal Church of Litter Silver, about four miles inland from Rumson, also suffered serious flooding, but the 243-year-old building of Christ Church in Shrewsbury, some two miles from Little Silver, lost half of one stained-glass window and some trees in the churchyard. And Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park, nine miles south of Shrewsbury and three blocks from the ocean, had only minor wind damage.“We have been incredibly blessed that things are not as worse as they could have been,” said diocesan CFO Jones.Sandy Diehl, senior warden of the seasonal Episcopal Church of St. Simon’s by-the-Sea in Mantoloking, would no doubt agree. The church, north of Ortley Beach and south of Bay Head, weathered the storm with minimal damage and no water infiltration. This is a small town where 60 homes were destroyed, 137 uninhabitable and 383 damaged, according to information here, and where “the ocean met the bay everywhere,” in the words of Diehl. The church is about equidistant – roughly 300 feet – from the ocean and the bay.“We have been the recipient of a miracle,” he said. “Both properties [church and rectory] have been spared, amazingly … It almost appeared that the waters parted – if I can use that expression – and went around both the church and the rectory, versus under their foundations.”And to the south of Ortley Beach on the northern tip of the next barrier island, Long Beach, St. Peter’s-at-the-Light Episcopal Church in Barnegat Light also survived unscathed. The same is true for Holy Innocents Episcopal Church towards the south end of LBI, as the locals call the island, in Beach Haven. “That just boggles my mind,” said the Rev. Donald Turner, St. Peter’s rector.His congregation returned to the church on Dec. 2 after natural-gas lines were reconnected in town. They had been celebrating Eucharist at noon on Sundays at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the mainland in Waretown since the storm.The Rev. Frank Crumbaugh III, Holy Innocents’ rector, kept a log of his Sandy experience on the church’s website. “I cried a lot today,” is how the penultimate entry on All Souls Day (Nov. 2) begins.He also posted a status report on the members of the congregation, listing their locations and summarizing the damage to their homes. “Whole house/total loss?” and reports of partial flooding fill the list. One entry reads “First floor flooded/ Bob died 11/14.”“The 2012 holidays may feel subdued,” Crumbaugh wrote on the website’s homepage Dec. 1.“We have one another, and the hopes each has for what life looks like after the storm,” he wrote. “We have the ancient words and the comforting familiar shape of the liturgy and the music we all love so well. Let that be enough, because it is enough. Rest in the ancient familiar of Advent and Christmas – let it give grounding and rest and comfort.”— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. 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