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Sean Fitzpatricks’ World Cup verdict

first_imgFitzys’ standout performer of the Tourament – James ArlidgeI’m delighted with the shape the All Blacks are in as the knockout stage begins. The big game to date was against France and we were right on the money, regardless of the team the French put out.You always need to be physical against France at the breakdown and that’s what we were. Looking at the pack, the starting eight against France is pretty much the scrum I’d like to see for the rest of the tournament – apart from Kieran Read to come back into the mix at No 8.The Brad Thorn/Sam Whitelock partnership in the second row works well, with Ali Williams on the bench, though against a really tall pack you might need Williams’s height. But I like Thorn because he’s always very physical.  I’m also happy with the way Owen Franks is going at tighthead and Tony Woodcock at loosehead. Keven Mealamu and Andrew Hore complement each other well as hookers and both are in good form.There was talk before the NZ-France game about how the result could affect the progress of the teams. For me it wasn’t a factor – there’s no such thing as an ‘easier’ half of the draw. Ireland beat Australia, which was a real wake-up call to the southern hemisphere. What that win showed was how crucial the breakdown is today. Without David Pocock Australia struggled; New Zealand would be in a similar position if they lost Richie McCaw or Wales if they lost Sam Warburton.Some mates who went told me the Australia v Ireland game was the best atmosphere they’ve ever experienced. New Zealanders said before the World Cup that the country was a stadium of four million people and they’ve proved it. It’s exceeded people’s expectations and I’ve certainly been blown away by the job we’ve done in hosting the tournament.The one criticism I have is of the scheduling that did the smaller nations no favours. Look at poor Namibia, who had to play Wales four days after taking on the Springboks. Similarly, Samoa have had some short turnarounds while the big boys have had longer rest periods. If we want these teams to be competitive, they’ve got to have a level playing field. Who can blame Japan for fielding a second XV against the All Blacks when they were faced with three games in 11 days, another of which was against France?Talking of Japan, their fly-half James Arlidge was a standout performer in the pool stage. He’d be good enough to step into a Tier One side, so too Samoa No 8 George Stowers. I’ve also been impressed by Israel Dagg for the All Blacks, while the Welsh pair of Warburton and Rhys Priestland will be stars for a long time.As for the best hooker, he’s spent most of the time on the bench. I’m talking about South Africa’s Bismarck du Plessis, who can’t get into the team because of captain John Smit. I wonder if the Boks may come to regret that. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This article appeared in the November 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.center_img Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

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Injured Muliaina and Slade to be replaced by Gear and Donald

first_img He may have reached 100 test caps for the All Blacks, but Mils Muliaina is out of the RWC, along with Colin SladeAll Blacks backs Mils Muliaina and Colin Slade have been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering injuries in last night’s 33–10 Quarterfinal win over Argentina in Auckland.All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson told a media conference today that scans had revealed that Muliaina, who played his 100th Test for the All Blacks last night, had suffered a fracture in his left shoulder, while Slade had suffered a partial tear to his left adductor.Wellington wing Hosea Gear and Waikato first five–eighth Stephen Donald have been called into the squad and will join the All Blacks in Auckland tomorrow ahead of this weekend’s Semifinal match against Australia. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS New Zealand’s All Blacks fly-half Colin Slade (L) leaves the field next to New Zealand’s All Blacks full back Mils Muliaina during the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match New Zealand vs Argentina at the Eden Park in Auckland on October 9, 2011. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) All Blacks Coach Graham Henry told the media conference: “They are obviously very disappointed that they have both got tournament–ending injuries … and they are very disappointed to be leaving the group at this stage of the tournament.  It’s a very difficult situation.” Dr Robinson said: “Mils hurt his shoulder right at the end of the first half last night and had to be replaced at halftime.  It doesn’t require any further treatment, it doesn’t require an operation.  He will get better completely and it will probably take six to eight weeks.”“As far as Colin Slade is concerned, unfortunately just with the timing of the injury we don’t have long enough to rehabilitate him to be able to take any further part in the tournament.”last_img read more

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Ten things you didn’t know about Andries Pretorius

first_imgNOT FOR FEATURED 9. He enjoys taking trips around Wales when he gets the chance and has been to Snowdonia and North Wales, although he is braver than many tourists. “If I’m driving along and see a lake, I jump in.”10. While he’s keen to jump into lakes, he’s not so keen to give surfing a go in the northern hemisphere. He’d get on his board a lot in Durban, but the water’s too cold for him here! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Forward momentum: Andries Pretorius, who qualifies to play for Wales in June, pictured on the charge for the BluesCARDIFF BLUES’ South Africa-born back-rower Andries Pretorius qualifies for Wales on residency this summer, but here are a few facts about him you probably don’t know…1. He’s currently reading Jonny Wilkinson’s autobiography and says: “It sounds like he’s got a little bit of OCD.” He’s also a big fan of Bear Grylls’s “phenomenal book” Mud, Sweat and Tears.2. He can play at blindside or No 8, but says: “I prefer eight because of the freedom it gives you. I like the responsibility that comes from playing eight and the opportunity to hang back and pick lines better.”Good mate: Wales captain Sam Warburton with the Triple Crown3. He’s good friends with Wales captain Sam Warburton and the pair’s work ethic is very similar. “I set really high standards for myself and even when it’s raining and miserable I want to do extras after training. I also like to watch games and see what other teams are doing well. Sam’s like that too; we’re constantly trying to improve and that’s why we get on.”4. Born in Nelspruit, South Africa, Pretorius spent a lot of his youth in the local mountains camping and fishing with friends – and had some interesting adventures. They once came across a mountain lion and he says: “That was a tricky situation but I think it was more scared of us than we were of it.” The group also found a human jaw bone once and had to take the police to it.5. His most embarrassing moment came when he left his MacBook outside for four days when he went on his stag do to Edinburgh only to come home and find that it had rained while he’d been away so the laptop was broken. “The boys thought that was funny,” he says.center_img 6. His toughest opponent to date has been Harlequins openside flanker Maurie Fa’asavalu, who is “such a good ball-carrier and works really hard”, but next season he thinks he’ll have trouble with a more familiar face as Casey Laulala is leaving the Blues for Munster.Surfing: A warm-weather hobby!7. Pretorius is a qualified electrician in South Africa but can’t yet work in that field in the UK. He needs learn the different protocols in Britain and gain some work experience, which is something he’s looking into doing with the Welsh Rugby Players’ Association.8. When asked about the funniest thing he’s every heard on the pitch, he recalls a story told to him by Allan Lewis, his coach at Hartpury College. “A ref once said to a prop, ‘You’re boring in at the scrum’ and the prop looked at him and said, ‘You’re not that entertaining yourself’! TAGS: Cardiff Blues last_img read more

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October – Wales in focus

first_imgThis column is intended to be a look at the previous month in Welsh rugby. However, such is the importance of November that it warrants a mention here. Wales simply must perform in the Autumn Internationals. It’s not just a matter of IRB ranking points – which will determine Wales’ seeding in the 2015 World Cup. If Wales don’t perform well in November then the structure of Welsh rugby may seem off kilter. Currently, the entire Welsh set-up is geared towards the national team, with serious resources spent on propelling the Test team up the rankings.Currently it’s working; Wales are genuine contenders for a place in the IRB’s top three. But if Wales don’t win three out of four Autumn Internationals, then questions will be asked. Wales are the only test side in the IRB’s top seven teams where test success comes at the expense of its clubs/ regions. With the possible exception of Australia, this year at least, New Zealand, South Africa, France, England and Ireland all manage to maintain competitive test teams alongside strong club/ regional squads – currently Wales do not. Desperate: Bradley Davies was part of a Cardiff side that were handed out a painful lesson by Leinsterby Paul WilliamsA MONTH is a long time in Welsh rugby. Let’s take a look at look at the highs and lows of October:A watershed for the Cardiff Blues?Damian Browne, Jamie Heaslip, Fionn Carr, Cian Healy, Dave Kearney, Ian Madigan, Richardt Strauss and Jordi Murphy. You may wonder why I’m reeling off the Leinster squad that faced Cardiff Blues on Saturday night. I’m not. I’m listing the players who scored a try against Cardiff Blues on Saturday night – eight players in total. 54% of the Leinster XV crossed the line against Cardiff Blues – Heaslip scored twice. Over the 80 minutes Leinster controlled a crucial 75% of the attacking possession. It enabled Leinster’s backrow to carry the ball almost twice as far as the Blues loose forwards – 94m versus 40m.It also allowed the Leinster backline to carry the ball and break the line at will – they carried the ball 308m compared to the Blues 220m. But by far the most damning stat of the game was Jamie Roberts’ tackle count. Roberts had to make 18 tackles at inside-centre – he completed 16 and missed two. If your inside-centre is forced to make 18 tackles, then the opposition’s No 10 has had way too much possession. In fact, Roberts made more tackles than any of the backrow players on either team.We’re all aware of the reasons why Cardiff Blues are struggling – a new coach, the significant loss of experienced players and the constrained financial landscape of regional rugby in Wales. But it doesn’t make it any easier to watch – at the moment it’s like sitting in front of a low-budget rugby horror movie.Heineken Cup highlights regional problemsDuring the opening 4-6 weeks of the season, the impact of the financial crisis in Welsh rugby was largely muted.  With average Scottish teams, unpredictable Italian performances and the Irish teams protecting their squads for bigger and better things, the RaboDirect Pro 12 is a league where poor performances can easily be camouflaged.The Heineken Cup is not. After just two rounds both the Scarlets and Cardiff Blues have just one point from two games and are essentially out of the competition. Even though the Ospreys find themselves in second place in a highly competitive Pool 2, their capitulation in the last ten minutes against Leicester was alarming – contenders for the later stages of the Heineken Cup do not concede three tries in nine minutes. Heineken used to ‘refresh the parts that other beers cannot reach’ – refreshing the Welsh regions this term may be beyond even its reach. Warburton v TipuricMany people view the Warburton versus Tipuric issue as a problem. I don’t. It’s not a problem, it’s a privilege. The Welsh team haven’t had two open sides of such quality for 20 years, maybe ever. These are the selection dilemmas that New Zealanders, Australians and South Africans have historically dealt with. To be questioning which is the better of two open-sides in Wales is a milestone for Welsh rugby. Both Warburton and Tipuric’s skillsets place as them as two of the finest open sides in the northern hemisphere. There are tier one nations who can’t even summon one world class open-side. Wales have two.Biggar the betterTest form: Biggar has been hugely impressive this seasonDan Biggar was booed at the Ospreys kit launch in the close season by his own fans. He’s come a long way since then. His performances this season have been of Test quality and have largely silenced the calls for Matthew Morgan to replace him as the starting No 10 at the Liberty Stadium.He’s the top point scorer and the leading goal kicker in the RaboDirect Pro 12.  But it’s his performances in the Heineken Cup which have been most impressive.Barring his frighteningly flat, miss one, pass against Leicester, Biggar has been a rare Welsh highlight in the Heineken Cup. His short, mid and long range distribution is assured from both hands. His line kicking is deep, his tackling is solid and his goal kicking would be a massive boost for Wales – his six from six display at Welford Rd was lauded by his opposite number Toby Flood, high praise indeed. If selected at No 10, with Leigh Halfpenny at full-back, it would allow Wales to have two 80% goal kickers on the field at the same time – something Rhys Priestland is currently unable to offer. But Biggar’s GK % has never been his Achilles heel. Biggar’s problem has always been his BC% – Back Chat percentage. If he can keep that figure in check, he may yet figure prominently in the Autumn Internationals.November is vital for Wales LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LEICESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Dan Biggar of Ospreys kicks a penalty during the Heineken Cup Round 2 match between Leicester Tigers and Ospreys at Welford Road on October 21, 2012 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) last_img read more

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Sevens series hits Hong Kong

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In the last round the ever-present New Zealand lost to South Africa. Who will do the business in Hong Kong and Japan? It is hard to tell, with such an unpredictable table – Australia and Scotland do not even feature in the top ten and Welsh fans will be delighted to see they are one place above England – but that makes for an exciting next round.Coverage of day two starts at 7am on Sky Sports 3. Late show: Portugal’s Duarte Moreira scores in the corner to seal a 27-21 win over Scotland in Hong KongBy Alan DymockAS SNOW still blankets parts of the UK, spare a thought for those having to toil in the balmy conditions in Hong Kong.The latest leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series is underway in the Far East, with the event in Hong Kong to be followed up with a weekend in Tokyo. It is the sixth tournament of the nine in a series where New Zealand are already pulling away from nearest challengers South Africa and Samoa in the overall standings.Sevens heaven: a fan enjoys the actionIt is an event with plenty to savour for the home nations, with Wales already beating Australia in their opening leg and England set to meet their northern rivals Scotland in a Pool C clash. But who are the latest stars of the tour?England’s Dan Norton is in typically lethal form, having scored 22 tries so far, but he is shaded in the listings by versatile winger Cornal Hendricks of South Africa, who has a staggering 25 tries already. Sean Duke of Canada is the surprise joint-second top try-scorer with Norton, with his team having a bit of a breakout year in terms of standings and progress.New Zealand’s Tomasi Cama routinely tops the list and it is no surprise that the almost omnipresent playmaker is one of the top point-scorers in the series, but even he is second to Fiji’s finisher and kicker Joji Baleviani Raqamate.If you follow sevens you will be pleased to see names like Collins Injera of Kenya (now coached by Mike Friday) and Lio Lolo of Samoa still hanging in there, as well as Pedro Martin producing the goods for Spain. Terry Bouhraoua continues to be an unpredictable French outfit’s one constant, and the distinctive running of James Fleming is a standout for Scotland. NOT FOR FEATURED Samoan star: Lio Lolo wins a high ballHowever, the event is notable for the inclusion of some new forces, with Brazil taking their first bow in the sevens arena as part of their preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics, where the abbreviated game will be played for the first time. Russia have been keen to get involved recently too, with Moscow hosting the Sevens World Cup this summer.Both nations, alongside the likes of Uruguay and Hong Kong (involved in the series this weekend), will be hoping for vast improvements. With 12 sides competing in a core team pre-qualifier competition that runs alongside the main World Series tournament a lot is at stake. The top four teams from the pre-qualifier will progress to the London Sevens in May for a chance to qualify as a core team on the 2013-14 Series.If you only care about the big boys, though, you may be pleased to see how topsy-turvy things have been. It is sevens, after all.Fiji won the inaugural event in Australia, Samoa triumphing in Dubai and New Zealand continuing the Pacific charge by claiming the South African title. England then defied form by besting Kenya in an entertaining final in Wellington, New Zealand.last_img read more

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Gatland right to be wary of Aussie mind games

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Full flight: Brian O’Driscoll busts Queensland’s line in 2001, a match that prompted an Aussie fightback in the press By Deputy Editor Alan PeareySTICKS AND STONES may break my bones but words will never hurt me. The Australians have been making a mockery of that adage for years, no nation being wiser to the power of psychological warfare in sporting combat.Whereas in cricket the Aussies’ ‘sledging’ of opponents takes place largely at the wicket, rugby’s high-octane nature means on-field verbal jousting is comparatively rare. It’s through the media that points can be scored and skirmishes won.In 1989 the Wallabies reacted furiously to losing the second Test by heaping pressure on the match officials for the decider in Sydney. “The third Test could develop into open warfare,” warned skipper Nick Farr-Jones. “The Lions have set the rules and the standards and, if the officials are going to do nothing about it, then we’re going to have to do it ourselves.”The ARU issued a press release condemning violence in the game and compiled a video of ‘incidents’ from the second Test to send to the Four Home Unions committee. Little good it did them – they lost the series – but the lessons were stored and when the Lions returned in 2001, this time they got their retaliation in early.After the Lions crushed Queensland Reds 42-8, Eddie Jones, coach of next opponents Australia A, said he was disappointed by the amount of foul play in the Queensland game and urged match officials to “keep an eye on it” when the Lions met his side at Gosford. It did the trick, Kiwi ref Paul Honiss awarding a 24-9 penalty count against the Lions in the Australia A match. Mind games: Rod Macqueen heaped pressure on the refsBob Dwyer, the NSW coach, spoke of the Lions’ ‘illegal’ play at the breakdown and demanded more yellow cards, while Wallabies coach Rod Macqueen complained that the Lions were twisting the scrum before the put-in and attacking lineout jumpers in mid-air.And it wasn’t just words being used against the Lions. In his book Final Word, Sir Graham Henry points out that his squad was allocated training grounds with no privacy and that sessions were videoed; that the design of the Melbourne changing room meant he couldn’t see many of his players when he spoke to them; that the ARU made it difficult for Lions fans to obtain tickets and then, in Sydney, turned out the stadium lights in sections where the visiting fans were!Henry believes that 80% of sport is played in the mind. So this week I asked Warren Gatland if he thought Robbie Deans, his adversary, would indulge in a war of words as previous Wallaby coaches have before him – or whether Deans, as a fellow Kiwi, might opt out of such shenanigans?Gatland paused before answering, and then referred to the Evening Standard interview that he says misconstrued his comments about the effect of a large English contingent in the Lions squad. “I was annoyed by that guy, who knows nothing whatsoever about rugby, and I was rattled for a few days,” admitted the Lions coach.center_img “So, in Australia we must be prepared for anything; from coaches or former coaches or former players. We wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we weren’t.”And so it begins.last_img read more

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South Africa sevens star Werner Kok: “Dubai is special because it’s neutral”

first_imgSouth Africa’s Werner Kok tells RW’s Alan Dymock why he’s excited about the start of the new HSBC World Series “I just want to be as good as Cecil Afrika! With his decision-making, he’s always spot on and he is someone I have looked up to and respected for a very long time.”Kok doesn’t believe that winning last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow gives South Africa any edge in the upcoming Olympics and he’s disappointed they didn’t win the series last time out, losing out to Fiji. The Blitzbokke weren’t clinical enough, he feels; they played some good rugby but they need to do more.However, with such a challenge on the horizon, and baubles being awarded to the blond bombshell almost monthly, he must be raring to throw himself into a run of sevens and global events of huge magnitude. “Winning the Commonwealth Games helps with our confidence, but does it put us in the driving seat for the Olympics? I don’t think so.“It’s another awesome platform – it’s the world’s biggest sporting event! We must play with confidence and take every tournament by force. And not forget about the team; it’s better to be part of a system. That’s not a burden, putting an arm around team-mates. We’re a small team so it makes my job easier.” RETURNING TO Dubai means South Africa’s Werner Kok starts this new HSBC Sevens World Series in the happiest possible way. Last year the Blitzbokke triumphed there and Kok was named in the Dream Team from that famous Emirates event.“Each and every tournament is unique,” Kok tells Rugby World, “but Dubai is special. I think it’s because it’s a neutral pitch. The fans there don’t shout for a specific team – they cheer for big tackles, great passes and good runs regardless of which team is making them. It’s just great to see that neutrality from them.”So it’s a top place to kick off the first of ten legs, with Dubai opening things up on 5 December and London closing the series on 22 May.South Africa finished second in the series last season, having been in the driving seat for large parts of the campaign. They qualified for next summer’s Olympics and Kok stood out as a star player. He was named in the HSBC Dream Team for the whole season, was the second-highest ball-carrier, with 130 carries, and the top tackler with 116 hits. Chuffed?GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 27: Werner Kok and Warren Whiteley of South Africa celebrate their win over New Zealand during the final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Ibrox Stadium during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 27, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)“I’m happy with my performances,” Kok says. “But I don’t go very deep into those stats. I’m very positive about the value of being named in a Dream Team, but it puts pressure on you to be as good, if not going further, this season. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Jacob Stockdale scores try, makes try and stops try

first_imgIt seemed to be a day for scoring passes from fly-halves. First Sexton, then Farrell – and then Joey Carbery.On as a replacement for Sexton in the first half, in the second Carbery found a gap in Scotland’s blue line with 55 minutes gone and green grass opened up in front of him. With Scotland defenders closing in, he produced a brilliant long pass to Keith Earls to cross. Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale plays key role in Six Nations match against Scotland LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Big grin: Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale breaks to score a try against Scotland (Getty Images) Jacob Stockdale scores try, makes try and stops tryJacob Stockdale scored a try, set up a try and stopped a try in the first 40 minutes of Ireland’s 22-13 victory over Scotland in round two of the Six Nations at BT Murrayfield.First came the try creation. In the tenth minute, the ball was spun wide to the Ireland winger. He opted to chip into the Scotland 22, Tommy Seymour caught the ball but, under pressure from Chris Farrell, his pass didn’t find the hands of Sean Maitland.Instead, the chasing Conor Murray picked up the ball to score the opening try of the game – and it all came from Stockdale’s smart chip.Watch the Murray try here…Then midway through the first half, Stockdale received a pop pass from Johnny Sexton and burst through the Scotland defence to run in from 45 metres…The Ireland winger, who scored seven tries in last year’s Six Nations and was named Player of the Tournament, then went from try-scorer to try-saver in the closing minutes of the half.Related: Downtime with Jacob StockdaleIt was Stockdale’s tackle on Tommy Seymour following a concerted period of pressure from the hosts that prevented the Scotland wing going over in the corner after a long pass from Finn Russell had created space for Huw Jones and Seymour. Stopping a score then meant Ireland held a 12-10 lead at the break.Finn Russell had helped narrow that gap when he set up a try for Sam Johnson. The fly-half intercepted a Joey Carbery pass on halfway, sprinted clear but was caught by Keith Earls a couple of metres out. Still, he was aware of Johnson approaching in support, popped up the ball and the centre crossed for his first Scotland try. That was the one bright moment in a stop-start second half. Errors and penalties meant neither side could gain much momentum, but it was Ireland who came out on the right side of the scoreboard.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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Superliga Americana de Rugby 2021 ready for kick-off

first_imgFollowing the rounds in Chile, the six teams, referees and tournament staff will then fly together on a chartered plane to Uruguay for the second half of the tournament.This will be the second season of the tournament, although the first was cancelled after only three games last March once the pandemic hit.Jaguares XV are the team to beatHaving missed out on the various reincarnations of Super Rugby and seen most of their top players move overseas, Jaguares XV will be the team to beat, representing the strongest rugby nation in the neighbourhood. Jaguares XV (Argentina), Cobras XV (Brazil), Selknam (Chile), Cafeteros Pro (Colombia), Olimpia Lions (Paraguay) and Peñarol (Uruguay) are the professional teams involved.With Covid-19 still a big issue in the region, the first five rounds will be played in Santiago and Valparaíso, Chile, with the last five rounds, semi-finals and final to be played at the Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo, Uruguay.Five teams are already in a strict sanitary bubble in Chile. Cobras XV are still waiting for a green light to fly across the Andes and will travel as soon as they are certain of their health status. They miss their opening game, which will be rescheduled. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Penarol players take part in a training session in Montevideo (AFP/Getty Images) Frankie Deges provides the lowdown on the new professional league in South America Cafeteros Pro is new to the round-robin tournament and to this level of rugby. They, as well as the Paraguayans, worked hard in the draft put in place – they secured half of their squad from Argentina.Having started working with the goal of having a high-performance tournament in 2018, Hourcade has been keen to ensure that every team is competitive. Jaguares XV are, of course, the team to beat, but both Chile and Uruguay have most of the national XVs players in their squads.With World Cup qualifiers due to start soon after the end of SLAR, it is an incredible opportunity to start building towards that push for places at France 2023.center_img They are coached by former Sale lock Ignacio Fernández Lobbe and have in scrum-half Felipe Ezcurra an experienced captain with ten caps to his name. Argentina centre Santiago Chocobares, who missed out on a contract with Auckland Blues after failing to gain an entry visa to New Zealand due to Covid-19 sanctions, will be their top player.The Argentine presence in the tournament will be huge – all six coaches hail from Puma-land. Three are former assistant coaches to Sudamérica Rugby’s HP manager Daniel Hourcade in Emiliano Bergamaschi (Cobras XV), Raúl Pérez (Olimpia Lions) and Pablo Bouza (Peñarol).Pumas Sevens veteran Nicolás Bruzzone is in charge of Selknam while Rodolfo Ambrosio, who played for Italy in the first-ever Rugby World Cup game in 1987 and ran HP for the Argentina union before taking Brazil to unknown heights, will try to work similar wonders with the inexperienced Colombians. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Superliga Americana de Rugby 2021 ready for kick-offAs high-performance tournaments go, Superliga Americana de Rugby (SLAR) – South America’s professional league – is a big one.Given the success stories of Brazil, who have risen from the late 40s to the low 20s in the world rankings over five years, and Uruguay, whose win against Fiji in Kamaishi lit up Rugby World Cup 2019, SLAR promises good action.Starting on Tuesday 16 March and running until 15 May, six franchises representing the top nations in Sudamérica Rugby – one of World Rugby’s six regional associations – will fight for possession of the bespoke SLAR Trophy.last_img read more

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Atlanta’s bishop joins sanitation crew to mark Dr. King’s birthday

first_img January 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm Bishop Rob,A powerful witness about Dr Kings commitment for justice for those whom many saw/see as the least. Thank you acting in genuine servant language, exchanging liturgical vestment for workman’s vest. In this you are a priest revealing Christ on an altar and elements deemed common and lowly. +Nathan Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET February 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm Bishop Wright,This is an awesome testimony of love for humanity and a demonstration of the love Christ showed to all. Thank you for allowing God to use you in such a special way. It is people like you who bring others to Christ.Joan Cranford Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Melida Fitten (Mellie) says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET martha knight says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL January 22, 2014 at 1:54 am Your Grace never stops to inspire. May my Diocese of East Carolina be so blest this year when God sends us a new bishop. January 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm God bless you as you continue to lead by example On Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta, Bishop Rob Wright works the morning trash pickup. Photo: Don Plummer/Diocese of Atlanta[Diocese of Atlanta]  Atlanta’s Bishop Rob Wright took a page out of history Wednesday and spent Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday with city sanitation workers.“Dr. King spent his last hours on earth advocating for garbage workers, and it only seems right that I mark his birthday by spending it with those in similar circumstances,” Bishop Wright said at the 7 a.m. roll call.Bishop Rob Wright leads a prayer for sanitation workers before their shift begins. Photo: Don Plummer/Diocese of AtlantaAfter speaking to and praying with workers, Wright joined a sanitation truck crew for several hours on busy downtown streets. He emptied garbage cans, rode  on the bumper of a truck as it went between stops, and learned how to work the truck’s compactor.Wright is marking his tenure with events on the streets working with the poor and forgotten. Prior to his bishop ordination and consecration in October 2012 he washed and massaged people’s feet at the foot-health clinic operated by the diocese’s ministry to Atlanta’s homeless.Wright’s commitment to engage with people about their everyday needs can be traced back to years he spent as a Howard University student working for the Children’s Defense Fund and the city of Washington, D.C.’s community centers.“Church and religion aren’t just a Sunday thing; Jesus lived and worked every day among people whose lives were hard and who needed the presence of someone who cared about them,” Wright said at the workers’ pre-dawn gathering where three sanitation workers shared their life stories.One of them, E. Nelson Williams, talked about an exhibit he developed and titled “Image Is” on the contributions of black Americans. Williams called on his colleagues to identify their own black heroes as a way of honoring Dr. King.“The continued advancement of humanity is inevitably linked to our predecessors, who by example serve as inspirational reminders to persevere … for a brighter future,” Williams said.Last fall Wright announced a plan increasing community-based ministries and refocusing the diocese’s permanent diaconate on the needs of the poor and other people living on the margins of society.Bishop Rob Wright notes the irony of one discarded item. Photo: Don Plummer/Diocese Atlanta“The work of a deacon on behalf of the church in the world is too important to conflate with other tasks,” he said. “There is a ‘harvest’ in the world, Jesus has said.  The permanent diaconate, for our church, is the eyewitness and herald of this harvest.”Currently the diocese, which consists of 109 worshiping communities in middle and north Georgia, supports ministries providing health care, food, workplace training and assistance to those dealing with abuse and mental illness.— Don Plummer is communications consultant for the Diocese of Atlanta and is a member of St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Acworth, Georgia. George Kooney says: January 18, 2014 at 1:37 am Revdmo. Rob Wright: El ejemplo de Su Excelencia me ha conmovido grandemente. Me doy cuenta que yo he hecho poco por mis semejantes, pero que puedo hacer mas siguiendo el ejemplo suyo para conmemorar como se debe la gesta de nuestro Martin Luther King Jr.Gracias Señor Obispo, por predicarme con el ejemplo. Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY January 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm Thank you, Bishop Wright! Thinking of you and your flock from folks just a diocese or two away from you in Middle Tennessee. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA January 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm Thank you Bishop Wright. This is the essence of ministry. The Very Rev. Walter Brownridge says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC January 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm Thank you so much Bishop Rob for your public witness! Mahalo Nui Loa! Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Rev. Fabio Sotelo says: Nathan D. Baxter says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA February 12, 2014 at 10:22 am Thank you Bishop Wright for making your self present amongst the needy, for taking time out. God spends lots of time with all of us. This is what he wants us to do. God Bless you. Rector Tampa, FL Joan Cranford says: 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 Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Rev. Gary England, Deacon, Diocese of East Tennessee says: David Wayland says: Barbara H. Whitton says: Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID center_img 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 Comments (19) Featured Events Submit a Press Release Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA January 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm This is faith in action where the church meets people right where they are at! Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Gerard Pisani Jr says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls John Newman says: January 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm Bishop Rob,May God richly bless you in your ministry as you are a blessing to the Church.Gary January 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm Wow — very inspiring. Thanks for your example. Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Marie-Louise Muhumuza says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Br. Aelred Bernard Dean, BSG says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anna Grimes says: January 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm Amen and Amen, Bishop Wright ! January 18, 2014 at 10:17 am You make me proud to be a Christian, an Episcopalian, a priest, and a former member of your Diocese. You model the kind of Christian action we see in Pope Francis. Yes, once a Deacon, always a Deacon, as we once taught. The church moves forward on service to others. . Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK JAMES K. MURIUKI says: February 21, 2014 at 9:46 am Actions speak louder than words.They will know us by our deeds. Thank you Bishop Wright! Delois Ward says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA January 18, 2014 at 11:11 am Bishop Wright, thank you for your leadership. No words to add. Blessings Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA By Don PlummerPosted Jan 16, 2014 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments are closed. Rector Albany, NY Atlanta’s bishop joins sanitation crew to mark Dr. King’s birthday January 18, 2014 at 11:44 am When our bishops continue to lead us in following the Jesus of history then maybe more of our people will know what it means to be a “Follower of The Way” and serve as the one who came “not to be served but to serve”.WIth gratitude,Jerry+ January 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm Bishop Wright,It is so touching to see you expressing Christlike example. Putting yourself in a real life situation where you identify yourself with the humanity we always do not see or look down on them without saying a word. Bishop, we all want to identify with your ministry. Thank you so much for the challenge you are heaping on our shoulders. Francisco Vasquez says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Danny Anderson says: January 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm Bishop Rob: Your example should spur all us disciples to do the Lord’s work wherever it is needed.Your friend George from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OHlast_img read more

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