Neither Munster nor London Irish can progress to the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup, but plenty of pride and bragging rights are still up for grabs in Saturday’s pool 3 clash.Munster felt the force of London Irish at full swagger in October, losing 23-17 in round 1 of the competition at the Majedski Stadium, but since then Saturday’s visitors have suffered from a significant fall from grace. Having started the domestic season with plenty of promise, Toby Booth’s men ended 2010 on a losing streak which lasted for 10 games, and ended last weekend at home to the Ospreys. A week that should have seen the Londoners on a mini high has brought news that centre Seilala Mapusua is to leave the club at the end of this season, and an 8-week ban for England full-back Delon Armitage, leaving Topsy Ojo to fill the gap at 15 on Saturday.As if Munster’s loss to Toulon last week wasn’t humiliating enough, especially after their 45-18 drubbing of the French side in October at Thomond Park, they are now coming to terms with failing to qualify for the European quarter finals for the first time in 12 years. This news will not have been taken lightly in Limerick by players and fans alike, and they are now eyeing up a win in the Amlin Challenge Cup to make amends for their untimely exit.My three wishes for the game:1) London Irish to give their hosts a scare – I think turning over Munster at Thomond Park will be too much of an ask, but the Londoners need to build on last week’s win if they want to rediscover their form and start climbing back up the Premiership table. Let’s see some of that attacking rugby they’re famous for, so Munster have to work for every point.2) Munster to play with 15 men on the pitch – for the full 80 minutes please fellas. Tony McGahan’s men have shot themselves in the foot this season with their poor discipline, and 14 men don’t win trophies.3) Nick Kennedy to have a blinder in the lineout – with injuries to Courtney Lawes and Steve Borthwick, and Dave Attwood serving his own suspension, there’s a small opening in the England door. The Kennedy/Bob Casey second-row partnership has long been hailed as one of the most successful in the Premiership, and this is a great opportunity for those on the fringes to show Martin Johnson and co what they’re missing. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Watch the highlights from the London Irish v Munster thriller in October last year! Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, K Earls, L Mafi, D Hurley; R O’Gara, T O’Leary; W du Preez, D Varley, J Hayes; M O’Driscoll, P O’Connell; D Wallace, N Ronan, D Leamy (capt).Replacements: M Sherry, D Hurley, T Buckley, D O’Callaghan, J Coughlan, P Stringer, S Deasy, T Gleeson.London Irish: T Ojo; A Thompstone, E Seveali’i, S Mapusua (capt), S Tagicakibau; D Bowden, D Allinson; A Corbisiero, J Buckland, F Rautenbach, N Kennedy, M Garvey, G Stowers, J Gibson, C Hala’ufia.Replacements: B Blaney, D Murphy, P Ion, R Thorpe, K Roche, M Watson, R Lamb, P Hodgson TAGS: London IrishMunster
“We just enjoy each other’s company and pull together on and off the field,” says lock Barton, a sales manager in the aviation industry.Old Bristolians are our 2011-12 Team of the Year and win 22 kitbags and baselayers from Canterbury. Loughborough Students, Jersey, Llanelli Wanderers and Helensburgh all challenged strongly.This article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Rugby World.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Old Bristolians are our 2012 Team of the YearHOW DO you turn darkness into light? Old Bristolians found a way. Five years ago, Robbie Stuart, their second-team captain and Brizzley Bear mascot at Bristol, complained of feeling tired. On the day that England beat Australia in RWC 2007, he was diagnosed with leukaemia.Old Bristolians Captain, Mike BartonUndeterred by the gruelling chemo that lay ahead, he set about organising events – from dodgeball to a fancy-dress workout – to raise money for cancer-care charity CLIC Sargent.“He was a tour de force,” Old Bristolians captain Mike Barton says, “and when he died in November 2008 the club got behind the charity even more. From just ticking over as a club we’ve since twice won promotion, we’ve won cups, we’ve formed a fourth team. And in a way Robbie’s death was the catalyst for it all.”The club’s fund-raising activity has been phenomenal, with golf days, canoe treks, tough-guy competitions, even a carol crawl across Bristol raking in nearly £140,000 for CLIC Sargent in the past four years. The club has become an official partner for the charity.On the field a double in 2010 was followed by Gloucester Premier consolidation. There was no revolution by head coach Shane Claridge’s side last summer, even if they did revamp their lineout on the advice of new player-coach Wayne Cockram and employ a physio, Emma Davies, for the first time. Yet winning has become contagious: they romped to a league title, won the Bristol Combination Vase, and saw the seconds reach the Somerset Vase final and the thirds promoted.Player of the Year was centre Tom Westray, whose outside breaks were a feature of the campaign. Prop Jimmy Adams played every minute of every game and Jack Price proved a reliable kicker, scoring a full house in a crucial win at Southmead.What’s the secret? In a nutshell, excellent fitness, a clear game plan and a willingness to move holidays or birthday parties to fit around the rugby. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 Spoils of victory: Old Bristolians captain Mike Barton with the Rugby World Team of the Year trophy
4th World Cup for @gethinjenkins1, fantastic achievement..he’s come a long way since working at McDonalds…#bigmacandfriesplease— Martyn Williams (@martynewilliams) September 24, 20155. Sir Clive wouldn’t have allowed a camera in the dressing room, and he makes a good point. Philip St. Andre going nuts at half time which is great BUT totally wrong 2 have camera in changing room- would never allow that ever— Sir Clive Woodward (@CliveWoodward) September 23, 20156. Nemani Nadolo and David Pocock get up close and personal with a little dance. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 2. Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni is moonlighting as a photographer at this year’s World Cup… — Tommy Seymour (@tommy_seymour14) September 24, 2015 3. David Flatman profits from a little blunder in the ITV Sport captions office. Waltzing Matilda? @pocockdavid @nemani_nadolo pic.twitter.com/H2lLrM0jd4— Scotty Stevenson (@sumostevenson) September 23, 20157. I think we’re all looking forward to how this one pans out. I love Slade as a player, but cannot wait to see someone run into Big Sam. Kiss kiss bang bang #DontFeedTheAnimals— David Flatman (@davidflatman) September 24, 20158. Sky Sports add insult to Rhys Webb’s injury.https://twitter.com/rhyswebb9/status/6460401183321456649. Leicester Tigers used Ben Kay as a talent scout back in the day. Tweets from David Flatman, Matt Giteau and Rhys Webb make our list of ten great tweets of the World Cup so far. 4. From flipping burgers to making mincemeat of opposing front rows. Matt Giteau in training Well done @benyoungs09 welcome to the club Lenny! I knew you’d be good when I asked you for a selfie! #50capclub pic.twitter.com/Ihmr6KMfuH— Ben Kay (@BenKay5) September 19, 201510. It’s good to see Tom Shanklin is keeping himself busy in retirement. Great career move for @TomShanklin on Holby City! Awesome pal. @martynewilliams pic.twitter.com/Jln5Z10kds— Dwayne Peel (@Dwaynepeel81) September 22, 201511. Tommy Seymour has finally recovered from the smackdown laid on him by Japan’s Ayumu Goramaru. TAGS: Highlight Finally managed to get myself to Leeds, Took a little longer than the rest of the lads after Goramaru sent me 3 counties over with that hit. 1. Matt Giteau and the Australia boys weren’t able to hit up the Cardiff drinking establishments after their win over Fiji, which was probably a good thing for all involved.
STATISTICS193 – The number of metres made by Tonga wing Veainu, who was promoted from the bench to the starting lineup just before the game. He carried the ball 12 times and was a big threat.61 – Tonga’s percentage share of possession. That increased to 69% in the last ten minutes of the game.15 – The number of penalties Namibia gave away, five of which came at scrum time.35 – Tonga’s power and strength forced Namibia to miss 35 tackles. TAGS: HighlightNamibiaTonga Mid flight: Telusa Veainu scored two tries but put a hand in touch this time. (Photo: Getty Images) Attendance: 10,103For all the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. A combination of power from the pack and scintillating skills from the backs took Tonga to a bonus-point win over Namibia, but the Africans wowed the crowd with some gung-ho counter-attacking and gave the pre-match favourites a scare.Wing Telusa Veainu, who came into the sidefor this World Cup match as a replacement for Fetu’u Vainikolo, was the star of the attacking show for Tonga, scoring two tries and coming oh-so-close to a third, only to put his hand into touch as he dived for the corner. Man of the Match Jack Ram also crossed twice for Tonga, while Latiume Fosita was their other try-scorer.Namibia skipper Jacques Burger scored two tries, both from mauls driven over from lineouts, after Johan Tromp had opened their account in the first half. Theus Kotze kicked three terrific conversions.Tonga’s superiority at the scrum proved crucial as they forced penalties and put Namibia on the back foot. Namibia have now played 17 World Cup matches without a win, but boy were they entertaining.Tromp card: Johan Tromp celebrates his try for Namibia. (Photo: Getty Images) All the details from a thrilling encounter, the first World Cup match to take place at Exeter’s Sandy Park. Tonga: V Lilo (V Helu 58); D Halaifonua, S Piutau (capt, K Morath 57), S Piukala, T Veainu; L Fosita, S Takulua (S Fisilau 57); S Tonga’uiha (T Mailau 58), A Lutui (P Ngauamo 46), S Puafisi (H Aulika 58), H T-Pole (L Lokotui 42), J Tuineau, S Kalamafoni (O Fonua 32), J Ram, V Ma’afu.Tries (5): Telusa Veainu 2, Jack Ram, 2, Latiume Fosita, Pens: Vunga Lilo 1, Kurt Morath 1. Cons: Vunga Lilo 2.Namibia: C Botha; J Tromp (D Philander 64), D Van Wyk, J Deysel (D De La Harpe 70), R Van Wyk; T Kotze, E Buitendag (D Stevens 71); C Viviers (L van der Westhuizen 40), T Van Jaarsveld, J Coetzee, J Venter (PJ Van Lill 40), T Uanivi, J Burger (capt), R Kitshoff, R Bothma (T Du Plessis 68).Tries (3): Johan Tromp, Jacques Burger 2. Cons: Theuns Kotze 3.Referee: Glen Jackson (South Africa)Man of the Match: Jack Ram WHAT’S HOTRunning rugby – Tonga won the day and scored five tries, but Namibia were just as willing to run the ball, counter-attacking from everywhere. Chrysander Botha was particularly keen to get his team moving forward out of defence on his club home ground and he found willing allies all around him in the blue of Namibia.Huge hit – The earth probably shook on the far side of Dartmoor when Tongan wing David Halaifonua stopped Namibia No 8 Renaldo Bothma in his tracks. The back-row picked up the ball from the back of a scrum and was at full pace, steaming up the right wing, when Halaifonua sent him back where he came from.Sunny Sandy Park – The terraces and stands of this brilliant club rugby ground were packed with thousands of enthusiastic West Country rugby folk and hundreds of travelling fans. The sun shone, the beer flowed and the crowd cheered and chanted their way through the game, making it another fabulous World Cup occasion.World-class welcome: The locals banded together with travelling fans to roar Tonga and Namibia on. (Photo: Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WHAT’S NOTLilo’s place kicking – It’s a good job this game wasn’t just a little bit tighter as Tongan full-back Vunga Lilo couldn’t hit a Devon barn door from the kicking tee. He is not their first choice kicker but still needs to improve, after missing three conversions and a penalty, some of which were quite straightforward kicksNamibia’s scrum – Their lineout brought them two tries, but Namibia’s scrum mis-fired against the Tongan eight and coach Phil Davies was disappointed with this phase of the game, and the penalties his team gave away.
England’s untimely early exit, and last weekend the trio of Celts departing has left Northern Hemisphere fans glumly pondering what might have been… Missed opportunity: England players reflect on a nightmare tournament TAGS: Highlight Fan-tastic: The support from around the world has been mindblowingBut really, they are completely mistaken. It’s away from the grounds we need to look to see the impact of England’s – and now the other home nations’ – premature departures. The reduction of column inches in the mainstream media is clear, with football creeping back to pre-eminence. Sunday’s semi-final has been relegated from BBC Radio Five Live to Five Live Extra. Okay, not biggies, but noteworthy.This was rugby union’s great opportunity in England. In so many ways, there’s been so much to cherish; the improved excellence of the smaller nations, the grounds, the pool stage atmospheres and the brilliance of the four Rugby Championship sides. This tournament, though, was the chance to convert rugby’s many non-believers, to get people punch-drunk on the game and to use those empty words administrators (and Stuart Lancaster) so love to waffle on about: “legacy” and “inspiring a generation”.Latin passion: The Pumas have been an example to allWhichever way you square it, for this to happen, a strong showing was required from the hosts and the home nations. Partisan support is crucial if new fans are to get truly wrapped up in an event. This weekend, new fans on this side of the world may watch the games, but they will not be truly absorbed if they truly don’t care who wins. These games probably will not force them to pursue the sport further. That’s the brutal truth of it: this World Cup was supposed to go further and it has not.In the UK, what we’re going to end up with is perhaps a few new fans alongside those who were already here. What remains at this stage of the tournament is what we started with. Part-time rugby fans and normal people (not many of whom can afford tickets, lest we forget) have got on with their lives again. That their last point of real, partisan interest in the tournament is likely to be Scotland going out as a result of a law they can’t have fathomed certainly won’t have helped. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Will MacphersonBear with me here: I have never seen my Facebook newsfeed look quite like it.First, the evening of Saturday October 3: England go out of the World Cup. Spleens are vented as to where Stuart Lancaster went wrong, why he’s not fit to coach England and how and why those keyboard experts could have run the national team better. Remember this game had kicked off at 8pm, so by the time the internet’s post mortem began, such analyses were taking place, no doubt, with the assistance of several yards of ale.The following couple of days centred around informing your friends and followers that you “can’t believe England are out of the World Cup [insert sad emoji]”, while perhaps offering a slightly more succinct analysis of the team’s many shortcomings, perhaps – apropos of nothing – having a dig at some referee or another and definitely, absolutely definitely, complaining about the state of England’s pool. People emoted, people cared, they really did.Lapping it up: Fans in Sydney have throughly enjoyed the tournamentSocial media’s next step, though, was much more dispiriting: the sheer apathy and the desperate rush to flog quarter-final tickets. “Two tix to Scotland v Australia at Twickenham, Sunday 19th, Cat B – face value (that’s £215)” became an unerringly familiar refrain. And who could blame them? Pay that much in expectation of seeing your team, why not try to get rid? Without fail, the same posted pictures of themselves at that very game, because they had not managed to shift the tickets. A World Cup quarter-final, whoever is playing, could hardly be filed under “chore”, especially given their outlay, but fair play to them for showing. Since, the World Cup has not registered. I anticipate murmurs this weekend, but little more.There are those on your TVs and in your papers that will tell you the World Cup has charged on apace without England for the last couple of weeks, and will continue do so without any of the home nations this weekend. And, in a literal sense, they’re correct. The crowds have still shown up in their hoards (and been vocal in doing so), and the first round of finals rugby produced some glorious, riveting, heart-stopping stuff. The tournament didn’t need England and the World Cup has very much continued and will do for another week yet. Farewell: The colour the Irish fans brought has been missed in this last weekThe people saying such things are the people who would have been at these games anyway, and some of those are people who are paid to pump up the tournaments competitions tyres. They are people completely absorbed in the game and the tournament because that is their job, but a step back, away from the grounds and the games is required. It’s a lovely notion, that things have just continued being brilliant, but they need to use their imagination: what this World Cup could have been for rugby in this country.It could have been a tattoo, imprinted on the public consciousness and there to stay for good; instead it’s one of those transfers you get at a kids’ birthday party – washing off in the rain. Its lost its fizz and that’s a shame. Make no mistake, it’s been a wonderful, absorbing World Cup for rugby fans, but the last fortnight has proved that the non-believers will continue on their merry way, because the Northern Hemisphere sides stunk the place out. It’s been the World Cup of what-ifs.
To find out what’s in the latest issue of Rugby World po.st/RWFeb16 Warrior army: Glasgow became the first side to win the Pro12 last year LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Pro12 is in its infancy compared to the Aviva Premiership and Top 14, so how is it progressing? We spoke to its Managing Director Martin Anayi and Chairman Gerald Davies With the Aviva Premiership and Top 14 growing ever more powerful, RW spoke to Pro12 Managing Director Martin Anayi and Pro12 Chairman Gerald Davies about the challenges ahead and reasons for optimism…RW: We spoke to Lions, Six Nations and Pro12 Chief Executive John Feehan a year ago and he intimated more ‘support’ would be given to the Pro12. Has that happened?Martin Anayi: Yes in a word. I was made Managing Director of the Pro12 in October. John (Feehan) identified that he couldn’t devote enough time to what is probably the most time-intensive property – there are 135 games! John and I work very closely together – we actually sit in the same office. There is more money being spent by the board to develop a property we believe has not yet reached its potential.Does the Pro12 have to self-generate its own revenue independently of the commercially successful Six Nations and Lions?MA: Yes, they’re all separate rugby properties. Our primary remit is to promote the Pro12 semi-finals and final. It’s identical to the job the Aviva Premiership have. Our other remit is to negotiate sponsorship and broadcast deals.Gerald Davies: We felt the time had come for the Pro12 to be standalone entity. We’ve had our difficulties over the years but we’ve reached a settled period. We had a terrific season last year and it’s time we branched out. We have a team of seven here at the Pro12 and it’s growing.The Top 14 seems to be dominating in Europe and the Aviva Premiership is showing up well this year. Is that a concern?MA: All we can do is try our best to combat them. Teams like Ulster have grown exponentially. Leinster and Munster have had hugely successful periods. If you look at the history, the Pro12 has won six European Cups, which is the same as the Aviva Premiership and only two less than the Top 14 in the last 20 years, so we’re not doing too bad. Toulon have dominated in recent years and our challenge remains to give the sides the resources to compete in Europe.Stung: Leinster were heavily beaten by Wasps in the Champions CupWith lucrative broadcast deals and marquee signings coming regularly in the Top 14 and Aviva Premiership it doesn’t seem to be a level playing field in Europe. Is that fair?GD: Let’s look at where we’ve come from. The Pro12 hasn’t had an easy passage. It’s been very difficult, even on a basic level. French and English leagues retained the same clubs as they made the transition from amateur to professional rugby, whereas for us, it’s a totally new concept. We must be given time to settle down. The civil war between the WRU and the Regions went on for two years. It was a very unsettling, awkward time, which affected the television rights and sponsorship deals. It created so much uncertainty. Companies weren’t going to invest in something where no one was sure of the future. Now we have people on board to move forward. There’s a certainty about the competition and we feel optimistic.MA: My personal opinion is it’s far too soon to make those conclusions. It’s a natural dip. Remember, Irish teams dominated between 2006 and 2012, winning five tournaments. Going forward, our relationship with the unions is key. They have their own challenges but as you’ve seen with the World Cup, they’ve never been so buoyant. Over the next 12 or 24 months, they’ve said they’ll support us with an integrated commercial and marketing plan. The stability at the WRU has already made a difference. Scott Williams and Rhys Webb are all staying in Wales and Jonathan Davies is coming back home. In Ireland, Sean O’Brien has signed a deal to stay. We’ve not been as proactive as we could have been but that’s changing.Class act: Jonathan Davies will finish his French leave and head back to the ScarletsMA: Even during difficult times we made some big strides. Sky Sports came on board. Guinness came on board. Glasgow became Scotland’s first winners with some exciting young Scots. This season we’ve seen Connacht as the story and that needs championing.Has the World Cup hindered your progress in the first half of the season?MA: It’s an interesting dilemma. We had 107 players at the World Cup, the greatest concentration of internationals players in any of the leagues. The Celtic Test players returned later because they were knocked out later than England. It affected the first round of the Champions Cup and had a knock-on effect. It’s too soon to see if it’s a longer-term problem.GD: That’s a good point. The Pro12 encompasses four different nations with lots of international players, over 150 I believe. That gives variety, taste, feel and flavour for the competition.Delayed start: All three Celtic countries lasted a week longer than EnglandWhen you look at the English and French leagues, what are they doing well?MA: The Premiership has simply professionalised rugby, while in the Top 14, for example, if you go to Clermont, you won’t find a better crowd atmosphere in rugby. They’ve created a tribalism. The Pro12 has anomalies; the support in Ulster is incredible. In fact for a long-time, Ireland was seen as the best model because they were doing so well in the European Cup, that’s why there was such agitation for change.What is the current state with Sky Sports after a four-year deal was signed in May 2013?MA: The deal is an interesting one. Our primary broadcaster is Sky but we also have some regional deals with BBC Alba in Scotland and Northern Ireland, BBC Wales and S4C, TG4 (Ireland) and RAI in Italy. It gives you a network of broadcasters. Whilst it’s not the same cash as the Aviva is getting from BT Sport, or the Top 14 with Canal+, our viewership figures are higher. Our job is to progress the sports in those countries while giving them the funds to make them competitive in Europe.What sort of viewing figures do you pull in?MA: A Pro12 round pulls in about 500,000 viewers. For the Pro12 final, it was 379,000 – if Sky get over 200,000 viewers, they are delighted. We have a strong relationship with Sky and they’re happy with what we’re giving them but in the future maybe we need more quality, less quantity. We’re showing 130 games live and while we don’t want to reduce value, we want to improve the production qualities and make sure every time you watch the game you know it’s Pro12 product. At the moment, you probably don’t. We want the media to cover the great stories. We need to shout about it more. We sit down with our broadcasters and we ask ‘how can we make this more appealing’. It is a good position to be in.Scotland seem to be having a renaissance at both at club and country level, how important is that to the health of the Pro12? MA: Scotland is a good focal point for us. It’s the best of the young talent Scottish academy system. They’ve seen what happens in Ireland, but alongside stars like Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg, they can also attract the likes of Taquele Naiyaravoro and Leone Nakarawa, one of best ball-handling forwards in the world.GD: The good thing about Glasgow’s win was that they were the best footballing side. The tendency is to say, if you’re a good looking side, you’re a loser but in fact Glasgow proved those two things can go together. That’s very important to emphasise. Edinburgh are going very well this year too.Gunning for success: Edinburgh have forced themselves into the Pro12 top 4With Turkish Airlines following Heineken as a Champions Cup sponsors, are you looking at getting more than one title sponsor?MA: No. At the moment, broadcast money makes up 72 per cent of our revenue stream. Even though sponsorship only makes up 10 to 15 per cent of your revenue, that is what the brand sits alongside – for us the Guinness Pro12. The best thing about the Guinness deal is the right brand. It makes sense. Having a company like Diageo sponsoring us is a massive stamp of approval. It ties in with our heritage.What steps are taking to raise the Pro12’s profile?MA: We have the best production house in rugby with Sky Rugby and we need to tap into that in a more meaningful way. Elsewhere, we have to have better engagement on our social and digital channels. We have 69,000-odd likes on Facebook, which should be way higher. We can deliver a huge upturn in a connection with the fans, especially in Wales. Before Christmas, I watched the Cardiff Blues versus Connacht game and The Arms Park had less than 10,000 crowd, which we should be higher. We have to take advantage of having one-team cities, Cardiff, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ulster. They’re big conurbations to tap into.Allen key: The Welsh derbies during Christmas were very well attended. Credit Huw EvansGD: Look at Exeter and Worcester in the Aviva Premiership, they’re not huge places but they punch above their weight in terms of crowds. The English clubs have brought tradition with them. We are trying to create a tradition with the provinces and regions.MA: Judgement Day happening at the Millennium, which we hope will beat last year’s record attendance of 52,000. The Aviva was sold out for Leinster v Munster at Christmas and the 1872 Cup set another record of over 23,642 at Murrayfield on a day when it outsold football in Edinburgh. In Italy the Italian derbies were up 14 per cent. These are the big eventers so we need to keep pushing.Do you envisage a future where the league will be fully meritocratic with regards to the top seven teams qualifying, rather than guaranteeing every country a place?MA: We need to take things one-step at a time. The single most important change to date was the qualification criteria change last year and it made a huge difference. We’ll go into February or March and the competition will be white-hot. That’s maybe more a question for the EPCR.GD: Stability is the watchword. People need to know what is happening. At this stage, we don’t want too much chopping and changing.Perennial strugglers: Treviso watch on as Stade Francais’ Hugo Bonneval streaks awayThere has been talk of London Scottish and London Welsh angling to join the Pro12 at the expense of the Italian sides. Would you consider it, or even consider expanding the competition to a Pro14, much like Super Rugby?MA: If we’re talking about that in the future so be it but at the moment, we believe in those two teams. The FIR funds them. It’s only this year they’ve been able to sign players on three-year deals because they weren’t sure about the future. I’ve visited Italy where I felt real passion for the game. Zebre is Parma and Benetton is Treviso. They are real rugby clubs with genuine heritage. While they don’t win often, they’re competitive. The Benetton Family have put a lot of money into the club they don’t want to see it fail.Provincial rugby in Ireland has been an undoubted success, but in Wales, where it’s the national sport, growth has been slower. Is that the market with the richest potential?GD: There is huge ambition on all our parts to improve things but having come through the recent civil war, we need to consolidate what we’ve got. We need to improve the spectacle.MA: I played at London Welsh. I know what rugby means to the Welsh but in recent years, they’ve not had a professional team other than the Ospreys competing at the business end of the season. We need to try and tell the story a lot better and we can do that with BBC Wales and S4C. Over the next two years I can see the Welsh regional game taking huge steps forward.Shining light: The Ospreys have been the most consistent and successful Welsh regionPlayers are being pushed more and more, how fundamental is player welfare to your modus operandi?MA: One of the first things I did in post was call for a meeting about HIA (head injury assessment), not sponsorship or broadcast deals. I was talking about what we were going to do as a competition to implement this injury assessment protocol. Player welfare is at the heart of what we’re doing. The Unions need healthy players, playing well and playing the right amount of game-time.GD: If you don’t look after your players, you haven’t got a game. I remember saying years ago you can’t treat the players as pieces of meat. They are people and we have to respect that.MA: It’s probably our point of difference for the future. We can’t go head-to-head with a 20 million Euro budget for players but we can go head-to-head on things like; are we treating the players right? Yes. Can we offer you the simple route to playing for your country? Yes. Can we offer you an environment where you can compete and succeed in Europe? Yes. If you sign a huge cheque, your allegiance is to the person paying you. We need to find a way to allow players to play rugby in the countries they want to.
Project players are flooding the European game and it is time for World Rugby to kick them into touch, or at the very least tighten up qualification rules But is not just Ireland who are at it on the ‘project player’ front. Scotland have even recruited for a post called the International Resettlement Adviser for the Scottish Rugby Union. The job description said the position’s responsibilities were ‘to advise and assist Scottish Rugby with the identification, recruitment, relocation, resettlement and integration of professional rugby players, coaches and other employees from overseas, particularly those from the southern hemisphere.”In other words, they want to scour the globe for player who cannot get a gig with South Africa, New Zealand or the Wallabies, sign them on a domestic contract and, bingo, three years later they have a ready-made international. How about looking around Scotland, or any other country, to see if there are any players who could make the step up and how do the leading Scottish or Irish teenagers feel about all this?Made in South Africa: Scotland’s tighthead WP Nel playing for the CheetahsJosh Strauss and WP Nel are Scottish project players, with Strauss only qualifying to play for Vern Cotter’s team days before the last World Cup and Tim Visser is also there on residency.Everyone is guilty. Nathan Hughes could have played for Fiji in World Cup but sat it out to qualify for England and as soon as he was eligible he was in Eddie Jones’ Elite Player Squad. Scott Spedding was a South African Under-21 player and now plays for…France and there are piles more where they came from.At the start of the last Six Nations a quick count-up of the squads showed there were players born in 21 different countries involved. Some of these may have been the result of parents working abroad but it is a massive number for a tournament that is made of, err…, Six Nations.Big impact: Nathan Hughes spurned Fiji to wait for England’s callThere were 23 players who qualified on residency ranging from the Vunipola brothers who came to the UK as children to some, such as South African-born Braam Steyn, who had only arrived, in rugby terms, about five minutes earlier. In 2012, the England and Wales Cricket Board increased the qualification period to seven years if you had arrived on these shores after your 18th birthday – that was vaguely sensible. England had long been derided for being full of South African imports and the county game was being wrecked by Kolpak players – but that is another story. Football has a five-year qualification period to play for national teams.It has got to stop in rugby, the powers-that-be are talking about making the new residency period five years but it should be more to stop this cynical recruitment policy, that is holding back home-grown youngsters, although I wouldn’t hold your breath. Man with a plan: Kiwi Rhys Marshall has joined Munster and could play for Ireland in three years Another day, another project player and another kick in the teeth for anyone who thinks you should play for the country of your birth or at least the place where your parents comes from. This has got to stop.The latest one to sneak under the radar is Rhys Marshall, a hooker who signed for Munster this week. Marshall was born in New Plymouth, in New Zealand, played for the Junior All Blacks at the Under-20 World Cup in 2012 and then played for Taranaki and the Chiefs. The last time I looked that makes him a Kiwi. Now he has signed for Munster and in three years’ time will be eligible to play for Ireland.World Rugby met in Buenos Aires recently when they agreed to look into eligibility rules but they had better get their skates on or else another raft of players will have slipped through the net.Gus Pichot, vice-chairman of World Rugby, and Ian Ritchie and Nigel Melville, of the RFU, all want the current three-year period increased and you can see why.Time for change?: World Rugby vice-president Gus Pichot is thought to be receptive to changesRichardt Strauss, at Leinster, has won 17 caps at hooker for Ireland since 2012 after he had completed a three-year residency period. Born in South Africa, Strauss played for the Boks Under-19s and the Cheetahs. That makes him South African in my book. Chuck in Tom McCartney, another hooker, at Connacht who was born in Auckland and qualifies for Ireland in a year and you wonder why any young Irish front-rowers bother playing the game.Rúaidhrí O’Connor, our colleague from the Irish Independent, came up with some startling statistics recently. He worked out that under Joe Schmidt, who has been in charge of Ireland since 2013, almost a quarter of the players the coach has handed first caps to have qualified on residency and another 12 per cent have got the green shirt on parentage. Schmidt has given 25 blokes their first taste of senior international rugby and a large dollop of them are about as Irish as spaghetti and pizza.Playing the system: Joe Schmidt has made full use of the three-year residency ruleThere will be more to come too. Bundee Aki is amongst another tranche of players who qualify next year for Ireland and you can bet your bottom dollar he will capped ASAP.No-one is breaking it rules but the rules need to be changed. 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3. Curry was part of the England U20 squad that won a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2017, having previously played for England U18.4. Curry made his professional debut for Sale in 2016 against Scarlets in the European Champions Cup aged just 18, making him the fourth-youngest English player to appear in the tournament. He is also the youngest-ever Sale Sharks player to appear in the European Cup.5. Curry scored on his Premiership debut in October 2016, making him the third-youngest scorer in the competition. Sale Sharks named both Tom and Ben joint recipients of the Young Player of the Season award at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.6. Following the award, both Tom and Ben received call-ups to the England squad. Tom replaced Ben in an uncapped game against the Barbarians in May 2017 after his brother suffered an injury. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 9. The youngest player in England’s 2019 World Cup squad, Curry also became the youngest English forward to play at a World Cup. His performances at the tournament, including a Man of the Match display against Australia in the quarter-finals, saw him nominated for the World Rugby Player of the Year award.10. Both Tom and Ben had trials with Manchester City when they were younger. However, Tom scored an own-goal, signalling the end of both of their football careers. He told the Telegraph: “I think it was that own-goal I scored that got us both kicked out.” From an ill-fated football career to making history as a teenager Who is Tom Curry: Ten things you should know about the England back-rowTom Curry, who can play across the back row at six, seven or eight, is one of the youngest-ever players to represent England at Test level. Learn more about the wonderkid, who burst onto the scene in 2016, below.Ten things you should know about Tom Curry1. Born in Hounslow on 15 June 1998, Tom Curry grew up further north and played for Crewe & Nantwich RUFC in his formative years. He weighs 110kg (17st 5lb) and stands at 185cm (6ft 1in).2. His twin brother is Sale Sharks team-mate Ben Curry, who also plays as a flanker. Former England hooker John Olver is their uncle and former Northampton Saints fly-half Sam Olver is their cousin. 7. Making his England debut five days before his 19th birthday against Argentina in 2017, Curry became England’s youngest forward since 1912. In that period, only Jonny Wilkinson debuted for the country at a younger age.8. Starting every game for England in the 2019 Six Nations, Tom Curry also scored tries against Wales and Scotland. At just 20 years old, Curry had become integral to England’s back row. He has played at both flanker and No 8 for England. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition to get magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Tom Curry first played for England in 2017 (Getty Images)
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The Commission is grateful for the hospitality extended by the Anglican Communion.The ICAOTD is continuing in its in-depth study of Christian anthropology, particularly in regard to what it means to be a human person created in the image and likeness of God. The Commission discussed the draft of its joint theological work on this subject, developed through the collaborative studies of previous meetings and enriched by presentations at this meeting on nature and grace, marriage, celibacy and friendship, and creation. Recognizing the need for our churches to address the urgent issues of contemporary humanity, the Commission explored the application of its study, particularly in the area of ecology.The members of the Commission were warmly welcomed to the diocese of St Asaph in the Church in Wales by Bishop Gregory Cameron and by clergy and faithful of the churches of the diocese. Members of the Commission visited the churches of St Giles, Wrexham and All Saints, Gresford. Accompanied by the Roman Catholic bishop of Wrexham, they prayed at St Winefride’s well, a site of holy pilgrimage for many centuries, and enjoyed fellowship with parishioners, local civic dignitaries and other ecumenical guests at St Peter’s Church, Holywell. Members took part in Choral Evensong at St Asaph’s Cathedral and, following the service, were graciously hosted by the bishop in his home. The Commission members appreciated the opportunity to learn about the long and rich history of Christianity in Wales, and to be so thoughtfully received by Bishop Gregory, himself a former co-secretary of the dialogue.Daily prayer strengthened the work of the Commission. Members also attended the Divine Liturgy at St Barbara’s Orthodox Church in Chester and the Eucharist at Chester Cathedral, where they were warmly welcomed by the Dean and Chapter.The Commission members were mindful that they were meeting in the last months of the ministry of His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. The Commission is deeply grateful for his ongoing support and his contributions to their work.The work of the Commission will continue at its next meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia in September 2013 at the invitation of His Holiness Irinej, Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church.Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia Orthodox Co-ChairmanArchbishop Roger Herft of Perth Anglican Co-ChairmanChester, Monday 10 September 2012Commission Members:Representatives of the Orthodox Church Metropolitan Kallistos of DiokleiaEcumenical Patriarchate, Co-chairman Metropolitan Seraphim of Zimbabwe and AngolaPatriarchate of Alexandria The Revd Fr Alexander Haig Patriarchate of Antioch Archbishop Elisey of SourozhPatriarchate of MoscowProfessor Dr Bogdan Lubardic Patriarchate of Serbia Metropolitan Nifon of Târgoviste Patriarchate of RomaniaMr David ChanadiriChurch of GeorgiaMetropolitan Chrysostomos of Kition Church of CyprusProfessor Dr Miltiadis Konstantinou Church of Greece Bishop Ilia of Philomelion Church of Albania Members unable to attend:The Revd Dr Christos B Christakis Co-Secretary Fr George Dragas Patriarchate of Jerusalem The Revd Andrzej Minko Church of Poland Archpriest Giorgi Zviadadze Church of Georgia Representatives of the Anglican Communion The Most Revd Roger Herft of Perth Anglican Church of Australia, Co-Chairman The Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan Co-secretary The Revd Marc Billimoria Church of Ceylon The Revd Dr Timothy Bradshaw Church of England The Most Revd Richard Clarke of Meath & Kildare Church of Ireland The Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative The Revd Deacon Dr Christine Hall Church of England The Revd Canon Philip Hobson OGS Anglican Church of Canada Ms Natasha Klukach Anglican Church of Canada The Rt Revd Michael Lewis of Cyprus & The Gulf Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & the Middle East The Revd Dr Duncan Reid Anglican Church of Australia The Revd Canon Professor John Riches Scottish Episcopal Church The Rt Revd John Stroyan of Warwick Church of England Members unable to attend:The Revd Dr Gloria Mapangdol Episcopal Church in the Philippines The Revd Joseph Wandera Anglican Church of Kenya Papers submitted to the meeting: The Revd Dr Timothy Bradshaw and the Dr Bogdan Lubardic Draft text ICAOTD proposed Agreed statement on Christian Anthropology – basic theological presuppositionsThe Revd Dr Timothy Bradshaw and the Rt Revd Michael Lewis Sexuality: Anglican discussions, reports, resolutions, and decisions: an informational overviewThe Rt Revd Richard Clarke Nature, Grace and Freedom – an Anglican angleThe Revd Canon Philip Hobson Sexuality: Marriage, Friendship and CelibacyThe Revd Andrzej Minko Marriage (Divorce), Celibacy and Friendship in Orthodox perspectiveThe Revd Dr Duncan Reid A reading of Westcott’s Gospel of Creation: an early venture into ecological theology?Metropolitan Seraphim of Zimbabwe The terms ‘Nature’, ‘Grace’, ‘Freedom’ from the Orthodox point of view Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Prayers, support for South Sudan shared in Kentucky diocese ‘We must be peacemakers’ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments (1) Jerry Daiker says: February 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm I was there. Very moving. Comments are closed. 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Photo: Brian Funk-Kinnaman, Diocese of Kentucky staff[Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky] Calling for prayers for the dead, and those grieving, orphaned, wounded, and displaced due to the recent escalation of violence in South Sudan, Episcopal Bishop Terry White led the Diocese of Kentucky in a Day of Prayer on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Messiah-Trinity Church in Louisville. A Eucharist commemorating the Martyrs of Sudan was followed by a time of fellowship and story-sharing.The blended Episcopal-Lutheran parish is also a joint Anglo-Sudanese congregation. Louisville’s significant Sudanese population has grown out of more than 200 “Lost Boys” who arrived in Kentucky in 2001 after fleeing war in the Sudan. Many of the young refugees were assisted in their resettlement by Kentucky Refugee Ministries, an affiliate partner of Episcopal Migration Ministries.Bishop Terry White greets a young parishioner during the exchange of the peace. Photo: Brian Funk-Kinnaman, Diocese of Kentucky staffWhite called the diocese to the Day of Prayer as a show of solidarity and support for its Sudanese members after hearing “sad and sobering” reports from Deacon Daniel Kuol, who serves at Messiah-Trinity. Kuol and his wife, Deborah, have lost seven family members in the fighting in and around Bor, the birthplace of many of Louisville’s Sudanese population. In sharing the news of his family’s losses, Kuol called the community to act for peace and unity, saying, “We are Christians. We do not take sides. We must be peacemakers between those who are fighting.”Kuol and a group of drummers led the congregation in a Dinka song recounting the journey of the “Lost Boys.” A candle lighting ceremony followed, during which church members read aloud the names of more than 40 relatives who have died in the fighting. Representatives from the families gathered around the bishop and received prayers for healing and hope. Representatives of other parishes in the diocese were present in person or through messages and gifts, as were ecumenical representatives of other Sudanese communities, including nearby Presbyterian and Missouri Synod Lutheran congregations.In a statement released Feb. 4, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori encouraged Episcopalians to pray, and to help spread awareness of needs of those in South Sudan, writing, “The Prince of Peace serves the whole world. As his disciples, may we do no less!”Scripture readings were available in English and Dinka, and the sermon was translated into Arabic as well. White enjoined those gathered to work for a solution, saying, “We must all be peacemakers! Courageous reconcilers! We must all be filled with the unconditional love of God for all people, including our enemies.” After the sermon, the bishop invited the congregation to renew their baptismal covenant, calling on the community to “stay faithful to Jesus who died and rose again and who has destroyed death forever.”Dan Dykstra presents a healing blanket to Mario Luwal, elder of the Dinka community, as a gift from St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Louisville. Photo: Brian Funk-Kinnaman, Diocese of Kentucky staffThe congregation processed out of worship to the traditional Easter hymn “Lift High the Cross” and gathered for a shared meal of traditional Sudanese and American potluck dishes, including ham sandwiches and Khoodra Mafrooka, a spinach stew.The meal was followed by a time of story-telling, during which a panel of local Sudanese leaders shared their hopes for a united, peaceful life for the people of South Sudan. “We come from a great nation, and we must be united to one another,” said Alier Mareet, one of the seven speakers. The group thanked their “fellow Americans” for the support they have shown by welcoming the stranger and by participating in relief efforts intended to alleviate the suffering of the South Sudanese. John Deng, pastor of United Sudanese Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) urged those gathered to call on American political leaders to use their influence to work for an end to the violence, saying, “We need the world to put pressure on the leaders of South Sudan to stop this terrible war.”Bishop White’s sermon can be read here, and his Call to a Day of Prayer for South Sudan is here. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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