Tigers THE BIG ONE – Davies

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scarlets Head Coach – Nigel DaviesThe Scarlets face “our biggest game in the last three years” when they clash with Leicester Tigers at Parc y Scarlets in a crucial Heineken Cup Pool 5 showdown on Saturday evening.Only three points separate the top three in a tight and hugely competitive Pool 5, the Welsh region two points clear of the Tigers with Perpignan just another point adrift and still very much in the quarter-final qualification mix.“No shadow of doubt about it, this is the biggest game we have faced in the last three years,” said Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies. “What makes this match against Leicester Tigers so huge is the fact that we have not been in this sort of position in the Heineken Cup during the time I have been back here and now we have 15 points from three wins with two matches to play.“Naturally we are extremely pleased to have earned those 15 points – it was what we had targeted at this stage, so at least we are on course – while always realising you have to win your home games in the Heineken Cup. We are delighted to be where we are at the top of the group but we have worked hard to put ourselves in this position and we deserved to be there.”“However, we appreciate that Leicester have an enormous amount of experience – on and off the pitch – and for them to come through those top end games, as they so regularly do, is huge as it certainly builds belief and confidence in a side. But we are at home, where we have a very good home record, and we all know we let ourselves down in the Round 2 match at Welford Road.”“This match coming up is both a great fixture and a very exciting one and we will have to be at the top of our game to get anything out of the contest.” TAGS: Leicester TigersScarlets The Scarlets crashed to a 46-10 defeat at Leicester back in October, leaking six tries overall and 33 points in the second half alone, but have won at home against Perpignan and done the home and away double over Italian champions Benetton Treviso.For their part former double Heineken Cup champions Leicester had to be content with a share of the points against Perpignan at Welford Road in Round 4 when the French club had the last word with a 78th minute Nicolas Laharrague penalty goal.“Against Leicester in Round 2 we were very competitive in the first half but then during a 15 minute period in the second half we had the ball but didn’t deal with the pressure they put us under and if you give a side like that half chances they generally take them and punish you,” said Davies. “It was a high intensity game against one of the best teams in Europe and we expect more of the same on Saturday, when we know we cannot afford to let our game slip for a single second.”“Despite that result, and our recent performance against the Ospreys, we believe we are going in the right direction in the long process of developing the competitive group of players we now have.” “Our home match against Perpignan, which produced nine tries, was a fabulous game of rugby but the away game against Treviso has been the most pleasing. Everyone knows Treviso is a very difficult place to go and win – Leicester only won there with virtually the last play of the game – and we went there with a relatively inexperienced team and came away with a hugely significant try bonus point to go with the four for the win.”“In the Heineken Cup bonus points are massive and, come the end of Round 6, they can, and often do, make all the difference.”last_img read more

Stephen Ferris – The flanker to be feared

first_imgFor Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. “It wasn’t until I was 20 and going reasonably well in the Ulster Academy that I knew I could be a professional. A development contract was put in front of me. I wasn’t entirely convinced – you see lots of guys who come and go, disappearing after a year or two.“I remember saying to my mum, ‘I can earn twice this paving driveways’. She said, ‘No, no, no sign it! Take this pen. Listen to me and sign it!’ I’m glad I listened to her because it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I thought I’d give it a lash for a season, played 15 games for Ulster and it snowballed from there.”Now that he’s restored to full fitness, Ferris has begun setting targets. “I want to help Ulster reach the knockout stages of big competitions,” says the 26-year-old. “There’s a Lions tour in two years’ time and I really want to be part of that. I’d never experienced anything like South Africa in 2009. I’d like an opportunity to be on another tour, but a lot can happen in rugby in two years.”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. Stephen Ferris gives Will Genia a bear hug, carrying him 10 metresEven his team-mates do everything possible to avoid the wrecking ball that is Stephen Ferris. One of Test rugby’s most destructive players, Ferris has developed a ferocious reputation that leaves friend and foe alike scrambling for cover.“Stephen is a special specimen,” says Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal. “He’s got natural power and explosiveness. One of the team’s jokes is to stay out of his way because he can hurt you! When he connects with a player, they really feel it.” In a highly physical sport that values power as much as skill, Ferris is among the hardest operators. He always breaks the gain-line and few are as devastating in the tackle – he clearly knows only one way to play the game.Ferris says: “I pride myself on good defence and carrying the ball strongly. I never leave anything behind. I put my body on the line as much as possible. Sometimes that might not be the right way of doing it, but that’s my instinct for the game. I give 100% and try to be as physical as possible. I enjoy getting stuck in.”Never was that more evident than in the historic World Cup victory over Australia in Auckland as Ferris was responsible for the game’s headline moment. Spotting that Will Genia had picked up the ball at the base of a scrum, he grabbed the Wallaby playmaker and carried him ten metres, with the rest of his Ireland pack in hot pursuit (video below). It was a critical moment that rattled Australia, who had just seen the heartbeat of their side driven into the Eden Park turf.“I’ve watched it a few times,” he says. “People have posted about it on Facebook and Twitter. It’s nice to look over but at the time I didn’t think it was much of an issue. I thought I’d only carried him one or two metres. It was important to get on top of one of their best players and Cian Healy was doing such a good job that the scrum had wheeled around. The referee put his hand up to say the ball’s out, Genia picked it up so I picked him up. It was instinctive.“My mum, Linda, will have that on DVD back home! It laid down a marker saying we won’t lie down easily. It lifted the crowd, it lifted us. When they picked me up off the ground it was a good feeling.”Having such little regard for his own welfare has taken an inevitable toll, though Ferris insists he has also been the victim of bad luck on the injury front. The most notable occasion was on the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa when he tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during a training session. It was early in the tour and the muscular Ferris was in devastating form.“That injury was the most deflating because I was in the mix and was playing very well. I was unbelievably fit and my body felt great. It happened during a collapsed maul in training and was bad luck. With the Lions we were competing for places and I wanted to be better than Tom Croft in training. You can’t leave anything behind and if you don’t give 100%, you can get injured.”Though the right knee inflicted the greatest heartache, it is the left knee that is now the main concern. Three operations, one of them this year, ensure it must be managed carefully and he misses one training session per week as a precaution.However, he has recovered well from his latest setback and says: “Whenever I’ve been out injured, I’ve concentrated on coming back stronger and that always seems to have happened. That’s more of a mental thing than anything. You know you still have the aggression, skills and physicality. But if you’re out for six months sometimes it can be hard to prepare yourself mentally to come back into it again.”Given the impact he’s had in the Test arena, it’s hard to imagine that Ferris was initially dubious about life as a professional player. “I left school when I was 16, more or less arsing around and living for the weekends. I was out manual labouring and earning a few quid. I appreciate what I have now when I look back at it.last_img read more

Eliota charged by the RFU – hearing on Monday

first_img The last time Eliota faced a judicial hearing for comments on his twitter feed during the World CupELIOTA FUIMAONO-SAPOLU of Gloucester Rugby has been charged with Conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Game contrary to Rule 5.12 of the Rules of the Rugby Football Union. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 05: Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono of Samoa speaks to the media following an IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 judicial hearing at the Vero Centre on October 5, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Sapolu Fuimaono was issued with a warning, after he tweeted comments about the IRB and refereeing following his nations loss to Wales on Sunday. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) The charges against Fuimaono-Sapolu are that: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS On October 29 and 30, 2011 he made, or adopted from other users of Twitter, insulting or provocative comments about Owen Farrell, a professional rugby player, on his Twitter account.Between October 27 and 31, 2011 he made, or adopted from other users of Twitter, critical or sarcastic comments about the rugby disciplinary process on his Twitter account.Between October 25 and 27, 2011 he made, or adopted from other users of Twitter, critical comments about the Rugby World Cup and the International Rugby Board on his Twitter account.Fuimaono-Sapolu has been summoned to appear before an RFU Disciplinary Panel of Daniel White (chair), Mike Curling and John Doubleday in Bristol on Monday, November 7 (7.30pm).last_img read more

Fantastic four: Heineken Cup quarter-final review

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Will FraserThe lack of a true openside in their ranks was keenly felt by England in their Six Nations defeat by Wales in the last round of the Six Nations. With no turnover maestro there was no Grand Slam. Fraser could well be the answer. The flanker has been given his chance with Saracens this season and has continually impressed, as he did yet again in the win over Ulster at Twickenham. He burrowed over for a crucial try, albeit from a lineout that shouldn’t have been Saracens’ ball, and proved a pain in the proverbial around the tackle area as Ulster conceded 13 turnovers. If he hadn’t already entered Stuart Lancaster’s thinking ahead of England’s tour to Argentina, he surely will have now.Heineken Cup semi-finals (kick-offs UK time)Saturday 27 April Clermont Auvergne v Munster (5pm, Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier)Sunday 28 April
 Saracens v Toulon (3pm, Twickenham) NOT FOR FEATURED Ready to roar: Munster lock Paul O’Connell was back to his rampaging best against Harlequins on Sunday afternoonBy Sarah MockfordCLERMONT AUVERGNE demonstrated just why they are the favourites to lift the Heineken Cup this year as they clinically saw off Montpellier. Rugby World, however, has decided to pinpoint a few individuals, rather than teams, who stood out over the weekend. Interestingly none of our chosen four are on the long list for the European Player of the Year award, but they all impressed in their quarter-finals…Paul O’ConnellSimon Zebo and Casey Laulala showed flashes of magic, Conor Murray bossed things from the base and Peter O’Mahony was ever-present at the breakdown, but none of these Munstermen could match the performance of their captain against Harlequins. Only a few games into his return from a back injury, O’Connell was simply immense. He was everywhere for Munster – stealing lineouts, getting stuck in at the contact area, carrying hard and even finding himself putting in linking passes in the back-line. He says he’s still got a wee way to go fitness-wise, but that wasn’t evident on Sunday afternoon. It would appear he has quickly rediscovered his best – right in time for Lions selection! Welcome back Paulie.Sitiveni SivivatuNot only did the former All Black wing create one try and score another as Clermont Auvergne dispatched Montpellier from the competition, but he was a constant threat in attack. It’s Clermont’s massive pack that provides the possession, bit Sivivatu knows just what to do with it; with his speed and step teams have to watch him intently or they will be punished. Even in the smallest of spaces he can beat defenders and when he makes those breaks he has the support within the Clermont ranks to get across the line. Munster will no doubt be wary of the danger he presents and will want to close him down quickly and effectively in their semi-final in Montpellier later this month.Jonny WilkinsonHe’s still got it! Nigh on ten years have passed since Wilkinson dropped a goal to win England the World Cup, but the fly-half is still letting his boots do the talking on the rugby pitch. In the tight, edgy affair with Leicester, Toulon needed his calming influence – and his ability to dissect the posts didn’t hurt either. He slotted all 21 of Toulon’s points, including a late drop-goal, and it could end up being a battle of the kickers when he faces Owen Farrell of Saracens in the semi-final in a few weeks at Twickenham – a ground he’s somewhat familiar with. Farrell is the obvious back-up to Johnny Sexton as Lions fly-half but it would be folly to rule out Jonny W too. He certainly knows how to wound the Wallabies…center_img Tickets are available via Ticketmaster TAGS: MunsterSaracens last_img read more

South African Assistant Referee Stood Down After Appearing At England Training

first_imgAt the time of writing Ireland and Joe Schmidt have failed to comment on the matter.Related: Six Nations Round Four: Six Things We Learnt This incident is the latest controversy to circle around Eddie Jones and England.Another was a video of Jones making comments about Ireland and Wales which has divided opinion.Related: Eddie Jones Video Dividing OpinionThat incident, along with the referee debacle above, will inevitably add to the atmosphere on Saturday as Ireland, already 2018 Six Nations champions, look to record a Grand Slam. Controversial: Van Der Westhuizen was involved in England’s training this week (Getty Images) Clearly, Jones’s incendiary comments are sure to fire the team up at Twickenham, and considering England’s struggles last couple of rounds, it could turn into a colossal contest.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. South African Assistant Referee Stood Down After Appearing At England TrainingWorld Rugby have decided to replace assistant referee Marius van der Westhuizen with Nigel Owens for England versus Ireland in the last round of the Six Nations. They made their choice after it became public that the official was involved in a training session with the England team a couple of days ago.In their statement, World Rugby said: “The decision follows Marius’s attendance at an England training session this week. While greater dialogue and collaboration between match officials and teams (including attending team training on request) has been agreed by World Rugby and the teams, Marius should not have been involved given that he was a member of the match official team for the weekend’s match.“World Rugby takes responsibility for this oversight and has taken the proactive decision to stand Marius down to avoid any additional unfair and unnecessary conjecture. Marius is an outstanding talent with a big international future and both he and his employer SARU fully support the decision.”It is fairly regular for teams to ask referees to come in and advise on training with them, however, to many, this instance appeared to be a conflict of interest.Turbulent week: Eddie Jones has had a stressful build-up to England v IrelandBefore they took this step, World Rugby had already made it clear that they would talk to England’s training staff to make sure this kind of occurrence doesn’t happen again.The current rules in place stipulate that match day referees cannot train with international teams they will directly be involved with. However, it has taken this incident for World Rugby to stipulate that assistants – who could easily replace an injured ref – should be held to the same standard. They have stated: “senior elite teams will continue to have the opportunity to request that a member of the high-performance match official panel attends training providing that the individual is not a member of the match official team officiating that team at a later date within the current competition or test window”.This story was first reported by Alex Lowe of the Times. One of the assistant referees for the England vs Ireland match on Saturday got involved during an England training session. last_img read more

Six players who can ignite England in South Africa

first_img Expand Ahead of England’s three-Test series in South Africa, Ali Stokes highlights six players who can revive England’s form Alex LozowskiOne area that has plagued England for years has been the lack of a consistent, definable centre partnership. Jones has persevered with injured duo Jonathan Joseph or Ben Te’o alongside Farrell so far, but Alex Lozowski should be the man to fill the No 13 jersey this summer.Lozowski has been in storming form for Saracens ever since his positional switch in the last third of the season and thoroughly outplayed his opposite man and England competitor Henry Slade during the Aviva Premiership final last month.Midfield rivals: Alex Lozowski looks to break past Henry Slade in the Premiership final (Getty Images)Slade may have the magic to pull a rabbit out of a scrum cap at times, but his inconsistency on the biggest stages is of concern. In a stark contrast, Lozowski has proven his resolve to be steely and his running game to be striking.Thunderous in the tackle, quick enough to scythe through defensive gaps and the vision borne of time at fly-half makes Lozowski a genuine threat and the man to take the game to the Springboks this weekend.Elliot DalyUtilised almost exclusively on the wing at Test level, Daly’s stint at full-back against the Barbarians produced striking, memorable results. It was a performance that will no doubt have caught the imagination of England’s coaching contingent.First 15: Elliot Daly played at full-back against the Barbarians (Getty Images)With Jones keen to develop a greater threat from his No 15 recently, Daly looks to have set himself up as the frontrunner for the spot on this tour.Strong in contact, pace to burn, a monstrous left boot and the ability to act as a valuable creative influence, Daly simply has to start at full-back on the fast South African tracks and further afield. Daly’s all-round skill-set and genuine world-class quality could see him likened to All Blacks great Ben Smith if allowed the chance to claim the No 15 jersey as his own.Danny CiprianiFlitting between fly-half and full-back in Jones’s eyes, Cipriani has finally earned a squad inclusion and will offer his game-changing, outrageous attacking instincts off the bench against the Springboks.Vision: Danny Cipriani issues instructions during the Baa-Baas match (Getty Images)Whether Cipriani arrives to the pitch at ten or 15 is irrelevant. A spell in either spot in the final 20 minutes could see him break down defences and create opportunities only he possesses the confidence and capacity to orchestrate. All The Summer Tour Fixtures And TV Details Who has Rassie Erasmus picked in his squad… Collapse Eddie Jones’s England squad to face South Africa South Africa squad for Tests against Wales and England Find out which players Eddie Jones has picked… All The Summer Tour Fixtures And TV Details Double act? Danny Cipriani and Elliot Daly during England training (Getty Images) South Africa squad for Tests against Wales and England Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Since his Test debut last summer, Curry has been the best openside in England, pipping twin brother Ben to the title. Tom’s broken wrist may have kept him out for the entirety of the international season thus far, but a return to fitness over the past two months puts him on a path to cement himself as a permanent feature in the starting XV.MORE FROM RUGBY WORLD ON ENGLAND’S SOUTH AFRICA TOUR Eddie Jones’s England squad to face South Africa In this piece we tell you everything you… Six players who can ignite England in South AfricaEngland are in dire need of many things, but of foremost importance is a victory to end a four-match losing streak, as well as the sign of improvement at the breakdown and in attack. Here are six players who can drastically improve these problem areas during this month’s three-Test series against South Africa…Jamie GeorgeIn the absence of one of the most successful captains in England’s history, hooker George should be given a starting role in South Africa alongside Saracens and British & Irish Lions comrades Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje.A meagre two of his 25 England caps to date have been Test starts, despite his emergence as the Lions undisputed first-choice hooker in New Zealand last year.All smiles: Jamie George has the Premiership trophy. Now for the England No 2 shirt! (Getty Images)With captain Dylan Hartley ruled out of this tour with concussion issues, George has the chance to prove his attacking edge is enough to warrant the No 2 jersey long term – and to hand Owen Farrell the captain’s armband on a permanent basis.For all of Hartley’s attributes, one thing the skipper cannot produce is the type of game-breaking potential that second- and third-choice hookers George and Luke Cowan-Dickie can utilise. Such skill-sets have been noticeably absent from England’s cause of late; something George can go some way to rectifying against the Springboks.Kyle SincklerIn a similar situation to George, the Harlequins bowling ball of a tighthead possesses an attacking threat his stable, yet limited, predecessor cannot rival. In this case, Leicester stalwart Dan Cole stands between Sinckler and England’s top job on the right side of the scrum.With Cole rested following a mammoth workload this season, Sinckler has the opportunity to become an irreplaceable component in England’s game plan. With handling skills and running lines even the great England centre Will Greenwood would be proud of, Sinckler is not short of blockbuster potential.Power game: Kyle Sinckler tries to bust the France defensive line (Getty Images)In addition to his endeavours as a centre in a prop’s body, Sinckler can burrow himself in at the breakdown and build upon England’s frailties at the ruck.When you look at the best teams in the world, they have a tighthead who is more than a simple pillar at set-piece. Rugby has evolved and Sinckler has the capacity to take England up a notch.Tom CurryThe lack of a bonafide openside flanker has been a constant problem for England for more than a decade, something that was particularly prevalent during a disastrous Six Nations campaign.Eddie Jones’s side suffered from a severe lack of nous at the breakdown and were dominated by Scotland and France on both sides of the ball. The issue was caused in no small part by playing a third lock at six and blindside Chris Robshaw on the openside.Shark attack: Sale flanker Tom Curry impressed against the Barbarians (Getty Images)England lacked mobility, breakdown expertise and link play as a result. All are attributes Sale Sharks’ 19-year-old Tom Curry can contribute to substantial effect. The Gloucester-bound playmaker proved his world-class decision-making in the wider channels against the Barbarians, able to unlock defences and release the likes of Jonny May, Denny Solomona and Daly upon the opposition. The 30-year-old sees things others do not and can restore meaning to Jones’s famed term ‘finishers’.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Watch: Jonny May scores 30-minute hat-trick against France

first_imgAfter that the game petered out, and England will now turn their attentions to the trip to Cardiff in two weeks to face Wales, who are also unbeaten in this year’s championship.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Opening act: Jonny May celebrates scoring his first try (Getty Images) Six minutes later May had his hat-trick. Henry Slade put up a high ball, Morgan Parra knocked it on and Chris Ashton reacted quickest to pounce on the ball. He put through a kick for his fellow wing and this was probably the easiest of May’s three tries as there was clear grass in front of him to chase and touch down.France were next to cross the whitewash, Yoann Huget releasing Penaud into space in the England 22, but England had the bonus point wrapped up by half-time.Henry Slade scored the fourth try when stepping inside Guirado from a few metres out. Owen Farrell’s conversion made it 30-8 at the break.Further tries followed in the second half at Twickenham. First England were awarded a penalty try when  Ashton was tackled without the ball by Gael Fickou and referee Nigel Owens decided a try would have been scored without that infringement.The opportunity was created after Slade had intercepted a Camille Lopez pass and kicked ahead for Ashton. It resulted in seven points for England and a yellow card for Fickou.Then in the 55th minute, Ben Youngs took a quick tap penalty and passed to Farrell, who kicked ahead.  May was beaten to the ball by Antoine Dupont but the French scrum-half couldn’t secure possession and Farrell was quick to touch it down himself. He then converted his own try. Jonny May scores 30-minute hat-trick against FranceJonny May scored a try after just 65 seconds of England’s 44-8 win over France in the Six Nations – and within half an hour he had added another two to secure a hat-trick.This was England‘s biggest victory over the French in more than 100 years – second only to the 37-point winning margin in 1911 – and it was winger May’s first hat-trick at Test level.It took his tally to 22 tries in 42 Tests, 12 in his last 12 Internationals and he was also named Man of the Match.Related: 30 Minutes with Jonny MayThe first try came just after the minute mark. France captain Guilhem Guirado knocked on in midfield, Ben Youngs picked up the loose ball and passed it out to Elliot Daly. The full-back found a gap in France’s defence then kicked ahead for May to chase.The Leicester man beat the French chasers to touch down with one hand for the try to make it the fifth consecutive Test in which England have scored a try within three minutes of the kick-off. Watch the opening try below…May was on the scoreboard again in the 23rd minute. England attacked from a lineout in the French 22, using strong carriers on short bursts, then Owen Farrell changed tack, switched the direction of the attack and spun a wide ball out to May, who stepped around Damian Penaud for his second.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Winger Jonny May runs in three tries in half an hour in Six Nations match at Twickenham – England’s biggest win over France since 1911last_img read more

2019 Rugby World Cup: Ireland 35-0 Russia

first_img A lot was expected of Ireland, but they… Expand Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It was Munster man Andrew Conway who dotted down next to the posts and they would have had another had it not been for Iain Henderson knocking on with the try-line beckoning. Commentator Ugo Monye was once again criticising the lack of clinical finishing, and on the basis of this moment it is hard to argue with him.The final try of the match came off a lovely move, though, as Garry Ringrose capped off an up-and-down match for Ireland who finished as 35-0 winners.Star manGiven the stop-start nature of the match, and the number of errors made by seemingly everyone, this was not an easy decision to make. However, we have gone for Jack Carty as he showed dynamism off the bench and set up big scores for the Irish.Related: Rugby World Cup TV CoverageThe reactionIreland coach Joe Schmidt: “We need the win to take confidence, we need the performance to take confidence, and we need the support we got tonight to take confidence. I like the way we controlled the game in very tough conditions out there.“We made it a little bit loose with the ball sometimes and in those greasy conditions and that high humidity… we knew there had already been 65 handling errors in the two games previously – maybe we tried to make 65 ourselves.”Russia coach Lyn Jones: “I’m absolutely delighted with our performance. We came here to make it really hard for Ireland to score the four tries.“I’m just so proud of our players, they absolutely gave everything. We were organised, our tactics worked well. Unfortunately we didn’t score any points, but the Russian players gave everything they had and they were shattered at the end, and that’s all you can ask.”The TeamsIreland: Rob Kearney (Jordan Larmour 49); Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Keith Earls; Johnny Sexton (capt, Jack Carty 40), Luke McGrath; Dave Kilcoyne (Andrew Porter 57), Niall Scannell (Sean Cronin 57), James Ryan (Tadhg Furlong 57), Jean Kleyn (Iain Henderson 60), Tadhg Beirne; Rhys Ruddock, Peter O’Mahony, Jordi Murphy (CJ Stander 26).Tries: Kearney 2, O’Mahony 13, Ruddock 36, Conway 61, Ringrose 75.  Cons: Sexton 3, Carty 2.Russia: Vasily Artemyev (capt); German Davydov, Igor Galinovskiy, Kirill Golosnitskiy (Vladimir Ostroushko 14), Denis Simplikevich (Sergey Ianiushkin 70); Ramil Gaisin, Dmitry Perov; Andrey Polivalov (Valery Morozov 40), Evgeny Matveev (Stanislav Selskii 40), Kirill Gotovtsev, Andrey Garbuzov (Andrey Ostrikov 49), Bodgan Fedotko (Evgeny Elgin 63); Anton Sychev (Roman Khodin 68), Tagir Gadzhiev, Victor Gresev.Yellow cards: Fedotko (33), Ostrikov (50). Collapse Rugby World Cup Groups Expand Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide In what was a one-sided affair, Ireland took the bonus-point win over Russia center_img Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide 2019 Rugby World Cup: Ireland v Russia2019 Rugby World Cup: Ireland 35-0 RussiaHead-to-headPlayed – 3Ireland wins – 3Russia wins – 0Most recent meeting – Ireland 62-12 Russia (25 September 2011)Ireland routed Russia back at the 2011 World Cup thanks to nine tries scored by eight different players.Did You Know?Russia are the ‘youngest’ team at this World Cup as their first Test was in 1992, although international rugby in the Soviet Union began in the Seventies.They became the first team to be eliminated from this World Cup.Rob Kearney’s second-minute try was Ireland’s quickest try at a World Cup.Johnny Sexton captained Ireland for the first time on his 86th Test appearance.Related: Rugby World Cup FixturesIn a nutshellThe Rugby World Cup headed back to the port city of Kobe with the Irish looking to get over their shock loss to hosts Japan, and Russia just trying to put in a performance that reflected their huge leap forward in terms of competitiveness.The Irish got out of the blocks quickly despite the incredible humidity, crossing the try-line in the opening two minutes with Rob Kearney. Yet they did not really get out of third gear and didn’t really need to as the Russians kept gifting the men in green with knock-ons and penalties.Indeed a knock-on by Bogdan Fedotko gave the Irish a simple try as Sexton grubber-kicked through the Russian defence and Peter O’Mahony gathered to score. Things went bad to worse when Kiril Golosnitskiy, one of Russia’s best players, had to go off with the help of a stretcher after bashing his knee on the post in defence.Despite the occasional clinical moment from the Irish, the first half was marred once again by handling errors thanks to humidity, sweat and a slippery ball. Both sides struggled to build momentum as knock-ons were the order of the day.Seven minutes before half-time the Russians’ evening got a little bit harder thanks to that man Fedotko again as he conceded two penalties within a couple of minutes of each other which earned him a yellow-card. Rhys Ruddock made them pay almost immediately, bulldozing his way over to give Ireland a 21-0 lead at half-time.Believe it or not but it took the Irish 21 minutes into the second-half to score another try and secure the bonus point. No doubt the Russians having another man sent to the sin-bin, this time Ostrikov, played its part. Russia’s qualification for the tournament was a shock… Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Rugby World Cup Groups LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guidelast_img read more

Church youth become philanthropists

first_imgChurch youth become philanthropists Connecticut teens learn about giving by making grants to organizations Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel By Alix BoylePosted Feb 12, 2013 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Bath, NC center_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth & Young Adults Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL [Faith & Leadership] Church youth are often called upon to help others — they may go on mission trips, serve meals at a community kitchen or tutor other students.But at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut, such direct service has been augmented by a different kind of generosity: philanthropy.Thirteen teens are learning to run a small foundation — the St. Mark’s Youth Philanthropy Guild — and in the process are living out the Christian mission of serving the poor. Their discussions about how to disburse the funds are not just practical, but also lead to deeper conversations about what it means to really follow Jesus — with their hearts and with their money — and about the role of the church in societyBy setting up a real-world philanthropy and being led through the process of asset allocation, these high schoolers are asking questions about what it means to be a Christian, said businessman Gary B. Ward, one of the adult leaders of the group.“One of the greatest kicks in business is watching people respond when you give them responsibility; they just flower,” Ward said. “Here, you’re watching the Lord’s work in action, and these young people are maturing in terms of judgment and becoming bigger people in many different ways. It’s my small mission for the church.”The church has entrusted these high schoolers with $5,000 from a fundraiser and has asked them to grant the money to places where it will most help those in need. Over a period of months, they will craft a mission statement, devise a marketing plan, request proposals and then decide which to fund. The grants will be awarded in the spring.The teens want to participate in the guild out of a sense of altruism, as well as a sense of responsibility.“We have so much that we are given,” said Kristin Davis, a 10th-grade student at New Canaan High School and a member of the church.“We just want to give back to the community and to God and follow his path for us and what he wants us to do as Christians. St. Mark’s is such a welcoming community, and the youth leaders make it a lot of fun. It’s informative and collaborative.”Due diligenceOn a recent Thursday evening, about half the members of the St. Mark’s Youth Philanthropy Guild sat down with Acting Director of Youth Ministries Cyra Borsy to brainstorm ideas for getting the word out to the community that they are accepting proposals for grants of up to $2,500.Two members of the group rushed in from squash practice; another was fitting in the meeting around dance class.As they ate pizza and the choir practiced in the background, the group kicked around a marketing plan: How should they get the word out through social media, newspapers, fliers, church announcements and the local television station?The group has also been working on its mission statement and devising a way to vet organizations to be sure the donations will have an impact.“We should ask the organizations to give financial statements,” suggested Christian Walsh, a senior at St. Luke’s, a private school in New Canaan. “What percentage goes toward their overhead? We should get recommendations; it confirms that they’re trustworthy.”Jake Hamill, also a senior at St. Luke’s, said he liked the idea of visiting an organization before donating money. “I think it’s a good idea to go to the site and see how the organization is in person and on paper,” Hamill said.Borsy challenged the kids to find some organizations that are so small they may not be known. For example, the Norwalk River Rowing Association mentors young, at-risk women by introducing them to the elite sport of crew, she said.“It gives them purpose, exercise, self-esteem,” Borsy said. “But it’s a low-income program — they’re operating out of a trailer. They don’t know about St. Mark’s, but I know about them, so think about that for a second. Find some organizations and send an application to them.”A meaningful challengeThe guild was the brainchild of Ward and the Rev. Joshua Hill, the former youth minister at St. Mark’s, now chaplain at the Episcopal School of Knoxville in Tennessee.Hill reasoned that many of these kids would find themselves in leadership positions in the church in the future, so why not start grooming them now?“A big part of my rationale for the youth philanthropy group was that older teenagers deserve more than pancake suppers and ‘Kumbaya’ from the church,” Hill said. “They need to be challenged to live meaningfully. They need to be told they are valued, their opinions matter and they can have an impact on the work of the church.“Given the particular economic context of our parish, it was clear to me that formation for leadership in mission involved money as much as it involved hands.”New Canaan is a wealthy community in Connecticut with tree-lined streets and stone walls typical of a small New England town. The median price of a home is $1.2 million, and many residents work on Wall Street or in the financial services industry.Ward, a retired hedge fund manager, wanted to expose the teens to the real world, and to challenge them to think about how to put their values into action.“The project is closely aligned with the Christian values of assistance to the needy,” Ward said. “It’s not heavy-handed but merely taking our youth and trying to make the love of Christ part of their daily life.”Ward is the perfect mentor to the group, Hill said. He has a Wharton degree, love for the church and a connection with teenagers.Hill recruited the first participants by telling them how great the experience would look on a college application.“That was the sales pitch, but the truth is that most young people jump at the chance to be trusted with something that really matters,” Hill said. “They could sense a chance to be recognized as mature young adults, and they went for it.”At the end of the process, last year’s group of teens considered seven applications and ultimately gave grants to five organizations focused on helping children and families.They included Pura Vida, a local faith-based charity for children in need throughout the world, and Breakthrough Options for Families Inc., an agency in nearby Norwalk, Conn., serving single, low-income parents.“It is very moving to have high school students help with and fund our mission,” said Sharon Knechtle, director of Pura Vida, which in 2012 sent 200,000 specially formulated packaged meals to children in Haiti.The St. Mark’s group also funded a summer reading program at the New Canaan library — a decision that raised some questions for the youth.While some in the group wanted to donate money to the library for new software to expand its children’s summer reading program, one of the members was against it because he believed the library was damaging local video stores. In the end, the students persuaded the teen that the library deserved the grant.Grappling with big questions is part of the purpose of the project, Ward said. By deciding where to give money, the youth have to think about what it means to be generous and what it means to do philanthropy as Christians, for the sake of the gospel.Ward agreed.“Life is a series of trade-offs,” Ward said. “I encourage the kids to argue it out. I try to get the kids to expand their vision into ethics and morality when making grants.”A model for youth philanthropyHill and Ward were initially inspired by the New Canaan Community Foundation’s Young Philanthropists Fund, a six-year-old program that will give away $12,000 this year.Cynthia Gorey, the executive director of the New Canaan Community Foundation, said that youth philanthropy programs across the country have grown out of schools and churches. They tend to attract kids who understand the responsibility of giving back, whether because of their own families’ wealth or because they appreciate the unmet needs of people around them.“This is a complement to the direct service that kids have been participating in all along,” Gorey said. “Families are seeing the value of giving financial support as well.”When a 14- or 15-year-old first signs on, he or she may not know much about the role of the nonprofit sector of the economy, Gorey said. The first job is to understand that the economy is broken down into three segments: for-profit business; government, which provides assistance through programs like food stamps; and then the nonprofit segment, which picks up the slack.“A nonprofit can be everything from Harvard down to a food pantry,” Gorey said. Then kids learn about the range of funders, from medically based groups to foundations that focus on issues such as education and hunger to corporate philanthropy.Gorey said she enjoys teaching about the life cycle of a nonprofit — raising the money, identifying worthy causes and making good choices about whom to fund. At the end of the process, kids feel like they have made intelligent, informed choices and enjoy seeing people helped by their work.Though the New Canaan Community Foundation program served as an inspiration, both Hill and Ward wanted to create their own program at St. Mark’s with an emphasis on Christian values — a model that could be replicated in other congregations.For Davis, the 10th-grader, the philanthropy guild is a way to live out her faith.“We want to help other people and do good for the world,” she said. “That’s what Christianity is all about.”— Faith & Leadership is the online magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, which designs educational services, develops intellectual resources, and facilitates networks of institutions. 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Diocese of Honduras installs Lura M. Kaval as canon for…

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Posted May 15, 2013 Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [Episcopal Diocese of Honduras — Press Release] On May 4, 2013, during the 35th annual convention of The Diocese of Honduras at St. Mary’s Cathedral, The Rt. Rev. Lloyd E. Allen installed The Rev. Lura M. Kaval, a missionary of the Episcopal Church, as the Canon of Development.The Diocese of Honduras has been funded as a program of The Episcopal Church for over 150 years, “It is time we stand on our own”, Bishop Allen again reiterated during his Diocesan address, “with Rev. Lura here in Honduras, we take a huge step forward toward that goal.”Keeping with the long-range plan of the diocese and its commitment to being financially self-sufficient, Rev. Kaval’s, main responsibilities will focus on stewardship education, congregational development, financial transparency and planning, resource development, debt reduction and enhanced communication within the diocese and with their supporting partners.The diocesan budget was cut by a third after the 2009 General Convention.  Kaval will be assisting in the building up of the seven bi-lingual schools, working with the 52 clergy and 156 mission churches on stewardship education and entrepreneurial programs.   A former business owner herself, with a background in marketing and finance, she graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1998.Her ministry began in Diocese of Honduras in September of 2012 with the creation of the “Come and See the NEW Honduras” program, setting the guidelines for financial independence and self-sustainability by 2019. She and Bishop Allen have been traveling throughout the United States attending companion diocese councils and conventions sharing the program’s vision and goals for the last eight months.In 2002 when she became rector of St. Christopher’s Church Linthicum, Maryland, the congregation was depleting its endowment. Eight years latter the small strong church took great pride and ownership of it operating budget and was able to provide thousands of dollars from its endowment to outreach efforts in their community and around the world.She and her husband Richard Harlow are appointed missionaries from The Episcopal Church.  He will be working with regional coordinators in Honduras to support mission teams throughout the diocese. “The Diocese of Honduras doesn’t need a hand out-they need a hand up,” according to Harlow a former Air Force analyst.  “This diocese is full of wonderful resources and we appreciate the commitment of the people and churches in North America that are working side by side with us in partnership to become financially self-sustaining.”“Come and See the NEW Honduras!” exhorts Rev. Kaval, “The Spirit is at work in the Diocese of Honduras and we are experiencing the transforming power of God in our schools, churches and in the lives of the people we serve in Jesus’ name.  Come…and See!” Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Diocese of Honduras installs Lura M. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC last_img read more