Wales 19 Ireland 13 – The Rugby World Player Ratings

first_img Get in! Mike Phillips celebrates scoring the crucial try to mark his 50th capIT WAS a cracking game at the Millennium Stadium as Wales clinched a 19-13 victory despite a try-line siege from Ireland in the final few minutes. Both sides contributed magnificently to the most entertaining match of this year’s Six Nations to date – but how did the players rate?WALESLee Byrne 72 Few flaky moments in Wales’ 22 but looked dangerous when running from deep.Leigh Halfpenny 68 Executed long-range penalty to perfection and looked good in wide channels.Jamie Roberts 71 Took Wales attack into heart of Irish defence with powerful surges.Jonathan Davies 68 Little opportunity to show his attacking skills but did little wrong.Shane Williams 72 Worked usual magic in tight spaces but couldn’t break completely clear.James Hook 81 More of a conservative display from Wales’ flair master – but it worked perfectly. Try time: Brian O’Driscoll scores to equal Ian Smith’s record of 24 championship triesBrian O’Driscoll 78 A record-equalling try and didn’t let up in attack or defence throughout.Gordon D’Arcy 65 Called into regular defensive action but has tendency to shoot out of line too fast.Keith Earls 68 Few nice runs but little opportunity to threaten close to the line.Ronan O’Gara 67 Showed his full repertoire of kicks to great effect but no running threat.Eoin Reddan 65 Only a 30-second contribution – but his chargedown led to Ireland’s early try.Cian Healy 66 Few silly errors and not as prominent a ball-carrier as usual.Rory Best 67 Gave away a penalty in front of posts but accurate at the lineout.Mike Ross 64 Conspicuous by absence in loose, but did his job at the set-piece.Donncha O’Callaghan 71 Blew try-scoring chance with forward pass but no lack of effort from Munsterman.Paul O’Connell 76 Back to his imperious best at the lineout and made presence felt in loose too.Sean O’Brien 71 Outshined Heaslip in ball-carrying terms but sometimes runs too laterally and selfishly.David Wallace 73 A typical top-quality performance in both the tight and the loose.Jamie Heaslip 68 A relatively quiet game by his high standards but high work-rate at closequarters.Replacements Peter Stringer as effective a passer as ever but mass exodus from bench in second half wasn’t too effective.THE KEY0 – Should never play for this team again10 – Shocker – lucky to get picked again this season20 – Out of his depth30 – Did one or two things right – must improve40 – Willing but woeful50 – Minimum requirement for  a professional – average60 – Solid effort and a decent performance70 – Made key contributions and guaranteed his place for next time80 – Superb – should give himself a pat on the back LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Boot boy: BBC Man of the Match James HookMike Phillips 78Great reactions for controversial try and happy to show Ireland his physical side.Paul James 68 Coped admirably when having to switch to tighthead early on.Matthew Rees 82 Quick thinking led to Phillips try, albeit illegally, and work-rate was exceptional.Craig Mitchell 62 Limited opportunity to make an impact before leaving field with injury.Bradley Davies 77 Lived up to his reputation as a great ball-carrier and worked hard in defence too.Alun Wyn Jones 77 Towering in the lineout to ensure Ireland couldn’t put them under too much pressure.Dan Lydiate 80 A rock in defence, especially in that frantic finish, and showing his class.Sam Warburton 80 Improving with every game and looking so comfortable at Test level now.Ryan Jones 74 Another impressive performance as he rediscovers his best form – solid not flashy.Replacements John Yapp called into action early and not found wanting, and Jonathan Thomas’s tackles proved important at the end.IRELANDLuke Fitzgerald 68 Few fumbled balls but effective when joining the line in attack.Tommy Bowe 72 Full of running and always keen to get involved.center_img 90 – A personal best – his greatest game ever100 – Faultless – no one could play a better game in this position CARDIFF, WALES – MARCH 12: Brian O’Driscoll of Ireland dives over to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on March 12, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) last_img read more

Scotland praying for success ahead of All Blacks visit

first_imgJackson is a metaphor for the whole Scottish system. To be clear, he is a good player who has looked comfortable in the last few weeks when he has backed himself to gallop and has thrown the ball around with confidence. Yet a month ago, he played for Ayr in Scotland’s RBS Premiership, the top amateur level.Although his playing for an amateur side actually shows the quality of the club game and the variety of styles available to young players, he has possibly gone from amateur ranks to facing the World’s best rugby team in the turn of a calendar page.If you play four professional games in Scotland, you are in consideration for the national team.This does not have to be the case, and with many youngsters like Stuart Hogg, Matt Scott, David Denton, and several others coming on by creeps and leaps things may improve by 2015.The lack of props is worry, though. Mike Cusack and WP Nel cannot naturalise quick enough. If they could sit their Scottish entrance Exam now, they would. The clock is ticking for others. Josh Strauss qualifies for Scotland mere days before World Cup 2015 kicks off.One import has grabbed headlines right away was Kiwi speedster Sean Maitland, who signed for Glasgow Warriors this week. He will be instantly eligible for inclusion, thanks to some West Coast grannies and could, in no time, be the perfect foil to that oversized try machine Tim Visser. With line-breaker par excellence Stuart Hogg in at No 15, next year they could form the most exciting Scottish back three in many a year. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Andy Robinson the Scotland head coach watches over his players in the pre match warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) On a prayer: Andy Robinson’s battered squad will face the All Blacks on November 11thby Alan DymockWE HAVE all seen Field of Dreams, right? An Iowa farmer takes a mower to his cornfields so he can carve out a baseball diamond.  The voices in his head tell him “If you build it, they will come.”Looking beyond the obvious questions of mental health and the supposed electricial skills of a floodlight-erecting farmer, it is a story of hope. Dreams can come true and people will turn up if you close your eyes and believe hard enough.Right now Andy Robinson is sitting at a desk overlooking the Murrayfield turf, squeezing his eyes shut and believing like no one has ever believed before. The All Blacks are coming and Scotland are having to rely on a few dreams of their own.On Wednesday October 24 a squad of 36 Scots was unveiled to take on the might of the All Blacks as they cut a swathe through the northern hemisphere. Within the list were a light contingent of props, some seven new names and an awful lot of sticky back plaster.Tim Visser, Allan Jacobsen, Greig Laidlaw and Sean Lamont are all in the squad because they’re indispensible. All of them are carrying knocks of some kind, but without their quality Scotland must severely change their gameplan. Without them Scotland’s talent pool is shallower than Girls Aloud’s new ditty.Of course, it is a grand showing that youngsters like Grant Gilchrist, Stuart McInally and Peter Horne see their good form rewarded with call-ups. However, the lack of props and game changing backs is a familiar concern.Tommy Seymour comes in after professional showings on the wing for Glasgow, but looks unlikely to feature. Meanwhile, without Duncan Weir, Ruaridh Jackson earns a recall. Injuries and shortages have meant that Robinson has almost sold the farm already. Held together by medical supplies and haunted by the ghosts of the last fortnight’s Heineken Cup results, this Scotland squad have a tough task convincing everyone else that they can compete with the All Blacks.Can Robinson and an already bruised squad go the distance, or will it be a case of closing those eyes and waiting for it all to be over?last_img read more

England: Five things we learned v France

first_imgFinally, we come to the overwhelming English success of a stunning contest at the Stade de France. Whether Owen Farrell remains at fly-half or shifts one out to accommodate George Ford, he has to be part of Lancaster’s plans for 2015 and far beyond. On Saturday he matured from promising, tenacious competitor into well-rounded, clinical game-manager. His distribution, defence-scanning and mix of kicking out of hand – whether finding turf and touchline or giving teammates something to chase – was the best it has ever been. Forcing himself flat to the gainline, he posed significant problems as a runner as well.Remarkably still 22, he has inherited a good portion of his father’s presence and – along with Billy Vunipola, Joe Launchbury and Manu Tuilagi – should form the spine of this team for the more than a decade. The week will be tough with Scotland on the horizon and disappointment hovering, but Farrell is the sort of uncompromising character who won’t tolerate anyone feeling sorry for themselves. From here, England must target four consecutive victories. Farrell will agree. Who expected a host win?: Pape celebrates a last gasp victory, denying England their greatest comeback everBy Charlie MorganHeart-breaking, gut-wrenching. Gael Fickou’s score that won Le Crunch for France on Saturday evening was a bitter body blow for Stuart Lancaster and his side. Leading 24-19 deep into the last ten minutes, they had hauled themselves back from a 16-3 deficit to the cusp of a wonderfully dogged victory – what would have been the biggest comeback in their history. Then a teenage replacement snatched it all away.As boring and inescapably British as it is to celebrate brave losers, there were plenty of constructive facets to emerge from England’s performance in Paris. There were worrying aspects, too. Here are five lessons to heed ahead of a tough trip to Murrayfield.Slow starts, fading finishes Taking it on the chin: England’s second loss in a rowBefore exploring better aspects, it’s best to begin with a stinger. England have now lost their last two Tests. While that will feel painful enough, there has been excruciating symmetry to each reverse. Against New Zealand in November, they also conceded two first-quarter tries, rallying superbly before relinquishing control once more.France’s early efforts both required fortunate bounces, but they were entirely avoidable. Joe Launchbury’s misjudgement from the opening kick-off gave Jack Nowell little chance of gathering, while Huget’s brace was completed after two uncharacteristic mistakes – Tom Wood losing the ball in contact and Alex Goode scrambling ineffectively. Given the collective ambition and determination of the next hour, a nervy 17 minutes stood out alarmingly.As for closing the game out, the hosts must be given credit. The athleticism of Yannick Nyanga, Wesley Fofana and even Dimitri Szarzewski in wide channels allowed them to stretch their opponents to breaking point. Still, England will have to win a close one soon to halt any lingering doubts. When Wales and Ireland come to Twickenham, playing for 80 minutes is essential.Jack the likely ladA cluster of errors and one shuddering hit from Louis Picamoles at the outset of their international career would transform most 20 year-olds into whimpering wrecks. Not Nowell. Before Brice Dulin’s googly of a chip bamboozled him for Les Bleus’ second try, the young Cornishman had already spilt the kick-off, got exposed by Jules Plisson’s diagonal punt and conceded precious field position with a needless challenge in the air. Some said he was out of his depth. Rubbish.From England’s first meaningful possession, Nowell was prominent, offering himself across the line and around the fringes as an elusive, deceptively powerful runner. As players grew tired, he made more headway and ended up with 87 metres from 10 carries. He was rock-solid one-on-one in defence too, often against far burlier runners. Had a knock not forced him to make way for Brad Barritt, England may have maintained their shape well enough to prevent Fickou’s winner.Either way, the young Chief’s perseverance epitomised the self-belief that Lancaster’s set-up breeds. In a hostile atmosphere on Test debut, Nowell seemed confident he belongs on the biggest stage – and with good reason. He is absolutely here to stay. Tactical nous, tempo and skillWith Philippe Saint-André announcing a forward-heavy 23 a week prior to the match, England knew exactly what France would bring: a destructive set-piece and fierce focus on breakdown spoiling. Lancaster combated that intelligently. Knowing his dynamic pack would have the hosts wheezing with punchy phase-play, he brought in Danny Care at scrum half to maintain tempo. The Harlequin repaid that faith – a quick-tap penalty led to Mike Brown’s maiden international try and lit the spark that gave the visitors belief.Here to stay: Exeter’s Jack NowellDespite soggy conditions and a stodgy surface, England’s handling was good and attacking structures – either close to the ruck or wider with two waves presenting out-the-back options – much improved. Executing 14 offloads and attempting a few more that didn’t quite stick, they endeavoured to keep the ball alive and transfer the point of contact, putting defenders off balance so powerful carries from Billy Vunipola and Courtney Lawes could take full effect.Impressive close-quarter skills and awareness across the board – Dan Cole and Joe Marler were link-men on more than one occasion – meant the plan worked well. More refreshingly, we have an England side that is exciting to watch and (though the scrum needs a bit of attention) doesn’t compromise on muscularity.Bench botherLancaster doesn’t gamble on players’ ability. He is a canny man-manager and talent scout who will only allow someone into the international fold if they possess the right aptitude and attitude to deal with it. Luther Burrell, for instance, looked unruffled all evening. Where England did take a calculated risk was among the backs on their replacements bench.Most bases were covered. An early injury to Jonny May meant Goode slotted in at full back and Mike Brown went onto the wing, where he excelled. What the 23-man party could not deal with was another wide-man going. When Nowell was struggling late on, Brad Barritt was the only man left. Burrell was pushed wide, France smelled blood in the water and somehow struck.You don’t make too many mistakes with hindsight, but while forced and tactical changes up front went well – Dave Attwood, Ben Morgan, Mako Vunipola and Tom Youngs all contributed – Care’s withdrawal was also a moot point. Having threatened all night, could he have helped England edge home? As it was, England found themselves five points up at a scrum in the French 22 with less than 300 seconds left. Even with a vastly re-jigged 15 on the pitch, they should have held out.Farrell comes of age PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 01: Jack Nowell of England in action during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at Stade de France on February 1, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

The power of Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick analysed

first_imgBehemoth Wallaby Will Skelton is apparently the next second-row superstar and will attract plenty of press attention before this weekend. However, at just 23 and 25 respectively, Retallick and Whitelock have many miles to run and are already almost certain to be remembered as great All Blacks. They can complete another chapter in Sydney.Don’t miss Aaron Smith’s Rugby Championship preview in the September 2014 issue of Rugby World – on sale now! Big man steaming through: Brodie Retallick is a powerful, athletic lump in the All Blacks’ boiler room Again we have a transition from defence to attack that comes as a gut-wrenching sucker-punch. England should have been out of sight by half-time at Forsyth Barr Stadium. As it was, New Zealand held on and reached half-time just four points adrift.Then, as the second period began and Stuart Lancaster’s men roused themselves, the All Blacks pounced. Ben Smith’s try was a spectacular long-range effort, but it began in the engine room.Swooping on Billy Twelvetrees’ errant offload, Retallick exhibits ambition to use the knock-on advantage. Besides anything else, picking up a loose ball at full pace requires flexibility and dexterity. Having managed that with ease though, the Chief does not fret. He knows the opportunity will come on the next phase, so an uncomplicated carry will do – possession is key at this point. And so it proves.Retallick’s quick thinking allows New Zealand to set up a ruck on the right (circled in blue) and spread play left. Whitelock (circled in red) is caught on the front line but trusts his skills and the communication of those outside him, who have seen two England front-rowers, Rob Webber and David Wilson (circled in yellow), exposed out wide. He picks up Ben Smith’s poor pass and send one 15 metres to Dane Coles.  Aaron Cruden is released and the rest is a straightforward mismatch.Third Test: Hunting as a packSo far, the contributions of Retallick and Whitelock have been fairly obvious. This longer clip allows us to dwell on some less conspicuous aspects in the build-up to New Zealand’s third score, which killed off the contest. As well as being superb ball-players, this Kiwi duo is also versed in the underrated quality of simply being awkward to play against.England’s lineout was a reliable platform for most of the series, but Retallick and Whitelock spoil things here. The former envelops jumper Tom Wood while the latter fights through the maul with Read. Youngs is rushed and puts Freddie Burns under pressure, who can only kick out on the full.New Zealand are markedly more efficient. Fast lineout ball was a devastating weapon for them in this early blitz, and the pattern continued. With Whitelock loitering as a decoy at the tail, Retallick rises and taps back to Aaron Smith. It isn’t tidy, but it is quick – open play really was England’s enemy.Savea is sent into midfield, where Whitelock leaches on and blasts over. Retallick follows through, taking it upon himself to personally eradicate the threat of Courtney Lawes, England’s most damaging counter-rucker. The upshot is a pristine platform for Smith and, a phase later, a try for the scrum-half to punish a disorientated defence. It is a case of unfussy graft leading to something stylish. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There’s a cliché that splits rugby men into two types: piano players and piano pushers. It’s a distinction that looks dated in the modern game. Most professional players are just as comfortable writing a symphony as they would be lugging your forte up the stairs.Athletic, skillful and abrasive, Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are two such specimens that personify New Zealand’s current global dominance. Likely to start their seventh consecutive Test together at lock on Saturday in Sydney’s massively intriguing Bledisloe opener, they will be pivotal figures as the All Blacks seek an 18th victory in a row.While the blockbuster exploits of Julian Savea and Kieran Read may hog headlines, Whitelock and Retallick consistently deliver. In June’s whitewash of England, they were prominent in the instants that defined each contest. These three clips demonstrate the world-leading force Retallick and Whitelock have become.First Test: Immense engines 12-12 with 11 minutes left, Stuart Lancaster’s charges stood close to conquering Eden Park. New Zealand had been oddly pedestrian, their back row outplayed. But the All Blacks don’t panic when a game goes to the wire. They remain calm and retain structure.Though England are on the front foot, Whitelock (circled in red) and Retallick (in blue) inject enough line-speed to halt Joe Marler behind the gain-line. Whitelock is part of the initial tackle alongside Jerome Kaino, but stays on his feet to preoccupy Ben Morgan, who is first to the ruck. Morgan slips off an attempted clear-out, meaning Whitelock can join Retallick as a guard next to the subsequent breakdown.Retallick’s opportunistic gather and 50-metre gallop are clearly exceptional. However, his body angle, fixed firmly on Ben Youngs, and discipline – staying behind the back foot despite temptation to pile in – are just as impressive. Whitelock reciprocates on the blindside, forming an arrowhead. As ever, the All Blacks’ most eye-catching moments are based on exquisite technical fundamentals. Following Retallick’s spectacular breakaway, that does not change.Here we see the aftermath of Marland Yarde’s fantastic cover tackle. Nigel Owens is already playing advantage to New Zealand, but Whitelock (in red again) summons the energy to sprint half the field in support – remember, we are over an hour into proceedings. A stooping hit on England’s wing accentuates the offence as well.Even if the attack comes to nothing as the ball is recycled, Whitelock is not finished and remarkably has enough air in his lungs to advise Owens that a yellow card is the correct course of action. Like it or not, dialogue with referees is a big part of rugby awareness. England did come back to 15-15 later, but Yarde’s sin-binning eventually cost them.Second Test: Composure and classlast_img read more

Scotland: Five things we learnt v Italy

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Rory BaldwinA wins a win, for all thatAfter a very exciting first half of rugby from both teams, the entertainment levels dropped off as both sides focused on the nervy business of winning and the match tightened up.  If Scotland had somehow managed to maintain the level of the opening twenty minutes for the whole match and chalk up an improbable cricket score, they probably would not have learned as much as they did having to constantly keep Italy at bay, losing players to the sin-bin and with the threat of another potentially devastating loss never far away.Fair old tussle: Scotland were never allowed to fully relax, which is a good thing for their developmentIt was very positive to see a Scotland side keep their cool and go out to win the game at the end, rather than grimly clinging on to a precarious lead and perhaps losing it to an Italian side who caused Scotland a fair amount of trouble inside their own 22. Their reward was Stuart Hogg‘s tribute to the Toony flip, a clear win on the scoreboard and their biggest points haul in a Six Nations match.Fix all the set pieces – not just oneThe work to fix a leaking lineout paid off in Rome. There were far fewer errant throws from Ross Ford, and Richie Gray is finally getting up to attack opposition ball. As the scrum is now a powerful source of penalties and possession, the lineout needs to be just as reliable to maintain it. With the Jonny Gray back to his ball-carrying best, Scotland look a lot more useful when they are attacking with the ball rather than defending their own line, so retaining possession is a must. On Saturday Italy starved them of ball in the second half and constant defending means giving away penalties. Other teams will look to repeat this tactic.Hard-work paying off: Scotland has turned the scrum into an effective source of penaltiesThere is one set piece though that continues to cause trouble, namely the restart. Cotter and his management team must howl in frustration every time a kick-off is fumbled and the opposition are handed a quick chance to come right back at them. If they can get all three tightened up, Scotland would become much more of a force and momentum would be less likely to shift away from them. Which means I can keep more of my hair.The midfield needs work but the choices are positiveFew Scottish pundits would deny that Mark Bennett has an important place in the future of Scotland’s back line but three games in and he’s still looking a little rusty – don’t forget his first game back from injury was the Calcutta Cup – and he’s not been the force he was at the World Cup. During the game there was a tweet yesterday along the lines of “imagine what you could do with two or three Stuart Hogg‘s in your team.” The same age as Hogg (23), with good hands and quick feet, Bennett undoubtedly has the potential to be at least one of them but it wouldn’t be a major surprise if for now the midfield was reshuffled again. Sweet taste of victory: Scotland’s win in Rome was particularly satisfying after nine defeats No way through: Mark Bennett is taking time to get back to full sharpnessCotter is just about back to the luxury position of having to pick 2 from Bennett, Matt Scott, Alex Dunbar, Pete Horne and Duncan Taylor so he should go purely with form. With Taylor the player with the greatest form and fitness and Pete Horne continuing to look sharp, Horne’s distribution skills might be used to keep the French on their toes out wide. He most often plays at 12 for Glasgow and Taylor is adept at 13 but leaving Taylor inside to defend might present a less tempting channel 10-12 for the French runners to attack. Alternatively Bennett could be offered back to Glasgow for the weekend’s PRO12 game at home to Cardiff to sharpen up.Did the back row balance just sort itself out?“The Johns” Hardie and Barclay were again brilliant for Scotland (that may or may not catch on as a nickname to rival the Killer Bs), but there have been question marks at No 8 all tournament. Ryan Wilson stepped in at the last minute when David Denton pulled out late with a groin injury and put in a determined performance in the first half. Often criticised for poor discipline and bad timing – off the field too – Wilson showed what he can offer with some strong carries and a good pair of hands to put John Hardie in for his try.Back row balance: John Barclay shone again, with John Hardie and Ryan Wilson also showing up wellWith Denton’s offloading and passing one area of the game he’s been working on at Bath, it was a nice counterpoint from Wilson. Although his intensity level dropped off slightly (with the rest of the team) in the second half, from the bench Josh Strauss played his second game in as many days having turned out for Glasgow on Thursday night. He still provided physical ball carrying against the tiring Italians, and Denton might struggle to displace either of them in two weeks time.More of the same, pleaseThe win was vital just to allow all those young players to taste victory in the Six Nations, but really it all counts for nothing unless the team can back it up in two weeks against stuttering France. Scotland have fallen at home to worse French teams; learning to beat Italy is something worse Scotland teams than this one have achieved. Do the hokey-cokey: Scotland have passed the Italian audition, but tougher tests are to comeIf this team wants the talk of “improvement”, “fronting up” and “having the confidence to win” to be taken seriously, then they need to do it against the teams they don’t usually beat: teams like France and Ireland. Which is convenient, as they have a chance to do just that with France visiting Murrayfield a week on Sunday, and Ireland in Dublin to finish just six days later. Neither team are having the strongest tournament and what we are truly seeking is a Scotland team confident enough to seize on opportunity when it counts the most.And if the swashbuckling France that everyone misses so much do somehow turn up, well at least it could be a hell of a game.last_img read more

Mini rugby video: How to catch a pass

first_imgIn every issue of Rugby World magazine you will find step-by-step guides on how to perform various skills to help mini rugby players develop their overall game. Mini rugby coach Nigel Botherway also provides details of different training games minis can play, which are fun and help to improve skill levels. A lot of focus is always given to passing a rugby ball, but catching a pass is an equally important skill to learn. A bad pass can cause an attacking move to break down – but so can a poor catch.So it’s crucial for mini rugby players to learn the best way to catch a pass. Make a target with your hands so your ready to take the pass and call for the ball so the ball-carrier knows you want the pass. Rather than snatch at the ball, let it float into your hands, and when you catch the ball, grip it with all your fingers and thumbs.Watch this video to see mini rugby players practising to catch and pass. A video showing mini rugby players how to catch a pass We have also produced videos showing mini players performing various skills so you can practise replicating what they do to learn the correct technique and improve your game.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out all the ways you can download the digital issue here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

World Rugby Apologises For Russian Song Gaffe

first_img Expand Russia’s qualification for the tournament was a shock… Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Uruguay run out of puff as Georgia power… Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide The Best National Anthems Of The Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup: Georgia 33-7 Uruguay LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tournament organisers played a Russian song after Georgia’s victory over Uruguay. 2019 Rugby World Cup: Georgia 33-7 Uruguay Georgian captain Jabba Bregvadze said; “I want to take this moment to ask the person who played the Russian music, next time don’t make the mistake again, please.”World Rugby has since apologised for the blunder and is looking to avoid any further embarrassment at the tournament. Speaking to CNN they said; “It was a Georgian singer performing a Russian song. It will not happen again.”Indeed this is not the first time this sort of blunder has been made at sporting events. Earlier this year the Andorran national anthem was played instead of Albania’s in a Euro 2020 qualifying match. Also at the 2012 Olympics South Korea’s flag was in display before the North Korean women’s football team played.Regardless the Georgians will be happy with their victory as they looked to bounce back after losing to Wales in their opening tournament match.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Adam Hathaway breaks down the best national anthems… Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand Collapse The Best National Anthems Of The Rugby World Cup World Rugby Apologises For Russian Song GaffeYou would think after their 33-7 Rugby World Cup victory over Uruguay, that Georgia would be celebrating, but instead the players were left annoyed and frustrated recently as World Rugby played a Russian song after the match.At the 2019 tournament, after the match has finished a popular song from the victorious nation is played as part of the celebration. Given the complicated, and occasionally violent history between Russia and Georgia, World Rugby made a huge blunder that resulted in the Georgian mood taking a sour turn.Georgia coach Milton Haig said; “They were playing a song after the match that was a Russian song, sung by a Georgian singer but it is a Russian song.“Again, we want to make it clear that Russia is not Georgia, Georgia is not Russia. We have a different language, different culture, different everything, so World Rugby, please make sure you get these sort of things ironed out for us.” Japan 2019 was the Lelos’ fifth World Cup 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.last_img read more

Rugby to stage first pilot matches with fans

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Welcome back! A limited numner of Quins fans will be able to attend the Bath match (Getty Images) Rugby to stage first pilot matches with fansRugby is taking its first steps to having supporters back at matches with two pilot events planned over the coming week.Social distancing measures will be in place and only a limited number of fans will be in attendance at the two matches chosen, but if they are successful it will bode well for crowds to return – albeit in smaller numbers – for further matches.The Edinburgh v Glasgow derby in the Guinness Pro14 tonight at BT Murrayfield will be the first professional rugby match in the UK to host spectators since the start of the pandemic in March, with 700 fans being allowed in.Dominic McKay, Scottish Rugby’s chief operating officer, said: “Scottish Rugby is delighted that a limited number of spectators will be in BT Murrayfield on Friday 28 August to watch the Guinness Pro14 match between Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors.“We are pleased our work with the Scottish Government will ensure that players, support staff and fans will be covered by a comprehensive event plan for everyone’s safety including physical distancing requirements.“We hope that our experience and learnings from a live spectator event next Friday can help all of Scottish sport, and the wider events industry restart.”Harlequins will then have up to 3,500 fans in attendance when they take on Bath at the Stoop on Saturday 5 September in the Gallagher Premiership. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Murrayfield and the Stoop are set to be the first UK grounds to have supporters in attendance since the restart A ballot is being held for 2019-20 season-ticket holders to attend, with prices £30 and £50 for adults depending on which stand they are seated in and £10 for U18s.Harlequins chief executive Laurie Dalrymple said: “We have been working incredibly hard with the relevant authorities to demonstrate that we can safely and securely host events with supporters.“A huge amount of work has been done across the club to ensure operationally and medically that we deliver our match-day events to the highest standard, meeting the stringent guidelines.“Our successful hosting of both Harlequins and London Irish matches at the Stoop since rugby’s return have been a great test, but having supporters in the stadium is what everyone has been striving for.“We hope that this pilot leads to further matches and increased numbers of supporters which will enable us to get as many supporters as possible into the Stoop, as soon as possible.”last_img read more


first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA Rapidísimas Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit a Press Releasecenter_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL Por Onell A. SotoPosted Jun 13, 2012 [Episcopal News Service] Una carta firmada por los obispos católicos romanos de Cuba defiende al cardenal Jaime Ortega por su actuación con respecto a los presos políticos y sus relaciones con el gobierno. Sin embargo, la oposición tanto dentro como fuera de Cuba rechaza la carta diciendo que “las críticas al cardenal se basan en hechos concretos”. Por otra parte, Emilio Cueto, un abogado de Washington, dice en una carta pública que “los amigos no se abandonan en tiempos difíciles” y que hay que ver todo lo bueno que ha hecho el cardenal. El jueves 7 de junio el cardenal recibió a las Damas de Blanco por casi cuatro horas. Al final de la reunión las damas dijeron que “tienen confianza” en el cardenal.Es la noticia del momento en Paraguay. Los paraguayos toman posiciones en bares y cantinas discutiendo la noticia de que su presidente, Fernando Lugo, ha admitido la paternidad de su cuarto hijo concebido cuando era obispo de San Pedro. El niño llamado Ángel tiene 10 años y su madre es la enfermera Narcisa Delacruz. Se está planeando una nueva ley para proteger a niños abandonados por sus padres, dijo Liz Torres, ministra de la Niñez y la Adolescencia. Lugo sólo ha hablado a través de su abogado.El periódico Daily News de Nueva York publicó recientemente un enorme anuncio para promocionar el Desfile del Día de Puerto Rico. En la parte superior izquierda del anuncio se puede ver la bandera cubana y la foto del futbolista puertorriqueño de los Gigantes, Víctor Cruz. El “pequeño” error de un editor distraído ha provocado indignación y risas entre la comunidad latina de la Gran Manzana. Las dos banderas son iguales excepto en los colores.El 23 de junio la Iglesia Episcopal de la Encarnación de Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, tendrá una fiesta especial: la celebración del 50 aniversario de la ordenación de cuatro jóvenes puertorriqueños que ese día recibieron las órdenes del diaconado. Los homenajeados son José Antonio Ramos que llegó a ser obispo de Costa Rica y los presbíteros Jorge Rivera y José Vilar. El cuarto miembro de ese grupo, Francisco Ramos, ya falleció.Miembros de la oposición interna y defensores de derechos humanos en Cuba han denunciado que en la primera semana de junio las fuerzas represivas de la isla han detenido a más de 50 disidentes pacíficos y periodistas independientes. También se informó que 22 mujeres relacionadas con las Damas de Blanco han sido detenidas por días.El 5 de junio, a la edad de 80 años ha fallecido en Guatemala el cardenal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, que se distinguió por ser un “mediador y reconciliador” en el conflicto armado que sumió al país en la violencia por 36 años y terminó en 1996. Según cálculos oficiales cerca de un millón de personas murieron o desaparecieron. El presidente Otto Pérez ha dispuesto que se guarden tres días de duelo nacional.En la ciudad de Hialeah, aledaña a Miami, donde fue párroco de la Iglesia de San Lázaro e hizo una gran labor pastoral, ha fallecido Pedro Luis Pérez, sacerdote católico romano cubano de 85 años de edad tras prolongada lucha contra el cáncer. Nacido en Quivicán, en la antigua provincia de La Habana, fue ordenado en 1952. Tenía 10 hermanos, uno de ellos sacerdote ya fallecido, se llamaba Carlos. Llegó al exilio en 1961 después de guardar prisión en Cuba. Fue un hombre humilde, servicial y pastor de todos. Fue miembro activo de los Guías Espirituales del Exilio, el grupo ecuménico de obispos, pastores y laicos de Miami. Entre sus anécdotas se cuenta del hombre llegado de Cuba que lo buscó y llorando le dijo que él fue el que lo arrestó en su parroquia pero que venía a pedirle perdón. Con su característica voz queda, le dijo que ya hacía mucho tiempo que lo había hecho, le dio la bendición y un fuerte abrazo.Luis Díaz de Arce, pastor metodista cubano, falleció el domingo 5 de junio en un hogar de ancianos en Hialeah, cerca de Miami. Tenía 95 años. Nació en Cárdenas y dedicó toda su vida al ministerio cristiano especialmente en el trabajo juvenil y la educación cristiana. Fue pastor de la Iglesia Metodista Universitaria, una imponente iglesia cerca de la Universidad de La Habana. Le sobreviven sus hijos Mary Jane, Ana, Luis y Carlos. Su esposa Jane falleció en el año 2000. Luis fue considerado uno de los ministros más destacados de la Iglesia Metodista en Cuba.VERDAD. Yo soy la resurrección y la vida. El que cree en mí no morirá eternamente. Jesús en el evangelio de Juan (11:25). 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La Obispa Presidente Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori Mensaje de Cuaresma…

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Posted Feb 10, 2015 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments (1) Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL La Cuaresma es “un viaje que trata de la iluminación si estamos dispuestos a pensar de esa manera”[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Esa cruz que hacemos en la frente el Miércoles de Ceniza es un recordatorio de la cruz que se hizo en el bautismo”, dijo Obispa Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori en su mensaje de Cuaresma 2015.El vídeo del mensaje de la Obispa Presidente está aquí.La Cuaresma es un tiempo para la reflexión cristiana que comienza el Miércoles de Ceniza (18 de febrero) y concluye en Pascua (5 de abril).La Obispa Presidente también señaló que la Cuaresma es “un viaje que trata de la iluminación si estamos dispuestos a pensar de esa manera”.Lo que sigue es el mensaje de Cuaresma 2015 de la Obispa PresidenteLa Cuaresma está a punto de comenzar. Esa palabra inglesa proviene de otra del inglés antiguo que significa “alargar”, y es un recordatorio de que los días son cada vez más largos a medida que avanzamos de la oscuridad del invierno hacia el verano.Pero en otras lenguas, sobre todo en español y francés, la palabra para “Lent” refleja “cuarenta días” “cuaresma”. Cuarenta días de vagar por el desierto, cuarenta días de Jesús en el desierto.Se trata también de un viaje. Y es un viaje que trata de la iluminación, si estamos dispuestos a pensar de esa manera.La Cuaresma es una antigua tradición de solidaridad y preparación para los que se preparan para el bautismo en la Vigilia de Pascua. Siempre ha sido un tiempo dedicado a la oración y al estudio, al ayuno, a la abnegación y a la limosna, compartiendo lo que tenemos con los que no tienen. La oración es una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre el que camina con nosotros en el desierto, que trae luz al mundo. El estudio es una oportunidad de hacer las mismas cosas indagando en la historia de nuestra tradición, donde seres humanos han encontrado luz y dirección en su viaje por este mundo. El ayuno y la abnegación son una reflexión interior sobre qué es lo que nos mantiene en la oscuridad, o qué es lo que nos mantiene sin dirección, o qué nos mantiene demasiado centrados en nosotros mismos. Y se convierte en una invitación a orientarnos hacia afuera y compartir lo que tenemos con los que no tienen. Para construir solidaridad entre el pueblo de Dios y el resto de la tierra.Uno de los Miércoles de Ceniza más memorables que he pasado fue en San José, Costa Rica, en una escuela de niños. Me pidieron que colocara las cenizas en la frente de los niños pequeños. Fue una experiencia provocadora en el sentido más profundo, recordar a los niños muy pequeños que son mortales.Esa cruz que hacemos en la frente el Miércoles de Ceniza es un recordatorio de la cruz que se hizo en el bautismo. Queda sellado por el Espíritu Santo en el bautismo y marcado como propiedad de Cristo para siempre. La cruz que hacemos el Miércoles de Ceniza es un recordatorio de que eres polvo y al polvo volveremos, que compartimos ese polvo con cualquier otro ser humano que haya caminado jamás por este planeta, que compartimos ese polvo con las estrellas y los planetas, que compartimos ese polvo con todo lo que se ha creado. Estamos hechos para la relación con el creador y la creación.Cuaresma es un viaje para caminar hacia esa luz. Que éste sea un año bendito.La Reverendísima Katharine Jefferts SchoriObispa Presidente y PrimadaIglesia Episcopal The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC La Obispa Presidente Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori Mensaje de Cuaresma 2015 Lent, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Rector Smithfield, NC February 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm Para los niños y niñas del Hogar Escuela Episcopal en San José Costa Rica recibir la ceniza de sus manos y escuchar sus palabras en español fueron una experiencia inolvidable también. En nuestro mural de fotos tenemos muchas de aquel momento. El Señor nos une a través de la distancia de las lenguas y de los pensamientos. Estamos unidos por la oración y por los buenos momentos , especialmente los momentos que compartimos recordando y participando de las bendiciones de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Qué este sea un año bendito. ¡Pura Vida!. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments are closed. Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events The Rt. Rev. Héctor Monterroso says: last_img read more