The former NFL and track stars set to face Leicester Tigers in America

first_img Rough rider: Ahman Green playing for the Green Bay Packers back in 2009 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jack D’Arcy looks at some of the interesting characters in the USA’s first ever professional rugby side – who will face Leicester Tigers in pre-season. “… And he’s in the end zone! From a scrimmage on the five-yard line he’s touched down for a five!”Professional club rugby has finally arrived in the land of the free with the formation of the National Rugby Football League (NRFL).The franchise’s first team, the Rough Riders, will play Leicester Tigers in an exhibition match on 8 August at the home of the Philadelphia Eagles.However with no current rugby professionals being drafted by the American outfit who has made the Rough Rider’s 60-man roster? And will any of this bunch of enthusiasts attract the wandering eyes of Richard Cockerill? We take a look at some of the former NFL stars, track athletes, college players and nearly men to make the cut…Ahman Green – The All-StarA name familiar with NFL fans, Ahman Green, the former Green Bay Packer’s running back starred in the football franchise for over a decade. Green was selected for four pro bowls, the NFL’s all-star game, between 2001-2004. But at 38 years of age time is quickly running out for this once lucid strike runner. Retired since 2009 surely six years in the athletic wilderness has taken its toll but it will nevertheless be intriguing to witness how this once renowned competitor fairs in the centres.Michael Ray Garvin – The ‘new Carlin Isles’ Joel Yogerst – The one you might have heard ofThe name Joel Yogerst may ring a few distant bells with Bristol’s most ardent supporters. The American scored twice in his first ever game of rugby turning out for the club in a friendly match against Cambridge University. Described as ‘tough as nails’, by his teammates, Yogerst is hoping to represent the Rough Riders on the wing, moving from his American football position of fullback. Fellow roster member, Brock Davies also has experience in English rugby, with the Kiwi centre playing for Leicester academy and Bath in pre season fixtures. Posting the best 40-yard dash (4.28 seconds), 60-yard shuttle run (11.05 seconds), and vertical jump (46 inches) at the NRFL combine this All-American athlete might just be rugby’s next YouTube viral sensation. Michael Ray Garvin fell short in his bid to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 after failing to make the American sprint team. Not surprisingly he is aiming to start his rugby career out wide after a 100m personal best time of a blistering 10.10 seconds, eclipsing sevens hero Carlin Isles’ best ever performance of 10.24. Despite no previous rugby experience surely Garvin’s boundless athleticism will lead to some sort of future with ball in hand.Touch and go: Alex Bannister playing for the Seattle SeahawksAlex Bannister – The ProAlex Bannister enjoyed an illustrious six seasons in the NFL representing the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens at wide receiver. He also made the coveted All-Pro team in 2003, meaning he was the best player in his position that season. At 36 years of age speed may have leaked from the veteran’s game but will hope an aptitude for contact sports will lead to equal success in the second row. Although, at just 16 and a half stone, he may need some additional brawn if he is to pack down against the game’s finest engine room operators.Tala Esera – The biggest and strongestAt over 21 stone Tala Esera is looking to the front row to make a bludgeoning impact on the fifteen a-side game. The biggest man on the Rough Rider’s roster, the Hawaiian never made it to the NFL after failing to be selected in the 2008 draft. He did however impress at 2015 NRFL combine bench-pressing 102kg a colossal 42 times in a row, more than any other player. Esera must, of course, learn the nuances of front row play before he is let loose against the Dan Coles and Davit Zirakashvilis of this world but certainly possesses the stature and raw strength to fill a prop sized hole. TAGS: Leicester TigersUSA last_img read more

Speed kills: the three keys to developing blistering rugby speed

first_imgArgentina Strength and Conditioning Coach Keir Wenham-Flatt sets out his three key speed training methods to leave the opposition grasping at thin air At its heart, sprinting is a game of forces and physics. If you can produce more force and apply it against the ground in an efficient manner, whilst minimising the braking effects of friction and air resistance, you will run faster. To continue the car analogy, increasing strength and power is like increasing the horsepower of the engine. Whilst sprint training itself is a powerful tool to achieve this, gym based strength and power training is an equally effective and necessary tool for achieving maximum rugby speed.Though any good strength and conditioning programme should develop the whole body, in the context of running fast, particular attention should be dedicated to developing the muscles of the lower body. These are the muscles responsible for applying force into the floor. Specifically the major muscle groups of the gluteals, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves should be targeted.In terms of sprinting, strength training is fairly general and lays the physical foundation for speed work. As such exercises are largely interchangeable and can be selected based on your preference, individual strengths and weaknesses, body type and injury history. There are no mandatory exercises for running fast other than sprinting itself. However a programme based in basic barbell lifts like the squat, deadlift, step up, lunge and hip thrust is a good idea.The percentage of one-rep max required to increase strength varies according to training experience (the newer you are to training the less you should use). However reasonably experienced adult players should use in excess of 80% of one-rep max for sets of six or fewer reps. Total sets may be as high as eight but will fall considerably as intensity rises. What is most important is the preservation of good technique and the management of fatigue. It is always better to slightly under-train than over-train.In the development of power work it is a good idea to select exercises which have little or no inherent slowing of bar speed towards the end of the repetition. This includes ballistic variations of the bench press, squat, deadlift and push press and the Olympic lifts (personally I don’t recommend these due to excessive learning time). The attachment of bands and chains to the bar in traditional exercises can also limit this natural deceleration. Again, sets of fewer than six reps are recommended for eight or fewer sets. Use somewhere between 40-60% of your max to develop power, slightly higher for the Olympic lifts (75-85%).3.    Stretch reflex workIf you haven’t heard of the stretch reflex work, you have definitely experienced it. This reflex is a built in feature of the nervous system. When you stretch a muscle, your body will contract it in opposition to that stretch in order to protect itself. The bigger and faster the stretch, the more forceful the contraction. Ultimately you are able to produce far more force in movements which are preceded by a rapid stretch than without. This is why you can jump higher by dipping rapidly before moving upwards, or throw a ball further by winding up your arm first.Importantly the stretch reflex is a skill that can be trained. Under the right training conditions the body can be taught to time its force production to increase the stimulation of the stretch reflex (resulting in a more forceful contraction) and to better exploit the stretch reflex (resulting in the greatest possible force production for a given degree of stretch).Sprinting, particularly at top speed, entails a huge degree of muscular stretch and stimulation of the stretch reflex, which means it is an ideal candidate for methods which enhance these qualities. Three key training tools in achieving this are jumping exercises, plyometrics and medicine ball throws.These forms of exercise entail movement speeds and a degree of muscular stretch and force that is difficult to replicate in a gym setting. As such they may be considered more sprinting specific and an ideal tool in bridging the gap between the gym and real world sprinting. They also offer a fairly unique opportunity to develop horizontal force production, which recent research has suggested is the primary limiting factor in running fast.Generally speaking jumping exercises are better suited to the slower movement speeds and bigger joint ranges of movement associated with acceleration running, whereas plyometrics are better suited to top speed sprinting. Medicine balls may be used to develop either quality depending on the execution of exercises. They are also a useful tool to teach the transference of force from the lower to upper body. If you remember one thing about this article make it this: speed is the most important physical quality you need to succeed in rugby. Strength may get all the accolades but in my experience speed is the true physical ability that separates great players from average players.A coach I’m fond of quoting frequently says “getting strong is like falling out a boat and hitting water”, and he is right. There are strong players at every level of rugby. The biggest difference I’ve noticed between coaching international players and regular pros is their speed. To me it’s clear: if you want to be a great player, you have to be fast.Unfortunately speed is also the hardest ability of all to develop through training (and coincidentally the least well understood by players and coaches). With a good programme and several years of dedication is it possible to double your strength, or make similar improvements in some measures of aerobic fitness. This is not the case with speed. A gain in speed of a few percent per year is high-five time.These two factors – the importance of speed, and its resistance to improvement – mean that the price of inaccuracy in speed training is a costly one. This counts even more when you consider that the vast majority of hamstring, calf and quadricep strains and tears on the field occur during sprinting.If however you can train sprinting and acceleration speed in a deliberate manner with high quality methods, you can expect to see drastic improvement on the pitch and fewer muscle strains and tears. As an added bonus you can also expect to see an improvement in gym strength (as speed presents a powerful stimulus to the central nervous system which governs strength) and your on-field endurance (by reducing the speed of the game relative to your maximum running speed).In the list below I am going to share with you the three key training activities that need to be present within a rugby speed training programme. They represent the big building blocks – without them you’ll never fulfil your speed potential. But remember that the devil is in the detail. How you train is just as important as what you train. A more detailed breakdown of these concepts can be found on my website, Rugby Strength Coach.1.    Sprint workThis may seem redundant but if you want to get better at sprinting, you must sprint. There are a number of reasons why sprint work is an absolute necessity for getting fast. The most obvious of these is specificity.The principle of specificity tells us that the more closely a training activity resembles a sporting action in its movement and force characteristics, the greater the expected performance improvement on the field. Well, there is nothing more sprinting specific than sprinting itself! Sprinting provides a fantastic opportunity to train the muscle and strength qualities needed to run fast.An additional reason for the inclusion of sprint work in the speed training programme is the powerful effect it exerts on the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is the source of all power in sporting movement, like a battery in an electric car. The higher the forces and speeds we expose the CNS to, the more it improves its power output. Sprint work is without question the fastest, highest force training activity we are capable of performing which makes it the most effective tool we have for increasing the power of our “battery”. This improves not only sprinting speed but all other fast, powerful actions on the pitch like rucking, tackling, mauling and changing direction.The final reason is that sprint work provides opportunity to learn and refine the technique required to run as fast as possible. Though it is a natural human movement, sprinting is a skill like any other. Neglecting the skill of running is like building a Formula 1 car and putting a Sunday-afternoon driver behind the wheel. You can have the biggest, fastest engine on the grid, but unless you know how to get it around the track as fast as possible you are doomed to fail.After a base of good technique is developed at slow speed, frequent sprint work teaches a rugby player how to put this into practice under game conditions. The precise technical requirements of acceleration and top speed running extend beyond the scope of this article (see rugbystrengthcoach.com/speed-guide for a more detailed breakdown), however some key technical points include: TAGS: Highlight 2.    Strength and power work LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If you are new to these training methods it is a good idea to keep things simple, cover your bases and emphasise them equally in your training programme (one session per week dedicated to each is a good idea in pre-season, two mixed sessions is probably more appropriate in-season). Include a mixture of exercises which emphasise faster and slower movement speeds, longer and shorter contact times with the floor, and vertical and horizontal force production. This will ensure good mixture of opportunities to develop the skill of maximally exploiting the stretch reflex and developing force in a highly sprinting specific manner. Again, this list represents a good foundation but more detailed information can be found over at my website.Keir Wenham-Flatt is a strength coach with Argentina Rugby Union. He has also worked with 2013 NRL Champions the Sydney Roosters, Wasps, Rotherham Titans and London Scottish. Keir is the founder of www.rugbystrengthcoach.com – the web’s #1 resource for rugby strength and conditioning information and can be followed on Twitter @RUGBY_STR_COACHlast_img read more

Why the term ‘minnow’ should disappear from rugby’s lexicon

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tier 2 nations have made a huge impression on this year’s World Cup so it’s about time they started being treated on a par with Tier 1 nations By Will MacphersonSadly, we’ve bid farewell to Japan, Georgia, Uruguay, USA and the rest of the Rugby World Cup’s smaller teams. They lit up the tournament with their upsets, their committment and their sheer unbridled joy.With them, though, I want to send a pejorative, patronising and inward-looking word that’s use does our sport no favours: minnow. I’m deeply shocked at how much the word has continued to be used. Why? For starters, here’s the dictionary definition:Minnownouna small freshwater Eurasian fish of the carp family, which typically forms large shoals.a small or insignificant person or organisation.Greatest stage: Georgia thrived from playing the All Blacks at the Millennium StadiumNow I understand that on the list of problems that these teams face, what we call them probably pales in comparison to the chronic lack of funding, the small player pools, the reluctance of the big boys to tour or host them and the fear that those nations might attract their best players. That’s before we get on to the shambolic, flawed judiciary process and the lop-sided World Cup schedule that sunk some of them. But “small and insignificant”? Really? Tugby is, better than that, surely. It’s not “them” and “us”. They are international rugby teams too, not pub sides.The fact that rugby is tiered is bad enough. That the ten Tier One nations are ring-fenced in their elite competitions and the 13 in Tier Two (let alone the serfs in Tier Three!) are forced to feed off scraps between World Cups is unquestionably detrimental to their development. Meanwhile, World Rugby and the top nations benefit commercially and competitively. In both hemispheres, based purely on rugby merit, there are major cases for expanded competitions involving more nations – it’s promising to hear USA is in the throes of starting a six-team professional league. Cosiness and logistics currently hold that back. If the situation is unfair, it is unquestionably exacerbated by the patronising language used by the haves towards and about the have-nots. For now, that’s another conversation. Rugby really does need these teams; they bring so much, so let’s pay them the respect they deserve and stop using a term that patronises them and only serves to widen a shrinking gap.center_img That’s not to say rugby union is not doing better than other sports and doing better than it ever has before at growing the game, and that there is not a concerted effort being made to broaden the game’s horizons. There is also absolutely no question that those who are now out performed better than ever before. There was no disgraceful mismatch this time round, and no ritual embarrassment. As a result of their four weeks of nose tweaking, the Tier Two nations have built up a huge bank of goodwill and we are unquestionably closer to expanding the World Cup – and thus making it more of a World Cup – than shrinking it. Rugby’s growth and advancement could neatly be filed as a “qualified success”: lots of things being done well (I mean, one of these “minnows” is currently set to host the next World Cup), plenty more to do.Interestingly, the term minnow has all but vanished from cricket talk. The ICC are streets behind World Rugby and are even downsizing their World Cup in a bid to pretend their – so dispassionately named – Associate Members (equivalent of Tier Two) and Affiliates (Tier Three) do not exist and will struggle to improve, but that particularly feudal term is on the way out among media and fans. It’s seen as patronising, and a number of players for Associate Nations have gone on the record to say they can’t stand it, as it diminishes their work and achievements and presents them as an underdeveloped rabble.Crowd pleaser: Canada’s DTH Van der Merwe was one of the stars of the World CupThe term has the same effect in rugby. These players have trained hard, have plenty of fans and are not merely a circus wheeled out every four years for the World Cup, currently their only true oxygen – they want to play more, to win more. When they do win games, the narrative is almost invariably that the “minnow” was “plucky”; perhaps for the first time – in the game’s greatest ever upset – Japan’s win over South Africa focused on the excellent attitude of the winners, not the inadequacies of the felled giants. Long may that continue, because simply putting a win down to “pluck” – or worse “luck” – is an insult to the smaller nations.Rugby is moving in the right direction, but there’s evidently so much more we can do. Even before inviting them to the two major scheduled annual competitions, the Autumn Internationals are an obvious chance to get them more games against top teams, while the British and Irish Lions should be heading to the Pacific islands in 2017, and so – annually – should the All Blacks and Wallabies. South Africa’s links with Namibia and Argentina’s with Uruguay do not need spelling out. Eventually, perhaps a two or three tiered, five team competition with promotion and relegation is the way forward for Europe, with the same for the Southern Hemisphere, too. Inspiration: Japan were the standout Tier 2 team at the Rugby World Cup last_img read more

Is Owen Farrell finally ready to go toe-to-toe with Dan Carter?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Alex ShawReputations are hard to shed once they’ve been cast and in no arena do fans stick to these often outdated misconceptions more so than in rugby.Since making his England debut in 2012, Owen Farrell has been an acquired taste for most rugby fans outside of England – as well as a significant portion inside, too. He was, even then, unfairly labelled as a player who could only kick goals and tickle ribs with his robust defence. The passion he played with, which often saw him shout in frustration or converse heatedly with the referee, was termed as petulance.For those who derided Farrell with self-righteous pomposity, saying there was no place in rugby for that kind of behaviour, they probably don’t want to be reminded that Johnny Sexton, the most-celebrated of northern hemisphere fly-halves for the last five years, plays with that same level of passion that leads to on-field outbursts. Come to think of it, they probably don’t want to be reminded of Peter O’Mahony, Mike Brown, Tendai Mtawarira or Stephen Moore. The list goes on.Creative spark: Farrell has added an attacking dimension to his play this seasonLike all good rugby players who breakthrough into test rugby at a tender age, Farrell has evolved as the years have gone by. He has picked up 40 caps since his debut against Scotland and the man that now stands ready to take on Dan Carter and Racing 92, before packing his bags for Australia, is a vastly different to the one who helped England to a victory at Murrayfield that day.Sure, he still plays with that same passion and defensive intensity that can see him barrack in frustration or put in a tackle that creeps a little too high, but those are minimal risks to absorb in order to accommodate a player who plays as hard as Farrell does, not to mention brings an unaccustomed relish for defending to the No 10 jersey. Farrell is clearly a far more cerebral and composed player now than he was four years ago.Where Farrell’s evolution has really occurred, however, is in his attacking game. Where once you would see a deep back line, ready to receive telegraphed passes, you now see a staggered, scattering of options. His backline colleagues, whether that’s with Saracens or England, know that Farrell has a long and varied list of passes in his repertoire and they’re allowing him to direct the backline with assurance and guile. Real deal: Dan Carter has proved his mettle in Europe this seasonFlat passes on the gain line, Leinster-inspired wraparounds, cat-flap offloads, miss-passes over onrushing defences and a more than solid eye for a gap. Indeed, the attacking renaissance at Saracens is more attributable to Farrell more than any other individual. Since the British and Irish Lions tour in 2013, Farrell has been becoming a more adept attacking fly-half and the fruits of those labours have really paid off in the 2015/16 season.Now Farrell faces one of the biggest challenges of his career to date, taking on Carter in the European Rugby Champions Cup final. Farrell and Saracens faced heartbreak two years ago when they took on the celebrated Jonny Wilkinson and Toulon, and now it’s the Kiwi who stands in the youngster’s way.If Carter is the Superman of the rugby world, clean-cut and beyond reproach, then Farrell is, to many, much more like Wolverine. A darker anti-hero who the traditionalists can admonish, but who will then rush to heap praise on players who bring all the same qualities to the table as Farrell but who aren’t, well, Farrell.Euro heartache: Farrell lost out in 2014, losing to Jonny Wilkinson’s ToulonThere is no sterner test for this new and improved Farrell than the one that Carter will bring on Saturday. Carter vied with Wilkinson for the title of the world’s best, prior to that it was Andrew Mehrtens, who took it from Michael Lynagh and so it goes on all the way back to the Welsh duo of Barry John and Phil Bennett. The question is, is this the beginning of Farrell’s march towards adding himself to that list? Contentious, yes, but not outlandish. One-track mind: Farrell is a famously dedicated professional center_img Only 24, but already vastly experienced, Owen Farrell has evolved brilliantly this season and should have no insecurities about facing the world’s best, in Dan Carter In fairness, there are no shortage of exquisite fly-halves currently plying their trade in world rugby. New Zealand is teeming with them, most notably Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden, although Lima Sopoaga is fast making up ground. Australia have Bernard Foley, Johnny Sexton is far from done in his career, whilst Carter still owns the title and even at 34, has shown very few signs of slowing down. Players such as Dan Biggar, George Ford and Handré Pollard also deserve mention, even if the last six months haven’t seen them at their most illustrious.New world order: Aaron Cruden is one of a clutch of top-class 10s in the gameFarrell is scaling Mount Olympus, though, make no bones about that. He has the skillset, winners mentality and the physical robustness to be as good as he wants to be and he will be tested against the very best in the coming months at the European final, Aviva Premiership play-offs and tour of Australia. How he emerges from those tests will go a long way to deciding where Farrell currently sits in the pantheon of rugby’s current great fly-halves.last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgEuropean rugby paid tribute to the late Anthony Foley, and the second round of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches served up a mix of stunning skills and grim gaffs. Who were the stars of the show and who crumbled under pressure? Owens should have awarded the try. He does not have to accept the opinion of the TMO. As it was, New Zealand went on to win 37-10 and we will never know whether Speight’s try could have been critical. Gareth SteensonExeter and Ulster fought out a tight Champions Cup match at the Kingspan Stadium and Chiefs’ fly-half Steenson looked like he might have snatched victory for the visitors when he kicked a drop-goal with four minutes to go to put them 18-16 up. However, Ulster’s Paddy Jackson replied in kind a minute later and from a similar spot, outside the 22 but straight on.Exeter set up one last chance for Steenson in the 79th minute, again from straight in front of the posts but a little deeper this time. The ball drifted agonisingly wide of the right-hand upright and Steenson was a villain instead of a hero. Such is the lot of the goal-kicker! Prize guy: All Blacks skipper Kieran Read with the Bledisloe Cup. (Photo: Getty Images)New Zealand All BlacksMany rugby fans rate the current vintage of All Blacks as the greatest team the world has ever seen and they underlined their claim to that crown this weekend when they became the first tier one team to win 18 consecutive Test matches.The Kiwis have come close to breaking that record for consecutive Test wins a couple of times in recent years – most notably in 2013-14 when they won 17 then drew with Australia – but this time they achieved it with a 37-10 win over the same opponents.The Wallabies had a try disallowed in controversial circumstances (more of that later) but that should not take any of the gloss off this magnificent and unmatched run of wins. TAGS: HighlightLeicester Tigers What the…? Joe Launchbury is not pleased with Danny Cipriani. (Photo: Inpho)Danny CiprianiHe was a Saint last week after a great all-round game, but this week Cipriani is among the Sinners after gifting Toulouse a try with an unwise chipped kick from under his own posts.Thierry Dusautoir charged it down and Census Johnston grabbed the loose ball and scored. Wasps skipper Joe Launchbury was none too pleased and remonstrated with his No 10. Freddie BurnsThe Leicester fly-half was a Sinner last week after giving away an interception try but he bounced back in style, coming off the bench in the 52nd minute of the Tigers’ clash with Racing 92 and scoring 16 points to help his team to a 27-17 win.Burns intercepted a pass from Maxime Machenaud on his own 22 and sprinted in for a try, which he finished with a classic “Ash Splash”. Later he landed a tricky penalty to deny Racing a bonus point.Plaudits also go to Mathew Tait for a try-saving tackle on Dan Carter. He brought the former All Black down a few blades of grass short of the line.Key moment: Mathew Tait stops Dan Carter just short of the line. (Photo: Inpho) Dave StrettleClermont Auvergne and Bordeaux-Begles scored high in the entertainment stakes this weekend, running in 11 tries between them in a match which Clermont won 49-33.Man of the Match was Strettle after he conjured a magical try, chipping skilfully over the defence and collecting the ball at full pace to score in the right-hand corner. Keelan GilesThe Ospreys made it two wins from two in Challenge Cup Pool Two with a 31-13 win at Lyon, featuring a hat-trick from 18-year-old wing Giles. He rounded off a team attack for his first try, darted through the defence for his second and then ran from his own 22 after ripping the ball from the grasping hands of Lyon scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud.Giles scored two tries against Newcastle Falcons last week, so it’s been quite some start to his first European campaign.Teen dream: Keelan Giles was Man of the Match after scoring a hat-trick. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency)Enisei STMCongratulations to the Russian club who have won their first two Challenge Cup matches of this campaign and sit proudly on top of the Pool Three table, despite having to play these two “home” games more than 2,500 miles from their real home.Enisei beat Worcester Warriors 19-12 in Moscow and Newport Gwent Dragons 38-18 in Krasnodar after European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) refused to let them host a match in their native Krasnoyarsk this season. Why the enforced move? Because Connacht took four days to get home from that Siberian city after their game last November after their chartered plane broke down. The SaintsMunsterThe sudden death of their coach, and former captain, Anthony Foley hit Munster hard this week, but they responded in impeccable fashion with well thought-out tributes to their hero and a terrific, spirited performance on the pitch to beat Glasgow Warriors 38-17 in the Champions Cup in front of a sell-out crowd at Thomond Park.All the Munster players had Foley’s nickname, Axel, embroidered on their jerseys. Tribute songs were sung, there was a minute’s silence before kick-off and the supporters in the West Stand held up cards which formed a sea of red, the name Axel and two figure eights.CJ Stander wore the No 24 jersey instead of the No 8 and supporters were able to sign a book of condolence at Thomond Park before the game, while Foley’s two sons joined the Munster players on the pitch afterwards to sing more songs.Beyond Limerick, silences, or minutes of applause, were observed in memory of Foley at all European games. Leinster wore red t-shirts with AF on them during their pre-match tribute at Montpellier and the Scarlets all wore a No 8 on the front of their jerseys for their match at Saracens.Munster’s Jerry Flannery – who played and coached with Foley – summed up the mood at the province after the match, saying: “It was the hardest week of my life. We lost the guy who was the heart and soul of the club.” The rugby family did him proud.Blues in red: Leinster line up in Munster colours before the match. (Photo: Inpho) Tom BrownEdinburgh wing Brown scored a last-gasp try to give his side a 36-35 home win in the Challenge Cup and leave them on top of Pool Five after two rounds.He leapt high in the air close to his own line to collect an up-and-under from Damien Hoyland and had the agility and strength to twist through a tackle from Marland Yarde and touch the ball down over his own shoulder.Winning smile: Tom Brown (left) celebrates with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. (Photo: Getty Images) Brice DulinRacing 92 full-back Dulin provided a terrific comedy moment during the first half of the match at Leicester Tigers. His scrum-half, Maxime Machenaud sent a loose pass to no one in particular, but Dulin was on hand to tidy up the bouncing ball – or so we thought.The first time he bent to pick up the ball he fumbled it and sent it bouncing further back behind him. Dulin turned and ran back for a second attempt, but did the same thing again. By the time he got to the ball a third time the Leicester attackers were upon him, but referee Marius Mitrea gave a dubious penalty to Racing at the break-down, so no harm was done in the end. Outstanding tribute: Munster did Anthony Foley proud. (Photo: Inpho) Mind the gap: Isa Nacewa nips through for the crucial try. (Photo: Inpho)Isa NacewaBonus points are vital in Champions Cup rugby and Nacewa grabbed one for Leinster with a last-minute try and conversion against Montpellier. Trailing 22-9, Leinster were hammering away at the line and Nacewa managed to sneak through the tightest of spaces in the left-hand corner, then ran half-way round to the posts to make the conversion as easy as possible for himself.He successfully landed the kick and earned the bonus point which ensured Leinster were top of Pool Four after two rounds, just one point ahead of Castres. Jimmy GopperthWasps earned a draw at Toulouse with a try from Nathan Hughes three minutes from time and a coolly struck conversion by Gopperth, from wide on the right.Hughes busted a tackle from Paul Perez on his way to the line and made the score 20-18 to Toulouse, but if you were going to put money on a kicker to land a last-ditch, crucial conversion, Gopperth would be as good a bet as any and he didn’t let his team down. Nick Tompkins and SaracensWhen Saracens centre Tompkins arrived at Allianz Park on Saturday, he wasn’t expecting to play in Saracens’ Champions Cup clash with the Scarlets because he wasn’t in the match-day 23. However, Brad Barritt pulled up injured during the warm-up so 21-year-old Tompkins was called into the starting line-up and he responded in fine style, with a Man of the Match performance.He was one of a number of good performers in Saracens’ 44-26 win and his best moment came midway through the first half when he scored a gem of an individual try, cutting a swerving line through the defence from 30 metres out and wrong-footing three Scarlets on his way.Centre of attention: Nick Tompkins on his way to a try. (Photo: Getty Images)Owen Farrell had another outstanding game and, like his team, looks like being a dominant force in the Champions Cup this season.Mako Vunipola is also a Saint as he made his mark on the game even earlier thank Tompkins by scoring a terrific try. He fooled the Scarlets with a lovely dummy then powering over the line with a couple of tacklers trying to stop him.His England rival Joe Marler also gets a mention for his humorous response on Twitter. Marler posted a video of the try and tweeted: “@Mako_Vunipola are you taking the p**s?! Any danger of giving the rest of us a chance?!” Nigel OwensAustralia trailed the All Blacks 15-10 when Henry Speight sprinted in at the right-hand corner for what looked like being an important try early in the second half of their Bledisloe Cup match. However, referee Nigel Owens reviewed the try at the instigation of TMO Shaun Veldsman and was persuaded to disallow it because Dane Haylett-Petty had altered his running line to prevent Julian Savea chasing Speight down.Yes, there was slight contact between the two, but Speight looked like he was away and clear so it is unlikely that Haylett-Petty’s gentle brush against Savea prevented his tackling Speight. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Enisei played two Challenge Cup game in Sochi last season, to escape the worst of the Russian winter. They had hoped to play at least two, if not three in Siberia this time, but could not.EPCR gave Enisei around £86,000 to help with the costs of playing at the different grounds, but the Russians were still disappointed, so to have responded by winning their first two games is terrific. Opponents Brive had better watch out when it’s time for Enisei’s third “home” game, on 10 December in Sochi, as the French club lost on the same ground last year. Enisei will have to undertake an eight-hour plane journey including two flights to get to the game, but they will be determined to make it three wins from three. Sent off: Oliviero Fabiani in action for Italy last season. He is facing a ban now. (Photo: Getty Images)The SinnersOliviero FabianiThere was only one contender for this week’s major Sinner – Zebre hooker Fabiani who was caught clearly on camera biting the forearm of Quinn Roux at the bottom of a ruck.Referee Mathieu Raynal quite rightly sent him off and Zebre had to play 60 minutes with 14 men and were walloped 52-7. A long ban for Fabiani will surely follow and it will be well deserved. Jamie HeaslipLeinster trailed 17-6 at Montpellier with 58 minutes on the clock and were under the pump, defending a five-metre scrum. No 8 Heaslip managed to pick up the ball at the base and attempted a short pass to Zane Kirchner, but Montpellier wing Nemani Nadolo read the move, grabbed the intercept and dotted down a try. Poor Heaslip was left with his head in his hands, wishing he had taken a different option.last_img read more

Club Hero: Exeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson

first_img WE KNOW about his kicking, and the stats tell us that only six men have scored more Premiership points, but that’s well down the list of qualities that make Gareth Steenson a club hero.“The big thing that Gareth doesn’t get the credit for,” says Exeter DoR Rob Baxter, “is how long and how hard he’s actually worked for on a day-by-day, session-by-session basis.“He had to fight for his place for a few seasons. A lot of players who come out of the Championship give it a go for a bit, they get excited by the challenge and can be quite good for a while. But to stay good for the number of years that Gareth has is testament to his resilience both mentally and physically. And his desire to keep working and keep improving his game. For me, those are the most important qualities he’s shown.”Related: Win Exeter Chiefs’ Cookie Club CookbookSteenson’s nerveless late penalties in last year’s Premiership final, the first to draw level with Wasps and the second to win the title in extra-time, are fresh in the memory. But Baxter cites the 2010 Championship final at Bristol as arguably the Ulsterman’s finest hour. Exeter led only 9-6 from the home leg and travelled up as underdogs.“I don’t know if there would be a fly-half in world rugby who could have managed that night as well as Gareth. You can talk about Jonny Wilkinson and all kinds of people but with what the team wanted, how the conditions were, knowing how to play against Bristol, he was faultless. His control of when to run, when to kick, when we should play was fantastic.”Wondrous day: Posing with the Premiership trophySteenson landed six penalties and two drop-goals to launch a giddy journey in the top flight. At times he played second fiddle to Ignacio Mieres or Ryan Davis, and one reason for that was a defensive frailty that took a while to shake.“There was a time when occasionally we’d move him to blindside wing. I remember Gareth saying, ‘Come on, I don’t want this anymore, I want to be stood at ten in attack and defence.’ We said, ‘Fine, but if you stand there you know what your responsibility will be.’ TAGS: Exeter Chiefs “And again, it’s something else in Gareth’s game that people wouldn’t know, he makes more tackles in training than anyone else. He practises his technique at least three times a week. He doesn’t just kick at goal, he does everything.”If he’s become the player he is by handling setbacks, we shouldn’t be surprised. This is a man who, frustrated by a lack of opportunities at Ulster, had the courage to leave his home country to seek fame and fortune.He played for Rotherham and Cornish Pirates before arriving at Sandy Park ten years ago. This is his testimonial season and for all his on-pitch contributions for Chiefs – more than 250 games, nearly 2,400 points – it’s Steenson the bloke that fans and team-mates most warm to.Big boot: Steenson kicking the ball out of handHe’s forever thanking supporters on Twitter and has famously turned his garage into a bar, where some of the players enjoy a drink after away games.“On the bus on the way home he’ll say come in for a beer,” says centre Ian Whitten. “He’s got Guinness on tap and doesn’t have to twist my arm too much! It’s more the older fellas. Tony Walker, the team manager, goes in quite a lot.“I always room with Steeno. We had a big testimonial do in November and instead of a Mr and Mrs I did a Mr and Mr with him. That was a bit of craic.”Married to Karen and with two young sons, Oscar (above) and William, Steenson is nearly 34 and a family man now. He fits in a bit of golf and is doing online qualifications, preparing for a likely move to the back-room staff one day.Whitten believes Steenson has shown the value of believing in yourself when other people don’t. “He got a raw deal at Ulster but he kept fighting. I think that’s why he’s so popular with the fans, because everybody appreciates a man who’s had to do it the hard way.” The Exeter fly-half has fought for everything he’s got and Chiefs fans love him for it. This feature first appeared in Rugby World magazine in March 2018. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The chase is on: Steenson races Byron McGuigan of Sale Sharks for the ball This feature first appeared in Rugby world magazine in March 2018.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news in rugby.last_img read more

Agen and Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Rugby World.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Downtime with Agen and Tonga hooker Paula NgauamoWhen we asked the Tonga management who would be the best player in the squad to partake in our offbeat Q&A, they immediately suggested Paula Ngauamo – and we weren’t disappointed. The hooker, who scored his inaugural Test try as Tonga beat Fiji for the first time in seven years this summer, was quick with the one-liners and sarcasm…Who are the jokers in the Tonga team?Ziggy (Siegfried Fisiihoi) and Siua (Halanukonuka). They’re always back-stabbing! As soon as I leave the room, I can feel the knives in my back. Things aren’t easy for them; it’s how they vent their problems, by back-stabbing and gossiping.Do you have any phobias?Nothing. Tongans aren’t scared of anything. We’re fearless.What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on the pitch?Sione Fifita kept dropping balls in training and said it wouldn’t happen in the games, then he dropped three balls in a Test (against Georgia in the Pacific Nations Cup). It was funny but shouldn’t be funny. We’ve not talked to him since!What’s your most embarrassing moment?I don’t get embarrassed.What annoys you?The Tongan fitness guys are always watching YouTube and then that’s our programme for the next day. There’s not much studying behind what they’re doing.Who’s the best dancer in the Tonga squad?Me – by a mile. I can dance. Nasi Manu is pretty bad. I’m probably up there with the singing too. Nasi and I grew up together in New Zealand. We’re second cousins and have known each other since high school. He’d eat all my food. It’s funny looking back.Who’s in charge of the team music?Cooper Vuna. But he’s a bit older than us. I think he was born in 1963 and he plays a lot of Willie Nelson and The Beatles. I like a bit of country but it’s a bit much for a lot of the young guys. It goes a bit far back. More reggae would be good.If you could be one of your team-mates, who would it be and why?Kurt Morath. He takes care of the fines and always takes all the money – we never see it! It stays in his room and then goes with him on the flight home.Tennis star: Serena Williams in action at the French Open (Getty Images)Who would be your three dream dinner party guests? Try time: Paula Ngauamo scores against Fiji in June (Oceania Rugby) The Colonel, so I could pick his brain and get the recipe for KFC. I’d back myself to make it as good, if not better. I’m handy in the kitchen. Then Jesus, so I could ask him if I’m going to heaven and what I need to do to get there. And Serena Williams. She’s so competitive and she’s stayed at the top for so long.What’s your nickname?No one’s given me any nicknames. It might just be Big P.Do you have any tattoos?I do but I wish I was a blank canvas. My cousin did them because he wanted to practise on us!What are the best things about Tonga?The people, the culture, family – everything. It’s just day-to-day life; there’s less stress. It’s different when you grow your own food too – that’s great. Taro, tapioca – we grow it all and farm chickens. I was born in New Zealand, then went to Tonga when I was a couple of months old and stayed with my grandparents for five years.The silliest thing you’ve ever bought?A salad. I learnt my lesson after that. It’s a waste of money.Tasty treat: Paula Ngauamo is a big fan of KFC (Getty Images)What’s your guilty pleasure?I don’t feel guilty when I eat KFC and I don’t really watch TV. And I’ve got the best taste in fashion in this whole team.If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?To be invisible. Then I could check on Siua and Ziggy to see what they were saying about me.Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?Jesus. So I could ask him to get me out.How’s life in France?Agen is alright. I can speak a little bit of French, enough to get around. I miss my mum, who lives in Christchurch. We were there when the earthquake happened. It was pretty scary but our house was okay. Food, faith and funny men all come up in this conversation with Agen and Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo TAGS: Tonga last_img read more

The making of Kyle Sinckler

first_img Attacking threat: Kyle Sinckler breaks against Scotland during the Six Nations (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We speak to four people who have played a part in the prop’s journey to England star The making of Kyle SincklerHarlequins tighthead Kyle Sinckler has fast become a mainstay in Eddie Jones’s first XV and is playing a significant role in England’s World Cup bid in Japan. Here we talk to four people who have been part of Sinckler’s journey from a junior player at Battersea Ironsides to a Test Lion in New Zealand to get an insight into the 26-year-old from those who know him best…THE TEACHERStacia Long helped a teenage Sinckler to set up a rugby team at Graveney School in South London“Kyle was one of three or four boys in his year group who played rugby outside of school and were keen to set up a school team. I told them I didn’t know anything about rugby so wouldn’t be much use from a coaching perspective, but Kyle said, ‘That’s fine. Me and the boys will sort that if you can find fixtures and get us there’. He would have been about 13 and what struck me was his willingness and ability to overcome problems.“We didn’t have enough boys from one year group, so we’d choose boys from the year below. Then more kids got interested and rugby in the school started to grow. We saw turnarounds in behaviour because they had an outlet; they could be physical on the rugby pitch rather than the playground.“We didn’t have a pitch on site so we’d play matches against other state schools on public parks or at rugby clubs. We did a bit of training, but only on a 30m by 40m bit of grass and not very often. It was things like learning to tackle safely. Kyle did a lot of that – the boys who could play helped others.“He would flit between positions in games. He’d start at fly-half and then there would be a scrum and he’d think, ‘I could be useful here’. So he’d go to prop and then back to fly-half. Playing multiple positions helped develop his game understanding and ability to bring others into the game. He had a good skill-set for someone of his shape and size. He’d have been used as a battering ram by some schools but he couldn’t afford to be like that for us. I switch on the TV now, see his soft hands and think, ‘That’s the Kyle I know. That’s what he’d do for us’.“Rugby is his love, his passion, and what stood out for me was he knew where he wanted to get to and would make sacrifices to do it. He showed such maturity. All his friends would go to parties on a Friday night, but he’d be getting ready for a game on Sunday. It showed how important rugby was to him.Related: Downtime with Kyle Sinckler“The media have given him this reputation as the bad boy of English rugby. People talk about him losing control, but I think it’s a fine balance of a young man pumped up to be as physical and aggressive as he can, but then expected not to react when people do or say things to him.“If you look at the demographic of rugby, how many people fit into his category of mixed race, single parent, non rugby-playing school? There are probably another 20 Kyles in or around inner London who don’t feel like they belong and still look at rugby as a white, middle-class sport. Celebrate what Kyle has achieved; use him as a role model.“When Kyle was 16, he got a scholarship to Epsom College. Other boys saw you could come from a school like Graveney and get a scholarship to an independent school and that motivated a lot of them. By the time I left the school in 2017, we had a team in every age group and a girls’ team. That’s the legacy of Kyle playing rugby.“It put me on a new path, too. I started my coaching qualifications when we set up that team and now work at Trinity School where rugby is the main sport and I’m director of rugby at Old Ruts.”THE SCOUTCollin Osborne spotted Sinckler in an U12s game and got him involved in the Harlequins and Surrey set-ups“My son was playing for KCS Old Boys and Kyle was playing for the opposition, Battersea Ironsides. He was playing very well at full-back and centre – very good hands, very competitive, very physical, quick off the mark. He didn’t have sustained speed but the damage was done in those first five metres.“It was his belligerence that most impressed me. Every Sunday morning I was following my son around and I’d see a lot of good players, but he stood out physically and with his belligerence.“He was incredibly competitive and wanted to win every hit. At U12 level that was an unusual quality, to have that degree of desire to win – and that is very difficult to coach. You usually don’t see it until U15s, when puberty kicks in and boys become very competitive.“That first game I saw him play, there were a few confrontations and he was at the heart of them. He was obviously talented but he got frustrated in games and wasn’t sure how to deal with it. I told him he had potential to do good things if he learnt how to control that aggression; it wasn’t about losing aggression but harnessing it. I said, ‘Come to the club with me and let’s see what we can do’.Power play: Kyle Sinckler charges upfield for Harlequins (Getty Images)“At the time I was academy manager at Quins and the EPDG (Elite Player Development Group) sessions started at U13. Surrey also had a set-up for boys who didn’t go to rugby-playing schools. They would work on skills as well as conditioning. He used to do weight training in Crystal Palace with Keith Morgan, who’d coached GB Olympic weightlifters. He took to that very well.“I think it was a coach at London Scottish U15, where a group of them moved, who suggested Kyle move to prop. I remember them playing in North London one Sunday and I got him on the scrum machine afterwards, showing him where to put his feet, etc. I said, ‘Become a decent tighthead prop and you can write own cheque!’ He fancied himself as fly-half or centre, but tightheads are worth their weight in gold.“Kyle has always been driven. He commits. He prides himself on his physicality and getting him to work hard in the gym has never been an issue because he sees the correlation between that and physical performance.“He still has moments when he’s losing control but if he recognises it, he’ll know to do something about it. When he doesn’t recognise it, he gets himself into trouble. It’s all heat-of-moment stuff. It’s all very well in calm environments to see the logic in what people are saying. It’s doing that when the pressure is on. TAGS: Harlequins “From a coaching point of view, you look at whether the downside outweighs the good he brings and the reality is he does so many good things. He has wonderful qualities that few others have.”THE COACHGraham Rowntree has worked with Sinckler with England, Harlequins and the 2017 Lions in New Zealand“England took him to New Zealand in 2014 and he played well in the midweek game against the Crusaders before the third Test. That was my first taste of him. He then went off the radar for a bit and came back on the scene after I’d left England. Eddie Jones got him involved and took him to Australia in 2016 and I joined Quins at the end of 2016, so I was then working with him every day.“I loved working with him, for Quins, for England and for the Lions. He’s incredibly enthusiastic, is very diligent in the gym and with his prehab. He’s a sponge for knowledge – that is one of his greatest attributes. He’s a bit of a rugby nause, too, and would come up to ask me for stories about the ABC club (Leicester’s front row). He’d tell me what he’d heard about Darren Garforth and Richard Cockerill before.Surge: Kyle Sinckler in action against USA at Japan 2019 (Getty Images)“He can be too enthusiastic at times and that can creep into his game, but he’s still a young man and has only established himself as a starter for his country over the last season. He still has a lot to learn tactically and that comes down to experience. He plays the game with real energy and with experience he’ll learn to curb that sometimes, but you don’t want him to change that aggression he brings.“Tighthead is a position where you have to experience different props against you, different pressures mentally and physically. You have to experience those things to learn how to cope with them. He does get targeted but it’s learning how to deal with it; you can only do that through experience and listening to the people around you.“He has great mentors in Adam Jones at Quins and Hats (Neal Hatley) at England. Joe Marler’s taken him under his wing too. He’s learning off all three.“Over the past couple of years his scrummaging has come on more than anything. Scrummaging-wise he gets in an incredibly low position. I noticed that with the Lions (in 2017). Teams were trying to attack him and get under him, but they physically couldn’t because he was so low. He’s strong, squat, gets very low and you can’t move him.“He does a lot of things that other props don’t do, too. Outside of the set-piece, he has a high tackle count and is an aggressive tackler. He’s not afraid to nominate himself to carry ball and Quins use him as a ball player off short lineouts, similar to how Saracens use Mako Vunipola in the middle of the field. He gives a well-timed pass, and we’ve all seen his explosiveness when he has the ball. He can finish a line break, which a lot of props can’t. He’s one of the best tightheads in the world and has the ability to get in the top three.”THE TEAM-MATEJoe Marler has played alongside Sinckler in the front row for Harlequins, England and the Lions“The first time I was aware of Kyle was seeing him and George Merrick pointing at the camera in an U20s’ Six Nations game. I noticed because that’s exactly what I was like, a gob****e. I thought, ‘I might have my hands full, a contender for the biggest k*** at the club’.“He was actually quite respectful with me (when we met). I used to train early on my own and he asked, ‘Is it okay if I train with you? If it’s good enough for Joe Marler, it’s good enough for me’. I told him not to set his ambition so low!“He often gets a bit misunderstood. He can be quite a handful, but that’s how passionate he is for the sport. He does have a reputation and he can live up to that at times, but he’s matured pretty quickly in the past 18 months if you look at how he’s been with England. The more exposure you get at that level in a starting position, the quicker you grow up. He’s doing that and England are starting to benefit from it.Double act: Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler go through their stretches (Getty Images)“His biggest strength is people don’t think he has an understanding of the game. He’s aggressive and physical, and people think he’s just all-out passion and abrasiveness – but he’s not.“He’ll tell the backs, ‘This is a decent move to try’ and I’d think, ‘Hang on, you’re a tighthead prop’, but if you listen to what he’s saying he makes a fair point. He’s definitely underestimated.“He wants to be involved in all the big moments; he’s not happy just to do the dog work and just do what every other tighthead does. Now he’s doing the nuts and bolts – those cliché words – as well as the X-factor stuff around the park.“The more exposure you get against top-level looseheads and questions are asked of you, the more times you come up with solutions and adapt. He’s now had experiences and is improving in that area. In him and Mako (Vunipola), England have the best loosehead in the world and potentially the best tighthead. Tadhg Furlong is up there now because of his out-and-out scrummaging ability as well as everything else, but Sincks is not too far off. England could have the two best props in the world soon.“My favourite story about Sincks comes from the Lions tour. Gats (Warren Gatland) had been saying pre-tour he was looking for X-factor, do something out of the norm. Playing against the Provincial Barbarians in the first game, we were jet-lagged and hanging 55 minutes in, looking to get more control in the game. We got a penalty on halfway and everyone was thinking, ‘Do we put it in the corner or go for three?’ Then Sincks took a quick tap and ran off. He got isolated and turned over.“I asked him, ‘What the hell was all that about?’ He said, ‘Gats is looking for X-factor.’ He was then hauled off and seeing his face as he went off I thought, ‘Poor sod’. Fair play, though, maybe it was X-factor because he was picked in the match 23 for the Tests!” This article appeared in the September 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Church in Wales gives ‘amber light’ to Anglican covenant

first_imgChurch in Wales gives ‘amber light’ to Anglican covenant Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. Anglican Communion, Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 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 (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Covenant [Anglican Communion News Service] The proposed covenant that seeks to define the unity of the worldwide Anglican Communion was given “an amber light, rather than a green light” by the Church in Wales on April 18.Members of the Church in Wales governing body voted to affirm their commitment to the communion and the covenant process, but asked questions of the Anglican Consultative Council, which meets in October. They feared the recent rejection of the covenant by the Church of England jeopardized its future and clarifications about that were now needed before a decision could be made.The Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, who proposed a motion that was amended in light of the Church of England decision, said, “We have given the covenant an amber light rather than a green light but in doing so we are being honest about where the church is today. However, I think we need to reaffirm our strong commitment to each other through the saving power of Christ revealed in the Gospels. That is what I believe the covenant ultimately calls us to do and I hope one day the Church in Wales will be able to vote for it.”The amended motion, which was carried overwhelmingly, was that the governing body:affirm the commitment of the Church in Wales to the life of the Anglican Communion;affirm its readiness to engage with any ongoing process of consideration of the Anglican Communion covenant;request clarification from the 15th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council as to the status and direction of the covenant process in the light of the position of the Church of England;urge upon the Instruments of Communion a course of action which continues to see reconciliation and the preservation of the communion as a family of interdependent but autonomous churches.A copy of the briefing paper on the Anglican covenant is here. 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GARCIA says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Tags Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service April 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm Well, the Welsh of the C. of E. have been faced with the results of awkward and contradictory decisions that have placed the Anglican Communion at the verge of dissapearing and/or splitting into multiple pieces.By itself the Anglican Consultatve Council cannot do anything about a Covenant that has been rejected by the people with authority to act.Outside of the United Kingdom, The imperial mandate of TEC has been at the forefront of rejecting the Covenant and even replacing the See of Canterbury as the worldwide Mother Church. Thus, separations, schisms and more indepedent churches will keep erupting everywhere, while the Church of Rome will be fortified through the Papal Ordinariates.ALL THESE REALITIES ARE DIRECT CONSEQUENCES OF ACTIONS THAT WERE NOT DULY ANALYZED by the “Church or people of God”. Thus, WE must face these consequences and act in accordance …Once again, the the historic apostolic successors should re-evaluate the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the re-evangelization of the pieces left by a no-covenant. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments (1) Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 By ACNS staffPosted Apr 19, 2012 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ last_img read more

Archbishop of Canterbury faces ‘a challenge for the imagination’

first_img Submit a Job Listing Archbishop of Canterbury Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Smithfield, NC Archbishop of Canterbury faces ‘a challenge for the imagination’ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Featured Events Anglican Communion, [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that in his new role he, with the rest of the Anglican Communion, is faced with “a challenge for the imagination.”Speaking in an interview with the communion’s official magazine Anglican World, he said, “What do we mean by the Anglican Communion, and how does it contribute as a blessing to the world in which we live in its present circumstances?“That’s something I think Rowan [Williams] has been brilliant at, so have the primates generally, and the ACC — as we see from the range of subjects covered in New Zealand1. It’s something we need to continue.“That challenge to the imagination is something that is constantly renewed and we need to be very reactive to it, and not allow ourselves to get bogged down in looking inward.”The archbishop’s comments are part of his interview in the second edition of Anglican World, a magazine that has been reporting on the life and mission of the Anglican Communion for several decades. Production was suspended in 2007, but it was relaunched in November 2012.Along with the feature on Archbishop Welby, the latest edition features articles on the 100th anniversary of the Anglican Diocese of Iran, a major youth conference in Central Africa, the commissioning of the Mothers’ Union’s new worldwide president, and the triennial ACC gathering of Anglicans from around the world, which was this time in Auckland, New Zealand.The full-color magazine is filled with pictures as well as links to videos of Anglican and Episcopal life from right around the globe. See a preview of this quarter’s edition at http://bit.ly/Z0eYEyA year’s subscription (four editions) costs only £10 including postage (it is still at the 2007 price) and is available from the Anglican Communion Office online shop http://shop.anglicancommunion.orgNotes to Editors·         1 At the 2012 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, a meeting of Anglicans from around the world who represent their national and regional Churches.·         The Anglican Communion Office serves the Anglican Communion comprising around 85 million members in 38 regional and national member churches around the globe in more than 165 countries. http://www.anglicancommunion.org Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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