Month: June 2021

Pampas XV Crowned Vodacom Champions

first_imgThe Vodacom Cup ChampionsThe Pampas XV are Vodacom Cup champions for 2011 after they secured a clinical 14-9 victory over the Vodacom Blue Bulls at the Profert Olen Park stadium in Potchefstroom on Friday night.The Argentineans boasted the superior scrum and dominated the breakdown, controlled most facets of the match and were never really threatened by the defending champions from Pretoria. The final yielded only one try which was scored by Pampas XV winger Agustin Gosio who ran in his eighth five-pointer of the competition. Gosio ended the competition as the second-leading try-scorer behind fellow teammate Juan Imhoff and DHL Western Province winger JJ Engelbrecht who topped the Vodacom Cup try-scoring chart with 10 five-pointers each.The other points scored by the Pampas XV in Friday evening’s final came via the boot of Nicolas Sanchez who kicked two penalties and Santiago Iglesias who added one penalty. The Vodacom Blue Bulls’ points were scored by flyhalf Maritz Boshoff who kicked three penalties during the second half. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Vodacom Blue Bulls’ first points of the match were scored in the 50th minute when Boshoff successfully slotted the first of three penalty kicks in the second half (11-3). The Pampas XVs fought back and stretched their lead to 13-3 when Iglesias kicked his first penalty of the evening.Boshoff went on to convert two further penalty kicks which put pressure on the Pampas XV to defend their five-point lead during the closing stages of the match. However the Argentineans, due to their tigerish defensive attitude, held on and secured their 11th consecutive victory of the competition and claim their maiden Vodacom Cup title.Scorers:Pampas XV: Try: Agustin Gosio; Penalties: Nicolas Sanchez (2), Santiago Iglesias.Vodacom Blue Bulls: Penalties: Maritz Boshoff (3).center_img Sanchez opened the scoring early in the first half before Gosio dived in to score his try which ensured that the hosts enjoyed an 8-0 lead during the first half. Sanchez kicked his second three-pointer of the game just before the break to hand the Argentineans an 11-0 half time lead.last_img read more

Phil Vickery & Co cook up a storm

first_imgTop chefs: Contestants Phil Vickery, Luke Narraway, Craig Chalmers and Serge BetsenBy Katie Field, Rugby World WriterRUGBY’S MOST famous and accomplished chef – Celebrity Masterchef winner Phil Vickery – put his reputation on the line for a good cause when he took part in Scrum Dine With Me, organised by Wooden Spoon.The former England captain pitted his cooking talents against ex-Scotland stand-off Craig Chalmers, former France flanker Serge Betsen and Perpignan-bound back-rower Luke Narraway, who played for England in 2008-09.With the venue for the contest being Ping Pong dim sum restaurant in the City of London, the menu was oriental and, helped by the restaurant’s chef, the four rugby stars prepared a course each for around 150 guests and a panel of expert judges, including Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace.All the diners voted for the winner and the pre-event favourite, Vickery, came out on top. Betsen was second, Chalmers third and Narraway fourth – but if truth be told, all the food was top notch and, most importantly of all, nearly £30k were raised for Wooden Spoon’s charity projects.Chalmers was first to put his cooking in the spotlight as he prepared the appetizer – a roast pork puff and a spring roll stuffed with satay chicken with pineapple. Wallace called it “stunning” and it was certainly my favourite dish of the evening.Betsen was charged with producing the second course – a crunchy vegetable and tofu spring roll, crispy prawn balls and prawn toast with sesame seeds. There was a great comedy moment when the fearsome Frenchman decided to loom large over the judges’ table while they delivered their verdict on his food. They didn’t all buckle under the pressure and his work came in for a little criticism, but Wallace quipped: “For a big, ugly man you make good food!”Vickery’s famous culinary expertise landed him with the job of preparing six kinds of dumpling for the third course. There was a lot of delicate detail in his work and Wallace called it “outstanding”, adding: “He smashed that course like he would like to have smashed Andre Watson.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Last up was Narraway, with his dessert of banana chocolate spring rolls and valrhona chocolate buns. Renowned pudding-lover Wallace said they were “bang-on, absolutely brilliant!”Cooking kings: Betsen and Vickery get stuck inSo, having provided a great evening of cheeky rugby banter, excellent food and plentiful wine, beer and cocktails, what’s next for Wooden Spoon? Some of their infamous Spoon Challenges are on the horizon and Vickery is swapping his chefs whites for some outdoor gear to take part in two of them this summer.First up for Vickery is the Four Peaks challenge, from 28-30 June. It is Spoon’s most popular team challenge event and sees teams of three, plus a support driver, take on Ben Nevis, Helvellyn, Snowdon and Carantouhill – all in under 48 hours.“The Four Peaks is something that I wanted to do last year but the timing was off and I couldn’t do it,” Vickery says. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. It’s a really tough challenge but the buzz and camaraderie is superb.”Two months later, on 7 September, Vickery will be guiding three other team members through what is arguably Spoon’s toughest challenge – The Ford Great Lakeland Challenge. The teams canoe England’s longest lake; cycle up the two steepest passes in England, Wrynose and Hardknott; and then conquer, on foot, England’s highest peak, Scaffell Pike – all in under 12 hours.Encouraging more people to take part is important to Vickery and he is keen to stress that you don’t have to be a World Cup winner to do it. “Hopefully I’ll inspire other people to do it – if I can do it then anyone can! After three back operations, two shoulder ops and a disc replacement in my neck, canoeing, cycling and running are not exactly the best for me. But I have to get my head down and get on with it.center_img “Come along, have a good time, make some friends and you will find yourself part of something very special. When you go and see these (Wooden Spoon) projects and see what a difference your money has made, then it puts everything in perspective and makes you realise just how enjoyable it is. It’s a privilege to raise money that’s going to have a positive impact on someone’s life.”To join Vickery on these challenges, or to find out more information about them and other challenges, click here.last_img read more

Lions 2013: The Squad Announcement Live!

first_imgScrum-halves – Conor Murray, Mike Phillips, Ben YoungsProps – Dan Cole, Cian Healy, Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Matt Stevens, Mako VunipolaHookers – Dylan Hartley, Richard Hibbard, Tom YoungsSecond-rows – Ian Evans, Richie Gray, Alun Wyn Jones, Paul O’Connell, Geoff ParlingBack-rows – Tom Croft, Toby Faletau, Jamie Heaslip, Dan Lydiate, Sean O’Brien, Justin Tipuric, SAM WARBURTONSammy boy is the captain of your ship. Aye, aye, captain!11.01Here. We. Go.10.55Yes, we know, five minutes to go is not the time for wild rumours. Soon enough we will know who the captain is, and my how we will laugh about those crazy suggestions. Why would we ever think that?!10.52The teases! The Lions official twitter account posts this photo of some nervy coaches…But where is the Captain?! In the makeup room probably, there are a lot of cameras… Of course, if the “wild rumours” are true, they aren’t the type to break out the blusher!10.46The word ‘surprises’ is being used a lot. Santa Gatland is bringing gifts, but will they be the ones you asked for?!In scrabble games around the country a lot of people will be playing the word Bolter tonight, it seems.10.44 The journalists are being called in to the hall….10.41More news. Apparently as the list is read out we will get the backs, then the forwards. Then pandemonium. Then moaning, and then the final stages of acceptance and support. Strap yourselves in. It will be carnage and then, after that, they are our Lions.10.38Rumours abound that the magic number is 37 for this squad.10.36Our spies on the ground soaking up some last minute sun before the announcement…10.25One dead cert, nailed-on Lion? This fluffy fella.Who will be carrying him out under their arm in the tests, though?! 10.18Mind you, with Rugby World columnist Craig Chalmers suggesting that he has five Lions going, and others naming three, could there be more Leicester Tigers than Scots in the squad? Still just speculation at this stage, of course. Who would the five be, though? Stuart Hogg, Tim Visser, Sean Maitland, Greig Laidlaw, Ryan Grant, Richie Gray and Kelly Brown all in with a shout, and Nathan Hines could come from left field.10.10 There could be up to six Leicester Tigers named in the Lions squad today. Manu Tuilagi, Geoff Parling, Tom Croft, Dan Cole, Ben Youngs, Tom Youngs… 9:35Tension is building. The clocks have stopped. Traffic is…well, still as much of a mangle as ever.It’s Lions day. That day that international rugby players love and dread in equal measure. Will they be in; out; shaking it all about? Only one man knows for sure and at 11am Warren Gatland will proudly present his squad for the 2013 tour to Australia.Will your favourites make it? Will my favourites make it? It is a day we have been speculating about for the last year and Rugby World will be there every step of the way. Warren G and Warbs: Lions Captain Sam Warburton is paraded in front of the cameras by a happy Warren GatlandBy Rugby World Staff12.13So now we know. We’ve got our squad and our captain! Follow us on Twitter @Rugbyworldmag and like us on Facebook Rugby World Magazine for all the updates over the next few weeks!12.01Talk is now turning to who has cried into their brunch the most today. Rory Best must be particularly upset (although not as much as the masses on Twitter). According to Opta the hooker has five more turnovers than anyone else in the Heineken Cup, with 14.Robshaw should take this in his stride, you would think. Despite some outraged fans bristling and suggesting he play for the Baabaas this summer, he will keep on trucking. He will go to South America on the England tour, won’t he?11.48Here is what Warburton said of his prestigious role: “Warren gave me a call, it’s been nine or 10 days since I found out and the biggest secret I’ve had to keep. It’s unbelievable, an accolade very few people achieve and it’s an unbelievable honour.”Warren G? He is obviously chuffed: “In the last two or three years he’s been the most successful captain in the northern hemisphere.I have a huge amount of respect for Sam, he’s an absolute professional and he leads from the front.”11.44That rumour mill keeps churning, doesn’t it. Apparently Gatland has been talking to Wilkinson about being a back-up. Which is probably the sensible thing to do considering there are only two 10s. (Yet another rumour) Stuart Hogg may be the ‘utility back’ on his first tour. That dreaded role that Keith Earls occupied in South Africa. Let’s hope young Hogg’s first taste of Lions rugby goes a bit smoother.11.42Here is the voice of reason:11.39Then, there is the oppositions view on the matter. Who do they fear?:11.37There’s a teeny weenie bit of outrage out there. It’s an emotive subject, obviously. It may be time to forget your favourites, but of course there is always the back up list. 11.33Remember we mentioned the Leicester boys? All six mentioned made it. That is double the number of Scots. There are also four Cardiff Blues.11.28What’s being said:Warren G: “Last night was the seventh meeting we’ve had and it was a ‘robust’ debate. There was some really healthy discussions.“Andy Farrell, defensive leader says: “There’s no bigger occasion than the Lions going anywhere. These three Tests are the ultimate challenge. Australia will be ready for us.”11.22Gethin Jenkins is the only France-based player who will miss a potential Top 14 final to play the BaaBaas. Phillips is the only other player from France. That means no Jonny Wilkinson. Other notable absentees: Rory Best, Le Jonny, England captain Chris Robshaw, Chris Ashton, Ryan Grant, Kelly Brown. And I bet you all thought “Wade!” when we said surprises…Still, you do the maths: Six props, two fly-halves, three full-backs, four centres. Outta 37. Someone was always going to miss out.11.20So there you go. 15 Welshmen, 10 English, nine Irish and three Scots.Make a joke outta THAT!11.13So, here are your backs:Full-backs – Leigh Halfpenny, Stuart Hogg, Rob KearneyWings – Tommy Bowe, Alex Cuthbert, Sean Maitland, George NorthCentres – Jonathan Davies, Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Roberts, Manu TuilagiFly-halves – Owen Farrell, Jonny Sextoncenter_img 9:44A lot of people outside the hall, with registration opening at 10. It’s a bit like the first day of school… Lots of journos, lots of flashes of red. Nervous chatting. Not long now… 9:53Do we reckon Gatland is on the stage now, frantically scribbling away still? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

A new era at London Irish

first_imgWatch highlights from London Irish’s 22-20 victory over Sale below We want to create an environment that players want to be a part of, and will make them want to stay at the club. That means looking after them medically, but also maintaining our ethos as a family club. We’ve got several different nationalities of players here, and we want this to be their home away from home.Welcome back: scrum-half Hodgson will join Kennedy and Danaher on the academy coaching staffRW: What about on-field changes?BC: We want to invest in our academy. This is the foundation of the club, and it’s important for us to be developing new talent. Declan Danaher is going to be coaching now he’s retired, and we’re excited to be welcoming back former players Nick Kennedy (academy director) and Paul Hodgson (academy backs coach) who will be working with him. If we lay the foundations correctly then it will be a massive contributing factor to our future success.In the last two seasons we’ve won just under 30% of our Premiership games. This is a long-term project and our owners are committed to that, but the structure needs some time to settle down before we can expect our senior results to start improving. We want to add to our coaching team and back room staff because they’ve been under-resourced in the last few years.  We’ve also been spending well over £1m less than the salary cap allows in recent years, and we’ll be able to rectify that to an extent now. We’re not the next Saracens, though, and we won’t have the funds to jet off around the world with the whole squad once a season!Incoming: Ulster’s Tom Court, who has also played for Ireland and the Lions, is coming to SunburyRW: Tell us a bit about the players who you’ve signed… BC: We wanted to invest in our pack, and props Geoff Cross and Tom Court are both great players and lads too. Sean Cox and Dan Leo (both second rows) are tough physically, and back rowers Luke Narraway and Tom Guest offer a lot of experience.We’ve also signed Conor Gilsenan, another back row, from the Leinster academy, and I don’t see why we can’t develop a better relationship with Ireland in terms of developing their players. The new tax incentive means that players no longer have to retire in Ireland to qualify for tax relief, so if players want to retire abroad then there’s no reason they can’t do that too. TAGS: London Irish LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS London Irish’s new owners, a consortium of businessmen led by Mick Crossan, have expressed the desire to develop the side both on and off the pitch, and while they are keen to see their players return to the top of the Premiership, building links with the local community is also central to their plans. The new £12m training site, which will be used by the elite side and community members alike, is situated on the old Hazelwood golf course less than a mile away from the Avenue. It’s 63 acres in size and, when completed later this summer, will feature five full size pitches, including one with an artificial 4G surface, and a gym. I was given a sneak peak of the new site when I went to speak to former captain Bob Casey. Here he reveals some of the plans…Rugby World: What have the new owners done so far? Bob Casey: They came in just before Christmas and carried out a review of the whole rugby department. The review was done independently, but they met with senior players to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the club. Our performances and league standing have suffered in the last few years due to a lack of investment and resources, both on and off the field. The new owners want London Irish to work as a business first – that has to be sustainable before you can push for results.Big Bob: Casey wins a lineout during their last Premiership final, in 2009 against Leicester RW: What off-field changes will be made? BC: Off the field, we want to have the best medical and strength and conditioning departments we can possibly have. We really want to look after our players off the field so they feel confident in playing for us. We’re also going to strengthen our links with Ireland. We have Irish roots, and we’d like to be able to attract more Irish players.center_img WHEN London Irish said farewell to their training ground, the Avenue, a few weeks ago, it signalled the transition into a new era. It was a nostalgic day for some – London Irish lay their roots in the south-west London suburb of Sunbury in 1931 – but a move into modern facilities is a necessity that has been recognised by stalwarts and new fans alike, and will be crucial to the success of the club in years to come. Bob Casey talks us through the plans for London Irish as they enter a new era complete with new owners and training facililties… Breakthrough: the future is bright at London Irish as they are entering a new era last_img read more

World Cup 2015: Samoa 25-16 USA

first_img29 – The number of tackles missed by the USA, compared to 18 by Samoa.14 – The number of penalties conceded by the USA, twice as many as Samoa.Samoa: T Nanai-Williams; K Pisi, P Perez, R Lee-Lo (M Stanley 1-9), A Tuilagi (F Autagavaia 73); T Pisi (M Stanley 58), K Fotuali’i; S Taulafo, O Avei (M Matu’u 66), A Perenise (C Johnston 51), F Paulo, J Tekori (F Levave 58), M Fa’asavalu (A Fa’osiliva 51), J Lam, O Treviranus (capt).Tries (2): Nanai-Williams, Treviranus. Pens: T Pisi 4, Stanley.USA: B Scully (B Thompson 54); T Ngwenya, S Kelly, T Palamo, C Wyles (capt); AJ MacGinty, M Petri; E Fry (O Kilifi 71), Z Fenoglio (P Thiel 51), T Lamositele (C Baumann 71), H Smith (C Dolan 51), G Peterson (D Barrett 58), A McFarland, A Durutalo, S Manoa.Tries (2): Wyles, Baumann. Pens: MacGinty 2.Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)Man of the Match: Tim Nanai-Williams Attendance: 29,178For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Perfect setting: Samoa and the USA run out at the Brighton Community Stadium. Photo: Getty Images Tries from Tim Nanai-Williams and Ofisa Treviranus helped Samoa open their World Cup campaign with a win over the USA in Brighton. It was a physical contest throughout, with some wince-inducing hits, and the USA’s penalty count meant they could not retain possession for long periods. The Eagles did score two tries themselves, through Chris Wyles and Chris Baumann, and were unlucky to miss out on a bonus point.WHAT’S HOTBig collisions – Thretton Palamo set the tone in the first minute as he bowled over Reynold Lee-Lo in the first minute, the Samoa centre needing a head injury assessment afterwards. Alesana Tuilagi was another who used his size to good effect with and without the ball. It was a physical contest from start to finish.AJ MacGinty – Tim Nanai-Williams was the official Man of the Match and showed some great sparks in attack, but USA fly-half AJ MacGinty also caught the eye for an assured display. His kicking for the corners brought great territory gains, he’s an impressive distributor of the ball and made a couple of good breaks too, one resulting in a try for captain Chris Wyles.Line time: Chris Wyles dives over for the USA’s first try. Photo: Getty ImagesRugby talk – On the train to Falmer this morning it was a delight to hear people waxing lyrical about all things rugby. From Japan to Johnny Sexton, they covered all the bases – even those who admitted to not being regular rugby fans. The aim to attract a new audience already looks to be paying off – let’s hope the rest of the tournament continues the trend.Grubbers – The grubber kick is an oft-underused skill but it delivered two tries for Samoa here. Tim Nanai-Williams got on the end of one to score in the first half while a quick recycle brought one for Ofisa Treviranus too.All smiles: Tim Nanai-Williams celebrates the game’s first try. Photo: Getty ImagesWHAT’S NOTError count – Knock-ons, crooked lineouts, missed passes and a high penalty count meant there was a stop-start feel to the game and neither side could get much flow. Just as one team looked to be putting together a threatening move, the referee would blow and the momentum was lost.Kicking radar – Kahn Fotuali’i, Tusi Pisi and AJ MacGinty were among those players whose accuracy was off when kicking from hand. The amount of times kicks went straight out, from Samoa in particular, merely handed the advantage – and the territory – back to the opposition.Hard to stop: Alesana Tuilagi tests the US defence. Photo: Getty ImagesSTATISTICS6 – The number of clean breaks made by Samoa compared to three by the USA. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: SamoaUSA What was hot and what was not from Samoa’s 25-16 win over the USA in Brightonlast_img read more

Packed agenda for new French rugby president Bernard Laporte

first_img Finally, a 2016 election that the pollsters got right! Bernard Laporte’s victory in Saturday’s FFR election wasn’t a surprise, although his 53% share of the vote did startle many within France, who expected the incumbent, Pierre Camou, to run the former Toulon closer. But Camou trailed a distant second with 35%, while the outsider, Alain Doucet, polled a respectable 12%. Now Laporte is the most powerful man in French rugby but as he finds his feet at FFR HQ what is top of his in-tray?National stadiumOne of Laporte’s key campaigning issues was a promise to scrap the new national stadium proposed by Pierre Camou. Scheduled to open in 2021 in Essonne, south of Paris, the stadium will cost around €600m, money that Laporte believes would be far better invested in strengthening the grass roots. As for where France would play their Tests, Laporte plans to meet the owners of the Stade de France to discuss a better rate for the hire of the venue (the FFR currently pays approximately €700,000 for each international) but he’s said he would like to see more Internationals played outside the capital.Ground rent: France have to pay to hire the Stade de France for matches. Photo: Getty ImagesOn Saturday afternoon, not long after Laporte’s victory, his campaign manager Serge Simon promised to “instigate very quickly the terms that should lead to the halt” of the new stadium’s construction. But it might not be as straightforward as Laporte envisages. The project was launched in 2010 by Camou and Serge Blanco, and contracts have been signed with the architects and construction company. “There are factors which one cannot simply erase with the stroke of a pen,” warned Francis Chouat, the local mayor, adding that “it was far too early to talk of a definite end to the project”.It could be that Laporte, with his pledge to decentralise the FFR, will put the new national stadium to the vote and let the clubs of France decide.Guy NovesAccording to Monday’s Midi Olympique, Laporte and France coach Guy Noves could meet this week to discuss their differences. There’s little love lost between the pair – dating back more than a decade when Laporte coached the national team and Noves was in charge at Toulouse – and Noves’s public declaration of loyalty for Camou on Friday was perhaps a little imprudent. Then again, it may have been a deliberate provocation on Noves’s part, a challenge to Laporte to put up or shut up.Fly Guy: Will Guy Noves keep his job under Bernard Laporte? Photo: Getty ImagesThough Laporte backed Noves to continue as coach last week, rumours continue to appear in the French press that Laporte is biding his time, with both Le Figaro and Le Parisien newspapers stating on Monday that Fabien Galthié is in line for the top job. Top man: Bernard Laporte looks surprised after winning the FFR election. Photo: Getty Images First act: The opening ceremony of the 2007 World Cup. Photo: Getty ImagesLaporte wants to finish what Camou started by bringing the World Cup back to France in 2023, 16 years after it last staged the tournament. He’s already assembled a team specifically to work on the French bid and, according to Midi Olympique, Laporte intends to meet Bill Beaumont, chairman of World Rugby, and Brett Gosper, the CEO, in the near future to discuss France’s candidacy.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Laporte has already stated what he wants to see more of from Les Bleus, saying: “France must win but also communicate more. To create a dream, to make the kids want to play rugby, one needs a media presence.” This isn’t Noves’s way – and Le Figaro alleges it is causing tension with certain commercial partners – and the two seem on a collision course. Bearing in mind that Noves turned his back on the France national team as a player, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he jumps before he is pushed.Top 14 clubs“This convention, it’s not me who signed it. So we should discuss it, but in the interest of all.” So said Bernard Laporte recently, referencing the convention signed by the FFR and the LNR at the start of July. Laporte was critical of the agreement from the start, accusing Camou and Paul Goze, president of the LNR, of “electoral manoeuvring” in an attempt to create an alliance that would lead to his defeat in the election. Now that he’s president, Laporte is threatening to make several changes to the existing arrangement that will also affect the broadcasting deal in place between the LNR and Canal Plus.Sunday rest: Bernard Laporte wants to stop televised Sunday games in the Top 14. Photo: Getty ImagesNotably he wants to scrap the televised matches on a Sunday afternoon, as they clash with the kick-off times in the amateur game. Additionally he wants to reduce the number of foreigners in the Top 14 and ProD2, and finally Laporte wants to put the France internationals on central contracts for six months of the year. Judging by the comments of Clermont president Eric de Cromières on Monday, Laporte has a fight on his hands. Reminding Laporte that the convention runs until 2020, de Cromières said an attempt to abrogate it could end up in the courts.2023 World Cup bid He’s won the French rugby presidential election, so what’s next for Bernard Laporte?last_img read more

Spain set sights on 2023 Rugby World Cup

first_img Expand Tough Test: Spain in action against Georgia (Getty Images) “A lot of boys’ grandparents moved to France during the Civil War and feel Spanish; it’s in their DNA and they have Spanish blood. They may be born in France but they feel like Spaniards.“We also have some English players whose parents came to live in Spain and they have been living in Spain since their childhood too. They develop their rugby in Spain and even though their blood is English they have lived their whole life in Spain.”Another thing Santos speaks firmly on is finances. He says Spain, who are currently ranked 19th in the world, need more funding if they are to keep pace with Tier Two nations let alone achieve their goal of playing at RWC 2023.“The problem with not qualifying for 2019 is not just that we don’t have the pleasure of getting to the World Cup, but once you’re there you get more money, which to me is quite unfair,” says Santos.“The better teams get more money, more resources and more support from World Rugby. Georgia, Russia, Samoa, Tonga… they get more support because they’re in the World Cup. This isn’t fair.“If we had more support I’m pretty sure we’d compete. We need to get more resources because not having that support makes it very difficult to play at this level. Our high-performance programme is under-financed.”Santos also wants more Tests against higher-ranked opposition in the June and November windows to help Spain improve, although the Nations Championship plans appear to limit teams to Tests against those countries in their division.Related: World Rugby clarifies Nations Championship plans Ugly Scenes As Spain Fail To Automatically Qualify For RWC 2019 Ugly Scenes As Spain Fail To Automatically Qualify For RWC 2019 Five Spain Players Banned For Confronting Referee LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Russia qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in place of Romania Russia qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in… Collapse Ugly Scenes As Spain Fail To Automatically Qualify… Spain set sights on 2023 Rugby World CupSpain have put the controversy surrounding last year’s bid to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup behind them and are now focusing their attentions on the 2023 tournament in France.The Spaniards play Belgium in Madrid on Sunday in the Rugby Europe Championship, with last year’s contentious fixture ingrained in many people’s memories.Had Spain beaten Belgium they were set to qualify for Japan 2019 but they lost that game 18-10 and the ugly scenes that followed, with players confronting the referee, and a subsequent investigation into eligibility resulted in bans and points deductions.LAST YEAR’S RWC 2019 QUALIFICATION CONTROVERSY Five Spain Players Banned For Confronting Referee The Spanish are eyeing a spot at RWC 2023 but are calling for more funding It is a much-changed squad taking part in this year’s Rugby Europe Championship as the coaches look to a younger generation to push the country forward.“It’s year one of the transition and an opportunity to have new guys in the squad,” says Spain coach Santiago Santos. “It’s almost a new team with a lot of changes. We’ve maybe kept five or six players from last year as we focus on 2023.“Some older players retired and others that are young enough for the next cycle we’ve left at their clubs to keep their clubs happy.”Ultimate goal: Spain coach Santiago Santos with Alberto Malo and the Webb Ellis Cup (Getty Images)In terms of eligibility, Santos insists Spain are “double checking” all their players’ details after the punishments meted out for fielding ineligible players last year, but he rejects any assertion that the country are too reliant on those born overseas.“Scotland, New Zealand… teams all have players from around the world,” says Santos. “We play within the rules with players who qualify for Spain. Five Spain players have been banned for confronting… Russia qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in place of Romania Expand In spite of the off-field issues, Spain have already beaten Russia, who qualified for RWC 2019 after the ineligibility controversy, and Romania this year as well as tested Georgia in Tbilisi. And this weekend they will be looking to make amends for last year’s performance in Belgium.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Scotland will be first country in UK to legalize gay…

first_img Paula Szczuka says: By Trevor GrundyPosted Jul 27, 2012 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Anglican Communion, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Scotland will be first country in UK to legalize gay marriage Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Steve Channon says: July 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm Well said, and to the point! New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 July 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm Regarding the comments of The Rev. Rod Thomas, God is not a man and the church is not a female. Rector Washington, DC Tags Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Same-Sex Marriage Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Human Sexuality, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments are closed.center_img Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Comments (2) Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY [Ecumenical News International] Scotland announced on July 25 it will allow same-sex weddings as early as 2015, becoming the first country in the United Kingdom to do so.“We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal, and that is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships,” said Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who made the announcement.The Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church were against the move, but gay-friendly Christian groups said they were “relieved” by the announcement.The Rev. Fiona Bennett, minister of Augustine United Reform Church (Protestant) in Edinburgh, told ENInews: “We’re delighted. It’s been some time coming.” She described her church as an inclusive one, friendly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual community in Scotland .Sturgeon promised religious organizations that oppose homosexual weddings the Scottish Government will bring forward no legislation impinging on an individual’s freedom of speech or freedom to practice or preach religion.“The Scottish Government,” she said, “will take all necessary steps to protect churches and individuals within those churches who do not wish to conduct same sex weddings if they do not agree with them.”A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church said: “The Scottish Government is embarking on a dangerous social experiment on a massive scale.”The Rev. Rod Thomas, chairman of Reform (a conservative evangelical network within the Church of England), said in a texted statement: “God designed marriage to be the union of one man and one woman, reflecting the union of Christ as bridegroom and the Church his bride. God is not a person with whom even U.K. prime ministers can negotiate a more congenial set of commands.”The announcement came as U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron hosted a meeting of prominent gay leaders at his London home, 10 Downing Street.“I am absolutely determined that this coalition government will follow in that tradition by legalizing gay marriage in this Parliament,” he said.“The prime minister’s sneering remarks show his own intolerance of religious people who disagree with him on gay marriage,” said Mike Judge of the Christian Institute. “It is incredibly arrogant of him to tell churches what religious beliefs they should and shouldn’t hold. No wonder huge swathes of churchgoers are suspicious of his motives.” Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

General Seminary announces completion of ‘Plan to Choose Life’

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (1) Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Posted Sep 14, 2012 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Events 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Tom Gress says: 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 center_img Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL General Seminary announces completion of ‘Plan to Choose Life’ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA [GTS] The Rev. Lang Lowrey, President of The General Theological Seminary (GTS), announced today, September 13, 2012, that the Seminary has closed on the sale of the “hotel” portion of the Desmond Tutu Center. Opening in 2005, the hotel facility consists of 60 guestrooms at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 20th Street in Chelsea. Only this guestroom section of the Desmond Tutu Center is included in the sale. The Desmond Tutu Conference Center, comprising the seminary’s refectory, or dining hall, two large conference spaces named the Matthews and Rusack Rooms, and the many smaller breakout rooms, are not included in the sale, will continue to be owned by GTS, and will remain an integral part of the Seminary’s complex of historic buildings that stretch along 21st Street from Ninth to Tenth Avenues.In October 2010, Seminary trustees approved the sale of the hotel facility along with several other properties, as part of the Seminary’s Plan to Choose Life, a comprehensive financial initiative designed to eliminate debt for the 194-year-old institution, rebuild its endowment, finalize plans to achieve a balanced budget, and revitalize its mission. Both the conference center and hotel, an adaptive reuse of two historic properties built in the 1890s by Dean Eugene Augustus Hoffman as part of “Dean Hoffman’s Grand Design,” will continue to be used to accommodate the seminary’s conference and hotel needs.Innovative Partnership Will Manage New HotelPartnering as the new owners of the newly named Highline Hotel are The Brodsky Organization and MCR Development, both headquartered in Manhattan. The Brodsky Organization is a family-run real estate development and management firm, now in its third generation of leadership. With Daniel Brodsky serving as Managing Partner, The Brodsky Organization, founded in 1951, is one of New York City’s most respected developers of residential properties. MCR Development is a hotel ownership company with a portfolio of 20 hotels in ten states, all of which it owns and manages. Tyler Morse, the CEO, has been leading MCR Development since its inception. The firm made national news the week of January 22, 2010, for donating 5% of all its room revenues nationwide to the relief and recovery effort in Haiti.Gratitude Expressed to All ConstituenciesIn announcing the sale, President Lowrey praised Seminary trustees, staff, faculty, and students for their support of the Plan. “Many of us have spent long hours weighing a bewildering number of possible financial options and analyzing related legal documents. Others have worked tirelessly to come up with creative solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems that just two years ago brought us to the brink of insolvency,” Lowrey said. “Lastly, those who live and work on our beloved campus have endured months of noise, dust, and construction to make this Plan a reality.”Cause for CelebrationBesides the elimination of an unsustainable level of debt, the proceeds from the successful completion of the Plan to Choose Life have enabled the Seminary to fully renovate four of its aging dormitories, to create brand new administrative offices and classrooms in Seabury Hall, to complete the build-out of the new, state-of-the-art Christoph Keller, Jr. Library, and to eliminate much deferred maintenance. Just as importantly, three new members have been added to the Seminary prestigious faculty, and General’s endowment is now almost twice what it was in 2010. Significant progress has been made in the area of distance learning and three video conferencing sites have been added to the classrooms and library. The Seminary’s garden or Close has been largely renovated with improved sidewalks and other amenities. Currently underway are widespread improvements in security, exterior lighting, and improved access for handicapped persons.Best PracticesAdditionally, in an effort led by the seminary’s new Chief Financial Officer, Sandra Johnson, new policies and procedures have been instituted to safeguard the Seminary’s financial resources. The school has monetized its endowment and reduced its “draw” on these funds to 4%. A multi-year reserve of operational funds has also been set aside for the future. Over the two years of the Plan, a working team of professionals has been established to manage and grow General’s endowment, and new software and financial systems have been initiated in the school’s business office.“I have been privileged to serve in this time of amazing turnaround for General Seminary,” said President Lowrey, who arrived at the Seminary nearly two years ago.  “As I begin this year of transition, when the trustees will select new leadership to assume responsibility for the dynamic new strategic plan they are currently developing, I am so very proud of what we have accomplished together.” Noting that GTS must continue to pursue good financial stewardship, Lowrey added, “We just need to remember that the Seminary is by no means fully self-sufficient financially. We must increase the endowment, and we still have a material way to go to reach a balanced budget.” Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Theological Education Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC September 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm Until the seminary and the faculty start teaching real christianity as handed down over the centuries, it will struggle and probably face its end. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israellast_img read more

What does an inclusive humanity look like?

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC What does an inclusive humanity look like? Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA By Albert OglePosted Nov 29, 2012 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Health & Healthcare, Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL HIV/AIDS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Rev. Albert Ogle and Maxensia.[Episcopal News Service] Maxensia, a Ugandan woman living with HIV, relays the story about how her husband became sick and did not tell her he had HIV. He died of AIDS in 1999 and his family wrongly blamed her for the infection and tried to confiscate her home. She nearly went mad worrying about how she could support her four children, she tells the congregation at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church during a trip to Washington, D.C. last July.A devout Roman Catholic, Maxensia prayed for understanding as to why terrible things were happening to her. Like Job, she found the grace to understand the mysterious ways of divine love. Her adversity opened her heart to compassion and she turned her home in Kampala into a community center for others in the same predicament. She established the Lungunja Health Clinic with volunteer nurses and community workers.Maxensia is now the women’s leader of the Ugandan Democratic Party and is a rising star in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, which sponsored her to attend a yearlong women’s training program in Ghana and Canada. While she studied remotely, her clinic volunteers expanded the network of 3,000 female home healthcare providers into rural areas of Uganda. When she returned to Uganda, the volunteers had already started constructing an extension to the clinic thanks to Rotary International.I met Maxensia at the United Nations’ review of the World AIDS Plan in 2011. She spoke from the floor of the U.N. chamber about the issues faced by millions of women worldwide. She spoke with authority; a voice for the voiceless. We later marched outside the U.N. to demand more funding for millions of people living with HIV. For every person treated with antiretroviral drugs, two more are infected. Supplies of the drugs cannot fill the demand. Sadly, we have not yet found agreement on the best methods of prevention.Maxensia once spoke to a gathering of Ugandan Roman Catholic clergy about the need for married women to practice safe sex with their husbands. (Uganda is a patriarchal society where the parliament has not been able to decide whether rape can happen within marriage.) Condoms are a taboo subject in the Roman Catholic community. Maxensia was dismayed at the silence from the audience when she merely asked, “What can a woman do in situations like mine?” Had her husband used condoms, she would not need to take multiple pills each day in order to live and help others. Her question remains unanswered, but she decided to assist her beloved church with solutions. The Archbishop of Uganda appointed her to a National Evangelism Commission. Maxensia’s voice can now be heard, not only at the U.N., but also in the homes of her clients as she brings medicines and pastoral care.I visited her center last year and watched as women, some victims of domestic violence, transformed strips of paper into necklaces for American supporters who want the women to be able to feed their own children and orphans. The tiny clinic is a sanctuary. There are no paid employees, only volunteers who go into the community encouraging people to get tested and making sure the sick receive care. All the women make beads together as sisters, ignoring any issues that would divide them.Maxensia was one of 26 people sponsored by the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation to attend an International AIDS Conference last July in Washington, D.C. The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, through the offices of the Rev. Carol Flett, helped us raise funds and place people in parishes where they could tell their stories.Eleven religious conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill listened as Macdonald, an Anglican priest with HIV, spoke about rescuing his children when their home was firebombed as a result of his opposition to the criminalization of homosexuality in Malawi, one of the 76 countries where it is illegal to be gay. Macdonald emphasized the need for stigma reduction towards LGBT people and those living with HIV. Today, he is the advisor to President Joyce Banda on non-governmental organizations in Malawi. Many of the churches and parliament still oppose the repeal of anti-gay laws and Macdonald and President Banda are trying to find a way to show them why this major public health issue must be addressed.Maxensia and Macdonald met with executives at the World Bank about how the bank can reach more stigmatized poor people. They also spoke in churches in D.C. Telling their stories to lawmakers and congregants in Washington has resulted in the exploration of new advocacy and public policy work with St. Paul’s Foundation working closely with Lutherans and other faith communities.One of our gay delegates was arrested and tortured after returning to Africa and faced opposition from religious zealots over discussing providing services to gay men and sex workers. The Washington community took him in. An expert in HIV care with experience in reaching vulnerable populations, he continues to work remotely.These three courageous people of faith represent the new faces of AIDS in the 21st century. Faith communities in Africa provide 40 percent of all health services. Maxensia and Macdonald are determined to create welcoming, inclusive communities and are asking for our support because they cannot do it alone. They know the pain and the complexities of life’s journey. We in the global north have much to learn from these great people of faith as we mark another “World AIDS Day.”You can read more about our common work on the St. Paul Foundation’s website and see how you and your congregation can become yet another face of an inclusive humanity.— The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle is president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego. He is co-author of the California War on AIDS 1987-91, the first comprehensive plan for the state. He is the founding executive director of the AIDS Service Center, Pasadena, and worked to establish the Anglican Church of Uganda’s initial AIDS response 1991-1997. He is currently assisting Retired Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo to establish an AIDS program in Kampala targeting at-risk populations. Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more