Month: June 2021

Isa Nacewa to captain Leinster v Treviso

first_imgTAGS: BenettonLeinster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 4: Ed O’Donoghue5: Devin Toner6: Kevin McLaughlin7: Dominic Ryan8: Stephen KeoghREPLACEMENTS:16: Jason Harris-Wright17: Jack McGrath18: Clint Newland19: Rhys Ruddock20: Paul Ryan21: Paul O’Donohoe22: Ian Madigan THE LEINSTER team to face Benetton Treviso in Friday night’s Magners League clash at the RDS (KO: 7.10pm) has been named.Isa Nacewa captains the side for the first time and is included in a backline which welcomes back David Kearney for the visit of the Italian side. In the pack Stan Wright is named in the starting line up for the first time this season after making his comeback as a second half replacement last weekend in Cardiff.Wright comes into the front-row alongside Richardt Strauss and Heinke van der Merwe, with Ireland international Kevin McLaughlin named in the back-row alongside Dominic Ryan and Stephen Keogh.Rhys Ruddock is one of seven replacements who have come through the Leinster Academy in recent years, with a further eight graduates in the starting line-up.Over 14,400 tickets have now been sold for Friday’s game and are on sale now from www.leinsterrugby.ie, Spar (Donnybrook), the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Champion Sports (Grafton Street) as well as all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Tickets will also be on sale at the ground on the night.LEINSTER:15: Isa Nacewa CAPTAIN14: Andrew Conway13: Eoin O’Malley12: Eamonn Sheridan11: David Kearney10: Ian McKinley9: Isaac Boss1: Heinke van der Merwe2: Richardt Strauss3: Stan Wright 23: Niall MorrisREFEREE: Neil Hennessy (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Dave Wilkinson (IRFU), Richard Kerr (IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: Dan Wallace (Leinster Rugby Referees), 5th OFFICIAL: Gordon Murray (Leinster Rugby Referees), TMO: Tony Redmond (IRFU)last_img read more

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Scotland A to face the Saxons

first_imgattends the Heineken Cup Launch at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2011 in London, England. Scotland A will face their English counterparts in the Borders on the eve of next February’s Calcutta Cup clash.It will be the first time Scotland have faced the team, now branded England Saxons, on home soil since a 6-6 draw in Stirling in 2002 and admission to the match will be FREE, as it is with all Scotland age-grade and representative fixtures announced today.After the success of the A internationals against the United States Eagles and the Irish Wolfhounds last season, Scotland A will once again be hosted at Gala’s Netherdale ground. The game will take place on Friday 3 February with a 7.30pm kick-off.Scotland A will have a new coaching team for the fixture. Edinburgh Rugby’s head coach Michael Bradley will take charge succeeding Nick Scrivener who returned to his native Australia at the end of last season. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img New Scotland A coach Michael BradleyBradley will be helped in the role by two assistants, both well known to Borders rugby and Scotland fans. Craig Chalmers is currently head coach at Melrose and is Scotland’s most capped stand-off. He’ll be joined by Stevie Scott, who during his playing days was a favourite at Netherdale and, nearby, at the Greenyards. Scott is a former Scotland hooker and is now forwards coach at Sale Sharks.Director of Performance Rugby Graham Lowe said: “Michael brings a huge amount of experience to the role and in Stevie and Craig we have two up and coming Scottish coaches who are building experience at higher levels with every game. It’s a great mix to have. We feel they can get the best out of those who are on the fringes of the national side. We are striving to drive up performance at all levels of the game and for those selected for the A squad it’s a real chance to shine and make a name for themselves on the international stage.”Craig Chalmers said, “I’m delighted to receive the chance to work with Michael Bradley and Stevie Scott. It is a step up the ladder and a chance for me to show what I can do at this level.”Stevie Scott said, “I hope I can bring some of what I’ve learned at Sale in the English Premiership to the set-up. I don’t often get the chance to get back to Scotland so the fact the game is in the Borders is just an extra incentive to do well.”Head Coach Michael Bradley added, “It’s a one off game so that means there’s some pressure to put together a side that can not only compete but win against England Saxons. There are a lot of guys who will be in contention for the squad and many of those will be pushing for a place in the full international set-up. As a coaching team it’s up to us to get the most out of them.”Meanwhile, there is continuity with the coaching at the Scotland U20 and Scotland U20 A groups. Leading the former will be erstwhile Scotland and British Lions prop Peter Wright, assisted by Simon Cross (Edinburgh Accies) and Bryan Easson (Edinburgh Rugby skills and elite development coach). Phil Smith (Boroughmuir) will again be head coach for the U20 A side, assisted by Iain Monaghan (Glasgow Warriors’ elite development coach) and John Dalziel (Melrose).The Scotland Club International side will again have Ally Donaldson (Currie) as head coach. An assistant is to be appointed.At Scotland U18 level Eddie Pollock is the new head coach, succeeding Grant McKelvey, who has stood down. The assistant coaches are Alex Duncan (Aberdeen Grammar) and Gordon Henderson (Preston Lodge).Scotland U17 will be led by Peter Laverie (Ayr) who will be assisted by Colin Robertson (Strathmore) and, in a developmental role, Dave Butcher, the Scottish Exiles’ Performance Development coach.Scotland U16, a new age-group this year, competing at the Wellington Festival in England, will have Davie Wilson (Kelvinside Academy and Dalziel RFC) as head coach with Ben Fisher (Edinburgh and Midlothian Regional Academy Coach) and Jamie Dempsey (Glasgow Hawks) as assistant coaches with Borders and East Lothian Regional Academy Coach Chris Dewsnap attached to the management as part of his development.The full list of home fixtures for Scotland representative and age-grade teams (admission FREE to all) is as follows:Scotland A v England Saxons, Friday 3 February, Netherdale, Galashiels, kick-off 7.30pmScotland U20 v England U20, Friday 3 February, Firhill, Glasgow, kick-off 7.30pmScotland Club International v France, Friday 24 February, Millbrae, Ayr, kick-off 7.30pmScotland U20 v France U20, Friday 24 February, Netherdale, kick-off 7.30pmScotland U18 v Wales U18, Sunday 11 March, Braidholm, Glasgow, kick-off 2pmScotland U18 v England U18, Sunday 18 March, Mansfield Park, Hawick, kick-off 2pmScotland U17 v England U17, Sunday 25 March, Greenyards, Melrose, kick-off 2pmLowe added: “We had intended to maintain the link between the Scotland U20 team and Inverness, given the tremendous support we have enjoyed there during the past two seasons.“Unfortunately, however, there could be clashes with Scottish Cup ties for Inverness Caledonian Thistle and regrettably we are unable to take a match to Inverness this season. We are unable to site a Scotland match in the north this season. We will be working to find a solution to this in time for season 2012-2013.”last_img read more

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Reality check for Lancaster’s England

first_imgIt was only when Lancaster sent on Tom Wood, Joe Launchbury and Mako Vunipola for the final quarter that England played with any vibrancy but they lacked the control and execution to make it count.Jump start: Joe LaunchburyLancaster said he backed Chris Robshaw’s decision not to go for the posts with four second-half penalties but it was plainly the wrong decision. Australia kicked their goals and won the game.With 22 minutes remaining, in such a tight game, England had to take the points. They didn’t, in the belief they had Australia on toast in the driving lineout but Thomas Waldrom dropped the ball over the line.With that duffed chance went the game and a wasted opportunity to claim a rare southern hemisphere scalp. This was the biggest setback of Lancaster’s regime because it was a game England could and should have won. Next up is the no small task of South Africa and then New Zealand, the two leading sides in world rugby and changes are a must. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England need men for the big stage. Alex Corbisiero has to start for Joe Marler, who struggled against Ben Alexander, and England need Tom Wood back on the blindside. Launchbury would offer a more dynamic second-row threat than Tom Palmer and Jonathan Joseph should come back into the midfield, with Tuilagi shifted either back to inside-centre or onto the wing.Follow Alex Lowe on Twitter @AlexMLowe NOT FOR FEATURED A try or not a try? Manu Tuilagi stretches for the line and was awarded a try – but did the ball hit the whitewash?By Alex LoweSTUART LANCASTER had described this autumn as “production time” for England. The Fiji Test was a nice dress rehearsal but Australia was the big opening night. And England fluffed their lines badly.The desperate pre-match ‘entertainment’ killed off any atmosphere or sense of anticipation inside Twickenham and the Wallabies then left England feeling similarly flat. Australia had too many ideas in attack and too much nous in defence for England’s greenhorn side, who were on the receiving end of an 80-minute reality check.Furrowed brow: a frustrated Stuart LancasterThe post-match talk of learning and development sounded particularly hollow given it was England themselves who said now was time to deliver. But they were taught key lessons in how to be streetwise and savvy with and without the ball. The creative variety offered by Kurtley Beale and Berrick Barnes was a lesson to England about how to use twin playmakers at fly-half and full-back.In contrast, England were stilted in attack, made uncharacteristic defensive mistakes, lost the breakdown battle and toiled in the scrum. Warren Gatland was at the game. It is perfectly feasible the only entries he made to his Lions selection notebook were lines through the name of England players.Somehow they remained in the game, thanks largely to Manu Tuilagi’s controversial try, awarded despite the television match official having no conclusive proof the ball had been placed on the whitewash.While we are on the subject of Tuilagi, he is fast becoming more of a problem for England than a solution. Yes, he runs powerfully, busts the gain-line and draws defenders, but he has no vision, no distribution and no kicking game. Tuilagi got away with not passing when he scored the try but Chris Ashton was left furious just before the hour mark when he was left in space as the Leicester juggernaut ploughed into contact.last_img read more

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Match verdict: Ireland 22-24 New Zealand

first_imgLate show: Ryan Crotty goes over for the last-minute try that condemned Ireland to defeatBy Sarah Mockford at Aviva StadiumIn a nutshellWhat a difference a week makes. Last Saturday Ireland were lambasted for their dire showing against Australia. Today they came within 30 seconds of their first-ever win over the All Blacks.It was clear from the anthems that Ireland were fired up for this match. Peter O’Mahony, for one, looked to be holding back the tears. Perhaps the previous week’s display had been a ploy to lull New Zealand into a feeling of complacency. It certainly worked. Ireland had scored three tries – through Conor Murray, Rory Best and Rob Kearney – and were 19-0 up after just 20 minutes.Rapid Rob: Kearney scores Ireland’s third tryThey played at such pace with and without the ball that they caught New Zealand on the back foot when in attack and didn’t allow the visitors to get any rhythm to their game when they were in possession.Julian Savea pulled a try back for New Zealand, collecting an Aaron Cruden grubber and picking a great line to score, and Ben Franks barrelled over with 15 minutes to go. Ireland then seemed to regather control and looked set for a historic win. However, Johnny Sexton missed with a penalty that would have meant New Zealand needed to score more than a converted try. Then came the sucker punch: a Ryan Crotty try brought the scores level and Cruden converted at the second attempt to ensure it was the All Blacks, not Ireland, who entered the record books as the first team in the pro ere to win all of their Tests in a calendar year.Much will be made of Ireland’s heroic performance, the passion and commitment they brought to the game, but it also must be said that having built such a lead they should have closed out the win. Whether that is a question of tactics or mentality is something Joe Schmidt will have to answer before the Six Nations.Key momentThe penalty awarded to New Zealand in the final minute. There were less than 30 seconds left on the clock so they had to take a quick tap but showed great patience to take play from their own half to Ireland’s 22. From there they stretched Ireland left and right before Aaron Cruden passed wide to Dane Coles, who in turn fed Ryan Crotty and the replacement went over. The TMO ruled that the try was good and the scores were level. Up stepped Cruden to take the conversion from out wide. He missed but was allowed to retake it as Ireland’s defenders had charged up too quickly. There was no mistake the second time and it was New Zealand who were celebrating victory. On the ball: Paul O’Connell is wrapped up by NZStar man – Paul O’ConnellIt’s hard to pick one standout performer but the Ireland captain was at his warrior-like best in Dublin. He led the forward effort with aplomb, powering into defenders whenever called upon to carry, tackling hard in a ferocious defensive performance, making his considerable presence felt at the breakdown and calling many a lineout to himself as Ireland got their mauling game going. In one word: immense.StatsNew Zealand made 554 metres with the ball compared to Ireland’s 261 and beat 19 defenders to the hosts’ 12.Ireland made 183 tackles to New Zealand’s 138, with Jamie Heaslip (25) and Sean O’Brien (19) top of the charts.Ben Smith was New Zealand’s top metre maker with 108.Scorers LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Ireland – Tries: Murray, Best, R Kearney Cons: Sexton 2 Pen: SextonNew Zealand – Tries: Savea, B Franks, Crotty Cons: Cruden 3 Pen: Crudenlast_img read more

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Simon Shaw on Wasps’ move to the Ricoh Arena

first_imgClick here for YOUR views on  Wasps’ move to Coventry. “It will be a tough proposition to attract new supporters, too. Adams Park is often half empty, so what’s the big plan to fill a 30,000-seater stadium? The last thing you want is to play in front of a crowd of 5,000 in a ground that size.New school: James Haskell & Andy Goode at the Ricoh Arena“Saracens have moved around a fair bit, but their marketing team work incredibly hard to get those numbers. We used to chat on the back of the bus on the way to finals; we couldn’t get to grips with why 50,000 Wasps fans would turn up at Twickenham all of a sudden. Even if the move weighs up in the business sense, it won’t be a success unless they fill the stadium.”Players “There’s a sense of relief for the players. They all have mortgages and problems like any other man, and knowing they’re going to get their wage paid every month is a relief.“I’m not sure if my view is considered to be finished now, but my priority when deciding where to play was to be at a club that would help me to achieve my goals of winning England caps and trophies. The second thing I’d look at is the lifestyle, and whether I’d enjoy living there.Old guard: Shaw was part of England’s 2003 RWC-winning squad“Living in Coventry wouldn’t be my preference, but if guys are money driven the pound will go further there. They may want to go and watch west end shows instead!“But as an ex-player, I don’t like to think of Wasps as a midlands club. There will be no more London derbies against Quins and Saracens, you’ll get midlands derbies against Northampton and Leicester instead. Though we’ve been led to believe it was the club’s only choice, as a guy who played there for 14 years it doesn’t please me. It’s no longer the Wasps I used to know.” TAGS: Wasps Not Shaw: Wasps’ move to Coventry has saddened the former lock Wasps have announced a move to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. We asked ex-Wasps and England lock Simon Shaw for his thoughts on the decision… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All change “When I came back to Wasps from the World Cup (in 2011), I felt like I wasn’t at home any more. The entire coaching and playing staff had changed, but I felt like the new boy. That’s strange for a player who’s been there for 14 years, but the club had already changed. I thought, if I was going to be the new boy, I may as well do it somewhere else and have a new experience, so I left.“I’ve only been back to Adams Park a few times since, and the soul has been lost. The boxes were half empty, and the crowd was the worst I’d seen it. That could be because the club’s been in limbo for a few years. There’s been so much uncertainty, it’s been difficult for people to be cheery.”Wade runner: Wade was one of the only players Shaw knew post-RWC 2011Fans “I’m not saying the move to the Ricoh Arena shouldn’t happen, and I’m sure the decision was thought about long and hard, but my thoughts are with the fans completely. It’s the hard core supporters I feel most sorry for, the ones who have kept turning up whatever’s been happening behind the scenes. Whether it’s a 30-minute journey or an hour, the fact is the club has moved further away. It’s sentimental, but I can’t help feeling sad, and there are fans who have supported the club for longer than I played there who will feel the same.Disappointment: Wasps fans will have a longer journey see their heroes“People say Manchester United supporters travel for miles to watch them play, but the fact is the team is still in Manchester. If you live in Holland and you support a team in Manchester, that’s your choice.”Business “We used to sit around for hours as players and ask: ‘Why is it so difficult to find a new stadium?’ But I was just a naïve player, and we were never given the task of finding a new place. We relied on the people at the top. It’s frustrated me that some of the press have said this has been a two-year search. It hasn’t, it’s been going on forever and a day, ever since they sold our original ground, Sudbury.Old school: a Wasps v Quins derby at Sudbury. Pic: Offside“Only time will tell if the business will become a success, and if the Wasps brand lasts forever then who am I to say this is a bad move? But it changes the sport and the way clubs are perceived. It’s like the American model of franchising clubs and moving them to wherever you want.last_img read more

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Saracens’ unblemished start gives England pause for thought

first_imgThe Champions may not be the aesthetes choice but they do the business and Eddie Jones will surely be inking in several Sarries names to his first England squad TAGS: Saracens By Adam HathawayWhen Richard Cockerill walked into the press room at Allianz Park on Saturday he jokingly asked the reporters if he could do his press duties standing up because he had just had his backside smacked by Saracens.The Leicester director of rugby is not the only one who has been on the wrong end of a hiding from Sarries this year – the 26-6 defeat of the Tigers was a 12th win on the spin for Mark McCall’s men.They are the first Premiership side to be unbeaten domestically and in Europe going into January – that stat is skewed a bit by the late start to the season but we will draw a veil over that bit. It is still a decent old run of victories.Conductor-in-chief: Owen Farrell racked up 21-points against WaspsAnd they are copping flak left, right and centre. Dai Young accused them of being boring after he had seen his Wasps side beaten 26-16 in Coventry, just after Christmas, and Cockerill himself said there was a lot to like about Saracens even if you didn’t like them.And their display against Leicester at the weekend, when they scored three penalty tries and another one from a driving maul, did not exactly endear them anyone not wearing a black and red scarf.Even Alex Sanderson, the Sarries’ forwards’ coach, said it was ‘not pretty but it was pretty effective’ in the aftermath of their win.But they have scored 24 tries in eight Premiership games, which have not all been of the kick and clap variety, and Alex Goode tried to play a bit of rugby in desperate conditions against the Tigers.Spark: Alex Goode provides a creative outlet at SarriesWhat did people expect them to do in driving rain? Chuck it about like a Fijian team in the Hong Kong Sevens or stick it up their jumpers get the bonus point and get the hell out of there?Boring Sarries? I wonder if Stuart Lancaster would like to coach an England team as boring as that and I wonder if his successor would. Eddie Jones is set to name his first squad ahead of the Six Nations on 13 January and it will be chock full of players from his old club. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS They have been to Ulster and won twice – Ravenhill was a bear pit that night in 2014 – they beat Racing Metro away a year later and this year they’ve won at Kingsholm, Franklin’s Gardens and the Ricoh Arena. Along the way they have attracted derision from opposing fans and opposing coaching staff but they remain unperturbed. They simply get the job done.Boring winners? If Jones can pull off that trick with the national side it will do for this Englishman. Top of the tree: George Kruis takes clean ball against Leicester Goode, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Will Fraser, the Vunipola brothers, George Kruis, Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth, Brad Barritt and England’s forgotten wing, Chris Ashton will all have a right to be disappointed if they are not in the mix.Big splash: Chris Ashton’s form has led to calls for an England recallThere is a Saracens flavour to the coaching team as well with Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard already on board and Jones having spent time there when they were at the dilapidated Vicarage Road.If England play the Saracens way would the fans who travel to Murrayfield next month for the Six Nations opener against Scotland be happy?Powerful scrum, smooth line-out and a hugely efficient kick-chase game with the ability to spread it about if the conditions allow, what’s not to like?Jones has consistently said he is only worried about getting the win north of Hadrian’s Wall before disappearing to Edinburgh airport with two points wrapped.Any Englishman who has been to Murrayfield before will know that the land of Braveheart is no place for faint hearts and I reckon most Red Rose fans would be happy for a sharp exit after a 12-6 heist in the rain, ready to prepare for the game against Italy.Sarries connection: Eddie Jones may lean on his relationship with Saracens when picking his England squadAnd if Jones wants a squad who will deliver the goods in a hostile environment he should look no further than the blokes from Barnet Copthall for the guts of his squad.last_img read more

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Sky’s the limit: Behind the scenes with Sky Sports on an England Rugby match day

first_imgAs England conclude their autumn series against Australia this weekend, Rugby World gives an insight into the broadcaster’s ever-evolving TV coverage LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: FijiHighlight Eyes down: Stuart Barnes and Miles Harrison bring the images to life in their own inimitable styleMatch commentators look at the screen, not the live match, partly because of the time lag and partly because that is what the TV viewer sees. Barnes can access a camera angle from one end of pitch to study alignment and also the Opta match stats (dubbed the fruit machine), which update every minute. Does he use these stats to help decide Man of the Match? “I might if I’m undecided between two or more players,” he says.You suspect he didn’t need to check them today when giving the gong to Semesa Rokodugini, but the Bath man’s stats were impressive nonetheless: 11 carries, 163 metres, six defenders and two tries.Live with Sir Clive: The ex-England coach preps backstage – that red glow is coming from a heater!Match over, Barnes turns his attention to writing two pieces for The Sunday Times, and it’s back to the guys in the studio.This year the broadcaster has ditched the customary sitting-behind-glass format for a more casual standing-on-the-balcony approach, which puts extra onus on security to stop the buffoons who like to pull faces behind the pundits.Olympic champion Ben Ryan joins anchor Alex Payne and regular guest Sir Clive Woodward and is, as predicted, a total success, with his insights into Fiji players (he tips Leone Nakarawa, the ‘Human Lamppost’, to win 100 caps and be Fiji’s greatest 15s player ever) and forthright messages to World Rugby keeping the audience rapt.Jonny Wilkinson, a guest for the South Africa game at the start of the Old Mutual Wealth series, is back on duty this weekend.Three wise men: Clive Woodward, Ben Ryan and presenter Alex Payne await their cue in the studioJames Haskell has been on ‘The Gain-line’ today for the first time, having shadowed Will Greenwood the previous week, and the injured England flanker makes a fine fist of it. Beside him a colleague operates the EVS, a hard-drive recording system that is primarily a tool for replays.Haskell’s pre-match observation about Nemani Nadolo’s use of his inside arm to thwart tacklers has already been borne out by his try, and during the game he makes a good tactical point about Eddie Jones wanting forwards working in pairs off the No 9.In truth, he looks a natural and at full-time he hotfoots from the truck to join Greenwood by the Sky Cart, which is a super-cool mobile analysis tool fed with live statistical data. As it¹s a touch screen, you can annotate with arrows, circles and squiggles and it allows Sky to interview players pitch-side with all the relevant data at their fingertips. There is a touch of the Tardis about the new Sky Sports truck that sits inconspicuously in the outside broadcast compound at Twickenham on England match days. Inside is a forest of TV screens relaying images from in and around the stadium, and a horde of clever people bustling away several hours before kick-off.Gus Williamson, the head of rugby and the producer steering the ship, is glancing through the running order ­ – a kind of script detailing what will, in theory, unfold in the 150 minutes of transmission. “It’s a movable feast,” he says. “It’s a framework to guide you but the best shows happen when you react as you go along.”This is a UHD (Ultra High Definition)-capable truck, which means it’s four times the resolution of HD. Today’s game, England v Fiji, is not being shown in UHD because there¹s not enough bandwidth to cover more than one game in UHD on a given day and Man Utd v Arsenal is taking precedence.No one is quibbling. Premier League football is the main driver of Sky subscriptions but rugby is no poor relation, as the camera plan for this match illustrates. There are 28 cameras in use today and they include an ultra high-motion camera that films at 400 frames a second (a normal figure is 25), producing those marvellous slow-motion action shots in a perfect smooth manner.Vehicle for change: You wouldn’t believe just how much goes on inside this Sky Sports truck!On one touchline is a handheld Steadicam, which shoots steady video on the move and which first attracted notice in films such as Rocky and The Shining.Bi-motion cameras (50 frames a second), gantry cameras, coach cams, radio cams and a ref cam (a Sky innovation from 2012) all feature, although not today a spider cam, the one that hangs over the pitch for aerial views and which caused a chuckle in the summer when an Owen Farrell up and under struck the wires and deflected to Ben Youngs in the build-up to an England try.Making do without the spider cam will trim a £30,000 hire charge off the bill from their facilities partner, which gives you an idea of the cost of a live sport broadcast.From sound engineers to security guards, riggers to risk assessors, there are hundreds of people involved in delivering match coverage and to them we should be grateful, because sports fans have never had it so good.Dark room: Some of the screens in the truck. The Gain-line machine is visible front left of the pictureBoth Sky Sports and BT Sport have driven standards to new heights and two of the very best practitioners are to be found up in the TV gantry. Stuart Barnes was leading Bath to a scrappy win over Gloucester on the day Sky Sports came into being 25 years ago, but now the former building society manager is part of one of sport’s best commentary double acts.Miles Harrison guides and glides us through the match, Barnes provides the no-nonsense expert analysis. Gentle teasing is never far away and when Barnes, watching a replay of Elliot Daly being knocked into touch near the corner, says “Ooh, it’s close”, Harrison is quick to point out that the England wing put his foot in touch four times! Full house: England and Fiji battle it out as one of Sky’s battery of cameras captures the action Debrief: Jonathan Joseph takes the microphone by the Sky Cart, a mobile hi-tech analysis toolSky has the rights to England’s non-Six Nations home matches until 2020. They are not alone in challenging convention and pushing the technological boundaries. Healthy competition is bringing out the best in everyone – and TV viewers are the biggest winners.Sky Sports will show England v Australia on Saturday 3 December (from 1.30pm) and next year’s Lions tour of New Zealand, exclusively live.last_img read more

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2019 Rugby World Cup: Fiji 27-30 Uruguay

first_imgIn the first half it was Uruguay who showed the razzle-dazzle the islanders are more known for while Fiji’s two tries came from their forwards.First, Fiji used a set play from a five-metre lineout: they shaped to set a maul but Leone Nakarawa then fed Mesulame Dolokoto in the blindside channel and the hooker touched down in the corner. TAGS: FijiUruguay Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. An emotional win for Uruguay at an emotional venue in Kamaishi LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fitting setting: A general view of the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium (Getty Images) A World Cup debut try for Mesulame Dolokoto Neat work from the line out sees Fiji claim their first against Uruguay#RWC2019 #FIJvURU #ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/V0S4C4mZ9i— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) September 25, 2019Later Eroni Mawi dived over from a ruck – taking a couple of attempts to clear the bodies and find a patch of grass to ground the ball.Uruguay, in contrast, scored a couple of tries through slick hands and decent running lines.Santiago Arata got the first after his team had pounced on a loose ball; he darted in and out of Fiji defenders before crossing under the posts.Then Manuel Diana used the power game Uruguay are more traditionally known for to drive over low from close range after good build-up work from the pack following a five-metre lineout. Fine finish: Juan Manuel Cat scores Uruguay’s third try (Getty Images)The highlight of the opening 40 was Juan Manuel Cat’s try, though. It began with a poor pass but the backs interlinked well down the far side for Cat to cross and with Felipe Berchesi in fine form from the tee, Uruguay led 24-12 at the break.Fiji got another try soon after the break, Api Ratuniyarawa spinning out of contact close to the line to score, but their own errors hampered their ability to build attacks. Moves would break down with dropped passes or unnecessary offloads and Uruguay were quick to counter. They made more than three times as many offloads as Uruguay – 23 to seven – but many didn’t go to hand and they would have been better keeping hold of the ball at times.With the amount of possession they had, Fiji should have delivered a lot more; they were sloppy to be frank, even accounting for a short turnaround from the Australia game. And their lack of a quality goalkicker – both Josh Matavesi and Ben Volavola missed shots at goal that would have amounted to 11 points – only added to their woes.Uruguay’s defence deserves credit, particularly in the wide channels where they kept Fiji’s runners in check for the most part with their scramble, even if they still missed 48 tackles and need to work on guarding rucks.Mawi got over in the first half and Nikola Matawalu found space at the edge of a ruck in the second to notch Fiji’s bonus-point try. Matawalu sniped over again from a five-metre scrum in the last minute, but it was too little too late.Uruguay held on for a famous victory and Fiji’s hopes of making the last eight look over. Emotional scenes at an emotional venue.On target: Felipe Berchesi kicked 15 points (Getty Images)Related: Rugby World Cup TV CoverageStar manFelipe Berchesi’s nerveless display from the tee helped Uruguay build a lead and maintain a lead as he kicked 15 points and his country secured their first-ever win over Fiji. He guided his back-line well in attack and defence as they thwarted the Fiji danger men and scored some impressive tries themselves.Memorable moment: Uruguay players celebrate a famous win (Getty Images)The ReactionUruguay fly-half Felipe Berchesi: “It’s unreal. We lost 60 points against them in November. They made several changes against us today. It’s outstanding. It’s a really good day for Uruguayan rugby today.“I hope everybody could see that, and everybody joins to play rugby in Uruguay. We need more players. We’re a really small union but we keep showing the world that we’re in a good place and they have to support us because we’ve proved ourselves strong today.”Fiji coach John McKee: “Credit to Uruguay, the way they played and the attitude that they brought to the game – they got a great result today. For us, we were off the pace and critical errors gifted them tries. We just didn’t have the mental toughness to get back into the game.”The TeamsFiji: Alivereti Veitokani (Ben Volavola 52); Filipo Nakosi (Levani Botia 61), Semi Radradra, Jale Vatubua, Vereniki Goneva; Josh Matavesi, Henry Seniloli (Nikola Matawalu 57); Eroni Mawi (Campese Ma’afu 61), Mesulame Dolokoto (Tuvere Vugakoto 69), Manasa Saulo (Lee-Roy Atalifo 69), Tevita Ratuva (Tevita Cavubati 69), Api Ratuniyarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (captain), Mosese Voka (Samuel Matavesi 69), Leone Nakarawa.Tries: Dolokoto 8, Mawi 19, Ratuniyarawa 48, Matawalu 67, 80. Con: J Matavesi.Uruguay: Gaston Mieres (Felipe Etcheverry 61); Nicolas Freitas, Juan Manuel Cat (Tomas Inciarte 38-41, 69), Andres Vilaseca, Rodrigo Silva; Felipe Berchesi, Santiago Arata (Agustin Ormaechea 57); Mateo Sanguinetti (Facundo Gattas 57), German Kessler (Guillermo Pujadas 78), Diego Arbelo (Juan Pedro Rombys 50), Ignacio Dotti (Franco Lamanna 69-77), Manuel Leindekar, Juan Manuel Gaminara (captain), Santiago Civetta, Manuel Diana (Juan Diego Ormaechea 57).Tries: Arata 14, Diana 22, Cat 26. Cons: Berchesi 3. Pens: Berchesi 3.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. 2019 Rugby World Cup: Fiji 27-30 UruguayHead-to-headPlayed – 4Fiji wins – 3Uruguay wins – 1Did You Know?This match was the first of two Rugby World Cup fixtures being played at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium and there was a minute’s silence before kick-off to remember those who lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.This is only Uruguay’s third World Cup win in history and their first since 2003 (they didn’t played at RWC 2007 and 2011 and lost all of their games in 2015).Related: Rugby World Cup FixturesIn a nutshellFiji are used to being the team that inflicts upsets at Rugby World Cups, but in Kamaishi they were the victims of a shock defeat. Uruguay – ranked nine places below them at 19th – were the team that showed more creativity and accuracy, and they held out for a deserved win.last_img read more

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Jacob W. Owensby ordained as bishop of Western Louisiana

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Brad Ems says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Jacob W. Owensby. Photo/Richard Schori[Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Jacob W. Owensby was ordained and consecrated on July 21 as the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana during a service at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport.Owensby, 54, succeeds the Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, who is retiring after leading the diocese as its bishop for the last 10 years.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori served as chief consecrator during the service. Co-consecrators were MacPherson and Bishop George Wayne Smith of Missouri. Nine other Episcopal bishops and one Lutheran bishop also participated in the service. The preacher was the Very Rev. Brian Grantz, dean of St. James Cathedral in South Bend, Indiana.Owensby served as dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Western Louisiana diocese, since January 2009. He previously served as rector of Emmanuel Church, Webster Groves, Missouri; as rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Huntsville, Alabama; and as assistant rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Jacksonville, Florida. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Emory University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori with Western Louisiana Bishop Jacob Owensby. Photo/Richard SchoriShortly after his election on April 21, Owensby said: “I am humbled to be called to be the fourth bishop of Western Louisiana and filled with affection for the good people who make this part of our state their geographical and spiritual home … My first and most important job is to love the people of this diocese and to help them grow in their witness to the extravagant love of God in Jesus Christ. I am especially looking forward to building deep relationships with my fellow clergy, visiting with our congregations and helping them to grow in vitality, and serving our Lord together with these wonderful people.”Owensby is married to Joy, and they have three children; Andrew (23), Meredith (19) and Patrick (15).The Western Louisiana diocese extends from the Arkansas border to the Gulf of Mexico and includes 52 congregations. July 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm I’m a little shocked by this reaction. Do Episcopalians not value diversity in their church? Comments (7) Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Fr John Crean says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bruce Gardner says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments are closed. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Jacob W. Owensby ordained as bishop of Western Louisiana ginger paul says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest By ENS staffPosted Jul 23, 2012 Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 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 Lou Taylor says: 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 center_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm The episcopal honeymoon seems remarkably short. The new bishop posted this the first day on the job:“Finally, General Convention approved provisional rites for the blessing of same-sex unions with the permission of the diocesan bishop. As your bishop I do not authorize use of these rites in this diocese.” Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Bishop Consecrations, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY People AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI August 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm Don’t forget the General Convention resolution allows Us in the Church whose conscience and faith won’t allow us to do same gender blessings to refuse them. The Bishop of Western La. is just making such a stand. We make the same stand in Albany. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 August 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm Yes, we do… ALL sinners are welcome!Just because we love the sinner does not mean we must endorse or condone the sin. Father Mike Waverly-Shank says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN House of Bishops, Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm I am so sad. The great celebration really led backward. I can’t tell you how much I am thankful for the majority of our great church. Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ July 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm Two questions . . . Where is this diocese located again? (Answer: Louisiana). And secondly, did not the search committee scope out the candidate’s philosophy and theology??? (Answer: If they didn’t do their homework, well . . .) Clark Myers says: Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm The committee did its job very well and we are well pleased with our new Bishop. Diversity and love will help us all find the way. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME last_img read more

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CANADA: Saskatchewan diocese elects first indigenous bishop

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Anglican Journal] The Ven. Adam Halkett, archdeacon of Saskatchewan and priest-in-charge at St. Joseph’s, Montreal Lake First Nations, has been elected the first diocesan indigenous bishop of Saskatchewan. He was chosen July 28 by the diocese’s general assembly in Prince Albert.The election and consecration of a diocesan indigenous bishop is part of Mamuwe Isi Mywachimowin (“Together in the Gospel”), a proposal adopted by the indigenous council and executive committee of Saskatchewan and approved by the metropolitan and executive committee of the province of Rupert’s Land in 2011.“It’s wonderful to see the vision of the elders fulfilled,” said Bishop-elect Halkett. “The healing journey with the elders, the youth and the whole church continues mamuwe.”The council of elders nominated Archdeacon Halkett along with two other candidates: Canon Park Buck and the Rev. Beryl Whitecap, who withdrew her name before the assembly met. The election was held in a traditional manner with delegates lining up behind their preferred nominees.As a sign of the new healing and new beginnings undertaken by the diocese,the assembly took place at the Senator Allen Bird Memorial Gym—on the very site of the former Prince Albert-All Saints Indian Residential School.“This is another example of the new and creative ways that the Spirit is leading us on our journey of healing and reconciliation in the Council of the North,” said Archbishop David Ashdown, metropolitan of the province of Rupert’s Land.Added Bishop Michael Hawkins of the diocese of Saskatchewan: “This general assembly was a profound experience of gospel healing and unity. I look forward to working and walking alongside Adam, together in the gospel.” Hawkins also acknowledged the elders who made the nominations: “The council has been a tremendous source of wisdom and encouragement to me and the diocese.”He noted that the assembly also elected a new indigenous council. “With a new bishop, council of elders and indigenous council, we are well-equipped to renew the church for gospel ministry and mission in northern Saskatchewan. We are walking the dream!”Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, bishop of the northern Ontario region of the diocese of Keewatin, was also gratified with the outcome. “I’m so happy for Saskatchewan,” she said.” It’s been a long journey and a lot of work. We give thanks to our creator for taking them this far in their journey.” Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Elections, 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Rector Bath, NC 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 Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 CANADA: Saskatchewan diocese elects first indigenous bishop By Anglican Journal staffPosted Jul 30, 2012 Indigenous Ministries, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release People Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Music Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israellast_img read more

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