Magners LeagueThere were pre-Play-Off boosts for all four Magners League semi-final teams as they picked up trophies at the annual Magners League Awards dinner in Dublin.Table-topping Munster led the way as they picked up three major awards on the night with head coach Tony McGahan picking up the Coach of the Season title from one of his predecessors, Irish coach Declan Kidney.Ronan O’Gara won the ‘Gilbert Golden Boot’ after emerging as the league’s most consistent marksman during the regular season, while Munster stalwart Alan Quinlan was named as the recipient of Andy Irvine’s ‘Chairman’s Award’ following his remarkable 15 year career.Munster host reigning champions the Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday, 14 May in the second Play-Off semi-final and the Welsh region also left Dublin with a trophy after centre Ashley Beck was voted as the winner of the ‘Try of the Season’ for his effort against Glasgow Warriors at the Liberty Stadium.Leinster, who welcome Ulster to the RDS on Friday, 13 May for the first semi-final, left the Awards ceremony at the Carton House Hotel with the ‘Specsavers Fairplay Award’. That title, which comes with a £10,000 prize to put towards youth development, is given to the team that gathers the fewest yellow and red cards over the 22 rounds of the regular season. The final award went to the rising forward star of Welsh rugby, Toby Faletau. The Newport Gwent Dragons back row man was voted as the ‘Young Player of the Season’ by a panel of 19 journalists from around the four nations involved in the Magners League.PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE SEASON – Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)COACH OF THE SEASON – Tony McGahan (Munster)YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON – Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons)CHAIRMAN’S AWARD – Alan Quinlan (Munster)TRY OF THE SEASON – Ashley Beck (Ospreys)GILBERT GOLDEN BOOT – Ronan O’Gara (Munster)SPECSAVERS FAIRPLAY AWARD – Leinster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS But there was also a major fillip for Ulster ahead of one of their biggest assignments of the season as South African recruit Ruan Pienaar was handed the top prize on the night after being voted ‘Players’ Player of the Season’.“It has been an unbelievable first season for me at Ulster. I came to a place that I didn’t know but, thanks to the team, I settled in very quickly and enjoyed myself,” said Pienaar.“It is going to be a massive challenge for everyone this weekend, but we will go to Dublin and enjoy the whole experience.”
In quotesWales coach Warren Gatland: “We’ve been a bit unlucky in the past, losing games in the last few minutes. Here we were reasonably lucky. We didn’t play as well as we can; I think we only showed 70% of what we’re capable of doing – when we get it right…”Ireland coach Declan Kidney: “It is extremely disappointing. We had a lead early in the second half but we did not build on it. When we do press ahead we have to go for the jugular. We are going to have to look at being more ruthless.” NOT FOR FEATURED North star: George celebratesStar man – George NorthWales’ young wing yet again proved what a talent he is. He may still be a teenager but his 6ft-plus physique makes him difficult to stop, as he demonstrated when scoring Wales’ third try by driving through two defenders. He also showed great skills with his feet and hands – a one-handed, back-handed offload setting up Jonathan Davies for his second try. Looking forward to seeing more of North for years to come – I could watch this guy all day.Room for improvementWales must look at their lineout – Ireland were able to steal four throws – and they might want to look at Leigh Halfpenny kicking for goal from the off after Rhys Priestland’s misses cost them seven points. Leave Priestland to concentrate on running the attack.Ireland desperately missed Brian O’Driscoll with Gordon D’Arcy and Fergus McFadden failing to make much impact in attack. This, in turn, meant Ireland’s back three didn’t get much quality ball. They must find a Plan B, too, for when their back row isn’t able to make its usual inroads.Both sides need to look at their discipline – giving away needless penalties as well as yellow cards – and must be more purposeful with their kicking game. A few kicks here were too easy for the opposition to deal with and the chases wasn’t up to scratch either. Tommy boy: Bowe scores in the cornerTop statsWales completed 201 passes compared to Ireland’s 153 and passed from rucks 90 times (Ireland did that 58 times) – showing their keenness to keep the ball in hand and build phases.Ireland made twice as many offloads out of the tackle as Wales – six to three – and made 127 tackles compared to Wales’ 94.Watch match highlightsIRELAND: Rob Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Fergus McFadden, Gordon D’Arcy, Andrew Trimble; Jonathan Sexton (Ronan O’Gara 77), Conor Murray (Eoin Reddan 77); Cian Healy (Tom Court 74), Rory Best, Mike Ross, Donncha O’Callaghan (Donnacha Ryan 63), Paul O’Connell (captain), Stephen Ferris, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip. Try: Best, Bowe. Con: Sexton. Pen: Sexton 3. WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert (James Hook h-t), Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Rhys Gill, Huw Bennett, Adam Jones (Paul James 70), Bradley Davies, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones, Sam Warburton (captain, Justin Tipuric h-t), Toby Faletau. Try: J Davies 2, North. Con: Halfpenny. Pen: Halfpenny 2.Referee: Wayne Barnes (England) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Second’s up: Jonathan Davies crosses for his second try in Wales’ win over Ireland in DublinBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorIn a nutshellUndoubtedly the game of the Six Nations to date – though that doesn’t do this match justice after what Scotland and England offered up yesterday! A fiercely contested game with both Ireland and Wales showing huge intent to play rugby, keeping ball in hand and working the phases. The lead changed hands six times but it was Wales who demonstrated the classier attacking moves, Rhys Priestland bringing his back-line onto the ball at pace and mixing up the point of attack as his team ran in three tries. The two Irish tries came from patient phase play that stretched the Welsh defence and allowed Ireland to find space out wide. Bradley Davies was sin-binned for a dangerous tip tackle on Donnacha Ryan and is likely to be cited, but it was a similar offence by Stephen Ferris that gave Leigh Halfpenny the chance to kick the winning three points, which he duly did.Key momentIn the 80th minute, after both sides had scored tries with Bradley Davies in the sin-bin, Wales demonstrated patience as they worked the ball from their own 22 into Ireland’s half and referee Wayne Barnes awarded a hugely significant penalty as Stephen Ferris upended Ian Evans and was yellow-carded. Leigh Halfpenny, cool as the proverbial cucumber, stepped up to nail the kick and hand Wales victory.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – MAY 19: Benson Stanley of the Blues is helped by medical staff after being knocked out during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at AMI Stadium on May 19, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images) “James Parsons has come off the bench five times now and shown some real energy and deserves an opportunity to have a run out there. We’ve also been hit with quite a few injuries to the midfield and Ma’a has gone non-stop so it’s a chance to give him a break and hand the opportunity over to Francis who was extremely excited when I told him.”Super Rugby Round 14Blues v HighlandersSaturday, 26th May 2012 at Eden ParkKick-off: 08:35 [GMT]Starting XV:15. Hadleigh Parkes (WTG), 14. David Raikuna, 13. Francis Saili (WTG), 12. Michael Hobbs, 11. Sherwin Stowers, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Alby Mathewson, 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. James Parsons (WTG), 3. Tevita Mailau, 4. Liaki Moli, 5. Filo Paulo, 6. Steven Luatua (WTG), 7. Luke Braid (C) / Daniel Braid, 8. Peter Saili / Luke Braid Head knock: Benson Stanley (above) suffered a concussion during the Crusaders matchALI WILLIAMS looks set to play his 100th Super Rugby game off the bench after he and fellow All Blacks Piri Weepu and Ma’a Nonu were relegated to the reserves for Saturday’s match against the Highlanders at Eden Park.In the wake of the All Blacks training camp in Auckland last weekend, Blues head coach Pat Lam has decided to give the World Cup winners a breather and inject some much needed youthful energy and enthusiasm into the side.Injuries have certainly forced Lam’s hand with no less than 11 players ruled out through injury, Benson Stanley becoming the latest casualty to join the ever expanding list after sustaining a concussion against the Crusaders. George Moala is another player who will sit out the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a cut hand over the weekend.While players continue to flock to the sidelines, there is no good news in sight with neither Keven Mealamu, Rudi Wulf nor Rene Ranger returning to action this week.Hooker James Parsons and midfielder Francis Saili will both make their run-on debuts for the Blues alongside fellow Wider Training Group players Hadleigh Parkes and Steven Luatua, and Lam is looking for them to bring plenty of passion.“Part of the selection is enthusiasm, excitement and energy,” Lam said. “We’re going to need that first and foremost against the Highlanders to get out there and really take it to them and we’ll then have plenty of experience and leadership coming off the bench. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Replacements:16. Tom McCartney, 17. Angus Ta’avao, 18. Ali Williams, 19. Daniel Braid / Peter Saili / Dan Pryor (WTG), 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Ma’a Nonu, 22. Lachie MunroUnavailable due to injury: Jerome Kaino, Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu, Chris Lowrey, Anthony Boric, Brad Mika, Benson Stanley, George Moala, Isaia Toeava, Rene Ranger, Rudi Wulf
TAGS: Edinburgh RugbyLeinsterMunsterNorthampton Saints Bootiful: Leigh Halfpenny kicked two penalties for the BluesFriday’s 9-7 win over the Scots may not have been a showpiece, but any win at Scotstoun is to be cherished and coming as it did on the back of the Blues’ 29-20 home triumph over the same opponents the weekend before, it makes them serious contenders in Heineken Cup Pool Two.Two penalties from Leigh Halfpenny and a 62m cannon from Rhys Patchell were enough to secure the win this time. Cardiff have to travel toToulon before playing Exeter at home in January, so they still have plenty of hard work to do, but it’s far more than any of their fans would have expected when 36-3 down after 40 minutes at Sandy Park.The SinnersJamie slips upHe has enjoyed many a glorious day with Leinster, but Saturday’s defeat by Northampton will not be one Jamie Heaslip wants to remember. One minute he was in the thick of a sustained, powerful attack as Leinster tried to pinch a victory at the death, and the next minute the ball slipped through his fingers as he tried to set up the next wave of pressure, and Northampton wing Jamie Elliott pounced on the loose ball and charged 95 metres to score a try which denied Leinster even a losing bonus point.Heaslip had his head in his hands as soon as the ball was gone. It was not the present he wanted as he prepared to celebrate his 30th birthday the next day.Worries for WarriorsAs the turn of the year approaches, Glasgow Warriors find themselves among the clubs whose European dream is over for another year. Back-to-back defeats by Cardiff Blues have left the Scottish side with just seven points from their first four Heineken Cup pool matches and they have no alternative in 2014 but to concentrate on their RaboDirect Pro 12 campaign.The Warriors are desperate to prove themselves at European level after showing they are real contenders in the Rabo, but they will have to wait another year, at least.Absolute ZeroThose who say the Heineken Cup is a flawed competition because not all teams have to make the same effort to qualify can point at Zebre in glee this week, as the Italian side sits on the bottom of Pool Three with no wins and no points from their first four games.By George: Hooker Jamie George grabbed a try for SaracensAfter losing 64-3 to Saracens this weekend, they have a points difference of minus 150 and they can look forward to travelling to Connacht then entertaining Toulouse in January. BARNET, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 14: Jamie George of Saracens breaks clear during the Heineken Cup Pool 3 round 4 match between Saracens and Zebre between Sarcens and Zebre at Allianz Park on December 14, 2013 in Barnet, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Making a point: Northampton wing Jamie Elliott waits for his team-mates to catch up after his last-gasp breakaway tryBy Katie FieldThe SaintsRenaissance menWalloped 40-7 at home by Leinster in the Heineken Cup last weekend, Northampton Saints produced one of rugby’s all-time great comebacks to beat the Irish giants 18-9 at the Aviva Stadium. Jim Mallinder’s team were unrecognisable from the limp, insipid side that capitulated in the first leg of the double-header. They led from the sixth minute with a try from George North and seemed to have sealed the match when a Kahn Fotuali’i drop-goal put them 13-9 up with two minutes to play.But Leinster almost snatched the game in stoppage time as they battered the Saints’ line in a breathless 20-phase attack. They seemed certain to score and break Northampton’s hearts, but with 81 minutes on the clock Jamie Heaslip spilt the ball and Saints’ wing Jamie Elliott raced the length of the pitch to score a try which denied the hosts even a losing bonus point. Many more finishes like this and the English sides are going to miss the Heineken Cup next year…To see the match highlights, including the remarkable final moments, follow this link.Jinking JJNever, ever write off Munster in a Heineken Cup match, until the final whistle. They have proved time and time again that they don’t know when they are beaten and on Saturday one of their young guns, JJ Hanrahan, added his name to the long list of Munster Heineken heroes when he scored a magnificent injury-time try to steal a win in Perpignan.Munster had trailed 9-3 at half-time, but the lead changed hands five times in a ding-dong second half. It had looked like being Perpignan’s day when a try from Tommaso Benvenuti put them 17-13 ahead with less than a minute to go, but Munster attacked down the right and replacement back Hanrahan stepped and scampered in from outside the 22 to snatch the 18-17 win for the Irish side. Incroyable.BraveheartsEdinburgh went into their clash with Gloucester at Kingsholm as underdogs after losing 23-12 to them at Murrayfield last Sunday. Their hopes of a unlikely victory became even more slender when fly-half Harry Leonard failed a fitness test on a leg injury before kick-off and Greig Tonks had to don the No 10 jersey for the first time at professional level.But the Scots proceeded to out-think and outplay Gloucester, beating them 16-10 with a try from Ben Atiga and 11 points from the boot of Jack Cuthbert. If only they hadn’t been so error-prone last weekend, Edinburgh could have been challenging Munster at the top of Pool Six.Singing the BluesThere may be more for Welsh rugby fans to fret over than celebrate at the moment, with the ever-deepening off-field crisis involving the Welsh Rugby Union and the regions, but Cardiff Blues are giving their supporters a reason to smile after back-to-back wins over Pro12 title-chasers Glasgow Warriors. European rugby’s elite competition cannot afford to accommodate such a weak side because they skew the whole competition. The teams who play them in the pool stage have an enhanced chance of reaching the quarter-finals as one of the two best runners up because they can rack up the bonus points and tries, which is unfair on the teams in tougher pools.
Rugby World discuss the opening match of the 2017 Lions tour against NZ Provincial Barbarians Tee time: Johnny Sexton trains in the rain at Toll Stadium in Whangarei. Photo: Inpho Replacements: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Tadhg Furlong, George Kruis, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Replacements: Andrew Makalio, Tolu Fahamokioa, Marcel Renata, Matt Matich, Peter Rowe, Richard Judd, Jonah Lowe, Joe Webber.British & Irish Lions: Stuart Hogg; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Te’o, Tommy Seymour; Johnny Sexton, Greig Laidlaw; Joe Marler, Rory Best, Kyle Sinckler, Alun Wyn Jones, Iain Henderson, Ross Moriarty, Sam Warburton (capt), Taulupe Faletau. In the first of what will be a series of videos from this year’s British & Irish Lions tour, Rugby World‘s Alan Dymock and Sarah Mockford report from Whangarei ahead of the opening game of this year’s tour.After a beautiful couple of days in Auckland, the Lions have encountered heavy rain in Whangarei and that wet weather is expected to continue into Saturday. Although it is hoped the rain will have cleared in time for kick-off, there is still likely to be a lot of surface water at Toll Stadium, which means difficult conditions for the players come tomorrow night.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREBoth teams have made changes to the match-day squads originally announced. Elliot Daly, who played for Wasps in the Aviva Premiership final only six days ago, has replaced Jared Payne on the Lions bench after the Ireland centre was ruled out with a calf strain. NZ Sevens player Joe Webber has also come in as a Provincial Barbarians replacement after Junior Ngaluafe withdrew for personal reasons.NZ Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions, 7.35pm (8.35am UK & Ireland), Toll Stadium, live on Sky Sports and TalkSportNZ Provincial Barbarians: Luteru Laulala; Sam Vaka, Inga Finau, Dwayne Sweeney, Sevu Reece; Bryn Gatland, Jack Stratton; Aidan Ross, Sam Anderson-Heather (capt), Oliver Jager, Josh Goodhue, Keepa Mewett, James Tucker, Lachlan Boshier, Mitchell Dunshea.
Doncaster have said they will publish the details of the funeral arrangements on their website once they are known. Rugby Mourns Doncaster Knights prop Ian WilliamsThe rugby community is in mourning after the tragic news that Doncaster Knights prop Ian Williams died aged 27 on Tuesday.Williams joined Doncaster from Rotherham Titans last summer. He collapsed during a training session at the Greene King IPA Championship club on Tuesday morning and could not be revived.The club described it as “a heart-breaking day” and made these comments on their website:“Ian collapsed at training at Castle Park this morning and, despite the best efforts of the emergency response team, could not be resuscitated.“Ian joined the club in summer 2017 from Rotherham Titans and quickly became a well-liked member of the Knights squad, making six appearances for the club.“We extend our deepest sympathies to Ian’s mother Pippa, father Phillip and and sister Helen, and are working with a counselling team in the best interest of Ian’s team-mates.”The rugby community have been quick to rally round, expressing their condolences and paying tributes to the Oxford graduate.Williams’s former club Rotherham Titans led the tributes as they put out this tweet: Wales reporter Phil Steele took to social media to explain how it put things into perspective, reacting to the news on Twitter by saying: “Desperately sad news – puts every rivalry, loss of a match, TMO decision and selection preference etc… into its true perspective.” The 27-year-old Doncaster Knights prop Ian Williams collapsed during training on Tuesday Former Wales scrum-half Rupert Moon, who worked with Williams at RGC 1404, said: Another international, former Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones, tweeted: A lot of fellow players also showed their support after hearing the tragic news. Harlequins and England prop Joe Marler said: Williams had played for a number of clubs during his career, including Richmond and several clubs in Wales.The Bridgend Ravens posted this tweet:
“Bring in a jackler with no threat. Then add a sealer. You could have the sealer already on the ruck, or the jackler is there and you have to blast him.“It works on timing. You can do it live, or not, with pads or full-on. It’s challenging at full pace.”When you use technical contact work – which Navidi feels is necessary in amateur pre-season – week four of the six-week pre-season will sound hellish. As mentioned above, touch can become small-sided contact games, and the skill work and wrestling or running remains.But as you hit week five of pre-season, you can taper down fitness, so running is not a key focus (though your Saturday session is still likely to be horrid). In weeks five and six, you need a distinctive style of play, which is clear when you try ‘chilled-out’ run-throughs with the team.In week six, this is how Navidi sees a typical weeknight session: have some small-sided games but afterwards split for 20 minutes into forwards and backs. Then come together to work on group phase play, unopposed, at real pace.Drilling down: Luke Wallace of Harlequins works on his breakdown skillsYou can use scenarios around the pitch, with the coach dictating your start point. For example, if you start with a lineout option in your 22, you can work on an exit strategy. If you have a scrum 15m out, use one of the backs’ strike moves.In the gym, Navidi wants options, so continue with a basic programme but replace the core lifts. You need a chest option on upper-body day – instead of a bench press you could add in an incline bench press. For shoulders, replace a traditional press with an Arnie press.It works for legs too: a squat becomes a leg press while a deadlift becomes a trap-bar deadlift. On all-body day, a clean can be a Bulgarian split squat and hammy curls reverts to a Romanian deadlift.Finally, as you run on hard grounds, it helps to do extra prehab and stretching. The gym isn’t just for pushing tin.And then there’s our second Saturday session. Drag on: Dillon Lewis of Cardiff Blues (pic courtesy of Huw Evans Agency) Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby Pre-Season Guide: Part TwoBlock TwoWhen it comes to the second block, you should have made real gains in the gym, laid a base for running and grown confidence in your own skill-set.Things become more rugby-focused now. This is also where your style of play can really take root.As Navidi explains: “If I’m watching my local amateur team, five forwards hit the ruck and then the forwards runners are no longer an option. They over-commit, and communication is another big thing.“That team want to hit four phases with forwards and then play with the backs – you’d need to be the fittest team around. Two or three phases are ample, then load the back-line. Being an option is key.”For the Blues stalwart, any games you play on a Tuesday and Thursday night need an element of game focus. For a start, begin adding in controlled contact – maybe with pads or tackle suits – or at least ‘scrag’ instead of just a ‘touch’.Touch and run: Danny Qualter and James Raelgo through their paces in ConnachtHere is an example: if you’re thinking about working on ball placement, make sure an opponent has to stand over the ball. Or whenever someone is touched, defenders on either side take a knee.Variations include the touched player doing a 360º roll or using squeeze ball.Contact takes it out of you. So the first sessions may be a shock. You can go from contact drills into games. Then keep rotating from one to the other. Do that for three circuits, then go into slower-paced rugby scenarios (think team phase play) at the session’s end.How much additional running you do is up to you. The nature of your contact drills is also up to you. Navidi has his view. “A basic one is to have one carrier, one tackler performing a traditional tackle scenario and then keep building. Part two of our guide in which Rugby World – and Josh Navidi – get you in top shape for the new season
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS For a period, slow-motion replays were used too much and that caused games to be dragged out. But with the new High Tackle Sanction Framework, there has been much less use.Most referees will only now ask for slow-motion replays for proving where a point of contact is when it comes to foul play. Using the HTSF leads to different outcomes depending on what part of someone hits what.Pause button: awaiting a replay during this year’s France v England match in Paris (MB Media/Getty Images)Slow-mos serve a great purpose in selling those decisions to those watching in the stadium or on television. Those replays prove that the officials are looking at a head/neck contact or a body one.They are also a crucial tool on or around the try-line, when we have to get the proof of the ball hitting the line before a foot goes into touch, or vice versa. Those are huge decisions that demand accuracy.Those moments aside, referees only want replays in real time. Only that way can you see things being clear and obvious. Slow-mos can remove the context of the full action, and if TMOs are having to slow things down then it’s not clear and obvious.But rugby needs to decide whether to use the technology we all have to get the right outcomes. If we do, then slow-mos are part of that. The referees and the TMOs know that, and so don’t want to rush things and so risk losing accuracy.” Face-off: Should match officials be using slow-motion replays?JEBB SINCLAIRFormer Canada back-five forward“The players and the game are so fast nowadays. If you showed most of the game in slow motion it would look dangerous. It makes the hits and the whiplash look more violent than they actually are.I understand that they need to slow them down to see if the shoulder or arm hits the head first. But if you can’t tell that at regular speed, is it really that bad?I also understand the need for player safety. But it’s getting to the point where if you slow-mo’d every breakdown or 50-50 garryowen, you could send someone to the bin. And I like the gamesmanship in France where the TV producers pretend they can’t find the right clip to replay and the referee ends up watching a totally different play on the big screen!I think referees definitely use slow-motion replays as a crutch. Any difficult decision, they go upstairs. It really slows the game down. At home, watching it on TV, it’s not too bad because you have commentary.But out on the field for the players, it can take a lot of momentum away from either team just because you’re waiting for so long. And the fans in the stadium have to wait for ages as well.Instead, it would be interesting to give each team captain three ‘challenges’, to ask the referee to go upstairs to check questionable foul play. If it’s worthy of a card, they get to keep that challenge; if not, they lose one.Similar to the NFL but instead of the coach being able to see a quick replay and throw a flag, the captain would have to make a snap decision on the field. Because he saw the infraction or because a team-mate says, ‘You should have another look at that, mate’.”Full-on: Jebb Sinclair takes on the Ireland defence during Canada’s 2015 World Cup campaign (Getty)KEITH LEWISFounder of RugbyReferee.net“The Television Match Official (TMO) has been part of our game since 1999. And why is that? To help ensure the big game-changing situations are handled accurately. And over the past 20 years, they’ve been tweaking the process to make sure that it stays fit for purpose. What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] debate first appeared in the June 2020 issue of Rugby World. Wait for it: referee Rebecca Mahoney watches a TMO replay during a Mitre 10 Cup tie in Napier (Getty) Officials dwelling over incidents on screen can frustrate those keen to crack on with the game. But does the greater accuracy make it worthwhile? Read our June 2020 debate
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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal News Service] Para sorpresa de muchos el gobernante Raúl Castro anunció ante el pleno de la Asamblea del Poder Popular (una especie de parlamento) que indultaría a 2,900 presos en su mayoría personas enfermas, ancianas, mujeres y jóvenes que aunque no habían cumplido sus condenas, tienen posibilidades de reinsertarse en la sociedad cubana. Entre el grupo hay 86 extranjeros procedentes de 25 países. Tres disidentes fueron puestos en cárceles de máxima seguridad, dijo una organización de derechos humanos. Se esperaba que Castro anunciara las reformas a la ley migratoria que hubiera permitido la entrada y salida de la isla libremente. Desde el 2008, los tribunales cubanos han excarcelado a unos 300 disidentes presos, entre ellos, todos los que se consideraban internacionalmente como presos de conciencia y también han conmutado la pena de muerte a otros condenados.Dirigentes de la Iglesia Catedral del Santísimo Salvador de Bayamo en la parte oriental de Cuba anunciaron que los objetos que fueron sustraídos del templo el mes pasado han sido recuperados. La nota no indica si los autores del robo fueron apresados.Las Naciones Unidas han aprobado un documento que afirma que cualquier acto discriminatorio “por razones de religión o creencias, constituye una violación de los derechos humanos” y, en consecuencia, será sancionado por ese organismo.En su reciente reunión en Asunción, Paraguay, el comité ejecutivo de la Provincia del Cono Sur de América, junto con la Cámara de Obispos, aprobó el Pacto Anglicano un documento internacional que establece ciertos lineamientos en cuanto a la acción de las iglesias de la Comunión Anglicana. Hay líderes que creen que algunas iglesias “proponen estilos de vida cristiana que están en contra de las normas bíblicas”, mientras que otros como la mayoría de los líderes de la Iglesia Episcopal de Estados Unidos y la Iglesia Anglicana de Canadá, creen que el pacto limita su libertad de acción.El arzobispo de Cantórbery, Rowan Williams, ha nombrado a Kay Brock como secretaria de asuntos públicos del Palacio de Lambeth, la residencia oficial de arzobispo en Londres. La nueva secretaria ha servido a seis alcaldes de Londres y ha sido secretaria privada asistente de la Reina Isabel. Además, es graduada de la Universidad de Oxford y de la Escuela Londinense de Economía.Un nuevo estudio de la Fundación Pew revela que el cristianismo es la religión más grande del mundo con poco más de un tercio de la población mundial. La fundación estudió a fondo más de 200 países y sus respectivas poblaciones cristianas. Los investigadores luego compararon las tasas con los tipos de cristianismo que se registraron hace casi un siglo. En 1910, la mayor concentración de cristianos se encontró en Europa, donde habían sido el grupo religioso más grande e influyente por casi mil años. Hoy, sin embargo, no hay una sola región o continente que se considere el centro del cristianismo mundial.Belén, el lugar donde según la tradición nació Jesús, tiene actualmente unos 30,000 habitantes en su mayoría cristianos. La ciudad está en Cisjordania bajo el control de la Autoridad Nacional Palestina a unos nueve kilómetros de Jerusalén. Miles de turistas y peregrinos han acudido a visitar este lugar donde en el siglo IV el emperador Constantino mandó a construir la Basílica de la Natividad, el mayor atractivo religioso y turístico de la ciudad. La preocupación en Belén, al igual que en Jerusalén, es que el número de cristianos disminuye cada año. Algunos historiadores piensan que la Tierra Santa tiene el peligro de convertirse en un “museo religioso” con muy pocos fieles debido a la emigración.La revista People en Español informa que el sacerdote episcopal Alberto Cutié y su esposa Ruhama tendrán un segundo hijo en mayo. “Este es un regalo de Dios, es el mejor regalo de Navidad que hemos tenido en nuestras vidas”, dijo el popular clérigo que es rector de la Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección en Miami.El arzobispado de Sevilla ha deplorado la publicación de un calendario de la empresa alemana de chocolates y galletas Lambertz que incluye una fotografía tomada dentro de una famosa capilla sevillana en la que la actriz Paz Vega aparece desnuda en actitud de oración en un reclinatorio. El permiso para el uso de la capilla fue otorgado sin saber que la actriz se presentaría “como vino al mundo”.MENSAJE DE AÑO NUEVO. Si la vida nos da mil razones para llorar, demostremos que tenemos mil y una para soñar. Hagamos de nuestra vida un sueño y de nuestro sueño una realidad. Y que la paz de Dios ilumine nuestro sendero ahora y siempre. Feliz año 2012. 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Why I’m opposed to fracking February 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm Jeff and Sally, thank you both so much for two extremly thoughtful pieces. Yours Jeff is so wonderfully embedded in the ongoing story of how successive generations make decisions that ensure the ongoing life health and floursihing of their tribe. Sally yours is typically wise in that choices are very seldom between good and evil or even right and wrong, they are often between harm and lesser harm or between the relativities of gain in the present and loss in the future. I am confident that we can move towards 100% renewables but it will take time. In the meantime how do we maintain energy sources and minimise risk or even harm? (I have become a supporter of Australia’s recent decision to export uranium to India because for the next two or three decades I believe potential harm from nuclear generated power is less than the known harm from coal fired power stations).Here in Australia fracking is a major debate and has brought people out on to the streets. Interestingly it has brought together the Greens and the farming community, groups that normally have absolutely nothing in common. The issue is whether we should explore coal seam gas extraction at the risk of permanent damage to our best agricultrual land.As with every thing in life, nuance and paradox are at everyone’s dinner table, a reality few politicians seem to understand.+George February 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm When I heard that FRACKING caused earthquakes, I decided that it was not my cup of tea!! I’m not sure what the ‘mechanism’ is, but somehow, this Fracking is causing the earthquakes that we are seeing in the Midwest!! So, this is against all the rules that we, as faithful people, should be aware of.Our grandchildren’s, great-granchildren’s lives are at stake! Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Rev. Joan LaLiberte says: January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm Jeff, this a well-written and very persuasive argument. Thank you!I’ve put this on my Facebook. Rector Belleville, IL January 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm This summer at Keuka Lake I saw sign after sign in front of people’s homes. NO FRACKING.I hope it will be successfully eliminated, and it is frightening that someone could get away with fouling the water and endangering thousands of people. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm Forgive me, Reverend Golliher, but whether your grandfather was or was not a conservative is irrelevant to the economic future of tens of thousands of people, the revitalization of the industrial heartland of the United States, and energy independence in this country, I have lived in the Episcopal Church all my life. I have always thought of this church as my home. I worship in it every week of my life. I pride myself on trying to think through political issues independently. The righteousness rhetoric of both the left and right bores me. And apart from the fact that you drape your views in church robes, I am equally bored by your sanctimonious and morally vacuous claim that for some murky undemonstrated reasons the working class people of New York should forgo the economically and socially transformative power of the energy resources in their state. Because frankly apart from those reasons, the issue of fracking also bores me. I am sure it will be settled by processes you do not understand and over which the church has no power.For me, the real issue here is my own place in the Episcopal Church. Is the Episcopal Church is longer my home? I wonder. Have I become heterodox, apostate, a sinner? As such, am I no longer welcome? I have begun to think it is very possibly true. Reading your piece and the many responses to it, especially by clergy, strongly reinforces my sense that I am an unwelcome sinner in the company of the righteous, and that under the direction of the clergy represented here, the true moral message of the church consists in being a bush-league, third-rate propaganda platform for move-on.org. And since I do not worship at that altar, which looks more and more like your true altar, I will be unwelcome until I either shut up, or submit ideologically.It is a real problem. And, to be blunt, your sainted grandfather is irrelevant to it.Please do not dismiss me as a crank. I do assure you that I am not. I do not want to join the general exodus from the Episcopal Church that is now taking place in response to its current clergy. People have left by the thousands because such people have given them no reason to come. You have very little to offer people who don’t buy into current sanctimony but more guilt. They are leaving because they rightly perceive that they are unwanted. Or worse.So is it also time for me to leave? I wonder. In my mind, the logical problem is in the process of shifting from “why leave?” to “why stay.”I am not interested in belonging to a church with a message as fatuous and shallow as what is on display here. Please do not reply with an answer about how fracking really is sin and that calling it sin is worthy of a once-great institution. Try at least not to be trivial. But if you and your many clerical supporters have a serious answer to my dilemma, I would be glad to hear it. But it had better be good. 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Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events The Rev. Canon Jeff Golliher is vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellenville, and environmental representative of the worldwide Anglican Communion to the United Nations.[The Episcopal New Yorker] This whole sordid subject of fracking — the deep drilling for natural gas with highly pressurized water and dangerous chemicals — and the impact of groundwater pollution have a long history. But in my own life it’s not a long or complicated story. In fact, it’s not complicated at all. So, I’ll begin with how it all began, and then finish with the present day.Nearly 45 years ago, I heard my great-grandfather say something that forever changed the direction of my life. I was a kid then. Regrettably, he would live only a few more years. We were sitting around the dinner table — all four generations of my family — as we did every Sunday after church. That kind of thing doesn’t happen much anymore, but in southern Appalachia, where I was born and raised, it was understood as “tradition.” On that day, I learned that tradition includes a great deal more than eating together. It involves learning what we need to know in order to thrive — and to survive.I began my first summer job in that year, working in the local chair factory. I was proud to have work. The factory was where most people who could no longer support their families by farming made enough money to put food on the table. They were struggling with what it means to feel proud about themselves and their lives.Sitting there, enjoying my grandmother’s fried chicken and homemade biscuits, I innocently asked some straightforward questions based on what I had seen in the factory: “What happens to the barrels of shellac and varnish after they’re used? What happens to the dirty water after the spraying booths are washed out?”My great-grandfather — Joel was his name — rarely spoke unless he had something important to say, which, in those days, was the custom for older men in southern Appalachia. To my surprise, and to the surprise of everyone around the table, he spoke quickly and clearly — “Don’t poison the well!” He wasn’t talking to me as much as to everyone there, but especially to my father and grandfather who supervised the factory. From his point of view, they were the younger generation too.Joel had been around the mountain more times than anyone really knew, and he knew what the implications of my question were. He knew that the barrels and the wastewater were probably buried somewhere in the river valley where we all lived. And he knew that this would result in dangerously polluted drinking water and the poisoning of food that grew in the fertile floodplains. In other words, he knew that the health of his family — all four generations of us, and generations yet to come — would be threatened. He was incensed and angry — “angry” in the sense of “red in the face.”Being the descendant of Irish immigrants, he also would have known that in the old days the intentional poisoning of wells was considered an act of war between feuding communities and families. What he was really asking was this: “Do you not realize that you’ve gone to war against your own people?” Jobs, yes — we all need work — but not at the expense of everything that really matters in life. The poisoning of groundwater, whether intentional or unintentional, is not something that any reasonable, ethical, thoughtful person would ever contemplate — not under any conceivable circumstance.All this happened years before the signing of The Clean Water Act; in fact, it was before all of the environmental legislation that we have today. You have to understand who great-grandpa Joel really was and who he wasn’t. He was both a traditional person, and thoroughly conservative in his outlook on life and in his politics. If he were still with us today, what would have bothered him is not that we need to protect the water, soil, and air through legal means, but that we have to choice but to use legal means. Why?Because we’ve lost our common sense about some very basic knowledge that everyone has always known—if we poison the groundwater, we risk killing our friends and neighbors. Morally speaking, that’s a crime against God and the State, not to mention against our families, friends, and neighbors! Who in their right mind would do that? No one in their right mind!Joel would have wanted the government out of his life, but he knew, better than most, that “freedom” cannot possibly mean the freedom to do whatever we please — without considering the dangers and threats we might pose to ourselves, our neighbors, and the places where we all live. This is not rocket science, and no amount of high-priced propaganda in the media can change these facts of life, as much as corporate interests might try.Fracking is dangerous to our health, to our pocketbooks, and to our souls. Large corporate interests very seriously want to frack in my part of New York State. The chemicals are dangerous; the impact on groundwater is like gambling with your life — and its impact on our struggling, but still fertile riverbeds could spell doom for a whole way of life. Once the process begins, the value of property (homes and land) goes down the drain.My sometimes mule-headed, uneducated, wrote-the-book-on-the-meaning-of-conservative great-grandfather could have told you all this, but he’s not here — so I’m speaking for him and for me. He was one of the most ethical, open-hearted, and kindest people that I’ve ever met. Of course, he didn’t watch much television. I don’t think he thought much of it, and TV propaganda was way before his time. If you don’t want to listen to him or to me, just ask the people of Albany, Syracuse, and Saugerties. They’ve already banned fracking. That sounds like a good idea to me.—The Rev. Canon Jeff Golliher is vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellenville, and environmental representative of the worldwide Anglican Communion to the United Nations. 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