June 2021

Warren Gatland – Reasons to be cheerful for Wales in the Six Nations

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A Kiwi who coached Ireland and Wasps before taking charge of WalesWales coach Warren Gatland’s column in the March issue of Rugby World Magazine: “Sitting in the coaching box last year there were times I was pulling my hair out. There were games we should have won, but we gave away a yellow card, threw an intercept or conceded an unnecessary three points. It’s frustrating and as a team we need to improve.“Having the likes of Leigh Halfpenny, Shane Williams, Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies back from injury, and Morgan Stoddart back in the squad, gives us a lot more real quality players in attack. Morgan’s been unlucky with injuries and has things to work on defensively, but in attack he’s incredibly exciting. He’s strong, powerful and quick.We created a lot of chances in the autumn, but we need to finish those off. We’re going to hammer home the basics in training with three-on-twos and so on. We need to keep our width because we were a bit lateral and didn’t run straight enough in the autumn. The potential’s there – we just need to be more clinical.A focus for this campaign is to encourage the players to put their hands up and be honest about their performances and mistakes. Ideally we want players to not be afraid of being critical of their team-mates and them not to take it personally, but it doesn’t sit that comfortably with this Welsh squad. There’s nothing greater and more powerful than peer pressure, and we want to create as honest an environment as we can.There’s a few new faces in the squad. Rhys Priestland is a different type of ten and has impressed us with the way he’s played this season. He’s got a big boot on him and is a genuine running threat; he stands nice and wide from the nine and takes on opposition defences. The No 7 position is one of the most important in the game at the moment, particularly if you look at how destructive guys like David Pocock and Richie McCaw are at the breakdown and how many turnovers they get.We’re very pleased with the way Sam Warburton’s developing but in the past he’s had injury problems and we want to make sure we’ve got options at seven. So we want to look at Josh Turnbull – but it doesn’t count Martyn Williams out of the World Cup. Bradley Davies – head and shoulders above the rest We’ve picked Ryan Jones as a lock because that’s primarily where he’s played this season and he gives us mobility having played in the back row. He’s been working hard and playing well, though I’d like to see him put on more size. We considered Luke Charteris, and Ian Evans isn’t out of our thoughts, but we feel Alun Wyn Jones and Bradley Davies are head and shoulders above in Wales given their size, physicality and mobility.Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones are huge losses, but it’s a great opportunity for the five props selected to make their mark over the next eight weeks and impress the coaches. When I coached Ireland, everyone used to talk about England and France going for the Grand Slam, but the other countries are coming into the tournament now, which is great. Every team is capable of beating everyone else and that makes it really exciting.I definitely think we can win it, but the first game is crucial for us. We need to get off to a good start at home against England.center_img Do you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.last_img read more

Rugby Book Review – The RFU Guide to Coaching Positional Skills

first_imgRW RATING 4/5 BUY IT AT: acblack.comA&C Black £14.99 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img By way of an introduction, we’re told of the young prop who became tall and light and wasn’t suited to his position – so he quit the game. So lesson one is encourage youngsters to play in different positions and lesson two is follow these guidelines on positional skills as written by eight RFU coach development officers.There are numerous practices to help you develop the skills needed – and note that scrums should be practised under game levels of fatigue to ensure the same attention to detail – and among the games are some for bigger groups to highlight elements like defensive patterns and exploiting back-line space. And here’s a tip from Rugby World – if you want to be a wing, remember that left-wings score more tries because most players are better at passing from right to left!last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: England v Canada final preview

first_imgFor neutrals, Canada are fantastic to watch. They show huge exuberance in attack, their willingness to run the ball from anywhere keeping spectators on the edge of their seats. Without a strong kicking game, they have little choice but to use such a high-risk strategy but it has reaped huge rewards for them in this tournament – both their semi-final tries came from their ability to keep ball in hand and attack at pace.England are more structured in their game plan. They talk a lot about “processes” and tend to vary their attack. Mclean at fly-half is a good tactical kicker and on Wednesday against Ireland they switched between going wide early and using Emily Scarratt to take the ball straight up in midfield – a strategy they are likely to repeat in the final. “We’re known for going to the edge, but sometimes you need punch,” says Mclean. “Against Canada (in the pool game) we didn’t punch enough so we’ve used Scaz to go forward.”This contrast in styles is sure to have been noted by both teams in their pre-game analysis. England will look to pressurise Canada when they run deep and target turnovers at the breakdown so they can capitalise on a disorganised defence in their opponents’ own half. Canada will want to close down England in midfield – the ferocious defence of centres Andrea Burk and Mandy Marchak stood out against France – and prevent dangerous runners Kat Merchant and Danielle Waterman from getting into space out wide.Big stage: England and Canada will be playing in front of a sell-out crowd at Stade Jean BouinPRESSURE COOKEREver since New Zealand were knocked out of the World Cup, England have been the favourites to win this title. The pressure is on them, as it was in 2010 when they played the Black Ferns in a World Cup final on home soil. The squad insist they are in a better, more relaxed place than four years ago and their performances have been building in quality throughout the tournament rather than the cruise they enjoyed to the final in 2010.Canada by comparison have never been in this position before and will not be as accustomed to big crowds as England – a full house is expected at Stade Jean Bouin. That said, a partisan crowd for the semi-final did little put them off their game and they will enjoy having the underdog tag for this match too.So will Canada be inspired by the big occasion and excel at their high-risk game? Or can England thrive on the pressure and deliver in a final? England coach Gary Street is certainly hoping for the latter, saying: “I think we’ve got the best side in the world and we want to show the world what we can do.” Danger women: Emily Scarratt is tackled by Canada wing Magali Harvey during their 13-13 pool draw THE WOMEN’S World Cup reaches its conclusion on Sunday evening at the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. England will take on Canada in a repeat of their Pool A game, which ended in a 13-13 draw. After three successive WRWC final defeats to New Zealand, will England get their hands on the trophy for the first time since 1994? Or will Canada triumph in their maiden World Cup final? Rugby World analyses the game’s key areas…FORWARD MOMENTUMEngland’s 40-7 defeat of Ireland in the semi-finals was built on their dominance at scrum time. The English pack had Ireland on the back foot for the entire game and that allowed their back-line to click in attack for the first time this tournament. As captain Katy Mclean says: “Going forward makes it so easy to play from.”Canada also impressed in the scrum in their last-four tie against France – it was a win against the head five metres from their own line that led to the incredible Magali Harvey try – and had the upper hand for much of their pool game against England. They have an excellent starting front row, the props making an impact in the loose as well as at the set-piece, but they can be vulnerable once replacements have been made, so will be looking to keep their first-choice players on the pitch for as long as possible.It should be a mighty contest up front.Fronting up: Canada got the upper hand in the scrum in their semi-final against FranceDRIVEN TO DISTRACTIONCanada will be well aware that England have struggled to defend against driving lineouts not only at this World Cup but all year. France scored twice off rolling mauls to beat England en route to a Six Nations Grand Slam, Canada crossed from a catch-and-drive lineout in the pool game and Ireland did the same in the semi-final.Graham Smith, the England forwards coach, is sure to have been addressing the issues in training and explaining the need to set themselves in defence at the lineout, but so far there has been little improvement. Canada, who themselves conceded two tries from driven lineouts against France, will want to take advantage and get their maul going if a catch-and-drive opportunity presents itself in the England 22.RISK v REWARD LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img ENGLAND v CANADA, Sunday 17 August, KO 5.45pm BST, Live on Sky Sports 4Don’t miss regular news from the women’s game in Rugby World every month. Rugby World looks at the key areas in this weekend’s Women’s World Cup final between England and Canada in Parislast_img read more

Stuart Lancaster: Should he stay or should he go?

first_imgREASONS WHY HE SHOULD GO…First hosts to go out before the knockout stagesThere is no getting away from this fact. Granted England were in the toughest World Cup Pool in history but they had home advantage in the familiar tub-thumping environs of Twickenham – backed up with lofty soundbites about making Twickenham a fortress. Consecutive losses to Wales and Australia put paid to those pipe-dreams and they left HQ with boos, not cheers, ringing in their ears, after a 33-13 humbling by Australia. The World Cup party has had to go on without them and they have no one else to blame. They were simply found wanting on the world’s biggest stage, and that is something Lancaster has said he may never recover from.Horror show: England players look dejected as their loss to Australia sinks inIncreasingly muddled midfield selectionLancaster started out with a bloated 51-man squad, and that was finally whittled down to 31, including the untested Bath backrow Sam Burgess pegged as a centre but missing Northampton’s Luther Burrell, the incumbent in England’s midfield for a good chunk of Lancaster’s tenure. The backline had prospered during the Six Nations, as they ran in 18 tries, with George Ford and Jonathan Joseph underpinned their new joie de vivre. After a jolting loss against France in Paris, and a deemed lack of control against Fiji, Lancaster panicked and Ford was demoted to the bench behind Farrell, leading to a change in gameplan. With fate depriving England of Joseph before the Wales game, a robust yet creatively limited 10, 12, 13 combination of Owen Farrell, Burgess and Brad Barritt saw cut off the supply line to England’s best functioning unit, the back three, thus nullifying their potency. Henry Slade, a creator with sublime gifts, was left without a minute’s game time.Set-piece regressionOne of the most alarming issues for England was their set-piece malfunction. In the warm-ups, their lineout stopped working with Tom Youngs’ darts not hitting their targets, leading to his Leicester partner Geoff Parling being recalled – which gave away some ballast in the second-row. At the same time, England’s scrum, once so dominant, started struggling as a unit.Smashed: England’s set-piece was dismantled by a Wallaby pack that had been pilloried in recent yearsTwice against France they came off second best, and while they had the nudge against Wales, it completely collapsed against Australia as they gave away five scrum penalties, leading to Joe Marler being hooked after 49 minutes. The final humiliation was the Wallabies requesting a scrum after being given a penalty, such was their dominance on England’s home patch.Inflexibility over playersAfter 2011, England built a culture which focused on self-discipline, no egos and a team-first ethos. While their moral compass was recalibrated, this was too rigidly enforced. As Lancaster would know, not all schoolchildren are the same, and rugby is no different. Dylan Hartley was banned for the Fiji game but could have been available but under Lancaster’s strict moral code he was not accommodated. How England missed his leadership, scrummaging ability and ‘dog’. Danny Cipriani was another not to make the squad with the suspicion his individualistic personality counted against him, while Nick Easter – another with his own mind – only made it into the squad after injuriesTactical naivity Following England’s exit from the World Cup, should Stuart Lancaster remain as head coach? By Owain Jones & Sarah MockfordEngland‘s defeat by Australia on Saturday condemned them to an early exit from their own World Cup. It’s the first time England have failed to make the knockout stages. So what now for head coach Stuart Lancaster? Here Rugby World presents the arguments for why he should stay and why he should go – and gives you the chance to vote in our poll…REASONS WHY HE SHOULD STAY…Learning lessonsAs Wales coach Warren Gatland said following England’s exit, you learn more from losses than you do from successes. It’s a point that has been proven many times over the years.Sir Clive Woodward got a second chance after England were knocked out of the 1999 quarter-finals and went on to lift the trophy four years later with many of the same players. A more fitting example is Graham Henry. He, like Lancaster, had four years in the New Zealand job before RWC 2007 but the All Blacks suffered an embarrassing defeat by France to exit at the quarter-final stage for the first time. The NZRU kept faith in Henry and in 2011 he ended the country’s 24-year wait to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time.Over and out: New Zealand were beaten by France in the 2007 quarter-final. Photo: Getty ImagesIt’s a painful time for Lancaster and England right now, but he’s long said that this group of players will hit their peak in 2019 and he could use the hurt and experience of this World Cup to be better prepared for the one in Japan.Knowledge baseNo one in English rugby knows more about up-and-coming players than Lancaster. He’s been involved in the RFU set-up since 2008, his primary responsibility before taking the No 1 job to develop young players, and his brain is bursting with knowledge about the next generation – and even the generation after that!He has tables showing lists of players in every position, depth charts if you will, and has proven that he can bring the best out of young players. If the RFU let him go, they would be losing a valuable resource. Kevin Bowring, the RFU’s long-term Head of Elite Coach Development is retiring, so there could be a role that would bring the best out of Lancaster.Young gun: Anthony Watson scores against Australia at Twickenham. Photo: Getty ImagesCulture clubThe last few months, and particularly the last three weeks, have overshadowed the sterling work Lancaster has done since taking the reins in 2012. When he was appointed interim coach morale was at an all-time low, as was public opinion of the team, following England’s dismal showing on and off the field at RWC 2011.Lancaster played a leading role in rebuilding England’s relationship with the fans and the media after that tournament. He took a tough stance on off-field ill-discipline from the start and wasn’t afraid to drop players from the squad for such misdemeanours, making it abundantly clear what high standards he expected. He worked on instilling a club culture in the national team and restoring pride in wearing the jersey.After many a club-versus-country row, he also helped build a positive relationship with Premiership Rugby, his stance on not picking overseas-based players no doubt playing a key role. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Early exit: Stuart Lancaster trudges off the pitch after England’s loss to Australia. Photo: Getty Images Peerless: David Pocock broke English hearts with a world-class display to which England had no answerEngland known they would face the twin threat of Wales and Australia for nigh on three years. That the two sides possess four of the best opensides in the World, in Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric was also heavily documented. England stubbornness not to come up with a tactical plan to counter this hurt them, particularly against Australia, where Pocock and Hooper won five turnovers, mostly when England were in strong attacking positions. Chris Robshaw has and never will share the same rarefied company as a breakdown specialist – he’s a fine player, it was simply asking too much. England’s other breakdown operators, Dan Cole and Joe Launchbury were also unable stop ‘Pooper’. As for  Steffon Armitage’s exclusion, that’s a different argument again…Should Stuart Lancaster remain as England head coach?YesNoVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould Stuart Lancaster remain as England head coach?For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Italy captain Giada Franco’s World Cup ambitions

first_img Italy captain Giada Franco’s World Cup ambitionsItaly’s women face a busy schedule over the next few months as they play the Six Nations fixtures postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as take part in Europe’s 2021 World Cup qualifying tournament.Indeed, the fixtures list is so hectic that their Six Nations match against Scotland, originally due to be played in February and now rescheduled for December, is doubling up as a RWC 2021 qualifier.Those World Cup qualifiers, which will feature Ireland, Italy, Scotland and the winners of the Rugby Europe Championship (most likely Spain), have long been on people’s minds because securing a place at the tournament in New Zealand next year is a huge carrot.It will be hugely competitive, too, as only the winners automatically book a place, while the runners-up go into the repêchage.Italy were second in last year’s Six Nations and started this year’s championship with a win over Wales and a loss to France before the rest of their matches were postponed, but can they make it to RWC 2021?“It’s a dream for us,” says Italy captain Giada Franco. “We really want to achieve qualification. We just need to work and work to be able to reach it.“I think other teams find our way of playing unpredictable and this is one thing that we’re really working on. Of course, we also need a little bit of structure – our set-piece, exits, management of the game, playing in the right areas of the pitch – but we don’t want to be predictable, we want to play whatever is in front of us.”Asked to name Italy’s key players, Franco prefers to focus on the strength of the group but does name-check Sara Barrattin, Beatrice Rigoni and Melissa Bettoni. Yet it is Franco herself who is so crucial to this team. Carry on: Giada Franco tests Wales’ defence in this year’s Six Nations (Getty Images) Named Italy captain at just 23, her influence has grown over the three seasons since her debut. She gives her side huge go-forward with her strong ball carries and is a powerful defender too, helping to bring momentum both with and without the ball.Her ability is impressive given that she only took up rugby aged 14 when her local club, Salerno, ran a session at her school. She had always been sporty but immediately fell in love with rugby – and progressed fast, moving to Benevento and then Colorno on the club circuit. She also switched positions, going from the backs to the back row.“Everyone knew I was a little too slow to be in the backs,” she laughs. “For me, back-row is the best role in rugby. You have to be good in defence but good in attack as well. It’s not only tackling but carrying hard, making good passes. I think it’s the most complete role in rugby – this is why I enjoy it.”Photo bomb: Anna Caplice, Sarah Beckett, Jade Konkel and Giada Franco at a Harlequins shoot (Getty Images)To continue developing her game, Franco moved to Quins in summer 2019 and believes the back-row competition at the club helped her to improve before she returned to Italy earlier this year.That’s progress from a personal perspective; Franco is also pleased to see the whole women’s game growing in Italy. Crowd figures are rising, more clubs are involved in 15s leagues and player numbers are on the up, although Franco is pragmatic when saying: “We have to work to make sure the quality is going up as well as the numbers.”Franco’s quality is not in doubt – and Italy need her to be to the fore for the final rounds of the Six Nations and those all-important World Cup qualifiers. This article originally appeared in the April 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The back-row assesses her country’s progress and looks ahead to the RWC 2021 qualifierslast_img read more

Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from JapanDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch Bath v Gloucester in Japan (kick-off 1.30am on Wednesday). The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Find out more about DAZN here Jump to it: Taulupe Faletau takes on the Gloucester defence (Getty Images) Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereThe Rec was due to host 1,000 spectators for this early-evening kick-off (5.30pm) between Bath and Gloucester in the Gallagher Premiership, but the latest Government advice means it will now be played behind closed doors.The last time the two West Country rivals met, at Kingsholm in January, Gloucester were 29-15 winners, but it is Bath who have shown the better form since the restart and they will be looking to cement their place in the top four ahead of their final regular-season fixture on 4 October.England winger Joe Cokanasiga, who suffered a knee injury at the 2019 World Cup, is in line to make his first Bath appearance for more than a year having been named on the bench.Scrum-half Willi Heinz will play his first game since the restart for Gloucester and it should be an interesting match-up with England rival Ben Spencer, who has been so impressive since joining Bath from Saracens.Bath: Anthony Watson; Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Josh Matavesi, Ruaridh McConnochie; Rhys Priestland, Ben Spencer; Beno Obano, Tom Dunn, Will Stuart, Elliott Stooke, Charlie Ewels (captain), Tom Ellis, Sam Underhill, Taulupe Faletau.Replacements: Jack Walker, Lewis Boyce, Christian Judge, Josh McNally, Miles Reid, Will Chudley, Cameron Redpath, Joe Cokanasiga.Gloucester: Matt Banahan; Ollie Thorley, Chris Harris, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May; Lloyd Evans, Willi Heinz; Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton, Fraser Balmain, Ed Slater, Matias Alemanno, Jake Polledri, Lewis Ludlow (captain), Ruan Ackermann.Replacements: Henry Walker, Corne Fourie, Jack Stanley, Ed Slater, Jordy Reid, Joe Simpson, Tom Seabrook, Louis Rees-Zammit.Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for Bath v Gloucester wherever you are.How to watch Bath v Gloucester from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Bath v Gloucester, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. 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Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Bath v Gloucester from the Land of the Long White Cloud, it’s an early start as the match kicks off at 4.30am on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offercenter_img Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from the UKBath v Gloucester, which kicks off at 5.30am this evening, will be shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Bath v Gloucester takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Bath v Gloucester will kick off at 12.30pm EST and 9.30am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch Bath v Gloucester at 2.30am on Wednesday (AEST) – set those alarms!The Foxtel Sports HD bundle is $74 a month – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO so you can watch when on the move.Foxtel Sports HD bundle It’s a West Country derby in the Gallagher Premiership this eveninglast_img read more

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first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Be quick to take advantage of this special offer Hard-hitting opinionWith myriad talking points in the sport, Rugby World delivers the story behind the news. Our comprehensive investigations highlight all sides of the big issues and top-quality columnists like Stuart Barnes, Stephen Jones and Mark Evans give their verdict on rugby’s hot topics, from the salary cap to selection. We also provide a platform for players and readers to share their opinions on the latest happenings in the game.Find out what’s inside the current issue of Rugby World to see the variety of content the magazine offers.Here are all the details of the half-price Rugby World subsciption offer. And be quick as this offer, which is for UK subscribers, ends at midnight on Friday 13 November 2020. Half-price Rugby World magazine subscription – one day only!To celebrate the start of the Autumn Nations Cup and provide some good news on Friday the 13th, you can save 50% on a subscription to Rugby World magazine today. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue for half the normal price!You could treat yourself AND a rugby-loving friend to a subscription for the usual price of one. Or why not start your Christmas shopping early?Plus, you get all this brilliant content…Exclusive player accessRugby World magazine takes you closer to the game’s biggest stars than ever before with our exclusive interviews. Our journalists get the players’ views on the major issues in rugby and find out what drives them to succeed as well as what makes them tick off the pitch. We bring you the detail you want to know, be that discovering how players are improving their game or taking to the skies with those who also have pilot’s licences.HALF-PRICE RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONBehind-the-scenes insightReaders get the detail they crave as we go behind the scenes to get the inside story on what goes on in the team environment. We also have technical insight from coach Sean Holley, who analyses teams and players as well as providing advice on what your club could do. Professional players offer tips on specific facets of the game that you can employ, too, while ‘The Secret Player’ gives eye-opening detail on life as a pro. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Six Nations: France v Scotland postponed

first_imgIt has been suggested that it could be played on 6-7 March – currently a tournament fallow weekend – but that seems unlikely due to the necessary isolation periods relating to Covid, particularly as the French squad trained together on Wednesday.Organises are thought to be considering playing the game midweek in the second week of March or in the weekend after the final round, 27-28 March, but these mooted dates are also likely to cause problems in terms of player release because they fall outside World Rugby’s Regulation Nine window so clubs wouldn’t have to release players for international duty. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Scotland have already said they could be without ten players who play for English and French clubs if the match is moved, while relations between the Top 14 clubs and the French federation have been strained in recent months too – players were limited to only three Tests during the autumn window.France are top of the Six Nations table after wins over Italy and Ireland in their opening games. TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Six Nations: France v Scotland postponedThis weekend’s Six Nations match between France and Scotland has been postponed.The third-round fixture was due to take place on Sunday 28 February, but a further positive Covid-19 test amongst the French squad has seen tournament organisers call it off.A statement read: “The Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) met today to review the situation in the French Camp.“They unanimously recommended the postponement of the France v Scotland match. This will be ratified later today by the Six Nations Council.“We will be working on the rescheduling of this fixture and will communicate the date in due course.”France announced on Thursday that they had suspended training and placed the squad in isolation following the latest positive case.There had already been double-figure positive cases in the France playing squad, with the likes of captain Charles Ollivon and scrum-half Antoine Dupont ruled out of the Scotland match. Head coach Fabien Galthie is also among the members of the management who have tested positive, with the outbreak causing disruption to their preparations.After the cases announced on Monday, France had returned no positive tests for two days and tournament organisers said on Wednesday that the match would go ahead as scheduled. However, another positive case later in the week means the fixture will now have to be rescheduled. France’s Antoine Dupont and Charles Ollivon are among those who have tested positive for Covid (AFP/Getty Images) The Six Nations match will be rescheduled after another positive Covid-19 test in the French squadlast_img read more

Who is Jacques Nienaber: Ten things you should know about the Springbok head coach

first_img Jacques Nienaber was appointed South Africa head coach in January 2020 (AFP/Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Who is Jacques Nienaber: Ten things you should know about the Springboks head coachJacques Nienaber has held various coaching positions with Free State, the Stormers, Munster and South Africa.Nienaber was the defence coach when the 2019 Springboks won the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Then in January 2020, he succeeded Rassie Erasmus as the Bok head coach.Nienaber and Erasmus – the South African director of rugby – will continue to work closely during the series against the British & Irish Lions and in the lead-up to the 2023 World Cup.Here are a few more facts and stats about the ‘new’ man at the helm of the world champions.Ten things you should know about Jacques Nienaber1. Nienaber was born on 16 October 1972 and grew up in Welkom, a small town in the northern Free State.While he attended Grey College, a famous rugby school in Bloemfontein that has produced 46 Springboks, he wasn’t – by his own admission – a particularly good rugby player. Endurance sports, such as running and cross country, were Nienaber’s forte.2. Nienaber studied physiotherapy at the University of the Free State. He never intended to be a rugby coach. His greatest ambition as a young man was to serve as the physio to the national team.3. Nienaber is married to Elmarie, who is also a qualified physiotherapist. The couple have two children, Carlo and Lila.Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber during their time at Munster (Sportsfile/Getty Images)4. Nienaber met Rassie Erasmus during their military conscription days in the early 1990s. After Nienaber qualified as a physiotherapist, he worked with various sports teams such as Free State and the Cats – a Super 12 franchise comprised of Free State and Golden Lions players.His role evolved, and he was soon given an opportunity as the strength and conditioning coach at the Cheetahs. Nienaber learnt a great deal from Erasmus during those years, and eventually made the transition to defence coach.Related: Jacques Nienaber’s journey from physio to Springboks defensive mastermind5. Erasmus recognised Nienaber’s potential as a coach from an early stage. After he accepted a director of rugby position at the Stormers in late 2007, he included Nienaber on his coaching staff. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img He subsequently took Nienaber with him to Munster in 2016. When the Springboks came calling in late 2017, Erasmus made sure that Nienaber would have a prominent role on the South African coaching staff.6. The Stormers developed a fearsome defensive reputation thanks to Nienaber’s input. The Cape franchise qualified for the 2010 Super 14 final, and topped the table after the league phase on the back of a dominant defensive showing.Nienaber worked with the Springboks as a consultant ahead of the 2011 World Cup, and had a brief stint with the national side in early 2016 before moving with Erasmus to Munster.In 2018, he was given a permanent role with the team and allowed to develop a system that would ultimately win South Africa the 2019 World Cup. The Boks conceded just four tries over the course of the seven-game campaign.7. Nienaber continues to practice as a physiotherapist. In fact, it was due to his status as a medical professional that he was given access to the field during the World Cup. This allowed him to communicate and relay tactical messages to the team at crucial stages of a contest.8. Nienaber was appointed Springbok head coach in January 2020. The man himself has admitted that he has never been a head coach before – not even for a club side.However, Erasmus and the powers that be have been grooming Nienaber for the position for some time. Such a promotion from within the ranks is a first for South African rugby.9. Following his appointment, Nienaber joked that he would never get used to players calling him ‘Coach’. He’s walked a long road with individuals like Duane Vermeulen and Siya Kolisi, and they know him simply by his nickname, ‘Nienas’.10. Nienaber’s first season at the helm was meant to include Tests against Scotland and Georgia, a full Rugby Championship campaign and an end-of-year tour to Europe. The Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant restrictions forced the Boks to miss the entire 2020 season, though.Nienaber’s first Test in charge, some 18 months after his appointment, will be against Georgia in July. The South African took an unconventional route to coaching, as Jon Cardinelli explainslast_img read more

A national blue-green alliance gets a big push in Seattle

first_img Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Comments (1) 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 Joanne Leslie says: Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA By Dick GillettPosted Mar 5, 2012 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Dick Gillette[Episcopal News Service] The visibility and power of a national blue-green alliance, focused on labor and environmental issues at the nation’s principal ports, took a big step forward last month in Seattle as almost 400 port truckers left their trucks, partially shutting down the port for several days in protest.The truckers-mainly from East African countries-are protesting their status as “independent contractors,” which deprives them of the usual benefits of employee status such as health insurance, workers comp, and social security. They want recognition as employees of the big shipping companies they drive for, and they want the companies to own the trucks, assuming responsibility for truck safety and repair conditions and paying the insurance on their loads. As compensation for the heavy responsibilities they bear, the drivers make an average of about $28,500 a year, out of which come various expenses borne as truck owners.The Seattle protest was the most recent of similar protests taking place over the past four years and more in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, and New York/New Jersey, all with the strong involvement of faith groups in those cities, including Episcopal clergy and lay people. The blue-green alliance, called the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, is pushing for a major cleanup of the air around the ports befouled by diesel fumes from the aging trucks, and for the emergence of the drivers from what has been called a “sweatshop on wheels” work environment. (For example, drivers are forbidden to exit their trucks to take a bathroom break while at work, forcing many to carry “pee bottles” in their cabs.)As employees they would be protected under federal labor laws, and have the right to collective bargaining.In August of last year, 17 young adult Episcopalians from around the country came to Seattle for a five-day Eco-Justice immersion experience. The group toured the port, met with port drivers, visited impacted neighborhoods, and learned from local organizers.The port tour helped make those and other Seattle eco-justice connections clear as the young adults heard about low wages, poor working conditions, air and noise pollution, and environmental health impacts. The event was sponsored by the Episcopal Church’s Office for Economic and Environmental Affairs and the Office of Young Adult Leadership and Vocations.In early February, I was privileged to be present at an extraordinary organizing meeting of about 300 highly energized Seattle drivers, who ran the meeting themselves. The drivers, mainly from Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and other East African countries, exhibited a notable respect for the democratic process in the way they conducted their meeting. One repeatedly disruptive person was nonetheless freely allowed to voice her views. It struck me powerfully that the leaders that night, many of whom were refugees from brutally antidemocratic and authoritarian regimes, had early on absorbed Americans’ respect for the democratic process, and were putting it into practice in their meeting, perhaps doing it better than we ourselves sometimes do.Here in Seattle, the drivers’ walkout was heavily reported by the press; and the strong support of many community, labor and religious supporters, including Muslim leaders, unexpectedly resulted in the passage of a bill late last month in the lower chamber of the Washington State Legislature to recognize the drivers as employees, thus abolishing their independent contractor status. Although the bill died in the state senate, the Port of Seattle and the large shipping companies have been sobered by the sudden emergence of the port drivers and their community allies.As for the drivers, they returned to work after a two-week walkout without major retaliation against them by the companies, and continue to build support from the rest of the 1,500 port drivers as well as from the public. In support of the state senate bill giving the drivers employee status, Greg Rickel, Episcopal Bishop of Olympia and a steadfast supporter of the port drivers’ actions for justice, in a letter to the chair of the State Senate Labor and Commerce Committee wrote: “In our church tradition, we ask newly baptized persons to take a vow to uphold ‘the dignity and respect of every human being.’ [This proposed law] … seems to be the most pressing because it does, in fact, bear on the dignity and respect of human beings.”Nationally, a decisive change in the federal law that governs environmental and working conditions at all the ports is needed. We can all support the Clean Ports Act of 2011 (HR 572). Address comments to U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Florida), chair of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, or ranking committee member U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia).— The Rev. Dick Gillett, a long-time advocate and activist for worker justice, lives in Seattle.center_img Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME March 6, 2012 at 12:02 am Dear Dick,It’s great to hear your voice, as always, passionate and clear on behalf of justice for workers. There do seem to be these glimmers of hope, just enough to keep us going. Our recent success here in California is getting enough signatures to put the SAFE proposition (voting on the death penalty) on the ballot in November. Small steps towards a better world. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Love, Joanne Press Release Service Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 A national blue-green alliance gets a big push in Seattle Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Comments are closed. 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