Scotland v Argentina: talking points

first_img Peace and love: Scotland’s players are clearly delighted after beating Argentina at Murrayfield Scotland turned in a scintillating five-try performance against the Pumas. With the All Blacks on their way, Rory Baldwin looks at what we learnt from last week. If the stick he offers is being dropped, the carrot is the chance to be in a winning team. It’s hard not to buy into it, but the real test of Cotter’s reign as coach may come next week against his homeland of New Zealand, and how the new-look Scotland copes with the near-inevitable reversal from victory to defeat. If Cotter coaxes an incredibly unlikely result out against the All Blacks, then he really will be the real deal.To read RW’s exclusive interview with a tough-talking Ross Ford, check out the December issue of Rugby World – in shops now! Visit po.st/RWSub for all the latest Rugby World subscription deals, or find out how to download the digital edition of the magazine at po.st/RWDig. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The 24-cap veteran Stuart Hogg is only 22 and even Richie Gray is only 25, so large parts of this team should be together in the dark blue for years to come. With Scotland having for so long stuck with the tried and tested when it was clearly not working, it is refreshing to find our coaches trusting in young talent and being rewarded.Fear is the keyWhen sometime captain Kelly Brown was dropped from the squad in favour of in-form London Irish openside Blair Cowan, it was a clear announcement from Cotter that the old guard were no longer safe in a listless Scotland side racking up caps without signs of progress.Cotter hasn’t completely left the previous generation behind, but those who remain, like Greig Laidlaw and Ross Ford, know there is a real danger of being dumped for a younger model. Ford’s continuing inability to hook aside, they both rewarded Cotter with their finest displays in Scotland shirts for years. Richie Gray stepped up to the mark too with a big game, and if Cotter wants to pick his first-choice captain Grant Gilchrist he should have a real fight on his hands from the Gray family.Brothers in arms: The Gray brothers put in a superb performance in the second row togetherCotter could be just what we needPrevious Scotland coaches have perhaps invited more focus on themselves than the players’ abilities. Cotter gives little away in the press conferences, making for less entertainment, but the players clearly respect the new man and his approach to building the team. That approach is grounded not around teaching the players how to play rugby, but enabling them to play a typical Scottish brand of rugby.It may fit under the umbrella of “organised chaos” but it is based around consistency at the set-piece, quick ball, offloading and occasional bouts of lunacy/genius that are the hallmark of the great Scottish teams we watched growing up. We don’t need a hard Kiwi edge, we need a hard Scottish edge. Vern’s done his homework. Confidence is everythingWhatever Vern Cotter has instilled in his team since the summer seems to be working. The players had been given license to try things; to play heads-up rugby. Although there was the odd silly moment, they are close enough as a group of players not to try anything too rash and let their team-mates down. The result: five tries that were (aside from Tommy Seymour’s interception) the product of rugby so simple, someone less jaded by false dawns might call it breathtaking.By playing efficiently, Scotland made remarkably few mistakes even in slippery conditions, in contrast to Argentina who took a step back from their first Rugby Championship win.Indiscipline still costs usThe downside this time was a reduced gloss on the scoreboard, which as punishments received by Scotland teams in the past was bearable. Nonetheless, a period of indiscipline in the second half saw Scotland play nearly the final quarter down to 14 men, as first Rob Harley then Jim Hamilton were sent to the bin by Wayne Barnes.A penalty try in the scrum and two further soft scores reduced the margin of victory to ten points, and if they’d kicked all the penalties they were offered, Argentina would have been much closer. From the form they displayed in the first half Scotland were well worth a 20-point victory, but similar lapses against New Zealand could result in more than just wounded pride.Boss Hogg: Stuart Hogg charges in to add to Scotland’s try tally at the weekendIf they’re ready, they’re readyThere was great composure shown by Scotland’s youngsters, several of whom have caps numbering in single figures. Finn Russell (now with three caps), Adam Ashe (two) Mark Bennett (one) and Jonny Gray (six) all had mature games, with Russell’s kicking from hand composed and Jonny Gray a constant presence in the loose and in defence.last_img read more

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Champions Cup: Clubs ready themselves for European adventure

first_img The Champs: Saracens are favourites to go back-to-back The Champions Cup starts in earnest this month with enough high-profile clashes to whet the appetite of the most ardent Euro sceptic. The English leg of EPCR’s (European Professional Club Rugby) whistlestop tour of Europe took place at a sun-bathed Stoop in South-West London last week, with Brad Barritt, Saracens’ teak-tough captain given the honour of entering the room holding the trophy they won back in May.There’s little doubt Mark McCall’s men will be heavily backed to go ‘back-to-back’, having, on-paper at least, strengthened their squad. With Alex Lozowski shining in Owen Farrell‘s absence, Barritt later enthused that Schalk Burger was relishing any sort of competition which pits him against Springboks Bryan Habana and Duane Vermeulen on the opening weekend at the Stade Mayol.Indeed, there’s no lack of box-office ties in the opening rounds. The opening salvos sees last season’s finalists, Racing 92 duking it out with two-time champions Munster, and Exeter Chiefs going toe-to-toe with last season’s sparring partners Clermont Auvergne.All smiles: English club captains raise a smile at the EPCR launchWho will lift the trophy? Well the usual suspects spring to mind. Saracens are among the favourites, along with Racing 92 and a spluttering Toulon, but many are backing Wasps lifting a first Cup since 2004, with Kurtley Beale and Willie Le Roux still to add to their arsenal, despite Dai Young‘s protestations of an extra burden of pressure.Speaking to the tournament’s organisers, it’s clear the action can’t come quick enough. The EPCR’s Chairman Simon Halliday was keen to stress that with all the destabilising talk of the global calendar swirling around, they remained an integral part in the jigsaw and were intent on becoming more powerful, “the EPCR has signed a long-term agreement to ensure it will be a central part of North Hemisphere rugby”, before adding that, “we want to manage aggressive growth as our clubs get stronger and stronger.”Going all the way: Wasps have the look of potential Champions with their early season formThere was also a bullish message about tickets sold for the 2016/17 finals at Murrayfield, with 20,000 paying fans ready to put bums on seats and organisers remain confident they will improve their semi-final attendances after last year’s semis were had the poorest overall numbers for 15 years.Amid the fanfare, there was an acceptance that the competition has taken time to bed in and was no overnight success. Many, with a nostalgic glint in their eye, still argue that it has yet to reach the hearts and minds in the same way the old Heineken Cup did and the fact the Celtic nations provided not one side in the knock-out stages was taken as a sign by many disgruntled fans that a French-English duopoly could become the norm and weaken the tournament’s appeal as a bonafide pan-European tournament. TAGS: Saracens LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img These concerns have all been aired and listened to and there’s no lack of resolve on the organisers part to redress any perceived emotional void, with plans for a fan village, and renewed efforts to ingratiate the competition into the fabric of club rugby. “We have a new team, new location, new structure and new format and it’s about time we got onto the front foot and promoted the tournament’s strengths and identity”, opined Halliday.Usual suspects: Toulon and Racing 92 will be among the favourites for the trophyThere was also a tacit acknowledgement that time was required to ‘grow a tournament’, and that includes commercial ambitions. Twelve months ago Turkish Airlines were named as a principal sponsor alongside Heineken and a further sponsor is expected to be added to the roster in the coming weeks. Definite signs of progress, but still work to do.Vincent Gaillard, EPCR’s director general, maintained the upbeat stance by saying they’d had ‘more applications than ever before’ 2018 tender process and were keen to expand into new markets. There was more tub-thumping rhetoric about the club game’s health. “After a couple of very difficult years with the transition of two organizations, the ERC to the EPCR, we feel in a good place.”In a matter of days, the slick montages, hyperbole and positive spin will be replaced by blood, sweat and tears of players hellbent on taking the highroad to Edinburgh.It’s be time to strap-in for a season of European intrigue. The start of the Champions and Challenge Cup starts in 10 days time and for the tournament’s organisers the action can’t come quickly enoughlast_img read more

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Super Rugby – Australian Conference Guide

first_img Collapse Super Rugby – New Zealand Conference Guide Title Drought: The Waratahs were the last Australian side to win the title, back in 2014 (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Super Rugby – Australian Conference GuideThe 2018 Super Rugby competition looks very different from its 2017 edition, with three fewer teams, rules changes and a new format. For all the details of those changes, visit our Super Rugby explained article.It was a pretty dour year for Australian rugby, for example they had 26 losses and no victories against New Zealand sides. But let’s take a look at the five sides in the Australian conference looking to stop that trend.BrumbiesChristian Lealiifano has returned from Pro14 side Ulster and is excited to start a new chapter with the Brumbies.“The big idea of heading over (to Ulster) was to refresh, to come back rejuvenated and to experience the type of footy over there was sensational,” Lealiifano said. “I’ve known the Brumbies my whole life and to experience a new culture was really enjoyable for me.”However, David Pocock, who has returned after a year-long sabbatical, has needed knee surgery, which will set his return to action back by at least 12 weeks. One of his back-row colleagues, Scott Fardy, has also departed for Leinster.Finally, coach and Wallaby legend Stephen Larkham left his post to become an assistant coach for the Australia national side and he has been replaced by Dan McKellar.Frustrated: Knee surgery will keep David Pocock out for at least 12 weeks (Getty Images)Notable InsMatt Lucas (Waratahs)Notable OutsTomas Cubelli (Jaguares), Saia Fainga’a (London Irish), Scott Fardy (Leinster)PredictionWill do well to get anywhere near a play-off spot.Melbourne RebelsCoach Tony McGahan has left to become an assistant for the Reds and he’s been replaced by former Western Force head coach David Wessels.Unlike the Force, the Rebels avoided the ARU’s axe and it is not all bad in Melbourne, the signings of Adam Coleman and Will Genia being particularly noteworthy. Coleman has become a key member of the Wallabies side and will take up the captaincy role for the Rebels.Genia is one of the best scrum-halves in the world and his skills and leadership will be vital to their success.Vital signing: The Rebels have done well to sign Will Genia (Getty Images)Notable InsAdam Coleman (Force), Will Genia (Stade Francais), Dane Haylett-Petty (Force), Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs)Notable OutsMitch Inman (Oyonnax), Sean McMahon (Suntory Sungoliath), Jake Schatz (London Irish), Toby Smith (Hurricanes)PredictionWill battle it out with the Sunwolves for the unwanted title of the worst side in the competition.RedsNew coach Brad Thorn has already caused quite a stir in his new role in Queensland. After four wins and 11 losses last season, it is not surprising he wants to make changes, yet he has shocked many by saying Wallabies Quade Cooper and Nick Frisby will not be part of his plans.As a result, Cooper has been demoted down to Brisbane club rugby, whereas Frisby has been signed by Bordeaux as a medical joker in the Top 14.Related: Medical Jokers in the Top 14  Snubbed: Quade Cooper will not be part of Brad Thorn’s plans in the Reds set-up (Getty Images)Notable InsJono Lance (Force)Notable OutsStephen Moore (retired), Rob Simmons (Waratahs)PredictionThe omission of Cooper has caused controversy down under so Thorn is already on the back foot. It will be surprising if they get near the play-offs.SunwolvesThere is a lot of excitement in Japanese rugby at the moment with the World Cup a year away. There is also the belief that rugby is trending in the right direction in Japan with it growing significantly in high schools and colleges. According to Shane Williams, there are just more better players around now.Related: Shane Williams discusses the 2019 World CupAnd the introduction of the Sunwolves Super Rugby franchise has helped, despite their poor form. They had two wins and 13 losses last year so have brought in former Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph, who is also in charge of the Japan national team, to make changes. He has said he will be targeting a top-five finish.In terms of signings, Michael Leitch brings skill and experience to the back of the scrum – and he is a folk hero in Japan.Hero: Leitch led Japan to a memorable victory over South Africa in the 2015 World Cup (Getty Images)Notable InsLappies Labuschagne (Kubota Spears), Michael Leitch (Chiefs), Robbie Robinson (Ricoh Black Rams)Notable OutsNonePredictionWill struggle in 2018 and likely to be competing with the Rebels at the bottom of the table.WaratahsIn 2018, the Waratahs back-line is laced with Wallabies and the addition of Kurtley Beale specifically brings creativity and huge experience to the centre or full-back positions.The forwards, on the other hand, may struggle as they will be heavily reliant on Michael Hooper, Rob Simmons and Sekope Kepu.Interestingly, the Waratahs are the only side in the conference not to have a new head coach – Daryl Gibson remains in charge – so continuity is heavily on their side.Leaders: Foley and Hooper will look to get the Waratahs back to winning ways (Getty Images)Notable InsKurtley Beale (Wasps), Rob Simmons (Reds)Notable OutsRob Horne (Northampton Saints), Matt Lucas (Brumbies), Dean Mumm (retired), Will Skelton (Saracens)PredictionWill bounce back in 2018, topping the Australian conference. Super Rugby 2018 Explained Expand Super Rugby – South African Conference Guide There are team changes, rule changes and a… Expand Super Rugby – New Zealand Conference Guide Super Rugby – South African Conference Guide The strongest group in the competition, the New… Super Rugby 2018 Explained The Brumbies were the only Australian side to make the play-offs last year, so in 2018, the conference is trying to put that right The exodus of South African players continued in…last_img read more

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Miami Dolphins Win Thanks To Rugby Style Touchdown

first_img Expand Trying to think of what sport this action reminds me of… https://t.co/zoGvh8BBfq— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) December 10, 2018 ESPN Writer Claims “USA Would Dominate Rugby If NFL Stars Played” ESPN writer Kevin Van Valkenburg has recently claimed… Collapse LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Clearly, World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper saw the similarity to rugby in the play…. Rugby and the NFL: The exchange of ideas between union and American Football Captaining the @AtlantaFalcons one year on from playing… Expand Rugby and the NFL: The exchange of ideas…center_img Given the success of both of these plays, who knows, maybe more NFL coaches will start looking towards rugby for inspiration in their moves.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news in the world of rugby. Rugby and the NFL: The exchange of ideas between union and American Football Former rugby star Alex Gray captains NFL’s Atlanta Falcons The Dolphins beat the New England Patriots thanks to a crazy, rugby style, last minute play. Former rugby star Alex Gray captains NFL’s Atlanta Falcons ESPN Writer Claims “USA Would Dominate Rugby If NFL Stars Played” Miami Dolphins Win Thanks To Rugby Style TouchdownAside from the obvious violence and tackling, there is rarely commonality between rugby and American football, especially in relation to passing the ball. After all, the quarterback throws the ball forward with regularity, which of course is not allowed in rugby.However, the Miami Dolphins performed a brilliant rugby-style move last weekend to pull off a comeback win against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. THE MIRACLE AT HARD ROCK STADIUM » @NFLonCBS#NEvsMIA #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/Aoc1L5LcGG— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 9, 2018Needing to go 70 yards with time expiring, quarterback Ryan Tannehill made a quick pass to receiver Kenny Stills who passed to DaVante Parker who then passed to running back Kenyan Drake in a move that would have looked at home in Eden Park or Twickenham.Drake then sprinted down the sideline before receiving good blocking to eventually run the ball into the end-zone in what is now being called the ‘Miracle in Miami’. Indeed, that was not the only rugby-esque move in the NFL this weekend.The Pittsburgh Steelers were facing the same kind of scenario against the Oakland Raiders. With 11 seconds left on their own 30-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger passed to James Washington, who produced a small pop pass to fellow wide-receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, who performed a slick loop move to get into open space.However, this time the defence was just about able to recover and stop him from scoring a touchdown, which proved decisive because the Steelers kicker came on and missed his kick to tie the game.last_img read more

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Competition: Your chance to lead England into Twickenham

first_img SUPER SATURDAY is now an iconic fixture in the rugby calendar – and this year you could be part of it.The 2019 Guinness Six Nations reaches its climax on Saturday 16th March, with Italy v France in Rome followed by Wales v Ireland in Cardiff and ending with England v Scotland at Twickenham.There is sure to be drama aplenty across the three matches – and here’s your chance to play a leading role at Twickenham, where England will be aiming to reclaim the Calcutta Cup having lost 25-13 to Scotland at BT Murrayfield last season.As Performance Partner to England Rugby, Mitsubishi Motors are offering one lucky fan the chance to lead England into Twickenham in Mitsubishi’s versatile 4×4, the Shogun Sport, ahead the final match of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.The winner will escort the team coach into the stadium and get to soak up the brilliant atmosphere from close quarters as supporters herald the arrival of the matchday squad.Fine line-up: You could lead the team to the Rose and Poppy GatesThe prize also includes two match tickets and a pre-game tour. Following the game, the winner and their guest will enjoy a night’s stay at the luxurious five-star hotel Pennyhill Park, home to the Mitsubishi Motors England Rugby Training Centre.The competition closes on Monday 4th March. Terms and conditions apply. To enter, please CLICK HERE. Here’s your opportunity to play a leading role at the Calcutta Cup thanks to Mitsubishi Motors in the UK (See below for details on how to enter) In 2017 Mitsubishi Motors rolled out a new grassroots initiative, Kit4Clubs, which allows rugby clubs to receive new playing equipment, training gear and rugby kit in return for completing test drives with their local Mitsubishi Motors dealership.For more information about Mitsubishi Motors’ rugby partnership, please click here.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS DRIVING ENGLAND’S PERFORMANCEMitsubishi Motors have been the Official Performance Partner of England Rugby since the start of 2016/17 season. As a global brand with heritage in innovation, Mitsubishi Motors is a fitting performance partner for England Rugby.This partnership includes title sponsorship of the Mitsubishi Motors England Rugby Training Centre at Pennyhill Park. The partnership sees Mitsubishi Motors support the next generation of England players, as principal partner and front of shirt sponsor of the England U20s and U18s.Nice ride: Mitsubishi’s versatile 4×4 – the Shogun SportAs part of the partnership, Mitsubishi Motors and the RFU have developed the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme. The aim is to provide the local rugby community and grassroots rugby clubs with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up an integral part of the game. With awards evenings, unbeatable match day hospitality and money-can’t-buy experiences including watching the senior squad train, England Rugby and Mitsubishi Motors are rewarding the volunteers who make grassroots rugby happen.last_img read more

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The benefits of Amazon Prime for rugby fans

first_imgWatch 14 Test matches live on Prime Video this autumn LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 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. Buy Now from Amazon for £69.99Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport HeadphonesYou get up to five hours of playing time on these headphones with each charge so you’ll be able to listen to your favourite podcasts or music on a long run or during a lengthy gym session. Plus, you can save 38% if you buy them on Amazon Prime Day (RRP £179.95).Buy Now from Amazon for £110.99Fitbit Inspire Health & Fitness TrackerThis Fitbit (RRP £69.99), which keeps track of your activity, comes in five colours and you can get more than £30 off right now.Buy Now from Amazon for £38.99Amazon KindleWant to read all the latest rugby books but don’t want to carry around those hardback editions? You can save £25 on an Amazon Kindle (RRP £69.99) and download those books straight to the device.Buy Now from Amazon for £44.99Hatteker Professional Hair ClippersWant to be able to cut your hair or trim your beard at home? Save 23% on these hairclippers (RRP £26.98), which come with myriad attachments.Buy Now from Amazon for £26.98And don’t forget we also have an incredible offer on Rugby World magazine right now. Take out a subscription and get three issues for just £5. International rugby is coming to Prime Video! Watch 14 top-class Autumn Nations Cup matches live in November and December pic.twitter.com/scTfbp48eh— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) September 11, 2020If it’s just the live rugby you’re after, you could sign up in the week the Autumn Nations Cup kicks off – Italy v Scotland and England v Georgia back-to-back on Saturday 14 November are the first matches being shown by Prime Video – and then you’d have access to all four tournament weekends.And if you just sign up for Prime Video, without the other benefits, the price is £5.99 a month. With 14 games in that period, it works out at less than 50p a Test – great value! – and you can cancel at the end of the tournament.However, if you sign up for Amazon Prime today, you could also take advantage of the myriad offers available to members on Prime Day (13-14 October).As well as rugby-specific deals, here are a few others that should appeal…Fire TV CubeSave £40 if you sign up for the Ultra HD streaming media player (RRP £109.99), which allows you to watch the likes of Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and, of course, Prime Video. Perfect for streaming those Autumn Nations Cup matches! Opening act: Italy v Scotland will be the first Autumn Nations Cup match shown on Amazon Prime (Getty Images) The benefits of Amazon Prime for rugby fansThere is a feast of international rugby coming up in the northern hemisphere – and for the first time Amazon Prime Video will be showing matches.The on-demand streaming service will be showing 14 of the 16 Autumn Nations Cup matches live in November and December, so now is the ideal time for UK rugby fans to sign up to Amazon Prime.Sign up to Amazon PrimeFor those who are already Prime members, they will be able to watch Test rugby at no extra cost. If you’re not already signed up to Amazon Prime, it costs £7.99 a month in the UK – and if you haven’t used the service before you can get a 30-day FREE trial.Other benefits of being an Amazon Prime member include unlimited Premium Delivery on Amazon orders, access to more than two million songs on Amazon Music and eBooks, magazines and comics.Prime Video also has great offerings for rugby fans on top of the live Test rugby. Membership gives you access to the All or Nothing series that takes you behind the scenes in the All Blacks camp, a two-part biopic on Jonah Lomu as well as documentaries like Pacific Warriors, XV: Beyond the Tryline and Chasing Great: The Richie McCaw Story.last_img read more

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Referees for Lions series revealed

first_imgNic Berry, Ben O’Keeffe and Mathieu Raynal will call the Springboks Tests We now know who the referees for Lions series in South Africa will be.World Rugby have released the names of the match officials for all upcoming Tests and amongst those are the big ones in South Africa. However, first up is the match between the British & Irish Lions and Japan at Murrayfield. This will be refereed by Pascal Gaüzère (France).Then it’s onto the three Tests between the world champion Springboks and the tourists. The first Test will be refereed by Nic Berry (Australia). Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) will take charge of Test two. Mathieu Raynal (France) has the reins for Test three. Each official will also performing assistant referee duties during the cycle as well.Brendon Pickerill of New Zealand will act as Television Match Official (TMO) for all three Test matches in South Africa.World Rugby have also added that: “With a need to maintain a bubble, the Lions tour matches will feature non-neutral appointments with Wayne Barnes (England), Jaco Peyper and AJ Jacobs (both South Africa) taking charge of matches” throughout the tour. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Nic Berry will call the first Test, in Cape Town (Getty Images) center_img Talking of the appointments, chairman of the World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee, Graham Mourie said: “The British & Irish Lions Tests against South Africa and Japan are a natural focus for rugby fans – and congratulations to Pascal, Nic, Ben and Mathieu on their appointments – but I would also like to extend my congratulations to everyone selected. I am sure they will do their nations proud.”World Rugby Head of Match Officials Joël Jutge added: “With just over two years to go until Rugby World Cup 2023 and elite and international rugby returning around the world, the July internationals provide an important opportunity to build momentum, further develop our culture across the team of officials and focus on consistency of decision-making.“I have been pleased by how the team of match officials have responded to the challenge of the pandemic despite several not being able to perform on the international stage. We have developed a strong bond and culture and we are ready for what will be a very busy July and August.” 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

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Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year message

first_imgArchbishop of Canterbury’s New Year message TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC 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 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 Rector Tampa, FL center_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Posted Jan 3, 2012 Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Archbishop of Canterbury [Lambeth Palace] Speaking in his annual BBC New Year message, the Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on the importance that Christianity bestows on young people and challenges us to actively support our local youth facilities and opportunities which, he argues, play a crucial part in a healthy society.In reflecting on the events of the summer which showed us “a face of our society we don’t like to think about – angry, destructive, lawless”, Dr Williams urges us to recognise that this destruction was the work of a minority and that most of the young people of their generation  “strongly shared the general feeling of dismay at this behaviour”.On a visit to Kids’ Company in south London, Archbishop Rowan Williams talked with some of the young people, witnessing not only their energy in helping those less fortunate then themselves but also their determination to make something of their own lives – and how charities such as Kids’s Company are helping them:“When you see the gifts they can offer, the energy that can be released when they feel safe and loved, you see what a tragedy we so often allow to happen.  Look at the work done by groups like the Children’s Society or by the astonishing network of Kids’ Company here in London, and you see what can be done to wake up that energy and let it flourish for everyone’s good”Finally, the Archbishop urges us to recognise how our own actions can make a real difference to society:“… being grown-up doesn’t mean forgetting about the young.  And a good New Year’s Resolution might be to think what you can do locally to support facilities for young people, to support opportunities for counselling and learning and enjoyment in a safe environment.  And above all, perhaps we should just be asking how we make friends with our younger fellow citizens – for the sake of our happiness as well as theirs.”The full transcript of the Archbishop’s message is below:Quite a lot of the images we’re likely to remember from the footage of the riots in the summer will be of young people out of control in the streets, walking off with looted property from shops, noisily confronting police and so on.  It all feeds into the national habit of being suspicious and hostile when we see groups of youngsters on street corners or outside shops and bus shelters.  We walk a bit more quickly and hope we can pass without some sort of confrontation.The events of the summer were certainly horrific.  They showed us a face of our society we don’t like to think about – angry, destructive, lawless.  But it’s crucial to remember that what we saw on the streets in August was just one facet of a bigger and much more heartbreaking problem.  The youngsters out on the streets may have looked like a big crowd, but they are a minority of their generation – the minority whose way of dealing with their frustrations was by way of random destructiveness and irritability. Most people of their own age strongly shared the general feeling of dismay at this behaviour.I’ve come to visit the charity Kids’ Company in London where today a lot of young people are joining together to pack food parcels for needy families in the neighbourhood. When you have a chance of talking to young people like this you really get a sense of how they feel about the society they’re in and the challenges they face:We have to ask, what kind of society is it that lets down so many of its young people? That doesn’t provide enough good role models and drives youngsters further into unhappiness and anxiety by only showing them suspicion and negativity. When you see the gifts they can offer, the energy that can be released when they feel safe and loved, you see what a tragedy we so often allow to happen.  Look at the work done by groups like the Children’s Society or by the astonishing network of Kids’ Company here in London, and you see what can be done to wake up that energy and let it flourish for everyone’s good.One of the unique things in the Christian faith, one of its great contributions to our moral vision, is the way it has spoken about children and young people.  Whether it’s Jesus blessing children, or St Paul encouraging a young church leader, saying, ‘Don’t let people look down on you because you’re young’, or St Benedict in his rule for monks saying that you need to pay attention to the youngest as well as the oldest – Christian faith has underlined the essential importance of giving young people the respect they deserve.Of course they’re not infallible; of course they have a lot to learn.  So do we all.  But being grown-up doesn’t mean forgetting about the young.  And a good New Year’s Resolution might be to think what you can do locally to support facilities for young people, to support opportunities for counselling and learning and enjoyment in a safe environment.  And above all, perhaps we should just be asking how we make friends with our younger fellow citizens – for the sake of our happiness as well as theirs. A very happy and blessed New Year to you all. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VAlast_img read more

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Presiding Bishop receives honorary degree from Oxford University

first_img An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Posted Jun 26, 2014 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Margo Fletcher says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET June 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm This Oxford honor bestowed on our Presiding Bishop is quite a surprise to many of us Episcopalians–that may be irrelevant–Presiding Bishop Schori has played it safe and in many venues that is the politiclly smart thing to do, regardless of the critical demands of our world, on the church, on moral justice for all peoples. Thus it must be said we in the Episcopal Church, which has been progressive in the past, is now looking forward to a new Primate/Presiding Bishop to be the Exemplar to act with strong spriritual moral leaders and be the Strong Voice for all the voiceless and vulnerable in our world today. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA Richard Harris says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments are closed. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Tags July 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm Then I respectfully say Mr. Hutt, you are not looking very closely. John B Hills says: Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Michael Patterson says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Erna Lund says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Oxford University on June 25.[Adapted from an Oxford University press release] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was among five prominent figures from the worlds of science, the arts and religion to receive honorary degrees from the University of Oxford on June 25.Jefferts Schori, who received the Degree of Doctor of Divinity, said: “[Oxford] is a place where the life of the mind is honored, where creative thought and connection-making is the primary task of the human being: critical thinking, creative and artistic and beautiful thinking is a way of searching for truth.”The degrees were awarded at Encaenia, the University’s annual honorary degree ceremony. Lord Christopher Patten, chancellor of the University of Oxford, handed the honorands their degrees in the Sheldonian Theatre before lunch was held in The Codrington Library at All Souls College.Sir Anish Kapoor, one of Britain’s foremost sculptors, and Robert Silvers, founding editor of the New York Review of Books, received Degrees of Doctor of Letters.Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1987 for his pioneering studies on the chemical basis of molecular recognition, received the Degree of Doctor of Science.Sir Harrison Birtwistle, a leading British composer, received the Degree of Doctor of Music.Kapoor said: ‘It’s a wonderful thing. I’m thrilled. Oxford is one of the great universities, and I’m thrilled to be part of it. My daughter’s at university here, so that makes it a doubly wonderful thing. [She couldn’t attend the ceremony because] she has exams, alas!‘‘[Oxford] is a wonder. It somehow remains properly alive, because it has such a big student body. Education in great spaces – what more could one ask for?’Lehn said: ‘When you’re an academic, university is the place in which knowledge and education is being gained and transferred. Among those places, there are some very special ones. Oxford is among those very special ones. So it’s a great pleasure and an honor to be here today.’ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID June 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm With respect to Ms. Lund, nonsense. Bishop Jefferts Schori has lent the Presiding Episcopate dignity, courage, wisdom and grace during difficult times for our church and world. She makes me very grateful. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments (5) June 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm What did Oxford University officially say of the Presiding Bishop and to the Presiding Bishop when the degree was awarded to her in the Sheldonian Theatre that day? That is important. I continue to be impressed by what she is like as a person, by her broad and deep concerns, by the depth and breadth of her mind, by what of Jesus I see and hear in her, and by her spirited service to the Church as bishop and chief pastor. Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop receives honorary degree from Oxford University Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 June 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm Privilege saluting privilege! What is new here!I suppose the honorary theology degree for feeding the hungry, housing the homelesschallenging the ‘mighty’ 1% on their economic thrones for justice for the rest of usmight exist in Podunks Community College but constraints of time could not allow to be included on a PB’s agenda. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

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Welby joins world faith leaders in pledge to end slavery

first_img Rector Albany, NY Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby signs the declaration by world faith leaders to end modern slavery by 2020, Rome, Dec. 2, 2014.[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, joined world Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders in Rome today to sign a historic declaration to end modern slavery.The ground-breaking Global Freedom Network – which launched with backing from Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis in March 2014 [link] – brings together faith leaders in a commitment to eradicate modern slavery by 2020 throughout our world and for all time.The Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery signed today underlines that modern slavery – in terms of human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, organ trafficking, and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity – is a crime against humanity, and must be recognised as such by everyone and by all nations.The faith leaders affirmed their common commitment to inspiring spiritual and practical action by all faiths and people of goodwill everywhere to eradicate modern slavery.In an address before the signing, Archbishop Justin described today’s declaration as “a profoundly significant moment”.The leaders had gathered to “affirm a deep shared commitment for the liberation of those humiliated, abused and enslaved by their fellow-human beings,” he said.“There are already close and trusting relationships between us as faith leaders. Our task now is to make these relationships work effectively for the well-being of all people.”Archbishop Justin said faith leaders can make sure that every worshiping community knows about modern slavery and is ready to work to prevent and end such abuses.“As we make this solemn commitment today, my prayer is that we shall by God’s grace play a key role in ending the inhuman practices of modern slavery – practices that disfigure our world and obscure the image of God in men, women and children. We have the will, we have the common purpose, this can be done; may God bless our action together,” he said.Read the Declaration:We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery across the world by 2020 and for all time.In the eyes of God*, each human being is a free person, whether girl, boy, woman or man, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. Modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, organ trafficking, and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity, is a crime against humanity.We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. Today we have the opportunity, awareness, wisdom, innovation and technology to achieve this human and moral imperative.*The Grand Imam of Al Azhar uses the word “religions”.The signatories:• Roman Catholic: Pope Francis• Hindu: Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)• Buddhist: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) (represented by Venerable Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong)• Buddhist: The Most Ven. Datuk K Sri Dhammaratana, Chief High Priest of Malaysia• Jewish: Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka• Jewish: Chief Rabbi David Rosen, KSG, CBE• Orthodox: His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (represented by His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France)• Muslim: Mohamed Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (represented by Dr. Abbas Abdalla Abbas Soliman, Undersecretary of State of Al Azhar Alsharif)• Muslim: Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi• Muslim: Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Basheer Hussain al Najafi (represented by Sheikh Naziyah Razzaq Jaafar, Special advisor of Grand Ayatollah)• Muslim: Sheikh Omar Abboud• Anglican: Most Revd and Right Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Posted Dec 3, 2014 Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Welby joins world faith leaders in pledge to end slavery Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ center_img 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Archbishop of Canterbury Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more

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