The Manu Samoa team to play Ireland this Saturday shows a wealth of experience at the highest level with eight of the starting XV playing in either the French Top 14 League or the English Premiership. In the backline, Samoa boast two powerful wings in Wasps David Lemi and Alesana Tuilagi, who played for Leicester in the 2009 Heineken Cup final against Leinster.Inside centre Mapusua will be well known to Ireland as he played for London Irish in the recent Heineken Cup pool match against Munster and he will be relying on outhalf Tasesa Lavea, another player with considerable experience in the Heineken Cup and French league with his club Clermont Auvergne, to supply him with attacking opportunities.The side is captained by hooker Mahonri Schwalger, who plays his rugby with New Zealand province Taranaki and is part of a front row which also has premiership experience in prop Sakaria Taulafo. No.8 George Stowers, who also plays for London Irish in the Premiership, anchors a pack made of players, with the exception of former Connacht star Ofisa Trevarinus, who currently play in either the New Zealand provincial competitions or in Europe.Tickets for the game against Manu Samoa are still available for purchase as single tickets from www.irishrugby.ie up until this Friday or from the IRFU offices at 10-12 Lansdowne Road on the day of the game right up until kick off at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at €50 for adults and €20 for school children. The Manu Samoa Team to play Ireland in the Guinness Series this Saturday, 13th November 2010 (K.O. 2.30pm) at the Avia Stadium is as follows:15 – Paul Williams (Clermont Auvergne)14 – David Lemi (Wasps)13 – George Pisi (Taranaki)12 – Seilala Mapusua (London Irish)11 – Alesana Tuilagi (Leicester)10 – Tasesa Lavea (Clermont Auvergne)9 – Kahn Fotualii (Canterbury)1 – Sakaria Taulafo (Wasps)2 – Mahonri Schwalger (Taranaki) Captain LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 22 – Jamie Helleur (Auckland) 3 – Anthony Perenise (Hawkes Bay)4 – Filipo Lavea Levi (Newcastle)5 – Kane Thompsen (Southland)6 – Ofisa Trevarinus (Malie, Samoa)7 – Manaia Salavea (Narbonne)8 – George Stowers (London Irish)Replacements:16 – Tii Paulo (Clermont Auvergne)17 – Simon Lemalu (Counties Manukau)18 – Iosefa Tekori (Castres)19 – Afa Aiono (Leulumoega, Samoa)20 – Junior Poluleuligaga (Exeter)21 – Gavin Williams (Clermont Auvergne)
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS [imagebrowser id=22]New year, new Rugby World brings you everything you need to kick off your rugby year in style and added to that we are offering you a New Year bonus by knocking 50p off his issue, so it costs just £3.60!Inside we talk to some of the biggest names in the game as we head towards the 2012 RBS 6 Nations – Danny Care, Richie Gray, Jamie Heaslip and Matthew Rees are our cover stars. We also set out our plan for rugby in 2012, meet a rising star of the English game, from Gloucester, and kick off a new series called It Started Here with London Irish’s Paul Hodgson…and it that isn’t enough we shine the spotlight on seven great rugby charities. We hope you enjoy it!———————————————————————————————————————————————–The Front Row…30 minutes with Dan NortonNew year, new you! – Five fitness tips to kick start your new yearHotshots – Will Addison (Sale) and Rhodri Williams (Scarlets)Graham Rowntree – England’s forwards coach on his hopes for the new regimePaul Wallace – The former Ireland prop picks his 2013 Lions head coachLawrence Dallaglio’s charity cycle, from Greece to London with Freddie FlintoffSpotlights…Stuart Lancaster – England’s interim head coach is a relative unkown. Ian Stafford turns detective to find out all about himIan Evans – Playing for Wales is the ultimate reward after the Ospreys locks’s injury run. by Sarah MockfordConor Murray – The young Munsterman won’t be giving up the Ireland No9 jersey without a fight, says Katie FieldMax Evans – The Scotland wing tells katie Field why he’s desperate to turn narrow defeats into Calcutta Cup winsThe Centres…Danny Care – The scrum-half says winning is the only way to get England’s detractors off their backMatthew Rees – Wales’ former captain knows he’s got his work cut out if he’s to regain the No 2 jerseyJamie Heaslip – The No 8 is confident Ireland can achieve big things in 2012 – and isn’t afraid to say soRichie Gray – The giant lock on his move to Sale and his hopes for Scotland’s Six NationsTechnical Zone – Make your team’s No 8 a driving force at the back of the scrum with our expert tips Mini Rugby – A game to get your minis practising evasive running. Plus, master the loop moveFitness Zone – How rugby differs from NFL and a workout to maintain your upper-body strengthReview of 2011 – From splashing down to crashing out, we look back at last year’s highs and lowsObituaries – We pay tribute to some of the rugby world’s treasured family members who’ve passed awaEngland coach Stuart Barnes analyses the contenders and picks his back-room team for EnglandReplacing Shane – Shane Williams will never wear a Wales shirt again. So who will take his place?Photo Special – These pictures show rugby in some of the wettest, coldest and muddiest conditionsCharity work – Fancy doing your bit for charity this year? Here are some good ways to help out – rugby style!Wishes for 2012 – The laws, Test windows, sevens and attacking rugby all feature on Stephen Jones’s wish-listRising star – Meet wing Charlie Sharples – Gloucester’s potent try-scorer and an England hopefulIt started here – In the first of our new series, Paul Hodgson takes us back to his first club, Sutton & EpsomThe Backs…Club guide – All your grass-roots news, plus our Team of the Month and School Team of the MonthNaked Truth – Jersey juggernaut Matt Banahan’s rugby riseArmchair zone – The latest books and productsTour tale – Video analysis goes wrong on a Chippenham U16s tour———————————————————————————————————————————————–Click here to subscribe to Rugby WorldClick here to find out where to buy Rugby World Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip celebrates scoring a try during the 6 Nations International rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland on February 27, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Paul Ellis (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images) Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.
Too rebellious for the Rebels: Jamesy boyEuropean super-powers may be weighing up a move for the rebellious flyer, with some trying to convince themselves that he is too talented and too intelligent to continue along such a destructive path. He is quick, can step, kick, pass and has a sublime head of hair when it isn’t bundled into braids or bleached to protein-melting proportions.However, the buzz down under is that O’Connor will slink back to the Western Force.Perhaps it is that they know how to handle him or that he needs to be the big fish in order to force himself to conform or at least stop visiting kebab vendors at the wee small hours of the morning. In the end it could be a case of finding the best places to hide and get on with it, though, and while he could slope off to France and endure the demands of the Top 14’s task masters he may as well stay under the watchful gaze of the ARU and get back to basics at home, away from enormous pay packets and alien temptations.After all, there is a carrot of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in front of him and if he remains under the ARU’s nose and sorts himself out he has the ability to be in contention by the time the Union are able to sign him up again. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 12: James O’Connor of the Rebels looks on after the round 20 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Highlanders at AAMI Park on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Turning his world upsidedown: James O’Connor has been dropped by the ARU after his suspension two weeks agoBy Alan DymockUNRULY KIDS rarely expect to get their comeuppance, but for the wayward son of Australian rugby James O’Connor, he has finally got the clip round his ear he will have been dreading.Stood down after being removed from Perth airport for being drunk and disruptive following the Wallabies win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship, O’Connor was left with the rugby equivalent of gardening leave. Then, as of today, he was relieved of his central contract, meaning that he would not be signed up to the ARU until at least 2015, were they to want him back.This has set tongues wagging.O’Connor had been released from the Melbourne Rebels before this whole sorry affair, being jettisoned from the lowly franchise alongside his long-time partner in grime Kurtley Beale after a season of lowlights and Lions-time misadventures. Yet, while O’Conner was adrift in a sea of his own shame while Beale was offered a lifeline with the Waratahs.
Tour Tale – What’s confusing Ireland’s bag man Rala? Scotland – Who should start for Scotland? Four coaches select their teamInside the camps – We go behind the scenes for a unique insight into each sideFrance – Stephen Jones attempts to predict how Les Bleus will fair this yearPeter O’Mahony – The back-rower is desperate for Ireland to deliver results on a consistent basisSergio Parisse – Italy’s talisman on the highs and lows of 2013 and risk versus rewardBig Debate – Can Wales win the 2015 World Cup? Read two separate views and vote in our pollView from the South: Super Rugby guideSuper Rugby – World Cup winners Rod Kafer, Sean Fitzpatrick and Bob Skinstad profile the 15 teams ahead of the 2014 tournament, which kicks off in FebruaryAdvice sectionPro insight – Billy Vunipola’s defence tipsFitness – How to improve your strengthPro playbook – Brian Ashton on a clever attacking ployMini rugby – Learn to pass like Sonny BillRegularsRugby focus – All the grass-roots news from the clubs, schools and women’s circuits, including a profile of Ireland Women’s star Niamh BriggsEssentials – The latest books and productsUncovered – Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald on his life to date Shout about it: Richard Hibbard, Courtney Lawes, Kelly Brown and Peter O’Mahony all feature in the new issueTHE SIX NATIONS is here and the latest issue of Rugby World is the perfect companion for the tournament. We’ve got interviews with the northern hemisphere’s big names ahead of the championship, Stuart Barnes makes his predictions, plus coaches and players take us inside all six camps, giving an insight into their weekly roles and their team’s expectations.Access all areas: go inside the six campsOn top of all our championship previews – which include the women’s tournament – we ask two former internationals whether Wales can win the next World Cup in our Big Debate. The new Super Rugby season also kicks off in coming weeks and three World Cup winners give us the inside track on the teams from their country.This is a list of contents – and you can find out where to buy your copy here or download our free magazine finder app here. Plus, if you have an iPad, download the digital edition here or find out about our android version here.SidelinesWin Six Nations tickets, England v Ireland Legends, Japan rugby, 30 Minutes with Jonny May, Hotshots and moreColumnistsMaggie Alphonsi – England’s flanker is setting targets high in 2014 with the Six Nations and World Cup on her agendaMartyn Williams – Will the Welsh rugby crisis affect the national team?Greig Laidlaw – The scrum-half on Scotland’s hopes for the Six NationsSpotlightsBen Youngs – England’s scrum-half talks baldness, banter and babiesJules Plisson – Meet the high-flying Stade Francais stand-offKelly Brown – The Scottish Saracen on ups, downs and big decisionsScott Williams – The Wales centre explains why it’s all starting to click LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Moving on: Parisse looks ahead to the Six Nations in RWFeaturesWho will win the Six Nations? Stuart Barnes assesses the competing teams and picks his winner for the 2014 championshipCourtney Lawes – The England lock explains how a new love is making him focusRichard Hibbard – The hooker opens up on his childhood, playing for Wales and his move to Gloucester
RBS 6 Nations Championship 14/2/2015England vs Italy Italy’s Luca Morisi breaks a tackle and goes for his first tryMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Giuseppe Fama Rugby needs to embrace missed tacklesMarch proved that missed tackles are good for world rugby. This may seem like an odd thing to say, but elite rugby needs to readdress the way in which we view missed tackles. Test rugby’s pursuit of perfection has resulted in a situation where not losing has become the goal, as opposed to winning.This fear-based approach has resulted in modern test rugby becoming the Formula 1 of ball sports, where only the result is of any interest – the bit in the middle, the race or match, is largely a sterile affair. You just need to look at the last weekend of the RBS Six Nations to realise that missed tackles shouldn’t be regarded as ugly warts, but beauty spots. The last three fixtures of the Six Nations saw all teams finish their game with a tackle completion below 87%, which is very rare. But this low tackle-completion rate shouldn’t be regarded as failure, but more of a success.Players didn’t miss tackles. They were stepped and forced to tackle on their weak shoulder, out-gassed or out-passed, and there is no shame in that. There is a big difference between tackling against simple, repetitive carries in the narrow channels when compared to a fast offload game in the wide channels. Rugby needs to stop deifying defence and instead shower praise on expansive passing, mesmerising steps and a change of pace. That’s the rugby that supporters, sponsors, and TV networks want to see.The Six Nations’ needs bonus pointsMany regard the Six Nations as untouchable. A tournament so resplendent that introducing bonus points would be tantamount to pinging the Queens’ bra strap. But the Six Nations needs to keep pace with the rest of rugby. A game that readily and openly accepts temporary and permanent law changes. A game that has adopted TMO technology, frequently experiments with law changes and a game that has recently seen the Chiefs (NZ) exploit the ruck interpretation in a beautifully anarchic way.Rugby changes every day, in every country, in every league and the Six Nations needs to keep pace. And for anyone who says that bonus points could reduce the impact of a Grand Slam, then the solution is simple: give Grand Slam winners an additional three bonus points. It’s worth a try, if it doesn’t work, change it back. Simple really.Kicking on: Dan Biggar had a very good month in MarchBiggar finally gets the loveDan Biggar had a magnificent Six Nations. His almost Wilkinson-esque defence of the ten channel, highly accurate kicking game, spectacular aerial work, and immaculate distribution was rewarded with inclusion in the shortlist for Six Nations player of the tournament.Biggar’s achievements at Test level shouldn’t be underestimated. He hasn’t been afforded a simple path into Test rugby. Thr lad has been forced to do it the hard way. There was a time, in Wales, when Biggar had a popularity rating equal to Margret Thatcher. He found himself in a septic bubble of negative opinion from the media, Welsh supporters, and at one stage was even booed by a minority of Ospreys supporters at an Ospreys kit launch. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS But no longer. Biggar finally has the reputation and the shirt that he deserves. It’s seems almost churlish to suggest that his praise has been gained purely in the month of March 2015, when in reality his reputation has been forged over a 24 month period of elite performance. And remember he is still only 25. Double hat tip for Dan Biggar. Scratch that, a triple hat tip.Northern hemisphere needs to stop eating itselfLast week I watched a documentary about cannibalism and it’s near eradication in the modern world. However, there are two pieces of evidence that disprove this notion. Firstly, the dubious burger that I was served last week in what shall remain an unnamed Cardiff restaurant. Secondly, the northern hemisphere’s rugby calendar.March once again saw accusations that Test rugby eats away at club/regional squads and prevents them from being competitive at key points during the season. And that accusation is entirely correct. The reality is that the northern hemisphere season prevents either its club or Test game functioning at the level that it should. The northern hemisphere season is currently laid out like a ‘Pound Shop’ – stuff everywhere, in no particular order and with scant regard for the quality of the product.It doesn’t matter how much money you throw at it, or negotiate contracts and release periods, the structure up here is an amateurish shambles that blights a professional game. Can someone please sort it?Sense of perspective: Joe Schmidt is a winner, but there are more important thingsJoe Schmidt brings some perspectiveIt’s very easy to get carried away with rugby and its importance. Every aspect of the game, on and off the field is raked with a fine tooth comb often so fine and exacting that it would be suitable for removing the dandruff from a juvenile tarantula. But every now and again someone gives rugby a reality check and Joe Schmidt certainly did that during March. Having won the 2015 Six Nations Championship everyone wanted to know where Ireland would go next. Can they improve? Are the centres an issue of concern? Can Ireland really win the World Cup?And then Schmidt delivered words with the same, if not more, impact than Courtney Lawes’ tackle on Jules Plisson. “I’ll park rugby for a while to care for my sick son,” he said.Those 12 words have more power and strength than any carry, tackle or kick can possibly deliver.
It wasn’t routine, but five tries and a win was fine reward for Argentina after trading blows with Tonga. The Pacific Islanders have nothing left to fight for in this World Cup, other than pride, but they played their part in an entertaining affair.Indeed Tonga came roaring out of the blocks, but their tries from Kurt Morath and big man Soane Tonga’uiha couldn’t contend with the breakout powers of the Pumas, whose class told in the end as they scored five tries – with Tuculet, Imhoff, Sanchez, Montoya, and Cordero all crossing the whitewash.WHAT’S HOTAttacking enterprise – Right from the off the Tongans were attacking. Morath was full of mischief and it did the neutrals no end of good to see Tonga’uiha finish off a sublime try that saw Telusa Veainu scoot up the touchline. Argentina replied in kind, with their back three darting round the fringes after big men like Ramiro Herrera and Agustin Creevy busted up the middle.This was never going to be the game for you if you wanted kicking chess and set-plays standing in staccato again midfield drudgery. At times this was like rugby pinball, but it was fun. Forget the structure.Passion play: Diego Maradona cheers on the PumasMaradona in Leicester – Yes, that’s right. Diego Maradona – the footballing legend himself – was in the stand of the Leicester City Stadium, wildly gesticulating and generally ramping up the crowd. What a treat for the Pumas fans.Super Sanchez – Argentina’s fly-half has banished any memories of a poor Rugby Championship, kicking well, pushing his team forward and even dotting down. His efforts here made him this World Cup’s top point-scorer.WHAT’S NOT Tongans getting turned over – Playing at pace the Tongan attackers like Vunga Lilo, Joe Tuineau and Telusa Veainu looked threatening, but whenever they got caught on their own the Pumas had plenty of space to counter-attack. Martin Landajo was always blessed with options whenever Tonga coughed up the ball.Big impact: a Tonga’uiha try was a highlight for Tongans and neutralsHigh tackles – Fairly early referee Jaco Peyper had to pull Nili Latu aside and warn him about the number of high shots going in from the defensive line. Tonga were fighting for their World Cup survival and rightly pumped up, but with the eyes on them they forgot all their defensive shape and left a lot of space for Argentina to attack.STATISTICS LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Breaking free: Pablo Matera terrorises the Tongan defence Man of the Match: Nicolas SanchezAttendance: 29, 124 TAGS: HighlightTonga 8 – The number of tries Juan Imhoff has now scored for boss Daniel Hourcade.2 – The number of scrums Argentina lost in this match.61% – The Tongan territory in this match.Argentina: J Tuculet; S Cordero, M Moroni (S Gonzalez Iglesias 71), J De la Fuente, J Imhoff (H Agulla 58); N Sanchez, M Landajo (T Cubelli 67); M Ayerza (L Noguera 67), A Creevy (J Montaya 67), R Harrera (JP Orlandi 67), G Petti (M Alemanno 66), T Lavanini, P Matera, JM Fernandez Lobbe, L Senatore (F Isa 51).Tries (5): Tuculet, Imhoff, Sanchez, Montoya, Cordero Cons: Sanchez 4 Pens: Sanchez 4Tonga: V Lilo (T Halaifonua 71); T Veainu, S Piutau, S Piukala (L Fosita 50), F Vainikolo; K Morath, S Takulua (S Fisilau 71); S Tonga’uiha (S Taumalola 61), E Taione (A Lutui 61), H ‘Aulika (S Puafisi 71), L Lokotui, J Tuineau (S Mafi 67), S Kalamafoni, N Latu, V Ma’afu (O Fonua 62).Tries (2): Morath, Tonga’uiha Pens: Morath 2Referee: Jaco Peyper
we are heading for the fallow week of the 2016 Six Nations, but there’s plenty to talk about from round two. So that’s just what we are doing in the latest instalment of the Rugby World Podcast.Do you agree or disagree with the Rugby World team – will England remain top of the Six Nations table? Can France compete? We consider these, as well as plenty of other factors – including foul play, poor refereeing decisions, back-row balance and whether some incredibly popular stars are getting back to their finest form.Okay, so there are no predictions to make for the next round – it’s a week off for these Six Nations sides – but changes may still need to come in. It’s a long old tournament and we ask if some sides can keep it together. We have all this and more… just give it a listen.If you like what you hear here you can subscribe to the Clubhouse Podcast following this link. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Then there’s also the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 to cover. Which gives one of our team the chance to run an eye over ‘wonderful Wasps’ and leads to speculation from another about whether the Irish provinces atop the Pro12 will be there come the end of an incredibly tight season.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS For Jones, who briefed the PRL board and told them the system in England was the best he had worked in, there are several upsides. The bigger EPS squad, up from 33, means he can get his hands on more players. The extra training camps during ‘core’ Test periods, to be attended by 36 of them, one at the beginning of October ahead of the autumn internationals, and one in the first week of January ahead of the Six Nations, give him more time to work with them. Every international coach, especially those from a club environment, moans about not seeing the players enough – it is not perfect but this one is an improvement.Also, the Australian has a later deadline to name his first EPS squad at the start of October – in previous year’s they have been named in July and August then got injured, or lost form, when the Premiership starts. At least Jones will get the chance to see his players in action in the Premiership to see who has kicked on from the tour to Australia and who should be pushing those who haven’t. Ritchie said: “Eddie, over the next three years, has a great clarity as to what he has and how it works. For Eddie to go along and talk to the PRL board, well that collaboration has not been as evident in the past. The directors of rugby have been enormously supportive of the England cause.”Cut short: The agreement could give fringe players like Chris Ashton more time to impress Eddie JonesThe clubs will see slightly less of their big guns because of a couple of rest weekends that have been inserted if they get a lot of Test game-time but most directors of rugby give their England stars a breather for a week after big tournaments. So not too much has changed there.But they will no longer have to suffer the ludicrous situation that Saracens faced last year with respect to the English Qualified Player threshold of 70 per cent in a match day squad. Nigel Wray, chairman of the European champions, brought this up again recently when he explained that his side lost around £160,000 for not having enough English players in their side when half of them were on England duty. That one has been addressed so clubs get credits when players are away with Jones’ squad.The exceptional circumstances clause is unchanged meaning Sam Underhill, the promising Ospreys flanker, or anyone else playing outside England cannot be selected unless there is a glut of injuries in one position. Underhill, like Steffon Armitage before him, is destined to become the poster boy for the critics of this but unlike Armitage, at just 20, he has plenty of time on his side. TAGS: Highlight England have won nine out of nine under Jones, a Premiership club are the European champions and the RFU and Premiership are best mates again. You wonder how long this blissful period of stability will last? History shows it won’t be long before there is another rumpus. It was all smiles at Twickenham this week as Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the RFU, and his opposite number at Premiership Rugby, Mark McCafferty, unveiled the latest agreement between their two bodies and declared peace in our time.The deal, worth over £200million to the clubs over eight years, sees England coach Eddie Jones get a bigger Elite Player Squad, now enlarged to 45 players, and his regular international players will be getting a couple more rest weekends.The relationship between the RFU and the clubs has not always been so cordial – in fact they have been fighting like cats and dogs for most of the 20 years since the game went professional, although the current contract supersedes one made eight years ago which has worked out just fine. Those of you with longer memories will know it was not always like this.Selectors dream: Eddie Jones will benefit from an increased Elite Player Squad as a result of the agreementFrom the time when clubs threatened to quit RFU competitions in 1996 to the dispute over Europe two years ago, through the desperate internecine fighting of the late 1990s and a ruck over payments to clubs over a player who had been on the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour, disagreement has never been far from the surface.Chuck in the furore over the Andrew Plan, drawn up by Rob Andrew, in 1999 when the former England fly-half wanted to play the Six Nations in April and May – one that has reared its head only recently – and finish domestic rugby by the end of January before Europe kicked in and it has been pretty lively dialogue. Andrew was still at Newcastle then, before he left for the RFU in 2006, and helped negotiate the deal that just expired – he was involved in the new one as well.But what does it all mean? Some of it is tedious, most of it is important, and quite a lot of it is ‘as you were’. The big takeaway is that it’s a whopping load of cash for the clubs – around double what they got last time round – and although it is not a lot by football standards it is a proper adrenalin shot in the arm. The bean-counters at the RFU are a canny bunch. Twickenham is virtually always sold out and there are a series of long-standing commercial deals in place so they have a fair idea of how much money they have got coming in further down the track so there is little chance of their cheques bouncing.Seeing eye-to-eye: Mark McCafferty and Ian Ritchie introduced the new Professional Game AgreementAs McCafferty pointed out, it is essential that when clubs want to go to their local bank manager and borrow money for ground improvements, they know the funds are in place to cover any expenditure. Home of English rugby: Eddie Jones has negotiated a mutually beneficial partnership with Premiership Rugby The RFU and Premiership Rugby have just unveiled their new Professional Game Agreement but what is in the small print of a document that took two years to sort out?
Basically saying to Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and other developing rugby nations that they have to sit at the kids’ table for a decade.— Max Reiss (@MaxReiss) February 28, 2019 Let us know through our social media channels.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest rugby news. Social Media Reacts To World League ReportsWe have all heard of the proposed ‘World League’ or ‘League of Nations’ which was initially conceptualised as a means to have more meaningful Tests for a wider array of teams around the planet, as part of a global calendar.Then yesterday, the NZ Herald reported that the most recent scheme was to have a closed shop of just 12 teams – the Six Nations staying as it is and Japan and the USA joining the Rugby Championship.Related: The issues with the proposed World LeagueThere will be much more on this in the coming days and weeks no doubt, but in the last 24 hours the plan reported by the NZ Herald has been largely criticised on social media.Top players have also spoken out to against the plans while officials from World Rugby have described reports as inaccurate and assured the public that talks are still ongoing.The lack of clarity on the situation is not helping matters as speculation grows.Mixed Response: Both Farrell and Sexton have aired their concerns about the plan (Getty Images)An initial shock yesterday arrived when some of the best players in the world spoke out.England captain Owen Farrell said: “This proposal shows no signs of improving an already difficult situation.“Players are definitely open to discussing a new global season but what we develop has to work with the club game in order to reduce conflict, deal with player release issues and make sure their welfare is looked after.“The proposal presented to us at the moment doesn’t seem to have considered this properly.”Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton said: “While players gave this idea a cautious welcome when we met at the end of last year, it now seems like a commercial deal on the future of the game is being negotiated at a rapid pace with little consideration given to the important points we raised with World Rugby in November.“The issue of player load has never been so topical. However, it needs to be properly understood.“To suggest that players can play five incredibly high-level Test matches in consecutive weeks in November is out of touch and shows little understanding of the physical strain this brings.”Other players like All Blacks captain Kieran Read and Samoa captain Chris Vui also aired their concerns about the plan as you can see from the International Rugby Players Twitter account below. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Indeed the suggestion that there will be exclusion for the Pacific Island nations Samoa, Fiji and Tonga along with up-and-coming European nations like Georgia, has caused quite a stir for all the wrong reasons. Amidst the backlash, the Vice-Chairman of World Rugby, Agustin Pichot, and World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper took to Twitter to try and clarify things a little, amongst others involved. Lots of inaccurate statements today about proposals for the Nations Championship. Hopefully we can continue positive dialogue around a competition that can help rugby grow globally and for the benefit of all nations and players. https://t.co/MpwdYDu0R4— alan.gilpin (@alangilpin2) February 28, 2019This suggests that some power brokers are pushing to have two leagues with 12 teams with promotion and relegation, however there are a plethora of issues with this right now. All of which would need to be rectified before the plan could work. Some believe that we need much more detail, even with negotiations still going on. Where do you stand on the proposal? Is it good or bad for the game and the players themselves? Murray Kinsella raises the another issue here in that players would have to play internationals over consecutive weeks, travelling what could be thousands of miles each time. Many want a lot more scrutiny of the potential impact on player welfare. Nations Champ’s is still an evolving concept that continues to be shaped by multiple and complex stakeholder discussion. Objective is to propose a more compelling and sustainable global international game for fans, players and Unions. Discussions continue with all stakeholders.— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) February 28, 2019 After reports came out about World Rugby’s plans for a global competition, we take a look at how many on social media have reacted. Plan of Action: Gosper, Pichot and Beaumont of World Rugby (Getty Images)
Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID People Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Bath, 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Canon Jo Bailey Wells, was named March 24 to be the fifth bishop of Dorking in the Church of England’s Diocese of Guildford.Wells, 50, studied at the University of Minnesota and from 2005 to 2013 was the director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina. She was also associate professor of Bible and ministry at Duke.She will succeed Bishop Ian Brackley who retired in the autumn. The bishop of Dorking is the suffragan bishop for the Diocese of Guildford. The bishop of Dorking assists the bishop of Guildford in leading the diocese, according to the Diocese of Guildford’s announcement. Wells’ particular brief includes nurturing vocations and working with the many schools and colleges in the diocese.She was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, before going to Minnesota, according to an announcement by the office of the United Kingdom’s prime minister. Her appointment was confirmed by Queen Elizabeth II, the announcement said.Wells trained for ordained ministry at St. John’s College, Durham, and was ordained in 1995 in the first wave of female priests in the Church of England, according to the Guildford press release.She was chaplain of Clare College, Cambridge from 1995 to 1998 and dean from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2005, Wells served as a lecturer in Old Testament and biblical theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. From there she moved to Duke. On her return to the U.K. in 2013 she took up the role of chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, based at Lambeth Palace in London. Since 2015 she has also served as canon theologian at Liverpool Cathedral.Her first day as chaplain involved carrying the primatial cross at the enthronement of Archbishop Justin Welby with a congregation of 2,000 in Canterbury Cathedral and an estimated audience of 20 million worldwide, the Guildford announcement said. She has accompanied Welby at events such as the re-burial of Richard III and the baptisms of Prince George and Princess Charlotte – as well as the recent gathering of Anglican primates.Wells is married to the Rev. Sam Wells, who is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. They have two children. Her interests include art, architecture and textiles. She has spent a significant portion of her annual leave over many years in East Africa, most recently in supporting Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul in theological education in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan. Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY