“That enthusiasm and love for the game of rugby are evident to anyone who watches him train and play matches and he admits that he’s loving life at Gloucester just as much as ever. “I’m really enjoying going in every day to train with the way the club is at the minute. We’ve got a really good bunch of lads and there’s a really good feeling about the place at the minute, probably the best I’ve known in my twelve years at the club really. This year has been a really enjoyable one for me. Last year I didn’t play so much but this time around I’m enjoying my training and the coaching I’m getting and being around the lads.”“There’s nothing to be unhappy about. The final few months of a contract can be a nervous time for any player and Hazell admitted that he was delighted to have his personal situation resolved. It’s a massive weight off my mind to get it all sorted. The longer it goes on, the more you fret about it and I just wanted to get it done. It’s a relief to get it out of the way and now I can concentrate on nothing but the rugby. We’ve still got a lot to play for this season. It’s a cliché but we are just looking at each game as it comes and want to be in the reckoning come the end of the season.” Gloucester to remain Hazell’s one and only clubAndy Hazell is Gloucester born and bred and a one club man and it’s going to stay that way as the openside flanker has agreed a new deal to stay at Kingsholm. The longest serving member of the Gloucester Rugby squad, Hazell has enjoyed a glittering club career as well as winning seven caps for England.Originally signed for the club by Richard Hill, Hazell quickly impressed with his skill set and work ethic and made his club debut in the 1997-8 season. 13 seasons and well over 200 club appearances later, the fires within are burning just as brightly as ever and Hazell continues to ply his trade in fine style at the highest level. The 32 year old, who enjoyed a testimonial season in 2008-9, told the club website that there were other offers on the table but that Gloucester is where he wants to be.Hazell said: “I did have some quite good offers from abroad which were quite lucrative but, at the end of the day I always wanted to stay. When other offers come in, it can be very flattering. But, in my heart of hearts, I always wanted to remain at Gloucester. I’m happy here, my family is happy here and that means a lot. I’ve got all my family around me and that’s incredibly important.” “I’ve been here at Gloucester for 12 years now and I want to spend my whole career here so I’m delighted that we’ve agreed terms. The club and the fans have been good to me and I’ve always tried to do my best for them. Each week I train and play as though it’s my first at the club.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Gloucester
Australia’s half-backs didn’t perform quite as well. Will Genia often takes on too much himself and running into forwards twice his size is not the smartest move while Quade Cooper had another disappointing showing. Right from the off he faltered, booting the kick-off straight into touch and most of his actions were roundly booed by the crowd. He has a magical quality when he’s on his game but these past few weeks in New Zealand he’s not been able to cast his spells.It’s hard to see New Zealand losing the final now; everything is pointing to an All Blacks win, and a big win at that. As it is, the third-place play-off could be a more intriguing affair. If Wales can find the motivation to play their best rugby they have a great chance to emulate their 1987 counterparts; they certainly deserve to finish this tournament with a win. But then nobody ever said sport was fair… Over and out: Ma’a Nonu scores in the sixth minute despite the attentions of Anthony FaingaaBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor at Eden ParkSO THE omens of 1987 continue and New Zealand have made it through to the World Cup final after comfortably seeing off the world’s No 2 side Australia. They now have a great chance of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time in 24 years as they will face an under-performing French side in Auckland on Sunday, a side they easily beat in the pool stages of this tournament.It was a rather uninspiring match at Eden Park, however. Ma’a Nonu crossed in the sixth minute after a fantastic offload from Israel Dagg and after that there was only going to be one winner. The Wallabies dropped off far too many tackles in the first quarter and while they tightened up later in the game, they offered so little in attack that there was no way back.Here are a few talking points from the match:1. FEROCIOUS FORWARDSNew Zealand not only dominated the set-piece, particularly the scrum where they won a couple of penalties, but the speed and power with which they attacked the breakdown denuded the Wallabies’ ability to get quick ball and thus limited their attacking game. The All Blacks would target the ball-carrier in numbers, more often than not resulting in a turnover or penalty. They simply prevented the Wallabies from getting in their attacking groove. 2. ISRAEL DAGGThe All Blacks full-back may have been in the headlines last week for a drinking binge but against the Wallabies it was all about his fast feet and accurate boot. He ran some lovely angles, ripping through the Australian defence, showed bags of pace and could play the more conservative role of taking the high ball and booting it downfield. Mils who?! His rich display also highlighted the absence of Kurtley Beale from the Wallabies line-up. He is so often the one that breaks the gain-line and sets up attacks, and he was keenly missed by the men in gold.Lucky pair: Piri Weepu and Aaron Cruden enjoy the win over Australia3. THE HALF-BACKSThe All Blacks started this World Cup without a clear first-choice No 9. Dan Carter’s injury has since resulted in Piri Weepu being pushed forward as both the team’s general and goalkicker. While he was not as effective against the Wallabies as he was the previous week against Argentina, he still guided the team well and kicked important points. Aaron Cruden also looked assured as he played the biggest game of his career; calm and intelligent he made good decisions, kicked well and made a couple of arcing runs. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Players in France are not out of the reckoning, but they are making it much harder for themselves. I spoke to Steffon before we went on tour and to Delon (Armitage), Luke Narraway and Nick Kennedy before they went to France and both they and I know the situation.”The coaching team were also asked about the availability of Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani, two internationals who have fallen off the England radar but are eager to be involved. Easter impressed during Harlequins run to the Aviva Premiership title last season and performed brilliantly against Biarritz in the Heineken Cup, whilst Cipriani’s new start at Sale has stuttered apart from a promising 30 minute cameo last weekend.“I’m a big Nick Easter fan,” said Graham Rowntree. “We are well aware of his form, but since this coaching team was came together we decided to look a bit younger with Ben Morgan and Phil Dowson and we’re happy with their development. But the door is not closed for Nick, he knows that. We met him recently and told him that, but the problem with our squad is we can only pick players every six months so unless there is an injury, we can’t bring Nick in. If there is an injury, he will be one of the names we will consider.”On Cipriani, who is not in either the Senior or Saxons squads, Lancaster said that he had been in contact with Cipriani during his time in Australia and was pleased with his impact in Sale’s win over Cardiff last weekend. READING, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: England rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster speaks at a press conference during the launch of the BMW Performance Academy at Wokefield Park on September 25 2012 in Reading, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images for BMW) Limited availability: Stuart Lancaster said that he had spoken with England’s top players in Franceby Ben ColesENGLISH PLAYERS currently in France are unlikely to be selected for the upcoming November Internationals, according to Stuart Lancaster.The England head coach was speaking on the BBC 5 Live along with Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt discussing England’s performance in South Africa and their preparations for the upcoming November Internationals and beyond.Discussing the possibility of Steffon Armitage and his brother Delon turning out for England this Autumn, Lancaster stated that both players would be unavailable for the upcoming England training camp at the end of October, due to the dates falling outside of the IRB windows for international call-ups.“Toulon were in the Top 14 Final the day that we took on South Africa in the 1st Test. It creates problems, so although you would never say never, equally when you have got people like Chris Robshaw playing pretty well at openside as far as I can see, it’s always going to be harder for a player who is playing in France.”When the point was put to Lancaster that Steffon Armitage was voted the Top 14 Player of the Year by Midi Olympique last season, he responded by saying that Robshaw was voted the best player in England. “His challenge is to start and play well for Sale, and if he does that on a consistent basis then he will be considered along with everybody else.”Follow Ben Coles on Twitter @bencoles_
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 8. Toby Faletau Young Toby was supreme against France and probably Wales’ best player against Ireland. He is edging it, with Jamie Heaslip struggling with captaincy, Ben Morgan injured, Tom Wood too versatile to settle and Johnnie Beattie needing to maintain his form for a whole championship to get into contention.Can Faletau hold onto the jersey? 2. Rory Best It must be a lot of pressure having so many houses banked on you, but that does not seem to phase the redoubtable Best. No other British and Irish hooker has his lineout accuracy and his defensive work always impresses.3. Dan Cole The tight-head was not at his brutish best against Ireland, but he made up for that by slowing ball and rucking like a demon. It seems that Euan Murray has decided to stake a serious claim for the 3 jersey, having made a mind-boggling 15 tackles against Italy in Round 2. Oh, and then there’s some bloke called, Adam Jones. A position of strength for the Lions.4. Joe Launchbury The young rocket is gathering support. He may have been shelf-stacking at Sainsbury’s a matter of year ago but he is full of potential, game for a scrap and willing to do anything that is asked of him. In a championship where few second-rows are dominating totally, he is doing his bit.Lions flankers?: Robshaw and Brown5. Donnacha Ryan As interchangeable as the wingers are, this position is hard if only because so many have so much to prove. Ryan has done well and is a lineout presence, but one of Richie Gray, Geoff Parling, Andrew Coombs and Ian Evans could declare an interest, and Mike McCarthy and Alun Wyn Jones could figure in the near future.The vital grafter in the scrum and a lineout option, the No 5 needs to be someone able to do it all, quietly and uncompromisingly.6. Kelly Brown Want quiet and aggressive? Brown has done the captain’s role well for Scotland. Similar to Ryan Jones in the leadership stakes, he will do whatever it takes to succeed. That is one of the reasons he is so highly rated at Saracens.Dan Lydiate is still on the comeback trail and Sean O’Brien certainly has the power for No 6, but your blindside needs to be a clunky old-engine that has the sole mission of knocking out Australia’s groundhogs, rather than looking at the ball themselves.7. Chris Robshaw It may pain many naysayers, but Robshaw is having a hugely impressive 6 Nations. He carries, tackles and links, makes no fuss, and shows that your No 7 does not have to fit the scavenging stereotype. After all, against Australia you do not have to match a jackal with a jackal; you just have to keep the ball.He and a punchy blindside can do that for you. Unless Warburton or Justin Tipuric can set some fires Robshaw has a shout.I, like many, am coming around to the idea. Keeping a keen eye: Warren Gatland surveys England training last week. How many of them are in his Lions plans?By Alan DymockTHE BRITISH and Irish Lions are still hotter than a Justin Bieber and David Beckham collaborative calendar. Need proof? Every single test ticket for this summer’s tour sold out in 15 minutes. People are tearing their hair out, trying to find a seat.The powers that be Down Under have promised a spectacle to rival the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the omens are good. All we need now is a test side capable of doing the job. So who, on current form, goes?On a roll: ‘Mr Consistent’ Leigh Halfpenny15. Stuart Hogg Holding off the challenges of Rob Kearney and Alex Goode, the top try scorer in the RBS 6 Nations is also the man who has made the most yards with the ball, jetting over 201m with ball in hand. He is exciting and thriving in the intensity of the competition. 14. Leigh Halfpenny He has been too consistent, too brave, and too darn good to miss out. He reverts to the wing so as to make way for Hogg, but in tandem this pair could evade most clutching defenders. Halfpenny is also a top-quality Test kicker, especially from distance.13. Brian O’Driscoll Here at Rugby World we have taken to calling him ‘Lion’ O’Driscoll. He is that good. Okay, he failed to skip out of trouble against England, but he is so bombastic in defence and so creative in attack that it would be insanity to deny BOD his Lions swansong in Australia.12. Jamie Roberts The man is human glue. He perhaps offers less turnover potential when compared to Brad Barritt and less open field flourishes than Billy Twelvetrees – even less bash and smash than Manu Tuilagi – but he is starting and lasting the distance for Wales and he can offer all of these things. He also has a fine understanding with LOD (Lion O’Driscoll).11. Mike Brown The fans of George North must be made aware that this is the toughest selection. North finished with so much aplomb against France that even his father felt it necessary to storm the turf, and he is capable of that even if he has drifted in and out of a game.Yet Brown has been Mr. Consistent. He has made more line breaks than anyone else in the 6 Nations. He has covered more yards with the ball than anyone else, bar Hogg. He is watertight under the high ball and the man the Lions could use to run the Aussies in circles before North comes on to blast through them.Above the rest: Rory Best is maintaining his form10. Owen Farrell With Sexton crocked and few others offering a sensible, stable alternative, it is the hour of the Iceman. He is cooler than a liquid nitrogen fondue and just as dangerous. A certainty to tour, and probable to start?9. Ben Youngs The scrum-half’s biggest threat comes from his teammate Danny Care, who scored an absolute belter for Harlequins at the weekend. However, he is likely to be retained for his balance and understanding with Farrell, this week, and it is a burgeoning partnership the Lions could benefit from. Mike Phillips broods in the background, for now.1. Cian Healy Ok, so he is the rugby doghouse right now. He is was a very naughty boy and we all feel his ban could and perhaps should have been longer.Nevertheless, he is the top tackler in the 6 Nations and gave Dan Cole hell in the scrum. He is merely allowing others to attempt to stake a claim, but it would be foolish to suggest he is not Warren Gatland’s front runner.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There were a few guys my age in it and it was good fun. It tested your fitness and physicality. I’ve been with Quins since I was about 14.Who are your mentors?The main one is Quins academy manager Tony Diprose. I go through my games with him.You made your Aviva Premiership debut this spring, was that one of your aims this season?I wanted to play well in the A league and on loan at Esher, and get as many Quins appearances as I could. I also wanted England to do well in the U20 Six Nations – it’s the first time I’ve been the proper captain of a team.What’s your next aim? At what age did you first play rugby?I joined Cranleigh when I was about 11. My dad kept me out of rugby until it was full contact – he knew I’d get bored.Have you always been a back-row?I was a centre to start with and I moved to second-row when I was about 13, then into the back row when we first had full scrums.Do you prefer No 8?I enjoy all three back-row positions but I like No 8 the best because you get to carry quite a bit.You played in the JP Morgan Sevens for Harlequins at just 17. What was that like? To do well at the U20 World Championship in France and then have a really good pre-seasonso I can play well for Quins or on loan.RW Verdict: Leading England U20 to a Six Nations title could prove a launchpad to great things for this promising 20-year-old.This appeared in the June 2013 issue of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition.
RW last spoke to Jerry Collins in 2009, when he was playing for the Ospreys. What struck us was his warmth of character. A tragic loss to everyone who knew and admired him “I would love to win the Heineken Cup,” he says. “When I watch it on TV it seems like a pretty good trophy to win. It’s a huge competition over here and it’s getting bigger and bigger every season.All Black great: Jerry Collins celebrates with his team-mates after downing the Lions in 2005“I joined the Ospreys because what they said about what they want to achieve this year and the kind of rugby they want to play was pretty good. I could have just gone back to New Zealand but I like Europe and having played just one season here it wasn’t long enough for me. There are so many things I want to experience in terms of rugby and culture too. I plan to stay in Swansea for three or four years if I can.”There can’t have been a shortage of clubs in France, Ireland or the UK willing to sign Collins up, but he grew up hearing tales of the great rugby culture in Wales. “London is too big and Scotland too cold! Wales is just about right for me!” he laughs. “It’s a similar country to New Zealand in terms of rugby being the main sport.”Collins has already experienced English club rugby, but a world away from the Guinness Premiership. After the 2007 World Cup he had an extended holiday in Devon, where his daughter, who was born in that year, lives with her mother. He was spotted in a restaurant by Barnstaple rugby club coach Kevin Squire, who invited him – more in hope than expectation – to training. Collins ended up taking a junior coaching session and bought a new pair of boots especially so he could turn out for Barnstaple seconds. He then proudly wore his Barnstaple socks when he played for the Barbarians that winter.One of the greats: Jerry Collins turned out for the Barbarians on five occasions, once wearing his Barnstaple socksHis employers in New Zealand were not impressed. “When I got home they said they were going to fine me because I was in breach of contract but the players’ association said it was a good thing for rugby and they reconsidered,” Collins says. “I am still in touch with the people in Devon and I go there as much as I can to see my daughter.”Now Collins is setting up a new base in Swansea and getting to know his team-mates. “The international players were all on holiday when I arrived, so it’s a young squad at training. They move pretty fast, which keeps me on my toes!”Ospreys fans might get their first chance to see him in action during the pre-season friendly against Leeds Carnegie at the Liberty Stadium on 22 August, but they can look out for him in the mean time, mountain biking to and from training, and even getting in a bit of surfing during his time off. “I have to find a wetsuit that’s thick enough first,” he chuckles. A huge inspiration to us and many more of the rugby community. Jerry Collins, you will be remembered fondly. RIP pic.twitter.com/uGkzzhXfdt TAGS: HighlightOspreys LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS — EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) June 5, 2015 Following the tragic news of the death of Jerry Collins and his partner Alana Madill in a car crash in France, we are posting this Spotlight feature which was published in Rugby World’s October 2009 edition, just after the former All Black joined the Ospreys. It was a pleasure and a privilege to interview him – one of rugby’s great characters, as the content of the feature shows…CONVENTIONAL is not exactly Jerry Collins’s middle name (in fact he doesn’t have a middle name, but that’s by-the-by). From the two-tone hair which was his trademark for years, to his decision to make his first match after New Zealand’s 2007 World Cup quarter-final a Devon Merit Table game for Barnstaple Second XV against Newton Abbot, this All Blacks flanker is his own man.He swam against the tide once more this summer, moving from France to Wales, just as a shoal of British rugby stars crossed the Channel in the opposite direction. So why leave cash-rich Toulon to sign a two-year contract at the Ospreys in Swansea?Power play: Jerry Collins was a popular member of the Ospreys squad (Pic Huw Evans)“My year in Toulon had some good and some bad parts, but as a club it wasn’t the best fit for me so I decided to move on,” Collins says. “The Ospreys is more to my liking.“Every player is different and they all have different factors in making their decisions on where they want to play. Mine is more of a sports decision – after ten years of rugby I play because I want to, not because I need to. It’s about what I want to achieve. I could have stayed in France and played f***-all rugby for half the season and still got paid. But I am as competitive as the next guy and I really wanted to play.”Collins talks about still wanting to “learn new things every year”, which sounds odd coming from a 28-year-old who played for the All Blacks 48 times, captained them three times and is one of the world’s leading back-row players – an inspirational rock in defence and a powerhouse in attack. The Ospreys certainly seem more concerned about his leadership qualities and the lessons he might teach his new team-mates, rather than the reverse, but the new recruit’s humble attitude is one of his many assets.Having turned up for his first Ospreys training session less than 24 hours after he arrived from France, Collins was immediately paying due respect to a star-studded squad which includes the likes of Ryan Jones, Marty Holah, Jonathan Thomas and Filo Tiatia in its back-row resources. “There’s a very strong squad here with options in every position so I will have to earn the right to wear the shirt, which is exactly how it should be,” Collins says. “It’s not about past reputations. Fitness and form is what dictates whether someone is going to play. I need to be on top of my game if I want to make an impact and help the Ospreys succeed.”Smile on his face: Collins with the Hurricanes and his All Black friends Tana Umaga and Ma’a NonuAfter finishing fourth in the Magners League last season and being trounced 43-9 by Munster in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, the Ospreys are desperate to turn their potential into trophies. The region’s elite performance director Andrew Hore has brought in Scott Johnson as director of coaching – a man who has worked with the Wallabies and Wales as well as, most recently, the USA – and grabbed the opportunity to sign Collins. “We have always looked to bring in people of real quality from outside the region when we feel that they have the right characteristics to complement what we already have here, and Jerry Collins certainly fits that description. He is a proven world-class performer,” Hore says.After a decade of top-class rugby in New Zealand and France, Collins is keen to sample the delights of the Magners League and keener still for a slice of Heineken Cup action.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Exeter ChiefsLondon IrishNorthampton Saints “We’ve put a new game plan in place but we’re still a work in progress,” says DoR Nick Kennedy. “The Premiership has moved on since two years ago and when we were last there we were the worst team in it. So we need to hit the ground running and we’ll leave no stone unturned.”Topsy talk: Rugby World‘s Alan Pearey chats to London Irish’s Topsy Ojo at the launch (Getty)Matt Garvey is the new Bath captain and takes his team to Leicester Tigers on the opening Sunday, a match that could see George Ford and Freddie Burns immediately front up against their previous clubs.And Newcastle v Worcester completes the first weekend, one of a large number of Friday fixtures for Falcons as the club tries to limit the number of five-day turnarounds that Sunday matches often bring.“Team performance has to come first,” says MD Mick Hogan, who nevertheless promised Newcastle fans that more Sunday fixtures will be added once the Challenge Cup and Anglo-Welsh competitions are added to the mix.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERENext season’s Premiership programme will include another USA-based match when Newcastle entertain Saracens at the 18,500-capacity Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia on 16 September.Saracens played London Irish at New York’s Red Bull Stadium last year and the globetrotting European champions will also be breaking new ground when facing Harlequins at London Stadium in Stratford on 24 March – marking a departure from Wembley Stadium.Good cause: round 20 of the campaign will be dedicated to Restart Rugby, the RPA’s official charityAnother first is terrestrial coverage as Channel 5 will broadcast up to five live Premiership games next season, alongside the Sunday night highlights programme that has switched from ITV. BT Sport will remain the principal home of Premiership rugby, screening up to 80 live matches.Pre-season training is barely underway but for what it’s worth, here are some early predictions…Champions Exeter Chiefs. Their strength in depth is growing and they will be less affected by Test call-ups than their major rivals. Lions tourist Jack Nowell may delay his entrance next season but otherwise the Chiefs should be fully armed and ready to fly out the blocks.Moving up Northampton Saints. Mitch Eadie and Jamal Ford-Robinson, two of Bristol’s better players last season, have joined the Super Rugby influx and an improvement on seventh place in 2016-17 looks on the cards.On the slide Leicester. Yes, Ben Youngs withdrew but Dan Cole was the Tigers’ only Lion. And they provided just Ellis Genge to England’s Argentina tour and no one to the U20 World Cup squad, once Will Evans withdrew with illness. Where’s the supply line gone?For the drop Sorry London Irish but the promoted club is always up against it. Injuries to Theo Brophy Clewes and Joe Cokanasiga don’t help their preparations. Now prove us wrong!Aviva Premiership early fixturesRound OneFri 1 SeptGloucester v Exeter (7.45, BT Sport)Newcastle v Worcester (7.45)Sat 2 SeptSaracens v Northampton (2, BT Sport)Wasps v Sale (3)London Irish v Harlequins (4.30, BT Sport)Sun 3 SeptLeicester v Bath (3, BT Sport)Round TwoFri 8 SeptSale v Newcastle (7.45, BT Sport)Sat 9 SeptBath v Saracens (2, BT Sport)Exeter v London Irish (3)Harlequins v Gloucester (3)Northampton v Leicester (4.30, BT Sport)Sun 10 SeptWorcester v Wasps (3, BT Sport) Champions Exeter are feeling the love as they look forward to starting the defence of their crown at Gloucester. Rugby World gauges the mood at the fixtures launch Round ThreeFri 15 SeptNorthampton v Bath (7.45, BT Sport)Worcester v Exeter (7.45)Sale v London Irish (8)Sat 16 SeptLeicester v Gloucester (3, BT Sport)Newcastle v Saracens (9.30, Philadelphia, BT Sport)Sun 17 SeptWasps v Harlequins (3, BT Sport)Main man: Ugo Monye of BT Sport took charge of proceedings at the Premiership launch (Getty) Victory hug: Jack Yeandle celebrates Exeter’s 2016-17 Premiership title with club owner Tony Rowe (Getty) What’s it like to be a champion? Exeter Chiefs are finding it most agreeable. “Certainly around Exeter it’s really nice,” hooker Jack Yeandle told Rugby World at the Aviva Premiership 2017-18 season fixture launch at BT Tower. “People come up and talk to you, offer you this and that, congratulate you. And that’s a nice feeling.“Rob Baxter was in Waitrose when someone came up to him and gave him a bottle of champagne. That’s lovely, that people are so happy and proud of what we’ve done.”The Chiefs claimed their maiden English title after a gripping extra-time victory over Wasps in May, becoming the first West Country champions since Bath in 1996. And they did it the hard way, winning just two of their first seven Premiership matches. A 35-8 European trouncing by Clermont proved a watershed.“The start of last season we weren’t anywhere near where we should have been. Subconsciously or not, we weren’t doing the things that made us good. We were just relying on the fact, ‘we got to the (2016) final, we’ll be okay’. After that Clermont match the players had a meeting.“We were working hard but focusing in the wrong direction. We weren’t all striving to do the best for each other, which is what underpins what we’re about. We may have lost the next week (at Ulster) but our performance was way, way better. It was more what we were about.”Touch of magic: Jack Nowell scores for Exeter in last season’s final (Action Plus/Getty)Exeter are now on a 17-match unbeaten run in the Premiership, unconquered since Bath prevailed at Sandy Park in round seven last October. They kick off next season at Kingsholm on Friday 1 September before hosting newly promoted London Irish in round two.“We’ve not spoken yet about needing to make a better start. We’ve only had two weeks of pre-season training and one of them was a hot weather training camp in Portugal,” says Yeandle.“But we’ve got to remember what we had to do to get that feeling around the city. We don’t want that to happen just once, we want to emulate it. It’s realising what we have to do to achieve success again.”Wasps, so close to glory at Twickenham, embark on their 150th anniversary season with a home clash with Sale Sharks and will face the Chiefs as early as round four.“Celebrating our 150th this season is very special and we’ll take that as a responsibility as well,” says director of rugby Dai Young. “Some great players have worn the Wasps shirt so we’ll feel we have a responsibility to back up last season and hopefully go one better.”Josh bosh: Josh Beaumont carries for Sale v Wasps – the sides meet next on 2 September (Getty)The Twickenham double header on 2 September pitches European champions Saracens against Northampton, and Harlequins against London Irish.Saints may have lost the giant presence of France No 8 Louis Picamoles but fly-half Stephen Myler is quietly confident. “We needed to strengthen our squad and have recruited well in different positions. We’re a newish squad trying to grow together,” he says.There’s a strong injection from Super Rugby, including international backs Rob Horne, Piers Francis and Cobus Reinach, and the hope is that some of the narrow setbacks of last season – which included one-score defeats by Wasps and Bath both home and away – can be turned into something more fruitful.“Last season was frustrating but we weren’t a million miles away. There were at least five games that we lost by only three points or so. We seemed to be on the wrong side of those tight games and we need to work out how to get on the right side of them.“It’s important to have the best pre-season we possibly can. We think there’s more in us and first and foremost we need to be competitive.”Saint with a view: Stephen Myler with the Aviva Premiership trophy in London’s BT Tower (Getty)Last season Bristol had to wait until Boxing Day for their first league victory. London Irish, who have replaced them in the top flight, are acutely aware that a fast start is imperative, particularly as some clubs may feed their international stars back into the team in a graduated manner.“We learned from last time that if you get left behind early on then you’re chasing your tail for the rest of the season,” says wing Topsy Ojo.Fijian wing Napolioni Nalaga, a consistently heavy scorer in the Top 14, is due to arrive next week but perhaps Irish’s most interesting ‘signing’ is data analyst Bill Gerrard, whose work at Saracens underpinned their successful kicking strategy.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS One in the eye: Rob Vickerman fends off a Fijian tackle in the USA Sevens in San Diego, 2009 (Getty)COLIN GREGORThe former Scotland Sevens captain“I can’t see a merger being good news for Scotland and I’d oppose it. I might think differently if we had more than two pro teams or if Edinburgh and Glasgow had A teams for younger players to play in, but we don’t and there’s no sign of us getting any more than two in the distant future. The sevens is the closest thing we have to a third team and we must protect it.The SRU introduced the Super Six in a bid to help bridge the gap between amateur and professional rugby, but the early reports are that it’s not working – the gulf is too big. Talented young players need to play at a higher level and there’s a bit of a roadblock in Scotland with us only having two professional outfits.International colours: Glasgow’s Kyle Steyn (Inpho)This is about talented young players being given an opportunity to play. There are many examples we could look at but the most recent one is Kyle Steyn, Glasgow’s centre-cum-wing.Kyle was on the fringes at Scotstoun. A game here and a game there. It wasn’t enough to help his development. He went away and played sevens and learnt a lot on the circuit. He came back and now he’s a full Scotland international.Sevens is the bridge. The survival of the team was in serious doubt five years ago, but it’s found its niche now. A GB team on the World Series circuit might suit other countries, and perhaps World Rugby too. But it wouldn’t be a good move for Scotland.” What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] debate first appeared in the September 2020 issue of Rugby World. Face-off: Should men’s Team GB join the World Sevens Series?ROB VICKERMANThe former England Sevens captain“Sevens is its own entity now, it’s an Olympic sport and you can’t have people coming in thinking, ‘I’ll have a crack and then go back to 15s’. It’s a different game completely now and there is a focus on specialist sevens players.I’m pro having a Great Britain team on the World Sevens Series because it’s a more powerful commercial entity than England, Scotland and Wales individually, and sponsors can be aligned with an Olympic team.Another reason to move towards a GB team is the investment needed. You’ll have fewer players than if you have England, Scotland and Wales teams, so you’ll be able to pay them a better salary and there will be more competition for places.Wales are not competitive on the series and have struggled to pull squads together [the WRU announced on 28 August that its men’s sevens programme would cease to operate for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19]. Scotland cite it as a development pathway but the only person to really come through in recent years is Darcy Graham. If Scotland do see sevens as a pathway, they need to invest more in it.Exception: Scotland wing Darcy Graham transitioned to Test rugby from sevens (NurPhoto)One caveat is that the series should reduce to 12 teams, so the men’s and women’s events are the same. If you get rid of England, Scotland and Wales as individual teams and have GB that gets rid of two teams. And then you move the two at the bottom of the table, who are likely out of their depth, into the Challenger Series.Some fans look at it patriotically and how teams aren’t wearing the badge, but sevens is more of an event-based product; it’s not purely about supporting England or Wales.There needs to be change and now is a great time to do it.” Tangible success: Team GB’s men’s team won silver at the 2016 Olympics in Rio (AFP/Getty Images) With England and Wales having scrapped their sevens programmes, is the time right to create one unified team on the circuit? Read this debate from our September 2020 issue
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “A pesar de los retos, la fortaleza y vitalidad de los testigos de cristianos indígenas en el Medio Oriente es inspiradora”, escribió la obispa presidente Katharine Jefferts Schori en la carta anual del Viernes Santo dirigida a todas las congregaciones solicitándoles que consideren ayudar a Jerusalén y al Medio Oriente.“Las ofrendas del Viernes Santo proveen fondos esenciales para reforzar la vitalidad de la presencia Cristiana a través de toda la Provincia de Jerusalén y del Medio Oriente”, escribió la Obispa Presidente. “Esos fondos son fundamentales para el ministerio en desarrollo de ambas instituciones, así como también de otras en la región”.Los fondos colectados de las ofrendas del Viernes Santo son reunidos y distribuidos a la Provincia de Jerusalén y del Medio Oriente, el cual incluye las diócesis de Jerusalén, Chipre y el Golfo, y a todos los miembros de la Comunión Anglicana.La información y los recursos para las ofrendas del Viernes Santo se encuentran disponibles en www.episcopalchurch.org/goodfridayofferingPara obtener más información comuníquese con el Rdo. Canónigo Robert Edmunds, Representante de la Sociedad del Medio Oriente de la Iglesia Episcopal [email protected] continuación se encuentra la carta de la Obispa Presidente:_______________________________________________________Epifanía 2013Estimados hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,Acabo de regresar de Belén y Jerusalén de una visita por la temporada de la Navidad, luego de haber sido invitada por el Muy Rdo. Suheil Dawani, Obispo de la Iglesia Episcopal de Jerusalén. La alegría y asombro de la temporada navideña continúan resonando dentro de mí, aun cuando sabemos que la paz por la que todos rezamos tiene que aun convertirse en realidad en las mismas tierras donde nació nuestro Dios.A pesar de los retos, la fortaleza y vitalidad de los testigos de cristianos indígenas a través del Medio Oriente es inspiradora. Rezar por las personas y con las personas para que sean sanadas física y espiritualmente así como también por la sanación de relaciones entre personas divididas por la historia y el dolor, nos lleva a todos a la gran esperanza que compartimos– que la sanación y reconciliación sea testigo de la presencia de Dios y reine y brinde una paz duradera y perdurable para todos los hijos de Dios. Esa es la fundación para el nuevo cielo y la tierra nueva.El hospital de Al Ahli Arab en Gaza ha sufrido violencia, falta de provisiones, equipo inadecuado y disminución de fondos en medio del aumento de la demanda por los servicios. El hospital, que es administrado y es propiedad de la Diócesis Episcopal de Jerusalén, es una luz de esperanza y sanación. La clínica Ras Morbat, parte la iglesia de Cristo en Aden y patrocinada por la diócesis de Chipre y del Golfo, es otro puesto remoto de compasión en el nombre de Cristo para todos los que necesitan tratamiento.Las ofrendas del Viernes Santo proveen fondos importantes para reforzar la visibilidad de la presencia Cristiana a través de toda la Provincia de Jerusalen y el medio oriente. Esos fondos son fundamentales para el ministerio en desarrollo de ambas instituciones, así como también de otras en la región.El Obispo Dawani dijo, “las ofrendas del Viernes Santo son un testigo tangible de nuestra sociedad con nuestros hermanos y hermanas en la Iglesia Episcopal. Ya que el sacrificio de nuestro Dios en nuestras vidas nos inspira a vivir una vida de abnegación, las ofrendas del Viernes Santo son un ejemplo de la mañana de pascuas donde se encuentra una vida nueva. Estamos agradecidos por el apoyo de esta ofrenda que nos ayuda a mantener la presencia cristiana en la Tierra del Santo a través de los ministerios diocesanos que promueven la paz y reconciliación, asistencia de salud, educación y compasión para todos los hijos de Dios.Les animo a ustedes y a sus congregaciones a que se unan a mí para apoyar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas anglicanos a través de toda la Provincia de Jerusalén y el Medio Oriente mediante las ofrendas del Viernes Santo. Nuestro apoyo para estos ministerios estimulará la esperanza para el futuro, y encenderá el camino al pasar por momentos oscuros. La luz brilla en la oscuridad, y la oscuridad no la venció. . Juan 1:5Su sierva en Cristo,La Rvdma. Katharine Jefferts SchoriObispa Presidente y PrimadoLa Iglesia Episcopal Posted Feb 7, 2013 Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ La Obispa Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal escribe a las congregaciones sobre las ofrendas del Viernes Santo para Jerusalén y el Medio Oriente Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Posted Nov 11, 2013 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL WCC Assembly 2013, Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Anglican is first woman, African WCC moderator 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ecumenical & Interreligious, Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 [World Council of Churches press release] In one of their first decisions as the Central Committee for the World Council of Churches, the newly installed 150-member committee made history Friday by electing Dr Agnes Abuom of Nairobi, from the Anglican Church of Kenya, as the moderator of the highest WCC governing body.Abuom, who was elected unanimously to the position, is the first woman and the first African in the position in the 65-year history of the WCC.Two vice-moderators were elected, United Methodist Church Bishop Mary Ann Swenson from the USA and Prof. Dr Gennadios of Sassima of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.“My open prayer is that we shall move forward together, in the next years, despite our diversities that have the potential to divide us,” Abuom said shortly after her election, “…and that the WCC will continue to remain an instrument for providing a safe space for all who can come and share their hopes, aspirations and visions, and prophetic voice.”Aboum said the prophetic voice is vital for “ecumenism in the 21st century and the church in our world today.”As the first woman moderator of the worldwide body, Aboum says the model of consensus discernment “resonates very well with femine decision-making processes,” consultative and careful listening and seeking to understand the other person’s perspective.Abuom has served on the WCC Executive Committee, representing the Anglican Church of Kenya. She is also a development consultant serving both Kenyan and international organizations coordinating social action programmes for religious and civil society across Africa.Abuom was the Africa president for the WCC from 1999 to 2006. She has been associated with the All Africa Conference of Churches and WCC member churches in Africa. She is a co-president of the Religions for Peace and the National Council of Churches of Kenya.Abuom’s areas of work include economic justice, peace and reconciliation.Gennadios, who will serve his second term as the WCC Central Committee vice-moderator, is a professor of theology. He served as vice-moderator of the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission from 1998 to 2006. He was a staff member of the WCC’s Faith and Order secretariat in Geneva from 1983 to 1993. He is involved in a number of bilateral dialogues involving the Orthodox, the Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches among others.In addition to being vice-moderator of the WCC Central Committee, Gennadios has served as a member of the presidium and of the governing board of the Conference of European Churches.Swenson, who will also serve as the WCC Central Committee vice moderator, was ordained to the ministry by the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 1973. Swenson also served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Wenatchee, Washington from 1989 to 1992. While a pastor in Wenatchee, she also served as president of both the Board of Directors of the Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Center, and on the Board of Directors of the North Central Washington AIDS Coalition from 1989 to 1992.Swenson was elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church by the 1992 Western Jurisdictional Conference. 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