Month: June 2021

Journey through rugby – Adam Jones

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jones has worked hard on his fitness and is now the modern version of the old-school prop he used to beCountry WalesAge 30 (8 March 1981)Position Tighthead propBorn Abercrave, PowysAdam Jones made his Wales debut in 2003 and has gone on to play in three World Cups and win 75 caps for his country. He also impressed when playing in two Tests for the 2009 Lions. Here he talks us through his rugby journey…I loved rugby from the start. When I was seven, a new headteacher at my primary school introduced a number of sports into our school and I took to rugby straightaway.From the start we played with mixed ages because I went to a small school with only about 30 kids. I was playing with boys older than me and it was full tackling; there was no tag or touch rugby in those days.My parents were heavily involved in rugby at the local club, Abercrave, so I think they were delighted when I started playing. I remember getting up with them in the middle of the night to watch the 1987 World Cup.Jones back in 2003 – AustraliaMy life in rugby started at flanker, but when I started senior school I was moved into the front row and I was on the tighthead right from the start.Church on Sunday with my mother meant I couldn’t play club rugby in my early days, but I carried on with my school team and with the Swansea Valley. My teacher, Darren Jones, was a prop so that certainly helped.To avoid getting a job when I left school, I agreed with my parents that I’d go on a Rugby Studies course at college in Llanelli. At the front of the class was Sean Holley, who was my lecturer and who is now Ospreys head coach. I didn’t know then that our paths would cross again.I’m grateful for the support my parents gave me after school. They had sent my older brother to university and supported me. That allowed me to achieve what I have.I’ll admit I was a few pounds overweight after college, but the Neath coaches, including Lyn Jones, saw enough in me to give me a chance with their U21s.Tough is how I’d describe my introduction to senior rugby with Neath. It was a case of sink or swim right from the start.My first scrum in senior rugby, against this older guy, seemed to go well. But he dropped the second one and punched me full in the face. To be honest I didn’t know what to do, so I just carried on. After the match he came into our dressing room with two cans of Heineken and we enjoyed a beer.I’d recommend to anyone to play a season or two in the lower leagues as the standard is still very good. I’ve said before at the Ospreys that our props should do a spell there. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 14: Adam Jones and Duncan Jones (R) of Wales during a Welsh training session at the Canberra Raiders training facility on October 14, 2003 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) Mad is what I would have called anyone who’d said in my Neath days that I would even play for Wales, let alone more than 70 times, and that I would become a British & Irish Lion.I was shocked to be called up to the Wales squad in my final year at Neath and then to get an Ospreys contract. It was only then that I started to believe I could have a career as a rugby player. A few months later, in the summer of 2003, I won my first cap for Wales – it all seemed to happen so quickly.Incredible is how I’d describe the experience of the Lions tour to South Africa in 2009. It’s one I’ll never forget, although I’ve found playing for Wales amazing as well.My target now is definitely 100 caps and I would love to go on another Lions tour in 2013, although I know there are a load of new, younger props coming through at the moment.I’m looking forward to the RBS 6 Nations, and another great campaign. This is always a special time and, taking nothing away from how well Huw (Bennett) did at the World Cup, it will be great to have Matthew Rees back with us. 2012 is also my testimonial year and there’s going to be lots of events going on, so there are exciting times ahead.DID YOU KNOW?Jones became the sixth person to play 150 games for the Ospreys when facing the Scarlets on Boxing Day 2011This article appeared in the March 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170last_img read more

Ireland v Italy: The Preview

first_imgHome or away? While the Azurri have clocked up some notable wins in Rome, none more so than last year’s 22-21 victory over France, their away form leaves a lot to be desired. They managed a draw against Wales in Cardiff in 2006, and won at Murrayfield in 2007, but those two are the only Six Nations games in which they have been successful on the road, and it will be a lot tougher to front up in the face of a passionate Aviva Stadium crowd.Leaders of the pack Lorenzo Cittadini will fill Castro’s bootsItalian rock Martin Castrogiovanni has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a rib injury, leaving hard boots for coach Jacques Brunel to fill. He is replaced by Lorenzo Cittadini at tighthead, while Six Nations debutant Michele Rizzo fills the loosehead berth, and although it’s hard to imagine an Italian team who aren’t brutally physical up front, Mike Ross and Cian Healy should have no trouble taming this pack.Flair of Ireland’s backsWhile creativity is an area where Italy’s backs are often found lacking, the same cannot be said for Ireland’s backline. Four of the seven were Lions tourists in 2009, and they have prolific try-scorers in their ranks. Italy failed to score a try against France on the opening weekend of this tournament, and their two against England were born out of the opposition’s mistakes. In contrast, Ireland scored two tries on their way to defeat at the hands of the Welsh, current tournament favourites.IRELAND v ITALY, AVIVA STADIUM, SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY, Kick-off 1.30pm, Live on BBC1Ireland: Rob Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Keith Earls, Gordon D’Arcy, Andrew Trimble; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell (capt), Stephen Ferris, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip.Replacements: Sean Cronin, Tom Court, Donncha Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Eoin Reddan, Ronan O’Gara Fergus McFadden.Italy: Andrea Masi; Giovanbattista Venditti, Tomasso Benvenuti, Alberto Sgarbi, Luke McLean; Tobias Botes, Edoardo Gori; Michele Rizzo, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Quintin Geldenhuys, Marco Bortolami, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri, Sergio Parisse (capt). ROG drops the match-winning goal Backs against the wallWe’ve seen Ronan O’Gara pull out the drop-goal for both Munster and Ireland, and Leinster claw their way back from a 16-point deficit to win the Heineken Cup, and it’s arguable that the Irish are at their best when their backs are up against the wall. The fact that they have the ability to win games at the death is one that Italy are only too aware of, and they can also pull out top performances when required. England went to Dublin hoping to win their first Grand Slam in eight years last season, only to be sent packing by their hosts. Having lost two games in a row to close rivals Wales, Ireland know that a win on Saturday is crucial to get their Six Nations campaign back on track. Stephen Ferris tries to batter through Italy’s defence By Bea Asprey, Rugby World WriterWHO could forget Ireland’s near-horror story from the 2011 RBS 6 Nations? On a sunny afternoon at the Stadio Flaminio on the opening weekend of the tournament, a Luke McLean try gave Italy an 11-10 lead with minutes left of the match to play, and Ireland were staring down the barrel of defeat. Then hundreds of green-shirted fans thanked God for Ronan O’Gara, whose last gasp drop-goal saved the day in a move seen so many times before.The teams have since played at the World Cup, when Ireland thumped Italy 36-6 in Dunedin on the back of handsome wins against Australia and Russia, but the happenings of this time last year will still be fresh in the minds of both teams. However, Ireland are favourites to come out on top at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Replacements: Tommaso D’Apice, Fabio Staibano, Antonio Pavanello, Simone Favaro, Fabio Semenzato, Kristopher Burton, Gonzalo Javier Canale.Referee: Craig Joubert ROME – FEBRUARY 05: Ronan O’Gara of Ireland kicks the winning drop goal during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Italy and Ireland at Stadio Flaminio on February 5, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images) last_img read more

Amlin Challenge Cup Final: Underdogs from Paris have fighting chance

first_img“For me, I am just excited by the prospect of playing quality opposition in a quality venue where pride is at stake.”Lyons is right about one thing: tonight, as the two No 8 captains collide it will take a performance to be proud of for the underdogs to triumph. Yet how many times have we heard that before, only for the written-off visitors to pull a performance out of their shiny, pink-piped bag?If Stade do win it will be because they mugged Leinster in their own home, with their Italian alpha male at the fore.Leinster v Stade Francais, ko 8pm on Sky Sports 2Leinster: R Kearney; Conway, McFadden, Madigan, Nacewa; Sexton, Boss; McGrath, Cronin, Ross, Roux, Toner, Ruddock, O’Brien, Heaslip (c)Subs: Strauss, Healy, Hagan, Cullen, Jennings, Cooney, Goodman, D KearneyStade Francais: Porical; Sinzelle, Doumayrou, Williams, Bonneval; Plisson, Dupuy; De Malmanche, Sempere, Slimani, Lavalla, Mostert, Lyons, Rabadan, Parisse (c) A quick tête-à-tête: No 8s and captains Jamie Heaslip and Sergio Parisse have a quiet chat before the big one tonightBy Alan DymockDESPITE THEIR illustrious history, their garish attire and their hunkier than thou personnel, Stade Francais are undoubtedly the underdogs going into tonight’s Amlin Challenge Cup final in Dublin.The runaround at the RDS not only represents a chance to win a European trophy for the first time in the Parisien’s history, but also offers the 2007 Top 14 champions an opportunity to make it into the Heineken Cup next season.No one has given them a chance, though, as they line up against the reigning Heineken champions Leinster at their own RDS ground on Friday evening. Although talisman Brian O’Driscoll is out for the final there is still a glittering array of attacking talents served up for the Leinster faithful.According to Stade’s blindside flanker David Lyons, however, that may just suit the notoriously inconsistent French outfit fine as they trot out to stand in front of Ireland’s irresistible playmakers.“It is hard to say why Stade are so inconsistent,” the 44-cap Wallaby said yesterday. “A lot of French teams are like that. We have had a really good build-up, though, and everyone has been a bit edgy. It is very hard to play here in Dublin – I know that having played Leinster so many times with the Scarlets and everyone has a TV so they can see for themselves – but we have nothing to lose.“We have just got to throw everything at them and hopefully that team that can beat anyone on the day turns up.”Rough rider: Lyons bustles in the Challenge Cup semiThe veteran back-rower, who will be playing one-on-one against young Rhys Ruddock, seems to revel in the shadow cast over his team by the silky Dublin side. He explains that he likes the underdog tag and while the Leinster backline is one that needs to be chased he also hints that after a few years in France he can almost sense when a wobble is coming and when the team is ready to click.If he and his colleagues are to click, it may well be because of a certain back-row battle falling in favour of Stade.According to Lyons: “We have an opportunity if we have quality ball and our set-piece is good, while some players lead by experience and from the front. A big showdown to look forward to is Sergio Parisse versus Jamie Heaslip. That is a big one. Subs: Bonfils, Wright, Becasseau, van Zyl, Tomiki, Nayacalevu, Arias, WarwickReferee: Nigel Owens (Wales) PERPIGNAN, FRANCE – APRIL 26: David Lyons of Stade Francais is held by Alasdair Strokosch during the Amlin Challenge Cup Semi Final between Perpignan and Stade Francais at Stade Aime Giral on April 26, 2013 in Perpignan, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Championship blog: Semi-finals first leg wrap

first_imgIf Leeds – who beat Bristol 25-30 at the Memorial in the B&I Cup semi-final – win on Sunday, they will have a trip to Donnybrook to face Leinster A in the Cup final on Friday 23rd May before the first leg of the GKIPA Championship final the following Wednesday.One would imagine that a return to Premiership rugby would be their priority. Memorial mash: Bristol’s Gaston Cortes somehow gets through Titans’ tackles to score With an aggregate century of points from the first leg of the GKIPA play-offs, a mere ten separate the four sides vying for admission to the Aviva Premiership. With Rotherham pouring it on to finish just one Juan Pablo Socino penalty behind Bristol, and Leeds taking a seven-point lead to the Kassam next Sunday, an all Yorkshire final is still a possibility. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img By Richard GraingerBristol butterflies leaves tie in balanceBristol 17, Rotherham 14Bristol have twice gone into the Championship play-offs only to fluff their lines and on Saturday’s evidence at the Memorial Stadium a third catastrophe could be on the cards.A last gasp Jamie Broadley try reduced an eight point lead to just three and leaves Bristol with an awkward return leg in Sheffield on Saturday.“Credit to Rotherham, they’re a well-coached side and the elements helped them on Saturday,” said head coach Sean Holley. “We were forced into a lot of errors. We had all the territory but we weren’t accurate enough.”Rotherham have had an outstanding season. But if their motivation on Saturday was no more than to put an end to jibes that they have yet to beat a side above them, it served them well.The visitors looked by far the better-drilled side, pre-programmed to nullify Bristol’s high-tempo game plan: the first quarter blitz with which they usually put the game beyond lesser opposition. Better still, three Socini penalties gave Rotherham a deserved 0-9 interval lead, making good use of a strong wind at their backs.While neither side, on this evidence resembled a premiership outfit, Bristol looked utterly hapless. Phases of continuity were rarer than an Andy Robinson smile, and body angles near the try line would have left an under-12 coach’s head shaking. If Bristol’s skill sets were poor under pressure, Nicky Robinson’s goal kicking was even worse, missing three out of four attempts at goal.Ed case: Ed Williamson was one of two Titans to be sin-binned on SaturdayBut the turning point came after the break when Titans’ lock Josh Thomas-Brown saw yellow for fisty-cuffs with Bristol centre Jack Tovey, who could consider himself lucky not to accompany Thomas-Brown to the bin. But the former Scottish Schools lock’s intolerance of Tovey’s shirt pulling cost the Titans dearly with Gaston Cortes and Luke Eves crossing for the hosts in his absence.When Ed Williamson became the second Titans’ player to trudge to the bin, Mitch Eadie barged over to make it 17-9 to Bristol.But Rotherham had the last word when Broadley collected a neat dab to touch down and silence the Memorial faithful.Bristol travel to Sheffield RUFC’s Abbeydale Park ground on Saturday, kick off 18.05, with a three-point lead and a kicker with one of the worst records in the division head-to-head with the division’s top points scorer. Unless Bristol can produce something special, it will be third time unlucky.Ooh er, Vickerman: Rob Vickerman scored for Leeds against London WelshLancaster looks on as Leeds seize initiativeLeeds 38, London Welsh 31Watched by former Leeds Academy and current England head coach Stuart Lancaster, Leeds dominated a high-octane encounter at Headingley on Sunday for all but the final quarter, but could never quite put the Exiles away.Twice they led by 13 points, only for head coach Justin Burnell’s men to scrabble their way back into contention. For this they had Gordon Ross, the 36 year-old former Scottish international, to thank. Ross’s game management, accuracy of pass and deft breaks belied his years.But Leeds may well regret squandering three gilt-edged second half chances that could have surely put the tie to bed. The Exiles’ scramble defence was up to the job, but a better final pass on each occasion would have given Carnegie a more significant lead.“I think we learnt a lot last season about what it takes to win these games over two legs,” commented Carnegie’s outstanding No 8 Ryan Burrows, “and we need to put that into practice this week.”Carnegie were angered when Mike Myerscough was carded for knocking down a final pass from Welsh on the Leeds line. The Exiles were awarded a penalty try and Ross converted to cut the gap to 16-10. Earlier, Stevie McColl had been dragged down and illegally prevented from getting the ball away, with no further action taken by referee Andrew Small.Sevens specialist and Lancaster protégé Rob Vickerman scored Carnegie’s first try after Glyn Hughes had struck two penalties in reply to one from Ross to give the hosts a 13-3 lead.Fred Burden scored Carnegie’s second and Hughes was metronomic with the boot, converting both tries and all seven attempts at goal.Dominant, but not too far ahead: Leeds Carnegie were always better than Welsh, but couldn’t score moreAlthough Welsh outscored Leeds by two tries to one, with a brace from replacement Alan Awcock to add to the penalty try, Alex Lozowski’s last minute penalty gave Carnegie a significant buffer to take to the Kassam Stadium on Sunday, kick off 12.45.last_img read more

Lions coach Warren Gatland faces the biggest challenge of his career

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight Man apart: Warren Gatland will be part of his third Lions tour Congratulations Warren Gatland – and, er, commiserations. For while being named head coach of the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand is a great honour, one to be celebrated and cherished, the task ahead is a huge one. In fact, it is arguably the toughest any Lions coach has ever faced.Yes, there have been longer tours, ill-prepared tours and controversial tours – but next year’s trip to New Zealand could be the most thankless of all. Stephen Jones put it succinctly in The Sunday Times when he described it as “mission impossible”. Perhaps we should all hope Wasps new boy Tom Cruse has a phenomenal season and earns a call-up!There are myriad factors that make this tour so foreboding, but first a few positives when looking at the man in charge and why he’s been chosen for the top job.Big calls: Warren Gatland omitted Brian O’Driscoll from the final Test in SydneyGatland has experience both in the northern and southern hemispheres. He’s been successful on both the club and international stage, too, winning European and Premiership titles with Wasps as well as Grand Slams with Wales. Plus, of course, he’s been involved with the Lions before. A coach under Sir Ian McGeechan in South Africa in 2009, he took the reins in 2013 and guided the British Isles to a first series win in 16 years.It’s his nous and his strength of character that are likely to come to fore in New Zealand. He was criticised for his first Wales selection, picking 13 Ospreys in the starting line-up, but it was the pragmatic thing to do. He didn’t have much time to work with the squad before that 2008 Six Nations opener so he picked a team that knew and understood each other.He backs himself and stands by his decisions – and that will be crucial in New Zealand. Who can forget the Brian O’Driscoll furore in 2013? He picked what he believed was the best team for the third Test against Australia and those players duly delivered the required victory.And from a media perspective we all know he’ll lob the occasional ‘grenade’ at a press conference and generate headlines both in the British Isles and New Zealand.Lying in wait: Steve Hansen and his wildly successful All Blacks coaching teamSo what are the big issues ahead for Gatland? The schedule has been described as “ludicrous” and it is gruelling. This is mainly because no one, in the North or South, was willing to budge on the timings.New Zealand would not consider moving the tour back a couple of weeks to give the Lions time to prepare and neither the Aviva Premiership nor Guinness Pro12 would move their finals forward. So we have the situation where a huge contingent of the squad are likely to be playing for their clubs just a week before the first game of the tour on the other side of the world. Ludicrous is being polite. The Premiership clubs have been particularly vociferous in their criticism, but it’s worth remembering that no one was complaining about the extra England v Wales fixture played last May – perhaps because the monetary rewards of that game were split between those same clubs – or the three-Test tour of Australia that lengthened the season to 13 months when taking into account World Cup training camps.Sadly, there is nothing to be done about the schedule now. It’s set. But this situation must be addressed before the next tour to South Africa because it is not sustainable. The Lions is a hugely successful brand but fans need to believe in the prospect of success on the pitch too – and at the moment the squad simply does not have the time to prepare adequately.Scant preparation time: The Aviva Premiership and Pro12 FInals are held just days before the Lions tour startsAs others have suggested, a simple solution would be to scrap the play-offs in Lions year – you immediately reduce the season by two weeks. Or scrap the Anglo-Welsh Cup in those seasons and play a few Premiership fixtures on those weekends. And play hard ball with the host nation, too. They make millions from these tours so should not be able to dictate things to the Lions.On top of the schedule, is the quality of the opposition. The Lions may ‘ease’ themselves in with a game against a Provincial XV – made up of Mitre 10 Cup players – but after that it is relentless. They play all five Kiwi Super Rugby franchises – that includes half of this year’s quarter-finalists – and it is likely that players in the All Blacks squad will be playing in those teams, at least early on the tour. That’s the opposite of 2013, when Wallabies were withdrawn from their Super Rugby sides.A week before the first Test they play the Maori, a side with huge pride and passion that will relish the opportunity to tear into the Lions. Their 19-13 win over the 2005 squad is still fresh in the minds in New Zealand.Last time out: The Lions were thrashed in the 2005 Series 3-0Then there are three Tests against the best team in the world – back-to-back World Cup winners and a side that has lost just three games since the start of RWC 2011. Remember, too, that the All Blacks have not lost at Eden Park since 1994. No wonder they are staging two of the Tests in Auckland.The Lions have only won a series in New Zealand once, way back in 1971, and for all the British and Irish talent at Gatland’s disposal, the odds are heavily stacked against a second triumph in 2017.So congratulations Mr Gatland – and good luck! Warren Gatland’s unveiling as Lions coach in Edinburgh sets off the countdown to the toughest Lions series ever. RW looks at the task ahead… For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here.last_img read more

Beauden Barrett: How to mix your kicks

first_imgAll Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett, the World Rugby Player of the Year, explains the different kicks he employs LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Head up: Beauden Barrett looks to find space with a kick against Australia. Photo: Getty Images Do some simple snaps. Drop-punt 5m to a friend and slowly up the length. Nail technique in a small space, then go longer.Once you have good technique on one foot, try to kick off the other.For a grubber, work on kicking the ball end over end. You don’t want it to roll on its belly.Work together with the other kickers, looking at different kicks. We either work on our kicking in a separate session or during the work-ons window, and it’s good to talk through different kicks and ideas.Focus on quality over quantity. I do about two hours a week practising different kicks. But it’s all about quality – not kick after kick after kick.This article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.center_img “If there is space behind the defence and no cover, I’d go close to the line and kick in between them. You need to be really close to the line so the attack can run onto it. Target the space between two defenders, then get the ball and your foot through.”Top shot: Beauden Barrett uses the chip kick against France. Photo: Getty Images5. CHIP KICK“If the full-back is deep and there is space behind the front line, a chip is good. With a grubber you find a hole between players, with a chip you go over the top. It doesn’t want to be too high because you want to catch it before the defence recovers.”6. BANANA KICK“This is quite a risky kick but I’d say I try it once a game. You kick the edge of the ball, which takes the energy and allows the ball to arc out and cut out extra defenders. It goes straight and then curves later in the flight, rather than arcing at the start.”Practise makes perfect: New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett in training. Photo: Getty ImagesWHAT YOU COULD DO Beauden Barrett explains how to mix your kicksBeauden Barrett made the most metres (395) and beat the most defenders (24) in the 2016 Rugby Championship. Yet the All Blacks also kick more than any other Test team – and here Barrett explains why.1. FIND THE SPACE“Kicking is definitely positive,” says New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett. “It’s getting the ball to wherever the space is as quickly as possible. Whether you run, kick or pass, you just have to find a way to get the ball to where the space is.”Back yourself: Beauden Barrett recognises the importance of being decisive. Photo: Getty Images2. BE DECISIVE“What kick you use depends on where you want to hit it and how quickly you want it to get there. You look at the defensive shape or if the full-back is deep. Even if it’s a 50-50 call, you have to back your decision and commit 100%. Decide and do.”3. CROSS-FIELD KICK“I’d use this if the wingers are tight and the full-back is deep. You want a 15-metre window for your winger to run onto the ball. The key is you don’t want the ball in the air too long or the defence to have time to get there. It’s a low drop and a low kick.”4. GRUBBER KICKlast_img read more

Hotshot: Tasman Mako back-row Anton Segner

first_img Tasman Mako back-row Anton SegnerDate of birth 24 July 2001 Born Frankfurt Position Back-row Club Tasman Mako Country GermanyWhat sports did you play growing up? Like any German kid, football! And a bit of ice hockey.I started playing rugby at nine, at SC 1880 Frankfurt. I went to an English-speaking school and one of my English mates introduced me to rugby.What positions have you played? Prop, back-row and midfield. I had knock knees and my doctor told me to get surgery when I was 11. Since I was quite obese, my rugby coach, Tim Manawatu, told me I should start taking my training seriously and watching my nutrition because after the surgery I wouldn’t be able to train for six months.I lost weight and started growing taller, so I moved into the backs for a couple of years and then at 13-14 I moved to the back row.Any childhood heroes? I liked Richie McCaw once I started getting into rugby and now it’s Ardie Savea. Also people like LeBron James and Anthony Joshua.How did the move to New Zealand come about? Through Tim. He went back to New Zealand but we stayed in touch. He introduced me to the head of rugby at Nelson College and I came over in 2017.It was supposed to be for six months, but I made the first XV and as the season was eight months I stayed.I went back to Germany to finish my Year 11 schooling, but did the rest of my schooling in New Zealand in 2018 and 2019. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS What was it like moving so far from home? Tough. I was 15, didn’t know what to expect, barely knew anyone here and I was coming from a big city like Frankfurt to a small town like Nelson. But I made friends straightaway in the boarding house and felt very welcome.You’ve also played for New Zealand Schools… I couldn’t believe it. My family and friends in Germany don’t understand how much the black jersey means to New Zealanders. I was so happy to make the team two years in a row.What are your strengths? I take pride in my physicality – that aspect of the game I enjoy the most. Off the field, my organisation. That’s when the German in me comes out – being on time, organised.And your goals? My personal focus is on being the best athlete I can be. If making the All Blacks or being a great rugby player comes with that…RW Verdict: He led Nelson College to a UC Championship title in 2019, is playing for Tasman Mako in the Mitre 10 Cup and is on the Crusaders’ radar, training with them in pre-season. As for international honours, his goal is to play for New Zealand. Meet the German teenager who is making his mark in New Zealand rugbycenter_img Break time: Anton Segner in action for New Zealand Schools against Fiji (Getty Images) This article originally appeared in the October 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Emily Scarratt penalty secures dramatic win over France

first_img Kick it to win it: Emily Scarratt slots the winning penalty against France (Getty Images) Banet was then sin-binned early in the second period for using her boot on Vickii Cornborough’s shoulder. The referee was originally going to red card the wing before recognising the mitigation of Cornborough holding Banet’s leg to keep her in the breakdown.From that penalty, England opted for a five-metre lineout and at the third attempt (they were awarded two further penalties for maul infringements) they drove over the line with Lark Davies touching down for the try.Still, after England couldn’t make a five-minute spell in possession count, the French defence standing firm, Middleton emptied his bench midway through the second half, with all eight replacements coming on at once.At the double: Cyrielle Banet scored two tries for France at Twickenham (Getty Images)Then Banet struck again. France got their maul rolling from a lineout on the 22, edged forward and across the pitch through a series of strong carries before Banet went over in the corner. France had a 23-10 lead going into the final 15 minutes and looked like having the mentality to close it out.Then England came back. First Poppy Cleall reduced the deficit when she touched down from a strong driving maul in the 70th minute. Then Kildunne went over, hitting a good line in the 22 and having the power (with a little help from Claudia MacDonald) to stay on her feet and burst through a huddle of French defenders to score. Emily Scarratt’s conversion made it a one-point game going into the last five minutes.When Coumba Diallo stole an England lineout five metres out from the French line it looked like the visitors would hold on for the win. But England came again, patiently worked the phases and when that final penalty was awarded – for not rolling away – Scarratt duly stepped up to slot it. It was their second try, just before the half-time whistle, that was the highlight of the opening 40. France launched an attack from inside their own half from a Daley-Mclean kick, Shannon Izar receiving the ball in the middle of the field, taking it wide and then running a switch inside to Cyrielle Banet, who broke clear and went over despite the tackle of Ellie Kildunne. 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. England end 2020 unbeaten after a comeback victory over the French at Twickenhamcenter_img That gave England a 5-3 lead but the French scored two tries of their own before the break.The first came five minutes after the hosts’ try, an England overthrow at a lineout five metres from their own line giving France possession. France switched their attack to the blindside, creating an overlap for Emeline Gros, who handed off Katy Daley-Mclean to score. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Emily Scarratt penalty secures dramatic win over FranceA last-minute penalty from Emily Scarratt gave England a dramatic 25-23 victory over France at Twickenham.The French had led 23-10 going into the last 15 minutes but the Red Roses staged a remarkable comeback to ensure they finished 2020 with seven wins from seven Tests – and extend their winning run to ten Internationals going back more than a year.It is also England’s seventh straight Test win over France, their closest European rivals who they will also play at the 2021 World Cup having both been drawn in Pool C.This performance was far from the convincing displays England showed in winning the Six Nations Grand Slam or even in beating France 33-10 last weekend, but the team did show grit and determination to come back and triumph.“With the character of the side, they found a way to win,” said England coach Simon Middleton. “That game was nowhere near what we’d have liked it to be, how we wanted it to pan out. That’s international rugby, it’s not always how you want it to be. We’ll learn a lot more from that than winning easy or staying in front.”France put England under huge pressure at the set-piece in the first half, a penalty for the visitors from a scrum in the second minute a sign of things to come. The Red Roses’ error count was also extremely high, with knock-ons and loose passes preventing them from building through the phases.England did score the first try, though, Zoe Harrison going over in the 17th minute after a fortuitous bounce of the ball…last_img read more

Peter O’Mahony banned for three matches

first_img Peter O’Mahony banned for three matchesPeter O’Mahony has been banned for three matches after being sent off in Ireland’s Six Nations opener againt Wales.The Munster back-rower was shown a red card for a dangerous charge into a ruck in the 14th minute that resulted in his shoulder making contact with the head of Wales prop Tomas Francis.O’Mahony admitted the act of dangerous play at his hearing and an independent disciplinary committee rated the offence as “reckless” and ruled it mid-range, which meant a starting point of six weeks in terms of the ban. Given O’Mahony’s conduct at the hearing and previous disciplinary record, the committee decided the player could receive the full 50% reduction in sanction.Therefore he is banned for “three meaningful matches” and until 14 March 2021. He will miss Ireland‘s next three Six Nations matches against France, Italy and Scotland, but he will be available for selection for their final fixture against England in Dublin. Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony walks off after receiving a red card (Getty Images) The Ireland back-rower will be available for final Six Nations match against England A Six Nations statement read: “In assessing the seriousness of the offending, the committee found that the offending was reckless. They were satisfied that the player’s conduct breached World Rugby Law 9.20(a), in that he charged into a ruck. Charging includes any contact made without binding onto another player in the ruck or maul. The Committee noted that the offending involved reckless contact with the head of the Wales No 3.“As the conduct involved contact with the head, although noting that no injury was suffered by the Wales No 3, the committee determined that the entry point was mid-range, which for this offence is six weeks.“It was accepted that there were no off-field aggravating factors, and the disciplinary committee concluded after careful consideration of the player’s record and conduct in the hearing, that the player was entitled to a 50% reduction of sanction in mitigation. The player is suspended from 7 February 2021 to 14 March 2021, which represents three meaningful matches to the player. The player is free to play again on 15 March 2021.” 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

Video: Bishop Justin Welby’s opening media statement

first_imgVideo: Bishop Justin Welby’s opening media statement Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 (FT or PT) Indian River, MI [Lambeth Palace] On 9 November 2012 the Right Reverend Justin Welby was announced as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.In his opening statement at Lambeth Palace, Bishop Justin said he was “astonished and excited” to be taking over from Dr Rowan Williams, who stands down as Archbishop at the end of December. Acknowledging the many challenges faced by the Church, he said it will be a privilege to lead the Church “at a time of great spiritual hunger”.Watch the video here or read the full transcript here. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL 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 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Nov 9, 2012 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Archbishop of Canterbury, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Video Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VAlast_img read more