Hotshots – Alex Glashan (Edinburgh)

first_imgGlashan has the tools to go all the way to the top of the game.Gavin MortimerThis article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine TAGS: Edinburgh Rugby Alex Glashan with All Black Sonny Bill WilliamsAlex Glashan announced himself to the rugby world with a Man of the Match performance in March 2009 as his Edinburgh Academy side beat George Watson’s College in the final of the Scottish Schools U15 Cup at Murrayfield.Since then the 17-year-old scrum-half’s rise has been as steady as one of his passes, and Scotland U18 head coach Grant McKelvey believes Glashan is destined for great things. “He fits the mould of the modern No 9,” says McKelvey. “He’s tall and has the pace of a wing, an excellent breaking game and a good kicking game.”Glashan is involved in the Scottish Academy programme, a facet of which is to align young talent with an established professional player in the same position. Glashan has Mike Blair, also a product of Edinburgh Academy, as his ‘mentor’ and the two have spent time working on the youngster’s game. Blair is also accessible on email should Glashan wish to pick his brains.The teenager toured Spain last summer with McKelvey’s U18 squad and the coach envisages Glashan featuring prominently in this year’s U18 Six Nations. “Despite being a year young he coped well in Spain. I’ve no doubt he’ll be able to cope with playing the likes of England U18 and the French,” he says.“One of Alex’s strengths is his character; he’s very self-aware and works hard to improve all areas of his game. Every task we’ve set Alex he’s completed to a high standard. He has a maturity beyond his years.”RUGBY WORLD VERDICT LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Do you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.last_img read more

Italy 15-19 England

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Snow patrol: Tom Palmer breaks through Italy’s defence at a snowy Stadio Olimpico in RomeBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorIn a nutshellIt was ‘Chargedown Charlie’ to the rescue again for England. Italy scored two tries in two minutes just before half-time to take a 12-6 lead in Rome; Giovanbattista Venditti touched down in the corner after a ricochet from a kick wrong-footed England’s defence and Tommaso Benvenuti crossed under the posts after intercepting a Ben Foden pass. After the break, Charlie Hodgson charged down an Andrea Masi kick and Owen Farrell’s conversion and two penalties secured a narrow win for England. Break point: Tommaso Benvenuti scoresKey momentTommaso Benvenuti’s try in the final minute of the first half brought the loudest cheer from those who’d managed to brave the snow at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Ben Foden threw a risky offload, Benvenuti intercepted and then sprinted clear to score under the posts. It gave Italy a 12-6 lead at half-time – and helped focus English minds.Star man – Owen FarrellSergio Parisse was the official Man of the Match and he is undoubtedly a class player, but England’s young centre yet again produced a performance that belies his years. Farrell is committed in defence and slotted all five of his kicks despite considerable pressure in the second half, even managing a chuckle before one shot, and that composure bodes well for the future. He just needs to get his hands on the ball more.Special mention must also go to the ground staff for clearing the snow (most of it anyway) and making sure the game went ahead.Room for improvementEngland still didn’t create any try-scoring opportunities and need to show more control and precision with ball in hand – they can’t rely on Charlie Hodgson to charge down kicks in every game! Lee Dickson and Ben Morgan both brought more spark to England’s attack when brought on for Ben Youngs and Phil Dowson respectively – and both presented good cases to start against Wales at Twickenham.They showed great composure to get back into the game and the scrum held up well, but their lineout creaked a few times too many. England: Ben Foden; Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Owen Farrell, David Strettle; Charlie Hodgson (Jordan Turner-Hall 77), Ben Youngs (Lee Dickson 51); Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley (Rob Webber 75), Dan Cole (Matt Stevens 75), Mouritz Botha, Tom Palmer (Geoff Parling 58), Tom Croft , Chris Robshaw (capt), Phil Dowson (Ben Morgan 51).Try: Hodgson. Con: Farrell. Pens: Farrell 4.center_img NOT FOR FEATURED Kick start: Owen FarrellAs ever, Italy were competitive at the breakdown, but the same-old problems remain: a lack of creativity in the backs. And the decision to take off Kris Burton cost them in the second half as replacement Tobias Botes missed two penalties.In quotes – winnersOwen Farrell: “It was a case of keep doing what we’re doing and don’t chase the game. It was more through our mistakes that their tries had come and we still felt we were on top in the first half. Credit to the boys, we dug in and got the win.Top statsOwen Farrell had a 100% record from the kicking tee but Italy’s kickers fared worse, slotting only 40% of their shots at goal. Kris Burton failed with a conversion and Tobias Botes’s two penalty attempts were badly missed.England made three line breaks compared to one by Italy, but the Azzurri made 373 metres with the ball compared to England’s 224.Chris Robshaw made 17 tackles – more than double any of his team-mates – and didn’t miss one.Match highlightsItaly: Andrea Masi; Giovanbattista Venditti, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale (Luca Morisi 63), Luke McLean; Kris Burton (Tobias Botes 47), Edoardo Gori (Fabio Semenzato 57); Andrea Lo Cicero, Leonardo Ghiraldini (Tommaso D’Apice 58), Martin Castrogiovanni (Lorenzo Cittadini 33), Quintin Geldenhuys (Antonio Pavanello 57), Marco Bortolami, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri (Mauro Bergamasco 76), Sergio Parisse (capt).Tries: Venditti, Benvenuti. Con: Burton. Pen: Burton.last_img read more

Picture gallery: Best European quarter-final Action

first_img– / 10Credits: Rugby WorldmoreShowing image 1 of 10 We’ve brought you a little picture gallery, to show you the best of the action, enjoy… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img LAST WEEKEND was a rip-roaring weekend of European rugby, with the action starting on a Thursday evening with Gloucester v Biarritz and finishing as the sun set on Sunday evening with a Jonny Wilkinson-inspired Toulon edging past a valiant Leicester.last_img

Autumn Series: Players to watch

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Over the next four weekends, the best players on the planet will come together so who should rugby fans be looking out for? Ireland Leader: Jamie Heaslip is now a talisman under Joe SchmidtJamie HeaslipWhen Jamie Heaslip plays well, Leinster plays well, or so the saying goes. This is becoming the case for Heaslip in the green of Ireland. In the wake of Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy injuries, Heaslip will become even more of a totem for his side and his maturity in picking when to commit to the breakdown and when to assume ball-carrying duties in the narrow channels, will be key to Ireland’s gameplan of getting on the front foot.Bubbling under: Jared PayneHe’s no newbie, but Jared Payne has been pegged for Ireland’s No 13 shirt for several years, with BOD retiring. There remain many who think No 15 is his best position but the laid-back Kiwi, who played under Schmidt in New Zealand, will slot in and do an error-free job.WalesNo shrinking violet: Liam Williams has been the form back in WalesLiam WilliamsLiam Williams is starting the Autumn Series out on the wing but the Waunarlwydd tearaway has the look of a player for whom incident will find him wherever he plays. A former scaffolder, Williams has scrapped his way into the International set-up by sheer guts. He has been unquestionably the form fullback in Wales this season, diffusing ‘bombs’ in the air, sparking counter-attacks from deep and skinning defenders for fun. Okay, he is a player who tight-walks the line between bravery and the foolhardy, but if he can control his impulsive nature, watch out.Bubbling under: Nicky SmithTwenty-year-old Smith was expected to play second-fiddle to Wales loosehead Ryan Bevington this season but his solid scrummaging technique, workrate at hitting rucks and ability in the loose mark him out as the heir apparent to Gethin Jenkins. He’s even been name checked by Cap’n Sam. High-praise indeed.FranceNicolas MasAnchor: With Mas, France’s new look backline will not functionPhilippe Saint-Andre has finally thrown caution to the wind, as the critics ready themselves to twist the knife, naming a host of changes to his wilting side. Camille Lopez, Sebastien Tillous-Borde form a new half-back partnership and Teddy Thomas and Scott Spedding sit in the back three but there are signs of familiarity. None more so than Nicolas Mas, the 73-cap French tight-head who will ensure the French scrum is locked to allow the new boys to shine.Bubbling under: Charles OllivonThe rangy Bayonne No 8 has been alikened to France’s answer to Kieran Read and while the 22-year-old is some way off the IRB Player of the Year, you can see why the comparisons have been made. At 6ft 5in, he has the balance to make offloads and be an option at the tail of the lineout. A clever footballer, he could give Damien Chouly a few restless nights.ScotlandSean LamontOld-stager: Sean Lamont’s experience is still important to ScotlandHe may not have the canter he possessed a decade ago, when first gracing the international stage, but the omission of John Barclay and Kelly Brown, means the much travelled Glasgow Warrior will assume even more responsibility for a rapidly evolving Scotland squad. With 88 caps to his name and fast-approaching his 34th birthday, he’s still a handful on the hoof, and will use every fibre of his body to eke out a confidence-inducing win for Vern Cotter’s men. Handle with care: Dan Carter will be carefully managed to the World Cup center_img The next month should give us a pretty good idea of how sides are shaping up for the Rugby World Cup. It’s the final Tests between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere opposition and a chance for sides to go into the tournament with a slight mental advantage. So who will be the individuals taking the game’s by the scruff of the neck and which players will be making names for themselves over the coming weeks?New ZealandDan CarterOkay, he’s not in the squad to face England as the All Blacks ease him back to full-fitness – after figuring in just one Test in the last 12 months due to injury – but how he’s integrated over the next few weeks will give a good indicator if he’s fundamental to the ABs plans – you’d certainly expect him to play some part against Scotland and Wales. Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade have all filled the 10 slot in his absence, but you imagine they’re just keeping the seat warm for Carter. The celebrated Crusader missed out on World Cup glory in 2011 and has a date with destiny. This next few weeks will give us a few clues whether the body can keep up with the sharpest of minds.Bubbling under: Ryan CrottyThe Crusaders centre is becoming an increasingly dependable option from the bench for the All Blacks. An 81st minute heartbreaker for Ireland in last year’s classic, Crotty’s has been talked up by Steve Hansen this week as a core part of the All Black squad and an astute decision maker. He may not have scored a try in last week’s romp over the USA but his fingerprints were all over the scoreboard. He shares many traits with a certain Conrad Smith.South AfricaHot-stepper: Willie Le Roux adds X-Factor to the Boks offenceWillie Le RouxTalk about the Springboks and you imagine giant men, hewn from the Highveld with an uncompromising nature and lacking in a certain finesse. Cheetahs full-back Willie Le Roux is a departure from the (tired) Springboks stereotype. Fleet of foot, with deft footballing skills and an eye for a gap, he is Heyneke Meyer’s X-Factor player who can win games with moments of individual brilliance.Bubbling under: Handre PollardSpringbok No 10s have come and gone. Henry Honiball, Jannie de Beer, Jaco van de Westhuyzen, Butch James, Morne Steyn. All were fine players but lacking in one department or another. Pollard is only 20 yet many commentators feel Pollard is as close as South Africa have got to a complete fly-half in a generation. An U20 star, the 6ft 3in Blue Bull attacks the line and has the bulk to make sure he repels heavy traffic coming down his channel.AustraliaTouchdown: Michael Hooper drives the Wallabies on with his dynamismMichael HooperSuch has been the impact of Hooper, 22, that injured Wallaby talisman David Pocock is rarely been mentioned in dispatches in the last 18 months. A whirling dervish around the breakdown and a remarkably effective ball carrier despite his modest size, the fact Hooper is now captaining Australia shows the high regard he’s held in. How his relationship with new Wallaby coach Michael Cheika develops will be fascinating.Bubbling under: Tevita KuridraniKuridrani was Australia’s standout player in the Rugby Championship, and shone at Twickenham last weekend where he scored a brilliant individual try. At 6ft 3in and nearly 16st, he is extremely destructive going into – and through – contact. The Fijian born 13, also hits extremely hard as George North could find out tomorrow.EnglandKyle EastmondMind the gap: Kyle Eastmond can move in the tightest of spacesKyle Eastmond’s England career was being talked about in the past-tense by some after last summer’s third Test against New Zealand after the breakdown in communication in defence was levelled in his direction. It shows Eastmond’s character that he has richochetted back into contention with a series of electric performances for Bath in which he has showcased his appreciation of space, quick-feet and vision, skills which no other England back possesses. With careful management, Eastmond has the potential to be a superstar.Bubbling under: Samesa RokoduguniWhat was it Shakira sang, ‘the stats don’t lie’, I jest obviously, but Roko’s stats this year have been astounding. He made the most clean breaks in the Premiership with 12 and carried 532 metres in his first eight games, and possesses a hammer-fend, jack-hammer sidestep that can leave defenders clutching at thin air. A tank driver by trade, Lance Corporal Rokoduguni is explosive by nature. Bubbling under: Mark BennettScotland, so long with a dearth of quality in so many positions, aren’t lacking in midfield. Matt Scott, Alex Dunbar, Pete Horne and now Mark Bennett whose game is all guile, sharp running lines and classy outside breaks. Bennett could turn out to be the best of the lot.last_img read more

George Ford dropped as Lancaster makes four changes for Wales game

first_img Owen Farrell and Stuart Lancaster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Owen Farrell starts at fly-half for England against Wales as Stuart Lancaster brings in three players from the team who beat Fiji Utility back Alex Goode takes a place on the bench alongside Ford and provides Lancaster with options when it comes to replacing his backs, with the Saracens man having played full-back, centre and wing in his 18 England appearances. Farrell can also move outside to the centres should Ford come on to replace Burgess.Lancaster’s other change sees Billy Vunipola start at No 8 to replace the injured Ben Morgan, who is struggling with a knee ailment. James Haskell makes the bench as back-row cover.center_img Stuart Lancaster has made the decision to drop George Ford to the bench for England’s game against Wales on Saturday evening, with Owen Farrell stepping in at fly-half.Farrell, who has 32 England caps to his name, has only started one game for his country since November 2014, having missed the Six Nations through injury.His inclusion could be a result of the midfield reshuffle caused by Jonathan Joseph’s chest injury, which sees Brad Barritt move outside to No 13 and Sam Burgess coming in at inside-centre.Farrell is thought to provide more strength in defence to Ford, although the Bath man performed admirably against Wales in the opening Six Nations match in Cardiff this Spring. England: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Brad Barritt, Sam Burgess, Jonny May, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola. Replacements: Rob Webber, Mako Vunipola, Kieran Brookes, Joe Launchbury, James Haskell, Richard Wigglesworth, George Ford, Alex Goode.last_img read more

Six questions ahead of the opening round of the Six Nations

first_img Hopes of a nation: The national team captains pose as the 2016 Six Nations kicks off It will always be hard for Italy to really challenge in this competition, given the resources they lack compared to the other teams, but France are no world beaters and this could be their chance to claim another famous win.But Italy are ravaged by injuries, like Ireland, and coach Jacques Brunel will have to get creative if his team are to get much out of this first match. Going forward Scotland look decent, but their defence at the World Cup was what let them down and that will have to change if they are to beat England on Saturday.4. Will Guy Noves’s bold selections pay off?All the right moves: Guy Noves has surprised many with his bold selectionFour players will make their debuts in Guy Noves’s first game in charge of France, with three more on the bench.Players like Mathieu Bastareaud have paid the price for underperformance in recent years by being left out of the Six Nations squad, with three of the debutants starting in the backs.There is still the core of players who had featured under Philippe Saint-Andre, such as Maxime Medard, Louis Picamoles and Gael Fickou, but this has all the feelings of a fresh start from France, looking for their first Six Nations win since their grand slam in 2010.5. Can Wales perform under the pressure of being tournament favourites?Too close to call: There’s not been much to separate Ireland and Wales in recent yearsWarren Gatland and Wales know all about winning the Six Nations, having won three times in the last eight years and claiming two grand slams in the process.Wales’s strength is that their team is still full of the players who won in 2012 and 2013, with one or two left from the 2008 victory.Dan Biggar was a revelation in the World Cup, making the big kicks when needed and that kind of experience will pay dividends in the Six Nations.Wales also start the Six Nations with a reasonably clean injury slate, having seen their squad decimated by ailments at the World Cup.Gatland will want to take advantage of Wales’s attacking options, but a win in Ireland on Sunday will be the number one objective.6. Can Italy repeat 2013 and get only their fourth win on opening day?Azzurri power: Alessandro powers over for a try as Italy storm to comfortable winThe last time Italy played France on opening day they won – one of just three wins they’ve had on day one since they joined the championship in 2000. 1. How will England start under Eddie Jones?Pragmatic Eddie: Eddie Jones knows Test coaching is a marathon, not a sprintFrance also have a new coach after the World Cup, but all of the attention is on the new England boss Eddie Jones going into the 2016 Six Nations.With a reputation as a master tactician, who led lowly Japan to victory over South Africa in the Rugby World Cup last year, the pressure is on Jones to get England back to the top of the world rankings after a disappointing World Cup campaign.He’s resisted the temptation to shake things up too much in the aftermath of Stuart Lancaster’s reign, keeping many of the same players in the squad, but installing Dylan Hartley as captain and injecting some uncapped youth into the squad.With all due respect to Scotland, Jones’s first match in charge could have been harder, but the old rivals north of the border will be keen to derail England’s comeback before it’s even begun.2. Can Ireland beat the odds and start their title defence with a win?No quarter given: Johnny Sexton drives Dan Biggar back into the turf in 2013Two Six Nations titles in a row and Ireland are only third favourites to do the treble. The team has undergone a lot of changes in recent years, with the retirements of Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and now Paul O’Connell, and key players have been struggling with injuries.The team they face in week one are the team who are many people’s favourites for the title come March 19 – Wales – and with a weakened team they will face the toughest of starts.Their entire back line is out, with Rob Kearney, Luke Fitzgerald and Tommy Bowe all cooped up in the treatment room. The centre partnership of Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw are exciting, but lack the experience of the pair they will face on Saturday, Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies.The forward pack is as depleted, if not more, than the backs, with key figures such as Peter O’Mahoney, Sean O’Brien and Cian Healey among those missing.It’ll surely be one of the stories of the tournament if Ireland can overcome these absences to win against Wales.3. Will Scotland end their Calcutta Cup losing streak?Time heals: Greig Laidlaw says the scars of Scotland’s World Cup exit will take a whileIt’s been eight years since Scotland beat England in a Test match, when they triumphed 15-9 at Murrayfield.Apart from a 15-15 draw two years later it’s been all England since then and many of the games haven’t been particularly close.Scotland have been on the brink of being competitive in the Six Nations for a few years now, but with the mix of youth and experience they now possess could this be the year they move up the results table?center_img As the Six Nations gets underway on Saturday, here are six things we will be looking out for in the opening round of matches LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Get to know Samoa’s Chris Vui

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The back-five forward was a latecomer to rugby but has been quick to make an impact TAGS: Samoa Get to know Samoa’s Chris VuiChris Vui was 18 when he first started playing rugby but within a few years he had become Samoa’s youngest-ever captain, leading the team out against Scotland in 2017 aged just 24. Here he tells his story…I grew up in a tight community. My mum and dad came over to New Zealand from Samoa and I grew up in the west of Auckland. The area we lived in had a bad reputation and back then there used to be a lot of violence, but all my family were there. It was a Pacific Islands area and I’d spend lots of time with my cousins. When I was a baby I probably went back to Samoa two times and in my high-school years we’d go back every year. I love the country.There was a lot of Samoan culture in my childhood. There was the food obviously – lots of taro. We’d have huge gatherings and do a lot of things with the Samoan Methodist Church. There would be fund-raisers and we’d play kilikiti, Samoan cricket. I was really close with my friends from church and we still keep in touch.Time for prayer: Chris Vui and Paul Alo-Emile at the World Cup (Getty Images)I haven’t found a church in Bristol but me and my partner pray at home, and we have sessions at the club where we can open up about anything. It’s great to have that faith in the squad.Watch: Meet the Pacific Islanders at BristolI played all sorts of sport growing up. I played cricket for the Massey High School first XI, a bit of volleyball, basketball, soccer. All these things were when I was hanging out with my mates and weren’t anything serious.I didn’t play rugby until my late teens. The boys I was closest with growing up went to Waitemata (RFC) and I went with them to play for the U19s, then got picked by the premier (first) team. I was picked up by some scouts, played for New Zealand U20 and everything snowballed from there.I was working as an apprentice carpenter. And at the same time I got an ITM Cup contract with North Harbour – it’s semi-pro.I loved being in New Zealand but I wanted to do something for myself, to explore. I asked the question to my agent (about playing overseas) and Worcester picked me up. It was only for six months but I thought if I played well someone else would pick me up and Bristol did.Moving overseas made me grow up in a way. I’m so close to my family, then I had to live by myself in a whole new country. I had to get everything sorted off the field and play rugby at the same time – that was probably the hardest thing. Luckily some boys knew other boys from back home, so that made it a lot easier. Flag bearer: Chris Vui shows his pride for Samoa (Getty Images) This article originally appeared in the October issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In the thick of it: Chris Vui in action against Russia at Japan 2019 (Getty Images)Playing for Samoa is definitely the best decision I ever made. I was approached by Samoa in my last year at North Harbour and I decided to commit to them. It’s a privilege to play for Samoa, to be part of Samoa’s history and part of the Samoa jersey. It’s pretty hard to explain and put into words, but to get that chance means a lot.I giggled when I was named Samoa captain! It was a surprise. It was in a meeting and I was thinking, ‘What’s happening? I only got into the squad a year ago and now I’m captain.’ After a few seconds, I sat back to take it all in.I knew I had to step up because it’s the biggest job in the Samoa jersey. It’s a huge honour. I’m action over words, respect everyone – that’s how I lead.Steve Jackson was my coach at North Harbour. The November tour was his first as Samoa coach and I was injured, but he tells the boys what he wants. I’m excited by the ideas he brings to the table.We can surprise people at the World Cup. A lot of teams probably think we’re a physical side, but we know the game’s evolved and you’ve got to change it up. There’s a lot more kicking in international rugby, a lot more set-piece, so it’s not just razzle. We’re naturally talented in flair, but a bit of structure is also what’s needed.Honour: Chris Vui in action for the Barbarians (Getty Images)Playing for the Barbarians is a huge honour. Growing up in New Zealand and seeing the way they play, the jersey, the world-class players they have, was awesome. I always dreamed of playing for them but I didn’t think I’d make the squad at this age. To do it at this point of my career was huge.I’ve never had too many hobbies but I do a bit of painting. Now and then I pop to Hobbycraft to get some paints and a canvas. I’ve been asked to do portraits by team-mates, but I tell them to come round with the materials for me and no one has. After rugby I might try to do something that involves some sort of art and building, maybe architecture.Me and my partner, Karen, are high-school sweethearts. We were in the same class so we’ve known each other for a long time. We have a little girl, Kaylen, and I hang out with my family as much as I can.last_img read more

London Irish v Exeter live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_img London Irish v Exeter live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereExeter Chiefs are aiming to reclaim second spot in the Gallagher Premiership table with a win over London Irish tonight.Supporters will be back in Brentford Community Stadium for the first time since December for this midweek match, with visitors Exeter looking to leapfrog Sale Sharks, who moved above them in the standings with a win on Friday night.Jack Nowell, who picked up a knee injury against Worcester, is replaced by Alex Cuthbert in the Exeter back-line while Fiji No 8 Albert Tuisue is set to make his 50th appearance for London Irish.When these two sides met in February, two tries from Sam Simmonds helped the reigning English champions to a comfortable 26-3 victory over the Exiles.London Irish: Tom Parton; Ben Loader, Curtis Rona, Phil Cokanasiga, Ollie Hassell-Collins; Paddy Jackson, Nick Phipps; Will Goodrick-Clarke, Agustin Creevy, Lovejoy Chawatama, Chunya Munga, Rob Simmons, Matt Rogerson (captain), Ben Donnell, Albert Tuisue.Replacements: Matt Cornish, Facundo Gigena, Ollie Hoskins, George Nott, Sean O’Brien, Nic Groom, Jacob Atkins, James Stokes.Exeter: Stuart Hogg; Alex Cuthbert, Henry Slade, Ollie Devoto,Tom O’Flaherty; Joe Simmonds (captain), Jack Maunder; Ben Moon, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Harry Williams, Jannes Kirsten, Sean Lonsdale, Dave Ewers, Jacques Vermeulen, Sam Simmonds.Replacements: Jack Yeandle, Alec Hepburn, Tomas Francis, Tom Price, Richard Capstick, Stu Townsend, Harvey Skinner, Ian Whitten.Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for London Irish v Exeter wherever you are.How to watch London Irish v Exeter from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like London Irish v Exeter, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Exeter Chiefs’ Alex Cuthbert breaks against London Irish (CameraSport/Getty Images) London Irish v Exeter live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to London Irish v Exeter from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 6.45am on Wednesday morning NZ time on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 June 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer London Irish v Exeter live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch London Irish v Exeter  at 4.45am on Wednesday (AEST).If you don’t want a long-term contract, you can also stream games live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offer Midweek Premiership rugby returns as Chiefs take on Exiles Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when London Irish v Exeter takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.London Irish v Exeter live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch London Irish v Exeter (kick-off 8.45pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.London Irish v Exeter live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.London Irish v Exeter will kick off at 2.45pm EST and 11.45am on the West Coast.Get Peacock Premiumcenter_img London Irish v Exeter live stream: How to watch from the UKLondon Irish v Exeter, which kicks off at 7.45pm tonight, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25. London Irish v Exeter live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to keep track of the many South Africans plying their trade in the Premiership, SuperSport shows matches in South Africa.South Africa is one hour ahead of the UK, so London Irish v Exeter kicks off at 8.45pm on SuperSport’s Rugby channel.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. 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Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Communion, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA [Anglican Communion News Service] In the name of the Holy Trinity and grateful for the gracious guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order met in Seoul, Republic of Korea 2 to 9 December 2011.In preparation for the forthcoming meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-15) in 2012, the Commission devoted its third meeting to consolidating its work in the five areas initially identified as falling within its remit in 2009.These areas of work involve:1. reflecting critically on the Instruments of Communion and the relationships among them. Our discussions continue to develop the potential of these in the wider contexts of Anglican and ecumenical ecclesiological reflection;2. studying the definition and recognition of churches;3. providing a variety of materials to assist in the reception of the Anglican Communion Covenant. The guide which we produced during the past year is being augmented by a short video presentation which will be made available from the Anglican Communion website;4. assisting the Communion in its engagement with the complex processes involved in reception. This includes receiving from one another and embracing the fruits of ecumenical dialogue and of Anglican theological reflection at all levels in the Communion. In our work as a Commission, we have become increasingly and acutely aware of the importance of this task in the life of our churches;5. considering the question of transitivity, that is, the way in which regional ecumenical agreements between churches which are members of different global communions in one geographical area affect or extend to other parts of the Communions;Aware of our mandate to promote the deepening of communion between the churches of the Anglican Communion, we emphasised the importance of being a fully representative group, and we greatly regret that some of our members were not present. We re-affirmed the significance of the Anglican Communion Covenant for strengthening our common life.In accordance with its mandate the Commission also reviewed ecumenical developments within the life of the Anglican Communion. We considered the Jerusalem Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, ‘To Love and Serve the Lord’, and the report of the Anglican-Old Catholic International Coordinating Council, ‘Belonging together in Europe’. We expressed our support for a new phase of dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. A draft of guidelines articulating expectations of Anglican participants in ecumenical dialogues was agreed for consideration by the Standing Committee. The Commission also confirmed the need for a continuing working group on ecumenical matters.Bishop Paul Kim and the Anglican Church of Korea welcomed the Commission to Seoul. We were sustained throughout the meeting by sharing in the daily celebration of the Eucharist in the Cathedral, by the Cathedral community’s ministry of prayer, and by the hospitality of the Cathedral’s congregation and the Girls’ Friendly Society. During our visit, in particular through our introduction to the work of Towards Peace in Korea (TOPIK), we were made aware of the wide-ranging activities of the Korean churches in pursuit of social justice and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula, a concern that has been prominent at recent meetings of the ACC. Constructive conversations took place regarding the Anglican Church of Korea’s preparations to receive Anglican participants at the WCC Assembly in 2013. Throughout our time in Korea, we have shared with the Korean Church our common Advent hope.In the course of our meeting, we visited the island of Ganghwa, where we prayed at the site of an early Anglican mission in Korea, the church of Sts Peter and Paul. From the Peace Platform we looked across the sea to North Korea and heard an account of the history of Korean partition and the aspirations for re-unification. We then went on to visit the church of St Andrew and the village of Urimaul, where the Anglican Church of Korea has established a Residential and Day Care Centre for disabled adults. On our return to Seoul, we were welcomed at Sungkonghoe (Anglican) University, by the University’s President, the Revd Dr Jeremiah Yang, himself a member of the Commission.The next meeting will take place in September 2012.Present at the Seoul meetingThe Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi, Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi, and Chair of the CommissionThe Revd Canon Professor Paul Avis, Church of EnglandThe Revd Sonal Christian, Church of North IndiaThe Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut, World Council of ChurchesThe Rt Revd Dr Howard Gregory, The Church in the Province of the West IndiesThe Revd Professor Katherine Grieb, The Episcopal Church (USA)The Rt Revd Kumara Illangasinghe, Church of Ceylon, Sri LankaThe Revd Canon Clement Janda, Episcopal Church of the SudanThe Rt Revd William Mchombo, Church of the Province of Central AfricaThe Revd Canon Sarah Rowland Jones, Anglican Church of Southern AfricaThe Rt Revd Victoria Matthews, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and PolynesiaThe Revd Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen, Scottish Episcopal Church/Church of EnglandThe Revd Canon Dr Simon Oliver, Church in Wales/Church of EnglandThe Rt Revd Dr Stephen Pickard, Anglican Church of AustraliaDr Andrew Pierce, Irish School of EcumenicsThe Revd Dr Jeremiah Guen Seok Yang, The Anglican Church of KoreaThe Revd Canon Joanna Udal, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Anglican Communion AffairsThe Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Director for Unity, Faith and OrderMr Neil Vigers, Anglican Communion Office. 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Morning in middle America

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Charles Smith says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 April 28, 2012 at 8:48 am A few points you may wish to consider.Racial tensions. There are certainly at least two sides to every coin; so far, I’ve read at least half a dozen media reports of attacks on whites where the perpetrators have indicated their actions had been taken as “justice” over Trayon Martin. This is particularly interesting, as Zimmerman is a Latino with, again, according to news reports, some black roots. As one of the Neo-Nazis who went to Florida to patrol the streets put it, this is not our fight, other than to protect our people. Let the [blacks] and [Latinos] fight it out. Yet, it is “revenge” violence that is being directed at an ethnic group that wasn’t even involved. Racial tensions should hardly be a surprise .The state government of Kansas was put there by the voters. Regardless if whatever you think of the folks who are willing to put their money where their mouths are in supporting their beliefs, you might recognize that folk like George Soros do the same thing on the other side of the coin. What I find objectionable is the premise that one set of beliefs is automatically the right one. You might give consideration to the fact that ECUSA as a national force is slowly dying on the vine and that parishes are becoming increasingly congregational, in part due to how the national church engages in the political process.Another fallacy is your expectation that if people did not spend their dollars on events like a NASCAR race, those funds would automagically go to whatever cause you wished. That’s not how the society works. People will spend funds in excess of meeting their basic needs as they see fit, and some of that will go to recreational activities. You might also consider that such activity creates a number of jobs. Many venues are located in inner city areas, where many of those jobs – admittedly, service jobs, not career positions – go to lower income people.In short, you do not present much of a path to move forward. There is a need for give and take on both sides of the coin, but all I see in your blog entry extremely one – and short – sighted. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID April 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm As a resident just a few miles from the race way you describe and as recent and now former Vicar of St. Paul’s Kansas City, KS, I can affirm your description of what you observed. While, as you suggest, the total, local picture is complex (spend time in Johnson, Co., and you will see a large area that is still very successful and in the top ten counties nationally of about any demographic you can find), the overall is a tense combination of hope and discomfort to out-and-out fear. The deep pathology of nostalgia, of an idyllic past Kansas, propels reactionary elements. However, the real past in Kansas was unmistakably a healthy combination of economic conservatism, moderate social and great educational progressiveness. As well, though, I know how the deep racism of the nation is reflected in our local circumstances, especially as it relates to younger to middle aged black males. The Episcopal Church here finds itself in the deep center of all the negative and positive forces, the problem of which that, like being in the eye of a storm, any slight direction one moves there is some form of turmoil and perturbation. Our mission may be, as you suggest, to accept our modest position of Anglican consciousness, gracefully empowering us to name all the conflicting elements, to be steady and available with compassion toward one another as the forces far greater than we play out. As a result some days here, and probably where you live, are better than others. . . in prayer, worship and mission. Submit a Press Release April 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm A rather busy weekend if you saw the theocrats in Wichita (which is over 100 miles southwest of Topeka), the Kansas Speedway (nearly fifty miles east of Topeka), networked with dozens of fellow religious leaders and took the time to monitor local police scanners.Perhaps your mood can be chalked up to drive-related exhaustion and just trying to do too much? (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Morning in middle America Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ April 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm Yes, yes, how lovely to see your note and conjure up many rewarding memories of stewardship events and good conversation. You can check out the blog where you may find my email address. Love to catch up some more. Or if you are on Facebook, there we can also communicate. To you my fondest regards. (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Phillip Ayers says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments are closed. Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Press Release Service April 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm Your words are chilling and beautiful. I feel your words in my heart, in this heartland where no map pin point is needed. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: April 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm Phil, what a treat this article has become for me! And to read your, as always well written, words. You are “spot on” re. Wichita and so on. I am glad to state that St. Paul’s continues to be a force for good among the poor and very racially mixed neighborhoods in KCK. While there, we by the grace of God expanded and renewed the food pantry, empowered local leadership and were able to meet an increase of some 300% during all the economic turmoil. Please catch up with me/us on the blog. You will recognize Bob Terrill’s presence there also in his essays. And Peace and Love to you and all! Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Dale Price says: center_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC April 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm I ate lunch today at a cafe next door to my old elementary school in Alabama. I gazed at the sycamore tree out front, where in 1966 I watched as three black girls waited anxiously in the shade for a ride after school. They were the first to integrate our school, and neither of us knew quite what to make of each other. I never saw an ugly incident and very few occured. As children, we adapted well. But now the sycamore is delimbing prematurely. At the same time, my lunch companion is extolling the efforts of our Legislature to reinforce our anti-immigration law, to divert tax revenue from education to industry recruitment, to tighten restrictions on who can vote, etc. I wonder – How is this happening? What is causing the stench that is so strong as to stain our character? As the sycamore which provided shelter for those nervous school girls dies before my eyes, so seems the advance of humanity. We are all in Kansas now. Submit a Job Listing James McLemore says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ann Burr says: 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 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 By Tom EhrichPosted Apr 25, 2012 Submit an Event Listing April 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm It was refreshing to see your name and comments after reading the above.To Ron Reed fromAnn Burr…..remember? Comments (9) Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls [Religion News Service] I came home from a weekend of consulting in Topeka, Kansas, feeling weary.I felt drained by exciting work with several dozen church leaders who were eager to move forward. I felt exhausted by the rigors of modern air travel, in which things work OK but are relentlessly uncomfortable and demeaning.But mainly I felt disoriented, like after a sleepless night. In Topeka I had seen the future of America, and it worried me.I saw racial tensions still high 58 years after Brown v. (Topeka) Board of Education outlawed segregated public schools, but also launched “white flight” to the suburbs. In one of those suburbs, a watchful neighbor recently called police when he saw a black man walking out front. It turned out the black pedestrian was a neighbor living nearby.I saw state government in the hands of right-wing ideologues being bankrolled by the Koch brothers of Wichita. These sanctimonious evangelicals are rushing to curb freedoms and opportunity for all but a few.I saw end-of-empire circuses, like the Kansas Motor Speedway hosting a major NASCAR race, alongside unmistakable signs of economic decay, such as crumbling streets, rising unemployment, steadily declining home values, vacant storefronts, and empty parking lots. The speedway just added a $380 million casino and hotel.I don’t speak against Topeka, for the city seemed charming in many respects. But what I experienced there crystallized perceptions I have had throughout recent travels across the U.S.Except for pockets of energy and optimism, the prevailing atmosphere seems new and yet worn, busy and yet listless, like a house that was built quickly and doesn’t survive its first owners. I see worry, frustration, and a mounting sense of a dream stolen.Things are especially bad for African-Americans — an unemployment rate that’s twice that of whites, a median family income that’s one-20th that of whites, plus underfunded and underperforming public schools.I don’t want to overstate. I also see much that is good, encouraging, and fresh. I just sense a balance shifting, like a herd that is getting restless and might signal a storm coming.As right-wing ideologues try to turn this very dissatisfaction and frustration into a power grab, progressive Christians find themselves both a target and a much-needed voice.We need to stay awake as the darkness of gloom and repression looms. We need to feel the despair surging around us and understand it as a call to mission. We need to stay with our neighbors, even as they retreat to circuses. We need to speak truth to power, even as well-funded power strikes back.Maybe the place for us to start is with race relations, the persistent agony of American life.As I drove across Kansas, I listened on the car radio to a young historian’s detailed account of Brown v. Board of Education. As she moved forward to 2012, I realized this wasn’t just a history lecture, but an explanation of daily life for black residents of Topeka and elsewhere. As she described the strategies of leaders like Thurgood Marshall to change the law of the land, she also told of relentless efforts by whites to subvert that law.The stain of racial inequalities just doesn’t go away. It exemplifies the corrosion of character and freedom that I have been seeing.— Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com. Follow Tom on Twitter (at)tomehrich.Statements and opinions expressed in the commentaries herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA April 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm The article by Tom Ehrich and the reply from old friend Ron Reed moved me considerably to reply and comment. As a native Kansan, and a “son of the diocese of Kansas” and having lived and worked there, both as a teacher in public school and as a priest, I resonate with most everything in this post. I do not make many sojourns back to my home state as my family members, save a few cousins, have either died or moved away. Some have come to Oregon, where I now live, finding the progressive (really at times libertarian) ways of Portland and environs much more to their liking and preferences.I grew up in the old “segregated” days where public schools in Wichita were not integrated until high school, but do remember well 1954 and Brown vs. Topeka. Moving briefly to Newton, some 20 miles north, when in 3rd grade, I found for the first time that blacks and Hispanics who were in my class, were potential friends. In high school, back in Wichita, the African Americans of my acquaintance were fun to be with and to study with. No problems there, but we were separated by the parts of town we lived in, the churches we worshipped in and the social demographics.The Episcopal Church had a very tepid presence in Wichita and the Bishop, in the 60s, closed St. Augustine’s Mission, located in a strategic part of the “ghetto” which could have, potentially speaking, been a beacon of hope. People tried to make it work, but the bishop’s plan to “integrate” the other parishes barely worked. At my mother’s funeral in 2009 at the largest parish in town, St. James, I was proud to be led into our family’s pew by a black man and to see some of my mom’s black friends there from the parish. But, sadly, there aren’t very many people of color there.So, what’s to become of Kansas, as well as other places like it? I don’t know, but I pray hard and I work for justice and peace as best I can with what feebleness I can offer. BTW, there is no all-African American church in Kansas any more. In Ron’s former parish, St. Paul’s, Kansas City, KS, the old Ascension Church (African American) merged; when I visited there in 2007, it was good to see some of their furnishings in Ascension Chapel at St. Paul’s and to worship with a very integrated congregation in that city that reminded me so much of a mini-Detroit as I drove around.We need, all of us, to pray and work hard to assure that our Church is open and welcoming to all, and to see to it that the eradication of racism within our boundaries is a high priority.Peace and love to all. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MIlast_img read more