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. TAGS: Ospreys That extra work includes ‘Prowler sessions’. While the name might suggest players trawl the streets of Swansea late at night, it actually involves dragging a sled loaded with weight. “It makes you fit,” he says succinctly. All those additional hours have paid off, although James did have to switch from the No 1 shirt to the No 3 when he made his Wales comeback against New Zealand in the 2009 autumn Tests.“I’ll openly admit I’m an out-and-out loosehead, but I’ll play anywhere for my country and I was just really happy to get back in the squad,” says James. So is it really that difficult to swap sides in the scrum? “If you’ve always been a tighthead there’s nothing to it, it comes naturally. But if you’re a loosehead and you’re trying to play tighthead it’s like being right-handed and trying to write left-handed – that’s the only way I can describe it. It’s totally different, but I’ve had a few outings there now and I think I held my own.”There’s no doubting the talents of Jones and Jenkins so it’s little surprise that James is always seen as the stand-in when one of the pair is injured. However, with both Lions, and Jenkins in particular, enduring spells on the sidelines in the past 18 months, James is the only player to have featured in all of Wales’ last 16 Tests, starting 13 of them. So he’s perhaps more integral to this Wales team than many would believe – and he’s ready to change that perception.“My first goal was to get into the squad. I was happy enough to get in and I’ve played lots of games lately. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to play during the Six Nations and I’d love to try to cement the jersey as my own rather than slotting in and covering for injured players.”So James has set himself a big challenge for the Six Nations.This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine The Ospreys front-rower is hoping to go from a Wales stand-in to the first choicePaul James is talking about the scrum. It’s not just his favourite facet of the game but the one he believes he’s best at; he loves the close quarters combat of scrummaging. This season, however, the scrum has become a contentious issue. Spectators are now likely to see more collapses and resets than actual scrums at the top level of the game, and the issue needs to be addressed. What’s the point of raving about the fact the ball is in play more than ever before if that ball is in a scrum-half’s hands for much of the time while the front rows continually drag themselves up off the turf? James has a straightforward solution.“The scrum can be very simple or very difficult,” explains the 28-year-old Ospreys and Wales prop. “If both teams hit square and push straight, it’s simple. But obviously a lot of players like to hit certain angles to survive and cheat – and get away with it. It’s a tough job for referees, but if they get people to stay square and scrummage straight, they’ll see a lot of success.“The scrummage is a massive part of the game and it’s down to the referees to get a better understanding. It’s really frustrating as a player when we’re trying to scrummage square and other teams are hitting an angle or going down, and the penalty goes against us.“It’d be beneficial for the game if referees turned up to training sessions to look at scrums or asked front-rowers things. Then they’d gain a lot more knowledge. Unless they talk to players in the front row or have played there themselves, they’ll never understand it.”James doesn’t want to preach about the rights and wrongs of the set-piece, after all, he says, “no prop’s whiter than white”, but he does want the scrum to stay up so he can make the most of his strength in that department. And that strength will be put to the test over the coming weeks as he turns out in the Welsh front row during the RBS 6 Nations. Wales’ front five has proved dominant of late but with first-choice props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones ruled out through injury, the pressure is on James to ensure that the men in red can still hold their own up front against Europe’s best.James won his first cap in 2003 in one of Wales’ World Cup warm-up games, but he had to wait more than six years to play in his second Test, Warren Gatland giving him the opportunity in the autumn of 2009 when Jones was again out injured. James admits he made a conscious effort that season to enhance his international credentials so he could shed the ‘one-cap wonder’ tag.“It was at the beginning of last season that I set myself targets,” he says. “It had been six years since my cap and I wasn’t getting any younger so once I went into that pre-season I really wanted to push it. I trained hard all summer to get fitter and stronger and get back in the squad.“It was unfortunate that boys got injured but that opened the window for other players and I took my chance. I’ve put a lot of work into my scrummaging and I’m working on other areas of my game too. The front row do extras together at the Ospreys – just to keep on top of things and keep improving.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Dropkick the hangover – North EgmontThe visitor centre here houses displays of the European and Maori history of Mount Taranaki as well as information on historic volcanic activity and ecology of the area. A small café eases the stay and DOC retail staff can help with track information and weather updates. Nearby the viewing platform offers stunning views of the region. NEW PLYMOUTHPre-match jaunt – Dawson Falls There’s a range of walks from the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre. One short steep descent through rainforest takes you to the base of Dawson Falls from Manaia Rd. Or get a taste of mountain scenery on an easy track through ‘Goblin Forest’. Begin at the picnic area above the visitor centre and follow signs. After 450m the track reaches a series of stairs from where it continues on to Wilkies Pools. Return via the same route.
Or click here if you prefer a digital version of the magazineAnd if you’d like 50% off a subscription to Rugby World Magazine click here LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Russian wing Vasily ArtemievIreland played their part in grooming Vasily Artemiev for the top, but is the Russia wing now about to return to haunt them?Here is a quick trivia question for the anoraks among you. Which current international winger has won two Leinster Schools Cup titles with Blackrock College and will appear in his first World Cup later this year? You may have run through the Irish back-line and narrowed it down to Luke Fitzgerald, and you’d be right. But you’d also be right if you said Russia’s Vasily Artemiev.Fitzgerald and Artemiev have been on remarkably similar career paths since the latter first appeared at Blackrock College. His parents were keen for their son to have the best education possible so opted for Blackrock College, with its reputation for producing excellent academic results and outstanding young men, as well as having a strong rugby programme. The last point was the clincher for Artemiev himself.The winger, who was first introduced to rugby aged nine in his hometown of Zelenograd, fell in love with the pressure of playing for a school with over 100 years of rugby tradition as soon as he arrived in 2002.“From day one when I came to Rock training I wanted to be a Rock man through and through. When it came to game days you were part of a tight group, it was something special playing for the school,” says Artemiev, with just a lingering of a south Dublin accent. Artemiev’s form saw him selected for the age-grade sides of Leinster and Ireland, before securing a place at the Leinster Academy for two years.“I found it difficult to stay on top of my game and balance this with college,” says Vasily, who was tipped by many to go on to full Ireland honours. “Life in the academy was very demanding and sometimes I missed rugby due to my studies. I did what I had to do to get my degree first. I was a bit upset when I left the academy, but in my final year of college I really enjoyed my rugby and felt under less pressure.”He has shown explosive pace on the sevens circuit and has proved to be a devastating finisher – but in 2011 he has been concentrating on the 15-a-side game. “I enjoyed the sevens immensely, but there is a small pool of players for the national sides and many of us have had to play both sevens and 15s regularly. Thankfully, those involved in the RWC aren’t playing sevens this year.”While it might sound like a welcome break, it has meant more work. The squad have been working hard all season, with an acclimatisation camp in New Zealand in early January something he doesn’t remember too fondly. “Our strength and conditioning coach has been doing great work, but he pushed us beyond our limits in New Zealand.“We crawled off the field a few times! All the good work done by the coaching staff will prepare us well for the RWC. Hopefully our trip to New Zealand will have won over the local support for our games.” There is debate over his best position after his impressive performances at full-back in last year’s Churchill Cup. Those displays caught the eye of Northampton and Artemiev will try to break into the Saints squad after the World Cup – no easy feat when you consider the quality in their back division. “I’m under no illusions. I know it will be a real challenge to make the first-team squad but I’ve set myself that target for next season and want to play in the Premiership regularly.”Before the challenge of the Premiership, there is the small matter of a first-ever RWC for Artemiev and his team-mates. “Qualification is huge for the Russian rugby community. It means the world to those involved and is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” he says. “When we get there we want to show the world that Russia can play rugby and compete with the best. We’ve set the target of winning one game at the World Cup and to make history for Russian rugby.”The Ireland match may also pit Artemiev against his old childhood friend Fitzgerald. “The game with Ireland will be interesting. I was incredibly proud to represent Ireland and stand for the anthem, but this will be another proud day for Russia against Ireland. It’s ironic that Luke and I might play against each other, but at least we will have a chance to catch up after the game!”If Artemiev performs to his potential against Ireland, the IRFU may be left wondering about ‘the one that got away’.Vasily ArtemievAge 23 (24 July 1987)Birthplace ZelenogradPosition Wing/full-backHeight 5ft 11inWeight 14st 2lbClub VVA MoninoRussia caps 19Russia points 30 (six tries)This article appeared in Part 1 of our Rugby World Cup Supplement.To get a copy of the supplement contact [email protected]
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Devin Toner of Leinster looks on during the Heineken Cup Final between Leinster and Ulster at Twickenham Stadium on May 19, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) TAGS: LeinsterOspreys Fan base: Can Leinster make these fans’ summer even better?By Bea Asprey, Rugby World Writer NO SOONER than Leinster had walked off the pitch after their Heineken Cup victory, than they were turning their heads to Sunday’s RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final. Having retained the Heineken Cup, the boys in blue and their coach Joe Schmidt are now looking to do what no other Irish province has done before – win the double to become European and domestic champions.And based on last week’s performance, would you bet against them? Given the form of Brian O’Driscoll, Rob Kearney, Johnny Sexton and the Leinster scrum perhaps not. But look closer at the facts and you may not be so hasty to part with your hard-earned cash.Fine nine: Rhys Webb will start on SundayThe last time Leinster beat the Ospreys was in January 2011, and the Welshmen have won four of their last five meetings. Furthermore, they beat Leinster in this fixture two years ago at the RDS to win the first Celtic League play-off final since 2003, and although Leinster have been in the last two Grand Finals, they have fallen short at the final hurdle each time. After succumbing to the Ospreys in 2010, Leinster’s main rivals Munster lifted the trophy in Thomond Park last year.The Ospreys are enjoying some fine form themselves, and the three-time league winners have won their last six Pro12 games, most notably laying down the gauntlet in a 45-10 drubbing of Munster in the semi-final. Sunday will see the career of Wales legend Shane Williams come to an end, and they will be looking to send him off with a fourth title.On the Ospreys’ other wing is RaboDirect Pro12 Try of the Season winner Hanno Dirksen, and the choice of Rhys Webb at scrum-half suggests the visitors will try and match the pace and attacking threat of Leinster. Ashley Beck accompanies Andrew Bishop in the midfield, and although their form has been impressive this term they won’t find a tougher test than the veteran partnership of Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll.One area where Leinster have failed to excel this season is in the lineout, and Leo Cullen will be joined by 6ft 11ins of Devin Toner in the second row on Sunday, who will be tasked with disrupting the Wales partnership of Alun Wyn Jones and Ian Evans. World Cup winner Brad Thorn, whose weight proved invaluable in the scrum against Ulster, has been selected on the bench, in one of four changes to the starting XV. Sean Cronin takes over from Richardt Strauss, and Heinke van der Merwe is named in the front row in place of Cian Healy, who will face a late fitness test due to a dead leg. Sean O’Brien drops out of the 23 altogether with a knee injury, making way for Shane Jennings.Tall order: Devin Toner takes Brad Thorn’s spotWith a host of internationals on both teams, this promises to be an exciting, high-scoring final, while it’s a good opportunity uncapped youngsters Ian Madigan, John Cooney (Leinster’s half-back replacements), Beck and one-capper Rhys Webb to boost their profiles with strong performances.Verdict: The Ospreys are Leinster’s bogey team, but the Dubliners won’t miss this opportunity to make history. Leinster by 7.LEINSTER v OSPREYS, RDS, SUNDAY 27 MAY, 4pm, Live on TG4/RTÉ/S4C LEINSTER: Rob Kearney; Fergus McFadden, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Isa Nacewa; Jonathan Sexton, Eoin Reddan; Heinke van der Merwe, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen (capt), Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip.Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Cian Healy/Jack McGrath, Nathan White, Brad Thorn, Dominic Ryan, John Cooney, Ian Madigan, David Kearney.OSPREYS: Richard Fussell; Hanno Dirksen, Andrew Bishop, Ashley Beck, Shane Williams; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Paul James, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Ian Evans, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Joe Bearman.Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Ryan Bevington, Aaron Jarvis, James King, Tom Smith, Kahn Fotuali’i, Matthew Morgan, Tom Isaacs.REFEREE: Romain Poite (Fra)
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ford focus: 20-year-old George Ford has replaced Toby Flood in the only change to England’s EPSBy Bea Asprey THE GUARD has changed within the England EPS squad. As Toby Flood announced his departure to France in January, 20-year-old George Ford was called up to replace him in the Six Nations squad to comply with the RFU’s policy not to pick players who play their club rugby overseas. Ford has been on head coach Stuart Lancaster’s radar for a number of years, and his form for Bath this season has caught the eye, yet losing a player with 60 caps to his name will have an impact on the squad. We assess England’s fly-halves below.The Exile Having started his career as Jonny Wilkinson’s apprentice at Newcastle, Toby Flood finally emerged from the legend’s shadow when he joined Leicester in 2008. The playmaker started to make his mark for England in that season under Martin Johnson, and travelled to New Zealand for the 2011 World Cup as England’s first choice 10. Lancaster himself tried to persuade Flood to stay at Leicester, and the coach says: “He has made a lifestyle choice and we respect that but given the RFU’s policy of not selecting players based overseas save for exceptional circumstances it was important that we allow others such as George Ford to progress.”The Incumbent The current holder of England’s No 10 jersey, Owen Farrell made his debut for Saracens aged just 17, making him the youngest player to ever play professional rugby. When he made his England debut at Murrayfield four years later, the rugby world waited for his nerves to crack, and yet with a current kicking success rate of 82% it’s clear that they’ve remained as steely as ever. The 22-year-old Lion has been criticised for his lack of creativity, however, and also displayed a hot head when taking a swing at his Saracens team-mate Schalk Brits when the Lions took on the Barbarians in Hong Kong. But Lancaster’s loyal nature means Farrell is embedded for now, and is looking like he’ll be England’s first choice in 2015.The Old Head A former rugby league player, Stephen Myler has gradually worked his way up the ranks with club and country, having cemented his starting place at Northampton, and featured for England Saxons on eight occasions. His goal kicking tops Farrell’s with an 84% success rate, the highest in the Premiership, and he was given his first and only senior England cap to date in Argentina last summer. At the age of 29, he’s not a long-term option for Lancaster, yet his experience, form and consistency warrant his inclusion in this year’s Six Nations squad, and with Flood vacating the bench spot the Saint has everything to fight for.The Youngster Farrell’s former-England U20s team-mate, George Ford is used to fighting for the 10 shirt. The son of former England coach Mike Ford, Ford junior made the switch from Leicester to Bath this season to get more game time, a decision that’s seen him catapulted into the EPS. Having steered the U20s to a Six Nations Grand Slam and Junior World Cup final in 2011, he was the first Englishman to be named IRB World Junior Player of the Year. He’s been tipped as the next Wilkinson since his U18 days, but it’s only this season that he’s had enough game time to be able to string a number of good performances together. With a 68% kicking success rate and having beaten 15 defenders this season so far, Ford will be quietly determined to take his place on England’s bench. Lancaster says: “His tactical game is excellent, as is his kicking game, he’s a good goal kicker, and the club and I have been impressed with his maturity.”The Maverick His name transcends sport, but Danny Cipriani has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons since he led England to victory over Ireland in 2008, and he hasn’t played for his country since. Undeniably talented, with pace and a nous for running a game, it’s unfortunate that celebrity girlfriends and wayward buses have taken priority over his on-field performances in years gone by, but his form and consistency at Sale seem to be picking up once more. Lancaster says: “I’ve watched all Danny’s games, looking for the same thing I look for in all fly-halves: defence, game management, attack and kicking game. He’s been a lot more consistent this season, but he’s still not overtaken Ford in my opinion. I’ve no issue with him as a person, but he needs to strive to be in our squad.”The Saxon 23-year-old Freddie Burns has admitted that speculation over his future is affecting his performances on the pitch, and his kicking success rate has dropped to 57% of late. He’s beaten 16 defenders, though, and is an exciting fly-half to watch when on form, and Lancaster is hoping he’ll lay down a marker playing for England Saxons this month. Lancaster says of the Gloucester 10: “We can all see Freddie’s talent, and most players dip in form at some stage of their career. He’s not played for a few weeks, which is why he’s in the Saxons, though there’s no technical issue with his game.” It’s rumoured that Burns, who’s younger brother Billy also plays at Gloucester, will be called in by Leicester as Flood’s replacement.The Hotshot EXETER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Henry Slade of Exeter Chiefs in action during the Heineken Cup Pool Two match between Exeter Chiefs and Toulon at Sandy Park on December 7, 2013 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) He’s still in the England U20s squad, but Exeter Chief Henry Slade is already on Lancaster’s radar. He was key member of the U20s side that won the Six Nations and Junior World Cup last season, and has become a popular Premiership fixture at Sandy Park this year. The 20-year-old, who came through Exeter’s academy, loves to play an expansive game in true Chiefs style, and has earned his first call up to the England Saxons squad, announced this week.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Taking it on the chin: Smith in action for Wales U20 Well, because I’m a prop the set-piece, the scrum and lineout, as well as hitting rucks are obviously a really big part of my game. But I like to get my hands on the ball, too.How did you start out with the Ospreys?Last year, with Ryan Bevington out, I got a shot off the bench against Munster. It was definitely different and since then I have been determined to take my chances.How are the youngsters treated at the Ospreys?There’s certainly a lot of us! We have to step up and deliver, and there are big boots to fill, but it’s nice that the coaches are giving some of us a go. It’s a big risk but they have faith and do let us express ourselves. When did you first play rugby?I started at U10 level with Waunarlwydd.Where do you play? I was actually a No 8 at the start, but as we got older I struggled with the height of the other, bigger players. So then I moved forward.Who do you model your game on now?I think the one player to look at for me as a loosehead prop is Gethin Jenkins because of his work-rate. If I can replicate that I will be doing alright. But I don’t put pressure on myself. I just keep playing.Do you cover as much ground as Jenkins? RW verdict: This prop, 20, has been trusted to start for the Ospreys and is thriving. He will go far.This hotshot was first published in the November 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in this month’s mag!
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS French toast: France won the 2007 title and reached the RWC semis the same year (Pic: Action Images)Stuart Lancaster’s team has arguably produced only one outstanding half of rugby in this championship – in Cardiff on the opening day – but they’ve shown an adventure that is to be commended. For all their sloppiness against the Scots, they’ve still bagged 11 tries – more than double everyone else’s tally apart from (remarkably) Italy. At a time when the emphasis on the kick-chase risks alienating casual supporters, England’s ambition is to be applauded.Best till lastWould that make them more worthy champions than Ireland, the team that beat them emphatically in Dublin? It’s difficult to criticise a side for playing to its strengths, and when you have kickers as accurate as Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in your ranks, why not take advantage.“What do you reckon, lads? Kick it?” Ireland’s Henshaw, Payne, Fitzgerald, Kearney and Sexton (Pic: Inpho)You have to hope, though, that Joe Schmidt is holding something back, that the likes of Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo and Luke Fitzgerald will get more runs with the ball come September. Twelve Irish line breaks across the championship, compared to 39 by England, hints at the methodical nature of their play. Bowe needs just one try to overtake Will Greenwood and Jason Robinson on the all-time Six Nations try list but has been stranded on 14 for three years.Ireland’s current game is not conducive to racking up big scores. Against Tier One nations this season they average a ten-point win and were they to match that at Murrayfield, you’d have to back England – even against a stingy French defence – to gobble up the gap in the later kick-off. Win by 20 and Ireland would be favourites.With only four tries to date, Ireland are on the cusp of a bittersweet record – they could register the fewest number of tries by a Six Nations-winning team, Wales (with nine two years ago) presently holding that dubious honour. White noise: Mike Brown celebrates England’s 11th try of the championship (Pic: Reuters/Action Images) England are in the driving seat as the RBS 6 Nations heads to a dramatic final weekend. Rugby World assesses where the title is likely to be heading… That would be somehow fitting for a championship that has been far from vintage, yet perhaps all the excitement is being saved up for Saturday, the first four-way, final-day title fight the Six Nations has seen. Be sure not to miss it.RBS 6 Nations, round 5 fixtures, Saturday: Italy v Wales, 12.30pm; Scotland v Ireland, 2.30pm; England v France, 5pm. All live on BBC You’re a cricket captain and you win the toss. The pitch and conditions are neutral, so do you bat first and set a target – or back yourself to chase a known score?This weekend’s Six Nations combatants don’t get to choose, Wales (+12 points difference) kicking off first in Italy and looking to post a whopping victory to apply pressure on Ireland (+33) and England (+37). France can still come up on the rails to nick the title but if their current nervy-and-inhibited XV ends up becoming European champions then we might as well take the posts down and take up carpet bowls.Wales once racked up 60 points in Treviso but since Italy joined the Six Nations in 2000, the best they’ve managed is a 30-point win in Mike Ruddock’s 2005 Grand Slam year. A 30-point win surely won’t be enough this weekend, but a 50-point win might be – and here’s the snag.Rome rout: Gavin Henson in full flow during Wales’ 38-8 win over Italy in 2005 (Pic: Huw Evans Agency)No one has ever won by 50 points in Italy, with Australia (49 points in 1988) and New Zealand (49 points in 2004) going closest. England won by 47 in 2000 but you only have to go back to last March, when the Red Rosers were again vying with Ireland for the title, to see how difficult it is to achieve a crushing margin.England ran in seven tries but, throwing caution to the wind, conceded an interception try by Leonardo Sarto and, along with a couple of Orquera penalties, leaked 11 points. 52-11 was a gutsy effort but still not enough. Ireland had simply to beat France by any margin to take the title and they duly did.Double incentiveSo even though Italy produced the all-time worst Six Nations performance last Sunday, in a horror match of 37 handling errors, Wales have probably left themselves too much to do on Saturday.Which leaves England (home to France) and Ireland (away to Scotland) to square up for the silverware. At stake is not only the brand-new championship trophy but the opportunity to go into the World Cup on a high. “With the World Cup looming it’s about making sure we get that winning habit at Twickenham,” says England captain Chris Robshaw. “It would give the guys that extra bit of confidence.”History shows that reigning Five/Six Nations champions do well at the same year’s World Cup, with only Scotland (1999) and England (2011) not reaching at least the semi-finals.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ex-England prop Alex Corbisiero tells Jacob Whitehead of his plan to shake-up England’s talent pathway Action from the 2020 Premiership U18 Finals Day (Getty Images) “Instead, you’d have top-quality university rugby, with these guys being showcased as well in England age-groups. You’d have players coming out at 21, having just finished an U20 World Cup, who the RFU can develop into the best rugby players possible, rather than developing according to the needs of their parent clubs.“It would mean they have more of a balanced life, with time to travel, to do things, to grow and mature, and then come into the draft system and hit professional rugby at 21 and be in a position to really thrive. They’re in the England set-up and the U20s, which will become the production line of a well-oiled machine.“If you look at how France have done it, their U20 success is the bedrock of their national team success. I think actually it fixes a lot of the club country divide between England and the Premiership.France celebrate their U20 World Championship title in 2019 (Getty Images)“All this has potential for a commercial model that down the line funds itself and is potentially profitable. The reason why the clubs would be incentivised is that it off-sets a massive amount of cost and resources. It’s not a level playing field at the moment. You’re letting them off-set that cost, and now they get the pick of the bunch through the draft system.”These drafts are special, as the dreams of players are realised, coaches are put under the spotlight and fans are filled with hope. For one weekend a year, every fanbase is optimistic. As rugby fights for Generation Z, it might just be a way for rugby to set itself apart amidst the UK’s crowded sporting landscape.Related: Who would be first pick in a Gallagher Premiership Draft?“It would be a huge point of difference,” says Corbisiero. “As long as you have structure and it makes sense, it would be exciting, it’s must-see TV.“Especially if you’re a keen fan, you’re going to track these stars, you’ll want to know who your team might pick. You might see a young fly-half in his first year as a fresher develop over three years at university, in the final year he looks sensational, and you think ‘I can see him playing for my team’. It would be brilliant.“There would be huge hurdles and disruption to achieve this idea, but there is lots of potential long term upside for the sustainability of the game.”Let us know what you think of Alex Corbisiero’s proposal by emailing [email protected] How a Premiership Draft could change English rugby“If you want my opinion, I think that the academy system in the UK is majorly flawed, particularly for players who don’t make it.”That’s the view of Alex Corbisiero and, as the 2021 NFL Draft gets underway in Cleveland, the ex-England and Lions prop tells Rugby World about a radical plan to revolutionise the English rugby pipeline.Currently the scrum coach of MLR side the LA Gilitnis, unbeaten so far in their inaugural season, there are few better minds to dissect what the RFU could learn from the American collegiate model. Thinking about how a draft system might work in England, he believes it might be an opportunity to reimagine Gallagher Premiership academies.Glenn Bryce leads the LA Giltinis attack (Getty Images)“The academy system is flawed mainly because it’s a hybrid of club and country. It’s partially funded by the RFU, but run by the club itself, who are inclined to develop players for their own team, rather than for the benefit of the players themselves or the national side,” says Corbisiero.“Professional rugby wasn’t pre-planned, it just happened overnight and the system evolved organically from there. The model we have now is based off football, which still pays lucratively as a teenager, where it’s physically easier to play at the top level.“There’s a brutal reality that not everyone makes it, and there’s not a system that supports that properly yet. In rugby a lot of players are spat out at 21 or 22, and have no degree, no qualifications, and they’re left stuck. Academy wages are very similar if not the same in some cases as when I went through it in 2006-08, but player wages have increased considerably. I believe there’s a massive need to get kids in the academy educated.“What I would suggest to redraw the landscape is to have the RFU truly taking ownership of the academy process. I would have maybe eight to ten academies, sort of RFU centres of excellence, run by emerging coaches, which are built into the universities.“You’d create a league for the university season where these teams play in some sort of tournament, which you could commercialise, like they’ve done in the US, which fans would want to follow, and then that spills into a draft idea incredibly well.“You’d have players on solid money straight out of university, armed with a degree as well. That’s why the university system makes sense.”Alex Corbisiero in action for London Irish as a 20-year-old in 2008 (Getty Images)The American draft system sees teams choose players for their roster according to a reversed league table from the previous season, intended to increase the competitiveness of the weaker teams. With college football such a major commercial product, many of the top picks are already household names before they enter the professional ranks. The implications of such a league for teenage talent excites Corbisiero.“You have to completely redraw the way the academy system is done,” he says. “I don’t fully believe that 18- and 19-year-olds should be playing in the Premiership or for England, especially with the latest scientific research into head trauma. You should wait until you’re physically developed, your brain is developed, and you’re not dragging yourself out through this long professional season. Can’t get to the shops? 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Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy Land available Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Israel-Palestine, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Comments (1) In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tags Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rev. Vicki Gray says: Rector Tampa, FL Middle East Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing February 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm Is this recommended to us in addition to or in lieu of the Kairos Document of Palestinian Christians, EPF’s “Steadfast Hope” study guide, and whatever report the PB might eventually convey concerning her Christmas visit to the Holy Land? Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Comments are closed. Anglican Communion, By ACNS staffPosted Feb 18, 2013 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Submit a Press Release [Anglican Communion News Service] A document to help Anglicans around the world to engage more deeply with and become more informed about the issues surrounding the situation in the Holy Land is online and will soon be available to buy as a book.Land of Promise? An Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy Land was officially launched by the Most Rev. Michael Jackson, archbishop of Dublin and chairperson of the Anglican Communion’s Network for Interfaith Concerns (NIFCON), in the Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines in November 2012.Speaking at the launch, Jackson said: “The Holy Land remains both a geographical space and a way of life which matters fervently to millions of people worldwide. Passions run high – and understandably. The Holy Land features large in three World Religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and is a pivotal point of international interest. The land itself is an inescapable component. The Christian communities of the Holy Land continue unashamedly to be the Body of Christ in their place. They are not curators but show the living reality of the universal church in this unique locality.”While Christian Zionism remains a focal point of reference, the document explores Zionisms, both Jewish and Christian. It provides definitions of Jewish and Christian Zionism and presents some stories of the impact upon, and dilemmas faced, by some Anglicans that stem from Christian attitudes to the Holy Land. It also explores how relationships in Israel/Palestine have had an effect on parts of the Anglican Communion.The document provides a range of theological resources for Anglicans as well as an exploration of key theological issues such as the Gift of the Land, Exile and Return, and Holy City and Temple to enable the reader to get a sense of the Holy Land and Zion and how both relate to one another.At its 2012 meeting in November, the Anglican Consultative Council requested that Land of Promise? be made available as a resource for the Provinces to study.A pdf version of the report is available from the Anglican Communion website at http://nifcon.anglicancommunion.org/resources/documents/index.cfm and is expected to be available to buy from the online shop at http://shop.anglicancommunion.org/ by the end of March 2013. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Advocacy Peace & Justice,
Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing 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 July 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm So very much work here. My only wish is that when you expand your discussion you include senior citizens who live in domestic patnershhips because they cannot afford to get married. With a partnership(in most states) they do not lose benefits they would lose with a marriage because the stae sees it as a legal contract like a business so they take nothing. It is the only way many seniors survive, but it bothers many of them because they don’t know how the church sees their relationship. The two people are just as committed for all the right reasons, they just don’t want some of the paper work. They are right with God in that they have chosent each other, but they are not necessarily so publicly. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Comments are closed. Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Doug Desper says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments (8) Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Tobias Haller says: Doug Desper says: Rector Washington, DC July 6, 2014 at 10:58 am Dear All of Those Above, Beloved in Christ,Please let us remember what the Task Force was actually charged with at General Convention 2012. The charge was not to redefine or define the Church’s view of marriage, but to explore and clarify the many dimensions of our understanding of marriage, in all its many aspects, according to the three cornerstones that have always guided the Church’s understanding of spiritual matters. Many of the challenges that the body of the Church have faced during the past 125 years or so, including those mentioned in the comments above, make it clear that more than ever before, in our history as a faith community, there is a need to seek a better understanding of the basis of our beliefs about marriage as Sacrament, Covenant, and Civil Institution. Until we have a sound, clear theology of marriage to underpin our rituals and practices, how can we possibly teach others, as well as ourselves, what has been given to us by Christ Jesus? This will take time, as there is much work to be done before this is accomplished with the depth and breadth that will be necessary to meet this great Commission, this wonderful opportunity that the Task Force and the whole Body of the Church have been given. I pray every day for those who do this work on our behalf, and look forward with faith to what that future will bring for all of God’s children.Amen (May it be so!) Rector Martinsville, VA July 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm Steve – Matthew 19, the current canons, ritual, and catechism already define marriage. That issue was settled. If clergy and catechists have neglected their duty to teach it, then therein is the problem rather than believing that there was ever any ambiguity. The new urge to “seek a better understanding” is mainly from those who don’t agree with it, primarily because human experience and reason is being elevated above the plain word of Scripture. To have one’s “reason” serve as the locus of wisdom can, in the end, make anything possible seem reasonable. I shudder to think of our place if we allow a Convention of delegates to alter God’s first institution as though we are called to improve upon it. The hutzpah and gall would be staggering on earth and certainly in heaven. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Human Sexuality, Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 June 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm Thanks for the comments. There will indeed be further reflection on Jesus’ teaching on marriage, which, of course, includes other passages in addition to the one in Matthew 19, which lost its place in the marriage liturgy between 1928 and 1979. As I noted, we were, in this resource, focusing on the texts that people actually experience in weddings. And, of course, people are always encouraged to bring their own concerns and perspectives to any discussion. It is important to know that the range of study is broad, and time is short!Thanks as well for recognizing that this is hard work, especially so with a membership divided by many miles, and few opportunities actually to work face to face. Steve Colburn says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tobias Haller says: Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Belleville, IL 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Marriage task force releases study guide, discussion resources June 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm Tobias: Thank-you for your reply. I, like so many, wish to express concern that no forgone conclusions be assumed that we as a Church are of one mind about changing the biblical and catholic meaning of marriage. That Matthew 19 (including the Genesis 2 reference) — by themselves the plain words of Christ — did not remain past a first draft begs the question as to whose experience should have primacy as we seek to know the mind of God. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID June 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm Rev Haller:First of all, thank you for your committee’s work on producing this document. Many hours went into it, I am sure. Of course, nothing is ever perfect the first draft., and you can’t include everything or you would have a 200 page study guide.Thank you for clarifying the initial nature of the study resource. Perhaps on page 6 of the resource it may have been wise to re-state that this an initial study kit, and that subsequent tool kits will have more Scriptural foundations in it. I beleive that Mr. Despar’s point is well taken that the Bible guide on pages 19 and 23 should have first started with a direct , full quote from Jesus Christ upon the nature of marriage from Matthew 19, since His words are probbaly the most important, and affirm God’s ideal in Genesis that marriage be exclusively between one man and one woman. The heading simply would have stated – “What did Jesus say?” . The other passages cited on pages 19 and 23 are completetly appropriate to discuss other aspects and qualities of marriage, but it does tend to lead a reasonable person to beleive that the Bible discussion is based upon an incomplete Scriptural foundation. I look forward to further study guides which delve into Matthew and Genesis as well.God belss you and the work ahead of you. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Same-Sex Marriage June 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm Doug, please note that this is an initial study resource. The original draft did indeed have a Bible Study on Genesis 1 and 2, but it was felt by the committee that we had more than enough to offer at this stage to get conversation started. There will be plenty of further reflection on Genesis (and Matthew) in subsequent material.As to Matthew 19, it is true that this passage was in the 1928 BCP as the appointed Gospel for use when there was a celebration of the Holy Communion as part of a marriage. However, it is no longer among the readings suggested in the 1979 BCP, and at this point the committee chose to focus on the texts that are in current use. The resource contains a Bible Study on Ephesians 5 on page 23, and I note that Ephesians also quotes the Genesis 2 text to which Jesus referred in Matthew. There is also a study guide for conversations about other Scriptural and liturgical elements that inform the theology of marriage, on page 19. June 26, 2014 at 7:55 am People in Jesus’ time had a history to look back on of failed and distorted relationships. “One flesh” relationships included those that were polygamous, contractual, convenient, wealth-producing, abusive, and any number of human creations. By the time of Jesus humanity had “blessed” itself into a corner of self-deception about how to live with one and many. Without the benefit of a marriage study guide, Jesus simply returned humanity’s attention to Genesis 2 when he states: “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19).Since we Episcopalians love to study would it not have been nice if this marriage study guide would have included the words of Christ on the subject of marriage? As it is, the study seems to assume and promote the forgone conclusion that we — like Jesus’ listeners — have found something new to call “marriage” that God himself forgot to think of. Not only is our human gall on this scary, but so also is the assumption that just because the State allows a new distortion of marriage that we must run behind and bless it. “Haven’t you read….?” Yes, we did and we’re going it alone, Lord. 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 cynthia reynolds says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rich Basta says: [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage has released Dearly Beloved, resources for conversation and discussion.The following is a report From the Task Force on the Study of Marriage.We are pleased to offer to The Episcopal Church a resource for study and discussion about marriage. This topic is of historic and timeless significance for the church; practices of marriage are undergoing social change in our own day; and our church, acting through resolution A050 at General Convention in 2012, asked that we develop tools for discussion on this subject.We enter this conversation – as we always do when discerning our way forward – by considering those three sources of Anglican authority on the subject: scripture, tradition (including theology, liturgy, canon law, and history), and reason (including our human experience).We are 12 appointees: bishops, theologians, educators, and pastors. As the Task Force that was charged with providing resources for this reflection, we have deeply explored marriage through the lenses of scripture, tradition, and reason. We continue to study and we continue to consult as Resolution 2012-A050 directs.While we will not complete this work until we make our Blue Book report to General Convention 2015, we are able, at this time, to share with the church a bit of our efforts to date. And more importantly, we are eager to invite the church into discussion at the local level.Our hope is that many will take advantage of this moment in our history to be a part of discerning our way forward. In our day, what is God calling us to understand, to say, and perhaps to do in regards to marriage?We can only answer this question if far more than 12 people get involved. Broad discussion will assist those deputies and bishops – representatives of us all – at General Convention 2015, when they receive our report and consider possible responses to our church’s call to deepen this conversation.The resource may be used in a variety of settings, and it consists of three different formats, which may be used independently of each other: a 90-minute event (which can be divided into three 35-minute sessions); a variety of 45-minute forums; and a lengthy article for a study group. All three formats cover theology, history, scripture, current trends, and more, with guidelines for presentation and questions for group discussion.The Tool-Kit “Dearly Beloved” hereThe PowerPoint for the “Carry-On Conversations” resource hereAccess the complete public website for General Convention’s A050 Task Force on Marriage here. Task Force Facebook page hereThe Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage is enabled by Resolution A050 at the 2012 General Convention.Resolution A050 is available in full here. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Doug Desper says: Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Posted Jun 25, 2014 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH