Ireland sneak a win despite poor discipline

first_imgEoin Reddan celebrates scoring his first-half try IRELAND HUNG on to claim a victory at Murrayfield on Sunday despite Scotland’s attempted comeback in the last quarter of the match. Jamie Heaslip, Eoin Reddan and Man of the Match Ronan O’Gara all crossed for Ireland, but the visitors’ indiscipline cost them and gifted Scotland all of their points.The penaltiesScotland coach Andy Robinson was left incensed by the the disparity in the penalty count – Ireland conceded 12 penalties while his side conceded just four, yet it was Scottish loosehead Allan Jacobsen who was sent to the sin bin in the 45th minute.“I have two issues with the game,” said Robinson. “The high Irish penalty count and the fact that none of their players was sent to the sin bin, and the fact that they slowed down our ball illegally. The scrum just after half time when Jacobsen was sent to the sin bin was a major turning point in the game. To lose a player like that is very hard to come back from.“I’m trying to speak to the referee, but it’s probably best if I don’t at the moment,” continued Robinson. “I want to know why he made those calls.”Robinson’s counterpart, Declan Kidney, admitted that too many penalties had been conceded, and said he had been working with the referees to try and resolve this problem. Dan Parks brought a higher tempo to the game when he was brought on for Ruaridh Jackson in the 54th minute, and his penalty kick with 14 minutes to go took the scores to 15-21, and awoke the 63,000 crowd in their support. Despite a Parks drop goal taking them to within three of a draw, Robinson insists it was important for the side to concentrate on getting the win, not just the draw. Richie Gray (left) stole two lineouts from Ireland, and continues to impress in the second row.Meanwhile Ireland were once again pleased with their try count – they have scored three in each their last two games – and will be left scratching their heads as to why their win today was so laboured in the circumstances. Furthermore, Ronan O’Gara appears to be playing – and enjoying – some of his best rugby in a green jersey, and he and Jonathan Sexton are giving the coaches an enviable selection headache. “A few of the penalties were our own making and I’d like to look into some of the others,” said Kidney. “We’re not complaining today. We’ve been working with the referees, I’ve met them and they’re all good men who go out and give their best opinion. It’s a difficult job.“We need to work on what’s in our control. It’s a tough game but I’ve no doubt that all 45 men on the pitch put in a decent effort.”The positivesAside from the disciplinary issues that arose from the match, Andy Robinson was delighted with a much-improved performance on two weeks ago, when Scotland were thrashed 24-6 by Wales. The team showed great character right until the final whistle, and strong running by Max Evans in the last quarter brought them close to scoring a try for the first time in the game.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

LV Cup semi-finals preview

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Gloucester will look to make it 10 wins on the bounce in all competitions when they take on Newport Gwent Dragons in the semi- final of the LV= Cup at Kingsholm on Sunday. Bryan Redpath’s side produced one of their best performances of the season against Bath last week, winning 34-22 to consolidate their place in the Premiership’s top three. And they are now just one game away from reaching the final of the Anglo- Welsh competition for the second year running.Gloucester lost out to Northampton in a thrilling showpiece at Sixways Stadium last year, and will hope to go one better 12 months on. But first they will have to overcome a Dragons side that beat them 18-12 at Rodney Parade in the first game of the pool stages back in November. Wales’ sole representatives in the last four go into Sunday’s game bidding to make their first final in a major competition. Friday evening’s semi- final is an all- English affair involving Harlequins and Newcastle Falcons.The two sides met only last week in the Aviva Premiership, the Falcons turning in a superb second- half performance to win 33-18. The success came just five days after the Falcons had clinically dispatched relegation rivals Leeds Carnegie at Headingley and Newcastle will travel south in good spirits. However the Londoners have beaten Newcastle twice at home already this season, winning 23-12 in the Premiership on October 2nd and, six weeks later, by 28-20 in the pool stages of the LV= Cup.last_img read more

Australia hand captaincy to Genia for do or die game

first_imgReplacements:16. Stephen Moore17. Sekope Kepu18. Dan Vickerman19. Radike Samo20. Luke Burgess21. Berrick Barnes22. Pat McCabe AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Radike Samo, Will Genia and captain James Horwill of the Wallabies line up for the national anthem during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Italy at North Harbour Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Horne did feature for the Australian Barbarians during last month’s 38-14 win over Canada on the Gold Coast.In the pack, flankers Ben McCalman and Rocky Elsom, hooker Tatafu Polota Nau and tighthead prop Ben Alexander are the players to back up from starting against Ireland, with No 8 Wycliff Palu joining McCalman and Elsom in the back row after being used from the bench in Auckland.Locks Nathan Sharpe and Rob Simmons gain their third Test starts of the season, while James Slipper starts for the first time this year, being named at loosehead prop, after coming off the bench to play tighthead in the previous two tournament matches.Four of the players from last weekend’s starting line-up: inside centre Pat McCabe, No 8 Radike Samo, lock Dan Vickerman and prop Sekope Kepu, are on the bench this time, being joined by the now fully fit hooker Stephen Moore, halfback Luke Burgess and the versatile playmaker Berrick Barnes.Moore, who had the misfortune to have to withdraw from last weekend’s Test due to a stomach upset after the side had arrived at Eden Park, will oppose in United States halfback Tim Usasz, a close friend and former club-mate from Brisbane.Usasz will act as groomsman at Moore’s wedding in South Africa at the end of this year.Deans says the changes represent the best selection options for this assignment.“It’s our second six day turnaround in a row so we’re looking to freshen things up a bit,” he says.The changes in no way represent an under-estimation of Friday night’s opposition.“It’s exactly the opposite. We are according the USA full respect by opting for the changes we have made,” Deans says, “in order to have a totally fresh and focused team.”“The responsibility at the Rugby World Cup was always going to fall on the whole group, both in preparation and on match day, and that’s what is happening here. We trust all of our players which is why we are prepared to make the changes that we have for such an important match.”Hooker Saia Fainga’a, originally pencilled in for the bench, was ruled out this morning due to a bout of flu while blindside flanker Scott Higginbotham, who was originally scheduled to play, was withdrawn after jarring his back at today’s training session.1. James Slipper2. Tatafu Polota-Nau3. Ben Alexander4. Rob Simmons5. Nathan Sharpe6. Rocky Elsom7. Ben McCalman8. Wycliff Palu9. Will Genia (c)10. Quade Cooper11. Drew Mitchell12. Robert Horne13. Anthony Faingaa14. Adam Ashley-Cooper15. Kurtley Beale Will Genia is set to become the 78th Australian Test captain after being appointed as leader of the Wallabies team named today to face the United States at the Rugby World Cup in Wellington on Friday night.The 23-year-old Queensland halfback, who made his Test debut in New Zealand three seasons ago, has been handed the reins for what will be Australia’s 528th official Test match, standing in for squad skipper James Horwill. Horwill is being allowed to by-pass the match.“It’s a huge honour, a big responsibility and an occasion that I’m really looking forward to,” Genia says.“We’ve got a big job ahead of us. The United States showed against Ireland that they are a totally committed opponent, and our own performance against Ireland, which was not up to the high standards we set for ourselves, will only have offered the Americans further encouragement.”Genia is the 13th player to lead Australia, in what will be the country’s 36th Rugby World Cup match since the four-yearly tournament commenced in 1987.Seven of those men are Queenslanders, with Genia following on from John Eales (five matches as captain), Andrew Slack (five), Michael Lynagh (four), current Reds skipper Horwill (two), Jason Little (one) and current QRU chairman Rod McCall (one).While Horwill was available for selection, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says the big lock’s work-load is the primary reason behind the decision to allow him to by-pass the match.“James played every match of the Super Rugby season this year and has missed just one Test [of the seven] played by the Wallabies,” Deans says.“That schedule has taken its toll. He’s had a recurring niggle with his shoulder over the last month. While an MRI earlier in the week cleared him of any major damage, it’s obvious that a break wouldn’t hurt so we have taken that option.”Flanker David Pocock has also been allowed to rest up for another week. The discomfort in his lower back, which saw him forced out of the Irish game, has cleared significantly, with Deans saying the Western Force openside was expected to be “good to go” for next week’s final World Cup Pool match against Russia at Nelson.Nelson is now also the target for winger James O’Connor, who was yesterday diagnosed with a minor hamstring strain.“It’s more of an annoyance than anything but hamstrings are not something that you mess around with,” Deans says.“James had a scan yesterday which revealed a strain at the lowest end of the scale. By missing this week to recuperate, we expect him to be available for the match against Russia.”In the absence of O’Connor, flyhalf Quade Cooper returns as Australia’s lead-off goal-kicker.Cooper is one of nine players from the starting line-up in last week’s 6-15 loss to Ireland at Auckland, among the run on combination this time.The changes in the backs see Drew Mitchell installed on the wing in the place of O’Connor, while Rob Horne makes his return to Test rugby at inside centre for Pat McCabe, having last appeared for the Wallabies in 2010 when he played the first six Tests of that season before an elbow injury curtailed his progress.last_img read more

30 Minutes with… Kelly Haimona

first_imgTable for two? Transformers Optimus Prime and Megatron might start a food fightWhat would you like to achieve outside of rugby?I would like to be known as someone who would do anything for the unfortunate people back home in New Zealand. I want to do anything to look after the kids who don’t have a wealthy family or who have not had any of the opportunities I was lucky enough to have.How did you find the Six Nations?The Six Nations is hard, man. It’s one of the hardest rugby competitions I’ve played in so far in my career. But it’s enjoyable. Hopefully I make the World Cup squad. On the ball: Kelly Haimona started four of Italy’s Six Nations games this season. Photo: Getty Images If you could be any of your team-mates, who would it be?I’d be Dion Berryman. He’s the fastest in the Zebre squad and I’d like to know what it’s like to be quick.Do you mind everyone talking about how big you are?Na, I’ve had it my whole life. But my wife was telling me she was watching the Italy game against England, when I did some good footwork and one of the commentators said: “Who cares how big he is when he can move like that.” My wife really liked that.What’s your most embarrassing moment?When I was 12 or 13 I lost the ball just as I was about to score. I learnt my lesson that day in club rugby – always use two hands!Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?Optimus Prime, Megatron and Superman. You wouldn’t have to feed the Transformers because, well, they’re robots, and then I’d cook Superman a steak. I don’t really cook too often at home but I’d do it for Superman. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img What are your bugbears?Nothing much really p***es me off. I’m pretty laid-back, so I really wouldn’t know. But I’m no pushover – I’m only a pushover at home with the wife!What are your guilty pleasures?I have a few – lollies and chocolate are up there – but the big one is KFC. My go-to is the three-piece Ultimate Meal. But there aren’t really any KFCs in Italy, so I’ll take any chance to get one. When I’m back in New Zealand it’s one of the first things I do.Who’s the biggest joker you know?It has to be Leonardo Sarto. He’s very cheeky, but in a good way. Everyone gets it, but not the coaches – we leave them alone!Any practical jokes you can share?There aren’t any pranks that come to mind but, wait, there is this joke… a Maori walks into a bar… Actually, I don’t think I can tell that!Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?I’d like to be stuck with either Michael Jordan or Muhammad Ali and the ghost of Michael Jackson. That would be good for a yarn.Inspired conversation: Michael Jordan would probably have some stories to tell. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?I saw a streaker once! Playing club rugby when I was in Rotorua, a streaker came on just as the opposition made a break. The streaker almost got to the end of the field as a spectator let their dog loose. It eventually caught him.If you could have one superpower, what would it be?To fly. I would fly back to NZ… maybe for a KFC! An off-the-wall chat with Italy and Zebre fly-half Kelly Haimonalast_img read more

Toulouse top French clubs flattering to deceive in Europe

first_imgAs for the Challenge Cup, that’s fast becoming a French farce. Pau, Agen and La Rochelle are all bottom of their pools, with quite possibly Grenoble the only club who will reach the quarter-finals. That will be an improvement on last season, when not one of the eight French teams in the competition progressed from the pool stage.It had been hoped that the introduction of automatic qualification for the Challenge Cup winners into the following season’s Champions Cup would act as an incentive for the French, but while it has clearly galvanised Grenoble – and to a lesser extent, Montpellier, and their squad of seasoned internationals – it hasn’t had the desired effect elsewhere.Not good enough: Pau, Agen and La Rochelle (pictured) all lie bottom of their poolsThe EPCR should reduce the number of French clubs in the Challenge Cup, omitting the two newly-promoted clubs from ProD2. This season, that’s Pau and Agen, whose only focus is on league survival and are currently 12th and 14th respectively in the league. They care not a jot about a minor European competition when at stake is their place in the highly lucrative Top 14. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Winds of change: Oyonnax comfortably beat the out-of-form Toulouse team There will be few more meaningless matches this season than Saracens trip to Toulouse on Saturday. The Premiership champions have an unassailable lead at the top of Pool One and are therefore assured of a home tie in April’s quarter-final, so there is nothing to play for when they travel to the south of France, except, of course, the proverbial pride.If only Toulouse had shown a smidgen of pride in this season’s Champions Cup then Saturday’s clash could have been the mouthwatering encounter that back in November we all anticipated. Instead the four-times European champions are bottom of the pool with one win from five. So poor have they been that they succumbed to Oyonnax on Saturday; take nothing away from the Oyo Men, it was a performance of admirable spirit given their chaotic few months that have seen the sacking of coach Olivier Azam and then, on Friday, the departure of their marquee summer signing, former All Black scrum-half Piri Weepu.But Toulouse, level on points with Racing 92 at the head of the Top 14 table, just weren’t up for it in cold, snowy Oyonnax. They conceded a try after just 25 seconds and the final score of 32-14 should shame everyone at the club.Problems: Toulouse DoR Fabien Pelous will be glad to put this season in Europe behind himWhat is it about the French and Europe? Every season this happens in the Champions Cup, one of their clubs just goes through the motions. Last season it was Castres (Top 14 champions in 2013) who lost all six matches, the season before that Perpignan won just once, while in the 2011-12 Heineken Cup, Castres and Montpellier managed just two victories between them. With Toulouse shamefully going out of Europe in Round 5 and countless other sides struggling in the Challenge Cup, is it time for them to forfeit their places? TAGS: Highlight Their places should be awarded to two clubs from eastern Europe, where rugby’s roots are growing but still need careful nurturing. But seeing what Russian outfit Enisei-STM have achieved in this season’s Challenge Cup – victories over Brive and Newcastle – the EPCR should give the chance to clubs from Romania and Georgia.Worthy inclusion: Enisei-STM from Siberia have shown more heart than some French sidesAs for the Champions Cup, France’s representation should be reduced to five clubs. They don’t deserve additional places, not when a rich seam of Gallic disdain runs through the history of the competition. Domestic rugby will always take precedence in France and for all but the very biggest and richest Top 14 clubs, European action is an unwanted distraction. Instead an extra English club and ProD2 side should play in the Champions Cup. They might not win it, but they’ll play with more heart than Toulouse have shown this season.last_img read more

A tale of two coaches: How Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen are coping with pressure

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Final encounter: Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland will pit their wits against each other for the final time With the hours counting down to a game being talked up as the biggest since the 2015 World Cup final, camps from both sides have been fulfilling their media obligations.What has been striking is the differing demeanour of the two coaches. In the All Black corner, Steve Hansen, as you’d expect, has worn the frown of a man who said losing ‘sucks’, but he appears, outwardly, to have taken the loss in his stride, and cut a relaxed air at the Heritage hotel, swatting away assertions that he was under pressure. “I’m feeling pretty good. You’d think we’ve never lost from reading the stories, it’s like the sky is falling in,” he said with a wry smile.He then put a narrow three-point victory into perspective. “Life tells us we’re only playing a game of rugby. Real pressure is when you’ve got to spend half an hour giving someone CPR to save their life and if that doesn’t work breaking the news to their children, mother, father or extended family. If we win, lose or draw, we’ll be a better team for it.”What pressure?: Steve Hansen has cut a relaxed air after a first home loss since 2009A ten-minute walk away, at the Pullman hotel, Warren Gatland didn’t seem at ease. He was terse and defensive with the assembled media early on, with a series of one-word answers, quipping that after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, he may retire to an isolated beach and put his feet up.Despite public protestations to the contrary, the Hamilton-native is not doing a great job of hiding his emotions, in a period where he has come under sustained criticism in a country in which he has so much pride. No one is buy that the opprobrium is ‘water off a duck’s back’.Back at the All Blacks presser, across town, a rapt audience listened to Hansen disclosing that the Barrett brothers had their own nicknames for each other, of which one, Lloyd, was from the comedy Dumb and Dumber. He went on to say the All Blacks were a brotherhood but that his players would have to be pretty sharp to catch him out, to chuckles all around.Questioned on whether Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape presented a risk, Hansen shrugged his shoulders, and straight-batted the fact the two players have barely 80 minutes Test rugby between them.Route one: Ngani Laumape brings a hugely physical presence to midfield“Jordie is very good aerially. He played well enough for the Hurricanes against the Lions and we have confidence in him. We wouldn’t have put him there if we didn’t believe in him. We think Ngani’s all-round game is slightly better than Mala’s (Malakai Fekitoa). We were going to go with SBW (Sonny Bill Williams) and Crott’s (Ryan Crotty) but we don’t have them. We’ve had to push Ngani quicker than we’d hoped but he’ll do a job for us.”Back at the Pullman, Gatland was defending, quite rightly, his decision to take the squad to Queenstown to unwind. “We could have flown to Auckland but we had the opportunity to go to Queenstown. Why not use that? It’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world and we did the same in Noosa in 2013 and on safari in 2009.” With the preparations nearly done, and the Test decider approaching ever faster, Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen have come under the media microscope…center_img Of one question, both coaches were in agreement, that the Series would not define the players. “You want those big moments in sport. The players have an opportunity to leave a legacy, to do something special. You don’t want those moments to pass you by”, Gatland, opined. Hansen backed this up by saying, “Is the Lions Series hugely significant? Of course. Will it define the players in this team? No. There’s a much bigger story ahead for this team yet.”Titanic tussle: Both coaches say the Lions is a career highlight but not career definingGatland, who has looked weary at times during the arduous six-week tour, was asked whether he had enjoyed the experience? “The last few weeks have been challenging for my family. It’s been hard preparing two teams a week with all the travelling. Hopefully we’ll get the result that makes it worth it.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERESteve Hansen, in a roundabout way, was asked how he had dealt with the incessant attention. “You just come to expect it. If you didn’t have those people who were passionate about the sport you wouldn’t have the All Blacks. The fans have a big part in that because of their high expectations. They’re nervy when we lose, because it hasn’t happened before. When you go for a walk, you don’t go out of the hotel thinking you’re going to get away with it, even if you pull your hoodie up and put your sunglasses on. Do you shrivel up and stay inside or do you go outside and enjoy being alive?” The rhetorical question didn’t require an answer.Leaving a lasting impression: Gatland is sure the Lions have been good touristsBack at the Lions HQ Gatland was finally loosening up, a little, on being questioned how he’d like the 2017 tourist to be remembered. “We want to be seen as good tourists, on and off the field. People have tried to pigeonhole us as trying to kick the leather off the ball but we’ve played some good rugby.”There was then another pointed defence of the Lions concept, which has come under such scrutiny. “This tour shows how special the Lions are and how it needs to be protected. We’ve been written off from day one and in the future we have to decide how many games will be played. A game before the First Test is not ideal but we’ve known from the start it would be tough.”With the luxury of no changes to his 23, Gatland says he hopes referee Romain Poite comes with an open mind as the Lions have a chance to seal their legacy. “Everyone is aware of the size of the game but it’s about having emotional control. I didn’t need a word with Mako (Vunipola), I spoke to the whole team. I wasn’t happy with the amount of soft penalties given away. We just need to concentrate on ourselves.”Final words were left to Steve Hansen who put the match-up succinctly. “They’ll come and they’ll come hard, and we’ll come and we’ll come hard and at the end of the game, we’ll see where we end up.” A game of titanic proportions awaits. Actions, not words, will define tomorrow’s Test.last_img read more

Josh Matavesi is driven by family tragedy

first_imgJosh Matavesi’s ready smile belies the loss of his mother as a teen, writes Ali Stokes. This feature first appeared in Rugby world magazine in September. This feature first appeared in Rugby world magazine in September.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news in rugby. Hard yards: Josh Matavesi carries the ball for Newcastle Falcons against Northampton LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Josh Matavesi is driven by family tragedyDuring his time with both the Ospreys and Newcastle Falcons, Josh Matavesi has become a household name in the UK. While many will be well acquainted with his playing skills – his sumptuous passes and fizzing footwork were on show at Twickenham during the Barbarians’ 63-45 thrashing of England in May – few will be aware of the family tragedy that fuelled his drive to become a professional athlete.When he was just 13 years old, Matavesi lost his mother to suicide, the Cornish-Fijian discovering his mother’s note on the kitchen table in the early hours of the day of her death.“It was surreal,” he says. “I found the note and thought, ‘Nah, this isn’t real.’ Then my dad came downstairs. He read it and said, ‘I need a cold shower to make sure I’m reading it right.’ Three minutes later he comes down and reads it again.“I was just thinking, ‘What do I do?’ My brother (Joel, aged seven at the time) was still sleeping so we had to call our nan. She lived a couple of streets up, so my dad called her number. Luckily my mum’s brother, Kevin, was awake and he broke it to her. Five minutes later she’s running down the road and the police are outside our house.“It was like something from the movies, it didn’t feel real. The police lady had to come to tell us they had found the body and that it was our mum. It’s just one of those things where I could always see myself, it never felt like I was looking out of my eyes.”National honours: Josh Matavesi in action for Fiji against Wales in 2014Like an out-of-body experience? “Yeah, I was thinking, this isn’t real, this isn’t us. But obviously it did happen.”Matavesi spoke at his mother’s funeral and then the now family of four – dad Sireli and sons Josh, Sam and Joel – had to adjust to new challenges. There was a different family dynamic, Josh helping to raise his younger brothers while his father went out to work long 13-hour days repairing West Country roads.“When my dad used to work on the roads he’d be out of the door at 6.15am because he had to give a lift to the rest of the crew. So that was our wake-up call. We would get changed and sort breakfast. My brother (Joel) was in primary school so I had to make sure he got there, then walk to my school, which was a big walk. My dad would be back in for about 7pm, so dinner would have to be done by us, or there would be money to buy something.The Matavesis: a family portrait“We had a tab at the fish and chip shop. We used to think we were really cool when we were younger. We’d ask our friends if they wanted fish and chips, so we’d be asking for about seven portions. My dad would get there and the bill would be about £60. We would just tell him, ‘Oh, we were hungry…’”Matavesi says the loss of his mother at such a young age made him more determined to achieve his goals. He’s gone on to play more than 75 times for the Ospreys, help Newcastle to reach the Premiership play-offs for the first time and represent Fiji in 17 Tests. Yet, as is to be expected after such a tragedy, it took time to find that determination. Related: RFU insist player welfare is top of the agenda“When I was younger I was bitter with other people,” he recalls. “I would see other kids hugging their mums and stuff and I was like, ‘Come on man, I haven’t got one’. Then obviously Dad couldn’t be at three games at once, so he would have to pick and choose who he would watch. I had to work to get money to go on a rugby tour, little things like that.“I probably wouldn’t change it because it made me who I am today. When my mum passed away, it was a real driving factor. It really focused me on what I wanted to do with my life and how I wanted to get it. Without that adversity, I don’t think you’d get that focus from me. Obviously you never get over it but I wouldn’t be where I am today without that happening.”There has been more adversity since his mother’s suicide too. His father, who settled in Cornwall in the Eighties after touring the UK with the Fiji Barbarians and worked in the local tin mines at first, is now in a wheelchair after a life-saving operation left him paralysed from the waist down four years ago.“He had diabetes and was really prone to infections,” says Matavesi, explaining events leading up to the surgery. “He got back from work one day and just dropped on the bath while in the shower. Luckily my little brother, Joel, was home. Joel and my uncle took him to the local doctors and he said his neck was really sore. They got him a scan and they found out he had a cyst on his spine. With a cyst, you have to cut it. You can’t let cysts keep going. If we had, his spinal cord would go.“He can’t walk but I think he appreciates just breathing and being able to talk. His upper body is still strong, so he gets to hold the grandkids and come to our games.Huge result: After beating England with the Barbarians“So we’ve had a bit of bad luck with the parents. It’s those things that shape you as a person, it makes you. Everyone is going through something, that’s why we (the brothers) smile everywhere. There is no point in crying about it.”In recent times sports stars have opened up more conversations about mental health and going forward 27-year-old Matavesi wants to use his own experiences to help others who have lost a loved one to suicide.“Something I want to do in the future is help kids who’ve had parents, friends or family commit suicide, to help them cope with it. I’d love to get involved in that, so they can see I’m a kid from Camborne who made a good go of doing something. That’s me, that’s the person I am. I want to help young kids and help them see a normal kid can do something good.“It definitely has an effect on the way I raise my kids as well. I’m lucky, I have two kids, healthy young girls. I know how I parent them has a big effect.I take every day as it comes and that’s why I can’t stop smiling!”last_img read more

2019 Rugby World Cup Kits

first_imgItaly The video below explains all 2019 Rugby World Cup KitsWhich is your favourite kit at the 2019 Rugby World Cup? Lets take a look at each of them.For more Rugby World Cup content, follow our homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.2019 Rugby World Cup KitsIrelandIreland went for their usual green as their home jersey but went for an outside the box design for their secondary shirt as you can see below. We take a look at what each team is wearing at the tournament. WalesUnder Armour went for green in Wales’ away kit which has appeared to divide opinion. Russia Here we take a look at some of… Greatest Rugby World Cup Kits South AfricaThe Springboks have kept it simple here. 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups NamibiaCanadaCanterbury have nailed Canada’s kits, LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS FranceThe French will wear jerseys made by Le Coq Sportif. USA As you’d expect stars and stripes form the basis of USA’s design. ArgentinaArgentina’s Nike kit is proving immensely popular. Tonga New ZealandThe fern is prominent on the All Blacks 2019 jersey. UruguayFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Expand SamoaBLK have introduced touches of Samoan culture on their jerseys. GeorgiaLittle to be said here…FijiAs per usual the Fijians have got their World Cup kit right as you can see below. Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news from the tournament. Expand Collapse Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Take a look at all the matches that… Greatest Rugby World Cup Kits Expand AustraliaThe home jersey is the usual green and gold but the away kit is a nod to Australias aborigine-based culture. Held in Japan for the first time, make… EnglandThe collars on the white jerseys caused quite the stir online. ScotlandScotland have kept things relatively simple with their kits. JapanCanterbury have once against together a stunning set of uniforms for the hosts.last_img read more

Why France v Scotland should be played

first_imgWhile we don’t know precisely what the tournament rules are, eating out and leaving camp to see family would likely have been breaking them. So what of a punishment?Wales suspended Josh Adams suspended for two matches for breaching their protocols, as well as government rules, by attending a family gathering.How about a fine for Galthie and/or the French rugby federation? This could be used to compensate Premiership clubs for the absence of their Scotland players for this fixture, although it seems the English top flight are going to make a payment-free exemption given the circumstances.A points deduction is another option, although too small and it would have little impact on the title race, too big and it could mean the championship isn’t decided on the pitch. So a fine is likely the best course of action, or a touchline ban meaning Galthie couldn’t attend the France v Scotland match in Paris.Let’s just hope there are no more Covid outbreaks between now and 26 March… TAGS: Highlight Sanctions Having said all of the above, France must surely be sanctioned – either by the Six Nations, World Rugby or their own government – for their apparent ambivalence to Covid-19 protocols.Of course, the lack of transparency in rugby means we don’t exactly know what is in the tournament regulations when it comes to Covid-19, bubbles and so on. Each country seems to be taking a slightly different approach, with governments’ respective rules playing a part too.However, it’s clear the team environments are far from the biosecure variety that England and West Indies cricketers were operating in last summer. The homes of players and staff are counted as part of each country’s bubble whereas in cricket no one was allowed to pop home – Jofra Archer was actually fined for doing just that. France wing Teddy Thomas vies with Scotland’s Duhan van der Merwe and Chris Harris last year (Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Why France v Scotland should be playedThe revelations about the France ‘bubble’ – or lack thereof – have led to calls for Scotland to be awarded a 28-0 win for their postponed Six Nations match, but the result must be determined on the pitch rather than in a boardroom.Questions have rightly been asked about how France’s Covid-19 cases reached double figures. The news that players dined out on waffles in Rome and head coach Fabien Galthie went to watch his son play rugby only raised more eyebrows. Not quite the Covid-secure environment the French government was calling for pre-tournament with people moving in and out of camp.Yet cancelling the match not only denies fans the chance to watch what should be a great contest but also leaves tournament organisers liable to repay money to broadcasters.The good news is that the match is now set to be played on Friday 26 March – with The Times reporting that Premiership clubs are prepared to release their Scotland players for the fixture, even though it falls outside the international window, so both teams would still be at full strength. It’s the right call.Forfeit In the Autumn Nations Cup, Fiji had to forfeit their three pool games after a Covid-19 outbreak. Their opponents for each of those matches were awarded a 28-0 bonus-point win, meaning the Fijians could finish no higher than seventh (which they did after beating Georgia in their ‘final’).However, the format of that tournament was different to the Six Nations. Three pool matches were followed by ‘finals’, all played on back-to-back weekends, so there was no scope to rearrange fixtures and still get 1st v 1st, 2nd v 2nd and so on facing each other in the last round.Six Nations organisers said before this year’s championship started that it was their intention to reschedule matches that had to be called off because of Covid. There isn’t that time pressure to build up to a ‘final’ like in the Autumn Nations Cup, albeit that the champions being determined on Super Saturday is a lot more straightforward.France head coach Fabien Galthie during Six Nations training (LightRocket/Getty Images)Cancelling the match would also complicate matters in terms of television deals. The BBC, France 2 and others have paid for the rights to televise France v Scotland live. If the match doesn’t take place, they would be owed a rebate – a nightmare given the state of rugby’s finances right now.Plus, people want to see this match played, to watch Finn Russell go up against Matthieu Jalibert, to see Antoine Dupont and Duhan van der Merwe and Gregory Alldritt and Hamish Watson…As long as Scotland have access to all their players – they shouldn’t be hampered by France’s failures and it seems the English clubs agree – the match must go ahead. The match is set to be rescheduled for 26 March, with Premiership clubs expected to release Scotland playerslast_img read more

Archbishop of Cape Town’s message on Sudan violence

first_img Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Archbishop of Cape Town’s message on Sudan violence Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Anglican Communion, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY center_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Sudan & South Sudan Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Africa, Featured Events 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 Belleville, IL Posted Apr 12, 2012 [Anglican Church of Southern Africa] The Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town has written to the Most Revd Dr Daniel Deng Bul Yak, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, expressing the support of his church in the light of increasing tension and violence between Sudan and South Sudan.   Writing in Easter Week, Dr Makgoba highlights his ‘reflections on what it means to be each other’s neighbours in living out the renewed hope of Eastertide’.  He assures Dr Deng of prayers for a successful outcome to negotiations, delivering a settlement between Sudan and South Sudan ‘which will bring lasting peace with justice to both nations and all who live within their borders’ and also offers prayers for those killed, bereaved, injured or otherwise harmed by the violence.The full text of the letter follows below.My Dear Brother in Christ,The good news of Easter, and my own reflections on what it means to be each other’s neighbours in living out the renewed hope of Eastertide, compel me to write to you, to assure you of our continued support and prayers for you and the people of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and indeed all the people of the Sudan and South Sudan, especially in the light of news of increasing tension and violence.You are much on our hearts and on our minds, as we see the media reports, and so we pray that efforts to resume negotiations and achieve a peaceful resolution may be successful, and that both nations may establish true justice and peace for all.As we pray for your country and faithful Christians there, we also think and pray beyond our household of faith and pray for the souls of all the departed, and for all who are injured, bereaved, or harmed in any way by the renewed conflicts. We also pray for implementation of a real peace between the two countries and the successful outcome of negotiations.May Sudan and South Sudan come to a settlement which will bring lasting peace with justice to both nations and all who live within their borders.  And in this, may you and your church be blessed, and be a blessing to others in sharing the sure and certain hope that Jesus Christ has won for us all.Yours in the service of Christ, crucified and raised to new life for the redemption of the world,+Thabo Cape Town Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK last_img read more