Welsh have a long association with the Middlesex Sevens, a tournament the club have won on eight occasions, as well as finishing as runner up a further eight times. The club won its first tournament in 1931 but its best years came in the late sixties and early seventies when it won in 1968, 1971, 1972 and 1973, with a side boasting the likes of JPR Williams, Gerald Davies, current managing director John Taylor and club President John Dawes.The last time Welsh won the Middlesex Sevens was in 1984, with players such as Clive Rees, Bob Ackerman and Kevin Bowring. Welsh caused an upset in 2003 when they beat Leicester Tigers 26-12, only to lose in the next round to Bath, 31-24, in stoppage time.The club won the Plate competition in 1998, and were joint winners the following year with Wasps after a deluge forced the abandonment of the tournament before the final could be played.Jones, who led the Ospreys to two Magners League titles and one Anglo-Welsh Cup success, was confirmed as the club’s new head coach on June 6. He made a flying visit to London Welsh recently to meet players and staff, before returning to complete his commitments as Director of Rugby at the leading private school in Abu Dhabi, The British School Al Khubairat.Lyn returns to London Welsh on July 6 to take up his new position. Head Coach at London Welsh – Lyn Jones New London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones has named his squad for the Vauxhall Middlesex Charity Sevens at Twickenham on Saturday (July 9).Jones has named a strong squad of 12 with Wales’ 2009 Sevens World Cup winning captain Lee Beach set to lead the Exiles.The Middlesex Sevens also gives some of the club’s new signings a first opportunity to shine in a London Welsh jersey, with Will Hurrell, Gerard Mullen, Edd Thrower, Ed Jackson, and Mike Denbee all on display, along with summer trialist Ashley Smith.The experience is provided by former Sevens internationals Liam Gibson, James Lewis, Robert Lewis, Mike Hills, and Beach. The squad is completed by Ben Stevenson, who in the summer swapped his dual register with London Irish to become contracted to London Welsh.“The Middlesex Sevens over the years has been a terrific tournament and London Welsh have always performed admirably throughout the years,” said Jones. “We were delighted to accept an invitation to go along this year, and look forward to the boos, which we are traditionally afforded by the crowd.“We’ve picked as strong a squad as possible, with the inclusion of a few players we want to see play. So it’s a mixed bag, but we’re keen to perform and do the jersey proud. We want to represent London Welsh as best as we possibly can in such a prestigious tournament. It’s for the boys to go forward, relax, enjoy themselves and just show what they can do, and if on the day we’re good enough, then we’re good enough.”The tournament gets underway at 10:30am with the British Army v Apache, with all 16 teams in the men’s competition guaranteed at least two matches. Welsh begin their Middlesex Sevens challenge against a familiar foe in Championship rivals Plymouth Albion at 12:30pm in match number seven.Depending on the result, Welsh will either continue in the main competition or go into the Plate. If the Exiles lose to Plymouth they will be back in action at 2:10pm, however, if they win then their next game will be 3:45pm. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS London Welsh Squad for Vauxhall Middlesex Charity Sevens1. Will Hurrell2. Gerard Mullen3. James Lewis4. Rob Lewis5. Ben Stevenson6. Edd Thrower7. Liam Gibson8. Ashley Smith9. Lee Beach ©10. Michael Hills11. Ed Jackson12. Mike Denbee
Running at speed, creating space and attempting offloads to break down the usually watertight Argentine defence was impressive. The Pumas struggled to get two hands on Ireland’s back three and the previously frustrated Irish backs had time to show their attacking verve.Jonathon Sexton enjoyed the time and space the lacklustre Puma defensive line-speed was offering. His passing was precise and slick and gave Zebo the opportunity to touch down for five points, but not before some fast footwork of his own led to Ireland’s second try.Happy days: Sexton congratulates BoweIt wasn’t all about the backs though as the Irish forwards played their part in making this a complete team performance – highlighted by Donnacha Ryan’s Man of the Match award. The Munster man who made his debut in the same fixture four years ago, only got his first start during this year’s 6 Nations but now seems to have established himself as Ireland’s premier lock.Watching on Saturday it’s hard to believe how many regular starters Ireland were missing. This series started under tehe cloud of an ever-growing injury list: Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell, Stephen Ferris, Sean O’Brien, Rob Kearney and Rory Best were all absentees. Even the younger names there now seem like the old guard given the fresh faces in the starting XV. If their aches and pains aren’t keeping them awake at night then potential selection for the RBS 6 Nations certainly will.Ireland fans have had to wait a long time for a performance like that. One morale-boosting victory does not define a season (especially when Ireland only managed three wins from 10) but it is a mighty fine way to end it. The players head back to their provinces buoyed by that display and excited at the prospect of the next training camp. As for Declan Kidney, he can relax… at least until February when Ireland kick off their RBS 6 Nations campaign at the Millennium Stadium. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland’s Tommy Bowe celebrates with teammate Jonathan Sexton (R) after scoring a try against Argentina during the Autumn International rugby union match between Ireland and Argentina at the Aviva stadium in Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) Irish eyes smiling: Gordon D’Arcy was full of running, but it was the youngsters who invigorated the Ireland sideBy Claire GlancyON 31st July 2010 a young Ulsterman scored the first try in a challenge match to mark the opening of the Aviva Stadium. Another reporter turned to me and said “Remember the name. You’ll need it for pub quizzes for years to come.”If the same winger maintains the form displayed on his Ireland debut on Saturday, I don’t think many will forget his name in a hurry…Is it any wonder Craig Gilroy so looked relaxed from the first whistle? His name is already etched into the history books at the Aviva Stadium and at 21-years-old, he’s fearless and confident enough to know he’s good. What’s changed is that everyone else knows it too. The secret is out.As he danced his way through the Argentine defence for the first try, Gilroy ignited an excitement on and off the pitch. Within seconds of touching down he was swamped by team mates and every instance he got his hands on the ball after that the crowd erupted in anticipation, much like English and Welsh crowds, for Jason Robinson and Shane Williams in their pomp.Puma lift?: On Saturday Ireland reignedKidney said afterwards that the young recruits had brought an infectious enthusiasm to the training camp. During his reign the Ireland Head Coach has been conservative in selection, erring on the side of caution, but injuries have forced a rethink across the park and on Saturday the new recruits repaid his faith, and then some.From the first to final whistle there was higher tempo in the Irish attack. And it seemed, that when they attacked, they scored with seven tries in all. There seemed to be more vitality in every aspect of Ireland’s game and the youthful members of the side played with style.Ireland deliberately switched play quickly down the blindside throughout the game allowing Gilroy, Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe to cause problems at every stage. This tactic tore holes in the Puma’s defence and resulted in at least three of the tries.
Terrific Taylor Scotland’s Duncan Taylor gave a great performance in a losing cause against Wales on Saturday. The centre made a superb try-saving tackle on Tom James when Scotland were leading during the second half. The Wales wing raced out of defence up the left, but Taylor made great ground to chase across the pitch, then timed his tackle perfectly to stop a certain score. Late in the game Taylor scored a lovely try of his own, taking a fine scoring pass from Ruaridh Jackson and beating the defence to touch down.He’s through! Duncan Taylor wrong-foots Gareth Anscombe and scores. (Photo: Getty Images) Sam sews it up Sam Davies picked up the Man of the Match award after scoring 16 points as the Ospreys beat Munster 21-17 in Cork. The Opsreys are the first team to defeat Munster there for three years. Davies spotted a gap and darted over the line for a try, was held up just short as he attempted to score a second, and he kicked a conversion and three penalties. He missed the conversion of Owen Watkin’s try, and a penalty, but still played a major role in taking the Ospreys to a win which keeps them in touch with the top four. Some shone and some struggled in the second round of RBS Six Nations matches, but there were even more thrills and spills in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12. Unstoppable: Jonathan Joseph powers over the line to complete his hat-trick. (Photo: Getty Images) The SaintsJJ steals the showJonathan Joseph helped England turn pressure into points with three really well-taken tries during their 40-9 RBS Six Nations win over Italy in Rome. With England just 11-9 up after 52 minutes, the outside centre intercepted a pass from Leonardo Sarto to Michelle Campagnaro and ran in from the Italy 22 to score.Five minutes later Joseph called for Danny Care to put in a kick through the defence after England had driven a lineout close to the Italy line. Care executed with perfection, the ball bounced up kindly and Joseph snaffled it and dived over.He completed his hat-trick on 70 minutes, this time showing great strength to muscle his way over the line from five metres out with two defenders hanging off him. Before the end Joseph put in a marvellous kick off the outside of his boot for Anthony Watson to chase up the left and only secure defending from Luke McLean stopped another try. Chugging championsIreland have won the last two Six Nations titles but seem to have blown any chance of making it three in a row as last weekend’s draw with Wales was followed by a 10-9 loss to France in a mostly turgid game in Paris. Ireland had 58% of the territory and 50% of the possession in the first half but only managed to build up a 9-3 lead.They made zero – yes, zero – line-breaks in the game, just one solitary offload and missed 17 tackles. Yes, they were hurt by injuries, but they really have to find a way to create some tries and give their supporters a bit more to cheer.Gloomy outlook: Ireland look dejected after their loss in Paris. (Photo: Inpho) Perfect finish: Billy McBryde kicks the winning penalty for Wales U20 (Photo: Huw Evans Agency).Young dudesTwo Under-20s players are on our Saints list this weekend. First up is England U20 hooker Jack Singleton who scored no less than four tries in Friday’s 42-7 win over Italy U20.Wales U20 replacement Billy McBryde is also a Saint after coming off the bench in the 79th minute of the match against Scotland, with the scores tied at 15-15, and winning the game for Wales with a last-ditch penalty. The SinnersBad callNo one expects match officials to get everything right, but it is fair to hope they might not err when they use the TMO. However, during Saturday’s Wales v Scotland match referee George Clancy and his team managed to award what turned out to be a crucial try to Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies when he had been in an offside position at the moment Jamie Roberts tapped down a high ball at the start of the move.Clancy used TMO Graham Hughes to rule on whether Roberts had knocked the ball on, but when it was shown that he hadn’t, Clancy awarded the try and didn’t penalise Davies for offside. As Wales won the match 27-23, it turned out to be a score of some significance.Of course, Scotland made their share of errors too, not least John Hardie and WP Nel who both fumbled and knocked-on at crucial times. Triple doubleTwo tries each from Nathan Hughes, Charles Piutau and Dan Robson took Wasps to an astonishing 64-23 win over Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens at Allianz Park. Hughes also set up Robson’s second try with a strong break. Thomas Young and Jimmy Gopperth were the other try-scorers, while Josh Bassett’s storming sprint down the left wing created Youngs’ score. Prop-tasticFriday night was a special one for Ulster loosehead Callum Black. He led the team out for their Guinness Pro12 clash with Glasgow Warriors as he was making his 100th appearance for the province, then put the icing on the cake by scoring his first try for Ulster, helping them to a 13-10 win which retained their place at the top of the table. Plaudits also go to Man of the Match Craig Gilroy. TAGS: HighlightWasps LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Super Sub Scarlets outside-half Aled Thomas came off the bench to kick four penalties, including one at the death, to take his team to a 22-21 win over Edinburgh and keep them in touch with the leaders of the Guinness Pro12.The Scarlets were 16-6 up as the hour mark approached but then tries from Cornell du Preez and Alex Toolis looked like securing the win for the Scottish side, before Thomas struck. Centre of attention Jamie Roberts was named Man of the Match in Wales’s 27-23 RBS Six Nations win over Scotland on Saturday. For the second week in a row the centre put in a monumental performance. He cut a great line to score a try which took Wales from 16-13 down to 20-16 up, made eight carries to keep Wales on the front foot, in defence he brought off nine tackles and even won a turnover. George North also gave the home fans at the Principality Stadium something to cheer as he scorched in for a vital try with ten minutes to go, exploiting poor defence by Scotland. All Hale HaleyMike Haley was a hero for Sale Sharks in their 23-17 win over Exeter Chiefs, helping them to back up last weekend’s 10-3 triumph over Leicester with another win over high-flying opponents.Looking for a chance: Mike Haley scored a cute try for Sale. (Photo: Getty Images)Danny Cipriani tried a snap drop-goal when Sale were 10-0 up, the ball bounced back off the upright and Haley flipped it up with his left foot, grabbed it and strode over the line for a real opportunist’s try. Johnny Leota and Nev Edwards scored the Sharks’ other tries. Chasing shadows: Saracens can’t catch Charles Piutau, or many other Wasps! (Photo: Getty Images)Toothless Tigers and sorry SarriesThe Leicester team which lost 26-14 to then bottom-of-the-table Newcastle Falcons on Friday night were placed firmly in the doghouse en masse by their director of rugby Richard Cockerill. The win lifted Newcastle up two places in the Aviva Premiership table and cut the Tigers slightly adrift from the top two. Missed opportunitiesWorcester Warriors find themselves well and truly in the midst of a relegation battle in the Aviva Premiership after their 16-14 home defeat by fellow-strugglers Bath and a few key mistakes proved costly.Warriors’ director of rugby Dean Ryan was unhappy that referee JP Doyle and his team had missed a deliberate knock-on by Ross Batty as Cooper Vuna fired out what could have been a scoring pass to Gerrit-Jan van Velze. If the offence, in the shadow of the posts, had been spotted Worcester would have had a match-winning shot at goal, but they had already earned a few of those and missed them.Ryan Mills pushed a penalty wide of the posts late in the game, Tom Heathcote fired another one wide and Ryan Lamb had a drop-goal attempt charged down. All smiles: Newcastle celebrate a try by Adam Powell (second right). (Photo: Getty Images)Landmark winNewcastle Falcons beat Leicester for the first time since 2009 and while Friday’s 26-14 triumph was inevitably a great team effort, a few players deserve a special mention. Simon Hammersley started and finished a try which took the Falcons from 6-0 down to 7-6 up, with a long run out of defence, then cut a good line from the 22 after smart work from Alex Tait.The Newcastle pack also had an immense game, with Nili Latu and Will Welch to the fore. The forwards created the pressure to set up Adam Powell’s try which made it 20-9, and helped earn the penalty chances which Andy Goode kicked. “I am bitterly disappointed with that performance,” Cockerill told BT Sport. “What we did tonight wasn’t acceptable from a Leicester point of view. We knew they would be tough, very direct and we knew they would be well organised and we were none of those things. We need to have a hard look at ourselves and make sure we start putting a few things right.” Ouch.Saracens might also have expected to be in from a tongue-lashing from their boss Mark McCall after losing 64-23 to Wasps at home, but all McCall could do afterwards was look back on the great form his side have shown for months on end and say: “Today it went really badly wrong. We have got to respond to it and I’m sure we will.”
When Mel Berry captained Wales at the 2002 World Cup as a 20-year-old, there was clearly something a bit special about the youngster who former England international Sue Day calls “one of the best defensive back-row players” ever to play the game.Having made her debut in 1998 as a teenager, Berry went on to win 93 caps for her country, leading Wales for most of her career until retiring in 2010.Perhaps one of the best ways to highlight how important Berry was to Wales over those years was the fact that she played in six different positions – all across the back row, at scrum-half and in both centre spots – although she is probably best known for her barnstorming efforts from the back of the scrum.“She was a tremendous player and a tremendous captain in all senses,” said Jason Lewis, who coached her with Wales. Major teams: Newcastle, Wasps, Worcester, Auckland MaoriPosition: Back-row/centre/scrum-halfCountry: WalesTest span: 1998-10 Now working in sport full-time across Yorkshire, Berry has an appetite for coaching where her versatile playing years will surely make her a dead cert for success at whatever level she chooses.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Her club career took in stints with Wasps, Worcester and Newcastle and she also spent time learning her trade in Auckland – even featuring for the Auckland Maori side.Berry experienced highs and lows with Wales throughout her career. She describes Wales’ failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup as the most heart-breaking moment she ever had in the game, but she was also a key member of the team that beat England in 2009 for the first time ever.In fact, some of her best memories will have come from games against England. Berry led Wales at U18 and senior level to wins over the English while she was also part of the 2006 Wales Sevens squad that beat the same nation to the European title. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players
The Guardian’s Rob Kitson linked this Irish performance to one by England in the lead-up to the 2003 World Cup – we’ll have to wait to see if a world triumph follows next year… Green giants: Ireland celebrate their win over New Zealand (Getty Images) Justin Marshall: “this game has got everything.”My mate, quick as a flash: “no it doesn’t have two all black tries”.#IREvNZL— Jim Kayes (@JimKayes) November 17, 2018 Find out how people have reacted to the Irish win over the All Blacks in Dublin Paddy Wallace captured commentator Michael Corcoran in full swing in the closing seconds… That was an incredible day for Irish rugby. Lots of us waited years for that & some of the younger spectators believe that can happen all the time . They are our future, thankfully . @IrishRugby @rugbyunited #TeamOfUs pic.twitter.com/ynhqRyuDNj— Jonathan Meade (@Meadejonathan) November 17, 2018 Rugby Players Ireland did their own interpretation of Stockdale’s try, which proved the difference between the two teams… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSSkip AdAds by Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton, who played superbly in this fixture and is in the running for the World Player of the Year award, posted this on Instagram… The reaction to Ireland’s win over New ZealandIreland achieved a famous win against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium to make it two victories in three Tests over the world champions in two years.Johnny Sexton kicked 11 points and Jacob Stockdale scored a try, while Beauden Barrett kicked two penalties and a drop-goal – but New Zealand failed to score a try.Related: Historic win for Ireland over New Zealand in DublinSo what have people had to say about the triumph? Here’s a look at some of the best reactions from social media…Former Ireland wing Tommy Bowe kept it simple with this… Joe Schmidt and the Ireland players all hailed the incredible atmosphere created by the crowd and some of those in attendance have posted about their experiences… World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper turned attentions to Japan 2019… Kiwi reporter Jim Kayes tweeted this amusing post… It was an incredible game of rugby in Dublin, a match worthy of the top two sides in the world. Now the build-up to the World Cup begins in earnest.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Congratulations @IrishRugby on victory over @AllBlacks. Talk of Ireland wining a @rugbyworldcup must be fighting with Guinness for a place on Irish lips tonight.— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) November 17, 2018In the post-match press conference New Zealand coach Steve Hansen also looked ahead to next year’s World Cup, insisting that Ireland are now favourites even though the All Blacks remain ranked as the best side in the world… Tom Hamilton, of ESPN, was hugely impressed by the victory…
Scarlets and Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell Replacing Wayne Pivac, we get to know Brad Mooar the new Scarlets coach. Who Is New Wales Coach Wayne Pivac? The remarkable story of Tadhg Beirne Collapse Expand “The Scarlets is a rugby brand that’s known the world over, it is a winning club with an extremely proud history, passionate fans, and is aspirational in its goals.“It is humbling to be offered the opportunity to take the reins after the great work Wayne Pivac has led, as he moves on to the Wales job.”Related: Who is Wayne Pivac?Scarlets general manager Jon Daniels said: “Brad has a great understanding of what is required for success and how to build a winning culture.“Throughout the process we have been hugely impressed with Brad’s appreciation of Scarlets’ place in the community, his passion for developing players and the research he had done on our heritage.” Who Is New Wales Coach Wayne Pivac? Find out about the man who took over… Who Is Brad Mooar?New Zealander Brad Mooar has been announced as the man to replace Wayne Pivac as the head coach of the Scarlets at the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season. Pivac is set to become the Wales coach after the 2019 World Cup in Japan with Mooar coming in after a series of successful jobs.Most recently, he worked as an assistant coach to Scott Robertson and the Crusaders who have won the last two Super Rugby titles in a row. He has been in that role for three years and beforehand led the Southland Stags in the Mitre 10 Cup.After starting his coaching career with the Christchurch Colts and then the Canterbury Colts, Mooar eventually shifted to South Africa to coach Eastern Province Kings where he had more success leading them to a Currie Cup Division I title.He then became an assistant coach for the Southern Kings under Matt Sexton before taking up the Stags and then Crusaders roles.Mooar working with Southland Stags (Getty Images)A former fly-half with Canterbury B, Mooar progressed nicely through the ranks before taking his career overseas. He quickly returned to Christchurch though to take up coaching.Interestingly, he is also a former solicitor who was admitted as barrister and solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand in 1997. Mooar will bring plenty of experience to the role and will look to carry on the success of Pivac – who won the Pro12 with Scarlets in 2017.Mooar said of the move: “The opportunity to take on the role of head coach at the Scarlets is simply too good to pass up and is both an exciting challenge for myself, and a fantastic opportunity for my family to experience life on the other side of the world.” How do you think Mooar is going to get on? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the world of rugby. Scarlets and Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell talks funny… Expand Tadhg Beirne nearly quit rugby two years ago,… The remarkable story of Tadhg Beirne Scarlets and Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell
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. Familiar Foes: England and France helped start a revolution in design in 2003 (Getty Images) Expand 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Held in Japan for the first time, make… Greatest Rugby World Cup Matches Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Collapse Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Expand Greatest Rugby World Cup KitsWe all like a good rugby kit right? Well the Rugby World Cup has seen its fair share of great designs ranging from the classic, to the colourful, to the outside the box.Bearing this in mind we have taken a look at some of the best kits to have been worn during the tournament. Which one is your favourite? Are there any kits that stick in your memory from previous Rugby World Cups? Then please let us know through our social media channels.Greatest Rugby World Cup KitsAustralia – 1999Green and Gold: Australia playing in their usual kit (Getty Images)During the Rugby World Cup the green and gold of Australia is an iconic kit that usually sees itself progress a long way into the tournament.Ivory Coast – 1995One of very few countries to only play in one Rugby World Cup, the Ivory Coast team played in two vibrant kits which you can see closely on the video above.Ireland – 2007Green Machine: Brian O’Driscoll in Canterbury’s outlandish design (Getty Images)The Irish may have had a poor tournament in 2007, they failed to get out of the group, but one thing they did get right was their green jersey made by Canterbury. 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Expand Rugby World Cup Greatest Players Argentina – 2015Brand Switch: Argentina used to play in adidas, but switched to Nike in 2015 (Getty Images)Nike usually get their kit designs spot on with their two offerings for the Argentine team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup being two clear examples of that. They didn’t end up using the alternate kit below, but we can still marvel at it regardless.Unused: It may not have been used, but Argentina’s alternate 2015 kit still looked the part Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Greatest Rugby World Cup Matches Adam Hathaway takes a look at the best… Rugby World Cup Greatest Players LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Here we take a look at some of our favourite kits to be worn during the Rugby World Cup. England/France – 2003Skin Tight: England helped start the revolution in 2003 (Getty Images)Another couple of Nike kits that make our list are England and France’s efforts from 2003. These shirts started a revolution in rugby kit design with their skin-tight construction.Les Bleus: The French also saw themselves wearing Nike’s jerseys (Getty Images)New Zealand – All BlackAll Black Everything: Facing New Zealand in their famous colours is a daunting prospect (Getty Images)One of the most iconic jersey in all of sport, the All Black colour way strikes fear into all that face it. The full combination of black jersey, shorts, socks and boots are a brilliant combo. The men in black this year will be looking to become the first team to win three World Cups in a row.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. We take a whistle stop tour through the…
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Find out who is on the S&C, medical and analysis teams for the tour of South Africa Bob Stewart – Physio (RFU)John Miles – Physio (WRU)Ann-Marie Birmingham – Soft-tissue therapist (RFU)Hanlie Fouche – Soft-tissue therapist (WRU)Strength & Conditioning TeamPaul Stridgeon – Head of Strength & Conditioning (WRU)Jon Clarke – Strength & conditioning coach (RFU)Huw Bennett – Strength & conditioning coach (WRU)Brian Cunniffe – Sports scientist (English Institute of Sport)Analysis TeamRhodri Bown – Head of Analysis (WRU)Analyst Vinny Hammond on the 2017 Lions tour (Getty Images)Vinny Hammond – Analyst (IRFU)Marc Kinnaird – Analyst (WRU)Gavin Vaughan – Analyst (SRU)LIONS 2021 LATEST NEWSThe Lions will convene in Jersey for a training camp on 13 June ahead of the pre-tour Test against Japan on 26 June at BT Murrayfield. They will then embark on an eight-match tour of South Africa, including three Tests against the world champions. “I am thrilled to have secured a world-class performance team,” said Gatland.“For obvious reasons, this summer’s Lions tour to South Africa will be a bit different. It will present a number of unique challenges, not only for the players, but the staff too – who all work so incredibly hard behind the scenes.“I know that whatever challenges we may face on tour we’ll deal with them in the best way possible.”British & Irish Lions 2021 back-room teamMedical TeamPrabhat Mathema – Head of Medical (WRU)Dr Geoff Davies – Doctor (WRU)Dr Ciaran Cosgrave – Doctor (IRFU) British & Irish Lions 2021 back-room teamWarren Gatland has confirmed his back-room team for the British & Irish Lions 2021 tour to South Africa.Gatland had already appointed four assistant coaches – Neil Jenkins, Robin McBryde, Steve Tandy and Gregor Townsend. Now he has announced who is involved from a medical, analysis, and strength and conditioning perspective.Related: Warren Gatland’s Lions 2021 coaching teamGiven the Covid-19 pandemic, the medical team will have an even bigger role to play than on a normal tour and that will be headed up by Prabhat ‘Prav’ Mathema, who has been part of the Wales set-up for a decade and toured with the Lions in 2009, 2013 and 2017.Paul ‘Bobby’ Stridgeon will also be going on his fourth Lions tour, this time in his role as head of strength and conditioning, while the WRU’s Rhodri Bown will once again take charge of performance analysis. Prabhat Mathema, Paul Stridgeon and Rhodri Bown are part of the Lions back-room team (Inpho) 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.
Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 By Taonga staffPosted Sep 23, 2013 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Fossil Fuel Divestment Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Zealand: More dioceses vote to divest from fossil fuels 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Anglican Communion, Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Taonga] The dioceses of Wellington and Waiapu have voted to remove all of their investments in companies that extract or produce fossil fuels.The Wellington decision came at the annual synod in Palmerston North last weekend and follows a similar decision by the Diocese of Auckland earlier this month.Wellington diocese says the church is concerned about the effect of carbon emissions on climate change and also about the long-term health of investments in the fossil fuel industry.Its share holdings will be divested within the next two years.The Rev. Tim McKenzie proposed the motion, telling delegates a low-carbon economy cannot be created at once and small significant steps like this decision are needed.“I don’t think we can afford to wait to see if the worst-case scenarios about climate change turn out to be true,” he said.“This is a small step that we can take now towards a low-carbon economy and therefore we should take it now before the climate situation gets really drastic.”Waiapu decided to divest over the next three years.The divestment applies to shares of around NZ$960,000 (US$804,030) or 5 percent of the diocese’s NZ$19.5m (US$16.3m) portfolio.The decision was made at the annual synod in Tauranga Sept. 14-15, following a debate that attracted the greatest number of speakers and the greatest intensity of feelings.During the debate the target was changed from “fossil fuel companies” to “companies whose primary focus is in the extraction and processing of fossil fuels.”Synod was told that passing such a motion could impact on returns that the board of trustees provides for parish investments.However, the motion passed overwhelmingly.
Varias diócesis responden al dictamen del Tribunal Supremo sobre la igualdad matrimonial Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 13, 2014 Submit a Press Release 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal News Service] Episcopales de muchas diócesis a través de la Iglesia han estado contemplando cómo responder la decisión del Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. que desbroza el camino para los matrimonios de parejas del mismo sexo a partir de Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia y Wisconsin.El tribunal ratificó los dictámenes de los tribunales de apelación en tres distritos federales que habían anulado prohibiciones sobre matrimonios de personas del mismo sexo en esos estados. Si bien se predijo que el acceso al matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo no tardaría en extenderse a otros seis estados en esos circuitos, la situación dista de estar resuelta, y la confusión alcanza incluso el más alto nivel.El magistrado del Tribunal Supremo Anthony Kennedy bloqueó erróneamente el comienzo de los matrimonios entre parejas del mismo sexo en Nevada por cuenta de una orden que sembró confusión entre los funcionarios del estado y desaliento en parejas que esperaban casarse, informó la Associated Press el 10 de octubre. Debido a la confusión, la AP reportó que 30 estados, “salvo algunas excepciones” permitían en la actualidad el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo.Entre tanto, el problema de cómo la Iglesia Episcopal debía responder al cambiante mapa legal a través de Estados Unidos debe discutirse en la 78ª. reunión de la Convención General en julio de 2015.El Equipo de Trabajo sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio A050 publicó recientemente un informe sobre la labor realizada hasta la fecha, en el cual decía que estaba finalizando su informe a la Convención, en el que incluía el considerar una respuesta a su mandato a “abordar las necesidades pastorales de sacerdotes de oficiar en un matrimonio civil de una pareja del mismo sexo”.El equipo de trabajo se creó en respuesta a un llamado (a través de la Resolución A050 (haga un clic en la versión actual “current version”)) a la 77ª. Convención General en julio de 2012 por un grupo de “teólogos, liturgistas, pastores y educadores a identificar y explorar las dimensiones bíblicas, teológicas, históricas, litúrgicas y canónicas del matrimonio”.Esa misma reunión de la Convención autorizó el uso provisional de un rito para bendecir relaciones del mismo sexo. El uso de ese rito, Recursos litúrgicos I: Te bendeciré y serás una bendición [ Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing] debe ser revisado por la Convención General en 2015.Sigue aquí un vistazo estado por estado de las respuestas diocesanas que se han producido hasta ahora en las cinco jurisdicciones inmediatamente afectadas por el dictamen del Tribunal Supremo.IndianaEn la Diócesis de Indianápolis, la obispa Catherine Waynick le escribió al clero el 10 de octubre diciéndole que su política anterior de permitir que los sacerdotes bendijeran a relaciones del mismo sexo se aplicaría ahora en los condados de Indiana que le concedían licencias matrimoniales a tales parejas.También alentó a cualquier parroquia diocesana que no lo hubiera brindado aún a sus miembros un estudio sobre el tema a que se dispusiera a hacerlo en el curso del año próximo. “Hubiese o no parejas del mismo sexo en la congregación, hubiese o no un sacerdote que se sienta capaz de presidir [estas ceremonias], el matrimonio de personas del mismo sexo es ya una realidad legal, y la Iglesia como un todo puede beneficiarse de reflexionar sobre el significado del matrimonio, cómo el rito provisional responde las necesidades de las parejas del mismo sexo (o no) y lo que está en juego cuando se toman decisiones respecto a la celebraciones [de uniones de personas] del mismo sexo”, dijo ella.Su carta al clero apareció en la primera página del cibersitio de la diócesis.Desde septiembre de 2012, Waynick ha permitido las bendiciones a parejas del mismo sexo teniendo en cuenta cada caso por separado, como han hecho sus predecesores a lo largo de los últimos 20 años. Ella aprobó el uso del rito provisional de la Convención General en 2012. Waynick también sentó las pautas para su uso opcional en la diócesis.Aquí puede encontrarse información sobre la posición de Indianápolis hacia las bendiciones de parejas del mismo sexo.Cuando el tribunal federal de apelaciones revocó la prohibición del estado a los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo, el obispo Edward Little, de la Diócesis de Indiana del Norte, le pidió al clero de esa diócesis que declinara cualesquiera solicitudes que recibieran de solemnizar tales matrimonios, porque el Libro de Oración Común define el matrimonio como la unión de un marido y una mujer y porque “nuestra interpretación litúrgica y constitucional del matrimonio permanecía inalterada”, le dijo él a Episcopal News Service en un correo electrónico.“La política que se expresa en esa carta sigue estando en vigor”, afirmó él.OklahomaCuando la Diócesis de Oklahoma pasó por un proceso de discernimiento en 2012 y 2013 que dio lugar a que el obispo Edward J. Konieczny autorizara el uso del rito provisional de la Convención General en esa diócesis, se convino que si la ley cambiaba en Oklahoma con respecto al matrimonio, y en el momento en que lo hiciera, la diócesis “deliberaría una vez más en nuestro discernimiento sobre cómo seguir adelante”, dijo Konieczny a ENS vía e-mail. Él informó que esa conversación comenzó el 7 de octubre durante la conferencia anual del clero de la diócesis.Aquí puede encontrarse información sobre la posición de Oklahoma.UtahLas bendiciones de parejas del mismo sexo se han permitido en la Diócesis de Utah desde el Adviento de 2012. Los detalles de esa normativa se encuentran aquí.El obispo Scott Hayashi le dijo al clero diocesano después del dictamen del Tribunal Supremo que él daría a conocer pronto una nueva normativa por la que le permitiría a los sacerdotes solemnizar matrimonios de parejas del mismo sexo. En un mensaje electrónico en que anunciaba algo de ese política, Hayashi le pedía a los sacerdotes que enmendaran el rito provisional de la Iglesia para declarar a las parejas unidas “en matrimonio según las leyes del Estado de Utah”.Entre tanto le informó al clero que “debido a que vivimos en una red de relaciones, es muy importante que procedamos con delicadeza hacia todas las personas independientemente de su opinión sobre este asunto”.“Recuerden también que la Iglesia Episcopal no ha tomado una decisión todavía sobre el matrimonio de personas del mismo sexo”, añadió. “Eso probablemente sucederá en la 78ª. Convención General aquí en Utah. Hasta entonces, se nos ha dado la opción de la ‘generosa respuesta pastoral’”.Y, en un comunicado en la página web de la diócesis, el obispo reconoció que no todo nos alegraría con el dictamen del tribunal. Hayashi asistió a la Conferencia General de la Iglesia Mormona el fin de semana que antecedió a este dictamen e informó que Dallin H. Oaks, uno del quórum de los Doce Apóstoles, dijo a la asamblea que la Iglesia puede quedar entre los perdedores en el debate sobre el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo. Él le advirtió a los miembros de la Iglesia “que aceptaran amablemente los resultados desfavorables y que practicaran la urbanidad con nuestros adversarios”.Hayashi dijo que él se propone poner en práctica el consejo de Oaks y “ejercer no sólo la urbanidad, sino también la compasión”.VirginiaPoco después del dictamen del Tribunal Supremo, el obispo Shannon Johnston publicó unas directrices en que decía que los sacerdotes de la diócesis pueden oficiar en el matrimonio civil de personas del mismo sexo como una “generosa respuesta pastoral” a parejas de homosexuales, hombres y mujeres, que quieren casarse, y pueden bendecir su matrimonio civil.Johnston dijo que los sacerdotes deben usar el rito de la Convención General y, al pronunciarlo, deben añadir las palabras “según las leyes del territorio de Virginia”, donde esto sea apropiado.Él dijo expresamente que la Celebración y Bendición de un rito de Matrimonio del Libro de Oración Común no puede usarse porque la Iglesia no ha cambiado aún su definición canónica del matrimonio [como la unión] de un hombre y una mujer.El obispo Mark A. Bourlakas, de la Diócesis de Virgina Sudoccidental, dijo a Episcopal News Service el 10 de octubre en una entrevista telefónica que “es una prioridad para mí que nuestras tres diócesis estén en la misma página [en lo concerniente al matrimonio de personas del mismo sexo] y por tanto nuestra normativa parecerá casi idéntica en todos los aspectos sustantivos”, como la de Virginia.Esa normativa todavía no ha sido formalmente adoptada, pero Bourlakas dijo que él cree que Virginia ha asumido una “posición mesurada y no inconsecuente con lo que la que ya tenemos”, sobre el asunto.Para Bourlakas el mayor interés que suscita la decisión del Tribunal Supremo es que la Iglesia Episcopal está aún discutiendo acerca de cómo responder y que el diálogo debe continuar dentro de la Iglesia.“Mi esperanza es que las parroquias y el clero sostengan conversaciones acerca de su vida en común y busquen un entendimiento; eso es lo que yo quiero promover en esta diócesis”, afirmó. Uno de mis mensajes realmente más enérgicos, que sale de nuestro Pacto Bautismal de respetar la dignidad de todo ser humano, es que empecemos por escuchar e intentar buscar un entendimiento, y no antepongamos nuestros prejuicios. Y eso puede conducirnos a una variedad de direcciones, pero a menudo pienso que en estas discusiones empezamos con la gente ya atrincherada en sus posiciones”.Algunos clérigos en la diócesis han podido bendecir a parejas del mismo sexo valiéndose del rito provisional de la Convención, desde la consagración de Bourlakas en julio de 2013.Su política sobre las bendiciones a parejas del mismo sexo puede encontrarse aquí.En la Diócesis de Virginia del Sur, el obispo Herman Hollerith está en descanso sabático hasta noviembre y no estuvo accesible para comentar el impacto del dictamen del tribunal sobre las normativas de esa diócesis. Sin embargo, Bourlakas dijo el 10 de octubre que Hollerith le había dicho que la política de Virginia del Sur sería semejante a la de Virginia y a la de Virginia Sudoccidental por razones de coherencia, en tanto la Iglesia Episcopal mantiene el diálogo acerca del matrimonio de personas del mismo sexo según se acerca la reunión de la Convención General en 2015.Hollerith autorizó el uso del rito de bendiciones de la Convención General en enero de 2013. Los detalles de esa política y de medios afines de encuentran aquí.WisconsinEl obispo Steven Miller de la Diócesis de Milwaukee le dijo a su clero el 8 de octubre que la Iglesia Episcopal está “aún enfrascada en una discusión relativa a la teología del matrimonio” y que el dictamen del Tribunal Supremo no cambia ni los cánones de la Iglesia ni las rúbricas sobre el matrimonio. El rito aprobado por la Convención General en 2012 no es una liturgia matrimonial, hizo notar él, “por tanto es inapropiado que los clérigos de esta Iglesia actúen como agentes del estado y firmen actas matrimoniales de parejas del mismo sexo”.Miller había anunciado a fines de agosto que le permitiría al clero bendecir a parejas del mismo sexo que se hubieran casado por lo civil. Los sacerdotes deben usar un rito modificado que Miller ha autorizado. Su respuesta se produjo después de que el Comité Permanente diocesano le enviara un informe recomendándole que le permitiera al clero la opción de bendecir relaciones del mismo sexo.El obispo, que firmó un testimonio no solicitado en que apoyaba la revocación judicial de la prohibición de Wisconsin al matrimonios de parejas del mismo sexo, objetó el rito de la Convención porque dijo que crea una “segunda clase de ciudadanos en la Iglesia”, que no pueden casarse, genera injusticia para aquellos que “sufrirían terribles consecuencias económicas” si se casaran, obscurece la enseñanza de la Iglesia de que el lugar para la intimidad sexual es el matrimonio y asume que la decisión anterior de la Convención había sido totalmente unilateral respecto a este asunto.La posición de Miller sobre las bendiciones a parejas del mismo sexo puede encontrarse aquí.El obispo William Lambert de la Diócesis de Eau Claire y el obispo Matt Gunter de la Diócesis de Fond du Lac no respondieron a la solicitud de ENS para que informaran sobre sus posiciones.Las bendiciones de parejas del mismo sexo no se han permitido oficialmente en Fond du Lac. Cuando estaba nominado para obispo a principios de este año, Gunter dijo, en respuesta a una pregunta del comité de búsqueda, que la Iglesia “debe decidir por sí misma lo que es fiel” independientemente de la ley del estado, pero que si el matrimonio de personas del mismo sexo llegaba a ser legal en Wisconsin, “habrá una nueva urgencia en la diócesis de lidiar con sus divisiones” sobre el asunto.Para hacerle frente a esa urgencia, dijo, “yo conduciría a la diócesis a través de un diálogo abierto junto con una reflexión bíblica y teológica sobre el asunto en sí”.“Y entonces, suponiendo que la división se mantenga, ¿qué aspecto tiene vivir juntos a pesar de esas divisiones y qué decisiones puede tomar la diócesis, de manera que su fe y disciplina queden claras, aun aceptando un fiel ‘informe de la minoría’?– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera del Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR