NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS And what to do with Chris Ashton? Kyran Bracken has advocated he should be dropped because he appears devoid of confidence and is a defensive weak link. The alternatives in England’s senior squad are David Strettle or Ben Foden. I suspect Lancaster will stick with Ashton – but that maybe the call George North would make as well.Follow Alex Lowe on Twitter @AlexMLowe England have relied on sheer bloody-mindedness to win three successive matches.Will it be enough to see off Wales and win the Grand Slam?Dip in form: Chris AshtonOptionsStuart Lancaster has some key selection decisions to make before the trip to Wales, some of which will betray how England intend to compete with a Welsh side that has not conceded a try in three matches.I suspect England would be more comfortable in a battle royal than by trying to play attacking rugby. Brad Barritt or Billy Twelvetrees is that tactical debate in a microcosm.Barritt will surely start with Owen Farrell at fly-half (assuming he is fully fit) and Ben Youngs at scrum-half, offering superior game management to Danny Care.The two biggest calls will be at blindside flanker and right wing. Is Tom Croft ready to start a Test match of that magnitude just six matches after returning from a broken neck? Or do England stick with the muscular presence of James Haskell? Near, yet so far: England wing Mike Brown stretches out to ground the ball – but it crossed the dead-ball lineBy Alex LoweTHE GRAND SLAM is still on for England after they scraped past Italy with an unconvincing performance, their worst under Stuart Lancater given both the context and the expectations. Suddenly, Wales are back in the title hunt. So where did it go wrong for England on Sunday? Where did it go right? And how do they approach the Millennium Stadium decider?ProfligacyEngland started the game exactly how they wanted to with tempo, offloads and variety in attack. Their scrum set down an early marker too and 6-0 after 15 minutes was a decent foundation. But England allowed Italy a route back into the game by failing to take their try-scoring chances.England lacked composure, accuracy and vision in attack. Toby Flood said Italy create an “illusion of space” and England got sucked in. At times, when defenders needed to be fixed, they were not direct enough. At other times overlaps were wasted by poor decision-making or poor execution.Lone threat: England’s danger man, Manu TuilagiTry-scoring is an issue for this England team. They have scored five so far this championship. In 2003, England’s Grand Slammers ran in 18.Manu Tuilagi is England’s most potent attacking weapon. Is he their only attacking weapon? Chris Ashton is a shadow of his former self, while Mike Brown and Alex Goode are not in the side for their finishing. Had England taken those chances, Italy would have had no way back.CharacterBut the Azzurri fed off England’s mistakes, they grew in confidence and turned the tables. In the end, they deserved at least the draw. Andrea Masi was named Man of the Match but the top three contenders were all Italian. Sergio Parisse and Alessandro Zanni were also magnificent.Yet Italy left Twickenham empty handed because England, with their backs against the wall, reverted to type: the bedrock qualities of this team are character and defensive fortitude. Italy, for all their might, could not break England down in the final stages.
MARSEILLE, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 04: Sione Lauaki (L) and Jerry Collins of the New Zealand All Blacks take part in an early morning workout at the team hotel on September 04, 2007, prior to training at Stade Jean Bouin in Marseille, France. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images) Never back down: Julian White may be a lovely man, but he took no prisoners for Leicester, England or the LionsBy Alan Dymock“CAN YOU pick a definitive list of rugby’s hard men?” is one of those nice innocuous questions – the kind that comes up in the pub, once you’ve discussed who would win in a fight between a wolf and 2,000 kittens – that ends up stoking a raging argument that lasts for hours.So when we started discussing it in the Rugby World office, we quickly realised that boundaries were needed.Opening it up to Twitter only added to the confusion, with names flying all around. With such a passion-inflaming question everyone was pitching in with fond memories of skulduggery and bravery. At one point the IRFU pitched in:@Rugbyworldmag Peter Clohessy? #theclaw— Irish Rugby (@irfurugby) August 15, 2013″Like a slack-jawed bear”: Second-row Martin JohnsonIt was at this point that it was decided that ‘hardest’ means tough and not afraid of a fight, but not nasty; just a tireless, fearless competitor. It was also decided – sorry to those of a dustier vintage and history buffs – that the modern, professional era was where our list of heroes would come from. So the likes of Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads, Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, Bobby ‘The Duke’ Windsor, Peter Winterbottom, Mike Teague, Jean Pierre Rives, David Leslie, Finlay Calder and countless more miss out on this list.So without further ado, here is the Magnificent Seven: an unofficial, totally subjective, factless, tactless list of the hard cases of rugby in the professional age.Julian White If ever there was a prop who relished scrums on his own line it was Julian White. Unfliching in the face of conflict? He was certainly unfamiliar with a backwards step. Free-flowing with the right-handers? Well, it’s not our place to say… If ever you needed convincing of his place on the list you only need ask some of the hard cases who dealt with him:“@Rugbyworldmag: We’re having a discussion in the office: who is the hardest rugby player you’ve ever seen play? ”-julianwhite— Lewis Moody (@LewisMoody7) August 15, 2013Lofty praise.Danny GrewcockHe may have been sin-binned regularly, but he was there, we’re sure, for standing up for his mates. A consummate team player and a gritty performer in the boilerhouse, he was the same wherever he played: full on for Bath or for England or for the Lions.Jamie Cudmore“He’s a thug!” some of you may say, and yes he has a bit of a murky past before rugby saved him, but there’s a reason he keeps playing in the big games for Clermont Auvergne. Like Mr Muscle, he does the tough jobs so others don’t have to. Part of a knee-knocking second-row partnership with Nathan ‘Wagga’ Hines. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A shirt-makers nightmare: Bakkies BothaBakkies BothaAnother victim of bad press, Botha is a sweetheart really. Sure he hits rucks like Stock, Aitken and Waterman hit the 80s and he has grabbed more shirts than your average dry cleaners, but he smiles while he does it.He earned every ban he has gotten and sometimes he takes it too far, but when it is all over we will fondly remember the full-blooded South African who never got the credit he deserved for being a brilliant player as well.Martin JohnsonThe image of Johnno with two opposition players in his hands will live on forever and the ogre-ish way he lifted the Webb Ellis trophy sideways, roaring like a slack-jawed bear will be an eternal reminder of the lock’s approach to the game.Johnson had stellar success in his career, but he always played every match like a wounded beast. One of the game’s true greats.Richie McCawTough, picking between McCaw and Jerry Collins, but McCaw almost single-handedly won the 2011 Rugby World Cup with an obliterated foot. He couldn’t train, but he could dominate rugby games. He’s probably had more stitches than a first-time cross country class.How often must McCaw get punched at the ruck and we don’t get to see? A lot, I’m guessing.Schalk BurgerThe guy is making a comeback from bacterial meningitis, after an operation on his spine and calf and knee problems. He cannot be stopped. Not by conventional means, anyway. We all know who he is. Did you know he’s only 30? He’ll probably hang a round forever, waiting to run 20 yards towards every single ruck.Missing: Collins, looking like a pumped-up pint of GuinnessUndoubtedly one of the hardest brutes in recent years.My Word, look at the reserve list: Honourable mentions must go out to these fellas. Deep Breath. Thierry Dusautoir, Serge Betsen, Stephen Ferris, Paul O’Connell, Brian ‘The Chiroractor’ Lima, Martyn Williams, Lewis Moody, Jerry Collins, Nathan Hines, Mario Ladesma, Mamuka ‘Gorgodzilla’ Gorgodze, Jason White, Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson.There will be countless more but please don’t shout at us. This is just a bit of fun!
Wayward knees: Napolioni Nalaga misses the Quins gameAfter a hearing, however, he was doled out a ban of six weeks for his dangerous play, meaning there is one less hard-hitting worry for Alan Solomons’ Edinburgh side, trying to back-up an impressive win against Munster.Samson LeeThe Scarlets prop saw yellow last week during the heart-pounding win against Harlequins after his boot was forced into the face of a grounded Danny Care. On reflection this week it was decided that it was indeed a stamp and a two-week ban was dealt to the Welshman.Napolioni Nalaga OK, so the try-line terrifier is not getting any more time on the touchline despite getting a yellow on Sunday after kneeing opposite winger and try-scorer Marc Andreu. He is definitely the odd one out.It was ordained that no extra ban would be tacked on and the winger will play Harlequins. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Not dancing anymore: Naughty boy Lifeimi Mafi misses Perpignan’s game against Edinburgh after a tip-tackleONE HEINEKEN cup round down, several big names forced to sit out – but not because of injury. Oh no, these boys have been a bit naughty.Morgan ParraThe smart-booted scrum-half has been banned for four weeks after he snapped a jab at Bordeaux-Begles’ Gautier Gibouin. This means that the Top 14 incident causes the player to be banned for the upcoming Heineken game against Harlequins and, frustratingly for Philippe Saint-Andre, he will also miss the French game against New Zealand.Not only will France miss his metronomic kicking, but with Maxime Machenaud also looking doubtful France will have to turn to yet another surprisingly-little-known but incredibly talented passer. Sigh… It does mean that Danny Care has one less decorated obstacle in front of him.Lifeimi MafiThe former Munster centre was red carded in Perpignan’s close lose to Gloucester last week after he was adjudged to have tip-tackled Ryan Mills. Racing-Metro’s French winger Marc Andreu (L) vies with Clermont’s Fidjian winger Naipolioni Nalaga during an European Cup rugby union match between Racing Metro 92 and ASM Clermont at the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes on October 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
This is what stir-crazy looks like. Clearly driven insane by his injury lay-off, Healy produced something close to his frightening best on a first start since returning from an ankle complaint. Typically rumbustious in the loose – one rumble from the back of a lineout will still be giving Rhys Webb nightmares – he also stood up strongly opposite Adam Jones at scrum-time too.Constant, clean possession: Toner2. Dave Ward (Harlequins)Both Scarlets and Harlequins warrant immense credit for staging a flowing, open match despite driving West Wales rain. In the form of his life, Ward turned in another all-action showing to celebrate his call-up to the England Saxons squad last week. Small, dexterous and tough to shift at the ruck, he fits into Conor O’Shea’s fast-paced gameplan flawlessly.3. John Afoa (Ulster)Kingsholm-bound Afoa was given a rough welcome by Marcos Ayerza and buckled once to hand a penalty to Tigers. Heavyweight Heineken Cup contests always seem to be decided in the final quarter though, and Ulster’s cornerstone became a big influence late on. When he shunted Leicester off their own ball at the decisive scrum, the visitors’ victory was secure.4. Devin Toner (Leinster)Ian Evans’ early sending-off meant Friday evening encounter at the RDS descended into a disjointed, scrappy affair. Still, Toner quietly maintained his solid standards and was a constant source of clean possession at lineout time. He also added his considerable frame to two drives that brought penalty tries.5. Paul O’Connell (Munster)Forty minutes of freakish athleticism from Graham Kitchener nearly battered the door down. Then a Heineken Cup icon continued his unreal run. At 3-0 down, Munster needed waking up. No longer the captain in name, O’Connell’s towering take from the ensuing restart was talismanic enough to supercharge his team. As you’d expect, there was fearsome physicality throughout as well.6. Billy Vunipola (Saracens)There is a photograph of Vunipola junior as an amusingly oversized schoolboy that has been doing the rounds on social media for a while. The enormous back-rower had similar lasting power at the weekend. From a sternum-crunching hit on Connacht loosehead Rodney Ah You to numerous destructive carries, he was at the heart of the Allianz Park massacre.Sternum-cruncher: Vunipola hits Rodney Ah You7. Chris Henry (Ulster)One needless penalty aside, this was an outstanding display that highlighted Henry’s credentials as a worthy replacement for Sean O’Brien this spring. Mammoth in defence – racking up a monstrous 20 tackles – he also added weight to Ulster’s powerplay attack in the East Midlands with eight carries and a prominent role in those splintering, surging lineout mauls. A tour de force. 8. Steffon Armitage (Toulon)Robin Copeland continued his wonderful tournament and Nick Williams rocked Welford Road to its foundations, but Armitage’s contribution out of position at a saturated Scotstoun was impossible to overlook. England’s forgotten man consistently barged Toulon onto the front foot and was a relentless livewire in defence. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Lean and mean: John Afoa smashes his way onto the front foot in the crunch match with Leicester Tigers15. Alex Goode (Saracens)Goode is arguably England’s classiest footballer and put forward a robust case for Six Nations involvement on Saturday. While Connacht rolled over with embarrassing ease, Saracens’ full-back complemented his excellent basic skill-set with impressive energy. A try, two assists, 177 running metres and eight beaten defenders is a fine haul by anybody’s standards. Stuart Lancaster can consider himself nudged.14. Rene Ranger (Montpellier) Treviso were pretty appalling on the way to missing 34 tackles. That said, they had one of the most evasive runners in the world to contend with and Ranger punished some loose Italian kicking on the counter-attack. He dotted down for a firstPower Ranger: Rene Ranger regularly burst TrevisoMontpellier try and laid on another as Fabien Galthié’s charges ended an underwhelming Heineken Cup campaign well.13. Jonny May (Gloucester)Unsung Leicester stalwart Matt Smith was very close here after a hugely industrious effort at Welford Road. However, Gloucester’s blockbuster siege of Perpignan needs acknowledgement. May ‘s trademark stunner from 60 metres with just 13 minutes on the clock was the catalyst and more mazy, crazy, elusive running followed.12. Scott Williams (Scarlets)Of course Wesley Fofana was electric amid the Stade Marcel-Michelin monsoon, but Williams gave further fuel to the notion that he’s overtaking Jamie Roberts as Wales’ premier inside centre. Ten tackles, a short-range try and a rapid-take-and-give to release Jordan Williams punctuated a well-rounded outing.11. Johne Murphy (Munster)Spinning Simon Zebo lit up Limerick from the bench as Edinburgh disintegrated in the face of Munster’s muscle. Murphy was quieter late on, but had earlier set up the magnificent James Coughlan and stepped past Roddy Grant for the hosts’ second score. Working off his wing midfield, he was the link-man for many flowing moves and sturdy under the high ball too.10. Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs)Rob Baxter’s enterprising Exeter deserved to finish their competition on a winning note, and stand-in skipper Steenson guided the Chiefs to victory at a ground where Glasgow and the mighty Toulon had already fallen over the course of this campaign. Accurate and nerveless from the tee, he also looked after a young centre pairing of Henry Slade and Sam Hill nicely.9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)The easiest call of all. Pienaar’s combination of icy, clinical temperament and tremendous talent is perfect for high-stakes occasions. The South African gave a virtuoso masterclass in game-management and opportunism and three match-winning moments – his charge-down try and two 50-metre place-kicks – were sublime.1. Cian Healy (Leinster)
Man of the Match: Horacio AgullaAttendance: 30198 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Namibia Argentina tuned up for their quarter-final with a comfortable 64-19 win over Namibia in Leicester. They ran in nine tries in total as some of their fringe players showed Daniel Hourcade what they have to offer.What’s hot:Matias Moroni: Unknown to most coming into the tournament, the versatile Moroni was the game’s best player in the first half. Hugely dangerous on his wing, he scored one and made another before half-time. Another sign of the growing depth in Argentinian rugby.Matias Moroni looked unstoppable for Argentina. Photo: Getty ImagesJuan Martin Hernandez scores again: Hernandez made his name at the 2007 World Cup helping Argentina to their historic third place. However his last try in the competition actually came all the way back in 2003. He was on the scoresheet again here though with the opening try.After a long wait Juan Martin Hernandez scored a World Cup try again. Photo: Getty Images.Ominous Pumas: All the talk ahead of France v Ireland is the prize of avoiding New Zealand in the quarter-finals. While Argentina might seem like the easier tie, they are turning into a fantastic all-round team. Don’t be surprised to see them back in the last four.Johnny Redelinghuys conversion: Ok, so he missed it, but it was great to see the veteran prop having a go with the final kick of the game. Just needs a little work on the technique!Another impressive performance from Tijuee Uanivi (top). Photo: Getty Images.Tijuee Uanivi: Before the tournament you might have been forgiven for thinking Namibia were Jacques Burger and nothing else. Uanivi has been easily their best player though, and the powerful second row will surely be picked up by a team in Europe on the back of his displays.What’s not:Two-tier refereeing: JC Greyling was sin-binned in the first half for a high tackle, clearly caused by Juan Martin Hernandez slipping as he approached him. In the second half Tinus du Plessis was binned for a far less dangerous attempt to claim a high ball than Bryan Habana last week. It’s hard enough for the smaller teams but they never get the rub of the green with the decisions either.Worry for Bosch: On the other scale of the decisions, Marcelo Bosch was rather fortunate to get just a yellow card for a tip tackle on Theuns Kotzè. He’ll now have an anxious wait to see if he’s cited. His absence would be a huge blow in the quarter-finals.STATISTICS24: The number of tackles made by Namibian flanker Wian Conradie. With Jacques Burger out he really stepped up. 56: The scarcely believable number of defenders beaten by Argentina. They were breaking through for fun in the second half.183: The number of metres run by Matias Moroni. The winger cut Namibia to shreds in the first half in particular.Argentina: Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino; Matias Moroni, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (Juan Imhoff 64), Juan Pablo Socino, Horacio Agulla; Juan Martin Hernandez (Marcelo Bosch 50), Martin Landajo (c) (Tomas Cubelli 52); Lucas Noguera, Julian Montoya (Agustin Creevy 69), Juan Pablo Orlandi (Ramiro Herrera 52), Guido Petti, Matias Alemanno (Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe 60), Pablo Matera (Leonardo Senatore 49), Javier Ortega Desio, Facundo IsaTries (9): Hernandez, Moroni, Agulla, Isa, Noguera, Alemanno, Senatore, Montoya, Cubelli Cons: Gonzalez Iglesias 4, Socino 4. Pen: Gonzalez Iglesias.Yellow card: BoschNamibia: Chrysander Botha (Russell van Wyk 57); Johan Tromp, JC Greyling (Heinrich Smit 64), Johan Deysel, Conrad Marais; Theuns Kotze, Eneill Buitendag (Eugene Jantjies 64); Jaco Engels (Johnny Redelinghuys 51), Torsten van Jaarsveld (Louis van der Westhuizen 51), Johannes Coetzee (Abel de Klerk 46), Janco Venter (PJ van Lill 5), Tijuee Uanivi, Rohan Kitshoff (c), Wian Conradie, Leneve Damens (Tinus du Plessis 57)Tries: Tromp, Greyling, Jantjies. Con: Kotze 2. Yellow cards: Greyling, Du PlessisReferee: Pascal Gauzère (France) The Pumas set themselves up for next week’s quarter-final with a convincing win over Namibia in Leicester.
For more information on visiting New Zealand, visit newzealand.comFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Face off: The All Blacks perform the haka in front of the Lions in 2005. Photo: Getty Images It all started with me jumping off the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. Okay, that’s not quite true. First there was an incredible lunch at The Sugar Club at the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower with former All Blacks John Kirwan and Bryan Williams – and fabulous views of the city. Then there was a quick visit to Eden Park, venue for two of the three British & Irish Lions Tests against New Zealand next summer, before returning to the tower to do the SkyJump.Sadly the weather had taken a turn for the worse but stepping off a ledge 192 metres high and falling for a little more than ten seconds was somewhat exhilarating – once I’d actually made that step off of course. Your whole body is telling you, ‘No, this is not a good idea’ but once you make the move it really is a thrill. In fact, I wish it had lasted a little longer!High rise: The Sky Tower dominates the Auckland skyline. Photo: Getty ImagesSo what was this all in aid of? Well, the idea was to show journalists the sort of things Lions fans could do in the Land of the Long White Cloud during next year’s tour – and it turns out there is plenty.Enjoy getting out on the water? Take a boat trip around the Bay of Islands, a little further north from where the tour kicks off in Whangarei. I was lucky enough to see dolphins up close the day that we ventured out from Paihia Wharf – and I’d highly recommend a meal at Charlotte’s Kitchen or The Duke of Marlborough. There’s also the opportunity to find out more about New Zealand’s history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.Before watching the Chiefs v Lions game, stroll around Hamilton Gardens. Built on the city’s old rubbish dump, the transformation is phenomenal with a series of enclosed themed gardens as well as acres of grounds to walk around. Hobbiton is also a short drive away if you want to see where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were filmed. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tips for fans travelling to New Zealand for the 2017 Lions tour Mini house: Hobbiton offers a chance to see one of the Hobbit film setsRotorua has geysers galore and is the place to learn more about Maori culture. A group of us were actually taught to do the haka but the less said about our efforts the better – I doubt it would have scared a group of schoolchildren let alone an international rugby team.Wellington is the capital – although many Aucklanders are begrudging of this – and the culinary offerings are varied. A fine meal was had at Ortega while Hippopotamus restaurant at the Museum Art Hotel is famed in the city. Te Papa museum is running an incredible exhibition on Gallipoli while a wine-tasting in nearby Wairarapa is a must for any vino aficionados.And that’s just the north island – the Lions play in the southern cities of Christchurch and Dunedin too. So there’s little chance of being bored if you make the trip south next summer.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ideally, players should consume 2g of protein per kilo of body weight when trying to bulk up – so if you weigh 100kg you need 200g of protein a day – but that doesn’t mean devouring a few huge steaks in one go. No, it has to be spread throughout the day.And after you’ve spent eight hours ‘fasting’ as you sleep, you need to replenish your stores ﬁrst thing. Players can be guilty of a few sins – for example, Morehen believes oranges have gone out of fashion, but in the winter, when colds are common, you need Vitamin C – and skipping protein is one of the biggies.Halftime: Jonny Wilkinson & Felipe Contepomi prepare orangesAnd after you’ve spent eight hours ‘fasting’ as you sleep, you need to replenish your stores ﬁrst thing. Players can be guilty of a few sins – for example, Morehen believes oranges have gone out of fashion, but in the winter, when colds are common, you need Vitamin C – and skipping protein is one of the biggies.When you have a morning gym session and so are contracting your muscles, it’s essential to consume protein beforehand to aid muscle protein synthesis and minimise degradation. We already know eggs are great, and below we give you a great frittata recipe for a hot morning meal. And if you need 20g every few hours, you can have a few of those eggs boiled, or low-fat Greek yogurt plus almonds.Of course, it’s not all about protein. Strategically planned carbs and fats provide energy sources. Morehen, from Liverpool John Moores University, wants you to “eat a rainbow a day”. ‘Greens’, like asparagus, promote gut health while ‘Reds’, like watermelon, have energy-boosting lycopene.Eggs are high in protein, but asparagus provides energy sourcesAsparagus & Bacon Frittata (serves two)You’ll need:5 medium eggs, 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan, 30ml of skimmed milk, ¼ teaspoon lemon zest, Salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 4 slices of chopped bacon, 8 medium asparagus stalks trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces.Baby asparagus and bacon frittataStep-by-stepWhisk the eggs, two tablespoons of the Parmesan, milk, lemon zest and salt and pepper together.Heat the oil in a pan. Add the bacon and asparagus, then cook for about four minutes or until the asparagus is tender.Reduce the heat and pour in the egg mixture, stirring gently to spread evenly. Cover the pan and cook until the bottom sets – cooking for about nine minutes.Scatter the remaining cheese on top and place under a grill until browned.Serve and enjoy! One of the most common mistakes pro rugby players make, according to rugby nutritionist James Morehen, is missing out on protein at breakfast time RememberDOPlan ahead. For example, if you’re making some fajitas the night before, double the amount you make and you have an easy meal the next dayDON’TRely on shakes and bars to make up your early protein deﬁcit. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here
The exciting pair from the Fijian Drua team announced their grand arrival, writes Ali Stokes TAGS: Fiji Related: The opportunities and obstacles facing Pacific Islands rugbyOn Saturday, Veitokani, earned his fifth cap in the 54th minute arriving from the bench to relinquish the playmaking reigns from Volavola, who subsequently moved to fullback to tremendous effect. Described as ‘mesmerising’ following his performances for the Drua in the NRC, Freddie was deft with the boot and a constant hazard for Uruguay on the game line. He was able to pull in defenders and release the last-second pass to unleash strike runners in an almost Danny Cipriani-esque performance.Following his weekend’s exploits, Freddie is on a trajectory that could well see him playing the role of conductor in Fiji’s (literally) all-singing, all-dancing backline throughout the World Cup, with the potential to combine with Volavola at fullback in a dual-playmaking recipe of substantial prospect.Dejected: No 8 Alejandro Nieto and Uruguay have lost to Ulster and Fiji this NovemberCasting an eye over the touchlines of the Hartpury first-team pitch on Saturday, a man we may well see Freddie and Volavola unleashing upon unsuspecting World Cup defences next September is debutant winger Sau, The Sledgehammer.After blowing Uruguay out of the water in the first-half with five tries heavily featuring Volavola, Goneva and Nakarawa, Fiji struggled to maintain their pace in the third quarter, with Uruguay coming out of the blocks with an abrasively ambitious, if slightly inaccurate, edge. It took Sau’s 53rd minute score to break his side’s 19-minute dry spell. He stormed in for his third score of the day from 50-metres out, kick-starting a second extended period of Fijian dominance and eventual 68-7 scoreline.We are used to seeing Tuisova unleash havoc, but it was the stocky Sau making a distinct impression on his international debut, claiming a hat-trick before the hour mark and imposing double trouble alongside Toulon’s powerpack Tuisova.Having benefitted from the chance to run in a confidence-boosting victory over Uruguay after a disheartening defeat at Murrayfield two weeks ago, Veitokani and Sau could be in line for their biggest challenge to date this Saturday in the shape of the French national side. Two stars emerge as Flying Fijians run ten past UruguayAt Hartpury University last weekend, a strong contingent of both local and travelling Fijian supporters were treated to a 59-point victory over Rugby World Cup Pool D rivals Uruguay, with the Flying Fijians running in ten scores. It was here that two new fans favourites emerged too: Alivereti Veitokani and Eroni Sau.Unperturbed by the distinctly non-Fijian weather, the throng of players’ friends and family sang and danced to their nation’s traditional music heard blasting through the PA system while those two led the tenth-ranked team in the world to victory over a side they’ll next meet in Kamaishi, Japan, on 25 September.It may have been an odd experience for those not in attendance, seeing international stars Leone Nakarawa, Josua Tuisova, Vereniki Goneva, Peceli Yato and many more fans favourites taking to the field in Hartpury. However, John McKee’s men seemed right at home, basking in a more relaxed atmosphere than, say, the grandiose setting of a Twickenham match day.New star: Alivereti Veitokani in action for the Fijian Drua teamThe game itself proffered no shortage of customary Fijian brilliance, with Nakarawa setting up two tries with overhead offloads worthy of a military supply drop in the first-half, while starting fly-half, Ben Volavola, broke clean through the Uruguayan defence to twice set up scores down the South American’s left flank.Related: Scotland outgun FijiYet, for all the sublime rugby on show from headline names, two newcomers to the Pacific Island side drew the greatest attention and excitement from those very much tapped into the ins and outs of the Fijian team, including former Fiji Seven Olympic Gold winning head coach, Ben Ryan.Fly-half ‘Freddie’ Veitokani and wing ‘Sledgehammer’ Sau were the men to stamp their own particular brand of South Pacific fineness on the Gloucestershire turf. The promising pairing built upon eye-catching campaigns for the Fijian Drua in Australia’s National Rugby Championship this year, having helped guide the only non-Aussie team in the competition to a maiden title earlier this year.The first of the in-form Drua duo presented himself as a possible answer to the long-standing question mark over the Fijian ten jersey, while the latter excited fans with a display reminiscent of European star Tuisova.Not since the culmination of Nicky Little’s 15-year international career in 2011 have Fiji truly found themselves settled at fly-half. Despite the fact their group of islands are full to brimming with the most naturally talented rugby players on the planet, the Pacific nation have been on a seven-year hunt for their next great ten to guide their carnival ship. The fixture poses a great challenge, but what a pleasant conundrum coach McKee faces in deciding how to utilise this dynamic duo.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 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Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET r h lewis (VTS 1963) says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA June 6, 2017 at 10:14 pm Awesome. May God bless her ministry. Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL Wyoming ordains its first Native American female priest Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest May 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm My mother would be so proud of Rev Roxanne, she was ever glad for her Shoshone heritage; when we would pass by the beautiful statue of Sacajewia in Helena on our way over the Gibbonsville pass to Salmon, my mother would proudly announce: “I am related to her!!” Indigenous Ministries, The Rev. Roxanne Jimerson-Friday became the first Native American woman from the Wind River Indian Reservation, in the state of Wyoming, ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church on May 26 by Bishop of Wyoming John S. Smylie. Photo: Diocese of Wyoming[Diocese of Wyoming] On May 26, the Rev. Roxanne Jimerson-Friday became the first Native American woman from the Wind River Indian Reservation, in the state of Wyoming, ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church. The ceremony took place at Our Father’s House Episcopal Church in Ethete, with the Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, presiding. The Rev. Tommy Means gave the sermon. Jimerson-Friday is the first woman Shoshone tribal member to be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood.Jimerson-Friday is part of the Seneca Nation of New York, on her father’s side, and part of the Shoshone Tribe of Wyoming, on her mother’s side. She was born in Lander, grew up in New York until she was 10, and then moved back to Wyoming. She currently lives in Ethete with her husband, Aaron Friday.Her interest in becoming ordained started when she realized she had always been the person that people turn to when they are in need. More recently, she witnessed a miracle when her grandson almost died. She and her family were told he wouldn’t make it, but through the power of prayer, God healed her grandson. Because of that experience, along with a life of living in relationship with God, she made a promise to God that she would serve Him and bring people to Him. She says, “I made that promise with my whole heart and then everything seemed to fall into place like a path was made just for me.”Jimerson-Friday has been thinking about her goals. “I am really in God’s hands. Wherever He is leading me, that is the path I am taking. When I look into the future I feel that I am going to bring peace and a sense of healing.”When asked how she felt about her accomplishment, she said she is very proud. “It’s a matter of uplifting all the Native American women, that you can do whatever you want to do.” Sharon Caulfield says: Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET May 31, 2017 at 6:22 pm Good for you, Jake! And for the Rev Roxanne! Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments (10) Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis June 1, 2017 at 8:08 am My late Wife who was part Onondaga would be so glad. Another gift of the Holy Ghost! 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 Jane W Van Zandt says: Olga Flores says: Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC May 31, 2017 at 5:40 pm Congratulations My name is Linda Clark. We share t he same dream.No matter what people may just kept gotcha chosen me. I’m only waiting . I live in Forrest City Arkansas.Eveyone here know me particually my past. But God knows my heart. My thoughts are his thought.Until man stop interfering with Gods chosen ones there will always be aproblem until his will is done. I Hank him everyday that I am apart of hi will we have such a warning relationship ha I would love to share wings world I only they would accept us. In my faith I have already received. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI May 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm AMEN AND Blessings to the Revd Roxanne Jimerson-Friday. We lived among the Oneida in CNY for some years and welcome this step forward. Featured Events Director of Music Morristown, NJ June 3, 2017 at 9:07 am Praise God and congratulations to her! This is a proud and blessed occasion. Linda Clark says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Women’s Ministry 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 Carter Whitson says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA People, Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK John D Poynter says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Posted May 31, 2017 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group June 1, 2017 at 8:11 am Best wishes, Mother Roxanne! What a blessing you are to our Communion! Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bradley Hauff says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Richard McClellan says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Father Mike Waverly-Shank says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA May 31, 2017 at 5:44 pm I am so pleased for this news! I do think the headline is a little misleading — Rev. Roxanne is not the first Native American Woman in Wyoming. But she probably is the First Ordained Native American Woman in Wyoming. And for that we are grateful and have hope for the fruits of her ministry. Rector Bath, NC June 2, 2017 at 5:19 pm God is agreat ,is grace of the holy espirit come for you Rev. Roxsana , now to be new life within Jesucristo in her hearts..the Lord is this time ..for ever Amen ..Blessing””Sincerely Olydia Suarez Tags
Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA Posted Dec 1, 2017 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Pour écouter l’émission cliquer sur : http://frequenceprotestante.com/emission/magazine-anglican116 500 américains ont été tués lors de la Première Guerre Mondiale. À la Cathédrale américaine de Paris, avenue George V, a été inauguré dès 1923, un mur mémorial sur lequel sont apposées des plaques commémoratives.Ces plaques portent les insignes des différentes unités militaires qui ont servi en Europe de 1917 à 1918 avec les pertes pour chaque unité. Mais on peut aussi y voir des plaques aux noms d’unités civiles volontaires dont certaines sont venues en aide à la France dès 1914.C’est l’histoire de ces unités que relate dans le Magazine Anglican, Ellen Hampton, historienne et écrivaine, membre de la Cathédrale.À l’appel des gouverneurs de l’hôpital américain de Paris (situé à Neuilly), un corps d’étudiants américains de l’École des Beaux-Arts a transformé un lycée en hôpital. À l’issue de cette transformation, réalisée en trois semaines, l’hôpital pouvait, dès septembre 1914, offrir 175 lits aux blessés de la bataille de la Marne.En janvier 1915 est arrivée la première équipe médicale des États-Unis, en provenance de l’hôpital de Cleveland. Suivront d’autres équipes et d’éminents praticiens dont George Crile, Harvey Cushing et Mary Merritt Crawford, l’une des premières femmes chirurgiens de l’hôpital de Brooklyn.Mais Neuilly était bien loin du front et ce fut le début de la grande aventure des ambulanciers américains sur le front. Avec quelques centaines de voitures, on estime qu’ils ont transporté plus de 400 000 blessés.Les ambulanciers transportaient les blessés du front à un hôpital de campagne ou à un train sanitaire. Un travail très dangereux, au cours duquel au moins 155 ont perdu la vie sur les routes boueuses de l’Est de la France.Nombre de ces ambulanciers s’engageront dans l’Escadrille Lafayette, un corps de pilotes volontaires qui ont appris à voler dans le Sud de la France. 67 d’entre eux, tués au combat, sont enterrés à Marnes-la-Coquette près de Paris.Le nom de l’escadrille avait été choisi en hommage à Lafayette et à l’aide apportée par la France aux insurgés de la guerre d’indépendance américaine.Au moment de l’arrivée du corps expéditionnaire américain en 1917, le général Pershing s’est rendu au cimetière de Picpus sur la tombe de Lafayette. L’histoire lui prête cette phrase historique : Lafayette, nous voici !Pour écouter l’émission et les enregistrements d’époque des chansons populaires, choisies par Mark Caroll, paroissien de la Cathédrale américaine, cliquer sur : http://frequenceprotestante.com/emission/magazine-anglicanLe Magazine Anglican est diffusé, le 4e samedi du mois, à l’antenne parisienne de Fréquence Protestante. Via la radio numérique, chaque émission est accessible pendant six mois, aux auditeurs francophones d’Europe, d’Amérique, d’Afrique et d’Océanie.Animé depuis 2012, par Laurence Moachon, paroissienne de la Cathédrale de la Sainte Trinité à Paris, le Magazine Anglican a pour objectif de mieux faire connaître la tradition anglicane / épiscopale Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY Le Magazine Anglican : Lafayette nous voici ! Émission de novembre 2017 Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Tampa, FL