LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS As we get closer to the Six Nations kick off at the end of the week, here’s a look at the 2011 Championship trailer BBC SPORT has created this year. In fact the March 2011 issue of Rugby World went behind the scenes to check out how the clip came together, which included; 90 fans, 25 crew, two stunt actors and one dog to make this trailer.
TAGS: Cardiff BluesNewport Gwent DragonsOspreysScarlets Derby delight: Rhys Webb makes a break against Cardiff Blues – but will the Ospreys come out on top on 30 March?THE MILLENNIUM Stadium will host Welsh rugby’s first regional double header on Saturday 30 March and it’s being billed as ‘Judgement Day’. The four Welsh regions are hoping derby fever captures the imagination of fans while the players themselves will be looking to get one over their rivals in Cardiff as they battle for international honours. The matches are East versus West as the Dragons take on the Scarlets and Cardiff Blues play the Ospreys. Here’s what a few Wales stars think of ‘Judgement Day’… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: Gordon D’Arcy of Ireland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images) We all stand together: The Ireland squad are beaten but unbowed as they chase a first Six Nations title in five yearsBy Claire GlancyIreland have ability to alter their game planAGAINST WALES, Ireland played for territory and focused on pinning back the oversized Welsh wingers, unlike Saturday when they kept the ball in hand much more. The quality of the passing was crisp and at times they did create overlaps through clever loops but the option runners were too often mere decoy runners. In turn, this allowed the English defence to drift and nullify the attack before making space out wide. As Paul O’Connell opined afterwards they are still learning and adjusting to Schmidt’s new patterns of play and with time these are exactly the sort of technicalities Ireland will improve on. Rob Kearney was Ireland’s most dangerous broken field runner and looked to exploit the wide channels. His opposite number, Mike Brown, was exceptional and gobbled up Ireland’s poor kicking in open play. The cross field kick was perhaps, over-used and at times Ireland gave away possession when they were pressing in dangerous areas of the pitch but there is much to work on.Get a grip: Ireland used the choke tackle effectivelyTo choke, or not to chokeThe effectiveness of the choke tackle has long been a major talking point in Irish performances and England struggled to gain real momentum because of Ireland’s ability to turn the contact area into a maul. That’s not to say it was executed perfectly because on occasions it did result in infringements because the first tackler went high but it also lead to half a dozen turnovers at crucial times – Ireland won eleven turnovers compared to England’s eight.Set-piece is one of the best in the world LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland were in total control for many of the set-piece exchanges. Not only did they win all of their line outs but they stole four scrums against the head which at elite level is almost totallly unheard of. Graham Rowntree’s lack of emotion on the final whistle speaks volumes. Under the new laws, hookers are finally back to ‘hooking’ which some of the younger generation have never actually had to do. Hartley wasn’t striking the ball because of the pressure he was under which meant that the English backs rarely got front foot clean ball from scrum time. Healy was getting Wilson to turn in and the power coming through the pack was putting England under real pressure to get the ball out. Given Ireland’s powerful catch and drive, it was surprising not to see this used more. A change of tactics might have been to keep England guessing and left more room in the midfield but conversely when the Irish pack did maul it, they won a penalty. Slick handling: The Irish passing was crisp on the dayFine margins make all the differenceThere were a few key moments in this match and depending on which side you’re on (or had the score been reversed) any number of them could have been said to have been the ‘game changer.’ Murray and Trimble’s try saving tackle on Jonny May early on; O’Connell’s ‘block’ on Launchbury that cleared the path for Kearney’s try; or Sexton’s restart that went sailing into touch. Unfortunately the latter rattled Ireland and a couple of phases after the resulting scrum, Danny Care ran in under the posts. Sexton had a mixed afternoon and certainly wasn’t as dominant as he was against Wales and Scotland. The game was an enthralling physical battle between two well-coached sides but small margins make all the difference at this level as Schmidt pointed out at the after-match press conference. Ireland two weeks ago were nearly picture perfect, but a few lapses of concentration or poor skill execution probably cost them victory. I probably wrote something similar vein after a certain match in the autumn…but we don’t like to mention THAT match in Ireland! All will be forgotten if the Championship is won in ParisDreams of a Schmidt Slam in his first Six Nations have evaporated but Ireland still look down on the chasing pack with a comfortable points difference (+42) and despite a knock-back, are developing with each performance. Although it’s disappointing to lose by such a narrow margin at Twickenham, it doesn’t do any harm to lessen the expectation on the new coach and his players. At times Ireland had England under severe pressure as the ten minutes either side of half time showed. Their rucking is superb and the speed of the recycling is as good as any around the world. England were the ones who gave away cheap penalties for ill discipline, such as the Farrell and Nowell’s pushes. From the Ireland management and players, there will be no dwelling on this match with a Championship to win according to Schmidt. Despite that historical defeat in Rome last year, playing Italy next at home is the fixture Ireland would hand pick right given the choice.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World catches up with Marland Yarde to find out how the England wing is finding life at his new club Harlequins RW: At Gloucester new signings often have to shave their heads…MY: If that happened I think I’d have to put an objection in or ask for a transfer!RW: Can Quins make the Aviva Premiership play-offs this season?MY: History shows that we’re a top-four team and that’s what’s targeted every year. We want to be better than we have been before.There’s a fantastic group of players here – a lot of experienced internationals as well as a core group of young players. One thing I’ve noticed is the number of young players who’ve played for England age groups and have had exposure in the Premiership. They’re thriving and want to get better, which can only be good for the team and the long-term future.The style of play we have, combined with that attitude of wanting to be better than ever before through hard work and dedication, means we’ll be there or thereabouts.Running man: Yarde makes a break for England in the third Test against New Zealand in JuneRW: What about playing in the top European event, the European Champions Cup, for the first time?MY: London Irish were only ever in the Amlin Challenge Cup and one of the drivers for me coming to Quins was the opportunity to play at the top level week in, week out. Previously I’ve not been able to do that as much as I’d like.RW: From an individual perspective what are your goals this seasons? Are you thinking about the World Cup? Room with a view: Marland Yarde in Quins’ new away kit at the top of the Shard Credit: PPAUK HAVING EMERGED from England’s three-Test tour of New Zealand in credit, Marland Yarde looks to have the rugby world at his feet – but this week he settled for the streets of London. The 22-year-old winger, who this summer moved from London Irish to Harlequins, ventured to the top of the tallest building in London, the Shard, for the launch of his new club’s 2014-15 kit. Here’s what happened when Rugby World caught up with him…Rugby World: How are you settling in at Quins?Marland Yarde: The first session was last Monday. It’s been pretty good, a bit of a change. I’m getting to know new styles and people, but the guys have been very welcoming from the first minute and it’s a confident environment to be in.It’s been hard work as well – no pre-season is easy! The season kicks off in a few weeks and that’s when we’ll feel the benefit from it – I’m really excited for the season.RW: Has it helped knowing players from the England squad?MY: It’s been easy to get in and get involved. I’ve embraced the culture and certainly feel part of the team.Fresh start: Yarde has swapped one London club for another, moving from Irish to QuinsRW: How is it different to London Irish?MY: London Irish are fantastic and I’ll always be grateful and thankful for the opportunities they gave me while I was there. This is a new club, a different environment, a different way of thinking, which is a fresh challenge for me. It’s exciting and I’m enjoying it – now I’m looking forward to getting the season underway.RW: What’s pre-season been like?MY: A lot of weights, a lot of running and a lot of cardiovascular fitness, so we get into the best possible shape for games. We all know how tough rugby can be sometimes and we’re putting the hard work in now for the season.RW: Have you had to do any initiations?MY: I think they’re keeping that back for a more appropriate time. Everyone’s keeping their head down and working hard to get themselves ready to play games. The focus is there and the attitude is right. MY: It’s 13 months away so you can’t think too far ahead. I’m at a new club, I want to get a place in the team through working hard and kick the season off with a bang. Last season I got a good start but then got injured midway through, so I want to do as well as I can for Quins and achieve goals we want to achieve, to be challenging for Premiership and European trophies at the end.Don’t miss the in-depth interview with Marland Yarde in the August issue of Rugby World – find out how to download it here.
He’s Scot the lot: Stuart Hogg runs in his second try against Ireland on Saturday (Pic: Getty Images) It made pretty poor viewing and let’s hope for something better next time to encourage the more casual supporter to get along to Edinburgh’s new home.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. THE SAINTSHogging the headlinesThe BBC showed a great graphic ahead of the Scotland-Ireland game on Saturday, highlighting the total absence of Scotsmen from Lions Test XVs over the past three tours.Tom Smith, in 2001, was the last Scot to start a Lions Test but Stuart Hogg will surely end that drought in June after his blistering two-try performance that left the Irish too much to do at Murrayfield.To be fair, Hogg, whose nine Six Nations tries is a national record, was already in most people’s prospective Lions XVs – he’s just making the issue clear-cut.Unless of course the Lions opt to pick Leigh Halfpenny at the back because of his goal-kicking. The Welshman netted 18 points in Rome to take his haul in the past four Tests to 64 and it will be interesting to watch him climb the all-time points list. Currently he’s 22nd on 624, with Grant Fox (645) next in his sights.A Shade unfortunateAnother full-back, another kicker. Danielle Waterman scored her 22nd try in 23 women’s Six Nations games as England fought back from 13-0 down at half-time to beat France at Twickenham.It put ‘Nolli’ joint top on the all-time Six Nations try list alongside Sue Day and Emily Scarratt, whose almost perfect display of goal-kicking enabled the Red Roses to record a third successive win over the reigning champions since their defeat in last year’s championship. Scarratt landed 16 points in the 26-13 victory.Fightback: England celebrate Amy Wilson Hardy’s late try that sealed victory over France (Inpho)Arguably the performance of the weekend, though, was by Scotland’s women, who came agonisingly close to ending a 63-month winless run. Not since their friendly win over the Netherlands in November 2011 had they achieved a ‘W’ but they pushed Ireland to the wire in Cumbernauld, only to succumb 22-15 to Jenny Murphy’s last-gasp try.No 8 Jade Konkel, Scotland’s only full-time player, scored two tries but poor penalty misses by half-backs Sarah Law and Helen Nelson ultimately proved costly for Shade Munro.Weighty mattersWe could listen to Jonny Wilkinson for hours, but a hat-tip for fellow ITV pundit Sir Clive Woodward this week after his comment on Six Nations evolution.“I just wish there was this lovely thing called relegation,” said the ex-England boss. “If you had, say, Georgia, coming up and then one team coming down, then you’re going to really see this kick in, teams going for four tries (to chase a bonus point). No one’s going to get relegated, I just think it should go to another step.”Hopeful: Georgia are knocking at the Six Nations door, but for now there’s no access (AFP/Getty)Well said, and well said too Dave Flatman, who came up with the line of the day. “You wouldn’t want to share a rickshaw with any of them,” he said, when discussing the heavyweight French props.Actually, it would be interesting to see the rickshaw driver’s face when the 24st Uini Atonio clambered in.Henry’s empathyHenry Trinder, once close to an England cap, has had desperate ill luck with injuries so it was wonderful to see him mark his first game at Kingsholm for nine months with a try. Gloucester won the Anglo-Welsh tie against the Dragons 24-13.And he earned the respect of all for the way he responded to a nasty injury to academy player Elliott Creed late in the game, the 20-year-old being carried from the field with a broken ankle.Centre partner Trinder stayed by his side while Creed was treated and helped carry the stretcher off the pitch. Nice gesture.Helping hand: Henry Trinder is tackled during Gloucester’s Anglo-Welsh win over Dragons (Getty)Howells that for classWelsh interest in the Anglo-Welsh Cup is over for another year but not for the want of trying. The Ospreys ended Wasps’ 14-month, 20-match unbeaten run at the Ricoh Arena with a 31-22 success, and if you see a better offload than the one by full-back Dafydd Howells that put Jay Baker over then you’ve been blessed.Moment of magic: Ospreys full-back Dafydd Howells beats Frank Halai (left) and holds off Brendan Macken before setting up Jay Baker’s try with a glorious offload (Huw Evans Agency)Also catching the eye was the line and pace shown by Tigers hooker George McGuigan for his try at Saracens, and Tom Whiteley’s classy footwork for the winning score in the same game.Saracens now host Leicester again in next month’s semi-finals while Exeter entertain Harlequins – raising the prospect of a repeat of the 2015 final that Saracens won 23-20 before the competition took a break last season.South Africa untouchableIt had been nine years since a team won three of the first four tournaments in the World Sevens Series, but South Africa matched New Zealand’s feat by thumping England 29-14 in the HSBC Sydney Sevens.England had beaten the Blitzboks 21-15 in their pool on the Saturday, but it counted for nought as the South Africans harried Simon Amor’s team out of their stride, turning the ball over with choke tackles as England went too high into contact.Lean machine: Branco Du Preez and Phil Burgess in action during the Cup Final in Sydney (Getty)Seabelo Senatla signed off with 17 tries in his final two tournaments and was named Player of the Final in both Wellington and Sydney. He has scored 189 tries series since joining the series in 2013 and departs to Super Rugby with the Stormers as one of the all-time sevens greats.“I’m not gone forever, so would say it was a great way to press pause in my sevens career,” he said.Looks like he might get a winner’s medal in the post in May – South Africa lead the standings by 17 points, with only England (68) and Fiji (64) remotely in touch.THE SINNERSGardner’s worldWorld Rugby seem to have given up on their quest to rid the game of crooked scrum feeds, but the England-France match took the biscuit.At the first scrum, Baptiste Serin fed the ball sharply into the French second row and Australian Angus Gardner let it go. The pattern was set and both Serin and Ben Youngs continued in similar vein for the rest of the match.It makes a mockery of the law book and while straight feeds don’t really exist now, most referees will at least punish the more blatant ones. Time you did the same, Mr Gardner.“Bending the laws”: Angus Gardner had a liberal interpretation at scrum time (Icon Sport/Getty)Pass, pass, pass!‘White line fever’ is usually applied to instances where forwards try to force their way over the try-line from close range when there are unmarked backs screaming for the ball out wide.In the Northampton-Scarlets match, Alex Waller found himself dashing in the open spaces with a two-man overlap in oodles of space. Easy as you like – except that the Saints prop failed to give the pass. We trust he has been told not to do that again.Drab spectacleHeartening to see more than 5,000 people file into Myreside for Edinburgh’s Friday night Pro12 match with Munster.On the run: Tyler Bleyendaal in Munster’s win at Edinburgh that put them top of the Pro12 (Inpho)Players can’t control the weather but they are responsible for their skills, and most of the kicking was woeful. Rory Scannell and Jason Tovey were the chief culprits – with several touch-finders going out on the full – and there were more than 20 handling errors. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Common bond: The Tonga and Fiji teams come together in prayer at Churchill Park LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There’s plenty of talent on the pitch for the Pacific Islands but there are a plethora of problems off it. Look out for Rugby World’s in-depth report into that at the end of July.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In fact, had they decided to opt for scrums rather than quick taps from a couple of free-kicks towards the end of the first half they may well have been able to exploit their dominance in that area and turned it into points.Related: Fly Fiji Airways to see the home of the world’s great rugby playersCoach John McKee pointed to his team’s inaccuracy as their biggest issue. “Credit to Tonga – they really put us under the pump and prevented us from playing our game when we needed to,” said McKee. “They probably won the physical battle.“We created a lot of line breaks but didn’t convert them into pressure or points, and that’s pretty disappointing. Our execution let us down. We have to look after the ball better and support the ball-carrier in contact, so we can clear the threat and make the ball available.“Games come down to critical moments, they come down to executing skills under pressure.”Fiji will be looking to execute better when it comes to their November Tests while Tonga will want to take the confidence of this win into their autumn fixtures.What was refreshing once this international period came to an end was the interactions between players and fans. While stories from South Africa have focused on testy exchanges, it was quite the opposite here.The pockets of Tonga fans in the main stand were joyously waving their flags at the end to the delight of the national team, while the Fiji team circled the pitch to applaud their supporters and were cheered loudly off the pitch despite the defeat.As well as the mutual respect, the passion for rugby is huge. That much was evident from the swarms of kids playing on local pitches en route to the game in Lautoka.Still, it isn’t all smiles in Pacific Islands rugby – as this tweet from Tonga’s Cooper Vuna demonstrates: Rivalry and friendship on show as Tonga beat FijiThe curtain came down on three weekends of Tests in Fiji in fitting fashion: two teams linked arm in arm in a circle, kneeling in prayer.The contest between Fiji and Tonga on the pitch at Churchill Park in Lautoka had been fierce in high temperatures – not only were players’ shirts sopping from the heat but so were there shorts – yet once the final whistle blew there was a show of togetherness. The islanders may be huge rugby rivals, but they also share a common bond in faith.Fiji were crowned Pacific Nations Cup champions the previous week, but it was Tonga who came out on top in this one-off Test, securing their first win over the Fijians since 2011.Related: Fiji win Pacific Nations CupThe 27-19 victory was built on their physicality in defence and at the contact area, particularly in the second half when their replacements made a big impact.Fiji are known for their running and offloading game, but smothered by Tongan tacklers they were unable to get accurate passes away. There were spilled balls and thus turnovers aplenty – a sign of the slipperiness of the ball in the heat as well as the effectiveness of tackles.Tonga captain Sonatane Takulua, the Newcastle scrum-half whose goalkicking was crucial to the win, explained that coach Toutai Kefu had called on the players to produce a performance of the same power as Tongan displays of the past.Lynchpin: Sonatane Takulua makes a break for Tonga (World Rugby)“He wanted us to play how Tonga played back in the day and we did that,” said Takulua. “We’ve got good ball-carriers and good tacklers in the team, and I’m just proud of the boys.“The key for the win was to bring line speed up to Fiji. We know they play an offloading game, so we looked to get two-on-one tackles and tried to be up in their faces in defence.“I’m very emotional. This is huge – most of us, including myself, haven’t beaten Fiji in our careers, so this is a proud moment.”The win was made particularly sweet given that it was on Fijian soil after Fiji had beaten Tonga in Naku’alofa last year. TAGS: FijiTonga We report on the Fiji v Tonga game in Lautoka where the rivalry is intense on the pitch and the friendship close off it Still, it wasn’t all bad for Fiji. Lock Viliame Mata scored a spectacular long-range try after being released by Jale Vatubua and their scrum again performed well, as it had against Georgia the previous week.
TOP TIPUse two wheels instead of two legs to look around Saga. Find out more about the various places you can rent a bike via the link below. saga-tripgenius.comWORLD CUP VISITSaga isn’t hosting any games but you can fit a visit around the matches taking place on Kyushu island in Fukuoka, Oita and Kumamoto.Related: Rugby World Cup venuesGETTING THEREGoing by bus, Saga is 35 minutes from Kyushu Saga International Airport and 75 minutes from Fukuoka Airport.Hot air: The International Balloon FiestaDID YOU KNOW? Every year Saga hosts the International Balloon Fiesta in late October/early November, with hot-air ballooning teams from all over the world taking part. Make new discoveries pottering about in north-west Kyushu LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Advertising FeatureRugby World Cup 2019 Travel Guide: SagaSEEHead to the Tara Region to take in the unique sight of the Kaichu Torii Shrine in the Ariake Sea. The three red ‘gates’ are built into the beach and so different tides present different views.In Kashima, you will find one of Japan’s most famous shrines: Yutoku Inari Shrine. It delivers great views too, as it’s on a hill.DOWith Saga known for its ceramics, head to the Imari area to discover a distinct range of pottery. At Pottery Studio Rokuroza you can create a unique souvenir – get your hands dirty to make your own dish on the pottery wheel and then paint it.If you enjoy foraging for goods, you can do a ‘treasure hunt’ at the Kouraku Kiln in Arita. For around £35, you get a tour and can then rummage through 150 years’ worth of ceramics, taking home as many as you can fit in your basket in 90 minutes. Be sure to book as they allow only ten people to do it each day.EATThere are a plethora of local delicacies to try. For meat lovers, tuck into the highly-rated Saga Wagyu beef. If you enjoy seafood, visit Yobuko for squid – raw squid sashimi and dried squid are the most well-known styles there – and in Tara try Takezaki crab. Head to Hizenhama to sample different sakes for free at the long-running breweries there.Tasty: Saga beefTOURIST WEBSITE Gates to see: Kaichu Torii Shrine TAGS: Japan
Buy Now from Sports Direct for £169.99Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £170Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £153Gilbert Kaizen 3.0 Power SG Boots(Gilbert)The perfect boot for a mid-winter game. The eight metal studs provided a firm grip in even the most marshy of pitches while the synthetic uppers limit water absorption. The padded ankle cuff provides some protection to your delicate ankle bones and ensures comfort and optimal fit.These aren’t just for slow-moving forwards though; a heel raise puts the player into their most powerful position, vital for ball-carrying front-rowers who want to escape a chasing defender.+ A rigid sole and secure inner allow you to exert all your power without fear of losing your grip+ Provides durability and foot protection without compromising on agility thanks to its lightweight design– For all but the most traditional the design may be a little safeBuy Now from Amazon from £39.07Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £60Buy Now from Sports Direct for £60Puma King Pro H8 Boots(Puma)A classy, stylish option for any forward. The King Pro offers an all-black option that will look brand new season after season. The eight-stud sole offers excellent traction, even when the pitch has turned to mush.The slip-on construction provides a tight fit, reduced weight, all without scrimping on comfort. The raised heel puts your foot in the perfect position to generate power, whether that is in a scrum or charging through defenders in open field.+ Great value boot given the high-tech features+ The leather upper provides protection in even the roughest contests– Some may call the styling boringBuy Now from Puma for £44.95Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £65Buy Now from Amazon from £44.95Gilbert Side Logo Boots(Gilbert)It might not seem like it, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a really good pair of boots. In the Side Logo, Gilbert deliver the ideal boot for a forward, all for under £40.The laces and padded ankle collar ensure your foot remains locked in, even on the worst of pitches. The collar also gives your ankle bones protection from stray feet. The studs provide maximum traction, even under intense scrum pressure.+ Plenty of traction on even the worst of pitches+ Amazingly good value for this quality of boot construction– Black and neon green is a combination that takes time to get used tooBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £37Buy Now from Sports Direct for £37Canterbury Phoenix 2.0 Mens SG BootsThe Phoenix 2.0 is a stylish and comfortable boot for any level of prop. The boot features a wider forefoot with a locked in toe and padded collar for comfort and performance.The eight-stud sole offers plenty of traction, but the sleeker studs mean these boots will still be comfortable on harder surfaces. The design is relatively simple but it is really offset nicely by the red laces and flashes on the sole.+ A long-lasting boot thanks to the durable upper+ A good-looking boot that won’t end up with you kicked out of the front-row union– Lacking the high-end tech of some of the competitionBuy Now from Canterbury for £30Buy Now from Sports Direct for £31.50That concludes our run through of the best rugby boots for props. 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.Please follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Best Rugby Boots for Props 2021The front-row union might kick you out if you choose a paire of rugby boots that is too garish but this guide doesn’t think that should stop you experimenting.There are a number of things that you should be conscious of when buying a boot as a prop but let’s deal with colour first. We like traditions but you shouldn’t feel you need to only choose black if you’re playing in the front row.Aside from colour, you will want to ensure you have good stability and comfort. For optimum stability most props choose an eight-stud sole. That is eight metal studs that can drive into the ground and make the player virtually immovable. The problem is that an eight-stud sole is exceptionally uncomfortable on a hard surface. For that you want a mix of plastic molded studs and shorter metal studs.Update your footwear game with our handy guide to the best rugby boots for props.Best Rugby Boots for PropsCanterbury Stampede Pro SG Boots(Canterbury)We included the Stampede Pro SG in our boots for flankers guide. That shows just how versatile it is. Quick enough for ball-carrying back-rows with all the elements required for those at the heart of the scrum. The bootie-style fit offers comfort and sweat-wicking properties as well as trimming some weight off the boot.The reduced weight is incidental, though, as this is designed for members of the tight five. The leather forefront and PU upper provide durability and abrasion resistance to last for season after season. The boots also have shock absorbing properties, which mean that whether you’re lifting in lineouts or packing down in the scrum, it will take that bit longer for your legs to fatigue.+ Extremely attractive boot that looks classy without drawing attention to itself+ Packed with innovation and technology but without a massive price tag– The bootie fit may take some time to get used too if you haven’t experienced it beforeBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £70Buy Now from Sports Direct for £69.99Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £64Adidas Kakari SG Boots(Adidas)We are all aware of that prop who has boots that would be considered retro back in the 1980s. How to bring them back up to date? The Kakari might do the job.It is a very reasonably-priced boot given its quality and attractive but understated styling. That is combined with excellent traction through the traditional eight-stud metal sole. Finally there is plenty of protection covering the toes of the boot so you will have a bit more comfort when the inevitable happens and a fellow front-rower’s boot comes crashing down on top of your own.+ Great styling without going over the top+ Plenty of traction no matter the surface– You will need a firm-ground pair for pre-season and early seasonBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £42Buy Now from Sports Direct for £37Under Armour Spotlight FG Boots(Under Armour)It might come as a shock, but not every rugby game is played in a swamp on a winter’s day. Increasingly teams are using synthetic pitches or keeping their match pitches in top knick well into the season. In that case you don’t want a great big eight-stud sole that will slow you down and, arguably, offer less traction.The Spotlight is very lightweight. That is perfect for the modern prop who combines hard scrummaging with dynamic work in the loose. The Spotlight is a left-field boot for a prop but if you have hidden ambitions to play in the backs, it is the boot for you!+ Very lightweight, perfect for the agile front-rower+ The right amount of grip for an early-season or synthetic pitch– Almost no protection from a stray studBuy Now from ProDirectRugby for £50Adidas Kakari Z.0 SG Boots(Adidas)The Kakari Z.0 is classy and understated enough for even the most traditional of forwards. The bootie style fit is exceptionally comfortable but an inner support strap ensures that comfort doesn’t come at the expense of performance.The split sole is ideal for the grunt work of the tight five. You can stay low and planted in the turf and still generate power thanks to the sole flexibility.+ A boot for forwards that doesn’t come at the expense of speed+ Slipper like comfort means it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a high-performance boot– At £170 this really is at the top end of boot prices A buyers’ guide featuring the best boots for the cornerstones of the scrum
Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison told the diocese Oct. 9 that he would retire from office at the end of the year.Bennison said in a letter to the diocese that the Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, president of the diocesan Standing Committee, told him that the committee wanted to elect a provisional bishop rather than either have Bennison call for the election of a coadjutor or have the diocese elect a diocesan who would be consecrated on the day of his retirement.Bennison, 68, could have continued to serve until November 2015, when he turns 72, the church’s mandatory retirement age for all clergy.“I believe that the interests of the diocese are best served if the process envisioned by the Standing Committee begins sooner rather than later, and therefore I have informed the committee that I will retire on December 31, 2012,” Bennison wrote. “I will do so in the confidence that my work is done.”The Pennsylvania Standing Committee has been at odds with Bennison since the mid-2000s over concerns about how he managed the diocese’s assets and other issues.Laughlin, who is the rector St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia, wrote in a second letter to the diocese that the Standing Committee had decided in consultation with Bishop Clayton Matthews, head of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Pastoral Development, that “the best interests of our diocese will be served by the prompt election of a provisional bishop.” A provisional bishop exercises the full authority of a diocesan bishop but is elected to serve for a set period of time, generally as an interim between bishops, Laughlin explained in his letter.Matthews, a member of the presiding bishop’s staff, assists dioceses through pastoral transitions and the election of bishops. He already is working with the diocesan committee to identify possible candidates for provisional bishop, said Laughlin, who predicted that a special electing convention would be held in early 2013.“Looking ahead, please be assured that the Standing Committee intends to engage other diocesan leaders in decision making, work in close consultation with the office of the presiding bishop and provide timely communication to the entire diocese so all of us may be fully engaged in this vital next chapter of our common life,” he wrote.Bennison summarized the state of the diocese in the letter, saying that its congregations had attracted “outstanding clergy” and that the cathedral dean and chapter had made “remarkable progress” with a cathedral development project.“The members of the diocesan staff are outstanding in their skill and dedication. Wise, visionary and committed leaders – clergy and lay – serve our diocesan ministries and governance bodies,” he wrote. “Our diocesan financial house is in the best order ever. The bonds of unity within the diocese and with the Episcopal Church are strong. Our witness to Christ’s love and to social justice remains undiminished.”He told the diocese that he would “always be profoundly grateful” for what he called “the privilege and joy of serving as your bishop.”“I have loved my work, and I have loved each of you” Bennison concluded. “Please pray for me, and know of my prayers for you. May the love of Christ hold sway in all our hearts now and always.”During Bennison’s tenure, the Standing Committee called for his resignation more than once, including on the day he returned to work in August 2010 after the church’s Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop overturned a lower church court’s finding that he should be removed from ordained ministry because he had engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy. The review court agreed with one of the lower court’s two findings of misconduct, but it said that Bennison could not be deposed because the charge was barred by the church’s statute of limitations.The review court said that Bennison failed to respond properly in the mid-1970s when he was rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Upland, California, and learned that his brother, John, who worked initially as a lay youth minister in the parish, had been having a sexual relationship with a member of the youth group that began when she was 14. John Bennison later was ordained a priest but deposed in 1977 for an unrelated offense. He was restored to the priesthood in 1980, but he was forced to renounce his orders again in 2006 when accusations of his abuse became public.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori inhibited Charles Bennison in October 2007 from exercising his ordained ministry when the church’s Title IV Review Committee formally accused him of the inaction. The inhibition expired with the review court’s decision.In September 2010, the diocesan Standing Committee asked the House of Bishops for its “support and assistance” in securing Bennison’s retirement or resignation. The bishops later that month called for Bennison’s “immediate and unconditional resignation.” The next day, Bennison refused to resign and has remained the diocesan bishop.The bishops and deputies who gathered in Indianapolis in July for the 77th meeting of General Convention made a historic statement about the relationship between bishops and dioceses, acknowledging that, on rare occasions, that relationship becomes severely strained, sometimes to the point of breaking.The convention, by way of Resolution B021, set up a canonical process for reconciling or dissolving an episcopal relationship.Resolution B021 was the result of a call (via Resolution B014) from the 2009 meeting of General Convention about how to help dioceses and bishops resolve their differences.The process convention agreed to is akin to the mechanism for a parish that finds itself in serious conflict with its rector (Title III.9.12-13). It was be added to the “Of the Life and Work of a Bishop” canon of Title III, the church’s policies regarding ordained ministry, and became effective Sept. 1.According to what is now Section 9 of that canon, it is intended for use when the relationship between a diocese and its bishop, bishop coadjutor or suffragan is “imperiled by disagreement or dissension” to the point where the bishop, two-thirds of the standing committee or a two-thirds majority vote of the diocesan convention deem the issues to be serious enough to invoke the process.The Pennsylvania diocese is scheduled to gather Nov. 10 for its 229th annual convention. As of the day of Bennison’s announcement, no formal resolution had been filed concerning activating the new canon. The Standing Committee had met monthly, as is typical, since General Convention. While the members discussed the new canon, there had been no announcement about whether the committee would vote to begin the mediation-dissolution process.Laughlin said in his letter that the standing committee was making plans to honor Bennison’s tenure at the convention.The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH House of Bishops, Doug Desper says: 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 Comments (2) October 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm Good news ! Long overdue. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 9, 2012 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison says he will retire at year’s end Diocese plans to elect provisional bishop in early 2013 Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA People Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments are closed. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Collierville, TN 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET People Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC North Carolina elects Anne Hodges-Copple as bishop suffragan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina] The Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple was elected Jan. 25 as bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, pending the required consents.Hodges-Copple, rector St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Durham, was elected on the fourth ballot out of a field of five nominees. She received 182 votes of 262 votes cast in the lay order and 123 of 183 votes cast in the clergy order. An election required 158 votes in the lay order and 123 votes in the clergy order.The election was held during the diocese’s 197h Annual Convention at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. Pending a successful consent process, Hodges-Copple will become the diocese’s first bishop suffragan since the Rt. Rev. Gary Gloster retired in 2007. She will be charged with joining Bishop Michael Curry in leading the diocese further into Galilee. She will perform regular ecclesiastical duties like parish visitations and confirmations, while focusing especially on Galilee ministry initiatives, young adult ministries, diaconate expansion and diocesan outreach ministries.“This is a joyous day for the Church and for the Church here in North Carolina,” Curry said. “I look forward to serving with the Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple as our bishop suffragan and doing things for God in this Diocese that will make a difference and realize God’s dream in this world. We are so thankful for all five nominees who offered themselves and allowed themselves to be considered. It’s an offering, and it was an offering on their part. We are deeply, deeply grateful. So to God be the glory, and may God’s dream be realized in our diocese, in our church, in our lives and, in turn, in this world.”Under the canons (III.11.4) of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to the bishop-elect’s ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election.The other nominees were the Rev. Susan Buchanan (Diocese of New Hampshire), the Rev. Canon Amy Real Coultas (Diocese of Kentucky), the Rev. Lisa Fischbeck (Diocese of North Carolina) and the Rev. Matthew Heyd (Diocese of New York).The complete ballot results are here. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing