South Africa 14 England 14: The verdict

first_imgPORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 23: Ben Foden of England off loads the ball during the third test match between the South Africa Springboks and England at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 23, 2012 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Close attention: Ben Foden looks for the offloadIn quotes  South Africa captain Jean De Villiers: “Credit to England. They played well. I thought we weren’t good at all tonight. We’ll have to take a hard look at ourselves. Our option-taking was poor at times. At least we didn’t lose the game – that’s the only positive we can take out of this.”In quotes England coach Stuart Lancaster: “A couple of ill-disciplined pens didn’t go our way, but overall I’m delighted with the efforts the boys put in over the course of the tour. When you look at where we were and where we are now, I think we’re in a good place.”South Africa: Gio Aplon; J P Pietersen, Jean de Villiers (c), Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard (Ruan Pienaar 50); Tendai Mtawarira, B du Plessis (Adriaan Strauss 62), (Jannie du Plessis 75), Werner Kruger, Eben Etzebeth (Flip van der Merwe 62), Juandre Kruger, Marcel Coetzee, Jaques Potgieter (Ryan Kankowski 62), Pierre Spies.Not used: Elton Jantjies, Bjorn BassonTry: Pietersen. Pens: Steyn (3)England: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Jonathan Joseph (Brad Barritt 65), Manu Tuilagi, Ben Foden; Toby Flood (Owen Farrell 27), Danny Care; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley (c) (Lee Mears 51-61), Dan Cole, Tom Palmer (Mouritz Botha 65), Geoff Parling, Tom Johnson (Phil Dowson 65), James Haskell, Thomas Waldrom.Not used: Paul Doran Jones, Lee DicksonTry: Care. Pens: Flood, Farrell (2)center_img Comeback kid: Danny Care darts over for England’s only try in the 14-14 draw against South AfricaBy Owain Jones, Rugby World EditorIn a nutshellENGLAND WILL fly home reflecting on a 2-0 Series loss, but their journey will buoyed by the positives to come out of a third Test. England ended up drawing a game which many observers will feel was within their grasp. The players, once again, showed a creditable team spirit which is testament to the work done by Stuart Lancaster and his team in the last six months. With the missing Frans Steyn and Willem Alberts, the Springboks lost much of their ballast and go-forward from the earlier Tests and weren’t helped by the errant boot of the usually error-free Morne Steyn. At the end they were rocking as England went through phase after phase looking for a win. Sadly Owen Farrell’s wayward drop goal ended any chance of a rare win on Springbok soil. Danny Care was the scorer of England’s only try in the first-half, darting over to finish a troubled season on a high, while in the second-half it was JP Pietersen, the Series’ outstanding wing, who went over in the corner for South Africa’s only score after some concerted South African pressure. At the final whistle, the crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium made their displeasure felt vocally, a fact England can take great heart from.Key momentAs a stand-in captain for the injured Chris Robshaw, a few eyebrows were raised when Dylan Hartley was offered the armband for the third Test. Granted, he lacked nothing in commitment, as shown in the first-half when he lost a boot and stayed in the thick of the action, but it will have surprised no-one when Hartley was shown the yellow card on 51 minutes for cynically failing to roll away. With Hartley off, England were forced into a major reshuffle and lost any momentum they could have gained with a full complement. He knows he wil need to cut out the disciplinary problems if he is to become a key senior player for England in the coming years.Find: Tom Johnson had a fine gameStar man – Tom JohnsonAt 29, Tom Johnson has come relatively late to the Test arena but Exeter Chiefs blindside Tom Johnson has rarely looked out of place. One missed tackle that led to Pietersen’s try could not blot the copybook of Johnson. Ubiquitous in his red scrum-cap, he covered the ground, hit the rucks, showed soft hands and generally made a nuisance of himself against the Springbok backrow, even forcing the odd turnover. He did more than enough to suggest he will at the forefront of Lancaster’s thoughts for the Autumn Tests.Room for improvementBoth sides made too many elementary errors in a swirling, wet Port Elizabeth with spilt passes, knock-ons, poor kicks and missed tackles but most opprobrium was rained on Morne Steyn who was booed by his own fans for an ineffectual kicking game. The man who could not miss against the Lions in 2009 seems to have lost his confidence and a horribly skewed drop-goal late in the second-half seemed to sum up a worrying lack of self-belief.StatsSouth Africa ran 338 metres with the ball compared to 230 metres run by England.Both sides made two clean breaks and beat thirteen defenders each.South Africa made 106 tackles, missing 13 with a tackling success rate of 89.1% and England made 142 tackles, missing 13, for a tackling success rate of 91.6%.Six players got into double figures for England, Dylan Hartley (10), Tom Palmer (15) Tom Johnson (14), James Haskell (17) and Thomas Waldrom (11). Geoff Parling came out top with 18 tackles.Thomas Waldrom carried the ball furthest with 73 metres run, followed by Ben Foden on 30 metres. Gio Aplon was South Africa’s further carrier with 59 metres covered.last_img read more

RBS 6 Nations: Can Bastareaud help restore French pride?

first_imgIn Saint-Andre’s eyes what the French backline lacked against Italy was some punch and aggression going forward, hence another reason to select Bastareaud. “Above all we want to rediscover our fire and our desire to get over the gain-line. Mathieu can bring that to the team.”As for the selection of the 30-year-old Jocelino Suta in place of Pascal Pape, Saint-Andre explained why he’d opted for his experience over the youth of Romain Taofifenua, the 22-year-old Perpignan lock who replaced Pape on Sunday. “He’s someone who knows the lineout systems,” said the French coach of Suta. “He was one of the lineout leaders in November (during the autumn internationals) and he knows perfectly the calls. As for Romain, he knows that he’s still got some work to do to reach the highest level. For the moment we see his advantage as an ‘impact player’ in the last 30 minutes.”Attacking threat: France will need to stop Welshman RobertsOne of the players relived to escape the chop was scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, who’s held off the challenge from Clermont’s Morgan Parra. “It’s proof of the confidence he’s given us,” said Machenaud when asked about Saint-Andre’s faith in the side. “Now we’ll have to be really up for this second chance.” NOT FOR FEATURED Humbled: Italy took the French down a peg. Can Bastareaud help them defeat Wales on Saturday?By Gavin Mortimer PHILIPPE SAINT-ANDRE has kept faith with his fumbling French side for the visit of Wales to the Stade de France on Saturday evening. Instead of bringing down the guillotine on the heads of players following their stunning defeat to Italy on Sunday, the French coach has only made one unenforced change. Mathieu Bastareaud replaces Florian Fritz in the centre, the big man’s first start for France since he played against England in the 2010 Six Nations.In the pack second row Jocelino Suta comes in for the injured Pascal Pape but otherwise Saint-Andre is giving his side a second chance. Quick to point out that Fritz wasn’t a scapegoat for the events in Rome, Saint-Andre explained his reasoning behind the return of the 18-stone Toulon centre. “The choice of Bastareaud is a strategical decision with regard to the Welsh defence,” he said. “It’s also an opportunity to field a 10-12-13 combination that plays together at the same club.”Deputy: Michalak has had to fight Jonny Wilkinson for his Toulon placeThat’s true, although few are the times this season when Bastareaud has played at Toulon outside Maxime Memorz (12) and Frederic Michalak (10). In fact Michalak has only started twice for Toulon this season at fly-half, the rest of the time wearing nine to Jonny Wilkinson’s ten. It’s a situation that must drive Saint-Andre to distraction, but one of his predecessors as coach of France, Bernard Laporte, now coach of Toulon, does what he believes is best for the club and not for the country. How Saint-Andre must be hoping that Wilkinson doesn’t sign on for another couple of years at Toulon when his present contract expires in June.Nevertheless Saint-Andre believes Bastareaud is the man to nullify the threat posed by the Welsh midfield, in particular the hard-running Jamie Roberts. “Roberts is an important factor in the Welsh system, he’s the player who can make the hard yards when the ball is slow.” explained Saint-Andre on Thursday morning, adding that when the pair met in a Heineken Cup encounter last month the Frenchman had “a quality match” against the Cardiff Blue. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS That’s the fear among Welsh fans. The French cockerel had its tail feathers clipped in Rome, and it didn’t much like it. In Paris on Saturday it wants to gets its claws into Wales and rediscover its pride.Follow Gavin Mortimer on Twitter @gavinmortimer7last_img read more

What’s in the new Rugby World?

first_imgThe Rugby Championship – All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith looks ahead to the southern hemisphere’s elite tournamentJosh Lewsey – The England World Cup-winning full-back is now the WRU’s Head of Rugby. RW editor Owain Jones went to meet himTop 14 – Toulouse struggled in Europe and the Top 14 last season, so can the French aristocrats bounce back? We speak to coach Guy NovesStephen Ferris – The former Ireland flanker has had to hang up his boots because of injury, so what does he plan to do next?Saracens – They lost two finals last season, but they are still upbeatScotland – How should the SRU spend their £20m windfall for the Murrayfield naming rights? We asked four Scottish rugby fans – and got very different answersADVICE SECTIONPro Insight – NZ Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens on the secrets of his successFitness – Our new-look guide shows you how to jump like Paul O’Connell. Watch a video of the three exercises herePro Playbook – England Women’s flanker Maggie Alphonsi explains a set moveMini rugby – A step-by-step guide to a switch pass – watch a video here – and learn how to play rugby footballREGULARSEssentials – The latest books and products reviewed TAGS: Highlight THIS is a special issue of Rugby World as we’ve compiled a list of the 50 Most Influential People in Rugby, counting down the movers and shakers who currently shape our game. Running over 33 pages, it is sure to provoke debate.We also look ahead to the Rugby Championship as well as the Top 14, chat to Stephen Ferris and Josh Lewsey, get stuck into a hot debate in Scotland and find out how Saracens plan to bounce back from their two final defeats. Here is a full list of contents – and you can find out where to buy your copy here or download our free magazine finder app here. Plus, download the digital edition here.SIDELINESThis month we look at changes that could improve the women’s game, reflect on Glasgow 2014, find out more about Brive’s new academy in Fiji, shine the spotlight on two up-and-coming players and grill Nigel Owens in 30 MinutesCOLUMNISTSMichael Lynagh – The former Australia fly-half on the Rugby ChampionshipStephen Myler – Can Saints succeed again? The fly-half gives his thoughtsJamie Cudmore – Clermont’s menacing lock on a tough Top 14 season aheadSPOTLIGHTSChristian Wade – The Wasp is eager to make up for lost time after his injuryMatthew Morgan – The Welshman is proving that size isn’t everythingLuke Marshall – The Ireland centre talks concussion and comic team-matesGreig Laidlaw – Scotland’s scrum-half explains why he is in need of a changeFEATURESThe 50 Influential – We reveal our list of the 50 Most Influential People in Rugby right now, including interviews with some of the big names and verdicts from stars on others who’ve made the cut Find out what’s inside the September issue of Rugby World magazinecenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Uncovered – Japan head coach Eddie Jones on his life in rugbyTour Tale – Lawrence Dallaglio tells a story from the 1997 Lions tourlast_img read more

30 Minutes with… Rob Webber

first_imgRW: Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?RW: Will Ferrell, just because it would be quite funny. He always makes me chuckle.RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?RW: Teleportation. I’d like to be able to just click my fingers and be anywhere in the world, then be back again in a heartbeat. I’d go to as many places as I could.RW: What’s your guilty pleasure?RW: Probably X Factor. Cheryl’s back and I’m a big fan of her!RW: Do you have any hidden talents?RW: My brother and I do a magic trick but I can’t say more than that because it’s top secret. It’s pretty special – we pull it out now and then when we’re together.Great entertainment: Stephen Fry would provide interesting dinner conversationRW: Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?RW: Will Ferrell for the comedy. Jim Morrison from The Doors. I’m a big fan and I’m sure he’d have a few yarns to tell. Stephen Fry – he’s very interesting and we could have an after-dinner QI. We’d have a laugh, a few stories and then a quiz – happy days.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?RW: I’m doing a business degree, so I’d like to complete that. I’m not sure what I want to do after rugby – I’m open to offers from readers!RW: How’d you like to be remembered? RUGBY WORLD: What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard on the pitch?ROB WEBBER: This was funny but in a slightly cruel way! In a game last year, we were giving away free-kicks at the scrum for going early, so Matt Gilbert asked the referee to make the call louder. I don’t know if the referee knew that Matt’s deaf, but the players had a little chuckle!RW: Do you have any phobias?RW: I wouldn’t be too good with snakes, but you don’t get too many of them in Bath.RW: What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?RW: Last season I got some decks to learn to DJ and I used them once. I haven’t got a musical bone in my body!RW: Who are the jokers at Bath?RW: Micky Young fancies himself as one. Matt Garvey likes a joke and is always hiding phones and car keys. Matt plays a lot of jokes on Micky, who then retaliates and George Ford gets caught in the middle. Those three are always at each other.Round of applause: Dave Attwood gets a lot of stick at BathRW: Do you have any nicknames?RW: Just Webbs. The best nickname at Bath is probably Smugwood. That’s what we call Dave Attwood because he’s the smuggest man on the planet. He likes to think of himself as the quintessential English gent and gets a lot of stick for that.RW: What are your bugbears?RW: Lateness. I like to think I’m always on time, so if people are late I get agitated. Semesa Rokoduguni is always late. When he was in the military, he always had to be on time, so I think now he’s chilling out about it.RW: Do you have any superstitions?RW: I have a routine on match day, but not superstitions. If there’s a reason you’re not able to do it, you’d then panic. I used to pack meticulously, but a few years ago I realised it was best not to expend so much energy on it.RW: Which of your team-mates would you like to be?RW: Probably George Ford because he was GQ’s 51st best thing in the world, which is about 1,000,051 ahead of me! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS RW: In rugby, as a bloke who gave it his all and enjoyed it along the way. I’ve got fantastic memories and hope to make a few more.This interview was published in the October 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here for the latest subscription offers. On the charge: Rob Webber puts his head down while in action for Bath TAGS: Bath Rugby The Bath and England hooker on timing, teleportation and trickslast_img read more

Australia have a gem in McMahon

first_img Rich seam: In Sean McMahon, the Wallabies have a player with some ‘dog’ Warren Gatland has gone for his own double openside lineup, with Justin Tipuric in for the injured Dan Lydiate.McMahon has the opportunity to announce himself on the global stage, even he will probably only have one game to show what he can do before Hooper returns for the quarter-finals. Like Georgian props, Springbok locks and Fijian wingers, Australia seem to have a conveyor belt of talent at openside with no end in sight.England felt the full force of Michael Cheika’s dual-openside tactic in defeat at Twickenham last Saturday, and while Michael Hooper’s suspension means Wales will avoid ‘Pooper’, the tactic hasn’t been abandoned.Rather than shifting David Pocock back into the seven jersey, Cheika has given youngster Sean McMahon a second start of the tournament, filling in for Hooper.Michael Hooper and David Pocock will be split up this week. Photo: Getty Images.He’s certainly doesn’t have the vice captain’s experience, and is a slightly different sort of player, but the 21-year-old Melbourne Rebel could prove a real handful for Wales.Preferred to the supremely gifted Liam Gill and Wallaby legend and Wasps flanker George Smith, McMahon was a surprise inclusion in the Australian squad, having not featured at all in the Rugby Championship.His only previous Test experience came during Australia’s unsuccessful autumn tour last season, starting three games: the inevitable close win over Wales as well as the defeats to France and England. A year on, and McMahon has clearly grown as a player, and while his international matches in 2015 have come against the USA and Uruguay, he has looked a much improved player.More physically imposing than Hooper, he will certainly offer a carrying threat that some critics believe is lacking from the Australian back row.While he reportedly weighs 100kg, similar to Hooper and some 15kg lighter than Pocock, McMahon carries with even greater conviction, and will take some stopping.Michael Cheika has made a bold call to start McMahon. Photo: Getty Images.Last summer he was still playing age group rugby for the Wallabies, but his physicality has impressed in training and Cheika had no qualms over chucking him straight in for this encounter.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Australia have taken a gamble by starting Sean McMahon against Wales but the young openside has bags of potential.last_img read more

England v New Zealand: The record-setting teams compared

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Silver service: England beat Scotland to win the Calcutta Cup and the 2017 Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images Power surge: Joe Marler takes on Jonny Gray during the Six Nations. Photo: Getty ImagesMarler won his 50th cap against Scotland and has impressed both at scrum time and in the loose during the championship, keeping Mako Vunipola on the bench. Either of those Englishmen would get into this combined XV ahead of Moody, not only because of their experience but because of their impact with ball in hand.Winner: Joe MarlerDylan Hartley v Dane ColesHartley is revered by his coaches and team-mates for his leadership qualities. His lineout work against the Scots was pinpoint and he contributes a lot in the tight – but he is often withdrawn early in the second half as Jamie George offers more around the park.Full stretch: Dane Coles crosses for a try against the Wallabies. Photo: Getty ImagesColes, in contrast, is an all-action hooker and often finds himself in open spaces for the All Blacks, showing skills and pace more recognisable in a back. He doesn’t neglect his set-piece duties either and must have pushed Beauden Barrett close in the race to be World Rugby Player of the Year in 2016.Winner: Dane ColesDan Cole v Owen FranksCole is a mainstay for England – he’s been in the international set-up since 2010, won 76 caps (73 for England and three for the Lions) and is the only player to have started all 18 of the Tests in this run. Solid in the scrum, he also gets stuck in at the contact area, but he does have a tendency to give away penalties.Thirsty work: Owen Franks drinks from the Bledisloe Cup. Photo: Getty ImagesFranks is the All Blacks’ rock at tighthead and has won back-to-back World Cups. Not as showy as some other All Black front-towers but a reliable workhorse regarded as the best tighthead in the world by many experts.Winner: Owen FranksJoe Launchbury v Brodie RetallickWorld Rugby Player of the Year in 2014, Retallick is something of a benchmark for modern-day locks. The 25-year-old excels at the basics – lineout, scrum, breakdown – but stands out for his work in open play, surging through defences and upfield with strong carries and showing surprisingly deft hands for a big man.Decision time: Brodie Retallick weighs up his options against France. Photo: Getty ImagesLaunchbury has been England’s best forward in this Six Nations – Man of the Match against Wales and Italy, he was also to the fore in the Calcutta Cup game. He gets through a huge amount of work and is particularly adept at winning turnovers, or at least slowing down opposition ball.This is a tight call but Retallick’s importance to the All Blacks was shown by his absence against Ireland in Chicago, when their winning run was brought to an end.Winner: Brodie RetallickCourtney Lawes v Sam WhitelockTwo athletic locks who have been involved in their international set-ups since 2009 and 2010 respectively. Whitelock has been the more consistent of the two, missing only ten of New Zealand’s 94 Tests since his debut against Ireland. He’s seen as a leader in this All Blacks squad and is a great lineout operator.Rising high: Courtney Lawes rules at the lineout. Photo: Getty ImagesLawes has been more up and down, his momentum often stalled by injuries. He was expected to become something of an enforcer in the England engine room but has started less than half their matches since he came onto the scene. However, in this championship he has excelled – dominating the lineout, producing his trademark big hits and switching to the back row at scrum time as needed.Winner: Courtney LawesMaro Itoje v Jerome KainoThis is a case of the new star against the wily veteran. Kaino was one of the All Blacks’ standout performers in their 2011 World Cup win, went to play in Japan for a couple of years, returned to New Zealand and won back his place in the national side, playing a key role in their 2015 triumph too.Hard running: Maro Itoje runs into Scotland’s Finn Russell. Photo: Getty ImagesSuch has been Itoje’s impact at senior level for club and country that it is easy to forget that he made his Test debut only 13 months ago. He seems to rise to every occasion and in this championship has been playing at blindside given England’s injuries in the back row, albeit that he has been packing down in the second row at scrum time.Both are rounded players but Itoje’s continuing upward trajectory puts him in front.Winner: Maro ItojeJames Haskell v Matt ToddIn 2016 Sam Cane was generally chosen to fill the No 7 shirt worn for so long by double World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw in the No 7 shirt while many Kiwis felt Ardie Savea should be start at openside, but it was Crusader Todd who was picked for the decisive 18th Test win over Australia with Cane ruled out by injury. Todd’s Test opportunities have been limited over the years and they are likely to remain so with Cane and Savea above him in the pecking order.Red alert: James Haskell on a burst against Italy. Photo: Getty ImagesHaskell is England’s longest server having made his debut ten years ago but he’s played his best rugby under Eddie Jones. The combination of Chris Robshaw and Haskell at six and seven in 2016 was key for England, and Haskell has returned from injury in this tournament to become a key force once again. He’s not an openside in the traditional sense but his work-rate and mentality in defence stand out.Winner: James HaskellNathan Hughes v Kieran ReadIt’s fair to say Hughes has not made the same impact at Test level as he has for Wasps, defences closing him down quickly so he is unable to make his half-breaks and offload to those in support – the hallmark of his game.Read is regarded as one of the best players in the world in any position. In fact, former England fly-half Stuart Barnes wrote in Rugby World last year that only All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith was better than him.Leading man: Kieran Read with a back-handed offload v South Africa. Photo: Getty ImagesLast year Read had less opportunity to showcase his talents in attack and had Billy Vunipola started against Scotland there would have been more debate over this position for the Saracen invariably gets over the gain-line and is vital to this England team’s game plan. As he was on the bench, Read is in – and captain of our combined XV. We rate the players who set the 18-Test winning runs for England and the All Blackscenter_img England equalled New Zealand’s record for the most consecutive Test wins by a Tier One nation when beating Scotland in the Six Nations. But which team is better?Looking at the stats over the two runs, the All Blacks’ figures are more impressive: 751 points scored, including 104 tries, and 253 conceded, which is around just 14 a game. England have notched 72 tries and 621 points while conceding 300 in their 18 wins.Rugby World decided to do something a little different, however, so we have compared and contrasted the players who started the decisive 18th International victory for each team – the Calcutta Cup win for England and the victory over Australia in October 2016 for the ABs – and picked who would make a composite XV. Will you agree with our choices in this England v New Zealand debate?Mike Brown v Ben SmithThere is no doubting Brown’s passion or commitment and he’s become something of an immovable object at full-back for England since 2013. He’s solid under the high ball and shows a willingness to counter-attack from deep – but the major flaw in his game is his reluctance to pass. He will often choose to take the ball into contact rather than pass to a team-mate, leading to missed opportunities.First 15: Ben Smith breaks clear against Australia. Photo: Getty ImagesIn contrast, Smith is a creator. He may be mocked by team-mates for his pale skin but his attacking play is bright and vivid. He is consistent in his performances – when he knocked on against Wales in a Test last June, one journalist quipped that it was the first mistake he’d made in three years! – but is unpredictable with ball in hand and has the vision to put himself or team-mates into space. Pure class.Winner: Ben SmithJack Nowell v Israel DaggThis is a tough one. Dagg’s poor form meant he wasn’t selected for RWC 2015 and he admitted he wasn’t enjoying his rugby. An injury-enforced break meant he returned last year reinvigorated and playing some of his best rugby – he scored ten tries in 12 Tests in 2016.Chief purpose: Jack Nowell scores his second try against Italy. Photo: Getty ImagesNowell, too, has had his injury woes but his work-rate is what sets him apart. He doesn’t stand on his wing waiting for the ball; his blue scrum cap pops up all over the pitch and he is a brilliant defender. It’s his industry that sees the Exeter Chief edge this particular battle.Winner: Jack NowellJonathan Joseph v Anton Lienert-Brown The Englishman is the more experienced of the pair and showed with his hat-trick against Scotland what a dangerous player he is. He has fabulous footwork and a lot of pace, as well as an intuitive understanding with George Ford, but his form has been a little up and down over the past six months.Centre points: Jonathan Joseph en route to one of his three tries v Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesLienert-Brown made his All Blacks debut last August and did well, his distribution and support play particularly noteworthy. He was unfazed by the pressure of replacing such a class act as Conrad Smith at outside-centre and slotted into the All Blacks back-line with ease, but does he have the same ability of Joseph to produce a match-winning moment? Perhaps not. At least not yet.Winner: Jonathan JosephOwen Farrell v Ryan CrottyHad Manu Tuilagi been fit when Eddie Jones took charge of England, he may never have looked at the Ford-Farrell 10-12 partnership. Yet it has proved so effective it’s hard to see it changing any time soon.Kicking king: Owen Farrell is England’s second highest point-scorer of all time. Photo: Getty ImagesFarrell is a crucial cog in this England team. His goalkicking (bar the blip against Italy!) is unerring – he’s slotted 259 points for England in their 18 wins, more than 200 ahead of the next highest scorer, Jonathan Joseph (55) – and the team also benefit from his pinpoint distribution and boot in open play.Crotty, like Lienert-Brown, is overshadowed somewhat by his predecessor, Ma’a Nonu. He’s a solid player but is nowhere near as pivotal to the All Blacks’ game as Farrell is to England’s – for that reason the Saracen gets the nod.Winner: Owen FarrellElliot Daly v Julian SaveaDaly’s impact on the Scotland game was limited given that he was replaced early having been on the receiving end of a dangerous tackle by Fraser Brown, but he had been England’s outstanding back in the championship up to that point. There’s the high work-rate, the pace, the vision – and that huge left boot. And the centre has been playing out of position on the wing.All smiles: Julian Savea runs in one of his 45 Test tries for New Zealand. Photo: Getty ImagesCould anyone keep Savea out of a combined team though? He might not have been as prolific as usual in 2016 but his try-scoring rate cannot be ignored. He’s now notched 45 in 52 Tests and is so hard to stop he terrifies any defence.Winner: Julian SaveaGeorge Ford v Beauden Barrett These two are from the same school of fly-halves – visionary, risk-takers, exciting to watch. They both see opportunity where others see none and have the ability to delight crowds with their innovative and bold play. Ford is thriving alongside Farrell while Barrett has grown in confidence since taking the No 10 shirt from Aaron Cruden last June.Skip to it: Beauden Barrett tests Argentina’s defence. Photo: Getty ImagesA tight call but the reigning World Player of the Year, with his consistently high attacking standards and ability to change a game with kicks and flicks, is favoured.Winner: Beauden BarrettBen Youngs v TJ Perenara The Leicester Tiger has fallen short of the levels he hit in the autumn series during this Six Nations, but he still has a balanced skill-set. Good game management, great box-kicker, the eye for a gap – not to mention those dummies he threw last autumn.Passion player: TJ Perenara leads the haka in Chicago. Photo: Getty ImagesPerenara is more of a livewire who looks to snipe around the breakdown, but he can also control a game and is a smart operator. He has the ability to up the tempo of a game when necessary, too, which would suit this combined back-line.Winner: TJ PerenaraJoe Marler v Joe MoodyBoth these men are big characters off the pitch, known for their sense of humour. Moody was called into the 2015 World Cup squad as an injury replacement for Tony Woodcock, ended up starting the final and has retained the No 1 jersey since New Zealand lifted the trophy at that tournament. Winner: Kieran ReadFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Rugby World’s Pacific Islands special issue

first_img“People who stand up for what they believe are to be treasured.” Our resident columnist explains why the game needs people who speak upFollow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. TAGS: Highlight Rugby World’s Pacific Islands special issueThe September 2018 issue of Rugby World is not only a celebration of Pacific Islands rugby but includes our biennial countdown of the 50 most influential people in rugby right now. Double delight!Rugby World recently travelled to Fiji and Samoa to bring you exclusive interviews and features from the islands while we gathered views from experts around the world to compile our list of rugby’s top movers and shakers.Here’s the lowdown on what’s inside the new issue – make sure you pick up a copy…Pacific Islands specialPacific Warriors – A special report celebrating the importance of the game in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga as well as highlighting the running battles happening off the pitchLeone Nakarawa – The Fiji lock and European Player of the Year talks through some of his unforgettable moments in his life in picturesKing of offloads: Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa in action for Racing 92 (Getty Images)Ah See Tuala – Having helped Samoa qualify for the 2019 World Cup, the Northampton full-back looks ahead to a big yearLoni Uhila – The ‘Tongan Bear’ talks fruit picking, forklifts and famous team-matesBen Volavola – The Fiji fly-half discuses what it’s like to date the movie star Shailene WoodleyHow to sidestep – Newcastle and Samoa wing Sinoti Sinoti gives his top tipsDowntime with Tonga hooker Paula NgauamoInside the mind of Fiji centre Semi RadradraKahn Fotuali’i – Our analyst Sean Holley explains how to play like the Samoa scrum-halfThe Secret Player pays tribute to the unique skills of Pacific IslandersFirst 15: Bristol’s star signing Charles Piutau (Sam Riley)50 Most Influential People in RugbyIt’s back – our biennial list of rugby’s heavyweights. We count down the game’s top movers and shakers, including an exclusive interview with Bristol’s new full-back Charles Piutau and Stephen Jones’s thoughts on South Africa coach Rassie ErasmusDOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL EDITION OF RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINEChampions: New Zealand perform the haka after winning the Sevens World Cup (Getty Images)Sevens World Cup A celebration of Pacific Islands rugby – and the 50 most influential people in rugby right nowcenter_img RW’s Alan Dymock reports from San Francisco on the Sevens World Cup, assessing what the next steps are for the sport and the host nation of AmericaChris PennellOur latest club hero is Worcester full-back Chris Pennell, who has been with the Warriors for more than a decadeScrum down: Australia take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship (Getty Images)The Rugby ChampionshipFormer New Zealand fly-half Nick Evans gives his verdict on the upcoming southern hemisphere showpiece and explains why the tournament needs “big rivalries, not the cakewalks we’ve had recently”Ben Ryan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Rugby’s Greatest: George Gregan

first_img Eddie Jones calls the Wallaby flanker the greatest… Expand Rugby’s Greatest: George GreganIn the dying seconds of the deciding Test against Australia in Sydney 15 years ago, the Lions still had a shot of snatching the series. Though 29-23 down, they had possession and were stretching their opponents. Then a pass went loose. Wallaby wing Andrew Walker scooped it up and walked over the touchline to end the game.George Gregan stood just metres away. The diminutive scrum-half had played every minute of three high-octane encounters. He mimed a pistol with the first two fingers on his right hand, held the imaginary gun to his lips and blew the imaginary smoke away.Similarly spiky bravado surfaced two years later in the same stadium. Australia led New Zealand 22-10. Sure of a spot in the World Cup final, they were awarded a breakdown penalty. Leaning over the ruck, captain Gregan delivered the immortal sledge: “Four more years, boys. Four more years.”Defeat to England meant the Wallabies didn’t defend the crown they had taken in 1999 after beating France in the final in Cardiff. By then though, Gregan was well ensconced as his nation’s talisman.Back in 1994, just four matches into a 139-cap international career, the then-21 year-old wrote himself into Bledisloe Cup legend with a stunning try-saving tackle on All Black wing Jeff Wilson. Australia triumphed 20-16. Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Rugby’s Greatest: George Smith Australia always seem to raise their game for… Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Gregan’s first and last World Cups in 1995 and 2007 would also end in a knockout loss to England. However, his precise distribution and mathematical game management in partnership with fly-half Stephen Larkham, including a defence-splitting reverse pass close to the breakdown, brought huge success in the interim. George Gregan of Australia Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expandcenter_img Rugby’s Greatest: John Eales Rugby’s Greatest: John Eales Collapse Rugby’s Greatest: George Smith That superb half-back pairing appeared together 79 times for Australia and helped the Brumbies to the 2001 and 2004 Super 12 titles.Fierce dedication was a cornerstone of Zambia-born Gregan’s longevity, and he spent his twilight years between Toulon and Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath.Eddie Jones summed up the No 9’s achievements when Gregan reached 100 Tests against South Africa in 2004. “Anyone who plays 100 caps at 80 kilograms has got to have something going for him,” he said. “He’s just got incredible mental focus.” Major teams: Brumbies, Toulon, Suntory SungoliathCountry: AustraliaTest span: 1994-2007Australia caps: 139 (133 starts)Test points: 99 (18T, 3DG) John Eales’s influence on rugby was so profound… TAGS: The Greatest Players LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Hotshot: Munster prop Josh Wycherley

first_imgThe Irish front-rower on Bantry Bay RFC, brotherly advice and ball-carrying This article originally appeared in the March 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Munster prop Josh WycherleyDate of birth 22 July 1999 Born Bantry, County Cork Position Prop Province Munster Country IrelandHow old were you when you first played? About seven or eight with Bantry Bay RFC. My dad was very involved with the club and the under-age system, so I was always around rugby from a young age. I played for Bantry all the way up until U18.I moved to Cistercian College Roscrea for two years where I played in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup. After that I moved to Limerick and was lucky to be offered an academy contract at Munster.What positions have you played? When I was younger I played a few different positions across the front row but as I got older it was mainly loosehead.When did you link up with Munster? When I was asked to trial for the age-grade system. I joined the cadets around the age of 14. From there I was lucky enough to get selected through the squads as the years went on and got to play in the U18 and U19 inter-pros against the other three provinces.What age-grade international honours do you have? Ireland U18, U19, U20. The highlight would have to be winning the Grand Slam with the U20s in 2019. Has it been helpful having your brother also playing pro rugby? Yes. Fineen went through the same system with Munster so it was beneficial having someone who you could bounce any questions off around different areas of the academy or areas of the game.What are your goals this year? My main goals are to keep working on key areas of my game and try to perfect them, and to become a regular starter for Munster.I’m happy how my defence work and scrum work is going. One area I’m looking to improve would be my ball-carrying.What do you do away from rugby? The thing consuming most of my time is college work (he studies Marketing Management), but when I’m not doing that I like heading for coffee with the lads and watching Netflix.RW Verdict: His performance against Clermont this season, when he recovered from a tough start in the scrum against Rabah Slimani to dominate his Test opponent, marks Wycherley out as a player with enormous potential. Munster’s Josh Wycherley on the attack against Ospreys (Inpho) last_img read more

April 20 webinar to focus on ‘mobile apps for churches’

first_img Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Posted Apr 13, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Stephen Maxwell 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 April 20 webinar to focus on ‘mobile apps for churches’ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI center_img Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC [Office of Public Affairs] “Mobile Apps for Churches” is the topic of the next Digital Formation webinar scheduled for April 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern (12 p.m. Central, 11 a.m. Mountain and 10 a.m. Pacific).Pre-registration is required for this free webinar.A joint program of the General Theological Seminary (GTS) of the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church Office of Communication, Digital Formation is an educational series for clergy and laity to understand and appreciate the importance of the use and effects of social media in the church, as well as its theological foundations and implications.The program will be one hour, with 45 minutes of content and 15 minutes of questions from Twitter and GoToMeetings chat capabilities.Those with questions about Digital Formation may contact: [email protected] Digital Formation’s Facebook page,  includes a schedule of upcoming webinars and events. The program also can be followed on Twitter.The final webinar is scheduled for May 4. The topic is “QR codes – In and Around Church.” Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release Comments (1) Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ April 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm How do you find information on joining the Mobile Apps Webinar that is to occur today at Noon CST? Will this be a traditional phone-in/view website type webinar? Can not find any information on Log In. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more