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 His lineout work against the Scots was pinpoint and he contributes a lot in the tight – but he is often withdrawn early in the second half as Jamie George offers more around the park.Full stretch: Dane Coles crosses for a try against the Wallabies.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

Bishop urges South Africans to act after rape, murder of…

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop urges South Africans to act after rape, murder of teen Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Anglican Communion News Service] An Anglican bishop has urged South Africans to end gender-based violence after a teenage girl was brutally gang-raped, mutilated and murdered.The Rt. Rev. Raphael Hess, bishop of the Diocese of Saldanha Bay in South Africa, made the call following the attack and subsequent death of 17-year-old Anene Booysen on Feb. 3, in the town of Bredasdorp.Hess said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened and outraged by the brutal gang rape and mutilation that led to the death of Anene Booysen. We urge everyone from the local community and national level to act.”The brutal nature of her death not only horrified her local community and South Africa, but has stirred an international outcry coming so closely on the heels of the gang-rape and murder of a young woman in India in December.Gender-based violence was a key topic discussed at a meeting between Hess and senior advisers at St. Andrew parish in Cape Town. The meeting was called to reflect on a range of “important concerns facing the people of the diocese and the country.” Other topics included education and the conditions of farm workers in South Africa.In a statement issued after the meeting, Hess and his team asked a string of questions in light of the violence and “horrific murders” in the country: “Why the never-ending spiral of violence against women in our society? Why the constant rape, battering and gender-related violence?“What is happening within our families, our schools, the faith communities and other institutions of socialization that men, in particular, are not being taught to care, protect, show compassion and live in healthy relationships with women and children?”In its Diocesan Synod held in September last year, the diocese declared “gender and related matters” one of its six mission priorities.“We will confront the demons in our midst such as gender-based violence while growing in our commitment to enable our communities and members to transform their minds, hearts and behavior,” read the statement. “This will make South Africa a place in which the dignity of every person is inviolable.”The education sector is another area that was addressed. Hess and his team called on all South Africans to make education the central focus of a “new and constructive socio-political activism” and call for it to be fixed “now.”Various reports on education in South Africa have revealed a bleak picture of teaching — especially in government schools — illustrating “severe issues in the education, experience and management of education professionals.”“It is essential that everyone who cares for education declares themselves committed to a new struggle of sacrifice and service and commitment to make education work for all,” read the statement.Hess and his team also expressed their concerns for the farming industry “crisis” in the country. “As Anglicans, we hold dear the principles of justice for all, respect for human lives and every person’s right to a decent living wage,” read the statement. “In addition, we believe in the equitable sharing of the country’s wealth and resources.”In a country that has had a lot of worker protests and strikes, especially in the mining and farming sectors lately, the team acknowledged the advances made in “recent negotiations” but encouraged ongoing conversations by the sector.To this end, Hess and his team encouraged farm workers and the labor unions to “continue using legal means within the law to achieve their objectives.” Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Gender Justice Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Advocacy Peace & Justice, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA By Bellah ZuluPosted Feb 12, 2013 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL 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 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI last_img read more

Councillors question lack of major concerts at Letterkenny Leisure Centre

first_imgNewsx Adverts Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Councillors question lack of major concerts at Letterkenny Leisure Centre Google+ Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Previous articleWork to start on long awaited wastewater plantNext articleDonegal bound buses targetted by Strabane stone throwers News Highland There are calls for more local input in to the management of the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny after claims it is underperforming in terms of attracting major events and concerts.At this months Letterkenny Town Council meeting it was claimed that not enough major events are being hosted at the multi million euro development with one councillor pointing the finger at the centre’s Dublin based management.Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh raised the issue – he says the council should be getting more of a return for its significant investment:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/kav830.mp3[/podcast] Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH center_img WhatsApp Google+ Facebook By News Highland – July 13, 2010 Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venue

first_imgThe next edition of the Asia Cup could also be UAE-bound with Pakistan given the hosting rights of the tournament in 2020, as organising it in its own country will cast serious doubts on India’s participation owing to diplomatic tensions.The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in its meeting in Singapore on Tuesday awarded the continental meet, to be held in T20 format, to Pakistan, which will most likely organise it in the neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates, its cricket team’s ‘home’ since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus.The tournament will be held in September ahead of the World T20 in Australia.Diplomatic tensions with neighbours Pakistan forced India to host the last Asia Cup in the UAE.”Pakistan told the delegates at the ACC meeting held in Singapore that they would host the Asia Cup at home but a final decision on the venue would be taken after consultation with other members of the ACC and keeping in mind the prevailing security and political situation around that time in Pakistan,” a PCB source said.He said if conditions were not conducive to have the Asia Cup in Pakistan, the PCB would host it at a neutral venue.”Last year the Board of Control for Cricket in India hosted the Asia Cup in UAE because of the political tensions between Pakistan and India,” the source added.When contacted, a senior BCCI official told PTI: “The decision to play in pakistan will be completely be the government’s call. The Board will follow whatever decision the centre takes. We believe that just like we hosted the tournament last year in the UAE, Pakistan should also ideally organise it at a neutral venue.”advertisementAt the ACC meeting, the PCB representatives also insisted that Sri Lanka send its team to Pakistan to play the two ICC Test Championship matches in Lahore and Karachi in September this year.It was also decided that the sport would return to the next Asian Games in T20 format and the ACC would provide technical support to the Olympic Council of Asia.Also Read | World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony Live Streaming: When and where to watchAlso Watch:last_img read more