Chris HorsmanBefore the Welsh prop was forced to retire due to neck injuries, he sat down with Rugby World to chat about his kids, travelling, Matthew Rees, Band Aid and being allergic to DIY. RUGBY WORLD: You were called up from the UK as a late replacement for Wales’ second Test against Australia. How did you find it?CHRIS HORSMAN: It was interesting, but I didn’t see much. I just went to the hotel, the stadium and home again!RW: Didn’t you get a bit disorientated when you first arrived in Brisbane?CH: Yeah. We were staying in the Hilton and it was the afternoon when I got there so I was told to have just an hour’s sleep before training. I woke up and didn’t know where I was. All I could think about was where my kids – Dan, 2, and Grace, 4 – were. I thought I’d left them on their own in a 30-storey building. I was in a right panic, then I remembered I was in Australia not Bristol.RW: Do you remember much about coming on as a sub in the game?CH: You switch on for the game. As soon as you run onto the field you forget you have only just got out there and it felt like I’d been with the squad for three weeks. By the time I got to Brisbane airport the next day, though, I was shattered. I took a couple of sleeping tablets and slept all the way to Bangkok, then I had a chance to buy my kids some presents.RW: Do they watch you play on TV?CH: My son does, but my daughter’s seen a couple of games when I’ve been told off by the ref so she doesn’t like it.Nicknames, Nerves and New beginnings…RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on the pitch?CH: Nothing funny ever happens to me – I’m either told off or sent off! But I did hear this great story from Matthew Rees. He was on the bench for Pontypridd in a cup game in France and he was sat with Mefin Davies watching the second half and talking. Then a scrum formed and everyone was looking around for the hooker – Matthew had forgotten he’d been sent on for Mefin at half-time.RW: What about practical jokes?CH: Tim Collier and I are notorious in the changing room at Worcester. We sit in the corner with Chris and Lee Fortey and Tony Windo, and all get stuck into each other. There’s been cars covered in shaving foam and someone put a dog turd in Tim’s trainers. We have an agreement in our corner, though, that you can’t throw your toys out of the pram. Kai Horstmann gets a lot of grief off us and likes it when I’m on Wales duty, although Tim seems to miss me.RW: Do you have a nickname? TAGS: Worcester Warriors Check out the clip of his new career… CH: Horse. My middle name is Les and the lads also call me Lay-by Les because they all overtake me doing 55mph on the motorway. I’m just never in a rush.RW: Have you ever been starstruck?CH: I once met Michaela Strachan when I was 21. I had a big crush on her and was a bit of a jibbering wreck.RW: Do you have a karaoke song?CH: The Band Aid song. After my first cap I sang Mandy by Barry Manilow and I’ve had a few encore requests. Alun-Wyn Jones thinks he’s a great singer. He may have a better voice than me but he’s not a better showman – you’ve got to work the bus!RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?CH: I’d like to get my loft done before Christmas – and my bathroom.RW: Do you like DIY?CH: Oh no, I’m getting people in to do it. I come from a long line of non-DIYers. I’ve tried but things just fall apart.RW: What embarrasses you?CH: Not much, I don’t get embarrassed easily. Actually, my partner Angie’s singing. I’ve got a lovely mother-in-law and two lovely sisters-in-law, but when they’re all in Bristol they like to sing to the kids – anything that’s out of tune.Even though Chris has retired, he still remains immersed in the sport. He is now a trained referee, ironic really, as he was always on the wrong side of the law. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
* Brian O’Driscoll is within touching distance of yet another remarkable milestone – the Championship try-scoring record that has stood since 1933. The Irish captain and try scoring machine took his RBS 6 Nations tournament tally to 23 with Ireland’s only try in their 13-11 win over Italy in Rome last Saturday, one behind Championship record-holder Ian Smith, the Scotland wing.* France have won 8 of the last 9 meetings between the countries including RWC2003 and RWC2007 successes –Ireland’s win was in their 2009 Grand Slam season* The five draws have been: 1950 (3‐3 at Paris); 1965 (3‐3 at Dublin), 1971 (9‐9 at Dublin), 1979 (9‐9 at Dublin) & 1985 (15‐15 at Dublin)* All matches – Played 86, Ireland won 29, France won 52, Drawn 5* Biggest Wins: Ireland (Points) 31‐43 2006, Ireland recovered from 3‐43 down, Margin 24‐0 1913* Biggest Win: France Points 45‐10 1996, Margin 44‐5 2002* Ireland Changes: Jamie Heaslip returns to the Ireland side for the match with France at Dublin in the only change from the team that narrowly beat Italy last weekend in Rome. Heaslip returns at No 8 after being out since December with an ankle injury, which allows Sean O’Brien to move to flanker in place of Denis Leamy, who reverts to the bench. Shane Jennings, the only player not to feature in Rome, drops out of the matchday 22.* Ireland Injuries: Tommy Bowe (knee) Stephen Ferris (knee) John Hayes Jerry Flannery (calf) Shane Horgan Geordan Murphy (broken foot) Andrew Trimble (broken hand) Rob Kearney (knee)* France Changes: France make one change to the starting XV from the team that beat Scotland in Paris last Saturday. Full-back Damien Traille switches to centre to replace Maxime Mermoz, who injured shoulder ligaments against the Scots, with Clement Poitrenaud coming off the bench to start at full-back. On the bench, Yannick Jauzion comes in for the promoted Poitrenaud, whilst Sylvain Marconnet is preferred to Luc Ducalcon as substitute prop. Vincent Clerc, a late replacement for David Skrela on the bench against Scotland, keeps his place. * France Injuries: Romain Millo‐Chluski (calf) Dimitri Szarzewski (achilles) Maxime Mermoz (shoulder ligaments v Scotland) David Skrela (calf injury in training before Scotland)But what do you think? Some predictions pls! Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Sunday, 13 February Kick-off: 3pm GMTCoverage: Live on BBC Two, Red Button and online from 1430-1700; Commentary on Radio 5 live and live text commentary on BBC Sport websiteAfter Ireland stuttered their way to a win over Italy last weekend and France put up an impressive showing in beating the Scots, Jamie Heaslip will really need to hit the ground running if he is to help Ireland win this encounter, writes Rugby World’s Katie Field. I am glad Jonathan Sexton has kept his place in the Ireland team. I know Ronan O’Gara was cool as a cucumber in slotting that winning drop-goal but it took a team effort to get him in position and Sexton might have landed it too. I am glad Declan Kidney has stuck with his front five. Italy had them under a lot of pressure in the scrums last week but this combination will only improve as they get used to playing together.It’s also great to see Marc Lievremont making minimal changes to his side. Maybe the catastrophic result against Australia in November has finally taught him that wholesale changes usually bring trouble. Surely Ireland can’t make as many mistakes as they did in Rome, where the knock-ons and bad passes were too numerous to count.They will need to improve enormously to beat a French side which looked powerful up front and super-confident behind. If both teams bring their A game to the Aviva it should be a great afternoon. Can’t wait!Teams:Ireland: L Fitzgerald (Leinster), F McFadden (Leinster), B O’Driscoll (Leinster, captain), G D’Arcy (Leinster), K Earls (Munster), J Sexton (Leinster), T O’Leary (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), M Ross (Leinster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), P O’Connell (Munster), S O’Brien (Leinster), D Wallace (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster).Replacements: S Cronin (Connacht), T Court (Ulster), L Cullen (Leinster), D Leamy (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), R O’Gara (Munster), P Wallace (Ulster).France: Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse); Yoann Huget (Bayonne), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Maxime Medard (Toulouse); Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Morgan Parra (Clermont); Thomas Domingo (Clermont), William Servat (Toulouse), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Lionel Nallet (Racing Metro), Thierry Dusautoir (captain, Toulouse), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz).Replacements: Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Sylvain Marconnet (Biarritz), Jerome Thion (Biarritz), Sebastien Chabal (Racing Metro), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse).Stat Attack|: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 14: Aaron Cruden of the All Blacks during a New Zealand All Blacks IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 team announcement at The Heritage Hotel on October 14, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) Aaron Cruden steps into the spotlightIn today’s RWC Daily we speak with New Zealand’s Aaron Cruden, Keven Mealamu and Stephen Donald ahead of Sunday’s semi-final between the hosts and Australia.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Cotter didn’t pass up the opportunity to indulge in a spot of mind games, noting that the referee who turned a blind eye to O’Connell’s misdemeanour against Leinster is the same one for the semi-final. “Perhaps,” said Cotter, “…Mr [Nigel] Owens won’t miss such an act. Anyway, he must be very vigilant towards O’Connell’s behaviour.”Vern’s villain: Paul O’Connell will lead Munster in ClermontEven with O’Connell in their line-up it’s hard to see how Munster can hope to defeat Clermont. With fly-half Brock James back in the mix after recovering from injury, the French club have a full-strength squad from which to choose, although Aurelien Rougerie will undergo a fitness test on his thigh later in the week. Of most concern to Munster will be the threat posed out wide by the Clermont threequarters. Against Toulon it was Fijian flier Noa Nakaitaci who scored a brace of tries; against Toulouse , it was the turn of former All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu to cross the whitewash twice.With Wesley Fofana in the form of his life in the centre, scrum-half Morgan Parra potting goals from left, right and centre (he scored 16 points against Toulouse) and Lee Byrne and Jean-Marcellin Buttin vying for the full-back jersey, Clermont have the potential to overwhelm Munster on Saturday. Noisy bunch: can the ‘Yellow and Blue Army’ drown out Munster’s 5,000 strong travelling fans?By Gavin MortimerMUNSTER SHOULD be afraid. Very afraid. On Saturday evening in the semi-final of the Heineken Cup they will encounter a Clermont side at the top of their game. So what if an estimated 5,000 of the ‘Red Army’ will descend on Montpellier’s Stade de la Mosson for the mouthwatering clash; Clermont have enlisted 22,000 foot soldiers, and every one expects their boys to do to Munster what they did last week to Toulouse – thrash them.Class act: No 9 Morgan Parra in action against ToulouseClermont’s 39-17 destruction of Toulouse last Saturday must have made Munster shudder, particularly given that they themselves had slumped to defeat away at the Dragons. Okay, so Munster might have been fielding a largely second-string side but that’s what Clermont did the previous week away at Toulon. The outcome? A 26-all draw with only a last-gasp Matt Giteau penalty salvaging a share of the spoils for Toulon.Such is the strength in depth of this Clermont side that they can leave out 14 of their top stars and still draw with the Top 14’s top side. Or at least that’s what Toulon were up until Saturday evening. But defeat away to Grenoble, coupled with Clermont’s four-try rout of Toulouse, means that the men in yellow are the new leaders of the Top 14 with just one more round of the regular season to play.Clermont are peaking at just the right time (they have lost just one of their last eight league matches) and now Munster are in their sights. Earlier in the week coach Vern Cotter called on the fans to drown out Munster’s Red Army, saying: “It will be important to have all the ‘Yellow and Blue’ people behind us…even if we’re not really at home, I think our supporters are going to do all they can for the Yellow Army to defeat the Red Army”.Cotter has had plenty else to say about Saturday’s clash, notably the fact that Paul O’Connell will be in the Munster XV. Cotter, like just about everyone in France, is baffled – and angry – that the Ireland lock escaped punishment for kicking Dave Kearney during the Pro12 game against Leinster. “Objectively, I have trouble seeing how Paul O’Connell can still be on the pitch,” said Cotter, when Midi Olympique asked him about the incident. “I’ve seen the images several times and it all strikes me as bizarre…yes, it worries me when I see a player do such an act and still stay on the pitch.” TAGS: Munster not for featured The Red Army will march south believing their boys can pull off a shock, but the reality is likely to be a painful defeat as the Yellow and Blue army continue their conquest of Europe.Follow Gavin Mortimer on Twitter @gavinmortimer7
What it is all about: Below are the latest comings, goings and hammer-blowings in this season’s ChampionshipBy Richard GraingerThe Greene King IPA Championship’s newest side — Ealing Trailfinders, founded in 1871 — are also the longest established side in the division.This was of little consolation to the West Londoners as they have now leaked 19 more points than years they have existed in their first two outings in a highly competitive second tier.Rotherham 79, Ealing 9Argentine centre Juan Pablo Socino notched 34 points for the Yorkshire outfit at Clifton on Saturday with a try, three penalties and 10 conversions.Despite leading 6-3 after 10 minutes, Ealing were blown away by the home side who ran in 10 tries. However, despite this, the visitors stuck to their task and managed to create scoring opportunities late in the game.Plymouth Albion 34, Moseley 34Rugby World’s prediction of a bottom third finish for both Albion and Moseley looked a good bet as Plymouth threw away a 31-13 half-time lead. Following a spirited second half fight back by the Midlanders, Albion were the more relieved of the two teams to hear the final whistle.Plymouth’s discipline was woeful; 22 penalties and two yellow cards left referee Mr Matthew Carley’s whistle red hot, and this led to their second period implosion at Brickfields on Friday night.Both teams could be reasonably happy with three points, and the crowd could have no complaints at this eight-try thriller.Brief happiness: Cornish PiratesJersey 26, Bedford 14St Peter’s remains a fortress in the making, with Bedford the latest in the line of well-fancied outfits to take a tumble in the Channel Islands, going down 26-14 on Saturday. Jersey, renowned for their initiative in attack last term, showed that they were equally adept in defence by preventing last year’s finalists from scoring a point in the second period.However, when former Jersey stalwart Michael Le Bourgeois replaced the injured James Pritchard, who scored all the Blues’ points with a try and three penalties, Bedford came close to salvaging a bonus point. Frustrated Bedford Head Coach Mike Rayer blamed the 25 handling errors he counted.Cornish Pirates 20, Leeds Carnegie 27Head Coach Ian Davies blamed too good a start, which saw his side gallop to a 10-point lead in seven minutes, for complacency which gifted Carnegie a first win on Cornish soil in almost five years.Under the new Mennaye Field lights on Friday night, the Pirates’ faithful watched a handy lead evaporate to become a half-time 13-15 deficit, before the visitors took complete command of proceedings to record a bonus point win. Injuries and the crucial sin-binning of lock Gary Johnson didn’t help the Pirates’ cause.Planning an assault?: RobinsonBristol 31, London Scottish 18A crowd of over 5,500 watched Bristol overcome their shock defeat by the Cornish Pirates last weekend.Head Coach Andy Robinson was pleased with his side’s attitude and told the Bristol website that “… the ambition we played with was excellent.”However he added, “It’s going to be a rollercoaster ride this season,” suggesting that Robinson may be regarding this season as building a bridgehead for an all-out assault on the Premiership trail.Nottingham 19, London Welsh 46 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This win leaves the Exiles close to the top of the class this term, as one of only two unbeaten teams, just one bonus point behind Rotherham.Kevin Davis intercepted with four minutes left on the clock to bring up the bonus point, and the evergreen Gordon Ross stepped up to nail the conversion. This completed the former Scottish international’s perfect day with the boot which netted 26 points and Sky Sports’ Man of the Match Award. What it is all about: Below are the latest comings and goings in the ever competitive Championship
From unwanted records to the great players who could have played for Namibia – find out some trivia about the World Cup’s lowest ranked nation Jacks (and Jacques) of all tradesJacques Burger before the 2015 World CupThe team for the 2015 World Cup is made up of professionals and amateurs, with dentists, engineers, farmers and diamond traders.Saracens back-row Jacques Burger is by far the most well-known player in the squad, but when training together everyone has to wait for the amateurs to finish work until they can hit the field.Another unwanted recordGeorge North scores against Namibia in 2011When George North scored two tries against Namibia in the 2011 he became the youngest try scorer in World Cup history.Wales put 81 points on the African team, who replied with a try from Heinz Koll. North was one of nine Wales players who crossed the whitewash, with Shane Williams touching down three times.The ones that got awayPercy Montgomery plays against Namibia in 2007Before Namibia gained independence, players born in the then named South West Africa were eligible to play for South Africa. Two notable players who plied their trade for the Springboks are full-back Percy Montgomery and flanker Jan Ellis. TAGS: Namibia There’s no such thing as an easy game when you’re a Namibian international, but opening your Rugby World Cup campaign against reigning champions New Zealand is particularly tough.As the tournament’s lowest ranked team, Namibia are not expecting to spring an upset, but hope to put in a good show against the side at the top of the World Rugby rankings table.But as the mix of professionals and amateurs prepare for their moment in the spotlight on Thursday night, take a look at some facts you may not have known about the African nation’s rugby history.142-0Australian captain Chris Whitaker is tackled in the 2003 World CupNamibia made Rugby World Cup history when they conceded 142 points against Australia in 2003, and with the African side failing to get on the scoresheet the result is the biggest losing margin ever in the tournament.They conceded 22 tries in that defeat, which is also still a World Cup record. Australia were only three points shy of matching New Zealand’s all-time scoring record in the finals, which they set in 1995 by beating Japan 145-17.BlankedJaque Fourie against Namibia in a 2007 gameNamibia’s record loss to Australia was the first of three occasions in which they’ve been held scoreless at a World Cup. In 2007 they lost 30-0 to Georgia, while four years later they conceded 87 points without reply against South Africa.In total, teams have been failed to record a single point ten times in finals history, with Namibia making up 30% of these. Namibia at Hampton Court Palace ahead of the 2015 World Cup LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Montgomery scored 893 points in 102 appearances for South Africa, while Ellis was one of the standout flankers in the 1960s and 70s.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSSkip AdAds by Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This pitch is cutting up horribly – even for a rugby match! #FRAUSA #RWC2019— Stewart Ashmore (@Ashy10) October 2, 2019 Concerns over Fukuoka pitch at Rugby World CupDuring its first outing at the Rugby World Cup, for Italy’s win over Canada, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium’s pitch wasn’t holding up. Then during France 33-9 USA the turf was ripping up again.With Ireland versus Samoa coming up in Fukuoka at 11.45am on Saturday 12 October, concerns are starting to be raised about whether the field will hold up for such an important match.For the second game there, the ground staff had to replace a 12m strip of turf. But the pitch was in a bad way in that first game, for Italy and Canada, and people definitely noticed… The turf tore up in the first two games at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium – and Ireland v Samoa is yet to come there Related: A guide to the Rugby World Cup venuesRugby World Cup say of the ground in their official guide: “Surrounded by green, verdant forest and on the very doorstep of the wonderfully cosmopolitan yet laidback southern city of Fukuoka, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium will be an incredible venue from which to enjoy some cracking Rugby World Cup 2019 action. Being a compact and intimate venue and a purpose-built rectangular stadium, fans will enjoy being close to the on-field action, and close to the city of Fukuoka in order to enjoy the pre and post-match atmosphere back in town.”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. However, as the game wore on, the wear and tear was noticeable all over the park. At set-piece time, and even in open play, dirt was sent flying and some players lost their footing on the run.Spraying dirt: the Eagles attempt to tackle Sofiane Guitoune of France (Getty Images)After the match ended with a bonus-point win for France, some of the players were asked about the surface. USA hooker Dylan Fawsitt was pragmatic, saying: “Facilities in Japan have just been phenomenal, so I won’t say a bad word about any of it. It was a bit choppy on the pitch but it’s not something that affected the play in the game. I thought the standard of rugby today was quite high.”However, France prop Cyril Baille was not so magnanimous, saying: “It was very tough, very difficult. When scrummaging the ground would come up, it wasn’t firm, and it was hard when trying to push.”Uneven footing: USA wing Martin Iosefo kicks (Getty Images)Eyes now turn to the next fixture in Fukuoka, with two physical sides in Ireland and Samoa set to do battle in the ultra-competitive Pool A. As you can see, plenty of others are concerned about the state of that pitch.
Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. No ordinary Joe: Exeter’s Joe Simmonds scores against Toulouse in the Champions Cup semi-final (Getty) 3. Simmonds brothers stake their claimsWho is England’s third-best fly-half? Exeter fans will tell you it’s one of Owen Farrell or George Ford until the cows come home. Joe Simmonds, they say, should play for England.Captain of the season’s dominant team at 23, the possessor of one of the best dummies in England, a dead-eyed goalkicker – he’s pushed ahead of the pack in the quest to be England’s next cab off the rank.England class: the Simmonds brothers celebrate the try that put the lid on Exeter’s semi-final win (Getty)Possibly more of a game-manager last season behind a ferocious Exeter pack, the Exeter pack is, well, still ferocious, but Simmonds has taken the next step towards talismanic status. Aided by a half-back partnership with Jack Maunder which has flourished since their teenage years, Simmonds’s try was rich rewards for an impeccable vein of form this season.Comfortably receiving the ball the least of any starting stand-off last weekend, Exeter used him as something of a key – the smooth touch when breaking down the front door was taking just a little too long. Even if he doesn’t make a match-day 23, he’s surely a player to get in camp before England’s Autumn Nations campaign.And what of his brother Sam, so unlucky not to have added to his seven England caps from 2017-18. He may have scored a first-half try, meaning he’s scored more European tries in a single season than any other forward, but his most important intervention came with a brilliant try-saving tackle on Alban Placines. He’s another name in the conversation alongside Vunipola, Curry and Dombrandt.4. Harry Randall stars in England No 9 watchMax Malins has been mentioned in dispatches, but it could be argued that Bristol’s key man on Friday night was scrum-half Harry Randall. There are possibly even two spaces for a scrum-half in Eddie Jones’s autumn squad up for grabs – and a squall of potential candidates.Small wonder: Bristol scrum-half Harry Randall enhanced his England claims against Bordeaux (Getty)So what a piece of timing it was for Randall to have his best game since the restart, the highlight reel moment an ingenious grubber through to the onrushing Malins. One criticism of Randall has been his box-kicking, but Luke Morahan had a field day with his scrum-half’s bombs from the base.Jones loves a scrum-half with the tempo of Randall, and on form like this England would do well to pick him – Wales are sniffing around for the Llandovery College product.5. Liability Lavanini hurts Leicester againTomás Lavanini delivered possibly the most Tomás Lavanini of performances against Toulon on Saturday night. An outstanding physical presence, a canny lineout operator – before a sloppy yellow card undid all his good work. Who won the sweepstakes this week?Some Leicester fans have claimed Lavanini’s reputation precedes him, but reputations do exist for a reason. He can have no complaints here, a late hit on the scrum-half capping off a string of indiscretions.Flawed performance: Tomas Lavanini carries in Toulon, where the Tigers lock was again carded (Getty)We’ve seen him sent off in Argentina’s key 2019 World Cup game, yellow-carded in their 2015 quarter-final, he’s the most carded Puma in history. Generally it’s a good thing when players replicate their international form for their club side – but not here.A high earner at Leicester Tigers, is it time for the men from the Midlands to cut their losses? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Morris, Malins and the magnificent Simmonds brothers – Jacob Whitehead highlights standout performances on a weekend of mixed fortunes for English clubs in Europe Five Things We Learnt from the European Semi-finalsThe home team may have won every game last weekend but there was far more of interest than that simple fact suggests, with numerous players putting their hands up for selection ahead of the Autumn Nations Cup.We’ve seen monkeys shed from backs, dynasties ending and possibly another beginning – although we’ll wait another few weeks before handing over the crown. Plus, we got 100 minutes of Semi Radradra, meaning the weekend’s excitement was used up by ten o’clock on Friday night. But what have the weekend’s results taught us – if anything?1. Racing can win big gamesDeontay Wilder delivered a brilliant piece of trash-talk before his 2018 meeting with Luis Ortiz, claiming: “You have to be perfect for 12 rounds. I only need to be perfect for two seconds and then, in the blink of an eye, it’s bam, baby, goodnight!”Juan Imhoff’s late winner, delivered on a silver platter by bad-boy butlers Finn Russell and Virimi Vakatawa, was the rugby equivalent of Wilder’s famous right hand. A perfect Saracens defensive performance for 75 minutes seemed to have delivered them to a fourth final in five years, but momentary perfection from the Racing back-line sent that to the canvas.Too hot to handle: Virimi Vakatawa escapes the clutches of Elliot Daly during Racing’s win (Getty)Racing 92 were in danger of becoming like domestic rivals Clermont Auvergne, with only a solitary Top 14 title to show for a period of recent dominance.Their record in Europe over the last four years reads losing finalists, bottom of the group, losing finalists, losing quarter-finalists. But whereas recent years have seen them lose close European games – see 22-21 to Toulouse last year, 15-12 to Leinster the season before that – they may have finally summited the hump with last weekend’s tight win.However, next month, can they climb the mountain?2. Sarries young guns are going to be just fineIf the surprise package of the quarter-finals was 19-year-old Northampton loosehead Manny Iyogun, Saturday’s equivalent was Saracens centre Dom Morris. The academy graduate only made his European debut in the last moments of the previous week’s victory in Leinster, but was pressed into action after just 12 minutes in Paris.Jogging onto the pitch as a replacement for the stricken Duncan Taylor, he set up for the resulting lineout and looked at his opposite number. Virimi Vakatawa. Gulp.Sudden impact: Saracens’ Dom Morris is tackled by Simon Zebo and Antonie Claassen in Paris (Inpho)But Morris was superb, reading the play superbly as the designated blitzer in Saracens’ defensive scheme, with Imhoff’s winning try only coming when Morris was stuck on the floor from a previous phase. It’s testament to Morris’s quality that his curly lid was nearly indistinguishable from Taylor’s mop in a relief performance of real bravura.His break with 20 minutes left could have been one of the great knockout scores, but will instead be slotted into the Mathew Tait 2007 file.Those Saracens fans who tucked into Friday night’s aperitif of Bristol v Bordeaux can take some solace in the star turn of loanee Max Malins. He had a couple of teething problems in the first half, but Matthieu Jalibert will break many a full-back’s ankles in the years to come.Malins’s second-half and extra-time performance was something to behold, with his offload in the first minute of the added period the match-winning moment. Oh, and he’d profit from Radradra’s speedy wrists to put the final flourish on the score-line, and bag himself a double.
Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Advocacy Peace & Justice, Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska Washington National Cathedral embraces Creation Care Year Sleeth challenges unthical animal practices in St. Francis Day sermon Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Episcopal News Service, Washington, D.C.] Blessed Earth founder Dr. Matthew Sleeth kicked off a Creation Care series at Washington National Cathedral on Oct. 7 with a St. Francis’ Day sermon on caring for animals, reminding participants that not one sparrow falls from the sky without God noticing.Describing the manger scene of Christ’s nativity, Sleeth said this “pretty much depicted the way humans interacted with agriculture for 2,000 years,” yet has little relation to the way we raise animals today.“This has nothing to do with animals held in cages, not able to turn around, not seeing the light of day, and fed other animals, even if they’re vegetarian,” he said, noting that unethical practices “can be hidden from you and me but not from the Lord God. He started life with cows and sheep.”“Our food has no life,” said Joel Salatin, farmer and author of Folks, This Ain’t Normal, decrying the use of harmful chemicals in agriculture at a forum preceding the service. “If it can’t die it has no life, and it can’t give us life.”In an effort to shed light on these and other environmental issues, Creation Care Year – a partnership between Washington National Cathedral and Blessed Earth, an educational nonprofit that inspires and equips people of faith to become better stewards of the earth – was launched in April with an Earth Day call to action from Sleeth, who left his position as an Emergency Room director to lecture, write and preach about creation care.Supported, in part, by a grant from the Kendeda Fund, the program aims to mobilize church leadership by focusing on key pulpits that have far-reaching impact. It will include sermons, forums, small group studies, lectures and classes on a wide range of topics, from food to farming and sustainable energy, delivered by experts such as Norman Wirzba, research professor of theology, ecology and rural life at Duke Divinity School, and organizations such as Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light.“The focus is on raising up awareness as well as highlighting established efforts,” said the Rev. Lyndon Shakespeare, the cathedral’s director of program and ministry, adding that a thematic program of this breadth is a new approach for the cathedral.“It allows us the space and time to settle into one topic,” he said, noting that it also enables the cathedral to serve as a resource for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. “You can come here, take a class and then take this back to your parish.”The cathedral hopes to develop a book out of some of the lectures, as well as get people connected with organizations already involved in this work, he said.“A lot of these issues are interconnected,” said Laura Leavell, of Blessed Earth.But in many congregations, she said, the environment has been seen as a political and divisive issue, making it easy for many to dismiss. By reminding Christians of the biblical mandate to care for creation, and by coming at it from many different angles, Blessed Earth hopes that more people will tune back in.“Christians will listen to scripture,” she said. “They respect the Bible.”In his sermon, Sleeth offered three key points on what the Bible say about animals: Man is called to name the animals (Adam and Eve), rescue the animals (Noah) and be kind to the animals (Rebecca), he said. It was Rebecca’s kindness to animals – she offered Abraham’s servant Eliezer a drink and then watered his camels – that spoke to her good character and led to her betrothal to Isaac, Abraham’s son, in Genesis 24.“To know these themes, and to decry their trespass, is the job of the church,” Sleeth said.Animals are with Jesus at his birth, following his temptation, and on his final journey into Jerusalem, when he rides a horse that has never been ridden, he added.“Regardless of whether it’s Rebecca watering camels, St. Francis preaching to birds, William Wilberforce rescuing horses or C.S. Lewis refusing to set a mousetrap … saints are kind to animals,” he said.Referencing what the Bible says of those who are cruel to animals, Sleeth quoted Genesis 49:5 and the harsh words meted out to the violent brothers, Simeon and Levi: “Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased. Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.”Sleeth said the Bible also includes an important caveat about animals: Do not worship them.“In ancient times, one could easily value a horse more than God,” he said. Animals were worshiped as deities in some cultures or lionized like Bucephalus, Alexander the Great’s legendary horse.“Is getting a kidney transplant for your cat or dog wrong when people in the world are going hungry? I can’t say where the line between idol and pet is drawn,” he said. “But if you seek the Bible’s wisdom on such matters, consider this: In all the thousands of pages of the Bible and all the thousands of years they represent, not one horse is named and not one horse race occurs.”As it unfolds between now and Earth Day 2013, when Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will offer the culminating sermon, the Creation Care program will suggest many ways for participants to take action. In closing, Sleeth offered just one.“Americans decide what kind of farms they want, what kind of world they want concerning farmers and food supply sources three times a day, when they sit down to eat,” he said. While he stopped short of advocating vegetarianism, he said it was “essential to not eat meat that was grown or raised or produced in a way that is incompatible with Christ.”“You picture Christ as a baby,” he said. “If the feeding operation doesn’t add up to some place that you would put him, don’t eat the food.”A complete list of Creation Care Year programs is available here.— Lucy Chumbley is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. 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Miembros episcopales del CCA comentan sobre una reunión ‘amigable’ La reunión de Nueva Zelanda fue un ‘lugar de diálogo profundo’ y de atender al evangelio Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 La Iglesia Episcopal estuvo representada en el CCA-15 por (de izquierda a derecha) la Rda. Gay Jennings, de Ohio, la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori; Josephine Hicks, de Carolina del Norte y el obispo Ian Douglas de Connecticut. Ellos aparecen aquí en su foto oficial con el arzobispo de Cantórbery Rowan Williams (al centro) frente a la iglesia de Santa María en los terrenos de la catedral de la Santa Trinidad en Auckland. Foto de Anglican Communion News Service[Episcopal News Service – Auckland, Nueva Zelanda] la 15ª. reunión del Consejo Consultivo Anglicano que concluyó aquí el 7 de noviembre (hora local) luego de sesionar durante 12 días, resultó “notable” según los cuatro miembros del Consejo que pertenecen a la Iglesia Episcopal.La Iglesia Episcopal estuvo representada en la reunión por la Rda. Gay Jennings, de Ohio; Josephine Hicks, de Carolina del Norte y el obispo Ian Douglas, de Connecticut.La obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori asistió a la reunión en su calidad de miembro del Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana, que se reunió aquí antes de que comenzara a sesionar el CCA. Douglas también es miembro del Comité Permanente.Hicks, cuyo período expiró al final de esta reunión, es el miembro que ha servido por más tiempo [en este organismo], aunque Douglas ha estado presente en cuatro reuniones del CCA en diversas funciones. El período de Hicks comenzó con la reunión de 2005 en Nottingham, Inglaterra, cuando los miembros de la Iglesia Episcopal de EE.UU. y de la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá asistieron como observadores después de que ambas provincias retiraran voluntariamente su participación en consonancia con una petición de los primados —o principales arzobispos— anglicanos para darle espacio a la consideración de asuntos relacionados con la sexualidad.Esa primera reunión, le dijo ella a Episcopal News Service durante una entrevista con los cuatro representantes de la Iglesia Episcopal antes de que terminara la reunión de Auckland, fue “extremadamente tensa y embarazosa, aunque tuvo sus momentos maravillosos”.La reunión de 2009 en Jamaica fue “mucho más relajada, en una atmósfera mucho mejor, pero aún con un trasfondo contencioso que a veces se hacía más ostensible en asuntos verdaderamente difíciles”, tales como el Pacto Anglicano, el Informe Windsor 2004 y la moratoria sobre la autorización de bendiciones a parejas del mismo sexo, las consagraciones de obispos que viven en relaciones [de pareja] con personas del mismo sexo, y en las intervenciones transfronterizas de los obispos.“Esta reunión se ha sentido muy diferente e incluso más relajada, incluso menos contencioso, hasta con una mayor capacidad de congeniar”, dijo Hicks. “Todos los que estuvieron en Jamaica han comentado que esta reunión ha sido más amigable, más positiva [con] personas claramente comprometidas con la Comunión Anglicana, independientemente de sus posiciones sobre el pacto o sobre cualquier otro asunto”.Douglas convino con Hicks. “Sin duda esta reunión del CCA ha sido la más conversacional, la menos politizada”, afirmó, llamando a la reunión, que sesionó fundamentalmente en la catedral de la Santa Trinidad en Auckland, “un lugar de diálogo profundo de una manera que yo nunca lo había experimentado en el pasado”.“Hallé que hemos podido profundizar mucho en torno a la manera en que nuestras iglesias difieren unas de otras y también en lo que nos une como la Comunión misma”, dijo él. “Parece que un montón de resentimientos viejos y divisiones —de diferencias— siguen estando ahí, yo no quiero ocultarlas, pero en cuanto a las pasadas tensiones, no estoy experimentándolas en esta reunión”.La obispa primada dijo que en comparación con las primeras dos reuniones de los primados a que ella asistiera en 2007 y 2009 y la Conferencia de Lambeth que medió entre ellas, está segunda reunión del CCA a la que ella asiste “es probablemente la reunión de la Comunión Anglicana que ha demostrado más posibilidades para fomentar relaciones duraderas que yo haya visto”.Añadió que la última Reunión de los Primados en enero de 2011 “recorrió un largo trayecto en esa dirección, pero esta reunión del CCA está profundamente reconciliada con nuestra diversidad”.“Da testimonio de [un] compromiso con un cometido a largo plazo de la Comunión, en el sentido de que las personas participan y están interesadas en hacer que las cosas funcionen en nuestros variados contextos”, dijo Jefferts Schori.Por ejemplo, agregó, el CCA se comprometió a “hacerse cargo” de las redes oficiales de la Comunión entre una y otra reunión.Para Jennings, que asiste a su primera reunión del CCA resultó “una estupenda oportunidad de hacer relaciones, de aprender más acerca de las diversas provincias”.“Hemos dialogado respecto al hecho de que el CCA es el único instrumento que tiene representación de obispos, presbíteros, diáconos y laicos”, señaló ella. “Se ha hecho un llamado a que haya más laicos que formen parte del CCA y ha habido conversaciones en cuanto a la manera en que eso podría facilitarse”.Los que asistieron al CCA-15 que no forman parte de ninguno de los otros instrumentos de la Comunión “consideran que es un gran privilegio estar representando a su provincia y hay muchísimo interés en ver como las diferentes provincias se asemejan, pero también cuan diferentes son, de manera que seguimos aprendiendo los unos de los otros”.Hicks resaltó también el cambio de rumbo en el interés de la reunión.“Estoy encantada de decir que los temas que suscitaron la mayor energía y pasión en esta reunión fueron… los temas de paz y justicia a los que debemos dedicar nuestro tiempo y energía y en los que debemos concentrarnos”, señaló.Entre los temas, dijo Hicks, incluyeron el proyecto de la Biblia en la vida de la Iglesia, el abogar contra la persecución de los cristianos [en países] donde son minoría, el abogar contra la violencia de género y tomar medidas decisivas para prevenirla y el abogar por la preservación del medio ambiente y tomar medidas específicas para lograrlo.Douglas dijo que el lugar de la reunión fue “muy importante para el modo de entender la unidad en todas nuestras diferencias”.La Iglesia Anglicana en Aotearoa, Nueva Zelanda y Polinesia es una provincia “que se ha esforzado durante décadas para lograr que las tres tradiciones, los tres grupos culturales conocidos como tikangas, vivan juntos en la plenitud de lo que Dios se propone [hacer] en estas tierras”.Se puede encontrar más información sobre esa labor aquí.Douglas agregó que él había llegado a saber que para la provincia “había sido una dura lucha aprender a vivir juntos en la plenitud del cuerpo de Cristo”.“Creo que justamente estar aquí, escuchando los distintos idiomas, viendo a las diferentes personas en la totalidad de quienes son y en la constante y ardua tarea de aunar esfuerzos ha sido un entorno o una base muy importante para todas nuestras conversaciones: casi como un microcosmos de mayores posibilidades y desafíos en la más amplia Comunión Anglicana”.Jennings también hizo hincapié en los esfuerzos de la Comunión en profundizar su unidad en medio de la diversidad.“Lo que me ha impresionado en esta reunión es que a través de las provincias parece haber alguna comprensión —no sólo de parte de los [que venimos] de América del Norte, sino a través de toda la Comunión Anglicana— de que nuestra unidad no está basada en una creencia o en una tradición uniformes; sino, más bien, que nuestra unidad está en Jesucristo y en las cosas que consideramos esenciales para definirnos a nosotros mismos como anglicanos”, dijo ella. “Esta reunión, al menos para esta novata, parece estar mucho más interesada, como dijo Josephine, en los problemas de nuestra vida común y de cómo podemos llevar a cabo juntos la misión de Dios y buscar la paz”.Según Jefferts Schori, los miembros del CCA tuvieron “un diálogo notablemente creativo y profundo en torno a una variedad de asuntos que todos compartimos”.“Esta reunión nos ha ofrecido la capacidad de aprender de las diferencias que caracterizan a la Comunión”, afirmó ella. “Las iglesias occidentales han hablado acerca de las dificultades de retener o de atraer a jóvenes y de facilitar su liderazgo en la Iglesia y no simplemente de reducir el liderazgo a los miembros más viejos en períodos de mayor duración. Son realidades que se aplican en Papúa Nueva Guinea como en Aotearoa, Nueva Zelanda y Polinesia, en Estados Unidos, en las partes más antiguas de la Iglesia”.“Las partes más nuevas de la Iglesia que están creciendo con gran rapidez se enfrentan con problemas de recursos esenciales, con los cuales se enfrentan algunas de nuestras congregaciones rurales, de manera que tenemos cosas que aprender de las variaciones en nuestros contextos que todas se reducen a cómo presentar el evangelio de una manera que sea atractiva y restauradora para el pueblo que somos, dispuesto a proclamar las buenas nuevas de Jesús”.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH November 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm Hermosa Foto del primado Con Obispos de ECUSA que tantas veces fueron y son de bendición para tantas iglesias. Dios los guie y bendiga a los Obispos, Presbíteros, Diáconos y Laicos de la Comunión Anglicana Episcopal! 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