Stock market recovery: I’m aiming to build wealth with dirt-cheap shares Zaven Boyrazian | Monday, 1st February, 2021 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Any quick glance at a historical chart will show me that a stock market recovery always happens eventually, even after the worst financial crises. While watching my portfolio plummet is a gut-wrenching experience, such events aren’t all that common. For example, there have only been three crashes in the last 20 years.But as horrible as they are to experience, a market crash creates opportunities to buy dirt-cheap shares in fantastic companies. Needless to say, I think being able to buy shares at bargain prices, is a brilliant recipe for building wealth.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A stock market recovery from Covid-19The FTSE 100 has already begun recovering since the crash in March 2020. Yet even today it still trades 15% lower than its pre-Covid levels. And last month’s tumble may have extended the stock market recovery time.But with so many businesses now adapted to the pandemic operating environment, I would expect some companies’ share prices to be higher than they currently are. In other words, I think there are still multiple dirt-cheap shares worth buying.It’s impossible to know when the stock market recovery will be finished. And until that time, the level of market volatility is likely to remain high.However, historically market levels tend to return to pre-crash prices after around 18 months. This historical average would indicate that the market might get back to pre-Covid levels later this year. What’s more, indices like the FTSE 100 typically reach new highs directly after recovering from a crash. Meaning dirt-cheap shares today, could appreciate in price dramatically over the next few months.They might not, of course. Just as the pandemic has been different from anything most of us have seen in our lifetimes, it may also rewrite the rules on stock market recovery times. And some companies may never bounce back. So I would never make assumptions that every cheap stock out there is a real bargain. Careful research remains as important as it ever was.Using dirt-cheap shares to build wealthThere are many investment instruments that can be used to try to build wealth. Historically, cash and bonds were a great way to generate a reliable income with minimal risk. But with interest rates now near zero, the returns on high-quality bonds can barely keep up with inflation.Since interest rates aren’t likely to go back up any time soon, equities may become more appealing to even more investors. And when the demand for equities go up, so does market liquidity which hopefully further accelerates a stock market recovery.While riskier than some other investments, stocks have historically generated the greatest returns of any investment instrument over the long term. So when I see a fantastic business’s share price plummet during a crash, I see it as a buying opportunity I don’t want to miss. After all, the cheaper the stock, the more room for growth.But beware! Sometimes a stock is dirt-cheap for a good reason. Even a talented analyst like Warren Buffett can miss the most vital details that can change the fate of a business (look at what happened with Dexter Shoe Co).That’s why I think diversification is an essential tool for my portfolio. It helps mitigate these risks and protects wealth while it grows. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Speaking of cheap shares, here’s one that I’ve been watching: Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 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Dividend shares: I’m following Warren Buffett’s method in my ISA Image source: The Motley Fool See all posts by Roland Head Billionaire US investor Warren Buffett has famously never paid a dividend to shareholders of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. So why am I talking about his methods in an article on dividend shares?It’s simple enough. Buffett doesn’t pay dividends, but he certainly likes to collect them. Berkshire’s biggest equity holdings include many well-known US dividend shares.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Buffett’s dividend sharesI’ve been taking a look at the stock market holdings held by Berkshire Hathaway. The top 10 largest holdings by size are all well-known dividend stocks, such as Bank of America, Coca-Cola Co, American Express and Kraft Heinz.Buffett’s biggest public holding is Apple. Berkshire’s stake in the tech giant is valued at around $120bn. And although Apple probably isn’t known as a dividend stock, it’s been paying out regularly since 2012. I estimate last year’s payout alone totalled about $13bn.However, investments aren’t limited to the stock market. Buffett also buys whole companies, owning them privately under the umbrella of his Berkshire Hathaway holding company. When a company is privately owned, its owners have access to all the surplus cash generated by that business.In my view, the companies owned by Berkshire are like dividend shares on steroids. I suspect most of them generate attractive cash returns for Buffett. That cash can be used to make new investments.How I’m copying BuffettI follow a similar approach for my income portfolio, which I hold in a Stocks and Shares ISA. As I’m still working, I don’t withdraw any of the dividends generated by my shares. Instead, I combine this cash with my monthly contributions to buy additional shares for my portfolio.Over time, these shares also generate dividends. In other words, I use my dividends to buy more dividends. Reinvesting income in this way is known as compounding. Over time, compounding can be a powerful way to generate low-risk growth. For example, over 20 years, reinvesting a 5% annual income would give a 165% gain, even if the share price was unchanged.Eventually, I hope to be able to cut back on working and live on my dividend income. But, until then, I’ll keep reinvesting my dividends.What about dividend cuts?Of course, a dividend is never guaranteed. As we saw last year when bad things happen, companies can be forced to cut or suspend their dividends without warning.A second risk with high-yield dividend stocks is that the generous payouts could be a sign the company can’t find any growth opportunities. Over time, such stocks can lag behind the wider market.I suffered dividend cuts last year. The income generated by my portfolio fell by around 50%. But I took advantage of lower share prices to keep buying dividend shares.So far, my approach has paid off. Most of my bargain shares are performing well. Many of the dividends that were cut last year have now been reinstated.I plan to keep following Buffett’s example and expect 2021 to be a much better year for dividend income. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Roland Head | Monday, 22nd February, 2021 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Alphabet (C shares) and Apple. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Keywords Studios and recommends the following options: short March 2023 $130 calls on Apple and long March 2023 $120 calls on Apple. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Should this be the case, I think there’s a better way to play the gaming theme. Top UK growth stock Today’s full-year results from Dublin-based gaming services provider Keywords Studios (LSE: KWS) were as good as you might expect. Despite Covid-19 forcing many of the company’s employees to work from home, group revenue increased 14.4% to €373.5m. Pre-tax profit rose a whopping 86.6% to €32.5m. On top of this, Keywords ended the year with net cash (€102.9m), thanks in part to a successful €110m placing conducted in May.The outlook for earnings looks just as good. As a result of new console launches (Playstation 5 and Xbox X/S Series), Keywords expects to see increased demand across its service lines “in 2021 and beyond.” Indeed, joint interim CEO Jon Hauck said the company was “very confident” in its future, thanks to “the continued trend towards outsourcing and an increased focus on content creation in a growing video games market.”Buyer bewareAll this surely bodes well for the KWS share price over the medium-to-long term. This isn’t to say there won’t be some volatility along the way. Although up more than 1,000% over the last five years, the KWS share price has suffered some not-insignificant reversals over this period. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. It’s not hard to see why the recent listing of California-based video game platform Roblox (NYSE:RBLX) has attracted so much attention. After all, the gaming industry has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of multiple lockdowns over the past year.Notwithstanding this, I’m not as confident as some that the share price will continue to soar from here, at least in the near future.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Now, don’t get me wrong. Roblox’s chief pull — allowing players to create avatars that can move between games, all of which have been built by members of its own community — is attractive. When players can switch from creating a theme park to racing a car to starring in a fashion show, it’s perhaps no surprise Roblox is one of the biggest-grossing apps on Apple and Google devices. I’d buy this UK growth share ahead of Roblox However, the biggest concern for me is that Roblox isn’t profitable. The company posted a net loss of $253.3m in 2020. That was up significantly on the $71m loss reported in 2019 as a result of needing to pay developers more for their games.Factor in the hyper-competitive nature of the industry, a frothy £37bn valuation, and suggestions that many US tech firms have already had their time in the sun and I’m wondering if we could be in for a bout of profit-taking. Paul Summers | Wednesday, 24th March, 2021 | More on: KWS RBLX “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Like Roblox, there’s also the possibility that demand for the shares may moderate as investors grow wary that even the most committed gamers will want to get outside more over the next few months. These things matter when it’s considered that KWS shares already traded on a heady 38 times forecast earnings before markets opened this morning. Even so, I’d definitely feel more comfortable backing Keywords over Roblox. Aside from making real profits, the former is less focused on fickle young gamers. The ‘picks and shovels’ nature of its business also gives Keywords some earnings diversification that Roblox arguably doesn’t have. That said, I’m happy to continue funneling my money into this gaming-focused fund instead. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Paul Summers
Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The IAG (LSE: IAG) share price appears cheap at current levels. The stock is trading at just under 200p, at the time of writing. That’s more than 50% below the level at which it began 2020. However, just because a stock looks cheap compared to its trading history doesn’t necessarily mean it is. On an underlying basis, IAG, which owns British Airways, among other airlines, has seen its profits and balance sheet deteriorate substantially over the past 12 months. As such, it’s not unreasonable to say business is worth considerably less today than it was at the beginning of last year. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But, after a rough 2020, the airline group is now on the road to recovery. And as the company recovers, the IAG share price could follow suit. Improving outlookAs the global economy has started to open up again, demand for air travel has gradually increased. According to the International Air Transport Association, April’s global air demand was 65.4% lower than its pre-crisis level in April 2019. That was at least an improvement from being 66.9% lower in March. While passengers are returning to the skies, these figures illustrate the challenges IAG and its peers face. Virtually every single airline needs to fill its planes to near capacity to earn a profit. Unfortunately, with air traffic still 65% below pre-crisis levels, it seems as if most airlines won’t even come close to the level of capacity they need to earn a profit this year. That’s terrible news for the IAG share price. City analysts were already forecasting a lousy year for the business in 2021. But looking at the current pace of the recovery and lack of international travel from the UK, its home market, it seems the outlook has only become more uncertain. Therefore, it could be the case that the company’s recovery takes longer than expected. This could mean the stock is a value trap at current levels.IAG share price: a value trap? A value trap can be broadly defined as any business that looks cheap, but is cheap for a reason. It’s usually the case that the firm’s ability to make profits has been severely and/or permanently impaired in some way. I think the IAG share price could be a value trap because unclear, as of yet, if demand for air travel will ever return to 2019 levels. That’s what concerns me.If it doesn’t, the IAG share price could remain permanently depressed. That said, uncertainty prevails at this point. The market may never recover. But, then again, it could also recover quite quickly. When international travel reopens, consumers may return to the skies in large numbers. This would be hugely positive for the airline group, especially as many of its peers have had to take government bailouts in the crisis, which have come with stringent restrictions. These restrictions may impede their ability to compete effectively going forward. Still, despite this best-case-scenario potential, I wouldn’t buy the stock for my portfolio today. I think there are other companies on the market with better growth prospects over the next five-to-10 years. Is the IAG share price a value trap? Rupert Hargreaves | Monday, 14th June, 2021 | More on: IAG Enter Your Email Address Our 5 Top Shares for the New “Green Industrial Revolution” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares It was released in November 2020, and make no mistake:It’s happening.The UK Government’s 10-point plan for a new “Green Industrial Revolution.”PriceWaterhouse Coopers believes this trend will cost £400billion……That’s just here in Britain over the next 10 years.Worldwide, the Green Industrial Revolution could be worth TRILLIONS.It’s why I’m urging all investors to read this special presentation carefully, and learn how you can uncover the 5 companies that we believe are poised to profit from this gargantuan trend ahead! See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Image source: Getty Images Access this special “Green Industrial Revolution” presentation now Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.
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.