Danny Care – Harlequins and England

first_imgCheck out how Danny’s team, Harlequins got on in the Crossbar Challenge… TAGS: Harlequins LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Danny Care feeling a little left outRugby World sat down with the ‘Care Bare’ to chat about buying Liverpool FC, the clubs chances of making the play-offs and having a bit too much spare time on his hands. RUGBY WORLD: Harlequins have found some form in the Premiership. Can you make the play-offs?DANNY CARE: At the start of the season we were aiming for the top six to go one better than last year. Now the top four is wide open and we’re aiming for it. It’s nice to be playing the sort of rugby we want to play, throwing the ball around. The boys are enjoying it.RW: It’s a young squad as well…DC: Yeah, there’s a good bunch of young English lads so hopefully we can stick together for a long time.RW: What about Adrian Jarvis’s move to Bristol next season?DC: He’s taken a bit of stick in training for that but we wish him all the best, except when we play Bristol. Then I’ll send some big guys down his channel!RW: So who are the jokers at Quins?DC: Tommy Williams is an annoying sort of joker. If you’re bent down tying your shoelaces, he’ll push you over into a puddle. The main gag at the club is to change the numbers in people’s phones, like swapping your girlfriend’s number for Dean Richards’s so when you text your girlfriend it goes to him.RW: That’s wicked. Any other gags?DC: We have this thing called Knob of the Week. If you’ve been caught doing something stupid on camera, you get nominated and the team sit round to watch all the videos. The one with the loudest cheer wins. I’m lucky; in a year and a half I’ve not even been nominated. I keep my head down when the camera phones come out. My housemate Jordan Turner-Hall has got it a few times. He’s always up to stupid antics.RW: So do you get any abuse?DC: Any small Mexican or Italian person with brown hair – I get called him. If it’s a person with a big nose it’s Stretts [David Strettle]. It’s not a high level of banter.Super-powers, Bugbears and Horses…RW: Don’t you have a pretty decent pool record against Strettle?DC: We used to live together and had a chalkboard of all the games we’d played. It got to the point where there wasn’t any room on my side to put all the wins in. He won a couple but we must have played 300 games – we had a lot of spare time.RW: What super-power would you like?DC: To fly. I’d fly to the Playboy mansion, then go on to Vegas and New York. RW: Do you have any bugbears?DC: When you open the door for someone and they don’t say thank you. It wouldn’t happen up north but everyone’s too busy in London.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard on the pitch? Any sledging?DC: Jordan dishes out a bit of banter. He likes to call people his ‘little bitch’ when he does a big tackle. He’s big and there’s nothing you can really come back with.RW: What about the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?DC: In training last year, I was marking Stretts on the wing. There was a bit of banter and I said there was a horse on the pitch. He told me to shut up and stop being an idiot, and I said, “Honest to God, turn round.” Eventually he turned round and there was this massive horse at the back of the pitch, a park ranger or something. Play went on and we were just laughing about this horse.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?DC: To be very rich! I’d love to win the Lottery and buy a football club. Liverpool would be my first choice.RW: Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?DC: Cheryl Tweedy. She’s lovely – I just need a chance to meet her.RW: Who do you think is overrated?DC: Ashley Cole!Check out his stats for EnglandCheck out Danny’s Twitter pageCheck out his seven second try…last_img read more

Strauss named in Ireland squad

first_img Newly qualified: Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss has been selected after three years in DublinDECLAN KIDNEY has named a 31-man squad for Ireland’s upcoming Test matches against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina.There are four uncapped players named in the squad, including Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss who qualifies for the national side after three years with the European champions. Other players included are prop David Kilcoyne, centre Luke Marshall and Ulster lock forward Iain Henderson.Full-back Rob Kearney is set to undergo surgery on his back in the coming days, ruling him out for 8-10 weeks and consequently forcing him to miss the November Internationals.Anthony Foley has joined the Ireland coaching setup as a defence coach, allowing Les Kiss to handle the attack.Declan Kidney said: “We have three incredibly competitive games ahead of us in November and while there have been quite a few injuries and niggles in the early part of the season, it has opened up opportunities for other players to step into the squad. There are world ranking points on offer, so the underlying challenge for us is to work towards retaining and improving our ranking position ahead of the Rugby World Cup pool draw. While that is the end goal, our focus will be getting our preparations right to match the intensity of international games. *denotes uncapped playerFixtures:Ireland v South Africa, Saturday 10 November, Aviva Stadium, Kick-off: 17:30Ireland v Fiji, Saturday 17 November, Thomond Park Stadium, Kick-off: 17:30Ireland v Argentina, Saturday 24 November, Aviva Stadium, Kick-off: 14:00 DUBLIN, IRELAND – OCTOBER 09: Richardt Strauss of Leinster scores a try during the Heineken Cup match between Leinster and Racing Metro 92 at the Royal Dublin Society on October 9, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I’m pleased that Anthony has taken up the offer of working with the squad to assist during this vital period in November. His previous experience of working with the team during the last RBS 6 Nations championship was important, but his own abilities and experience were central to bringing him onboard. I would like to thank Rob Penney and Joe Schmidt for being so positive and giving Anthony Foley and Greg (Feek) the scope to be part of the plans that we have.”Ireland Squad:Rory Best, Tommy Bowe, Darren Cave, Tom Court, Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls, Stephen Ferris, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Iain Henderson*, Chris Henry, David Kilcoyne*, Luke Marshall*, John Muldoon, Conor Murray, Mike McCarthy, Fergus McFadden, Kevin McLaughlin, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll (C), Ronan O’Gara, Peter O’Mahony, Eoin Reddan, Mike Ross, Donnacha Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, Richardt Strauss*, Andrew Trimble, Dan Tuohy, Simon Zebolast_img read more

Championship blog: Round 12 wrap

first_imgCarnegie’s points came from five Glyn Hughes penalties.The GKIPA Championship takes a two-week break for a return to British & Irish Cup action. LEEDS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Ruairi Cushion of Plymouth in action during the RFU Championship match between Leeds Carnegie and Plymouth Albion at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images) Rotherham 35, Cornish Pirates 30Pirates pulled back as Titans tighten tacklesThe award for comeback of the week goes to Rotherham who chased down a deficit of 24-0 to bag a bonus point win at Clifton Road on Saturday.The Cornishmen were 24-0 ahead after 27 minutes thanks to tries from Craig Holland, Tom Riley and Tom Kessell, all converted by Holland, who also banged over a penalty in the second minute.However, the introduction of Laurence Pearce stiffened the hosts’ collective backbone and put some resolve into Rotherham’s soft-shouldered defence. Pearce crossed to get the Titans’ side of the scoreboard moving before Jack Roberts finished off a breath-taking Rotherham counter-attack.  Then inspirational hooker Ben Sowrey completed Michael Keating’s break to cut the visitors’ lead to two before Keating himself dotted down for Juan Pablo Socina to convert. Pablo, the division’s top points scorer by a country mile, then added two further penalties to sink the Pirates.The only scorer: Ruari Cushion dotted downPlymouth Albion 14, Leeds Carnegie 15Leeds survive drop goal attempts at deathPlymouth pushed third placed Leeds all the way and almost secured victory when Declan Cusack’s second late long range drop goal attempt passed inches beneath the bar.In an uninspiring game at Brickfields, which Leeds head coach Jimmy Lowes felt was marred by Albion being allowed to slow Carnegie ball down, the hosts scored the only try of the clash when scrum-half Ruairi Cushion crossed from a five-metre scrum. The Greene King IPA Championship: Here’s you’re next instalment from England’s competitive second tierBy Richard GraingerJUST FOUR points separate the top four clubs, while a relegation dogfight finally gets underway at the other end of the table, following the final matches in week 12 of the Greene King IPA Championship.Nottingham 27, Ealing Trailfinders 28Trailfinders find path to victory at Meadow LaneDespite a hat-trick from skipper Brent Wilson at Meadow Lane on Sunday, Nottingham slipped to their eighth defeat as Ealing fashioned a second win with three first half tries and epic defence after the break. Sides in the relegation zone target their home games, but Ealing have given their survival hopes a massive boost with away wins against the two teams ahead of them. With Jersey and Nottingham still to visit Vallis Way in the spring, the division’s new boys now have every chance of securing a second season of GKIPA rugby.Hat-trick hero: Nottingham captain Brent WilsonRonnie McLean scored a brace for the visitors, and the prolific Phil Chesters crossed for Ealing’s third before the break. Leading 15-25 at the turnaround, Trailfinders had to weather the predicted Nottingham storm, but Ben Ward’s penalty meant that Wilson’s third try was only sufficient to give the Green and Whites a losing bonus point.Jersey 26, London Welsh 33Welsh return to winning waysJersey’s spirited late fightback wasn’t quite enough to inflict a third consecutive defeat on London Welsh, whose win at St Peter on Saturday retuned them to the top of the division.Mitch Lees crashed over for the Exiles in the fourth minute then Joe Ajuna barged through heavy traffic to score eleven minutes later. Alex Davies was on target with the conversions and rounded off Mike Denbee’s 26th minute try to give the visitors a commanding 21-0 lead.Head coach Justin Burrell was happy with the Exiles’ win saying: “It was all about performance for us today and for 60 minutes we got a performance which had been lacking over the last couple of weeks.”But it took four second-half penalties from Davies to stave off a spirited Jersey comeback that gathered momentum with a yellow card for No 8 Oli Stedman. Jersey pressure at scrum-time led to a penalty try to bring them within seven and secure a valuable bonus point. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

30 minutes: Pete Horne, Glasgow Warriors

first_img On the hoof: Pete Horne has had a fine season for Glasgow TAGS: Glasgow Warriors What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought? Probably a skateboard. A few years ago three or four of us got skateboards to mess around with and do tricks, but I only used it twice. I stacked it going down a hill in Kelvingrove Park and I never went on it again. I took it to a charity shop.What’s your guilty pleasure? My PlayStation 4 – I love it. A few of us love Madden NFL. Scotland and Glasgow fly-half Pete Horne talks to RW about WWF, being sat down by Alesana Tuilagi, cooking and opening sandwich-shop with Richie Vernon Do you have any phobias? I was petrified of sharks – I watched Jaws when I was really small. But last summer when I was in South Africa with Ruaridh Jackson, I got egged on to go deep-sea diving with great white sharks. I think I’ve conquered my fear.What about bugbears? When you cook someone a meal and they don’t come to eat it when it’s ready. They take ages so by the time they eat it, it’s cold. It drives me insane. Also shaking hands with someone who has wet hands. Why can’t they dry their hands after washing them? And who knows if it’s water or not?So do you like cooking? My old flatmate and best mate from school, Fuzzy (Chris Fusaro), got us into cooking. With his Italian roots, he taught me some bits and pieces. I love doing a Sunday roast. My family always used to have a big Sunday dinner so it’s a tradition I’m trying to keep going with my girlfriend.Do you have any superstitions? I’m always last out of the changing room. I don’t know why, I’ve just always done it since I was a pup. I also strap my wrists and thumbs a certain way.The money: Horne is a fan of WWF Wrestling, featured here with Floyd MayweatherWhat would you like to achieve outside of rugby? To be a good person, to be financially secure and have fun. My girlfriend is a lawyer and we’ve talked about moving Stateside for a bit. I did PE teaching before rugby and I’m now doing a business studies degree, so I’ve got options. Richie Vernon and I also have this crazy idea to open a sandwich shop or café. It’s a pipe dream but is something I’d love to do.What’s your most embarrassing moment? Getting sat down by Alesana Tuilagi on my first cap and him running under the posts. The video went pretty viral. I wasn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last. If you could be any of your team-mates, who would you be? I’m not sure. DTH van der Merwe) – that guy scores tries for fun. He’s always bombing it down the wing and breaking tackles – he’s the man!Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with? I used to love WWF wrestling – as it was then – so I think Road Dogg and Mr Ass Man would be good fun.If you could have one superpower, what would it be? It would be cool to be able to heal yourself. I’d also love to be able to run really, really fast – as fast as Tommy Seymour. He’s flying at the moment.Flying machine: Horne says Tommy Seymour has been in fine form this season (Pic Inpho)Who would be your three dream dinner-party guests? There’s this Canadian comedian, Stewart Francis, who’s really funny. The Rock would be a good one – he seems fun and is always enthusiastic. And Peter Griffin from Family Guy would be hilarious. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

France: Guy Noves will do things his way

first_imgGood old days: Toulouse have lost that winning feeling, last lifting the Heineken Cup in 2010Noves blames Toulouse’s travails on everyone but himself, criticising the league structure, the FFR and, increasingly, his players. But the truth is he’s a man who has lost the feel for the modern game, unable to build teams capable of playing with pace, power and imagination, a man left behind by the transformation of the Top 14 into the world’s most ambitious domestic leage. True, Toulouse have flared into life at times this season – most notably when they beat Toulon 34-24 – but the impression is that’s in spite of Noves not because of him.Noves ended his  tense radio interview on Monday by informing the presenter in his best schoolmasterly manner that he didn’t care if the English press were critical of what the French national team has become. “I’ll take no lessons from the English press,” he snapped. And of course, he shouldn’t. But if Noves thinks he knows everything there is know after 22 years coaching Toulouse he’s in for a shock. Test match rugby is a school of hard knocks, as Saint-Andre will be able to tell him. To nobody’s great surprise Guy Noves was officially unveiled on Sunday as France’s next coach, with Yannick Bru as his forwards’ coach and Jeff Dubois in charge of the backs. The trio will succeed Philippe Saint-Andre’s existing regime after the autumn World Cup.According to the French press it wasn’t a unanimous decision among the seven-man FFR panel. Jean-Claude Skrela and Didier Retière apparently had reservations about Noves, who will turn 62 the day before he takes charge of his first France international against Italy on February 6.Noves’ age shouldn’t be held against him but the fact is few coaches have been appointed to their first international role in their sixties. Graham Henry was 64 when he guided the All Blacks to the World Cup four years ago, but the Kiwi had been coaching Test match sides since he was 51.Noves’ age means there is an immediate generational barrier between him and his players. The likes of Stuart Lancaster, Heyneke Meyer and Joe Schmidt are in their 40s, just one generation above their charges; Noves is old enough to be the grandfather of some of France’s World Cup squad. Will he be able to tune into the same wavelength as players 40 years his junior?Passionate character: Guy Noves will certainly voice his opinions as France coach‘Arrogant’, ‘dictatorial’ and ‘combative’ are just some of the words that have been used in the past to describe the former schoolteacher, and Noves was in spiky form on Monday morning when interviewed live on Franceinfo, a radio station that is similar in style and content to BBC Radio Four. It wasn’t an easy interview for the presenter and it will probably set the tone for the next four years. One thing’s for sure, the days of British rugby journalists asking questions in English, as they do in Philippe Saint-Andre’s press conferences, are over. Noves has never given the impression that he is much of an Anglophile.Nor has he been overtly friendly to the France national team in the past, a point emphasised by Bernard Laporte on Sunday. The Toulon coach, who was at the helm of Les Bleus from 1999 to 2007, recalled in a radio interview that Noves “was never very helpful [as Toulouse coach] towards the French team. He often blocked the path of the [national] coaches. We couldn’t go and watch training sessions at Toulouse. We shouldn’t forget that.”Laporte also mischievously declared his surprise that Yannick Bru has agreed to work under Noves. The fomer Toulouse hooker spent five years as the club’s forwards coach before leaving in 2011 to work in the same capacity for PSA. “I saw Bru at Toulon three months ago,” said Laporte. “He told me he could never coach again alongside Guy Noves.”Stirring the pot: Old sparring partner Bernard Laporte has been having his sayThere’s no doubt Noves likes to be in control. Charismatic, egoist and defiant, he’s always been his own man, as he demonstrated as a player more than 35 years ago. A wiry, tenacious winger, he was first capped for France in 1977, making a further six appearances before retiring from Test rugby in 1979 at the age of 25. Deep thinker: Noves has been in the game for decades and finally has his chance LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img French coach-in-waiting, Guy Noves has had a 22-year coaching education at Toulouse in readiness for the top job. So what do we know about the four-time Heineken Cup winner? Depending on one’s point of view, Noves took a courageous moral decision to retire or he was guilty of spectacular petulance. Named in the France squad for the 1979 Five Nations match against England, Noves declined the selection because he felt he hadn’t fully recovered from a thigh injury. The selectors brought in Frederic Costes, and retained him for the final match of the Five Nations against Scotland.Noves was outraged, telling Midi Olympique at the time that he hadn’t received from the FFR “the least contact, the least sign of interest. Just dismissed! Nobody bothered to find out how I was or what had become of me.”Denying that he was a “big head” for retiring from Test rugby, Noves laid the blame squarely at the feet of the FFR for their lack of respect. He concluded by saying he “will continue to enjoy club rugby, in an ambiance and a lifestyle that agrees with me”.Colourful career: Noves was arrested at Murrayfield back in 2005 in the Heineken Cup final between Toulouse and Stade FrancaisIn response to Noves’ retirement, the then captain of France (and also a Toulouse teammate), Jean-Pierre Rives, said he “feared” Noves would soon walk away from rugby altogether.But he didn’t, playing for Toulouse for another decade before becoming coach of the club in 1988-89. He stood down in 1990 but was back three years later.Last Saturday he oversaw his final home game as his remarkable reign draws to a close with this weekend’s Top 14 semi-final match with Clermont likely to be his last match in charge. Though Toulouse have achieved greatness under Noves – winning an unprecedented four European titles and nine Top 14 crowns – his best days lie in the past. They’ve failed to reach the quarter-final of the Champions Cup in two of the last three campaigns, and last season they didn’t make the Top 14 semi-finals for the first time in 21 years.The Toulouse fans have started drifting away, disenchanted not so much at the lack of success but the sterility of the rugby they’ve witnessed. In the 2011-12 season an average home gate was 20,100, down to 19,519 the following season. This season it has dropped to 16,823.last_img read more

Rugby World and Game Changer Sports announce Rugby Innovation Summit

first_imgRugby World, the world’s best-selling Rugby magazine and Game Changer Sports, a leading sport innovation network, have joined forces to launch The Rugby Innovation Summit, a unique rugby event carefully designed to optimise performance, reduce injury and boost participation across all levels of the game.The Rugby Innovation Summit 2016 takes place at Twickenham Stoop Stadium, London, on 24th and 25th May 2016 and is truly the first event of its kind. Over two days the event combines content-rich presentations with injury specific medical seminars, live performance testing alongside a Home Nations International Mixed Touch Tournament.Leading figures from the world of Rugby, Contact Sports, Medicine and Sports Science will be in attendance and speakers include: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Dave Alred, Elite Performance Coach, Performing Under PressureMike England, Director RFU Injured Players’ Foundation, RFUStephen Aboud, Head of Technical Direction, IRFUDaniel Tobin, Head of Fitness, Leinster RugbyDr Wayne Viljoen, Head of Rugby Safety, SARUMike Friday, Head Coach, USA 7sBill Burgos, Head of Strength & Conditioning, Orlando MagicRachel Brown, Player Welfare Manager, RFU Mark Bennett, Head of Performance, Bristol RugbyMatt Johnson, Head of Innovation, Leicester TigersMark Atkinson, Academy Performance Manager, Bath RugbyMike Loosemore, Chief Medical Officer, GB Boxingcenter_img Peter White, Head of Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships for Rugby World says: “Rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world with many new participants inspired to take part following Rugby World Cup 2015. Rugby World reaches elite players, coaches and grass roots players and is therefore perfectly placed to promote key innovations in rugby and amplify Game Changer Sports’ grass roots initiatives to players and coaches at all levels. Through this partnership we hope to increase participation and lengthen careers from grass roots to elite level.” Luke James, Co-Founder & CEO of Game Changer Sports says: “We are delighted to partner with Rugby World magazine. They completely bought into and shared our values and objectives in reducing injury and increasing performance from Day 1. Their involvement elevates the event to a global audience and creates a platform for continual improvement and positive change across every level of the game. As part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy it is absolutely critical to have our safety heads on and ensure we uphold the reputation of rugby union, inviting new players into the game and ensuring we retain as many current players as possible. The role and application of technology, particularly at the grass roots level is going to be critical to its success.”last_img read more

All Hail the Return Of The Rugby World Cup Drop-goal!

first_imgKeep updated on what’s happening in Japan at our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As you can read, it was the first drop-goal by a Scot since Duncan Weir dropped a goal against Italy in 2014. Rejoice! It’s the return of the Rugby World Cup drop-goal in Japan!It feels like we had written the skill off as a ‘dying art’ but lo, at the 2019 World Cup we have seen a spate of drop-goals that have fired up the imagination.Did you see Stuart Hogg’s monster DG against Samoa? It was a beauty. Monster: Scotland’s Stuart Hogg slots a huge DG (Getty Images) Drop-goals have become a stand-out feature so far at Japan 2019 And after Biggar went off, following an HIA, his replacement Rhys Patchell dropped a crucial goal, late on. This was a calm showing from the replacement fly-half. Like that one from Russell? Well what about the three-pointer from Camille Lopez in the boa constricter-tight match-up between France and Argentina (a kick that ultimately won the tie for France)? @rugbyworldcup Iconic Moments 22nd November, 2003 Stadium Australia, SydneyWilkinson’s dramatic drop goal sealed England’s maiden Webb Ellis Cup in style#RWC2019 #ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/9mve20j07b— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) September 20, 2019And then there was Jannie de Beer’s record haul of five drop-goals against England in 1999. It knocked England out of the World Cup.Record-setter: Jannie De Beer kicks one of five (Getty Images)There were also significant drops from Joel Stransky in 1995 – when the Springboks beat the All Blacks to lift the Webb Ellis trophy.And there was also Stephen Larkham’s monster DG against South Africa in the 1999 semi-finals.Well, could we be back to the glory days?Let’s wait and see! And then there was Wales…In their crackerjack win over the Wallabies, they had two significant drop-goals. The first was a start-of-the-match DG from Dan Biggar. At 36 seconds, the quickest-ever in World Cup history. We all know about important drop-goals in Rugby World Cups.Related: The odds on a drop-goal in the Rugby World Cup finalThere was, of course, Jonny Wilkinson’s triumphant strike in 2003 that would win England the World Cup. And as you can see from rugby statistician Stuart Farmer, there have only been 28 DGs from the 20 competing nations since 2015.last_img read more

Matt Damon talks about learning rugby for Invictus

first_img Stars: Matt Damon and Francois Piennar attend the premiere of “Invictus” (Getty Images) Iconic: Mandela and Pienaar together in 1995 (Getty Images)“I’ve done a football movie with School Ties, right, And (with football) it’s like, ‘All right, here’s the play and you do the X’s and O’s and  you’re gonna run right between the guard and the tackle and you’re gonna…’ And it’s a very scripted thing. Whereas rugby’s just a free for all.Related: What is the best rugby movie?“I realised right away the ball goes down and you get in the maul and and the thing is you go (in0, there’s no way to ensure that someone’s not going to step on your face. And and if someone steps on your face with cleats, like, the movie shuts down for a week while you heal.“So, so what we did like most of that movie, we were shooting the rugby stuff. And Clint Eastwood had his little monitor, you know, ’cause he’s out on the field watching the movie, watching what the cameras seeing, and I’m standing next to him going ‘Ook that looked tough! Oh that looked painful! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Matt Damon talks about learning rugby for InvictusIt has been ten years since the movie Invictus, about the aftermath of apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s support of the World Cup-winning Springboks of 1995, hit screens. But while promoting his new movie Le Mans ’66, Hollywood star Matt Damon – who played captain Francois Pienaar in the 2009 film – came onto the subject of rugby.While talking to the Bill Simmons Podcast on The Ringer, Damon was explaining that some had pointed out that the actor was shorter than American car designer Carroll Shelby, who he plays in Le Mans ’66.“South Africa just won the World Cup,” Damon said.  “He (Pienaar) was even bigger than Shelby. I mean, he was much bigger than Shelby. He was like a linebacker.”Talk turns to learning new skills for movies and when Simmons asks Damon if he learned rugby for the Clint Eastwood-directed movie, the actor explains how they approached what felt like chaos.“Well, I realised right away that  that there’s no way (he could get fully involved).center_img The Hollywood A-lister discusses learning new skills while promoting his movie, Le Mans ’66. “So I didn’t do a lot of it.”Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news from the the world of rugby.last_img read more

Churches stand up for lives lost, take stand against violence

first_imgChurches stand up for lives lost, take stand against violence Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (1) Jane T. Edwards says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments are closed. Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books center_img Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA A woman takes a photo of the murder wall at St. Anna’s Church in New Orleans. Photo/St. Anna’s.[Episcopal News Service] A few weeks into 2012, the Rev. Bill Terry already had at least 20 additions for the “Murder Board” outside St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, near New Orleans’ French Quarter, including:Jan. 6, Keian Ester, 11, shotJan. 7, Michael Johnson, 21, shotJan. 7, Eric Robinson, 41, shot/burnedJan. 8, Joseph Elliot, 17, shotJan. 10, Tiffany Frey, 36, shotJan. 10, Lamar Ellis, 21, shotJan. 12, Keishuane Keppard, 20, shotJan. 17, Gerald Barnes Jr., 21, shotJan. 18, unidentified male, shot“We’re less than a month into the year and we’re already averaging a murder victim a day,” Terry said. “Last week we had a young man who was gay who was shot and then burned. It’s a holocaust. It’s a national travesty.”The church created the board in 2007 after public outrage over several particularly violent deaths subsided “and nothing changed,” said Terry, rector.Anchored in front of the church the 4 x 8-foot white coroplast sign has sought to raise public awareness and to challenge the anonymity of urban violence, Terry said during a Jan. 19 interview from his office.“We tend to talk in terms of numbers, the murder rate, how many murders. It has a dehumanizing quality and we’re in the business of humanity.”Each week, he climbs a ladder and adds new names. The board intends to ask the same question a victim’s mother once asked Terry: “Why did my baby have to die?”“I made a promise to her and the rest of the mothers of victims of violence that we would not stop doing this, that somebody does care,” he said.Across the country, from Chicago to Georgia, New Orleans to Alaska, Episcopalians are seeking to raise public awareness about violent deaths to lend a voice to those who can no longer speak for themselves, and to offer hope to loved ones living through its aftermath.Volunteers at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs, Georgia, about 15 miles north of Atlanta, held an all-night vigil Jan. 21 for the community’s children, some 550 in all, who died violently in 2011.“Believe it or not, those numbers are down from the previous year, when we read about 800 names of dead children. That number was staggering to us,” said the Rev. Allison Schultz, assistant rector, in a recent telephone interview.The vigil ended at 7 a.m. Jan. 22; about 100 community members attended a 4 p.m. requiem mass for the victims the same day. The goal, said Schultz, is to create public awareness about the plight of “the holy innocents of our day” killed by abuse and other violence.“Children are particularly vulnerable to violence, especially under age four. They can be hidden away, it’s difficult for them to speak up,” she added.The names of young victims–and this year, because of recently-enacted state privacy laws, only their initials—are read aloud during vigils and recorded in a book kept at a prayer station inside a church beside an icon of the holy innocents, she said.“The scene is somewhere between Bethlehem and Egypt; Mary is on a donkey, Joseph is walking beside her and babes-in-arms are being carried to heaven by angels,” she said.This marks the second year of an effort Holy Innocents aims to make an annual event, offered as a response to the violence, Schultz said.“As Christians, how do we respond to such violence? By trying to be as nonviolent as we can in our communication, in our action, our work,” Schultz said. “It’s just about the power of prayer and then also claiming that those lives might be lost to us but that they live on in resurrected life. They’re not just lives lost —  they now have a home, a place where they rest in peace.”Donations were given to the Drake House, a local center for women and children who have experienced violence, she said. Schultz added, “What we can do as church is to pray, worship and remember. It’s our job to hold that out for people to see what God might be calling them to do. The first step in anything we do as Christians is to see how God might be calling us to behave, to act differently.”According to the Children’s Defense Fund, a private nonprofit agency founded in 1973 to advocate for the nation’s children, the United States ranks last among industrialized countries in protecting its children against gun violence.CDF statistics for 2010, based on a 180-day school year, indicated that in the United States, a child or teenager is killed every three hours by a firearm, and a child is killed by abuse or neglect every six hours.Bishop Jeffrey Lee remembers the 2008 killings of five students at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and the wounding of 21 others by a lone gunman “as a searing event” during his first year as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.“It reminded me that this violence is not isolated to urban cities. If it can happen in a place like DeKalb, Illinois, it can happen anywhere,” he said during a Jan. 21 telephone interview from Chicago.He aims to launch “an ecumenical call to action” with a 4-mile march on April 2, Monday in Holy Week, to give voice to the more than 260 Chicago children murdered since 2008 and to offer hope in a city where many have tuned out as a way of coping.“This is about class, about poverty, about race, about so many things so huge … it ought to outrage us, but instead it’s a small story on page eight of the Chicago Tribune,” he said. “I would like to change that. Every child who dies is our child. This is at the heart of our baptismal vows, to respect the dignity of every human being.”He also aims “to equip people with tools to do something about it, neighborhood to neighborhood, as an ongoing initiative … a kind of companion relationship,” he added. The marchers will begin at the diocesan center and conclude at the John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital, a trauma center which treats many victims of violence.The Rev. Carol Reese serves as violence prevention coordinator at Stroger Hospital on the city’s near west side, where “some of the kids that wind up in the trauma unit already have their burial clothes picked out.”The hospital’s trauma center handles about 5,000 patient visits per year; about 40 percent of patients and their families exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), she said.Those levels average “about five times higher than the general population in the United States” and are comparable to those of war-torn nations, Reese said during a Jan. 19 telephone interview from her home.“I met with a woman whose brother had been shot while he was trying to get another young person to safety,” said Reese, a licensed social worker and priest. “He ended up in the intensive care unit. This same woman had lost another brother to gun violence six years earlier. She still lives across the street from where it happened. Her 13-year-old son goes to school near there. She told me, ‘I feel like I have PTSD,’” Reese recalled.“The problem is, it’s not over with,” Reese added. “There is the ongoing stress of living in an environment where you have to worry about your safety, where you see people being beaten up and murdered repeatedly.”She hopes the upcoming march will help “make some personal connections with people who have been impacted by this type of violence and also with people in the communities trying to work together to curb the violence and to help people live through the aftermath.“In the same way we build relationships with companion dioceses in Sudan or Mexico or New Orleans, we have to figure out ways to companion some of these families and some of the organizations working to support them. And we have to sign up for the long haul because it takes a long time to build those relationships,” she said.The good news is, there’s always hope, she added. “The thing people of faith bring is a sense of hopefulness. We know about despair and we know that there is hope and there’s always a way out of it.” They can make a difference, she said, “f we learn how to truly see each other and if we learn how to connect with each other and really treat each other with kindness and compassion, which also means addressing injustice when it arises.In Fairbanks, Alaska, a yearly “Gathering of Remembrance” that began in 1994 as a memorial to a murdered University of Alaska co-ed has become a way to remember all unsolved murder victims, said the Rev. Scott Fisher, rector of St. Matthew’s Church.The observance is held at various locations yearly in April. In 2011, participants gathered at St. Matthew’s, and read the names of 33 people, all associated with unsolved Interior Alaska murder cases, he said.The victims ranged in age from an eight-year-old to elders. A single candle was lit as each person’s name was read. The annual service initially remembered Sophie Sergie, a 20-year-old Yup’ik woman who was murdered in a dormitory bathroom. “Her murder is still unsolved,” Fisher said.Back in New Orleans, the St. Anna Church’s murder board has sparked at least two other ministries, a five-day per week mentoring and arts program for inner city children and the “rose ministry.”Volunteers take a rose each week to the city council, the mayor’s office, the chief of police and the district attorney “one rose for every murder victim” as a reminder of those lives lost.“We are trying to humanize them,” said Terry, who added that the church is fundraising for a permanent memorial for the latest victims of violence. Their names are dredged out of police and newspaper reports.“It’s a burden we bear proudly,” he said. “Every Sunday we read every one of these names. And every week I see people walking along the sidewalk or driving by that stop and contemplate what it (the murder board) says.“You never know the outcome of something like this,” Terry added. “A lot of people say, what good does it do, does it stop the murders? But one police officer broke into tears at the sight of the board. She is a police officer and she had no idea of the totality of the violence and death. When you see the names that has the power to transform people. She left, changed.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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I grew up in your neighborhood at 1306 N. Liberty St. (Treme St.) and it was a very racially mixed but safe neighborhood in the late 1930s and 40s. I could walk anywhere I wanted and my family did not worry about me. It breaks my heart to realize that this is no longer the case. Most evenings my mother would take my brother and me to the French Market for coffee and a doughnut. We walked down Esplanade Ave, and through the market to see the fresh vegetables and fruit and we particularly enjoyed going through the fish and meat markets. These are lovely childhood memories and it breaks my heart to realize that none of this would be possible now. I will keep St. Augustine’s and the neighborhood in my prayers. 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Military chaplains: To serve those who serve

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Rev. Bill Alford of Pennsylvania, a chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol (a civilian auxiliary of the Air Force), shares information about the office of federal ministries with the Rev. Earl Gibson of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Photo/Janet Kawamoto[Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] They are members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Day after day they face the challenges of an activity that demands 100% of sacrifice and then some, but that doesn’t diminish their spiritual needs. To serve those who serve is the mission of the Episcopal Office of Armed Services and Federal Ministries, which has maintained a presence in the exhibit hall at General Convention.Rev. Dr. Wollom “Wally” Jensen from the Office of Armed Services explains that their work is not limited to military personnel on active duty. “We are not limited to the Episcopal community. We also provide pastoral care to other denominations and faiths as well as atheists and free thinkers.”Ten years of armed conflict in different fronts, prolonged deployments and tours of duty take a tremendous toll on individuals and their families, explains Jensen. “We want to take care of the needs of veterans, many of whom go straight from active duty to homelessness,” he said, adding that the problem is particularly severe among women.In addition, the Office of Armed Services and Federal ministries is aggressively trying to provide for the needs of Latinos in the armed forces. “We want to attract Latino priest with the calling to join this ministry,” adds Jensen.In an interview with the Webradio Service of the Latino/Hispanic Ministry of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori spoke on the issue, one that touches her on a personal level. “… I believe that congregations should be more involved with the lives of families of those serving in the armed forces. I have a daughter who is a pilot in the Air Force. I know that chaplains and others have a profound interest in family lives and I think that congregations should educate themselves on this issue.”The Office of Armed Services and Federal Ministries also serve inmates incarcerated in federal prisons. This is a group that often times is “off the radar” for society, but cannot be ignored, Jensen says. “It is a vocation and a challenge — the reward is the service itself.”— Cesar Cardoza is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention. Press Release Service February 19, 2013 at 9:26 am How do I get in touch with an Episcopal Military Chaplain? 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York By Cesar CardozaPosted Jul 10, 2012 Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ General Convention, Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA Military chaplains: To serve those who serve Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Elizabeth Welch says: Deacon Bob Smith says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm when stationed with the Air Force in the Philippines in the 1960’s I was encouraged by Episcopal chaplians to explore the call to the diaconate. 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