Cian Healy – a man of many talents

first_imgCian Healy poses with his modelsSo what do you think of Cian’s artwork? Cian Healy has unveiled his latest works of art to help launch Adidas’s new all Adidas campaign. The Leinster and Ireland prop, who enjoys painting when he’s not on the pitch, has found time during Ireland’s busy Six Nations campaign to put fellow Adidas ambassadors Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton onto canvas. He’s tried to depict the game face, and is hoping his team-mates will be pleased with his efforts.“I dipped in and out of them whenever I had a couple of hours to spare and I’d work on them for a few hours in a row. It’s more of a pleasure than taking note of the time though really. It was great to have something to take my mind off everything and to be able to go home and get into a bit of painting,” said Healy.“It was hard to get the faces looking similar to the lads, and I didn’t want to upset any of them either, so that was where most of the time went into, trying to get it right but they seem happy with them – thankfully.” Game face is just one part of Adidas’s All Adidas campaign, which is aiming to bridge sport, music and fashion.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Barbarians v Aussies confirmed for November

first_imgThe Qantas Wallabies and Barbarians have met on 10 occasions with the Australians having the wood over their all-star counterparts notching 7 wins from the 10 games. The match continues a long tradition of Qantas Wallabies vs Barbarians games – the last of which was hosted in Australia in 2009 at the Sydney Football Stadium. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Australia line up for the national anthems during the Bank Of Scotland Corporate Autumn Tests match between Scotland and Australia at Murrayfield on November 21, 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) Australian Rugby Union today confirmed the Qantas Wallabies will head to the Northern Hemisphere after the Rugby World Cup to take on the Barbarians at Twickenham. The Barbarians will be out to secure a hat-trick of southern hemisphere scalps when they face off against the Qantas Wallabies on Saturday, 26 November.Barbarians’ president Micky Steele-Bodger said Barbarians matches against international touring sides were invariably high quality affairs.“Our two most recent games have been great spectacles and the victories over the All Blacks and Springboks have captured everyone’s imagination.“Our fixture against Australia in November provides us with a unique opportunity to complete an historic hat-trick so once again we will be inviting world-class stars to make up our team.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

England U20 Six Nations squad

first_imgThe Under 20 squad has a four-day training camp at Surrey Sports Park on January 16 before reassembling on January 30 for the build-up to their opening game of the 6 Nations against Scotland.England Under 20 Elite Player Squad 2011/2012ForwardsLuke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)*Nick Auterac (Saracens)Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)Nathan Morris (London Wasps)Scott Spurling (Saracens)Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby)*Sam Twomey (Harlequins)*George Merrick (Harlequins)Tom Price (Leicester Tigers)Dom Barrow (Leeds Carnegie)Ben Nutley (Northampton Saints)Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie)Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)*Billy Vunipola (London Wasps)Will Skuse (Bath Rugby)Jack Clifford (Harlequins) England U20 Head coach Rob HunterEngland U20 head coach Rob Hunter, pictured above, today announced his revised Under 20 Elite Player Squad for this season’s major tournaments.Hunter, assisted by Nick Walshe, has made one change to the 32-man group taking part in the U20 6 Nations, kicking off on February 3 against Scotland in Firhill, and in this summer’s IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa. Bath Rugby fly half Tom Heathcote comes into the squad in place Exeter Chiefs No. 10 Henry Slade who is sidelined through injury.Hunter said: “This year there is huge competition at this age grade and a lot of players getting first team rugby at their clubs, it’s tough to narrow that down and we expect players to continue to push for inclusion.“Tom has been playing very well for Bath, he has trained with us already this season and deserves his call up. Henry is well on the road to recovery and I’m sure he will be back competing for a place soon. It’s important for us to take each Six Nations game one at a time, we start off by playing Scotland in Scotland and that will be a hard fixture, however we’ve got a good squad who are proud to represent England and I’m confident we can go there and perform.” TREVISO, ITALY – JUNE 10: England Head Coach Rob Hunter during the IRB Junior World Championship match between England and Ireland on June 10, 2011 in Treviso, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BacksDan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)*Alex Day (Northampton Saints)Ben Spencer (Saracens)Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby)George Ford (Leicester Tigers)*Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)*Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs)Elliot Daly (London Wasps)*Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints)*Mark Jennings (Sale Sharks)Marland Yarde (London Irish)*Charlie Walker (Harlequins)Will Addison (Sale Sharks)Ben Ransom (Saracens)*Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)* Capped by England at U20 level last seasonlast_img read more

How to refund your France v Ireland tickets

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS • The IRFU will then coordinate the return of the tickets to the French Rugby Federation and follow through on securing the refunds. It is anticipated this process could take until the end of March.• The FFR will only refund actual physical tickets that are returned.• The FFR have indicated that all other tickets purchased by Irish supporters outside of the allocation given to the IRFU must contact their point of purchase directly in order to claim a refund e.g. tickets bought through travel agents or ticket sites must be refunded through those outlets. Ticket refunds will be available for fans who can’t attend France v IrelandAn agreement has been reached between the IRFU and the FFR over the refunding of the face value of match tickets for the RBS 6 Nations clash between France and Ireland, which should have taken place on Saturday 11 February. The match will now take place on Sunday 4 March at 4pm local time.The process for seeking a refund is as follows:• The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has agreed to a closing date of Thursday, 23nd February for the return and refunding of the full match ticket price.• In order to achieve this deadline, all tickets must be received by 5.00pm, Tuesday 21st February within Ireland.• Tickets that were purchased through a provincial club or can be returned to any of the provincial branch offices in Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster or to the IRFU head office at 10-12 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.center_img • All match tickets will still be valid for the rescheduled game on Sunday, 4th March 2010. However, the FFR will not be reissuing tickets for the game, so they will not permit entry to the Stade de France unless the same match ticket is produced at the venue on the new match day.IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said: “While the timelines are not ideal for supporters, we have pushed hard to get this undertaking from the French Federation to refund ticket costs for Irish supporters who are unable to attend the rescheduled match. The team, and the IRFU, hugely appreciate the effort and expense Irish Supporters went to in order to be at the match and we hope this gesture will go some way towards making up for the inconvenience they suffered.”last_img read more

30 Minutes with… Bradley Davies

first_imgDo you have any phobias?Sharks. The thought of swimming in the sea where there are sharks…What are your bugbears?I’ve found in London that no one says hello, in lifts or on the street. And people don’t say thank you when you let them in at a roundabout. People are more reserved, but I make a point of saying hello to everyone I walk past.If you could be any of your team-mates, who would it be?Andy Goode. He’s got great hair and isn’t short of a pound or two.Hair-raising! Andy Goode on the run for Wasps against Harlequins. Photo: Action ImagesWhat’s been your most embarrassing moment?I’ve dropped the ball on the line a couple of times when I was about to score, but it’s probably getting knocked out 25 seconds into a game in front of the whole Welsh nation (by New Zealand’s Andrew Hore in 2012).What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?I’ve always dreamt of joining the police force when I retire but we’ll see. If I can’t do that, maybe plumbing or some form of building work. I’ve done my Level Two qualification as a plumber. Something I can get stuck into and provide for my family.How would you like to be remembered? Who are the jokers you know in rugby?There’s good banter at Wasps and Elliot Daly is always up to something. For Wales, Paul James and Richard Hibbard are like Phil and Grant Mitchell when they’re together. They have a love-hate relationship.What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard on the pitch?When I was at Cardiff Blues and we played Toulon, Lou Reed was trying to get into Gethin Jenkins, who was playing for them. At a ruck, Gethin was on the floor and Lou said, “Gethin boy, I’ve changed my number. I’ll text you after the game.” It was quite surreal.Any practical jokes you can share?There’s the spider one in Oz. At the zoo in Sydney, I bought a very realistic-looking plastic spider. I was rooming with Luke Charteris at the time and I hid it under his sheet. When he got into bed I was waiting for it… Seeing a 7ft man jump like a little girl was very funny.Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?Someone who’d speak to me would be a start! Jim Carrey would be a good laugh. There would be decent banter.Leap of faith: Actor Jim Carrey takes part in a bungee jump. Photo: ReutersWhat’s your guilty pleasure?Where do I start?! I like chocolate. I’ve got a two-year-old daughter so if I wake up in the middle of the night, I might have one of her Kinder eggs.I sleep eat! I might go to the fridge in the night, have a packet of ham and a pint of milk but not remember until I see the remains in the morning.If you could have one superpower, what would it be?To fly would be really good. I’d never have to walk anywhere again. TAGS: Wasps As a good guy. Various coaches have told me to calm down and stop being a joker, but that’s part of my personality and I want to keep it with me. Sometimes I can go over the top a little bit, but I’d like to be remembered as staying true to myself.This interview was published in the March 2015 edition of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers click here. The Wasps and Wales lock reveals his funny side It wasn’t me! Bradley Davies pulls an innocent face in training. Photo: Huw Evans Agency LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Four Fiji players to watch in Rugby World Cup opener against England (videos)

first_imgPlayers like Nikola Matawalu and Vereniki Goneva could cause England problems in their Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Nikola Matawalu of Fiji breaks away from the Canada defence during the International match between Fiji and Canada at Twickenham Stoop on September 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins) What Niko Matawalu lacks in height he more than makes up for in speed and trickery. The versatile back has been named at scrum-half for the England game, but he also lined up on the wing for Glasgow Warriors.His exploits for the Scottish PRO12 side, including his masterclass from the bench against Cardiff Blues last season (above), earned him a move to Aviva Premiership side Bath in the off-season and he’ll be looking to show up a couple of his new teammates on Friday.Videos courtesy of BBC Alba Leone Nakarawa (second row)Dubbed the “master of the offload”, Leone Nakarawa is a pretty fearsome ball carrier in the PRO12, as demonstrated in the final against Munster this year (above).His size makes him hard to bring down, while his hands and speed of thought see him able to hand off to on-rushing teammates on a regular basis. With the creativity and strength in the Fijian backs, that’s an ominous combination.Video courtesy of SetantaVereniki Goneva (centre)Aviva Premiership fans will know Goneva’s name and his penchant for scoring impressive tries for Leicester Tigers. Equally adept on the wing as he is in the centres, Goneva will start at No 13 on Friday and will provide a tough test for the England defence.Twenty-eight tries in 67 games for Tigers is a decent conversion rate and the 31-year-old has touched down 14 times in 35 games for his country.Nemani Nadolo (wing)Players like George North have almost reinvented the wing position in recent years, with tall, heavy speedsters replacing the traditional pocket rockets of yesteryear. But few come taller and heavier – and faster – than Nemani Nadolo. TAGS: Fiji center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Stuart ClarkeEngland are widely expected to get their Rugby World Cup campaign off to a flying start against Fiji at Twickenham on Friday, but don’t expect the visitors to simply roll over.As seems to be the case with many of the Pacific Islands, Fiji possess a number of players who mix sheer size with raw speed, creating problems for even the strongest defences.>>> Where to watch England v FijiThe England lines will have to be vigilant on Friday night, especially when the four players below are on the ball. If you don’t know their names yet, be sure to take a look at their video highlights and look out for them on the pitch.Nikola Matawalu (scrum-half) Standing at 6ft 5in, Nadolo tips the scales at a couple of bags of sugar under 20st. Having that rumble towards you will strike fear into the best defenders, and it’s especially galling when he outruns you in a foot race.To see all of Rugby World’s latest subscription deals click herelast_img read more

2019 Rugby World Cup: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

first_imgAlso make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Ireland get the bonus-point win they needed against Samoa to guarantee a quarter-final berth Johnny be good A brilliant, brilliant try from Johnny Sexton He adds the extras too and Ireland are flying#RWC2019 #ITVRugby #IREvSAM— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 12, 2019Samoa came back into the game with a try of their own, Jack Lam being powered over by a couple of team-mates following a five-metre lineout.The Aki red card slowed Ireland’s momentum for a while but they got the crucial fourth try just before the break. From a five-metre scrum, Conor Murray passed to his half-back partner Sexton, who darted over from close range.The way Ireland started the second half, you wouldn’t know they had a numbers disadvantage. They camped in the Samoan half for the opening ten minutes and had a series of penalties in the 22.After opting for five-metre scrums from a couple, they then took a quick tap and after the initial carry Murray delivered a pinpoint miss-pass to Larmour on the wing to score. TAGS: Samoa 2019 Rugby World Cup: Ireland 47-5 SamoaHead-to-headPlayed – 7Ireland wins – 6Samoa wins – 1Did You Know? Rory Best led Ireland for the 37th time, overtaking Keith Wood to move into second place behind Brian O’Driscoll (83) in the list of players who have captained Ireland the most.This was the 16th time Ireland’s front row of Cian Healy, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong have been selected together – a record for any front row in matches since RWC 2015. They move ahead of France’s Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado and Rabah Slimani.Bundee Aki became the first Ireland player to be sent off at a World Cup.Related: Rugby World Cup FixturesSaturday night lights: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium prior to kick-off between Ireland and Samoa (Getty Images)In A NutshellAs Typhoon Hagibis battered Japan’s main island, the Ireland v Samoa fixture in Fukuoka went ahead as planned. With clear skies and a bit of wind, the pitch – re-laid for this match and prone to churning up – was probably the toughest of the conditions for the players to contend with.Ireland had the all-important bonus point they needed to ensure passage to the last eight secured by half-time – but they were also down to 14 men.Bundee Aki was sent off after half an hour for a dangerous high tackle on Samoa fly-half Ulupano Seutini and the men in green had to play the remaining 50 minutes a man down. They dealt with it well, though, and shut down the Samoa attack for large periods of the second half.Red card: Bundee Aki tackles Ulupano Seuteni high and is then sent off (Getty Images)It was the power and accuracy of Ireland’s set-piece that delivered two tries inside the first ten minutes. For the first, Iain Henderson won the lineout, transferred the ball quickly and Rory Best touched down from the ensuing maul.Henderson was again the lineout receiver for the second try, but this time the maul didn’t get going as effectively. Various carriers took the ball on in the Samoan 22 before it was spread to Tadhg Furlong in the wider channels and the prop spun through four tacklers then stretched for the line.Next it was time for the backs to show their skill-set. Midway through the half, Jordan Larmour dummied and cut between two Samoan defenders, then fed the ball to Johnny Sexton on the inside and the fly-half sprinted over. Mind the gap: Johnny Sexton runs in his first try (Getty Images) Close call: Jack Lam (8 shirt) is awarded a try against Ireland (Getty Images)Samoa barely ventured into the Ireland half in the second period and the match became very fractured with replacements flowing onto the pitch, Joe Schmidt mindful of getting his key players off ahead of next weekend’s quarter-final.The Irish did add another two tries in the last quarter, CJ Stander going over from close range with a little help from Peter O’Mahony and Andrew Conway touching down a Joe Carbery kick through.Samoa thought they had got a second try from a driving maul of their own in the last five minutes but it was ruled out by the TMO for a double movement.The match then petered out in the last five minutes but the predominantly Irish crowd will have left happy knowing that their team’s involvement in the World Cup will last at least another week.Related: Rugby World Cup TV CoverageStar ManTadhg Furlong put in an impressive shift at tighthead, Jordan Larmour showed some good touches while Johnny Sexton managed play well and scored two tries, but we’re giving the gong to Conor Murray.Fine nine: Conor Murray puts in a box-kick against Samoa (Getty Images)The Ireland scrum-half departed early in the second period, but he was the man dictating the tempo of the game and delivering the quick ball that kept Samoa on the back foot. Plus, he had two assists: sending Sexton over in the first half and Larmour – thanks to an exquisite long pass – in the second.The ReactionIreland coach Joe Schmidt: “The second half probably wasn’t great to watch, but it was comforting to know we were in the right part of the pitch. We went to strong points for us – maul and scrum, close carries – as with a man down that’s the strong suit you to play to.”Samoa coach Steve Jackson: “Ireland were really good at set-piece time, scrummed well and mauled extremely well. Tactically, with a man down they played very well and deserved the victory. I think it was 86-14 territory and 75-25 possession – you can’t win games like that. They starved us of the ball.”The TeamsIreland: Jordan Larmour; Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw (Andrew Conway 62), Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton (Joey Carbery 50), Conor Murray (Luke McGrath 53); Cian Healy (Dave Kilcoyne 57), Rory Best (captain, Niall Scannell 50), Tadhg Furlong (Andrew Porter 45), Iain Henderson, James Ryan (Jean Kleyn 57), Tadhg Beirne (Peter O’Mahony 60), Josh Van der Flier, CJ Stander.Tries: Best 4, Furlong 9, Sexton 21, 40, Larmour 49, Stander 66, Conway 70. Cons: Sexton 4, Carbery 2.Red card: Aki 29min.Samoa: Tim Nanai-Williams; Ah See Tuala, Alapati Leiua, Henry Taefu, Ed Fidow (Kieron Fonotia 50); Ulupano Seuteni (Tusi Pisi 29), Dwayne Polataivao (Pele Cowley 70); Logovii Mulipola (Jordan Lay 47), Seilala Lam (Ray Niuia 47), Michael Alaalatoa (Paul Alo-Emile 53), Teofilo Paulo (Ray Niuia 14-17, Piula Faasalele 53), Kane Le’aupepe, Chris Vui, TJ Ioane (Josh Tyrell 70), Jack Lam (captain).Try: J Lam 26.Yellow cards: S Lam 6min, Ioane 59min.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Brothers in Arms: Raising a glass to France

first_img“On tours I was invariably in the midweek team, so I used to go out and party a lot,” says Lafond, who plays golf with one hand because of a bad back. “I slept a lot in hotel lobbies because I didn’t want to wake the players up in the middle of the night.”Close bond: Elie Vaquerin, whose celebrated brother Armand died in tragic circumstances (Pierre Carton)There is a poignant ‘Loved and Lost’ section in which the author talks to immediate relatives of four great rugby men who died tragically young: Fouroux, Robert Paparemborde, Pierre Lacans and Armand Vaquerin. The latter, a French championship winner a staggering ten times from 1971 to 1984, allegedly killed himself playing Russian roulette in a Beziers bar.Beresford hasn’t lost a child but he writes movingly about a traumatic week in 2000 when his son William looked set to succumb to septicemia – they had even been offered the services of a priest – before he made a miraculous recovery.Pierre Dospital, whose famed strength came from carrying huge slabs of meat in an abattoir, lost a seven-year-old son to a blood clot in 1977. “He was inside me for matches and I would say to him, ‘Come with me, let’s do it together’. I didn’t need more motivation than that.”Who were the most difficult players to write about?“There were two, for very different reasons,” says Beresford. “One was Marc Cécillon, killed his wife, how do you tell that? He was a magnificent player. And actually I really liked him when I met him. What he did was terrible but all I felt for him was compassion, I could see the sorrow in his eyes. He’s completely destroyed his life.“Pascal Ondarts, a great friend of his, says we can never forgive him but we also can’t leave him to lie in the gutter.Lolo goes solo: Laurent Rodriguez, watched by Pierre Berbizier, heads for the Irish line in 1988 (AFP/Getty)“The second guy who was tough to write about was Pierre Berbizier because he divides opinion. He’s an incredibly impressive man. Some people are very complimentary about him, others are critical. There are some fractured relationships. I wanted to bring out some of those characteristics but didn’t want to offend him. I wrote it about four times.”There are several references to the violence that was once part and parcel of the French game and which could not happen today, at least not at elite level.Sean Fitzpatrick, who writes the foreword, had a sabbatical in France in 1986-87 and played for the Romans club. He recalls entering the changing room and being thrown a kind of cricket box, used for protection against being kicked in the groin. Eye-gouging – la fourchette – was another unpalatable aspect.Le Casque D’Or: Jean-Pierre Rives, “a creative force and powerful independent thinker” (Pierre Carton)Dubroca was kicked in the head playing for Agen against Toulouse during the 1986 French final. He swallowed his tongue and only swift action by Berbizier and a doctor averted the hooker’s potential death.Beresford says he feels 60% English and 40% French, so there were no tears shed when les Rosbifs slipped up in Paris in this year’s Six Nations. Does he support a particular French club?“I’ve got a soft spot for Bayonne,” says the writer, who runs international business development for a London-based software company, Pollinate.“Bayonne is the heartland of French Basque country and the stadium there, Stade Jean Dauger, has something mystical about it. Jean Dauger was one of the great French centres, although he hardly played for France (three caps) because he went to rugby league for a while.”Although the rugby chat is very much the core of the book, there is a strong sense of the travelogue to Beresford’s work too. There are visits to vineyards and he is particularly nostalgic about Provence, which he first sampled in 1986. “I’m sure it is where I perfected the art of small talk, partying, flirting and procrastination.”Brothers in Arms has been published in both French and English editions. It runs to more than 400 glossy pages and includes some stunning photography by Pierre Carton.Any profits arising will go to four charities close to Beresford’s heart: the UK Sepsis Trust, Stroke Association, British Heart Foundation and 40tude, which tackles colon cancer. David Beresford decided to trace and write about the French players he idolised in his youth. The result, Brothers in Arms, has been shortlisted for Rugby Book of the Year The book has been shortlisted in the rugby category of the Telegraph Sports Book Awards – read about the full list of contenders here.BUY NOW with Amazon Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. TAGS: Book Review Brothers in Arms: Raising a glass to FranceThe past 12 months have seen some outstanding rugby autobiographies, but it’s always refreshing to read something away from the norm. That’s the case with Brothers in Arms, a self-published book by first-time author David Beresford.You have to go back to the Seventies and Eighties for the genesis of the book, when Beresford was growing up in Bath. The 1980 Grand Slam apart, it was a barren era for England’s national team. Across the channel France were in their pomp. In the Eighties alone, France won six Five Nations titles (three of them shared) and Grand Slams in 1981 and 1987.Beresford found their swashbuckling rugby mesmerizing. “I loved watching Jérôme Gallion and Didier Codorniou, as did my brother,” he says.BUY NOW with Amazon “England were rubbish between 1981 and 1988, so we supported France, who had these players with exotic names who played for clubs with wonderful names: Bayonne, Toulon, Agen, Biarritz, Narbonne… I studied French from 1978 to 1985 at King Edward’s School in Bath, so I developed a love for the country as well.”Entente cordiale: Philippe Dintrans, David Beresford, Sean Fitzpatrick and Daniel Dubroca (Pierre Carton)Wind forward 30 years and Beresford, now a successful businessman, decides to take a work break after a company flotation. The 18-month window allows him to pursue an ambitious project: tracking down all his French rugby heroes from the Eighties and writing a book about them for charity.Between November 2017 and June 2019, he made around 20 trips to all corners of France, a country he already knew intimately having worked there. A fluent French speaker, he dined with legends of the game and learnt about their careers and their lives.A happy bonus for this passionate epicurean was the opportunity to indulge in fine food and wine. Whilst at Loughborough University, he spent a year studying in Bordeaux and recalls a meal “so rich and enticing that eating it was like being seduced by an ensemble of French maids smeared in goose fat”. He is similarly taken by the gastronomic delights that accompanied the compiling of this book.The success of the project derives in large part from Beresford’s ability to interact with his subjects as if he himself was French. “I wanted to do something that no other journalist could have done. What was my point of difference?” he says.Blue velvet: Eric Bonneval is tackled by Joe Stanley during the 1986 clash with NZ in Toulouse (Corbis)“The players found it fascinating that this unknown bloke turned up, knew all about them, loved them and their country and customs, could converse with them fluently in their own language, and wanted to cover their glory years. What’s not to like!“But you’ve got to win them over really quickly; from your first sentence they’re going to form an opinion of you. It’s not just about the language, it’s has he lived here, can he talk about food and wine, does he understand the customs around kissing and shaking hands and when you eat and when you don’t eat, all this sort of stuff. It makes a big difference.”Basque great: Pascal Ondarts, whose hotel near Bayonne served as an unoffical HQ for the project (Pierre Carton)His journey starts in the Basque Country with an exquisite fish lunch with the revered Serge Blanco. Two bottles into a three-hour meal, Blanco teed up interviews with Patrice Lagisquet, Didier Camberabero and Daniel Dubroca, ringing them there and then and passing the phone to Beresford. Blanco, Laurent Pardo and Pascal Ondarts were all instrumental in connecting the author with players.Beresford’s dream tour was to embrace 32 players and one coach. We learn much about these giants of yesteryear.At Lourdes, when Jean-Pierre Garuet lifted his opposite number in the scrum, the club directors would buy a round of pastis for the whole team. Laurent Rodriguez, the mighty No 8, was so strong that he could lift a maul up and rip the ball away.Alain Lorieux, welcoming Beresford to his house in the foothills of the Alps, admonishes him for swirling his champagne – “the finesse comes from the bubbles that have to attach themselves to the side of the glass,” he points out. He also proudly digs out a Midi Olympique article in which Martin Johnson has singled out the ex-Grenoble lock for praise.Jean-Pierre Rives’s beachfront house, an hour east of Toulon, contains not a single rugby memento. “I gave away all my medals. The memories are in my soul,” says the great golden-haired warrior, captain of France’s 1981 Grand Slam-winning team.Line break: Alain Lorieux looks for support against the Scots in their RWC 1987 clash in Christchurch (AFP)Hugo MacNeill, the ex-Ireland full-back, likened defending against the French back-line to facing a squadron of fighter jets coming at you from all directions. “It looked chaotic but they knew instinctively where the space was, where to support each other, which angles to hit.”As a former centre, that resonates with Beresford. He particularly savours meeting men like Codorniou, the “Mozart of rugby” who is now a politician, and Philippe Sella, who coach Jacques Fouroux described as having the strength of a buffalo and the touch of a pianist.Sella set up a sporting association, Les Enfants de l’Ovale, to help underprivileged children. Lagisquet, whose daughter has Down’s syndrome, founded the Chrysalide Association that supports parents of kids with learning difficulties.Related content: The Magic of Mixed Ability RugbyJean-Baptiste Lafond was the most difficult man to trace. He and Pardo, the man at the heart of the French Barbarians, have a well-earned reputation as serial ‘partygoers’. So much so that when France needed an injury replacement at the 1987 World Cup, they summoned Lafond even though he wasn’t fit – they wanted him there for morale purposes! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Men of repute: the France team that met Scotland at the 1987 World Cup. They reached the final (Getty) last_img read more

Companions in faith and resources

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Rev. Richard Kunz, former executive director of El Hogar, a home for boys and girls in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Charlie Nakash, an Episcopal missionary serving the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, participate in a small group discussion at the Global Episcopal Mission Network conference in Bogotá Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Bogotá, Colombia] An hour and half outside densely populated Bogotá in the mountains sits Mision de Santa Marta and behind it a farm.It is the only parish in Facatativá, a municipality populated by mostly farmers and in addition the farm — which is not under cultivation because of lack of resources — the parish runs a clinic. On May 8, two busloads carrying more than 50 people attending the Global Episcopal Mission Network conference visited Iglesia Santa Maria.Ninety Episcopalians from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean are gathered May 5-9 in Bogotá, Colombia, for the network’s 18th annual conference. This one’s theme was “Companions in Faith and Resources: Participating in God’s Mission.”In a departure from previous GEMN conferences, in addition to mission the Bogotá conference includes a focus on financial sustainability appropriate with its taking place in Province IX, which in 2012 adopted self-sustainability as a focus.“Ultimately, we felt that Province IX had not been that engaged in GEMN, partly because it is separated, and we wanted to connect them with their colleagues in the states,” said the Rev. Ted J. Gaiser, the network’s president and an Episcopal Church missionary serving the Diocese of Colombia. “When we approached the Province IX bishops and asked them if they want to do a conference with us, they said they wanted the theme to be sustainability because that is what they have been working on.”Founded in 1963, the Diocese of Colombia is the youngest diocese in the Episcopal Church and one of seven Province IX dioceses spread across the Caribbean and Central and northern South America. The others include Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador Central, Ecuador Litoral and Honduras, all of which are represented at the conference.Colombia Bishop Francisco Duque-Gómez welcomed the Global Episcopal Mission Network conference during a May 5 Eucharist at La Catedral De San Pablo in Bogotá. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceFor more than 20 years, because of the ongoing civil war and narcotrafficking, Colombia has been closed off to the world, but now things are changing, said Colombia Bishop Francisco Duque-Gómez, adding that having the GEMN conference in Colombia allows attendees to see a different reality than that of the United States, and shows them and others that it’s safe to visit Colombia.GEMN is a network of individuals, representatives of development organizations diocesan mission representative who are committed to sharing mission information and promoting mission.The conference included plenary talks on “Financial and Economic Sustainability: A paradigm shift in the life and mission of the church,” given by Humberto Shikiya, an economist from Argentina and the director general of the Regional Ecumenical Advisory and Service Civil Association, a Christian-based nonprofit association focused on capacity building; “Theological linkages with economic sustainability,” given by Paulo Ueti, the Anglican Alliance’s Latin American facilitator; and workshops ranging from “developing project plans,” “developing a church-based foundation,” “development groups,” drawing on the strengths of the Dominican Development Group.The Dominican Development Group was established in 1998 to assist in the development and self-sufficiency of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, one of the fastest growing dioceses in the Episcopal Church.  In 15 years, the DDG has raised more than $10 million to finance the building of infrastructure, including churches, schools, day-care centers and medical clinics, in the Dominican Republic. It is held up as a model for self-sustainability across Province IX.Bob Stevens, who has served the Dominican Development Group since its founding and who will retire the end of this month, said that in forming a development group it’s important that the overseas leadership and the local leadership establish strong relationships.“It’s done through friendship. Bishop [Julio Cesar] Holguin and I are good friends. Many of the priests in the diocese are friends,” said Stevens, following the conference’s May 7 “development groups” workshop. “It’s not just about business but the common ground you travel.”The Diocese of the Dominican Republic, which has been in existence for 116 years, has some 16 companion-diocese relationships in contrast the Diocese of Colombia has two, Connecticut and West Virginia.In his welcome letter to conference attendees, Duque-Gómez explained that the country’s half century armed conflict, narcotrafficking and the precarious security situation that has long plagued the country — leading to the internal displacement an estimated 5.2 million people — has worked against the diocese forming partnerships.There’s renewed hope, however, as the government and the guerillas again are attempting to negotiate a peace. In November 2012, the Colombian government and the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, began a new round of peace talks, the second session of which is currently taking place in Havana, Cuba. Three previous attempts at peace have been unsuccessful.On May 7, conference attendees had the opportunity to visit Mision Del Espiritu Santo, a small parish located in Soacha, a poor community on the outskirts of Bogotá populated by internally displaced people, where the church has started a program that serves single mothers and homeless women providing education, assistance with healthcare and empowerment.In Colombia, the women explained, you can be killed for speaking publicly in defense of human rights, yet still they told the group of more than 60 people that what they are fighting for is women’s rights, including the right to live a life free of violence, access to education and health care, economic opportunities, and the right to a vacation, something a life of displacement and social exclusion doesn’t afford them.Herb Glahn, a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey, Michigan, and Clemencia Lopez, of MESA, during a May 7 talk at Mision Del Espiritu Santo, a small parish in Soacha. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service“These were very courageous people,” said Herb Glahn, a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey, Michigan, who visited the parish in Soacha on May 7. “They were comfortable sharing what the need and what they are working for.”It was Glahn’s first time in Colombia, and though he knew a bit about the country from an “intellectual” level, it was the first time he’d ever had “feet on the ground,” and before the morning of May 7 he didn’t know Colombia’s 50-year conflict had resulted millions of internally displaced people.Beginning in the 1980s, competition and disputes over land for agriculture, cattle ranching, resource extraction and coca cultivation have figured prominently in Colombia’s conflict as the armed groups have fought for control of territory. In addition to millions of internally displaced people, the situation has caused more than 400,000 Colombians to become refugees.When asked by conference attendees about the role of the United States and multinational corporations in the internal displacement of Colombians, the women gathered at Mision Del Espiritu Santo said that governments and corporations operated differently than people and that the Colombian people feel in solidarity with the American people.Since 2000, in the form of “Plan Colombia,” the United States has given the Colombian government more than $8 billion in military and financial aid, with some of that aid spent on protecting the interests of multinational corporations.Ashley Cameron, an intern in the Diocese of Virginia’s Office of Mission and Outreach, Elizabeth Boe, the Episcopal Church’s global networking officer, and Ryan Abrams, a Young Adult Service Corps missionary serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Costa Rica during the opening Eucharist for the Global Episcopal Mission Network conference in Bogotá Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceConference attendees also had an opportunity to learn more about the social and economic situation in Colombia through mission site visits including Mision Divino Salvador, a parish in Bogotá that provides a shelter for homeless elderly people and also runs an afterschool program for area youth.Robert Harris, a member of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts’ Global Mission Committee, attended the GEMN conference, he said, to learn more about mission in order to be a better resource to his parish and his diocese and also to discern his own call.He found the two plenary talks on theology and economics particularly helpful. “Mission is about transformation and that is what development is,” said Harris.It is the second GEMN conference attended by Tom and Dianne Wilson, Episcopal Church missionaries recently deployed to El Salvador. During last year’s conference in Connecticut, the Wilsons were still discerning their call to mission, they said.“Well, we’d already discerned,” said Tom Wilson, adding that the positive reinforcement of other conference attendees affirmed their decision. “They kept saying, ‘just go,’ and it kept the momentum.”GEMN, the largest mission group in the Episcopal Church, provides a place for people interested in mission to connect and share ideas, said Tim Skimina, chair of Companions in Christ, a Diocese of Northern Indiana ministry with the Diocese of Honduras, and a GEMN board member.“Anyone who is interested in mission can be involved in GEMN,” he said.— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service.  Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Companions in faith and resources GEMN conference underway in Bogotá Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 May 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm Blogs and photos from several attendees at the GEMN Conference in Bogota are posted on Facebook and at the Global Episcopal Mission Network website: More are coming, including some in Spanish.The next GEMN conference will be in the seattle area, May 29-June 1 2014, the weekend after the Memorial Day holiday. 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Archbishops, past and present, urge caution on Syria intervention

first_img Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [Anglican Communion News Service] Both Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and one of his predecessors George Carey have warned of the consequences of military action in Syria.Speaking to The Telegraph, Welby said U.K. Members of Parliament must be sure about the facts on the ground before acting amid “a really delicate and dangerous situation.”Welby, who is a member of the House of Lords, said there were “numerous intermediate steps” to consider between doing nothing and regime change, adding there was no “good answer” or any simple solutions.Lord Carey of Clifton, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 until 2002, said armed intervention in Syria could lead to a regional war.He said he shared the U.K. prime minister’s outrage at a government using chemical weapons against its own people, but was opposed to the U.K. entering into the conflict in Syria.In the interview with The Telegraph, Welby also highlighted the plight of Christians in the region saying that people there had a “terrible sense of fear about what might come out of, what might be happening in the next few weeks.”His immediate predecessor, Rowan Williams, has said nothing publicly on the subject of military intervention in Syria. However, he recently highlighted the persecution of Christians in countries around the world. Speaking to an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Lord Williams, who is now Master of Cambridge’s Magdalene College, told an audience that he himself had Christian friends in Syria who had disappeared and “whose fate remains unknown.”To read the articles in full visit: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Archbishop of Canterbury, Middle East Featured Events Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR center_img Archbishops, past and present, urge caution on Syria intervention By ACNS staffPosted Aug 28, 2013 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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