Aviva Premiership Sale captain James Gaskell was thought to have broken his leg on Sunday, in the clash with Saracens.There had been worries that the 20-year-old Sandbach youngster, who became the youngest captain in the Aviva Premiership history when head coach Mike Brewer awarded him the armband earlier this month, had fractured his fibula after the lock was forced off during the 28-13 loss to Saracens on Sunday.However, 24 hours on from that defeat at Vicarage Road, the medical update from Sale’s Carrington training base brought a welcome ray of sunshine.“The good news regarding James is that there is no fracture, or even strain, and it looks like he will have an 80 per cent chance of being fit to play at home to Harlequins on Friday,” Brewer revealed. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Gaskell apart, despite an often bruising encounter Brewer reported a clean bill of health as regards the rest of his squad. “The factor that will determine whether James can play will be whether he is able to train on Wednesday.“Had he been ruled out for a week or two I wouldn’t have been overly concerned but, obviously, it is good news that the injury isn’t what we first feared.”
Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball during the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool C match Ireland vs Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images) 2011 Rugby World Cup Winner New Zealand 1/2Australia 8/1South Africa 10/1England 10/1France 12/1Ireland 18/1Wales 25/1Argentina 200/1Scotland 1000/1Samoa 500/1Italy 2000/1 Ireland’s top try scorer for the tournament Tommy Bowe (2) 6/5Keith Earls (2) 2/1Andrew Trimble (1) 10/1Sean O’Brien (1) 10/1Rob Kearney (1) 12/1 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LADBROKES RUGBY WORLD CUP BETTINGTo Reach the Semi finals New Zealand 1/50Australia 8/11South Africa 4/5France evensEngland 10/11Ireland 8/11Wales 11/8Argentina 12/1Scotland 33/1Samoa 20/1Italy 50/1To Reach the Final New Zealand 1/3Australia 9/2France 11/4England 9/4South Africa 9/2Ireland 11/4Wales 4/1Argentina 66/1Scotland 125/1Samoa 125/1Italy 200/1 Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball out during the Pool C match – Ireland v RussiaWith three wins from three, Ireland are now 8/11 with Ladbrokes to go further than ever before and reach the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup. As they head into their final pool match against Italy Ireland are the 1/8 favourites to top Pool C ahead of Australia at 9/2.Following a brace from Keith Earls against Russia, the Munster man is now in close contention to be Ireland’s top try scorer for the tournament at 2/1, just behind Tommy Bowe at 6/5.Hayley O’Connor of Ladbrokes said:“The odds have come crashing down for Ireland as their momentum in the tournament shows no signs of waning. We’ve seen a rush of money in the last few days to back Ireland to reach the semi-final which has now been cut to 8/11. This crop of players have already proved they are history makers and are 11/4 to reach the final in Eden Park. By that stage we’d be happily partying along with the punters no matter what the outcome.”Ireland are 18/1 to win the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks increasing their grip on favouritism as 1/3.
The prospect of seeing these two back-lines in full swing is mouthwatering. They are both crammed with talent and it could well be a moment of individual genius that decides this match.Clermont’s threequarters contain the power of Aurelien Rougerie and Julien Malzieu, the skills of Fofana and the pure pace of Sivivatu – he may not have made the All Blacks World Cup squad but he surely would have been warmly welcomed in any other country’s.Leinster’s experienced centre pairing of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy will be as influential in defence as they are in attack, and BOD can always be relied upon to pull off a piece of magic in a big game. Then there’s the danger of Fitzgerald and Isa Nacewa out wide.Perhaps the most intriguing head-to-head, though, is Lee Byrne v Rob Kearney. They are two of the world’s most reliable full-backs under the high ball and both have the knack of catching their own up-and-unders to launch attacks.The verdictThis match could easily go down to the wire and is extremely hard to call. Clermont are probably marginal favourites as the match is in France, but I’m picking Leinster’s nous and experience to see them through to another final. By just a point or two!Colour change: Clermont’s former Leinster lock Nathan HinesCLERMONT AUVERGNE v LEINSTER, SUNDAY 29 APRIL, 3pm, Live on Sky Sports 2CLERMONT AUVERGNE: Lee Byrne; Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurelien Rougerie (capt), Wesley Fofana, Julien Malzieu; Brock James, Morgan Parra; Lionel Faure, Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili, Jamie Cudmore, Nathan Hines, Julien Bonnaire, Alexandre Lapandry, Elvis Vermeulen.Replacements: Ti’i Paulo, Vincent Debaty, Daniel Kotze, Julien Pierre, Julien Bardy, Ludovic Radoslavjevic, Regan King, Jean-Marcel Buttin. LEINSTER: Rob Kearney; Isa Nacewa, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald; Jonathan Sexton, Isaac Boss; Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen (capt), Brad Thorn, Sean O’Brien, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip.Replacements: Sean Cronin, Heinke van der Merwe, Nathan White, Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden.Referee: Wayne Barnes NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Smooth move: Rob Kearney does his best to evade the clutches of Casey Laulala during Leinster’s win v Cardiff BluesBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorBordeaux is famed for its wine but this weekend it’ll be the smell of rugby players’ sweat filling the air rather than the fruity aroma of a good red. Clermont Auvergne and Leinster go head-to-head at the Stade Chaban Delmas for a place in this year’s Heineken Cup final – and it’s sure to be an enthralling affair…Variety is the spice of lifeBoth these teams have the ability to mix up their games, to play it tight or wide, to use brute power or sleight of hand. Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip can make hard yards with ball in hand for Leinster one minute, for example, and in the next phase Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald will be cutting incisive angles out wide. Clermont are the same with big lumps like Jamie Cudmore and Nathan Hines as well as fleet-footed dangermen like Sitiveni Sivivatu and Wesley Fofana.Leinster have really broadened their game in recent years – the fact this is their fourth straight Heineken Cup semi-final is testament to that – and their pack can no longer be regarded as the weak link. The front row of Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross can hold their own and it’s important not to underestimate the impact Brad Thorn’s bulk will have on their scrummage – but they will need to match Clermont’s powerful pack up front and negate the threat of loosehead Lionel Faure to get decent possession.Kick in the teeth: Brock James misses a late drop-goal attempt v Leinster in the 2010 quarter-finalMind gamesThis is Clermont’s first semi-final – will they be able to cope with the pressure and expectation? Having got the proverbial monkey off their back by lifting the Top 14 title in 2010 after losing an incredible ten finals, they are surely feeling less pressure these days. They have made no secret of their ambition to win the Heineken Cup in this, their 100th anniversary season, and have assembled a squad capable of becoming European champions, but it’s their mental strength that will be crucial against Leinster.The Irish province have been in this situation many times before and know what it takes to win. In what is sure to be a tight contest, they will believe they can close out a victory – but can Clermont match their composure? Or will Brock James be haunted by memories of his nightmare in Clermont’s 2010 quarter-final defeat by Leinster?On the attack
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Chris Robshaw, the Harlequins and England captain, poses in Richmond Park on April 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Joe Ansbro – The Scots put their heads together and won on tour – but this man went a bit far!Tech Zone – Dan Cottrell’s top tips on how to be a better full-backMini Zone – Get your minis playing rugby Olympics. Plus, lineout skillsFitness Zone – A strength-building workout and tips on how to sleep betterSevens Rugby – Mike Friday, Tom Varndell, Will Greenwood and Toby Booth on all things sevensWorld XV – The best players on the planet right now – will you agree?Heineken Cup – Stephen Jones on the need for a European competition shake-upZac Guildford – The New Zealand wing on why he’s cut alcohol out of his lifeSuper Rugby – Enjoy our picture special from the southern hemisphereIan McGeechan – The Lion king says next year’s schedule must change to give the tourists a chance to succeedAustralia – Olympic hopeful to Wallaby contender – lock Cadeyrn Neville’s incredible journeyMemorabilia – Saracens chairman Nigel Wray exhibits some of his enviable collection of sporting relicsExeter – Matt Jess talks us through the secrets of the Chiefs’ successGlasgow – Gregor Townsend’s plan for success as the man at the helmAlex King – How the former fly-half has made the transition from player to coach at Clermont AuvergneNaked Truth – After leaving wet Wales for mild Melbourne, Gareth Delve talks birthdays, boarding school and body buildingThe Backs…Armchair zone – The latest books and productsNaked Truth – Gareth Delve on his ‘superhero’ moment out in MelbourneTour Tale – Why this tighthead could have ended up in the doghouse———————————————————————————————————————————————–Click here to subscribe to Rugby WorldClick here to find out where to buy Rugby World Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or iPad? If so click here. [imagebrowser id=27]THE NORTH are still playing catch-up – that’s the message from Stuart Barnes as Rugby World digests the lessons of the home nation summer tours in our August 2012 issue. We have exclusive interviews with Chris Robshaw and Sam Warburton , two back-rows growing into great national captains. Ireland star Cian Healy tells us about a change of approach while Joe Ansbro gives us the inside story of Scotland’s fabulous fightback – and that shocking clash of heads in Australia. Young England centre Jonathan Joseph heads our four Spotlight personalities.Elsewhere, Will Greenwood, Toby Booth, Mike Friday and Tom Varndell discuss the explosion of sevens, Stephen Jones investigates the Heineken Cup row that’s dividing Europe, Gregor Townsend explains why Glasgow are destined for big things, and Saracens chairman Nigel Wray shows us his astonishing collection of sports memorabilia.We also have plenty of stories from the southern hemisphere, including All Black Zak Guildford’s redemption and the Aussie rower who might have been competing in this month’s Olympics had he not chosen to pursue professional rugby. See who makes our World XV – and how much the best players are worth!All this and lots more make our August issue one not to be missed.———————————————————————————————————————————————–The Front Row…30 minutes with Fergus McfaddenNorth v South divide – The great divide might be narrowing, but how can the North beat the South this autumn?Junior World Cup – The JWC in South Africa produced the mother of all upsetsGonzalo Camacho – The Argentine discusses the upcoming Rugby ChampionshipHotshots – Sam Hill (England) and Luke Hamilton (Wales)Gwyn Jones – What Wales must do nextOlly Barkley on running his own coaching campHeineken Cup rantPaul Wallace – Why bigger’s better for IrelandSpotlights…Jonathan Joseph – England’s new centre has received a big billing but he’s living up to the hype, says Sarah MockfordDarren Cave – The Ireland centre has put in the hard yards and now he’s living the dream. Sarah Mockford reportsBradley Davies – It’s all change at Cardiff Blues right now. Their Wales lock tells Sarah Mockford why he’s so excitedRyan Grant – After years in the wilderness, the new Scotland prop is getting his just deserts. By Richard BathThe Centres…Stuart Barnes – The former England fly-half gives a no-holds-barred review of last month’s summer toursChris Robshaw – We sit down with the flanker who has turned Quins’ and England’s fortunes aroundSam Warburton – The Wales captain on heroic defeats, his raised profile and how he’s learning on the jobCian Healy – Will the Irish loosehead’s new regime earn him a spot on next summer’s Lions tour? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Slam on the breaks, here. Ranger wouldn’t like the comparison, but he is somewhat of a rugby peacock that needs to strut. You would hear the moans drifting in from the southern hemisphere if this mazy attacker was shackled to an oppressive system. Say it ain’t so.“Oh no, I’ve not changed, attacking-wise,” he claims, reassuringly. “I still love attacking, doing what I want. But the game here in France is very forward-oriented. We are slowly lifting the calibre of the team and we have some great attacking backs, but games are won when the forwards dominate.No wallflower: Fabien Galthie is a very strong force as coach“When this team gets momentum going it’s really exciting. Sometimes we just click and it’s brilliant. But when you are losing, Fabien (Galthie) gets down your neck, telling you what to do. I think that sometimes you’ve got to play what’s in front of you whereas French guys need to be told what to do.”This centre respects his club, his coach and the desire of passionate fans to take over French rugby. However, this point is a worrying one for the nation as a whole. For the last few years, pundits and punters alike have been decrying the rugby-by-numbers and stodgy play trotted out by France and supposedly devised by head coach Philippe Saint-Andre.If the man widely fancied as the nailed-on successor to Saint-Andre, Galthie, is also a fan of proscribing play, picking different sides weekly and perplexing players with several systems, maybe this is something that explains why France have fallen away as a force in recent seasons.We may be on to something with the wider theme, within France, according to Ranger. “In New Zealand we trust players’ instincts. They are skilled enough to be left to make the right decisions. In France, even two or three years ago, they just played; they were willing to have a crack. It’s something not quite there anymore.”Maybe Ranger’s maverick approach would scare some coaches, but when he sees the top three sides in France succeeding when they finally opt for attacking abandon, he feels a pang of familiarity. On first introduction, Rene Ranger seems so laid-back you would be forgiven for checking his pulse. However, when the versatile, attacking back is asked about his cult hero status back in New Zealand and what he thinks of dispatches being sent back on his exploits with Montpellier in France, he sits up to set you straight.“I guess some would say I’m a cult figure,” he replies, “actually, yes and no. People will ask about that and some people put high expectations on you coming to the Top 14, as a New Zealander – but I’m here to play. And when I’m playing I keep standards high and stay professional.”That may seem like a prosaic answer from someone so known for shaking out sidesteps, bamboozling defences and playing by his own rules, but when you are known as ‘that guy’ in the South, it helps to skip in and remind people every so often that you are playing the game the right way.As Montpellier embark on a second week in the new European Champions Cup against Glasgow Warriors, though, the concern for Ranger is that while his club are an outside bet when pushing for honours in France, they are still a step behind the bigger rugby firms on the continent.Diving force: Glasgow Warriors are in a Champions Cup pool with Montpellier“I would like to say we hope to win a title – and this is a club on the rise with brilliant coaching – but there is still a level we need to climb. Clermont, Toulouse, Toulon: they all play more of a southern hemisphere-style. There is no doubt that if we begin to play more like that we will be a force.”Ranger has notably picked up his pace in talking about how rugby culture differs between the Kiwis and the French. It is said with traces of warmth, but what are things like in that respect with Montpellier?“I have had to change my game quite a bit. In this team we have a few different defensive systems, which is quite hard to get your head around at times. It can get a little frustrating because the systems change depending on who you are facing and because squads are so big in France we chop and change personnel quite a lot. You are almost playing with a new player every week.“I am not saying it isn’t good to have lads playing fresh, but it is hard to get a combination going with another player.” He played like that back home, and he knows that if Montpellier eventually adopt that same swashbuckling style, they too could terrify Glasgow, Bath, their Champions Cup pool and anyone else in Europe. What a relaxing thought that must be. Magic man: Rene Ranger making things happen for Montpellier against Castres in the Top 14 TAGS: Highlight
Am I being too upbeat? Well, look at the England XV that won the U20 World Championship in 2014. Like France, only one player has established himself in the senior side – captain and second-row Maro Itoje (although loose-forward Ross Moriarty has been capped by Wales).Prop Paul Hill came off the bench against Italy last month for his one and only cap, but elsewhere the English class of 2014 have actually had fewer top-flight opportunities than their French counterparts.Youthful promise: Maro Itoje has gone from World Cup success at Junior level to full honoursFull-Back Aaron Morris (Saracens) and wings Howard Packman (Northampton) and Nathan Earle (Saracens) are on loan at Championship side London Scottish because, as Earle explained to The Rugby Paper in January, “it’s tough for youngsters to get game time in the Premiership or Champions Cup”.Also on loan at Scottish is the Bath hooker Tom Woolstencroft, while Northampton Saints prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi has been farmed out to Moseley. Two more players in the Championship are flanker Gus Jones (London Welsh) and scrum-half Henry Taylor (Bedford).Nick Tomkins, Paul Hill, Charlie Ewels, Billy Burns and James Chisholm are all with Premiership clubs but none are regular starters. In fact, other than Itoje and Moriarty, only Harlequins centre Harry Sloan has been a regular presence in his club’s starting line-up this season. TAGS: Highlight We all know who’s to blame for the decline of France as a rugby power. Foreigners. It’s what everyone says, from Philippe Saint-Andre to Guy Noves, to most of the media. Midi Olympique used the excuse in its Monday edition, under a two-page feature entitled “Where have all our players gone?” Midi’s focus was on the France Under-20 squad, interviewing head coach Olivier Magne, listing the obstacles in the path of the Baby Blues in their quest to graduate into senior rugby, and describing the fate of the France U20 squad that won the 2014 Six Nations Grand Slam.Of the XV that started the match that season against England (which France won 21-15), only Toulouse flanker Yacouba Camara has subsequently been capped at senior level, although Bordeaux scrum-half Baptiste Serin was called into the France squad during the recent Six Nations. Elsewhere centre Xavier Mignot has been a regular starter for Grenoble this season, while full-back Robinson Caire made ten appearances for the same club last season before being drafted into the France Sevens squad this year, joining Stephen Parez, a member of the 2014 France U20 team.Obstacles: France U20s coach Olivier Magne says graduating to a Top 14 side is not easyFly-half Brandon Fajardo has played 14 times for Pau this season, second-row Arthur Iturria has appeared eight times (though just one start) for Clermont and centre François Bouvier has played 12 times for Agen. Game time has been harder to come by for No 8 François Cros, who’s made four appearances off the bench this season for Toulouse, while loosehead prop Oleg Ishchenko has been used as a sub by Montpellier three times.The rest of the XV have featured in the ProD2 with hooker Romain Ruffenach and wing Kylan Hamdaoui regular starters for Biarritz, tighthead prop Tommy Raynaud honing his craft at Narbonne, and second-row Jean-Baptiste Singer a member of the all-conquering Lyon squad.In fact only flanker Jean-Blaise Lespinasse has failed to play any senior rugby this season, the blind-side playing for the Bordeaux academy XV having made a handful of senior starts in the 2014-15 campaign.Graduated with honours: Yacouba Camara has been one of few successes at U20 level recentlyFor Midi Olympique this was a poor return two years after winning the Under-20 Grand Slam. In their opinion more of that squad should have been capped by France, or at the least should be playing more Top 14 rugby, rather than being cast into what the paper described as a rugby “desert”. The cause of the expulsion? Foreigners, the paper repeating the statistic offered up by Guy Noves last week that 63% of players in the Top 14 are outsiders.I disagree with Midi Olympique’s negative assessment. One should not forget that most of the France U20 squad of 2014 are still only 21, raw in rugby terms, and yet half have already played several times for their Top 14 clubs. That should be a source of encouragement for the French, the fact that clubs are giving them the opportunities. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It’s an easy get-out for French rugby that the influx of talented imports have dented their standing in the international game, but is it so simple? Outstanding: Inspiration French hooker Guilhem Guirado came through in the U21 side a decade agoIf young Frenchmen are good enough they will make it. For example, take the France U21 matchday squad that beat the Baby Boks ten years ago this summer to win the U21 World Championship. Eleven of them – including Guilhem Guirado, Maxime Mermoz and Damien Chouly – have gone on to be capped at senior level, which is the same number of South Africans.Young French players have the opportunity to make it to the top. Some will and some won’t. Injuries may end some hopes while others may fall out of love with the game. A few just won’t have the determination.Blaming too many foreigners in the Top 14 for the decline of France as a world force is the easy way-out. But it’s wrong. There’s actually an argument for saying that without the number of foreigners in the Top 14 France would be in an even worse state than they already are. Foreign players have brought with them not just their skills and experience, but also their work ethic, opening the eyes of French players to the dedication required to be the best.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS And work-ons? If you look at England with Owen Farrell at 12, they have two players who can play. I’m working on that, developing my skills so I can be like a second ten.When did you link up with Cardiff Blues? At U16s. I’m in the academy and train four times a week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.How did you find the U20 Six Nations? It was a really good experience for me. I was very proud to represent my country and I learnt a lot from it. It’s the first time I’d been involved in that environment as I didn’t come through U16s or U18s.Who were your childhood heroes? I did look up to my dad and the main person I wanted to be like was Shane Williams, but I soon realised I was never going to be that type of player! As I got older, it was Sonny Bill Williams.What do you do away from rugby? I’m studying business at Cardiff Met. It’s been hard, studying full-time and being involved in rugby, so next year I might go part-time. TAGS: Cardiff Blues Hotshot: Cardiff Blues and Wales U20 centre Max Llewellyn Date of birth 13 January 1999 Born Kingston, Surrey Region Cardiff Blues Country Wales Position CentreWhat sports did you play growing up? I played football and in a few golf competitions. Then I started playing rugby at the CRICC club the first year it was contact.Have you always played in midfield? My dad (former Wales lock Gareth Llewellyn) wanted me to be a centre – I think he wanted to be a centre when he was younger! He said, “You don’t want to be in the forwards!” The first game I played I was at second-row, then I was moved out to centre.What do you like about the position? There’s an element of everything to it. You have to be skilled and fit, and you need different physical aspects. It’s really challenging as a player.Does your dad offer good advice? He’s a massive influence and a huge reason why I’ve been so successful so far. He’s been taught by some of the best coaches in world, like Steve Hansen, and he’s passed down his knowledge. He’ll go over games with me, what to improve and what I’m doing well.What are your strengths? For a big man I have pretty good footwork, which helps my carrying. And there’s my offload ability. If I manage to stay on my feet, I can get an offload in to help someone else. RW VERDICT: At 6ft 4in, Max has inherited his dad’s height. He’s played for the Blues in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and got his first taste of international age-grade rugby this year. A place in Wales’ U20 World Cup squad will be his next target.This article originally appearing in the June 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Focus: Max Llewellyn watches a scrum during the U20 Six Nations (Huw Evans Agency) Find out more about this rising star who is also the son of former Wales lock Gareth Llewellyn
The peak: The Webb Ellis Cup in the Himalayas, with Everest in the background (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Plenty of hard work is going into pushing the sport in the Asian nation The uphill climb to grow rugby in NepalThere are no prizes for guessing what one of the greatest challenges to face rugby’s trek across Nepal is. “Our geographical structure is so varied,” the union’s general secretary Chetan Raj Giri says of a nation rippled with mountain ranges, including the Himalayas and Mount Everest.“We have lowland that makes up 15% (of the country), like in Terai. Hilly areas are 67% and mountains make up 18%. So it’s very difficult to reach out but we are focused on high-density areas of each province. We have seven provinces and have seven small teams in all provinces.“The far West and Karnali Province is the hardest to reach. It has less infrastructure and low-income areas.”Despite the inherent challenges, there is ambition in Nepali rugby.Helping the push: A Japanese expat team in Nepal in 2019 (Chetan Giri)At the start of the month, the Nepal Rugby Association – based in Kathmandu – applied to join World Rugby as an associate member. In May, World Rugby had already welcomed Jordan, Qatar and Turkey as associate members.Back in 2014, Nepal joined Asia Rugby. Since then the union has set about pushing the Get Into Rugby programme wherever they can and putting on domestic tournaments and regional events.Happenstance brought Giri to rugby. An international umpire, he was in New Zealand for the 2011 World Taekwondo Championships. At the time, the country was gripped by anticipation for Rugby World Cup 2011 and Giri was encouraged to find out more by local figures. After seeing rugby in Wellington, he was hooked. Upon returning to Nepal he sought out the national federation.Related: The French rugby club 4,300km from ParisIn 2012 the Association was overhauled, and in the years since steps have been taken to grow the game. Volunteers are at the heart of this as finances are understandably tough and governmental support is hard to come by, according to Giri. But they have fought hard to gain more public recognition.Tournaments have been held, tours organised. In 2015, their men’s and women’s teams made their bow at the Asia Rugby Development Sevens in Chennai. In 2017, a big leap also saw them play in the Asia Rugby Men’s Sevens Trophy in Doha. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. So is there something about the Nepali people that is compatible with the sport of rugby?Campaign: A Rugby World Cup event in the capital Kathmandu, 2019 (Chetan Giri)“Yes, this is the nice question,” Giri begins. “I want to tell you that with the most popular sports like cricket, soccer – even in track and field – players from those areas in the Nepal, if we can invest, we can also find potential players from there.“But I believe the product should be rugby, not (converting) others. So we have to educate the players from school level, so that we focus on schools and we’re going to lobby the education ministry to put (rugby) in each school.“We will also interfere, to talk with local authorities. This is easiest to do in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Surkhet. The climate in Nepal is very good for rugby too, I think…”Field of play: A pitch in Kathmandu, in 2018 (Getty Images)The most pressing need for the Nepalese game, according to Giri, is getting more qualified coaches and managers. They need more equipment and kit, too. Finally, they need exposure. You would wager that becoming an associate member with World Rugby can help with this.There is some rugby expertise that comes back from the UK every year, too.Related: From the French Foreign Legion to the Top 14, meet Tavite VeredamuAs Giri lays out: “When the Gurkha (soldiers) come back from the UK, for their holidays to their own homes, they will bring jerseys, balls and other logistic support. They will join us for some events as an expat team, as the Gurkha army and sometimes with the British Embassy. We have some programmes like this every year – two missions like this.”With an uphill climb to grow rugby in Nepal, those in love with the game there are showing plenty of spirit.
If successful, the final could be held in Perth, Sydney or Melbourne Despite talk of Australia being firm favourites to win the bid, Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos reminded everyone of how quickly World Cup bids can swing, saying: “It was not so long ago South Africa were the firm favourites to win 2023 and then at the last minute the whole thing turned on them. We are certainly putting ourselves in the very best position we can and it all depends on the strength of the other bids, particularly from America.”Related: How France won the RWC 2023 vote The official bid launch in Sydney (Getty Images) Australia have officially launched their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid.Their bid projects that if they win the bid to host the tournament, there will be over 200,000 international visitors to Australia and over two million people attending the event. They also say they will expect a significant economic boost and a total finanical output of $2.5bn forecast.The tournament will feature 20 nations and 48 matches over seven weeks and be played at between eight and ten venues, and according to reports in Australia, the bid team are looking at Optus Stadium in Perth, Stadium Australia in Sydney and the MCG (Melbourne) as potential venues for the final, as they are the only stadiums in the country that fit World Rugby’s criteria for final venue (60,000 or more seats). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS On potential bid opponents, Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said: “We know that the US is there for ’27 and ’31, Russia has put its hand up, I don’t know if they will be able to handle it.“There might be a Celtic bid in the next weeks that comes forward.“I think there’s a general acknowledgement that its due to come south, it has been quite a few years (2011) since its been played in the southern hemisphere and we’re one of the most historical rugby nations going, so I think they know we will manage the tournament really well.”Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Brook Packard says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments (4) Brandt Hardin says: May 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm Excellent point- Agitation and revolution are the objectives! And Trinity Wall Street (let’s get the name and the affiliation correct here- there is no church) taking the advice of the NYPD which has repeatedly done violence in Trinity’s name, changed the venue out of fear (so Christ like- watch out for the corn starch!) and then lied to those speaking about seats in the room. So, Trinity, just be honest. Say this wasn’t a teach in, it wasn’t a rally, it was a press event. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN By Lynette WilsonPosted May 1, 2012 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, 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 Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 May 2, 2012 at 10:19 am I believe it was the New York City Police dept. that advised Trinity to close the doors on this event. Perhaps in response to the following:NEW YORK (AP) -Posted AP May 1, 2012 12:48 pm EDTPolice in New York City say three letters aimed at scaring mailroom employees at Citicorp and News Corp. were filled with a white powder believed to be cornstarch.NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said the letters were mailed to The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and Citicorp. They arrived Tuesday. Seven other similar letters arrived at various banks on Monday.The letters Tuesday were kept in the third-level basement, and the News Corp. building on Sixth Avenue was not evacuated.The letters contained a threatening message that said “This is a reminder that you are not in control” and “Happy May Day.”OWS slogans like the above: Trinity “you do your business on the people’s backs,” only agitates. Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI May 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm The Occupy Movement is NECESSARY for our citizens to expose the corruption which Big Business has infected our Government with. Every single person occupying the streets and protesting Corporations is a hero and a patriot. I was compelled to lend a hand and create some new posters for the movement which you can download for free on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/11/propaganda-for-occupy-movement.html Tags Wayne Kempton says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH May 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm I tried to attend this teach-in – promoted as a rally as well – with Diego Ibanez and another friend from OWS. The two of us, along with someone from the NY Press, were not allowed in. We were told there were no seats available. It turns out there were a number of empty chairs. That lie was what Diego was referring to when it came to the trust issue with Trinity Wall Street, an institution with a track record that indicates an ethos more in line with what OWS is fighting than anything Godly. How can such a closed environment be considered a teach-in? A press event, narrowcast…almost any other expression would be a more honest description once the decision was made to privatize the event. There was a real rally going on today. As 50,000 of us marched past Trinity Wall Street this evening, we paused to chant: Trinity Church, you look so pretty. But you do nothing for New York City. Trinity Church, we pay your tax, you do your business on the people’s backs. Big Business has not only corrupted the government, it has corrupted the institutional church. New York City police officers waited for Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to march the 2.6 miles south from Union Square to Zuccotti Park. As of 7 p.m. EDT, the demonstrators who were to have assembled around 5 p.m. had not arrived. ENS Photo/Lynette Wilson[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, during “Occupy: A May Day Teach-In” webcast live from Trinity Wall Street, described the Occupy Wall Street movement as one he wished Trinity had had the “courage” and “insight” to birth.“It’s so much of who we are … not just Trinity Wall Street, the whole spiritual enterprise,” said Bozzuti-Jones during the webcast.Paraphrasing the Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino, the real test is not so much about whether a person believes in God or not, but rather in idolatry, he said. For Sobrino, it came down to the human willingness to worship the wrong things.“How do we teach the world that it is better to give than to receive?” asked Bozzuti-Jones.Billed as part conference, part spiritual renewal, and part rally, the Occupy: A May Day Teach-In included brief talks by religious and secular thinkers who spoke about the moral, political and social justice and reconciliation issues that confront the Occupy movement.The event also featured folk music performed by the Irish duo Peader & Pio.Charles B. Strozier, professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was MC for the event. In addition to Bozutti-Jones, speakers included the Rev. James Forbes, senior minister emeritus, The Riverside Church in New York; Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, author and psychiatrist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School; Blanche Wiesen Cook, professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Diego Ibañez and Bryan K. Parsons of Occupy Wall Street; Joyce Carol Oates, writer and Princeton University professor; the Rev. James H. Cooper, rector, Trinity Wall Street; Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; and James W. Jones, a professor at Rutgers University.May Day, or International Workers Day, is a celebration of labor and leftist movements with roots in the Chicago Haymarket Massacre of 1886, when after being targeted by a bomb police broke up a general strike by workers advocating for an eight-hour workday. It became an internationally recognized holiday in 1890.On May 1, Occupy Wall Street called for a general strike – no work, no school, no shopping – to mark May Day and to inject new life into the movement that sparked nationwide protests against economic injustice in September 2011. Overnight, crowd barricades went up along Broadway in lower Manhattan and along Wall Street immediately in front of the New York Stock Exchange at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets, one block east of Trinity Church. May 1 Occupy events were planned for across the country.On its website, Trinity describes Occupy as “… perhaps one of the most important movements since the Civil Rights and antiwar movements of the 50s and 60s.”The Trinity teach-in, originally scheduled as a public event, was changed to a live webcast, when, according a statement on the Trinity calendar, the city of New York advised that there would likely be large crowds and disruptions in public transport in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon. Occupy supporters, including Episcopal clergy involved with the interfaith movement OccupyFaith NYC, were scheduled to march in “solidarity” from Union Square to Zuccotti Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.Given Trinity’s location at the head of Broadway and Wall Street, two blocks south of Zuccotti Park, the privately owned park that housed the Occupy encampment for two months last fall, the church has been a part of the Occupy story since the beginning, at times opening its doors to Occupy protestors and supporters.During his talk, Cooper acknowledged some of the tense moments along the way, which included hunger strikes and arrests. In the midst of all that, Trinity and Occupy supporters were able still to gather in conversation, Cooper said, whether it be an in informal, late night conversation on a park bench or during a Sunday morning worship service.Following the Nov. 15, 2011, eviction of occupiers from the park, Trinity came under fire from Occupy supporters — including Episcopal clergy — for not turning over Trinity-owned property adjacent to Duarte Square, a city park at Canal, Grand and Avenue of the Americas. The dispute over access to the Trinity property, which Occupy wanted to use as a base from which to ride out the winter months, culminated in a hunger strike undertaken by three or four people associated with the movement and in the arrest of Episcopal clergy, including retired Bishop George E. Packard, when they jumped the fence during a Dec. 17, 2011, demonstration marking the movement’s three-month anniversary.One of the hunger strikers, Bolivian-born Diego Ibañez — who recorded his own remarks on a digital recorder, he said, based on past issues of trust with Trinity — spoke about the beauty of being involved in something where “you can lose yourself to something greater than self.”Referencing the high numbers of incarcerated people, especially people of color, he blamed previous generations for leaving the United States, in some ways, worse off than it ever has been before.To him, he said, Occupy presented people with a way to engage in social change other than setting up a 401 C 3 organization that solicits tax-deductible donations from rich people. He criticized Trinity — one of the largest landholders in Manhattan — for not offering Occupy a space when its Zuccotti Park encampment was disbanded, and for not allowing his companion to come into the teach-in even though, as he pointed out, there was plenty of space. (After the event became a live webcast, members of the public were barred from attending in person.)At the close of his remarks, Ibañez, who has been sleeping on couches since being evicted from Zuccotti Park, challenged those present and those watching on the Internet to ask themselves what they are doing “to push the boundaries of the people around them.”“All of us can be radicals,” he said.In a talk about “Biblical economics,” recorded via Skype, the presiding bishop talked about how the “fundamental Christian ethic demands care for the poor.”“The poor are neighbors with the fewest options — about what to eat, where to live, what kind of employment to seek, where or if they will send children to school, or find medical care. The ancient moral expectation is to provide basic dignity, support, and options for those with little ability to find their way in the world,” she said.Joyce Carol Oates, who grew up in poverty in upstate New York, praised Occupy for its “vision” and “passion,” and talked about her personal experience: how receiving a $500 New York Regents scholarship helped her pay for college, and how when unionized the workers in the factory her father worked for gained some sense of security.Despite the laudable vision and passion, however, the practical is a much bigger challenge for Occupy, Oates said.She encouraged Occupy to reach out, without antagonism, to the people in the Midwest and the South who she said vote against their own best interests, as well as to others, to vote for politicians “sympathetic to the cause.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service.In Spanish: http://bit.ly/Jxh98e This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Occupy Movement Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Brook Packard says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Trinity Wall Street hosts May Day teach-in Occupy protesters march on Zuccotti Park Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Advocacy Peace & Justice,