Martin Johnson refused to talk about a possible Grand Slam on Saturday despite England having played three and won three games so far in the RBS 6 Nations. England ground out a 17-9 win over Les Bleus at Twickenham, and manager Johnson is delighted with the progress his team has made since the corresponding fixture 12 months ago. But talk in his dressing room will go no further than the next round of matches, in which they face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup.“Talking about winning the Grand Slam would only be setting ourselves up for a fall,” said Johnson. “If you want to win things, talk about it only after the last game. At this stage we have to concentrate on Scotland.”The scores were level at 9-9 at half-time, largely thanks to England’s mistakes in the first half, but Johnson was pleased with the level of maturity the side showed to bounce back in the second half for the win. Ben Foden’s try in the 42nd minute showed England’s intent after the break, and France failed to score at all in the second half.“The good thing is if you’re not playing well you need to sort it out, and they did that,” continued Johnson. “The guys were very calm at half time. Sometimes you need to fight and graft it out. We got over our mistakes and they didn’t kill us, and that shows the growing maturity of the team.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “In every game you want a good performance but that’s not always realistic in Test rugby,” continued Tindall. “We lost control a bit in the first half and in that sense the game was a good comparison with South Africa (who beat England in November), but we have progressed since then.”England will be watching closely tomorrow as Scotland host Ireland at Murrayfield, as the Scots come to HQ in two weeks time, before they travel to Dublin for the final round of the championship, where they will hope to seal their first Grand Slam since 2003. LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: England manager, Martin Johnson looks on prior to the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) Stand-in skipper Mike Tindall has come under fire for his performances so far in the tournament, yet he is enjoying England’s new-found winning form.“It was a good, old-fashioned physical battle,” said Tindall. “The conditions weren’t good for handling but a good sign of progression was how calm the team were at half-time.
SEBASTIEN CHABAL and Dimitri Yachvili have been recalled to the France side to take on England this Saturday at Twickenham, kick off 5pm, as France bulk up for the physical threat of Martin Johnson’s side.France coach Marc Lievremont has dropped scrum-half Morgan Parra (above) to the bench, where he will be joined by Julien Bonnaire, with Imanol Harinordoquy movinhg to flanker.In the back three Maxime Medard goes to full-back from the wing with Clement Poitrenaud a replacement again and Vincent Clerc coming in on the wing, Yannick Jauzion taking Damien Traille’s spot at centre.Team: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Lievremont said: ” “We wanted to shake up the group. We’re putting out the same three-quarters that finished in Ireland so there’s a form of continuity. Against Scotland and Ireland, Jerome Thion and Sebastien Chabal, who are powerful players, came on during the game. We’re going to involve one from the start. Above all we wanted to reward the replacements while sending out a competitive team.“Dimitri has shone against England but I think he has also had less successful performances against this team. What matters is that he is full of confidence right now. We’re going there with a new state of mind and a new confidence won in the first two games. We have the ambition to prove that we can be competitive. It would be a feat to go and win at Twickenham but I believe we have the means to do it.” Clement Poitrenaud; Yoann Huget, Aurelien Rougerie, Yannick Jauzion, Vincent Clerc; Francois Trinh-Duc, Dimitri Yachvili; Thomas Domingo, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Julien Pierre, Lionel Nallet, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Imanol Harinordoquy, Sebastien ChabalReplacements:16-Guilhem Guirado, 17-Sylvain Marconnet, 18-Jerome Thion, 19-Julien Bonnaire, 20-Morgan Parra, 21-Damien Traille, 22-Alexis Palisson
The Principality Premiership will once again culminate in a play-off structure to determine the champion club and the sixth club to represent Wales in the British & Irish Cup for 2012/2013. Following this season, the Principality Premiership will be reduced from 14 to ten clubs, with those ten clubs known by the end of 2011.WRU Head of Rugby Joe Lydon said, “We are once again looking forward to another exciting and competitive season of Principality Premiership rugby, with the fixtures already whetting the appetite of players, coaches, commercial partners and supporters alike.“We know the play-off element to the league adds to the competitiveness of the Premiership for a large number of clubs as was seen last season with Cross Keys clinching the final British & Irish Cup spot by beating Newport in the qualification play-off final and Llanelli pipping Pontypridd to the post in the champion club play-off final.“Our recent review of the Premiership clearly identified that the agreed role and purpose of the Division is yet to be fully realised but the recently announced reforms to be introduced ahead of the 2012/13 season, including the reduction of the league to ten clubs, mean the increase of on and off field resources across the Premier Division, and enhanced performance, development opportunities and sustainability.“The planned reform of the Premiership will better enable the league to flourish as an entity and will, I am sure, help to underpin the player development models in conjunction with our regional partners, producing fitter, more skilful players for the Regions and hopefully the National Squad.” Principality Premiership champions Llanelli will launch the defence of their title away to Newport on Saturday, 3 September. Following that opening round game, the side, who clinched the league with a comprehensive win over Pontypridd in the Play-Off Final last May, then host three home matches, against Llandovery, Bedwas and Carmarthen Quins to complete their September fixture list.Llanelli Head of Rugby Anthony Buchanan said: “We’re looking forward to the start of the season, I’m sure as champions everyone will want to perform well against us and that can only be a good thing for the youngsters we’ll be aiming to bring through again.“We expect to have a fresh squad with a number of players from last season stepping up to the Scarlets, especially in World Cup year, and that’s fine with us, we see that as our purpose as a club. There will be a lot of pressure on the young players coming into our set-up, starting with an away fixture at Newport in the opening round. We started there last year and lost in the last few minutes, so it’s a tough place to go but a good test. Then we will look forward to three home games, which are must-wins in this competition if you want to do well.“Our new-look coaching team of Leigh Davies and Ioan Cunningham, overseen by Vernon Cooper and Kevin George, will I’m sure prepare the team as best as possible to defend our title but we take our responsibilities as a feeder club to the Scarlets very seriously and we will be taking each game as it comes.”Meanwhile, Principality Premiership newcomers Bridgend are itching to get the new season started. They return to the top flight of Welsh domestic rugby after being absent for two seasons and kick off the season with a short trip to last season’s SWALEC Cup finalists Aberavon, followed by two prime home fixtures, against Newport and Swansea. They complete their September line-up by travelling to Church Bank to face Llandovery.Head coach Steve Tandy said, “I’ve got butterflies in my stomach already on hearing the first few fixtures and I know the players and supporters can’t wait to see the fixtures for real.“It’s obviously going to be a step up for us this season, in terms of the physicality of the Premiership and skill levels, but to be starting with a local derby against Aberavon is fantastic and then to welcome the big guns of Newport and Swansea back to the Brewery Field is something everyone involved with the club and the town will look forward to. We’re not going to have any pre-planned targets for the season. We’ve prepared well, we should be in good shape for the start of the season and we’ll just concentrate on performing well each week and see where that takes us.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Click here for the Principality Premiership Fixtures 2011/2012
[imagebrowser id=41]THE ECSTASY and agony of the Lions series is transported to the pages of Rugby World’s August issue, in which we have exclusive interviews with some of the main men. They include Paul O’Connell and Mike Phillips, who helped the Lions maintain their invincible Test run in Brisbane, and Mako Vunipola, who has acquired something of a cult following after his surprise selection in the 37-strong squad.Stephen Jones explains why the Lions must play hard ball for 2017, we recall the replacements who became stars on Lions tours, while our Pro Insight sheds light on the recovery processes used by Britain and Ireland’s finest.But it’s not all Lions this month – far from it. England’s historic series win in Argentina has upped the selection ante and former captain Martin Corry picks his XV for the autumn. One of his selections, Matt Kvesic, reveals his amazing family history.Wales, Ireland and Scotland also toured this summer and we report on their mixed fortunes, plus catch up two men making their mark on foreign soil – Japan coach Eddie Jones and Melbourne Storm CEO Mark Evans.And with a major new scrum law being trialled from 1 August, former Scotland U19 prop Alan Dymock explores how the scrum looks set to pan out this season – and beyond – in a special eight-page investigation.———————————————————————————————————————————————–Front Row…Letters – Have your saySidelines – Lions fans, women’s rugby, Junior World Cup, sevens…Eddie Jones – The Japan coach on their historic win over WalesMarting Corry – Should Chris Robshaw lose his England captain’s armband?Mark Evans – Why rugby union’s position is under threat in AustraliaSpotlights…Ben Morgan – England’s No 8 enjoyed a barnstorming tour to Argentina. Owain Jones reportsJames King – He might have been serving aces at Wimbledon but instead he’s been big in Japan, says Matt LloydAl Strokosch – The flanker was at his best in adversity during Scotland’s summer tour, writes Katie FieldIan Madigan – After two starts and two wins on tour, the Ireland fly-half tells Katie Field about his American dreamCentres…Mike Phillips – More success and settling down are on the No 9’s to-do listMako Vunipola – The all-action prop has been tearing it up Down Under Sean Maitland – What makes this Scot so hot? Read our exclusive insightPaul O’Connell – The Irish legend on where his inspiration comes fromLate Arrivals – These Lions made an impact as injury replacementsStephen Jones – Why the Lions deserve much more respect on future toursPro Insight – We learn the best recovery techniques from the LionsFitness/Pro Play – Build base strength and Barry Maddocks on a plan of attackMinis – Lineout jumping and a fun gameScrum Special – Our in-depth investigation:– 84 Why is change needed?– 86 What happens next?– 88 What does the future hold?Picture Special – A French photo legacy from late photographer Michel BirotMatt Kvesic – Read the fascinating story behind England’s classic No 7Hambo meets – New Leinster coach Matt O’Connor on his move to DublinRugby in Asia – We report on a coaching boom ahead of RWC 2019Backs…Essentials – The latest books and productsUncovered – Ian Evans on being the jokerTour Tale – An unlikely French prize!———————————————————————————————————————————————–Click here to subscribe to Rugby World You can also download the issue onto your iPad or iPad MiniOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC or android device? If so click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Leading from the front: Louis Picamoles was France’s one world class player during RWC There’s no finishing school in French rugby quite as challenging as Toulon, and the 23-year-old Escande is thriving under the tuition of Matt Giteau with Jonny Wilkinson also fine-tuning his goal-kicking.Emerging talent: Eric Escande is holding his own in a star-studded Toulon side8. Louis PicamolesNoves struggled to get the best out of Picamoles at Toulouse so it’s imperative the veteran coach handles the big No8 well because in 2015 he was France’s one world-class player.7. Wenceslas LauretStill just 26, Lauret has won just seven caps since making his debut in 2010. As he showed in Racing’s rout of Northampton, he remains on his day the most complete flanker in France.6. Camille GérondeauThe move from Racing to Clermont was a wise on for the 27-year-old, who’s stood out in a pack that has struggled for much of the season. Finally looks like fulfilling his potential.5. Yoann MaestriThe Toulouse lock played in all but two of the 44 Tests during PSA’s disastrous reign, yet he’s still only 27 and if his body holds together will provide the front five with much needed experience.Experience: Yoann Maestri will bring much-needed continuity in the French engine room4. Paul JedrasiakRomain Taofifénua and Thibault Lassalle are all in the mix to pack down with Maestri, but the 22-year Clermont lock has a raw talent that gets him the nod. Still some rough edges to be smoothed down.3. Rabah SlimaniThe 26-year-old came of age last season, ousting the veteran Nicolas Mas from the tighthead berth and anchoring the Stade scrum to Top 14 glory. A confidence player who’ll need Noves’ support.2. Guilhem GuiradoThe French press have the Toulon hooker nailed on as the man to replace Dusautoir as captain. Big boots to fill for the 29-year-old, who combines a combative presence in the loose with a strong set-piece. Leader: There are suggestions Guilhem Guirado will captain the new Les Bleus1. Eddy Ben ArousAlways a force in the loose, where his work at the breakdown gives France a third flanker, Ben Arous’ scrummaging has improved greatly in the last year and he’s now at the top of his game. Guy Noves unveils his first France squad on December 29 and the last few weeks can’t have been easy viewing for the new coach who, when he took up his post, promised the fans “spectacular rugby”. There’s been a distinct lack of quality to the Top 14 since the end of the World Cup, and last weekend’s European results produced a sorry return for French clubs. Though the two Parisian clubs won – with Racing’s 33-3 destruction of Northampton producing the display of the weekend – Toulouse, Clermont and Oyonnax all lost, and even Toulon looked a little off colour in breaking down Leinster. It was even worse in the Challenge Cup, with Brive losing in Russia, Pau going down 20-0 away to the Dragons and Montpellier and Agen also losing.Then there are the injuries. Remi Grosso is out for the Six Nations with a hernia; Francois Trinh-Duc won’t be fit until late January after suffering a lower leg injury, Teddy Thomas is also sidelined for a lengthy period, a thigh injury has laid low Wesley Fofana at Clermont and the knee injury suffered by Yoann Huget in France’s World Cup opener rules him out of the Six Nations.Over to you: Thierry Dusautoir has hung up his boots and will leave it to the youngstersWith several players also suffering from a post World Cup dip in form, notably Noa Nakaitaci, Damien Chouly and Sébastien Tillous-Borde, not forgetting the international retirements of Nicolas Mas, Frederic Michalak, Pascal Papé, Dimitri Szarzewski and Thierry Dusautoir, the squad unveiled by Noves in a fortnight’s time is going to be radically different to what we saw under his predecessor, PSASo who might make the starting XV for France’s 2016 Six Nations opener against Italy on February 6? As Christmas is nearly upon us, a time for presents, mince pies and predictions, we’ve come up with 15 players who represent the future of France.15. Brice DulinOne of the few France players to look sharp since the World Cup, Dulin was mistrusted by PSA on account of his 5ft 7in frame. Small, maybe, but lightning quick, with a brain and a step to match.In form: Brice Dulin has been shining for Racing 9214. Hugo BonnevalBack looking sharp for Stade Francais after a year out with a knee injury, the 25-year-old Bonneval beats off competition from his 20-year-old brother, Arthur, currently developing well at Toulouse.13. Gaël FickouGuy Noves knows all about Fickou’s gifts, having nurtured him at Toulouse, and it’s his job to get the 21-year-old centre adding consistency to his undoubted quality.12. Wesley FofanaThe most gifted threequarter in France, Wesley Fofana has only shown glimpses of his brilliance in the last few seasons. Might come under pressure from Jonathan Danty if the strapping 23-year-old centre rediscovers his form for StadeHot-stepper: Wesley Fofana is a classy option in the midfield11. Marvin O’ConnorThe half-Aussie O’Connor has shown his pace out wide this season for Montpellier, having moved to the Med from Bayonne in the summer, and has a footballing brain to go with his speed.10. Pierre BernardMany thought Bernard should have been included in the World Cup squad after another quietly impressive season with Bordeaux. He’s scored over 530 points in the last two seasons and the 25-year-old deserves a shot at France’s perennial problem position.9. Eric Escande Guy Noves will unveil his first France squad on December 29, so after a demoralising World Cup, who are the men who should drive Les Bleus towards a bright future TAGS: Highlight
Farrell kicks-onYou can count Test kickers in Owen Farrell’s league on one hand at present. His 24 points in the first Test, with nine kicks landed out of 10, and 18 points in Melbourne, including the match-winning try, tell the story of a player at the peak of his powers. It’s a credit to his sheer bloody-mindedness that he’s kicked on this season to play the best rugby of his career, only months after being written off as a has-been with George Ford deemed the coming man.Focus: Owen Farrell is one of the world’s best kickersI’ve spoken to many Australian commentators, and they’ve said he’s hugely respected by the opposition. After these two Tests, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say he’s feared. Lose discipline within kicking range and Farrell will punish you.World Cup motivationYoungsters Maro Itoje, Jack Clifford and Paul Hill are one of a clutch of new faces in England’s matchday squad. England haven’t had to start from scratch. That sorry night at Twickenham, where sections of the crowd booed their own men, was a nadir for the bulk of players and is still fresh in the memory. The chance to exorcise the demons of that night can only have motivated certain squad members in these past weeks – despite public protestations to the contrary.Character building: Chris Robshaw was forlorn after the World Cup loss to AustraliaIn James Haskell, Chris Robshaw and Dylan Hartley – who missed the tournament through suspension – England possess their beating heart; the players drove and inspired the squad to new heights through controlled rage.Winning the PR war LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In the last seven months, England have staged one of the most remarkable Test turnarounds in memory, as they’ve gone from also-rans at No 8 in the World rankings to No 2, after winning a Grand Slam and now historic Series in Australia. Here are the reasons they humbled the Wallabies in their own backyardFast-EddieThousands of column inches have been taken up dissecting Eddie Jones’ seismic impact on English rugby, and the plaudits raining down on him are justifiable. The fact is, Jones has refused to stand still for a second. After every milestone, be it a Grand Slam, or a Series win in Australia, he is already casting his eyes forward to the next challenge. He simply refuses to rest on his laurels.Winner: Eddie Jones’ hard-nosed mentality is inspiring playersIt was telling that just minutes after winning in Melbourne, he was talking about a 3-0 whitewash. Why? Because that’s what the All Blacks would have done and Steve Hansen’s men are the benchmark. Like two heavyweight contenders, England and the ABs will circle each other for two years before meeting in 2018, ahead of the World Cup in Japan. Catching and surpassing the world’s No 1 team will become an obsession.Wallaby selection missesAfter thrashing England at the World Cup only seven months ago, the Wallabies may have underestimated England’s renaissance. Due to the interminable French Top 14 season, they were unable to select the attacking trident of Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell and Adam Ashley-Cooper and they were shorn of the departing Kurtley Beale through injury.Big miss: Australia have missed Kurtley Beale’s ability to unlock defencesThese absences, of wit, guile and experience negated a Wallaby backline that couldn’t pierce the England backline in Melbourne, despite dominating possession and their scrum lost on points to England’s eight. These were highlighted by the problems in the front row, where two different sets of props have started in the first two Tests. All this gave England considerable encouragement, while the selection of promising rookie, Sean McMahon at No 8, in the absence of David Pocock, did not have the impetus desired.Defensive zealThe securing of Paul Gustard from Saracens in February – Europe’s pre-eminent side – was hailed as a coup, even if there were dissenters who scoffed at his side’s famed ‘Wolfpack’ mentality. Yet after 200 attempted tackles in the Second Test, his powers of motivation look difficult to deny.Band of brothers: The players have bought into Paul Gustard’s defensive templateThe likeable-Geordie is roundly praised by England players and it was interesting to hear he could motivate mentally as well as physically, after he disclosed that he’d read them a poem, The Man in the Glass, by Dale Wimbrow, that asked them to dig deeper than ever before, find an inner-strength and not leave the field with regrets, as he once had. The players duly responded with one of the all-time great defensive performances, with James Haskell, Maro Itoje, Billy and Mako Vunipola and Dylan Hartley all hitting a remarkable 17 tackles, or above. As the dust settles on an historic Series win on Australian soil, RW looks at the reasons Eddie Jones’ men have made such an impact in the Southern Hemisphere From days before the tour where Eddie Jones mischievously said he wanted a 3-0 Test Series win, so he could stick around and gloat, to the invitation of Rugby League legend Andrew ‘Joey’ Johns to dish out advice at England training, Eddie Jones has, subliminally at least, mounted his own orchestrated campaign to unsettle the Wallabies. He invited one of the most talented men to wear the green and gold in Glen Ella to help him and called out a former Wallaby and broadcaster for disrespecting him at a press conference. In the meanwhile, he damned his old Randwick buddy Michael Cheika with praise.Bag of surprises: Many people were surprised that Australian rugby league legend Andrew Johns helped EnglandHe even bedded down close to his old Randwick patch, that he knows so well, to settle the players. From day one, it’s been a PR masterstroke. Hell, don’t be surprised if David Campese pops up for an impromptu training session before Saturday. You wouldn’t rule it out.
Super Rugby 2018 ExplainedThe Six Nations may be in full swing, but the southern hemisphere is about to begin its flagship domestic competition, Super Rugby.It will look very different in 2018 to last year, so Rugby World has put together a list of some of the biggest changes so you can remain clued up.Team ChangesSuper Rugby has gone from an 18-team competition, down to 15, with the loss of South African sides Southern Kings and Free State Cheetahs, who have moved into the northern hemisphere competition, the Guinness Pro14.Additionally, Western Force, based in Perth, Australia, have been disbanded altogether after poor on-field performances and financial issues.Relocated: Free State Cheetahs are now part of the Pro14 competition, along with Southern Kings (Getty Images)Conference ChangesAs a result of the losses of these teams, there have been significant changes to the conferences. In Super Rugby 2018 there will be three conferences, each with five teams. The two main changes involve the Sunwolves and the Jaguares, with one moving to the Australian conference and the other moving into the South African conference respectively.Australian Conference – Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels, Reds, Sunwolves, WaratahsNew Zealand Conference – Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, HurricanesSouth African Conference – Bulls, Jaguares, Lions, Sharks, StormersChanges: The Jaguares and Sunwolves have been part of the tournament changes, both moving into different conferences (Getty images)Law ChangesThe administrators of the competition, SANZAAR, have announced Super Rugby will follow the World Rugby Law Amendments for the 2018 season.These changes, which will affect the scrum, tackle area and ruck, are designed to make the game easier to play and referee, and protect the players more.ScrumThe scrum-half must put the ball in straight but is allowed to align their shoulder with the middle line of the scrum. Therefore they are allowed to stand a shoulder width towards their own side of the middle line.Once the ball touches the ground in the scrum, any front-row player can use either foot to strike it back. One player from the feeding side must strike the ball, otherwise a free-kick will be the result.The No 8 is allowed to pick the ball up when at the feet of the second row. This will likely allow teams under pressure in the scrum to get the ball out quickly.Tackle Area Tackler must get up before playing the ball, and they must be on their side of the tackle ‘gate’.The Jackal: Players like David Pocock will have to abide by the new laws around the ruck (Getty Images)RuckA ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside lines are created. A player cannot kick the ball out of a ruck, they can only kick it in a backwards motion. 2017 Champions: The Crusaders nearly went undefeated last season, but the tournament looks very different a year on (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Each team will play 16 regular season matches, eight of which will come against the other four teams in their conference by playing home and away. The remaining eight games will be split amongst teams from the other two conferences, with four each.A win is four points, a draw is two points and a loss is zero points (if the margin of victory is greater than eight points).Bonus pointsYou get bonus points for a win if you score three or more tries than the opponent.You get a losing bonus point if the margin of victory is between one and seven points.Play-offsIn Super Rugby 2018 the winners of each conference will proceed to the play-offs all securing home games for the quarter-finals. They will be seeded one to three.The fourth seed will be the team with the highest number of points but not a conference winner, and will qualify to have a home match during the quarter-finals.Seeds five to eight will be wildcards determined by their final points tally at the end of the season.Top Seed: The Lions, with a 14-1 record, topped the table last season, and yet lost a home final against the Crusaders (Getty Images)As a result the play-offs will look like this:Quarter-final One – Number 1 vs Number 8Quarter-final Two – Number 4 vs Number 5Quarter-final Three – Number 2 vs Number 7Quarter-final Four – Number 3 vs Number 6Semi-final One – Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2 There are team changes, rule changes and a new play-off format in Super Rugby for 2018. Read about them all here LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSFormat Semi-final Two – Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4Final – Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2
Mako Vunipola and Taulupe Faletau have been selected for three British & Irish Lions tours, with both part of the Lions 2021 squad to tour South Africa.5. England first capped Mako Vunipola in October 2012, when he played in the autumn International against Fiji. He replaced Joe Marler in a 54-12 win.Vunipola training before his England debut in 2012 (Getty Images)6. Vunipola was forced to miss England’s 2020 Six Nations match against Wales over coronavirus fears. He had to self-isolate after a flight from Hong Kong.7. He signed a new long-term contract with Saracens in July 2020, whom he has represented more than 170 times.8. In England camp he is nicknamed ‘Snorlax’ for his ability to sleep anywhere at anytime. 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. 4. Their family is also close with the Faletaus and the brothers describe Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau as their ‘cousin’. Family ties are at the heart of what makes the Saracens front-rower tick Mako Vunipola warming up for Saracens’ game against Doncaster Knights in the RFU Championship (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Who is Mako Vunipola: Ten things you need to know about the England propMako Vunipola is one of the outstanding props of his generation, possessing a rare ability in the loose for his position through his pass-catch skills. He has appeared more than 60 times for England, including in two Rugby World Cups, and has also been selected for the British & Irish Lions.Here’s some more about the Saracens loosehead…Ten things you need to know about Mako Vunipola1. Mako Vunipola was born on 14 January 1991 in Wellington, New Zealand. His father is former Tonga captain Fe’ao Vunipola, while his mother Iesinga is a senior Methodist minister. 9. He is one of the most decorated players in the UK, having won four Premiership titles with Saracens (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019), and three European Champions Cups (2016, 2017 and 2019).10. His two sons are named Joshua and Jacob, who he has had with partner Alex Johns. 2. His brother is Saracens and England No 8 Billy, who has also earned more than 60 caps for the national team.3. The Vunipola brothers grew up in South Wales and then Thornbury, near Bristol. This meant Mako started his career at Bristol Rugby, making 40 appearances for the club.
July 13, 2012 at 10:49 am Chris, two points on that:LGBT people would very much enjoy the luxury of having their identities not be the topic of conversation with people they don’t even know. The best way to accomplish this is for those in positions of power to stop using orientation or identity as a reason to thwart someone’s full participation of the church. And if being able to sit with your family and receive the same pastoral nourishment as the rest of the congregation constitutes “flaunting” sorry you’ll have to get used to it, because we’re not going back there.Furthermore, raising the concerns that Christians in other countries may face violence as a result of our church’s actions this week, how is their individual safety any more important than that of LGBT folks, both here and in the countries mentioned, who are placed in danger by the hatred and paranoia spread by members of our Communion and others in the name of Christ? Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET John Clemens says: Featured Events An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Michael Seewer says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY July 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm One small correction: when the initial attendance estimate was made, it was made on the assumption of the number of chairs we had ordered for the banquet hall. I later learned that the convention center had offered to set up more chairs for us – enough to fill the room. So the total number that the hall was set up to hold was 2,400. With that new information, we have revised our estimated attendance to be 2,200 – the largest Integrity Eucharist ever!The Rev. Jon M. RichardsonVice President for National Affairs, IntegrityUSA Jeannie Lyons Gunn says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Chris Lummus says: Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA July 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm @Michael Neal: Sorry you feel that way. That’s how I felt in my former church (an Evangelical mega church)…I felt that they had left me and that their view of the Gospel had abandoned the true message of Jesus…to welcome all regardless of who they are. I am so blessed and happy to have found a home in the Episcopal Church. I hope that you find a place where you feel at home as well! May the Holy Spirit guide you on your journey! In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm Now let’s get back to our true work, what God has called us to do. Love one another as we love ourselves! This is a long time coming! General Convention, God calls us forward, Bishop Robinson says at Integrity Eucharist By Sharon SheridanPosted Jul 10, 2012 Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments (14) Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL July 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm I’m afraid the exodus will continue…………..TEC (a church that I loved) has left me, the TRUE Gospel has been abandoned, perversion has prevailed, Lord have mercy on TEC and may your TRUTH prevail throughout the rest of the Anglican communion…………press on………… Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 July 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm I find it interesting that Mr. Robinson focuses on sexuality to the virtual exclusion of traditional Christian teachings. It seems his world revolves around the culture of “ME” rather than serving his fellow human beings regardless of their personal characteristics. Apparently those the Episcopal Church welcomed with open arms have now hijacked the Church for their own personal agendas. There are several bishops and dioceses that welcome all people in the sense of loving one another just because it’s the right thing to do but are not in favor of flaunting one’s sexuality in a manner that is just not sensitive towards all in this Church. I believe that if I had offended as many people as have been offended by Mr. Robinson, or precipitated the withdrawal of entire dioceses as has Mr. Robinson, I would resign my position and try to just be a Christian rather than a disciple of the label of one’s sexuality. It seems that this has gone far enough and it’s time to return to the Bible for guidance. Those who speak of God’s Will usually mean their own will. I do not believe that a person’s sexuality is in any way a “perversion” but I do believe that it is their own business. As a mainline Church we need to move on. There are things like poverty, disease, ignorance, etc that need to be addressed….personal labels aren’t what is important, the people behind those labels are important just as are those original, conservative Churchmen that welcomed female acolytes, deacons, priests, and bishops, and didn’t label but did accept those whose sexuality left them ostracized by other religious groups. By flaunting the labels and putting those labels into the headlines our Episcopal Church in the USA is unnecessarily endangering Anglicans in those areas such as the middle East or Africa where Islam and various tribal cultures interface with Christianity. Featured Jobs & Calls July 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm Thanks Rev. Grace…I appreciate your response and I’m sure it is true. There are many Bishops and Priests striving to do the same in this Church. If we can get beyond labels and the negative focus they bring upon our work in the Church we can make some progress. There are many conservative Bishops and Priests also continuing to welcome all comers to the Church and to accomplish our Great Commission to bring all people to know of Christ’s love. Christian Paolino says: Christian Paolino says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Rev. Jon M. Richardson says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ General Convention 2012 martha knight says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Victoria Salter says: 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 November 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm Please read 1st Corinthians 6 verse 9 and 1st Timothy 1 verses 8-10. I pray for God to Guide us aright even at sad times like this,when we want to make our own free thoughts replace the truth of Gods word. 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Photo./Sharon Sheridan[Episcopal News Service — Indianapolis] On the day when General Convention affirmed a policy of nondiscrimination against transgender people and the House of Bishops approved provisional use of a liturgy for same-gender blessings, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop told the LGBT community and its allies to prepare to keep moving.“Just about the time you get comfortable, God leads you somewhere else,” New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson preached to an estimated 1,400 people at the Integrity Eucharist. “We are never meant to stay only right here. God is always going to be calling us forward.”Confessing that he himself hated camping, Robinson recalled that “Abraham was asked to live in tents. … They dreamed of a real, honest-to-God city — you know, with foundations and that stayed in the same place all the time. But God asked them to live in tents.”“You know what?” he asked. “I want some answers to things. I want things to stay where I put them and to stay where I think them, and I don’t like to be asked to move on and then move on again and to move on again. And yet, it seems to be the biblical witness that God means for us to live in tents and to move from place to place and to never finally settle down until we’re all in heaven. We are meant to live, in this world at least, in tents.”“We have been led in our time to recognize and begin to accept and affirm and celebrate gay and lesbian, bisexual and now transgender people,” he said. “What an astounding time to be alive.”The Eucharist, sponsored by Integrity USA, is traditionally one of the most well-attended related events that take place during each General Convention. This year’s service took place on the fifth day of convention’s July 5-12 gathering here.Robinson described attending a dinner July 7 for bishops and their spouses the night the transgender legislation passed their house, and how they all wanted to talk about the issue. “We had little tutorials around the dinner table.”The Integrity service bulletin listed Robinson’s sermon as a “teaching,” and the bishop said he had some “homework” for his listeners.“To the transgender people who are here, first of all, thank you,” he said. “You have given us an amazing gift. My challenge to you is: Give more. You’re going to have to.”“There aren’t enough of you to tell enough stories for us to understand so that we can be … a partner in your liberation. You are so important to us, and the world is so dangerous for you, and our job is to make it not so dangerous so that your transgender brothers and sisters can tell their stories. At the end of the day, it’s only our stories that change hearts and minds.”Addressing gay, lesbian and bisexual worshipers, he said: “Don’t underestimate your learning curve on this. … We are almost as ignorant about this as anyone else, so pay attention.”Addressing “straight allies,” he said: “I said a long time ago that I thought one of the reasons that homosexuality was being focused on was [that] it was a magnificent way to divert attention from heterosexuals talking about their own sexuality.“Your homework is to begin to have those conversations. You need to have those conversations, because we are really talking about the mystery and the beauty of God’s gift of sexuality … There are as many sexualities as there are human beings.”And ultimately, he said, “we’ll be asked to move on, because even LGBT work can’t be a tent that we live in forever. As soon as we get a real leg up on this thing, God is going to point out somebody else that we haven’t been paying attention to.”The real issue isn’t sexuality, he said. “This movement is about spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. We just happen to be pretty dramatic examples at the moment of what happens when you dare to believe that the Lord is this good. … This is about evangelism.”Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool celebrated the Integrity Eucharist, attended by an estimated 1,400 people. Photo/Sharon SheridanLos Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool, the Episcopal Church’s first lesbian bishop, celebrated the Eucharist, whose theme was “Living our Identities through God.” The Rev. Carolyn Woodall, recently ordained as the first transgendered deacon in the Diocese of San Joaquin, served as deacon of the Eucharist, and all transgender clergy and laity were invited to escort the ministers of the Eucharist to the altar platform.Integrity founder Louie Crew receives the President’s Award from current Integrity President Caroline Hall at the start of the July 9 Integrity Eucharist at General Convention. Photo/Sharon SheridanThe service began with a presentation of Integrity’s President’s Award to the organization’s founder and first president, Louis Crew of the Diocese of Newark. At a reception before the Eucharist, two longtime friends of his from the diocese paid him tribute.“I think Louis Crew is perhaps one of the best Christians that I have ever known,” said the Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton. He also is perhaps the most generous and joyful, she added.“He’s a man who can take insults and persecution and hardships and say, ‘Joy, anyway,’” Kaeton said.The source of his Christianity, generosity and joy “is a heart that is absolutely brimful with gratitude,” she said. “He’s so grateful for what Jesus has done in his life … for the people Jesus has brought into his life.”Kim Byham described encounters with Margaret Mead and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, telling the audience, “Most of the famous people I have met since I graduated from college have been through the Episcopal Church.”He called Crew “the greatest person that I have ever met in the Episcopal Church and someone that I’ve come to know extremely well and, other than my husband, is my dearest and best friend. He is the epitome of truth for me.”— Sharon Sheridan is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention. July 11, 2012 at 10:19 am Chris, as one of Bishop Robinson’s priests in the Diocese of New Hampshire, I assure you that in his actual role as a diocesan bishop (which is all he ever wanted to be; he never asked to be a global spokesperson for LGBT issues) he is acutely aware of the Church’s obligation to fight poverty, disease and ignorance in Christ’s name. July 10, 2012 at 10:39 am This is such a long time in coming. Let us continue to be the prophetic voice for the church. Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska July 11, 2012 at 1:58 am Yes, I agree….such a sad day! I love my dear church. Too bad the church did not take a stand against this lifestyle. Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA July 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm @Michael: I also left the church of my birth because I no longer felt at home there, so I sympathize with you. However the Episcopal Church and its evolving stance on sexuality has been the salvation of me and many others who have remained faithful to her during this tortuously long journey. If you could have witnessed the joy and relief on their faces at this service, perhaps your heart would make room for them. I met an Army chaplain who survived combat in Iraq and watched several of her comrades die, only to be told by her diocese she was unfit for pastoral work. And yet she was at our convention as a volunteer, working for you.If you look at studies of why people are leaving church, more of them (and critically more YOUNG people) do so because the church is too harsh in its stance on sexuality than too lenient. We are becoming the church of the next generation, as we must if we are to survive at [email protected]: Sexual orientation and gender identity are not “lifestyles” … they are as core to your identity as the color of your eyes. If you don’t believe me, try to change yours.I’m very sorry that you both see this as such bad news. May God help you find peace with it. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET July 12, 2012 at 9:21 am I don’t know what your childish definition of “flaunting” is but if you mean standing alongside Rosa Parks and refusing to give up our seat (at the table) then so be it. If you believe that being in a long term monogamous relationship is flaunting sexuality I would suggest you re-examine your own narrow views and heterosexual hypocrisy and return to the discussion when you can confess the sin of the hatred you foment and pain you bring to so many others. 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