Ian Mcgeechan celebrates with physio Craig White after winning the third Lions test against South Africa (2009)Ian McGeechan weighed a puny 10½ st when he made his Headingley debut in 1964 and he was once mistaken for someone’s son when boarding the Yorkshire team bus. Yet is there a bigger giant of the game? writes deputy editor Alan Pearey.The Scottish Yorkshireman went on seven Lions tours, four of them as head coach, and produced the blueprint on which all tours of length should be based: one team, one goal, one hell of an experience. His tactical powers, as illustrated on his favourite Lions tour of 1997 when he nullified Henry Honiball, have always stood him above the rest. But his strength of will was also exceptional: he was a terrific cricketer and once, batting at eight, he defied a table-topping attack for 38 overs to earn a crucial draw for his team. Only four runs were scored in that time.The subject of his Carnegie College dissertation, the invincible 1967 New Zealand team, tells you that his analytical mind was ticking from a young age. But it took a picture of Jonathan Davies defending against a wall of All Blacks in 1988 to reinforce his principle of the ‘cone’ attack, which shaped his thinking for the next two decades. Northampton, Wasps, Scotland and the Lions were the main beneficiaries.He says the best advice he ever got came from a teacher at college. “After 20 years, make sure you’ve got 20 years’ experience, not one year’s experience that you’ve repeated 20 times.”Despite some repetition, McGeechan’s story is told with customary panache by Stephen Jones, and the fact Geech has so few unkind words to say – David Burcher, Will Carling, Laurie Mains and Brand Haskell may beg to differ – is a reflection of his forgiving nature. He will soon be back!RW RATING 5/5 Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. BUY IT AT: amazon.co.uk RRP: £18.99 PUBLISHER: Simon & SchusterGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email [email protected] article appeared in the December 2009 issue of Rugby World MagazineDo you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipc LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
WATFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Toby Flood of Leicester runs with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Leicester Tigers at Vicarage Road on February 19, 2012 in Watford, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) “Lancaster will take a good look at the squad. He’ll want to give more than 22 players opportunities in this tournament. I’m sure there will be changes made, but you’ve got to do that without losing the confidence that’s been built so far. We’ve always known that Charlie (Hodgson) has an amazing set of hands, he’s a good tactical kicker and he’s worked very hard on his defence since he’s been at Saracens. Brad has a fantastic workrate in defence, he puts in the big hits and he’s a direct runner.“Wales have got a very good back row, so England will need to make sure they get the correct numbers to the breakdown. They’ve also got to get themselves in the right positions territory-wise, and their lineout will need to be functioning because Wales are so dangerous when they have possession of the ball. Wales are playing well, but England have shown composure and worked hard for their victories so far, especially in Italy coming back from nine points down. It’s just a question of fine tuning their performance.” Charlie Hodgson has earned the nickname ‘Charge Down’ thanks to his two triesFORMER England flanker Richard Hill believes England have plenty to be cheerful about at this stage of the RBS 6 Nations. With two wins under their belts, the team is now preparing to face Wales at Twickenham, the current favourites to win the tournament. Although Wales’ record in London has been poor in recent years, with just one win for the men in red in since 2002, they are brimming with confidence on the back of their World Cup campaign, and have subsequently beaten Ireland in Dublin and Scotland at home in this tournament. However, Richard Hill believes that England coach Stuart Lancaster can be buoyed by his own team’s recent success.“They will be happy with two away victories in difficult places to go and play,” said Hill. “The conditions were hostile, especially in Italy where the ball would have posed many problems, being covered in lumps of snow. England are in the middle of changing their culture and environment and there are a number of positives that can be taken from their performances so far, notably their defence, their intensity and their ability to hunt down the opposition. There are areas that the team will have identified where they need to improve, but their collective understanding will have increased.”Toby Flood in action v SaracensWith a break in Six Nations play Lancaster will have had a close eye on the Aviva Premiership over the weekend, in particular Leicester’s 20-19 defeat of Saracens at Vicarage Road, which took place on Sunday. Two of England’s starting places are under particular scrutiny this week – that of fly-half Charlie Hodgson and outside centre Brad Barritt – as Tigers Toby Flood and Manu Tuilagi have made successful recoveries from injury, and will be available for selection to play against Wales.Lancaster must decide if he should continue to put his confidence in the Saracens duo, who have served England well so far with Hodgson scoring two tries and Barritt showing he is a wall in defence. His alternative is to revert to Flood, who established himself as England’s first choice fly-half during last season’s tournament win, and Tuilagi, who was a rare success in Martin Johnson’s otherwise disappointing World Cup story. Whatever he decides, Hill says it’s crucial to get the balance right to have a chance of beating Wales. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Highlights of Wales’ 2008 victory over England at Twickenham
The longest serving Exiles’ player will remain captain of the Oxford based sideJONATHAN MILLS has been confirmed as London Welsh captain for the 2012/13 season.Mills, 28, led Welsh to Championship success last season and is the Exiles’ longest serving player. He recently signed a new contract with the club.The back row forward began his London Welsh career with an unbeaten four game loan spell from the Scarlets in January 2007, before making the move permanent the following summer.He made his 100th league appearance for the Exiles in the club’s victory at Leeds Carnegie on the opening weekend of last year’s Championship season. But Mills would endure an injury interrupted season, before making a timely return to guide the Exiles through the play-offs.In total, Mills has made 141 appearances for London Welsh, scoring 11 tries. He took over the captaincy in 2010. “I’m very happy to keep doing the job and delighted that Lyn thought I did a good job last season,” said Mills. “The captaincy brings out the best in me. The way I play, I lead from the front anyway and hopefully it inspires the other boys to an extent.“I’ve experienced lows during my time with the club, but it’s moving forward now and it’s really exciting times. “The standard of players we’re signing and who want to come to the club shows how far London Welsh has progressed, and hopefully it will keep getting stronger and moving forwards. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Jonathan Mills, captain of newly promoted London Welsh poses with the Aviva Premiership trophy during the Premiership Rugby fixtures launch held at Twickenham Stoop on July 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) “You can’t really believe where we’ve got to. When I first joined the club it was fighting relegation. To now be in the Premiership is very special.”London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones said: “Jonathan performed well last season on his return to the side. He’s a good leader on the field and he deserves the opportunity to captain London Welsh in the club’s first year of Premiership rugby.”
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wheels of steel: Harlequins wing Seb Stegmann gets ready to flip a tractor tyreIN THE first of a series of conditioning combos put together by Harlequins head of strength & conditioning John Dams, you need to flip over a tractor tyre, jump through it and then perform a shuttle sprint. It’s important to perform all the elements back-to-back – watch the video to see how – and it’s a great way to improve your conditioning.
Something from nothingHaving steadily laid down foundations since 2012 – cooperative culture, a solid set piece and iron self-discipline – Lancaster now has 18 months to hone finer points ahead of a home World Cup. One such aspect, which can transform England from plucky pretenders to genuine contenders in 2015, is potency with ball in hand. Structures and collective understanding form a big part of this. However, Lancaster also knows the power of unpredictability.A “something from nothing player” is his term for the talent to conjure a piece of brilliance from outside the box. Injured Christian Wade is the archetype, but Jonny May and Jack Nowell are not far behind at all. May was a constant threat this weekend, stepping and spinning to bamboozle Scottish tacklers with running lines far removed from any coaching manual. Nowell had to graft, but ignited a dull period with an explosive step, brushing off Matt Scott to set up Brown’s score. Confidence in maverick ability is extremely un-English. It’s great that Lancaster is breaking that mould.Better at the breakdown, but a bigger battle aheadIn Paris, Yannick Nyanga turned out the sort of performance that compels punters to spout garbage about how Chris Robshaw is not an international openside. France’s industry on the deck – forcing a few turnovers as support got detached from the carrier – could have been a factor in Scott Johnson handing Chris Fusaro a first cap. Perhaps Scotland thought their England’s ruck-work would be a glaring weakness. It wasn’t. It isn’t.Fusaro did make a very commendable debut and was the game’s top tackler with 16. However, he was not able to influence the breakdown as irritatingly well as he does for Glasgow Warriors. Robshaw and Tom Wood were good around the park and though there were a couple of penalties as England fell off their feet while clearing out, they will welcome Ireland – and their phenomenal jackalling – feeling buoyant. Chris Henry and Peter O’Mahony are nuisance geniuses. They need to be nullified at Twickenham.Drops it like it’s hot: Danny Care drops a goalCare the conductor EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Danny Care of England scores a drop kick goal during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 8, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Up for the Cup: Robshaw and his cohorts took the Calcutta, but will they kick on against Ireland in Round 3?By Charlie MorganThis could and should have been a far more difficult obstacle for England to negotiate. Wet weather, a notoriously stodgy surface and Murrayfield’s raw hostility were meant to unsettle Stuart Lancaster’s intrepid but inexperienced charges – at least enough to make things competitive.As it was, a 20-0 defeat actually flattered Scotland. Besides a couple of Dave Denton charges and some valiant scramble defence, the home crowd had precious little to rally behind. In a game that was painfully dour at times, England’s triumph was never in serious doubt. Still, some valuable pointers emerged. In-form Ireland arrive at Twickenham on February 22. England must be on the money.Leaving points on the pitchWanting more: Brown thinks England can score moreWinning ugly is a valuable trait that Lancaster has instilled very effectively. This was the 15th triumph from 24 matches across his two-year tenure to date. Tenacious tackling and mental resilience have rarely gone missing. Keeping Scotland scoreless for the first time in this fixture since 1978 – no mean feat at all – seemed a routine accomplishment. Defensive standards are taken for granted. Now to polish the other side of the coin.As Man of the Match Mike Brown said at the final whistle, England’s emphasis this Six Nations has been on moulding their attack into a world-class operation. Encouragingly, some of the spark we saw in Paris survived in the Edinburgh mud. Cohesion and skills are improving and the lineout has become a launchpad, as Luther Burrell’s try demonstrated. That said, a ruthless edge needs sharpening.At Murrayfield on Saturday, England made ten clean breaks for 20 points. At Twickenham in November, New Zealand made five for 30. Support play and that final pass are major differences between World Cup contenders and champions. A tally of 65 per cent possession and 76 per cent territory in the second half indicates decent game management, but also inadequate finishing. The next step for this exciting team is to be cold and clinical after locating any sign of weakness.Launchbury and Lawes lock it downGraham Rowntree’s pack was back to somewhere near its best against Scotland and the engine room once more excelled. Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes complement each other fantastically – the former is a relentless workhorse who careers into upwards of 40 rucks each game, the latter an astounding athlete with a healthy hint of menace. Between them, England’s locks made 15 tackles and a turnover in Edinburgh. Lawes ran the lineout supremely, taking 11 of his team’s 22 throws and stealing two more. The Northampton Saint also found time to rack up ten carries.One of an impressive pair: Joe Launchbury takes clean ballSecond rows often don’t peak until their 30s, so Launchbury (22) and Lawes (24) could easily win 100 caps each and drive England on for the best part of a decade. Dynamic and physically domineering, they embody Rowntree’s vision for a versatile set of forwards that is both brawny and try-scoring. Alongside South Africans Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kiwis Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock, this duo rank among the very best prospects on the planet. That is no exaggeration. A little faith can go a long way. When Danny Care was cast out of the England set-up 24 months ago after a drink-driving offence, many coaches would have lost patience. Luckily for the Harlequin, Lancaster knows him inside out and must have had an inkling that exile would have made him hungrier. Now 27 and into his second-wind as a number nine – relying on speed of thought and tactical awareness rather than just lightning pace and impulse – Care has turned out consecutive performances that make you wonder how England ever did without him.Another drop-goal at Murrayfield was superbly audacious, but the weight of box-kicking – most of them contestable for his chasing wingers – was much improved. A running threat will always be there, as evidenced by the direction of Duncan Weir’s shoulders before Burrell’s try, but a new-found maturity is coming. As at lock and full back, England are blessed with scrum-half options. Care had always been considered more skilful than Ben Youngs and Lee Dickson, but less rounded. Those days are over.
Combined, the current Premiership top try-scorers on that table have scored 37% of their tries against top half of the table sides and it is the same rate in the Top 14. The Pro12 list above has a lower percentage of 21%, with only Tim Visser and Gilroy scoring more than twice against teams currently ranked first to sixth. Ten of the 15 Pro12 players listed have scored a third or more of their tries this season against the Italian sides of Treviso and Zebre.Looking at the split between tries scored at home or away, Northampton’s James Wilson has continued a trend from last season of scoring his tries away from Franklin’s Gardens. Five of his six tries in 2013-14 were scored on the road and seven of eight this year.In the previous two seasons Niko Matawalu scored 11 of his 15 league tries at home, however in 2014-15 just one of his six scores has occurred in Glasgow. Even allowing for the nature of the Top 14, Brive do have a poor away record with 44 losses from their previous 50 trips. Despite that, their winger Benito Masilevu has a creditable five away tries this season including a brace at the usually miserly Racing Metro. At the other end of the scale, a fellow Fijian in Metuisela Talebula has scored all eight of his tries at home. When it was announced in January 2014 that Thomas Waldrom would be joining Exeter Chiefs, head coach Rob Baxter said: “We feel his best years are probably still to come.” The Chiefs boss made reference to detailed analysis carried out on his new recruit, but it is unlikely those rugby statistics would have pointed to ‘the tank engine’ topping the try-scorer table.Previous trends would suggest a likely Premiership top try-scorer to be a winger, play an average of 20 games and for a team finishing in the top four places. Exeter scored 40 tries last season and finished eighth, with 11 defeats in 15 matches from the end of November onwards, while No 8 Waldrom had scored 13 league tries in four years at Leicester Tigers. There wasn’t much evidence then to suggest he would score 15 tries in this campaign and be closing in on Dominic Chapman’s tally of 17, from 1997-98.It can be seen below that there are several rivals for the top scorer title in the league but few can boast a better scoring rate than Waldrom. (Minutes played via ESPN Scrum and Itsrugby)It isn’t a surprise that the joint top scorers from the 2012-13 campaign and proven try machines Christian Wade and Tom Varndell feature here. Wade has scored a total of 41 tries in 62 Premiership appearances at a rate of a try approximately every 114 minutes played. Less expected is Tom Arscott –who had a career record of a try every 436 minutes in the Premiership before this season, but has scored a try every 85 minutes so far in 2014-15.Comparing the Premiership with other leagues, in the Pro12, Craig Gilroy tops the table for tries scored with 11 while Rhys Webb has the best strike rate (of players who have scored five or more) with a try every 90.8 minutes. In his final season for Toulon, David Smith has scored 13 tries in the Top 14 and at a rate (minimum of seven tries) bettered only by Clermont Auvergne‘s Peceli Yato – who has seven tries in just 542 minutes from the backrow.Taking strength of opposition as a factor, it does stand out that Chris Wyles has scored the majority of his 11 tries against teams in the top half of the table – with no scores against London Irish, Newcastle Falcons or London Welsh. Wyles had scored 14 tries in his six previous seasons for Saracens, at a rate of one every 540 minutes so like Waldrom and Arscott makes for a surprise contender. In contrast to Wyles, seven of Waldrom’s tries have come against the bottom two sides and five of Arscott’s were just against London Welsh. Wade’s total was boosted by a hat-trick against London Welsh in November, but he also scored a brace against Saracens at Twickenham and three tries at Northampton. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Looking ahead to the 2015-16 season, Clermont are losing Napolioni Nalaga to Toulon. The Sigatoka-born winger scored 79 tries in 131 Top 14 matches and 25 tries in 37 European outings. His replacement is Waisake Naholo, six years younger and also from Sigatoka. The powerful winger scored nine tries in 12 matches for Taranaki in the ITM Cup and has eight in ten games for the Highlanders so far this year.Naholo was also part of the New Zealand Under 20 squad that beat England 33-22 in the 2011 Junior World Championship final. Peers from that tournament such as Wade, Gilroy, Talebula and Alipate Ratini have all gone on to trouble defences in the Northern Hemisphere and it looks a safe bet that Naholo will be joining them on the try-scorer charts next season. Hail to the Chief: Thomas Waldrom has scored 15 of Exeter’s 60 Premiership tries this season
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Double act: Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick in discussions as Saracens back in 2008 “A coach is a servant to the players. We’ve got to ensure that we give the players everything they need to perform well.”Last week, ahead of naming his first England squad on Wednesday, Eddie Jones outlined his philosophy in an interview for the RFU’s website.His tone wasn’t quite tetchy, but there is no doubt that the straight-talking 55 year-old Australian will be doing things his own way.Having dispensed with Stuart Lancaster’s lieutenants, Jones has entrusted scrum matters to highly-rated Ian Peel for the upcoming Six Nations. Paul Gustard will look after defence, bringing proactivity and intensity.Steve Borthwick takes charge of general forward play, continuing a relationship with Jones that stretches back to 2008 when the pair met at Saracens. During the recent World Cup, these two masterminded Japan’s mightily popular campaign.Wonderfully resourceful and diligently organised, the Brave Blossoms were far more effective than the sum of their parts. Of course, Jones and Borthwick tailored tactics to the personnel they had available. Even so, you can expect one or two traits to cross over as they take charge of the world’s largest player base.Set-piece versatilityFormer France international Marc dal Maso engineered huge improvements in Japan’s scrummaging, progress that were apparent at the World Cup.On the other hand, England stalled. The hosts failed to force a steady stream of set-piece penalties and had no contingency. As a result, attacking impetus lapsed.When faced with a more muscular pack, as they were during their opening game against South Africa, Japan simply escaped the scrum as quickly as possible. Take this example:Bound between the left lock and openside flanker Michael Broadhurst, No 8 Hendrik Tui sets up what is known as ‘channel one ball’:A clean, quick strike from hooker Shota Horie means Tui can collect from between his second rows and pass out rapidly:Not only does this decrease the scope for South Africa to pressurise Japan’s scrum, it also establishes a platform for a fast-paced attack.After centre Harumichi Tatekawa carries into midfield, the ball is recycled and Tui follows up to win some easy metres around the fringes before the Springboks can organise themselves:Scrum-half and lynchpin Fumiaki Tanaka then bounces back to the right, where full-back Ayumu Goromaru can slice between Bismarck du Plessis and Lood de Jager, two tight-five forwards:With the likes of Mko Vunipola in superb form, England’s scrum should be strong enough to threaten Six Nations rivals. However, if find themselves under the pump at the scrum or if they feel they can trouble an opponent on first phase via their backline, this is an extremely useful option.Jones is taking it upon himself to oversee attack, which is where we turn next.Phase-play creativityAnother area of weakness for England during the World Cup, and a facet that has let them down against premier nations for the past two seasons, was phase-play. Too often, an attack would fizzle out due to a dearth of ideas.Japan trusted themselves with ball in hand, manipulating gaps and win collisions. In the early stages of their heavy defeat to Scotland, before fatigue set in, they looked dangerous.Watch here as Bath-bound Amanaki Mafi bursts through:This break comes on the third phase following a lineout and offers a great example of intelligent decision-making and energy.The first thing to note is Broadhurst’s line, holding the Scotland defence on the left as Tanaka turns to the right to find Horie.Horie, the kind of ball-playing forward that Jones is likely to favour in his new role, has Mafi to his right and Michael Leitch making up ground to his left:After releasing the ball, Tanaka loops around the pod of three forwards, seemingly ready to take a return pass and link up with teammates further out wide.Turning his back to the Scotland tacklers, Horie keeps up the pretence……but instead slips it to Leitch. An unsuspecting Grant Gilchrist is caught flat-footed……and while Ryan Wilson recovers to down Leitch, Mafi has charged on in support to receive a neat offload:By unbalancing the defence, Japan ensure that their most dangerous carriers have the best chance of making ground. Imagine Billy Vunipola on the end of a similar pattern.The Brave Blossoms also troubled opponents from first phase.Strike movesEngland did enjoy some success over the tournament with set moves, especially when larger runners such as Sam Burgess were deployed as decoys.At 29-22 down with 12 minutes to go against South Africa, Japan executed this:Primarily, the try underlines how well Borthwick had drilled the Japan lineout – something we will reinforce later.Horie hits his jumper perfectly……allowing scrum-half Atsushi Hiwasa to fire out a pass to Tatekawa: The next moments offer us an insight into how Jones might set up his midfield – with two distributors wearing 10 and 12 inside a more direct runner at 13.Tatekawa takes the ball to the line and Male Sa’u cuts an acute angle, stunting the linespeed of the South Africa backline and cuasing indecsion. Tatekawa then hits fly-half Kosei Ono behind Sa’u……who drops off a short inside ball, putting blindside wing Kotaro Matsushima into the gap created Sa’u’s decoy line:The reverse angle shows how the Springbok defence is carved open in the lead up to Goromaru’s finish:From Jones’ chief area of expertise to Borthwick’s, and another source of a Japanese try at the World Cup.Lineout maul precisionAs a player, Borthwick was an unrivalled lineout technician and a stickler for detail. Those qualities underpinned Japan’s approach, as this score against Scotland demonstrates:The movement prior to Horie’s throw is crucial. Japan set up with two lifting pods, one at the front and one at the tail. Justin Ives and Mafi then leave their jumpers, feigning to create a third lifting pod in the middle:However, as Scotland concertina and prepare to launch David Denton to challenge Luke Thompson, Ives arcs around to the tail and intended target Broadhurst:Scotland lifter Alasdair Dickinson finds himself in two minds, drawn towards the front (circled in white) but also wary of the tail:Broadhurst takes unopposed and Leitch comes around from the front, apparently to latch on and set up a conventional maul:Instead, he takes the ball, flanked by prop Keita Inagaki… …and spins off to the left, backing into the Scottish fringe defence to provide the starting point for an entirely separate maul that probes a different angle.Mafi now controls the ball……and Japan form a tight wedge that proves unstoppable:Again, a reverse viewpoint depicts how this quick, coordinated move wreaks havoc:Japan were no less impressive without possession.Turnovers and tacklingAs the man credited with discovering Wallaby great George Smith, Jones values nous at the ruck area and will almost certainly select a specialist groundhog such as Matt Kvesic at openside flanker with Chris Robshaw on the blindside.But he will look to improve breakdown prowess across the board. This textbook pilfer, derailing a Springbok attack, comes from centre Sa’u:Though Japan are in their own 22, they try to capitalise on the turnover by putting width on the ball immediately – once more trusting their handling and ball retention:During the Six Nations, adverse weather conditions may mean a hack downfield is a better option in a similar situation, but the ambition says a lot for how Jones will encourage England to express themselves.As mentioned above, Gustard will ensure systematic tenacity on defence. But Jones will not be too far behind in demanding wholehearted commitment.During his infamous rant in the wake of a heavy loss to the touring French Barbarians in 2012, Jones growled: “If we want to win, we’ve got to be able to physically smash people”.In that respect, Goromaru’s try-saver on Tommy Seymour was another sign of development:Without a cut-out pass from Finn Russell, this is a certain try. Even so, Goromaru’s sheer determination is remarkable. He covers 20 metres before hurling his body at the Glasgow Warriors wing:In the aforementioned RFU interview, Jones declared that becoming “the world’s most dominant team” would be England’s eventual goal but that victory over Scotland on February 6 was all that was concerning him currently. After teaming up with both Saracens and Japan, Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick will guide England into the Six Nations. Here are a few things to look out for. He also explained that anyone not selected in his squad, to be announced on Wednesday, will have been omitted because they have not done enough. In two days then, we find out who Jones rates. From there, he and Borthwick go to work.Thanks to World Rugby for the match footage.
Gregor Townsend has named his Scotland side to face Wales in the opening game of the 2018 Six Nations “Last year’s championship highlighted that every game is a fierce competition and that all teams have to play at their very best to win away from home.“Delivering that level of performance has been firmly in our thoughts during our preparations this week.“We’re expecting a really physical game against a very good team.”SCOTLAND TEAM TO FACE WALES (SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3, KO 14.15) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scotland Team to Face WalesGregor Townsend has named one-cap centre Chris Harris in his side to face Wales this weekend. The move means that fans will now see Huw Jones playing with 12 on his back. Along with Byron McGuigan, Newcastle Falcon Harris is one of only two back-line players who isn’t from Glasgow Warriors.Starting Centre: Falcon Chris Harris has been given his first cap by Townsend, a tough match against Wales this weekendAli Price has been given the scrum-half jersey over the returning Greig Laidlaw, who will have to make do with a spot on the bench.Youth over experience: Townsend has picked Price over Laidlaw to start in the No 9 jersey this weekendIn the pack, there are some key developments. Cornel Du Preez starts at the back of the scrum at No 8. Injury to Richie Gray means Edinburgh lock Ben Toolis comes in and, finally, Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh are the starting props, amidst a shocking run of injuries to many of Scotland’s front row.Problems at prop: Amidst a long list of injuries, Gordon Reid (pictured) and Jon Welsh start in the front rowJamie Bhatti and the uncapped Murray McCallum provide cover in the front row.Talking about his selection, Townsend said he had picked a side that could provide “the intensity and speed required to win in Cardiff”. 15. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors)13. Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons)12. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors)11. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks)10. Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors)9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors)1. Gordon Reid (London Irish)2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh)3. Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons)4. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh)5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)6. John Barclay (Scarlets, captain)7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh)8. Cornell du Preez (Edinburgh)Replacements:Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons)Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors)Murray McCallum (Edinburgh)Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh)Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne)Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors)Sean Maitland (Saracens).
New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Posted Mar 5, 2012 Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT ‘Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future’ International History Conference Slated for Hong Kong in June 2012 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Anglican Province of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui] The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican Church) is hosting a three-day international academic conference, June 7 – 9, in Hong Kong. The gathering is the first of its kind to study the history of the Anglican-Episcopal presence in China. It commemorates the founding of the Chung Hua Sheng Kung Hui (The Holy Catholic Church of China) in 1912. The conference will be followed by a Eucharistic service in St. John’s Cathedral.The conference theme is “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future: Anglican-Episcopal History in China and its Impact on the Church Today.” It will bring together more than 30 scholars to present papers on a full range of subjects on Anglican-Episcopal history in China. The languages of the conference are Chinese (Putonghua) and English, with simultaneous interpretation provided. Organized by the HKSKH Theological Education Commission and SKH Ming Hua Theological College, the conference will be held at the Mariners’ Club in Kowloon, the home of the historic Mission to Seafarers.In addition to scholars from Hong Kong, participants include academics from Mainland China, Taiwan, North America, and Europe, many of whom are leading scholars in their fields. They will present papers on diverse aspects of Chinese Anglican history, including biographical studies, parish histories, theological analyses and Anglican work in education, social service and publications. Nine separate panels are planned, covering the entire period of Anglican-Episcopal mission and Chung Hua Sheng Kung Hui work in China, from the first decades of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.A display of rare and historic photographs from the period history and other materials drawn from the HKSKH archives will bring an added dimension to the scholarly offerings.Archbishop Paul Kwong has commented, “I am very pleased that we are hosting this important conference on our history. We are a thinking church, a church that cherishes our history and tradition. This conference will help us better understand our background in China, its continuing impact on the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, and its importance for our future. ”For further information, e-mail Mr. K. C. Hui, team leader of the Conference Preparatory Committee at [email protected] Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET
March 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm Bishop Robinson is a sign of hope for the ECUSA in the 21st century for his honesty, prophetic voice and great compassion for a broken world. His episcopate is historic and while controversy and maliciousness have swirled around, his presence has shone light on how deeply prejudice and ignorance are held up as some divinely revealed truth. We are forever grateful. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Peggy R. Rogers says: New Hampshire diocese names three nominees for bishop coadjutor Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR March 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm I am saddened by the departure of this servant of God and wish for him and Mark the blessings of peace and love. It is indeed sorrowful that Bishop Robinson has suffered so unnecessarily. God be with you and your husband. Comments (6) 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 Julian Malakar says: Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service March 16, 2012 at 8:12 am Dear Bishop Robinson and Mark,As a clergy spouse, I can only glimpse what these years have been like for you both. Thank you for doing the difficuly work of a pilgrim. Good for you for preserving your family. God’s richest blessings upon you. Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Keila Thomas says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ Colleen Hall says: Rector Shreveport, LA [Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of New Hampshire’s Bishop Search and Nomination Committee March 15 announced a three-nominee slate for a bishop coadjutor to succeed Bishop V. Gene Robinson.The nominees include:the Rev. Penelope Maud Bridges, 53, rector, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls, Virginia (Diocese of Virginia);the Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, 51, rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, Massachusetts (Diocese of Western Massachusetts);the Rev. William Warwick Rich, 59, senior associate rector for Christian formation, Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts (Diocese of Massachusetts).More information about the nominees is here.Announcement of the slate opened a petition nomination process that closes March 25. Any additional candidates’ names are due to be announced on April 30, according to a timeline here.The bishop coadjutor will be elected May 19 at St. Paul’s Church in Concord.Because the election will occur close in time to the 77th meeting of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in July, Episcopal Church canons provide (in Canon III.11.3) for the required consents to be sought from the bishops and deputies at convention.Assuming that consent is received, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is scheduled to consecrate the bishop coadjutor on Aug. 4 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.On Jan. 5, 2013, the coadjutor will be installed as the 10th diocesan bishop at St. Paul’s Church.Robinson announced in November 2010 that he would retire in January 2013.“Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop, have been a constant strain, not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark, who has faithfully stood with me every minute of the last seven years, and in some ways, you,” said Robinson, speaking at the conclusion of the diocese’s 208th annual convention in 2010. “While I believe that these attitudes, mostly outside the diocese, have not distracted me from my service to you, I would be less than honest if I didn’t say that they have certainly added a burden and certain anxiety to my episcopate.” March 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm Bishop Robinson would be remembered in the history of Anglican Church, Like King Henry VIII, pioneer of establishing Anglican Church from Roman Catholic in 1538. Whether, Bishop Robinson would be remembered as a pioneer of breaking the Anglican Church about 500 years after establishment, only time could tell. Interestingly both men, King Henry VIII and Bishop Robinson revolted against Church for their personal interest on sexual issues. One fought for allowing divorce from his wife and remarried another woman and the other fought for divorce from his wife and remarried to another same sex person, called him husband. Both actions are spiritually wrong according to words of God and traditional value, but both were successful in fulfilling their wishes. May God bless Bishop Robinson and his husband Mark for their new challenge in life. Marian Troup says: Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group March 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm Thank you, Marion, for your comments. You speak for me and many others I know. Bishop Robinson spoke in my diocese a short time ago, and he was powerfully received. He is a true gift to the church. Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI House of Bishops Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 John Neitzel says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 By ENS staffPosted Mar 15, 2012 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Elections, March 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm I had the great pleasure of meeting you and Mark, hearing you speak, and receiving the eucharist from you at the 2006 General Convention and just seeing you face to face. I remember all of that so very well and am grateful for the experience. I do feel so sorry for your critics who haven’t had that experience. You and Mark will be in my thoughts and prayers in the future. Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Comments are closed. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate Diocese of Nebraska