Month: June 2021

Lions 2013: The Series XV

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Late but still great: replacement Corbisiero scores in Sydney1. Alex CorbisieroThe finale could well have been a dead rubber if Corbisiero’s calf had allowed him to play in Melbourne. Good in the first Test and phenomenal in the third, he was heralded by Adam Jones as “unbelievable”. If a couple of trundles in the loose were a nice bonus, his set-piece technique was game-changing as the scrum once more pierced Australia’s traditional Achilles heel. Corbisiero simply bullied Ben Alexander to sap all of the Wallabies’ momentum.2. Stephen MooreMoore must take some responsibility for how his front row buckled so badly in Sydney, but hit his jumpers unerringly at lineout-time and offered mighty industry in a pair of 80-minute shifts at the Suncorp and Etihad Stadiums. He brought 80 caps of mongrel and experience to the party, buoying his team-mates and spoiling the tourists at close-quarters. Worthy mentions for Tom Youngs and Richard Hibbard, both tough as teak and well at home in the Test cauldron.3. Adam JonesWorth each of his 120 kilograms of weight in gold, Jones is a pillar of power and consistency who tortured Robinson at will and came up with the defining penalty of the tour when he popped the Australian loosehead after 50 minutes of the third Test as the hosts were circling like vultures at just 19-16 down. It speaks volumes that there were synchronised calls from all corners of Britain and Ireland compelling Gatland to keep him on longer rather than carry out pre-planned substitutions.Engine room antics: Jones & Horwill battle it out4. Alun-Wyn JonesSlightly subdued in the early stages of this trip before exploding into life against the Waratahs and maintaining that heady level in the environment he adores – Test match rugby. An imposing physical specimen, Jones’ awesome athleticism allowed him to rack up an incredible 12 carries in the decider, topping the tackle-count as well. He also filled the considerable leadership void left by Paul O’Connell, Sam Warburton and Brian O’Driscoll. He was that good.5. James HorwillWell, it might get awkward in the boiler-room. But Lions tours are not complete without villains, and Australia’s captain did an admirably irritating job over the three weeks. Of course that was compounded by the clumsy contact with Jones’s face – and the subsequent farce masquerading as a disciplinary process – but Horwill also left it all on the pitch every time. A sturdy lineout option, a tireless tackler and a burly carrier, he offered the lot. If he had kept his head instead of spurning Leali’ifano’s tee at the weekend, who knows?6. Ben MowenAssured and abrasive in equal measure, this was as impressive an introduction to international sport as you will ever see. Shackled Mike Phillips and freed Folau for his second in Brisbane to mark an immense debut but also called the lineouts and worked relentlessly throughout the series. Dan Lydiate did what he says on the tin brilliantly – namely tackling his ankle strapping off – but Mowen’s beginning was so auspicious that Ewen McKenzie would do well to build a pack around the level-headed Brumbie.7. Sam WarburtonThis was a tough one, as Warburton’s best performance – a sparkling 66 minutes in Melbourne – saw him end up on the losing side after Michael Hooper profited from his torn hamstring to haul Australia onto the front foot in the final stages. That hour and a bit from the Lions skipper was fantastic, though, running the breakdown and keeping referee Craig Joubert in his pocket. He was also marginally better than Hooper at Suncorp, despite Chris Pollock’s abject interpretation of the ruck area. not for featured 8. Toby FaletauOnly needed 80 minutes to take this accolade, but is well worth his spot after taking the decider by storm. Brute strength was deadly at the base of such a solid scrum platform, but lineout ability and a couple of timely turnovers rendered his omission from the first two Tests quite ridiculous. Showed up the pedestrian Wycliff Palu and, at just 22, can set his sights on a 2017 siege of New Zealand. Little Lion man: Leigh Halfpenny, the Lions 2013 Player of the Series, is the first on our Series XV team sheetBy Charlie Morgan SO IN the end it was a pair of props and a rampant last twenty minutes that prised two balanced outfits apart, the Lions power game coming to the fore in the final stages of a truly enthralling series. But who gets the nod in a combined XV to take on all-comers? As three (well, two-and-a-half) tight tussles suggest, it is a fairly even split.15. Leigh HalfpennyA total no-brainer to start with, Halfpenny’s record haul of 49 points – surpassing that of his mentor Neil Jenkins in 1997 – only tells part of a pretty special story. Deadly from the tee, the full back also excelled positionally, something accentuated by the ease with which he fielded Will Genia’s clearance during the third Test before embarking on a scything run to set up George North. He demonstrated typical disregard for his body when required in defence over the course of series, too. Kurtley Beale’s attacking verve gave him a shout, but he was up against an inspired opponent.14. Israel Folau‘Freakish’ seems to have been the adjective of choice regarding Folau ever since his baby steps in rugby league and the confidence with which the 24 year-old made a first foray into union at Test level confirmed his otherworldly ability. A superb second score that combined incredible strength and grace during the first Test stands out, but Folau was threatening with just about every touch. Australia missed him when a hamstring problem ended his involvement, despite the searing pace of replacement Jesse Mogg.Cooling off: Ashley-Cooper is part of an all-gold midfield13. Adam Ashley-CooperOne horror pass into the clutches of Sean O’Brien at ANZ Stadium aside, Ashley-Cooper was extremely plucky. Epitomising the Wallaby way – fighting furiously for everything – his harrying presence defined how much more his team valued possession in the second Test and that last-gasp try deserves credit for the deadly line that made it. He defied a shoulder injury to impress in the opener against Brian O’Driscoll too, although was outplayed by Jonathan Davies at the weekend.12. Christian Leali’ifanoPerhaps a controversial pick to secure an all-gold midfield, but nobody really stamped their authority here – Davies very much looked a man out of position and Jamie Roberts was quiet before bursting away for a fine seven-pointer. For bouncing back from a first-minute knockout on debut, though, Leali’fano merits plenty of praise. Nailed a nerveless conversion in Melbourne to send the series to the wire, and defended a crowded channel admirably on the back foot in Sydney until a tired last quarter.11. George NorthA simply stunning Brisbane try and an equally amazing fireman’s carry on Folau a week later provided two of the truly iconic moments of the sporting summer, while a second score on Saturday from Halfpenny’s slicing kick-return killed the contest off. North arrived in Australia with a big reputation and enhanced it. One blemish in 240 minutes – a failed blitz late in the second Test – could not stop his ascent to the status of bona fide world-beater. Northampton Saints have got themselves a diamond.10. Johnny SextonFar from perfect – Sexton mixed sparks of decisive, innovative play with a couple of odder decisions and uncharacteristic defensive lapses – but the Irishman had enough in his tank to oust James O’Connor, who is unlikely to see his country’s No 10 jersey again without Robbie Deans holding the reins. Might have been stifled by Warren Gatland’s round-the-corner commitment, but didn’t seem to care as he celebrated with Daniel Craig under the Sydney stars.9. Will GeniaThe elementary spill from Sexton’s kick-off that set the tone for Saturday shocked the world, and with good reason – Genia errors are remarkably rare. The best scrum-half on the planet with daylight sitting second, he remains terrifying around the fringes and consistently able to ignite a try-scoring move from anywhere on the field. Mobilised his forwards fantastically throughout, firing the likes of Benn Robinson and Stephen Moore over the gain-line whenever he pleased – an unparalleled general.last_img read more

Ireland v Georgia: Talking points

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Pressure for places led to a patchy first fortyWith thirteen changes made from the side that beat South Africa, there were a lot of players coming into this game feeling under pressure to perform. This weight of expectation wasn’t coming from the coaches or the fans but from the men themselves, who knew this was their opportunity to stake a claim for the jersey not only against Australia, but also, looking ahead to the Six Nations. As a result, it was a nervy first half. Despite dominating possession, they could not convert chances into points due to a lack of precision with ball in hand. At times Ireland lacked speed and a clinical edge in attack, but after the interval they played with greater tempo, patience and started to break down the Georgian defence.Out to impress: O’Donnell made 11 tackles against GeorgiaGood things come to those who waitSpeaking of patience, Ireland learned (the hard way with last year’s final minute defeat against New Zealand) that it can pay to bide your time in this game. Similar to last week against South Africa, it was not until the second half that Ireland managed to open up the Georgian defence.  The troubles in the first half at set piece and at times, the lack of shape in attack, highlight the importance of preparation time, especially with Joe Schmidt’s approach to using the squad as a whole.Ireland must protect the ball better Ireland recorded a convincing 49-7 win over Georgia in Dublin on Sunday, but what stood out from the game? During Schmidt’s reign, Ireland have tended to shy away from offloading and concentrated more on rapid ruck ball.  In fact, against South Africa there were no offloads at all with the team deciding to concentrate on limiting risk. Perhaps the coaches saw this match against Georgia as a chance to experiment as Ireland managed seven offloads. However, in the first half in particular, they struggled to look after the ball in contact, giving up well worked positions by not carrying it into contact with greater care. Ireland won six turnovers to Georgia’s five, but against a stronger opposition like Australia next week, conceding that number of turnovers could prove lethal.Born to run: Zebo beat six defenders – more than any other Ireland playerConfidence booster for those less experiencedFor a few of the debutants it was a dream start to their international career. A commanding performance from Dave Foley in the second row earned the Munsterman the man of the match award.  Stuart Olding came on in the second half when the Irishmen were in full flight but it eased the pressure and allowed the young centre to enjoy the occasion which he marked with a try.  Felix Jones has been unlucky with injuries throughout his career, but he’s a star at his province and by showcasing his skills at the Aviva could have worked himself into the matchday squad for the Australia game. As for Ian Madigan, he’s not exactly unfamiliar but it’s not too often he’s had the chance to start in the Ireland 10 jersey. As always he played with confidence and injected a pace into the game that will ease the Irish fans nerves if Johnny Sexton ever does get injured.center_img Go Jones: full-back Jones scored two tries in quick succession v Georgia Understudy: Madigan kicked 19 points for Ireland on Sunday as Sexton watched from the standsIt’s about ‘the group’ going forwardEvery player that was interviewed after the game spoke about ‘the group’ and how being in the training squad was as important as a place on the pitch or the bench. This can often sound like one of those clichéd lines fed to players by the press team, but they genuinely sounded like they meant it. That’s not to say every one of them would not rather be in the first choice XV but Schmidt has instilled a mentality of togetherness, with an emphasis on the role of each individual within the squad. The players seem to understand that rotation is key if they are to take a strong squad to England 2015, and unlike other coaching regimes, no one is guaranteed a starting berth under Schmidt so there will always be movement. That means, everyone always has a chance and something to aim for.last_img read more

The greatest opensides of all time: Michael Jones

first_imgStaunch Christian beliefs meant playing on the Sabbath was out of the question – even for the 1991 World Cup semi-final with Australia – and a nickname of ‘Iceman’ originated due to the number of ice packs that perennially decorated his body.Finishing with a defeat by the Wallabies in 1998, Jones won just 55 caps over a period in which New Zealand played 90 Tests. Still, his legacy is rock-solid. Michael Jones of New Zealand Jones was the first player to score a World Cup try, darting over on his New Zealand debut 30 minutes into a 70-6 thrashing of Italy. He featured in three more matches including the triumphant final.Though a gruesome knee injury sustained against Argentina in 1989 reduced his speed, Jones reinvented himself as a more belligerent performer and influenced at the highest level whenever fitness and faith allowed, not least in three consecutive starts during the 1993 Lions series. TAGS: The Greatest Players Major teams: Auckland, BluesCountries: Western Samoa, New Zealand
Test span: 1986-98Western Samoa caps: One (one start)New Zealand caps: 55 (54 starts)Test points: 56 (13T)John Hart’s barometer for world-beating ability has been unerring. As New Zealand U21 coach in 1990, it was he who saw something special in a lanky lock from Leicester, bringing Martin Johnson on tour to Australia.Five years earlier as Auckland boss in a glittering season that saw National Provincial Championship glory and the beginning of a 61-match Ranfurly Shield defence, Hart handed a 20-year-old openside his National Provincial Championship debut. Michael Jones excelled straightaway.Qualifying through his mother, he appeared once for Western Samoa before touring the British Isles with New Zealand Barbarians.By 1987 and the inaugural World Cup, Hart had risen to the post of All Blacks assistant coach. He would later label Jones “almost the perfect rugby player” and drafted his protégé into the hosts’ squad. The decision was vindicated rapidly. New Zealand openside Michael Jones had a reputation for delivering bone-shuddering hits and superb attacking assaults. He is remembered as one of the game’s greats LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Analysis: Spotlight on New Zealand’s kicking against Ireland

first_img As his England side prepared to take on Steve Hansen’s men in the autumn of 2013, with a three-Test summer tour of New Zealand on the horizon, Stuart Lancaster stressed the importance of the All Blacks’ kicking game. From alleviating danger to scoring tries, he argued that the boot was fundamental to their success.Later, Lancaster would be criticised for obsessing over New Zealand’s approach. But he could never be accused of failing to do his homework. Lancaster noted that the All Blacks had kicked 17 times in open play during the first Test against France the previous June. Les Bleus caused the hosts problems and almost stole a tense tie at Eden Park. Over the next two weekends, New Zealand registered 78 kicks. They won each game comfortably.That series saw Aaron Smith, Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett – although the latter was only an impact replacement – continue to establish themselves in the international fold. And such tactics have survived an overhaul of personnel following the 2015 World Cup. Over 13 matches since the tournament, New Zealand have kicked 285 times. Opposing teams have kicked 282 times.SAS GEO ERRORThis video is not authorized in your locationRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO read more

Five things we learnt about rugby in September

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Slippery: Sean Maitland fumbles the ball against Samoa (Getty Images) Japan play a fusion of Super Rugby and Test rugby. Solid yet rapid set-piece mixed with short sharp passes in midfield. Against Ireland, Japan used ‘channel one’ ball on virtually every scrum. It went in and out quicker than a prorogued Member of Parliament.Slick hands: Kotaro Matsushima spreads the ball for Japan (Getty Images)Other than the All Blacks, their back-line passes the ball smoother than any other team in the World Cup – especially in midfield. Their outside-centre and back three stay well connected, meaning that they rarely pass the ball further than ten feet. The result is few big loopy passes in midfield and a greater chance of successfully moving around the defensive ‘edge’.Japan were worth every minute of their victory, and it may not be their last. They’re top of their pool and have Scotland to come.Incorrect decisions, using playback, are inexcusableThe officials at the World Cup have so far taken more hits than any of the openside flankers at the tournament. In fact, the officials have had it worse than any of the players. At least the players don’t have to worry about taking kicks to the head or the body, whereas the officials took a boot to the windpipe from their own organisation.It seems unfair to criticise referees, as their job is actually impossible. It’s like being a single parent with 30 kids: you simply can’t keep an eye on everyone. But when an incorrect decision is made with the use of TV playback, it is inexcusable, and we must be allowed to criticise it.Flashpoint: David Halaifonua and Tomas Lavanini during Argentina v Tonga (Getty Images)That Tomas Lavanini’s corner-flag tackle on David Halaifonua was judged legal, was wrong, just wrong. You can tell me a thousand times that he used his arm but I will not concede, because I have eyes.Rugby has a certain ethos when it comes to criticising officials and in real time we must have utmost sympathy for them. But when they get wrong using replays, it is fair game.Uruguay made us smileIt’s very easy to become overly negative as a rugby supporter. Complicated laws and interpretations, the game becoming overly dependent of money, and residency rules are just a few of the reasons that the sport seems a bit fraught at the moment.Blue tune: Uruguay players celebrate with fans after the Fiji win (Getty Images)Then you see Uruguay beat Fiji and everything changes. To see a squad containing semi-pros rolling over big household names is magical. It makes you remember why you fell in love with the game in the first place.Match report: Fiji 27-30 UruguayUruguay’s tackling was old school. Not old school like taking a player’s head off, old school by going low and going face-cheek to bum-cheek. Whilst the rest of the world was debating what a high tackle was, Uruguay ignored the whole issue and just went low. Then they got up and went low again. It was amazing. It was like watching 15 Dan Lydiates.So, the next time you get fed up with your club not being able to afford another £1m winger or your team’s new shirt costing £100, just flick on Uruguay v Fiji and enjoy rugby again. From back-row battles to morale-boosting victories, Paul Williams looks at key talking points from the past monthcenter_img Why aren’t players wearing gloves at the World Cup?Japan is humid. On average 79% humidity in September. Add another 21% to that and you’re living like Nemo. But despite all of the handling problems that we have seen so far in the competition, few players are wearing gloves. It is a strange situation.Rugby has made massive strides over the past decade with strength and conditioning, in-game technology and GPS etc, yet the kit they wear remains the same. Even stranger, the kit remains the same regardless of the conditions.Blast from past: Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll sports gloves back in 2002 (Getty Images)Golfers, tennis players and NFL athletes all adapt their kit to the conditions, yet rugby does not. It is understandable that the half-backs and centres may not want to wear gloves, as you do lose some touch and feel, but it seems like a no brainer for those players whose primary role is carrying.The Wales back row beat the bestIf you’re Welsh, you’ve long held a suspicion that somewhere in Australia there is a giant voodoo dragon. And when the match clock strikes 75 minutes, a load of Wallaby supporters begin kicking the dragon in the nuts.For once, and at the most important time in this four-year cycle, that didn’t happen – Wales saw the game out at the World Cup in Tokyo. It was a fantastic match between the two most evenly balanced teams of the past decade and was arguably the game of the tournament so far.Match report: Australia 25-29 WalesOver the past ten years there has been little difference between the squads. If there has been an advantage, it has usually been in the back row, where both teams have, on occasion, delivered an extra 5% to tip the balance.Front jumper: Justin Tipuric wins a lineout against Australia (Getty Images)In Japan, that was once again the case. Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric and Aaron Wainwright were more than the equal of the always impressive Michael Hooper and David Pocock. Tipuric was immaculate on the ground and in the air, where he has become Wales’ go-to jumper at the front of the lineout – not just for quick back-ball.Navidi once again morphed into flesh scaffolding, managing to hold up and then drop some big Australian structures. Whilst Wainwright looked like he’s been playing Test rugby for 15 years and doesn’t quite understand what all the fuss is about.To compete with Pocock and Hooper is to have a feather in your cap, to beat them is to have a golden eagle perched on your head.Related: The rapid rise of Aaron WainwrightJapan win prettyJapan are no longer giant killers; they have become serial killers. Their win over Ireland was the second in their series of rugby murders, and the most exquisitely executed yet.The victory alone was remarkable, but the manner of the victory will live long on YouTube. When Tier Two teams haul down a genuine Tier One nation, it is usually ugly. There’s always a dodgy try thrown in there, a lucky bounce, a red card or some weird rugby quirk. But that isn’t how Japan beat South Africa in 2015, nor Ireland in 2019.Match report: Japan 19-12 Ireland Keep track of events in Japan with our Rugby World Cup home page.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Rugby’s Greatest: Michael Lynagh

first_imgNothing he did could match that day and the subsequent final victory over England at Twickenham, but he continued to impress on the international stage right up to the last days of amateurism, scoring 17 points in his final Test – one of 12 as Wallaby captain – against England at the 1995 World Cup. Rugby World once played paintball with Lynagh and he splattered us in every game. His reactions were always a cut above and thank goodness he “dodged a bullet” eight years ago when suffering a near fatal stroke. He’s a staunch supporter of the Stroke Association.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Unerring: Lynagh kicks for Saracens in 1998 (Getty)Nicknamed Noddy, Lynagh then played three seasons in the English Premiership with Saracens, bowing out with victory in the 1998 Tetley’s Bitter Cup final. In addition to his prodigious Test feats, he was capped 100 times by Queensland, scoring 1,166 points, and he is now sharing his wisdom as a Sky TV pundit. Collapse Rugby’s Greatest: Nick Farr-Jones Major teams: University of Queensland, Queensland, SaracensCountry: AustraliaTest span: 1984-95Test caps: 72 (71 starts)Test points: 911 (17T, 140C, 177P, 9DG) Australia always seem to raise their game for… Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Slick operator: Lynagh passes during Australia’s quarter-final win over Ireland at RWC 1987 (STF/AFP) Rugby’s Greatest: George Gregan Expandcenter_img Rugby’s Greatest: Nick Farr-Jones Australia’s cerebral scrum-half, Nick Farr-Jones, is considered by… Rugby’s Greatest: Michael LynaghAs the son of a sports psychologist, Michael Lynagh paid close attention to mental preparation long before it was fashionable. He would sit in public areas of hotels so that people would talk to him and deny him the time to get nervous. His strategies certainly worked because he retired from Test rugby as the world’s record point-scorer with 911, a figure since surpassed by only eight players.He was only 21 years old when he played outside Mark Ella on the Wallabies’ Grand Slam tour of 1984, and his distribution, measured tactical kicking and ability to never look rushed marked him out as a special talent.By the 1991 World Cup he was a world-class fly-half, and showed in the closing minutes of the Dublin quarter-final against Ireland that he possessed leadership skills to go with his clear thinking. Spurning a drop-goal attempt, he called a backs move that would win the game rather than draw it, and Lynagh himself went over for the crucial score. “Cometh the hour, cometh the man,” said head coach Bob Dwyer. Expand George Gregan is viewed as a rugby god… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby’s Greatest: George Gregan TAGS: The Greatest Players Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guidelast_img read more

Hotshot: Ospreys back-row Morgan Morris

first_imgWhen did you link up with the Ospreys? After playing U16s, I went to Hartpury College for three years and then I came back. Sean Marsden, the Hartpury coach at the time, rang me and I went to have a look around; it’s amazing as a young rugby player with the pitches and gym and stuff there, so it was a no-brainer to go.I was 16 when I first moved away and it probably made me more independent; I grew up as well. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. I did a little bit with Gloucester U18 but mainly the college team, then Andy Lloyd offered me the chance to join the Ospreys Academy.What are your goals for 2021? To play as much rugby as I can. I had a decent year last year and want to nail down a starting jersey at the Ospreys, hopefully get that No 8 jersey as much as I can.How have you found Toby Booth as coach? I’m really enjoying it. He’s brought a big culture theme with him and we all feel close together, one big team, all as one.Who has been the biggest influence on your career? My parents. My mum and dad always helped me to do what I wanted to do, drove me where I needed to be.RW Verdict: Toby Booth wants to build his Ospreys side around local talent and Morris is set to be a key part of that plan. The 22-year-old, who has represented Wales at U16, U18 and U20 level, is dynamic in attack and has a high work-rate. Growing reputation: Morgan Morris has stood out with his recent regional performances (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The 22-year-old has been impressing in the Pro14 and here he talks through his rugby rootscenter_img Ospreys back-row Morgan MorrisDate of birth 28 August 1998 Born Swansea Position Back-row Region Ospreys Country WalesWhen did you first play rugby? At 11, at primary school. I started off with football but as soon as I started rugby I stopped football. I liked running at people!What positions have you played? I’ve only ever played back-row. You get the ball a lot, which is the best thing about rugby. No 8 is my favourite – you get involved the most, with tackling, jackling, running a lot. You just get the most involvements in the game.What are your strengths? Ball-carrying is the biggest strength, I’m quite good at getting over the gain-line and beating defenders.And work-ons? Probably being more dominant in defence, matching defence with attack to make my game more rounded.Who were your childhood heroes? Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric, Richie McCaw… I liked watching back-rows who were the best at what they do. It’s a bit crazy seeing Justin every day now, but I’m getting used to it. All the back-rows, him and Dan Lydiate as well, give tips on what I can do better and it’s good to learn from them. This article originally appeared in the February 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Who is Siya Kolisi: Ten things you should know about the Springbok captain

first_imgIn 2021, he moved from Stormers to Durban-based franchise Sharks.MORE ON SIYA KOLISI 10. Kolisi has officially adopted his younger half-siblings, Liyema and Liphelo. They now live in the family home with his wife and their two children, Nicholas and Keziah. Find out about the influential flanker’s inspirational story @SiyaKolisi_Bear 50th test cap @Makazole16 and @Cheslin_Kolbe11 tries Unbeaten in all three RWC finals @Springboks beat @EnglandRugby to record their highest RWC final points tally and equal @AllBlacks on three Webb Ellis Cups#RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/foFkOCooWp— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 2, 20204. He didn’t speak any English when he first arrived at Grey, only fluent in his first language of Xhosa. A classmate, Nicholas Holton, taught him English and is still one of Kolisi’s closest friends – he was best man at his wedding.5. His professional career began at Western Province, whom he debuted for in 2011 against the Golden Lions in the Vodacom Cup. The next year saw him claim a starting berth for the Stormers in Super Rugby, but a thumb injury meant he missed Western Province’s Currie Cup triumph that season. South Africa captain Siya Kolisi had a tough… Siya Kolisi with the World Cup and World Rugby Team of the Year Award (Getty Images) Siya Kolisi’s journey from township to Test star Maro Itoje joins Jay-Z’s Roc Nation group Expand Who is Siya Kolisi: Ten things you should know about the Springbok captainSiya Kolisi is one of the most significant figures in the modern game, being named rugby’s most influential person of 2020 by Rugby World magazine.Not only did he lead South Africa to their third Rugby World Cup title in 2019, but he is also the national team’s first black captain in their 126-year history.Here are a few more facts about the irrepressible flanker.Ten things you should know about Siya Kolisi 1. Kolisi was born on 16 June 1991 in the Zwide township of Port Elizabeth, on the Eastern Cape. He did not have a privileged upbringing, telling Rugby World in an interview that his favourite toy when growing up was a brick.2. His parents were teenagers when he was born, with his mother Phakama dying when Kolisi was only 15. After this, he was raised by his grandmother, Nolulamile.3. Kolisi started rugby at the age of seven, following in the footsteps of several family members. His junior team was named the African Bombers, and he played for them for five years before he was offered a rugby scholarship to the acclaimed Grey College. Siya Kolisi’s journey from township to Test star Collapse 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. The South Africa captain is in top spot… 6. Kolisi is Springbok #851, making his debut against Scotland in Nelspruit in 2013. South Africa won 30-17, overcoming an 11-point deficit. The match also saw Tim Swinson and Tommy Seymour make their first international appearances for Scotland.7. He scored his first international try in Durban against France on 17 June 2017, the day after his 26 birthday. He managed to brilliantly intercept a ball around his ankles and streak away for the score, helping secure a 37-15 win.Kolisi, Tendai Mtawarira and Cyril Ramaphosa all celebrate with the Webb Ellis Trophy (Getty Images)8. Like the relationship between Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar, there is a close relationship between current South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa and Kolisi. The two call each other after many Springbok matches and celebrated on the pitch after the 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph.9. Alongside his wife Rachel, Siya runs the Kolisi Foundation, which aims to provide assistance and opportunities for South Africans from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the foundation provided PPE to frontline medical workers. Maro Itoje joins Jay-Z’s Roc Nation group Siya Kolisi Named Most Influential Person in Rugby Expand Maro Itoje joins Jay-Z’s Roc Nation group Thanks… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Siya Kolisi Named Most Influential Person in Rugbylast_img read more

Special treatment hurts both church and state

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI By Tom EhrichPosted Jan 18, 2012 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC January 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm Rt. Rev. Sir: Your statement itself lacks knowledge and research. It is, in fact, prejudicial to one side of a fair question. Tom’s article makes a point and is without fault in the sense that it has a place in the conversation about the 21st century church. I agree to the extent that we are way over structured with 80% vacant buildings on Sunday mornings, diminishing resources and inflated diocesan budgets well beyond congregational ability to support. How about returning to the celtic model of traveling prebyter-bishops without dioceses. Just think, you could work out of your house or out of your car. Even a very high level excutive sales manager like my son works from home and communicates digitally. Oh well. Go ahead keep fixing up an old car. Eventually it’s no more repairable and has to be thrown away. That’s where the church is heading. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem January 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm Tom is a well-meaning, but not legally learned person. As one of our most famous jurists has observed, “the power to tax is the power to destroy.” Because it is quintessentially un-American to destroy a religion, we give them fairly free range. A little more research and, if I may say so, fact-checking, would give these columns more substance. It is something like an embarrassment for ENS to carry this column.Paul MarshallBishop, Diocese of Bethelehem Rector Knoxville, TN (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Paul Marshall says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 January 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm While I’m with you on the employment discrimination piece, I highly doubt that it is the tax-exempt status of property that has “encouraged faith communities to see property as their purpose, not mission and ministry.” First, I doubt 99% of the members of such churches even give the exemption from property taxes a thought. Second, it isn’t an either/or situation. A church building ideally is a center for mission and ministry, some of which might not happen in the absence of a buildingAs far as tax-deductible donations go, I’m at a loss as to see how dropping churches from that would help. It would seem like people would then prefer to donate to charities rather than the church. If people are stewardship-minded, they aren’t going to consider the tax-exemption when pledging. If they are not, no tax-exemption or lack thereof is going to make them tithe or increase their giving. Personally, I’ll take all of the help from the government I can get…. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Religion News Service] It’s time for religion to lose its special treatment in the Constitution and in tax codes.Not because religion has ceased to matter, but because it matters more than ever in our increasingly unethical society, and the special treatment ends up hurting both religion and state.Three examples: hiring practices, tax-exempt property and tax-deductible donations.The Supreme Court, continuing its string of unwise decisions, affirmed religious institutions’ right to discriminate in hiring practices. They play by their own special rules, the court reasoned, saying, in effect, that the so-called “separation clause” guards religion’s right to do the wrong thing.Unfortunately, just as presidential candidates use religion to batter opponents and to appeal to the dark side of human nature, so will religion become an excuse to seek other exceptions to civil rights. If churches can discriminate, others will say, why can’t we? Bigots and unjust employers will have an open field for hurting the vulnerable.Meanwhile, religion will stand out as a special preserve where children can be molested without legal consequence, and the usual rules of financial accountability and simple justice don’t apply. That won’t help religion’s cause one bit.Their historic exemption from property taxes has encouraged faith communities to see property as their purpose, not mission and ministry. Many a church has clung to deteriorating facilities while mission languished and people seeking more than maintenance budgets departed. Finally the church closes its doors — and the community evaporates.Yes, religious facilities have contributed much to architecture and scenic street corners, but both religion and society would be better served if those institutions saw their purpose as mission, their work as offering ministry, and each other as companions in a movement, not as disputatious property owners.Tax-deductible donations, meanwhile, have virtually destroyed responsible Christian stewardship in many major denominations. Instead of following the biblical model of “harvest giving” and the biblical standard of the tithe, churches have fallen into treating their donations as “charitable giving.” Instead of first fruits, they get last fruits, whatever remains after everything else has been purchased.Churches end up competing with museums, schools and medical causes for leftovers. That is a competition they cannot possibly win, because they don’t have the budget to do charitable fundraising effectively and religion’s prophetic cause — “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” — isn’t as appealing as good music or fighting cancer.To protect tax exemption, religious leaders refrain from meddling in society’s doings. The Gospel demands such meddling. Society needs boldness, not self-protective hedging, from its faith communities. It needs strong preachers in the public square, even if that means violating the first rule of charitable giving: Be nice to the wealthy.That weakened voice, in turn, deprives society of the ethical guidance that it badly needs. Not shrill scolding on esoterica, but bold words on justice and compassionate deeds to bind up society’s victims.Whatever Thomas Jefferson meant by “separation of church and state,” it’s clear from our own history that we need God to be more active in the public square, not walled up in a special tax-sheltered preserve where, in exchange for staying silent, the religious are free to discriminate, play landowner and appease the wealthy.Our special status has made us soft and, to our growing dismay, irrelevant.— Tom Ehrich, a church consultant and Episcopal priest, is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomehrich. Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY center_img Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 January 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm If Bp Marshall wishes to introduce the issue of fact checking, then please do so in detail instead throwing a wet episcopal blanket over the discussion. Shaming is a low form of authoritative witness, sir. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Tlhe Rev. Robert A. Terrill says: January 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm Thank you! I hope your essay sparks a great deal of good, rational debate. You make many really good points. This discussion is desperately needed. As a stewardship leader and teacher for many decades, as someone who personally uncovered and helped reveal three embezzlements, starting with Ellen Cooke nationally (I was told to get out of 815 for truth-telling in ’91) and two parochial incidents, I am acutely aware of bad money management practices at all levels of the church hidden under laziness and false trust. We have a major reasons in mission and ethical witness to be held very financially accountable by church and state. As well, tax laws have allowed dying churches to let properties help turn neighborhoods worse; been there seen that my entire professional ministry. Comments are closed. Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL January 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm Thank you Tom for prompting a needed discussion. Things taken for granted need to be brought out of the dark at regular intervals to be appreciated and maybe even re-envigourated. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Eric Funston says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA January 21, 2012 at 8:07 am I respect Tom Ehrich a lot, but this article misses the mark by a long-shot – he overstates his case. While there may be reasons to discontinue tax-exempt status (I disagree with that premise, I have to add), making patently false statements such as referring to religion as “a special preserve where children can be molested without legal consequence, and the usual rules of financial accountability and simple justice don’t apply” don’t help make the case. There is a string of judicial decisions going all the way up to SCOTUS clearly saying the rules of financial accountability DO apply to churches and religious institutions; child molesters are prosecuted and convicted (when not hidden away by unethical religious leaders); the requirements of secular justice (which is seldom “simple”) in most cases do apply to religion. Where the civil courts decline to act is in cases where religious doctrine has to be decided in order to reach a decision – who is a “true believer”? what is the “true church”? is a priest or pastor fit for office? Courts are not going to go there because of the First Amendment. I’ve not yet read the most recent SCOTUS decision on hiring practices, so I cannot comment on it, but for Tom to rest his case sweeping generalities which are inaccurate statements weakens his position. 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 John W Ward says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ January 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm Thanks, Bob. Very useful. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing Tom Sramek, Jr. says: Special treatment hurts both church and state Comments (9) Featured Events January 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm Thanks, very effective critique. Rector Albany, NY last_img read more

Williams: Our ‘identity, destiny, calling’ is to live together in…

first_imgWilliams: Our ‘identity, destiny, calling’ is to live together in God’s love Eucharist interweaves three tikanga into experience of diversity Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Anglican Consultative Council will begin its meeting in earnest Oct. 29 (local time) in Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral where on Oct. 28 the members joined local Anglicans for Eucharist. ENS photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service — Auckland, New Zealand] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams asked an overflow crowd at Holy Trinity Cathedral here Oct. 28 (local time) to pray that the members of the Anglican Consultative Council and all Anglicans would rediscover what it means to live out of the knowledge that God loves the world “without reserve and without condition.”A podcast of Williams’ sermon is available here and a transcript is here.The Eucharist came on the second day of the ACC’s Oct. 27-Nov. 7 meeting and was conducted in Maori, Tongan and English. Archbishops William Brown Turei, David Moxon and Winston Halapua, the three archbishops who lead the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia’s three tikanga, presided.A boy waits to receive communion Oct. 28 at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland from Tai Tokerau Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergThe liturgy included traditional music as well as church music more oriented to Aotearoa New Zealand. Benedicté Aotearoa, for example, called on “you maori and pakeha, women and men, all who inhabit the long white cloud: All you saints and martyrs of the South Pacific” as well as “dolphins and kahawai [salmon], sealion and crab, coral anemone, pipi [mollusks] and shrimp … kiwi and sparrow” to “give to our God your thanks and praise.”Preaching on the day’s Gospel reading (John 15:17-27), Williams cautioned the congregation not to misinterpret Jesus’ words about the world hating those whom he has chosen as a simple dichotomy of the world hating Jesus and thus hating the church. Instead, he said, the passage contains “a very sharp challenge to the church; it’s not just about being able to console ouselves when people don’t like us.”That challenge, he said, is posed in the idea that the world’s love is conditional and is meant only for people who belong, “who are like you.” But the love embodied by Jesus and “the friends of Jesus” is meant for everyone, not reserved only for like-minded people.“It’s a love that perseveres when it is not returned,” Williams said. “It’s a love that is extravagantly poured out on the unlovable. Just in case you were wondering, the unlovable in this case is not them; it’s us.”Thus, he said, the challenge to the church is about “rethinking love, rethinking belonging,” instead of simply choosing who may belong based on whether they are well-liked and whether they can be expected to like us.Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams spent time outside after the Oct. 28 Eucharist Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral greeting worshipers, posing for photos with them and signing autographs. ENS photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg“We’ve got to go out and create more and more belonging with people who don’t belong,” the archbishop said, adding that the church must “unreasonably extend our welcome, our compassion, our joyful understanding to the entire world and live with the admittedly very messy consequences of that.”Williams said that the “Anglican family” gives thanks for the example of the Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia’s “struggle and achievement that Anglicans here have managed in holding together a deep sense of belonging … with each other and with the wider world.”Williams suggested that the church and its members can meet the challenge the Gospel presents by remembering that Jesus reminds his friends at the Last Supper that they have been with him from the beginning. “The beginning,” Williams said, is meant to be the beginning of time, not just the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.“God loved us from the beginning, before we belonged to anything, before we did anything, before we achieved anything, even before we believed anything, God was loving us. From the beginning we were there,” he said.Thus the whole world and all its inhabitants are equally bound together in the “immense mystery of God’s outpouring of himself in creation and in redeeming love,” he said, and there can be no division between the church and the world because “our identity, our destiny, our calling is held in that eternal act.”“It’s not that the love of God rewards us for what we do. It’s that the love of God makes us what we are. Our task is not to make ourselves loveable … our job is to create the belonging that God’s word wants, to bring online, to kindle into flame everywhere around us the acknowledgment of an unreasonable, universal, overwhelming love. That’s what the church is for.”The Rev. Linda Murphy, a vocational deacon at the Auckland City Mission, reads the Gospel Oct. 28 during Eucharist at Holy Trinity Cathedral. ENS photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg“The church is whatever in us says ‘yes’ to the reckless love of God, that reaches out in mission,” Williams said. That “yes”, he said, can be an antidote to the human tendency of “constantly trying to retreat from the awful implications of the Gospel.”The archbishop asked those present to pray that the ACC and all Anglicans will in the coming days have a “rediscovery as Anglicans of that mysterious sense of being there from the beginning,” and of the consequent commonality of having been enveloped in God’s “causeless” love from the very beginning.If Anglicans can recover that sense, “then our wonderful, quarrelsome, diverse, untidy Anglican Communion will testify in the spirit of truth that comes from the Father,” Williams concluded.ACC backgroundThe ACC is one of the four instruments of communion, the others being the archbishop of Canterbury (who serves as president of the ACC), the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops, and the Primates Meeting.Formed in 1969, the ACC includes clergy and lay people, as well as bishops, among its delegates. The membership includes from one to three persons from each of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces, depending on the numerical size of each province. Where there are three members, there is a bishop, a priest and a lay person. Where fewer members are appointed, preference is given to lay membership. The ACC’s constitution is here.The council meets every three years or four years and the Auckland meeting is the council’s 15th since it was created.The Episcopal Church is represented by Josephine Hicks of North Carolina; the Rev. Gay Jennings of Ohio; and Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut.Jefferts Schori is attending the meeting in her role as a member of the Anglican Communion Standing Committee, which met here prior to the start of the ACC meeting. Douglas is also a member of the Standing Committee.Previous ENS coverage of ACC15 is here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Knoxville, TN Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Featured Events Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 28, 2012 Archbishop of Canterbury Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Anglican Consultative Council, Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET center_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Anglican Communion, 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK last_img read more