Woodward 25-1 to be named new RFU Chief Executive

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sir Clive WoodwardMALCOLM WALL is the 7/4 favourite with Ladbrokes to take over as the next RFU Chief Executive Officer. Nigel Melville is just behind at 2/1 with World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward a 25/1 chance.Adam Crozier (50/1) and Will Carling (100/1) appear to have outside chances only.Alex Donohue  of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like a head to head between Wall & Melville at the prices. Money for McCafferty & Halliday would also be significant.” LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 06: Sir Clive Woodward OBE, Director of Sport for the British Olympic Association speaks during a IOC meetings, held at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza on April 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) Ladbrokes latest betting Next RFU ChiefMalcolm Wall – 7/4Nigel Melville – 2/1Simon Halliday – 3/1Mark McCafferty – 5/1Bill Beaumont – 10/1Clive Woodward – 25/1Adam Crozier – 50/1Will Carling – 100/1last_img read more

Ireland v South Africa: The Preview

first_imgReplacements: Sean Cronin, David Kilcoyne, Michael Bent, Donncha O’Callaghan, Iain Henderson, Eoin Reddan, Ronan O’Gara, Fergus McFadden.South Africa : Zane Kirchner, JP Pietersen, Jaco Taute, Jean de Villiers, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Ruan Pienaar; Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Juandre Kruger, Francois Louw, Willem Alberts, Duane Vermeulen PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 29: Eben Etzebeth of South Africa takes the lineout ball during The Castle Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Australia at Loftus Versfeld on September 29, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images) One match-up no-one would have foresaw was that at hooker, where Rory Best’s absence has seen Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss thrust into action against Adriaan Strauss. The surname isn’t just a coincidence, it’s his cousin. The residency rule is stirring up increasing debate all over the home nations and that particular match-up will only fuel the critics. That Michael Bent, the New Zealand-born backrow has also been parachuted into the Irish 23, only a fortnight after landing in Ireland, has left the likes of Keith Wood, so vocal on Five Live last night, far from impressed with the current system.Brute force: Etzebeth will take some stoppingBring in the newWith so much upheaval, it’s no surprise that youngsters will be to the fore in both sides. Ulster fans have been banging the drum about Chris Henry for a while now and he gets a chance at openside, while Mike McCarthy will find out pretty soon if he can step into the giant boots of Paul O’Connell. The Springboks will be trying out some combinations of their own, with outside-centre Jaco Taute highly accompanying the battle-hardened Jean de Villiers. Up front, England found out to their cost, about the strength of Willem Alberts and 21-year-old Eben Etzebeth in the loose, so their tacklers will need to pull them down early to stop the home defence being overrun.Verdict: With both sides shorn of such star names, this game will be extremely too close to. I expect Irish pride and the fervent green masses to carry Ireland home by two points.IRELAND V SOUTH AFRICA, Saturday 10 November, 5.30pm, Aviva Stadium, Live on BBC2Ireland : Simon Zebo, Tommy Bowe, Keith Earls, Gordon D’Arcy, Andrew Trimble, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Mike McCarthy, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip (captain). Absent friends: Jamie Heaslip will lead Ireland out for the first time without many of his regular teammatesBy Owain Jones, Editor, Rugby WorldJAMIE HEASLIP will lead Ireland out against the Springboks for the first time, promising to ‘give the Irish people something to cheer about’. The big Leinsterman added for good measure. “We don’t like losing in our back garden. It will be a full house on Saturday and the place will be rocking.”This rabble-rousing rhetoric is to be expected, but while the form book says Ireland should be approaching the game with confidence, after victories in three out of four of last outings against the Springboks, the mood in Ireland is one of apprehension. This is in most part due to the nature of their last Test in which they were demolished 60-0 by World Champions New Zealand.Pressure’s onWith Declan Kidney entering the last year of his contract, mumblings on discontent can be heard after an inconsistent run of form over the last 12 months. The 2009 Grand Slam seems a distant memory and Irish fans have been heard to joke that they don’t know Ireland side is going to turn up; the side that can overturn Australia 15-6 during a World Cup, or the brow-beaten unit that capitulated to England, in March. What makes it more unsettling for Kidney is the backdrop of success at provincial level, where Ulster have never been stronger and Leinster have been roundly hailed as one of the world’s best teams after winning consecutive Heineken Cups. As for South Africa, after an underwhelming Rugby Championship, Heyneke Meyer will also be under scrutiny from a demanding rugby public in the rainbow nation. There’s no lack of motivation for both sides.Big test: Simon Zebo lines up at 15Walking woundedOne of the most startling facts about the line-ups is the names not on the team sheets. For Ireland, the injury list makes for sorry reading. Brian O’Driscoll, Rob Kearney, Sean O’Brien, Rory Best, Stephen Ferris and Paul O’Connell are all missing from the fray, as they fight their way back from their respective injuries. This had forced the normally conservative Kidney to gamble, it remains to be seen whether the likes of Simon Zebo can step up as a full-back. South Africa for their part have an even longer injury list with superstars Bryan Habana, Bismarck du Plessis and Schalk Burger all recuperating and watching from afar.Pleased to meet you LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

High-flying France still a threat to their own success

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All-round success: France came together as a team to record the best results out of all the North hemisphere teamsBy Gavin Mortimer“MISSION ACCOMPLISHED,” declared Philippe Saint Andre in the wake of France’s dogged 22-14 defeat of Samoa on Saturday evening. “Today is the victory of courage, restraint, solidarity. We did not panic when we conceded the second try. We were disciplined.”It was indeed an impressive display from France, reminiscent, dare one say it, of England in the Clive Woodward era, in particular the 2003 World Cup pool match when a misfiring England found themselves trailing the free-flowing Samoans 10-0. But England didn’t panic, muscling their way back into the match and relying on the boot of Jonny Wilkinson to punish the indiscipline of the Pacific Islanders.Is this finally his time to shine?Nine years later and while England are now chicken-like in their headlessness, France are cool, clinical and calculating. And for Wilkinson read Michalak, his Toulon teammate, who has been in the form of his life this November.The 30-year-old Michalak has in the last year or two matured into the player we all knew he could be. Still capable of sparking something from nothing – as he showed in creating Wesley Fofana’s try against Australia a fortnight ago – he’s now brushed off his flakiness and sharpened up his goal-kicking. Against Samoa he was deadly, landing four second-half penalties as France clawed their way back from a 14-10 half-time deficit. In all Michalak scored 19 of his side’s points and fully deserved the man of the match award.But where now for France? Their three victories (Australia 33-6 and Argentina 39-22 were their other scalps this November) have consolidated their fourth place in the IRB rankings ahead of next month’s 2015 World Cup draw. That will ensure they avoid playing one of the big three from Down South, and as things stand right now they’ll have no reason to fear finding themselves draw in the same pool as any of the Home Nations, whose performances this autumn (save for Ireland’s win against an albeit exhausted Argentina) have been lamentable. Can anyone remember the last time British rugby was collectively so bad? In fact, the biggest obstacle standing in the way of France and a Grand Slam might lie within in France, as Saint-Andre explained after the Samoan game. “These three victories don’t solve the problems that exist in French rugby in terms of the calendar and the preparation time,” he said, before thanking the clubs for allowing him access to the players for longer than usual this month. “But it won’t be the same during the Six Nations when the players will return to their clubs [between matches].”A small gripe, perhaps, especially if you’re English, Welsh or Scottish. Now there you have a lot to worry about ahead of the fast-approaching Six Nations. But despite the feel-good factor so evident in French rugby as a result of their three consecutive victories (make that four, bearing in mind they hammered Argentina 42-14 in June), Saint-Andre is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. “Three matches at such a high level, it’s hard,” he said. “We missed a little bit of technical precision, notably on the turnover ball against Samoa…but we won intelligently by forcing them into mistakes in their own half.”There’s no doubt France will start the 2013 Six Nations as firm favourites, despite the fact three of their five matches are away. Italy shouldn’t be a problem (particularly as the French are vowing revenge for their shock defeat in Rome two years ago), while Twickenham is no longer the fortress the French feared. Ireland in Dublin will be the toughest Test, but the French are Ireland’s bogey team, with the men in green triumphant in only one of their last twelve encounters. France’s rugby union national team’s fly half Frederic Michalak gestures during a training session on November 23, 2012, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on the eve of the rugby union last test match against Samoa. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

Lions 2013: legends preview the third Test

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS No Bowe: Lions winger Tommy Bowe tries to get a grip on James O’Connor. Who will come out on top this week?HAS WARREN GATLAND got the selection right? How will the Lions cope without their captain, Sam Warburton? Can the Wallabies build on the momentum of winning the second Test, and should James O’Connor be playing fly-half? Shane Williams, Phil Waugh, Stephen Larkham and Lewis Moody preview the decider. Check out the video below! Click here for your chance to win an off-road driving experience with a Lion!last_img

Cyber Monday: Rugby World’s brilliant subscription offer

first_img TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Are you a rugby fan looking for a great deal on Cyber Monday? Don’t fret. Rugby World has you covered.We all know a magazine subscription makes a great Christmas gift, so we thought we’d have a Cyber Monday sale! So forget your typical Blue Monday and take us up to a fantastic rugby offer. Just put your feet up, get your smartphone, tablet or laptop out and click on our great deal here.With this offer you can subscribe to Rugby World magazine today from £14.54 and you will save 50%. That means twelve cracking issue of the world’s best-selling rugby magazine. And if you want to take out a two-year subscription, you can for just £58.17.There are plenty of reasons to subscribe. Rugby World offers unrivalled access to the players and coaches behind the thrilling clashes that define the sport of international rugby union, offering all-round comprehensive package of rugby action, timely results and fixtures along with images that capture the excitement and passion that define this high-impact sport. We also have a monthly local focus on the british national teams and fascinating in-depth interviews with all the key players. Don’t be blue: It’s not Blue Monday, it’s Cyber Monday… and we have a deal! center_img It’s all exciting stuff and worth keeping up to date with – so why not keep up to date with us? And if you’d rather subscribe to the digital edition, our Cyber Monday deal covers that as well!You’d better hurry, there’s only so many half-price subscriptions left… And what a year of rugby we have in store. We have another cracking year of Six Nations, Champions Cup, Premiership and Pro12 rugby to conclude. Then we have summer tours. And rugby returns to the Olympics!last_img read more

Sevens stars set to explode into 15-a-side European rugby

first_img Explosive talent: Blitzbok star Rosko Specman, now playing for the Cheetahs LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Durutalo has a wonderful skill-set and re-wrote the sevens forward’s remit in recent seasons,” Vickerman says. “His offloading game is outstanding and his work-rate and breakdown skills are there to match it.“A big hitter in defence and someone who was rarely exposed in defence, despite being 20 to 40kgs heavier than most opposite him! A very canny signing and one that excites me.”Playmaking force: Cecil Afrika draws the Canadian defenceCecil Afrika – CheetahsIn so many ways, when you think of South Africa sevens, you think of Cecil Afrika. He has pulled the strings for many years, kicking the points, dragging play around the field, fronting up when a big play needs started.His head coach at Blitzboks, Neil Powell, beams with joy when asked about Afrika. “He is one of our leaders. He is not the captain, but when we are making decisions out on the field, Cecil will make the calls. He will make a great assistant coach in the future.“He will often come into my office, having done a lot of analysis. He will say something like: ‘Maybe lets try this against Fiji.’”He is listed on the bench for the Cheetahs opener against Ulster, and could swap with full-back Sergeal Petersen later in the game.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREDefensive energy: Chris Dry against France in SingaporeChris Dry – Cheetahs“Chris played 95% of our games last season,” Powell says of the flanker, who has led the Blitzboks, but who captains a depleted Free State Cheetahs from the openside this weekend, with the Currie Cup squad missing their Pro14 stars. Not that it matters for Dry, a player who takes on any challenge, with Powell clarifying: “Often he would play every minute of every game for us.”The Blitzboks see Dry as an energy source – someone who brings a “vibe” according to Powell. We may see his all-action game in the Pro14 before the October return to sevens.Hair-raising experience: Rosko Specman scores for the BlitzboksRosko Specman – CheetahsIf Dry brings work-rate, Specman brings fun. At least that’s how Powell sees it, laughing as he declares Specman “such a great guy.” A joker, who’s mouth can motor at the same rate as his feet, Specman has X-Factor. He starts on the wing for the Cheetahs against Ulster tonight, and for those who saw any of the Sevens Series last season, they know he can pull a rabbit out of the hat. It was needed with the loss of a certain sevens superstar.Powell says: “He is very explosive and has hard work and movement, but we asked him to step up without Seabelo Senatla. He massively stepped up in Vegas, in the absence of Seabelo.“Much like Cecil, he is not the biggest, but he has very good contact skills.”Hopefully Specman can bring some much-needed mischief to the Pro14.Pass it on: Sam Cross spreads the play at Twickenham last seasonSam Cross – OspreysThere is no set limit of time being put out there, no declarations of future plans, but the Ospreys brought in Wales sevens leader Sam Cross, to augment their back row for a friendly against Leicester, and he isn’t shuffling on up the road just yet.Ospreys boss Steve Tandy initially said of the Olympic silver medallist: “We’ve been following Sam’s development for some time now, identifying him as someone with potential to do well at the 15-man game.” By the time the region were announcing the loan signing of Guy Mercer from Bath this week, though, Tandy was calling on Cross again, saying: “Sam Cross came in last week and I thought he did really well up in Leicester so all of a sudden we are getting more options in the back-row department.”Known for his lungs and legs, it’s a great time for Cross to get his foot in the door at the Liberty Stadium.center_img A look at the recognisable faces from the Sevens World Series who have been brought into top XVs clubs for the season ahead Summer always sees a flurry of activity as players move clubs, but it feels like this year more stars of the sevens game swapped codes than ever before. It is looks set to continue into the future too – Fiji’s Olympic gold-winning skipper Osea Kolinisau has signed up to play in the inaugural Major League Rugby season in 2018, with the Houston Strikers.There are plenty of big names from the abbreviated game on show now, though not all of them will be hanging around. South Africa have released Cecil Afrika, Chris Dry and Rosko Specman to play for the Cheetahs in the Guinness Pro14 but the trio are expected to return to the Blitzboks in October, just in time to defend their World Series title.As the we get into the swing of European XVs, here is a quick guide to some of those stars, with a hand from those who know sevens inside-out…Hard man to stop: Virimi Vakatawa in bruising action at last season’s Paris sevensVirimi Vakatawa – Racing 92If you love the Six Nations, you know who big Virimi is. Fijian by birth, this naturalised Frenchman became a regular fixture on the wing for Guy Noves’s national side, despite still playing his rugby on the Sevens World Series, rather than in the Top 14.He is now with Racing 92, and having been rested alongside other French Test stars, is back in the mix. They will want to get the ball to him often. As England Sevens leader and Olympic silver medal-winning GB skipper Tom Mitchell says: “Vakatawa has a brilliant combination of speed and power which makes defending him a tough ask. Add in that he is light on his feet and it makes stopping him from making yards virtually impossible.”Flying start: Terry Bouhraoua is sent skyward in WellingtonTerry Bouhraoua ­– Stade FrancaisHe’s only 30 but it feels like Bouhraoua has been part of the French sevens set-up forever. In 2016, Bouhraoua told Rugby World: “I have also changed a lot as a player since my first tournament (in 2010). When you start you just go straight and hard. I’ve learnt to think better during games.”Looking at the Stade scrum-half, Mitchell says: “Terry is an old-school, wiry, small-statured man of the French game. An elusive runner with top notch pace.” Snipes can set him apart, but he’ll need to get past Charl McLeod in the Paris pecking-order.Sliding in: Nick Malouf scores for Australia in Hong Kong last seasonNick Malouf – Leicester TigersFox Australia commentator Sean Maloney is one of the game’s biggest characters. Upon hearing that Nick Malouf would be pulling on a Tigers jersey this season, he told Rugby World: “Nick was a huge out for the Aussie Sevens when injured for most of the 15-16 season – previous to that he was one of the first players picked. He is a really strong runner and will add a lot defensively, too. He also has a massive motor and is always chasing work.”Malouf began his playing days as a back-rower before moving into the backs. Leicester have selected him to start on the wing against Bath, but Maloney has other ideas: “I reckon he’ll shine in the centres.”Singapore slingshot: Cam Cowell fires through a gap against Wales in SingaporeCameron Cowell – Newcastle FalconsHe is listed as a senior academy player for the Falcons, but there is a nice blueprint for Cam Cowell to rise through the ranks in Newcastle, if he can bottle the lightning that fellow former England sevens star Marcus Watson displayed at Kingston Park.He’s well established in sevens. Just ask former England player and respected commentator Rob Vickerman.“He has been around the England sevens set up for years, initially as a 17-year-old schoolboy,” Vickerman explains. “He was the understudy to Mitchell and Dan Bibby with as much, if not more pace, and a very good eye for a gap, with acceleration to exploit it. His education will come through knowing when to attack and when to use a good, probing kicking game. His downside, much like great sevens players, is what position he will nail down.”Falcons are not sure if he’s a wing or a full-back, but at just 21, time is on Cowell’s side.Offloading game: Andrew Durutalo fires out a pass in Dubai last seasonAndrew Duratalo – Ealing TrailfindersThis one is not in an elite league, he did play for the Sunwolves in Super Rugby in 2016, and he’s 30… but USA Eagles cap Andrew Durutalo is worth keeping an eye on.Born in New York to Fijian parents, the family moved back to the islands when Durutalo was young – his education (in rugby as well as academically) came at Suva Grammar School and then Hakuoh University, in Oyama, Japan. He has 15 caps for the USA Eagles as a back-row and is eying the 2019 World Cup – hence the search for week-in, week-out 15s.last_img read more

Scotland v England Talking Points from BT Murrayfield

first_imgStunned: England after the trophy presentationNo Grand Slam for EnglandThis one is obvious. But England still have time to sort themselves out and win a record third title in a row. But it will be tough – unbeaten Ireland await them in the final round (after France in round four).And if they are to have a chance, they cannot give away anywhere near as many penalties as they did today. The total of 13 will have some fans cursing. Loudly.Holes everywhereHuw Jones hit the line as flat as a pancake to score his try. Owen Farrell ran a beautiful line at the very start of second half, ghosting past Grant Gilchrist to get his. Pete Horne burst through and could have manufactured a score if he hadn’t held the ball too long and made Hamish Watson palm it forward.Second-half score: Owen Farrell breaks through the defenceLittle kicks were bamboozling players all over too. Finn Russell’s little grubber caught England’s defensive line floundering with Jones zeroing in on it to get his first try. The same worked out wide for Scotland – and there were lots and lots of space for Scotland to exploit out wide as England rushed up, though it is a miracle there were not more intercepts all game. Often when a wide defender decided to bite, to race up, a Scottish playmaker floated the ball over the top of the hungry defender.It all made for real fun.Related: The talking points from Ireland v WalesWhen it rains it poursSam Underhill had barely been on the park when he got a yellow card for a needless no-arms tackle on Jamie Bhatti’s knee.England were making errors and giving away silly penalties already by this point. There is a fine line between intensity and senseless infringement. Underhill did no one any favours.Heavy traffic: Nathan Hughes attracts Scottish tacklers“It wasn’t a dive”a minor one this, but maybe something a little lighter.Stuart Hogg went down in this one after a jumping Maro Itoje tried to block his kick and came down with Hogg going down under the pressure. Later in the game the full-back approached referee Nigel Owens to assure him that there was no dive involved.These two have previous. At the 2015 Rugby World Cup, at the home Newcastle United FC, Hogg went down theatrically against South Africa. At the time Owens penalised and rebuked Hogg, saying: “Dive like that again and come back here in two weeks and play (when the football is on). Not again. Watch it.”The 15 was keen not to be seen repeating history. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scotland v England Talking Points from BT MurrayfieldScotland defeated England at a buzzing BT Murrayfield to claim the Calcutta Cup.The game will go down as one of the most memorable in Six Nations history… at least north of the border. It was an instant classic. Scotland cut loose and an ill-disciplined England could not recover from early set-backs. The final score was 25-13 to the Scots but the margin of victory is hardly the story here – the victory itself is the story.Huw Jones got the party started when he thought faster than the English cover, gobbling up a Finn Russell grubber to score his first of two tries. Scotland created pressure all game, forcing turnovers and most importantly causing havoc at the breakdown – skipper John Barclay was at the vanguard of this effort.The first half continued in this fashion, with two more tries to savour. The second was a Sean Maitland special that was founded by a Barclay turnover and a Russell pass floated over Mike Brown’s head. In the end, all Maitland had to do in the end was sneak in out wide.Stretching: Huw Jones gets his second tryBut perhaps nothing was as significant as Jones’s second score, when he hared onto a flat pass and with acres left, backed himself to score. With Brown and Anthony Watson closing in on him, he cut through the middle and pumped his legs, dragging the pair over. With so much ground to make up and men to pull with him, maybe he should not have scored. But this was Scotland’s day. They went in to the changing room 16 points.And if the first half was about Scottish attack, the second was notable for three things. Firstly, Scotland’s defence, particularly at the breakdown, was ferocious. Secondly, England could not stop ticking off referee Nigel Owens. And thirdly, entertainment does not need buckets of tries.Related: Pre-Calcutta Cup debateThe hosts couldn’t get a dot-down in the second. Instead they soaked up wave after wave of English pressure. Owen Farrell scored a fine try just after the break, hitting another flat ball from a beautiful line – something he is now doing with regularity. However, England could just not find the answer and the tries dried up after one.This is the day so many Scots have been waiting for: a first Calcutta Cup win for Scotland since 2008. Gregor Townsend has said the players will be allowed to revel in this one.That is what you should remember. But here are a few more points you can talk about…Jumping for Joy: Stuart Hogg after the final whistleEmotional energyWhen Maitland scored his try, Scotland’s second, it felt like some stadium screws were loosened. When Huw Jones burst through and dragged both Brown and Watson over the line with him as he got his second, the noise rose a little again. When Stuart McInally got the final turnover to snuff out any residual hope of an England fightback, Edinburgh could well have been reduced to a crater.Scotland played with such an attacking intensity in the first half (led by the on-song Russell, the eventual Man of the Match) while England only played bloody-minded, hard-nosed rugby. Edinburgh crackled with electricity. As a spectacle, it outdid so many previous Calcutta Cup ties. In the second half, Scotland utilised the buzz in the stadium and doubled it back on England’s offensive charges.Related: Finn Russell talks to Rugby WorldEngland, in turn, got caught in quicksand. They compounded errors often.Both captains deserve credit for keeping a lid on things – although there was a minor fracas in the tunnel after the warm-ups, with both packs jostling each other. But it was cooled as quickly as it started.The more frustrating thing is that England were infringing regularly. And they woke up unlucky. They could have gotten a lot more frustrated. They had a try chalked off because the ball was knocked on in a tackle at the other end of the field. Ref Owens let them away with nothing. Bounces just looked to elude them too.Some days go like this. But then, when they do and the opposition are bringing incredible intensity, it’s the perfect storm. As Martin Johnson said, post-match: “England will be stunned by this.”center_img Scotland – Tries: Jones 2, Maitland. Cons: Laidlaw 2. Pens: Laidlaw, Russell.England – Tries: Farrell. Cons: Farrell. Pens: Farrell 2.last_img read more

London Irish v Bristol live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Check out this post for all the details on how to watch London Irish go up against Bristol. That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.That’s great value given they’re showing every Premiership game played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassClubs are also working with BT Sport to allow season ticket-holders free access to home games on the channel’s app.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when London Irish v Bristol takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.London Irish v Bristol live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch London Irish v Bristol (kick-off 4pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.London Irish v Bristol live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.London Irish v Bristol will kick off at 10am EST and 7am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.London Irish v Bristol live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch London Irish v Bristol from 12.55am on Monday morning (AEST).The Foxtel Sports HD bundle is $74 a month – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO, so you can watch when on the move.Foxtel Sports HD bundle offer London Irish v Bristol live stream: How to watch from the UKLondon Irish v Bristol, which kicks off at 3pm today, will be shown live on BT Sport Extra 3 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online. Physical Battle: The last time the two sides met they drew 27-27 (Getty Images) center_img London Irish v Bristol live stream: How to watch from anywhereIt is a crucial weekend for the Bristol Bears in the Gallagher Premiership this week. The Bears had occupied the play-off places for most of the regular season but have dropped out in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats to Exeter and Sale Sharks.Now Pat Lam’s side travel to the Twickenham Stoop knowing nothing but victory will do if they are to secure a top-four finish.“There’s some room for improvement to take into Sunday. It’s about controlling our own performance then,” said Lam. “We’ll take care of ourselves and then it’ll just be a case of wait and see if it’s good enough to reach the top four.”London Irish on the other hand have only pride to play for after Saracens’ automatic relegation ensured Premiership participation next season.London Irish: Tom Homer, Ben Loader, Curtis Rona, Phil Cokanasiga, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Paddy Jackson, Nick Phipps, Allan Dell, Agustin Creevy, Sekope Kepu, George Nott, Chunya Munga, Matt Rogerson (captain), Jack Cooke, Albert Tuisue.Replacements: Matt Cornish, Harry Elrington, Ollie Hoskins, Sebastian de Chaves, Ben Donnell, Ben Meehan, Theo Brophy Clews, James StokesBristol: Ioan Lloyd; Luke Morahan, Semi Radradra, Siale Piutau (captain), Piers O’Conor; Max Malins, Harry Randall; Jake Woolmore, Harry Thacker, John Afoa, Ed Holmes, Joe Joyce, Chris Vui, Jake Heenan, Ben Earl.Replacements: Will Capon, Yann Thomas, Kyle Sinckler, Mitch Eadie, Fitz Harding, Andy Uren, Callum Sheedy, Sam Bedlow.Here we explain how to find a reliable London Irish v Bristol live stream wherever you are.How to watch London Irish v Bristol from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like London Irish v Bristol this evening, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. 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New professional sevens league in North America

first_img New professional sevens league in North AmericaA new professional sevens league is scheduled to launch in North America this autumn.Premier Rugby Sevens will feature six men’s teams and four women’s sides, with equal pay regardless of gender.Big names from both the men’s and women’s USA sevens programmes have signed up to take part in Premier Rugby Sevens (PR7s), including Perry Baker and Naya Tapper.Baker says: “Everyone I know that is introduced to the sport of sevens falls in love with it. New fans in North American will love the speed, the excitement and the non-stop action.“Personally, I live for big moments and playing for fans in my own country through PR7s will be filled with those moments. I can’t wait.”Tapper is equally excited and hopes the league will increase interest in sevens in America. She says: “I believe Premier Rugby Sevens will be a big reason the sport of sevens will take off in the United States and Canada and I want to be a part of that.“One of my goals is to inspire the next  generation, particularly crossover athletes, to consider rugby sevens. And now with PR7s, along with the Olympics, there are even more opportunities to continue an athlete’s career at the highest levels.” TAGS: USA Men’s and women’s players will receive equal pay in Premier Rugby Sevens, which is set to launch this autumn LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Perry Baker and Folau Niua have both signed up to Premier Rugby Sevens (Getty Images) Other players involved are Danny Barrett, Abby Gustaitis, Carlin Isles, Ilona Maher, Folau Niua and Stephen Tomasin. Barrett believes PR7s could be a game-changer for the abbreviated code, saying: “This league is something that is so long overdue. I’ve been playing for almost 20 years. When I was growing up, it was the US national team or nothing.“Now, PR7s is creating a pathway where a 17-year-old Danny Barrett knows a path to reach a professional level and the national team.”Former USA men’s coach Mike Tolkin is the new league’s general manager and says: “Sevens is a fast-paced and dynamic game requiring skill, speed, power and precision. It’s  an incredibly entertaining game to watch, and PR7s wants to showcase the immense talent and  athleticism of our athletes throughout North America.“The US teams have enjoyed great success on the world stage against international competition, and PR7s is a great opportunity to continue to grow that talent pool. Starting with many stars that are slated to play in the Olympics, our rosters will have incredible  athletes who will provide a thrilling experience for our fans.”PR7s will launch with a pilot season this autumn, with a full schedule in 2022. Details of the host cities and schedule dates are still to be announced, but the aim is to run the league in a touring format, with single-day events to be held in both the USA and Canada.Rather than the franchise model popular in American sports, all teams in the league will be owned and operated by PR7s, with equal access to high-performance facilities as well as equal pay for all those involved. 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.last_img read more

Formless void and re-creation

first_img Rector Washington, DC By John McGintyPosted Dec 17, 2012 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID F. 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Families who have lost loved ones are held in the prayers today of those whose dear ones died in prior days at Aurora, Colorado, at the Amish country West Nickel Mines School in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, at Columbine High School, and at almost innumerable other sites where the formless void has erupted among us. Again and again.Thirdly, we can marshal the tools needed to take a step back and assess our society and our culture.   This society and culture are not alien to us.  They are us.  And so we have the responsibility to ask: why do these crimes of mass murder afflict this nation like a plague?  The by-now usual suspects will be rounded up as this national discussion is, for the moment at least, renewed.  And they must be.  There will always be mental illness in our population, suffered by individuals and if not taken seriously, potentially bringing suffering to many beyond the ill individuals and their families.  There will always be violence among us, though statistically violence has decreased worldwide.  But will there always be as many firearms among us?  Will they always be as available as they are?  Will the weapons in the hands of the enraged, the out-of-control, the ill, always be those capable of creating the bloodiest carnage?  Will we ever possess the heart, the character, the strength as a people to struggle through a shared conversation on this constellation of grievous topics until we reach a conclusion which, if not shared by all, we can at least live with, rather than die by suddenly and helplessly?The voices of twenty children, and those of adults who cared and loved and educated them, were stilled yesterday  at Sandy Hook.  Our voices are not.  To paraphrase Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Some are guilty, but all are responsible.”  Living, able to speak, we are responsible to insist that a national conversation on more-than-adequate mental healthcare for all, and on firearm violence among us, begins now and does not cease until we as a people are satisfied and at peace.Disorder will continue to afflict our world.  But we are responsible nonetheless, in the sight of God, to bring order out of chaos.  As often as we must.— The Very Rev. Canon John P. McGinty is dean of the George Mercer School of Theology in Garden City, New York, in the Diocese of Long Island and as the diocese’s canon for formation. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector Columbus, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Comments (1) Rector Pittsburgh, PA December 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm Let’s avoid the Constitutional question over the right to keep and bear arms and simply tax each bullet $5.00. Put the money to helping those with mental illness.Bill Thewalt Comments are closed. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Formless void and re-creation Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more