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

Pasadena Congresswoman Judy Chu Meets with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

first_img Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Yesterday, Pasadena-area Congresswoman Judy Chu along with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Executive Board met with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a policy meeting on Capitol Hill.The meeting covered Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community priorities, including comprehensive immigration reform, access to higher education, racial profiling, and promoting greater diversity in the federal workforce. CAPAC Chairwoman Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:“I am so glad that we had the opportunity to hold a policy meeting with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss a number of pressing policy priorities of importance to CAPAC and the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As the fastest growing racial population in the country, as well as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States, AAPIs have become an increasingly important demographic to engage with. Today’s meeting with Secretary Clinton was a positive first step in that direction, and we look forward to continuing to dialogue with Secretary Clinton on these issues moving forward.”The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Government Pasadena Congresswoman Judy Chu Meets with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | 11:36 am HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Community News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Cast Photos! Funday in the Park with Idina Menzel & Her If/Then Friends

first_img James Snyder View Comments Related Shows LaChanze Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then Jenn Colella Star Files Anthony Rapp The wait is almost over: Tony winner Idina Menzel Jenn Colella, LaChanze, Jason Tam, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder and the cast of If/Then can now be seen outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre! Check out this Hot Shot of the musical’s brand new artwork, featuring the cast hanging out in the park together. Written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If/Then is set at the intersection of choice and chance, where the road you takes meets the road you didn’t. Menzel will play Elizabeth, a woman rebuilding her life in New York, a city of infinite possibilities. Check out the cast in action, then catch If/Then, beginning March 5 on Broadway. Jason Tam Idina Menzel View All (6)last_img read more

Pruning lessons

first_imgHow to prune ornamentals and fruit trees will be the primary focus of a course set for March 5 on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga. In addition to proper pruning techniques, participants will learn what equipment to use, when to prune certain plants and techniques for creating a professional looking landscape. Taught by Bob Westerfield, a consumer horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the class will consist of both indoor lectures and outside hands-on demonstrations. The class will be held from 9 a.m. until noon in the UGA Research and Education Garden classroom on Ellis Road in Griffin, Ga. The cost of the course is $25 and preregistration is required by calling (770) 233-5598.last_img

April 4 2012Big earthmoving machines worked on e

first_imgApril 4, 2012Big earth-moving machines worked on enlarging the visitors parking lot in preparation for the upcoming BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. [photo: Chihiro Saito] [photo: Chihiro Saito] The machines worked on the edges of the Minds Garden, behind the East Crescent.center_img A large swath was added at the entrance of the parking lot. Ample parking spaces were added for performers and vendors.The second HI-COUNTRY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 2012. We will continue this report next week with more of the festival preparations.last_img