Falcons name side to take on Gloucester

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Euan Murray retiurn to the Falcons’ foldNewcastle Falcons head coach Alan Tait has rung the changes ahead of Friday’s crucial Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester at Kingston Park (kick-off 8pm).Seven changes in all have been made to the side that locked horns with Harlequins last week, with Jordi Pasqualin the most notable inclusion against his former club.In-form Greg Goosen starts at full-back while Corne Uys partners James Fitzpatrick at the heart of the Falcons backline, with Ryan Shortland getting the nod on the wing. Grant Shiells and Euan Murray occupy the front-row while Will Welch comes in at flanker to round off the changes.Pasqualin, 21, who joined the northeasterners from the Cherry and Whites last summer cannot wait for Friday’s showdown, saying: “It’s a game I have been looking forward to and as a player you always want to put in a good performance if you’re playing against your old club.”The Falcons will be aiming to make it five games unbeaten in all competitions at home when Gloucester are in town, something that the Sheffield-born half-back is keen to extend.“Gloucester haven’t won here for three seasons and we will be trying our best to make this the fourth,” said Pasqualin who is bursting at the seams to march out onto Kingston Park tomorrow night. “They are a quality side with great capability but we can give them a good game and make the most of our home advantage,” he added.With a passionate fan-base set to walk through the turnstiles at Kingston Park Pasqualin believes everyone at the club must remain positive in order to climb the Premiership ladder. NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Euan Murray of Newcastle warms up prior to kick off during the LV= Cup match between Newcastle Falcons and Cardiff Blues at Kingston Park on October 15, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images) He said: “As players we have to stay focussed and as a club, staff and supporters included we have got to stay positive. I hope everyone who is able to make it to the game on Friday is there.”The Kingston Park unit will be buoyed by the return of Euan Murray who adds invaluable experience to the pack. Murray, 31, took time out after training to give his thoughts in the build up to the game and admits he is ready to do battle with the West Countryman.He said: “We have to focus on the job in hand and not think about the overall position that we are in. It is crucial that we concentrate on all of the individual aspects of the game. If you get a scrum you give it 100% and if you get a line-out you give it 100%,” he added.Approaching his one year anniversary with the North East outfit, Murray is itching to claim victory over Bryan Redpath’s talented side.“They are strong all over the pitch with internationals throughout the team and it will certainly be a big game,” said Murray. “They play very direct and we have watched a bit of what they can do in moving the ball about. They have good runners in the backs and have a tight defence,” he added. Starting XV:15 Greg Goosen14 Suka Hufanga13 Corne Uys12 James Fitzpatrick11 Ryan Shortland10 Jimmy Gopperth9 Jordi Pasqualin1 Grant Shiells2 Michael Mayhew3 Euan Murray4 James Hudson5 Andrew Van Der Heijden6 Taiasina Tuifua7 Will Welch8 Ally HoggReplacements16 Joe Graham17 Ashley Wells18 Dan Frazier19 Adriaan Fondse20 Mark Wilson21 Chris Pilgrim22 Jamie Helleur23 Tom Cattericklast_img read more

The J.P. Morgan 7s Are Back! Details announced

first_imgWho will be crowned the 2012 champions?Premiership Rugby has revealed the dates and venues of the three regional pool events as well as the final for this summer’s  J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series.The exciting summer 7s series, growing in popularity each year, returns to provide fans with four evenings of fast flowing rugby entertainment.Having hosted the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final last season, Harlequins will host the first event of the 2012 series at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday 13th July.  Joining hosts Harlequins in this pool will be London rivals London Irish, London Wasps and last year’s finalists Saracens.Sale Sharks will host the second event at Edgeley Park on Friday 20th July.  Up against Sale in this pool will be Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints and last year’s winners Newcastle Falcons.The third event will be hosted by Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Thursday 26thJuly.  Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors will join Gloucester in this pool.The top two seeds from each of the three pools will then go through to the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final, which will take place on Friday 3rd August at the Recreation Ground in Bath, where the winners will be crowned.Mark McCafferty, Chief Executive of Premiership Rugby, said “The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series, now into its third year, is a fantastic opportunity for fans to come down and see some world-class Premiership Rugby talent play high-octane fast-running rugby and experience the friendly party atmosphere of the 7s on a summer’s evening.” Thursday 26th July, Kingsholm, GloucesterFeaturing – Gloucester Rugby, Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Worcester WarriorsFriday 3rd August, The Recreation Ground, Bath, FinalFeaturing – the top two seeds from each of the three Pools. Ben Ryan, England 7s Coach, said: “I came along to last year’s J.P. Morgan 7s tournament and was impressed at what a highly-competitive and enjoyable tournament it is.  It’s only four years until 7s becomes an official Olympic sport in Rio in 2016, and I’ll be returning to the J.P. Morgan 7s again this year as part of my on-going research to make sure we continue to have the very best team in 7s competition.”Tickets for all four events are available through Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.co.uk  or by calling 0844 847 2492.Fixtures:Friday 13th July, The Twickenham Stoop, TwickenhamFeaturing – Harlequins, London Irish, London Wasps, SaracensFriday 20th July, Edgeley Park, StockportFeaturing – Sale Sharks, Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saintscenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Fancy a Parisienne pint?

first_imgSir Winston: 5 Rue de Presbourg, 75016 (Nearest Métro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile, lines 1,2 and 6) Next door to the Arc de Triomphe, the Sir Winston is one of the more upmarket English pubs in Paris. Noted for its selection of cocktails and whiskies, the prices aren’t cheap but the ambiance is good. A bit of a trek from the Stade de France but it does a hearty brunch on Sundays.McBrides: 54 rue Saint Denis, 75001 (Nearest Métro: Chatelet Les Halles, line 4 and also RER B) Spread over two floors, this Irish pub is slap bang in the middle of Paris and has easy access to the Stade de France. Downstairs are snooker tables and television screens (and a bar) while the main pub is on the ground floor and serves stout, lager and cider. Open till 5am on a Saturday and 2am on a Sunday. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fancy joining these guys in the pub?By Gavin MortimerPARIS is known as the City of Love but frankly who cares about all that soppy stuff when it comes to Le Crunch? Whispering sweet nothings on the Champs-Élysées or wetting your whistle in the Frog & Rosbif…? It’s a no brainer for every red-blooded rugby fan, so here is the Rugby World guide to where to go in Paris for what the French call la troisième mi-temps (that’s the post-match p**s up to you and me!)The Frog & Rosbif: 116 rue St. Denis, 75002 Paris (Nearest Métro: Étienne Marcel, line 4 and also RER B at Chatelet Les Halles) A long established English pub in the heart of Paris, the Frog & Rosbif has its own brewery in the cellar that produces beers such as Dark de Triomphe [a stout] and Inseine [a bitter]. English food is also served and it’s a short distance by RER B to the Stade de France.The ‘Rue de Soif’: Rue Princesse, 75006 (Nearest Métro: Mabillon, line 10) Known to locals in the trendy Saint Germain district as the ‘rue de soif’ [the street of thirst], this quiet road boasts three pubs one after the other. The Frog & Princess is one of the Frog chains (see above), while the Little Temple Bar has plenty of the Black Stuff on tap. The Eden Park bar was established in 1992 by a group of players from the Racing Club.The Coolin Bar: 15 rue Clement, 75006 (Nearest Métro: Mabillon, line 10) Just round the corner from the ‘Rue de Soif’, the Coolin serves good beer albeit at expensive prices. There’s a terrace for smokers and live music on a Sunday evening.Corcorans: 23 Boulevard Poissonnière 75002 (Nearest Métro: Grands Boulevard, line 8 & 9) Everything is catered for in this spacious pub in central Paris including a good variety of beers and some of the best burgers in town. Popular with expatriate rugby fans, Corcorans is open till 5am on Sunday mornings.center_img Au Metro: 18 Boulevard Pasteur, 75015 (Nearest Métro: Pasteur, lines 6 & 12)Former French prop Pieter de Villiers was a regular at Au Metro during his playing career at Stade Francais, and there’s always a good atmosphere on match day in this unpretentious bar that also serves food.Le French Flair: 75 Bis Bd de Clichy, 75009 (Nearest Métro: Blanche, line 2) A French rugby bistro in the famous Montmartre district of Paris, Le French Flair has ten beers on tap and also prides itself on a good choice of wine. Brunch is available on Sundays and they also serve platters of cheese and charcuterie if you get the munchies between pints.The Hideout Bar: 8 Boulevard de Denain 75010 Paris (Nearest Métro: Gare du Nord, line 4) Open until 2am each day, the Hideout is 100 metres from the Gare du Nord and the best bar to have a beer if you’ve got an hour to kill before your train leaves. Serves food and several good beers.last_img read more

French Focus: New home planned for France

first_imgAn aerial picture taken aboard an helicopter on July 20, 2010 shows a view of the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images) The FFR are tired of playing second fiddle to the French Football FederationBy Gavin MortimerFIRST THE good news. Five years from now rugby fans will no longer be required to trudge out to the Stade de France every time France play a home international. Now the bad news. From 2017 the home of Les Bleus will be a spanking new stadium in Evry. Where? Well, exactly.Evry is a nondescript commuter suburb 20 miles south of Paris, what we in Britain would call a ‘new town’. In other words there are lots of shiny new buildings but not much in the way of atmosphere or grandeur. It’s one claim to fame, other than being twinned with Bexley in Kent, is that it’s the second youngest town in France with its inhabitants boasting an average age of just 26.The Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) clearly intends to play on this demographic, announcing last week that as well as hosting up to half a dozen rugby internationals each year, the Evry stadium will also be used as a venue for pop concerts and the like.So why the move to a new home, apart from the obvious attractions of having a new stadium with a capacity of 82,000, a sliding roof a la the Millennium Stadium and a multi-purpose, movable pitch?  After all, it’s only 14 years since the Stade de France – six miles north of the centre of Paris – was opened as the centre piece of France’s hosting of the 1998 football World Cup.And therein lies the problem for the FFR. The French Football Federation have first dibs when it comes to the Stade de France; it’s their stadium and the FFR is fed up feeling inferior, not to mention having to pay approximately £4m every time its stages a game. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The FFR have taken Twickenham as their role model, marvelling at the way the RFU have rented out the Cabbage Pitch to pop bands and rugby league finals. Not for the first time, albeit without admitting the fact, the French are taking a capitalist lead from their Anglo-Saxon neighbours.The cost of the project is expected to be in the region of £485m and will be raised privately, said Serge Blanco in announcing their decision last week. The former France full-back, in charge of implementing the project, added that the stadium will “open up new horizons” and “ become a shop window for French rugby globally”.The news has been met with a guarded response from French rugby fans. On rugbyrama.fr, the website of the French rugby newspaper, Midi Olympique, the two most common reactions were a) why so far from the centre of Paris and b) Is it a good idea to spend £485m on a new stadium in the middle of a global economic crisis?On the first point the FFR points out that Evry, being a commuter town, is well served by two rail links from Paris (35 minutes from the centre of the capital), while the A6 motorway skirts Evry. In addition Paris’s second airport, Orly, is only 10 miles north. On the second point the FFR  has no doubt the financing of the new stadium won’t be an issue. But then they would say that, wouldn’t they? But one or two of the more pessimistic economists are predicting France will soon be immersed in a debt crisis similar to that Spain and Italy are experiencing. Being a rugby column we couldn’t possibly comment on something so complex – we’ll leave that to the eggheads!But let’s hope a few years hence the FFR aren’t left with eggs on their faces and a large hole in their finances.last_img read more

Lions 2013: Gatland’s final display of backbone gives a glimmer of hope

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NOOSA, AUSTRALIA – JULY 04: Brian O’Driscoll, who has been dropped by the Lions for the final test against the Wallabies, stetches during a British and Irish Lions training session at Noosa Dolphins RFA on July 4, 2013 in Noosa, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Settled style: Warren Gatland has finally picked a squad for purpose rather than a mish-mash with contingenciesBy Alan DymockTHE BRITISH and Irish Lions have given themselves every chance of winning the series Down Under with their squad selection.If you are looking for a “Woe is me; Warren Gatland only picks Welsh players”-piece, you have come to the wrong place. This is the first Test squad selection where Gatland has picked a decisive style of play – rather than an amorphous, kick-based chase-or-counter style – where the Lions have no option but to generate momentum and fizz round the fringes over and over again.Head down, plenty of chalk: Sean O’Brien fits Gatland’s styleIf the Lions wanted a style different from the way Wales (the best team in the Six Nations for two years in a row) play, then they should not have selected the head coach of Wales to lead the Lions. Want romantic, impractical, swashbuckling rugby? The job should have gone to progressive dreamers like Brian Ashton. Want a game based entirely on set-piece and up-and-unders? I haven’t heard much from Marcelo Loffreda recently.This was the problem. Having been bound by some poor initial squad selections for the tour as a whole, Gatland was set to have a schizophrenic side. The loss against the Brumbies was a joke of an outing, where fresh, uninitiated players were chucked in and asked to create magic, while players who had been there all along where hashed in beside them and told to just get on with it. Gatland was uncharacteristically bowing to the suggestions of those around him.With that as preparation and very few established combinations throughout the trip, the first Test was played more like a Scotland side with nothing to lose. Offloads and continuity only broke out when someone generated momentum from nothing, returning a kick or taking a chance that went against their system. The chase was hard – as I’ve previously explained, sometimes too hard – and they won by grace of having played more rugby than their opponents in the weeks leading up to the game and by having a truckle of luck compared to the Wallabies’ mere crumbs.That style completely changed for the second Test, where injuries and swaps led to the Lions playing like the Argentina of World Cup 2007, clawing, gnashing and chasing while hoisting up stratosphere-kissing kicks. They did not attain the same painful careen at the rucks or the slow, ponderous but ultimately effective scrummage of that Pumas side, but they only looked like scoring with the boot and in the end deserved to lose to the side who ran through the same defensive chase and over-commitment to rucks in the final quarter of the game, perhaps the only hangover from the week before. Of course, Tom Croft and Brian O’Driscoll are big omissions when you want to attack and Jonathan Davies has a lot to prove, but this is Gatland proclaiming that bowling bulky men into the fore for the duration will ultimately beat the intellect of Will Genia, Christian Lealiifano and Adam Ashley-Cooper and the constant motoring of their back-three.People say Gatland is short-sighted or biased with the selection for Saturday. He is neither. It’s just that he has finally grown a back-bone at the end of the tour. “Who’s still a legend?”: BODThere is the issue that few have discussed during the public outpouring of detestation, following the announcement of the Lions side for the decider: tactics. There is not one singular way of playing rugby, and finally Gatland has stopped trying to appease a certain tradition or pander to the four nations at once. He has gone to a style he has worked on and implemented over the last six years.Sure, no Brian O’Driscoll is a gamble and Gatland’s Wales have an abysmal recent record against the Wallabies. However, he has picked a side he feels deep down can play round the corner at pace and burst through tackles. One that, unlike Wales, hopefully has enough voices on the skirts of the squad who promote a positive tone and a much bigger partisan crowd behind them, made up from three other unions.Gatland has gotten selection wrong in the previous Tests, picking benches that do not fit to one style. He had a defensive bench in Test one which could not help should he have needed to chase the game. In Test two he had no second row and one unused prop which allowed fatigue in his front five to set-in when Australia chased the hardest.Now he has a whole squad that can play front-foot rugby; “Gatlandball”, as some have called it. Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Richie Gray, Justin Tipuric and Manu Tuilagi can all add pace and ballast to the game, ensuring that the emphasis on momentum remains for 80 minutes.last_img read more

Top 14: Toulouse coach going the way of the Gunners

first_imgToulouse’s Hosea Gear scores a try during the French Top 14 rugby Union match Bordeaux-Begles (UBB) vs. Toulouse on August 17, 2013 at Chaban Delmas stadium in Bordeaux. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCAT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images) Noves selected a monstrous pack for the season’s opener, one in which Louis Picamoles, the massive France No8, was shunted to the blind side to make way for Iosefa Tekori, the 123 kg Samoan lock. Is this what Toulouse have come to? A club that gave us, among others, Jean-Pierre Rives, Denis Charvet and Emile Ntamack, reduced to trying to bludgeon the opposition into submission? That it failed – thanks to Bordeaux’s courageous second-half defence (they made 31 tackles compared to Toulouse’s 9) – only emphasizes the fall from grace of Toulouse.Rugby being rugby, thankfully, there hasn’t been the hysterical reaction among Toulouse fans that there has among the Arsenal faithful to the woeful start to the new season. The French do love to blame referees for the ills of the world so for the moment it’s Cardona who’s copping the fury of the Toulouse fans. But the more honest among them will be seriously concerned about what’s going on at their club.Over the summer Noves complained about the money lavished on players by the likes of Toulon and Racing Metro, forgetting that Toulouse’s budget this season of €35.4m is by far the biggest in the Top 14. The club has money to burn, but like Arsenal, they seem unable, or unwilling, to bring the right players to the club. Their two big summer signings were Jano Vermaak, the Bulls scrum-half, and All Black wing Hosea Gear, two decent players but not the influential decision-makers the club needs. Upset but unwilling to change: Guy Noves has a massive war chest, but is unwilling to sign playmakers for ToulouseBy Gavin MortimerIF THERE’S one man who knows how Arsene Wenger is feeling this week it’s Toulouse coach Guy Noves.Like the Arsenal manager, Noves ended Saturday afternoon with a furrowed brow and a stinging criticism of a referee. For Anthony Taylor, the official who didn’t do Arsenal many favours on Saturday in their 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa, for Toulouse read Laurent Cardona, the referee who Noves claimed had a shocker as they went down 31-25 to Bordeaux-Begles. So incensed was Noves that in the bowels of the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Saturday evening he opened his laptop and took journalists through some of Cardona’s alleged clangers.Before blame: Laurent Cardona in 2012Once he’d calmed down Noves subsequently telephoned Cardona (the same referee who sent off Sergio Parisse last season for bad language) and the Toulouse boss said later: “Matters have been talked through. All went very well…we agreed on everything.”So diplomacy – not to mention common sense – reigns. Noves has been around long enough to know that a coach will never win out over a referee no matter how justified his criticism may be. But Noves, a thoughtful and dignified man, will also know that deep down the anger he felt on Saturday was as much aimed at his own team than at Monsieur Cardona. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS One of the few: Hosea Gear scores for Toulouse on SaturdayThere are some great fly-halves in the Top 14 this season – Jonny Wilkinson and Jonny Sexton among them  – but Lionel Beauxis is never going to be the man to bring back the glory days to Toulouse. Yet still Noves persists in picking a player long since discarded by his country. Similarly, there’s something not right when a loose forward of Yannick Nyanga’s considerable talents is consigned to the bench to make way for a veteran lock forward such as Tekori.Noves has been in charge of Toulouse since 1993, three years longer than Wenger has had the reins at Arsenal. The pair have run out of ideas and have failed to keep pace with the huge changes in both their leagues over the last few years. They can blame referees as much as they like but they both should look closer to home to discover what’s going wrong at their clubs.last_img read more

Analysis: All-action Jack Nowell lays down England marker

first_imgWith Stuart Lancaster pondering whether to start him against Ireland, Jack Nowell helped inspire Exeter Chiefs to a 32-21 victory over Harlequins. We analyse his performance. In a neat metaphor for his entire performance, the 21 year-old then bounces off the deck onto his feet to involve himself in the next phase:So far, we have touched on intuition and tenacity as weapons in Nowell’s armoury. This last piece of play encapsulated both:Trusting his team’s system entirely, Nowell stays in the defensive drift and waits for Whitten to tackle Marland Yarde before pouncing and latching on in a study position:AttackThe above might suggest Nowell did not have much time to contribute when the Chiefs were on the front foot. That would be entirely inaccurate. He looked perpertually dangerous, beginning with this restart:Not content with shrugging off Ward, he also beats Charlie Matthews and it is only a cover tackle from Care that fells him. Getting to his feet again, Nowell adds another couple of metres in another snapshot of desire and determination.Setting off from first-phase set-piece, he caused a different sort of trouble from this lineout not long afterwards:Exploding off Slade, Nowell’s angle is too good for Casson and hauls his side past the gain-line:In the second half, two runs ended in Exeter crossing the line. First, this outside break:Referee Matt Carley disallowed what would have been an 11th try of the domestic campaign for Thomas Waldrom after consulting with his television match official, deeming Hill’s pass to have drifted foward.With another look, we can nitpick and say Nowell could have held his depth slightly more. Similarly though, his retention of width,  vision and communication – signalling to Hill – are impressive and will stand him in good stead on England duty:Lastly, the try that did count – that of Slade, which was manufactured by a blistering step and deft offload from the man of the moment:Test matches are blown open by such dexterity. Nowell did as much himself a year ago at Murrayfield, setting up Mike Brown.This particular intervention is worth a closer look. Essentially, he takes out three defenders in a space of three metres: TAGS: Highlight Releasing 12 members of his wider squad into Aviva Premiership action, Stuart Lancaster earmarked this weekend as one for fringe England players to impress their credentials for more prominent involvement further down the Six Nations road.Despite a 32-21 defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Twickenham Stoop, two Harlequins did just that – Danny Care showing verve and ambition, Nick Easter offering grind and guile.Three men outside of Lancaster’s central training group shone for the visitors too. Henry Slade bagged a mammoth 27 points in another classy effort, teak-tough Sam Hill did a mountain of dirty work and Dave Ewers proved a monstrous pest.Given the nature of England’s tournament thus far though, there is unlikely to be many changes ahead of a potentially Grand Slam-deciding date in Dublin. In fact, just one man has a chance of breaking into the side.Having trained with the starters at Pennyhill Park all week, Jack Nowell had a stage to shine and underline why he should usurp Jonny May in the 15 to face Ireland. The Cornishman absolutely aced the assignment.“Sharp”, “strong” and “irresistible” were all adjectives used by Rob Baxter in the aftermath. Here are the areas in which Nowell caught the eye.Kick coverageGranted, this is perhaps not the sexiest place to start. Still it is an area sure to be pivotal for both back threes on Sunday. Though Nowell was deployed at outside centre by Baxter, he showed excellent awareness and positioning when called upon, starting with this bout of kick-tennis early on:For many spectators, this facet of the game  is frustrating and banal. That may be true, but it will certainly be happening on March 1. It also requires forward thinking. In this sequence, watch where Nowell is as full-back Phil Dollman strikes downfield:This is the off-the-ball, unseen graft Lancaster really values. Nowell tracks back 35 metres to cover Nick Evans‘ reply, catching on his own 22. Showing impeccable technique, he turns sideways – a small thing, but eradicating the possibility of a knock-on – to claim before sending a kick back:Later in the first half, we come to something for which Lancaster publically praised the young Chief during last season’s Six Nations:With Exeter down to 14 men following the sin-binning of Ian Whitten, Nowell is covering the right wing channel. He must be able to field any probing kicks in back-field and, if the opposition move it wide, rush up into the primary line to make a tackle.Reading body language is the key skill in play, and Nowell must second-guess as to which option Evans will take when the fly-half receives the ball:As it happens, Evans goes out on the ball. Even so, Nowell was in no danger. A screenshot details how he has made the right call, pulled out of a defensive press and begun to back-track rapidly:Finally, Nowell pulled off some excellent anticipation and classy counter-attack as the hosts looked to get back into the tie during the second period. Tracking Care’s chip, he steps to beat the scrum-half and provide a target for his forwards:DefencePerhaps Nowwell’s strongest points are proactivity and enthusiasm. Quite simply, he wants to make as many contributions as possible. When Harlequins had the ball, this was obvious.Aside from dealing with kicks, he hunted work as a tackler and even at the breakdown. Despite being blocked by Tom Casson at the opening kick-off, he manages to bring down Ugo Monye:Such energy set the tone for Nowell’s afternoon – a hugely industrious one. As Harlequins enjoyed a spell of dominance close to the start, he sought out Dave Ward to make this important tackle:The contact is low and solid, forcing Ward to deck quickly and therefore allowing Exeter’s forwards to compete at the ensuing ruck. More impressive though is how Nowell picks out the carrier from distance. Notice his body angle here: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BATH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 27: Jack Nowell of Exeter Chiefs looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Recreation Ground on December 27, 2014 in Bath, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) May made a few glaring errors against Italy. Lancaster may well choose to leave the Gloucester man out on that basis. In spite of conceding two penalties – one for a high tackle on Ward, the other for failing to roll away on bringing down Netani Talei – Nowell looks in red-hot form. He could thrive in Dublin.Thanks to BT Sport and Premiership Rugby for the match footage. Follow this link to buy tickets to the Premiership Rugby Final.last_img read more

How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals

first_img Take a look at the Welsh squad for… Sat 3 Nov Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium, 2.45pm. Referee: Mathieu RaynalSat 10 Nov Wales  v Australia, Principality Stadium, 5.20pm. Referee: Ben O’KeeffeSat 17 Nov Wales v Tonga, Principality Stadiu, 2.30pm. Referee: Nic BerrySat 24 Nov Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium, 5.20pm. Referee: Luke PearceHow do you think each team is going to get on?Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. How To Watch The 2018 Autumn InternationalsThe 2018 autumn Internationals will see teams from the northern hemisphere facing off with the best the southern hemisphere has to offer. These matches take place with the 2019 Rugby World Cup a year away and crucial victories could provide the basis for a long tournament run in Japan.But how do you watch each of the games and on what platform are they available? Don’t fret because we have all the answers you may need for each of the home nations below.How To Watch The 2018 Autumn InternationalsEnglandAll of England’s games below will be televised on Sky Sports.Sat 3 Nov England v South Africa,  Twickenham Stadium, 3pm. Referee: Angus GardnerSat 10 Nov England v New Zealand, Twickenham Stadium, 3pm. Referee: Jerome GarcesSat 17 Nov England v Japan, Twickenham Stadium, 3pm. Referee: Paul WilliamsSat 24 Nov England v Australia, Twickenham Stadium, 3pm. Referee: Jaco PeyperIrelandChannel 4 will televise all of Ireland’s home games from the Aviva Stadium in 2018. The match against Italy will be televised on Premier Sports in the UK and Eir Sports in Ireland. (The match will also be available for free on Eir Sports YouTube channel). Scotland Autumn Internationals Squad Sat 3 Nov Ireland v Italy, Soldier Field, Chicago, 8pm. Referee: Nigel OwensSat 10 Nov Ireland v Argentina, Aviva Stadium, 6.30pm. Referee: Nic BerrySat 17 Nov Ireland v New Zealand, Aviva Stadium, 7pm. Referee: Wayne BarnesSat 24 Nov Ireland v USA, Aviva Stadium, 6.30pm. Referee: Ben O’Keeffe ScotlandScotland going up against Wales will air live on the BBC, and their final three matches will be on both the BBC and BT Sport.Sat 3 Nov Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium, 2.45pm. Referee: Mathieu RaynalSat 10 Nov Scotland v Fiji,  BT Murrayfield, 2.30pm. Referee: Andrew BraceSat 17 Nov Scotland v South Africa, BT Murrayfield, 5.20pm. Referee: Romain PoiteSat 24 Nov Scotland  v Argentina, BT Murrayfield, 2.30pm. Referee: Paul WilliamsWalesAll of Wales’ games will be televised live on the BBC. Ireland Autumn Internationals Squad England Autumn Internationals Squad Wales Autumn Internationals Squad Expand Make sure you know when, where and on which channel each of the games are taking place Have a look at Joe Schmidt’s 42-man Ireland… First up: England face South Africa on 3 November (Getty Images) Scotland Autumn Internationals Squad England Autumn Internationals Squad Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Take a look at Eddie Jones’ 36-man England… Collapse Take a look at Gregor Townsend’s Autumn Internationals… Wales Autumn Internationals Squad Ireland Autumn Internationals Squad Expandlast_img read more

Warren Gatland to coach 2021 Lions in South Africa

first_imgGatland had said after the last Lions tour to New Zealand that he hated parts of the experience, but he has been persuaded to take up the reins again. South Africa 2021 will see Gatland complete a hat-trick of tours as head coach after winning the series in Australia in 2013 and drawing with the All Blacks in 2017.“The challenge for me as head coach is to go undefeated in a Test series,” he says. “That would be pretty special.“I love the Lions concept. Parts of the New Zealand tour were incredibly challenging, but reflecting back, the hospitality we had there and the atmosphere at the games was incredible.”Calveley admitted the Lions had solely focused on securing Gatland for the role, saying: “We had one candidate in mind and we made sure we got him.” Head man: Warren Gatland at the announcement of his appointment as Lions coach (Getty Images) Warren Gatland will make it a hat-trick of Lions tours as head coach when he guides the best of Britain and Ireland to South Africa in two years’ time The schedule for the 2021 tour to South Africa has yet to be confirmed, but will feature eight matches, including three Tests against the Springboks.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Warren Gatland to coach 2021 Lions in South AfricaWarren Gatland will coach the British & Irish Lions for the 2021 tour to South Africa.The New Zealander’s appointment has been reported for the last few weeks and was confirmed by Lions managing director Ben Calveley at an announcement in London.The 2021 tour will be Gatland’s third as head coach and fourth as part of the Lions coaching team having been an assistant to Ian McGeechan in South Africa in 2009.Roaring Lions: Warren Gatland celebrates after the drawn series with New Zealand in 2017 (Getty Images)His exclusive contract will run from August 2020 until the end of the 2021 tour, giving Gatland the opportunity to be involved in the planning of the tour’s logistic elements.“I’m incredibly excited,” says Gatland. “South Africa is a great country to tour, with a proud rugby history and tradition. It’s a tough place to tour but I’m excited about the challenges ahead.“The hospitality in South Africa will be amazing and I’m looking forward to the journey over the next two years and what will be a tough rugby challenge in South Africa.”last_img read more


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El llamado del papa llegó después que los obispos de Estados Unidos denunciaran hace unos meses a la monja Elizabeth Johnson, profesora de teología de la Universidad de Fordham en Nueva York, que publicó un libro titulado “La búsqueda del Dios vivo” que según los obispos no contiene una “enseñanza católica auténtica”.Después de 22 años como periodista, Onell Robert Soto, 45, ha concluido cuatro años de estudios en la facultad de leyes de la Universidad de San Diego, California, que le otorgó el título de juris doctor el sábado 12 de mayo. Soto tendrá que cumplir ahora con los requerimientos del estado para poder ejercer la profesión de abogado. Mientras tanto, trabajará como pasante en la oficina del defensor del pueblo del condado de San Diego. La Universidad de San Diego, fundada en 1949, tiene 8,000 estudiantes y es regenteada por la diócesis católica romana de San Diego. El futuro abogado es hijo del obispo episcopal Onell A. Soto y su esposa Nina. Enhorabuena.VERDAD. La paz es fruto de la justicia. Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC last_img read more