England hung on to beat Wales 26-19 in the opening round of the Six Nations on Friday night, in a game that saw Wales one converted try away from levelling the scores with ten minutes still on the clock. Jonny Wilkinson’s penalty in the 76th minute saw England pull away, but Wales remained a constant threat until the final whistle blew and could easily have stolen the game at the death.But although it was not pretty at times, and England had to dig deep and grind out the win, manager Martin Johnson insists that these victories are crucial to the team’s mentality and development.“It was a bit ugly but you’ve got to win those Test matches and we’re very happy with the win,” said Johnson. “It was the game we expected, it ebbed and flowed, and there were mistakes made and penalties given away. The crowd played their part but in the end we had the momentum to take us forward to win.”One man who agrees with this view is James Haskell, who carried well for England until he was replaced by Joe Worsley in the second half.Click here to see how we rated Haskell’s performance“It was a tough game,” admitted Haskell. “Everyone wants speed and momentum from the first game of the Six Nations, but sometimes you get more from winning dirty and we’re pleased to have ground out the win.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There can be few more rowdy and intimidating places to go and play than the Millennium Stadium on a Friday night, and Johnson was delighted with the way his players dealt with the atmosphere.“The pressure of the game was huge, but we still managed to win two tries to one,” said Johnson. “We’ve got the same guys back in playing the same way as they did in the autumn, and it’s great that they’re able to execute moves under pressure. I even thought some of the guys were too relaxed today, you get a bit worried!”Despite showing improvement in their performance, Johnson still intends to “hand out the rollickings” on Monday morning for the things that did go wrong. Although England’s next three games are at home, Johnson won’t be taking a victory over their next opponents, Italy, for granted. “Italy at home will be a different challenge and we need to be ready,” said Johnson. “It’s great to have won away from home, but we need to back it up with a win next week.”Haskell added: “Italy have some top players, and they’re always so close to turning over the big teams in the Six Nations, so now it’s time to go back to the drawing board.” CARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 04: Bradley Davies of Wales is wrapped up by Shontayne Hape (L) and James Haskell (R) of England during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 4, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
BAGSHOT, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 22: Tom Wood in action during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 22, 2012 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Replacements: Schalk Brits, Heinke van der Merwe, Pat Cilliers, Flip van der Merwe, Marcell Coetzee, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute, Lwazi Mvovo.Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fetching brief: Bath flanker Francois Louw will be one of the danger men for the Springboks at TwickenhamBy Alan Pearey, Rugby World Deputy EditorMALCOLM PREEDY was part of the first one-club front row to play for England. In 1984, the former Gloucester captain packed down with club-mates Steve Mills and Phil Blakeway against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.“I don’t know why I got dropped after the game, I thought I’d done okay,” he recalls in a new book, The Gloucester Rugby Miscellany. “Me, Steve and Phil were all dropped but we had held our own.“I remember the build-up to the game. John Scott, our captain, was playing in the second row, which wasn’t his usual position. We had only two practice scrums because John said his ears were hurting. I wanted to practise more but I was the new boy, so I went along with the seniors.”Six years of hurtOh those crazy amateur days. England lost 33-15 that day, part of a long-running saga of pain against the Boks that was briefly interrupted by England sides of the early Noughties. They go into Saturday’s meeting at Twickenham seeking their first win in the fixture in 11 attempts, Andy Robinson’s 2006 team the last to buck the trend.England fans leaving HQ last weekend offered mixed reviews of the defeat to Australia. Most of us are still trying to work out whether this young squad is a special team in the making or a mediocre group destined to disappoint against the world’s best.Certainly England lacked cohesion against the Wallabies, with Toby Flood running up blind alleys without the necessary support. Chris Ashton must try to get on his shoulder – Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt are not of that ilk – but it can only happen if England generate quick ball rather than stodge.Openside Francois Louw has been on song this month but he will be hard pressed to pose a tough as challenge as that offered by Wallaby Michael Hooper.Game-changer WoodSouth Africa’s lineout has been perfect, with no lost throws in Dublin and Edinburgh, so England will be more inclined to keep the ball on the pitch via Ben Youngs box kicks. Well placed and well chased, they will hope. The return of Tom Wood (left) for Tom Johnson in the back row should not only help combat Louw’s work on the ground but alleviate some pressure in the lineout on the young Joe Launchbury, making his first start. Of the three missing Saints, England have missed hooker Dylan Hartley’s aggression and offloading the most, but they will have been heartened by the sight of the Boks scrum backpeddling late on against Scotland.Tries at a premiumThe selection of Mike Brown on the wing appears a clear counter to South Africa’s kicking game, in particular that of the peerless Ruan Pienaar. England look well set up to thwart the Boks’ attack but don’t expect too many line breaks of their own. It may prove a battle of the boot and let’s hope that Youngs can curb his instinct to tap and go, because in a head-to-head kicking duel I would back Flood over the potentially vulnerable Pat Lambie.Prediction: The Boks are severely understrength, so England can do it. By one point!ENGLAND v SOUTH AFRICA, Saturday 24 November, 2.30pm, Twickenham, Live on Sky Sports 1ENGLAND: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Manu Samoa, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown; Toby Flood, Ben Youngs; Alex Corbisiero, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (captain), Ben Morgan.Replacements: David Paice, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Mouritz Botha, James Haskell, Danny Care, Owen Farrell, Jonathan Joseph.SOUTH AFRICA: Zane Kirchner; JP Pietersen, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (captain), Francois Hougaard; Pat Lambie, Ruan Pienaar; Gurthrö Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Juandré Kruger, Francois Louw, Willem Alberts, Duane Vermeulen.
There’ll be tough days to come in Argentina but if Noves does feel down he should seek solace in England’s experience 18 years ago. Several of the squad selected by Woodward sunk without trace but five players who suffered the agony of that Tour to Hell returned in 2003. And this time Josh Lewsey, Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson, Phil Vickery and Lewis Moody walked away with the World Cup.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Grenoble fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski falls into the latter category, although the 30-year-old is enjoying a second wind to his career thanks to the astute coaching of Bernard Jackman. Wisniewski is likely to be selected, six years after first being called into a France squad, only to miss out on a cap because of a knee injury. And a couple of his Grenoble team-mates could be in line for a call in 22-year-old threequarter Xavier Mignot and uncapped flanker Mahamadou Diaby.Flying: Grenoble’s Jonathan Wisniewski has been in great form. Photo: Getty ImagesOther tyros touted by the French press in recent days as tour contenders include Agen lock William Demotte, Oyonnax second-row Fabrice Metz and Brive’s prolific goalkicking full-back Gaëtan Germain.Noves knows that France are on a hiding too nothing but at the same time the message he’s emitting is a positive one. “There’s no pressure,” he said at the start of the week. “The idea is really to give the players the opportunity to show what they are capable of at the highest level. It’s actually very exciting for these young players to be able to show us whether we should stick with them in the three years to come.” France coach Guy Noves has to take on Argentina with a weakened squad Absent: France captain Guilhem Guirado is likely to miss the tour due to club commitments. Photo: Getty Images The French press are already calling it ‘Une Tournée Infernale’ (A Tour of Hell) and that’s before Guy Noves and his 28-man squad even arrive in Argentina for a two-Test series against the Pumas. It would be a daunting challenge at the best of times for les Bleus, who have won just one of their last six Tests in Argentina, but Noves will head to South America with a squad shorn of its top talent.England did something similar in 1998 when Clive Woodward took an inexperienced squad to the southern hemisphere that featured 17 uncapped players. That was the original ‘Tour of Hell’, so-called because England were thrashed 76-0 by Australia and 64-22 and 40-10 by New Zealand. In fact so low did expectations sink down south that it was considered something of an achievement when they restricted the Springboks to an 18-0 victory in the fourth and final Test of the tour.Top class: Nicolas Sanchez and Argentina reached the World Cup semi-finals. Photo: Getty ImagesFrance have only to play two Tests against the Pumas, in Tucuman on 18 June and a week later in the same stadium, but those dates clash with the semi-final and final of the Top 14, meaning Noves won’t be able to select players from the four strongest clubs in the country. As it stands, with two rounds of the Top 14 regular season to play, the French coach will be deprived of players from Clermont, Toulon, Montpellier and Racing.So no Morgan Parra, Damien Chouly, Wesley Fofana, Scott Spedding and Paul Jedrasiak from Clermont; the Toulon pair of Guilhem Guirado and centre Maxime Mermoz; and Racing‘s Bernard Le Roux, Brice Dulin, Alexandre Dumoulin, Maxime Machenaud, Eddy Ben Arous and Wenceslas Lauret. Of course, it’s by no means certain that quartet will contest the semi-finals with Toulouse, Castres and Bordeaux battling to finish in the top six and qualify for the play-offs.Noves was scheduled to name an initial squad of 17 players on Tuesday, with the remaining 11 announced after the Top 14 play-offs on the weekend of 11/12 June. But in a brief communique on Tuesday morning, the France coach said that because of the uncertainty surrounding which clubs will qualify for the play-offs, he has decided to postpone the announcement until 5 June.Selection headaches: France coach Guy Noves has a tough task ahead. Photo: Getty ImagesOne can only feel for Noves and his coaching staff of Yannick Bru and Jeff Dubois as they are left to clean up a mess caused by the disorganisation of the FFR and the LNR. Against the country that finished fourth in the World Cup, the country that finished fifth in this year’s Six Nations must play two Tests with a blend of youth, inexperience and players who were passed over in their prime.
The offload is becoming more and more common in the game, with players able to get a pass away while being tackled to keep their team’s attacking move alive. So how do you stop players from offloading?One way is the double tackle. The first tackler goes low to ensure the ball-carrier is brought to the ground. The second tackler can go higher to wrap up the ball and prevent the attacker from passing to a team-mate.If the second tackler is quick to get to their feet, they can also look to steal the ball and launch a counter-attack of their own.Watch this video to see mini rugby players demonstrating this skill. Try walking it through with two team-mates first to ensure you get your body positions right and increase the speed as you get more comfortable with the technique. Then try it out in a game situation. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In every issue of Rugby World magazine you will find step-by-step guides on how to perform various skills to help mini rugby players develop their overall game. Mini rugby coach Nigel Botherway also provides details of different training games minis can play, which are fun and help to improve skill levels.We have also produced videos showing mini players performing various skills so you can practise replicating what they do to learn the correct technique and improve your game. A video showing mini rugby players how to double tackle For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out all the ways you can download the digital issue here.
The 100 Best Players In The World: 10-4 Top Prop: Mako is the highest prop in our list (Getty Images) The 100 Best Players In The World: 10-4 Our next section of the 100 best players… Basic stats fail to convey the bruising dominance he brings to collisions. Nor should his jackling skills be overlooked, Saracens sometimes deploying him just behind the defensive line close to the ruck where he’s ready to pounce for a turnover following the tackle.Bone Jarring: Vunipola puts in a big hit on Gael Fickou (Getty Images)The double Lion collects Man of the Match awards like others collect trinkets and after another of those, in last year’s Premiership final, Alex Goode spoke for his appreciative Saracens team-mates. Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 1 Alun Wyn Jones The 100 Best Players In The World: 20-11 The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91 Beauden Barrett narrowly misses out on top spot… Expand Expand “The involvement Mako has, and for them all to be so positive – carries, hits, decision-making – is brilliant. He’s a massive leader for us. He’s a joy to play with – a brilliant, brilliant player.” The 100 Best Players In The World: 2 Beauden Barrett Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 40-31 The 100 Best Players In The World: 1 Alun Wyn Jones The 100 Best Players In The World: 50-41 Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 70-61 The 100 Best Players In The World: 70-61 The 100 Best Players In The World: 60-51 Welsh talisman Alun Wyn Jones takes the top… Expand Our next section of the 100 best players… Our next section of the 100 best players… Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 90-81 The 100 Best Players In The World: 50-41 Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 3 Mako Vunipola3 Mako VunipolaAge 28 (14 January 1991) Position PropNews that a torn hamstring would compromise his Rugby World Cup preparations sent tremors through the England camp. The loosehead’s prodigious work-rate – as a carrier and tackler – makes him the world’s leading prop when supplemented by his growing authority as a scrummager.Club and Country: Mako has had success at every level of the game (Getty Images)We named him at No 27 in our previous ‘best players’ list but his remorseless physicality has since gone up a notch. Against Cardiff Blues in December, he marked his first outing for two months with eight gain-line successes, a 100% tackle success, three defenders beaten and a broken nose – “It was bent anyway,” he quipped. It was a typically robust performance, and one that he was to repeat in England’s superb win in Dublin at the start of the Six Nations. The 100 Best Players In The World: 20-11 Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91 Take a look at who has made it… The 100 Best Players In The World: 30-21 The 100 Best Players In The World: 60-51 Our bronze medallist in the list of the Top 100 Players in the World goes to England prop Mako Vunipola. The 100 Best Players In The World: 90-81 We kick off our list of the 100… Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 30-21 Expand Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 40-31 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 2 Beauden Barrett Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 80-71 Collapse Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 80-71 Expand Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter.
Covid-19 is not only affecting the player transfer market in rugby. We talk to four coaches looking for their next gig 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 uncertainty facing out-of-work rugby coachesDespite it only recently going public that he will not remain with Racing 92 to oversee their defence, Chris Masoe is philosphical about his coaching future. The former All Black just hopes that, outside of his network, word gets out about his hunger to hone his craft.“There’s a lot of talk about signing players and recruitment there, but it does affect coaching too,” Masoe tells Rugby World of the coronavirus-affected job market.“At that moment I got told they’re not going to renew my contract, it was tough. It’s tough times, man, but at the end of the day I wanna stay in the game and build something. To be a successful team, you’ve got to get to know your players.“The thing that’s really disappointing about leaving Racing like this, it was the first time I’d been in charge of a defence system and I’d got to get to know the players really well. That’s the main thing for me, we got the system going and everyone was buying into it…Discussion: Masoe talks with Racing assistant Mike Prendergast (Getty Images)“But what can you do – every club has been affected (by Covid-19), all businesses, the whole world. It’s something we can’t control and something we have to deal with.”It shocked some in France when it was revealed that while Masoe would leave Racing, the inexperienced Dimitri Szarzewski would be taking up a role with the club’s coaching group. However, there is fear that we will see less movement in the coming months.We know that the transfer market for playing talent is getting harder to negotiate as rugby tightens its belt, mid-pandemic. Inevitably it is the same for coaches, and while done deals are being honoured all over the game and some clubs are in such desperate need of change that no global crisis can slow them – just look at Leicester Tigers – there is a sense that uncertainty means many other groups are growing risk-averse.Related: Anatomy of a rugby transfer during Covid-19 crisis“I think whoever clubs have got now, is just whoever they’ve got!” says Nathan Hines with a wry laugh. The former Scotland and Lions lock is parting ways with Montpellier after serving as forwards coach. “So with the market (now), everyone’s just a bit more tentative about spending more money than they have got. And they also don’t know what the landscape will look like afterwards. So I think everyone’s a little more gun shy.“It’s like that everywhere. Everyone is just scared to commit to something in case it gets worse or funding gets cut, so everyone’s sort of in a holding pattern to see what happens next, until rugby comes back and what the financial landscape is, the responses and ticket sales. It’s a period of adaptation really and for players, coaches, anyone looking to transition clubs, it’s just a timing issue.“I wouldn’t have stayed anyway (in Montpellier, once his contract ran out in June). So I was looking to get to move. But, you know, it’s a little bit more difficult when the hatches are down! You know, you’re knocking on the door but you can’t get in!”Looking for the right people: Nathan Hines (Getty Images)Hines, too, is understanding of the global crisis facing the game. And since leaving Australia at 21 to see where rugby could take him he has never had any issue with pursuing opportunities farther afield.What he won’t do is jump at anything part-time. In the perfect world the Hines family would end up somewhere where English is the first language or there is a good standard of English-language schools available – daughter Chloe, seven, is both dyslexic and dyspraxic and negotiating two languages has been tough. He jokes that his kids will always hanker for a return to Scotland.By the same token, though, Hines is also willing to wait for the right job, saying he wants to work with “the right people” on a project he can buy into. “It’s a waiting game really, isn’t it. But you want something you can really get into.”Masoe says that he has coped well since the initial disappointment of losing his Racing role, with time at home with his family showing him the positive side.Related: The life of a journeyman LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The former back-row wants to pay his dues as he progresses from role to role, and is keen to learn – he has previously spent time in Japan trying to soak up the expertise of Wayne Smith and he is open to travelling afar for roles. He explains: “There are not many jobs going around in New Zealand, and as you know there are a lot of great coaches in New Zealand.“I want to stay in the game and do something I love. I’d go anywhere in the world now, you know, not just in France, but in the UK or in America. They really started (working hard on) this competition (Major League Rugby), you know.“Whatever the opportunity is man, I will take it with two hands and try to learn as much as I can, wherever it is.”Former Nottingham and England U20 boss Martin Haag wonders if some clubs might have made big coaching changes if the rugby calendar had run its course and we had seen some sides crash, late on – but understandably, coronavirus scuppered the season. The easier option now is to stick to what you know. But he had also seen a shift in the coaching landscape before any pandemic hit.Performance-minded: Martin Haag in his time with England U20 (Getty Images)“I think the situation with coaching anyway, irrespective of coronavirus, it seems to be a bit of a closed shop. You have to be with the right agent. They then tend to bring in people they’ve worked with before – though there’s nothing wrong with that – or what you’re finding is ex-players are going straight into coaching a first team.“And so even though we’re in a desperate situation, I think there were very few opportunities around. And unless you have the right agent who can get you in there. All of the guys that you (Rugby World) are talking to, they are all good coaches and they all have good qualities. They’re just looking for the right opportunity to come along.“Once upon a time, I think it might have been Eddie Jones or somebody like it said, ‘If you’re a good coach, you are never out of work.’ Well, there are a lot of good coaches around that I’ve seen on my travels who just don’t have the opportunities because we don’t have enough jobs to go around.”Now working for a company called Transition 15 as a performance director, Haag is also actively looking for coaching roles and would happily move into a performance head job in other sports. But it is finding that opportunity.Masoe reckons that we will see more and more clubs losing specialist coaches and asking forwards or backs coaches to take on more work, looking after the breakdown, set-piece, defence, kicking or other skills. As a byproduct of cost-cutting, the generalists may thrive. For Haag, this shows the value of experience.Backing himself: Nick Walshe, left, while at Coventry (Getty Images)“People will probably be asked to multitask,” agrees Nick Walshe, who left his post as Coventry head coach in February. “And yeah, I think squads are probably going to be a little bit smaller because people are going to (look to more) utility players.“I think there will be a little bit of that, especially in the short-term. I think once things get back to normal, hopefully in a year or however long it takes, when clubs from all walks of life see rugby get back to some financial security and comfort, you might you might see it expanding again.“You have got to remain philosophical and you’ve got to just wait. I think it is a bit of a waiting game.”One of the big positives Walshe sees in this time is having the ability to slow down and assess, to review your skills, do more reading, talk to more like-minded people online and consider how you approach gameplan, skill acquisition and management. It is possible to upskill, he says, something that can become harder when you are in the tumble dryer-like cycle of going from game week to game week.He is certain the right gig will come along for him. All four coaches are waiting for the right shot, in the right place, at the right time. The collective positivity is both evident and admirable.How bountiful will the opportunities be in the coming months? Prowling the sideline: Chris Masoe as a Racing 92 assistant (Getty Images)
Take a look at the home and away strips – and order yours! 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. New Umbro England kit revealedUmbro have revealed the new England kit that will be worn by the national men’s, women’s, age-grade and sevens teams.The traditional white shirt features red flashes on the sleeves and neckline, which are also replicated on the navy alternate strip.England’s men’s and women’s teams will wear the new strip for the first time at the end of October when they face Italy as their delayed Six Nations campaigns conclude.As well as the official match strip, Umbro will also provide the national teams with training kit and supporters can buy a range of sportswear too.The men’s home pro shirt is priced £100 and the kid’s home pro shirt is £75 while the women’s replica home shirt is £70.There is also a range of ‘classic’ jerseys with old-style collars – the men’s alternate classic shirt is £55.All the kit goes on sale on 11 September but is available to pre-order from umbro.co.uk, who are currently offering a free gym towel worth £15 with every purchase of an England shirt. Umbro managing director Anthony Little said: “We are hugely excited to finally unveil the new England Rugby kit. We know just how much this shirt means to the players and fans who proudly wear it.“The demands of modern rugby mean our kit needs to be ready for the challenge, so we have taken great pride in pouring all of our experience into the development and testing of all products, working with elite players and teams at the very top of the sport.”“Umbro has an unprecedented history in football, allowing us to bring a wealth of knowledge into the production of rugby kit at the elite level. The partnership with England Rugby is a natural step in our brand evolution, one that reconnects us with our early roots.”Let us know what you think of the new kit by emailing [email protected]
TRY!50th test cap for @anthonywatson_ and a try to match LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Opportunity exploited!Watch LIVE @ITV https://t.co/451CUNHDEe#ENGvFRA #GuinnessSixNations #ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/mOzxqOyC8t— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) March 13, 2021With England under the shadow of the french posts, the ball made it to George Ford who slung it wide to Watson. With Thomas flying up, the England star had a clear run-in.From here England pinned les Bleus down in their own territory, with Owen Farrell penalties edging the hosts in front.Related: The importance of executing in the opposition 22Dupont was even charged down in his own 22 by breakaway Tom curry, but the nine made up for it seconds later by forcing Ben Youngs to knock-on at the very next ruck.Damian Penaud scored just after the half-hour mark. From a lovely lineout move over the top, Gael Fickou passed back inside to Dupont. He found Matthieu Jalibert and a looping ball made it over to the rangy wing. The try made it 17-13 in France’s favour.Penalty kicks brought it to within four points at 16-20, before Maro Itoje’s try edged England ahead and Farrell made it 23-20. The in-from France nine came flying out of the blocks Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Antoine Dupont scores against England after 65 secondsBarely a minute had passed in the Six Nations encounter between England and France when red-hot scrum-half Antoine Dupont got himself on the scoresheet. England would win a pulsating affair 23-20, but the standard was set for a classic encounter from the off.At the very start of the match, the French backline worked the ball wide, when it came to wing Teddy Thomas… Antoine Dupont of France scores against England (Getty Images) TRY!There’s the threat and it’s taken a little over a minute for Dupont to find holes in England’s defenceWatch LIVE @ITV https://t.co/451CUNHDEe#ENGvFRA #GuinnessSixNations #ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/Yqrbcc96gp— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) March 13, 2021He put a chip over the top. It bounced well for Dupont and as he raced forward, after juggling it, he took control and went over for the match’s opening try.England came roaring right back, though, scoring a try through wing Anthony Watson – who is celebrating his 50th England cap today. and ended up winning the Man of the Match.
Video: Three-way global partnership a model of healing, growth Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Video Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Comments (8) The Rev. Harriet B. Linville says: Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY March 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm There isn’t much to add to the joyful writings above, except thanks from my wife and me for this lovely glimpse of Christians from around the world enjoying each others company. Are we finally getting it right?If there is a video-recording of the entire Ash Wednesday service, we would love to know if it may be viewed/downloaded.Thank you again. May the partnership prosper.Robert and Carol Misson (El Camino Real) Anglican Communion, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Robert Misson says: Tags R.A. GARCIA says: Rector Collierville, TN March 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm I think rather than saying “perhaps without adopting the Covenant these relations might not be feasible” one might well say “the fact that these relations are happening without the Covenant calls into question the need for one in the first place.” This partnership was born from the face-to-face connection by three bishops at Lambeth 2008 and has grown not because of any precise document detailing the rules of engagement, but because of the developing relationships between the three dioceses. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Rev. Mary B. Blessing says: March 7, 2012 at 2:19 am What a blessing for all, the participants, the members of the three dioceses, the wider church, and the world. We DO share so much, and there is so much ministry to be done. May this companionship grow and be a model for others. Harriet B. Linville+, El Camino Real This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC March 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm How wonderful to see Bishops setting an example. I’ve always believed that we have wasted time and energy in looking at our differences. Our sameness in Christ is what matters. If all Christians would only focus on that, we would truly win the world for Christ! Let’s pray for this 3-way companion relationship and that more of these relationships can develop. Amen! Comments are closed. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Rev. Gladys Dennis says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Tom Sramek Jr says: Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Carol E. Barnwell says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By Matthew DaviesPosted Mar 6, 2012 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Very Revd Frank Nelson says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska March 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm VERY INTERESTING AND HIGHLY GRATIFYING. However, perhaps without adopting the COVENANT these relations might not be feasible. Lack of unity will only bring more fragmentation in the already dispersed Anglican Communion … March 7, 2012 at 11:01 am Bravo, Matthew for a great peek into shared mission and importantly, how easily that view is shared with a bit of well done video communication. We will share with our diocese through FaceBook and Twitter! Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC March 7, 2012 at 11:38 am A simple, moving and profound good news story – well worth sharing with people widely. The wonders of modern communication done well. Thank you. [Episcopal News Service] The dioceses of Gloucester in England, El Camino Real in California, and Western Tanganyika in Tanzania formed a three-way companion relationship after the bishops met at the 2008 Lambeth Conference. Since then, the partnership has blossomed into joint ministry and lasting friendships with an emphasis on what it means to be in communion with one another.More recently, the partners have been participating in the Anglican Communion’s Continuing Indaba program, which, as an extension of the Listening Process, is exploring ways of communicating across different contexts. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 March 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm Thank you for your gracious leadership, Bishop Mary, Bishop Michael and Bishop Sadak. You have truly “shown us the way”, centered in Christ’s love. Bless you. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, 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
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 Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, April 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm I had the good fortune to be in Dodoma when Sandy was ordained by Bishop Mgoholo. Bishops Neil Alexander and Catherine Roskam, and Richard Parkins of EMM, and I were visiting refugee camps in Tanzania. It was the day I understood in my heart, not just my head, what it meant to be a worldwide communion. The McCanns and the Tanzanians who have worked together these 12 years are indeed beautiful to behold. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Maureen Shea says: John Andrews says: Christina Cleveland says: By Matthew DaviesPosted Apr 17, 2015 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK April 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm Blessings on Sandy and Martin as they journey forward. It has been a privilege to follow them in their work in Tanzania – incredible work. Their faith and joy shine on many. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR April 18, 2015 at 6:48 am What amazing work they have done. I knew Sandy before she left and would so love to reconnect with her and hear more of her story. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missionaries Press Release Service Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska December 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm Is there a link to donate or an address to send a donation for the Tanzania Mission? 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Sandra McCann baptizes an elderly member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Chikola, Tanzania, during one of her parish visits in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika.[Episcopal News Service] As a child, the Rev. Sandra McCann dreamed of someday going to Africa. But she never imagined it would become her home, her ministry and her entire life for 12 years.When Sandy and her husband Martin reached their mid-50s, they made the audacious decision to give up their successful medical careers in radiology and pathology, sell their home and move to Africa as Episcopal Church missionaries. Their move was delayed for three years and in that time Sandy graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained as an Episcopal priest.After an “internship” year in Maseno, Kenya, where they worked alongside fellow Episcopal missionaries Gerry and Nancy Hardison, the McCanns moved to Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital city, and have spent the past decade teaching and healing and living in a community far removed from their former lives in Columbus, Georgia. The experience has changed and expanded their worldview forever, they say.With support and encouragement from the Episcopal Church’s Mission Personnel Office, and at the invitation of the late Bishop Mdimi Mhogolo of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Sandy taught at Msalato Theological College and eventually took up the position of communications director as well as serving as college chaplain.Episcopal missionary Martin McCann analyzes a specimen at his pathology laboratory in Dodoma, Tanzania. Photo: David CopleyMartin set up a pathology laboratory where diseases could be detected through the use of a variety of investigative techniques, a service that has grown steadily over the past 10 years and was previously nonexistent in the central part of Tanzania. Today, the clinic receives specimens from local government hospitals in Dodoma as well as several mission hospitals.“The laboratory has brought a new dimension to the healthcare system here,” Martin told ENS. “Physicians, instead of going from symptoms to treatment, are expanding their diagnostic capabilities and evidence-based care. Although there are still great challenges in treatment options, patients are better off.”Over the years, through generous donations, Martin has been able to replace and upgrade equipment and his staff of one assistant has grown to three, one with a degree in histopathology.Martin has concentrated his efforts on fine-needle aspiration, a simple procedure for establishing a swift diagnosis that he feels has a vital role to play in resource-poor countries. In 2014, he completed more than 1,200 fine needle aspiration biopsies and 2,200 histopathology cases.Now in their early 70s, the McCanns have decided 2015 will be their last year in Tanzania, a difficult decision for them, but one that has been made easier by the successful conclusion to an endowment for Msalato Theological College to provide for student sponsorships and faculty salaries.But before they leave, they are eager to ensure that Martin’s pathology practice will be continued and are urgently seeking a pathologist (or two) to replace him.[Anyone interested in working as a pathologist in Dodoma should contact the Rev. David Copley, mission personnel officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, at [email protected]]The McCanns are made honorary members of St. Paul’s Women’s Choir in Mvumi Makula, during a parish visit in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika.Crossing cultural boundaries, building partnerships and engaging God’s mission locally and globally are at the very heart of The Episcopal Church’s missionary program, which is administered by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and currently sponsors and supports 47 adult missionaries. Doctors, nurses, teachers, accountants, agriculturalists, computer technicians, administrators, theologians, and communicators are among their many roles.Missionaries are lay and ordained, young and old, and serve as “representatives of our community who cross cultural boundaries to participate in the mission of God that our brothers and sisters in other parts of the Anglican Communion feel called to respond to,” says Copley, mission personnel officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.It is difficult “to quantify the success of our missionaries because the basic premise is always to strengthen relationships with our partners.” Some of the greatest success stories can be found “in the programs that continue when the missionary presence ends,” Copley added, hence the importance of finding a replacement for Martin to ensure that his pathology practice can continue to serve those in need in central Tanzania.The recently released Report to the Church details the work of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society in coordinating and supporting Episcopal Church missionaries serving throughout the world.“The Episcopal Church supports many forms of mission service which include our young adults undertaking a year of service with the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), older adults on one-year assignments and special short-term projects of less than a year as well as longer-term missionaries. They all have their place in the bigger picture of global mission engagement and all have their merits,” said Copley.“Long-term missionaries such as the McCanns gain unique insights into the life, culture and faith of the partners they are walking alongside which cannot be gained on shorter-term assignments,” Copley added. “The McCanns have been the physical embodiment of the relationship that The Episcopal Church nurtures in Tanzania and throughout the church. The relationships that they develop with our Anglican partners helps strengthen the Anglican Communion and helps bring the Body of Christ closer together.“Martin and Sandy have given a significant part of their lives in the service of others and we are grateful for their ministry.”Martin became interested in becoming a missionary after serving on short-term medical mission trips with various denominations to Haiti and South America. Then with World Medical Mission, Martin served as a pathologist in Kijabe, Kenya, receiving specimens and returning diagnoses from some 42 hospitals and clinics. The laboratory he has established at the Anglican Diocesan Medical Center in Dodoma follows the same model.For Sandy, installed as a canon of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in May 2012 in honor of her ministry there, the missionary seeds were planted early in life. “My mother was a Christian who was always doing for others … from sharing her garden, her table, her car, to her hair-cutting skills,” she said. “Wasting anything was a sin. Making do was an art. Our clothes were mended, washed, ironed and passed on when we outgrew them. Whatever we put on our plates had to be eaten, because ‘there are children starving in Africa!’ It was in this atmosphere that I was raised up.”The McCanns say they feel privileged to have been called to this work, describing it as interesting, exciting, as well as challenging, learning to live in a completely different culture.The McCanns are made honorary members of St. Paul’s Women’s Choir in Mvumi Makula, during a parish visit in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika.The best part, however, “has been to meet and get to know Christians who remain faithful in very trying and frustrating circumstances. This has certainly opened our eyes to the difference between a first-world problem and a problem of developing countries,” they say. “Listening to the gospel in an entirely new context is transforming. While in the West we practically skip over curses and ghosts and demons, this is not the case here. The liminal space is very thin between the spiritual and physical worlds. Worshiping and studying with East African Christians has opened our minds to other ways of worshiping and to other ways of understanding God.”There is a great freedom in being a missionary, Sandy said, being removed from the social pressures in the United States. “There is no keeping up with the Joneses, not that that was ever a priority with us,” she said. “When we would have the students to our house in Kenya, everyone had to bring their own plate – and we found it was a lot of fun squeezing into our small cottage and making do. At Msalato we borrow the one cake pan or the one meat grinder or the one ‘real’ coffee pot. I like living in community like this. … I am old fashioned and love using things up and making do and being creative with what I have, so this suits me.”The greatest challenges, she said, have been the abject poverty and lack of the most basic resources, especially clean water; bureaucracy and widespread corruption and dishonesty; the fear of authority and of reporting abuses or inappropriate behavior; a prevalent belief in witchcraft, even by Christians and the well-educated; and poor infrastructure.The recent resurgence of the killing of albino children due to the witch doctors promising that their body parts, hair, and blood will bring fortune in love and wealth is particularly disturbing, she said. “It is shocking how prevalent and strong the primitive belief systems remain in parts of Tanzania,” she said.Despite the “extreme difficulty and frustration of living honestly in a corrupt society,” the McCanns say that as a result of the experiences of the past 12 years, “we are less judgmental, more patient and more aware of the monumental work it will take to get Tanzania to the stage of economic independence.”They also have made countless friends and have grown “to admire the Tanzanian people very much. They have shown us that the possibility of deep joy in the midst of daily suffering is real. As the late Bishop Mhogolo once said about being in the village parishes: The people are poor, often they are hungry, but they are still dancing and praising the Lord. It’s true and a beautiful thing to behold.”Sandy says she has seen God’s hand in everything they have done, “but often only through the ‘retrospectoscope.’ Now we are again taking God’s hand and walking out into the dark trusting him for our next work.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. April 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm What a joy and privilege it has been to know and love Sandy and Martin. They have expanded my heart and faith. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Rev. Dorothee Hahn says: Cassandra Reiger says: April 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm For 12 years I have followed Sandy and Martin’s work through the correspondence they would post back to those of us in the Diocese of Atlanta and beyond. Well done good and faithful servants. May God’s richest blessings continue to light your paths. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Comments are closed. Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments (10) Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Transformed by 12 years in Tanzania, missionaries set to return April 18, 2015 at 1:54 am A missionary now for three years in Romania I fin it fascinating to see the similarities though in different cultures. Witchcraft, believing in the superstitious, feasting in spite of enormous poverty, making things work, all of this is here too – and the fact one gets more and more internally distant to the culture one comes from. Returning will not be easy and without knowing them I wish the McCanns lots of strength in returning back to where they come from. May God continue to bless you in your life! Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing April 18, 2015 at 5:57 am This is wonderful news indeed!I hope these missionary service opportunities are more widely circulatedAnd missionary vocations encouraged.So happy and grateful for these dear saints and the relationships that are nurtered and supported to strengthen the bonds of affection between us.More please! Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL April 18, 2015 at 11:40 am Maureen, Lovely to hear from you and that you remember the occasion of my ordination with 3 bishops present, but it was Bp Alexander, then my diocesan bishop, who actually ordained me! It was a grand occasion made more so by yours and Richard’s presence. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Knoxville, TN Barbara Danner says: April 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm What a blessing it has been to the Church in Tanzania for the McCanns to have served with the fine people in that province. Msalato has been especially blessed. Godspeed. 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