The CentresChris Ashton – In this exclusive interview, we expose the different sides to the star England wingerThom Evans – What’s next for the former Scotland flyer? You might be surprised as we reveal allMartyn Williams – As the Wales flanker reaches a milestone, he looks back over the best and worst of his careerRory Best – Ireland’s hooker shares his views on the current state of the game – on and off the pitchIs Money Ruining Rugby – A 22-page, in-depth investigation, we look at the effects money has had on rugby in the pro era and conduct case studies on various clubs and unionsThe Tourist – What makes Leicester so successful? We speak to those who know at Welford RoadGareth Thomas – A year after coming out, the Welsh star opens up on how much his life has changedProfessionalism – We look back at the first 15 years of pro rugby and reflect on the changing face of the sportInner-City Rugby -Find out how the Hitz rugby programme is introducing London teenagers to the sportThe BacksClub Guide – Our round-up of all the latest news from grass-roots clubs. Plus, we reveal our Club and School Teams of the MonthThe Naked Truth – We find out how Paul Sackey was finally won over by rugbyTechnical Zone – How to improve in the set-piece and dominate the breakdownFitness Zone – Gloucester show us the ropes on the TRX, plus a fat-loss workout Coming out on 7 December this edition of Rugby World focused on the aftermath of the November internationals when England’s started to reassert itself as a force in world rugby. We also investigated the way that money has effected (some say ruined) the game since professionalism took hold in 1995. We speak to some of the game’s biggest names including an emotional interview with England’s new star, the Northampton wing Chris Ashton.Find out where to buy this edition of Rugby World by clicking hereTo subscribe to Rugby World so you never miss an issue click hereOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.The Front RowSidelines: Christmas derbies, rugby gifts, Glasgow v Edinburgh quiz, World Cup, 2011 calendars, Iran rugby, Hotshots and more30 minutes with Nick Evans30 minutes with Chris AshtonToby Booth – Discover why England fans must keep the faithRobert Jones – Wales need to be more creative says the former scrum-halfSpotlightTom Palmer – The rise of the England lockDevin Toner – A debut to rememberJerry Collins – A crucial month in OspreyliaJoe Ansbro – Scotland’s first black playerDirectory – All the fixture information you need for the month aheadQuiz of the Year – How’s your rugby knowledge? Test it out in our annual quiz Armchair Zone – The latest products and books, including a knockout Irish readTour Tale – Bobby Windsor’s dilemma for a post-match function LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hard yards: England captain Chris Robshaw gets stuck into training ahead of the Calcutta CupWITH THE RBS 6 Nations about to kick off, England’s behind-the-scenes videos are back. Chris Robshaw looks back at that win over New Zealand, David Strettle is in charge of the player cam while the Youngs brothers reveal all. Watch the video below to find out what the team have been up to…
By Alex ShawIt’s finals weekend in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 and though the prospect of international rugby looms large, all eyes will be on Twickenham and this Saturday for the conclusion of the domestic seasons in Britain and Ireland.The two finals actually share a few similarities, with established and successful teams from their respective capitals taking on underdogs from the West, who have risen gradually through the ranks to prominence over the last few years.Saracens vs Exeter Chiefs (3pm KO, Twickenham)Saracens are not only aiming to defend their Premiership title, but also to complete the double, having already won the European Rugby Champions Cup this season. As for Exeter, this trip to Twickenham will mark the first time that the Chiefs have made it to a major final in the club’s history, capping a remarkable journey that has seen them transition from relative obscurity to European quarter-finalists.We take a look at three pivotal battles that will help decide who is crowned England’s champions on Saturday.Exeter are fairly predictable as teams go but just because their opposition know what the club from Devon will throw at them, doesn’t necessarily mean that they can stop them. The Chiefs love to play the corners and set-up the driving maul and when the opportunity arises on Saturday, they will undoubtedly take the option to do just that.Can Saracens stop that driving maul?Power-game: Maro Itoje and the Sarries pack take some stoppingA little shine may have come off of Saracens’ defence since Paul Gustard’s departure, but they are still one of the most effective and well-drilled defensive sides in club rugby. Saracens were the only side in the Premiership to do the double over Exeter this season but the Chiefs were able to hurt Saracens with the driving maul at Allianz Park and they could do so again at Twickenham, even with their try-scoring No 8, Thomas Waldrom, sidelined with injury. Keeping the ball out of Maro Itoje’s pilfering hands at the lineout will be vital for Exeter.Saracens’ winning mentalityConversely, will Exeter’s defence be able to deal with Saracens’ unparalleled ability to switch from bulldozing in the tight to clinical play out wide? The North Londoners may have made their name and started their climb to success through uncompromising defence and set-piece efficiency, but they have been the full package for a while, and have turned into a battle-hardened machine, able to eke out Final wins.Opportunist: Chris Wyles crosses the whitewash against the Chiefs earlier this seasonIf Saracens can get front-foot ball from their pack and Brad Barritt on first and second phase, there will be opportunities for the likes of Duncan Taylor, Chris Wyles and Chris Ashton to exploit overlaps and mismatches, and those are opportunities that they usually take with relish.The aerial battleFor two teams who have such effective packs it may seem an odd suggestion, but the battle between the two full-backs will undoubtedly have a significant say on how this game unfolds. In Alex Goode and Phil Dollman, the clubs have arguably the two most consistent full-backs in the Premiership this season and their respective skill-sets will be vital to their team’s chances of success.Line-breaker: The intelligent running of Phil Dollman could trouble SaracensSaracens love to restrict the space their opposition has to work in with their stifling blitz defence and Dollman’s proclivity for hitting the line will give Exeter an extra option to work with. If Dollman can stay deep and wide enough, he should be beyond the reaches of the defenders Saracens send up to force the play back inside. As for Saracens, the European champions don’t have a Henry Slade in their midfield, capable of pulling the strings and making all the passes, and this is where Goode’s playmaking skills can come into effect. With Barritt and Taylor offering carrying options and lines that draw defenders, Goode can be the link man between the half-backs and the wings. It will be interesting to see which full-back can exert more of an influence on the game.Leinster vs ConnachtThe side from Galway have won over the hearts and minds of almost everyone this season, playing with carefree abandon with the ball-in-hand and they are now on the cusp of history, with only four-time League winners Leinster standing in their way. The Dubliners, meanwhile, are eyeing up a title which will separate them from the Ospreys and make them the most successful side in the competition’s history.Here are three areas where the game could be won or lost at BT Murrayfield, in a match that will mark the end of the Home Nations’ domestic seasons.Connacht need to keep calm and play their gameConnacht have developed an admirable brand of rugby under the watchful eye of Pat Lam, but they cannot afford to lose their heads in pivotal situations. As much as their expansive style of play, typified by Bundee Aki, has helped them put away teams this season, it has also opened them up defensively, most notably so in their European quarter-final against Grenoble.Man of the people: Bundee Aki celebrates after their semi-final win against GlasgowThey had the game all but won before two late tries and a drop goal secured the French side a one-point victory. Connacht will need to recognise when to keep pushing and when to tighten up on Saturday, especially if they are leading or trailing by less than a score in the second half.Leinster’s counter-attack will be keyFor Leinster, Connacht’s ambition opens up the possibility of using the counter-attack as a significant weapon. Whether it comes from returning kicks, isolating runners and turning ball over or attacking the opposition set-piece, Leinster need to be ready to take advantage of any lack of defensive shape or organisation among the attack-minded Connacht squad.Danger man: Ben Te’o’s powerful running and offloading ability will be keySupport runners need to be on the shoulders of the likes of Ben Te’o and Jamie Heaslip at any point they find themselves up against defenders who are frantically repositioning themselves after being on the offensive. Counter-attacking in such a manner only adds to the tempo of a game and whilst that will play into the hands of Connacht if those opportunities are not handled well, Leinster have the players capable of turning those moments into tries.Will the Dubliners slow the game down?Speaking of tempo, Leinster cannot be afraid to take tempo out of the game at the right times and make it a more staccato affair. The side from Dublin have the set-piece edge and they have a squad littered with European and Pro12 winners, not to mention an abundance of international caps, most of whom tend to thrive under pressure and have very good game-management skills.Setting the tempo: The experience of Eoin Reddan could prove pivotal for LeinsterConnacht have been serving an apprenticeship this season in fast-paced, expansive games and it’s an area where they shone brighter than anyone else in the Pro12. If Leinster try to out-gun Connacht, they could quickly come unstuck. Slowing the game down to keep Connacht at bay will not only play into their wheelhouse of having the bigger and more experienced pack, it will also frustrate the men from the West coast. Scrum-half Eoin Reddan will have a big say on how Leinster go about dealing with the challenge that Connacht pose. If it’s clearly on out wide, then Reddan needs to let them play, but he should not be afraid of letting his forwards soften up the defence, repeatedly, before he attempts to unleash Jonathan Sexton and the rest of the Leinster back line. TAGS: LeinsterSaracens LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Silverware will be lifted and hearts broken tomorrow as the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 Finals are wrapped up, but what are the game’s key talking points?
New Zealand full-back George Nepia, epitomised the courage and skill his national side displayed, as they won all 30 matches of a four month tour of Europe in 1924-25 Major Teams: Hawke’s Bay, East CoastCountry: New ZealandTest span: 1924-30Test caps: 9 (9 starts)Test points: 5 (1C, 1P)Twice weekly he displayed remarkable pluck, uniquely appearing in every match of the tour. It was a real tribute to his stamina, strength and unflappable temperament that he managed to evade injury and stay fresh while the All Blacks traced their unbeaten path. “He was between short and tall and his thighs were like tree trunks,” said Denzil Batchelor, sportswriter of the day, adding, “Behind the game he slunk from side to side like a black panther behind bars.” Full-backs of the Twenties were primarily expected to defend. Nepia was unflinching in the tackle, cleared his lines with long, spiralling touch kicks and possessed fly-paper hands that never dropped a high ball. His team-mates had absolute trust in him. The ‘Invincibles’ rarely used Nepia in attack, though his experiences as a five-eighth with the great Hawke’s Bay Ranfurly Shield holders of the 1920s equipped him with the pace and judgement to open up from defence when appropriate.The most relished – and which underlined his courage – was diving at the feet of onrushing forwards to gather the rolling ball, before backing into them at speed and ricocheting off upfield on a counter-attack. Nepia was pure box office in Britain in 1924-25, but as a Maori he was unable to visit South Africa with the 1928 All Blacks and his Test career petered out after helping New Zealand defeat the 1930 Lions. Hard times farming on New Zealand’s East Coast in the Depression years compelled him to come to Britain as a league convert soon after. But for the title of the world’s outstanding full-back between the wars he had no serious challenger. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS George Nepia of New Zealand TAGS: The Greatest Players
Pool C – France v Tonga (Sun 6 Oct, 8.45am, Kumamoto) Tonga are less heralded than their Pacific Islands counterparts Fiji and Samoa, but did shock France in the 2011 World Cup by winning 19-14.Danger Man: Sonatane Takulua is a key figure in the Tongan side (Getty)It will be hard to miss prop Ben Tameifuna, likely the largest player at the World Cup, and he will be up against familiar foes in the French game given that he plays club rugby for Racing 92 in the Top 14. Goalkicking Newcastle scrum-half Sonatane Takulua also plays in the French way as the key pivot for his side.France will be expecting to battle it out at the top of the group with England and Argentina, but their record as one of only three teams to qualify for the quarter-finals at every World Cup could be in jeopardy. Having been thrashed by England in February and facing a perennially strong Argentina side, their attention may be solely focused on escaping from these two matches with a single win. Yet as eight years ago showed, underestimate Tonga at your peril.Pool D – Georgia v Fiji (Thu 3 Oct, 6.15am, Osaka) Georgia and Fiji – two of the most rugby-obsessed nations in the world. Both sides are brimming with potential and the future looks bright, too, as their U20s did brilliantly at the Junior World Cup, each beating Scotland to secure their place in the elite age-grade tournament next year.This match is likely to be a clash of styles: Georgia’s incredible set-piece coming up against Fiji’s attacking magic. With the former often favoured in tournament rugby, can Fiji’s flair win through?The sides have played each other three times in the past seven years, with Fiji leading the head-t0-head 2-1. In their most recent meeting, in Suva in 2018, Georgia led 15-10 at half-time before Fiji stormed back in the second 40 to win 37-15.A new leader: Young star Beka Gorgadze is poised for a breakout Rugby World Cup (Getty)Fiji’s current side, including Leone Nakarawa, Viliame Mata, Semi Radradra and Vereniki Goneva, is one of their strongest ever, but they will be without giant winger Nemani Nadolo, who announced his surprise retirement from international rugby earlier this year. For the Georgians, the inspirational Mamuka Gorgodze has returned and near namesake Beka Gorgadze may make a similar impact, especially with ball in hand. 2019 Rugby World Cup Dates Unsung Rugby World Cup Pool Matches You Don’t Want To MissEverybody is ready for the big games of this Rugby World Cup.But looking beyond the major matches, what of the unsung fixtures which really give impetus to a World Cup? Those which may not impact the name engraved onto the Webb Ellis Trophy, but are at the forefront of our World Cup memories. Could 2019 see another Japan v South Africa?With that in mind, here are the games for the rugby connoisseurs, the Tests for which it could be worth getting up early, putting the kettle on and settling onto the sofa…Pool A – Japan v Scotland (Sun 13 Oct, 11.45am, Yokohama) Everybody’s second favourite side in 2015, Japan’s fairytale at the last World Cup was ultimately doomed by their 45-10 defeat to Scotland only four days after that win over the Springboks. This year they meet the Scots in the last game of the group stages, in what is likely to determine second place in the pool. With eight days rest and a home crowd at the 72,000-capacity Yokohama Stadium, the Brave Blossoms are in a far stronger position than four years ago.Scotland are now more French than the French, their unpredictability embodied by their 38-38 draw against England this year. If second-half Scotland turn up, Japan will be blown away; if first-half Scotland appear, Japan could well be on course for a rematch with South Africa in the quarter-finals.Out for revenge: Japan lost to Scotland four years ago (Getty Images)The one definite is that this game will be played at a manic pace. Japan pride themselves on quick ruck ball, relying on manipulating a defence out of shape rather than crashing through it. Meanwhile, Scotland fly-half Finn Russell plays what Finn Russell sees – whether it’s the right or wrong decision, rapid risks will be taken. Expect a cagey 9-6 Scotland win now I’ve predicted this!Pool B – Namibia v Canada (Sun 13 Oct, 4.15am, Kamaishi) If you want to start the build-up for Japan v Scotland very early – or are even returning from a late Saturday night – why not switch on Namibia v Canada?“But they’re two of the worst teams in the World Cup!” I hear you cry. Hear me out.Each side is realistically likely to be winless up to this point, having played New Zealand, South Africa and Italy in their previous matches. So for Namibia and Canada, this game is their World Cup. Victory here will not only ensure the preceding four-year cycle has been worth it but could also dictate funding and professional contracts after the World Cup ends. Other teams will battle it out for the trophy, but this game has huge repercussions for the nations and players involved.Jet Heeled: Namibia fullback Chrysander Botha tries to escape Naipolioni Nalaga in the 2011 RWC (Getty)Glasgow and Scarlets fans will need no introduction to Canada’s DTH van der Merwe, but keep an eye out for fellow winger Jeff Hassler, who had a few excellent seasons at the Ospreys. No 8 Tyler Ardron has become a fans’ favourite at the Chiefs in Super Rugby after captaining the Canadians four years ago. Rugby World Cup Players To Watch Collapse Expand Namibia have less talent plying their trade at the highest level, save for Harlequins blindside Renaldo Bothma, but full-back Chrysander Botha will still be one of the quickest players at the World Cup. Expand Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.If there are any players we have missed please do not hesitate to let us know. Simply follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter, leave a comment and we will look to update this page regularly. 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Sale v Exeter live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereThe Gallagher Premiership is back in full swing, with the second round of the tournament’s restart kicking off in Manchester on Friday evening – and it’s a top-of-the-table clash too.Exeter cemented their place in top spot by beating Leicester last weekend while Sale dropped to third after losing at Harlequins. However, the Sharks have already beaten the Chiefs in the league this season.They triumphed at Sandy Park in January, scoring three tries to lead 22-5 at half-time before Exeter hit back, but the Sharks held on to win 22-19. Will Sale be able to do the double over Exeter for the first time in a single Premiership season? Or will it be the Chiefs enjoying an away win on Friday night?Sale have made one change to the team that lost to Harlequins last weekend, Sam James coming into the centres, and their main priority is to improve their discipline having been on the wrong side of the penalty count at the Stoop.Exeter have made a change in midfield too, Ian Whitten starting at inside-centre after Ollie Devoto was ruled out with an ankle injury. Alex Cuthbert also comes into the starting XV for the first time since November after recovering from shoulder surgery while Ben Moon and Jacques Vermeulen earn starts up front.Sale: Simon Hammersley; Byron McGuigan, Sam James, Manu Tuilagi, Marland Yarde; Rob du Preez, Faf de Klerk; Coenie Oosthuizen, Akker van der Merwe, Will-Griff John, Jean-Luc du Preez, Lood de Jager, Jono Ross (captain), Tom Curry, Daniel du PreezReplacements: Curtis Langdon, Ross Harrison, Jake Cooper-Woolley, James Phillips, Ben Curry, Will Cliff, AJ MacGinty, Denny Solomona.Exeter: Stuart Hogg; Alex Cuthbert, Henry Slade, Ian Whitten, Olly Woodburn; Joe Simmonds (captain), Jack Maunder; Ben Moon, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Harry Williams, Jonny Gray, Jonny Hill, Dave Ewers, Jacques Vermeulen, Sam Simmonds.Replacements: Jack Yeandle, Billy Keast, Tomas Francis, Sam Skinner, Jannes Kirsten, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Gareth Steenson, Tom Hendrickson.If you don’t want to miss this top-of-the-table clash, we explain how to find a reliable live stream for Sale v Exeter wherever you are.How to watch Sale v Exeter from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Sale v Exeter, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS First in the table visits third to kick off the Premiership’s second restart round We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing. 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. Sale v Exeter live stream: How to watch from the UKSale v Exeter, which kicks off at 6pm on Friday evening, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK, with coverage starting at 5.30pm. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25. That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Sale v Exeter takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Sale v Exeter live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Sale v Exeter (kick-off 7pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Sale v Exeter live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Sale v Exeter will kick off at 1pm EST and 10am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Sale v Exeter live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Sale v Exeter from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 5am on Saturday morning on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer Stop sign: Sale’s Jono Ross is halted by the Exeter defence (Getty Images) Sale v Exeter live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to keep track of the many South Africans plying their trade in the Premiership – Sale have a few! – SuperSport shows matches in South Africa.South Africa is one hour ahead of the UK, so Sale v Exeter kicks off at 7pm on SuperSport 8.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from EasyView, with access to Blitz, to Premium, with all ten sports channels.Sale v Exeter live stream: How to watch from JapanDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch Sale v Exeter in Japan (kick-off 2am on Saturday). The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Find out more about DAZN here
High profile arrivals to the league, such as two time World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett, Aussie captain Michael Hooper, and Scotsman Greig Laidlaw, among others, will all have to wait to take the field in the Top League. Japan’s Top League start of season delayed due to coronavirusThe beginning of the Top League season has been delayed after 18 new positive Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Thursday. This is just two days after 44 positive cases from players and staff were confirmed.Three cases at NEC Green Rockets, ten cases at Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers and five cases at Toshiba Brave Lupus led to the league’s delay. JRFU judged that it would be difficult to provide a safe and secure environment for players, staff and officials under the current circumstances. The tournament is expected to restart in early to mid-February. Season delay: Japan’s Top League foreign stars will have to wait to make their debuts (Getty Images) However, Top League have determined it a priority to complete the 2021 season. This term is due to finish on May 23, as a new professional league is intended to launch in 2022. Thiswould also allows the Japan national team to prepare for summer fixtures, including a game against the British & Irish Lions.Therefore, there will be an adjusted format to the 2021 season. Firstly, the 16 Top League teams will play the first stage of round-robins in two groups of eight. Then, the top four teams in the Top Challenge League will then join the Top League to create a 20 team knockout competition.With the recent positive tests, JRFU Chairman Kensuke Iwabuchi stressed that covid protocols were the teams’ own responsibility.Despite this, Top League Chairman Osamu Ota and Iwabuchi remain hopeful that the season will still be completed. Further plans have also been created should there by any further delays. 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 Top League season has been delayed, with the opening fixtures pushed back until early or mid-February by the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) due to a coronavirus outbreak LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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. Find out more about a star of both sevens and 15s Who is Virimi Vakatawa: Ten things you should know about the France centreVirimi Vakatawa made his debut for France against Italy in the 2016 Six Nations and marked the occasion with a try. Here are a few more facts about the star centre…Ten things you should know about Virimi Vakatawa1. Virimi Vakatawa was born on 1 May 1992 in Rangiora, New Zealand, and was then raised in Fiji. He stands at 6ft 2in (1.87m) and weighs 15st 6lb (99kg).2. He moved to France in 2010 to join Racing 92 and qualified to represent les Bleus on residency, playing first for the sevens team in 2013 and then making his 15s debut in 2016.3. Racing are the only professional club Vakatawa has played for, although he has had two stints there – either side of a spell when he was contracted to the France sevens squad (2013-16).It was reported in 2020 that Premiership club Gloucester had made a ‘colossal offer’ to sign Vakatawa but they were left disappointed as he agreed a new deal with Racing. 9. Former Wales international Jamie Roberts was surprised at Vakatawa’s skill levels when he played alongside him at Racing.He told the Rugby Pass Offload podcast: “I remember Virimi Vakatawa being this academy kid who dropped into training and carved everyone up.“We’d be doing backs unit sessions and this guy would be just making us all look like idiots. His footwork and his lines. He was young at the time and here he is now, for me one of the world’s best players. It’s brilliant to see how far he has come.”10. Vakatawa has been described as France’s answer to New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams, who also played sevens and 15s as well as being a master of the offload. 4.Vakatawa represented France in the sevens competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The team finished seventh overall.When analysing Vakatawa in Rugby World‘s March 2021 edition, Sean Holley said: “The sevens game requires pace and physical fitness, but it’s also the breeding ground for ball skills, footwork and exploiting space.“Vakatawa’s ability to step defenders, often multiple times in one sequence, made him a star in that format, coupled with an insatiable appetite to offload and a physicality that enables him to break tackles, make big hits and fend off would-be tacklers.“Not many players have made the transition from sevens to 15s as successfully as Vakatawa. Moreover, few have had the ability to transcend both codes by effortlessly exploiting the aforementioned skill-set in the sport’s mother format.”5. Vakatawa had an embarrassing moment in a match between Racing and Toulon in January 2021. Racing’s Teddy Thomas pulled off a brilliant offload to release Vakatawa, but Toulon’s Gabin Villiere tackled him in the in-goal area to dislodge the ball and deny him a try. 6. He was the top try-scorer in the 2018-19 Top 14 season, touching down 13 times, and he was a European Player of the Year nominee in 2020, an award that went to Exeter’s Sam Simmonds.7. The versatile player is comfortable on the wing and in the centre positions. He won his first 17 Test caps as a winger and his next ten as a centre.8. He promised his mother shortly before she died that he would be part of France’s 2019 World Cup squad – and kept that promise.He made his first Test appearance in 18 months in a RWC 2019 warm-up against Italy and played three matches at the tournament itself, scoring two tries. Virimi Vakatawa in action for France in the Six Nations (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Palestinian president meets Christian leaders Posted Jan 17, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Ian Montgomery says: Anglican Communion, Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments are closed. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL January 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm Dear Sir or Madam,Erratum?Though it is true that the Moderator bears the honorific title ‘Rt. Rev’d during his term, I would be surprised to learn that an ecclesial body without an Episcopal order of ministry had recently named a Bishop to its highest office. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Rector Washington, DC 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service From left, Bishop David Arnott, Bishop William Kenney, President Mahmoud Abbas, Archbishop Rowan Williams and Archbishop Patrick Kelly during a Jan. 17 meeting at Lambeth Palace. PHOTO/Marcin Mazur, CCN[Lambeth Palace] Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 17 met with representatives of Christian churches in the United Kingdom, led by the Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Bishop David Arnott.The meeting, which took place at Lambeth Palace, discussed the plight of Christians in the Holy Land and an overview of the political situation affecting the ongoing peace process. Abbas said that the resumption of talks in the context of the Arab spring offered a rare opportunity that needed to be grasped now or it would be missed forever.“Having worshipped in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, I have seen the struggle of the Palestinian people in the very basics of living but also their deep desire for a negotiated peace between the peoples who share the land. I urge everyone to grasp this opportunity,” Arnott said.“Last week as part of the Holy Land Coordination, where we shared our faith with the Christian communities, we witnessed the effects of occupation and insecurity on the people of this land. There is an urgent need for strong and creative leadership in order to address the core issues of this long conflict. The people’s desperate yearning for peace needs to be fulfilled and this meeting today with President Abbas reinforced our determination,” said Kelly, who was representing the international affairs department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference.“We continue to share the hopes of the Palestinian leadership for a lasting and just peace in the Holy Land, and we pray for the courage on all sides to break the current deadlock. Young people in Israel and in the Palestinian territories long for justice and stability and they must not be let down. We were deeply grateful to President Abbas for taking time to share with us his concerns and aspirations,” said Williams. 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