SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 16: Sitaleki Timani of the Waratahs passes during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Moore Park on June 16, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The match will also give NSW fans a first glimpse this season of towering Tongan Sitaleki Timani, returning after a season in Japan and whose younger brother Lopeti has impressed with limited game time. Both brothers are on the bench and, if they make it on to the field, will play together for the first time. Sitaleki Timani returns after a stint in JapanJono Jenkins will make his Waratahs Super Rugby starting debut against his former club, the Western Force on Saturday, 17th March.The Sydney University flanker’s elevation to the run on team is the only change to the starting XV that faced the Highlanders last weekend, losing by a single point in the 80-minute Dunedin thriller. Originally called into the squad as a short term replacement, after two cameo appearances, Jenkins now looks set to become a regular in the sky blue, impressing Head Coach Michael Foley when he came on for the injured Pat McCutcheon, who broke his ankle in Saturday’s match.“Jono played well last weekend, it was a particularly physical game and I thought he thrived,” said Foley, who has chosen to start Jenkins ahead of the returning Chris Alcock. “We will assess the game and look to bring in Chris at the right time.“This weekend will be a great challenge for our back row and both players have a clear understanding of their roles. Last week’s match was very intense and, as a team, it was a good measure for us, as far as giving us an understanding of what is required.” Starting XV:15. Bernard Foley14. Tom Kingston13. Rob Horne12. Berrick Barnes11. Adam Ashley-Cooper10. Daniel Halangahu (captain)9. Sarel Pretorius8. Tevita Metuisela7. Jono Jenkins6. Dave Dennis5. Kane Douglas4. Dean Mumm3. Sekope Kepu2. Tatafu Polota-Nau1. Benn Robinson (vice captain)Replacements16. John Ulugia17. Paddy Ryan18. Sitaleki Timani19. Lopeti Timani20. Chris Alcock21. Brendan McKibbin22. Tom Carter
Particularly hard hit will be Paris Saint-Germain, France’s richest club following their acquisition in 2011 by a Qatari consortium. Twelve of their players are said to earn more than €1m a year with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reputed to be on €1.25m a year.And here we are making a fuss over Sexton’s €55,000 a month. Enjoy it while you can, Johnny. “Presidents, directors, agents, coaches, all recognise that Top 14 salaries have reached a level that threatens the economic stability of the clubs,” declared the newspaper in Monday’s edition. “The hour has arrived when from now on salaries will start to lower.”Certainly the big names from the southern hemisphere – those still in their prime – are increasingly turning to Japan to help feather their nests. Witness the decisions of Sonny Bill Williams, Jerome Kaino, Fourie du Preez and Andries Bekker taking the Yen over the Euro in recent seasons. And last month Dan Carter ruled out a return to France, saying he would prefer to have a stint “some place closer to home – potentially Japan”.Still, at least the Top 14 has no reason to fear the French tax man, unlike Ligue 1, the top flight of French football. When he came to power nearly 12 months ago socialist president Francois Hollande promised to tax the rich. He’s following through on that pledge, introducing a 75% tax rate for those people in France earning more than €1m a year, though it will be down to companies (or in this case, clubs) and not individuals, to foot the bill. “This new tax will cost first division teams €182m,” protested Frédéric Thiriez, head of France’s professional football league last week. “With these crazy labour costs, France will lose its best players, our clubs will see their competitiveness in Europe decline, and the government will lose its best taxpayers.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Racing Metro rugby team president Jacky Lorenzetti (C) leaves on November 16, 2012 in Paris, after attending the election of the new head of the French national rugby league (LNR), which oversees the professional 15-a-side game in France. Paul Goze, 61, received a four-year mandate as head of the body that manages the Top 14 and Pro D2 divisions, succeeding Pierre-Yves Revol, who was elected in 2008 to take over from former France full-back Serge Blanco (1998-2008). AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) Rolling in it: Midi Olympique has revealed Racing-bound Sexton will pocket €660,000 for his services next seasonBy Gavin MortimerSO NOW we all know. You, me and every rugby player in France. As Midi Olympique revealed in Monday’s edition Jonathan Sexton will be pocketing €55,000 (£47,000) a month next season playing for Racing Metro. That will make the Ireland fly-half the best-paid player in the Top 14. He’ll earn €8,000 a month more than Jonny Wilkinson at Toulon (who in signing on for another year with Toulon last month had his wages trimmed), €13,000 more than Bryan Habana, also at Toulon, and €17,000 more than Nicolas Mas, reputedly the best-paid French player on account of the fact world-class tighthead props are few and far between these days.Second best: Wilko took a pay cut to stay at ToulonSexton can’t have been happy to discover Midi Olympique has had a sneak peek into his pay packet. Nothing makes a man more envious than money, and the 27-year-old can expect some big hits and juicy banter next season from just about every back-rower in France. Particularly as a lot of them will be earning less than a quarter of Sexton’s wage.Despite the money paid to the high-profile players, the average monthly salary in the Top 14 is a far more modest €12,000. Some earn a lot less than that. According to Midi Olympique, Stade Francais winger Jérémy Sinzelle, a regular for the Parisian club this season, is paid €6,000 a month, while some of the Perpignan squad are on as little as €3,000 a month. One wonders how they must feel when they read that their fly-half, James Hook, earns €35,000 for the same period.Sexton might be one of the last players to strike it really rich in France. The €660,000 that he’ll earn next season is significantly less than the €800,000 Toulon paid Wilkinson when he first moved to the Cote d’Azur from Newcastle in 2009. Similarly, no French club is willing to do what Perpignan did in 2008, when they forked out a reputed €750,000 for the services of Dan Carter for seven months. The All Black fly-half ruptured his Achilles tendon in his sixth game and down the drain went Perpignan’s dosh.Deep pockets: Racing owner Jacky Lorenzetti is behind the dealThose profligate days are now a thing of the past. According to the paper next season will be the first when the average wage in the top flight of French rugby remains static. Hitherto, every season has brought with it an increase in wages, but the harsh economic climate in which France finds itself has forced clubs to rein in their spending.
NOT FOR FEATURED Test watchHot and not is a little irrelevant after this game. Rory Best has probably ruled himself out of the Test series against Australia after one of his worst days at lineout time – he simply could not find the target – while the new boys had few chances to impress and when they did get ball they did little with it.The replacements did make an impact, the front row steadying the set-piece ship and half-backs Owen Farrell and Conor Murray providing more control, but whether that is enough to promote any of them from the bench to the starting XV on Saturday remains to be seen.Toby Faletau was undoubtedly the Lions standout performer, standing firm when on the back foot, particularly at scrum time, and providing go-forward with ball in hand. He made 16 runs – more than any other Lion – and will have given the coaches food for thought as to whether he or Jamie Heaslip should don the No 8 shirt. Rob Kearney also did well, defending strongly, kicking well and providing a voice of experience in the back-line, but it won’t be enough to usurp Leigh Halfpenny.StatsIt was turnover central – the Brumbies conceding 17 and the Lions 14.The Lions also lost eight of their own lineouts.Scorers LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Brumbies – Try: Kuridrani. Pens: Mogg 3.Lions – Pens: Hogg 2, Farrell 2. High jump: Christian Wade leaps for a high ball in Canberra, but he had little chance to show his running gameBy Sarah Mockford at Canberra StadiumIn a nutshellDISJOINTED, LACKING intensity, a shambles at lineout time – just a few ways to describe the Lions’ performance against the Brumbies. Admittedly it got better when the replacements arrived in the second half – they actually managed to win a couple of lineouts! – but this woeful performance ultimately led to the Lions’ first defeat of the tour. Not ideal preparation ahead of the opening Test against Australia.It was far from an enthralling game – too much kicking, too many errors and too little running rugby – but the Brumbies should be credited for an extremely organised and effective display. It was like feeding time at the zoo for them at the Brumbies – maybe they get extra treats the more turnovers they win – and their in-your-face defence gave the Lions little room to move.Not that this back-line would have been able to do much had they had any space – first they would have needed the ball and the Lions’ fractured set-piece meant there was little of that. It was all too evident how little training the back-line had done together – miss-timed, inaccurate passes, a lack of ideas and players out of position all to common themes. There was a spark when the reinforcements arrived, but not enough to claw back the deficit.Glimmer of hope: Toby FaletauKey momentThe Brumbies steal at a scrum in their own half in the 77th minute. The Lions had opted for the scrum twice from a free-kick, banking on their previous superiority to give them a possible match-winning penalty. Instead, the Brumbies stole the ball, kicked downfield and the final minutes were played out in the Lions 22.Star man – Jesse MoggOkay, we usually pick a Lion here but the Brumbies full-back produced a superb performance, showing why many believe he should be in the Wallabies squad. He has a great kicking game, with brilliant length and variety from hand and accuracy from the tee, is safe under the high ball, has a gliding running style and provided the long pass that led to Tevita Kuridrani’s early try. He’s sure to represent Australia sooner rather than later.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS ‘I don’t believe it!’: Shane Williams chats to attack coach Rob Howley at training after his shock Lions call-upWILLIAMS IS one of the most exciting talents ever seen on a rugby pitch. He’s the third top try-scorer in Test history behind David Campese and Daisuke Ohata, his superb footwork and speed causing endless problems for defences. At the start of his career his limited size was seen as a flaw, but his talents for dancing around opponents have long been been appreciated by Lions coach Warren Gatland. He retired from international rugby in 2011, but has now found himself on a third Lions tour – albeit for a brief stint.WHY SELECTEDThe Lions was carrying a few knocks in the back-line and Williams was already on his way to Oz from Japan, where he now plays his rugby. It was a practical measure from Gatland to rest tired bodies and call in someone who was logistically close.TEST PROSPECTSSlim to none! Williams has specifically been called in for the game against the Brumbies and is due to leave the squad the following day. He’d need a monumental performance to stay in camp, but he will be at all the Tests – he’s a pundit for talkSPORT!GREATEST DAYBeing named IRB Player of the Year in 2008. Williams had been some of his best form, dazzling defences during Wales’ Grand Slam win – he scored six tries in the championship, including braces against Scotland and Italy. He also impressed on that year’s tour to South Africa and helped Wales to a win over Australia in Cardiff.IF HE WERE A FOODKnickerbocker glory – a real treat, full of surprises.New arrival: Williams wears a fitting T-shirtFAST FACTS Club Mitsubishi DynaboarsAge 36 (26 February 1977)Born Morriston, SwanseaDimensions 5ft 7in & 12st 8lbCountry WalesTest caps 87Test points 290 (58 tries)Lions caps Four Test points Ten (two tries)Every 2013 Lion is profiled in the July edition of Rugby World, with Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan giving his verdict on each member of the squad. It’s on sale now.
Hogging the limelightThere is a danger I may need a weekly “Stuart Hogg Corner” in my Saints and Sinners column, as the Scotland full-back seems to feature almost every time. He is here among the Saints again this week for scoring a sublime try in Scotland’s 35-25 loss in Dublin.With 19 minutes on the clock, Hogg collected a kick from Conor Murray just inside his own half and ran to the right, looking to offload. Then, with the Ireland defence looking for the pass, he ghosted through a gap between Mike Ross and Rory Best, switched on the afterburners and headed for the try-line. Keith Earls had a go a tap-tackling him, but Hogg was too quick and his try took Scotland from 9-3 down to 10-9 up and was a stand-out moment in the match.Slam-tastic: Wales skipper Tom Phillips lifts the U20 Six Nations Trophy. (Photo: Huw Evans Images)The future’s brightIt wasn’t only England who had a Grand Slam to celebrate at the weekend, as Wales U20 completed a clean sweep of their own – their first in this age-group. They secured the trophy with a 35-6 win over Italy in Colwyn Bay on Friday evening, scoring four tries in the second half, including two by No 8 Harrison Keddie.Skipper Tom Phillips has played a key role in the back row and proved himself to be an outstanding leader. He said: “We have been confident from the start of this tournament and we have pushed ourselves on and off the field. I couldn’t be prouder and the crowds in Colwyn Bay for all three games have been phenomenal.”Next stop for all the U20s sides is this summer’s World Championship in Manchester and Wales will go into that with high hopes after such a successful Six Nations.The SinnersJohnny be goodScotland centre Alex Dunbar was sin-binned for an unnecessary dump tackle on Johnny Sexton during the second half of the clash at the Aviva Stadium. Sexton was over the ball, battling to win it after Duncan Taylor had carried into contact, and Dunbar grabbed the fly-half around his midriff and flipped him over sideways, with Sexton landing on his side and shoulder.It was reckless from Dunbar, but Sexton also appears to be a villain here as when he hit the deck, his first action was to sit up and wave his arms at the referee in protest, before grabbing his head theatrically, as if in pain, and laying down on his back.Yes, it was a jarring tackle, but Sexton’s delayed reaction and initial appeal to the referee strongly suggests he was trying to exaggerate his injury in order to get Dunbar into trouble. Too often now we see players waving their arms at the referee asking for penalties and cards to be given against opponents. With so many officials now involved in keeping the game clean and legal, and with TV replays aplenty too, there really is no need for players to behave in this way.Oops: Hogg and Seymour collide, while Earls waits for his chance. (Photo: Inpho)Not called for Stuart Hogg (yes, him again) and Scotland wing Tommy Seymour got themselves into a muddle which cost five points just before half-time in their clash with Ireland. Johnny Sexton put a kick down the left for Keith Earls to chase, Hogg came racing across from the middle of the park to cover it, while Seymour raced back down his wing in pursuit of the ball. Unfortunately neither player seemed to call for the ball, or if they did they didn’t shout loudly enough, and they bumped into each other, which stopped either of them gathering the ball. That task was left to Earls, who pounced and scored a simple try, which helped give Ireland a 21-13 half-time lead.Nomination nonsenseThere are, shall we say, some strange names on the list of nominees for the RBS Six Nations Player of the Tournament award, and some even stranger omissions.There can be no complaints about Billy Vunipola, George North, Stuart Hogg, Duncan Taylor, and Guilhem Guirado being on the list of 12 players, but where is George Kruis, or Jamie Roberts, or CJ Stander? TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England put the icing on the cake of their RBS Six Nations Championship win by sealing the Grand Slam, while Ireland and Wales also finished with a flourish. Who made all the right moves and who stepped out of line? Plenty to smile about: Eddie Jones has done the trick for England. (Photo: Getty Images) The SaintsGood job, JonesA new generation of players has joined the list of England’s Grand Slam winners – the first to do so since 2003. Dylan Hartley has become just the tenth England captain to lead his team to a clean sweep in the championship and credit deserves to be shared among all the England players who took part in this year’s RBS Six Nations Championship.But top Saint among this successful group is head coach Eddie Jones, for discovering the missing ingredient which turned England from nearly men in the Six Nations in the past couple of seasons to champions this time.Former England boss Stuart Lancaster played a huge role during his tenure, nurturing and blooding many of the talented players who make up the team of 2016. He did so much right, until the wheels came off at the World Cup, then Jones then stepped in and made what turned out to be a few critical changes which enabled England to beat all-comers this spring.Jones’s man management skills and confident attitude have brought the best out of the team. He has kept some things the same, freshened some things up, given leadership responsibility to some different faces and brought in one or two new players. It all adds up to a job very well done so far. Now for the next test – Australia, Down Under.Fast start: Danny Care makes the break which led to England’s first try. (Photo: Getty Images)Dan daresEddie Jones’s decision to start Danny Care at scrum-half instead of Ben Youngs paid dividends in the 12th minute of Saturday’s game against France when Care spotted a yawning hole in the defence around the fringes of a ruck and sprinted in from half-way to score a try. Yes, it was poor defence, but Care saw the opportunity and backed himself to capitalise and his try put England 10-3 up in Paris and settled their early nerves as they went in pursuit of their Grand Slam.It wasn’t only try-scoring which won the day for England in Paris. They had plenty of defending to do too and Jack Nowell put in a crucial try-saving tackle on Virimi Vakatawa, chasing back to haul the powerful wing down after he had missed him the first time. England were 17-12 up at the time and although France kicked a penalty soon afterwards, they were still trailing thanks to Nowell’s effort.Princes of thievesBy luck and judgement, with the help of a few injuries, England have stumbled upon a terrific second-row pairing, in the shape of Saracens club-mates George Kruis and Maro Itoje.Not only are they secure on their own lineout ball, but they are excellent at stealing opposition throws too and did so at some crucial moments in Saturday’s 31-21 England win.Kruis pinched a ball in the 54th minute after France had kicked a penalty to touch on the England 22 and were looking to overturn a 20-18 lead. Just after the mid-point of the second half Itoje stole French ball from another attacking lineout to again snuff out the home side’s hopes of setting up a try-scoring chance.Kruis managed two more steals at the Stade de France and was also England’s top tackler with 14, while Itoje made ten. Add to that eight carries and two turnovers won by Itoje and six carries from Kruis, plus a 100% record on their own lineout ball, and you see what a valuable asset this pair are.Ahead of the pack: George North is in top form for Wales. (Photo: Getty Images)Four in a row George North scored a try in his fourth consecutive Six Nations match on Saturday, something only Shane Williams had managed for Wales before now.North had previously gone five Tests without scoring but the big wing is back in top form and was named Man of the Match in Wales’s 67-14 trouncing of Italy. As well as scoring his own try, he put in a beautiful back-handed offload to create a try for Jamie Roberts and made a scorching break out of defence which ultimately led to Jonathan Davies scoring a cracker.Back row to the fore Jamie Heaslip and CJ Stander both had outstanding matches for Ireland in the 35-25 win over Scotland. Heaslip was named Man of the Match for his 17 carries, 11 tackles and a try assist, when he popped a scoring pass to Devin Toner during the second half.Great at eight: Jamie Heaslip led the charge for Ireland. (Photo: Getty Images)Heaslip must have just pipped Stander to the award as the No 6 had an equally eye-catching game, making 21 carries and nine tackles. The two of them helped Ireland boss the breakdown and that proved to be a key area in their victory. The list was compiled by a panel including Phil Vickery and Gareth Thomas, “with expert analysis from Accenture, Official Technology Partner of the RBS 6 Nations” says the press release. The winner will be decided by a public vote, but rugby fans have been denied the chance to vote for some of the real stand-out performers from the last two months.Medal muddle: Mike Brown, with his winner’s medal tucked in his shorts. (Photo: Getty Images)Below the beltWhy did Mike Brown put his Six Nations winner’s medal down his shorts during the presentation ceremony and celebrations, instead of round his neck? Keeping the precious metal safe alongside the crown jewels perhaps? Let’s hope the England full-back thinks of a better, more respectful and appropriate “safe place” if he ever gets an MBE.
We report on the Lions’ official Maori welcome in Waitangi and pick a potential starting XV for the second game against the Blues Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is gift – that is why we call it the present.So said our guide at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. And today really was a gift, watching 300 Maori warriors officially welcome the 2017 British & Irish Lions to New Zealand.The Lions would no doubt be happy to consign yesterday’s underwhelming 13-7 win over NZ Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei to history but today’s spectacle an hour north is something the entire touring party will long treasure.Even watching from the sidelines as a member of the media you felt part of something truly special. The traditions and passion involved in Maori ceremonies always engage the audience, but the sheer numbers involved at Waitangi and the sense of occasion raised the bar. The weather delivered too, blue sky and sunshine a stark contrast to the teeming rain of 24 hours earlier. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The challenge: Sam Warburton faces the Maori warriors in Waitangi. Photo: Getty Images “We had quite a few Maori welcomes for the 2011 World Cup and Wales toured here last summer, but that was like nothing I’ve experienced before. It was brilliant,” said Lions captain Sam Warburton. “The day and the setting made it even more special. Off the field, that’s one of the best experiences I’ve had through rugby.”The Lions made an impact too, performing their four tour songs – Calon Lan, Highland Cathedral, Jerusalem and The Fields of Athenry – in reply to the Maori welcome. “The choir delivered,” smiled Warburton.SIGN OF RESPECTLions tour manager John Spencer spoke of the privilege of experiencing such a welcome and of showing “respect and friendship” to the Maori people. The crowd at Toll Stadium on Saturday night didn’t show quite the same level of respect to the Lions!Welcome ceremony: Maori warriors face the Lions at Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Photo: Getty Images“This is the worst Lions team ever.” “Why isn’t Susan Boyle playing at full-back?” “You’re worse than the 2005 Lions.”Those are just three examples of things fans shouted from the seats behind the press box as the Lions struggled to see off the Barbarians side. It takes a lot to earn the respect of New Zealanders when it comes to rugby and the Lions have a long way to go to achieve that particular goal set by coach Warren Gatland. ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENTThe issues in terms of jet lag and a lack of preparation time are well documented but their first opponents were a scratch side too, only training together for a week before running out in front of an expectant crowd in Whangarei.Steady: The scrum was a fairly even contest on Saturday night. Photo: Getty ImagesThe tourists will have been disappointed not to have dominated the opener physically, failing to assert themselves at the set-piece or the contact area, and while their intent in attack was clear – playing fast and wide – they lacked accuracy. The All Blacks are known for their ruthless edge so the Lions must become clinical in the coming weeks if they are to have a chance in the Test series.INTO THE BLUESNext up are Tana Umaga’s Blues. The Auckland-based franchise have been inconsistent in Super Rugby this season; they have won half of their 14 games to date, losing six and drawing one, and are the worst performing Kiwi team.Gatland has already talked of the threat the Blues pose physically, so what team should he pick for the game at Eden Park on Wednesday? It will be a completely different starting XV and here’s a potential line-up for game two…Liam Williams; George North, Elliot Daly, Robbie Henshaw, Jack Nowell; Dan Biggar, Conor Murray; Jack McGrath, Ken Owens, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Peter O’Mahony (capt), Sean O’Brien, CJ Stander.Double time: Will Conor Murray and Dan Biggar team up at half-back? Photo: InphoFirst, with his key leadership figures all playing against the Barbarians, it looks like a choice between Owens and O’Mahony as captain. We’re tipping the Irishman to edge it as Owens focuses on his return from injury.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREThere are familiar combinations up front with the all-Irish back row and English/Saracens engine room, while half-backs Murray and Biggar have been rooming together. In midfield the arcing break and kicking game of Daly, the only replacement not to make it onto the field on Saturday, would complement the power of Henshaw. Williams is one of the best operators under the high ball in the squad – an area where the Lions struggled in the first game – while Nowell and North are danger men out wide.We’ll see how close (or wrong!) we are when Gatland names his team to play the Blues tomorrow, but whoever runs out at Eden Park knows there needs to be a significant improvement in performance.
After the match England head coach Eddie Jones said that substitution was made due to Hartley struggling with a thumb injury.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest rugby news. However, the maul was a moment that brought a full-capacity Twickenham to their feet – particularly when backs Owen Farrell and Henry Slade sprinted over to join the shunting play.The All Blacks defence splintered and French referee Jerome Garces had to scuttle round the edges to get to the mass of bodies and award Hartley the five-pointer.The move all began when New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett was found to be offside after catching a knock-on from full-back Damian McKenzie. England kicked to touch.From the resulting line-out lock Maro Itoje rose above the rest to claim the throw – despite the driving Twickenham rain – and instantly transferred the ball to Hartley, with forwards folding around him as they built the driving maul.Claiming a ball: Maro Itoje wins a lineout for England against the All BlacksEngland attempted to drive mauls again in the second half, however they were unable to generate the same momentum as they did with the score that took them 15-0 ahead of the visitors.The initial try-scorer, skipper Hartley, would not reappear for the second half, having been substituted at half-time for Saracens No 2 Jamie George. However, England would go on to lose five lineouts to the All Blacks in the second half. Big moment: Dylan Hartley goes over from the maul to score for England SOME PEOPLE bemoan the lack of mauls from the England national team these days. Well, they answered those critics with an emphatic, powerful driving maul that saw skipper Dylan Hartley go over for a try from over ten metres out.Have a look at their moves here… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England made use of this attacking weapon in the driving Twickenham rain The All Blacks would go on to win the contest 16-15 and there was a hint of controversy at the end of the match too.Related: Late England try ruled out by TMO
Northampton v Sale live stream: How to watch from anywhereBarely have the whoops and hollers died down at Sale than they must go hard again. The Sharks last week won the Premiership Cup – their first silverware since 2006 – but this evening require a bonus-point win at Franklin’s Gardens to stay bang in contention for the Gallagher Premiership play-offs (kick-off 5.30pm). They sit fourth in the table, Bristol breathing down their necks, ahead of this weekend’s final round of matches.DoR Steve Diamond has rejigged his squad after that final against Harlequins, particularly in the back-line. Rohan Janse van Rensburg shifts to wing in place of Denny Solomona, who had a poor game last week. Simon Hammersley moves to wing to accommodate Luke James at full-back and there’s a return for Manu Tuilagi in midfield.Faf de Klerk, who scored the clinching try with a short-side scoot from a ruck, starts this time, as does fellow Springbok Coenie Oosthuizen at tighthead. Ben Curry, who hobbled off against Quins, is out for three to six weeks with an ankle injury and is replaced by his brother Tom, the England back-row.Winners: Sale, in T-shirts honoring their late kitman Alan Blease, lift the Premiership Cup (PPAUK)“We’ve got a lot to do. Northampton will be a difficult challenge, they’re a very proud club,” said Diamond. “We’ve just got to execute our opportunities. If we do that and we’re disciplined, the game plan won’t be too detailed. It’s a cup final in itself.”Northampton have lost 11 of their past 13 matches, and their last six on the bounce at the Gardens. But the East Midlands derby defeat may have marked a nadir because Saints were vastly improved in their previous outing, the Champions Cup defeat at Exeter. Courtney Lawes carried six times in the first ten minutes at Sandy Park and Saints enjoyed 65% possession in the first half before Chiefs’ power game took its toll.In at No 8: Shaun Adendorff starts for Saints this evening (Getty Images)Eleven of that XV start again tonight, with scrum-half Alex Mitchell, hooker Sam Matavesi, No 8 Shaun Adendorff and wing Taqele Naiyaravoro the four fresh faces.The latter is a late change, Rory Hutchinson having been ruled out shortly before kick-off because of an ankle injury. Matt Proctor moves from the wing to 13, with Fraser Dingwall switching to inside-centre.Piers Francis and Ryan Olowofela come onto the bench to provide injury cover, with Jamie Gibson making way as a result.This is Saints’ last home game of the 2020-21 season and another failure would mean the wretched home losing run would hang over them at the start of the new season in November. That is fuel for their motivation.Assistant coach Matt Ferguson said: “We’ve got to get rid of this losing streak, we’ve got to get rid of losing at home. We’re just not accepting as a group continuing to not perform there. From that point of view there’s as much riding on (today’s match) as there was on a European quarter-final. My meetings have been about getting that monkey off our back.”They may draw comfort from one stat weighted heavily in their favour: Sale have won just once at Franklin’s Gardens since 2006 – 34-25 in March 2018.In the reverse fixture last December, Saints got sucked into an arm wrestle they didn’t want and went down 22-10. The defeat knocked them off the top of the table and, in some ways, triggered the slide that sees them now in seventh place. Watch highlights of that match here.Northampton: George Furbank; Ahsee Tuala, Matt Proctor, Fraser Dingwall, Taqele Naiyaravoro; Dan Biggar, Alex Mitchell; Manny Iyogun, Sam Matavesi, Owen Franks, David Ribbans, Api Ratuniyarawa, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam (capt), Shaun Adendorff.Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Alex Seville, 18 Ehren Painter, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Henry Taylor, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Ryan Olowofela.Sale: Luke James; Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Sam James, Manu Tuilagi, Simon Hammersley; Robert du Preez, Faf de Klerk; Ross Harrison, Curtis Langdon, Coenie Oosthuizen, Cobus Wiese, Jean-Luc du Preez, Jono Ross (capt), Tom Curry, Daniel du Preez.Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Valery Morozov, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Phillips, 20 Cameron Nield, 21 Will Cliff, 22 AJ MacGinty, 23 Marland Yarde.Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for Northampton v Sale wherever you are…How to watch Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Northampton v Sale, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network. The heat is on the Sharks as they push for a Gallagher Premiership play-off place. But Northampton Saints will be fiercely determined to end their losing streak this evening 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 ExpressVPNNorthampton v Sale live stream: How to watch from the UKNorthampton v Sale, which kicks off at 5.30pm on Tuesday, will be shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.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, including the two Anglo-French finals in 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 Northampton v Sale takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Northampton v Sale live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Northampton v Sale (kick-off 6.30pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Northampton v Sale live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch Northampton v Sale at 2.30am (AEST).The Foxtel Sports HD bundle is $74 a month – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO so you can watch when on the move.Foxtel Sports HD bundleNorthampton v Sale 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 Northampton v Sale from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 4.30am 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 offerNorthampton v Sale live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to keep track of the many South Africans plying their trade in the Premiership, such as Faf de Klerk, Coenie Oosthuizen and the du Preez brothers, SuperSport shows matches in South Africa.South Africa is one hour ahead of the UK, so Northampton v Sale kicks off at 6.30pm on SuperSport Rugby and SuperSport Grandstand. There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. 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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A buyers’ guide to the best boots for the match-winning kickers – The colour scheme might be a bit out there for some, although the Battenburg styling will appeal to those who like to stand outBuy Now from Amazon from £22.49Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £40Buy Now from Puma for £70Adidas Malice Elite SG Boots(Adidas)A boot for speedy backs that won’t break the bank. Asymmetrical laces make more space for a clean contact and a series of raised dots on the upper enhance ball control for kickers.The stud pattern combines metal and plastic studs offering plenty of traction year-round without causing discomfort on hard pitches. The upper is synthetic and keeps feet firmly in place to allow quick changes of direction.+ A boot that can be used year-round all for a very reasonable price+ An enlarged contact patch makes kicking simple and consistent– The mix of orange, purple, and yellow may be a bit much for someBuy Now from Amazon from £42Asics Menace 3 S SG Boots(Asics)Loud, proud, and deadly. These striking peach and gold boots will have you feeling like a pro before you have even stepped foot on the pitch. The nylon and microfibre upper is exceptionally light but strong enough to last for match after match after match.A stiff sole plate means that all of your sprinting power is directed straight through the ground so you can reach your max speed as you flash through the line. These double as football boots so unsurprisingly the contact zone is perfect for kicking.+ Light as air but with a stiff sole to allow you to be agile and quick+ Six-stud design gives you enough traction without added heft– Not for forwards. Everything that is good about these boots is what makes them not a good choice for a forwardBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £80Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £101Buy Now from Amazon from £155Nike Mercurial Superfly Elite DF SG Boots(Nike)The Mercurial Superfly Elite is an example of where boots for backs are heading. The knit upper is exceptionally lightweight; it is basically just a slightly over-engineered sock. That means two things – unrivalled comfort and unrivalled agility.No matter what boot you were wearing before, these will be a monumental step up. Add plenty of traction, thanks to the combination of stud types, and a perfect kicking surface, designed for a football, and these boots are ideal for a kicker looking to break open the game.+ Built for football, these boots are ideal if you plan on making kicking a part of your game+ These soft-ground boots have a stud pattern that should allow for year-round use– I don’t have to tell you that £200+ for boots is extraordinarily expensiveBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £260Buy Now from Sports Direct for £138.50Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £260Nike Phantom Vision 2 Pro DF Mens FG Boots(Nike)These boots will split the readers. Some will think they are eyesores, others, will agree with me and think they look fantastic.They are designed for football, which means the kicking consistency is excellent. That contact zone is enhanced by the Ghost Lace System, which conceals the laces. Sadly, this also removes any excuses if you do shank one off the kicking tee. The inner bootie adds excellent comfort and a tight fit to enhance agility and speed.+ Fully concealed laces create an enormous contact area for kicking+ The mesh and Nikeskin upper make for an incredibly light boot– I love it but the styling is admittedly polarisingBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £90Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £70Buy Now from Sports Direct for £90That completes our round-up of the best boots for kickers in 2020. Best Rugby Boots for Kickers 2021You are lining up to kick at goal for the match-winning points. At that point there is nothing more crucial than what is on your feet. If you don’t have confidence in your footwear, you will struggle to win the match.The most important factor is grip, if you can’t rely on your planted foot, then the contact zone is irrelevant. Most soft-ground boots aimed at backs feature a combination of plastic studs and metal ones, these offer the perfect amount of grip in even the worst of conditions.The contact zone is the area that propels the ball forwards. For consistency you want this clear of any laces, stitching or unnecessary detailing. You may consider a football boot, especially on a solid surface, as they tend to have consistent and large contact zones.If kicking isn’t an important part of your game, look at our guides for the best boots for forwards and best boots for backs. Otherwise, this guide will help you find the boots to take your kicking to the next level.Best Rugby Boots for KickersGilbert Kaizen 1.0 SG Boots(Gilbert)Designed for speed and agility, these are ideal for fleet-footed outside backs. A knitted upper, brought over from football boots, hugs the foot without adding more than the bare essentials in weight. Perfect for some dazzling footwork and a sprint into the open field.The offset laces mean that, when your best option is to kick, you can do it with confidence thanks to an unbroken kicking zone.+ Very lightweight but still offering a solid and secure fit+ A raised heel ensures you are always in the most powerful position when you need to surge by the last defender– The knitted upper and lightweight construction means you can expect a few bruised toes, even if you avoid rucks as much as possibleBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £45Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £40Buy Now from Amazon from £83.84Adidas Predator XP FG Boots(Adidas)As a kid, the Predator was the boot you had to have if you were playing football. That boot has evolved to this. The Predator XP has a knit upper to provide breathability but that is combined with foot security so you can dart left and right and know that your foot will be held in place.Asymmetrical laces increase the contact patch so you can be confident of a consistent outcome when kicking.+ Extra padding around the ankle cuff will protect your ankle joint from any impact+ Lightweight and comfortable but with a secure fit to allow for fast footwork– The firm ground studs probably won’t offer enough traction in the midwinter so you will need a second pair for soft groundBuy Now from Sports Direct for £120Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £127Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £170Adidas X.Ghosted 1 FG Boots(Adidas)Ideal for speedy backs who steer clear of the rough stuff or prioritise accurate kicking over the odd bruise. Exceptionally lightweight construction and sock like comfort will leave you feeling like you’re not wearing any shoes at all.A carbon-fibre insert under the foot means that all power is sent straight through the turf to fire you forward rather than lost in a bendy sole. There is plenty of space on the toe and instep for consistent and accurate kicking, whether at goal or sliding through a grubber.+ Exceptionally lightweight but more than comfortable enough to wear for hours on end+ Ideal for kickers who want a clear contact patch between boot and ball– Right at the top end of the budget for most and, unless you live somewhere warm and dry, unusable in the winter monthsBuy Now from Adidas for £179.95Buy Now from Sports Direct for £179.99Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £180Puma Future 5.3 Netfit FG/AG Boots(Puma)The Future is aptly named, this is what rugby boots will become. Part sock and part boot, the Future is super lightweight but with a lacing system that keeps the foot firmly locked down.That means despite the flimsy looking exterior they will allow you to dance around with as much confidence as any ‘normal’ looking boot. Unsurprisingly, for a football boot, the contact area is ideal for kickers.+ Perfect for powering through the line or dancing past a defender, thanks to excellent foot security+ Great on hard surfaces and synthetic ground, this offer usage in all but the worst conditions 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.Please follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Russ Randle says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC House of Bishops, Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI April 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm How exciting to have Rev. Canon Susan Goff as the next Suffragan Bishop. Alleluia. Marius Hulswit says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Pegram Johnson III says: 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 Press Release Service April 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm This was a big day for us and a very happy one. Russ Randle, Lay Deputy to General Convention, Diocese of Virginia Elaine Hente says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Press Release 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 Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments (6) Virginia diocese elects Susan Goff as bishop suffragan Director of Music Morristown, NJ martha knight says: People April 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm In re Mr Hulswit’s comment In my day at least at VTS everyone had his own room, though I can not say definitely that there never were room mates. I suspect Fr. Walke’s friend was a hall mate. In re the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, some of their bishops made valiant and lasting stands against segregation.I have a hard time believing the suspected incident was approved by Bishop which would normally be the case in an Episcopal school. However, I certainly can’t say for certain what actually happened. (I wasn’t there.) Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Liz Gober says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Elections, Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Susan Goff[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Susan Ellyn Goff was elected April 21 as bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.Goff, 58, canon to the ordinary of the Diocese of Virginia, was elected on the fourth ballot out of a field of three nominees. Two other nominees withdrew after the second ballot and another withdrew after the third. Goff received 148 votes of 207 cast in the clergy order and 164 of 258 cast in the lay order. An election on that ballot required 104 votes in the clergy order and 130 in the lay order.The election was held at a meeting of a special council for the election of a bishop suffragan at St. George’s Church in Fredericksburg.Goff will serve under the Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, who was consecrated in 2007. The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. “Ted” Gulick Jr. serves as assisting bishop.“I am excited to be able to welcome Susan to the Virginia episcopate,” Johnston said after the election. “In her work as canon to the ordinary, she brings much wisdom, grace and discretion, qualities that I know will translate well in the role of bishop suffragan.”Goff previously was rector of St. Christopher’s in Springfield, rector of Immanuel, Old Church, in Mechanicsville, chaplain of St. Catherine’s School in Richmond and chaplain of St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock. She also taught liturgics and trained seminarian supervisors at Virginia Theological Seminary.She is a graduate of Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and has been ordained 31 years. She is married to the Rev. Tom Holliday.Because the election took place within 120 days of a meeting of General Convention, the House of Deputies and a majority of bishops with jurisdiction must consent to the election during their meeting in Indianapolis in July 2012.Pending the necessary consents, the consecration is planned for July 28 at St. Paul’s Church, Richmond. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be chief consecrator.The other nominees were:The Rev. Randy Alexander, 45, rector, Christ Church, Pelham, New York (Diocese of New York)The Very Rev. David May, 52, rector, Grace Church, Kilmarnock, Virginia (Diocese of Virginia)The Very Rev. Dr. Hilary Smith, 43, rector, St. Paul’s on-the-Hill, Winchester, Virginia (Diocese of Virginia)The Very Rev. Shirley Smith Graham, 43, rector, St. Martin’s, Williamsburg, Virginia (Diocese of Southern Virginia)The Rev. Canon Sue Sommer, 55, subdean and canon pastor, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, Missouri (Diocese of West Missouri).“We are most grateful to all six of the candidates for journeying with us through this process,” said Johnston. “They all displayed an immense amount of faith, dedication and good spirit.”Information about all the nominees is available here.The Diocese of Virginia, organized in 1785, is the largest Episcopal diocese within the United States, with some 80,000 members of 181 congregations located in 38 counties in central, northern and northwestern Virginia. Comments are closed. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL April 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm What a wonderful choice! Alleluia! Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA By ENS staffPosted Apr 21, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis April 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm Hearty congratulations to the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all Virginia Episcopalians, and especially, to Suffragan Bishop-elect Goss ! As one who attended Virginia Episcopal School from 1954 to 1958, went on to Hobart College in Geneva NY, was a co-founder of St. Michael’s Montessori School in New York City in the 1960’s, and then went on to become Executive Director Emeritus of the Episcopal Actors’ Guild in NYC , this is, to me, a manifestation of the wonderfully progressive Episcopal Church I have been following lovingly all of my life! What progress we have made since the days of The Rev. Roger Walke, briefly the Headmaster of VES, who invited his “Negro” fellow priest roommate from Virginia Seminary to attend his Ordination at St. John’s in Lynchburg, and was dismissed as Headmaster a few years later, very probably for having done so! The fact that Virginia now has a female Bishop coming up gives me great hope that my two grand-daughters, both baptized in the Episcopal Church at NYC’s ” Little Church Around the Corner,” and both now residing in Chesapeake, VA, will fall in love, during their lives, with the same wonderful Episcopal Church as did I !! God Bless us All ! This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem April 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm Praise the Lord, Cousin Susan! I pray that you be showered with His blessings now and always!