IRB Junior World Championship 2011 set for record coverage

first_img“The IRB Junior World Championship has continued to grow significantly in recent years around the world and its appeal extends to both new fans and existing supporters of Rugby who now recognise the exceptional matches available,” said IRB Tournament Director Philippe Bourdarias.“The future stars of world Rugby will be on show in Italy for three weeks, in a beautiful setting, and the tournament provides them with strategic development opportunities whilst being extremely attractive to broadcasters and Rugby fans worldwide. Those watching the matches in the stadiums and around the world will enjoy a wonderful festival with some thrilling Rugby and elite players on show.” 2010 Junior Champions – New ZealandThe IRB Junior World Championship 2011 kicks off on 10 June in the Veneto Region of Italy and will enjoy record broadcast and online coverage for an Age Grade Rugby tournament.The premier tournament for international teams at Under 20 level, which runs from June 10-26, will be screened live by 19 broadcasters to 142 countries with a global potential reach of more than 174 million homes. The cumulative total of live coverage for the three-week tournament is projected to be 280 hours in 18 languages.The IRB Junior World Championship 2011 Broadcast Partner Rai Sport in Italy will be providing extensive live coverage of 16 matches, more than any previous Host Broadcaster, including Italy’s opening day Pool A match against three-time defending champions New Zealand, while the much-anticipated encounter between England and Ireland in Pool C will be shown on Sky Sports UK.Broadcasters from North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa will also be covering the Junior World Championship, with countries such as Brazil and Japan showing the tournament live. Click here for the brodacasting schedule ROSARIO, SANTA FE – JUNE 21: New Zealand players celebrate their victory in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship final between Australia and New Zealand at Estadio El Coloso del Parque on June 21, 2010 in Rosario, Argentina. New Zealand won 17-62. (Photo by Emiliano Lasalvia/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The IRB championship broadcast manager, Pro-Active Television, has again equalled the record number of broadcasters achieved for the Junior World Championship last year in Argentina which smashed all previous broadcast records.  The record number of 16 produced matches will also be streamed live at the official tournament website at ensuring an increased global audience can see the live action for free. The TV production company 78Seventy Broadcast has been appointed by the IRB to provide extensive highlights, news coverage and feature content for broadcasters, which will also be available at THE FULL MATCH SCHEDULE HERECLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON STREAMINGlast_img read more

Rugby World Cup 2011: USA’s story

first_img14 Oct 1999: Juan Grobler of the USA is tackled by Nathan Grey and Jason Little of Australia during the 1999 Rugby World Cup Pool E match at Thomond Park in Limerick, Ireland. Australia won the match 55 – 19. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport Or click here if you prefer a digital version of the magazineAnd if you’d like 50% off a subscription to Rugby World Magazine click here LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS USA winger Ngwenya evades Bryan Habana to score a try during the 2007 World CupThe Eagles have won just two World Cup matches to date. Alex Goff takes a walk down memory lane…Victories have been hard to come by for the United States of America at the World Cup, but somehow the Eagles have managed to make their mark in other ways.The USA have never entered a World Cup with an expectation of making the quarter-finals – qualifying from a region that includes Canada, Argentina and Uruguay is challenge enough for the Eagles, let alone making the last eight.Along the way, however, they have developed long-standing rivalries. They have played, and lost to, England three times, including a controversial opening game at France in 2007. Their match-ups with Ireland and Australia in 2011 will be the third time they’ve faced those teams too.But even in the RWC matches where they were the distinct underdogs, the Eagles have produced standout moments: a try to remember, a scoreline much closer than expected, or a dramatic finish. The story isn’t always heart-warming – heartbreaking more like – but it is compelling.The USA were invited to the inaugural RWC in 1987, and started their campaign with a 21-18 defeat of Japan in Brisbane. What followed were two heavy losses to Australia and England, and it would be another 16 years before the United States would taste victory again.In 1991 the Americans were soundly beaten by England, New Zealand and Italy – the game against the All Blacks marked the last time the USA have taken on the 2011 World Cup hosts. It was the USA’s toughest World Cup, but notable in part for full-back Ray Nelson’s try against England, putting his World Cup points total at 28, a then Eagles record.Juan Grobler was the only player to score against AustraliaIn 1995 they failed to qualify, losing two very close matches to Argentina in the 1994 qualifiers, but they were back again in 1999. In that tournament the Eagles struggled with bad luck, including an injury to captain Dan Lyle, and heartache.A 27-25 loss to Romania could easily have been a USA victory, but in their last game they did enjoy a special moment. The Eagles lost 55-19 to Australia in Limerick, but in an impressive first half of rugby, a smart pass out to centre Juan Grobler produced a try for the Eagles (right). That try was notable as it was the only one Australia conceded during the entire tournament. Not a victory, to be sure, but a distinct point of pride for the Eagles.Four years later, the USA finally earned their second victory, beating Japan once again, 39-26. That tournament was also notable for the Eagles’ opening match, against Fiji. The 2003 RWC had been criticised for being too one-sided. Where were the close, exciting games? Well, USA v Fiji answered that question and served up a treat. The thriller was brought to a close when the USA scored in the corner, but as the conversion drifted wide the Fijians sneaked it 19-18. Still, both teams revelled in having raised the excitement quotient of the tournament.Two players set new benchmarks in scoring. Mike Hercus recorded 51 points, the most by an Eagle in any tournament, and Kort Schubert scored three tries, including that late one against Fiji.In 2007, the USA surprised many by holding defending champions England to a close 28-10 scoreline in the opening match. It would have been closer but for a yellow card, a ten-minute spell during which England scored two tries. There followed a disappointing display against Tonga that ended in a 25-15 defeat and a bizarre game where Samoa ran out to a 22-3 half-time lead yet had to hang on to win 25-21. The USA found a way to set Takudzwa Ngwenya free and scored another try through Lou Stanfill near the end, but it wasn’t quite enough.The Eagles left France winless, but produced one of the great moments of the tournament. As the first half closed against South Africa, flanker Todd Clever intercepted a South African pass and set off out of his own 22. He casually brushed away Butch James, who landed on his backside for his pains, and linked up with lock Alec Parker. Parker passed to fly-half Hercus, who looked across the field and saw Ngwenya in space. Hercus lofted a long, looping pass to his wing, and the speedster did the rest.Ngwenya was confronted by the Springbok star Bryan Habana, but rather than being overawed he cut outside, then inside, then outside again, and turned on the gas, leaving one of the world’s best wingers grasping at his heels. It was oneof two USA tries scored in a 64-15 loss, but it was the try everyone remembered, the one that won IRB Try of the Year in 2007.Moments of magic, then, for the United States on the world’s biggest rugby stage. But players would certainly trade a fleeting celebrity for a few more victories.In all the Eagles have only won two matches while losing 15. On three occasions – Romania in 1999, Fiji in 2003 and Samoa in 2007 – their losing margin has been four points or less. It’s also worth noting that in those 17 games, many against some of the greatest teams in the world, the USA have been held tryless only three times. Victories may remain elusive, but you can always count on the Yanks to show something that makes you get out of your seat.USA’s World Cup record                   USA in numbers1987 Group phase                               IRB world ranking 16th1991 Group phase                               Clubs 2,4331995 Didn’t qualify                               Registered players 88,1511999 Group phase                               Senior male players 35,7942003 Group phase                               Referees 1,8582007 Group phaseAnd here’s the try against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup…This article appeared in Part 1 of our Rugby World Cup Supplement.To get a copy of the supplement contact [email protected]last_img read more

Ireland snap up John Plumtree, maintaining the fashion for bringing in foreign influence

first_img(from L) France’s rugby union national team assistant coach Yannick Bru, head coach Philippe Saint-Andre and assistant coach Patrice Lagisquet speak together during a training session on March 7, 2013 in Marcoussis, south of Paris, as part of the preparation for the Six Nations rugby union tournament. France will play Ireland in their 2013 Six nations rugby match on March 23, 2013 in Lansdowne Road. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) Man for the job: John Plumtree may have been dumped by Natal Sharks, but he is now Ireland’s forwards coachBy Alan DymockHAVING BEEN relieved of his position with the Natal Sharks by incumbent CEO John Smit, John Plumtree has not taken long in securing new employment as he has signed up to join Ireland as an assistant to Joe Schmidt.”Foreign” success: SchmidtThe Kiwi will be a forwards coach, joining compatriot Schmidt and Australian Les Kiss on the coaching team. With such a heavy influence from the Southern Hemisphere on the Emerald Isle, it is interesting to note which other countries are not led by indigenous coaches. Not to suggest that a country is better off one way or the other, of course, but simply for the acknowledgment that southern style still tends to trump northern nous in the eyes of the greater rugby public or at the very least, a big name from any country seems to be a better catch for unions than those who have climbed up through the ranks and pathways in that country.Ireland are now led by a Kiwi, as are Wales, and Scotland will be as of 2014. Wales do have Rob Howley and Neil Jenkins to impart some ‘local knowledge’. However, England’s all-English coaching caste stands out in comparison to Wales’ with Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards.Scotland have no indigenous coaches, with Vern Cotter coming in next year and Scott Johnson stepping up to oversee everything and there is Welshman Jonathan Humphreys as forwards coach and Australian Matt Taylor running the defence.However, does it matter as long as the personnel do the job or improve a country’s standing? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Plumtree has said he looks forward to “putting smiles on Irish faces” and that he wants to make Ireland tougher to beat. Great, if he can. Perhaps things will be that much easier to work around in Dublin, though, because there are so many men with Kiwi connections in Ireland – with Pat Lam at Connacht, Mark Anscomb at Ulster and Rob Penney at Munster – close at hand.Is it therefore assumed that Ireland already have the system for success, though? This heralding of overseas talent is certainly en vogue in the UK and Ireland, with Italy also relying on coaches from France to lead their team. Looking at the rest of the top 15 teams in the IRB world rankings, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa all have home-grown coaches. Argentina, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji are all led by head coaches from their own country, too. At the lower reaches of that list are Japan and Canada, who are led by Aussie Eddie Jones and Kiwi Kieran Crowley respectively.Home-grown, hurting: The all-French coaches are strugglingIt seems that the desire for influence from outside your shores also extends through the British and Irish leagues. In the Aviva Premiership, Leicester, Newcastle, Northampton and Worcester have English head coaches while the rest draw inspiration from elsewhere. In the RaboDirect Pro12, Cardiff, Glasgow, the Dragons, Ospreys and Zebre all have coaches from home.Jingoism aside though, it is hard to gauge whether having all-local leaders works. In France’s Top 14, only Clermont Auvergne and Stade Francais have non-French coaches and their national team is led by a Gallic trio of Philippe Saint-Andre, Yannick Bru and Patrice Lagisquet, yet les Bleus are now talked about in hushed tones as if their national side is doomed to years of failure.The sides like Samoa hoping to establish themselves in the top tier of rugby also look inwardly for personnel, however they are trying to build from a solid core rather than instantly win. No longer is it assumed that a good coach from abroad can lift a system, but rather that the system needs built first.last_img read more

Ireland: Five things we learned v Scotland

first_imgDUBLIN, IRELAND – FEBRUARY 02: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland charges upfield during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 2, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) French fancy: Sexton showed no signs of fatigue during Ireland’s 28-6 win over ScotlandBy Claire Glancy Stepping in: Heaslip was comfortable in the captain’s roleCompetition for placesFor the first time in a long time, players are not going to be guaranteed their position in the starting XV or matchday squad. Understandably the likes of Paul O’Connell or Sean O’Brien would be expected to regain their place once fit but I suppose the point is that there doesn’t have to be the sense of panic such absences would previously have brought given the performances of their replacements, Dan Tuohy and Chris Henry. The same goes for the front row. Schmidt had the luxury of bringing on three younger, less experienced players but neither the scrum nor the team suffered as a result. An international squad should not be a case of 15 players plus the rest, to be successful everyone involved needs to know that they have a chance of playing. Schmidt is spreading that belief, from the likes of Andrew Trimble making his first Six Nations start in two years to Martin Moore winning his first cap or Simon Zebo waiting in the flanks to be recalled.French fatigue hasn’t hit SextonThere has been much concern about Jonathan Sexton since his move to Racing Métro. While his compatriots like Jamie Heaslip and Brian O’Driscoll have made between seven and ten appearances for Leinster, the French are determined to get their money’s worth with the fly-half who has featured 19 times for his club already this season. Sexton has been refreshingly honest about the trials of his French move and even warned his international team-mates against it, but if homesickness has been a problem for the him it’s worked to Ireland’s advantage because on Sunday he relished being back on home soil. There is no sign of fatigue in Sexton. He’s energized, excited and now even more experienced from his time in the Top 14.Break-fast: Healy made his mark against ScotlandConsistency is key Wales will be a greater physical and mental testWith only six days to recover, Ireland have to switch their minds quickly on to the challenges that await them on Saturday. The firepower of Jamie Roberts, George North and co will put the Irish defence under pressure, while the Welsh back row will be out to stop Sexton developing any attacking pattern for Ireland. Defensively Ireland held up against Scotland but the coaches will need to get Luke Marshall and Brian O’Driscoll into the attacking game more often if they are to break down the Welsh. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It’s a cliché we’ve heard repeated by Ian McGeechan on Lions tours and Stuart Lancaster at the beginning of his term with England but after the lows of last year, Ireland had to get some pride back in the jersey. They’ve started this tournament with a win, however they managed the same last season against Wales at the Millennium Stadium before their tournament ground to a halt at half-time in that match. It is clear to see the focus and technical detail they are applying to the set piece. The forwards seem to understand their roles and in Cian Healy, Ireland have a world class prop forward. Whether it be the scrum or line out, Ireland now have a set-piece that has the potential to challenge any side in the world. Even in the absence of Paul O’Connell, the pack wasn’t without its leaders with Rory Best and all of the back-rowers having skippered both club and country.Schmidt’s scheme taking shapeElements of Joe Schmidt’s style are starting to show, particularly in the way Ireland are looking to attack: offloads, interplay between forwards and aggressive running lines from starter plays. Sexton is mixing up his game and providing quick ball to the outside backs through fast passing and clever wrap around lines – all of which will continue to challenge defences. A willingness to build pressure by looking to score tries rather than just take three points shows an air of confidence and self-belief amongst the team.last_img read more

Stu Townsend: the road to Twickenham

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Stu Townsend was transformed from an on-loan prospect to an Aviva Premiership winner within a matter of months last season. But this was not his first time on the winners’ podium.A decade earlier, the Exeter Chiefs scrum-half led Kingsbridge Community College to the final of the Emerging Schools National Cup at Twickenham.The then 12-year-old scored the only try in his side’s 5-0 victory over Harrogate, picking the ball up from the back of the scrum and powering through the opposition defensive line.He says of the occasion: “It was a dream to play there. Even at that age I knew I wanted to be a professional and the experience inspired me to pursue it.”Match-winner: Townsend on the day his try won a trophy at Twickenham for Kingsbridge Community CollegeTownsend began playing rugby at the age of six for Kingsbridge RFC, his local team in Devon and one of the county’s most prolific youth teams.If you wish to understand the scale of this success, you need only visit the kitchen of his family home. There you will see a dresser in the corner, which can be heard creaking under the weight of the trophies dutifully supplied by Townsend and his two brothers.Yet the 22-year-old gained far more from his time at the club than silverware.“I learnt about one of the most important elements of rugby, making new friends, which is something I’ve taken forward to Exeter,” he says.“You have great friendships within a club and the social bond goes a long way on the pitch; you want to play for each other, it means a lot to everyone.”You beauty! Leaping on try-scorer Jack Nowell en route to a 2017 winners’ medal at TwickenhamDuring his school years, Townsend was ferried across the length and breadth of the country for games by his mum and he soon started to stand out as a genuine prospect.Milestones fell with impressive regularity, the player captaining his county side and winning numerous individual honours en route to signing an academy contract with Chiefs at 16.Yet the speculation about what was possible for him began years earlier, with many tipping the Torbay-born player to become a professional before he had even started playing full-contact.He says: “Compliments are always nice, but I tried not to dwell on it too much because I still had a very long way to go.”On loan: the No 9 played for Cornish Pirates before answering Exeter’s SOS (Brian Tempest)At Chiefs he was given the platform to develop and soon became an integral part of their academy. And after four years, Stuart was sent out on loan to the lower divisions, where he appeared for both Taunton Titans and Cornish Pirates.“You have to prove to the coaches and everyone at the club that you are good enough to play at that level.“Believing in yourself isn’t enough. If you sit back and think you’ll just do it, you probably won’t. As long as you want to improve you will get a chance.” Luckily for Townsend, he still has plenty of time to defend his unbeaten record at Twickenham.Kicking on: Townsend puts boot to ball during Exeter’s Premiership game at Leicester this term (Getty) But it posed a number of challenges too.He adds: “It was difficult being away from Exeter. You sometimes wonder whether you’re ever going to get that chance, whether they’re ever going to call you back.“But I never let doubts settle in my mind. I always thought that I was good enough. You have to prove to everyone else that you are and constantly focus on what you can do to get better.”Devon title: parading a trophy at Kingsbridge RFC, where he was part of a strong youth teamMidway through last season, he was given his opportunity. With fellow nines Dave Lewis and Will Chudley ruled out through injury, Townsend was recalled to Chiefs’ first-team outfit, capping his first top-flight start with a try at Leicester in March.Fast-forward two months and he was running out at Sandy Park for a play-off semi-final against European champions Saracens, which the home side edged 18-16.“I love the culture of the club. We have a great bond amongst the players”That performance was enough to earn him a starting berth in the play-off final against Wasps and he was keen to repay his manager’s faith in him.“That day was pretty surreal for me. I was incredibly nervous in the weeks building up to it, but once I was there I just had to enjoy it and tell myself I was there for a reason.“Rob (Baxter, DoR) had trust in me in the games leading up to the final. That’s all well and good. But then you have to go out and prove to him that he made the right decision.”Finest hour: celebrating Exeter’s English title with Gareth SteensonThere was to be no try in this Twickenham outing, but the young scrum-half performed with a confidence beyond his years, using the ball well and carrying at the right time as his side ran out 23-20 winners.For Townsend, this victory was the sweetest possible moment in his lifelong love affair with the club, a culmination of years of hard work and hurdles overcome.“I’ve grown up here and always wanted to play for Chiefs. I love the culture of the club. We just have a great bond amongst the players, we all enjoy each other’s company. It keeps that pure rugby culture at the club.”Tense moments: waiting to tread the Twickenham turf for Kingsbridge Community CollegeBack in his home town, people continue to speculate about what is possible for the player.With some predicting an England call-up, Townsend, who already has an U20s Six Nations to his name, is more focused on getting his hands on the Chiefs’ No 9 jersey. Wallaby Nic White is currently first choice, with Chudley, Townsend and England cap Jack Maunder also vying for game time.“It’s a great ambition of mine to represent my country, but it’s not something I’ve given too much thought to,” says Townsend, who has featured in seven Premiership matches this season. “Exeter is where I want to be and I want to have a great career there. If England opportunities come along then great.” Grand stage: Stu Townsend throws a sidestep during Exeter’s Premiership victory last season (Getty) TAGS: Exeter Chiefs This opportunity to play regularly was pivotal for his development, enabling him to acclimatise to the physical demands of the men’s game. FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE A winner at Twickenham ten years apart, scrum-half Stu Townsend is living the dream. Jonathan Harding finds the Exeter Chief hoping to kick on to even greater successlast_img read more

My Life In Pictures with Mathieu Bastareaud

first_imgFor so long the French centre was one of Europe’s brightest stars. After a stint in New York, Bastareaud reflects on his amazing journey. This first appeared in Rugby World magazine in April. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Roaring success: In MArseille, 2017 (Getty Images) Roaring success, 2017“This photo (the main image above) is from a Top 14 semi-final against La Rochelle, 
at the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille,” says Mathieu Bastareaud. “It was not a simple game, they played very well.“But they took a red card (Pierre Aguillon, tip tackle) when they were leading 15-6. We played well and won through a last-second drop-goal from Anthony Belleau. Big breath. It was very intense!”Early years: With stade Francais (Getty Images)Paris, je t’aime, 2008“It was a special time for 
me because I’m from a little city (Créteil) close to Paris, I was born there. I played for the biggest club in Paris, in front of my family and also with legends like Christophe Dominici, Juan Martín Hernández and Ignacio Corleto.In Dublin (Getty Images)“When I started training at Stade 
I was impressed. They helped me be more confident with my rugby. Paris remains a special club for me and for French people because the spirit of the team is very different.”Big breakthrough, 2013“This was Toulon’s first European Cup final (in Dublin) and one of my best memories on the pitch. People thought Clermont would win – and they almost did with world-class play – but after Delon Armitage’s try we had our first big trophy (16-15). From then we created something special.”Respect: After facing Austin (Getty Images)King of New York, 2020“I’d been speaking with a club in South Africa, but they took too long and I needed to secure my family’s future. Then Rugby United New York came in and I knew one of their owners from Stade before. I wanted to leave France and see a new culture. I didn’t know anything about the city, the culture.“I was excited to go somewhere I knew nothing about. So I said ‘yes’ quickly. It (was) 
a great opportunity and in two or three years Major League Rugby will be a great place for rugby.”Big kiss: With Huget (Inpho)Pucker up, 2015“It’s a good one, this. Yoann (Huget) knows that I will never express my feelings. Sometimes 
I am very happy inside but I will also look p***ed off or nervous!Sad day (Getty Images)“So he loves playing jokes on me. He knew the photographer was there and so he kissed me 
at that exact moment. I remember I ran after him after that!”World Cup misery, 2015“We took 60 points in the quarters. I was so disappointed about my Rugby World Cup. I expected to play better but I put a lot of pressure on my shoulders. I didn’t play as I wanted, especially against Ireland. I played badly, which is why I was on the bench here for New Zealand. I was so frustrated.“And when I got on the pitch they were already 30 points ahead. We have a saying, ‘Impossible is not French’. But when you play the 
All Blacks it can be impossible! I knew the World Cup was finished and you never know if you can play another one, so I was sad.”At home: Representing France (Getty Images)Test baptism, 2009“I was very nervous before playing Wales. I wasn’t in the team at the start of the tournament 
and didn’t expect to be capped. Maxime Mermoz got injured and they called me. My phone was ringing and I didn’t recognise the number, so I didn’t answer. For an hour I thought, ‘Who called me?’“Christophe Dominici was my coach at Stade then and he called to ask what I was doing. I was at home after training and he said, ‘Pack your bag, you’re with the French team.’ I thought it was 
a joke but I was so nervous.“I called my mother and she began crying, she was so happy. 
I phoned someone with the team to ask what to bring. ‘Just bring underwear and boots,’ he said.“I expected to be on the bench so when the coach (Marc Lièvremont) said I was starting, I was in shock. Dominici called and said not to be nervous, enjoy it.“I have good memories. Tom Shanklin was my opposite 13 and afterwards gave me his jersey. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I know it’s your first cap.’ It was a good present as I remember watching him in 2005 when Wales won the Grand Slam.”Here’s Jonny: With Wilkinson (Getty Images)Toulon too good, 2011“I wasn’t picked for the 2011 World Cup. It was hard because 
I wasn’t playing well, I wasn’t fit.“I lost myself along the way. At the Six Nations I was good but I needed to work harder, day after day. In Paris, you can get lost if you’re young and get famous. In Paris you can do anything, on any day, at any hour. Paris is the best city to lose your way!“I thought I needed a big change. I had to move club and change city, not stay in my comfort zone. Because even when I played bad I knew I’d play the next game.center_img “Philippe Saint-André was the coach at Toulon. I met him and then I said, ‘Why not?’ Toulon 
had won nothing but they were ambitious and had already signed Bakkies Botha and Matt Giteau, and Jonny (Wilkinson) was there. So I knew that it would be difficult to play, with a lot of good players. 
I accepted the challenge.“This was Jonny’s first game 
after the World Cup. He’d just got back and he could have gone on holiday, but he asked to play and I thought, ‘Whoah! That’s amazing!’ During my years with him, that was a good model for me.”New role: At No 8 (PA Images)Great eight, 2019“I could have stayed in Toulon if I wanted; it wasn’t the same as Paris, I chose to leave Stade, but in Toulon I was starting to be bigger than just a player. A new coach wants his players to play for him and sometimes we weren’t on the same page. So 
I preferred to move and let the club grow with a new coach, 
new players, a new chairman.“In Toulon the coach already asked me about playing No 8 and I said, ‘Why not!’ When I moved 
to Lyon, the coach said he heard about that and again I said, ‘I think I can play No 8.’ It would be a new experience, a new pleasure on the pitch, so he said, ‘Let’s go.’“It’s not the same. In the backs you have to run, tackle, take contact, but there’s rest. In the forwards it’s scrums, lineout, clear rucks, win collisions. You never stop. It’s not the same rugby!”Big mistake: In New Zealand in 2009 (Getty Images)A harsh lesson, 2009“When I think back to that tour of New Zealand, I was young and I needed to be more clever, to trust my team-mates, because 
I made a mistake. Like a kid who didn’t want to be caught, I lied (he fell into a table after a night out and damaged his face, but at first claimed he was jumped by five locals. He was sent home when CCTV footage later emerged). It was bad, then it was very bad when I came home. In France 
it was a big, big, big, big story.“The prime minister talked about it in the newspapers. A lot of people talked badly about me. That was very hard for me but more for my family. They knew 
I made a mistake but all those 
bad comments, for me it was 
too much for my mistake. I had killed nobody but then some journalists tried to go to my mother’s house, and they called my father with withheld numbers.“It was very hard for my family. But at the end of this story I think it made me stronger, in my head. After that I saw the real face of professional world rugby. I was on top but after two months people talked of me like garbage.”Tunnel vision: Leading France out (Inpho)Captain’s call, 2018“For me to captain France was very special for my family. I got sick before the game as I was so nervous. I had a lot of feelings.“I was thinking about ten years ago in New Zealand, I was thinking about my mother and father, I was thinking of my first training when I was a kid. I had 
all those feelings and I was so stressed. When you are captain 
of your club that’s fine. But when you captain your country, you represent all of your country.“To have this honour, it’s one of my best memories. Yeah, my mum was so proud because since I started she would support me through the good and bad and she always trusted me. So that was a good present for her.”Team building: Before the RWC (Getty Images)Mountain man, 2015“This was before the 2015 World Cup and we went to Tignes for a training camp. We went for a big hike, starting at 5am to be on the top of the mountain by 11. That was very hard! For the team it’s important to work hard together. We had a lot of fun together too.”Sharing a moment: With the Baa-Baas (Getty Images)Barbarian days, 2019“My first time with the Baa-Baas was in 2011. Every time someone asked me what it was like I said, ‘Amazing.’ So when they called to ask about the 2019 tour I couldn’t say no. This is the rugby I love – just take pleasure, share it with players from other countries, it’s great. I enjoyed my three weeks with the boys.“I wore a sock for Massy, my club before I joined Paris. It’s important for me to remember where I come from and I was with Massy three years. I learnt a lot and played my first season in the third division 
at 18 and it was really hard – it wasn’t rugby but a fight! That 
was good for me, mentally.”This feature with Mathieu Bastareaud first appeared in Rugby World magazine in April. 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.last_img read more

Max Malins: How to vary kick-offs

first_img The England talisman explains the key rules for… TAGS: Saracens LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Leigh Halfpenny: How to kick for goal Route planner: Max Malins has represented England at U18 and U20 level (Getty Images) “We probably do more lower, contestable kicks towards either touchline. When you go low and flat, the opposition often don’t have time to get their lifting pod in place and in a one-on-one contest I’d back our winger.“If the opposition have a man in the middle with no one around him – maybe they’ve left the hooker there – we would look to attack that area. We’d bring one of the backs closer to the ten to chase the ball and would expect them to win the ball in the air against a front-row.”MORE SKILLS ADVICE… Beauden Barrett: How to mix your kicks Beauden Barrett: How to mix your kicks Owen Farrell: How to kick out of hand Saracens’ Max Malins explains how to mix up your restarts All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett, the World Rugby…center_img Every month Rugby World features advice from professional players and coaches on specific skills. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Owen Farrell: How to kick out of hand The Wales full-back explains how to hit the… Expand Leigh Halfpenny: How to kick for goal Expand Patience“Patience is a big thing when it comes to getting height on kicks. On hard ground it’s easier because you want to allow the ball to bounce higher.“Wait and be patient with your leg swing so you connect with the ball higher, then you’ll get more height on the kick and give the chaser more time to get the ball or hit man and ball.”This article originally appeared in the May 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine. Collapse Max Malins: How to vary kick-offsMax Malins, the Saracens fly-half/full-back who is going on loan to Bristol for the 2020-21 season, talks through the different options teams can have at restarts…Options“We have about ten areas on the pitch we kick to at Saracens. We look at opposition set-ups and how they receive kick-offs to see where weaknesses are.“It also depends on the match situation: if you’re however many points up, you want to kick deep to their 22; if you’re down, you go short to get the ball back and attack.”Length“Good set-piece teams often deliberately go long because they know the opposition are likely to kick it out and you get a lineout around ten metres or halfway.“If you know a team doesn’t kick much off ten, put a kick down the middle around the 22. Their nine won’t want to box-kick from the middle of pitch, so they’ll have to work towards the edge to kick. That’s two or three phases for you to disrupt play.”Heightlast_img read more

Meet rugby referee Mike Adamson

first_img Referee Debut: Mike Adamson is the first Scottish referee since 2002 to take charge of a Six Nations fixture (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mike Adamson became the first Scottish referee to be appointed for a Six Nations fixture since Rob Dickson in 2002, after taking charge of England v Italy in the 2021 Six Nations Related: 2021 Six Nations refereesAdamson has certainly had to work his way up to this point, proving his credentials for five years now. He made his Pro12 refereeing debut in 2016 before taking charge of the 2016 Olympic semi-final in Rio between Fiji and Japan.The Scot only made his 15s refereeing debut in 2017, and was the man in the middle for Georgia’s fixture with Fiji in 2020’s Autumn Nations Cup. He has enjoyed something of a meteoric rise. However, he is by no means underestimating the challenge presented to him, and will clearly strive for similar opportunities in the future.“Getting the appointment to a tournament like this feels similar to being a player selected for the team. It’s a great feeling, but then you need to put in a good performance. It’s the same in refereeing, I need to do a good job.”“Because of the pandemic I’ve had a number of fixtures cancelled, so any chance I’ve had to get involved has been a privilege and I’m doing everything I can to get ready to take to the pitch for the tournament in 2021.”As well as refereeing his first Six Nations fixture, Adamson’s appointment included three other fixtures as assistant referee. Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Scottish referee Mike Adamson, 36, took charge of his first Six Nations fixture between England and Italy at the 2021 Six Nations. Not since 2002 has a Scot refereed a Six Nations match, when Rob Dickson was the man in the middle for Ireland’s 32-17 victory over Italy.A former Scotland 7s international, Adamson represented his nation 30 times in his career. He’s now doing the same on Saturdays, although in a slightly different role.Adamson describes a desire to achieve more through refereeing than was possible in his playing career.“Former players usually go down the coaching route after retirement. But I feel I will be able to achieve more through refereeing. I have gained a lot from rugby and would like to give back to the sport.”Becoming the first appointed Scottish referee for the Six Nations in 19 years is also a big step forwards in Adamson’s career, but also one he feels he deserves.“Being appointed to the Six Nations tournament is a great feeling,” explained Mike Adamson. “It’s something I have been working towards for a while now. I’ve had a few set-backs in the last couple of years, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go out there and show what I can do in such a big competition.”“Obviously, this will be a great personal achievement. But it’s not just about me; there have been a lot of people working hard in the background leading up to this point. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me.”“It was a very nice surprise and obviously something I am looking forward to,” Adamson said. “I’ve played and refereed sevens at Twickenham and it is a cracking venue. Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramlast_img read more

France v Scotland live stream: How to watch the Six Nations from anywhere

first_imgFrance v Scotland live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to watch the Six Nations from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go.The match kicks off at 10pm on SuperSport Rugby.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.France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Six Nations matches is NBC, with matches streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.The match will kick off at 4pm EST and 1pm on the West Coast.Get Peacock Premium 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.  How to watch France v Scotland from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Six Nations coverage, like France v Scotland, 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 Six Nations 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 The last match of the Six Nations will determine the champions (Getty Images) France v Scotland live stream: How to watch the Six Nations from anywhereFrance go into tonight’s match against Scotland (kick-off 8pm) knowing exactly what they need to do to get their hands on the Six Nations trophy – beat Scotland by at least 21 points and score at least four tries or beat Scotland by 20 points and score at least six tries.Related: France v Scotland – Six Nations title permutationsHere are how the two sides line up for their clash at the Stade de France…France: Brice Dulin; Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Swan Rebbadj, Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon (captain), Gregory Alldritt.Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas.Scotland: Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Nick Haining.Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Ryan Wilson, Scott Steele, Adam Hastings, Huw Jones.Check out our full France v Scotland preview and below we explain how to find a reliable live stream wherever you are. France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from the CanadaSix Nations matches are shown on streaming platform DAZN in Canada.France v Scotland will kick off at 3pm EST and 12pm on the West Coast.France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from AsiaPremier Sports has the rights to broadcast Six Nations matches, like France v Scotland, in Asia and will show matches in 22 territories – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.A weekly pass to Premier Sports Asia is $25.99 or you can take out a rolling six-month contract for $89.99 or a year’s deal is $129.99.Premier Sports Asia subscription Don’t miss the final game of the 2021 Six Nations Championshipcenter_img France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from the UKThe good news is that all Six Nations matches are available on free-to-air TV in the UK. France v Scotland, which kicks off at 8pm, will be shown live on BBC1 in the UK.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when the match takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from IrelandIn Ireland, France v Scotland (kick-off 8pm) is also on free-to-air TV, with Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) broadcasting live coverage of all Six Nations matches. You can also stream live TV through Virgin TV Anywhere if you’d rather watch on your phone, tablet or computer. France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from EuropeFrance 2, another free-to-air channel, has the rights to broadcast France v Scotland at 9pm in France.  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. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to the game from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 9am on Saturday morning on Sky Sport NZ1.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 June 2021 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 In Italy, DMAX is showing the match at 9pm and you can also live stream matches via its online player Dplay. If you’re in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, you can watch France v Scotland at 9pm through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.France v Scotland live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, the match will kick off at 7am on Saturday morning and is live on beIN Sports 3. Access to beIN Sports’ Connect package is $19.99 a month or $179.99 for a year and also includes lots of European football action. You can also stream beIN Sports’ coverage live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offerlast_img read more

Meeting John the Baptist in New Zealand

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal News Service] One of the things I love about traveling is how being in a different place can trigger epiphanies that startle and challenge me. On a recent trip to New Zealand, for example, I was surprised to meet John the Baptist, who appeared to me in the form of a tattooed Maori man.I first saw Gazza on a ferry ride to an island where I would join a tour on the culture of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Even among the hundred or so people who crowded the boat, this man was difficult to miss, for he was literally covered in tattoos. Every visible part of him had been inked with elaborate swirls and colored patterns, including his face and shaved head. He was also muscular and stocky, a man you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.So it was a surprise when we reached the island and I learned that the Tattooed Man was not only part of our group tour with TIME Unlimited — he was one of our guides. And in speaking to him, I found that he was not frightening at all. In fact, he is a gentle and deeply spiritual man.It turns out that the tattoos I had seen as bizarre and frightening were in fact the result of a religious vision. Gazza said that four years ago he had been visited by an eagle in the night, a bird so huge that it filled his bedroom. The eagle came back to him five nights in a row, until finally Gazza gave in. He knew what he was being called to do, because at 20 years of age he had received an earlier vision, one that had showed him the tattoos that would one day cover his head. “I held out as long as I could,” he said.Symbolic moko (tattoos) have long had an honored place in Maori culture. PHOTO/Lori EricksonGazza went to a tattoo artist and had his face, lips, and head marked with elaborate designs, which in the Maori language are known as “ta moko.” In doing so, he was following a long Maori tradition, for tattooing has been a valued part of that culture for many centuries. And because the head is considered to be the most sacred part of the body, to wear tattoos on the face is the ultimate statement of one’s Maori identity.As Gazza told his story, I became more and more fascinated. He explained the symbolism of his markings, describing how one arm told the story of his mother’s lineage and the other that of his father, and how his facial tattoos were patterned after those of Maori warriors of the past and how they symbolized the flow of the spirit from the sky to his mind and out through his mouth. He told how he is employed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education to teach Maori culture in Aukland schools, and how he mentors Maori adolescents in the criminal justice system.As he spoke, I realized that Gazza is an evangelist for his tradition. And I thought of another evangelist, John the Baptist, who also startled people with his wild and unconventional appearance. Both Gazza and John the Baptist remind us that following the path of the spirit sets us apart from others. We may be judged — and misjudged — as a result of the marks we bear.Back home in the U.S., I find my thoughts returning surprisingly often to my encounter with Gazza. Like many Episcopalians, I hesitate at proclaiming my faith too openly. We shy Anglicans feel that evangelism is best done discreetly, so as not to run the risk of making anyone uncomfortable.I want to remember the example of Gazza, this man who proclaims his Maori identity to the world so boldly, unafraid of how people will judge him. And I ask myself this question: how would I react if an eagle showed up in my bedroom one night, asking me to proclaim my Christian faith in this way?— Lori Erickson writes about inner and outer journeys at She serves as a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa. 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