Northampton Saints turn for the Crossbar Challenge – Video

first_imgNorthampton Saints… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scott Quinnell back in his playing daysSince retiring, Welsh legend Scott Quinnell had a lot of spare time on his hands. So what better way to keep occupied than to travel around the country, visiting some premiership teams to set a challenge…The Crossbar Challege. Scott takes on a few greats from all nations; Dylan Hartley, Chris Jack, Tom Croft and Martin Corry to name just a few.center_img TAGS: Bath RugbyGloucesterLeicester TigersSaracens last_img read more

Rugby World – October 2011 edition contents

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Manu Tuilagi looks on during the England training session held at the Pennyhill Park Hotel on August 4, 2011 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Click here to find out where to buy Rugby World Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. Which nation will take this home?After four years of waiting the 2011 Rugby World Cup is finally here and Rugby World has produced a cracking edition of the world’s best-selling rugby magazine – Your Definitive Guide to the tournament.In our latest edition we speak to the biggest names in the game, those who will be making all the headlines in New Zealand – stars like Chris Ashton, Jamie Roberts, Manu Tuilagi, Dan Carter, Steve Thompson, Max Evans, Brian O’Driscoll, Quade Cooper, John Smit, Tommy Bowe. Plus we bring you a special feature talking to four men who have won the World Cup – Lawrence Dallaglio, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh and Francois Pienaar…and we also pack in big previews to the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro 12 and Stuart Barnes explains how to beat the All Blacks…plus a Fixture List with all the UK TV times included.We hope you enjoy it!———————————————————————————————————————————————–Download your World Cup TV guide here…The Front Row…30 minutes with Jamie RobertsHotshots – Our pick this month is Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) and Brian Haugh (Young Munster)Kingsley Jones – Paul Morgan meets the Russia head coach who tips Georgia to cause an upsetBrian O’Driscoll on his World Cup verdictGwyn Jones – On Wales’ World Cup hopesNigel Melville – On growing Rugby in the USAWill Greenwood and Lawrence Dallaglio look ahead to the 2015 World Cup in England and WalesSpotlights…Quade Cooper – The Australian fly-half can weave magic but is learning to balance risk and reward. By Ian PaytenBradley Davies – Can the young Welshman replicate the achievements of his second-row heroes? Sarah Mockford reportsDavid Wallace – The veteran Ireland flanker hopes to be firing on all cylinders in New Zealand, as Bea Asprey discoversDan Parks – The Scotland No 10 tells Katie Field why he’s determined to cherish every moment of this World CupManu Tuilagi shares his experiences over the past yearThe Centres…Chris Ashton – The England speedster reveals his big World Cup ambitionsAdam Jones – Physical confrontations top the Wales prop’s agendaMax Evans – Scotland’s newest wide man has to provide a creative sparkTommy Bowe – The wing hopes to replicate the feats of Ireland’s golfersTechnical Zone – A hooking masterclass – how to perfect your throwMini Rugby – Struggling with warm-up ideas? Give rugby tennis a go Fitness Zone – How to train hard without too much strain on your bodyStuart Barnes – The ex-England No 10 explains how to beat the All BlacksManu Tuilagi – England’s newest star talks punches, family and visasStephen Jones – Our columnist searches for the Argentina of RWC 2011Hidden gems – We’re tipping ten unknowns to make a splash at the World CupBrian Moore – Listen up! The former England hooker is taking over talkSPORTDan Carter – The All Blacks will thrive under the pressure insists their fly-halfFrance – It wasn’t all rugby in Les Bleus’ training camp as these pics showAlternative XV – We pick a star-studded team of players not at the World CupPhil Vickery – Bea Asprey hops on her bike to get the prop’s views on EnglandJohn Smit – Back-to-back World Cups are the target for the Boks captainRound Table – Lewis Moody, Sean Lamont and Lee Byrne on all things RWCAlastair Hignell – The ex-England full-back’s fight against MS can inspire us allWorld Cup Teams – We profile the strengths and weaknesses of all 20 nationsCeltic League – It’s coaches’ corner as we look at the RaboDirect Pro12 campaignPremiership – Meet the players looking to shine in the English top flightThe Tourist – We take a trip to Franklin’s Gardens in NorthamptonThe Backs…Naked Truth – Steve Thompson’s life in rugbyArmchair zone – The latest books and productsTour Tale – An interesting team talk———————————————————————————————————————————————–Click here to subscribe to Rugby World LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS read more

Sheridan’s fighting fit in Toulon

first_imgNOT FOR FEATURED Powerhouse: Andrew Sheridan proved a destructive scrummager for England and is now doing the same for ToulonBy Gavin Mortimer, Rugby World writerTHEY SAY Lourdes is where you go in search of a miracle cure, but if you’re a thirty-something Englishman Toulon seems to be the place in France that has healing properties. We know all about Jonny Wilkinson, rejuvenated since he left Newcastle for the Cote d’Azur in 2009, and Simon Shaw has had a second wind since he quit Wasps for Toulon 12 months ago.Now Andrew Sheridan has arrived in the South of France and so far, touch wood, the big man from Bromley has played eight games (including three pre-season friendlies) on the bounce for Toulon without so much as a twinge or a tweak. For a player who underwent four operations in two years that’s reason to feel blessed. “The climate is great out here and maybe that helps with the aches and pains,” says Sheridan.Life is clearly going well for the 32-year-old Sheridan since he arrived at Toulon in the summer after nine years with Sale.  “I’m really enjoying it out here,” he confirms. “I like the lifestyle and on the rugby side of things we’ve started the season well.”On a roll: Toulon lead the Top 14 after five winsSo they have. Unbeaten in their first five matches, Toulon are the runaway leaders of the Top 14 but Sheridan warns: “We mustn’t be complacent. The key to the Top 14 is maintaining consistency because it’s such a long season. But we’re looking to improve with each game we play.”Together with former All Black tighthead Carl Hayman and France hooker Sébastien Bruno, Sheridan forms a formidable front row. Add in the fact that the engine room contains Simon Shaw and Bakkies Botha and there’s a front five to give any side the willies. Sheridan is enjoying packing down with some of his old England buddies, but what gives him a greater buzz is playing alongside one-time opponents, like Botha. “He’s not at all what I expected. It was always very tough playing against Bakkies, but in fact he’s very humorous, very witty, and an all-round great guy.”The fans are also desperate for trophies. Few, if any clubs in France, have supporters are rabid as Toulon’s and Sheridan says he’s been recognised more times on the streets of Toulon in the last two months than he was during nine years in Manchester. “They love their rugby so much down here,” he says, laughing softly. “We had our first home game a couple of weeks ago and I’ve never experienced anything like it. When you arrive at the stadium, the fans form a tunnel about 50 or 60 metres long, that goes from the bus to the (stadium) entrance. It’s amazing to walk through it.””Great guy”: new team-mate Bakkies BothaAs for the rugby in France, Sheridan says there are some small but significant differences between the Top 14 and the English Premiership. “It’s more set-piece dominant over here,” he says. “There are more scrums, more close-quarter forward work – mauling, pick and go, driving from lineouts – and in general I think forwards in the Top 14 are a little bigger. I’m not saying they’re small in the Premiership but over here they’re more thickset.”It’s exactly a year since Sheridan won the last of his 42 Test caps, an abbreviated appearance in England’s World Cup opener against Argentina. That troublesome left shoulder of his went pop and off he traipsed, not just out of the match but also the tournament. Some people even suggested we’d never again see Sheridan squeeze his 6ft 5in and 125kg frame into one of those tight England shirts. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I’ve no contact with England. The RFU have put a lot of money into the game and it’s right they give preference to England-based players. I understand why they would concentrate on trying to develop younger players.”Having said that, he stresses he would love to play again for England and if Toulon does possess miracle powers then we could yet see the second coming of Sheridan.last_img read more

England v Wales: Five key areas

first_imgFinally adding a measured kicking game to the audacious snipes and support lines, Care is a stand-out of the past month. Farrell junior has allowed moments of indecision to creep in after a fantastic start in Paris, but his temperament drives his side’s emotional intensity.England could only muster a total of 35 per cent territory during their 30-3 loss last March (an excruciating 28 per cent in the second half). With Wales crowding them to cause claustrophobia, that proved terminal. The four half-backs have a particularly important game of chess ahead of them. Last season’s stramash: Wales ran riot last season and now, at Twickenham, there is a chance to gain revengeBy Charlie MorganTwo teams intent on making history meet at Twickenham on Sunday. A win will see England secure a first Triple Crown since 2003 – an embarrassingly long wait. Conversely, Wales can bring themselves closer to the unique feat of three consecutive Six Nations titles with a victory.Thanks to impressive successes last time out, both sides are buoyant and the fixture has delicious subplots. For a start, the visitors boast 12 Test Lions in their starting 15 and two more on the bench. Courtesy of Owen Farrell’s five-minute cameo in the decider last summer, England have one. There is also the small matter of last time these nations met – a 30-3 thumping that scarred Stuart Lancaster. But where exactly will this intriguing tie be decided?Inside knowledge at the scrumWith 205 Test caps between them, Adam Jones and Gethin Jenkins possess unparalleled nous and know-how. They also share a habit of growing into tournaments and enjoyed their most effective performance to date a fortnight ago against an accomplished French front row.Losing four of their nine put-ins, England struggled badly during the nerve-shredding triumph over Ireland. David Wilson and Joe Marler are under immense scrutiny. Referee Romain Poite won’t hesitate to hand out penalties and cards, either – just ask the Wallabies.One significant advantage for a relatively green pair of props is Graham Rowntree’s insight. On the past two Lions tours, ‘Wig’ has coached every one of Wales’ starting forwards apart from Luke Charteris. It still feels oddly conservative to say this about England at home, but while Courtney Lawes can be confident of disrupting the Welsh lineout platform, scrum parity will do just fine.Ready to rock: the flankers and LaunchburyAll-court dynamism meets the lumber-jackal duoA number of factors conspired during Lancaster’s most humiliating loss last season, but the most marked was a glaring back-row imbalance that allowed Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau to run riot at the breakdown. Don’t expect a repeat.Ben Morgan brings a ball-carrying presence that frees up Tom Wood and Chris Robshaw to hits rucks and direct linespeed – essential in stunting the uncompromising, round-the-corner approach. Athletic and imposing, Lawes combines very well with Joe Launchbury, who looks so different to the kid that cowered in Cardiff. Together, this five have the energy and subtle handling skills to run Wales off their feet.However, Warburton was superb throughout the defeat of Les Bleus and Dan Lydiate scythed everything in sight so his skipper could get over the ball. Faletau is a pillar of consistent class and Alun-Wyn Jones could easily be inspired into a staggering shift.Whoever ends up on top, the tussle between packs – not to mention a delicious Dylan Hartley-Richard Hibbard face-off – will be breathless in open play.Four centres fight for the gainline LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS CARDIFF, WALES – OCTOBER 10: Mike Brown of Harlequins fails to stop Leigh Halfpenny of Cardiff Blues from scoring a second try during the Heineken Cup match between Cardiff Blues and Harlequins at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images) Their respective number 13 shirts presented Lancaster and Warren Gatland with interesting selection dilemmas this week. On the back of just a single domestic outing, two outstanding talents – Manu Tuilagi and Jonathan Davies – became available.In the event, only Davies features, with Gatland asserting that “special players demand special exceptions.” Fair enough. On form, the outside centre is one of the world’s most powerful, elusive runners and forms a revered axis alongside the resurgent, rock-like figure of Jamie Roberts – a central figure in firing Wales onto the front foot.Tuilagi’s non-selection is a huge endorsement of Luther Burrell, but despite two tries in three games, the Northampton Saint will want to involve himself more. Midfield partner Billy Twelvetrees is crucial to that, and must be more composed in attack. Tenacious, industrious tackling is a pre-requisite for both men. There is nothing subtle about a ferocious, old-fashioned fight for the gainline.Full-back battle royaleThere are mouth-watering individual encounters across the back three – Hartpury College buddies Jonny May and Alex Cuthbert on one wing, sparky Jack Nowell and steamroller George North on the other – but at 15 we have something especially enticing.Back in the day: Halfpenny and Brown in 2009Mike Brown simply relishes facing illustrious adversaries. His stunning season so far has seen him outplay Israel Folau, Stuart Hogg and Rob Kearney – only Israel Dagg has matched the Harlequin. If Wales implement an in-field kicking game as Shuan Edwards has suggested, they have a truly world-class counter-attacker to contend with.While Brown is red-hot, Leigh Halfpenny is enduring a rather flat campaign. Showered with accolades in 2013, the Toulon-bound Cardiff Blue looks mechanical and tentative. A tally of 16 carries is far, far below every other full-back in the competition. It’s almost as if the interception he threw to Michele Campagnaro last month has created some lingering, paralyzing doubts.Of course Halfpenny remains a phenomenal player and, should he pop in the 13 channel outside Davies, he will cause havoc. Accuracy from the tee is a given and bravery in back-field won’t ever desert him. But if a Lions Test outfit was being picked tomorrow by anyone but Gatland, Brown would walk in. He’ll want to prove that on Sunday, too.Is there a Welsh Achilles heel at half-back?Delme Parfitt of the Western Mail stirred the bubbling, boiling pot this week by picking his composite XV from players on both teams. Unsurprisingly, not many of Lancaster’s charges made the cut – three to be precise. At full-time we’ll have a better idea of whether or not that figure is understated, but Parfitt’s preference was still telling. Lawes made the cut, bringing England half-backs Danny Care and Owen Farrell with him. Rhys Webb and Rhys Priestland were ignored.Keeping Mike Phillips on the bench, Gatland has provided Webb with a justifiable vote of confidence. The scrum-half was brilliant on full debut against France, whippy service injecting pace into Wales’ phase-play. Priestland has been quietly good too and should be credited in some part for Roberts’ form. That said, defence guru Andy Farrell certainly remembers the fly-half’s meltdown at Twickenham two years ago and will want to unsettle the Scarlet. Lawes does a superb trade in roughing up first-receivers.last_img read more

Letter from South Africa – March

first_imgThe Springboks target rise in quota of black players, SA Rugby ready bid for 2023, Du Preez sets retirement date and Lambie and Pollards shows form from the tee LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Springboks to be 50 per cent black by 2019The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has set a target of 50 per cent black player representivity in the Springbok team by 2019. SARU chief executive Jurie Roux made the announcement at the unveiling of the body’s Strategic Transformation Plan (STP), which has been two years in the making, in late February. The STP is the third incarnation of the Transformation document from SARU since the turn of the century.In 2001 SARU released ‘Vision 2003’. It was published to provide a road map to take the organisation into the 21st century and was based on four imperatives –Transformation, growth, winning and financial sustainability. While certain aspects of “Vision 2003” were followed through transformation was still a thorny issue. The document was quietly scrapped four years after its launch.In 2006 the verbose and academically inaccessible “Transformation Charter”, penned by Dr Willie Basson, replaced “Vision 2003.” In a presentation of the draft Transformation Charter to parliament in 2005, SARU’s document declared: “This was the last chance for rugby to reform”. The Charter died a quiet death on the desks of SARU officials and nearly 10 years later there is another plan. Admittedly it is one that appears to be centred in reality with assessments, measurements and targets, rather than flowery prose.Du Preez to retire next JanuaryDecorated Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is set to retire next January, which will come at the end of a compressed Japanese season. Du Preez currently plays for Suntory Sun Goliath in the Japanese league.He returned to South Africa in early March and is hoping to form part of the Springboks’ World Cup squad and suggested he would play no rugby between now and July 11 when the Boks take on a World XV in Cape Town.Talisman: Fourie du Preez plans to hang up his boots in January 2016 (Pic Inpho)“There are some insurance issues about playing for another club when you’re under contract in Japan but Suntory are okay with me playing if I want to,” Du Preez said.“I had some discussions with the Bulls last October about the possibility of playing Super Rugby and I was also approached by a couple of other unions about playing for them this year.“But I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t want to do that, although things could change in the coming months. There is still such a thing a loyalty in rugby, so I would struggle to play for another union other than the Bulls.”SA to bid for the 2023 Rugby World CupSouth Africa will throw its hat in the ring to host Rugby World Cup 2023 after presenting losing bids for the 2015 and 2019 tournaments.SARU confirmed its interest but admitted that it would still need to receive the approval SASCOC – SA’s national Olympic Committee – and support of national government.Iconic moment: Francois Pienaar holds aloft the 1995 RWC, now SARU are readying a bid for 2023 (Pic Inpho)To host the event World Rugby require massive guarantees – £96m in the case of Japan for 2019 – and the only way SARU could afford that would be from public funding.“By the time the tournament comes round it will be 28 years since Nelson Mandela handed the trophy to Francois Pienaar and I believe that South Africa is hungry to once again host rugby’s greatest occasion,” SARU CEO Jurie Roux said.“The 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup were magnificent occasions for our nation and for the respective sports and the prospect of being able to repeat those unforgettable occasions is very exciting.” Mainstay: ‘Beast’ has been a bedrock of the Boks scrum and black representation is to go up to 50 per cent Stormers set early Super Rugby paceThey were written off before the start of the season because of the callowness of the their squad in key positions, but the Stormers have surprised supporters and detractors alike by winning their opening four Super Rugby games.After securing a 29-13 round four win at Newlands over the Sharks in a thunderous local derby that featured 21 Springboks, the Cape side moved to top of the standings with 16 points.Despite losing Jean de Villiers for the entire season, and missing the likes of lock Eben Etzebeth and flank Schalk Burger for the opening three rounds the Stormers beat both the Bulls and the Lions on the Highveld and the Auckland Blues in Cape Town.Victory over the Sharks stretched their impressive record at Newlands to 23 wins out of 27 games since 2012.SA kickers on song in Super RugbySpringbok fly-halves Pat Lambie and Handré Pollard have been in immaculate all-round form during the opening month of Super Rugby, especially from the kicking tee.In-form: Pat Lambie and Handre Pollard are in fine-fettle with the boot (Pic Inpho)Pollard, who topped the points scoring charts after four rounds with 72 points from two tries, 15 penalties, seven conversions and one drop-goal, has only missed four kicks at goal all season. In the past two weeks he’s kicked 15 out of 15.Lambie has accumulated 71 points from two tries, eight conversions and 15 penalties. He has landed 23 of 27 kicks at goal including 12 out of 12 in the past two weeks.last_img read more

Home Nations: Fifteen to watch for 2016/17 season

first_img8. Magnus Bradbury, EdinburghThe powerful number eight did a good job last season filling in for the injured Nasi Manu at times, as well as providing impact off the bench, and there were even calls for him to tour Japan with the Scotland national team this summer. A fit-again Manu will mean that Bradbury needs to be at his best to ensure regular playing time but the 20-year-old is fast becoming one of the most dangerous ball carriers in Scottish rugby.Ball-carrier: Magnus Bradbury is a skilled operator at the back of the scrum9. Reuben Morgan-Williams, OspreysThis is a little bit of leap given that Morgan-Williams is still just 18 years of age but with Rhys Webb cemented into the Wales nine jersey, there will be at least 11 weeks this season when the Ospreys’ scrum-half depth will be tested. Morgan-Williams is a livewire and the perfect weapon to bring off the bench should a game being going against the region.10. Bill Johnston, MunsterMunster’s fly-half stocks took a blow when JJ Hanrahan left prior to the 2015/16 season and with Tyler Bleyendaal continuing to struggle with injuries, Johnston could be fast-tracked into the senior squad. His instinctive attacking play, goal-kicking and game management skills were driving forces behind Ireland’s pool stage clean sweep at the U20 Championship. Working against Johnston is a current shoulder injury, his second of the year.Kicking on: Bill Johnston’s controlled game helped Ireland to the JWC Final11. Nathan Earle, SaracensThe former U20 sensation has had a frustrating couple of years with injury and limited opportunities but the 2016/17 season could be the campaign where he finally makes his breakthrough. He has been out in New Zealand training with Canterbury and the club are keen to loan him from Saracens for the ITM Cup. Such a move would only improve Earle’s game and he could push hard for a starting spot in North London come October/November.12. Max Clark, BathWith Ollie Devoto moving on to Exeter and Kyle Eastmond rumoured to have left the club, apparently bound for Sale, Clark would be Bath’s starting inside centre if the season started tomorrow. He is a more direct player than either Eastmond or Devoto, but given Bath’s tendency to drift and run laterally, his catapulting up to the first team may be just the tonic the club needs to get itself back on an upward trajectory.Midfield gap: Max Clark could take advantage of Devoto and Eastmond leaving Bath13. Joe Marchant, HarlequinsJamie Roberts has the ability to make the Quins 12 jersey his own but the 13 jersey remains in flux. Given another stellar campaign with the England U20 side and having featured intermittently for Quins last season, Marchant is in a good position to stake his claim. His acceleration, ability to change direction and outside running arcs have already earned him plenty of comparisons to Jonathan Joseph.14. Cian Kelleher, ConnachtAfter Matt Healy and Tiernan O’Halloran showed their worth to the Ireland national team this summer, Connacht’s back three depth has certainly become a more important component to evaluate ahead of the 2016/17 season. Kelleher has moved to the province from Leinster and has the ability to play on the wing or at full-back. In addition to the potential test duties of Healy and O’Halloran, Connacht are also in the Champions Cup this season and will need to rotate their squad more as a result, all of which should play into Kelleher’s hopes of garnering playing time.Pace to burn: Cian Kelleher has shone for Ireland at age-grade level and has moved from Leinster to Connacht15. Aaron Morris, HarlequinsWith Mike Brown enjoying an extended off-season due to his duties with England in Australia and Ollie Lindsay-Hague attempting to crack the Great Britain 7s squad for the Rio Olympics, new arrival Morris has shot to prominence in West London. Injuries and the ever-reliable Alex Goode limited Morris’ opportunities at Saracens but with a cannon for a boot, strong aerial game and his dangerous counter-attacking, Morris looks set to feature significantly for Quins this season, especially with Brown likely to be heavily involved with England again. TAGS: Highlight Jet-heeled: Joe Marchant has excelled for Harlequins and recently England U20s With the majority of players now already back in preseason across the Aviva Premiership and Guinness PRO12, it’s a stark reminder that the 2016/17 season is just around the corner and that preseason friendlies will commence within the month.We have compiled a XV of young players across both competitions who are well worth keeping an eye on this coming season and who could make themselves household names by the time the season draws to its conclusion in May next year.1. Andrew Porter, LeinsterThe big Leinster loosehead has been making a name for himself at U20 level over the last two years and could be poised for senior involvement with his province this season. With Cian Healy continuing to struggle from injuries and Jack McGrath cemented as Ireland’s first-choice loosehead, opportunities should arise for Porter this season, who has proven himself to be a destructive age-grade scrummager.2. Jack Walker, BathHaving been part of teams that have won two World Rugby U20 Championships and made it to three finals, albeit suffering injury in this year’s edition, Walker is a highly-touted prospect and has been identified as such for a number of years now. The former Yorkshire Carnegie man replaces the outgoing Rob Webber at Bath and should see playing time right from the outset3. Dillon Lewis, Cardiff BluesLewis has already made his debut for the Blues and with Taufa’ao Filise turning 39 this year, his rise up the region’s tighthead pecking order should continue. The fulcrum of a successful Wales U20 scrum for the last two years, it’s not beyond Lewis to have ousted all rivals by the end of the season and be packing down at the Blues’ first-choice tighthead.Power: Dillon Lewis has made a favourable impression with Wales and the Cardiff Blues4. Scott Cummings, Glasgow WarriorsThe departure of Leone Nakarawa creates a void in Glasgow’s engine room and the Scotland U20 captain provides them with a physical and technically-proficient, not to mention home-grown, running mate for Jonny Gray. Tim Swinson and Namibian lock Tijuee Uanivi will provide competition for Cummings but a significant role in the first team is certainly within Cummings’ reach.5. Joe Batley, GloucesterInjury prevented Batley from pushing on at Gloucester last season but the Hartpury College product is a physical force and one that is ready for the rigours of Premiership rugby. Locks Elliot Stooke, Tom Hicks and James Hudson have all left Kingsholm this offseason, whilst Ross Moriarty showed his worth to Wales this summer, creating opportunities for Batley in the second row or at blindside during international windows.6. George Nott, Sale SharksNott impressed at blindside for England this past season, showcasing his physical gifts, most notably when he outpaced Italy’s entire back division for a solo score at the U20 Championship. Steve Diamond is no fool and with back rowers Daniel Braid, Magnus Lund and David Seymour all in their 30’s, he will likely recognise the need to bring through younger talent and prepare for a transitional phase in the Sharks’ back row.Sharks prodigy: George Nott should feature at Sale with an ageing backrow7. Ollie Griffiths, Newport Gwent DragonsGriffiths’ playing time was limited by the excellent Nic Cudd last season but there is only so long you can limit a talent like Griffiths. He featured prominently in the Dragons’ Challenge Cup campaign and should push on from that to feature more in the PRO12 this season, either pushing Cudd to blindside or making the move to six himself, if Kingsley Jones believes he can provide the right balance in the back row. The new season will bring new in crop of youngsters who could take the Premiership and Pro12 by storm, RW puts together XV starlets LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here.last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The Weekend’s Talking Points

first_img The SaintsSilver service from the No 10sHarlequins outside-centre Alofa Alofa scored his first try for his new club in their 20-9 Aviva Premiership win over Northampton Saints and it was a memorable score for the quality of Nick Evans’ build-up play. The No 10 made a lovely break through the midfield, delayed his pass so an extra defender was taken out of the game, and then offloaded to Tim Visser who put Alofa away.Another No 10 with flair to spare, Danny Cipriani, created a beautiful try during Wasps’ 30-14 loss at Saracens. The fly-half broke the line, with a little hitch-kick helping him on his way, ghosted through into space and gave a perfectly timed pass to Josh Bassett to score. Flying start: Alofa Alofa scored a memorable try on his first start at the Stoop. (Photo: Getty Images) The beers are on AliAlistair Hargreaves is among our Saints this week for the generous gesture he made to Saracens fans after announcing his retirement from rugby this week. It was a weekend laden with tries as the Aviva Premiership and the Guinness Pro12 teams served up some scintillating rugby. Who were the major stars and who lost their sparkle? Fish’s chip is turning pointDan Fish had a poor kick out of defence charged down by Sam Davies just as the first quarter of Cardiff Blues’ match against the Ospreys was finishing, then compounded that error by holding Davies back after he hacked the loose ball towards the line. Fish conceded a penalty and was shown a yellow card and the Ospreys set up a try for Alun Wyn Jones from the subsequent lineout. The Blues were 10-3 up at the time and it proved to be a real turning point, as the Ospreys went on to win 46-24. Good work undoneGloucester can’t shake off their early-season blues and they did themselves no favours with a series of mistakes which turned a 27-14 lead with 13 minutes to go of their match at Exeter Chiefs into a 27-27 draw.First a weak attempt at a tackle from Billy Twelvetrees allowed Lachi Turner to break the line and make a marvellous offload to Ian Whitten, who scored a try.Four minutes later Ross Moriarty was penalised for not rolling away at a ruck and Gareth Steenson kicked the penalty to make it 27-22 then, in the last minute Gloucester gave away another penalty, Steenson kicked to touch up the left and Gloucester were unable to halt a rolling maul which ended in a try for Damian Welch. Steenson couldn’t quite land the conversion which would have stolen a win for the Chiefs. Double missThe Dragons were leading the Scarlets 20-7 with 35 minutes gone at Parc y Scarlets when a mistake from Jack Dixon – and from the match officials – let the home side back into the game.Liam Williams leapt to try to gather a high ball and clearly knocked it on, but referee Ben Whitehouse and his assistants didn’t see the offence.The Scarlets attacked from there and Dixon missed a tackled on Williams which allowed the Scarlets full-back to score a try. That brought the Scarlets back into the game and they went on to win 31-27. The 30-year-old, who is hanging up his boots due to a concussion injury, invited all Sarries fans to join him for a free pint of Wolfpack lager before Sunday’s Aviva Premiership match against Wasps at Allianz Park. All they needed to do was meet him at the Wolfpack bus between 1 and 2pm.The former Saracens skipper said: “The Sarries fans have welcomed me with open arms since I arrived in 2012 and I’d like to extend my gratitude to them by buying them all a beer on Sunday afternoon.” Half-century: Matt Banahan scores his 50th Aviva Premiership try. (Photo: Getty Images)Landmarks to celebrateMatt Banahan scored his 50th Aviva Premiership try for Bath in their 30-3 win over Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and is the first Bath player to reach that landmark.Plaudits also go to George Ford, who enjoyed a 100% success rate from the kicking tee, landing three penalties and three conversions.Congratulations are also due to Charlie Sharples, who marked his 200th competitive appearance for Gloucester with his 75th try. It wasn’t enough to see his side to a much-needed win though, as they let go a 27-14 lead at Sandy Park to finish up with a 27-27 draw v Exeter.Paul James also reached the 200-appearance landmark this weekend, when he came off the bench for the Ospreys. Outstanding stand-offJason Tovey pulled all the strings for Edinburgh in their 45-10 Guinness Pro12 win over Benetton Treviso with some excellent creative play. The stand-off threw a superb miss-pass to set up Tom Brown for his first try of the night and the wing was the beneficiary again when he latched on to a lovely cross kick from the inspired Tovey. The No 10 also converted five tries out of seven as Edinburgh romped to a welcome win.Damien Hoyland scored two tries and back row Magnus Bradbury raced in from 60 metres out for one. By George: Jamie George gets set to touch down his second try. (Photo: Getty Images)Double for GeorgeJamie George grabbed the headlines for Saracens, coming off the bench to score two tries in the last 12 minutes and take his team from 16-14 up to a comfortable 30-14 Premiership win. The second of his two tries earned a bonus point for Saracens but his 30-minute effort wasn’t enough to earn him the Man of the Match award, as Billy Vunipola carried that off after a typical all-action performance. All smiles: Cian Kelleher and Connacht had plenty to be happy about. (Photo: Inpho)King CianConnacht became the first team to beat Ulster this season in the Guinness Pro12 and wing Cian Kelleher certainly played his part in the 30-25 triumph.He scored two of Connacht’s four tries, made 17 carries with the ball in hand, resulting in a total metres-gained of 114, and even managed to win a turnover.Jack Carty contributed 15 points to the Connacht cause, crossing the line after three minutes to get his team off on the right foot and then adding two conversions and two penalties. Good EvansReplacement scrum-half Jonathan Evans scored a crucial try for the Scarlets to set them up for their 31-27 Pro12 win over the Dragons.Having been 20-7 down, the Scarlets were still trailing 20-17 in the 59th minute when Evans saw the blindside of a ruck on the 22 wasn’t guarded. He picked up and darted round the ruck, then sprinted down the wing to score.Five minutes later the dancing feet of Scott Williams set up a second try for wing Steff Evans – who had started the game with a terrific try run in from halfway – and the Scarlets held on for the win. Try to treasureTelusa Veainu scored arguably the best individual try of the weekend and helped Leicester Tigers on their way to a 34-13 Premiership win over Sale Sharks.Scrum-half Jono Kitto fielded a clearance kick from Worcester just inside his own half, passed inside to Veainu and the full-back set off on a miraculous, weaving run, jinking his way around or bouncing off five defenders and touching down with the roars of an ecstatic Welford Road crowd ringing in his ears. It was a piece of brilliance which will live long in the memory. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The SinnersSlack JackBristol went to Kingston Park in desperate need of a win after five straight defeats against some of the Aviva Premiership’s biggest guns, but handed Newcastle Falcons a five-point start thanks to a horrible mistake from Jack Tovey. David Lemi spilled a ball and Tovey picked it up, but then threw a hopeful pass up off the floor in the direction of Will Hurrell only to see Juan Pablo Socino stroll up, catch the ball and sprint in for a fourth-minute try.From there, Newcastle built up a 19-0 lead before Bristol came back after the break to make the final score 19-14.“We gifted them five points and there’s the difference between the two teams,” said Bristol boss Andy Robinson. “That’s the nature of playing in the Premiership – you can’t afford to slip up at any moment.” Oh no: Garry Ringrose takes a moment after his knock-on. (Photo: Inpho)Butter fingersGarry Ringrose has done so much that is so right in a Leinster jersey but he made a howling error during the first half of Saturday’s Pro12 match against Munster. Johnny Sexton slotted a lovely kick through the Munster defence and all Ringrose needed to do was gather it and stride over the line. With Leinster trailing 7-6 at the time, a try would have been useful, but Ringrose took his eye off the ball just as it bounced up towards his hands and knocked it on.Fortunately for Ringrose, Leinster still went on to win 25-14 so it didn’t prove to be a costly error. Central figureGlasgow Warriors were made to work hard for their 33-28 away win at Zebre and outside centre Nick Grigg played a key role, having a hand in three of their four tries.First, a 90 metre break from his own 22 set up a score for Fraser Brown, which helped give the Warriors an 18-11 lead at half-time. Five minutes after the break Grigg’s offload created a try for Sean Lamont – the wing’s second of the game – and then the outside centre stretched the Zebre defence to breaking point with 51 minutes on the clock to allow Leonardo Sarto to score a try against his old club. Unhappy ending: Johnny Leota (centre) finished the match in the sin-bin. (Photo: Getty Images)Judo JohnnyJohnny Leota experienced a moment of madness close to the end of Sale Sharks’ 30-3 loss at Bath, when he grabbed hold of Aled Brew off the ball and threw him to the floor, judo style, and was sin-binned as a result. In a week when judo and rugby haven’t exactly enjoyed a happy marriage, it was a silly thing to do. TAGS: ConnachtEdinburgh RugbyHighlightSaracens Baker’s break: Dan Baker was one of many Ospreys to shine against the Blues. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency)Ospreys flyingThe Ospreys put in a terrific performance against Cardiff Blues, scoring seven tries in a 46-24 victory and it was all set up by an outstanding performance from their pack.James King, the Man of the Match, led the way, making 12 carries and 20 tackles. Alun Wyn Jones and Bradley Davies both had big games in the second row, while Dan Baker was also prominent in attack and defence, making 17 carries and 17 tackles.Baker and Jones were both involved in a slick handling move which set up a try for Ben John, with Justin Tipuric and Rhys Webb both throwing long passes to stretch the Blues’ defence.Josh Matavesi scored a great individual try, cutting a superb line to take a pass from Tomos Williams at full pace and powering over the line for his try with Matthew Morgan hanging off him. Sam Davies also had a terrific game at fly-half and Eli Walker scored two tries.last_img read more

Regalos que gratifican, durante todo el año

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Episcopal News Service] Falta menos de dos semanas para la Navidad, pero aún sobra tiempo para regalos de última hora que gratifican.Agencias internacionales sin fines de lucro ofrecen regalos alternativos —desde $3 hasta $300 y no sólo durante las fiestas navideñas— que pueden ayudar a convertir un poco de dinero en un gran cambio.Un mosquitero tratado con insecticida puede salvar a tres personas de los innecesarios sufrimientos del paludismo, dijo Joy Shigaki, director del Fondo Inspiracional  NetsforLife [Mosquiteros para la Vida] de Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales.“No necesitamos más cosas en nuestras vidas. Nuestros armarios y sótanos ya están repletos”, dijo Shigaki a ENS en un mensaje electrónico reciente. Dar regalos alternativos es una manera elocuente de recordar a los que amamos durante Navidad y de apoyar programas como NetsforLife. Es también una forma adecuada de felicitar a amigos y familiares en cumpleaños, aniversarios, bautizos u otras ocasiones especiales a lo largo de todo el año”.El Fondo Inspiracional —un empeño popular a nivel de toda la Iglesia de educar, comprometer y unir a los episcopales en apoyo a los objetivos de desarrollo del milenio — se encuentra a medio camino de su meta de recaudar $5 millones para diciembre de 2012. La agencia se propone distribuir 7 millones de mosquiteros para 2013.Barbara van Gaasbeek, de Irvine, California, quería felicitar a una amiga y, con ese propósito, compró un sorbeto de la vida [LifeStraw] por $20.El sorbeto de la vida, que se puede obtener a través de Giving Children Hope, es un sorbeto, o pitillo, con un sistema portátil de purificación que filtra las bacterias y virus para hacer potable el agua que pueda estar contaminada. Sean Lawrence, gerente asociado de GCH, dijo que los sorbetos comprados en diciembre se están enviando junto con los despachos a Afganistán y Somalia en lotes de mil unidades.“Lo lindo del LifeStraw es que su utilidad es muy obvia.  Se trata de un sorbeto o pitillo largo con una tapa que se abre en cada extremo”, dijo Lawrence durante una reciente entrevista desde su oficina en Buena Park, California. “Uno de los extremos entra en la fuente de agua y el otro en la boca. Y no deja pasar el 99,9 por ciento de las bacterias, incluida las que causan el cólera y otras enfermedades. No conlleva ningún montaje, ni limpieza, ni mantenimiento, y alcanza para 1.000 litros; [dura] hasta un año en adultos y dos en niños”, explicó él.A cambio de la compra de van Gaasbeek, su amiga Mary recibió una tarjeta que describía el regalo. Ambas obtuvieron la satisfacción de llegar a otros y ayudarlos, dijo van Gaasbeek.“Podemos abrir la llave del agua cuantas veces queramos”, agregó van Gaasbeek durante una entrevista telefónica; pero eso no es verdad en todas partes. Otros tienen que recurrir a aguas sucias portadoras de enfermedades para sobrevivir. A mí me parece tan desequilibrado e injusto que cualquier cosa que podamos hacer para remediarlo, debemos hacerlo”.Ella no tardó en comprar otros nueve sorbetos y comenzó a venderlos en su iglesia, Santa María [St. Mary’s], en Laguna Beach, como un regalo alternativo de Navidad. En muy poco tiempo vendió 25 y espera hacer más ventas antes de que pasen las fiestas e incluso después.“Es una manera extraordinaria de felicitar a alguien o de recordar a alguien, porque se trata del regalo de la vida y aquí está en tus manos como un modo sencillo de prevenir enfermedades, bacterias y dolencias provocadas por beber agua contaminada”, dijo. “No puedo imaginar mejor regalo que éste por Navidad”.Del mismo modo, Erin Tharp, de 28 años y residente de Corona, California, quería hacer un regalo con sentido. Un brote de encefalitis viral la dejó incapaz de hablar y en una silla de ruedas por los últimos 13 años, pero eso no le impidió pedirles a otros miembros de la iglesia episcopal de San Juan Bautista [St. John the Baptist], of Corona, California, a que asumieran como reto de Adviento la compra de 100 sillas de ruedas a la Misión Silla de Ruedas Gratis [Free Wheelchair Mission].Pero primero, Tharp compró 10.La silla “no es cara para nuestros estándares, pero podría muy bien costar un millón de dólares para las personas que las necesitan. Puesto en los términos más simples, $60 es una fortuna para ellos”, dijo Tharp en un sermón que escribió letra a letra  valiéndose de un iPad especial y que otra persona le leyó a la congregación. En último término, la congregación sobrepasó su meta, recaudando dinero suficiente para comprar por lo menos 120 sillas de ruedas, según contara el Muy Rdo. John Saville, rector de la parroquia.Mike Kenyon, pastor de desarrollo eclesial para Free Wheelchair Mission, dijo que la organización con sede en Irvine ya ha entregado 500.000 sillas de ruedas como parte de su objetivo de distribuir 20 millones en todo el mundo.Hechas de sillas de jardín plásticas, ruedas de bicicleta y otras piezas reciclables, la silla de rueda tiene un costo de fabricación de $63,94 y fue diseñada para usarla sobre un terreno accidentado. El ingeniero mecánico Don Schoendorfer inventó la silla después de un viaje a Marruecos, donde vio a una mujer inválida que se esforzaba en arrastrarse por una carretera, apenas evadiendo el tránsito, contó Kenyon. La compañía se estableció en 2001.“Gracias a mi silla de ruedas, tengo muchísimas oportunidades”, escribió Tharp en su sermón. “Las personas a quienes Free Wheelchair Mission ayudan no aspiran a tomar vacaciones ni a vivir lujosamente, sólo quiere poder cruzar con seguridad una calle o ir a comprar sus víveres”.La iglesia de la Gracia [Grace Church], en Hastings on Hudson, Nueva York, celebró una feria de regalos alternativos el fin de semana antes del Día de Acción de Gracias, pero ofrece regalos a lo largo de todo el año a través de organizaciones sin fines de lucro, tales como Alternative Gifts International y SERVV que venden artículos de comercio justo hechos a mano en toda una variedad de precios, según explicó la rectora, Rda. Anna Pearson.“Tenemos opciones locales también”, dijo Pearson desde su oficina durante una reciente entrevista telefónica. “Con el descenso económico, creemos que es importante darles a las personas la oportunidad de hacer regalos tanto internacionales como muy locales”.Así, pues, $10 compraban un pavo con todas las guarniciones para una familia a través de la despensa de beneficencia de la localidad. “Un cumpleaños en una caja”, para un niño que de otro modo no habría tenido ninguna celebración y que incluía un pastel y todos los adornos además de un pequeño regalo, se vendió por $25.Los artículos domésticos y para niños fueron los que más se vendieron. “A todo el mundo le encanta comprar un conejito o una cabra”, a través del Programa de Animales y Agricultura para la Vida de Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales, dijo Pearson. Entre otras opciones de regalos se incluyen más de 30 agencias que ofrecen, por ejemplo, asesoría legal para trabajadores migrantes y preservación ambiental del río Hudson.La Iglesia hace un esfuerzo especial para incluir algo para todo el mundo, tal como “un par de artículos caros, aunque en su mayoría tratamos de mantener los regalos a un precio razonable y al alcance de personas de todas las edades, orígenes y tipos de presupuestos”, siguió diciendo Pearson.El precio de un artículo caro fue de aproximadamente $330, para una cisterna de agua potable, disponible para un proyecto en Kenia, por ejemplo. La feria de dos días produjo un ingreso neto de más de $25.000, compartido entre las organizaciones que participaron.“La iglesia no saca ninguna ganancia de la feria. En verdad, sentimos el llamado a hacer esto como congregación”, explicó Pearson “Creemos que es una manera de mostrarnos solidarios con algunos de nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo que se enfrentan a dificultades”.“Nos esforzamos mucho para tener una buena representación de diferentes temas, de manera que uno pueda encontrar definitivamente algo que lo relacionará con una parte de la vida de alguien que uno ama”, añadió.“Es muy importante para nuestra congregación hacer esto, abundó Pearson. No sólo crear un enorme sentimiento de buena voluntad comunitaria, también “es acorde con el mandato del evangelio de alimentar al hambriento y vestir al desnudo y del deseo de Jesús de que nosotros lo hiciéramos. No es sólo porque ayuda a las personas que reciben los regalos, sino porque también nos ayuda a nosotros. Nos ayuda el dar regalos con sentido, sabiendo que no van a tirarlos y que afectarán positivamente la vida de las personas más allá de quien da el regalo y de quien lo recibe”.En la iglesia de San Lucas [St. Luke’s] en Durham, Carolina del Norte, por una donación tan modesta como $3, los dadores de regalos podrían colaborar con el empeño de la Cruz Roja Americana de erradicar el sarampión, que mata unas 164.000 personas al año, principalmente niños, en los países en desarrollo. A cambio, los dadores recibieron una pluma y un arco para dárselos a aquellos a quienes desearan felicitar.Jean Willard, directora de voluntarios jubilada, que organizó la feria alternativa de San Lucas el 11 de diciembre, dijo que ella toma en consideración toda una serie de asuntos cuando  invita a las agencias internacionales y locales a participar en el evento anual.“Siempre tratamos de hacer algo en lo que respecta a la educación, concentrándonos en los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio, y ponemos un marcado énfasis en la salud así como en la vivienda y en los ministerios urbanos” comentó en una reciente entrevista telefónica desde su casa.Por ejemplo, $50 compraba una cuna portátil para familias de bajos ingresos a través de un programa local de Cribs for Kids [Cunas para niños]. Las familias que no podían comprar cunas estaban durmiendo con sus hijos y la incidencia del síndrome de la muerte infantil súbita o SMIS  era mayor que en otras poblaciones, abundó ella.De nuevo el programa NetsforLife de Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales fue un artículo que se vendió bien; otras ofertas incluían el programa Escuela para Niñas en Kenia de WISER , así como ayudas a familias de niños sometidos a trasplantes de médula ósea en un hospital local y el programa Crayons to Calculator, que facilita materiales escolares a los maestros en distritos de bajos ingresos.En $11,000 aún sin terminar el conteo, Willard dijo que las recaudaciones provenientes de la feria “aumentaron de manera espectacular” este año a pesar del descenso económico.Ella está totalmente convencida de que “los que tienen” necesitan compartir con aquellos a los que “no les va tan bien. Es una manera de brindarles oportunidades a personas que podrían no entrar en Internet y donar, y esto les da un rostro. Es un mercado en un nivel más personal para ayudar a abordar estas necesidades y a pensar más conscientemente en esta manera de hacer regalos durante las fiestas”.Y después.Las ferias de regalos alternativos “son un concepto que me gustaría ver expandido”, dijo ella. “Es muy fácil montar una: unos cuantos correos electrónicos y unas cuantas llamadas telefónicas. Las organizaciones sin fines de lucro están ahí, a la espera de una oportunidad, y es bastante fácil para otras iglesias el hacerse partícipes.—La Rda. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service y está radicada en Los Ángeles. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Hay alternativas Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Por Pat McCaughanPosted Dec 19, 2011 Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

Ecumenical group cites increased attacks on Palestinian villages

first_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Ecumenical News International, Asira Al-Qibliya, West Bank] The homes at the edge of this Palestinian village are located a few hundred meters from houses in the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar. But the relationship is anything but neighborly.On a late January tour of the Palestinian village led by representatives of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), residents said attacks by Jewish settles on their village are more organized and increasing.Sometimes the attacks, which involve rock throwing, vandalism and crowd intimidation, are a part of reprisals known as “price tag” attacks carried out by settlers after an Israeli government attempt to dismantle illegal outposts or a Palestinian attack against Israeli targets, they said. EAPPI was established by the Geneva-based World Council of Churches in 2001.“Sometimes the attacks are random, sometimes they attack on Saturdays but we always are on stand-by whenever something happens like dismantling an illegal outpost,” said Ibrahim Mahklouf, 50, a schoolteacher who lives in the village with his wife and six children.Village Mayor Ahmed Abdel Hadi said attacks by settlers on the village of 3,000 residents have increased over the past two years.EAPPI has a 24-hour presence in the nearby smaller, more vulnerable village of Yanoun, noted field worker Joudeh Abu Sa’d, which sometimes helps to prevent attacks, but volunteers can come to visit Asira Al-Qibliya only once a week to assess the situation here.Mahklouf said villagers are in touch with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) but soldiers and border police often only arrive after the attack is over or don’t stop the settlers. “The mission of the IDF in the Judea and Samaria Division includes maintaining security and stability. It is in the IDF’s understanding that all forms of violence undermine such stability,” said an IDF spokesman in an e-mail response to an inquiry by ENInews.One of the Israeli responses has been to prevent the Palestinians from entering land more than 60 meters from their home, much of which is used by the residents to grow their own produce in small gardens, he said.According to the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the weekly average of settler attacks against Palestinians and their property has increased by 40 percent in 2011 compared to 2010 and by over 165 percent compared to 2009.Israelis from peace groups have come to visit and support them, said village resident Hadra Abdul Kareem, whose 14-year-old son was jailed for 30 days after an attack for throwing rocks back at the settlers.“We show the children that there are two kinds of people, that there are Israelis who like peace,” she said. “We don’t want to put hatred in their heads. We don’t need violence. I don’t want our children to do violence or to go to jail.” Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments (1) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ecumenical & Interreligious John McGrane says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Rector Martinsville, VA March 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm It is a shame that Christian news services like yours and those of the Catholic Church continue to provide an outlet for Ms. Sudilovsky to peddle her Zionist propaganda. She always manages, as in this instance, to play down Jewish settler brutality and the suffering and daily level of fear that it induces in the Palestinians. Your readers deserve to know the truth. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion, Featured Jobs & Calls By Judith SudilovskyPosted Jan 27, 2012 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments are closed. 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A life in books

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing [Episcopal News Service] Through the years I’ve been part of several church groups in which participants were asked to share their spiritual autobiographies. While people usually told stories of their personal failures, successes, and lessons learned along the way, one evening my friend Jason turned the genre on its head in the most delightful way. He told his autobiography solely through the books he had read through the decades — the authors who had shaped his thinking, the epiphanies that had come to him through study, and the decisions he had made as a result of what he had read and pondered.I suspect many Episcopalians could follow the lead of Jason, for we are a bookish lot. The Book of Common Prayer is our defining volume, of course, but our love of the written word is evident in many other ways as well. Our church calendars brim with book club meetings and discussion groups, and we seem to have produced far more authors than is statistically likely given the size of our denomination. I suspect the homes of many Episcopalians — myself included — harbor perilously balanced stacks of books on bedside stands and coffee tables.In my own life, I can think of many books that have played a crucial role in my spiritual development. Kathleen Norris’s Dakota: A Spiritual Geography brought me back to Christianity after decades away; Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation inspired me to go deeper in my prayer life. I love Anne Lamott’s mix of reverence and sass and Coleman Barks’ luminous translations of Rumi. If I have the chance, in heaven I intend to personally thank C.S. Lewis, St. Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, and Henry David Thoreau.Loome Theological Booksellers in Stillwater, Minnesota, shows what can happen when a book-buying habit gets out of hand. Photo/Lori EricksonFor us bookish types, an armchair and reading lamp can provide just as inspiring a worship experience as a Gothic cathedral. Joseph Campbell, the great scholar of myths, described this particular form of devotion the best. When asked what spiritual practice he followed, he said, “I underline books.”I also am quite certain that God shares this passion for reading, for why else would he use books so frequently to send messages? There’s the Bible, of course, but think of how often the right book seems to fall into our hands just when we need it most. Clearly God must subscribe to a wide variety of book review publications.Then again, perhaps he simply browses the shelves at Loome Theological Booksellers ( in Stillwater, Minnesota. When I visited there recently, I was enthralled by the tens of thousands of books that line its shelves. Located in a former Swedish Covenant church, the store is the largest secondhand dealer of theological books in the world.Current owner Christopher Hagen told me that the business was founded in 1981 by Thomas Loome, a theology professor who had caught the book-buying bug while in graduate school. His hobby became a full-fledged business after he started purchasing the libraries of Catholic monasteries and abbeys during an era when many of them were closing.“He bought this church to store his growing collection of books and he and his wife raised their five children amid the stacks,” Hagen said. “As he bought more books, he just kept adding more shelves.”Today nearly every square foot of the church’s balcony and main floor is crammed with volumes, creating such a warren of corridors and cubbyholes that patrons often must borrow the store’s flashlights to better decipher the titles. While much of the store’s business is conducted online, Hagen says that collectors come from all over the world to visit in person.“This is what can happen if we let our book-buying habits get out of hand,” I said to my husband as we browsed. “Consider this place a warning.”But I also know that neither of us is likely to curtail our literary indulgences. After all, one never knows when God is going to leave just the right volume sitting on a bookshelf at eye level, its spine slightly pulled out so we’ll notice it. It’s not as dramatic as a booming voice from the clouds, but it works.— Lori Erickson writes about inner and outer journeys at She serves as a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa.Statements and opinions expressed in the commentaries herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. 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