first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wales have made four changes, one positional, to their starting line-up for the visit of the World Champion South Africans to the Millennium Stadium on Saturday following defeat to Australia in the Invesco Perpetual Series opener last weekend.Lee Byrne returns from injury to fill the full-back birth leaving Ospreys colleague James Hook to take up his position at inside centre, partnering Blues stalwart Tom Shanklin at the expense of another Osprey Andrew Bishop who moves to the bench.The other change in the backline sees uncapped Scarlets wing and former Llandovery and Scarlets Academy player George North handed his first international chance, and become Wales’ 1,078th player, at just 18 years of age.Up front the coaches have said same again to the forward pack, led by captain Matthew Rees, which impressed against the Wallabies last time out with the exception of Martyn Williams who returns in the back row for his 97th cap in place of his injured Blues colleague Sam Warburton (calf).Elsewhere, Ryan Jones (Ospreys) and Andy Powell (Wasps) both return to bench duty in place of the promoted Williams and Dieniol Jones (Blues), who misses out, while Ospreys pivot Dan Biggar makes way for Bishop.“We worked hard last week on ensuring we were combative up front, we put a huge emphasis on forward play in training and we now know we can bring that kind of game into play when necessary,” said Gatland. “We were happy with aspects of our performance against Australia, but you can’t work on everything in just a two week build up and we have been able to introduce new aspects this week.The coaches have told the players they have a licence to be creative, to be confident with the ball in hand, to offload and to be positive in attack, we need to build on that performance last week.“We know this is a bold selection, but we have always tried to look at the bigger picture and George (North), today, is the bigger picture and at 6ft 4 inches and 16stone 7lbs he gives us quite a canvass to work with.“There is no pressure on him, he just needs to go out and enjoy the experience of winning his first cap.“With Lee Byrne back at full-back and James Hook hopefully with the ball in his hands more often at centre we have plenty of experience and guile around in our back line and are simply looking for the same again up front.”WALES: 15 Lee Byrne; 14 George North, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 James Hook, 11 Shane Williams; 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees (C), Adam Jones, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Martyn Williams, Jonathan Thomascenter_img Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 Paul James, 18 Ryan Jones, 19 Andy Powell, 20 Richie Rees, 21 Andrew Bishop, 22 Chris Czekajlast_img read more

first_imgL to R – Vince Owens, England and Bath star- Matt Banahan, David SmallwoodSUTTON-BASED rugby fan, Vince Owen, won the Rugby World competition for an exclusive break to meet players from Bath Rugby Club and take a brewery tour, courtesy of Wadworth, one of Bath Rugby’s key sponsor.The Captains RunVince Owen was delighted when he discovered that he was the winner of the pair of tickets.“I couldn’t believe my luck. I am passionate about Rugby and real ale so it couldn’t have been a better prize for me. I took a friend, David Smallwood, and we had a really great time.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The competition prize included a look around Bath Rugby Club and a chance to watch the Captain’s Run and meet some of the team. The Captain’s Run is a training session run by the team’s Captain rather than the coach and is traditionally held the day before a premiership game.center_img The trip to watch Bath Rugby training was followed by a tour of the Wadworth brewery and Visitor Centre in Devizes, Wiltshire and then a night at the The Bear Hotel, with dinner and breakfast.The climax to the winning break was a pair of tickets to see the game against the Harlequins on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It is hard to truly predict how the Exiles will go next season. A fair few of the squad who bounced back to the Premiership at the first time of asking have gone, being released while no fewer than 21 signings coming in, chief amongst them Olly Barkley, Dean Schofield and Tim Molenaar. The coaching ethos will no doubt be the same as last season with Justin Burnell and Ollie Smith assured of their style. But does the shipping in and out of personnel maintain moment or even retain some of the fire to prove people wrong? We shall see on the opening fixture for the side, against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday 7 September.Big changes: Welsh’s senior figures have made a lot of changes to the sideWhat we do know is that the club are trying to keep a hold of some of the expertise from their last bout in the Premiership – Sonny Parker stepping off the training paddock and becoming a team ‘manager’ says as much – and Barkley, Molenaar and particularly Schofield are players who know how to tough out a season at the top. Weepu has that sprinkling of magic and, more excitingly for the neutral, a swagger and a smile.Many expect Welsh to go down swinging, but such talk has already reddened the cheeks of Burnell and his senior players. The incoming World Cup winner won’t be traveling halfway around the globe just to get spanked either. Taking time to chill: Piri Weepu will have his work cut out for him soon enough with London Welsh In many ways, the Premiership will be a better place for a red-breasted All Black slugging it out for respect, and grinning between bouts. If it looks like a crazy situation, all we will say is get ready to be evangelical.Read all about London Welsh’s desires to make more of an impact in the Premiership this time around in the August edition of Rugby World –  in shops now. You can find out where to buy your copy here. Download the digital edition here. As a team rising again, hoping to have a better time of it than their last Aviva Premiership adventure in 2012/13, London Welsh could do with converting as many fans into believers as possible.So with the bold signing of Piri Weepu, the club’s calculated risk should ensure that if anything else, they will be attracting neutral fans thanks to the presence of a cult hero.All Blacks have come and gone in the Premiership with varying success. For every Nick Evans and Dan Braid there is the big player sitting on the seesaw of form like Luke McAllister or those who never really won anyone over other than the thick-and-thin supporters, like Stephen Donald or Jimmy Cowan.What Weepu has that those others don’t, though, is that curious mix of passion that probably saw him flipping out after losing an egg and spoon race circa 1992, and mishief which sees him pull faces or joke around on the touchline. He looks a little husky for a scrum-half and his Wikipedia entry sports a picture of him beaming out from under a policeman’s hat, but he is also the one-man maelstrom spinning out of the centre of the haka and the same competitor that has enough alround skill to flick a cat-flap offload, kick from the touchline or take contact where few other half-backs would dare.A passionate man: Weepu will not travel around the globe just to get spankedOh yeah, and if you want an underdog element to the fun-loving World Cup winner, he has also had a stroke. The 30 year old had a ‘minor’ episode in March, but it only briefly stopped him from competing. Now he is headed for the Premiership.In short, up or down, battling every game or defying expectation, Weepu will be at the centre of everything well-publicised at London Welsh.last_img read more

first_imgRugby World look at the role of betting in rugby, from the social issue affecting individuals to the real risk of match-fixing. This special report was first published in the April edition of the magazine Gambling in rugby: a Rugby World investigationFacing up to gambling addiction“I SAT on the bridge waiting for the next train, just psyching myself up to jump in front of it,” Mark Potter remembers.Right on the edge. This was a young man at his lowest ebb. A compulsive gambler finally realising how strong the stranglehold of addiction was around his neck and thinking that all he could do was end it all. But he couldn’t do it.Today Potter – now a retired second-row who earned decent if not spectacular money playing in the National Leagues and semi-pro in Ireland – works alongside EPIC Risk Management, a company that specialises in assessing the risk of problem gambling for professional organisations and setting up support networks for those within it affected by addiction. They have worked with the Rugby Players Association (RPA) to roll out their largest ever education programme, in a move everyone hopes will provide clubs, academies, players and management with as much information about addiction as possible, as well as aid professionals in the game who may previously have hidden from their own gambling problems.Potter can now talk calmly about all the wrong he had done and how close he came to jumping, but the proud member of Liverpool St Helens RFC wasn’t always renowned for his control. “I always knew I had a problem,” says the 35-year-old father of three. “Ever since my late teens I’d put money on. I was playing at a reasonable level of rugby and making quite good money – I knew I’d never play for England, but I was playing for enjoyment and I was playing to make money. I had built up a big debt (around £20,000) by my mid twenties and then I met my wife.“She’s Irish and together we moved over after I got an offer to play out there. I thought it was all good. I was keen. But then I started up again. Things got bad.”Potter went to great lengths to cover up his problems while the family were in Ireland, telling his wife all was well as the bills went unpaid and he went on searching for the buzz of another big win. He looks back on a time when he thought it was acceptable to rip off his own rugby club to pay his debts. But it’s impossible to hide forever. His wife found out and he moved back to England on his own, ashamed. The problem did not go away.He continues: “It doesn’t matter if you’re on £100k a week or £100. You will spend whatever’s reflective of your income, whatever you’ve got. Eventually I ran out of people to borrow money from. There came the point when I swiped some of my kids’ stuff and sold it, so I could gamble. That was the end of the road. I had to hold my hand up.” That is when the troubled lock headed for the train tracks.When Potter could not bring himself to commit suicide, though, he made for the sanctuary of his parents’ home. They had been asked for understanding a few times before, hearing how he wanted to change, bailing him out. But this “semi-meltdown” was different from the others. It was time for lasting help.In 2013, with the help of the RPA, Potter attended the Sporting Chance Clinic – a safe place for gambling addicts to confront their problems, set up by former Arsenal and England footballer Tony Adams. These days Potter is determined to talk – he thinks it helps him – and he wants to advise and guide anyone who faces problem gambling. He knows how secretive and insidious the issue is. He has spoken to groups from clubs in several different sports – he has even privately advised some Premiership rugby players.What you may not know is that professional sportsmen are three times more likely to be problem gamblers than young men in the general population. That is according to a study conducted by the Professional Players Federation (who work in football, cricket and rugby, as well as with other sports).According to Rich Bryan, the RPA’s rugby director, there are a few reasons for this. “Gambling is a societal problem, with the UK set up with all the tech and ads, but there are added factors from the point of view of professional sportspeople,” he says. “They potentially have disposable income and these are inherently competitive people we are talking about – they are possibly more likely to ‘chase’ losing bets. In sport there is also the possibility of a ‘herd mentality’ as it seems socially acceptable for many to gamble.“Whatever the reasons behind it, when we saw the BBC covering this and heard athletes were three times more likely, it acted as a catalyst for us. There was a podcast on this earlier in the year in which the former footballer John Hartson talked about gambling. Something he said really struck a chord: ‘If you are gambling, until you recognise you have a problem, you’ll never get any help.’ This is a problem that can go unnoticed. It can go undiagnosed. In our environment, we have a perception of these being tough players – rugby is tough – and players do find it hard to open up. What we want is for players to open up to their team-mates, to their colleagues and to us.”Bryan again mentions the work the RPA are doing, talking to clubs and their academies, relying on the sometimes harrowing stories of the experts running EPIC. He mentions Cognacity, the group who look at mental wellbeing, who specialise in talking with people in sport and who run a confidential hotline for any athlete suffering in silence. He also points out that this impassioned drive by the RPA is supported by the RFU and Premiership Rugby, such is the desire to get the game’s prized athletes feeling mentally healthy.You see, while a few individuals from the pro game have reached out for help for themselves or others – going to someone like Potter – the stigma can still be great. In other sports, a few high-profile names have stepped out and explained their very human flaws. In rugby, gambling is another of those issues rarely aired in public. So when an established player like Willie Ripia speaks out, his words carry weight.In January 2012, the Kiwi fly-half parted ways with his Super Rugby franchise, Western Force. A former Hurricane and Highlander, Ripia was at the Force wearing the No 10 shirt and hoping to qualify for the Wallabies after three years in the country. But after team-mates had complained that Ripia was taking money from wallets and bags in the changing room, CCTV footage emerged that forced him to quit. Eight months later, Ripia explained to New Zealand’s Sunday News that he had struggled with addiction.“When I moved to Perth it was so easy to (gamble),” the playmaker said, explaining that he had blown money throughout his Super Rugby career. “You wake up at 7am and the New Zealand trots (horse racing) start and you go to sleep at 11pm and the South African and English trots are happening.“I found out that life is all about perception and I found that gamblers are really good at throwing a certain perception out there, but when you get caught, man, s*** hits the fan. It is something that’s not addressed as much as it could (be).”Ripia even explained that he had taken kicks in big games after losing money that very same day. He was going for the posts while his mind was churning. Did anyone notice? Steve Symonds, the personal development manager at the Hurricanes, helped Ripia when he eventually returned to New Zealand. For him, gambling is the biggest threat to professional players, simply because it is so difficult to detect.“The hardest thing is that gambling is the easiest thing to hide. If it’s alcohol or drugs, you can pick it up. But with gambling often no one knows and they might not come to talk about it until they are absolutely desperate. I’ve had players in talking about their problems, often that’s a trigger for disclosure. But they never fully bloody disclose! So when they say, ‘I think I have a problem’, it’s probably a huge problem by then.”Symonds knows of a few elite-level players with issues but he urges more people to talk. “High-profile cases have hardly been followed up. I dealt with Willie when he got back here (from Australia) because he’d been in our environment previously. I spoke with his mum and ex-partner. That was a terrible case; a pure addiction model. We’ve done a few bits about it, but if I had my way he’d be speaking to every club here.”Support is there if people want it. Symonds understands the social and family issues some young players are burdened with and has even been a signatory on player’s bank accounts. His door is open.Because unchecked, gambling problems ruin lives. They can certainly ruin careers. And sometimes the need to take a punt spills over into your own game. Gambling problem or not, people within elite rugby need to be aware of what they can and cannot bet on.Betting Rules within rugbyON THURSDAY 11 December 2014, Leicester Tigers defence coach Phil Blake walked into the Grosvenor Casino in Leicester, where he was a registered member, and placed four separate bets on two self-service betting terminals.Each terminal allowed a maximum bet of £200 at a time, so Blake placed one bet of £200 and then one bet of £100 on each terminal, with a total stake of £600. Every one of the bets was on his side’s match-up with Toulon in the European Champions Cup, which was to be played the following Saturday.With these spread bets, Tigers had a handicap of +18.5 – meaning Blake would win his bets either if Leicester won, or if Leicester lost by fewer than 19 points. In the end Toulon won the contest 23-8 and Blake made himself a tidy profit of £369.24.Then on Sunday 8 March 2015, Blake placed four more bets – this time fixed-odds bets on Tigers beating Newcastle Falcons – and again fed in £600 across the two machines. When Tigers duly won 16-12, he profited again, this time to the tune of £300.Sounds harmless? Well, in May 2015, an RFU disciplinary panel found that Blake was in breach of their Regulation 17, which prohibits a ‘connected person’ from placing a wager on any ‘event’ and receiving any proceeds from that wager. Blake had been discovered after an employee of the casino noticed the abnormal spike in bets on these terminals on the two occasions. He realised the bets were on the local Premiership side, and once he checked back through the CCTV footage and cross-checked the Tigers website, the jig was up.Blake was ordered to fork over his profits of £669, to pay additional costs of £500, and to undergo an anti-corruption learning programme before being allowed to return to the sport. He would also have to serve a six-month ban from rugby.This was the first-ever case of a professional within the game of rugby being sanctioned for betting and the ban was the biggie. Blake appealed, but it was thrown out. He already knew he was parting ways with Leicester at the end of that season, but the former rugby league player and ex-Wallabies skills coach was sent to rugby oblivion for half a year. A precedent was set. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Of course it is much harder to sum up the very personal and potentially devastating impact of problem gambling with a similarly short and snappy sentence. So please, if you are or know anyone who is struggling because of this illness, seek help.This article appeared in the April 2016 edition of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers click here, or find out how to download the digital edition here.center_img TAGS: Investigation Midway through the 2012-13 season, World Rugby introduced a blanket ban on gambling in rugby for Test and professional players, support staff or officials as part of their Regulation 6, which is what the RFU’s Regulation 17 stems from.In World Rugby’s language they state: No Connected Person, Contracted Player(s) or Contracted Player(s) Support Personnel “shall, directly or indirectly, Wager and/or Attempt to Wager on the outcome or any aspect of any Connected Event and/or receive and/or Attempt to receive part or all of the proceeds of any such Wager and/or any other Benefit in relation to a Wager” or be permitted to “Attempt, directly or indirectly, to solicit, offer, induce, entice, instruct, persuade, encourage, agree with and/or facilitate any other party to Wager and/or Attempt to Wager on the outcome or any aspect of any Connected Event”. In short: if you are involved in elite rugby, don’t bet on any rugby and don’t aid those who hope to.Max Duthie, a sports-focused lawyer with Bird & Bird who played for Sale, London Scottish and Cambridge University, puts it simply: “It is a sledgehammer approach. So a person who manages a team who plays in the Championship in England, who would realistically have no ability to influence the result of a match taking place in Argentina, for example, is nevertheless prevented from betting on that match. And I think there’s good reason for that. If you tried to chop it up and say, ‘You can only bet on this rugby, but leave that rugby…’”You’d be tangled up in red tape? “Yeah, exactly. It would be much easier to have a blanket ban.“I don’t expect any player to have read through any of the regulations drafted – not unless they’re in trouble – but I think World Rugby is now going to some lengths to increase awareness and education. I think in our competitions (Duthie works with the Guinness Pro12, the RBS 6 Nations and the British & Irish Lions) and certainly with the Six Nations, there will be a provision that says all players, before they participate, will have to do an online exercise. Is that a very sophisticated tool? Of course it isn’t. But it is a foot in the door, to ask are they aware of the risks?”Duthie admits that some rugby personnel he has explained this to in the past were taken aback. He has worked on huge cases, including the prosecution of the three Pakistani cricketers found guilty of ‘spot-fixing’ and on the ‘Bloodgate’ case. He has seen sporting corruption. He just wants personnel within the game to know all the facts. That’s why EPCR, the Pro12 and the Six Nations now have stand-alone anti-corruption regulations, as of this season. That’s why the Six Nations is monitored for irregular betting patterns and education programmes are rolled out. Those in the game may know not to bet, but do they know telling mates about team selection or injuries is also a big no-no, worthy of serious sanction?Duthie gives this advice: “There are obviously risks for the sport. At least read a summary of the regs. If you don’t do that, just don’t bet on any rugby. It’s all obvious. But the hardest thing is insider information. Even if somebody says they are absolutely straight up and down and won’t bet, they could still be caught out by telling someone if they’re in or out, who’s looking good in training, whatever it might be. That could be valuable and could mean someone puts a bet on and could damage the sport.”And that’s the rub. World Rugby have been proactive with their approach to corruption. Indeed, almost every expert on gambling who has been questioned for this feature has praised the governing body for their progressive thinking and strong work on global threats of corruption that they have not even encountered yet, with a spokesperson for the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) singling out the Keep Rugby Onside online education campaign for special mention.Before the 2015 World Cup, the governing body made noises about clamping down on gambling corruption, in any form. They pushed for players to be aware that they cannot share information. It must have sunk in because during the World Cup, according to World Rugby, on two separate occasions individuals from participating teams brought it to integrity officers’ attention that members of the public had been asking questions about their team selection, in their hotels.World Rugby investigated and concluded that it was just curious fans being nosey, but it was a swift demonstration of education being put into practice and working for the good of the game.The spectre of match-fixingRugby World has just asked Patrick Jay, a betting consultant and former director of trading at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, about the risks he sees for match-fixing in the sport. “Rugby people don’t like it when I say this,” he bluntly states, “but rugby is a tiny sport. If you are going to fix an event it has got to be worth your while. The only way to do it is a) if you can find someone willing to be manipulated, and b) a bookmaker can stand up a bet for a whole load of money that covers you.“You can bet on the value of sterling versus the dollar – worth billions – and that’s like football. Rugby is like betting on the value of bitcoin (virtual money) versus the (currency of) Guatemala.”It is a novel way of describing the minimal market that exists for rugby betting. Despite the game stretching further around the globe, into the new territories of Asia and North America, the sport is still a tiny speck on a global betting market that is now worth an estimated US$1.5-2 trillion per annum, according to the ICSS. But Martin Purbrick, head of security for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which is, he claims, the biggest bookmaker in the world for sheer volume of wagers, takes a slightly different view from Jay. “I’d actually class rugby as medium-to-high risk,” he says.“Liquidity in the rugby betting market is small, but the integrity risk of a sport is not based on the (global) popularity of it. You don’t look for match-fixing in the English Premier League, you look for it further down the leagues, in lower-tier International matches or somewhere in the women’s game.”This is why, according to Ben Rutherford, World Rugby’s integrity unit manager, the governing body is taking bold steps. When talking to Rugby World he uses the word ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ when referring to integrity breaches, and he insists it’s a fight the sport must be prepared for. Especially if the sport continues to grow and push into new markets, while gambling technology improves and updates.“This (match-fixing) may not be a particular risk for rugby now – thankfully we’re not traditionally a betting product – but we’re not immune to the problem. We have to continue pushing education,” says Rutherford. “We have used the monitoring agency Sportradar for the last three years now, (assessing betting data) on all our sevens, U20s, qualifiers, working across most competitions. We’re in touch fairly regularly.“During the Rugby World Cup we had 24-hour access and they would alert us if there were any red flags. We had a number of integrity officers and help from personnel from the International Olympic Committee, England Cricket Board, horse racing and others. Betting volumes during the World Cup were up 30-40% compared with 2011. It was different from New Zealand because of the increase in betting operators – and New Zealand only really has one as it’s more heavily regulated there than in the UK – the technological changes and the time zone change.”Rutherford goes on to explain that the big-event handling of the Olympics should be similar, as the IOC’s regulations are “effectively the same as ours”. Education for players, support staff and match officials will continue to be the big push from the body.The Sevens World Series does pose some interesting integrity challenges as it passes through gambling hotspots like Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Singapore. World Rugby work hard to enforce their online education programme, reprimanding those who do not comply, but there are unique issues to contend with during the series, like concerns over literacy amongst players – both in terms of language and their experience with computers – or the turnover of players amongst nations whose stars can be enticed away to play professionally outside of the circuit.However, Rutherford feels that the work done on the sevens series by integrity officers to safeguard players from the risks of approach by corrupt agents is adequate – and certainly logistically easier than at a World Cup, which is spread across a whole nation over a matter of weeks. It’s easier to keep an eye on teams when they are all in one place for one week, he says.Yet it is on the very points of security and compliance  of the lower-tier athletes that Rob Nichol, executive director of the International Rugby Players Association and CEO of the NZRPA, takes issue.“Sevens is the risk area,” Nichol insists. “Security around hotels is substandard. I was in Wellington for the sevens there and I was able to walk into the hotel and onto New Zealand’s floor without being challenged or questioned. If this was cricket I’d have been stopped plenty of times. Now I know we have a different, more laid-back culture in New Zealand and maybe someone who knew me saw me, but in South Africa, for example, the hotel security is pretty intense. You’ve got to put that through everything.“Then there is the case of the haves and the have-nots. You have an elite group of teams who are all over their players, taking responsibility for their contractual models and their high-performance needs. They have mature relationships. Then at the other end, it’s like the Wild West. If one group is supporting young players and then the others (lower-tier teams) see a big new sponsor come in (for an elite team), when they haven’t been paid for three months and they don’t feel respected, they would get angry. We are dealing with these cases right now.“World Rugby are making good progress (with their education work), but we can always do better.”It is a point that writer John Daniell reiterates when we talk about his new novel, The Fixer, in which a veteran Kiwi fly-half out in France is enticed into match-fixing. Much of the book is based on Daniell’s experiences as a player toiling through the early days of professionalism in Europe. Except, that is, with the issue of throwing games. “I never saw any of that when I played. But I do think there is fertile ground for it. Money has changed the face of the game. When I played as the game went pro, everyone on the team got paid the same. Now you can have someone on a contract like Dan Carter’s and someone not getting a tenth of that. It’s a threat.”Daniell’s biggest bugbear is over the way Pacific Islands players, in particular, are allowed to be treated. He expresses disgust at the slumlord-like mentality of some “maniac” club owners in Europe, who are just looking for a pound of flesh. If the powers-that-be continue to allow a huge disparity between the pauper players from the lower tiers and the well-organised elite, he suggests those are the very same players match-fixers would be flirting with.Purbrick agrees that a cocktail of disillusionment and being skint makes someone an easy target for gangsters. “Patrick Jay always used to say, ‘The betting market is a scene of the crime’. You have to look at what leads to the crime. It’s not difficult – someone pulls up to an athlete in a sports car, offers to buy them a beer. We’ve seen it with young jockeys: someone is approached by a good-looking girl, they are offered more money than they have ever had and they get carried away.” Jay says something else interesting: “Never forget you can always rely on 25-year-old boys acting like 25-year-old boys.” He says this while describing low-level shenanigans by rugby players, a great distance from match-fixing, but the implication here is: young athletes can indeed get carried away.ConclusionIt is clear that knowing the limits with gambling is essential. Richard Watson, the programme director for the UK’s Gambling Commission, sums it up neatly for any personnel working at the top-end of the game when he says: “Don’t bet on rugby, don’t pass on inside information such as details about injuries or selection, don’t accept money or gifts from someone in return for inside information or underperforming, don’t attempt to fix a match, and make sure you report any suspicious activity or approach.”Whether or not you think the threat of match-fixing in rugby union is tiny or enormous, it must be insisted that fine work is already being done by the sport’s governing body (see integrity.worldrugby.org). Yet, perversely, the real risks to the sport may not come from a lack of vigilance or foresight – they may come instead, some insist, from the people being left behind in rugby’s march through professionalism. We cannot forget the ‘have-nots’.last_img read more

first_imgDate of birth 10 January 1995. Country England. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Saracens RW Verdict: This 6ft 3in back started all five games as England reached the final of this year’s (2015) World Rugby U20 Championship, having helped them win the title in 2014. He should thrive in the senior game.First published in the October 2015 edition of Rugby World magazine. When did you first play for England age groups?I played England Clubs at 17 or 18, then for England Schools U18 and then the U20s. I played the majority of my rugby for England U20 last season because I was out for six months with a series of groin injuries.What are your aims for the new season?Now there’s no more age-group stuff it’s about going back to my club, progressing through the ranks and trying to get as much game time in a Saracens shirt as I can. When did you start playing rugby?At Bedford Junior Blues when I was five. From the age of 18 I was training with the Saracens Senior Academy but still playing for Bedford.Did you play other sports?I played county cricket as an opening bowler, county athletics at 200m and golf. At 15 I had to make the decision about which one to continue with and rugby was the one I enjoyed the most.Have you played in different positions?I played at fly-half until about 16, then I was advised to move to full-back. I can play wing too.You’ve done a bit of goalkicking…When there are long-distance kicks I tend to get thrown the ball. I have always been able to hit it quite a long way. I practise a lot because I want to be a good option for any kick.Who has had a big influence on you?My dad Rick. Also Alan Brown, who was my teacher at Biddenham Upper School, Mike Rayer at Bedford and now Don Barrell at Saracens. Fast track: Aaron Morris on the attack for England U20. (Photo: Getty Images) last_img read more

first_imgA smile borne from a belief that, no matter the difficulties of merging three nations and without any World Series events to compete in, GB have all the tools needed to strike gold.“It’s quite nice that people don’t know a lot about us,” says the Englishman, the sharpest blade of all with 210 series tries in his locker.“From one to 12, or the one to 27 who are training, you can see there’s a lot of high quality in the squad.“And we’re training as hard as ever to catch up and get ourselves into a good place. You’re looking over to see what the guys from Scotland and Wales are squatting or lifting or how fast they’re running. You’re trying to compete with that. That’s good for the whole squad, it’s what you need to do to get to that gold medal standard.”Elusive: Dan Norton has bagged 210 series triesNorton is careful to add the “if selected” proviso when discussing rio, but his omission would cause a bigger rumble than the Brexit referendum result. Since bursting onto the scene with a winning try against New Zealand in the 2009 London Sevens final, he’s given every team the runaround, helped by standing-start sprint times (2.7secs for 20m) that put even Usain Bolt in the shade.Concerns about his defence have long since been assuaged, with his speed allowing him to close down people’s space with comforting consistency and his contact skills making giant strides under defence coach Tony Roques. When Simon Amor, with his England hat on, was resting players for the latter legs of the World Series, Norton was first to be wrapped in cotton wool.His old buddies from Spartans, the Gloucester club where the journey began, would be proud to see how far he has gone. Back in the mid-Nineties, Norton would relish the 20-minute Saturday cycle to the club, where his dad Aubrey, a welder, played on the wing for the thirds. Afterwards the jukebox would go on and there would be singing and dancing, fags smoked and beers drunk with your opposite man. “It had a nice amateur social feel to it. It feels like 50 years ago,” Norton reflects.Meet & greet: Team GB boasts the best of England, Wales and ScotlandWhen his dad, who still plays at 67, suggested he start playing instead of watching, young Dan was hesitant. “But I did and realised I was one of the faster guys.”Those legs carried him headily into England U20’s 2008 Grand Slam-winning squad, albeit as a fringe member. Noah Cato and Miles Benjamin were the favoured flyers and Norton, by then attached to Gloucester but on loan to Moseley, was to travel a different route. In the 2007 Middlesex Sevens, Newcastle’s Ollie Phillips ran over Norton for a try and turned round to say, “Little boy!”. But Norton’s mesmerising pace couldn’t be ignored and he soon joined Phillips in the England fold. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight A smile crosses Dan Norton’s face when you suggest that Team GB are a long shot for the Olympic sevens title. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here. England briefly led the series in his debut season, a far cry from their recent eighth-place finish. In Las Vegas they failed to win a game, Norton calling it “the lowest point of my career”, but their campaign was always going to be compromised by the need to juggle resources ahead of a busy summer bedding in GB’s systems in four European tournaments.With seven full years of sevens behind him, compared to ten seconds of Premiership rugby (he chased a penalty), will Norton stay in his current code forever?“The main pull was to stay for the Olympics and to reassess once I’ve done that. People would say my skill-set complements sevens, making space and beating people, and I’m pretty terrible at 15s!“It’s a unique environment to be able to go round the world and be sat in New Zealand watching rugby on TV, seeing a Leicester driving lineout and driving rain and wingers getting no ball. That’s one of the main reasons I want to play sevens – to run around in nice places.”Free running: Norton’s style is better suited to sevens than the 15-a-side gameNow Rio joins his exotic list. The GB squad flew to Brazil on July 28, where they are staying in a holding camp. Stuart Pearce and Denise Lewis have spoken to the squad about what to expect and Norton can barely contain his excitement.“The main message was that however big you think this is, it’s even bigger than that. There will be 11,000 athletes, a community of athletes there for the same thing, an amazing once-in-a-lifetime thing.“It’s something you need to think about before you get there. You don’t want to spend the whole time being bright-eyed. Denise Lewis said in her first race she saw her idol next to her and it took her a few events to hit her stride. You must enjoy the amazing experience but remember why you’re there. You’re there to play rugby.”last_img read more

first_imgFrom the sensational Seventies, in which Phil Bennett and JJ Williams are particularly vocal, we pass to the chaos of the Eighties and a gobsmacking tour to the Pacific Islands. The chapter heading? I’m going to die in Tonga.Hilarious tales, scathing criticism and shocking revelations sit side by side in a book that will appeal to all. You don’t have to be Welsh to lap this up.Click here to buy Behind the Dragon.Brothers in Arms by David Beresford, self-published, RRP £40Could we see the first self-published rugby winner? Englishman David Beresford is a Francophile and epicurean who spent 18 months tracking down and interviewing France’s golden generation of the 1980s. Les Bleus won or shared six Five Nations titles during the decade, including two Grand Slams.Beresford’s fluency in the language opened doors that might otherwise have stayed firmly shut to a rosbif and the result is a fascinating insight into such legendary names as Sella, Blanco, Rives and Rodriguez.In each case, Beresford, a former centre who played a good deal of rugby in France, dines with his subject and indulges in his passion for fine food and wine.Pascals Ondarts, whose Hotel Loreak near Bayonne was the unofficial HQ for the project, proved an invaluable facilitator. Beresford’s diligence and determination did the rest and his list of interviewees includes relatives of those who departed life tragically young.Thus, he meets Robert Paparemborde’s widow, Jacques Fouroux’s son, Armand Vaquerin’s brother and Pierre Lacans’s mother, and there is even a convivial beer with Marc Cécillon, who infamously shot his wife in 2004 and spent seven years in prison.The success of the book stems from the warmth and originality of the content, stunning photography and, at times, an unexpected poignancy as the author shares experiences from his own life. Any profits from the book will be split between four charities.Click here to buy Brothers in Arms.Eddie Jones: My Life and Rugby, published by Macmillan, RRP £20As we pointed out, the judges for this award are all members of the Rugby Union Writers’ Club. Given the venom with which Eddie Jones lays into the English media in his autobiography, they must be a magnanimous lot.The book, a collaboration with award-winning writer Donald McRae, has sold in big numbers and it’s easy to see why. The England head coach offers chapter and verse on a remarkable career that includes reaching a World Cup final with three different countries.Encountering prejudice early in life, Jones used sport as a ticket to inclusion and, as a Ranwick player in the Ella era and later coach of the innovative Brumbies, was party to some of the most thrilling rugby ever seen.The Australian missed out on a Wallaby cap as he was deemed to be too small. It seems he’s channelled that frustration into every action since. The lessons he’s acquired – from success and failure – have shaped his behaviour moving forward and are explained beautifully.Jones has commented on making the Rugby Book of the Year shortlist. “I’m so pleased that our book has been nominated,” he said. “I’d like to wish all the other books in the shortlist the best. Whoever wins, I’m sure it will be a just result.” Such a polite young man.Click here to buy My Life and Rugby. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS When he tore a hamstring during a 2013 Lions Test, he played on in agony rather than leave the defensive line vulnerable. And on the next Lions tour, he effectively ‘deselected’ himself from the first Test by being honest about his form in a chat with Warren Gatland. Many others would not be so selfless.On his shock sending-off at the 2011 World Cup, he admits he lied every time he told journalists that he agreed with referee Alain Rolland’s decision. “Actually I don’t. I think it should have been yellow. Other incidents in that tournament which were much worse than mine didn’t lead to red cards.” Most people see it exactly the same way, Sam.Now part of Wayne Pivac‘s Wales coaching team, Warburton provides a heap of advice about leadership and suggests welfare measures to enhance the game. This collaboration with ghostwriter Boris Starling should be on everyone’s reading list.Click here to buy Open Side.Warren Gatland: Pride and Passion, published by Headline, RRP £20The awards organisers have enjoyed revving up a new instalment of the Gatland-Jones rivalry – and why not. There are numerous parallels between the two superstar coaches: former hookers agonizingly denied a Test cap, teaching careers, a disdain for committee-room dinosaurs and acidic media men.When Gatland wanted a £5,000 scrum machine for the Ireland team, he had to make two presentations and was immersed in “negotiations more long-winded than Brexit”. A short while later, he discovered the IRFU committee, ex-presidents and wives had splurged £150,000 on a weekend’s accommodation in Rome!The New Zealander, who achieved undreamt-of success with Wales, Wasps and Waikato, has teamed up with Chris Hewett for his autobiography and what a cracker it is.His initiative, man-management skills and blue-sky thinking shine through; so too the sensitivity that soured his Lions experiences as he was criticised over selection (2013) and disrespectfully lampooned as a clown (2017).Gatland says he can’t recall his father ever hugging him or telling him he loved him. “When I was blessed with my own children, I hugged and kissed them every day they were growing up. I still do it now.”He turned down the England job in 2006, claiming he didn’t want to be responsible for putting staff out of work. You know that would have bothered him. But you sense too he relishes the underdog tag, trying to bloody the nose of a bigger and better-resourced rival. RUGBY BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNERS2008 Ripley’s World – Andy Ripley (Mainstream)2009 Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby – Alun Carter and Nick Bishop (Mainstream)2010 Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary – John Daniell (Ebury Press)2011 The Grudge – Tom English (Yellow Jersey)2012 Higgy – Alastair Hignell (Bloomsbury)2013 The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players – Stephen Cooper (History Press)2014 City Centre – Simon Halliday (Matador)2015 Beyond The Horizon – Richard Parks (Sphere)2016 No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland – Tom English (Arena Sport)2017 The Battle – Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)2018 Wrecking Ball – Billy Vunipola (Headline)2019 Sevens Heaven – Ben Ryan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)Glenn Webbe: The Gloves Are Off, published by Y Lolfa, RRP £9.99An autobiography as punchy as its title. And typical of Welsh publishers Y Lolfa, who have made it onto many a rugby shortlist without yet landing the big prize.A child of Windrush Generation parents, Eighties wing Webbe became the first black rugby player to represent Wales. His ten-cap Test career, spanning two-and-a-half years and yielding four tries, fails to convey his true impact.Growing up in a rough part of Cardiff, Webbe needed a strong personality to go with his muscular physique. And he had it in spades – it takes guts to wear red, green and blue girls’ platform shoes to school!His book is packed with the breezy fun that derives from a rugby environment, with Mark Ring an eager ally to his games and pranks. If you want to know about shaved eyebrows, bar brawls or Sticky Vicky the stripper, this is the read for you.Yet Webbe also tackles a host of serious issues: racism, mental health, concussion and cancer, the latter a reference to the Hodgkin’s lymphoma he incurred after retiring.Written in tandem with Geraint Thomas, The Gloves Are Off is the sort of book you might finish in a day – and then regret you’ve read it so quickly.Click here to buy The Gloves Are Off.Sam Warburton: Open Side, published by HarperCollins, RRP £20It’s two years since Warburton surrendered to the remorseless cycle of playing, injury and rehab that elite rugby can engender. Arguably, Open Side conveys that physical and mental toll better than any other rugby autobiography ever published.Certainly, after more than 20 significant injuries or other setbacks, it’s easy to understand why he decided to quit at the age of 29.Paradoxically, Warburton reveals both his human frailties – crying, being sick, wanting to flee from stress – and the courage that earned him so much respect as a flanker and captain. The shortlists for the Telegraph Sports Book Awards are out. Rugby World looks at the six titles vying for the Rugby Book of the Year award that gets announced in mid July center_img Shades of grey: there was a lot of top rugby literature published in the 2019 calendar year (Imogen Pearey) The contenders for Rugby Book of the YearLaunched in 2003, the annual Telegraph Sports Book Awards showcase the cream of sports writing and publishing. The Rugby Book of the Year category came on board in 2008 and is judged by a panel of journalists from the Rugby Union Writers’ Club. Last year’s rugby winner, Ben Ryan’s Sevens Heaven, also picked up the Sports Book of the Year prize.There’s a strong Welsh flavour to this year’s rugby shortlist, which is selected from books published in the 2019 calendar year. Besides the six books below, Kieran Read’s Straight 8 is a nominee for the Pinsent Masons International Autobiography of the Year.Sadly, the pandemic has put paid to the summer awards dinner at Lord’s. So for the first time this year’s results will be announced online, on 15 July. We sum up the contenders for the Rugby Book of the Year, listed in alphabetical order…Behind the Dragon by Ross Harries, published by Polaris, RRP £20Those familiar with this series – a country’s history told in the players’ own words – will be licking their lips. It’s a fail-safe formula, particularly when placed in the hands of Ross Harries, as accomplished a writer as he is a TV frontman.The book charts the history of the Wales team from their debut thrashing by England in 1881 to the glory of their 2019 Grand Slam. In each chapter, Harries sets the scene before unleashing the first-person views of prominent figures of the era. Only one player, from the current set-up, declined to participate.The shabby treatment of Welsh internationals during the amateur era is a strong theme. Whether it was a tight-fisted response to an expense claim or a nonsensical team selection, the WRU’s failings are exposed time and again. Click here to buy Pride and Passion.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

first_img Quins No 8 Alex Dombrandt offloads during November’s win at Northampton (Getty Images) 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. Harlequins v Northampton live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereTen tries were scored when Harlequins beat Northampton 49-29 in round two of the Gallagher Premiership back in November – will we get a repeat this afternoon (kick-off 3pm)?Here’s how the two teams will line up at the Twickenham Stoop and below find details on reliable live streams for Harlequins v Northampton wherever you are.Harlequins: Mike Brown; Aaron Morris, Joe Marchant, Andre Esterhuizen, Tyrone Green; Marcus Smith, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Scott Baldwin, Wilco Louw, Dino Lamb, Stephan Lewies (captain), James Chisholm, Archie White, Alex Dombrandt.Replacements: Joe Gray, Jordan Els, Simon Kerrod, Glen Young, Jack Kenningham, Martin Landajo, Brett Herron, Luke Northmore.Northampton: Tommy Freeman; Matt Proctor, Fraser Dingwall, Piers Francis, Ollie Sleightholme; George Furbank, Tom James; Nick Auterac, Sam Matavesi, Paul Hill, Alex Coles, Api Ratuniyarawa, Nick Isiekwe, Lewis Ludlam (captain), Tom Wood.Replacements: Mike Haywood, Alex Waller, Ehren Painter, Alex Moon, JJ Tonks, Henry Taylor, Rory Hutchinson, Harry Mallinder.How to watch Harlequins v Northampton from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Harlequins v Northampton, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Harlequins v Northampton live stream: How to watch from the UKHarlequins v Northampton, which kicks off at 3pm this afternoon, will be shown live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 2pm in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Harlequins v Northampton takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Harlequins v Northampton live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Harlequins v Northampton (kick-off 4pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Harlequins v Northampton live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.Harlequins v Northampton will kick off at 10am EST and 7am 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.  Fourth hosts fifth in the Gallagher Premiership this afternoon Harlequins v Northampton live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to keep track of the many South Africans plying their trade in the Premiership, SuperSport shows matches in South Africa.South Africa is one hour ahead of the UK, so Harlequins v Northampton kicks off at 5pm on SuperSport’s Rugby channel.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.Harlequins v Northampton live stream: How to watch from JapanDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch Harlequins v Northampton in Japan (kick-off midnight). The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Find out more about DAZN here Harlequins v Northampton live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch Harlequins v Northampton at 2am in the early hours of Monday (AEST).If you don’t want a long-term contract, you can also stream games 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 offer Harlequins v Northampton live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Harlequins v Northampton from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 4am on Monday on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 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 offerlast_img read more

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Women’s Ministry Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Philippa Amable says: Rector Albany, NY September 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm Bravo! Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest [Church of England] The House of Bishops on Sept. 12 by an overwhelming majority settled the text of the legislation to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England.The House of Bishops made clear its desire for the draft legislation to be passed into law when it goes forward for final approval to the Church of England’s General Synod in November.Speaking on behalf of the House at the conclusion of their meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams said:“Before turning to the matters we have been discussing, I want to say, on behalf of the Bishops, that our thoughts and prayers are very much with the people of Liverpool and all affected by the Hillsborough tragedy on this day when the report is released. The Bishop of Liverpool has done a great service in steering this work to a conclusion and helping us as a nation to confront this deeply traumatic memory.”Dr. Williams continued:“Since women were first made priests in the Church of England in 1994, their ministry has hugely enriched both church and society. It has become increasingly clear to most of us that barring women from becoming bishops is an anomaly that should be removed, for the good of the Church’s mission and service.“In July this year, the General Synod asked the House of Bishops to reconsider an alteration it had made to the proposed legislation on this subject. The Bishops have taken very seriously the anxieties expressed about the possible implications of their amendment and there has been widespread consultation since then. We are very grateful for all the points and suggestions offered by synod members and others.“In light of this consultation, the Bishops have discussed the measure again and are now bringing forward a new text that expresses both our conviction of the need to see this legislation passed and our desire to honour the conscience and contribution of those in the Church of England whose reservations remain.“It is particularly significant and welcome that the new text emerged not from the House of Bishops itself but rather from a serving woman priest.“I hope all members of Synod will now reflect carefully on what the Bishops have decided and will continue to give thought and prayer to how they will vote in November.”“I am convinced that the time has come for the Church of England to be blessed by the ministry of women as bishops and it is my deep hope that the legislation will pass in November.”At its meeting in July the General Synod asked the House of Bishops to reconsider a provision in the legislation – Clause 5(1)(c) of the draft measure.The new amendment submitted by the Rev. Janet Appleby during the consultation process received overwhelming support from the House of Bishops in both their discussions and in the final vote.In discussion the Bishops welcomed the simplicity of the new text, its emphasis on respect and the process of dialogue with parishes that it will promote.The final text proposed by the House of Bishops is:Substitute for the words in clause 5(1)(c):” the selection of male bishops and male priests in a manner which respects the grounds on which parochial church councils issue Letters of Request under section 3″The House also agreed to establish a group to develop the illustrative draft Code of Practice published in January to give effect to the new provision.ENDSNotes for editors –The full vote on the legislation takes place at the meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England which meets in London from 19 – 21 November. For the legislation to pass it will require a two thirds majority in each of the Houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity.A podcast from the Archbishop of Canterbury on this issue will be available from www.archbishopofcanterbury.org New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID September 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm Bravo for the fact of women Bishops at al! Please remember that women in other parts who struggle to become priests if at all, and are longing for the enrichment to the church that the progression of women priests to bishops surely brings, are looking to the methodologies and graciousness of the process in the Church of England, and know that we also pray that all shall be very well, so that we also may have a model to follow one day. Comments are closed. Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Tags John Barton says: Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Posted Sep 13, 2012 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem September 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm Hallelujah! Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Comments (4) Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group martha knight says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Rev. Harriet B. Linville says: Featured Events 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 Anglican Communion, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Church of England bishops agree on legislation for women bishops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 September 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Yes, the women have much to offer. Thanks to the men and women who are working faithfully for full inclusion. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA last_img read more

first_img Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rev. Vicki Gray says: Featured Jobs & Calls Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments (4) Julian Malakar says: February 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm At least one historical breakthrough has been achieved by this pilgrimage was to allowing non-Muslims to visit inside the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque without violence. It is also noticeable that our Presiding Bishop was not necessary to cover-up her head. With God’s grace, deep frozen black ice will melt slowly but surely for glorifying One and True God Who created this universe, living and non-living, seen and unseen matter before the world end as believed by all three religion of Abrahamic faith, Christians, Jews, and Muslims. If we don’t want to be part of a melting pot, but for peaceful living helping each other, we can live as a salad bowl and enjoy abundant life as God provided us. Wish success for Interfaith Group for glory of God, the Almighty! Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Advocacy Peace & Justice, Comments are closed. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service William A. Flint, PhD says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing February 18, 2015 at 9:01 am Now may the PB turn her attention to ISIS and tell us how we are to move forward with them? The ABC and the Pope have already stepped to the plate, but what about our liberal Episcopal Church? What say you? Did the radical Islamic extremest behead Egyptian citizens or Egyptian Christians? Both statements would be correct, but in this case they were murdered because of their Christian Faith, not their national status. The ABC and Pope said Christians martyrs – what does our PB say? Episcopalians deserve to hear from their PB, their Bishops and their Clergy on this issue. Where do we stand? Whether you have noticed or not, it is time to take a stand on this and several other issues confronting Christians in the society. There is a group here in America, the Church needs to confront, The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, that keeps taking Christian children and teenagers religious liberties away from them through legal intimidation. Shouldn’t we be standing with our kids to protect them from this intimidation.Dr. Franklin Graham is addressing all these issues, others are addressing all these issues. It is time for us (I THINK) to address all these issues. I hope other Episcopalians will express their views. How much do we value the Gospel of God and the message that Jesus is the only way to God? Compromising God is not a good position to take. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Members of the interfaith pilgrimage visit the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENS[Episcopal News Service] Partnerships and investment, especially in supporting faith-based grassroots work, hold the key to lasting peace in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, a United States interfaith delegation heard repeatedly from religious leaders with whom they met during a Jan. 18-26 pilgrimage in the Holy Land.The 15-member delegation of Jews, Christians and Muslims from the U.S. found this prevailing message in all their conversations, whether with rabbis, kadis (Islamic judges), priests or bishops.Kadi Iyad Zahalka, head of the Sharia courts in Jerusalem, told the delegation that it is through these kinds of partnerships “that we will achieve understanding among all of the communities. This kind of action in bringing together Jews, Christians and Muslims is motivating to the people here to be more engaged in this kind of dialogue.”Zahalka said that the politicians sign diplomatic agreements, “not the religious people. But our job is to prepare the people to be ready for that moment, to accept the peace process, to engage the peace process, to encourage our leaders. We strive to create the dynamic of peace, which is much more important than signing the contracts.”But he acknowledged the concerns of extremism on both sides, such as the recent stabbing of 11 people by a Palestinian man on a bus in central Tel Aviv and the burning of an Arab-Jewish school by Jewish radicals.Kadi Iyad Zahalka (left), head of the Sharia courts in Jerusalem, with Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENS“These challenges must encourage us to do more in dialogue and co-existence in order to prevent suffering,” Zahalka told the interfaith group towards the end of their weeklong interfaith pilgrimage. “It is very important for us to do that and it is very important for others to support us in the process of dialogue.”Rabbi Ron Kronish, director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, works closely with Zahalka in promoting dialogue and peace, especially among religions.Kronish talked about the complexities of identity that exist throughout Israel and the West Bank that often cause confusion when addressing issues of peace.There are Palestinians who live in the West Bank, Jews who live in Israel, but there are also Arab Israelis, “that is Arab Palestinians with Israeli citizenship,” he said. “Their goal is not fighting occupation every minute, their goal is integration in Israeli society even though they will have various relationships with Palestinians in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.”The interfaith pilgrimage was formed in response to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention Resolution B019, passed in 2012, that called for positive investment and engagement in the region and recommended that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori develop an interfaith model pilgrimage that experiences multiple narratives.Committed to deepening their own partnership, the interfaith group shared in one another’s faith traditions, including services at the Anglican cathedral in east Jerusalem, a Jewish synagogue in west Jerusalem, and a rare, private tour inside the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, which normally are strictly closed to non-Muslims.Members of the interfaith pilgrimage visit the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSThe group – led by Jefferts Schori; Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; and Sayyid Syeed, national director of interfaith and community alliances for the Islamic Society of North America – was welcomed for a Sunday morning service at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in east Jerusalem by its dean, the Very Rev. Hosam Naoum, and Archbishop Suheil Dawani of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Jefferts Schori preached during the service.Interfaith pilgrims join the Sunday morning service at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSU.S.-based Episcopal Church dioceses and individuals have long been in partnership with the Jerusalem diocese and continue to support the ministry of its more than 30 social service institutions throughout Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Territories. The institutions include schools, hospitals, clinics and centers for people with disabilities and serve those in need regardless of their religious affiliation.The diocese and the institutions also are supported by the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization established in 1985.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Archbishop Suheil Dawani of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem talk outside St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, following the Arabic service on Jan. 25. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSDawani told the interfaith group following the service that religion needs to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. “We have a responsibility as leaders, and we have a duty to facilitate and bring co-existence among all the communities,” he said. “As the center of the three Abrahamic faiths, we pray that Jerusalem will be a model for future peace to the whole world.”A source of major concern for the Jerusalem diocese is the many Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are leaving the Holy Land in search of better opportunities overseas.Dawani has said that “investment is something we all need here in the hardships and difficult economic situation. Investment really will encourage people not only to stay here, but to feel that they can take care of their families and the future of their children.”In response to such calls from the Episcopal Church’s partners in the Holy Land, as well as to Resolution B019, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society invested $500,000 in the Bank of Palestine in 2013 for the purpose of economic development in the Palestinian Territories. The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council recently endorsed expansion of that investment and commended the matter to the church’s economic-justice loan committee for study.Following the service, Dawani accompanied the group for a visit to His Beatitude Theophilus III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine, who said that their presence in the Holy Land brings “great encouragement and support to its people.” The patriarch is the senior leader of Greek Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land, and represents the longest continuing historical presence of any single religious institution in Jerusalem today.Archbishop Suheil Dawani of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori meet with His Beatitude Theophilus III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENS“It’s not an easy task to have such a unified voice as Jews, Muslims and Christians,” he said. “Bringing people together and working for reconciliation, this is what we are trying to do. People here use the word ‘tolerance’ which is totally unacceptable. We need to be talking about inclusiveness.”The patriarch talked about the land being connected with the sacred histories of the three Abrahamic faiths and the conflict and misunderstandings that has caused. “How can we convince our people – Jews, Christians and Muslims – to have a different approach to the sacred history?” he asked. “The letter is killing, but the mind, or the spirit of the letter, is vivifying. How can we communicate this message to politicians, to diplomats? … They don’t understand what the sacred history means.”“The problem is that people here understand the land in eschatological terms,” he added, “[But] we serve common human nature and common destiny … This is what we have to bear in mind if we want to believe that we are really people of God … This land is totally holy, and we share this land, all of us.”Syeed responded to the patriarch by saying that his words were “soothing, inspiring and comforting … This is the land of manna and salwa,” the Hebrew and Arabic words that describe the food that God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert.His Beatitude Theophilus III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine, poses for a group photo with the interfaith delegation and Anglican leaders in the Holy Land. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSTwo days earlier, the group attended a Friday evening synagogue service at Kol Haneshamah, a center for Progressive Judaism in West Jerusalem. Following the service, they were welcomed for Shabbat dinner at the home of Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, a 10th generation rabbi whose congregation is committed to social justice and often leads peaceful demonstrations against violence, including whenever a mosque, synagogue or church is attacked.Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman (standing) welcomes the interfaith pilgrims to his home for Shabbat dinner. From left are Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Sayyid Syeed, national director of interfaith and community alliances for the Islamic Society of North America; and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSWeiman-Kelman shared a Jewish Midrash interpretation from Genesis that illustrates how the formation of the name Jerusalem was achieved through a compromise and consideration to the other.Because of their own encounters of God, Abraham called the place Yireh, and Shem named it Shalem. According to Hebrew scripture, “The Holy Blessed One said: If I call it Yireh as Abraham called it, Shem a righteous man, will be upset. If I call it Shalem as Shem called it, Abraham, a righteous man, will be upset. Therefore I call this place as the two of them called it Yireh-Shalem, Yeru-shalayim, Jerusalem.”Following Kelman’s reflection, Jefferts Schori said that she is invigorated by the bridges that have been built during the weeklong pilgrimage and that it reminds her of the creation story, the relationship between light and dark, earth and sky. “At first it looks like division,” she said, “but it’s a good lesson in the importance of interconnection.”Earlier in the week, Rabbi David Rosen, Jerusalem-based international director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee, spoke about a new age of interfaith relations in the Holy Land, which finds religious leaders engaged in deeper, more effective partnerships, particularly through the Council of the Religious Institutions of the Holy Land.Established in 2005, the council facilitates the ongoing engagement of the leadership and representation of the official religious institutions of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith communities in the Holy Land.In introducing Rosen, Gutow said that the former chief rabbi of Ireland has been a leading force in interreligious dialogue and “really exemplifies interfaith relations in this region.”But Rosen acknowledged the need for greater efforts to include religious voices in political spheres.“There is an attitude among politicians not to risk doing anything with religious leaders. If the parties brought in religious voices it would have an enormously powerful effect. But they prefer inertia over risk.”Rabbi David Rosen (right), Jerusalem-based international director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee, speaks to the interfaith group during lunch in Tel Aviv. From left are Mohamed Elsanousi, director of external relations for Finn Church Aid; Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America; and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSTowards the end of the pilgrimage, Kronish of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel echoed much of what Rosen had said. “The 1990s was a period of high hopes for peace, but since 2000 the situation has been deteriorating,” he said, noting that the last significant peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinians leaders was the Wye River Memorandum in 1998.“So we’ve had 16 years, a lot of talk, and really no product. The question is how much further down can we go? The greatest obstacles to peace are political despair. Nobody feels like there is a resolution in sight,” he said. “We don’t have right now hope in our political leaders on both sides. They don’t seem willing to make the painful compromises that are needed” to reach a peace agreement.“Where we have found hope is working with youth, young adults, women, with religious leaders at the grassroots levels, with educators, with the people who are doing hard educational and spiritual work in the trenches and not in the political arena.”Jefferts Schori described peacemaking as “the work of building bridges of relationship between human beings … That requires personal risk-taking, vulnerability, and the ability to see and hear the partner’s deep human desires.”Gutow, reflecting on the pilgrimage said: “We must stand with those who can both understand and speak with integrity about the differing narratives of the regular people who make their homes there. We must provide them with the platforms and the financial support and the validation they need to succeed.“The job of our pilgrimage is to serve as an interfaith witness to the truths of both sides and to help the good and kind people who dwell there find the peace and wholeness and calm they so desire and so deserve.”Pilgrimage membersEpiscopalian•    Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori•    Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester•    The Rev. John E. Kitagawa, rector of St. Philip’s in-the-Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona•    The Rev. Charles K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop•    The Rev. Margaret Rose, deputy for ecumenical and interfaith relations•    Alexander D. Baumgarten, director of public engagement and mission communication•    Sharon Jones, executive assistant to the presiding bishopJewish•    Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs•    Rabbi Leonard Gordon, interreligious relations chair for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs•    Ethan Felson, vice president and general counsel for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs•    Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, director of social justice and interfaith initiatives for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater WashingtonMuslim•    Sayyid Syeed, national director of interfaith and community alliances for the Islamic Society of North America•    Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, director of the Hickey Center for interfaith studies and dialogue at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York•    Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America•    Mohamed Elsanousi, director of external relations for Finn Church AidAn ENS article including reflections from the interfaith delegation is available here. An article about the group’s meeting with political leaders is available here.— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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 By Matthew DaviesPosted Feb 6, 2015 center_img February 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm I find myself agreeing most with Rabbis Rosen and Kronish, whose glasses are not rose-colored. As Rabbi Rosen said, “There is an attitude among politicians not to risk doing anything with religious leaders. If the parties brought in religious voices it would have an enormously powerful effect. But they prefer inertia over risk.” I would only add: Why wait for the politicians? Our Episcopal leadership should force its way into the conversation with the message of the Gospel. That could indeed have an “enormously powerful effect.” But that would involve risk, wouldn’t it.And how true Rabbi Kronish’s assessment – “So we’ve had 16 years, a lot of talk, and really no product. The question is how much further down can we go? The greatest obstacles to peace are political despair. Nobody feels like there is a resolution in sight….” Yes, it’s hard to hope when, while our “model pilgrims” were there, another 450 settlement units were built and the US Congress started threatening a cutoff of aid to the Palestinians for complaining. Isn’t it time for our Church leaders to say something, to do something, to inject an element of hope into the conversation by shaming our politicians into putting an end to the charade. The “peace process” has sadly become a euphemism for a continuation of the status quo. It’s time to say so.By the way, Julian, when I was in Palestine in 2008 and 2011, I visited the inside of the Dome of the Rock, the al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Tomb of the Patriarchs (the Ibrahimi Mosque) in Hebron. and, yes, I was covered…a small sign of respect to the traditions of others, just as I’ve worn a kippah at Jewish Services and a mantilla at St. Peter’s. The only signs of violence – remnants – I noticed were the bullet holes in the outside façade of the Dome of the Rock and the US-manufactured tear gas canisters on display in the al-Aqsa Mosque Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Submit a Press Release February 6, 2015 at 5:41 pm While we all work toward peace, families need to put food on the table tonight and children need to go to school tomorrow. Through support for education and healthcare, we can build peace from the ground up — for all. The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem has had the privilege to work with the Diocese of Jerusalem to serve grassroots needs throughout the Diocese. 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