LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Edinburgh Rugby squad to play Cardiff Blues in round four of the Heineken Cup at Murrayfield Stadium on Friday 16 December (kick-off 8pm)Mike Blair,Tom Brown,Sean Cox,Geoff Cross,Nick De Luca,David Denton,Ross Ford,Grant Gilchrist,Jack Gilding,Phil Godman,Roddy Grant,Allan Jacobsen,Lee Jones,James King,Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN,Steven Lawrie,Harry Leonard,Esteban Lozada,Stuart McInally,Chris Paterson,Ross RennieMatt Scott,Netani Talei,Jim Thompson,Kyle Traynor,Tim VisserNot available through injury: Ben Cairns (knee) Andrew Kelly (knee), Alan MacDonald (shoulder) James King (C) and the rest of the Edinburgh team look on in disappoinment after losing to Cardiff last weekEdinburgh Rugby are just two days from what head coach Michael Bradley has described as the biggest match of the club’s season at Murrayfield this Friday (kick-off 8pm).Two wins from three in Heineken Cup Pool 2 puts the capital club three points behind this weekend’s opponents, who leapfrogged Edinburgh into the Pool’s top spot in the match’s reverse fixture last Friday (25-8).Now, with home advantage, the capital club have the chance to redress the Pool positions, with a win capable of restoring Edinburgh to the top spot with two matches remaining – Racing Metro away followed by London Irish at Murrayfield.The last Heineken Cup game at Murrayfield saw a season high attendance roar on the capital club to secure a bonus-point win over Racing Metro (48-47), with Bradley relishing the prospect – and profile – of the big match.He said: “It’s fantastic to be in this position in the group going into round 4, at home, in the Heineken Cup.“This Friday will be a massive occasion for everyone involved in the club because victory could put us back in the driving seat of this Pool. It’s definitely our biggest match of the season so far. It will be a huge challenge. Cardiff have an excellent record against us and showed that they can put points on the board when given the narrowest of opportunities. “At this level the margins are extremely tight, with one advantage on our side being our support on the night. Our supporters have been central to our success on a number of occasions, none more so than against Racing Metro, so hopefully they’ll be a crucial factor in deciding the result of the game once again.”Bradley today named an extended 26-man squad for the crucial encounter which includes captain Greig Laidlaw who is set to make his 100th competitive appearance for the capital club.Bradley added: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Greig [Laidlaw] who is an extremely committed individual. He’s an exceptional captain and leader and it’s tremendous that he is one of the many top-class players who will be staying at the club until 2014.” CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 09: James King (C) of Edinburgh looks on dejectedly as his team head for a 8-25 defeat during the Heineken Cup Pool Two match between Cardiff Blues and Edinburgh at the Cardiff City Stadium on December 9, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Top QuotesScott Johnson: “We took our opportunities and they didn’t take theirs. That was the sole difference. My neck was getting sore from looking down one end of the pitch. We had a massive penalty count against us and a massive territory against us and lost a sin-bin as well, but we fought.”Kelly Brown: “We are a side that will always fight and scrap and if a team is going to get anything off us we are going to make them work very, very hard for it.”Jamie Heaslip: “We held onto the ball for long phases and it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come away with any points. It’s another close game, another missed opportunity.” Try: Craig Gilroy Pen: Paddy Jackson Star manScotland lock Jim Hamilton had an immense game, ruling the lineout, getting up a head of steam in attack and grafting in defence. As Scotland coach Scott Johnson says: “He does things awkwardly. He is not everyone’s cup of tea in Scotland but luckily the coaching staff drink coffee.”Geoff Cross also earned plaudits from his coach and captain for his role in making the scrummage a strength for Scotland. Key momentIreland spent the whole game wasting chances but were still in the hunt in stoppage time, trailing by just four points. Scotland conceded a penalty at a scrum close to their own line and Ireland ran it, but Luke Marshall was unable to gather a high ball as they swept towards the line and that was the last act of a frustrating day for Ireland, and the beginning of some noisy Scottish celebrations. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Keith Earls – Switched from centre in the last game to wing in this, Earls was an attacking threat and had Scotland scrambling to cover his breaksColdJamie Heaslip – He was Ireland’s joint top-tackler with five, but his leadership skills must be called into question as he instructed Paddy Jackson to kick for territory rather than the posts on several occasions, which meant Ireland did not turn their pressure into points. Kelly Brown and his team celebrate their nail-biting win over Ireland at MurrayfieldBy Katie Field at MurrayfieldIn a nutshellLAST TIME Scotland won two Six Nations matches on the bounce, Greig Laidlaw was 15 years old. That was in 2001, since when Scotland have only won more than one match in a Six Nations season three times, most recently in 2006. But all those gloomy memories were cast aside as Laidlaw kicked four penalties to sneak a hard-fought victory over an Ireland side that had enough chances to win this match twice over, but butchered them. Add this win to the victory over Italy two weeks ago, and Scotland have a reason to celebrate.Scotland scrummaged strongly and won the lineout contest, but it was Ireland who were making the line breaks and creating the chances. However, the Scots’ scramble defence kept the visitors at bay and they had the heart to battle on, even when they were down to 14 men after Ryan Grant was sin-binned in the first quarter.Craig Gilroy crashes over for Ireland’s tryIreland had almost all the territory and possession in the first half but shunned a couple of kickable penalties and so didn’t trouble the scorers until the 35thminute, when Paddy Jackson finally opened his Test rugby account with a penalty. The visitors added a Craig Gilroy try soon after the break, but Scotland gradually got a grip on the game as referee Wayne Barnes started penalising Ireland at the breakdowns.Laidlaw made the chances count and Scotland took the lead for the first time after 63 minutes when he slotted his third penalty. Ireland were not about to surrender and they made Scotland fight to the death, but with their supporters roaring them on, the Scots prevailed. StatsIreland had 77% of the territory and 71% of possession and forced Scotland to concede 16 penalties to their own 13. The visitors also won 106 rucks and mauls compared to Scotland’s 29 – in fact the only areas Scotland came out on top were the lineout, where they stole three from Ireland, and the final scoreboard! ScorersScotlandPens: Greig Laidlaw 4Ireland Lions watch – HotJim Hamilton – The giant Scot made a real nuisance of himself and Ireland must have been glad to see him replaced for the final ten minutes.Man of the Match Jim Hamilton claims a lineout for ScotlandLuke Marshall – Ireland’s debutant centre cut through the Scotland line on several occasions and was the joint top-tackler for the visitors. He made a couple of errors but it was still a bright start to his Test career.Kelly Brown – Another immense performance from the Scotland skipper, putting in crucial tackles and making cool-headed decisions which enabled his team to make the most of their chances.Sean O’Brien – The Ireland flanker was a force at the breakdown and was prominent in open play, making 22 carries.
Click here for match highlightsPost-match bulletin– It was a dream-like farewell to the Aviva Stadium for Brian O’Driscoll on the day he won his world record-breaking 140th cap. He was deservedly named Man of the Match for the creative role he played one week before his Test retirement.“To leave here is going to be hard,” said O’Driscoll after the match, “But it was a good way to leave it today and hopefully we set ourselves up for next week. I feel humbled by the reception today.”Winging it: Leonardo Sarto scored Italy’s try– Martin Castrogiovanni’s record-breaking 105th appearance for Italy lasted just seven minutes as he limped off to be replaced by Lorenzo Cittadini.– Italy made 208 tackles in the match, setting a new record for a Test match. It was their 18th consecutive away defeat in the Six Nations, which is a tournament record.– Ireland ran 658 metres with the ball, compared to Italy’s 276. They won 154 rucks out of 157 whereas Italy won just 44 out of 49. DUBLIN, IRELAND – MARCH 08: Leonardo Sarto of Italy runs in his team’s first try of the game during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World’s proposed Italy XV v England: Luke McLean; Angelo Esposito, Michele Campagnaro, Gonzalo Garcia, Leonardo Sarto; Tommaso Allen, Edoardo Gori; Alberto de Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Quintin Geldenhuys, Marco Bortolami, Joshua Furno, Robert Barbieri, Sergio Parisse.Skipper Sergio Parisse, rested this week, will surely return and the half-backs could change again, with Tommaso Allen and Edoardo Gori playing after a bit of bench time this week. Martin Castrogiovanni many miss out through injury, so Lorenzo Cittadini could replace him. TAGS: Leinster Centre of attention: Brian O’Driscoll is applauded off by his team-mates at the end of the 46-7 win over ItalyBy Katie FieldThe match in 30 secondsIreland will surely be crowned RBS Six Nations champions next weekend if they win in Paris, after running in seven tries to take their positive points difference in the table to 81. Man of the Match Brian O’Driscoll created three of the scores as Ireland turned a 17-7 half-time lead into a rout.Italy were in the game at 7-7 as the half-hour approached, but conceded a penalty and a try before half-time and the hosts ran away with it after the break.Ireland – Tries: Jonathan Sexton (2), Andrew Trimble, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Fergus McFadden, Jack McGrath. Cons: Sexton (2), Paddy Jackson (2). Pens: SextonItaly – Try: Leonardo Sarto. Con: Luciano Orquera. What’s next?– The Six Nations title is there for the taking for Ireland after winning by this margin. They need to keep cool heads in the build-up to next weekend’s game in Paris and on the pitch at the Stade de France and if they do, they have the quality and form to send O’Driscoll into retirement with another winners’ medal.– It seems daft to criticise Ireland after a win by this kind of margin, but they spent much of the first half going through the phases without making much ground, so they need to get their heads up earlier in the game and look for the spaces.Oh baby: O’Driscoll and daughter Sadie after the game– It looks like O’Driscoll may have employed Shane Williams’ script writer (remember the Welshman’s final touch in Test rugby?!) so we can all hope for more magic from the living legend as he plays his very last game of international rugby. He has some act to follow after this week’s performance, but O’Driscoll looks to be handling the pressure and emotion brilliantly.– Italy welcome England to Rome next Saturday and need to find a way to hang onto more possession if they are to win, or come close. They had just 25% of the possession and 21% of the territory and lost two of their own lineouts and one of their own scrums. Rugby World’s proposed Ireland XV v France: Rob Kearney; Andrew Trimble, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Dave Kearney; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip.Assuming Joe Schmidt doesn’t “do a Gatland” and drop O’Driscoll (just joking!), Ireland are only likely to make injury-related changes. Peter O’Mahony will return if he’s fit, after missing out this week. If Cian Healy’s injury rules him out, Jack McGrath will start, just as Eoin Reddan will replace Conor Murray if the scrum-half cannot play. – Rob Kearney didn’t get among the try-scorers but he was a potent attacking force, running 116 metres. Chris Henry was Ireland’s busiest defender, making 12 tackles.– Italy’s full-back, Luke McLean, also had a good game, making 60 metres in attack, while Joshua Furno was their star defender with 22 tackles.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sarries celebrate: Saracens would have been singing in the changing rooms after beating Clermont “The club means a great deal to me and they deserve all the success they have had so far this season,” Henry adds, before pausing and ending with a dash of his wicked humour. “If I could cross my fingers for more success, I would!”Most striking about Henry’s take on Saracens is his sense of pride and belonging. Everybody associated with the club shares that steadfast feeling of ownership, which amounts to a rock-solid network that simply doesn’t care about outside detractors. Toulon must break that down to win in Cardiff. Even for an outfit rammed with stellar names, it won’t be easy. “No one likes us. No one likes us. No one likes us. We don’t care.”So goes the famous chant of Millwall Football Club’s fans who are, to put it politely, as a fairly spiky bunch.Now, Saracens are nowhere near as divisive as The Den’s inhabitants. However, neither are they the most popular side in European rugby – neutrals are not overly heartbroken to see them fail. Because that doesn’t happen too often, sarcasm usually takes the place of schadenfreude.The Premiership and Heineken Cup finalists are singled out for a number of reasons. Their prominent Southern African contingent, allegations of salary cap tinkering, shouty Allianz Park entertainment and some unconventional marketing ideas have all attracted flak at different times. Failing that, as this weekend demonstrated, Chris Ashton could probably wind up his own shadow.Snide criticism reached a cacophony during their muscular dismantling of Clermont at the end of last month. With Twickenham barely a quarter-full, Saracens’ fan base became an easy target for jealous barbs.Out on the field, Mark McCall’s side were indifferent to any mockery and set about delivering one of the great defensive performances – a masterpiece of destructive tackling that obliterated the Top 14 giants and brought a 46-6 triumph, setting up Saturday’s date with Toulon at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.It was a result forged from a rock-solid foundation of companionship. Team culture is a concept spoken about a great deal these days, but Saracens make it so tangible.Sing when you’re winning: Justin Langer gave Sarries some adviceThe process can be traced back to the autumn of 2009, when Justin Langer – Australian former cricketer and a friend of club owner Nigel Wray – held an audience on the subject of unity and brotherhood. As the conductor of ‘Under the Southern Cross’ whenever a Test was won (far more often than not over 105 matches in the baggy green), he recommended Saracens adopt a victory song. Sometimes, he explained, you dig deeper when a game is in the balance simply because you are so desperate to belt out a familiar tune with your mates.Remember when Northampton were beaten 28-27 later that season and Dylan Hartley got riled at the noises coming from the Franklin’s Gardens away dressing room? Langer was probably very proud of himself when that story broke. You can picture the impish grin.Saracens’ song is now a well-worn tradition and has contributed to a genuine closeness, alongside less conventional touches such as in-season trips to New York that encourage old-school unwinding. “Treat them unbelievably well,” Griffiths told the BBC last month, outlining a refreshing mantra. “They’ll work unbelievably hard.” On the field, a Southern African influence is undeniable – Schalk Brits, Alistair Hargreaves, Jacques Burger and Neil de Kock form the formidable nucleus of a phenomenally strong squad of which only 55 per cent of players qualify for England. That is the third worst ratio in the Premiership behind relegated Worcester and London Irish. But dwelling on that would be to ignore how Saracens are developing very impressive players from these shores.Of course, there are the bulldozing Vunipola brothers. Alex Goode is a wonderfully intelligent footballer with 107 Premiership appearances under his belt at the age of 26. Owen Farrell has found another dimension in attack, directing this year’s more expansive game-plan.He could fight his own shadow: Ashton typifies Saracens brazen approachThen you scratch the surface. Jamie George has benefitted from Brits’ tutelage and could feature in New Zealand this summer given England’s shortage at hooker. Jackson Wray is a bruising, try-scoring back-rower and scrum-half Ben Spencer possesses a special spark about him. Athletic lock Maro Itoje is among the best teenagers on the planet too. Watch the Junior World Championship if you think that might be an exaggeration.The remarkable Henry Fraser, younger brother of burgeoning openside flanker Will (another certain to represent England if he can stay fit), is living embodiment of Saracens’ collective culture. In 2009 while on holiday in Portugal, a diving accident left him paralysed from the neck down. The prospect of a promising rugby career – he was a centre-cum-flanker on Saracens’ Academy – was snatched away in an instant.Thankfully, a ferocious competitive edge remained. After a series of operations and months in hospital, Henry is now an eloquent, affable ambassador for the Matt Hampson Foundation and a budding sportswriter who exudes life-affirming positivity. He was also a secret weapon for the Clermont game.Asked to speak to the players prior to that contest, he was initially apprehensive – “I never thought anything I had to say would mean something to other people” – but gave a stunningly honest rendition of his own story that spared no niceties. As Henry finished, the room fell silent for a second or two before erupting into applause. The speaker was touched.“Saracens has become a huge part of my life,” he explains. “Steve Borthwick came to visit me in hospital shortly after my accident when he was England captain and the club has been amazing ever since. His visit set the tone for what would be continuous support.“The players have been unbelievable in their willingness to help whenever they have been asked, I couldn’t have asked for more. They really are a great group of guys. They made me very welcome before I spoke to them, which helped massively.
TAGS: FijiSamoaTonga Crowd pleasers: Richie McCaw and Steve Hansen are welcomed by fans in Samoa. Photo: Getty Images But why stop at individual countries? The Lions have played in Argentina, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Canada and Fiji, the latter trip in 1977 bringing a 25-21 loss and the Fran Cotton quip: “Why couldn’t it have been 14 weeks in Fiji and three days in New Zealand?”Packed house: Samoa fans cram into the stadium in Apia. Photo: Getty ImagesFiji is the only place the Lions have visited without Test success and how fitting had the 2017 tourists tried to rectify that fact on the way to New Zealand, instead of declining Fiji’s invitation as they were “too busy”. New Zealand’s historic trip to Samoa must herald a change in the tour mindset, says RW’s Alan Pearey LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It took 91 years but at least New Zealand finally got there. July’s short hop to Apia saw them break new ground by playing a Test in Samoa, an occasion that prompted a public holiday for the islanders and a combative match watched by a capacity crowd wreathed in smiles.It was a day when the result was secondary as here was the world’s greatest team connecting with a Tier Two nation on their own soil. The All Blacks wore leis of flowers and learnt a bit more about the heritage of many of their own players, and it begged the question: why not do this more often?For the sad truth is that the pro era has seen too few such initiatives, even though air travel has shrunk the world compared to the days when teams needed a six-week sea voyage to cross hemispheres.Historic Test: All Black Ryan Crotty on the attack against Samoa. Photo: Getty ImagesAustralia and South Africa have never visited Samoa. No Rugby Championship side has been to Tonga. Fiji have fared a bit better, with Aussie and NZ Maori XVs making sporadic visits to Suva, but the log book makes shameful reading. The big European nations have all played in each of those Pacific Islands.Australia, 36% of whose Super Rugby players derive from the Islands, are now making positive noises about following suit and it’s an idea that excites the players. “It would be special,” said Wallaby David Pocock. “Australia and New Zealand, in terms of rugby, have benefited a ridiculous amount from Pacific Island nations.” Of course, money is the obstacle. NZ made no profit from their Samoa trip, and Wales will lose cash when touring the Islands in two years’ time. Good for them. They’re doing it for the greater good and rugby needs more of that selflessness.This article appeared in the July edition of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers, click here.
A video showing mini rugby players how to tackle and jackal LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The ‘jackal’ has become extremely common in modern rugby parlance. Players like David Pocock, of Australia, and Wales captain Sam Warburton are lauded the world over for their ability to steal the ball in a contact situation. Even if they don’t win the ball, they often win a penalty because the speed with which they latch onto the ball often leads to the tackled player holding on.The key to perfecting the jackal is the speed with which you get back to your feet – too slow and support players will have arrived to help their tackled team-mate and form a ruck. You need to bounce straight up after making the tackle so you can then go for the ball – and spreading your arms or even clapping your hands demonstrates to the referee that you have released the player before trying to steal possession.Watch the video below to see mini rugby players demonstrating this skill. In every issue of Rugby World magazine you will find step-by-step guides on how to perform various skills to help mini rugby players develop their overall game. Mini rugby coach Nigel Botherway also provides details of different training games minis can play, which are fun and help to improve skill levels.We have also produced videos showing mini players performing various skills so you can practise replicating what they do to learn the correct technique and improve your game.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out all the ways you can download the digital issue here.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Moving on: Speculation is rife that George Ford is moving back up North with Sale By Alex ShawThe 12 Aviva Premiership clubs will be writing their letters to Santa Claus this week packed with requests to help them take the next step both domestically and in Europe.A further increase to the salary cap – before the cap stays stabilises for the foreseeable future – gives the English clubs increased ability to compete with their French counterparts for marquee names and with January just around the corner, it won’t be long before the annual deluge of signings begin to be announced.We look at the players off contract in 2017 that would be right at the top of each club’s wish list this festive season.BathThe West Country side are in a luxurious position. They already possess a talented squad and having not once dipped below the English-qualified players (EQP) per matchday 23 average required by the Rugby Football Union – they have fielded at least 16 in every game this season – they don’t have to worry about EQPs when recruiting.Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder may well be tempted to look back to his former side, the Crusaders, where Ryan Crotty, Matt Todd, Israel Dagg and Seta Tamanivalu are all heading into the last years of their respective deals. All four are strong candidates to re-sign with the New Zealand Rugby Union, although Dagg has been linked with a number of European clubs.Flying: Israel Dagg was coached by Bath’s Todd Blackadder at the CrusadersIf George Ford is to leave the Rec this summer, finding a player of that ilk to replace him, despite the fast-rising Adam Hastings, should be priority number one. Blackadder’s countryman Ihaia West, of the Blues, would be an interesting option and would come with the added bonus of being available during Test windows, something Bath currently lack in Ford.BristolHonestly, there is no area of the Bristol team that couldn’t be improved to help them compete with Premiership-calibre opposition.Their hopes of survival are still alive but they are in a precarious position – 10 losses from their 10 games so far – and a stint back in the Greene King IPA Championship won’t help them with their recruitment. That said, the incoming Pat Lam will be a big draw for prospective players, particularly those from New Zealand, as will owner Steve Lansdown’s ambitions for the club.Marquee signing: Struggling Bristol would love to capture FekitoaLansdown publicly stated his desire to bring players like Ma’a Nonu to Ashton Gate earlier this year and with the midfield a significant problem area for Bristol so far this season, they could do worse than heavily pursuing the man many in New Zealand believed to be the ‘next Nonu’, Malakai Fekitoa. The Highlander is in the last year of his deal with the NZRU and whilst he will be a priority re-signing, he would be the kind of marquee arrival Lansdown is desperate to land.One other position that could be bolstered is hooker and with Munster’s Niall Scannell coming to the end of his deal with the province, a move across the Irish Sea would be warmly welcomed by Bristol.Exeter ChiefsExeter are another side, like Bath, who have no issues whatsoever with their EQP numbers and this gives them a freer rein in their recruitment strategy.By avoiding extensive England call-ups, Exeter’s squad looks relatively deep, but Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ollie Devoto, Dave Ewers and Don Armand are all either involved with the Test squad or on the cusp of it and it would only take a couple of injuries to current England players to see Exeter’s resources stretched when the national team comes calling.Wallaby connection: Could the Australian connection help the Chiefs land Rob HorneBringing back Dean Mumm would be a popular move in the South-West and, alongside Geoff Parling, would help arrest the slide in Exeter’s driving lineout game. Another option would be Nambian lock Tjiuee Uanivi, who has previous for performing at Sandy Park, having shone there during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.Rob Baxter must be thrilled with the performances of James Short and Olly Woodburn since they arrived in Devon but adding another try-scoring threat out wide wouldn’t hurt. Two of Mumm’s Waratahs teammates, Rob Horne and Zac Guildford, are in the last years of their deals and Horne fits the versatile mould of Exeter’s back line. The fact he’s Australian doesn’t hurt, either.GloucesterThe Cherry and Whites have been open with their comings and goings so far this season, having already announced that Greig Laidlaw and James Hook will be leaving the club at the end of the season.Callum Braley and Willi Heinz will fill Laidlaw’s void at scrum-half but finding a replacement for Hook, ideally one who can cover both fly-half and full-back, won’t be so easy.Melbourne Rebels fly-half Jack Debreczeni could do just that, pushing both Billy Burns and Tom Marshall for their starting spots and preventing Mat Protheroe from having to be rushed into and overexposed in the senior set-up.Power play: There have been suggestions Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty is off to WalesBen Morgan has committed to spending his future at Kingsholm, but rumours persist that Ross Moriarty is eager to return to Wales and that Matt Kvesic is off to Exeter, making the back row another important area to bolster.One player who could certainly invigorate the Gloucester fan base in Steven Luatua, with the 15-times capped All Black in the last year of his deal with the Blues. The versatile back rower has struggled for consistency since bursting on to the scene in 2013 and 2014 and with his Test opportunities looking limited for the foreseeable future, he could reignite his career at Kingsholm.HarlequinsThe Londoners have already announced the signing of Demetri Catrakilis for the 2016-17 season, so you can go ahead and scratch fly-half from their Christmas list.This leaves Quins’ top priorities as clear. Tight five reinforcements.When Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler head off on England duty, the Quins pack looks underpowered and bolstering their front and second rows is likely a priority for John Kingston, especially with the abundance of home-grown talent emerging in their back row and back line at the moment.In bound: Montpellier’s South African fly-half Demetri Catrakilis is coming to QuinsBrumbies hooker Saia Fainga’a was only signed from the Reds on a one-year deal and could help the set-piece in West London. Another option would be Pat Leafa of the Melbourne Rebels, who broke out in 2015 and is entering the last year of his deal.Extending Elia Elia’s deal – a short-term mid-season acquisition for Quins – would be another possibility.With Lewis Boyce rumoured to be joining from Yorkshire Carnegie and providing depth behind Marler, finding a deputy for Sinckler at tighthead, such as Exeter’s Jack Stanley, will also be high on Quins’ list, especially with Adam Jones turning 36 before the end of the current season.Leicester TigersLeicester are in a better situation than their recent 38-0 humbling by Munster suggests and they have quality and quantity throughout their squad, as well as no issues meeting the EQP quota.If their squad could be fleshed out, it would be in the back line, where recent injuries have shown it to be a top-heavy unit, with squad members struggling to fill in for the first line group. This will only increase if Owen Williams and Mat Tait both decide to move away from Welford Road at the end of the season.Prize possession: The Tigers are desperate to hang onto Owen WilliamsBringing in a well-rounded back three player would improve Tigers’ threat out wide, as well as allowing Peter Betham to focus on the 13 jersey, a position which he has thrived in since moving from Sydney.The Hurricanes duo of Nehe Milner-Skudder and Matt Proctor are in contract years, as is the Chiefs’ James Lowe and Aaron Mauger would undoubtedly love to welcome any one of them to the East Midlands. It’s difficult to see Milner-Skudder leaving New Zealand, but Proctor and Lowe could be sold on the idea that All Black selection is unlikely at this point.If Williams were to leave, finding a fly-half to compete with Freddie Burns would also be a priority, as is finding someone to compete with Lachlan McCaffrey at No 8. In regards to the latter, impressive Wasps back rower Alex Rieder has yet to commit his future to the club and could be just the stocking filler Tigers need.Newcastle Falcons Newcastle are a team that could use help in a lot of different areas and if they can bring in EQPs then all the better, as they have flirted with the quota line so far this season.The problem for Falcons is that EQPs capable of improving their squad don’t come cheap but with the side from the North-East performing above expectations this season, attendances on the rise and their ability to retain players looking in better shape than in recent seasons, they shouldn’t be afraid to be ambitious.The back row and back three are in good shape, with Will Welch and Mark Wilson committing their futures to the club and exciting talents like Callum Chick and Simon Hammersley earning prominent roles in the team.Increased game-time: Would Harry Thacker benefit from Newcastle’s 4G pitch?If they could lure Harry Thacker north from Leicester, they could give him the opportunity he craves at hooker, whilst his ability with the ball in hand would potentially prove a game-changer on Newcastle’s 4G pitch, much as Schalk Brits’ skill set has done for Saracens.Bolster the hooker position will be key for Falcons and Scannell would be another good fit here, albeit not an EQP.Sale scrum-half James Mitchell is beginning to garner significant playing time in the North-West but if he feels he is still third-choice behind Peter Stringer and Mike Phillips, a move across the Pennines could be good for his career.Northampton SaintsFirmly atop Jim Mallinder’s Christmas list this year will simply be job security but in terms of the club, there are plenty of things they will be asking Santa for and most of them in the back line.Working in Northampton’s favour is that they are another of the teams comfortably meeting the EQP quota and that their recruitment should be open to EQPs and non-EQPs alike. This is key, as an injection of new talent and fresh thinking in Northampton is very much needed.Versatile midfielders are worth their weight in gold these days and with JJ Hanrahan and Luther Burrell both linked with Franklin’s Gardens exits, players like Pita Ahki of the Hurricanes and Mitch Inman of the Melbourne Rebels could be of significant interest to Saints. Both are in contract years and have shown an ability to break the gain line and get their teams on the front foot.Midfield dynamite: Would Kiwi Pita Ahki bolster the Saints midfieldNorthampton have also lacked a cutting edge in the back three and the Blues’ Lolagi Visinia would, on paper, be the perfect addition, capable of covering wing and full-back and would bring fresh impetuous to a Northampton side that has scored the least tries in the Premiership this season.Doubling down in the back three wouldn’t hurt and there are a pair of EQP targets that could be just the fillip Saints fans need over the coming months.Former England 7s star Marcus Watson has shown his potential in the 15-a-side code and is yet to sign a new deal in the North-East, whilst former England U20 sensation Nathan Earle is also in a contract year and could be lured away from North London on the promise of playing time.Sale SharksLooming legal action over the handling of a player’s concussion and the questionable acquisition of Denny Solomona probably mean Sale have their own issues but rather than a lump of coal, they will be hoping for front row and half-back help, as they build a back row and back line with ominous potential, but for whom the platform to reach that potential is currently missing.Unfortunately for Sale, they have struggled to meet the EQP marks so far this season and unless their new owners are willing to take the financial hit for such actions, they may be limited in their ability to go after foreign stars.Code switch: Denny Solomona made a controversial move from LeagueEveryone is talking about Ford leaving Bath next year and if he does go through with that, not only will he be top of Sale’s list, he’ll be underlined, circled and followed by plenty of exclamation marks.Another EQP who could add to the Sharks, especially as they will not want to overexpose the impressive Curry twins, is Pau’s Irish openside Sean Dougall.If Sale do look abroad, going after West or Debreczeni to provide competition for AJ MacGinty could be tempting for Steve Diamond, should Ford stay at Bath or opt for a different club.SaracensThere aren’t too many ways you can improve Saracens but given their extensive losses to England duty for large swathes of the season, they could always do with more depth, particularly in the second row.With Maro Itoje and George Kruis regulars for England and Alistair Hargreaves retiring, Saracens’ engine room has been stretched. The extremely talented Nick Isiekwe is still probably a year away from being ready for the rigours of senior rugby and that leaves an opening.Will Skelton has done a fine job off the bench in his first two games for the club and with the 2017 Super Rugby season the last of his current deal with the Waratahs, he could be tempted to make North London a more regular home in the coming months. The Reds’ Rob Simmons is another lock coming off contract in the coming year.Making an impression: Will Will Skelton want to make Saracens a permanent home?Despite being prolific suppliers of talent to the England team, Saracens’ EQP numbers have flirted with the line set by the RFU this season – in large part due to the unavailability of those Test players – and they could help increase that number by attempting to bring back Piers Francis, a graduate of the club’s academy, from the Blues in New Zealand.Former England U20 George Nott would also be appealing, helping bolster their EQP contingent and solving their issues at lock in one fell swoop.WaspsJust like Bath, Exeter, Quins and Leicester, Wasps have yet to dip below the EQP mark in any game this season and have the freedom to recruit however they see fit.As with Saracens, they don’t have too many areas of need. The club’s back line is stacked with quality and quantity, improvements have been made in the front row and young stars such as Ehize Ehizode, the Willis brothers and Jacob Umaga will soon be pushing for senior inclusion.Tall story: Could Lood de Jager be tempted to strengthen the Wasps second-rowOne area where Wasps could bolster is in the second row, where they lack a traditional ballast-bringing lock in the scrum, despite the considerable size of both Joe Launchbury and Matt Symons. The aforementioned Skelton could help in this area, as could the Brumbies’ Rory Arnold, another Australian who is off contract in 2017, or Lood de Jager, who has only signed a one-year deal with the Bulls.If Ashley Johnson’s transition to hooker continues and James Haskell remains an integral part of the England set-up, going after a player like Luatua, who can play in the second and back rows, makes sense for Wasps, who are now looking to add the finishing touches to an already very complete and well-balanced squad.Worcester WarriorsA potentially very prolific back line is beginning to come together at Sixways, with Francois Hougaard, Ben Te’o and Bryce Heem bringing game-breaking ability, Chris Pennell continuing to be the epitome of consistency at full-back and young Jamie Shillcock stepping up at fly-half and providing verve at the heart of the line.Building a foundation for that line to succeed will be key for Worcester and tightening up the set-piece should top the Warriors’ Christmas list, especially with impressive – and EQP – loosehead Val Rapava Ruskin linked with a move away next season.Warrior: Springbok Jan Serfontein could join Francois Hougaard at SixwaysWorcester’s EQP numbers have been poor so far this season in the Premiership, although they have used the Challenge Cup to blood a number of the club’s impressive academy graduates and the likes of Jack Singleton, Huw Taylor and Andrew Kitchener should all progress to more integral roles in the senior team next season. With Christmas fast-approaching RW ponders who will be at the top of the present list for each club as new signings and departures are expected in the coming weeks With the Little Pretoria district of Worcester growing rapidly, both Jan Serfontein and de Jager would add to the current squad, as would the previously mentioned duo of Rieder and Nott.Junior World Championship-winning back row David Sisi is a versatile player who could play an important role for Warriors, as well as propping up their EQP numbers.
One time he threw a cricket ball at my balls. I was on the roller, rolling my back out, and I didn’t see it coming.Do you have any phobias? I’m a bit claustrophobic. I’m not a big fan of little spaces. I hate being caught in little rooms and lifts really cause a problem for me.What’s your guilty pleasure? I’m addicted to pies. Cheese ones, or a good bacon and egg pie.What’s the best photo on your phone?It’s of me and my son (Gabriel) after the Bristol game earlier this season in the Challenge Cup. He’s on my shoulders and he’s wearing a No 3 jersey, so that’s a special photo.Dinner guest? Beyonce performs in South Africa earlier this year (Getty Images) Who would be your three dream dinner party guests? Michael Jordan would have to be there, Pat Mahomes, the NFL guy (Kansas City Chiefs quarterback), and Beyoncé.If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? I’d like to read people’s minds. Then I could know what the coach is thinking.What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought? I bought a Mercedes when I was only 17. I couldn’t afford it but the coach still gave it to me because he knew I was going to make down payments with 30% interest.I kept the car until the two back wheels popped. It cost me about 800 bucks to fix and I was on about 800 bucks (a month) at the time!What is the best thing about living in France? It’s everything. The rugby, the lifestyle and La Rochelle itself, which is a beautiful city to live. But I find everywhere is nice in France.What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? That’s a question I ask myself every day. I’d like to finish up in La Rochelle on the coaching staff. The club means so much to me. Downtime with… La Rochelle and France prop Uini AtonioThere’s a certain irony that the name Uini is pronounced ‘weeny’ when you consider international front-rower Atonio was the heaviest player to take part in this year’s Six Nations.Related: Who is the heaviest player in the Six Nations?Born in New Zealand, Atonio represented Samoa U20 at the 2009 Junior World Championship, played for Counties Manukau in the ITM Cup the following year, joined La Rochelle in 2011 and then made his France debut in November 2014 after completing his three years’ residency.He’s become something of a cult figure in rugby and here he gives us a little more insight into his life…What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Never give up. I remember Tana Umaga telling me one time (at Counties Manukau) that no matter how many times you go down, always get back to your feet.What does the France shirt mean to you? It means a lot because it’s shaped my career. I came here as a young buck and it wasn’t really my dream to make the French team, but they gave me the opportunity I didn’t get in New Zealand, so it means quite a bit.Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with? Alofa Alofa (Harlequins and Samoa centre). He’s always got a good joke on him and he’s a good singer, so he could keep me entertained because I really don’t like lifts.What are your bugbears?Moving house. It’s the worst thing, I hate it. It’s not the emotional part, like leaving behind memories, it’s putting all your stuff into boxes and crates and then having to unpack it again.Danger man: Arthur Retiere breaks in the European Challenge Cup final (Getty Images)If you could be one of your team-mates, who would you be? Probably Arthur Retière, the little one (the La Rochelle scrum-half who is 5ft 7in and 11st 7lb). Just the way he steps and his speed. Every time he steps, people fall over; it’s like they do it on purpose.What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on a rugby pitch? It always makes me laugh when a player accidentally tackles the ref. I’ve never done it myself, by the way.Who are the jokers in the France or La Rochelle team? There are quite a few but Levani Botia, our Fijian loose forward at La Rochelle, is probably the worst for practical jokes. Stuff like pulling your pants down when you’re not looking.Have you been a victim of one of his practical jokes? Happy snap: Uini Atonio celebrates with his son Gabriel (Inpho) Front-rower Uini Atonio talks pranks, pies and party guests LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This article originally appeared in the July 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we hope many will also provide support for those who struggle in a volatile and poverty-stricken place, the Holy Land. Today’s stewards of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Capernaum — the land where Jesus walked — need our help if they are to stay and maintain a Christian presence. There could be no indigenous Christians in the Holy Land in another generation if we don’t support their need for basic humanitarian aid.Please visit http://www.afedj.org and learn about the need and how you can help.And we wish you a joyous, Christ-filled Christmas. Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments are closed. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Gifts that give back, year-round Out of ideas for last-minute Christmas shopping? 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Photo/Free Wheelchair Mission[Episcopal News Service] Christmas is less than two weeks away but there’s still plenty of time for last-minute gifts that give back.From $3 to $300, local and international nonprofit agencies offer alternative gifts – and not just during the holidays – that can help convert a little cash into big change.For $12, one life-saving, insecticide-treated mosquito net can save three people from the needless suffering of malaria, said Joy Shigaki, director of the Episcopal Relief & Development NetsforLife Inspiration Fund.“We often don’t need more ‘stuff’ in our lives. Our closets and basements are already full,” said Shigaki in a recent e-mail to ENS. “Giving alternative gifts is a meaningful way to remember those we love during Christmas and support programs like NetsforLife. Throughout the year, it is also a fitting way to honor friends and family for birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, or other special occasions.”The Inspiration Fund – a churchwide, grassroots effort to educate, engage and unite Episcopalians to support the millennium development goals – is about halfway to its goal of raising $5 million by December 2012. The agency aims to distribute 7 million nets by 2013.An African girl drinks water through a LifeStraw, a portable purification system that filters bacteria and viruses to make unsafe water drinkable. Photo/Giving Children HopeBarbara van Gaasbeek of Irvine, California, wanted to honor a friend, so she bought a LifeStraw for $20.Available through Giving Children Hope, it’s a straw – and it’s a portable purification system that filters bacteria and viruses to make unsafe water drinkable. Sean Lawrence, nonprofit partner manager for GCH, said the straws purchased in December are being sent along with shipments to Afghanistan and Somalia in thousand-unit batches.“The beauty of the Life Straw is that what you see is what you get. It’s a large straw with a pull-off cap on the top and bottom,” Lawrence said during a recent telephone interview from his Buena Park, California office. “One end goes into the water source, the other into the mouth. It removes 99.9 percent of the bacteria, including those that cause cholera and other diseases. There’s no set-up, no cleaning, no maintenance and it lasts for 1,000 liters, up to a year for adults and two years for children,” he said.In exchange for van Gaasbeek’s purchase, her friend Mary received a card describing the gift. Both gained the satisfaction of reaching out and helping others, van Gaasbeek said.“We can turn on the faucet anytime we want,” van Gaasbeek said during a recent telephone interview. “That’s not true everywhere. Others have to resort to filthy disease-ridden water just to survive. It seems so out of balance and wrong to me that anything we can do to redress it, we should do.”She promptly bought nine more of the straws and began selling them at her church, St. Mary’s in Laguna Beach, as a holiday gift alternative. In short order, she’d sold 25 and is hoping for more pre- and even post-holiday sales.“It’s a wonderful way of honoring somebody or remembering somebody because this is the gift of life and here in your hands is a simple way of preventing diseases, bacteria and illness from unsanitary drinking water,” she said. “I can’t think of a better gift than this for Christmas.”Similarly, Erin Tharp, 28, of Corona, California, wanted to give a gift with meaning. A bout with viral encephalitis left her unable to speak and in a wheelchair for 13 years, but it didn’t stop her from asking other members of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church to meet an Advent Challenge to purchase 100 wheelchairs from the Free Wheelchair Mission.But first, Tharp purchased 10 herself.The chair “is inexpensive by our standards but it might as well cost a million dollars to the people that need them. Simply put, $60 is a fortune to them,” Tharp wrote by typing a single letter at a time and using a special iPad, in a sermon read to the congregation by someone else. At last count, the congregation had surpassed its goal, raising enough money to purchase at least 120 wheelchairs, according to the Very Rev. John Saville, rector.Mike Kenyon, pastor of church development for Free Wheelchair Mission, said the Irvine organization has already delivered about 500,000 wheelchairs toward its goal of 20 million distributed worldwide.Made of plastic lawn chairs, bicycle tires and other recyclable parts, the wheelchair costs $63.94 to manufacture and was designed for use over rugged terrain. Don Schoendorfer, a mechanical engineer, invented the chair after a trip to Morocco, where he witnessed a disabled woman struggling to drag herself across a road, barely evading traffic, Kenyon said. The company was established in 2001.“Because of my wheelchair, I have had so many opportunities,” Tharp wrote in her sermon. “The people Free Wheelchair Mission help don’t want to be able to take vacations or live luxuriously; they just want to be able to safely cross a street or shop for groceries.”Grace Church, Hastings on Hudson, New York, held its alternative gift fair the weekend before Thanksgiving but offers gifts through year-round nonprofit organizations such as Alternative Gifts international and SERVV that make available handmade fair trade items in a variety of price ranges, according to the Rev. Anna Pearson, rector.“We have local options, as well,” Pearson said during a recent telephone interview from her office. “With the economic downturn we felt it was important to give people the opportunity to do both international and very local gift-giving.”So, $10 purchased a holiday turkey with all the trimmings for a family through the local food pantry. “A birthday-in-a-box” for a child who wouldn’t otherwise have a celebration included cake and all the decorations plus a small gift sold for $25, she said.Family and children’s items were popular sellers. “Everybody loves to buy a bunny rabbit or a goat” through Episcopal Relief & Development’s Gifts for Life Animals and Agriculture Program, Pearson said. Other gift options included more than 30 agencies that offer legal advocacy for migrant workers and environmental preservation of the Hudson River, for example.The church makes a special effort to include something for everyone including “a couple of big-ticket items, although for the most part we try to keep the gifts reasonably priced and affordable to people of all ages and backgrounds and types of budgets,” Pearson said.The price tag for one big-ticket item was about $330, for a clean water storage tank available for purchase for a project in Kenya, for example, she said. The two-day fair netted more than $25,000, shared among the participating organizations, she said.“The church doesn’t make anything from the fair. We really feel called to do this as a congregation,” Pearson said. “We feel that it’s one way we can walk hand in hand with some of our brothers and sisters in Christ that are struggling.“We try very hard to have a good representation of a lot of different issues so you can definitely find something that will connect with a piece of someone’s life that you love,” she added.“It’s very important for our congregation to do this,” Pearson added. Not only does it create enormous community goodwill, it is also “in line with the gospel mandate to feed the hungry and to clothe the naked and with Jesus’ desire for us to do that. Not just because it helps the people that are receiving the gifts, but because it helps us too. It helps us give gifts with meaning, that you know are not going to be discarded and that will affect peoples’ lives beyond the gift giver and the gift recipient.”At St. Luke’s Church in Durham, North Carolina, for as little as $3, gift-givers could aid American Red Cross’s efforts to wipe out measles, which kills an estimated 164,000 people yearly, mostly children in developing countries. In exchange, the gift givers received a pen and a bow to give to those they wanted to honor.Jean Willard, a retired volunteer director who organized St. Luke’s Dec. 11 alternative fair, said she factors in a range of issues when inviting international and local agencies to participate in the yearly event.“We always try and do something concerning education, approaching the Millennium Development Goals, and there’s a strong health emphasis as well as housing and urban ministries,” she said during a recent telephone interview from her home.For example, $50 purchased a pack-and-play crib for low-income families through a local ‘Cribs for Kids’ program. Families unable to purchase cribs were sleeping with their children and the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS was greater than in other populations, she said.Again, Episcopal Relief & Development’s NetsforLife was a popular item; other offerings included the Wiser School for Girls in Keny, as well as aid for families of children undergoing bone marrow transplants at a local hospital and a “Crayons to Calculator” program that makes school supplies available to teachers in low-income districts, she said.At $11,000 and still counting, Willard said proceeds from the fair were “up dramatically” this year, despite the economic downturn.She feels strongly that those “who have” need to share with those who “aren’t so well off. It’s a way you can provide opportunities for people that might not go online and donate, and this gives it a face. It’s an outlet for people on a more personal level to help address these needs and think more consciously of this kind of gift-giving during the holidays.”And beyond.Alternative gift fairs “are a concept I’d like to see expanded,” she said. “It’s very easy to put one together, a few e-mails and a few phone calls. The nonprofits are out there, they hop on an opportunity and it’s easy enough for other churches to get involved.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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Histórica sesión conjunta le permite a obispos y diputados conocer a los nominados a la primacía Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Lloyd Allen, obispo de la Diócesis de Honduras, dirige la oración de apertura el 24 de junio durante la histórica sesión conjunta de la Cámara de Obispos y la Cámara de Diputados para encontrarse con los cuatro obispos nominados a la elección del 27º. obispo primado de la Iglesia Episcopal. Allen es miembro del Comité de Nominaciones Conjunto para la Elección del Obispo Primado. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Los cuatro obispos nominados [para la elección] del 27º. obispo presidente y primado de la Iglesia Episcopal participaron en una primera sesión de este género para que tanto los obispos como los diputados oyeran a los nominados.Thomas Breidenthal, obispo de la Diócesis de Ohio Sur; Michael Curry, obispo de la Diócesis de Carolina del Norte; Ian Douglas, obispo de la Diócesis de Connecticut y Dabney Smith, obispo de la Diócesis del Suroeste de la Florida, pasaron casi tres horas respondiendo preguntas y haciendo declaraciones de apertura y de clausura.“El comité cree que el obispo primado deberá dirigir, amar e inspirar al pueblo en una época en que tanto la incertidumbre como la oportunidad definen el momento”, dijo Sally Johnson, copresidente del Comité de Nominaciones Conjunto para la Elección del Obispo Primado.La sesión tuvo por objeto ayudar a obispos y diputados a discernir quién de los cuatro obispos es la persona que proporcione esa triple respuesta al llamado de Dios y de la Iglesia.Cada nominado fue presentado por medio de un breve vídeo informal que cada uno de ellos hizo valiéndose de un aparato digital, después de lo cual cada uno tenía tres minutos para hablarles a los reunidos en persona y vía webcast. Los nominados respondieron luego a preguntas del comité, de los obispos, los diputados y los suplentes a la Convención General y de miembros de las congregaciones episcopales.Johnson dijo que el comité sintetizó 186 preguntas en ocho categorías con cinco preguntas en cada grupo. Las categorías fueron asuntos de liderazgo; asuntos de teología y liturgia; asuntos basados en la fe; asuntos de reconciliación; asuntos de homosexualidad, bisexualidad y transexualidad; asuntos de desinversión; asuntos espirituales y de cuidado personal y asuntos de estructura. Los obispos tuvieron conocimiento de estas categorías con antelación, pero no de las preguntas específicas, según Ed Konieczny, obispo de la Diócesis de Oklahoma y copresidente del comité.Los cuatro obispos extrajeron de un tazón papelitos de colores numerados durante cada ronda de preguntas y les hacían una de las cinco preguntas de esa categoría. No todos los nominados extrajeron todas las preguntas en todas las categorías. Las preguntas las hicieron miembros del comité de nominaciones desde el pleno de la Cámara de Diputados, y cada una comenzaba con esta fórmula: Sr. Obispo, la Iglesia quiere preguntar…”La primera pregunta para cada obispo fue específica sobre la visión que cada nominado eligió en los materiales que se publicaron el 1 de mayo. Ese material se encuentra aquí.A Breidenthal le preguntaron de qué manera, tal como él había dicho, le daría lugar a las personas que estaban en una trayectoria de fe, pero que no habían encontrado un lugar en la Iglesia Episcopal. Él replicó que la Iglesia tenía que dejar de preguntarse cómo atraer a más personas porque esa era una pregunta equivocada.En lugar de eso, dijo, los episcopales deben entender que son llamados al mundo, donde pueden estar en “auténtica y santa conversación” con aquellas personas que todavía no han encontrado un lugar en la Iglesia —y estar dispuestos a aprender de ellas.Y, si bien los episcopales se enorgullecen con todo derecho de sostener sólidas relaciones entre sí, la firmeza de esos vínculos a veces significa que hay poco espacio para otros, incluso para Jesús, dijo él. Cuando los episcopales se sienten cómodos contándose mutuamente “historias de nuestra fe, historia de nuestra duda” ese espacio se abrirá y enseñará a la gente a ver a Cristo en el extraño.Curry había dicho que el obispo primado debe ser un director ejecutivo de dos tipos: un director ejecutivo y un director de evangelización. Le preguntaron cómo desempeñaría las responsabilidades fiduciarias, legales y corporativas de un director ejecutivo al tiempo de ser también director de evangelización. Curry dijo que él encontraría “la gente mejor y más capaz” para dirigir la organización, pero advirtió que sólo contar con las personas “que saben contar y saben invertir y saben llevar los libros no es suficiente”.“Debería de haber una razón para hacerlo”, dijo, explicando que la razón es posibilitarle el testimonio a Jesús, que debe ser el centro en torno al cual se construye la estructura de la Iglesia.Douglas había dicho que él quería alentar a los episcopales a descubrir y participar en lo que Dios está haciendo en el mundo y en sus barrios. “Creo en un Dios que está vivo, un Dios que ciertamente sale al encuentro de los que están tan necesitados de restauración y de integridad y de nueva vida”, dijo cuando le pidieron que se explicara mejor durante la sesión.Este Dios invita a las personas, por virtud de su bautismo, a participar de esa restauración. “Es en el mundo que somos llamados a ser fieles a la nueva vida de Dios en Cristo. Así pues, es en nuestro barrio donde encontramos, celebramos y hacemos realidad esa acción restauradora de Dios que es tan necesaria”, apuntó. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC A Smith le preguntaron respecto a su deseo de buscar una reconciliación que pudieran mantener a la Iglesia Episcopal como “una gran carpa desde el punto de vista teológico” sin perder “las ganancias pastorales y teológicas que se hicieron en años recientes”.Él le dijo a la sesión que procuraría perseguir ese objetivo como obispo primado siendo un “constructor de puentes, un constructor de confianza, compartiendo la responsabilidad, siendo constantemente una fuente de aliento para reconocer que Dios me ha llamado a ser evangelista y pastor y a procurar la reconciliación que el mundo constantemente necesita, a mantenerme siempre conectado con las personas que se sientan en los bancos”.Dijo que quiere ser capaz de trabajar en “asuntos cambiantes” en diócesis y congregaciones, y en relaciones en la Comunión Anglicana y en la Iglesia Episcopal “de manera que podamos transitar juntos en el amor de Jesús”.El Rdo. David Jackson, miembro del comité y proveniente de Hawái, fue el moderador de la sesión.La obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori se sentó en la sección de visitantes a un lado del salón para escuchar la sesión.El resto del proceso de elecciónLos cuatro nombres serán formalmente presentados a la Convención General durante una sesión conjunta el 26 de junio, el día antes del fijado para la elección por la Cámara de Obispos del 27º. obispo Presidente y Primado.El 27 de junio, los obispos se reunirán en la eucaristía de la Convención a las 9:30 A.M., hora local, en el Centro de Convenciones de Salt Palace. Luego de eso, los obispos con asiento, voz y voto abordarán unos autobuses para viajar hasta la catedral de San Marcos [St. Mark’s Cathedral], donde tendrá lugar la elección en un contexto de oración y reflexión.Una vez que la elección haya tenido lugar, Jefferts Schori enviará una delegación a Jennings para informarla del nombre del obispo que ha resultado electo. Jennings referirá el nombre al comité legislativo para la confirmación del Obispo Primado de la Cámara de Diputados, sin anunciar el nombre al pleno de la Cámara. El Comité legislativo hará una recomendación a la Cámara de Diputados de confirmar o no confirmar la elección, y la Cámara de Diputados votará inmediatamente sobre la recomendación. Jennings luego nombrará una delegación de diputados para notificarle a la Cámara de Obispos de la decisión tomada y el obispo primado electo irá entonces a la Cámara de Diputados.No se permite ninguna comunicación procedente de la Cámara de Obispos durante la elección y hasta que la confirmación se reciba.El obispo primado electo predicará en la eucaristía de clausura de la Convención el 3 de julio y Jefferts Schori presidirá. El período de nuevo años del obispo primado electo comienza a partir del 1 de noviembre de 2015.El Obispo Presidente y Primado es pastor principal de la Iglesia, y preside el Consejo Ejecutivo y la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera.— La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 General Convention 2015 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 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 Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA Por Mary Frances Schjonberg Posted Jun 26, 2015 Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN 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 General Convention, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28