Conditioning combo 5: chin-ups, get-ups and dynamic side plank

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Time to get up! This get-up drill will add a competitive edge to your training regimeTHIS IS the fifth in a series of conditioning combos put together by Harlequins head of strength & conditioning John Dams. They are all dynamic three-exercise circuits or ‘triple sets’, which should be performed one after the other with rest after the last exercise. Work-rest ratio’s can be changed to whatever suits you but a 1:3-4 work ratio will suit to start. The latest one involves rope/towel chin-ups, get-ups and the dynamic side plank – and this video shows you how it’s all done…last_img read more

Analysis: Seven aspects of the Saracens gameplan

first_imgAhead of their European Champions Cup decider against Racing 92, we examine seven areas that have set Saracens apart this season. TAGS: Saracens A great many of these elements must click if Saracens are to oust Racing for a maiden European crown. The task is huge and talk of destiny – from outside their camp, it should be stressed – is complacent. But they certainly possess all the right tools to lift this trophy. Semi smiles: Billy Vunipola and Saracens celebrate after beating Wasps in last month’s European Champions Cup semi-final LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mark McCall and his men still readily bring up 2014, when they lost two finals in the space of seven excruciating days.First, on May 24, Toulon outclassed them to win 23-6 in Cardiff. Saracens were undone by moments of sheer brilliance from try-scoring megastars Matt Giteau and Juan Smith. Steffon Armitage suffocated the breakdown. Meanwhile, metronomic Jonny Wilkinson twisted the knife. He kicked 13 points.A week later, Northampton Saints snatched an extra-time epic on the very last play. Red-blooded willpower eked out victory at Twickenham, Alex Waller shunting over to seal domestic glory.This season, Saracens have been pretty irresistible. As McCall pointed out following a 43-19 thrashing of Worcester, reaching 80 Premiership points in a campaign disrupted by the World Cup is a special effort. Bar one disjointed half in the quarter-final – Saints the opponents once more – European performances have possibly been even more impressive.But all 25 triumphs count for little unless silverware materialises. Saturday in Lyon represents their first chance as Racing 92 stand in the way of Champions Cup glory. Here is a look at how Saracens have developed and the template they will take into a defining occasion.Aiming their bulletsIt is one thing to load a squad with big runners. Giving them the best chance of causing havoc is entirely different. From a lineout on the Wasps 22 during last month’s Champoins Cup semi-final, Billy Vunipola was deployed in a very effective manner.As Schalk Brits prepares to throw, the number eight stand at the front. Although Michael Rhodes, George Kruis and Maro Itoje are more likely targets further back, Vunipola is flanked by brother Mako and Petrus du Plessis. This makes him seem like a viable option.Meanhile, look at how Wasps are set up. Flanker George Smith is defending the five-metre channel. Hooker Carlo Festuccia stands at the back of the lineout with scrum-half Dan Robson further back:As Brits throws in, finding Itoje, Saracens execute a clearly pre-prepared plan. Expecting a maul, Festuccia is sucked towards the lifting pod. Billy Vunipola circles around from the front……on the way back down, delaying just slightly to sell the possibility of a driving maul, Itoje passes to his England colleague:Festuccia, set too narrow to intercept Vunipola’s arc, can only flap his left arm:Unsurprisingly, Vunipola, supported by wing Chris Wyles and centre Brad Barritt, powers past this and through the challenge of Robson – close to 30 kilograms lighter than him:Frank Halai does stop the carry, but not before Vunipola has charged to within striking distance:Vunipola’s ball presentation is flawless. Wyles and Barritt resource the ruck, allowing the forwards to arrive ahead of scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth and conduct a series of punchy carries close to the breakdown:This play undoubtedly leans on brawn, but there is also acumen in manufacturing a weak point and attacking it. From a Wasps lineout in the same game, we can appreciate similarly systematic tenacity from a defensive stance.Creating and commanding a cul-de-sacLine-speed, hunting carriers and winning collisions – these are facets that require a good dose of primal aggression. However, the principles laid out by Paul Gustard and rammed home by Alex Sanderson have also bred a cohesive framework.First, as Festuccia prepares to throw, note that Saracens are set up differently to the way Wasps are in the above sequence. Wigglesworth is in the five-metre channel with openside Will Fraser ready to sprint into the backline from the tail.Before anything else, Itoje, gesturing towards Nathan Hughes, wants to disrupt the set-piece:A trademark spring means he nearly does so……but Hughes and Robson combine to send the ball into midfield. This sets Saracens in motion as they charge forward to crowd Siale Piutau:Two crucial figures here are Owen Farrell and Barritt. Their work on the outside encourages Piutau to step back inside……where he is met by Brits. Now, take note of the time on the clock when the first contact occurs:Fraser hits the tackle too, holding Piutau above the ground:Consequently, with referee Romain Poite confirming the ball has not yet hit the ground and formed a ruck, Wasps cannot recycle.Five seconds have already elapsed and Saracens can calmly organise their defence for the next phase:Indeed, by the time Piutau does wrestle to deck and Robson moves it on again, there has been a seven-second pause:Mako Vunipola speeds up to chop down Festuccia……and Kruis threatens the ball amid the attentions of supporting Bradley Davies:Davies, though, has overrun Festuccia and can only clear Kruis from the side:Poite awards Saracens a penalty and they can clear:The ‘wolf-pack’ moniker will be used ad nauseam this weekend. The Saracens defence must be at its relentless best, but handling and spontaneous spatial awareness also feature in their armoury.Piano pushers playing ballThe truism reads that southern hemisphere forwards elevate their teams to another level of fluidity and finishing. Broadly speaking, it is a cliché that holds a lot of weight. That said, the Saracens pack can create as well as dominate.Think of England‘s most attractive rugby during the Six Nations – Jack Nowell‘s try from Mako Vunipola‘s delicious pull-back pass, the Jamie George offload that sent Farrell under the sticks in Rome.Wasps saw a fairly innocuous situation become extremely dangerous thanks to a blend of intimidation and innovation from the Saracens forwards. We begin with Robson at the base of a ruck on his own 10-metre line……an uncharacteristically poor pass gives Siale Piutau, under pressure from Billy Vunipola and Barritt anyway, very little chance:With the ball bouncing loose, Itoje and Rhodes charge through…Diving towards the ball, Itoje barges Lorenzo Cittadini out of the way:Rhodes stoops and flicks a pass from the floor to Kruis despite the attentions of Hughes……and Kruis’ first instinct is to move the ball to a teammate in a better position. This sounds simple, but can be rare among northern hemisphere tight-five forwards. The lock passes to Mako Vunipola……who throws a gorgeous 15-metre miss-pass to Brits, suddenly opening up vast amounts of space to the left:Festuccia does well to recover, but Brits offloads out the back of his left hand to Wyles……and Mako Vunipola is back in the game again, calling for an inside pass as Wyles cuts inside:And receiving one:On turnover ball, as defence becomes attack, these little touches in tight play often conjure try-scoring chances.Conversely, when scrambling to defence after a turnover, work-rate and desire are the most valuable commodities.Salvaging situationsThis section aims to reinforce the value of anticipation and positioning, as well as uncomplicated industry. It starts with Joe Simpson igniting a Wasps attack from deep. He finds Siale Piutau, who is faced with the Saracens press:Piutau transfers to his brother Charles, who chips over the onrushing defenders and into space:Full-back Alex Goode, in supreme form all season, is across to field the bobbling ball… He evades Piutau and Halai……before fending away Daly as the excellent Duncan Taylor recovers to offer his support:Goode’s hand-off allows just enough room for him to aim a right-footed grubber down the touchline……and Wasps are forced to reconvene at a lineout on their own 22 –a good result for Saracens, who lead 14-10 at this stage.However, Simpson sends a quick lineout long to Jimmy Gopperth……and Gopperth unleashes Christian Wade:Wade scorches up-field, but the desire of the retreating Saracens is obvious, with Billy Vunipola and Goode the last two men:Vunipola is beaten as Wade steps inside, but that slows the Wasps wing enough for Goode to make the tackle:Showing excellent discipline, Rhodes and Barritt get behind the back foot of the ensuing ruck……and then combine to halt Mullan, making it difficult for Wasps to recycle:Before finishing with another look at Saracens’ attack, it is worth underlining one more piece of defensive decision-making.Rushing up and snuffing outWe have already explored the mechanical muscle of the Saracens pack, but their backline also boasts fine defenders. Farrell and Barritt represent obvious examples. Here though, it is Wyles that makes an excellent intervention.Robson passes to Gopperth as Wasps probe right from a centre-field breakdown. Circled is Fraser, hardly sluggish but still a forward in the outer expanses:Bypassing Charles Piutau Gopperth hits Daly. Now, Daly’s outside arc has carved teams apart all year and he would certainly back himself to burn Fraser.But Wyles does not give him a chance. The USA international jams in……leaving the hugely dangerous Wade to wrap up the ball:This is a fine piece of proactive play that stunts a potentially perilous attack. At their best, Saracens are equally coordinated with ball in hand.Response unitProfessional players will tell you that rigid defensive systems are far easier to master than attacking ones, which rely on mutual understanding and reacting to one another. These days, there is variety and dynamism in the way Saracens go about things.Take this passage as Robson hoists a high ball. Note that Halai is the only chaser on the right-hand side of the ruck as Wigglesworth retreats:Circling back to support Goode –we will look more closely at how these two combine in the final segment – Ashton looks over his shoulder to see Halai on his own:Having assessed the landscape, Ashton curves around Goode’s right shoulder, looking for the space on Halai’s right:After taking the ball forward a few metres, Goode attempts to draw Halai and release Ashton into this space. By this point, Wigglesworth has worked back to offer his services to the counter as well:Halai is not sucked in by Goode and tracks across to meet Ashton. However, Ashton knows he has support on the inside and immediately finds Wigglesworth……who transfers to Goode. The full-back is under pressure from three chasers now……but evades them all wonderfully……and Saracens can recycle close to halfway.Billy Vunipola, comfortable at first receiver, is faced with a defensive line that has one glaring dog-leg. Festuccia is lagging behind his colleagues:Throwing a dummy, Vunipola straightens up and goes direct:From the reverse angle, we can see the gap that attracts him. Aiming for a space rather than a face, Vunipola is putting more stress on the defence, especially as Farrell mirrors his angle of running:As Vunipola nears the defensive line and attracts two tacklers, Farrell accelerates towards his teammate’s left shoulder……and is rewarded when Vunipola frees an arm to get the pass away:Festuccia just stopped Farrell in this instance, but the fly-half has enhanced his running game markedly in recent times and will no doubt look to take on Racing 92. His snappy distribution in phase-play patterns will be just as crucial.Vision and incisionAs mentioned previously, Saracens were a long way off their best against Northampton in the Champions Cup quarter-final. That said, the try that took them into the lead for the first time – with 68 minutes on the clock – was extremely slick.Having worked their way deep into the 22 from a dominant scrum, a round-the-corner play sees Kruis and carrier Brits dart from left to right. Itoje is further back but moving in the same direction. Farrell and Goode are options in the second wave and Ashton lurks wider:As scrum-half Neil de Kock sends up Brits; Farrell, Goode and Ashton have reached the 15-metre channel close to the right-hand touchline:Even so, when the try does come in two phases’ time on the opposite side of the field, this circled trio is fundamental in cracking Saints’ defence.Before that, Brits takes contact, with Kruis and Itoje rucking over:It is here that Saracens bounce back against the grain, de Kock spinning a pass into midfield to find a marauding Mako Vunipola – who, like his brother in the above section, is aiming at a gap:Now there is real momentum. Farrell has made it across to first receiver. Goode and Ashton, both of whom have been the last man standing in yo-yo fitness tests among England backs, are arcing behind their fly-half as Billy Vunipola steams in from the left:Farrell’s angle of running is copybook here. Rather than drifting on the pass and cutting off the space of his colleagues outside him, he turns his shoulders to the right and circles back towards the ruck. This means Courtney Lawes, one of Northampton’s best tacklers, is fixed:Vunipola’s decoy run is convincing, rendering both Lawes and Mikey Haywood flat-footed in anticipation of a monster collision. But instead, Goode is the recipient of a lovely, drawn back pass:Saints’ Stephen Myler comes in to take Goode as wing Ken Pisi treads water, wary of both Taylor and Wyles outside of him…A delayed pop then sends over Ashton, who has expertly sniffed the gap and receives due reward for his off-the-ball graft:last_img read more

Chris Ashton Selected To England Training Squad

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Below is the full list of players looking to get England back on track.England 44-man training squad BacksChris Ashton (Sale Sharks)Mike Brown (Harlequins)Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby)Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)Elliot Daly (Wasps)Nathan Earle (Harlequins)Owen Farrell (Saracens)George Ford (Leicester Tigers)Piers Francis (Northampton Saints)Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins)Alex Lozowski (Saracens)Joe Marchant (Harlequins)Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers)Dan Robson (Wasps)Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)Ben Spencer (Saracens)Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)ForwardsLuke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)Jamie George (Saracens)Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)James Haskell (Northampton Saints)Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs)Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)Nathan Hughes (Wasps)Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)Maro Itoje (Saracens)Joel Kpoku (Saracens)Joe Launchbury (Wasps)Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)Joe Marler (Harlequins)Michael Rhodes (Saracens)Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors)Will Spencer (Leicester Tigers)Elliott Stooke (Bath Rugby)Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)Mako Vunipola (Saracens)Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) Back: Ashton returns to the England setup (Getty Images) Chris Ashton Selected To England Training SquadChris Ashton has not played for England since 2014 and he believed his England career was over which led to his move to French side Toulon. However, the 31-year-old winger has since returned to play for Sale Sharks this summer and is back in the England setup after the training squad for the Autumn Tests was announced today.Scorer of 19 tries in 39 Tests for England, Ashton will join the rest of the 44-man training squad at the Lansbury Hotel to participate in a camp running from the 4th to the 6th of August.When asked about his decision to select Ashton, head coach Eddie Jones said; “Chris is an exceptional player, I think we have seen with his form at Saracens, then at Toulon he has played exceedingly well. He’s come back to England because he wants to play for England so he has got the right desire, the right attitude so it will be good to work with him.”Additionally, with a number of players not selected due to rest and injuries, there are several new players and young rising English stars included in the camp. Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins), Joel Kpoku (Saracens), Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers) and Michael Rhodes (Saracens) for example. The first three of those players featured in England’s U20 side that played at the recent World Championship in France and Jones added; “It is an opportunity for them to show us what they have got. We have identified those guys who can potentially play for England in the future so this is a great opportunity for them.”“This is a pre-season camp so a lot of our players, particularly the ones who went on the South African tour, have just started training with their clubs so it’s just a chance to get a group of players together to have a chat about the season ahead and look at the important areas in developing the team. With just over 12 months until the Rugby World Cup, it is an important time.”England and Jones are under a bit of pressure with nearly a year out from the World Cup. They had a poor Six Nations and then lost their June series to South Africa 2-1. Their Autumn tour is not easy either as they play the best of the Southern hemisphere. England will play four matches against South Africa (3 November), New Zealand (10 November), Japan (17 November) and Australia (24 November)center_img Winger Chris Ashton has been named in Eddie Jones’ training squad. Not considered for selection due to injury/ fitness/ otherDanny Care (Harlequins)Jack Clifford (Harlequins)Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)George Kruis (Saracens)Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)Brad Shields (Wasps)Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)Billy Vunipola (Saracens)Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Ben Kay gearing up for Rugby World Cup 2019

first_img“There are lots of people just as excited as you; you have a fantastic meal and plenty of drinks; former players come in and give you an insight into what to look out for in the game and what the experience is like as a player. It’s a clever way to do it.”So be smart and book your place at the Rugby World Cup 2019 final with STH Live. TAGS: Japan “These guys have given up their life savings to come and watch this. They have travelled to the other side of the world and made that commitment, so you almost feel like you’re in it together.“I remember being blown away for the semi-final (against France in 2003) in Australia because when we ran out it was like playing in Twickenham – the whole stadium was white. That was a special moment and you knew the support was there.”The champions: New Zealand lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015What about on the field – what does he expect to see at Japan 2019? “New Zealand are without a doubt the favourites, even more so than the last tournament at the moment. But they’ve been favourites for a number of Rugby World Cups and the pressure is different at a World Cup.“We’re expecting to see the usual suspects in the quarter-finals, but we might see one big upset and one of the best teams go out. There’s a lot of talent in a lot of teams and the whole thing about a World Cup is that one nation with a bit of confidence… Maybe Japan will shock everyone given national pride.”A year ago England were one of the teams being tipped to lift the Webb Ellis Cup on 2 November 2019, but a poor run of form means their title credentials are now being questioned. Kay thinks Eddie Jones’s side just need to get their belief back.“It’s about rediscovering confidence,” Kay says. “They were bulletproof for a while but it’s almost the opposite at the moment. It’s finding a way of getting that confidence back. In November they have to put a marker down against the southern hemisphere teams.”Food for thought: Enjoy the World Cup in style with STH Live’s hospitalityNo team is guaranteed a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, let alone the final itself, but you can book your seat at what are sure to be huge occasions in Japan. Demand for RWC 2019 hospitality is high, with the Webb Ellis Suite and Webb Ellis Pavilion packages already sold out for the semi-finals and final in Yokohama. They do still have Gold and Diamond Dinner availability, though, so you can watch the climax of Rugby World Cup 2019 in style.You need to be quick to book your place – click here, call 0208 003 1708 or email [email protected] for all the details.“TV coverage has definitely improved but there’s nothing quite like being in the stadium, there’s still something really special about being there,” says Kay. “In hospitality you get the best available tickets and what adds to it is that everything you experience is building to the game, so by the time kick-off comes expectation is huge. Former England lock Ben Kay looks ahead at what to expect at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby training: Ben Kay teaches Yuriko Kotani how to scrummage (Wonderhatch) Advertising FeatureBen Kay gearing up for Rugby World Cup 2019“Northampton!” Ben Kay replies quick as a flash when asked where he’s experienced the biggest culture shock. Many a Leicester man would no doubt deliver a similar quip if asked. Still, the clash of cultures in the Midlands is nothing compared to what Yuriko Kotani underwent recently.The Japanese comedian was given an introduction to rugby by former England lock Kay while she gave him an insight into what to expect at next year’s Rugby World Cup in her country – the pair brought together by Japan 2019’s official hospitality global sales agent STH Live.Kotani got hoisted in a lineout and packed down in a scrum, her shouts revealing how surprising she found the whole experience, and Kay tried his hand at making sushi (it’s fair to say he won’t be employed by a Japanese restaurant any time soon).You can watch the goings-on during the cultural exchange here…Kay, now a TV commentator, recognises that a Rugby World Cup in Japan will be a new adventure for players and fans alike, but he believes the rugby community should embrace that rather than shy away from it.“You maybe get a slightly different culture in South Africa or elsewhere but this is somewhere totally new for rugby,” says Kay. “There’s an element of the unknown but that makes it extremely exciting.“We all know the reputation Japan has for making sure everything runs to clockwork and what we’re expecting is a really well run tournament. There’s an excitement about exploring a country a lot of people wouldn’t go to for any other reason.”Kay played in two Rugby World Cups, packing down in the second row alongside Martin Johnson when England lifted the trophy in 2003 and being part of the side that lost to South Africa in the final four years later. He knows supporters make the tournament and would encourage players not to hide themselves in hotel rooms.Fans-tastic: England supporters enjoy the action“In my first World Cup I realised halfway through that I was locking myself away too much so I made a decision to go out more,” he recalls. “Any player should immerse themselves and take the opportunity. There’s massive pressure but that excitement… you can feed off the fans there.last_img read more

Rugby’s Greatest: Thierry Dusautoir

first_img Collapse New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide TAGS: The Greatest Players Winners of the past two World Cups, the… Expand Expand New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Rugby’s Greatest: Thierry DusautoirTwo World Cup ties against New Zealand with a combined total of 52 tackles represent a pair of defining performances from the Frenchman.Differing results mean the France flanker will hold contrasting memories of each occasion, although both saw him gallop across the line to finish off sweeping attacks.The first came at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in 2007 when Richie McCaw’s All Blacks were suffocated by an assassin in the No 7 shirt, surrendering a 13-3 half-time lead to go down 20-18.Dusautoir cut down an incredible 38 carriers that evening, a truly effervescent effort. He had not even been named in Bernard Laporte’s 30-man squad for the tournament, drafted in as an injury replacement for Elvis Vermeulen.Four years on and Dusautoir was captaining Les Bleus on a siege of Eden Park. Though France had lost twice already in the pool stages, once to unfancied Pacific Islanders Tonga, they had a chance to halt the hosts and overwhelming favourites. France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Rugby’s Greatest: Richie McCaw All Black Richie McCaw is the greatest openside…center_img Major teams: Bordeaux-Begles, Colomiers, Biarritz, ToulouseCountry: France
Test span: 2006-2015France caps: 80 (79 starts)Test points: 30 (6T) All you need to know about Les Bleus… Born in the Ivorian city of Abidjan, he is a chemical engineering graduate who penned a resolute response to last year’s terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine for the Huffington Post.Indeed, though his compatriots are pigeonholed as impassioned yet inconsistent, old adversary Lewis Moody says Dusautoir has always been clinical.“Thierry is not prone to rushes of blood to the head,” explains the former England captain. “He is very controlled with his emotions, which is why he has been such a good leader for France over the years.” Thierry Dusautoir of France LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby’s Greatest: Richie McCaw Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thanks largely to the breakdown disruption of Dusautoir, an upset almost materialised. Without some odd ruck interpretations by referee Craig Joubert, Auckland might have been silenced.Concentrating fully on the game at 16 following a foundation in judo, Dusautoir went from Bordeaux-Begles to Biarritz via Colomiers before arriving at Toulouse where he accumulated over 200 appearances, not to mention the 2010 Heineken Cup. France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guidelast_img read more

What to expect from Semi Radradra at Bristol Bears

first_img“Follow this guy around the field and he will give you the ball over the line. The amount of times Semi could have scored but instead gave the pass was incredible. He could have scored a dozen more tries at least.“That’s what he does. He draws in defenders and either beats them with his step or his pace or his power, or he gets offloads because his hands are crazy good. But what people didn’t particularly pick up on that season was he was really high up the charts in terms of most turnovers in the entire league.“For a league convert (he did grow up playing union), the breakdown is the area you are basically not supposed to get. That’s supposed to be the difficult bit. That was absolutely astonishing to me. Mind-blowing. It wasn’t just the stuff you knew he was good at, it was the stuff he wasn’t supposed to be good at as well.“He obviously spent time studying breakdowns. He went about his business and learnt. He’s a ludicrously good player and I’m looking forward to being his team-mate again. He’s the best I’ve had the privilege to play with. And not just the best, comfortably the best.”Matt Scott, the Edinburgh and Scotland centre, takes us behind the scenes in a side trying to plot Radradra’s downfall. It’s this season’s Challenge Cup and Edinburgh are about to face Radradra’s Bordeaux in the pool stage.“You always have these previews with the defence coach and Radradra was their main threat, so we were watching the highlights of his last three or four games where he was doing ridiculous stuff,” says Scott. “He’s sprinting past people, throwing offloads, killing teams.“The Edinburgh boys are chuckling away like fans. ‘Ah, nice!’ ‘Ooft, what a pass!’ ‘Different class.’ Our coach says, ‘Lads, we’re not here to admire him, we’re here to find a way of stopping him’.” Edinburgh played Bordeaux twice and Radradra scored in both games.For some, that Barbarians game against England in May 2018 was their first realisation that Radradra was something else. The Baa-Baas won 63-45 and Matavesi was in the set-up.Matavesi wasn’t one of those taken aback by Radradra’s excellence. He’d already admired the big man for years, right back to his NRL days with the Eels.“They were my team and I loved Semi. It was a thrill to finally play with him. You know when you play schoolboy rugby and there’s always one person who is so much better than anyone else – that was Semi at Twickenham.“Myself and John Afoa were joking about it on the pitch. He was like the big kid running through everybody. He was making some very talented international players look very average.“I don’t know if he realises how good he is. I spent the Barbarians week just watching and learning from him. He carried stretch bands everywhere. He was always prepared, always doing extras. It’s a lifestyle for him. It didn’t matter that it was the Barbarians and that the mood was more casual, he still did the same things he always does. I’m so jealous of the young Bristol boys who will get to learn from him now.“I spent a lot of time with him at the World Cup and it was a dream. As a man, he’s very humble, he’s shy, but when you get to know him he’s funny. He went to the NRL young and provided for his family and his village, Somosomo. He doesn’t like big cities and is happiest when he’s driving around at home in his pick-up truck with about 30 or 40 of his mates in the back. He’s a village boy but he’s adapted to life outside. Bristol have a gem on their hands.”Semi is coming. Uh-oh, indeed. He’s wowed in league and union, and now he is about to unleash his magic in the Premiership. Tom English delves into the Fijian’s “mind-blowing” skill-set Talent: Semi Radradra has been a star at club and international level (Getty Images) This article originally appeared in the August 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img What to expect from Semi Radradra at Bristol BearsOne of the challenges in cataloguing the career of Semi Radradra is the hours spent watching his highlights reel, from the vast array of tries he scored for Parramatta Eels in rugby league in Australia, to his electrifying pace and finishing from centre or wing at Toulon and Bordeaux in France, to a coruscating display for the Barbarians against England and onwards with Fiji against the world in Japan.If you’re going to disappear down this rabbit hole, set aside many hours. You’ll begin in daylight and you’ll end at dusk. Radradra breaks defences and records, almost in equal measure. There are many moments, many tries to pick from. The commentaries are priceless.“Uh-oh, here comes Semi!” says an Australian commentator when a young Radradra fields a cross-kick in his 22 and somehow evades a wall of four Rabbitohs defenders. “Who wants him?” he continues, with glee. “You take him! No, he’s yours!” Radradra accelerates out of his own half, throws a dummy and canters in under the posts. Somebody called it an exhibition. In that sense, he’s had more exhibitions than Pablo Picasso.Now he’s arrived at Bristol Bears as part of Pat Lam’s increasingly exciting project. Radradra is one of the most exciting players in the world. He’s 28.A playmaker and finisher, a carrier and offloader. He has a try-scoring and try-creating record that is beyond awesome. Without question he’s a player who quickens the pulse.How do you stop him? “You take out a gun licence,” quips his friend and Fiji team-mate Josh Matavesi, now of Bath.Here’s Lam: “I coached Semi when in charge of the Barbarians (in 2018). I knew all about the player, but I didn’t know about the man and the man is every bit as important to me as the player.“I watched him closely. You observe habits and the way guys interact with people. I try to watch when people don’t think I’m watching and I was blown away by his commitment to being better. You have players with extreme X-factor but some don’t last because they don’t have the work ethic to go with it.“You’ve seen what Semi does on the field, all that devastation he creates and all those defenders he beats. He doesn’t do it by accident. He’s an incredible professional. Everybody will tell you that. His discipline and dedication are outstanding.”That’s why Bristol, and their moneybags owner Steve Lansdown, are paying top dollar for Radradra, just as they’re paying top dollar for Charles Piutau. Those two in the same back-line? It’s a thrilling prospect.Middle man: Semi Radradra takes on Wales’ defence at RWC 2019 (Getty Images)“You know what the Barbarians environment is like,” says Lam. “It’s relaxed. People have fun. Lots of nights out, good sessions on the beer. We had a 1970s night and Semi got dressed up in this outrageous disco outfit, high heels and everything. He wasn’t drinking but he was very much part of it.“As things started to kick on, he came and said, ‘Coach, is it okay if I head away now?’ I said, ‘Mate, of course’. He wanted to be ready for training the next day. He probably did his stretching and mobility exercises, just to get his body and mind right for the next day.“In the Barbarians game against England, Semi was just ridiculous. One try, two assists, all sorts of chaos created. He was with Toulon and was about to join Bordeaux and I told him that if he ever wanted to play in England he should give me a call. During the World Cup, I got the call. And it happened very quickly after that.”Dave Attwood, the Bristol second-row, spent time with Radradra at Toulon, as did Chris Ashton. Both say that Radradra is the best player they’ve ever played with. “I didn’t know anything about Semi before I went to Toulon other than a few highlights I might have seen,” says Attwood.“What you had was a guy who had spent years in rugby league in Australia now playing top-level rugby union for the first time – and in a foreign country. Chris was top try-scorer that season and he said openly that all he did was run around following Semi. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Best Rugby Boots of 2021

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS (Gilbert) Best Rugby Boots of 2021Unlike in a sport like cycling or golf, there isn’t much equipment you need to play rugby. One thing you cannot scrimp on is a good pair of boots.Gone are the days when your boots would be heavy by half-time and you could have any colour as long as it was black. Boot technology has made significant strides and it is probably time to trade in your old kicks for something more modern with our guide to the best rugby boots of 2020.Looks are important but there is more to a modern pair of boots than just if they’ll stand out when you run onto the pitch on a Saturday. Most boots will be specified as either soft ground (SG) or firm ground (FG). Soft-ground boots are for the mid-season when the ground is muddy with little grip. They will have traditional studs; long, rounded, and metal. Firm-ground boots are for better surfaces where you can forgo long studs in favour of sleeker plastic pegs, shorter metal studs, or a combination of the two.A lightweight boot will allow you to reach your top speed but it comes at the expense of protection from a stray stud. Forwards may prefer to carry a bit more weight to protect them in scrums and mauls whereas backs would be advised to head down the lightweight route to maximise their agility.Below we run through the best rugby boots of 2020.Best Rugby BootsAdidas Kakari Z.0 SG Boots(Adidas)The Kakari Z.0 is classy and understated enough for even the most traditional of forwards. The bootie style fit is exceptionally comfortable but an inner support strap ensures that comfort doesn’t come at the expense of performance.The split sole is ideal for the grunt work of the tight five. You can stay low and planted in the turf and still generate power thanks to the sole flexibility.+ A boot for forwards that doesn’t come at the expense of speed.+ Slipper like comfort means it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a high-performance boot.– At almost £170 this really is at the top end of boot prices.Buy Now from Sports Direct for £169.99Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £170Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £153 – saving £16.95Canterbury Phoenix 3.0 Pro SG Boots(Canterbury)A do-it-all boot which looks as good as it feels. The Phoenix 3.0 is designed to be lightweight but without sacrificing durability or protection thanks to a TPU mesh skin. The foot is held in place by a neoprene tongue, which combines with internal straps to provide a comfortable but secure fit.Finally, a mix of removable studs and molded elements gives you maximum grip in the winter and flexibility to put on some shorter studs for those spring and autumn days.+ The classy black design is offset perfectly with some silver detail on the laces, a very good-looking boot.+ A comfortable fit coupled with a durable upper means you will get plenty of game time out of these boots.– Designed for back-row players, these boots lack some protection for the front five and might not be agile enough for the backs.Buy Now from Canterbury for £67.96 – saving £16.99Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £68 – saving £17Buy Now from Amazon from £74.68Gilbert Kaizen 1.0 SG Boots(Gilbert)Designed for speed and agility, these are perfect for fleet-footed outside backs. A knitted upper, brought over from football boots, hugs the foot without adding more than the bare essentials in weight. Perfect for some dazzling footwork and a sprint into the open field.The offset laces mean that, even when your only option is to kick, you can do it with confidence thanks to an unbroken kicking zone.+ Very lightweight but still offering a solid and secure fit.+ A raised heel ensures you are always in the most powerful position when you need to surge by the last defender.– The knitted upper and lightweight construction means these are best avoided if you are wearing a number in single digits.Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £45 – saving £55Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £40 – saving £60Buy Now from Amazon from £83.84Adidas Kakari Elite SG Boots(Adidas)Some things can be found in all rugby clubs anywhere in the world. The first is at least one Welsh person and the second is a host of players wearing these boots.The Kakari Elite is a boot for forwards which shuns the perceived wisdom that forwards only want to wear black boots. The upper provides protection from a misplaced size 12 but these are still lightweight despite that. An integrated cage system straps the foot firmly in meaning you can dance past the last man once you make the break.+ A stylish boot that is still somehow understated despite the orange and blue colour scheme.+ Achieves the balance of being comfortable and protected while also keeps the foot strapped in place. A buyers’ guide featuring boots for flashy stylish backs, traditional forwards and everyone inbetweencenter_img – Not a year-round boot, you will find them much less comfortable during pre-season training on a sun-parched track.Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £60 – saving £15Buy Now from Sports Direct for £34.50 – saving £40.49Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £40 – saving £35Adidas X.Ghosted 1 FG Boots(Adidas)Ideal for speedy backs who steer clear of the rough stuff or prioritise accurate kicking over the odd bruise. Exceptionally lightweight construction and sock like comfort will leave you feeling like you’re not wearing any shoes at all.A carbon-fibre insert under the foot means that all power is sent straight through the turf to fire you forward rather than lost in a bendy sole. There is plenty of space on the toe and instep for consistent and accurate kicking, whether at goal or sliding through a grubber.+ Exceptionally lightweight but more than comfortable enough to wear for hours on end.+ Ideal for kickers who want a clear contact patch between boot and ball.– Right at the top end of the budget for most and, unless you live somewhere warm and dry, unusable in the winter months.Buy Now from Adidas for £179.95Buy Now from Sports Direct for £179.99Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £180Gilbert Kaizen 3.0 Power SG Boots(Gilbert)The perfect boot for a mid-winter game. The eight metal studs provided a firm grip in even the most marshy of pitches while the synthetic uppers limit water absorption. The padded ankle cuff provides some protection to your delicate ankle bones and ensures comfort and optimal fit.These aren’t just for slow-moving forwards though; a heel raise puts the player into their most powerful position, vital for getting away from a chasing defender.+ A rigid sole and secure inner allow you to exert all your power without fear of losing your grip.+ Provides durability and foot protection without compromising on agility thanks to its lightweight design.– For all but the most traditional the design may be a little safe.Buy Now from Amazon from £39.07Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £60 – saving £15Buy Now from Sports Direct for £60 – saving £15Canterbury Speed 2.0 SG Boots(Canterbury)A blend of pure speed and lightweight agility with enough grip to keep you planted even when the weather turns bad. A locked in toebox and collar ensures the wearer can be confident when dancing around in the backfield but cushioning on the ankle means these boots feel more like slippers than jail cells.Six metal studs on the outer, with seven additional molded studs, allows these boots to be worn throughout the whole year. They are comfortable on cricket pitch-esque touch grounds and quagmire like December surfaces.+ A reasonably-priced boot which can do it all.+ Eye-popping colour scheme that is noticeable without being over the top.– As the name suggests, these don’t come with much in the way of protection so may be worth steering clear if you’ll be packing down in the tight five.Buy Now from Canterbury for £18 – saving £42Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £15 – saving £45Buy Now from Sports Direct for £27.50 – saving £32.49Asics Menace 3 S SG Boots(Asics)Loud, proud, and deadly. These striking peach and gold boots will have you feeling like a pro before you have even stepped foot on the pitch. The nylon and microfibre upper is exceptionally light but strong enough to last for match after match after match.A stiff sole plate means that all of your sprinting power is directed straight through the ground so you can reach your max speed as you flash through the line.+ Light as air but with a stiff sole to allow you to be agile and quick.+ Six-stud design gives you enough traction without added heft.– Not for forwards. Everything that is good about these boots is what makes them not a good choice for a forward.Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £80 – saving £75Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £101 – saving £54That completes our round-up of the best rugby boots of 2020. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Please follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Who is James Botham: Ten things you should know about the Wales flanker

first_img James Botham made his debut for Wales in 2020 (Getty Images) Find out more about one of Welsh rugby’s rising stars 6. Botham once interrupted Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones before a match and won’t be repeating the mistake!He told The XV: “I made the mistake of speaking when he was speaking. It was an accident – and I would never do it again. I was asking a question to one of the other boys about tail-gunning, and he just… stopped. He looked straight at me and said, ‘You alright, Jim?’”7. Wales coach Wayne Pivac has praised the flanker and said he has a bright future in a red jersey.He said: “In training, he is a very balanced player. He’s got very good hands and movement with the ball, so he is a good attacking threat as well as a very good defensive player. He is good over the ball, he’s strong and his technique is sound. He’s a confident young man without being over-confident.”8. Botham has a girlfriend, physiotherapist student and Wales hockey player Izzy Webb. 9. He has two nicknames as his family call him ‘Jimbo’ while he is known as ‘The Duke’ in the Wales squad. Alun Wyn Jones coined the name in reference to his grandfather’s link to the House of Lords.10. Botham has also played for the Wales U18, U20 and Sevens sides.center_img Who is James Botham: Ten things you should know about the Wales flankerJames Botham made his Wales debut in November 2020 against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup and he is not the only sports star in his family.Find out more about one of Welsh rugby’s rising stars here.Ten things you should know about James Botham1. James Botham was born on 22 February 1998 in Cardiff, Wales. He stands at 6ft 2in (188 cm) and weighs 16st 1lb (102kg).2. He went to Sedbergh School in Cumbria, which has previously been attended by England rugby legends Will Carling and Will Greenwood as well as Wales prop Tomas Francis.3. Botham signed his first professional contract for Cardiff Blues in 2019.Who is James Botham’s grandfather?4. He is the son of rugby league, rugby union and cricket star Liam Botham and the grandson of English cricket legend Lord Ian Botham.Ahead of James Botham’s match against England in the 2021 Six Nations, Lord Botham spoke of his pride for this grandson.He told Sky Sports: “I’m actually very happy to pull on that red shirt when they play England because obviously blood is thicker than water.“I am a proud Englishman, but I go UK for that weekend. It is a UK match. I’m supporting Wales, of course I am. What grandfather wouldn’t? That’s the question I would put to people.”5. While James could play for both England or Wales, his father has said it was never something they discussed as Botham had never felt anything but Welsh. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Bishop Christopher Epting named to assist in Diocese of Chicago

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Tags House of Bishops, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA January 24, 2012 at 10:26 am The Chicago area will soon discover how fortunate they are to have such a thoughtful, Christ-centered man walking amongst them in these turbulent times. A true voice of reason in our Christian community.He is dearly missed in Florida. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY Bishop Christopher Epting named to assist in Diocese of Chicago AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Peter Bradin says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC By ENS staffPosted Dec 13, 2011 Rector Tampa, FL [Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting in January will become the assisting bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.Epting is the retired bishop of the Diocese of Iowa who later served for nine years as the presiding bishop’s deputy for ecumenical and interreligious relations. He retired from that position at the end of 2009.Epting was elected bishop of the Diocese of Iowa in 1988, following 16 years as a parish priest in the Diocese of Central Florida. During his tenure in Iowa, Epting focused on the ministry of all the baptized, the renewal of the diaconate, spiritual formation and ecumenical relations both locally and nationally. He was a leader in the state council of churches and chaired the Episcopal Church’s writing team for “Called to Common Mission” outlining the full communion relationship between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America begun in 2001.Epting and Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee met when Epting was the rector of St. Mark’s Church in Cocoa, Florida and Lee was in seminary. In Chicago, Epting “will be sharing in the visitation schedule and exercising his considerable talents in other ways around the diocese,” Lee said in his announcement.Epting blogs at “That We All May Be One.“ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Comments (2) This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 The Rev’d Canon Samir J. Habiby, Retired Priest, and a retired U.S. Naval Chaplain (Diocese of Georgia) says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books December 14, 2011 at 12:48 am Warmest congratulations to the Diocese of Chicago and to Bishop Epting on his appointment to continue his wonderful Ministry of servanthood. Years ago, I was a diocesan Postulant from St. Matthew’s Church, Evanston, with my then Rector, the late Bishop Fredreck Putnam. Now at the age of 78, I continue to give thanks for the vibrant witness and service of Chicago, for the diocesan family’s open and welcoming spirit. the endearing compassion of its people, its laity, Clergy and Bishops.In my native Arabic we say – “Alf Mabrouq ya Sa’yed’na Christopher – wa – ya Sa’yed’na Jeffery.May the Blessed expectancy in Adventide with the many challenges that face us daily “on this Fragile Earth, our Island Home” lead us all into the Joy and Peace of Christmas and the New Year — and more especially in the Land of the Holy One as we Pray for the “Peace of Jerusalem”.Salaam Rab’buna.“Samir+” Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments are closed. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL People Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more

A summary of Executive Council resolutions

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Comments are closed. The Rev. Margaret G. Custer says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By ENS staffPosted Jan 29, 2012 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Comments (1) [Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] During its Jan. 27-29 meeting here, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted several resolutions, which are summarized below.Executive CouncilAccept report of the Episcopal Archives Strategy Committee, adopt its recommendations to advance the Archives Building discharge from further duties (EC020)Recognize and celebrate the work of council members the Rev. Canon Sandye Wilson and the Rev. Winnie Varghese in spreading “Good News” locally and abroad (EC021)Advocacy & Networking for MissionInstruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies amend their bylaws to allow shareholders comprising at least ten percent of voting stock outstanding to call a special shareholders meeting (A&N038)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requiring that senior executives retain a significant percentage of shares acquired through equity compensation programs until reaching normal retirement age (A&N039)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies report on how they are responding to the public policy challenges associated with Bisphenol A (BPA) (A&N040)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies adopt and implement a comprehensive sustainable palm oil policy (A&N041)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting reports on policies and plans for eliminating releases of mercury into the environment (A&N042)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies create task forces to study the effects of climate change on their business models (A&N043)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions asking companies to disclose the risks associated with the First Nations’ opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline (A&N044)Instruct Treasurer to vote “abstain” on shareholder resolutions requesting that companies report on the risks associated with offshore banking secrecy (A&N045)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that financial-service companies disclose information regarding their activities in the repurchase market (A&N046)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies report publicly information regarding their lobbying expenditures and policies (A&N047)Instruct Treasurer to vote “abstain” on shareholder resolutions requesting reports on the business risks of aggressive tax strategies (A&N048)Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies adopt policies prohibiting the use of corporate funds for any political election or campaign (A&N049)State opposition to any laws that make the teaching of ethnic studies illegal and penalize school districts financially for incorporating ethnic studies in their curriculums (A&N050)States support of “Letting Girls Be Girls” [Girls Not Brides], a global campaign to end child marriage (A&N051)Rejoice in the establishment of the independent state of the Republic of South Sudan, while deploring “the great human tragedy” still occurring in Abyei, Blue Nile State, and Southern Kordofan State, call upon the U.S. government “to renew and continue its economic sanctions and diplomatic efforts urgently to secure peace and an end to the egregious human rights violations and ongoing military brutality against the people in all areas of the Sudan,” reaffirm solidarity with the Episcopal Church of Sudan, and remind and urge all Episcopalians to continue in prayer and advocacy for all the people of Sudan, especially those in the war torn regions (A&N052)Finances for MissionEstablish Trust Fund 1044 as investment account for the Church of the Epiphany, Pawtucket, Rhode Island (FFM057)Establish Trust Fund 1045 as investment account for St. Mark’s Church Inc., Palm Beach, Florida (FFM058)Establish Trust Fund 1046 as investment account for St. Mark’s Church Inc., Palm Beach, Florida (FFM059)Establish Trust Fund 1047 as investment account (Robert E. Noll Organ Memorial Fund) for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fallbrook, California (FFM060)Establish Trust Fund 1047 as investment account (Patricia R. Noll Perpetual Memorial Fund) for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fallbrook, California (FFM061)Establish Trust Fund 1048 as investment account for St. Michael and All Angels Church, Cuernavaca, Mexico (FFM062)Authorized Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission to use income distributed during 2012 from Trust Fund 809, up to $356,875, for educational and theological programs (including continuing education and individual scholarships) as recommended by the Commission on Theological Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CETALC) at its meeting in Guatemala, in August 2011; any 2012 balance not awarded to be reinvested (FFM063)Set dividend rates for 2012 for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society trust fund portfolios and DFMS Endowment portfolio available to support DFMS operating budget at $1.09 per share based on 5.5 percent [of] the average yearend market values of the portfolio for the five years ending 2010) (FFM064).Local Mission and MinistryReview a list of Jubilee Programs (LMM024) Press Release Service A summary of Executive Council resolutions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Belleville, IL 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 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 Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Executive Council, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI January 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm Thank you all for the hard and gracefilled work you do on our behalf. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Executive Council January 2012 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector Bath, NClast_img read more