Month: June 2021

Josh Lewsey – Wales on Friday, bring back Barkley, Walder and Sackey

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Lewsey cradles the Webb Ellis trophy at the launch of Land Rover’s World Cup sponsorshipI’d love to have been involved in as massive a game as Wales v England in Cardiff on a Friday night and I’m sure that it’ll provide a cracking start to this year’s RBS 6 Nations.The Millennium Stadium is up there with the best grounds in the world. The crowd are a lot closer to the pitch, the roof is closed… and it’s filled with some of the most passionate fans in world sport. Someone described Cardiff city centre as a cold Torremolinos and anyone who’s been there will know what I mean! There will be a brilliant atmosphere around this game. Those are the days you look forward to.England will start as favourites for the Six Nations, but will be missing a few key players early on – Lewis Moody, Tom Croft and Courtney Lawes leave them with some big holes to fill. If you’d asked me a month ago I’d have been pretty confident going to Cardiff, but with the injuries your resolve starts to sway.England’s biggest transformation in 2010 came with the France game and the trip to Australia. I can see they’ve got the environment right. The guys are playing the rugby they want to play, and you have the right dynamic between the coaches and the players. It’s an enjoyable place to be and they’re playing some good rugby.I’m very pleased with the way the England team is moving forward. That doesn’t mean they have all the selections right and there are a number of players I’d like to see involved with England this year – not necessarily in the starting line-up but definitely involved in the squad as they bring a lot.Olly Barkley – Natural leader and decision makerHeading the list are Olly Barkley and Dave Walder. I’m a big fan of Olly. He’s a natural leader who’s a great guy to have on the field. He’s a good decision-maker and takes on leadership responsibilities in the middle of the field where we haven’t got huge strength in depth. Toby Flood was superb in the autumn, playing immaculate, world-class rugby, but I’d have Dave around the squad too. He’s a great guy who brings balance to the game. He’s a pretty astute footballer, like Ronan O’Gara. If you want to close out a game, then Dave’s your man.It’s pleasing to see David Strettle, who I believe has an X factor, and George Skivington in the England squad, but I’d like Dom Waldouck and Paul Sackey to challenge for a place too. Even if they don’t start, get them involved to build strength in depth. We need guys who can pull something special out of the bag.The Six Nations steps up in World Cup year. You want to get one over your old adversaries, but in World Cup year you start developing the confidence and mental toughness to know you’ve beaten these guys. Winning the Grand Slam in 2003 played a big part in us going on to win the World Cup that year.This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazinecenter_img Do you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.last_img read more

Merchant back for England Women in title decider

first_img“I have made a few tactical tweaks in the backline which will give us some new attacking options whilst I believe it will also strengthen our game for this vital match. Our pack really set the marker against France last weekend, producing outstanding ball with huge physicality and we need them to replicate that against Ireland.”Saturday’s match is set to be a thriller with both England and Ireland still in the hunt to claim the Six Nations crown. Although England are the only side unbeaten side in the championship so far, Ireland could still take the title if they defeat England and score 24 points or more. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 3: Katherine Merchant of England in action during to the Autumn Internationals Series match between England Women and New Zealand Women at Esher Rugby Club on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/ Getty Images) Merchant returns for title deciderEngland Women welcome back flying winger Katherine Merchant to the starting line-up as the reigning Six Nations champions look to secure a record seventh successive crown this Saturday, and a Grand Slam, against Ireland at Esher RFC, kick off 2pm.Although England Head Coach Gary Street has kept his pack unchanged he has made a handful of changes in the backline which sees Merchant, who has scored an impressive 37 tries in 43 appearances for England, return to action for the first time since England’s Six Nations victory against Italy a month ago.Lichfield’s Natasha Hunt moves from full-back to scrum-half for this clash, with the versatile Emily Scarratt this time wearing the No. 15 jersey. Bristol’s Kim Oliver starts at centre while England also welcome back Saracens’ flanker Hannah Gallagher to the fold.Street, whose side have scored 138 points and conceded just six on route to the final round, said: “Kat gives us some great experience in the backline and she is a potent attacking player and that could be vital on Saturday in what I am expecting to be a very close game. Starting XV:15 Emily  Scarratt14 Katherine Merchant13Rachael Burford12 Kimberley Oliver11 Kay Wilson10 Katy Mclean (C)9 Natasha Hunt1 Laura  Keates2 Victoria Fleetwood3 Sophie Hemming4 Rowena Burnfield5 Tamara Taylor6 Marlie Packer7 Margaret Alphonsi (VC)8 Sarah HunterReplacements:16 Amy Turner17 Rochelle Clark18 Rebecca Essex19 Hannah Gallagher20 La Toya Mason21 Ceri Large22 Michaela Stanifordlast_img read more

Sale eager for first Premiership win against improving Worcester

first_img Shaky start: Sale have picked up only one win in eight matches so far this seasonby Ben ColesEIGHT POINTS adrift at the bottom of the Aviva Premiership table, Sale Sharks travel to Worcester this evening knowing that another defeat will only widen the worrying gap between themselves and the rest of the pack.The new season has been cruel so far to the Sharks, with just one win in eight matches coming against Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup. Their struggles are not down to a lack of talent – Richie Gray and Danny Cipriani were noteworthy marquee signings – but the implementation of a smooth running coaching team has been a rocky process, one that lead to the dismissal of forwards coach Steve Scott earlier this month.This season was heralded as the start of a rebuilding process that would take Sale back to the glory days of 2005-2006 but so far it’s not happening. Travelling to Sixways in the past would have represented a great opportunity for teams to pick up a win, but not anymore. Now in their second year back in the Premiership, the Warriors close-season recruitment drive was canny.Paul Hodgson, Nikki Walker, Dean Schofield, Jon Clarke and many more have arrived at Sixways bringing with them much needed experience . That hirsute old-stager Andy Goode continues to tick the scoreboard over and whilst Worcester continually struggled last season to score enough tries, this time round they already have a dozen to their name, more than double Sale’s tally to date. More damning is they have shipped 17 tries, a ratio that makes their current position at the bottom of the table no surprise. Their troubles in the forwards have led to Steve Diamond taking charge of the pack, with John Mitchell incoming in a consultancy role and a redoubling of their recruitment drive is currently underway to bring in two Southern Hemisphere props to shore up the front row.Any lack of nous at the coalface against Matt Mullan and Jon Andress will only end in defeat, which means 20-year old Sale loosehead Ross Harrison will have to hold his own against Worcester’s gnarled props. On a cold Friday night, creating a solid platform is everything and if Sale can produce a similar performance to the one they put in against Leicester in the first-half back in Round 6, then they will have a chance to unleash their ball-starved backs. SALFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: Richie Gray of Sale Sharks celebrates with team mates after victory over Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup Pool 6 match between Sale Sharks and Cardiff Blues at Salford City Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Salford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If Worcester truly are one of Sale’s relegation rivals, which feels like a disservice given their solid start to the season, then this is a must-win game for the Sharks to keep in touch. Lose the pack above you, like Newcastle did last season, and you can find that the gap becomes too large to redress. Friday night at Sixways may not be pretty, but the result will mean everything to both sides.Follow Ben Coles on Twitter @bencoles_last_img read more

Meet the most remote team in France

first_imgCalling time on his career a few years ago, Sparks moved to Brittany with his young family (his wife is French) and for a while dabbled in the property business. But he missed his rugby and when he heard Plouzané were looking for a full-time coach in 2011 he successfully applied. “I’ve got all my coaching badges,” he explains. “It took two years in total and was quite difficult, but all worth it.”Since Sparks became coach, Plouzané have enjoyed two promotions and now reside in Federale Three. But success brings its own challenges as with every promotion the club is forced to literally broaden its horizons.An Englishman abroad: coach Steven SparksAs Midi Olympique explained in a recent feature on Plouzané, the club is the “most isolated” in the French league system, a fact for which Sparks can vouch. “Our local derbies are against Le Rheu and Auray,” he tells Rugby World. “They’re both in Brittany but they take about three hours to reach.”Plouzané’s longest trip is to Surgères, situated between La Rochelle and Bordeaux, which is a round trip of 550 miles – in English terms that’s like going from London to Newcastle and back. “For the really long trips we leave on the Saturday, stay in a hotel overnight, play on the Sunday and then drive straight back,” explains Sparks. “Often we don’t arrive back until the early hours of Monday morning, and a lot of the boys then have to be at work a few hours later.” Such demands naturally affect the demographic of the squad. “We’ve got farmers, sailors, students but the average age is probably around 23 and they’re players who don’t have young families,” says Sparks. Then there’s the financial cost of each away game, a sum Sparks estimates to be around €3,000 every time they hit the road. “We have a lot of small sponsors who help us out and the players also contribute to the costs.”But the dedication, allied to Plouzane’s on-field success, is reaping its rewards. The junior section is thriving with more than 160 youngsters playing each week and 80% of the first XV squad have come up through the system.  Sparks is evidently relishing the challenge of coaching France’s most remote club, and for their part Plouzané are delighted to have a coach of his calibre. “As much as he is English,” says club president Guillaume Renault, “he understands our mentality.” The most isolated team in France, Plouzané, is being coached by an Englishman. Rugby World went to find out more… When it comes to Brittany, football reigns. Along with its quaint fishing villages and magnificent beaches, Brittany boasts four clubs in the French first division – Rennes, Guingamp, Nantes and Lorient.Traditionally, rugby hardly gets a look-in, despite the fact Bretons have a reputation for being a tough race. Basques have hot blood but Bretons have hard heads, along with a fierce independence – a similarity they share with their Celtic cousins in Cornwall.But while rugby has a long and proud tradition among the Cornish, in Brittany the sport never established the same foothold even though it was in the far north of the country where rugby was first played in France in the early 1870s. In the decades that followed rugby migrated south, to the warmer climes of Biarritz, Beziers and Brive, leaving Brittany to pursue its obsession with the round ball.Recently, however, rugby has started to lay down roots in Brittany. Nantes hosted three pool matches during the 2007 World Cup, and the semi-finals of last season’s Top 14 were also held in the city. As recently as December, Harlequins thrashed Racing 32-8 in a Heineken Cup pool match, a stunning performance that silenced the 35,000 Bretons who had come to the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes.Say cheese! The Plouzané team, who have to travel three hours to play their local derbiesTwo hundred miles north-west of Nantes is Plouzané, a seaside town with a famous old lighthouse and a rugby team that is a beacon of hope for rugby in Brittany. The coach of the first XV is Steven Sparks, a name that may stir memories for aficionados of English rugby.The 39-year-old Sparks began his career propping the scrum of his hometown club, West Hartlepool, before moving to France at the end of the 1990s. Spells followed with La Rochelle and Castres (in what was then the Top 16) before he returned to England in 2003. Sparks had a season at Saracens, playing in a front row that included Raphael Ibanez and Cobus Visagie, before joining Worcester for a couple of years. In the end, however, the pull of France proved too much and Sparks returned to finish his career with Morlaàs, a Federale One side in the foothills of the Pyrenees.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Remote control: Plouzané may be ‘the most remote team in France’ but they are enjoying some success last_img read more

Diminutive Faf de Klerk is driving the monstrous Springboks pack

first_imgThe diminutive scrum-half has become a global star behind a powerful Boks pack Diminutive Faf de Klerk is driving the monstrous Springboks packWhen South Africa patiently ground down Japan in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, television station SuperSport caught an exchange between little scrum-half Faf de Klerk and giant lock Lood de Jager.With a colossal maul driving the Brave Blossoms back almost 50m, the cameras appeared to show a tired de Jager exchanging looks with the nine, mid march. De Klerk was spotted laughing. Seconds later, the scrum-half was taking a pop off Malcolm Marx and scurrying in for a crucial try.Explaining things later, de Klerk told the channel: “I looked at Lood and I can see he’s working so hard, he’s so tired, but he kept on telling me to keep it in and I started laughing.” After the score, he punched the ball in the air, elated.This vignette perhaps encapsulates de Klerk’s World Cup. He has been lambasted in some quarters for the perceived one-dimensional style of an uber-pragmative Springboks outfit. Yet, spend any time on Reddit or social media platforms and you see they are awash with memes of the shock-haired nine. From photoshopped efforts of him playing an electric guitar to wielding a sword as He-man, he is living a double life on the internet.In the thick of it: Lood De Jager in the maul (Getty Images)Clearly South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus is pleased with the role the Sale Sharks half-back performs. The little guy may be challenged at home for persistent box-kicking and often feeding the forwards, but he is a cog in a machine that is working well in Japan so far.Asked about being a giant bossed around by such a diminutive figure, de Jager said earlier this week of de Klerk: “He directs his forwards very well. He’s decisive with what he wants to do and what he wants for his forwards. You can see how he goes again this weekend and how he directs us again.“When we get tired sometimes, he’ll come and tell us where to run and how to run. Hopefully he can come and have a good game for us this weekend.”Related: Preview for Wales v South AfricaWhen put on the spot about the volume of coverage he gets online – from criticism to meme stardom – the Sale scrum-half had a few thoughts of his own.“The players always say they try to stay away from it (coverage), and we try,” he said. “But it’s impossible not to see most of the stuff that has been put out there.“Some things are really funny, and I enjoy some of the stuff people come up with. But also, some guys get a bit personal. It’s not personally just on us or any player – people love the Springboks and are very invested in the team.Axis: Shirts for Duane Vermeulen, Faf de Klerk and Handre Pollard (Getty Images)“So, if they see something go wrong or don’t agree with it, it’s not because they are negative, but because they are very invested. We know we have great supporting people behind us. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “When we win, they will still be happy we got the job done. We know in the camp what works for us and what doesn’t. We try to listen to the coaching staff and players around us. That’s probably the main thing.“There is a nice funny picture where it says I can spin a ball and kick, so it’s a spinnekop (spider). That was pretty funny for me to see. So, there is a lot of humour in it, and if you get caught up in that stuff, you are losing focus on what you need to do.”Publicly and as a group, the Springboks have been very philosophical about criticism. On the day of their captain’s run, half-back partner Handrè Pollard talked about how well he and de Klerk had gelled, but also mentioned the criticism. It’s not far from his mind. But in the same spell, Pollard talked about why the mauling and the kicking and the pragmatism is not something to deviate from – it is what provides the space for electric wingers like Makazole Mapimpi to power through; it’s what can open up wee holes for a wee nine.De Klerk has also spoken about the impact his move to Sale had on him, describing it as a “blessing in disguise” as he worked back into the Springboks frame quicker than he thought possible. He tweaked his game there too.Working well: Steve Diamond with de Klerk (Getty Images)Certainly Steve Diamond, director of rugby at Sale, feels the nine has come on. Talking to the Telegraph earlier in the week, he mentioned that he timed some of de Klerk’s box-kicks. He was impressed to find that some of them were in the air for over four and a half seconds, meaning they were perfectly contestable.Related: Jacques Nienaber’s journey from physio to Springboks defense coachAsked where the scrum-half rates in the global pecking order, Diamond said: “As a conventional nine, Aaron Smith ticks the boxes but when you have giants of these men but he dominates most of them and he is 5ft 7in.“His personality (means) whatever Faf ends up doing after rugby, he will be really successful. He just walks into a building and illuminates the room with his personality, demeanour and knowledge of what he is doing. You don’t meet many people like Faf. He is a one-off. Gracious in defeat. Does not slap anyone. Always polite. Bans the other lad from talking Afrikaans in the changing room.“He is a great lad.”Some fans may want a more expansive style. But help South Africa into another World Cup final and de Klerk’s smiling face will be plastered all over the web.Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.center_img Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Rock star: Faf de Klerk celebrates his try against Japan (Getty Images) last_img read more

Six Nations Greatest Matches

first_img Collapse The tournament has seen some enthralling matches take place. Here are just a selection. Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Celebrations: Williams scores the winning try against Scotland in 2010 (Getty Images) What are some of the best tries scored… Ireland 6 England 42, 2003In both the 2000 and 2001 Six Nations Championships, England had been denied Grand Slams after losing to the Scottish and Irish in the final matches of each tournament. However in 2003, they were not to be denied as captain Martin Johnson set the tone before a tackle was made. Usually the Irish lined up on the left hand side because it was said to be their ‘lucky side’, and yet Johnson and the England team lined up there. When asked to move, Johnson rejected the request. This also caused controversy because the President of Ireland had to walk on the pitch and not the red-carpet.Indeed none of this misguided England’s intentions for the match as they totally destroyed the Irish 42-6 with Jonny Wilkinson in particular in imperious form. England had secured the Grand Slam and would go on to win the Rugby World Cup in Australia later that year.Italy 22 France 21, 2011Facing a 12-point deficit, the Italians bid farewell to the Stadio Flaminio in perfect fashion coming back to shock the French by one-point. The accurate kicking of Mirco Bergamasco proved to be the difference on that day.England 55 France 35, 2015Earlier in the day Wales and Ireland both been victorious in their matches which left England with the task of having to beat France by 26 points to seal the title.At one point this looked totally improbable, France were winning 15-7, but England came back to win by 55-35 points in a pulsating affair. 12 tries were scored during the match and this was the most points England had ever scored against France. However it proved to be six points short as Ireland were champions. Six Nations Greatest Tries Expand What Is A Grand Slam? What Is A Grand Slam? Six Nations Greatest MatchesWhat are the greatest matches to take place during the Six Nations? There have been titanic matchups, Grand Slam deciders and absolute try-fests to choose from and in this piece we have made our selections for the greatest Six Nations matches ever. Are there any we have missed? Do not hesitate to let us know via our social media channels.Six Nations Greatest MatchesWales 15 Ireland 17, 2009Heading into the final match of the 2009 tournament, Ireland were the side going for the Grand Slam but their task was difficult as they headed to Cardiff. It proved to be a close and physical contest as Wales continued to rack up points thanks to the boot of Stephen Jones, whereas Ireland had to rely on the genius of Brian O’Driscoll and a brilliant try by Tommy Bowe. Into the final stages of the match Jones again used his boot to knock over a drop-goal with little time remaining, and yet with a couple of minutes to go, Ronan O’Gara did the same to give the Irish a 17-15 lead.Unbelievably the Welsh were awarded a penalty just inside the Irish half which Jones left just short. The final-whistle blown and the Irish had a famous win and their first Grand Slam since 1948.France 18 Wales 24, 2005On the way: In a gripping test match, Wales emerged victorious and went on to win the Grand Slam (Getty Images)Stephen Jones was once again involved in the 2005 matchup with the French. Les Bleus has surged to a 15-6 lead going into half-time but a Martyn Williams double inside the first five minutes of the second-half got the Welsh back in the match. From that point Jones and Dimitri Yachvili shared points from the boot before Jones knocked over a drop-goal with five minutes to go. Of course the Welsh would go on to win their first Grand Slam since 1978 a few weeks later.Italy 34 Scotland 20, 2000New beginnings: Italy came into the championship in 2000 and pulled off a brilliant win against Scotland (Getty Images)In the very first mach of the 2000 Six Nations, and Italy’s first contest in the competition, Italy pulled off a stunning victory over Scotland in Rome, largely thanks to the boot of Diego Dominguez. In all he collected 29 points on that day – six penalties, three drop-goals and one conversion.Wales 31 Scotland 24, 2010Thanks to a couple of tries and the kicking of Chris Paterson and Dan Parks, it looked as if Scotland had secured a shocking victory at the Millennium Stadium. However the Welsh had different ideas heading into the final 5 minutes. In that small amount of time, Leigh Halfpenny scored a try, Stephen Jones knocked over a penalty and then Shane Williams scored the winning try in front of a raucous crowd in Cardiff. The greatest honour a team can achieve in… What Trophies Do You Get For Winning A Grand Slam? Wales won a Grand Slam last year, but… What Trophies Do You Get For Winning A Grand Slam? Six Nations Greatest Tries Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramlast_img read more

Should The Six Nations Have Promotion And Relegation?

first_imgWith Georgia training with England in 2018 and with Italy consistently at the bottom, we ask: Should the Six Nations have promotion and relegation? On the up: Georgia faced Wales at the Principality in November Collapse Six Nations Venues It’s not just in the men’s tournament that this is an issue. Spain have long campaigned for a return to the Women’s Six Nations after being ousted by Italy in 2007, while Georgia want their U20s team to play in that championship.There is no simple solution, which is why some feel the status quo is best. Expand Take a look at what games are being… Six Nations TV Coverage 2021: BBC and ITV Matches We give the lowdown on the six venues… Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Should The Six Nations Have Promotion And Relegation?Early in 2018 Eddie Jones has his England team training against Georgia. The 2018 Six Nations champions had intended to fly to Tbilisi for two days of training against the Eastern powerhouse during the tournament’s first fallow week. Instead, the Georgians flew in to London for sessions against the English on Tuesday and Wednesday.Asked about the reasoning behind smashing into the Georgians, Jones said: “We want to have the best scrum in the world and they’re the biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum pack in the world. Why wouldn’t we want to scrummage against them? It’s fantastic. We’re good friends with their two coaches, Milton Haig and Richard Graham – a Kiwi and an Aussie. They were keen on the idea and it suits us perfectly.”Time to be tested: England’s scrum is set to face Georgia’sIt is interesting timing and something that could bring up that old question: if Georgia are so good, why can’t they be promoted into the Six Nations?Italy’s travails and the strides made by Georgia have been central to the debate about promotion and relegation, but as recently as 2014 there were also calls for Scotland to drop out of the championship after a dismal showing against England. Now, talk again turns to the make-up of the famous tournament after Italy fell to Ireland 56-19 and Georgia demolished Belgium 47-0 in Europe’s second tier competition, the Rugby Europe Championship. Will the issue ever really go away?The ability for any team, be it a grass-roots club or Test side, to aspire to climb the ladder is a crucial element in sport. If there is no way of moving up, a team’s motivation to develop and progress can suffer. Six Nations Fixtures 2022 Six Nations Fixtures 2022 The 2022 Six Nations… Who is leading the way in the Six… Also interested: Romania won last year’s Rugby Europe ChampionshipYet the championship has never had promotion and relegation. France and Italy were introduced when their form called for it. But adding Georgia or Romania, who won last year’s Rugby Europe Championship, to make a Seven Nations would not be an easy-fix. Regardless of the tough choice of which country deserves a spot, two logistical issues need to be considered: the travel (there are few direct flights to Tbilisi from London and none from the capitals of the other nations) and the additional fixtures that would be created in an already overcrowded calendar.Keeping six teams, with promotion and relegation between the Six Nations and the Rugby Europe Championship, makes more sense but throws up different issues in terms of the running of the tournament, stakeholders, sponsorship and broadcast deals, and so on. Six Nations Venues LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Six Nations Table 2021 Six Nations Table 2021 Six Nations TV Coverage 2021: BBC and ITV Matches Six Nations Fixtures 2022 Expand Expandlast_img read more

Saliva test 94% accurate in head injury study

first_imgThe study found that biomarkers related to head injuries are present in saliva within minutes of an injury. Therefore, the study could expand to pitch-side tests in the future.With blood samples previously necessary for predicting HIA results, the focus on biomarkers within saliva is certainly a breakthrough.“Blood is much more difficult to work with and doesn’t really work for a pitch-side test,” Belli explained. “Now you have something that is non-invasive, quite easy to get, objective and accurate at the same time.”However, researchers need to identify the relevant biomarkers in women for the same effectiveness as there currently isn’t enough data. Belli said that presented an “opportunity to bang the drum for more of this research to be done in groups not traditionally included”. Researchers will present the SCRUM study to World Rugby’s Law and Welfare Symposium this week. Meanwhile, Premiership Rugby has already indicated its willingness to support the next stage of research in the 2021-22 season. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Newcastle’s Michael Young is treated for a head injury (Getty Images) Elite male players across the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons helped developed the test Saliva test 94% accurate in head injury studyA saliva test could be used to diagnose concussion in the future following a study amongst elite male players.Researchers have developed a test that uses microscopic DNA markers in saliva to detect concussion and it predicted the head injury assessment (HIA) result of 156 Premiership and Championship players across the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons with 94% accuracy.The SCRUM study was conducted by the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with the RFU, Premiership Rugby and Marker Diagnostics, who specialise in biomarkers.Brain injuries are understandably a major area of concern within rugby, with the RFU, WRU and World Rugby facing a lawsuit from former players who have been diagnosed with early-onset dementia.Similarly, sport in general is facing the same level level of scrutiny, highlighted through the Parliament inquiry into Concussion in Sport.Related: UK Parliament inquiry into brain injuries in sportProfessor Antonio Belli, the SCRUM study’s chief investigator, described the study’s findings as “game-changing”. He added: “When I see on TV a player is taken off for the medical saliva test, it will be a major achievement.”last_img read more

Former Diocese of West Virginia Bishop John Smith dies at…

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Ordained to the priesthood in 1965, he served parishes in Maine and Vermont. He also was chaplain and taught at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. He was rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, Vt., when he was elected bishop.After his retirement Smith also served as priest-in-charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bridgton, Maine, where he oversaw the construction of a new church building. A celebration of his life will take place June 7 at St. Peter’s, according to an e-mail from Diocese of Maine Bishop Steve Lane.According to an article here, Smith emphasized cluster ministries in his 10 years in West Virginia, combining smaller churches with a ministry team to avoid each congregation having to pay the costs of employing full-time clergy. A priest in the diocese once estimated that the bishop traveled 40,000 miles a year to visit all the diocese’s congregations.In 1993 Smith told an Episcopal Church-sponsored evangelism conference that small parishes possess their own distinctive characteristics related to evangelism. “For them, evangelism is not a program, but a prescription about how the church goes about its business.“Evangelism is not guerrilla warfare for Jesus, nor self-serving efforts, nor recruitment of church members, although this will be the outcome,” Smith said. Rather it is a lifestyle, he continued, “speaking, acting and living out the connection with our Lord Jesus. It is a genuine sense of belonging, a deeply caring fellowship, driven by relationships where personal belonging and wellbeing is tied to the well-being of the whole community.”He authored Cluster Ministry: A faithful response to change in 1996, in which he wrote about models for ministry in small communities.Smith earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the General Theological Seminary in 1964. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary in 1980. Smith was later awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both General and Virginia Theological Seminary.He is survived by his wife, Victoria Dawley Smith, to whom he was married in 1964; his daughters, Allison Smith of Bedford, New Hampshire, and Kirsten Hewes and her husband, Harry, of Denmark, Maine, and Jon Roberts of Chicago; and four grandchildren, Meaghan and Benjamin Chandonnet of Bedford, and Ryan and Abigail Hewes of Denmark.The Smiths lived in Brunswick since 2003, with a summer camp in North Waterford since 1970. Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ last_img read more

Texas churches give Malawi Water Well funds to visiting bishop

first_img Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Texas churches give Malawi Water Well funds to visiting bishop Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs [Episcopal Diocese of Texas] The Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, bishop of Southern Malawi, arrived in Texas on June 13 and immediately began an extensive tour of churches and ministries. As the partner diocese of the Diocese of Texas, many churches work on projects and mission trips to Southern Malawi, especially in building water wells across the country.Upon arrival, Bishop Tengatenga first stopped at St. Andrew’s, Pearland where the Rev. Jim Liberatore presented him with a check for $8,669 to be used to build a water well in Malawi. Liberatore and Bishop Tengatenga attended seminary together at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. Tengatenga and his wife, Jocelyn, lived in an apartment above Liberatore’s house. The two have remained connected over the years, and St. Andrew’s has worked on several mission projects in Southern Malawi.“Clean readily available water is critical to support community life in Malawi,” Liberatore said. The money was raised through a joint effort from St. Andrew’s and St. George’s, Texas City. St. Andrew’s also donated $2500 to form a reserve for micro-loans for women to start businesses in Malawi.St. Mary’s, Cypress, also welcomed Bishop Tengatenga on the morning of Thursday, June 14 at their vacation bible school. Every year, the children at VBS raise money to help build wells in Malawi. Last year, they raised $1900, and this year, they have already compiled more than $500 through Wednesday.“Most people just drink whatever they can drink and don’t know how to boil the water before they drink it. And that is a big, big, big problem,” Bishop Tengatenga told the children at VBS. “If the young people in Malawi drink water from puddles, their tummy complains. It’s like if you eat without washing your hands. All of those germs come in and give your tummy problems. A lot of children in Malawi are suffering from tummy-aches and other kinds of water-borne illnesses. And some of them don’t make it to the age of five. You’re help in drilling wells is helping them make it through.”St. Mary’s VBS director, Brandy Lee Marsh, described their efforts to raise money for wells as a “spiritual mission trip.”“We’ve thought about visiting Africa, but it costs several thousand dollars for each person,” she said. “Instead of spending that money on travel, we can use it to build more wells and hire people in Malawi to build them.”Marsh has spent eight years working on projects raising funds for Malawi, and cherished her moments to converse with Bishop Tengatenga. “Meeting him is like meeting Aerosmith to me,” she said. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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