Hooker Flannery on his way home with torn calf

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Replacements:16 – Sean Cronin (Leinster)*17 – Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)18 – Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)19 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)20 – Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)21 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)22 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)*Denotes RWC Debut 15 – Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)*14 – Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)13 – Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)11 – Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)10 – Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)9 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)*2 – Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)3 – Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)5 – Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)6 – Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)7 – Sean O’Brien (Clontarf / Leinster)*8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster) QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Jerry Flannery looks on during an Ireland IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 training session at Queenstown Events Centre on September 4, 2011 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images) Jerry Flannerys’ World cup has been cut short Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery suffered a tear of his left calf during Ireland Squad training yesterday morning in Auckland. An MRI scan has confirmed the severity of the tear which will require four to six weeks rehabilitation before he is able to return to playing.Sean Cronin has been named in the replacements for the Rugby World Cup Pool C clash with Australia on Saturday following the withdrawal of Flannery. A decision has been made to call up Damien Varley  to the squad and he is expected to arrive in New Zealand by Saturday.Commenting on the injury to Flannery, Ireland Team Manger – Paul McNaughton said: “Obviously it is particularly disappointing for Jerry to have suffered this injury at this point in the tournament. With the fact that he is out for four to six weeks, we needed to make the decision to fly Damien Varley down as soon as possible. Sean Cronin will step into the replacements seamlessly this weekend which shows the importance of having experience and depth in the squad.”Starting XV (v Australia, 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C, Eden Park, Saturday, September 17, kick-off 8:30pm local time/9:30am Irish time): read more

Craig Joubert recaps his World Cup tournament

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Craig Joubert had the priviledge to referee the World Cup FinalThe New Zealand people came out to support the World Cup and it was a magnificent tournament.It was the games around the country, in smaller places like New Plymouth, Napier and Rotorua, which made it special. Huge crowds turned out, people adopted teams and the atmosphere was great, which made the pool stages so festive.I spent most of my time officiating, but I did go to a couple of Springbok games. I went to North Harbour to see them play Namibia and to their quarter-final against Australia in Wellington. I have the ability to switch off, to take my ref’s cap off and enjoy the occasion and match for what it is. The reason I got into refereeing is because I love the game and refereeing gives me the opportunity to be involved in it. I love watching games live, though I don’t jump up and down screaming!The final whistle of the tournamentI was very privileged to referee three play-off games and they were all different. The Wales-Ireland quarter-final was a really good game of rugby and was played in a positive spirit by both teams. The All Blacks-Australia semi-final was another quality game of rugby. The final was the obvious standout for me, though, because it was everything you would expect a World Cup final to be – intense, brutal, great atmosphere.I was more nervous than I usually am before a game because I was responsible for refereeing a World Cup final. That responsibility gives you butterflies, but the great thing was that all the referees gave me their support and I felt they were all behind me. I was proud that I was prepared to make a tournament-defining decision in the last ten minutes, but that I stuck to our refereeing mantra of clear and obvious and didn’t look for something that wasn’t there.All the referees were in New Zealand for seven weeks. We don’t get to spend that sort of time together outside of a World Cup and it allows us all to be open and honest, to discuss things as a group, and that means we’ll all get better. The one thing I’ve learnt about this game is not to look too far ahead, so I’m not thinking about the next World Cup. The next challenge for me is to maintain my standards when the Super 15 gets underway next year.This article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.center_img AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 23: Referee Craig Joubert blows the final whistle as the All Blacks celebrate during the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup Final match between France and New Zealand at Eden Park on October 23, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

Heineken Cup facts and stats

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NOT FOR FEATURED Sat 28 April Biarritz v Brive (3pm) Live on Sky Sports 1 1999 The year that Ulster last reached the Heineken Cup semi-finals – and that season they went on to lift the trophy4 The number of Heineken Cup titles won by France’s Cedric Heymans – more than any other player. He was a European champion with Brive in 1997 and then Toulouse in 2003, 2005 and 20105,782 The number of tries scored in the 1,211 Heineken Cup matches to date – how many more will there be this weekend?HEINEKEN CUP SEMI-FINALSSat 28 April Ulster v Edinburgh (5.45pm) Live on Sky Sports 1Sun 29 April Clermont Auvergne v Leinster (3pm) Live on Sky Sports 2AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALSFri 27 April Toulon v Stade Francais (7.55pm) Live on Sky Sports 1 Final countdown: the Heineken Cup semi-finalists are vying for a place at Twickenham on 19 MayThe semi-finals of both the 2012 Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups take place this weekend and we’ve compiled 12 interesting stats and facts so you can impress your mates when watching the games…1,298 The number of Heineken Cup points scored by Munster’s Ronan O’Gara – the only player to break the 1,000-point barrier and more than 400 ahead of the next best Stephen Jones (869)3 The number of clubs to have won both the Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cup titles – Wasps, Bath and Northampton13 The number of European matches Leinster have gone unbeaten as they bid to become only the second team to win back-to-back Heineken Cup titles, after Leicester in 2001 and 20022012 The first year that England has had no representatives in the semi-finals of either the Heineken or Amlin Challenge Cups, aside from when they didn’t enter the competitions in 1998-99Try time? Brian O’Driscoll6 Unlucky it seems – no side has ever won the Heineken Cup after winning all six of their pool games. Munster continued the trend when being knocked out in this year’s quarter-finals after winning all six of their pool games1 The number of tries Leinster centre Brian O’Driscoll needs to score to draw level with Vincent Clerc on 32 as the Heineken Cup’s top try-scorer – can he cross the line in Bordeaux against Clermont Auvergne?11 The number of different countries represented by international players in Clermont Auvergne’s squad – a season record. They have Test players from Canada, Fiji, France, Georgia, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa and Wales2 The number of players who have made more than 100 Heineken Cup appearances – John Hayes (101) and Ronan O’Gara (104)17 The number of years Scotland have waited for a Heineken Cup semi-finalist – Edinburgh making the last four for the first time this seasonlast_img read more

England push All Blacks all the way at Eden Park

first_imgIn the end it was a “brave” decision that saw New Zealand beat England in the first match of a three-Test series, writes Alan Dymock in Auckland. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Either way, Burns kicked the goal on an evening where he looked every bit an England goal-kicker. England will be hoping to add tries to that kicking ability next week in Dunedin. With the likes of Owen Farrell, Luther Burrell and Billy Vunipola available for selection but fighting with England’s best performers in the opening Test for a spot, Lancaster should be excited about his side’s prospects.Yet you cannot look to far ahead without studying this game first. It was quick and hard, error strewn and full of big decisions but it was also a game where England were in the hunt for a rare win at Eden Park. If anything, we now know this England team have the ability and the belief to upset the All Blacks. With the game finely poised at 15-all and only minutes remaining, Aaron Cruden shunned the straightforward shot at goal, following a penalty award, and took a tap. His decision to run caught everyone off guard – including his captain and team-mates – but it led to Conrad Smith slithering in at the corner, a moment that ultimately secured a 20-15 win.Stuart Lancaster called it “brave” but conceded that he cannot criticise Cruden when he has gambled and won the game having never held the lead until the death. Steve Hansen was a bit more colourful about the choice his fly-half made.“He was never in jail,” Hansen said when asked, post-match, whether Cruden had gotten his team out of jail. “There were two teams going hammer and tong, hammer and tong. Crudes did something different.”Arguably the something different was that an All Black executed a skill without spilling the ball. In an uncharacteristic performance, the New Zealand side were prone to dropping the ball frequently while England, and in particular Ben Morgan, troubled Kiwi defenders.Upset but impressive: Chris Robshaw looks miffed after England loseEngland’s back-row were the epitome of industry, with James Haskell putting in a muscular showing in the fist half and Chris Robshaw more often than not the first support player when a team-mate made a half break.The problem was that England just couldn’t score. While Marland Yarde and Jonny May were often seen scuttling back to fall on probing grubber kicks, but rarely did they get the ball in too much space in New Zealand’s 22.Kyle Eastmond and Freddie Burns defied the pre-match blethering to show assured international-standard performances. Indeed, while many expected this channel to be where the All Blacks busted through, the only real damage done to the pair was when Burns came off second-best after a collision with Ma’a Nonu. He was later substituted for Danny Cipriani when cramp got the better of him while Eastmond made an breathtaking break in the second half that stunned Conrad Smith who drifted too much for Eastmond to ignore.center_img Nonu himself had a subdued afternoon, with his role reserved more for supply and drifting across to offer defensive help whenever England had quick ball and were looking to throw a pass from Burns in behind a decoy runner and into the mitts of Manu Tuilagi who smashed into 85m with ball in hand, a match high.Debutant Malakai Fekitoa was brought on to try and add some spark in the No 12 channel, while Israel Dagg was hauled off the park on the 55 minute mark. He looked a little confused if not frustrated, but any confusion would have more to do with the fact that Dagg spun from making pitch-churning breaks one minute to dropping straightforward passes the next.This match was still played at the customary lick you would expect from two Test sides, but with balls going down repeatedly there was a real chance for England to lean on the All Blacks’ scrum. David Wilson shone in the set-piece, while also having a poor day around the park.However, if there was an area England fans will look to grumble about it would centre around the performance of referee Nigel Owens, who rightly yellow carded Yarde for killing the ball once pantomime villain Brodie Retallick had lollopped up the park. It was whilst Yarde was off that Smith scored in the corner, and yet there were also times when Owens could have brandished a card – the most notable of which came in the first half when Robshaw went clear, could see the line but knew he wasn’t going to make it and so looked to pass. The problem was that Nonu was pulling Haskell back by the shirt so he couldn’t get onto the pass.Feeling lucky: New Zealand celebrate after doing just enough to winOwens did not show a card and you could argue that such a move could have seen England gain advantage. In truth he could have done so and also let a few questionable knock-on calls go, but Owens did what he always does and backed himself. It’s the thing we all like about him so rather than expect change we may have to chalk today up as a blip. The deciding moment: Conrad Smith touches down to score the only try of the Test last_img read more

The Top 14 and the death of l’esprit de clocher

first_imgSpirits in the night: Grenoble celebrate defeating Toulouse away from home, 25-22 Saint-Andre drew on his own experience coaching Bourgoin from 2002 to 2004 to illustrate his point. “When I was there about 60% of the squad came from Bourgoin,” he told me. “At home the players were playing in front of their friends and family. They knew most of the spectators and knew they were playing for the honour of Bourgoin. It was as if they were ready to die for the town.”I knew what he meant. At the time of our interview I was playing for a club on the outskirts of Montpellier and the games I feared most were the ones that took me into the charming Languedoc countryside. Here the locals regarded us as city slickers to be slaughtered. The entire village would turn out, encircling the pitch and creating atmospheres ranging from the intimidating to the incendiary. In such a white-hot cauldron of emotion the home team would do whatever it took to win – even if it included gouging, stamping and butting. Meet that same side away, however, and they would often go down without so much as a whimper.Back in the day: Bourgoin were in the top flight when Philippe Saint-Andre was in chargeBourgoin were in the top-flight of French rugby when Philippe Saint-Andre was in charge. Ten years on and no club in the Top 14 is able to boast that 60% of its players are homegrown. Instead of local lads there are outsiders – Bothas, McAlisters, Roberts and Nalagas – players who have no concept of l’esprit de clocher. There’s a revolution underway in French rugby, one that is having ramifications for the home nations. We’ve already seen evidence of it in October when Toulon, Toulouse and Racing Metro all won away in the European Champions Cup. Three victories on the road for French clubs and we’re only two rounds into the tournament. Contrast that to the 2007-8 Heineken Cup season when the six French clubs managed only four victories in 18 away matches – and none against an English or Irish club.This weekend Racing Metro will fancy their chances of returning from the Ospreys with a win, while Toulon will travel to stuttering Leicester Tigers with a confidence that Clermont might find hard to muster as they head to Munster.But win or lose at Thomond Park, Clermont will put up more of a fight than some French clubs in the past. The Heineken Cup has witnessed many a dismal French surrender on foreign soil, from Toulouse capitulating 77-17 to Wasps in 1996 to Leinster’s 50-point drubbing of Bourgoin in 2005 to Northampton Saints’ 34-0 shellacking of Perpignan in January 2010, who at the time were champions of France.It used to be a similar story in the Top 14. The likes of Toulouse, Stade Francais, Biarritz and Clermont – the powerhouses of French rugby a few years ago – would often have the wherewithal to win away, but few of the so-called smaller clubs would ever steal a victory l’extérieur.Brive with me: Brive took it to Montpellier last monthThat mindset is fast disappearing. The Top 14 hasn’t even reached the halfway mark of the season and already there have been startling results on the road, none more so than Grenoble’s 25-22 stoppage time victory at Toulouse on Saturday. Add Oyonnax’s triumph at Racing, Brive’s 25-10 thumping of Montpellier and, in a troubled season for the Mediterranean outfit, their  own win at Clermont, and a picture emerges of a league where sides now hit the road believing they can win.What’s brought about this change in philosophy? Simple. Money. A decade ago the majority of players and coaches in the Top 14 were French. There were some great talent but it had been reared on l’esprit de clocher [literally, ‘the spirit of the bell tower’ but also a euphemism for parochialism]. A few years ago I discussed this ‘spirit’ with Philippe Saint-Andre, at the time director of rugby at Sale Sharks. “Even in the professional era there is still a ‘win at home, lose away’ mentality in French rugby,” explained PSA. “You could call it l’esprit de clocher.’” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS They are highly paid – but more significantly – highly-motivated men who want to win every game they play. Some call them mercenaries, a silly and emotive word that means what exactly? According to the Oxford English dictionary a mercenary is someone “motivated primarily by the desire for gain”.That sounds about right, a desire for gaining the win, home and away. Here’s to professional pride and the death of the  l’esprit de clocher.last_img read more

Conor Murray takes a lineout for Ireland in the Six Nations

first_imgJumping nine: Conor Murray takes a lineout for Ireland against Italy ((pic by Inpho) Murray is not your stereotypical front receiver in a lineout. Nor would he be the ideal player to have at the heart of any driving maul. That being said, fair play to the scrum-half for putting his hand up for the trick play in a Test match environment, and at home no less. Yes, you read that right, and above is the photographic proof from the moment scrum-half Conor Murray takes a lineout for Ireland. This was snapped during Ireland’s 56-19 victory over Italy in Round Two of this year’s Six Nations.The move cam in the first half of the contest at the Aviva Stadium, down in the left corner of Italy’s half. Murray popped the ball off the top but no clear cut scoring opportunity was carved out directly from the move – this in a game where Ireland scored eight tries against the Azzurri.However, the fact Murray went up at all is impressive. And ballsy.Experienced option: Murray in the line-out for Munster (pic by Inpho)The Munster nine has previous when it comes to lineout jumping, though. Earlier in the season, during the inter-provincial match against rivals Leinster in the Guinness Pro14, Murray was twice thrown up in the touchline set-piece. Not only did the back catch the unsuspecting Leinstermen unawares, but the moves also led to tries for Munster.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION OFFERSDespite being taken off after 50 minutes against Italy, Murray – who scored Ireland’s second try of eight on the afternoon – put in an all-round, impressive display at the Aviva. He was awarded the Man of the Match award after the final whistle.Ireland are no strangers to unexpected lineout moves, or to taking risks with them. You may remember way back in 2015, Ireland tried (and failed) to utilise a 13-man lineout against Wales in the Six Nations. That day in Cardiff, Wales triumphed 23-16.last_img read more

Ten cool things from the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens

first_img#TheyAreUs pic.twitter.com/qW25TiUvY8— All Blacks Sevens (@AllBlacks7s) April 5, 2019Fiji also made a presentation to the New Zealand side. It was, as you can imagine, the most wonderful carnage at the sevens Chabal’s singing goes down a stormYou may have read our story yesterday about Sebastien Chabal singing to the South Stand. But even if you had, it’s worth checking out this video that was played on the big screens all weekend. A special @ULdialogue Mark of Excellence Award is awarded here in Hong Kong, after a number of teams showed solidarity for New Zealand and the recent events that affected the country #EmpoweringTrust UL pic.twitter.com/a2hQAz2Pce— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) April 7, 2019The posts lit up!How about a bit of innovation? Check out the below. Very Cool. Innovative stuff from one of my best school mates @MikeyPress and his ‘Goal Light Tech’ business. Showcasing for the first time @OfficialHK7s this weekend. Posts light up green if successful / red if not. What you guys think? pic.twitter.com/dwfYZglA3A— Jamie Roberts (@Jamiehuwroberts) April 5, 2019Okay, the principle itself may not be super-futuristic, but sometimes the best ideas are simple. How do you quickly show fans on the other side of the stadium that a hard-to-track conversion or penalty has been successful? Light up the posts!Ireland and Brazil become core sidesFirst Brazil women won their qualifier final to become a core team on the Sevens World Series next season. Then Ireland men won their final to ensure their place on next season’s elite circuit.Proud: Ireland men won the qualifier final (Getty Images)Brazil women – who last played as a core team in the 2016-17 season – defeated Scotland in their final. Ireland men had to silence the home crowd as they bested Hong Kong in their finalAnd how about this for an aside – Irish try-scorer Greg O’Shea has some Hong Kong heritage, as his grandfather emigrated to Limerick from Hong Kong in the Fifties. We all know about the fancy dress and the power of the South Stand. We all know the event is a magnet for star names from rugby’s past and present. We all know that this is the jewel in the sevens crown. But the tournament itself always throws up some cracking stories.So with the 2019 instalment of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in the books, here are ten cool things from the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens (and yes, it would have been better had we cut this to seven cool things, but there was just so much going on!)Fiji win fifth Hong Kong title in a rowFiji and the Hong Kong Sevens go together like beer and burgers. The Fiji fans always go down a treat in Hong Kong and the players always bring their A-game. To win this famous tournament five years running is simply incredible.Related: Second tier Sevens World Series in the pipelineThe Islanders defeated France in the final showdown, eventually taking the tie 21-7. Aminiasi Tuimaba was named player of the final. It is their third series win in this vital season – the top four sides automatically qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Rivals show support for NZThe reasons for it are harrowing, but the ways rivals rallied to pay respects to New Zealand were cool.The New Zealand sevens team were the first sports side from New Zealand to play a competitive game since the atrocities in Christchurch in March that left 50 dead and 50 injured.To mark this, they wore white jerseys with black armbands.Touching display: New Zealand wore white with black armbands in honour of victims (Getty Images)After their opener, Australia marked the occasion by  forming a huddle with the Kiwi team.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Accommodation and meals are all provided by the organizers. @Beast_TM donated boots to the team already. I applaud the team for fundraising and thank all those who donated. I think @zimsevens is the best looking team because of it! https://t.co/ODZYCjfFg3— Kirsty Coventry (@KirstyCoventry) April 6, 2019Fair play to the big man.Tongans sing for Hong Kong native set for heart surgeryJonathan Mo, 23, had hopes of enjoying a career in rugby, but now faces life-threatening heart surgery. When the Tongan team heard this tale, they invited Mo to training – where they huddled round him, sang for him and then took a collective knee prayed for him.Not only that. They reserved a sevens ticket for Mo, where he joined the team on their bus to the stadium. Mo then spent the whole day with the Tongans, even walking with them during the traditional team parade.Packed out: The famous South Stand on Saturday (Getty Images)The South Stand went bonkers for QueenFiji got to hear a Queen tribute band play We Are the Champions after the final. But all weekend the South Stand were Freddie Mercury-bonkers. On Saturday, with the party in full swing, there was a truly intense rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, with the entire stand joining in and several beer cups being launched into the air.There were also a fair few Mercury costumes, with a pocket of the crowd wearing white vests that some estimate was numbering in the forties.USA maintain lead of men’s seriesThe Eagles men still sit atop the World Series after their third-place finish in Hong Kong. They are seven points ahead of Fiji in the rankings with three legs left to play. Dans 5 min #france7 donc on fait péter le clip de l’hymne porte bonheur #HKSevens pic.twitter.com/qFyuo7iwSi— Sébastien Chabal (@sebchabal) April 7, 2019Go on – sing along with Seabass!You can use less plasticThis year the Hong Kong Rugby Union introduced their Green Sevens initiative, with punters encouraged to use less plastic and grab one of the reusable pint cups on offer throughout the stadium. The scheme was heralded as a big success. It comes hot o0n the heels of other initiatives to reduce waste and make the sevens more sustainable.Related: Watch this mini documentary about Fiji’s fans in Hong KongThe Beast helped out Zimbabwe sevens Much has been made about the struggles of Zimbabwean rugby, and there were stories of crowd-funding efforts to help the African team raise money for logistics, food and, it turns out, footwear.According to the country’s Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry, Springboks icon Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira helped out with the cause. The men’s series now moves on to Singapore.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest rugby news.last_img read more

2019 Rugby World Cup: Italy 47-22 Namibia

first_imgFind out what happened in this Group B clash in Osaka 2019 Rugby World Cup: Italy 47-22 NamibiaHead-to-headPlayed – 4Italy wins – 2Namibia wins – 2Did You Know?Italy skipper and No 8 Sergio Parisse is only the third player to play at five Rugby World Cups – after Brian Lima (Samoa, 1991-2007) and Mauro Bergamasco (Italy, 1999-2015).Long servant: Sergio Parisse is playing in his fifth World Cup (Getty Images)Related: Rugby World Cup FixturesIn a nutshellIn the end Italy enjoyed a comfortable win over Namibia in their opening match at RWC 2019, but it wasn’t perfect and the numerous substitutions made in one go early in the second half meant both sides struggled to build coherency in their play.Namibia caught Italy off-guard early on: securing possession after a messy Azzurri lineout on halfway, spreading the ball wide and producing a couple of quick passes back inside to put Damian Stevens into space for an easy try.Italy were quick to hit back as they relied on their strength up front when opting for a five-metre scrum from a penalty and then earned a penalty try.High five: Damian Stevens dives over for the opening try (Getty Images)Italy had plenty of possession but inaccurate distribution did not allow them to capitalise on it until Tommaso Allan spun off the post to touch down following a Luca Morisi break.The highlight of the first 40 came from lock Federico Ruzza just before the half-time gong. Taking the ball from the back of a maul, he galloped down the blindside wing before producing a perfect no-look pass to Tito Tebaldi, who duly ran over the line.The rain teemed down in the second half but Italy wasted little time in scoring the bonus-point try. Tommaso Benvenuti sent a grubber kick across to Edoardo Padovani on the wing and he simply had to pick up the ball and cross the line.After that, the replacements flooded on for Italy and Carla Canna was quick to charge over for a try. Namibia weren’t done, though, scoring more points through the boot of Cliven Loubser and a try from JC Greyling.Things petered out in the last 2o minutes – those raft of replacements not helping – but late tries from Jake Polledri and Matteo Minozzi added something a flourish to the final score for Italy before Chad Plato broke through to have the final say for Namibia.Star manIt’s hard to pick a standout in a match when both teams made a lot of changes early in the second half and things became a little disjointed, so we’ve opted for someone who provided the highlight of the game. Second-rows are not known for silky skills and soft hands, but Federico Ruzza’s perfectly-timed and perfectly-executed offload to Tito Tebaldi delivered a crucial try just before the break. A moment of excellence in a match full of the average.Related: Rugby World Cup TV CoverageTwist and turn: Tommaso Allan manages to ground the ball for Italy’s first try (Getty Images)The ReactionItaly coach Conor O’Shea: “We’ll have to move on from that pretty quickly. It wasn’t very pretty. There was too many errors in it and it was difficult conditions at times in the second half, which doesn’t excuse it. We’re disappointed with the way we played. That’s not the true version of us.”Namibia coach Phil Davies: “I’m very proud of the players, the way we adapted to the speed of the game, some of the tries we scored and some of the resolute defence. You know I was really happy, but credit to Italy, you know, they put a bit of pressure on and scored at crucial times and they deserve the win.”The TeamsItaly: Jayden Hayward (Matteo Minozzi 45); Mattia Bellini, Tommaso Benvenuti, Luca Morisi, Edoardo Padovani; Tommaso Allan (Carlo Canna 45), Tito Tebaldi (Guglielmo Palazzani 59); Nicola Quaglio (Simone Ferrari 45), Luca Bigi (Oliviero Fabiani 45), Tiziano Pasquali (Marco Riccioni 39), Alessandro Zanni, Federico Ruzza (Dean Budd 45), Braam Steyn (Jake Polledri 45), Maxime Mbanda, Sergio Parisse (captain).Tries: Penalty try 11, Allan 26, Tebaldi 40, Padovani 43, Canna 47, Polledri 70, Minozzi 76. Cons: Allan 3, Canna 2.Namibia: Johan Tromp (PJ Walters 68); Chad Plato, Justin Newman (Helarius Axasman Kisting 48), Darryl De La Harpe, JC Greyling; Cliven Loubser, Damian Stevens (Eugene Jantjies 48); Andre Rademeyer (Nelius Theron 70), Torsten George Van Jaarsveld (Louis van der Westhuizen 57), Johannes Coetzee (AJ De Klerk 57), PJ Van Lill (Johan Retief 57), Tjiuee Uanivi (captain), Rohan Kitshoff (Max Katjijeko ht), Wian Conradie, Janco Venter.Tries: Stevens 6, Greyling 58, Plato 79. Cons: Loubser 2. Pen: Loubser.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. TAGS: Namibia Moving clear: Tito Tebaldi runs in an Italy try just before half-time (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 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.last_img read more

When Is The Rugby World Cup Final?

first_img Key dates around the 2019 Rugby World Cup. When Is The Rugby World Cup Final?The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final is the biggest match in rugby. Here’s what you need to know.England v South AfricaDate – Saturday 2 November 2019Kick-off – 9.00am (GMT)Arena – International Stadium, YokohamaEngland got to the final thanks to victories over Australia and New Zealand in the knockout stages, whereas South Africa beat hosts Japan and then Wales to book their place in the final.Should South Africa win, they will be the first team to lift the trophy having lost earlier in the tournament, the Springboks going down 23-13 to New Zealand on the opening weekend. Collapse Expand Expand When is the biggest match in rugby union taking place? We tell all here What Happened Four Years Ago?Held in England at Twickenham, the final four years ago featured two traditional rivals: New Zealand and Australia.The All Blacks completely dominated the first half, assembling a 16-3 lead heading into the break. This grew even further when Ma’a Nonu scored a try in the 42nd minute to stretch the lead to 21-3.The Wallabies then had a lifeline as Ben Smith got sin-binned for tip-tackling Drew Mitchell. In that ten minutes David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani both scored tries to narrow the gap to 21-17. With ten to go it was all to play for.All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter, who had had terrible luck in major tournaments thanks to injuries, was not to be denied as he coolly slotted a drop-goal and a penalty to widen the gap to 27-17.Beauden Barrett put the icing on the cake with a try in the final minute to complete the tournament win. This was the first time that a team had won the trophy twice in a row.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Rugby World Cup Groups Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Rugby World Cup Groups A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 2019 Rugby World Cup Dates 2019 Rugby World Cup Dates Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 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.last_img read more

Pray, act to end violence against Christians, Nigerian ACC members…

first_img Rector Belleville, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK [Anglican Communion News Service] Members of the Anglican Communion all around the world are being called to pray, fast and act in support of their brothers and sister in Nigeria facing violence and death.The Most Rev. Ikechi Nwachukwu Nwosu, the Ven Abraham Okorie and Abraham Yisa, the Church of Nigeria’s ACC members, were responding to a similar appeal to Nigerian Anglicans by their primate, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh.“We have one week of prayer and fasting from the 12th November for the terrible security situation in Nigeria,” explained Nwosu, archbishop of the Province of Aba, adding he wanted Anglicans across the communion to join them.Just last week at least seven people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide bombing during Mass at a Roman Catholic church in Kaduna, northern Nigeria. An explosive-laden vehicle drove into the church and detonated its load, ripping a hole in the wall and roof.Yisa said that this was not an isolated incident. “Churches are being bombed every Sunday, especially in the northern part [of the country]. The situation is that people are refusing to go to church,” he said, “or when they go to church they don’t know whether they’ll return home. Services during the week are disrupted, people are afraid to worship.“This should not just be a matter of concern for the church in Nigeria, but for the whole Anglican Communion.”Yisa, who along with Nwosu and Okorie, had just finished Bible study in the nave of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, said: “Imagine you’re doing this Bible study and somebody comes in and starts to spray worshipers [with bullets]…”Nwosu, bishop of Umuahia diocese, said he believed that those who were behind the violence were being funded by parties outside Nigeria, and said he appealed to Anglicans around the world also to lobby their governments to intervene in this situation. 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