“We are delighted with the news that these players are joining Connacht, McCrea and O’Connor are both outstanding players and they will no doubt add an extra dimension to our backline. Recalling George Naoupu from Japan is a big move for us, he was exceptional for Connacht in 2009 and a big loss to the squad when he moved last year. George is a dynamic ballcarrier and inspirational player to those around him so we are looking forward to his return” George Naoupu will return to Connacht for the 2011/2012 season. The 6’5, 115kg 27 year old backrower joined Connacht in 2009 before being lured away by the Kobe Steelers in Japan last season. He appeared 14 times in his 6 month spell at Connacht, including scoring a try in Connacht’s famous victory over Bourgoin in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final last season. Naoupu has represented New Zealand Schools, U19, Colts and 7’s and will rejoin Connacht on a 2 year contract. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: ConnachtUlster Connacht Rugby have completed a number of signings this week. Contract negotiations have been ongoing for a number of weeks but today CEO Gerry Kelly announced the signings of Ulster duo Niall O’Connor and Mark McCrea along with the re-signing of former Connacht favourite George Naoupu from Japan.Niall O’Connor will join Connacht on a 2 year contract at the end of this season. The 6’0, 90kg outhalf, who attended Limavady Grammar School, entered the Ulster Academy in 2006 and signed a professional contract with them in 2007. 23 year old O’Connor has 51 caps and scored 212 points (including 10 Heineken Cup appearances) for Ulster and represented Ireland at U19, U20 and A level, he was also a member of the 6 Nations Grand Slam winning U20 squad (coached by Connacht’s Eric Elwood and Dan McFarland) in 2007.O’Connor’s colleague Mark McCrea, who plays on the wing, joined the Ulster Academy in 2006 and turned professional in 2008. He has 25 caps for Ulster and has represented Ireland at Schools and A level. The 23 year old, Belfast High School graduate, was a member of the 2008 Churchill Cup winning team, scoring a try against the USA and has 3 Ireland A caps. The 6’1, 92kg winger will join Connacht on a 2 year contract deal from next season CEO of Connacht Rugby Gerry Kelly said:
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I would put in so much work and then play badly and I wasn’t too pleasant to hang around with then, because I put a lot of pressure on myself. My parents and three sisters had to put up with a lot of mood swings.”When he left school, Ryan decided to give rugby a go until he was 24. It’s a good job he did, because the lock and sometime back-row will pass 100 appearances for Munster this season and has more than a dozen Ireland caps, despite having to play second fiddle to Paul O’Connell and Donncha O’Callaghan. The 28-year-old has to fight for every opportunity to play at provincial and Test level, but says: “I have the job of trying to change people’s perceptions. There are guys who have cemented their places through years of experience and done all the hard graft, but your game is constantly evolving. You have got to be the one to push that envelope and why shouldn’t you be able to pass like an outside back? That’s the focus any ambitious player should have.”Donncha know: O’Callaghan hugs rival RyanHe fulfilled a dream by playing at last year’s World Cup and although he didn’t get selected for the quarter-final, he did start two matches. “I really didn’t want to be a passenger out there. I didn’t really acknowledge what I achieved at the World Cup until I came home. At that time, the year before, I was doing rehab from shoulder surgery and couldn’t even scratch my nose!”Ryan has a good brain and likes to use it. He has a degree in commerce and Irish, having switched from commerce and German because he didn’t want to go to Germany for a year’s placement. Now he is studying to be a financial advisor and taking an entrepreneurial course along with eight of his Munster colleagues, including Doug Howlett, Mick O’Driscoll and Lifeimi Mafi. Rocking lock: Ireland’s Donnacha Ryan evades the Russian defence at the World Cup in New ZealandBy Katie Field, Rugby World WriterI DOUBT that many international rugby players have learned about the game with the help of a Subbuteo football set, but Donnacha Ryan has that unusual claim to fame. When he was an athletic 17-year-old he was spotted by Pat Whelan, a stalwart from the Nenagh Ormond rugby club, and Whelan set about converting Ryan from a hurler, golfer and swimmer into a rugby player.“I played everything but rugby back then,” says Ryan. “Pat just saw something in me and then gave me a crash course in rugby, to try to get me into the Munster U18 team. He taught me the theories of playing rugby using Subbuteo men! He made me learn all the laws and if I conceded a penalty I could tell the referee exactly how the law was worded! I had no idea about rugby to start with – I even wore a Manchester United shirt to a Munster Youth trial!Teaching tool: Subbuteo helped Ryan learn rugby’s rules“Pat was a selectors’ advisor and someone told me years later that he told the Munster Youth guys that if they dropped me from the squad he would leave. He saw the potential in me. I literally wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.”Ryan’s parents backed his decision to switch sports, and it’s thanks to his dad’s ability to drive a little faster than the laws of the land allow that he was taken into the Munster fold. “We still argue about whose fault it was, but I missed the bus to take me to the Munster Youth trial,” Ryan laughs. “We were at Mass on a Sunday morning and I had to catch the bus at 8.30 to get to the trial, which started in Cork at 11.30. My dad said he would drive me instead, but I said, ‘Forget it, I won’t get in the team anyway – I don’t even know the rules. I will go back to hurling’.“I wouldn’t change my mind until finally, at about ten past ten my dad said, ‘I’m going to Cork whether you’re going to come or not’, so we went. It should be about a two-hour trip but my dad made it there by 11.25! Pat says that was the defining day, when he knew I wanted to be a rugby player.”The transition from hurling to rugby was far from easy. “Hurling is a game of evasion, trying to avoid contact, so I wasn’t the best tackler when I took up rugby,” Ryan says. “I was always first to the breakdown but I was giving away so many penalties when I got there. NOT FOR FEATURED “It engages your brain and you can talk about something other than rugby and see guys’ creativity outside rugby, so I’m really learning more about my team-mates.”And rugby fans will learn a lot more about him if Ryan keeps taking his game onwards and upwards in the coming years.
What makes Ireland’s Johnny Sexton tickJOHNNY SEXTON was the only northern hemisphere player shortlisted for World Rugby’s Player of the Year award in 2014 and he is now guiding Ireland’s Six Nations Grand Slam bid – and this video gives an insight into what drives him to achieve such high standards.The Ireland No 10 is currently being lauded as part of the world’s best half-back pairing, he and Conor Murray at the heart of Joe Schmidt’s game plan. He is a masterful kicker from hand and tee, while many a team has paid the price for underestimating his running game.This mini documentary charts Sexton’s rise from schoolboy to international star, with insights from Ronan O’Gara, his school coach Richie Hughes and his godfather Billy Keane. O’Gara, his one-time rival for the Ireland No 10 shirt and now among the coaching staff at his club Racing Metro, even asserts that there is more to come from Sexton. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Johnny is an exceptional out-half,” says O’Gara. “He prepares really well, he doesn’t leave anything to chance on a Saturday. I also think there’s more in the tank, I think we’ll see him in the next two to three years hit a new level.”Ireland captain Paul O’Connell is also full of praise for his fly-half, saying: “Johnny is the most ridiculous competitor you have ever seen, with an unbelievable work ethic. I know my job pretty well on the field, but Johnny knows where the other 14 players on the pitch should be at any one time. He’s the standard bearer in everything for us at the moment.”This video is part of Three’s #AllitTakes campaign and a further episodes will follow featuring Paul O’Connell. To watch the Robbie Henshaw video, click here.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. The Ireland fly-half reflects on his career to date
The SaintsThe ultimate long shotWhen you are trailing 23-0 at half-time, away from home in France, no one gives you much hope of turning a game around. Ulster skipper Rory Best called his team’s first-half performance in Oyonnax “bordering on pathetic” but, after harsh words in the changing room at the break, Ulster fought back to win 24-23 and keep their hopes of qualifying for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals alive.The ultimate hero was Paddy Jackson, who showed maturity and courage to kick a penalty from his own half to put Ulster ahead for the first time with 77 minutes gone. He might look like he should be in the U18s, but Jackson is a fearless, confident operator and he sent the kick through the posts with plenty to spare.Plaudits also go to wing Rory Scholes for his terrific try which began the Ulster fightback, and to Craig Gilroy and Kyle McCall for adding to the try count before Jackson added the finishing touches with three good conversions and that last, miraculous penalty.Not since 1998 has no Irish province reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s top competition. With Munster and Leinster out of the running now, Ulster carry the hopes of a nation on their shoulders for the next two weeks as the pool stages come to a close. Harris’s howlersA pair of cringe-worthy mistakes by centre Chris Harris proved costly for Newcastle Falcons in their defeat at London Irish. He looked odds-on to score the game’s first try when he chased a kick through from Craig Willis, which Topsy Ojo made a hash of tidying it up. All Harris needed to do was dive on the ball, as it was already in the in-goal area, but for some reason he tried to scoop it up as he dived, and he didn’t ground it.At the very start of the second half, the kick-off headed for a pod of players including Harris and instead of jumping to challenge the fast-approaching Alex Lewington for possession, he stood on the ground, hoping to take the catch there. Lewington leapt above him, gathered the ball and scored a try which took London Irish from 6-0 up to 13-0 up. Steely ScarletScarlets remain top of the Guinness Pro12 thanks to a late penalty kicked by Steve Shingler to give them a 21-19 win over Connacht.The Irish side had led 10-3 at half-time and after the Scarlets fought back and went ahead, a Jack Carty penalty inside the last ten minutes put Connacht in front once more. But when Ronan Loughney was sin-binned for a tip tackle, replacement Shingler was on target with his kick to give the Welsh side their ninth win of the Pro12 season and put them back in front of Leinster at the top of the table, after the Dublin side had won at the Ospreys on Friday. Running man: Sekou Macalou gets set to touch down his magical try. (Photo: Inpho)Playing a blinderThe try of the weekend was scored by Stade Francais blindside Sekou Macalou in their 27-7 trouncing of Munster in the European Champions Cup.He received the ball on around halfway, handed off three opponents in his first few strides, then got up to full speed before stepping around Keith Earls – wrong-footing the Ireland and Lions star with a change of direction any back would have been proud of – and scoring close to the posts. The try put the French side 20-0 up and gave the Parisian crowd even more to cheer than they already had. TAGS: HighlightScarlets Super subWhat an impact Shane Geraghty made when he came on as a half-time replacement for Chris Noakes’ in London Irish’s important Aviva Premiership basement battle with Newcastle Falcons.Irish were 6-0 up but that soon became 13-0, then 20-0 as Geraghty’s boot made an impact.His kick-off to start the second half went long and high down the right, where Alex Lewington caught it among a flock of Falcons and dived over the line for a try with less than ten seconds of the half gone.Geraghty converted and five minutes later put up another wonderful hanging kick which created a try for Topsy Ojo and put Irish well out in front. The Falcons fought back to 20-15 and so claimed an important bonus point, but Geraghty was the match-winner. Good EvansHarlequins did what no other team has done so far this season on Saturday, and beat Saracens. Ben Botica kicked the penalty which put Quins ahead in the closing minutes of the Aviva Premiership clash and a galloping break out of defence from Jack Clifford helped set up a last-ditch try for James Horwill, which made the final score 29-23, but the outstanding moment of brilliance was provided by Nick Evans.Winning feeling: Mike Brown and Jamie Roberts celebrate Harlequins’ triumph.(Photo: Getty Images)A bullocking run inside the 22 had the Saracens’ defence at sixes and sevens, Danny Care passed to Evans from the base of the ensuing ruck and the Kiwi fly-half took the ball in mid-air and flipped it straight back inside to Clifford, who crashed over the line for a try which took Quins from 8-14 down to 15-14 it. It was a magical moment of deft handling from Evans in a game which was characterised more by brute strength and ferocious passion. Scare-cut: James O’Connor with his new shaven, braided look. (Photo: Getty Images)Salon of shameCome in James O’Connor, have a seat, and let’s see what we can do to help you. Yes, the super-talented Australian back is a Sinner this week for his new haircut, which features shaved sides, a tightly braided top, and some ridiculous pony tails sticking out at the crown of his head. As Ugo Monye said during the Toulon v Bath coverage on BT Sport: “I’ll talk about his skills all day but his Barnet needs sorting out.” Officially funnyWayne Barnes earned himself a few hours of social media fame with his sharp-witted exchange with Ben Youngs during Leicester’s 30-27 win over Northampton, which featured the usual dose of East Midlands derby niggle from both sides.At one point, when Leicester were awarded a penalty, the scrum-half asked the referee “Can I go quick Sir?” Barnes replied: “No Ben, your brother’s having a fight.”Another referee raised a few giggles on Sunday, but is a slightly more embarrassing fashion. When JP Doyle decided to sin-bin London Irish hooker David Paice for persistent infringements from his team, he wielded the red card instead of the yellow. Realising his mistake as the London Irish players looked on in horror, Doyle waved the correct card and gabbled repeated apologies. A loss, at lastWhat a let-down Saracens are for their fans. I mean, fancy losing a match after winning 12 on the bounce in the Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup this season. I assume they are hanging their heads in shame….! Cool BurnsLeicester and Northampton served up a brilliantly entertaining Aviva Premiership derby match on Saturday, with the Saints fighting back from 21-0 down to level the scores at 27-27 at Welford Road.In increasingly atrocious, rainy conditions, fly-half Freddie Burns held his nerve at the death when Courtney Lawes handed him a penalty chance just outside the 22 but in front of the posts, by infringing at a ruck. Burns had missed a drop-goal not long before, but this time he found the target to win the match for the Tigers 30-27.Get in: Freddie Burns (right) and Ben Youngs (left) celebrate the winning kick. (Photo: Getty Images)Burns had landed a couple of more difficult penalties in the driving rain midway through the half and his opposite number Stephen Myler had also hit the target to keep the Saints in the hunt with five minutes to go. Silly StuBath gave Toulon a real test during Sunday’s re-arranged Champions Cup match and were leading 6-3 as half-time approached. A knock-on from a lineout gave Bath a scrum in their own half, but then their skipper Stuart Hooper decided to pile into the back of Juan Smith long after the whistle had gone, leaving referee George Clancy – who had already warned both teams about argy-bargy – with no option but to award Toulon a penalty.Eric Esande slotted the kick through the posts and tied the scores 6-6 at the break. Toulon went on to win 12-9. It was a silly act by the Bath captain in a game where every point was crucial. The SinnersA bad hand: Josaia Raisuqe puts his hand into the face of CJ Stander (Photo: Inpho)Seeing redStade Francais wing Josaia Raisuqe was sent off by Nigel Owens for an idiotic and totally unnecessary gouging incident on CJ Stander.The whistle had blown for a Munster penalty just before half time, but Raisuqe decided to try to stop Stander taking the ball from him. He put his hand clearly into the No 8’s face, around the eye area, and pushed it there for several seconds. Owens had no hesitation in sending him off, and he was fortunate that Stade still went on to win the game.Saracens replacement Rhys Gill was also sent off on Saturday, for a horrible tip tackle on George Lowe. Petrus Du Plessis also joined in the challenge, but Gill provided the greatest downward momentum as Lowe crashed to the ground head first. Referee Craig Maxwell-Keys initially sin-binned him, but upgraded the yellow card to a red after looking at the replays.Harlequins lock James Horwill was also guilty of foul play in the same match, when his swinging arm led to George Kruis being stretchered off and concussed. Horwill was sin-binned but escaped a red card. Hill runnerWhat a try it would have been, if only a high tackle by Luther Burrell in the build-up hadn’t prompted referee Wayne Barnes to rule it out. But Northampton prop Paul Hill still takes his place among my Saints for sprinting from halfway to the try-line, dragging the considerable bulk of Graham Kitchener with him for a few paces, and crashing over for what could have been a critical score.Northampton were 21-17 down at the time and Hill showed great athleticism and strength to create what looked like a try, out of nothing. The officials looked long and hard at the replays of Burrell’s tackle before ruling out the try, which was a great shame for the young prop.Leicester coach Richard Cockerill was impressed though. “Great pace from the tighthead,” he laughed, in the post-match interview. “He’ll grow out of that eventually!” Last-ditch heroics from the kicking kings, giggle-inducing contributions from the match officials, superb tries and some shameful foul play all featured in an action-packed weekend of European Champions Cup, Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 matches. Long way back: Rory Scholes reaches over the line for Ulster’s first try. (Photo: Inpho) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Where did rugby begin for you?I am from a village close to Agen in south-west France, so I played for my village from the age of six to 15, then I joined Agen and spent three years there.Have you always been a No 10?I’ve always been a back but I didn’t start concentrating on fly-half til I was 15.When did you link up with Toulon?In the summer of 2014, when I was 18. I played for my region, Aquitaine, then France U18. Toulon saw me and called and I signed terms with them.Who have you played for in the 2015-16 season?Toulon Academy. I was picked once for the senior squad last season, against Clermont, but never came off the bench.When did you first play for a France team?I was selected for France U16 but got injured and so never played for them. But I played for France U17, the U18s, U19s and now the U20s.Who have been your mentors?All of my coaches have contributed to my progress in different ways. It’s been great to work with Jonny Wilkinson at Toulon. He comes down for a week each month and we work on all my skills, including my goal-kicking. Date of birth: 8 April, 1996. Country: France Rising star: Anthony Belleau on the ball at the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship. (Photo: Getty Images) How would you describe your playing style?I like running with the ball and attacking the line. I like to get my backline moving and I enjoy defensive duties too.What are your aims now?To play for the Toulon professional team.What interests do you have outside rugby?I am studying physical education at Toulon University. I also enjoy playing guitar and making the most of the Toulon lifestyle. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS RW Verdict: As he showed in the 2016 U20 Six Nations, Belleau has the composure one doesn’t always associate with French fly-halves. Having Jonny Wilkinson as his mentor will only fine-tune his considerable talentFirst published in the June 2016 edition of Rugby World magazine.
The stats show that Italy outscored Ireland in line breaks (6-4), offloads (6-4) and dominant tackles (19-10), as well as achieving 56% territory – the third match in succession that Ireland have lost the territory battle. Ireland also conceded 18 turnovers.As befits a sunny day, both teams chucked the ball around and the ‘metres carried’ figures – 780 Italy, 1,009 Ireland – were exceptionally high. Dave Kilcoyne, regarded as only third choice in Ireland’s loosehead rankings, made 17 carries and more than 100 metres.Ireland conceded nine penalties by the finish (to Italy’s 14) and you can be sure that Schmidt will want that figure going south when the French visit Dublin in a fortnight’s time. Ireland extend Italy’s record losing run with a scruffy 26-16 Six Nations win in Rome The bonus-point try arrived 14 minutes from time when Ireland’s driving maul – probably the most effective part of their game on the day – resulted in scrum-half Murray stretching out to dot down.Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll, watching from the ITV studio, highlighted his country’s 16 handling errors. “That was a very lethargic performance. They look low in confidence,” he said. “The half-backs are not playing anything like they did last year and that’s having a knock-on effect on the rest of the team.” There had been little hint of the travails to come when Connacht lock Quinn Roux crossed under the posts 11 minutes in.Tommaso Allan replied with a penalty but international rugby is an unforgiving arena, as Ireland’s second try illustrated. From the restart, the ball sailed over the Italy lifting pod that only half-hoisted Dean Budd in the air and, as Azzurri players dithered, Stockdale snapped up the loose ball and dashed down the left-hand touchline for his 14th try in just 17 Tests. “That is inexcusable for this level,” said O’Driscoll. Ireland had conceded five penalties in that first half – very uncharacteristic of world rugby’s most disciplined team – but with skipper Peter O’Mahony taking the lead, they tightened up their game and began to win the collisions that earlier went against them.Earls’s try – his eighth against Italy, equalling the record by an Irishman against a single opponent – settled the nerves and a break from the Irish wing should have created a second try for Stockdale, but the ball went to ground.Man of the Match: not for the first time, Peter O’Mahony rose to the occasion when needed (Getty)It was that sort of performance by Ireland, the accuracy not quite there. Murray’s try sealed the result and in the final play Stockdale burst out of his 22 after a missed penalty by replacement Ian McKinley that would have given Italy a deserved losing bonus point. Again, the pass went to ground and the final whistle brought a muted response, neither side happy.Italy coach Conor O’Shea praised the intensity and ambition of his team. “You saw heart, you saw desire, we just need the execution,” he said. “It’s another result, another statistic. Hopefully people are seeing that this is not an Italy that’s going to roll over.”Ever hopeful: some Italy supporters enjoy the sunshine ahead of the match at Stadio Olimpico (Inpho)Early in the game, Ireland put centres Chris Farrell and Bundee Aki into an attacking lineout – but the throw went astray and the opportunity was lost. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Italy’s purple patch came in the ten minutes before the break. They were playing with eye-catching ambition, making excellent yardage in the outside channels, and eventually a long pass by Allan put Edoardo Padavani over for his third try in as many Tests.Trailing 12-11, Italy sent the home crowd wild with a long-range score that began with Tito Tebaldi’s breakout and ended with Luca Morisi getting over near the opposite corner. Amazing turnover and break by Tito Tebaldi Luca Morisi dives over to put @federugby into the lead and send the crowd wild #ITAvIRE #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/vxNkvwzHST— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 24, 2019 We needed that: Irish players congratulate Keith Earls after his try puts the visitors ahead (Inpho) Ireland set an attacking lineout with 2 centres in it!#itavire pic.twitter.com/xkxxF4eB38— rugby (@theblitzdefence) February 24, 2019Murray took over goalkicking duties during the match after another physical ‘battering’ for Johnny Sexton, who finished the match with his right thigh heavily strapped. Sexton’s late withdrawal enabled Connacht fly-half Jack Carty to come on for his Test debut.Ireland’s next match is at home to France on Sunday 10 March and you have to think the performance may concern them more than the result. They can only reach 19 points, which among other things means that for Ireland to retain the title, England must fail to pick up bonus-point wins against Italy and Scotland at Twickenham.Not his day: Johnny Sexton, his thigh strapped, looks on after being replaced late in the match (Getty)Ireland’s extraordinary results of 2018, which included a Grand Slam, a series win in Australia and a first defeat of the All Blacks on home soil, are looking a distant memory.They remain second in the world but with a lot of improvement needed to justify calls that they can win the World Cup next autumn. If this was a test of their strength in depth, you would be hard pushed to say they passed it. — Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 24, 2019Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. HIGHLIGHTS: @federugby 16-26 @irishrugbyFour-try Ireland recover from half-time deficit to defeat Italy in Rome #ITAvIRE #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/8xBJeaUnkm Watch the tries as Ireland struggle to see off Italy in RomeDefending champions Ireland stayed in contention for the Guinness Six Nations title with a scruffy 26-16 defeat of Italy, for whom this was their 20th consecutive defeat in the championship. Ireland climb to third in the table but remain long shots to retain the title they won with a Grand Slam last March.Tries by Quinn Roux, Jacob Stockdale, Keith Earls and Conor Murray ensured Joe Schmidt’s team collected the bonus-point victory that many expected to be a formality, but for long periods an Irish win was in serious doubt.Indeed, Italy turned round 16-12 to the good and threatening to replicate their solitary Six Nations win over the men in green six years ago. Ireland, having made numerous changes to their pack, struggled to produce the quick ruck ball that is a hallmark of Schmidt teams and their lineout wobbled, with four of their throws going astray.Keith Earls, with his 29th Test try – drawing him equal third in Ireland’s all-time list – nudged Ireland ahead on 50 minutes and the Azzurri seemed to tire in the final quarter.
Kyle Eastmond in action for Leicester Tigers (Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I was coached by (Leeds coach) Richard Agar when I was younger and obviously played alongside (assistant coach) Sean Long at Saints.“This move is about me playing my very best rugby and I think this environment and this group of staff and players gives me confidence that I can do that.” Kyle Eastmond returns to league with Leeds RhinosFormer England rugby union international Kyle Eastmond has returned to Super League and joined Leeds Rhinos on a two-year contract, bringing to an end a nine-year stint in rugby union.The union centre, who has six England caps, represented Bath, Wasps and Leicester Tigers over the last nine years. The Oldham-born, 31-year-old began playing league with St Helens in 2007 before switching codes to join Bath in October 2011. The back – who can play centre, full-back or stand-off in league – represented St Helens in the 2009 Grand Final and for England in the 2009 Four Nations.Also at Leeds is assistant coach Sean Long, who recently left a similar role at Harlequins. Eastmond was seen as something of a succesor to Long when he played at St Helens.Talking about his lates move, Eastmond says: “Just like the timing was right when I went to union, the time is right for me to come back to league. He makes his return to Super League after nine years in union
Stay up-to-date with the Six Nations table for the 2021 tournament Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England Six Nations SquadWales Six Nations SquadScotland Six Nations SquadIreland Six Nations SquadFrance Six Nations SquadItaly Six Nations SquadSix Nations Table 2019In 2019 Wales topped the table with a Grand Slam win over Ireland. The victory ensured England came second in the final standings and earned Ireland a third-place finish. France, Scotland and Italy rounded off the table in 2019.See the final table standings below:Six Nation Fixtures Country by Country To take a look at the complete fixture list for each team click on one of the links below.England Six Nation FixturesFrance Six Nation FixturesIreland Six Nation FixturesItaly Six Nation FixturesScotland Six Nation FixturesWales Six Nation FixturesRelated: Six Nations TV CoverageCan’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. Six Nations Table 2021The Six Nations title race went down to the final match and Scotland’s dramatic 27-23 win over France in Paris meant it was Wales who lifted the trophy.France needed to score four tries and win by a margin of 21 points to take the title, but a late try from Duhan van der Merwe secured a first Scotland win over les Bleus in Paris since 1999.Wales’ place at the top of the table with 20 points remained intact while France finished second on 16.Ireland pipped Scotland to third place with a points difference of 48 compared to the Scots’ 47 after both finished level with 15 match points.England finished fifth with just two wins from five matches while Italy propped up the table once more.Six Nations Table 2021(Six Nations Rugby)Six Nations Table 2020England pipped France to last season’s title, which concluded at a delayed date in October. Both teams finished on 18 points after five games, but England’s superior points difference crowned them champions. Ireland and Scotland also both finished on the same points in third and fourth, but Ireland’s points difference outweighed their counterparts. Wales and Italy rounded off the 2020 table.See the final standings below:Six Nation Squad and Team NewsTo see who made the cut in each of the six squads, click on one of the links below.
Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday set for February 26 Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA [Episcopal Relief & Development] Congregations around the Episcopal Church are invited to commemorate Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on February 26. At the 2009 General Convention, Lent was designated as a time to remember and support the organization’s work worldwide. Many congregations will do so on the first Sunday in Lent, though the day may be observed on any other Sunday during Lent or throughout the year. Resources and more information are available online through www.er-d.org/Lent/.“This special Sunday is an opportunity for congregations to connect to Episcopal Relief & Development and its mission,” said Rob Radtke, the agency’s President. “As a compassionate response of the Episcopal Church to suffering worldwide, the organization seeks to empower local communities to overcome poverty, hunger, disaster and disease, build up the Body of Christ, and express Christian solidarity with our global brothers and sisters. Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday is an occasion for all Episcopalians to consider how they can make a positive impact in the lives of others, through supporting life-giving programs and advocating for social justice within the Church.”During this Lenten season, Episcopal Relief & Development is placing a particular focus on malaria prevention and education through the NetsforLife® program partnership and the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund. Donations made in connection with Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday and the organization’s Lenten resources will benefit these initiatives. The NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund is a grassroots effort to educate, engage and unite Episcopalians to support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and join the fight against malaria. The goal of the campaign is to build awareness about the disease and how it can be prevented, and raise $5 million for NetsforLife® by December 2012.“We are excited and grateful that more than 2,600 churches have become actively engaged in local efforts to support the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund,” said Joy Shigaki, Director of the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund and Church Campaigns for Episcopal Relief & Development. “We hope that the special Lenten focus on malaria and NetsforLife® will help strengthen those efforts and invite other congregations to take part in this important Church-wide campaign.”Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2012 Lenten Meditations booklets, available online in English and Spanish at www.er-d.org/Lent, encourage readers to reflect on the need for physical healing in the world, and on the opportunity for spiritual healing during Lent. Those wishing to receive daily email meditations in both languages may sign up online. Booklets are also available in print from Episcopal Media Center; regular and expedited shipping options are available. A variety of additional materials to support Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, including hope chests, prayer cards and a bulletin insert, are available on the organization’s website. 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Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Refugees Migration & Resettlement The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Le révérend E. Mark Stevenson, directeur d’Episcopal Migration Ministries, à droite, et le révérend Charles Robertson, chanoine auprès de l’Évêque Primat pour le ministère hors Église épiscopale, avant une table ronde sur le rôle des organisations confessionnelles dans l’aide à la réinstallation des réfugiés, qui s’est tenue le 13 avril au siège des Nations Unies à New York.[Episcopal News Service] L’esprit américain de bénévolat, particulièrement de nature interconfessionnelle, est quelque chose qui a impressionné Abdul Saboor lorsqu’il est arrivé aux États-Unis en tant que réfugié d’Afghanistan où il travaillait avec les forces armées des États-Unis pour leurs opérations dans le pays.« La communauté est disposée à aider les gens dans le besoin », a-t-il déclaré lors de la table ronde sur le thème « Finding a New Home: The Role of Faith-based Organizations in Refugee Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Work” [Trouver un nouveau chez soi : le rôle des organisations confessionnelles dans les travaux d’aide à la réinstallation des réfugiés] qui s’est tenue le 13 avril au siège des Nations Unies à New York. « J’ai vu des chrétiens aider des musulmans et des musulmans aider des chrétiens, je n’avais jamais vu quelque chose de semblable ».Lorsque des bénévoles de plusieurs congrégations ont offert d’aider Abdul Saboor et sa femme à démarrer une nouvelle vie à Syracuse (État de New York), peu importait pour lui la tradition religieuse dont ils provenaient, a-t-il dit, l’important était qu’ils se souciaient d’eux. Les actions des bénévoles l’ont inspiré à faire de même.Il a commencé à faire du bénévolat avec Interfaith Works, une organisation qui assure des services de réinstallation et de postréinstallation aux nouveaux arrivants qui entreprennent une nouvelle vie aux États-Unis. Il travaille aujourd’hui pour l’organisation en tant que coordonnateur du programme « match grant » (dons de contrepartie) et il étudie à l’Université de Syracuse.La table ronde de six membres organisée en partenariat avec LDS Charities, s’inscrivait dans le cadre de la série « U.N. Focus on Faith » qui explore comment les travaux des organisations religieuses et confessionnelles du monde entier entrent dans la mission de l’ONU de protection des droits de l’homme et du soutien au développement durable.Au cours des années 1930 au Sud de l’État d’Ohio, l’Église épiscopale a officiellement commencé à accueillir des réfugiés fuyant l’Allemagne nazie. En 1938, l’Église a créé une affiche illustrant une scène bien connue de l’Évangile selon Saint Matthieu. On y voit Jésus blotti dans les bras de Marie sa mère alors qu’avec Joseph, l’époux de Marie, ils fuient leur pays après que son gouvernement a institué une campagne d’infanticide.Les organisations confessionnelles ont commencé à travailler avec les réfugiés au cours et à la suite de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, explique Barbara Day, chef de la section de réinstallation nationale au Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migrants du Département d’État des États-Unis. Lorsque des réfugiés ont commencé à fuir le Vietnam en 1975, un appel à l’aide a été lancé au niveau national aux congrégations qui, poursuit-elle, ont intensifié ce qui a marqué le début d’un programme de réinstallation des temps modernes, programme qui a ensuite été formalisé en tant que partenariat public-privé en 1980.Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) est l’un des neuf organismes– dont six sont confessionnels – qui travaillent en partenariat avec le Département d’État pour accueillir et réinstaller les réfugiés. Les organismes reçoivent un financement de base de la part du gouvernement fédéral pour réinstaller les réfugiés.« C’est l’un des plus grands honneurs de ma vie que Michael Curry, l’Évêque Primat de l’Église épiscopale, m’ait demandé de devenir directeur d’un ministère qui me touche au plus profond de moi-même et de ce que cela signifie pour moi que d’être un chrétien fidèle », a confié à l’occasion de cette table ronde le révérend E. Mark Stevenson, directeur d’Episcopal Migration Ministries. « Jour après jour, notre ministère auprès des réfugiés apporte de l’espoir aux désespérés. Chaque jour, il apporte la sécurité et des possibilités aux plus vulnérables. Chaque jour, il sauve des vies. En tant qu’homme de foi, en tant que disciple de Jésus, j’e ne pouvais avoir de meilleur travail et j’en suis reconnaissant au-delà des mots ».EMM a réinstallé 5 762 des 85 000 réfugiés réinstallés aux États-Unis au cours de l’exercice 2016. Grâce à son réseau d’affiliés, EMM apporte une aide directe aux gens récemment arrivés. L’organisme offre également aux congrégations des moyens de participer à la réinstallation des réfugiés dans leur communauté et encourage les épiscopaliens à rejoindre le réseau Episcopal Public Policy Network et à défendre les politiques qui protègent les droits des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile.Début avril, en réponse à la politique des États-Unis qui vise à diminuer de moitié le nombre de réfugiés se réinstallant chaque année dans le pays, EMM a annoncé qu’il allait diviser par six son réseau de 31 membres affiliés.La participation des épiscopaliens à la réinstallation des réfugiés ne s’arrête toutefois pas au réseau d’affiliés d’EMM. « À travers tout le pays, nos congrégations travaillent avec des affiliés des huit autres agences nationales pour accueillir des réfugiés », explique Mark Stevenson, dans des endroits tels que The Woodlands (Texas), Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Baltimore (Maryland) et Allentown (Pennsylvanie). « Des bénévoles aident leurs nouveaux voisins à trouver une maison, à se lancer ou relancer dans une carrière ou à saisir de nouvelles opportunités en matière d’éducation. L’Église épiscopale prend au sérieux l’appel divin à aimer notre prochain comme nous-mêmes en accueillant [l’étranger] ».EMM était le seul organisme de réinstallation de réfugiés représenté à la table ronde mais les dirigeants d’autres organisations confessionnelles ont donné un aperçu de leur travail et de leurs partenariats.L’organisme Islamic Relief USA ne se charge pas de la réinstallation de réfugiés aux États-Unis mais il œuvre au service des besoins des réfugiés de par le monde avec l’aide de partenaires tels que LDS Charities, déclare Anwar Khan, PDG d’Islamic Relief. Grâce à son partenariat avec Episcopal Relief & Development, Islamic Relief USA s’emploie à prévenir la violence contre les femmes et les jeunes filles, ajoute-t-il.Ce qui a commencé par l’aide aux Éthiopiens fuyant le Soudan nous a conduit à aider les musulmans dans le besoin partout dans le monde, ce qui par la suite s’est transformé en une aide « à tout un chacun, partout », explique Anwar Khan.Le Haut commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés estime qu’en 2017 : 1,19 million de réfugiés devra être réinstallé. Au niveau mondial, les guerres et les persécutions ont forcé au total 65,3 millions de personnes hors de chez elles. À l’automne dernier, l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU a organisé la toute première réunion des chefs d’État et de gouvernement traitant des grands mouvements de réfugiés et de migrants, avec pour objectif d’unifier l’action des pays par une approche plus humaine et plus coordonnée.Depuis la réunion et suite à l’élection du Président Donald Trump, les opinions envers les réfugiés, en particulier musulmans, ont commencé à changer. Une des premières actions de Donald Trump comme président a été, par exemple, de réduire le nombre de réfugiés admis aux États-Unis. Et ainsi s’est propagée la vague d’opinions anti-immigré, anti-réfugié qui a commencé en Europe ces dernières années en réponse à la crise en Syrie.Lorsqu’Abdul Saboor est arrivé pour la première fois aux États-Unis, les gens avaient « beaucoup d’images et de perceptions par rapport à moi et à ma famille », commente-t-il.Une manière pour la société de contrer ces notions préconçues et souvent négatives des réfugiés et des immigrés est de réunir les gens et d’encourager le dialogue et les conversations approfondies et empathiques, conclut Abdul Saboor.– Lynette Wilson est rédactrice en chef de l’Episcopal News Service. 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