LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Tins has been a huge part of what we’ve achieved to date and will be a big part of what’s to come.”“He’s an influential figure on and off the pitch and having him on board is a big bonus for us.” Gloucester Rugby have been given a boost ahead of this weekend’s LV= Cup fixture at home to the Newport Gwent Dragons with the news that club captain Mike Tindall has signed a new contract with the club.The Otley born centre will now extend his Gloucester Rugby career into a seventh season during which time he has made in excess of 100 appearances for the club.Tindall, currently skippering his country in the RBS 6 Nations, has enjoyed a glittering career for club and country including, of course, winning a World Cup Winners medal in 2003.His Gloucester career has seen him widely hailed as one of the club’s most influential and consistent performers and his leadership skills have seen a natural progression into the captaincy role.Talking to the club website this week Tindall confirmed that it had been a straightforward decision.“I didn’t really entertain the idea of being anywhere else to be honest. I love the club, the supporters, the area. Signing on again wasn’t a difficult decision.” “Brush (Bryan Redpath) and the other coaches have created a great atmosphere around the club and we’re all enjoying our rugby.”“This season has been good but we still have some massive games to come which will determine exactly how good it will have been once it’s all over. I’m looking forward to playing my part.”Head Coach Bryan Redpath admitted he was delighted to secure the services of his skipper: LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Captain Mike Tindall leads out England during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Executive Director of Sport Steve Diamond said, ” Luther is an excellent signing for us. He is a big powerful centre who can defend well and can also break holes in the opposition defence. He was a stand out player for Leeds when they played against us at Edgeley Park recently and I am sure he will fit in well with what we are trying to create at Sale Sharks.” Luther has also played Rugby League for Huddersfield Giants and trained with Carnegie’s sister club, Leeds Rhinos. He widened his Union experience with loan spells at Otley and Rotherham. Luther is 6ft 3 ins. tall and weighs 16st 5 lbs. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LEEDS, ENGLAND – MARCH 12: Courtney Lawes of Northampton tackles Luther Burrell of Leeds during the AVIVA Premiership match between Leeds Carnegie and Northampton Saints at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on March 12, 2011 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) Luther Burrell (c) is tackled by Courtney Lawes of Northampton SaintsCrossing the Pennines to join the Sale Sharks Revolution next season will be centre Luther Burrell. Aged 23, Luther was born in Huddersfield, for whom he played as his first club. Luther joins team mate Kearnan Myall who joined the Sharks from Leeds Carnegie last month.Luther made one appearance in National One for Leeds Tykes during 2006-7, but has become a regular first-team player during the past two campaigns. He has made 41 senior appearances, scoring 8 tries.
So why not get involved now?Contact – Roy Jackson Chairman of Trustees – [email protected] – 07793 381033 Tommy Cawston Executive – [email protected] – 07899 915701 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wednesday – Kings Lodge Hotel – live Music Thursday – Swan and Bottle, Uxbrdge – Quiz Night Friday – Sun Inn, Richmond – Presentation Night Saturday – Barmy Arms and TwickenhamMatt Hampson FoundationAs an emerging talent in the world of rugby, Matt Hampson’s world was rocked by a serious spinal injury sustained while training with England U21s. The shock would last months, the impact forever. Paralyzed from the neck down Matt faced the toughest challenge of his life.Drawing on the passion, grit and steely determination that defined him as a player, Matt saw his accident not as an end, but as a new beginning. Through the Matt Hampson Foundation, Matt offers hope and inspiration to young people with similar injuries, sharing his experiences and devoting his life to raising vital funds for those in need of support. The Walk4Matt 2011, in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation kicks off on 20 May and this is your chance to get involved as there are still places on the trip – your chance to join some of the legends of the game, and help Matt at the same time.Matt says: “Since my accident in 2005 I have received tremendous support from all walks of life. I now feel that I’m in a position where I can help others, not just with similar needs to myself but with sporting career ending illnesses or injury. The main aim of the foundation is to inspire and support young people seriously injured through sport. I feel with my experiences and contacts, I know better than most what people need, not just financially but mentally. Initially, It is very difficult for a lot of young people to come to terms with their new life and find a new niche, almost having to reinvent themselves.”The 3rd annual Walk4Matt is 110 miles along the Grand Union Canal towpath from Rugby to Twickenham, arriving for the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday 28th May. Walkers from all the Premiership Clubs complete the walk supported by a fleet of narrow boats decked in the Clubs colours.Players involved – Harry Ellis, Geordan Murphy, Phil Vickery, Graham Rowntree, Andy Gommarsall, Jason Leonard, Freddie Tuilagi, Bob Casey, Dan Hipkiss, Manu Tuilagi, Alex Tuilagi, Andy Goode, James Buckland plus many more.Key Stops/EventsSaturday 21st – Heart of England Pub, Weedon Sunday – Barley Mow, Cosgrove– Live Music Monday – Soulbury Three Locks Tuesday 24th – Celebrity Cricket match – Tring CC
England look to raise morale in this mid-week fixture after losing the second Test and the series against New Zealand while the Crusaders promise to spring a few surprises on the tourist, finds Alan Dymock in Christchurch. Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder made a point of saying on Monday that there was “zero” risk of his charges being overawed, before explaining that England’s analysis of the team may not fully prepare them for what’s coming on Tuesday night.“We’ve looked at this like a Test match for us,” former All Black Blackadder said. “We’ve not prepared as we do for the Super Rugby game in two weeks. We looked at it and are giving it the respect it deserves. We have prepared as if the Crusaders are a Test team preparing for a Test, which it will be.“It’s actually been quite refreshing, just to get out of what is almost a grind at times. We’ve changed a little bit of our structures and have enjoyed the one-off-ness. We’re not here for bonus points, we’re here representing a proud jersey and a strong franchise and also, it’s something really quite unique. We aren’t the All Blacks. England will get a little slice of what we are about.“There are some people that think Super Rugby is Super Touch but it is a fantastic competition we play in. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase our rugby to the world and that’s quite exciting.”England team to face Canterbury Crusaders: Alex Goode; Ben Foden, Henry Trinder, Brad Barritt, Anthony Watson; Danny Cipriani, Lee Dickson; Alex Waller, Joe Gray, Henry Thomas, Ed Slater (c), Dave Attwood, James Haskell, Matt Kvesic, Tom Johnson.England subs to face Canterbury Crusaders: David Ward, Nathan Catt, Kyle Sinckler, Michael Paterson, Richard Wigglesworth, Stephen Myler, Jonny May, Chris Pennell. TAGS: Highlight Lean on me: Uncapped second-rower Ed Slater has been selected as England’s captain to face the Crusaders During the naming of the England squad to face the Canterbury Crusaders on the Tuesday night before the third and final Test in Hamilton, mid-week captain Ed Slater explained how this game represents a perfect opportunity to lift a weary squad.The Leicester Tiger – one of four uncapped players picked to start in this fixture – starts the match opposite a Crusaders squad with only one member of the current All Blacks squad returning, flanker Matt Todd who sits on the bench.“We’re under no illusions, we’ve lost the last two games and this is a chance for us to lift the spirit in the camp,” The second-row said. “We’ve been close in the last two Test games and guys are really eager to make their mark in this game. Our focus first and foremost is to play well as a team, but we definitely need to get that win.”It was something England assistant coach Rowntree backed whilst insisting that this game is vitally important to the tour. “We’ve spoken about this game for a long time. It’s a fourth Test and a huge occasion for people like Ed (Slater) who trained well with the game in mind.“I’m looking forward to the game, it’s a quick shift of focus from the Test, but it’s one we’ve planned for and selected for a long time. We’re expecting a massive game.”The main talking points in this England selection are that Kyle Eastmond is rested as question marks still hang over the fitness of Test centres Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell, while Danny Cipriani comes in to start at fly-half. The three other uncapped starters for England are Henry Trinder, Anthony Watson and loosehead Alex Waller.On the bench England have uncapped players in Dave Ward, Nathan Catt, young Kyle Sinckler and Canterbury local and Sale Sharks second-rower Michael Paterson, who was called in late for this fixture having played agains the Barbarians at Twickenham at the start of the month.Yet another Whitelock: One-cap All Black George Whitelock leads the CrusadersMeanwhile England’s next opponents, the Crusaders, who have had weeks without competitive rugby due to the international break, still with a number of regular starters available and the team have have come out ready to swing at an England side desperate to take something from their trip down under. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Canterbury Crusaders to face England: Tom Taylor; Johnny McNicholl, Reynold Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, Nafi Tuitavake; Tyler Bleyendaal, Willi Heinz; Tim Perry, Corey Flynn, Nepo Laulala, Jimmy Tupou, Joel Everson, Jordan Taufua, George Whitelock (c), Luke Whitelock.Canterbury Crusaders subs to face England: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Siate Tokolahi, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, Andy Ellis, Adam Whitelock, Rob Thompson.
While the party goes on in Hong Kong, World Rugby are preparing to see out changes to the HSBC Sevens World Series.Next season the Series will shift from nine host venues to ten, but while some of the venues have been announced – Vancouver is in, Scotland is out, for example – the powers that be will meet up once the Hong Kong dust has settled and hash out where else the 2015-16 Sevens will be, with World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper saying: “You go through a rigorous tender process to choose the new cities – some of them have been released and more are to be released – hopefully there will be an announcement at the end of this Series.”Mark Egan, World Rugby’s head of competitions and performance told the press about the choices: “We’re still working through the final stages of confirming (next year’s Sevens World Series) schedule. We will have a meeting here with the host unions on Monday to work through some of the logistics and we hope to make an announcement of the full schedule and all the host unions in the coming weeks.”When Egan and Gosper were pressed on whether an expanded Series was a help or a hindrance, as sevens only has two guaranteed billing at the Olympics in 2016 and 2020 – after which, if the sport isn’t a hit it could conceivably be removed from the programme in 2024 – they reacted positively.Gosper spoke of sevens being judged on the Olympics alone. “It’s the foundation; the underpinning of the sport,” he said of the Series. “But I think it will depend on how we perform as a spectacle in Rio and there’s a number of criteria we have to fulfil, but we’re confident we’re going to do well in Rio, so it’s not really a risk.” Egan backed him up, saying: “Brett’s right: the Olympics needs to stand on its own and it’s a different environment to the World Series. We’re in an Olympic programme and we need to fit in with the Games – it’s a two week, multi-sport competition.“Rugby has a window, and a schedule we’re very pleased with. We think it’s going to be successful in terms of fitting into the Olympic programme, but we’ll be judged in Rio on how well the sport performs in terms of athletic performance, so we make sure we have the best possible facilities and venue for the athletes and we’ll be judged on attendances, how popular the sport is, broadcast-wise, and in a number of criteria measurements that we use in terms of global interest.“Yes, expanding the Series to ten tournaments and being in markets with potential growth for the sport is important to us as well, but I think the Series has shown over 15 or 16 years that it can stand on it’s own.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sprinting for new horizons: As of next season the Sevens World Series will be expanding They were unwilling to state whether Las Vegas would be keeping it’s place as a Series venue, but did insist that Vegas has been a very successful event within America, with Egan saying: “I think it’s found its place; it’s found its home.”Gosper and Egan also revealed that the list of potential hosts for the Sevens World Cup in 2018 is down to two competing unions, but World Rugby will not name them. A final announcement will come in May.
Ireland finished off their Six Nations with a high-scoring win over a Scottish side who refused to back down, but who allowed the Irish onto the front foot too often to have a chance of winning.The hosts utterly dominated the first half, despite a phenomenal solo try from Stuart Hogg. Two Irish tries were scored while John Barclay was in the sin-bin – including a calamitous score when Hogg and Tommy Seymour ran into each other – and it could have been pushed out of sight as the visitors kept getting turned back towards their own line.However, the Scots displayed real grit as they roared into the second half and the neutrals will have enjoyed a contest that had seven tries and more than a little bit of niggle. Ireland have back-to-back wins to end their campaign. Scotland played with fits of excitement and scoring three tries again will please, but discipline and their scrum let them down just at the death of the tournament.Racing clear: Stuart Hogg gallops to his tryWHAT’S HOT…Players backing themselves – To begin with, it looked like a game that would be defined by cagey kicking. But with CJ Stander carrying at a metronomic rate and Stuart Hogg’s spot-the-gap-and-gun-it solo try, fans had something to cheer. The game came to life after these initial forays.Irish ruck speed – Sexton had so much time to marshal his troops with the platform he and Conor Murray were allowed as the phases racked up. With John Barclay in the bin things only got worse for Scotland as two tries came back-to-back.Scrum play – Hallelujah! No one will be talking about how much time was chewed up by scrums in this one. The ball went in and a lot of the time it came out again. What a breath of fresh air.Seing yellow: Alex Dunbar gets carded for flipping Sexton out of a ruckWHAT’S NOT…Scotland’s discipline – Two yellow cards will look significant over the whole piece, but eight penalties conceded in the first half made things so very difficult. Coming into this they had the best record in the whole championship, but things fell apart at the start of their last outing. Sexton got himself a yellow card too, but the disciplinary stats will belie the significance of when and where penalties were conceded.Play acting – After being flipped out of a ruck recklessly by Alex Dunbar, Sexton appealed to the ref… then held his head and shouted out in ‘pain’. We could have done without that…Prevalence of the maul – Kicked to touch from a penalty? Chances were always high that another penalty would come hot on the heels of the last one. Okay, that could very easily be a positive, but it’s not something that makes for entertaining rugby. In fact, it cannot be a good thing for the game as a whole to have such a certainty at play.Afters – If you like pushing and shoving, this one had plenty, as things boiled over in the second half. It might have been worth it to see referee Gauzere wading in and dragging players away – and all of it caught on ref cam.Tempers flare: Ireland and Scotland square up after Devin Toner’s trySTATISTICS Leap of faith: CJ Stander jumps towards his try in the first half LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 7 – The number of scrums Ireland won, compared to Scotland’s one.4 – The surprisingly low number of turnovers all game.50 – the number of kicks in open play.Ireland: S Zebo; A Trimble (F McFadden 79), J Payne, R Henshaw, K Earls; J Sexton, C Murray (E Reddan 78); J McGrath (C Healy 67), R Best (capt, R Strauss 67), M Ross (N White 63), D Ryan (U Dillane 68), D Toner, CJ Stander, T O’Donnell (R Ruddock 68), J Heaslip.Tries: Stander, Earls, Murray, Toner. Con: Sexton 3. Pens: Sexton 3Yellow card: Sexton (76min)Scotland: S Hogg; T Seymour, D Taylor, A Dunbar, T Visser (S Lamont 69); D Weir (P Horne 62), G Laidlaw (capt), A Dickinson (R Sutherland 66), R Ford (McInally 50), WP Nel (M Low 68), R Gray, T Swinson (J Harley 63), J Barclay, J Hardie (J Strauss 52), R Wilson.Tries: Hogg, Gray, Dunbar. Con: Laidlaw 2. Pens: Laidlaw 2.Yellow card: Barclay (24min), Dunbar (67min).Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)Man of the Match: Jamie Heaslip For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.
The Ireland legend looks ahead to the World Cup and tells us about junior rugby camps in Portugal in an exclusive column. This is an advertising feature. Call us now on +351 289 381 220To book – quintadolago.com/en/the-campus/rugby-camps/Email – [email protected] info – thecampusqdl.com/en/This is an advertising feature.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The quality of The campus is incredible. It’s been created not just for elite athletes and teams but for families as well. It’s becoming popular with premiership football and rugby teams, Olympic and Para-Olympic squads, athletes and coaches who are taking advantage of the lovely all year round training climate. There’s also tennis, padel, cycling and triathlon, so there’s something for everyone! They have also recently opened a High Performance Campus creating an outstanding facility for holiday makers looking for the ultimate family sporting break. It caters for the whole family, all ages and abilities and includes loads of fun activities such as: dance, yoga and pilates classes, swimming, sauna and steam rooms, sport rehabilitation, fitness, personal training and wellness as well. It’s all state of the art!We had our first camps in Easter and now we’ll get going again at the end of the month. I used to do kids camps in Dublin and doing this again, it kind of reignites your passion for the game. Kids are like sponges and you get to work with children with a wide variety of skill levels and experience of the game.When you see kids running hard with the ball – because they aren’t aware yet that the ball moves faster than the person – and then by the end of the week working with them they are looking for the added pass, finding the extra man or putting someone else in space, I get a real kick out of that.BRIAN O‘DRISCOLL RUGBY CAMPS 29th July to 2nd August 2019Timings: 30am-11.30am daily550 € per childLimited space available.5-15 years of ageTO BOOK I’ve never been to Japan before as there were Irish trips there during a few Lions tours, so I missed those. So I’m excited about the Rugby World Cup there. And there’s a bit of the element of the unknown for some sides going.I know Ireland will be playing some warm-up games in the middle of the afternoon so there is a bit more heat and humidity, to help them acclimatise a bit. It’s those little things that can help.Also remember, the big teams always raise their game for World Cups. Look at Australia and South Africa, who rarely miss out on the semi-finals. So Ireland will have to raise their game too and it should be the most open World Cup ever.As a player you want to be playing in the big games and with big atmospheres. There’s no doubt you’ll get that atmosphere with Ireland playing against the hosts in Pool A. That can bring a nervousness – especially after what we saw from Japan against South Africa in 2015 – but the reality is that if you can’t beat Japan in the pool, you won’t win the World Cup.Ireland will try to top the pool so they play the team who finishes second in New Zealand and South Africa’s pool. If Ireland play New Zealand, the fact we have beaten them a few times recently – which means we are not trying to get that first win in 100 years – helps. But it won’t make it any easier. You feel that this is New Zealand’s to lose, as it has been at every World Cup since 1987.Set to impress: Jordan Larmour could shine for Ireland (pic via Getty Images)If you were looking for standouts ahead of the World Cup, there are a lot of individuals you could name at the moment. Jack Nowell was great with ball in hand in the Gallagher Premiership final and he showed a lot of power from the back. He caught a lot of players by surprise. Likewise, Jordan Larmour for Ireland can be an interesting coming into a World Cup. Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell of course can be exciting.It would be terrific if we had a new winner at the World Cup. Argentina have shown through the Jaguares – where most of their players are – that they are playing good rugby and scoring tries. They will be tough to beat while Wales won a Grand Slam and France could be on the road to recovery. This World Cup is maybe a step too far for them, but their U20s winning back-to-back Junior World Cups shows it’s only a matter of time and they will give everything for the 2023 World Cup in France. Ireland are one of the other teams who haven’t won it.We want to see something new, not just the same old, same old. One of my areas of focus now is with The Campus, Europe’s newest five-star multi-sport and wellness hub at Quinta do Lago in the Algarve in Portugal, where we are hosting junior rugby camps for all abilities and 5-15 years of age from 29th July to 2nd August.There’s a big Irish contingent down there and I know a couple of guys involved. I had holidayed down there before but had never seen the campus. But when I did and heard about the opportunity, there was a real feeling that rugby camps there could go really well. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Looking ahead to the World Cup: Brian O’Driscoll (via Getty Images)
BT Sport is the home of club rugby – the only place to watch the Gallagher Premiership live and showing every game live from the Heineken Champions Cup. Watch on TV or via the BT Sport app. Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Ironically, in guiding Leicester to safety last season, Ford condemned his former team-mate Flood and Newcastle to relegation to the Greene King IPA Championship.The change in fortunes at Welford Road is stark. They reached nine consecutive Premiership finals between 2005 and 2013, Flood captaining Tigers to victory in that 2013 climax, but last season they finished a lowly 11th in the table.Glory days: Mathew Tait and Toby Flood lift the Premiership trophy in 2013 (Getty Images)That earlier period of success not only attracted players to the club but kept them there because they wanted to win trophies. Now they are struggling to appeal to the big names that were once drawn to Welford Road.“They’ve lost a bit of depth,” says Flood. “Nine consecutive finals was an easy selling point, but they don’t have the same quality they had five or six years ago. They can’t pay players less any more because they’re not guaranteed to win.“It’s hard to put your finger on it (why Leicester are struggling) but the Premiership has got better. It’s no longer two or three teams who can win it, but six teams.”For the second straight season it looks like survival rather than silverware will be the focus for Leicester. Ready to roar: George Ford is a key figure for Leicester Tigers (Getty Images) The Newcastle fly-half highlights the value of his former Leicester team-mate as Tigers face another tough season Toby Flood: ‘George Ford is most important player in the Premiership’After helping England to the World Cup final in Japan, George Ford’s next challenge is to help Leicester climb up the Gallagher Premiership table – and Toby Flood believes he is key to Tigers’ fortunes.The only reason Leicester are not sitting rock-bottom right now is Saracens’ 35-point deduction for salary cap breaches. Tigers have won only one of their opening four league matches and have scored the fewest points (53) and tries (four) of any team.They have also failed to pick up a losing bonus point in any of those three losses, which include a 36-11 defeat by newly-promoted London Irish in their most recent league match.This weekend Tigers face a trip to arch-rivals Northampton, who are second in the table behind Bristol on points difference – not an ideal away fixture when you’re struggling.Guiding light: George Ford delivers a pass against Newcastle last season (Getty Images)Former England fly-half Flood believes Leicester’s survival depends on the form of Ford, who was so crucial in their fight to avoid relegation last season.“If you look at George Ford, he’s the most important player in Premiership now,” says Flood. “If he plays like he did last year, when he dragged them out of the mire… If not, Leicester could find themselves in real problems.“He saved them last year. Those last five or six games were as good as I’ve seen from a ten on the back foot. He’s been on great form (at the World Cup) and he’s a big factor at Leicester.” TAGS: Leicester Tigers LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
This proud East European nation was on the rise but has fallen away. We all know about Georgia’s production line, but will Moldovan monsters in top leagues remain a rarity? Felston tells Rugby World: “We went from 25th in the world to wherever we are now (59). In 2014 we were better than Russia, 100%, but then we couldn’t get a team out and with Moldova it’s either the first team or it’s like the fifths team.“In that build-up we beat Germany, like five match points to zero match points, but they went on to qualify further because they had their (best) team the whole time – and even then they only lost to Russia with two late tries. We’d absolutely demolished Germany and I was so certain we could have played in that top league (Rugby Europe) and done really well and in the end we kind of lost everyone.”Today, Moldova play in Rugby Europe’s Conference Two North, alongside Austria, Denmark, Finland and Norway. So what about politics – why could you never keep fielding the top team every game?“Basically there was an issue that went all the way to the supreme court over who ran the rugby federation in Moldova,” Felston replies.Brief foray: Moldova on the sevens circuit, 2008 (Getty Images)According to several parties, there has been a years-long schism within Moldovan rugby. Two clubs who came out of the university game there rose to prominence – and neither ever saw eye to eye. Felston explains that when one of two factions was in control of the federation, players allied to the other side would abstain from playing. And there was an ongoing power struggle between two would-be presidents.Cobîlaș refused to play for his country because of the quarrel, as have many others.Gargalic has seen the union in disarray for years – he explains that he would have been willing to help with younger generations if anyone ever asked. But they haven’t. Finances have since been a struggle, with some interviewed explaining the personal cost of flying out to represent their nation.“It almost killed rugby in Moldova, this dispute,” says Mahu of the ‘civil war’ within the sport. “When I first came to rugby in Moldova we had five to six sports clubs, and a lot of young guys came to rugby. There was no money but there was really good enthusiasm.“The national team was pretty good, and guys like Cobîlaș, Arhip, Gajion came from Russia to play. When this (schism) happened, none of the foreigners came to play for Moldova and we played more amateurs and we just dropped.“It’s very sad for me because I loved playing for the national team but now it’s pointless.”Big leap: Andrei Mahu in action for Krasny Yar in Europe (Getty Images)Rugby Europe have told us: “We are aware of the ongoing changes within the union, of which we are monitoring closely and helping in its efforts to organise the sport of rugby in the country.” Rugby World also understands that the continental organisation is satisfied the Moldovans currently comply with all of the requirements demanded of member unions and that Rugby Europe recognises and works with Alexei Cotruta as the federation head.Felston says he believes things are edging in the right direction again. However, Mahu goes on: “I think it’s too late for our generation. These guys (stars) will not come back to play for Moldova. They need to rebuild everything from zero.“But it’s very hard; they lost this huge opportunity to be like a small Georgia. And without any money – Moldova is a very poor country and even the soccer team are struggling for money – it’s very hard to build something now.”WHAT NEXT?Gargalic believes that rugby needs promotion if it is to thrive – but there also needs to be a tight grip on what happens to any money made available. And he wants to see investment in schools, villages and towns, to bring in more and better coaches.Arhip has seen self-interest “destroy rugby in Moldova” but he feels a robust financial plan is vital, and agrees that schools and universities hold the key. Yet again he cautions that you need the right people in charge at the federation.Cobîlaș gives his own thoughts, adding: “Moldova is a beautiful country with lots of friendly, talented, responsible and hard-working people. For sure there is a need for some investment projects, to create an infrastructure for new generations.“There is a demand from parents and also young players showing an interest. But at some point, when they don’t get a salary or don’t have prospects, they are disappointed and look for a proper job (away from rugby).Eyes forward: Cobilas wants to help the next generation (Getty Images)“With a good infrastructure, rugby pitches for completion, learning centres for coaches, financial support to participate in the competitions at the international level, the results would flow and this sport could become number one in Moldova.”The prop goes on to recall a time when he heard Steve Diamond say: “If you want to find good forwards go to Georgia, Romania and Moldova.” At the moment, few are searching there.Like Arhip, Cobîlaș is a softly spoken, thoughtful and optimistic character… who just happens to be a fearsome forward. But the pair wonder if young players starting from a low level of ability would go through what they did to make it to the top.So after studying at the Toulouse business school, Cobîlaș set up the project Scrum Play Rugby Academy, telling us that the focus is “on producing top-level forwards and helping players and coaches to develop their scrum skills”.Arhip ponders why it is that Eastern European forwards have become the must-have accessory for top clubs – “In Moldova we’ve had very good backs as well,” he adds. But as it stands, Moldova is less of a forwards factory for the elite game and more of a starting point for those incredible few artisans.It could take years for the number of professionals to come out of the country to climb higher, if indeed it ever can. Still, Arhip expects Gaijon to come good while there is so much in front of Soroca’s Ojovan.A nation waits. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS (Illustration by Jamie Latchford) Could Moldova become rugby’s next forwards factory?Vadim Cobîlaș remembers the day he brought a ram home. It was a reward for his heroics on the wrestling mat.The veteran prop grew up in Soroca, a fortified town on the banks of the Dniester river, just a stroll from the Ukrainian border. It was here, as a younger man, that he competed in and won the local Trînta – a beloved wrestling competition used all over Moldova. Cobîlaș remembers how proud his father was that day, how the beast was cooked in the old, familiar style and dished out amongst friends and competitors.Asked about getting into rugby, Cobîlaș responds: “At the moment there is one rugby team in Soroca, at amateur level. But unfortunately during my childhood there weren’t places to train and play rugby. I finished school and went to the university in Chișinău and there I trained for the first time when I was around 20 years old.”Trînta action: The Moldovan event (Vadim Cobilas)Cobîlaș is considered a trailblazer. To make it in the pro game, he had to leave Moldova. It is a familiar tale if you speak to those few Moldovans who have risen to the top level. In Cobîlaș’s case, he had to go via VVA Modino (now VVA Saracens), before he was spotted by then-Russia coach Steve Diamond, who took him to Sale, where some former team-mates say he became a legend. Now in Bordeaux, the 37-year-old tighthead has had a fine career.And he isn’t the only prop to have come out of that thickly-walled border town. In France, the 23-year-old Cristian Ojovan has sprung from his progressively impressive showings at Aurillac to ink a deal with Top 14 giants Clermont. And as it transpires, Cobîlaș played no small part in helping the youngster there.“I met Cristian in the gym in Soroca,” the elder statesman says. “I saw how he was training and asked if he would like to play rugby. As at that time in Soroca we didn’t have rugby, I told him he needed to go to Chișinău. The Moldovan rugby president at that time, Vasile Revenco, met him and helped with accommodation and transferred him to study in Chișinău.“This is how he started to learn about rugby and develop new skills. I saw his progress and spoke with my agent to help him into a French academy in Pau. At the moment he has got to Top 14, he has made huge progress, but he should focus on developing his potential. I hope he will succeed in the future. At the moment he has a platform, but it all depends on his motivation, dedication, taking responsibility and hard work.”Which is a superb sentiment. But off the back of it, more questions drip down.In Europe and in particular France, we are used to seeing forwards packs propped up by Georgian bruisers, but what makes Moldovans special? After showing real promise just a few Rugby World Cup cycles ago, and with Cobîlaș and others scorching a path out of their former Soviet state, what has happened to their production line of talent?Skills: Several team-mates talk of Cobilas’s underrated ball skills (Getty Images)NATURAL RESOURCES“Georgia is special for front-rowers,” explains Moldovan lock Andrei Mahu, who plays for the Krasny Yar club in Siberia these days. “But Moldova also produces second-rows and back-rows as well as props, so I think we had even bigger potential.“Maybe it’s the power of the people in that region. Even here in Russia, the Moldovans are the bigger guys. It’s natural – people are pretty big in Moldova!”Combat sports like wrestling and boxing have a long history in the region, with weightlifting another sporting avenue. Yet Mahu explains that in the current climate, “all sports in Moldova are struggling” and the path out of Moldova for ambitious rugby players has proven pretty tough. Both he and Enisei star Maxim Gargalic, a compatriot and No 8, came out of the university game in Moldova before moving abroad. The latter ended up Constanta, Romania, after his coach talked him up.Another player to get out via Romania was current Cardiff Blue Dmitri Arhip. The prop tells Rugby World that he left his home in Chișinău at just 14 and a half, determined to show his family he could make something of himself.He would put in the years in Dinamo Bucharest’s junior and then senior sides. When he too made it to Enisei – with whom he would do battle with Cobîlaș a few times, a quirky callback to a time the pair had been club-mates in Chișinău – Russian titles would arrive. But in order to progress further so much still came down to chance as well as his undeniable hard work.Arms Park: Dmitri Arhip of Cardiff Blues (Inpho)It was in an off-season game against Connacht that Ospreys coach Jon Humphreys saw something in Arhip. Having brought him to Wales, he and Steve Tandy invested resources in him, but importantly showed patience when the prop blew his Achilles. Motivated by daily encounters with Adam, Alun Wyn and Duncan Jones, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb and Richard Hibbard, he began to “build” himself.In talking about how today’s Moldovan youngsters could follow the lead of recent heroes, he touches on the need for fortune.“The story of Cristian (Ojovan) is completely different,” he starts. “He had huge support from Vadim. And the first man to open the door to Europe for us was Vadim.“We both worked so hard to get to this level. And especially on my side, I was very lucky. Because I don’t know what happens if Jon is not present at that game to see me, it’s hard to say. My road to professional rugby was very long and very hard.“When I was in Romania sometimes we didn’t have food. Maybe not clothes or other things. It was a very tough life. In the juniors we weren’t paid and on the senior team I was very young and my salary was very low. Sometimes it was only just enough for food.“Moldova has created a lot of big, good players, but not many played in Europe. We didn’t play at a high enough level to be seen by other people, or agents. So the story of Cristian is different from my and Vadim’s story.”During lockdown, Arhip was working out in his garage with fellow Moldovan prop Gheorghe Gajion – a man he describes as “the strongest I have ever seen in my life – a machine!” After two years with the Ospreys, Gajion will head to Aurillac in ProD2 for more game time. Although disappointed the Ospreys did not give the near 21-stone forward more game time, Arhip is convinced Gajion can make something of himself in France.Strong man: Gheorghe Gajion during his time as an Osprey (Inpho)So we have tabs on the movements of some of these players in the UK and France, and there is the established run into Romania and Russia… But today many Moldovans asked about the route to the top of the game explain that there is shrinking demand in some markets, if there ever was any before.And they look to home for the reasons why.NATIONAL ISSUESWhen Moldova were pushing hard on the trail to qualification for Rugby World Cup 2015, Craig Felston was playing fly-half. In his words, the stretch with the team over 2013 and 2014 were the proudest days of his life and he loved playing behind a pack full of menacing combatants and in love with doing the tough stuff.But even then, there were issues behind the scenes. Can’t get to the shops? 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Esa es una tarea radical: ir a las raíces, volver a la esencia del llamado de Dios a restaurar el mundo, y echar a un lado los detalles que con tanta frecuencia nos distraen”.Los miembros del Consejo pasaron el día 15 de octubre en sesiones plenarias y en comités enterándose de cual es su papel en el gobierno de la Iglesia Episcopal y debatiendo sobre el mismo. Los miembros del Consejo están divididos en cinco comités permanentes conjuntos: Promoción e Interconexión (A& N, por su sigla en inglés), Finanzas para la Misión (FFM), Gobierno y Administración para la Misión (GAM), Ministerio y Misión Locales (LMM, por su sigla en inglés) y Misión Mundial (WM, por su sigla en inglés).El Consejo Ejecutivo lleva a cabo los programas y políticas adoptadas por la Convención General, según el Canon I.4 (1) (a). El consejo está compuesto de 38 miembros, 20 de los cuales (cuatro obispos, cuatro presbíteros o diáconos y 12 laicos) son electos por la Convención General y 18 por cada uno de los nueve sínodos provinciales (un clérigo y un laico por cada uno de los sínodos) para un período seis años, además del Obispo Primado y del presidente de la Cámara de Diputados. Aproximadamente la mitad de los miembros son nuevos en esta reunión del Consejo, al que fueron recién electos por la Convención General y las provincias.En sus palabras de apertura al Consejo, la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori, presidenta del Consejo, y la Rda. Gay Jennings, presidenta de la Cámara de Diputados y vicepresidenta del Consejo, hicieron un bosquejo de sus perspectivas de la labor a realizar en los próximos tres años.Jefferts Schori comenzó con un breve recuento de las responsabilidades del Consejo y como desempeñó esas responsabilidades durante los últimos tres años. El Consejo “es responsable de supervisar la política y de supervisar la administración, pero no es el organismo administrativo”, afirmó ella.La Obispa Primada dijo que existe una “eterna tensión” en la interpretación de esa división de deberes, y añadió que el Consejo hizo “algunos progresos significativos en su comprensión de esa tensión” durante el último trienio.Agregó que el Consejo debe estar dispuesto a ejercer un “arbitraje creativo y fiel para cambiar las realidades a lo largo del trienio”.“Sí, la Convención General toma decisiones en nombre de toda la Iglesia, pero sólo se reúne una vez cada tres años. Por consiguiente, el Consejo Ejecutivo tiene que estar dispuesto a hacer una amplia interpretación de las decisiones de la Convención General”, dijo ella. “Con esto quiero decir que ustedes tienen que pensar profundamente respecto a lo que significan esas decisiones de la Convención y estar dispuestos a dejarlas que prosperen a lo largo del trienio. No pueden tomarlas al pie de la letra”.Se presentó un conflicto en el seno del Consejo durante el último trienio, especialmente según nos enfrentábamos con “las nuevas formas de actuar y de estar juntos”, afirmó Jefferts Schori.“Eso no es del todo malo”, agregó ella. “El conflicto es necesario para crecer”.“Hay un aspecto de mayor crecimiento posible, en lo que respecta a relaciones y confianza”, sugirió Jefferts Schori, entre los miembros, entre los miembros y los funcionarios de la Iglesia y entre los miembros y la Iglesia en general.“No somos simplemente una junta; somos una comunidad de discernimiento. Cada persona aquí presente está llamada a ser de alguna manera un líder espiritual en este organismo para bien de la misión de Dios en que la Iglesia participa”, le dijo ella a los miembros. “Somos mayordomos de los recursos de la Iglesia, de su presupuesto, de su reputación, de sus prácticas y políticas” y somos llamados a “ayudar a la Iglesia a ser una edificadora más eficaz del reino de Dios”.Tenemos una plataforma muy esperanzadora a partir de la cual comenzar estos tres años”, añadió. “Espero y ruego que la Iglesia luzca bastante diferente de aquí a tres años gracias a la labor en que este organismo se empeña”.En sus palabras de apertura, Jennings discutió sus nombramientos a los organismos interinos, que funcionan entre convenciones generales, pero advirtió al Consejo que “el simple nombramiento de un nuevo plantel de líderes para poblar viejas estructuras no nos hará mucho bien”.“Por estupendas que yo crea que son las personas que han aceptado los nombramientos, y por mucha confianza que tenga en el equipo de trabajo estructural que ha de nombrarse, no podemos sentarnos a esperar tres años a que ese grupo conciba grandes ideas, escriba un informe inteligente y salve a la Iglesia Episcopal”, apuntó.Jennings resaltó que Jefferts Schori había regresado a principios de octubre de un sabático y que las dos habían comenzado “el proceso de estímulo y colaboración” de nominar a los miembros del equipo de trabajo estructural conforme al mandato de la Convención General en la Resolución C095. Según Jennings, hubo cerca de 450 nominaciones para los 24 asientos disponibles en el equipo de trabajo.“No hemos terminado aún, pero hemos progresado bastante y hasta nos hemos divertido [en el proceso]. Estoy agradecida por la cálida acogida y el compañerismo de la obispa primada y de los miembros de su equipo durante estos últimos meses y por su ayuda mientras doy los primeros pasos”, agregó.Jennings dijo que los miembros “deben comenzar a ejercer la restructuración ahora mismo”, añadiendo que esto significa que “somos llamados a renunciar a algunas de las viejas maneras de hacer las cosas, a renunciar a nuestro poder para darle cabida a nuevos líderes y abandonar algunas de nuestras atrincheradas posiciones para ver si podemos sencillamente llevar a la práctica la restructuración de tal manera que parezca en gran medida como si lleváramos a la práctica la resurrección”.El Consejo revisa el presupuesto 2013-2015El Consejo escuchó una breve presentación de nuevas iniciativas propuestas que serían financiadas en cada una de las Cinco Marcas de la Misión de la Comunión Anglicana según los objetivos que la Convención General estableció para el presupuesto 2013-2015. El Rvdmo. Stacy Sauls, funcionario encargado de operaciones de la Iglesia Episcopal, dijo que las propuestas fueron redactadas por cinco equipos compuestos por miembros del Consejo y del personal denominacional que también consultaron con personas que participaron en tales labores a través de la Iglesia.Sauls agregó que las propuestas se proponían ser los puntos de partida de la conversación y no la última palabra sobre cómo se gastarían los $5,5 millones presupuestados. Las propuestas han sido asignadas a los comités de Promoción e Interconexión, Misión y Ministerio Locales y Misión Mundial.Las Cinco Marcas de la Misión, los objetivos del presupuesto de la Iglesia Episcopal asociados con cada una de ellas y el dinero presupuestado para cada una son:* Proclamar las Buenas Nuevas del Reino de Dios (objetivo de comenzar nuevas congregaciones: $2 millones).* Enseñar, bautizar y formar a nuevos creyentes (objetivo de fortalecer a la IX Provincia para una misión sostenible: $1 millón).* Responder a las necesidades humanas con amoroso servicio (objetivo de poner el servicio misionero al alcance de todos los jóvenes episcopales: $1 millón).* Procurar la transformación de las estructuras sociales injustas (objetivo de comprometer a los episcopales en la erradicación de la pobreza dentro del país a través del Ministerio de Jubileo: $1 millón).* Luchar por salvaguardar la integridad de la creación y por el sostenimiento y la renovación de la vida en la tierra (objetivo de crear y fortalecer las redes locales para cuidar de la creación: $500.000).Los comités del Consejo comenzarán a considerar las propuestas durante esta reunión para hacer formalmente un informe en la reunión del 25 al 27 de febrero.Las sesiones de orientación del Consejo el 15 de octubre incluyeron información sobre sus responsabilidades canónicas, legales y económicas. Como parte del segmento económico, el tesorero Kurt Barnes describió cómo se financia el presupuesto trienal de la denominación. Informó que el ingreso proveniente de las diócesis (que asciende a dos tercios del ingreso trienal) ha aumentado este año, pese al supuesto presupuestario de que disminuiría en uno por ciento. La Iglesia Episcopal pidió a cada diócesis que contribuyera con un 19 por ciento de su ingreso de dos años antes, menos $120.000.Barnes informó que 52 diócesis habían aportado su contribución completa; 32 habían dado entre el 10 y el 18 por ciento, y 14 del uno al nueve por ciento. Trece diócesis todavía no habían presentado un informe de sus ingresos, dijo Barnes, y por tanto su oficina no había podido calcular el porcentaje de sus pagos.En respuesta a una pregunta sobre cómo mejorar la respuesta económica de las diócesis, Barnes dijo que, si bien hay una cierta cantidad de “persuasión moral” que puede aplicarse, no hay ningún mecanismo para exigirle a una diócesis, en ningún nivel, que pague la solicitud. Él recordó al Consejo que algunas diócesis imponen [a sus parroquias] multas tales como una suspensión del privilegio de votar en una convención diocesana, y sugirió que la Convención General y el Consejo podrían desear una vez más considerar si debía haber multas para las diócesis que no pagaban la totalidad de su contribución.“Yo los alentaría como miembros del Consejo Ejecutivo, si su diócesis no está pagando la totalidad de su contribución, que hicieran esa pregunta en su convención diocesana o le preguntaran al funcionario encargado de las finanzas [en la diócesis] o al obispo”, dijo él.La lista más actualizada de contribuciones diocesanas se encuentra aquí.Jennings dijo al consejo que la Iglesia pronto “le diría adiós a un líder cuya chaqueta será imposible de vestir”.A Straub se le conoce por usar vistosas chaquetas deportivas cuando se sentaba en el estrado durante la Convención General, y se proyectaron fotos de sus chaquetas más llamativas mientras Jennings le presentaba la condecoración.Los mayores dones de Straub son “su amor a la Iglesia Episcopal, su integridad y fuerza de carácter, su capacidad para evaluar las situaciones y tomar buenas decisiones, su devoción por sus amigos y colegas, su mente receptiva y su profundo aprecio de la historia y de la tradición, así como su travieso sentido del humor”, dijo Jennings.Ella creó la medalla para honrar a clérigos y laicos que se hayan distinguido en el servicio de la Cámara de Diputados y de la Iglesia Episcopal.El director ejecutivo supervisa todos los aspectos del quehacer del gobierno de la Iglesia Episcopal, desde la selección del sitio para la reunión de la Convención General hasta la supervisión y financiación del trabajo mandado por la Convención, según información que puede hallarse aquí. El director ejecutivo también puede ser elegido para servir como secretario de la Cámara de Diputados y, si resulta electo por ambas cámaras de la Convención General, secretario de la Convención General.“Me siento halagado por recibir la primera medalla de la Cámara de Diputados”, dijo Straub más tarde. “Ha sido una genuina alegría ser secretario de la Cámara de Diputados. Una de las partes preferidas de mi trabajo ha sido mi tiempo en el podio de la Convención General”.También en la agenda del Consejo:El 16 de octubre el Consejo visitará el centro denominacional de la Iglesia en Nueva York, a unos 80 kilómetros al norte de aquí. Mientras estén allí, los miembros se reunirán con el personal denominacional y participarán en una sesión de adiestramiento en contra del racismo y a favor de la diversidad.Los miembros regresarán a New Brunswick el 17 de octubre para las últimas dos jornadas de la reunión. El Consejo dedicará la mayor parte del 17 de octubre a reuniones de comité luego de una última reunión de orientación en el pleno. El 18 de octubre el consejo se reunirá en sesión plenaria para oír los informes de los comités y considerar resoluciones.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service.Traducido por Vicente Echerri Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Por Mary Frances Schjonberg Posted Oct 18, 2012 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC