Toby Flood – The England Fly-half

first_img“On the Monday morning before a Test, Johnno is already fired up and he’s having to suppress his passion. It’s nice to know this guy would put his body on the line for us, and we’d do the same.”Flood is now England’s first-choice No 10, but he still has to put up with a huge roar from the crowd every time Jonny Wilkinson runs on to replace him. However, his relationship with the man who was his mentor at Newcastle as well as with England can take the pressure. “With Jonny, I never had a teacher-pupil relationship. Everything was always on a par, because of the way Jonny is – he always asked my opinion, right from the start,” says Flood.“I don’t mind the Twickenham crowd’s reaction. It’s like a celebrity coming onto the pitch. I don’t begrudge anything that comes Jonny’s way. If anyone deserves it for the hours he’s put in, and for the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch towards everyone, it’s Jonny. There’s not an ounce of malice or jealousy in his body. All he wants to do is go out there and be better every day. When I came through as a teenager at Newcastle he showed me exactly how much work I had to put in to achieve.“Maybe one day if I come on with 80 caps under my belt people might give me a half-decent cheer.”Whether England fans are roaring Flood’s name on Sunday 23 October is crucial to the aspirations of the team. If they are, he might well have gone one better than in 2007.This article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “The feel of a World Cup is pretty hard to replicate. You feed off the fear, the anxiety and excitement. It’s very special.”After the final whistle sounded at the 2007 World Cup final, I met Toby Flood in the bowels of the Stade de France to pick over England’s 15-6 loss to South Africa, writes Paul Morgan. I joked with him that despite the defeat we may have seen the future of English rugby on the pitch because the finishing back-line had a youthful look about it with Flood, Dan Hipkiss and Mathew Tait all young enough to be around for the next final.History is a cruel master and as it turned out that back-line never played together again. Tait and Hipkiss were cast out by England, but Flood has prospered since that night in Paris and is one of the first names on the team sheet for England in 2011. “I remember sitting on the pitch with Taity after the final and being pretty down, but we looked at each other and vowed to get back there again,” says Flood. “Sadly for Taity his injuries have hampered him.“The feeling at the World Cup, especially in the final two weeks, is pretty hard to replicate. It’s so exciting… you’re not sleeping until 3am but you feed off the fear, the anxiety and the excitement. It’s a massive adrenaline dump when you lose but it’s something very, very special. I consider myself extremely lucky to have played in a World Cup final. It’s a short list of those who have. It would be fantastic to go out to New Zealand and win one, but these are pretty rare and special occasions.”England have made a major change to their World Cup preparation this time. In 2007 they took a hugely inexperienced team on a June tour to South Africa and were hammered (58-10 and 55-22), but this time Flood and his team-mates have enjoyed a hard pre-season before this month’s games against Wales and Ireland.“There is a real club atmosphere this time around,” says Flood, part of an initial 45-man England squad. “And there’s a genuine feeling that no one is guaranteed a spot on the plane to New Zealand. It has been tough and competitive as ultimately 45 doesn’t go into 30. There are a few guys who want to make a mark.“There are big personalities in the squad, of course, but there is no one looking to dominate everyone else. Everyone is accepting of the views of others. All the players are available to help. People get on. It’s odd. You might wish for a couple of idiots you can all pick on, but everyone has been excellent. If we’re going to win the World Cup we all know this will be a 30-man effort. It’s a week after week effort and you can’t keep the same team or you’ll run out of steam by the quarter-finals.”Flood’s place is not in doubt but before getting on the plane, he must negotiate back-to-back matches with Wales and a final rehearsal against Ireland before England leave Blighty for New Zealand.“No one in this camp is calling them warm-up games,” Flood says. “These are very big games. They’re important for the occasion and the knock-on effect for the World Cup.”One big advantage the Class of 2011 have is the presence of England’s, and perhaps the world’s, greatest-ever player in the shape of team manager Martin Johnson. “We all respond to Johnno. He’s a great leader and has spoken fantastically well to us over the years. He believes in what he says and that comes through,” says Flood. “He doesn’t do a huge amount of coaching. That is not his forte. His strength is almost unrivalled rugby understanding and the huge passion he brings to everything he does.center_img Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

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England Saxons v Scotland A preview

first_img Putting his hand up: Leicester lock Ed Slater has a chance to impress for the Saxons on Friday nightED SLATER will make his debut for England Saxons against a strong Scotland A side at Galashiels on Friday night.The Leicester lock comes in for Matt Garvey in one of eight changes made by Jon Callard to the side that beat Ireland Wolfhounds 23-17 last weekend.Gloucester speedster Jonny May makes his much-anticipated first start on the wing while Nick Abendanon is at full-back and Ryan Lamb replaces Freddie Burns at fly-half. London Wasps centre Dominic Waldouck also comes into the starting line-up after Jonathan Joseph, who had been due to make his Saxons debut, was ruled out with a groin injury.In the pack, Exeter back-rower Tom Johnson takes over the No 8 shirt from Thomas Waldrom, Chris Brooker replaces his Harlequins team-mate Joe Gray at hooker and Gloucester prop Nick Wood comes in for Matt Mullan.Callard knows that the Saxons need to add more finesse to an attacking game plan that stuttered last time out.“We need to back up that performance against the Wolfhounds by getting it right away from home against Scotland this week,” said coach Callard.“The endeavour and energy we showed last week at Exeter was first class, but not everything was absolutely spot on and we need to improve our accuracy and execution.”Wise head: Scrum-half Rory Lawson went to the World Cup with ScotlandScotland A have picked a strong line-up themselves, with Gloucester scrum-half Rory Lawson captaining the side against some of his clubmates.His half-back partner is Duncan Weir, who has impressed for Glasgow this season, particularly with his metronomic boot. His exciting Warriors team-mate Stuart Hogg starts at full-back while Simon Danielli and Alex Grove add experience in the threequarters. Up front, Glasgow provide the whole of the tight five – Jon Welsh, Dougie Hall, Ed Kalman, Rob Harley and Tom Ryder – and will be hoping that cohesion allows them to cause England problems in the scrum after the Saxons pack dominated the Irish in that area of the game last weekend.“The Saxons showed against Ireland Wolfhounds last Saturday that they’ve got real ability across their side, so we know we need to deliver in every facet of our performance,” said Scotland A coach Michael Bradley.“As a coaching team, we’re happy with the skill-set and the balance of the side we’ll have running out come Friday. It’s a real opportunity for a good number of guys to stick their hand up and show they’re worthy of selection during the RBS 6 Nations. The most effective way for them to do that is to contribute fully to a winning performance against the Saxons.”ENGLAND SAXONS v SCOTLAND A, GALASHIELS, FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY, KICK-OFF 7.30pmEngland Saxons: Nick Abendanon; Ugo Monye, Dominic Waldouck, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May; Ryan Lamb, Ben Spencer; Nick Wood, Chris Brooker, Paul Doran-Jones, Ed Slater, George Robson, James Gaskell (captain), Andy Saull, Tom Johnson.Replacements: Joe Gray, Rupert Harden, Kearnan Myall, David Seymour, Paul Hodgson, Freddie Burns, Miles Benjamin. NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scotland A: Stuart Hogg; Tom Brown, Alex Grove, Matt Scott, Simon Danielli; Duncan Weir, Rory Lawson (captain); Jon Welsh, Dougie Hall, Ed Kalman, Rob Harley, Tom Ryder, Stuart McInally, Chris Fusaro, Richie Vernon.Replacements: Pat MacArthur, Ryan Grant, Ryan Wilson, Roddy Grant, Henry Pyrgos, Phil Godman, Peter Murchie.last_img read more

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Wales v New Zealand: The Preview

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ready to roar: will it be Richie McCaw celebrating tomorrow night or Wales’ Shaun Edwards and Alex Cuthbert?By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorIT’S 59 long years since Wales beat the All Blacks, but right now the more glaring statistic is that they have lost five straight Internationals. A three-Test tour to Australia is tough, but Wales actually proved more competitive Down Under than they have in their two recent matches at the Millennium Stadium. With criticism at a high and confidence at a low, the visit of the world champions probably couldn’t have come at a worst time. Or has it? Wales thrive with the underdogs tag and when they’re under pressure – but is a win over New Zealand a realistic possibility?Talking pointsShaun Edwards’s comments post-World Cup about Wales having a good chance against the All Blacks had they made the final have caused a stink this week, the Kiwis challenging Wales to prove their point. In fairness, New Zealand hardly stormed their way to lifting the Webb Ellis Cup and Wales probably could have caused them problems.It’s a different story 13 months on. The All Blacks have upped their game significantly and are miles ahead of the rest of the world, while Wales’ form dipped dramatically in their defeats by Argentina and Samoa.Winging in: Liam WilliamsMissing VIPs (Very Important Players)Both sides have lost players this week – George North being ruled out by a hip injury and Dan Carter pulling out because of ankle trouble. Liam Williams comes in for North. He’s a very exciting runner but is more used to playing full-back so the All Blacks are sure to target him defensively. The same can be said of Carter’s stand-in Aaron Cruden: he’s extremely gifted but Jamie Roberts will be licking his lips at the thought of running down the diminutive fly-half’s channel.Perhaps the key absentee, however, is Adam Jones: Wales rock on the tighthead. Tony Woodcock is one of the best looseheads in the game and will be keen to give Aaron Jarvis another lesson in the rigours of Test rugby.Space invaders NOT FOR FEATURED The key for Wales is trying to contain the All Blacks. We all know the Kiwis are the most dangerous attacking side in the world, but if Sam Warburton and Co can close down their runners they will struggle to find their groove.Run at Richie McCaw so he’s caught up making the tackle rather than trying to steal a turnover; chase kicks hard and put pressure on the All Blacks in their own 22 so they don’t have the room to counter and are forced to kick clear; retain possession, even if it means a series of pick-and-gos, as even New Zealand can’t score without the ball. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?!Verdict: Expect an improved Wales performance but NZ will still be a class apart. The All Blacks by ten.WALES v NEW ZEALAND, Saturday 24 November, Millennium Stadium, 5.15pm, Live on BBC2Can he kick it? All Black Aaron CrudenWALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Matthew Rees, Aaron Jarvis, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Ryan Jones, Sam Warburton (capt), Toby Faletau.Replacements: Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins, Scott Andrews, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric, Tavis Knoyle, James Hook, Scott Williams.NEW ZEALAND: Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read. Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith.Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa).last_img read more

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Lions 2013: Should the Force be weakened?

first_img Once in a lifetime: Jim Williams says the chance to play the Lions is an opportunity not to be missedBy Alan DymockWHEN ONE former Wallaby was asked whether he would be happy to be a senior Western Force player rested for today’s clash with the British and Irish Lions he responded with: “No way in Hell!”In 2001 Jim Williams and his ACT Brumbies played the Lions in a mid-week match between the first and second Tests. They had just come off the back of a Super Rugby title two months before – the first time a side outside of New Zealand had ruled SANZAR – and they were missing their major names. They were knackered but they came close to walloping the Lions, with the game finishing 28-30.Playing days: Williams in action for MunsterThe former Munster and Brumby back-row explained that head coach Michael Foley’s position is difficult because the Force knew the Lions would be coming for over a year and that although they have a game with the Waratahs four days later, they realistically have no shot of making any playoffs.“There is no way I would miss the Lions game,” Williams said. “Not even if I had a game the next day.“What a lot of people don’t appreciate is that most of the players won’t be around in 12 years. Plus, you should want to put your best team out. You should want to give the Lions a tough game because it works both ways: the Lions may be match hardened but you can wear them down.”Williams did explain that, in the Force’s case, facing the Lions presented a challenge beyond the means of the province. While in 2001 there were only three franchises with great depth of personnel, this year there are five and playing resources are stretched across Australia. Too many players with extended or development contracts could be brought in for Lions games.He foresees a greater challenge coming from Queensland Reds, Waratahs and Brumbies against the tourists, but he is at pains to explain that there will be inexperience on the field in the build-up matches. What everyone wants is for the pre-Test matches to be exciting, hard fought and well supported. It is already clear that the Lions are not exactly top billing in the country yet, with the State of Origin kicking off at the same time and Australia trying to qualify for the Football World Cup, but Williams assures the rest of the planet that as soon as the Lions matches properly kick off, Australia will come to life.Pinnacle: Wililams won 14 Wallabies capsExcitement is what every fan yearns for. In ’01 Williams’ Brumbies were a kick away from toppling a star-studded side.“The conditions were perfect and I was just so impressed with the quality of footy,” he recalls. “There was running rugby and a nice open game, which the Brumbies were prepared for, and there was some animosity between Justin Harrison and Austin Healey. Nothing was staged; there was a genuine dislike.“In that game the intensity of the Brumbies lifted, and although the Lions had the mind-set and experience to win, the quality from the province was top-class and we had a chance to win.”For the Heineken Cup winner, mind-set will make the difference against the Lions for every Aussie team.If the provinces become have-a-go heroes and run “all over the paddock” while adapting to the Lions pragmatic style they can hurt them, according to Williams. Every team must be physical and slow down recycled ball. He also sees the Wallabies struggling in the first Test, much like they did when they were “touched up” by France when they last came calling. However, once Australia’s players get a taste for Test rugby again, Williams believes they can play in the right areas and win the remaining two matches to clinch the series.It would do the Wallabies a big favour if the provinces were to soften the Lions up a bit first. The Force have promised they will, but with their selections they may fall short. NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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European Champions Cup analysis: Four exceptional English full-backs

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The top tier of European competition annually offers exiles a shot at the “exceptional circumstances” clause and a chance to prove England should cast aside domestic performers in favour of those residing further away from home.Barrelling openside Steffon Armitage has loomed large for the entirety of Stuart Lancaster’s tenure, his consistent breakdown excellence winning a multitude of backers. However, another Brit abroad shone bright on Saturday.Dismantling Northampton Saints for Clermont, two-cap Nick Abendanon moved to a haul of three tries, 38 beaten defenders and 716 running metres for the Champions Cup campaign and put his name firmly in the frame for World Cup involvement.Now, Lancaster knows the former Bath man well from his time in charge of the Saxons. Hellbent on inspiring the nation this year, the England head honcho will likely assemble a large training squad including foreign-based members before naming 31 to take on the tournament.That plays into Abendanon’s favour. But he was not the only English full-back to excel this weekend. In fact, every quarter-final featured a fine performance from a player in pursuit of Mike Brown’s place. Here is a run-down.Nick AbendanonMightily incisive, Abendanon helped conjure tries with two attacking contributions even before his own opportunistic 80-metre score after half-time.The first came from an excellent piece of anticipation as Lee Dickson‘s box-kick fell into his hands and he fed Wesley Fofana to devastating effect:The old sporting adage ‘you make your own luck’ holds sway here. Though Dickson’s poor connection means the ball was set to bounce well short of Abendanon, he hares off towards the landing area:Fortune favours the brave and the full-back gets a lucky rebound off the hands of his scrum-half Ludovic Radosalvjevic. He bursts through bodies and picks a great pass as Dickson comes in to tackle:Fofana does what he does best before linking with Napolioni Nalaga. The ball is then recycled and Noa Nakaitaci strolls over in the right-hand corner:While rather inconspicuous, Abendanon’s role in the second part of this five-pointer is just as important. Staying on his feet, he sprints through in support and is first to the ruck as Nalaga is tackled:Seven minutes later, Abendanon made a less subtle intervention:This is a masterclass in joining phase-play as a full-back. Watch where Abendanon starts, curving around to receive the third pass of the movement.Between the black arrows is the gap he eventually takes, between forwards Tom Wood and Salesi Ma’afu. This mismatch will already be in Abendanon’s mind:On catching Fofana’s pass, a step off the right foot sees him onto Wood’s inside. His pace easily beats Ma’afu on the outside:Another jink unbalances the covering Dickson and gets him onto the right shoulder of James Wilson, so the scoring pass is straightforward:The reverse angle of Abendanon’s evasion is nice to watch:On the rare occasions Clermont were on the back foot, their number 15 stayed composed and clear-headed.No better was that illustrated than here, as he fielded George Pisi‘s grubber through before beating Luther Burrell and the kicker:The pirouette is worth another look for sure:Many precocious, attack-minded Englishmen over the years have come under fire for their perceived lack of defensive prowess – Charlie Hodgson and Danny Cipriani among them.Abendanon may have been in that chastised contingent, too. Not any more. This try-saver on Christian Day was superb:Just as the hit on Day, approximate 20 kilograms heavier than him, is excellent, Abendanon’s patience and decision-making is very good. Staring down a four-on two, he has no right to stop Saints as Burrell throws a mis-pass:Aided by poor running lines, he drifts across, gets low and makes the tackle. After driving Day back, he gets to his feet and disrupts the ruck: Outstripping Saints: Nick Abendanon breaks away for Clermont against Northampton Nick Abendanon’s performance on Saturday evoked talk of “exceptional circumstances”, but he was not the only English number 15 in form.center_img It is a fine piece of play that demonstrates athleticism and footballing intelligence, something the next candidate possesses in abundance.Alex GoodeAdept at fly-half, Goode is blessed with razor-sharp rugby instincts. These came to the fore throughout Saracens‘ 12-11 hi-jacking of Racing Metro.This piece of back-field coverage provides a flawless example. Johnny Sexton, many of whom rate among the best tactical kickers in the world, makes a clearance that looks to be sailing towards the touchline.Goode glides back to intercept effortlessly, calling a mark and injecting tempo by tapping and setting off:Distribution is another skill Lancaster looks for in full-backs. Teams with more than one playmaker can impart two-sided attacks, whereby both blindside and openside are attended by runners.Goode lacks for nothing in this area. Watch how he hits the line in this movement before flinging out a pass off his left hand.The Racing defender is sucked onto Marcelo Bosch and the Argentinian match-winner creates the break with a quick transfer to Chris Ashton:Kicking is integral to the Saracens gameplan, and on Sunday the visitors often used the tactic  of wide runners chipping inside to follow-up support.Joining from first phase this time, Goode executes this well:Hooking into space, he follows up alongside Richard Wigglesworth and Chris Wyles. Racing carry over their own line, and a five-metre scrum results.To save the best of Goode’s afternoon until last, this break hauled his side onto the front foot:Sashaying past replacement tighthead Brian Mujati, Goode initially takes advantage of a mismatch.Even after another step bypasses three more would-be tacklers though, the most important thing is how he acts in the open.You learn a lot about a player when they are in space. Here, Goode knows how crucial retaining the ball is. He stays patient, and curves towards his support before staying on his feet for as long as possible.As the below screenshot shows, this has the effect of allowing Kelly Brown to catch up and resource the ruck:From the Parisian suburbs to Dublin, and another assertive display from an English 15.Anthony WatsonOf the 660 minutes Watson has spent on the field in Test rugby – eight full-game shifts and a cameo from the replacements bench against New Zealand – only around 68 have come at full-back.In that time, England scored six tries. Granted, the opponents were Italy, but the Bath youngster is definitely more comfortable in the more open expanses.Despite a mistimed jump that brought a deserved yellow card after Rob Kearney was floored, Watson underlined as much. Twice he lacerated Leinster from a standing start.Jimmy Gopperth planted this probing grubber early on. The chase is good, but Jordi Murphy gets comfortably beaten on the return. With a better offload from Matt Bahanan, Watson would have been the clear:A similarly scything run in the second period punished Eoin Reddan’s rather loose box-kick, sparking a sweeping counter:In terms of producing something from nothing – one of Lancaster’s favourite sayings – Watson’s fast-twitch footwork puts him out on his own.Elliot DalyDaly started Wasps’ eventual 32-18 defeat to European champions Toulon at outside centre, from where he has been causing havoc throughout the Premiership campaign and for the Saxons in Cork a couple of months ago.However, he has worn the 15 jersey both for England and against them in Barbarians colours. Possessing a howitzer left boot as well as power and pace, the gifted 22 year-old would be an effective Test weapon from deep.Two delicious forays into the 15-metre channel at the Stade Mayol reinforced as much, the first setting Rob Miller away thanks to a hitch-kick and step between Guilhem Guirado and Maxine Mermoz, before an explosive surge through contact and deft offload:Then there was this assist for Will Helu. While Josua Tuisova’s trip undoubtedly manufactures the opening, Daly executes the two-on-two superbly. His outside arc burns Mathieu Bastareaud, forcing Delon Armitage to step in:As shown by this screenshot, the scoring pass is timed to perfection – coming just as Armitage loses trust in his teammate and, quite understandably, turns his shoulders: Throw in Brown and Chris Pennell of Worcester Warriors and Lancaster has a plethora of extremely plausible full-back options, even without injured Ben Foden. The selection decisions will be difficult. 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England And Georgia Scrap In Training Session

first_imgthe Mail also say that during this, security for England policed the touchline to ensure the children and staff watching the session did not record or take photos of the two incidents.After the two flare ups, the majority of members from the two teams kept to themselves with only a few players from England and Georgia working together with controlled drills. The training session was ended by coaches with members of both teams shaking hands before leaving. Collapse Who is leading the way in the Six… In a training session, a fight nearly broke out between players from England and Georgia. By Victoria Brush. England’s Six Nations ends with defeat in Dublin England And Georgia Scrap In Training SessionDuring a training session in Oxford this Wednesday, two fights broke out between England and Georgia following attempts to perfect their scrum, according to reports.In preparation for England’s upcoming game against Italy on the Saturday 9, March, Eddie Jones invited Georgia to two days of training in Oxford. Hosted at St Edward’s School, tensions quickly intensified when punches were thrown between the two teams in front of onlooking schoolchildren.After England’s recent loss of 21-13 to Wales last Saturday, the international Georgia players were brought to Oxford to test the England players. Jones previously said that the Georgia team are “the biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum pack in the world.”Tough Preparation: England trained against Georgia to prepare for Italy next week (Getty Images)It is believed that Georgia initially started a fight after the two packs engaged in a scrum and the front rows broke apart. After the break, onlookers saw pushing and shoving from both teams. According to a report in the Daily Mail, things escalated even further with punches were thrown and some players allegedly dragged away by team-mates. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England Six Nations Squad 2021 2021 Six Nations Injuries Update Expand Six Nations Table 2021 England Six Nations Squad 2021 All the latest news on players injured throughout… Six Nations Table 2021 Hot Contest: England and Georgia shake hands after training together (Getty Images) Coaches, including England’s leadership consultant Will Carling, were said to have intervened to stop the scrap. It has also been reported that once things to have calmed down, a second scrum ensued only for another fight to break out. 2021 Six Nations Injuries Update Expand At the end of the training session, Milton Haig said: “When two sides have a mind-set that they don’t want to give an inch or millimetre, you usually get a bit of tension. It is just making sure we control ourselves, as it is a great opportunity for us.”Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news in rugby.last_img read more

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Northampton v Wasps live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgNorthampton v Wasps live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.From New Zealand you can watch Northampton v Wasps on Monday 17th August at 1:55 pm on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer Northampton v Wasps live stream: How to watch from the UKNorthampton v Wasps, which kicks off at 3pm on Sunday, will be shown live on BT Sport 1  and the BT Sport app in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25. That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Northampton v Wasps takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Northampton v Wasps live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Northampton v Wasps (kick-off 4pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Northampton v Wasps live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Northampton v Wasps will kick off on NBCSN at 10am EST and 7am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Northampton v Wasps live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can find Northampton v Wasps on the Kayo streaming service at 11.55pm (AEST) on Sunday.Foxtel currently have a deal on the Sports HD bundle if you sign up for a 12-month plan by 31 August 2020. Instead of the usual $74 a month, it’s $59 – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO so you can watch when on the move.Foxtel Sports HD bundle offer COVENTRY, ENGLAND – Generating buzz: Jimmy Gopperth scores against Saints in January (Getty Images) We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Northampton v Wasps live stream: How to watch from anywhereIt was heart-in-mouth stuff the last time Wasps and Saints met – Northampton would win 35-31, but not until they’d had a red card for a Tom Collins high shot and a yellow for Cobus Reinach. Wasps would lead 31-28 when Taqele Naiyaravoro scored a late winner. The teams are incredibly close in the table too, with Saints in fourth and Wasps fifth. So it’s time to renew acquaintances.There will be some new and familiar faces on show for Saints, with Nick Auterac and Nick Isiekwe joining up while Jamie Gibson has signed a short-term deal to remain with the side. Wasps have a new signing too in Ryan Mills, though they have lost Nizaam Carr, Charlie Matthews and Ashley Johnson. Northampton has lost that man Reinach to Montpellier.It is worth noting that stalwart back-row Tom Wood is unavailable for some time as he recovers from a pulmonary embolism – though he has ambitions to feature in play-offs later in the season. The form books are likely to mean nothing after such a lengthy hiatus due to Covid-19, however, Wasps were on a roll before the break, winning their last three games on the bounce. It was a very different picture for Saints who had lost four of their last six ties.It should be a fascinating bout to wrap up the first weekend of Premiership Rugby’s return – and below you can see all of the ways you could watch the action from wherever you are.Northampton: George Furbank; Harry Mallinder, Fraser Dingwall, Piers Francis, Ahsee Tuala; Dan Biggar, Alex Mitchell; Francois van Wyk, Mike Haywood, Paul Hill, David Ribbans, Api Ratuniyarawa, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Teiman Harrison (captain).Replacements: Sam Matavesi, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Owen Franks, Alex Coles, JJ Tonks, Hhenry Taylor, Matt Proctor, Taqele Naiyaravoro.Wasps: Matteo Minozzi; Zach Kibirige, Malakai Fekitoa, Jimmy Gopperth, Josh Bassett; Jacob Umaga, Dan Robson; Ben Harris, Tommy Taylor, Kieran Brookes, Joe Launchbury (captain), Will Rowlands, Jack Willis, Thomas Young, Brad Shields.Replacements: Gabriel Oghre, Tom West, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, James Gaskell, Sione Vailanu, Ben Vellacott, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Mills.How to watch Northampton v Wasps from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local coverage of Worcester v Gloucester, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Northampton v Wasps live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to keep track of the many South Africans plying their trade in the Premiership, like World Cup winner Faf de Klerk at Sale, then SuperSport shows matches in South Africa.You’ll be able to watch Northampton v Wasps at 7pm on SuperSport 8.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from EasyView, with access to Blitz, to Premium, with all ten sports channels.last_img read more

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Bath v Worcester live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgThat’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Bath v Worcester takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Bath v Worcester live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Bath v Worcester (kick-off 8.45pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Bath v Worcester live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Bath v Worcester will kick off at 2.45pm EST and 11.45am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Bath v Worcester live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch Bath v Worcester at 4.45am (AEST).The Foxtel Sports HD bundle is $74 a month – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO so you can watch when on the move.Foxtel Sports HD bundle 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. Bath v Worcester live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Bath v Worcester from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 6.45am on Thursday on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer Winging it: Nick David of Worcester Warriors scores in February (Getty Images) Hosts Bath are well in the mix for the Premiership play-offs We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Bath v Worcester live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereBath are well in the mix for the play-off spots, sitting in fifth in the Gallagher Premiership after winning four out of five games since the restart of the league. They host struggling Worcester at The Rec after toppling Harlequins 41-27 at The Stoop on Saturday.Meanwhile Worcester went down 36-13 to Bristol last Friday night.Josh McNally captains Bath after 11 personnel changes. Will Chudley and Josh Matavesi are the starting half-backs, hooker Ross Batty returns to the matchday squad for the first time since 18 January (he’s on the bench here) and Juan Schoeman, Kieren Verden and Orlando Bailey could make their debuts too.Worcester make a whopping 14 swaps of their own. Samoa wing Ed Fidow gets a first start since January, while lock Andrew Kitchener is unavailable after being sent off against Bristol. Exciting young centre Ollie Lawrence is the only player to keep his place after the Bristol loss, while club captain Ted Hill is amongst the replacements.It was excruciatingly close las time these two met – a 22-21 Bath win in February – as Worcester came roaring in at the death, but a Chris Pennell penalty drifted painfully past the posts.Bath Rugby: Tom de Glanville; Semesa Rokoduguni, Max Clark, Cameron Redpath, Gabriel Hamer-Webb; Josh Matavesi, Will Chudley; Lewis Boyce, Jack Walker, Christian Judge, Josh McNally (Captain), Elliott Stooke, Tom Ellis, Miles Reid, Zach Mercer.Replacements: Ross Batty, Juan Schoeman, Kieran Verden, Mike Williams, Sam Underhill, Max Green, Orlando Bailey, Jonathan Joseph.Worcester Warriors: Chris Pennell, Nick David, Ollie Lawrence, Will Butler (Captain), Ed Fidow; Billy Searle, Jono Kitto; Callum Black, Beck Cutting, Richard Palframan, Justin Clegg, James Scott, Matt Cox, Sam Lewis, Tom Dodd.Replacements: Isaac Miller, Kai Owen, Joe Morris, Ted Hill, Matti Williams, Gareth Simpson, Scott van Breda, Alex Hearle.Find a reliable stream for this showdown below…How to watch Bath v Worcester from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Bath v Worcester, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Bath v Worcester live stream: How to watch from the UKBath v Worcester, which kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday 9 September, will be shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Danielle Waterman opens up on trolling in new documentary

first_img Danielle Waterman opens up on trolling in new documentaryDanielle Waterman questioned whether to continue with punditry after being subjected to online trolling.The former England player and World Cup winner known as ‘Nolli’ has commentated for Channel 4 and ITV since retiring from international rugby in 2018, but she reveals in a new documentary that she considered stepping back from a media career.The “sting” of the online abuse came to a climax following an article about trolling directed at her.In a new HSBC documentary, Finding Her Voice, 36-year-old Waterman said: “The guys get loads of grief from trolls and it isn’t necessarily just about my gender. But there’s always a sting in the tail.“The way they describe me. The way they talk about what I deliver. They talk about my voice. The words they describe me (with) they would never use to describe a male pundit.“There was one comment that was made on the back of an article that was published, about the trolling around me, and it said, ‘Well, it’s her choice to be put in the limelight’. It made me stop.“It made me think about, yeah, it is my choice. That was probably when I then really asked the question, ‘Do I want to do this? Why am I putting myself through this?’ I’m getting tremendously upset about things that have been written about me. It’s upsetting my family.” Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can watch the documentary here… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img While Waterman contemplated taking a step back from commentary, she ultimately decided to stick with it because of the advice she gives to girls.“One of my biggest passions is inspiring young girls,” she added. “If I’m saying to them, ‘You can do anything’ I’ve got to listen to that.“The way I was brought up wasn’t that I was any different to my brothers. My parents were amazing and they made me believe that I could play a sport that was for boys because I was good at it.“But it is hard when you’re the person who’s the punchbag.” The World Cup winner considered stepping back from punditry because of online abuselast_img read more

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Episcopal Church launches new ‘experiential’ website

first_img Comments are closed. Posted Dec 28, 2011 [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Episcopal Church website – www.episcopalchurch.org – has undergone a complete transformation and redesign into a welcoming, eye-appealing, easy-to-navigate, experiential site.Launched on December 28, the new website features a motif of stained glass windows, each of which holds a small piece of our contemporary church. Taking direction from newcomer research, the design is steeped, but not mired, in tradition. The beloved shield and words, The Episcopal Church Welcomes You, have an updated look as well.The new website provides many avenues to experience the Episcopal Church, its beliefs and its many ministries.“We are offering many new features, many new opportunities to be in community,” noted Anne Rudig, Director of Communication. “Newcomers to the Episcopal Church as well as all our members will enjoy experiencing the Episcopal Church on the new site.”Key to the new website is the many opportunities for dioceses, congregations, provinces and Episcopalians to post videos and photos of local mission in action. “The new website enables sharing and conversation,” Rudig added.  “It has an open source contact management system and very powerful search function.”And, the website is available in Spanish and English.Sections to scanTo begin, a click on each stained glass window opens a video, photo, multimedia offering, artwork and more from across the Church.The site contains five main areas:What we believe: including categories on Baptismal Covenant; Book of Common Prayer; Music; Spiritual Growth; Weekly Bulletin Inserts.What we do: including pages on Public Policy; Young Adult Service Corps; World Mission Sunday; Good Friday Offering; Mission Priority; Rebuild Our Church in Haiti; Sudan.Who we are: including Our Congregations; Emergent Church; Religious Orders and Faith Communities; The Anglican Communion; Presiding Bishop; House of Bishops; President of the House of Deputies; House of Deputies; General Convention / Executive Council; Archives; Organizations associated with The Episcopal Church; Seminaries; Episcopal MarketplaceMinistries: including Adult Formation & Lifelong Learning; Asiamerica, Black, Children’s, Federal, Indigenous, Latino/Hispanic and Young Adult/Campus Ministries; Companion Relationships; Domestic Poverty/Jubilee; Ecumenical/Interreligious; Eco-Justice; Episcopal Migration Ministries; Lesson Plans that Work; Stewardship; Transition Ministry; United Thank Offering;  Ministries.Multimedia: Video Programming; Live & On-Demand Worship; Social Media.Calendar: up-to-date listings with listings of events around the ChurchNew FeaturesThe prayer for the day: from the lectionary and liturgical calendar.Worship: with live and on-demand services.Prayers of the people: where readers can submit prayer requests and know that a community is praying for and with them.Find a church: with rapid access to Episcopal churches in many ways, including through zip codes.Today: latest updates from the office of Public Affairs.Panorama: blogs from across the Episcopal ChurchSocial media: who’s blogging and tweeting in the Episcopal Church.“There are so many new features in the website – I invite everyone to join us as we embark on a new era in evangelism,” Rudig said. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Church launches new ‘experiential’ website New features, new opportunities abound at www.episcopalchurch.org Matthew Davies says: December 29, 2011 at 7:38 am Becky – weekly bulletin inserts are available at http://episcopalchurch.org/bulletin-inserts Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release December 29, 2011 at 12:22 am Are the bulletin inserts gone? I really liked them.Thanks for answering my question….Becky Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags January 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm Links to content on The Episcopal Church website no longer work. The links display an Episcopal Church logo and “page not found” message. The links that I tried to open were from the December Province II newsletter, so they are certainly not out of date, and were from a reliable source. Where is the content? Is it/will it be accessible soon? Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL center_img Featured Events Rector Washington, DC John White says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments (3) Becky Johnson says: Episcopal Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

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