Racing-Metro Fidjian center Virimi Vakatawa (C) vies with Lyon French centre Alipathe Fatafehi (L) and Lyon French wing Franck Romanet during the French Top 14 rugby union match Lyon vs. Racing-Metro on February 18 , 2012 at the Matmut stadium in Lyon AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE MERLE (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE MERLE/AFP/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It’s a path that more and more French clubs are looking to tread as they fall in in with the new rules regarding overseas players: JIFF (Joueurs Issus des Filières de Formation) to give them their proper French name. From next season onwards 60 per cent of playing squads must be eligible for the national team, a policy put in place in 2009 to counter the proliferation of well-paid overseas stars in the Top 14. JIFF’s definition of eligible is a player who has spent three seasons in a club’s youth academy or been registered with a French club for five seasons before the age of 21. Consequently more and more clubs are talent-spotting promising youngsters from the Pacific Islands, Argentina and Georgia so that they fulfil the criteria.“I will help all the young Fijians who wish to come and play in France,” says Bobo. “I’m not an agent, I’m not doing it for money, but for them, to offer them a life that they couldn’t have if they stayed on our islands.”As Vakatawa admits he’s far from the finished article, but his potential is huge. In the space of a few weeks he’s become one of the most talked about players in France and his rise appears to have taken even the Racing website unawares. They’ve yet to post Vakatawa’s player profile online but that will surely soon change as the Fijian flier continues to burn up French rugbyVakatawa’s try v Toulon is around the 1min 10 mark Fijian flyer: Vakatawa (centre) seen on the charge against Lyon, wants to play for FranceBy Gavin Mortimer, Rugby World writerTHE TOP 14 may be a slow-burner right now with few games of real drama but one man doing his best to light the touch paper is Virimi Vakatawa. The 20-year-old winger was in scorching form a couple of weeks back for Racing against Toulon, scoring a superb solo try proving a real handful for the opposition defence. The boy’s got talent coming out of his ears, not to mention muscles in just about inconceivable inch of his 15 stone frame, and while he’s raw and rough-edged the Fijian could well be one of the stars of the 2015 World Cup.But for France not for Fiji. Vakatawa arrived in Paris three seasons ago and is now eligible for Les Bleus. According to Simon Raiwalui, the Fijian forwards coach at Racing, Vakatawa “feels French”. He’s got himself a French girlfriend, he speaks the language and during last year’s World Cup he was rooting for France as they made their way to the final.But it hasn’t been easy for Vakatawa since arriving in France in 2010. A leg injury hindered his progress at first, then he fell ill and for a time it seemed he might just be another Polynesian powerhouse unable to adapt to the punishing demands of the Top 14. But Raiwalui took the then teenager under his wing, bringing him on holiday with his family and enlisting the help of Racing’s other Fijian, veteran winger Sireli Bobo.As Vakatawa began to acclimatise to his new surroundings so his rugby began to take shape. Last season he made three starts for Racing, showing glimpses of promise on the right wing. This season, however, he’s forced his way into the starting line-up and that try against Toulon has caused France to sit up and take note.Midi Olympique ran an interview with Vakatawa last week under the headline ‘Le Reve Bleu’ [the Blue Dream] in which the youngster declared it was his dream to play for France. “I know I’ve got a lot of work still to do,” he said, “but I’ll do everything possible to become a French international.”Bobo first alerted Racing to Vakatawa after reading about his prodigious talent in the Fiji Times. Every week it seemed the paper was running a report about his latest match-winning display so Bobo sought out Raiwalui and Pierre Berbezier [Racing’s director of rugby] and suggested they invite Vakatawa for a trial. Soon he was signed up to the club’s youth academy.
When did you first play? We moved to Wales from England when I was five or six. I played football, then started rugby at Monmouth School and loved it.What is your favourite position and why?I’ve played centre and full-back but mostly wing this year. I prefer full-back because you get the ball more, but I’m only 19 so I’m happy anywhere.When did you join the Dragons? I played age grades there from U14 and I was pretty much full-time with them in my last year at school.What were your aims at the start of this season? I thought last summer’s Junior World Cup went well and I was confident after that and hoping to get some starts for the Dragons.And by November you were playing for Wales!Yes! It has happened quickly but I don’t feel fazed. I watched the South Africa game thinking I’d love to be playing and two weeks later I was! My debut was amazing, very special.You are following in Jamie Roberts’s footsteps by doing a medical degree… I’m trying to do the first year full-time. I was at the hospital from 9 to 5 on one Friday, then scored two tries for the Dragons that evening against Zebre! My aim outside rugby this year is to pass my exams! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Whirlwind: Amos was picked for Wales in November 2013 RW verdict: Fast-tracked into the XV to play Tonga, Amos has already impressed the Wales coaches.This Hotshot was published in the January 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in this month’s mag.
I for one hope he returns to his bullocking best for England and is not consigned to the ‘bad egg’ scrapbook, never to return. I hope he’s learnt his lesson.But. No more chances. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Out on his own: Manu Tuilagi has erred badly and let people down First let’s get the admonishments out of the way. Manu Tuilagi, quite clearly in an inebriated state at 3am in the morning, acted like a lout you see up and down the country in magistrates courts when they’ve sobered up, certainly not an England role model. He kicked the wing-mirror of a taxi, grabbed the driver round the throat and for good measure pushed two female police officers in the chest while they were trying to handcuff him. Idiotic, reprehensible behaviour.While we’re at it, let’s get his previous out of the way; the dive into Christchurch harbour; reckless, the bunny ears behind David Cameron’s head; childish and the heavy blows rained on Chris Ashton; hot-headed.He has been punished, and I back Stuart Lancaster’s firm stance. It is unacceptable. Unlike other sports who have turned a blind eye to their star assets behaviour, there is no room for special treatment in rugby, it’s against the core values of the game. Believe me, no one will feel more wretched than Manu for the shame he has caused his family, club and country. And let’s not forget the England fans – he came in for all sorts of abuse on social media – are livid. Most of all, however, he will know he’s let himself down badly. He is better than that.Helping hand: Manu Tuilagi will neeed to listen to his mentors and make no more mistakesBut – and there’s always a but – I don’t think the wrap sheet should signal the end of his England career. I’m all for second chances, okay, third chances and rehabilitation. Humans make mistakes, they’re genetically flawed and Manu, despite his superhuman physique has shown immaturity mentally.It’s important to look at his mental state, after eight months of frustration, trying to get back on the field and perhaps harbouring deep-held fears about his groin not responding to treatment he has watched from afar while Jonathan Joseph has taken his opportunity almost by default and been lauded for it. Sportsmen often talk about injury taking them into a ‘dark place’ and while it’s no excuse but may explain his fragile psyche. Tuilagi will undoubtedly have the protective cloak of the Leicester Tigers thrown around him in the coming months. Leicester are that type of club. They look after their own – note the absence of the news from the social media channels on Friday – and they’ll be working with him to get to the bottom of his frustrations.Role model: Danny Care was banished from the England squad but learnt his lessonI talk to people in rugby, and most agree Manu is not a bad lad. A bit of a rogue, yes, with a twinkle in his eye, but kind, thoughtful and funny, something you can see by his staunch support of Matt Hampson’s Foundation. Indeed a photographer we work with who shoots well-known public figures said he was the best subject he’s shot because he was so accommodating.We saw with Danny Care, that Stuart Lancaster’s schoolmasterly ways can work. Tuilagi will no doubt find it excruciating to watch a tournament in which he was supposed to star, especially if England fail to punch holes in opposition defences, in the same way Dylan Hartley was pained during the 2013 Lions tour after his Premiership Final sending-off but I have no doubt, Tuilagi, who turns 24 today will return stronger for the chastening experience. TAGS: Highlight Manu Tuilagi, through his own stupidity has let himself and the country down but while he will do the time, he should be given a chance to rehabilitate
Taken together, with recent novel evidence showing that a greater risk of premature fatigue occurs following a lower carbohydrate diet in the days leading into a game, we would highly recommend players to follow a carbohydrate diet closer to 6g.kg through a normal mixed diet.James Morehen @1More_NutritionReferences:Balsom, P. D., Gaitanos, G. C., Soderlund, K., & Ekblom, K. (1999). High-intensity exercise and muscle glycogen availability in humans. Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, 165, 337 – 345.Bangsbo, J. (1994). The physiology of soccer –with special reference to intense intermittent exercise. Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, 151 (suppl. 619), 1 – 155.Iga, J., Scott, M., George, K., & Drust, B. (2014). Seasonal changes in multiple indices of body compositions in professional football players. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 35, 994–998.Twist, C., Highton, J., Waldron, M., Edwards, E., Austin, D., & Gabbett. (2014). Movement demands of elite rugby league players during Australian National Rugby League and European Super League matches. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9, 925–930.Saltin, B. (1973). Metabolic fundamentals in exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 5, 137 – 146.James Morehen is the Sports Scientist at Nutrition X, Sports Performance Nutritionist at Widnes Vikings Rugby League team and lead strength and conditioning intern coach at Liverpool John Moores University. All together 20 nations across the globe play in the Rugby World Cup, with each country taking 31 players to the tournament. We will see 620 international professional rugby players of all different shapes and sizes.Player differences…Considering the extensive range in lean mass, fat mass and total body mass in all these players, there really is no one set, pre-game diet to follow as a rugby player. In addition to body composition differences, some players struggle to eat due to lack of sleep, feeling nervous due to adrenaline increases or even unsure as to what to eat! Together, this is why nutritional requirements for rugby players must be tailored to each player.The media has clearly highlighted the amount of pre-tournament games teams have played, and unfortunately for Wales the cost to some key players. However, the combined result of pre-tournament training camps and games paired with structured and smart nutrition will allow nations to arrive at their first game with athletes in the best physical and metal shapes of their lives, adopting low body fat and high lean mass and importantly with a practiced nutritional strategy ready for kick off.The day before game day…Typically, the most important day of the week is game day and how to arrive at kick off having fueled the body adequately. Currently, it is still unclear as to what the underlying mechanism behind a reduced exercise performance towards the end of a game is. However, one popular candidate is the attenuation of muscle glycogen leading to premature fatigue during prolonged intermittent exercise (Balsom et al., 1999). Granted, this work was performed in soccer and we know that soccer and rugby differ majorly. In particular, distances covered (Twist et al., 2014 & Bangsbo et al., 1994) match activities (Twist et al., 2014) and most notably anthropometric body composition profiles displaying large inter- and intra-positional variances in rugby (Morehen et al., 2015) when compared to soccer players who show a more homogenous profile (Iga et al., 2014).Fret over frites: Chips certainly wouldn’t be the best…Moving forward, if the candidate for fatigue is gradual reductions in muscle glycogen, what should we be eating in the days leading into a game?First of its kind…Recently, this has been an area of interest for a group of research colleagues and myself at Liverpool John Moores University. The aims for our research group was to asses the physiological metabolic demands of an 80-minute game under two dietary conditions, 3g.kg and 6g.kg of body-weight carbohydrate diets 32 hours before kickoff, to provide evidence based recommendations regarding nutritional intake and nutrient composition.The data from this particular study are in review to be published but initial numbers show that all players arrived at the start of the game with similar amounts of muscle glycogen. This potentially may be due to the fact that in the days leading up to a game players will tend to taper training off, seeing a reduction in physical activity for example less time on feet, to allow players to be rested for the game. Importantly however, although both groups of players lost similar amounts of muscle glycogen in the game the 3g.kg players were nearing fatigue before full time and values show glycogen levels close to depletion.Evidence based advice…To minimise the above risk, I believe that if players are consuming a normal mixed diet consisting of high and low GI carbohydrates, good quality sources of protein, varied fruit and vegetable intakes and maintaining good hydration levels leading into a game, then arriving at game day fuelled adequately should be easily achieved. Additionally, consuming enough carbohydrates on the day of a game is easily achievable if consuming the right foods and fluids, for example carbohydrate based gels and drinks. As highlighted at the start, this will not be the perfect meal plan for every player, and depending on individual preferences fluids and/or other food sources may want to be substituted in to accommodate preferences. James Morehen is part of the team who have developed Nutrition X’s range of Informed-Sport certified products, which have become the No.1 choice of sports nutrition for numerous elite athletes, amateur sports people and casual gym users alike.Hear more from James and the expert team at Nutrition X through the Ultimate Rugby Guide campaign @Nutrition_X LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By nutritionist James Morehen
by David MarshIn-form Welshman Justin Tipuric will have to settle for a spot on the replacements bench on Saturday when Wales travel to Twickenham for their pool A crunch clash with England.Despite strong performances recently, including a colossal display against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, 26-year-old Tipuric has had to make way in the starting XV as Warren Gatland opts with his tried and tested back row combination of Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau.The trio are Wales’ most capped back row trio ever after breaking the record of 19 games set by Dai Morris, Mervyn Davies and John Taylor back in 1973.Those who back Tipuric for a starting role will encourage others to cast their minds back to the 30-3 demolition of England in the 2013 Six Nations. With Lydiate out injured, Gatland shifted his captain Sam Warburton to the blind-side in order to accommodate Tipuric into the team in his preferred position of open-side.It proved to be a masterstroke.Neath-born Tipuric was in truly world class form that day. He out-witted his English back row counterparts up front, and his ability to join in the attacks saw him create both of Alex Cuthbert‘s tries on a day where he could simply do no wrong.Although Gatland’s preferred back row of Lydiate, Warburton and Faletau have more often than not performed consistently well, Tipuric brings excitement and attacking flair to Wales’ back row. Leaving out such a talent from the starting XV must be a tough decision to make.Tipuric is more of an old fashioned rugby player. Among a generation of rugby players who are man mountains with Greek-god like physiques, Tipuric bucks the trend.Physical size is not so important to Tipuric. His strengths are not rugby-league style straight running or bone shattering hits in defence.Instead, Tipuric counts on his astute awareness and an incredible variety of ball skills to make his own impact. Such skills that would not make him look out of place in a starting Welsh XV including legends such as Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennet, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams. All of whom are revered for their artistry with ball in hand.Justin Tipuric dives over for a try against Ireland in the 2015 Six NationsIronically, it is thanks to Tipuric’s style of play that he has been left out of the starting team this Saturday. Justin Tipuric announced himself onto the world stage with a world class performance against England as Wales clinched the 2013 Six Nations title His size, or perhaps lack of, has been a constant snag for Tipuric in his attempts to cement himself a starting spot in the Welsh team.As Gatland looks to go toe to toe with England’s pack, he has been forced to drop the creative Tipuric in favour of the more physical presence that Lydiate provides. Lydiate is a brick wall in defence and will be under the orders of stopping England’s back row attacks in loose play.Gatland could have viewed Tipuric as too lightweight to be given this type of task, and considered Lydiate as a much more suitable candidate to thwart the lambasting runs from the likes of 19-stone powerhouse Billy Vunipola.However, Gatland is blessed with the option of bringing Tipuric into the fray if the game opens up late on.The world’s most capped prop Gethin Jenkins is joined in the front row by Scott Baldwin and the somewhat unproven but promising Tomas Francis. The equally promising Samson Lee has earned himself a place on the bench after recovering in time from injury.Bradley Davies has been preferred to Luke Charteris and Jake Ball in the second row. The Wasps man is a destructive ball carrier and provides a sturdy base for the front row in the scrum.The English scrum has come under some criticism in the last few weeks. They came off second best against France in a warm-up defeat at the Stade de France and were given problems by Fiji on the opening night last Friday.Getting the edge over England up front will be vital if Wales hope to cause an upset and defeat the host nation in their back yard. The encounter up front is set to be a brutal one, and Gatland will need his biggest and most physical men to get the better of the English pack.For this season, he has had no choice but to drop Justin Tipuric for undoubtedly one of the biggest test matches in Welsh rugby history. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Justin Tipuric has been omitted from Wales’ starting XV for their Saturday night showdown with England at Twickenham for their Rugby World Cup pool A fixture Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Gethin Jenkins, Scott Baldwin, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton C, Taulupe Faletau.Repalcements: Ken Owens, Aaron Jarvis, Samson Lee, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland, Alex Cuthbert.
For the record: Chris Ashton with his trademark ‘Ash Splash’ dive to score LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS English wing tots up 21 tries so far this season – equalling Napolioni Nalaga’s record Related: Newcastle’s Vereniki Goneva celebrates a try like Alan ShearerClermont would have felt positive ahead of the Toulon clash, with a strong team selection and the encouraging returns of invaluable half-backs Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez. However, they now head into their Euro quarter-final match with Racing 92, off the back of a battering.As Clermont boss Franck Azema said: “Conceding 50 points before a European Cup quarter-final is humiliating. I had trouble doing my job this week and failed to motivate the guys. We are not going to hide – everything was bad.” Ashton, 31 on Thursday, is not the only trailblazer on the wings of Toulon. Remember Vincent Clerc? The veteran wide-out notched his 100th Top 14 try this month. The prolific 36-year-old wing only needs one more score to become the top try-scorer in Top 14 history. Wow!Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. Chris Ashton Equals Top 14 Try-Scoring RecordFormer England, Saracens and Northampton Saints winger Chris Ashton has been in scintillating try-scoring form for French outfit Toulon. And yesterday he ensured his name will be in the Top 14 record books by the end of the season.In scoring a try in Toulon’s 49-0 rout of Clermont, he drew level with ex-Clermont wing Napolioni Nalaga’s league record of 21 tries in a season, which he sat back in season 2008-09. With four rounds of regular season action left before the Top 14 heads into its play-offs, there is still time for Ashton to overtake Nalaga for the outright record.Related: Heyneke Meyer takes over at Stade FrancaisThe Toulon romp ensures that reigning Top 14 champions Clermont will not make the play-offs this season.Joint-top: Napolioni Nalaga during his time with ClermontBoth teams head into the European Champions Cup quarter-finals this weekend. Levels of anticipation in Munster will be raised after Toulon’s seven-try showing before they head to Thomond Park. While Ashton splashed into headlines, it was the centres who made things happen, with the bombastic Mathieu Bastareaud and Malakai Fekitoa dominating. With Ma’a Nonu also available for the European clash, Toulon have menacing options.
Full stretch: Jacob Stockdale scores for Ireland against England (Getty Images) Downtime with Ulster and Ireland wing Jacob StockdaleWhat’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch? Against Edinburgh last season I got my shorts and boxers pulled down in a tackle. Luckily I kept the front up but my bum was on show for a good ten seconds on BBC2, so I wasn’t too happy about that. One of my housemates had it as his profile pic on Facebook for a bit!Who are the team jokers?In the Ulster squad it’s Craig Gilroy. He likes to do practical jokes. They’re pretty standard, like jumping out and scaring boys, but he does it pretty regularly.In the Ireland squad, John Ryan is good craic. He’s a funny guy.What are your bugbears?People using my stuff without asking. My housemates – I live with three guys from the Ulster Academy – are terrible for that. It really annoys me but they don’t seem to care. There’s stuff I’ve cleaned and they use it. It’s petty, I know.What about phobias?I hate anything to do with eyes and people touching their eyes.Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?Can it be someone who’s dead? Johnny Cash. I’m a massive fan and would love to have met him.Music man: Johnny Cash playing in 1960 in Nashville (Getty Images)He could give you a private concert…I’d have to make sure I brought a guitar with me. I really like the song A Boy Named Sue – I would be singing along.I can play the guitar, although not particularly well. I taught myself when I was 14 and play when I get the chance.If you could have one superpower, what would it be?Probably to be able to fly. That would be fun. I’d head somewhere very, very warm.Do you have any superstitions?I wouldn’t say I had superstitions but I have rituals. I don’t think I’ll have a bad game if I don’t do them, it’s just the way I get ready. I always clean my boots on the day of a game, and I tape my wrist and write on it before I go out. I always write the initials of my family as they’re who I’m playing the game for and who I want to make proud.What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Six Nations Player of the Tournament Jacob Stockdale talks embarrassing moments, try-scoring celebrations and animal facts When I was 18 I bought a Casio DG-10 – a digital guitar from the Eighties. It’s the most Eighties-looking thing I’ve ever seen. It plays through an amp so is sci-fi sounding. I used it twice and then never touched it again.If you could be any of your team-mates, who would it be?I’d be Devin Toner because I’d like to see what it’s like to be that tall for a while – 6ft 10in is next-level tall.Your three dream dinner party guests?I’ve got to get Johnny Cash in there. I’d have Donald Trump to see what he came out with. And Roger Federer – he oozes class and is a really good guy.High jump: Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale competes for the ball with Jeff Hassler (Getty Images)What was your first-ever job?I’ve never had a part-time job. My mum’s a university lecturer so wanted me to focus on my studies. She didn’t want me to fail A Levels because I was working.What’s your guilty pleasure?I love Jeremy Kyle. Any time I’m at home when it’s on, I can sit there and watch that for an hour and a half.What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?These are hard questions! I feel like I’d be quite good on animals. I remember unusual facts about animals.Can you give us an example?A king cobra barks like a dog. I like how you asked me to back up my knowledge and put me under pressure there!What’s the secret to your scoring form?To score tries as a winger you have to go looking for the ball a bit and put yourself in a position to score tries. At the same time, I’ve been fortunate enough that brilliant plays from other people have put me in positions to score tries.Do you ever plan your celebrations?Playing for Ireland U20s, I dabbed after a try and regretted it given the amount of stick I got. I try to keep it organic now!What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? Right now, I want to get a degree. I was doing a criminology degree – it’s something that really interests me – but I had to give it up. It’s very much an aspiration of mine to go back and finish it. I’m hoping to do an Open University course this upcoming year.This article originally appearing in the May 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Downtime with… USA No 8 Cam DolanWhat is it like on national tours? In August we were in Fiji, which was fantastic. The people were lovely and the food was delicious. Everything was fresh, which was awesome because you know we love our processed food in America!We went to one of the national rainforests and there were lots of waterfalls and pools you could swim in.You played for Northampton and Cardiff Blues. Where is home now? I’ve been in New Orleans since December. It’s the home of Mardi Gras and blues and jazz reign as king here. It’s known for music and primarily it’s Cajun food. The city is a bit rough round the edges but there’s so much good culture.What do you want to do after rugby?I want to get into commercial real estate. Not buying and selling but the agent side of it. It interests me because you’re talking to new people all the time, you’re not stuck in an office, and trying to get someone to buy or lease something almost has that competitiveness to it.When you lived in the UK, what did you miss about the US? I’m from south Florida where it’s warm most of the year – they call it the Sunshine State. Living in the East Midlands and Cardiff I missed the weather and Caribbean food. By that I mean Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican. You guys have Jamaican food but no Cuban sandwiches.Any pastimes you missed? Fishing and spearfishing are two of my favourite hobbies. It’s tough to do when you’re smack dab in the middle of the country. I like diving under the water and shooting fish like grouper or snapper. You can shoot lobster but I prefer diving for it. I did that down in Turks and Caicos.What was your worst-ever job? I was a busboy in a barbecue restaurant. Then I was a waiter in a diner. But working in McDonald’s for two weeks when I was 15 was probably my worst job. I got no tips and I had to be in there at 5.30am at the weekend.On the ball: Cam Dolan in action against Tonga during RWC 2019 (Getty Images)Do you have any superstitions? I have four or five songs I listen to in the same order, before I warm up. It includes Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill and Purple Lamborghini by Rick Ross. They are what you’d call ‘trappy’ songs.Any funny on-field moments? Thretton Palamo recently had his first game with the US in three years. He was trying to change his studs before the anthem. He finally got them in, runs out and forgets he’s still in his warm-up top. He’s halfway out and we’re saying, “Don’t you need a jersey?” He almost missed the anthem. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: USA Do you have any hidden talents?I’ve been told I’m a pretty damn good cook. I’ll cook whatever you want! I’m pretty good with breakfast, anything seafood related and I make good Mexican street tacos.What winds you up? Being woken up before I have to wake up. If my alarm is set for 8am and someone is making noises at 6am and wakes me up, that bothers me. Or a super-early phone call. I’m really into my sleep and if that gets broken it’s a struggle for me.Your three dream dinner guests… Tiger Woods, because he’s got this dry sense of humour and he’s one of the best ever to play golf. I’d then bring back Johnny Cash and Thomas Edison.Dinner guest: Tiger Woods tees off at an event in Japan (Getty Images)How many inventions did Edison come up with?He invented the light bulb! Where I was raised there’s a big museum for him and as a kid we always had field trips there.If you could be any team-mate, who would you be? I’d go with Ruben de Haas because he’s 20 years old and with the experience I have now but being 20, that would be quite valuable.What would you save in a house fire? A toss-up between my golf clubs and my PlayStation. The clubs as they are a bit more expensive and are worn in – I know what I’m getting out of them.Your guilty pleasure? Taco Bell, 100%.How would you like to be remembered? As a good team-mate who worked hard and brought out the best in everyone. The Eagles back-rower talks about New Orleans, spearfishing and pre-match songs This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
London Irish v Harlequins 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 London Irish v Harlequins from the Land of the Long White Cloud, it’s an early start on Thursday morning. The match kicks off at 6.45am on Sky Sport NZ 5.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 London Irish v Harlequins live stream: How to watch from the UKLondon Irish v Harlequins, which kicks off at 7.45pm tonight, will be shown live via the red button on BT Sport 1 and on the 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. On the ball: James Chisholm tries to break through London Irish’s defence (Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS London Irish v Harlequins live stream: How to watch from JapanDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch London Irish v Harlequins in Japan (kick-off 3.45am on Thursday morning). The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Find out more about DAZN here All the team news and TV details for this local derby We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. 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Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Poverty & Hunger Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 By ENInews StaffPosted Sep 14, 2012 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Faith & Politics, Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC September 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm The issue of charitable giving by candidates has been in a recent news cycle. That brought on news about charitable giving by political affiliation. The consensus is that those who give generously are not the same as those who favor the government taking responsibility for those in need. In all times and regardless of politics I think we should focus on our individual responses to the needs of others. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Luke 12). Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ron Duckworth says: Rector Belleville, IL Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events [Ecumenical News International] U.S. Christian denominations and faith-based aid groups said on 13 September that presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have responded to an invitation to state their intentions for dealing with poverty.Video statements from Romney, the Republican candidate, and Obama, the incumbent president and a Democrat, can be viewed at http://www.nccendpoverty.org/praythevote/, according to a news release from the National Council of Churches (NCC).The Rev. Michael Livingston, director of national policy, Interfaith Worker Justice, and a former NCC president said that “children and families living in poverty don’t have a Super PAC [political action committee making campaign contributions] representing their interests, buying commercial airtime, making back room deals to improve their lot. Well, their interests are our interests.”The subject of poverty doesn’t seem to be at the top of political discussions, he said, adding “shame on us.” The candidates have raised more than $1 billion for their campaigns, he noted, while more than 12 million children live “in the most desperate conditions.”The appeal to the candidates was made through the organization Circle of Protection, which is composed of more than 65 heads of denominations, relief and development agencies, and other Christian organizations representing a wide array of churches in the U.S. The NCC is a founding member.A unique alliance of evangelical, ecumenical, Roman Catholic and Christian Orthodox churches and groups, the Circle came together in 2011 to protect essential poverty programs from being cut from the federal budget.Earlier this summer, Circle leaders invited the presidential candidates to submit video statements providing “a clear focus on what each candidate proposes to do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.”In a 13 September news conference, Circle leaders said that in 2011, more than one in seven Americans or 46.2 million people, lived in poverty.NCC President Kathryn Lohre said, “God’s church is at work bringing offerings of food to share with hungry people, sheltering those without homes in our fellowship halls, and creating support networks like job clubs and employment ministries … We must also create a society that provides for those in need. Presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle have articulated how they plan to exercise their leadership in order to alleviate poverty. We, as the church, join them and encourage the nation as a whole to make eradicating poverty a national priority.”The Rev. David Beckmann, president of the Bread for the World anti-hunger advocacy organization, said that “our condition now is worse than ever. Hunger and poverty are so pervasive in this country that the poverty rate is the highest on record in the United States. This should be an election issue, so we are grateful that the presidential candidates are publicly stating their positions. We are calling on religious leaders and all people of faith to listen carefully to what the candidates have to say and when voting be mindful of the least among us.”The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of the progressive Christian group Sojourners, said that “for years Christians have been separated by elections, but finally, we have a common ground moral issue: poverty. Across the political and theological spectrum, this group has put aside differences and taken up this mantle of protecting the poor and bringing their stories and struggles to light.”The NCC’s 37 member communions — from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches — include 40 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments (1) Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC U.S. denominations urge candidates to respond to poverty Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI