Why Justin Tipuric is unlucky to miss out against England

first_img 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 DEALScenter_img 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.last_img read more

Thieves make off with jewellery in Letterkenny home burglary

first_img By News Highland – February 11, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Thieves make off with jewellery in Letterkenny home burglary Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Gardaí in Letterkenny are seeking information in relation to a burglary at a house on the Gortlee Road, Letterkenny that happened on Sunday between 6.30pm and 6.50pm.The homeowner had just left the property. CCTV shows 3 males on foot enter the property. Entry was gained to the house via a rear window. The house was ransacked.A quantity of jewellery was stolen from the house. The males are believed to have left the area in a silver hatchback style car.If anyone was in that area and observed anything untoward or if anyone was in the area and may have captured the silver car in question on dashcam footage then please contact Gardaí in Letterkenny on 074-9167100. Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+center_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleRenewed appeal after local cafe ransackedNext articleArrest made in 21 year old County Derry murder case News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Kwame Kyei heads 9-member Kotoko board of directors

first_imgAsante Kotoko Executive Chairman, Kwame Kyei, has been named Board Chairman of the club by the Manhyia Palace which is the seat of the clun’s owner and patron, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.The naming of a board chairman and a 9-member board for the club was done to meet the Ghana FA’s club licensing regulations that ask clubs to have functioning boards to run their affairs.Kwame Kyei will be assisted by Mr. Jude Arthur in the Vice-Chairman position.The other people on the board are Kwadwo Boateng Gyamfi, Kwasi Osei Ofori, Alhaji Lamine, Kwamena Mensah, Joseph Yaw Addo, Evelyn Nsiah Asare and Baffour Kwame Kusi.The members of the board were chosen based on recommendations made by a three-member committee, led by Prof. Lydia Nkansah of the KNUST, put together by the Manhyia Palace earlier in May to look into the Kotoko-Esperance- Emmanuel Clottey transfer saga.Here is the full statement from the Manhyia Palace released by the Palace’s media affiliate, Opemsuo FM:last_img read more

Eight Days of Razor Clam Digging Starts April 17

first_imgFacebook210Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)  Razor clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Friday, April 17, state shellfish managers announced today.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that the upcoming dig coincides with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, scheduled April 18-19 in Long Beach. Festival events range from free clam-digging lessons to a fritter cook-off. More information is available at http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsWDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests. Tentative dates for those digs are posted on the department’s website.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.last_img read more