JR: I’ll go with Elisha Cuthbert. She plays Jack Bauer’s daughter in 24 and is in The Girl Next Door. Ricky Gervais for comedy and then I’d have to have a sporting legend like Eric Cantona.RW: Do you have any bugbears?JR: At the moment I hate guys wearing the All Saints look: jeans tucked into big boots with a low v-neck top. It’s straight off the mannequin. You see a lot of it in Cardiff and it’s not good. Jeans tucked into big, undone boots? Horrible.RW: Do you know any good jokes?JR: My dad told me one the other day. A guy goes into church in London and sees a sign on the wall next to a telephone saying it’s £10,000 for a call. He thinks that’s a lot for a call and asks a priest why it’s £10,000. He replies, “It’s to call God, a direct call.” The guy then goes on to Birmingham and goes to another church where he sees the same sign on the wall. He asks another priest why’s it £10,000 for a call and he says, “So you can speak to God.” He continues to travel to churches around England. They all have the same notice on the wall and he gets the same response from the priests. Then he visits a church in Cardiff and sees the same sign on the wall but it’s 50p for a call. So he says to the priest, “I’ve been to all these churches in England and it’s £10,000 a call. Why’s it 50p in Cardiff to speak to God?” The priest replies, “Because it’s a local call here.”RW: Any embarrassing moments?JR: No doubt there have been a few in the bedroom that I can’t mention. I get tucked up by the boys quite a lot on nights out, too, in front of groups of girls. I just get ripped into on nights out; it’s embarrassing but funny at the same time.RW: Who’s your ideal woman?JR: Someone who challenges me intellectually and who has a good smile.RW: What can’t you live without?JR: Happiness. And smiling.This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Jamie Roberts lands in Wellington ahead of the Rugby World CupRUGBY WORLD: Who are the jokers with Wales?JAMIE ROBERTS: Tom Shanklin has had to retire now but there are still a few jokers in the squad. Stephen Jones continues with his 1930s banter while the least funny guy is Gethin Jenkins. He offers nothing really, he’s just not funny at all.RW: And the funniest?JR: Andy Powell. He’s the hub of attention.RW: Who are your best and worst room-mates?JR: The worst is Craig Mitchell – he snores like anything. It was terrible and I had to get my own room. The best depends what mood I’m in. If I’m in a lively mood it’s good to room with guys who chat a lot; if all I want to do is get to sleep the best guys are quiet fellas.RW: Which player spends the longest in front of the mirror?JR: Typically I’d have to credit Lee Byrne and James Hook. Gavin Henson is the same. I just do my hair and that’s it.Carl Hayman employs an odd tactic to stop Wales getting the ballRW: What’s your dream holiday?JR: A road trip around California. I’ve done it twice and the best bit is Vegas. I’ve done it in a Mustang convertible – the Pacific Coast Highway is great.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?JR: It was quite funny watching the Wales-Barbarians game on telly when Carl Hayman’s shirt came off and the ball got stuck in it. I always love to see a big tackle, then for the players to get up and shake hands. There’s always a bit of sledging too. It’s a great feeling to dish it out when you’re winning but it’s not so good when you’re on the receiving end and losing. I get the usual, something about my massive jaw or my massive head.RW: If your house was on fire, what three things would you save?JR: My Mac – it’s got my pictures and everything on it. My Rolex Daytona – it’s a nice watch. And probably my uni work.RW: Who are your three dream dinner party guests? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 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 visit
Ireland women captain – Fiona CoughlanThe Ireland Women’s team to play Wales in the RBS 6 Nations Championship has been named by Coach Philip Doyle.Doyle has again named an unchanged team for the re-scheduled fixture on Saturday afternoon in Ashbourne RFC.Ireland was scheduled to play Wales in the first round of the RBS 6 Nations championship, which was called off at half-time due to deterioration of weather conditions.The Ireland side defeated their Italian counterparts 40-10 in their last outing. LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Fiona Coughlan of Ireland poseS with the Women’s Six Nations Trophy during the Six Nations Launch at The Hurlingham Club on January 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for RBS) Starting XV:15. Ashleigh Baxter14. Niamh Kavanagh13. Niamh Briggs12. Grace Davitt11. Alison Miller10. Lynne Cantwell9. Amy Davis1. Fiona Coghlan (Captain)2. Gillian Bourke3. Ailis Egan4. Sophie Spence5. Marie Louise Reilly6. Laura Guest7. Claire Molloy8. Joy Neville Replacements:16. Paula Fitzpatrick17. Ruth O’Reilly18. Siobhan Fleming19. Heather O’Brien20. Larissa Muldoon21. Nikki Caughey22. Jennifer MurphyIreland Women RBS 6 Nations Fixtures 2012 (All Kick-off Times GMT):Sat 3rd Mar 14:30 Ireland v Wales – Ashbourne, Co. MeathFri 9th Mar 19:30 Ireland v Scotland – Ashbourne, Co MeathSat 17th Mar 14:00 England v Ireland – Esher RFC, SW London LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
How did this year’s move from Leicester to Gloucester come about?I was enjoying Leicester but I felt my opportunities were limited there because they have such strength in depth. I thought Gloucester would be better for me and I knew some of the players, like Elliott Stooke, who I now share a house with.Did you expect to play so much first-team rugby this autumn?It’s been a surprise. It’s a shame for Henry Trinder being out with a shoulder injury, but it opened up an opportunity for me. I am just working to get better every week. RW verdict: This Junior World Cup winner has successfully stepped up to the senior game for Gloucester.This Hotshot was published in the December 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition of the mag. Try time: Purdy breaks away from London Irish to score LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS When did you first play rugby?I went along to Chipping Norton rugby club with a mate when I was about eight. Football was my first love but by the age of 11 or 12 I was in love with rugby. I played at Burford School and Cokethorpe, where I went for sixth form.Do you prefer to play wing or centre? I was a centre through my age-group rugby, but when I was at Leicester my A League opportunities mostly came on the wing. I played on the wing for England U20 too.Who influenced you as you came through?Larry Cummins at Cokethorpe, Nick Walshe with England U20 and Tosh Askew at Leicester.
Money, money, moneyThere has been much said about the disparity between the funding Tier One and Tier Two nations receive from World Rugby – but it is not as glaring as has been reported. Every team playing in the World Cup receives a £150,000 participation payment while those who make the quarter-finals get a further £75,000 and those who play in the semi-finals receive a further £100,000.The £7.5m figure that has been bandied around is given to each of the countries playing in the Rugby Championship and Six Nations over a four-year cycle – it is unrelated to the World Cup. It should also be pointed out that the Tier Two nations receive around £6m over the same period when you take into account the coaches, facilities and tournaments World Rugby cover the costs for as well as direct payments. And the governing body should be praised for the work they have done in creating more regular competitions and bringing in coaching expertise for those lower-tier countries. Look at Fiji’s scrum following the help of Alan Muir and Uruguay’s fitness after the work of Craig White.So there is a disparity but it’s nowhere near as big as many people have been saying. Having said that, surely rugby would be better served if the smaller nations received the bigger chunk of World Rugby funding? England is the richest union in the world and the other top teams don’t do too badly in the money-making stakes either, so why not spread more of the wealth to those countries who have a greater need for funding? Yes, the big teams help generate more of World Rugby’s income but it’s the performances of the smaller nations that have so engaged the public during RWC 2015. Imagine what they could do with even more help – maybe we’d see a couple of new teams in the 2019 quarter-finals.Island castaways?The Pacific Island nations have brought so much to the World Cup over the years – Samoa beating Wales in 1991 and 1999, Fiji knocking Wales out of the 2007 tournament, Tonga stunning France in 2011 just a few examples. This time around, however, they have struggled – and there is a risk that at least one of the three teams won’t be present at RWC 2019.Jump to it: Will Fiji be involved in the 2019 World Cup? Photo: Getty ImagesIn fairness to Fiji, had they been in any other pool they would have had a decent chance of reaching the quarter-finals for their traditional attacking innovation was matched by a solidity at the set-piece that has long been absent. Samoa fell well short of their previous achievements, their performance against Scotland the only bright spot, while Tonga struggled after losing their opening game to Georgia.All three finished fourth in their pools, meaning that none of them have qualified automatically for the 2019 tournament. For years ago, both Tonga and Samoa secured their RWC 2015 spot by coming third in their pools, with Fiji then qualifying as Oceania One.The qualifying structure for 2019 has not been confirmed and it’s unlikely World Rugby would limit Oceania to just one place this time given the talent on the islands, but whether all three will make it is the big question.Poor return: Tonga won just one game at this World Cup. Photo: Getty ImagesWith Japan already qualified, will there be room for another Asia team? And as Georgia have qualified for the first time, will Europe still have a further two spots? World Rugby have confirmed there will be a four-team repechage competition to decide the final team and they may also decide that giving the islanders more chances to qualify is necessary. One could go through as Oceania One, the other could play off against the top side in Asia (with all due respect to the likes of Hong Kong, they would struggle to compete in a World Cup) and the third could go into the repechage.It’s important that teams from all corners of the globe are given the chance to qualify for the World Cup but to ensure there are no horrendously one-sided contests you also need the best teams at the tournament. Plenty for World Rugby to ponder.Turnaround bright skies We look at five of the big issues generated by the World Cup pool stages LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The short breaks between games for some nations has been another hot topic. Would Japan have reached the quarter-finals if they hadn’t had to play Scotland just five days after facing South Africa?Back foot: Japan struggled against Scotland after a five-day turnaround. Photo: Getty ImagesSolving the problem is not straightforward. With five-team pools, there is always going to be one team not playing in each ‘round’. To ensure every team got a seven-day turnaround between each game, you would need to extend the tournament by several weeks, which isn’t feasible. If you make all the Tier One teams, those who have the greater depth to cope, have shorter turnarounds, the high-profile matches are likely to fall in midweek and TV companies want to maximise prime time weekend audiences; given the amount of money they pump into the tournament, their wants and needs can’t be ignored. Make it five pools of four teams so everyone gets the same treatment and determining the quarter-finalists becomes complicated.Whichever way you look it’s not easy and it should be noted that more Tier One nations had short turnarounds than ever before this time, England and Ireland the only ones whose involvement was weekend after weekend. It’s certainly an area that needs to be looked at – again – but it’s unlikely a perfect scenario will ever be discovered.Pool flawWe all know what happens when a World Cup pool draw is made three years before the tournament: you get a Pool of Death (or as Warren Gatland called it a Pool of Hell). Yes, Wales were fleetingly ranked ninth back in 2012, meaning they slipped to the third band of the draw, but come the tournament itself, Australia, England and Wales were all ranked in the top six while Fiji were ninth. The pool flaw resulted in the host nation being eliminated before the knockout stages.Despite all this, World Rugby look likely to hold the draw for RWC 2019 three years out again. The reason? To sell tickets, given that they will be in competition with the Olympics being held in Tokyo the following year.Full house: Japan 2019 will be hoping to have the same crowds as this year. Photo: Getty ImagesI understand the need to maximise ticket sales, particularly with it being the first tournament staged outside one of the ‘big eight’ countries, but having such a lop-sided pool draw again would weaken the credibility of the competition and World Rugby.Citing lotteryIt’s absolutely correct that the citing process is independent, but the inconsistencies in what constitutes an offence is again damaging rugby’s image. Having so many different citing officers means you will always get different opinions – like a lot of things in rugby, it’s all about interpretation.It’s not feasible for one person to look at every game and spot offences, but how about having one overall citing chief? He/she receives info from each of the officers at matches on possible offences and then decides whether to cite a player or not. Making it one person’s view should at least make the process more consistent. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Closing the gap: Should England and Uruguay receive equal funding from World Rugby? Photo: Getty Images TAGS: FijiHighlightJapanSamoaTonga
TAGS: Highlight Men in black: New Zealand look unstoppable after bashing the Aussies last weekendHere’s a look at a couple of potential players for the Springboks, Wallabies and Pumas who can help their teams begin to bridge the seemingly growing gap with the All Blacks over the next year or two.Malcolm Marx, hooker, South AfricaMarx will have to oust Adriaan Strauss, the Springbok captain, in order to start, but there can be little doubt that he has been the form hooker in South Africa this season. Consistent at the set-piece and a nightmare for defences to try and contain in the loose, Marx has kicked on in 2016 and begun to realise the enormous potential which once made him one of the most highly-touted players at U20 level.Young Bok: Malcolm Marx could push for the No.2 shirtThere are shades of a young Bismarck du Plessis about Marx and it will take the bold call from Allister Coetzee of changing his captain to see Marx move up the pecking order, but it could be the making of this new-look Springbok side.Sergeal Petersen, wing, South AfricaThe Boks have found the answer on one of their wings with Ruan Combrinck taking his stellar Super Rugby form into the test arena but his partner on the other wing is yet to be found. JP Pietersen has moved to England and hasn’t been included in South Africa’s TRC squad, whilst Bryan Habana will be 36 at the next RWC, creating plenty of uncertainty at the position.Flyer: Sergeal Petersen could fill the boots of Bryan HabanaA veteran option like Lwazi Mvovo could do a job but in Petersen the Springboks could find all the pace that Habana gave them during his glory years, as well as a physical presence who is not afraid to put his body on the line in defence. Keeping veterans like Pietersen and Habana around as they blood Combrinck makes a lot of sense but once he is attuned to test rugby, turning to a talent like Petersen could see the Springboks take a large step forward.Allan Alaalatoa, prop, Australia LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Rugby Championship began last weekend, and in case there was any doubt, it cemented New Zealand’s position at the top of rugby’s international pantheon By Alex ShawThe All Blacks’ 42-8 demolition of the Wallabies in Sydney was exquisite, only further expanding the gulf in quality – both technically and mentally – between themselves and Australia, whilst the scrappy, albeit compelling, clash between South Africa and Argentina didn’t lend itself to either team looking as if they are able to maintain a sustained and serious challenge to New Zealand.It’s hard to remember a Rugby World Cup cycle beginning with such a stark differential in quality between the All Blacks and their southern hemisphere counterparts, particularly Australia and South Africa, and even three years out from the next RWC, it will be of great concern to New Zealand’s rivals. Alaalatoa may be the best scrummaging prospect to come out of Australia in the last few years, something which is made all the more impressive by his ability to cover both loosehead and tighthead. It’s a nice security blanket for the Wallabies to have but if they are to get the best out of him and ensure they remain competitive with the best scrummaging nations in the world, they will need to nail down his position sooner rather than later.Collision course: Allan Alaalatoa is one of the brightest front row talents in AustraliaHe has spent more time at loosehead but given that Australia already have Scott Sio and James Slipper at that position, their goal could well be to see him mature into their starting tighthead. Greg Holmes has left Australia for England, leaving Sekope Kepu as their only established player at the position.Reece Hodge, full-back, AustraliaIsrael Folau continues to push for more playing time at 13 and this potentially opens a door for Hodge at full-back, where the 21-year-old has excelled for the Melbourne Rebels this year.Utility: Reece Hodge possesses a likeliness to Adam Ashley-CooperAs with Alaalatoa, Hodge’s versatility makes him a valuable asset for the Wallabies and he is capable of also covering both wings and the outside centre berth, whilst his cannon-like boot would give Australia more range in goal-kicking situations, as well as a good tactical kicker for exiting their own 22. Hodge brings the same level of versatility that the Wallabies so relished in players like Adam Ashley-Cooper and Matt Giteau, and represents the future of Australian rugby, something which may need to be embraced swiftly.Facundo Isa, No. 8, ArgentinaIsa has been on the verge of cementing the Argentinean number eight jersey for a while now but the experience of Leonardo Senatore has prevented him from claiming it full-time. Now, with Senatore continuing to have discipline issues on the field and Isa rapidly developing into one of the world’s most exciting talents at the position, the time is ripe for him to make the position his own.Hungry Puma: Facundo Isa has his sights set on the No.8 shirtAlong with Santiago Cordero and Nicolás Sánchez, Isa can spearhead a young and exciting Pumas team which is capable of catching the All Blacks by the 2019 RWC and the experience he garners now, particularly in adversity, will make him all the better of a player further down the road.Marcos Kremer, lock, ArgentinaThe mountainous Kremer caught the eye at this year’s World Rugby U20 Championship, displaying all the athletic traits which the world’s top second rows have at their disposal. He followed that up by making his Super Rugby debut at the age of 18 and is now set to make the leap to test rugby. Kremer the crop: Marcos Kremer has been fast-tracked into the Pumas TRC squadHe has yet to debut for the Pumas but with Guido Petti being linked with a move to Toulon, something which would make him unavailable for international selection, Kremer could be the long-term partner to Tomás Lavanini in the Argentinean engine room. He has been fast-tracked into the Pumas’ TRC squad and it would not be surprising to see him make his test bow before the tournament concludes.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here
In my first year at Glasgow, we played Bath and Nick Abendanon put up a high ball. He fluffed it but those are harder to catch, so this dead duck thing was coming towards me and I dived forward to catch it, but I ended up face planting into the ground and the ball landed a few metres behind me.Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with? Michael Jordan. He was my idol growing up – I was born in the States and was into basketball. He conquered the sport and I’d be really interested to hear his stories.Basketball great: Michael Jordan shoots for Chicago Bulls in 1997. Photo: Getty ImagesIf you could have one superpower, what would it be? It has to be to fly. Teleporting would be good, you’d get somewhere instantaneously, but flying you’d get somewhere quickly and enjoy it while it’s happening.What’s your guilty pleasure? I do enjoy playing PlayStation. It’s a great way to switch off. The best game I’ve played is The Last of Us – a single-player game on PS4 – and Tom Clancy’s The Division is one we all play together.Who’s the best gamer? Josh Strauss. He’s a lot different to what people think – he loves punk and PlayStation. We roomed together at the World Cup in Newcastle and we had two TVs, one at each end of the room, and we’d play video games.Do you have any hidden talents? I can talk like Smeagol/Gollum from Lord of the Rings. I can do a back flip too. But it’s never going to be a try celebration – I’ve not done one for two years and am likely to have a back spasm!What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scotland wing Tommy Seymour talks phobias, flying and fluffed kicks Who are the jokers at Glasgow? Ryan Wilson is up there. He’s always keen for a laugh. I find Jon Welsh incredibly entertaining too. He’s at Newcastle now but is around the Scotland camp and makes me laugh.Any practical jokes you can share? Stuart Hogg is easy to scare so a lot of the time it’s trying to scare him. John Barclay put videos on Twitter during the Six Nations of him scaring Hoggy – they were good. Hoggy tries to get people back but no one reacts like him.What are your nicknames? ‘Stern’ has been kicking around since my time at Ulster. It started from a vicious rumour that I’m grumpy! I’m fortunate it’s not used too much.What’s the harshest nickname? Duncan Weir gets called ‘Boggy’ because his head/hair looks like a toilet brush.Great hands: Leone Nakarawa shows his skills for Fiji at the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Getty ImagesIf you could be one of your team-mates, who would it be? I’m not going to say a prop because I’ve never looked at a maul session and thought, ‘I’d like to see what that’s like’. Maybe a scrum-half or fly-half as their decision-making is so quick. Niko Matawalu – I’d love to be able to do the things he does; he’s one of a kind. Leone Nakarawa isn’t a traditional second-row either. Both of them are able to do things with the ball that not a lot of people can.Do you have any phobias? I’ve got a real phobia of chickens. It comes from a childhood trauma. My aunt had chickens and one had a crooked spine so its head was almost upside down. When it was my turn to feed them I heard this noise that still haunts me and that chicken ran towards me. I ran into the shed and stayed there for an hour with the chicken pecking at the door until my brother found me. It’s called alektorophobia.FOR THE LATEST RUGBY WORLD SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE.What annoys you? I don’t like mess. I find it hard to relax and switch off if things are untidy at home.What’s your most embarrassing moment? It sounds corny but to have a happy family. I was born in America so it was hard to see my grandparents. I’d love to have a few children with Katy and for them to see our families a lot.This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Rugby World. TAGS: Glasgow Warriors Ready to roar: Tommy Seymour warms up during Lions training. Photo: Getty Images
Explaining his approach over the trip to Europe, he explains: “We want to see how many of them are competitors, how many of them want to win while giving everybody a chance at the same time. We’ve changed our squad every game (on day one). We’ve got two weeks away and we want to give everyone a chance. And we want these boys to push the ones in the 15s team. Related: Sevens survey raises player welfare concerns“We’re not a massive rugby playing nation. There’s six Premiership teams in Hong Kong and they are going for a 15s World Cup, the same as we have a sevens World Cup and then there’s the Asian Games which is huge to be involved in. Front line: Hong Kong’s first-choice sevens side in action Trip to Europe treated as an extended training camp for Hong Kong’s prospective Sevens World Cup stars LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hong Kong use Algarve 7s to prepare for Sevens World CupCompeting on several fronts has created some unique, but welcome issues for Hong Kong rugby.Last week Hong Kong’s 15s side moved a step closer to the 2019 Rugby World Cup after triumphing in the Asian Championships. They now go into home-and-away matches with Cook Island for the chance to compete in the four-team World Cup repechage, where the final place at Japan 2019.However, the Asian side are also preparing for the Sevens World Cup, in San Francisco in July. With so few athletes to select from, head coach Paul John has had to shuffle his pack while taking up the opportunity to play in tournaments in Europe.Related: The first ever Algarve 7s“Some of our players play sevens and 15s, so we’re playing tournaments now with those guys who don’t play 15s and try and build experience because we don’t play that many sevens tournaments,” John explained. “So we got the opportunity to come over to Europe and play on the Algarve this week and Amsterdam next week. It’s vital to play.”John’s side were the first to arrive in Portugal and will stay for a few days after all the other competitors, using the trip to put the players through their paces during a training camp. Hong Kong were inconsistent on the Algarve, but John has little concern as he casts his eyes further ahead. “So there are some guys who might be able to play in a 15s World Cup, sevens World Cup and an Asian Games. We understand that and at the moment we’re trying to make the base of sevens player in Hong Kong bigger. This is vital for that.”Rugby World’s Sevens World Cup coverage in association with Tudor Watch
My mum and dad for their support and driving me everywhere. My school coaches for giving me the confidence to run with the ball and be able to play.Also Ally Donaldson and Ian Monaghan, who I had last year with the U18s. They were really positive and gave the team confidence. We won our three matches.What have you learnt training with the senior Edinburgh squad? It’s been a great experience. My core skills have improved a lot because we do a lot of 15 v 15. And my contact work because I’m going up against bigger guys. That’s given me a lot of confidence.What are your goals going forward? Hopefully I get picked for the Junior World Cup, where we have a tough pool of New Zealand, South Africa and Georgia. That should be a great experience.Obviously there will be boys away with Scotland (at the start of next season), so it would be great if I can get Edinburgh game time then.What do you do away from rugby? This season I wanted to just focus on rugby, but I’ve applied to do history at uni next year. I’d like to do it full-time if I could. I’ll have discussions with the uni about what’s manageable.RW VERDICT: The teenager was one of the bright lights in a disappointing U20 Six Nations for the Scots. He became the first player born this century to represent Edinburgh, in a pre-season friendly against Bath, and recently made his Pro14 bow v Benetton. TAGS: Edinburgh Rugby Get to know Scottish speedster Jack Blain Fast show: Jack Blain makes a break against France U20 (Inpho) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Edinburgh and Scotland U20 wing Jack BlainDate of birth 21 February 2000 Born Edinburgh Club Edinburgh Country Scotland Position WingHow did you first get into rugby? I started off at the Stew Mel Lions when I was five or six. Then I played all the way through school, at Stewart’s Melville College. I was involved in some regional stuff and have played age-grade for Scotland as well – U16, U18 and U20.Did you play any other sports? I played cricket and did athletics for the school. I got involved in as many things as possible – I’m from a sporty family. My older brother, Scott, plays cricket and my younger brother, Tom, plays golf.I really enjoy rugby and being part of a team, and I was lucky enough to be offered an academy contract straight out of school. So I thought I’d give it a go and see where it took me. I’ve really enjoyed it this year.Have you always been a wing? I played a bit at centre at school but I’ve always enjoyed playing on the wing and I’m most comfortable out there. I like running with ball in hand.Which players do you admire? I like Rieko Ioane and Jacob Stockdale.Who’s been the biggest influence on you? This article originally appeared in the May 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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My apologies to all the folks in Alameda! Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Sharyn Mitzo says: Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth volunteers from five San Francisco Bay Area Episcopal parishes worked in Brooklyn, New York, during early August to clean out a backyard and lower level of a house. The owner plans to transform the area into a community center for youth in the neighborhood to gather and learn computer skills. Photo: What Is Good? Tumblr blog[Episcopal News Service] If you do not live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic of the United States, Hurricane Sandy, which devastated those states nearly 10 months ago, may be a distant memory. That is not the case for many who live in those areas, however, and Episcopalians continue to help during what is only the beginning of a multi-year recovery process.While national news might show scenes of rebuilding and states are spending millions of dollars to assure traditional summer visitors that, in the words of New Jersey’s campaign, “we’re stronger than the storm,” life in parts of New Jersey, New York and Maryland is far from normal. The Oct. 29, 2012 storm caused an estimated $65.7 billion in damage, including destroying or damaging 650,000 homes, according to a recent federal report.However, Episcopalians who wanted to help out right after the storm were often told there was no work for them to do.“Folks early on thought that we’d be doing massive rebuilding at this point and there were going to be all kinds of mission opportunities here,” Keith Adams, Diocese of New Jersey disaster recovery coordinator, told Episcopal News Service during a recent interview.There have been mission opportunities – volunteers have been put to work at other tasks such as helping to warehouse donations to feeding programs – but in recent months the stage has been set for a new and sustained round of house reconstruction and even new home construction.Adams spoke to ENS at the Lighthouse Alliance Community Church in Tuckerton, New Jersey, which is serving as the hub of an ecumenical rebuilding effort organized by the local ministerial association. In the months since Sandy struck, Operation Blessing mucked out more than 100 homes, many of which need repair and reconstruction. The diocese and the association committed to rebuilding as many as 30 homes during the 2013 summer. On the day Adams met with ENS, a mission team from Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia was in the middle of a week’s worth of work in some of those homes.The new round of mission opportunities has come about because most people have reached the decision point in the typical post-disaster cycle of relief and recovery efforts. The process of homeowners applying for and receiving disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ended in May. The end of July was the deadline for applying for financial assistance from various homeowner-assistance programs funded with federal Community Block Grant Development money.“It just takes a lot, a lot of time to work through a long-term recovery process,” said Adams.During those months of limbo, “folks don’t know whether they’re going to stay, they’re going to rebuild, or what the amount is going to be from their insurance companies,” said Adams, a retired federal disaster management expert with more than 30 years of experience.In addition, many homeowners covered by the federal National Flood Insurance Program have learned the hard way about a small clause in their policies that denies coverage if floodwaters move the soil around their homes and that movement cracks the foundation.And there is an added layer of frustration and delay, according to the Rev. Michael Sniffen, rector of the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. FEMA and some homeowners’ private insurance companies have given them conflicting information about who will pay which claims first.“It becomes this endless loop and in the meantime they’re still without power, without water, without an adequate place to live,” said Sniffen, whose parish has been involved in Sandy recovery efforts since shortly after the storm.Not all homeowners yet know which of the programs for which they have applied will grant them money, or they have learned that their applications were rejected or not fully funded. Earlier this month, the Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press solicited stories from people who have been denied money from the biggest of those programs, the $600 million Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation program, and who thus plan to walk away from their Sandy-damaged homes. On Aug. 23, the newspaper ran a story about one such couple forced to choose whether to rebuild or leave.One of the volunteers from a group of youth from four San Francisco Bay Area Episcopal parishes works on the infrastructure of a building in Brooklyn, New York, damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Photo: What Is Good? Tumblr blogTo help residents navigate their post-Sandy world, Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the work of disaster recovery coordinators such as Adams in the dioceses of Easton (Maryland), New Jersey and New York. These coordinators are working with Episcopal congregations, ecumenical and community-based groups and a range of government agencies to assess needs and organize response activities, according to an Episcopal Relief & Development press release.The work, which is just beginning, is mainly happening via what are known as Long-Term Recovery Groups (an example is here). There are 16 in the state of New Jersey and a main function of the groups is to provide case management services to help families and individuals hurt by Sandy meet their unmet needs.It is a big task. The groups have a total of slightly less than 100 case managers across New Jersey. In Monmouth County, one of the hardest hit by Sandy but just one of nine counties that were affected, 35,000 people need an appointment with a case manager, Adams said.“So this is not going to be a matter of a couple of months or a couple of years,” he said. “This is going to go on probably for several years.”Adams recently put out an e-mail call for Episcopalians in the diocese to volunteer to help those groups with their work.In addition to the work in Tuckerton, Episcopalians have helped rehabilitate nearly 100 homes on Staten Island and there are another 60 homes in line to be re-done in the Atlantic City area, according to Adams.“We anticipate going forward that we’re going to have more and more homes coming in [line for work],” he said. “This year is probably not going to be the big reconstruction season. Next year will probably be our biggest chunk of that.”And the message to Episcopalians is a clear one: “There’s going to be tons of opportunities next year,” according to Adams.He predicted five or six sites across the dioceses of New Jersey and New York for rebuilding and construction work.Sniffen said that “for years we’re going to continue to need crews of helping hands coming in with all sorts of skills.”The work in the Sandy-hit areas is not totally like recent work in other disaster areas, Adams said.In a lot of cases “there’s not going to be an opportunity to rebuild homes” because many structures have been condemned and are being torn down, he said. The resulting vacant lots are often bought by people looking to build bigger homes than the ones that were lost. In addition, some owners face tens of thousands of dollars in additional rebuilding costs to raise their homes above flood level, sometimes by as much as 12 feet, in order to comply with new federal flood insurance regulations. Those pressures have begun to price some people out of the market.The Diocese of New Jersey wants to help mitigate that situation by building affordable housing on property once occupied by closed churches. Adams discusses those plans in the video below.[ooyala code=”d2cWR4ZDp9qep5bcgjpyoMilU_72yPaZ” player_id=”d4a5625b85af485eb1fff640076c5be6″]Episcopal Relief & Development also has helped set up regional volunteer coordination to connect mission teams with projects in impacted dioceses. The dioceses of Easton, New Jersey and New York have established a website here for Episcopalians looking for post-Sandy volunteer opportunities. All three dioceses – as well as the Diocese of Long Island where Sniffen’s church is located – are hosting mission teams.Elizabeth Keenan, the regional volunteer coordinator, is making sure that each work site is getting volunteers “so that not everyone wants to come to New Jersey all at once and New York has no volunteers or Maryland has no volunteers,” she told ENS.Summer is the big volunteer season, Keenan said, owing to school vacations and the fact that many people plan to take vacations from work during the summer. But she hopes volunteers will think about coming during the off-season.“There’s such a need [for people] to come volunteer or we’re not going to be able to rebuild and we’re not going to actually survive the storm,” said Keenan, a New Jersey native who lives in Medford, New Jersey and who was working for Americorps when Sandy hit and helped FEMA begin taking disaster-assistance applications the day before the storm hit on Oct. 29, 2012.Keenan said her work has strengthened her faith. “You really do see the work of God in the volunteers,” she said.And many of the mission trip volunteers say they have been transformed by their experiences.[ooyala code=”8zdnF4ZDrRz5kbZX_h9T0fzUAYQNmOvT” player_id=”d4a5625b85af485eb1fff640076c5be6″]Sniffen’s parish recently housed a group of young people and their adult advisors from All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley, California; Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda, California; St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Danville, California; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Walnut Creek, California; and Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill, California. The volunteers worshiped with the Brooklyn parish on Aug. 4 and one young person spoke during the service about how they have learned about retributive and restorative justice.“My mind was sort of blown,” said Sniffen. “They were talking about wanting to be involved in this relief effort in a way that brings about restorative justice; that is healing for everyone involved.”This group (whose members have posted pictures of their trip here) and their predecessors tell members of St. Luke and St. Matthew that while they came to help and assumed they were going to inspire the storm survivors, their experience was more multi-dimensional.“They were so gung-ho to come and help and sort of be cheerleaders and what they found was that they were transformed by the communities that they’re visiting and that they’re helping,” said Sniffen. “There’s just so much mutual inspiration and spiritual uplift that happens on these trips. We all feel encouraged.”The parish has been in need of some encouragement because, while most members were not impacted by Sandy, an arsonist struck the church two days before Christmas 2012. They have been worshipping in the parish hall ever since.“The congregation is sort of a displaced community and we’re serving people who are displaced. And the people who are here on these trips are displaced of their own choice for a time,” Sniffen said. “So everyone just relates to one another on a basic human level and everyone is motivated by loving service. It’s really just an opportunity to come together across so many differences.”Churches have always played a key role in helping people recover from disasters but Sniffen said the post-Sandy work has taught him and the congregation some lessons. “There’s a business of relief that kind of builds up around these disasters. Sometimes that can be very helpful and some aspects of it are either unhelpful or even beyond that can be hurtful,” he said.“Faith communities can help people navigate that. Rather than be another layer, we can see ourselves as neighbors. We’re not an agency that someone comes to to fill out a form; we’re just walking with people through these various processes.”Another lesson learned in the aftermath of Sandy, Sniffen said, is how much more Episcopal churches could do, if they made some basic changes. For instance, the St. Luke and St. Matthew vestry is considering renovating its kitchen and bathrooms, including adding showers, to make the church more readily adaptable as a disaster shelter and to make it easier to host work groups.Now whenever a mission trip is at the church, showers are a major challenge with Sniffen calling the local YMCA to see if the volunteers can shower there. Or, if the group is small enough, Sniffen lets them shower at the rectory, and tries to get the same hospitality from other Episcopal churches. The East Bay group showered at St. John’s Episcopal Church, also in Brooklyn.Looking to the longer term, Sniffen wonders whether the Episcopal Church ought to consider designating specific parishes as regional hubs for disaster-recovery services.And, whether it is infrastructure changes or changes in attitude, Sniffen and Adams say those on the frontlines of disaster recovery are learning things they can share with the wider Episcopal Church as it discusses ways to be more “nimble” and responsive to the world it serves.“If we look at things like natural disasters and community crises to be our teachers, we learn very quickly how to become nimble because the need is so obvious to us,” Sniffen said. “So the lessons that we’ve learned doing disaster relief are lessons that I hope we will be able to incorporate into all of the other aspects of our corporate life.”— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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