Edinburgh sign South African lock Izak van der Westhuizen

first_img Southern pickings: Lock Izak (L)will join the Scottish side on a two-year contractEDINBURGH RUGBY today announced the completion of a third southern-hemisphere swoop with the signing of Free State Cheetah’s lock Izak van der Westhuizen on a two-year contract.Born in Kimberley, South Africa, the 26-year-old lineout and restart specialist is a formidable ball carrier in the loose thanks to an impressive athleticism, bound in a 6’5”, 18st frame.After following up promising showings in the Springboks U18 Academy, van der Westhuizen was called up to the Cheetah’s U19 and U21 sides before progressing to the senior squad aged 24, with a Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies in 2010.A groin injury meant he played only a handful of Super Rugby games during the 2011 season however, this year, he has returned to become a mainstay in the Cheetahs pack, starting all 12 of the club’s matches this season.His arrival completes the club’s second-row stable, where he’ll compete for a starting spot with recently re-signed trio of Sean Cox, Grant Gilchrist and Steven Turnbull, as well as fellow new boys Robert McAlpine and Perry-John Parker.Van der Westhuizen, who (subject to visa) will arrive in October because of Currie Cup commitments, said: “I want to test myself against the top players in Europe so when I found out Edinburgh Rugby were looking for a player with my skill-set, I was desperate to sign. “I like the pace the boys play with, it’s very similar to a Super Rugby style which gives me a lot of confidence that I’ll fit in well. I’m really looking forward to joining the club. They’ve some real talent joining the squad and some quality Scottish players re-signed too so I think it’s the ideal time to be part of a really exciting squad.”The South African joins fellow Cheetah WP Nel (prop) and former Junior World Player of the Year and All Black, Ben Atiga, on the long-haul flight to Edinburgh, where they will be met by seven other high-profile signings, including Welsh internationalists John Yapp (prop) and Richie Rees (scrum-half), Georgian World Cup number 8, Dimitri Basilaia, and English Premiership pair Greig Tonks and Michael Penn (full-back/wing).Alongside the new arrivals, the club have retained 19 top-performing Edinburgh Rugby stars that have committed their futures to the club, pointing to a heightened belief in the bright future being forged at the Murrayfield club. Izak van der Westhuizen (26)Position: Second-rowBorn: 23/01/1986 in Kimberley, South AfricaHeight: 196cm (6’5”), Weight: 114kg (18st)Rugby career:Staats President Swart Primary SchoolDiamantveld High SchoolSA U18 development squadUnversity of the Free StateFree State Cheetahs U19 and U21Free State Cheetahs XV (debut v Brumbies, 2010) BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 18: Izak van der Westhuizen of Cheetahs claims the ball in the lineout during the Super Rugby round 18 match between Cheetahs and Stormers at Free State Stadium on June 18, 2011 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images)center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Edinburgh Rugby last_img read more

Manu Tuilagi on the wing: is it a World Cup-winning gamble?

first_imgRugby World VerdictEven with the contingency of Ashton on the bench, this represents a calculated gamble. Still, Lancaster’s timing – trying a ballsy, potentially game-breaking combination with the series still alive – must be applauded. Ambition is the only way to overturn the world champions. This should be fascinating. I’LL COME clean. In the aftermath of England’s gut-wrenching defeat to New Zealand on Saturday when Sir Clive Woodward suggested Manu Tuilagi move to the wing for the second Test, I was hugely skeptical. In fact, the notion seemed frustratingly unnecessary.Tuilagi had just produced a bullying performance from outside-centre that rocked Eden Park to its foundations. Despite being closely monitored, he broke the gainline on ten out of 13 carries, busting five tackles on the way. The 23-year-old had been the focal point of so much that went right for England, so why shunt him into another position? A position he has not started in at senior level for almost four years – a 44-19 success for Leicester Tigers over Newcastle on 27 November 2010, in case you are interested.Well, there are reasons. Stuart Lancaster can now call upon Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees – a partnership that blends brawn, organisational skills, offloading prowess and another kicking option for the crucial territorial tussle. Adding Tuilagi to that threequarter line might just bring the clinical edge needed to transform England into force capable of clinching the 2015 World Cup.Double act? Manu Tuilagi and Luther Burrell could prove powerful threats for England in DunedinHowever, Lancaster’s attempt to shoehorn his most potent attackers into a back-line at the expense of specialists Jonny May and Chris Ashton could also send any chance of a historic series victory swirling down the drain. Either way, a punchy wildcard has been played. Let’s take a glance at some pros and cons…AttackAside from heightened responsibility on the kick-chase – which must be spot on – not much changes for Manu Tuilagi here. From set-piece he can still be used off Owen Farrell’s shoulder, either as a first-phase missile or tackler-attracting decoy (much like George North’s role for Wales). England’s lineout and scrum are in excellent fettle, so they have a decent launchpad from which to test New Zealand’s first-up tackling through the middle.With Twelvetrees in the team, ‘two-sided’ attacking structures – a competent first-receiver on either side of the breakdown – should ensure Tuilagi gets plenty of involvements including a few isolated one-on-one situations, where he is devastating. His strike rate of 11 tries in 23 Tests is world class (better than those of North, Cory Jane and Ben Smith) and added muscle is sure to aid England’s current uncertainty in the finishing department.Besides anything else, we can expect a stretched affair under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Seven Super 15 matches at the venue so far this campaign have brought a total of 45 tries. New Zealand’s last outing there was a 41-33 defeat of Australia. Kicking goals won’t be enough. If England’s outstanding breakdown allows them to garner 56% possession as it did in Auckland, Tuilagi latching onto offloads will turn pressure into points.Defence LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Stuart Lancaster has selected Manu Tuilagi on the wing for Saturday’s second Test – Rugby World analyses whether it is a good decision for Englandcenter_img Undeniably there are more concerns when NZ have ball in hand. Wing is the toughest position to adopt in England’s system. Lancaster expects widemen to “push up as the end defender but also anticipate kicks and cover the backfield”. It’s a double-edged task that requires pace, positional nous and ability to read a fly-half’s body language – not easy.Best foot forward: Aaron Smith is likely to be peppering Tuilagi’s wing with box-kicksNow, Tuilagi’s natural rugby sense is underrated. This week will not be the first time he has trained as a wing in the England set-up, either. Do not be too surprised if his positioning is sound. However, contestable kicks are the All Blacks’ key weapon. Jane and Julian Savea possess wonderful aerial skills, while scrum-half Aaron Smith is the premier box-kicker on the planet. New Zealand’s first port of call will be to pepper Tuilagi’s touchline.Last is the concept of presence. A hefty specimen such as Tuilagi commands respect, even in crowded midfields. Ma’a Nonu definitely looked preoccupied last weekend. That said, Savea has accrued a record of 19 tries in 20 Tests with power as a principal attribute. Stationed opposite the hulking Hurricane, Tuilagi won’t give away an advantage there.BreakdownThis is perhaps an unexpected note to finish on, but definitely a significant facet of Saturday’s encounter. Flooding rucks out wide is a Kiwi habit that filters up from age-group rugby to those lucky enough to wear black.Especially at tackles in the tramlines (between five-metre line and the touchline), young New Zealanders are taught to keep their feet and march beyond the ball. It’s a practice that pays dividends at professional level – an overwhelming proportion of Test tries scored by Steve Hansen’s men come from turnover ball.Tuilagi’s low centre of gravity and strength mean he is one of England’s best exponents on the floor, even among a squad that Graham Rowntree has moulded into a fine breakdown unit. Against New Zealand, those qualities are just as important in wider channels. On the move: Manu Tuilagi in training this week ahead of his first Test as a winger last_img read more

European Champions Cup player analysis: George North, Northampton Saints

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight For all of Warren Gatland‘s talk of building slowly towards the World Cup, clashes with Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa next month are extremely important for Wales. A run of no wins from 20 attempts against ‘big three’ opposition must stop. To have North in top form is a welcome boost.Thanks to BT Sport for the footage. You can purchase tickets to the European Champions Cup final here. George North is storming into stunning form just in time for Wales’ autumn Tests. We analyse his four-try haul for Northampton Saints in Saturday’s 34-6 thrashing of the Ospreyscenter_img One thing about George North that never fails to astonish – more striking even than the staggering raw materials of pace, power and prodigious finishing ability – is his age. The affable Wales phenomenon has not yet turned 23. Frankly, it seems ludicrous. He could quite conceivably terrorise defenders for another decade.Beast mode: North takes Israel Folau for a rideBefore getting too carried away, we must remember one crucial caveat. Careful management will be integral to the longevity of this astounding athlete. Jaw-dropping brilliance on the 2013 Lions tour to Australia propelled him into the rugby stratosphere. However, a subsequent summer move to Northampton Saints meant immediate immersion in the grind of an Aviva Premiership schedule – hardly a soft landing.Put simply, North spent most of last term looking spent. Sure, there were fantastic performances every now and then, but while Saints stormed to the domestic title, their rockstar wing appeared too physically and mentally exhausted to offer any concerted consistency.Looking back, we should not be too surprised. North’s 2012/3 campaign encompassed 2,370 minutes for club and country, finally wrapping up on July 6 in Sydney. At times, things must have been tortuous the next season. Fatigue can form a horrible type of claustrophobia. Essentially, North’s desire to impress and hit the ground running was confined by his own body.All that feels like ancient history now. Refreshed and replenished, North has been full of verve since September, resembling his true self – a devastating weapon – week in, week out. All Black Julian Savea is another fit to eat at the top table – and with 29 tries from 29 internationals he is evidently hungry. This pair of behemoths potentially go head-to-head at Millennium Stadium on November 22. The ground will shake.North will certainly be buoyant heading into Wales’ November itinerary. He signed off with a four-try haul last weekend in the European Champions Cup, condemning Ospreys to a 34-6 thumping. Having registered a 70-metre screamer against the Neath-Swansea region as recently as January, this was more of the same – an evening that stole the headlines. There is so much more than violent velocity to North’s Midas touch. Watch his first five-pointer, just 16 minutes in:At first glance, this is a straightforward walk-in, and North does eventually stroll over the line unopposed without even needing unmarked Jamie Elliott to his left. Still, this score would have delighted Jim Mallinder beyond mere aesthetics.Turnover ball and the transition between defence and attack is a hugely fertile source of tries in modern rugby, but a team must be cohesive to take advantage. This particular opening comes about from disruption. Lee Dickson harries at the base of the ruck and Tom Wood rushes through, hitting Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb in a burly tackle before getting to his feet and blasting over the ruck.Once possession is secured, the reaction is rapid and the awareness impressive. North himself demonstrates supreme poaching ability to realign in a dangerous position.He does this so quickly and accurately that although Stephen Myler‘s pass is a ‘stopper’, as shown by the above screenshot, the chance is not wasted. Counter-attack was the name of the game for number two on the half-hour:Kick-return is another area where communication and mutual understanding make life so much easier. The combination between North and opposite wing Ken Pisi completely confounds the Ospreys. Again though, it starts with sheer graft. North is 12 metres behind the ball as Elliott fields the visitors’ clearance and passes infield:Having worked hard to get back into the game as an option, North then assesses how he can link with Pisi. A support line is the foundation of any offload – though the passer is always showered with praise and air-time, he is dictated to by the angle a teammate takes. As Pisi drifts to the right, watch how North fades in behind before cutting left: By no means is North reinventing the wheel here. Rather, he is instinctively following the basic principals of finding space. Cutting against the grain, his speed and strength are too much for wrong-footed Ospreys defenders once Pisi’s pass is gathered.Only 14 minutes into the second period, the hat-trick was complete:The finish itself comes from pure power and a decent body position, low enough to ground the ball despite the triple challenge of Scott Baldwin, Tom Grabham and Webb. More interesting is how North comes to be at first receiver. Take note of where he was just one phase earlier:As pointed out earlier, North is not shy of unselfish yards. He scoots around on a 15-metre arc in time to receive Dickson’s flat pass and career towards the gainline:If there was plenty of unseen excellence about North’s first three tries then, the fourth and final score deserved its own box office:By any standard, this is stunning. The sheer amount of attributes needed for North to manufacture the opportunity and dot down almost defies belief. It is a one-man transition from defence to attack, starting with a fearsome display of upper body muscle to strip the ball from Ospreys replacement lock (yes, lock) Rynier Bernado:James Hook is another Welsh exponent of this skill, and often manages to rip the ball loose of attackers if their presentation of the ball in contact gets lax. For North to make a clean steal is something else altogether though, and foreshadows an electric try.Searing pace of course stands out, but the precision and timing of the grubber merits plaudits too. North carries with his head up, spots the space in behind but waits until the covering defender commits, turns his shoulders in and becomes flat-footed, therefore in a helpless position to turn and recover:From there, the afterburners go on to awesome effect.last_img read more

30 minutes with… England captain Dylan Hartley

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It has to be dark, deep water – not seeing or knowing what’s beneath me and then weeds touching my feet. I probably watched Jaws too many times as a kid!Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with? James Haskell. He’s another entertaining guy who can make you laugh with his recycled banter and borrowed stories.If you could have one superpower, what would it be? It would have to be teleportation. Travelling would be easier, as would robbing banks!What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought? Night-vision goggles. I used them to spy on Chris Ashton as it was a mystery what he did after training. Double act: Dylan Hartley and Chris Ashton relax in Queenstown during RWC 2011. Photo: Getty ImagesWho’s the biggest joker you know?My dear friend Chris Ashton is the funniest man I know. I don’t know what it is or how to explain it but every time I see his face it makes me laugh. He’s a top guy with loads of energy and great to have in a team environment.Do you have any superstitions? No, I gave up. I found I had certain things I’d do or eat pre-game but then there were times I’d forget something or the hotel didn’t have the food I’d like, so I became flexible and more relaxed.What about bad habits? Not dealing with texts, paperwork or emails straightaway. Then I end up with a stack to do on my day off.What winds you up?People on their phone when they could be talking. The art of conversation is dying! Children’s books: Thomas the Tank Engine is a favourite of Hartley’s daughterWhat was the last book you read? It’s all baby books now, which suits me fine (he has a daughter Thea, aged one). Thomas the Tank Engine is the most recent. When I’m on tour I find myself listening to all sorts of weird and wonderfully interesting things from TED Talks, though.What would you do if you weren’t playing rugby? Something outdoors still. Maybe a tree surgeon. My brother got me an axe for Christmas and I would like to put it to good use.What does the next year hold for England? As a squad we haven’t really talked about next season yet, but we won’t want to let slip what we did last season. So we’ll get together in November, put in the work and go again.How would you like to be remembered after rugby? Pool ball: Dylan Hartley prefers a swimming pool to deep water. Photo: Getty ImagesDo you have any phobias? Leading figure: Captain Dylan Hartley models the new England shirt. Photo: Joe Wigdahl center_img TAGS: Northampton Saints England captain Dylan Hartley talks superpowers, sightseeing and superstitions What will be your lasting memories of last season with England? Very fond memories of a great season, leaving me and the team desperate to achieve more in the England shirt. We’ve only scratched the surface of what we can achieve.How did you recover? I met my family in Sydney, spent a few weeks on my parents’ farm in New Zealand and stopped off in LA for some sunshine. The whole five weeks revolved around family, food and a bit of training to keep me ticking over. I feel well rested and ready for another big season.Do you prefer to sightsee or sunbathe? I’m a get-out-and-about type, definitely. I love seeing new things and places and meeting new people. There’s always a time and place for sun-lounging, though. As someone who gave his all for club and country.This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Need for speed: The value of pace in rugby

first_imgWe examine how pace can be a difference-maker on the elite club and Test stage. This feature first appeared in the issue of Rugby World on sale throughout November. BARELY FOUR minutes into England’s 2014 Twickenham Test against the All Blacks, Brad Barritt threw a looping ball to Jonny May. It was May’s second game against New Zealand but his first on home soil. As he passed halfway, he thought he eyed a hole in the defence…“In that situation I remember we were really tight defensively,” Conrad Smith, who was covering May, recalls. “I let myself get too narrow, so I was calling Ben (Smith) to hold on Jonny a little longer, to let me get wider. Ben was obviously worried about the outside so as he pushed off I knew I was in trouble.”May ran an arc between the Smiths and made for the touchline, outside a covering Israel Dagg. The Kiwi full-back grabbed nothing but air as he tried to tackle the England wing. May had just blazed his way to a career-high try.Smith goes on: “I’ve marked a lot of guys with real pace, full-backs like Israel Folau and Willie le Roux can be nightmares for a centre. So I always worked really hard to make sure we defended in twos and threes around those sort of guys. I’d always do the same for my wingers when left to mark guys such as Jonny…”Sometimes, no matter how savvy you are, genuine speed can undo the best defence. Amidst a season of blistering performances, we look at the mechanics of burning tacklers, the psychology of a break and how the best can get even better…Track star: Darren Campbell in Athens in 2004RUNNING SMARTAs one of the best defensive leaders in the modern game, Smith spent his Test career ensuring he would have a minimum of one-on-ones against fast players, particularly wingers. However, even the most electric wideouts must consider how best to utilise their natural abilities.Darren Campbell won an Olympic gold medal in the 4x100m relay in Athens in 2004. In recent years he has trained athletes as a speed and movement consultant and spent two seasons working with Wasps. He tried to make some things clear about running in rugby.“I look at the movements and efficiency. That’s about different percentages you are running at, the gears you use. Most people just want to run at 100%. Once you’ve got through contact and use your mechanics, it’s about taking control and feeling how to use power.”Unpicking bad habits can be a large part of Campbell’s gig. But his time in rugby has helped evolve his views too. So while he could get everyone in a diverse squad working on their knee lift or pulling up into their stride down the track, he’s well aware that bulkier beasts don’t need 70m sprints in a game – they need to bust a tackle.He also knows some fleeter-footed players need control so they can use a sidestep or be equipped to accelerate once they are through a gap. Which is why he adopted the phrase: “You’re in control – the tackler doesn’t know what you’re going to do.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREBut there is a fundamental you can’t avoid. “The key thing in sprinting is switching from explosive power to relaxation,” Campbell says, thinking of the energy system used in a flat-out run.“You cannot go faster than your fastest. Everybody will decelerate. If you stay relaxed and he’s fighting to catch you, he will decelerate quicker than you. You only have to look at the success of Elliot Daly, who wasn’t a winger but went on the Lions tour and played at wing – his speed has increased by so much. If you focus, it’s impossible to not get faster.”At their best, Wasps have been able to attack from far out; they have had the confidence to break from distance. Of course, at the very top of the game, players will be that bit faster, that bit better conditioned – Wasps have plenty of international experience in their ranks.At the flash points of the season, the very best long-range finishers may break out at 90% of their maximum speed, be able to scan the field around them, make decisions and maintain their technique in order to get to the line. Winning footraces is about decelerating at a slower rate than the chasers.Tearing away: Ugo Monye scores that famous try for the Lions in 2009THRILL OF THE CHASEEven average pavement pounders talk of the ‘runner’s high’ – a feeling of euphoria experienced during an arduous run. And for the lucky, in rugby there is an equally heavenly sensation as you burn off opponents. Jonny May, who has worked on his form with Campbell’s relay partner in 2004 in Athens, Marlon Devonish, feels he has got even faster over the years. Perhaps rugby can still become that little bit quicker. But maybe runners really shine when they are sharp in the minds and conditioned to gallop.This feature first appeared in the issue of Rugby World on sale throughout November. True speed: Jonny May burns past Conrad Smith back in 2014 center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “It was a lot more exciting for me to make a break than to score a try,” says Tonderai Chavhanga, the former blur of a Springbok who found such moments of bliss throughout his patchwork career. “There’s more satisfaction in creating a gap with your speed. When I was running in open space, it felt almost as if there was just me. I couldn’t hear the crowd. It was like I was running free. It was almost like I was flying – it was just me, the ball and the ground.”When it comes to the psychology of being hunted down, Chavhanga has never overthought those moments of breaking free. But for Ugo Monye, the man who scored the try of the 2009 Lions tour, you need bloody-mindedness to finish off such chances.He says: “I always backed myself, so the moment I broke I was thinking about the try-line. I had the belief, especially in my prime, that I wouldn’t be caught.Let loose: Tonderai Chavhanga“In saying that, a break in your half is different to a break in the opposition half. In your own half, I think you back yourself but must also look to see where your support is coming from – it’s often your second involvement or touch that gets you the try. In the opposition half, any good winger with speed should pin their ears back and back their pace. We yearn for one-on-ones all game and now you have it, potentially a full-back or covering winger – back yourself!”There are people out there who pay money for so-called ‘Zombie runs’ – events where you are motivated to run by being chased. How does being chased affect your mentality?“A chaser focuses you,” Monye says. “It puts your speed drills under pressure as poor technical sprinters will tighten up and won’t be as efficient. I loved a chase. Nothing better than seeing two speed merchants race. Think of Semesa Rokoduguni versus May earlier in the season. I always knew if I could get away quickly, over the first ten or 15 yards, I wouldn’t be caught.”Chavhanga cannot remember being caught. He agrees that if they master their gears, a smart speedster will not be snared, no matter what their time over a full 100m. He sees Shane Williams as the master of using whatever pace was at his disposal to full effect. Clever runners can enjoy the game of cat and mouse.ADDING MOREIn 2013, former Wallabies conditioner Dean Benton said that despite Israel Folau’s lethal speed, he could get faster. Having looked at past studies of the multi-sport phenom, Benton told The Australian: “At the Broncos in 2009 we analysed Israel’s running technique. There were discrepancies between his considerable 80cm vertical jump and his ability to convert this into horizontal and lateral speed.“Essentially, we directed his training towards improving his running skill and related lumbo-pelvic coordination.”Benton felt that Folau wouldn’t reach his true potential until he was in his late 20s – it is worth noting that he is 28 now – and even then, focus on good habits and technique was needed. The greats can always get better.Quick off the mark: Israel Folau of the WallabiesIt’s a matter of looking at what is most important to work on and how it fits into your long-term plan. Jonas Dodoo, the coach who worked with Olympic gold medalist long-jumper Greg Rutherford, once told The Mirror of Anthony Watson: “If I could get him to do athletics, if he wasn’t playing rugby, he’s someone who could run very fast over 100m.”Many a fine player has the perfect raw materials to run. Sure, there are only so many hours of training a player can put in before there is a detrimental affect. However, it doesn’t always have to be purely about improving the out-and-out pace of a player with specialist training.“Christian Wade has not had any hammy injuries this season,” Campbell points out. “That’s because he knows how to run now. He actually had an athletics background but now he understands the movements and doesn’t overwork the hamstrings.”last_img read more

Players with a point to prove in the 2018 Six Nations

first_imgWhether it be because of competition for places, injuries, or other factors, there are many players who have to prove they belong on the international stage. Sam Tremlett takes a look at some players who have points to prove this Six Nations. FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREGreig LaidlawInjury blues: Coming back from injury, Laidlaw has to prove he can shine at scrum-half for ScotlandThe broken fibula Laidlaw picked up playing for ASM Clermont Auvergne came at the worst time for the Scot. As a result of the three month lay-off, he has lost the captaincy to John Barclay, and there have been questions as to whether he fits into the way Scotland now play. Claims he is too slow at the breakdown and doesn’t pass quickly enough have been thrown his way. In 2018, Laidlaw has to prove these criticisms are unwarranted and that he is more than capable of leapfrogging Ali Price, who starts against Wales. Additionally, for the first time in a long time, Scotland are being tipped to contend for the title, so Laidlaw must inspire that young and talented backline when he gets into the fray.Matthieu JalibertPlenty of potential: Youngster Jalibert (left) can use the 2018 Six Nations to prove he belongs on the Test stageIncluding Jalibert on this list seems unfair considering how young he is and how far into the deep end he is being thrown for France. But considering how Jacques Brunel has selected him over vastly more experienced players, he has to prove that his selection was warranted, and that he is capable of making the step up to international level. Transferring his sublime play for Bordeaux up another level will not be easy but it looks like coach Brunel will give him ample opportunity in these Six Nations.Carlo Canna  Players with a point to prove in the 2018 Six NationsDylan HartleyLike Chris Robshaw before him, there seems to be constant scrutiny of the captaincy of Hartley. At the moment, this is largely because many believe Jamie George should be England’s first-choice No 2. Seen as less dynamic than the Saracens hooker, Hartley still has the total support of head coach Eddie Jones, while some say that his set-piece nous and consistent throwing is a key factor in him remaining at the helm, rather than his running game or his work around the breakdown. It should also be pointed out, though, that George has a throwing accuracy in the mid-90s, to add to his all-round play.Hartley has to prove to his doubters that there is more than one aspect to his game and that he can add some dynamism to proceedings. He also needs to repay the faith Jones has placed in him. Another aspect of this is that Hartley, although he has not received a card with England since 2014, still has to win over some fans who do not feel he should be a figurehead for the English national team.Rob Kearney Take flight: Kearney is imperious in the air, but his spot is still under threatIrish full-back Rob Kearney has huge experience, collecting over 75 caps and playing in two Lions Tours. He is also one of the best in the world at collecting the high ball. However, his starting spot has been under threat from explosive Leinster youngster Jordan Larmour, who has been lighting up the Pro14. At 31 his peak may well be behind him, but Kearney is competitive enough that we can assume he is going to use the 2018 Six Nations to prove he is still top dog in the Ireland 15 shirt.Leigh Halfpenny More than a kicker: Halfpenny has to show Gatland there is more to his game than kickingAnother fullback with a point to prove in 2018 is Leigh Halfpenny. Of late, Liam Williams has been competing for the starting spot primarily because he is so dangerous back there, as shown by his Lions displays against New Zealand. But with Williams out for the foreseeable future with an abdominal injury, Halfpenny has possession of the 15 shirt. Welsh legend JJ Williams recently claimed Halfpenny had lost his spark and says he needs to offer more of an attacking threat with ball in hand rather than simply kick downfield at every opportunity. With Wales attempting to inbed a new attacking style this might be difficult, but proving there is more to his game than kicking will be vital for Halfpenny in 2018, and with more inexperienced players in the Welsh backline, he must also prove he can be a leader too. Can he deliver?: Carlo Canna has helped Zebra improve mightily. Can he help Italy do the same?Italian fly-half Carlo Canna is our final player with a point to prove in 2018. Italian domestic rugby has been improving thanks to markedly better performances by Benetton Treviso and Zebre so far this season. And this slightly raises expectations at the international level, expectations which are being thrust upon players like Canna. He has to prove that the upward trend in Italian club rugby can power the Test side on, whilst also confirming that he is the national side’s long-term playmaker.Do you agree or disagree with this list? Please comment your thoughts and feelings below. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Handré Pollard wore the wrong jersey in Rugby World Cup quarter-final

first_img Handré Pollard wore the wrong jersey in Rugby World Cup quarter-finalSome eagle-eyed Springboks fans noticed that fly-half Handré Pollard was wearing a slightly different shirt to his team-mates, as they lined up to face Japan in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final.As you can see from the image above, with Pollard kicking while replacement prop Vincent Koch looks on, the shirts are slightly different. While Koch’s is the official World Cup shirt, with the competition logo on the right side of his chest, Pollard’s features the Springbok emblem.On Monday a representative from the Boks stated: “A mix-up in supply led to the delivery of a small number of incorrectly branded jerseys by which point it was too late to source replacements.” The @Springboks have moved to clarify why Handre Pollard was not wearing a #RWC2019 jersey against Japan.“A mix-up in supply led to the delivery of a small number of incorrectly branded jerseys by which point it was too late to source replacements.”— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) October 21, 2019There were plenty of people who clocked the difference throughout the 80 minutes of rugby… Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handre Pollard wore a different jersey to the rest of the Boks today, right from the national anthem. No WR logo on the chest, had the Bok instead pic.twitter.com/4R4Aj7zfzY— BallHandling Hooker (@BHHooker) October 20, 2019Related: Japan 3-26 South AfricaSecond-row Lood de Jager was also in the wrong shirt during the match, one without the official World Cup logo or the graphic of the Webb Ellis trophy on the right sleeve. However, more people pointed out Pollard’s shirt switch.Not that it made any major difference in the game, with a calm and brutal South Africa side doing the business against the competition hosts in Tokyo. The fly-half kicked 11 points in a measured performance based on forwards’ dominance.In fact, Pollard is now on 126 World Cup points in his career, taking him into the all-time top ten in the competition. He was already South Africa’s all-time leading points scorer in the competition, with four more points than Percy Montgomery before this on kicked off.South Africa play Wales in the World Cup semi-final in Yokohama on Sunday (6pm JST/9am BST). Pollard wearing a different jersey?? #bokonchest pic.twitter.com/ALqelNgcAy— Dane Galley (@DaneGalley) October 20, 2019 Compare: Handré Pollard in a different shirt from Vincent Koch (Getty Images) center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS On to another topic of interest…Who noticed Handre Pollard’s Bok jersey today?Anyone have a clue why he was the only one wearing this jersey @ASICSRugby @ASICS_ZA @Springboks pic.twitter.com/cgfOIvZkJq— TheYellowCap (@theyellowcap) October 20, 2019 A mix-up led to the fly-half wearing a different shirt against Japan Anyone else notice Pollard’s jersey had springbok on chest? #JPNvRSA— Craig Ray (@craigray11) October 20, 2019last_img read more

Six Nations and SANZAAR working on global calendar

first_imgNorthern and southern hemispheres looking to develop an aligned calendar “A further consultation process, in total transparency with unions, clubs and players, will commence as all parties work towards an aligned global calendar that can deliver a clear and coherent narrative.“The Nations together with other key stakeholders remain open to shape the options that have been developed in an effort to resolve an issue that has held the game back for many years and are committed to putting rugby on a progressive path.”Club-country clash: Harlequins played Bristol on the same weekend as England v Wales (Getty Images)World Rugby responded with a statement of their own, saying: “World Rugby welcomes commitment from the Six Nations and SANZAAR for closer collaboration to ensure a more harmonious global calendar for all stakeholders. “World Rugby has consistently supported and championed reform of the international calendar for the betterment of the sport as a whole, including all unions, international and club competition organisers, and players.“Within regular and productive discussions between stakeholders, World Rugby is working to ensure that any calendar outcome recognises the global nature of our sport, and therefore the competition needs of all nations at all levels.“Any proposed competition model must also prioritise player welfare considerations, the women’s game, and protect the funding model of the wider game which is driven by the growth in the value of Rugby World Cup. Try time: Anthony Watson scores against Wales in the Six Nations (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Six Nations and SANZAAR working on global calendarA ‘global season’ has long been rugby’s holy grail. Yet aligning the northern and southern hemisphere calendars, as well as ensuring fewer clashes with club fixtures, is a complicated task.However, the coronavirus pandemic appears to have sparked a spirit of negotiation between north and south, one that is particularly needed given the perilous financial situation many national unions and clubs find themselves in.WHAT’S INSIDE THE LATEST ISSUE OF RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE?A joint statement from the Six Nations and SANZAAR, which runs the Rugby Championship, talks about the two parties “working closely” and hoping to “eliminate self-interest”.Old rivals: Beauden Barrett clears against South Africa in the Rugby Championship (Getty Images)They have put forward a set of key principles that are underpinning discussions. They are:Significantly mitigate overlaps between club and country fixturesBetter aligned player release windows for players, stakeholders and competitionsImprove player welfareImprove narrative and competitiveness of international and domestic competitions around clear windowsDefine clear high-performance pathways for emerging nations through the delivery of an internationally more inclusive gameEvolve competition structures that are underpinned with enhanced commercial offeringsRestore public faith in the core values of rugby and showing strong collective leadership in the best interests of the game.Related: Mark Evans – “We are about to witness a total reset of the global game”All change: How will the likes of Fiji and Georgia fit into a new season structure? (Getty Images)There has already been talk of the Six Nations moving back a few weeks as well as back-to-back international windows in October and November, but could the Rugby Championship also move to a different time of year? How do the emerging nations fit into the season structure? The detail is always the hardest part to nail down.PRE-ORDER RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE (JUL-20) HEREHere is the joint statement in full: “Following the World Rugby meetings in March this year, SANZAAR and the Six Nations (‘the Nations’) have been working closely over the lockdown period against a set of key principles between the parties, to develop and agree proposals for an aligned global calendar.“Even though there may be different preferences, from the outset the Nations have adopted a mindset that has sought to eliminate self-interest and recognise that the international and club game have shared mutual benefits that if approached and managed correctly can enable both to flourish. “World Rugby looks forward to further close collaboration with all parties to reach the best outcome for the global game. A decision on any adjustment to the current global calendar and its international release windows will need to be considered and taken by the World Rugby Council.” 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.last_img read more

At convention, children live their faith with song and enthusiasm

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ At convention, children live their faith with song and enthusiasm Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release 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 July 12, 2012 at 9:40 am Let us not lose the innocence and wide eyed, awestruck wonder that children have, especially in God, in His creation, and in His love for us. Jesus said, “…it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14b (NRSV) Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img Submit a Job Listing Gail Stephens says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR By Sharon SheridanPosted Jul 11, 2012 Comments (1) Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Children, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska General Convention 2012 Rector Tampa, FL Featured Jobs & Calls Comments are closed. General Convention, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Josie DeJesus, 10, said she loved everything about the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Here, she tries creating her own colorful work of art in an interactive exhibit as part of a display of blown-glass sculptures. Photo/Sharon Sheridan[Episcopal News Service — Indianapolis] They’re unlikely to sneak up on you. From “Rise and Shine” while they’re washing their hands to “Will the Circle be Unbroken” as they march down the hallway, camp songs herald the presence of General Convention’s children and their counselors.“I like the songs,” said Kayla Byrd, 10, of Haslett, Michigan. “I like the church songs.”While their parents and guardians have conducted the business of convention, infants through fifth-graders have participated in their own childcare and Christian formation program. The children’s ministries programs of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Indianapolis partnered with the diocese’s Waycross Camp and Conference Center, Episcopal Relief & Development and National Episcopal Health Ministries to offer the children’s program, which youngsters can attend for all or part of convention.As of the afternoon of July 7, about 30 had participated in some way, said Coordinator Caren Miles, director of children’s and family ministries at Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York.The program staff included experienced counselors and child-care professionals plus teens in training to become camp counselors. At Waycross, future counselors can take “leader in training” instruction, followed by a “counselor in training” program that includes hands-on work as a junior counselor, explained counselor Sean Cole.Miles’ goal in the program, she said, is for the children to feel that “this is my church and I belong at every level” and that they are “important enough for there to be something keyed to who they are right now, much like the [Official] Youth Presence is tailored to teens.”The program uses Episcopal Relief & Development’s Abundant Life Garden Project curriculum.“We’re talking about growth and everything around that when we’re in group time,” Miles said.One day, for example, they discussed the parable of the sower and listened to the Godly Play story of the mustard seed.The preschoolers did a dirt experiment, mixing various kinds of soil, rocks and water. “We shook it up, made it all mucky,” then waited for it to settle and separate into layers, said volunteer Beth Jeglum, who ran a university childcare program in Indianapolis for 25 years.The convention program also included field trips to Waycross and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the older children.The museum, said Josie DeJesus, 10, of Peoria, Illinois, was “awesometastick.”“What’s the best part so far?”  asked teen volunteer Julia Long of Zionsville, Indiana.“Everything,” Josie replied. “I can’t choose.”Clearly, the museum was fun. But did it remind them of God?“In this room, not exactly because they’re talking about war with cannons and other gods, the pharaoh gods, when God says he’s the only God and to make peace,” said Robert Sanchez, 10, of Carmel, Indiana. But in the museum as a whole, yes. “It’s generating knowledge.”Josie agreed. “I keep learning new things, new stuff, and it’s really, really cool.”For 11-year-old Ryleigh Webley of Wyoming, Michigan, God was present in an exhibit about the herbs of Egypt. “They make me think about [how] some herbs will help the sick,” she said. “God can help treat people.”Before visiting the museum, the group ate lunch at Christ Church Cathedral. Program participants attend convention’s daily worship, and the counselors and older children discussed that day’s service during lunch.“I thought the [steel drum] band was really sweet because it’s not something you’d ever have in a church, at least my church,” said one girl.“I really liked the jazzy psalm,” said teen volunteer Joel Segner.“That’s funny. That was my least-favorite part,” said Miles, noting one of the great things about the church is that people can enjoy different things.“I liked reading,” said Robert, who had his first experience ever as church lector when he read one of the lessons.He also volunteered to bless the lunch: “God, thank you for this food, for everything you will give to us today. Amen.”Robert later confessed he initially was nervous about reading aloud in church, but he took his mom’s advice. “She told me that I’m doing it for God and that I didn’t really have to worry about anyone else. It felt good.”Robert’s 7-year-old sister Gloria said she enjoyed listening to the preacher, North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry.“I thought the priest was funny,” she said. “We normally don’t have priests like that at my church.”Robert and Gloria were among seven children on the museum trip, along with 10 teens receiving leadership training and three older supervisors.“It seems like the teenagers are getting just as much from their time with kids who just adore them,” Miles said. “I’ve just always loved to watch teenagers spend time with people who adore them and look up to them.”Emma Nickel, 16, of Indianapolis will be a Waycross counselor in training next year. She volunteered for the children’s program, she said, because “I wanted to help out, and I thought it would be really fun. … I love kids. I like being out with them, and it helps prepare me for when I am a counselor at camp.”Nickel is a youth steering committee member in the Diocese of Indianapolis, helping plan fall and spring retreats.“I have found most of my faith since I’ve been going to camp and being with other people, and just the way we’ve been able to learn about God has been easier to understand than just going to church,” she said. “I think it’s because they know how to talk to kids.”With the convention’s children, she’s fulfilling a similar role as those camp counselors who worked with her at camp. “We have learned how to learn about God and share that with them.”Said Segner, who turns 18 at the end of this month, “I definitely feel a spiritual connection with the kids. It’s nice seeing the younger kids having fun with their faith. It’s not just something they do in church. It’s also something they live and have fun with in their day-to-day life.“I’m really happy to be part of that.”— Sharon Sheridan is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention. Rector Albany, NYlast_img read more

Williams: Our ‘identity, destiny, calling’ is to live together in…

first_img Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Anglican Consultative Council, Archbishop of Canterbury This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 center_img Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Williams: Our ‘identity, destiny, calling’ is to live together in God’s love Eucharist interweaves three tikanga into experience of diversity Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Anglican Communion, Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 28, 2012 The Anglican Consultative Council will begin its meeting in earnest Oct. 29 (local time) in Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral where on Oct. 28 the members joined local Anglicans for Eucharist. ENS photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service — Auckland, New Zealand] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams asked an overflow crowd at Holy Trinity Cathedral here Oct. 28 (local time) to pray that the members of the Anglican Consultative Council and all Anglicans would rediscover what it means to live out of the knowledge that God loves the world “without reserve and without condition.”A podcast of Williams’ sermon is available here and a transcript is here.The Eucharist came on the second day of the ACC’s Oct. 27-Nov. 7 meeting and was conducted in Maori, Tongan and English. Archbishops William Brown Turei, David Moxon and Winston Halapua, the three archbishops who lead the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia’s three tikanga, presided.A boy waits to receive communion Oct. 28 at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland from Tai Tokerau Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergThe liturgy included traditional music as well as church music more oriented to Aotearoa New Zealand. Benedicté Aotearoa, for example, called on “you maori and pakeha, women and men, all who inhabit the long white cloud: All you saints and martyrs of the South Pacific” as well as “dolphins and kahawai [salmon], sealion and crab, coral anemone, pipi [mollusks] and shrimp … kiwi and sparrow” to “give to our God your thanks and praise.”Preaching on the day’s Gospel reading (John 15:17-27), Williams cautioned the congregation not to misinterpret Jesus’ words about the world hating those whom he has chosen as a simple dichotomy of the world hating Jesus and thus hating the church. Instead, he said, the passage contains “a very sharp challenge to the church; it’s not just about being able to console ouselves when people don’t like us.”That challenge, he said, is posed in the idea that the world’s love is conditional and is meant only for people who belong, “who are like you.” But the love embodied by Jesus and “the friends of Jesus” is meant for everyone, not reserved only for like-minded people.“It’s a love that perseveres when it is not returned,” Williams said. “It’s a love that is extravagantly poured out on the unlovable. Just in case you were wondering, the unlovable in this case is not them; it’s us.”Thus, he said, the challenge to the church is about “rethinking love, rethinking belonging,” instead of simply choosing who may belong based on whether they are well-liked and whether they can be expected to like us.Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams spent time outside after the Oct. 28 Eucharist Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral greeting worshipers, posing for photos with them and signing autographs. ENS photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg“We’ve got to go out and create more and more belonging with people who don’t belong,” the archbishop said, adding that the church must “unreasonably extend our welcome, our compassion, our joyful understanding to the entire world and live with the admittedly very messy consequences of that.”Williams said that the “Anglican family” gives thanks for the example of the Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia’s “struggle and achievement that Anglicans here have managed in holding together a deep sense of belonging … with each other and with the wider world.”Williams suggested that the church and its members can meet the challenge the Gospel presents by remembering that Jesus reminds his friends at the Last Supper that they have been with him from the beginning. “The beginning,” Williams said, is meant to be the beginning of time, not just the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.“God loved us from the beginning, before we belonged to anything, before we did anything, before we achieved anything, even before we believed anything, God was loving us. From the beginning we were there,” he said.Thus the whole world and all its inhabitants are equally bound together in the “immense mystery of God’s outpouring of himself in creation and in redeeming love,” he said, and there can be no division between the church and the world because “our identity, our destiny, our calling is held in that eternal act.”“It’s not that the love of God rewards us for what we do. It’s that the love of God makes us what we are. Our task is not to make ourselves loveable … our job is to create the belonging that God’s word wants, to bring online, to kindle into flame everywhere around us the acknowledgment of an unreasonable, universal, overwhelming love. That’s what the church is for.”The Rev. Linda Murphy, a vocational deacon at the Auckland City Mission, reads the Gospel Oct. 28 during Eucharist at Holy Trinity Cathedral. ENS photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg“The church is whatever in us says ‘yes’ to the reckless love of God, that reaches out in mission,” Williams said. That “yes”, he said, can be an antidote to the human tendency of “constantly trying to retreat from the awful implications of the Gospel.”The archbishop asked those present to pray that the ACC and all Anglicans will in the coming days have a “rediscovery as Anglicans of that mysterious sense of being there from the beginning,” and of the consequent commonality of having been enveloped in God’s “causeless” love from the very beginning.If Anglicans can recover that sense, “then our wonderful, quarrelsome, diverse, untidy Anglican Communion will testify in the spirit of truth that comes from the Father,” Williams concluded.ACC backgroundThe ACC is one of the four instruments of communion, the others being the archbishop of Canterbury (who serves as president of the ACC), the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops, and the Primates Meeting.Formed in 1969, the ACC includes clergy and lay people, as well as bishops, among its delegates. The membership includes from one to three persons from each of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces, depending on the numerical size of each province. Where there are three members, there is a bishop, a priest and a lay person. Where fewer members are appointed, preference is given to lay membership. The ACC’s constitution is here.The council meets every three years or four years and the Auckland meeting is the council’s 15th since it was created.The Episcopal Church is represented by Josephine Hicks of North Carolina; the Rev. Gay Jennings of Ohio; and Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut.Jefferts Schori is attending the meeting in her role as a member of the Anglican Communion Standing Committee, which met here prior to the start of the ACC meeting. Douglas is also a member of the Standing Committee.Previous ENS coverage of ACC15 is here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MIlast_img read more