Simon Webster – Edinburgh and Scotland

first_imgNathan HinesMax Evans Simon Webster evading the grips of an All BlackPrior to his career being plagued with injury, Rugby World caught up with Simon to discuss practical jokes, Buzz Lightyear, screaming like a girl and a common case of mistaken identity. RUGBY WORLD: What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the pitch?SIMON WEBSTER: One of our props, Joel Brannigan, once got up off the floor, saw a fight going on about ten metres away and thought he should get involved. So he punched the nearest guy, their centre who’d run 20 metres to break up the fight. It was just the sight of him getting up off the floor and punching someone. I watched that backwards and forwards on video about 50 times the next morning and came pretty close to wetting myself.RW: What about practical jokes?SW: Craig Joiner once did this magazine feature at his house. The picture they used on the cover was him in the bath, so we scanned this picture loads of times, made up some posters and stuck them to lamp-posts on his street. He actually got propositioned by his gay neighbour!RW: Have you ever been mistaken for somebody else?SW: Dougie Hall. He wears a scrum cap similar to mine and sometimes in video analysis they say, ‘Webbo, you shouldn’t be doing that’. But it isn’t me. It never works to my advantage because he never does anything that good!RW: What do you have to do as an initiation after your Scotland debut?SW: We have to sing a song on the bus, and it’s been extended now to your first try, first Six Nations game, first tour and so on. I’ve had to sing four or five times – Johnny B. Good, a bit of Bon Jovi and this rap thing – but I’m rubbish. Kelly Brown sang Chocolate Salty Balls, from South Park, on his debut and it was awesome, phenomenal. He also does the Baywatch theme tune really well. He’s a really good singer – after the last autumn game he just got up and sang.Animation, Nicknames and Phobias…RW: If a movie was made of your life, who would play you?SW: My girlfriend, Chrystal, says Mel Gibson, which is a bit strange. I really like Buzz Lightyear, but I don’t know if I could have a cartoon, although that would probably suit me better.RW: Would you want him in rugby kit?SW: No, I’d keep the astronaut suit – the range of sub-plots could then be wider!RW: What’s your catchphrase?SW: I don’t really have one, but I do try to promote my nickname: Nitro. This all started when Mike Blair called himself Blade, saying when he was younger he used to cut through defences like a blade. Even Frank Hadden calls him Blade. Simon Taylor then called himself Apollo – I don’t know why and nobody calls him it – so I decided to try Nitro. It’s not really caught on though.RW: What three things would you save if your house was burning down?SW: My girlfriend. My motorbike so I could go somewhere. It’s a Mini Moto so you’re not supposed to drive it on the road but the police might let me off if my house was burning down! And my thermos flask because it might be cold. RW: Would you have time to fill it up?SW: It depends which room was on fire.RW: What are your phobias?SW: Spiders. I lived with just my mum and sister for a few years. They used to scream when they saw one. Now I do the same. Chrystal has to hoover them up!RW: Breasts, bums or legs?SW: Bum and legs. I like Cameron Diaz, but Cameron Diaz in The Mask – she’s getting a little old now.RW: If you could have one superpower what would it be?SW: Can I only have one power or could I be Superman with lots of powers?RW: Just one power.SW: To fly. No, strength. No, the speed of Superman – then I’d be able to fly too.Check out his profile for ScotlandA cheeky try…Learn more about Simon’s teammates at Scotland… John Barclay LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Edinburgh Rugby last_img read more

All Blacks will go to Christchurch in World Cup

first_imgThe All Blacks will spend five days training in Christchurch in the build up to their decisive Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool A encounter with France, a change of schedule that captain Richie McCaw has labelled “awesome”.The damage caused by last month’s devastating earthquake resulted in the city losing the seven matches it had been due to host during Rugby’s showpiece tournament, a decision reluctantly taken by Tournament partners last week.The All Blacks will now fly to Christchurch on 17 September, a day after they face Japan in Hamilton, and return to Auckland later in the week to prepare for the match with France at Eden Park on 24 September.“Christchurch has always been a great host city for the team and it’s awesome that we’ve got the opportunity to come back and spend time with our fans in Christchurch,” admitted McCaw. “As soon as the announcement was made that Christchurch would not be hosting any Rugby World Cup games we started making plans to take the team to the city during the tournament and we are delighted that we are now able to make it happen,” explained All Blacks manager Darren Shand.“As we all know, the Canterbury region is a rugby stronghold, the All Blacks have a massive fan base there and many people are doing it tough so we want to give something back.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “It certainly will make a huge difference to the players – especially those of us who live here – and we hope the fans enjoy it as well.”McCaw and All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen revealed the plan during a visit to New Brighton Catholic School in Christchurch. The pair also visited Civil Defence headquarters to pass on the news to Mayor Bob Parker.last_img read more

Leidsch Studenten Rugby Gezelschap – Team of the Month (June 2011)

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LSRG AS ONE of the top university teams in the Netherlands, Leidsch Studenten Rugby Gezelschap (LSRG) had every right to think they would be consulted when plans for a new university sports centre were being drawn up in Leiden. After all, so devoted are LSRG to their pitch that they even have a name for it, the Palenpad, and sing about it in their club song.Furthermore, they’ve played in the Leiden BioScience Park for all 50 years of their existence, staying put when the football and hockey clubs chose to go elsewhere.Yet, seduced by the idea of attracting back other field sports with more potential players (and thus more revenue), the authorities have decided to ditch the rugby pitch. “We’re livid, not least as we weren’t allowed to participate in the process,” says fly-half Paul Walenkamp, a 45-year-old Aussie banker who only took up rugby at 34. “I don’t think they understand what we do, don’t see that we’re an established bona fide rugby club with a history and tradition.”Coached by ex-Netherlands coach Iain Krysztofiak and Scot Keith Muirhead, LSRG this term finished fourth in the country’s third tier. March brought two memorable wins: 30-14 at Utrecht, where players sank to their ankles in mud, and 19-5 against Ezrc Oemoemenoe.Canterbury KitbagsAbout 80% of the side are students, including prop mainstays Peter ‘Uncle Fester’ Verkerk, 140kg and not all of it muscle, and Kees ‘Meat’ Hogewoning. Alex Hoyng is a full-back of rare vision while skipper is No 8 Ollie Smart, from Gloucester, who is studying to be a sports teacher.Just back from a tour to Scotland which included a fixture with old friends Currie, LSRG are ready to fight for their piece of turf. Best of British luck to you – and here are 22 kitbags from Canterbury for winning our Team of the Month award. Next month we bring you our champions section – don’t miss it!Check out May 2011’s Team of the MonthThis article appeared in the June 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UKcenter_img Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

Step-By-Step Guide: Spin Pass

first_imgPASSING AND catching are two of rugby’s core skills, so it’s vital that young players understand that they are passing to team-mates who want to catch the ball, not drop it!That’s why coaches should encourage their players not to spin-pass until they reach U11s or 12s. Even then, only put spin on the ball when it’s necessary. Saracens and England fly-half Charlie Hodgson is one of the best passers in world rugby but he still regularly uses a simple push pass, which is far easier to catch.When the time does come to learn how to spin-pass, start by throwing one-handed passes – and always practise passing off both hands.Practise in pairs, standing opposite each other like gunslingers, with feet, hips and shoulders facing where the ball is going so as to avoid body rotation. The passer should hold the ball on his hip, gripping the back third of the ball, with his elbow cocked, ready to ‘fire’.Exaggerate the movement, punching the arm out, as if pushing a door open, spinning the ball with fingers and wrist. To ensure an accurate pass, aim your hand at the receiver and that’s where it will go.Step 1: Start by throwing one-handed passes. To begin, stand like a gunslinger holding the ball on your hipStep 2: Face the intended receiver and cock the elbow back, ready to fire, gripping the back third of the ball Step 3: As you release the ball, snap your arm out and turn your wrist to rotate the ballStep 4: Aim your arm straight at the target, and that’s where the ball will go!This article appeared in the April 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_img TAGS: Bath RugbyGlasgow WarriorsNorthampton SaintsScarlets Scarlet to the last: Josh Turnbull helped his team qualify for Europe’s top competition LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The SaintsSelfless ScarletJosh Turnbull may be leaving the Scarlets to join the Cardiff Blues at the end of this season,  but he is still showing 100% commitment to his current club’s cause and has played a big role in helping them secure a place in next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup.The flanker was Man of the Match in this weekend’s 34-23 win over the Dragons, a victory which gave the Scarlets the points they needed to guarantee a place at rugby’s top table – a privilege the Blues and Turnbull will not enjoy.Scarlets forwards coach Danny Wilson had plenty of praise for him, saying: “Josh Turnbull was outstanding. His work rate was phenomenal. I think he’s getting better and better.”Big CattWith one hooker off with a leg injury, and the replacement then crocked as well, Bath faced the prospect of playing the remaining 26 minutes of their crucial Aviva Premiership match against Northampton with 14 men, because the laws state that if an injury leads to a game going to uncontested scrums, the injured player cannot be replaced.Just as referee Matt Carley was passing on that piece of unwelcome news to the incredulous Bath skipper Stuart Hooper, Bath’s replacement prop Nathan Catt decided it was time to take one for the team.Cool Catt: Prop Nathan Catt stepped in at hookerHe bravely said he could play hooker, which allowed Bath to play out the game with a full team, helping them battle to a 19-19 draw. Bath were awarded a penalty at two of the scrums Catt had to endure and he was penalised for popping up at another, which allowed Stephen Myler to kick three points, but every credit should go to Catt for stepping into the breach and to openside Guy Mercer who took on the job of throwing in at the lineouts.Bath’s former hooker Lee Mears was full of praise for Catt. “He did a fantastic job. To put your hand up and say ‘I’ll do it’ under that pressure and at that time of the season – he did wonderfully.”Law man: Matt Carley had a good gameRed-hot refThe Bath v Northampton game turned out to be a tough day at the office for referee Matt Carley, as not only did he have to deal with a full-blooded encounter between two teams trying to get the upper hand in the Aviva Premiership title race, but he also had a little known point of law to deal with (as highlighted above) and other tremendously tough calls to make.He kept a cool head and refused to be influenced by the players or the crowd, and made the right calls in a frantic last five minutes, when he yellow carded Bath replacement Anthony Perenise for a tip tackle and then refused to give a potentially match-winning penalty against Courtney Lawes in stoppage time.Carley can be proud of his performance and he received lots of praise on social media, including this Tweet from James Haskell: “One of the best referee performances, in terms of communication, consistency and making informed decisions.”Rock on, TommyGlasgow Warriors are enjoying a run of seven consecutive RaboDirect Pro 12 victories and are hot favourites to make it eight and finish in the top two of the league next weekend as they take on Zebre at Scotstoun.This week’s big hero for the Warriors was wing Tommy Seymour, who grabbed a hat-trick of tries in their 38-16 victory at Benetton Treviso.Warriors coach Gregor Townsend sung the 25-year-old’s praises. “He has been in great form all season and in the last few weeks he has been outstanding.“He had a great game against Ulster and he scored a crucial try against Ospreys. It’s great to see him playing with so much pace and power and making great decisions.”Up for the CupThe qualification rules for the new European Champions Cup seem to have had the positive effect of spicing up the RaboDirect Pro 12 already, as teams now have to fight for a place in next season’s new premier club competition instead of being permitted to walk into it by default.Since the qualification process was announced last month, and Zebre knew they had to finish above Italian rivals Benetton Treviso in the league to qualify, they have earned a losing bonus point at the Scarlets, then beaten Edinburgh and the Ospreys to earn nine points.That run of form has taken them above Treviso in the table on points difference, with one week to go.Unfortunately for Edinburgh, Cardiff Blues, Connacht and Dragons fans, they are not close enough to their national rivals to have a chance of qualifying, but the signs are that the tougher qualification rules will make the Rabo more exciting next season.Tame TigerHave you ever seen a player disallow his own try? Toby Flood did just that when Leicester Tigers played Sale Sharks on Saturday.The Tigers were 28-3 up when Flood crashed over the line in into the post, ending up in a heap with two or three defenders. Referee JP Doyle blew his whistle, but before he had a chance to call for the TMO, Flood shouted up at him: “It’s not a try, it’s not a try!”. The SinnersBoo to you tooThere was a sorry sound at the end of the Bath v Northampton game as the home fans booed referee Matt Carley and his colleagues off the pitch, unhappy with some of the decisions during the incident-packed 19-19 draw. It brought back unhappy memories of the abusive chanting that referee Tim Wigglesworth had to endure after the Gloucester v Bath match last month and it is something which needs to stop, immediately.Being a rugby fan means you support your team by shouting, clapping, singing and cheering, as loud and long as you like. It also gives you license to indulge in a bit of friendly banter with the opposition. What it does not and should not entitle you to do is hurl abuse at players, opposing fans or match officials.If you want to do that, watch the game at home on TV or in the pub, but please do not poison the friendly, happy atmosphere which we all enjoy at our rugby grounds. If a referee makes a mistake or interprets the law in a way you do not agree with, that does not give you the right to call him all the names under the sun.Northampton player Christian Day sprung to referee Carley’s defence on Twitter, saying: “Walked off next to the ref at the end and the abuse he got was shocking. Don’t care if he got it right or wrong. Doesn’t belong in rugby.” Dave Flatman, who used to play for Bath and still works for the club, backed up Day in a Tweeted reply.Gloucester reminded their fans of the game’s code of conduct after the sour atmosphere at the end of the derby game and it seems it is time for other clubs to follow that lead and stamp out this abuse of officials.Careless: Court (right) had to pay for his errorLeaving cardTom Court spoiled his own Ravenhill leaving party as the prop was sent off just 16 minutes into his final home match for Ulster, before his summer move to London Irish.Court was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on his fellow Ireland international Devin Toner. Ulster went on to lose the match 22-20 to Leinster, and instead of being able to play through to the end of the season, Court could well finish his time in Northern Ireland serving a ban.Court is one of the game’s nicest guys, and he took to Twitter to apologise to Toner for a “moment of carelessness”.He continued: “Apologies also to the boys & esp the fans, who are always unbelievable. Not how I wanted to finish at Ravenhill. Thanks for the memories.”Ex-cruciatingExeter Chiefs’ hopes of snatching the European playoff place from the grasp of London Wasps died a death in a fashion they will not be happy with. Leading Harlequins 23-5 early in the second half, the Chiefs looked like keeping their season alive, but somehow they allowed Quins to take control of the game and win 30-29.It was a great shame for Exeter and the defeat overshadowed a magnificent try by Matt Jess, set up with a magical run by Ian Whitten. The Chiefs will need to rediscover their old never-say-die spirit next season. It was amazingly honest of the former England fly-half and as Leicester were so far in front he was in a position to be charitable, but I am not sure Tigers boss Richard Cockerill will want to encourage this kind of generosity!Seventh heavenScotland Sevens gave the home fans something to cheer at the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, as they reached the Cup semi-finals for the first time in this year’s HSBC World Series. They lost 10-7 at that stage to Canada, and then 17-10 to Fiji in the third-place playoff.Treble: Lee Jones scored three tries for ScotlandIt trumped Scotland’s previous best performances of the season, when they reached the Cup quarters in Dubai and gave them 15 points in the series table. A trio of wins against Australia, the USA and Spain on day one had sent them into the quarters, where Scotland toppled South Africa 12-7. The tension is rising as the season reaches its climax, bringing the best and worst out of some of the players – and the fanslast_img read more

Inside the England camp: Italy week

first_img The England camp has been buzzing this weekend after the confidence-boosting win over Wales last Friday, especially after being 10-0 down. Sky Sports presenter Alex Payne grabbed George Kruis and Ben Youngs in the weights room to pick through England’s mindset as they scored two tries through Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph. Youngs was impressed particularly with JJ’s footwork, ‘that outside step, you’re not coached to do that, that’s something that is very special’.As for the head coach, Stuart Lancaster, his message ahead of Italy was concise. ‘it’s all about to do the simple things well’. Find out how the England boys have been preparing for the visit of Italy, after their confidence-inducing comeback against Wales Main man: Jonathan Joseph scored a fine individual try against Wales (Pic Action Images) Finally a relaxed Mako and Billy Vunipola were quizzed on how they can break down Italy. Billy said. ‘The message from the general is that we don’t want to play in our own half. We have to grind them down and play in the right areas.”center_img Watching brief: Stuart Lancaster wants England to do the basics well (Pic Action Images)The countdown to Twickenham is well and truly on.For more on the Six Nations, check out the latest issue of Rugby World. Inside the March 2015 issue, coach Graham Rowntree looks back at his Six Nations memories, while there are also exclusive interviews with Tom Wood and Dan Cole LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

England name 50-man training squad for Rugby World Cup tilt

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight Man with a plan: Stuart Lancaster has picked what he feels is a squad to win the World Cup Stuart Lancaster has announced a 50-man training squad in advance of the Rugby World Cup where the conversation was dominated with who was in rather than who was out Wings: Chris Ashton, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson, Marland YardeCentres: Brad Barritt, Sam Burgess, Luther Burrell, Elliot Daly, Kyle Eastmond, Billy Twelvetrees, Henry SladeFly-halves: Danny Cipriani, George Ford, Owen Farrell, Stephen MylerScrum-halves: Ben Youngs, Danny Care, Richard Wigglesworth, Lee Dickson, Joe SimpsonForwards:Hookers: Luke Cowan Dickie, Dylan Hartley, Tom Youngs, Rob WebberProps: Kieran Brookes, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Joe Marler, Matt Mullan, Mako Vunipola, David WilsonLocks: Dave Attwood, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury, Geoff ParlingFlankers: Calum Clark, James Haskell, Chris Robshaw, Matt Kvesic, Ed Slater, Tom WoodNo 8s: Nick Easter, Ben Morgan, Billy VunipolaClub by club breakdownSaracens: 10Bath: 8Saints: 8Harlequins: 6Leicester: 5Gloucester: 4Wasps: 4Exeter Chiefs: 3Sale Sharks: 1Newcastle Falcons: 1Average age: 26 However you judge Stuart Lancaster in the fullness of time, you cannot deny he is a man of conviction. In the Shakespeare room deep within Twickenham, he laid out his reasons for picking the bulbous England training squad with a stirring rhetoric that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Henry 1V.He chose to address the admissions first, specifically with an impassioned speech about the continued non-selection of foreign players, with Steffon Armitage and Nick Abendanon clearly in his thoughts.Lancaster stressed that the matter has been discussed at length, with the bottom line was he wanted to see all his players playing against each other, citing the 30 players who will cross swords at the weekend in the play-offs. He felt it was imperative to protect long-term development of the game. He was quick to point out he had not been under pressure from England squad members. Although you feel he would have been under no illusions as to the depth of feeling, with Tom Youngs and Tom Wood, already going public by saying their inclusion could be unsettling for all those players who had been building for one common aim for the last three years.Overlooked: Steffon Armitage has paid for his place by playing abroadIt’s plain that Steffon Armitage can consider himself very unfortunate to have missed out on World Cup selection, when he is clearly the foremost fetcher qualified to play for England but it could be argued he knew the policy – which has not changed in Lancaster’s time. Lancaster clearly feels that in Chris Robshaw, Matt Kvesic, Calum Clark and supplementary breakdown experts Dan Cole and Joe Launchbury he is well-covered. He can only hope that swat breakdown duos Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Michael Hooper and David Pocock don’t leave England as crimson as the Red Rose in the pool stages.In Lancaster’s eyes, it is the best decision for England in the ‘short, medium and long term’ to stop an exodus of English players to France, frequently citing New Zealand as another country who had stuck to this line successfully. Nick Abendanon and the forgotten Toby Flood could consider themselves firmly in this bracket. The door is well and truly ferme.The other big talking point was the omission on Manu Tuilagi, who had been pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage. Again, Lancaster stayed true to his conviction, hammering home it was the right line to take and that a lack of discipline could not be tolerated. ‘It was a difficult week, I’m disappointed for Manu, the coaches and the country. He is a high-quality player’ were sincerely conveyed.Disappointment: Lancaster said it was tough to omit Tuilagi but the right thing to doThere were also comforting words for those absent through injury including Leicester’s Tom Croft, ‘a Lion and a brilliant lineout forward’ and Saints’ Ben Foden ‘he won’t be far off by August, we can’t rule anything out’. It is also expected that the outstanding Joe Simpson will be closer to a return.Others name checked including the Exeter Chiefs strongman Dave Ewers, who has lost out due to the strength-in-depth in the back row and the quicksilver Christian Wade, who obviously has to continue to work on his defensive game.As for those who have been included in the squad, Andy Farrell was quick to justify Sam Burgess’ inclusion, even though the England management are still sure whether he’s a No 6 or No 12. Clearly, they want to see how far Burgess, who has impressed them with his leadership qualities, can progress before the squad is cut to 31-men in late August.Of the youngsters, Maro Itoje and Luke Cowan-Dickie were also two of 11 players under 23, who had impressed the management.Back in the game: Chris Ashton’s fine form for Sarries has led to a recallThen there are the comeback kids, Chris Ashton and David Strettle who can give themselves a congratulatory pat on the back for forcing their way back into the squad by pulling up their sleeves and crossing the whitewash.So what next? For those not involved at the weekend, the next chance for fringe players to impress is against the Barbarians, then it’s three weeks on a sun-lounger and for the chosen few a fitness camp in Denver. By late August the squad will be trimmed, lean and cut to 31.As Stuart Lancaster said, with less than four months to go, ‘it’s game on’.England 50-man training squad: Backs:Full-backs: Mike Brown, Alex Goode Players 23 and under: 11last_img read more

Japan 2019: the top 10 sightseeing spots and historical attractions in Kyushu

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Iconic: Kumamoto Castle is a magnificent 17th-century citadel famous for its ingenius defensive features Supporters going to the 2019 Rugby World Cup face some tricky decisions. With so many spectacular things to see on the island of Kyushu, how will they fit everything in? Advertising featureJapan 2019: the top 10 sightseeing spots and historical attractions in KyushuRugby World Cup 2019 will be held in Japan for the first time, starting on 20 September. With the country set to be under the international spotlight, Kyushu in particular will be on many rugby fans’ watch list and makes an ideal destination of choice in Japan.The island of Kyushu is located in the west of Japan and is home to seven different prefectures. You’ll find Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita and Saga in the north, with Kagoshima and Miyazaki further south.With many of the top-ranked rugby nations either based in Kyushu or visiting the island during the tournament, UK fans hoping to catch England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland will want to plan a trip to this part of Japan. The All Blacks and Wallabies are also playing here, not to mention a couple of the quarter-finals, so all eyes will be on Kyushu from September.With this in mind, Kyushu promises to enthral rugby fans when they arrive in the build-up to the World Cup. To help you figure out what the island is all about, dive into the top 10 sightseeing spots and historical attractions in Kyushu, Japan…1. Sengan-en and Sakurajima in KagoshimaBuilt in 1658 by one of the most powerful clans from the Edo period, the Shimazu clan, the Sengan-en estate comprises beautiful gardens and the central Iso Residence. Along with neighbouring Shoko Shuseikan, Sengan-en earned UNESCO status in July 2015.The residence provides an insight into how many generations of the Shimazu family lived their lives. A tour of the many different rooms is recommended, with the inner garden and study’s view of the outside garden being highlights.Garden of tranquillity: Sengan-en, the home of the Shimazu family, dates back to the 17th centurySengan-en is located on the western edge of Kagoshima Bay – known locally as Kinko Bay – just to the north of Kagoshima’s city centre.As well as providing a pleasant walk around the inner gardens and ponds, Sengan-en makes a fantastic vantage point from which to admire the Sakurajima volcano out at sea. This active volcano and former island (now connected to the mainland) can occasionally be seen erupting on a small scale, and it blends into the gardens’ design like a real-life painting.Definitely take time to marvel at some local craftsmanship at the Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Gallery Shop, before finishing up by trying the local Jambo-mochi specialty, a rice cake with sweet soy or miso sauce.Access: 20 minutes by bus from Kagoshima Chuo Station.2. Aoshima island in MiyazakiJust south of Miyazaki City, Aoshima island is connected to the mainland by a short pedestrian bridge. The island is covered in subtropical jungle and in the centre is Aoshima Shrine, which is believed to bring good luck to couples.Rocky ribs: the unique basalt formations on Aoshima Island that are dubbed the ‘Devil’s Washboard’It’s also characterised by its beaming vermillion torii gate that welcomes visitors, as well as the unique basalt rock formations surrounding the island. Known as the ‘Devil’s Washboard’, these naturally-occurring striated rocks were formed by ancient lava flows. This phenomenon is a marvel to behold as they stretch into the distance out at sea.Access: Aoshima Station is about a 30-minute train ride south of Miyazaki. It’s a 10-minute walk to the coast to reach the island itself.Check out Aoshima at the start of this video, which shows many of the charms of Kyushu…3. Yufuin area in OitaYufuin is comparable to one of Japan’s other famous retreats, Karuizawa, offering secluded nature (including Lake Kinrin), small arts and craft shops, art museums, cafes and local delicacies surrounded by gorgeous nature and the backdrop of Mount Yufu.Nearby Yunohira Onsen is a worthy attraction too. Located in a picturesque, secluded valley, this magical area offers a moment of tranquillity to those looking for a relaxing and soothing hot-spring experience.Access: Yufuin’s central area, including Lake Kinrin, is a 20-minute walk east of the station, following a main walking route. Yufuin can be reached from Beppu (80 minutes, transfer at Oita), with a Kumamoto-bound bus also calling at Yufuin on its journey from Beppu.Relax: you can enjoy shopping, dining and beautiful scenery in Yufuin, with its Mount Yufu backdrop4. Seven Hells of Beppu – onsen with a difference in Oita prefectureBeppu stands out as a top Kyushu location in Oita prefecture, thanks to the unique ‘Hells of Beppu’, or Jigoku. These are seven hot-spring locations with a difference! Aimed more at sightseeing than actual bathing, each thermal pond promises a unique view to enjoy.From the cobalt-blue Sea Hell to the deep-red Blood Hell, the bubbling Mud Hell or the Spout Hell with its hot geyser that naturally shoots up every 30-40 minutes, the Hells of Beppu present Japan’s onsen culture in a remarkable light.For those also looking to relax, Beppu’s culture of naturally heated sand baths is well worth checking out, offered at several locations around the city. TAGS: Japan Access: Locations are spread out around Beppu. The five hells in the Kannawa area are all reachable by foot from Kannawa bus terminal (15-minute ride from JR Beppu Station). The last two – Chinoike Jigoku stop, and also near Tatsumaki Jigoku – can be reached by a further bus ride from Kannawa.Boiling point: the ‘Spout Hell’ at Tatsumaki Jigoku is part of a spectacular series of hot springs at Beppu5. Aso region of KumamotoMount Aso, in Kumamoto, is an active volcano with one of the world’s largest calderas. One of its five craters, at Nakadake, has great access by both rental car or the Mount Aso Ropeway and overlooks the Kusasenri plain, where you can see cows and horses grazing on the sprawling grassy land.The volcanic activity makes for great hot springs, with the most popular being Uchinomaki Hot Spring and Kurokawa Onsen, on the edge of the Aso region. Kurokawa Onsen, in particular, enjoys popularity thanks to its traditional atmosphere and ryokans (inns).Access: The Aso area can be reached by bus from central Kumamoto (2 hours) and also head to Oita/Beppu.Majestic: Mount Aso, one of the world’s largest calderas, lies in the breathtaking Aso-Kuji National Park6. Dazaifu Tenmangu ShrineDedicated to Sugawara Michizane, this historical sacred site in Fukuoka is one of Japan’s most important Tenmangu shrines. A number of features are worth looking out for on a visit here, including the Shinji pond (resembling the character for ‘heart’ or ‘shin’) and the Taiko bridge, whose three sections represent the past, the present and the future.And for those thinking of the future, with Michizane becoming a deity of education, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine has enjoyed popularity amongst students. They are often seen visiting to pray for good grades and success in their exams and future career. With the Rugby World Cup likely to present a searching examination for many of the tournament’s younger players, the jury’s out on whether this luck will carry over to the rugby scores!Access: Five-minute walk from Dazaifu Station, which is about 30 minutes south of central Fukuoka by train.Pray for success: the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine honours a god of education and attracts countless students7. Takachiho GorgeLocated in a land known for being the home of Japan’s mythical legends, Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki represents the perfect ‘power spot’ – a location thought to be flowing with mystical energy – thanks to its dragon scale-esque rocky basalt cliffs, waterfalls and emerald waters.Set to a backdrop of dense foliage that this valley provides, several points along the Gokase River walking route here provide great views of Minainotaki waterfall. If you want to get a closer perspective, try renting a boat to row down the river.Access: From Miyazaki, take a limited express train (80 min) to Nobeoka Station before transferring to a bus bound (90 min) for Takachiho Bus Centre. From central Kumamoto, take a bus (3 hours) bound for Takachiho Bus Centre, which stops by Kumamoto Airport en route.Mystical: Takachiho Gorge, a taste of ancient Japan, features vivid greenery and 100m-high basalt cliffs8. Kumamoto CastleKumamoto Castle is one of the country’s top three castles and one of the best examples of a defensive fortress seen in modern Japan. Although major earthquakes in April 2016 caused considerable damage to a number of turrets and keeps, restoration is well under way and the site is still worth a visit for its sheer scale, even if the central areas cannot be accessed.Built in 1607 by daimyo Kato Kiyomasa, it has become well-known for its advanced defensive features, such as sloping castle walls almost impossible to scale, iron spikes at entrances, and a unique inner layout and survival tricks designed to withstand siege conditions.While there may be few practical takeaways for any World Cup team hoping to defend against the top-ranked teams, Kumamoto Castle’s sheer ingenuity in defensive thinking will surely inspire the lesser-ranked teams looking to steal a result or two!Access: Kumamoto Castle is about a 15-minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station.Not to be missed: Kumamoto Castle, one of the three famous daimyo castles in Japan, is being restored9. Kyushu’s first! Kyushu’s largest ‘Matsuri in Kyushu’ in Kumamoto!The ‘Matsuri in Kyushu’ festival is a great opportunity to enjoy the 40 festivals in the region of Kyushu and Yamaguchi at once in Kumamoto. This festival is held for supporters going to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and promises to showcase the Japan you have not known or can’t experience normally. In addition, you can buy various special products of Kyushu there.Date: Sat 28-Sun 29 September 2019Access: Kumamoto city centre.Magical experience: the ‘Matsuri in Kyushu’ festival is being staged for fans attending the World Cup10. The whole of Kyushu!Kyushu is everything you could wish for and more in a tourist destination. We hope your 2019 Rugby World Cup adventure will be a wonderful journey!OTHER ARTICLES Why should Kyushu be on every rugby fan’s itinerary at the 2019 World Cup? Click here for a tour of the prefectures.What should supporters eat at the tournament? 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2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter-final: England 40-16 Australia

first_imgFarrell did the same less than ten minutes later to take England’s advantage beyond two converted tries. It was smart play – and completely at odds with Australia’s tactics.And it was those tactics that allowed England to finish with a flourish. Australia tried to launch an attack from their own 22 but Beale’s floated pass wide was picked off by Anthony Watson and the England winger had an easy run-in.Job done for England as they reach the last four of a World Cup for the first time in a dozen years. Plenty of questions to ponder for Australia and coach Michael Cheika.Star ManWhen Kyle Sinckler trudged off shortly after the hour mark, the effort he had exerted in the course of that period was evident. He had put in a shift!The England prop will, of course, be absolutely delighted with the try he scored early in the second half, picking a great line to latch onto Owen Farrell’s long pass and power over from 20-odd metres. Eddie Jones later said he “looked like a runaway rhino” when scoring. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter-final: England 40-16 AustraliaHead-to-HeadPlayed – 51England wins – 25Australia wins – 25Draws – 1Did you know?Jonny May won his 50th cap and became the first England player to score two tries in a World Cup knockout match since Rory Underwood and Will Carling got braces in the 1995 semi-final against New Zealand.Jordan Petaia is the first player born this century to play in a RWC knockout match and the first teenager to be selected in either of the centre positions in a World Cup.Courtney Lawes has won his last 11 matches against Australia and England have beaten Australia in their last seven matches, all played under Eddie Jones.In a nutshellEngland are through to their first World Cup semi-final since 2007 with what was, in the end, a comfortable win over Australia.The Wallabies put plenty of pace and width on the ball, but their game management was questionable. We all love to see attacking rugby, but there is a time to be pragmatic too.That is exactly the strategy that England followed – and they still outscored Australia four tries to one. Two of those came in three first-half minutes from clinical finisher Jonny May.Indoor view: A lineout during the quarter-final at Oita Stadium (Getty Images)The first was from a lineout. Neat interplay between Henry Slade, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson took play into the Australia 22, next Manu Tuilagi made ground and then, with numbers out wide, Farrell fed Tom Curry, who delivered the scoring pass to May. He went over in the corner and Farrell converted from the touchline.The second try was created by Slade. David Pocock’s pass to Christian Lealiifano was picked off by Slade – Pocock would have been better keeping hold of the ball himself – and the England centre broke clear. With Kerevi gaining ground on him, Slade directed a delightful kick to the left and with May in pursuit there was only going to be one winner in that foot race. The winger went over in the corner again and Farrell converted again.Related: Need for speed – the value of pace in rugbyAny doubts about Jordan Petaia’s ability to play in a match at this level as a teenager had been dispelled within ten minutes as he made metres with his first touch before offloading to Kerevi.In fact, he looked dangerous every time he had the ball and was arguably the Wallabies’ best player in the first half – stepping around players on the wing, fending off Owen Farrell, linking well with players around him.Pushing on: Jordan Petaia fends off an Owen Farrell tackle (Getty Images,)Yet the Wallabies made life harder for themselves by trying to run everything, rarely putting boot to ball to clear pressure from their 22. While they spread the ball left and right fast, moves often broke down with a knock-on or turnover (England were definite winners in the battle of the breakdown). And their opportunities became fewer and further between as the game wore on.The boot of Lealiifano ensured they were well in the contest at half-time with the scores 17-9 – and they got over the whitewash early in the second half. Reece Hodge sent a lovely miss-pass into the hands of Petaia and England’s defence was caught flat-footed when Marika Koroibete burst through on the inside. Daly chased hard but the Wallaby wing had too much gas.It was a great line from Koroibete and another one quickly followed – from Kyle Sinckler. The England prop burst onto the ball on the 22 and ran in a try virtually unopposed.Australia’s ‘attack at all costs’ philosophy continued when they were awarded a kickable penalty in the 54th minute and opted to kick for the corner. From that lineout, they got another penalty in front of the posts but rather than kick for an easy three points, they went for a scrum. They made ground and got close through several phases but Sinckler then ripped the ball in contact, England cleared and the threat dissipated.Fast show: Marika Koroibete breaks through England’s defence to score (Getty Images)In contrast, when England were awarded a penalty five metres out after the Wallabies had infringed at a maul and Ben Youngs had dropped the ball over the line, Farrell opted for the posts and extended his team’s lead by another three points. Find out how England reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 12 years TRY!The moment of his life in a World Cup quarter-final. Sinckler collects the ball from Farrell and there is just no stopping him#CarryThemHome#RWC2019 #ITVRugby #ENGvAUS— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 19, 2019Yet his work in the tight stood out, too – most notably in stemming the Australian tide midway through the second half. As the Wallabies sent runner after runner towards the England line, Sinckler came in as the second tackler on Isi Naisarani and stripped the ball from his grasp. England were able to clear the pressure and from that point on closed out the game to reach the last four.Related: The making of Kyle SincklerThe ReactionEngland captain Owen Farrell: “Australia made that a brilliant game. They attacked throughout, from minute one to 80. Our boys did well in defence and managed to get some field position off the back of it and we know, when we get some field position, we can be pretty dangerous. We wanted to play the game at our pace, not theirs, and thankfully we did that in the second half.”Australia coach Michael Cheika: “We went into the game looking to play our style of footy ans we just weren’t clinical enough to finish off opportunities. Sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up and wear it.”The Teams England: Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade (George Ford 61), Manu Tuilagi (Jonathan Joseph 73), Jonny May; Owen Farrell (captain), Ben Youngs (Willi Heinz 73); Mako Vunipola (Joe Marler 69), Jamie George (Luke Cowan-Dickie 69), Kyle Sinckler (Dan Cole 64), Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes (George Kruis 64), Tom Curry, Sam Underhill (Lewis Ludlam 69), Billy Vunipola.Tries: May 18, 21, Sinckler 46, Watson 76. Cons: Farrell 4. Pens: Farrell 4.Australia: Kurtley Beale; Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia (James O’Connor 73), Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Christian Lealiifano (Matt Toomua 53), Will Genia (Nic White 61); Scott Sio (James Slipper 70), Tolu Latu (Jordan Uelese 66), Allan Alaalatoa (Taniela Tupou 61), Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold (Adam Coleman 66), David Pocock, Michael Hooper (captain), Isi Naisarani (Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 69).Try: Koroibete 43. Con: Lealiifano. Pens: Lealiifano 3. Dive time: Jonny May scores England’s first try in the corner (Getty Images) Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

New era of freedom and expansion for Cuban church

first_img Rector Belleville, IL By Diana SwiftPosted Feb 22, 2012 Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Comments (2) Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Albany, NY 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI February 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm Does the church in Cuba support the Covenant, same-sex marrigage or LGBTT clergy and bishops?With the next visit of Benedict XVI to Cuba, will the Anglican and/or Episcopal churches of Cuba, Canada, ECUSA, the Carribbean, Central and South America be present? 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Rector Bath, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 R. A. Garcia says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing Selecia Jones says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN [Anglican Journal] Most Canadians visiting Cuba in February are there for the sun, the sea and the mojitos. But early this month, Archbishop Fred Hiltz of the Anglican Church of Canada led a delegation with a different purpose: to observe the 103rd synod of the Episcopal Church of Cuba, led in Havana by Bolivian-born Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, bishop since 2010.Archbishop Fred Hiltz follows Cuba’s Bishop Griselda Delgado at a pre-synod service in Havana. Photo: Andrea MannThe Episcopal Church of Cuba traces its origins to an early Anglican presence on the island in 1901. It consists of 46 parishes and about 10,000 members. Within the Anglican Communion, the Cuban church has the status of an extra-provincial diocese since it is not part of a larger province and has no primate. Its governance includes the Metropolitan Council, which exercises oversight in matters of faith and order.Enter the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, who co-chairs the council with the archbishop of the West Indies and the presiding bishop of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church.The primate — accompanied by Michael Thompson, general secretary, Michael Pollesel, former general secretary, and Andrea Mann, global relations coordinator, partnerships — experienced firsthand a Cuban church poised to expand its mission and rebuild its crumbling infrastructure.“We didn’t have a lot to do with synod,” said Hiltz at a Church House presentation. “But once in a while we were asked for our opinion.” Also present in low profile and respecting the new leadership was Bishop Miguel Tamayo Zaldivar, former interim bishop of Cuba and retiring bishop of Uruguay.At a notable opening service, Delgado had the clergy renew their ordination vows. “It was a memorable moment for the church, for her and for them,” said the primate.Later, in a lengthy address, the bishop spoke of walking together in physical and spiritual unity in Christ and moving ahead in new directions. She encouraged the clergy to work together in spite of their real theological and political differences.At the synod’s workshops, the bishop laid the foundations for a different way of meeting and working. Lively debates arose around everything from nominations to seminary and faculty positions to smoking on church property.After synod, the Canadian representatives took advantage of the Cuban people’s singular hospitality as they toured the eastern end of the island and its interior.“The parish priests showed us the church buildings, and everywhere the people came out to greet us,” said Pollesel. “The church in Cuba is coming into a new era of freedom.”Always in scarce supply, the Cuban Episcopal clergy works under tremendous disadvantages. “In one parish, the rectory got sold and the priest has to live several kilometers away in a Soviet-era apartment block,” said Thompson.Mann described the “radical” hospitality and open-spirited love of the Cuban people, who have so little yet “from that scarcity show just an amazing generosity.” Everywhere they were met with copious cups of strong sweet coffee, safe, clean, dry accommodation, drivers and abundant meals featuring the local rice-and-bean-based cuisine. “It is a privilege to travel with people who live their faith,” Mann said.Many church buildings are in a state of near-collapse. At the Church of St. John the Evangelist, for example, Fr. Albert had to hammer open a sheet of galvanized metal to permit entrance to his congregation, and later hammer it closed. At the Church of the Good Shepherd, a foundation capable of supporting three stories has been laid, but the congregation cannot afford a roof and fears damage to the structure during hurricane season. Yet essential work could be done very cheaply. “It’s amazing what $5,000 or $6,000 U.S. can do in Cuba,” said Hiltz.Another problem is the scarcity of clergy, which forces parishes to rely on seminarians and lay ministers to lead prayer when no priest is available. “They would like to have four or five archdeacons but they can have only one,” said Hiltz. The lack of pensions for retiring clergy such as Tamayo is another pressing issue. The primate plans to work with the Metropolitan Council to explore ways of supporting the Cuban church financially. (The council has no funds of its own.)— Diana Swift is staff writer of the Anglican Journal. February 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm A group of 7 from St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida has just returned from the Cathedral in Havana, Cuba. It was my second trip. The people are so special and wonderful to us. The most important thing to bulid is community and then the real work will follow. A dollar here is nothing and a dollar there is very dear. Find a church who is in a companion relationship and support them. The average salary for a priest there is barely $50 per month. Any donation is appreciated. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more