Do you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. Barrow’s leadership qualities will help him have a successful career.Bea AspreyThis article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine Lock Dominic Barrow has already made his first-team debut for Leeds Carnegie, despite being just 17 years old. He started in the LV= Cup game away to the Scarlets alongside James Craig, and although the young side lost the match 52-13, such exposure is exactly what Barrow will need if he is to impress international selectors.A senior debut at such a young age has done just that, and England Academy coach John Fletcher says of the youngster: “He’s a very talented second-row. He’s still just a schoolboy, so to have made his first-team debut already is no mean feat.”Barrow is studying for A Levels in English language, biology and psychology, as well as an NVQ Level Three in sporting excellence, at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley. Danny Care was also a pupil there, and Barrow will be hoping to tread a similar path to that of the Harlequins and England scrum-half.At 6ft 6in and 17st, he already has great physical attributes, and his leadership skills make him stand out from the crowd. It’s no surprise that two players he admires are Lawrence Dallaglio and Paul O’Connell, and he was picked to captain England U16 in 2009.His competence at running the lineout at that age-group level earned him a place in the U18 squad and he scored a try on his debut against Australia Schools in December 2009. After touring South Africa last summer, he’s now gearing up for the Six Nations.RUGBY WORLD VERDICT LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Graham Price, Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner of Pontypool, Wales and the LionsBook review – Bobby Windsor: The Iron DukeRemember Blackadder’s description of the magnum opus he wrote under a pseudonym? “A giant roller coaster of a novel in 400 sizzling chapters… with some hot gypsies thrown in.” Well, Peter Jackson pulls off a similar trick with this compelling autobiography of Pontypool, Wales and Lions great Bobby Windsor, writes Rugby World deputy editor Alan Pearey.Jackson’s books have it all – funny stories, startling stats, strong views – and in the life and times of Windsor he has alighted on a heart-breaking subject.Windsor’s first wife died from cancer at 33 and when his second wife walked out, soon after Windsor learnt he had prostate cancer, he couldn’t cope. The chapter describing his state of mind in 2006, the year in which he took 100 paracetamol tablets and a bottle of water to a caravan park in Tenby in a foiled suicide bid, will bring tears to your eyes.There is a happy ending and this “loveable rogue”, as Fran Cotton calls him, deserves nothing less. Much of his life has been spent on the breadline – his strongest childhood memory is of being hungry – and even being a famous sportsman was no guarantee of a job.On the field Windsor was a hard-as-nails scrummaging hooker who bore the brunt of French brutality without complaint. Yet when Rugby World drew up a shortlist of the greatest players of the 1970s, he failed to make the cut. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s clear it was a monumental blunder. When a man as respected as Ray Prosser calls Windsor “the best front-row forward I ever saw, head and shoulders above the rest”, then no more testimony is required.RW RATING 5/5BUY IT FROM: Amazon RRP: £16.99 PUBLISHED BY: MainstreamGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email [email protected] TAGS: Book Review This article appeared in the November 2010 issue of Rugby World.Would you like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.
They’ve met before: Leinster and Saints, Heineken final 2011With this in mind, it would be worth preparing to watch the return showdown between Perpignan and Gloucester, in the south of France, Leinster versus Ospreys and Cardiff Blues versus Exeter Chiefs. There will be a few groups that are closer than a laser shave, and even then Saracens and Toulouse may just form one team and come up into the next stage, so hard is it to predict how the giants are going to far once they have dealt with Connacht and Zebre and faced each other…There will be Heineken Cup fixtures that the neutral looks out for. You can roughly predict which groups will be tight nearing the end of the pool stages and there are clashes that cannot fail but erupt into beautifully savage rugby. Picking a winner out of all this, though? Well, whoever survives pool one or pool four will be hardened and confident about facing anyone come the knockout rounds. Luck of the draw: ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux draws for the 2013/14 Heineken Cup in the shadow of the trophyBy Alan DymockTHE DRAW may not have been the most glamorous of affairs, resembling something between an IT lecture and an awards ceremony for engravers, but we now know the Heineken Cup fixtures for the pool stages.The trophy had been fished out of the marina in Toulon and plonked on stage alongside ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux who pulled out a precession of baubles to tell us how the tournament is to be shaped in the early rounds. Come October it all starts again.Party on the dock of the bay: Toulon fans cheer their heroesFriday 11 of that month sees the first terrifying arm-wrestle as Ulster host Leicester Tigers. The next day French champions Castres welcome the newly beefed-up backline of Northampton Saints and then Sunday bares witness to last year’s winners Toulon beginning their campaign at home to Glasgow Warriors, mere hours before the all-French clash between big-spending Racing Metro and Clermont Auvergne. CARDIFF, WALES – MAY 21: Leinster players celebrate victory in the Heineken Cup Final match between Leinster and Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium on May 21, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) It is also worth noting that over rounds three and four there will be double headers as pool rivals play each other home and away, back to back. In that period the fate of a group could be decided and there are match-ups to look out for. Tigers play Montpellier twice, Saints play Leinster home and away and there will be two big games between Racing and Harlequins. Throw in the unpredictable bouts between Gloucester and Edinburgh and there is plenty to savour.By the time opponents from round one play again it could be all over. However, there is always the mathematician’s nightmare of tallying bonus points, compiling coefficients and contrasting scores to figure out who creeps into the knockout rounds and who falls out the trapdoor and into the Amlin Challenge Cup. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
The @ChiswickRFC team engaged everyone in a fun game of touch rugby, boys,girls,men & women united @SuperSaturday00 pic.twitter.com/7mFtbXJIG9— Kelly Reeves (@kel02100) July 27, 2014 Hard graft: Auckland Blues get stuck into a session. Now you can have your best pre-season yet @JordanCrane86 only 20 days to go mate mean lean and clean. @JessicaAnne87 keep an eye on the big lad .#preseason pic.twitter.com/ffAquFyOmV— Ben Youngs (@benyoungs09) July 28, 2014 Savage session at Merthyr Mawr this morning! Not as pleasant as it looks!! #preseason #stillunemployed pic.twitter.com/sxiKhOMSaw— Adam Jones (@adamjones3) July 29, 2014Let the hard work begin Your body will be rusty, so reintroduce running into your programme slowly to avoid injury. Gym work is important, and can include weights, off-feet conditioning, interval-based work on the equipment, boxing and grappling, and more. In the early weeks, do some general, full-body strength training and something off-feet, and gradually build up your volume of running.Dams explains: “Over an eight-week period, your first three could be spent with 70% of your time doing weights and 30% conditioning, then the middle two weeks split 50-50, and 30-70 in the last three weeks.“Our heaviest week in terms of volume of running is three weeks before the first game,” Dams says. “After that the players will taper down.”If you want to get the best out of pre-season, ask a professional trainer to put together the best programme to help you achieve your goals. Thank you @topmarquesports @pulsinandbeond for the pick me ups during pre season – #touch pic.twitter.com/kyAXR1XSot— Liam Williams (@SanjayWills) July 23, 2014Get match fit Sevens can be a great way to enjoy rugby with your mates, and is also a useful conditioning tool. There is more running involved than in 15-a-side games and the matches are played at a faster pace, so it’s the perfect way to test your fitness.Pre-season friendlies are also a good way to load players gradually and reintroduce contact. Rotating the full squad means players can start with, 20 minutes of game time, the next week they’ll play for 40, and then 60-80 the week after. Transition programmesFollow a basic weights and conditioning programme in the weeks leading up to pre-season, so you don’t arrive cold on the first day. Dams gives the Quins squad two-week transition programmes, and says: “These mean the players don’t arrive having done nothing, and include very basic, generic weights and conditioning sessions. It’s just enough to give players some structure and prepare them for the weeks ahead.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSSkip AdAds by For all those asking, I will be available for the sevens in Rio. Queen and country. Regards.— David Flatman (@davidflatman) July 28, 2014 Take a break Before you get stuck into pre-season training, you need a good off-season to let your body recover. It’s crucial to give your body time to recuperate from injuries and fatigue. You may only need a week or two if you’ve played irregularly, but if you’ve started every Saturday you’ll need longer.This is the chance to have a few beers, too, but remember that the more damage you inflict upon your body, the harder it will be to get back to full fitness. Ease your body back into action It’s important to do some form of exercise before the serious training starts. If you’ve had any injuries, your muscles around them can weaken, so you need to strengthen them again or you will risk further harm. Harlequins’ head of performance John Dams says: “At Quins the players have two weeks of complete rest followed by a week of active rest. The aim is to get them out and doing something.”To stop your body de-conditioning, you can do on-feet activities like tennis and squash, which require different coordination to rugby, or off-feet, like swimming and cycling, which are good for those who have bad knees, backs and hips. Week 3 of preseason done looking forward to a relaxing weekend in @monartspa #getmereadyforweek4— Sean O’ Brien (@SeanOBrien1987) July 25, 2014Don’t forget skills work! This is also the time of year to get your technique up to scratch and work on set moves, so plan in plenty of skills sessions too. Play touch or seven-a-side games to work on your handling, running lines and support play.Eat right to feel bright You need to adjust your diet according to how hard you’re training, and a balanced diet is crucial. When you’re burning lots of calories you need to take more in so that you have plenty of energy. During the season, you may burn 3,000-4,000 calories a week, but during pre-season that figure may rise to 5,000-6,000.Your body will be in need of nutrients after training, and supplements are an easy way to provide those – seek advice about which one, if any, is best for you.It’s also important to stay hydrated, especially when it’s hot, so drink at least 2.5 litres of water a day. Put in the hard work now and you’ll reap the benefits when the new season kicks off. So follow our advice and you’ll have your best pre-season ever… Anyone around Kilkee beach tomorrow at 14.30 for a big game of touch rugby? The Dream Dineen is playing!!!! @IvanDineen #MunRun14 TAGS: Highlight First throw up of preseason after the prowler push in a strongman session this morning! #goodtimes— Ben Foden (@ben_foden) July 23, 2014 — Conor Murray (@ConorMurray_9) July 29, 2014Want top training tips from the pros every month? Then subscribe to Rugby World!
The Barbarians got down to business training in South West London earlier today, and with their final complement now announced, it appears they’ve coerced a fair amount of talent to give up their sunny Sunday afternoon to give Eddie Jones’ an uncomfortable time.Wasps often joke they’re a merry band of waifs, strays and vagabonds and this multi-talented squad assembled by the Barbarians resembles a disparate group of players with a point to prove, skills to spare or just determined to wave their Test careers off in front of a bumper crowd. Here are a few players to catch the eye…Points to prove Alex Goode (England, 21 caps)There are few better footballers in the game than Alex Goode. That was showcased perfectly during the Champions Cup final against Clermont, where he threaded through a sumptuous grubber for Chris Ashton to pick up, before crossing the whitewash. A late-call up, the Saracen and England outcast, will be looking to catch the eye of Eddie Jones. A class act.Richard Hibbard (Wales, 38 caps)The former Ospreys and now Gloucester stalwart has been pragmatic about his near two-year Test absence, but the former Lion has been in imperious form this season. As fit as he’s ever been, the hooker’s set-piece work, carrying in the tight and thunderclap tackling has meant the calls for his re-inclusion in the Wales set-up have grown ever louder.Bang in form: Richard Hibbard has had a brilliant season for GloucesterSteffon Armitage (England, 5 caps)The forgotten man of English rugby, Steffon Armitage dominated the column inches before the 2015 World Cup as a solution to England’s openside problem, but his playing in France and a reputation for being difficult meant he never got a look-in under Stuart Lancaster. Having left Toulon in the summer, he now plies his trade with Pau.Ian Madigan (Ireland, 30 caps)Madigan is another whose star has waned since Johnny Sexton return to Leinster speeded up his flight to Bordeaux where he has endured a troubled time, with injury problems and a strained relationship with the management. The talented playmaker with drive Bristol’s push for promotion from the Championship next year and he will relish the opportunity to take to the big stage again.Playmaker: Ian Madigan is hoping for a fresh start with Bristol next seasonRuan Pienaar (South Africa, 89 caps)A much-loved son of Ulster bade his tearful farewell to the Kingspan weeks ago and the 89-cap Springbok, who controversially was blocked from finishing his career with Ulster by the IRFU, who felt he was blocking the pathway of up and coming scrum-halves; this after fellow Springbok Jaco Taute was given an extended contract for Munster, Pienaar will be keen to show his quality before he takes up a contract in the Top 14.Catch them while you canThierry Dusautoir (France, 80 caps)There was barely a ripple of acknowledgement when Thierry Dusautoir announced his retirement, here in the UK, and Dusautoir would have had no problem going under the radar. The former French captain, who famously made 38 tackles against the All Blacks in the 2007 World Cup, goes down as one of the best back-rows of the last decade and he deserves a big stage to go out. Bon voyage, Titi. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Forwards: Patricio Albacete (Toulouse & Argentina), Steffon Armitage (Pau & England), Schalk Brits (Saracens & South Africa), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse & France), Corey Flynn (Star RFC & New Zealand), Ben Franks (London Irish & New Zealand), Gillian Galan (Toulouse), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester & Wales), Facundo Isa (Lyon & Argentina), Census Johnston (Toulouse & Samoa), Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier & Georgia), WP Nel (Edinburgh & Scotland), Mike Ross (Leinster & Ireland), Joe Tekori (Toulouse & Samoa), Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester & New Zealand). TAGS: Highlight Vern Cotter has recruited a team of highly talented expendables for his mission to storm Twickenham and the watching crowd are in for a treat… French legend: Thierry Dusautoir is one of the best backrows in the last decadeMike Ross (Ireland, 61 caps)For many years, Ireland fretted about how their scrum would buckle without the dependable Dr Mike Ross anchoring the scrum, but just in time, a 19st youngster from County Wexford called Tadhg Furlong picked up the baton. A top-class tighthead for Leinster and Ireland, he hangs up his boots this summer, and tweeted that he’d finally be able to unleash his creative talents with the BaaBaas. We look forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve…Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia, 116 caps)The 116-cap Wallaby was unceremoniously dumped by Bordeaux at the end of this season, forcing him to head to Japan but the utility back who can play in midfield, on the wing and a full-back will know his way to the try-line at Twickenham, after scoring four tries there during the 2015 World Cup.Finisher: Adam Ashley-Cooper plundered 37 tries for the Wallabies in a brilliant careerThrill machinesTimoci Nagusa (Fiji, 24 caps)Barbarians coach Vern Cotter will be working with the explosive Nagusa next year at Montpellier so he’ll know all about the 6ft 2in, 16st powerhouse who can step you, run over you or put a team-mate away with a deft offload. Jonny May and Marland Yarde will need to be on high-alert when the former policeman gets the ball.Facundo Isa (Argentina, 23 caps)In last year’s Rugby Championship, when he faced the likes of Kieran Read and David Pocock from the base of the scrum, Facundo Isa did not look out of place. Powerfully set, he has been schooled under Daniel Hourcade’s Pumas and the Jaguares, so playing high-risk, high-reward rugby comes naturally. Much to the chargin of the Pumas, he heads back to Toulon on a two-year contract in the summer.Big impression: Facundo Isa was one of the stars of last year’s Rugby ChampionshipWaisea Nayacalavu (uncapped)A former Fijian Sevens player, Nayacelevu has been scoring at the rate of every other game for Stade Francais since moving to the Top 14 in 2013. A rangy 6ft 5in, his long-stride and offloading skills mean he’s very difficult to shackle.Barbarians squadBacks: Horacio Agulla (Castres & Argentina), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux Begles & Australia), Yann David (Toulouse and France), Kahn Fotuali’i (Bath Rugby & Samoa), Robbie Freuan (Bath Rugby), Rory Kockott (Castres & France), Ian Madigan (Bordeaux Begles & Ireland), Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier & Fiji), Waisea Nayacalavu (Stade Francais & Fiji), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster & South Africa), David Smith (Castres), Frans Steyn (Montpellier & South Africa). Unfancied: The wildly talented Alex Goode is a late Barbarians addition
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The saintsIrish take pride of placeWhere to start? Fifty tries and 374 points were the bare, record-breaking statistics on the opening weekend of the 2017-18 Aviva Premiership season, but that fails to do justice to the drama within.Gloucester ended Exeter’s 17-match unbeaten league run with Jason Woodward’s last-gasp try, Saracens put seven tries past Northampton within 30 first-half minutes, and Bath achieved only their second Premiership win at Welford Road despite losing three men to the bin in the closing stages.Above all this, however, was London Irish’s 39-29 win over Harlequins, a performance that included some super long-range tries – despite hints that the newly promoted Exiles would be playing percentage rugby. Amazing what a bit of sun on your back can do.There will be tougher days ahead for Irish – this Saturday at Exeter, for one – but already the bookies have made Worcester favourites for the drop, courtesy of the Warriors’ 35-8 tanking at Newcastle.Irish’s 39 points surpassed all of their 22 match totals when they were last in the top flight two years ago and the calmness with which their coaching team greeted the result suggests that the thought of relegation is not remotely on their radar.Unwanted tag: Gary Gold’s Worcester are favourites for the drop after their Falcons drubbing (Getty)Marcus makes his markHarlequins captain James Horwill has highlighted Marcus Smith’s “level headedness” as a key attribute and the young Quin will need that in spades given the adulation gushing his way.Smith became the seventh youngest starter in a Premiership match, at 18 years 200 days, but none of the other six played in the pivotal fly-half position.A couple of passes went slightly awry but overall he gave a terrific performance in a losing cause, running or passing the ball on nearly every possession. For now, his kicking game remains a mystery, though we did see a drop-goal conversion when he decided not to risk Joe Marchant’s try being ruled out by a potential TMO review.He went off reluctantly after taking a huge hit from Aseli Tikoirotuma and within a minute of his Quins debut, his replacement, Demetri Catrakilis, was carded for not rolling away. Things will get better, Demetri…Promising start: teenager Marcus Smith showed no nerves on his league debut for Harlequins (Getty)Sam is the manRugby World picked Sam Simmonds as one to watch in last month’s issue and he duly scored the first try of the Premiership season – one of two for him at Kingsholm on Friday night.His power is unmissable and one brilliant rescue act, when he dashed back to field a Willi Heinz kick that looked set to produce a Gloucester try, showed that he has the pace needed to play international rugby.There’s a lot of back-rows in the queue but Simmonds – who made 20 carries and 14 tackles against Gloucester – is certainly in that queue.Over again: Exeter’s Sam Simmonds bags his second try on a night when he impressed hugely (Getty)A joy to watchThe term ‘smiling assassin’ could have been for Schalk Brits. Six years after his Man of the Match display in the 2011 Premiership final, when he set up the decisive try for James Short, the 36-year-old Saracens hooker was up to his old tricks at Twickenham.Brits tormented Northampton with his outrageous offloading skills and running lines, and in what he insists will be his final season he is showing no sign whatsoever of diminishing powers. He’s a delightful character and a joy to watch.Master of arts: Saracens hooker Schalk Brits offloads against Northampton at Twickenham (Getty)Crooked feeds live on!How were the new laws for you? On initial evidence, the scrums are going to be quicker and cleaner but we’re still going to see crooked feeds! Scrum-halves are also taking time to get used to the idea that they can now align their left shoulder with the tunnel. Good to be back: Topsy Ojo (left) celebrates scoring London Irish’s first try back in the Premiership (Getty) Most tackles: Lewis Ludlow (Leicester), 26Most carries: Courtney Lawes (Northampton) and Sione Kalamafoni (Leicester), 21Most metres: Telusa Veainu (Leicester), 133Most lineout wins: GJ van Velze (Worcester), 8Most defenders beaten: George Ford (Leicester), 12Most offloads: Will Addison (Sale), 5Most breaks: Dan Robson (Wasps), 6Ringmaster: Tigers No 10 George Ford caused Bath no end of problems at Welford Road (Getty) Nobody should pretend that the new scrum laws are anything other than the lesser of two evils. We’re moving ever further from the concept of a scrum as a contest for possession. But given the choice between collapses and resets versus getting the ball in and out rapidly, I know which I prefer.As for the breakdown changes, the jury is out. There’s a danger that defending teams will decide the odds are too heavily stacked against them, now that you can’t kick the ball at a ruck and the tackler has lost the right to steal from the ‘wrong’ side.If defenders don’t bother competing for breakdown ball and instead fan out in the defensive line, there could be less space than ever for the attacking side to work with. But the try-fest in round one has helped allay those fears. For now.In and out: Glasgow feed a scrum during their 18-12 win v Connacht in wet and windy Galway (Inpho)A Wasp in a hurryDan Robson has made the early running in the try-scoring stakes, his four tries in Wasps’ 50-35 defeat of Sale matching the feat of Gloucester scrum-half Elton Moncrieff against Bedford 17 years ago.Nine of the 13 men to score four tries or more in a Premiership match are wingers, with Robson and Moncrieff joining centre Jeremy Guscott and full-back Geordan Murphy in being exceptions to the rule.Robson’s sevens-style inside support lines, often running ahead of the ball, should bring him a heap more tries this season but forcing his way into Eddie Jones’s England squad is proving far more difficult.The sting: Dan Robson became the third Wasp to score four tries in a Premiership game (Getty)The sinnersBlotchesWhat does Ulster’s pitch and Harlequins’ shirt have in common? They both have ugly dark blotches.Apparently someone used the wrong paint when applying branding to the Kingspan Stadium turf during the Women’s World Cup. So Ulster’s historic Guinness Pro14 meeting with Cheetahs was played on a pitch with large dark green patches.Quins’ shirt for their clash with London Irish looked like a dog’s breakfast – in fact, you can almost make out paw prints.Mucky look: Jamie Roberts sports Quins’ shirt (Getty)TV twits Why is that so many people turn into idiots when they have a TV camera pointing in their direction? Take the post-match analysis of the Leicester-Bath match on BT Sport. Fans behind the pundits pulled stupid faces or stuck their tongue out or sank towards the floor. How about trying this for a change: look normal and listen.“Quick, a television camera! Let’s stand behind the pundits and look as stupid as possible!” (Getty)Chiefs hard done byJeremy Thrush’s second try during Gloucester’s 28-21 win over Exeter was the first poor decision of the season. The Kiwi lock was undoubtedly guilty of a double movement when planting the ball over the line and when even Rob Baxter is moved to (sugar-coated) criticism you know the officials have got it wrong.Typically, Baxter was quick to point out the failings of his side that led to the incident in the first place. He always sees the bigger picture and that’s one reason why the Chiefs never dwell on injustices and win far more games than they lose.Kind decision: Gloucester’s Jeremy ThrushPremiership stats of the week TAGS: London Irish London Irish surprise the pundits as the tries flow, a promising start for the new laws, Sam Simmonds and Schalk Brits impress mightily, and the shirt that doesn’t wash
Skipper: Ciara Griffin leads Ireland out against Scotland earlier this year (Inpho) The back-rower loves keeping busy both on and off the field Ireland captain Ciara Griffin on her packed scheduleCiara Griffin was only three years old when Chumbawamba released their hit Tubthumping, but the opening lines could easily be the Ireland captain’s mantra.I get knocked down but I get up again; You are never gonna keep me down.That’s the crux of Griffin’s career. The back-row is the epitome of perseverance.Take her start in rugby. Her earliest memories of the sport are playing in the back garden with her sister, but it wasn’t until she was 16 that her local club, Castleisland, launched a girls’ team – after a decade of “pestering” by Griffin.Then there’s her drive to play at Test level. Rejected at her first two Ireland trials, she asked for feedback and set to work to make improvements ahead of her next opportunity. “Looking back I was very small in terms of size, so I got fitter and stronger,” she says.The third time proved the charm as she made it into the Ireland squad – only to break her leg in the first training session. But she didn’t let that halt her progress, quickly returning to the gym. She focused on her upper body and came up with novel ways to use the equipment with one leg out of action. For example, she would place her broken leg on a skateboard so it would still travel back and forth as she used the rowing machine.It’s little wonder that the moment she did finally win her first cap, against Wales in the 2016 Six Nations, is etched firmly in her mind. “It was my dream since I was small to play for Ireland and it was amazing,” she says. “I still remember crossing the whitewash. I came on in the 63rd or 64th minute and I loved it.” Two years later Griffin became Ireland captain and last season she was named Women’s Player of the Year by the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland. It’s her leadership as well as her physicality that stands out.As Munster and Ireland team-mate Eimear Considine says: “What she does on the field inspires you to do better. She just changes the game and you want to do things for her.”The above illustrates the work ethic – instilled by her parents on the family beef farm – that Griffin brings to her rugby, but her drive is evident in all she does. Alongside her rugby commitments, she is a primary school teacher and has her own business, CG Fitness.She fits her personal training sessions around school and works with clients online. On top of that, she will help out on her dad’s and uncle’s farms as and when needed.“I love being busy,” says Griffin, whose best holiday involved hiking and cycling around Ireland last year. “I like doing the PT with the teaching. My mum was a teacher and growing up I always wanted to be a primary school teacher. They’re two very different challenges but I like it.“Mum and dad raised us really well and I got my work ethic from a young age. It came from my grandma and grandad as well. I’d spend all my summers farming with them. I’d love going out with my grandad and doing fencing or welding. I loved always having something to do.“I struggle to sit down on the couch and watch a TV show. I always have in my mind that there’s something to do.”Griffin’s busy lifestyle will be even more hectic for the rest of 2020. Ireland will play their postponed Six Nations fixtures against Italy and France in October, then have the European qualifiers for the 2021 World Cup in December. The winners book their spot at the tournament in New Zealand and the runners-up going into the repêchage.Ireland will be competing alongside Italy, Scotland and the winners of the Rugby Europe Championship – expected to be Spain.“That’s the big target for the group and me personally. We’ve got confidence following our performances in the Six Nations, we put good phases together, but there’s plenty to build on so we’re in a good space to push forward.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This article originally appeared in the May 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
This article originally appeared in the October 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Castres forward talks yoga, adrenalin rushes and building blunders Downtime with… Canada No 8 Tyler ArdronHow has it been settling in France? It’s been good, though the language is a bit tough. I’ve got a bit of a background there, coming from Canada, so I can probably understand enough of what people are saying. I can get myself around but I’m sort of a walking mute half the time!So far Castres have been awesome, the boys have been good and I have had a lot of help. Of all my moves, it has probably been the easiest.How do you reflect on your time in New Zealand with the Chiefs? It was amazing. Not only for the rugby – which is obviously so well known and has this reputation, rightly so – but now I’ve got what I consider a whole family there.I was living with them through isolation. I do a lot of hunting and a lot of fishing and I had the tightest group of mates to do that with out there, and none of them were rugby players.What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?It became an okay job in the end but the worst working experience I had was the summer before I went to university. I’d worked in lumberyards, I’d done a bit of building, but I ended up getting a job framing houses. I had to put the trim around the doors and windows and on all the floorboards. They had no time so gave me a quick two-minute demo of what I was gonna do. “Now go!”It wasn’t going well to begin with and then I later learnt I was hitting a ton of water pipes, putting these nails into the wall with the air gun. They had been relatively happy with whatI was doing – I wasn’t exactly good at it but by two weeks in the job I was getting better. And then the water came on and they were not happy at all.Do you have any phobias? I’m not a big fan of snakes. Anything without legs or wings shouldn’t be able to move that fast. They freak me out a bit. But I don’t mind being scared. I’m a bit of an adrenalin junkie so I quite like it sometimes.Any hobbies that cater for that? Well, I need to sell my motorbike in New Zealand, then get one here. That’ll get a bit of adrenalin into ya!I remember Jeff Hassler did a Rugby World piece about his bike when we were at Ospreys. I was the first person to ride it actually. When he comes to visit we’ll rent him a bike and get out.Most embarrassing moment on the pitch? We were playing Kenya at sevens in Hong Kong. As a bigger sevens player I backed myself to go over the top of a few guys. I tried to go over one of the small Kenyan wingers. He picked me up and chucked me into touch.Funniest thing you’ve seen? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Leading from the front: Canada’s Tyler Ardron takes on Italy at RWC 2019 (Getty Images) I played with a guy who, for the rest of his life, got called ‘Poopy’ because he had a bad stomach day and got hit pretty hard…Have you been anywhere exotic? I do quite a lot of sailing whenever I get the chance. I’ve done that around Thailand and I’ve been to places like Greece and Croatia. I’ve also been to Oman, Petra in Jordan, and Israel.Who’d be your three dream dinner party guests? I’d love to have Barack Obama and chat with him. Eric Lindros was an NHL ice hockey player from back home and he was always my favourite player. And then it would have to be someone dead, like Winston Churchill. That would be interesting.What would be your Mastermind specialist subject? Probably rugby but I also studied economics and finance. I still keep up to date with it and I’ll do some of my own trading. So maybe global economics would be the subject. Trading is good when it’s good and it’s bad when it’s bad, but I love the idea of having my own future in my hands.So what will you do when you retire? Economics if I felt I needed to work for a bigger pay cheque. But if I set myself up I’d love my own orchard or even a vineyard. Somewhere where I can work the land and be outside all day.Do you have any hidden talents? I don’t know if it’s a talent but I did my yoga teacher training five years ago now. I’ve taught a decent amount of classes. A small group of the Chiefs were really dedicated. Lachlan Boshier is very flexible and Sam Cane would always come. Samisoni Taukei’aho was not flexible at all, same as Aidan Ross, but they were dedicated.And if you could be stuck in a lift with anyone? It would have to be Jeff Hassler. He’s been my best friend for years. We lived together for six years and I don’t know how we had new things to talk about every day, but we kept rolling.
Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rapidísimas, Julio 19 de 2013 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Una nueva encuesta realizada por el Centro de Investigaciones Pew revela el concepto que tiene el público de Estados Unidos sobre varias profesiones. Los clérigos están por debajo de los militares, maestros, científicos e ingenieros pero por encima de artistas, periodistas, ejecutivos de negocios y abogados. El 37 por ciento del público en general cree que los clérigos contribuyen “mucho” a la sociedad mientras que en los que asisten a la iglesia el por ciento es de 54.La Organización de las Naciones Unidas ha pedido al Vaticano detalles de miles de casos de abusos a menores cometidos por miembros del clero, informa la BBC de Londres. La solicitud de la comisión que regula la Convención de los Derechos del Niño de la ONU llega seis meses antes de que representantes del Vaticano comparezcan ante el organismo internacional. La ONU también pidió información sobre el apoyo a las víctimas de abuso infantil y los incidentes en los que fueron encubiertos.Malala Yousafzai, una jovencita paquistaní de 16 años es considerada activista a favor de la educación de las mujeres, ha sido declarada por la ONU “la niña más valiente del mundo”. Malala dijo que la educación para las mujeres es la única arma para lograr la liberación femenina. Añadió que no está en contra de nadie, ni aún de los talibanes que la han amenazado. En su discurso dijo que la compasión la aprendió de Mahoma, Jesucristo y Buda; la no violencia de Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, la Madre Teresa y el perdón de sus padres. Terminó afirmando que “mi alma me dice, sé pacífica y ama a todo el mundo”. Una gran ovación siguió a sus palabras.En la ciudad de Sanford, Florida, concluyó el 13 de julio el juicio contra el guarda voluntario George Zimmerman quien mató de un balazo al joven afro-americano Trayvon Martin. Después de largas deliberaciones el jurado compuesto por seis mujeres dictaminó que el acusado “no era culpable”. Desde entonces han surgido protestas en las principales ciudades del país diciendo que el racismo influyó en la decisión del jurado. La comunidad afro-descendiente se encuentra ofendida y ha prometido retar la decisión del tribunal.Un nuevo estudio revela que la contaminación ambiental puede ser responsable por la muerte de más de dos millones de personas cada año alrededor del mundo. El contacto con micro-partículas provenientes de la contaminación son responsables de varias enfermedades, especialmente las cardio-pulmonares que causan la muerte. Según estudios hechos por la Universidad de Carolina del Norte, la contaminación ha ido en aumento en los últimos 30 años debido a desechos industriales y motores de combustión, así como el humo de fumadores.Berta Soler, portavoz del Movimiento de las Damas de Blanco en Cuba, informó que “al menos una docena de mujeres que integran el movimiento fueron arrestadas en diferentes ciudades del país para impedir que asistieran a misa”. Añadió que a pesar de la represión y las amenazas 54 damas asistieron a misa en la iglesia Santa Rita en Miramar en La Habana.Katherine Vargas, una joven colombiana ha sido nombrada por el presidente Barack Obama directora de Medios de Comunicación Hispanos en la Casa Blanca. Tiene amplia experiencia en asuntos hispanos después de haber trabajado en el National Immigration Forum, una organización que promueve la inmigración en Estados Unidos.Hay gran expectación en Brasil con la visita del papa Francisco a la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud programada durante los días del 23 al 28 de julio. Se espera que el papa rete a los jóvenes a vivir el evangelio en medio de grandes problemas sociales, éticos y económicos. También se espera que haga un llamamiento a los jóvenes a considerar el sacerdocio como realización plena de su fe cristiana. Algunos comentaristas se preguntan qué dirá Francisco a las mujeres sobre el sacerdocio.Después de siete años de estudio y discusión cuatro iglesias protestantes en Estados Unidos han firmado un acuerdo donde reconocen como válido el bautismo católico romano. Las iglesias signatarias son Iglesia la Presbiteriana de los Estados Unidos, la Iglesia Cristiana Reformada de América del Norte, la Iglesia Reformada de América y la Iglesia Unida de Cristo. Sellarán el acuerdo en Austin, Texas. El obispo de Austin, José Vásquez, dijo que esta acción es parte del mandato de Cristo para cumplir con las palabras del evangelio que “todos sean uno para que el mundo crea”.VERDAD. El Señor es mi luz y mi salvación ¿de quién temeré? El Señor es la fortaleza de mi vida. Salmo 27. 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Presiding Bishop’s Advent Message 2013 ‘It’s a time to be still and listen’ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Advent, Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 November 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm May the Lord bring all Son of God Love, Son of God Joy and Son of God Knowledge to all who love Him and God. It is the Love of Loves, the Joy of Joys and the Knowledge of all Knowledges. For He is Son of God over Beauty, Son of God over Passion, Son of God over Raptures Devotion for all who love Him and God. Submit a Job Listing Stewart David Wigdor says: Comments are closed. Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Advent is a quieter time of the year in the Church’s understanding,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says in her Advent Message 2013. “It’s a time to be still and listen, listen deep within to what is growing, ready to emerge into new life.”The Presiding Bishop’s Advent Message 2013, videotaped in the Chapel of the Christ the Lord at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City, is available here.In the liturgical calendar, Advent is the season leading up to Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent is December 1.The following is the text of Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori’s Advent Message 2013.Presiding Bishop Advent Message 2013Advent is a time of waiting and for many people it’s a time to reflect on what Mary must have experienced as she waited for the birth of this unusual child.You may never have been pregnant or lived with someone who was, but put yourself in her place for a while. Consider what it would have been like to have a new life growing within you. And reflect on what new is growing within you this season of Advent.What new concern is growing for the people around you? What new burden is on your heart for the woes of the world? What new possibility do you see emerging in the world around you, and how might you be part of that?Advent is a quieter time of the year in the Church’s understanding. It’s a time to be still and listen, listen deep within to what is growing, ready to emerge into new life.And as the season for the birth of the Christ Child arrives, I would encourage you to consider how you yourself will be present in the world in a new way this year. How will you give evidence of love incarnate to the world around you?I pray that you have a blessed and joyful and peace-filled Advent. God be with you.Mensaje de Adviento del 2013 de la Obispa Presidente:“Es tiempo para estar quieto y escuchar”.[26 de noviembre de 2013] “La temporada del Adviento es la más tranquila del año en el conocimiento de la Iglesia”, en su mensaje de Adviento del 2013 la Obispa Presidente Katharine Jefferts Schori dice lo siguiente. “Es un tiempo para estar quieto y escuchar, escuchar en lo profundo lo que está creciendo, y listo para emerger a una nueva vida”.El mensaje de Adviento del 2013 de la Obispa Presidente, grabada en la Capilla del Cristo Señor en la oficina principal de la Iglesia Episcopal en la ciudad de Nueva York, está disponible aquí.En el calendario litúrgico, el Adviento es el tiempo previo a la Navidad. El primer domingo de Adviento es el 1 de diciembre.A continuación está el texto del mensaje de Adviento del 2013 de la Obispa Presidente Jefferts Schori.Mensaje de Adviento del 2013 de la Obispa PresidenteEl Adviento es un tiempo de espera y para muchas personas es un tiempo para reflexionar sobre lo que María debe haber experimentado mientras esperaba el nacimiento de este niño extraordinario.Puede que usted nunca haya estado embarazada o vivido con alguien que lo estaba, pero póngase en su lugar por un momento. Considere lo que hubiera sido tener una nueva vida que crece dentro de usted. Y reflexione sobre lo nuevo que está creciendo dentro de usted en esta temporada de Adviento.¿Qué nueva preocupación está creciendo en la gente que le rodea? ¿Qué nueva carga está en su corazón sobre los problemas del mundo? ¿Qué nuevas posibilidades ve usted que surgen en el mundo que le rodea, y cómo puede usted ser parte de eso?El Adviento es el momento más tranquilo del año en el conocimiento de la Iglesia. Es un tiempo para estar quieto y escuchar, escuchar en lo profundo lo que está creciendo, y listo para emerger a una nueva vida.Y a medida que la temporada para el nacimiento del Niño Jesús se aproxima, les animo a que consideren cómo usted va a estar presente en el mundo de una manera nueva este año. ¿Cómo va a prestar declaración del amor encarnado en el mundo que le rodea?Rezo para que usted tenga una temporada de Adviento bendita, alegre y llena de paz. Que Dios esté con vosotros. 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