Saracens 31 Ospreys 26 – The Verdict

first_img“We’ve got to go down there and come away with a win next weekend,” said Saracens coach Mark McCall. “We’ll take a lot of confidence from the first 50 minutes, but not the last 30. For 50 minutes we did a lot of things well and put a very good team under pressure; we were the dominant side in that period. But we lost that momentum when Owen was in the sin-bin.”Both sides have improvements to make on the back of this match, but when they meet again in Swansea on Friday night it’s sure to be another tight tussle. And that’s just what the Heineken Cup is about – close-run, edge-of-the-seat affairs. TAGS: OspreysSaracens Then it all went wrong. Owen Farrell was sin-binned and Brits and Hodgson – two of Saracens best players – were taken off. Apparently they were both still recovering from injuries and were replaced as a precaution, but it didn’t look the smartest move as the Ospreys got themselves back into the game. The momentum swung the way of the Welsh side as they scored ten points when Farrell was off, Beck crossing for a second try and five points coming from Dan Biggar’s boot, and that meant the pressure was on Saracens to close out the win.They did that in the end but the Ospreys still managed to secure a losing bonus point. In a tight group like this, and with Treviso beating Biarritz, that point could be crucial come the end of the season, particularly given Saracens’ failure to get a bonus point of their own with a fourth try when they had dominated the match. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor at WembleyTHE X FACTOR finals were taking place next door at Wembley Arena but on the pitch here it was a chance for Saracens and Ospreys players to see if they could hit the right notes and impress their respective national coaches. Saracens emerged after 80 minutes with a 31-26 win, but they let the Ospreys hit back in the second half to grab what could become a vital losing bonus point in this tight Heineken Cup pool.The English champions controlled the game for 50 minutes, dominating possession and territory, Alex Goode impressing with his running lines, Charlie Hodgson dictating play and their forwards hitting the contact area hard. The Ospreys, on the other hand, gave away a lot of penalties and Saracens took advantage.Chris crosses: Wyles scores Saracens’ third tryThe Welsh side simply couldn’t get a foothold in the game; the pack were struggling to provide decent front-foot ball for the team’s exciting runners and it was a decent counter-attack that produced Ashley Beck’s first try. Shane Williams may have produced a great try last weekend but he was quiet out wide at Wembley. Instead, it was Schalk Brits who produced the moment of the match, an exquisite back-handed offload putting Chris Wyles over for Saracens’ third try.last_img read more

Rugby Championship: What the locals are saying before Round 1

first_imgPRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 29, Jaco Taute of South Africa and Michael Hooper of Australia during The Castle Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Australia at Loftus Versfeld on September 29, 2012 in Pretoria, South AfricaPhoto by Lee Warren / Gallo Images Raining ‘Boks: Every RC bout will be bigWynne Gray, writing for The New Zealand Herald: “Three survivors return on each side from the last 2008 Wallaby coaching handover when Robbie Deans’ new group cleaned up and a similar emotional thread has attached itself to McKenzie’s mob. Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore and Ma’a Nonu stack up against Stephen Moore, James Horwill and Adam Ashley-Cooper from the clash five years ago.“Not much in that you’d say but the 874 combined caps among the All Blacks should deliver a stronger response than the Wallaby eagerness.”Liam Napier, writing for Rugby Heaven: “It’s ironic that, while nobody wants Ma’a Nonu at Super Rugby level, New Zealand says a silent prayer he is not injured against the Wallabies in Sydney.“That’s because our depth at second five-eighth is distressing.”Toby Robson, writing for the Dominion Post: “Suddenly the Bledisloe Cup is up for grabs.“Any doubt about the difficulties facing the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday disappeared late yesterday [Thursday] afternoon when blindside Liam Messam was scrubbed off the team sheet…It will all add to a Wallabies confidence already being fed by the arrival of new coach Ewen McKenzie.”South AfricaBrandan Nel, writing for SuperSport: “[In June] The Boks scored no fewer than 17 tries against Italy, Scotland and Samoa as their attack took shape and they looked dangerous with ball in hand.“Considering that the All Blacks scored just seven tries in three tests against France, who have lost to all three of the Boks’ June opposition in the last 12 months, there is reason to be confident.”Marco Botha, writing in Die Burger: “The Pumas play against a more well-rounded team than last year, especially two players who give the team another dimension to their game: Francois Louw and Willie le Roux.“The Springboks played Argentina last year in Mendoza without a recognized fetcher or tackler and that dismal game was finally shared 16-16. Louw has since had a big influence on the team. Also Le Roux proved in the June tests to be someone who does not necessarily score tries, but who has a rare virtue to create space and, therefore, tries.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Inaugural champions: New Zealand won the first Rugby Championship, taking the trophy in La Plata, ArgentinaBy Alan DymockAS OUTSIDERS we can analyse and chirp and break down what we can of the Rugby Championship from our cosy hemisphere, perhaps tainted by a little bit of northern bias. So how about some southern words on the matter, huh? Here are some snippets of what is being said in the build up to tomorrow’s first round of games.ArgentinaBest-selling newspaper Clarin simply asks: “How do the Pumas play without Fernández Lobbe? That’s one of the great dilemmas that will be unveiled soon.”Juan Imhoff, quoted in the sports pages of La Nacion: “Right from the head we have different objectives. We want to win. This is a team looking to win at all costs. The Rugby Championship does not allow you to spare, that’s what I felt last year.”Marching for a win: Can Argentina win in the Championship?Written in the Tiempo Argentino publication: “Tomorrow’s game will be part of Nelson Mandela Day Celebration, a tribute to the former president and Nobel Peace Prize [winner]. However, for the Pumas [this] will not be the first time in a tribute to Mandela. In 2008 [they] played for the 90th birthday of [the] South African leader and took a beating: 63-9.”AustraliaJohn Connelly, quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald: ” [Izzy Folau] has to work a lot harder off the wing, he’s got to learn to go looking for it if it’s not coming to him.”League had an issue with him in terms of working off his wing and looking for the ball as well. No one will beat him in the one-on-one battle, he’s the best in the world there, but if [the ball is] not getting out to him he doesn’t see it.”Spiro Zavos, writing for The Roar: “The front five is where the worry is for the Wallabies. McKenzie has picked two props who are good around the field, except when the scrum is packed down.“And Rob Simmons is surely a Reds (or former Reds) coach’s pick. Simmons has tried to show some mongrel in his play this season, but it does not come naturally to him.”Lote Tuqiri, quoted  in The Australian: “It [the Bledisloe Cup] will be a cracking game. Link [Ewen McKenzie] has put together a great team. They haven’t won since 2008 and I was playing in that game in Sydney. I reckon they’ll get up and do it again, but not by much.”New Zealand Jon Cardinelli, writing in SA Rugby magazine: “…exposure to top-flight rugby will ensure that the Pumas remain competitive at Soccer City, but they will need to be more threatening than competitive if they hope to succeed where other Argentina sides have failed.“They come into this clash without their talismanic leader and openside flank Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, who has been ruled out of the game with a calf injury. All the talk in the build-up has been about adapting to the new scrum laws, but it is at the breakdown where the game will be won and lost.”last_img read more

Wales v New Zealand: Talking points

first_imgIt was another case of deja vu for Wales as they held their own for 70 minutes before being overcome by a Black tidal wave. Here we analyse another enthralling Test LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight There are some players who rarely gain the headlines for their performances not because they don’t deserve them, but because they have become expected. Alun-Wyn Jones is one of those players. You know that he is going to deliver over and above the expected performance level even before he gets off the team bus.Ever-present: Alun Wyn Jones is a continual driving presence behind WalesAnd so it was against the All Blacks. Together with the increasingly impressive Jake Ball they managed to largely neutralise the impressive Sam Whitelock and, World Rugby’s Player of the Year, Brodie Retallick – few lock forwards have been able to do that this season. If Sam Warburton is the first name on Warren Gatland’s team sheet, I’d imagine that the ink hasn’t even dried on the ‘n’ in Warburton before he pens the ‘A’ in Alun-Wyn.Set piece fragilityWhilst Wales couldn’t control the bounce of Beauden Barrett’s chip which arguably changed the game in the 69th minute, there were elements of the loss that were entirely controllable, namely the set piece. You simply can’t expect to beat the best team in the world with a 67.4% lineout completion. The lineout is the easiest way to gain and hold territory as well as statistically being the phase from which most tries are scored. The blame will, as it always does, unfairly rest on the shoulders of the Welsh hookers – but it shouldn’t necessarily.The lineout is the responsibility of all of the forwards – the lifting pod, decoy pod and the hooker. It wasn’t merely an issue of inaccurate throwing, the All Blacks repeatedly challenged the Welsh throw – and predicted the correct jumper with alarming regularity. One area of Wales’ set piece fragility which was easier to isolate was at the scrum. Wayne Barnes clearly had an issue with Paul James’ hinging and it cost Wales a series of early penalties. Full credit should be given to James who immediately altered his body position and avoided what looked like a certain yellow card.McCaw. 100 as captain.For all of the positives that can be found in Wales’ failure against the All Blacks there was one player on the field who doesn’t really know the meaning of the ‘F’ word. Richie McCaw doesn’t do failure and has never had the need to derive any positives from anything other than being arguably the finest player that rugby has ever seen. Saturday saw him captain the All Blacks for the 100th time.Thanks for the memories: Richie McCaw captained the All Blacks for the 100th timeTo play for the All Blacks is an achievement. To play for them 100 times is ridiculous. To captain them 100 times is insane. After the victory over Wales, McCaw’s record now reads played 100, 88 wins, ten losses and two draws. And whilst the 33 year-old Richie is a yard slower, and his ‘jackal’ isn’t quite as robust as it once was, he is still more than a handful for test players that are ten years his junior. Against Wales he was his team’s joint highest tackler and made more carries than anyone in the pack. Doubt we’ll ever see his like again.Visit for all the latest Rugby World subscription deals, or find out how to download the digital edition of the magazine at Clinical: Kieran Read capitalises on a Welsh chargedown Nearly. Nearly. Nearly.There will surely come a point where all health and life insurance policies sold in Wales will require an additional response being added to the suitability questionnaire.Do you smoke? Y/NDo you drink? Y/NDo you watch Wales playing Southern Hemisphere nations ? Y/NThe All Blacks snatched the lead from Wales in the 69th minute and eventually won the game by 16-34. The score suggests that the All Blacks were twice as good as Wales, but that would be a grossly inaccurate representation of a fixture in which Wales were the equals of the world champions for large chunks of the game. It seems almost defeatist and apologetic to suggest that Wales played well in defeat, but barring issues at the set piece, they did. Wales’ defence was good – particularly the efforts of Jamie Roberts, Richard Hibbard, Alun-Wyn Jones and Dan Lydiate. Hibbard executed some terrifying hits – at one point it looked as though Sonny Bill Williams would have to be taken from the field in two pieces.Dan Biggar and Rhys Webb had the defining performances of their test careers and overall the Welsh backrow had parity with their opposite numbers. But (there’s often a ‘but’ when Wales play New Zealand) second half possession of 46% and 40% territory meant that Wales were forced into defending in their own half. Endless, tiring defensive sets, and an unfortunate bounce of the ball, broke Wales – they conceded 19 points in the final 13 minutes. All of which meant that the longest, most humbling record in international rugby continues – Wales haven’t beaten the All Blacks in 26 attempts and counting…The new Welsh halfbacksDespite the loss, the performance of Dan Biggar and Rhys Webb was an enormous positive. The speed and accuracy of Webb’s delivery from the ‘base’ had a huge impact on Wales’ ruck speed and allowed the Welsh backline to gain an extra yard on New Zealand’s defensive line. It’s no coincidence that Jamie Roberts’ return to form for Wales has coincided with quick ruck ball and less ‘crabbing’ across the field from the scrum-half position. Webb’s ability to snipe through the first and second ruck guards also prevented the All Blacks’ backrow from drifting too wide, too soon – his try and interplay with Taulupe Faletau being a fine example.Defining moment: Rhys Webb had a superlative game for WalesEqually noteworthy was the performance of Dan Biggar. The once ‘Marmite’ figure of Welsh rugby has become ‘Nutella’. Biggar’s tactical kicking, distribution and work under the high ball was exemplary, not to mention his defence – he completed more tackles than anyone in the squad. His critics may point to a missed tackle on Julian Savea, but he’s not the first, nor the last to miss Savea. There are a few positions still up for grabs in Gatland’s team to face the Springboks – though I suspect that nine and ten aren’t.Alun Wyn Jones. Mr Consistent.last_img read more

World Cup 2015: Why it’s dangerous to write off France

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Philippe Saint-André was on French telly on Sunday evening in what was billed as La Face Cachée (The Hidden Face) of the France coach. It was an entertaining glimpse into the Saint-André household – driving his two children to school, playing tennis (he was an excellent player in his youth) and talking in English round the family dinner table – and it confirmed what most of us already knew: that PSA is a good sort.He chuckled his way through most of the interview, telling the reporter: “I’m someone positive, I’m happy, smiley and yet often the image of me is often that of someone down in the mouth. That image is completely different to who I am.”Saint-André blamed his public perception on the fact he doesn’t like losing. Unfortunately, as he himself admitted, France have lost plenty of times in the three-and-a-half years since he became coach (21 times in 40 Tests) and hence the hangdog demeanour.Few people believe Saint-André will turn from hangdog to top dog in the next six weeks, and he himself admitted France are “outsiders” for the World Cup in an interview in Monday’s Midi Olympique. Yet there was a quiet confidence about PSA when he talked to the newspaper: “We’re going into this competition with a lot of conviction and not a lot of pressure because no one is expecting anything (from France).”PSA’s confidence stems from the fact that for the first time in his tenure he embarks on a tournament fully prepared, and as one of the few coaches whose plans haven’t been disrupted by injury or suspension.Leading men: France coach Philippe Saint-Andre with his captain Thierry Dusautoir. Photo: AFP“We’re a team who is ready physically,” he declared, adding that the public shouldn’t worry unduly about the unconvincing win over Scotland at the start of the month. The match had been incorporated into France’s cycle of physical preparation and the players were “short of juice” because of the heavy workload. Against Italy on Saturday night at Twickenham in their opening Pool D game, PSA says France will be ready, his players at just the right pitch.The bookies don’t share PSA’s optimism, and nor does most of the British press. One Sunday newspaper asked its collection of eight experts at the weekend which countries would reach the semi-final. No one backed France, all eight choosing Ireland to reach their first-ever semi. Are Ireland really that superior that Gallic chances can be so blithely dismissed? Ireland won their Six Nations encounter in Dublin this year but it was a narrow 18-11 victory and for the final ten minutes they were camped in their own 22. Ireland deserved to win the title but which of the two countries has more room to improve on their Six Nations form? Not Ireland.People forget too easily that this France squad contains some world-class talent, probably more quality man for man than England or Ireland. Pick a Six Nations XV and Louis Picamoles, Nicolas Mas, Wesley Fofana, Yoann Huget, Guilhem Guirado, Yoann Maestri and – when fully fit – Thierry Dusautoir would all be strong contenders.Five of that number are forwards and that is where the French strength lies. Their set-piece is formidable and in defeating England and Scotland in their recent warm-up matches the French lineout lost just one of its own 22 throws, while pinching five of Scotland’s and four of England’s. Their scrum gave England’s a torrid time in Paris, and three of their number – Dusautoir, Mas and Pascal Papé – have the experience of playing in a World Cup final. Mas isn’t even sure to start with PSA having the luxury of two quality tightheads in his 80-cap veteran and the younger Rabah Slimani.Size matters: Mathieu Bastareaud takes on Billy Vunipola in Paris last month. Photo: AFPFrance haven’t been successful under PSA because while he’s got them playing with power, he’s not been able to add pace and precision. The incarnation of this conundrum is Mathieu Bastareaud. Against Scotland the 18st 7lb centre carried for a total of 40 metres, made one line break, beat three defenders and made eight tackles, missing none. They are the positives. The negatives are his passing and his speed, in attack and defence, the latter exploited on a couple of occasions by Finn Russell with deft chip kicks over Bastareaud’s head. It takes the Toulon centre time to turn and cover back.Midi Olympique recently described Bastareaud as “the antichrist of the famous French flair”, an affectionate jibe at a popular player with the self-effacing humour to take it. “What do you want?” he replied, grinning, when asked recently about his unique style. “I’m not going to put on a Matt Giteau mask.”But Bastareaud serves another important function; he is what the French call a superb gratteur (forager), and his skill at turning over opposition ball is crucial to his side. With loosehead prop Eddy Ben Arous equally adept in this facet, France are confident they will beat Ireland by overpowering them in the set-piece and winning the breakdown battle.Topping Group D would almost certainly result in a quarter-final against Argentina, France’s bogey team in recent years but a side they are more than capable of beating. The winner of that match will probably play the victor of Pool A in the semi, which could be England, Wales or Australia. The French have no reason to fear any of that trio, although the Wallabies are probably the side they’d least like to meet.Jump to it: France troubled New Zealand in the 2011 World Cup final. Photo: Getty ImagesIt’s right that France are outsiders but it’s wrong to laugh off their chances. They are a good team with some very good players, and for the first time in years they go into a tournament as well prepared as their rivals.And opponents should also be wary of reading too much into the way France have played in the past three-and-a-half years. They aren’t like other sides. The French don’t require a period of a prolonged stability and steady continuity; it’s not their character. They can bring it all together with surprising rapidity, and the fact this tournament is in enemy territory will further spur them on. Say cheese! Uini Atonio takes a selfie at France’s RWC 2015 welcome ceremony. Photo: AFP center_img France are seen as outsiders for the 2015 World Cup but have the talent to upset the odds at the tournament France are at their most dangerous when they feel the world is against them, and already the players are moaning. On Saturday night some of the squad were kept awake by a wedding in their hotel. Perhaps on 31 October they’ll be throwing a party of their own.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Five talking points from New Zealand v Wales

first_imgAfter a humdinger in Auckland, RW looks at Wales’ welcome ambition, a tweak to their blitz defence, Dan Biggar’s speed of thought and the All Blacks’ depths of reserve Disappointment: The Wales players look on after their loss to the All Blacks ‘Super’ Liam Williams, Rhys Webb and George North.It was fitting that an 8.30am kick-off in the UK induced some Super Rugby from Liam Williams, Rhys Webb and George North. Even the ever dazzling Smith’s – Ben and Aaron – were fighting for the photographer’s lens during the first 40 minutes.On the gallop: George North had a very productive day until a late injuryWilliams’ and Webb’s desire to attack from anywhere was the platform on which the Welsh performance was built and from which North benefitted – Williams’ 30 yard quick lineout, in his own half, being a fine example. To truly compete in the next two tests, Wales may need to increase this creative mind-set in the midfield, which will hopefully provide Williams and North with even more opportunities to hit the line.Dan Biggar – Re’mark’able.The simple calling of a ‘mark’ in the 22 isn’t usually noteworthy. Indeed calling a ‘mark’ is one of the least inspiring parts of rugby. It’s one of rugby’s administrative activities – it’s rugby’s ‘filing’, if you will. However, Dan Biggar’s mark, in the 54th, was probably one of the most remarkable in the history of the sport. Usually a player intending to make a ‘mark’ will have at least three to four seconds of decision making time.Speed of thought: Dan Biggar is thinking about the future before the presentBy the time the attacker has kicked the ball, and the ball has hung in the air, the defender has a large window in which to make a decision. Biggar took about 0.000012 seconds to catch, call, and clear – there are mainframes at NASA that don’t compute that quickly. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Wales use the left side of their brainDespite a 39-21 defeat at Eden Park, and a last twenty minutes where the All Blacks’ superior ball control dominated, Wales were competitive and more importantly, creative. The set piece was the equal of the AB’s and Sam Warburton and Ross Moriarty caused big problems at the breakdown – helping Wales to achieve near parity with both possession and territory (46% possession and 47% territory). But, as largely impressive as the basics were, it was Wales’ desire to take a risk that was as encouraging as it was necessary – Wales haven’t liked taking risks over the past two years and have tended to approach rugby with the exuberance and confidence of a pensioner walking in the damp.Finishing touch: Taulupe Faletau dots down after a fine Welsh moveThe use of Alun Wyn Jones as a distributor once again proved effective and allowed Wales to hold the All Black’s defence narrow, before moving wide – AWJ passed the ball more than any of Wales’ outside backs. Liam Williams’ desire to cut the line from any angle, from anywhere, was hugely effective and Wales also allowed Taulupe Faletau to stay wide, and carry wide whenever possible – in the mould of a Kiwi number eight which he is more than capable of doing. But above all, the most impressive aspect of Wales’ performance was the 23 man commitment to attack from deep, ignoring the easy safe carries, and take the occasional risk. Wales will need to take even more risks next week if they are to remain competitive – four tries will be a minimum requirement.All Blacks rusty, but still lethalJust because something is rusty doesn’t mean it can’t hurt you. The slashes of a rusty knife may not kill you as quickly as a shiny new one, but the blood poisoning will eventually get you. And so it was at Eden Park. You’ll rarely see the All Blacks fumble so much ball at the breakdown and the next two tests certainly won’t feature as many handling errors in midfield. But even at 80% the 23-man skillset was a joy to watch. When the handling did work, it was ‘velcro’ like – the interplay between their locks and loose forwards is the best in the world.Flying machine: Waisake Naholo clocked up over 180m with the ballBut the most remarkable facet of the AB’s performance was the metres carried -784 metres to Wales’ 396. Waisake Naholo carried 180 metres on his own, an astonishing number even with kick returns included. For a team to carry 784 metres when rusty is quite something. In fact, it’s more than quite something, it’s actually quite frightening.Can’t repeatedly blitz the All BlacksWales’ defence, under the watch of Shaun Edwards, relies hugely on an aggressive blitz. But whilst it can be massively effective, the All Blacks once again proved that repeatedly blitzing them can be risky. Unlike any other team in the world, they have a number of players who can pass over, kick through or chip over the blitz. Aaron Cruden’s kick passes were hugely effective and led directly to the opening try and Kieran Read, the Kiwi No 8, threw a beautiful miss two over the top of the Welsh defensive line.Vulnerable: Wales’ blitz defence leaves them open to cross-kicks and miss-passesAs the All Blacks illustrated on Saturday, they’re lethal once they flood through the defensive line and regularly had three or four passing options available post line-break. On occasion their ball carriers were surrounded by so much black that it looked as though they’d turned the lights off in Eden Park. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here.last_img read more

North v South: What would the England squads be?

first_imgIf the All Blacks can do it, so can England. Jacob Whitehead makes his picks Friends divided: Farrell and Ford would be in separate sides (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS With Sale possibly the only truly northern side in the Gallagher Premiership at the moment, before Newcastle’s imminent return next season, we’ve decided that teams from the Midlands will play for the North too. This means players from Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, London Irish, Harlequins, and Saracens will play for the South, while those from Wasps, Northampton, Leicester, Sale, and Newcastle will count as the North.DISCLAIMER: As Wasps have been both North and South in recent memory, we’ve tethered all past and present players to the North, where they currently live. Sorry!Related: How to stream Gallagher Premiership matches online from anywhereSo with these parameters in place, who would be chosen? And, crucially, who do you think would win?Providing bite: Ross Harrison of Sale Sharks(Getty Images)The North1. Ross Harrison – A graduate of England’s age-group teams who has appeared in a couple of international camps, the Bolton-born loosehead has made 236 appearances for Sale, and is a formidable scrummager.2. Harry Thacker – Came through the ranks at Leicester before finding a regular starting position for Bristol. Selected for the North here over Tom Youngs, who kept him out the Leicester teams for so many years. I’d stick a tenner on him scoring.3. Will Stuart – A quick riser in recent years, he started his career at Wasps before moving to Bath. Seems to currently be in pole position over Harry Williams after his Six Nations appearance. Has a mullet to rival Jack Goodhue’s.4. Joe Launchbury – The first half of a Midlands engine-room, Launchbury could well captain this team, and seems well placed to add to his 65 England caps.5. Courtney Lawes – A formidable second-row partnership for the North here, with 152 Test caps between them. Clubmate Alex Moon, involved in the last England camp, is on the bench.6. Tom Curry – Sale’s back row superstar needs no introduction. Brother Ben is unlucky to miss out on the 23, but Lewis Ludlam’s versatility gives him the edge on the bench.7. Jack Willis – Possibly the form player since the Gallagher Premiership’s return, who wouldn’t want to see the Wasps talent team up with Tom Curry? So unlucky to not already have a senior England cap.8. Billy Vunipola – Easy to forget that Vunipola first came through at Wasps, albeit when they were based in Wycombe, creating the odd scenario in which he faces brother Mako. What a back row this is.Big draw: All eyes on Manu Tuilagi (Getty Images)9. Ben Youngs – The long-term incumbent of England’s scrumhalf jersey, still tantalisingly short of a century of caps. Jones may be tempted to pick Northampton’s Alex Mitchell to see how he goes against international quality opposition.10. George Ford – Born in Oldham, made at Leicester Tigers, king of the North (sorry Owen). Could be fun to watch Wasps graduate Danny Cipriani off the bench as well…11. Elliot Daly – Another man from the Wasps academy, possessing the raw pace in this X-factor backline as he looks to keep his place in England’s starting XV amidst stiff competition.12. Sam James – Has somehow never made an England appearance despite flourishing in the Gallagher Premiership, playing every minute in the league last season. Selected over Alex Losowski because of his post-restart form.13. Manu Tuilagi – James’ nous plus Tuilagi’s explosiveness makes this a box-office centre pairing. This should excite Sale Sharks fans more than the memories of a Jason Robinson kick-return. This Saturday’s North v South match in New Zealand is salivating. Half grudge-match, half trial-match, the All Blacks selectors have picked two teams which could beat almost any other international side.But if England were to follow New Zealand’s example, and pick their own North v South sides, which players would don the shirts and begin the rivalry? Like New Zealand, we’re basing our selections on the first professional club that each player represented – so that means Owen Farrell, like it or lump it, would play for the South, having come through the academy at Saracens. 14. Chris Ashton – The ex-Wigan wing lines up outside old friend Manu Tuilagi – it’s impossible not to put him in the North XV. If Eddie decides his time is up fellow league- convert Denny Solomona could be an option.15. George Furbank – Stiff competition for the shirt, with Daly shifted out to the wing, and Harry Mallinder and Josh Hodge both capable of one day playing international rugby. The Northampton man does deserve to show Jones why he deserves to keep the fullback jersey.Replacements: Alex Waller, Harry Williams, Tommy Taylor, Alex Moon, Lewis Ludlam, Alex Mitchell, Danny Cipriani, Alex Losowski.Leader: Bath second-row Charlie Ewels (Getty Images)The South1. Mako Vunipola – Came through at Saracens, a 57-cap veteran, and still only 29. Stiff competition at loosehead for the South though – Genge, Marler, Obano and Moon could all have seen themselves involved.2. Jamie George – Was toying with whether to pick Luke Cowan-Dickie – who has been so impressive during the resumption. Ultimately too difficult to break-up England’s World Cup front row.3. Kyle Sinckler – Took the step to genuinely world-class quality last year, and is now the cornerstone of an exciting Bristol pack after his move. A good bench performance from Will Collier, his understudy at Quins, could see him back in the England reckoning.4. Maro Itoje – Impossible to leave out, but it will be intriguing to see if he is still the stand-out up against the terrible twosome of Launchbury and Lawes.5. Charlie Ewels – It had been a good 2020 for Ewels after the disappointment of missing out on the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad. The Bath lock started in the Six Nations game against France, and would see this game as a chance to stake his claim for even more opportunities. Jonny Hill is unlucky to miss out.6. Ben Earl – I agonised between Ted Hill and Ben Earl in this spot – it would be brilliant to see how either went amongst competition of this standard. Gave Earl the nod because of his Six Nations involvement this year.7. Sam Underhill – The other half of the kamikaze twins, North v South would be a brilliant chance to see Curry v Underhill at what amounts to Test level. Actually qualifies through the two games he played for Gloucester before university.8. Alex Dombrandt – Does Eddie Jones rate Dombrandt? Who knows, but the Quins No.8 is too eye-catching to ignore, and what better place to test his mettle than this high-quality game. His early collision with Billy Vunipola may well be noticed on the Richter scale.Getaway man: Ollie Lawerence of Worcester evades Gloucester (Getty Images)9. Jack Maunder – The long-term future of England’s scrum-half position has seemed uncertain, but its been a great delight to see Maunder’s form since the restart, three years on from touring Argentina. Deserves the start over Ben Spencer and Dan Robson.10. Owen Farrell – How will Owen Farrell’s famed competitiveness cope with the odd scenario of playing for the South against the North? Could be really interesting to see how the Saracens man gels with Maunder, and the performance of Joe Simmonds or Marcus Smith off the bench.11. Jack Nowell – Under severe pressure from Joe Cokanasiga and (of late) Olly Woodburn, but his performance in last year’s Gallagher Premiership Final was a welcome reminder of the Exeter winger’s class. The back-three competition at the moment is startling.12. Ollie Lawrence – A slight wildcard, but the prevalence of outside centres for the South has opened up a space at 12. Lawrence reminds me a little of Scott Gibbs, while his handling ability is really something to be excited about. What a test it would be, and what an opportunity.13. Henry Slade – A wealth of options here – Jonathan Joseph and Joe Marchant could have both gone well. However, up against Ford, James, and Furbank, the South need a second playmaker in the backline.14. Jonny May – It might have been nice to see how clubmate Ollie Thorley goes, but May has been England’s most consistent winger over the last few years. A box-office match-up against Elliot Daly awaits.15. Anthony Watson – Is he best at fullback or wing? Nobody knows for definite – but one sure thing is the danger he possesses running off the shoulders in this backline. Watson v Ford’s tactical kicking is just one intriguing sub-plot in this game.Replacements: Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Will Collier, Jonny Hill, Ted Hill, Ben Spencer, Joe Simmonds, Jonathan Joseph. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Bristol win European Challenge Cup 2019-20

first_imgWatch the key moments from Bristol’s 32-19 victory over Toulon in Aix-en-Provence Champions: Bristol Bears celebrate their 2019-20 Challenge Cup win in Aix-en-Provence (Getty Images) Expand The Bristol Bears boss has packed a lot… Pat Lam’s Life in Pictures Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. What to expect from Semi Radradra at Bristol Bears Collapse Get to know Bristol Bears fly-half Callum Sheedy What to expect from Semi Radradra at Bristol Bears Get to know Bristol Bears fly-half Callum Sheedy First, Harry Thacker dropped the ball as he attempted to ground it from a maul and then Radradra’s final pass to Joe Joyce was ruled forward.Penalties from Sheedy (three) and Carbonel (one) drew the scores level before Max Malins burst through the Toulon defence with a clever change of pace to put Bristol back in front going into the final quarter. Pat Lam’s Life in Pictures LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Just a bit of individual brilliance from Max Malins in European final A big score for @BristolBears!#ChallengeCupFinal— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 16, 2020Bristol certainly showed more creativity in attack than Toulon but it was their defence that proved crucial after Malins’s try as they withstood a sustained period of pressure in their own 22 and then secured an important turnover.A 74th-minute scrum penalty, slotted by Sheedy, gave the Bears a crucial ten-point cushion going into the closing stages and the fly-half added further gloss to the scoreline with anther three-pointer with two minutes to go.MORE ON BRISTOL BEARS Director of rugby Pat Lam believes this trophy can be the start of a sustained period of success for Bristol. He said: “I’m really proud. It’s been a long season and I said to the boys before the game to celebrate who we are as Bristol Bears and what that means – the way we play the game, what our culture means, our love for each other.“Our whole vision is inspiring the community through rugby success and this is a moment of inspiration. Now we’ve got to go back and get better. That’s the challenge for the staff and players – to get better. We’re growing but there’s a long way for us to go.” He’s wowed in league and union, and now… Expand Bristol win European Challenge Cup 2019-20Bristol Bears lifted their first-ever European trophy with an impressive 32-19 victory over Toulon in the Challenge Cup final in Aix-en-Provence.The Bears bounced back from their Gallagher Premiership semi-final defeat by Wasps to outplay the three-time Champions Cup winners, with fly-half Callum Sheedy kicking 22 points.Man of the Match Ben Earl told BT Sport: “It’s unbelievable. We were so calm and so controlled, even when we were behind we trusted our system and I’m so proud of the boys.“It just shows the character of the team. It’s been a tough journey since lockdown, there have been highs and lows, like last week. The mood in the camp on Monday morning after the Wasps result… It took a lot to bounce back and I’m so happy for the club and the community.”Bristol got off to a dream start when Harry Randall scored after just 15 seconds – the quickest-ever try in a European final. It was all sparked from the kick-off as Semi Radradra launched an attack from deep and you can watch it here… The Bears were 10-0 up after five minutes thanks to the boot of Sheedy but it was three-time Champions Cup winners Toulon who led at half-time.Bryce Heem scored the French side’s first-half try as they capitalised on a spilled ball. Louis Carbonel converted and then added three penalties to make it 16-10 at the break.On the outside: Bryce Heem runs in Toulon’s first-half try (Getty Images)Bristol did get over the whitewash on two more occasions in that opening period but both tries were ruled out by the TMO. CALLUM SHEEDY has had a barnstorming season, navigating…last_img read more

Six Nations Team of Round Four

first_img TAGS: Highlight 1. Cyril Baille (France)A rampaging performance from the Toulouse prop. He’s a frightening presence in the tight channels, is one of this new breed of jackling props and has hands softer than a princess’s pillow. The French scrum struggled after he left. 2. Ken Owens (Wales)Julien Marchand was excellent for France, busting up the middle with impunity. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS However, a word here for Owens, whose finish for the second try of his double was as equally surprising as it was impressive. He also contributed to a perfect lineout performance. 3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland) Tadhg Furlong, are you human or are you dancer? A thunderous performance in the loose, garlanded with some more, ahem, delicate touches.Came out at least the equal of dangerous scrummager Rory Sutherland. Jacob Whitehead selects his ‘dream team’ from the latest set of championship matches George North had another very good game against inauspicious defending.12. Owen Farrell (England)His name should be prefaced with ‘much-maligned’, but the England captain will have quietened some detractors with his best performance for more than a year.Showed off an under-appreciated carrying game, somehow outshone Vakatawa on the offload front and kicked metronomically. 11. Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)A beautiful interception to cap off the Welsh win and unselfishly passed to Taulupe Faletau in the first half when he could have scored himself.Shane Williams called him a Lions starter in commentary and, in this form, it is far from unlikely.Related: Why Louis Rees-Zammit is getting faster 10. Matthieu Jalibert (France)The best performance at Twickenham by a visiting fly-half since Bernard Foley tore England apart in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.He was twinkle-toed, a mercurial passer and his kicking made up for a rare off-day for Antoine Dupont with the boot. Startling to think that a player as talented as Romain Ntamack will struggle to get his starting jersey back.France fly-half Matthieu Jalibert breaks against England (AFP/Getty Images) 9. Ben Youngs (England) England actually managed to shackle Antoine Dupont remarkably well, despite the scrum-half’s early try.Youngs kept the French fringe defence fixed with the sniping threat he provides when at his best, while his box-kicking made Jonny May and Anthony Watson look excellent in the chase. Deserves credit not only for his turnovers but also his lineout work, while the crucial try was a cherry on the cake. 7. Tom Curry (England)Curry or Hamish Watson? It’s interesting to think that both players entered international rugby as defensive spoilers but have now evolved into one of their team’s most crucial carriers.Curry gets selected, primarily because he was forced to keep up with the lung-busting, free-flowing pace of Le Crunch. Possibly saved the game for England with his turnover just before the break. 8. Grégory Alldritt (France)Did not deserve to be on the losing side. The man with a permanent black eye won a crucial turnover and made 14 brutal carries.Still only 23 in a position where players often do not peak until their late twenties.center_img 13. Gaël Fickou (France)Nominally played at inside-centre on Saturday, but swaps positions so often with Virimi Vakatawa that I’m shifting him out to 13.His pivot pass to Antoine Dupont set up the try of the tournament so far, and massively busy in defence – 13 tackles for a back! Six Nations Team of Round FourEverything is looking rosy for Wales after the fourth week of the Six Nations. Losses for Scotland and France have put them eight points clear at the top of the table, with only the French able to catch them.Related: Six Nations tableIt was a weekend which featured the best match of the championship so far, a fixture that both teams attempted to lose and a game with more one-way traffic than Cardiff city centre.The Lions picture is getting murkier as the tournament continues, with the amount of back-row talent coming to the fore remarkable. But which of them made this round’s dream team?Six Nations Team of Round Four15. Max Malins (England)Certainly couldn’t be accused of getting the Ollie Lawrence treatment and not seeing the ball!Made some mistakes, but absolutely fearless to keep bouncing back and running the ball from deep. His tactical aggression was a large part of the joyous spectacle of attacking rugby on offer at Twickenham.14. Anthony Watson (England)Has been his side’s best back throughout the tournament and delivered another virtuoso turn at Twickenham. One burst summoned a time machine to take England fans back to the era of Jason Robinson. A try and a win on his 50th cap. Anthony Watson score England’s first try against France (Getty Images) 4. Maro Itoje (England)Charlie Ewels had one of his best games for England, but Itoje put the team on his back when it mattered. Scored the crucial try (with a pick-up harder than it looked) and deserves credit for cutting down a crippling penalty count.Romain Taofifenua picked up two important turnovers in a rare Six Nations start. 5. Iain Henderson (Ireland)  Made a mammoth 21 tackles and was a major part of the disruption wreaked upon the Scottish lineout, which was perhaps the main factor why the hosts failed to get a foothold at Murrayfield. Ireland could easily contribute three second-rows to the Lions. 6. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)It was nearly impossible to pick the back row this week. Curry, Watson, Navidi and Beirne were all excellent, but Beirne just shades it over Josh Navidi on the blindside for me. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Los desastres naturales y el desplazamiento perpetúan la pobreza en…

first_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Por Lynette WilsonPosted Jun 27, 2013 Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC center_img Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Los desastres naturales y el desplazamiento perpetúan la pobreza en El Salvador Un enfoque basado en derechos fomenta un desarrollo duradero Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Martinsville, VA Carmen Milagro Flores, una de los dirigentes comunitarios de La Anémona, de pie a la puerta de su casa. Como líder, Flores dice sentirse responsable de otros miembros de la comunidad. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.[Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] Ciento ochenta y nueve familias desplazadas por un desastre natural han reclamado una estrecha franja de tierra situada entre la Carretera Panamericana y una docena de graneros abandonados propiedad del gobierno a unos 25 minutos en auto al este de San Salvador.Viven en chozas hechas de zinc, embarrado, materiales de construcción desechados y a veces materiales rescatados de sus antiguas casas. Las lluvias torrenciales y los deslaves causados por el huracán Ida en 2009 arrastraron el suelo debajo de sus pies y, en ocasiones, se llevaron las casas. La gente huyó de noche mientras la tormenta cobraba fuerza y las casas se precipitaban por un barranco. A un bebé de 2 meses, así como a su madre y su abuela, los enterró vivos el alud, junto con un anciano cuyo cadáver no encontraron nunca.Después de la tormenta, las familias, unidas por 36 años de vivir en comunidad, decidieron mudarse a la franja de tierra abandonada, que carecía de servicios básicos —agua, saneamiento y electricidad—, uniéndose así a una población mucho mayor de 10.000 personas sin tierra que viven a lo largo de la frecuentada carretera. A la comunidad le pusieron “La Anémona”.“Vinimos aquí cuando vimos que nuestra tierra se estaba desintegrando, si hubiera habido un temblor o un terremoto habría destruido nuestras casas”, dijo Carmen Milagro Flores, una líder de la comunidad. “Esta era el único pedazo de tierra desocupada”.La población de La Anémona se mudó a esta estrecha franja de tierra en 2009 entre la frecuentada carretera Panamericana y una instalación de graneros abandonados propiedad del gobierno, luego de que las fuertes lluvias y los deslaves destruyeran su comunidad que se encontraba en la ladera de una colina. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.Unos 2 millones de salvadoreños, un tercio de los 6,1 millones de habitantes del país, viven en casas deficientes en alrededor de 2.500 comunidades informales. Son personas desplazadas internamente —por la guerra, los desastres naturales, la violencia y las privaciones económicas— que han construido chozas a lo largo de carreteras y arroyos contaminados, detrás de centros comerciales y en cuestas peligrosas.Para los que huyeron de los efectos de Ida, “esta es la segunda vez en sus vidas que han sido desplazados”, dijo Noah Bullock, director ejecutivo de la Fundación Cristosal. “La primera vez fue durante la guerra civil”.La Fundación Cristosal es una organización de desarrollo comunitario basada en derechos humanos que tiene sus raíces en las iglesias Anglicana y Episcopal. Trabajó con La Anémona para legalizar la electricidad, introducir agua potable, construir un centro comunitario y, más recientemente, comenzar una cooperativa de ahorros y crédito para mujeres.“El caso de La Anémona es emblemático del histórico desplazamiento de los pobres”, dijo Bullock. “El desplazamiento y la pobreza han empujado a la gente hacia los márgenes, obligándoles a vivir en lugares inadecuados para viviendas, lo cual les mantiene vulnerables y les impide alcanzar la estabilidad en las cosas básicas como el lugar donde viven y la manera de ganarse la vida”.En marzo, José Oswaldo López, el tercero de derecha a izquierda, uno de los abogados de Cristosal, y líderes comunitarios de La Anémona se reunieron con David Rodríguez, a la izquierda, delegado del partido FMLN, para dialogar sobre un proyecto de ley que legalice la tierra en la que vive la gente de La Anémona. Foto de la Fundación Cristosal.La propiedad de la tierra le permitiría a los miembros de la comunidad dedicarse a edificar vidas más estables para sus familias, dijo Blanca Estella Herrera de Yanes, de 26 años, que espera proporcionarles tal estabilidad a sus hijas de 5 y 9 años.Sin un título de propiedad, recalcó, “somos usurpadores”.La pobreza en El Salvador, explicó Bullock, es parte de un sistema más amplio de exclusión social: una condición en la cual a las personas, por excluírseles de ejercer sus iguales derechos en la sociedad, se les niega en efecto, de manera sistemática, la igualdad ciudadana. En lugar de invertir en proyectos que dependen de ayuda permanente, la Fundación Cristosal procura fortalecer la capacidad de los pobres de laborar en pro de la justicia y el desarrollo como ciudadanos iguales en una sociedad democrática.“En Anémona, lo más importante que hemos logrado es que la gente y su gobierno están dialogando”, resaltó él. “El objetivo último es el pleno reconocimiento de las personas como ciudadanos del Estado y su derecho a pertenecer a El Salvador, independientemente de su situación de pobreza y de falta de tierra”.Desde el comienzo, la Fundación Cristosal ha estado al lado de la gente de La Anémona.“Ellos fueron los primeros que vinieron, cuando más necesitados estábamos”, dijo Flores.Otros también vinieron a ayudar, incluida una iglesia que compró un lote de terreno para la comunidad, sin el consentimiento de ésta. En una zona que estaba aislada, sin carretera y sin servicios básicos, dijo José Manuel Muñoz, un líder comunitario que también ha llevado la delantera en el empeño por la legalización de la tierra.“Eso fue cuando decidimos ir adelante con nuestro plan de acción”, dijo Muñoz.“La constitución dice que la propiedad del Estado es la propiedad del Estado, y nosotros [como ciudadanos] somos parte del Estado”, explicó; añadiendo que la burocracia impide la ejecución de las leyes establecidas en la Constitución. “Merecemos vivir de manera digna, en un lugar digno”.En los años 80, una guerra civil, librada en gran medida por desigualdades socioeconómicas y falta de derechos humanos, asoló a El Salvador. Aquí, un hombre sostiene un ejemplar de la Constitución de 1986, que garantiza muchos de los derechos por los que se luchó en la guerra civil, pero que con harta frecuencia aún no se obtienen. La Fundación Cristosal labora con los salvadoreños para proseguir la lucha en pro de la igualdad de derechos. Foto de la Fundación Cristosal.Los líderes de la comunidad, con la ayuda de un abogado y un organizador comunitario que trabaja para Cristosal, han escrito cartas, organizado reuniones y presentado un decreto legislativo en que piden la legalización de la tierra. El decreto, sin embargo, sigue varado.“El proyecto de ley está en la Asamblea, pero lo han archivado, no lo han sometido a votación”, dijo Bullock. Pero él se siente optimista porque el Partido ARENA ha hecho avances en las últimas elecciones municipales de San Martín, donde está situada La Anémona, y el Partido FMLN está buscando ganarse el favor popular antes de las elecciones presidenciales de febrero de 2014, añadió. “Legalizar la tierra en la que viven 10.000 personas sería una gran victoria política para ellos”.De 1980 a 1992, El Salvador fue víctima de una brutal guerra civil entre un gobierno dirigido por militares y respaldado por EE.UU. y una coalición de grupos guerrilleros, organizados como el Frente Farabundo Martí de Liberación Nacional, o FMLN. La guerra fue alimentada fundamentalmente por las graves desigualdades que existían entre una pequeña elite adinerada que controlaba el gobierno y la economía y la mayoría de la población que vivía en la pobreza. Las comunidades en la actualidad siguen afiliándose a partidos de derecha e izquierda, y los beneficios dependen de qué partido está en el poder. El Partido FMLN detenta [en la actualidad] la presidencia.En cooperación con la Fundación Cristosal, el obispo Martín Barahona, de la Iglesia Anglicana-Episcopal de El Salvador se ha valido de su cargo para abogar a favor de la comunidad respecto a la legalización de la propiedad de la tierra y en la negociación de los derechos al agua y la electricidad.José Manuel Muñoz, a la derecha, y Benjamín Pérez, residentes de La Anémona, de pie sobre el techo de una de las casas abandonadas de la comunidad donde habían vivido durante 36 años. El huracán Ida obligó a los residentes a abandonar sus casas en 2009. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.Los vecinos de La Anémona distan de estar solos en haber sido desplazados de sus hogares por huracanes y otros desastres naturales. En todo el mundo, 34,2 millones de personas fueron desplazadas por desastres naturales en 2012. En América Central, 605.046 personas fueron desplazadas por desastres naturales en 2011, según un informe del Centro de Supervisión de Desplazamientos Internos y del Consejo Noruego para los Refugiados.En El Salvador, los desastres naturales desplazaron 90.362 residentes entre 2009 y 2011, según datos compilados por el centro de supervisión. Más del 88 por ciento de la totalidad del suelo de El Salvador se considera en peligro de sufrir desastres naturales, y el 96,4 de la población vive en esas zonas riesgosas, según el Programa de Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas.Los vecinos de La Anémona, dicen Flores y otros líderes de la comunidad, se consideran víctimas del cambio climático. Desde que se vieron forzados a relocalizarse, han luchado por rehacer sus vidas y trascender el nivel de subsistencia.“Después de la tormenta, la gente tenía pocos recursos y se vieron obligados a optar entre vivir en peligro de muerte por un deslave o en peligro de ser excluidos por vivir sin derecho a la tierra, como ocupantes ilegales”, dijo Bullock. “[Los miembros de] la comunidad se sienten como extranjeros en su propio país.La competencia de cometas es un pasatiempo popular entre los niños que viven en La Anémona. Los padres dicen que uno de los problemas de criar niños en la comunidad es mantenerles ocupados y fuera de peligro. La comunidad está situada en una zona controlada por una de las pandillas más peligrosas de El Salvador. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.“Con las personas desplazadas, la inseguridad del lugar se convierte en una patología y refuerza la sensación de ser menos igual o de tener menos derechos que los otros salvadoreños. En un sentido, el desplazamiento era una negación de la plena ciudadanía”, afirmó él, añadiendo que sentirse inseguro respecto a la vivienda perpetúa el ciclo de la pobreza.“Tiene que ven con la estabilidad y con la capacidad de una familia de proyectar la senda de su vida futura. Si no tienes la seguridad de que has de vivir en ese sitio durante cinco o 10 años, no puedes tener una perspectiva a largo plazo. Vives de día en día, no quieres invertir en tu casa o en cosas que podías probablemente perder mañana”.Cinco personas encabezaron la reclamación de la tierra junto a la carretera, primero midiéndola y luego parcelándola y marcándola en lotes de [aproximadamente] 3,5 por 3,5 metros para cada familia. Durante 22 días, los dirigentes clavaban sus postes y la policía se los sacaba y les exigía un permiso para permanecer allí.“Debíamos mostrar un permiso que no teníamos”, dijo Flores. “Un día uno de los policías me dijo, ‘estoy cansado de verte’, y yo le dije, ‘y yo estoy cansada de verte’. Así fue como seguimos haciendo nuestras chozas”.Los dirigentes de la comunidad no cedieron. Una vez que las familias habían levantado las paredes de lo que serían sus casitas, los policías se cansaron y no han amenazado con demoler la comunidad. Sin embargo, los residentes viven con miedo, dijo Flores. El miedo a ser desahuciados les dificulta el dormir de noche y, como uno de los líderes de la comunidad, ella se siente responsable por los demás, agregó.“Tenemos fe en Dios de que un día nos darán esta tierra”, afirmó Flores. “No es grande, pero tomaremos lo que podamos. No es seguro estar en tierra ajena”.– Lynette Wilson es una redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service temporalmente radicada en San Salvador, El Salvador. Traducción de Vicente Echerri Associate Rector Columbus, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

President of Nigeria visits Lambeth Palace

first_img Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Frank Riggio-Preston says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Africa, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby welcomes President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to Lambeth Palace, May 13. Photo: Lambeth Palace[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby welcomed the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to Lambeth Palace on May 13.Buhari was greeted on arrival by Welby and his wife Caroline, along with the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Office, Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, and Bishop of Guildford Andrew Watson, whose diocese is linked in partnership with the Church of Nigeria.Buhari was applauded by Lambeth Palace staff as he entered, before signing the visitor’s book. The president and the archbishop then met privately for about an hour.Welby said it was “a great honor” to welcome Buhari to Lambeth Palace, “the leader of the largest country in Africa” with “the very large Anglican Church in Nigeria.” It was the first time Buhari had visited Lambeth Palace since his election as president last year.The archbishop said: “I think it would be fair to say that it is a rare day at this place when we do not pray for Nigeria. We pray for Nigeria, for you personally, for all those, both in government and in opposition, in Nigeria, for the poor in Nigeria and for those who have suffered over the last number of years from the violence that has plagued your country, which you have been tackling so determinedly since you first took office.”He added: “Nigeria is a country which has more promise, more opportunity, more potential than anywhere else that I know in many continents, not just in Africa. Its people are so intelligent, so full of energy, so full of commitment, that when Nigerians work together, the world – not just Africa – is affected by that beneficially. And so we pray for the potential and future of this land, to be a place that has a profound effect for good on our world, and demonstrates what is possible to be achieved.” Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest May 13, 2016 at 10:21 pm And Nigeria is one of the countries that wants to jail or execute its gay/lesbian citizens. Did you say anything about that, Archbishop Welby? 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It is often through continuous dialogue and engagement that positive changes can be brought about esp in nations where there are gross human right violations for reasons that are complex and often difficult to comprehend by Western nations. I sincerely hope that Archbishop Welby will avail of all opportunities to meet people of influence however different their views may be. I am certain that his interaction will play some role in helping people in authority resolve social issues in their nations in a compassionate way. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis May 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm No all Muslims are ISIS! No push for Saria. Joe Prasad says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events May 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm The Nigerisn nation arrests, tortures and wants to murder it’s gay and lesbian citizens. It’s abhorrent to have received such a gracious welcoming. The bishops in that country support the government’s positions also and have the nerve to chastise TEC for its service and love of LGBT persons. 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