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All this leaves the Championship table, after week one, looking like thisFollow Richard Grainger on Twitter @maverickwriter Plymouth were just about worthy of a five-point home win in glorious conditions at Brickfields on Saturday. However it was Doncaster’s Michael Keating who stole the show with an unforgettable solo effort that even brought the home crowd to their feet. Keating beat three defenders, chipped the cover defence and re-gathered to score.But Plymouth extended their half-time 17-14 lead and looked like running away with it when a Paul Roberts penalty and a converted try from new signing Brett Beukeboom took them to 27-14.However, the Yorkshire men fought back with a Jamie Lennard penalty before Rhys Buckley finished off a driving maul to bring the score to 27-22 and secure a losing bonus point.New signing James Love marked his debut for London Scottish by scoring all 26 points against Rotherham at Richmond on Sunday. The former Albion points machine was on target with seven penalties before finishing off a flowing backs’ move to give his side a 26-10 lead.However, the Titans fought back — first with a James McKinney penalty and then replacement Ted Stagg bullocked over in the corner to pick up the losing bonus point. Scottish, who stayed in the division by the skin of their teeth at Esher’s expense, will assess their progress when they entertain the Falcons on Saturday.Finally, newcomers Jersey failed to establish an island fortress at the first attempt going down 6-20 to the Cornish Pirates, last season’s division runners up. The visitors scored three tries to nil, much to Head Coach Ian Davies’ delight: “Jersey will get used to Championship rugby, so in some respects maybe it was good to meet them first up before they do.” Game changer: Bristol Head coach Liam Middleton felt Gopperth’s (centre) performance made all the differenceTHE REVAMPED Championship kicked off with a bonus point win for promotion favourites Newcastle Falcons over last season’s front-runners Bristol at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday, writes Richard Grainger.Falcons’ Director of Rugby Dean Richards said: “We knew they would be very competitive but it is pleasing to get the five-point win to start our season.“It is what we aimed for but at the same time if you ask any of the players about the performance today, they will admit that they have a lot more to give.”Luke Fielden crossed twice for the visitors, with Tane Tu’ipulotu and Ally Hogg also scoring to get Newcastle’s season off to a flying start. Although Richards could see no standout player, Bristol Head Coach Liam Middleton could: “Jimmy Gopperth was the difference. Apart from him, Newcastle weren’t better than the top four in the RFU Championship last year.”On Friday evening, Nottingham recorded their first opening day win since 2005 at Meadow Lane by inflicting a 34-29 defeat on Leeds Carnegie.However, Leeds were in the driving seat with a 3-20 lead after 23 minutes before the Green and Whites began the fight back. Andrew Savage crossed twice for the home side after Michael Holford had bagged one for the pack. No8 Alex Shaw, who was named Man of the Match, touched down to give new Head Coach Martin Haag’s side a bonus point dream start.Although Carnegie went off the boil, Joe Ford kept the visitors in the hunt with five penalties and two conversions to bag a losing bonus point.Goldington Road is a ground that will feature in Moseley Head Coach Kevin Maggs’ nightmares for some time after Bedford ran in seven tries to record a 50-6 win. Moseley looked sharper in the opening fifteen minutes and would have gone ahead had Charlie Hayter not knocked the ball forward on the line, having cut through the Blues’ defence.Moments later they had another chance when Anders Mogenson found himself one-on-one against new signing James Stephenson, who pulled off an outstanding tackle to prevent the try. Thereafter it was one-way traffic, with Bedford accumulating a 22-6 half time lead which they never looked like relinquishing. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BRISTOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Newcastle Falcons player Jimmy Gopperth in action during the RFU Championship game between Bristol and Newcastle Falcons at Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Finally to die Todesgruppe. Every tournament needs one, they say. But this is something else. Fiji beating England feels unthinkable, but is it? A spot of hubris – I’m looking at you, O2 arena, some suspect selections and a dose of stage fright – could yet prove their undoing. Then there’s Australia, who are raw, and Wales, who look stretched. Each looks there for the taking, and just two can advance, so expect Uruguay to take some series hidings; there are bonus points to be seized, after all.That, right there, is why these funky, maddening, lop-sided pools are the best thing about this World Cup: there’s plenty to play for every single time. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Forget who we think will win the thing, let’s enjoy the uncertainty of the pool stages, writes Will Macpherson Just a week to wait, then. We’re into kid-at-Christmas territory; it’s time to stock the house with reachable snacks, to clear the decks on your television’s record function, and to scratch all but rugby-based engagements from your social calendar.Now the rigmarole and general awfulness of actually getting a ticket for the thing is done, the squads have been named and the wait is all but up, what’s exciting you most about the World Cup? I mean, we’re even past the stage of the absurdities now, such as England’s “farewell send-off” at the O2 Arena, for a competition that they start in the same city. Give me strength, marketers.If you were to say you were most looking forward to seeing Nehe Milner-Skudder or Israel Folau, I’d get that. France would be understandable too, because they always lift their game for these big events. A very reasonable answer would be a trip to Twickenham or the Millennium or even the Amex, just to soak up the atmosphere and feel a part of something so vast and important.No slouch: Nehe Milner-Skudder in full flightFor me, though, the answer of what I’m looking forward to most about the World Cup rather caught me by surprise. Indeed it was something that had actively angered me for ages and only occurred to me as a result of a chance chat with a friend who has nothing more than a passing interest in the game.It’s the pools. A colleague who works with me in cricket – and with whom I covered the Cricket World Cup down under earlier this year – asked me, “how many of the quarter-finalists are actually nailed on? Surely it’s going to be more exciting than the Cricket World Cup was.”The statement that followed the question is undoubtedly true: the Cricket World Cup group stages are a monstrosity, an elongated mess specifically designed to usher the biggest and best eight teams in the world into the quarter-finals. England’s premature exit was the seven-week tournament’s only surprise and only upset. Frankly the awful great thing needed it. That brings me to my colleague’s question. After another look at the pools, I’d say the only guaranteed quarter-finalists are New Zealand and South Africa, with Ireland and Argentina a good chance to join them, but far from guaranteed. The other four slots are utterly up in the air.Where to look?: Ireland looked vulnerable during the warm-upsThe draw had rankled for some time. It was done far too early – any sane rugby fan will agree with that – and had produced some lop-sided pools. Indeed three of the world’s top five (four of the world’s top nine, actually) sharing a pool is outrageous, and Pool A shapes up as the deadliest of all the deadly groups of death, ever. This, though, is exactly what the tournament needs.The pool stages have thrown up some belting do or die games, and early in the piece too. If Pool A is the group of death, then Pool C is the deadest group, although Tonga-Argentina (that’s 11th plays 8th in the rankings) in Leicester on 4 October shapes up as an unlikely brute. Likewise Scotland’s Pool B clash with Samoa in Newcastle on the 10 October to see who follows South Africa into the quarters. That’s tenth plays 12th, and it’s easy to forget that Japan (13) and USA (15) lurk as potential banana skins for either.They’ve got previous: Samoa faced Scotland in 2013Pool D throws up all sorts of European intrigue. Sadly, Italy are nursing war wounds already, the French will up their game, while Ireland suddenly look beatable. It really wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Italians beat the French, the Irish beat the Italians and the French beat the Irish. All to play for: Wales v England should be as explosive as ever
Date of birth 18 December 1997 Position Scrum-half Club GloucesterWhen did you start playing? At four. I’d moved from Slough to Wales – my parents fancied a change – and I played for the local club Tycroes. My brothers played, my dad played – it was a family thing.What positions have you played? I’ve always played scrum-half. You have a lot of involvements and get your hands on the ball. I like that.You played for Wales U16… I was living there at the time and I was lucky enough to get picked. I was just enjoying my rugby, I wasn’t thinking about the situation (of playing for Wales or England).Why did you switch to England? I decided to go to Hartpury College when I was about 17. I had been at Llandovery College, which was really good and helped my rugby, but I felt like a change. My rugby was going well and, having played Wales U18 a year young, I played for England U18 and then the U20s. Fine nine: Harry Randall in action during the 2017 Singha Premiership Sevens. Photo: Getty Images FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREHas there been any criticism? I am English, I was born in England, so it’s understandable.Who are the players you look up to? Ben Youngs has been quality for England and Aaron Smith is one of the best in the world.What do you do away from rugby? I’m studying at Hartpury for a BTEC in Sport. My parents still live down in Wales, so I enjoy going home and seeing my family and mates back there. TAGS: Gloucester LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Find out more about Gloucester’s up-and-coming No 9 Harry Randall RW Verdict: Randall, who was part of England’s 2016 Junior World Cup and 2017 U20 Grand Slam-winning teams, likes to play a fast-paced game and he should get more game time next season with Gloucester.This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue of Rugby World.
Rugby World Cup Groups Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 2019 Rugby World Cup DatesWith the Rugby World Cup taking place as we speak, we have put together a small guide on all the most important dates that you need to know about. Check them out below.2019 Rugby World Cup Dates23rd November 2018 – Final Qualification Spot Filled19 of the 20 spots for the tournament had been filled before the Repechage Tournament in November 2018. A round-robin format, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong and Kenya battled it out for the final spot and on the 23rd of November, Canada emerged as the winners to secure their spot in the tournament.20th September 2019 – The Tournament BeginsHosts Japan will play against Russia in the opening group stage game of the tournament. We have a selection of exciting games to look forward to, including some pivotal match-ups below;21st September – New Zealand 23-13 South Africa21st September – France 23-21 Argentina22nd September – Ireland 27-3 Scotland29th September – Australia 25-29 Wales5th October – England 39-10 Argentina12th October – England 0-0 France (match cancelled)19th October 2019 – The Knockout Stages Begin (All times below are UK and Ireland times)Sat 19 Oct QF1 England v Australia (Oita), 8.15amSat 19 Oct QF2 New Zealand v Ireland (Tokyo), 11.15amSun 20 Oct QF3 Wales v France (Oita), 8.15amSun 20 Oct QF4 Japan v South Africa (Tokyo), 11.15amSat 26 Oct Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 (Yokohama), 9.00amSun 27 Oct Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 (Yokohama), 9.00amFri 1 Nov Third-place Play-off (Tokyo), 9.00am2nd November 2019 – The Rugby World Cup FinalThe biggest match in rugby union, the World Cup Final will take place at the International Stadium in Yokohama. It will kick off at nine in the morning.Who do you think will be playing in that match? Can anyone stop New Zealand? Expand Rugby World Cup Venues 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups Expand 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups What you need to know about the 12… Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Rugby World Cup Venues Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Collapse Make sure you know all the key dates around the 2019 Rugby World Cup held in Japan. A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Unmissable: Make sure you know all the key dates for the 2019 Rugby World Cup (Getty Images) Rugby World Cup Groups Expand Take a look at all the matches that… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Focused: second-row Courtney Lawes during an England training session in Tokyo (Getty Images) Dylan Hartley on the England v New Zealand Rugby World Cup semi-finalThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. By rights, Dylan Hartley should have been preparing to face the All Blacks in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final in Yokohama. Instead, England’s second-most capped player is recovering from a long-term knee injury and will watch from afar as Eddie Jones’s men attempt to inflict a first RWC defeat on the Kiwis since the Cardiff quarter-final 12 years ago.“It’s everything we’ve worked towards for four years. They’re the two form teams in the tournament and it’s built up to be a great game,” says Hartley, who scored against the All Blacks in 2010 and again last year.“No disrespect to Wales or South Africa but this is the game that everyone is looking forward to. I’ve got a bias but when you’re defending champions and the All Blacks, the bias is always coming your way. That is the game and that is the team to beat. They are the No 1 ranked team in the world, they’re the holders, so that is the game.”Fronting up: Hartley celebrates scoring England’s second try in last year’s 16-15 defeat by NZ (RFU/Getty)The Northampton hooker believes the outcome is too close to call, but knows that England won’t get the helping hand afforded them by Australia’s temerity in the quarter-final.“It’s going to be big moments, key moments in the game. There’s not going to be the opportunity that Australia gave England. Australia tried running from their own half, from their own five. They gave England an opportunity to defend and turn the ball over.“Whereas the All Blacks kick a lot; they have a lot of attacking kicks, which they utilise really well. It’s going to be a couple of key moments in the game, who wins that arm wrestle in those periods. You get those small momentum shifts.“Both teams have got great set-pieces, they’ve got good launch, they’ve got a good unstructured game to go to. So first, they can play structure off lineout, maul, scrum. And then equally off turnover or kick return, both teams can come alive. And on the day it’s down to who can take those big moments. Because both defences are good.”Captain’s charge: Kieran Read carries for New Zealand in last weekend’s quarter-final v Ireland (Getty)England have restored George Ford to the side, shunting Owen Farrell out to 12 and Henry Slade to the bench for what will be their fourth RWC encounter with the All Blacks following three galling defeats in the Nineties.Some had speculated that George Kruis, their chief lineout caller, might start against Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock, particularly given the way New Zealand wrested control of that area at Twickenham last year. With Kieran Read and specialist lock Scott Barrett also in the ABs pack, they have a welter of jumpers with which to put England under serious stress.Hartley, however, takes comfort from seeing one of his Saints team-mates at the heart of the England eight. “What I enjoyed about the quarter-final is looking at the team and thinking, ‘Courtney Lawes is playing’. That means it’s business.“If Courtney’s in the starting line-up I’m thinking it’s a big game. There were some stellar performances in that game from Underhill and Curry, or Undercurry. But when Courtney goes through a game and I don’t notice him, I know he’s working. Just quietly, unassuming.Back-row phantoms: Sam Underhill (left) and Tom Curry have been magnificent in Japan (Getty Images)“And it’s a good sign when there are other people that I’m noticing. It takes the heat off Billy (Vunipola). Maro Itoje has got to do this, Jamie George has got to do that, Mako Vunipola is expected to do that. I think they’ve got a real good balance there; they’ve got a good harmony. The pack’s working well together, they know each other inside out.“They understand how we want to play tactically and in that Australia game it all came together. Australia threw the kitchen sink at them and their ruck speed was quick. But the defence kept coming, you know, we’ve got this.“Will the All Blacks give them that opportunity for it to all come together? England are going to face adversity, they’re going to face momentum shifts, they’re going to face different intensities and different threats.”Hartley was talking at an event for Jeep Wrangler in London’s Docklands, a rare day off during his knee rehabilitation. The player joined Danny Cipriani and two players from the Great Britain Lions American Football team in competing in a series of kicking and throwing challenges. The venue was a derelict flour mill, built in the same year as the first England-New Zealand match (1905) and used in many a film, TV series or music video. Tough ask! Hartley tries to kick a ball into a Jeep Wrangler as part of his challenge (Jed Leicester)Although pained by his absence at rugby’s great showpiece, Hartley has soaked up the tournament from his living room. “I absolutely love it. All sport. Olympics, Rugby World Cup, Football World Cup. Things that come round every four years, they’re brilliant.“You want to see upsets, we want to see these Tier One nations as we call them – we need to get rid of that terminology by the way – being pushed and ultimately beaten. Fiji was my team to be doing that to people; I tipped Fiji to be my Japan. And then Uruguay beat them.“There’s a pretty good lesson there. Rugby, for all your tactical and technical superiority, is an emotive game. If you can get yourself to an emotional level and sustain that intensity, one to 15, one to 23, you can be a very difficult opposition and the game can reward you.Against the odds: Uruguay’s victory over Fiji provided a lesson for us all, says Hartley (Getty Images)“For years, teams like Italy… everyone says you’ll win that one but there’s never an easy game because everyone to play international rugby needs to be physically robust. Samoa, Tonga, Fiji – soon these sorts of teams are going to tip that balance and come to the side of beating teams. And that’s what we’re seeing with Japan now. It’s not just a one-off, they can do it, they have that belief. They’re now at a level where maybe they’re not the underdogs.“But I think for teams to grow, to develop and get that belief, you need to remove the Tier One/Tier Two psychology. If you only play a team once every four years, if you’re a touring Fiji or a touring Tonga, there is a psychological advantage to it.”Hartley, 33, has plenty to say about the rash of cards issued at Japan 2019 for high tackles, with Bundee Aki (Ireland), Facundo Gattas (Uruguay), John Quill (USA) and Tomas Lavanini (Argentina) all seeing red and many others picking up yellows.“I would hate the England-New Zealand game to be influenced by what we’ve seen with the red cards. We don’t want the game to be affected by ‘Ah, there was a red card for a millimetre-high head shot’. Rugby is a tough game and things are going to go wrong.“For a guy to go in and make a good tackle, nice and low, bends at the hip, hinges like you’ve been taught from five years old, this is how you tackle, and for the ball-carrier to then dip to brace contact, things are going to go wrong.”Such as with Samoan Seilala Lam’s yellow card against Ireland? “Yeah, it was perfect. I’m sat there thinking he couldn’t have done any more. Then what do you say? That ball-carriers have got to run upright? No ball-carrier in their right mind is going to run upright. You have to lean forward, transfer your bodyweight to brace for impact. If we go that route we might as well cancel the game. We’re not going to play the game any more because we can’t.Common theme: USA’s John Quill is sent off for a high tackle on Owen Farrell in Kobe (MB Media/Getty)“And then you go low tackles. You’ve got people doing the kiss tackle, people both going low and then they kiss each other (like Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw v New Zealand) and you have HIAs on two defenders.“People are trying to offer solutions (to the risk of concussion) but the solutions I’m hearing, there’s no common sense behind them. ‘High tackles? We’ll just lower the tackle height.’ No, it’s not that easy. It’s not that easy.”The clampdown on high tackles won’t affect Hartley directly any time soon, with the player currently stranded on 97 Test caps and unable to put a time frame on his expected return to combat. He last played in December.“I’ve learnt not to put a time frame on it because when that date comes knocking around the corner and you’re nowhere near it, it’s very disheartening,” he says. “I need to keep trying. That resilience to turn up and chip away at the problem and to keep going is still there.”Dylan Hartley was taking part in the Jeep Wrangler Trick Shot Challenge. Learn the skills to carry out your own challenge here.Kitted out: Hartley and Danny Cipriani outside the old mill where the challenge took place (Jed Leicester)Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage. England hooker Dylan Hartley on the England v New Zealand World Cup semi-final, why Tier Two terminology should be banished, and the brouhaha surrounding high tackles LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
TAGS: The Greatest Players Province: LeinsterCountry: Ireland Test span: 1999-2014Ireland caps: 133 (132 starts)Lions caps: 8Test points: 250 (47T, 5DG) When the zip in his running waned slightly, he compensated with his defence in the line and around rucks, his ability to spring to his feet and jackal the ball making him a turnover king.He was a master of the interception score, so too the close-range burrowing snipe. Yet his try-saving tackle on Scotland’s Phil Godman in 2009 gave him as much satisfaction as any try, Ireland going on that year to win only their second-ever Grand Slam. Green giant: Brian O’Driscoll breezes past Scotland’s Nathan Hines during the 2007 Six Nations (Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby’s Greatest: Brian O’DriscollHe was only knocked out cold once – playing for Leinster Schools aged 17 – but Brian O’Driscoll typified the unremitting valour that team-mates respect and supporters adore.Few men can touch his 141 caps, and only once – on his sixth appearance, against Romania – did Ireland’s most legendary player not start the match. He rarely left the field early either; on one occasion when he did, 55 minutes into a match against the All Blacks after a tackle on Brodie Retallick left him concussed, Ireland famously let slip a 22-10 lead.By that stage of his career O’Driscoll lacked the out-and-out pace that had brought him so thrillingly to prominence. There had been the hat-trick that defeated France in Paris in 2000, and then a glorious try for the 2001 British & Irish Lions in Brisbane that sent the rapturous fans into choruses of Waltzing O’Driscoll.Waltzing O’Driscoll: the Irish threequarter on the prowl for the 2001 Lions in Australia (Getty Images)Soon, the man whose first rugby experience had been as a tiny second-row for the Willow Park U12 fourth team was captaining his country, at the age of 23. He was to perform that duty 83 times – only Richie McCaw and Sergio Parisse have led a country more often.O’Driscoll’s 47 Test tries – a record for both a centre and an Irishman – are all the more remarkable for his astigmatism. The condition left him with only 50% of the average person’s unaided vision. He had laser treatment in 2009 but he’d played 100-odd Tests by then – just think how good he would have been with proper eyesight! It was only fitting that this astonishing Dubliner – who strangely never won the World Rugby Player of the Year award – bowed out internationally with a victory lap of honour in Paris as Ireland won the Six Nations.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Who is Tadhg Beirne: Ten things you should know about the Ireland forwardTadhg Beirne, who can play across the back five of the pack, had to bide his time to make his mark on the professional game and was 26 when he made his Ireland debut. There are plenty more details to learn about him…Ten things you should know about Tadhg Beirne 1. Born in Eadestown, Kildare in Ireland on 8 January 1992, Beirne weighs 17st 8lb (113kg) and is 6ft 6in (198cm) tall.2. His sister, Alannah Beirne, is a TV personality and fashion model. Their mother, Brenda Hyland, was crowned the Rose of Tralee in 1983.3. Part of the Ireland U20 team that finished sixth in the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship, Beirne then played for the Ireland Sevens team in 2015. However, he had to wait another three years before his first senior cap when Ireland toured Australia in 2018.4. At 23, Beirne made his senior debut for Leinster against Cardiff Blues in 2015. The majority of the time beforehand he had played for Leinster’s A team and when he wasn’t offered a new contract he considered giving up rugby to do a masters in real estate.Related: The remarkable story of Tadhg Beirne5. Instead, the Scarlets signed Beirne in the summer of 2016 and he made his debut in the opening game of the season. He enjoyed a successful season at the Welsh region and was part of the team that won the 2017 Pro12 final, scoring a try in the 46-22 victory against Munster.6. In October 2017, Munster announced that Beirne would join the province for the 2018-19 season. Before leaving the Scarlets, he was named 2017-18 Pro14 Players’ Player of the Season. Find out more about the flexible forward who can play across the back five Tadhg Beirne made his Ireland debut in Australia in 2018 (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 9. Beirne earned successive Pro14 Dream Team nominations in 2017-18 and 2018-19, playing for Scarlets and then Munster.10. Despite being so tall, he is known for his jackling ability and often tops the turnover charts. He says: “Being tall, you need to have your technique pretty spot-on and it’s getting better.” Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition to get magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 7. In Beirne’s Champions Cup debut for Munster, he earned the Man of the Match award against Exeter Chiefs before earning the same accolade later in the pool stage against Leinster and the reverse fixture against Exeter.8. He made his first start for Ireland against Italy in November 2018. He also scored his first Test tries in that match, crossing for a double.He was part of Ireland’s 2019 World Cup squad and started in all of their 2021 Six Nations matches, moving between lock and back-row. He was named Man of the Match against Italy and Scotland, and was nominated for the Player of the Championship award.
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Tonye Willie-Pepple says: Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Anglican Communion News Service] The former bishop of Durham, the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, has officially become the archbishop of Canterbury at a ceremony, known as the “Confirmation of Election,” which took place in the context of an act of worship on Feb. 4 at St. Paul’s Cathedral.The ceremony forms part of the legal process by which the appointment of the new archbishop of Canterbury is put into effect. It was presided over by Archbishop of York John Sentamu with the assistance of the bishops of London, Winchester, Salisbury, Worcester, Rochester, Lincoln, Leicester and Norwich. All were commissioned for this purpose by Her Majesty The Queen – who is the supreme governor of the Church of England.Welby’s name was put forward to The Queen some months ago by the church’s “Crown Nominations Commission” in accordance with constitutional arrangements that have been in place for many years. The appointment is formalized by legal steps taken in accordance with the Appointment of Bishops Act 1533. First, his election was undertaken in January by the dean and canons of Canterbury Cathedral. Next, their election of him has to be confirmed by the wider church, which is what happened today.The appointment is significant not only for the Diocese of Canterbury (where Welby will be the diocesan bishop, though much of the day-to-day oversight of the diocese is carried out on his behalf by the bishop of Dover), but also for the wider Province of Canterbury – the 29 dioceses in the South of England, and the Diocese of Europe, which all fall under his general oversight.In addition, it is to the bishop of the See of Canterbury, with which Anglicans have historically been in communion, that Anglicans worldwide give a primacy of honor and respect among the college of bishops in the Anglican Communion – as ‘first among equals’ (primus inter pares). In that role, as a focus and means of unity within the communion, the archbishop convenes and works with the Lambeth Conference and Primates’ Meeting, and presides in the Anglican Consultative Council, the communion’s main policy-making body.Since at least the fourth century it has been a fundamental principle in the Christian Church that the election of a new bishop must be confirmed by the wider church, especially by the bishops of the region. The legal significance of the act of confirmation cannot be overstated: it confers upon the new archbishop “the care, government and administration of the spirituals’ of the archbishopric. It is the confirmation of his election which makes the archbishop-elect into the bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury and archbishop of the province.The wording used in the course of the confirmation ceremony has a long history. Before the 18th century it was in Latin, but in about 1733 an English translation was introduced. At the service today, a somewhat modernized version was used. It involved recital of the Mandate from the Queen, authorizing the appointment; introduction of the new archbishop; certification of the steps taken in his election by the dean and canons of Canterbury; his Declaration of Assent to the historic doctrines and worship of the Church of England; a ‘charge’ by the archbishop of York, based on the needs of the diocese and province perceived by those involved in his appointment; and finally a ‘sentence’ conferring on him spiritual jurisdiction over the diocese and province.Enthronement on March 21After this step has been taken, there remain other formal stages before he begins his public ministry in Church and State, in particular his act of ‘Homage’ to The Queen. The public inauguration of his ministry – ‘the Enthronement’ – will take place at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21, and will be broadcast live on the BBC.Meanwhile, the new archbishop will be familiarizing himself with the tasks he will be called upon to perform over the coming years, meeting those he will be working with most closely, and preparing himself generally for all that lies ahead. He invites your prayers, for himself, his family, the church and the nation, during this period of preparation – and beyond. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 February 5, 2013 at 8:38 am We want to assure Archbishop Justin Welby of our prayers for him, his family and for his ministry the Worldwide Anglican Church. God has already richly blessed you. From the Parish of Woodlands, Montclair with Yellowwood Park, St. Etheldreda and St. Stephens, Durban, South Africa. Archbishop of Canterbury Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Justin Welby officially becomes archbishop of Canterbury Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Albany, NY February 5, 2013 at 3:48 am I am happy for Archbishop Welby, as the Most.Rev Sentamu has rightly said, we live in an age of selfishness, where everything is right and wrong only if it concerns us, and he is going to be a Bishop to the Anglican Communion in such h a time as this, so it calls for serious work,prayers,bible study and listening for the voice of God as he begins his Arch-episcopacy, my prayer is for God to bless his ministry and make it a ministry of love, healing and one that will propagate the true and undiluted word of God.congrats Justin Cantuar and Mrs. Welby. 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October 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm I admire what many are doing in all the responses to Michael Brown’s tragic death some two months ago. I have not been involved, except that early on, I went and stood at the place on the street in Ferguson where he was shot and chatted with some of the nice folks gathered close by, then went on north to St. Stephen’s, Ferguson, where I have supplied several times over the years. (My last church where I was for 24 years prior to retirement was just about 10 minutes away in the City of Northwoods, also in St. Louis County. There we had a good mix of about half and half white and black members–though it was all white when I first got there in 1972. We knew and loved one another and leadership was shared by all. During much of my time there I took part in many marches in north St. Louis (city) with a group called Families Advocating Safe Streets, of which I was a board member. There were several mothers (African-American, as were virtually all in the group) among this group whose sons were murdered. There was a lot of crime and killing going on in that part of the city then, one year 269 murders in the City and County of St. Louis. We were protesting this and urging non-violence, in the 70’s and 80’s. Each New Year’s Eve we’d sponsor a memorial service in an area church there when, in just candlelight, all the names of those murdered in the city and county were slowly read aloud. These were very moving worship experiences. They are still being held. The Mayor of St. Louis and Police Chief of St. Louis County usually were among many speakers. In all, I think there was a good relationship between civil authorities and this group, lead by Jeanette Culpepper, a member of a Protestant Church of which her father was the Minister, in north St. Louis (city). I recall in one march on those (inner) city streets, I carried for a distance the 4-year old son of Jennifer Joyce, City Circuit Attorney. I believe she still holds that position.Of course the death of Michael Brown is tragic, and I feel for his parents and close friends. But we do not yet have all the facts about what really went on between him and the Ferguson police officer who shot him and– according to some authoritative reports–struggled with him in his police cruiser over the officer’s pistol, with it perhaps being a close life-or-death call for each of them at that point. I believe that we should await the full disclosure from the grand jury and maybe trial of the officer (Daren Wilson) before we jump to conclusions about this most sad episode. It was inexcusable that Brown’s body lay in the street for over four hours after his killing, and there is much injustice in the system in which often blacks are targeted in stops by police in the entire greater metropolitan area (and around the country). We all share the guilt for the systemic injustice and even police brutality in some cases. But I take issue with some of my friends’ and colleagues’ statements and actions in this whole affair.In the other case of a police shooting, in south St. Louis, it has become evident that the young man had a gun, was on parole for a gun incident weeks earlier, and actually fired at the officer I think two or three time before being shot and killed. However, even here we need to await the final report of all the facts given to the public before we make statements or take actions, especially those which condemn either side in the tragedy.God help us! 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Submit a Job Listing October 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm I am very encouraged to see that the LAY folk get it. There are some very well written and well thought responses to this article. Basically the LAY folks are saying, let’s not let the church politicise this issue which the Episcopalian Church has done in this case. The church leadership needs to LISTEN to their LAY constituents on issues like this and the other 500 lb elephant, gay marriage. A vast majority of the LAY constituents don’t agree in lockstep with our leadership. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Danielle Dowd, youth missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, has been spending several days a week on the streets of Ferguson and St. Louis.[Episcopal News Service] Danielle Dowd was back in front of the Ferguson police department Oct. 15, just two days after being arrested there while protesting the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and other African-American youths.Since Brown’s Aug. 9 death, “I’ve come a couple of days every week, except for when my 7-year-old daughter had her tonsils out and I needed to do the mom thing. I’ve been able to form some good relationships with young people, whose voices need to be heard,” Dowd, 26, youth missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, told the Episcopal News Service (ENS).Similarly, the Rev. Jon Stratton, director of Episcopal Service Corps in the diocese, spent Oct. 13 – his 30th birthday – marching, singing, chanting “Whose streets? Our streets. Whose streets? God’s streets,” and ultimately, being arrested.They and other Episcopalians were among dozens jailed during a “Moral Monday” action at the Ferguson police department. It was part of a weekend series of acts of civil disobedience across the St. Louis region coordinated by “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and the Organization for Black Struggle.The emerging movement, its youthful leadership and developing relationships have been compared to 1960s civil rights activism by some and called a human rights movement by others. It has also brought into the open long-festering tensions between the African-American community and the police department, and spawned calls for sweeping educational, economic and institutional change.The moment presents interesting opportunities for the church, says the Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. “This is the ‘come to Jesus’ moment for us in the church.”Chuck Wynder, missioner for social justice and advocacy for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, agreed. “We recognize that the church increasingly has a role to play in being a prophetic voice in a safe place for the work of racial justice and reconciliation. We continue to be a resource for the Diocese of Missouri and to bridge the events and the developments in Ferguson with the issues, the dynamics and the conversation around the country.”Among other things, “we are in the process of building a resource page, through [the wider church’s] Episcopal Public Policy Network, of voices, resources and practices about the death of Michael Brown, the situation in Ferguson and how that relates to the work of social justice and racial reconciliation through the church around the country,” Wynder said.The church continues to position itself to be an instrumental resource as Ferguson – and the rest of the nation – anxiously awaits the grand jury decision and if charges will stem from the Michael Brown shooting, said Wynder, who added: “We are ramping up for what we know is coming.”The Episcopal Church has been focusing resources on the Ferguson area since shortly after Brown’s death. In September it awarded $30,000 and Episcopal Relief & Development contributed another $10,000 for a grant to three area churches for domestic poverty, pastoral and community work in Ferguson.St. Stephen’s (Ferguson), Ascension (Northwoods), and All Saints’ (St. Louis City) have been significantly impacted by the upheaval in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Brown and the community’s response to it. The churches have been at the forefront of mobilizing resources for the community, ministering to the needs of protestors and police alike and simply “being the church” for all.The march: Repentance, confession, absolution, arrestStratton was among an estimated several thousand people who joined the Oct. 13 largely youth-led march, braving so much rain that, at one point, “We were singing ‘Wade in the Water,’” he told ENS on Oct. 15.“The theme was of repentance and confession and absolution and turning from systems that perpetuate racism and injustice,” including church systems, he said. Clergy confessed their complicity in such systems and called upon police officers, standing in a line outside the Ferguson police station, to do likewise.“We want to be very clear that the clergy, speaking for myself and those by me, were not talking about individual sin, this is systematic sin,” he added. “We were telling the police officers they were very valued and beloved children of God, but they’re part of a system that not only stereotypes and dehumanizes folks on the other side, but also that leads to the dehumanization of the police force.“Every time they come out in riot gear, it is a tangible sign of dehumanization. They cease to be seen as people and more as machines or as weapons of violence.”The occasion marked the second time in her life that the Rev. Anne Kelsey, 67, retired rector of Trinity Church in St. Louis’s Central West End, was arrested. She recalled demonstrating at the Pentagon with the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and Witness for Peace 42 years ago “and this was not like that,” she told ENS. Then, “we were in the concourse of the Pentagon having a Mass for peace.”From left, the Rev. Anne Kelsey, the Rev. Jeff Moore, and the Rev. Jonathon Stratton, director of the Deaconess Anne House in St. Louis, were arrested together on Oct. 13.For Kelsey, the weekend, especially a Saturday evening rally, felt historic, like “we were seeing the rebirth of the civil rights movement.”So she attended the “Moral Monday” action in a cassock and surplice and stole “and we got there and it rained and rained, and halfway through, there was a tornado warning.”Kelsey joined the protests after the Oct. 8 fatal police shooting of another young African-American man, Vonderrit Myers, near her Shaw neighborhood home.“I heard the shots and my husband and I walked the three blocks to see what was going on. It was just terrible, the rage and grief and crowds,” she recalled. The circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Myers – who allegedly had a weapon and fired at police – differ from accounts of the death of Michael Brown, who was unarmed. But, “it was really traumatizing after the Michael Brown thing.”After police removed the body and crime scene tape, “we stood right on the spot where he died and prayed,” Kelsey said slowly, haltingly, painfully. “I just got involved in ways that I hadn’t planned on. This was my neighborhood,” she said. “There is a divide in this neighborhood. I stood there while this woman yelled at me for a long time. She said she had worked for Amnesty International and was berating the white clergy for not doing enough. It’s not a comfortable situation.”While demonstrating Oct. 13, Kelsey and others stood in front of the police line at the Ferguson Police Department and asked officers “to repent of the institutional sins of the police department. I told the man I was facing that, whether or not I like it, when I wear my collar, I’m the face of the church for people and I have to be the first one to ask forgiveness for the sins of the church whether I’ve committed them or not in the same way. Police officers wear the face of the justice system. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask them to reflect on that.”When she knelt in front of him she “fell through the line” and was arrested and immediately handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle. She was jailed for several hours and then released.An emerging movement: ‘The young people are mentoring us’Dowd and Stratton have both spent several days a week on the streets of Ferguson and St. Louis “getting to know the young folks who’ve been out there every day for 67 days. Part of what I want to do is to support them and follow them,” Stratton said.“They’re the ones most affected by the police brutality, who were friends of Michael Brown and live in Ferguson. They are the folks the church needs to be listening to and in many ways, taking our cue from.”Like Joshua Williams, 18, and Jermell Hasson, 27, who on Oct. 15 were outside the Ferguson police department along with Dowd.“I’ve been out here every day because Michael Brown was my first cousin,” said Williams. “What brought me out here was, I saw him on the ground. I saw his blood on the ground. I put myself in his position. That could have been me on the ground, could have been anybody else’s child on the ground, So, I’m fighting for the rights of children.“That made me come out here, for everybody in the world and their kids.”Hasson agreed that the issue means fuller, deeper justice for Michael Brown, “but that is just one aspect of what’s at stake. ““This has a lot to do with human rights,” he added. “This isn’t a civil rights movement, it’s a human rights movement. I should be able to get the same treatment as anyone else who steps into a police station across the United States and I will be here till forever.”But for now, “I’m focusing on Michael Brown. I want a killer to go jail,” added Hasson, who was arrested at the protest and said he had just been released from jail Oct. 15 following a previous protest arrest. “If I had to find a word for Ferguson,” he said, “it’s ‘fragile.’ It can go either way. It’s just very, very hard.”Unaffiliated with a church, Hasson said maintaining a presence outside the police department has given him hope because of “the diversity I see out here. It shows me that it’s not just African-American women and men that stand for me. I see a lot of white women and brothers, and Asians. I like the diversity, that everyone can relate to what we go through in this society. I’ve learned about other cultures out here in side conversations. This is a learning experience.”‘This is what theology looks like’Kinman says that “one of the most insidious pieces of living in a segregated society is that we don’t have relationships where we know each other ” and so are tempted not to see each other in images of God and are tempted into fear and, particularly when we’re tired and in trauma, we’re tempted to act out of those places,” which affords the church really interesting roles that may seem contradictory.One role is to be “where the Gospel is emerging, from these young leaders on the street. We need to be present with these young leaders on the street, amazing nonviolent young leaders,” Kinman said.Another is to build relationships with police officers, also victims of an institutional system, Dowd said Oct.15. “I am not out here to demonize police officers or law enforcement. I want us all to work together to find something better,” she said.“The system doesn’t benefit police officers, either. It strips them of their humanity and it doesn’t benefit young African-Americans. Many times, it strips them of their lives.”Dowd said she is learning more about privilege and “the misconceptions I’ve had or ways I’ve benefitted from being white in this country. I’m learning to do a lot of listening and realizing I don’t have to always be the one in charge. It’s important to listen and learn from and follow the lead of young black people on the ground here, day in and day out, living it all the time.“For me, this is a choice; for them, it’s not,” she added. “I can step into this and step away any time I want. But this is their everyday life. This is something that these young people feel is a matter of life and death for them. I am proud and honored and humbled to be able to stand in solidarity to show them I mean it when I say I’m with them all the way.”Kinman said that on Oct. 13 demonstrators revised a traditional protest call-and-response chant from “show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like’ to “show me what theology looks like, this is what theology looks like” and added that many protestors have called upon the church to get more fully involved.But he added: “this isn’t your grandmother’s civil rights movement. These young people met on Twitter and are using technology for social change. And, they’re not Episcopalian. One of the major teachable moments for us is, these are people who have not been in our churches. Some go to church but in general the voices coming out are voices that feel like the church has left them behind. They want to know where we’ve been.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. Charles Jett says: Catherine Cummings says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY October 20, 2014 at 9:47 pm Thank you Dr. Morris for a sane and reasonable response to a tragic situation. Statement like “murder”, “execution” and “justice for the killer” only incite others to join the chorus without knowing the facts. I challenge any of those protesting to fill the shoes of the policeman for a week as he/she patrol alone in a an area where crime might have occurred and face a belligerent or uncooperative person and see how they might react. Why can’t people wait for the dust to settle on all the facts be learned. We have waited a year or more for the federal government to “investigate” various incidents and still have no results. I do not see the same outrage from those protesting in Ferguson. The Church needs to be present, but as a calming and positive influence, not as a political advocate for just one side. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET October 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm I am very concerned that the church is being used by a political movement being played out in the media. I believe instead we should be more soberly reflective and less emotionally reactive. We don’t know what the facts of this particular case are. And I am unable to discern what, precisely, local clergy are advocating when they participate in public protests baiting the police. It is indeed a “come to Jesus moment for us in the church.” Frankly, this is embarrassing. October 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm I agree that we need to wait for the full report of what actually happened. There are too many rumors and unsubstantiated stories out there. There has been a woeful lack of leadership. I think St. Louis badly needs Uni-Gov that is amalgamation. We don’t need 91 tiny police departments and fire departments, we need one well staffed, fully trained, fully budgeted fire and police and fire department. Indianapolis IN and Louisville KY have done this as have other city/counties in the USA with great success. Isn’t there some other way of dealing with problems other than shooting people? I didn’t even know it was illegal to walk in the street (foolish perhaps as you might be hit by a car) but illegal?? and calls for shooting the person?? May be angry words and name-calling took place? We just don’t know. I recall a few years back that a “sting” operation was set-up at the Jack-in-a-Box at Handley Road and I-70. A car driven by an African American with an African American passenger pull into the parking lot. And the police fired 21 bullets into the car killing both men (there were no warrants out for them). The police claimed at first that the men tried to run them down. But checking the film in the Jack-in-a-Box security cameras showed that no such thing had happened!! The police were not charged with anything because it was felt just by being there they were in fear of their lives. Prosecutor McCullough did not help matters by commenting “O, They were just a couple of bums!”. Later questions were raised as to why that spot was chosen for a “sting” as many commenters went to the Jack-in-a-Box to get a coffee or something on their way to work. Obviously the whole operation was badly thought-out and planned. The incident in the Shaw neighborhood involved a young man who had previously been arrested after a police car chase and charged with firing a gun which was subsequently found to have been stolen. Persons charged with such crimes are supposed to be jailed and held on a $30,000 cash-only bond. For some unknown reason this bond was waived in this case. Again a poorly thought-out situation. Earlier a young man who may have been mentally deranged was shot dead in the street, the several police officers made no attempt to Mace or taser him first. Film footage showed the man with his hands at his side and he was not in a threatening pose as the police claimed. We need a better trained police force, more responsive and just law enforcement and better ways of dealing with the homeless and mentally ill. Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events October 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm They don’t want justice. They want social justice, meaning convict a racist cop (who happens to be innocent). Race apparently trumps truth.See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR October 21, 2014 at 9:25 am Protests like these have typically been organized by “rent a mob” groups who want to agitate; to promote anarchy. New facts are emerging that certainly challenge the mantra of Michael Brown’s innocence. The police baiting, impetuous assumptions, and shouting protesters have become tiresome. Like most social justice causes these days there is the false premise that the aggrieved are the arbiters of the truth and that we as a Church must respond if not agree. The Baptismal Covenant has been misused for this (and other social issues) in that it is assumed that if someone feels wronged that we must agree with them to respect their dignity. Brad is right. Why are clergy vesting to howl with crowds when so much is either hyped and yet to be proven? 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