Rugby World’s online Christmas gift guide

first_imgNOT FOR FEATURED HAPPY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Gilbert England Rugby Match Ball, £89.99 from Kitbag, raises £2.25 for your charity.7. A photo can be turned into a personalised rugby caricature of a player as he strides down the pitch.Personalised Rugby Caricature, £39.99 from thegiftexperience.co.uk, raises £2 for your charity.Rugby fan: Father Christmas goes shopping8. Live, breathe and now sleep rugby with this England rugby duvet set. Perfect for the unattached rugby fan, it fits a single bed – so there won’t be much opportunity for scrumming under the covers!England Rugby Duvet Set, £12 from SportsDirect.com, raises 30p for your charity.9. Keep warm in the stands even when the wind’s blowing with this Ireland windbreaker.IRFU Windbreaker, £243 from Eden Park, raises £9.72  for your charity.10. Great for pulling on post-training or simply when the temperatures start to fall, this navy blue hoodie is part of Canterbury’s official range for Scotland.Scotland Rugby Hoodie, £45 from Lovell Rugby, raises £1.12 for your charity.11. The shirt every Welsh fan needs, especially to support the 2012 Grand Slam winners as they gear up for the defence of their Six Nations title.Wales Authentic Home Shirt, £84.99 from Kitbag, raises £2.12 for your charity.12. The 2013 tour to Australia is going to be huge and these Golden Lion boxers allow fans to look theirr finest, even in their smalls.Lions Boxer Shorts, £25 from Thomas Pink, raises 75p for your charity. Festive treat: fans dress up as Santa for a Cardiff-Biarritz game – but will they get what they want this Christmas?CHRISTMAS IS fast approaching so now is the time to start buying presents. Rugby World is here to help with these gift ideas – and you can raise money for charity at the same time as getting stuck into your Christmas shopping.Give as you Live allows you to raise money for your favourite cause while shopping online – but at no cost to you. Instead, when you buy anything from the thousands of retailers that have signed up for the scheme a percentage of what you’ve spent will be donated to charity.You can register at giveasyoulive.com and nominate your own charity, so the more you spend this festive season the more you’ll be helping your chosen cause.Here are a few gift ideas for the rugby fans in your life – or perhaps you’ll want to treat yourself!1. Make sure they never miss kick-off with this rugby-themed alarm clock.Rugby Touch Electronic Alarm Clock, £6.39 from Dino Direct, raises 16p for your charity.2. Ensure the rugby player in your life carries his post-match smellies in style with this black Canterbury wash bag.CCC Club Rugby Wash Bag, £9.99 from Lovell Rugby, raises 25p for your charity.Grand tour: take a closer look around Twickenham3. A great family present – take a tour of the home of English rugby, Twickenham. Have a look round the dressing rooms and visit the World Rugby Museum, which charts the rise of the game.Family Tour of Twickenham Stadium, £45 from Virgin Experience Days, raises £3.25 for your charity.4. Perfect for the next Christmas party, these cufflinks are the perfect accessory to display a love of the game while suited and booted.Rugby Cufflinks, £20 from notonthehighstreet.com, raises 50p for your charity.5. For those who like to glug a big beefy red, this wine stopper will stop your Shiraz going stale.Rugby Ball Wine Bottle Stopper, £16.50 from Whisk Hampers, raises 83p for your charity.6. Drop a goal and win the game like the pros with this official England match ball.last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgUnflappable Finn: Russell kicks the winning conversion. (Photo: Inpho)Finn’s finaleGlasgow trailed 14-9 to Ulster as the last five minutes of their Guinness Pro12 semi-final began on Friday and looked like they may become the first home side to lose at that stage of the competition. Then two moments of magic from the Warriors’ Scotland fly-half Finn Russell turned the game on its head and snatched a 16-14 win for his side.As Glasgow attacked inside the Ulster half, trying to breach their defence for the first time, Russell stooped to gather a low ball, regained his balance in an instant and sent a superb long pass off his left hand which found DTH van der Merwe sprinting up on the right wing. The Canadian forced his way over the line, but that left Russell with a conversion from just one metre inside the touchline – a conversion he needed to kick to give Glasgow the lead.Russell composed himself, managed to block out the enormity of the moment, and sent the kick soaring through to posts to put the Warriors 16-14 up with four minutes to play.They hung on for the win and Russell was named Man of the Match. The delighted fly-half said after the game: “The pass was easy. The kick’s the hard part. It was right on the edge of my limit. I was a bit lucky to get it.” The SaintsBrilliant BathIt’s not a bad success rate is it? Seven tries from eight visits to the opposition 22 in one match. Such was the pure brilliance of Bath’s attacking rugby against Leicester on Saturday, in what should have been the stifling, pressure-cooker atmosphere of the Aviva Premiership semi-final.Bath showed absolutely no sign of nerves or tension and simply ran their visitors ragged (though surely tough words will be spoken in training about that one wasted trip to the 22 – not!). Leicester had all the possession and territory for a long period of the second half, when Bath were 21-10 up, but Bath absorbed and absorbed, then cut loose with four tries in the last 16 minutes to win 47-10.Special mentions go to two players – Man of the Match Matt Banahan for becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in a Premiership semi-final, and Peter Stringer for crossing for Bath’s fourth try in his last game at the Recreation Ground before he moves to Sale. The 37-year-old had a dozen seasons of success with Munster in the Pro12, but when they thought his time was up in 2012 he begged to differ and crossed the water to England, where he has had short stints with Saracens and Newcastle Falcons, before signing for Bath in 2013.Stringer has since made 33 Premiership appearances for them and, although he will never get the two Ireland caps he needs to take him to 100, he is going to keep playing club rugby as long as he possibly can because he just loves it. And while he is good enough to keep up with a set of backs as magnificent as Bath’s and score a try in such a massive match, who would dare to suggest he is past his sell-by date? Not me, and not Steve Diamond, that’s for sure. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tries by Marlie Packer, Emily Scarratt and Jo Watmore were enough for England to sneak the win and it put England ahead of the USA on points difference in the table. Taylor’s stylish startSaracens’ Aviva Premiership semi-final win over Northampton did not have the same free-scoring feel as Bath’s triumph, but there was a moment of magic early on from Duncan Taylor which lit up the occasion.The centre flicked a ball between his legs to David Strettle in Saracens’ own half, then when Strettle put a trademark kick up the right wing, it was Taylor who led the pursuit. Northampton scrum-half Lee Dickson and Taylor caught up with the bobbling ball together, but Taylor cleverly dived over the top of Dickson to snaffle it and pop it up for none other than Strettle, who strolled over the line for the first try of a game which Saracens went on to win 29-24. Seven, eight…fineMunster’s back-row duo of openside Paddy Butler and Man of the Match CJ Stander were outstanding in the Irish province’s 21-18 Guinness Pro12 semi-final win over the Ospreys.No 8 Stander caught the eye with his 21 carries which took him 76 metres, and he also made nine tackles – one of which was a joint effort with Conor Murray to stop Eli Walker scoring in the corner after five minutes.Stander and Butler combined beautifully in attack to capitalise on Ian Keatley’s break just before half time and set up a try for Simon Zebo which gave Munster an 11-3 lead at the break and Butler scored a try of his own after 49 minutes, finishing off a great team move which was started by a dynamic run from Stander. Flying wing: Matt Banahan scorches in for the second of his hat-trick of tries. (Photo: Getty Images) The SinnersAnd the Oscar goes to…Niko Matawalu is a player who has flashes of pure brilliance, followed by moments of madness, and he blotted his copybook on Friday evening when his play-acting bought a penalty for Glasgow which changed the momentum of the game and ultimately set up their winning score.Matawalu was high-tackled off the ball by Ulster tighthead Ricky Lutton in the 71st minute, when the Irish province led 14-9 and were pressing inside the Glasgow half. Lutton was foolish to hook a hand around the wing’s head as he charged off after the whistle had already sounded for a scrum, but Matawalu fell to the floor dramatically, milking the incident for all he was worth. The officials looked at the TV replays and decided it did warrant a penalty, and four minutes later Glasgow scored the winning try.Ulster skipper Rory Best was not impressed, saying after the game: “It’s not football. You can’t have boys diving all over the place.”Sky TV pundit and former Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson, joined in the criticism, saying: “It is foul play but it didn’t warrant the play-acting of Niko Matawalu. I don’t think that penalty would have come if Matawalu hadn’t made a meal of it.” Stunning attacking rugby lit up the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 semi-finals – but there were a few howlers too. TAGS: Gloucester center_img Rio boundEngland Women earned qualification for the Rio Olympics on behalf of Team GB when they scraped a nail-biting 15-14 win over the USA in the third-fourth play-off at the Amsterdam Sevens.They needed to secure fourth spot in the series standings and when they lost 26-0 to Australia in the semi-finals and the USA lost to Canada, it set up a winner-takes-all match to determine who would get the coveted Olympic spot. Victory cry: Try-scorer Darren Dawiduik (front) celebrates the late win. (Photo: Getty Images)Madness – a week earlyPop legends Madness are playing Kingsholm next Saturday, but they will have their work cut out to serve up a nuttier couple of hours of entertainment than Gloucester and Connacht did in Sunday’s European Champions Cup qualifying match.Gloucester won 40-32 after extra time, but huge credit goes to every player from both teams for their endeavour and unquenchable desire to win. It was an error-strewn contest, but there was enough good rugby to still allow the match to qualify as a classic. Jack Carty, James Hook, Matt Healy and finally the irrepressible Jonny May were all involved in moments of sheer brilliance. Take a look at the highlights here. Slip from StanderIt is unusual for a player to be among the Saints and the Sinners, but CJ Stander is, because of a howler early in the second half of Munster’s semi-final. The men in red were 16-3 up with 46 minutes on the clock and had a scrum close to half-way. When the ball was at Stander’s feet at the back, replacement scrum-half Duncan Williams moved round to the openside, suggesting an attack would be launched in that direction. However, Ospreys No 9 Rhys Webb wasn’t convinced and stayed on the blindside, so when Stander flicked the ball out that way, expecting Simon Zebo to capitalise, it went straight to Webb who sprinted in for a try. It was a dreadful error from Stander, as he didn’t look before making the pass. It brought the Ospreys back into the game at 16-8 but did not cost Munster the match. Out of luck: Bundee Aki and his Connacht pals were denied by a controversial penalty. (Photo: Inpho)Connacht pay the penaltyAs scintillating as the Gloucester v Connacht match was, it is a sad fact that a penalty decision by referee Romain Poite cost the Irish province the chance to possibly seal the win in normal time. As the last five minutes began, Connacht were 25-18 up and John Muldoon drove up the left and was tackled by Tom Palmer. The Gloucester lock rolled out towards the side of the ruck, but was still in a position where he was hampering the supporting Connacht players, but Poite penalised Muldoon for holding on, and from the subsequent pressure Billy Meakes scored the try to take the game into extra time.On BT Sport Ben Kay said Palmer had conceded “a cast iron penalty” and Conor O’Shea labelled it a “disgraceful decision”. Connacht will feel hard done by, but Gloucester also felt they were on the rough end of Poite’s whistle a couple of times. No stopping: Jeff Hassler heads for the try-line with Simon Zebo in pursuit. (Photo: Huw Evans Images)Jet-heeled JeffJeff Hassler scored one of the best individual tries of the weekend – a try which brought the Ospreys back into the game at 21-15 down and gave their fans hope of victory. He picked up a grubber kick from Zebo on around half-way and sprinted untouched through the defence with the Munster wing in pursuit. Zebo managed to haul him down just as he reached the line, but Hassler had the power and momentum to make it over the whitewash and score. Bad day with the boot: Ian Keatley missed five of his seven kicks. (Photo: Inpho)Off targetIan Keatley must have been might relieved that Munster managed to win their semi-final against the Ospreys as the outside-half had endured a shocking afternoon with the boot at Thomond Park. He landed just two of his seven kicks at goal, letting 12 points go begging, and was taken off after his last penalty miss when Munster were leading 21-18 with seven minutes to play. Coach Anthony Foley decided JJ Hanrahan might be a better bet if another penalty came their way, but the replacement also missed a kick at goal from straight on. Luckily for Keatley and Hanrahan, the misses did not prove costly. Oh dear, O’ConnorAny player who thinks they made a bad mistake this weekend might take comfort from watching James O’Connor’s miss-kick for the Queensland Reds, which gifted a crucial try to the Sharks, who won 21-14 in Brisbane.O’Connor was trying to clear his lines and Sharks scrum-half Stefan Ungerer started to run up for a charge-down, but half pulled up, clutching his leg, after just a couple of strides. However, O’Connor miss-hit his kick so badly, that it landed right in the chest of the startled No 9 and he just had to hobble a couple of steps and dive over for the most unlikely try. O’Connor’s team-mates were quick to console him, but it was a shocking error. Take a look here.last_img read more

Lions 2017: Hurricanes 31-31 British & Irish Lions

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight The Lions led the Hurricanes by 14 points after 65 minutes before an Iain Henderson yellow card gave the ‘Canes an unlikely route back for a draw FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREWhat’s notHurricanes blow themselves out early onThe Hurricanes are the great entertainers of Super Rugby with their star-studded backline and coach Chris Boyd likes them to express themselves but time and time again in the first-half they were too sloppy, giving away penalties in an assortment of different area on the field, and gifting the Lions points to extend their lead to 23-7 at the break. It was unnecessary and will have been a great frustration to the management. As we know, things improved in the second-half.Lions discipline costs them…againIain Henderson had been having a brilliant night, trucking it the guts of the pitch, offloading and hitting rucks with venom, leading to in-game calls on social media that he should be parachuted into the Test 23. His night turned on a split second when he executed a tip-tackle on Jordie Barrett on 65 minutes. After much deliberation he sent off for 10 minutes in the sin-bin and in that time the Lions conceded 14 points, through tries for Fifita and Wes Goosen as a once comfortable lead disintegrated before their eyes to leave them with a hugely uncomfortable last ten minutes. It was all so unnecessary.Off you go: Iain Henderson blotted an otherwise perfect copybookLions have a bench, so why not use it? Dan’s the manOkay Dan Biggar has always been trailing Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton in the selection stakes but the Wales fly-half has let no-one down on this tour. His defensive zeal sets an example, he kicked long and true and when called upon to slot the ball through the sticks he did so without complaint, with one effort from nearly 50m bring admiring glances from the stands. He had to leave the field for a crunching tackle as he tried to bundle Ngani Laumape into touch as he went in in the corner, but typically came back on to marshal the Lions home and finished with 16pts. A decent tour.Steady presence: Dan Biggar had another decent game at fly-halfMusical interludeWhoever was on the music duties at the Hurricanes has certainly got a sense of humour. When a ruckus broke out, with CJ Stander raising a fist to Fifita Vaea and James Haskell getting to know a few of the Hurricanes pack, temperatures were rising. Cue, the sound system with the Beatles’ classic ‘All you need is Love’ to loud applause from the crowd and laughter. It was very effective as the flash point stopped before things turned ugly.Flashpoint: CJ Stander and Callum Gibbins clash before some musical interventionPutting their hands up for the TestsBefore the Hurricanes game, pundits and fans alike were playing a game of ‘name the likely Test bolter’ and most of the names put forward did their case no harm at all. George North, so tentative for so much of the tour, offered himself as a carrier – especially when thrust into midfield after Henshaw departed – and was rewarded to a run in under the posts after a sweet Iain Henderson offload. Courtney Lawes was effervescent around the pitch, carrying in the tight exchanges, taking clean ball off the top and putting in his tackles. Jack Nowell and CJ Stander were also to the fore in taking the game to the ‘Canes. They’ve given Warren Gatland a welcome dilemma. Iain Henderson was another who did so much to impress.Workrate: Jack Nowell was a picture of industry through the game Warren Gatland has, somewhat unfairly, been vilified from all quarters for calling up a handful of players to cover while he protected his Test 23. The problem is, he didn’t use them when his first-choice team were clearly waning, particularly in light of Iain Henderson’s yellow card as they came under pressure. It seemed odd that he didn’t pep up a side requiring a burst of adrenalin and has led to more questions than answers.ScorersLionsTries: Tommy Seymour (2), George NorthCons: Dan Biggar (2)Pens: Biggar (4)HurricanesTries: Callum Gibbins, Ngani Laumape, Vaea Fifita, Wes GoosenPens: BarrettCons: Barrett (2)Vaea Fifita celebrates with the Hurricanes as they mount a comebackStatisticsThe Hurricanes carried for 540m compared to the Lions’ 460mThe Lions made 134 out of their 144 tackles, with a completion rate of 93 per cent. The Hurricanes trailed with 119 of 142, with an 83 per cent success rateThe Hurricanes conceded 11 penalties to the Lions’ nineTop metres carried for the Lions were Jack Nowell (62), Tommy Seymour (61), George North (59). For the Hurricanes, Jordie Barrett carried for 114m with Ngani Laumape second with 119mThe game’s top tackler was Justin Tipuric with 20 tackles, followed by Rory Best and CJ Stander with 14. For the Canes, Callum Gibbins (20) Mark Abbott (18) led from the front Pulling away: George North was the recipient of a fine Henderson offload The Lions midweekers gave Warren Gatland both questions and answers after a few days in which the head coach has had to wear a tin hat to protect himself from all the invective thrown his way from his own countrymen. A so-so first 15 minutes came to life after Tommy Seymour took a cute pass from Laidlaw to sail away and despite ‘Canes openside Callum Gibbins burrowing over from close-range, it got better for the Lions when George North was on the shoulder of the impressive Iain Henderson to go in under the posts giving them a comfortable 23-7 half-time lead.Honours even: Jordie Barrett and Dan Biggar shake hands after a drawAfter the break, it was the Hurricanes who started the brightest, as Ngani Laumape powered over in the corner. With the hosts threatening a comeback, it was a relief to see a well-worked backline move see the ball work itself out to Tommy Seymour to run in his second try and give the Lions a deserved 14-point buffer. Then, as so often in the tour, the Lions imploded after Henderson was shown the yellow card for a tip-tackle on Jordie Barrett and two tries conceded in five minutes left them hanging on for a draw which will have pleased the hosts more than the visitors.What’s hotMade in ScotlandWhen Greig Laidlaw picked a ball out of the air to intercept a Hurricanes attack, he set off, with most of the watching crowd knowing he didn’t have to pace to run it in from distance, however Laidlaw used his noggin, looked around after 30m and went to ground to pop the ball up to an expectant Tommy Seymour, who certainly did have the wheels to go in under the posts. It was a score that would have been appreciated among the good folk of ScotlandThanks Greig: Tommy Seymour goes in unopposed for the game’s first try British and Irish Lions: J Nowell; T Seymour; J Joseph, R Henshaw; G North; D Biggar; G Laidlaw; J Marler, R Best (captain), D Cole (England), I Henderson, C Lawes, J Haskell, J Tipuric, CJ StanderReplacements: K Dacey, A Dell, T Francis, C Hill, G Kruis, G Davies, F Russell, L HalfpennyHurricanes: J Barrett, N Milner-Skudder, V Aso, N Laumape, J Savea, O Black, T Toiroa-Tahuriorangi, B May, R Ricitelli, J To’omaga-Allen, M Abbott, S Lousi, V Fifita, C Gibbins, B Shields (captain)Replacements: L Apisai, C Eves, M Kainga, J Blackwell, R Prinsep, K Hauiti-Parapara, W Goosen, C Janelast_img read more

What the Six Nations sides have been doing in the fallow week

first_imgFrom the footage and pictures that came from this particular face-off, it looks like these scrums were full-blooded. Afterwards, Jones said: “The boys learnt a number of different things (from the session). They had the superiority early on and we came back well. It was an excellent session for us. They really enjoyed it.”Related: Should Georgia have the chance to gain promotion into the Six Nations?Many teams decided this was the best time to open up sessions to the public. England had one at Twickenham, while Ireland trained against their U20s side at Dubarry Park, the home of Buccaneers RFC in Athlone. What the Six Nations sides have been doing in the fallow weekIt is a Six Nations fallow week. Some of you will be climbing the walls with no Tests this weekend.Teams have been busy, though. England had two training sessions with Georgia. Before their work-outs, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Eddie Jones said his team were delighted to lock horns with “the biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum pack in the world.” It was spotted there that Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson were briefly put through their paces, not taking part in the squad session, while James Ryan was not spotted at all. Head coach Joe Schmidt expects all three to make a speedy recovery, though Henderson and Ryan are seen as progressing a little better than Furlong.Related: A Six Nations injury updateScotland also held an open training session away from their usual headquarters. The team headed down to Galashiels, Gregor Townsend’s hometown, to do their run-out. Throwing down: England and Georgia scrum together The match action kicks back into gear next week. And you know there will be plenty more to talk about!center_img What about the French? Well, the word ‘calamity’ springs to mind. In the aftermath of a night out following their loss to Scotland, nine players – including the free-scoring Teddy Thomas – were dropped for “inappropriate behaviour.” The measure is only in place for the game against Italy in Marseille next Friday.Meanwhile, in Italy something entirely more official was happening. Head coach Conor O’Shea was present for a summit between the two Guinness Pro14 franchises and the clubs from Italy’s Eccellenza, to discuss a range of topics. Does any of this whet your appetite for Six Nations action at all? Probably not.If you want brilliant, timeless Six Nations content to enjoy this weekend, why not run out and buy the latest issue of Rugby World magazine, our six Nations special issue? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Hotshot: France U20 back-row Jordan Joseph

first_imgWhen did you first link up with Racing 92? I was 16 when first approached by Racing but I didn’t want to go. I was really enjoying life at Massy, the friends I had there. I don’t have an agent so it was my parents and family who eventually convinced me to go, but I’m happy now.My first season was after my first U20 World Championship. It was a well-timed transition because I arrived with a little bit more experience. And Racing helped me to return this year as a better player.What are your goals for the next year?My short-term goal is just to perform well for the club. Of course, I’d love to play for the international side, and if my phone rings I’d be delighted, but for the minute it’s not my objective.What do you do away from rugby? I watch a lot of football, go to the cinema, have a drink with riends.I like to travel and I’d love to visit New Zealand or Australia to experience the culture there and a different way of life.RW VERDICT: With two U20 world titles to his name by the age of 18, he’s well on his way to living up to expectation. He was a vital cog in a dominant French team again this year. Don’t be fooled by his frame into thinking he’s just a powerful carrier; he has it all. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hard running: Jordan Joseph on the attack at this year’s Junior World Cup (Getty Images) Get to know teenage No 8 Jordan Joseph, who is a back-to-back U20 World Cup winnercenter_img This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. France U20 back-row Jordan Joseph Date of birth 31 July 2000 Born Gonesse, Paris Club Racing 92 Country France Position Back-rowWhat sports did you play growing up? I played a lot of football. It was a natural choice for me coming from Paris; it’s all you see – on the streets, on the telly.When did you first get to play rugby? I was 13, at a club called Sarcelles. It was my first sports teacher who encouraged me to do so, saying I was better suited to the sport. I owe him a lot.After a year, I went to Massy, which is a bigger club. I stopped playing football at that point. Rugby has a conviviality for me that doesn’t exist in football. It’s a lot more sociable and I love that element.What do you most enjoy about rugby?The contact, the tackling, the physicality, although I like to think my biggest strength is my attacking game. I love running with the ball and to offload.Who are your heroes? Billy Vunipola is a real hero of mine. It’s his style of play I love. I made a point of watching the European final and he was fantastic.last_img read more

Anthony Watson reveals his lockdown workout

first_img Cutting loose: Anthony Watson evades Wales (Getty Images) The explosive England and Bath star talks us through running and recovery. This is an advertising feature. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Anthony Watson reveals his lockdown workoutElite athletes often talk of leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of glory, but in most cases that means making a lifestyle change. Following the roller coaster of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, it dawned on England and Bath back-three wonder Anthony Watson that he would have to approach his downtime slightly differently.“After I went to Japan I had to get home and get the ‘recovery centre’ sorted,” he says, laughing that his partner hates his choice of terminology. Since returning from the global showcase, Watson has upped his use of sauna, cold baths and even an hyperbaric chamber.“From being there and going to the onsens (Japanese hot baths) and seeing how that helps my body and helped me feel better, to go again, it made me realise that what I was doing at home wasn’t enough. I didn’t want to have any excuses to not do it. So what better way to not have an excuse than to have it all in your house?Drills (Maximuscle)“I’m just trying to basically get any 1% or 2% – whatever it might be to allow me to continue to make the gains from training that I can. And especially in lockdown, it was a really, really good opportunity to do so. When other people might not have been training as hard or not had the capabilities to train, this was my opportunity to take advantage of that.”That is not all. As you will see below, the explosive star has been hard at it. But recovery is just as important as clocking up the running yards or the weights shifted. So while his PlayStation still takes a hammering at night, he has a drawer full of Maximuscle Protein Bites close to the console and he uses ZMA to aid his sleep – an integral and often under-appreciated aspect of recovery.So what have the sessions been like in lockdown?“The actual content of the running sessions would be different day to day,” Watson says of a typical week at home, before a graduated return to training was possible. “So Mondays were one of the sessions I found the hardest.“I’d probably wake up around 9.30am – which was quite nice! I’d eat some breakfast, then I’d go and lift my lower-body weights. This could consist of a split squat, a heavy RDL (Romanian Deadlift – which involves a controlled lowering of the bar, often felt most in the hamstrings). I’d do some hip thrusts and a little bit of calf work. It’s not a massive session, but the split squat and RDL take it out your legs.“I’d have about an hour’s break. In that time I’d probably have a Promax Lean shake and a bagel or something small between sessions.“Then go out and do the run of 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off. That’s 75m in 15 seconds, then 15 off. You do that for eight minutes, then take two minutes off. You do that three times.”center_img 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. It is gruelling and Watson sees this as an area to work on for him – he wants to improve his aerobic capabilities to go with the breakneck speed.Tuesdays were similar in structure, but the weights session would be upper-body and then the on-field drill is a variation. There would be some speed-interval work, with short bursts of 20m runs – as many shuttles as he could do in 30 seconds, then two-and-a-half minutes of rest. Then it was into ‘Malcolms’.Weights (Maximuscle)The drill ostensibly means having cones in a straight line, ten metres apart. You lie face down at the halfway point, facing another cone. You pop up and sprint to the cone and do a down-and-up, run back past the halfway to do a down-and-up at the farthest cone, then return to centre. That is one rep. Typically, teams could do six reps in a set, called a Full Malcolm.Thursday is another big day, so Watson would have Wednesdays off. But even on those days, recovery is key.“I would spend time after all of these sessions, and even on the Wednesday, doing stuff,” Watson says. “So I would probably spend about 30 minutes in the sauna after my running session, which is pretty tough. At about 80 degrees it’s not easy!“I just do that to try and recover, and also to try and help the endurance side of things. Then after 30 minutes, I’ll interchange it from maybe another ten with a cold bath…”A cold bath? At this point many would say ‘no thanks,’ but this is part of Watson’s whatever-it-takes approach.Train hard, refuel and get the recovery in, then you can think about switching off.Find out more about Maximuscle’s range at www.maximuscle.comlast_img read more

England mark 150th anniversary with retro kit

first_imgEngland will wear the retro inspired kit in their game against Scotland on 6 February LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Going out on a limb here but these new England jerseys look like the sort off knock off kit you’d buy from Primark or Poundland. https://t.co/QBVVSHET67— Stephen Lord (@Slord182) January 20, 2021Eddie Jones will be looking to retain the Six Nations in 2021, and claim the fourth Championship of his reign at the helm of English Rugby. He is permitted to name just 28 players in his squad for the upcoming tournament, which will be announced Friday 22 January. Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. The Rugby Football Union, which is the oldest rugby body in the world, has celebrated the 150th anniversary of the formation of the England team with a special edition kit. England will wear the vintage kit on 6 February when they welcome Scotland to Twickenham for the opening game of their Six Nations Championship defence.Formed in 1871, England played Scotland in the first ever international rugby Test match at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh on 27 March, with the Scots emerging 1-0 winners. The kit will pay homage to that era, with England Rugby’s Official Technical Kit Partner, Umbro, creating the one-off jersey.“The clean design features England’s heritage rose, and a gold embroidered 1871-2021 sign off”, state kit designers Umbro. “In agreement with England Rugby’s Principal partner O2, their mark has been moved to the sleeve to support the heritage aesthetic”.Retro inspired: two versions of the kit are on offer (Umbro)Bill Sweeney, CEO , England Rugby said: “We are extremely proud to be celebrating 150 years of rugby union in England and the iconic red rose. Umbro has created a terrific anniversary kit and I look forward to seeing Eddie Jones’ side wearing this when they take to the pitch against Scotland in February. We’d also like to extend our thanks to O2 for agreeing to give up their front of shirt position on this special one-off heritage jersey.”Short and long-sleeve replica versions of the jersey are available to purchase, as well as a ‘classic jersey’ that features a polo collar instead of the crew neck.Social media reactionThe reaction to the England 150th anniversary kit has been mixed, with fans both praising and lambasting it on social media. Some fans have loved the new kit, with the clean aesthetics providing a more simplistic design. However, keeping the O2 sponsorship, albeit on the sleeve, and altering the appearance of the rose, has faced backlash. Celebrating 150 years: Umbro have released a special-edition kit for England’s game against Scotland on 6 February (England Rugby) last_img read more

Anglican Refugee and Migrant Network seeks diocesan insight

first_img By ACNS staffPosted Feb 14, 2012 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Refugees Migration & Resettlement Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Anglican Communion, Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Communion News Service] The coordinator of the Anglican Communion’s newest international network, the Anglican Refugee and Migrant Network (ARMN), is looking to connect with dioceses around the world.A letter sent to nearly 800 diocesan bishops by the Rev. Terrie Robinson, in her role as Anglican Communion’s Networks’ Coordinator, introduced ARMN’s new coordinator, the Rev. Catherine Graham, and asked them to share with her insights and information from their dioceses about issues of refugees or migration.“Across the Anglican Communion, church communities are supporting migrants, internally displaced people and refugees in many different ways,” wrote Robinson. “To help Catherine understand how best to facilitate networking among Anglicans who are involved in such mission and ministry, and to enhance international awareness and support of local initiatives, we would like to ask for your assistance.“Catherine would be very grateful to receive as much information as you are able to offer in respect of migrants, internally displaced people and refugees in your diocese or area. This might include a description of the local situation with any available statistics, together with an account of particular challenges faced locally by children, women and men who are now living away from their country or place of origin – and also by host communities.“She would also value any information you are able to give concerning the church’s mission and ministry among, or on behalf of migrants, internally displaced people and refugees. This work might cover a broad range, for example, helping congregations to become aware of global situations giving rise to the displacement of people and the gospel imperative to respond to those in need; providing pastoral care and opportunities for worship for new arrivals; offering practical support.”Robinson explained that it would be very useful to know of any engagement with local government and agencies, and with international structures or agencies on these matters. She also requested if someone in the diocese could be identified as a local point of contact for Graham.ARMN was formally re-established by the Anglican Consultative Council when it met in 2009 and among its plans are setting up a website for the network within the Anglican Communion portal at www.anglicancommunion.org, and the formation of a global management committee, representative of the communion, to help steer its activities.The network’s objectives are:To share information, ideas and experience, and to provide affirmation and mutual support for front-line program-workers and program-managers working with refugees and migrants on behalf of the Anglican Church through the creation of an active informal network;To provide, when appropriate, practice-based information and briefing to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates, other Anglican Church leaders, and the Anglican Observer to the UN, to inform and strengthen their prophetic, advocacy and pastoral work on behalf of refugees and migrants;To promote awareness, concern and commitment to action within dioceses and parishes, to the benefit of local refugees and migrants;To encourage and collaborate with the wider ecumenical family and other faiths in promoting active ministry to refugees and migrants;To help tackle the root causes contributing to the creation of refugees and migrants through advocacy;To network with other institutions working on behalf of refugees and migrants; andTo develop and share theological reflection on the causes, issues and consequences relating to refugees and migrants.For more information contact the Rev. Terrie Robinson on [email protected]  or the Rev. Catherine Graham at [email protected] Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Anglican Refugee and Migrant Network seeks diocesan insight Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

Parishes continue to provide relief to hard-hit communities post-Sandy

first_img Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Hurricane Sandy Rector Washington, DC Mildred Melendez says: November 8, 2012 at 12:41 am This is a very good action from our Parishes. Everyone of us should be helping those who are hardly hit by Hurricane Sandy. This action shows that we are one family and that we live not just to serve our family, friends and relatives but also to other people. Thank you so much to all the Parishes who helped. Comments are closed. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments (1) Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img Campos Plaza Tenants Association President Dereese Huff and the Rev. Sanford “Sandy” Key, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Somers, unload prepared food and other items from Key’s car Nov. 7. ENS Photo/Lynette Wilson[Episcopal News Service – New York] As the East Coast braced on Nov. 7 for another storm, this time a nor’easter expected to bring heavy rains, snow and strong winds to the region, Episcopal churches continued to provide assistance and relief to residents still struggling to recover from the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy just over a week ago.After pummeling the Caribbean, the devastating storm made landfall in New Jersey Oct. 29, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions of people in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states along the Northeast corridor without electricity and, in some cases, water or heat. Tens of thousands of New York and New Jersey residents remained without basic utilities on Nov. 7 as temperatures were expected to dip into the 30s.On Avenue C and 12th Street in Manhattan’s East Village, the 1,700 residents living in Campos Plaza, where first-floor apartments flooded, still lacked heat, and the garbage had not been picked up in nine days, said Dereese Huff, Campos’ tenants association president.As Huff left her eighth-floor apartment on Nov. 7 and her voice echoed through the hallway, one tenant shouted thanks from behind her door to Huff for her efforts to help residents after the storm. While Huff rode the elevator to the first floor, another tenant thanked and praised her.Huff and the Rev. Winnie Varghese, rector of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery, were headed to Huff’s office, awaiting a carload of prepared food and other items. The supplies were en route from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Somers, New York, an area in Westchester County where Sandy left 95 percent of the population in the dark.Rector Sanford “Sandy” Key drove into New York city to deliver the donation Wednesday morning. As he unloaded the car, he explained that his own parish served hot meals to between 75 and 100 people in the storm’s aftermath through Nov. 6 and served as a power station where residents could charge cell-phone batteries and other electronics.The Rev. Winnie Varghese, rector of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery, pushes a cart full of supplies into Campos Plaza. ENS Photo/Lynette WilsonLocated on Second Avenue and Tenth Street in the East Village, St. Mark’s is a few blocks away from two public housing projects, the Jacob Riis Houses and Pedro Albizu Campos Plaza.On Nov. 7 around 10:30 a.m., just before it began drizzling outside, Varghese filled a hand cart with rice, juice boxes and other items and began walking east to Campos Plaza.St. Mark’s began accepting donations and organizing volunteers to deliver food and other necessities to neighbors who either couldn’t make it to the church to pick up supplies or didn’t know they were there on Nov. 2 when Varghese was able to assess the needs.Volunteers from St. Mark’s and other Episcopal Churches in Manhattan used flashlights and climbed stairs in darkened buildings to deliver food and water to upper floor residents during the weeklong blackout.Tom Walker, who attends services at St. Mark’, began volunteering on Nov. 5. It’s been “nonstop” since then, he said.“There’s great need, and it’s not just the storm,” Walker said. “People are in need.”“Churches are often well-positioned to see real needs as they emerge in the communities they serve,” Katie Mears, Episcopal Relief and Development’s program manager for U.S. Disaster Preparedness and Response, told ENS. “Understanding the local context and being hubs of informal news-sharing – members talking about elderly neighbors in need, or chatting with guests in the weekly free lunch in the parish hall – helps congregations see the real and varied needs of people.”“The deep community knowledge that comes with having a long-term presence,” she said, “helps churches see more broadly than the large, visible problems that everyone’s working on, to concentrate on seemingly peripheral concerns that that often fall through the cracks. This is an extremely important role, and one that we as the church are uniquely equipped to fill.”Varghese said she would reassess the community’s needs on Nov. 12.The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn is serving as a base of operations for the Diocese of Long Island’s recovery work. It has partnered with Occupy Sandy in its relief effort and distribution of resources and serves as its hub.“The turnout and response has been enormous. We are doing thousands of hot meals a day and thousands of pounds of essential items delivered to the hardest-hit areas,” said the Rev. Michael Sniffen, rector, in an e-mail message to ENS. “We set up an amazon registry for people to buy needed stuff, and $38,000 worth of stuff has been purchased by people across the country and is en route to the church as we speak. We have had over 3,000 volunteers come through since opening on Saturday.”On Nov. 7, Sniffen and other volunteers went to Staten Island to assist St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church on Lincoln Avenue, not far from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk.“The damage out here is devastating; the entire community is devastated,” said Sniffen in a telephone interview. “People are just shoveling stuff out of their houses, the water line is above my head on the side buildings. There’s no power anywhere here, or at least within a few miles.“We are just passing the beach now, and there is a mountain of trash three stories tall.”Sniffen’s team brought a generator and gasoline and diesel fuel to Staten Island and is working with clergy and the parish council to set up a neighborhood relief center.The supplies and donations coming into St. Luke and St. Matthew are being distributed mostly to people in need in Red Hook, a hard-hit Brooklyn neighborhood on the water, the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, and Staten Island. The church is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and will continue to operate through Nov. 17, at which time needs with be reevaluated, Sniffen said.The Diocese of New Jersey has published a custom Google map geographically pinpointing 16 churches serving as resource centers across the state. Users are asked to contact the church in their area if they are in need of food, shelter and clothing, or if they want to help others in need.And in the Diocese of Newark, the Rev. Gregory Jacobs, canon to the ordinary and chief of staff, sent an e-mail to clergy reminding them to be mindful of the needs of their communities and suggesting ways to reach out and keep in touch with those in need.On Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Wall Street will host a benefit concert, donating 100 percent of the funds to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to provide food, water, blankets, baby supplies and other essential items needed by those most affected by the hurricane.— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service.  Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Parishes continue to provide relief to hard-hit communities post-Sandy Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET By Lynette WilsonPosted Nov 7, 2012 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 last_img read more

Zimbabwe Anglicans celebrate return to cathedral after ‘life in exile’

first_img Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC By Bellah ZuluPosted Dec 17, 2012 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Collierville, TN Zimbabwe Anglicans celebrate return to cathedral after ‘life in exile’ Comments (2) 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 Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Martinsville, VA Paul Garrett says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Anglican Communion [Anglican Communion News Service] Thousands of worshippers took part in an historic thanksgiving service in Harare today to celebrate the return of St Mary and All Saints Cathedral and other properties to the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) and Zimbabwe Anglicans.The special service, marked by joyful singing and praise, followed the CPCA’s recent victory in a long running legal battle with excommunicated former bishop Dr. Nolbert Kunonga who broke away from the CPCA in 2007 to form his own church. Kunonga and his supporters seized cars, churches, orphanges and other properties belonging to the CPCA claiming they belonged to him. Recently Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court ruled that he should return all the properties to the Diocese of Harare.Anglican Bishop of Harare, the Rt Revd Chad Gandiya recalled the challenging times that the church went through. He said that, “all those five years we were driven from our churches and went into exile, life was not easy but God was with us. We survived and found grace in exile.”Bp Gandiya was full of joy when he called on Anglicans to help rebuild the diocese. He said, “Come, let us rebuild our diocese. As we journey from the past, pressing on towards the goal together, there is a lot of work to be done in the area of rebuilding our diocese. A lot of our churches and schools and other institutions are in need of renovation after years of neglect.”The Primate of the Province, Archbishop Albert Chama, encouraged all Christians from the Diocese of Harare to continue being a testimony to the works of God. He said, “You are going back to your churches to worship God in dignity as it was intended to be. Be strong as you are a testimony to the rest of the church. Continue and never relent because wherever we are we say we are learning from the church in Zimbabwe.”The head of the worldwide Anglican Communion Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams sent a congratulatory message to the Diocese of Harare. In it he said, “I am absolutely delighted to be able to send my warmest congratulations on this momentous day for the Diocese of Harare, the Church of the Province of Central Africa and the whole of the worldwide Anglican Communion.”He added, “You have faced threats of violence and arrest and yet your faith has not weakened, rather it has grown stronger. I want to commend particularly the leadership of Bishop Chad Gandiya and Bishop Sebastian Bakare before him, as they have embodied authentic Christian servant-hearted leadership. Through all this, your faith has been a beacon of light to the rest of the Anglican Communion.”A young Anglican from the Diocese of Harare Takunda Zvaita could not hide her joy on living to see this day. “This is freedom for us,” she said. “We have learned a lot in exile. There is a vibrant Anglican Church that has been growing because of the exile and we have even improved our praise and worship.”Anglicans in the Diocese of Harare have not been able to worship in their churches ever since their buildings were seized five years ago. Many of them have only been able to worship in open air, under trees and any other areas they could find.The service ended with the official opening of the Cathedral, it’s cleansing and rededication back to God. Similar cleansing services are due to begin Monday in parishes outside Harare Featured Jobs & Calls New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Comments are closed. Rector Washington, DC Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC The Rev. Harriet B. Linville says: December 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm A long, long wait for Anglicans of Zimbabwe. May we all rejoice in this news of new life in Christ. December 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm WOW! What a journey. A light of hope for Zimbabwe. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Africa, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC last_img read more