Bristol prop and try scorer Mako Vunipola ENGLAND U20 secured another superb victory in this season’s 6 Nations campaign, running in eight tries in a 56-8 win against a spirited Scotland side, who themselves touched down once. Rob Hunter’s men now head into next Friday’s match against Ireland in Athlone with a win securing them a clean sweep for the first time since 2008.London Wasps centre Elliot Daly helped himself to a hat-trick while captain and Newcastle Falcons No. 8 Alex Gray scored twice. Wasps wing Christian Wade, Harlequins hooker Rob Buchanan and Bristol Rugby prop Mako Vunipola all touched down once. Leicester Tiger fly half George Ford converted all eight tries, ending the match with 16-points to his name.Elliot Daily secures the first tryEarly pressure from England put Scotland on the back foot and with three minutes gone an expertly executed cross field kick from Ford was caught by Daly as he dived over the try line. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 21 Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints) on for Ben Ransom 70 mins22 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish) on for Andy Short 50 mins NEWBURY, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Elliot Daly of England scores their first try during the 6 Nations Championship match between England Under 20’s and Scotland Under 20’s on March 11, 2011 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images) 13 Elliot Daly (London Wasps)12 Owen Farrell (Saracens)11 Christian Wade (London Wasps)10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers)9 Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)1 Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby)2 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)3 Will Collier (Harlequins)4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)6 Kieran Low (Harlequins)7 Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)8 Alex Gray (C) (Newcastle Falcons)Replacements:16 Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby) on for Rob Buchanan 55 mins17 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) on for Will Collier 50 mins18 Sam Jones (London Wasps) on for Keiran Low 48 mins19 Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers) on for Matt Kvesic 74 mins20 Chris Cook (Bath Rugby) on for Dan Robson 60 mins Minutes later though and Scotland got on the scoreboard themselves; scoring a long distance penalty. The three-points galvanised the Scots but they failed to convert their possession into points and were punished by England. Worcester Warrior wing Andy Short broke free from midfield and floated a lovely ball over to Wade who turned on the gas and touched down.England extended their lead shortly after when Ford and Daly once again combined to devastating effect. A chip through from Ford was touched down by the Wasps man, his sixth try in three Six Nations games.England’s scrum looked strong throughout, and soon after the third match official had deemed Rob Buchanan to have been held up over the try line, the pack pushed Scotland back and Gray picked up and touched down.At 28-3 down Scotland began to fight back, heading over the whitewash for themselves soon after Gray’s try. Prop Robin Hislop barged his way through to touch down, the conversion was missed to keep the score 28-8 with 25 on the clock.Buchanan then made up for his disallowed score by going over just before the break, showing great strength to push over the line and make the score 35-3 at half time.There was an unfortunate stoppage five minutes into the half when England flanker Kieran Low went down with an ankle injury, he was replaced by London Wasps’ Sam Jones, making his first appearance of the campaign. Thankfully Low’s injury was not a broken ankle as first thought.England were reduced to 14 with 53 on the clock when Matt Kvesic was penalised for not releasing, but Scotland were unable to capitalise as England kept possession and turned the pressure into points when prop Mako Vunipola went over for his first try of this season’s 6 Nations.England’s scrum again asserted its authority with ten minutes left, a strong push towards the Scottish try line opened things up for Gray to touch down for his second try of the game and his fourth of the tournament.With five minutes left to play, Daly completed his hat-trick. Harlequins lock Charlie Matthews stormed forward, before offloading to Saracens’ centre Owen Farrell who passed the ball along the line before Daly went over in the corner to round off the scoring.Head Coach Rob Hunter Coach Rob Hunter said: “We’re very happy with the performance, to be four from four is exactly what we wanted. We lost our rhythm at times, but it can be hard for these young lads to keep such a high pressure and intensity up for 80 minutes. Scotland were well organised, as you would expect – their line-out was good, and they deserve credit. We’ll enjoy the win for a short while and then focus solely on next week.”“It’s great to have such a depth of talent to choose from. Owen [Farrell] has come in and he’s done very well, as a coach it’s important to have a good level of competition for places. Selection is getting very interesting at the moment, but that’s the way it should be. We’ll prepare for the Ireland game next week in the same way we do for all of our games – the ‘G’ word is still banned!”Owen Farrell added: “I’m really pleased to get my first appearance under my belt at U20 level – I’ve been dying to get out there playing and to do it against Scotland and to get the win just makes it all the more special. It doesn’t matter to me what position I’m playing, it just means so much to wear the shirt and to do as well as I can for my country and for the lads.”“It’s great to be playing with such talented young players. To have Fordy [George Ford] at No. 10 is great – he’s always talking and letting you know what’s what and that’s great. He’s a real thinker and is always one step ahead of everyone else, and then you’ve got Elliot Daly on the other side who can beat players at will, it’s a great combination. I’m available to play against Ireland next week so hopefully I’ve done enough to stay involved in some capacity – but I’ll have to wait and see.”Elliot Daly said: “I’ve been getting on the end of a few tries recently [seven in three 6 Nations games] but it really is all down to my teammates. I think I only ran the minimum amount of yardage for my three against Scotland, and that’s all down to the hard work of the players around me. Scotland caused us a few problems, they held possession for long periods, but we held our shape and kept them at bay.”“We’ll be looking at Ireland in the same way as any other, we know what we can achieve but you put that to the back of your mind and concentrate on the task in hand. It’s just another game and if we win that then the rewards will come afterwards. I’ve not played over in Athlone before so I’m just really looking forward to the whole thing.”England U20 team v Scotland:15 Ben Ransom (Saracens)14 Andy Short (Worcester Warriors)
WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JUNE 11: Ben Ainslie of Great Britain celebrates with his gold medal in the Finn class medal race on day six of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at the Wemouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on June 11, 2011 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) “It’s not every day you get to train with a world class athlete so today has been a very special experience for me and the lads. As an Olympic athlete Ben keeps himself very fit, so we weren’t the least bit surprised with how well he coped with the conditioning training and some of the gym work. He’s a very impressive man and a fine athlete. It was great to get a few stories out of him about his Olympic experiences and how he prepares both physically and mentally ahead of competition. The lads in the sevens squad will certainly take a lot out of today as we prepare for the J.P. Morgan sevens in July.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ben Ainslie winning a Gold medal during the 2011 RegattaTriple Olympic gold and silver medallist, Ben Ainslie CBE, joined Premiership Rugby Club Harlequins for a pre-season training session today. The sailor was at the club’s training base at Surrey Sports Park to compare fitness programs and to see how the club’s sevens squad are preparing themselves for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series 2011 which kicks off on Friday 15 July at The Recreation Ground in Bath.Ainslie, who is focusing on his fitness training in his bid to compete at the London Olympic Games in 2012, joined England sevens player Ollie Lindsay-Hague and the rest of the club’s sevens squad for an intensive, four hour training session. The training included a conditioning session, aimed at the athlete’s aerobic fitness, followed by a session in the Sports Park’s science unit to test Ainslie’s vision and decision making ability. After a short break the training continued with some strength work in the gym and a series of ball handling drills on the club’s practices pitches.Ainslie, a keen rugby fan, who recently won gold in the Finn class at this year’s Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, qualifying him for the Olympic Test in August, commented:“Today was physically very challenging but hugely enjoyable. Since Team Origin closed down in November last year I’ve been working every day for the last seven months to get my fitness levels as high as possible. I’m pretty happy with where I am but there’s always room for improvement, one of the key areas for me is body weight as I have to bulk up an extra 10 kilos of muscle to compete in the Finn, so being with the Quins sevens squad today and seeing how they train during pre-season has been an invaluable experience. I’ve definitely learnt a few new things which I’m going to include in my current fitness regime going forward. It’s always good to meet new people too and I’m looking forward to seeing Ollie and the rest of the boys compete in the J.P. Morgan Sevens later in the summer.”Harlequins Assistant Academy Manager and sevens coach, Howard Graham, said: “Having Britain’s most decorated Olympic sailor attend one of our training sessions is a huge boost for the squad and has given our sevens players a real lift as they prepare for the J.P. Morgan Sevens. As expected, Ben worked really hard and took to the conditioning and fitness sessions like a duck to water. He’s clearly very focussed on getting himself in the best possible shape to defend his Olympic title.”Harlequins winger and England sevens player, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, commented:
The booty: Jamie Heaslip gives his boots to Shane Pedlow after the match. (Photo: Inpho)Great No 8 Jamie Heaslip was the Man of the Match as Leinster defeated Ulster 30-18 in Friday’s Guinness Pro12 semi-final in Dublin. He powered over in the left-hand corner eight minutes into the second half to score a crucial try which put paid to a brave Ulster comeback. They had recovered from 13-0 down to 13-11 but once Heaslip had claimed his five points, Ulster didn’t get close again.The Leinster No 8 had a busy game, with 13 carries and 14 tackles and capped it off by making a young fan’s night as he gave his boots to Shane Pedlow after the game.Plaudits also go to Heaslip’s team-mate in the No 13 jersey, Garry Ringrose, who created that vital try by changing the direction of the Leinster attack inside the Ulster 22 and finding the defence on the left was too stretched to cope. It was an excellent bit of vision from a young player who has had a great season.And there was a moment of brilliance from Dave Kearney earlier in the game when he jumped out of the way as Eoin Reddan fired a pass out to Isa Nacewa, who went over for Leinster’s first try. Kearney knew Nacewa was best placed to sprint over the line and his brisk evasive action made it possible. But perhaps the most eye-catching individual performance in a superb team effort came from wing Jack Nowell, who seemed to be everywhere.He set up Exeter’s first try for Ian Whitten by racing onto a short pass from a lineout, breaking the first line of defence and then offloading superbly out of a tackle by Joe Launchbury to find Whitten, who did very well to make the last ten metres to the line under all sorts of pressure.A strong carry by Nowell put Exeter on the front foot in the build-up to a second-half try by the excellent Dave Ewers, which put the Chiefs 27-17 ahead, and late in the game he stripped the ball from James Haskell in a tackle to set up another Exeter attack.Nowell made 12 carries, beat three defenders and covered 81 metres with the ball in hand in the kind of busy and effective performance which has so impressed England coach Eddie Jones. Wyles wings in: Chris Wyles on the way to score against Leicester. (Photo: Getty Images)Supreme SarriesSaracens put Leicester Tigers to the sword in their Aviva Premiership semi-final, beating them 44-17 with try doubles from Chris Ashton and Chris Wyles and one for Will Fraser.Schalk Brits is a Saint for the work he did to set up the first try. The hooker received the ball on the 22, outfoxed a couple of Tigers with some lovely footwork then, with a double tackle coming in, he offloaded round the side of one tackler and found George Kruis, who put Fraser through to make the last few metres.Wyles swooped on a poor grubber kick from Leicester No 10 Owen Williams to score the second try and the American added another just before half time when he intercepted a pass from Ben Youngs and raced down the wing from his own half to take Saracens into the break 31-0 up.Ashton’s first try came in the 26th minute and was a fine finish under pressure from Telusa Veainu, and his second was created when Maro Itoje of all people fly-hacked the ball from halfway and Ashton chased through and took advantage when Leicester failed to tidy it up.Billy Vunipola had a massive match for Saracens, carrying ten times to make 58 metres and beating five defenders. Oh no Owen: Leicester’s Williams gifted Saracens a try. (Photo: Getty Images)Two gifts, two triesThe Leicester half-backs gave away a pair of tries during the first half of their semi-final at Saracens and helped the hosts take a 31-0 half-time lead.First, fly-half Owen Williams put a grubber kick in the direction of Telusa Veainu but there wasn’t enough power behind it and Chris Wyles picked it up and raced in for a try. Dreams came true and hearts were broken in the semi-finals in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12, and a new set of heroes were made at the London Sevens too. Lack of careExeter scrum-half Will Chudley was careless with his feet just before the half-hour mark in the semi-final, accidently kicking Wasps lock Joe Launchbury in the head. The No 9 had been driven back off a ruck and tried to put his foot back through into the middle of the ruck to kick the ball, but on the way he made contact with the prone Launchbury. It was unintentional, and he was cleared of any wrong-doing after being cited, as the panel said his knee had deflected off the thigh of Matt Mullan, but Chudley should have taken more care where he was putting his boot. The SaintsGone in 30 secondsDougie Fife and the Scotland Sevens squad are up among the all-time ultimate Saints this week after a truly astonishing performance at the London Sevens. In their very first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Cup final they trailed South Africa 26-15 with 30 seconds to go. Six seconds later Fife was dotting the ball down over the line and a quick conversion made it 26-22 with just time for the restart. Scotland immediately went on the attack again and somehow put Fife over the line for the winning try, stealing the game 27-26 from under the noses of the hot favourites.It was THE most unbelievable finish to a Sevens final imaginable. Coach Calum Macrae and all his squad deserve huge congratulations, especially as they had to come from 17-7 down to beat reigning London champions USA in the semi-final.Earlier in the final the Scotland side had put their own, unique print on the match by scoring a try from a driving maul after a lineout. Scott Wight touched that one down, while Jamie Farndale scored Scotland’s first try in the final and James Fleming powered over the line with Cecil Afrika and Seabelo Senatla hanging off him in the second half.Scotland also provided a brilliant comedy moment during the final, when Farndale lifted Hugh Blake to receive a re-start kick and Blake toppled backwards over his head, completing a perfect flip to land on his feet with the ball still in his hands. Quality! Just before the break scrum-half Ben Youngs threw out a pass in the direction of his right wing but Wyles was on hand to intercept and win the footrace for the line.Williams made amends to an extent early in the second half when his break created a try for Veainu, enabling Leicester to register their first points, but Saracens were already too far ahead. The SinnersBare necessity Ashley Johnson gave everyone at Sandy Park and the TV audience more to look at than they would have liked just before the end of the Aviva Premiership semi-final by pulling down the shorts of Exeter openside Julian Salvi as they drove a maul towards the Wasps line.The bare bottom was exposed for a good few seconds and the TV director was reluctant to cut away and save his modesty as a try looked to be in the offing. Please take a bit more care when you are binding next time, Ashley! Match-winner: Bundee Aki is surrounded by adoring fans at the Sportsground. (Photo: Inpho)Second-class citizens now first class contenders Connacht, the team which was almost disbanded by the Irish Rugby Football Union a handful of years ago, are in their first Guinness Pro12 final thanks to a hard-fought 16-11 win over reigning champions Glasgow Warriors in the semi-final.For so many years the poor relation of Irish professional rugby, Connacht’s fortunes have been transformed by boss Pat Lam, they have strengthened their squad by adding talent from around the world to their local heroes and now they have a shot at the big prize.The star turn in their semi-final win was a player who has terrified defences all season – Bundee Aki. His delicate chip out to the right wing 35 minutes into the semi-final bounced up perfectly for Niyi Adeolokun to take and the Nigerian wing raced round under the posts for a try which AJ MacGinty converted to give Connacht a 10-3 half-time lead. New Zealander Aki has scored six tries in his 22 appearances so far this season, but created many more. He is also a strong defender and was named Guinness Pro12 Players’ Player of the Season. No doubt he will be a key figure in Saturday’s final against Leinster. Unstoppable force: Leone Nakarawa takes it to Connacht. (Photo: Inpho)Signing off in style Glasgow Warriors will be so, so sorry to see the back of Leone Nakarawa, their extraordinary lock who is now on his way to Racing 92 after three terrific seasons at Scotstoun. The big Fijian’s athleticism and skills have made him a key figure for the Warriors and he signed off in Saturday’s Pro12 semi-final loss to Connacht by scoring one last try. He took a short pass from Henry Pyrgos and rode a high tackle from AJ MacGinty, then reached down with his telescopic arms to touch down a try which brought Glasgow back from 10-3 down to 10-8.Nakarawa exhibited his trademark outrageous offloads in the second half but Glasgow couldn’t overhaul Connacht and so were unable to hang on to this incredibly talented lock for one more week. TAGS: Highlight Kicking themselves? Gopperth kicks a conversion, but what about those penalties? (Photo: Getty)Chances not taken Wasps missed out on a first Premiership final appearance since 2008 when they lost 35-23 to Exeter in Saturday’s semi-final. A late penalty try made the Chiefs’ margin of victory more comfortable as Wasps only trailed 27-23 from the 67th minute onwards and perhaps it might have been even closer if Wasps had gone for goal with a kickable penalty a little earlier.They were awarded the penalty just inside the Exeter half in the 63rd minute when they trailed 27-20 but Jimmy Gopperth kicked it to the corner, when it was within range for the mighty boot of Elliot Daly. A minute later they did exactly the same thing and neither effort led to the try they were hoping for. Whether it was Gopperth’s decision or skipper James Haskell’s I do not know, but the perceived wisdom in those situations is to take the points and Wasps didn’t do that. Chief on the charge: Jack Nowell had a terrific game v Wasps. (Photo: Getty Images)All right Jack Exeter’s pack powered their way to a 35-23 Aviva Premiership semi-final win over Wasps, forcing two penalty tries from the Wasps eight and carrying the ball strongly. 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A year to forget: London Irish fell through the Premiership trapdoor last season (Pic: Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Opening Premiership fixturesFri 2 Sept: Gloucester v Leicester (7.45pm), Newcastle v Sale (8pm). Sat 3 Sept: Saracens v Worcester (2pm), Harlequins v Bristol (4.30pm, both Twickenham), Northampton v Bath (3.30pm). Sun 4 Sept: Wasps v Exeter (3pm).For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Falling short: London Welsh had two stabs at Premiership rugby, being relegated in 2013 and 2015The last time Bristol rose to the Premiership was in 2006 and in their first year back they finished 11th, with seven losing bonus points (unsurpassed in the division) to go with their eight wins. They were to stay four years.Promoted clubs have been pretty good down the years at scrapping their way to narrow defeats (or wins) but startlingly deficient at bagging bonus points for scoring four tries in a match. Indeed, in the 15 seasons when bonus points have been on offer – the Premiership remained unchanged in 2002-03 because Rotherham failed to fulfil entry criteria – promoted clubs have managed just 17 try-bonus points between them. Even Exeter couldn’t manage one in their stunning debut campaign six years ago.In their very first Premiership campaign as a promoted club (1999-2000), Bristol finished a heady sixth, 31 points clear of relegated Bedford. Had the bonus-point system existed then they would have chalked up 44 points, a tally bettered among promoted clubs only by Northampton (2008-09) and Harlequins (2006-07), established heavyweights who used shock relegation as a platform for becoming English champions.Can’t catch me: Agustín Pichot was part of the promoted Bristol side that made a mark in 1999-2000Richmond, too (1997-98), who stole a march on most clubs at the start of the pro era, outperformed that 2000 Bristol side of Ryan and Archer, Pichot and Honiball, when bonus points are factored in, but that’s it, no one else has done it so well.Is it relevant? Only in the sense that Bristol fans will not expect their club to be cowed by being back in the big time. They will expect Ashton Gate to be a fortress and to stay up with something to spare, and that confidence may give the squad – which contains 13 born-and-bred Bristolians – an extra nudge when things get tight.Director of rugby Andy Robinson recently signed a new deal to stay at Bristol until 2019 and chairman Chris Booy’s stated ambition is European qualification and play-off participation.All set: Andy Robinson looks in fine spirits at Bristol’s photocall for the new season (Pic: Getty)Robinson is realistic. “I think there’s quite a big gap between the Premiership and Championship and it’s how quickly we can close the gap,” he says. “A number of our players have never played in the Premiership and they’re going to have to grow up very quickly.”So who will it be for the drop? Hogg’s Warriors, Deano’s Falcons or Robbo’s reborn Bris? Rugby taking a shine to surprises these past 12 months, perhaps it will be none of them. The play-off system dilutes the significance of finishing positions at the top end of the Aviva Premiership, but at the bottom it’s quite the opposite – 12th and last spot is a dreaded fate.And this year the bookmakers see it as a three-way relegation battle, with Betway predicting Worcester (10-11) to ultimately lose out against Bristol (6-4) and Newcastle (100-30) in the season that kicks off this weekend with Friday night games at Kingsholm and Kingston Park.The logic is understandable because Dean Ryan, who steered the Warriors to tenth place last season, 15 points clear of relegated London Irish, departed unexpectedly in mid-summer for the RFU and no one knows if he will leave a void. Carl Hogg, now the main man at Sixways, has coached in the Premiership for more than a decade, including six years as a head coach at Worcester and Gloucester, so experience is not an issue.Chief Warrior: Carl Hogg (front) has picked up the mantle after Dean Ryan’s exit (Pic: Getty Images)Worcester’s ability to adapt to a new artificial pitch is another unknown dynamic, and, perhaps to their detriment, they entertain Newcastle – who have an artificial pitch of their own – as early as round five.Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards has spoken about “nailing those small margins” after several narrow defeats (and 11th place) last season and their pre-season form has been encouraging, with wins against Edinburgh (26-21), Doncaster (34-12) and Nottingham (50-12) building momentum ahead of their opener against Sale Sharks. But Worcester, too, can point to matches they contrived to lose from strong positions, so it could be difficult to separate the two clubs again.Bristol are in a different boat, returning to the Premiership after a seven-year period in which they have been accustomed to winning a high percentage of matches but stumbling at the last.Conventional wisdom is that the gap between Premiership and Championship is vast and that the promoted club is handicapped by the lateness of the Championship play-off final, because all the best players have been snapped up by then.So instant relegation for Bristol? It’s not that simple. Only three clubs, London Welsh, Leeds and Rotherham, have dropped straight back down (each on two occasions) and none had the support base or quality of infrastructure enjoyed by Bristol.The yo-yo days haven’t existed since the Leeds-Rotherham era in the early part of the century, with only London Welsh failing to make the transition successfully in the past eight seasons. So although promoted clubs almost invariably struggle (see bar chart above), the key point is that they tend to survive and have a launch pad for bigger things. The goal for all is to ‘do an Exeter’. Promoted clubs have a mountain to climb in England’s top flight but they usually succeed, giving heart to Premiership returnees Bristol. Alan Pearey reports
Dublin delight: Elliot Daly, right, celebrates his try against Ireland with Jack Nowell (Getty Images) Daly almost recreated this scenario later on in the match, with a final, lightning-fast shift of the ball freeing up Nowell to take a run at the right-hand corner. On this occasion, Nowell would be shepherded into touch by Ireland’s covering defence, but on another day, Daly provides the final influence on three tries and not two.Turning our attention to the versatile Nowell, we witnessed exactly what Jones was alluding to early last week when he declared the Exeter Chiefs winger could pack down at openside for England.In Dublin, Nowell offered his presence as an additional, dynamic carrying option in midfield. Popping up on Ben Youngs’s shoulder and lending his weight to the forwards’ short-range assault prior to Mako Vunipola’s eventually disallowed score, the 25-year-old affords England an extra edge when the going gets tough and an extra sprinkle of grunt is required.Space invader: Jack Nowell tries to get past Johnny Sexton (Getty Images)His influence is not limited to his physical and tenacious efforts on the gain-line. He may have featured at outside-centre and wing for England, but Nowell first graced Premiership fields as a budding young full-back and rumour has it, Jones has requested Exeter to hand him time in the No 15 jersey at club level.With Daly’s improved attacking threat from the backfield, Jones would be foolish to fail to prepare for a monumental change to his side’s attacking dynamic should Daly succumb to injury. This is where Nowell comes into play. With this supposed request for game time at full-back whilst on club duty, a path seems to have been established between Nowell and the white No 15 jersey.Furthermore, Nowell’s ability to understand the role of a full-back also offers Daly vital support in the backfield, with the soon-to-be Saracens man still adapting to life at 15 at the highest level. How Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly have transformed England’s attacking shape England’s Six Nations victory in Dublin last Saturday has reaffirmed their place as genuine World Cup contenders. The result backed up impressive autumn performances, presenting this much-changed England as an almost unrecognisable team to the one that finished fifth in last year’s Six Nations campaign 11 months ago.Alongside the introduction of gain-line dynamism through the likes of Kyle Sinckler, Manu Tuilagi and the Vunipola brothers, and breakdown specialists Mark Wilson and Tom Curry, the national side’s lagging attacking game has also taken a giant leap in terms of its structure this year.Take and give: Elliot Daly sets up Jonny May’s try in Dublin (Getty Images)Much talk has surrounded the telling influence of a fit-again Tuilagi in midfield, and rightly so, but the roles of Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly were proven to be equally as influential in Dublin last weekend.The Owen Farrell-Tuilagi-Henry Slade axis in midfield supplies an exceptional structure for England’s outside backs to work off, seeing Eddie Jones’s decision to install Daly to the white No 15 jersey vindicated after widespread criticism. The British & Irish Lion’s nimble footwork, fast hands and a left boot that consists of equal parts scalpel and cannon bring a fresh new dimension to England’s offensive offerings.Some may have considered Daly fortunate to nab a try last weekend after Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale fumbled the ball over the line, but the keener-eyed onlooker will have witnessed the work done by Daly & Co to pull last year’s top try-scorer up in the defensive line and expose the space for the grubber Stockdale would eventually fumble whilst under the pressure of a chasing Nowell.You make your own luck and while England’s midfield proved adept at creating such moments, Daly proved his doubters wrong with his ability to capitalise in a fashion his predecessors couldn’t or wouldn’t have.Daly’s skills were also on show 28 minutes prior to his score on the half-hour mark. First came Tuilagi’s distracting presence, second came Farrell’s laserlike pass and third came Daly’s measured ‘draw and pass’ to send Jonny May free down the left-hand touchline to shock the home side with a try within two minutes.It sounds simple, but Daly’s role as a final distributor/decision-maker in the wider channels, one place inside his wingers, will mean the difference between disappointment and jubilation within an opponent’s 22 – a serious area of frustration for English fans over the years. While Jones’s side cannot boast to hold one of the most deadly attacking games on the international stage, England’s offensive offerings have taken a huge leap forward and, when paired with Saturday’s monstrous showing upfront, make them World Cup contenders in Japan.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 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The 1948 Ireland team – with Kyle seated on the ground, right – that made Grand Slam history (Inpho)Kyle was the first home unions player to pass 50 Test appearances – 46 for his country, and six Lions Tests on the 1950 Lions tour of New Zealand and Australia, where critics described him as “the genius of the side”.He could control a game with tactical kicking and had uncanny positional sense, invariably popping up at unexpected moments in defence to cover dangerous situations. Tackling, perhaps, was not his strong point, but then few fly-halves of his generation were renowned for that aspect of their game.A doctor who spent most of his post-rugby life working abroad, including more than 30 years in Zambia, Kyle was a true gentleman.Cliff Morgan recalled a kindly hand on his shoulder as he filed onto the field on his Welsh debut in 1951. It was Jack. “Have a great game, Cliffie,” his opponent said. And requests from youngsters for autographs were graciously acknowledged, neatly signed “with best wishes” by the great man. They don’t make them like that any more.Rugby royalty: Kyle with Brian O’Driscoll in 2009. You couldn’t conceive of two better Irish players (Inpho)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. Rugby’s Greatest: Jack KyleMajor teams: Queen’s University, North of Ireland FC, Belfast Country: IrelandTest span: 1947-58Ireland caps: 46 (46 starts)Lions caps: 6 (6 starts)Test points: 30 (9T, 1DG)Out-half Jack Kyle was rugby’s ‘greatest’, one who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee long before Muhammad Ali copyrighted the phrase. He floated past tacklers with a deceptive change of pace and stung defences with teasing tactical kicks.So lasting was his impact that, 40 years after his retirement, he was named Ireland’s greatest player in a poll conducted by their pressmen.The basic skills were learnt at Belfast Royal Academy before Kyle emerged as a promising talent during his years as a medic at Queen’s University, Belfast. His blistering speed off the mark fired Ireland to three Five Nations titles – including two Triple Crowns and a Grand Slam – in the early post-war seasons when he was the tournament’s outstanding player.The deceptive acceleration he attributed to his training methods. “I practised being fast over 25 yards,” he said, “and always carried the ball in training.” TAGS: The Greatest Players In the pantheon of Irish legends, Ulsterman Jack Kyle arguably sits at the very top. The fly-half behind the nation’s first-ever Grand Slam possessed mesmeric qualities Legend: Jack Kyle receives a standing ovation at Ravenhill in 2014, six months before his passing (Inpho) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Narrow Affair: The last time the two sides played in the Pro14, they drew 17-17 in January 2019 (Getty Images) Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from the UKUlster v Benetton, which kicks off at 8.15pm tonight, will be shown live on Premier Sports 1 in the UK.Premier Sports show every Guinness Pro14 match live in the UK. If you have a Sky or Virgin Media contract, you can add Premier Sports to your package from £9.99 a month.Or subscribe to Premier Player so you can stream matches online from £9.99 a month or £99 for 12 months, which would include the 2020-21 Pro14 season too. That starts on 3 October.See Premier Sports offersIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when there’s a particular match you want to watch, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Italy or Switzerland, you can watch Ulster v Benetton (9.15pm kick-off) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN. It’s compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from CanadaDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to see Ulster v Benetton in Canada. It will kick off at 3.15pm EST and 12.15pm on the West Coast.Find out more about DAZN here Check out ExpressVPN LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing. Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from anywhereLast season’s Guinness Pro14 may not have ended how Ulster and Dan McFarland would have wanted after tasting defeat against Leinster in the Final, but they quickly get to turn their attention to next season with it starting almost immediately after that result.Their opening opponents are Benetton, who will feel confident they can upset the hosts after winning their last two Guinness Pro14 away games.New season, new possibilities, new hope – all of these things could mean we get an exciting affair on Friday night.Ulster: Jacob Stockdale, Craig Gilroy, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Rob Lyttle, Michael Lowry, John Cooney, Jack McGrath, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Iain Henderson (captain), Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Marcell Coetzee.Replacements: Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan, Gareth Milasinovich, David O’Connor, David McCann, Alby Mathewson, Bill Johnston, Louis Ludik.Benetton: Jayden Hayward, Ratuva Tavuyara, Ignacio Brex, Marco Zanon, Monty Ioane, Paolo Garbisi, Dewaldt Duvenage (captain), Cherif Traore, Hame Faiva, Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri, Abraham Steyn, Toa HalafihiReplacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Nicola Quaglio, Simone Ferrari, Niccolò Cannone, Eli Snyman, Giovanni Pettinelli, Callum Braley, Edoardo Padovani.If you want to watch this second Guinness Pro14 semi-final wherever you are, we explain how to find a reliable live stream for Ulster v Benetton.How to watch Ulster v Benetton from outside your countryIf you’re abroad but still want to watch your local Pro14 coverage, like Ulster v Benetton this Saturday, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free. Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to Ulster v Benetton from New Zealand, the match kicks off at 7.15am on Saturday morning on Sky Sport NZ 2.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer Here are all the television and streaming details for this Guinness Pro14 rugby match. 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.
Palestine Israel Network says ‘bishops fail to act’ Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Posted Jul 12, 2012 Rector Albany, NY Middle East Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments (1) Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Jobs & Calls Advocacy Peace & Justice, The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Press Release Service Comments are closed. 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC July 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm Thw Anglican Communion should, in clear, plain, unequivocal language, NOT be supporting ANY organizations or corporations that foster the continuation of the Occupation! Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR [Palestine Israel Network] The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops decided to table resolution C060 on corporate engagement on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, leaving in place the present policy on corporate engagement the Executive Council enacted in 2005. The resolution was an amended version of one sent to Convention by 10 dioceses.“It’s disappointing the bishops could not muster a clear witness for justice,” said Cotton Fite, convener of the Palestine Israel Network (PIN) of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. “But at least they did not move to change the policy.” That policy, which was comfortably affirmed by the House of Deputies, is to apply economic pressure on corporations that contribute to the infrastructure of the Occupation.In an earlier development, the National and International Concerns legislative committee removed language in resolution B010 that would have rejected boycotts, divestment and sanctions. Conversely the House of Deputies also declined an amendment offered by a deputy that would have begun a divestment process.The effect of continuing policy on corporate engagement was accompanied by a second resolution B019 that called for “positive investment” intended to build an economic infrastructure for a future Palestinian state, for education of the Church’s members and for the development of a bibliography of resources to assist the Church in understanding the conflict.Responding to B019 Grace Said, a member of PIN, said, “I am disappointed that the resolution did not mention justice or the Occupation, instead focusing on humanitarian and interfaith activities to explain away the oppressive situation of our Palestinian sisters and brothers.” Speaking as a Palestinian Anglican Said added, “despite the misguided policy of the Church, Palestinians remain steadfast in their desire to seek freedom, equality and justice.”Five deputies also attached a minority report, lamenting that the use of Kairos Palestine (a statement from Palestinian Christians issued in 2009) and Steadfast Hope (a resource on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict) were dropped from C060.“Our Church can now inch forward on its long-time advocacy of 33 years to promote justice for the Palestinian people,” said PIN member Donna Hicks. “We have had a policy on corporate engagement for the past seven years. There’s a lot of work to do on this and we need to hold the Church’s feet to the fire to see that it’s done.”The Executive Council filed a shareholder resolution this past year with ITT for it to amend its human rights policies that affect how it does business in Israel. The Episcopal Church was the first major denomination to file a shareholder resolution on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in 1994. That resolution called on Motorola “to establish a policy to prohibit the sale of products or services to any settlement, including persons living in those settlements, located in the Occupied Territories.”“We expect to see a robust effort by Executive Council’s committee on Corporate Social Responsibility in the wake of this Convention,” said Newland Smith, deputy from Chicago. ”The Episcopal Church has such a strong record of advocacy aimed at ending the Occupation while promoting justice for the people of both Palestine and Israel. The continuance of corporate engagement is the best result we have from this Convention.”“Today was a mixed bag for grassroots Episcopalians who want to see their Church make a bold witness to address the injustice of the Occupation,” concluded Fite. ”But there’s a lot of good news and we will continue to press our House of Bishops to exercise prophetic leadership. And we will move forward, with or without them. We know we have individual bishops that are standing with us and that’s heartening.” Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Israel-Palestine, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA John McCann says:
Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Por Sharon SheridanPosted Sep 17, 2012 Rector Smithfield, NC El programa Bendiciones en una Mochila incluye a feligreses de todas las edades en la iglesia del Buen Pastor [Good Shepherd] en Lexington, Kentucky. Aquí pueden verse, de izquierda a derecha, a Kathy Gross, Ken Miller y Karen Furlow en la tarea de preparar paquetes de alimento para entregarlos en una escuela primaria de la localidad. Foto de Joyce Roth.[Episcopal News Service]Cuando la cocina comunitaria se mudó de la iglesia episcopal del Calvario [Calvary Episcopal Church] en Ashland, Kentucky, luego de 30 años de servicio, los feligreses se preguntaron a que tarea se iban a dedicar. “No tenemos ni idea de lo que debe hacerse para ayudar a nuestros prójimos necesitados. Tratemos de encontrar algo para reemplazar esto”, dijo el Rdo. Ron Pogue cuando llegó como rector interino en febrero pasado.Pogue sugirió que el Calvario se vinculara al programa Bendiciones en una Mochila, con sede en Louisville, que proporciona paquetes de alimentos los fines de semana durante el curso escolar a niños que reciben almuerzos gratis o a precios reducidos. “Dije, ‘veamos si podemos alimentar a 100 niños’”.“Había unos cuantos escépticos”, cuenta él.Pero siete meses después, los miembros del Calvario se han comprometido a alimentar a 112 niños de la Escuela Primaria “Crabbe” —donde el 94 por ciento de los estudiantes tiene derecho a almuerzos gratis o a precios reducidos— a un costo de $80 por niño al año. Ellos se dedicaron a comprar, renvasar y entregar los alimentos que no fuesen de fácil deterioro tan pronto como la escuela identifica a quienes han de recibirlos. Y esperan promesas y subvenciones adicionales que les permitirán alimentar aun a más niños, dijo Jeannie Broughton, que coordina el programa con la diácona Diane Zwick.A través de varios programas “mochila”, algunas iglesias episcopales como la del Calvario están proporcionándoles alimentos a escolares necesitados que de otro modo podrían quedarse hambrientos los fines de semana. Más de 18 millones de niños están en situación de recibir comidas gratuitas o a precios reducidos gracias al Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar, según Alimentar a América [Feeding America], pero eso sólo le da de comer a los niños los días de clases. A través del programa Mochila de Alimentar a América, cerca de 230.000 niños reciben bolsas de comida para los fines de semana que se colectan en más de 150 bancos de alimentos locales.En la iglesia episcopal de la Trinidad [Trinity Episcopal Church] en Lawrence, Kansas, donde Pogue había servido antes como rector interino, los feligreses alimentaron el año pasado a 180 estudiantes por semana en ocho diferentes escuelas, y esperan añadir una novena escuela este año a través del programa Merienda de Mochila [BackSnack] de la Red Recolectores de Alimento Comunitario [Harvesters Community Food Network] dijo su co-coordinador Greg Hazen.Cada dos semanas, los recolectores de Kansas City le entregan a la iglesia algunas carretillas de alimentos gratuitos. Unos 30 feligreses empacan los alimentos en bolsas plásticas —añadiéndoles usualmente algunas frutas frescas que hayan donado— y las entregan semanalmente a las escuelas que participan.La [iglesia de] la Trinidad cobró conciencia del programa y se involucró en él gracias a la hermana de Hazen, Jeanne Fridell, directora de una escuela local. Las escuelas individuales escogen qué estudiantes han de recibir la ayuda alimentaria.“Inicialmente elegimos las escuelas que tenían el mayor porcentaje de niños con derecho a un almuerzo gratuito o de costo reducido”, dijo Hazen.Bendiciones en una Mochila, que alimenta a cerca de 62.000 niños en 437 escuelas de 42 estados y tres países, utiliza un modelo diferente. Pogue explicó que Bendiciones [en una Mochila] proporciona menús nutritivos, y los participantes, tales como la iglesia del Calvario se reúnen con tenderos locales que cumplan con los “requisitos de precio” [que permitan] entregar los alimentos a razón de $80 por niño durante 38 semanas. El Calvario llegó a un acuerdo con la Wal-Mart de la localidad, la cual proporcionará los alimentos a un costo de menos de $2,10 por niño y por fin de semana.“El programa nacional Bendiciones en una Mochila cuenta con un nutricionista que se ocupa de crear los menús, de manera que estamos enviando a los hogares, con los niños, alimentos de buena calidad, no basura”.Los feligreses elegirán los artículos que no sean de fácil deterioro, los empacarán en bolsas herméticas (Ziploc) y se las entregarán a las escuelas para que hagan la distribución individual a los estudiantes, dijo Pogue.“Es un programa estupendamente montado que tiene un mínimo de administración y un máximo de ayuda a los niños”, afirmó Zwick, que ha presenciado la necesidad de ayuda alimentaria para los niños en el Centro para el Desarrollo Infantil de Ashland, donde ella es la presidente de la junta de fideicomisarios.“Algunos niños sencillamente no se alimentan en sus casas de la manera en que deberían hacerlo, y se aparecen los lunes por la mañana y quieren cuatro o cinco tazones de cereal”, dijo ella. “Eso también sucede en las escuelas públicas”.Conseguir los alimentos para los niños puede ser más fácil que convencer a la familia de que reciba la ayuda.“El año pasado, recibí una llamada del director de un escuela de que habían sorprendido a un niño robando comida en la cafetería el lunes por la mañana. Y eso ocurrió porque el niño no había comido durante todo el fin de semana”, contó Diane Wilson, administradora parroquial en la iglesia episcopal de San Jorge [St. George’s] en Summerville, Carolina del Sur. A través de su programa Compañeros de Mochila, la iglesia alimentó a 20 niños en dos escuelas el año pasado y espera alimentar a 45 en cinco escuelas este año.Virginia Valentín preside el programa de Bendiciones en una Mochila en la iglesia episcopal El Buen Pastor [The Good Shepherd] en Lexington, Kentucky. El programa se encuentra en su segundo año en la iglesia. Foto de José Roth.“Le envié un correo electrónico a todo el que pude encontrar. Todo el mundo me trajo alimentos”, dijo. Pero tropezaron con un obstáculo. “Es donde interviene el orgullo. Los padres no querían el alimento. No querían la intervención de la escuela”.Ella ve a los niños hambrientos como parte de un problema mayor. “Mi idea es que, si el niño no se está alimentando, eso significa que toda la familia no se alimenta”. El próximo paso de la iglesia, añade, es trabajar con escuelas para crear una despensa “y suministrarle alimentos a toda la familia, no sólo a los niños en sus mochilas”. También han estado discutiendo la apertura de una tienda de artículos de segunda mano.San Jorge financia el programa —que cuesta aproximadamente $240 por niño para 10 meses— gracias a donaciones de los feligreses. “Es totalmente por fe que lo venimos haciendo todos los meses”, apunta ella. “Estamos sencillamente agradecidos de que podamos conseguirles la comida”.Además de ayudar a niños hambrientos, los programas de mochila le ofrecen a los miembros de la iglesia un medio de participar en las tareas de acción social y en la creación [de una conciencia] comunitaria.“Nos iniciamos en este ministerio el año pasado, y un gran número de nuestra gente participa cada semana ayudando a llenar 60 mochilas para niños”, dijo el Rdo. Brian Cole, rector de la iglesia episcopal El Buen Pastor, una de las que forma parte de Bendiciones en una Mochila en Lexington, Kentucky. “Es algo muy práctico, un activo programa asistencial de alimentos y de buscar alimentos para niños necesitados… Termina por reunir a todas nuestras generaciones aquí”.Para Broughton, el imperativo evangélico para tales ministerios es obvio. “Nos han sido dadas instrucciones muy claras de que debemos salir… y hacer como Jesús habría hecho y cuidar de los demás”, apuntó. “Nuestra fe no es muy substancial si la mantenemos dentro de cuatro paredes”.– Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de ENS. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET El ministerio de la mochila mantiene alimentados a los niños para que puedan aprender Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN 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
Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Tags Comments are closed. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm The problems of the Episcopal Church are not structural or organizational. The problems of the Episcopal Church are theological. Instead of acting as a prophetic voice calling the society to repent and turn to Christ, the Episcopal Church has surrendered to the values of our secular society. By rejecting almost 2,000 years of Christian teaching on morality and other issues, the Episcopal Church has become irrelevant because it is indistinguishable from the secular society because it really does not stand for anything except whatever the latest shift in secular values. Why remain in or join a Church that has no standards of doctrine or morality? Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI August 24, 2013 at 11:53 pm What about the latest news where the federal court dismissed the lawsuit brought by the TEC plaed bishop von Rosenberg? What a waste of money! When is TEc going to stop wasting past saints money on frivolous lawsuits meant to harass? Very evil. Not quite the radical love that Christ would expect from His “prophets” and “prophetesses”. Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY Structure, July 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm A few thoughts:1) Wouldn’t it make more sense to let dioceses define their needs and concerns first, identify those things which cannot be handled within dioceses to push up to provinces and, if still in need of more support, then address those matters nationally?2) I sense a tendency to make “set” decisions without a fairly limited amount of input – it’s a reasonable approach given our nation’s size and the numerous interested parties within the denomination. I would urge participants to adopt the Quaker Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business model and also consider using the Moravian casting lots among a set of nominees (including a blank/do nothing option) method of choosing leaders and TREC process representatives. I feel sure that our Quaker and Moravian brothers and sisters would be happy to help teach us their methods of discerning God’s will.3) We should also recognize that while we tend to think of the Episcopal Church as comprising Protestants and Catholics, as heirs to the whole Church we also should recognize the lessons we have yet to learn from our Orthodox cousins as well as our great sister faith Judaism – not only in terms of liturgy and theology, but in matters of governance, structure, morals and ethics. I wish all members of TREC great success in their efforts! 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Craig Loya, who acts as co-convener of the group with Katy George.The task force’s most recent meeting was July 12-13. Following the meeting, George and Loya together spoke to ENS about the work of the task force thus far and its plans and hopes for the trajectory of its work in the coming months.“The task force is engaging in a deeply spiritual process where we’re not just trying to run through an exercise in organizational, bureaucratic, structural change but [instead] where we’re really trying to listen to how the Holy Spirit is calling the church in this moment,” said Loya. “Of course, 24 people can’t do that alone; that’s really a church-wide process of listening to the spirit.”And, says George, the group knows there is an Episcopal Church track record of sorts that the task force is going up against.“There have been attempts to make improvements to church-wide structures and governance in the past and there are probably more examples of things that have been voted down or haven’t had the impact that people had hoped for, than of great successes,” she said.Loya suggested those results came because “we as church have never tried to articulate a broad vision for what the church-wide organization is supposed to do to advance the mission and ministry of the church in a really specific, really intentional kind of way.(A summary of earlier efforts is here in section IV of the task force’s “Interim Report of TEC Structure for Dummies Committee.”)Thus, the task force aims to cast a vision for what the church-wide organization should do and, therefore, be, and propose a holistic way to get there. The proposals, George and Loya said, will be guided by a set of principles that the task force intends to field-test with the wider church.George is an economist who runs the New Jersey office of global management consultant McKinsey & Co. She has also served on the board of Episcopal Relief & Development. Loya, until recently the canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Kansas, will soon become dean of the cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska.How the task force began and how it is operatingIn July 2012, General Convention, by way of Resolution C095, called for a task force “to present the 78th General Convention with a plan for reforming the Church’s structures, governance, and administration.”Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings appointed the task force after asking for nominations and receiving more than 500.At the group’s first meeting back in February, the members decided to change the working name of the group from the task force for church structural reform to Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church, a reference to the resolution’s statement that General Convention believes the Holy Spirit is urging the Episcopal Church to reimagine itself.It is emblematic that the task force is operating slightly differently from most of the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards by changing its title, using a co-convener model of leadership, trying to work by consensus and operating in frequently changing smaller work groups. They hope their operation will model new ways of working as a church, George said.“Probably some people outside of our task force would like it if we were taking careful minutes and things like that and that’s actually not how we’re operating,” she said. “We’re operating in a very different way and it’s not parliamentary at all.”There have been times when “there seem to be strongly held different points of view about something and suddenly someone says something and … everyone suddenly sees the right path forward … and suddenly the room feels light, and we move forward together in a way that we feel all very deeply committed to,” according to George.“So we really haven’t had to figure out how to vote or to resolve conflict because we’ve been able to work through to create common points of view. And there are other times that people on the task force clearly are slightly pushed outside their comfort zone, including Craig and me at times, but are willing to lean in and see where it leads us, and it leads somewhere good,” George said. “It’s been a very good dynamic on the task force and one we hope that we can share with the rest of the church.”The task force has divided itself into limited-term work groups to study specific issues and report back to the group the next time it meets. The group leaders and George and Loya talk bi-weekly between meetings to monitor progress, the co-conveners said.Three of the first four groups, formed at the February meeting and reporting at the July gathering, studied the church’s current structures for governance and administration, past efforts to change those structures and the experience of other organizations going through major change, and Episcopal identity. A fourth group began looking at how to develop a strategy for church-wide engagement.Summaries of some of that work are here. Other of the work groups verbally reported to the July 12-13 TREC meeting.The work thus farA major task for the group in the beginning was to decide how to interpret the mandate it has in Resolution C095.The members discussed what it might mean to “reimagine” the Episcopal Church and reform its structures, governance and administration. And, they considered the issue of where the Christian church is now – and where it is not, according to George and Loya.It is “no longer culturally normative to be a Christian and a lot of our structures of governance and administration and finance were built and put into place to serve a church where it was culturally normative to be a Christian,” Loya said.The Christian church now faces the imperative to “take the church to the world rather than wait for the world to come to us,” he said.And it must ask itself what kinds of governance and administrative structures, what ways of making decisions and what ways of being organized in community will best serve that effort, Loya suggested.Inevitably, any talk about cultural changes and their impact on the church — and any talk about the implication of those for the church’s structure — turns to money, and the lack thereof. However, the co-conveners said, the task force senses that that is the wrong focus.“Is our primary task to figure out how to enable the current Episcopal Church church-wide organization model to operate at a lower income level?” George asked. “I think our answer would be ‘no, that is not our primary role at all.’ Our primary role is to envision [how] as the church is emerging and evolving in new ways – and that’s happening everywhere – how do we really ensure that the church-wide organization structures and governance enliven that evolution rather than pull the church back to a different era when local church dynamics were quite different.”The task force senses that it does not need to invent a “new missional response” to this changing context, George said. That response is already emerging across the church and “it will continue to emerge and evolve and change over time.”“We need to ensure that the church-wide structures and governance are supportive and flexible and adaptive as the church is adapting and changing,” she said.Her summary of TEC’s role, they said, is how the members have come to understand C095’s mandate.The next stepsFor the next few months, the task force has re-divided itself into two work groups. One group is working on creating a “purposeful and proactive way of engaging different groups around the church,” George said, one that “brings the church along on this journey with us.”They hope to have the “tools and approaches” ready in the fall to “really begin that dialogue in earnest,” she said.Some people have already talked with the task force via its website and its Facebook page and Twitter presence but the task force wants to “increase the intensity and breadth of that dialogue,” she said.The group also plans to seek out some groups within the church for their expertise and others “that represent voices not often heard from both within and outside the church,” according to a press release issued after the July meeting. TREC will also make resources available so that any local or regional group can participate in the listening process, and provide input.Another work group continues to work on the principles meant to provide a vision developing specific legislative proposals.TREC meets again face-to-face Dec. 6-7 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, outside of Baltimore. Members will share what they have heard in the church engagement process and review a draft of the principles.The task force will make its proposed principles public and “start testing them with groups in the church through the church-wide dialogue,” George said, adding that some testing may happen in the fall.Also in December, the members will begin the “multi-month process” of defining priorities around specific proposals and which changes the task force will suggest to convention, she said.Engaging the church in the conversationResolution C095 called on the task force to hold a “special gathering” to receive responses to any proposed recommendations it is considering sending to the 2015 meeting of General Convention. The task force was to invite from each diocese at least a bishop, a lay deputy, a clerical deputy and one person younger than 35 years.It was generally seen during the 2012 convention that C095 envisioned a gathering similar to the church-wide consultation convened in March 2011 by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to discuss its work on same-sex blessings. However, while that gathering included about 200 people, the one outlined by C095 would require close to 500 participants, Loya said.“The reality is that the budget adopted by General Convention did not include the funding for that gathering that is mandated,” he said.The task force has said that it would cost an estimated $450,000 to hold such a gathering.In addition, the task force will have met three times for two days each by the end of 2013. Each of those meetings cost money as well.While Resolution C095 called for $400,000 to cover all of the group’s activities for the triennium, General Convention approved (line 282 here) $200,000 specifically for the gathering and allocated $630,449 to be divided among all of the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards, including the task force.The task force asked for and received a $150,000 grant from Trinity Wall Street and Loya told ENS “we also talked about other ways to convene … that may be a helpful way of modeling new ways for the church to gather.”“All of us want to do everything we can, since we’re accountable to the General Convention, to honor our mandate,” he said. “At the same time, if the mandate is not funded we’re left in that difficult position.”No matter the final shape of any face-to-face meeting or meetings TREC organizes with the church, George said, the task force is “very eager to … engage as many people in the church as possible around these topics.” Loya added that the task force is committed “being as open and transparent” as possible.“What we’re really working hard to avoid is being a group of 24 people who go into a room for a couple of years and then come out with all kinds of proposals for change,” Loya said. “We’re really wanting, much more than that, to facilitate a conversation around the church.”In addition to whatever the final parts of the task force’s church-wide engagement process are, Loya and George asked that Episcopalians “join us in praying and listening to the spirit.”Resolution C095 calls for TREC’s final report to the church, including its recommendations and any proposed resolutions for convention, to come out November 2014.How to get involved right nowTREC’s website is here.Its Facebook page is here.TREC is found on Twitter @reimaginetec and it uses the hashtag #reimaginetecTREC can be reached by email at [email protected]— The Rev. 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Whatever organization projects that message and puts legs on the commandment to “love your neighbor,” is exactly what we need. And I strongly suspect that this is going to be different from locality to locality, so building it from the grass roots up makes sense to me. I’m hard-pressed to see buy in at the parish level that comes from “on high” or outside. The job is to get the dialog going in the parishes. Otherwise, where is the real change? Much of what happens beyond my parish doesn’t make a ripple for us. Clearly, there’s a disconnect between parish and larger church. So I’m not seeing how a national task force does anything that impacts us, unless it lets us do marriage equality or something that we can actually do and see in our church. 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