Five things we learned from the Heineken Cup Final

first_imgWith Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw lurking menacingly on their front line, Toulon were never going to be scared of the wolf-pack. In the end though, the manner in which they muscled out Saracens to triumph 23-6 was mightily impressive. Though eulogies will continue for Wilkinson long past this weekend’s Top 14 final, his post-match interview with Sky’s Alex Payne demonstrated why retirement from playing cannot signal the end of Wilkinson’s wider involvement in rugby. Despite the emotion of the situation, Toulon’s captain was lucid, articulate and insightful with each answer. As a coach, ambassador or even as a pundit, he has so, so much to offer. The whispers are that Boudjellal will continue to employ him. The RFU should do its utmost to intercept that process.Watch highlights from the 2014 Heineken Cup final below!  For all the phenomenal individuals that magnetic lunatic Mourad Boudjellal has assembled, his team actually amounts to more than the sum of its parts. Everyone knows their role and delivers without fuss. The little things – capitalising on Alain Rolland’s iffy ruck interpretations in the Millennium Stadium mud, for instance – added up.It was a cohesive unit of gnarled winners that ousted Mark McCall’s men. But what did we learn from the last Heineken Cup decider? Here are five things.Vulnerability evaporatesKnow-how on high-stakes occasions – seven of Toulon’s starters had featured in a Rugby World Cup final – eventually told in Cardiff. However, the Top 14 superstars seemed strangely consumed by red mist during Saturday’s opening exchanges. There was Craig Burden hollering in the face of fellow South African hooker Schalk Brits like an idiotic NFL linebacker, Delon Armitage showing typical prickle and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe very lucky to escape a red card after taking Steve Borthwick in the air.Perhaps it was the emotion of Jonny Wilkinson’s pre-game address, but Toulon were ragged. Saracens missed penalties either side of Lobbe’s brain fade and despite a very disciplined beginning, they could not manufacture a decent lead. In fact, Matt Giteau’s sublime try and a Jonny Wilkinson drop-goal put them behind at the break.Saracens looked strong again as the second period began, patiently navigating the trenches and earning a penalty to cut their deficit. But disorganisation from the ensuing restart and failure to clear their lines let their rivals back in. Toulon took hold and Juan Smith’s score was breathtaking – worthy of rubber-stamping any encounter.Voice of experience: Botha and Rossouw made up an all-Springbok second rowDon JuanSteffon Armitage thrived in front of spectator Stuart Lancaster and once again reinforced how he could enhance England’s World Cup effort. Even so, the way he jackaled the man-of-the-match award away from his brilliantly belligerent back-row colleague amounted to daylight robbery.On a largely turgid evening, Smith was dynamic and destructive – on a different plane to anyone else in the contact area. A tally of 16 tackles was the most in the match, but his dominance in those collisions was what defined a formidable display. Saracens carriers were simply bullied. Debilitating injury troubles cruelly snatched two years away from Smith and the medical miracle from Bloemfontein is channeling that hurt into a seriously special career sunset.Forgive Billy When the Sky cameras spun round to Wilkinson at the final whistle, they also captured a disconsolate Billy Vunipola trudging down the tunnel. Toulon’s triumphant fly-half approached the defeated Saracen in a bid to sympathise, but seemed to get ignored. It didn’t look great. In fact, it looked pretty petulant and extremely immature. Suddenly, judging by the sanctimonious faux-outrage on Twitter, the 21 year-old was “disgraceful” and “everything wrong with modern English players”. What garbage.Now this is not an attempt to defend Vunipola’s actions. It is an attempt to defend him as a person, though. This was the biggest domestic game of his fledgling career and, as such, the biggest disappointment. England’s rising star tried manfully – beating eight defenders from 19 carries. Nevertheless, Toulon tacklers crowded him out, causing two knock-ons and a penalty for holding on. Vunipola had every right to feel totally gutted.Storming back to the changing rooms was not ideal, but it was human. Professional athletes are not robots and controlling emotions requires experience. You can be certain that Billy – a hugely humble, considerate young man – sought out Wilkinson later to apologise profusely and explain how frustration got the better of him. Big brother Mako tweeted as much too. He won’t do it ever again. Let’s get off his case. Toulon unravelled Saracens to win the Heineken Cup final 23-6 at the Millennium Stadium, but what did we learn from Saturday’s match? Zero-tolerance for divers, pleaseBryan Habana spent part of his Sunday composing a public confession that he aired on social media, admitting culpability for some second-half play-acting that Ashley Young might have thought excessive. The 95-cap, 53-try Springbok admitted to “letting myself, our opponents and the game down”. Again, the individual should not be overly vilified – especially after expressing such regret. However, though gamesmanship in rugby is nothing new, diving is a very grave issue.Habana’s Hollywood tumble was a cynical attempt to earn Owen Farrell a yellow card. Luckily, Rolland ruled a penalty was sufficient before warning Toulon’s South African wing. But it would have been more fitting to see him reverse the penalty and send Habana to the sin-bin instead. There are enough serious injuries in rugby without fakery manipulating perspectives. The job of a referee is already excruciatingly tough as well. Simulation must be stamped out before it becomes an ugly epidemic.New era: Wilkinson, who scored 13 points v Saracens, will join Toulon’s coaching teamJust the beginning for JonnyIncluding four flawless kicks at goal with his left foot and one dead-eye drop-goal with his right, Wilkinson only had 16 touches of the ball in 77 minutes. That was plenty of time to exhibit his unparalleled ability to execute under pressure. When the big screen showed his face as the clock wound down, the Millennium Stadium swelled in a rather touching ovation. It is an exceptional person that can genuinely compel universal respect. Power of four: Steffon Armitage won four turnovers against Saracens on Saturday read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgShame faced: Karmichael Hunt at a press conference after receiving his ban. (Photo Getty Images)Drug ban for HuntKarmichael Hunt should be counting himself lucky to have escaped with just a six-week suspension from the Australian Rugby Union and Queensland Rugby Union after he pleaded guilty in court to four charges of cocaine possession.He has been stripped of the vice-captaincy of Queensland Reds and fined Aus$30,000 by the unions (and only Aus$2,500 by the court) but to only miss out on six weeks of rugby seems lenient. Stan Pilecki, who played 122 times for Queensland during the 1970s and 1980s, believes Hunt should have been kicked out of rugby altogether, even though he was contracted to play Aussies rules for Gold Coast Suns at the time of the offences. “He hasn’t fulfilled his contract to the Reds or Australian rugby or all the kids out there he was going to be an example for,” Pilecki told News Corp in Australia. Never say dieNorthampton Saints and Cardiff Blues both deserve praise for playing to the last peep of the referee’s whistle, as they changed the results of their games at the death.Northampton snatched a draw at Gloucester with a try scored by Samu Manoa and converted by Stephen Myler. They had trailed 23-9 at halftime and such is their lead in the Premiership that it wouldn’t have made a difference to their playoff hopes if they had lost this game, but they still found the grit to battle for a share of the points.Rhys Patchell landed the match-winning conversion with the last kick of the Blues’ game against Connacht after his team kept the ball alive for three minutes during stoppage time before finally creating the gap for Joaquin Tuculet to score the decisive try and turn an 11-17 deficit into an 18-17 win.That makes it two wins in a row for a Blues side who were all at sixes and sevens last month and shows their spirit has returned.Final score: Joaquin Tuculet touches down the decisive try for Cardiff Blues. (Photo: Inpho) TAGS: Cardiff BluesNorthampton Saints Welsh sweep the boardThe four Welsh regions beat the four Irish regions in the Guinness Pro12 this weekend for the first time since October 2010. Cardiff Blues got the ball rolling with a controversial but gutsy 18-17 win over Connacht, then the Ospreys beat Munster 26-12, the Scarlets downed Leinster 23-13 and the Newport Gwent Dragons rounded it off on Sunday afternoon with a 26-22 win over Ulster.The Welsh had home advantage in all four cases, but it was still a set of results to be proud of and put the Ospreys back up into the top four and kept the Scarlets in contention for a Champions Cup place next season.All smiles: The Ospreys celebrate the try scored by No 8 Dan Baker. (Photo: Inpho) Back row to the foreOpenside flanker James Davies was the Man of the Match in the Scarlets’ victory over Leinster after an outstanding performance in attack and defence. He helped set up Jordan Williams’s second-half try and seemed to be all over the pitch. Plaudits go to two of his back-row colleagues as well – John Barclay, who scored the Scarlets’ first try and replacement Rory Pitman who was a force to be reckoned with later in the game and barged through two tacklers and reach over the line to score the final try. Top try: Christian Wade scored arguably the try of the weekend for Wasps. (Photo Action Images) Landmark matchHats off to referee Wayne Barnes who became only the third man to take charge of 150 Aviva Premiership matches when he officiated at Bath v Sale this weekend.Barnes, 35, has refereed at two World Cups, set the record for the youngest ever Heineken Cup final referee in 2010 and looks odds-on to break Chris White’s record for taking charge of the most Premiership matches, which stands at 190.Phil Winstanley, the rugby director at Premiership Rugby, says: “Wayne is obviously very highly regarded by players, officials and coaches from within Premiership Rugby and I’m sure I speak on behalf of all in congratulating Wayne on reaching this milestone.”center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS King of the HolmBoth sides produced some fabulous rugby in Saturday’s 33-33 Aviva Premiership draw between Gloucester and Northampton but James Hook was responsible for the match’s golden moment as he showed once more why he is becoming a real favourite at Kingsholm.The outside-half went on one of his elusive, jinking runs from his own half and after he had broken the Saints’ line, instead of continuing on his own he put in the most exquisite kick with the outside of his boot to find wing Charlie Sharples steaming through on the outside to collect the ball and score. It was a perfect kick made while running at full pace and not something many fly-halves would attempt, never mind carry off successfully. The SinnersEnding on a sour noteTwo match officials found themselves subject to big criticism for decisions at the death of games which changed the result.Firstly, on Friday evening, Cardiff Blues scored a try six minutes into stoppage time to turn an 11-17 deficit against Connacht into an 18-17 win, after touch-judge Leighton Hodges advised referee Lloyd Linton to award a penalty for in at the side against Tom McCartney instead of a knock-on against Alex Cuthbert. The Blues went through the phases for three minutes until Joaquin Tuculet scored and Rhys Patchell converted, leaving Connacht head coach Pat Lam incensed that the match had not ended when Cuthbert knocked on.Then, on Saturday afternoon, referee Greg Garner helped Northampton snatch a late draw at Gloucester by firstly penalising Yann Thomas in a scrum when he looked to have done nothing illegal to force the visitors into reverse gear, then giving the softest of lineout penalties against Tom Palmer for the lightest of contacts on Courtney Lawes in the air. Saints kicked that penalty to touch five metres out and rolled a maul over for a try which meant the match ended as a 33-33 draw.Former England prop Dave Flatman said on BT Sport: “At the last scrum Yann Thomas did a brilliant job on Gareth Denman and was punished for it,” and commenting on the lineout penalty, he added: “There was physical contact but this is rugby for goodness sake.”It was a great shame a match which featured so much excellent rugby from both sides ended in controversy. The SaintsThat’s the Wade to do itChristian Wade gave Stuart Lancaster a timely reminder of his try-scoring prowess with a superb try for Wasps against Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday. Wasps attacked from their own half after stealing a lineout and Elliot Daly sent the ball spinning to Wade as he came speeding down the right wing on halfway.Wade chipped and chased, dribbled skilfully towards the corner and even though Alex Goode forced him out into touch, he still used his athleticism and strength to dive towards the bobbling ball in the in-goal area and touch it down. The fact that his feet were in touch did not matter as he was not carrying the ball and the TMO and referee awarded the try.Daly wrote some headlines of his own soon afterwards with a remarkable individual try, weaving and swerving through the defence from 60 metres out. However, these two Champagne moments were in vain for Wasps, as Saracens came back to win the game 26-17. The Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 served up some five-star rugby this weekend with the spring sunshine helping the try-scorers to blossom and Wales teaching Ireland a lesson at regional level. Sam’s the manOspreys outside-half Sam Davies scored 21 of his team’s 26 points in their win over Munster and played a key role in Dan Baker’s try too, finding the back row with a long pass inside the 22. Not only did Davies land six penalties to punish the indiscretions of a Munster side which had come to Cardiff as league leaders, but he had the maturity to kick a drop-goal just before halftime to take the lead beyond two scores at 17-0. It was a long way back from Munster from there and they didn’t trouble the scorers until the last ten minutes of the game.last_img read more

World Cup 2015: France 32-10 Italy

first_imgItaly had 57 per cent of the territory, compared to France who had 43 per centFrance beat 23 defenders to Italy’s 14Scott Spedding carried the ball furthest, with 128 metres run, Picamoles and Nakaitaci had 67 and 66 metres respectivelyThierry Dusautoir was the game’s highest tackler with 12France: S Spedding, Y Huget (G Fickou 55), M Bastareaud, A Dumoulin, N Nakaitaci, F Michalak (R Tales 75), S Tillous Borde (M Parra 60); E Ben Arous (V Debaty 60), G Guirado (B Keyser 60), R Slimani (N Mas 60), P Pape, Y Maestri (A Flanquart 68), T Dusautoir, D Chouly, L Picamoles (B Le Roux 65)Tries: Rabah Slimani (43), Nicolas Mas (68)Pens: Frederic Michalak (5), Scott Spedding (1)Cons: Frederic Michalak (2)Italy: L McLean, L Sarto, M Campagnaro, A Masi (E Bacchin 10), G Venditti, T Allan (,C Canna 72), E Gori (G Palazzani 71); M Aguero, L Ghiraldhini (A Manici 62), M Castrogiovanni (L Cittadini 49), Q Geldenhuys, J Furno (V Bernabo 71), A Zanni, F Minto (S Favaro 60), S VunisaReps: M Rizzo (unused)Tries: Giovanbattista VendittiPens: Allan (1)Cons: Allan (1)Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)Man of the Match: Louis Picamoles Attendance: 76,232 France kicked off their World Cup campaign with a comfortable win over Italy at Twickenham, where they used the boot of Frederic Michalak to drum up a comfortable 15-3 lead at the break before Rabah Slimani and Nicolas Mas crossed the whitewash in the second-half to give the score some sheen. Italy had brief periods of possession in dangerous territory but they were largely outclassed and outmuscled, with the only cheer for their passionate fans, a try from wing Venditti.What’s hotSpecial atmosphereFrom the Marseillaise being sung on the approach to Twickenham, to “Il Canto degli Italiani” being belted out by Italians outside the West Gate, there was a convivial, uplifting feel to pre-match events. Hell, there was even a clutch of bagpipers, no doubt protesting against their draconian ban from stadiums, but it felt different, festival-like. It was wholly refreshing and one hopes the host country will embrace this already wonderful tournament well beyond its normal rugby environs.Colour: French and Italian fans should be applauded for creating a wonderful, friendly atmosphereThe French packItaly have a reputation for being uncompromising up front but it was the French eight that allowed Michalak an armchair ride in which to direct operations. In Eddy Ben Arous, Guilhem Guirado and Rabah Slimani, they not only have a trio who are competent in the set-piece but also shine in the loose, Guirado’s power-fend thundering down on the Italian line was a joy to behold. That they have the enormous Vincent Debaty and grizzled Nicolas Mas to come off the bench can’t hurt either. In the backrow, Louis Picamoles has played some of his best rugby in recent weeks and again he was rampant in the loose, skittling Italian defenders and offloading at will. They will take some stopping.Freddie MichalakYes, he’s been maligned in his career – sometimes deservedly so – but we’ll miss him when he’s gone. Freddie had a considered game for France, pulling the strings, throwing flat – heart stopping – passes, chuntering around and generally playing in that nonchalant fashion we’ve come to expect. Knocking over seven out of nine kicks was also to his credit. He was certainly given a warm applause as he left the field. In what is his last World Cup, we can safely say it’s been an enjoyable ride. Merci Fred.Le petit generale: Frederic Michalak slotted 19 points in a compose, mature displayWhat’s notMaking your mind upIn the 14th minute, after concerted French pressure, Louis Picamoles tried a miracle offload around Leonardo Sarto to Noa Nakaitaci. It rebounded off Sarto’s backside into Nakaitaci’s hands and after lengthy deliberation with TMO Shaun Veldsman – the same TMO operating during the England v Fiji game – a try was given. When a further replay showed on the big screen, Nakaitaci was seen to lose control of the ball during grounding to loud boos from the crowd, similar to last night’s Matawalu try. Cue, more confusion and the try then being disallowed. Either give it or don’t give it!Italian stallionsScant consolation: Giovanbattista Venditti scores for Italy but the were comfortably beatenWhile Italy play with heart, there is a worrying lack of quality in their ranks without the talismanic Sergio Parisse. For all the endeavour shown by the likes of Ghiraldhini and Zanni in the pack they were bullied up front – once such a source of strength for the Azurri and that will concern them. In the last six months they have been thrashed by Wales, Scotland and now France. Way out at No 15 in the world rankings,  Jacques Brunel’s four-year tenure looks to be going out with a whimper.Damned injuriesNo one likes to see players of real quality being helped from the field in genuine discomfort, but rugby is a rough old game. In the 10th minute Andrea Masi, the classy Italy and Wasps centre went off on a stretcher with a suspected Achilles injury, and after the break, Yoann Huget, the jet-heeled Toulouse wing went down in agony out on the flank. He too was helped off the field. Huget is a controversial wing, with a poor disciplinary record but his star-quality is unquestioned and if he is ruled out, he will be a loss to the tournament. Speedy recovery to both.Disappointment: Yoann Huget can’t hide his pain as he’s helped off the pitchStatisticsFrance carried the ball 490 metres to Italy’s 267 metres What was hot and what was not from the 2015 World Cup game between France and Italycenter_img Raise your hand: The excellent Louis Picamole salutes Nicolas Mas’ try LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Why Georgia need more regular, meaningful Test matches

first_img Cursed with poor ball on the turn, New Zealand full-back Ben Smith righted himself and took a half step back towards the opposition’s posts just as Lasha Malaguradze bore down on him. Before Smith could escape, the Georgian fly-half detonated on the All Black.Despite Smith being rocked in this tackle, the Kiwi went on to rack up 106m with ball in hand within a game that ended 43-10 in New Zealand’s favour. It was a hit that shook spectators closer to the edge of their seat but Smith recovered well. Yet, there was something about this incident of sublime Georgia brutality amidst unfamiliar All Black panic that felt so good to witness.Some will say after seeing New Zealand toil under the Cardiff lights that they will eventually wilt; that this match showed they are not the Rugby World Cup champions-to-be. Frankly, who cares? Nights like this are not about the recognised powers but the unfancied sides who can no longer be patronised, who can no longer expect to take drubbings and be happy with it.Thanking the fans: Georgia’s support has also been brilliantThis was the first time Georgia have faced the All Blacks – they’ve still never faced Australia and they’ve only met South Africa once. Yet in that one game, back in 2003 as the Boks clawed to a 46-19 win, the Georgians won over neutral fans as they scored their first ever World Cup try and sneered in the faces of those who expected a cricket score.Rugby, it is sometimes sad to say, is a sport powered by myths. More often than not that simply means stoking the ghosts of amateurism by proclaiming everything from back in the day – drinking, scrums, pockets on your shorts – was miles better than it is now. But when it comes to World Cups it also means myths about teams and their style. TAGS: Georgia A moment to savour: Beka Tsiklauri celebrates his try with Giorgi Aptsiauri Will the established powers give them more regular Tests? Just as the traditional southern powers must be prepared to work with the Pacific Island nations, so too the European big boys must consider helping out the continent’s burgeoning forces to the East.Perhaps the suits running the Six Nations are just too selfish to change. They have their cash cow. But that doesn’t mean any Tests held in Georgia should be off the cards. Teams like Georgia need regular, meaningful Tests on their own soil if they are to continue detonating myths.center_img Before Tests in 2003 the level of detail pundits could give you about Georgia would have been reduced to how nasty a prospect it was tussling with their pack. Before the 2015 event there was not much more meat on those bones. After this game, though, a lot more can be said for the snap and hustle of their play, the way Georgia pressured the World Cup favourites into letting passes hit the deck or sleepwalking into big hits. Yes the Georgian scrum pinched and squeezed and often kneaded the Kiwis back, but we expected it to. What we learned was that away from the set-piece this Test still had two sides in it.Georgia actually rested a few players for this All Blacks match-up and now head towards a clash with Namibia that could well ensure their place at the 2019 World Cup in Japan, by dint of them finishing third in their pool should they win. They should almost certainly do it. What we cannot let happen, though, is that after all this effort, all the sublime defensive work and scrum graft and snapped passing, we forget about Georgia until 2019.Top coach: Kiwi coach Milton Haig has done a fine job with GeorgiaTheir team is too full of talent – there’s more to this side than just the thunderous Mamuka Gorgodze, as imposing and impressive as he is – and their coaching set-up is too strong to be counting years. Their regular Tbilisi Cup shows they are set up to host proper Tests. Their reputation has grown. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Six Nations: France 20-18 Wales

first_imgWhat’s hot and what’s not from Wales’ final Six Nations game against France Yellow card: Lee (83min).For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. The two Camilles struck in the 100th minute – yes, 100th minute – to condemn Wales to defeat in Paris. Camille Chat was awarded the try (others thought it was Damien Chouly who actually touched down!) as France burrowed over from close range and Camille Lopez slotted the conversion in a bizarre ending to a rather poor Six Nations game.Six penalties from Leigh Halfpenny had Wales leading 18-13 going into the closing stages, but a penalty five metres from the Welsh line in the 80th minute resulted in a series of scrums (and further penalties), a yellow card for Samson Lee (the game went on for so long he returned from the bin!), controversy over replacements (was Uini Atonio injured when he was replaced by Rabah Slimani in added time?) and even a claim of biting from George North.It was a high-drama finish to a pretty low-drama game, but it was a pretty farcical additional 20 minutes and the Wales back-room team were clearly unhappy with the handling of certain areas by the officials.WHAT’S HOTHalfpenny’s boot – Leigh Halfpenny has struggled to hit his usual high standards since returning from injury, but in Paris he found form with his boot, kicking half his six penalties from just a metre or two inside the French half. The confidence he no doubt gained from his goalkicking then showed in the rest of his game – he was far more prevalent in Wales’ attack than in previous games and was solid at the back too. A vintage display from the boot for the full-back, if not a vintage match overall.On target: Leigh Halfpenny kicks a long-range penalty. Photo: Getty ImagesSpecial mention also to Justin Tipuric, who was everywhere in this match. Not only was he immense in defence but he often popped up as a link player in attack. A fine game.(A few) flashes of brilliance – It’s hard to hail the attacking consistency of either team but there were sparks here and there, particularly from les Bleus. France started like a train but then went off the rails, handling errors preventing them from converting scoring opportunities into points. Remi Lamerat scored the opening try when collecting a Camille Lopez chip kick and Gael Fickou was prominent, hitting the line at pace and trying to find support runners, but the back-line simply weren’t accurate enough.Central figure: Gael Fickou tries to get past Jamie Roberts. Photo: Getty ImagesWales, on the other hand, were pretty solid in defence, scrambling well, but had only one try-scoring opportunity. Dan Biggar’s pass to George North was knocked on by Virimi Vakatawa in the tackle, earning the France winger a questionable yellow card, and the chance was gone. Overall, it was not a great advert for attacking rugby.Brassed off! – The brass bands at either end of the ground were great at firing up the crowd at pertinent moments. A much more welcome addition than the music pumped out over the loud speakers.Tradition: French players are clapped off by Wales at the end. Photo: Getty ImagesWHAT’S NOTBall control – Both sides were guilty of this but Wales especially. Loose passes, knock-ons and, most of all, a lack of protection at the contact area resulted in the break down of attacks and turnovers. It was scrappy at times. Passes needed to be crisper and more accurate when space was found out wide. And the Welsh needed to be more aware of goings-on at the breakdown to ensure they didn’t allow France to either overpower them or pinch the ball when it had come out of the ruck. Those sort of errors equal opportunities lost.The Welsh scrum – Wales struggled at scrum time from the first ‘crouch, touch, set’. The French power was obvious and at times overwhelming, with Wales conceding several penalties in that area. That came to the fore in the closing minutes with double-figure penalties awarded to France in that added time period and Wayne Barnes must have been close to going a step further and awarding a penalty try. Wales were not helped by the fact both their starting locks had gone off injured so they had Luke Charteris packing down in the engine room with Taulupe Faletau.Red warning: Wales came under pressure at the scrum. Photo: Getty ImagesThere were collapses, resets, substitution controversies and more in those closing minutes where France were camped deep in Wales’ 22 and it was pretty chaotic at certain points – Barnes had to go over to the fourth official to find out what was happening with regards replacements. In the end, 20 minutes past the 80 mark, French managed to squeeze over from close range and the final whistle finally blew.The controversy is likely to go on much longer, however. Rob Howley questioned the process that saw Rabah Slimani replace Uini Atonio for an HIA during that series of scrums late on, particularly as Slimani was seen warming up before the replacement happened.“Integrity in this game is pretty important and player welfare is equally important,” said Howley. “What happened in the last ten minutes shouldn’t happen again on an international rugby field. The process leading up to the change of the French tighthead coming off… we love our game too much to have those decisions and ultimately the outcome of the game is hugely disappointing. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “He (Slimani) was warming up prior to going back on. One of their coaches was outside the technical area and had a conversation with the doctor. He’s then gone on to taken the tighthead off. The evidence suggests it wasn’t in the integrity if our game.”There is still a lot of confusion. Guy Noves said he didn’t know what Atonio’s injury was in his post-match press conference. Howley said the prop was heard on the referee’s mike saying he had a sore back but was fine. Then it appears he was taken off for an HIA. This one is set to run.Attention spans – The French crowd were vocal in their cheers (when France did something liked) and jeers (when Wales did something they didn’t), but they didn’t remain engage – until those final 20 minutes. The Mexican wave made an early appearance in the first half and the dance music played by a live DJ before kick-off and at half-time was completely unnecessary.All smiles: Remi Lamerat celebrates after scoring the opening try. Photo: Getty ImagesSTATISTICS591 – Metres made by France compared to 337 by Wales. They also made seven line breaks to Wales’ two.21 – Tackles made by Justin Tipuric, ten more than France’s top tackler Kevin Gourdan.64% – Territory France had, no doubt increased by those last 20 minutes in the Wales 22. They also had 59% possession.France: B Dulin; N Nakaitaci, R Lamerat F Trinh-Duc 66), G Fickou, V Vakatawa (Y Huget 55); C Lopez (F Trinh-Duc 33-39), B Serin (A Dupont 19-25, 72); C Baille (U Atonio 55), G Guirado (capt, C Chat 72), R Slimani (E Ben Arous 55), S Vahaamahina (J Le Devedec 77), Y Maestri, F Sanconnie (D Chouly 55), K Gourdon, L Picamoles.Tries: Lamerat, Chat. Cons: Lopez 2. Pens: Lopez 2.Yellow card: Vakatawa (19min).Wales: L Halfpenny (T Francis 86-93); G North, J Davies, S Williams (J Roberts 54), L Williams; D Biggar, R Webb; R Evans (N Smith 98), K Owens, T Francis (S Lee 60), J Ball (S Baldwin 60, Moriarty 72), AW Jones (capt, L Charteris 52), S Warburton, J Tipuric, R Moriarty (T Faletau 54).Pens: Halfpenny 6. TAGS: Highlight The clincher: Referee Wayne Barnes awards the decisive try to Camille Chat. Photo: Getty Images last_img read more

Autumn Internationals: Talking points from week one

first_img TAGS: Highlight The first Saturday of autumn Internationals provided some hugely entertaining rugby, and some not so. We reflect on the games at Twickenham, Aviva Stadium, Murrayfield and Principality Stadium – and look at the key things learnt about the form of the home nations… FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREScotland 44-38 SamoaThe sellout crowd at Murrayfield got their money’s worth with 11 tries scored. Scotland were leading 32-10 in the 47th minute but Samoa hit back in what was a hugely entertaining last half-hour and the hosts will have been relieved to hold on for the win – Gregor Townsend’s first on home soil as national coach.Opening act: Samoa’s players perform the Siva Tau ahead of their game with Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesDefence will be a huge work-on for Scotland this week ahead of the visit of New Zealand, particularly around the breakdown where Samoa were able to find holes. There were also too many errors around the restart, with two of Samoa’s second-half tries resulting from Scotland’s failure to secure possession from the islanders’ kicks.Scotland had several front-rowers ruled out for this game – and lost WP Nel to a suspected broken arm after half an hour – but Stuart McInally stood out at hooker, not only for his two tries but his work around the field and at the set-piece. Still, the All Blacks will pose a sterner test at scrum time than Samoa and it will interesting to see how these relatively inexperienced front-rowers perform.Sheer delight: Stuart McInally scored two tries against Samoa. Photo: Getty ImagesThe maul again proved an effective weapon for the Scots, as it did during their June Tests, and they will no doubt be looking to employ it against New Zealand.The Samoa Rugby Union may have announced they are bankrupt recently but the side showed they can bank on their pride, power and creativity. They will not make things easy for England in a couple of weeks.Coach’s verdict: “We have got to make sure we don’t give up possession in our half as cheaply and defend much better.” Gregor TownsendWales 21-29 Australia This was a hugely entertaining Test match with both sides mixing things up with ball in hand and their kicking games. Australia outscored Wales three tries to one in the first half and Kurtley Beale sealed the win in the 63rd minute with a superb strip off Steff Evans and sprint downfield to touch down under the posts – although there were suggestions of a knock-on by Beale in a replay the TMO did not have the benefit of viewing. Still, the record books will show a 13th straight win for Australia over Wales.In the clear: Kurtley Beale breaks for the decisive try against Wales. Photo: Getty ImagesThe new ambition to Wales’ game plan was evident as they played at pace and moved the ball wide. And it wasn’t just the backs showing good handling skills – the likes of Rob Evans, Aaron Shingler and Alun Wyn Jones were all involved too.The key difference when compared with Australia was execution. Wales made 16 handling errors to the Wallabies’ four and several of them came at crucial times; they created the space out wide but those opportunities then disappeared with mistakes – a rare knock-on by Taulupe Faletau or the flick pass into touch from Josh Navidi for example. A little more composure in those situations and they should convert opportunities into points.One of Wales’ concerns before kick-off was how Owen Williams would cope with the huge Wallaby centres Tevita Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi. Well, the Gloucester man handled them well, making his tackles as well as fulfilling that second playmaker role with his distribution. Their big concern now is the ankle injury in-form centre Jonathan Davies suffered in the final minute.Stop sign: Owen Williams halts Australia centre Samu Kerevi. Photo: Getty ImagesThe variety Australia showed, particularly with their kicking, will test England much more than anything Argentina produced at Twickenham. In Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale, they have two footballers capable of picking the right option to put defences on the back foot. But the Wallabies will be disappointed by their high penalty count.Coach’s verdict: “Against a side of that quality, you have just got to be a bit more clinical. We probably tried to force a few too many passes and offloads.” Warren Gatland England 21-8 ArgentinaEddie Jones described this as a “grindathon” and it was certainly a very underwhelming performance from the second best side in the world. England scored two tries – through Nathan Hughes and Semesa Rokoduguni – but much of their play lacked fluency and fluidity.The fact Jones, usually so controlled and assured when watching, was shown on camera slamming his notepad on the desk in front of him and swearing demonstrates how disappointing a performance this was from his side. He spoke of the fact that this group hadn’t played together since March, but he still would have expected a more accomplished display.The midfield trio of George Ford, Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph didn’t gel because no one took the ball hard to the line. There’s no point having great distributors if no one is taking the ball forward. This improved when Alex Lozowski came on and immediately attacked the line to set up the try for Rokoduguni. Okay, they are still developing an understanding of playing alongside each other but teams need to go forward as well as wide to win games.Closing in: Henry Slade offloads under pressure from Argentina’s defence. Photo: Getty ImagesNathan Hughes carried well, albeit too often directly into contact rather than using a little footwork to find space, but England lacked other players to get them over the gain-line and that affected their ability to generate momentum when they had possession. Hence the stop-start nature of this game.Argentina’s free-running game was much discussed in the build-up but here they took a more direct approach. They kicked more than they did in the Rugby Championship and used a lot of ball-carriers close to the breakdown, where England didn’t commit numbers. For Nicolas Sanchez’s late try they went through 30 phases, most of them within five metres of England’s line, and their patience was rewarded.Coach’s verdict: “Every time we created something a pass would go astray or something. That understanding at 10-12-13 wasn’t really there. Attack-wise we need to finish opportunities and we gave away some silly penalties.” Eddie JonesIreland 38-3 South AfricaJoe Schmidt’s side scored three tries in the last ten minutes, through Rhys Ruddock, Rob Herring and Jacob Stockdale, to secure their biggest-ever win over South Africa.Nice touch: Andrew Conway scored the first of Ireland’s four tries against South Africa. Photo: Getty ImagesIreland not only matched South Africa’s physicality but bettered it. It’s rare to see a Springbok side outmuscled but they were dominated at the set-piece, the maul and the breakdown. All big boons for Ireland.The game management of Ireland’s half-backs – Man of the Match Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray – was superb. The high balls that the pair rained down on the South African back three put those players under pressure and Ireland reaped the rewards. Their control and composure was in stark contrast to the Boks and highlighted South Africa’s underlying issues. The visitors looked bereft of ideas in attack and were caught out in defence.Iain Henderson carried his Lions form into this first autumn Test for Ireland, showing great athleticism with ball in hand and, more often than not, getting across the gain-line.Power surge: Iain Henderson tests South Africa’s defensive line. Photo: Getty ImagesThe interesting thing going into the Tests against Fiji and Argentina will be whether Joe Schmidt varies his selection. Will he give Kieran Marmion or Luke McGrath a start at scrum-half? Will Joey Carbery get a chance in the No 10 shirt? There’s no doubt Sexton and Murray are world class but come Japan 2019 they need other players in those positions who have experience so they can step in should their be injuries.Coach’s verdict: “It is incredibly satisfying to go out, watch the players bring the energy and accuracy, most of the time, that they did.” Joe Schmidt LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There were wins for England, Ireland and Scotland but a defeat for Wales – we look at the big talking points from the first week of autumn Internationals Fly zone: Semesa Rokoduguni dives over the line to score England’s second try. Photo: Getty Images last_img read more

Plans To Bring Professional Rugby To China Stall

first_img Japan 2019 World Cup Tickets In High Demand Global: The Rugby World Cup on tour in Beijing, China (Getty Images) Plans for China to get a professional rugby competition, as part of a $100 million investment, have stalled. Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 For all the latest news regarding the 2019 World Cup in Japan, follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. Plans To Bring Professional Rugby To China StallTwo years ago, World Rugby and Alisports, put forward bold proposals for expanding rugby into China with as much as $100 million going to be invested in the game there.Their proposals included forming a men’s and women’s league in the XV’s form of the game as well as creating a national sevens programme. This huge amount of money was designed to be spent over ten years.However it appears now as if those plans have stalled considerably. In a recent interview, Alisports CEO Zhang Dazhong has indicated that it is too soon to think about investment in the professional game in China at the moment.Investor: Dazhong Zhang of Alisports has said it is too soon to invest in the pro game (Getty Images)“There isn’t much progress on that right now,” Zhang said. “First we want to cultivate the popularity of rugby in China so we will start with that first, and then once we’ve started then we will think about the goals, like this $100m promise. A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Rugby World Cup Groups Japan 2019 World Cup Tickets In High Demand Rugby World Cup Groups Amidst problems, demand for tickets to the World… Collapse According to Japan Today participation of rugby has nearly doubled in Asia between 2009 and 2017, but China has been selected as a possible area of expansion because only 80,000 people there play the sport – which is called “English-style olive ball” in Chinese. Amongst spectators football and basketball are a lot more popular as well. Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… “We will start with campus rugby first… We will not be involved with any club, federations or national level regarding the sport.”What is clear, is that expansion of rugby in Asia is the next step in growing the game significantly. Next year the Rugby World Cup will be held in Asia for the first time as it the big event lands in Japan. Expand Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Who is Jack Conan: Ten things you should know about the Ireland No 8

first_img8. He made his 100th appearance for Leinster against the Dragons on 19 February 2021. He signed a new long-term contract two months later.9. Conan has said he is particularly affected by pre-match nerves – but would be more worried if he didn’t have those butterflies!10. He was Man of the Match when Leinster beat Munster to win the 2021 Guinness Pro14 title. Find out more about the Leinster back-rower, from pre-match nerves to GAA Who is Jack Conan: Ten things you should know about the Ireland No 8 Known for his tireless work-rate and eye-catching speed when carrying, Ireland No 8 Jack Conan was particularly dominant against England in the final round of the 2021 Six Nations and was subsequently selected for the British & Irish Lions 2021 tour to South Africa.Here are ten more facts about the Leinsterman.Ten things you should know about Jack Conan1. Jack Conan was born on 29 July 1992 in Bray, a coastal town to the south of Dublin. Other famous inhabitants include boxer Katie Taylor and singer Hozier.2. The first sport he took seriously was GAA, where his elder brother was captain of the local Kilmacanogue side. He played until he was 17, when he stopped to focus on rugby. 3. It was at the relatively late age of 13 that Conan first played rugby, taking the game up when at St Gerard’s School.4. He made his Leinster debut against Cardiff Blues back in the 2013-14 season, scoring a try on debut in a 34-22 win. 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.center_img Jack Conan celebrates as Leinster beat Exeter in the 2020-21 Champions Cup (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 5. The 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up against Scotland saw Conan make his first appearance for Ireland, with his side winning thanks to a late try from Luke Fitzgerald.6. A training ground foot injury before Ireland’s game with Japan at the 2019 World Cup, followed by some other niggles, kept him out of international rugby for 18 months. He finally returned against Italy in the 2021 Six Nations.7. He scored a crucial try against England in the 2021 Six Nations and said: “I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had scored a try before that, I was on a long drought, probably the longest in my career.”last_img read more


first_img Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 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 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Después de largas discusiones las dos cámaras (obispos y diputados) aprobaron el texto para la unión de personas del mismo sexo, sabiendo que este paso es doloroso para muchas personas y alegría para otras. “Es una cuestión de justicia”, dijo un diputado en su cámara. La delegación de la diócesis de Carolina del Sur abandonó el recinto en señal de protesta. La convención tuvo la visita de varios primados de alrededor del mundo. Uno de ellos, fue muy especial, se trata de Rowan Williams, arzobispo de Cantórbery, que dejará su cargo este en diciembre.Griselda Delgado, obispa de la Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba habló ante un comité de asuntos internacionales de la Convenció General sobre dos puntos: el embargo económico de Estados Unidos a Cuba y la situación de los presos cubanos en Estados Unidos. Dijo que el embargo “debe eliminarse” porque afecta a las clases más pobres de Cuba y pidió “por un trato humanitario a los presos cubanos” acusados de espionaje que llevan tiempo sin recibir visitas de sus familiares. Delgado, nacida en Bolivia, informó que la Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba cuenta actualmente con 44 congregaciones, 36 misiones, 21 sacerdotes (cuatro son mujeres) y 6 seminaristas.Como medio para “bajar la temperatura” el Sínodo General de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, el cuerpo legislativo formado por obispos, presbíteros y laicos, decidió (288 votos a favor y 144 en contra) posponer para noviembre la decisión de otorgarle el ministerio episcopal a las mujeres. Este ha sido un proceso que lleva ya varios años. Cinco obispos anglicanos han decidido unirse a la Iglesia Católica Romana.La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EUA), la más grande denominación presbiteriana en Estados Unidos con dos millones de fieles, derrotó (338-308) en su reciente asamblea nacional celebrada en Pittsburg, una definición de matrimonio que hubiera permitido el matrimonio entre dos personas del mismo sexo. La asamblea afirmó que matrimonio es “la unión entre un hombre y una mujer” según siempre se ha entendido. Anteriormente se había aprobado la ordenación de homosexuales. Como otras iglesias protestantes, la Iglesia Presbiteriana ha perdido miembros en las últimas décadas.El Vaticano excomulgó recientemente a Joseph Yoe Fusheng, un sacerdote chino por planear su propia consagración como obispo en China. El clérigo pertenece a una rama de la iglesia que controla el gobierno y tiene el nombre de “Asociación Católica China”. Hay una gran división entre los disidentes y los fieles al Obispo de Roma.María Cueto, que fue directora de la oficina nacional de ministerios hispanos de la Iglesia Episcopal a mediados de los años 70, ha fallecido a la edad de 69 años en El Monte, California. Durante su tiempo fue objeto de una investigación por parte del FBI por su presunta relación con el grupo guerrillero Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional, que según la policía, era el ala neoyorquina de un grupo nacionalista puertorriqueño. Estuvo en prisión por casi tres años por desacato y negarse a declarar ante un Gran Jurado. Posteriormente fue puesta en libertad al aclararse su inocencia. Dedicó el resto de su vida a servir a personas necesitadas bajo los auspicios de la diócesis de Los Ángeles.Los partidos que apoyan al ex candidato presidencial mexicano, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, descalificaron los resultados del Tribunal de Elecciones que dieron el triunfo a Enrique Peña Nieto del PRI, el Partido Revolucionario Institucional, afirmando que se compraron votos “por millones” y se cometieron muchas otras irregularidades. Los líderes opositores planean impugnar la elección.Con el cierre de Radio Morena de Ecuador llegan a 20 los medios de comunicación clausurados por el gobierno autoritario de Rafael Correa a quien no le gusta la prensa y mucho menos que lo critiquen. “Así comenzaron los grandes dictadores” de la historia dice un cintillo en Guayaquil.La campaña electoral en Estados Unidos se mantiene candente en medio de encuestas que favorecen a uno u otro candidato. La semana pasada líderes conservadores criticaron a su candidato Mitt Romney por “mostrar tibieza” en sus ataques al presidente Barack Obama. En un programa de televisión se dijo que el 27% del electorado apoya a Romney, mientras que Obama goza de un 55% pese al alto índice de desempleo y una economía “que no acaba de despegar”. Las elecciones tendrán lugar en noviembre.REFRÁN: “No van lejos los de alante si los de atrás corren bien”. 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Cathedral deans: Cleveland’s Tracey Lind

first_img March 7, 2013 at 4:28 am This make me tired. Imagine the words of a big corporation being used to describe our intimate realtion with Christ. What has happened to womens;’s ministry can the circle leadership model that we all works so hard on in the 80’s. where are the women now who got ignored so the corporate model could be installed. We are better than this. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis March 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm Actually we do have a Deacon at Christ Church Cathedral Cincinnati, Sherilyn Pearce, a blessing every day she is with us. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN March 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm Tracey is one fine Dean who, with the support of a her Bishop has pushed the cathedral into the realm of the people of God of Cleveland. This is a significant ministry ( the entire staff contributes ) which meets people where they are and lifts them into the possibilities of Gods grace, love, and mission. The Cathedral in Cleveland is the finest example I have seen where its doors are open not only to all of God’s people, but to the realities of new birth. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Kimberly Clark says: March 7, 2013 at 8:13 am Tracey ministers at Trinity with a deep faith, an abiding commitment to peace and justice, and the ability to bring myriad together myriad parishioners, lay and ordained, to The Glory of God. Cleveland is lucky to have her, The Diocese of Ohio is blessed to have her, and I am thankful to call her friend and colleague. This article is beautifully written and goes far in helping us all understand what a cathedral can be in the 21st century. The people of St. Hubert’s Church, where I serve as Rector, look to Trinity for faithful vision and celebrate all of its success! Curate Diocese of Nebraska March 7, 2013 at 5:17 am I hope consideration is given to interviewing The Very Rev, N. Deliza Spangler, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York. Mother Liza has been Dean since 2006, and has a wonderful ministry in an urban Cathedral struggling to reach out to the Buffalo community, and bringing more people into the Body of Christ. As one of her parishoners, I highly recommend her for an interview. Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY Judy Elliott says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Martinsville, VA Michael E. Lawrence says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Rev. Daniel H. Schoonmaker says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments (10) Press Release Service Featured Events Cathedral deans: Cleveland’s Tracey Lind The joy and challenge of serving multiple constituencies The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, celebrates Eucharist with Diocese of Ohio Bishop Mark Hollingsworth Jr., left, and the Rev. Canon Will Mebane. Photo/Sam HubishThis is the first in a series of interviews with Episcopal cathedral deans.[Episcopal News Service] In a denomination that prides itself on both/and and the via media, it is perhaps the quintessential clergy job: Episcopal cathedral dean.“It’s such a complicated job, because you’re not a rector and you’re not a bishop,” said the Very Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland since 2000.“My job description very clearly says my job is to be the principal preacher and liturgical officer of the cathedral and lead the institution, and I am expected to have a civic leadership role,” she said, adding, “Although I am first and foremost in my heart a pastor, that is less my job than it was when I was the rector of a church.”While she is senior pastor of the congregation, she also is CEO of the cathedral and Trinity Commons, the campus jointly owned by the cathedral and the Diocese of Ohio.“My work as a cathedral dean is really very fast-paced and varied,” said Lind, who was among the first women and one of the first two openly gay clergy called as Episcopal cathedral deans. In one day, she might address the media, welcome a group of visiting dignitaries meeting on campus, work on the budget and meet with governing bodies. “Or I could be counseling a stranger in need of food and shelter who just wandered in because it’s an urban church.”An Episcopal dean’s job is complicated partly because, excluding exceptions such as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and St. John the Divine in New York, Episcopal cathedrals first were parishes, she said. Cleveland’s Trinity Parish, for example, was established in 1816. “It lived as a parish for 100 years, and then under Bishop [William] Leonard, a cathedral was built and the congregation of Trinity parish moved into the new digs and became the cathedral congregation.”While she isn’t called the rector, “I function as the rector and dean of Trinity,” Lind said.It’s a job with many possible permutations.“In the Canadian system, the dean is actually the senior priest of the diocese,” she said. “In the absence of the bishop, the dean in the Canadian system is the ecclesiastical ordained authority in the diocese.”In the Episcopal Church, she said, “some people actually carry the title of rector and dean. In some places, the bishop is the ecclesiastical authority of the cathedral.” The dean also may be a member of the bishop’s staff and could be called by the bishop or elected by a vestry with the bishop’s approval.“That’s the way it is here,” Lind said. “The search committee elects a dean, and the bishop nominates that dean to the vestry. I serve with all of the tenure of a rector.” Her vestry is the governing board, and the cathedral chapter, which meets less often, is advisory.Serving multiple constituenciesCathedrals themselves also serve multiple roles. An urban cathedral, Trinity serves three constituencies, Lind said. First is the cathedral congregation of just fewer than 1,000 people, with average Sunday attendance of about 400.Second is a diocesan constituency. Clergy on holiday and members of other congregations often visit; the cathedral hosts diocesan events; and it models liturgical and other innovations.“One of the things that is particular in the life of a cathedral is that the bishop is present on Christmas and Easter,” Lind said. So, on what would be the two biggest days for a rector in a typical parish to preach and preside, Lind and the bishop alternate roles every other year for the Christmas midnight service and the 11:15 a.m. Easter service. At Easter Vigil, the diocese’s retired bishop suffragan presides while she officiates and preaches.“The relationship between the dean and the bishop is really critical, and I’ve been really blessed to have good relationships with the bishops with whom I’ve served throughout my ministry,” she noted.The third constituency is the city, where people view Trinity as Cleveland’s cathedral. “When the city’s going to gather to grieve and to celebrate, it often happens here,” Lind said.A cathedral should “be a place of spiritual inspiration for the city and for the diocese,” she said. “I think cathedrals are called to be sacred public spaces. I think that’s one of our most important roles.”As dean, Lind plays a prominent community role.“The work of a cathedral dean is different from a rector because of this sense of often being the voice of witness for the diocese or for the church,” she said. “People expect to see, at least in this diocese, the cathedral dean quoted in the newspapers or writing op-eds or speaking to the media if something happens in this diocese, in this city. After the shootings in Connecticut, we took some action around gun control, and we issued a statement, and the media came here for reaction.”An op-ed Lind wrote for The Plain Dealer four years ago led to the formation in June 2011 of Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition of faith communities and partner organizations working toward social justice.The group has established five issue areas – jobs, education, health care, criminal justice and accessible food – and logged several successes, she said. “We helped the community come together for innovative school reform legislation, and we helped pass a school levy in a landslide victory.”As she detailed in a column in January, the coalition has tackled criminal-justice inequities, including supporting legislation removing barriers to employment for ex-offenders. Most recently, the coalition led a strong lobbying effort that contributed to Gov. John Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid to cover 600,000 uninsured Ohioans.Staying relevant“I think the role of cathedrals is shifting and changing as the structure and ethos of the Episcopal Church shifts and changes,” Lind said. The goal is to “make an 11th-century concept relevant to the 21st century. How to not make it an anachronism – that’s the challenge.”Previously, cathedrals were designed as centers that drew people from the countryside and provided a ministry of hospitality, music, art and education, Lind said. “A cathedral was created to be a place of pilgrimage. You might not be able to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem or to Rome, but you could make pilgrimage to the cathedral in your city.”But the notion of a “see city” has changed. “So much of what’s going on in American life these days is a leveling of hierarchy and a decentralizing of authority and a decentralizing of life as opposed to saying: Y’all come to the center,” Lind said.There’s a certain transience to the cathedral congregation. “We sit in the middle of a university campus,” Lind said. “But people also come to the cathedral when they come to town until they figure out where they’re going to live. Then they might settle into a suburban community.”Sometimes people migrate to the cathedral while their parish is in conflict. Or a church’s longtime lay leaders or wardens spend six months or so there when they step aside for new leadership. Or newly retired clergy come while they discern what’s next.“Trinity on any given Sunday will have anywhere from 10 to upward of 20 clergy in the congregation, either nonparochial clergy or retired clergy or clergy in transition or clergy on vacation or clergy on leave,” Lind said. Trinity’s pledging members include clergy from various denominations – Lutheran, United Church of Christ, Methodist, Baptist. “We have a number of chaplains that are members here, or they run church-affiliated organizations, or they’re on university faculty teaching religion and they choose to worship here.”The congregation also has many members in their 20s and 30s, and about 150 children. “This congregation is getting younger by the day as our city experiences a renaissance,” the dean said.The cathedral is diverse in other ways as well. “For the entire time that I have been dean of this cathedral, we’ve had a racially mixed clergy team … and that’s important,” Lind said. “That was true when I was the rector [of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church] in Paterson, [New Jersey]. I think what you see at the altar affects what your congregation’s going to look like. If you want to look like the kingdom of God, then you’ve got to have that in your leadership, lay and ordained. If you want to be a rainbow place, you really need to look like the rainbow.”Liturgical diversityA multi-faceted worship schedule reflects the diverse congregation.“What we do here are many seatings at one table,” Lind said. So the first Sunday of the month includes an “early bird special,” a “very emergent” jazz Mass, a choral Eucharist and an evening solemn sung Eucharist with “smells and bells.” Other Sunday evenings feature Compline, Celtic worship and other liturgical forms aimed at appealing to students. Wednesdays bring Evensong. “It’s as good here as it is in any cathedral anywhere in the United States or England … and it’s a congregation of around 100 people [at that service].”Worship is another aspect making cathedrals “interesting and unique and challenging,” Lind said. “On the one hand, I believe that cathedrals are places where I think we’re called into liturgical reform. … On the other hand, it also represents the diocese as a whole.”The cathedral hosts diocesan liturgies, such as the clergy renewal of vows, confirmations and deacon ordinations, as well as middle school pilgrimages, acolyte festivals and musical boar’s head festivals.“I think we are expected to offer liturgical excellence,” Lind said. “In this cathedral, we do that with a commitment to inclusive language. This might be the only place in the diocese where on a regular basis you hear Enriching Our Worship,” a collection of supplemental liturgical materials, including eucharistic prayers, approved for use by General Convention. “Sometimes I think it gives people courage to take it back to their own congregation.”The cathedral also may host speakers parishes can’t afford – or find too controversial. “People will use it as part of their continuing education or part of their parish education,” she said.Lind’s interfaith background – her father was Jewish, her mother Christian – makes her sensitive to anti-Judaism, intentional or unintentional, when crafting liturgies. “How do we proclaim Jesus as our way, our truth and our life and how do we proclaim the gospel as good news in a pluralistic world is something I have a deep and abiding sensitivity and appreciation about,” she said. “I think it’s made for some very strong relationships with local synagogues because I truly believe that there are many ways to come to God and there are many names by which we call God.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Mark A. Wirtz says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Deans Series 2013 March 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm It is a delight to see Dean Lind, because she was my first rector in Paterson, New Jersey. She and I had a working relationship that I will always be thankful for. Today I am the rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach, SC and the President of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina. May God continue to lead you as you seek to be faithful in your service to humanity. Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID By Sharon SheridanPosted Mar 6, 2013 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs center_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Rev. Craig Foster says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 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 Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL March 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm Tracy is a fine priest and Dean. She has been colleague in the Diocese of Ohio, a mentor in the Episcopal Church and now a Sister Dean! Most especially gratifying is that she is Dean of my Mother Congregation – Trinity Cathedral raised me up for the Priesthood. – The Very Rev. Walter Brownridge, Dean of The Cathedral of St. Andrew – Honolulu, HI Associate Rector Columbus, GA the Rev Mark K J Robinson says: Comments are closed. Wilmot T. Merchant, II says: Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Walter Brownridge says: Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Chris Carey says: March 7, 2013 at 8:43 am I appreciate the article and the role of Dean’s and Cathedrals, particularly as they seek to serve the neighborhoods where they live. I just find it strange there is no Deacon at the altar in the picture. Of course, we have the same situation in So. Ohio at our Cathedral. Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH March 7, 2013 at 10:25 am The Very Rev. Tracy and the people of Trinity Cathedral were a blessing to me when I lived in Cleveland. When I moved out of state, it became even more clear what a unique Christian community that is. Cleveland is blessed indeed to have them! Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA March 7, 2013 at 7:55 am The dean is an amazing leader, preacher, writer, and pastor. The worst part of our moving from Cleveland was having to give up her and the Trinity Cathedral parish. Trinity Commons is a perpetual motion machine humming all day, every day in the heart of the city! Dean Lind’s book, INTERRUPTED BY GOD: GLIMPSES FROM THE EDGE is a must read with the fine addition of her medtative photography. 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