Eric Elwood Connacht Revolution

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There’s a huge pool of untapped talent in Ireland at schoolboy level and I want to develop it. Tony Ward, the former Ireland fly-half now involved with Leinster Schools, told me of the potential that’s out there. And taking Connacht as an example, when I was at school there were only four or five schools playing rugby, but now there are over 25. We need to spot the talent and nurture it, and we’re well placed at Connacht to do that. I believe that if you’re good enough you deserve a chance, so I’ve no problem blooding 20-year-olds in the Magners League. That’s better than them going elsewhere and sitting on the bench until they’re 22 or 23.I’m delighted the IRFU has taken this step as for too long it’s been ‘three provinces plus Connacht’. We’ve been crying out for players to come to us and get game time, rather than sitting on the bench at other provinces. The ultimate goal is to make the national side as strong as possible and we can best do that by giving Connacht equal footing with Leinster, Munster and Ulster. It will be far better for Declan Kidney to have four sides to choose from instead of just three, particularly in the near future as the current cycle of great players ends. O’Driscoll, O’Gara, D’Arcy and Wallace can’t go on forever and Irish rugby must do everything it can to find their successors.This article appeared in the February 2011 issue of Rugby World MagazineDo you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. TAGS: Connacht Frank Murphy at scrum half for ConnachtA new structure has been put in place in Connacht that is going to make a big difference to the way the pro game is run in the province.Eric Elwood says: “First and foremost, a Professional Game Board has been set up with a panel that includes ex-Ireland scrum-half Conor McGuinness and several prominent local businessmen. Among them is a good friend of mine, Simon Heaslip, who used to be chairman of Galwegians RFC, so he has a good understanding of both rugby and business. Because rugby is a business these days, we need to get the cash registers ringing in Connacht if we’re to reach the same level as Ulster, Munster and Leinster.Despite Ireland’s recent economic problems, we’re still getting the numbers through the door at Connacht, mainly because we offer fans an attractive brand with the Magners League and Amlin Challenge Cup. But there’s room for improvement, especially in facilities, and we want to build a stand worthy of Connacht rugby.Another part of the agreement reached between Connacht and the IRFU is that Munster, Leinster and Ulster have given a commitment to allow more movement of players to Connacht. Now, without wishing to sound too much of a sceptic, this sounds good in theory but will it work in practice? We’ll have to wait and see.All I know is that I have a team with a lot of good young players and I’m seeing too many enticed away, and it’s happening now with the likes of Sean Cronin and a few others.last_img read more


Dan Cole on Toby Flood, desert islands and nicknames

first_imgRW: Do you moan about Richard Cockerill?DC: Of course not! We only have praise for such a… the person who pays our wages!RW: Who’d play you in a film of your life?DC: Someone cool like Steve McQueen.RW: Tell us a surprising fact…DC: That I’m 23 years old despite my looks! I get a lot of stick for the way I look.RW: If you weren’t playing rugby what would you be doing?DC: I was going to go to university to study civil engineering, so that, or working in a forest. I’d also like to play American Football. I’m not good at hand-eye coordination but I like to smash people!RW: If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?DC: I’d be like Colossus in X-Men. He can turn himself into steel, and he’s athletic, strong and shiny, so win-win!RW: What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?DC: I’m a sensible man! I don’t buy stuff. But the most expensive is some jewellery I got for my mother after my first cap and a watch for my dad.RW: What are you most asked by the public?DC: Can you hold my bags while I ask for Toby Flood’s autograph?RW: And the answer?DC: Of course!RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?DC: Somewhere nice to live, not with Floody – I’ve had enough of him. And a normal life.RW: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt?DC: After you’ve made an error, as the cheesy saying goes, you’ve got to bounce back.RW: Any words of wisdom?DC: No. You’ve got to be wise for that!Check out his profile for England…This interview appeared in the March 2011 edition of Rugby World. Would you like to buy the full issue, digitally, for your PC, Mac or Ipad – click here Or if you want to find out which newsagents Rugby World is sold in then click here. Leicester and England tighthead Dan ColeENGLAND PROP gives Rugby World’s Bea Asprey got an insight into the lighter side of his life…Rugby World: What’s Toby Flood like to live with?Dan Cole: I could tell you lots of things about him but he wouldn’t speak to me for a week!RW: Any little things?DC: Not his ears, they’re quite large.RW: He’s got big ears?DC: You said it!RW: Who are the England jokers?DC: James Haskell’s loud, but whether or not he’s funny is debatable.RW: How was your England initiation?DC: It was fairly standard. I sang Stand By Me. I don’t like speaking in front of people and I’m not a good singer, so when you combine the two it’s not really a match made in heaven!RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?DC: I don’t see a lot of games because I’m too busy pretending to scrummage, but the lines Boris Stankovich has come out with at times have been funny.RW: What three things would you take with you to a desert island?DC: Some form of water purification so I could drink, sun block and a machete to make a hut.RW: What’s your idea of a dream holiday?DC: I’d like a holiday on a beach with everything provided for you, away from most people. But I’m not good in the sun, so I’d like to go exploring in South America.RW: What are your nicknames?DC: At the moment it’s Da Cole. Louis Deacon claims I was calling myself that on a night out in Italy. I wasn’t.RW: Do you have any bad habits?DC: No, I’m very clean and healthy. I don’t snore or do anything like that. Floody would totally agree with me!RW: Who’s your ideal woman?DC: Someone who’d cook, clean and generally look after me. And earn lots of money so I didn’t have to do anything.RW: How do you switch off from rugby?DC: I listen to music when I drive home. I like the blues. Or I have a good moan with Floody for five minutes, then move on and chill out.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more


Wulf and Ranger return for Chiefs showdown

first_imgSuper Rugby Round 15Blues v ChiefsSaturday, 2nd June 2012 at North Harbour StadiumKick-off: 7.35pm HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 02: Rudi Wulf of the Blues gets past Asaeli Tikoirotuma of the Chiefs during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Waikato Stadium on March 2, 2012 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) Lone Wulf: Rudi Wulf returns in time to claim his 50th capBlues coach Pat Lam welcomes back a couple of players from the squad’s lengthy injured list to the starting 22 this week.Fullback Rudi Wulf returns to the side after being laid off for a month with a shoulder injury. Saturday night’s match is a special one for Wulf who will be running out for his 50th Super Rugby game for the Blues in his home union at North Harbour Stadium.Another returning back is Rene Ranger who sustained a rib injury last month and will start on the left wing.Rookie hooker James Parson gets the nod to start this match after solid performances in recent weeks and Francis Saili retains the starting centre slot for the second week in a row. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Starting XV:15. Rudi Wulf (*50th game for Blues), 14. Lachie Munro, 13. Francis Saili (WTG), 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Rene Ranger, 10. Michael Hobbs, 9. Alby Mathewson, 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. James Parsons (WTG), 3. Tevita Mailau, 4. Liaki Moli, 5. Ali Williams, 6. Steven Luatua (WTG), 7. Daniel Braid, 8. Luke Braid ©Replacements:16. Tom McCartney, 17. Angus Ta’avao, 18. Filo Paulo, 19. Peter Saili, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Hadleigh Parkes, 22. David Raikunalast_img read more


John Taylor on Henson’s lifeline

first_imgRICHMOND, ENGLAND – JULY 10: London Welsh new signing Gavin Henson (C) poses with Coach Lyn Jones(R) and Chairman John Taylor during a photocall at Old Deer Park on July 10, 2012 in Richmond, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Chairman John Taylor (L) shares his thoughts on their new signingTHE LEICESTER back row will be dusting off their tuxedos in anticipation of giving Gavin Henson a dancing lesson at the Kassam Stadium, come September 2, writes Richard Grainger.For 30-year-old Henson, the lifeline thrown by London Welsh this week may well represent the last chance saloon, and the Premiership new boys must be hoping that the ice cubes stay on the right side of the bar this time.“A line has to be drawn under that by everybody,” Exiles’ Head Coach Lyn Jones told BBC Sport, in reference to Henson’s most recent misdemeanour. It seems likely that Henson, who has won 33 caps and scored 133 points for Wales, will slot into the fly half berth. “We see him primarily as a No10 — we’ve got Gordon Ross and we’ve got Alex Davies, but we think he’ll add power in there as well,” Exiles’ Managing Director John Taylor told Rugby World.This will be Henson’s fifth club in two years, but the move reunites him with Jones. The pair were last together when Jones coached the Ospreys between 2003 and 2008 — undisputedly Henson’s halcyon years. And with Rob Lewis’ departure to Cardiff Blues, this will mean it’s all change at half-back next term. But will Matt Keyte, recently recruited from Bath Academy fill Lewis’ boots at No9? Taylor says: “We’ve by no means finished our recruitment… a scrum half with proven ability at the very top level is also very much one of our priorities.”The Exiles face a Premiership baptism of fire with their first top flight opponents at the Kassam being last season’s runners-up, Leicester Tigers. “We might catch them cold,” says Taylor, “… we might pull off a surprise there. But we would be very, very naïve to even pretend that Leicester in absolute full mode with all their stars are a side that we could realistically target.” And if they do pull off a surprise, Harlequins, the reigning Premiership champions, will be waiting to congratulate them at the Twickenham Stoop a week later.However, Taylor, whose winning kick at Murrayfield for Wales in 1971 was described by one Welsh journalist as, “the greatest conversion since Saint Paul,” is less than sanguine about the Exiles’ Premiership prospects. “We certainly know we’re going to be in the bottom four and it’s a question of making sure that we’re not bottom.” But one crucial area that London Welsh appear to have successfully addressed already is getting financial backing for a Premiership campaign. “We’ve already got eight new backers on board before the start of the season,” says Taylor. “They are all Welshmen bar one. Of course we’ll lose money over the first couple of years, but the way that the Premiership is going in terms crowds, in terms of sponsorship and the whole commercial side, there is a realistic chance of it being a proper business.”Taylor also pays tribute to current club sponsor Kelvin Bryon, who will remain involved. “He’s done an absolutely fantastic job — he’s been a real saviour, literally. This time three years ago, we were actually in administration and Kelvin has funded most of the fight back from there. One of the premises of driving onwards and upwards was that he couldn’t possibly be expected to finance a Premiership campaign.”But will the move to the Kassam Stadium risk losing one fan base in pursuit of another?“To be honest,” says Taylor, “Our fan base in London is aging and diminishing and we have to get a new fan base in any case. In the Championship you really haven’t got a platform to build on — the Premiership gives us a platform to build a fan base. We will certainly be targeting Oxford and the Oxford area. I think everybody is aware the reason we have gone to Oxford first up is because that is the only place that we can play next season where we felt we were going into an absolutely first class stadium that could satisfy all the requirements of playing in the Premiership. It wasn’t ideal, it wasn’t a choice that was made lightly, but in the end, it was the only choice.” There will be no shortage of interest in this season opener in Oxford. “Obviously,” says Taylor, “it’s a terrific fixture for our first game at the Kassam.”And with the Sky cameras present, the stage is set for Henson to ‘skip the light fandango and turn cartwheels ‘cross the floor’. Now that promises to be one dance-off I don’t want to miss.last_img read more


Rugby Championship: Minimal changes for Round 2

first_imgSubs: Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Flip van der Merwe, Siya Kolisi, Jano Vermaak, Patrick Lambie, Jan Serfontein. WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – AUGUST 22: of the Wallabies during an Australian Wallabies training session at Porirua Park on August 22, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) Running wild: Springboks Jean de Villiers and Morne Steyn enjoy their obliteration of the Pumas in Soweto last weekBy Alan DymockAS INEVITABLE as the front of the newspapers showing flaxen-haired teenage girls jumping for joy on school-results day, the big guns have made almost no changes for Round 2 of the Rugby Championship.OK, so New Zealand and Australia have made one change to the starting line-up each, pressed by injuries, but South Africa have retained the same starting side that mauled the Pumas in Soweto, 73-13, for the trip to Mendoza.The newbie: Tom Taylor goes through team runsToulouse scrum-half Jano Vermaak does come onto the bench, replacing Japan-based pass-flinger Fourie du Preez, and Bismarck du Plessis stays on the pine while Adriaan Strauss retains the starting hooker spot. Were du Plessis to come into the fray he will earn his 50th cap.New Zealand, however, have made a change at stand-off due to injuries to Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden. Uncapped Crusader Tom Taylor has been selected to run opposite Matt Toomua in Wellington.Likewise, Australia have only made the one swap, with Scott Fardy of the Brumbies coming in to play in the stead of blindside Hugh McMeniman, who drops out with a season-closing shoulder injury.Understandably, the All Blacks were unwilling to tinker with a winning side, with Hansen showing faith in one uncapped player because the rest of the squad have so much experience.For the Wallabies, though, it is a case of trusting what little experience their new players have garnered, without making wholesale changes. On this head coach Ewen McKenzie said: “You can’t fudge experience and I know this group learned a great deal from last week and will be much better for the experience on Saturday night.“We made a decision to reward players that were in form, and who we believed were capable of executing what we are trying to achieve as a group. That doesn’t change overnight or following one losing result.”Argentina, on the other hand, left it as late as possible to assess injuries before they named their team to play South Africa at home, but they have reversed the trend by making five  changes, most notably with Leicester’s Marcos Ayerza coming in at loose-head and Juan Imhoff dropping out of the starting team. Incoming: Scott Fardy is set for the flankAll Blacks: Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Tom Taylor, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Steven Luatua; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.Subs: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Colin Slade, Charles Piutau.Wallabies: Jesse Mogg; Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Christian Leali’ifano, James O’Connor; Matt Toomua, Will Genia; Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy; James Horwill (c), Rob Simmons; Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper.Subs: Saia Fainga’a, Scott Sio, Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Liam Gill, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani.Los Pumas: Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino; Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Felipe Contepomi (c), Horacio Agulla; Nicolás Sánchez, Martín Landajo; Marcos Ayerza, Eusebio Guiñazú, Juan Figallo, Julio Farías Cabello, Mariano Galarza, Pablo Matera, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Leonardo Senatore.Subs: Agustín Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Tomas Lavaninni, Benjamin Macome, Tomás Cubelli, Santiago Fernández, Juan Imhoff.Springboks: Willie le Roux; Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar; Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw; Juandre Kruger, Eben Etzebeth; Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more


Secret Player: “You’re essentially being paid to get beaten up once a week”

first_img Injury doubt: Jamie Roberts hits the line hard Which is why I always felt it was better just to keep on trucking. This way, nature usually intervened, as if you play enough games in a row you’re sure to eventually pick up a decent-sized injury. So, your body gets the break from combat it needs, and the question of impressing potential employers is also taken care of – as every player knows, the longer you’re injured, the better the player you become. That’s the problem solved, right? This column was first published in the September 2016 issue of Rugby World. When you think about it, there are scarcely any first-world jobs left which you can say that about – a source of perverse pride for some in rugby. But, having come to that conclusion, what can you do about it? You’re now in your mid-twenties and, not to beat about the bush, moving into the most lucrative years of your career. With an average contract lasting two years there is a constant, urgent need to prove to either your current club or others in the market that you are A) worth the cash you are on or B) actually deserve more. Unless you are a bona fide star, the chance for a mid-season holiday doesn’t come up.Jean Kleyn of Munster is seen with his eye bandaged after a match (Brendan Moran/Getty Images)Most clubs will have some sort of policy on rotation, but every coach knows that there are some guys he just can’t afford to drop. I’ve seen fly-halves promised the weekend off on Monday, only for his replacement to have a stinker in training all week and find himself back in the starting team by Thursday. People talk about it being a results business but, business or not, you don’t get to the top without hating losing, which is why, when it comes to the crunch, it’s so hard for coaches to rest their best guys.Ian Keatley knocks past Steffon Armitage (AFP/Getty Images)Players are no different, and don’t want to leave their team hanging. Most, then, have to be told that they need a break, but this is a tricky one for coaches. It’s a funny thing but sometimes you can feel absolutely fine until someone tells you you’ve been overdoing it, at which point your brain convinces you that you are indeed knackered, and your physical performance instantly goes down the tubes. Players don’t really speak out about this too much – at the moment there is no loud player voice everyone recognises as the big advocate for making changes.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS ALL THIS stuff about player welfare wasn’t even an issue when I started out professionally. Maybe it’s my Protestant work ethic, or my Catholic guilt (I’m never quite sure which I am), but I never once thought about needing a rest, break or sabbatical during the first half of my career. I had somehow ended up being paid to mess about on a rugby pitch, working a few hours daily for a pretty decent wedge, and I wasn’t about to start whining about being a bit sore. It was probably down to my upbringing – growing up in a hole by t’ side of motorway, handful of freezing cold poison for breakfast, etc – but I never felt anything other than lucky.My employers generally seemed to be of the same opinion, and gave the impression that they were doing you a favour in paying you to perform this bizarre métier. Given that so few clubs turn a profit, I could sort of see their point – most are more like charitable foundations for the mildly brain damaged than businesses.Jason Robinson of Sale lies on the ground after suffering a concussion (Warren Little/Getty Images)But at a certain stage of your evolution, once the exuberance and resilience of youth fades, you wake up one painful morning and realise that you are essentially being paid to get beaten up once a week. Twice counting the dreaded Tuesday session. And that, despite all the jibes from friends and relatives in normal, nine-to-five jobs, you might actually be earning your corn after all, as you’re doing things they either can’t do or aren’t prepared to do.There are two main ways that pro players stand out from the gimp on the Clapham omnibus: either through greater-than-ordinary skill, speed or power (ie, the majority of top-level backs); or a willingness to repeatedly put yourself through pain and discomfort that most would find bizarre (ie, 90% of club-level forwards).Sene Naoupu is tackled by Chelsea Alley and Portia Woodman (AFP/Getty Images)Clearly, for the purposes of this discussion I’m focusing on the second ‘attribute’. Like I say, as you get older, and the visible and invisible evidence of your various injuries mounts, you realise that the basic requirements of your career, short as it is, may be hazardous to your health.last_img read more


Six Nations: Scotland 29-0 Italy

first_imgItaly: E Padovani; A Esposito, T Benvenuti, L McLean, G Venditti; C Canna (L Sperandio, 62), E Gori (M Violi, 52); A Lovotti (S Panico, 62), O Gega (L Ghialdini 40), L Cittadini (D Chistolini, 40), M Fuser, G Biagi (F Ruzza, 74), A Steyn, M Mbnda (F Minto, 52), S PArisse (capt). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scotland ended their 2017 Six Nations with three wins after defeating Italy 29-0 at Murrayfield. It was a victory built on momentum and muscle and one that ends Vern Cotter’s reign as Scotland head coach on a fine note.Banished were the memories of Scotland’s hammering at the hands of England a week previous, with hard carrying in the rain and a sense of adventure when things brightened up. They deserved their bonus point for the manner in which they exploited quick ball and slammed into the gainline, but this was also a weak showing from Italy. The second try they gave up came as the ball was batted towards Matt Scott in a panicky flap, the first, third and fourth the products of riding attackers backwards towards their own line.The visitors were hard done by in not getting a penalty try after 50 minutes, with the Scots persistently giving away penalties in front of their own line, but that was their only real opportunity – with a penalty advantage and John Barclay in the bin they had two great chances to make their numbers count and butchered them both. For too long in this one they were passive, almost content to come off second best in many collisions and it must have been frustrating to the extent of infuriating for Conor O’Shea to see his attack flounder.As for Scotland‘s coaches, there was a hint of tears in Cotter’s post-match interview but there will be no grandstanding from him, no lengthy soliloquys. He came to do a job and after this one, it looks pretty clear he has achieved a great many of his goals….Hard day at the office: Sergio Parisse silences his sideWHAT’S HOTScotland’s Six Nations – Three wins out of five is a great return for the hosts who have – Twickenham horror show aside – played throughout this championship with a swagger and brio that has been missing for some time. With Cotter departing, can they continue this? In truth it doesn’t really matter – the fans have had plenty to cheer over the last few months and they will enjoy revealing in this.Playing in the rain – Yes greasy conditions made for a lot of kicking and one-out runners, but actually in this weather, if a catch was made cleanly or you had quick ball with a runner around the corner, there were yards to be made. So while Italy focussed on exits and a driving maul, Scotland played with tempo. It bore fruit often.Leading well: John Barclay, who received a team yellow card, carrying hardYoung men growing up – Zander Fagerson had his best game of the tournament here, looking like an old veteran. We know how good Hamish Watson can be and his performance was as action-packed as we’ve come to expect. But Scotland will take great pleasure in knowing how far their young tighthead and even scrum-half Ali Price have come in the space of this year’s Six Nations.WHAT’S NOTItalian penalty kicking – Carlo Canna had a day to lament from the tee, missing three kicks in the first half that would have kept Italy in touch with their hosts. For all the skilful young fly-half has the potential to offer when he has the ball in space, at the moment he cannot give Italy what they really need in games like these: points.Schizophrenic set-piece – If either side got a straight throw in at the lineout it made for a more fluid game – indeed when Italy got their maul rumbling it looked dangerous. But Ornel Gega’s throwing was as predictable as a toddler during a BBC News interview and Scotland’s second try stemmed from a stolen lineout. It was no surprise when he was hooked at half time. Man of the day: Finn Russell, the man of the match, scores Scotland’s first Day to forget: Carlo Canna kicked poorly and was subbed off after an hourOver-lenient officiating – Scotland got a team yellow after repeated infringements in the third quarter, constantly chucking a spanner into the Italian lineout. Fair enough, but how in the name of the game did the referee not award a penalty try? It felt for all the world like a bottled call.STATISTICS53% – Vern Cotter’s final win percentage as Scotland head coach, making him the most successfulScottish boss in the professional era.24 – The number of years since Scotland have nilled an opponent in the championship.5 – The number of lineouts lost by Italy.Scotland: S Hogg; T Seymour, H Jones (M Scott, 26, D Weir 74), A Dunbar, T Visser; F Russell, A Price (H Pyrgos 54); G Reid (A Dell, 52), R Ford (F Brown 65), Z Fagerson (S Berghan, 65), G Gilchrist (T Swinson, 57), J Gray, J Barclay (capt), H Watson, R Wilson (C du Preez, 48).Tries: Russell, Scott, Visser, Seymour. Con: Russell 3. Pen: Hogg.Yellow card: Barclay.last_img read more


The World Cup to the Max. In Tokyo — and Beyond

first_img Advertising Feature Supported by Tokyo Convention & Visitors BureauThe World Cup to the Max. In Tokyo — and BeyondWilliam Webb Ellis could scarcely have known that his “fine disregard for the rules of football” would take hold in Japan. Less still could he have imagined that the world’s best would vie there for the trophy that bears his name.Rugby fans will discover that their sport has indeed gained a passionate following in the Land of the Rising Sun and that Japan provides a setting of stimulating allure for Rugby World Cup 2019. Those fortunate enough to witness the action in person will get to enjoy the unsuspected charms of the host nation, as well as the excitement on the field.The players and spectators at the finals matches will bene fit from cutting-edge lighting and turf management at Tokyo Stadium (photo) and at International Stadium YokohamaTokyo is both portal and destination for Rugby World Cup 2019. The city’s air hubs, Haneda and Narita, are the natural choices for itineraries that include any combination of the 12 match venues. As destination, the Japanese capital and its neighbour, Yokohama, will host five pool-phase matches that feature teams from the British Isles. They will also host the semi-finals, the bronze final and the final.Try your hand at making Edo kiriko cut glass while in TokyoBeckoning sojourners is Tokyo’s eclectic dynamic of “Old meets New”. Bed and board are a joyful mix of the latest amenities and traditional hospitality. A surge of hotel construction has expanded the range of accommodation for any budget. Diners will enjoy such diverse options as authentic British pubs, Japanese and Western eateries atop department stores, and even leisurely meals on pleasure boats. Next-door Yokohama offers such culinary attractions as Chinatown’s restaurants and the birthplace of sukiyaki.Food offerings at a British pub in Tokyo’s Roppongi nightlife districtParticipatory craftwork is a source of memories of any travel haven, and Tokyo affords travellers a wealth of opportunities to indulge their hands-on inclinations. For example, some of the studios that produce Edo (Tokyo’s former name) kiriko (cut glass) in Tokyo’s Asakusa district and elsewhere in the city hold make-your-own workshops.For more information, please visit www.sportsjourney.jpConvenient train connections mean that taking in matches away from Tokyo and exploring “the rest of Japan” is easy. Furthest off the beaten path yet readily accessible is the newest and airiest of the 12 venues, Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.Jiro Ishiyama, a standout forward on the championship Kamaishi teams of the 1970s and 1980s, spearheaded the creation of the city’s stadium (shown under construction)The Kamaishi stadium has risen on the site of a primary school and middle school washed away by the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Kamaishi, in Iwate Prefecture, has a proud rugby tradition, and a semi-professional corporate team sponsored by the city’s namesake steel-maker dominated Japanese rugby from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Discover what to see and do in Japan at Rugby World Cup 2019center_img TAGS: Japan Bask in the hot-spring spas that dot the Japanese countryside, as at Miyagi Prefecture’s Akiu OnsenKokeshi doll workshops, such as this one in Miyagi, let you exercise your painterly instinctsJapan’s north abounds in natural scenery that warrants attention in planning itineraries. Also worthy of attention are the region’s hands-on craft studios. Especially fun are the workshops where visitors can paint their own kokeshi dolls — simple cylindrical figurines that are traditional souvenirs of the region.So come enjoy the action on the field at Rugby World Cup 2019. And delve into the countless attractions in store for the attentive traveller — in Tokyo and beyond.last_img read more


Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa: Justice vs. Charity

first_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By Peter DreierPosted May 15, 2012 Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments (6) Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis September 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm Who wrote the following; Mother Theresa or Rosa Parks?O God, we pray for all those in our worldwho are suffering from injustice:For those who are discriminated againstbecause of their race, color or religion;For those imprisonedfor working for the relief of oppression;For those who are houndedfor speaking the inconvenient truth;For those tempted to violenceas a cry against overwhelming hardship;For those deprived of reasonable health and education;For those suffering from hunger and famine;For those too weak to help themselvesand who have no one else to help them;For the unemployed who cry outfor work but do not find it.We pray for anyone of our acquaintancewho is personally affected by injustice.Forgive us, Lord, if we unwittingly share in the conditionsor in a system that perpetuates injustice.Show us how we can serve your childrenand make your love practical by washing their feet.I’ll give you a hint – it wasn’t Rosa Parks. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Freda Marie says: Rector Tampa, FL Teresa Gocha says: May 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm Mr Dreier says; “But even if Mother Teresa’s hospices, orphanages, and other institutions had been models of modern medicine and social work, the reality is that her approach to suffering was that of charity and pity.” I would like to know something of Mr Dreier’s approach to suffering that qualifies him to sit in judgement on Mother Teresa. I must have missed the publications describing his work (apart from writing, “research” and “thinking”) for justice and/or mercy. In the meantime, I thank God for the Mother Teresa’s of this world who are willing to do the best they can, and trust God to be in the gaps of their knowledge and ability. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT June 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm Thank you for explaining so clearly what I have felt for many years. I hope that others will learn from you the important contrast between these women. 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I believe the author’s perspective on equality, human rights, and social justice requires broadening. As an African-American female priest, I believe that each woman, in her own unique way, contributed to work that equalized and justified the right to be a HUMAN BEING upon the earth! There are no “either/or’s” in the struggle for justice, equality, human rights and human dignity. There are only “both/and’s”. All issue forth from the mandate of Our Lord to LOVE. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA center_img May 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm Seriously? Are you people for real? Mr. Dreier is absolutely correct; however, Mother Teresa is not in the same pantheon as the others. She is head and shoulders ABOVE them. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa: Justice vs. Charity Angie Forde says: Neil Ewachiw says: Rector Bath, NC May 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm That this would be regarded as a noteworthy article by the Episcopal News Service encapsulates just how confused the Episcopal Church is about what constitutes the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Millennium Development Goals. The writer accuses Blessed Teresa of Calcutta of mere charity and indicts her for lacking justice. Charity is taken from the word Latin “caritas.” You know…”the greatest of these?” “Deus caritas est?” Ring a bell? We need not fret over the author’s opinion. Blessed Teresa will, in the fullness of time, be raised to the honors of the Altar. Thomas Andrew says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 [Huffington Post] On May 10 the Washington National Cathedral dedicated a new stone carving of Rosa Parks. It will be displayed in the cathedral’s Human Rights Porch.The area already includes likenesses of Oscar Romero, the brave Catholic Archbishop of El Salvador, who spoke out against the U.S. for giving military aid to his country’s military junta and was killed in 1980 for his activism with workers and peasants fighting the regime; Eleanor Roosevelt, who came from a privileged background but used her position as first lady to be an ally with unions, civil rights groups, feminists, and other progressive movements; and John T. Walker, the first African American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and an activist who was an ally of South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was once arrested at a protest rally against apartheid at the South African Embassy.In a piece about the event broadcast on Saturday, National Public Radio’s Scott Simon reported that the statue of Parks was commissioned along with a carving of Mother Teresa that will be dedicated later this year.“They may have much to talk about,” Simon proclaimed at the end of the four-minute segment.A conversation between Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa would indeed be interesting. But it would probably not go along the lines that Simon’s glib comment implied, as if the seamstress and the nun shared a common approach to addressing the world’s ills. In fact, the statement on the National Cathedral’s website, that Parks and Mother Teresa belong in an area honoring “those who struggle to bring equality and social justice to all people” is incredibly misleading. Parks certainly fits that description, but Mother Teresa most certainly does not.Mother Teresa (1910-1997) dedicated her life to providing comfort to society’s victims, primarily neglected children, the sick, and the very poor. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic order that now has 4,500 sisters and 610 missions in 123 countries that include orphanages, soup kitchens, hospices for the dying, homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and “wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.”This is worthy work for which Mother Teresa deserves praise and received the Nobel Peace Prize. But it is a far cry from any “struggle to bring equality and social justice to all people.” Mother Teresa raised millions of dollars for her efforts, but she never challenged the system that caused such widespread suffering. To the contrary, Mother Teresa believed, according to people who worked with and wrote about her, that suffering would bring people closer to Jesus.Colette Livermore, a former Missionary of Charity, admired Mother Teresa’s courage and dedication, but ultimately left the order. As she describes in her book Hope Endures: Leaving Mother Teresa, Losing Faith, and Searching for Meaning, Livermore did not agree with what she called Mother Teresa’s “theology of suffering.”According to Mother Teresa’s philosophy, it is “the most beautiful gift for a person that he can participate in the sufferings of Christ.”In an article in Free Inquiry, writer Judith Hayes reported that Mother Teresa once approached a dying cancer patient not with pain killers but with a bit of theology. “You are suffering like Christ on the cross,” Mother Teresa allegedly told the patient. “So Jesus must be kissing you.” According to Hayes, the patient replied, “Then please tell him to stop kissing me.”The British newspaper The Guardian noted the “charges of gross neglect and physical and emotional abuse” in her orphanages. Two highly-respected medical journals — The Lancet and the British Medical Journal — reported that the quality of care in the Homes for the Dying was “haphazard.” Patients endured poor living conditions. Staff failed to use modern medical techniques and volunteers lacked basic medical knowledge. The staff didn’t distinguish between curable and incurable patients, putting some patients, who might otherwise survive, at risk of dying from infections. Sanal Edamaruku, President of Rationalist International, criticized her practice of failing to use painkillers. In her Homes for the Dying, one could “hear the screams of people having maggots tweezered from their open wounds without pain relief. On principle, strong painkillers are even in hard cases not given.”Rather than reduce suffering, in other words, Mother Teresa’s approach may actually have increased it.But even if Mother Teresa’s hospices, orphanages, and other institutions had been models of modern medicine and social work, the reality is that her approach to suffering was that of charity and pity.Mother Teresa accepted the economic and social conditions are they were and sought to relieve the immediate suffering of a handful of society’s victims. There was not even a pretense of seeking more “equality and social justice” — that is, a redistribution of economic resources or change in institutional practices and public policies, like land reform or more resources targeted for improved public health, education, and job creation.Rosa Parks (1913-2005) had an entirely different approach to suffering and injustice. Parks is often portrayed as an exhausted middle-aged seamstress from Montgomery who, wanting to rest her tired feet after a hard day at work, simply violated the city’s segregation law by refusing to move to the back of the bus. She is therefore revered as a selfless individual who, with one spontaneous act of courage, triggered the Montgomery bus boycott and became, as she is often called, the “mother of the civil rights movement.”What’s missing from the popular legend is the reality that Parks was a veteran activist whose defiance of segregation laws was not an isolated incident but a lifelong crusade. Also downplayed is that Parks was part of an ongoing movement whose leaders had been waiting for the right moment to launch a campaign against bus segregation. In Parks’ worldview, society’s victims required neither pity nor charity, but dignity and empowerment.Parks recalled, “I had almost a life history of being rebellious against being mistreated because of my color.” Discussing her grandfather, Sylvester Edwards, she wrote, “I remember that sometimes he would call white men by their first names, or their whole names, and not say, ‘Mister.’ How he survived doing all those kinds of things, and being so outspoken, talking that big talk, I don’t know, unless it was because he was so white and so close to being one of them.”In the 1930s, she and her husband, Raymond Parks, a barber, raised money for the defense of the Scottsboro Boys, nine young, black men falsely accused of raping two white women. Involvement in this controversial cause was extremely dangerous for southern blacks.In 1943, Parks became one of the first women to join the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and served for many years as chapter secretary and director of its youth group. In the 1940s and 1950s, the NAACP was considered a radical organization by most southern whites, especially politicians and police officials. Joining the NAACP put its members at risk of losing jobs and being subject to vigilante violence.Also in 1943, Parks made her first attempt to register to vote. Twice she was told she didn’t pass the literacy test, which was a Jim Crow invention to keep blacks from voting. In 1945, she passed the test and became one of the few blacks able to exercise the “right” to vote. As NAACP youth director, Parks helped black teenagers organize protests at the city’s segregated main public library because the library for blacks had fewer (and more outdated) books, but blacks were not allowed to study at the main branch or browse through its stacks.During the summer of 1955, Parks attended a ten-day interracial workshop at the Highlander Folk School, a training center for union and civil rights activists in rural Tennessee. Founded by Myles Horton in 1932, Highlander was one of the few places where whites and blacks — rank-and-file activists and left-wing radicals — could participate as equals. At the workshop that Parks attended, civil rights activists talked about strategies for implementing integration.For Parks, “One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me. I was 42 years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people.”The Highlander experience strengthened Parks’ resolve, showing her that it was possible for blacks and whites to live in “an atmosphere of complete equality” and without what she called “any artificial barriers of racial segregation.”Parks and other NAACP leaders had frequently talked about challenging Montgomery’s segregated bus system and the bus drivers’ abusive treatment of black riders. Bus segregation had long been a source of anger for southern blacks, including those in Montgomery, the state capital. “It was very humiliating having to suffer the indignity of riding segregated buses twice a day, five days a week, to go downtown and work for white people,” Parks recalled.In 1954, soon after the Supreme Court’s Brown decision outlawing school segregation, Jo Ann Robinson, an African American professor at the all-black Alabama State College, and a leader of Montgomery’s Women’s Political Council (WPC), wrote a letter to Montgomery mayor W.A. Gayle, saying that “there has been talk from 25 or more local organizations of planning a city-wide boycott of buses.” By the following year, the WPC made plans for a boycott and was waiting for the right person to be arrested — someone who would agree to test the segregation laws in court, and who was “above reproach.”In 1955, two teenage girls — Claudette Colvin and Mary Louise Smith — were arrested in separate incidents for refusing to give up their seats, but NAACP leader E. D. Nixon decided that neither of them was the right person around whom to mobilize the community. Parks, in contrast, was a pillar of the black community. She had graduated from high school, which was rare for a black woman in Montgomery then. At forty-two, she had a wide network of friends and admirers from her church and civil rights activities.On Thursday, December 1, 1955, Parks finished her work at the Montgomery Fair department store, boarded a city bus, and sat with three other blacks in the fifth row, the first row that blacks were allowed to occupy. A few stops later, the front four rows were filled with whites. One white man was left standing. According to law, blacks and whites could not occupy the same row, so the bus driver asked all four of the blacks seated in the fifth row to move. Three acquiesced, but Parks refused. The driver called the police and had Parks arrested.“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true,” Parks later explained. “I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. . . . No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”Because of her reputation and web of friendships, word of Parks’ arrest spread quickly. What followed is one of the most amazing examples of effective organizing in American history. The bus boycott lasted for 381 days, organized by the Montgomery Improvement Association, a coalition of churches and civil rights groups. Throughout the year, MIA leaders successfully used church meetings, sermons, rallies, songs, and other activities to help maintain the black community’s spirits, nonviolent tactics, and resolve against the almost monolithic opposition of the city’s white business and political leaders who harassed the boycotters using every economic, legal, and police tool at their disposal. The segregationists also resorted to violence. They bombed the homes of boycott leaders, including Rev. Martin Luther King. On December 20, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that the segregated bus system was unconstitutional. That day, an integrated group of boycotters, including King, rode the city buses.During the boycott, Parks and her husband lost their jobs. In 1957, they moved to Detroit, where Parks continued her quiet involvement in the civil rights movement. She worked for several years as a seamstress at a small factory in downtown Detroit. From 1965 until her retirement in 1988, Parks worked as an assistant in the Detroit office of U.S. Representative John Conyers, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.A deeply religious woman, Parks did not believe that human suffering — whether from racism, low wages, or police abuse — was either inevitable or holy. She was part of a movement — network of organizations and activists who, over many years, battled segregation and injustice in the streets, churches, and courts. She believed in justice, not charity.As Martin Luther King once said, “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”Rosa Parks deserves to be in the same human rights pantheon as Bishop Romero and Eleanor Roosevelt. But not Mother Teresa.— Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, will be published by Nation Books in June. This commentary first appeared on Huffington Post. 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