LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Asking the questions: Brown protests in the Heineken Cup final, but what are his views on concussion? Scotland captain Kelly Brown has had his ups and downs but one thing you can bank on is that he will always throw his body on the line, with little to no regard for what shape he is in.His club, Saracens, look after all-out players like Brown particularly well, rotating them and ensuring no one falls completely apart. It’s great for them, but elsewhere in the rugby world, there are players putting themselves through the ringer when it really is not in their best interest.“It’s sometimes like that, yes,” Brown admits when it is put to him that some players are shaving years off their lives. “The whole concussion issue highlights that. A player will want to stay on but they shouldn’t.“I think concussion has always been a major issue, but it is in the public eye more. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s leading in the right direction, that it’s ultimately left to the medics. I think player welfare is a huge topic and really no one knows what the long-term effects of playing at this level are. They need a bit of input, and the more support for medics the better.”Risking it on the big stage: Brown with ScotlandThe issue of concussion is one that the IRB say they are actively striving to improve upon, while the well documented decline of former player like Shontayne Hape – who told the NZ Herald in a harrowing account that he is “not a granddad, I’m in my 30s – I’ve got the concentration span of a little kid” and that dementia is a worry – has brought this issue to the fore once again. Hape wants strides forward and is concerned about what will happen in ten years time. So would Brown, a man who flings his body into the path of huge opponents ever consider donating his body to science when it’s all over? “It’s not something I’ve thought about, but a study (into the long-term effects of rugby) like that would have to be taken very seriously.”Do you ever worry about grinding your body down? “I will console myself with the fact that however I turn out, I’ll be in better nick than Jacques Burger!” Kelly Brown is an ambassador for leading sports performance brand ASICS. For more information, please visit asics.co.uk.Scotland skipper Kelly Brown features in August edition of Rugby World – in shops now. You can find out where to buy your copy here. Download the digital edition here.
Obstinate. It’s the only way to describe tighthead Jean-Pierre Garuet’s approach to the scrummage. France is a nation that adores the flat-backed, hairy brutes who relish tight exchanges and in Garuet they had a king amongst monsters.Like so many fabled players, after some revision Garuet’s general play has been reduced to one aspect: for him it was the set-piece. But since his Test debut in 1983 he was so good at it.Technically superb and indefatigable whenever the restart was needed, so many of his former Five Nations adversaries have remarked on his prowess. After every tour the opposition remarked on how he could almost single-handedly tear a scrum apart, and he played a major role in guiding France to the 1987 World Cup final.He was unapologetically tough, too. Trailblazer may be the wrong word, but Garuet certainly is a man for a first as no Frenchman had received a red card in a Test before he came along. In 1984 he made a play for Ireland flanker John O’Driscoll’s eye. The prop was slammed with a three-month ban and brandished “a fool” by his own president, but he worked hard to repair his Test reputation. That didn’t mean backing down – in the infamous ‘Battle of Nantes’, as France defeated New Zealand 16-3, the prop was the man who knocked Buck Shelford out cold when he flew into the Kiwi at a ruck.He was not shy of afters, old Garuet, but this is perhaps borne out of a deep and compelling loyalty. He would fight to the death for his side. This is evidenced by his club career: Garuet only ever played for Lourdes, his home town, and played one last season for the side at the age of 38, a year after France stopped picking him. Major teams: LourdesCountry: FranceTest span: 1983-90France caps: 42 (41 starts) Test points: 0 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players When Britain’s Daily Mail chose a Best-ever Six Nations XV last year, Garuet was installed at No 3. “He was a brute of a tighthead who combined technical excellence at the set-piece with bullish strength in the loose,” they wrote. “French packs have possessed some great props down the years but Garuet was arguably the greatest of the lot.”For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.
Signing off with three consecutive European titles, he fully vindicated rival tighthead Greg Somerville’s assertion that “if he’d have stayed, he’d have played a helluva lot more Tests”.To find out who made the list of the greatest tightheads to play the game, click here.To see the greatest players of all time, click here. Carl Hayman defied the conventional qualities of a tighthead, the New Zealand front-rower was one of the greatest to play the game LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players From Henry’s first assignment – a comprehensive 2-0 series win over world champions England – Hayman was entrenched in the No 3 jersey. He annihilated the French that November and, also a hugely effective lifter in the lineout, delivered a set-piece platform ranging between rock-solid and devastating.Seismic gym sessions encompassing ludicrous weights created a mystique of their own and on-field success followed. Despite a toe infection that ruled him out of the final two clashes of the Test series, Hayman beat the British & Irish Lions twice in 2005 – once for New Zealand Maori and again under Henry in Christchurch.The next year he was a mainstay of a Tri-Nations triumph but a shock quarter-final defeat to France derailed the 2007 World Cup mission. At the age of 27, Hayman had represented the All Blacks for the final time.Though the NZRU tried a host of measures to keep him – CEO Steve Tew was forced to deny he had offered Hayman a dairy farm in Taranaki – he left for three lucrative seasons in the Premiership with Newcastle before joining Mourad Boudjellal at Toulon in 2010. Major teams: Otago, Highlanders, Newcastle, Toulon Country: New Zealand Test span: 2001-07 Test caps: 45 (37 starts) Test points: 10 (2T)Carl Hayman made his Test debut from the bench against Samoa at North Harbour in June 2001, the same game that saw back-rower Marty Holah and prop Mark Ranby open their accounts.By virtue of alphabetical order, Hayman became the 1,000th All Black in history. In that regard, his legacy was secure from the beginning.But while the hulking specimen from Opunake would only win 44 further caps, his staggering power would smash the mould and live long in the memory of adoring fans.Taller than the stereotypical tighthead at a relatively towering 6ft 4in, Hayman started out as a lock and a No 8. His Super Rugby form for the Highlanders didn’t translate into a consistent run of international appearances until Graham Henry took the All Blacks reins in 2004. Carl Hayman scores a try for New Zealand in the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Parked up: Fans gear up for a Test in the Twickenham carparkPrepare for the emergencyUnless you have a full breakdown cover or your insurance plan includes a roadside recovery, get emergency numbers saved on your mobile phone (write them down by hand as well). Pack the first-aid kit (add your personal medications if you suffer from chronic illnesses) and the tool kit for a simple repair (car jack, tyre repair kit, jumper cables, adjustable wrench, funnel, screwdrivers, socket wrench etc.). Think out the scenario – what you will do if you get a flat tyre. It’s good to have a spare tyre in proper condition and tob be capable of mounting it by yourself. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Although rugby is played in many countries all over the world, Britain is the most rugby-keen among them. A great number of rugby fans travel across the UK to watch their favourite team play. Touring the UK by car is the fastest and the most comfortable way to get to different game locations, but as you don’t want unpleasant emergencies to happen on the road, here is how to prepare your vehicle for a big rugby trip – tips shared by giga-tyres.co.uk, the nation’s leading dealership of tyres and car accessories.Find out the roads and get your tyres readyKnowing exactly what kind of terrain you are going to encounter and equipping your car accordingly will protect you from unfortunate emergencies that can spoil your trip. If you are just travelling from city to city without turning off-road, make sure your tyres have the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6 mm and that they are correctly inflated. Use your tyre pressure gauge to check the pressure in all four tyres and compare it with the recommendations by your vehicle’s manufacturer (can be found on the driver’s door jamb or in the owner’s manual). You need to stick to those recommendations to prevent tyre tread from wearing down irregularly and heat from building up inside tyres and damaging them eventually. Both under-inflation and over-inflation are harmful to tyres and can cause a tyre failure.Get your tyres ready: giga-tyres.co.uk has you coveredIf you plan to turn off the road and navigate any outskirts, make sure your tyres are up for the task. Consider all-terrain tyres if you are going to spend a big part of your trip off-roading.Rugby is predominantly a winter game, so chances are that you’ll have to hit the road at near-freezing temperatures. Keep in mind that tread on summer tyres hardens as the temperature drops below seven degrees Centigrade, so if you wish to have a safe trip, switch over to winter tyres, especially if you plan some off-roading during the trip. Winter tyres offer a better grip on ice and snow and their breaking distance is half as much (in comparison with summer tyres). With rugby season now here, it’s time to hit the road. Here are some travel tips for the enthusiastic tourists driving from game to game Know how your car worksWe don’t mean you must be able to fix the car’s engine to be eligible for the trip, but you need to know the basics: what do those lights on the dashboard mean, how those buttons work, how to check the levels of fluids. Before hitting the road, inspect your headlights, windscreen wipers, and brakes. Make sure all liquids (anti-freeze, transmission and brake fluids, and motor oil) are fresh enough and are at the level between ‘min’ and ‘max’. Add to them if needed. Test your air conditioning for the hot season and the heater for the cold one. Also check belts and hoses for signs of excessive wear such as cracks, looseness, or friability and replace worn ones as these parts are key in electrical systems, power steering, and air conditioning. Extreme route: Hopefully your rugby trip won’t be so rocky!
On the ten-year anniversary of one of rugby’s most bizarre and gripping showdowns, we hear all about the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final from those who were caught up in it Hitting the winner: Jordan Crane kicks in the penalty shootout of 2009 (Getty Images) Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers Penalty Shootout: An Oral HistoryIt is a game that is still talked about in utter disbelief today.On 3 May 2009, Cardiff Blues hosted Leicester Tigers at the national stadium for a Heineken Cup semi-final. The visitors dominated the first half, but after a stirring Blues fightback, a draw and a sterile spell of extra-time, we witnessed one of rugby’s strangest and most gripping finale’s to a match: a penalty shootout. We have seen nothing like it in professional rugby before or since.Ten years on, we talk to those who were there, who battled through the 80 minutes, who stayed awake for the extra-time, who felt the tension, who made the key decisions and, ultimately, took and missed the vital kicks…THE 80 MINUTESIn the first half the Blues lost lock and captain Paul Tito early, Leicester scored through Scott Hamilton and the hosts relied on Ben Blair and Leigh Halfpenny to keep them in touch with the visitors. It is 13-12 to Leicester at half-time. But the Tigers turn it on after the break and a further try, through Geordan Murphy, and a couple of Julien Dupuy kicks make it 26-12.Jamie Roberts (Blues inside centre): “We didn’t play too well in the first half. Scott Hamilton ran a real nice line off an offload and he went in from 40m. I can remember their tight forwards putting in some offloads and them going under our sticks early in the second half.”Martyn Williams (Blues openside): “They battered us in the first half. We were a good team, but we just didn’t turn up in that first half.”Jordan Crane (Tigers No 8): “What happened after probably takes away from what a good game it was… We got in a great position, were 14 points up.”Ben Blair (Blues full-back): “They put a lot of pressure on us at the breakdown and that’s what Leicester were known for back in those days – they were a little bit better than they are now, from what I can see! They were a big-match team in those days. They broke our blitz defence down quite well. They ran some hard inside shoulders and scored a few good tries.“We were reasonably confident going into it and we’d just beaten Toulouse there (at the Millennium Stadium) in the quarter-final. But Leicester really turned up and performed.”Richard Cockerill (Tigers head coach): “We were 14 points up with 20 minutes to go and I can remember them coming back…”In the last quarter of regulation time, the tide turns…Comeback kid: Jamie Roberts scores in the corner (Getty Images)Sam Vesty (Tigers Inside centre): “Toby Flood goes off. We were 14 points up, but then in the game we get two yellow cards and they score two tries, going the length.”Tom Shanklin (Blues outside centre): “There were a couple of great tries that stood out and one was Jamie’s. I remember thinking, ‘I’m way off with a support line here,’ whereas you should anticipate a break like that. That hole opened up for him and he manages to finish.”Roberts: “We’d practised this lineout move all week where (fly-half) Nicky Robinson would get the ball, dummy-scissors and he’d needle the ball through a couple of forwards and give a sort of ‘tunnel ball’ to me. And it worked an absolute peach.“There’s 72 minutes on the clock, lineout around halfway, and the pass is pinpoint perfect from Nicky and I’m just in space. I make this line break and I’m thinking, ‘Do I pass it, do I pass it?’ There’s no defenders on me, I keep going, and I find myself over the try-line.”Shanklin: “Then for the other try Tom James get the ball and I’m running an inside support line but he doesn’t even need me, he finishes off a wonder try in the left-hand corner.”Roberts: “It’s around the 74th minute and we caught the kick-off. ( carries, Nicky gives me the ball and I think, ‘Right, head down here.’ I stepped someone – still to this day I tease Lewis Moody, because I bumped him – and then put James away. He did the rest and finished in the corner from halfway.”Williams: “Tom James’s try was a hell of a finish. But the thing that really sticks out for me were Ben Blair’s conversions (for both tries). They were crunch.”Crane : “Within five minutes it was 26-all. They’ve scored two tries and Ben Blair’s kicked (both conversions) from the touchline to even it up.”Vesty: “They score two tries going the length and Blair got two kicks from the touchline. Which is mental.”Roberts: “For me, those last ten minutes were amazing, primarily for Ben’s place-kicking. People talk about try-scorers and certain tries, but without that accuracy off the tee, we’d have lost that game in the 80.”Blair: “I always felt it was easy to kick in that stadium, ay. I’d played there a few times before and I don’t think I’d missed any. The ball they used in the Heineken Cup also used to stay so nice and straight. You don’t really feel the pressure when you’re in the heat of the moment so yeah, I suppose I managed to bang a couple of good kicks over.”Regulation time finished 26-26. We are into added time.On target: Ben Blair kicked superbly all game (Getty Images)EXTRA-TIMEVesty: “Extra-time was cagey. I don’t remember it, remember it, but we were back to 15 by then and that helped but there was a defence focus and there were a lot of tired bodies. Until you’ve been there and experienced it, it’s quite a hard thing (to understand). Under all that pressure it was definitely a different game.“And massively emotional. Thinking you’ll win the game, worrying about losing it, to going back to nil-nil effectively, was a bit of a kick in the privates. At that point it was almost ours to throw away. So going conservative was probably the best way to go about it.”Roberts: “It was a bit of a stalemate, extra-time. Nothing really materialised. Everybody was afraid to play in their own half. It was at a time when refs were giving a lot of breakdown penalties, for not rolling away, holding on… And it was like that during the game. But it was a real game of chess in that extra-time. Anything in our own half we just kicked – get rid of it – because you knew one breakdown penalty means the other side are in with a shot to win the match.“No one wanted to go in for the killer blow because of the fear of conceding.”Crane: “It just seemed like no team wanted to go and win it, and it felt like the ref didn’t want to give a penalty.”Williams: “Alain Rolland was the referee and I don’t think there were any penalties within kicking range. That was bizarre.”Cockerill: “Rolland had been fussy all day around penalties, and then in extra-time we’re equal on tries, equal on points and it was like he put his whistle in his pocket for the 20 minutes of extra-time.”Williams: “As you can imagine the tension was pretty incredible. And I was 33, so I was knackered as well. In your mid-Thirties, 80 minutes is more than suffice! When it came to my extra-time I remember being absolutely whacked, spent.”Tensions are high and no one is going to score any points. Suddenly thoughts turn to what happens next. Which is a penalty shootout. But who is telling anyone about it?Roberts: “There’s this mad rush with about five minutes before the end because no one really knew what was going on. I got subbed off. Dai Young (Blues coach) must have looked across our back-line and though, ‘Who’s the worst place-kicker here?’ They got Ceri Sweeney on the pitch because he’s obviously better than most of us. So I didn’t take a kick.”Blair: “I didn’t know at all who told us it would be penalties. The first I heard was milling around after the extra-time. Maybe it was Martyn Williams who said something? He’s the kind of guy who knows everything.”Williams: “I’m the same as everyone else. You’d think we’d remember?”Crane: “I can’t even remember who told us, but as soon as I found out I said I’d take one.”Cockerill: “We were checking regulation. We went down for extra-time and we were equal on tries so they (the officials) said it went to penalties. We went, ‘Well how does that work?’ They told us it was on the 22m-line, in front of the posts, first five go and then if equal you go to sudden death.“So we got to extra-time, we didn’t speak to the boys, and we’re asking who’s our kickers, who’s left on the pitch, what are we doing, and we literally wrote it down on a bit of paper in the coaches’ box. We were asking, ‘Do we go best kickers first or worst kickers first?’“It was then basically a huddle after extra-time and telling them, ‘Right, you take the first kick.’ It was ‘Oh am I?’ or ‘I don’t want to kick.’ Well you’ll have to bloody kick because you’re the only one left!”Cult figure: Scrum-half Julien Dupuy (Getty Images)There was one last moment that went down in folklore leading up to the shootout, though…Cockerill: “I remember taking Dupuy off for Harry Ellis (for the last five minutes of regular play) because of his defence, and they scored two tries. So obviously one of our goalkickers is off the field as Toby Flood is off with a snapped Achilles. In extra-time we were wondering, ‘What happens now?’ and I said, ‘I think it goes to penalty kicks?’“Danny Hipkiss was on the field and he had blood. We wanted to put Dupuy back on, knowing there was a minute to go and he could kick for goal. But nobody could find him. Eventually the physios found him in his underpants, having a cigarette and drinking a bottle of Heineken, watching the game on TV. We had to get his kit back on and get him back on the field to play the last 30 seconds and then kick the first goal.”Vesty: “Julian is such a typically angry, French scrum-half – a top, top man – our trainer went to get him out the changing rooms and he was genuinely watching it with his socks off and a cigarette in his hand. He was like ‘F***ing hell!’”Roberts: “I still don’t know if Danny Hipkiss had a cut on his head or not…”Vesty: “Yeah, well, it hit the papers as ’Bloodgate Two’ but he did have six or seven stitches in his head!”Cockerill: “I remember the physio tells Dupuy that we need him back on the field and he’s saying to them: ‘No. It’s impossible, it’s finished.’ I told them: ‘Tell him. To get his kit on. Come back out. To the bench.’ And so under duress he decided he would come back out and kick the goal. He said, ‘This is f***ing s***!’”THE SHOOTOUTOut on the field the first five kickers have been selected for each team. After they kick it’s sudden death. First up was Blair for the Blues.Blair: “I was the first kicker, which was quite nice – to get it over and done with.“I’ve actually had a couple of nightmares about missing the kick, ay! It’s pretty hard to miss but it can be done, can’t it, obviously! Thankfully I was kicking pretty well so managed to bang it over pretty easy. I was actually pretty confident we were going to win. We didn’t think it’d go to more than five or six kicks.”Dupuy was next…Vesty: “I remember Julian being like, ‘F***ing hell, what am I doing here?’ Putting the ball down and smashing it through the middle. I’ll always remember that. That’s just who he is.”Crane: “He’s kicked his goal, ran back and finished his fag and his Heineken!”Nicky Robinson slots his, and so it’s Vesty’s turn…Vesty: “I walked up to my kick and 100% knew I was going to kick it. I was really confident. I’m not the world’s best kicker by any stretch, but I knew I was going to kick it. Got my run-up right, ran up to the ball, nailed it and then immediately broke down in a load of emotion while walking back.“I was like, ‘This is a crap way to lose a game,’ and it was completely draining me. I vividly remember that. I went back in the huddle and just being completely emotionally gone.”Halfpenny lands his. So does Geordan Murphy. It’s 3-3 on kicks. Then Sweeney sends one over. Next is Johne Murphy… and he misses wide left to hand advantage to the Blues.Crane: “We were in a huddle together so weren’t really watching them together. When Johne missed the fourth penalty, by a mile, we’re in this huddle and we’ve got the Premiership semi-final the next week so we’re saying, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’ll just focus on next week…’ Thinking it’s over.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Shanklin: “It’s quite nice because people will talk about it for a long time. You’ll see it crop up in quizzes, on TV, on social media, all over computer screens. In a strange way it’s nice to be involved in it. I took a kick, I got to feel the pressure. For that aspect, being part of history for the wrong reasons is still nice to be a part of.”Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news in the world of rugby. At 4-3 to the Blues, fifth up for the hosts is Tom James, who then misses wide right.Shanklin: “Now you can tell from the way Tom uses his tee, places a ball, way he walks back, that he had done a fair bit of kicking with Neil Jenkins. So you’re fairly confident in your first five kickers. I was a senior player at the time but by no chance was I a place-kicker. It’s methodical when you kick – you’re trying to recreate the same strike – and with all of those guys you’re fairly confident with that… But if we’re brutally honest Tom should have got his!”Crane: “Tom James ended up shanking it the other way and all of a sudden we’re back in this now. It flipped again. Here we go. So Hamilton is our fifth and Aaron Mauger sixth, but he’s had a bad back for ages. He kicked his (and so has Shanklin) and then Richie Rees for them literally skimmed the crossbar as it’s going over. We’re holding our breath…”Cheeky boy: Richie Rees was memorable from the tee (Getty Images)Williams: “We all expected TJ to slot it and we’re into our last two backs and let’s be honest, the least skilful of our backs really. Shanks, in fairness, nailed his and Richie’s was the ugliest kick you’ve ever seen but it got there.”Shanklin: “I took a few steps back and just drilled it through the middle. I was just conscious not to think about it too much because when you look back it’s the most nervous thing ever. It’s a simple kick but it becomes incredibly difficult with the pressure. The relief was absolutely huge after.“Then Richie went and kicked the ugliest kick I’ve ever seen in my life and it just scraped over. He actually scooped it. We were pretty lucky he didn’t get done for a double hit! Rolland was the ref and you could see him having a little ‘Well that was close’ look.”Vesty: “I could barely watch other people kick but I remember Rees trembling at the back of the run, really jittery, and he hits it like hallway up his shin and it just creeps up and over and creeps just inside the right post.”Roberts: “I’ll never forget Richie’s face as he turned round, when it landed. He just blagged it!”It’s into the forwards for Leicester, as Craig Newby takes the seventh kick for the Tigers to keep things equal on penalties at 6-6. He does the business.Blair: “When I saw Craig Newby stepping up, I’d played with him at the Highlanders so I knew he’d definitely get it. He’s just one of those characters.”Cockerill: “Newby’s a very good footballer, so there’s no way he’s missing the kick. Him and Jordan Crane would stay behind in training and kick for goal, so it’s one of those where, as a coach you say, ‘You’re never going to kick for goal, so what are you doing, you’re wasting you’re energy.’ They moan about training too much and then spend 20 minutes kicking. Of course, then they tell me, ‘We told you kicking in practice would be needed one day!’”It’s well and truly Sudden Death now. Next up for the Blues is the man they call Nugget. Williams: “I’ve watched the shootout back and I can remember giggling and laughing, not for a split-second thinking I’ll go up.“But I put myself up because I remember looking around and realising we were into the forwards then. I can categorically tell you I wasn’t nervous, it was just surreal. I was knackered but I’d kicked a bit at Ponty youth, I was a half decent goalkicker, so I just took it upon myself to be the first forward up. Now, Xavier Rush is a good footballer, Andy Powell, Gethin Jenkins is a good footballer – in hindsight I should have sent one of them up!”Crane: “I didn’t really expect Martyn Williams to miss with the sort of player he is, the footballer he is. Then I was next after him…”Mounting pressure: Williams lines up the decisive kick (Getty Images)Williams: “If you’re a forward, (in training) you always kick off those plastic cones that fitness coaches put out. You’re forever messing about. Never in my life have I used a kicking tee.“When I was walking up to take my kick, Shanklin says to me, ‘Use that red kicking tee’. You can tell I wasn’t thinking straight and I did, whereas I should’ve just used the one you use in training.”Shanklin: “As you get down there, it’s like you pick your weapon. There’s like six or seven different kicking tees. I put it on a simple, old school, red, Gilbert kicking tee so it stands upright. We’re not league-style kickers, we just messed around.“There was also a massive bucket of sand down there as Ceri Sweeney liked to kick off sand so there was everything down there to kick off of you can imagine!”Williams: “Now that isn’t why I missed my kick – it was horrendous technique and I hooked it – but you remember small things like that. When you hook it you realise what has happened. It was difficult to put into words.”It’s advantage Tigers. After Williams’s miss, Crane has the chance to win the shootout.Williams: “I didn’t know Jordan Crane, I’d never seen him play, I didn’t know what his footballing ability was like, but it felt like an inevitability after I missed. You just sensed that was it.”Crane: “I’m from a football background, so there was a lot of kicking. When I started rugby at 14, I’d kick goals. I did at school, so had kicked before – though not at that scale. But when I turned professional, you don’t get forwards kicking so I parked that, bar messing about at training.“I literally thought, ‘Couple of steps back, get lined up, whack it and hope for the best’! If you go out and train every day and if you stand on the 22 and look at the posts, you’d think, ‘I’ll nail that easy.’ But it felt a lot further away and the posts felt a lot smaller.“It probably wasn’t the best I’ve ever struck a football or a rugby ball, but it went over and obviously that was the game.”Blair: “I can just remember Crane at the end. I’m not sure if he was hot-dogging. Well, they won and we were out and obviously it was pretty deflating, but fair play to him.”Crane: “I’d spoken to my brother that morning. My niece was one and a half, and she used to blow kisses with her mouth open, so he said if I scored a try I should do that as a celebration.“Obviously I didn’t score but when I kicked that, I did it. Some might think I was being arrogant or whatever, but it was nothing to do with that at all. It was a moment for the family.”AFTERMATHAfter the match, there is a lot of consoling and plenty of disbelief.Crane: “Because it’s not like football, Scotty Hamilton ran over, we console the Cardiff team, it died down and you show respect to the opposition, as rugby values are. It could have easily been the other way around.”Cockerill: “It was just luck wasn’t it. Obviously Cardiff Blues had the opportunity to win it and then missed. Then Jordan’s misspent youth playing football and fact he was always kicking goals after training meant he got the one to win.“To lose like that, for Dai Young, to not go to a final, is pretty tough isn’t it? Both teams came off and I think we were almost feeling sad for them to lose like that. Obviously pleased to win, but it’s such a weird way of winning a game that you almost feel more for the opposition than delighted you won.”Shanklin: “At the end of the game there’s a bit of relief that it’s not you, you’ve done your job and poor Nugget has to deal with that. He’s a back-row, he’s not expected to do that and at some stage someone’s going to miss.“I left him alone for between five and ten minutes because you could see he was gutted. It was only when we got in the changing rooms after and I could see his head was down and in situations like that, ideally you need someone to put their arm around you and bring you back to life a bit and tell you not to worry about it.“But being quite a brutal bloke and it being a brutal environment, I said, ‘Guys, put your hands together for Stuart Pearce!’ I started listing off guys who had missed penalties. ‘Here he is lads, Chris Waddle! It’s Gareth Southgate!’“I got into him a bit but it was vastly tongue in cheek. If someone’s taking the Micky out of you, it’s better than no one saying a word.”Vesty: “It is completely, inherently unfair that we won a game of rugby because Martyn Williams can’t kick the ball between the posts. He was probably Man of the Match…”Man of the match: Tom Croft with his award (Getty Images)Ah, but Williams wasn’t Man of the Match. In fact, lost amongst all of the madness was the fact Tom Croft, playing at lock, got the award. No one interviewed could remember, though Crane suggest that Croft earned a Lions tour that summer off the back of his exploits.The Tigers team also reveal one additional detail that follows this saga.Vesty: “The shootout definitely wouldn’t have come back around. We actually had the other seven guys kick in the next day’s training and only one of them got it, so it wouldn’t have come back round to me!Cockerill: “It was the ones who were left over who kicked, which wasn’t many. They were rubbish!“I can remember Harry Ellis asking if he could go up the other end of the pitch and practise and I was like, ‘Mate, I don’t think it’s the time or the place, it’s a bit late for that now!’”REFLECTIONSIn the final, Michael Cheika’s Leinster beat Tigers 19-16. Leicester did win the league, while the Blues had won the EDF Energy Cup. And yet it is this moment that keeps coming up, time and again. Ten years on, how do those who were in it feel about it now? We may never see anything like this again…Roberts: “That year was brutal on a personal note, because we lost the Heineken Cup semi-final on a penalty shootout, we (Wales) lost a Six Nations by a last-minute Ronan O’Gara drop-goal, and then we lost the Lions Test series to a last-minute 50m kick!“But we had a great side that year. A great mix of youth and experience. There were a few of us younger lads coming into the side – Tom James, myself, Leigh Halfpenny was there, Bradley Davies up front – and we had great, experienced players to nurture us through those games.“What could have been that year…”Vesty: “Ten years has absolutely flown by since. Some of the emotions I can feel from it are very close still…“Quite a few people still ask about it. Because it only happened once, people remember where they were, how many pints they drank and decent memories of a great game and a bit of drama to go with the X-factor.”Blair: “I still get asked about it a lot actually. It was a great game to be part of, apart from getting on the wrong side of the ledger.“In some ways we were probably punching above our weight in these games but we had a good little squad there. We didn’t often play together as much as we’d want because you only have your full team in those Heineken games because of Welsh commitments. It was good to have back the likes of Martyn, Gethin, Jamie. To get to play with those guys in Europe was fantastic and I have great memories of that. We had a little bit of success and it was good fun.”Cockerill: “In hindsight it was great to be part of. You manage these things in the moment that you hadn’t planned for. It was my first year as coach after taking over from Heyneke Meyer that season. As a rookie coach, to be in that situation as it happened, was interesting to say the least. So it was a good experience in that regard. And one that only myself and Dai have gone through in the last half century or so.“On the day both sides were part of a great game of rugby, a great spectacle and we were almost apologetic to win it to be fair.”Consoling word: Cockerill with Williams (Getty Images)Williams: “I remember bumping into the Ospreys boys who were out for a beer in the night as well – and they were probably willing the Tigers on in fairness! But I remember speaking to Jonathan Thomas who said on TV it was just gripping. Even if you weren’t into rugby, everyone was just glued to it.“People still always bring it up – especially when we get to the knockouts in Europe, your name gets dragged up!”Crane: “Now with social media it’ll come up every few months. With guys I play with now, and because it was ten years ago, they might not even remember. ‘Aww, was that you?’ and ‘I saw that on Instagram’ but they were ten or 11 at the time. People remember you for it but it’s a very small part of my career – I’d give it all up to lift the trophy three weeks later, though!”
Should the All Blacks not win this World Cup, the centres selection may be one of those that receives the most scrutiny. But with Jack Goodhue and Anton Lienert-Brown both only 24, Hansen felt the need to opt for experience in SBW and Ryan Crotty.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. On debut: Rhys Carre tries to find a way through Ireland’s defence (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS However, don’t for one second think that he merely uses his weight as flesh-scaffold holding up a scrum; he is so much more that. Carre is a loosehead who carries like a No 8.And whilst his selection may seem premature, he could have a big impact should he be required. If you need any further evidence, just look at Saracens’ recruitment history over the past five years. They don’t buy anything that isn’t Test standard and beyond – and they’ve just bought him.Test players shouldn’t be failing drug testsWhen a young player fails a drug test, my initial response is to feel sorry for that individual. The potential and desire for that athlete to succeed often supersedes the seriousness of what they have done, and age-grade players are more susceptible to doping.However, that is not the case when you become a Test player. As a Test player, you have access to the best doctors and supplement manufacturers in the world. To risk throwing away your career by taking performance-enhancing drugs is as naïve as it is stupid.Wide man: Wing Aphiwe Dyantyi on the attack for the Springboks last year (Getty Images)South Africa’s Aphiwe Dyantyi was one of, if not the, most exciting wings in the world last season. He was my favourite player to watch for 12 months.Then last week news broke that he had returned a positive drug test and faces a four-year ban. Dyantyi released a statement that said: “I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play. I have never cheated and never will.”Dyantyi is set to fight the charge, but the odds are against him. He could go from the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year to 2019’s biggest career breakdown.Front-rows under scrutiny for the World CupWhen Rugby World Cup squads are selected, the paying public are usually obsessed with which outside-halves have made the cut, which back-row players will travel and which back-three players won’t. But this year’s squads have been slightly different. Many of the big omissions have been at prop. Owen Franks, Rob Evans and Samson Lee have arguably been the highest profile causalities, and this shows how the role of the prop has changed over the past decade.Long server: Owen Franks was left out of New Zealand’s World Cup squad (Getty Images)Props are no longer just big lumps who anchor the scrum. They’re now ball-carriers, the third or fourth jackler and, in some cases, a well-disguised second receiver.The fact that Franks, Evans and Lee haven’t made the squads is no comment on their skill or ability, but on the reality of them being able to do it over six weeks.Props can no longer carry a string of injuries. Such is the intensity of their role that they have to be some of the most robust players on the field. And thus, many of the leading coaches are selecting younger, fresher options.Professional sport can be a cruel game.Emergency tens are key for Japan 2019Like a spare pair of underpants in case of an accident, the emergency outside-half is rarely used but vital should you need them. The past two weeks have seen Garry Ringrose selected as an emergency ten by Ireland and we’ve also learnt that Liam Williams would be called into that position for Wales should the situation require it.New role? Garry Ringrose could be used as a fly-half by Ireland (Getty Images)The discussion of the emergency ten is never more pertinent than during a World Cup, where tight squads and the inevitable injuries mean the teams that fly out to Japan will have very different boarding passes to those who come home.Both Williams and Ringrose have the skill-set to be an emergency ten. Their goalkicking percentage will be above 70%, they have good line kicking skills and neither would let much through the ten channel.With a bit of luck, no team will need their emergency pants, but when things get a bit scary, Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt will be glad to have a spare pair in the kit bag.All Blacks couldn’t risk three young centresNgani Laumape wasn’t selected in the New Zealand squad for Japan 2019, in a season when he really couldn’t have done much more to impress. Steve Hansen instead opted for more senior options in midfield.Attacking threat: Ngani Laumape is tackled during New Zealand’s win over Argentina (Getty Images)It wasn’t an easy decision. Play Sonny Bill Williams, who has done it all for many a season but not this season. Or pick Laumape, who hasn’t been around for that long but who lives a long time in a defence’s memory. From front-rows to emergency tens and failed drug tests, Paul Williams assesses rugby’s latest goings-on The rise of Rhys CarreIf you’ve ever seen Rhys Carre, it may seem strange to suggest that he has ‘risen’ from anywhere. He looks like he was born like that and thus perfect for a career in rugby. He is massive for a 21-year-old.Whilst his physical stature clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Wales camp, his inclusion in the World Cup squad was a surprise for even his biggest supporters.
England hold nerve in sodden Calcutta Cup boutTHE SQUIB may have washed away amid the downpour and gusts in Edinburgh, but despite the horrid conditions brought on by Storm Ciara, the Calcutta Cup will be sent safe and warm to Twickenham. There was only one try to cheer about in the 13-6 win, with Ellis Genge muscling over. Yet on a day when the weather ruined any chance to build sustained momentum, England held their nerve to come away with the result.They have their first Six Nations win this term and Scotland have a second losing bonus point in a fortnight.The Scots have held the relic for the last two seasons thanks to a swashbuckling spirit and a never-say-die attitude that saw them glide to victory in 2018 and secure the most miraculous of draws last year. They stood their ground when they could here and still swung hard, but this game was played with swamp rules – hoist it high and go for the kill when the opposition make any errors.Related: Scotland fans criticised after beer bottle hit England back-room team memberAnd there were plenty of those as the wind swirled and the rain teemed. Aside from the endless stream of kicks, Scotland turned the ball over a staggering 20 times. England lost it seven times. Scotland won 57% of their own lineouts – a sin regardless of the conditions or the increased number of throw-ins (there were 19 for the Scots). Owen Farrell missed three penalties while George Ford at least deserves some praise for having the chutzpah to try an audacious, if ultimately futile, drop-goal attempt.Scotland captain Stuart Hogg will have another sleepless night thinking about the bou that never sat up for him, that he barely touched down over his own line for a 5m scrum – after the ball squirted out, Farrell got a hand on it and thought he got himself a try. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rough weather made for a disjointed affair in Edinburgh – not that English fans will care Fist raised: Ben Earl celebrates England’s try (Getty Images) No matter. From the resultant scrum, Ben Youngs fed a charging Farrell and then the pack went to work. Genge picked up and his mates helped him power to the vital five-pointer. As the Scottish skipper remarked after the game, he put his team under unnecessary pressure. Genge and his cohorts capitalised minutes later.There were few moments for the Scots to savour. Rory Sutherland’s startling break from halfway, early in the second half, stood out. There were some clattering hits and Hogg also made a nice half break and sent a probing kick deep into touch. It was 3-0 to England at half-time, but after an Adam Hastings penalty it was 3-all with plenty of time left. Neither side ran away with things.It was an unusual game and there were more boots to ball than any union fan would want to watch. With an astronomical error-count, Scotland came off second best.The pressure told in the end and England were pragmatic enough to send kick after kick spinning into the night sky. They came out to the good on the penalty count and they deserved their score. Both sides made hard work of it.We now have a fallow week, with Scotland preparing to face Italy and maybe finally getting a try in this Six Nations tournament. England, maybe, have gotten their chariot out of the mud. It’s Ireland for them next. The March issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is on sale now. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Tags Comments (1) Cathedral Dean Boise, ID TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Florida teens inspired by inauguration, leadership conference Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth & Young Adults Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA February 2, 2013 at 8:09 am We need more young teens like this ones.Glen Camilo, I am very proud of you! 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs By Sharon SheridanPosted Jan 29, 2013 Submit an Event Listing Marylin Reoyo says: 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 Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Glenn Camilo, right, shown here with his best friend David Dovi, was one of two teens from the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida to attend the Jan. 21 presidential inauguration as part of a high school leadership conference.[Episcopal News Service] A Miami native of Jamaican descent, 14-year-old Kerliee Neita says she’s never felt held back because of her race, but hearing the second inaugural address of President Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan, made her think about it.“Hearing the president speak and everything … the way they were criticizing him before, it could have happened to me,” Neita, one of two Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida members to attend the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference, said in a Jan. 23 telephone interview from Washington, D.C.Neita said she found Obama’s speech, stressing equality for all Americans and delivered on the day honoring slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “very moving” and “very inspirational.”“It kind of spoke to me,” she said. “It really inspired me to keep pushing myself. Even though you get bumps in the road or obstacles, you just have to go over them and around them and keep pushing yourself and never let your skin color get in the way of anything. … It’s not just your skin; it’s who you are as a person in general.”Neita, a member of St. Matthew the Apostle Church in Miami, and Glenn Camilo, a member of St. Nicholas in Pompano Beach, attended the five-day conference, open to alumni of several youth leadership programs.About 1,900 young scholars participated, divided into four “presidential” groups – his was Washington – and then subdivided into teams of 25 students, said Camilo, who turns 16 on Feb. 3. They attended classes about the presidential campaign process and the roles of the president, cabinet and the press. They heard keynote speeches by Condoleeza Rice, secretary of state and national security adviser to former President George W. Bush, and Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme commander.And on Jan. 21 they rose at about 4 a.m. for breakfast, an exclusive tour of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and reserved seats on the national mall to watch the inauguration.“I enjoyed hearing the speech. It was my first time actually seeing the president,” said Camilo in a telephone interview after returning to Florida. “I think it was very special how it also occurred on the observation of Martin Luther King Day.”Throughout the conference, the scholars learned about leadership skills, said Neita, an aspiring pediatrician, adding that there were “great life lessons” in the keynote addresses.“Gen. Clark’s main point was to never give up,” said Camilo, who was among the scholars chosen to be photographed with Clark. “It was a really motivational speech. I had a great time meeting him.”For the two Southern teens, one of the most memorable parts of the trip was the cold.“I’ve never felt that cold before,” said Camilo, who was born in Puerto Rico and also is part Cuban. “To me, anything under 70 [degrees] is cold.”“When I say I’m really not used to this cold weather, I’m really not kidding,” Neita said. “I am freezing. I think right now it’s maybe 17 [degrees]. In Florida, it’s probably like 80 degrees.”She did try to come prepared. She even met another Miami conference attendee while shopping for winter wear at a Florida mall. “Finding a winter coat in Miami,” she added, “is like finding a needle in a haystack.”Back home, Camilo attends Saturday-night Spanish services and is a youth group leader and catechism teacher in St. Nicholas’ Latin Portuguese Ministry, launched two years ago and run by his mother, Glenda Sanchez, and stepfather, the Rev. Jose de Jesus Sanchez. A Junior ROTC member at his Hialeah high school, he hopes to become an Air Force JAG (judge advocate officer) and later enter politics. “Defending my country – that’s my priority.”He sees his career goals connecting to his faith. “By serving my country, I’m also defending my family as well, and the people I love and the people in my community … I feel like I’m doing good to others … and that I’m protecting them.”In Miami, Neita is a member of St. Matthew’s. “I think that church is very important in our lives,” she said. “We all possess leadership qualities. People just have a hard time finding their leadership qualities and knowing how to use them.”Being involved with the church “keeps you grounded,” she said. “You can be the best person you can possibly be. That’s how God wants us to be.”With support from her church, Neita attended the conference with her mother, stepfather and 17-year-old sister. She took home the message that she should be “an actual leader,” not a follower, she said. “Always say what you think you know is right. Don’t just agree with someone. You have to have some peace of mind.”Attending the inauguration, Camilo said, “was a great experience. It’ll be very hard to top an experience like that. I saw history in the making.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN
By Nina NicholsonPosted Apr 21, 2014 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Rev. Wilson Nathaniel Pyron, Jr. says: April 23, 2014 at 12:22 am Of course Christ suffers to day in the violence of our cities… Comments are closed. Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments (4) Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET April 22, 2014 at 10:52 am What a profound and powerful way to ‘remember’ the Way that Jesus walked from trial to crucifixion–tragedies remembering the great ‘Tragedy.’ Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA In Jersey City, Stations of the Cross held at sites of violent crimes Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Erna Lund says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME April 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm Indeed this transformational change in traditional Stations of the Cross liturgy and participation as exemplified in the Newark Diocese could have the spiritual impact we all desperately need in this Meaningful Outreach with Prayerful Evangelical Action. The Episcopal Church needs to move forward literally and encompass All Peoples especiallly those voiceless, vulnerable and caught in the crosshairs of Violence. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET April 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm This is an extraordinary witness and one, sadly, that could be replicated across the country. Hopefully others will do so next year. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Dave Hall says: Carlos Hernandez of Grace Van Vorst carries the cross, between the Rev. Laurie Jean Wurm (left), Rector of Grace Van Vost, and the Rev. Thomas Murphy, Rector of St. Paul’s in Bergen. Photo: Nina Nicholson[Episcopal Diocese of Newark] “Darkness and danger – they’re not the only things that live here,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, bishop of the Diocese of Newark, after praying the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 14 sites of violent crimes in Jersey City.Jersey City’s three Episcopal congregations – St. Paul’s Church in Bergen, Church of the Incarnation and Grace Church Van Vorst – organized the procession, which drew more than 80 participants. Worshipers included members of neighboring churches, city officials and local police, who spent nearly two hours walking, praying and singing together along the 2.25 mile route.This public Stations of the Cross is an example of the diocesan movement towards a more missional approach, by bringing the altar into the world and listening to the stories in the community.The idea for this joint Good Friday observance originated in a brain-storming session months ago between the Rev. Thomas Murphy, rector of St. Paul’s, and the Rev. Laurie Jean Wurm, rector of Grace Van Vorst. “Laurie and I were tossing around ideas last summer about how we could go out together into our communities,” said Murphy, “and Good Friday came up as an idea.” The two priests contacted members of the Jersey City Police Department, with whom they’ve developed a relationship, and asked them to identify locations of recent violent crimes.As in many urban areas, violent crime is a continuing problem in Jersey City, which with 250,000 residents is the second-largest municipality in New Jersey. Although total violent crime has declined, in 2013 there were 20 murders, up from just 12 the year before, according to New Jersey State Police records.Murphy said they were gratified by the Police Department’s enthusiastic response. “From the first time Laurie and I approached them about it, they’ve been on board.” The 14 locations identified by the police included the sites of murders and violent assaults.Worshipers gathering at the corner of Clinton St. and Bergen Ave. Photo: Nina NicholsonThe participants began at 9:30 a.m. on the corner of Clinton Street and Bergen Avenue. Volunteers took turns leading the procession carrying a wooden cross constructed for the event by Grace Van Vorst parishioner Donald Gallagher, using wood he’d saved from Grace Van Vorst’s previous organ.Casper Ewig of St. Paul’s in Bergen carries the cross as Bishop Mark Beckwith and others follow. Photo: Nina NicholsonAt each of the 14 sites the procession stopped to hear the story of the station in the traditional liturgy, followed by a brief description of the violent incident that took place there. A participant hammered a nail into the cross, the people joined in reading responsively a prayer or poem and Bishop Beckwith led the group in a concluding prayer.At each station, a worshiper hammered a nail into the cross. Photo: Nina NicholsonAlthough brief, the descriptions of the violence that had taken place at each location were sobering. “In this place,” proclaimed the reader at the third station,” a beloved child of God was found shot and bleeding from the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.” At the fourth station, “two beloved children of God were stabbed during a domestic dispute. One of the victims later died from her injuries.” At the 13th station, “a beloved child of God was shot in the chest after being robbed. He later died of his injuries.”Each time, before the procession moved on, Jane Jackson of Grace Van Vorst placed a red rose on the spot.“I abhor violence in the world,” said Jackson, “and this felt like a way to witness for peace. To do it with other people of like mind felt really good.”Jane Jackson of Grace Van Vorst places a rose at the first station. Photo: Nina NicholsonGail Blache-Gill, the minister of music at both St. Paul’s and Incarnation, and Colin Britt, the music leader at Grace Van Vorst, led the participants in singing hymns throughout the procession.Residents leaned out of windows or stopped and turned to watch the procession pass. Worshipers handed out cards with a prayer for the end of violence in Jersey City.A resident watches the procession pass his apartment building, led by Assemblyman Charles Mainor carrying the cross. Photo: Nina NicholsonAt the 12th station, where “a beloved child of God was lying on the ground with several gunshots to his chest” and later died, a resident who identified himself only as Carlos joined the worshipers. “I knew him,” he announced, and then helped hammer a nail into the cross before going on his way.Prayer cards were handed out to residents along the route. Photo: Nina NicholsonThe prayerful observance moved not only participants and residents, but the journalists and police officers who accompanied them as well.Jersey Journal photographer Reena Rose Sibayan, who documented the procession from beginning to end, commented, “This is very different from other Stations of the Cross we’ve covered,” noting that it was the first that was more than just the traditional liturgy. She said she was also struck by the fact that the victims were “so many young people, so close together.”Sidney King and Carol Harrison-Arnold, Wardens of Church of the Incarnation, read at one of the stations while behind them Jersey Journal photographer Reena Rose Sibayan takes photos. Photo: Nina NicholsonCaptain Michael Kelly of the Jersey City police coordinated the officers who accompanied the procession. At the conclusion, he said, “This was really, truly inspirational. I personally responded to many of these scenes, and I remember the faces of the kids” who were injured or killed. During the Stations of the Cross, he said. “Their faces came back to me. It brought me to goose bumps, and sometimes to tears.”Police Community Relations Officer Doris Johnson praised the event for bringing residents together. “We’ve got to make sure the community comes together – then we can make things better for everyone,” she said, adding: “I can’t wait until next year!”Bishop Mark Beckwith addresses the group at the end of the procession, while the Rev. Thomas Murphy of St. Paul’s in Bergen looks on. Photo: Nina Nicholson“This was a very positive witness,” said Beckwith. “We connected the stories in the street and the stories from the Gospel. The cross, the crowd and the liturgy held us all together.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Maureen Shea says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC
Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Tags Latin America, Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA April 26, 2016 at 2:01 am Ecuador does need help. The northern coast of Ecuador has been struggling economically and also had been hit by heavy rains , flooding, many landslides and mosquito borne diseases for some time prior to these earthquakes. The country has seen a recession due to the extended drop in oil prices and the government budget has had to shrink as a result. Roads, utilities, schools, hospitals, clinics, and all other public buildings will need to be rebuilt as well as homes, stores and private businesses. It is truly inspiring to watch the generosity and caring spirit of the Ecuadorian people for their countrymen on the coast. I have seen poor communities pool all their resources and show up the day after the first earthquake with huge donations of food, water, clothing and medical supplies. The most moving thing I saw was an elderly barefooted country woman walk into the donation site with a liter of water and clothing. I had seen her go to that site several times for the monthly food distributions for the poor. That liter of water probably was a huge part of her income. I hope you can be generous in funding earthquake recovery for Ecuador. A message from the Bishop of Ecuador Litoral ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’ Psalm 46:1 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Comments (1) Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Rt. Rev. Alfredo Morante [email protected] Sabrina Garcia [email protected]: +593-4-244-3088 or +593-4-244-3088 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Portoviejo is one of the areas most affected by the earthquake. Photo: Jairo ChiranDear friends, we would like to express our deep gratitude for the messages of affection and prayers we have received for our Diocese and our country during this very difficult time.We have lived an unforgettable experience in which we feared for our lives, the lives of our loved ones, and the lives of the members of our faith community. We have clung with deep fervor to the protective hand of our God.While seeing images in the newspapers and social networks, I just think about the suffering of our compatriots.I pray for comfort and solidarity for all those who have lost loved ones, that God would also encourage them and restore them in His infinite mercy and goodness.The coastal area of our country suffered considerable damage to its infrastructure, loss of life, and a large number of people are injured and missing. One of the most affected areas by the earthquake are the cities of Manta and Portoviejo and the town of La Pila, where our church has a presence. We are getting reports that 48 church members’ homes are completely or partially destroyed and three churches have considerable damage in their physical structure. Fortunately, there was no loss of life among our members, but there are some with bruises and physical and psychological trauma.The community is already engaged because there are basic needs of drinking water, food, medicine, first-aid kits, and basic tools. In general, all the elements needed for rescue efforts.There are many victims that require our attention. We will seek ways to send help although the roads have been affected. With the help of the National Police or other government agency we will find a way to reach those who need it the most.We appreciate your prayers and support,The Rt. Rev. Alfredo Morante EspañaBishop of Ecuador LitoralDonors can direct support Episcopal Relief & Development’s disaster fund.Or contact the diocese directly: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments are closed. 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