“I’m delighted that he has decided to stay at the Saints and believes in where we are taking the club. We are still growing as a team and I’m confident that Phil will continue to contribute fully to our development.” Northampton Saints have confirmed that Phil Dowson has renewed his commitment to the club by signing a new contract.Dowson, 29, has been at Franklin’s Gardens since the summer of 2009. After racking up 128 appearances at former club Newcastle his tally of outings in the black, green and gold has risen quickly and he is just three appearances away from the 50 mark, and the Saints club cap that comes with it.Dowson, who has shown his prowess in all three back row positions during his time in Northampton, has also doubled his try scoring strike rate while at the club. At Newcastle he scored 16 tries; at Saints he has crossed the whitewash eight times in a third as many games.His consistent excellence in 2009/10 led to a selection in the Sky Sports Dream Team and nominations in the short lists for both the Guinness Premiership Player of the Season and RPA Players’ Player of the Season.He will also go down in club history as the first player to lift a domestic trophy. Dowson leads the team regularly while club captain Dylan Hartley is on international duty, and he skippered the Saints to a 30-24 win over Gloucester to lift the 2010 LV= Cup last March.Dowson had no hesitation in signing a new contract at the Saints and believes that the team is still on an upward curve with the best still to come. TAGS: Northampton Saints “I wanted to stay and the club seemed pretty keen for me to stay, so it was a no brainer really,” he said. “I’ve had a brilliant two years here so far and I wanted to stay involved. Highlights last season were playing in the Heineken Cup quarter final, whatever the result, playing well in the Premiership and the confidence and belief in the guys around you. And the LV= Cup final, obviously. I thought that Northampton was the best place to come to win things and we achieved that in the LV= Cup and it was a privilege to be captain that day.“The first impression of the club and the environment was the big thing for me and there is more to come. We set high standards, which come from the top, and the quality of the squad shows that we need to be ambitious. The last couple of weeks have showed that we’re not quite there yet and we’re striving to improve continuously. Off the field things have been good as well. The lads spend a lot of time together, and while we get worked hard there is a good balance in what we do.“To be playing at a club that is well supported through thick and thin is great. The fans are very fair, and it is one of the places in the country that gives the man of the match to someone who deserves it no matter which team they’re playing for. It is a true rugby club that I’m proud to be a part of.”Director of rugby Jim Mallinder is delighted that Dowson is staying at the club for the foreseeable future.“Phil has been an excellent addition to our squad in the year-and-a-half he has been at Franklin’s Gardens so far,” he said. “He quickly became one of the senior players in the squad and shows his leadership skills on and off the pitch. He is also a very talented player who fits into the style of play we try to achieve here, with pace, power and good skill with the ball in hand. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS CARDIFF, WALES – JANUARY 29: Blues forward Josh Navidi looks on during the LV Anglo Welsh Cup match between Cardiff Blues and Ospreys at Cardiff City Stadium on January 29, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh Navidi The rest of the squad reads as if a team is already picked, with Boyonne’s Mike Phillips unlikely to be ousted by Tavis Knoyle or Lloyd Williams.Fly half Dan Biggar, unburdened now he is sure Rhys Patchell will not be trying to wrestle the jersey from his back, will start and James Hook will be his versatile deputy.Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies will bring the bash and crash in the centres, with Scott Williams covering and new boy Walker and recovering returnee Lee Byrne will likely have to make do with watching a talented trio of Alex Cuthbert, George North and Leigh Halfpenny galloping at the Irish.The squad: Forwards: Scott Andrews (Blues), Craig Mitchell (Exeter Chiefs), Adam Jones (Ospreys) Paul James (Bath), Gethin Jenkins (Toulon), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Ryan Jones (Ospreys) Lou Reed (Blues), Ian Evans (Ospreys), James King (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Dragons), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Blues), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Blues), Toby Faletau (Dragons), Andries Pretorius (Blues)Backs: Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Bayonne), Lloyd Williams (Blues), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets) Alex Cuthbert (Blues), George North (Scarlets), Eli Walker (Ospreys), Leigh Halfpenny (Blues), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Lee Byrne (Clermont). Pushing forward: Ospreys winger Eli Walker has been rewarded for his good form with a call-up to the Wales squadBy Alan DymockTHE MOMENT has come. They may have had a horrible autumn and they may have an injury list heavier than a Scott Quinnell sandwich, but Rob Howley and his wounded Wales have now named their Six Nations squad. More than avenging defeats and lost pride, the task facing Wales is much bigger as they embark upon a campaign to back up last season’s championship triumph.Grafter: Andrew Coombs earns a spotThe headline comes as five uncapped players come in almost exclusively to cover the holes. Need has forced the selectors’ hands.Fizzing winger Eli Walker is rewarded for his good form and wins some time training in the intense environment of an international camp, and he may line up for a first cap against the likes of Italy, and perhaps even Scotland. However, it is in a threadbare pack that wholesale change has been required.Talented young lock James King of Ospreys is recognised for his recent good form and Andrew Coombs, a solid grafter from the Newport Gwent Dragons are pulled in as second rows, hoping to fill spots vacated by Luke Charteris, Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones. Alongside Lou Reed and Ian Evans there is not so much a formidable test second row as one hoping to convey as much.Ryan Jones is dealing with a dislocated thumb, twisted during the rip-roaring draw between Ospreys and Leicester Tigers, but he may have to take a turn in the boiler house at some point during the competition and the other specialist back rowers could be pushed to it should the ‘crisis’ intensify. Not that Aaron Shingler would thrive should he be asked to step in. The blindside is a serious contender to start against Ireland on the second of February while the wonderfully gifted Justin Tipuric is also putting serious pressure on captain Sam Warburton.Lee Byrne is back in the squadUncapped Cardiff Blues pair Josh Navidi and South Africa-born Andries Pretorius also offer Howley and his coaching team of Shaun Edwards, Robin McBryde, Neil Jenkins and Mark Jones something to think about. However, they are likely to be cover for this tournament, at least.
The Greene King IPA Championship: Here’s you’re next instalment from England’s competitive second tierBy Richard Grainger Without any ado, here is what went down in round eight of the GK IPA Championship, with a top-versus-bottom battle and a few sides getting on a steady roll of wins.Burnell’s boys below par but too good for EalingLondon Welsh 28, Ealing Trailfinders 0London Welsh move six points clear of second-placed Bristol in the GK IPA Championship following their bonus point win against the division’s whipping boys at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.Head coach Justin Burnell considered this a case of ‘job done’ and was not unduly concerned that it took until mid-way through the second period, when Tom May dotted down, for Welsh to secure the bonus point. “There was a huge physicality within the Bristol game — a lot of phases — and we have to take into account the fatigue element,” said Burnell, reflecting on their last outing.Wily old head: Welsh captain Tom May on the chargeEaling defended well and competed ferociously at the breakdown, but once again had nothing to show for their efforts. Welsh took a 21-point lead into the interval with tries from Rob Lewis and Gordon Ross to add to a penalty try.Next up for the Burnell’s boys is a trip to the Midlands to tackle resurgent Moseley who have three consecutive wins behind them. “Moseley will be on a high, and they’ll see us as an opportunity to keep their winning streak going,” said Burnell, “but we’ll be up for it.”Scottish scrum too strong for LeedsLondon Scottish 26, Leeds Carnegie 15It may have finished two tries a-piece at the Athletic ground on Saturday, but Leeds were for once outmuscled at the set piece as Scottish emerged worthy winners. The Exiles’ backs made good use of a plentiful supply of ball for fullback Jim Thompson and skipper Mark Bright to dot down in the first quarter. Facing a 20-3 interval deficit, Leeds turned up their physicality to dominate the second half, forcing Scottish to defend for long periods. Pete Lucock and Stevie McColl crossed for the visitors, but Dan Newton struck two penalties for the hosts to deny Leeds a losing bonus point.Mose make in three in a rowBedford Blues 13, Moseley 26Conceding an early score once again served to galvinise Moseley at Goldington Road on Friday night. Buster Lawrence’s fine solo effort wiped out Neville Edwards’ eighth minute try and put the visitors on track for their third consecutive GKIPA victory. during the Heineken Cup Launch at the Millennium Stadium on September 27, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales. Moseley outplayed the Blues in the second half, and when Matt Williams slipped through soft-shouldered Bedford tackling for the visitors’ third, it was game over for last year’s division finalists.Bristol complacency invites Rotherham fightback Bristol 36, Rotherham 26If Bristol’s first-team coach Sean Holley was pleased that his side picked up a try bonus point against fellow Aviva Premiership contenders Rotherham on Sunday, he will be less pleased with his team’s second half performance.Unimpressed: Bristol’s Sean HolleyIn the week that Bristol were docked a point for disciplinary reasons, Holley’s men led 30-9 early in the first half, but conceded seventeen points after the break as Rotherham fought back at the Memorial Stadium.“We’re delighted with the five points,” said Holley, “but we dropped off in the second half and let Rotherham back into it which isn’t really acceptable.”Pirates sunk by last minute penaltyJersey 27, Cornish Pirates 25With a 15 point deficit early in the second half and an error count suggesting a comeback was about as likely as the build-up to Christmas beginning in December, Jersey stunned the visitors with 17 unanswered points in an action packed final quarter at St. Peter on Saturday.Niall O’Connor converted Mark McCrea’s try before adding a touchline conversion after Tom Brown had crossed three minutes from time.With the final kick of the match, O’Connor completed the turnaround with a 45-metre penalty. Despite the win, director of rugby Ben Harvey felt that his side had played better and lost: “… this is still a massive result for us and should give the players a great deal of self-belief.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Nottingham 15, Plymouth Albion 10Finally, Nottingham dug deep to pick up their third GKIPA win. Matt Jarvis kicked his fifth penalty ten minutes from time at Meadow Lane on Sunday to secure the points. Centre Heath Stevens scored Albion’s try.
When did you first play representative rugby?I played for Scotland U17 a year early, then U18s and this is my second year with Scotland U20. Going to the U20 World Championship in New Zealand was the best experience of my life.What are your aims now? Your first club was Oban?Yes. My younger brother Fergus (now at Glasgow Warriors) and I went along when I was seven. Mum got involved too and played for their women’s team.Have you played lots of different positions?In U15s and U16s I was a centre, then I moved to the second row and then No 8, where I’ve stayed.When did you join Edinburgh?Straight from school at the start of last season. I play for Boroughmuir, too, and it’s fantastic there. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS On the run: Bradbury charges at some Kiwis during JWC At the beginning of this season I had my eye on a start for Edinburgh, which I got against Leinster. Now I want to be involved as much as I can.RW verdict: An Elite Development Player at Edinburgh, this 19-year-old has a bright future in the back row.
TAGS: LeinsterScarlets LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Leinster v Scarlets Guinness Pro14 final previewIt’s the defending champions against the European champions in this year’s Guinness Pro14 final on Saturday evening. Scarlets reigned supreme in last season’s tournament, beating Leinster and Munster in the knockout stages to lift the trophy, while Leinster’s recent win over Racing 92 means they equalled Toulouse’s record of four European Cup titles.The two sides are familiar foes and Scarlets have yet to beat Leinster this season. They lost 20-13 at the RDS and drew 10-10 at Parc y Scarlets in the league, then lost 38-15 at the Aviva Stadium – the same venue as this final – in the Champions Cup semi-finals.Pivotal: Johnny Sexton is a talisman for Leinster at fly-half (Getty Images)Plus, the Welsh region haven’t had the best preparation. Not only will they be missing John Barclay, who ruptured his Achilles tendon against Glasgow last week, but they were unable to train as a whole squad until Thursday as players recovered from burns and blisters suffered during that win over the Warriors on Scotstoun’s artificial pitch.Hadleigh Parkes will make his 100th Scarlets appearance in the final while Leigh Halfpenny returns at full-back after recovering from a hamstring injury that saw him miss last week’s semi-final. Barclay’s injury means Tadhg Beirne will start at No 8 with Lewis Rawlins coming into the second row.For Leinster, Isa Nacewa will captain the province in what will be his last game for them while Rob Kearney, Johnny Sexton and Dan Leavy also return to the starting line-up.How did the two teams reach this stage?Leinster finished top of Conference B ahead of the Scarlets by dint of a better points difference – both sides finished on 70 points and 14 wins – and so moved straight to the semi-finals, where they pipped Munster 16-15 in Dublin.Leading man: Ken Owens captained Scarlets to a semi-final win over Glasgow (Getty Images)Defending champions Scarlets went into a play-off against the Cheetahs – third in Conference A – and thrashed the South African side 43-8 to reach the last four. They had to travel to Glasgow but beat the Warriors 28-13 to reach the final at the Aviva Stadium.What have the coaches said?Leinster’s Leo Cullen: “Once they have a lead they are so difficult to play against because they have so many men defending in the front line and they make life very uncomfortable for teams. They’re very dangerous in terms of taking the chances they have.”Related: The remarkable story of Tadhg Beirne Scarlets Wayne Pivac: “They taught us a real lesson a month ago. It was a tough one to take. We felt we didn’t fire any shots as a group. We want to put out a better account of ourselves.”Euro stars: Leinster celebrate their Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 in Bilbao (Getty Images)Any interesting statistics?Having already won the Champions Cup, Leinster are aiming to become the first side to complete a European Cup and Pro14 (in all the league’s various guises) double. Only English and French clubs have previously completed the European Cup and domestic league double.Scarlets are aiming to becoming only the second side, after Leinster, to successfully defend this league title. Leinster won the trophy back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.Leinster’s Barry Daly is the top try-scorer in this season’s Pro14 with 12. Steff Evans is the highest Scarlet on the list with eight and Tadhg Beirne is the highest-ranked forward with seven.Danger man: Steff Evans is a big attacking threat on the wing for Scarlets (Getty Images)Tadhg Beirne’s 37 turnovers won in the league are 15 more than the next best on the list, Nick Williams with 22.Leinster scored more tries than any other team during the regular Pro14 season with 83. Scarlets crossed the line 69 times.When does it kick off and is it on TV?The final kicks off at 6pm – it has been moved forward half an hour to accommodate interest in the Champions Cup final later on Saturday night – and will be televised live on Sky Sports, with coverage starting at 5.30pm. It will also be broadcast live on S4C and TG4, and RTE radio and BBC Radio Wales.Familiar territory: A scrum in the Leinster v Scarlets Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium (Getty Images)South African referee Stuart Berry will take charge of the game with Italian Marius Mitrea and Scot Mike Adamson his assistants.What are the line-ups?LEINSTER: Rob Kearney; Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Isa Nacewa (captain), James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Jack Conan.Replacements: James Tracey, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Scott Fardy, Jordi Murphy, Nick McCarthy, Joey Carberry, Rory O’Loughlin.SCARLETS: Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steffan Evans; Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens (captain), Samson Lee, Lewis Rawlins, Steven Cummins, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, Tadhg Beirne. Take two: Leinster and Scarlets run out at the Aviva Stadium for the Champions Cup semi-final (Getty Images) All you need to know about the first-ever Pro14 final Replacements: Ryan Elias, Wyn Jones, Werner Kruger, David Bulbring, Will Boyde, Jonathan Evans, Daniel Jones, Tom Prydie.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
This article originally appeared in the December 2018 edition of Rugby World. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Dan’s the man: Back-rower Dan Davis in action for Scarlets (Huw Evans Agency) Scarlets and Wales U20 back-row Dan DavisDate of birth 17 September 1998 Born Oxford Region Scarlets Country Wales Position Back-rowWhen did you move to Wales?When I was four. My parents are English but moved because of my dad’s work. I feel Welsh, not English. As soon as I started playing rugby I’d support Wales any day.When did you first play?I was about eight at Llandeilo. My dad used to play football but rugby is the biggest sport in Wales and I fancied playing for a club. I loved it. I worked my way through all the age grades, then Scarlets U16 and U18, then the national team, U18 and U20.Did you play any other sports?I played a lot of football and was in the Cardiff City Academy set-up. I played centre-back and a bit in midfield as well.When I was about 13 I had to choose rugby or football, and I enjoy rugby more. At a young age, it’s easier to stick to something you love.What positions have you played?Mostly in the back row. I played a lot for Llandeilo in the centre as we were short of numbers, but when I started with Scarlets U16 they preferred me as a back-row.I think centre was good for me, though. I picked up handling skills, more awareness… it helped me.Is openside your favourite position? Get to know the latest rising back-row star in Wales – Dan Davis LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Yes, seven is the position I love. I love the involvements you have, especially with the way Scarlets play as back-rows are used in the wide channels. You get a lot of ball in space. I love the defence aspect too, the contact and jackling.When did you link up with Scarlets?I was playing for Scarlets U16 when I got a Wales U16 call-up. After that Kevin George from the Scarlets called and they wanted to sign me on a five-year deal. I was chuffed. There was no hesitation.You’ve made your Pro14 debut this season. How have you found it?It’s a lot faster and more physical, but I love it. I was quite nervous at first because I didn’t expect to be this involved this season.What are your goals going forward?I just want to keep playing well and take those opportunities. If I’m not in the first team and playing for Scarlets A, I still want to keep performing.Are you studying away from rugby?Yes, sports science at Swansea University. It’s hard to juggle. At the moment I’m full-time and I’m going to see how I manage. If it gets too stressful, I’ll go part-time.RW VERDICT: Davis made his Scarlets debut as a teenager and is likely to feature a lot this season given the region’s injury woes. He’s shown a lot of promise and could add further depth to Wales’ impressive back-row resources.
TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The May issue of Rugby World magazine reflects on the 2019 championship – and looks ahead to the World Cup Inside Rugby World’s Six Nations review issueAll three 2019 Six Nations Championships finished with Grand Slams and in the new issue of Rugby World magazine we celebrate the triumphs of Wales Men, England Women and Ireland U20.We have exclusive interviews with stars of all three teams, look ahead to the World Cup and focus on big topics in the sport right now.Here are 15 reasons to pick up a copy of the May 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine…Six Nations analysis“When pressure mounted, Wales had the right answers.” Former England fly-half Stuart Barnes gives his verdict on this year’s Grand Slam champions and assesses how all the teams are shaping up ahead of the World CupBreak time: Sarah McKenna sprints clear against Scotland (Getty Images)Sarah McKennaThe Saracens full-back balanced style and substance as England Women stormed to a Six Nations Grand SlamRelated: England Women to play world’s best in Super SeriesAngus KernohanThe Ireland U20 wing covers CS Lewis, faith and medicine when discussing what makes him tick and we look ahead to how the Grand Slammers will fare at this summer’s Junior World CupIn depth: Peter O’Mahony’s skill-set is analysed by Sean Holley (Getty Images)Peter O’MahonyThe Ireland talisman embodies what you want from a blindside flanker, says Sean Holley. He breaks down the Munsterman’s world-class skills in The AnalystThe Welsh regions“The regional system has been failing since it started.” Stephen Jones gets to grips with the ongoing off-field turmoil in WalesBen YoungsThe England scrum-half covers farming, finals and fears during a trip down memory lane in our Life in Pictures featureDOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL EDITION OF RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINELeap into action: Allan Dell gets ready to take a pass from Stuart McInally (Getty Images)Allan DellThe Edinburgh and Scotland loosehead talks cricket, back pain and joining London IrishConcussion Pat Lambie’s retirement has brought the subject of concussion into the spotlight. We look into the important issue of head injuries, including the latest researchBristol BearsRW’s Alan Dymock gets unrestricted access to the Bears’ den in the first instalment of our new Behind The Scenes featureUnbeaten: Adam Beard celebrates Wales’ Grand Slam with Dan Biggar (Getty Images)Adam Beard The Wales lock is still unbeaten in international rugby, with a record of played 13, won 13. We find out more about the Ospreys second-rowThe Georgia scrum“They’re big men, with no necks and wide shoulders, and they’re as strong as oxes.” We’ve been to Georgia to find out why the Lelos excel at the set-pieceA rugby romanceThe stars of India’s men’s and women’s sevens sides, Gautam Dagar and Neha Pardeshi, recount how they found love through rugby and explain how the sport is starting to thrive in the countryViliame MataHe’s the new king of the offload! We find out how the No 8 has become Edinburgh and Fiji’s danger manThe Nations ChampionshipFormer Harlequins CEO and Saracens DoR Mark Evans explains the financial reasons behind World Rugby’s plans for a new global tournamentRelated: World Rugby clarifies Nations Championship plansRuaridh JacksonThe Glasgow full-back talks musical medleys, moustaches and making gin in our Downtime Q&A PLUS, THERE’S ALL THIS…Valentina Ruzza on the progress of Italy WomenClub Hero… Leinster’s Devin TonerA rant about fast-tracking refereesBen Ryan on the World Sevens SeriesCardiff Blues flanker Olly RobinsonTom Wood’s tips for buying time in contactSpain Sevens skipper Francisco HernandezA debate on booing kickersRising stars Jack Blain and Antoine KoffiThe Secret Player on team dynamicsFollow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
1 – Isi Naisarani (Australia)1 – Jaba Bergvadze (Georgia)1 – James Davies (Wales)1 – Johan Coetzee (Namibia)1 – Ken Owens (Wales)1 –Kirill Gotovtsev (Russia)1 –Levani Botia (Fiji)1 –Lukhan Salakaia–Loto (Australia)1 –Matt Heaton (Canada)1 – Matt Todd (New Zealand)1 –Motu Matu’u (Samoa)1 –Nepo Laulala (New Zealand)1 – Ofa Tu’ungafasi (New Zealand)1 –Rey Lee-lo (Samoa)1 –Santiago Civetta (Uruguay)As you can see, lots of cards have been dished out – and this is just in the pool stages. It’s all been spread around a bit, but with six in total, Samoa have been the most carded team at this World Cup. So far…Related: Scotland to face Independent Disputes Committee for misconductTalking recently of the standard of refereeing at the Rugby World Cup so far, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “I think the refereeing has been good. I think the use of the assistant referee on the sidelines has worked well. So, certainly, we’re pleased.”He also joked: “Since I’ve been retired, every decision I’ve made on the rugby field has been the right one.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Who Has The Most Red Cards At The Rugby World Cup?You’ve heard a lot of chat about it. People are joking there have been more cards than Christmas at the Rugby World Cup. Players have been seeing more red than a bull in Pamplona. There have been more slices of cheese than French buffet.Related: Referees announced for the semi-finalsThis competition will smash records for the most cards shown at a single World Cup. But you might be wondering who is leading the way – or perhaps it’s more like plumbing the depths – on the card charts.So here’s how the lists of red-carded and yellow-carded players break down:Red Cards1– Andrea Lovotti (Italy)1 –Bundee Aki (Ireland)1 –Ed Fidow (Samoa)1– Facundo Gattas (Uruguay)1 – John Quill (USA)1 – Josh Larsen (Canada)1 – Sebastien Vahaamahina (France)1 – Tomas Lavanini (Argentina)Not so mellow: Ref Angus Gardner shows a yellow to Santiago Civetta (Getty Images)Yellow cards2 – TJ Ioane (Samoa)1 – Adam Coleman (Australia)1 – Adriaan Booysen (Namibia)1 – Andrey Ostrikov (Russia)1 – Bogdan Fedotko (Russia)1 – Ed Fidow (Samoa) Seeing red: France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina walks in the quarters (Getty Images) Keep track of event sin Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group By Danielle TumminioPosted Jan 17, 2012 walter beaman says: Rector Tampa, FL Leslie Nipps says: Catherine Windsor says: John Dornheim says: Beth Anne says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID January 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm One of my fondest memories of my sailing friend, who was also a fine liturgical scholar, H. Boone Porter, looking at a large “priest’s host” and saying in his high-pitched Kentucky drawl, “I have an easier time believing this is the Body of Christ, than I do believing it is bread.” I favor the use of a decent leavened bread and a decent red wine as the outward sacramental signs. We do not need to spend great amounts of money on the bread and wine, but it should represent the best that that community can offer at that moment in time. Submit a Job Listing Mary W. Cox says: Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem January 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm I think that “tasty” communion bread distracts from the inward and spiritual experience that to me is the quintessence of the Eucharist. The previous commentator inspires a haiku of my own:Sacrament, not snack;Leave my mind on heav’nly things.Lunch comes later. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY January 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm It’s not about the material wafer, it is about what is infused invisibly into it upon its consecration as the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. That nano-second of time when a plain, tasteless wafer and common wine, becomes the food and drink of unending life in Him. it is metaphysical, a divine mystery, a thin place if you will, that does not account for taste or substance except for the intangible that brings the essence of Him to us, symbolizing the grace and divinity of Him who first loved us. I am not surprised at the disdain some have at a wafer’s tastelessness in human terms but in my state of salvation and grace that He provided, who am I to complain about unending life in Him, regardless of the media in which it is gifted to me, to you? Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH More than just a tiny, tasteless wafer Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Jennifer Solberg says: Press Release Service January 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm I am really bad about being a “communion judge” each week after receiving communion I would think eww this is stale or yumm this is nice and soft. I have even run across churches that have “bread ministries” and every weekend they get together to bake the bread for that weeks services. But I think what has happened is we are losing the meaning of what we are receiving, Jesus. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI L Celeste Gardner says: January 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm We should not have to choose between tangible and intangible. These things should be congruent, and no matter how we rationalize the wafers, I think the taste tester has a point. I’ve been bothered by this in my parish, where I feel the wafers are inconsistent with the real community we have. Why are we using fake bread??? A couple weeks ago I heard a member of the altar guild lamenting stale wafers and speculating that someone “stocked up when there was a sale.” I asked if real bread had ever been used at our parish and was told, “yes, but…” what followed was the logisitical problems outlined in the above piece. She said if I wanted to take responsibility for the bread baking that would probably be welcome; talk to the rector. I’m left challenged because I believe that the reason wafers are used often does have more to do with convenience than theology or even tradition. Someone needs to step up, maybe it’s me? That could be the silver lining to my current unemployment. With more time than money, it is something I will be able to do even tho keeping up with our pledge has become a challenge. hmm… Can we say we care about Jesus if we don’t care about our most tangible symbol of Jesus? Rector Hopkinsville, KY Jan Harbaugh says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Comments (16) Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York January 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm I like your reflection on the inadequate/adequate wafer. Here’s a communion haiku:Crunchy Jesus–nostale white wafer–be in meWord worth chewing on. Gordon Atkinson says: January 22, 2012 at 9:09 am By way of confession, as a young person, I loved crunchy wafers and would steal them by the handful from my childhood church any time I could sneak in to the sacristy. What I think about them now – tastewise and as long as they’re crunchy – isn’t so much different. But the question for me as to do with the radical disconnect of wafer to the abundance of the elements – earth, water, wind, sun . . . I don’t think it’s possible to attach the symbol to Jesus without connecting it as well to an elemental theology, or, if we do – as we do often – it becomes a dangerously isolated anthropocentric ritual . In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA June 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm are you people for Real…. ? this is the Body and Blood of the Christ, or is it your fatuous preoccupation with being religious, in some episcopal/baptist/ whatever sort of way…. i hold my more complete thoughts for 24 hours before posting… Margaret Johnson says: January 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm The first time I had bread instead of a wafer was 15 years ago at Mount Calvary in Santa Barbara. It was a profound experience — and is each time I return. I found myself truly “chewing” on the meaning of communion. I can appreciate that for some the real bread can be distracting, but it focuses me and the sacrifice of the Incarnation becomes tangible. When this bread is broken, I more fully sense the breaking of the body of Christ on the cross. As the Eucharist is a sensory as well as theological experience which engages my mind, body and spirit, I appreciate the taste and feel of bread with substance with both physical and metaphysical reality. And it reminds me to “taste and see the goodness of the Lord”. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Temmo Korisheli says: January 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm Of course the Spirit works through whatever medium we have at hand, but that is no argument for systematically stripping down the robustness of our symbols and rituals. It becomes, after a while, a docetist argument: matter isn’t important, only spirit. If we value the incarnation and the humanity as well as the divinity of Jesus, then having robust sacraments matters. “Let’s keep as little sensual feeling from interfering from our spiritual experiences”–does anyone not see the theological danger of this kind of praxis? Yikes. January 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm I once helped my former mother-in-law make the communion bread for an Episcopal service and I found the experience to be deeply touching. It felt personal and to see the bread broken was very meaningful. It just seemed to make me feel closer to Christ on a more human level. I loved it and have not found it since. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Danielle Tumminio[Episcopal News Service] Last week, a clergy friend of mine introduced me to a video in which Baptist minister Gordon Atkinson undertook a communion bread taste test. One by one, he slid expensive wafers and cheap wafers, gluten-free and wheat, out of their sleeve and into his mouth.He tasted one type and announced: “It really has no taste at all…. Is that a communion bread that will offend no one?” After reading the nutrition label on another, he said, “Fat: zero. Cholesterol: zero. Sodium: zero. Carbs: zero. Calories: zero. Vitamin A: zero. Vitamin C: zero. Iron: zero. Can you actually make food that has no nutritional value?”Then he concluded with these words: “What are these things [communion bread] saying about the church? … If this is a symbol for who we are, it’s really a tragic one because it sort of like looks fancy and nice, but there’s no nourishment there at all.”Now Gordon Atkinson is not the first to express wafer woes. Clergy and lay people have long pointed out their flaws: Jesus didn’t use wafers at the Last Supper. Thin wafers encourage the kind of self-denial that leads to eating disorders. The simple wafer is as unsatisfying to the churchgoer seeking spiritual nourishment as fat-free ice cream is to the dieter craving a sundae.Yet the alternatives are often unsatisfying as well: Pita and matzah hearken back to the kind of bread Jesus would have used at the Last Supper, but they’re a pricier alternative many churches can’t afford. Asking congregants to bake bread each week could result in a rector making early morning runs for Wonder Bread at the corner store when the baker is sick or her oven breaks. Some bread recipes are so crummy — literally — that congregants could raise the cup of wine to their lips and find specks of Christ’s body lying at its bottom.Drives one to think maybe church leaders should ditch bread and wine for Hershey’s Kisses and Godiva liqueur, doesn’t it?But if all of this explains why a majority of parishes use communion wafers, the answer is about as satisfying as Gordon Atkinson’s taste test. So where does that leave us? Is there nourishment in those fat-free, calorie-free, iron and calcium and vitamin-free wafers?Maybe what Gordon Atkinson missed is the irony that in the end, how a wafer tastes isn’t really the point. After all, it’s not bread we Christians worship but Jesus and the way Jesus transforms our lives in the world. For many churchgoers, there is something of Jesus in the bread, something that would exist whether the bread presented itself as a wafer or a high-end artisan bakery purchase. And that something alters us and our relationship to God.So the power of that bread is that, even in the form of a tiny, tasteless wafer, it changes us and empowers us to do God’s work in the world. Sure, a tastier, richer bread might symbolize God’s abundance in a more literal way. But these tiny wafers seem to say, “I offer you a simple gift. I offer you a chance to look past myself and to value what I do. If I tasted like I was just out of the oven of a Parisian bakery, you might forget that.”As I sit at my desk and think about the Eucharist, about the many times I’ve held out my hands for those skinny, tasteless wafers, I also recall the priest who handed them to me, the person who passed the wine, the congregants standing at my side, and the God-given grace of which I am continually in need. Yes, Holy Communion cannot take place without bread and wine, but it also cannot take place without community — without the love of God and neighbor. And so even if the bread is without calories or carbs, iron or calcium, it is never as empty and hollow as Atkinson believes. It is never without nourishment.— The Rev. Danielle Tumminio lectures at Yale University and is the author of God and Harry Potter at Yale. She currently serves as an interim associate at St. Anne in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET January 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm Um, the manna from heaven is seen as a precursor to the Bread of Heaven that is Christ. We learned it in Sunday school and I can’t count the homilies I’ve heard on it. January 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm Yes, and yet Jesus was about really living in the body and the Body, and if we delete all sense & taste & smell from the Eucharist & our celebrations, how do we join in the foretaste of the feast to come? Doesn’t it all then depend on our imaginations? Rector Bath, NC John Kirk says: Rector Knoxville, TN January 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm Gen. 16: 12. . . in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God. . . . [I]n the morning the dew lay round about . . . And when the dew was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing . . . . And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said to them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat. Caroline Fairless says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ January 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm And this pertains to the Eucharist in what way? Rector Washington, DC Russell Ayers+ says: Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA February 8, 2012 at 1:28 am You will love that I have been attending Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio since I left being a pastor in 2010. I’m right on the edge of becoming an Episcopalian, i think. If you guys will have me. Although I teeter back and forth between your communion and being a Quaker.But, I love the careful way in which the Eucharist is handled at Saint Luke’s. And you’re right. The taste isn’t really the thing at all. It’s much deeper. I still don’t understand it, really. But who does? 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