RBS 6 Nations: Ireland 58-15 Italy

first_imgMan of the Match: Donnacha Ryan (Ireland)For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here Happy faces: Ireland fans have something to cheer again after thrashing Italy. (Photo: Inpho) Ireland: S Zebo; A Trimble (F McFadden 20-28), J Payne (F McFadden 71), R Henshaw (F McFadden 36-40), K Earls: J Sexton (I Madigan 49), C Murray (K Marmion 59); J McGrath (F Bealham 65), R Best (capt, S Cronin 49), M Ross (N White 54), D Ryan, D Toner (U Dillane 54), CJ Stander (R Ruddock 61), J van der Flier, J Heaslip.Tries: Andrew Trimble, Jack McGrath, CJ Stander, Jamie Heaslip 2, Jared Payne, Sean Cronin, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden. Cons: Johnny Sexton 3, Ian Madigan 2. Pen: SextonItaly: D Odiete; L Sarto, M Campagnaro, G Garcia (K Haimona 54), M Bellini; E Padovani (L McLean 59), G Palazzani (A Lucchese 61); A Lovotti (M Zanusso 71), D Giazzon (A Fabiani 54), D Chistolini (P Ceccarelli 54), G Biagi (B Steyn 35), M Fuser (Q Geldenhuys 26), F Minto, A Zanni, S Parisse (capt).Tries: David Odiete, Leonardo Sarto. Con: Kelly Haimona. Pen: Edoardo PadovaniReferee: Angus Gardner (Australia) STATISTICS58 – Ireland had 58% of the possession during this one-sided encounter but it felt like much more. The home side also had 56% of territory.613 – Ireland made good use of all that ball and made 613 metres in attack. Robbie Henshaw was top of the list with 72, while Simon Zebo made 67 and Andrew Trimble 66.3 – Fergus McFadden was something of a super-sub, coming off the bench three times in this one game! He finally left an indellible mark on the match with a try in the 78th minute.22 – Italy blindside Francesco Minto was the top tackler in the match with 22.Nice moves: McFadden makes a break while ref Angus Gardner hurdles Sergio Parisse (Pic: Inpho) Ireland answered their critics and ran nine tries past a poor and injury-hit Italy side to notch up their first win of this RBS 6 Nations in comprehensive style.It took just six minutes for Andrew Trimble to open the scoring with the first try of the day and the last came in the final two minutes of this one-sided match as Italy proved unable to live with the pace and persistence of Ireland.In between, Jamie Heaslip grabbed two tries and among the other try-scorers was replacement hooker Sean Cronin, who came on to win his 50th cap and celebrated by crossing the line just four minutes later.Double delight: Jamie Heaslip celebrates his second try. (Photo: Inpho)It was a grim afternoon for Italy. They scored two tries in the second half but that was scant consolation and their coach Jacques Brunel said after the game: “In the first three matches there has been some positives but there weren’t any today.” WHAT’S HOT…Ireland’s patience – A good number of Ireland’s nine tries came from long build-ups through a dozen phases or more. They wore the Italy defence down then capitalised in a ruthless fashion by cutting them to shreds.Set pieces – Ireland won 100% of their lineouts and scrums, giving themselves a great platform to work from. As skipper Rory Best said after the game: “It’s been a big rock for us over the years, our set pieces, so it’s nice to get that back.”The Italy fans – Despite seeing their team well beaten, the travelling fans still made themselves heard, singing their hearts out during the match and after the final whistle.At last: David Odiete scores Italy’s first try, after they had conceded seven. (Photo: Inpho)WHAT’S NOT…Italy, in general – Just a few weeks ago Italy came so very close to their first win in Paris, but they looked a shadow of that side today as they buckled under the physical pressure Ireland put on them from the outset. As the Italy skipper Sergio Parisse said after the game: “It was very bad and it was everybody’s fault.”The Italy lineout – Italy lost three lineouts on their own throw and didn’t manage to pinch any from Ireland, with Devin Toner ruling the roost by taking seven lineouts. The Italians were unlucky in that they lost both starting locks to injury in the first half but they still need to do better. Both teams came into this match looking for their first win of the tournament. How did the game pan out? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgSuper reffing: Pascal Gauzere had a magnificent game. (Photo: Getty Images)Pascal GauzereThe officials at the England v Argentina game, led by referee Pascal Gauzere, had some tough calls to make and got them spot on.Gauzere did not shy away from the big decisions, sending off one player from each side and sin-binning two apiece as well. He was absolutely correct to wield the red card at Elliot Daly in the fifth minute and Enrique Pieretto in the 76th and did the right thing by punishing Joe Marler, who provoked Pieretto by holding onto his leg at a breakdown.It was assistant referee Ian Davies who spotted the Pieretto incident and relayed it to the referee via his microphone as play continued. Davies had identified the culprit and was sure of what he had seen, which is great work when there is so much going on at such a high speed in Test match rugby. Unstoppable: Justin Tipuric at full throttle, on his way to the tryline. (Photo: Getty Images)Justin TipuricThe pick of the Wales forwards during their win over South Africa was Justin Tipuric, who scored his team’s second try and was solid in defence too.The flanker was Wales’s top tackler with 16 and he burst through South Africa’s defence to score his try in the 77th minute, hitting the line at pace on the 22 and taking a deft pass from Taulupe Faletau, then rounding full-back Johan Goosen. The Best man: Rory Best gets so many congratulatory pats from his team he has to duck. (Photo: Inpho) Outstanding effort: Tom Wood was a leading light in England’s win. (Photo: Getty Images)Tom WoodEngland’s openside wasn’t named Man of the Match after Saturday’s 27-14 win over Argentina (that honour went to Chris Robshaw), but Tom Wood still played a key role.With England reduced to 14 men from the fifth minute onwards, their rearguard action was always going to be as important as their attacking game and Wood was his side’s top tackler with 17.He contributed in attack too, making a total of 16 metres from five runs and he helped set up Jonny May’s try. George Ford delayed his pass to Wood long enough to draw one defender and Wood straightened the line and timed his pass to Jonathan Joseph perfectly, so Joseph could ship the ball on to May, who sprinted over in the left-hand corner. That put England 27-14 up with 12 minutes left and ensured they extended their winning run to 13 Tests. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Defensive demon: Kieran Marmion put his body on the line for Ireland. (Photo: Inpho)Kieran MarmionThe scrum-half had to play the entire second half of the Ireland v Australia match out of position on the wing after Ireland suffered three key injuries in their back line. However, Kieran Marmion was totally unfazed and in his first couple of minutes on the pitch he tackled Dane Haylett-Petty into touch, then put in a big hit on David Pocock. That tackled helped force the No 8 to throw a forward pass to Henry Speight so the left wing’s try was disallowed.Marmion made six tackles in all, doubling up with Keith Earls to hit Sefanaia Naivalu and stop him offloading to Tevita Kuridrani when Australia were 27-24 down with three minutes to play. One minute later Marmion brought down Silatolu Latu and Peter O’Mahony won the turnover which enabled Ireland to finally snuff out Australia’s hopes of a comeback. Leigh HalfpennyWales beat South Africa 27-13 and 17 of their points came from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny as he punished the mistakes made by this poor Springbok side. Mumm’s ‘mare: Dean Mumm tips Tadhg Furlong onto his head. (Photo: Inpho)Dean MummThe Australia flanker was lucky to get away with just a yellow card for upending Tadhg Furlong at a ruck and causing the Ireland prop to land on his head.Referee Jerome Garces stopped short of sending Dean Mumm off in the 23rd minute because he said it was “not a dynamic situation” so Furlong didn’t hit the ground at pace. However, because Furlong had the ball in his hands he was unable to stop his head-first fall.Even though he was only sin-binned, Mumm’s foul was still a costly one as Ireland scored their first try while he was off the pitch. Falling foul: Elliot Daly (left) and the upended Leonardo Senatore. (Photo: Getty Images)The SinnersElliot Daly and Enrique PierettoThis duo were both sent off in the England v Argentina Test at Twickenham, and while their offences were quite different, both certainly deserved to go and were equally at fault in my mind.Elliot Daly became the fifth player – and first back – to be sent off while playing a Test for England. His crime was to clatter into Leonardo Senatore as the No 8 jumped to catch a box kick from Ben Youngs.Senatore was always in the best position to field the kick and Daly, chasing back, was never going to get there in time. So, for him to tackle the Puma while he was airborne was utterly reckless and when Senatore hit the ground head/neck/shoulder first, Daly was bound to be sent off.The wing left his England team-mates a man down for the remaining 75 minutes of a match and must be thankful that they managed to win without him. Their victory takes their winning run to 13, just one short of their all-time best sequence of 14, set from March 2002 to August 2003.Off you go: Gauzere sends off Enrique Pieretto for stamping. (Photo: Getty Images)Enrique Pieretto was dismissed five minutes from the end of the game for stamping on Joe Marler’s head when the England prop was hanging onto his leg as a ruck dispersed. The initial replays hinted that Pieretto might have been off-balance and therefore not in control of his actions, but the final angle showed clearly that he looked down and deliberately planted his boot into Marler.Flanker Pablo Matera was already in the sin-bin at that stage for collapsing and maul so Pieretto’s foul left his team with just 13 players – the same as England as Marler was sin-binned too.Daly was handed a three-week ban this afternoon (Monday) while Pieretto’s hearing will be on Wednesday.center_img TAGS: Highlight Halfpenny kicked five penalties and a conversion to help Wales finish their November series with a 75% winning record. The SaintsRory BestThe Ireland skipper had plenty to celebrate on Saturday, guiding his team to a 27-24 win over Australia in Dublin and winning his 100th Test cap in the process.Rory Best made his Ireland debut in 2005 and has been a regular starter in the No2 jersey since 2010. He has grown into an outstanding leader too and Ireland have won 56 of the 100 Tests he has featured in.The victory over Australia gives Best a notable new feather in his cap. He has led his team to wins over New Zealand and South Africa in 2016 as well as the Wallabies, making Ireland the first European side to beat the big three from the south in the same calendar year since 2003.High praise is due to the entire Ireland pack for enabling their team to fight back from 24-20 down in the last quarter to win. Josh van der Flier was named Man of the Match and the forwards put together ten phases of close-quarter attacking play before Conor Murray gave the ball some width inside the 22 and sent it via Simon Zebo to Keith Earls to score the winning try. Ireland hooker Rory Best reached a landmark while leading his team to victory over Australia. England, Wales and Scotland also had wins to celebrate, but some players blotted their copybooks with foul play. Juan Martin HernandezOur first three Sinners were all guilty of foul play but Argentina’s fly-half is added to the list for an error which had more than a touch of comedy about it. Stuart Hogg and Ryan WilsonThis duo were Scotland’s leading lights in their 43-16 win over Georgia.Stuart Hogg scored two tries – one in each half – and helped create another. His first try was a beauty, as he chipped the Georgia defence inside his own half, collected the ball and raced 50 metres to the line. The full-back made a total of 147 metres from 17 breaks and was Scotland’s most potent attacker.Flying full-back: Stuart Hogg scores his second try for Scotland. (Photo: Getty Images)Ryan Wilson was named Man of the Match after enjoying a great all-round performance. He was the top attacker in the pack, making 71m from 17 carries and he also made six tackles. After Jonny May had scored his try for England, Juan Martin Hernandez intended to float his kick-off just across the ten-metre line on the right, so his onrushing forwards could collect it and try to fight back from 27-14 down.His kick went to the right, but skewed back over the halfway line and so ended up behind its starting point. Hernandez was left shaking his head in disgust, while more than half of the people at Twickenham certainly saw the funny side of it.last_img read more

Can improving tackle technique reduce concussion?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Concussion and rugby. The two have become synonymous in recent months with rarely a week passing without the issue making the back pages. In December it was the George North head injury dominating the rugby news, this month Munster scrum-half Conor Murray, and the Six Nations is likely to bring more cases of players being knocked unconscious.Last week the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) published its annual report into the incidence of match-day injuries in professional rugby. First the good news: the number of match-day injuries are at their lowest since the study began in 2002. Now the bad news: concussion injuries have increased for the fifth consecutive season and now account for a quarter of all match-day injuries, a rise from 17% the previous year.Of course, one reason concussion cases have risen is that players are much more aware of the issue and what might a few years ago have been dismissed as a ‘slight bang on the head, you’ll be right as rain in a couple of days’ is now treated with due diligence.Health check: Conor Murray is sent for an HIA against Glasgow earlier this month. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Immediate Care in Sport programme has been educating coaches, officials and healthcare providers in recognising and treating concussion, but that is only half the education battle in the fight to reduce the number of concussion cases in the game, from grass roots to the top flight.As Simon Kemp, the RFU chief medical officer, told the BBC last week: “Thinking about tackle technique and ensuring tackle technique is performance-optimised while reducing the risk of head contact to the tackler, is something the game needs to work more on.”Which is were Ricky Whitehall comes in. A former hooker for England U18 and England Students, Whitehall turned professional with Coventry and then spent seven seasons playing for Lille in the French Fédérale 1 while also becoming a qualified coach.Last summer he returned to England to become boss of Midlands One West club Burton, coaching not just the 1st XV squad but also the kids’ section. “When I began coaching at Burton I found that parents were increasingly concerned about the physicality of rugby,” explains Whitehall. “And I understand that concern because I’ve been a dad for 18 months and if my daughter wants to play rugby I’d be worried about the long-term effects on her.”Whitehall believes that the RFU’s Head Case campaign has done some good work, and this month’s World Rugby edict about refereeing the tackle area is also a step in the right direction. But he says too many players in the modern game can’t tackle properly, reeling off the names of high-profile players who in the past couple of seasons have been knocked unconscious because of poor tackling technique. Wrong side: How many professional players could improve their tackle technique? Photo: Getty Images“I think part of the problem is down to complacency,” explains Whitehall. “Players in the professional game today are bigger, stronger and faster than ever before, but can they tackle better than their predecessor? From my own experience there isn’t enough emphasis on teaching players the correct tackle technique and it doesn’t matter how big or strong a player is, if he can’t tackle properly he’s probably going to get hurt at some stage.”Together with Jason Allen, Whitehall has developed a rugby tackle programme called 360 Coaching that they have just launched. “The programme is applicable from under-nines all the way up to international level,” explains Whitehall. “We’re in the process of speaking to Premiership clubs about providing specialist sessions for the contact area and carrying out studies on the reduction of injury and concussion through the programme’s application.”Whitehall uses a boxing analogy to make his point, saying that a boxer wouldn’t be sent into the ring knowing how to throw a punch but not avoid one. So rugby players need to be educated in how to score tries and how to stop them.Start young: The coaching programme aims to give mini rugby players confidence in tackling. Photo: Getty Images“It’s taken several months to develop the programme because we’ve broken the tackle process step by step,” explains Whitehall.“We’ve identified certain factors and stimuli involved in making a tackle, demonstrating that it’s a very technical skill and not, as you often see, just a case of plucking up your courage, closing your eyes, and hoping for the best as you run in to make the tackle. Ultimately we want to empower players so that they are confident they can make the tackle and see it not as something to be scared of but a vital part of the game.”As far as kids are concerned, the programme is fun, as well as educational, starting with gentle games of touch with the children being shown where to put their hands when they make a tackle. Gradually the programme introduces the kids to contact. “But all the while everything is done in a safe environment,” explains Whitehall. “If a kid has their head in the wrong place we’ll stop the game and ask the children what was wrong about that and why. We want them to teach each other.” A look at a new coaching programme that aims to improve players’ tackling technique and reduce the risk of concussioncenter_img Too high: Frans Steyn was sent off for this tackle on Johnny Sexton. Photo: Inpho Once the kids have learnt the basic principles of tackling, they are taught about more offensive tackling and how to enter a ruck, with the emphasis always on thinking about the correct technique. “We want to reduce the concussion in the game and boost the participation by taking the fear factor away from kids and also their parents,” explains Whitehall. “The best thing I’ve heard so far was a parent who told me his son used to run alongside the ball-carrier too scared to tackle but now he’s his side’s leading tackler.”For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Six Nations France 13-15 Ireland – Sexton “miracle kick” gives French just desserts

first_imgShowing their colours: Irish supporters enjoy a rare championship triumph in Paris (Getty Images)After the match, France coach Jacques Brunel pointed out that they were not responsible for the decision to impose HIAs, saying: “There were collisions. The HIA protocol was decided by an independent doctor. It wasn’t our decision.”The issue detracted from what Jeremy Guscott called a “miracle kick” by Sexton that denied France a shock victory. With the clock deep into the red, the Irish stand-off let fly with a drop-goal attempt from 44 metres and the ball just did enough to clear the crossbar.Sexton likened it to a similar effort he slotted against Treviso but this kick was of a completely different dimension. In giving Ireland an eighth successive victory, it keeps alive their Grand Slam hopes – and with three successive home matches to come. It’s only the fourth time Ireland have won in Paris in the past 66 years. Sad day: teenager Matthieu Jalibert receives attention for the injury that ended his France debut (Inpho)For Sexton too it spelt redemption of sorts because his poor penalty miss on 61 minutes prevented Ireland from going two scores clear; that attempt was from a similar spot to his 2013 miss against New Zealand that ended with the All Blacks winning with the final play.“I was just happy to get another chance to get victory for the boys,” said Sexton after his drop-goal heroics. “All our (tournament) goals would have crumbled today if we had lost.”It was easily the most dramatic of Sexton’s four Test drop-goals, the others coming against Wales in 2010 (27-12), Australia at RWC 2011 (15-6) and France in last year’s meeting (19-9), and it completed a sensational finish to what was largely a grimly mediocre match.It took about 50 minutes to attain anything like the energy levels we saw in the Wales-Scotland match in Cardiff and we were briefly treated to a rendition of La Marseillaise.Power struggle: Iain Henderson and Tadhg Furlong in a maul with Sébastien Vahaamahina (Inpho)Even so, we still seemed destined for a try-less encounter until, with eight minutes remaining, France wing Teddy Thomas capitalised on a disjointed kick chase to skirt round Rob Kearney and veer inside for a super 60m individual score.Anthony Belleau, a replacement for the unfortunate Jalibert, converted for a 13-12 lead but then missed a relatively straightforward kick that would have put France four points up with two minutes remaining.For France, the day was meant to be about Jalibert, the first teenager to start a championship match at fly-half since Ireland’s Billy McCombe in 1968 and, at 19 years 89 days, the youngest fly-half that France have ever fielded in a Five/Six Nations match.His nervy start included dropping a high ball, a wayward chip kick that went to Keith Earls and a missed tackle on Jacob Stockdale. He had started to settle down, however, when he hurt his knee tackling Bundee Aki and retired from the fray on 29 minutes.Green Day: Dan Leavy rushes to join the celebrations after the extraordinary finale in Paris (Getty)With so many new faces and little preparation time, France could arguably claim a moral victory against the tournament favourites. They probably benefited more than the visitors from the rain that reduced proceedings, at times, to an error-laden bore; Sébastien Vahaamahina conceded four penalties by himself, all verging on the ridiculous.But Ireland, whose kicking game caused no end of problems to les Bleus, rarely threatened the try-line despite 68% territory and possession. As Kearney admitted, they got out of jail with Sexton’s late act. “It’s massive for him, incredible,” said the full-back. “It’s the sign of a real champion to step up and go again (after his penalty miss) and that’s what he is.”Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier, who was making his first Six Nations start for nearly two years, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury.To watch highlights of the match, click here.France G Palis; T Thomas, R Lamerat, H Chavancy, V Vakatawa; M Jalibert (A Belleau 29), M Machenaud (A Dupont, 66; Machenaud 75); J Poirot (D Priso 54), G Guirado (capt, A Pelissié 73), R Slimani (C Gomes Sa 54), A Iturria (P Gabrillagues 60), S Vahaamahina, W Lauret (M Tauleigne 66), Y Camara, K Gourdon.Ireland R Kearney; K Earls, R Henshaw, B Aki, J Stockdale (F McFadden 74); J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy (J McGrath 60), R Best (capt, S Cronin 67), T Furlong (Jo Ryan 69), I Henderson, Ja Ryan (D Toner 67), P O’Mahony, J van der Flier (D Leavy 36), CJ Stander.Referee N Owens (Wales). France 13-15 IrelandOn a day when World Rugby was again seen to be addressing the running sore that is squint scrum feeds, a potentially more dubious practice appeared to rear its head.Two young French half-backs, Matthieu Jalibert and replacement Antoine Dupont, both left the field with knee injuries that were classified as Head Injury Assessments. In the first instance, it bought extra time for France as they weighed up whether Jalibert would recover and be able to return (he didn’t); in the second instance, with France protecting a one-point lead, it enabled them to bring experienced scrum-half Maxime Machenaud back on for the closing minutes instead of being forced into a difficult reshuffle.Referee Nigel Owens was at pains to clarify that Dupont was being removed because the independent match doctor was instructing that an HIA was needed. The scepticism of players like Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton was plain to see.Will it or won’t it? Sexton watches his huge drop-goal just clear the bar for the winning points (Inpho)It’s less than eight months since Six Nations chiefs reprimanded France for infringing the replacement laws. In last year’s championship, their team doctor said that prop Uini Atonio needed to go off for an HIA, allowing renowned scrummager Rabah Slimani to reappear for a series of crucial scrums on the Welsh line.An official investigation found “no clear evidence” of sharp practice by France, rather just a break from HIA protocol, but the suspicion they are playing fast and loose with the laws will inevitably strengthen following the latest incidents at Stade de France.Six Nations Rugby Ltd was swift to act, announcing that their HIA Review Processor, Alligin (UK) Ltd, is looking at incidents from Saturday’s match. Depending on the findings, a further review by an HIA Review Panel could follow. Ireland needed a sensational Johnny Sexton drop-goal to salvage Six Nations victory against a France side at the centre of new controversy over use of the replacement laws LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSThe problem is that it’s nigh-on impossible to prove that Jalibert and Dupont could not have sustained a knock to the head in the tackle incidents that led to their injuries.Yet people in the game will rightly feel disgusted if they believe that the HIA law – commendably introduced to prioritise player welfare – is being abused.Paul O’Connell, part of the BBC’s panel of pundits in Paris, said: “In the directives given to the refs, there was a lot of talk about the values of the game, about players protesting (to) referees; we have to protect the values of the game. It’s just disappointing to see two players going off with knee injuries under an HIA.”center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ecstasy: Bundee Aki and Johnny Sexton celebrate the fly-half’s drop-goal winner in Paris (Inpho) France – Try: Thomas. Con: Belleau. Pens: Machenaud 2.Ireland – Pens: Sexton 4. Drop-goal: Sexton.last_img read more

Edinburgh v Glasgow live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgEdinburgh v Glasgow live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to Edinburgh v Glasgow from New Zealand, the match kicks off at 6.35am on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99), but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Scottish rivals reconvene at Murrayfield tonight after Edinburgh’s stirring win last week. In a game that sees the welcome return of spectators, can Glasgow strike back? Edinburgh v Glasgow live stream: How to watch from the UKEdinburgh v Glasgow, which kicks off at 7.35pm tonight, will be shown live on Premier Sports 1 in the UK.Premier Sports show every Guinness Pro14 match live in the UK. If you have a Sky or Virgin Media contract, you can add Premier Sports to your package from £9.99 a month.Or subscribe to Premier Player so you can stream matches online from £9.99 a month or £99 for 12 months, which would include the 2020-21 Pro14 season too. That starts on 3 October.See Premier Sports offersIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when there’s a particular match you want to watch, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Edinburgh v Glasgow live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Italy or Switzerland, you can watch Glasgow v Edinburgh (8.35pm kick-off) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN. It’s compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Edinburgh v Glasgow live stream: How to watch from CanadaDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to see Edinburgh v Glasgow in Canada. It will kick off at 2.35pm EST and 11.35am on the West Coast.Find out more about DAZN here Edinburgh v Glasgow live stream: How to watch from South AfricaSuperSport came on board as a Pro14 broadcast partner when South African franchises Cheetahs and Kings joined the competition in 2017.They primarily show matches involving those teams but are also showing Edinburgh v Glasgow, which kicks off at 8.35pm on SuperSport 1.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from EasyView, with access to Blitz and Premium, which includes all ten sports channels.We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Edinburgh v Glasgow live stream: How to watch from anywhereResults last weekend have taken the sting out of this Scottish derby rematch at Murrayfield. Edinburgh’s 30-15 fightback victory, coupled with Munster’s defeat to Leinster, means Richard Cockerill’s men have booked a home Guinness Pro14 semi-final against Ulster a week tomorrow. That’s because Munster can only match Edinburgh’s points tally in Conference B but in that eventuality would lose out on matches won.Edinburgh also claimed possession of the 1872 Cup for the third successive season. So their priority tonight – reflected in a much-changed line-up – is to avoid injuries and so be able to go into a crucial training week fully tooled. They have never won the Pro14 title in its various guises, a runners-up spot in 2009 their best performance.“All our guys are pretty much fit to play, but there are some people who are more important for the semi-final,” said head coach Cockerill, who has signed a two-year contract extension to 2023. “The reality is we want to win (tonight) and will be playing to do so, but we have qualified and we’ve managed to retain the 1872 Cup, so we have other things to prioritise.“I need to keep my ego in my pocket and worry about what’s more important, which is Ulster at home in a semi and giving ourselves the best chance of getting to a final.”Bragging rights: Edinburgh’s Stuart McInally with the 1872 Cup after last weekend’s derby win (Inpho)Edinburgh make ten changes to their starting XV, but Hamish Watson – outstanding last week – goes again from the off and there are also starts for Scotland internationals Darcy Graham and Magnus Bradbury after injury.Summer signing Nathan Chamberlain, 20, makes his first start for the club at stand-off and is partnered at half-back by Charlie Shiel, 22, a try-scorer last Saturday.Outside-centre James Johnstone makes his 50th Edinburgh appearance while Marshall Sykes, Roan Frostwick and Matt Gordon are in line for their competitive club debuts off the bench.Glasgow, champions in 2015 and finalists last year, will be determined to end their season on a high note. Their 50% win record in Conference A falls well below their recent standards and they will be smarting from the way they lost their grip last Saturday having led at half-time. They fell foul of the new breakdown and tackle directives, conceding nearly 20 penalties all told, so that is an area in which new head coach Danny Wilson will be seeking improvement.In contrast to Cockerill, Wilson has kept changes to a minimum. George Horne replaces fellow Scotland scrum-half Ali Price while Stafford McDowall comes in at 12 for Pete Horne.In the pack, Glasgow were forced into a late change as lock Richie Gray dropped out for protocol reasons as a close family member was awaiting a test result for Covid. Rob Harley, originally a replacement, comes into the engine room with Kiran McDonald joining the bench. Tom Gordon lines up at seven in a rejigged back row.Getting his chance: Stafford McDowall starts for Glasgow (Inpho)Hooker and captain Fraser Brown makes his 100th Glasgow appearance while props Charlie Capps and summer arrival Enrique Pieretto are named in a Glasgow match-day 23 for the first time.Wilson said: “We wanted to give an opportunity to a few boys who we think deserve their shot based on their efforts in training over the last couple of weeks.“We’ve got one eye on the start of the new season and know that squad depth is going to be tested more than ever, so it’s another chance to look at certain players and combinations.“We’re excited to see how Stafford goes in the centre – he’s a young man with a highly impressive skill-set, and he’s a major asset to our squad. Tom and George both come into the starting XV and they’re keen to get going from the first whistle this week.”The match is due to make history as the first pro rugby match in the UK, and the first pro sports event in Scotland, to welcome spectators since the lockdown began in March. It’s expected that about 700 fans will be admitted to Murrayfield – little more than 1% of capacity – as the Scottish government is using the match as a trial before deciding whether to partially open stadiums from 14 September. Click here for match-day information.As last week, the game is being played in the capital but tonight’s encounter is the one counting as a home fixture for Edinburgh.Feisty: tempers flare during last week’s game, which saw Edinburgh book a place in the play-offs (Inpho)Edinburgh: Blair Kinghorn; Darcy Graham, James Johnstone, Chris Dean (capt), Duhan van der Merwe; Nathan Chamberlain, Charlie Shiel; Pierre Schoeman, Mike Willemse, Simon Berghan, Nick Haining, Jamie Hodgson, Magnus Bradbury, Hamish Watson, Viliame Mata.Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Rory Sutherland 18 WP Nel 19 Marshall Sykes 20 Luke Crosbie 21 Roan Frostwick 22 Jaco van der Walt 23 Matt Gordon.Glasgow: Huw Jones; Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg, Stafford McDowall, Ratu Tagive; Adam Hastings, George Horne; Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown (capt), Zander Fagerson, Rob Harley, Scott Cummings, Ryan Wilson, Tom Gordon, Matt Fagerson.Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Charlie Capps, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Robbie Nairn. Smothered: Glasgow lock Kiran McDonald is tackled during Edinburgh’s 30-15 win last weekend (Inpho) If you want to watch the Scottish derby wherever you are, we explain how to find a reliable live stream for Edinburgh v Glasgow.How to watch Edinburgh v Glasgow from outside your countryIf you’re abroad but still want to watch your local Pro14 coverage, like Edinburgh v Glasgow this Friday, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Transition from Rugby Player to Coach

first_imgThe move from playing squad to back-room team is a path well trodden. But there are different routes to take, as we find out This article originally appeared in the October 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Transition from Rugby Player to CoachYou may have spent your career turning out for your village side on a soggy pitch with cold showers or on a pristine carpet of grass in front of 80,000 people, but at some point you have to retire.For amateurs the change is less jarring, but for pros there is not only the time commitment but also the financial implication of finishing work in your mid-30s. Some find jobs in the real world, some go into broadcasting, but others stay in the game through coaching.To find out what the transition is like, Rugby World spoke to five people who have gone from rugby player to coach…Bernard JackmanFrench lessons: Bernard Jackman during his time at Grenoble (Getty Images)Jackman had spells playing at Connacht, Leinster and Sale, as well as with the Irish national team, but by the time he retired in 2010 he had plenty of coaching experience.“When I was 23 I was contracted at Connacht and got asked if I could help out Tullow, my home club,” he says. “Geographically it was a nightmare, it was taking me three hours to get to training, but in Ireland there is a Gaelic football mentality and you go back and help out your club.”Jackman got Tullow promoted and then took his leave. When he signed for Leinster in 2005 he took up another coaching post, this time at Newbridge. He was there for two years, then took another break before joining Coolmine. “I had coached at three clubs before I retired. Then I went back to university to get my Masters and coached Clontarf.”It was after his spell at Tullow that Jackman started to see coaching as a career option. “From then on I would watch my coaches. I would watch how they gave information, how they set up tactics for that week, how they built relationships. I think you can learn a lot from watching other people coach; specifically how they try to create a mindset within the squad.”Jackman’s first professional role was as a skills and defence coach with Grenoble in the ProD2. “I think a lot of ex-players dive into being technically sound, which lends itself to a role like skills coach. As you get more coaching experience, you get a better balance of how much information to give.”After five years, Jackman moved into the head coach role in the Alps. “I went from 100% coaching as an assistant to 90% non-coaching in the head coach role. We didn’t have a director of rugby so I was doing all the retention and recruiting, so you basically become the head of a department.”Jackman’s playing days went hand in hand with his burgeoning coaching career. Now back in Ireland at Bective Rangers, for him it was an easy segue into coaching. But not all former pros are as prepared for the end of their careers.Jamie HamiltonOn camera: Jamie Hamilton is now the All Blacks’ performance analyst (Getty Images)Hamilton played his entire professional career with Leicester Tigers, winning the Heineken Cup in 2001 and 2002. “When I retired in 2003 I was asked if I wanted to help out with the half-back coaching and at that point I didn’t really know what I wanted to do post-playing career, so I did that for one year.“I was living with someone who was in charge of technology at the English Institute of Sport. He suggested that if I wanted to take my coaching seriously I should get a camera and analyse what the guys were doing.”The Tigers’ coaching staff saw what Hamilton was doing and asked if he wanted to do that for the first team. “It was right at the start of performance analysis in rugby and I didn’t really know what I was doing. But I gave it a go and I really enjoyed it. I just taught myself.”Hamilton stayed with Leicester before moving to New Zealand and the Crusaders in 2008. He feels that his experience of playing at the highest level has aided his new career, saying: “It helps to have an understanding of the game. It has also helped to have coaches trust me because they know I understand the pressures that are part of the game. It makes it easier to build relationships with players and coaches.”The path from player to coach is well trodden but player to analyst is less common. Most analysts in rugby now have four to six years of university education behind them but that was less of a problem for Hamilton.“When I came in it was quite archaic. I’ve learnt as I’ve gone along but I would struggle if I started now because it is so technologically advanced. Current players will know some of the key stuff about analysis because they are so involved, but I think many players have the ambition of going down the coaching route rather than analysis.”Although Hamilton’s current role is as an analyst with the All Blacks, he still steps into coaching when required. “I’ll help out Aaron Smith if he asks and give technical feedback to the guys. I don’t have an ambition to go into coaching, but I enjoy dabbling and working with the guys when they ask.”Hamilton carved out his own role when he stopped playing and now works with the world’s standard-bearers. Players inadvertently landing on coaching is something of a theme.Russell EarnshawExperience: Russell Earnshaw worked as an assistant coach with England Sevens (Getty Images)Earnshaw was with Bath when they won the Heineken Cup in 1998 and went on to play at Bedford, Rotherham and Pertemps Bees (Birmingham & Solihull), the final two seasons as player-coach.“I didn’t decide to become a coach until two years after I’d finished playing. I had all my coaching qualifications but I didn’t make a conscious decision until then,” he says. “I got an opportunity to work with England Sevens and I was out of my depth. You think you’re quite good but I was a million miles away. I had good people around me but I didn’t understand why we did certain things.”His initial experience was filled with self-doubt but his coaching improved as he reflected on what his coaches had done. “You retrospectively think about coaches you have had and decide what you want to take and, most importantly, what you don’t want to copy.”Earnshaw admits he was a journeyman professional and he believes that playing the game at a high level might not make you a better coach. But it does help in terms of getting employed. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “The decision-makers, the owners, aren’t necessarily looking for the best coaches, they are looking for people they can trust. They might be looking for someone who minimises risk.”Being a former pro might get you a job, but with modern owners and bosses often getting involved in the day-to-day running of teams, it might not be a role you want. “There are a lot of coaches who aren’t allowed to be themselves, are spoken to badly, and spend a lot of their time thinking, ‘Will I be gone before they (the decision-maker) is?’”.Earnshaw no longer works in a traditional coaching environment. He co-founded Magic Academy with former Newcastle and Yorkshire Carnegie coach John Fletcher to provide coach development for a number of sports at any level.His distance from the pro game has led him to believe rugby is doing it wrong. “In sports where there isn’t much money they can make ‘risky’ decisions and bring in people who don’t fit the mould. In the really high-value sports, like the American sports, those coaches have learnt their craft and often they are ex-teachers, not ex-players.”Earnshaw believes rugby is stuck in a rut, with coaches being employed because they fit the typical coaching profile. That is good news for ex-players but not necessarily for the sport. One area where clubs have shown invention is bringing in coaches from rugby league.Les KissKeeping busy: Les Kiss gets stuck in during a London Irish warm-up (Getty Images)Today, hiring a league coach to sort out your defence is the de facto decision for many clubs. That wasn’t the case in 2001 when Kiss was asked by South Africa boss Harry Viljoen to come in as defence coach, with his previous experience just a brief stint with the London Broncos rugby league team.“My first union coaching was in the middle of the Springboks as the first foreigner to coach at that level. I saw these big players and they were looking down at me thinking who is this scrawny little Aussie? That is where if you are yourself you can succeed but it was a little daunting, to say the least.“It probably formed a part of my ability at that level because it was right at the deep end. There were eight-week training camps and there is no escape, you sink or swim. I think playing at the top level helped because they all respected that I had played in the State of Origin and I could tell little lies about how tough I was.”Yet Kiss, now head coach of London Irish, doesn’t believe a high-level playing career is a requirement to being a coach. In fact, he thinks that coaches in other sports and even theatre pros could add something to a set-up.“I don’t think you need to be a professional to be a good coach. Someone like Pep Guardiola would do a great job in rugby because there are transferable skills, like people skills, understanding the competitive nature of groups, how to manage conflict.“All those things are fundamental skills from coaching which transfer. I’d actually like to get the person responsible for the staging of Hamilton to come in because I think they’d see things that we didn’t.”League coaches are ubiquitous in the game but truly world-class pros are still under-represented in back-room teams, with most successful coaches known because of the work they have done off the field. However, recently there has been a trend for the best players in the world to move into coaching.Dwayne PeelAdvice: Dwayne Peel working with Ian Madigan at Ulster (Getty Images)Peel played the first half of his career in Wales with the Scarlets and the second in England with Sale and Bristol. He is Wales’ second most-capped scrum-half (after Mike Phillips), a Grand Slam winner and a Lion. He was a superstar who has stayed in the game as a coach and is currently an assistant at Ulster.He says: “Towards the latter part of my career I was actively looking to move into coaching. As a player I was always intrigued by looking at the opposition and working out how to break them down, so it was a natural progression.”The technical and tactical details came quickly but the player management took longer. “The thing that takes time is the people management and your ability to get your point across. When you first go into coaching you may have a lot of knowledge as a player, but being able to share that knowledge is the key.”There are now more world-class players going into coaching. Think Ronan O’Gara at the Crusaders and La Rochelle or Paul O’Connell with Ireland U20, then Stade Français. “I think the competition is big and certain types of players thrived on the competition,” says Peel.“Also, the game only went professional in 1995. In Wales we didn’t really go professional until the early 2000s. If you think about the generation of players who have only been professional, the guys retiring now are the first of that generation.“In the past, coaching would have been a side job, now it has the potential to be a full career. I was very lucky, I signed a professional contract straight from school, I’ve never worked outside of the game so that was all I knew. It was the natural progression.”Any professional retiring now would be unusual if they had held a job outside of rugby. And we will continue to see younger coaches stepping straight out of playing and into major coaching positions. Owners and fans want big names in the staff and players trust coaches who have been in their shoes.Other sports have dismissed that thinking. Baseball selects back-room talent as much from Ivy League economics classes as former playing ranks. Football has embraced the amateur. Juventus won the 2019-20 Italian league managed by Maurizio Sarri, who was a banker until he was 40.It might not be too long until rugby looks away from the professional game. Until that point the rugby player to coach pathway will stay open, even if there are varying routes to take. Switch: Lions scrum-half Dwayne Peel is now assistant coach at Ulster (Getty Images & Inpho) last_img read more

Dominican church stands with Dominicans of Haitian descent

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET October 27, 2013 at 1:09 am It seems more than one network would want to take action. If anyone knows anything, please keep me in the loop as part of The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice [email protected] or on Facebook Dianne Aid, TSSF Submit a Press Release Sanford Z. K. Hampton says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Dianne Aid, TSSF 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 Tags Dianne Aid, TSSF says: Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Craig Clere says: Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA October 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm Absolutely shameful.Blessings on Bishop Holquin for standing on the right side of this issue. Hopefully, the US Government will as well. Rector Shreveport, LA Allan Chabot-Stahls says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Haiti Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS October 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm Kudos to Bishop Julio Holguin of The Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic for speaking out boldly. And how else will TEC and the diocese of the Dominican Republic take action on this egregious act of court-sanctioned apartheid? By Lynette WilsonPosted Oct 25, 2013 center_img Rector Belleville, IL Lelanda Lee says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Alex Symington says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments (8) Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Nancy Mott says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Dominican church stands with Dominicans of Haitian descent Hundreds of thousands face statelessness Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY October 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm This is a terrible affront to human rights and human dignity. Thank you, Bishop Holguin, for speaking out. Those affected in the Dominican Republic are in our prayers. Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service] Dominicans of Haitian descent are facing statelessness after the constitutional court of the Dominican Republic ruled ineligible for citizenship any children born of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic.Because of the court’s ruling, hundreds of thousands of descendants of immigrants, mostly from Haiti, who were born in the Dominican Republic, will no longer be recognized as citizens, said Bishop of the Dominican Republic Julio Holguín in an Oct. 25 e-mail to ENS.“I believe that the constitutional court has made ​​a big mistake with that ruling, which violates the rights of at least four generations of descendants of immigrants, most of whom came to the Dominican Republic, by agreement between the two governments, Dominican and Haitian, to work primarily cutting sugarcane,” he said.The Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic serves Haitian communities throughout the country in its parishes and missions. In the November-December issue of Episcopax, the diocese’s newspaper, devotes significant space to defending the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent.The Dominican Republic, population 10.2 million, and Haiti, population 9.8 million, share the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic is slightly larger, occupying 64 percent of the island’s eastern half. For decades, Haitians have worked in the Dominican Republic’s sugarcane fields, as domestic servants and at other forms of menial labor.On Sept. 23, the country’s constitutional court in an 11-2 decision ruled that the citizen provision in the 1929 Dominican constitution should not apply to the children of parents who were not “legal residents” at the time of their children’s birth, and, further, that subsequent generations born on Dominican soil also should be denied citizenship.An estimated 200,000 people born of Haitian parents live in the Dominican Republic. On Oct. 24, the court instructed local authorities to “audit all of the nation’s birth records back to June 1929 to determine who no longer qualifies for citizenship,” according to an article in The New York Times.As Holguín explained, the court’s decision invalidates not only birth certificates, but also calls into question the validity of other forms of identification, including passports, and could inhibit the ability to enroll in school and college, open a bank account, own a home, etc.“In other words, the constitutional court has decided to establish an ‘apartheid’ in the Dominican Republic,” he said.– Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service.  Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA October 27, 2013 at 11:28 am In a show of support for the Dominican Diocese of the Episcopal Church we should defer all winter travel this year to the D.R. and state that as a church we agree with Bishop Holguin and will channel our tourist dollars elsewhere. We should also encourage the Department of State to verify that Dominican women applying for travel visas to the U.S. are not preganant so as to prevent them from traveling to give birth in the U.S. and thus obtaining U.S. citizenship for their own children who could have been born at home in one of their excellent hospital facilities (they have excellent hospitals – I’ve used them myself in the past!). Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC March 16, 2014 at 9:18 am This regressive fascist move by the Dominican courts has played out many times in the past. To blame/scapegoat is classic obfuscation by those in power to distract from poor governance. Works every time. I have been doing short term mission work in the DR for twenty years and have dear friends there and many of Haitian descent…How in God’s name is this ruling even possible? All it is going to do is take away any rights the Haitian community has, which are already tenuous in this state sanctioned racist environment. I am proud of the Episcopal Church of the RD for reacting as Christ would, as opposed to the Roman Catholic ruling elite’s support of “la sentencia”! October 26, 2013 at 7:03 am What a terrible affront to human rights by the court. Whatever are these people to do? Is there anything that we can do to help these 200,000 “stateless” persons? Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books October 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm This is horrible and part of the wider global trend of denying basic human rights and throwing lives into chaos. May we as a Church stand strong in solidarity and action.last_img read more

Hester Mathes named curate, Church of the Holy Communion, Memphis

first_img Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags People Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Posted Jul 18, 2014 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Rev. Hester Mathes with Bishop Don E. Johnson of West Tennessee.For six years as a student at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Hester Shipp Mathes attended morning chapel in the sanctuary of Church of the Holy Communion. Twenty-two years later, she has returned to that sanctuary, now as an ordained deacon and the new curate of Church of the Holy Communion. Mathes’ ordination as deacon, which took place June 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, is the last major step before being ordained to the priesthood.The Reverend Hester Mathes joins the Reverend Sandy Webb, who became priest in charge of Holy Communion one year ago, and the Reverend Randy McCloy, deacon. “Hester brings to her ministry a wealth of experience as an educator and church professional, and will learn here the craft of priesthood,” says Webb. “I am very grateful to Bishop Don E. Johnson for appointing Hester to serve at Holy Communion, and to the vestry for creating a position in which someone as talented as Hester can come to learn.”This is Mathes’ second homecoming to Memphis. After graduating from the College of William & Mary, studying music, art and psychology, she returned to serve as youth coordinator at Calvary Episcopal, the parish in which she grew up, and to teach at St. George’s Independent School.“Teaching in itself was a ministry,” says Mathes, but the “little voice” of a call to priesthood had started making itself known during her college years. She returned to Virginia in 2011 for graduate school, this time at Virginia Theological Seminary, and graduated this spring.Mathes’ work at Church of the Holy Communion will focus on young adult ministry and sharing in sacramental, preaching and teaching responsibilities. Assuming that all of the canonical consents are received, Mathes will be ordained as a priest this winter.Mathes and her husband Andy, who has recently opened the Tennessee office of Farr, Miller & Washington Investment Counsel (based in Washington, D.C.), have two children: Neeley, 11, and Zander, nine. Rector Belleville, IL Hester Mathes named curate, Church of the Holy Communion, Memphis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC 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 Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 last_img read more

Growth in two very different Maryland congregations, similar strategies

first_imgGrowth in two very different Maryland congregations, similar strategies 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Pjcabbiness says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments (1) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 March 30, 2017 at 11:34 am Great job! Rector Tampa, FL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC [Diocese of Maryland] The Rev. Margarita Santana didn’t know how many people would show up for her first Sunday at the Iglesia de la Resurrección on Baltimore, Maryland’s eastside, but she thought there would be more than eight.“I was very surprised,” said Santana, who splits her time as vicar and Latino missioner for the Diocese of Maryland.Now, almost five years later, 65 people might show up on a good Sunday for the Spanish-language service.A similar phoenix-like story is playing out 50 miles north of Santana at St. John’s in Havre de Grace. There, Pat Hopkins, junior warden, remembers a Sunday when six people showed up, three in the pews and three in the choir. In February, 100 people showed up for the Maryland Bishop Eugene T. Sutton’s visitation.“It was really, really one of those extraordinary moments that one has in the ministry,” said the Rev. T. James Snodgrass, priest-in-charge. “It was glorious. You could just feel it. The congregation was overflowing. They were just joyful.”In both cases, a focus on mission, hospitality and being part of the neighborhood helped spark the revival. Outdoor services and picnics are regular events. Santana’s first Sunday led her to engage in some old-fashioned shoe-leather ministry.“We walked around the neighborhood to see the people,” said Santana, who is from the Dominican Republic. “We knocked on doors and had flyers in Spanish.”But the church did not have a sign in Spanish. That changed after a visit by Sutton.“He asked me, ‘What do you want me to do? What do you need?’” said Santana. “I said, ‘Bishop. We need a sign.’”“Misa en Espanol” (Mass in Spanish), it read. And the people responded.“When I ask [newcomers] how did you come here. They say, ‘I saw the sign,’” said Santana, who has learned to navigate the cultural currents of her parish. Membership includes immigrants from at least 10 countries in the Latin American diaspora.The Rev. Lew Bradford joined Santana last year as deacon. He, too, is learning the different cultures at Resurrección as he improves his Spanish.“You need to be sure that everybody feels included,” said Bradford, who will be ordained a priest later this year.  “And I think you have to have the attitude that Margarita has, to be positive.”Around the time Santana was knocking on doors near Resurrección, the people at St. John’s were asking themselves if their church, founded in 1809, was going to close its doors. Attendance had dwindled. The $600,000-plus endowment was down to $11,000.“It was depressing. I remember one day praying for a sign,” said Jan Biondo, senior warden at that time. Then the phone rang. A local church was looking to rent worship space. “That was my sign that God wanted to keep us open.”Snodgrass arrived about a year later, bringing with him nearly 40 years of ministry experience. And, because he had full-pension benefits and was part time, he didn’t bring the financial obligations that cripple many small churches.Slowly, a turn-around began. The finances stabilized. The church has even started a $1.6 million capital campaign. Already known for participating in ecumenical outreach programs, St. John’s began its own ministry to feed and help those in need.“It means as much to us as to the people who come here,” said Hopkins, who once wondered where she would go if St. John’s closed. “We wanted to keep the church open, but it was very bleak. Now? It’s great to see the change and the enthusiasm.”Hospitality and mission are two of the reasons Sandra Capezio decided to join St. John’s. Now about 60 people show up for Sunday worship.“To me [mission] is the heart of the church and what it represents,” she said. “You want to make a difference, and you want to make it through Christ.”Santana and Snodgrass point to the combination of time, dedicated pastoral ministry and a sense of purpose within the community as key growth factors.“You hope. But you don’t know. But you do everything you can to open up for the Spirit and then get out of the way,” said Snodgrass. “But you prepare. You work. You till the soil. Then you pray that if it’s God’s will, God will give the growth.”— The Rev. M. Dion Thompson is a priest in the Diocese of Maryland. 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Video & Text: Presiding Bishop’s royal wedding sermon

first_img 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Rev. Dr. Mike Sowards says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Royal Wedding 2018, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Submit a Press Release Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET May 19, 2018 at 8:04 pm This was such a wonderful sermon, so very appropriate for the occasion and looking beyond the occasion. I did find the crowd noise very distracting, and the laughter inexplicable. I do hope that ENS gets a clean video copy of the sermon and posts it soon. May 22, 2018 at 7:48 am Presiding Bishop’s sermon was a seed to the hole world, may the Almighty God bless Him.song of Solomon 8: 6-7 ” Place me like a seed a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm, for LOVE is as strong as death, its jealously, unyielding as the grave, it burns like blazing fire , like a mighty flame. Many waters con not quench LOVE , rivers cont not sweep it away.If one were to give all the wealth of one house for LOVE it would be utterly scorned. AMEN, and AMEN . Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books VRev Peter A Baktis says: May 20, 2018 at 7:19 pm Wow !!! The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. in which I’m proud to be a member of did the sermon of a life time. It was fantastic. Well done my good a faithful servant well done. He has a Baptist Mentality with a Episcopal Theology. May we all share that love with each other Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Rev. Dr. Elliott J Bush says: May 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm meBishop Curry’s challenge to me brings me to my part in the world around me. What do I hold at the center of my life? How can I bring about a meaningful change in my world to lift someone out a life of despair and want? The real life problems face me every day. Bishop Curry’s words shine to illuminate the problems around me. His joy reflects the joy he has found working as a worker in God’s plan of Love. Geoffrey C. Schuller says: May 20, 2018 at 7:06 am How the family got to Bishop Curry is a wonder in itself! Wonder how we will know the trickle down effect of what he gave to us. In 1976 I visited my grandparents home there in Sussex. A big sign across the roadway, proclaimed: “Colonists – All is forgiven, come home”! We are family and Bp Curry cemented this. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments (16) Katherine Beck-Ei says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bonita Bishop says: Posted May 19, 2018 Rector Knoxville, TN May 20, 2018 at 4:04 pm Love can make a change. Love can unite. Thank you for preaching the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A beloved community is what need to work for. May 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm 23rd Psalm says “My cup runs over…” That’s the love talked about. Your cup is refillable. What runs over can go in to other’s cups that are half full or half empty, because all cups are refillable. Love isn’t love until you give it away. It is not an exchange. God is that Love! It is inexhaustible energy! [Episcopal News Service – Windsor, U.K.] Two videos and the full text of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle follow. The first video is the official broadcast from the BBC and the second was recorded on one of the large public screens stationed along the procession route in Windsor, where 150,000 well-wishers thronged the streets. 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Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Riise Richards says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Fr Robert Browning says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI May 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm Despite the early hour here in the Midwest, Bishop Curry’s sermon got my blood flowing, and set my soul on fire. For me, it was the highlight of the entire service. Passion, yes. Truth, absolutely. Bishop Curry spoke of the one and only Truth: Love. I am truly grateful this message was heard by so many around this broken world. All of us who were fortunate to hear within our hearts, minds, and souls have been deeply blessed. Thank you, Bishop Curry. Stewart David Wigdor says: Rev. Patrick LaFortune says: “The Power of Love”—A Sermonby the Most Rev. Michael B. CurryforThe Marriage ofHRH Prince Henry of Wales & Ms. Meghan MarkleSaturday, May 19, 2018 And now in the name of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.From the Song of Solomon, in the Bible:Set me as a seal upon your heart,as a seal upon your arm;for love is (as) strong as death,passion fierce as the grave.Its flashes are flashes of fire,a raging flame.Many waters cannot quench love,neither can floods drown it (out).Song of Songs 8:6-7iThe late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, and I quote:       “We must discover the power of love,     the redemptive power of love.And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old worlda new world.  Love is the only way.”There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalize it. There’s power, power in love.  If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love.  The whole world seemed to center around you, and your beloved.  Oh, there’s power, power in love.  Not just in its romantic forms, but any form, any shape, of love.  There’s a certain sense, in which when you are loved, and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it, when you love and you show it, it actually feels right.  There’s something right about it.  And there’s a reason for it.The reason has to do with the source.  We were made by a power of love.  And our lives were meant, and are meant to be lived in that love.  That’s why we are here.  Ultimately the source of love is God himself.The source of all of our lives.As an old medieval poem puts it:“Where true love is found, God himself is there.”1st John in the New Testament says it this way.       “Beloved, let us love one another,because love is from God;Everyone who loves is born of GodWhoever does not love does not know GodFor God is love.” (1John 4:4-8)There’s power in love.There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can.There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.There’s power in love to show us the way to live“Set me as a seal on your heartA seal on your arm”For love, it’s as strong as death.But love is not only about a young couple.Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we’re all here.Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up!But it’s not just for and about a young couple who we rejoice with.It’s more than that.Jesus of Nazareth on one occasion was asked by a lawyer to sum up the essence of the teachings of Moses.  And he read back, and reached back into the Hebrew scriptures to Deuteronomy and Leviticus, and Jesus said:You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.This is the first, and great commandment.And the second is like it.Love your neighbor as yourself.And then in Matthew’s version, he added, he said:         On these two, love of God and love of neighbor, hang all the law, all the prophetsEverything that Moses wrote, everything in the holy prophets, everything in the Scriptures, everything that God has been trying to tell the world!Love God!Love your neighbors.And while you’re at it, love yourself.Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in all of human history.  A movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world.  And a movement mandating people to live that love.  And in so doing, to change not only their lives, but the very life of the world itself.I’m talking about some power.Real power.Power to change the world.And if you don’t believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America’s Antebellum South, who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform.  They explained it this way – they sang a spiritual, even in the midst of their captivity.  It’s one that says:         “There is a balm in Gilead”A healing balm, something that can make things right –         “There is a balm in GileadTo make the wounded wholeThere is a balm in GileadTo heal the sin-sick soul.”And one of the stanzas actually explains why – they said:         “If you cannot preach like Peter,And you cannot pray like Paul,You  tell the love of Jesus,How he died to save us all.”Oh, that’s the balm in Gilead!This way of love, it is the way of life!  They got it!He died to save us all!  He didn’t die for anything he could get out of it!Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying!He wasn’t getting anything out of it!He gave up his life, he sacrificed his life for the good of others, for the good of the other, for the well-being of the world, for us!That’s what love is.Love is not selfish and self-centered.Love can be sacrificial.And in so doing, becomes redemptive.And that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love, changes lives.And it can change this world.If you don’t believe me, just stop and think, or imagine.Think, and imagine.Well, think and imagine a world where love is the way.Imagine our homes and families when love is the way.Imagine neighborhoods and communities when love is the way.Imagine our governments and nations when love is the way.Imagine business and commerce when love is the way.Imagine this tired old world when love is the way.When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive.When love is the way, then no child would go to bed hungry in this world ever again.When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook.When love is the way, poverty would become history.When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riversideto study war no more.When love is the way, there’s plenty good room.  Plenty good room.  For all of God’s children.And when love is the way, we actually treat each other – well, like we’re actually family.When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all, and we are brothers and sisters.  Children of God.My brothers and sisters, that’s a new heaven, a new earth, a new world.A new human family.And let me tell you something, old Solomon was right in the Old Testament, that’s fire.Teilhard de Chardin – and with this, I will sit down, we gotta get you all married.French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin was arguably one of the great minds, great spirits of the 20th century.  A Jesuit, Roman Catholic priest, a scientist, a scholar, a mystic.  In some of his writings he said, from his scientific background, as well as his theological one.  Some of his writings he said, as others have, that the discovery, or invention, or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history.Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible.Fire made it possible to cook food, and to provide sanitary ways of eating, which reduced the spread of disease in its time.Fire made it possible to heat and warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates.Fire made it possible – there was no Bronze Age without fire.  No Iron Age without fire.  No Industrial Revolution without fire.The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good.Anybody get here in a car today?  An automobile?Nod your heads if you did, I’m guessing, I know there were some carriages.For those of us who came in cars, fire, and the controlled, harnessed fire made that possible.I know that the Bible says, and I believe it, that Jesus walked on the water, but I have to tell you, I didn’t walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here!Controlled fire in that plane got me here!Fire makes it possible for us to text and Tweet and email and Instagram and Facebook and socially be dysfunctional with each other!Fire makes all of that possible!And de Chardin said fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history.And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.Dr. King was right.We must discover love.The redemptive power of love.And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world.My brother, my sister,God love you, God bless you.And may God hold us all,in those Almighty hands of love. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA May 22, 2018 at 9:16 am I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and talking with Bishop Curry on three separate occasions. What an incredible vessel of Christ. I am happy to be part of this revolutionary “Jesus Movement”. It brings light and hope to communities overwhelmed by self interest. He visited us in January 2018, on the island of St. Thomas, and his sermon rocked the walls of our Cathedral Church of All Saints. Our “Monument to Freedom” built in 1848. God bless and keep you Bishop Curry, our Disciple. May your message resonate throughout all corners of the world until they get it. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Jobs & Calls June 3, 2018 at 2:44 pm thank you. Love is all Power of God. Thus Love makes Heaven on earth. Thank you for your wisdom. Rector Tampa, FL Tags May 19, 2018 at 1:36 pm How beautiful are the feet of those who bring GOOD NEWS. We have the capacity to follow in the footsteps of Yeshua of Nazareth, leading to our own RESURRECTION. Jesus did not “Die for our Sins,” He died showing us and the people of that time……. the way of LOVE. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME May 21, 2018 at 4:03 pm Presiding Bishop’s sermon was awesome. It was touching, thought provoking and tied in with the obvious love shared by the Royal couple. It was a great, fantastic and powerful sermon. My family and I loved it. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA May 19, 2018 at 12:14 pm Everything for the glory of God!!! Job well done Bishop Curry May 19, 2018 at 3:04 pm What a beautiful message this Pentecost weekend! Just as the flames of the Holy Spirit lit upon those gathered in Jerusalem and created a new community – Let us harness the fire of love and become a community of love and unity! 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