LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The semi-final draws for both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup will be conducted after the completion of the Round 6 matches of the tournaments on Sunday, 23 January. The draws will be televised live on Sky Sports following the London Wasps v Toulouse game at Adams Park (approx 5pm). The draws will also be streamed live on ercrugby.com
Forty years after making his debut in student rugby’s most famous fixture, ex-England full-back Alastair Hignell explains why this year’s match will be an occasion to cherish By Alastair HignellWhat’s the Varsity Match about? Not so long ago, the question didn’t need to be asked, or answered. The annual encounter between Oxford and Cambridge was a fixed point in the sporting calendar. The City closed down for the day and the West Car Park filled up, bus-loads of prep schoolboys perched on the terraces and shrieked their allegiance, Fleet Street’s finest packed the press box and the rest of the rugby public settled down in front of their TV sets.But these are different times. The fixture is no longer the only game of note to be played at Twickenham before Christmas, a showcase for current internationals and a stepping-stone for the stars of the future. Its importance, in elite rugby terms, is minimal. And yet, for a whole host of reasons – some personal, some historical, some sentimental – this season’s showpiece is set to be something special.Honouring the fallenA hundred years after the fixture was suspended following the outbreak of the First World War, Twickenham will get the chance to honour the 55 Blues who lost their lives in that conflict. A roll call will be read out before the Last Post is played, their pictures will appear in the programme and on the big screen, and there’ll be a wreath-laying ceremony at the RFU war memorial. It promises to be poignant.While the extraordinary sacrifices made by Light and Dark Blues a century ago demands sober reflection, the efforts of the current players on behalf of official Varsity Match charity Leonard Cheshire Disability also deserve acknowledgement. I’m honoured to serve as a Trustee at the Charity whose goal is to help disabled people throughout the world to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.The news that both sets of players took time out from their match preparations to visit the charity’s local services is both heart-warming and, I hope, a precursor to even closer ties. * The Varsity Match takes place on Thursday 11 December, 2.30pm kick-off. Tickets cost from £26 and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Charity visit: from left, Cambridge players Michael Mortimore, Harry Peck, Will Briggs and David WarrenRaising a glass And, on top of all that, there’s the little matter of a 40th anniversary to celebrate. Back in 1974 I was a callow teenager making my Varsity Match bow in a Cambridge side that had just embarked on a run of success similar to that currently enjoyed by the Dark Blues. Forty years ago, we sneaked home by a point in a match that was every bit as nerve-wracking then as it sounds now. We’ll wander, very slowly, down memory lane – and we won’t be the only ones. Somewhere, in another part of Twickenham, the team of ‘64 will also be raising a glass…The Varsity Match has a glorious past and shouldn’t be ashamed of celebrating it. Down the years millions have been touched by the magic of the occasion, of Twickenham and of the sport itself, and the challenge for the current custodians of the two clubs is to honour that past while at the same time celebrating the present and embracing the future.Common bond The rugby landscape has changed out of all recognition, and the Varsity Match has had to change too. The Oxford and Cambridge players are not professionals and very few of them want to be.They play rugby for the same reasons as we did all those years ago and for the reasons the majority of rugby players the world over still do – for the mental and physical challenge, the test of courage, wits and skill, and the deep and enduringly satisfying experience of operating as part of a team.That, thank the Lord, has always been what rugby’s about, what the Varsity Match is about. It’s worth celebrating. Where better, when better to do so than at Twickenham on December 11th?
I’m always thinking about rugby but it’s important to have something else to fall back on. In modern-day rugby, careers can end quickly.What are your bugbears? Loud eaters. There are a few here but I’m not going to call them out.If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The ability to fly. It would be amazing. You could get around so much quicker. I’d fly to New York – I love New York.Who would be your three dream dinner party guests? Cam Newton, a quarterback in American Football who is pretty cool. Rowan Atkinson – I love Mr Bean and all his characters. And Martin Luther King.On the ball: Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton in NFL action. Photo: Getty ImagesDo you have any hidden talents? I’d back myself in table tennis. Matthew Syed (ex-table tennis pro) came to the club a couple of years ago and did a talk for us. A few of the lads had a go playing him but I hadn’t warmed up so didn’t want to show myself up! I really enjoyed his book, Bounce.Outside of rugby, what do you want to achieve? I want to finish my degree and to get a job from it. I don’t know in what field yet, but I don’t want to go into politics! TAGS: Northampton Saints Northampton Saint Harry Mallinder, who can play fly-half, centre and full-back, talks Disney films, degrees and dinner guests Who are the jokers in the Saints squad? George North always tries to scare you by hiding in cupboards. It’s always the older ones who are meant to be more sensible doing pranks, like Ben Foden. Kieran Brookes has a new one at the moment too. He pretends he’s carrying two cups full of hot coffee and then spills them over people. There’s nothing in them but people think there is and freak out.What about room-mates? Howard Packman has to watch a Disney film as he goes to bed every night!Have you had any sledging on the pitch? I get ‘Daddy’s boy’ all the time, without fail. I get it here (at Northampton) too, but it’s want I’m used to. It’s normality for me – he (Saints DoR Jim Mallinder) is my dad and my coach. Everyone always asks if we talk about selection in the car on the way home and I say, “No, because he goes home in his Audi and I go in my Fiesta.”Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with? Definitely not Jamie Gibson. He’d talk too much.Isn’t he quite clever? So he tells us! I’d like to be in there with someone interesting, like Barack Obama.Points to discuss: US president Barack Obama should have lots of stories to tell. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat are your nicknames? Harold, even though it’s not my name. And Giraffe. Apparently I look like a giraffe with my long neck and the way I run.What do you do outside rugby?I’m doing a business economics degree part-time through the Open University. It’s good to have something else to take your mind off rugby, especially last year, which was a bad year for me as I had a few injuries. You need something else to do. I’m interested in politics, too. Anything that’s a bit different. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Saint on the march: Harry Mallinder breaks the Wasps defensive line. Photo: Getty Images I’d like to play abroad at some stage and to travel the world. There are so many places I want to see. I’d like to go to South America and, when I’m old enough, to rent a car in America.This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers, click here.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS S10 – Matt Mullan and Paul Hill are on and a re-set is required following some instability. The second attempt is a mess, but Danny Care passes the ball away to Ford from the back of a collapsed set-piece.S11 – Jamie George has joined proceedings. On the engage, both Mullan and Holmes appear to collapse inwards and the ball dribbles out on that side but following a melee on the floor between Care and Nick Frisby, Joubert calls for another England put-in. The second attempt creates a similar shape, with packs actually splintering off from one another. Joubert sees no infringements and blows for an Australia put-in when, bizarrely, Hill falls on the ball at Billy Vunipola’s feet and knocks on.S12 – Frisby feeds and the Wallabies are sent backwards by a drive that is angled through Mullan. Joubert penalises Scott Fardy for breaking his bind on that side and the game is over with Farrell’s successful kick.Third Test, SydneyAustralia 40 England 44Referee: Nigel OwensFirst halfS1 – Nigel Owens marks the scrum, tells Stephen Moore and Dylan Hartley to “get to the left of it” opposite one another and stay put. “We’ve had a long discussion about this,” says the Welsh official. “The standard starts from the first scrum.”“Mako, stay in the fight” comes an English shout. Owens calls across to the left to ask his touch-judge to “watch the shoulder for me, please,” before asking Nick Phipps: “nine, middle, please.” On engage, Australia drive forward and Owens awards a free-kick to England. “Hold – control the hit,” says Owens, unhappy with the amount of movement prior to the put-in.S2 – England opt to take a scrum. “Here we go, Coley” shouts George Kruis. “Middle please, nine,” repeats Owens to Ben Youngs. Dan Cole and James Slipper hit the floor and Owens signals for an Australia penalty. “Off the arm,” Owens says, highlighting Cole’s bind. “Get the pressure off the arm.”S3 – “Big scrum, Coley,” is Chris Robshaw’s shout. “Shoulders up, boys,” adds Dylan Hartley. After marking the scrum for both hookers, Owens addresses James Slipper: “Keep that bind long, hit up. Keep your knees off the ground. I appreciate last time you came back up and that was not the reason for the collapse. Shoulder out.” There is a false start on the scrum’s assembly but the second attempt brings a solid scrum until it goes down with Australia going forward. However, the ball is at the back by then and Owens tells Phipps to use it. “Just a slip, play,” confirms the referee.Open dialogue: Nigel Owens was in constant communication with both sides in SydneyS4 – Owens has some requests for touch-judge Mike Fraser: “Give me the call, Mike, okay? Watch the binding, watch his side.” He then breaks off to address Slipper again: “Shoulder out.” Australia’s shove is strong, and England go down but Billy Vunipola picks up the ball and shunts forward.S5 – “If I say ‘use it’, it’s because nothing happens when the ball comes, okay?” says Owens to Ben Youngs. “Just give me a few seconds,” replies Youngs, explaining that it is sometimes tough to find the ball in a collapsed scrum. Almost immediately following Youngs’ put-in, Owens penalises Australia. Slipper is told: “Look at your binding, look at where your feet are – further back. Get them underneath you stronger, because you went straight down.”Interestingly, at a break in play soon after this, Owens tells Sekope Kepu the same thing: “Even if you’re dominant and your feet are back, you are going to go down. I will deal with the most obvious.” Kepu acknowledges this and replies “are you happy with the squareness [of the scrum]?” Owens says: “Squareness is good, so keep that up.”S6 – ‘If I say use it, you use it,” repeats Owens to Phipps. A rapid hook allows Phipps to feed Bernard Foley from a steady scrum.S7 – England are lucky here. After Youngs’ put-in, the ball stays under the feet of England’s front-rows for around seven seconds. Australia mount a secondary push and England collapse, but the ball ricochets out of the set-piece and Youngs passes to George Ford.S8 – “On their ball down there, were we close to getting the penalty?” asks Moore at the next scrum. Owens admits he was on the wrong side and that the ball came away before he could see any offence.When the packs assemble, Hartley calls: “Height, boys, height.” Owens addresses both front-rows: “The scrums are getting better.” Another steady set-piece results. However, the ball shoots out and Phipps must rush.Second halfS9 – Owens has another pointer for England: “Make sure the back-rows stay bound on the second-rows, okay boys?” He repeats the same message to Australia. The scrum is sturdy at the first attempt and Billy Vunipola picks up, bursting blind and bypassing a bound Hooper to score.S10 – Owens addresses both packs: “Scrums are very good now. We keep the same standards, no excuses.” Phipps puts the ball in and brings it out quickly, passing to Foley. After stretching England with some patient phase-play, Australia score through Michael Hooper.S11 – “Same as the last scrum please,” says Owens. The scrum stays up once more, but England push through to allow Youngs to pressurise Wycliff Palu and force a knock-on.S12 – Slipper receives another quick message from Owens: “Both legs strong underneath, okay? Knees off the ground.” The Welshman also warns: “No pre-engage.” Danny Care, on for Youngs, feeds and the scrum stays up for eight or nine seconds. England edge forward during this period, and Owens penalises Australia when the packs break apart. “Not driving square, running round – back five,” he explains, indicating that the Wallabies’ second- and back-rows are at fault. “Not the front-row, the back five.”S13 – Two entirely new front-rows come together for this set-piece. “The boys on before you have been excellent,” says Owens. “I expect the same from you on this last scrum.” Both teams, almost inevitably, go to deck before Phipps can feed. “That’s not good enough,” Owens states. “get it tight, get in. Nothing moves before the ball is in. Is that clear? I want space.”Jamie George implores his locks to “tighten up on the grips” and this time the scrum stays up. Palu flicking a pass back to Phipps, who initiates a wide strike move.Lessons learnedThe first Test of a three-match series is likely to be fractured in most facets with players unaccustomed to the pace and demands of international rugby. Even so, just one completed scrum from seven attempts at Suncorp Stadium was a pitiful return that highlighted how both sides were trying to suss one another out. The importance of referee interpretation and mood is also obvious. Romain Poite’s decision to send Scott Sio to the sin-bin at S5 came when the Frenchman simply lost patience.During the second Test, Craig Joubert evidently made a conscious effort to treat collapsed scrums leniently. A sandy, unstable surface did not give either team much help and the official acted with empathy. We were not able to hear Joubert’s dialogue in this game, but it is worth looking back at S8 and S12. Both of these underline that the discipline and technique of second- and back-rows contribute to the overall strength of any scrum effort. If Eddie Jones’ year in charge of England has taught us anything, it is that the 56 year-old has become an expert at using press duties to set an agenda. Following last weekend’s gritty defeat of Argentina, he wasted no time in laying out the narrative for a face-off against the Wallabies, headlining his post-match media conference by suggesting officials should study Australia’s scrum.Adversary Michael Cheika has been a willing support act. Understandably reluctant to behave as stoically as he appeared this summer during England’s 3-0 whitewash, Jones’ former Randwick teammate fired into the technique of Leicester Tigers tighthead prop Dan Cole on Monday. A gruff Cheika also revealed that Jones stormed out of a coach-referee meeting in June.Scrapper: Michael Cheika is eager to settle a score on Saturday at TwickenhamThe upshot of this verbal spat will be heightened scrutiny on Saturday’s scrum exchange. Jaco Peyper takes the whistle, and his set-piece decisions could determine a fascinating encounter. When Australia last visited Twickenham, they destroyed the England pack. In June, with very players to those that will feature this time, the contest was fairly even.The series is mapped on a scrum-by-scrum basis below. Each team’s respective directions of play is marked in the top left corner of each map. On the pitch, a dashed arrow represents a pass or a kick from the base of a scrum. A solid arrow represents a run from the base. The outcome of each scrum (S) is delineated by this key:PW/PC – penalty won/penalty conceded FKW/FKC – free-kick won/ free-kick conceded GB – good ball PB – pressurised or poor ballFirst Test, BrisbaneAustralia 29 England 39Referee: Romain PoiteFirst halfS1 – The packs go to engage but stand up, with Stephen Moore unhappy that England are moving before the put-in. Romain Poite takes Greg Holmes and Mako Vunipola aside to ensure they do not line-up head to head. He says: “We won’t play like this. You have your gap, you have your gap and there is a way for both, okay?” At the second attempt to set, Poite gives Australia a free-kick as Mako Vunipola edges forward: “Unbalanced, white.”S2 – This time the first attempt collapses. The re-set does too, with Poite blowing for an Australia penalty. After a scuffle between both sets of forwards, Poite explains that the penalty is due to “number three [Dan Cole] hinging.”S3 – Poite asks for the scrums to set closer together and for them to stay up. He does not get his request. Scott Sio slips to floor and, at the recommendation of touch-judge Glen Jackson, the Wallabies loosehead is penalised.Second halfS4 – “They don’t want to scrummage, Greg” comes an Australian shout to Holmes as the packs assemble. The first scrum collapses and Scott Fardy implores the touch-judge to look at Cole’s angle. Poite asks Nick Phipps and Michael Hooper to be quiet. Moore, getting up from the floor, tells the referee that Cole is “facing the other way”.Poite moves to England’s tighthead side, with Hooper shouting: “watch him drop that bind.” On the second attempt, England flood through Cole’s side and Australia are penalised for “driving in” from their tighthead side. When England kick to touch, Moore asks Poite: “Sir, who was that?” “Number three” is the answer.S5 – ‘We want to keep it up” says Dylan Hartley before the set. “Three steps, let’s go through ‘em” retorts Hooper. Again the scrum goes down on the side of Cole and Sio. Though Poite is on the opposite side, he stops the clock and brings together the captains, plus Cole and Sio. “The issue is on your side, we didn’t play any scrum. Just be careful from now. We want to play scrum fairly. Stable, feed and we play on afterwards. Alright?” Hartley interjects: “Stable first” and repeats “Make sure we’re steady first,” when the packs reassemble.England send Australia backwards with a strong push. The Wallabies go down and Poite blows for a penalty to the tourists. Again he beckons over Sio and Moore, showing a yellow card to the former.S6 – Replacements litter the front-rows by the time of this scrum. Australia have introduced James Slipper, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Sekope Kepu, with England bringing on props Matt Mullan and Paul Hill. “Stay closer,” says Poite. “Hilly, change the game” comes a shout from England. The scrum goes down on Hill’s side but the ball is at the feet of Australia number eight Sean McMahon and the Wallabies play the ball. England’s backs are offside – as called by touch-judge Jackson – but Tevita Kuridrani barges over from eight metres on the second phase.S7 – Luke Cowan-Dickie has replaced Hartley. The scrum is stable initially but collapses three seconds after Phipps’ put-in. Hill is penalised for hinging.Second Test, MelbourneAustralia 7 England 23Referee: Craig JoubertFirst halfS1 – Craig Joubert makes sure both front-rows are close together prior to engaging. However, Sekope Kepu stands up and the set-piece must start again. The second attempt collapses and Joubert asks Mako Vunipola to work hard on his bind. The third set also goes down, but the ball makes its way to the back and Nick Phipps passes left to find Bernard Foley.S2 – The scrum collapses, with numerous voices shouting “Sir” at Joubert. But the ball is at the back and Billy Vunipola passes to Ben Youngs to restart play.S3 – Joubert speaks to Dylan Hartley and Stephen Moore at length before this scrum, clearly referencing the messiness of the two previous set-pieces. Dan Cole and James Slipper fold in on the first engage and there is a re-set, the scrum shifting a few metres towards the touchline because the turf is cutting up. On the second attempt, the set-piece is rock-solid, lasting seven seconds before Phipps feeds Samu Kerevi.S4 – Cole seems to make headway through Slipper, who is forced under the England tighthead. Joubert penalises Slipper for breaking his bind.S5 – Though Slipper initiates another collapse and Scott Fardy breaks off, Joubert urges England to play on. Billy Vunipola, under the impression that the half is over, kicks out. He is mistaken and Australia can play the lineout. Only a monumental defensive stand holds out the Wallabies.Second halfS6 – An obvious early push from Australia hands England a free-kick.S7 – Michael Cheika has made changes, loosehead Toby Smith and tighthead Greg Holmes joining the fray. The first scrum attempt is extremely unstable on the initial engage and Joubert orders a restart, telling Moore that his side cannot shove early and informing England they must absorb the hit. The second scrum goes down, but Ben Youngs plays the ball.S8 – George Kruis leaves the field just prior to this scrum. Courtney Lawes comes on, scrummaging on the loosehead side. As Maro Itoje moves behind Cole on to the tighthead, Australia push through that side to win a penalty. Joubert’s ruling is that Cole has dragged down the scrum.S9 – Cole receives extensive treatment from England’s physios prior to this pivotal scrum five metres from the try-line. Tatafu Polota-Nau has replaced Moore, too. Again the set-piece goes down on Cole’s side, with Smith looking to have the ascendancy. However, the ball is already at the base and Phipps passes it away before a whistle comes. England rush up and force an immediate turnover. Last summer’s scrum exchanges have shaped the narrative for this weekend’s Twickenham clash between England and Australia Head to head: The tussle between Scott Sio and Dan Cole could be pivotal on Saturday Vigilance: Jaco Peyper will be under the microscope on SaturdaySydney saw the most solid scrums of the series. Players were into a rhythm, and Nigel Owens’ constant communication painted a clear picture for them. Most evidently at S9, where Billy Vunipola stormed off the base to score, teams were able and willing to attack from a stable set-piece platform. However, Owens’ words to Kepu between S5 and S6 –“I will deal with the most obvious” – is the most pertinent lesson to take into Saturday.For all the intricate technicalities that emerge in referee meetings, Jaco Peyper can only adjudicate on what he sees and understands. If subtle tricks skew the overall scene, they could define the match.
To read the full investigation get the August 2018 issue of Rugby World – in shops now. The intention of the piece and the accompanying podcast is to focus solely on those few athletes who are in need of help.Professional players in England can reach Cognacity at 01373 858080. Mental health charity Mind’s infoline is on 0300 123 3393. If you feel you or someone you know may need help, your GP can recommend local services. You can also find a range of services at www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-support-services Special podcast on Rugby World’s recent alcohol investigationRugby World’s own Alan Dymock hosts a special podcast for the Times’ Ruck based on our latest investigation in the current issue of the magazine – an in-depth look at some rugby players’ struggles with alcohol misuse, addiction and related mental health issues.You can listen to the podcast here: https://www.acast.com/theruck/special-alcoholismandaddictioninrugbyJoined by Times writers Owen Slot and Alex Lowe, and aided by a host of telling interviews including those of former players Jason Robinson and Stefan Terblanche, the team pick through the issue and consider what help is and isn’t out there for athletes with these or similar mental health issues.Related: Rugby World’s investigations LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We hear from one medic who explains how some players struggling with addiction issues have been labelled as having had a ‘chronic injury’ instead, and moved on to unsuspecting clubs. With so much focused on the body and not the mind, should there be an embargo on moving on players who are struggling with issues with drink or drugs? One interviewee who advises a number of anonymous, elite players feels this way.We hear from those who work with players, advising them behind the scenes or offering professional and/or psychiatric help. We also hear about the range of risks facing a number of players once they are out of the game.
What time does it kick off and is it on TV?Ireland v USA, Saturday 24 November, Aviva Stadium, Dublin.The match will kick off at 6.30pm and will be televised on Channel 4.Ben O’Keefe will be the referee in control with Nic Berry and Marius Mitrea providing assistance as touch judges.The TMO is Ian Davies.What are the line-ups?IRELAND: Will Addison; Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Stuart McCloskey, Darren Sweetnam; Joey Carbery, John Cooney; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Finlay Bealham; Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson, Rhys Ruddock, Jordi Murphy, Jack Conan.Replacements: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Quinn Roux, Josh van der Flier, Luke McGrath, Ross Byrne, Sam Arnold.USA: Will Hooley; Blaine Scully (capt), Bryce Campbell, Paul Lasike, Marcel Brache; Will Magie, Shaun Davies; Titi Lamositele, Joe Taufete’e, Paul Mullen, Greg Peterson, Nick Civetta, John Quill, Hanco Germishuys, Cam Dolan. Replacements: Dylan Fawsitt, Chance Wenglewski, Dino Waldren, Samu Manoa, David Tameilau, Ruben de Haas, Gannon Moore, Ryan Matyas.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A week after a momentous win over the All Blacks, this week the Irish face the United States. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Autumn Internationals Ireland v USA PreviewA week after winning against the All Blacks in a titanic defensive display, it is no surprise that Joe Schmidt has rung the changes for the arrival of the United States team. Ireland have made 14 switches in all, having decided to use the match as a chance to see all of the players in their squad get some game-time.However, the United States should not be underestimated. Earlier this year Scotland did so and paid the price losing 30-29 after having led 21-6 before half time. It was their first ever win against a Tier One nation. There is real optimism building Stateside.The Autumn Tests reveal this point. Their last two matches have been good wins against Samoa and Romania, however they lost heavily to the Maori All Blacks. They will hope it is much closer in Dublin this weekend.The last time the two sides played each other was in the Summer of 2017 where the Irish won 55-19.What’s the big team news?Garry Ringrose is the only player to keep his spot after last week. Ulster scrum-half John Cooney will make his first international start, pairing up with Joey Carbery who will hope to replicate his fine form this season for Munster.For the Eagles, there are several starting line-up changes to the team that beat Romania last weekend with Shaun Davies coming in at scrum-half, Hanco Germishuys is at flanker and Will Hooley comes in at full-back with Marcel Brache shifting to the wing.Sole Survivor: Ringrose is the only player to keep his spot in the starting lineup (Getty Images)What have the coaches said?“This was always part of the plan to make the changes, the two games book-ended the series and it’s a chance to look at all of the 43 players across the four matches,” said Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.“We had 43 players in total and we wanted to make sure that we got a look at all 43 players at some stage. And that we gave them all opportunity. It’s fantastic that they’ve taken that opportunity in the main, they’ve taken responsibility for really positive preparation and hopefully we can finish this bracket of four games on a positive note on Saturday.”USA Head Coach Gary Gold said: “We know this weekend will present our greatest challenge yet with the Ireland side still buzzing from their historic victory over the All Blacks. Ireland will be relentless as ever this weekend and our guys have spent the last week ensuring that they approach Saturday’s game with the level of intensity that will put us in the best position to meet the fight.” Outclassed: The Irish beat the USA last year 55-19 (Getty Images)
Rugby World Cup – TattoosThe entire rugby community has flocked to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the first ever tournament to be hosted in Asia. As a result this will see the intertwining of countless cultures, traditions and ideologies and it is job of everyone to know how what may be construed as normal or offensive in one culture, may be the complete opposite in another. One such example of this is Japan and its relationship to tattoos.Tattoos are a fashion accessory for millions of Britons who admire the inkings of superstars David Beckham, Conor McGregor and LeBron James and there are a fair few rugby players who have chosen to cover their torsos in body art; from England duo Courtney Lawes and Jack Nowell to world famous stars like All Black Sonny Bill Williams. Tattoos, however, are interpreted differently all over the world and in the far East they are widely associated with the Yakuza, Japan’s organised crime syndicates, which still number around 40,000 people in the country.Courtney Lawes: The England man pictured with his numerous tattoos (Getty Images)World Cup organisers are mindful that players and fans are respectful to Japanese culture and traditions while spending time in the country and for their part organisers have promised fans they will not run out of beer. To avoid misunderstandings, they have been advised to wear vests when swimming or bathing to avoid causing offence. There have previously been instances of heavily inked tourists not being admitted into the countries many hot pools by owners on account of their body art. A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Rugby World Cup Venues Collapse “When we raised it with the teams a year or so ago, we were probably expecting a frustrated reaction, but there hasn’t been at all,” he said. We have done a lot in the last year or so with the teams to get them to understand that. “The idea of putting a rash-vest [shirt used for watersports] on in the pool or in a gym, they will buy into as they want to respect the Japanese culture. We’ll position it as self-policing.”Of course, players will not be required to cover up during games, but for a trouble-free, harmonious tournament, respecting local customs will be paramount.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Rugby World Cup Winners Expand Rugby World Cup Venues Owain Jones discusses the cultural significance of tattoos in Japan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We take a quick tour through the history… Rugby World Cup Groups Rugby World Cup Groups What you need to know about the 12… With 400,000 fans set to travel to the country for the six-week rugby jamboree in September, later this year, Tournament organiser, Alan Gilpin, was keen to stress that players, especially those in the Pacific Islands and New Zealand, where half-sleeve tattoos designate hierarchy and warrior status, and date back 2000 years, were respectful of the local customs. Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, and Twitter. Expand Rugby World Cup Winners
Too Much, Too Soon: Harry Robinson on preparing for the future Too Much, Too Soon: the strain on young referees Too Much, Too Soon: the strain on young referees Too Much, Too Soon: Harry Robinson on preparing for the future Too Much, Too Soon: The French gateway for South African rugby talent Too Much, Too Soon: the strain on young… Too Much, Too Soon: Harry Robinson on preparing… Too Much, Too Soon: The French gateway for… Collapse Talking of scrutiny, Backhouse also pushes the need to recognise vulnerability and to reframe the issue of doping so we recognise the role of environmental conditions, rather than just slating an athlete for poor personal choice. This would mean acknowledging that young athletes may have a diminished capacity to cope with, resist or recover from challenges and threats within such an environment, which Backhouse calls the dopogenic environment.As Backhouse says: “Let’s look at our environments and ask: are we truly creating a clean sport environment and have we got things in place that are constantly nudging players to make appropriate decisions that are within the rules of sport? We need to think about their welfare and their health as a priority first and foremost. That’s recognising vulnerabilities and putting appropriate support in place. I think that is critical.” What can drive a young player to use prohibited substances? We spoke to Professor Sue Backhouse from Leeds Beckett University Expand Keep rugby clean: Anti-doping is a major talking point in rugby (Getty Images) Too Much, Too Soon: The French gateway for South African rugby talent Too Much, Too Soon: Vulnerability and the risk of schoolboy dopingWhen addressing the risk of doping with young rugby players, the language we use is important.“Our interest is understanding what drives youth behaviour,” explains Sue Backhouse, Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Nutrition and the Director of Research for Sport and Exercise Science in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University, who produced a study in 2018 that highlighted the vulnerability of schoolboys looking for an edge.“That means trying to understand things from the perspective of the person, and not to judge their actions through the lens of the stigmatising media headlines, such as ‘filthy cheat’ and ‘dirty athlete’.“There’s more complexity to doping in sport and often (young players caught out) are exposed to opportunities and situated within environments that might, in itself, be nudging them towards wrongdoing. As a research team we really want to get underneath that behaviour and ask the questions of not only athletes and players, but also athlete support personnel that engage and support the players and the broader team.”Long-read: Our latest special report is in the April edition of Rugby WorldIn Leeds Beckett’s 2018 research, 771 schoolboys from 42 English counties and 135 teachers and coaches from schools and colleges across England took part in a survey. There were also one-to-one interviews carried out with 25 schoolboys and five teachers. Of the total, 53% of the young athletes were rugby union players.According to Backhouse, the drive to study vulnerability for this group, from the Rugby Football Union’s point of view, was borne of concerns around an increased number of positive doping cases coming out of schools, as well as a desire to learn more about the ‘why?’However, in our recent long-read ‘Too Much, Too Soon’ we mentioned a line from the 2020 paper Applied Sport Science for Male Age-Grade Rugby Union in England, in which it was stated: “Despite the importance, the prevalence of systematic psychological inquiry into both senior and youth populations worldwide in the sport is scarce. To date, five studies have investigated the psychological challenges and developmental demands faced by age-grade RU players.”Backhouse also mentions this lack of research in relation to the study of doping behaviours underneath the elite level – a scarcity that can pose a challenge for the field. Without a real evidence base, without understanding, Backhouse asks: “How do you design education programmes and interventions that are going to get to some of the behavioural issues at play, if you don’t know more about the behaviours you are trying to sustain or change?”Spread the word: The anti-doping message in 2014 (Getty Images)We have all heard anecdotes and rumours of doping in the youth game around the world. How we scrutinise the issue will define our next steps to combatting a problem that has become one of the game’s hottest talking points.Backhouse says of Leeds Beckett’s approach: “We’re obviously looking at the use of prohibited substances and methods – that’s one of ten anti-doping rule violations, or ADRVs– and we consider such use at different levels, from youth to older athletes. We’re also looking at the ADRV, complicity, in terms of not reporting wrongdoing because of the fear of speaking up about doping. So we’re trying to be holistic in the way that we research this problem… And the problem’s not going away.“We’re also interested in looking at the ‘detection-deterrent’ approach, which is really ‘let’s do more tests’. The elite sport system has been doing that for a long time and yet this threat to the integrity of sport still persists. And increasingly, some of the bigger cases where people have the courage to speak up, they’re showing that all of these sophisticated systems in place are still being circumvented.”Related: Doping in South African schools rugby LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand You can read our original special report – Too Much, Too Soon – in the current issue of Rugby World. Please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Another interesting issue to arise from Leeds Beckett’s research was when some participants copped to a knowledge of where to find prohibited substances like anabolic steroids. Furthermore there was a fear that many young athletes were blindly following gym programmes, without knowing why they were doing certain numbers of reps of an exercise with certain bits of equipment.The two things can be tangentially linked – the lack of targeted, tailored strength and conditioning programmes could potentially increase risk of athletes looking for alternative ways to get stronger or put on mass.The theme of naivety – for kids and adults – is prevalent here. Backhouse tells us: “What we found from the research with the schoolboys is that they are a vulnerable group because they are exposed to online media sources and that’s a main source of information.“They go to YouTube, for example, to find out about supplements – (for some) it is their guiding light in terms of what to use and why. And they’ll check on the reviews online to see whether people have found them to be effective or not. The vulnerability then comes from not necessarily understanding what their dietary needs may be, because they’re not being supported by qualified professionals, arguably, to assess that need for supplementation.Related: Doping in rugby – an investigation“We also found they were vulnerable as they didn’t understand the risks that can be inherent in the use of food supplements. Not all food supplements are bad but there are many supplements on the market and not every manufacturer adheres to good manufacturing practice. That supplements could contain adulterants and contaminants that could be on the prohibited list, and more importantly could also be harmful for their health – they were just not aware of that. They were naive on the risks that are associated with supplement use.“So there’s two issues there. They were not necessarily aware of their needs and if they were seeking information they were going online to find it. And more so, they were not then necessarily aware of the risks there.”Are you aware of the dangers, what to look out for and where to source supplements from reputable producers? Backhouse believes in the importance of education for teachers and coaches working with young athletes too.“I think there was surprise at just how unaware (many coaches and teachers) were of potential risks of supplement use,” Backhouse surmised. The hope is that we see all adults who look to help schoolboy players progress, seeking support from qualified professionals wherever they can.
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Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, Feb. 14 each gave the church’s Task Force on Structure their own sense of the work facing the 26-member group.Their remarks came on the first day of the task force’s initial meeting being held Feb. 14-16 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.“Your task is to bring all of your creativity, strategizing, thought and prayer to the work of suggesting how we might better support and undergird and challenge the life and work of this Church and to do it with as one person says, ‘sheer holy boldness,’” Jefferts Schori said.The presiding bishop said church members are currently directing their attention to four areas. The first are the issues around identity, she said, such as “who are we, what we are for.” The second is mission, which she said is “a primary response to the question of identity.” Sustainability in mission is the third area and includes the question of how all parts of the church can grow to be self-supporting. The final focus of attention is organizing and structuring for mission.Jefferts Schori noted that the group is expected to report to the church in late 2014, “with the hope that our next General Convention will take up your proposals.”“Change and reform are not waiting until then, however,” she said, adding that the group charged with shaping the next General Convention “has already begun to look at how we might work more effectively.”In addition to the four areas of attention the presiding bishop outlined, she also raised questions, among many others, about how the church structure ought to respond to a “flexible and varied understanding of congregations/faith communities” and how such communities might evolve out of various mission efforts.“We are going to need to rethink, restructure, and reform in order to ensure that all of these develop that are sustainable – as congregations and dioceses, and for clergy and lay leadership can be sustainable,” she said.Jefferts Schori also encouraged the group to consider how the Episcopal Church can nurture and develop its full communion relationships with other denominations and its relationships across the Anglican Communion.The complete text of the presiding bishop’s remarks is here.Jennings noted that the General Convention said in July 2012 when it called for formation of the group that it “believes the Holy Spirit is urging the Episcopal Church to reimagine itself, so that, grounded in our rich heritage and yet open to our creative future.”However, she said, “We don’t have agreement on what we mean when we say we intend to ‘reimagine the Episcopal Church’” as well as present to the next meeting of convention a plan to reform the church’s structures, governance and administration.“It is up to you to define the scope of what you will seek to restructure,” she told the group, adding it could involve the corporate structure of the church; the structure of dioceses and provinces; the Executive Council; the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards, theological education and the General Convention itself.Jennings said the task force members are to be “guides” and “no one’s agents; no one’s surrogates” as they started out on their task, beginning at “the end of the institutional church as we have known it.”There is not yet a common vocabulary for describing outcomes or approaches. “Most of all, we have a lot of unquestioned assumptions and not much data,” she said.The House of Deputies president added that what she hears from many clergy and laypeople is that “they have remarkably little need for, or interest in, traditional top-down governance structures more suited to the world of Mad Men than Modern Family.”“Any new structure worth having will need to harness their commitment to the Gospel, their passion for mission, and their energy and creativity,” she said.“I will wait with great interest as you lead us in welcoming and engaging changing realities, emerging networks, flattening hierarchies, rapidly changing media, amazing new technologies, and new ideas about what community means,” she said. “We are all praying for you.”The complete text of Jennings’ remarks is here.The two delivered their remarks during an open session that was also to have included a review of the group’s mandate.The rest of the Feb. 14 sessions, the next two days’ proceedings and small-group discussions are private. The closing worship on Feb. 16 will be open.The task force plans to issue a statement following the conclusion of the meeting, according to a media advisory here.The task force was called for via Resolution C095, approved at the July meeting of General Convention.Resolution C095 called for a 24-member task force charged with presenting a plan to the next General Convention in 2015 “for reforming the church’s structures, governance, and administration.” According to the resolution “the membership of the task force shall reflect the diversity of the church, and shall include some persons with critical distance from the church’s institutional leadership.”The resolution also requires that the task force “be accountable directly to the General Convention, and independent of other governing structures, to maintain a high degree of autonomy.”The convention said the task force “shall gather information and ideas from congregations, dioceses and provinces, and other interested individuals and organizations, including those not often heard from; engage other resources to provide information and guidance, and shall invite all these constituencies to be joined in prayer as they engage in this common work ofdiscernment.”The task force will conduct a special gathering with representation from every diocese to receive responses to the recommendations it plans to bring to the next meeting of convention, to be held in Salt Lake City. The resolution called for the representation at that meeting to include “at least” a bishop, a lay deputy, a clerical deputy and one person under the age of 35 from each diocese. It may also include representatives of institutions and communities such as religious orders, seminaries and intentional communities, according to the resolution.The date and location of the special meeting will be determined later.The task force must release its final report to the church by November 2014, the resolution said, along with any needed resolutions to implement its recommendations.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. By Mary Frances Schjonberg Posted Feb 14, 2013 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT February 19, 2013 at 10:03 am We find ourselves where we are for many reasons! The reported PB’s comment reads “church members are currently directing their attention to four areas”…the looking at the where are we now…possibly a springboard, areas of attention, I do not see it as a charge as such. The Task Force will, without doubt, review things that ARE being done ‘right’. There is a saying in Tanzania, “pole pole” – slowly slowly. Joining all in prayers for the task and its members. 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I was on the floor of the House of Deputies when the resolution was adopted, and I sat in the Structure Committee hearings (which Deputy Gay Jennings so capably chaired). We were very clear that we wanted this group beholden to NO ONE. In fact, we wrote it into the text of Resolution C095 that they should be “independent of other governing structures, to maintain a high degree of autonomy.” So thank you for your insights, Presiding Bishop. Now, kindly get out of the way and let the task force do the open-ended work we charged them to do at General Convention.BTW, I am grateful for our Presiding Bishop’s ministry. But this struck me wrong, that she tried to give them a four-point “charge.” General Convention already gave them an open-ended charge to dream big, and we expressed our wish that they would do so without influence of the “governning structures.” Everyone else needs to get out of the way and let the task force work.Lisa FoxLay Deputy/Missouri/2012 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET February 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm No report about the recent gathering of the task force to study our “evolving” understanding of marriage? When that report sees the light of day it will be all too obvious just how disobedient this Church has become to Jesus Christ. I am quite sure that our Church would not have to even be studying downsizing and consolidation of decreasing resources if only we would cease marrying the culture. 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Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Pat Yankus says: June 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm RE: “restructuring” . . . “collaborate, streamline and reunify” . . . ” reunite for missional purposes” = “catastrophic losses in Quincy & utter failure to grow for the ones who chose to stay in TEC.”*Love* the cheery bouncy rhetoric used to describe this. ; > ) But say, whatever happened to all those progressives and gay people and others yearning to breathe free who were going to flood into the church after the decisions of the 2003 General Convention? RE: “Now the people of Chicago and the people of Quincy will join together in witnessing to the power of the Risen Christ who overcomes all divisions.”Looks as if they have the wrong “Risen Christ” since not *all* the divisions were overcome — most of the diocese left five years ago and never returned. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Jon Spangler says: Mary Robb Mansfield says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis John Goddard. says: June 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm Welcome to our sisters and borthers of Quincy – You are a witness to us all.Fr. John and Maryfran Crist The Rev. JohnCrist says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Comments are closed. June 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm Blessings on your journey! Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Sarah Hey says: Dioceses of Chicago, Quincy unanimously agree to reunite Historical decision needs approval of entire church Sarah Hey says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls Members of the Diocese of Chicago’s convention meet June 8 in St. James Cathedral in Chicago to approve reunion with the Diocese of Quincy. Photo/Diocese of Chicago, Brian J. Morowczynski[Episcopal News Service] Members of the dioceses of Chicago and Quincy unanimously agreed June 8 to reunify, something that no other dioceses have done in the Episcopal Church for 70 years.Both dioceses, meeting separately, approved the same reunification resolution.“This is a day that both dioceses have yearned for,” Diocese of Chicago Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee, who will be bishop of the reunified diocese, said in a press release issued after both dioceses acted. “Now the people of Chicago and the people of Quincy will join together in witnessing to the power of the Risen Christ who overcomes all divisions.”Quincy Provisional Bishop John Buchanan added that “the faithful people of Quincy have shown us all what it means to live as witnesses to God’s mission in the Episcopal Church.”“Their unflagging commitment to our common life will make them invaluable leaders in the Diocese of Chicago,” he said in the same release.“The mood here is jubilant following the vote,” according to a tweet from Quincy’s Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Peoria after that diocese’s vote. “It’s a family reunion that’s been a long time in the making.”Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is chairing the church’s Executive Council June 8-10 meeting in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, welcomed the news. “The wider church can rejoice at the mutual decision of Quincy and Chicago to reunite for missional purposes,” she told Episcopal News Service. “There is blessing abundant to be found in committing to new ways to engage, serve, and love our neighbors. May this be a rich blessing to the people of Illinois.”The Rev. Gay C. Jennings, House of Deputies president and vice chair of council, placed the decision in the larger context of the Episcopal Church’s consideration of how it needs to reorganize to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.“Restructuring begins at home, and today, the leaders of the Episcopal dioceses of Chicago and Quincy have set an example for the rest of the church to follow,” she told ENS. “The Holy Spirit is calling all of us to find new ways to collaborate, streamline and reunify, and they have answered that call with foresight and grace.”“I am particularly thankful for this very happy day for the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy who have shown us all what it means to be faithful Episcopalians.”The reunified diocese, to be known as the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, will include the 125 congregations and chaplaincies and more than 36,000 members of the existing Diocese of Chicago in northern Illinois, and the nine Quincy congregations and 755 members in west central Illinois.A majority of bishops and standing committees of other Episcopal dioceses must consent to the reunion, according to Episcopal Church Canon 1.10.6. Assuming that consent is given, the two dioceses will hold their first unified convention Nov. 22-23 in Lombard, Illinois, according to a press release issued after the June 8 votes.The church’s consent would reunite two of the three dioceses in the State of Illinois that General Convention created in 1877. What was then called the Diocese of Illinois asked the convention to carve out of it two additional dioceses – Quincy (based in Peoria) and Springfield – to accommodate anticipated church growth in those parts of the state. The remainder of the Diocese of Illinois retained that name until 1884 when it was renamed the Diocese of Chicago.In November 2008, about 60 percent of the members of several congregations in the Diocese of Quincy left the diocese and the Episcopal Church to join the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone.Then-Quincy Bishop Keith Ackerman announced Oct. 29, 2008 that he would retire on Nov. 1 of that year. The diocesan synod gathered six days later and a majority voted to leave the Episcopal Church.About a year later, Jefferts Schori released Ackerman from his ordination vows after he told her he planned to function as a bishop in the Diocese of Bolivia. He is now the bishop vicar of the Anglican Church in North America’s Diocese of Quincy (which includes churches in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin) and president of the Forward in Faith North America Council.Buchanan, the retired bishop of West Missouri, was elected provisional bishop of Quincy at a special reorganizing synod in April 2009. According to the reunion agreement, Buchanan will become an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chicago.Buchanan said during his June 8 sermon that at that 2009 convention, the diocese “set out on a highway that would take us right to the heart of the Diocese of Chicago.”The process that led to the June 8 votes began in 2012 when the Quincy Future Committee approached Lee and the Diocese of Chicago about the possibility of reunion, according to the press release. Members of the Diocese of Quincy attended Chicago’s convention in November 2012 when that gathering unanimously agreed to pursue reunification.As reunification discussions progressed, members of the Diocese of Quincy began participating in the life of the Diocese of Chicago, the release said. Two Quincy congregations are part of in Chicago’s two-year congregational development program called Thrive, and clergy and lay leaders have attended retreats and training events with their Chicago colleagues.In March, Tom Hunt, a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Peoria, was elected to the board of trustees of Episcopal Charities and Community Services in Chicago.“I love the process of becoming part of the Diocese of Chicago and its ethos of adding to our Episcopal tradition without taking away from it,” the Rev. Paula Engelhorn, rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Macomb in the Diocese of Quincy and a Thrive participant, said in the release. “Quincy has been isolated for 30 years, and now the Spirit is blowing in. Now we get to grow; now we get to be part of the wider church and its movement toward including all people and embracing the Millennium Development Goals. It’s a wonderful move for us.”Hal Stewart, second vice-president of the bishop and trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and a convention delegate from Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth said that the trustees of Chicago see in Quincy “a group of dedicated, faithful Episcopalians.”“They desire nothing more than to return to the fold and, once again, to be part of a strong Episcopal diocese and the wider Episcopal Church,” he said. “This reunion is the compassionate thing to do and it is the right thing to do.”Prior to the June 8 vote in Chicago, Lee said in his convention sermon that Episcopalians in the Diocese of Quincy “have been daring to practice a radical trust in God’s overflowing goodness.”“Their commitment to Christ and to the fellowship of this church is an act of sheer, foolish, godly trust,” he said. “Today we stand with them and we pledge to join them in learning to sow the seeds of God’s love for this world with absolutely wild abandon. We join them in seeking to practice a genuinely catholic witness to the love and mercy of God, one that knows to the depths of its being that no one, no one, stands outside the economy of grace.”The Diocese of Quincy has been involved in property litigation since the 2008 split. The testimony phase of the lawsuit in Illinois state court concluded April 29 and the parties are awaiting a decision, according to an information sheet posted on the Chicago website. The reunion agreement calls for all of Quincy’s property and assets to become those of the reunited diocese.St. Paul’s in Peoria will cease being a cathedral and become a parish church of the reunited diocese under the terms of the agreement, which also spell out issues such as integrating Quincy Episcopalians into the diocese’s governance and dealing with Quincy diocesan employees.Springfield, the other Episcopal Church diocese in Illinois, was not part of the reunification discussions. Close to 5,230 Episcopalians are active baptized members in that diocese’s 36 congregations, and the average Sunday attendance across the diocese was 1,945 in 2011, according to the most recent statistics.The only other time an Episcopal Church diocese has reunited with its “parent” diocese occurred in 1943 when the then-Diocese of Duluth rejoined the Diocese of Minnesota, according to researchers at the Archives of the Episcopal Church. The two dioceses had been created in 1895 with Minnesota being based at Faribault in the south central part of the state and what was at first called the Missionary District of Duluth based in its namesake city in the northeast on Lake Superior. The district became a full-fledged diocese in 1907.The dioceses of Eau Claire and Fond du Lac, which had once been united with the rest of Wisconsin Episcopalians, came close to forming a new diocese in 2011. Eau Claire was created by division of the Diocese of Milwaukee in 1928. Fond du Lac had in 1875 been carved out of what was then known as the Diocese of Wisconsin, which became the Diocese of Milwaukee in 1886. A diocese incorporating Eau Claire and Fond du Lac would have encompassed the northern three quarters of Wisconsin.After the annual convention of Fond du Lac and a special convention of Eau Claire appeared to have voted on Oct. 22, 2011 to ask the 2012 meeting of the General Convention to approve what is called “junction,” the decision had to be set aside. A recount of the Fond du Lac voting showed that the original understanding of the vote in the lay order being 53 in favor and 51 opposed was found to be, in fact, 53 no and 51 yes.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. John Merullo says: John Merullo says: June 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm Thank you, Bishop Epting. Of course it would hardly be the first time a diocese bore the name of its state even if it didn’t cover the whole area. 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY June 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm Should he thank you for your completely disingenuous blessings? What exactly do you think should be said here? The damage in Quincy is done. It’s time to move on. June 9, 2013 at 9:27 am Maybe this could be a model for the small western dioceses that are soon if not already to small to stand alone. I have offered this thought before with no reception. Nevada, Idaho, Eastern Oregon what might that diocese look like if it were the Diocese in the Inter Mountains. Just a thought Rector Martinsville, VA Zachary Brooks says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET June 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm I’m a member of TEC and certainly not in support of the current corrupt, buffoonishly incompetent leadership of which the “Diocese” of Quincy is but one example and which the cheery rhetoric from various of those leaders desperately attempts to whitewash [though I very much doubt that informed Episcopalians are deceived by it.]Thanks for sharing your beliefs. They merely demonstrate that we don’t share the same faith, and of course that’s no surprise. The division within TEC is broad and deep and is perfectly understandable considering the mutually opposing gospels and values that the two groups hold.Blessings to you despite the chasm between our foundational world views,Sarah Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 June 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm What great news! It probably won’t always be easy, but it is a step to healing our church. Rector Washington, DC Chris Epting says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (14) 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 By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jun 8, 2013 Rector Shreveport, LA The Rev. Walter Bryan says: Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY June 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm For those of you that attempted to follow the link to the canon – the link just takes you to the canons as a whole, not the particular canon that applies to this situation. That canon begins about the middle of page 48. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events June 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm I find this all very interesting, but I have a question: Why is the reunited diocese called Diocese of Chicago? Wouldn’t it be more sensitive to the folks from Quincy to call it by its original name, Diocese of Illinois? Also, why will St. Paul’s, Peoria, no longer have cathedral status? Iowa and Minnesota have two cathedrals each. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA June 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm Sarah Hey,I am not sure which side of the “split” you are on from your comment. Are you an Anglican? If so, do you consider yourself on the side of TEC or of the neoconservatives? For me, the choice is a simple one between inclusion and persecution (i.e., welcoming all of God’s people to the Jesus’ Table, as He did when He was in human form) versus persecution and bigotry committed in the name of God. To side with injustice, repression, and tyranny is the worst form of heresy, as I understand the Word…. Rebecca Wilson says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA June 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI June 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm Joseph, I think this paragraph in the story is what you’re looking for:The church’s consent would reunite two of the three dioceses in the State of Illinois that General Convention created in 1877. What was then called the Diocese of Illinois asked the convention to carve out of it two additional dioceses – Quincy (based in Peoria) and Springfield – to accommodate anticipated church growth in those parts of the state. The remainder of the Diocese of Illinois retained that name until 1884 when it was renamed the Diocese of Chicago. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Scott Elliott says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID June 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm Dear John: A bit difficult to use “Diocese of Illinois” given the reality of the “Diocese of Springfield.” As to two cathedrals, as former Bishop of Iowa, I am eager for that conversation to be held. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME