Chill-out chat with Tim Visser

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This article appeared in the December 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 11: Tim Visser of Scotland celebrates after scoring a try during the international rugby match between Scotland and New Zealand at Murrayfield Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) Flying Scotsman: Tim Visser takes some time out for a lowdown on life off the rugby pitchScotland’s wing on Rees, roundabouts and revenge. By Sarah MockfordRUGBY WORLD: Who would play you in a film of your life?TIM VISSER: The guy from The Hangover. Bradley Cooper. I think he’s brilliant and when I first arrived at Newcastle I had hair like him.RW: Any nicknames?TV: Vis. Scotland’s old defence coach Graham Steadman thought my name was Billy, so people called me that. We now have Billy McGinty as a coach, so that’s stopped.RW: What do they call your brother, Sep?TV: Mini Vis or Young Vis. He says they call him Justin Credible! RW: What’s your guilty pleasure?TV: Domino’s Pizza. I try to stay away from it, but after a game at the weekend I get one and if you order by phone they then start sending you texts with deals. On Tuesdays they do two for one and it’s really hard not to be tempted.RW: Any phobias?TV: I hate snakes – they are horrible. My brother is scared of sharks.RW: And bugbears?TV: Drivers, especially in the UK. People don’t understand roundabouts over here. They get in the wrong lane or don’t look. My wife is really bad, so I always have to drive. Roundabouts have been a big part of the traffic system in Holland for a long time, so people seem to understand them better over there.RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?TV: Invisibility. I could do incredible stuff and get away with it. I could just stand by my brother’s bed as he was going to sleep, then become visible and scare him.RW: Any superstitions?TV: I don’t like to shave before a game and I don’t like to be the last out of the changing rooms.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard on the pitch? TV: I played with Mike McCarthy at Newcastle and he makes funny noises on the pitch. Even now playing against him, I can hear him squawking – anything to throw off the opposition. Whether it’s ADHD or some sort of disorder – he’s just so weird! He’s a great guy to be around.RW: Who are the jokers in the squad?TV: At Edinburgh, Richie Rees is a 29-year-old in a 12-year-old’s body with a 15-year-old’s craic! He never stops. In the Scotland squad, Ryan Grant is quite funny. He’s very dry. RW: What about practical jokes? TV: Netani Talei is always doing stuff  – tying shoelaces together, hiding people’s clothes in the ceiling space, letting tyres down. Once he’d tied the laces together so tight that my boots broke, so I took his scrum cap and cut a hole in the top. He ran out for training with a bit of his Afro sticking out of the top! When he realised he wasn’t amused – it was his lucky scrum cap!RW: What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?TV: Nineties music. When you have to sing on the bus, my go-to tune is by the Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way. It’s the only song I can remember the words to.RW: Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?TV: I don’t think I’d like to be stuck in a lift with anybody – definitely not the front-row boys. Geoff Cross is quite sweaty and he’s touchy-feely.RW: What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?TV: A guitar because I’ve never learned to play it. I obviously don’t like it or I’d get into it. I also bought my wife a Yorkshire terrier, which is just a ball of fur. I’ve got a German shepherd- cross and if I walk them together it looks strange.RW: Who are your best and worst room-mates?TV: The best is Nick De Luca – we’re on the same level and chill out. The worst is Geoff Cross. I love him but he can be too much. He’ll strip naked and lie on his bed – or worse, lie on your bed.RW: How would you like to be remembered?TV: As a great finisher – it’s probably the only way I’m likely to be remembered!———————————————————————————————————————————————–last_img read more

Lions 2013: First Test Australia 21-23 Lions

first_imgNorth star: George North goes over in the corner to score the Lions’ first try after a brilliant break from his own halfBy Sarah Mockford at Suncorp Stadium in BrisbaneIn a nutshellWhat a Test match! What a finish! It was nail-biting stuff. There were great tries, powerful hits, end-to-end action and plenty of drama – this is what Lions series are all about.The match went down to the wire and the Wallabies had two late opportunities to snatch a win with penalties. Instead, Kurtley Beale skewed the first and slipped on the second. All in all, Australia – whose back-line was decimated by injury and who had to resort to playing flanker Michael Hooper in midfield – left 14 points on the field with James O’Connor also missing kicks at goal.Israel Folau scored two great tries in the first half, but it was George North’s run from his own half that got the biggest cheer from the record crowd at this ground. He beat four Wallaby defenders on his way to the line – and nearly crossed for a second a few minutes later, only for the TMO to rule he hadn’t grounded the ball. Alex Cuthbert’s try in the second half gave the Lions breathing space, but it was still a nervy finish as the Wallabies clawed their way back into the game with Beale’s boot.Key momentThe final scrum. The Lions had a scrum just inside their own half after an Australian knock-on, but it was the Wallabies who were awarded the penalty and with it the chance to win the game. Kurtley Beale stepped up but slipped over as he drilled the kick low and wide. Whistle blows and the Lions win.Star man – Brian O’DriscollGeorge North provided the Lions’ moment of magic, Israel Folau looked at home on the international stage and Will Genia directed the Wallabies superbly as always, but the old stager in the Lions midfield put in quite a shift. Defensively he was at the heart of the action – his 11 tackles were topped only by 12 from Sam Warburton – and he also showed some great touches with ball in hand. His pop pass to Jonathan Davies towards the end of the second half was unlucky not to result in a try. It’s obvious BOD is desperate for a series win. Australia – Tries: Folau 2. Con: O’Connor. Pens: O’Connor, Beale 2.Lions – Tries: North, Cuthbert. Cons: Halfpenny 2. Pens: Halfpenny 3. Late blow: Kurtley Beale slips on the final penaltyRoom for improvementThe Lions need to adapt quicker to referee interpretations. They knew Chris Pollock was a stickler for players staying on their feet at the tackle area but they still gave away early penalties – whether right or not! – and if James O’Connor had been on target they would have been punished.Defensively the Lions were punished out wide twice. The first time was down to Will Genia’s counter-attacking genius and Leigh Halfpenny was caught on his own at the back, but for Israel Folau’s second try George North’s decision to rush up and make a tackle left his team-mates exposed. They need to be more organised as these Wallabies know how to score tries.They also missed Jamie Roberts’s ability to get over the gain-line. They tried to use Jonathan Davies in the same role but he couldn’t make the same impact, although he still played very well. They either need Roberts fit for the second Test or have to tweak their game plan.The fact they also couldn’t capitalise on the rejigged Australia back-line should also be a concern – it was a prime opportunity to test them in defence – and the front-row replacements struggled at scrum time too.StatsThe Lions beat 16 defenders to Australia’s 7 but the Wallabies made 12 offloads to three. Australia also conceded 14 turnovers to three and had only a 44% success rate at goal.Scorers NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Should the Six Nations have relegation?

first_imgOr let’s take it up a notch, and say if you are handed the wooden spoon three times on the trot, you enter a play-off against the team with the most points over the past three European Nations Cups. Everyone will have an idea of how to make it fair, I’m sure, but the point remains – ring-fencing the Six Nations is never going to help the smaller European nations develop.One last point, why can’t the home nations head east on their summer tours for a change? Yes, the odd venture to Argentina and USA is great for marketing purposes, and of course you want a crack at a New Zealand or an Australia on their own turf, but should we find room in the calendar for England, Ireland, Wales or Scotland to head to Eastern Europe, and with reduced travel, play more than one side. Russia, Germany, Romania, Spain and the aforementioned Georgians are all desperate to play the big boys – giving them a shot once every four years just isn’t good enough. REMEMBER LIFE before the 2007 World Cup? It was a simpler, less complex time, when the Six Nations teams dominated the northern hemisphere and the power triumvirate of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa bestrode the game below the equator. Then Argentina up and under-ed their way past France and into a semi-final, Ireland scraped past Georgia and Fiji saw off Wales in an epic encounter for the neutral.Fast-forward seven years and that could be pinpointed as the moment everything changed and the minnows scrapped their way onto the top table, even if they were just feeding off the scraps.Only that’s what we hoped in an idealistic rugby utopia, yet nothing has really changed, has it? Of course, we all stood by and applauded when the Tri-Nations became the Rugby Championship in opening its doors to Los Pumas, and when New Zealand confirmed their first-ever Test visit to Samoan soil – admittedly fter much chiding – we sat back at a job well done at our inclusive nature.Catch me if you can: Izzy Folau gives the Pumas the runaround in The Rugby ChampionshipBut what about closer to home? Well, five became six back in 2000. Italy has undoubtedly helped the tournament grow and Rome is now a much loved destination for the fans, but I don’t think we should stop there. Of course I’m not after a Ten Nations but relegation and promotion in the Six Nations has to be considered.There are issues, of course – there always are – with the European Nations Cup (the Six Nations second division to you and I) taking place over two seasons instead of one, and of course the federations that control the home nations are hardly going to be tripping over themselves to promote it, but surely we should be moving mountains to give teams a shot at the top table. Georgia’s Mamuka Gorgodze gets to grips with Romania Viorel Lucaci in the European Nations Cup With Argentina just about to enter their third Rugby Championship, Mark Coughlan argues it’s about time we in the Northern Hemisphere considered a more meritocratic Six Nationscenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Take Georgia, for example. A side growing in stature year on year. They lie less than a point behind Italy in the IRB rankings and Mamuka Gorgodze was named the best foreigner in the Top 14 in 2011, while seven of their current squad play in the same league. Indeed the Georgians have now topped the second-tier tournament for six of the last seven years, and completed another ‘Grand Slam’ this season.On thin ice: Italy are now less than a point above Georgia in the IRB rankingsWould anyone begrudge the Georgians a two-legged play-off against an Italian side that lost every game they played in this year’s Six Nations, or are we accepting a glass ceiling for a ‘developing nations’ is meritocratic. If Italy beat Georgia, then nobody can complain, but if the Georgians can prove they belong in the top tier, why not give them a season to prove it? Italy spend a year playing against smaller nations and – if they’re good enough – get their chance to earn their place back in the top tier next time out. Just imagine the excitement surrounding a Six Nations play-off.last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_img The SaintsTame TigerMeasured and diplomatic are not words you might readily associate with the Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill. A fiery player in his day, he has shown more than the odd flash of temper as a coach, but when he found himself in the eye of the storm created by Martin Castrogiovanni’s outburst after round three of the European Champions Cup, he did not take the bait and his low-key response continued when the row was brought up again this weekend.A week ago, after the Tigers hosted Toulon, Castro launched a foul-mouthed attack on Cockerill and the way Leicester handled his 2013 departure from the club. When reporters told Cockerill what the prop had said the Leicester man’s response was: “One day he’ll realise that it’s just sport. One day we’ll have a beer together and smile about it.”When Cockerill was asked about the row again this weekend after the return match in Toulon, he simply said: “I like him – it’s just that he doesn’t seem to like me.” The Tiger wouldn’t take the bait. Keep calmThe Ospreys went to Racing Metro needing a win to stay in contention in Pool Five and they might have grabbed one if their half-backs had just played it all a bit cooler.With the score still at 0-0, Rhys Webb foolishly stuck out an arm across Juan Imhoff’s neck as he ran past, which led to ten minutes in the sin-bin. Fortunately for Webb, Racing only scored three points while he was off, so it could have been worse.With 60 minutes gone Dan Biggar butchered a try-scoring chance. He made a lovely break from his own half, his kick ahead parried off an opponent and back into his arms but he tried to avoid contact by flipping the ball straight on to the two men outside him and the pass went astray. If he had held onto the returning ball, taken the contact and then passed, it would have been a certain try. As it was, Racing won 18-14 and the Ospreys are effectively out of Champions Cup contention. TAGS: Northampton SaintsOspreysWasps LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Double treble: Samu Manoa was one of two Saints to score a hat-trick this weekHatful of hat-tricksNorthampton Saints walloped Benetton Treviso 67-0 with some fantastic flowing rugby – aided by some dubious defence from the Italians – and both Ken Pisi and Samu Manoa scored a hat-trick in the trouncing.They weren’t the only ones to cross the whitewash three times this weekend. Matt Banahan set the trend on Friday in Bath’s 32-12 win over Montpellier in Pool Four of the Champions Cup and Tom Prydie scored three of Newport Gwent Dragons 11 tries in their 69-17 win over Bucharest Wolves in the European Challenge Cup.No one from Wasps managed a hat-trick but they did score seven tries between them as they beat Castres 44-17 in their Adams Park swansong before their move to Coventry. It was quite some farewell for the fans who live near the High Wycombe ground.Who says we only get try-fests when the grounds are hard? There were plenty of tries, and a few tribulations, as teams tried to stay in contention during the fourth round of European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches. Sharp BladeWhat a first start Caolin Blade enjoyed for Connacht. Wearing the province’s No 9 jersey for the first time, the 20 year old scored two tries as Connacht came back from 11 points down to win 29-17 in Bayonne.That European Challenge Cup Pool Two win leaves them just two points behind Exeter Chiefs and with a good chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals. Plaudits also go to skipper and outside-half Miah Nikora, who kicked five penalties and two conversions, including the winning one.center_img Baker puts his foot in itPitch invaders can be annoying, but USA Sevens player Perry Baker overstepped the mark when he kicked a particularly idiotic supporter who had run onto the pitch during their match against South Africa at the HSBC Sevens World Series in Port Elizabeth.The invader was already on the ground, apparently after tackling Baker, when the player booted him, but Baker realised the error of his ways later and Tweeted: “I would like to apologize for my actions. I hope that my greatest fan is well. Boy they do love their rugby down here.”Watch the incident for yourself here. The SinnersLee lets Munster inHe was a Saint last week and still produced some excellent play for Clermont Auvergne against Munster this weekend, but Fritz Lee was involved in a couple of costly errors which allowed Munster to grab a late, late bonus point and stay alive in Pool One – something which might come back to haunt Clermont at some stage.First, Lee spilled a high pass from Morgan Parra when he had the line at his mercy and a four-man overlap outside him midway through the second half.With 74 minutes on the clock, Clermont were 26-9 up and looked set to send Munster home empty-handed, but Lee threw a pass which the Irish hooker Duncan Casey intercepted to score a try. Keatley converted and, a few minutes later, kicked the critical penalty which was conceded by Lee at a ruck around the 10-metre line.Cost-Lee: He was brilliant at times, but Fritz Lee also made some key mistakes Keeping the dream aliveMunster don’t like getting knocked out of Europe and Ian Keatley helped them stay in contention for this season’s Champions Cup with an injury-time penalty which earned them at bonus point at Clermont Auvergne.The Irish side’s hooker, Duncan Casey, scored a try close to the posts in the dying minutes which Keatley converted to bring Munster back to 26-16 down and Keatley coolly slotted a 40-metre penalty with the last kick of the game to make it 26-19 and give Munster a bonus point which keeps them in the hunt in Pool One, three points behind Saracens and four behind Clermont Auvergne. Seeing the funny side: Cockerill has reacted well to Castro’s outburst The Salon of ShameAfter pointing out Joe Webber’s daft hairstyle last week, there’s another player who needs a new look, in my opinion. Step forward Ian Madigan, who has taken Danny Care’s “high and tight” and added an unwanted element of flop.Looking good? Ian Madigan sporting his own distinctive stylelast_img read more

The greatest blindsides of all time: Roger Uttley

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Roger Uttley runs a support line Major teams: Fylde, Gosforth, WaspsCountry: EnglandTest span: 1973-80England caps: 23 (23 starts)Lions caps: 4 (4 starts)Test points: 12 (3T)He was a granite-like forward who made his name on the invincible Lions tour of South Africa in 1974, when he was taken as a lock but played all four Tests as a blindside alongside Fergus Slattery and Mervyn Davies in the back row. He played all but one of the 17 tour matches and scored a crucial try in the final, drawn Test.The Blackpool-born Uttley had been in England’s second row throughout 1973 and 1974, playing in the wins over New Zealand in Auckland and Australia at Twickenham, two rare highlights in a poor period for English rugby.A schoolteacher at Harrow, where he was director of physical education, Uttley didn’t tour with the Lions in 1977 but soldiered on with England, captaining them five times. They won their first Grand Slam for 23 years in 1980 when, in the view of coach Mike Davis, Uttley was one of five world-class players in the team, the others being Cotton, Wheeler, Neary and Slemen.The defeat of Wales saw Uttley incur a terrible injury as Geoff Wheel tried to kick the ball but instead connect with the flanker’s head, splitting his nose. “Tony Neary came over and said, ‘Christ!’. My face felt like a football,” says Uttley. He was an assistant to Ian McGeechan as the pair plotted the Lions’ win over the Wallabies in 1989 and coached England to the 1991 World Cup final, alongside Geoff Cooke.In 1997 Uttley was appointed England team manager under their first full-time head coach, Clive Woodward, but he lost that job two years later following a swathe of cost-cutting measures by the RFU. A tireless charity fund-raiser, he remained at Harrow until 2008 and now lives in the North-East, writing for the Newcastle Chronicle. TAGS: The Greatest Players Roger Uttley cemented his name as one of the all-time blindside flanker greats, with an impressive string of performances in the England and Lions Test shirts Regular injuries were part and parcel of Uttley’s career, notably an ongoing back problem that first arose when he trod on some uneven turf during a training session in Scotland. He has a long back due to an extra sacrum vertebrae.The 30-18 defeat of Scotland at Murrayfield that clinched the Slam signalled the end of his England career, but he was to enjoy some great times as a coach.last_img read more

Autumn Internationals Week Two: Five things we learnt

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Red-letter day: Wales’ Tomos Williams and Ken Owens celebrate at the final whistle (Getty Images) Add to that the disallowed try, which involved a run that gave Beauden Barrett motion sickness, and you have arguably the best performance from an English openside during this World Cup cycle and maybe the one before that.Whilst no coach will publicly be happy with a loss, losing to the All Blacks by one point is like beating another Tier One test team by five. Bundle that positivity together with a new openside and England have their heads above water again.Scotland weren’t Scotland and it was perfectMany have tried taking on Fiji in an open expansive game. It doesn’t work and often ends in tears or sackings. When you have two NBA-standard ballers playing at lock and a back-line that carry like baddies from Lord of the Rings and yet step like members of the Bolshoi ballet, throwing high-risk offloads and flighty miss-two passes is a bad idea.Just ask Peter Horne, who was forced to take a rib-exposing pass in the second half and was sent so far backwards he saw Michael J Fox in a DeLorean.Top ten: Scotland’s fly-half Finn Russell mixed up his game against Fiji (Getty Images)Thankfully, Scotland’s risks were few and far between. Finn Russell showed his true versatility and instead of dazzling us with his hands, did it with his feet. Russell executed arguably the finest tactical kicking display of the weekend, with every kick measured and executed with time to spare.It was also interesting to see Russell kicking a lot of ball along the ground, as it takes more time to gather a bouncing ball than a flighted one – making counter-attacks harder to generate.Instead of relying on the usual mix of rapid counter-attack and line breaks, Scotland looked to their set-piece for tries, especially in the first half, and forced Fiji to concede two yellow cards due to their maul defence.You could watch Fiji all dayNot every team gets to win World Cups. Not every team gets to the top four in World Rugby’s rankings. Largely due to funding and the inequality that faces many Pacific Island nations, this is where Fiji find themselves.Related: Opportunities and obstacles facing Pacific Islands rugbyBut just because Fiji don’t have a realistic chance of winning the World Cup, doesn’t mean they don’t have a vital role to play in rugby. The rugby they play is beautiful.Glide runner: Fiji centre Semi Radradra shows his skills (Getty Images)The set-piece may not be the equal of many of the Tier One nations, the squad not as deep and the yellow cards that they conceded against Scotland a problem, but no one plays rugby like them.To watch men of that size offload like they do is worth £50 of anyone’s money. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Leone Nakarawa take the ball to ground.To not enjoy watching Semi Radradra play rugby should be an offence punishable by flogging. How a 6ft 3in, 16st bloke can glide over the ground as he does is mesmerising. He could probably run across a rugby field made of blancmange and wouldn’t leave a trace. Fiji may have been heavily beaten by Scotland, but they’re amazing to watch.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Paul Williams reflects on the big movers and shakers from the second weekend of November Tests TAGS: Fiji Wales finally end Wallabies hoodooBeauty isn’t in the eye of the beholder; it is in the eye of the winner. And whilst some on social media have criticised the aesthetics of the Wales v Wallabies game, if you’re Welsh – or Warren Gatland – those negative tweets will be tricky to read through the plumes of smoke emanating from your massive hand-rolled Cuban. It’s a first win over Australia for a decade and ended a run of 13 defeats against them.Make no mistake, to keep the Wallabies try-less is rare. Even when their pack hasn’t functioned in recent seasons, their back-line always has. Counter-attack tries are a Wallaby speciality, so to make them rely entirely on goalkicking is an achievement.Tag team: Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty team up in defence (Getty Images)Wales had a 90% defensive completion (135 tackles from 151 attempts) and whilst everyone defended to their limit, the work of Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty was near flawless. Tipuric tackled with panache and an appreciation of the following jackal; Moriarty tackled like a medieval drawbridge being slammed in your face.But as bold as Wales’ defensive efforts were, it was the psychological workload that mattered most. To beat the Wallabies in the last five minutes was more than just getting a monkey off their backs – this was a troop of baboons on their shoulders flashing their red bums and screaming in their ears.Even Ireland’s off-days are goodIt may seem a bit petty to call Ireland’s 28-17 win over Argentina an off-day. Beating the current Pumas squad is not easy, particularly with their back-line firing as it is. But sometimes it is more accurate to judge the quality of a squad by their bad days, not the good ones. And currently, Ireland’s bad days are good enough to beat everyone except the All Blacks.With cross-kicks and chip-throughs regularly flying ten yards wide or long of their target, Johnny Sexton’s kicking from hand was uncharacteristically wayward. The Irish lineout was twitchy and after 80 minutes the entire team had managed just one clean break between them.Standout: Bundee Aki breaks through to score against Argentina (Getty Images)However, whilst there were undoubted negatives that the All Blacks will target next week, there were some big positives too. Bundee Aki had arguably his best game for Ireland, with every carry punching over the gain-line and an offload permanently cocked and ready.Related: Exclusive interview with Bundee AkiThe Irish scrum was straight and weighty, the ball-carrying of James Ryan will have guaranteed a start against New Zealand and Dan Leavy’s performance means that Sean O’Brien’s injury, whilst painful for him, won’t be felt by Ireland.Just like the All Blacks, even when Ireland aren’t good, they’re still good enough and that is a very positive sign.England have a seven, now they need to pick himSam Underhill is a proper seven. Against the All Blacks he was almost 007 and was by far the most destructive back-row forward on the field – a facet of the game that is hugely important when your lineout melts in the second half.Impressive: Sam Underhill on the attack for England (Getty Images)He made 24 tackles and created such a mess on the floor that the pitch could have done with a once-over, from a council-owned street-sweeper, after every breakdown.Related: Sam Underhill announces arrival on biggest stage in rugbyWhilst the number of tackles was impressive, it was the ferocity of the impact and the ability to get straight into the jackal that was game-changing. At just over 6ft tall, he is smaller than many of the opensides that England have tinkered with over the past five seasons. Those shorter levers mean than he not only gets into position quicker, but he’s hard to move when he gets there.last_img read more

What are rugby’s international eligibility rules?

first_imgDoes it depend who they play against?Yes, this is what makes the rules so complex! It’s not just about the team the player is representing but the team they are facing.The opposition team at 15-a-side level also need to fulfil the criteria laid out above for a player to be ‘captured’. So a player is deemed to have ‘played’ for one of those teams listed above if they have reached the age of majority and:They play in an international match against the senior 15-a-side or next senior 15-a-side representative team of another union.They play in a match for the nominated next 15-a-side national representative team against the senior or next 15-a-side national representative team of another union.Prior to 1 January 2018, they played for an U20 national representative team that had been nominated as that union’s ‘next’ 15-a-side team in an international match at the Junior World Championship, Junior World Trophy or U20 Six Nations.Rule three has been changed since the Steve Shingler case a few years ago. Andy Robinson picked him in his Scotland squad for the 2012 Six Nations but the WRU successfully lodged an appeal with World Rugby to say he had been captured by Wales.He had represented the national U20 team – nominated as Wales’ ‘next’ 15-a-side team – against France U20, who were the French union’s ‘next’ team. The fact that both U20 teams were the ‘next’ representative sides meant the fixture tied players to their respective countries.After that and while U20 teams were still allowed to be nominated as a union’s ‘next’ team, the opposition was no longer taken into account.The lines are still very blurred, though, and the fact the opposition is a factor at senior level adds to the confusion. A rule of thumb is that players will not be captured unless they are playing against a capturing team.No ties: Mike Haley playing for England Saxons against South Africa A in 2016 (Getty Images)For example, Mike Haley played for England against the Barbarians in an uncapped match in May 2017 and for the Saxons against South Africa A in June 2016. The eligibility of Belgium and Romania players has… Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying Here’s the lowdown on World Rugby’s Regulation 8, which governs players’ international eligibility Line-ups: The Webb Ellis Cup on display during the anthems at RWC 2015 (Getty Images) Eligibility controversy in World Cup 2019 qualifying Collapse What are rugby’s international eligibility rules?There has been a fair bit of chat during Rugby World Cup 2019 about players’ eligibility. So what are rugby’s international eligibility rules? This all falls under World Rugby’s Regulation 8 and here we break it down.Which country can a player represent?There are four ways a player can be eligible to represent a country at international level. They are:They were born in the country.They have a parent or grandparent who was born in the country.They have lived in the country for 36 consecutive months (three years) to qualify on residency immediately before playing.They have completed ten years of cumulative residence in the country before playing.Long stay: Kiwi Hadleigh Parkes qualified for Wales on the three-year residency rule (Getty Images)With regards to point three, the residency rule increases to 60 months (five years) on 31 December 2020, so only players who moved countries up to 31 December 2017 will be eligible under the three-year rule above. Anyone who has moved since the start of this year will be subject to the five-year rule.Point four was another reform introduced at the same time as the five-year rule but came into use in May 2017.When is a player ‘captured’ by a country?Captured is the term used when a player becomes tied to one country and can no longer represent another nation on the international stage. This happens when a player plays for one of three teams:The senior 15-a-side national representative team of a union. This is quite simple and basically means playing in a Test match, eg England v Ireland in the Six Nations.The next senior 15-a-side national representative team of a union. This is where it gets slightly complicated as each union may have a different idea of what to nominate as their second team. It could be an A team, like England Saxons, but it’s up to each union to decide which team they want to designate as their ‘next senior’ side. In the past some unions have nominated their U20 side, but since the start of 2018 they are no longer able to do that.The senior national representative sevens team of a union where the player is aged 20 or older or, if at an Olympics or Sevens World Cup, the player has reached the age of majority (18).You can find a list of a union’s next senior representative teams on the World Rugby website here. In the women’s game a lot of unions don’t have a second team to nominate but England, for example, have this year designated their National Academy as the next senior side while the likes of Canada, Ireland, Scotland and USA have designated their A teams.MORE ON RUGBY WORLD CUP ELIGIBILITY Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying However, he has not been captured by England because the Barbarians are classed as a club side and South Africa U20 were South Africa’s next senior team in 2016. So Haley is leaving Sale to join Munster at the end of the season with a view to representing Ireland at international level – he qualifies to wear the green shirt because his maternal grandmother was born in Ireland.Interestingly, World Rugby’s stance on the Barbarians means that even when countries make a fixture against the invitational side a capped match, as Wales have done in recent years, they are not officially captured because the match they’re playing in does not fit World Rugby’s criteria. So theoretically, if a player won their first cap against the Barbarians, they would still be free to represent another country at international level (if they haven’t been previously captured by one of the other criteria of course!).What about sevens?This is slightly simpler in that a player is deemed to have represented the senior national sevens team, and is therefore tied to that country, if they play an international match against the senior national sevens team of another union.So this would be any match on the World Sevens Series (providing the player had reached the age of 20) or any match at an Olympics or Sevens World Cup (providing they have reached the age of majority on or before their participation in the tournament).Has the Olympics created a loophole?Yes. Rugby’s entry into the Games has meant players are able to switch allegiance. The Olympics operates with different eligibility rules so rugby had to adapt to this.Prior to the Rio Olympics, if a player had been captured by one nation but hadn’t represented that country for at least 18 months (that stand-down period has now reverted to the IOC norm of three years) and was a passport holder of another (ie a national), they were able to change their affiliation to the other nation.The stipulation was that the player had to play in four Olympic qualifying events. This could be four rounds of the World Sevens Series, which doubled as an Olympic qualifying tournament, and/or regional qualifying tournaments.On the move: Tim Nanai-Williams breaks for Samoa against New Zealand (Getty Images)Tim Nanai-Williams did this in order to be able to represent Samoa at RWC 2015 and the Olympics (although ultimately Samoa failed to qualify for Rio 2016), having previously played for New Zealand Sevens.Cooper Vuna has done the same, so is now representing Tonga having played two Tests for Australia in 2012.There are rumours that former All Blacks wings Charles Piutau and Frank Halai would like to go through the process in order to qualify for Tonga.It’s all very confusing!Quite. And the recent incidents surrounding World Cup qualifying illustrate why eligibility needs to be far more closely monitored. Tahiti have already been kicked out of the qualifying process for fielding two ineligible players against Cook Islands while the spotlight is now on several European countries for possible breaches of Regulation 8.It may be relatively easy to keep track of whether players have been captured by the Tier One nations as they are more high profile, but it is clear that in lower tiers there are many issues and that brings the integrity of international rugby into question. Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup… Eligibility controversy in World Cup 2019 qualifying LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand Regardless of whether a breach is intentional or not, the confusion around Regulation 8 is leading to myriad problems. The fact players may not even be aware if they are tied to a nation highlights the issue.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Team of the European Champions Cup – so far

first_img11. Alivereti Raka (Clermont)Chipped by John Cooney for the Ulster try but unstoppable against Harlequins at home the week before. He scored two tries and assisted Peceli Yato, showing his often unsung opportunism and soft hands in his involvements.10. Finn Russell (Racing 92)We didn’t think Russell could better that try against Saracens, where he made two line breaks in 20 seconds with a magic offload in between. But against Munster he managed it. Taking the ball in the face of the blitz, grubbering the ball between Rory Scannell’s legs and gathering to score under the posts. The best front-foot ten in the world? Team of the European Champions Cup – so farThis year’s Champions Cup has already had its share of stunning individual performances and classic European nights. The atmosphere at Kingsholm on the first Friday night, in Belfast a week later and at a febrile Thomond Park has underlined why this tournament is the pinnacle of club rugby. But who has shone brightest over the first two rounds? Here is the Rugby World Team of the Tournament so far…15. Elliot Daly (Saracens)Daly only made his Saracens debut against Ospreys, luckily missing the pasting in Paris by Racing 92, but gave the standout full-back performance of the competition so far against the Welsh region. He teed up two tries for Rotimi Segun, the first after gathering an inspired Tom Whiteley chip, and the second from a clever offload, whilst his aerial prowess – sometimes questioned for England – was of the highest quality.14. Tom O’Flaherty (Exeter)Frighteningly quick for his try against Glasgow, making Tommy Seymour look like a slouch. He also showed his power against La Rochelle in the first round, holding off two defenders to acrobatically score from a looping Ian Whitten pass. He’s showing the form which made him undroppable at the tail-end of last season. On the ball: Elliot Daly stood out on his Saracens debut against Ospreys (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 13. Rory Hutchinson (Northampton)Unlucky to miss out on World Cup selection for Scotland, the centre scored a silky try against Lyon in the first round before pulling the strings for Saints in Treviso this weekend as they battled to a win. Impressive how he’s standing out in a team with so many in-form backs.12. Jan Serfontein (Montpellier)Rohan Janse van Rensburg ran his fellow South African close for this spot, but Serfontein has consistently oozed class over the past two weeks. Finishing a brilliant Montpellier move early in the game against Gloucester, he also made 17 tackles and won two turnovers in a massive defensive performance. Cooney’s performances over the past few weeks have seen calls for him to start at scrum-half in the Six Nations. His nerveless kicking and excellent game management mean that Ruan Pienaar is now missed less than ever, whilst his solo try against Clermont showed some incredible attacking flair.1. Joe Marler (Harlequins)Eddie Jones said one of his World Cup final regrets was not starting Marler for his scrummaging ability. Marler showed that off against Bath in a niggly, tight game, as he won two kickable scrum penalties, and led the pack in a dominant forwards performance. The horse realised what he wanted to do.center_img Jacob Whitehead has been glued to the opening rounds of the Heineken Cup and here’s his standout XV Relive every moment of the 2019 World Cup in the December 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine – in shops now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 2. Epalahame Faiva (Benetton)Benetton put in an excellent performance against red-hot Northampton, only losing to a last-minute Dan Biggar penalty, 35-32. Faiva scored two tries, the first from an improbable carry through three Northampton defenders, whilst his second brought his team level with minutes left.3. Harry Williams (Exeter)Forward dominance has been at the heart of Exeter’s wins against Glasgow and La Rochelle, and tighthead Williams has been irrepressible in both. Always resplendent with his billowing hair and scrumcap, the prop will look to force his way into the England’s match-day 23 ahead of an ageing Dan Cole come the Six Nations.4. Jonny Hill (Exeter)When Hill goes well Exeter tend to go well – look at his try during Chiefs’ incredible first-half performance in this year’s Premiership final. He scored again against Glasgow to kick-start the Exeter performance, and has recently shown himself to be one of the best maul defenders in the country.5. Iain Henderson (Ulster)Ulster’s away win at Bath in the first round was built on small victories – a loose ball gathered here, an offload affording an extra couple of metres there. This is Henderson’s bread and butter, and he backed up a fine performance in the West Country by negating the Clermont pack at a rainy Kingspan as Ulster sealed an impressive 18-13 win.Leader’s speech: Iain Henderson talks to his Ulster team after the win over Clermont (Getty Images)6. Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92)For all the panache of the Paris backs, they need both ball and linkmen to shine. Lauret gives them that, always seeming to be first to the ruck or the key offload in the chain. A try against Saracens was a fine reward for his efforts.7. Ben Earl (Saracens)One of the youngsters who is really taking advantage of the opportunities afforded him by Saracens this year. Beginning to develop a highly effective carrying game to match his jackaling, he stayed resolute against the Racing 92 tsunami and then made hay against the Ospreys.8. Caleb Timu (Montpellier)Sunday’s game between Gloucester and Montpellier saw a titanic back-row clash, as the ball-carrying of Timu and Jake Polledri were the heartbeat of their respective teams. Timu’s carry for his try was truly frightening, so he gets the nod. 9. John Cooney (Ulster)last_img read more

Saracens v Wasps live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgWe 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. Bring back the fans: Saracens win a lineout against London Irish on Monday at the Stoop (Getty Images)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. Saracens v Wasps live stream: How to watch from anywhereWasps pulled off a magnificent Gallagher Premiership win at Bath last time out, prevailing despite four first-half injuries and a 13-0 deficit. However, they will be hard-pressed to get close to Saracens this afternoon (12.30pm).That’s because while Sarries again roll out their heavyweights in search of a fourth successive win, the visitors have rested their heroes from the Rec – irrepressible back-row Jack Willis among them. Tighthead Biyi Alo is the only Wasp required to start in consecutive matches.“We’re going to have to be physical,” said Wasps coach Lee Blackett. “They’re one of the most physical sides in Europe and that’s why we’ve had to make some changes. We can’t have guys that are going around at 70 or 80% when we come up against the current champions.”Jimmy Gopperth will mark his 100th Wasps appearance by captaining the side at Allianz Park, while centre Juan de Jongh makes his first appearance since the resumption following hand and hamstring injuries.Related content: Jimmy Gopperth: the classy Kiwi at WaspsHooker Antonio ‘TJ’ Harris is named among the replacements, having rejoined the club on a short-term deal this week from Jersey, and there’s a likely debut in store for back-row Kieran Curran, a former Warwick School pupil. Another 20-year-old, utility back Will Simonds, is also on the bench and in line for his Premiership debut.Milestone: Jimmy Gopperth will wear the captain’s armband on his 100th Wasps appearance (Getty)After losing to a late score at Bristol, Saracens have cranked up through the gears as they prepare for their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at Leinster on 19 September.Their relegation was confirmed in January when they were issued with a second points deduction of 70 for salary cap breaches. But it’s interesting to note that had only the original 35-point penalty applied, this would probably have been the weekend when they finally hauled themselves off the foot of the table.They will be led out, presumably, by Alex Goode, who becomes the fourth player in Saracens’ history to reach 300 appearances for the club. The full-back, deprived of the cap-laden Test career that he richly deserved, made his Sarries debut in 2008 and has helped Mark McCall’s side win eight major trophies.DID YOU KNOW? Saracens (nine) and Wasps (seven) have scored more tries directly from a maul than any other side in the Premiership this seasonOwen Farrell, the England captain and fly-half, returns to the starting XV and the only other change from Monday’s 40-12 defeat of London Irish sees Tim Swinson slot into the second row alongside Maro Itoje.Saracens are protecting a ten-match winning run at Alliance Park. Should they require any extra motivation they have it in spades because in the reverse fixture last February, Wasps hammered them 60-10 at the Ricoh. Zach Kibirige and Brad Shields each crossed twice to help give Blackett a flying start to life as head coach following Dai Young’s departure.You can watch highlights of that match here.Saracens: Alex Goode; Alex Lewington, Elliot Daly, Brad Barritt, Sean Maitland; Owen Farrell, Aled Davies; Richard Barrington, Jamie George, Vincent Koch, Maro Itoje, Tim Swinson, Mike Rhodes, Jackson Wray, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: 16 Kapeli Pifeleti, 17 Sam Crean, 18 Alec Clarey, 19 Callum Hunter-Hill, 20 Sean Reffell, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 Dom Morris, 23 Elliott Obatoyinbo.Wasps: Rob Miller; Paolo Odogwu, Juan de Jongh, Michael Le Bourgeois, Josh Bassett; Jimmy Gopperth (capt), Ben Vellacott; Ben Harris, Tom Cruse, Biyi Alo, Will Rowlands, Tim Cardall, Tom Willis, Ben Morris, Sione Vailanu.Replacements: 16 Antonio ‘TJ’ Harris, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Jack Owlett, 19 Theo Vukasinovic, 20 Kieran Curran, 21 Sam Wolstenholme, 22 Charlie Atkinson, 23 Will Simonds.Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for Saracens v Wasps wherever you are.How to watch Saracens v Wasps from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Saracens v Wasps today, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network. Stardust: Alex Goode beats off Elliot Daly, now a team-mate, during Sarries’ win at Wasps last year (Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 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 Alex Goode and Jimmy Gopperth hit milestones at Allianz Park today as Wasps test their squad strength against the reigning English champions. Here’s what you need to know Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Saracens v Wasps live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch Saracens v Wasps at 9.30pm (AEST).The Foxtel Sports HD bundle is $74 a month – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO, so you can watch when on the move.Foxtel Sports HD bundle Saracens v Wasps live stream: How to watch from the UKSaracens v Wasps, which kicks off at 12.30pm today, will be shown live on BT Sport Extra 1/App in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also cover the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassClubs are also working with BT Sport to allow season ticket-holders free access to home games on the channel’s app.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Saracens v Wasps takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Saracens v Wasps live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Saracens v Wasps will kick off at 7.30am EST and 4.30am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Saracens v Wasps live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Saracens v Wasps from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 11.30pm on Sky Sport 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 offerlast_img read more

El consejo Consultivo debate sobre una ‘sinfonía de instrumentos’

first_imgEl consejo Consultivo debate sobre una ‘sinfonía de instrumentos’ Una discusión de dos días sobre la evolución y relaciones de los líderes de la Comunión Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 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 Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Nov 5, 2012 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Episcopal News Service — Auckland, Nueva Zelanda] El Consejo Consultivo Anglicano comenzó aquí el 2 de noviembre (hora local) una discusión  sobre el pasado, presente y posibles futuros de los instrumentos de la Comunión.La reunión anterior del CCA en Jamaica en 2009 solicitó, por medio de [la resolución] 14.09(g), a la Comisión Permanente Interanglicana sobre Unidad, Fe y Orden (IASCUFO) que estudiara el papel y responsabilidades del arzobispo de Cantórbery, la Conferencia de Lambeth, el Consejo Consultivo Anglicano y la Reunión de los Primados; la razón eclesiológica de cada uno y las relaciones entre ellos, y que lo informaran en esta reunión.Stephen Pickard, obispo auxiliar de la Diócesis de Canberra y Goulburn, le dijo al Consejo que el informe de 68 páginas titulado “Hacia una sinfonía de instrumentos: una consideración histórica y teológica de los instrumentos de la Comunión Anglicana” es el resultado de lo que se espera sea por lo menos un proceso en dos etapas. Comenzó con la historia y la teología, dijo él, porque “sería difícil, si no imposible” encontrar medios de ampliar los instrumentos sin entender primero su historia.“El propósito global es explorar la eficacia de los instrumentos de la Comunión y preguntar cómo podemos lograr una armonía más profunda entre los instrumentos. ¿Cómo operan juntos? ¿Cómo podrían ser de manera creativa parte del proceso de evolución de la Comunión Anglicana?”.“Aún no vemos claramente lo que llegarán a ser”, añadió Pickard, que es el vicepresidente del IASCUFO.El dijo que el informe sugiere que los instrumentos sean vistos como “dones de la Comunión y para la Comunión”.“Los instrumentos de la Comunión pueden perder su foco”, añadió Pickard. “Su interés fundamental es la misión de Dios. Su horizonte debe ser la obra de Dios en el mundo. Todas las deliberaciones, discusiones [y] deseos de alcanzar un discernimiento colectivo, deben dirigirse a la obra de Dios en el mundo”.Un resumen de los temas esenciales del informe sugiere también que la Comunión “debe recobrar una relación más sólida entre los instrumentos de la Comunión”, no buscar una renovación sino “una armonía más profunda”.El informe detallado advierte en varios lugares que no existe ningún organismo en la Comunión con “la autoridad legislativa para determinar asuntos de fe y doctrina para toda la Comunión” y que ningún organismo semejante puede [existir] “en una comunión de iglesias donde el énfasis recae en la autonomía local y en los vínculos de interconexión a través de los cuales se construye una fraternidad de iglesias más amplia”.Este es el caso pese a que, en las palabras del párrafo 5.3.4 “recientes controversias en la Comunión han llevado a muchos a reclamar sanciones, y [la existencia] de una autoridad con poder y capacidad de imponer decisiones”.Los instrumentos actuales “no pueden administrar una disciplina que sea legalmente obligatoria, tan sólo pueden ejercer la fuerza de la persuasión moral”, dice el informe, que define esa última como “una disciplina de persuasión y mutua responsabilidad”.“Algunos dirán que no es mucho y querrán algo más fuerte, pero eso exigiría un tipo distinto de Comunión Anglicana” concluye el párrafo 5.3.5.En el párrafo 5.4.4, el informe destaca la presencia del laicado en el CCA y sugiere que si el CCA fuera a trabajar con la Reunión de los Primados para establecer objetivos estratégicos para la comunión “tal movimiento podría ir mano a mano con una compromiso y participación más profundos del laicado en el anglicanismo mundial”.Las provincias deben desarrollar “una teología anglicana de la comunión… partiendo desde dentro de las fracturas y heridas de la vida del cuerpo de Cristo”, sugiere el informe.“Puesto que el cuerpo de Cristo es una realidad inconclusa y su peregrinación se lleva a cabo en medio de los problemas del ser humano —junto con todos sus conflictos, fricciones, fracturas y errores— los instrumentos de la Comunión serán señales de una Comunión aún irrealizada por la que esperamos y oramos”, dice el estudio, haciendo notar que “resulta grandemente atractivo” intentar resolver disputas  “ya sea con demasiada rapidez o a través de soluciones que son esencialmente políticas o eclesiásticas, o de ambas categorías, pero que carecen de un elemento teológico fundamental.La herida en el anglicanismo necesita algo más que un “estuche para reparar pinchazos”, dice el párrafo 6.6.8, añadiendo que “la restauración y la reparación sólo pueden lograrse mediante la atenta escucha y la tolerancia… no hay soluciones expeditas a la necesidad de escuchar atenta y respetuosamente”.Los instrumentos “están singularmente colocados para recordarle a la Comunión, deliberada y proféticamente, su verdadero propósito en el reino de Dios”  siendo “menos reactiva y más proactiva en su labor”.“Sin embargo, esto exige un nuevo nivel de cooperación de unos con otros y con los propósitos de Dios”, concluye el informe. “A través de ese compromiso cooperativo con Dios y de los unos con los otros, la Iglesia será capaz de progresar hacia una mayor sinfonía de los instrumentos de la Comunión”.El 3 de noviembre, los miembros del CCA tendrán otra discusión sobre el informe.Antecedentes del CCAEl CCA es uno de los cuatro instrumentos de la Comunión, siendo los otros  el arzobispo de Cantórbery (que sirve como presidente del CCA), la Conferencia de Lambeth de Obispos Anglicanos y la Reunión de los Primados.Instituido en 1969, el CCA incluye a clérigos y laicos, al igual que a obispos, entre sus delegados. La membresía [del CCA] consta de una a tres personas de cada una de las 38 provincias de la Comunión Anglicana, dependiendo del tamaño de la feligresía de cada provincia. En los casos donde hay tres miembros, hay un obispo, un presbítero y un laico. En los casos donde se nombran menos miembros, la preferencia se le da a los laicos. La Constitución del CCA puede encontrarse aquí.El Consejo se reúne cada tres o cuatro años y la reunión de Auckland es la 15ª desde su creación.La Iglesia Episcopal está representada por Josephine Hicks, de Carolina del Norte; la Rda. Gay Jennings, de Ohio y el obispo Ian Douglas de Connecticut.Jefferts Schori asiste a la reunión en su carácter de miembro del Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana, que se reunió aquí antes del comienzo de la reunión del CCA.  Douglas también es miembro del Comité Permanente.Una lista completa de los participantes en la 15ª reunión del CCA se encuentra aquí.Toda la cobertura que ha hecho ENS del CCA15 se encuentra aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es editora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listinglast_img read more