LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 25.04.12 – Wales U20 Squad – Samson LeeÂ© Huw Evans Picture Agency Maro Itoje(Saracens)Maro ItojeTELL US about your rugby background?I started at St George’s school in Harpenden where I was scouted by the Saracens Academy. I’m now at Harrow on a rugby scholarship.When did you first get involved with England?I was capped at England U17 level and have now progressed to the U18s. I’ve just got back from playing in South Africa.How seriously do you take conditioning?It’s so important. I’m 6ft 5in and 17st 4lb and have put on seven kilos in the past year. I’m looking to reach 118 kilos (18st 8lb) at pro level.What’s your favourite position?I’m comfortable playing at lock and blindside but can also play at No 8. Personally, I favour No 6.How would you describe your playing style?I’m aggressive around the pitch and pride myself on my tackling and work-rate. My set-piece work is improving.Who is your mentor?At Saracens, it’s Steve Borthwick. He’s taken the time out to pass on his experience in training.What is the next step for you in your career?To secure a Saracens contract and get some first-team experience. I also want to stay within the England set-up.What interests do you have outside rugby?I represented England in the shot-put at England U17 level and I love shooting hoops. I also sing in a house choir.RW Verdict: Similar in playing style to Courtney Lawes, Maro could soon be pushing for a place in Saracens’ first XV.Samson Lee(Scarlets)Samson Lee (Huw Evans)When did you start playing rugby?I started at Felinfoel RFC at 11 and played at Coedcae school before going to Coleg Sir Gâr. I’ve been with the Scarlets since I was 15. Have you always been a tighthead prop?With my physique, there wasn’t much choice! I’m 5ft 11in and 18st 2lb. I need to work on my mobility.What skills do you need in your position?You need a low centre of gravity. It’s all about power and strength, which luckily comes naturally. I can bench-press 170kg.Who do you look up to in the game?Adam Jones. I’ve not had the chance to play against him yet, but I’m sure I’ll pick his brains when I do.How was the IRB Junior World Championship?Fantastic, especially beating New Zealand. I learnt so much about scrummaging and managing your own time.What are your aims for this season?I’ve just signed a five-year deal with the Scarlets so I’m hoping to push for some more game time.What are your interests?I love the outdoors and like hunting with Ken Owens and Phil John.RW Verdict: Samson is the natural replacement for Rhys Thomas and a potential heir to Adam Jones’s Wales No 3 shirt.This article appeared in the October 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. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170
It was completely different to my earlier taste of cryotherapy, where your head remains outside the pod. Here the dense fog makes it hard to see even a few inches in front of you and towards the end of the two-and-a-half minutes spent at -130 degrees (the players stay in longer at lower temperatures) the exposed parts of my thighs were starting to feel the pain, like an intense pins and needles.Still, once released from the chamber the pain quickly dissipated and we headed to an exercise bike. It’s the same process the players follow as the exercise flushes the toxins out of the system, as well as providing another cardio workout.Field of dreams: the pitch in Spala is bordered by snowAfter lunch, the whole squad headed to the main pitch. It was high-octane stuff, the players not holding back as they switched from skills work to touch games, the intensity always high. The whistle blew after 41 minutes – purposely done to match the average ball-in-play time in a Test – and after a quick breather they launched into an exhausting fitness drill. Players sprint the length of the pitch six times but the run is interspersed with dives onto the ground, making it even more difficult. The fact they’re split into positional groups adds a competitive edge – Leigh Halfpenny was keeping a close eye on Harry Robinson, wanting to stay in front of him, while Lloyd Williams and Justin Tipuric almost made it look easy.There were plenty of deep breaths after that drill but the players were encouraged to stand up and not put their hands on their hips – such body language in a game could give the opposition a boost. Rather than rest, the players headed straight to the gym for weights, chucking medicine balls around like they were beach balls. Then came a spot of wrestling, with wedgies a common side-effect and Matthew Rees ready to give Maria Sharapova a run for her money in the grunting stakes. The day is wrapped up by another round of cryotherapy, dinner and more weights.As Adam Beard, the WRU’s head of performance, says: “When we first came here it was us cracking the whip. Now the culture drives that. This group is so motivated, it’s a privilege to work with them.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Cool runnings: the Wales players get stuck into an intense training session in Poland Pic: Huw Evans AgencyBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorI’D ALMOST forgotten about the flashlight app I’d downloaded onto my phone a few months ago on the recommendation of a friend – but then I hadn’t envisaged that one evening I’d be traipsing through a Polish wood in the pitch black hunting out Wales’ training camp.A select band of journalists had been invited to Spala in Poland by the WRU to see exactly what Wales got up to when locked away in the town’s Olympic training centre. A few minutes after checking into our downtown hotel – or was it uptown? The main street’s only half a mile long! – there was a call to say we were welcome to pop in to see the players doing a weights session.Main street: Spala is a small, quiet town – perfect for the Wales team to escapeThe directions seemed pretty straightforward: right out of the hotel then 700 yards up the road, so off we toddled. Soon, though, the pavement ended, the street lights disappeared and darkness enveloped the area – did we plough on or go back to check we were heading in the right direction? After consulting a local restaurateur, we set off into the wooded area to the side of the road. That’s when the flashlight proved invaluable, helping us to avoid the numerous trip hazards en route.There was a sense of relief when we saw the Centralny Osrodek Sportu driveway and soon we were ensconced in the testosterone-heated gym, watching players pump iron to pumping beats. At one point Bradley Davies nonchalantly picked up a large weight plate with one hand. I tried it (after the players had left of course) and could barely lift it a couple of inches with both hands!Now familiar with the route, the following day we headed to Wales’ base at 6am to watch their swimming session. Lengths and sprinting under water were on the agenda – the aim to keep the players working when fatigued, as they have to in a match.Breakfast was next, followed by specific backs and forwards rugby sessions, and then came the first of the day’s two trips to the cryotherapy chamber. I’d previously tried out the mobile cryo ‘pod’ Wales used during the Six Nations and hadn’t found it too bad, so I thought I’d give it a go. Kitted out in the regulation shorts, socks, gloves, headband and face mask, a pair of white clogs completing the rather unfashionable look, I had my blood pressure taken and headed in. Things eventually come to a halt at 8pm. I’m shattered – and I’ve just been watching. There’s no rest for the players, though. They have to make these conditioning sessions count in the autumn Tests, while I’ll be giving my fingers a workout from the press box.
TAGS: Highlight Welcome return: If Billy Vunipola proves his fitness, he will start Scotland will come to Twickenham next weekend and Eddie Jones will be keen to get an improved performance from his England side, so who should he pick? Eddie Jones cut a frustrated figure after the Italy game and the ‘No Ruckgate’ affair meant he spent most of the post-match press conference trying to deflect attention away from his team by dredging up cricket’s underarm bowling controversy of 1981. But unlike Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice, from a couple of years later, he is not likely to ‘Rip it Up’ and start again when Scotland come to Twickenham on 11 March.A bit of minor tinkering will probably be the order of the day and England could line up something like this. Eddie Jones will also be watching events at Newcastle, where Billy Vunipola, is due to feature and The Rec where Anthony Watson should be back for Bath, with his usual beady eye for the try-line.Not happy: Eddie Jones cut a frustrated figure against ItalyFull-back: Mike BrownBrown missed a tackle on centre Michele Campagnaro that led to an Italian try last weekend and there are suggestions the clock is ticking on his international career. If Scotland launch the ball into the air he is best-equipped player to deal with it and, as a stroppy so-and-so, will not want another poor afternoon on his CV or it could put him under threat longer term.Wings: Jack Nowell and Elliot DalyStuart Lancaster used to talk about points of difference and Nowell has been a point of difference in one start, against Wales, and two hit-outs off the bench. The Exeter wing has had a pile of time off with injury this season but he is the real deal. Daly, also a talented cricketer, is the sort of bloke who can do everything to a high-standard – one of those annoyingly able people you used to envy at school but boy can he finish, kick and pass. Expect him to be moved off the wing sooner rather than later.Quality: Jack Nowell showed his finishing prowess against ItalyCentres: Owen Farrell and Ben Te’oOwen Farrell had a rare off-day against the Italians with his kicking off the tee and out of hand but we can let him off this time and he will be raging to do better against the Scots. Te’o was played at 13 against Italy and when he got into the game he did some damage, scoring one try and making another. He looks set for a decent run in the squad and the chance to see more ball than he did last time out but Jonathan Joseph could be back as a starter for Ireland.Fly-half: George FordFord was another who was a bit under par against the Italians when he probably expected to play the game on the front foot but instead was another bloke to miss Campagnaro as the visitors sniffed an upset. Jones rates Ford very highly but the fly-half is unlikely to be on the front foot all afternoon next Saturday and knocking the Scots over the boundary.Pivot: George Ford will want an improved performance after the Italy confusionScrum-half: Ben Youngs Danny Care picked a couple of moments to break through the Italians no-ruck policy, before he was replaced by Youngs, but he didn’t have anywhere else to go at some points when the link to his No.10 was cut off by blue shirts. Youngs has started 51 of his 68 games for England, Care 31 of 69, and the Leicester man should get the nod this time. Care can act as a ‘finisher’ – a new word in rugby’s lexicon thanks to Jones.Props: Mako Vunipola and Dan ColeJoe Marler did not have the best of days last weekend at Twickenham and Vunipola is ready to take back the starting place he made his own in the autumn. Likewise Dan Cole was a bit off-colour but he has got the credit in the bank – a phrase beloved of Lancaster – although Kyle Sinckler’s appearance off the bench was eye-catching and Old King Cole will be looking over his shoulder.Ball-player: Mako Vunipola brings undoubted ballast in open playHooker: Dylan Hartley (capt)Not this finest hour against the Italians but Jones will stick with his skipper until his ‘project captaincy’ runs its course which may be as soon as the end of this Six Nations. Hartley offers plenty of devil, but the set-piece went wobbly last weekend and Jamie George doesn’t seem to have a bad game off the bench.Locks: Joe Launchbury and Courtney LawesLaunchbury has been England’s stand-out player in the Six Nations so far, he has copped a couple of man of the match gongs and he is a no-brainer to start. Lawes’ form dipped a bit against Italy but the pair had cracked on in the previous two games. Launchbury is now the player his boss at Wasps, Dai Young, told us all he would be a few years back – it is a shame at least one of England’s four decent locks will miss out on the British & Lions trip this summer.Smokin’ Joe: Joe Launchbury has been England’s standout player in the Six NationsBack row: Maro Itoje, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Itoje had his best game in the No.6 shirt for England, last week, but the same cannot be said for Hughes at No.8. If Billy Vunipola gets through his first game back, for Saracens, he has got to start as he is one of the England players approaching world class. England have missed his ability to get on the front foot, even from a standing start, ever since he was carted off against Argentina in November and if he is fit he should play from the off. James Haskell got a lot of unfair stick for the way he was talking to referee Romain Poite about the Italian tactics last Sunday but at least he was trying to work out what was going on. That showed leadership and England are still missing a bit of that according to Jones.Bench: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Tom Wood, Nathan Hughes, Danny Care, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson
France v England Talking Points from Paris If England needed a reminder of what was at stake in this game, they need only have looked at what was awaiting them at the end of the tunnel as they ran out to face France – the Six Nations trophy.The prize they have lifted for the past two years was glinting on its display stand as the teams took to the Stade de France pitch – but England will not be lifting it again in 2018 after this 22-16 defeat.Silver service: England and France run out past the Six Nations trophy in Paris (Getty Images)Their dreams of making history by becoming the first team to win the championship for three successive seasons are over. Instead, they have lost two away games in the Six Nations for the first time since 2009 and this will be their worst Six Nations since 2010 whatever happens next weekend.In truth, they looked nothing like champions in this performance. It may have been a tense encounter but it was lacking in quality from either side, particularly in attack.England needed four tries to keep their title hopes alive following Ireland’s bonus-point win in Dublin, but they seemed content to kick penalties in the first half and tellingly didn’t cross the whitewash until the 74th minute.Related: Six Nations bonus points explainedFrance were far from outstanding themselves but did cause England problems at the breakdown and punished the visitors’ ill-discipline.The decisive blow came in the 47th minute when Francois Trinh-Duc sent a cross-field kick towards Remy Grosso. Jonny May beat him to the ball but only served to knock it into Benjamin Fall’s hands and Anthony Watson’s subsequent tackle was rightly ruled high by the TMO, resulting in a penalty try as well as a yellow card for the England full-back.Key moment: Anthony Watson tackles Benjamin Fall high, resulting in a penalty try and yellow card (Getty Images)Ireland’s lead in the table is now insurmountable, they are champions, and while England can still stop their Grand Slam bid at Twickenham on Saturday, this Six Nations campaign has fallen decidedly short of red-rose expectations.Here are the key talking points from Paris…Tries – or the lack thereof Ireland’s bonus-point win over Scotland in Dublin meant England went into this game knowing they had to not only win but score four tries themselves to keep their title hopes alive.Related: Ireland 28-8 Scotland match reportThis would be no easy task. In fact, England had not scored four tries against France in France since 1992 – and even one of those was a penalty try. So they were looking to achieve something they had never done before in the professional era.Under Eddie Jones, they have only ever scored four tries in a Six Nations game in Twickenham or Rome – another statistic against them.And the surprising thing in this match was the fact England didn’t seem to grasp the importance of scoring those four tries. It’s all very well building a lead by kicking penalties, but when a simple win is not enough to keep you in contention for the trophy, would it not be better to play an all-out attacking game? Would they rather settle for a win than risk defeat in the pursuit of four tries? In the end they achieved neither a win nor scored four tries.Downbeat: Owen Farrell and George Ford look dejected during the defeat by France (Getty Images)England had plenty of possession in the first 40 minutes but the dearth 0f creativity was stark. Too often they were spreading the ball left and right with little territory gained going forward.The runners close to the ruck were easy to read whereas the likes of Jonny May and Anthony Watson ran into contact more often than space – and those around showed little awareness of what their team-mates were going to do and there were no players in support to take a pass should one have been offered.There appeared to be little cohesion or understanding about what they were trying to do or how they were planning to break down the blue wall in front of them. So much for the “pace” of this back three – Watson, May and Elliot Daly – bringing a new spark to the England attack. Instead, they looked bereft of ideas, lacking direction and fluency.Over time: wing Jonny May scores England’s only try late on, his 13th for his country (Getty Images)It was only when play started to break up in the closing minutes that England finally made it across the French line. After several phases in the France 22, Daly received the ball on the touchline and delivered an accurate tap back inside for May to run in from close range.Even with a couple of five-metre lineouts once the clock had ticked past 80 minutes, England couldn’t add to that tally. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Pure joy: France celebrate their victory over England at the final whistle (Getty Images) Breakdown in disciplineEngland’s ill-discipline did not help their try-seeking cause. As at Murrayfield in the Calcutta Cup, the breakdown was a big problem area.England tend to stand off at the contact area, committing few numbers, and this allowed France to slow down their ball, if not win a penalty because the Englishman was gripping tightly to the ball when a Frenchman was trying to get his mitts on it.So England failed to get any rhythm in attack as they either couldn’t get quick ruck ball or coughed up possession completely (as well as territory or points on the scoreboard) by conceding penalties.This ‘standing off’ policy at the contact area also meant they did little to disrupt France at the breakdown and it was noticeable that the hosts were able to get quicker ball to their back-line and build phases. This really came to the fore in the second period and France could have scored another try or two.France won nine turnovers to England’s three and Eddie Jones admitted afterwards: “We were beaten at the breakdown and did not have momentum.”Wrapped up: Ben Te’o is double tackled by France, who disrupted England at the breakdown (Getty Images)The penalty counts in this championship will be a growing concern for Jones and his coaching team – and they can’t afford to be so profligate against Ireland next week. It was 16 here in Paris – the most they have conceded under Jones.Interestingly, it is the same trio of match officials – Jaco Peyper, Marius van der Westhuizen and Angus Gardner – in charge of the game at Twickenham, Gardner replacing Peyper with the whistle. Whether that knowledge of how the southern hemisphere triumvirate interpret things will help, it’s difficult to know.But England’s failure to adapt to situations in-game – whether here or at Murrayfield, in defence or attack – does serious damage to their World Cup credentials. They need to be able to think on their feet, not work to a constrained game plan, and we have seen little to show they are capable of that in this championship.Maybe these flaws have been there for a while but have been masked by their winning record under Jones. Either way, they are there for all to see now.Jones is describing this as a “learning period” – and they will need to learn fast with Ireland arriving at Twickenham next Saturday.The weatherAll the talk beforehand was of heavy rain in Paris and how the skills of the two teams would be put under pressure by the wet conditions. As it transpired, the rain stayed away from Stade de France and while the ground was damp it was far better than predicted.Not that these conditions resulted in any flair from either side – but it did mean the supporters were in good spirits given the high temperatures. How refreshing to hear the Stade de France booming with noise given the silence or jeers that have more often punctuated the air in recent years.On target: Maxime Machenaud kicked three first-half penalties for France (Getty Images)Fine lineWhat would have left a dark cloud for some supporters, though, were the €35 fines being handed out at the nearest stations to the stadium. The public transport carnet tickets on offer in Paris are often used by fans to get to Stade de France, but these are now only valid in central Paris and many fans got caught out by ticket inspectors by the exit gates.More signage, especially in English, at the main stations explaining that carnet tickets would not be valid to reach the stadium would have helped to avoid the confusion many fans faced.We recognise the importance of people paying the correct fare but is such a hefty fine necessary? Surely fans could just pay the difference in the price of the two tickets? Instead, many supporters will have endured a far more expensive day out than expected.France – Try: Penalty try. Pens: Machenaud 4, Beauxis. The key talking points from France’s 22-16 win over England in the 2018 Six Nations England – Try: May. Con: Farrell. Pens: Farrell 2, Daly.Be sure to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Delivering the message: Jacques Nienaber chats to the Springbok players (Getty Images) This piece first featured in Rugby world during the Six Nations. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The pair stuck together. As a coaching ticket, they would run the show at the Free State Cheetahs, the Stormers and Munster. Now they stand side by side, looking at the prospect of a World Cup final, should they vanquish Wales.Related: Five of the best Rugby World Cup semi-finalsNienaber says he is still a physiotherapist, deep down – his wife is a physio and he is still qualified. They practice together. But while his may seem like a side-entry into coaching, Nienaber also believes that he was lucky to transition into defence coaching at a time when too few specialised.He is full of praise for Wales’ defensive expert, Shaun Edwards too. The coaches have shared a drink, eaten together. There is a mutual respect, Nianaber says.Asked why it still works so well with Erasmus, the Boks defence coach adds: “I think we’ve been friends for a long time but, as we always say, whenever there’s a rugby decision or something that needs to be discussed about rugby between the four lines, we can disagree and get angry with each other. But it’s never personal, it’s always to make the team better.The boss: Rassie Erasmus watches his players warm up (Getty Images)“We’ve got a good relationship in terms of that – being friends on one side but also Rassie is my boss. We have that good relationship, we can have a drink together but also when we have to make decisions about rugby, we don’t have egos in terms of accepting that we’re going to go for this or that route.”Erasmus will be in charge of South Africa beyond this World Cup, but with the role of director of rugby.Who steps in to be the next head coach is a matter of intense discussion. But considering the transformation South Africa have made in the last few years under this duo, winning a Rugby Championship and powering to this World Cup semi-final, it would not rock a nation to see this sometime physio land the role. This is the story of Rassie Erasmus’s right-hand man with South Africa Jacques Nienaber’s journey from physio to Springboks defensive mastermindSitting at the back of the press conference, Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus idly scrolls through his phone while questions are being fired at others at the top table. In the build up to a Rugby World Cup semi-final against Six Nations Grand Slammers Wales, it is understandable that his focus may be elsewhere.As his assistant coach Jacques Nienaber begins to talk about the pair’s relationship, though, Erasmus cannot help but look up. Then he leans forward, his chin almost touching the chair in front of him.“We first met each other a long time ago when we were in the army together,” Nianaber begins on the happenstance that led him to Erasmus.“In the army, you get fairly tight and then we went to university together. Rassie stayed on in the army a little longer – he was much better in the army then I was… He was a very good tactician as you can see!“Then we met up again when I was a physio and he was the captain of the varsity team. We got involved in rugby there.”This is the bit where you realise that Nianaber, one of the foremost defensive coaches in the world right now first earnt his spurs in the pro game by helping put broken players back together.One on one: Nienaber with centre Lukhanyo Am (Getty Images)Earlier, the head coach explained that when he was playing he spent a lot of time talking to Nienaber while on the physio bed. What struck him during those times was the clarity of vision and depth of knowledge from the medic. When he first retired from the game, Erasmus made a point of taking Nienaber with him.“I became a coach as soon as I stopped playing,” Erasmus recalled. “I brought Jacques in as a conditioning coach right away. His passion, knowledge and work ethic around defence was evident even back then. He’s very good with people and in terms of communicating what he wants. He gets the message across brilliantly.”
Probably my dad, David. He’s my biggest supporter and harshest critic. He’s helped me get to where I am.What was it like making your Black Ferns debut last year? It was honestly a dream come true. I can barely explain how much it meant to me. My mum, dad and brother came up to Auckland. My sister was watching from Poland – my cousins live-streamed it for her!Your goals now? To keep developing, to keep gaining knowledge of the game and to hopefully play more for the Black Ferns. The World Cup is definitely a goal but I’m taking it one year at a time.What do you do away from rugby? I’m studying to be a PE teacher at Canterbury University. Hopefully I can go down the teaching and farming route after rugby. I also do a bit of surfing and play golf. I’m not very good but it’s quite relaxing.RW VERDICT: Brooker is highly rated by the New Zealand management team, captaining the Development XV and making her Test debut last year. She’s part of the Black Ferns contracted squad and should be involved in the 2021 World Cup. The Kiwi talks Gareth Edwards, teaching and swapping forwards for backs LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS On the ball: Grace Brooker in action for the Black Ferns Development XV against Papua New Guinea (Getty Images) Black Ferns back Grace BrookerDate of birth 20 June 1999 Born Oxford, NZ Position Centre/full-back Club Canterbury Country New ZealandAre you from a rugby family? I started at four years old at my local club, Oxford. All my family were involved – my older brother, my sister, my dad playing, my mum coaching. As soon as I put my boots on and ran onto the field I loved it. I told my grandma at four years old that I’d be an All Black! My family have always been right behind me.Did you play any other sports? Pretty much every sport under the sun! I was always outside because I grew up on a farm. Netball was my other main sport but nothing ever trumped rugby.What positions have you played? I grew up as a flanker but I started women’s rugby aged 14 and was very scrawny, so they put me out on the wing. Now it’s outside-centre or full-back. I loved always being involved as a seven but I won’t go back; I really enjoy the backs.Who was your childhood rugby hero? Weirdly, Gareth Edwards. I never played half-back but my dad showed me a try he scored (for the Barbarians) and gave me a book about him and I was hooked.Who’s been the biggest influence on your career? This article originally appeared in the April 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Rugby’s Greatest: Graham PriceAs a teenager, Graham Price was taken to the smoky bars of Pontypool and shown some of the pot-bellied beer drinkers who, once promising rugby players, had failed to make the most of their talent.It was a message Price took to heart, and the youngster’s appetite for hard work on the paddock was one element that helped propel him to stardom for club and country.“Pricey worked like a dog in training and ran like a stag in games,” said former Wales and Lions flanker Terry Cobner, who captained Pontypool for a decade. “He had this huge resolve, an incredible single-mindedness and sense of purpose.”A Welsh Schools champion at shot and discus, Price made his first-team bow at Pontypool at the age of 18. He started to learn the front-row ropes against grizzled, older opponents, many of them two or three stone heavier and not inclined to go easy on a novice.Formidable: the 1977 British & Irish Lions front row of Price, Peter Wheeler and Fran Cotton (Getty)Price absorbed the lessons and became one of the greatest props the game has seen. He placed huge emphasis on the engagement, aiming to hit the top of the opposition loosehead’s head with his right shoulder and then locking him in such an uncomfortable position that he was like putty in his hands. If little footage exists of his world-class scrummaging and mauling skills, at least there is one memorable clip: the try Price scored on his Wales debut in Paris in 1975, when his hack and length-of-field chase culminated in him plunging over the line.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Major teams: PontypoolCountry: WalesTest span: 1975-83 Wales caps: 41 (41 starts)Lions caps: 12 (12 starts)Test points: 12 (3T) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players Price liked to scrum just inches off the ground and the bigger the opponent, the more he relished folding them up like a used cereal packet.In one match on the 1980 Lions tour, the South Africans pitched the 6ft 4in, 23st heavyweight Flippie van der Merwe against him – and the Welshman had him on toast. “I remember one scrum in the second half where he let out a long wheeze that sounded like a death-rattle,” Price recalls in the excellent Pontypool book The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.Price played in two Grand Slam teams, as well as 12 successive Lions Tests, on the 1977, 1980 and 1983 tours. Only Willie John McBride and Dickie Jeeps have played more Lions Tests. Price of fame: tighthead Graham Price in 1984, when he had already played in three Lions series (Getty)
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ex-Scotland full-back Ian Smith bemoans the lack of spiral kicking in the modern game “If you do it vertically, there’s no way a full-back can stand his ground and take it”If you get the ball travelling flat, it will come out of the screw and into a screw going the other way and then go back again. So it’s like an S-shape. When that happens the ball goes for miles. And if you can do it vertically, there’s no way a full-back can stand his ground and take it. Or jump for it.At the dinner after the 1971 Scotland v Wales match, Barry John came up to me. I’d dropped the first ‘up and under’, losing the ball 20 feet in the air because it stopped flying properly. It just fell out of the sky. Barry said, “You didn’t know what was happening, did you? I’ve been experimenting with running left but kicking it off the outside of my right foot because it doesn’t fly properly.” That is genius.For up and unders, aim at the player; don’t make him run for it, land it to make him stand still. If you’re pinned waiting for the ball it’s a nightmare.I don’t understand why modern kickers do it the way they do nowadays. It seems to me such a weird and illogical kicking method. It obviously works but it’s not a thing of beauty.If a youngster wants to screw-kick, find someone who can teach you. Then go away and play a lot of kicking games. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Rugby Rant: Bring back screw kickingWATCHING A skilled kicker, particularly a fly-half, is a wonderful sight. As a child I spent hours playing the kicking game ‘Gaining Ground’. At schoolboy camps you’d kick in gym shoes with no socks; it was a leather ball and if you didn’t catch it on the right part of your foot it hurt like hell.I was taught to screw-kick and could punt a leather ball 60 yards from boot to ground 50 years ago. It’s sad how rarely we see it used in the modern game.I’ve been told the (end-over-end) kick they use today has less room for error. But the screw (or spiral) kick is a lethal attacking weapon. And as well as the huge distance it provides, it reduces the risk of a charge-down because the ball isn’t being thrown up by the hand.I got in the Edinburgh Schools side when I was 16 or 17. At training, they said, “Kenny Scotland’s here, do you want somebody to kick with?” And that was the real eye-opener time. He could make the ball spin. He’d say, “Stand by the corner flag and kick the ball between the posts.” And the only way to do that is with a screw kick.The technique is simple; in fact, I once taught it to Charlton Kerr (now England Sevens) at a party in 20 minutes. Point the ball up the touchline and strike it with the outside of your foot; kick through the ball, bringing your leg up high over the other shoulder. It is bound to spin.
This is the only Women’s Six Nations match taking place this weekend after the Covid-enforced postponements of France v Ireland and Wales v Scotland.Related: Two Women’s Six Nations matches called offEmily Scarratt captains the Red Roses in the absence of the injured Sarah Hunter while Morwenna Talling wins her first cap in the second row.Claudia MacDonald is at scrum-half after Natasha Hunt had to withdraw from the squad during the week following a positive Covid-19 test and Ellie Kildunne starts at full-back having returned to the 15-a-side game from sevens – it’s her first Test in two-and-a-half years.Italy have never beaten England and have made three changes to the starting XV that lost 21-7 to Ireland last weekend. Maria Magatti starts on the wing while scrum-half Sara Barattin and second-row Valeria Fedrighi are promoted from the bench.Captain Manuela Furlan said: “We will face a very determined team that will try to establish itself both in terms of play and physicality. We will try to assert our strengths and will have to be good at exploiting the opportunities we create.”Italy: Manuela Furlan (captain); Maria Magatti, Michela Sillari, Beatrice Rigoni, Sofia Stefan; Veronica Madia, Sara Barattin; Silvia Turani, Melissa Bettoni, Lucia Gai, Valeria Fedrighi, Giordana Duca, Francesca Sgorbini, Giada Franco, Elisa Giordano.Replacements: Giulia Cerato, Erika Skofca, Michela Merlo, Sara Tounesi, Francesca Sberna, Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi, Aura Muzzo, Benedetta Mancini.Leading the way: Emily Scarratt will captain the Red Roses against Italy (Getty Images)England: Ellie Kildunne; Jess Breach, Emily Scarratt (captain), Amber Reed, Abby Dow; Katy Daley-Mclean, Claudia MacDonald; Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Sarah Bern, Abbie Ward, Morwenna Talling, Poppy Cleall, Marlie Packer, Sarah Beckett.Replacements: Amy Cokayne, Detysha Harper, Shaunagh Brown, Harriet Millar-Mills, Alex Matthews, Leanne Riley, Helena Rowland, Zoe Harrison.Here’s how you can watch Italy v England in the Women’s Six Nations…How to watch Italy v England in the Women’s Six Nations when abroadIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Women’s Six Nations coverage, like Italy v England, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network. Italy v England Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to watch Italy v England play in the Women’s Six Nations from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go. The match kicks off at 7pm, with live coverage on SuperSport Variety 1.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can the Red Roses make it back-to-back Grand Slams? Here’s how to tune in to find out Italy v England Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from the UKSky Sports have the rights to show Red Roses’ fixtures and their coverage of the Italy v England match starts at 4.30pm on Sky Sports Arena, with kick-off at 5pm.It will also be available to watch for free on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.If you don’t have a Sky contract you can get instant access to 11 Sky Sports channels with a Now TV pass. It’s £9.99 for a Day Pass if you just want to watch this match or £33.99 for a month, which would allow you to watch more rugby from the southern hemisphere over the coming weeks.Get a Now TV PassYou can also listen to live commentary of Italy v England from 4.45pm on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra while BBC One will be showing highlights at 11.30pm tonight.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Italy v England takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see above.Italy v England Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from IrelandIf you’re in Ireland and want to see what happens in the Italy v England match (kick-off 5pm), you can watch a stream of the game on the official Women’s Six Nations YouTube channel or the Women’s Six Nations Facebook page.Italy v England Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from EuropeEurosport Italia has the rights to broadcast Italy v England (kick-off 6pm) in the Women’s Six Nations in Italy, with coverage starting at 5.55pm on Eurosport 2.Fans in France can watch a stream of the game on the official Women’s Six Nations YouTube channel or the Women’s Six Nations Facebook page.Italy v England Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to this Women’s Six Nations from the Land of the Long White Cloud, it’s an early start on Monday morning, with Italy v England kicking off at 6am. The match is being shown live on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 31 January 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer 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 Italy v England Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watchEngland may have already wrapped up the Women’s Six Nations title with a game to spare, but they are determined to finish their championship campaign in style by beating Italy this evening to secure back-to-back Grand Slams.It was Scotland’s 13-13 draw with France last weekend that ensured England have an unassailable lead at the top of the table and the Red Roses will now want to make it five wins from five in 2020 when they face the Italians in Parma, with the match kicking off at 5pm UK & Ireland time. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We meet again: Jess Breach is tackled by Manuela Furlan in last year’s fixture (Getty Images)
Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Me ha llenado de gran esperanza en que el programa que ofrece el gobierno mexicano para los hispanos en el exterior, llamado INEA, (Instituto Nacional de Educación para los Adultos) apoyado por la Diócesis episcopal del Oeste de Oregon, USA, abrirá sus puertas para registrar a los adultos que quieran aprender a leer y a escribir o terminar su primaria o secundaria. El obstáculo que tenemos es el de identificar asesores voluntarios para acompañar a los estudiantes de primaria o secundria.Fue inspirador el artículo. Gracias.Sabino Sardineta Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Reading Camp lleva la alfabetización al mundo Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments (1) La maestra camerunesa Evelyn Andom trabaja de voluntaria este verano en el programa experimental del Campamento de Lectura en Tiko. Foto de Carolyn Hockey[Episcopal News Service] Aproximadamente mil millones de personas ven el mundo de una manera diferente. Según estadísticas de las Naciones Unidas, el 17 por ciento de la población mundial, mayores de 15 años, cargan con el analfabetismo, y no podrían leer este artículo [en ninguna lengua].Para los líderes y voluntarios de Reading Camp [Campamento de Lectura], un ministerio de la Diócesis Episcopal de Lexington que se ha convertido en un empeño mundial, el analfabetismo – definido por la ONU como la incapacidad de leer y escribir un mensaje sencillo en cualquier idioma— no es una opción. Educar y capacitar a la próxima generación, inculcándole confianza en sí misma y creando nuevas oportunidades se encuentran entre los principales objetivos del programa.El Rdo. Joseph Ngijoe y su esposa Clemence, de la Iglesia Anglicana en Camerún, tenían el sueño de crear una alianza internacional para ayudar a los niños que luchan por leer y escribir en ese país de África Occidental, donde 1 de cada 4 personas, de una población de 20 millones, es analfabeta.Unas amistades que se forjaron en 2009 —mientras estudiaban en la Escuela de Teología Eclesiástica del Pacífico en Berkeley, California— allanaron el camino para que el sueño de los Ngijoe se convirtiera en realidad. El Campamento de Lectura Camerún [Reading Camp Cameroon] se fundó a mediados de junio de este año con un programa experimental de una semana en Tiko, y reunió a embajadores de la Iglesia Episcopal provenientes de Estados Unidos con un equipo de maestros cameruneses, todos voluntarios.Clemence Ngijoe describió el programa como una herramienta creativa y vital para romper el círculo de la pobreza y de la ignorancia.“Sabemos que la ignorancia constituye un bloqueo para el desarrollo social y que la lectura es la base del conocimiento. Una persona que no sabe leer es como una persona ciega y está limitada en todos los aspectos de la vida”, le dijo ella al Servicio de Prensa Episcopal (ENS). “La lectura propaga amor, cuidado y bendiciones en la familia, en la escuela, en la comunidad y en el mundo. Es un ministerio del amor de Dios, de la compasión y del autodescubrimiento”.Reading Camp, apuntó Ngijoe, también es parte integrante del cumplimiento del segundo de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio de lograr la educación primaria universal.“Un niño bien educado contribuirá inmensamente con la sociedad”, dijo ella. “Reading Camp ayuda a los niños no sólo a aprender, sino también a desarrollar confianza en sí mismos”.Alrededor de 45 niños, de 8 a 11 años de edad, llegan para otra jornada en el Campamento de Lectura Camerún . Foto de Petero SabuneLos tres embajadores laicos, procedentes de las diócesis de Atlanta, Lexington y Ohio, se unieron a los Ngijoe y a más de 20 maestros locales para impartir el programa a unos 45 campistas en Camerún, la mayoría con edades entre los 8 y los 11 años.Joanne Ratliff, profesora titular en lengua y alfabetización de la Universidad de Georgia, la definió como una de las experiencias más espirituales de su vida.Ella dijo que los maestros y los niños que participaron en el campamento “fueron una bendición para mí a nivel profesional y personal… Los niños me alegraron el alma al demostrarme su deseo de aprender. Todos vinieron con un corazón abierto y una mente abierta”.En contraste con Estados Unidos, muchas escuelas camerunesas tienen “hasta el cuádruple de alumnos en aulas con bancos de madera, un pizarrón y tiza, y poco más”, explicó Ratliff. “El edificio de la escuela donde trabajamos lo definieron como una escuela buena, pero probablemente habría sido condenada en EE.UU.”.Veintiún maestros se presentaron todos los días sin paga durante sus vacaciones escolares, dijo Ratliff. “Trabajaban con los niños toda la mañana y luego venían y trabajaban conmigo durante otra hora. Nunca escuché una sola queja. De hecho, su gratitud resultaba abrumadora”.Beauty se aparecía todos los días con su libro bajo el brazo. Ella quería leer, pero era demasiado pequeña para incorporarse al programa de este año. Tal vez el año próximo. Foto de Petero SabuneCarolyn Hockey, de 19 años y procedente de Cleveland, en la Diócesis de Ohio, dijo que el Campamento de Lectura Camerún resultó tan exitoso que otros niños del barrió “intentaron colarse en el campamento, al ver lo mucho que todos se divertían y lo mucho que estaban aprendiendo”.Hockey pasó cinco años como voluntaria y consejera en campamentos en Lexington, y ayudó a inaugurar el primer Reading Camp en la Diócesis de Ohio, en su parroquia de la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s] en Cleveland Heights. Dijo, además, que se sentía “más conectada con Dios cuando estaba en el Campamento de Lectura.“No es sólo un programa de alfabetización. Se trata de desarrollar la confianza en sí mismos que los más jóvenes necesitan, en particular los que están esforzándose con la lectura. Adquirir confianza para intentarlo es la mitad del esfuerzo de leer para muchísimos niños”, dijo Hockey, que está pasando el verano en Camerún antes de comenzar a estudiar ciencias políticas y religión en el colegio universitario de Wooster [College of Wooster] en Ohio.“Otra cosa bella del Reading Camp es que enriquece las vidas de todos los que participan”, agregó.Allissa Ferguson, de 25 años se mostró de acuerdo. “Participar en el Campamento de Lectura me da esperanzas”, afirmó. “He visto la transformación que se opera en los niños y eso me recuerda que Dios sí se mueve en el mundo. Yo también he sentido la transformación en mi propia vida. Al principio no me daba cuenta de su importancia, pero ahora, después de varios años, veo que el Campamento de Lectura es como ‘una experiencia cumbre’, como esas que se mencionan en la Biblia”.Oriunda de Nashville, Tennessee, Ferguson comenzó a trabajar de voluntaria para Reading Camp cuando aún estudiaba en la Universidad de Kentucky, en la Diócesis de Lexington. Participó en el ministerio de campamento de la Universidad, y se unió a la Iglesia Episcopal siendo estudiante de primer año.Ferguson dijo que la experiencia “crea un espacio para el Espíritu Santo y me prepara para mantenerme optimista aunque me sienta frustrada. Los niños mismos son una enorme inspiración para mí. Su difícil labor me demuestra que lo que hacemos realmente funciona y que todo es posible”.Uno de los 45 niños, de 8 a 11 años de edad, que asistieron al Campamento de Lectura Camerún. Foto de Carolyn HockeyReading Camp, agregó Ferguson, representa también un nuevo comienzo. “No sólo enseñamos lectura; creamos un espacio seguro y amoroso para que [los niños] se desarrollen y luego les damos los instrumentos para hacerlo. Se trata de una transformación que pueden llevar con ellos por el resto de sus vidas”.Hockey describió a los maestros cameruneses y a los voluntarios del campamento como soñadores, resaltando que ya están hablando de expandir el campamento para incluir cinco diferentes semanas el año próximo.“Si alguien puede hacerlo son ellos. Están tan motivados”, subrayó Hockey.El Rdo. Petero Sabune, funcionario encargado de los compañerismos de la Iglesia Episcopal en África, visitó Camerún para ver el programa Reading Camp en acción.“Ver, oír y experimentar la alegría del equipo en Camerún fue pasmoso. Es casi un milagro”, afirmó. “Ver a los niños que vienen y a los adultos que los reciben para [enseñarles a] leer era lo que todos esperábamos diariamente. Leer y que le lean [a uno] es algo celestial. Me imagino que el cielo es donde uno tiene todos los libros y todo el tiempo”.El trayecto que condujo al Campamento de Lectura Camerún comenzó en 2002 cuando Stacy Sauls, el anterior obispo de Lexington y ahora jefe de operaciones de la Iglesia Episcopal, “concibió un programa que reuniera los recursos de la diócesis… para abordar algunos de los problemas más apremiantes de la región: analfabetismo, pobreza, [así como] el malestar y la desesperanza generales que los acompañan”, dijo a ENS Allison Duvall, directora ejecutiva de Reading Camp.Según un estudio federal publicado en 2009, se calcula que unos 32 millones de adultos —uno de cada siete— en Estados Unidos tienen tan pocas habilidades de lectoescritura que serían incapaces de entender las instrucciones de un frasco de pastillas.Fijar un nivel “básico inferior” de alfabetización en el tercer y cuarto grados puede ayudar a frenar o a revertir esas cifras.Duvall explicó que los voluntarios de Reading Camp se comunican con los sistemas escolares, les piden a los maestros que elijan a estudiantes conflictivos que estén por lo menos un grado por debajo de su nivel de lectura para que asistan al programa.Ella dijo que, durante el campamento, cada niño recibe más de 15 horas de instrucción de lectoescritura remedial personalizada en pequeños grupos o de uno en uno con maestros o voluntarios preparados.Además de reafirmar sus capacidades de lectura, los niños “disfrutan por las tardes de actividades que están estructuradas para crearles confianza, conciencia de sí mismos y para desarrollarles caracteres fuertes, mientras incorporan estrategias para la vida cotidiana y aprendizaje interdisciplinario”, añadió Duvall. “Los campistas aprenden a nadar, a montar a caballo, a descender por la pared de un risco —y estos éxitos transforman su enfoque de aprender a leer”.Para 2008, Reading Camp se había establecido en ocho sitios diferentes de la Diócesis de Lexington, así como en Iowa, Ohio, Virginia y Sudáfrica.El programa de Sudáfrica, que se inauguró en Grahamstown en 2007 se mantiene pujante cinco años más tarde y los líderes locales hablan de extender Reading Camp a las otras diócesis de la Iglesia Anglicana en África del Sur.Uno de los problemas más apremiantes, dijo Duvall, ha sido crear un modelo de desarrollo sostenible, “que ayudaría a otros a iniciar sus propios campamentos de lectura sin menoscabo de la financiación o la calidad de los programas de la Diócesis de Lexington”.En respuesta se creó la Red del Campamento de Lectura [Reading Camp Network] para apoyar la expansión y desarrollo del ministerio a través de Estados Unidos y en el resto del mundo, abundó Duvall.Las iglesias y organizaciones que desean iniciar un programa de alfabetización basado en el modelo de Reading Camp pueden unirse ahora a la red y tener acceso a los materiales de capacitación.Ya tenga lugar en Lexington, Cleveland, Sudáfrica o Camerún, los voluntarios de Reading Camp describen la experiencia como transformadora para todos los participantes, niños y voluntarios por igual.Abbey Clough, una joven adulta voluntaria en el campamento de lectura de Pine Mountain que funcionó a fines de julio en Kentucky, dijo que había sido un vehículo para su propio “discernimiento vocacional”… derribó algunas barreras emocionales que yo había levantado”.Agregó que los niños habían abierto su corazón y que los voluntarios habían llegado a ser como hermanos y hermanas.Clough, de 19 años y miembro de la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s], en Cleveland Heights, se refirió a dos ex campistas que ahora son voluntarios de un campamento de lectura como consejeros juveniles. “No eran capaces de repetir el alfabeto o de escribir sus nombres hace cuatro años”, contó ella. “Ahora son consejeros juveniles que ya no viven con barreras emocionales. Eran tan herméticos cuando vinieron aquí por primera vez. Ahora cuidan a los otros niños. [Eso] es un ejemplo concreto… del efecto que el Reading Camp tiene en las personas… Esos dos han enternecido los corazones de los que hemos estado aquí durante los últimos cuatro años. Hemos puesto tanto empeño en ellos”.Clough es una de los muchos jóvenes adultos que brindan su tiempo como consejeros en un campamento de lectura cada año, con frecuencia costeando sus propios gastos para incorporarse a uno de los programas.El Rdo. Chris Arnold, rector de la iglesia de Santa María [St. Mary’s] en Middlesboro, Diócesis de Lexington, y en su primer año como voluntario en el campamento de lectura de Pine Mountain, dijo que una y otra vez, “la Escritura muestra a Dios abriéndole los ojos a la gente a mejores posibilidades, futuros más brillantes, la tierra prometida y el Reino. El campamento de lectura revela el método de Dios de ayudar a las personas a descubrir nuevas posibilidades y disfrutes inéditos”.Entre tanto, Clemence Ngijoe, de Camerún, se siente agradecida de que el campamento se haya desarrollado a partir de su éxito en Estados Unidos para ampliar el programa en todo el mundo. Ella dijo que valora profundamente las amistades que se han forjado “dentro de nuestras comunidades y lejos” a través del programa.“Ahora formamos una familia internacional muy grande”, agregó. “Esto nos ha enseñado una vez más acerca de la noción de Ubuntu (un concepto africano que significa ‘soy lo que soy debido a quienes somos todos’) y la unidad pese a nuestras diferencias culturales o geográficas”.– Matthew Davies es redactor y reportero del Servicio de Prensa Episcopal. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. Rector Knoxville, TN Por Matthew DaviesPosted Aug 28, 2012 Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY