And remember, they’re giving away more than 200 prizes so you’ve got a great chance of being a magnersleague.com winner.Good luck! Wales kicking coach Neil JenkinsIf you’ve signed up for the great ‘Kick Your Way to the Grand Final’ competition, or are thinking about entering, then we’ve picked up a few tips from the top to help you in your preparations.Nobody knows more about the science of goal kicking than former World points record holder Neil Jenkins and the Wales kicking coach has given us a few thoughts on his art to pass on to our Grand Final hopefuls.“Being a successful goal kicker is all about practice. At the top end of the game these days you are seeing such deadly accurate goal kickers because teams realise the importance of winning matches,” said Jenkins, the first player to score 1,000 Test points. The top kickers put in hours of practice on the training pitch and anyone who wants to succeed needs to put in the work. But if you are a beginner there are a number of things you can do to give yourself the best chance of achieving some success.”“Firstly, find some boots that fit you and in which you feel comfortable. Make sure you’ve got properly inflated balls with which to practice and try a number of kicking ‘Tees’ to establish which is the best for you. Don’t try to copy anyone else’s style, but make sure you do the basic things correctly.”• Tee up the ball so that it is pointing to the centre of the target• Measure out your run-up properly so that your non-kicking foot finishes at the side of the ball before you strike it.• Pick a point on the ball as you are running up and don’t take your eye off it• Keep your head down • Strike through the middle of the ball• RelaxNeil Jenkins broke the points-scoring world record in 1999. “Whenever and wherever I was kicking, for Cardiff Blues, Wales or the British & Irish Lions, I always took myself back to my training area and imagined the kick, however important, was just another training exercise. It is important not to get overawed by the occasion or the crowd. Don’t get anxious and tighten up, just relax.”So there you have it – a beginners’ guide to hitting the mark with your goal kicks. Get out there and start the practice sessions.If you haven’t entered the competition yet to win a day with your favourite Magners League club and the chance to kick at the Grand Final on Saturday, 28 May, then simply click here and sign-up now.It’s free to enter and it’ll take you no time at all. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
This year brings a first for Tindall – an opening match on a Friday night, against Wales in Cardiff. Tindall knows the game’s result could set the tone for the rest of the championship.“It’s important to hit the ground running. In Australia in the summer we didn’t get going until the second game, and in the autumn we were off the pace in our first game against New Zealand. It’s an area we need to improve on.”England are favourites to win the Six Nations this year and the title would be a big boost ahead of the World Cup.“We can’t think about the World Cup yet, we’ve got to take each game as it comes,” he says. “Being favourites puts us under pressure, but we’ve got to be able to deal with that.”This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine. Do you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr if you’d like to find a newsagent that stocks the edition, in UK then click here TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Mike Tindall, the England captain passes the ball as Toby Flood tackles during the England training session held at Twickenham Stadium on February 25, 2011 in Twickenham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Mike Tindall tackled by Toby FloodMike Tindall is expected to be named by Martin Johnson, on Monday, as the man to take over from Lewis Moody as England captain for the trip to Wales to kick off the Six Nations.Tindall is interviewed in the new edition of Rugby World Magazine, out on Tuesday.AFTER England had won a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2003, if someone had suggested they wouldn’t win the title again for five years they would have been hauled away by the men in white coats.Well, it’s been eight years since they topped the table – and they haven’t even looked like winning a Triple Crown, let alone a Grand Slam.Few of the 2003 squad are still playing, but one man who was involved in that Grand Slam win is Mike Tindall. The Gloucester centre has experienced many highs and lows with England, and says the camp has rediscovered its positive mood at last.“The vibes have been great for the past year now,” he says. “Since we played France we’ve had a steady progression, and since the summer our confidence has been really high. We’ve started this season positively, and now the big challenge is to produce those performances again.”Tindall made his Test debut against Scotland in 2000 – and scored a try – and the Six Nations remains a highlight of his rugby calendar. He says: “The history and the rivalries are what makes this a great tournament. You can never take anything for granted; you can be the form team in any match, but if the other team pulls a performance out of the bag they can beat you. The atmosphere is electric as the stadiums are always full and every game feels like a special occasion.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
“My game and my ability to play and make decisions in split-seconds is based on my vision. It was a chance to get in the shoes of someone who is vision impaired.”More than 5,000 runners took part in the Great City Race, competing as corporate teams, and £10 from each entry went to Seeing is Believing, which is working to prevent people from across the globe going blind. For more details, see www.cityrace.co.uk “Mentally it was one of the toughest things I have done, to try and picture what my guide was telling me while running,” said the former All Blacks No 10. “Your other senses work overtime – I could hear everything. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Testing himself: Nick Evans is his day job, kicking for Harlequins, but he tried a new challenge this summerBy Katie FieldNICK EVANS added an extra five-kilometre run to his pre-season training programme, and it was a run with a difference. The Harlequins fly-half completed the Standard Chartered Great City Race blindfolded to raise funds for the charity Seeing is Believing.Double act: Evans with his guide He had a guide, Nicolas Verdier, to help him negotiate the City of London course, but still found it extremely difficult. TAGS: Harlequins
The SaintsRockin’ RobbieIt was the RBS Six Nations game of the weekend, the Grand Slam eliminator, and while a clinical team effort from Ireland took them to a 19-10 victory over England, it was a moment of magic by Robbie Henshaw that proved decisive.Ireland were attacking at 12-3 up after 52 minutes and, knowing he had a penalty advantage, Conor Murray dinked a little kick over the ruck on the right. Henshaw dashed after it, leapt brilliantly to beat Alex Goode to the ball in the air and grounded it under great pressure from the England full-back.It was the 21-year-old Irish centre’s first Test try on his sixth start and with Johnny Sexton’s conversion it put Ireland effectively out of sight at 19-3 ahead. The men in green went on to secure their tenth consecutive International win, which equals their best run of all time. Premier performersThe Six Nations takes up most of rugby fans’ attention at this time of year but there are still important Aviva Premiership matches going on in England and a few players deserve a special mention for their positive contributions.Laurence Pearce ended Leicester’s 300-plus minute try-scoring drought when he crossed the line against Sale Sharks after 12 minutes and put the Tigers on the way to a 28-8 win.Alex Lewington became the tenth Premiership player to score a hat-trick this season as he helped London Irish beat London Welsh 50-12. You have to go back to 1998-9 to find more hat-tricks in a season in England’s top flight (thanks to Stuart Farmer for the stats).Will Chudley’s second-half try gave Exeter Chiefs their first Premiership win over Bath. They won 16-6 at Sandy Park and, along with Saracens and Wasps, leap-frogged Bath to move up to the top four in the Aviva Premiership table. The heart of ItalyItaly’s Six Nations record shows they are, shall we say, not very good at winning away. Before Saturday’s clash with Scotland they had one solitary victory to their name from 39 away matches (at Murrayfield in 2007), plus a draw v Wales in 2006.They don’t have the strength in depth or the quality of their rivals, but what they do have is a fantastic, world class player in the shape of their captain Sergio Parisse and he led them to a battling 22-19 win in Scotland this weekend.Super Sergio: A delighted Parisse and friends, after their win at BT Murrayfield. (Photo: Inpho)Luke McLean was named Man of the Match and did play an influential role, while Giovanbattista Venditti had the presence of mind to follow up a Kelly Haimona penalty and score a try when it rebounded off the posts.However, it was the Italy pack which won the game at the death, earning a last-minute penalty try with a series of driving mauls and at the very heart of that effort was Parisse. The statistics tell us he carried 11 times in the match – only McLean managed more among his team-mates – made 68 metres, which was Italy’s best, and stole a lineout. But it is his presence, his heart and his leadership which contributes just as much as his skills. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Deft work, DanWales are celebrating after winning four matches in a row against France for the first time since 1952-7. They triumphed 20-13 in Paris on Saturday with a try from Dan Biggar and 15 points from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, while one of most memorable pieces of skill in the match came from flanker Dan Lydiate.Known for his defensive work above all, he did not disappoint on that score as he made 12 tackles in the match, bettered only by Taulupe Faletau with 15. But Lydiate is not often singled out for his off-loading skill, so his deft contribution to Lydiate’s try deserves to be noted. He took a short pass from Rhys Webb and popped it straight back to Biggar on the 22 as fly-half charged through on the diagonal and headed for the corner.A potentially try-saving tackle by Jamie Roberts in the last two minutes was also critical, but head coach Warren Gatland reserved much of his praise for his “sensational” pack. Six of the worstThe six players who started in the front rows for Scotland and Italy incurred the wrath of a few thousand spectators at Murrayfield, even more armchair viewers, and referee Clancy with their messing about at the first few scrums of the game. As Clancy took them through the engage sequence, time and again they allowed their shoulders to touch their opponents’ shoulders before the ref called “set”. At the first scrum he asked them to stand up and start again three times, before giving a free kick against Scotland at the fourth attempt. At another scrum later in the first half the same problem reared its head again and an exasperated Clancy said: “Can you deliver on that simple instruction? The attitude is really terrible here. It’s really poor.”What should have been two scrums used up a total of three minutes and 13 seconds. Thankfully things got better from there, but it was a great shame the game was held up for so long because six players would not do as the referee asked. Over and outEngland lost three lineouts during their 19-9 loss at the Aviva Stadium and Dylan Hartley was the guilty party at one particularly crucial one. England were just 6-3 down in the 23rd minute and in an attacking position on the right, but Hartley over-threw a lineout ball which was intended for James Haskell at the back and Ireland tidied up and exited the danger zone. A try at that stage would have changed the complexion of the game, but Hartley’s error gave England no chance of turning pressure into points that time.Hartley was substituted after 53 minutes, but he was certainly not the only guilty party in England’s defeat. Haskell conceded three penalties out of the 13 his team gave away and collectively England missed 23 tackles.Ireland on top: England’s lineout misfired at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. (Photo: PA) Mine’s a GuinnessThere are players to herald from the Guinness Pro12 too, not least the Cardiff Blues team which bounced back from last weekend’s shameful 40-24 loss to Benetton Treviso to beat Edinburgh 21-15 this weekend. With coach Mark Hammett leaving for personal reasons and no Pro12 win to their name since 1 January, it was a big victory for the Blues and scrum-half Lloyd Williams was at the forefront of it.A try from Craig Gilroy was instrumental in Ulster recovering from 13-6 down at half-time to beat the Scarlets 25-20. The win puts them level on points with Glasgow Warriors and just one point behind Munster at the top of the table. Munster went top thanks to a 22-10 win over the Warriors, with Man of the Match Keith Earls among their four try-scorers. Gutted: Peter Horne (front) and his team-mates look dejected as they troop off. (Photo: Inpho)The SinnersKicking himselfPoor Peter Horne. The talented 25-year-old was doing a decent job for Scotland in his first start for them at No 10, especially considering he is more used to the centre’s role and is behind the suspended Finn Russell and the injured Duncan Weir in the stand-off pecking order at Glasgow Warriors.However, all his good work was undone at a crucial moment near the end of the game, as his basic skills let him down. Inside the last five minutes, Scotland were just 19-15 ahead and their pack held out at a scrum on their own line and earned a penalty. From there, they should have cleared their lines and closed out the match. However, Horne missed touch, Italy counter-attacked and set up camp on the line in the right-hand corner. Their skill with the driving maul eventually told and referee George Clancy awarded a penalty try for Scotland collapsing a maul on their own line, Tommaso Allen converted and Italy stole the win. Ireland are marching on as the only team with a 100% record after three rounds of the RBS Six Nations, while Italy have a rare away win to celebrate. Which players were on song and who was off key this weekend? You’re going nowhere son: Falvey stop the injured O’Brien from rejoining the game. (Photo: Inpho)Dr NoIreland doctor Eanna Falvey did a great job of overruling a misguided player during Sunday’s match against England and thereby protecting him from further injury. Sean O’Brien went down midway through the first half and looked like he had taken a bang to the head. The openside was keen to play on, but Falvey literally grabbed him by the arm to stop him rejoining the fray.O’Brien is now being treated for concussion and will undergo a series of tests before he can play again. Better than Goode: Robbie Henshaw beats the England full-back to the ball. (Photo: Inpho)
After a lacklustre performance by Brad Barritt against Fiji, Sam Burgess insists he’s ready to step into his place to start against Wales Sam Burgess drew praise for his substitute appearance for England against Fiji on Friday night and the former Rugby League man insists he’s ready to play from the start against Wales.Incumbent inside centre Brad Barritt put in an underwhelming performance in the first match after returning from a calf injury and could be in the firing line should coach Stuart Lancaster look to make changes.Burgess replaced Barritt in the 61st minute and impressed with his direct running and willingness to thunder into contact and says he would be comfortable to start next Saturday.“I enjoyed my performance and I thought I added something to the team,” Burgess told the Press Association. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sam Burgess in action against Fiji “The boys before me had laid a great foundation so that we were able to come on and finish the job off.“Yes of course I feel ready (to start), I feel comfortable. I’ve been around this group a long time now. We believe in each other and we believe in ourselves, that’s certainly the case for myself. “You want everyone to do well and that’s the great thing about this squad. If I was handed the chance, then sure, I feel ready.”Lancaster will name his side to face Wales on Thursday.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scotland shockingly lost to the USA last week. Can they rectify that against Argentina this week? “With the majority of the squad involved in two Tests, we believe that we’ll be in a much better position in the future, having exposed more players to Test-level rugby, for the season ahead and beyond.“We’ve learned a lot on this tour about this group of players. Now we have to use that learning to put in a very good performance to beat Argentina on their home patch.“Argentina will bring their passion and physicality where they have traditionally been strong – set piece, ball carrying and in the contact area.“They also have a host of excellent attacking players, and the last few seasons have seen a much more expansive brand of rugby since joining the Rugby Championship and, more recently, the performances of Jaguares in Super Rugby.”Any interesting statistics?Argentina have played 25 games against tier-1 opposition in this World Cup cycle, and they have won four of them.Scotland are on a four-game winning streak against Argentina.21-year old Bautista Delguy made his Super Rugby debut this year and has scored 8 times in 9 starts for the club.Referee Mathieu Raynal has officiated two previous Scotland matches, and they lost both. The first was to Tonga in 2012 and England in 2017.It will be the third time that Fraser Brown will play on the openside for Scotland, last weekend against USA and in the 2015 World Cup.When does it kickoff and is it on TV?Yes it is on TV but unlike the two Scotland matches against Canada and USA, it will not be in the early hours of the morning. Instead it will kickoff at 8.40pm (BST) on Saturday in Resistencia.What are the lineups? SCOTLAND: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Dougie Fife (Edinburgh), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Allan Dell (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist, Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), David Denton (Leicester Tigers).Replacements: George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Scarlets), James Lang (Harlequins), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons).ARGENTINA: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Sebastian Cancelliere, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Javier Diaz Summer Tours: Scotland vs Argentina PreviewThe 2018 summer tour has been a mixed bag for Scotland in 2018. After a comprehensive victory against Canada, Scotland named a stronger side for their matchup against the United States a week later. A tougher challenge was expected, but no way did the Scots expect to lose the match.Which is exactly what they did. Scotland squandered a 21-6 lead and allowed the US back into the game with 17 unanswered points either side of half time. The final score would be 30-29 and captain Stuart Hogg spoke bluntly after the game.The full back said; “A lot of mistakes by us allowed the Americans to get into the game. It’s really frustrating because the things we talked about at half-time, we did the complete opposite in the second half.”After a series of good performances, the result was a setback but the Scots will have no real opportunity to dwell on it as they travelled to Argentina to play in their final Summer Tour game.Argentina have not had a good tour either, losing twice to Wales by fairly comprehensive margins. As a result, head coach Daniel Hourcade has announced he will step down after the Scotland match. After two wins in 17 matches, Hourcade said “The players aren’t responding, the responsibility is mine. The cycle is complete.”Whats the big team news?Stuart McInally returns for Scotland after a calf strain kept him out of the first two matches. Grant Gilchrist also returns, and interestingly, Fraser Brown, a hooker by trade will play in the back-row.The backline for Scotland is largely the same that lost to the USA, with the only change being Byron McGuigan coming out for Dougie Fife.Argentina have made seven changes from the side that lost to Wales in their Second Test. Backs Bautista Ezcurra and Sebastian Cancelliere are the only changes in the backline. Whereas Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Lezana, Pablo Matera, Matias Alemanno, Javier Diaz all come into the Pumas pack. Improvement: Gregor Townsend will be looking for a better performance against Argentina (Getty Images)What have the coaches said?Scotland coach Gregor Townsend: “This is our last Test of the tour and we’re determined to finish on a high. Return: Stuart McInally comes back into the side for Argentina (Getty Images) Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Tomas Lavanini, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Cruz MalliaAlso don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter.
Wales backs no longer reliant on power – but it’s thereThree years ago, power through contact was all that the Wales back-line had. Thanks to the selection of players like Hadleigh Parkes, Steff Evans and Liam Williams, as well as a change in approach from Leigh Halfpenny, that is no longer the case.However, as the Welsh back-line proved against Scotland, the power is still there and when turned up to 11 it is devastating.Central figure: Hadleigh Parkes tries to get past Hamish Watson (Getty Images)After two or three mixed seasons, George North has become George North 2.0. Against Scotland he carried the ball only 33 metres, which is low for a wing. But when you consider that most of those yards were achieved with Scottish people hanging off his back, it is remarkable.His try was YouTube worthy. With players clinging onto his shorts and limbs, he looked like a husky dragging a balsa wood sleigh. But the power game in the Welsh back-line didn’t end with North. Jonathan Davies had one of those games where he looked like he was handing off shop mannequins, not 16st men. His fend on Huw Jones was so devastating that it led Gregor Townsend to single him out in the post-match press conference.Game clock can’t dictate refereeing decisionsBefore we cut open the carcass and dissect Owen Farrell’s tackle, let’s start by stating that refereeing elite rugby is the second most thankless job in the world – working on Donald Trump’s PR team being the first.But whilst recognising that Angus Gardner was placed in a difficult scenario at the end of the England v South Africa game, where the tackle decision could decide the game, we cannot ignore the significance of the call and particularly the timing.Whether you think the hit was worthy of no sanction, a penalty, yellow or red, if the tackle had happened in the first third of the game the outcome could well have been different.Related: Owen Farrell’s tackle divides opinionFarrell’s tackle was of the Venus de Milo type – plenty of shoulder, a touch of bicep and no forearm. Rugby union is no longer the same game as it was in the 1980s and neither is it comparable to rugby league, so any comparisons with the former are pointless. Using modern-day interpretations, it was a penalty, probably no more than that.Flashpoint: Owen Farrell tackles Andre Esterhuizen (Getty Images)Had the incident happened at any point other than in the last minute of the game, South Africa would have most likely had a shot at goal.The upshot is that not only are players and supporters bewildered by tackle interpretations, but that those interpretations are also affected by the game clock. It’s as confusing as it is annoying.Jordan Larmour takes another step forward Jordan Larmour’s career took another big step forward by taking about 35 steps to the left and to the right for Ireland against Italy in Chicago.Related: Jordan Larmour scores hat-trick against ItalyAdmittedly it was against an understrength Italian team, but it shouldn’t taint what was a Rieko Ioane/Kurtley Beale-type performance from Larmour. He made six clean breaks and beat 12 defenders. Yup, 12.To beat four defenders means that you had a good game. Six defenders slain indicates an excellent performance. Whereas 12 is the type of number that Kim Jong-un’s advisors would attribute to their leader should he ever play (he looks like a loosehead to me).Dancing feet: Jordan Larmour makes a break against Italy (Getty Images)It is understandably difficult for Larmour to break into the current Irish back-line. Such is the consistency of Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale that a starting berth looks unlikely until after the Rugby World Cup. But as we head towards Japan 2019, he is beginning to look like the best bench player in the world.Boks’ blueprint is back and it is workingSouth Africa may have lost at Twickenham, but after a three-season rebuild, they are back. And the manner in which they’re ‘back’ is important.As well as the understandable and necessary player quotas, the Boks have been sidetracked by trying to change their blueprint and copy the Kiwis. But thankfully it looks like they are reverting to the Bok way: big carriers, carrying big.When you have Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi and Duane Vermeulen you don’t really need a rapid offload game. Why risk an offload when the metres gained after the tackle are so big? And when Etzebeth was substituted, they brought on RG Snyman – a man so big that his skull is the same size as my first car.The most effective changes against England were in the centre. Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel are often derided in South African rugby because they can’t pass and offload like Sonny Bill Williams or Jack Goodhue, but when your centre partnership is carrying nearly 100 metres and beating eight defenders it doesn’t matter.Big impact: Damian de Allende was a big performer for the Boks at Twickenham (Getty Images)It’s not as if the Boks don’t have creative players in the back three. S’busiso Nkosi, Damian Willemse and the ever impressive Aphiwe Dyantyi provided plenty of steps and slides against England. And with Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux backstage, the creativity levels can be dialled up further. The Boks are back and it’s great to see.It wasn’t a good day for creative ScotlandAt the moment, Scotland are probably many supporters’ second favourite Test team. As with Glasgow, the style of rugby that they play is pleasing to the eye. ‘Steppy’ full-backs and triple-threat outside-halves, in Finn Russell and Adam Hastings, mean they’re a team heavy on line breaks, offloads and the resulting tries.Tough day: Adam Hastings is thwarted by the Welsh defence (Getty Images)But. And there is a but. When the forward platform doesn’t function, as it didn’t against Wales, there is no ‘option b’. To say that Scotland’s pack was shut down by Wales would be a dramatic overstatement – nearly as dramatic an overstatement as Eddie Jones stating that the rugby media want him sacked.Scotland carried for 420 metres v Wales’ 294. Scotland had 60% of the ball and 64% of the territory. And Hamish Watson had the sort of devastating performance that makes you wonder if he has any power tools at home – he probably just uses his head. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Touchdown: Jonathan Davies scores Wales’ second try against Scotland (Getty Images) However, when Wales slowed down Scotland’s ruck speed, which Justin Tipuric, Ken Owens and Dillon Lewis did to great effect, the heavy carries just weren’t enough to get them over the gain-line. Scotland will improve this autumn. We can be sure of that.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Paul Williams reflects on the big talking points from the opening weekend of the 2018 autumn Internationals
By thunder: Jake Polledri makes a break during Gloucester’s win against Bath this weekend (Getty Images) Jake Polledri on how to be a top ball-carrierGloucester’s 29-15 defeat of Bath in the Gallagher Premiership was founded in part on an irresistible performance by Jake Polledri. Named Man of the Match, the back-row made 11 runs for 68 metres to consolidate his reputation as one of the best ball-carriers in the game.BT Sport commentator Alastair Eykyn highlighted Polledri’s “freakish power” while pundit Ben Kay said: “There’s no one better at staying on his feet than him. He’s one of the most balanced runners I’ve ever seen.”It was business as usual for Italy international Polledri, who earlier this season beat 14 defenders against Canada in Japan – a Rugby World Cup match record by a forward.Rugby World spoke to Polledri about ball-carrying for a Pro Insight article published in our January 2020 issue. Here’s an extended version of that piece…“Well done, mate”: A Gloucester supporter congratulates Polledri after the derby win at Kingsholm (Getty)RW: What are the key issues when carrying the ball?JP: “For me it’s footwork and power. At Gloucester we do a speed and evasion drill, changes of direction, before most sessions as part of a warm-up. You don’t want to run straight into someone, you’d rather run at arms and spaces. And after you step and you’re in that space, you want the power to push off and accelerate through the gap.”RW: Leg drive must be integral to that?JP: “Never die with the ball. You’re constantly driving through and you’re not tackled until you hit the floor. That’s a big part of my game personally. I like to think I’ve got quite a good leg drive; it’s having that explosive power.”Legs pumping: the flanker drives through French tackles during last year’s Six Nations (NurPhoto/Getty)RW: How about body angle?JP: “You want to be square and straight. I’ve done some sprint training when I was younger and had a coach who used to say if your angles are all over the place then you’re wasting energy and power off to the side. You want everything running straight, with your whole bodyweight through it.“In terms of height, there are two different carries. Carries near your own line, or near the opposition line, tend to be to set up the play and because you don’t want to get held up you drop a bit lower.“But 80-90% of the time you’re running a normal ball carry so I like to be almost in a squat position, so you can really push off using the most powerful muscles.”Weighty issue: Polledri prepares to fend off a Namibian defenderRW: Your fend is a powerful weapon in your armoury…JP: “A lot of people just try to use their arms but when fending it’s the same principle as a boxing punch. Using your bodyweight and your feet will generate a lot more power than if you’re just using your arms.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “So you practise that leg drive, you’re getting that strength training and developing power, in the hope that in games you feel like you’re doing that drill but without someone pulling you back. It’s all about muscle memory. When we do it in training and then on the field you know you’re going to cope, you’re going to be stronger. That’s a drill we do regularly.”On the up: Polledri was Man of the Match against Bath as Gloucester climbed into the top four (Getty)Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Few players carry the ball as powerfully as Jake Polledri, as he showed in the derby defeat of Bath. The Gloucester and Italy back-row explains the key elements of his art RW: How about the offload?JP: “The two main triggers for the offload are communication and the type of carry you’ve done. If you hear a support player, you know an offload could be on regardless of what happens in the contact. If it’s a dominant ball carry, like we see Sonny Bill Williams do so often, the offload tends to be more on.“But if you make a dominant carry you’ve still got to weigh up whether to throw the offload; there’s nothing worse than making a good break or carry and then throwing it out the back and losing the ball.Five-pointer: scoring against Connacht last month in the European Champions Cup (Getty Images)“So it’s a tough decision-making process for the player but also a good skill. It’s amazing to see these professionals, the people we’re around, executing these types of skills because it takes an amazing amount of decision-making in a very short space of time.”RW: Do you need a special mindset to be a major ball-carrier?JP: “If you know you’re the target man, it takes a bit of mental strength. But if they’re going to put more men on me, there will be space elsewhere. That’s how I look at it. I hope to show the skills of rugby – offload, pass before the contact, run dummy lines – so that they bite in and it creates space for others.”RW: What are the key rules if you do get tackled?JP: “Usually the first tackler will go low and the second guy in will try to rip the ball or make a shot on it. So the first thing is to make sure you’re holding the ball strong so it doesn’t spill.“Second, hit the deck in a positive, dominant way. You want to fall beyond the tackle because if you get hit back you leave the ball in an awkward position for your team-mates. That’s when it leaves the open space for a jackler.Cherished possession: keeping the ball secure is the first priority if you’re tackled, says Polledri (Getty)“Then if you can, get a little roll in, make it difficult for a jackler. And after that you’ve got to present the ball as long as possible and keep your hands on it for the nine to play away. Obviously you’ve got your team-mates flying in who could accidentally kick the ball, and that can cause a turnover as well.”RW: How much carrying do you do in training?JP: “I do a few extras on my own but as a team we do focus on that. For example, in one drill you start on the cones and have two guys on assisted bands who are pulling you back, and you’ve got to run between two tackle shields, simulating the tackle. TAGS: Gloucester
Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Posted Mar 20, 2013 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [20 de marzo de 2013] La Cámara de los Obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal, reunidos en retiro en el Centro de Conferencia de Kanuga, Hendersonville, Carolina del Norte, ofrece a la Iglesia la palabra siguiente.Una palabra a la Iglesia:Liderazgo divino ante la violenciaOh Dios, que por la pasión de tu bendito Hijo convertiste a un instrumento de muerte vergonzosa en un medio de vida para nosotros: concede que de tal modo nos gloriemos en la cruz de Cristo que suframos con alegría la vergüenza y privación por causa de tu Hijo nuestro Salvador Jesucristo; que vive y reina contigo y el Espíritu Santo, un solo Dios, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén (Colecta del martes de la Semana Santa. Libro de Oración Común. (LOC) p. 135).Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo:La Cámara de los Obispos de la Iglesia se reunió en un retiro del 8 al 12 marzo en el centro de conferencias de Kanuga en Hendersonville, Carolina del Norte. Durante el tiempo pasado juntos el tema tratado ha sido el “liderazgo divino en medio de la pérdida”. Hemos oído conmovedoras reflexiones sobre la pérdida a consecuencia de: los tiroteos en Newtown, en Hurricane Sandy, las luchas en curso en Haití, el trauma histórico experimentado por los nativos americanos en Dakota del Sur, y la enfermedad física. Al estar juntos en conversación, oración y adoración común, hemos compartido la realidad de una nueva vida en Jesús resucitado que ha vencido la muerte y redime nuestras pérdidas.El tiempo que estuvimos juntos nos condujo a un nuevo momento de reconocimiento con respecto a cómo la violencia infecta y afecta nuestras vidas. Hemos considerado cómo la realidad de la violencia en nuestro mundo, nuestra sociedad, nuestras iglesias, nuestros hogares, y en nosotros mismos, nos aleja de Dios y mutuamente. Y nos arrepentimos de que muy a menudo hemos descuidado desafiar la violencia de cualquier tipo y buscar la paz y la reconciliación. En este tiempo de cuaresma rezamos: “Acepta nuestro arrepentimiento, Señor, por el mal que hemos obrado: por nuestra ceguera ante las necesidades humanas y el sufrimiento, y nuestra indiferencia ante la injusticia y la crueldad” (De la Letanía de penitencia del Miércoles de Ceniza, (LOC) p. 186)En particular, nos afligimos por los muertos a causa de la violencia armada sin sentido en los diversos contextos de donde provenimos. Lamentamos y hemos llorado por los tiroteos masivos ampliamente reportados en este país, recordando tragedias como Aurora, Oak Creek y Newtown. Estamos indignados por la masacre diaria, a menudo invisible y no reconocida, de nuestros jóvenes en ciudades como Chicago, Newark, Baltimore, Port-au-Prince, y Tegucigalpa. Esta matanza debe terminar.Como obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal incorporamos una amplia variedad de experiencias y puntos de vista con respecto a las armas de fuego. Muchos de nosotros somos cazadores y tiradores deportivos, anteriores miembros militares y oficiales de la policía. Respetamos y honramos que no somos de la misma opinión con respecto a las cuestiones relacionadas con la legislación de armas. Sin embargo, estamos convencidos de que es necesario que haya una nueva conversación en Estados Unidos, que desafíe la violencia armada. Debido a la amplia variedad de contextos en los que vivimos y a nuestro compromiso con un discurso razonado y respetuoso que mantiene unidos a diferencias significativas en una tensión creativa, creemos que la Iglesia Episcopal puede y debe liderar este esfuerzo. De hecho, muchos en esta Iglesia ya lo están haciendo, por lo que damos gracias a Dios.En nuestras ordenaciones como obispos nos comprometemos a “proclamar con valentía e interpretar el evangelio de Cristo, iluminando las mentes y despertando las conciencias” de los que estamos llamados a servir (LOC p. 420). Hacemos un llamamiento a todos los episcopales a que oren y trabajen para lograr el fin de la violencia armada. Nos comprometemos a liderar una nueva conversación en nuestras naciones en cuanto al uso apropiado y la legislación de las armas de fuego. Y además nos comprometemos a realizar obras concretas en este sentido.Orando y trabajando juntos podemos ser instrumentos del amor de Dios restaurador y reconciliador del mundo entero. Gloria a Dios, cuyo poder que obra en nosotros puede lograr infinitamente más de lo que podemos pedir o imaginar (Efesios 3:20). 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Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC By Diana SwiftPosted Aug 20, 2015 Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald calls on Anglicans to be vigilant against climate injustice, saying “the poorest, those on the land, are suffering the most.” Photo: Anglican Video[Anglican Journal] The very essence of climate injustice—a better word than mere “change” to describe the environmental havoc wreaked by industrial society—is making those least responsible for it suffer most. That was a core message that Mark MacDonald, national Indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, sent in his August 17 address on climate change to attendees at the eighth national Sacred Circle, being held in Port Elgin, Ont., August 16–22.“That’s what climate injustice is all about: those who created it are suffering least; the poorest, those on the land, are suffering the most,” he said.“The basic problem is that the colonial powers began a process of taking away our land, and that process continues today,” he added, with Indigenous people currently being drawn away from their ancestral territories at a faster pace than ever before. “It is different now, but it is still a powerful thing.” Unlike the naked land theft of the early European colonizers, those in power today do it economically and technologically, MacDonald said. “They give with one hand and take away with two.”More than any other region on the planet, the Arctic is being impacted by these trends, he said. Disturbingly, many people tend to see the North as a vast uninhabited expanse devoid of inhabitants, he said. “The same culture of invisibility that made Indigenous people invisible to settlers is making the Indigenous people living on the land invisible today.”And with Russia, Canada and the U.S. all staking disputed claims to the Arctic, matters will only get worse, he said. “It is essential that we stand up for our rights and say what is really happening in that region.”The bishop also recounted a tour around an Athabascan community in Alaska with Elder Sidney Huntington, who had built six community structures when only one was needed. When MacDonald asked him why, he replied that he had built them for posterity, for the time when all the cranes and engines of industrial development have disappeared. “All of this stuff is going away, and the young people will need to know how to survive,” Huntington said.It is crucial to keep the elders talking about the traditional values associated with the land, MacDonald said, noting that often elders will see things coming up on the horizon that should be faced today. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, he added, has stressed the critical importance of Indigenous people and their values to the future of the planet. MacDonald also noted that not since the fateful asteroid strike of 65 million years ago are so many of God’s creatures passing so quickly from existence. “It’s amazing to me that people can watch this sort of death and not feel something is wrong.”MacDonald said that many people across Turtle Island (North America) rejoice at the signs of progress since the end of the residential schools, “but we have to understand that for many people, particularly the poor, things are getting worse.”Turning to Indigenous people in the Bible, a topic he’s often asked about, MacDonald said that in scripture “when someone wants to get back to God, they become Indigenous. John the Baptist dressed in camel hair and ate locusts.” And when the prophets Elijah, Elisha and Jeremiah wished to find peace with God and call the nations back to righteousness, they, too, returned to Indigenous ways.The forces of power, money and greed are still destroying children, just as King Herod did in the Bible, and a stand must be taken against them, he said. MacDonald quoted Paul (Ephesians 6:10): “Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”He called on Indigenous peoples to return to “the way of life that God has given us, a spiritual return, a way we are called to by our elders…who have been talking about this for a long time.”Above all, he urged vigilance about climate injustice in the face of escalating economic development that threatens to destroy the land on which Indigenous people depend for life. “What would a people’s movement against this look like? It would look a lot like you,” he concluded. Rector Shreveport, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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