Rugby Book Review – Lansdowne Road

first_imgBUY IT AT:  obrien.ie RRP:  £14.99  PUBLISHED BY:  The O’Brien PressGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email [email protected] article appeared in the December 2010 issue of Rugby World Magazine Ireland v England during the Five Nations at Landsdowne RoadIn truth, Lansdowne Road’s history is rather more impressive than the dilapidated stadium that was demolished in 2006 to make way for the shiny new Aviva Stadium. Yet when the old ground bowed out in style – with Brian O’Driscoll’s stunning pass to himself, in a Leinster-Ulster game, becoming a YouTube hit – there were many who mourned its passing. “People loved it like they loved a pair of torn and faded old jeans,” write the co-authors.We’ve picked a handful of memorable rugby occasions from the ground’s 137-year history (see page 16), but the options seemed endless. The Dublin venue began life as a running track, it being seven years before Wanderers rugby club moved in, and athletics provides one of the book’s best stories, with an American runner revealing how athletics promoter Billy Morton got round the amateur rules by striking up wagers. “I bet you 100 quid you can’t jump over that suitcase!” he’d propose.In the early years Lansdowne staged everything from pigeon shooting to croquet, Cossack equestrianism to a nine-hour walking race (wonder why that didn’t bring in the crowds…). Rugby’s standing wasn’t helped by the long-time staging of Ireland Tests in Belfast, and, indeed, the 2003 Ireland-England game was the first time the Irish had played for a Grand Slam at Lansdowne Road.Henry Dunlop, who set the ball rolling by leasing Lansdowne Road in 1872, once paddled over the flooded pitch in a canoe. Today, rainwater is funnelled into underground storage tanks. The ground has come a long way.RW RATING 4/5 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 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 perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. TAGS: Book Review last_img read more

Ireland trio pay tribute to Stephen Ferris

first_imgMoving up: Murphy in action for the U20s in 2011Jordi Murphy “He scored a try for the Lions in 2009, in one of the warm up games (against the Cheetahs, below). He picked up the ball in his own 22 and ran the length of the pitch with it. I’d just finished school at that stage and was watching the game back home.“His general workrate and the way he plays are awesome. Though we don’t play in the same position, most people would aspire to play like that.” Sad to hear that Stephen Ferris has had to retire at the age of 28. What a beast of a player he was in his pomp.— Tom English (@BBCTomEnglish) June 4, 2014 Ulster at heart: Ferris was a firm favourite at Ravenhill, as shown in the video below Stephen Ferris was a huge force on the rugby pitch and is larger than life off it. Here are three Ireland players’ favourite memories of the Ulsterman THOUGH Stephen Ferris’s retirement felt like it was inevitable, due to the length of time he’d been kept on the sidelines by injuries in recent years, it was still a blow for rugby when the official announcement was made on Tuesday. A popular player both with his team-mates and the fans, the back-rower won 35 Ireland caps and toured with the 2009 Lions to South Africa before an ankle injury, sustained in November 2012, forced him into retirement. Here three Ireland players, currently in Buenos Aires preparing to play Argentina this weekend, recall their favourite Ferris moments… Back to back: Diack has played No 8 alongside FerrisRobbie Diack “Picking up Will Genia, and the ball, and running with him during the 2011 World Cup is my favourite memory of Ferris. I was watching the game back in Belfast. Playing with a guy like him is fantastic, and although we’ve played in the same position, I played alongside him for a bit when he was at 6 and I was No 8.“It’s a huge loss to the game. He’s an awesome guy who contributes a lot to the team camaraderie, a huge team player. A lot of us expected him to retire, and we know how hard he’s been working with the physios, but even so the announcement has made it feel real. It’s sad to see a player of his stature and age retire.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Old pal: Cave and Ferris met in 2005 in the Ulster academyDarren Cave“It’s hard to pick out just one memory of Stevie, but his comeback tackle (below) in the game against the Scarlets a few weeks ago is up there. I’d seen him work so hard over the 18 months to get back to fitness, so it was fantastic to see him back on the field. I’ve never seen one player get the reception like he got at Ravenhill that day.“Stevie will be missed as much off the field as he will on it. He’s a good friend and will remain one, he’s that kind of guy. He’s big, loud and funny, and if he’s in the room you know about it! For the last year I’ve been calling him Van Wilder, because he was injured for so long that he was just organising our team socials. In the new Ravenhill, he decorated our team room. He chose all the furnishings and got the pool table in.” 30 Minutes with Jordi Murphy is in the July edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what else is in the magazine this month.last_img read more

Secret Player: “A few seek media attention in a Lions year “

first_imgThis column was originally published in the October 2016 edition of Rugby World. Having said all that, maybe I’m being a little naive in my opinion of those at the peak of the game. I was one of those simple souls who just put his head down, got on with it and didn’t think about selection, whether for the Lions or any other team, probably because I never felt I deserved it.Australia’s Folau tackled by British and Irish Lions Jonathan Davies (Steve Christo/Getty Images)But I’m sure there are guys who are more ‘holistic’ in their approach to success in a Lions year. It is completely foreign to most players but there are a few who actively seek media attention, to what end I’m never quite sure. You have to assume that in their heads a bigger public profile equates to actually being a better player, but unfortunately for them the hard-nosed coaches on the scene these days are unlikely to be swayed by a few puff pieces. Performance is all that really matters to them. On the flip-side, there are players who use any interview to reinforce how very ‘umble they are, and how all they care about is getting better as a player and, dare they say it, a person. Very laudable but also perhaps a subtler way of putting yourself in selectors’ sights, and certainly liable to get any armchair cynic’s BS detector twitching.Team-mates notice this stuff, and are duty bound by rugby law to get stuck into any player who sticks his head above the parapet too often. But one area which can be exploited without ridicule is the team huddle. What is said there is subject to a sort of parliamentary privilege, and savvy candidates will use this freedom to put forward their case as a leader of men, an influencer of teams. You know, British & Irish Lions material. And if television cameras happen to be hovering nearby, so much the better. Dreamland: Alun Wyn Jones and Jamie Roberts bask in the success over Australia that has strengthened the Lions concept center_img DESPITE WRONG turns (hello 2005) and crushing disappointments over the past 20 years, the rugby public continue to get their collective panties in a massive bunch at the mere mention of the word ‘Lions’.There are always strong fears that professionalism, with its glut of international rugby and endless stream of over-hyped, must-win, must-see matches, might one day render Lions tours anachronistic. But for the moment the concept, teetering on top of a century of legendary players, occasional tour victories and endlessly recycled after-dinner stories, is alive and in the pink of health. Oh, and the fact they actually won the last series helps; losing to the shower that was Australia in 2013 would really have been a nine-inch nail in the coffin.Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones shared the Lions captaincy duties in 2013 (Getty Images)So, even nine months out, excitement is mounting, and comments sections and rugby chat rooms (though I’ll have to ask my dad – username Endbell48 – for confirmation) will be filling up with the sofa soothsayers’ predictions of starting teams for the first Test in Auckland. Ah yes, us and our sad little lists…But what about those at the sharp end, the players?
Are they, too, coming over all peculiar as they go into this Lions year? From experience, I’d say probably not, and certainly not this early on. Things have changed in home nations rugby over the past decade or so. There was a time when most of a Lions side were indeed shoo-ins, and those same keyboard warriors didn’t have to be Russell Grant to be 90% bang on with their predictions, as the proper players at the time stuck out like a fighter pilot’s thumbs amongst the general dross of the Five/Six Nations. And they were usually English. But all of a sudden Ireland got a bit of a clue, followed by Wales stumbling their way out of mediocrity in the mid-Noughties and even the Scots have decided to belatedly join the party.Rory Scannell of Munster speaking during a press conference (Diarmuid Greene/Getty Images)What I’m saying is that there is now quality wherever you look and even amongst the top internationals, the only over-arching motivation through this season will be to train and work their balls off at their clubs. You then give yourself a chance to cement your spot in the national team, which in turn will give you a chance to impress whichever Antipodean happens to be picking the Lions squad this year. The days of knowing that selection was in the bag from day one because you were a ‘name’ or, even worse, because the selectors felt they had to fulfil some sort of quota from each country – and those players definitely know who they are! – are long gone. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Rugby Australia To Phase Out Foreigners from Super Rugby Teams

first_img Rebel: Amanaki Mafi may succumb to the new foreign players rules in Australia (Getty Images) Rugby Australia To Phase Out Foreigners from Super Rugby TeamsAfter the axing of the Western Force from Super Rugby, Rugby Australia are looking to limit the influence of foreign players on the four Super Rugby sides that still remain – the Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels, Reds, and Waratahs.After the tournament expanded in 2006 and 2011, Australian sides looked to foreign players to fill the void and be competitive, however the reduction back to four sides has changed Rugby Australia’s thinking.Chief among them is keeping Wallaby eligible players, and relying on foreign players less.Ben Whitaker, Rugby Australia’s high-performance manager said: “Going to four teams means we will work on the foreign talent eligibility because we feel that there’s limited (contracts available).“We don’t think that there’s as much need to bring in talent (from overseas) that can play and potentially influence whether you win Super or not because we can back our talent in four teams to do that.”The governing body will not rule out foreign players entirely, which will mean players Amanaki Mafi will breathe a sigh of relief, but the policy will put more preference on Australian players, or players who would be willing to become eligible to play for Australia. Time will tell if these measures will have any noticeable effect on Australian and French rugby.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Foreign players to begin to be phased out of Super Rugby sides by Rugby Australia Debut: Tongan born Taniela Tupou made his debut for Australia last year (Getty Images)Two such examples are Tonga-born Taniela Tupou, and Fijian Isi Naisarani who are part of Michael Cheika’s plans for the World Cup.Additionally, the Top 14 will use the same kind of tactic, with French Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte looking to limit the foreign influence in Top 14 sides.Per Fox Sports: “Incredibly, 257 of 596 players in the Top 14 (43.12 per cent) are foreigners and clubs are currently only required to have 14 locals in their match day squads.“That number will rise to 15 next year and 16 in 2020 with Laporte eventually wanting to cut the number of foreigners in match day squads to just five.”last_img read more

Israel Folau Sparks Fury With Anti-Gay Comments On Instagram

first_img Collapse Wallaby back Folau has caused controversy after homophobic comments. What are rugby’s international eligibility rules? Controversy: Folau has sparked fury after comments on Instagram (Getty Images) Here’s the lowdown on World Rugby’s Regulation 8,… Folau’s contract runs out at the end of this year and Rugby Australia, along with the Waratahs, are looking to re-sign him. Folau himself has stated he doesn’t know what he will be doing next year, saying how he has played in a World Cup and he is leaving his options open. WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes I see unlike Australia, Israel Folau isn’t moving with the times pic.twitter.com/sOyvlR7wh5— Graham Love (@GLove39) April 3, 2018This was the not the first time he has made his opinion clear on this issue. Six months ago he tweeted his opposition to gay marriage ahead of a marriage equality vote last year.Rugby Australia have been quick to distance themselves from Folau’s comments, and his comments appear to directly contradict Rugby Australia’s inclusion policy which was introduced in 2014.The policy states “Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion. There is no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions and words both on and off the field must reflect this.”What makes these comments even more perplexing is that Folau was the face of the Bingham Cup in 2014, which is an amateur gay rugby tournament.As you would expect their has been a huge backlash to Folau for these comments, with Wales legend Gareth Thomas being quick to voice his displeasure at the Australian. What are rugby’s international eligibility rules?center_img Expand Israel Folau Sparks Fury With Anti-Gay CommentsIsrael Folau, arguably the Wallaby with the highest media profile, has again sparked controversy after his comments about homosexual people going to hell.On Instagram, Folau said that God’s plan for gay people was “HELL…unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.” To which Thomas replied: WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes… WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes Thomas was the first openly gay rugby player and has shown his contempt for Folau’s views on more than one occasion.As mentioned above, Folau was against the idea of gay marriage when he sent out this tweet: Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Racing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgHere’s how to find a reliable live stream for Racing v Saracens wherever you are…How to watch Racing v Saracens from outside your countryIf you’re abroad but still want to watch your local Champions Cup coverage, like Racing v Saracens, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network. VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Champions Cup live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs. Stopped in his tracks: Sean Maitland is tackled during Sarries’ pool win against Racing in January (Getty) Racing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from anywhereIs it written in the stars that Saracens will conquer Europe yet again?Cast your mind back to January, when the reigning champions played Racing 92 in their final Champions Cup pool match. Needing victory, by half-time they had lost Billy Vunipola to injury, had Will Skelton sent off and trailed on the scoreboard.They squeezed home 27-24 on the back of Owen Farrell’s late penalty, clinching the final knockout qualifying place. Then came another scare as they escaped with a fine instead of expulsion after it was found they had fielded an ineligible player – USA prop Tito Lamositele’s work permit had expired the day before the match.Watch highlights of that pool match here.So Saracens might never have gone to Leinster last week, when their depleted squad produced one of the great European performances. A mix of physical dominance, set-piece execution and ruthless points harvesting – largely emanating from the boots of Alex Goode and Elliot Daly – saw the favourites dispatched.Not surprisingly, Saracens have picked the identical XV and bench for today’s semi-final against Racing (1pm). Michael Rhodes, named Man of the Match in Dublin, was rather pointlessly cited for a tackle on Robbie Henshaw and had his case dismissed in midweek.The loss of ten players since the salary cap scandal has forced Saracens to demand even more of their starting stars. They used only four subs in Leinster, the first coming on with 17 minutes to go. Tighthead Vincent Koch, who with Jamie George did such a superb job against Cian Healy, is one of many who will need to dig deep again in Paris La Défense Arena.DID YOU KNOW? Saracens have conceded only 7.4 penalties a match in this season’s Champions Cup – the best figure in the competitionAnyone who thinks that Saracens, gunning for a record-equalling fourth crown, have done the hardest part should reconsider. Racing have made a flying start to their Top 14 season and caught Clermont cold last week to win with plenty to spare. They are basically “Paris Saint-Germain on acid”, wrote Rob Kitson in The Guardian.They have won ten out of their last 11 Champions Cup home games and racked up 88 clean breaks in this season’s competition – 20 of them dazzingly against Saracens back in round one last November (30-10).Virimi Vakatawa has beaten 42 defenders (to go with seven turnovers) and if Racing do win this afternoon, he’ll probably be one of the decisive factors. A glance at the ‘defenders beaten’ chart (below) is enough to make Sarries fans shudder.Scotland fly-half Finn Russell has been pulling the strings for Racing, and Sarries full-back Daly said: “You always have to be wary of what Finn can do. He’s a player who will try things and when it comes off it’s brilliant. We’re looking at what we can do to nullify that.”Danger man: Finn Russell of Racing 92 (Sportsfile/Getty)Racing make two changes to the XV that won at Clermont. Teddy Thomas replaces injured wing Louis Dupichot while Ireland lock Donnacha Ryan comes in for Bernard Le Roux.The French side have twice been finalists, losing to Saracens (2016) and Leinster (2018), and will be desperate not to let another opportunity to win Europe’s top club trophy pass them by.Welshman Nigel Owens, who took charge of the pool meeting at Allianz Park, takes the whistle again.Should Saracens win, we would be halfway towards only the second all-English European Cup final in history. The previous one was in 2007 when Wasps beat Leicester at Twickenham.Racing: Simon Zebo; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Olivier Klemenczak, Juan Imhoff; Finn Russell, Teddy Iribaren (capt); Eddy Ben Arous, Camille Chat, Georges Henri Colombe, Donnacha Ryan, Dominic Bird, Wenceslas Lauret, Fabien Sanconnie, Antonie Claassen.Replacements: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Ali Oz, 19 Boris Palu, 20 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Antoine Gibert, 23 Francois Trinh-Duc.——————————————————————————————————————————-Saracens: Elliot Daly; Alex Lewington, Duncan Taylor, Brad Barritt (capt), Sean Maitland; Alex Goode, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Vincent Koch, Maro Itoje, Tim Swinson, Michael Rhodes, Jackson Wray, Billy Vunipola.–Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Alec Clarey, 19 Callum Hunter-Hill, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Manu Vunipola, 23 Dominic Morris. 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. Can Saracens pull another performance out of the top drawer in today’s Champions Cup semi-final? The holders will need to against the swashbuckling men from Paris center_img A job well done: Jamie George and Vincent Koch celebrate winning a scrum penalty v Leinster (Inpho) 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 ExpressVPNRacing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from the UK & IrelandRacing v Saracens, which kicks off at 1pm on Saturday, will be shown live on BT Sport 3 in the UK and Ireland. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Racing v Saracens takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Channel 4 are also showing Racing v Saracens on free-to-air television in the UK while Virgin One are doing the same in Ireland.Racing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from FranceTo watch Racing v Saracens (kick-off 2pm) in France, beIN Sports is the place to go as they are the main rights holders. It costs €15 a month to access the coverage or if you commit to six months you get a discount of €12 a month.beIN Sports offersRacing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Champions Cup matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Racing v Saracens will kick off at 8am EST and 5am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Racing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, a subscription to digital rugby network RugbyPass allows you to watch Racing v Saracens at 10pm (AEST). Subscriptions start from US$4.99 a month.RugbyPass Champions Cup coverageRacing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from New ZealandSpark Sport, the live and on-demand streaming service, has the rights to show Racing v Saracens in New Zealand. It kicks off at midnight.It costs $24.99 for a monthly subscription and you can also sign up for a seven-day FREE trial.Spark Sport detailsRacing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from South AfricaSuperSport has the rights to broadcast the Champions Cup in South Africa and you can watch Racing v Saracens at 2pm.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from EasyView, with access to Blitz, to Premium, with all ten sports channels.Racing v Saracens live stream: How to watch from elsewhereEPCR have launched an OTT service, epcrugby.tv, so you can stream live Champions Cup matches outside of its core broadcast territories (UK & Ireland, France, USA, Malta, Spain, Andorra and Sub-Saharan Africa).It’s €2.99 to watch a single Champions Cup match or you can buy a season pass to watch all of the remaining games of the 2019-20 campaign for €11.99. Or if you want to watch both the Champions and Challenge Cups, it’s €17.99 for a season pass for the rest of 2019-20.Find out epcrugby.tv hereWe 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 DEALSlast_img read more

Lions tour crucial to SA Rugby’s survival

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS No atmosphere: Super Rugby Unlocked was played in empty stadiums (Getty Images/Gallo Images) It would appear that other options which allow for live crowds are being closely explored. And as Erasmus mentioned recently, SA Rugby is willing to consider any option that improves the organisation’s financial situation.It remains to be seen whether the Covid situation in the United Kingdom will improve and whether crowds will be back in the stadiums by July.What we do know – or more pertinently, what those tasked with making this decision know – is that Australia has already hosted a series of international sporting events in front of big crowds over the past few months. Hence Australia’s offer to host this series.How bizarre would that be: a series between the Lions and South Africa taking place halfway across the world. How many South Africans – aside from those living in Australia – would have the resources to fly to Australia and watch those games live? How many Lions fans have been hit by the pandemic and will struggle to afford such a journey as well as the cost of spending six weeks Down Under?The pound and euro certainly won’t get you as far in Australia as it does in South Africa. And, of course, it depends on whether they would be allowed to travel.Sadly, these are bizarre and extraordinary times. There is no elegant solution to this problem, and – barring a significant change to the Covid situation in the country – it seems likely that South Africa will miss out on the chance to stage this magnificent event. The 2009 tour was an absolute triumph. The travelling fans certainly made an impression, whether they were cheering for their team inside the various stadiums or spending their pounds and euros at various outlets between games.Bringing cheer: Ugo Monye celebrates scoring a try with Lions fans in 2009 (Getty Images)That tour, that atmosphere, was a credit to the Lions concept. It also ensured that SA Rugby – as well as the South African economy – received a substantial financial boost.A series staged behind closed doors will have zero atmosphere. Over the past few months, local franchises have attempted to simulate the noise of a crowd by blasting cheers and jeers through the stadium speakers – with disastrous results.As a member of the media, I have been granted access to some of the Currie Cup matches and can vouch for the fact that watching a game in a vast, empty stadium is a depressing experience.A few former Springboks, now working as commentators, have described the whole exercise as ‘terrible’. Bok skipper Siya Kolisi recently admitted that the players don’t enjoy competing behind closed doors.Is there any point in staging a Lions series in South Africa if fans are barred from attending the matches, and if travel restrictions limit the number of foreigners who can enter the country? Jon Cardinelli provides the latest insight into the state of rugby in South Africacenter_img The decider at Loftus Versfeld was interrupted by lightning in the area. The game eventually resumed, and stretched into extra-time. Many wondered if the players would complete the fixture and all of their post-match obligations before the national curfew of 9pm was enforced.Could a Lions tour be staged in such conditions? There is certainly an argument to be made for the players touring South Africa and experiencing the challenge of facing the local franchises, as well as the Springboks, on home turf.And yet, the Lions product would be greatly diminished by the absence of fans that create a unique and special atmosphere in and around the grounds. Lions tour crucial to SA Rugby’s survivalIt’s not hard to understand why the powers that be are toying with the idea of staging the British & Irish Lions series in the United Kingdom or even as far afield as Australia.The rejigged domestic season in South Africa has been marred by game cancellations after various players have tested positive for Covid-19. The Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup tournaments have played out in empty stadiums, and the absence of a crowd has certainly robbed these fixtures of colour and significance.South African rugby finds itself in a desperate financial situation. SA Rugby as well as the respective unions took an enormous hit during a six-month period of inactivity last year.The domestic season restarted on 10 October – nearly four months after the New Zealanders returned via Super Rugby Aotearoa. While SA Rugby received a timely cash injection from SANZAAR, despite the grounding of the Springboks, the unions continued to suffer big losses due to the ban on crowds at domestic matches.Men at the top: Rassie Erasmus with Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber (Getty Images)Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus addressed the media recently and confirmed that the South Africans need the Lions tour to go ahead in any shape or form.While hosting the Lions in South Africa remains first prize, SA Rugby will consider any viable option that improves its financial situation. To be clear, this is not about greed or about sacrificing the integrity of the game on the altar of profit. These are extraordinary times, and SA Rugby is fighting for survival.The Covid-19 situation in South Africa has not improved over the past few months. When news of a vaccine emerged and case numbers stabilised, administrators hoped that restrictions would be eased and that the big crowds would return in time for the Currie Cup play-offs.Sadly, the opposite has come to pass. A second wave has hit South Africa hard, and president Cyril Ramaphosa has responded by tightening restrictions on access and movement. It may be some time yet before the vaccine is rolled out and the necessary number receive the jab.There are certainly more pressing concerns at present than the number of spectators permitted at a sporting event. And yet, it is alarming to note that the decision about the Lions tour will be made shortly after the Currie Cup final was staged in an empty stadium. Can’t get to the shops? 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Lions 2021 tour: Everything you need to know

first_imgYour essential guide to this year’s British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa Remembering the day France played the Lions 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. Warren Gatland is coach of the 2021 British & Irish Lions (Getty Images) Remembering the last Lions home game In May… TAGS: Highlight Lions 2021 tour: Everything you need to knowSport’s most famous touring team – the British & Irish Lions – head to South Africa in 2021 to face the world champions in a three-Test series.The Lions are made up of the best rugby players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – traditional rivals coming together to travel to the other side of the world and take on the top sides from the southern hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This year’s tour will be like no other due to Covid-19. The Lions are likely to operate in a ‘bubble’ to reduce the risk of transmission while there will be no ‘sea of red’ in the stands, with the famous travelling army of supporters unable to attend due to restrictions.Still, there is plenty to get excited about and we have all the information you need…When is the 2021 Lions tour?The Lions will play nine matches in June, July and August 2021, including a pre-tour fixture against Japan in Edinburgh and a three-Test series against the Springboks.The Japan fixture takes place on Saturday 26 June and the players whose seasons have ended by 13 June will travel to a ten-day training camp beforehand. Those members of the squad involved in the Gallagher Premiership semi-finals/final, Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup final or Greene King IPA Championship final will join up with the squad once their club commitments have ended.A general view of Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg (Sportsfile/Getty Images)The squad will travel to South Africa after the Japan fixture to play matches against the four franchises – Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers – as well as South Africa A and the three Tests against the world champions.The original schedule had the Lions travelling around South Africa, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic matches will now be played in just three cities – Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.The Test matches will take place on consecutive Saturdays – 24 July, 31 July and 7 August – with the first match in Cape Town and the following two in Johannesburg.Related: British & Irish Lions fixturesWho is the 2021 Lions coach?Warren Gatland was announced as head coach for this year’s Lions tour to South Africa in June 2019.The New Zealander, who played in the Waikato front row against the Lions in 1993, was voted the greatest ever rugby coach by Rugby World readers last year given his achievements with Wasps, Wales and the Lions.Warren Gatland in action for Waikato against the 1993 Lions (Offside/Getty Images)Gatland was first involved with the British & Irish tourists as an assistant to Ian McGeechan on the 2009 trip to South Africa.He then took charge of the tours to Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and 2017 respectively, so this is his third time in the Lions head coach role. In 2013, he guided the Lions to a 2-1 series win over the Wallabies while in 2017 the tourists famously drew the series against the All Blacks.For this year’s tour, Gatland will be assisted by Gregor Townsend (attack), Steve Tandy (defence), Robin McBryde (forwards) and Neil Jenkins (kicking).Related: Warren Gatland’s Lions 2021 coaching teamWho is the 2021 Lions tour captain?Rugby’s most-capped player, Alun Wyn Jones, will captain the 2021 Lions.Wales lock Jones made his Test debut in 2006 and has played 148 times for his country. He has also played in nine successive Tests for the Lions on the 2009, 2013 and 2017 tours to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand respectively – the first player to do so in the professional era.Alun Wyn Jones will captain the 2021 Lions (Getty Images)This will be Jones’s fourth Lions tour and, at 35, he will be the oldest Lions captain since Johnny Hammond in 1896.Jones has captained the Lions in a Test before, leading them to victory in the decisive third Test of the 2013 series against Australia after Sam Warburton was ruled out by injury.Related: Alun Wyn Jones – by those who know him bestWho is in the 2021 Lions tour squad?Warren Gatland has selected a 37-player British & Irish Lions squad for 2021. The breakdown of the squad is 11 English players, ten Welsh players, eight Irish and eight Scots.It is the first time Scotland have had eight representatives in a Lions squad since the 1993 tour to New Zealand – only two were chosen in the original 2017 squad. — Stuart Farmer (@Stu_Farmer) May 6, 2021Who is in the South Africa squad to face the Lions?The Springboks squad for the Lions series has yet to be announced but is expected to be largely the same as the one that won the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Only three players have retired since RWC 2019 – Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, Francois Louw and Schalk Brits – and while there are a few injury concerns, a lot of those players are on the comeback trail. Lions chairman Jason Leonard Life in Pictures LEADING… The winner of the 2021 #CastleLionsSeries will be the recipients of the first perpetual trophy in the history of the Tour, created by Thomas [email protected] | @ThomasLyte | @lionsseries— British & Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) May 4, 2021The trophy was created by Thomas Lyte, the Lions’ official silverware supplier. It was crafted in London, took 150 hours to make and stands at 60cm tall.MORE ON THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS This is the story of the players who played the st Lions match in 1888.Our 2021 squad announcement is just day away Who would you start in the front row on the 2021 Tour?#LionsRugby pic.twitter.com/aqU56VPtOu— British & Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) May 5, 2021Three years later, in 1891, came the first ‘official’ tour and the first Test series, when a 21-man touring party travelled to South Africa, and there were further trips in the 19th Century in 1896 (South Africa) and 1899 (Australia).The First and Second World Wars meant there were significant gaps between tours in the first half of the 20th Century, but regular trips resumed from 1950 onwards.The ‘Lions’ nickname was first introduced in 1924 because the animal featured on the players’ ties and it was officially adopted in 1950, the same year the now famous red shirt was worn.Related: History of the British & Irish Lions shirtTwo of the most well-known tours came in the Seventies. The 1971 tourists are still the only Lions team to win a series in New Zealand while the 1974 group are known as the ‘Invincibles’ after not losing a match in South Africa.Since 1989, the Lions have toured every four years, alternating between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.In the past there have also been tours to Argentina and Canada as well as one-off matches against Fiji, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and France. In 2005, the Lions played the Pumas in Cardiff, in 2013 there was a fixture against the Barbarians in Hong Kong and this year they will play Japan in Edinburgh.How many series have the Lions won in South Africa?In the early days, before the Lions were known as the Lions, the tourists were comfortable series winners in South Africa in 1891 (3-0) and 1896 (3-1), but since then there have only been two triumphs.Led by Willie John McBride – the most-capped Lion having played in 17 Tests –  the 1974 Lions went unbeaten on their 22-match tour to South Africa. They won 21 of their 22 games, including the first three Tests, and then drew the final match against South Africa.Then in 1997, with Martin Johnson as captain and Ian McGeechan as coach, the tourists’ superb defence and goalkicking were key factors in building an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. They won the first Test 25-16 – Matt Dawson scoring with a famous dummy down the blind side – before a late Jeremy Guscott drop-goal sealed an 18-15 victory in the second Test.So the 2021 Lions are aiming for a first series win in South Africa for 24 years and only the fifth in history. Expand At 20 years 93 days old Louis Rees-Zammit becomes the youngest @lionsofficial player on day of selection in a touring party since Ireland’s David Hewitt in 1959.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Lions chairman Jason Leonard Life in Pictures Remembering the last Lions home game Of the 37 players chosen, 19 were involved in the 2017 tour to New Zealand, although Scotland fly-half Finn Russell only briefly joined the squad to provide cover for the midweek matches before the first and second Tests.Related: British & Irish Lions replacementsCaptain Alun Wyn Jones, 35, is the oldest player picked and Louis Rees-Zammit, 20, the youngest. As the youngest member of the touring party, Wales wing Rees-Zammit will be responsible for carrying around ‘BIL’ – the cuddly lion toy mascot. Remembering the day France played the Lions What is the history of the British & Irish Lions?Rugby’s legendary touring side dates back to 1888, when a 22-player squad sailed to Australia and New Zealand for a 249-day rugby tour. The ‘originals’ played 35 rugby games and another 19 of Aussie Rules, while captain Bob Seddon tragically died while canoeing on the Hunter River midway through the tour. Collapse Lions chairman Jason Leonard Life in Pictures Expand Remembering the day France played the Lions It… Things you love to see 2019 @WorldRugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year, Pieter-Steph du Toit, back in action and playing a full 80 minutes after more than a year sidelined through injury.Good to see you back, Pieter-Steph #PRO14RainbowCupSA pic.twitter.com/cDgpQ7CCds— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) May 4, 2021Fly-half Handré Pollard made his return from injury against Bath in a European Challenge Cup semi-final at the start of May while Pieter-Steph du Toit – World Rugby Player of the Year in 2019 – has also been playing for the Stormers after 14 months on the sidelines.The biggest worry is probably at lock, with Eben Etzebeth (finger), Lood de Jager (leg) and RG Snyman (ACL) all suffering injuries, although none have been officially ruled out of the Lions series yet.Jacques Nienaber has taken over as Springboks head coach since the World Cup, with Rassie Erasmus reverting to his director of rugby role, but he is yet to guide his team in a Test. The Boks haven’t played since the RWC 2019 final win against England and will warm up for the Lions by playing two Tests against Georgia in early July.South Africa celebrate their 2019 World Cup win (MB Media/Getty Images)What broadcaster is showing the Lions 2021 matches?Sky Sports has the UK and Ireland TV rights to show the Lions’ eight tour matches in South Africa. Channel 4 will show the Lions’ pre-tour fixture against Japan as well as highlights from the three Tests in South Africa.Live radio commentary for all matches will also be aired by talkSPORT.Related: Lions 2021 TV CoverageAre the Lions and South Africa playing for a trophy?Yes, the first perpetual trophy in the history of the Lions has been created for this year’s tour so whoever wins it will keep hold of it until the next series in South Africa. Remembering the last Lions home gamelast_img read more

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA [Oficial de Asuntos Públicos] La Obispa Primada, Katharine Jefferts Schori, ha dado a conocer la Propuesta Presupuestaria que se presentará a la consideración de la próxima Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal.“El alma de este cuerpo es la misión—tanto la misión nacional como extranjera— en alianza con cualquiera que comparta esta pasión”, dijo la obispa primada Jefferts Schori en su mensaje de la Propuesta Presupuestaria. “Esta Propuesta Presupuestaria está concebida para ayudar a reorientarnos hacia esa pasión, a ser fieles a quienes somos como la comunidad de los bautizados, a llegar a conocernos como los amigos de Jesús que somos enviados a restaurar el mundo”.Citando el Canon I.2.4(a)(1) que declara que “asumir el liderazgo necesario para iniciar y desarrollar la política y la estrategia en la Iglesia” compete al[a la] Obispo[a] Primado[a], ella apunta, “he procurado, por tanto, la elaboración de un una Propuesta Presupuestaria que pudiera presentarse a la Convención General que se base más claramente en la estrategia misional que el anteproyecto de presupuesto que ahora se propone”.La Propuesta Presupuestaria de la Obispa Primada se basa y se afinca en las Cinco Marcas de la Misión y “asume la misión como su principio organizativo y utiliza las Cinco Marcas de la Misión refrendadas por la Convención General como las prioridades estratégicas para el presupuesto como un documento moral”.Ella explica que su Propuesta Presupuestaria incluye aportes del personal, lo cual no es el caso en el actual anteproyecto del presupuesto aprobado por el Consejo Ejecutivo. Citando la disposición a participar del personal, bajo el liderazgo del obispo Stacy Sauls, Jefe de Operaciones de la Iglesia, la Obispa Primada indica “un enfoque desinteresado y kenótico al bienestar de toda la Iglesia, con el cual yo sé que ellos [el personal] están profundamente comprometidos”.Ella concluye, “Como en todas las épocas, nuestra Iglesia está necesitada de reforma, a fin de emprender la misión que Dios nos ha puesto por delante. Esta Propuesta Presupuestaria aspira a ser el comienzo de ese empeño reformador. Presenta lo que podemos hacer en esta Convención General, y ofrece una dirección estratégica para la próxima era en la vida de esta Iglesia como aliados en la restauración del mundo quebrantado de Dios”.El mensaje de la Propuesta Presupuestaria de la Obispa Primada aparece impreso en su totalidad en este comunicado y también puede encontrarse aquí.A continuación el mensaje de la Propuesta Presupuestaria de la Obispa Primada:Los presupuestos son documentos morales. Nuestra inversión de tiempo y energía en preparar un presupuesto es una especie de trabajo litúrgico, dándole forma a la “obra pública del pueblo”. Los presupuestos reflejan nuestras esperanzas y nuestros sueños como comunidad. Revelan los secretos de nuestros corazones [1].  Representan una estrategia concreta para el logro de lo que creemos que Dios nos llama a hacer y a ser según avanzamos hacia el shalom o el Reino de Dios. Nos ofrecen una oportunidad de [demostrar] fidelidad.“Asumir el liderazgo necesario para iniciar y desarrollar la política y la estrategia en la Iglesia” compete al[a la] Obispo[a] Primado[a] [2].  El proceso presupuestario que se elaboró a través del Consejo Ejecutivo representó una nueva conducta, que merecía ser aplaudida por su valor. A pesar de esos fieles empeños, no surgió una estrategia coherente.[3]Por tanto, yo he buscado la elaboración de una Propuesta Presupuestaria que pudiera presentarse a la Convención General que se base más claramente en una estrategia misional que el anteproyecto de presupuesto que ahora se propone. Creo que esto refleja lo que he visto y he experimentado de primera mano en mis visitas a través de toda la Iglesia Episcopal. Esos signos muy significativos de salud y esperanza en congregaciones y diócesis a través de esta Iglesia son ejemplos de un pujante compromiso con la misión de Dios. Lo que sigue es un plan para hacer a esta Iglesia un agente más efectivo del amor redentor de Dios que se manifestó en Jesucristo.Este enfoque comienza con la misión, e insiste en que la misión configure el presupuesto y no al contrario. La perspectiva del personal de toda la Iglesia ha sido extraordinariamente útil en este proceso, porque ellos han estado profundamente conectados a la misión a nivel local, y han tenido la singular capacidad de ver más allá de las fronteras entre comunidades. [4] Esta Propuesta Presupuestaria refleja extensas consultas con el personal, dirigidas por el jefe de operaciones, el obispo Stacy Sauls. El proceso refleja un enfoque desinteresado y kenótico al bienestar de toda la Iglesia, con el cual yo sé que ellos [el personal] están profundamente comprometidos.El principio estratégico y espiritual de esta Propuesta Presupuestaria es que la Iglesia debe ser fiel a sí misma, al Cuerpo de Cristo, cuando vive y alienta la misión. En verdad, nuestra identidad bautismal se basa en el compromiso con la misión y en la certidumbre de que en la fiel consecución de esa misión Dios nos bendecirá, tanto a nosotros como a nuestra obra.Como episcopales tenemos una interpretación comunitaria de la misión: restaurar a todos los pueblos a la unión con Dios y unos con otros en Cristo.[5]  Pablo nos recuerda que Dios nos ha dado el ministerio de la reconciliación,[6] pero así como el cuerpo está compuesto de muchos miembros con varios dones, se requieren diferentes métodos y enfoques.[7]  Algunos de nosotros recurrimos a la Gran Comisión [8] en busca de las definiciones primarias de la misión; otros, a los objetivos de la misión expuestos por Jesús,[9] o el llamado de Jesús a cuidar de “los hermanos más pequeños”. [10]  La variedad es un reflejo de nuestra idiosincrasia anglicana, no obstante, juntos en Cristo tenemos una misión y nos dedicaremos a ella mientras oramos y adoramos, proclamamos el Evangelio y promovemos la justicia, la paz y el amor.[11]La Propuesta Presupuestaria de la Obispa Primada asume la misión como su principio organizativo y utiliza las Cinco Marcas de la Misión [12] refrendadas por la Convención General [13] como las prioridades estratégicas para el presupuesto como un documento moral. La Propuesta Presupuestaria contiene seis iniciativas estratégicas.• 1ª. Marca: Proclamar las Buenas Nuevas del Reino de Dios. Se designan $2 millones para comenzar nuevas congregaciones y comunidades de culto (renglón 27). La intención es utilizar los recursos de la Iglesia para fortalecer los empeños de misión locales mediante la asociación de compañerismo con las diócesis para brindar preparación, apoyo y un tercio de los costos de nuevas fundaciones. Valiéndose de un enfoque asociativo infunde un total de $6 millones para establecer nuevas comunidades de fe, tanto tradicionales como no tradicionales. Esta estrategia también se propone inspirar la creación de muchas nuevas comunidades religiosas multiculturales y no tradicionales.• 2ª. Marca: Enseñar, bautizar y formar a nuevos creyentes. Una de las oportunidades más significativas y alentadoras de nuestra Iglesia es la obra de nuestras diócesis latinoamericanas de enseñar, bautizar y formar a nuevos creyentes. El liderazgo de laicos y clérigos en la IX Provincia se ha comprometido mancomunadamente con un proceso de desarrollo del liderazgo que haga al ministerio de la provincia autosuficiente y sostenible.[14]  La Iniciativa de Tela, [15] de la cual el resto de la Iglesia tiene mucho que aprender, se presentó [16]  en marzo y el Sínodo de la IX Provincia lo adoptó con entusiasmo. La Propuesta Presupuestaria asigna $1 millón para apoyar a la IX Provincia en el desempeño de su efectiva labor de hacer discípulos de Jesús hasta bien entrado el futuro (renglón 61).• 3ª. Marca: Responder a las necesidades humanas con amoroso servicio. La Propuesta Presupuestaria contiene dos iniciativas estratégicas en conformidad con la 3ª. Marca.• Primera, prevé una época cuando todos los jóvenes episcopales tendrán la oportunidad y el deseo de dedicarse a este objetivo a través del servicio misionero. Se asigna $1 millón para ese empeño tanto a través del programa existente como del nuevo, y mediante la alianza con diócesis auspiciadoras para ayudar a cubrir el costo. Entre los objetivos se incluyen: 1) duplicar el número de jóvenes adultos situados en sitios de misión con diócesis patrocinadoras que cubran parte de los costos; 2) apoyar la expansión del Cuerpo de Servicio Episcopal, una red que coloca a jóvenes adultos en proyectos de misión en Estados Unidos, en relaciones de compañerismo con diócesis que participan y 3) la creación de un programa de año sabático (para jóvenes adultos entre la escuela secundaria y la universidad o el trabajo) mediante la exitosa conclusión de un proyecto experimental en al menos dos diócesis (renglón 79).• Segunda, la propuesta incrementa el compromiso de la Iglesia con Los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio al apoyar a la Diócesis de Haití en la reconstrucción de su fundamental infraestructura de servicios de escuelas y clínicas administradas por la Iglesia que quedaron destruidas en el terremoto de 2010. La iniciativa de Haití busca apalancar el 0.7% del presupuesto de toda la Iglesia a través de la labor de la Oficina de Desarrollo para recaudar $1,4 millones en un programa de equiparación de donaciones. Esto haría que Haití dispusiera de más de $2 millones (renglón 83).• 4ª. Marca: Procurar la transformación de las estructuras de la sociedad. Se asignó $1 millón para hacer participar a los episcopales en la erradicación de la pobreza en Estados Unidos (renglón 108). La intención es crear una red de respondedores, recursos, apoyo y desarrollo de capacidades que hará participar a los miembros de nuestra Iglesia en relaciones transformadoras de solidaridad con los pobres —en zonas urbanas, en reservas nativoamericanas, en zonas de pobreza rural, incluida la de los Apalaches. En un época de creciente pobreza en esta nación, la oportunidad de encontrar y servir a Jesús encarnado puede llevar a los episcopales a ser promotores más eficaces del reino de justicia de Dios.• 5ª. Marca: Luchar por salvaguardar la integridad de la creación y el sostenimiento y la renovación de la vida en la tierra. Una importante labor sobre la 5ª. Marca se está llevando a cabo a nivel local. La Propuesta Presupuestaria asigna $1 millón para fortalecer y coordinar iniciativas locales en el ministerio del medioambiente y para fortalecer y alentar el compromiso de las diócesis y congregaciones en el ministerio medioambiental (renglón 122).La sección de misión del presupuesto también dirige los recursos de toda la Iglesia al apoyo de las Marcas de la Misión a través de la obra de otros. Una sección está dedicada a poner recursos a la disposición de expresiones locales de ministerio dentro de la Iglesia Episcopal: diócesis, congregaciones, instituciones y redes de apoyo. Otra se dedica a hacer que haya recursos disponibles más allá de la Iglesia Episcopal mediante las relaciones de compañerismo con otros miembros de la Comunión Anglicana, otros miembros y otras fes.La Propuesta Presupuestaria de la Obispa Primada se ha organizado con una prioridad espiritual —primero la misión, seguida por secciones dedicadas al gobierno (fundamental para el modo en que nuestra comunidad participa en la toma de decisiones) y la administración (esencial para proporcionar los servicios de apoyo necesarios para las iniciativas de misión). La Propuesta Presupuestaria intenta asignarle un peso adecuado a cada una, estando la segunda y la tercera al servicio de la primera. La Propuesta Presupuestaria ha sido elaborada con la creencia de que el modelo de presupuesto canónico, de gastos canónicos corporativos y de programa ya no sirve idóneamente a la Iglesia para responder a un mundo que está mucho más necesitado de nuestro compañerismo.Las categorías de canónicos, corporativos y de programa siempre han tenido ciertas arbitrariedades, y varios gastos se han asignado a diferentes áreas en diferentes trienios. A fin de satisfacer los cánones, a cada partida en esta propuesta también se le ha dado una designación según categorías canónicas, pero las categorías canónicas existentes no parecen estratégicamente útiles y la Propuesta Presupuestaria no está organizada en consecuencia.Respecto a la elaboración de la Propuesta Presupuestaria de la Obispa Primada para el [trienio] 2013-2015 deben destacarse otros puntos:• El segmento de la misión de la Propuesta Presupuestaria de la Obispa Primada se elaboró como un enfoque de base cero. Es decir, el presupuesto actual no definió la Propuesta Presupuestaria. Esto permitió un proceso de mayor fundamentación teológica y más estratégico. En lugar de tratar de deconstruir lo que ha sido, a fin ajustarlo a las actualidades realidades económicas, la Propuesta Presupuestaria buscó construir lo que se necesitaba para la misión en nuestro contexto actual y elaborar un presupuesto para eso, mirando hacia delante a lo que pudiera ser en lugar de hacia atrás a lo que ha sido. Era un trabajo más difícil que hacerlo a partir del presupuesto para el trienio actual, pero ha estimulado la creatividad y la innovación, precisamente lo que nuestra Iglesia más necesita en este momento. Eso ha hecho el proceso espiritualmente enriquecedor en lugar de agotador. Esto dificulta las comparaciones directas con presupuestos anteriores, pero esta propuesta sí hace lo más que puede para mostrar paralelos. A los diputados y los obispos se les ha pedido que emprendan el mismo tipo de trabajo arduo pero creativo a la hora de considerar la Propuesta Presupuestaria.• La propuesta se hace en el contexto del papel y cargo de la Obispa Primada y se detalla respecto a esas partes del presupuesto (misión y administración) para las cuales ese cargo conlleva supervisión y responsabilidad canónicas. En el área de gobierno, no obstante, la propuesta sugiere reducciones generales más que reducciones específicas. La propuesta anticipa un proceso para asignar la reducción total de un 5% colaborativamente, en consulta con otros líderes electos, entre ellos la Presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, el Encargado Ejecutivo de la Convención General y el Consejo Ejecutivo.• Aún han de elaborarse algunos detalles de las nuevas iniciativas relacionadas con las Cinco Marcas de la Misión, en consulta entre el personal denominacional y el Consejo Ejecutivo. Esto se entiende como una oportunidad para la colaboración creativa. En verdad, la creación del Cuerpo de Servicio de Jóvenes Adultos se produjo como resultado de una invitación semejante a [formar] un liderazgo creativo emitida por la Convención General en 2003, la cual definió el ministerio con los jóvenes como una prioridad estratégica. La colaboración cooperativa entre el personal y el Consejo Ejecutivo ha llevado, y puede llevar otra vez, a un enfrentamiento productivo de los retos que tenemos por delante.• La Propuesta Presupuestaria asume un nuevo enfoque hacia el ministerio de la Iglesia en general al abandonar la concepción de que el personal denominacional puede hacer todas las cosas para todos, y en lugar de eso concentra a nuestro personal y los activos financieros en iniciativas esenciales y estratégicas.• La Propuesta Presupuestaria sugiere eliminar 12,75 puestos de los actuales niveles de personal, algunos de los cuales existen en la actualidad pero son plazas vacantes. Es aquí que quedó particularmente probado el valor del personal, por lo cual le estoy muy agradecida.• Creyendo que debemos responder a una autoridad moral más allá de nosotros mismos, el personal y yo hemos buscado que el presupuesto de la Iglesia responda aunque sea mínimamente a los criterios de las instituciones benéficas seculares. Hemos tenido algunos éxitos en esto. Parte de ello se debe a la reclasificación de algunas áreas que antes aparecían como “canónicas”, y las cuales parecen más adecuadamente clasificadas como misión; parte se debe a disponer de nuevos fondos para la misión a partir de presupuestos y anteproyectos previos; y en parte se debe a tomar en cuenta los servicios en especie proporcionados por agencias filiales (véase el documento del presupuesto para consultar las tablas).• Finalmente, con el deseo de contemplar el mejor uso de todos los recursos de nuestra Iglesia, he instruido al obispo Sauls que lleve a cabo un minucioso estudio de la ubicación del centro denominacional de la Iglesia Episcopal, lo cual fue posible gracias a la generosa ayuda que brindara la Diócesis de Los Ángeles. Esperamos que el estudio estará terminado y pueda presentarse en la próxima reunión del Consejo Ejecutivo, probablemente en octubre de 2012, y pueda ponerse en práctica antes de que la Convención General se vuelva a reunir en 2015. Nos comprometemos a laborar en pro de ulteriores ahorros y reducciones en los costos administrativos, así cono en ser los mejores mayordomos posibles de los activos financieros de la Iglesia, porque todos nosotros somos fideicomisarios para los pobres en nombre de Cristo.El alma de este cuerpo es la misión —tanto la misión nacional como extranjera— en alianza con cualquiera que comparta esa pasión. Esta Propuesta Presupuestaria está concebida para ayudarnos a reorientarnos hacia esa pasión, a ser fieles a quienes somos como la comunidad de los bautizados, a llegar a conocernos como los amigos de Jesús que somos enviados a restaurar el mundo. Como en todas las épocas, nuestra Iglesia está necesitada de reforma, a fin de emprender la misión que Dios nos ha puesto por delante. Esta Propuesta Presupuestaria aspira a ser el comienzo de ese empeño reformador. Presenta lo que podemos hacer en esta Convención General, y ofrece una dirección estratégica para la próxima era en la vida de esta Iglesia como aliados en la restauración del mundo quebrantado de Dios.Rvdma. Katharine Jefferts SchoriObispa Presidente y PrimadaIglesia Episcopal________________________________________[1] Mateo 6:21[2] Canon I.2.4(a)(1)[3] Véase el Comentario sobre el Anteproyecto del Presupuesto Trienal 2013-2015: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/sites/default/files/commentary_on_the_draft_2013-2015_triennial_budget.pdf[4] Por ejemplo, el personal de programa, trabaja actualmente con no menos de 130 comités y redes locales.[5] LOC, p 747[6] 2 Corintios 5:18-20[7] Romanos 12:4ff[8] Mateo 28:18-20[9] Lucas 4:18-21[10] Mateo 25:31-46[11] LOC, p 855[12] Enunciado por el Consejo Consultivo Anglicano en 1984 y 1990: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/mission/fivemarks.cfm[13] 2009 Resolución D-027[14] https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2012/03/09/province-ix-adopts-fin…[15] http://archive.episcopalchurch.org/79425_127382_ENG_HTM.htm[16] http://lideresixp.org/last_img read more

El Pacto Anglicano: La perspectiva Latina

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Por César CardozaPosted Jul 10, 2012 Anglican Covenant, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Featured Events Ethnic Ministries Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 El Pacto Anglicano: La perspectiva Latina Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tags Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Episcopal News Service – Indianápolis] Uno de los “puntos espinosos” en la agenda de la Convención General es el del pacto anglicano, un documento que según sus partidarios ofrece una forma de unir a todos los anglicanos por encima de sus diferencias culturales y teológicas.Para algunos el punto de roce está no en el espíritu sino en la letra del documento en el texto propuesto, particularmente en la posible interpretación futura del mismo. El Obispo de Puerto Rico, David Álvarez, señaló: “Creo que en esencia todos estamos de acuerdo con el pacto anglicano, pero algunos tenemos reservas en lo concerniente a la sección cuatro. Tal como está, deja una puerta abierta para potenciales conflictos entre la Iglesia Anglicana y algunas provincias”.A manera de ejemplo Álvarez se refirió a posiciones asumidas por la iglesia episcopal en materia de sexualidad humana, e indicó que se teme que la suscripción del Pacto se convierta en un instrumento de control.“El problema es más de forma que de fondo –dijo  Álvarez- creo que el Pacto Anglicano en general es positivo pero antes de proseguir hay que aclarar las ambigüedades”.El Obispo de Venezuela, Orlando Guerrero sostuvo una posición similar. “La idea [del Anglicano] en general tiene mérito, pero no hay que precipitarse”.  Agregó que es preciso aclarar y resolver los puntos de fricción para hacer las cosas bien desde el comienzo y puntualizó que “si alguien tiene reservas, lo más responsable es decirlo abiertamente. No hacerlo, le haría un perjuicio a la comunión”.La Obispa Presidenta Katherine Jefferts Schori. En una entrevista en español con el servicio de Webradio del Ministerio Latino-Hispano, manifestó: “El Pacto Anglicano es muy significativo para los anglicanos y episcopales hispanohablantes. Creo que el Pacto Anglicano es una cosa muy británica, es una cosa que varias partes de la comunión interpretan como un intento de recrear el imperio. En algunas partes de la comunión como por ejemplo en nueva Zelandia, una iglesia mayoritariamente indígena, a mucha gente no gusta la idea de la sección IV del Pacto”. La Obispa Presidenta añadió: “Yo creo, y mucha gente en la Iglesia Episcopal y en otras iglesias de la comunión, creemos que tenemos más oportunidades ahora para relacionarnos y trabajar mancomunadamente, lo que resulta en nexos más fuertes que los que puedan provenir del Pacto”.El Pacto Anglicano se planteó inicialmente en el Informe Windsor de 2004 como forma de que la comunión y sus 38 provincias autónomas mantuvieran la unidad a pesar de sus diferencias, especialmente en lo concerniente a interpretación bíblica y sexualidad humana. El informe se generó a raíz de la elección en 2003 de Gene Robinson, un sacerdote homosexual, como Obispo de New Hampshire. Esta decisión condujo a algunas provincias a declarar rota o dañada la comunión con la Iglesia Episcopal. El Pacto también fue una respuesta a líderes de la iglesia que cruzaron las fronteras de otras provincias para atender a los Anglicanos alienados.–César Cardoza es parte del equipo del Servicio de Prensa Episcopal en la Convención General. Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books last_img read more