Edinburgh sign South African prop Nel

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 18: WP Nel during the Cheetahs Captains run at Mr Price KINGS PARK on February 18, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images) Since then Nel’s stock has continued to rise as he established himself as an ever-present in the Cheetahs’ front-row, starting all of the 29 matches in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.Looking ahead to his summer switch Nel said: “My experience at the Cheetahs has been fantastic and I can’t thank coach Naka Drotske enough for all that he has done for me but when I got the chance to go to Edinburgh Rugby, it was an opportunity to gain new experience and develop my game even further.“Edinburgh Rugby play a fantastic brand of rugby and I’m really looking forward to lining up alongside some of their world-class players and living in a great city like Edinburgh.“To be involved in that set-up and experience northern hemisphere rugby and conditions can only improve my game in two great competitions – the Rabodirect PRO12 and the Heineken Cup – and I’m certainly looking forward to the challenge.”Edinburgh Rugby Chief Executive, Craig Docherty, said: “The signing of WP Nel is a clear statement of intent from Edinburgh Rugby as we look to retain and recruit the right players that will help us build on the many strides made this season and to ensure that we continue this momentum into future years.“Nel is a world-class performer as he has shown in one of the toughest club rugby environments, the southern-hemisphere’s Super 15 and for the Barbarians, in that famous win over the All Blacks. Edinburgh Rugby revealed details of a major overseas signing, announcing that they have recruited South African prop WP (Willem Petrus) Nel from Super 15 side Free State Cheetahs on a three year contract until 2015.An immensely powerful scrummager and dynamic ball carrier, Nel is held in high esteem in the southern hemisphere, with his capture seen as a major coup for the ambitious Heineken Cup quarter-finalists.Subject to visa, the 25-year-old front-row will join the club this summer after a final season in Super Rugby, with the season running from February to July.Edinburgh Rugby head coach Michael Bradley said: “We’re delighted to have signed WP Nel for the next three seasons; a player of the calibre, experience and expertise that we seek to attract to the club and to serve our ambitions to put Edinburgh Rugby among the top clubs in Europe.“He has a lot of experience for a 25-year-old prop and will bring a huge amount to our performance on the pitch and to the development of the talented young props we have at the club.”Nel goes into the 2012 Super Rugby season with three year’s experience of the southern hemisphere’s top club rugby division, having made 32 appearances since his debut against the Waratah’s at the tail end of 2009.He then starred in the club’s journey to the Currie Cup final in which his highlight was undoubtedly a semi-final overpowering of Natal Sharks’ South Africa internationalist Tendai ‘the Beast’ Mtawarira.These fledgling performances paved the way for Nel’s selection for the Cheetah’s narrow loss to the British & Irish Lions in 2009 (24-26), where he packed down against soon-to-be colleague Ross Ford, before starting as the only non-capped player in the Barbarians’ win over the All Blacks at Twickenham (25-18). “I’m sure he’ll be big hit with supporters and will serve as an excellent addition to the club as we ramp up our search for silverware.”WP NELDate of Birth: 30/04/86 (25) – in Loeriesfontein, Northern CapePosition: Tighthead PropHeight: 1.82m (5’10”)Weight: 120kg (18st 9lb)Honours: Barbarians v All Blacks, Twickenham (2009)last_img read more

Eddie Jones takes England back to the scene of his greatest triumph

first_imgEddie Jones finally got his hands on some of his England players again in Brighton but, even with a Grand Slam under his belt, the challenge is only just beginning LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Eddie Jones was back at the scene of his greatest triumph in rugby this week when he took a 26-man training camp in Brighton, where his Japan side beat South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, and now after six months in the job he knows what it is like to be England coach. It pays the big bucks, but boy, do you have to work for it.No-one expected Japan to beat South Africa but with the largest playing numbers and the most cash-rich union in world rugby everyone expects England to right up there in the rankings – somewhere they haven’t been for a while now. The Australian has catapulted them back up to fourth, with the Grand Slam, and they have got to remain there, or climb higher, until at least the pool draw for the Rugby World Cup next May.Last time the draw was made – ludicrously in December 2012 – Wales had slipped out of the top eight, thanks to a last-minute defeat to Australia in the last autumn Test, and England were not in the top four. So Australia, then ranked third, England and Wales all ended up in the same group and we all know what happened then. Anyway, moving on…In the spolight: Danny Cipriani, as usual, was at the heart of the questioningJones then has a game with a depleted team against Wales, three Tests in Australia, autumn Tests against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and the Wallabies and a Six Nations campaign to keep England where they are. Or risk another pool of death by a thousand passes.As he commented in Brighton while he tried to finalise his squad for Australia: “We can’t have any excuses because this is a key part of the calendar and they’re ranking Tests, so they’re super important. The news has come out that the World Cup draw is being done in May 2017 which gives us 13 Tests.”“Our main goal was to get better and improve over the Six Nations and to win the tournament and we did that. We went up in the world rankings. The next step is to play the number one and two sides in the world in New Zealand and Australia and we’ve got the Wallabies.”Last time out: Australia gave an out-of-sorts England a heavy beating at World CupEngland have played the so-called ‘big three’ 17 times away from home since winning the 2003 World Cup and have won once in the southern hemisphere, and drawn once. The win was against Australia, in Sydney in 2010, and the draw came against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 2012. In between some of the defeats have been eye-watering for England fans and no way to build your world ranking ahead of a World Cup draw.Jones has a no-excuses way of working but the distractions mounted up this week as he was grilled in the Malmaison Hotel in Brighton Marina. He might be playing down the significance of the next 13 games but those people scarred by the last World Cup won’t be for sure.After the statutory questions about Danny Cipriani and Steffon Armitage, Jones semi-dealt with the Joe Marler issue.He told us the prop sat out training because he had a hip niggle. About 24 hours later Marler pulled out of the Aussie tour to get his house in order, after his couple of aberrations this season.Absent with leave: Joe Marler has asked not to be selected for the England tourThen there’s his captain Dylan Hartley, who has played 17 minutes of rugby since the Grand Slam game in Paris and Sam Underhill, who seems to be his favoured long-term option at openside but willl not be considered in England colours until the autumn. Throw in the fact that an England coach only has his players for about 16 weeks a year and he is up against it.center_img Plotting: Eddie Jones was in Brighton for a training camp with the England squad As he admitted: “We have to relearn how to be part of an England side. All of the players have been back playing for their clubs and doing as their clubs have asked them to do and now they’ve got to learn to play how England wants them to play.”The Slam, a make-do-and-mend job, was the easy bit and the hard bit is just starting. But that is why the top man gets the cigar and if Jones keeps England in the top tier of the rankings he’ll have earned every Aussie dollar.last_img read more

Japan coach Jamie Joseph on facing the Lions

first_imgThis article originally appeared in the June 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Japan players celebrate beating Scotland at RWC 2019 (Getty Images) Having this game is essential as it allows us to make the reconnection as a squad between coaches and players. While we’ve all been doing our own stuff, with the players finally back in Top League and my coaching team working with Super Rugby sides for example, we are realists and know we will have minimal preparation time.We can’t expect to carry on where we left off, but we need a starting point and this match at Murrayfield on 26 June is a great opportunity for that.The first Test for any side is usually full of mistakes, so that provides an opportunity for us. And the second thing in our favour is that the Lions will be looking to do things that they need to get right to beat South Africa. And the way we play will be very different.The pressure will be squarely on the Lions as they are up against a side that hasn’t played or trained together for well over a year and a half.And who knows, if we can create a bit of history then maybe one day Japan can get to host a Lions game. After all, the experience of the World Cup in 2019 shows we can host anything. TAGS: Japan The Brave Blossoms face the British & Irish Lions at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 26 June Japan coach Jamie Joseph on facing the Lions 2021Japan’s game against the British & Irish Lions is a one-off opportunity for my players to play one of the most famous rugby teams in the world, writes Jamie Joseph. And from a personal point of view, it brings back some great memories from 1993 when I played against the Lions just about every week for six weeks.I started off that tour playing for the Maori All Blacks in Wellington, a game we lost after being 20 points up, before heading down to Dunedin where I played for Otago in a 37-24 win.The first Test, a week later, saw Grant Fox kick a goal right on full-time before we were well beaten in the second Test. I remember the coaches saying after that defeat that careers could be lost if we didn’t win the third Test, so it was a relief to win that one 30-13.Ben Clarke attacks for the Lions in the second Test against New Zealand in 1993 (Getty Images)What struck me back then was that there were so many great players in the Lions team. At the start of the tour, Mike Teague and Dean Richards were considered the top loose forwards with Perter Winterbottom. But then Ben Clarke played really well and came through and had a massive tour.I also remember Wade Dooley having to go home and then Martin Johnson comes up, so as always when one door closes another door of opportunity gets presented to a team or player.LIONS 2021 LATEST NEWSThe thing about a Lions tour is that the previous time they were in New Zealand, I was only 13 years old. But you know you’re playing the best from the four countries involved, there’s a lot of history and always a lot of support for them, so it’s really special. And as they don’t tour enough, some young players may never experience facing them.Thankfully Japan have now reached the level where they have been considered a worthy opponent, and it’s going to be a tremendous occasion for the players.Jamie Joseph oversees a Japan training session (AFP/Getty Images)We haven’t played since the 2019 Rugby World Cup. And because of the lack of rugby through Covid, both internationally and domestically, it was important we tried to keep the nucleus of the squad the same as before, so they could pass on all of the hard stuff and learnings.One of the reasons we did so well at the last World Cup was because our team culture was so strong and things were player-led, and if those players weren’t there we would have to start all over again. So it’s great to have the likes of Michael Leitch, Lappies Labuschagne and Yu Tamura back in the fold.Having said that, we need some of the younger guys to come through as we look towards the World Cup in 2023. There are certain positions where we need to see if the players can handle the intensity of not just the games but the preparation blocks. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Best tries of the Top 14 – Round 19

first_imgWednesday Feb 24, 2010 Best tries of the Top 14 – Round 19 While Round 20 of the Top 14 in France has just been, we take a look back at the best tries from Round 19 of one of the best domestic competitions in world rugby. As always, the standard of tries is high, with this round in particular producing a host of wonderful tries for the spectators. We start with a neatly taken try by Henry Chavancy for Racing Metro as they beat Clermont Auvergne 33-24. They feature again at number 2 on the list, with Englishman Dan Scarborough finishing off a great try that’s started by a good charge off the back of the scrum by Sebastien Chabal. The flick pass by Sireli Bobo made it happen though. Patricio Albacete, pictured above, flopped over for a try after Yannick Jauzion broke the line then unselfishly popped the ball for the supporting forward as Toulouse beat Albi 24-6. Perpignan has two fantastic tries on show here from their 49-20 thumping of Bourgoin, while Jean-Baptise Peyras showed his speed for Bayonne as they upset Biarritz 15-0 at Stade Jean Dauger. Number one on this list goes to Mafileo Kefu as Toulon beat Montpellier 31-19. A nice bit of speed and stepping had him coasting through the gap before finishing off Round 19’s Best Tries with the big dive.Time: 04:35 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Memorial for GI union leader

first_imgFrom left, Terry Klug and Andy Stapp leaving Klug’s court-martial at Fort Dix, 1969.A memorial meeting for Andy Stapp, who died in September, will be held on Nov. 1 in New York. As an active-duty GI at Fort Sill, Okla., Stapp first attracted the ire of the Army brass in 1967 when he was court-martialed for “refusing an order” — the order to surrender his anti-war literature to the military authorities.He was put out of the Army in 1968 — but not until after he had begun to organize a union of active-duty service members, men and women. The American Servicemen’s Union took a stance against the Vietnam war, racism, sexism, the lack of democracy in the military and the saluting and sir-ring of officers. The newspaper of the ASU eventually reached U.S. soldiers, sailors and air force personnel all over the globe.Former ASU members and anti-war activists will be joining in the celebration of Stapp’s life, as will his comrades at Workers World, students and fellow educators who knew him as a history teacher over the last three decades, as well as neighbors and ­relatives.The memorial will be held at SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East, 310 West 43rd St. (near 8th Avenue), 7th floor, and will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. All are welcome.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

People’s ‘walk-in’ defends public education in Milwaukee

first_imgEducators, staff members, students and community members “walked-in” at 105 Milwaukee Public Schools on Sept. 18. This action was organized by the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and Schools and Communities United, with support from dozens of labor-community organizations.Photo: mtea.weac.orgParticipants held rallies, informational picket lines and other events before the start of the school day and before they “walked-in” to their respective schools. Thousands across the city demanded an end to Wall Street attacks on public education.In a powerful solidarity action, similar groups organized simultaneous walk-ins at 14 public schools in LaCrosse, Wis., near the Minnesota state line.Over the past few years the right-wing-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has rammed through the greatest austerity cutbacks in the history of the state in public education — both K-12 and higher education. Milwaukee, the largest city in the state with a majority Black and Brown population, has for decades been the target of Wall Street forces. In particular, the banks, with the implementation of failing charter schools, have taken hundreds of millions of dollars from public education.In the latest 2015-17 state budget passed by these reactionary legislators and signed into law in July by their crony, Gov. Scott Walker, even more draconian Wall Street austerity is planned. This includes the possible mass expansion of charter schools in K-12 education, as well as the reduction of shared governance and elimination of tenure for the University of Wisconsin system by state statute.Stop the ‘Milwaukee Plan’A provision in this budget is widely known as the “Milwaukee plan,” which is modeled on previous plans in Detroit, Philadelphia and New Orleans. The privatizers’ goal is to take over so-called “failing” schools in the Milwaukee Public School system and hand them over to private corporations to operate.Current state law says that an “Opportunity Schools Partnership Program” commissioner is to be appointed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, a Democrat and major venture capitalist and realtor. The commissioner would have parallel authority with the elected Milwaukee Public School Board and would be accountable only to the county executive.The 55 schools listed as potential targets have predominantly Black or Latino/a student populations and are in areas of the city devastated by decades of de-industrialization and lack of social safety net programs.All Milwaukee Public School workers employed at the “targeted” schools would be fired and forced to reapply for their jobs. They would have to waive their right to union representation in order to be considered for rehire.Wall Street forces aim to begin the process with three schools this fall and then five schools every year thereafter.Led by the MTEA, resisistance has been in motion for months to shut down the Milwaukee plan. The fightback is ongoing, with the Sept. 18 actions the high point thus far.This organization stated in a press release on Sept. 18: “The walk-ins were a step forward in building a network of school defense committees to protect and strengthen every public school in the city of Milwaukee. Parents, educators, community members and students will work together in the coming months to solidify their school defense committees and prepare for an all-city summit of school defense committees on December 5, 2015.”For information on the resistance, see #noMPStakeover, mtea.weac.org, and schoolsandcommunities.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Republicans, Democrats Battle to Claim Credit for Final Version of USMCA

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Republicans, Democrats Battle to Claim Credit for Final Version of USMCA By NAFB News Service – Dec 18, 2019 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Republicans, Democrats Battle to Claim Credit for Final Version of USMCA Previous articleFree Lunch For Last Day at Indiana Farm ExpoNext articleChina Appears Set to Buy U.S. Ethanol NAFB News Service While the U.S-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement is set for a vote in the House on Thursday, Republicans and Democrats both claimed credit for the final version of the pact on Wednesday.Agri-Pulse says Republican lawmakers piled their praise upon President Trump for demanding that the North American Free Trade Agreement be renegotiated. However, Democrats say the changes they demanded were what made the agreement work.During the early days of negotiations, Democrats said they wouldn’t support the agreement unless it discouraged U.S. companies from relocating to Mexico.“The Trump Administration’s initial agreement fell short, but House Democrats fought hard for greater accountability in the final draft,” says California Representative Linda Sanchez.Republican Kevin Brady of Texas says, “President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer delivered on their promise for a pro-growth and modern trade pact. We now have a trade deal that will deliver historic wins for our economy.”Democrats say the new measures in the USMCA will allow for unions nationwide in Mexico and will eventually push wages higher within that country.Republicans point out that it’s been over a year since the new agreement was signed, saying Democrats’ obsession with impeachment has kept a vital agreement from getting approved. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

RSF Index 2019: UK rises in ranking, but press freedom climate remains worrying

first_imgNews United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment April 18, 2019 RSF Index 2019: UK rises in ranking, but press freedom climate remains worrying Organisation News RSF_en UK NGOs concerned over press freedom implications of Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill RSF welcomed some positive steps in the UK in 2018, including the statement in March by then-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock that Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 – which contains a threatening cost-shifting provision – would not be implemented. The Magnitsky amendment adopted in May as part of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act could also serve as a powerful tool in holding press freedom predators to account.“Although there have been improvements in some areas, unfortunately part of the reason for the rise in the UK’s ranking is that the press freedom climate deteriorated so sharply in other countries. We should hold ourselves to a higher standard, and seek to be one of the best, not worst-performing countries in Western Europe. Too often steps taken in the name of national security trample press freedom, and too often legislation is adopted without adequate protection for journalists. Press freedom must be respected at the very core of domestic law, policies and practices, in line with the UK’s international human rights obligations”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.RSF has called for a number of specific measures to improve the UK’s press freedom ranking, including formally repealing Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, ceasing efforts to force a backdoor into encryption tools, implementing the Magnitsky Amendment without further delay, and lifting the ongoing threat of legal action against journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey in Northern Ireland, who remain under police bail. RSF also calls for a more consistent approach to press freedom across all governmental bodies, including the Home Office, and for parliament to take a more proactive approach in ensuring that new draft legislation does not further erode press freedom.“We are encouraged by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s new media freedom campaign, as the UK plays an important standard-setting role internationally. We hope this commitment to championing these important issues abroad will in turn result in greater vigilance to our own press freedom climate, and lead to improvements in our areas of shortcoming here in the UK”, said Vincent.UK press contact: Rebecca Vincent on [email protected] or +44 (0)7583 137751 September 17, 2018 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on United Kingdom Receive email alerts to go further New UK Counter-Terrorism legislation contains some journalistic protections, but threatens press freedom RSF welcomes European Court judgment finding the UK’s mass surveillance regime threatening to the protection of journalistic sources The UK has risen seven places in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2019 World Press Freedom Index, published today. Now ranked 33rd out of 180 countries, the UK has improved from its 2018 ranking of 40th, placing it between France and Slovenia in the 2019 Index. However, the UK remained one of the worst-performing countries in Western Europe, and a number of worrying trends continued, particularly in relation to national security, surveillance, and data protection. News January 30, 2019 Find out more February 5, 2019 Find out more News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Further calls to reinstate maternity services at Carndonagh

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are further calls on the HSE to reinstate maternity services at Carndonagh Community Hospital as a matter of urgency.Services have been relocated to Letterkenny University Hospital for some time now, with some patients having to travel significant distances from North Inishowen to avail of treatment.The issue is said to be causing on-going concern locally and it’s to be raised at the next regional health forum meeting by Cllr Albert Doherty.He says Carndonagh and other hospitals have a vital role in alleviating pressures in Letterkenny and it’s imperative that services are restored in full:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/albghggfhgfhgfertmaternity.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Facebook Previous articleMan dies in Sligo crashNext articlePlans alone will not deliver broadband to Donegal on time -Cope News Highland Further calls to reinstate maternity services at Carndonagh Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – November 20, 2019 Google+ Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

On the origin of Antarctic marine benthic community structure

first_imgEnvironmental conditions fostering marine communities around Antarctica differ fundamentally from those in the rest of the world’s oceans, particularly in terms of pronounced climatic fluctuations and extreme cold. Here, we argue that the rarity of pelagic larval stages in Antarctic marine benthic invertebrate species is a consequence of evolutionary temperature adaptation and that this has greatly contributed to the current structure of the Antarctic benthic community. In arguing this position, we challenge the likelihood of previously suggested survival strategies of benthic communities on the Antarctic continental shelf and slope during Cenozoic glacial periods. By integrating evidence from marine geology and geophysics, we suggest that the Antarctic continental shelf and slope were both unfavourable environments for benthic communities during glacial periods and that community survival was only possible in the deep sea or in shelters on the continental shelf as a result of the diachronism in maximum ice extent.last_img read more