Saints make double signing

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Northampton Saints “Our campaigns in the Premiership and in Europe have shown us the value of having a strong all-round squad, and with the World Cup coinciding with the start of next season we need players who can help us compete throughout next season,” Mallinder commented. “James and Craig have shown their quality in the Championship and in the games they have played against us in the last year, and we were impressed by what they can bring, not just in terms of playing ability but desire to succeed in a Saints shirt.“We look forward to welcoming them to Franklin’s Gardens during the summer.” That day the 27-year-old Spanish international was in the Green and Whites’ number 15 shirt, but he is also comfortable at fly half and on the wing. In addition to his 22 appearances for Nottingham in the 2010/11 Championship Sempere has played Top 14 rugby for Montpellier and won 34 caps for Spain, scoring 22 tries.“For me the Saints is one of the best teams in the Premiership,” he said. “It is a great opportunity for me to show what I can do. I like to play with the ball in hand from everywhere, which is why I’m looking forward to playing in a team like Northampton. I enjoyed the game last August and the stadium seemed like a good place to play.“Nottingham has been a good place to play and the club has good coaches and people there. It was my first experience in England and they made me feel very welcome. But the opportunity from Northampton was too good to turn down and I’m looking forward to playing there next season.”Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that both players will be useful additions to the Saints squad next season. James Craig in action for Leeds Northampton Saints today announced two new additions to the club’s squad ahead of the 2011/12 season – forward James Craig and back Cesar Sempere.Craig, a 22-year-old, 6’7” lock, joins the Saints from Leeds Carnegie. The 2006/07 Leeds Academy Player of the Year is an athletic and mobile player whose eye for the try line was clear when he scored for the Yorkshire outfit in their LV= Cup trip to Franklin’s Gardens in early February.He has represented England through the age groups and this season his Aviva Premiership Rugby, LV= Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup experience was supplemented by a loan spell in the Championship with Doncaster Knights.Although he paid tribute to the staff at Leeds who have helped him get started in professional rugby, Craig is excited by the challenge ahead of him at Franklin’s Gardens.“There are obviously a lot of people at Leeds who have helped me with my career and I owe them a lot of thanks,” he said. “But now I’m massively looking forward to coming down to the Saints. The guys who I know here like Calum Clark and Scott Armstrong have told me that it’s a great place to be, and visiting the club you can feel a buzz around the place, especially with the massive two or three weeks that are coming up. Hopefully I can help get the club to a similar place next year.“The support you get with things like the conditioning is a massive help and it means that I can concentrate on nothing but developing my rugby. Hopefully the way I play will fit in with the way the team plays here. And with the full houses and great fans that follow the Saints it’s a great place to play rugby.”Sempere is another newcomer who has played – and indeed scored – at Franklin’s Gardens recently in last year’s pre-season friendly against Nottingham.last_img read more

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Leicester v Saracens: The Preview

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS SARACENS: Alex Goode; David Strettle, Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt, Chris Wyles; Charlie Hodgson, Neil de Kock; Rhys Gill, Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, Steve Borthwick (capt), Mouritz Botha, Jackson Wray, Will Fraser, Ernst Joubert.Replacements: Jamie George, John Smit, Carlos Nieto, Hugh Vyvyan, George Kruis, Richard Wigglesworth, Adam Powell, James Short. Centre point: Anthony Allen breaks through the Saracens defence during Leicester’s 20-19 win at Vicarage RoadBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorWELFORD ROAD will hold no fear for Saracens when they play Leicester in the second of the Aviva Premiership semi-finals on Saturday. After all, the defending English champions have won on their last three visits to the ground, including a 50-25 thumping of the Tigers when they met earlier in the season.However, the Leicester side hoping to take the club to an eighth straight Premiership final is vastly different to the one that succumbed to Saracens back in September. Just one member of the starting back-line remains – Anthony Allen – for this match and three of the pack – George Chuter, Julian Salvi and Steve Mafi. There are just three changes to the Saracens XV that scored six tries at Welford Road at the start of the season.Leicester have recovered well, however, after struggling in early season with so many players away at the World Cup and have reeled off ten straight wins in all competitions. So can Saracens stop that run and beat the Tigers to repeat their final feat from last season?Man mountain: Manu TuilagiAll-out attack v pragmatismOne of the most startling statistics when looking ahead to this match is that Leicester have scored twice as many tries as Saracens in the Premiership this season – 70 to 35 – and picked up nine try-scoring bonus points. In fact, the Tigers have the best try-scoring record in the league, 17 ahead of next-best Harlequins.In contrast, Saracens have one of the best defensive records – conceding just 30 tries in 22 games, which is just one more than Bath.So it’s a classic case of attack v defence. Leicester will be looking to use the power of the Tuilagi brothers to fracture the Sarries defence and then the guile of Geordan Murphy and Anthony Allen to get across the line. But some of their high-risk tactics might provide Saracens with prime counter-attacking ball.Set-piece set-doThis match sees two of the game’s top lineout exponents go head-to-head in Steve Borthwick and Geoff Parling. Both men do their homework when it comes to the lineout and will be looking to unsettle each other’s calls. Whoever comes out on top in that battleground will have a say in the result as quality lineout ball has proven a key provider of tries this season.As for the scrum, Leicester will be looking to get an edge up front. Dan Cole gets a first shot at disrupting Rhys Gill and they also have Martin Castrogiovanni on the bench. Sarries’ prop cover is not quite as strong, with John Smit a far better hooker than he is a prop. If the Tigers do get the upper hand at scrum time, expect to see Thomas Waldrom putting in his trademark surges. TAGS: Leicester TigersSaracens Kicking king: Owen FarrellKicking duelToby Flood has admitted he’s frustrated at being usurped as England’s No 10 by Owen Farrell. While Saracens’ young dynamo is starting this game at 13 with Charlie Hodgson at fly-half, the accuracy of his boot will be crucial to his club’s final ambitions. He will punish any penalty infringement, be it kicking for territory or the posts.Flood has more creativity in his skill-set, but if this is a tight game – as the last two finals have been – his goalkicking is what could prove most decisive.VERDICTLeicester are the form team in the Premiership right now and should beat Saracens – but the London side will put up a strong fight. I’m saying Tigers by 12. LEICESTER v SARACENS, WELFORD ROAD, SATURDAY 12 MAY, 5.30pm, Live on ESPNLEICESTER: Geordan Murphy (capt); Horacio Agulla, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Allen, Alesana Tuilagi; Toby Flood, Ben Youngs; Marcos Ayerza, George Chuter, Dan Cole, George Skivington, Geoff Parling, Steve Mafi, Julian Salvi, Thomas Waldrom.Replacements: Tom Youngs, Logovi’i Mulipola, Martin Castrogiovanni, Graham Kitchener, Craig Newby, Sam Harrison, Billy Twelvetrees, Scott Hamilton. NOT FOR FEATURED last_img read more

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Hardly Manu Tuilagi’s biggest mistake

first_imgBATH, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Gavin Henson of Bath looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers at the Recreation Ground on September 14, 2013 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) That fateful moment: Manu Tuilagi goes renegade, putting bunny ears behind the Prime Minister David CameronBy Alan DymockTHE BIGGEST mistake Manu Tuilagi has made this week – yes, we have to specify ‘this week’ because, well, he does have some previous – is that he has made himself a political stick with which to beat David Cameron.To make things clear, Tuilagi should not be banned as some are suggesting. You are allowed to mock a member of parliament. Indeed, in our society it is actively encouraged. Propping bunny ears up behind the nation’s leader is ill-advised and certainly childish, but was it a paint bucket or a comedy custard pie?OK, so it was not searing satire or a move motivated by political impulses; he thought he was being impish; one of the lads. However, now he will be a bat with which the Opposition can flog the incumbent government. No support from our athletic heroes, no respect, yada yada yada.Some will argue that this sets a bad example. Taking the mick out of political leaders before an official photo call is neither illegal nor morally objectionable and while his lapses in discipline during games should be punished, taking away part of his livelihood for a set of bunny ears seems silly. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS the centre of attention…again: HensonIt’s silly all round. The guy has given himself a lot of grief and while his actions were downright idiotic, making a bigger deal of things makes it all worst.Of course, silly was the theme of the day yesterday. While the British and Irish Lions where eying paperweights in the PM’s office, Saracens were making mischief of their own by offering fans of Bath full refunds if they attend the match between the two at the weekend and former Saracen and current Bath playmaker Gavin Henson scores a single point.Churlish? Sure. Funny? A little. Bringing issues of gambling to the forefront of sport, again? Perhaps at an extreme push. Certainly mind games come in here and Saracens obviously feel they can cover the windfall, but the punter will not be out of pocket. Japes all round, hey? The thing is that poor old Gav just cannot get on with his job. For once he hasn’t thrust himself into the centre of the storm and really if he puts his head down, gets on with his work and scores some points without making a big deal about it we must all take a chance to admit he has done well.Henson is everyone’s favourite whipping boy, but maybe what he and Tuilagi do on the pitch should be the most important thing for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Hotshots: Saracens winger Nathan Earle

first_img You were born in Hong Kong?Yes. Dad was working there and I started rugby there when I was three. My older brother played and Dad gave up trying to stop me joining in at training.When did you make the move to England?  In 1999, when I was just under five. I joined Cranbrook rugby club and stayed with them until I joined Saracens. Harry Sloan is from there too.Were you always a wing?I was prop, then fly-half – just give the fast kid the ball! Since we moved to a full pitch I’ve been a wing.How old were you when you joined Saracens?I was 15. I trained with them once a week until I went to college, then it was every day. I was quite raw and the coaches Matt Davies and Jan Bonney honed everything. When did you first play for England?With the U18s. This is my first year with the U20s.How did you find the Junior World Cup?To score five tries in the first two games was amazing. I’d have been happy with one. We believed if we performed well we’d be in a position to win it, which we did!How did you feel about being nominated for IRB Junior Player of the Year?Unbelievably happy! I didn’t expect it at all. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS RW verdict: He grabbed the JWC headlines and hopes to star in a Saracens shirt in the new season.This hotshot was first published in the August 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in this month’s mag! Winning smiles: Maro Itoje and Nathan Earle (right) celebrate Junior World Cup victory last_img read more

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France wing Damian Penaud: “He is a free spirit”

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rougerie probably saw in Penaud a bit of himself as a young player. He made his debut for the club aged 18 in 1999 and 16 years later he was a living legend among the Yellow Army. If Rougerie was on Penaud’s case that first season it was because he saw potential.“He eventually got the message,” he reflects. “He no longer arrived at the last minute and he started applying himself in the weights room, something he’s not crazy about. I made clear to him that if he wanted to survive in a sport becoming ever more confrontational and less about evasion, his body had to be his armour.”At the same time that Penaud was being schooled at Clermont by the likes of Rougerie and Lopez, he was also learning his craft under Lièvremont with the France U20 squad. “Damian is more interested in the ball than by defence,” he once said of his young charge. “But I can tell you that when he gets it into his head to defend, he can do some serious damage to his opponent.”If Rougerie played the bad cop with Penaud, then the good cop was Benson Stanley, the ex-All Black who spent five seasons at Clermont. “Rougerie is the hard taskmaster whereas Stanley is more paternal,” said coach Franck Azéma.Azéma’s assessment came in June 2017, on the eve of Penaud’s Test debut against South Africa. A fortnight earlier Penaud, then 20, had inspired Clermont to the Top 14 title against Toulon. Deep in his own 22, his audacious breakout led to the length-of-the-field try dotted down by Alivereti Raka – one of the greatest tries seen in a Top 14 final.Les Bleus lost 37-15 in Durban but Penaud marked his first cap with a try and four more followed in his next 15 Tests. All but that opening score have come from the wing, where Penaud has been selected since November 2018. That match, also against the Boks, was his first cap in 12 months after a broken foot sidelined him for a lengthy spell.In his absence, Guy Novès had been sacked as head coach and replaced by Jacques Brunel, who himself is no more. The new man in charge is Fabien Galthié and it’s fair to say he doesn’t share Penaud’s laid-back character.Demanding, brusque and a perfectionist, Galthié is known for his ‘no-fools’ approach. How he handles the mercurial Penaud will not only be fascinating, it will be vital for the French squad going forward into what the nation desperately hopes is a new and brighter future. The early signs are good with France three from three in the Six Nations and chasing a first Grand Slam since 2010.Related: Moody Bleu! Can enigmatic Fabien Galthie restore glory to France?It’s a sign of the young talent now emerging in France that Penaud will soon be one of the old hands, and the shy and slovenly teenager who ambled into the Clermont dressing room in 2015 will be expected to set an example to his younger team-mates.Nicknamed ‘The Phenomenon’, Penaud lived up to his billing in being named the Best French International of 2018-19 at a recent awards ceremony. It was a well-deserved honour but perhaps the most significant accolade came from Rougerie when he retired the previous season. “His maturity has amazed me,” he said of the man who has replaced him as the idol of the Clermont faithful.The boy has become a man, and Penaud has the gifts to become one of the greats. This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Livewire: Damian Penaud gestures while in action for France (Getty Images) center_img France wing Damian Penaud: “He is a free spirit”Damian Penaud doesn’t like doing interviews but fortunately there are enough anecdotes around to flesh out the most exciting young threequarter in French rugby.What’s clear is that were the 23-year-old French wing any more laid-back he’d be horizontal. One of his early mentors at Clermont, Aurélien Rougerie, recalled his first impressions of Penaud: “He would arrive late to training, wearing flip-flops and with one eye still closed. He was ridiculously talented but he wasn’t making the most of his opportunity.”Another Clermont team-mate, Yohan Beheregaray, diplomatically described Penaud as “not a morning person”. He recalls how he would “saunter into training in his flip-flops, in the nick of time”. Once on the pitch Penaud would come into conflict with Camille Lopez for forgetting the calls for backs’ moves.Was it insouciance or a lack of maturity? Beheregaray remembers squad outings to restaurants where Penaud would spend half an hour in the gents playing games on his iPhone, and trips to the golf course where a poor shot would result in a club being hurled down the fairway.Club duty: Damian Penaud in action for Clermont Auvergne (Getty Images)According to Beheregaray, Rougerie would occasionally have to act like a “policeman”, straightening out the errant youngster and reminding him of his responsibilities as a professional athlete. Rougerie has long since retired and, while Penaud has got his act together, a hint of mischief remains. A few months ago a video went viral in France of Penaud using his false teeth to discover if he’d won anything with a scratchcard.But one shouldn’t complain. In recent years the colour has drained from professional rugby in France to the point where players just seem to parrot cliches about ‘respect’, ‘values’ and ‘hard work’; all very admirable but where are the game’s characters? The Blancos, Mesnels, Charvets and Champs?Ironically, Penaud’s dad hailed from this generation but he wasn’t known as one of the more flamboyant players. Capped 32 times by France in the 1990s, Alain Penaud was a rather plodding fly-half, best known to British rugby fans for managing to stick just one year of a three-year contract at Saracens.“I am disappointed that I am unable to continue to play for Saracens,” said Penaud in 1999, “but I must listen to my wife and young son Damian.”Thomas Lièvremont played in the same France team as Alain, then coached Damian at U20 level in the 2016 Junior World Cup. “There’s no similarity with his father, who was a strategist with a fantastic kicking game,” says Lièvremont when asked to compare the pair.“Damian is a free spirit… One has to allow him his liberty. He likes to have the ball, to look for the space. I can’t think of anyone to whom I can compare him. He’s a unique player.”What father and son do have in common is Brive. Alain began his career at the unfashionable club in 1987 and a decade later the minnows became the masters, beating Leicester to win the European Cup.Damian came through the Brive ranks but despite his raw talent his demeanour was indecipherable to the club and he was released in 2015. Clermont didn’t hesitate. They knew a rough diamond when they saw one.Mentor: Damian Penaud talks to Aurelien Rougerie (Getty Images)Former France and Clermont wing Julien Malzieu described Penaud as “very introverted” when he arrived at Stade Marcel Michelin, hardly surprising given his youth and the fact he was now rubbing shoulders with some of the most recognisable faces in French rugby: Rougerie, Lopez, Wesley Fofana, Morgan Parra and Benjamin Kayser. He may be laid-back and quiet off the pitch, but he certainly knows how to make an impact when he crosses the whitewashlast_img read more

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Special report: Too Much, Too Soon In Rugby

first_imgLife comes at you fast. For a few unlucky young rugby pros, it can be too fast. In this special report, we look at why the physical and mental demands of the game can overwhelm, and celebrate those who ensure the kids are alright. This feature first appeared in Rugby World magazine in March. “I wasn’t your average kid leaving school,” says Wilson, who did labouring upon retiring. “I was slightly bigger and able to handle myself. Looking back, whether that benefited me or maybe the brakes should have been put on so I wasn’t exposed to so much at a young age, I am not 100% sure about it.“Because I would never say that I was pushed to play, but in my own head I probably pushed myself through injuries when I should have maybe taken a backwards step, with being so young.“I’ve never spoken to anyone about it, but when I started at the Falcons at 18 I felt like I was bottom of the chain, I had no right to moan or complain or have my opinions. My mindset was just to get my head down and graft and hopefully gain respect through that.End of the road: Wilson’s neck injury (Getty Images)“That sort of mentality maybe meant that in some training sessions, maybe games, I was playing through injuries – be it my lower back, which I had problems with for a number of years. I probably could have done with a bit more education on how to handle yourself with some injuries. Not just trying to be a hero or grit my teeth.”Yet how can you know you need something like that? Coaches can’t read minds when youngsters bottle things up.Wilson thought the Falcons academy was brilliant – a point we hear several times. He has no regrets and despite his career length, says: “I loved it.” Yet when talking about physical demands, he makes an interesting point.“I wouldn’t say it’s about all the rugby but the amount of training as well. Realistically, you’re hitting a lot more scrums in training in the week than you do in the game. You probably make more tackles in the week as well.”This is where we introduce Lesley McBride, a former physio for England U20 and a physiotherapy lecturer doing a PhD on neck strength in rugby players. The RFU, FA and Formula One figures are interested in her findings. And when Wilson wanted to talk about his final injury, guess who he called…“What I know is all about adolescence and how that is a period of vulnerability,” McBride says. “They are more susceptible to injury when they reach peak height velocity and peak weight velocity due to the combination of new bone formation and increased load.“The question is if coaches at all levels understand the different requirements of adolescents, and if so, can they modify training to account for these variables? Adolescence is generally categorised into early (ten-13), middle (14-16) and late (16-20). However, chronological age and skeletal/somatic growth often follow a less predictable and fixed sequence.“The clavicle (collarbone) is the final bone in the body to fuse, at around the age of 21, so it’s not really a surprise that the second-highest incidence of injury in the Junior World Championship (after concussion) is the AC joint at the shoulder.“Then consider scientific understanding around sleep. When the adolescent is asked to do gym training at 7am, in terms of their circadian rhythm it’s similar to asking an adult to do it at 3 or 4am. This is a recipe for disaster in terms of sleep deprivation and its impact on injury rate. Adult coaching principles cannot be applied to adolescents and yet I know that in many cases younger players’ sessions are not planned around the large body of evidence that surrounds their physical development.”McBride likens physiotherapy to avoiding a cliff edge. You cannot wait for them to be broken at the bottom to help.Related: The French gateway for South African rugby talentThe answer, she believes, is coaches listening to and learning from the academics and the science available. Wellness testing, on the whole, is done well she adds, but you must be aware of the signs that you are overloading or, just as important, underloading players.For example, if some are at a Premiership club and don’t play at a high standard regularly enough or train at a certain intensity often enough, they can ‘spike’ their load when it’s time to play U20 games; they’d suddenly have much more high-level training and competition than they’re used to, increasing risk.McBride sees poor tackling as a red flag for potential neck injury, albeit a harder one to spot in open play. If a youngster isn’t up to elite standard in the scrum it can be obvious from the get-go and you can take them out and work on it. But like Wilson, there’s another aspect of the scrum she wants us to monitor.“How many scrums are in a match?” she asks rhetorically. “An average of 13. Now how many scrums do they do in a training session in a row? Over and over again. And do people prepare for that aspect in the gym, then? No, they don’t.Exciting talent: Ioan Lloyd of Bristol is being well-managed (Getty Images)“So I’ve stripped it right back to saying that for a game of rugby, which is live and intense and difficult, that you train for that sensibly. That’s doing a few scrums in each rugby session in the week – not one big scrum session, otherwise you are really stressing that neck. What we know is that as soon as the neck muscles get fatigued, your balance goes so you’re more prone to other injuries and you can’t do everything you need in a game as well. So if we looked after them from an earlier age and we planned sessions more to mimic what a game looked like, you would be protecting them.”At the highest levels, McBride believes this happens because coaches are well educated. And with her research, which hopes to produce a standardised measurement of neck strength, she reckons teams all over the world can better determine a young player’s readiness to play on the biggest stages.For the moment at least, you cannot tally it all. So it is about entrusting a system to do the right thing. In Bristol there is another set-up earning praise.According to senior academy manager Gethin Watts, careful consideration goes into planning for the long-term needs of each player. Look at their breakout star, 18-year-old playmaker Ioan Lloyd.“If you look at the amount of minutes Ioan has played, the exposure he has had has outshone the actual number of minutes he’s had. That’s actually down to design. It’s not by accident. He’s had small introductions to prepare himself for lots of minutes later down the line.”INTERNATIONAL ACTSIf we want to talk about the greatest stage, we must talk Tests and the desire to one day get there. For some of those who make the climb early, though, there can be perils aplenty along the way.We all know the story of Mat Tait in 2005, making his England debut at 18, being manhandled by Gavin Henson against Wales, dropped the next week. And on that Tait tells Rugby World, when asked if he was handled well by his national side afterwards: “Probably not!”He believes that from a rugby perspective, dropping him was the right call but he adds: “We went back into camp on a Monday or Tuesday and I dropped out of the 23. And then I think I had to go down and watch the France game (in round two) which was torture.”Upended: Mat Tait (Getty Images)It became a national discussion. Tait wouldn’t make that side again until June 2006. He is certain that the coach at the time, Andy Robinson, and his staff will have learnt from how they used him.Later echoing the sentiment, Tait adds: “Sport is all about failure but also after you make mistakes on and off the pitch – players, coaches, management. The important thing is taking the learnings from that to move both individual and team performance forward as the game evolves.”In the years since, Tait has noticed an increase in public dialogues about being in a healthy place, mentally, saying: “Ultimately, if someone is in a good mental space, you will get the best version of them, whether that be in an office or on a field in front of 80,000.”He feels Falcons’ choice to let him play sevens was great man management and helped him to evade the spotlight. But he’s wary of social media traps for kids. It is an area of intense discussion today.Tait tells us: “When people texted me after the Wales game – friends meaning well, saying ‘Don’t read anything, you did really well’ – I thought f*** off, stop texting me! I don’t want to know, even if it’s not specifics, I know I’m dealing with this anyway. So imagine what players like Quade Cooper, Danny Cipriani – players who are potentially polarising – have to deal with, being on a platform that allows keyboard warriors to abuse them.”Before social media really forced its way into our lives, though, there was a band of young players introduced to the very top level early, who know all about the glare. Players like Tait and Cooper, but also Mathieu Bastareaud.“In France it was a big, big, big, big story,” Bastareaud says of the 2009 controversy when he was sent home from a tour in New Zealand for lying about falling over and injuring his face after a drunken night, claiming at first he was assaulted by five Kiwi locals.“The prime minister talked about it in the newspapers. A lot of people talked badly about me. That was very hard for me but more for my family.“They knew I made a mistake but all those bad comments, for me it was too much for my mistake. I killed nobody but some journalists tried to go to my mother’s house, call my father with withheld numbers. It was very hard for my family and friends.Under scrutiny: Mathieu Bastareaud in 2009 (Getty Images)“But at the end of this story I think it made me stronger. After that I see the real face of professional world rugby. After my international debut I was successful, I was on the top. But in two months people talked of me like I was garbage and I was finished with rugby.”In his autobiography, Bastareaud later revealed the horror and dysfunction back home in France, of drinking and a suicide attempt. He was just 21.Aftercare. If we learn anything from these two stories from the spotlight we can deduce that talking to youngsters at the top end, where it’s toughest, is vital. Both feel they learnt from the time, but would you want others to go through it?There is no manual for all this. Though there are some things you can learn along the way. Eventually, somehow.Related: Harry Robinson on preparing for the futureEver since his Super Rugby debut at 18 for the Reds, Quade Cooper has caused chatter in Australia. He was a Wallaby by 20. He tells us: “It’s not like when you’re well-known at school but you’re still just kids. I don’t want to use the word ‘famous’ but as a public figure, like it or not, what you do has an impact. After my first season I didn’t understand that. I just wanted to be an 18-year-old kid.”Catching the eye: Quade Cooper in 2009 (Getty Images)There was something else too. “I didn’t understand much about money. I’d never had it, my family never had it. So I’d never had advice. Who could you go to?“I learnt the hard way. I’d spend all my money, pay cheque to pay cheque, every cent, because I knew it would fill back up. There was a lightbulb moment in the Australia U20 camp. A team-mate had just put a deposit down on a house. He was telling me about it and I thought, ‘I’ve not even bought a house.’ He saved for two years, while I was getting paid way more a week.”He acknowledges the infantilising nature of rugby – performance is often the focus. So he found help via his agent. Sounds simple, but he still sees young players baffled by money.Yet Cooper also sees a lot more teams getting it right, offering help and giving good advice. And he finishes with a point that sums up so much: the ideal, he says, is to have support networks in place so you can err and learn – without leaving a legacy of damage.This feature first appeared in Rugby World magazine in March. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Illustration by Charlotte Chesher Special report: Too Much, Too Soon In RugbyHE WAS earmarked as special, early. As one respected youth mentor tells us, “He was described by top coaches as the next England tighthead.” But things didn’t quite pan out like that for Jack Stanley.Brought into Exeter for his second of two years with Truro College, he played A league and LV= Cup in 2015 and trained with the first team. But soonhe decided he did not want that life.As the Cornish native tells Rugby World: “There was a small element of being exposed to it all too soon. I must have been 18 when I had this feeling come down that I didn’t want to be at Chiefs.”Young Chief: Stanley (Getty)The prop was not coerced to sign up and is full of praise for the academy and coaches in Exeter. But after struggling with a broken wrist, enjoyment sapping away in the rehab room as frustrations he could not verbalise grew, there were months of “feeling s**t; I felt pretty depressed”. He abruptly walked away from the club, not even consulting his parents before making the decision.In two years out, he moved on to “12-hour days stacking shelves in a supermarket” and his weight climbed to 155kg before he realised what rugby could be for him if he started over.Now 23, Stanley grabbed a prospect opened up by friends and is on a dual contract with Edinburgh and Super6 side Watsonians. He loved his second year in the Scottish capital, grinding within Richard Cockerill’s structure there, happily working back from a time when he felt he had to run away from the sport (Ed: Stanley has since moved to Gloucester).He also harbours no ill feelings and adds of his departure: “To be fair, Rob Baxter (Chiefs boss) was great about it all. He was always very understanding and apologetic – he said pretty much that they probably put too much on me as a youngster.”On current practice, Chiefs academy head Rob Gibson tells us: “We have to make sure players are emotionally ready, they are physically ready. We are looking to put players in the Premiership at the right time, sometimes 21, 22, but it changes. It’s getting tougher due to the strength of our squad.“Education is paramount – that’s the (focus) we push. But not every player wants to go that way, so we’ve got to try to find what’s best. You don’t always get it right, the individual doesn’t always get it right. You have to adapt to support (players).”For those who pride themselves on developing talent, lessons along the way must be vitally important, for all parties. Of course by nature the sport is confrontational. It is not for everyone.Success story: George Ford for Leicester at just 16. (Getty Images)In a recent column for The Irish Times about entitled young athletes, former Leinster and Scotland coach Matt Williams wrote: “The privileged life of professional sport is not offered to many people and there are many doors that can quickly take you out of it.” He praised the virtues of being selfless, hard-working and willing to sacrifice.By his own admission, Stanley says bad habits crept into his game when he thought he’d made it. But he’s glad to have seen the real world out there and is knuckling down now.Yet, as you will read, there is much to be aware of when dealing with kids. We want them to love it.This report looks not to point fingers or pretend there is widespread crisis. It is to show what young, ambitious players can face; the mental load, hits, added pressures. We heard stories of great work, worthy of praise. Many reflect on experiences – good and bad – constructively.There may not be many getting it wrong but we must still safeguard against too much, too soon for future stars…MENTAL LOADStanley says that what was missing for him was the ear of someone who knew what he was going through. As he says: “I just feel like I should have had a bit of guidance. There wasn’t really anybody else in that situation from my college that I could relate to. I didn’t really have anyone I could share the experience with or know how to get it right, so that I didn’t end up falling out of love with it.”He also holds his hands up and says he could have been proactive and sought others to talk to – everything was new, but “acting tough was a big part of it, because that’s probably the most important characteristic that you need to have just to play the game”.Creating a better pathway for younger players to discuss issues is something more people in the game are working towards. But as Jack’s tale makes clear, watching how players ‘transition’ is key.Related: The strain on young refereesThe Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) tells us: “Our welfare programmes, such as ‘Gain Line’, have focused on academy players for many years, as we’re acutely aware of the transition pressures involved in players coming from a school environment into a senior professional rugby environment and then, a year or years later, making the transition into a senior squad, a different level of rugby or out of the professional game completely.”A Premiership-wide study is underway to look at what young players deal with, as new experiences and pressures mount. The RPA adds: “We are aware of the psychological load faced by academy players and, together with the RFU, Premiership Rugby and Cardiff Met University, are undertaking (soon to be completed) research in this area.”The RPA cannot be the only people considering mental load management. However, related studies are too few.Bright future: England U20s this season (Getty Images)In the 2020 paper Applied Sport Science for Male Age-Grade Rugby Union in England, Professor Stephen Mellalieu of Cardiff Met wrote part of it on ‘psychological challenges and development’. It went: “Psychology is acknowledged as a key determinant in the realisation of potential and long-term success in sport, especially rugby union. However, despite this importance, the prevalence of systematic psychological inquiry into both senior and youth populations worldwide in the sport is scarce. To date, five studies have investigated the psychological challenges and developmental demands faced by age-grade English RU players. These studies have focused upon the stress and coping experiences of players and the psychological factors contributing to successful talent development.”Later in the paper, it summarises: “RU players face a range of psychological demands and adopt numerous strategies to cope with these challenges… Understanding the psychological characteristics that facilitate and derail progression can enhance coaches’ player assessment when identifying and supporting youth rugby union players.Related: Vulnerability and the risk of schoolboy doping“Given the limited literature to date, future research should seek to examine in greater depth the psychological demands age-grade RU players from England face, the skills/strategies deployed to successfully transition to the elite professional level and the factors (eg, personal, situational, organisational and cultural) that mediate this progression.”It would be naive to assume as we talk about load and transition that we are suggesting mollycoddling kids is the way ahead. According to ex-England U18 coach Russell Earnshaw, they’d prefer to play fixtures away from home, often with younger sides than their opponents, with players exploring new positions. Small bumps in the road were desirable.Someone who has looked at the youth game through an academic prism is Jamie Taylor, who was an academy head coach at Leicester Tigers and now works as a senior performance pathway scientist for the English Institute of Sport, out of Loughborough University.Winning feeling: Leicester’s youngsters (Getty Images)“What is widespread is those who have it too easy falling away,” Taylor tells us. For him, it’s a disaster if any kids cruise through school racking up wins, reach rep rugby and it happens again but then at the first knock – a sharp rise in training standards with the pros, playing badly or picking up an injury – they aren’t equipped to handle it.“Someone who has an earlier birthday in an age group has a two-to-three times greater chance of being selected for a talent platform. That’s called the ‘relative age effect’. However, the data at senior level shows those numbers flattening out.“So you might be twice as likely to be selected for a talent pathway, but you are far less likely to make it at top level.”For Taylor, asking about ‘too much, too soon’ is the wrong question – it’s more about ‘how hard is it and for how long?’ Progression is better than sharp inclines.He’d also like to see more education to help academies manage challenge levels appropriately and for standards of schools rugby to be raised to support long-term player development.Taylor wants tailored plans for existing talent. A watered-down version of first-team training won’t cut it. But any plan must consider the physical side too.PHYSICAL TOLL“Rugby is a unique sport and I don’t think there’s another sport in the world like it,” says Peter Walton, the popular coach who led the England U18 programme for years alongside John Fletcher. Yet when asked if he thinks we often assume that academy prospects come out the sausage machine ready for the senior pro game, he answers in the affirmative. And for him we need to consider the physical maturity of kids.“We think, ‘Yeah, he can bench-press 180kg – he’s strong’. But that doesn’t mean he’s strong enough to scrummage.“That worries me. That people think anybody is coming out and it’s ‘Right, you’re a big-framed lad, we’ll get you in the front row.’ It doesn’t mean his whole body is ready for it. My motto is there’s no rush. I feel we rush people.”It is worth pointing out that Walton played in Newcastle with Jonny Wilkinson – “one of the first ones who really got the chance at a young age to play the game as it got professional” – and he is now managing the youth in Gloucester, where teenage sensation Louis Rees-Zammit is tearing up trees against Premiership foes. Walton has seen a few different approaches.He is also realistic enough to realise clubs have necessities. There is only so much money you can throw at a squad and there are fixtures to fulfil. For each fixture you need two full front rows. For him, you should have at least ten props in your squad and with some youngsters. Injuries mean that some, not ready for full games yet, may go in. He gets that. What irks him is something else.Working the neck: Young players with Lyon (Getty Images)“There have been other times, I know, where people put players in because they think they’re good enough,” Walton says. “It’s ‘He’s played age-group rugby’ or ‘He was an U18 prop’. And they are good enough (at rugby) but strength-wise, under their skeleton, under their skin, are they really good enough yet?“That’s what worries me – that we don’t know what’s under them. We don’t know how developed neck muscles are and sure they can go on machines and push things, but are they really ready? I’m not so sure they are. I’ve spoken to guys who should be further on in their careers and aren’t. I’m convinced they were pushed into that environment a bit early.”Walton’s next point is important: he is adamant no one does that on purpose. He also believes that every player, every scenario and every club is different. Everyone wishes they knew the exact right time to throw someone into action.But before we jump to the medical view, it is worth getting a player’s perspective on the physical side.Related: Chris Boyd on using young stars at the right timeWalton, and many others, believe that were it not for a career-ending neck injury, Falcons prop Scott Wilson would have had a special career for England. So when Walton says that if he could have one wish, he would want all young players to suddenly “think long-term” it chimes with Wilson’s view on his time. TAGS: Investigation Can’t get to the shops? 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Japan’s offload king Tim Lafaele on his wrestling inspiration

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Japan centre is famed for slick passing but exploits in the ring have spurred him on Asked to recall his favourite offload, he quickly responds that his flick against Russia in the World Cup opener was a moment to treasure. For those who had followed Japan in the build-up, playing with such freedom as they would go on to do against European powers like Ireland and Scotland should not have been a surprise.Related: Inside the vital 24 hours before Japan v Scotland“The coaches, Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown, encourage boys to play with their own style,” he explains. “It’s good feet, they encourage the boys to have a crack all the time. And it’s in games, not just at training. Having the confidence from the coaches means heaps when you go out to express yourself.“Tony Brown, when he takes our backs and we’re doing passing drills, we’ll be doing normal passes and he’ll chuck in, ‘Nah, boys, this time all the passes have to be around the back – keep practising that.’ So everyone’s trying it and most guys have one good arm and one bad arm…!”Lafaele says he was surprised when Joseph and Brown first called him up to the Japan set-up, but he has been nurtured and encouraged since. He made his debut in 2016 and has started 22 of his 23 Tests. And while Fale has helped him set goals, he has had plenty of on-field mentors too. Tim Bateman and Andy Ellis have helped him out, while seeing Dan Carter at close quarters was also beneficial.In Europe: Playing against England in 2018 (Getty Images)Then there is the coach work of Wayne Smith at the Steelers, who Lafaele praises for his communication skills, his rapport with the athletes. Asked why Smith is so coveted, so influential, the back adds: “You’ve got all these other coaches trying to make up moves and stuff but if you run, use hands, you’ve just got to be square. It’s running good lines. It’s keeping stuff simple so the boys can understand easily and execute easily.”During lockdown, though, clubs have been good at letting Japanese Test players focus on programmes remotely, to align with national plans. Lafaele has been back in Auckland, helping out his family there, but he has his eyes set on a bright future for the Brave Blossoms. Key to that, for him, is Japan getting to compete with the best of Europe in November.“I’m pretty excited and keen to get involved if that tournament does go ahead,” Lafaele says of unconfirmed stories about Japan’s involvement in an eight-team tournament in Europe in November. “I want to carry on that momentum from last year but also our boys are working hard at the moment as well.”He believes that after the highs of the World Cup and the buzz around Japanese rugby – it was an interesting experience to be recognised on the way into Wrestle Kingdom, for example – it is time to capitalise. He also wants to improve on his game, being smarter and more ruthless at the contact area while maintaining his ability to slip a pass. Think of the savvy Conrad Smith, he says.It’s time to show off a bit more of his ring craft. 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. On the field of play, though, Lafaele is a willing showman. Offload king Tim Lafaele on his wrestling inspirationLike oh-so many Samoan kids, Tim Lafaele was a fan of wrestler Dwayne Johnson growing up. He could smell what The Rock was cooking.Yet the story of his early life was one punctuated by transition and rugby. Lafaele was sent to Auckland at just four to be adopted by his uncle, while his father remained in Samoa, hoping young Timothy would prosper abroad. Having missed out on the Auckland rugby academy, in his last year at De La Salle College, Lafaele would get the opportunity to move to Japan, for a four-year scholarship at Yamanashigakuin University.Today, he is settled. It has been 11 years since Lafaele, 28, left for Japan and in 2019 his offloading antics for the Brave Blossoms on an incredible 2019 Rugby World Cup sent tongues wagging. And all the way there it was rugby propelling him, the pursuit of a professional contract the initial motivator.He would move to Fukuoka to join the Coca-Cola Red Sparks out of university and then later the Kobe Kobelco Steelers, as well as featuring for the Sunwolves and of course the Japan national team.“I’d never heard of it at the time,” Lafaele says of Japanese rugby scholarships and his early experiences. “But when I got there, there were so many other guys doing it.“I didn’t know much about Japan – all I knew was the big city, the big lights. But when I went there it was a totally different part of Japan, out in the country! It was a bit of a shock at the start as I didn’t know how to speak Japanese.“The training was a lot different to New Zealand too. It was long. We’d have three or four hour-long training sessions in the afternoon. We’d do training in the morning before you go to class and after that the three or four-hour training.”World Cup wonder: Offloading during Japan’s win against Ireland (Getty Images)Pushed by his family to go out and see the world for himself, he relished the rugby opportunity. However, we all crave something familiar and it is here where the life of a wrestler really captured him.Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale is a founding member of the Bullet Club stable of performers, in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. He is also a De La Salle alumnus who took up a Japanese university scholarship and went on to play professional rugby in the country, at the Fukuoka Sanix Blues (now Munukata), before injury curtailed his career and he turned to a life of grappling. Fale has served as something of an inspiration to Lafaele.The centre says of his friend: “In my last year of high school we went to a tournament in Japan. He (Fale) stayed in the area, in Fukuoka, and I met him there. We kept in contact. Then when I went over to Japan for university I contacted him.“He basically helped me, talked to me when I needed help or extra motivation. He’d tell me to keep writing my goals down and to aim for them.“When I first went over to Japan in 2010, that’s when he was a ‘young lion’ – that’s what they call them when they start going into the dojo – and he’d just started up then. He made his debut that year. Starting out he was at the bottom but it only took him like a couple years until he was at the top with the Bullet club. Seeing him do that, man it just motivated me to try to do the same with my rugby.“Seeing the struggles he went through to get to where he is now motivates most of the guys from my school when they see his story.”Inspiration: Lafaele and Tui temporarily join the Bullet Club (pic: Tim Lafaele)Shortly after the World Cup, the 6ft 5in and 130kg-plus Fale invited Lafaele and team-mate Hendrik Tui to sit ringside for an event at Wrestle Kingdom. Then closer to time, Fale asked the pair if they would like to walk the competitors out to the ring.The two rugby stars were jacked at the offer, but when they got backstage it dawned on them that they did not know the proper etiquette for such a role. Panicking, they laughed and asked each other at the curtain, “How are we going to do this?!” Ring kings: Lafaele (left) with Hendrik Tui (far right) at Wrestle Kingdom (pic: Tim Lafaele) last_img read more

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Facebook, the new town square

first_img [Religion News Service] Even though I use Facebook frequently, I doubt my usage pattern will justify a $100 billion valuation for the company or send a new crop of Silicon Valley paper millionaires to Ferrari dealerships.I never click on sidebar ads, I immediately block all games, and I have no intention of using Facebook’s virtual money. I’ve done some advertising — to little effect — and will do more, but not much.On the other hand, I find Facebook intriguing, sobering and oddly encouraging. To me, Facebook is an intriguing window on the world. It’s the raw stuff of human diversity, not filtered through self-serving politicians or media summaries. When I decided to “friend” people whose views differ from mine, little did I know how much we differ.Name an issue — say, the recent dust-up over breast cancer funding for Planned Parenthood — and I read not only the rage and indignation of fervent extremes, but deep divisions within the sensible middle. The hope that we could find common ground by moving to the middle could be delusional. Divisions are still there, but maybe they’re just calmer.The things people care about cover a much broader landscape than I normally see. I expected pet photos and event promotions, but charts showing people’s different names for soft drinks? A 90-year-old couple playing ragtime at a health clinic? A boy feeling President Obama’s hair? A hint for naming a band?It’s all very intriguing. Not appalling or worrisome, just intriguing. We are all quite different. And not shy about expressing it.Yet there’s also something sobering about Facebook content. I wonder what happens to these kaleidoscopic expressions. I see a few comments, sometimes even brief dialogues. But mostly I see people blurting a thought, and then nothing follows. I suspect they hoped for more.When an exchange does occur, it can turn saccharine or nasty — and needy. People want to be heard and yet don’t value listening. That suggests a deeper isolation and loneliness than perhaps we recognize.I also see more and more images — photos, charts, cartoons, posters — and fewer words. It’s good for getting attention, of course, but strangely inarticulate, as if someone wanted to express an opinion but lacked the words or self-confidence to do so.Why, then, do I find Facebook encouraging?I am encouraged when people want to express themselves. So much energy goes into shutting us down. Given a venue for self-expression, people step up  That’s encouraging.I am encouraged that people risk disagreeing. Finding a low-passion center does little for us if it means stifling our passions. Dreamers, visionaries, eccentrics, nuts, entrepreneurs and artists are cut from the same cloth, and it’s a good thing when we wave that flag of uniqueness and passion. That’s encouraging, too.I am also encouraged that despite the coarsening of political discourse, people still care about their society and are willing to speak out. We haven’t left the public square to the shouters and ideologues. That is especially encouraging.I don’t see how any of this will make money for Facebook’s new investors. I suspect they will find a way to kill the goose. But for as long as we have it, Facebook is intriguing. And sobering. And encouraging.— Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of   “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is Follow Tom on Twitter @tomehrich. By Tom EhrichPosted Feb 8, 2012 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Tom Weller says: Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID February 9, 2012 at 8:04 am Facebook has reconnected me with people I thought had disappeared from my life. Some of them agree with my views, some disagree. When I see the expressions it makes me realize that my thoughts are not the be all and end all of an issue. As a pastor, I have to listen to the people who disagree with me and love them anyway. Facebook has helped me do that. It’s also an amazing marketing tool for events and for driving the curious seeker to our website. (That content is another matter….) All in all, Tom, I agree with you. It’s humanity at its most real: an incarnation of the Psalter. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC February 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm A stellar essay, very much worth reading and reflecting. Thank you. 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‘Pastor Sadie’ espera con bastante paciencia por la igualdad racial

first_img Submit an Event Listing 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [Episcopal News Service] Ésta es la última de una serie de entrevistas que ENS ha estado publicando durante el Mes de la Historia de los Negros con episcopales que participaron en el movimiento de los derechos civiles y en la obra de reconciliación de la Iglesia.La Rda. Sadie Mitchell, residente durante toda su vida en Filadelfia, dice que ella nunca experimentó la ostensible discriminación de que fueron víctimas los afroamericanos en el Sur, ni el movimiento de los derechos civiles trajo a su ciudad los disturbios que sí tuvieron lugar en lugares como Selma, Alabama.Pero, a los 91 años, ella reconoce alguna impaciencia ocasional con el ritmo de la plena desegregación en la Iglesia y en el resto de la sociedad estadounidense.“¿Quién no se impacientaría cuando uno quiere algo y no acaba de producirse?”, pregunta.Viviendo en Filadelfia, cuenta ella, “yo no estaba restringida en ningún lugar adonde iba” Si en algún lugar discriminaban a los afroamericanos, “mi madre siempre nos protegió”.“Había un cine en el oeste de Filadelfia que sentaba a los niños negros en la galería”, recuerda ella, pero su madre no la dejaba ir ese sitio.La mayoría de los restaurantes servían a personas de todas las razas, contó ella. “Yo diría que en una ciudad tan grande como Filadelfia puede que hubiera tres o cuatros restaurantes que no dejaban entrar negros, y esos estaban sobre todo en la calle Broad, en el centro de la ciudad. Eso se acabo bastante rápido cuando comenzó el movimiento de los derechos civiles y no hizo ninguna mella en mi vida”.Pero eso no significa que no hubiera inequidades. “La discriminación y la segregación no era tan flagrante en el Norte… pero se mantuvieron. Por ejemplo, teníamos escuelas blancas y escuelas negras. Nadie jamás habla de eso, pero las teníamos. Había ciertas escuelas en ciertas zonas que eran consideradas todas de negros. No había niños blancos que asistieran a esas escuelas en absoluto”.Las escuelas en el nordeste de Filadelfia eran todas de blancos, a menos que familias negras con niños se mudaran al barrio, agregó.Luego de que comenzara el movimiento de los derechos civiles “después de todo eso estaba pasando en el Sur, el tenor pareció cambiar y uno adquirió una idea distinta de los blancos —de algunos blancos, no de todos los blancos— y a los niños [negros]se les permitió ir a esas escuelas, pero no por montones, no en gran número, hasta que a las escuelas se les demandó [legalmente]  para que se desegregaran y se les exigió que usaran autobuses para [hacer efectiva] la desegregación”, apuntó. “Cuando empezamos a hacer eso, tenías a niños blancos que venían a escuelas negras en ciertas zonas, y a niños negros que iban en autobús a ciertas escuelas blancas en el nordeste, y luego poco a poco, con profesores y estudiantes, empezabas a tener alguna desegregación”.De 1969 a los años ochenta, Mitchell fue directora, consecutivamente, de tres escuelas sólo de negros, la primera de las cuales estaba situada en un barrio blanco. Si bien mucha gente decía que existían inequidades docentes entre las escuelas negras y blancas de Filadelfia, las diferencias “no eran tan extremas” como en el Sur.“No hubo inequidades en mis tres escuelas”, subraya. Yo sabía cuánto dinero conseguía, y sabía cómo encargar los libros y otros materiales, de manera que nunca permití que careciéramos de materiales”.Las directivas docentes venían del estado, “así que todos teníamos que enseñar lo mismo. Ahora bien, lo que sí enseñábamos en las escuelas negras, que algunas de las escuelas blancas rehusaban enseñar… era la historia de los negros”.Mitchell participó en una marcha por los derechos civiles, parte de un empeño exitoso de derribar el muro que restringía la admisión al Girard College. Lo llamaban un colegio universitario, pero era una escuela sólo para varones blancos”, explicó.La manifestación fue “muy tranquila”, contó ella. “Salvo por las conversaciones de la gente, no se oía ni un sonido. No hubo violencia. Simplemente desfilamos con nuestras pancartas.“Esa fue la única marcha en que participé. Yo no bajé al Sur para las manifestaciones de allá”. Pero el Rdo. Jesse Anderson Sr., rector de la iglesia episcopal africana de Santo Tomás [St. Thomas], a la que ella asistía, sí desfiló en el Sur y también invitó al Rdo. ‘Martin Luther King Jr. a hablar en la iglesia. El Rdo. Absalom Jones, primer negro ordenado en la Iglesia Episcopal, fundó Santo Tomás en 1792.Mitchell apoyaba el movimiento y la filosofía no violenta  de King. “El movimiento que necesitaba ser empujado y empujado y empujado, porque era el momento de que se creara algún movimiento Yo estaba completamente a favor, sin duda, pero no a favor de la violencia”.La noche en que asesinaron a King en 1968, Mitchell asistía a una reunión en una escuela como auxiliar del superintendente del distrito. “El programa se suspendió. . Nos dejaron salir temprano… porque godo el mundo estaba sublevado por esa muerte,  y sencillamente no podían creerlo. Estos eran blancos y negros, principalmente blancos”.Aunque ella trabajaba en educación, Mitchell se había interesado en el ministerio y sintió “el llamado” luego de la ordenación “irregular” al presbiterado de 11 mujeres en Filadelfia en 1974. La Convención General aprobó subsecuentemente la ordenación de mujeres en 1976. A ella la ordenaron diácono en 1987 y presbítera en 1988, convirtiéndose en [rectora] auxiliar de Santo Tomás un año después. Aunque se jubiló de ese cargo, “Pastor Sadie” sigue sirviendo en la parroquia.“Los sacerdotes no se jubilan”, dice ella. “Una sencillamente se aparece allí cuando puede”.Cuando todavía era parte del laicado, sirvió en la Comisión de Restitución de la diócesis, que se creó en respuesta a la “demanda —del líder de los derechos civiles James Foreman— de que las ‘iglesias blancas’ ofrecieran reparaciones a la comunidad negra”, dijo Arthur Sudler, director de la Sociedad Histórica de Santo Tomás. “En gran medida la Comisión de Restitución reflejaba el controversial Programa Especial de la Convención General de la denominación iniciado por el obispo primado John E. Hines” para combatir la pobreza y la injusticia en las zonas urbanas.“Los miembros negros de la CR no se podían de acuerdo respecto a la manera en que la organización debía funcionar —especialmente en lo tocante a la liberación de fondos a las organizaciones comunitarias”, dijo Sudler.Finalmente, Mitchell y Anderson, que también era uno de los miembros, abandonaron la comisión. “No creí que tuviéramos suficiente conocimiento de lo que hacíamos”, explicó. “Parecía que avanzábamos a tropezones… No se iba a ninguna parte”.En la actualidad, dice ella, “las iglesias siguen estando segregadas, pero la segregación se ha atenuado, porque ya no hay blancos que teman entrar en iglesias de negros, ni negros que teman entrar en iglesias de blancos… Tenemos unos cuantos blancos que se han incorporado a Santo Tomás, que se tiene por  una iglesia solo de negros”.Pero ella percibe la falta de liderazgo de algunos clérigos en combatir la segregación más allá de participar en las manifestaciones por los derechos civiles. Hay clérigos blancos que “no hablan claro [en contra de la discriminación] en sus iglesias”, señala ella. “Ahora bien, no es todo el mundo, pero lo suficientes para constituir un problema. Ellos no hablaban claro antes, y no hablan claro ahora. Luego, tienes bolsones de segregación, donde, si el sacerdote abriera la boca y hablara con su congregación, podría provocar alguna reacción… Todavía hay claros bolsones blancos por todas partes en todas las diócesis a través del país”.“Tiene que hacerse mucho más para el reconocimiento de la plena igualdad”, afirma. “Pero se avanza y, como todo progreso, es lento”.En la sociedad en general, ella dijo que quedó felizmente sorprendida cuando Barack Obama fue electo presidente, “pero creo que lo que está ocurriendo ahora es una desgracia”, refiriéndose a los ataques verbales contra él que ella cree que tienen un motivación racial. Sencillamente condeno todo eso, y desearía que se acabara”.Pero ella se mantiene optimista respecto al futuro de las relaciones raciales.“Sí, me siento optimista, aunque tome mucho tiempo. Me siento optimista de que esta situación se va corrigiendo, y sí creo que Dios obra en su tiempo, tomándose el tiempo para ver que todo esto culmine en un punto donde confluyan Su vida y Su paz”, afirma ella. “La paz de Dios y el amor de Dios, creo yo, prevalecerán. Pero creo que Dios se está tomando su tiempo para hacer eso”.“Nunca llegaré a ver la completa desegregación”, predice ella “pero espero ver más de eso dentro de los pocos años que me quedan. Y eso está ocurriendo todos los días. Ocurre a diario en algún lugar o en algunos lugares”.—Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de ENS. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth & Young Adults Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Miembros de la Presencia de la Juventud Episcopal asisten a una sesión de orientación con Neva Rae Fox, encargada de Relaciones Públicas de la Iglesia Episcopal. Foto/Sharon Sheridan[Episcopal New Service — Indianápolis] Cuando Caroline Christie asistió a la Convención General de 2009 con un grupo de otros estudiantes de secundaria de la Diócesis Episcopal de Newark, ella no sabía qué esperar.“Yo simplemente iba porque mis amigos iban”, dice. “No sabía que la Iglesia Episcopal era tan grande, ni todo lo que hacía. Fue realmente una experiencia que me abrió los ojos”.Y ello le abrió el apetito para más. Christie regresa a la 77ª. Convención Anual como diputada laica electa a los 17 años, para representar a la Diócesis de Newark, junto con Gibson Oakley, que tenía 16 años cuando fue electo en enero de 2011.Elegir a dos diputados jóvenes en una diócesis es “inusual pero no único”, dijo el Rdo. Canónigo Gregory Straub, funcionario ejecutivo y secretario de la Convención.La mayoría de los diputados tienen más edad. Este año 12 de ellos son menores de 25, y 20 con edades de 25 a 34, dijo Bonnie Anderson, presidente de la Cámara de Diputados.Pero los jóvenes adultos tienen una presencia constante y visible en la Convención General, desde diputados jóvenes hasta miembros de la Presencia Oficial de la Juventud de la Iglesia Episcopal y desde la Presencia de Jóvenes Adultos de la Hermandad Episcopal de la Paz hasta grupos de jóvenes que asisten como [delegados] de diócesis individuales.Caroline Christie, de la Diócesis de Newark, asistirá como diputada a su primera Convención General acompañada de su abuela, la primera diputada suplente Marge Christie, quien ha sido diputada o suplente desde 1976. Foto/ Sharon SheridanMuchos diputados jóvenes experimentan por primera vez la Convención General como parte de la presencia oficial de la juventud, compuesta de 18 jóvenes —dos por provincia— que tienen voz pero no voto en la Cámara de Diputados. Anderson redactó la resolución que creó a este grupo en 1982.“No creo que hubiera tanta conciencia entonces como hay ahora acerca de la necesidad y deseo y auténtica esperanza de tener más jóvenes en la Cámara de Diputados, porque ahora los jóvenes están siendo elegidos, mientras entonces un joven sencillamente no conseguía que lo eligieran”, dijo Anderson. “Eso es de cierto modo lo que creó la necesidad”“Creo que ahora hay un ansia en las diócesis —en algunas de ellas, desde luego— de elegir diputados más jóvenes”, agregó.Straub fue de la misma opinión.“No tengo la menor duda de que especialmente en los últimos años ha habido un incentivo en las diócesis para que los jóvenes aspiren y las convenciones diocesanas elijan a diputados jóvenes”, afirmó.La Diócesis de Chicago eligió a Ian Hallas, actualmente de 22 años, como primer diputado suplente en 2006 y como diputado en 2009 y 2012. La diócesis suele “brindar todo su apoyo” a los jóvenes, no porque sean “el futuro de la Iglesia, sino porque ya son una parte presente de la Iglesia”, dijo. Él visitó por primera vez la Convención General en 2003 siendo alumno de octavo grado y como parte del Evento de la Juventud Episcopal.El proceso legislativo “y todas las Reglas Parlamentarias de Robert” captaron su atención. “Me interesé realmente en la logística de cómo el organismo se congrega y funciona y logra hacer cosas con unos 850 diputados electos… Disfruté prestando atención y viendo cómo se construían las cosas y se aunaban los esfuerzos”.El habló por primera vez en el pleno de la Cámara de Diputados a instancias de su diputación cuando Katharine Jefferts Schori fue electa obispa presidente en 2006. “No tenía idea qué decir, pero yo la apoyaba a ella y creía que eso era estupendo”, afirmó. “Resultó muy estimulante”.En 2009, con ayuda de su diócesis y la Consulta de Chicago, estuvo entre un número limitado de oradores a quienes les permitieron hablar sobre una resolución para rechazar la Resolución B033 de 2006, vista generalmente como una moratoria de facto en la consagración de obispos homosexuales. “Yo era sin duda la persona más joven en decir algo”, apuntó Hallas, quien describió su intervención de entonces como “un momento definitorio para mí en esa cámara”.En Newark, Christie y Oakley se reunieron por primera vez con el resto de la diputación diocesana para prepararse para la Convención.“Yo estaba realmente sorprendido. A todos nos trataron de la misma manera” como a los demás diputados, dijo Christie. “En mi experiencia, cuando nombran a gente joven, usualmente lo hacen para probar que hay jóvenes que participan. En verdad sentí que teníamos una voz y que estábamos allí como genuinos miembros de la diputación y para hablar y tener un propósito”.En la Convención, ella seguirá en particular la labor del Comité Nacional e Internacional de Responsabilidad Social.Gibson Oakley consulta algo con su colega la diputada Laura Russell, durante la Convención Diocesana de Newark en enero. Foto/ Sharon SheridanLiza Anderson, que acaba de cumplir 30 años, siguió de cerca las dos últimas convenciones y creó y compartió un resumen del Libro Azul en preparación para ésta, la primera a que ella asistirá.Ella era nueva para la Diócesis de Connecticut cuando fue electa para servir de diputada en Indianápolis.“Creo que lo único que sabían era que yo era una muchacha joven que estaba haciendo un doctorado en Yale”, dice ella. “Creo que fui electa porque era joven. En alguna medida, eso es frustrante”.Ser miembro de un grupo demográfico escasamente representado también constituye una presión. Cuando los jóvenes hablan, dice Liza Anderson, “la gente quiere interpretar todo lo que dices como si hablaras por todos los jóvenes adultos… Somos tan diversos como cualquier otro grupo demográfico”.Una voz de acogidaMegan Anderson de la Diócesis del Norte de California sirvió como diputada en 2009 y es codirigente de la presencia de jóvenes adultos de la Hermandad Episcopal de la Paz en Indianápolis. Ella visitó la convención por primera vez a través del Evento de la Juventud Episcopal en 2003, cuando tenía 15 años, y luego fue miembro de la presencia oficial de la juventud en 2006. “Yo en verdad sí sentí que me tomaron en serio y me escucharon”, afirma.“Un punto de entrada difícil, especialmente cuando eres parte de estas presencias, es la tendencia de la gente a verte como a otro grupo de presión”, afirma. “Lleva un poquito [de tiempo] hacer que la gente tome a un joven como algo más que una persona joven, porque resultamos muy raros. Pero una vez que logras sobreponer ese obstáculo inicial, las personas son personas, y eso es sólo una parte de mis maravillosas experiencias”.Los diputados mayores sí escuchan atentamente las palabras de los más jóvenes, dijo Bonnie Anderson. “Creo que los escuchan por la esperanza y expectativas que los diputados más viejos tienen de que algo nuevo y apasionante saldrá de ellos”.Del mismo modo, la cámara le presta cuidadosa atención a la presencia oficial de la juventud, dijeron ella y Straub.“La presencia oficial de la juventud tiene una enorme autoridad en la cámara”, afirmó [Anderson]. “Los diputados le prestan mucha atención a lo que ellos tienen que decir”.“Yo también les invito a elegir a dos miembros de la presencia de la juventud para hablarle a la cámara, de manera que tienen una oportunidad que los diputados no tienen”, agregó. “Son muy valiosos para la Cámara de Diputados. Y también invité a jóvenes entre los 18 y 30 años de edad a hacer un vídeo de 90 segundos que voy a mostrar en la cámara durante las pausas. La pregunta es: ¿Qué sueñas para el futuro de la Iglesia?”Dos miembros de la presencia de la juventud también hablaran ante la Cámara de Obispos y la Reunión Trienal de las Mujeres Episcopales, dijo Bronwyn Clark Skov, funcionaria encargada del ministerio de los jóvenes.Los miembros de la presencia de la juventud no se avergüenzan de hablar en público, apuntó Straub.“Si imaginamos la presencia de la juventud como una diócesis, ninguna diócesis va al micrófono más a menudo que la presencia de la juventud”, dice él. “Quiero decir eso de una manera positiva. Al parecer no tienen ningún miedo. No parece que se sientan cohibidos por el hecho de que están dirigiéndose a la Cámara de Diputados, y no temen hacer preguntas ni expresar sus opiniones. Utilizan la posición muy bien y con frecuencia”.Para algunos, la participación en la presencia de la juventud y luego como diputado conduce a posiciones de ulterior liderazgo.Bryan Krislock, de Seattle, se enteró de la presencia de la juventud en un Evento de la Juventud Episcopal y fue designado para asistir a la Convención General de Denver en 2000. Él sirvió como diputado por la Diócesis de Spokane en 2006 y 2009 y ahora es vicepresidente del Comité de Gobierno y Administración de la Misión como miembro del Consejo Ejecutivo.Rememorando el año 2000 dice: “yo no sabía mucho de antemano acerca de la Convención General. Realmente no sabía del gobierno y la política [de la Iglesia]. La experiencia a través de la presencia de la juventud en verdad fue reveladora. Me llevó a querer regresar y aspirar a ser diputado y… a poner mi nombre en el sombrero para el Consejo Ejecutivo”.Megan Anderson siguió una senda semejante, a partir del EYE en 2003 a la presencia de la juventud, y de ahí a ser diputada y ahora a su papel con la Hermandad Episcopal de la Paz, codirigiendo una diputación de jóvenes junto con Jessie Vedanti. Ella también es secretaria de la Comisión Permanente para la Misión y la Evangelización.“Algunos de los miembros [de la comisión] al principio me confiaron que habían pensado que yo era una representación simbólica de los jóvenes, pero se me acercaron después de la primera reunión y tuvieron que excusarse y decir realmente ‘es un gran privilegio tenerte como miembro pleno del equipo’. Eso me conmovió increíblemente. Servir en la comisión “ha sido una de mis experiencias preferidas hasta ahora en la Iglesia”.Anderson está al entrar en su último año de seminarista en la Escuela de Teología de Yale.“Como una líder reciente, o en desarrollo, en la Iglesia, me apasiona realmente preparar a todas las personas para el liderazgo de la Iglesia y capacitarlas realmente para que encuentren esos sitios con los cuales se apasionarán”, agregó.Observando la Convención General desde cierta distancia esta vez, mientras se prepara para tomar el examen del Colegio de Abogados dentro de unas pocas semanas, Krislock tiene algunos consejos para los diputados jóvenes:“No teman meterse en problemas. Levántense y hablen, compartan sus opiniones, pero también escuchen y observen… Escuchen y vean lo que la gente hace y traten de aprender cómo pueden escucharlos mejor: una manera de ver dónde vuestras oportunidades han de tener mayor impacto”.“Si no saben, pregunten” dice él.Y agrega, estén dispuestos a cambiar de idea. Su filosofía es “nunca dirigirse a una reunión sabiendo de antemano cómo voy a votar o habiendo tomado una decisión”.Y concluye: “No creo que es un buen liderazgo o un buen gobierno tener en mente un resultado particular tan fijo que no estés dispuesto a cambiar [de opinión]”.— Sharon Sheridan es miembro del equipo de Episcopal News Service en la Convención General. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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