Video of the Day – Dylan Hartley quick fire questions

first_imgEver wanted to know what’s really going on in the mind of England and Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley? Well, here’s your chance as he gets put under the spotlight. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img

Same old problems for Scotland

first_imgIf the price of tries is sacrificing some players and making a slightly untested selection decision, then it simply has to be done.Scotland versus Wales at the Millennium Stadium could be a dizzying affair, but perhaps only if Scotland can break out of the shackles and take some risks. Here’s hoping. The most frustrating aspect for the fans was that there were opportunities and the opposition left gaps for the Scots. The coaches will be annoyed that Chris Robshaw slowed ball well at the breakdown, that service was poor and the hefty pack looked under pressure in the scrum, but all of these cannot hide the fact that possession was wasted.The man at No 10: should it be Dan Parks or…Maybe there will be a scapegoat made out of Dan Parks. In truth he was passable. He distributed well when moving and he looked to be happy to supply Sean Lamont, but his kicking was not as effective as one would have expected. He regularly found Ben Foden in open play and the charge down from Charlie Hodgson seemed to sum-up an uncomfortable afternoon.Who knows, he may be ostracised completely and cast aside completely so that Duncan Weir and Greig Laidlaw can fight it out for the No 10 jersey. However, with a change at half-back will there still be the problem of converting possession and commanding field-position into scores. Against Wales there has to be an onus on the backs to make the line breaks and finish off their work, because the chances will not keep coming from the forwards.…Edinburgh’s Greig LaidlawSo what should happen? Well, Scotland have to gamble now.Andy Robinson has said it’s a case of continuing to work hard and captain Ross Ford has said the players, behind closed doors are well aware of the issues but caution has to be throw to the wind or Robinson’s reputation will come under increasing scrutiny. Stunted progress cannot go on unchecked for the rest of this tournament. NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Make or break: Ross Rennie on the charge against England – but Scotland didn’t take their chancesBy Alan DymockThe Auld Enemy came and an old problem reared its ugly head. Scotland had a huge amount of possession but could not convert that into points.The official stats tell us Scotland should have won the game. England missed 16 tackles and made only 72 passes. They had a committed defence, yet looked unlikely to build a try through stringing together phases. They did, however, score a try from pressuring slow Scottish ball and charging down a Dan Parks clearance that had to be made on the try-line.It would have been a fantastic moment for England fans but in Scotland, as the dust begins to settle, it is now a case of frustrations turning into seething anger.Officially Frank Hadden won more RBS 6 Nations games in a campaign than Andy Robinson has in all of his campaigns combined, and after several years the problem of turning possession into a ‘dot down’ looms writ large. Scotland have not scored a try since their opening game of the Rugby World Cup, against Romania. Even more damning, they have not scored a try against England at Murrayfield since 2004.On Saturday, there were chances aplenty. Jim Hamilton made a bullocking run and the ball was lost in panic. Then Ross Rennie burst through to create a two-on-one but the ball was eventually slapped down by Ben Foden before a try-scoring offload could be made.There is an uncertainty when Scotland reach the opposition 22 that is stifling their progress. There seems to be no conviction from Scotland about putting a man a pass through to score.last_img read more

England v All Blacks: New Zealand smash clear in series closer

first_imgWith five tries to one – three of which came from Julian Savea – New Zealand gave England a harsh lesson in the last game of this summer series with a 36-13 win, writes Alan Dymock in Hamilton LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Four tries to the hosts in the half. It was brutal stuff. So much so that Kieran Read was taken off at half-time – they didn’t need him – while Kyle Eastmond was the one carrying the can, being replaced by Luther Burrell after a defensive display that may take some time to recover from.The changes had some effect, because Yarde quickly made amends for his earlier missed tackle by scoring an unlikely pick-and-go try soon after the whistle. Ben Youngs sucked players in after Joe Launchbury set him on his course. Tuilagi did what he did best and the winger could not believe his luck as he plonked over from a yard.Hard working Yarde: The winger was one of England’s bright spots in this lossThere was plenty of back and forth after this and New Zealand even had a man in the bin for cynical maul-play by Wyatt Crockett, but England just could not puncture the All Blacks’ line when they wanted to. Yarde continued to be bright and ambitious, churning up 40-metre runs and putting his hand up whenever the ball was on offer, but even he was getting gobbled up by Savea and Ben Smith when he got anywhere near the Kiwi line.Then, just as the second half looked to be thinning out, the All Blacks showed the extent of their mean streak. A hooter signaled the end of the 80 minutes but instead of knocking a penalty into touch the hosts went on one last attack. Hat-trick hero: Julian Savea profited from poor English defence to score three tries in the Hamilton Test An exhibition of power, pace and perhaps even cruelty was put on by the world champion All Blacks in Hamilton as they put away a lacklustre England with a dominant first half performance, securing a record-equaling 17th Test win in a row on their way.It was a match of contrasting trajectories, with the All Blacks finally clicking while England could not string phases together as they have done on this trip, lacking accuracy in most facets of their game. Yes, England won a few minor skirmishes right at the start of the second half, but their hosts always had enough to blast past the tourists’ midfield in the first, and Julian Savea eventually, greedily, helping himself to three tries.It was a weary end to a tour that had, up to this point, earned England much respect for their endeavour and adventure. If ever there was a game for them to tighten it up sooner and not gift the ball to the All Blacks’ back three, though, this was it.Things were bad for England from the off. Freddie Burns could not send his kick-off ten metres and missed a penalty. Two minutes later, after balls kicked out on the full or gifted to the All Blacks, Savea was benefiting from simple numbers to get his first. Aaron Smith slipped off a Chris Ashton tackle and the monstrous winger cantered in at the corner.Brace yourself: Aaron Smith got two of New Zealand’s five triesBurns clipped over a penalty of his own but there were few breathes between that and Savea scoring a second. Aaron Cruden cruised between England’s centres and the winger stepped inside beyond Ashton, Marland Yarde and Chris Robshaw to dot down after picked the ball of his toes in heavy drizzle.It was a time when England should have been playing ugly rugby, despite their team manifesto, but after a penalty to both sides, Billy Vunipola was taking a yellow card for a suspected high tackle on Cruden. In his absence England huffed and puffed but after seven minutes England coughed up another try. In no time at all Aaron Smith was scoring his own first-half brace as well after Yarde totally missed a tackle on Jane. TAGS: Highlight Phases were accumulated until, three minutes after the 80-minute announcement, Cory Jane was able to scoop a pass over the top with Savea trotting in for his hat-trick and his 23rd try in 22 Tests.As lessons go it was harsh, but there are no prizes in rugby for pushing a team hard for two games out of three. England gained plenty from the first two matches in this series, but New Zealand were just that much better in the end. There is much work ahead for this England team with New Zealand back at Twickenham in November.last_img read more

Nutrition: How to fuel busy weeks

first_img It’s tough mentally to go back-to-back and it’s hard to eat correctly for that. According to rugby nutritionist James Morehen, from Liverpool John Moores University, there is a right way to do it, though.First, you must recover. Imagine you had a tough away game. You have a window of around 36 hours to repair, but getting in shakes or smoothies soon after the match helps.The key is to get quality sources of carbs and proteins pumping through your system, with a carbs:protein ratio of 3:1 the best. It is fundamental to get enough protein in to suit your body weight within hours – between 20-35g for rugby players – from a source like organic salmon, and on the bus back a snack like raspberries and blueberries with yoghurt helps you tick along.Tana Umaga: It is important to refuel after gamesThen there’s pre-bed snacking. When you sleep, you still need to repair. A glass of milk is casein rich, meaning it has slow-release protein. Need to chew something? Cottage cheese with Ryvita and olives can also do the trick at night. Now you’re recovering, you can load up for the next game.Sometimes you’ll yearn for comfort foods. Morehen knows you may want the ease of a shop-bought pizza. Fine, but add extra protein – the average pizza has only around 10g of protein per slice – and keep the crusts thin! Or just keep it simple and rustle up something like this stir-fry below…Simplest stir-fry (serves two)You’ll need: 2½ tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 chicken breasts (diced), 2 large peppers (thinly sliced), 190g baby sweetcorn, 190g baby green beans, 1 large red onion (thinly sliced), Soy or sweet chilli sauce (optional), 1 tin of lentils, 1 handful of rocket, 1 handful of spinach, Chilli (optional), Rice, noodles or couscous (optional). For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sometimes games just pile up. One postponement and a tough fixture can have a midweek game hot on its tail. Yakitori Chicken with oriental stir fry and white riceStep-by-step1. Pre-heat a wok or pan, with coconut oil. Add the diced chicken and cook.2. Once coloured, add the vegetables and fry ingredients together, using optional extra sauces like soy or sweet chilli for flavour.3. Add in your pre-cooked lentils, cook until coated.4. Once all the ingredients are heated through, lay out on a bed of rocket and spinach and serve. Enjoy!last_img read more

World sevens stars heading to Chester

first_img“The big thing we’re doing that no one else does in gyms is youth fitness,” says Greening. “We’re dedicating a session a day to 11- to 18-year-olds, to get them moving and into the right programme. In the States they start as young as eight. We have one coach between three people, so you’re always monitored, always supported. The youth stuff is big and we really want to push that because no one’s doing that in the UK.“And being based at a rugby club we’ve got 12 pitches at our disposal, so we can have camps for schools and training camps for teams.”“We want to push youth fitness. In the States they start as young as eight”After retiring because of a foot injury in 2005, Greening lived in Singapore for three years, working for Standard Chartered bank. He returned to the UK and coached London Welsh and London Scottish as well as Scotland Sevens, before landing a job with USA Sevens where he works alongside Mike Friday. As a high-performance coordinator, he spends about half of his year in the States.He’s passionate about improving the fitness of every type of person, elite or otherwise.“We have a huge range of customers. We have a lot of academy fitness guys, such as hockey, netball, cricket and rugby, people from all the clubs in the area, and then demographically it ranges from mums who do a class after dropping off their kids at school to Gareth Evans, an Olympian powerlifter who did his six weeks pre-Commonwealth Games with us.Rising force: Ireland have made big strides in sevens, beating USA and England in June (Action Plus/Getty)“We’ve got a couple of professional footballers to some very overweight dads. It’s for anyone who’s serious about their health, fitness or sport.“The app is game-changing because people join gyms and just get left alone. They see Kim Kardashian do something the night before or they do six days a week and they never lose weight, because they don’t know what they’re doing. Show them the app, that’s the game-changer.”Greening still follows Wasps and goes to most of England home games. “I’ve been down to training a few times, I’ve spoken to Eddie (Jones) and a lot of his coaching staff. So yeah, I keep quite close to that.“Eddie’s record of 20-odd wins on the bounce speaks volumes. It’s interesting, I’m quite close to some of the Kiwi boys and they think it (recent defeats) couldn’t be any better for England ahead of the World Cup. They see England as a big threat because they know things will change. We won’t be complacent. It’s good timing for us. I think Eddie will shake things up.”Good job: Eddie Jones, pictured at St James’ Park, is doing all the right things, says Greening (Getty)And his take on the hooker berth? “I like Jamie George, I like Dylan Hartley. I don’t see much else, that’s the problem. If you could mould them together you’d have a great hooker. The way Dylan is solid to start with and then bring George (on), with how he plays, it’s nice having competition, it’s what it’s all about.“Those two need to keep fighting it out because it’s crucial that people don’t get comfortable. You might mix it up a bit (in terms of who starts) but keeping them competitive is good for both of them. If we can get that in most positions we’re in a very good place.” USA and England are among six national sevens teams set to train at Phil Greening’s cutting-edge gym and compete in a tournament at Chester RUFC on 6-7 October World sevens stars heading to ChesterA fitness training facility in Chester will next week play host to some of the world’s best sevens players. Phil Greening has invited the national teams of USA, England, Ireland, Spain, France and Germany to train and compete in the Cheshire city.The former England hooker runs The Athlete Factory, which is set in the grounds of Chester RUFC. The sevens players will use the gym’s state-of-the-art facilities and take part in a tournament on the Hare Lane club’s pitches on 6-7 October.Greening, who also helps coach USA Sevens, said: “These are the teams that play on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens circuit. We’ll have Olympians, World Cup medalists and men like the world’s fastest rugby player in Carlin Isles, World Sevens Player of the Year Perry Baker, World Series leading try-scorer Dan Norton and many more.“The teams will make use of our world-class facilities, including our cryotherapy chamber, and also engage with local schools to promote sport and exercise to children.”The tournament is open to the public, with free admission. Each team plays three 20-minute games a day, with rounds of games starting at 10am, 1pm and 4pm.He’s got wheels! Carlin Isles shows his pace for USA Sevens, one of the sides visiting the Chester facilityGreening won 24 England caps from 1996-2001 and might have become a Test Lion in 2001 but for a tour-ending injury. His path towards becoming a professional fitness trainer was spearheaded by Craig White and Paul Stridgeon at Wasps, and later he briefly oversaw the Scotland Sevens programme.“In Scotland I had to do everything – the nutrition, the sports performance, I did various courses on that – and that kick-started everything really. More of my coaching career ignited and it’s been a passion ever since,” he says.As is often the case, there was an element of chance to how Greening came to set up a gym in Cheshire. His wife’s parents are from the area, so on a visit he googled to find the nearest rugby club and, finding it was Chester, went along. He got chatting and discovered the club was looking to put a new gym in. Greening eventually leased some land and built his facility from scratch.“It’s been a long road. It opened in February,” says Greening, 42. “Elite sport we do in a certain way. Why can’t everyone else train like an elite athlete? It’s really the knowledge and the programming that gets results.New venture: Greening is applying the elite training methods he learnt during his pro rugby career“When you sign up to a normal gym, you basically just get keys to the door. There’s no support, there’s no programming, there’s nothing. So basically, and this is what we’re going to do with every facility we open, is everyone gets a programme on a training app and everything they do – nutrition, the lot – is tracked.“Everyone who comes here gets support, like with pro rugby teams. In pro teams the boys get looked after and there’s no reason why it can’t be done like that for Joe Public.“Our gym is designed in an elite way; there isn’t another facility like it in the UK. That’s the difference, and we’re trying to bring that sort of knowledge and the way you train, more functional training, exactly what you do with teams. Because the human body only works in one way and unfortunately you’ve got to train. There’s no magic wand you can wave.”World-renowned: Craig White (middle) will run some workshops at The Athlete Factory (Getty)Greening’s team of experts include Craig White, one of rugby’s most renowned high-performance coaches; Ryan Gibney, who worked with Warrington Wolves and as high-performance manager for Georgia; and Andrew Wood, whose diverse experiences include preparing Azerbaijan’s Olympic wrestlers in Rio. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Organiser: Phil Greening, part of USA Sevens’ coaching team, has invited teams ahead of the World Series Greening adds: “I think the world of Eddie, I think he’s got everything right. His attention to detail and the way he conducts himself with the team is fantastic. Even when they were winning (every game) he would say some people didn’t play that well, he’d always put that little doubt in players’ minds. Is he talking about me? They don’t know and I think that’s brilliant. Keep them on their toes, he’s brilliant at that.”For more information about The Athlete Factory, call 01244 261368 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Autumn Internationals: England v South Africa Preview

first_img Autumn Internationals: England v South Africa PreviewSixteen years ago, England welcomed New Zealand, Australia and South Africa to Twickenham in November and beat all three to lay down a marker for the following year’s successful World Cup. England have the opportunity to emulate Clive Woodward’s side this month as those three superpowers again visit London.The context, however, is starkly different. A dead-rubber win for England at the end of June’s series against the Springboks has yet to convince anyone that a corner has been turned.Scotland, France, Ireland and South Africa (twice) have all beaten England this year and head coach Eddie Jones will be expected to achieve a minimum of three wins from their four-match Quilter International programme, with victory over Japan seen as a given.Waterworld: England’s Henry Slade plays the ball during a game of pool volleyball in Portugal this weekInjuries have played havoc with selection but that is no bad thing. England might have to play a World Cup final without the Vunipola brothers, so let’s not bemoan the missing players but instead embrace the opportunities it gives others.Can Alec Hepburn prove himself as a Test loosehead? Will Zach Mercer, a star of U20 World Cups, push on? And with Mike Brown surprisingly dropped, is Elliot Daly about to show that he belongs at full-back?South Africa finished second in the Rugby Championship and have real momentum. Their last three outings have seen a brave if fortunate win over New Zealand in Wellington, a solid home defeat of the Wallabies, and an agonizing defeat by the All Blacks in Pretoria after a swashbuckling victory seemed inevitable.However, with this match falling outside the international window they are deprived of Europe-based stars such as Willie le Roux, Faf de Klerk and Francois Louw.The pressure is off the Boks, relatively speaking, which will only make England more wary.What’s the big team news?George Ford has started 28 of Eddie Jones’s 31 England Tests, so his demotion to the bench – or role of ‘finisher’, as Jones likes to call it – is a significant move.With co-captain Owen Farrell moving to ten, Worcester’s Ben Te’o gets the 12 shirt after playing fewer than 30 minutes this season following summer surgery on a torn quadriceps. Another powerful midfield carrier, Manu Tuilagi, was named on the bench but withdrew on Friday because of a muscle strain.Mark Wilson, being interviewed this week, will play his first home Test after four caps won on tour (Getty)With Billy Vunipola, Nathan Hughes and Sam Simmonds all unavailable, Newcastle’s Mark Wilson wears No 8 in a back row that has only ten caps between them. Ben Moon and Zach Mercer are set to earn first caps as replacements.Besides Farrell’s sideways shift and the return of Te’o, the main point of interest in the back-line is Jack Nowell’s selection ahead of Chris Ashton at right-wing. Ashton has only just returned from suspension and, as with so many positions, it’s difficult to assess where he sits in the pecking order. The Sale wing replaces Tuilagi on the bench and so is odds-on to earn his first cap since the 2014 tour to New Zealand.Shorn of their Europe-based players, the Springboks make seven changes to the starting XV that faced New Zealand three weeks ago. Duane Vermeulen and Warren Whiteley (fit after a groin injury) return in a formidable-looking back row, with Pieter-Steph du Toit – outstanding at blindside this year – picked at lock.Change of position: Pieter-Steph du Toit will bring his prodigious work-rate to the engine room (Getty)Du Toit fills the vacant position of Franco Mostert and resumes his provincial second-row partnership with Eben Etzebeth, the most experienced Bok on show with 73 Test caps.Lock Lood de Jager is included among the replacements and is set to make his first Springbok appearance of 2018 after a lengthy chest injury. Thundering typhoon: Maro Itoje breaks the line during England’s 25-10 win at Newlands in June (Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All you need to know about the Test between England and South Africa at Twickenhamcenter_img With le Roux absent, the hugely exciting Damian Willemse makes his first start after three caps off the bench. Sbu Nkosi returns to the right wing in place of Cheslin Kolbe.Ivan van Zyl, who made his only Test start against Wales in June in Washington, gets the nod at scrum-half.What have the coaches said?England coach Eddie Jones said: “We’ve become very well-organised in our set-piece and have done a lot of good work in Portugal over the last week. We’ve put in a new defence system and our attack looks more organised than it was on the South Africa tour.Back at HQ: Eddie Jones in happy mood (Getty)“Against South Africa you’ve got the physical battle up front and then you have to be tactically smart in how you attack against them. We need to find ways to gain momentum, then convert that to points.“We are really excited to be back at Twickenham. It’s been a long time and we can’t wait to play in front of 82,000 fans.”Rassie Erasmus, the SA Director of Rugby, said: “England will be desperate to win this one at Twickenham. This match will be a huge tactical affair, with much of the outcome depending on how you handle the set phases and kicking game.”Any interesting statistics?England lost five on the trot to South Africa at Twickenham before ending the rot with a 37-21 win in 2016. Owen Farrell, one of England’s four try-scorers that day, bagged 19 points.Dylan Hartley is the only England forward who began that match who’s also starting this weekend. Ben Te’o and Kyle Sinckler both made their Test debuts that afternoon.Jonny May is the only player to score a try in four consecutive matches against the Springboks. The Leicester wing has scored in his last five Tests – France and Ireland in the Six Nations, and each of the three June Tests in South Africa.Malcolm Marx and Damian Willemse are the only two Springboks yet to play in a Test against England.South Africa have won 11 of their 20 Tests against England at Twickenham.Handré Pollard needs seven points to reach 300 career points for South Africa.What time does it kick off and is it on TV?The match at Twickenham kicks off at 3pm UK time on Saturday and is live on Sky Sports. There will also be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.The referee is Australia’s Angus Gardner, who took charge of the England-Ireland Six Nations match in March. His own playing career ended as a teenager when he was diagnosed with Scheuremann’s Disease, a hereditary disc condition.Gardner’s assistant referees for this match are Jerome Garces (France) and Ben Whitehouse (Wales), with Ireland’s Olly Hodges fulfilling TMO duties.Blowing up: Angus Gardner penalises an England scrum during this year’s loss to Ireland (Offside)What are the line-ups?ENGLAND Elliot Daly; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (co-capt), Ben Youngs; Alec Hepburn, Dylan Hartley (co-capt), Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Brad Shields, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson.Replacements 16 Jamie George, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Manu Tuilagi. SOUTH AFRICA Damian Willemse; Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Ivan van Zyl; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt), Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley.Replacements 16 Bongi Mbonambi 17 Thomas du Toit 18 Wilco Louw 19 RG Snyman 20 Lood de Jager 21 Embrose Papier 22 Elton Jantjies 23 André Esterhuizen.last_img read more

Gary Graham switches allegiance back to Scotland for final November Tests

first_imgHaving been pulled in to train with England last season, Stirling-born Falcons flanker Gary Graham has been called up by Scotland On the switch of allegiances, Townsend said: “It has become a competitive environment for dual-qualified players recently and we know these are not easy decisions for players.Related: Tommy Seymour grabs a hat-trick for Scotland“We’ve been tracking Gary since he was at Jersey and his form over the past 12 months at Newcastle has moved him closer to playing international rugby. We look forward to welcoming him into our squad for this week’s camp.” Scotland’s remaining November Tests are against South Africa and Argentina.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Gary Graham switches allegiance back to Scotland for final November TestsDespite having been attached to England last season, Newcastle Falcons flanker Gary Graham has been called up by Scotland for their remaining November Tests.During last season’s Six Nations, 26-year-old Graham – son of former Scotland prop and ex-national team forwards coach George, and a Scotland U20 cap – was called up to join Eddie Jones’s England squad. He travelled with the group to Italy as an additional man, but he was injured during the Six Nation and was never capped. He now joins up with Scotland as an injury replacement for uncapped, New Zealand-born back-rower Blade Thompson, of the Scarlets.Graham moved with his family to Carlisle at the age of three. However he returned north at 17 and played for Gala and Scotland U20s. He went on to join Jersey in the English Championship before moving to the Falcons.Related: Meet Gary’s younger brother Guy GrahamIn February, Graham told the Daily Mail: “England want to be No 1 in the world and I’m not sure Scotland will ever be anywhere near. I’ve grown up here so, yeah, I feel more English than Scottish.” However, after reversing his position, Graham today said: “I’m Scottish through-and-through but England asked me first as I’m eligible through residency.”What could have been: Graham poses for a portrait shot in an England shirt last seasonHe continued: “It would have been a silly opportunity to pass up (playing for England), as I hadn’t been selected for a Scotland squad since U20s.“I’m absolutely delighted to get this opportunity. I phoned (Scotland coach) Gregor Townsend to assure him I wanted to play for Scotland, and always wanted to play for my country. It’s where I’m from and where I played most of my rugby.” On the charge: Gary Graham makes a break for Newcastle Falcons last season last_img read more

My day off… Ross Moriarty’s clothing range

first_img Strike a pose: Ross Moriarty modelling his Trak Athletic range (George Hanks) My day off… Ross Moriarty’s clothing rangeRoss Moriarty knows how to nail the pensive model pose – a quick scroll through the Trak Athletic Instagram page is testament to that. Yet Moriarty isn’t simply the ‘face’ of the athleisure brand, he’s the owner. He’s involved in the design, the materials, the fit…“I wouldn’t want to make clothes I wouldn’t want to wear myself,” says the Dragons and Wales No 8. “But you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy wearing the clothes.”The 26-year-old launched the clothing line last year after being approached with the idea by a friend and the range includes T-shirts, tracksuits and caps, which Moriarty hopes combine the best of street and sportswear.“It’s gone very well and has been fun, I’m enjoying it,” says Moriarty. “We’re not a massive company and aren’t going to be competing with Nike, so we started small and are trying to build up.“People have different tastes and different ways of wearing things. We’ve got urban stuff in with sports stuff – that’s the look we’re going for.” While lots of pros were able to set up gyms in their garages, Moriarty was quite restricted in the equipment he had available – a few dumb-bells and a somewhat rickety bench press that would fall over if he wanted to lift heavier weights. So the back-rower favoured bodyweight circuits and the aforementioned cycling to keep on top of his conditioning.He also appreciates how the enforced downtime offered some positives, notably giving his body a rest, which was especially important following a hectic 2019 featuring all the World Cup build-up and a run to the semi-finals at the tournament in Japan itself.On the ball: Ross Moriarty wins a lineout against South Africa at RWC 2019 (Getty Images)He says: “It’s probably the longest break I’ve had in rugby and it was quite refreshing. It has benefits – you’re not getting battered as much as you usually would!”Having said that, and for all his interests off the field, Moriarty is pleased to be back doing the ‘day job’. It was back in April that the Dragons ended months of speculation around Moriarty’s future by announcing that he would be extending his contract at the region – after the back-row had won an appeal with the WRU over his salary valuation. Once he was offered a deal that reflected his worth, he opted to commit to the Dragons, with director of rugby Dean Ryan a significant factor in his decision.“Dean has been massive for the club,” says Moriarty. “Lots of coaches come in saying, ‘I’ve got a plan, we’ll do this and that’. I really believe in what Dean’s come in and done, and the owners and the people on the board are backing him as well. We’ve had good results that we’d not have had in the past, which goes to show it’s working.“His player relationships are really good. He understands he can’t keep everybody happy, but he does a very good job at being honest with people, which some coaches struggle with.“That’s a huge thing, especially in a sports environment; you don’t want to be told one thing and then read something else. Dean doesn’t beat around the bush and he speaks to everyone the same – no one is better than anyone else in the group.”He has also been impressed by the region’s recruitment and retention of players. Some have moved on, like Cory Hill heading to Cardiff Blues, but Moriarty’s ex-England U20 team-mate Nick Tompkins has arrived on a year-long loan from Saracens, Jonah Holmes has joined from Leicester and a host of others have re-signed. There’s a new-look coaching team, too, with Ryan bringing in Mefin Davies, Simon Cross, Luke Narraway and Gordon Ross.Moriarty is looking to deliver plenty of go-forward for his team with his powerful carrying game, particularly as he’s played more matches for Wales than the Dragons since signing from Gloucester in 2018. Speaking to him about the past couple of years, you get the sense that the intensity of international rugby has perhaps forced him to curb his natural instincts.“I’ve not played much club rugby since being at the Dragons and international rugby is so results-driven that there’s pressure on coaches and players. You don’t want to make mistakes and you don’t want to express yourself as much.“I feel in the last few years I’ve just played international rugby and got stuck playing a game plan, doing the same thing. When the season was cut short, I was enjoying playing; I was back playing more care-free, I was more relaxed and there were opportunities in the game to do different things. I was disappointed we had to stop and I’ve missed it.”Of course, when the season was suspended, Wales were nearing the end of their first Six Nations campaign under Wayne Pivac, losing three of their four games before the Scotland match was postponed due to the pandemic.That fixture will now be played on 31 October and while sitting fifth place in the championship table will be unusual for many in a squad more accustomed to success in the competition under previous coach Warren Gatland, Moriarty believes the signs are promising.“Warren Gatland was a great coach for Wales and has done amazing stuff, but just having a change in the coaching group and a fresh start is huge for a lot of players. We haven’t got the results we’d like but we’re playing rugby that’s enjoyable and some of the tries we scored in the tournament were great.”It’s clear Moriarty believes both the Dragons and Wales are on the right track. The back-rower also seems to be on the right track – or should that be Trak! – off the pitch as he takes steps to prepare for when he hangs up his boots. That sport-life balance could also be helping him to relax and relish his rugby more.“It’s nice to have something away from rugby that I enjoy doing; it does take my mind off rugby stuff. In the past I didn’t have anything else to think about, so it gives me something else to focus on as a professional sportsman.” Comfort is as important as style, with fit a key factor for Moriarty, as it is for many rugby players who often have broader shoulders than most. And he plans to keep Trak as an ecommerce business, selling via Instagram and its website, rather than open a bricks-and-mortar shop because the investment required wouldn’t generate the necessary return.It’s good business sense – and Moriarty is also showing good sense in starting to prepare for life after rugby now. He may only be approaching the mid-point of his professional career but he recognises the importance of putting things in place now rather than getting caught out closer to retirement.“In rugby you get to meet a lot of people and get given a lot of opportunities. I wasn’t very good at school, I wasn’t the best at the academic stuff, and I want to make sure things are in place for when I finish. Even though that’s a long time away, I don’t want to wait until near the end to start doing things; I’ll be putting myself in the best position if I do it now.“I’ve seen players waiting ‘til the very end, then they rush and panic to sort things out. The best way to do it is to build things up while you’re playing. It’s nice to be your own boss at the end of the day, rather than be stressed working for someone else and not getting paid too much. And if you enjoy it, it’s not really work.”Put to the test: Moriarty works out in his clothing range (George Hanks)He recently expanded his portfolio by acquiring Swansea Vale 4×4 with his uncle, Richard. The garage focuses on servicing 4×4 vehicles and vans, although there may be scope to start selling cars in the future. For now, it was simply a good business decision.“If you’d asked me a year ago if I’d own a car garage, I’d have thought, ‘Why do that?’. But I like looking for opportunities, the opportunity was there and we went for it. I like cars and it’s a good business.”The past few months have also seen Moriarty rediscover old interests and fishing proved a popular pastime for him during lockdown. He’s taken advantage of good weather to head out, but he puts any fish he catches back. He’s also been cycling regularly – a good way to stay fit before players were allowed to return to club training.“I haven’t cycled properly since I was a kid,” he says, “but I live in Swansea Marina so I can get on the cycle path down to the Mumbles. It’s been good to do some things that I used to do but don’t have as much time for as when it’s the season.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This article originally appeared in the September 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Dragons and Wales back-rower explains how he keeps busy away from rugbylast_img read more

Get to know England centre Ollie Lawrence

first_img Ollie Lawrence of England in action in 2020 (Getty Images) There’s ambition. There’s drive with ball in hand too. There’s a laser focus to rival Cyclops from X-Men. But those are just small parts of what makes up Worcester and England centre Ollie Lawrence. And if you seek a testament to how this 21-year-old has thundered into national attention, just ask how he handled recent lockdowns.“I think me being an only child, it just made me be able to cope with being on my own,” a relaxed Lawrence tells Rugby World. “I’m very content to live on my own – I’ve lived on my own for two years now. A lot of people don’t like it, but I can without any issues and I always saw what I do with my career as something for me and my family. I don’t have distractions and if anything it’s helped me get to where I am so far.“I think lockdown was one of the best things for me because I got time to train how I wanted to train. I got time to let my body recover in the way it needed to. And I just got time to focus on myself.“Even hard sessions I enjoyed, because I could choose when to do them, whether in the afternoon or 11 in the morning. It was based on how I was feeling and it felt like me having control of my life.”It’s an approach you won’t often hear detailed but it makes total sense. This is not a criticism of anyone – he clearly just liked having the director’s chair for a bit.Lawrence carries for Worcester Warriors (Getty Images)We could speculate about an alternative life, where Lawrence went off to uni to study something like physiotherapy, but his dreams always involved sport. As a young all-rounder, he played cricket, rugby and football, spending time in Aston Villa’s and Birmingham’s academies. He went to national swimming meets in primary school, he enjoyed tennis, badminton and table tennis (when he first joined Worcester, he wanted to conquer all-comers with a paddle but jokes that he’s since migrated to the sofa area of the team room).The back says he is grateful for so much family support, with father Mike a sports-mad ally. But there is one area where his dad has the edge and, in talking about it, you get yet another angle on the Lawrence mindset.“Of all the sports I’ve done, golf is probably my worst,” he begins. “It’s probably the only sport my dad is actually better than me at!All elite athletes are competitive. How does that manifest for him?“It’s one of those things where if I try something and I see that I’m not as good as someone, I want to spend as much time as I can to be better than that person. So it’s all down to time. If I had a whole summer off I would just go and play golf and golf and golf and golf so when I came back, I’d be better than everyone. It’s one of those things that sometimes brings the worst out of me.”That’s refreshingly honest for someone so young. But of course he has to work within a team too, and Lawrence continues: “When I first came into Worcester I had to earn my stripes. I think they knew that I was talented but in the first couple of months I just tried to settle myself into the squad and connect with them more than anything, because I knew my rugby would take care of itself.Putting in a kick against Georgia (Getty Images)“I slowly realised that earning respect from players isn’t always off the field, it’s mainly on the field. Because you can be a great bloke off it but at the end of the day you are there to win games of rugby.” The Midlander has a mature approach to criticism, too. He wants it; he wants to improve. But if a respected figure gives him some, he’ll “remove myself from the situation first” to analyse it, then come back to find out more.A hole-punch carrier with a canny offloading instinct, Lawrence also racks up tackles and loves running hard lines to drag defenders away so team-mates can get to an edge.Of course, when talk of England call-ups first began, comparisons with one Manu Tuilagi grew loud.“I don’t take that in a negative light,” Lawrence reflects. “Manu is someone I looked up to, someone I wanted to be like because of the way he plays. So if anything I took it as a compliment. There’s always going to be opinions out there, saying, ‘He’s his replacement’, etc.“Well, so be it. Everyone has an opinion. But those opinions don’t matter like my opinion matters to me and what I think.“It doesn’t frustrate me because I’m not Manu. I’m never going to be Manu. He’s probably got an extra 15kg on me! And he’s got a hell of a lot more experience than me. So I understand people using comparisons because of the similar game we play, but I am who I am and Manu is who he is and it’s as simple as that.”It’s excellent to hear a young star know what they want to do with their career and simply lay it out. No distractions; straight to it.Direct, explosive. He is perfectly suited to today’s game.This feature first appeared in Rugby World’s March edition. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The Worcester and England centre gives an insight into his sporting approach. This feature first appeared in the March issue of Rugby World. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch the Champions Cup semi-final from anywhere

first_imgLa Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from New ZealandSky Sport NZ has the rights to show the Champions Cup in the Land of the Long White Cloud, with La Rochelle v Leinster kicking off at 2am on Monday on Sky Sport 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 June you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from South AfricaSuperSport has the rights to broadcast the Champions Cup in South Africa and you can watch La Rochelle v Leinster at 4pm on SuperSport Action.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport.La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from South-East AsiaAgain, beIN Sports has the broadcast rights for European rugby in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and other South-East Asia countries.La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from the CaribbeanIn the Caribbean, SportsMax is where to head to watch Champions Cup matches.La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from elsewhereEPCR have launched an OTT service,, so you can stream live Champions Cup matches outside of its core broadcast territories (UK & Ireland, France, USA, Malta, Spain, Andorra and Sub-Saharan Africa).It’s €19.99 for a weekend pass for all the Champions and Challenge Cup semi-finals.Find out here 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. Who will make it through to next month’s European Cup final at Twickenham? We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from the UK & IrelandLa Rochelle v Leinster, which kicks off at 3pm, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK and Ireland. Coverage starts from 2.30pm.If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, beIN Sports now has the rights to show European Champions Cup matches in 2020-21, with La Rochelle v Leinster kicking off at midnight.You can also stream beIN Sports’ coverage live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they offer a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offer La Rochelle: Brice Dulin; Dillyn Leyds, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Levani Botia, Raymond Rhule; Ihaia West, Tawera Kerr-Barlow; Reda Wardi, Pierre Bourgarit, Uini Atonio, Romain Sazy (capt), Will Skelton, Grégory Alldritt, Wiaan Liebenberg, Victor Vito.Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Arthur Joly, 19 Thomas Lavault, 20 Kevin Gourdon, 21 Arthur Retière, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Pierre Aguillon. That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when La Rochelle v Leinster takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from FranceTo watch La Rochelle v Leinster (kick-off 4pm) in France, beIN Sports is the place to go as they are the main rights holders.beIN Sports offersLa Rochelle v Leinster is also available on free-to-air France Télévisions.La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Champions Cup matches is NBC. Matches are streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.La Rochelle v Leinster will kick off at 10am EST and 7am on the West Coast.Get Peacock Premium Leinster: Hugo Keenan; Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe; Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath (capt); Cian Healy, Ronan Kelleher, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Scott Fardy, 20 Ryan Baird, 21 Rowan Osborne, 22 Ciaran Frawley, 23 Rory O’Loughlin.Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for La Rochelle v Leinster wherever you are…How to watch La Rochelle v Leinster from outside your countryIf you’re abroad but still want to watch your local Champions Cup coverage, like La Rochelle v Leinster, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Champions Cup live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN. It’s easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Leinster beat Exeter to reach the Champions Cup semi-finals (Getty Images) La Rochelle v Leinster live stream: How to watch the Champions Cup semi-final from anywhereLa Rochelle have home advantage for their first-ever European Champions Cup final, against Leinster this afternoon (kick-off 3pm UK & Ireland time).While they may be unfamiliar with this stage of the competition, they have a coach who knows all about their Irish opposition in former Munster and Ireland fly-half Ronan O’Gara.Leinster are aiming for a record fifth European Cup title and will need to extend their five-match winning streak against Top 14 opponents if they are to achieve that goal.They head into this clash without fly-half Johnny Sexton. The Leinster and Ireland captain is undergoing the ‘return to play’ process after coming off for a head injury assessment during Leinster’s quarter-final win at Exeter.last_img read more