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Test points Ten (two tries)Every 2013 Lions player is profiled in the July edition of Rugby World, with Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan giving his verdict on each member of the squad. It’s on sale now. Centre point: Billy TwelvetreesFAST FACTSClub GloucesterAge 24 (15 November 1988)Born ChichesterDimensions 6ft 3in & 15st 10lbCountry EnglandTest caps Five LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Summer fun: Billy Twelvetrees darts over the line to score in England’s first-Test win over ArgentinaIT’S BEEN quite a year for the centre. His move to Gloucester from Leicester resulted in more game time, an England call-up for the Six Nations and now this Lions involvement, which came less than a week after he scored in England’s 32-3 defeat of Argentina.WHY SELECTEDHe’s got good vision in attack, great distribution skills and tends to bring out the best in those around him. He can also play in midfield or at fly-half, so offers good back-line cover – just what the Lions need given the knocks the backs are picking up.TEST PROSPECTSHe’s been called up more as cover for the midweek games so the Tests are a long shot, but given the injury toll it can’t be ruled out!GREATEST DAYHis Test debut against Scotland earlier this year. He helped England to play their most creative rugby of the Six Nations, teasing a fresh attacking approach out of Owen Farrell inside him, and marked the occasion with a try.IF HE WERE A FOODGravy – a great accompaniment.
Work to do: Danny Care puts in a box-kick but England at times struggled when booting the ballCalmer kicking game requiredFast and loose does not cut it when the All Blacks are in meticulous mode. England aimed for a high-tempo attacking approach, but strayed into the realms of recklessness. Game management went missing and wayward kicking was the prime culprit. With due respect to David Wilson, when a prop shows better awareness of when to clear than the half-backs, there are problems.Lancaster urges his players to seize field position by making kicks ‘contestable’ (think well-weighted high balls and grubbers that encourage chasers). Too many of England’s 27 punts this weekend fell in a murky middle ground. Now and then, there was a suicidal reluctance to get the ball off the park as well. Danny Care over-hit a couple from the box and Owen Farrell’s efforts often fell far infield – a cardinal sin opposite Ben Smith and Julian Savea. All these mistakes contributed to a paltry return of 39% territory and 40% possession, which isn’t a foundation from which to beat the All Blacks.Power player: will Billy Vunipola return to the starting team for the final Test in Hamilton?Selection waters far from clearBar Sam Burgess, Lancaster has now seen every player in competition to feature in the 2015 World Cup and this trip has confirmed England’s outstanding strength in depth. Even so, a bigger challenge begins now – finding out the best means of channelling such quality.The Tuilagi wing experiment must be shelved, with Chris Ashton coming in for Luther Burrell. Tuilagi and Twelvetrees should form England’s midfield this weekend. Though Geoff Parling was phenomenal in Dunedin, making 21 tackles and guiding the lineout, Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury have to start too – likewise Dylan Hartley and Billy Vunipola. Honing first-choice combinations ahead of next year has to be the primary goal.Two games to save this tour“We’re still learning, but now it’s about results.” That was Twelvetrees’s post-game take. He was spot on. In the past fortnight, England have confirmed they are capable of a bona fide tilt at the Webb Ellis Cup. This week, the developmental rawness has to be stripped away. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Time to reflect: Chris Robshaw brings his team together after the 28-27 defeat in New Zealand ON THE surface, this was another step forward for intrepid England. To get within a single point of New Zealand, to match them in terms of tries scored and to do so almost 12,000 miles away from Twickenham amounts to a decent representation of where this squad sits in the global pecking order – right at the front of the chasing pack alongside South Africa.But Tom Wood’s despondence at the end of the game spoke volumes. Despite rallying in the closing stages, he knew the tourists had not done themselves justice. This may have been the closest England have come to the All Blacks since overturning them in December 2012, but it was also the most underwhelming performance in those three subsequent losses. Richie McCaw’s boys were brilliant in patches, but they could have been beaten.England have earned the right to be judged by world-class standards, to be hard on themselves even when they are edged out by the best. With that in mind, here are five things we learned from another enthralling Test…Half-hour of powerSometimes in sport you can pinpoint momentum swings. On Saturday, there were two. First, Ben Smith hunted down Manu Tuilagi for a miracle tackle and turnover. Then, shortly after half-time, an over-ambitious offload from Billy Twelvetrees burst things open.With England leading 10-6, the Gloucester centre made a half-break and nearly freed Tom Wood up the middle, his flick instead hitting turf. Brodie Retallick picked up and carried to his own ten-metre line. Exactly six passes and 17 seconds later, the magnificent Smith dotted down under the posts.It was a wonderful score that demonstrated New Zealand’s unparalleled ability to transition between dogged defence and devastating attack – a stunning sucker-punch. Even more impressive was how the All Blacks identified weakness and rose to their very best for the next 30 minutes, dominating every contact situation with an irresistible increase in intensity. Two more tries killed the contest and snatched the series. Steve Hansen’s men had given a lesson in world-champion ruthlessness.Break point: Manu Tuilagi runs clear late in the second half – but he couldn’t make it to the lineBack-line confusion, not back-line cohesionThis encounter highlighted the problems of England’s tour scheduling more harshly than last week’s thriller in Auckland. New Zealand progressed with just one change to their 23, while Stuart Lancaster saw rust seep in as he tried to reintegrate his Premiership finalists.Largely consistent selection up front – Tom Wood coming in for James Haskell the sole switch – meant Graham Rowntree’s pack initially made inroads, dominating tight exchanges from the solid base of an accurate lineout and well-organised mauling. However, a back-line containing four new faces did not fuse together.Individual brilliance was not the problem – England made six line breaks in the opening 40 minutes. Support lines did not match up, though, meaning just ten points were scored before the break. Tuilagi should have converted his breakaway chance, but Mike Brown’s follow-up – which inexplicably ended up 20 metres away as Ben Smith made the tackle – defined the gulf in finishing prowess between the teams. When England clicked there with two consolations – but it was too late. Victory in Canterbury on Tuesday is hugely important. Ed Slater is the perfet man to lead that effort and the side is more than strong enough. After that, Lancaster’s squad should be buoyed for one last push.Remember, New Zealand are the first visitors to Twickenham in November. Scraping home on Saturday would give England a shot at two consecutive triumphs over the All Blacks – a simply mammoth fillip that would evaporate any deep-lying inferiority complex. This long, winding season is significant until its final whistle. Chris Robshaw’s side lost by just one point in Dunedin on Saturday – but what lessons to they need to take from the defeat into this weekend’s third Test?
“I heard about all the contracts from overseas but I didn’t think that was going to prove anything. I just want to make sure I at least complete some goals.“I want to make the hundy club with the Canes and it’s every kid’s dream to become an All Black. It’s a hard goal but achieving that one day would be awesome.”As a result Aso has re-signed with the Hurricanes up until 2020.Electric: Aso was brilliant last year for the Hurricanes (Getty Images)An important aspect here is the World Cup next year. New Zealand Rugby is expecting an exodus of players after the tournament, and it is clear Aso is looking to make an impact during that period post-RWC.Aso said: “That’s why I thought I’d hang around. If I keep putting in the work hopefully I’ll get a crack.” Not Every Kiwi Wants To Head To EuropeIn recent times, plenty players from New Zealand have moved to Europe to play rugby, with a large number ending up in the Top 14.Money plays a huge factor here, with players like Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, and Victor Vito moving to France for lucrative offers despite having creditable All Blacks careers.The same is happening in Australian and South African rugby too, but there are some who are rejecting these offers to try and play more for their countries.Related: The Great Migration – a Rugby World InvestigationAspiring All Black Vince Aso is the latest to reject a French move. It has been reported that he had several offers with a possible 500,000 New Zealand dollars being offered to the 23-year-old centre.“I’m still young and I’ve got more goals to achieve here in New Zealand,” Aso told the NZ Herald. Hurricanes centre Vince Aso has turned down lucrative offers to move to France. Staying: Vince Aso is staying in New Zealand (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If he keeps playing like he did last year, scoring 14 tries for the Hurricanes, he has every right to covet an All Blacks jersey.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter.
Try time: Referee Luke Pearce signals a try for Scott Baldwin (Getty Images) After five months out…@Harlequins have returned as a football team! Almost a perfectly-concocted beauty of a try to celebrate rugby’s return #RugbyRestart pic.twitter.com/NTq3dL0cTH— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) August 14, 2020There was an overriding feeling that the intensity was lower than normal, particularly in the first half. That’s not to say physicality was lacking but there just didn’t seem the same vigour to the match. Perhaps we underestimate how big a motivator crowds can be, but then again not every top-flight match is a cracker even when supporters are permitted to attend.Things did pick up in the second half, there was more urgency to deliver a result, and hearing the communication from the teams added another level of interest.It will take time to adapt to this new experience, for all involved in the sport, but rugby is back. The same, but different. What it’s like to watch a Gallagher Premiership match behind closed doorsThe Gallagher Premiership didn’t exactly restart with a bang, but there were a few claps on the sidelines and wallops in the tackle as Harlequins beat Sale 16-10 at the Stoop.It was a disjointed, error-strewn affair – somewhat expected after a five-month hiatus – and if supporters had been allowed in, I doubt they would have been enthralled by the on-pitch offerings, but the good news is that Premiership rugby is back.Quins got the all-important win, going against the pre-Covid formbook, and more results like that should ensure the race for play-off places is interesting. 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. The pre-match activity involved a minute’s silence for those who have lost their lives during the pandemic, a tribute to the country’s key workers and the clubs’ support of the Black Lives Matter message – Harlequins formed a circle and took a knee while Sale wore T-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘Rugby Against Racism’.Taking a knee: Harlequins players show their support for Black Lives Matter prior to kick-off (Getty Images)Then the cacophony returned once the first whistle blew. ‘Robbo’, ‘Nate’, ‘Ashy’ – just some of the nicknames shouted by Quins in the first half. Applause came from the benches in response to a positive act by a player. Any breaks in play resulted in music being blared out. Again, I’m not sure for whose benefit. Same for the giant flames turned on around the outside of the pitch whenever points were scored.For all the noise generated on the field and through the loud speakers, it couldn’t replicate the atmosphere that would be generated by nearly 15,000 spectators usually crammed into the multicoloured seats. And with that intensity lacking off the pitch, so it was on it.Obviously errors were to be expected after five months without a game; teams are rusty. On top of that the penalty count was high, the strict breakdown interpretations no doubt contributing, so it was hard for teams to gain momentum. The lack of a crowd also meant there was no external colour or noise to distract you from noticing just how many breaks in play there are. We report from an empty stadium as the top flight returns with Harlequins v Sale Sale Sharks strike! A sizeable Tuilagi decoy expert McGuigan finishing we have our first post-lockdown try #RugbyRestart pic.twitter.com/zU5lm188Qn— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) August 14, 2020So how did the experience compare to a normal league fixture? It was wildly different!For a start there was the walk into the stadium – no hubbub of fans milling around outside the gates, no riot of colour of replica shirts and hats and so on.To collect my media accreditation I had to have my temperature checked before signing in with a QR code. It almost felt like I was arriving at the doctor’s surgery rather than a rugby match. That medicinal feeling was only emphasised at the sight of the post protectors and flags being sprayed with disinfectant at half-time.With social distancing in operation, Rugby World had been moved from the regular press box to further along in the back of the stand. The view may not have been as good, especially of Scott Baldwin’s try at the other end of the pitch, but it was more spacious, with a whole table to myself and Stuart Barnes at the adjacent desk to offer tactical insights. Look for the positives!The stadium itself almost felt larger with no fans, just media, broadcasters and logistical personnel in attendance alongside the teams. The quietness hit home too, at least until the players came out to warm up. With that came a sudden cacophony of noise, calls being yelled and motivational words being spoken.That was topped off by the stadium announcer going through the team sheets, although quite who he was sharing the names with I’m not quite sure. The volume only dimmed as the players retreated to the dressing room to change into their match shirts. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
The Azzurri last won a match in the Six Nations in 2015 Italy Six Nations Squad 2021A dislocated finger ruled scrum-half Stephen Varney out of the Ireland match but he is back in the squad ahead of Italy’s fourth-round fixture against Wales.However, prop Cherif Traore will miss the rest of the championship after breaking his arm against Ireland. Daniele Rimpelli has been recalled to the squad to replace Traore.Forwards(DoB/Club/Position/Test debut/caps)Luca Bigi (19 Apr 1991/Zebre/Hooker/2017 v Scotland/37)Niccolò Cannone (17 May 1998/Benetton/Lock/2020 v Wales/13)Pietro Ceccarelli (16 Feb 1992/Brive/Prop/2016 v Ireland/14)Riccardo Favretto (10 Oct 2001/Mogliano/Lock/1)Danilo Fischetti (26 Jan 1998/Zebre/Prop/2020 v Wales/12)Michele Lamaro (3 Jun 1998/Benetton/Back-row/2020 v France/7)Marco Lazzaroni (18 May 1995/Benetton/Back-row/2017 v Australia/14)Andrea Lovotti (28 Jul 1989/Zebre/Prop/Prop/2016 v France/46)Gianmarco Lucchesi (10 Sep 2000/Benetton/Hooker/2020 v Ireland/6)Marco Manfredi (18 Sep 1997/Zebre/Hooker/Uncapped)Maxime Mbanda (10 Apr 1993/Zebre/Flanker/2016 v USA/29)Johan Meyer (26 Feb 1993/Zebre/Flanker/2018 v Ireland/14)Sebastian Negri (30 Jun 1994/Benetton/Lock/2016 v USA/33)Marco Riccioni (19 Oct 1997/Benetton/Prop/2019 v Ireland/15)Daniele Rimpelli (23 Jun 1997/Zebre/Prop/2021 v France/1)Federico Ruzza (4 Aug 1994/Benetton/Lock/2017 v Scotland/22)David Sisi (5 Feb 1993/Zebre/No.8/2019 v Scotland/15)Giosuè Zilocchi (15 Jan 1997/Zebre/Prop/2018 v Japan/15)BacksTommaso Allan (26 Apr 1993/Benetton/Fly-half/2013 v Australia/61)Mattia Bellini (8 Feb 1994/Zebre/Wing/2016 v France/31)Callum Braley (20 Mar 1994/Benetton/Scrum-half/2019 v Ireland/10)Juan Ignacio Brex (26 May 1992/Benetton/Centre/2021 v France/5)Carlo Canna (25 Aug 1992/Zebre/Fly-half/2015 v Scotland/52)Paolo Garbisi (26 Apr 2000/Benetton/Fly-half/2020 v Ireland/10)Monty Ioane (30 Oct 1994/Benetton/Wing/2020 v Wales/6)Federico Mori (13 Oct 2000/Kawasaki Robot Calvisano/Centre/2020 v Ireland/9)Edoardo Padovani (15 May 1993/Benetton/Wing or full-back/2016 v England/28)Luca Sperandio (28 Jan 1996/Benetton/Wing/2017 v France/11)Jacopo Trulla (5 Jul 2000/Kawasaki Robot Calvisano/2020 v Scotland/7)Stephen Varney (16 May 2001/Gloucester Rugby/Scrum-half/2020 v Scotland/7)Marcello Violi (11 Oct 1993/Zebre/Scrum-half/2015 v Scotland/21)Marco Zanon (3 Oct 1997/Benetton/Centre/2019 v France/6)Additional invited playersAndrea Zambonin (3 sep 2000/Kawasaki Robot Calvisano/Flanker/Uncapped)Italy Six Nations Fixtures 2021(All kick-off times are GMT)Round 1Sat 6 February, Italy 10-50 France Dupont dazzles as France crush Italy in Six Nations openerRound 2Sat 13 February, England 41-18 Italy Jonny May scores wonder try against ItalyRound 3Sat 27 February, Italy 10-48 Ireland Social media reacts to Iain Henderson try that wasn’tRound 4 Sat 13 March, Italy 7-48 Wales Double for Owens as Wales brush Italy asideRound 5Sat 20 March, Scotland 52-10 Italy Scotland secure try bonus point in 28 minutes against ItalyDon’t miss a game with our TV coverage guide Italy team to play Scotland – Saturday 20 MarchEdoardo Padovani; Mattia Bellini, Juan Ignacio Brex, Federico Mori, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi, Marco Riccioni, Niccolò Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro.Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Andrea Lovotti, Giosuè Zilocchi, Riccardo Favretto, Maxime Mbanda, Marcello Violi, Carlo Canna, Marco Zanon.RUGBY WORLD VERDICTJuan Ignacio Brex has been the most effective player at the ruck of anyone arriving at 50+ breakdowns these Six Nations, writes Alan Dymock. His 81% effectiveness epitomises a team sweating spinal fluid to do the job. So far Italy’s best has been well off the mark. But with Federico Mori joining Brex in the centres, Scotland may just have something unexpected to contend with.Right at the back, though, Italy have opted for more experience. Edo Padovani replaces Jacopo Trulla at 15 – a player undoubtedly game to learn, but who has been far too shaky in this championship.Throughout this tournament coach Franco Smith has seesawed over whether to start his best props on the bench, on the field, or a mix of the two (hey, recognising form up front is hard when you regularly lose). However, will Italy be strong enough for 80 minutes this time? And above all else, having conceded 40+ points to every other team this tournament, can Italy finally – finally – plug the gap? If they don’t, it will be one of the most demoralising defensive campaigns in memory.Italy team to play Wales – Saturday 13 MarchJacopo Trulla; Mattia Bellini, Juan Ignacio Brex, Carlo Canna, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi, Giosuè Zilocchi, Niccolò Cannone, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro.Replacements: Oliviero Fabiani, Andrea Lovotti, Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, Maxime Mbanda, Marcello Violi, Federico Mori, Edoardo Padovani.Italy Team to play Ireland – Saturday 27 FebruaryJacopo Trulla; Luca Sperandio, Juan Ignacio Brex, Carlo Canna, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Callum Braley; Andrea Lovotti, Luca Bigi, Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro.Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Cherif Traore, Giosuè Zilocchi, Niccolò Cannone, Maxime Mbanda, Guglielmo Palazzani, Federico Mori, Mattia Bellini.Italy Team to play England – Saturday 13 FebruaryJacopo Trulla; Luca Sperandio, Juan Ignacio Brex, Carlo Canna, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Andrea Lovotti, Luca Bigi, Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro.Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Danilo Fischetti, Giosuè Zilocchi, Niccolò Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Guglielmo Palazzani, Tommaso Allan, Federico Mori.Italy Team to play France – Saturday 6 FebruaryJacopo Trulla; Luca Sperandio, Marco Zanon, Juan Ignacio Brex, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Daniele Rimpelli, Luca Bigi, Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro.Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Danilo Fischetti, Giosuè Zilocchi, Niccolò Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Maxime Mbanda, Guglielmo Palazzani, Carlo Canna. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Centre Juan Ignacio Brex in action for Italy (Getty Images) Italy Six Nations Squad 2021Italy’s search for a first Six Nations victory since 2015 will go into another year after they ended the 2021 championship with another heavy defeat, losing 52-10 to Scotland.Captain Luca Bigi got the visitors off to a good start with an early try at BT Murrayfield but it was one-way traffic after that as the Scots ran in eight tries.This is Italy’s worst Six Nations in terms of points conceded, the leaking of 239 points in five games beating their previous tally of 228.Related: Scotland secure try bonus point in 28 minutes against Italy 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.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rainbow Cup set for North v South finalThe best South African franchise is set to take on the top-placed team in the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup in a North v South final.The Rainbow Cup has been operating as a dual tournament – Rainbow Cup SA and Pro14 Rainbow Cup – since the South African franchises were not given permission to travel.However, organisers hope the Rainbow Cup can culminate in a North v South final on Saturday 19 June at a venue in Europe. A Pro14 statement read: “Planning is now at an advanced stage and all written approvals are expected imminently for the game to take place at a European venue.“At this stage in the process it was important for teams, their fans, broadcasters and sponsors to hear of these developments ahead of this weekend’s Rainbow Cup games in Europe and South Africa.“The northern representative in the final shall be the team who finishes first in the table among the 12 teams in the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup while the southern representative shall be the side who ranks first in the Rainbow Cup SA competition.”After two rounds, the Sharks top the South African table ahead of the Bulls, with winless Stormers and Lions meeting this weekend.Munster and Benetton are the only Pro14 teams to win their opening two Rainbow Cup matches.More details on the final are expected to be announced next week. Munster won their first two Pro14 Rainbow Cup matches (Sportsfile/Getty Images) Plans for top South African franchise to take on team ranked first in Pro14 Rainbow Cup at European venue It would feature the leading South African franchise – one of Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers – against the team ranked top of the table in the European competition, which features Irish provinces Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, Italian sides Benetton and Zebre, Scottish clubs Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as Welsh regions Cardiff, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.Related: Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup & Rainbow Cup SA fixtures 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.
This lineout drive in France’s #ProD2 match between Beziers and Biarrits does not quite go how you think it willpic.twitter.com/I73dkEXz4J— James Harrington (@Jamesonrugby) March 26, 2021Because nine seconds is sometimes all it takes… Biarritz rugby fans at a match against Perpignan this season (Getty Images) “If you want to watch the ProD2, you have to watch the whole competition because it’s like a series,” says Perpignan back-rower Damien Chouly. “It’s like Game of Thrones. Every episode, there’s something happening, and this year was something like that.”Is the French second tier the craziest league in rugby? It certainly feels like every weekend there is at least one clip from the ProD2 that has outsiders typing out Whisky Tango Foxtrot. And if the make-up of the latest European Champions Cup semis and final had pundits pondering if the Top 14 would go on to enjoy an era of continental dominance, the division just below generates storylines every bit as arresting. There are grand old names on the wane; regathering powers; smalltown clubs weaponising synergy; at-the-death winners from rank unfancied sides; more than a smidge of political chaos off the field. #PROD2 – J21 “Quand ton maul va dans l’en-but aussi vite qu’un ailier” @UsmSapiacRugby pic.twitter.com/KYlvJTe4Be— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) March 1, 2021Because… well, forget the Ash Splash… And on Saturday 5 June, two household names from the South-west, Perpignan and Biarritz, will wrestle their way towards promotion. The winner of the ProD2 final will gain automatic promotion to the Top 14 and the loser goes on to a play-off with the 13th team in the Top 14. The last-placed team in the top division is automatically relegated. But what sets this league apart?Television presenter Cecile Gres, who cut her teeth covering the ProD2, offers a view: “It has always been more authentic and the stakes have never killed the games. The atmosphere around this competition is cooler and more spontaneous. “There are a lot of young players who want to be spotted, former Top 14 stars who want to end their career on a good note, brillant players who know this championship by heart. Thomas Ramos, Demba Bamba, Anthony Bouthier, Vincent Rattez, Kilian Geraci were all in ProD2 a few years ago. And you can find famous profiles in the staff teams, like Christian Labit, David Aucagne, Perry Freshwater, Remi Talès, Stéphane Glas…“Finally, the playing level across the teams makes the ProD2 a hotly-contested competition.”Perpignan facing Carcassonne this season (Getty Images)The finest talents in the competition don’t just ascend into the Top 14. After a five-year stint in Béziers, back-row Karl Wilkins will be returning to the UK, after signing with Northampton Saints. And he has seen some of the more… traditional elements of the division. “This was actually our first season with TMO,” he says, wryly. “There used to be more punch-ups and a lot more amateur-era stuff, when I first joined Béziers, on the discipline front, because people could get away with stuff. “That was a big change, and obviously there were no fans this year, but you’d get massive crowds for particular games. They could make big influences on the game, on refereeing decisions. It did make playing away from home a nightmare and playing at home – not easier, but maybe a little more comfortable, with some decisions.”Asked whether there was a deluge of madcap moments, as the stream of highlight clips would have you believe, Wilkins adds: “In the winter months it can be a bit slower, but if you look at the (league’s) Twitter page, there’s always at least one try a week that’s just mad.Related: The life of a Journeyman – a Rugby World special report“It’s normally because the games are so close, so one team’s got to go for it towards the end. One slipped ball (and things can change). Especially this year, I think, there’s been more good play from the backs, some really good moves that have gone the length of the field. I couldn’t tell you why, but this year it feels like the whole level has stepped up.”Wilkins knows the reputation set in stone: that the league should just be a place to turn young puppy-fat plodders into hardened forwards. Chouly says the pace is very often slower than the Top 14 where he carved out such a successful career. He and Wilkins both make a point of mentioning the long, arduous nature of a 30-game season. Remember, that is purely league-focussed, as there are no European commitments, no domestic cup on top of that. But Chouly also says that while eight to ten teams are capable of competing for promotion, the others can still pull off sensational results. The 46-cap Frenchman remembers last season, when freshly demoted Perpignan were bushwacked by Rouen, who had just come up from the Nationale league, losing to them 12-10. #PROD2 – L’image de la J19 : Top chrono Comme le dit si bien @Dupont9A : “On ne va pas y passer la journée non plus” Il a fallu 9 secondes à @OyonnaxRugby pour marquer l’essai le plus rapide de l’histoire de la @rugbyprod2 et du @top14rugby confondus pic.twitter.com/eR7CXfMXR3— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) February 11, 2021Because the ball can turn into a bar of soap… 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. The Craziest ProD2 moments in 2020-21Sometimes France’s second tier is portrayed as the Wild West, writes James Harrington. A lawless, crazy, anything-goes place where sometimes, if you’re lucky, rugby may happen.We tried to disprove this calumny. We really did. But, well, we couldn’t. Here are just a few reasons from this season alone that show the ProD2 is the craziest place on the pro rugby planet – except for, possibly, France’s third-tier Nationale…Because even apparently successful 5m lineout moves can suddenly turn unexpected. #PROD2 – #MondayMotivation𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙘 𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙚𝙚 ? 𝘽𝙞𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙥 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙡𝙚… Selponi nous régale avec un drop en coin pour passer la transformation @FCGrugby pic.twitter.com/Bh9fg0KpC8— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) January 25, 2021Because hookers dummy and flankers think they’re Phil Bennett… #PROD2 – L’image de la J26 : Les déménageurs jouent du piano Les feintes d’un talonneur et les crochets d’un flanker ! Les trois-quarts d’@OyonnaxRugby vont certainement être jaloux des avants après ce mouvement tout en technique et en légèreté ! 🪶 pic.twitter.com/a4qsfZ2k8K— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) April 8, 2021Because, sometimes – quite often actually – it’s simply magnificent… #PROD2 – #MondayMotivationQuand la ballon se transforme en savonnette et joue un mauvais tour à Carcassonne pic.twitter.com/p3lYauAruG— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) May 10, 2021Because mauls can achieve escape velocity… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Biarritz and Perpignan face off for automatic promotion to the Top 14 this weekend Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #PROD2 – #MondayMotivationQuand tu commences ta semaine en 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗲 libre @SArugbyofficiel pic.twitter.com/r3wag5PFJK— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) May 17, 2021Because quick thinking… #PROD2 #EssaiDuJour – J16Quel essai de l’@usonneversrugby ! De la continuité avec des superbes passes après-contact puis la vitesse et les raffuts de Romaric Camou pour terminer en beauté pic.twitter.com/4so6AtCf1D— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) January 21, 2021What do you make of the ProD2? How does the English Championship compare? Let us know your views via [email protected] or hit us up on social media. Asked for her favourite moments of this season, Gres calls up the semi-final over the weekend, when Biarritz beat Vannes with a try at the death. She recalls a classic between Perpignan and Oyonnax, while Aurillac ensured their future in the division with a last-second kick against Colomiers. And of course there was that Lion King moment, when Josaia Raisuqe lifted the referee at the end of a Beziers game at Nevers.One other try viewers may recall was the round 18 mind-bender between Colomiers and Biarritz. In the centre for the visitors that day was All Black Francis Saili. “That was most definitely different, man!” the Kiwi tells Rugby World. “We were down (on the scoreboard) and they caught the ball and could have just run down the time and just kicked the ball out, but for some reason the half-back just gave us the ball. “If you give a team an edge, we’ll take that. With the team we have, with the players and personnel we have, we’ll definitely take the opportunity. I definitely experienced that for the first time and it was awesome. The whole game felt like a bit of a grudge match and I’d heard they were a team who would try to grind you out, they had some dirty plays, and I thought, ‘Okay.’“For us to score at the death made it all the sweeter. How we scored the try was just ridiculous. It felt like the whole team touched the ball, cross-kicks, throwing it around like it’s a basketball. They missed the kick, one of our boys tackled their player, one of our boys pounced on the ball to score the try. It was one of those ones where you look back and say, ‘Jeez, how did we pull that off?!’“That’s what happens when you let the shackles loose and just let boys play. There’s a bit of fluidity. I was surprised with the skill level, from the French boys especially (after leaving Harlequins to join the ProD2). There is so much skill and they’ve just got raw talent. I’ve obviously been able to see that first hand and it’s been awesome.”Saili agrees with Wilkins that there is a growing narrative that the skill level is rising. Perhaps growing budgets help, and some tell you there is obviously an arms race going on. This doesn’t always work out for players either, and there are many from outside of France with tales to tell of aborted stints on the continent. Then there was the wild story earlier in the season about team owners looking to move the famed Biarritz side to… Lille. That one soon fizzled out, as did the tale of a takeover in Beziers.Related: Biarritz take on Grindr as inclusivity sponsorBut if you are to make the most of time in the second division, you have to embrace the madness. As Saili says: “When I first came in, I had a moment of self-reflection and was like, ‘Look, I can’t come in and reinvent the way these guys play. Because this is probably what they do, probably what’s been implemented for such a long time.’ “I guess the only way is to just make small influences or players or coaches, sit down and just get onto the same page. Obviously there are times when I have been frustrated but at the same time, you just have to let the Frenchies do their thing and make small influences where you can.”Don’t be mad that the roller coaster doesn’t have any harnesses; just hope you are going fast enough to enjoy the loop-de-loop. In the opening round of the season, Biarritz beat Perpignan 21-12 and Saili scored the first try. In April, Perpignan beat Biarritz 29-27. What odds would you give for a truly bats*** ProD2 final between the two? TAGS: Highlight
Archbishop’s sermon at St. Paul’s for National Service of Thanksgiving Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Archbishop of Canterbury Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group [Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered the sermon at the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen.The text of the Archbishop’s sermon follows.In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.Some words from St Paul: ‘Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.’There will be other occasions to remember the splendour and the drama of the Coronation; today’s focus is different. What we remember is the simple statement of commitment made by a very young woman, away from home, suddenly and devastatingly bereaved, a statement that she would be there for those she governed, that she was dedicating herself to them.‘Dedication’ is a word that has come to mean rather less than it used to. Those of us who belong to the same generation as Her Majesty’s older children will recall a sixties song about a ‘dedicated follower of fashion’ – as though to be ‘dedicated’ just meant to be very enthusiastic. But in the deep background of the word is the way it is used in classical and biblical language: in this context, to be ‘dedicated’ is to be absolutely removed from other uses, being completely available to God.And so to be dedicated to the good of a community – in this case both a national and an international community – is to say, ‘I have no goals that are not the goals of this community; I have no well-being, no happiness, that is not the well-being of the community. What will make me content or happy is what makes for the good of this particular part of the human family.’It is an ambitious, even an audacious thing to aim at. It is, of course, no more so than the ideals set before all Christians who try to model their lives on what St Paulsays about life in the Body of Christ. That doesn’t make it any easier to grasp or to live out; but the way St Paul approaches it should help us see that we’re not being encouraged to develop a self-punishing attitude, relentlessly denying our own goals or our own flourishing for the sake of others. What’s put before us is a genuine embrace of those others, a willingness to be made happy by the well-being of our neighbours.‘Outdo one another in showing honour’, says St Paul. Compete with each other only in the generous respect you show to one and all; because in learning that respect you will find delight in one another. You will begin to discover that the other person is a source of nourishment, excitement, pleasure, growth and challenge. And if we broaden this out to an entire community, a nation, a commonwealth, it means discovering that it is always in an ever-widening set of relations that we become properly ourselves. Dedication to the service of a community certainly involves that biblical sense of an absolute purge of selfish goals, but it is also the opening of a door into shared riches.I don’t think it’s at all fanciful to say that, in all her public engagements, our Queen has shown a quality of joy in the happiness of others; she has responded with just the generosity St Paul speaks of in showing honour to countless local communities and individuals of every background and class and race. She has made her ‘public’ happy and all the signs are that she is herself happy, fulfilled and at home in these encounters. The same, of course, can manifestly be said of Prince Philip; and our prayers and thoughts are very much with him this morning. To declare a lifelong dedication is to take a huge risk, to embark on a costly venture. But it is also to respond to the promise of a vision that brings joy.And perhaps that is the challenge that this Jubilee sets before us in nation and Commonwealth. St Paul implies that we should be so overwhelmed by the promise of a shared joy far greater than narrow individual fulfilment, that we find the strength to take the risks and make the sacrifices – even if this seems to reduce our individual hopes of secure enjoyment.Moralists (archbishops included) can thunder away as much as they like; but they’ll make no difference unless and until people see that there is something transforming and exhilarating about the prospect of a whole community rejoicing together – being glad of each other’s happiness and safety. This alone is what will save us from the traps of ludicrous financial greed, of environmental recklessness, of collective fear of strangers and collective contempt for the unsuccessful and marginal – and many more things that we see far too much of, around us and within us.One crucial aspect of discovering such a vision – and many still do discover it in their service of others, despite everything –is to have the stories and examples available that show it’s possible. Thank God, there are many wonderful instances lived out unobtrusively throughout the country and the Commonwealth. But we are marking today the anniversary of one historic and very public act of dedication – a dedication that has endured faithfully, calmly and generously through most of the adult lives of most of us here. We are marking six decades of living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found. To seek one’s own good and one’s own well-being in the health of the community is sacrificially hard work – but it is this search that is truly natural to the human heart. That’s why it is not a matter of tight-lipped duty or grudging compliance with someone else’s demands. Jesus himself says ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me’, and that’s what is at the heart of real dedication.This year has already seen a variety of Jubilee creations and projects. But its most lasting memorial would be the rebirth of an energetic, generous spirit of dedication to the common good and the public service, the rebirth of a recognition that we live less than human lives if we think just of our own individual good.Listen again for a moment toSt Paul. ‘We have gifts that differ according to the grace given us … the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness … Outdo one another in showing honour … extend hospitality to strangers … Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another … take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.’ Dedication to the health and well-being of a community is all this and more. May we be given the grace to rediscover this as we give thanks today for Her Majesty’s sixty years of utterly demanding yet deeply joyful service.© Rowan Williams 2012 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ La Iglesia cubana celebra 110 años y su ultimo sínodo antes de reintegrarse a la Iglesia Episcopal Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Clérigos de la Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba e invitados se reúnen fuera de la catedral de la Santísima Trinidad en La Habana, el 3 de marzo, luego de la eucaristía de clausura del 110º. Sínodo General. Lynette Wilson/ ENS.[Episcopal News Service – La Habana, Cuba] La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba celebró recientemente sus 110 años de historia durante su último sínodo como una diócesis autónoma antes de su reintegración oficial con la Iglesia Episcopal de EE.UU. en 2020.“Durante 50 años la Iglesia Episcopal ha estado aislada”, dijo la obispa de Cuba Griselda Delgado del Carpio, en la clausura del Sínodo General , que se celebró del 28 de febrero al 3 de marzo en la catedral de la Santísima Trinidad. La Reintegración, dijo ella, “es una manera de ser parte de una gran familia”.El firme liderazgo de Delgado impulsó la reintegración, dijo el arzobispo Fred Hiltz de la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá, que preside el Consejo Metropolitano de Cuba. El Consejo ha supervisado la Iglesia cubana desde su separación de la Iglesia Episcopal a fines de la década del 60.“Quiero expresarlo todo al decir que ella es una visionaria, una trabajadora tenaz”, dijo Hiltz, en una entrevista con Episcopal News Service. “Ella hará cualquier cosa para promover el interés, el bienestar y la capacidad de recursos en apoyo del ministerio de esta Iglesia. Ella es constante, ella persevera, y no siempre le ha resultado fácil.La obispa de Cuba Griselda Delgado del Carpio y el arzobispo Fred Hiltz de la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá fuera de la catedral de la Santísima Trinidad en La Habana, después de la eucaristía de apertura del 110º. Sínodo General el 28 de febrero. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.“No todo el mundo estaba entusiasmado con la idea de volver a la Iglesia Episcopal, pero ella persistió constantemente, se empeñó con el clero, con el laicado. Yo la observé preparándose para el sínodo especial del año pasado que decidiría a qué provincia habrían de pertenecer, y la manera cuidadosa en que ella se ocupó de que hubiera un diálogo en todo el ámbito de la Iglesia aquí en Cuba. [Los delegados] vinieron al sínodo con una decisión tomada y eso en un inmenso crédito para su estilo de liderazgo, organizado y focalizado, espiritualmente centrado”.La Diócesis de Cuba está previsto que se incorpore a la II Provincia, que incluye las diócesis de Nueva York y Nueva Jersey en Estados Unidos, la Convocación de Iglesias Episcopales en Europa, Haití y las Islas Vírgenes.La reintegración de la Iglesia cubana a la Iglesia Episcopal fue uno de los muchos temas que se debatieron durante el sínodo, el cual reunió a clérigos y laicos de todas partes de la isla.“Estamos en verdad muy felices de recibir de nuevo a la Iglesia de Cuba en la Iglesia Episcopal; hay tanto que podemos aprender de su acercamiento creativo al ministerio y la misión”, dijo el Rdo. Charles Robertson, canónigo del Obispo Primado para el ministerio fuera de la Iglesia Episcopal.El 10 de julio de 2018, la Cámara de Obispos aprobó por unanimidad, con el respaldo de la Cámara de Diputados, readmitir a la Iglesia cubana como una diócesis [de la Iglesia Episcopal]. Las decisiones de la 79ª. Convención General aceleraron el proceso de reintegración que se pusiera en marcha por primera vez hace cuatro años.En marzo de 2015, dos meses después de que Estados Unidos y Cuba convinieran en restablecer relaciones diplomáticas luego de una ruptura de 54 años, el sínodo de la Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba aprobó con 39 votos a favor y 33 en contra regresar a su anterior afiliación con la Iglesia Episcopal. Ese verano, la 78ª. Convención General se pronunció a favor de relaciones más estrechas con la Iglesia cubana y por un levantamiento del embargo económico de Estados Unidos contra Cuba que ha estado en vigor durante varias décadas.La obispa de Cuba, Griselda Delgado del Carpio, preside la procesión de salida el 28 de febrero luego de la eucaristía de apertura del 110º. Sínodo General de la Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba remonta sus orígenes a una presencia anglicana en la isla en 1871. En 1901, se convirtió en distrito misionero de la Iglesia Episcopal. Las dos iglesias se separaron en los años sesenta [del pasado siglo], después de que Fidel Castro tomará el poder al triunfo de la evolución cubana de 1959 y de que las relaciones diplomáticas entre los dos países se desintegraran. La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba ha funcionado como una diócesis autónoma de la Comunión Anglicana bajo la autoridad del Consejo Metropolitano de Cuba desde la separación en 1967. Los primados de las iglesias anglicanas del Canadá y las Antillas Británicas (West Indies) y de la Iglesia Episcopal integran el Consejo Metropolitano.Este sínodo será la última vez que Hiltz, que ha presidido el Consejo Metropolitano durante 12 años y que está a punto de jubilarse este año, asistiría.“Es un poco emotivo para mí este sínodo, es mi último sínodo aquí como primado del Canadá y presidente del Consejo Metropolitano”, dijo él.“Es una mezcla de emociones, gran alegría de que las cosas hayan llegado tan lejos. Me habría sentido realmente en una posición embarazosa si al terminar mi período como presidente del Consejo Metropolitano las cosas no hubieran llegado tan lejos en lo que se refiere a la reintegración”, dijo Hiltz. “Ha sido realmente estupendo observar el desenvolvimiento de ese proceso desde que comenzó en 2015. Estoy realmente feliz de ver que llega a su culminación y pensar que en el sínodo del año próximo vuestro Obispo Primado estará aquí, porque ellos a veces se refieren a mí como su primado. Y supongo que para todos los efectos y propósitos, yo lo he sido”.El Rdo. John Kafwanka, director para la misión de la Comunión Anglicana, hizo una presentación acerca de la importancia de adiestrar a los cristianos para el ministerio en sus vidas diarias. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Pendiente de la armonización de las constituciones y cánones de la [Iglesia] cubana y de la Iglesia Episcopal de EE.UU. y de la aprobación del Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal en marzo próximo, la Diócesis de Cuba celebrará su primera convención junto con una celebración y visita del obispo primado Michael Curry.“Estamos profundamente agradecidos al arzobispo Hiltz, al Consejo Metropolitano (de Cuba) y a la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá por sus años de fiel compañerismo y apoyo a la Iglesia en Cuba”, dijo Robertson.Delgado fue instalada en noviembre de 2010. Antes de eso, el obispo Miguel Tamayo, de la Iglesia Anglicana del Uruguay, prestó servicios como obispo interino durante seis años, dividiendo su tiempo entre Montevideo y La Habana. Obispos de Puerto Rico y la República Dominicana también han desempeñado ese papel, tanto Puerto Rico como la República Dominicana son diócesis de la IX Provincia de la Iglesia Episcopal.El 27 de febrero, la Iglesia Episcopal dio a conocer una campaña para recaudar fondos de pensiones para clérigos activos y jubilados. El salario promedio de un sacerdote en Cuba es de $55 al mes; el gobierno cubano no reconoce la actividad religiosa como un empleo, lo cual hace que los clérigos no tengan derecho a pensiones o a seguridad social del Estado. A lo largo de los últimos 50 años, los clérigos han tenido que prescindir de sus pensiones . El establecimiento de un sistema de pensiones les brinda alguna seguridad a clérigos que ahora pueden contar con la Iglesia en su ancianidad, explicó Delgado.El Rdo. Charles Robertson, canónigo del Obispo Primado para el ministerio fuera de la Iglesia Episcopal, hizo una presentación el 2 de marzo sobre los próximos pasos a seguir en el proceso de reintegración durante el 110º. Sínodo General. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.La Iglesia cubana tiene 23 clérigos que atienden a 10.000 episcopales en 46 congregaciones y misiones a través de la isla. En el momento del anuncio oficial, la Iglesia Episcopal ya había recaudado más de la mitad de la suma objetivo de $800.000. El dinero, que será administrado por el Fondo de Pensiones de la Iglesia, viene a compensar la ausencia de contribuciones durante la separación y a remediar una injusticia.“Esto es parte de la obra de reconciliación, unirnos por encima de las divisiones históricas. Esto no se trata sólo de una recaudación de fondos: es seguir a Jesús y encontrar nuestro mutuo camino de retorno”, dijo Curry en un comunicado de prensa.Durante la reunión del Consejo Ejecutivo en febrero, Curry se refirió a la campaña de pensiones y al regreso de la Iglesia de Cuba a la Iglesia Episcopal como un acto de “reconciliación, no importa lo que hagan nuestros gobiernos”. El gobierno de Obama intentó abrir las relaciones entre los gobiernos estadounidense y cubano. Antes de la elección de Donald Trump, se distendieron las restricciones de viajes impuestas a ciudadanos estadounidenses. En 2017, Trump reimpuso las restricciones.-Lynette Wilson es reportera y jefa de redacción de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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