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  • Analysis: How centres Sam Burgess and Henry Slade combined for England

    first_imgThis would have had Mike Catt and Andy Farrell purring. It is a slick pattern. Farrell stands at first receiver with two forward runners (labelled A1 and A2) to hold the defence. He pulls it back to Slade at second receiver who has two more carriers (B1 and B2) on his left shoulder:Communication and collective understanding needs to be pinpoint to achieve this situation. More pleasing still though would have been Slade’s decision-making.With Parra jamming across to cover Mako Vunipola, he simply misses out his forward runners to find May:Reaping rewardsSo, within quarter of an hour England had alternated between direct and expansive play. Then came Watson’s stunning second:Interestingly, Slade begins at first receiver, feeding Burgess:Taking it to the line, Burgess sucks in Dumoulin and Lamerat before finding Farrell on a wrap-around:Though Lamerat drifts off the carrier quickly, a slight delay is all May needs to slice through a gap…..before his offload bypasses three Frenchmen and sets away Watson:This was a training ground move executed flawlessly.In the second half, Burgess made more headway for England with an uncomplicated carry:This gives us a chance to examine how the centres set up. Much as he did on domestic duty last season alongside burly Sam Hill, Slade stands at inside centre and fades behind Burgess:Again, Burgess lays a platform:Care moves the ball right through the forwards before Farrell switches play via Geoff Parling:Note that Slade has continued on his path, holding the French defence on the right-hand side of the ruck. At this point, it would be easy for Burgess to steam ahead and take a crash ball. Instead, he fades behind Kieran Brookes: Parra again tries to cut off the move but Burgess’ quick transfer puts Vunipola into space after Brookes (circled) crouches to evade Farrell’s pass:Clearly, the presence of Burgess on the gain-line thoroughly pre-occupied France.Creating spaceBack in December, we analysed Burgess’ first start for Bath and how he was used effectively as a decoy runner. This weekend, plenty of space was manufactured for others. Take this phase:England’s two-wave structure is in play once more, and Burgess takes it to the line before hitting Slade behind James Haskell: Slade’s kick is weighted very delicately, such that the chase boxes in Spedding:Territorial awareness – another box ticked.Back to Burgess for now, though. Later on, Farrell perhaps should have scored straight from this scrum:France are simply fixated on Burgess. Rory Kockott is at pains to reiterate his threat during the scrum:Consequently, Remi Tales tiptoes towards the centre while Gael Fickou sits back on his heels. Farrell is ignored as a running threat, and gets to within five metres:Should Lancaster hand Burgess more opportunities, this can be developed much further.Learning pointsIt would be unfair and inconceivable for a rookie centre pairing to deliver a mistake-free match. Sure enough, there were a couple of errors.Burgess conceded two penalties in the space of ten seconds, receiving a yellow card from referee John Lacey after taking out Parra with ten metres of a quick-tap penalty and then failing to roll away from his own tackle on Vincent Debaty:At full-time, Burgess spoke of the need to curb his instincts. Indeed, the sin bin could end up as a beneficial footnote to his debut.Parra was on his 60th cap and handed Burgess a lesson in restraint. He has heeded plenty of tutorials in the past nine months and this was a far better environment to learn than during the World Cup.Slade also fell victim to a rush of blood, taking out Parra from a Farrell restart:He was very lucky to escape further sanction, but showed his class in the second half by correcting himself:Positioned in backfield with Farrell, he signals to his fly half to go to the air……making sure to stay behind him until contact is made:Slade then climbs to beat Louis Picamoles to the ball……batting it backwards for Alex Corbisiero to secure:With Jonathan Joseph and Brad Barritt all but assured of a berth, Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees must be itching for a start in Paris. Two debutants undertaking a high-stakes audition at Twickenham. Two centres with entirely different attributes who had taken contrasting paths to their first Test cap – one a code-hopping superstar, the other a precocious talent graduating from an outstanding stint in representative age-group action.It was suggested that Sam Burgess and Henry Slade were playing for a single place in Stuart Lancaster’s 31-strong Rugby World Cup squad. However, alongside the excellent Alex Goode at full-back, both players made a compelling case for involvement.Though England’s forwards were uncharacteristically overrun by a gnarled France pack, Burgess and Slade gave eye-catching performances in the backline. Here is a run-down of how they combined in midfield.Defence – stepping in and sliding offA big reason Lancaster has been so keen on bringing in Burgess is the big-game temperament and innate charisma he demonstrated in league – an intangible ability to inspire teammates and grasp the occasion, hauling momentum back to his side.Just two minutes into Saturday evening’s installment of Le Crunch, there was evidence that this has translated to union:Twickenham erupted at the sight of France skipper Dimitri Szarzewski being man-handled. At any level, such a robust, domineering tackle lifts confidence across the entire team.But this is not an isolated piece of individual brilliance. It is a product of England’s organisation and the mutual understanding between their centres.Watch this snapshot of the previous phase as Slade calls over his forwards from the blindside to fill in around the breakdown on the openside:When they are in position taking care of the fringes, Slade and Burgess can charge off the gain-line and pick up France’s midfield runners as Morgan Parra finds half-back ally Francois Trinh-Duc:Burgess identifies Szarzewski as the recipient of Trinh-Duc’s pass and hits the hooker around the sternum, stalling the attack drastically:Because the collision is rather upright, Slade can latch onto the contact area and drive Burgess further towards the France line:The visitors backpedal to recycle possession, but the end result is that they have static ball around eight metres behind the gain-line:France did manage to manoeuvre the England defence nicely from here though. A neat chip behind Burgess manufactured an opportunity on the right as the Bath Rugby man was beaten on the turn:Slade does not have the stature nor the power of Burgess. However, he remains a highly effective, intelligent defender.Watch here as he is part of an England drift that deals with a sweeping France attack:First, Slade and Calum Clark press up as Trinh-Duc catches Parra’s pass:Realising that Trinh-Duc is going behind his first wave of support runners to blindside wing Brice Dulin, they then curve round to the left to shut off the space:As Dulin opts to kick, England have all bases covered. Remi Lamerat has cut a line back infield, but Slade and Farrell are waiting for him.Goode has stepped in to take Dulin and Jonny May is already turned to field the grubber while wary of Sofiane Guituone outside him:Outside centre is not an easy place to defence, but Slade often makes it look fairly straightforward.Burgess is more of an abrasive presence, and another astute read saw him bury Alexandre Dumoulin later in the first half.Despite a ten-minute spell in the sin bin – which we will come onto – the 26 year-old ended up at the summit of England’s tackle-count charts. He looked for work, as this second-half effort epitomised:Now, though Geoff Parling and Farrell make decent contact on Uini Atonio here, the hefty tighthead is set to score before Burgess steps in.England were down to 14 men in the wake of  Clark’s yellow card, but Burgess sees the threat around the fringes from his spot in the middle of the field……and gets across to force the ball loose:Such details do not get lost on Lancaster. While there are certainly technical aspects to hone, the primal desire of Burgess will have impressed him.Dovetailing dangerouslyTwo-sided attack – the ability to take on the defence either side of any given breakdown – has long been a goal of Lancaster’s. As such, he is an advocate of deploying two natural playmakers in his backline.On Saturday night, his match-day 23 was loaded with ball-players. Farrell, Goode and Slade started, while Billy Twelvetrees and Danny Cipriani joined the fray from the bench. All have experience of playing at fly-half.The ploy paid off handsomely early on:We start as Ben Morgan is just about to break off England’s lineout maul. Slade is standing at inside centre:His position means he must attend the ruck as Morgan carries. Slade does not shirk the dirty work:Richard Wigglesworth moves the ball left for another trundle through the forwards. England are now around 25 metres in from the right touchline. There is an inviting blindside to attack.Slade, retreating behind the ball following his breakdown assignment, has his head up and sees this:He demands the ball from Wigglesworth and ships it onto Anthony Watson as quickly as possible. Slade is so flat to the gain-line that Trinh-Duc is invited to tackle him:From years in the same age-group sides, the Exeter Chief knows Watson can do special things in one-on-one situations. The electric, in-to-out finish would not have surprised him.With a distributor such as Slade in the side, England could spread the ball wide rapidly.When they wanted to punch more narrowly though, Burgess was on hand. Watch this series of phases from the first half. First, Burgess is unleashed from a lineout:There is a bit of a fumble and his stance is quite upright, but Burgess still attracts a couple of defenders and delivers a pristine platform beyond the gain-line thanks to neat ball presentation. Meanwhile, Slade has slipped into first receiver……and throws a cut-out pass to test France on the edge of the field:Scott Spedding actually comes up nicely on the left to cover Watson on this occasion, but England kept the ball and set up something even more clever: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Double trouble: Sam Burgess and Henry Slade during England’s 19-14 victory over France Lancaster has 80 minutes of game-time left before he must name his 31. Another version of Le Crunch in Paris signals decision-time on his prospective centres.This weekend may have muddied the waters. But Lancaster’s headache is a happy one. At the very least, Burgess and Slade underlined the considerable value they would offer to England’s pursuit of the World Cup. TAGS: Highlight The midfield of Sam Burgess and Henry Slade will have caused Stuart Lancaster a selection headache against France on Saturday.last_img read more

  • NCVO calls for 12% tax on National Lottery to be split between good causes and prizes

    first_img The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is calling for the12% tax on every National Lottery ticket worth £549 million per year to besplit between good causes and lottery players instead of going to theGovernment.NCVO is concerned that the new lottery distributor, to be created by the merger of the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund, will have to reduce the money going to good causes to fund its additionalresponsibilities which will include running a National Lottery day and publicising lottery funded projects. There is also widespread concern in the voluntary sector that the merger will lead to more money going to the Government’s own projects such as the Olympic bid for London or areas like health and education that would normally have been funded through general taxation. NCVO’s submission to the Government in response to the Department for Culture Media and Sport’s (DCMS) discussionpaper on reform of the lottery, calls for the Treasury’s slice of lottery cash to go to good causes and boost prizes. The DCMS consultation closes today. Advertisement  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 31 October 2003 | News Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO said: ‘I do not believe that the public want the lottery to be just another Government tax sparing only 28p from the sale of each Lotto ticket and scratch card for good causes. If the Government are serious about re-connecting the lottery with the people then they should give half their annual £549 million tax cut to the good causes and half back to the players. Then we might actually see some recovery in the tired National Lottery, which would be great news for the thousands of good causes throughout the UK that now depend on lottery cash and great news for the players.” NCVO calls for 12% tax on National Lottery to be split between good causes and prizes About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

  • Rohingya humanitarian & activist Kyaw Hla Aung awarded 2018 Aurora Prize

    first_img Rohingya humanitarian and activist Kyaw Hla Aung has been awarded this year’s $1.1 million Aurora Prize.Kyaw Hla Aung is a lawyer and activist who, for decades, has worked to appeal for basic human rights for the Rohingya people. He also spent 12 years in prison as a result of his mission.  He was selected as the 2018 Aurora Prize Laureate from 750 nominations submitted from 115 countries, and has been recognised for his dedication to fighting for equality, education and human rights for the Rohingya people in Myanmar. He was presented the 2018 Aurora Prize, granted by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative at a ceremony in Armenia on 10 June.Kyaw Hla Aung will receive a $100,000 grant as well as $1,000,000 to donate to organisations of his choice. He has chosen to donate this award to three international organisations that provide medical aid and assistance to refugees in Myanmar:Médecins Sans Frontières (London)Malaysian Medical Relief – MERCY Malaysia (Malaysia)International Catholic Migration Commission – ICMC (Switzerland, USA)Mary Robinson, Aurora Prize Selection Committee Member and Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said:“Kyaw Hla Aung’s work personifies the spirit of the Aurora Prize. He demonstrates the exceptional impact an individual can have in fighting injustice that often seems unbeatable, and inspires us to consider how a brave step forward to support the world’s most vulnerable people can create impact beyond measure.”  Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Melanie May | 12 June 2018 | News Rohingya humanitarian & activist Kyaw Hla Aung awarded 2018 Aurora Prize Kyaw Hla Aung said:“There are severe restrictions on my people. They have lost their courage and faith in themselves, have become illiterate, and, as a result, are penniless. It has been heartbreaking to see my community suffer from such discrimination. The support of the Aurora Prize serves as important recognition for all of the Muslim victims of human rights violations, as the plight of the Rohingya people continues to become more visible to the international public.”The Aurora Prize was established in 2015, by Vartan Gregorian, Noubar Afeyan and Ruben Vardanyan, the co-founders of 100 LIVES, which thanks those who helped saved Armenian lives in the Genocide that started in 1915, as well as others engaged in humanitarian work.   239 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img  240 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Tagged with: Awards Funding About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

  • Gardaí investigating a fatal road traffic collision which occurred outside Ennis…

    first_imgNewsGardaí investigating a fatal road traffic collision which occurred outside Ennis todayBy Staff Reporter – October 28, 2019 682 Advertisement Email WhatsApp Twitter ENNIS Gardaí are investigating a two-vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Cahercallamore, Ennis this afternoon, Monday 28th October, 2019 at approximately 2.30p.m.Gardaí and Emergency services attended the scene of a serious collision involving two cars at the Cahercallamore location.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A male rear passenger (early 80’s) was removed to University Hospital Limerick with serious injuries and passed away later today.  The female driver and front-seat passenger were also treated at University Hospital Limerick with non-life-threatening injuries.In the second car both the male driver and female passenger were uninjured.The scene was preserved and Garda forensic collision investigators have completed their examination. The road was closed and has since reopened.Gardaí at Ennis are appealing for any witnesses to this road traffic collision to come forward, particularly any motorists who were travelling in the area at the time and may have dash cam footage. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065-6848100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station,center_img Facebook Print Linkedin Previous articleMunster crowned 2019 All-Ireland Wheelchair Hurling ChampionsNext articleMan arrested and charged in relation to a robbery on Davis St Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

  • MCM to host open auditions

    first_imgLocal News WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleACS sets ‘Round Up: A Cattle Baron’s Ball’Next articleCassatt Quartet performances coming up admincenter_img By admin – April 19, 2018 Pinterest MCM to host open auditions MCM mall logo.jpg Twitter Music City MallThe Music City Mall has scheduled Open Auditions for musical acts, theater and other performances for a chance for a paid gig at the mall from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carousel State.RSVP for your slot to [email protected]last_img read more

  • The Latest: India finds new cases of a coronavirus variant

    first_img Pinterest The Latest: India finds new cases of a coronavirus variant A medical worker prepares the Chinese-made Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine to administer to Syrian refugees, at a medical center in the Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the Jordanian capital Amman, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Local NewsBusinessUS News Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleLillard scores 31 as Trail Blazers top Thunder 115-104Next articleMillions endure record cold without power; at least 20 dead Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 TAGS  Twitterlast_img read more

  • Kerala HC Directs A Private School To Not Expel Students For Non-Payment Of Fees For Online Classes [Read Order]

    first_imgNews UpdatesKerala HC Directs A Private School To Not Expel Students For Non-Payment Of Fees For Online Classes [Read Order] Mehal Jain18 Sep 2020 7:12 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court, taking note of the rather distressing situation that has gripped everyone on account of COVID-19 restrictions, restrained a private school from expelling students, merely for the reason that necessary fees has not been paid yet.Justice Devan Ramachandran on Tuesday issued interim directions to St Joseph Public School, Manimalamukku, Ernakulam. to permit all the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court, taking note of the rather distressing situation that has gripped everyone on account of COVID-19 restrictions, restrained a private school from expelling students, merely for the reason that necessary fees has not been paid yet.Justice Devan Ramachandran on Tuesday issued interim directions to St Joseph Public School, Manimalamukku, Ernakulam. to permit all the students studying in the school to participate in the online classes and in the upcoming periodic tests pending the disposal of the writ petition.The petitioners had alleged that the school has expelled the children from the online classes merely on account of their incapacity to pay the full school fees at this time, on account of COVID-19 pandemic scenario.The Standing Counsel for Central Board of Secondary Education submitted that normally expulsion of students for want of fees is not encouraged.He seeked permission of the Court to obtain instructions in the matter and inform the Court about the same on the next date of hearing.The bench also directed the petitioners to inform the court on the next posting date, the time frame within which they are ready to pay the fees.The matter has been listed for further hearing on 23.09.2020.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

  • Influence of nest location, density and topography on breeding success in the black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophris

    first_imgThe Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris is a long-lived procellariiform that typically nests colonially and exhibits low fecundity. Previous studies on albatrosses have focussed on the bottom-up effects of food supply and their impact on breeding success and have ignored the potential deleterious consequences of top-down predation. To determine whether nest position and adult ageinfluence breeding success, and whether there is evidence that predation affects reproductive output, we investigated relationships between characteristics and location of nesting sites within a breeding colony, age structure, and short- and long-term reproductive output of breeders.Our results are consistent with studies conducted on other colonially breeding seabirds, in that peripheral breeders perform considerably less well than do core breeders, but differ in that nest position was not found to be related to adult age. The timing of failure was affected by nestposition, with peripheral nests significantly more likely than core nests to fail during chick rearing. The results suggest that predation is the cause, acting in a non-uniform fashion, because Brown Skuas Catharacta [antarctica] lonnbergi and Giant Petrels Macronectes spp. both appear to target more accessible nests on the periphery of colonies. This behaviour could potentially expose a greater proportion of birds to predation if colony sizes diminish in tandem with the decline in albatross populations currently being observed worldwide.last_img read more

  • Rosneft Pertamina JV contracts Tecnicas Reunidas for Tuban refinery

    first_img Image: Rosneft and Pertamina JV contracts Spanish Tecnicas Reunidas. Photo: Courtesy of Frauke Feind from Pixabay. PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia has signed a contract with Spanish Tecnicas Reunidas for the construction of a oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Tuban, East Java, Indonesia.A joint venture between Rosneft with a 45% stake and Indonesian state oil and gas company Pertamina with a 55% stake, PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia was established in 2016.Under the contact, the Spanish Tecnicas Reunidas will provide the basic engineering design (BED) and carry out a front-end engineering design (FEED) project for the construction of Tuban grass root refinery and petrochemical complex (TGRR) in Indonesia.Tuban plant will become one of the most advanced facilities in the worldThe JV said that the conception of developing a refinery/petrochemical complex is based on the favourable market environment and the growth prospects in Indonesia.The primary processing facility of the petrochemical complex is planned to have a design capacity of up to 15mmta, where more than 1mmta for ethylene and 1.3mmta for aromatic hydrocarbons.The project is expected to receive full support from the Indonesian authorities, in terms of the necessary benefits and the procurement of the infrastructure.The company said that the integrated refinery and petrochemical complex will be commissioned within the next five years. The plant is expected to strengthen its position in the Indonesian consumer market.According to Rosneft, the petrochemical project is expected to lead to the creation of a large new petrochemical cluster in the region of the city of Tuban in the future.The project marks an important element in the company’s strategy to strengthen its presence in the high-margin market for petroleum-based products in the Asia-Pacific Region.Rosneft, in a statement, said: “The attractive market conditions of Indonesia and the expected consumption growth enabled the working group of Rosneft and Pertamina to develop a competitive concept of the new refinery and petrochemical complex.” The refinery project is expected to receive full support from the Indonesian authorities, in terms of the necessary benefits and the procurement of the infrastructurelast_img read more

  • Physician–Rheumatology (Berkeley Medical Center) – 133

    first_imgEqual Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c) West Virginia University Health Sciences Center – Eastern Divisionis seeking Rheumatology faculty positions in Jefferson and Berkeleycounties WV. Positions are primarily clinical and outpatient based.Job duties include: provide clinical care and teach medicalstudents, residents and fellows; and scholarly activities arehighly encouraged. Must have an M.D. degree or equivalent andsuccessfully completed an ACGME certified residency trainingprogram in Medicine with a fellowship in Rheumatology. WV MedicalLicense and DEA registration are both required by start date.Candidates should be BC/BE in Medicine and Rheumatology.Successful candidates will enjoy the benefits of practicing in afaculty practice plan (University Health Associates) integratedwith our regional community hospitals.Our Eastern Panhandle location is little more than an hour fromWashington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. A rural atmosphere and a lowercost of living mixed with the easy accessibility to theWashington/Baltimore areas make the Eastern Panhandle an idealplace in which to live. While our counties are among the fastestgrowing counties in the state, congestion and traffic areminimal.Academic rank will be commensurate with experience. The positionwill remain open until filled. WVU offers a highly competitive andcomprehensive recruitment package which includes occurrence basedmalpractice.Interested Candidates should send CVCV to:Tina R. Stover, MS, FASPRSystem Director of Physician Recruitment2000 Foundation Way, Suite 2310Martinsburg, WV 25401Office: 304-260-1425Fax: 304-260-1480Email: [email protected] is an AA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – andis the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.last_img read more