Scotland v Ireland Preview

first_imgRonan O’Gara replaces Jonny Sexton at fly-halfRBS Six Nations: Scotland v IrelandVenue: Murrayfield Date: Sunday 27 February Kick-off: 1500 GMTCoverage: Watch on BBC One, BBC HD channel, Red Button and BBC Sport website; listen on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio Ulster & online; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobilesRonan O’Gara has been picked ahead of Jonny Sexton to win his 106th cap at Murrayfield on Sunday, as Ireland travel to Scotland for the third round of the RBS 6 Nations. The veteran fly-half’s services have only been called upon in desperate times so far in the tournament, and he kicked the winning drop goal against Italy in the opening round. But after a disappointing loss to France at the Aviva Stadium two weeks ago, coach Declan Kidney has admitted his side is in need of a confidence boost, which he hopes will take the form of Munster’s No 10.O’Gara is one of three changes made by Kidney. Tommy Bowe has bounced straight back into the side to replace Fergus McFadden on the wing after an injury lay-off, while an ongoing back problem sees Tomás O’Leary drop out of the 22 altogether, as he is replaced by Eoin Reddan, and Peter Stringer takes his place on the bench.Meanwhile in Edinburgh, Andy Robinson has rung the changes in the hope that his side can claim their first win of the championship. An all-new half-back partnership sees Ruaridh Jackson (left) make his first start for Scotland, while Mike Blair partners him at scrum-half. Both Dan Parks and Rory Lawson drop to the bench.Scotland’s seven changes are completed by Chris Paterson and Sean Lamont, who replace the injured Hugo Southwell and Joe Ansbro, Moray Low, Richie Gray and Johnnie Beattie, while Nick de Luca moves from inside to outside centre. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Scots pulled off a famous win over Ireland 12 months ago in a game that sent the teams in different directions for the rest of the year – Ireland’s season crumbled as they had a miserable summer tour and mediocre autumn series, winning just two out of four fixtures, while the Scots enjoyed victories over Argentina, South Africa and Samoa.However, Scotland are yet to win a game in this championship despite hosting a struggling Wales team two weeks ago, and will be desperate to win on Sunday to avoid a wooden spoon decider against Italy in the final round. Meanwhile Ireland are still chasing the Triple Crown, and hoping to regain some form and winning ways in the run up to the World Cup later this year.Tickets for Scotland v Ireland are still available! You can purchase tickets in person from the Murrayfield ticket centre until 4pm on Saturday, or call 0844 335 3933/click here until midnight on Saturday. Prices start from £25, and no tickets will be sold on match day. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch the Six Nations action live!Scotland: Chris Paterson; Nikki Walker, Nick de Luca, Sean Lamont, Max Evans; Ruaridh Jackson, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Moray Low, Richie Gray, Al Kellock (c), Kelly Brown, Johnnie Beattie, John Barclay. Replacements: Scott Lawson, Geoff Cross, Nathan Hines, Richie Vernon, Rory Lawson, Dan Parks, Simon Danielli.Ireland: Luke Fitzgerald; Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll (c), Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls; Ronan O’Gara, Eoin Reddan; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, Sean O’Brien, David Wallace, Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: Sean Cronin, Tom Court, Leo Cullen, Denis Leamy, Peter Stringer, Jonathan Sexton, Paddy Wallace.Referee: Nigel OwensCan Gordon D’Arcy repeat this on Sunday? What a try!last_img read more

Journey through Rugby – Mouritz Botha

first_imgOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit Hard worker – Mourtiz BothaName: Mouritz BothaAge: 29 (29 January 1982)Position: LockBorn: Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, SAI’m pinching myself having made my debut for the Saxons in the Churchill Cup and been picked in England’s preliminary 45-man squad for the World Cup. Just five years ago I was playing part-time rugby for Bedford Athletic!It was inevitable that I would give the game a go as my dad was a primary-school teacher and a rugby coach in Natal. I’ve loved it ever since I first started. It’s full on in South Africa because you play full-contact rugby from the age of six. I played hooker until I was 16, with one game on the wing.A big influence on my career was my grandfather, Jan Teubes. He was a hooker so that’s what led me into the middle of the front row. He was a big rugby organiser in the area he lived and was a huge Springboks fan, following them around the world on various tours.I started growing a lot at 16 so it was inevitable that I would move into one of the back-five positions. I moved to No 8 for a season before playing lock.I struggled to break into representative rugby, even though I was playing for my school’s first team (U18). It was very hard to make it into the provincial side in Boland if you were at a small school like mine. My goals changed when I was told I’d never make it as a rugby player in South Africa. At 105kg (16st 7lb) I was told I was too light to succeed in the second row at the Stormers, so I had to find a full-time job.I have a passion for rugby, though, so I set about trying to find a club in a new country. I felt I needed to be in English rugby to realise my ambitions.I sent my CV to as many clubs in England as I could find on the internet. I was thinking I could get into a side at National Two level and sent it to clubs like Barking. The majority didn’t even reply.Out of the blue my phone went and I found a guy with a heavy Irish accent on the other end of the line offering me a chance with Bedford Athletic. It turned out to be their director of rugby Ed Axon. I couldn’t understand all of what he was saying but I understood that he was offering me flights, accommodation and a job. I had no messages from any other clubs, so I jumped at the chance.The links Bedford Athletic had with Bedford Blues would give me the chance to progress, so it seemed the perfect place to go. I worked there as an office assistant, making coffee and organising the paperwork.My own worst enemy is what my coach at Bedford Athletic, Paul Saffy, accused me of being while in the pub one day. He said I could achieve so much if I stopped messing about. He woke me up to my potential and I knuckled down. Thisled to my first contract with Bedford Blues, where I combined my rugby with working in asbestos removal. A big motivator  is my wife, Natasha. When I got married I wanted to be successful as a husband and provider as well as a rugby player, so I worked harder at my work and training. My hard work paid off when an agent contacted me via Facebook to say that Saracens were looking for a second-row.Intimidated is how I felt when I turned up for the Saracens interview. They asked me why I wanted to play for them and I said, ‘This is the biggest day of my life. It’s my goal and dream to play for a club like Saracens. I’d do anything to achieve it.’I was embarrassed after the interview. Chief executive Edward Griffiths called as I was leaving the car park to say they were giving me a contract. I started celebrating in my car, then saw Edward looking down at me from the office. Cue a red face! The last two years with Sarries have been amazing.The target now must be to get a place on that plane to New Zealand for the World Cup – it would be a dream come true.My story is of making it with hard work and determination, so anyone can do the same.DID YOU KNOW? While at Bedford, Mouritz ‘Mo’ Botha got the chance to show he could play at a higher level when he was picked in the East Midlands side to play in the traditional Mobbs Memorial match against the Barbarians in 2009.This article appeared in the August 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UKcenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Lions 2013: 5 Things We’ve Learned. Lions v Combined Country XV

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Power game: It took several Combined Country defenders to halt Sean O’Brien’s progress as they were steamrolleredBy Paul WilliamsA predictable processionTHE BRITISH and Irish Lions racked up a perfunctory fourth consecutive win with a 64-0, ten try victory, against the Combined NSW-Queensland Country. As expected, and considering that the Country’s team contained nine amateurs, this was and will be the easiest fixture of the tour. In terms of intensity, it made the Western Force fixture feel like the Rugby World Cup final. The Lions carried the ball a staggering 855 metres – that’s the best part of a kilometre. The Lions made 23 clean breaks, beat 41 defenders and once again dominated the scrum – if the Lion’s front row require consistent test level scrummaging practice before the 22nd June, they may have to look to each other.Sean Maitland ran lines from full-back that were reminiscent of his days at the Crusaders. Stuart Hogg had a very competent performance at ten and Brian O’Driscoll executed a series of accurate short passes that will almost certainly see him secure the 13 shirt for the test matches – the Lions will benefit from having a second distributor in the backline. Of course the stat that really matters from this encounter is zero – no, not the blank by the hosts, but the number of serious injuries pick-up by the Lions.Cut above: Justin Tipuric typified the gulf in classMismatchesThe difference between the two teams with regards to body shape, fitness and skill levels was enormous – yet entirely understandable.  Stuart Hogg’s pace over five metres allowed him to breakthrough through Country’s defensive line and run in a 40 metre try, unopposed. Richard Hibbard scored from a five-metre ruck without a single defending forward being within three yards – not that it would have made any difference, you’d need a weapon in your hands to stop Hibbard from that distance.The mismatches weren’t merely physical either – they were also technical. The Lions had a lineout in the 14th minute where the Country’s forwards didn’t even notice that the Lions had a lifting pod at the back of the lineout. Usually a team shouts ‘mismatch’ when they spot a player in the opposition’s defensive line that represents a potential weakness – the Lions could have justifiably shouted this in the changing room before they had taken the field.Passing exercise Whilst little from this match will benefit the Lion’s development on this tour, it did allow them to execute a series of offensive patterns. The opposition’s slow line speed meant that the Lions were able to complete 238 passes in 80 minutes – compare this with 111 against the elite defence of the Queensland Reds. Having an extra second before contact allowed Brian O’Driscoll to affect some accurate short passes and his wrap around passes directed at Jamie Roberts will be a valuable tool come the first test – should they be selected.Clean pair of heels: Hogg stepped up at 10Difficult to benchmark performancesYet another hugely comfortable win on the 2013 tour presents a problem for the Lions coaching staff. Such has been the varying standard of the opposition that it is becoming increasingly difficult to judge player performances in relation to the quality of the opposition. The received wisdom of Lion’s selection is that all pre-tour form becomes irrelevant and that tour performances earn tests spots. But that is easier said than done.For instance, Stuart Hogg was accomplished at outside half on Tuesday. His passing was accurate; he stood flat to receive the ball, regularly broke the line, his tactical kicking was accurate and he scored an eye-catching individual try – but how do we judge his performance?  My ‘step-over’ looks fantastic when I’m kicking a football around with my four year-old daughter. The Lions need sterner opposition to accurately determine the rightful owners of the test shirtsIs the Romance dead?Most rugby supporters still hold many of the romantic ideals of the amateur game – indeed the British & Irish Lions, as a tour, still hold dear many of the amateur traditions. We all like the notion of plumbers, carpenters and teachers having the chance to fulfil their dreams against the best players in the world. However, sadly the warmth of the amateur game no longer fits with the cold reality of elite rugby. NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 11: Stuart Hogg of the Lions breaks clear to score a try during the match between Combined Country and the British & Irish Lions at Hunter Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) During 80 minutes, whilst admittedly playing with enormous determination, Country only managed to secure 32% of the possession and 26% of the territory. Country’s centre partnership missed five tackles each and were unable to cope with the Lions’ strike runners. The entire Country team only managed to run 86 metres with the ball in hand – three Lion’s players achieved that distance as individuals (Alex Cuthbert, Sean Maitland and George North). We all love the amateur romance of rugby, but the truth is that brick-layers are no-longer equipped to deal with the brick ‘out’ houses of elite rugby.last_img read more

Nutrition: Plan your intake of carbohydrates

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By sports nutritionist James Morehen The world of sport will have its eyes firmly fixed on the Rugby World Cup in the upcoming months. Teams are taking it to the next level regarding sport science preparation in an attempt to get their hands on the illustrious Web Ellis Cup. England have battered their bodies in the ‘mile high city’ of Denver and it’s very clear; relevant sport science support has huge implications on the modern game of rugby to maximise performance outcomes including fundamental evidence based sport nutrition guidelines.Can we not all eat the same?Gone are the days of a blanket sport nutrition approach for the whole squad. Each player is dynamic in their game and it’s no surprise that the requirements and demands of a 90kg scrum half will see a different daily food nutritional strategy when compared to a 125kg flanker at the dining halls.Taken forward, it is critical to remember that ‘smart’ nutrition will not only aid the manipulation of body composition throughout the season but also help to enhance adaptation from exhaustive exercise, competition and assisting with recovery tactics.A common phrase in the sports nutrition arena is ‘eating smart’, whereby the prepared and planned ingestion of macronutrients help achieves required individual goals. Fortunately for the Test stars, nutrition is taken care of and they have will have a constant drip feed of the correct foods to match their physical demands.Considering that carbohydrates provide our body with glycogen to perform high-intensity exercise, and that glycogen, when low is considered one of the causes to premature fatigue, I am confident to say that the consumption of carbohydrates in and around rugby performance is key. As competitive rugby players, the consumption of carbohydrates is vital to not only fuel training sessions (lifting heavy weights) and the crucial 80-minute game (high speed running, high impact collisions) but also to allow vital recovery and restoration (replacing carbohydrates) back to normal levels.Okay, so lets eat carbs…During the post-exercise period or after a lung-busting 80-minute game it would be beneficial to consume a mixture of medium to high GI carbohydrates due to the increased capacity of high GI carbohydrates augmenting plasma glucose concentrations. This results in greater rates of muscle glycogen re-synthesis saturating our muscles back to pre-exercise levels whilst promoting recovery from the exhaustive exercise. Consuming ‘smart’ medium to high carbohydrates is advised here for example, rice, pasta or potato would be far more beneficial than sweets or chocolate. Also consider how long the turnaround from the game to the next intense training session is as this will inform the rate to which how much carbohydrate you need to consume. Pasta great: George Gregan gets tucked in to some pasta center_img Hear more from James and the expert team at Nutrition X through the Ultimate Rugby Guide campaign @Nutrition_X, www.nutrition x.co.uk It is therefore difficult to provide the perfect day for carbohydrate consumption. More so, it is important to discuss the carbohydrate requirements of players in absolute terms rather than a percentage of energy intakes, to meet the actual energy demands associated with the training and competition schedule. Practically, this makes sense, as energy requirements will shift from low, medium or high throughout the week depending what the training or competition schedule looks like.Table 1. Typical daily carbohydrate requirements for rugby players during an in- season competition weekJames Morehen is the Sports Scientist at Nutrition X, Sports Performance Nutritionist at Widnes Vikings Rugby League team and lead strength and conditioning intern coach at Liverpool John Moores University.James Morehen is part of the team who have developed Nutrition X’s range of Informed-Sport certified products, which have become the No.1 choice of sports nutrition for numerous elite athletes, amateur sports people and casual gym users alike.last_img read more

Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch the Autumn Nations Cup match

first_imgFamiliar foes face-off in Florence. And here’s how to watch. Action packed: Hamish Watson versus Italy (Getty Images) 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. Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch the Autumn Nations Cup matchThe Autumn Nations Cup heads to beautiful Florence.The Azzurri welcome Scotland to Italy for the 14th time, looking to draw matches their at seven wins apiece – and with this match in Florence, where Italy have beaten Georgia and the Springboks in recent years and where Scotland have never played, Italy will hope to spring a surprise on the visitors.Having finished the Six Nations on a high against Wales, and with key players like Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray and Jamie Ritchie riding high, will the visitors have too much?If you want to know the team selections, key talking points, stats and quotes ahead of this one, check out our Italy v Scotland preview.However, what you are really here for is to find a reliable live stream for Italy v Scotland wherever you are…How to watch Italy v Scotland from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Autumn Nations Cup coverage, like Italy v Scotland, 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 Autumn Nations Cup live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is 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 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch from the UKAmazon Prime Video are the main rights holders for the Autumn Nations Cup in the UK and will show Italy v Scotland (kick-off 12.45pm) live.If you’re an Amazon Prime member, coverage is included in your package. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, it costs £7.99 a month and you can cancel at any time, so you could just sign up for the period of the Autumn Nations Cup. Plus, if you’ve never signed up before, there is currently a 30-day FREE trial and you could watch the entire tournament in that time.Sign up to Amazon PrimeThe Prime Video app allows you to watch games on your TV, mobile, game console and more. Find out what devices you can watch Prime Video on here.Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch from IrelandPremier Sports will show Italy v Scotland (kick-off 12.45pm) for Irish viewers.If you have a Sky contract, Premier Sports is part of the broadcaster’s ‘Sports Extra’ package, which costs €10 a month for the first six months and €20 a month after that for Sky Sports customers (€17 and €34 for non-Sky Sports customers).You can also access Premier Sports via a Now TV day or month pass, which allows you to watch sports channels without committing to a long-term contract.Get a Now TV Pass Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to watch the Autumn Nations Cup from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go. Italy v Scotland is on SuperSport Variety 2 (2.45pm).There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch from AsiaPremier Sports has the rights to broadcast Autumn Nations Cup matches, like Italy v Scotland, in Asia and will show matches in 22 territories – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.A weekly pass to Premier Sports Asia is $19.99 or you can take out a rolling six-month contract for $59.99. Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, FloSports have the exclusive rights to show every Autumn Nations Cup match live. You can stream Italy v Scotland (kick-off 7.45am EST and UK time – 4.45am on the West coast) via FloSports or watch via the app. Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to the Autumn Nations Cup from the Land of the Long White Cloud, Sky Sport NZ have the rights. Italy v Scotland kicks off at 1.45pm, with coverage on Sky Sport NZ 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 31 January 2021 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 Premier Sports Asia subscription A FloRugby monthly subscription costs $29.99 and the annual subscription is $150, with both packages also giving you access to the entire FloSports network, which includes coverage of cycling,motorsport and American football.Sign up to FloRugby 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.  Italy v Scotland live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, beIN Sports has the rights to show Autumn Nations Cup matches, with Italy v Scotland kicking off at 11.45pm.Access to beIN Sports’ Connect package is $19.99 a month or $179.99 for a year and also includes lots of European football action.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 are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers so you could take advantage of that to watch some of these Autumn Nations Cup matches.Kayo Sports offerlast_img read more

Wasps v Harlequins live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_img Middle man: Marcus Smith breaks to score a try against Wasps last year (Getty Images) Wasps v Harlequins live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to keep track of the many South Africans plying their trade in the Premiership, SuperSport shows matches in South Africa.South Africa is two hours ahead of the UK at the moment, so Wasps v Harlequins kicks off at 5pm on SuperSport’s Rugby channel.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.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.  Can Wasps extend their winning run when they take on Quins at the Ricoh Arena? Wasps v Harlequins live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereRound seven of the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership season concludes with Wasps hosting Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon (3pm).This is Quins’ first match since Paul Gustard left his role as head of rugby earlier this month and the team are looking to win their first match since beating Gloucester in round three.Wasps are on a five-match winning run and also beat Quins at the Stoop the last time these two sides met in September. Watch highlights from that match here…While both clubs are without several players due to England call-ups for the Six Nations, they have still been able to name strong teams.Wasps: Lima Sopoaga; Zach Kibirige, Malakai Fekitoa, Jimmy Gopperth, Matteo Minozzi; Jacob Umaga, Will Porter; Simon McIntyre, Tom Cruse, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Will Rowlands, James Gaskell, Brad Shields, Thomas Young (captain), Tom Willis.Replacements: Tommy Taylor, Ben Harris, Kieran Brookes, Tim Cardall, Ben Morris, Sam Wolstenholme, Michael Le Bourgeois, Rob Miller.Harlequins: Mike Brown; Louis Lynagh, Joe Marchant, Andre Esterhuizen, Aaron Morris; Marcus Smith, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Scott Baldwin, Wilco Louw, Matt Symons, Stephan Lewies (captain), Archie White, Will Evans, Alex Dombrandt.Replacements: Elia Elia, Jordan Els, Simon Kerrod, Glen Young, Richard de Carpentier, Martin Landajo, James Lang, Tyrone Green.Here we explain how to find a reliable live stream for Wasps v Harlequins…How to watch Wasps v Harlequins from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Wasps v Harlequins, 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 Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is 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 Wasps v Harlequins live stream: How to watch from the UKWasps v Harlequins, which kicks off at 3pm this afternoon, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK. 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 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 Harlequins v Wasps takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above. Wasps v Harlequins live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Wasps v Harlequins (kick-off 4pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Wasps v Harlequins live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.Wasps v Harlequins will kick off at 10am EST and 7am on the West Coast.Get Peacock Premium Wasps v Harlequins live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to Wasps v Harlequins from the Land of the Long White Cloud, it’s an early start on Monday morning as the match kicks off at 4am on Sky Sport NZ 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 2021 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 SPECIAL OFFER: FOUR MONTHS OF SKY SPORTS FOR JUST £100 VIA NOW TV 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.last_img read more

Committee to recommend approval of 8 bishops-elect

first_imgCommittee to recommend approval of 8 bishops-elect 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Jim Lynch says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 [Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] (Updated at 8:30 p.m.) Following public testimony at times both passionate and poignant, the Committee on the Consecration of Bishops of the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church on July 4 approved the upcoming consecrations of eight bishops-elect.After morning hearings the committee adopted and sent to the House of Deputies for consideration resolutions consenting to the elections of Bishops-elect:Susan E. Goff, suffragan, Diocese of Virginia (C066);Dorsey McConnell, Diocese of Pittsburgh (C091);A. Robert Hirschfeld, Diocese of New Hampshire (C098);W. Nicholas Knisely, Diocese of Rhode Island, (C102).The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, a committee co-chair, said he had been informed that the resolutions have been placed on the House of Deputies agenda and could be acted upon as early as July 6. Once the elections are approved by deputies, the House of Bishops will take up the measures.Retiring Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson was among those who had testified on behalf of Hirschfeld.“I want to apologize to the Bishop-elect that this hearing won’t go for hours and be telecast worldwide,” Robinson said amid laughter, recalling his own controversial appearance in 2003 before the committee.Robinson said he is delighted with Hirschfeld’s selection “and the process which led to it,” adding that Hirschfeld, 51, was elected on the first ballot.“I could not be happier with this choice,” he added. “While it is a heartbreaking and grievous thing to contemplate leaving, I am leaving it (the diocese) with somebody I have already grown to love.”In presenting Bishop-elect Dorsey McConnell of Pittsburgh to the committee, the Very Rev. George Werner, former president of the House of Deputies and president of the diocesan standing committee, said the diocese is still in the process of healing after a 2008 split.But he said that McConnell’s election has been unifying, adding that “concern is being rightfully asked by this committee about property issues, about doctrine, discipline and worship and the bishop-elect is a leader already in the diocese and is definitely going to have no problems” adhering to church doctrine.Werner was referring to a request from bishops and deputies in the Diocese of Fort Worth, joined by the dioceses of San Joaquin and Quincy, “that none of these bishops-elect harbors the views expressed in the amicus brief recently filed against Fort Worth by seven bishops and three priests of this church … specifically whether he or she contends that dioceses have the unilateral and autonomous authority to leave the Church and take church property with them; and those views be published or otherwise communicated to both houses.”The request, published on the House of Bishops and Deputies talk list and confirmed by Fort Worth communications officer Katie Sherrod, was signed by the entire Fort Worth deputation.The committee, during early morning discussions, decided to generally ask the prospective bishops how they deal with differences. “The purpose of this committee is to check the process, the paper work and the canonical propriety for an election process,” co-chair Lynn Schmissrauter, a deputy from East Tennessee.“This is not an examining committee, this is a checking of the process. We want to be clear about that,” Schmissrauter said.In afternoon hearings, the committee also approved the consecrations of:Jeff Wright Fisher, suffragan, Diocese of Texas (C113)Douglas John Fisher, Diocese of Western Massachusetts (C103);Robert C. Wright, Diocese of Atlanta (C107);Jacob Wayne Owensby, Diocese of Western Louisiana (C072).At least four of the eight candidates were elected in dioceses in which they already served.Wright is the first African American to be elected bishop of Atlanta, and supporters testifying for him said that St. Paul’s Church in Atlanta had tripled in size since he became rector ten years ago, growing from 200 to 600 members.During his address to committee members Owensby said he had been born with a cleft palate that wasn’t corrected until he was in his twenties, which “gave me a heart for those who are left out.”Because the elections occurred within 120 days of the start of the 77th meeting of General Convention in Indianapolis July 4-12, Episcopal Church canons provide in Canon III.11.3 for the required consents to be sought from the bishops and deputies at convention.— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention. Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 July 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm Are the comments about the candidates captured more fully elsewhere? This article is pretty skimpy. Thnx. Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL By Pat McCaughanPosted Jul 4, 2012 Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA General Convention, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA General Convention 2012 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Elections, Featured Jobs & Calls Comments (1) Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

Anglican World magazine relaunches

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Br. James Teets BSG says: Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion, Comments (3) Featured Jobs & Calls New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Fr. Phillip Ayers says: November 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm I welcome this good news that Anglican World will again come to inform us of the life and times throughout the worldwide Communion! It always was a most useful tool, and I for one have greatly missed it. I will subscribe immediately, and I send best wishes to its editors!(Br.) James Teets BSG, CanonDirector of Public RelationsThe Brotherhood of Saint Gregory November 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm Glad to see this periodical revived. I always enjoyed it in the old days. I’m going to subscribe and went to the website to do that; I only hope my American credit card went through!As disheartened as some of us are about the Communion, we’re still very much a part of it (as is ACNA, through their association with the Southern Cone?) and pray that “we all may be one.” It’s odd that we use that prayer when speaking about other faith communities, while in our own Anglican Communion we’re so very fractured. Help us, Good Lord! Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT By ACNS staffPosted Nov 14, 2012 Katerina Whitley says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Collierville, TN Comments are closed. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has spoken about the ‘state of the Communion’ in the official magazine of the Anglican Communion, relaunched at the recent Anglican Consultative Council meeting in New Zealand.Writing in the first edition of Anglican World magazine, Williams said he “hopes and prays” the Communion will always be in the ‘state’ that he describes: one in which “the Church works to uncover the image of God in those around them.”Jan Butter, Anglican Communion director of communications, announces the relaunch of Anglican World at the recent Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo/ACNSThe article, in the magazine’s Last Word section, is one of Archbishop Williams’ final messages in his role as spiritual head of the Communion. He steps down on December 31, 2012 to be succeeded as Archbishop of Canterbury by Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Justin Welby.Co-editor of the magazine and Director for Communications of the Anglican Communion Jan Butter said he was delighted the magazine was relaunched in time for Archbishop Williams’ to write a farewell to the Communion.“Anglican World has always been an important vehicle for the Anglican Communion to hear from its members,” he said. “So I was thrilled that Archbishop Williams could use the magazine to share a message with Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world.“As well as an overview of the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in New Zealand, and other articles from around the Communion, the next edition will feature an article on the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; someone with rich experience of the Anglican Communion.”This redesigned, full colour magazine is the latest in a line of publications—stretching back to Pan Anglican magazine in the 1940s—designed to keep Anglicans around the world up to date with all the latest Communion news and information. It was put on hold in 2007 because of production costs.“We have held the cost of the magazine at 2007 prices,” said Mr Butter, “only £10 for a year’s subscription—four editions. We’re confident that sufficient Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world will subscribe, enabling us to break even. If we make a profit then we hope to produce Anglican World in French and Spanish too.”As well as Anglican Communion news plus articles on the Canterbury bishop’s course, Anglican youth in Brazil, and churches tackling gender-based violence, this first edition of Anglican World is also inviting members of the Anglican Communion to take part in a photography competition on the theme of The Spirit of the Anglican Communion.To see a preview of Anglican World magazine visit http://bit.ly/SLIs4P To subscribe magazine visit the online shop of the Anglican Communion Office at http://bit.ly/TIsB8g Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Archbishop of Canterbury Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit an Event Listing November 23, 2012 at 7:56 am How sad it has been to see so many good publications disappear from our communion that is reputed to have memberships with high levels of education. I am delighted to hear that Anglican World will be revived. Let us hope it begins a new trend of excellent Anglican/Episcopal magazines. I will subscribe. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican World magazine relaunches Issue bids farewell to one archbishop of Canterbury, welcomes the next Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR last_img read more

Anglican Communion prepares for Archbishop Welby’s inauguration

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Archbishop of Canterbury, Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Anglican Communion prepares for Archbishop Welby’s inauguration Communion members worldwide can watch the service online via BBC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI [Anglican Communion News Service] Members of the worldwide Anglican Communion are gearing up for the March 21 inauguration of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Canterbury Cathedral.As staff at the cathedral get ready for this key moment in Anglican history, lay and ordained people from right around the world are also preparing for the big day.Over the past week the communion’s primates — the most senior bishops from across the Anglican Communion — have travelled to England for the inauguration. Many have made the most of their visit by attending meetings while in the U.K. Primate of West Africa, the Most Rev. Tilewa S. Johnson, visited the mission agency Us (formerly USPG). He also recorded a piece on the Church of England’s new primate for BBC’s Radio 4 Sunday programme. Among other visits the Primate of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East headed to a housing project in Lancashire.All the Anglican Communion Standing Committee members will attend the inauguration. Chairman of the Standing Committee and the Anglican Consultative Council, and Bishop of Southern Malawi, the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga told ACNS, that the inauguration “is an important moment for our Anglican Communion because it marks the beginning of Archbishop Welby’s leadership of our global family.The Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil (The Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil) has said that its members, along with ecumenical partners, are praying for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s big day. A statement issued by the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil said: “We are praying for [his] ministry to be fruitful and to continue the traditional commitment of the Anglican Church in deepening the dialogue and unity amongst Christians and for the common service in favour of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.”Representatives of the Anglican Communion at the Pope’s inaugural mass on March were travelling back from Rome to Canterbury March 20. These include the bishops of the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Rowell and the Rt. Rev. David Hamid; and Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon.The Anglican Communion’s communicators are also preparing to share the good news of the enthronement with members of their provinces. Aldrin Peloko of the Anglican Church of Melanesia said he is reporting on the enthronement for his provincial magazine and website. The Episcopal Church’s news service ENS will have staff at the cathedral to cover the event. The Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi, whose primate is blessing Archbishop Welby during Thursday’s service, is keeping its Facebook followers up to date on the latest news about the enthronement.Jan Butter, director for Communications at the Anglican Communion Office and editor of the Anglican Communion News Service, said, “Anglicans the world over are looking forward to this special day, and thanks to digital technology more people than ever before will be able to enjoy it.”The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced that it is airing the inauguration on BBC Two television between 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. local time and BBC Radio 4 (LW) between 2:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.A spokesperson told ACNS that, for those outside the UK, the service would also be streamed live here with highlights of the service featured on BBC World News 24.Lambeth Palace, the Church of England and ACNS will be tweeting throughout the day using #ABC105, and there will be news articles, photos and updates on www.anglicancommunion.org/acns, www.churchofengland.org and www.archbishopofcanterbury.org as well as their Facebook pages.For anyone who misses the enthronement, there will also be a feature article in Anglican World magazine.[Editors’ note: The U.S.-based Episcopal Church will be represented by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, as one of the Anglican Communion’s 38 primates, and her canon to the ordinary, the Rev. Canon Chuck Robertson. Bishops Shannon Johnston of Virginia, Ian Douglas of Connecticut and Andy Doyle of Texas will also participate.] 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 Belleville, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, ILcenter_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Music Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 By ACNS staffPosted Mar 20, 2013 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Justin Welby Enthronement Anglican Communion, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA last_img read more

Botswana Anglicans are hospice service trailblazers

first_img Submit an Event Listing By Bellah ZuluPosted Mar 20, 2013 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [Anglican Communion News Service] Walking into the Holy Cross Hospice in Gaborone, Botswana, one may be greeted with charming smiles and the sweet aroma of food emanating from the kitchen. The environment is so full of life and welcoming. This is not exactly what most people would expect.For many people, a hospice, being a place for the terminally ill, would be a sombre and lifeless place. But not at Holy Cross.“When I came to this place, I was not able to walk but now I can,” revealed David Brasso Matlhoki with a smile. He is one of the terminally ill patients at the hospice. “This hospice gave me the care, support and treatment I needed. I would like to see it grow since it’s very important to us.”He added: “I encourage other churches in Africa to come to Botswana and see how this place operates so that they can go back and open hospices.” Matlhoki is just one of the more than 20 clients currently benefiting from medical, nursing, spiritual and nutritional care provided by the hospice.The other patients were waiting for their lunch in the courtyard while playing board games. The volunteer staff also were busy performing various tasks meant to help the patients “live their last days with dignity by making the best of each day.” Smiles, courage and hard work are evident even in the face of one of life’s most daunting psychological challenges.“I almost committed suicide before coming to the hospice because I didn’t know I was going to make it,” revealed another patient, Boitumelo Mabolola. “Before coming to the hospice, I was always home alone because I was bedridden and had no one to take care of me. Coming to the hospice made me meet other people that are going through similar circumstances and it helped me grow spiritually and accept my status,” she said.HIV/AIDS still remains a major challenge for Africa and the world as a whole and ranks highly among terminal illnesses suffered by people on the continent. Botswana is no exception, having one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in Africa.According to reports, it is the second highest in the world, topped only by Swaziland. Though the government has put in place various mechanisms such as massive sensitization programs and the provision of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) and other services to address the spread of the virus, the general scenario is still worrying.For this reason the Anglican Communion makes health issues a top priority, and through the Anglican Health Network the church is a major and strategic partner in working towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and delivering health improvements to the poor. In the face of such challenges, Anglicans in Botswana did not turn a blind eye to the HIV situation in their country. They responded by drawing from the Gospel call to “go out and heal the sick.”In 1994, members of the Holy Cross Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Botswana, in conjunction with the Rotary Club, founded the Holy Cross Hospice using volunteers and the strengths of a common Anglican identity in mobilizing resources and expertise. The hospice is a registered welfare and non-governmental organization based in the capital Gaborone and established specifically to “respond to the palliative care services” for persons living with terminal illnesses.Running a hospice is a unique calling and hospices are important to the dignity of any society. Erik Isaksson, acting manager for the hospice, agreed.“Meeting a person who is in the final stages of their life often gives access to the very important, personal and urgent needs of a person and this, to me, is like being given a very special gift,” he said. “We are now putting more emphasis on end-of-life and focusing on people with life threatening and progressive illness. We direct our services to all, regardless of race or religious affiliation.”Despite the ability of the hospice to provide holistic care and also to address the physical, spiritual, social and psychological needs of the patients at no cost at all, it faces a major financial challenges. All the clients are from impoverished backgrounds and could never afford to pay even if they were asked to do so.It goes without saying, therefore, that financial support would increase the hospice’s capacity to handle clients and help them spread their reach beyond Gaborone, which is currently the only city from which they accept clients.Pearl Ncube is the volunteer resource mobilizer for the hospice and has been working hard to source funding. She is proud about the success of the hospice over the years and explains the work model that has helped the hospice thrive.“This hospice totally relies on donor funds. We have always chosen to deal with volunteer workers because we cannot afford to have fully employed and paid experts due to financial challenges. We also like to work with interns from colleges and universities,” she said.The Holy Cross Hospice may be facing challenges but this has not lessened its resolve to help people, many of whom are living the last days of their life. It has received awards for its exceptional service and commitment to supporting the people of Botswana.“We are the first hospice to operate in Botswana,” explained Ncube. “We have been a leader in the provision of palliative care throughout the years and have been able to rehabilitate our clients, most of whom have been able to go back to their families and live normal lives.”Though small, the hospice has a gym, a massage room and a lounge area. Clients are encouraged to eat healthy foods and also take time to mingle with others. They are also taught various skills such as basketry and other artistic skills to help them settle down well and also for them to have a source of income.Immaculate Tambala is a volunteer social worker at the hospice. “Since most of [the clients] are HIV positive, we teach them a lot about what the disease is all about and how it should be managed,” she said. “We also counsel the clients and find out what they really need. We do a comprehensive assessment of the support system that they have in their homes to make sure they are well embraced and supported in their own homes and communities.”The hospice has also tried to tackle some of its challenges by cooperating with other hospices in Botswana as manager Isaksson explained. “We are cooperating with another hospice in Metsimothlabe run by the [Roman] Catholic Church. They are a state-of-the-art inpatient hospice and help us with patients who need 24-hour care,” he said. “We are also in close dialogue with the oncology department at the local hospital, Princess Marina, for referrals. We can proudly say that we have been an active part of the formation of the Botswana Hospice and Palliative Care Association.”Social worker Tambala added: “Working with the terminally ill can be stressing and tiring. Some situations are so sad but I get to learn a lot from the clients. It gives me an opportunity to try and understand what the clients are going through. I wish other people would also see the value of this.” Africa, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Botswana Anglicans are hospice service trailblazers In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more