LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS British & Irish Lions will also play first ever game in Hong Kong, facing the Barbarians in Tour openerAndy Irvine announced as Tour Manager to Australia in 2013, with Gerald Davies becoming Chairman of British Lions Limited.(London – 18th October) – The British & Irish Lions today announced that HSBC has renewed their sponsorship to be Principal Partner to the British & Irish Lions. The partnership, which will run until the end of the next Lions Tour to Australia in 2013, continues the successful association between the prestigious touring side and the bank that was first signed in 2007. The agreement means that HSBC are the first Principal Partner to ever renew a sponsorship with The Lions and will see the bank become shirt sponsor of the team once again. The partnership was formally announced at a joint media conference with the British Lions Limited (BLL) committee at HSBC Private Bank in London.At today’s media conference, BLL also announced that for the first time ever The Lions will play a game in Hong Kong, facing the Barbarians in what promises to be a historic curtain raiser to a hotly anticipated Tour.BLL confirmed that former Lion and Scotland international, Andy Irvine, who made an amazing 41 appearances (36 provincial + 5 Tests) for The Lions, will be Tour Manager to Australia in 2013, taking over from Gerald Davies, who performed the role during the Tour to South Africa last year. Davies, the flying Welsh winger and a Lion in 1968 and 1971, was in turn appointed Chairman of BLL.Sandy Flockhart, Executive Director for HSBC Holdings plc, said: “We are delighted to renew our association with one of the world’s greatest ever sporting events. Today’s announcement is a demonstration of the continued international appeal of the British & Irish Lions, and HSBC is committed to building on the successful relationship that was forged on last summer’s Tour to South Africa. I have no doubt that the next three years will be an exciting journey for both HSBC and The Lions, and in particular we are looking forward to welcoming The Lions and the Barbarians to Hong Kong, the bank’s spiritual home, for an historic fixture.”John Feehan, Chief Executive of BLL and 6 Nations, said: “It is a mark of the partnership that we have built with HSBC that we are able to announce this sponsorship renewal almost three years ahead of the next Tour to Australia. We look forward to working with HSBC over the coming months to ensure that The Lions Tour to Australia in 2013 is a success off the pitch, as well as on it. To be able to confirm today that The Lions will also break new ground with the first ever fixture in Hong Kong will ensure that the Tour to Australia is even more special and includes even more fans”.“I would also like to congratulate Andy Irvine and Gerald Davies on their appointments today, and believe that The Lions will benefit hugely from having two highly regarded and respected former Lions at the helm for the build up and during the Tour to Australia.”Andy Irvine, who represented The Lions in 1974, 1977 and 1980 scoring 257 points, said: “I feel honoured and privileged to be able to take on the role of Tour Manager for our 2013 visit to Australia. Last year’s Tour was a phenomenal showcase for rugby, and I look forward to upholding the best of Lions traditions when we travel to the home of the Wallabies for what will be a fantastic experience. In the meantime, I can’t wait to get my teeth into the planning and logistics that will be so crucial to the success of the Tour over the next two and a half years.” Jamie Roberts, another who starred on his first Lions Tour in South Africa last year and was voted as HSBC Player of the Series, was excited by the prospect of a Lions Tour to Australia: “There is no greater incentive for a player from the home Unions than to earn selection for the British and Irish Lions and today’s event makes the 2013 Tour feel that little bit closer. It will be an amazing Tour and I very much hope to be involved as a player if selected.”Tommy Bowe, who played in all three Lions Tests in 2009, was equally enthused: “The Lions Tour to Australia is a mouth watering prospect; I will be going all out to ensure my involvement in another chapter of Lions history. For HSBC to be supporting this Tour once again and for a match to be played in Hong Kong are both hugely exciting developments. I can’t wait for 2013 to come round and in the meantime I will be doing my best to earn my spot on the plane to Australia.” Gerald Davies, who as Tour Manager in 2009 helped shape one of the most memorable Test series in modern times, said: “It is a huge honour for me to continue my long association with The Lions as chairman for the 2013 Tour to Australia. The Lions remains one of the greatest adventures in modern rugby and I look forward to once again sharing in the unique spirit and prestige of The Lions.”John Spencer, Chairman of the Barbarians, is excited about the Tour curtain-raising game in Hong Kong: “The Barbarians and The Lions have a rich history and both share a unique place in the game of rugby. To bring two such sides together and be able to create history in Hong Kong is very special indeed, and it will be an incredible occasion and the perfect way to kick off the 2013 Lions Tour. We are proud and delighted to be part of such an innovative chapter in Lions history and are already looking forward to the match.”Trevor Gregory, Chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Union said: “It is a great honour to welcome the legendary Lions and the Barbarians to Hong Kong in 2013. The match will be another milestone for Hong Kong Rugby and I am confident that our fans, and those from around the world, will enjoy this unique opportunity to witness the world’s top players lining up for sides that have played such a definitive role in rugby history. When you throw in Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the most famous – and festive – of global rugby destinations, rugby magic is in the making.”Four former Lions – Simon Shaw, Gavin Hastings, Jamie Roberts and Tommy Bowe – attended today’s announcement, representing the unique spirit of The Lions in combining four home countries in one.Gavin Hastings, who played in all three Tests in the victorious series versus Australia in 1989, said: “The Lions Tour is as special an occasion as there is in the world of rugby. Touring as a Lion and winning the Test series in Australia in 1989 was without doubt one of the highlights of my career. Having witnessed firsthand how hard a place it is to tour, I am looking forward to another closely fought series in 2013. It is also fantastic that HSBC will once again be sharing in The Lions journey having brought so much to the 2009 Tour.”Simon Shaw, who was a key part of The Lions squad in 2009, and also toured in 1997 & 2005, said: “Having finally experienced the intensity of a Lions Test series last year in South Africa, I know how special the reputation and history of The Lions is. The 2013 Tour will be no different, and to add a fixture in Hong Kong means that once again The Lions are breaking new ground. I wish I was a bit younger so that I had a real shot of going on tour to Australia but I will certainly be watching with huge interest.”
So, if not in the team, why is the experience of O’Driscoll not required from the bench? Well, if you look at the hard-facts, the Lions backline is no kindergarten. They boast nearly 350 caps between them and have four players boasting previous Lions nous. The bench spot is filled, and I mean filled, by Manu Tuilagi, who can also cover on the wing. Tuilagi will undboubtedly be thrown into the fray in the late stages, to add ballast. BOD is already etched indelibly into Lions folklore, and that will not change regardless of the result. If Gatland’s bold selection is proved right, you’d wager he’d be the first squad member on the pitch with an outstretched hand offering heartfelt congratulations.Should Gatland have dropped O’Driscoll? Join in the debate by tweeting us @Rugbyworldmag or on Facebook Rugby World Magazine! BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 22: Stephen Moore of the Wallabies takes on Brian O’Driscoll (L) and Jonathan Davies during the First Test match between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Down and out: O’Driscoll has been dropped from the Lions squad for the third, deciding Test v AustraliaIT’S OFTEN said everyone knows where they were when JFK was shot, well most rugby fans will remember where they were when the omission of Brian O’Driscoll was announced days before the defining third Test. When O’Driscoll’s name was absent at the press conference earlier, it was met with an almost shocked silence, and as news went viral, it was followed by an outpouring of indignation, incredulity and finally unabashed anger. Hell, even Niall from One Direction got involved in Team BOD. Within hours, the uproar had a name, BODgate.So has Warren Gatland, a famously pragmatic coach, not given to sentiment, made the right call or will it be remembered as the moment he erroneously tipped the balance towards the Wallabies?Was Gatland right to have dropped Brian O’Driscoll? NO says Bea AspreyBrian O’Driscoll is the only player of the professional era to have been on four Lions tours, and with 133 Test caps to his name, his is simply an irreplaceable presence in the changing room or in the heat of battle.Collision course: BOD’s omission has been met with dismayOkay, so the legs have plenty of miles on the clock, but on this tour he has played with a smile on his face and let’s not forget, scored a couple of classy tries – albeit against sub-standard opposition. In short he’s rolled back the years. Fine player though Jonathan Davies is, this argument isn’t just about sentiment, O’Driscoll has in the main, delivered. Playing to Warren Gatland’s defensive gameplan in the Tests, he is the only Lion to have a 100% tackle rate – he’s made 23, and missed not one. Yep, nada, zilch. If porous holes were to be found coming from the Lions defence, they weren’t coming from the Leinsterman.Furthermore, let’s talk about his leadership credentials in the wake of losing two members of the holy trinity of power, captain Sam Warburton and Paul O’Connell. O’Driscoll has led internationally more times than any other in the Northern Hemisphere captain, with his win-rate a none-too-shabby 62%. Granted, Alun Wyn Jones has captained Wales before, but leading the Lions requires unique skills. Being handed that responsibility barely 72hrs before the most important Lions Test in 16 years is the rugby equivalent of being given a lofted pass with an onrushing, smiling Jerry Collins in mid-flight.Lastly, although O’Driscoll’s form in the Tests has been questioned on tour, with a few trio of penalties given against him, and a poor clearance kick in the second Test – even staunch supporter Keith Wood has admitted he was ‘quiet’ in Brisbane and Melbourne – with the Lions backed into a corner, there isn’t a better player to help them fight their way out. Waltzing O’Driscoll deserved to waltz one more time… Was Gatland right to have dropped Brian O’Driscoll? YES says Owain JonesTo suggest the dropping of Brian O’Driscoll is about one man is to miss the bigger picture and Warren Gatland’s gameplan. In the second Test, without a platform up front, the Lions were creatively a busted flush, with not one measly linebreak. But this wasn’t Brian O’Driscoll’s fault alone, I hear you say. Correct, but with just 30 metres gained in both Tests and with age slowing the pistons of his early years, he has been deemed surplus to requirements for the greater good. Gatland has hedged his bets that the Lions midfield will not outfox and outwit Christian Leali’ifano and Adam Ashley Cooper. No, he’s planning on driving nearly 35 stone of West Walian beef straight into the guts of the Wallaby defence at mach speed, and while they’re at it, making sure James O’Connor will not be visiting Hungry Jacks any time soon. Step forward, Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts.Missing link: Jamie Roberts’ physicality has been missedThe pair form Wales’ most capped centre partnership – remember they were part of a Wales side that didn’t concede a try for the last four games of the Six Nations – and Gatland has made no secret of his admiration of Roberts as his defensive general. This is a man who doesn’t just stop the opposition, he knocks them back in the tackle and uses all of his 17st 4lb frame to break the all-important gainline. Gatland simply had to include him. Yes, in 2009, O’Driscoll and Roberts had a cosy relationship, but in 2013 they’ve had a fleeting fling, playing together for just 55mins against the part-timers of Combined Country XV. Gatland wasn’t prepared to take the risk when milliseconds of hesitation could decide the Test.To assume Davies should make way for O’Driscoll is to do a disservice to the Llanelli Scarlet on this tour. He has arguably been the form centre of the tour, covering 270m in six games on tour with only George North, Sean Maitland and Alex Cuthbert have spirited themselves towards the opposition end with more success. A week before the first Test, against the Waratahs, it was O’Driscoll himself, was the first to acclaim the young West Walian’s performance as one of the most complete he’d witnessed.
Between them the Wales front row have amassed more than 500 games in an Ospreys shirt, and yet next year, it looks like Adam Jones will be packing down for the Ospreys alone, with Paul James in Bath and Richard Hibbard heading to Gloucester.However, in a Wales shirt that long-time familiarity can only help and mean the loss of Wales cap centurion, Gethin Jenkins is minimal. What they will lose in the loose, they will gain up-front with James a renowned scrummager taking on the might of Castro and co. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS CARDIFF, WALES – MARCH 16: Flanker Justin Tipuric of Wales passes the ball as Dan Cole of England closes in during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at Millennium Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images) Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies are the most capped centre-pairing in Welsh history and Gatland’s go-to men but with Davies’ pectoral injury a week or so off being ready for national duty, the in-form Scott Williams has to fill the less-familiar 13 role.Both Williams and Roberts are both natural 12s and while their power and defensive abilities remain unquestioned, their creative skills and vision has been. Whether the pair can add an extra dimension to their skillset will go a long way to deciding who will partner Davies, when he returns.Great hands: Tipuric is a brilliant linkmanTipping JustinFor many, Justin Tipuric is the most natural openside in Europe and it’s often quoted that he’s one the most skilful players in the Wales squad. Tipuric’s blue scrum cap acts as a human tracking device during play, he is always on the shoulder of the ball carrier in a way reminiscent of All Black great Josh Kronfeld in his pomp.Admittedly, he is not the destructive openside in the manner of Robshaw and Warburton but his pace, turnover work and footballing skills are paralleled by few. As close friend of Toby Faletau, the quiet men of the Welsh pack are expected to be making a big noise against the Italians tomorrow.Ospreys reunited Creator-in-Chief: Priestland’s vision, and ability to bring others into play have won him a place at No 10 for WalesBy Owain JonesSix Nations favourites, Wales, will be kicking off their campaign against the heavily unfancied Italians tomorrow, but there is still pressure on all the squad members, RW takes a look at some of the key individuals involved against the AzzurriPriestland the playmakerLet’s be clear, the decision to drop Dan Biggar for Rhys Priestland was harsh. Very harsh. That said, it will come as no surprise to those familiar with Warren Gatland’s no-nonsense selection policy – that’s why he’s paid the ‘big bucks’. He’s a known admirer of the talented yet fragile West Walian pivot.On his game, Priestland is a pleasure to watch, he can spiral 20m passes off both hands, kick long and true and he has the deftest of right boots to dink balls over an onrushing defence. Ultimately, however, he’s been picked for his ability to bring the backline into play. He likes to play flat and with the blunderbuss brothers, Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams, outside him, he’ll be expected to put them into gaps and give Wales precious front-foot ball.Hit-man: Lydiate is looking for a big gameDesperate DanIt’s been quite a week for Dan Lydiate, spirited away from the bosom of the Welsh camp in midweek, he returned to Paris to witness the birth of his first child, daughter Lucy on Tuesday, before heading back the following day. His first few months in France have not been without their challenges, with his expensively assembled Racing side in array and concerns over his own form.With the captain, Sam Warburton rested, yet primed to return to the side at either No 6 or No 7, Lydiate knows he’s under pressure to perform. While Racing have used his 18st bulk more as a ball-carrier, it’s likely Gatland will redeploy him in the leg-chopping role which won him a 2012 Player of the Tournament.Centres of attention
Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni talks snakes, superpowers and Sarto Long haul: Martin Castrogiovanni has won more than 100 caps for Italy. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Do you have any phobias?Snakes and sharks. And 50-year-old mothers who accompany their kids to the Castro Academy, my rugby camp.Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?MacGyver. He’d get us out of any situation. If anyone can get you out of a stuck elevator it would be him! I’d just want to get out of there because it would be hot and stuffy.If you could have one superpower, what would it be?A superpower… I would use it to help all children around the world. And to read people’s minds and know who is fake.Which one of your team-mates would you want to be?None. I’m the most beautiful man in the world!What has been your most embarrassing moment?I cannot tell you those things. I was treated like a criminal when I gave my opinion.Who would be your three dream dinner-party guests?Dan Bilzerian (wealthy playboy), Papa Francesco (the Pope) and Diego Maradona. All for different reasons.Pumas passion: Diego Maradona supports Argentina at the World Cup. Photo: Getty ImagesHow would you like to be remembered?Just as a good and honest guy who put his heart into it every time he pulled on a rugby jersey. I left my family and my mates in Argentina when I was 20. It was a big change for me, but I wanted to follow my dream and play rugby. Now when I play, I do so for the honour of my family back home, for my mother and father. I try to be the best I can, so they can say, “This is my son”, and feel proud about it.What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? Who are the jokers in the Italy squad?Obviously, me!Are there any practical jokes you can share?There are so many jokes, but I can’t comment about them. I’ll tell you just one thing: Fabio Ongaro was our favourite target.Do you have any superstitions?I walk and don’t run, and I always enter the field on my left foot. I’ve just always done it.What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on the pitch?During a 2003 World Cup match, I unwittingly ripped a dreadlock from Colin Charvis, an icon of Welsh rugby and not just because of his trademark curly hair. A lot of Welsh players pulled my hair in the next Six Nations. I discovered at the end of the match that Colin had put a hit out on my hair – £100 for one of my plaits!What’s your guilty pleasure?My PlayStation – playing video games is great. And trading cards, like NBA and football players.Who would play you in a film of your life?Zach Galifianakis – or more specifically Alan from The Hangover.Who’s your funniest team-mate?Leonardo Sarto – he is so stupid!Fly over: Romania’s Valentin Calafeteanu leaps over Leonardo Sarto during RWC 2015. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought?Unfortunately, a lot of things. I bought an expensive conjuring tricks kit during a trip to the US with Gonzalo Canale. If you look, you’ll see it’s never been opened.What annoys you?Trolls – the lions behind a keyboard. I would like to be known as someone who would do anything for the kids.This article appeared in the October 2015 edition of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers click here, or find out how to download the digital edition here.
32 – The number of tackles missed by South Africa, nearly double that of Argentina (17).14 – The number of turnovers won by South Africa compared to four by Argentina. Francois Louw made five turnovers on his own!20 – The number of tackles made by Eben Etzebeth, more than any other player. The top five tacklers in this game were all Springboks.564 – The number of metres made by Argentina compared to South Africa’s 405.South Africa: W le Roux (P Lambie 64); JP Pietersen, J Kriel, D De Allende, B Habana (J Serfontein 67); H Pollard, R Pienaar (R Paige 77; T Mtawarira (T Nyakane ht), B du Plessis (A Strauss 48), F Malherbe (J du Plessis 61-69), E Etzebeth, V Matfield (capt, L de Jager 63), F Louw (S Burger 61-66), S Burger (W Alberts 53), D Vermeulen.Tries (2): Pietersen, Etzebeth. Cons: Pollard. Pens: Pollard 3.Argentina: L Amorosino; S Cordero, M Moroni, J de la Fuente (S Gonzalez Iglesias 71), H Agulla (JP Socino 58); N Sanchez (capt), T Cubelli (M Landajo 53); J Figallo (L Noguera Paz 15-22, 61-64, 71), J Montoya (S Garcia Botta 77), R Herrera (JP Orlandi 55), M Alemanno (G Petti 47), T Lavanini, J Ortega Desio, JM Fernandez Lobbe (F Isa 53), JM Leguizamon.Try: Orlandi. Con: Sanchez. Pen: Sanchez. DG: Sanchez.Yellow card: Cubelli (5)Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)Man of the Match: Damian De Allende Light show: JP Pietersen scores South Africa’s first try. Photo: Getty Images Tries from JP Pietersen and Eben Etzebeth helped South Africa to a third-place finish at the 2015 World Cup. Argentina dominated possession and territory during this Bronze final, but it was the Springboks who dominated on the scoreboard, kicking for goal when the opportunity presented itself and withstanding waves of determined Pumas attack. The biggest cheer came in the 82nd minute, though, when the Boks’ defence was finally broken, Juan Pablo Orlandi touching down from close range as a consolation.WHAT’S HOTFlat Pumas – It’s rare to see a team play as close to the gain-line as Argentina do. They were making passes while standing practically chest to chest with their South African opponents and it was great to watch. Argentina’s ability to play in such confined spaces meant the Springboks didn’t know what they were going to do – in fairness, the Pumas probably didn’t know at times either!Last act: Springbok Victor Matfield is heading to Northampton now. Photo: Getty ImagesFond farewells – This was the last time we’ll see the likes of Victor Matfield and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe in Test action, and it was fitting that they both received warm rounds of applause as they left the field in the second half. They have both given huge amounts for their country and for rugby.Santiago Cordero – The 21-year-old wing has been a real bright spark during this World Cup and he did the same in this match. At times he was like a pinball darting in and out and around defenders, looking for a slither of space to slink through. He needs to work on keeping hold of the ball – his turnover stats are unlikely to make pleasant reading – but his willingness to run the ball from anywhere is refreshing and suits the more attack-minded game plan the Pumas now prefer.Free spirit: Santiago Cordero wrong-foots Willie le Roux. Photo: Getty ImagesWHAT’S NOTAtmosphere – The vibe at this stadium hasn’t matched other World Cup venues for noise and colour, but for this game the atmosphere was particularly flat. Okay, it was the third-place play-off, a match that doesn’t bring out the passion and emotion of a decisive pool match or World Cup final, but even taking that into account it was hard to tell if the crowd were engaged in events on the field.Feeling flat? Argentina fans at the Olympic Stadium. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Argentina fans – standouts throughout the tournament – did their best, bursting into chants and jumping up and down for a few seconds at a time, but it was not enough to spark the rest of the audience into life. South Africa’s decision to kick for goal rather than go for tries from penalties didn’t help matters. In fact, their attitude resulted in boos.One discussion in the press box focused on whether a Plate final between, say, Japan and Georgia would have been a better alternative. Something for World Rugby to ponder before Japan 2019.Not to be: Bryan Habana fumbles on the line – one of many blown chances. Photo: Getty ImagesHabana’s record chase – Just one try. That’s all Bryan Habana needed to hit 16 and break clear of Jonah Lomu to become the outright top try-scorer in World Cup history. It just wasn’t falling for him in the first half, though. South Africa’s first try after six minutes came on the opposite wing, JP Pietersen going over. He touched down himself four minutes later after a chip over the defence, but the TMO ruled that Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino had got the ball down first.He then pounced on the ball at a ruck and burst clear but was brought down by an Argentina tackle. Handre Pollard broke in the Pumas’ 22 and sent a pass out wide to Habana but he knocked on. He picked up another loose ball and chipped ahead but was penalised for pulling back Nicolas Sanchez in the chase. He rushed up for the intercept in the closing minutes of the first half but missed and Argentina broke into South Africa’s 22.Come the second half, the ball just didn’t go his way – clearly some things just aren’t meant to be.STATISTICS What’s hot and what’s not from the third-place play-off at the Olympic Stadium LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Attendance: 55,925For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Kallum Watkins, Leeds RhinosA fairly established England international, Kallum Watkins would be difficult to lure to union but he has all the physical skills required to excel, not to mention the versatility to play centre or wing in both codes. Something that will give union fans hope that they may see him in their sport one day is that back in 2014, Watkins admitted he was much more likely to head to union than the NRL . He is committed to Leeds for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t garnering attention from Premiership clubs, who would covet his exceptional footwork.Sam Tomkins, Wigan WarriorsSam Tomkins has long been linked with a switch to union and even played for the Barbarians against Australia in 2011. A diminutive yet silky smooth runner, Tomkins is the closest Wigan or England RL have come to Robinson since the latter pinned his colours to union’s mast. Having just moved back to Wigan following a spell in the NRL with the New Zealand Warriors, it’s unlikely you would see Tomkins in union anytime soon, but that won’t stop teams in need of a full-back wishing otherwise.Sought-after: Sam Tomkins is one of the most exciting players in LeagueAdam Swift, St. HelensWith England RL’s full-back position currently occupied by a once-in-a-generation talent like Tomkins and superbly deputised by Zak Hardaker, Swift is a player who could be persuaded that international recognition is more achievable in a different code. He has moved to the wing for St. Helens and that’s another position he could play to a high level in union, with devastating footwork and pace helping single him out as one of the best talents in Super League.Ben Currie, Warrington WolvesA dual-international, Currie previously represented Ireland at the tender age of 19 and has since received a call up to the England RL team and was part of the squad which took on New Zealand last year. The 22-year-old second row would, like Sam Burgess, have the potential to be a very dynamic blindside flanker or number eight, particularly excelling with ball in hand. Again, like Burgess, he may lack the top end speed to be an effective weapon in the back line but as a long-term project in the pack, Currie would be an exciting union player. Prolific: Josh Charnley has been a brilliant player for Wigan Warriors By Alex ShawSale Sharks fans were certainly smiling today, as their club confirmed the signing of Wigan Warriors and England Rugby League winger Josh Charnley.The 24-year-old will make the relatively short hop down the M6 in the autumn, following the conclusion of this year’s Super League competition.The jet-heeled winger topped try-scoring charts in Super League in 2012 and 2013, as well as helping Wigan lift two Grand Finals and two Challenge Cups during his six-year stint with the storied club. Over that period, Charnley has scored 148 tries in 152 games for Wigan and a further eight tries in his seven appearances for England.Shrewd: Steve Diamond seems to have pulled off a transfer coup signing CharnleyThat prodigious scoring rate should have Sale’s fans licking their lips in anticipation, especially with league wing to union wing being one of the more straightforward transitions in the very mixed history of cross-code hops. With Kieran Longbottom and Juandre Kruger also recently announced as new signings for the 2016/17 season, Sale are bolstering ambitiously, despite the losses of both Danny Cipriani and Tommy Taylor to Wasps.Charnley is renowned in league for his lethal finishing ability, something which was certainly apparent on Monday when he scored a hat-trick against Hull KR in Super League’s frenetic Easter schedule, and he should certainly complement Sale’s ever-improving back three, where Mike Haley, Nev Edwards and Will Addison have all impressed this season.Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond has pulled off yet another transfer coup landing Charnley and despite struggling to match the budgets of the majority of the Aviva Premiership teams pushing for the playoff spots, he continues to keep Sale competitive and clear of the strife in the lower reaches of the table.Mixed success: Sam Burgess made the World Cup but was deemed a union failureThere will be an understandable reluctance to crown Charnley as the next big thing in union following the Sam Burgess debacle last year and that will work in the winger’s favour. With less pressure and expectations, Charnley can focus on performing for Sale and if he proves a success at that level, then doors should open, with Eddie Jones a noted fan of the attributes that league players bring to the mix.There will, however, be big shoes to fill at Sale for Charnley, who will inevitably draw comparisons to Sale’s last signing from Wigan, one Jason Robinson. If Sale’s new signing can offer even half of what Robinson delivered, then Diamond will be lauded for having secured his signature.The Wigan flyer brings power, pace and size to his new sport, as well as the clinical ability to finish in the smallest of spaces. There will be a significant period of adaptation for Charnley, but few can doubt that he will be one of the players to watch in the Premiership next season.Billy Whizz: Jason Robinson made a huge impact in union for Sale and EnglandWith those attributes in mind, below are five other Super League players whose skill sets would be a joy to watch in union. TAGS: Sale Sharks Talent: Warrington Wolves’ Ben Currie is hot property in LeagueMorgan Escaré, Catalan DragonsFrench rugby union is in a fair old mess right now and whilst these league players would be luxuries for England rather than necessities, it could be argued that Guy Novès should be having a look around Super League and particularly the Catalan Dragons. Escaré is a skilful and ambitious full-back and plays with a verve that is certainly reminiscent of the French union teams of old. Novès shouldn’t sniff at Tony Gigot or Jordan Sigismeau, Escaré’s teammates at the Dragons, or St. Helens’ Théo Fages, either. Between Escaré and Fages (and a year or two of patience), France would potentially go a long way to bringing back their trademark flair at full-back and fly-half respectively. England and Wigan wing Josh Charnley has signed for Sale Sharks, with his prodigious scoring rate exciting fans, but will he be the last player to switch codes?
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Power surge: Ryan Conbeer on the attack for Wales U20 this season. Photo: Inpho Get to know up-and-coming Scarlets wing Ryan Conbeer Date of birth 2 February 1999 Country WalesHow did you get involved in rugby? My whole family is into rugby and I started at Tenby U9 doing tag. Then at U12 level Tenby folded so I went to Narberth and was there through to the U16s.Have you always played on the wing? I tried centre but I didn’t really like it, so I’ve stuck to the wing. I just prefer being out wide.Did you play any other sports? I was quite into football and played centre-back until I was 15 or 16. But I preferred rugby and I got called up to Scarlets U16 so stuck with that.What Scarlets and Wales sides have you represented? I got capped for the U16s after playing for the Scarlets, then played Scarlets U18 and got a call-up for Wales U18 to play against France and England and go on the South Africa tour. This year I’ve played for the U20s. It’s been a bit of a step up and a challenge.FOR THE LATEST RUGBY WORLD SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE.Who were your heroes growing up? TAGS: Scarlets I was a big Shane Williams fan. He’d probably be the main one.You played for the Scarlets’ first team at 17. How was that? It was a bit of a shock but a very good experience. I start training full-time with the seniors in the summer.What are your aims going forward? Hopefully to carry on playing for the U20s and to get a run with the seniors at the Scarlets – to get more experience. I just need to cut out little errors, simple things like completing tackles. That will make me a better player.What do you do away from rugby? I’m at college, studying Level 3 Sport (BTEC) at Coleg Sir Gâr. It’s good. I’m learning new things like coaching and nutrition. It helps to know about what you’re eating and putting in your body. RW Verdict: His try against Italy U18 last year was likened to Brian O’Driscoll’s for the Lions in 2001 – even BOD himself was impressed. Conbeer still has a couple of years at U20 level and has the ability to reach the top.This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of Rugby World.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As for what the future holds for Cheika, he is undecided, saying: “I’ve never coached as a job, I’ve always coached for thrill, for the pleasure, so I haven’t really thought about what I’m doing next.” Moving on: Michael Cheika has stepped down as Wallabies coach (Getty Images,) “Michael came into the role at a turbulent time, and experienced immediate success by taking the Wallabies to a World Cup final after only one year in the job.”Related: Do Australia need a change in mindset?Not everyone was so complimentary on hearing the news. Former Australia fly-half Quade Cooper, who hasn’t played Test rugby since 2017, tweeted the following… Michael Cheika quits as Wallabies coachMichael Cheika hit back at reporters when he was asked about his future following Australia’s World Cup exit after a 40-16 defeat by England in the quarter-finals.He talked about it being “a cruel, cruel world” when such questions are put to a coach so soon after the final whistle, but he didn’t take long to announce that he would be standing down as Wallabies coach after five years. In fact, he did so less than 24 hours after that England loss.“I got asked the question in the press conference about what’s going to happen going forward and at the time I wasn’t keen to answer,” he said. “I always knew the answer in my head, I just wanted to speak to my wife and tell a few people.”Related: England 40-16 Australia Match ReportFalling short: Australia were knocked out in the quarter-finals by England (Getty Images)Cheika had previously stated that if the Wallabies did not win the World Cup, he would not extend his contract and he has stuck to his word. He also fired a few parting shots when he confirmed his decision.“I think it’s no secret that I’ve pretty much got no relationship with the CEO (Raelene Castle) and not much with the chairman (Cameron Clyne),” Cheika said.Yet Castle did not comment on the criticism in her statement following Cheika’s announcement. Instead she said: “On behalf of Rugby Australia, I want to thank Michael for his dedication and service to the role of Wallabies head coach since taking up the position in 2014.“Michael is a passionate and experienced coach who worked tirelessly to get the best out his players. He cares deeply about the Wallabies and the game of rugby, and always set out with the aim of making Wallabies fans proud of the team’s performances. The fallout as head coach announces that he is standing down following World Cup exit
Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC By ENS staffPosted Oct 3, 2012 October 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm While I agree with Mr. Allison’s suggestion that much might be done to clean up and simplify the many layers to which he refers, I would tell a personal story that concerns “membership” in our church. I was born and raised Roman Catholic, baptized and confirmed in that church.When I chose to become an Episcopalian after many years of no attendance and no affiliation anywhere, the liturgy of reception into the Episcopal Church was tremendously moving to me. Echoing Abp Tutu’s marvelous description that “the Holy Spirit just picked me up by the scruff of the neck and set me down there”, after months of inquiry and study that only reinforced my choice, I welcomed and perhaps needed the formality that confirmed that choice. It was a Very Big Deal, and I delighted in publicly acknowledging the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and in celebrating with my new community. It would be a loss to deny that opportunity to other newcomers for the sake of “cleaning things up.”The bathwater may need changing or refreshing, but let’s make sure we hold onto that baby. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS October 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm I find it peculiar that the committees, commissions, etc of the church have only two representatives from the wonderful Diocese of Alabama.There seems to be several folks serving in multiple positions. What happened to the breadth of the church in the appointments. MJ Fowler says: President of the House of Deputies, Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Presiding Bishop, House of Deputies president appoint triennial leaders Submit an Event Listing Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Comments are closed. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments (2) Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA [Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings have announced new appointments to the church’s standing commissions and joint standing committees of General Convention and committees of the House of Deputies and House of Bishops.Jefferts Schori appointed 115 bishops to those commissions and committees, as well as to the Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop, the Title IV Disciplinary Board and nine House of Bishops committees.Jennings was responsible for appointing 142 lay and clergy leaders to standing commissions, joint standing committees and the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church. Nearly 750 people were nominated for leadership during an online process that began in July.The two also appointed the members of their councils of advice for the 2013-2015 triennium.Appointments to the task force on church structure established by Resolution C095 of the 77th General Convention, which met this past July will come later in October, according to a press release.The resolution calls for them to create a special task force of up to 24 people who will gather ideas in the next two years from all levels of the church about possible reforms to its structures, governance and administration. Its work will culminate in a special gathering of people from every diocese to hear what recommendations the task force plans to make to the 78th General Convention. Its final report is due by November 2014.The groups to which Jefferts Schori and Jennings made their appointments account for the majority of the church’s committees, commission, agencies and board (CCABs) that receive resolutions from General Convention and set policies for their implementation during the three years until the next meeting of convention. CCABs report to General Convention via what is known as the Blue Book, which is released in the months preceding each meeting of convention and includes recommended resolutions and policy decisions.The presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies appoint people to those bodies whose members are not elected by convention.Thirty percent of the newly appointed lay and clergy leaders are age 40 and younger, and nearly half — 47 percent — are age 50 and younger, according to Jennings’ release.While the median age of all Episcopalians in 2010 was 57, according to the release, the median age of these appointees is 52.“Thanks to many younger Episcopalians who volunteered to serve, the councils of the church will have much better representation from Gen X and Millennial leaders in the coming years,” Jennings said in the release. “We need to devote more energy and attention to cultivating younger leaders. We also need to identify and reduce the barriers that keep younger people from seeking positions of church leadership.”Jennings said she will appoint a study committee of the House of Deputies to focus on young leadership in October.Twenty-eight percent of the new appointees designated by Jennings are people of color.“The leadership of the church needs to look more like the kingdom of God and less like a parish directory of the 1950s,” she said. “This group of new leaders will help ensure that the church’s recent progress in fostering diversity continues.”The groups recently appointed include Jennings’ Council of Advice which, for the first time in memory, will include a bishop.“Bishop Sean Rowe of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania has generously agreed to sit on my council and foster closer collaboration between the two houses of General Convention,” she said.The council will meet for the first time in early December in Seattle, home to the group’s youngest member, 29-year-old Bryan Krislock.Jennings noted in her release that she and Jefferts Schori met and consulted frequently as they were making their respective appointments and choosing appointees and nominees to committees of Executive Council.“I am grateful for the warm welcome and collegiality of the Presiding Bishop and members of her staff during the first few months of my tenure,” said Jennings. “I’m learning the ropes, and I need the support of both new and old colleagues.”A complete list of Jefferts Schori’s appointments is here. Jennings release did not contain a list of name. They can be seen for each group using the links available here.Appointments to committees of Executive Council will be announced after the Oct. 15-18 council meeting in New Brunswick, New Jersey, according to Jennings’ release.Jennings has also launched a new website at www.houseofdeputies.org with news and information about the House of Deputies. People interested in receiving a monthly e-mail newsletter from the House of Deputies can sign up on the website. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing 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 General Convention, Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Jeff Allison says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL
Diane Pearsall Ehrlich says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest April 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm I had the privilege of being a student at Sewanee with John Booty. he was a wonderful professor with a delightful sense of humor & a brilliant mind. my prayers are with Kitty Lou & the rest of his family April 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm John Booty was director of my curriculum conference — a class for first-year seminarians — at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge in 1980-81. Although I was a “delayed vocation” student and a commuter, and thus not a part of the EDS community in the way that resident students were, John was as pastoral toward and supportive of me as he was of all his other students. I count it a great blessing to have known John and to have benefited from the other-directedness and compassion of this learned and wise, but also kind and deeply spiritual servant of God.. 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 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service RIP: The Very Rev. John Everitt Booty Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis bob diaz says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing The Rev. Dr. Linda Lowry, F.O.C.D, Chaplain, Major USAF Retired says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID January 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm Hi Diane. I randomly came across this posting while doing a Google search to check key words on my web site. Thanks for your kind words. I hope all is well with you and your family. Geoff Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT April 24, 2013 at 12:22 am Kitty lou we are sorry to hear about the passing of john.what a great man.my parents joe and jan send there condolinces to you and the family as well. Stephen Voysey says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Posted Apr 23, 2013 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Obituary, Rector Shreveport, LA The Rev. Sandra Boyd says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Pegram Johnson III, PHD says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Rev Sherrill Page says: Geoff Booty says: The Rev. Carlton T. Russell says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN The Very Rev. John Booty. Photo/Courtesy Duane Dale[Episcopal News Service] Scholar, teacher, poet, priest, beloved husband, father, and grandad, the Very Rev. John Booty died at age 87 April 17 at his home in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. He goes joyfully to join his son Peter who died in 2010, and he leaves behind as witness to his love his wife of 62 years, Kitty Lou, his daughter Carol and her husband Ernie, his son Geoffrey and his wife Helen, Peter’s wife Diane, his daughter Jane and her husband Todd, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren, all of whom gave him much happiness.John was born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 2, 1925, earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, and began his life of service to the Episcopal Church as a curate at Christ Church, Dearborn, Michigan. After earning a Ph.D. from Princeton University, John joined the faculty at Virginia Seminary as Professor of Church History, taught at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and served as Dean of the Seminary at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. A life-long scholar, John was a Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he served as Historiographer of the Episcopal Church. He was awarded Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Virginia Seminary and the University of the South. Also a gifted writer, John had numerous books published, including “The Church in History, Reflections on the Theology of Richard Hooker,” “John Jewel as Apologist of the Church of England, Meditating on Four Quartets,” and “The Christ We Know.” Secular scholars as well as ecclesiastics respected him, and all who were blessed to know him celebrated him.John Booty was a man of warmth and humor who loved reading, gardening, and tea on the porch. He struggled at times in life and shared himself freely through his writing and preaching as he brought countless disciples to the Gospel. His last days were populated by loving family, devoted “care angels,” lively memories of his past, and his abiding faith in life everlasting. We are grateful for his life with us, and we rejoice that he has gone to God.A celebration of John’s life will be held this summer at St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Tamworth, New Hampshire. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 April 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm John Booty was an inspiring professor and Senior Tutor. We were so blessed to spend time with him and his family at ETS. May he rest in peace…thanks be to God. July 10, 2013 at 10:01 am John Booty was my senior project / thesis advisor at Episcopal Divinity School in 1976-1977. What a special man in so many ways – intellectuallly, pastorally, liturgically – and most of all a deep soul with a warm and engaging spirit. God bless his family and many friends as we celebrate his life. People Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 April 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm Much saddened to hear of John’s death. In the early 1960s at Virginia Seminary we were inspired by John Booty, Charles Price, John Woolverton, Murray Newman, all young men getting started in their careers. These were balanced by senior professors Mollegen and Stanley. These were stimulating times, even for one who thought he knew it all already. I was wrong. I didn’t. The roster for a heavenly faculty is almost complete. June 30, 2013 at 11:19 am The Church has lost a great man! Dr. Booty was a wonderful inspiration to me and so many other seminarians while we were studying for the priesthood at Sewanee. He will be greatly missed! May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him. May God comfort all who mourn and give them the blessed assurance of everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Good-bye John+. You will be greatly missed. I hope to see you again in the Kingdom to come. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC The Rev. Joan Grimm Fraser says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA June 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm I happened to see an article about the Rev. John Booty in this month’s issue of NH Episcopal News. I wondered how common a name Booty could be. So I just had to look up the obituary of Rev. Booty remembering that the father of one of my favorite “bosses” was an Episcopal Minster. There I found that Geoff Booty was indeed the son of the Rev. Booty….. I remember fondly the great leader that Geoff was. If you see this Geoff, I wish you and your family all well! Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Comments (11) April 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm I am another of those many privileged to have had John Booty as my academic mentor in 1977-8 at EDS in Cambridge. I’m also remembering fondly a visit to John and Kitty Lou sometime in the 1980s at their lovely home in Center Sandwich. My prayers are of thanksgiving and for comfort for Kitty Lou and John’s family in the assurance that John is in the loving arms of God. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET April 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm I thank God for knowing John Booty and his family in Cambridge. He was a teacher, mentor and friend to me and many others. Above all, he was a good man. 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