Here’s what happened when we went on tour with one of the game’s most beloved sides, the Barbarians. This feature first appeared in the January 2017 issue of the magazine. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS STANDING AT the mouth of a tunnel that slopes down towards Marketa Stadium’s pitch – a postage stamp of grass in the middle of a speedway track, teased towards looking like a rugby field for the first time in its existence – Barbarians coach Robbie Deans looks ecstatic.The world’s most famous invitational club side are in Prague on a goodwill mission, helping the locals celebrate the 90th birthday of the Czech Republic union. Despite losing 71-0 and with a crucial European fixture against Lithuania mere days away, the Czechs are just as happy as the Kiwi coach. Filing into the Barbarians changing rooms to swap shirts, dodging a gauntlet of proffered pints and cigars, they have the air of men crushed merrily by all the things in life they have ever wanted.The Baa-Baas are only a few days past a bewitching 31-31 draw with South Africa at Wembley, in which two tries, scored by tour captain Andy Ellis and Aussie wing Luke Morahan, should be stitched into the folklore of the famous club forever. The party are now looking ahead to a game in Belfast two days later, against Fiji. No one looks fazed.In your face: Highlander Matt Faddes tangles with the Czechs (pic: Martin Flousek)“This game is perfect (in a busy schedule), that’s why I chose it,” a grinning Deans tells Rugby World. “I’d rather play and do something for the game, which is what we’ve done here. The Czechs are buzzing. They absolutely loved it. They did some good things.”This was so much more than just a kick-around for the hosts. This was the first Czech match shown live on national (state) television. The day before, the Barbarians gave up an hour to coach some children, helped by Jan Machácek – an ex-Sale and Pontypridd back-row who’s the only man from the Czech Republic to represent the Barbarians. And the Barbarians Trust has just given more than 150,000 Czech koruna (approximately £5,000) to help their game. What does that say about the club? Deans reflects.“The Barbarians are the gatekeepers of the soul of the game. They encapsulate everything that’s good about the game – playing for the love of the game. While it’s professional, if money is the determining factor in the way you take to your work then it’s all over. The point of difference in teams that succeed is actually the teamwork, playing for the pure reasons. The same reasons that always motivated blokes before there was ever money in the game. It’s often missed but it’s great for these guys to be exposed to that ethos again, as a reminder of what it’s all about.”“the Barbarians are gatekeepers of the soul of the game”HAVING SPENT time with the Barbarians, this article cannot urge you to forget everything you know about the Baa-Baas. There are many traditions alive and well. Instead, this piece puts forth a plea to supplement what you know about those who pull on the black and white. As Australia tighthead Paddy Ryan eloquently puts it: “People from the outside think we do it because we like smacking p**s (drinking) – and for a lot of guys that is true – but it’s not the main thing that drives a good group.”Giving back: Training with local children in Prague (pic: Martin Flousek)In the past the Barbarians have got it right and they have got it wrong. In 2010 a star-packed side beat South Africa at Twickenham, 26-20. It was a celebration of all the joy of the invitational side that brought us the ‘Greatest Try of All Time’ against the All Blacks in 1973. But those who have been part of the back-room team for a while still cringe at the thought of the humbling by the 2013 Lions in Hong Kong – a perfect storm of veterans enjoying themselves too much, harsh humidity and a foe so fired up at the start of a tour nothing could douse them. They lost 59-8 and many swore: “Never again.”On this tour is Steve Berrick, the man who assumes all the risk in underwriting Barbarians events, from stadium hire to contracting players. While part of his gig is doing deals with unions, there is a glimmering silver lining ahead, with England an established regular opponent and designs for a tour to Japan or South Africa in the summer, amongst others.It was also Berrick who negotiated with the agents of the young group in Prague. There’s a buzz in camp. They know they got it right. Super Rugby’s rising stars are here. Richard ‘The Barracuda’ Buckman, of the Highlanders, is rubbing shoulders with versatile Brumbies forward Sam Carter. Giddy Crusader Jordan Taufua is shooting the breeze with the group tour guide, Nic Stirzaker of the Rebels. There are plenty of South Africa’s Lions around. It’s an exciting mix. Very early on, Deans brought in Ellis and Luke Whitelock, men he knew from his days in Crusaders rugby, to decide on a tour direction. There are a few long-established names in the group but the bulk of it is made up of firecracker talents who are kicking and screaming outside the door of Test rugby.There are younger committee men too. Rory Lawson, the ex-Scotland scrum-half, has replaced John Jeffrey as the Scottish voice on the panel. Many in rugby will know of Micky Steele-Bodger, the club’s emblematic president, who at 91 is still an enormous presence. He is the Barbarians in so many ways. But younger men like Lawson and former England A prop David Barnes are in to ask questions, pitch new ideas, bridge any gap between players and the committee.Wrecking ball: Ruan Ackermann in action (pic: Martin Flousek)“There are a number of cogs to the machine that gets the Barbarians going,” Lawson explains. “Ultimately the first challenge is getting players – particularly in this window when nobody in the northern hemisphere will release them, although we were lucky to get Ben Franks and Dan Tuohy. With this particular group we had two World Cup winners, some experience, and then a load of hungry youngsters who want to prove themselves, not only to the Barbarians but to the wider world. “The Barbarians must be competitive. When you come into an environment where you have four and a half hours of training to prepare for a Test, how can you do that? By bonding very quickly and the badge and name brings an attitude with it that the players want to do well. When you are against international teams that are settled, preparing for a big campaign or are midway through a series, it’s not easy. It’s important to win or remain competitive, as people will ask where your place is in the game if you don’t.”“There are a number of cogs that get the Barbarians going.”CZECH CAPTAIN Robert Voves is on top of his opponent, raining down punches. At least, he is on the video he is showing Ellis, holding his iPhone in an enormous paw as the scrum-half stares on. Voves is a copper who has previously played professionally as a second-row in France’s ProD2. He claims to be peaceful at heart, despite his job requiring him to sometimes fight “junkies and drunk people”, and he only took up cage fighting to stay fit. He has fought twice and won twice.Ellis is set to go on the Europe2 radio show with Voves, with both men trying to promote the match. Ellis gamely explains rugby to uninitiated hosts Jindra Ekl and Tomas Zastera, two giggling presenters who coyly attempt to draw a haka out of Ellis. The All Black diplomatically steers around questions about women and American Football.Ellis was lucky enough to play in that 2010 Baa-Baas win over the Springboks and he led the side at Wembley, as well as scoring a cracking team try. He reflects on what makes a successful tour.Happy coach: Robbie Deans watches training (Pic: Martin Flousek)“It’s strange – it just sort of clicks,” he says. “Robbie’s been really good in the way he delivers messages. But then it’s the character of the guys. We’ve gone out and had a few beers and everyone’s got on really well, so if you get those good characters it works.“We don’t train a lot. At the kick-off you just hope it works and it always does. You’ve got quality players from around the world who just go and play. The other thing is because it’s still the big stage, and it’s a proud history the Baa-Baas have, no one wants to let themselves down. There’s a lot of personal pride there.”Paddy Ryan picks up the thread: “I haven’t been a part of as many good sides as Andy has, but I’ve been a part of some good ones. You always have the same motivation, to play for the boys around you because you enjoy their company. The biggest tell is in defence. Against South Africa we were pretty good. We leaked 31 points but 21 of those were from set-piece f***-ups.“When you’ve had a whole season to prepare, fitness-wise, you know your body. Something that Michael Cheika says, which I reckon is one of the most profound things he says, is that fitness is being able to make your body comfortable with being uncomfortable. So if you know in your head how to do that, you haven’t forgotten, then you can go out for a few beers and still turn up to play a few days later. You can’t do it year-round but you can do it for a couple of weeks. Sunday night was like our fourth big night out of seven days and it was our best night.”Clean sweep: Michael Fatialofa tidies the ‘sheds’ (pic: Alan Dymock)In the game against the Czechs, there were flashes of true brilliance from winger Melani Nanai and centre Matt Faddes. Rob du Preez of the Stormers kicked points and defended staunchly, while No 8 Ruan Ackermann pancaked attackers. Afterwards, another night was enjoyed. Three days later the Baa-Baas beat Fiji 40-7. It was Fiji’s first game of the autumn window.Many will want stories of high jinks and nights out. With videos regularly flying into the tour WhatsApp group and the rich mystery of how a confiscated turtleneck sweater ended up on live Sky television, there will be vivid memories for players who forged them, forever in black and white. What goes on tour may well stay on tour. But after visiting their 20th international opponent and with many new commercial avenues to be explored, and safe in the knowledge they’ve found the right selection formula, the Baa-Baas will stay on tour too.This feature first appeared in the January 2017 issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow this link to subscribe.
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Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Facebook + posts Linkedin Dean Straka Facebook ReddIt TCU soccer celebrates during its 4-0 victory over UTSA Sunday afternoon Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ ReddIt Linkedin Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Twitter Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Previous articleTCU baseball player charged with DWINext articleVolleyball reaches 10 wins with 2-1 tournament finish Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award printThe TCU soccer team recorded another shutout Sunday afternoon, defeating the University of Texas at San Antonio 4-0 at Garvey Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in Fort Worth.The Frogs started scoring 40 minutes in when Audrey Brook found the back of the net for her first goal as a Horned Frog. TCU went on to score three more goals in the second half en route to the victory.A goal by Michelle Prokof in the second half moved her into 7th on TCU’s all-time goal list with 19 career goals. Allison Ganter and Eryn Spencer also tallied goals for the Frogs.TCU goalies Shannon Coffer and Courtney Hofer combined for three saves in the game to give the Frogs the shut-out win. It was the team’s sixth win in seven matches.The game was also notable as TCU players Meghan Murphy and Courtney Forte made their first career starts.TCU Head Coach Eric Bell said the team is showing more depth as the season moves along.“We’ve learned that we can play a lot of players and not see a drop-off in our play,” Bell said. “We are pretty deep and that has galvanized our group. We continue to get better.”Bell added that though the team has struggled in the first halves of their matches, they continue to respond in the second half.“The style of soccer we are playing we go into the half a little frustrated but we come out and make adjustments,” Bell said. “The girls are able to make the adjustments they need to. We are still naïve in some areas that we need to clean up going into conference play, but I’m pleased with where we are at.”The Frogs open up conference play when they host the Iowa State Cyclones Friday night. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
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Required fields are marked * Community News Community Health Alliance of Pasadena Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 12:25 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stuff Community Health Alliance of Pasadena said Tuesday it has been awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.The American Diabetes Association believes that ChapCare’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. 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Pinterest Petition created in opposition to plans for old courthouse Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook By News Highland – April 10, 2018 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Twitter An online petition has been set up by a Letterkenny resident who believes the Old Courthouse building should be used by a community group like the Cara House Family Resource Centre.While a number of organisations have already expressed an interest in locating to the Council-owned building, the local authority says that its use will be prioritised for its own needs.Treasa McKeown who created the petition was speaking on today’s Nine Til Noon Show:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/teregfhgfhfasalong.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleAreas of non-compliance found at HSE centres in DonegalNext articleBreaking: Emergency services attending crash near Castlefinn News Highland WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
Mean supercooling points for a variety of soil and litter arthropods including mites, springtails, a heteropteran and immature spiders from a central Alaskan taiga site ranged from ‐6.3 to ‐28.5°C during autumn. Variation in supercooling ability of five species of cryptostigmatid mites occurred throughout the year with increased cold tolerance in autumn and early winter concomitant with the temperature pattern of the habitat. No correlation between the level of supercooling and water content of the mites was evident. Changes in the frequency distribution of individual supercooling points occurred in autumn, winter, spring and summer samples which were species specific. All arthropods tested were susceptible to freezing, and the mites utilize supercooling to avoid freezing.
Challenger portal OpenBrix has lined up its first list of services to join the platform including satellite giant Sky and the Lettings Hub as it limbers up to launch, most likely at the same time as rival Boomin.OpenBrix hopes its offering will rival the Bruce brothers with its unique blockchain technology, democratic membership model, multi-listing service capability and services plug-in.This will enable agents to connect their existing providers and automate much of their third-party sales and administration, making it easier to onboard sales and lettings instructions into their fee-paying networks.Other companies to sign up to this include credit referencing and rent reporting service CreditLadder, know-your-client identity platform Yoti and mortgage and insurance broker Lea Financial.OpenBrix CEO Adam Pigott says dozens more leading industry suppliers are about to be announced including deposits, lead management, lettings software and inventory platforms or services.“So far no one has said no to joining OpenBrix,” says Pigott (left). “And we’re also about to sign up one of the industry’s leading training platforms.”The company’s most recent sign-up is white goods replace or repair service Product Care.“As an ex-property manager, I was immediately impressed with Product Care and the super-slick, effortless nature of their product,” says Piggott.“Not only do they provide convenience and speed, but their price point is infinitely lower than the big retail names.”Read our interview with Adam Pigott about his looming launch including why Countrywide big beast John Hards is helping launch the business.Product Care Adam Pigott openbrix productcare The Lettings Hub Sky creditladder September 15, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Challenger portal reveals first major third-party lettings suppliers previous nextProptechChallenger portal reveals first major third-party lettings suppliersCEO Adam Pigott says first big names to join the platform include Sky and The Lettings Hub as his company prepares for public launch.Nigel Lewis15th September 202001,200 Views
While it makes no specific prescription on how the tuition fee system in England should be changed, the report considers several potential options, including making loans obligatory, adjusting the current loan interest rate, and scrapping the student loan system in its entirety. A report by UK think-tank The Intergenerational Foundation has found that the current student loans system in England disproportionately impacts students from low-income backgrounds.The report, which uses data on the backgrounds of UK students obtained from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), suggests that “the current system is unfair on many of England’s young graduates, in effect demanding them to take on large-scale student debt which can compromise their mental well-being, dent their aspirations of home ownership, restrict their ability to save towards a pension pot, and dampen their enthusiasm for starting up their own business.”The report finds that students who use student finance to fund their undergraduate courses will pay up to £6,000 more in interest payments than students who pay for their undergraduate courses up front, leading to widening disparities between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds after they graduate.The report also finds that there is a disproportionate number of self-funded undergraduates among elite Russell Group universities, including Oxford, compared with the national average. The tuition fees of 15.8% of undergraduates at Oxford are self-funded, which is more than double the the national average of 7.5%. In addition, while on average, less than 40% of undergraduate students at UK universities belong to the highest socioeconomic classification, HESA data reveal that over 50% of students at Oxford and Cambridge are from the highest socioeconomic classification.“The current student loan system, while being clearly inter-generationally unfair, is also exacerbating intra-generational unfairness,” said report author Rakib Ehsan.“Wealthier families have realised that they can give their children a get-out-of-jail-free-card by helping them to escape skyhigh interest rates and a 30-year loan that could be sold off to the private sector in the future.” President of the National Union of Students Shakira Martin commented: “This report is more evidence that the current system is not fit for purpose.“While wealthy students can avoid accruing debt and the high interest which comes with student loans, too many students from low income families grapple with a cost of living crisis and unaffordable housing.”A spokesperson from the University of Oxford commented: “We are committed to attracting students from all backgrounds to Oxford and we offer one of the most generous financial support packages for students from low-income households.”
The UK’s biggest bakery chain Greggs exceeded its target of new store openings in 2010 and will speed up the pace of its expansion by a third this year.A new target of 80 net new shops has been set for 2011, spread around the whole of the UK. This would see 1,487-shop Greggs break through the 1,500-shop marker in the first quarter. In 2010, it broke its target of 60 new shops with a total of 68.Greggs’ fortunes were boosted by better-than-expected trading in December, as bad weather blighted the UK. Chief executive Ken McMeikan said the firm’s record results for Christmas were a “tremendous performance in difficult circumstances”. The company’s latest trading update, covering the five weeks ending 8 January, showed total sales up 3.5% and like-for-likes up 0.6%. Highlights were coffee sales, up 26%, and mince pies, up 19%, with eight million sold in total. “We definitely saw a late surge from customers and also benefited from having Christmas Day on the Saturday,” he said. “You would have been brave in your predictions, given the severity of the snow, not to have worried that it would have a dire impact on Christmas.”He added that input cost rises on commodities were not yet affecting retail prices: “Ingredients account for about a quarter of our costs and we do expect food inflation will gradually increase. However, we want to protect our customers from food price rises as much as we can, because we have a very strong value reputation. We saw some of this coming, and looked at our forward buying position on different commodities to extend our buying ahead into this year.”Meanwhile, Greggs is absorbing VAT increases on some of the 20% of products eligible for VAT, including drinks, crisps, chocolate-coated products, hot sandwiches in some shops and outlets with seated outlets.“We’ve had a look on a product-by-product basis – some we’ve put a small increase through, and others we haven’t,” said McMeikan. “Our customers will have noticed a very small change in the first week of January.”He also confirmed that Greggs would extend its trial retail formats beyond the capital. “We’ve been delighted with the performance of our concept shops, which are largely around London,” he said. “We will start extending those into suitable refits outside London.”>>Greggs looks to open up the south west