Journey through rugby – Riki Flutey

LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tana Umaga was a huge influence on me when I started playing for the Hurricanes. I was assigned an amateur club, Petone, which is an awesome club. Tana was also at that club and he had a big impact on me.Development was huge for me in my first season at the Hurricanes. Obviously I didn’t get a lot of game time for them, so I went back to Petone to play and it was great for me to have a club to turn out for.I’d train at Petone on Tuesdays and Thursday, otherwise I wouldn’t have got a game on the weekend. This was the level below NPC, playing in a very strong senior competition. From the amateur club you’d play NPC for Wellington Lions, then Super Rugby for the Hurricanes.You need to play the game and test your skills under pressure if you’re going to progress, rather than just spending hours and hours in the gym.I love to play rugby and this summer I put out a message on Twitter asking to join a touch rugby team, and I had some great nights in Richmond. I only like having a week off from the game in the summer. After that I want to get my hands on the ball and practise my skills.I hope I’m approachable. If someone wants a signature or a photo I remember back to when I used to do that to an All Black and how approachable my idols, Joe Stanley and Sean Fitzpatrick, were when I was a kid. I had a smile on my face for weeks after I met guys like that.My family are proud of my achievements and proud of me playing for England. They back me 100%, no matter what.DID YOU KNOW? Twenty-nine per cent of England’s 45-man preliminary World Cup squad were born overseas, Flutey being one. He qualified for England on residency in 2007, making his debut in the autumn of 2008 and becoming a Lion the following summer.This article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Riki Flutey failed to get a place in the 2011 England World Cup squadName: Riki John FluteyPosition: Inside-centreAge: 31 (10 Feb 1980)Born: Featherstone, NZMilitary-run is how I would describe my boarding school. There was a big emphasis on respecting people around you.I couldn’t get enough of rugby in my teens. I was playing for Te Aute College first XV and if we had a home game, afterwards I’d drive over to play half a game of club rugby at Clive in Hawkes Bay, where my brother played.Challenging myself is what I liked to do, so when I came home in school holidays I’d also play for the Martinborough men’s side when I was 16.You grow up pretty quickly playing men’s rugby in New Zealand, although I was glad to have a few of the older guys around me at times.A great learning experience is how I found playing a lot of my early rugby against people bigger and older than me. I came through the New Zealand age grades on the back of playing against men, which I know is a little different to how it is now in England.I still have the VHS cassette tape at my mum’s house of the day the New Zealand Maori came to train at our school. I became a TV reporter for the day, interviewing Adrian Cashmore and filming their training session. I was looking through the lens and thinking, ‘I want to be where they are.’I was constantly trying to better myself, and goal-setting was a big part of my teen years. I was trying to drive myself on to new levels. Every kid in New Zealand who plays rugby does the same.I captained New Zealand Schools, then I received a phone call from Wellington Hurricanes coach Graham Mourie. I was still in school at the time and the call was huge for me because Jonah Lomu, Christian Cullen and Tana Umaga were three of the huge names playing at the Hurricanes at the time (1997).I reached another level with my rugby thanks to my time in the Hurricanes Academy. I also spent time at the New Zealand Academy, for which they only picked around ten guys a year.I was playing at scrum-half when New Zealand won the U19 world title, and it was only at the U21 World Cup that I moved to ten. To begin with it was me at scrum-half, Aaron Mauger at fly-half and Seilala Mapusua at 13. Aaron got injured just before the final and another mate of mine, David Gibson, was brought into the nine shirt and I moved to ten.Significant is how I’d describe that move, because when I came back I got a lot more game time at ten. They knew I’d played quite a lot of first five-eighth. Or 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 read more

Ireland need to get back to winning ways

first_imgDUBLIN, IRELAND – NOVEMBER 10: Patrick Lambie of South Africa compete during the International rugby match between Ireland and South Africa in the Aviva Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images) Ready for the fight: Cian Healy was pumped for the South Africa game but couldn’t stop them winningBy Claire GlancyI CAN’T begin to imagine the impact on Ireland’s pysche having come so close to beating the World Champions on their own turf, and then suffering a record defeat the following week and being nilled in the process. But I’m guessing it comes pretty close to complete demoralisation. Ireland have had to wait five long months to right the wrongs of that evening in Hamilton and all the talk in the build up to the South Africa game gave the impression they would end the losing streak, and then some.Two days before the Test, Cian Healy laid bare his mindset to his twitter followers:“‏@ProperChurch: I can already feel the excitement in my body for this game, #bloodBoiling #spineTingling relishing the physical fight! #TickTock”So after forty minutes, a nine-point lead against the Springboks is a scoreline Ireland would happily settled for before kick off. It certainly sounds like a move in the right direction, even if all the points came from Jonathon Sexton’s metronomic boot.Release: Connor Murray spreads the ballMore worryingly, Ireland never really threatened with ball in hand. South Africa looked surprisingly rusty and lacklustre for a team coming off the back of The Rugby Championship. In fact, afterwards Coach Heyneke Meyer admitted as much, “it was the worst forty minutes of rugby I’ve ever seen South Africa play.”  Frustrated at their performance, indiscipline crept into the Boks play as they gave away 11 penalties in the first-half.  JP Pietersen’s shoulder charge on Chris Henry was at best careless and epitomized their frustration. Despite the game’s slow tempo, the break couldn’t come quickly enough for South Africa. When in trouble most coaches will say concentrate on getting the basics right and things will get better.  The Boks came out a different side in the second-half and went back to their traditional strength of catch and drive. Although they didn’t score from that directly, it did give them field position and did enough to get Jamie Heaslip a yellow card and put themselves in a position where adopted Ulsterman Ruan Pienaar sniped over from a yard.Ireland’s kicking out of hand in the first half was as good as it was poor in the second.  They just couldn’t get possession of the ball in the right areas or really break the wall of green. The desire was there but the ability to create space wasn’t. The hosts struggled to mix up their game effectively and couldn’t build front foot phases or get through the SA defensive line. As a result Ireland started to play deeper and deeper.Without the hugely experienced, Paul O’Connell and Rory Best, the line-out really was the Achilles heel in the first-half. Ireland struggled to win their own balland never looked likely to disrupt the South African’s with the outstanding Eben Etzebeth. The second-half was much improved, however.Focus: Pat Lambie kicked his penaltiesThe scrum was an improvement from the summer tour and apart from a few debatable decisions from the referee, it will give the Irish confidence for the rest of the Testseason. Looking at the some of the newer faces in the Irish starting line up, Chris Henry was committed and showed the value off having an out and out open-side at the breakdown especially in the first-half. Mike McCarthy was abrasive in defence and Simon Zebo showed promise for a player only in his second test.Afterwards Ireland didn’t look for excuses. There was no blaming the injuries, the young guns, the referee or the Captain’s sin-bin that saw the scoreline rise at a point a minute. Ireland have to do what South Africa did in the second-half, work on getting the basics right and run with more directness and conviction and find their attacking creativity. A further defeat in this series could see them perilously close to dropping out of the top eight in the IRB rankings ahead of the draw for the 2015 World Cup which takes place in early December. As if Ireland needed any more motivation to end this losing streak against the red-hot Pumas, surely that will be it. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

New intercollegiate fellowship selects eight College students

first_imgEight students from Harvard College have been named the inaugural fellows by the Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership (ICDP), a new consortium of five institutions. They join other fellows from the four partner schools: California State University, Bakersfield, CA; St. Philip’s College, San Antonio; Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL; and Stanford University, Stanford, CA.The students were drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and all expressed a willingness to engage in dialogue with others across a diversity of opinions and experiences.The ICDP Fellows will participate in a fully remote program that will enable them to collaborate on developing skills to engage and facilitate conversations across political differences at their respective colleges and universities. The students will receive training in facilitation, engage in deliberative conversations within the Fellows group, and have opportunities to interact with speakers from different sectors over the course of the academic year.“Meaningful engagement across political difference is essential to civil discourse, but increasing polarization has made cross-ideological contact among students less likely,” said Jess Miner, executive director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. “Our intercollegiate partnership approach creates opportunities for such engagement by bringing together students from different regions and different types of institutions of higher education: community colleges, state universities, and research universities. We are excited to be able to launch this new fellowship with our partner institutions, to learn from each other, and from our student leaders in the year ahead.”In addition to acquiring real-world skills to become practitioners in facilitating civil disagreement, Fellows will have special opportunities to interact with the community of scholars connected to the ICDP.  Fellows will also have access to a wide range of additional online programming offered by the five partner institutions throughout the academic year in support of their academic, professional, and personal development.The ICDP Fellows receive a $1,000 honorarium for their year-long participation in the program, which is funded with generous support from the Mellon Foundation. The students representing Harvard in the first cohort are:Claudia Cabral ’22Salma Elsayed ’23Colin Gray-Hoehn ’21Kareem King ’23Claire Oby ’22Paige Proctor ’23Natalie Sherman Jollis ’21Jonathan Zhang ’23 Read Full Storylast_img read more