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France brace themselves for Le Crunch

France brace themselves for Le Crunch

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The same can be said for Francois Trinh-Duc, Picamoles’ former teammate at Montpellier. The fly-half has amassed 49 caps over the last seven years without ever really giving the impression he’s doing anything other than keeping the No10 shirt warm until someone more consistent comes along. That hasn’t happened and so Trinh-Duc goes to Twickenham with the opportunity to stake his claim to be the World Cup starter. In training recently he’s been paired with Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra, the man who in the 2011 World Cup final was controversially picked to play fly-half ahead of Trinh-Duc.Playmakers: Francois Trinh-Duc and Morgan Parra are expected to direct operations at half-backFrederic Michalak stays in Paris, as does scrum-half Sebastien Tillous-Borde, the Toulon pair at this stage pencilled in as the likely half-back combination for France’s opening World Cup match. PSA has always had a soft spot for Michalak, while he’s never shown much faith in Trinh-Duc’s qualities. France coach Philippe Saint-Andre gave his squad a day off on Tuesday, allowing his 36 players the chance to enjoy the delights of Falgos in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The French squad has been based there since the end of last week and on Thursday the 25 players selected for the first of the two World Cup warm-ups against England will fly to London. The eleven players not required for the Twickenham encounter will return to the national rugby centre at Marcoussis.PSA won’t name his starting XV for Saturday’s clash until Friday afternoon but the composition of the squad for the first of ‘Le Crunch Amical’ has prompted the French rugby media to start searching for  clues as to the likely starting XV when France play Italy on September 19 in their opening pool game.Feisty affair: The last meeting between France and England was a feisty affairAmong the absentees this weekend are captain Thierry Dusautoir and veteran second-row Pascal Pape, both of whom are recovering from minor knocks. According to some reports, recent French training sessions have seen Dusautoir form a back-row with Clermont’s Damien Chouly and Loann Goujon of Bordeaux. Goujon replaced Chouly at No 8 during the Six Nations on account of his greater dynamism and ball-carrying impact, but PSA has always been an admirer of Chouly’s set-piece work and he has been France’s line-out organizer for much of his reign.So have PSA and Yannick Bru, France’s forwards’ coach, decided to shift Chouly to the flank – where he usually plays for Clermont – to accommodate Goujon? That would mean no place for Bernard Le Roux, the Racing flanker who has been a regular starter in the last couple of seasons but who is among the 11 left in Paris. Intriguingly, Midi Olympique claims that Le Roux could be paired in second row alongside Sebastien Vahaamahina for the return match on Saturday week. The 6ft 4in and 17 stone Le Roux has the physique for the second-row and his presence in the engine room would also give France some much-needed athleticism in a position where, compared to other nations, they have a shortage of big men with explosive power and pace to boot.Back in vogue: Louis Picamoles (centre) has been training hard to get back into shapeWith Chouly also omitted from Saturday’s match the back-row will probably comprise Fulgence Ouedraogo, Yannick Nyanga and Louis Picamoles none of whom have featured much for France in the last two seasons. At least one of the trio won’t make the final cut but it’s unlikely to be the giant Toulouse No 8. Picamoles has endured a tough 12 months, laid low this time last year by a lung infection that impaired his performance for months. It wasn’t until the spring that he began to recover his fitness, and with it his form, and reports indicate that six weeks of intensive training have done wonders for the 29-year-old. Picamoles is stereotypically French; not one of life’s natural trainers, the hothouse environment of a World Cup training camp has focused his mind and enabled him to train well, eat well and feel well. For Picamoles, like so many of his countrymen, is a player who performs best when his confidence is high. Philippe Saint-Andre will bring his French squad to Twickenham with a likely experimental side, where time is running out for a glut of playerscenter_img Behind enemy lines: France will meet a familiar adversary on Saturday evening Elsewhere only Benjamin Kayser and Eddy Ben Arous of the front row union don’t make the trip to Paris but if recent training sessions are anything to go by, Nicolas Mas, Guilhem Guirado and Vincent Debaty will start against Italy. In the back three, Scott Spedding looks nailed down at full-back with reports suggesting that PSA will play the Racing 15, Brice Dulin, on the wing in one of the warm-up matches to see how he goes.Nailed on: Philippe Saint-Andre looks to keep faith with Scott Spedding at No 15As for the centre combination, England debutant Sam Burgess can at least rest easy that he won’t have to deal with the different threats posed by Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud. But Gael Fickou, Rémi Lamerat and Alexandre Dumoulin are all fine footballers, their senses sharpened by the knowledge that one of the five players to be axed from the current squad later this month will be one of them. They’re playing for their places, as is Burgess, just one more reason why Saturday’s clash will be anything but a Crunch ‘amical’last_img read more

Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby pray for unity

Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby pray for unity

first_imgPope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby pray for unity Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ October 6, 2016 at 6:43 pm I am so glad the Anglian Catholic and Roman Catholic Churches have chosen to partner on this serious issue. May we all offer up our individual prayers Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Hopkinsville, KY Ecumenical & Interreligious, Rome50th Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Anglican Communion, Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Comments (1) Featured Jobs & Calls Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group [Anglican Communion News Service] Pope Francis held a meeting Oct. 6 with the archbishop of Canterbury and other Anglican primates and bishops at the Vatican. The Pope told them that ecumenism was “never an impoverishment, but a richness” and he said that during the past 50-years of closer relationship between Anglicans and Catholics, “the certainty has deepened that what the Spirit has sown in the other yields a common harvest.”The meeting was part of a series of events held this week to celebrate a historic and significant milestone – 50 years since Pope Paul VI met with Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey in Rome in 1966.Full article. Press Release Service Archbishop of Canterbury, center_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Comments are closed. Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC By Gavin DrakePosted Oct 6, 2016 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Lee A Hodges says: Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR last_img read more

Open House Episode 13: Liliana Ogden

Open House Episode 13: Liliana Ogden

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Twitter Logo for SGA’s Open House podcast + posts Open House Episode 15: Alexis Berry World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Open House Episode 7: Alex Colig ReddIt Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Open House: Finale Open House Episode 14: Delaina Bellows Previous articleA new hope: No. 10 TCU proves they’re the real deal after opening day strugglesNext articleHoroscope: February 22, 2021 Kai Grady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/center_img printWelcome back to Open House for our first episode of the new year. This week, Kyle has the pleasure of interviewing SGA Vice President, Liliana Ogden. Topics include everything from favorite movie and sports team to the intricacies of the VP position. Hope you enjoy!Interview conducted by Kyle AtwoodProduced by Kai Grady Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Kai Grady Twitter Linkedin Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Kai Grady is an FTDM and Journalism double-major from Arlington, Texas. He currently works at KTCU as a Hip-Hop DJ. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in both sports and popular culture writing. Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TAGSSGATCU last_img read more