Rugby books to buy for Christmas

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Need a few ideas for Christmas gifts? Look no further than rugby books. It’s a bumper year for them, starting with a cluster of autobiographies by some heavy hitters… What’s on your list? There’s no shortage of options when buying presents for Christmas (Imogen Pearey) Rugby books to buy for Christmas“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading,” said the comedy writer Lena Dunham. You’ll certainly need a few extra days to enjoy the deluge of rugby books that have hit the shelves this autumn.And you might be tempted to ask “Where’s Gregor?” because Scotland’s head coach is alone among the home nation bosses at RWC 2019 in not bringing out an autobiography.In print: Warren Gatland has plenty to say (Getty)Warren Gatland stole a march on his rivals with a 14 November release date for his Pride and Passion (Headline, £20), the New Zealander able to reflect on an extraordinary three decades of success that includes three Wales Grand Slams, two World Cup semi-finals and two unbeaten Lions series.Fellow Kiwi Joe Schmidt provides life lessons and management ideas in Ordinary Joe (Penguin Ireland, £25), a book that The Irish Times calls “an insight into the fascinating personality of the man who has been the most influential figure in Irish rugby over the last decade, or probably any other decade for that matter”.While Schmidt elected to write his book himself, England coach Eddie Jones recruited the award-winning author Donald McRae to pen his life story for the first time.Jones’s book, My Life and Rugby (Macmillan, £20), has been serialised by The Times and includes an admission of selection errors for the recent World Cup final.“I should have chosen Joe Marler ahead of Mako Vunipola at loosehead prop and reverted to the Owen Farrell-Manu Tuilagi-Henry Slade midfield we used against Australia,” he says.“George Ford could have come off the bench when we had got into the game. But you never know until the game starts. You use the best available evidence and rely on your gut.”Supporting role: Joe Marler watches from the touchline during the World Cup final (Getty Images)As a result, Sir Clive Woodward remains the only England coach to land the Webb Ellis Cup and in How to Win (Hodder & Stoughton, £20) he analyses the events of Japan 2019 in a book branded as “the distillation of a philosophy of leadership developed during a lifetime in high-performance environments, from the rugby field to the boardroom”. Woodward’s 2003 book Winning!, published shortly after England’s triumph in Sydney, is still in print.Switching hemispheres, Heroes & Heartbreak (Allen & Unwin, £17.99) is published in New Zealand but will be available on Book Depository and Amazon from 3 December. It follows every beat of the All Blacks campaign in the 12 months up to and including their failed attempt to bag a third successive world crown.“The climax was not the one that the All Blacks wanted, and signals a new era in world rugby. It may prove to be a defining moment for the game in New Zealand as well,” says the promotional literature, enticingly.Not this time: the All Blacks couldn’t make it a World Cup hat-trick – a new book explains why (Getty)The book is written by freelance sportswriter Jamie Wall and he’s also responsible for Brothers in Black (Allen & Unwin, £14.99), which looks at the astounding number of brothers playing top-level rugby in New Zealand.One of the country’s all-time greats, Kieran Read, has bowed out internationally and tells of his experiences in his autobiography Straight 8 (Headline, £20).Welsh rugby fans are also well served this year. Glenn Webbe’s autobiography, The Gloves are Off (Y Lolfa, £9.99), is the story of the 1980s Bridgend wing who became the first black player to play for Wales.Geraint Thomas, co-author of the book, said: “I actually played alongside Glenn for Bridgend in the early ’90s, so I knew as well as being a brilliant player he had a huge personality as well. I will never forget waiting to run out for my Bridgend debut, feeling very nervous, when Glenn turned to me in the tunnel and said, ‘So, are you any good?’ – typical Glenn!”center_img Y Lolfa also have a book out on the outgoing Wales coach. Called Gatland’s Last Bow (£9.99), it’s written by Richard Morgan and will be published in December.We ran a competition for Sam Warburton’s Open Side (HarperCollins, £20), about the mental and physical toll of playing elite-level rugby, when the book came out in September.Behind the Dragon: Playing Rugby for Wales (Polaris, £20) is a history book in the players’ own words, as expertly crafted by Ross Harries, while On to Glory (VSP, £20) is the story of Wales’ 2019 Grand Slam in glorious technicolour. Both were published early this year.Further north, The World According to Doddie (Black & White, £12.99) is a light-hearted collection of mantras, mottos and one-liners from the legendary Doddie Weir. Seeing as we’re in election mode, here’s a suggestion from the book. “Why is there a need for charities?” says the tireless MND campaigner. “Take 10p from everyone, per week, and divide that up amongst all the charities. Revolutionary, eh? Vote Doddie.”Oor Doddie: former Scotland lock Doddie Weir in Dundee with a sculpture created in his honourA Full-back Slower than your Average Prop (Arena, £17.99) is the memoir of former Scotland full-back Ian Smith and takes its title from an unflattering description of him in a book about Scottish rugby! Reviewing the book, Allan Massie said it will “delight readers who remember the amateur days with pleasure and nostalgia, and astonish those too young to have had the good fortune to have known them”.Smith, by the way, is still a practising dentist at the age of 75, living in Norfolk.Unholy Union (Constable, £20) is a fascinating and in-depth analysis of our sport. Author Michael Aylwin and consultant Mark Evans have collaborated on every imaginable topic, from concussion to the salary cap to the struggles of the community game. It’s just one of the books we’ll be featuring in an online competition in the near future.Amberley Publishing in Gloucestershire produced a couple of books this autumn. At Least We Turn Up is the biography of John Pullin, the former England and Lions hooker, while The Lion of the RAF relates the career of George Beamish, a WW2 hero who played for Ireland and the Lions between the wars.Family man: John Pullin, a star of the 1960s and ’70s, combined Test rugby with life as a farmerIf risqué is your thing, Taking it Up the Blindside (DCO Books) is a collection of short stories based on tour antics in Thailand and South-East Asia. Written by Jon Prichard, the Kindle edition is available for less than £7 at the time of writing.Staying in Asia, Tokkie Smith and the Colour of Rugby (Adagio Media, $14.99) is John D’Eathe’s tribute to the founder of the Hong Kong Sevens.The Wooden Spoon Yearbook 2020 (Lennard, £20) is the 24th edition of the fund-raising annual and this year is largely devoted to the World Cup. Sir Ian McGeechan and editor Ian Robertson pick their World Cup XV and include some surprise choices.Related content: Win the Official Review of Japan 2019Some old favourites have been updated. Rugby’s Strangest Matches (Portico, £9.99) by John Griffiths relates some of the sport’s quirky goings-on, while for all you active players, Chic Carvell and Rex Hazeldine have you sorted with Fitness for Winning Rugby (Austin Macauley, £17.99). Alongside core fitness information, it includes chapters on nutrition, injuries and recovery. But don’t expect it to fit in a Christmas stocking!No Borders (Polaris, £14.99) must also be mentioned here. Tom English won the 2016 Rugby Book of the Year with the original version and a newer edition, containing exclusive new material from Ireland players in the wake of their 2018 Grand Slam, was released last year.Finally, something for the youngest readers of all. Ben the Tractor and Friends (David & Charles, £7) is a children’s story produced for Ben Moon’s testimonial. The long-serving Exeter prop, who has eight England caps, is supporting two charities: the Exeter Chiefs Foundation and the Beacon Centre. For the kids: one of Molly Finnegan’s beautiful illustrations from Ben the Tractor and FriendsRugby World has reviewed some of these books and run competitions in the past 12 months – and we’ll be featuring more of these titles in the coming weeks. There’s a lot of good stuff out there, so don’t forget to buy one or two of them for the festive season. 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Jokowi promises Microsoft simple regulation for data center investment

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised United States-based technology company Microsoft it will create a simple regulation to allow the tech giant to invest in a data center in the country.“Microsoft would like to immediately invest in Indonesia, so we will decide within a week to issue a simple regulation to support investment in a data center,” Jokowi said after a meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Jakarta on Thursday.The decision to issue a new regulation was made as the House of Representatives’ deliberation of a data protection bill continues to lag. The bill mandates the formation of an independent data protection authority (DPA) to monitor and analyze personal data usage by corporations. The DPA must also ensure data regulations do not interfere with technological developments.Read also: Google, Facebook to set up data centers in Indonesia: MinisterThe President said Nadella wanted to push the country’s businesses to be more efficient and effective in line with the government’s vision.“We predict that [businesses] will continue improving after the development of our telecommunication infrastructure, namely the Palapa Ring,” said Jokowi, referring to a billion-dollar fiber optic development project to connect all corners of the country.He explained that the government would continue improving internet network across the country, adding that the development of the country’s digital economy was crucial to boost the marketing of local products.Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to dominate Southeast Asia, with its market expected to triple in value to US$130 billion by 2025 from $40 billion in 2019, according to the annual e-Conomy Southeast Asia study published last year by American tech giant Google, Singaporean holding company Temasek and management consulting firm Bain & Company. (awa)Topics :last_img read more

Minister assures on supervisory role

first_img “Nobody will tell the Federal Government to turn its eyes away from the decision of the majority of the board members and support the minority. “Every programme that has been put in place for the Olympics is on track and not just for the AFN but all other sports going to the Olympics. We are not distracted at all. Read Also:Sports Ministry warns Impostors to Steer Clear of Team Nigeria “Ultimately, the resolution of whatever is going on lies with he board. The government gets interested where it affects the interest and the development of sports in Nigeria. We will continue playing our supervisory role, intervening but not interfering,” the Minister affirmed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Youth and Sports Minister Mr. Sunday Dare has assured that the Ministry will continue to align with Sports Federations that adhere to processes and rules guiding their activities, even as the government will only intervene without interfering. New Sports Minister Sunday Akin Dare Speaking yesterday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state at the Restoration Cup, Dare said the decision of the ten members of Athletic Federation Nigeria (AFN) board to impeach its former President, Engineer Shehu Gusau, conformed with its rules. “The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is really focused because we have the Olympics ahead of us. Beyond the AFN we have other sports federations dealing with internal board matters and that will continue for a while. “For the AFN, the position of the Ministry is clear. The government recognises the Olamide AFN leadership. They have been able to provide the Ministry with all the processes that have taken place. We stand with the ten members of the AFN board, we don’t stand with the two or three members. “We’ve seen their reports, their meetings, their resolutions, the suspension, the impeachment. They have submitted this report to us; it’s from the board, it is not from the Ministry.center_img Promoted ContentEver Wonder What Keanu Reeves Spends His Paychecks On?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Albino Animals Who Look Like GhostsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?last_img read more

HACKED: Allen outplayed by Penn State freshman Hackenberg in Syracuse loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There was one moment Saturday when Drew Allen looked like the quarterback he was expected to be.Jeremiah Kobena blazed past Malcolm Willis in the third quarter and Allen got enough time in the pocket. He stepped into a perfectly arced throw, over the top of Willis and into Kobena’s outstretched arms at the 10-yard line for a 55-yard completion.“It’s fun to watch when it’s perfectly timed and the trajectory is beautiful,” SU quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said. “He put it up in the air, Kobena ran the perfect route.”But the fun came too sparsely for Lester and the Orange’s (0-1) coaching staff. Allen completed just 16-of-37 passes for 189 yards and a pair of interceptions in Syracuse’s season-opening 23-17 loss to Penn State (1-0) in front of 61,202 at MetLife Stadium. He was outdueled by a true freshman — Christian Hackenberg went 22-for-31— and completed too few of his supposedly signature deep balls to outweigh the poor decisions.There was the deep ball to Kobena, a 13-yard completion along the right sideline to Adrian Flemming and a 27-yard strike across the middle to Ashton Broyld, but there were also passes that sailed down the field and out of bounds or into coverage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnly 43.2 percent of his passes ended up in his receivers’ hands. Two passes ended up in the hands of Allen’s opponents. None ended with one of his targets standing in the end zone with the ball.“We came up short,” Allen said. “Ultimately we wanted to come out with a win.”For the first half it wasn’t entirely his fault — SU was simply reluctant to open up its offense.He stumbled on the first play of his Syracuse career, slipping in the backfield for a 3-yard loss. He followed it up with a pair of completions, and even threaded a ball past a defender for the sideline completion to Flemming.He completed his first five passes, but just one of his next seven to finish the first half 6-for-12. Just two of those completions, though, went for more than 10 yards.“That was by design,” Lester said, “trying to establish the running game, not putting him in some of those awkward situations early and then open it up as we kind of settled into the game.”The issues seemed evident: Allen tended to stare down his receivers and had no problems with throwing the ball where defenders were. His completion to Flemming was nearly intercepted. So was a swing pass in the third quarter to Prince-Tyson Gulley that ended up giving the Orange a first down.At the end of that period the recklessness finally caught up to him. He gunned a pass straight into Stephen Obeng-Agyapong’s chest for his first interception.His second came on a desperation heave during SU’s final drive, but several passes bounced off defenders’ hands in jump-ball situations as he tested throws downfield.“Drew is a competitor,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said. “I liked his moxie, I liked his energy and I liked his fight.”On the other side was an even less experienced signal caller. Hackenberg was wildly impressive in his debut, throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns, but mixed in with the flashes of stardom were the mistakes of a freshman.He threw his first career interception in the second quarter when Jeremi Wilkes jumped in front of a pass to Jesse James. His second turnover, an interception by defensive end Robert Welsh, nearly let Syracuse back into the game when the Orange capitalized with a Jerome Smith touchdown run.“(Hackenberg’s) got a tremendous future,” Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien said, “but we’re not ready to waltz him into the College Football Hall of Fame and certainly not the NFL Hall of Fame — we’re just saying he’s a talented guy.”He was certainly benefitted by the play of Allen Robinson — the wide receiver was suspended for the first half and scored a touchdown on just his second play from scrimmage — but he also made a spectacular 54-yard throw to Eugene Lewis to give the Nittany Lions their largest lead, 23-10, with 11:39 left in the game.It was the turnovers, though, that ultimately defined the inexperienced quarterbacks’ play in this year’s New York’s College Classic.For every chance the defense gave SU, its offense seemed to hand it away. After Wilkes’ interception, Smith fumbled. After a strip and long return by Brandon Reddish, Syracuse came away without any points. Syracuse managed just 10 points off PSU’s four turnovers.Allen’s first interception was simply a careless mistake. His second was understandable, but squashed any chance at a Syracuse comeback.Allen said he didn’t have any jitters making his first career start, but it was still his first game in an SU uniform. He wasn’t the Orange’s savior like some built him up to be, but he can only get better.“I’m proud of that guy right there,” Shafer said, pointing at Allen.His quarterback nodded.“He’s going to be a damn good football player.” Commentslast_img read more

Keino to step down as Kenyan Olympic chief

first_imgBut the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended funding for sport in Kenya earlier this year after NOCK failed to hold their elections on May 5.Kenyan great Tergat meets world athletics chief Seb Coe in Kampala recently. Tergat is set to lead the NOCK“We need to get new office bearers to take the sport forward. We have a very short time between now and April to prepare our national teams for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia,” Keino said.Two-time silver medallist and former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat is so far the only candidate seeking to replace Keino in the September 29 vote.Share on: WhatsApp File photo of Kenyatta sends off the Olympics team. A kit scandal has hit the team after the games leading to calls for reform in the Olympic committee led by KeinoNairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenyan Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino said Wednesday he will not stand for re-election during the General Assembly in Nairobi on September 29.The 77-year-old double Olympic gold medallist has been at the helm of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) since 1999 when he took over from Charles Mukora, who resigned following the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics bribery scandal.“I believe it is the right time to hand over the baton to someone else. I have served four terms and that’s enough,” said Keino, whose last term in office has ended in acrimony after four of his top officials were arrested and charged in court with stealing team uniforms and mismanaging the Kenyan athletes at the Rio Olympics in August.Up until now Keino had insisted he would run for another term at the helm.last_img read more

State Confirms 39 New Cases of Coronavirus; 16 in Broward, 0 in PBC

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health early Sunday announced 39 new cases of the coronavirus in the state, including 16 cases from Broward County and five in Miami-Dade County.No new cases were announced in Palm Beach County, which has five. No cases have yet to be announced in Indian River County, Martin County, Okeechobee County and St. Lucie County.Meanwhile, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center announced Saturday it is building a medical shelter for its patients.According to a statement, the external medical center will be used to prepare for any potential influx of veterans seeking treatment for coronavirus. The medical center’s “western shelter” is a portable structure that can quickly be set up and can remain in use for weeks to months.It will be set up on the Northeast corner of the medical center’s grounds near Military Trail.Veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, flu or cold should contact the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at (877) 741-3400 before coming to a VA facility.Earlier Saturday, the department announced that a 77-year-old patient from Lee County, who was diagnosed with coronavirus, has died. This is the fourth death of a coronavirus patient from Florida.Three of the 39 new cases statewide announced Sunday are related to domestic travel — two in Hillsborough and one in Pasco counties.In all, there are 100 cases of Florida residents diagnosed in the state.The department also announced that a 17-year-old male from Cuba tested positive in Hillsborough County.The cases in Miami-Dade stand at 13 and 36 in Broward County.These are the new Broward cases:-74-year old male.-48-year old female that is travel related.-19-year old female that is is a travel related case.-19-year old female that is a travel related case.-65-year old male.-20-year old female that is a travel related case.-52-year old female.-63-year old female.-19-year old female that is a travel related case.-30-year old male.-60-year old male.-20-year old female.-19-year old female.-66-year old male.-83-year old male.-20-year old female that is a travel related case.On Saturday Governor DeSantis confirmed that were was evidence of “community spread” in Broward. That means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. The six travel-related cases were reported by Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.“Today, the university learned, and the Broward County Health Department has confirmed, that there is a total of six positive COVID-19 cases involving individuals with an NSU affiliation, all of whom had traveled internationally to Ireland prior to travel restrictions for Europe and the U.K.,” the school said in a release.These are the new Miami-Dade cases:-A 28-year old male.-A 58-year old that is a travel related case.-A 25-year old female that is a travel related case.-A 62-year old male.-A 42-year old male.These are the other cases:-A 55-year old female in Clay County.-A 79-year old female from Connecticut tested positive in Baker County. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing.-A 72-year old female in Lee County.-A 60-year old female in Citrus County.-A male in Duval County.-A 64-year old female in St. Johns County.-A 71-year old male in Volusia County that is a travel related case.-A 48-year old female in Orange Count.-A 70-year old male in Clay County.-A male in Duval County.-A 47-year old male in Hillsborough County that is a domestic travel related case.-A 67-year old male in Pasco County that is a domestic travel related case.-A 32-year old female in Hillsborough County that is a domestic travel related case.-A male in Duval County.-A 65-year old female from New York has tested positive for COVID-19 in Alachua County. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing.-A 76-year old male in Collier County.-A 28-year old male in Collier County.Early Saturday, three more cases of coronavirus in Palm Beach County were positively confirmed, among 25 new ones in the state, the Florida Department of Health announced just after midnight Saturday.The Florida Department of Health announced early Saturday the third death was a 68-year-old Orange County, Florida, woman who died in California. She tested positive in California after traveling to Asia.The Florida Department of Health recommends all individuals experiencing symptoms, who have recently traveled through Port Everglades, to immediately contact their County Health Department or health care provider and self-isolate for 14 Days.This is a developing story.last_img read more