Rugby’s Greatest: Gareth Edwards

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players A man apart: Gareth Edwards in action for the Lions in 1974, when he was arguably at his peak (Getty) Knighted in 2015, Sir Gareth has so far set standards that no one else can reach.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img Major teams: Cardiff Country: WalesTest span: 1967-78Wales caps: 53 (53 starts)Lions caps: 10 (10 starts)Test points: 91 (20T, 2C, 1P, 4DG)Rugby’s Greatest: Gareth EdwardsGareth Edwards wanted to be a centre, like his hero Bleddyn Williams. But at 5ft 3in and 8st 5lb, he was taken off during a district U15 trial to prevent him being hurt. He was too small.PE teacher Bill Samuel persuaded Edwards that scrum-half would suit him better, and for that intervention rugby will forever be in his debt. Samuel also showed admirable determination in securing Edwards a sports scholarship to Millfield when the youngster was set to become a soccer professional at Swansea City.Edwards became one of the undisputed sporting greats, not just a rugby legend. He played for Wales at 19, captained them at 20, and won 53 consecutive caps during a decade of dazzling brilliance. Only four men have played more Tests for the Lions.The teenage Edwards developed into a sensational athlete. His school had only one hurdle yet he became Welsh Schools champion in both hurdling and long jump. Back in Africa: sharing a joke with Gerald Davies during a coaching festival in Durban in 2009 (Getty)The best players not only possess extraordinary talent but the drive to make it count. Edwards spent hours perfecting his pass, using a sand-filled ball to develop distance and passing through a swinging tyre to hone his reflexes.Some of the game’s greatest moments have Edwards at their core, such as the 1973 try he scored for the Barbarians or the 12-second solo try against Scotland in the mud that highlighted his speed, power, physical skill and mental courage.He played every Test of the victorious Lions tours of 1971 and 1974. It’s often forgotten that the latter tourists, celebrated as invincibles, were seconds away from losing to Orange Free State when Edwards conjured the winning try with a magical overhead pass to JJ Williams.Numerous rugby luminaries don’t hesitate to name Edwards as the greatest ever. One such is Will Carling, who wrote: “He was outstanding at running, passing, kicking and reading the game. He played in the 1970s but if he played now he would still be the best.”last_img read more

Weber State Football Enters Into Series Against Northern Iowa

first_imgApril 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Enters Into Series Against Northern Iowa Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah ( Wednesday, Weber State football announced it has entered into a home and home series with traditional FCS power Northern Iowa for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.The Wildcats and the Panthers, who represent the Missouri Valley Football Conference, will meet at Stewart Stadium September 18, 2019. The Wildcats will return the favor September 19, 2020, when they visit the UNI-Dome at Cedar Falls, Iowa.This announcement completes the 2019 schedule for Weber State as they will open at FBS foe San Diego State to start that season and then return home to face Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.With the Panthers agreeing to come to Ogden in 2019, this gives the Wildcats six home games for the first time since 2008. Additionally, this also gives the Wildcats six home games against fellow Division I foes for the first time since 2006.Other home games than Northern Iowa and Cal Poly-SLO that season include dates with Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, North Dakota and Idaho State.Weber State director of athletics Jerry Bovee calls this home slate “as competitive a home schedule that we have put together in my time as athletic director” (Bovee became the athletic director in 2009).Northern Iowa has made the FCS playoffs three of the last four seasons and has a rich football heritage as Pro Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Kurt Warner is among their football alumni.Weber State head football coach Jay Hill was also excited by this, saying “it’s important to play quality opponents like Northern Iowa.”The Wildcats and Panthers have met three times in the past, with the teams last meeting in 1991 at Cedar Falls in the first round of the Division I-AA (the former name of FCS) playoffs.The Panthers will be making their first visit to Ogden since September 1978. Tags: Big Sky/FCS/I-AA/Jay Hill/Jerry Bovee/Kurt Warner/Missouri Valley/Northern Iowa/Weber State Brad Jameslast_img read more

Mandate roundup: Towers Watson, LGIM, Merchant Navy Officers

first_imgThe master trust market is coming under increased scrutiny due to the funds’ perceived importance to the success of auto-enrolment in the UK. The chief executive of the Pensions Regulator, Lesley Titcomb, has indicated that the currently voluntary master trust assessment framework could be made mandatory. In other news, Ensign Pensions is to terminate its contract providing trustee support to the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund (MNRPF).Ensign said it would stop working with the MNRPF by the end of March next year over concerns its continued employment risked a conflict of interest over its work with the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF).In a statement, it said: “As the MNRPF moves into a new stage in its journey with a strong emphasis on the collection of deficit contributions, Ensign Pensions is very aware of the potential for conflicts of interest where it is already responsible for the collection of deficit contributions from many of the same employers on behalf of the MNOPF.”Andrew Waring, the MNOPF and Ensign’s chief executive, added: “Ensign Pensions has worked hard on the delivery of services to the MNRPF Trustee, seeking to place the best interests of the client at the heart of our work and approach.“The decision to withdraw from the provision of service is not one we have taken lightly, but we feel it is the correct decision to avoid any future conflict concerns.” Towers Watson has hired Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) to provide the investment funds for its UK master trust.LifeSight, the consultancy’s defined contribution (DC) fund, aims to gain a “significant” share of the master trust market over the coming years, Towers Watson said.Fiona Matthews, managing director at LifeSight, commented on the appointment.“Part of our overall vision,” she said, “is to provide members with great value investment options that can deliver superior risk-adjusted returns.”last_img read more

Ali Jarrah names top 3 goalkeepers he loves to watch

first_imgGhana and Hearts of Oak goalkeeping great, coaching Ali Jarrah has named the top three goalkeepers he loves to watch at the moment.Jarrah became a hero in 1993 when helped the Ghana U-17 team to the finals of the FIFA U-17 world cup where they lost to Nigeria.In a personality interview on the Tracker on Citi, the 1991 Italy U-17 World Cup winner mentioned Lord Martey of Elmina Sharks, Kwame Baah of Asante Kotoko, and Tottenham Hotspurs captain, Hugo Lloris.“I’ll pick Paa Kwesi Nduom’s goalkeeper [Lord Martey Bawa], who’s performing very very well. The second is Kwame Baah. Overshadowing Felix Annan shows how wonderful he is. Then I think the Tottenham goalkeeper, the France guy [Hugo Lloris]”, he summed up his list.Ali Jarrah has been a household name in the local football scene despite his short goalkeeping career caused by career-ending back problem.The injury denied him the opportunity to have signed for clubs like Liverpool, FC Koln in Germany, and a host of other clubs in Africa.Jarah now runs an academy where he trains goalkeepers for free. Some of his products are Muntari Tagoe, Sammy Adjei, and others.last_img read more