The greatest hookers of all time: Peter Wheeler

first_imgHaving made his first-team bow in 1969, Wheeler finished on 349 appearances for Tigers. His ability was not consigned to domestic duty, though – far from it.By the time he met France on his Test debut in 1975, Wheeler had toured the Far East with England and been on standby for the 1974 Lions trip to South Africa. Peter Wheeler of England Major teams: Leicester 



Country: England
Test span: 1975-84
England caps: 48 (48 starts)

Lions caps: 7 (7 starts)
Test points: 0Adopting the role of chief executive at Leicester Tigers in January 1996 and moving to a director position 14 years later, Peter Wheeler is known to the current generation as an administrative heavyweight of European rugby.Since the advent of professionalism, he has helped uphold the traditions of a hugely proud club while maintaining a steady stream of silverware. For slightly older aficionados though, his on-field prowess and lengthy list of honours were even more impressive.The extracurricular activity around the pitch truly set him apart. Captaining Leicester to three consecutive John Player Cups between 1979 and 1981, he was integral to an innovative, expansive style of play.“We didn’t have the biggest pack of forwards at the time,” he would say on reflection two decades later. “But we were playing an open, attacking style of rugby that inspired people. We scored a lot of tries from all over the place.’ TAGS: The Greatest Players Peter Wheeler was tough and technically proficient. The England hooker was rarely bettered in the tight exchanges LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Some outstanding form for his country – he took four strikes against the head in a 23-6 defeat of Australia in 1976 – earned him a spot in the 1977 Lions squad and the then 28-year-old usurped Welshman Bobby Windsor to face the All Blacks three times.Only poor back play prevented the Lions taking the series and Wheeler was the heartbeat of Bill Beaumont’s dominant pack three years later in South Africa, when a 17-13 victory at Loftus Versfeld allowed the tourists to end the season on a high.last_img read more

Leap of faith: A young girl’s mission trip to Nepal

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter P Shakya Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! September 10, 2018 at 11:10 am Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Alisha Ashford is a graduate of Lake Mary High School and spent a year in Spain through a student exchange program. She is currently a journalism major at Seminole State College. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this. Reply TAGSAlisha AshfordMillennials Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext articleLet’s Talk About It: Long drive champion donates winnings to scholarships Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Through her eyes: A millennial girl takes on Central FloridaBy Alisha AshfordDuring the summer break months, some students take the opportunity as school is out to travel to another country on a mission trip to help others in need. A couple of months ago, a good friend of mine named Toni Williams returned from a mission trip to Kathmandu, Nepal. Her story deeply inspired me to act when I see a need in the world and follow what I’m passionate about even though I’m young.Toni is a 19-year-old who studies at Seminole State College and devotes most of her free time to serving at Lake Mary Church. Lake Mary Church is affiliated with Every Nation Family of Churches, a global organization that helps provide her and many others with an outlet to reach others through mission trips all around the world. Even as a teenager, she has already discovered her desire to become a missionary, stating, “I care about the justice of those who have been treated unjustly. As a follower of Jesus, I want to serve those in need.”When her church presented her with a list of countries she could choose to travel to, she initially decided on Mexico and Australia. However, due to a feeling of uneasiness about her choice she decided to readdress her selection. Soon after, she stumbled upon a documentary about human trafficking which revealed the grave suffering that countless women face in nearly every part of the world. Seeing just a glimpse of what so many people must endure, especially in countries like Nepal, placed a desire in her to do whatever she can to reach their need in any way possible. After seeking advice, doing research on Kathmandu, and praying about her decision, Toni was affirmed to go to Nepal.It was not an easy choice for her to make. Most of the other students at her church going on a mission trip that summer were going to Mexico or Australia. Toni would be the only one representing her home church on the trip to Nepal. In addition to embarking on this journey with people that were virtually strangers, she would be in a place where it is illegal to introduce others to Christianity intentionally.Because Nepal adopted a new constitution in 2007 called The Interim Constitution, they now have the freedom to practice any religion they choose. For that reason, approximately 1.4% of the population of Nepal’s once “Hindu kingdom” proclaim to be Christian. Along with a growing Christian population, many Nepalis in the lower regions of Nepal are converting to Islam.While Nepali people are protected under the law to subscribe to any religion, those who wish to evangelize, or convert the religion of another are in danger of facing punishment. In 2017, the government of Nepal put legislation into place which dictates that no one should be involved in the conversion of religion. The price of breaking this law is five years in prison and in some cases, deportation. It would present her with a higher level of danger than some other countries considering one of the purposes of her trip was to evangelize. But these circumstances didn’t stop her from taking the leap of faith.Upon arrival in Kathmandu, she was presented with culture and struggle completely different from one she had ever seen before. In Nepal, a lot of people in rural areas live in poverty and lack necessities like a safe house to live in, basic transportation, and healthcare. Many girls face high exposure to human trafficking, are abused by their own families, and in some cases are forced to work in the circus with no regulations whatsoever. Because females typically don’t earn money, they can be looked at with little value by their families.It is not to say that Nepal hasn’t made some great and impactful strides towards the equality of women. For about a century now, Nepal has shown efforts towards creating an equal space for women economically and in the political arena as they elected their first female president back in 2015. Their representation of women in the government is increasing greatly, and they are showing more enthusiasm toward gender equality.However, the lives of everyday women are still deeply affected by gender discrimination. The issues stem less from constitutional inequities, and more from deep-rooted cultural issues within family and social structures. Many women in rural areas are still considered second-class citizens.Toni disclosed one case of a young girl that whenever was “injured or sick, the family didn’t care, but if her brother was injured they would rush him to the hospital because boys have value—they are the ones who make income.” She goes on to explain that even after being rescued and put in a safe house, if there was not enough food, her brother was fed, but she wasn’t.At the hotel in Nepal where Toni stayed, she met a girl who planned to move closer to India after being offered a job as a nanny. Toni and her team began to talk to her, and they quickly realized that the girl might have been in more danger than she first appeared. “When we found out the way she was offered the job, we realized it was a set up for human trafficking. So, we convinced her to keep her job there and stay safe that way she wouldn’t be a victim of trafficking.”Encounters like that are not common for anyone, especially such a young person to experience. Toni’s trip to Nepal is not the last of her work abroad. In fact, this is only the beginning. She carries a new perspective with her about less-privileged countries. Even though the people of Nepal do not consider themselves to lack much as it is all they know, “they are very poor in the eyes of an American,” with everything in America being “so easily accessible it’s easy to forget that we’re so blessed.”Toni plans to make an impact in nations all around the world, serving others with every chance she gets going forward. Her impact though, reaches beyond the country of Nepal, even to others around her in central Florida, such as myself. Her courage to do good even amid dark circumstances reminds me that there is no better day than today to extend help and love to others—even when it requires a hard sacrifice. 1 COMMENTlast_img read more

Animal cruelty: Who’s in charge?

first_imgPrint Nobody, claims southside residentJUST who is taking responsibility for animal cruelty and neglect?An immediate answer is demanded from a southside woman who came to the aid of a stricken horse, and whose pleas for help to relevant organisations went ignored.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is shocking, she told the Limerick Post, that Limerick is without a full-time animal inspector.“There is nobody to turn to. In my case Gardai, County Council and CIE were unable to assist.A horse was trapped on railway tracks, off the Ballykeeffe Boreen.Barbed wire restricted the distressed animal’s return to the nearby field.Said the woman: “I contacted the LSPCA and was told that there was no inspector and that there was nothing that they could do as the horse was on private land.“I then got on to Animal Welfare and they contacted the county council, who claimed it was nothing to do with them.“I was told CIE would have to give permission to remove the horse. The gardaí said they couldn’t do anything.“I went down to the horse every day with hay and water and my heart was breaking for it. It was freezing, and the horse was scared and couldn’t get back into the field”.Thankfully, she added, the horse returned to the field after nearly a week.All animals, she emphasised, were now at risk, given the cold spell.The absence of a full time animal inspector, she says, has to be addressed.Meanwhile, another person complained about the plight of several horses near Groody.Marion Fitzgibbon, Limerick Animal Welfare, explained that the laws regarding wandering horses were long outdated.“There is no sensible law. The existing one, which makes it illegal for us to go onto private land to retrieve a horse, is in existence since 1911”.“In the case referred to, the County Council told the horse pound not to take it as they would have to pay.“If CIE were to call the horse pound, they would have had to pay them.“We would have brought him to the sanctuary in Kilfinane, though we are already full to capacity there, and the horse shelter in Mountshannon has 85”.She explained that LAW could only intervene if the animal was in extremely bad condition.Inspector co-ordinator of the LSPCA, Geraldine Nardone, said that there was no funding for a full- time inspector.“There is an inspector working two days a week.“We try to build up enough calls for her to work those days. It is not an emergency service and she is not on-call”.Ms. Nardone said that to contact the inspector concerned, individuals would need to call the office or leave a message outside office hours.“The gardaí are the only ones who can deal with an emergency, and we have no power to seize animals”. WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Twittercenter_img NewsLocal NewsAnimal cruelty: Who’s in charge?By admin – December 2, 2010 604 Email Advertisement Previous articleMcGovern’s to cease trading after 50 yearsNext articleNiall Colgan Hairdressing looking forward to their second Christmas adminlast_img read more

Shkodran Mustafi reveals how Mesut Ozil has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal regime

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 May 2020 9:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Shkodran Mustafi reveals how Mesut Ozil has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal regime Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi has dubbed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta a ‘little professor’ (Picture: Getty)‘When I pass I am usually only focused on where to be if we lose the ball but he wants me to contribute offensively too. So we constantly need to make an option for the player on the ball.“When you are 28 and you play in different countries with other coaches you think you know everything but then he came in and there are things I’ve never known before.‘Sometimes we don’t realise what a difficult job it is. From 25 players maybe 20 agree with the coach and five still think we should play different. Since Mikel has come in he has 25 players on board and this is not easy to achieve.‘Everyone understands and everything he says makes sense. There is nothing we can complain about. Everyone has benefited, even Mesut.’MORE: Thierry Henry reveals why he was ’embarrassed’ after scoring hat-trick for ArsenalMORE: Robin van Persie reveals who convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him for ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mesut Ozil has been revitalised at Arsenal following the appointment of Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)The Arsenal squad has been so taken with Mikel Arteta that even Mesut Ozil has benefited, according to Shkodran Mustafi.The former Gunners skipper was appointed as Unai Emery’s permanent replacement in December after serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City for three-and-a-half years. While Arsenal’s league position has improved only marginally, Arteta has overseen a dramatic improvement in the team’s performances, while his man management skills have helped reserect the careers of expensive misfits like Mustafi and Granit Xhaka.Ozil, too, who fell out with Emery, has been welcomed back into the fold by his former teammate, dubbed ‘Little Professor’ by Mustafi. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s a little like a professor,’ Mustafi told Sky Sports News. ‘He knows exactly where he wants the players to be when on the ball and how to react when losing the ball. It’s very special. Advertisementlast_img read more

Clarke calls for Baggies graft

first_img West Brom’s next two matches are against Cardiff and at home to Hull and Clarke has told his players they need to roll up their sleeves in order to get their season back on track. “There is no other way,” he said. “It’s been a difficult week for us. Three defeats in a week is sore, it’s painful, it’s hard to take but next week we have to go to Cardiff, we have to be resilient and we have to start getting points on the board. “There is no easy solution. “This was two teams who had not been getting the best results recently, feeling each other out. From nowhere they got that first goal, it gave them something to hang on to and set us back a bit.” That first Norwich goal came courtesy of a superb finish from Gary Hooper, who raced away from Diego Lugano – the Uruguayan defender’s hesitant performance will surely have caught England manager Roy Hodgson’s eye – onto a Leroy Fer pass to smash an unstoppable drive beyond Boaz Myhill. It was the former Celtic striker’s third Premier League goal, and his fifth in total, and manager Chris Hughton believes the 25-year-old is starting to find his best form after an injury-hit start to life at Carrow Road. “He is now physically fit,” he said. “As a striker, to get injured one week before the start of the season when you have just arrived makes it very difficult. But Gary is one who if we provide him with chances will score goals. “His CV shows he is someone who is a very good finisher but of course you have to have opportunities so we have to give him a service that will allow him to do that.” A clean sheet was also more than welcome for the Canaries, who shipped five goals to a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool in midweek, and were handed a seven-goal drubbing by Manchester City at the start of November. Hughton hopes his side can now find some consistency at the back. He said: “It’s a balancing act, we have brought in a few new players. During our best period last season we had a very consistent back four and midfield four. “But we found it tough from Christmas onwards. It’s something we have to work on but there is a balance between being a good team defensively and having what it takes to win games.” The Baggies’ 2-0 home defeat to Norwich was their third in succession after previous losses to Newcastle and Manchester City, although Albion had more than enough chances to take at least a point against the Canaries. It also extended a longer sequence of just one win from their last nine Premier League games and leaves them only two points above the relegation zone. Steve Clarke has told his West Brom side there will be no substitute for hard work as they look to turn around a “painful” run of results. Press Associationlast_img read more