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Lions watch: Movers and shakers for Australia 2013

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 17: England captain Chris Robshaw speaks to his players during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 8. Jamie Heaslip –Another back rower with leadership qualities, Heaslip is comfortable with the ball and was born to take a tap-and-pass. He would be a dependable and popular selection.Okay, there’s still plenty of rugby to be played, who would you pick if you were in Warren Gatland’s shoes? Cheers!: But will Warren Gatland be drowning his sorrows, or raising a pint celebration after the Lions Tests?By Alan DymockHANGING-OFF cliff faces, dodging bullets and zip-wiring down air vents may seem like a Mission Impossible, but even Ethan Hunt would think twice about taking on Warren Gatland’s Lions coaching job at present after two weekends of chastening Test rugby for the Northern Hemisphere.If there was a Lions’ selection process underway right now, there would be few ‘bankers’ available to Gatland and his staff, but that’s not to say over the next six months certainties for the plane will emerge. There is a team of Wallaby-beaters among the Home Nations, the tough bit for Gatland is finding it. Still onwards, it will get better. No, scratch that, it must get better.So here goes, my Lions XV on current form…15. Leigh Halfpenny – Wales’ Mr Consistency in an inconsistent side, Halfpenny has kicked and run himself into the ground for the cause. The Cardiff Blues full-back offers a running threat, as well as being a genuine Test class, 80% kicker.14. Charlie Sharples – Okay, so he’s just been harshly dropped but the Gloucester wing has impressed with his work rate, sickeningly swift set of hooves and nose for the try-line. There’s more to come from the Gloucester flyer.13. Fergus McFadden – Of late, we’ve only seen the Leinster man on the wing, however, he is a 13 to his bootlaces and can burrow with the best of them. He was one of the stand-out performers against a limited Fiji side. 12. Manu Tuilagi –We all know what Tuilagi offers. Crash, bang and wallop before gluing a celebratory ‘L’ to his forehead every time he scores. At 21, he’s still raw and his distribution skills have been questioned. He may even be shunted onto the wing to further his education, but such go-forward cannot be ignored. 11. Tim Visser – You simply cannot see past the Flying, er, Scotsman who scored a brace against the All Blacks. He is Scotland’s sharpest weapon and fast making a name for himself on the international stage as a player of genuine class.Flyer: Visser has shone in a Scottish jersey10. Jonny Sexton –Toby Flood and his drop-handle moustache may feel a little hard done by here, but Sexton is in the box seat by virtue of being the most consistent option available. He will set his jaw and just get on with it. And if the boot fails, you’ve always got Halfpenny as back up. 9. Danny Care – Pocket-sized he may be, but he isn’t exactly facing a goliath in the peerless Will Genia. Care brings quick service and zip around the base of the scrum. He’s also not lacking in confidence, which is no bad thing against the Aussies.1. Cian Healy – He certainly looks the part, all brimstone and fire and is improving rapidly as a scrummager. He has overtaken an out-of-sorts Gethin Jenkins who is suffering from a lack of game-time with Toulon. 2. Sean Cronin – With Rory Best and Dylan Hartley crocked, let’s pencil in Sean Cronin to throw the arrows. Why? Because he is dynamic and his set-piece is sturdier than Ross Ford’s. 3. Dan Cole – Doesn’t seem much of an argument here. Can Adam Jones come back from his latest injury to challenge? Cole is Mr Dependable and probably the most important person in the starting line-up. 4. Richie Gray – Scotland’s only genuine world-class player, Gray has the engine of a Panzer tank and the roof of a Miami nightclub. However, he did knock himself out trying to carry Scotland against South Africa. To be treated with extreme care over the next six months. 5. Mike McCarthy –This McCarthy trial seems to have gone pretty well. He hits like a coffee enema and is just as refreshing for an Ireland team that seems to routinely offer 10-year contracts for its locks. A breath of fresh-air in a stilted Irish pack.Key man: Robshaw leads from the front 6. Chris Robshaw – Is he a six? Is he a seven? Is he a ‘fetcher’? Well, he may not be the full package for any of the above, but he has a prodigious work rate and innate leadership skills that make players think they can perform beyond their ability. A rare quality. 7. Sam Warburton – Another leader, and a destructive physical force able to cope with David Pocock at the breakdown. Yes, his form may have dipped from its World Cup plateau, but you’d be foolish forget his virtues. Expect him to be purring come Lions time.last_img read more

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PREMIUMClimate change already affecting food production, expert warns

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account food food-supply food-production agriculture climate-change crop farmers farming DPR Indonesia LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Agricultural experts have called on the government to introduce programs in response to climate change, which has begun to affect food production in parts of the country.Bustanul Arifin, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Lampung (Unila), said on Tuesday that the government should, for example, establish a mitigation or adaptation plan with concrete measures to minimize the impacts of climate change.The senior economist said rising temperatures caused by climate change made plants like rice and wheat ripen faster and dry quicker, resulting in a fall in production. With an effective mitigation and adaption plan, the impact of changing weather patterns on farming could be minimized, Bustanul said.He warned that Indonesia could suffer food scarcity if the government failed to address the impact of climate change.Read also: Awaiting a morsel of hope, 2… Forgot Password ? Facebook Topics :last_img read more

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Leinster edge past Glasgow

first_img Mark Bennett’s 75th-minute try got the Warriors back within two points of the hosts, but Stuart Hogg missed the difficult right-sided conversion as Leinster hung on to reach their fourth successive league final. The result sets up an all-Irish decider between Leinster and Ulster at the RDS on Saturday, May 25, in what will be Joe Schmidt’s final match in charge before he takes on the Ireland head coach role. Press Association Schmidt’s charges will not have long to get over their bruising clash with Glasgow, as they take on Stade Francais at the same venue in next Friday’s Amlin Challenge Cup final. The province’s enviable record in knockout fare – this was their seventh straight semi-final win in all competitions – helped them overcome a Glasgow side that has been consistently knocking on the door in recent seasons. Their free-flowing approach under Gregor Townsend was evident in the first half as Niko Matawalu’s opportunist try helped them go 10-3 in front. But a try from man-of-the-match Jamie Heaslip and two Jonathan Sexton penalties, the second after Matawalu was yellow carded, edged Leinster in front for half-time. Although two more Sexton penalties put Schmidt’s side 17-10 ahead, they never looked comfortable and Bennett’s score made for a frantic finale which just went Leinster’s way. center_img Leinster’s double dreams are still alive after they came through a gripping RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final against Glasgow Warriors with a 17-15 win at the RDS.last_img read more

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