first_imgSchmidt: ‘Nothing mitigates losing the way we did. It’s an unacceptable result’ The Ireland head coach hopes a number of changes in personnel will help his team bounce back this weekend. Short URL https://the42.ie/4784103 Aug 27th 2019, 3:52 PM JOE SCHMIDT DOESN’T usually present himself in front of the media this early in the week, but then again, the brutal and sobering evisceration suffered at the hands of England was a result and performance completely out of the ordinary. The Ireland head coach normally entrusts his coaching team to deliver the first message of match week in Carton House, but Schmidt, in breaking from the norm and appearing for this afternoon’s press conference, stepped up and took responsibility. Schmidt speaking at Carton House today. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAs he always does, Schmidt spoke very well at the top table, answering a wide range of questions and offering an honest and blunt assessment of the shortcomings that contributed to Ireland missing 37 tackles, conceding eight tries and leaking 57 points in London. “It’s an unacceptable result for us,” Schmidt began. “It was a performance beneath where we’d like to be. It’s a performance beneath where we need to be. The whole group are very, very conscious that we have a short period of time to make sure we accelerate what is part of our progression.“We did try and have a very rigorous pre-season and the pre-season really ran up until the Portugal camp. We tried to taper a little bit towards the end of the week but, really, we looked flat, we looked slow. We were inaccurate and didn’t adjust when we could see where we were getting trouble.”With many of Ireland’s front-liners making their first appearance of pre-season, Ireland were completely off the pace, in terms of physicality, fitness and cohesion, against Eddie Jones’ side, while the complete malfunction of the lineout was perhaps the most disconcerting element of it all.As England produced a performance brimming with confidence, conviction and swagger to enhance their World Cup credentials, here was a worrying and serious wake-up call for Ireland just three weeks out from their campaign opener against Scotland on 22 September.“We’ve got a count of 37 missed tackles,” Schmidt lamented. “For us to be below 80% in a tackle count when we’re looking for 90%+, we know we can’t afford to offer a team the size, the skill and experience of England that amount of latitude. And we gave them way too much latitude.”The Kiwi was not prepared to find excuses for his players, although the head coach was quick to point to the fact that these warm-up games can often throw up ‘bizarre results’ as teams work their way through different stages of pre-season.“Nothing mitigates losing the way we did,” he stressed. “We’re not going to make excuses for that because we know where we are in our progression and we’ve tried to periodise our lead-in to the World Cup.“And I do think at this time of the cycle every four years, you get some pretty, I wouldn’t say bizarre results, but you get some imbalanced results. Because different teams are at different stages. One of the advantages for England is they’ve had good clarity. They’ve named their 31 and know where they’re at. It’s their third game and for most of our guys who played on Saturday, it’s their first game.“I’m determined to stay realistic in comparison to our opponents, but where we have to be this weekend is a different story and where we have to be the weekend after is another different story. The Ireland team during Tuesday’s session. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO“We need to see how much more competitive we can be in the space of a week. And there will be a number of changes for this coming weekend.”After similarly chastening reversals to England and Wales during the Six Nations, Saturday’s showing only adds to the concern surrounding Ireland, and the form of key players, as the World Cup draws ever closer.But Schmidt, having shaped and moulded and built his team over the four-year cycle, is not prepared to press the panic button just yet, and he hopes a number of changes in personnel this weekend can yield the desired effect against Wales in Cardiff [KO 2.30pm, Channel 4].By referring to New Zealand’s ability to bounce back in the space of a week against Australia in the recent Rugby Championship, Schmidt is confident Saturday was an aberration and nothing more terminal for this Ireland side. Share1 Tweet Email Sunday will be a day of sitting down and making sure we can get the selection as well-balanced as we can make it to get the right people to springboard into that final game against Wales and then onto the World Cup.Schmidt will finalise his 31-man squad for Japan after Saturday’s third warm-up game at the Millennium Stadium, but it won’t be announced to the public until after the return fixture against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on 7 September.Connacht’s Jack Carty is in line for a first Test start at out-half, while the likes of James Ryan and Jack Conan could be set for their first appearances of the summer, although Johnny Sexton’s involvement may be limited to a bench role.On the outside noise surrounding Rory Best’s position as captain after a poor performance from the Ulster captain at the weekend, Schmidt insisted there was ‘no internal noise of that nature.’“There are guys who are going to get an opportunity this weekend and if they perform better than any player who played last weekend then there is always a contest and you have got to keep that contest live,” he added. “We have seen that in other teams.“We saw an All Black team that was beaten 47-26 come out and win 36-0 with a number of changes, where established players were left out and new, fresh players came in and put them under pressure. So players will be conscious of that.” The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: “To throw everything out would be a mistake,” he says. “There were a couple of aspects that weren’t too bad. I felt we found a little bit of space in behind them a few times, there were a couple of glimpses of some pretty good structure and getting over the advantage line. And some pretty good defence a few times. “We are still in what we would determine as a building phase. A clarification phase for selection and once this weekend is over, effectively selections are done. Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 3:52 PM 20,559 Views Follow us: the42.ie 42 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ryan Baileylast_img

Related Posts

first_imgSadiq Khan, a center-left member of Britain’s Labor Party and a first-generation son of immigrants from Pakistan, has been elected mayor of London, becoming the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital. Khan comes from a working-class family; his father was a bus driver for 25 years and his mother was a seamstress.The 45-year-old politician is among the 2.7 million British residents classified as “nonwhite British.” Soon after receiving his law degree he worked with progressive legal groups as a human rights attorney. Most of his cases challenged discrimination, police repression, and brutality against people of East Indian and West Indian origin.Sadiq Khan ran against Zac Goldsmith of the British Conservative Party (Tories), who is a son of the billionaire financial tycoon James Goldsmith. Zac Goldsmith inherited $350 million from his father’s estate. Goldsmith and the Conservative Party implemented and ran a racist and anti-Islamic campaign against Khan, attempting to link him to radical Muslim extremists.These attacks encouraged the fascist British National Party, as well as the “Britain First Movement,” to whip up more racism as well as outright intimidation and physical attacks against Muslims. Some 816 Islamophobic incidents were reported to have been committed by white males in London between July of 2014 and July of 2015. The “vast and overwhelming majority” were attacks against women and children between the ages of 14 and 45, who were singled out for wearing traditional Muslim clothing, including the hijab worn by Muslim women. (AFP, May 7)In reality, Khan is a moderate left-of-center social democrat in the Labor Party. It’s true he supported Jeremy Corbyn, who has real credentials for left positions against imperialist wars and against the occupation of Palestine, in Corbyn’s successful bid to become leader of the Labor Party last September. Khan has since distanced himself from Corbyn.Khan’s 80-page “Manifesto for All Londoners” calls for a freeze on transportation fares, which earned him the support of the transport union (TSSA). He also promises to build 50,000 more rental units in an overcrowded and high-priced housing market. On the flip side, he has not been supportive of the oppressed Palestinian people or the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the racist apartheid state of Israel, nor is he very critical of Western intervention in Syria.Conservative attempt to defeat Khan backfiresOn April 30, Khan soundly defeated Goldsmith and his racism, winning over 1.3 million votes to Goldsmith’s 1.0 million. No sooner had Goldsmith lost, shattering the eight-year reign of Tory control over London, than the Conservative Party was scrambling for damage control. The Tories started blaming Goldsmith as an individual for their election debacle in a campaign that was drowning in fear-mongering, racism and Islamophobia.This is similar to what the establishment Republican Party in the U.S. does. It heaps hypocritical scorn and ridicule on Donald Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant extremism, even though the Republicans have peddled the same reactionary ideas for decades.Conservatives couldn’t wait to do mea culpa on the British communication networks. According to the May 7 edition of Politico, Conservative Deputy Mayor Roger Evans said that “attempts to link Khan to extremists had been foolish and would need quite a lot of work to repair.”Goldsmith himself even came up with the charge — spread by his campaign leaflets and intended to foster inter-religious tension between Muslims and Hindus — that Khan would target the Hindu Indian community with a host of taxes on their businesses.With the imperialist powers oppressing, superexploiting and creating misery in most of the former colonies, migrations of millions of people to the imperialist centers are inevitable. It is often the only way for them to survive.As the crisis of world capitalism deepens, as it has sharply since 2008, the ruling classes in the imperialist countries often incite racism with anti-immigrant legislation proposals. They promote vile, anti-foreign propaganda aimed at getting the working class to blame immigrants for the crisis.Their goal is to create an anti-foreign frenzy that will keep the working class divided and confused. Revolutionary parties must fight against racism and anti-immigrant discrimination which is most often directed against people of color, who are the most exploited.The election of Sadiq Khan has much broader implications than simply a positive judgment on his personality or on the election itself. It is a strong sign that the most vile racism and xenophobia has been rejected by a majority in the British capital. Let it be a step toward building working-class unity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

first_img Retiring Farm Bureau Director Turns to Soybean Board Previous articleSpecialist Recommends Weed Control Before Planting Winter WheatNext articleGrowth Energy Joins Fuels America Coalition Andy Eubank Home News Feed Retiring Farm Bureau Director Turns to Soybean Board SHARE This week the Indiana Soybean Alliance announced the names of 3 Hoosier soybean farmers newly elected to the board of directors. They join other re-elected directors who begin the new term in December. Josh Kirkpatrick of Fountain County is a new District 3 director, and David Rodibaugh and Kendell Culp, both from Jasper County, will represent District 1.Culp was recently honored for his 12 years as a director for Indiana Farm Bureau. He’ll tenure off the board in December. Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock ((pictured with AFBF President Bob Stallman) makes it clear ISA is getting an active board member.“His district meetings are some of the best we have in the state,” Villwock told HAT. “He’s had some outstanding speakers throughout the years that attend those meetings. He’s very good at making sure everyone attends functions to get out a good crowd and make sure people are doing their responsibility, whether that’s interviewing candidates for officer, leadership development, young farmers, and I’d really say he’s developed a tremendous system her in District 3. So about every box can be checked as positive that Kendall’s got accomplished in his term, and we’re very proud of him.”Villwock calls Culp a great servant leader who “gets involved in counties. He surfaces new leaders. He’s been director for 12 years with distinction. He’s also very passionately involved with politics. The politics of agriculture is his thrust that he wants to make sure in the statehouse the people understand what our needs are in agriculture, and he works hard to get those folks elected.”Is politics in his future? Kendall Culp says now, other than the new soybean position, it’s all about the farm.“Actually my son’s coming back home to farm and I need to be at home and get him mentored and kind of get that started, so I need to take care of home first and the family. But sure I’m always looking for opportunities. Farm Bureau has been very good to me and for me and maybe there will be other opportunities with Farm Bureau, or maybe it will be somewhere else, but public policy has always been an interest to me.”He is already involved in local government. Culp is currently a Jasper County Commissioner.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/09/Kendall-Culp-moves-from-Farm-Bureau-to-Soybean.mp3|titles=Kendall Culp moves from Farm Bureau to Soybean]Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/09/Kendall-Culp-moves-from-Farm-Bureau-to-Soybean.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Sep 26, 2012 last_img

first_img News Organisation to go further Shakori and seven of his employees – who were given 11-year prison sentences – were convicted of anti-government propaganda, publishing indecent content and inciting immorality. They have appealed. Aparat was created as an Iranian alternative to YouTube, which continues to be inaccessible in Iran. RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedWomenInternet After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists In 2009, Shakori was accused by activists and former political prisoners of collaborating with the regime. In particular, they accused him of informing the authorities of the identity of Internet users who had posted information about the wave of protests they were organizing. Iran is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists October 28, 2020 Combined total of 128 years in prison for 10 Iranians with journalism links A Tehran revolutionary court sentenced Mohammad Javad Shakori, the head of the Iranian state video-sharing service Aparat, to 12 years in prison on 24 October for producing and disseminated a sex education documentary for young people that asked children if they knew “how they were born.” “We condemn these extremely harsh sentences imposed after unfair trials, which constitute violations of press freedom and free speech,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran-Afghanistan desk. “The charges are complete fabrications. In Iran, there is nothing independent about the justice system, which is manipulated by the Revolutionary Guards and intelligence ministry officials.” News According to Mazloom, who was arrested in July, her son has just been transferred to “Security Section 2a” of Tehran’s Evin prison, where he is in solitary confinement. RSF has previously condemned the Iranian judicial system’s persecution of Arabi, as well as its persecution of his mother and the families of other journalists. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedWomenInternet Follow the news on Iran Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the exceptionally severe prison sentences that have just been passed in Iran on eight employees of a state video-sharing service, a jailed photojournalist’s mother, and a citizen-journalist. Totalling 128 years in prison, these sentences represent a new crackdown on the freedom to inform, RSF says. June 9, 2021 Find out more Farangis Mazloom , the mother of Soheil Arabi, an imprisoned photojournalist who was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in the citizen-journalist category in 2017, was herself sentenced on appeal on 20 October to 18 months in prison on charges of “meeting and plotting against national security” and anti-government propaganda. Finally, the writer and citizen-journalist Payman Farhangian has been sentenced to 38 years in prison on charges of anti-government publicity and “creating a group of more than two people on [the messaging service] Signal in order to endanger national security.” His lawyer says he has appealed against the sentence. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts  Although he lives in Iran, Farhangian was tried in absentia because he was not notified in advance about his trial, which was held at the end of August. After being arrested at his home in Kia Shahr, iin the northern province of Gilan, in connection with Instagram posts in support of the worker’s movement, he had been released pending trial on payment of an exorbitant sum of money as bail February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *