I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The FTSE 100 has done well in the last three months. Since late October, shares of the leading British index have risen around 15%. Investors have bid shares of the index up as they anticipate better economic times ahead thanks to Covid-19 vaccines.While the FTSE 100 has done well, three stocks have done even better. Here’s more on three stocks that have absolutely crushed the Footsie since late October.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…NextNext (LSE: NXT) is a leading clothing retailer whose share price has surged over 25% in the last three months. Due to the rally, the Next share price is actually higher than pre-pandemic levels.I think one reason for the rally is stronger-than-expected financial results. According to an early January trading update, full-price sales before Christmas were slightly better than last year. That’s a lot better than management’s previous expectation that sales would be down 8%.Although many online users will revert to Next retail stores after the pandemic, I think many will continue to shop online. Online, I think Next will have more opportunities to create value in the future. It’s easier to target customers with ads/sales pitches online.While Next shares have surged, the company’s success depends a lot on the strength of the British and Irish economies. Next has many stores in those regions. If they don’t do as well as expected economically, Next might not do as well either.GlencoreFTSE 100 component Glencore (LSE: GLEN) is a commodity giant whose shares have surged over 50% over the last three months.Given that China’s economy, which consumes a lot of commodities, has quickly recovered from the pandemic, Glencore is looking more attractive to many investors. China’s GDP rose 6.5% in the fourth quarter and Glencore is widely regarded as a leader in the sector given its portfolio of long-life, large-scale, and low-cost commodity assets. The company makes economically sensitive commodities such as copper that could see more demand if the global economy picks up strength.In the long term, management believes the company is well positioned. According to the company, all decarbonisation pathways will need many of the commodities that Glencore produces. The commodities giant also benefits from the expected rise in the world’s population as it creates additional demand for metals and energy.Like many commodity companies, Glencore has risk if commodity prices decline or if management doesn’t execute as well as the market expects. HSBCFTSE 100 stock component HSBC (LSE:HSBA) has rallied over 30% in the last three months.The bank was previously a dividend investor favourite before regulators pressured management to suspend the dividend early last year. If HSBC pays a sizeable dividend again once the economy returns to normal, there is the possibility that it could find favour with many investors once again.Of the three stocks, I think HSBC is the one that has the most value. HSBC is trading well below book value, with a price-to-book ratio of 0.59. With the potential Biden stimulus and strong Chinese economy, I think there’s potential for even further rallies.Like other financial stocks, HSBC faces risk if growth isn’t as strong in Hong Kong and in other regions of the world as analysts predict. HSBC could also decline if investor sentiment weakens. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Jay Yao | Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 | More on: GLEN HSBA NXT 3 stocks that crushed the FTSE 100 in the last 3 months Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. 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“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild | Thursday, 4th March, 2021 | More on: BA ENT Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. FTSE 100 watch: 2 UK shares I’d buy before the ISA deadline Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The deadline to max out this year’s ISA allowance is rapidly approaching. UK share investors have just over a month to make the most of their £20,000 annual investment allowance before it’s lost forever.I’ve continued to invest in my Stocks and Shares ISA despite the uncertain economic outlook. And there are plenty more UK shares on my shopping list. Here are a couple from the FTSE 100 I’m considering buying before the April 5 deadline.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A great UK gaming shareThe threat of severe regulatory action is never far away for gambling operators. Indeed, the powers-that-be have been taking fresh action in recent weeks that threaten to damage profits at the likes of Entain (LSE: ENT).But I still think this UK share is an attractive buy because the online betting sector grows at an eye-popping rate. Recent financials from Entain showed online net gaming revenues leapt 27% in 2020. The FTSE 100 firm has restarted its acquisition programme to capitalise on this fast-growing industry too. It recently splashed the cash to enter the Portuguese market and its planned acquisition of Enlabs will give it a strong foothold in Baltic states too.City analysts believe that Entain’s earnings will edge 1% higher in 2021 before soaring 38% in 2022. A word of warning, though: this UK share trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 26 times. A high rating like this could cause its shares to sharply correct if trading conditions deteriorate.5%-plus dividend yieldsI’d happily add BAE Systems (LSE: BA) to my Stocks and Shares ISA too. Recent financials from the firm underline how strong the trading environment remains. The FTSE 100 engineer said that sales had risen 4% in 2020 to £20.9bn. Order intake meanwhile rose 13% year-on-year, also to £20.9bn. And it painted a bright picture looking ahead, noting that it expected “another year of top-line growth” in 2021 along with additional margin progression and good cash flow.I don’t think BAE Systems’ key Western customers will be cutting defence spending any time soon given the volatile geopolitical backcloth. Don’t forget that worldwide arms expenditure recently rose at its fastest pace for a decade.Right now, brokers reckon annual earnings at this UK defence share will rise 10% and 9% in 2021 and 2022 respectively.These bright estimates leave the FTSE 100 company trading on a low earnings multiple too. Today it carries a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12 times. In addition, they encourage the number crunchers to predict that BAE Systems will keep paying big dividends too. The yield for 2021 sits at 5.4% for this year and for next year it moves to 5.7%.But City forecasts are no guarantee of future performance, of course, and problems with the development and production of military hardware are nothing new and could hurt the investment case. And while I don’t see any defence cuts on the horizon, in past economic downturns, the amount countries spend on armaments has come under pressure as public purses have taken a whack. That could still come to pass, even though for the time being, defence spending on the whole looks like it will keep on rising. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Royston Wild
See all posts by James J. McCombie The Tiziana Life Sciences (LSE:TILS) share price is up 228% over 12 months. But, Tiziana stock is also down 38% from its July 2020 all-time high. Those numbers reflect the wild ride that Tiziana shareholders have been on in 2020 and into 2021. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Tiziana is a pharmaceutical company whose stated mission is to develop innovative drugs to treat Crohn’s disease, progressive multiple sclerosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. On 10 March 2020, Tiziana announced it was investigating a potential treatment for patients with Covid-19, and in April 2020, Tiziana filed a couple of patents for Covid-19 treatments. This seems to have been the catalyst for Tiziana’s stock price action from 2020 to 2021.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Covid-19 treatmentThe Tiziana share price fell from 265p to 75p in December 2020. Then it climbed to around 195p in mid-January, before falling back to around 100p now. I think that as public concern about the pandemic waned over the latter half of 2020, so did investor interest in Tiziana. When daily coronavirus infections started to rise in winter 2020, culminating in a national lockdown, the Tiziana share price rose again. It has fallen since mid-January which coincides with timelines for emerging from lockdown being released and the vaccination programme in the UK gathering pace. However, it is also worth mentioning that Tiziana graduated from the AIM market and moved onto the London Stock Exchange‘s main market on 20 January 2020.Tiziana’s so far un-approved antibody-based treatments for Covid-19 might not be if the coronavirus pandemic ends. A similar treatment produced by a rival company is already approved for use against Covid-19, and perhaps investors fear that this will mop up all available demand. If investors are thinking along these lines, I believe they are missing something about the Tiziana share price prospects.Tiziana product pipelineTiziana is not selling any drugs at present and thus does not report revenue so continuing fund raises will be necessary. It does have three compounds in various stages of development for multiple indications. No phase 3 trials — typically the last stage to complete before approval for marketing a drug can be considered — have been started as yet. Tiziana is probably still years away from selling a drug, but it does have another potential path to profit.Tiziana Life Sciences PipelineSource: Tiziana Life Sciences Investor PresentationTiziana has a revolutionary platform technology that enables oral, nasal, and inhaled administration of monoclonal antibodies. These typically need to be given by an IV infusion which is tough to do in the community. Tiziana, if successful, could bring treatments to market that can be picked up from a local pharmacy. That really would be a game-changer. Tiziana could get royalty income from other drugs companies by licensing this technology in addition to using it itself.Tiziana share priceEarly-stage pharma companies are always risky. Depending on the source, up to 90% of drugs don’t make it from phase 1 trials to market. I would not buy Tiziana shares at the moment. The company’s value is bound to its platform and the two drugs being investigated for delivery using it. I would rather wait until I see some phase 2 trial data to make a decision.However, I do think the success or failure of the potential Covid-19 treatment is being over-emphasised. Treatments for Covid-19 will be required for some time yet. Also, the treatment has applications beyond Covid-19. James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Is Tiziana Life Sciences stock a buy? James J. McCombie | Monday, 29th March, 2021 | More on: TILS
Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Zaven Boyrazian | Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 | More on: PSN Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The rising Persimmon share priceThe pandemic has disrupted many businesses, and Persimmon is no exception. Its share price crashed by more than a third in early 2020 as housing construction came to a halt. But over time, as lockdown restrictions eased and the vaccine rollout continued, it could resume building homes. And looking at the most recent trading update, it seems Persimmon and its share price have made a complete recovery.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Build rates have returned to pre-Covid levels, and the management team expect the first half-year 2021 project completions to be in line with 2019 levels. What’s more, due to the continually rising demand – something I’ve previously pointed out – the firm’s forward sales position has increased to £3bn. By comparison, this figure was only £2.4bn in 2020 and £2.7bn in 2019. So that’s an 11% increase versus pre-pandemic levels.Combining a rising top line with a healthy balance sheet, the management team has announced further dividend payments of 55p in August and December this year. Merging these with the previous interim dividend of 125p last March indicates the reinstatement of its 235p per share annual payout. In other words, the current 7.4% dividend yield looks sustainable in the eyes of management. That’s a promising sign for any income investor.Nothing is risk-freeIncome stocks are often perceived as low risk. But there is no free lunch in the world of finance, and Persimmon has some threats on the horizon. The main one being government support schemes.For several years, the Help-to-Buy scheme has made housing considerably more affordable for individuals, especially for the younger generation. Consequently, homebuilders like Persimmon have greatly benefited from the increased volume of sales. But this scheme is soon coming to an end and has already been getting more limited. Maximum home price restrictions were recently added, and the entire programme is timetabled to end in March 2023.Given how dependent homebuilders and buyers have become on these support programmes, I think we’re likely to see some volatility in house prices when they come to an end. Needless to say, that’s not good news for Persimmon or its share price.The bottom lineThis looming threat remains a prominent issue. However, the management team still has another two years to prepare. During that time, sales are likely to keep rising, with the proceeds being returned to shareholders through dividends. And so, I believe the Persimmon share price can continue climbing from here. At least, for now. Therefore I would consider adding this business to my income portfolio. But, I’ll be keeping a close eye on how the company intends to move forward post-2023. Image source: Getty Images Can the Persimmon share price keep climbing? We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in Persimmon. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Persimmon (LSE:PSN) share price has been on fire lately. Since the start of 2021, it’s moved up by around 16%. And over the last 12 months, it has increased by 35%. Obviously, this level of growth is hardly extraordinary compared to the upward trajectories of other stocks. But considering that Persimmon is a homebuilder, this growth is quite impressive. At least, I think so, especially since even after this jump in price, the dividend yield is still above 7%. But can the share price climb even higher? And are there any risks I should be aware of? But its not the only income stock I have on my radar. Here is: Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… See all posts by Zaven Boyrazian
Week in Review: May 23-29 | May 16-22 | May 9-15 | May 2 – 8 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 04: Cedric Heymans of Toulouse is hoisted aloft as he celebrates their victory during the French Top 14 Final between Montpellier and Toulouse at Stade de France on June 4, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Mike Phillips has been included in the 45-man Wales World Cup squad, but earlier in the week Gareth Thomas’s league side Crusaders have offered Phillips a discipline swap. It appears they feel the need to replace recent convert Willie Mason, I’m not sure if they are aware, but a one in one out policy doesn’t exist.Heading down south…Crusaders lose captain McCaw for the next two weeks due to the screw in his metatarsal causing irritation. He had the first six weeks off in order to have it inserted. It will prove a frustrating time for the All Black captain, as Super Rugby play off spots are being handed out shortly.The Brumbies beat top of the table Queensland Reds 14-22 away from home. After being slated publicly by coach Tony Rea, the win couldn’t come at a better time. During the match, the tackle made by Brumbie Ita Vaea on Digby Ioane resulted in Ioane being knocked out cold. The dangerous tackle has resulted in him being suspended by the SANZAR board for one week. Here’s the highlights, the tackle is around the 4 minute mark… Catch up in the Rugby week that was: May 30 to June 5…Mike Petri of USA tackles Saxon Micky Young at Franklins Gardens during the 2011 Churchill CupEngland Saxons started the Churchill Cup with an astounding 87-8 victory over the USA Eagles. The side featured a number of players who are vying for a World Cup spot, including Matt Stevens.Cedric Heymans celebrates beating Montpellier in the Top 14 Fina The Baa Baas headed to the Millenium Stadium on Saturday to take on Wales in a capped match which saw Stephen Jones pick up his hundredth cap for his country. Both Mike Phillips and Gavin Henson – who had to prove they’re worthy of a World Cup shirt, overshadowed the momentous occasion. Later that evening Warren Gatland named his 45-man squad, which included the club less duo. The Baa baas stole a win in the last minutes beating the boys in red, 28-31. Catch the highlights here…Over to France where Toulose are the Top 14 champions after beating Montpellier 15-10 at Stade Francais. Head Coach Guy Noves must be relieved to be finishing the year with at least one piece of silverware.Leeds have appointed Diccon Edwards as the new head coach, after they parted ways with Neil Back. Edwards returns to Yorkshire after working as the National Academy Coach and England U20 Assistant Coach for the RFU.This week’s Weird and Wonderful…
Clarke Dermody returns from injury to captain his side London Irish has made six personnel changes and two positional changes from the side that played against Edinburgh last weekend for tomorrow evenings Heineken Cup round two game against Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff City Stadium (kick-off 8pm).Clarke Dermody returns to captain the side in a front row that contains David Paice at hooker and Faan Rautenbach at tighthead prop. Declan Danaher comes in at blindside flanker. Steve Shingler moves from outside to inside centre where he will be partnered by Joe Ansbro who moves into the centre from the wing. Topsy Ojo will start on the wing.London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: “Both sides play entertaining rugby so it should make for a great spectacle. We know what is required of us tomorrow evening. We will go there to be competitive and look to come away with a result.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Replacements:16. James Buckland;17. Alex Corbisiero*;18.Paulica Ion*;19. James Sandford;20. Jamie Gibson;21. Jonathan Spratt;22. Adrian Jarvis;23.Paul Hodgson**Denotes International LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Clarke Dermody of London Irish attends the Heineken Cup Launch at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for ERC) London Irish Starting XV:15.Tom Homer;14.Topsy Ojo*;13.Joe Ansbro*;12.Steve Shingler;11.Adam Thompstone;10. Dan Bowden;9.Ross Samson;1.Clarke Dermody* (Captain);2. David Paice;3.Faan Rautenbach*;4. Nick Kennedy*;5. Matt Garvey;6. Declan Danaher;7.Richard Thorpe;8. Jebb Sinclair*
As previously mentioned, Scarlets hooker Elias was rather inexperienced. He is clearly talented, but you cannot expect to play mistake-free rugby at senior level just nine days after his 20th birthday.As such, the Wayne Pivac‘s men had a few problems after earning a succession of lineouts close to the Tigers line. First, this one was overthrown:Then, Geoff Parling got up to nick this one:On both of these attempts, a throw to the middle of the lineout is called. The intended targets are Ball and George Earle. However, on their third attempt – and with Tigers second-row Graham Kitchener in the sin bin – a different approach is called for. Elias hits the front and Scarlets find success:Ball’s role here is best seen from a reverse angle. Initially, he switches from jumper to lifter:As the drive comes on and Tigers splinter, he then works around to hit the maul from the back foot and add irresistible impetus:38:00 – Subtle spoilingGauzere showed very little tolerance all night for tacklers failing to roll away from the contact area. Here, Ball is very clever. Aiding with the challenge on Seremaia Bai, he then goes to contest before twisting out of the ruck after losing balance.However, while it looks as though Ball is appeasing the referee, he comes towards Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs, therefore slowing down Tigers’ attack considerably. He is not penalised, meaning it is an intelligent intervention:54:45 – On the chargeInto the second half now, and Leicester’s superior ballast up front has started to show. Even so, Ball’s energy levels remain high. This break was great to watch, coming about from some expert disruption form John Barclay and a lovely Elias offload:Powering away from both Youngs brothers and Burns is strikingly athletic, but Ball then aims a majestic offload to find Scott Williams through a sea of scrambling defenders while turtled on his back to keep the attack alive – a superb piece of skill:59:50 – Trundling onBall’s influence did not wane. On the hour mark, he linked up with Rhys Priestland for this carry to get in behind the hosts:A roll on the ground means Tom Youngs cannot slow the phase-play down and Harry Robinson goes over in the right-hand corner from the very next phase.74:52 – Forceful ’til the lastA heavy surface made for tired legs in the dying embers of this clash. Even so, Ball refused to relent. Watch how Leicester replacement Matt Smith, a hugely underrated club stalwart and a spiky carrier, looks to pick a gap in the Scarlets line: Every now and then, amid the high-and-tight haircuts, base-layers and white boots, you come across a player who would look right at home on a 13th century battlefield. Very occasionally, they pop up in the backline – think Tana Umaga in recent times.More often though, it is forwards that take on this primeval aura. Remember how gnarled John Hayes poured raw emotion into every Ireland anthem? Who could forget a simmering Sebastien Chabal staring down the haka in 2007, hair billowing behind him?Jake Ball, the mightily-bearded Scarlets lock, is undoubtedly a member of this cult hero club. Resembling an enraged Viking warlord wrapped in a cloak of steam, he marauded around a muddy Welford Road magnificently on Friday evening. Though his injury-ravaged region were overpowered and succumbed to a 40-23 loss, the lock was superb.Pest: Ball and Tom Croft contest possessionIt will be two days short of a year since Ball’s Test debut when England head to the Millennium Stadium for a firecracker to open the Six Nations on 6 February. The 23-year-old has developed brilliantly in that time. He should be alongside Alun Wyn Jones at the white-hot epicentre of the Cardiff cauldron.A seam-up bowler good enough for the Western Australia youth set-up, Ball could easily have been lost to rugby entirely. Warren Gatland should feel lucky he headed back to Wales in 2012. Here is a run-down of his display against Leicester Tigers.1:04 – Search and destroyDecision-making at the breakdown is a huge part of any forward’s job description, especially at the top level of the modern game where scavengers are so proficient at pilfering and slowing down ruck ball.Julian Salvi is one of the best exponents of the ‘jackal’ – clamping onto a tackled player – on the planet. The Australian street-fighter has been integral to so many Tigers wins. The Scarlets would have identified as much. Track Ball on this early attack:Salvi only twitches in anticipation of a steal and is smashed to the ground. It is dubious whether the cleared-out player is attached to the ruck, but referee Pascal Gauzere is on the spot and sees no infringement worth whistling.In any case, watch how far Ball has come to make the play, shown by the screenshot circling both Ball (red) and Salvi (green):The robust clear-out technique, which puts his rival on the floor and therefore out of the game, is also worth another look:1:34 – Brawn against BurnsA six foot six, 19-stone frame and sound technique mean Ball is an intimidating figure on the gain-line. This tackle – one of 11 he made during the game – drives Freddie Burns backwards:3:00 – Set-piece speedThe best strategy for the Scarlets against the cohesive, heavy Leicester pack was to maintain a high tempo. Here, with decent field position, a swift off-the-top move directed by jumper Ball sends Scott Williams into midfield. It was a move that eventually resulted in three points for the visitors:5:30 – Restart uncertaintyThe only slight blemish on a fine performance for Ball were a couple of problems in the face of Tom Croft‘s kick-chase. As this instance shows, he was perhaps hindered by some lackadaisical lifting from youngsters Rob Evans and Ryan Elias:However, on closer inspection it is possible to see that Ball tried to use an old-fashioned basket technique of catching, rather than going with his hands above his head:That small error in judgment allows Croft to steal ahead. Certainly, it is an area that England’s analysts will have clocked.25:10 – Composure on the counterIt will probably not be that surprising given Ball’s Antipodean upbringing, but he is also an exceptional handler. Receiving the ball in space here, he draws in two Tigers defenders before setting away wing Hadleigh Parkes and charging off in support to hit the ensuing ruck and force a penalty:A glance at the moment Ball catches Aled Davies‘ pass is telling. The lock holds it in two hands, interesting both Jordan Crane in front of him and Adam Thompstone further wide, before distributing flawlessly:26:00-33.20 – Problem solving TAGS: HighlightScarlets The most revered beard in northern hemisphere rugby was in business at Welford Road on Friday evening. Just before the Six Nations, Jake Ball was outstanding for the Scarlets against Leicester. We analyse his all-action effort. Quickly, Ball makes up ground to his left and envelops his opponent, forcing a turnover.Whatever the result, it is nice for an individual to end any match on a positive. Ball saturated his shift with contributions from start to finish. Despite defeat, Gatland will surely have inked his name into his Six Nations plans. 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“The first thing with a captain is that he has to be one of the first players selected. You’ve got to know the guy is going to be in the team. Secondly, whatever values we have in the team, they have to live those values so that every time a player looks at that captain they know the values that are important for the team, he’s leading the way.“Those stories about Richie McCaw are true. In training they go from one drill to the next and he sprints there, he’s the first there. He cleans the changing room after the game, that’s the sort of guy you want. But it’s not just one guy, you need a group of players around him to support him. I’m sure those players are in England, we just have to find them. Leadership is something you have to develop.” Team leaders? Dylan Hartley and Chris Robshaw during anthems LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS So which of these fellas do you think should captain England into the Six Nations? Remember this is the top five according to the bookies – perhaps none of these men should be leaders in the new-look England side. Let us know what you think by voting! Who should captain England during the Six Nations? (Poll Closed) None of the above 32.17% Joe Launchbury 26.65% Dylan Hartley 12.83% Chris Robshaw 12.75% Tom Wood 11.82% Owen Farrell 3.77% Create Your Own Poll Who should captain England during the Six Nations? With Eddie Jones taking over as the head coach of England, there are sure to be some big changes at Twickenham. Chiefly amongst them, many believe, is with his choice of captain.During the World Cup, Jones had said in a newspaper column that Chris Robshaw was “not outstandingly good in any area”. However, in a U-turn during his unveling, Jones claimed he was being a “bit naughty” and that he would seek to sit down with Robshaw and talk things through with the incumbent captain.Explaining his position now, Jones said: “One of the first things I have to do is sit down with Chris and chat to him. I’ve watched a couple of his games since the World Cup and, as with all the players, he’s starting from zero. There’s always an opportunity to change things and he’s in that position. He’s got a nice cafe in Winchester. Fantastic coffee. Best coffee in England. I might grab him for a coffee down there.”Clean slate: Eddie Jones in his first appearance at TwickenhamDespite these comments, the bookies have installed Wasps lock Joe Launchbury as the favourite to lead England into the Six Nations, with Robshaw second favourite. Jones did further explain what he expects from a captain.
Faletau – 2 assists, 18 runs for 63m, 3 clean breaks, 6 defenders beaten, 2 offloads, 6 passes, 10 tackles— Russ Petty (@rpetty80) December 5, 2020It was that back-row pair who combined to set up the first try after just seven minutes. Tipuric was put through a hole by Faletau and he in turn found Kieran Hardy in support. Star man: Taulupe Faletau was Player of the Match against Italy (Getty Images) Old heads come to the fore as Wales beat ItalyGeorge North simply loves scoring against Italy.He now has ten tries in ten Tests against the Azzurri after crossing in the 69th minute of this Autumn Nations Cup fifth-place play-off at Parc y Scarlets that Wales won 38-18.The 28-year-old has also moved ahead of Gareth Thomas to become Wales’ second highest try-scorer in history with 41. Only Shane Williams, with 58, has more and it will be interesting to see if North can overtake the iconic winger in the next few years.North was one of several experienced players in the Welsh line-up to impress in this victory over Italy. It wasn’t smooth sailing for the hosts but they were clinical when they needed to be while Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau, who was named Player of the Match, were particularly impressive. What a score from @Federugby Can @WelshRugbyUnion respond in the #AutumnNationsCup LIVE on #PrimeVideo? pic.twitter.com/DzOzhDh7yQ— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 5, 2020Tipuric and Faletau helped swing momentum back in Wales’ favour as they combined again with neat offloads to send Gareth Davies into space and the replacement scrum-half sprinted over from the Italian ten-metre line.Then a turnover in the 69th minute proved crucial. Italy decided to attack from their own half, Wales turned over the ball and quickly spread it wide from Jonathan Davies to North to Adams to Jonah Holmes, who took play to a couple of metres out.North then picked up the ball from the ruck and powered over. Callum Sheedy’s conversion made it 31-18 with ten minutes to go.Over time: George North burrows over for his 41st Wales try (Getty Images)It was fitting that Faletau and Tipuric wrapped up the scoring, the former breaking the Italian line and then passing to the latter to run in Wales’ fifth try.It was far from a perfect performance from Wales but it should relieve some of the pressure on Wayne Pivac, who has built his squad depth ahead of next year’s Six Nations.As for Italy, they end 2020 with nine straight defeats – the first time they have failed to win a match in a calendar year in the pro era. 𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀 @WelshRugbyUnion open the scoring in their final #AutumnNationsCup outingWatch #WALvITA LIVE on #PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/YhPRkq9r4X— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 5, 2020Then Sam Parry burrowed over from close range after an initial break involving the back three of Josh Adams, Louis Rees-Zammit and Liam Williams. Wales were 14-0 up and all looked rosy.However, their ill-discipline, particularly at the breakdown, and malfunctioning lineout allowed Italy to go in at the break trailing by just one point. And they would have a one-man advantage for the opening minutes of the second half.Paolo Garbisi slotted two penalties either side of a converted Marco Zanon try that was created by a Carlo Canna grubber on Wales’ 22 following a driving lineout. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Faletau, North and Tipuric prove crucial to a 38-18 victory in the Autumn Nations Cup — Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 5, 2020Garbisi’s second penalty also saw Adams yellow-carded for not releasing the tackled player, Stephen Varney. Wales had been penalised several times by referee Wayne Barnes for the same offence – all eight penalties Wales conceded in the first half were at the ruck – and Adams was sent to the sin-bin in the 38th minute.Italy capitalised on that man advantage early in the second half. Jacopo Trulla launched a counter-attack down one side of the pitch, then the ball was spread to the other wing where Johan Meyer beat Louis Rees-Zammit and bounced Ioan Lloyd to score in the corner. 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘆 @Federugby respond with a try of their own Watch #WALvITA LIVE on #PrimeVideo now pic.twitter.com/qMYkVIRUju Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City, Utah] During its April 18-20 meeting here, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted several resolutions, which are summarized below.Executive CouncilSubmit an A resolution to General Convention to recognize the work of the Episcopal Church Foundation and its management of the church-wide Rebuild our Church in Haiti campaign and the contributions of individuals, parishes and dioceses in support of the Diocese of Haiti’s determination to re-build post-earthquake; reaffirm church’s desire to stand with the diocese “as it continues to renew its life and rebuild for a stronger future” through continuing fundraising work (EC000).Joint resolution: Advocacy & Networking for Mission, Governance and Administration for Mission, Local Mission and MinistryReaffirm the importance of ongoing anti-racism training for the church, and commit council to participate in anti-racism training at its regularly scheduled meetings on a periodic basis (A&N-GAM-LLM001)Advocacy & Networking for MissionState opposition to racial profiling by law enforcement and civil authorities that unjustly victimizes persons of color, causing undue harm to the victims, their families and their communities; support for Senate Bill 1670 (End Racial Profiling Act of 2011); stand in solidarity with suffering of the victims, families and communities of the harm caused by racial profiling, and lament the lack of adequate training on racial profiling issues as part of law enforcement training, the lack of effective policies that prohibit racial profiling, and the lack of monitoring of discriminatory racial profiling practices by jurisdictions (A&N053)Urge the U.S. Congress to adopt Senate Bill 1925 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act; urge Episcopalians, through the Episcopal Public Policy Network, to contact their legislators and express support; support new provisions in the law to protect Native American women by giving tribes expanded authority to prosecute domestic violence-related cases, raise cap on visas issued to undocumented aliens who are victims of domestic violence, and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in domestic-violence shelters supported by the act. (A&N054)Support work of Children’s Defense Fund’s “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” campaign and similar campaigns (A&N055)Reauthorize the Executive Council Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Executive Council Economic Justice Loan Committee as continuing committees of council pursuant to Canon I.4.3(h) (A&N056)Finances for MissionEstablish Trust Fund 1050 as St. John’s Episcopal Thrift Shop Fund as an investment account for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fallbrook, California (FFM065)Authorize the Rev. Rosemari Sullivan, special assistant and coordinator for Haiti Long Term Recovery Project, to raise approximately $26,000 to bring Choeur D’Anges from Mirebalais, Haiti to perform at General Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana; such funds to be held in a designated account administered by the treasurer for this purpose (FFM066)Governance and Administration for MissionAmend the by-laws of the Executive Council of the General Convention and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to revise nomenclature (GAM027, GAM028, GAM029)Submit an A resolution to General Convention asking that it amend Canon I.4.3(h) to provide that any committee of Executive Council (other than its standing committees) will cease to exist at the close of the second General Convention following its creation unless otherwise extended and that council may revoke, rescind, or modify the mandate or charter of any Executive Council Committee not otherwise created by canon (GAM030)Amend Article VIII, Section 5 of the bylaws concerning the Joint Investment Committee to add at least one of the additional members shall be a member of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission (GAM031)Adopt the Employee Handbook of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and related documents (GAM032)Local Mission and MinistryReview and affirm a list of Jubilee Programs (LMM025)Recognize the companion diocese relationship between the Diocese of Southeast Florida and the Diocese of Haiti until such time as this relationship is terminated by mutual consent (LMM026)Propose an A resolution to General Convention to amend the mandate and membership selection for the council’s Committee on Anti-racism (LMM027)Continue council’s Committee on Indigenous Ministries with a revised mandate (LMM029)World MissionThank Episcopal Church Foundation for its work on the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti project, direct church’s development staff to take up management of that work through the end of the year, direct council to make more permanent plans for continuing the work and thank those who have contributed and will contribute to the efforts to help the (WM024)Urge council’s World Mission Committee in the next triennium to develop a plan for conversation with Province IX, Mexico and Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America for revisioning the mutual mission-based partnership as a model for working with all other covenant partners (Brazil, Liberia and the Philippines). (WM025)Note: An “A” resolution is one submitted to General Convention by the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards, known as the CCABs. Most, but not all, A resolutions are contained in those groups’ reports to convention known as the Blue Book. The Blue Book for this summer’s convention is due to become available online April 23. Resolutions submitted to convention by bishops are “B” resolutions; those from dioceses are known as “C” resolutions and those from deputies are “D” resolutions. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson assign each resolution as it is received to one of the convention’s legislative committees. Once those assignments are made, resolutions are posted here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is a writer and editor for Episcopal News Service. Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 A summary of Executive Council resolutions The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Executive Council, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 20, 2012 Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Executive Council April 2012 Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC