IRFU new player policy favours home grown talent

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “The aspirations for the IRFU are that in any single year, we would want to win the RBS Six Nations Championship, but also have our provincial teams winning the Heineken Cup and the RaboDirect Pro 12.  The key is finding the balance to allow this to happen, but not disadvantage one over the other and always remembering that a successful Ireland team is the catalyst for success at all levels below that.  This new strategy is essential to put Irish Rugby in the best position to reach that.”*The Connacht professional side is external to this process as it has recently commenced a new programme of structural and performance development agreed with the IRFU IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said, “The challenges for the IRFU and the provincial teams are to continue to try to be successful at all levels, but balance this by recognising the model under which Irish Rugby has produced that success over the last 12 years.   The provincial teams have contributed hugely to the achievements of the Ireland team, but it is important to remember that the Ireland team is the marquee competitive outlet for the game in Ireland and also the financial mechanism that funds rugby at all levels.“On this basis, it is essential that the Ireland team is given every opportunity to remain competitive at international level and to do that, it requires Irish qualified players to gain continuous experience at club and provincial level.“Equally, non Irish qualified players have delivered much value and support to the success of the provincial teams and development of Irish players over the last number of years. The intention is that this will continue, but not to the detriment of the progress of Irish qualified players in key positions.“The refinements continue to allow the provinces to sign overseas players who will not alone play for the Province but critically allow young Irish players to learn from these players and put this knowledge into practice by taking over the position once that player’s contract is completed.center_img The Irish Rugby Football Union today announced some refinements to its professional player contract policy to further support the national succession strategy for the Ireland team to come into effect from Season 2013/14. .The challenge for the IRFU in an increasingly competitive environment is to strike a long term balance between success for the Ireland team, through exposing Irish players at the highest level of the professional club game in the Heineken Cup and RaboDirect Pr12 and the needs of the provincial teams in terms of the recruitment of quality overseas playing talent to complement Irish qualified players.The Ireland team remains the financial engine that supports each of the four provincial teams and so it is a critical objective for Irish Rugby that the Ireland team remains competitive in the long term by being populated by suitably experienced Irish qualified players. The opportunity to build this experience is primarily through time on the field in top level competitions.To support this strategy and following an extended period of consultation which took place with the Professional Game Boards of the provincial teams and the national team management the, following principles have now been agreed by the Union. The following principles are designed to deliver at least two suitably experienced Irish players in all 15 field positions for national team selection:One non Irish eligible (NIE) player only in each of the 15 field positions across the provinces of Leinster, Munster and Ulster e.g. one foreign player allowed across all three teams per position.*For the season 2013/14 and onwards, for any given position involving a contracted NIE player, a province will not be permitted to renew that NIE player contract or bring in a new NIE player into that same position in its squad.All future provincial injury replacement players must be eligible for selection for Ireland.All future provincial non Irish eligible player contracts will be position specific.*The Connacht professional side is external to this process as it has recently commenced a new programme of structural and performance development agreed with the IRFUThe desired outcome of the changes to contract policies is that Irish qualified players who have progressed through the provincial academy systems will see greater opportunities for professional game time experience, allowing both the IRFU and provinces to deliver the maximum amount of value for the €2.5million that is invested annually across the four provincial academies.The overall objective of the new policies is that there will be a minimum of two Irish qualified players per position playing in the Heineken Cup and RaboDirect Pro 12 as first choice selections. The refinement in the contract policies will be operated in such a manner as to enable the professional teams to enjoy continuing success at both National and Provincial levels.last_img read more

Tournament of Roses Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a commentcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Tournament of Roses Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, November 2, 2015 | 12:52 pm 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  The Tournament of Roses® Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 grant assistance program. In 2016, the total amount awarded to local charities will remain at $200,000. Since its inception in 1983, the Foundation has invested over $2.7 million in more than 180 Pasadena-area organizations. Grants typically range from $1,000 up to $10,000 per organization. The grant award maximum is $10,000. The grant awards in 2015 totaled $200,000, and the average grant was approximately $4,700.Eligible applicants are organizations with 501(c)(3) status, as of the 2016 submission deadline, that are based in and serving one or more of the following communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, La Cafiada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and Temple City. Grants will be given in the categories of performing and visual arts, sports and recreation, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. Forty-two organizations received grants last year including these ten first-time recipients: About Productions, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, Jericho Road Pasadena, Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc., Mark Keppel High School Drama Boosters, Marshall Music Boosters Inc., Monrovia Wildcats Band Booster Club, Pasadena Girls Softball Association, Pasadena High School Instrumental Music Club, and The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.To apply, eligible organizations should visit New applicants will need to enter “apply” for both the “username” and “password.” Returning applicants will use their previously approved username and password. Returning applicants should contact the Foundation directly for questions on their approved username and/or password. The website will then direct users to a welcome page with instructions on how to begin the application process. Applicants can find the official grant guidelines, the grant application timeline, a list of special stipulations and requirements, a detailed list of frequently asked questions about the grants program and a list of common submission errors and omissions on the Foundation’s website at will be accepted from November 2, 2015 through January 28, 2016 by 5 p.m. All applicants will receive a status update the week of February 29, 2016. The 2016 finalists will be notified the week of February 29, 2016 and then must submit the required additional background materials by March 14, 2016. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will make the final grant selections at its annual spring meeting, and applicants will be notified of their funding status via email in May 2016.The Tournament of Roses Foundation is a non-profit, public benefit corporation established in 1983 to receive and manage charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association, its supporters and the general public.About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. Nine hundred thirty-five volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization and contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. 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Joe Schmidt answers JP’s scholarships call

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 WhatsApp Linkedin Emailcenter_img Pictured at University of Limerick for the The 2019 All Ireland Scholarships awards ceremony were scholarship recipients, Maeve Quirke, Templeglantine, Co. Limerick and Diego Brule, Galway with Guest of Honour Joe Schmidt. Photo by Alan Place.OUTGOING Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt answered the call to help inspire the next generation achieve their career goals at the JP McManus All-Ireland Scholarships Awards last Saturday,The serene setting of the University of Limerick’s riverside campus was the perfect location for the former English teacher, turned international rugby coach, to encourage a new team of aspiring winners to realise their potential.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Schmidt, who became an Irish citizen four years ago, told the 125 scholarship recipients at UL that “education is a hugely important part of every young person’s development in life”.“It’s fantastic to be able to be here today to recognise first-hand the outstanding achievements of each and every student present. I encourage them all to keep working hard and to make the most of their opportunities,” he added.Each recipient receives full academic financial support for the duration of their third level studies.Schmidt joined an illustrious list of guest speakers such as Irish Presidents Michael D. Higgins and Mary McAleese; US President Bill Clinton; as well as other great sporting heroes, including jockey AP McCoy, rugby icon Paul O’Connell, Limerick hurling manager John Kiely and Irish soccer legend Martin O’Neill.The 125 recipients were selected from a minimum of two highest-achieving students from each of the 32 counties, including seven winning scholars scoring the maximum 625 Leaving Cert points.The most popular area of study among the scholarship recipients is medicine, closely followed by engineering and science.Ten years ago Kieran Dalton was a recipient of an All Ireland Scholarship.Since then, he has qualified as a pharmacist and was involved in making interventions to optimise medication regimens and ensure patient safety in hospitals.Having recently also completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), he has been working full time as a lecturer in clinical practice in the UCC School of Pharmacy and is working on a number of collaborative projects in clinical research.Established in 2008 and sponsored by JP McManus, the third level educational scholarship is awarded to a minimum of two highest-achieving students from each of the 32 counties. They must meet a further set of criteria, including attending a non-fee-paying school and being exempt from the Leaving Certificate fee.This year, seven All Ireland Scholarship recipients scored the maximum 625 Leaving Cert points.Each scholarship is valued at €6,750 per annum in the Republic or £5,500 in the Six Counties.The programme is administered by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department for the Economy with support from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland.To date, 1,496 students have been awarded an All Ireland Scholarship and 905 have graduated from university. TAGSCommunityeducationIrelandLimerick City and CountyNews Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites NewsCommunityEducationJoe Schmidt answers JP’s scholarships callBy David Raleigh – November 25, 2019 1713 Previous articleNo details on how €26 million will help Limerick hospitalNext articleAdam Scott among the latest JP McManus Pro-Am announcement, as well as Christmas Ticket Tender details David Raleigh Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

TxDOT traffic alerts for the area

first_img Twitter TxDOT traffic alerts for the area WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Local News By admin – March 9, 2018 Odessa: A section of FM 3503 in Ector County will be closed Saturday and Sunday in order for repairs to be made to a railroad crossing. The closure is just north of Hammett Drive.Crane: Crews will be fog-sealing SH 329 in Crane County (mile markers 264-266) the week of March 12, weather permitting. Lane closures will be needed. Please obey flaggers and pilot car. Do not drive on fresh seal.Balmorhea: Crews will be working on FM 3334 near the intersection of Highway 17 (mile markers 185-186) on Monday, March 12, weather permitting. Lane closures will be needed. Please obey flaggers and pilot car.Midland: Crews will be working on the north service road of Interstate 20 the week of March 12 (mile markers 127-132), weather permitting. Lane closures will be needed. Please obey flaggers.Ward County: Crews will be repairing FM 2355 the week of March 12 (mile markers 198-208), weather permitting. Lane closures will be needed. Please obey flaggers and pilot car.Balmorhea: Crews will be fog-sealing FM 2448 north of I-10 (mile markers 384-390) on Tuesday, March 13, weather permitting. Lane closures will be needed. Please obey flaggers and pilot car. Do not drive on fresh seal. Ward County: Crews will be picking up debris on Interstate 20 between mile markers 53 and 94 on Friday, March 16, weather permitting. This is a slow-moving operation with frequent stops. Please give them room to work. Pass safely.Reeves County: Crews will be making repairs on FM 1450 for much of the week of March 12. Please slow down. Road closures will be needed at times. Obey flaggers. Previous articlePermian Basin, national rig counts riseNext articleSuspect charged with threatening OPD officer adminlast_img read more