Sam has set the standard – Frank Keating

first_imgWould you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit Hurrah for rugby and although some in Wales might still see that World Cup red card as a wretched negative, seldom in any sport can a Negative have proved such a lustrous and gleaming Positive.This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. His conduct during the World Cup has set the bar highIt’s a fair bet that a majority of Welsh supporters, bless ‘em, will still be splutteringly complaining about their captain’s World Cup red card not only past this Christmas but the next one, too – although the fact remains that Wales would have assuredly won that notorious Auckland semi-final against France if they had kicked just one of the handful of easy goals which they so wantonly squandered.The one man who notably had no complaints about the referee’s drastic action was the 23-year-old captain himself, and the dignity and bearing of that mightily impressive preux chevalier Sam Warburton has been a glorious credit to rugby itself. So instead of denouncing Irish referees, the Welsh nation should be acclaiming hymns and arias to the chivalry and integrity of one of their own.On that seemingly ruinous semi-final day Down Under, the young Welsh leader shone out with greatness, which not only enabled a worldwide game to feel proud of itself but made quite a few other ones sheepishly shamefaced and guiltily bang to rights.When Warburton upended French wing Vincent Clerc less than 20 minutes into the crucial match, he at once realised referee Alain Rolland was obliged to rule by the letter of the law. “When Clerc went so far up I realised something was wrong.My immediate reaction was to release him so he could begin to compete for the ball, but that was my mistake because I let him go too early, from about three foot in the air instead of the one foot allowed in the rule book. Sure, it’s a pretty grey area, and I was momentarily praying for just a yellow card, but really I’ve no justifiable complaints at all. I knew not to react badly, certainly not in a World Cup semi-final being witnessed by so many. So all I could do then was to sit quietly on the touchline as I knew there would be camera shots from every angle. Mind you, I couldn’t help feeling desperately disappointed inside, as well as being terribly embarrassed.”He could have blown a purple-faced fuse – as a professional footballer would have. Or rallied his team-mates venomously to mob the referee as happens almost weekly in the round-ball Premier League – to inspire watching schoolboys to ape them the next time they themselves go out to play. For singular and collective abuse of officials – even when the players and whole world can see they’re right – is ingrained in junior football. Simply, phoney rage is accepted as part of the game.Even the ex-player pundit knows there’s no going back – and even as I sighed I couldn’t help smiling on Match of the Day earlier this autumn when, in typically tautological mitigation, Alan Shearer pronounced: “In fairness, only one Arsenal player actually surrounded the referee.”Already standards of junior grass-roots soccer are as anarchic as those at the top level – because the Copycat Law is so shamefully contagious.  Alas, I fancy, cricket might be on course to be the next great game to suffer.So for all our faults, praise the Lord and give thanks for rugby – and one of its resplendent exemplars in young Sam Warburton. World Cup over, the first round of the 2011-12 Heineken Cup provided a non-stop bonanza of full houses, wall-to-wall TV coverage and a string of superlative eyeball-to-eyeball contests – and scarce a single sour note worth reporting. Wales’ captain Sam Warburton applauds after the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final match France vs Wales at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland on October 15, 2011. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Blogging Dead? Not at Dell!

first_imgDo blogs even matter now?Richard Macmanus, the founder of ReadWriteWeb, recently asked that question in his annual post to commemorate his first blog post 14 years ago.It’s been more than 10 years since our first Dell blog post. I was part of the team that launched the blog and remember well how we promised that “Real People are Here and We’re Listening.”I’ve seen the Dell direct model expand to include multiple roads to market, and the Dell Technologies family grow to include Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware. Through it all our desire for one-to-one contact with our customers has remained embedded in our culture.A new look and a new blogTo keep up with this expansion, however, it was time for Direct2Dell to undergo a bit of its own digital transformation. As you can see, we’ve now got a new look; but the blog’s DNA remains the same – we’re still real people and we still want to listen and converse with our customers.And, to help us tailor those conversations to the right audience, we have now transferred some of that Direct2Dell DNA into a brand new blog named Direct2DellEMC. It may be new, but it has a strong foundation created by merging the previous Dell4Enterprise, EMC Pulse and EMC Reflections blogs.On Direct2DellEMC, we will focus on how we enable organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies.Here on Direct2Dell, we will continue to share stories about the company and our award-winning desktops, laptops, 2-in-1s and thin clients, workstations, rugged devices made for specialized environments, monitors, endpoint security solutions and services.Yes. Yes, they do.But back to the question of whether blogs even matter. Mcmanus said “Now, nobody reads or listens – we just write or talk into the ether, each of us stroking our own ego.” What excited him most about blogging in those early years was the comments, trackbacks, links inside the post, blogrolls and subscribing via RSS.Well, the new Direct2Dell doesn’t include a blogroll, and trackbacks seem to have faded from most blogging platforms, but we do still want to hear your comments, will provide links inside the posts and encourage RSS subscriptions – as well as email subscriptions! (coming soon)So I remain convinced that, yes, blogs do matter. And I commit to do my best as Dell’s chief blogger to bring you interesting, unique news, stories and discussions on both Direct2Dell and Direct2DellEMC. If you’d like to learn more about our approach to blogging at Dell, check out our new manifesto below.Now, it’s up to you to keep me from talking into the ether! read more

Irish challenge at US PGA all but over

first_imgJust two shots separates the top five players heading into the final round of the US PGA Championship this evening.Kevin Kisner leads the way on 7 under, followed by Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama on 6 under.Justin Thomas and former Open champion Louis Oosthuisen are another shot further back. The challenge of Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry all but ended last night as they both slipped back to 4 over. Photo © – Tipp FMlast_img