Who is Justin Tipuric: Ten things you should know about the Wales flanker

Posted On Jun 23 2021 by

first_img We chart the Ospreys, Wales and Lions back-row’s… The making of Justin Tipuric Who is Justin Tipuric: Ten things you should know about the Wales flankerJustin Tipuric has played for Wales for a decade, a stalwart of the side for his tireless work-rate, back-line skillset and raw speed. He is a true one-club man, having played for the Ospreys throughout his professional career.Here are ten more titbits about the back-rower…Ten things you should know about Justin Tipuric1. Justin Tipuric was born on 6 August 1989 in Trebanos, near Neath. His father had previously captained Trebanos RFC, and Justin and his younger brothers all played for the club.2. His background is Croatian, with his grandfather Dragotin Tipuric moving to Swansea when released by the Germany army having been a prisoner of war. He worked as a coal miner, played for Trebanos RFC and was known as ‘Mad Mike’.Tipuric still spends time at Trebanos RFC, where he played as a junior (Getty Images)3. He started wearing a scrum cap on his mother’s insistence and wears a blue one to match the Trebanos colours.4. Flanker wasn’t always the position he wanted to play – in his younger years his coach revealed that Tipuric was desperate to play at fly-half. Looking at his current skill-set, it’s clear to see why! Expand 5. His favourite player growing up was a flanker but not a Welsh one! It was Saracens and England blindside Richard Hill.6. Tipuric made his international debut in the 2011 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches, replacing another legendary Welsh flanker in Martyn Williams. He ultimately failed to make the squad and was involved in a battle with Sam Warburton for the openside jersey for many years.Tipuric training with Wales ahead of his international debut in 2011 (Getty Images)7. Tipuric has been selected for three British & Irish Lions tours. He appeared as a replacement in the final Test against Australia in 2013, helping his side to a 41-16 victory, but didn’t play in any of the Tests against New Zealand in 2017. His third tour is as part of the Lions 2021 squad to tour South Africa.8. He had to take three months away from rugby after suffering a serious concussion in 2016 and was forced to stay at home for five weeks.RELATED ARTICLES Find out who Warren Gatland has selected for… British & Irish Lions Squad 2021 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Justin Tipuric en route to a try at Twickenham in 2020 (Getty Images) British & Irish Lions Squad 2021 Lions 2021 tour: Everything you need to know The making of Justin Tipuric Lions 2021 tour: Everything you need to know 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. Find out more about the Ospreys back-rower who is proud of his Trebanos roots 9. The Six Nations is a happy hunting ground, with Tipuric having won four titles, including two Grand Slams.10. Tipuric was the top tackler in the 2021 Six Nations, racking up 86 hits. Your essential guide to this year’s British &… Collapse Expandlast_img read more

Johnson City bus drivers take on big role in meal programs

Posted On Dec 8 2020 by

first_imgFor now, if you see a yellow school bus riding around town, it could just be Calsavina, who is still able to do what he loves. The drivers have began to think about what could happen once it’s time to begin driving kids to school again. “I love the kids, I really enjoy doing this, it’s an extended family,” he told 12 News. “We’re fortunate to be in that position where we do have work to do,” says Calvasina. “A lot of people don’t and I can’t imagine what that’s like for them,” Calvasina and Johnson City transportation play a big role helping out with the meal program and they say they are happy to be part of the program. “It’s almost an impossibility when your’e transporting 45 to 48 high school kids and you’ve got seating for 44,” said Calvasina. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – With schools closed for the rest of the academic year the BOCES pandemic-meal program will continue. “We don’t know what they are going to tell us, are they going to tell us we are going to sit how many on a bus, we don’t know,” Castellucci says. Johnson City Transportation Director Louis Castellucci says they will deliver meals through June. The extension is good news, not only for participants, but for one Johnson City bus drivers like Ziggy Calvasina. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter.last_img read more

YGAM & Betknowmore form education first partnership

Posted On Aug 30 2020 by

first_img GVC – YGAM’s Parent Hub is a vital tool for honest and open conversations August 4, 2020 Related Articles YGAM calls for diverse perspectives on regulatory change August 3, 2020 UK problem gambling support and education organisations the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and Betknowmore have formed a strategic partnership announced at this year’s CasinoBeats Summit as part of the inaugural Safer Gambling Forum.Both organisations will collaborate in the development of new training programmes, which seek to improve standards for relevant industry and social stakeholders tackling problem gambling harms.Key stakeholders targeted by YGAM and Betknowmore will include industry professionals, leadership, universities, students and healthcare workers.In the past year, YGAM details that it has trebled the number of young and vulnerable people it has delivered its education programme to in over 1,700 schools and youth organisations, reaching more than 180,000 individuals.Moving forward, YGAM and Betknowmore seek to increase the increase access to safer gambling education directives to three times the amount of UK students.Lee Willows, CEO and founder of YGAM, explained: “I am so excited at the prospect of working even closer with Frankie Graham, a good friend and mentor. Our organisations have been generating purposeful impact for over five-years and we are both working with some incredible businesses in the gambling space.“We are looking forward to working with our friends and colleagues in the gambling sector specifically to compliment the current direction of travel by operators to put social responsibility and safer gambling at the heart of their businesses.”The new formal relationship consolidates five years of shared growth and networking with companies and individuals drawn from across the UK and international gambling spectrum.Frankie Graham, CEO of Betknowmore UK, added: “Lee and I have been friends, critical friends, champions and motivators to each other and the organisations we have developed.“We have always asked how we might combine our skills, experience and insight in this space to drive greater social impact. We believe we have found that special sweet spot and it lies in providing the gambling sector with authentic, accredited training.“What makes our training totally unique is 100 per cent of the profits are donated to Betknowmore UK and YGAM to enable our organisations to deliver our social purpose, which we both seek to build upon in 2020.” Share StumbleUpon Submit Share YGAM achieves City & Guilds status for second year August 25, 2020last_img read more