Hartley to lead an English-based Lions?

Posted On Jun 23 2021 by

first_imgNew odds released today suggest that England’s rise under Eddie Jones will be rewarded in New Zealand next summer. Rugby World looks at the betting markets LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England’s historic series win in Australia has done more than propel them to second place in the World Rugby Rankings – it has made Dylan Hartley the near unbackable favourite to captain the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand next year.England coach Eddie Jones and vice-captain Billy Vunipola lavished praise on the Kiwi-born hooker during the Australia tour for driving high standards, and Betway clearly agree after pricing him at just 2-1 to follow Sam Warburton as Lions skipper.Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones is second favourite at 5-1 ahead of compatriot Warburton (8-1), the pair having shared the Test captaincy duties three years ago in Australia after first choice Warburton was injured in the second Test.Welsh partnership: Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones ended up sharing the 2013 Lions captaincy dutiesThat series was won, which explains why the bookmakers aren’t looking beyond the Welsh duo or Hartley for the captaincy gig. Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is 20-1 but will do well to make the Test team while Jamie Roberts and Richie Gray (both 33-1) represent poor value given neither has yet captained their country.Maro Itoje, who led England to an U20 world title, is a more realistic bet at the same 33-1 and you can also get 10-1 on the young English forward not losing any game he starts in 2016. Ignoring the rare sub appearances, he won 25 out of 25 last season for club and country and hasn’t lost since 10 May 2015, when Saracens were pipped 24-20 by Exeter at Allianz Park.Winning streak: You can get 10-1 on Maro Itoje not losing a game he starts in 2016 (Getty Images)Warren Gatland is expected to be the Lions coach again and the markets suggest he will have Gregor Townsend (5-2) on his management team and a proliferation of Englishmen in the playing ranks.George Ford and Owen Farrell are each a short-priced 7-2 to start the first Lions Test in Auckland, which will fuel the fires of Johnny Sexton and Dan Biggar, to name but two.No 8 Vunipola (1-2) is deemed a more likely starter than Taulupe Faletau (2-1) while the injured Manu Tuilagi is a mere 6-4. Henry Slade, as talented as anyone but yet to discover his best form since returning from a broken leg, is 11-2.Aaron Cruden’s curtailed series against Wales last month hasn’t stopped Betway cementing him at 2-5 on to take the New Zealand No 10 shirt, with Beauden Barrett’s stirring performances merely earning him a 5-2 price. And Sonny Bill Williams – not even playing 15s at the moment – is evens. Top ten: Aaron Cruden remains favourite to be the All Blacks’ stand-off for the Lions series (Getty Images)The All Blacks are 1-5 on to win the series, so punters might prefer to gamble on a surprise Lions series triumph (7-2) or even plump for an unbeaten tour – ten matches, three of them Tests – which is currently 33-1. If you think that sounds generous, bear in mind that even the magnificent 1971 Lions didn’t go unbeaten in New Zealand.England have won nine games on the bounce under Jones and they are 2-1 to go unbeaten in the calendar year. They play South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia in the autumn (in that order), hardly a piece of cake.New Zealand’s lame finish to the Sevens World Series isn’t fooling the bookies, who make them joint 9-4 favourites with Fiji for the Olympics sevens gold medal in Rio.Argentina and Kenya (both 40-1) look good value and if you fancy another upset in a year full of them, how about Spain at 500-1? The repêchage winners have a fully pro set-up yet will be largely unknown by the major teams having not played in this year’s World Series.Great Britain (14-1) look a decent bet in the women’s competition.Long shot: Spain celebrate winning the Olympic repêchage – but can they complete the fairytale?In Europe, Leinster (25-1) stand out in the outright winner odds for the Champions Cup given their pedigree and the arrival of Sir Graham Henry as a coaching consultant, while in the Aviva Premiership, newly promoted Bristol are tipped to outshine both Newcastle and Worcester.Reigning champions Connacht (10-1) are only sixth favourites in the Guinness Pro12, and that ‘underdog’ scepticism is echoed in the 28-1 price attached to Leicester City in football’s Premier League.center_img The Rugby Championship is the next big competition in union and unsurprisingly New Zealand are 1-3 on to regain the title they let slip against Australia last year. The All Blacks have lost just two out of 21 Championship games since Argentina joined the party in 2012, but at a long-priced 22-1 the Pumas’ efforts in the past year – including a first away win in South Africa and their third-place finish at the U20 World Cup – are taking a while to sink in.Pumas on the loose: Argentina’s Julian Dominguez makes a tackle during the U20 World ChampionshipFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Front runner: England captain is tipped to lead the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand (Getty Images) last_img read more


Bacon, Beer, and Bacon Beer

Posted On Dec 30 2020 by

first_imgThe South loves its food-based festivals. You’ve got the Ramp Festival in southwest Virginia, the Moonpie Festival in Tennesse, a catfish festival, also in Tennessee, and there’s a BBQ festival every weekend somewhere below the Mason Dixon. Now, in Richmond, we can all get together and celebrate the food that truly deserves its own party: bacon. Devils Backbone Brewery is putting on the first ever Richmond Bacon Festival (maybe the first ever bacon festival in Virginia?). More than 20 restaurants are joining in on the fun bringing their A-list of bacon-based dishes like bacon mac ‘n cheese and bacon ice cream. Even better, since DB Brewery is behind this stroke of genius, there’s a strong craft beer presence, so basically, what you’re getting here is a Bacon and Beer Festival.Name two awesome things that are even more awesome when you combine them? You’ve got peanut butter and jelly, any two Kardashians, and bacon and beer. The festival is this Sunday, June 9th, but to keep the bacon and beer love going, I’ve rounded up three bacon beers worth giving a shot.Rogue Bacon Maple Ale: Low on the IBU’s, high on the malty goodness, Rogue suggests pairing this beer with doughnuts. Duh. rogue.comPisgah Benton Bacon Stout: It’s seasonal, so you gotta catch it when you can, but the boys put Benton’s Smokehouse Farms bacon and Sorghum Molasses in this dark beauty. Lots of bacon here. pisgahbrewing.comHogsback Aporkalypse Now Oatmeal Bacon Stout: Okay, this is a Canadian beer and I haven’t had a chance to try it personally. But I like a good pun that hinges on bacon and classic ‘70s cinema. hogsback.calast_img read more


4 ways to minimize employee fraud and theft

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_imgUnfortunately, we live in a world where businesses, and people in general, have to be prepared for the possibility of a robbery or theft. For a business owner, it can be hard to think about your trusted employees engaging in dishonest or fraudulent activities that could harm your company, but the fact of the matter is, it happens more often than you think. Here are some of the cold hard facts from the 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse:Typical organization loses 5% of revenues in a given year as a result of fraud.The median loss for all cases in the study was $150,000, with 23.2% of cases causing losses of $1 million or moreThe median loss suffered by small organizations (those with fewer than 100 employees) was the same as that incurred by the largest organizations (those with more than 10,000 employees)More than three-fourths of the frauds analyzed were committed by individuals working in seven key departments: accounting, operations, sales, executive/upper management, customer service, purchasing, and finance continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Save $250 on NAFCU’s online training subscriptions before Friday

Posted On Dec 17 2020 by

first_img continue reading » Friday is the last chance for credit union professionals to save $250 on an all-access pass to NAFCU’s exclusive library of online webinars. These online training programs are tailored for staff and volunteers looking to learn, grow, and help their institution. Use code SUMMER by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Friday, Aug. 30.For just one price, receive access to over 50 hot-topic compliance webinars per year and learn to master challenges like BSA, data security, risk management, loss prevention, and more. This also includes training modules on special topics such as NAFCU’s complete training on credit card compliance.With the all-access pass, credit unions can look forward to receiving the following:Online compliance training subscription: includes over 50 compliance webinars and the ability to maintain NCCO, NCRM, NCBSCO designations; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Oilers’ Connor McDavid hits 100 points for third straight season

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgMcDavid also became the 19th player in league history to reach 100 points in three or more consecutive seasons. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (three times from 2007-08 to 2009-10) is the only active player to accomplish that feat. Related News Captain Connor has 💯 points for the third consecutive season! #LetsGoOilers— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 14, 2019Benning buries the PPG, McDavid hits 💯 points! #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/GViAUDuYT9— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 14, 2019Get this.Three straight seasons with 100 points for @cmcdavid97. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/vYJ3gz5xop— NHL (@NHL) March 14, 2019According to TSN, McDavid is just the fifth player in NHL history to record at least three seasons of 100 or more points by age 22. He joins Wayne Gretzky (five from 1979-84), Dale Hawerchuk (four from 1981-86), Mario Lemieux (four from 1984-88) and Sidney Crosby (four from 2005-10) as the select players to do so. Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin reaches 1K career points Connor McDavid cannot be stopped.The Oilers captain and fourth-year center reached 100 points for the third time in his career Wednesday as he recorded his second assist of the night against the Devils. The Devils spoiled McDavid’s milestone with a 6-3 victory over the Oilers.last_img read more