December’s Team of the MonthCharles and Camila weren’t the only ones to be put out by student demonstrations in the English capital – London Welsh Amateurs almost lost a match because of them! Coach Ian Horgan got stuck in traffic at Westminster and only delivered the team kit minutes before kick-off against table toppers HAC.“We did a joke stretch, then ran on the pitch,” explains loosehead/skipper Stephen Roberts. “Our minds were still in the changing room in the first half and we went in 20-3 down. But we had nothing to lose and so started to run everything – and the space opened up.”Centre Tom Hughes, 18, scored two tries as Welsh rallied exhilaratingly to win 21-20, part of a nine-match winning run that put the team in the melting pot for promotion from Herts/Middlesex One – in their very first season since leaving the Surrey merit tables.It’s reward for an adventurous approach – ‘keep the ball until you score’ is their motto – and the fantastic camaraderie in a side that has been together for a dozen years. “We’ve been to each other’s engagements, weddings and divorces!” quips Roberts, 35.Hughes, picked by Welsh Exiles U18s, athletic lock Duncan Jones, immovable tighthead Jonny Graham and sniping scrum-half Rhodri Mogford form the spine of a team that is grateful for the support of the London Welsh pros at their weekly training session. “There’s no ‘them and us’ culture here and players like Gordon Ross like to pop down to assist,” Roberts says. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Having relied on ‘hand-me-downs’ from the pros, London Welsh Amateurs are thrilled to win not only our December Team of the Month award but also 22 kitbags from Canterbury. Now you can take your own kit, chaps!Canterbury KitbagsCheck out February 2011’s Team of the Month – Pencoed PhoenixDo you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipc Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.
Tony Joeglal, Euro Payment Group: Local customisation key as new ways to play emerge October 1, 2019 SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Share EPG: Why working with exemptions could offset SCA setbacks August 30, 2019 Euro Payment Group (EPG) has integrated a number of new payments solutions for emerging markets across Africa. This is after EPG secured global partnerships which also enable the repatriation, or settlement of funds processed in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana to a European bank account.“Working with leading local partners is fundamental for us to facilitate domestic payment processing including fund repatriation whilst expanding with largely European oriented merchants into the African market,” said Tony Joeglal, VP of Global Business Development & Marketing at EPG. The company has subsequently produced a list of new payment methods for the six African countries, starting with South Africa where customers will be able to redeem Discovery Miles – a ‘niche’ loyalty payment to support the core bank card (Visa, Mastercard and Amex) and Instant Bank Transfer (Ozow – formerly known as i-Pay) methods.Next on the list is Kenya, where major operators had their digital payment processing channels suspended this summer as part of a tax dispute with the country’s revenue collection agency. Customers here can use the same core card payments alongside mobile-focused money transfer solutions mPesa, Equitel and Airtel.Meanwhile, in Uganda – a country enduring a similarly turbulent time for sports betting since president Yoweri Museveni put a ban on the issue of new licences in February – is one of three countries where EPG clients will offer Airtel, Tigo Cash, MTN Mobile Money and Vodafone payment types. Those in Rwanda and Ghana can enjoy the same four methods.Finally, EPG will mix bank card payments (Visa, Mastercard and Verve) in Nigeria by adding the account number-based solution developed by Nigeria’s inter-bank settlement system (NIBSS). Starting out with just two commercial banks in 2011, the NIBSS Instant Payments (NIP) service has grown to include all commercial banks, Micro-Finance banks (MFBs), and Mobile Money Operators (MMOs). StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles