World Cup players return to Edinburgh squad

first_imgAUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 01: Allan Jacobsen of Scotland looks on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) Speaking after his first training session back with the club, centre Nick de Luca said: “It’s been great to see some of the youngsters stepping up and making waves at the club while we’ve been away. Hopefully we can come back, add to that and help move them and the club forward by bringing our skills and strengths.“I love playing for Edinburgh Rugby but personally it’s vital for me to get off to a new start with a coach who is new to me. I plan to do that by putting my best foot forward in training and playing, and hopefully becoming a favourite of Michael Bradley’s as I look to push my way in there and keep the jersey.” Allan Jacobsen heads back to Edinburgh after being with the Scotland squad in New ZealandEdinburgh Rugby were today boosted by the return of eight international players from the Rugby World Cup ahead of the side’s match against European champions Leinster at Murrayfield a week on Friday (28 October, kick-off 7.35pm).With seven players on Scotland duty and one with the Fiji squad, the capital club welcomes the return of three backs and five forwards sharing over 300 caps.Among the internationalists are Scotland’s most capped player and record point’s scorer, Chris Paterson, British & Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Blair, and the complete front-row that started the nation’s matches against Romania and Argentina: Allan Jacobsen, Geoff Cross and British & Irish Lions hooker Ross Ford, who reached a half century of caps during the championship.Speaking after today’s training session, Edinburgh Rugby head coach Michael Bradley, paid tribute to the young players who have stepped up to the mark in the black and red jersey before welcoming the returning internationalists.He said: “During the World Cup a lot of our young players had a lot of game time and they’ll park that experience and learn from it. It’s important for the coaches to see how these players handle pressured environments and, by and large, all of them came through very well, which is very good for Edinburgh Rugby going forward. “We’re now moving into a very exciting second period of the season and we’ve welcomed the national team boys back into the squad. They’re experienced, quality, international players so we expect them to take leadership roles in the squad – that will be one of their challenges in the next two RaboDirect PRO12 matches leading into the Heineken Cup.“Our first match is at home against Leinster and the World Cup players will undoubtedly come into contention for selection as we can’t ignore their quality but these next two weeks will be a test for them to see how they integrate into the squad.”The returning Scots contingent is completed by open-side flanker Ross Rennie and centre Nick de Luca while back-row Netani Talei returns from the Fiji camp. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Snooping into your lover’s privacy

first_imgLifestyleRelationships Snooping into your lover’s privacy by: – December 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! 99 Views   one comment Share Sharecenter_img Tweet As exciting as the beginning of a relationship is, it’s also fraught with insecurity, which leads to all manner of upsetting behavior: jealous tirades, playing games, being clingy. All because you don’t know exactly what the other party is thinking or feeling — and no one wants to sound desperate by coming out and demanding: “Exactly what are you thinking or feeling?”That’s where snooping comes in. The lure of looking at something private…I admit it: I’ve stooped to snooping on boyfriends on many occasions. Most recently, it was the guy’s personal journals, which he’d conveniently left in an unlocked trunk (how cute, he trusted me). We’d been long-distance dating for awhile and I’d just flown in to see him, but I still wasn’t sure how seriously he took our relationship. I’ll just read this and then I’ll know exactly what’s going on, I thought. That’s the problem. You will know exactly what’s going on. And you might not like it. As I flipped through each notebook, scanning for my name — and, of course, any girl’s name — there was one that popped up again and again. Mia said this. Mia and I did that. Which would be fine if my name were Mia. But no: Mia was the friend of a friend he traveled with in Germany over the summer. Just a friend. Nothing going on there. But Mia got a lot of ink. Where’s my name? Scan, scan, scan. There it is. Carrie is coming to visit next week. Wonder how that will go. That’s it? By the time he returned home from work, I was curled up in a chair, mute with hurt and disappointment. And the worst part was, I couldn’t let it out. I wanted to rage at him. Why not just hook up with Mia and get it over with? Why are you leading me on like this? But all that really would tell him was this: I just read your diary, and I’m not happy with what I found. Yeah, that would go over great. Soon after my diary recon turned up an alarming lack of attachment to me, I extricated myself from the relationship. Spying into his private musings, I reasoned, had no doubt saved me a lot of time, energy and eventual heartbreak… or had my surreptitious behavior blown any chance I may have had of making things work? How common is the urge to spy on your partner?As abominable as many people may find my behavior, I’m hardly the only person who’s ever tried to navigate the dark jungle of a relationship by combing through diaries, scrutinizing credit card statements, or scrolling through cell phone messages. According to a Match.com poll of over 1,000 people, 1 in 10 of us snoop on our significant others regularly; an additional 27 percent said they would if there were reason to be suspicious. And technologies such as email, IM chat logs and text messaging have given us even more clues. Geri, for one, regularly checked her boyfriend Jake’s cell phone history to see whom he’d been calling while he was out of town.“At 11 p.m. each night, before he’d go out alone, he would make a call to a different girl,” she says. “Names I had never heard of before, so I knew they weren’t his friends.” The last straw was when she spotted a series of text messages between Jake and his ex-girlfriend, Rachel — and in one of them, he confessed how much he missed her. Jake, when confronted, swore Geri was reading too much into the message, putting Geri in a position where she almost regrets snooping in the first place. “What’s the point of looking? I’m not going to break up with him over a text message,” she says. “And now this has just created a wedge between us. He’s creeped out.” Deciphering the ill-gotten intelUnfortunately, many people who snoop find themselves in a “snooping limbo” of sorts: They know something’s up but aren’t certain what they know, if anything. Anne, who was poking around online and found that her boyfriend Bob’s page on a social networking site was linked to his ex-girlfriend’s, knows this truth all too well. She now checks both pages obsessively to see when both of them have last logged in, trying to suss out if the twosome were trading messages via the site before hooking up in secret. And, like all snoopers, she doesn’t want to rat herself out by confessing to her snooping behavior. “He might stop doing what he’s doing or find other ways of doing it, and then I’ll never know for sure if he’s doing anything at all,” she explains. What’s the moral these sordid stories have to offer? For starters, I’m not here to tell you not to take a peek at your honey’s private stuff, because that would be hypocritical. It may be distasteful to be a snoop, but perhaps there’s some benefit to it; after all, who knows how long I would have pursued my long-distance boyfriend without reading his diary? But I can also tell you that unless you see exactly what you want to see, snooping only inflames your already-heightened insecurities and will perhaps destroy a budding relationship that needs trust to get off the ground. And while some spying types might argue with me, looking through a date’s emails is not quite the same as looking into his or her heart. That’s one fortress that can never be broken into; it can only be given away. YAHOO Dating Tips and Advice Sharelast_img read more

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