Fund manager says gold price can double. Here’s how I’d invest

first_img Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Manika Premsingh | Monday, 20th July, 2020 | More on: CEY Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Fund manager says gold price can double. Here’s how I’d invest See all posts by Manika Premsinghcenter_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The price of gold has had a great run recently. It’s up 27% in a year. But fund manager Diego Parrilla, of the Spanish Quadriga Asset Managers, believes there’s more upside in store, according to a Bloomberg report. Parilla’s $450m fund, with at least half its investments in gold and other precious metals, has seen a 47% return this year.  Gold price has more upsideGold is a popular investment in times of economic slowdown. As doomsday thinking takes over and we are unsure of all other investment options, we are likely to buy gold. I don’t think a systemic collapse, which will hold gold in best stead of all assets, is likely. But gold can still be a good hedge during stock market crashes. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Ideally, I think the best time to buy gold is during economic booms, when the performance of other financial instruments takes the shine off the yellow metal. But if Parrilla’s views are to be believed, even right now can be a good time. According to him, the gold price could double in the next three to five years. I think holding a small percentage of your investment portfolio in gold maybe an idea to consider in any case. And if you are risk averse or are convinced of its merit, buying even more maybe a good idea too.Investing optionsThere’s more than one way to buy gold. The most obvious is to hold gold in its physical form as gold bars. Another option is to hold it via one of the multiple exchange-traded funds (ETF) based on gold.A third way of buying exposure to gold is through FTSE stocks. Consider the FTSE gold miner, Centamin Mining (LSE: CEY), whose recent results are encouraging. Both gold production and gold sales have increased by double digits from last year. After seeing falling revenues in three of the last four years, I think the latest numbers bode well for CEY in 2020. Cyclicality in the gold price and performance can’t be ruled out, of course, since gold demand is expected to rise in recessions. This means that gold demand can remain muted in good years. We don’t know how long this recession will last, though. If the economy continues to remain weak or even uncertain, gold prices can remain elevated, as Parrilla suggests. The Covid-19 threat hasn’t receded completely either. Geo-political tensions are also underway. If the UK does decide to proceed with the no-deal Brexit, it could result in much uncertainty. The US and China haven’t seen eye-to-eye in a while. And stress between the two may well escalate over time, further impacting economic growth and possibly creating another stock market crash.The takeawayAs a result, the gold price and the Centamin Mining share price will be impacted. The CEY share price is trading at all-time highs right now. Further, it offers a dividend yield of 5.2%. For those of us who are particularly risk averse, this is a stock to consider. But it’s worth bearing in mind, that with improvement in economic conditions, it can come off fast too.  Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

Passive income is my key to happy investing: how I’d start today

first_img Generating buckets of cash streaming into my bank account through passive income has definitely made me a happier investor. The lack of effort required to maintain this position is certainly one of the best things about it. I am, at heart, quite a stunningly lazy man. I’m happy to do the research at the start, of course. I don’t mind digging deep to find the right dividend-paying companies. But once I’ve made my choice and set up regular investments into my Stocks and Shares ISA? I want my investments to take care of themselves. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Then I can sit back and cream off the profits without lifting a finger. In this article I’ll explain how I started, and — with the benefit of hindsight — what I’d change in order to make passive income faster and more profitably.The passive income promiseIt has made a huge difference to my portfolio to have dividend-paying income stocks contributing passive income.I make sure that every month I’m reaping the benefits of tying my progress to companies with proven revenues and dividend payouts over a long period of time.I would swerve away from young companies when picking dividend stocks. I think it’s the longer-standing companies that offer the best opportunities to boost my portfolio and provide lucrative passive income. Step one, two, threeThe first thing I would do if I was starting all over again is to simply save more money. Once I began setting aside £100 a month, it became clear that I didn’t actually need to hold all that capital as cash. In today’s near-zero interest rate environment, my hard-earned money is losing value every day it rots away in my current or savings account.High-yield dividend stocks and shares, by contrast, offer a much better rate of return. Greater than investing in real estate, fine wine, or classic cars, that’s for sure. And the benefits of a passive income also create compound gains, too. This is the second thing I’d change and a critical point I didn’t really understand when I started investing.Reinvest for successHolding on to stocks that pay out dividends year after year means I can increase my shareholding in that company, if I choose to. Instead of immediately taking dividends out of my account as income? I’d start off by reinvesting every dividend payment to buy more shares. Then the proportion I can take out as dividends in future increases. The final thing I’d do if I had my time again would be to broaden my focus. Now I see that if I had picked traditionally defensive companies selling household staples, tobacco or defence prodcuts, I might have been able to grow passive income faster. This point is especially true now with the global economic outlook so uncertain in so many sectors.With dividends now returning to most FTSE 100 companies my choices are much better than they were six months ago. Today I’d be looking at the likes of Imperial Brands, BAE Systems, or Unilever to deliver the passive income I require. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Tom Rodgers | Monday, 11th January, 2021 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! TomRodgers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Passive income is my key to happy investing: how I’d start today Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Tom Rodgerslast_img read more

These are 2 of my favourite UK renewable energy shares

first_img Nadia Yaqub | Monday, 25th January, 2021 | More on: TRIG UKW Renewable energy is the future. At least I think so. I’ve been looking at adding UK renewable energy shares to my portfolio recently and two are on my radar.But first, what is renewable energy? Well, it’s defined as energy that can be collected from sustainable sources. Examples include, wind and solar power. Renewable energy is also referred to as ‘clean’ energy as it doesn’t use up limited and polluting natural resources like coal.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…In fact, renewable energy made up almost half of the UK’s electricity generation in the first three months of 2020. I expect this trend to continue, especially as the UK government tackles issues such as climate change and reducing carbon emissions.So which UK renewable energy plays am I eyeing up? There are two investment trusts I like. #1 – The Renewables Infrastructure GroupI like The Renewables Infrastructure Group (LSE: TRIG) as it’s a portfolio of 74 diversified renewable assets. At present it’s invested in 45 wind, 28 solar and one battery storage asset across UK and Europe.In my opinion, TRIG offers investors diversification by jurisdiction, power market, energy source and weather system. This also means that such a renewable energy portfolio should reduce investment risk.The board members of TRIG are an experienced group of individuals who provide oversight of the renewable projects. The investment manager behind it is InfraRed Capital Partners. It’s a leading global expert in the financing, development and management of infrastructure projects. This includes from their conception, design and construction into their long-term operating phases.There aren’t many diversified UK renewable energy shares available to the average investor. But what I really like about TRIG is its high dividend yield of approximately 5%, which is nicely covered by earnings.As many UK shares have cut or suspended dividends due to Covid-19, I think TRIG’s dividend yield is very attractive for an income-hungry investor like me. I don’t expect this level of income to be cut any time soon, as renewable energy is now an important part of sustaining the planet.Admittedly, TRIG isn’t cheap. It sits on a hefty premium to Net Asset Value (NAV), but for the dividend alone, I think it’s worth the investment for me. As long as it keeps churning out the high income, I’ll be happy.#2 – Greencoat UK WindAnother UK renewable energy share on my radar is Greencoat UK Wind (LSE: UKW). As the name suggests this investment trust only has exposure to operating wind farms in the UK. A downside is that it’s not as diversified as TRIG, but it generates an attractive dividend yield of 5%. For this reason alone and as an income-hungry investor, I think it’s worth a look.UKW’s portfolio consists of 36 wind farms located across the UK. Some 95% of the wind farms are based onshore and not located in the sea. Given the importance of wind energy, UKW is a viable UK renewable energy share that I’d invest in.Another issue that that like TRIG, UKW sits on a significant premium to NAV. But I think it’s worth it given how we’re converting to renewable energy. I think the main benefit for me from this investment trust will be the income generation. As long as it can support the high dividend, which I think it can, I’ll be buying some of this stock. See all posts by Nadia Yaqub These are 2 of my favourite UK renewable energy shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Greencoat UK Wind. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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2 cheap UK stocks to buy now

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. James J. McCombie | Saturday, 27th February, 2021 | More on: AV GSK Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Enter Your Email Address 2 cheap UK stocks to buy nowcenter_img GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) plans to split into a consumer healthcare and a riskier biopharma company some time in 2022. Shareholders in Glaxo have been told that dividends are expected to be maintained at 80p for 2021. However, there has been a warning that aggregate dividends are likely to fall after the split. A breakup and dividend cut on the cards has probably got a lot to do with the Glaxo share price sliding over the course of a year.New Glaxo stocksThe new biopharma company, despite the plans for lower leverage, will be riskier. Drug development is costly, and payoffs are uncertain and lumpy. There will be no stable consumer healthcare cash flows to offset this. A stable dividend policy will be difficult to maintain, and at least initially, payments will likely be low or nothing. The consumer healthcare company is unlikely to be able to make up the shortfall on its own. That makes the 67p combined 2022 dividend that analysts expect seem reasonable.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But, 67p is an implied 2022 dividend yield of 5.5% on Glaxo’s current share price of 1,212p. The split might be difficult, and the combined shares are likely to be more volatile. But, trading at a modest 11 times trailing twelve-month earnings, I think Glaxo stock looks cheap because I think the two independent companies can flourish. You can read more about my decision to continue buying Glaxo stock here.Aviva stockAviva (LSE:AV) paid its shareholders an interim dividend of 7p, on January 21, 2021. A final dividend of 14p is expected to be announced with full-year results in March. The implied dividend yield on Aviva stock sits around 5.7% on a share price of 368p, which is impressive. Given that Aviva shares are also trading at 6.78 times trailing twelve-month earnings, I think they look cheap and would consider topping up my own holding.But Aviva did cut its dividend last year. That took the total number of dividend cuts to three within the last ten years. If in March Aviva does end up paying a 2020 dividend of 21p, that only takes payments back to 2015 levels.Yet, I think there is good reason to believe the Aviva dividend will be maintained and possibly grow going forward. Aviva’s CEO has been in office for less than a year but has been busy selling unwanted businesses in Singapore, Italy, France and Turkey. This is all part of a plan to refocus Aviva on its core markets in the UK, Ireland, and Canada and pay down debt. Shareholders can expect dividend growth to be linked to performance in core markets and be “in the low to mid-single digits”. Cheap stock to buy?Although Aviva does look like a cheap dividend-paying stock, I am mindful that the insurance industry is at risk of regulatory changes, especially since the UK has left the EU. Changes could affect Aviva’s dividend. When Aviva sold its French business for €3.2bn, it agreed to a specific indemnity concerning “known price” arbitrage contracts over and above existing provisions. Although Aviva believes the risk is minimal, it is possible that legal rulings could increase the indemnity risk substantially. James J. McCombie owns shares of GlaxoSmithKline and Aviva. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by James J. McCombie Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

2 of the best penny stocks to buy with £10k and 10 years to wait

first_img Risk appetite on UK share markets is slowly creeping higher again, thanks to encouraging news concerning the economic recovery. The Bank of England’s decision to hike its growth forecasts on Thursday has provided the most recent boost to investor confidence.I’m scanning the London Stock Exchange for some of the best penny stocks to buy right now.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It’s quite possible UK share prices could reverse sharply again should the Covid-19 crisis worsen. But this isn’t something that’s deterring me from continuing to invest in my Stocks and Shares ISA.However, be mindful of how a stock’s profits will be hit if the public health emergency persists. Companies with high levels of debt that stand to be most affected by a prolonged pandemic should probably be avoided too. But as a long-term investor I’m still looking to invest right now.Studies show that long-term share buyers like me tend to enjoy an average annual return of 8-10%. By buying quality British stocks today I’m still putting myself in with a chance of reaping such delicious returns. Here are two of what I feel are the best penny stocks to buy in my ISA if I had £10k to hand.One of the best penny stocks to buy?The Ryanair (LSE: RYA) share price has just closed above 17p per share, taking it to within a whisker of new three-and-a-half-year highs.The UK airline share has soared on signs that the European aviation industry might be opening up again. Of course, the penny stock could reverse sharply again if Covid-19 cases spike again though, and travel barriers are re-erected en masse.As a long-term investor though, this wouldn’t deter me from buying Ryanair’s shares. Firstly, the Irish flyer has more than €3bn worth of liquidity. It therefore has plenty of financial muscle to help see it through the coronavirus crisis.And secondly, the stratospheric pace at which the budget end of the airline market looks set to expand suggests this could be one of the best penny stocks to buy for the 2020s.A fast food firecrackerAs someone who buys shares with a view to holding them for 10 years and above, I think DP Poland (LSE: DPP) is also an attractive UK share to buy today. As the operator of the Domino’s Pizza franchise in Poland, it stands to exploit rising wealth levels in this Eastern European territory.Statista expects online food delivery revenues in Poland to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 10% through to 2024, for example.I also like the steps DP Poland has taken to expand by buying pizza restaurant group Dominion in December. This low-cost share (which trades at 8.8p) could prove to be one of the best penny stocks to buy too if the pandemic flares up again.System sales rose 7% in 2020, due in large part to Covid-19 lockdowns. Bear in mind though, competition is high in DP Poland’s marketplace and this could damage future revenues growth. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild | Friday, 7th May, 2021 | More on: DPP RYA Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 2 of the best penny stocks to buy with £10k and 10 years to wait Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

Esher 22-19 London Welsh

first_imgSlemen’s cross field kick forced Josh Drauninu to concede a lineout and in their eagerness to win back possession Welsh were penalised. With Whitehead off it was another former Dragon, Ulph, who stepped up, only to see his kick hit the right hand upright.Three minutes later, though, from an almost identical spot, Ulph curled over what would prove the winning penalty after Welsh were adjudged to have taken out the jumper at the lineout.Welsh needed a response and they needed it quickly, and Ross provided it with two penalties in the space of a minute. No sooner had Esher looked to have established a winning lead than it was a one score game again.Welsh’s tails were up and a 50-metre Claassens break took the Exiles back to where they needed to be. The Exiles had upped the tempo with Esher firmly on the back foot.Aled Thomas had the chance to level the scores, only to see his attempt shave the right hand upright. A couple of penalties took Welsh up to the Esher line and their forwards pounded away, but the Esher defence held firm and time was not the Exiles’ friend as they slipped to their second away defeat of the season.Esher scorers:Try: Renwick; Con: Whitehead; Pens: Whitehead (4), Ulph (4).London Welsh scorers:Try: Gibson; Con: Ross; Pens: Ross (4).Esher: Chris Whitehead, Sam Ulph, Philip MacKenzie, Arran Cruickshanks, Jonny Hylton, David Slemen, Clive Stuart-Smith, David Millard, Kevin Corrigan, Ricky Nebbett, Robert Anderson, Rudzki Karl, Luke Wallace, Sam Stitcher, Shawn Renwick.Replacements: Samuel Smith for Whitehead (54min), Christopher York for Renwick (58min), Paul Barker for Rudzki (80+1min).Replacements not used: Timothy Tunnicliff, Alexander Walker, Neil Taylor, Andrew Garner.London Welsh: Errie Claassens, Liam Gibson, Hudson Tonga’uiha, Simon Whatling, Josh Drauniniu, Gordon Ross, Ben Stevenson, Michael Holford, Marc Breeze, Shawn Pittman, Martin Purdy, Matt Corker, Ben Russell, Michael Hills, Epi Taione.Replacements: Nick Runciman for Stevenson (61min), Lee Beach for Taione (63min), Lorne Ward for Holford (69min), Dominic Shabbo for Whatling (70min), Aled Thomas for Ross (70min), Vili Ma’asi for Breeze (79min).Replacement not used: Mike Powell.Yellow card: Epi Taione (31min). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Officials: Ref – Martin Fox; TJ’s Paul Kimber & Gareth Copsy.Half-time: 19-10center_img Sam Ulph – EsherMATCH: Esher 22 v 19 London Welsh. The ChampionshipChris Whitehead and Sam Ulph returned to haunt London Welsh as Esher took the derby bragging rights at Molesey Road on Friday night.The former Exiles kicked all but five of their side’s points, with Ulph landing what proved to be the winning penalty 13 minutes from time.The win ended Esher’s run of three matches without a victory, while ending Welsh’s two-match winning run, and the Exiles will have to wait until December 27 for the chance to extract revenge.When Whitehead spilt Gordon Ross’ straight forward kick it was an indication, if any were needed, of the testing conditions both sides faced at a rain sodden Molesey Road.Errie Claassens’ half break caught Esher offside and Ross turned down the chance to go for the posts, to nudge the ball into the corner, but Welsh couldn’t turn the opportunity into points as they were penalised for accidental offside.It fell upon Whitehead to open the scoring, after an overthrown Welsh lineout was gratefully accepted by Sam Stitcher and the Exiles were caught offside.But Welsh wiped that penalty out within minutes when Hudson Tonga’uiha found a gap, drew Whitehead and released Liam Gibson to race clear. Ross added the extras.Whitehead immediately cut the deficit to a point with his second penalty but when David Slemen put a testing the ball in behind the Exiles, Josh Drauniniu had the pace to win Johnny Hylton to touch down.Welsh’s attempts to play the game at pace were being frustrated, while Slemen and Whitehead were kicking intelligently.Claassens produced one scintillating break from under his own posts, but Welsh were struggling to build a period of concerted pressure.Esher, though, were beginning to get the upper hand and their forwards barged their way up to the Welsh line.A succession of penalties saw Whitehead probe the corner and although Martin Purdy produced one excellent steal, Esher pressure eventually told when Epi Taione was caught offside in front of his own posts and Whitehead edged Esher ahead.Esher were playing for territory and playing it well, and when the ball broke loose as Gibson was forced back on half way, it was hacked and Robert Anderson dived on it.Shawn Renwick fed Hylton and although Ben Stevenson produced a try saving tackle, Renwick drove over from close range. Whitehead added a superb conversion close to the left hand touchline and added three more when Welsh were penalised at a scrum on their own 22, despite Taione having just returned to the field to swell the Exiles’ pack.Welsh needed half time to regroup and whatever was said looked to have had the desired effect when the Exiles’ early pressure was rewarded with a Ross penalty.The Exiles were immediately back in the Esher 22 thanks to two fine touch finders from Claassens, giving the home side a taste of their own first half medicine.With Welsh pressing, Esher then lost the excellent Whitehead to injury, but the frustration was beginning to build for the visitors as they struggled to turn possession and dominance in the scrums into points.last_img read more

Lions 2013: Bowe’s comeback and others who defied the docs

first_imgHe was unceremoniously dropped after two games as the rudder man after a thumping against South Africa at Twickenham, with Toby Flood replacing him. Nevertheless, he had climbed back to the top of the game in record time.Back in the game (-ish): Cipriani with England, 2008Paul O’ConnellHe may not have been rebuilt like the Bionic Man or Robocop, clunking back into play months ahead of schedule, but O’Connell was back into Lions contention just in time for tour selection.O’Connell had some dark times after having surgery on a bulging disc in his back,commenting that just after Christmas he found it hard to see himself being in the mix in the summer. He fought back, though, and after a powerhouse display against Harlequins in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals he announced to the world that he was ready to play some tour rugby again.Although he is now out of that tour, he also impressed in the first Lions Test against the Wallabies.Dan LydiateTwo years after a crushed disc, a broken vertebra and torn neck ligaments, Dan Lydiate made his debut for Wales. Comeback kid: Medicine be damned, Tommy Bowe returns to the Lions side only two weeks after breaking his handBy Alan DymockIN A more surprising comeback than the denim jacket, Tommy Bowe has returned to the Lions starting team just a fortnight after breaking his hand.Doctor James Robson has expressed his shock at welcoming Bowe back to full training and the story of his return to the Tests will go down as one of the great tour tales. He is only one of many who have disregarded the docs on their way to a glorious return…Back in black: Steve Thompson re-invented himself at BriveSteve ThompsonIn April of 2007, Thompson retired from rugby after suffering a serious neck injury for Northampton earlier that year.The English World Cup winner and Lions tourist in 2005 signed on with Brive as a “technical advisor” the next season, but just months into his stay he announced a comeback. Everything was declared above board, medically, and he played again some seven months after retiring. He was recalled to England duty in 2009, returned to the Premiership with Leeds Carnegie in 2010, scored for England in the Six Nations in 2011 and signed for Wasps for the 2011/2012 season.He retired just after starting pre-season with Wasps after his neck problems flared up again, but by that point he had already cemented himself in rugby folklore.Danny CiprianiAt the end of the 2007/08 season Cipriani suffered an horrific fracture dislocation of his ankle. Just six months later, though, Cipriani was sprinting out for Wasps against the very club he had fallen against the season before, Bath.His recovery was months ahead of schedule and coincided with an injury to Jonny Wilkinson. Shortly after returning, the talented tyro was pulled into the England starting 15 for the autumn internationals. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS He had been playing for Newport Gwent Dragons in 2007 when he suffered the injury in the Heineken Cup against Perpignan. He clawed his way back from the disappointment and in 2009 he was running out at the Millennium Stadium.Sounds like a resilient bloke? Well he was at it again this season, squeezing himself into the Lions squad despite a broken ankle keeping the flanker out until April. Now he is a Test starter – replacing Tom Croft who also staged a miraculous comeback this season, recovering from a career and potentially life-threatening broken neck to win the Aviva Premiership with Leicester Tigers and play for England and the Lions – for the next hit-out against the Wallabies. BAGSHOT, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 25: Danny Cipriani looks dejected during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park Hotel on November 25, 2008 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) last_img read more

Wales: Five things we learned against Tonga

first_imgAgainst Tonga it doesn’t really matter how many lineouts were completed, line-breaks made or defenders beaten, one stat will have pleased Warren Gatland more than any other. There were no major injuries.Wales couldn’t have faced a worse team given the current injury crisis in the backline. Despite recent quotes suggesting that they were offended by comments regarding the legality of their tackling , the Tongans hit hard. And their technique certainly comes from the Venus de Milo school of tackling where arms clearly aren’t the focus. Wales on the whole coped very well with the Tongan defence, particularly Ryan Jones whose low carrying style make him perfectly suited to carry under the heavy, upper-body tackles. Gatland has stated that he was frustrated with the Welsh performance, but the lack of injuries will have given him some solace.A chance to play the ‘A-Team’There are those who would like to see Wales play their first choice squad against Tonga and put on a real spectacle. However, it must be remembered that Warren Gatland is building a squad to compete at the next Rugby World Cup. And unlike many of his counterparts he doesn’t have the luxury of an ‘A-team’ with which to experiment. Barring this summer’s tour to Japan, the Welsh selectors have had few opportunities to develop their younger, second string. Whereas Stuart Lancaster et al have the opportunity to expose their next generation to international rugby in the less pressured surroundings of the Saxons camp, Gatland is forced to do it at test level. And that’s exactly what he did. 11 changes from the squad which beat the Pumas and new combinations throughout the starting 15.  It was a valuable exercise.Unscathed: Welsh stars survived tough Tongan tacklingWales: Embrace the boredom Surviving the melee: Ryan Jones led Wales to victory during a drab but potentially dangerous game against TongaThe luxury of criticising a victoryWales beat Tonga by 17 – 7, with a score line that belies the dominance of the Welsh performance.There was much talk prior to kick off regarding Wales’ decision to wear their grey kit at home, however such was their dominance that they could have easily played in training bibs. Wales had 62% of the possession and 73% of the territory, and during the second half Wales had an incredible 80% of the territory.The impressive numbers meant that the Welsh backline was able to deliver their largest haul of clean breaks and beaten defenders in this autumn series. The Welsh scrum was stable with Rhodri Jones once again defying the doubters. The Welsh lineout functioned at a highly respectable 88.2% and Leigh Halfpenny was 100% off the kicking tee. Ryan Jones carried well, in a game perfectly suited for his heavy direct carrying. Hallam Amos impressed in his debut with a mix of lateral movement and power through the tackle, whilst Owen Williams has pressed his claims for selection against the Wallabies next week.Yes of course there were numerous handling errors, squandered line breaks, and the Tongans did create a major issue for Wales at the breakdown – Wales turned the ball over 22 times. However, we shouldn’t forget that being able to criticise a victory is a wonderful luxury. A luxury that Welsh rugby has only recently been afforded. There have been stages during the last 15 years where Wales’ first choice 15 have genuinely struggled against tier two nations. Where the result has been in doubt. This was not the case against Tonga.Competition: Owen Williams went wellOwen Williams impressesWales’ massive injury problems in the centre have been far from ideal. However, without the injuries to Jamie Roberts and Jon Davies, Owen Williams realistically wouldn’t have had the chance to impress this autumn, and impress he did. Williams’ try in the 15th minute demonstrated the top end speed, over 40 metres, that some of the larger Welsh centres have on occasion lacked. This isn’t to say that Williams is small. He’s 6ft 3 and the best part of 16 stone. But he is a genuine 13 and not a 12 who has been ‘shunted out one’. He has the pace to make the outside break, an accurate pass on both hands and the defensive skills required at test level. Of course this isn’t to suggest that Williams will take the 13 shirt from Jon Davies – at least not yet. But come the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Jon Davies may have serious competition, and that’s no bad thing.Injury-free LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS <> at Millennium Stadium on November 22, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. Welsh supporters have been thoroughly unimpressed by the win over Tonga. This is understandable. It was a drab affair. Wales and Welsh supporters aren’t used to wins like that. Whether caused by the excitement of a win or the anxiety of a pending loss, Welsh rugby runs on adrenaline. And as a result boring victories don’t quite cut it. As a Welsh supporter, if your heart isn’t racing at 170 beats per minute and you’re not breathing heavily into a brown paper bag when you leave the Millennium Stadium it doesn’t feel like you’ve had a day out.Despite not being the most inspired win, Wales didn’t look like losing that game for a second. We should embrace the boredom and save ourselves for the adrenaline that lies ahead next week. Whether that adrenaline will be created by panic or excitement remains to be seen.last_img read more

Rugby’s Greatest: Rupeni Caucaunibuca

first_img Collapse Fiji Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The late Jonah Lomu was a bona fide… TAGS: FijiThe Greatest Players Rugby’s Greatest: Jonah Lomu LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby’s Greatest: Jonah Lomu Rugby’s Greatest: Rupeni CaucaunibucaKnown universally as Caucau, the Fijian wing ranks second only to Jonah Lomu for his ability to astound on the pitch. After starting out in sevens, Caucau first came to the attention of global audiences at RWC 2003 with Fiji, although not before he’d shunned All Black advances after a scintillating season with the Blues.First, there was a sensational 60m solo try against France, before being yellow-carded for fighting – a sign of things to come. Next, against Scotland, he scored within two minutes with an audacious finish in the corner. His second try was even more outrageous as he skipped and sidestepped past flailing Scots defenders from Fiji’s 22, leading the commentator to exclaim, “Give it to Caucau and he is go-go, gone!”It led to a shell-shocked Chris Paterson saying: “He can be the world’s best player, the type who can win a game almost on his own.” Fiji Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expandcenter_img After the World Cup, the chequebooks were out for his signature, and he plumped for Agen in the Top 14, where he stayed for five helter-skelter years, scoring 65 tries. In this period, his Test appearances were fleeting, though his scoring ratio never diminished. Major teams: Northland, Auckland Blues, Agen, Toulouse Country: FijiTest span: 2003-10Fiji caps: 7 (7starts)Pacific Islanders caps: 1 (1 start)Test points: 50 (10T) Rugby’s Greatest: Bryan Habana Rugby’s Greatest: Bryan Habana Here’s everything you need to know about Fiji… Rupeni Caucaunibuca fends off the Aussies South Africa winger Bryan Habana was the first… Caucau was almost as famous for his off-field indiscipline as his on-field play. Stories would drift over the Channel that Caucau had gone missing back in Fiji and was infuriating coaches but, more often than not, he’d return with a big smile, turn in a match-winning display and be forgiven. Similarly he’d frustrate national coaches and his charge sheet included a one-year ban for missing training camps and a three-month ban for testing positive for cannabis.After a spell at Toulouse, during which he propelled them into the Top 14 final with a semi-final brace v Clermont, he returned to Agen before leaving France last year. He was last heard of playing in Sri Lanka and proclaimed an interest in playing at the 2016 Olympics. A one-off. Expandlast_img read more

Gloucester v Northampton live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgGloucester v Northampton live stream: How to watch from the UKGloucester v Northampton, which kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 30 January, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online. Long pass: Gloucester-Saints in 2019 (Getty Images) Can Gloucester climb off bottom spot in the Premiership? Here’s how you can watch the match We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Gloucester v Northampton live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereCould we see some change at the bottom of the Premiership? If everything goes Gloucester’s way, the Cherry and Whites may climb out of the basement spot. Standing in their way is a Saints side who have not played for a month.Gloucester have made seven changes to try and claim that outcome, with eighth-placed Saints making four swaps since their last outing.For the hosts, experienced nine Willi Heinz makes his first outing of the season and Mark Atkinson returns, his first start since round two. Puma Santiago Carreras gets his first start.For Northampton, Piers Francis and Taqele Naiyaravoro slot back into the backline, and in the pack we see starts for Api Ratuniyarawa and Shaun Adendorff .Gloucester: Jason Woodward; Santiago Carreras, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, Ollie Thorley; Lloyd Evans , Willi Heinz; Val Rapava-Ruskin, Henry Walker, Fraser Balmain, Matt Garvey, Matias Alemanno, Jordy Reid, Lewis Ludlow (captain), Ruan Ackermann.Replacements: Todd Gleave, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Ciaran Knight , Alex Craig , Jamie Gibson, Charlie Chapman , Tom Seabrook, Kyle Moyle.Northampton: George Furbank; Matt Proctor, Piers Francis, Rory Hutchinson, Taqele Naiyaravoro; Dan Biggar, Alex Mitchell; Alex Waller (co-captain), Sam Matavesi, Paul Hill, David Ribbans, Api Ratuniyarawa, Nick Isiekwe, Lewis Ludlam (co-captain), Shaun Adendorff.Replacements: Mikey Haywood, Francois van Wyk, Ehren Painter, Alex Moon, Alex Coles, Tom James, Fraser Dingwall, Tommy Freeman.Below, we explain how to find a reliable live stream for Gloucester v Northampton wherever you areHow to watch Gloucester v Northampton from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Gloucester v Northampton, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Gloucester v Northampton live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Gloucester v Northampton from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 4am on Sunday on Sky Sport NZ Select.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 31 January 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Gloucester v Northampton takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Gloucester v Northampton live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Gloucester v Northampton (kick-off 4pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.Gloucester v Northampton live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Gloucester v Northampton will kick off at 10am EST and 7am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Gloucester v Northampton live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch Gloucester v Northampton at 2am on Sunday (AEST).If you don’t want a long-term contract, you can also stream games live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offer 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.last_img read more