Six Nations: England equal the All Blacks – but are they on their level?

Six Nations: England equal the All Blacks - but are they on their level?

Six Nations: England equal the All Blacks – but are they on their level? Nations : “We’re one year into a four-year project. We’ve done reasonably well in the first year.” It sounds like something a college lecturer might say to a room of young undergraduates, or the owner of a small tech start-up to his three staff after filing the company’s first year-end accounts. It is not the sort of thing you expect to greet a world record-equalling victory, one that puts your team alongside arguably the greatest outfit…

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Six Nations 2017 Scotland v Wales starts pivotal weekend

Six Nations 2017: Scotland v Wales starts pivotal weekend

Six Nations 2017 Scotland v Wales starts pivotal weekend Scotland will attempt to end their decade-long winless streak against Wales with a team missing five key men as the Six Nations resumes this weekend. Not since 2007 have Vern Cotter’s men won a Six Nations match against Wales, with the average margin of defeat 15 points in that period. Ireland have recalled Lions fly-half Jonny Sexton as they look to re-establish themselves in the title race with a win over a resurgent France. And Sexton’s main rival to be the…

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Six Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales

Six Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales

Six Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales The Six Nations opening weekend has prompted as many questions as it has provided answers. Is Scotland’s win over Ireland the start of some sustained success? Was England’s scrappy, but nonetheless victorious, performance against France a sign of greatness or a symptom of something amiss? And will Wales’ failure to score a fourth try in beating Italy be the first significant part that bonus points have to play in Six Nations history? Here is my attempt to pick through the…

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“Shame”: United States Listed in Report of Nations That Persecute Christians

“Shame”: United States Listed in Report of Nations That Persecute Christians

“Shame”: United States Listed in Report of Nations That Persecute Christians Every year, the International Christian Concern (ICC) publishes the Hall of Shame Report, listing the worst nations for persecuted Christians. This year, for the first time, the United States was included in the report. Every year, the International Christian Concern (ICC) publishes the Hall of Shame Report, listing the worst nations for persecuted Christians. This year, for the first time, the United States was included in the report. In the report released in early January, the United States was…

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Do countries lose religion as they gain wealth?

Do countries lose religion as they gain wealth?

Do countries lose religion as they gain wealth? The world’s poorest nations are also some of its most religious – but does that mean religion can’t flourish in a prosperous society? Gregory Paul doesn’t think it can. After constructing a “Successful Societies Scale” that compared 25 socioeconomic indicators against statistics on religious belief and practice in 17 developed nations, the Baltimore-based paleontologist concluded in a 2009 study that “religion is most able to thrive in seriously dysfunctional societies.” Paul, who is a freelance researcher not affiliated with any institution, compiled data on everything…

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