Tag Archives: Rugby Union

Ruan’s Refreshing Reality

28 Mar

Ulster continued their fantastic season on Friday evening with another win in the Magners League that moved them up to second in the table. They also have a first Heineken Cup QF since 1999 to look forward to at the start of April and numerous young players are coming through the ranks to show their quality and potential. Every thing looks bright for the Ravenhill side in the near future.

Now maybe you’re not an avid Rugby Union follower, maybe you don’t have an interest in any Sports, however I thought that it would be so refreshing to bring to you a few quotes from Ulster’s star player Ruan Pienaar, a Springbok who arrived in Belfast last October as a World Cup Winner with plenty of experience and talent. As expected, he has turned in many phenomenal appearances for the Ulstermen, and recently on a few occasions, he has been involved in kicking the points in the last play of the game to secure the win for his side.

Ruan Pienaar, Ulster's Half Back

The following are two quotes from his post-match interviews after the game against the Scarlets (18/2/11) and Glasgow (25/3/11):

vs. Scarlets – ‘I was a bit nervous taking that kick, all I could do was pray and I just want to thank God for giving us the talent to play this wonderful game and it’s good for us to get a result.’

vs. Glasgow – ‘Yeah, I dunno what’s going on, my debut back at Ravenhill I also got all the points but i’ve been very blessed, God has blessed us this season and things are going well at Ulster so just all the glory to Him.’

Personally, I think it is fantastic to see a man who could so easily take all the honour and glory for many match winning performances and so quickly shift that off himself to God. Little seems to be known of Ruan’s personal faith on the interweb but from these quotes I think it is fairly evident of his reality in life. Here is a sportsman who knows where his talent has come from and knows who he wants to glorify through playing his favourite game.

I found these post-match interviews to be a breath of fresh air during years when so many sportsman are quick to praise many others without even the slightest mention of the Lord who gave them the health, talent and strength to play these games.

Well done Ruan Pienaar, a man with so much talent, and a man with so much reality.

‘So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God’.

1 Corinthians 10:31

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A Tribute….

25 Nov

If you happened to catch last Saturday’s big upset at Murrayfield, you would have witnessed a great spectacle of grit and determination as Scotland overcame the World Champions of Rugby. Their 21-17 win over the Springboks was a great occasion, but it wasn’t just the Rugby that caught my attention. I also heard possibly the best tribute to a rugby player during a match, the player in question, was Scottish prop Euan Murray.

Now just in case you think you’re suffering from deja vu, we have done a previous post about Murray, but I felt this short one is just another example of his staunch commitment to his faith and belief  and the effect it can have.

Cotter: ‘And of course Euan Murray won’t be available for Scotland’s 6 Nations matches against England and Ireland because of his belief of not to play Rugby on Sundays…..he’ll be sorely missed in the Scottish front row.’

Moore: ‘You know I really respect that, the man has made his decision and has the commitment to stick by it.’

(The above has been slightly paraphrased as I can’t remember it word for word. If you can find the exact reference whilst watching on iPlayer please inform me!)

So we see here how even this decision can have impacts on numerous people, perhaps a lesson for us all to learn here, our we following through our beliefs with utter conviction? We at Another King will always be in full support for Mr. Murray because of his stand for Christ and His day. (And I promise that this will be the last Rugby related post by me in a while!)

Not to be messed with!

Your Guide to Life

12 Nov

When you’ve been out and about recently, you’ll have noticed a chill in the air and a change in the colour of leaves, that’s right, Autumn is upon us! And I always really look forward to this time of the year, not so I can make the usual generic comments about how ‘the leaves are a lovely shade this time of year’ and ‘look how dark it is outside already!’, but because it is the time of year when Rugby’s finest from the South Hemisphere come on tour and so the Autumn Internationals start! Yes, that’s right, we can look forward to our weekends when terrestial T.V coverage will be overrun with some classic fixtures and some of the sport’s great players will be on display.

So in my usual preparation to these great matches, I was doing a bit of reading on how the Tri-Nations teams had been performing up to now and my eye was drawn to an article on Australia’s new up and coming Out Half, Quade Cooper. He is a fantastic athlete with a great set of hands and feet and a mind to run the game, however it wasn’t his skill at the game of Rugby that caught my eye.

Cooper in action for the Wallabies earlier in the year

In the Rugby World magazine, Cooper was featured and interviewed in an article that focused on the beginnings of his career, where he found his motivation and desire, and what he hopes to achieve. As a young sportsman, these are perfectly normal questions to face, but it was his responses which intrigued me most. The article started with a quote from Michael Jordan, the world’s greatest ever Basketball player, who said this:

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost 300 games. 26 times i’ve been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again. And that is why I succeed.

'Air Jordan' showing his skill in his famous Chicago Bulls No.23 Shirt

The article went on to explain how it was Jordan’s constant embrace of risk in the pursuit of success that drew Cooper to him and therefore this is why Jordan’s quote has been an inspiration to him. This sentence then followed; Forget the Bible, for a 22 year old fast emerging world rugby star, Jordan’s story is a good a guide to life as Cooper is going to get.”

A very interesting quote. In todays world, I wonder how many millions upon millions simply ‘forget the Bible’ when it comes to working out their own life guides. I do wonder where people get their guide to life, which philosopher, celebrity or personal thought do they turn to in order to have some direction in their lives. Many today perhaps think the Bible to slow and old fashioned to keep up with their hip and exciting ways of living, like Quade Cooper, success, money and status has given the world it’s drive to cast aside the holy word of God and catch and hold to other meaningless and empty words to guide them.

As for Christians, we know that the Bible is God’s infallible word; Psalm 119:105 ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ and Joshua 1:8 ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.’ are just a few verses which show how important it should be in our every day lives.

May we take great confidence that we know our life guide is coming from the very mouth of the Lord, that every word in the book is fashioned for our own well being and good.

Psalm 119:103, ‘How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’

Rugby Star Refuses to Play on Sabbath

16 Dec

Lions prop Euan Murray has announced that he will be unavailable to play on Sundays for Scotland or his club side Northampton.

“Murray, who has 28 caps, is a devout Christian and is understood to be reluctant to take part in a match which would compromise his belief in Sabbath observance.

Although unwilling to discuss the matter publicly on this occasion, Murray has acknowledged in the past that he has wrestled with the issue of playing on a Sunday before now…

Murray, formerly of Glasgow, once explained that he had been a Christian for most of his life, but his faith deepened dramatically three years ago when, after suffering with a series of injuries and other problems, he decided to devote his life to God.

He subsequently suggested that an upturn in his fortunes had been directly connected to that strengthening of his faith.

Over the past couple of years he has become recognised as one of the best props in the world.”

Daily Telegraph

Read more about it from the Daily Telegraph or BBC News.