A popular Test and club player, ‘Parksy’ was also a notable Barbarian –and it’s the Baa-Baas I think of as pioneers of rugby’s great charitable tradition from the time in 1948 when the Wallaby tourists, who had so flamboyantly and generously re-established peacetime rugby here, found themselves unable to return home. All passages on ships were full via Suez or South Africa – so the Baa-Baas organised their first farewell Cardiff match for a touring team and 50,000 turned up to ensure the Wallabies could afford the far dearer Atlantic-Pacific tickets via Canada and British Columbia. Happy days.When it comes to rugby, charity begins at home.This article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Richard Parks during his epic 737 challenge for charityRugby is a good game, sure… and a good game brimful of goodness. Of all the major team sports, can there be a more consistently generous one than rugby?Think of any rugby club you know – from the superior and snooty to the parish-pump piffling – and it would be a major shock-horror surprise, wouldn’t it, if it was a club which wasn’t sponsoring, bolstering or encouraging some good and worthwhile charitable concern, cause or crusade?The rugby ethos fosters and warmly cherishes an inbuilt philanthropy and good neighbourliness. Rugby and charity – you can’t have one without the other. The good Samaritan is a permanent player on every rugby team sheet. Down almost a century and a half we’ve known how rugby has made great men achieve great things on the field. As well rugby makes great men achieve great things off the field – just think of true greats like Cliff Morgan, Tony O’Reilly, Andy Ripley and Lawrence Dallaglio, and think of their charitable works and the zillions they’ve raised.And now think, too, of Richard Parks, the former Wales flanker forced to retire from rugby, who has been spending 2011 attempting a dramatic world first, the 737 Challenge in which he aims to conquer the seven mountain summits of all seven continents as well as reach the three poles – North, South and the roof of the world, Everest. Some journey, some ambition – and all for Marie Curie Cancer Care.As bold Richard was confronting his self-imposed epic challenges, it goes without saying that the rest of rugby was deeply committed to its own non-stop myriad of charity works big and small… from tens of thousands of club events for local worthwhile causes the world over to the established global goodness of the Wooden Spoon charity, founded cheerfully in 1983 on the back of another dismal England loss in Dublin.Then there’s John Beeby’s 2011 walk across America, another of good Matt Hampson’s annual treks to Twickenham for the Premiership final, the outstanding military fund Help for Heroes, fellow journo Sam Peters and his Row2Recovery, and magical Dan Carter and his Kiwi compatriots coming to London to stage that magnificent match so soon after the earthquake devastation of the beautiful city of Christchurch…It was when Parks knew his shoulder injury was so chronic that he had to give up playing that, adrift and sorry for himself, he came across a book by veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Before he had finished it, Richard was depressed and downcast no longer – but was already formulating his gripping expedition – and all against a seven-month clock! To climb his final peak, Mount Elbrus in Russia, he has booked as his partner inspirational author Sir Ranulph. Double Olympic medallist rower Steve Williams had accompanied him on the North Pole and Everest legs, and he’d been joined up Kilimanjaro by Marie Curie nurse Jan Stuart. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit
MORE FRIDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Friday, June 21RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Chris SaleRed Soxvs. Blue Jays86 (23rd)N/A$12,000$12,0002Trevor BauerIndiansvs. TigersN/A87 (T-23rd)$11,500$11,1003Matthew [email protected] Indians85 (24th)N/A$10,000$9,7004Walker BuehlerDodgersvs. RockiesN/A87 (T-23rd)$11,200$10,8005Stephen StrasburgNationalsvs. BravesN/A106 (T-9th)$9,800$10,5006Aaron NolaPhilliesvs. MarlinsN/A75 (29th)$8,700$8,0007Sonny [email protected] BrewersN/A100 (12th)$7,300$7,9008German [email protected] DodgersN/A116 (T-2nd)$7,600$9,0009James PaxtonYankeesvs. Astros136 (1st)N/A$9,200$8,10010Yu DarvishCubsvs. MetsN/A97 (T-13th)$7,900N/A11Martin [email protected] Royals74 (28th)N/A$7,800$7,60012Mike LeakeMarinersvs. OriolesN/A81 (26th)$8,500$8,70013Eric [email protected] Pirates76 (27th)N/A$7,000$6,10014Griffin [email protected] CardinalsN/A92 (T-16th)$8,000$8,50015Brad [email protected] YankeesN/A116 (T-2nd)$7,100$7,80016Joe MusgrovePiratesvs. PadresN/A89 (T-19th)$7,500$5,50017Chase AndersonBrewersvs. RedsN/A82 (25th)$6,600$6,60018Jason [email protected] Cubs96 (16th)N/A$6,500N/A19Taylor ClarkeD-backsvs. GiantsN/A78 (T-27th)$5,900$6,80020Jalen Beeks (PLR)[email protected] A’s129 (2nd)N/AN/A$7,60021Jeff [email protected] D-backsN/A89 (T-19th)$6,200$6,90022Dallas KeuchelBravesvs. Nationals118 (5th)N/A$7,700$8,30023Ariel JuradoRangersvs. White SoxN/A91 (18th)$6,300$6,50024Trent ThorntonBlue [email protected] Red SoxN/A111 (6th)$7,200$7,10025Tanner AndersonA’svs. RaysN/A109 (T-7th)$6,000$6,70026Michael WachaCardinalsvs. AngelsN/A115 (4th)$6,400$5,00027Sandy [email protected] PhilliesN/A89 (T-19th)$7,400$7,40028Jakob JunisRoyalsvs. TwinsN/A117 (1st)$6,700$6,30029Reynaldo LopezWhite [email protected] RangersN/A104 (11th)$6,100$5,80030Ryne Stanek (O)[email protected] A’sN/A96 (15th)N/A$4,30031Sean Gilmartin (PLR)[email protected] Mariners111 (8th)N/AN/A$4,00032Paul Fry (O)[email protected] Mariners111 (8th)N/AN/A$4,000wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Friday’s daily SP rankings have several high-priced aces, one affordable ace, and a bunch of mediocre pitchers with favorable matchups. Finding worthwhile picks for your MLB DFS contests will be easy, but with so many options, finding the right pick(s) for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups might take a while.Going with any of our top five seems safe, as all are high-K pitchers in good spots. Stephen Strasburg (vs. Braves) has the toughest matchup and is coming off his worst start of the season, but we know he has the stuff for a nice bounce-back outing. James Paxton (vs. Astros) hasn’t been quite as sharp since returning from the DL, but he’s another SP with elite talent. He has a nice price relative to his ability, especially on DraftKings, but a tough matchup against the Astros makes him a GPP-only play. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNAs far as values, Eric Lauer (@ Pirates), Martin Perez (@ Royals), and Mike Leake (vs. Orioles) all have favorable matchups based on the splits. The Pirates are hitting better right now, so Lauer is the riskiest, but his cheap price still makes him a decent GPP play. Aaron Nola (vs. Marlins) has frustrated fantasy owners all season, but his matchup, price, and talent will likely have him highly owned tonight. The most obvious fade is Dallas Keuchel (@ Nationals), who’s overpriced given the brutal matchup in his first start of the season. Check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports.