Darren Morris is a former Wales international rugby union player who represented the British and Irish Lions. He moved to Texas in 2015 as Director of Rugby for Griffins Rugby in Dallas, Texas, USA. Morris was born in Aberdare, educated at Aberdare Boys School, Neath College and the University of Glamorgan. Played for Neath RFC from 1992 to 1998, during this period played in Brisbane for Eastern Suburbs Tigers, where they made it to the Grand Final in 1995. During this time he was involved with the Queensland Reds, he moved to Swansea RFC in 1998 where the club won numerous leagues and cups. He captained. Morris joined Leicester Tigers with England props Graham Rowntree and Julian White. Morris made 64 appearances for the club, he joined Cardiff Blues. In January 2010, Morris signed for Northampton Saints until the end of the season; the following season Morris joined RGC 1404 as a forwards coach whilst involved Ampthill RUFC. Morris joined Hartpury College in a player-coach role before announcing his retirement from playing at the end of the 2011-12 season.
In 2011 he went to the 2011 World cup. He continued this role and became forwards coach of the Russia's national team in 2012 to 2013. In 2013 he took a role as Director of Rugby in Krasnodar for a full-time team called Kuban, taking them to their highest position in their first season at the highest level of rugby in Russia, he returned to rugby in 2013, signing for Doncaster Knights as a player-coach as well as helping them get promoted back to the Championship that season. Darren Morris began his international career at the age of 15 for Wales U-15's. Morris continued to play international rugby with both Welsh schools which he captained and moving onto Welsh Youth, Welsh U-21's. Although Morris was selected for Wales in 1996, injury prevented him from being able to play, he made his Senior Wales début on 6 June 1998 against Zimbabwe. He played in the 2001 Six Nations and Morris played on the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, he went on the 2004 tour to Argentina and South Africa under Mike Ruddock.
In 2005 he was again involved with the Irish Lions on their practice squad and standby. Welsh Rugby Profile at WRU.co.uk Worcester Warriors Profile at Warriors.co.uk Tigers profile Guinness Premiership Profile at GuinnessPremiership.com Wales Online: players you might have forgotten
Ulster Unionist Party
The Ulster Unionist Party is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland. Having gathered support in Northern Ireland during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, the party governed Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972, it was supported by most unionist voters throughout the conflict known as the Troubles, during which time it was referred to as the Official Unionist Party. Between 1905 and 1972 its MPs took the Conservative whip at Westminster, considered as part of the Conservative Party, it is the fourth-largest party in Northern Ireland, having been overtaken in 2003 by the DUP and Sinn Féin, in 2017 by the SDLP. At the 2015 general election, the party won two seats in the House of Commons and South Tyrone and South Antrim. At the 2017 snap election, the party lost these two seats, made no gains. In 2016, the UUP, the SDLP and the Alliance Party decided not to accept the seats on the Northern Ireland Executive to which they would have been entitled and to form an official opposition to the executive.
This marked the first time since 1921 that a devolved government in Northern Ireland did not include the UUP. The party was led by Mike Nesbitt, but on 3 March 2017 he announced his resignation following the party's poor performance at that year's assembly election; the Ulster Unionist Party traces its formal existence back to the foundation of the Ulster Unionist Council in 1905. Before that, there had been a less formally organised Irish Unionist Alliance since the late 19th century dominated by unionists from Ulster. Modern organised unionism properly emerged after William Ewart Gladstone's introduction in 1886 of the first of three Home Rule Bills in response to demands by the Irish Parliamentary Party; the IUA was an alliance of Irish Conservatives and Liberal Unionists, the latter having split from the Liberal Party over the issue of home rule. It was the merger of these two parties in 1912 that gave rise to the current name of the Conservative and Unionist Party, to which the UUP was formally linked until 1985.
From the beginning, the party had a strong association with the Orange Order, a Protestant fraternal organisation. The original composition of the Ulster Unionist Council was 25% Orange delegates, however this was reduced through the years. Although most unionist support was based in the geographic area that became Northern Ireland, there were at one time unionist enclaves throughout southern Ireland. Unionists in County Cork and Dublin were influential; the initial leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party all came from outside what would become Northern Ireland. However, after the Irish Convention failed to reach an understanding on home rule and with the partition of Ireland under the Government of Ireland Act 1920, Irish unionism in effect split. Many southern unionist politicians became reconciled with the new Irish Free State, sitting in its Seanad or joining its political parties; the existence of a separate Ulster Unionist Party became entrenched as the party took control of the new government of Northern Ireland.
The leadership of the UUP was taken by Sir Edward Carson in 1910. Throughout his 11-year leadership he fought a sustained campaign against Irish Home Rule, including being involved in the formation of the Ulster Volunteers in 1912. In the 1918 general election, Carson switched constituencies from his former seat of Dublin University to Belfast Duncairn. Carson opposed the partition of Ireland and the end of unionism as an all-Ireland political force, so he refused the opportunity to be Prime Minister of Northern Ireland or to sit in the Northern Ireland House of Commons, citing a lack of connection with the place; the leadership of the UUP and, Northern Ireland, was taken by Sir James Craig. Until the end of its period of power in Northern Ireland, the UUP was led by a combination of landed gentry and gentrified industrial magnates. Only its last Prime Minister, Brian Faulkner, was from a middle-class background. During this era, all but 11 of the 149 UUP Stormont MPs were members of the Orange Order, as were all Prime Ministers.
James Craig governed Northern Ireland from its inception until his death in 1940 and is buried with his wife by the east wing of Parliament Buildings. His successor, J. M. Andrews, was criticised for appointing octogenarian veterans of Craigavon's administration to his cabinet, his government was believed to be more interested in protecting the statue of Carson at the Stormont Estate than the citizens of Belfast during the Belfast blitz. A backbench revolt in 1943 resulted in his resignation and replacement by Sir Basil Brooke, although he was recognised as leader of the party until 1946. Brookeborough, despite having felt that Craigavon had held on to power for too long, was Prime Minister for one year longer. During this time he was on more than one occasion called to meetings of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland to explain his actions, most notably following the 1947 Education Act which made the government responsible for the payment of National Insurance contributions of teachers in Catholic Church-controlled schools.
Ian Paisley called for Brookeborough's resignation in 1953 when he refused to sack Brian Maginess and Clarence Graham, who had given speeches supporting re-admitting Catholics to the UUP. He retired in 1963 and was repl
Jeremy Davidson (rugby union)
Jeremy Davidson is a rugby union lock who played club rugby for Dungannon, London Irish and Castres Olympique. At international level he represented Ireland with 32 caps and represented the British and Irish Lions, he attended Methodist College Belfast. His playing career ended after he aggravated an old knee injury whilst fishing and, following a spell as director of rugby at Dungannon RFC, he moved on to coach Castres. In June 2009 he became part of the coaching team at Ulster. Notable achievements of his include being voted players' player of the tour on 1997 Lions tour, captaining Ulster and London Irish. Ireland profile
Setanta Sports was a sports television company based in Dublin, Ireland. The company was formed in 1990 to facilitate the broadcasting of Irish sporting events to international audiences; the company operated channels in the UK, Australia, the United States and Canada. Setanta Sports operated a number of channels which closed. In December 2015, Eir purchased Setanta Sports Ireland Ltd. On 5 July 2016 Setanta Sports was rebranded Eir Sport. Setanta operated Setanta Sports and Setanta Action until October 2013 when the channels were acquired by 21st Century Fox. In July 2014, Fox announced that from August 2014 the channels would be rebranded Fox Sports and Fox Sports 2; as of August 2014 both Setanta Sports Australia and Setanta Sports Plus were sold to Al Jazeera Media Network with approval sought from regulators in Australia. The channel became BeIN Sports Australia in November 2014. Setanta Sports operated a version of the channel in Canada as a joint venture with Canadian media company Rogers Communications.
However, its minority stake was acquired by Rogers in July 2011 and the channel was re-aligned as part of its Sportsnet networks, become Sportsnet World on 3 October 2011. The re-launch would come alongside an overall re-branding of the Sportsnet networks. Setanta operated services in the UK, following a period of administration its UK services ceased operating. Within the Great Britain, Setanta GB operated Setanta Sports 1 and 2, Setanta Golf, it operated Setanta Sports News under a joint venture with Virgin Media. Setanta GB operated Arsenal TV, Celtic TV, LFC TV and Rangers TV with their respective clubs. Reports on 7 June 2009 suggested that Setanta could be forced into administration that week, after failing to make payments due on TV rights; because of late payment and renegotiation over fees by Setanta to football clubs, several British football clubs were put into financial difficulties as money promised had been spent in annual budgets. On 4 June 2009, the Scottish Premier League announced they would be paying the sums that some of the clubs were owed to avoid causing them financial problems.
On 19 June 2009, Setanta Sports failed to pay the latest instalment of £30 million it owed the English Premier League. The Premier League had to sell the rights to the 46 live matches. A Premier League spokesman said, "It is with considerable regret that we announce that Setanta has been unable to meet their obligations; as such the existing licence agreement between us has been terminated with immediate effect."On 21 June 2009, BT Vision stopped selling Setanta Sports channels to customers. On 22 June 2009, it was reported by RTÉ News that the original Setanta Sports channel, Setanta Ireland, might be bought out by an existing consortium who hold interests in Setanta Sport Holdings Ltd. the Irish arm of Setanta Sports. Setanta Sports Ireland and Setanta Sports North America were the only brands which made a profit in 2008; the same day, Setanta lost all their SPL TV rights because they were unable to pay the £3m owed to the league. Following this, it was announced that ESPN had bought the rights to show the 46 Premier League games bought by Setanta for the 2009/10 season.
Setanta GB went into administration 22 June 2009, following failure to make payments to a number of sporting organisations. 430 jobs, 200 of which were in Ireland, were expected to be lost as a result of its going into administration. The administration was handled by Deloitte. At 18:00 that day, most of its channels ceased operations within Great Britain. According to the final report published by Setanta's administrator Deloitte, released in July 2010, the broadcaster had outstanding bank loans of UK£261m and unsecured debt of UK£288m. Deloitte said that unsecured lenders received just 2p for every pound that they have claimed back from the defunct operator. Arsenal TV continued until August 2009. Liverpool FC decided to continue broadcasting as normal. Just as when Sky Sports, in the 1990s, first obtained the exclusive rights to screen live coverage of the England national football team's away qualifying matches for the World Cup, so Setanta attracted similar criticism as a result of it having obtained the same contract.
Whereas Sky sold on a highlights package to a terrestrial broadcaster, Setanta indicated that the sums offered by terrestrial broadcasters, reported to be £100,000 to £200,000, were five to ten times lower than their perceived market value. Thus, no highlights package was agreed, Setanta themselves showed highlights of both England and Scotland qualifiers free-to-air after the live games had concluded; this was announced at 18:00 on the day the matches took place, received 220,000 viewers. Setanta accepted "a low, six-figure deal" with ITV to show delayed "extended highlights" a few days later. Setanta's GB subscriber numbers were lower than those of Sky Sports, the number of households watching the match live was estimated at around 1.5 million. Because of the availability of Setanta on both digital satellite and digital terrestrial television, the theoretical possible subscriber base surpassed that of Sky Sports but fans who were unwilling to subscribe could not see the match live. British Prime Minister at the time Gordon Brown indicated he felt it "unfortunate" more fans could not see the match live for free.
Setanta GB received significant criticism of its cancellation policy, with the issue in
Martyn Elwyn Williams, is a former Wales and British and Irish Lions international rugby union player. A flanker, he was Wales' most-capped forward with 100 caps until surpassed by Gethin Jenkins on 30 November 2013, he remains Wales most capped back row forward. Williams played club rugby for Pontypridd, with whom he won the 1996–97 Welsh league moved to Cardiff RFC in 1999, he captained Cardiff from 2002 until 2005. In the Heineken Cup semi-final match against Leicester Tigers on 3 May 2009, Williams missed a crucial kick in the penalty shootout after the game had finished level after extra time, allowing Jordan Crane to step up and score the winning kick, it was the first time. In March 2012, Williams announced. After gaining international caps at every junior level he won his first Wales A cap in 1996 and made the senior side against the Barbarians the same year, his first appearance in the Five Nations Championship was against England in 1998. He captained Wales for the first time against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2003.
He won his 50th Welsh cap against England in the first match of the 2005 Six Nations Championship and played a prominent part in Wales' Grand Slam that year, notably scoring two tries early in the second half against France in Paris when Wales had appeared to be heading for defeat. He was named RBS Six Nations player of the Championship. Williams announced his retirement from international rugby on 1 October 2007, following Wales' early exit from the 2007 Rugby World Cup only to make a surprise decision to return to international action when he was recalled by new Wales head coach Warren Gatland in January 2008, he was a key member of Wales Grand Slam winning side of 2008, was considered by many to be one of the best players in the tournament. Williams holds the Welsh record for most appearances in the Five and Six Nations championships, surpassing Gareth Edwards' record of 45 appearances in the third round of the 2009 Six Nations, he attained his 100th cap against the Barbarians on 2 June 2012.
Williams was selected for the British and Irish Lions tours to Australia in 2001 and to New Zealand in 2005. He was named as part of Ian McGeechan's 37-man British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa in the summer of 2009, he played centre-back for the Welsh YMCA U16 football side. Williams was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to rugby. In July 2012, Williams was made an honorary fellow of Cardiff University, he re-released his autobiography Magnificent Seven in August 2008 after coming out of international retirement. Cardiff Blues profile at the Wayback Machine Pontypridd profile Wales profile at the Wayback Machine
Martin Johnson (rugby union)
Martin Osborne Johnson CBE is an English retired rugby union player who represented and captained England and Leicester in a career spanning 16 seasons. He captained England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, is regarded as one of the greatest locks to have played, one of England's greatest players. Johnson made his debut for Leicester Tigers in 1989 and in 1993 debuted for England as well as being a late call up to the 1993 British Lions tour to New Zealand, he was a try scorer in the final when Leicester won the 1993 Pilkington Cup and a member of the side which won the 1994-95 Courage League. Johnson was an ever-present as England won the Grand Slam in the 1995 Five Nations Championship. In 1997 he was named as captain for the victorious British Lions tour to South Africa, in 2001 he became the first man to captain the Lions twice as he led the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, he led the side in 39 matches, the third most ever. He was captain as England reached the quarter finals of the 1999 Rugby World Cup, won the Grand Slam in the 2003 Six Nations Championship and as England won the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
The 2003 Rugby World Cup Final was his final international match. During his club career he played 362 games for Leicester, his only senior club, as well as the cup in 1993 and the league in 1995, he was captain of the side as they won the 1997 Pilkington Cup and four consecutive Premiership titles between 1999–2002, became the first side to retain the European Cup, winning in 2001 and 2002, his final season was in 2004-05. On 1 July 2008 he became the England team manager. Under his management England won the 2011 Six Nations Championship, their first since 2003, he left the post in November 2011 following England's quarter final defeat at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and has not taken another management position in the game since. Johnson was born in Shirley, the second of three brothers – his younger brother Will is a former back row forward for Leicester. At the age of seven, his family moved to Market Harborough, where Martin attended Ridgeway Primary School, Welland Park School and Robert Smyth School.
Johnson played American football for the Leicester Panthers as a tight end or defensive end. In 1989 he was approached by former All Black Colin Meads to try out for the King Country side in New Zealand. Johnson's trial run was successful and he played two seasons for King Country. In 1990 he was selected for the New Zealand under-21 side which went on a tour of Australia playing a side that included another of the all-time great lock forwards, John Eales. Johnson made his Leicester debut on 14 February 1989 against the R. A. F. rugby team. His Courage League debut came against champions Bath at Welford Road. Johnson did not feature for the first team again until 1990, his return to the first team was again against Bath. A recurrence of a shoulder injury limited Johnson to just 5 games for Leicester in the 1990/91 season, though he did make his divisional debut for the Midlands. Johnson returned to action in August 1991 as Leicester toured Canada, but Gissing was still preferred for the early season club matches.
Johnson established himself in the side in early 1991 playing 11 consecutive games from October onward and only missing 5 of the next 26 matches. Although he made his Leicester debut in the same season, 1988/89, as fellow lock Matt Poole, the pair did not start a game together until 5 November 1991 against Cambridge University, they went on to play together a club record for a second row partnership. Johnson was now established in Leicester's first choice line up, he played every game in the 1992-93 Pilkington Cup as Tigers defeated London Scottish, Nottingham and Northampton to set up a final at Twickenham against Harlequins. Johnson scored Tigers second try, after taking the ball from a tap penalty 5 meters out, as Leicester won 23-16, he had made his test debut against France on 16 January 1993. He was due to play in an England'A' game when he was unexpectedly summoned to Twickenham to replace the injured Wade Dooley. With only a 20-minute line-out session with his new teammates before the game, Johnson was thrown into the deep end.
An early clash of heads with French prop Laurent Seigne left Johnson concussed, but he continued to play as England won 16–15 in the opening game of the 1993 Five Nations Championship. Johnson did not feature again for England in the Five Nations that season but was called up for an uncapped tour to Canada. After featuring in England's loss to Canada he was called up, again as a replacement for Dooley, for the 1993 British Lions tour to New Zealand. Dooley had returned to England for his father's funeral and was blocked from returning to the tour by the Lions' own committee. Johnson played in the final two tests against New Zealand. In 1993/94 season Johnson again was an ever-present in Tigers run to the cup final but this time Leicester fell short to rivals Bath, losing 21-9. Leicester were runners up in the league to Bath, Johnson played in 15 of Leicester's 18 matches. Johnson celebrated the first of his 5 league titles in 1995; that season the league was played in two main blocks with sporadic fixtures in between.
Matthew James Sutherland Dawson, MBE is an English retired rugby union player who played scrum half for Northampton Saints and London Wasps. During his international career he toured with the British and Irish Lions three times and was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side, he won 77 caps for his country in total, including nine as captain and was England's most capped scrum half until passed by Danny Care. Dawson was best known for his trademark'sniping runs' and played the whistle well scoring tries from'tap and go' penalties; when called upon, he could demonstrate his versatility by kicking goals. Since retiring, Dawson has become a team captain on A Question of Sport besides appearing on various reality shows and is a commentator and presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live's rugby programme. Dawson works as a health ambassador for Sodexo, a global food and facilities provider. In early 2014, he was appointed as director for business development at the flexible workplace company, Instant.
Dawson joined Northampton in 1991 after leaving school and was among the last generation of players to have started their careers during the amateur era. Before rugby turned professional in 1995 he worked as a security guard and coached at Spratton Hall School, he formed a successful half-back partnership with Paul Grayson, winning the 2000 Heineken Cup and finishing runner-up in the Anglo-Welsh Cup three times. In the club's 130th anniversary poll he and Grayson were voted by fans into the all-time dream XV. In 2004, Dawson moved from Northampton to London Wasps after his contract was not renewed and won the Premiership title in his first season. On 7 April 2006, Dawson announced that he would be retiring from rugby at the end of the season and on 14 May 2006, he played his last game of premiership rugby, when Sale denied Wasps their chance of winning the Premiership title four years in a row and so equalling Leicester's record. In 1993, Dawson was a member of the England Sevens team which won the inaugural Sevens World Cup in Scotland.
Dawson and competition teammate Lawrence Dallaglio are therefore the only players to have won the World Cup at both the 15- and 7-a-side games. Dawson made his international debut for England in December 1995, against Western Samoa, but would have to fight with Andy Gomarsall, Austin Healey but Kyran Bracken for the England number 9 shirt. Dawson went on the 1997 British Lions tour to South Africa as third-choice scrum half behind Rob Howley and Austin Healey but injury to Howley and some good performances saw him make the starting line-up. In the first test with ten minutes to go, Dawson broke from the base of a scrum and threw an overhead dummy that checked the four Springboks allowing him to scamper in for the winning try; that victory was the start of a 2–1 series win, clinched when he fed Jeremy Guscott for the series-winning drop goal. Dawson captained England for the first time when he was chosen as captain for the infamous 1998 "tour from hell" in the absence of more experienced internationals.
Despite the disastrous results he would go on to establish himself in the starting XV. He became first-choice scrum half at the 1999 Rugby World Cup after Bracken's withdrawal due to injury and scored England's first try of the competition just eight minutes into the opening match, a 67–7 win, against Italy, he was captain in the 2000 Six Nations and in the absence of Martin Johnson. In the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, Dawson went as second-choice scrum half behind Howley. Howley was injured for the third, where Dawson played. Controversially however, Dawson was one of the mid-week side opposed to the training regime of coach Graham Henry and publicly criticised him, although this did not cause as much stir as Healey's similar comments, he and Healey were fined by the disciplinary committee. In the week he redeemed himself by converting Healey's try during extra time to win a tied match against the Brumbies. Dawson's career nearly ended after sustaining a neck injury during the record 53–3 win against South Africa in November 2002, when he was headbutted by Springbok skipper Corné Krige.
He became an integral part of the England side, winning his 50th cap against Ireland on the same day England won the 2003 Six Nations Grand Slam. That same year he was a crucial part of the team, he played a vital role in winning the final tie against Australia in Sydney on 22 November 2003. With less than a minute remaining in extra time he made a unexpected break gaining a vital 20 metres upfield. From the subsequent ruck he fed the ball to Jonny Wilkinson for the winning drop goal. In the autumn of 2004, he failed to turn up to an England training camp due to a arranged commitment to appear on A Question of Sport, resulting in him being dropped from the England squad for the 2004 Autumn internationals. A return to the 2005 Six Nations was expected and Dawson rejoined the Elite Player Squad for the tournament, playing well enough to earn a place on the 2005 British Lions tour to New Zealand, managed by Sir Clive Woodward. Dawson returned to the England fold in 2005 but had limited opportunities in a disappointing Six Nations campaign as Harry Ellis started at number nine for four of the five matches.
In 2004, Dawson joined the long-running BBC TV quiz show A Question of Sport, featuring as a regular team captain opposite Ally McCoist and subsequently, Phil Tufnell. In September 2006, he appeared in BBC One's Celebrity MasterChef programme, beating Roger Black and Hardeep Singh Kohli, to win the final, he took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2006, partnered by Lilia Kopylova. Although appearing to be an unlikely contende