Dan Parks played his las international match against England last weekendScotland stand-off Dan Parks today announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect.In his eight year international career, Parks won 67 caps for Scotland, scoring 266 points, including a Scottish record 17 drop-goals.He was the pivotal figure in Scotland’s successes in 2010, winning a host of Man of the Match awards and steering the side to a historic, unprecedented Test series triumph in Argentina and memorable victories against Ireland and South Africa. It should also be remembered that he was the Scotland players’ player of the World Cup in 2007, testament to his talent and his immense popularity with his peers.Parks (Cardiff Blues), 33, had been thinking over his decision following the Rugby World Cup, in which he was Man of the Match in the final pool game against England.He told www.scotlandrugbyteam.org: “I was thinking about it but the first game of the Six Nations was against England, the auld enemy, Jacko (Ruaridh Jackson) was injured and being able to play against England was huge for me as there was a sense of unfinished business.“On reflection after the game, after talking it over with my family, girlfriend and close friends I’ve come to the decision that now is the right time to retire from the international game.“There are some really talented guys coming through – Jacko (Ruaridh Jackson), Greig (Laidlaw) and Duncan (Weir) – and although I’m sad to be finishing my international career I have some fantastic memories of playing for Scotland and what that has meant to me. “I’ve no regrets at what has been an amazing career for me. I’ve got my favourite moments for Scotland – uppermost being the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Other memorable moments have been the two wins against England at home (2006 and 2008), the win against South Africa here at Murrayfield, the two wins in Argentina in 2010 and one in 2008 and the Ireland game in 2010 which was a great occasion.“There are a lot of people within Scottish rugby who have been good to me. I would like to thank Matt Williams, Frank Hadden, Andy Robinson and all the various assistant coaches over the years, alongside the medical, fitness, kit, administrative and media staff who have helped me.“I was proud of myself in the way I came back from trouble off the pitch in order to regain my position firstly within the Glasgow team and then the Scotland team.“I also want to thank the loyal fans of the Scotland team. It’s been a rocky road for me at times but at the end I’ve always given 100 per cent to play at my best and succeed for Scotland. This is not the end of me as a rugby player. My international career is over but I want to keep playing club rugby. I always enjoyed my time in Glasgow. It’s one of great cities I’ve visited, so who knows what will happen in the future.”Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: “I have really enjoyed working with Dan. He wasn’t in my first Scotland squads but through his own determination, hard work, skill and competitive spirit he forced his way back into selection. It’s never an easy decision to make but I feel Dan has made the right decision and thank him for his contribution over the years.” Parks’ half-back partner on many occasions, Edinburgh Rugby’s Mike Blair said: “The reaction of all the guys when Parksy announced his retirement said it all – stunned silence and emotion. Dan is a hugely popular and respected member of the squad and his contribution to some of Scotland’s most famous victories cannot be under-estimated.”The Scotland team to play Wales in Cardiff on Sunday will be announced tomorrow. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Dan Parks of Scotland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Diocese of Central New York] Forty-eight clergy of the Diocese of Central New York, including Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, have co-signed an open letter to the mayors and police chiefs of Auburn, Binghamton, Cortland, Elmira, Ithaca, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown. The following letter condemns police violence against communities of color and urges an ongoing commitment to collaborative police reform.February 10, 2021We write to you as clergy and faith leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. With over 11,000 members, the Diocese includes people of diverse backgrounds, political affiliations and opinions. We find our unity in our common obedience to Jesus Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors. Love for one another is the foundation of our faith: all Episcopalians have vowed, at our baptism, to respect the dignity of every human being and to strive for justice and peace among all people.Just twelve days ago in the city of Rochester, a nine-year-old girl was brutalized and traumatized by police. This incident is part of a sinful pattern of police violence, particularly against communities of color, that plagues our Upstate New York communities and our nation. People of color witness these events and fear for their safety and for the safety of vulnerable loved ones. Children see this racist violence and fear for their lives and for their futures. As faith leaders and as heartbroken citizens, we say, “No more.” United, we are dedicated to the work of building safe communities where love, not fear, prevails.Therefore, with a renewed sense of purpose, we urge your full commitment to the ongoing process of collaborative and transparent police reform in each jurisdiction, as called for by our Governor. As faith leaders, we commit—across our own differences of opinion and political affiliation—to support you in the essential work of:providing officers with adequate and appropriate training in crisis response and nonviolent intervention;holding officers and their leaders accountable for violent and racist actions;strengthening police and community relationships;de-escalating racial and social tensions in our communities with dedicated focus on the work of anti-racism.We recognize the dedicated police officers and public servants who serve with honor and integrity and who find this situation as distressing as we do. We stand ready to work with you in establishing public safety for all our neighbors, supporting our law enforcement officials, expanding access to mental health services, strengthening our schools, reducing gun violence, and alleviating poverty so that our communities may be healed by care, not cowed by violence.Our children are watching and their future, as well as the future of our nation, depends upon what we do next. Thank you for your commitment to justice and safety for all our neighbors.In Christ,The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Bishop of Central New YorkThe Rev. Shelly BannerThe Rev. Margaret K.BatesThe Rev. J. Brad BensonThe Rev. Richard A. BowerThe Rev. Julie Calhoun-BryantThe Rev. Lisa J. BusbyThe Very Rev. Catherine CarpenterThe Very Rev. Megan CastellanThe Rev. Brooks A. CatoThe Rev. Dr. Rebecca B. CoerperThe Very Rev. Christine J. DayThe Rev. Taylor D. DaynesThe Rev. Geoffrey D. DoolittleThe Rev. Dr. Rebecca DrebertThe Rev. Dcn. Kay M. DrebertThe Rev. Kathryn O. EdenThe Rev. Elizabeth EwingThe Rev. Paul FrolickThe Rev. Charles L. GroverThe Rev. G. Cole GruberthThe Rev. David HanselmanThe Very Rev. Dr. Jeffrey HaugaardThe Very Rev. Ninon N. HutchinsonThe Rev. C. James JonesThe Rev. Dcn. Patricia M. KinneyThe Rev. Jeffrey D. KnoxThe Rev. Dr. Nancy Upson LaneThe Rev. Linda M. LoganThe Rev. Glenn MahaffeyThe Rev. Philip S. MajorThe Rev. Thomas Edmund Clare MargraveThe Rev. Dr. Steven MooreThe Rev. Perry K. MounceyThe Rev. Dr. Leon C. Mozeliak, Jr.The Rev. Molly Payne-HardinThe Rev. Dcn. Dorothy PierceThe Rev. Ana Rivera-GeorgescuThe Rev. Kathlyn SchofieldThe Rev. Canon Carrie Schofield-BroadbentThe Rev. Jenny M. Scott-JonesThe Very Rev. Arthur Nick SmithThe Very Rev. Dr. Renee TembeckjianThe Rev. Steve WhiteThe Rev. Jon M. WhiteThe Rev. Anne Brett. WichelnsThe Rev. Peter A. WilliamsThe Rev. Christine V. 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