Wade to join Lions squad

first_img England coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We’re delighted for Christian. He’s been in excellent form, played really well on his Test debut against Argentina last weekend and he goes with the best wishes of all the England players and management. “Jonny May comes into the side to win his first cap against the Pumas. He’s been an important part of our squad over the last four weeks, he’s up to speed with everything we’re doing and this is a great opportunity for him.” Wade will depart Buenos Aires on Saturday night and arrive in Australia on Monday. The 22-year-old scored 18 tries in 26 appearances for Wasps last season and claimed a unique double at the Rugby Players’ Association awards, winning both the players’ player and the young player awards. Wade did not score himself on his England debut last weekend but he had a hand in all three of the team’s first-half tries, delivering an eye-catching performance in the process. He has been preferred to the likes of Chris Ashton, who has been rested from England’s summer tour, and Scotland’s Tim Visser to give the injury-hit Lions additional back line options. Lions coach Warren Gatland said: “We have obviously got ongoing treatment of some players so it’s prudent to make sure we have enough backline cover. Christian played well in the first Test against Argentina and is match fit.” There are unconfirmed reports that Saracens and England centre Brad Barritt is also set to join the Lions in Australia. South Africa-born Barritt, 26, would be the obvious injury cover for Roberts. He was among a handful of players rested for England’s current Argentina tour, being joined by the likes of Chris Robshaw, Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Toby Flood. The Lions later said they were “exploring the call-up” of Barritt as cover. They added that a further update would be given a press conference, scheduled for 2350BST in Sydney. Christian Wade has been called up by the British and Irish Lions and withdrawn from the England side to play Argentina in Buenos Aires. The Wasps wing, who made his Test debut in a 32-3 victory over the Pumas in Salta last weekend, has been replaced in the England team by Gloucester debutant Jonny May. Wade is the third England player to be summoned to Australia from England’s South American tour, following prop Alex Corbisiero and centre Billy Twelvetrees. The Lions have concerns over the fitness of wing George North, who has a tight hamstring, while centre Jamie Roberts suffered a leg injury in their victory over the NSW Waratahs. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USG considers bylaw changes for next year

first_imgAt its weekly meeting Tuesday night, the Undergraduate Student Government Senate considered a corrective change to the USG bylaws and hearings to address complaints regarding appointments to positions throughout the organization.After restructuring and streamlining USG for the next academic year, some officers realized that, in the new organization, they would not receive proper compensation. The Senate considered changing the bylaws to allow an increase in USG members’ stipends. A vote on these changes will take place during the next USG meeting.Vice President Austin Dunn and Sen. Sabrina Enriquez described modifying the bylaws as a “loophole” to correct the error with compensation.“This is meant as a Band-Aid because we did a restructure. [In the previous Senate], we didn’t anticipate that we would need a bylaw like this,” Enriquez said.Other senators expressed concern about setting a poor precedent. Sen. Tyler Matheson asked about the amount of funding that would need to be increased to address stipend errors. Dunn and Enriquez dismissed those concerns.“The budget is totally different this year than years past,” Dunn said. Dunn also said that budget hearings will be held over the weekend to determine how USG will allocate funding.A move by Enriquez to limit the bylaw change only to the 2016-2017 school year passed unanimously. Sen. Daniel Newman’s move to vote on the bylaw change at this week’s meeting failed. The Senate will consider the matter again at next week’s meeting.A large portion of the Senate meeting was spent discussing complaints regarding students who were appointed to Funding Board and other divisions of USG. They received emails from three different USG members who were upset with the appointment process.“All the complaints have been … that the qualified person was not hired,” Lurie said. “The executive team is talking about how they can handle it and meet with those people and deal with all the complaints.”Newman accepted the mistakes that were made with the appointments by USG and hopes to amend them for the future.“I wanted to express my disappointment in the way that this was handled,” Newman said. “I know we can’t do anything now, but I hope that we can all learn from this.”Some senators, including Lurie, expressed interest in attending the executives’ hearings with those who filed complaints. Dunn and USG Chief of Staff Jenny Di agreed to allow senators to sit in.Lurie proposed that other USG members be allowed to sit in on the hearings so that senators could have “context” for what a good candidate for the position would be like, but Di said that letting other USG members attend the hearings would put them in an “uncomfortable position.”“The priority is to address specific people who have specific complaints. … After these preliminary conversations are had, … I’m totally fine with looping in as many people as we need to,” Di said.Dunn reiterated that although the executive board supported their appointments, they could have been more transparent with their appointments.“Our executive team firmly and with totality stands behind the decisions that we made, with one exception, and that was the way it was presented to all of you,” Dunn said. “It made it seem like there was something to hide, and there wasn’t necessarily complete and total transparency. And the same way that you can’t take back your vote, we can’t take back the decision we made in that moment.”last_img read more