Will Carling
English rugby union player
Will Carling
William David Charles Carling, OBE is a former Rugby union player for Harlequins, and a former captain of England from 1988 to 1996, winning 72 caps.
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Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Bill, Calling Raise to $15 ‘Really Radical’
NYTimes - 6 months
The New Jersey governor’s action means that by 2018, fast-food workers in Manhattan could earn $6 more an hour than their peers across the Hudson River.
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House Passes Bill Calling for Tougher Refugee Screening
abc News - over 1 year
The bill passed after administration officials addressed House Democrats.
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Well: Caring for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver
NYTimes - about 3 years
Watching over loved ones with dementia frequently presents new challenges, and a new book focuses on caregivers and the stressful situations they face.     
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Sushi on Murray menu as Britain hungers for title
Fox News - over 3 years
If Andy Murray becomes Britain's first men's Wimbledon champion in 77 years, he'll celebrate with a modest plate of sushi and a piece of chocolate in stark contrast to the growing hysteria of his compatriots. The 26-year-old Scot tackles world number one Novak Djokovic later Sunday bidding to be the first home winner since Fred Perry in 1936. Not that Murray, who was beaten by Roger Federer in the 2012 final, will have his head turned. "I don't actually like junk food these days. I used to love it but, apart from the odd pizza, nowadays I'd prefer to go for a nice meal. If I did win on Sunday sushi would definitely feature in there somewhere," Murray told the BBC. On hand to watch in the Royal Box on Centre Court will be the usual mix of blue-bloods, sports stars and celebrities. Victoria Beckham, Wayne Rooney as well as actors Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper will be taking their seats in the hope of seeing history made. With national media already crowing over the British and I ...
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Will Carling: Rugby's Fight to Differentiate Itself and Be Heard
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
I was trying to explain to a football-obsessed mate the other day why I loved playing rugby and why I still think it has a unique appeal. It made me start to question where rugby is, how it has changed since I played, all those years ago, and where it might be heading. A brief explanation as to why I loved playing, and started playing rugby, was down to the challenge that it presented above all the other sports. I played most sports, and enjoyed them, but it was the physical nature of rugby that really hooked me, the challenge for me of the fear that it induced, and how you dealt with that. Fear of being hurt, yes, but also fear of not performing because of that, of letting team mates down. So the challenge of building yourself up to deal with the physical challenge, the collisions, but ensuring that you stayed calm enough to think, to play, to plan to win. None of the other sports offered that challenge. I enjoyed cricket, was okay at it, enjoyed football and was simila ...
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Will Carling: Cheating in Sport
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Thought I would start the year with a nice gentle blog, just to ease back into it, so hence am taking on the subject of cheating... oh yes! Should be plain sailing. Let's start with the furore around 'Bloodgate'! At first it was exceptional for me, in that there was genuine surprise and shock in some quarters that there was cheating in rugby! I had comments that people were staggered, appalled, because they believed rugby was a sport played by gentlemen, good chaps, who played fairly, played in a wholesome way, unlike that horrible grubby game football. And now there illusion had come crashing down around their dream world - they could no longer look down their noses at that grubby sport football! My view on the whole episode is quite simple; sportspeople will push the envelope as far as they can in order to win, it is in their nature, their make-up, and if it wasn't, you wouldn't be reading about them because they would not be at the top of their sport. The use of ...
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Jake Schmidt: U.S. Signs Into Law Bill Calling for Global Solution to Aviation's Carbon Pollution
Huffington Post - about 4 years
President Obama signed into law a bill that would send a signal that it is way past time for aviation to reduce its global warming pollution.  At the same time the White House signalled its commitment to securing a global solution to reduce aviation's carbon pollution. We echo the Obama administration in calling for an international solution, as that is the best way to address the growing problem of carbon pollution from international aviation. We are glad that the Administration is signaling its willingness to roll up its sleeves to get that done. While the new law changes nothing, it serves as a timely reminder that the international community must work together, and quickly, to address carbon pollution from aviation.  The European Commission has recently proposed a one year “pause” in application of its law in light of international progress to secure global efforts to reduce carbon pollution from aviation. This move by the E.U. should take away the argument spouted by so ...
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Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill Calling For Unlimited Tuition Increases at UF and Florida State
Flaglerlive.com - almost 5 years
Gov. Rick Scott's tuition bill veto rejects pleas of higher education and business officials who said steeper tuition would make the schools more competitive. The veto underscores Scott's emphasis on holding down the cost of living in the state.
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SIX NATIONS 2012: T took lead from Will Carling, says Chris Robshaw
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-374667" href="/chris+robshaw+1">Chris Robshaw</a> acknowledged the advice and support of England’s youngest Test captain, <a class="fplink fp-283319" href="/will+carling+1">Will Carling</a>, after being appointed to lead his country through the remainder of this RBS Six Nations.
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Will Carling casts doubt over Martin Johnson's England future
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-283319" href="/will+carling">Will Carling</a> has questioned whether <a class="fplink fp-591909" href="/martin+johnson+rugby+union">Martin Johnson</a> would want to continue as England manager following the World Cup campaign's dismal failure.
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Morrison relishing England showdown - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Google News - over 5 years
Scotland and England last met in a World Cup in 1991, where Will Carling&#39;s side prevailed 6-3 in the semi-final and finished as runners-up to Australia. Morrison has a personal record of one win, one draw and one loss against England, and although
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Will Carling says no one will stop Saracens this season - The Sun
Google News - over 5 years
SARACENS start the defence of their Premiership crown today and I can&#39;t see anybody knocking them off their perch. Mark McCall runs a very professional ship, they have a great team spirit and I expect they&#39;ll go from strength of strength
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Tuilagi charges to front of England's World Cup queue with Ireland nod - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
His partnership with captain Mike Tindall — who is poised to draw level with Will Carling as the country&#39;s most-capped centres, with 72 — will be the 13th employed by Johnson in the 35 Tests since his appointment. While the manager revealed that ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Heineken unveils rugby legends for Rugby World Cup 2011 - Talking Retail
Google News - over 5 years
With less than one month to go until the Tournament kicks off, premium international beer Heineken today unveiled six high-profile former international stars, including ex-England captain Will Carling and New Zealand legend Zinzan Brooke,
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Will Carling: England need to rev up their power - The Sun
Google News - over 5 years
PACE, power, creativity, subtlety. That&#39;s what I want to see from England in Cardiff today. Martin Johnson&#39;s men take on Wales for the second time in a week and there needs to be a big improvement if they are to be considered serious World Cup
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England risk trouble if they pick an unfit captain for Rugby World Cup - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He cites the occasion when Will Carling returned to the dressing-room in the build-up to England&#39;s 1994 encounter with France in Paris. &quot;We were all very apprehensive. They were a very good side and this was a huge game. Will came in from tossing up
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Will Carling
    THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 37
    After Carling's retirement as captain, no England team managed a Five (or Six) Nations Grand Slam until 2003.
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  • 2001
    Age 35
    After his rugby career ended he became a TV pundit on rugby union. He has also worked as a motivational speaker and in 2001 founded Will Carling Management Ltd, a corporate hospitality company which is also involved in the rugby social networking website "Rucku".
    More Details Hide Details George Gregan, an Australian player, equalled Carling's 59 matches as captain in the 2007 Rugby World Cup – Pool B against Fiji and in the 2009 Tri Nations Series Springbok John Smit equalled and then beat his record in tests between New Zealand in Bloemfontein and Durban respectively. Carling is married to his second wife Lisa, the ex-wife of David Cooke. The couple have two children, and the family live in Hampshire. Carling has an older son with former partner Ali Cockayne. Carling was formerly married to the television presenter Julia Carling. Prior to their divorce, he was romantically linked by some members of the press with Diana, Princess of Wales, the then-wife of Prince Charles. Carling has denied any such relationship. Carling, whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was an infant and later died from the disease, is a patron of the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer. In August 2014, Carling was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    He was however quickly reinstated due to public pressure and following a public apology was able to go to the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details There England, after a slow start against the minnows, quickly found form, won all their group games and gained their revenge over Australia by knocking them out in the quarter final 25-22, thanks to a last-minute drop-goal from Rob Andrew. They were however well beaten by New Zealand in the semi-final, largely thanks to four tries from Jonah Lomu. Although Carling himself scored two tries towards the end of that game, and set up two more for Rory Underwood, England lost 45-29. The subsequent loss in the third place play-off, against France, was England's first loss to the French in seven years, but was largely treated as an irrelevance. Following his resignation from the England captaincy he continued to be selected as an outside centre, usually with Guscott or Phil de Glanville. The latter succeeded him as captain.
    In the run-up to the 1995 World Cup, after England returned to form with their third Grand Slam in five years, Carling famously described the Rugby Football Union general committee as "57 old farts" which led to his sacking as captain.
    More Details Hide Details The incident had been provoked by administrator Dudley Wood's comments about England players' alleged desire to cheat by breaking the amateur ethic.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    Also in 1993 he was the second England captain after John Pullin to win, and after beating the All Blacks 15–9.
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    English victories over New Zealand and South Africa in 1993 were perhaps the peak of England's performance under Carling, although for the rest of the year and the next one, England reverted to stereotype, and underachieved somewhat.
    More Details Hide Details Carling's career included the 1993 British Lions tour to New Zealand. He underachieved on that tour, a pattern attributed by coach Ian McGeechan and manager Geoff Cooke as at least partly due to his failing to secure the captaincy (this instead going to Gavin Hastings of Scotland) but also due in large part to the ascendency in the centre of both Guscott and Scott Gibbs of Wales. McGeechan and Cooke disclosed that Carling came close to voluntarily withdrawing from the squad; he did however recover his test place and played a notable role in the Third test. Nonetheless, McGeechan commented in his autobiography that Carling's failure to rise to the occasion as a Lion (in contrast to Guscott) may be seen by some as the difference between his legacy as a good player and a great player.
  • 1991
    Age 25
    While regarded as a less complete player than his centre partner, Jeremy Guscott, Carling and his team went on to the final of the 1991 Rugby World Cup.
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  • 1988
    Age 22
    In 1988, he became the youngest-ever England captain at the age of 22.
    More Details Hide Details He was the most successful holder of the post until Martin Johnson's period. His first match as captain was a shock win over Australia by 28-19. During his time he led England to back-to-back Five Nations Grand Slam victories (1991, 1992) and another Grand Slam in 1995, scoring six tries from outside centre in the Championship, and several more in other matches.
  • 1987
    Age 21
    In 1987 he resigned his army commission in order to concentrate on rugby as a career.
    More Details Hide Details He played for Rosslyn Park and then joined Harlequins, where he specialised as a centre.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on December 12, 1965.
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