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With 44 of 48 games completed in the 2011 Rugby World Cup

With 44 of 48 games completed in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, we are poised for two great semi-finals. babyliss curl secret pas che . Once again, all the great qualities rugby exudes have emerged as keys to success at the worldwide showpiece event. Passion and pride still have a huge part to play in a sport that for many has become increasingly technical since the advent of professionalism. It is also clear that team dynamics and cohesion are as important at the top level as they are in the lowest division club game. Any energy and focus lost in dealing with off field issues has cost teams who are no longer in the running for the Webb Ellis Trophy. In the four semi-finalists you have teams that have found the best balance between the emotional and technical side of the game. Ireland has no shortage of passion and they came to play in their quarterfinal against Wales. They are on a plane because they were found wanting on the technical side. They were far too predictable and although committed as we have come to expect, they didnt have the tools to unlock the Welsh defence. The Welsh have been a revelation at this tournament. Obviously its role as the Land of My father (see full name here Gareth Lloyd Rees!) is not my only reason for determining this! Their belief in each other and a complete focus on the job at hand has been lesson for their traditional foes from across the Severn (insert England here!) They have an attack mentality that is prevalent in all four teams in action in this weekends semi-finals. With ball in hand the Welsh have always had the ability to unlock defences in unconventional ways. Whether its JPR, Gareth Edwards, or Barry John their ability to score and create the dramatic has always been part of their game. This is taught and encouraged at a very young age in the Valleys. Todays incarnation of that brilliance is the diminutive Shane Williams. His selection by Coach Gatland was inspired. Williams moves off his wing at will, he sniffs out slow defenders and has a nose for the try line as Ireland discovered in the opening minutes. His starting place was only ever in question because his young supporting crew (average age less than 23) had also performed out of their skin. We would be wrong to only consider the "attack" component of the Welsh offence. It was in defence that this mentality really transformed their destiny. Without the ball for long periods they advanced their defensive wall unlike any other team in the tournament so far. They literally launched themselves at the waves of Irish attackers. The contact points were low...very low... literally sacrificing themselves to make contact with the opponents ankles and feet. They took away all the power base of the ball carriers and as the (ample) support arrived to finish off the tackle, the breakdown was continually behind the gain line. Simply put the Irish were going backwards and struggled to create momentum. As any 3rd division plodder will tell you, rugby is a very difficult game to play when you are on the back foot. Every World Cup so far has produced watershed moments and tactics. I would suggest that this defensive "missile" attack mentality may be this tournaments revelation. Sean Edwards, the Welsh defence coach is an old friend and colleague in the coaching ranks. He is always looking to evolve techniques and systems. This example is a departure from recent years when the mantra in defensive coaching was the upper body tackle. Conventional thinking was to prevent the offload, take "ball and all" and wrap up the arms. It would seem Edwards and the Welsh have conceded this option as the offload is effectively useless if your momentum is stunned and your support runners are going backwards.  The French team will pose a much more creative threat to this tactic. The French are probably the only global power that possesses the same history of attacking genius. There is a reason that terms like "Joie de vivre", "Elan" and "French flair" tend to pop up at this juncture of rugby columns. Rugby is in good hands for semi-final number one, as these two passionate nations take the field and allow us all to witness which "attack" mentality will prevail. babyliss curl secret prix . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U. curl secret babyliss . 14 Louisville to an 81-56 victory over Marquette in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals. Marra carried an average of 6.GRENOBLE, France -- Doctors offered a grim assessment of Michael Schumachers head injuries Monday, providing no prognosis for the Formula One driving great after his skiing accident in the French Alps. Schumacher has been placed in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain, which suffered bruising and bleeding when the retired seven-time world champion fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing during a family vacation. "We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher," Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospitals intensive care unit, said at a news conference. "He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation," said Payen, the chief anesthesiologist treating the 44-year-old German driver. "We are working hour by hour." Schumachers wife, Corinna, daughter Gina Maria and son Mick were at his bedside. "The family is not doing very well, obviously. They are shocked," his manager, Sabine Kehm, told reporters. Schumacher earned universal admiration for his uncommon driving talent, which led to a record 91 race wins. His single-minded dedication to victory sometimes meant he was denied the same affection during his career that he received Monday. Schumacher "gave the image of someone indestructible, powerful," Frances four-time F1 champion Alain Prost said on iTele TV channel. "Its a banal accident compared to what hes done in the past. Its just a dumb thing that ended badly." Schumacher and his 14-year-old son were skiing Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel, where the family has a chalet. He fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock. By wearing a helmet, Schumacher had given himself a chance of survival, Payen said, though the protection was not enough to prevent serious injury. Gerard Saillant, a trauma surgeon who operated on Schumacher when he broke his leg in a 1999 race crash, was at the hospital as a visitor. He told reporters that Schumachers age and fitness should work in his favour. Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, retired from the track for the second time only last year, after a three-season comeback. Still, the hospitals neurology team, which is recognized as among the best in France, was cautious about Schumachers prospects. Doctors lowered his body temperature to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius (93.2 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit) as part of the coma, which essentially rests the brain, slowing its metabolism to help reduce inflammation after an injury. The hospital, in a city that is the gateway to the French Alps, sees a large number of skiing accidents every year. Schumacher has been seriously hurt before. In addition to the broken leg in a crash at the 1999 British Grand Prix, he also suffered neck and spine injuries after a motorcycle accident in 2009 in Spain. An expert skier, Schumacher fell in a section of trails that slice down tthrough a vast and, in parts, very steep snowfield. miracurl pro babyliss. Although challenging, the snowfield is not extreme skiing. The runs are broad and neatly tended, and the ungroomed area in between -- where the resort said Schumacher was found -- is free of trees. "He was in the deep snow. But it was not an off-piste track," Kehm said, suggesting Schumacher had not taken undue risks. "They were skiing on pistes, but in the moment that it (the accident) happened, it was not on the piste." Meribel resort officials said Schumacher was conscious when first responders arrived, although agitated and in shock. After the fall, Payen said Monday, Schumacher was not in a "normal state of consciousness." He did not respond to questions, and his limbs appeared to move involuntarily, the doctor said. He was airlifted to a local hospital and then later brought to Grenoble. Doctors said that stopover was typical and did not affect his condition. The French prosecutor in Albertville has opened an investigation into the accident, according to the Mountain Gendarmerie in Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The goal is to determine the circumstances and cause of the accident. Formula One drivers and fans rushed to wish Schumacher a quick recovery. "Like millions of Germans, the chancellor and members of the government were extremely dismayed when they heard about Michael Schumachers serious skiing accident," German Chancellor Angela Merkels spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in Berlin. Sebastian Vettel, the Formula One racer for whom Schumacher was a boyhood idol, told German news agency dpa: "I am shocked and hope that he will get better as soon as possible." Ferrari, which Schumacher raced for, also expressed its concern. Company President Luca di Montezemolo and race team leader Stefano Domenicali were in contact with the family, the company said in a statement. Former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa, who himself recovered from life-threatening head injuries at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, wrote on Instagram: "I am praying for you my brother!! I hope you have a quick recovery!! God bless you, Michael." British former F1 champion Jenson Button posted that "Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this." Some fans gathered outside the hospital Monday. Nuravil Raimbekov, a student from Kyrgyzstan who is studying in Grenoble, said Schumacher has been an inspiration to him. "Im worried, of course ... But I still hope, and I will pray for him," he said. During his career, Schumacher set an array of Formula One records. After initial success with the Benetton team, winning his first two championships in 1994 and 1995, Schumacher moved to Ferrari. There, he helped turn the storied Italian team into the sports dominant force. After initially retiring in 2006, he made a comeback in 2010 and raced for three years with Mercedes. ' ' '



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