Darren Cave is ready for Test rugby against Georgia on Sunday despite spending last week on holiday in New York, according to Ireland coach Les Kiss. The seven-cap centre has admitted he must “stop complaining and start playing well” after last year moaning that his “face doesn’t fit” in the Ireland set-up. Even though Kiss had preferred Payne at 13 in his short Ulster tenure this term, Ireland’s Australian defence coach still backed Cave to shine against Georgia in Dublin. “It is an opportunity for Darren, it’s an opportunity for a lot of people – but the opportunity is to be in the squad for next week,” said Kiss. “Cavey hasn’t had a lot of minutes, but he’s got a chance to start now: all the guys in camp talk about their mates that have had a bit of a break. “They are all hoping for a call-up at some stage, and they are all ready to hop on a plane and come back. “Cavey’s one of those guys who has an opportunity tomorrow along with a lot of other guys, we’ve got two debutants and potentially one more on the bench. “There are some special moments around, with Eoin as captain too, but they will only come together if we forge together as a team and really respect the challenge in front of us. “If our guys take their eyes off the ball, they won’t do themselves any favours.” Ireland have made 13 changes from the side that subdued world number two side South Africa 29-15 in Dublin last week. Only Mike Ross and Simon Zebo have been retained for the clash against the world’s 15th-ranked outfit, coached by New Zealander Milton Haig and former Connacht boss Michael Bradley. Former New Zealand Under-21 centre Payne is still recovering from a foot sprain, but would not have featured even if fit. Kiss warned Ireland’s much-changed squad that places are up for grabs for the autumn’s final clash against Australia – but only if pivotal performances are delivered against Georgia. “We’ve made some changes, we’ve got our reasons behind that and they are many-fold,” said Kiss. “The pure fact of the matter we’ve got 15 guys to start and others coming off the bench who have a great opportunity. “We rate that highly, and people will deliver. “Their opportunity isn’t about anything distant in the future, it’s about what they can do in each minute of the game, so that we can say, ‘yeah, you’re worthy to be in that squad for next week’. “If they get too unfocused they will lose their way. “Next week might be what they are aiming for, but that will only happen if they nail what’s in front of them tomorrow.” Fit-again Gordon D’Arcy is the only survivor from the Rugby World Cup scare against Georgia in 2007, when the Lelos pushed Ireland hard despite eventual 14-10 defeat. Kiss conceded that close-run clash has been raised this week to serve as a cautionary tale, but said Ireland will refuse to let it define preparations. “It’s been reflected on in terms of ensuring we know it’s a team we have history with,” said Kiss. “The truth is we reflect on what they’ve done more recently, and in recent times they’ve been an effective team and they have had a lot of victories under this coach. “They will be confident in how they go about their game, and they have expanded their game. “No one gave them a chance against Samoa last year but they won. “And even last week in defeat against Tonga they made it a dogfight for the most part.” Cave swapped the Big Apple for Ireland’s Carton House training base after a last-minute call from boss Joe Schmidt this week, despite being overlooked for the initial 37-man autumn Test squad. The 27-year-old has slipped down Ulster’s midfield pecking order behind Jared Payne this term, crucially while Kiss was seconded to Ravenhill as interim rugby director. Press Association
Emily Smith | Daily TrojanUSC’s student-run arts magazine Palaver published its fourth issue this month, marking its second full year of publication after a seven year hiatus.Amy Cannon, the Palaver faculty advisor and a Thematic Option lecturer, helped to reboot the magazine in Spring of 2017 with TO Executive Director Richard Edinger . It previously ran from 1998 to Fall 2010, and ceased publication because of its editor turnover rate, which made Palaver difficult to maintain, according to Cannon.“When I was hired on at Thematic Option, they … wanted to draw on the fact that I had an MFA in creative writing,” Cannon said. “Along with teaching responsibilities, [faculty gives] service to the University … not explicitly tied to teaching, but are still enriching student experience in some way.”The weekly TO newsletter sent out a call for editors, and Cannon brought together a team of eight students of different majors both within and outside of TO to restart the publication. These students formed the Palaver editing team, and began accepting submissions for online publication. Their first issue was titled “Ways To Break A Heart,” and featured a variety of poems, videos and other artworks.Palaver’s emphasis is on the variety of voices, stories and forms that can interact together to form a complete publication.“I want there to be a multiplicity of voices and perspectives and opportunities for students to share, even if they’re not an English major, or even if they’re not an art major, but [if] this is something that they feel drawn toward,” Cannon said.Many students who aren’t academically focused on art forms they are passionate about have turned to Palaver as a place to explore the arts. The newest editor to the team, Poetry co-Editor Elizabeth Dassow, joined the team in Spring 2018. Since her academic interests were different, the sophomore majoring in law, history and culture and art history, found it difficult to integrate poetry into her life. “Since my majors don’t really foster my love for creative writing and everything like that, [Palaver] gave me an outlet to be in the creative world, in the creative process, doing what I really love, and it’s given me an outlet when school just isn’t enough,” Dassow said.Palaver encourages cross-artistic discussion and features four genres of art — poetry, prose, media and art.“The reason that we do this, the reason why it is online and we have so many genres is because we’re really dedicated to starting a conversation between all the arts,” said Jordan Kessler, a media co-editor and a junior majoring in theatre. “That’s why each semester, our launch event is our most exciting piece, we get to get all of our artists in a room talking about all their works — you have poets asking graphic designers questions and relating.”Palaver is different from other previous student art magazines, like USC Keck School of Medicine’s publication Synesthesia or the student-run literary magazine Adsum, in the variety of work it accepts and its very recent resurrection. Kessler said that this past issue had seen submissions as unique as a three-dimensional printed model and a comic book.“The cool thing about being online, and also being so new, is that each issue can be unique — we’re not tied to any specific structure,” Kessler said.Matthew Fresolone, a media co-editor and senior majoring in film and television production, is glad Palaver gives voice to students who want to share their talent and ideas, especially if they aren’t very outgoing or looking to pursue their art form professionally.“I’m usually pretty shy about putting myself out there, especially with university clubs, and I really like that about Palaver,” Fresolone said. “Not just me being involved, but other people who all show up, who love to make things, but they’re all really shy themselves, so we love getting them to events, making them feel comfortable about talking about stuff that they probably don’t outside.”
The seven-race flat card gets underway at 4.35.There’s also a meeting in Bellewstown, which starts at 4.15.