The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

AF­TER this week­end’s Shab­bat UK, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis de­serves a good rest — and where bet­ter to take a break from his com­mu­nal du­ties than at the semi-fi­nal of the Rugby World Cup on Sun­day.

The Chief, whose sup­port of Spurs is well-known, is also an avid rugby fol­lower and im­pressed the au­di­ence at a Jewish lead­er­ship event last week with a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion of the game’s scor­ing sys­tem.

A former Chief Rabbi of Ire­land, he had been hop­ing to watch the coun­try in ac­tion against Aus­tralia but even rab­bini­cal bless­ing only goes so far and the Ir­ish crashed out in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Young Ephraim ac­tu­ally played rugby dur­ing his stu­dent days in Her­zliya — but in what po­si­tion?

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