SA teams to learn fate on July 7

first_imgIt was announced in April that Super Rugby would be trimmed from 18 teams to 15 going forward, with two of the South African representatives set for the chop.That move will leave South Africa with four sides in the southern hemisphere competition, while Australia will also see one of its teams cut.The Cheetahs and Southern Kings are widely expected to be the sides that lose their place, but the definite identity of the teams at risk remains unclear.The South African Rugby Union announced on Wednesday that a special general meeting will be held on July 7 to determine “the SA teams to participate in Super Rugby”.Chief executive Jurie Roux confirmed a decision would be made using a proposal from SA Rugby’s executive council and the franchise committee, which is made up of the six current teams.The proposal will also be discussed by a non-franchise committee ahead of the meeting, that panel containing representatives from South Africa’s 14 provincial rugby unions.last_img read more


first_imgNew Zealand v CanadaNew Zealand and Canada began proceedings, and while Kiwi Ferns dominance would not have been surprising to the neutral, the fight and determination that Canada showed was nothing short of inspirational.They trailed just 16-4 at half-time against a team with various World Cup’s under their best, showcasing what they can do despite the side only being formed in recent times.The Canadian team has a Rugby Union background, and their ability to adapt to the 13-a-side (on the field) game was very pleasing for coach Mike Castle.“We showed the potential that we’ve got, I think we showed that we can compete with the best in the world, certainly in that first half,” Castle says in the post-match press conference.“Bearing in mind it’s our first real hit-out, we’ve had a couple of trial games and a few exhibition games and to put that performance in the first half is really impressive, I’m really proud.“WE HAD A CAMP IN VANCOUVER A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, AND BETWEEN THEN AND NOW IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE DIFFERENCE.”New Zealand ended up running away with the match, largely thanks to debutant fullback Apii Nicholls-Pualau, who had a big job to fill the boots of Ferns mainstay Sarina Fiso.Captain Laura Mariu concedes there is lot to work on, but gave credit to the Canadians as they mad a game out of it.“We knew they’d come out firing, considering they’re new to the international scene they did really well to keep us in there,” Mariu says.“They’re a rugby nation, so they were going to play with that burrowing style which we’re not used to as league players.“Our error rate let us down, especially in the first half.”New Zealand 50 (Hireme 2, Fotu-Moala 2, Maumau 2, Tupaea, Murray, Nicholls-Pualau tries; Nati 7 goals) def Canada 4 (Pakulias try)Australia v Cook IslandsThe Jillaroos put together a near-perfect first half performance to blow Cook Islands off the park in their opening World Cup match.The home side led 36-0 at the break, before their defence was tested by a relentless Cook Islands outfit who crashed over for a moral-boosting try near the end of the game.“We defended three or four sets there, and you could sense the disappointment when they let in the try.“THEY WERE DISAPPOINTED AT 52-0 TO LET IN A TRY, WHICH SHOWS THE INTENT OF THIS SQUAD.”That same try brought polarising emotions for the Cook Islands side, as it brought massive confidence to the side despite the lob-sided score-line.Coach Ian Bourke, while disappointed with the score-line, was happy with the effort at some parts of the game given the circumstances.“2003 was the last time Cook Islands were on the world stage, so it was pretty brave, I’m proud to be their mentor,” Bourke says.“We should some promise there with some patterns of play and we need to improve for next time.“They got together on Sunday, they’ve never had a training run together, so let’s be realistic about this, that was pretty impressive.Australia 52 (C Moran 2, B Breayley, K Brown, A Brigginshaw, V Foliaki, T Quinn, I Kelly, N Davis-Welsh, M Ward, L O’Mealey tries; Studdon 4, Moran 3 goals) def Cook Islands 4 (C Schofield try)England v Papua New GuineaEngland battled jet-lag in their preparation and injuries during the game, but they put together a fine performance against PNG to start their campaign off on a positive note.They fought the adversity of losing halfback Kirsty Moroney, and it remains to be seen if they will name a full-strength side in three days against the Jillaroos.“IT’S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE, THE LAST WORLD CUP WE HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM,” COACH CHRIS CHAPMAN SAYS.“The physio’s are brilliant, they’ll do the job, the girls already know what they’re going to do, we’ll recover, rehab and have a look.“That’s why you bring a squad, you can’t play a three day turnaround and not expect to use a rotation anyway.”PNG coach Dennis Miall was happy with certain aspects of the game, but concedes there is a lot to work on as they prepare for Canada in three days.“It was not what we expected, England gave a very tough game,” Miall said.“We didn’t do the little things that we were supposed to do, and that let us down.“We had the fire, we could’ve done more, and unfortunately the girls didn’t continue with what they were supposed to do“I believe the experience from England got over our girls, and we let ourselves down.”England 38 (Booth 2, Hoyle, Hardcastle, Stanley, Bound Sutcliffe tries, Stanley 5 goals) def PNG 8 (Kaupa, Oiufa tries)Matt Buxton | @mattbuxton22 ‏Rugby League World Cup 2017 Reporterlast_img read more

Perese has “beast mode” up sleeve: Kerevi

first_imgKerevi, Perese and Fijian flyer Filipo Daugunu will be the enterprising outside backs that could set the Suncorp Stadium crowd alight come Friday, when the Tens take hold of Brisbane.Kerevi will captain the Reds and he has high hopes for their campaign this weekend.”Izzy has the switch he can put on and he can just go beast mode,” Kerevi said.”Filipo has amazing feet, he’s been training well for us and he played exceptionally well for (Queensland) Country so I am excited to see him out there.”They’re real quick – at training they have been turning on the gas.”Australian rugby fans have had a taste of Perese’s electric feet but it’s Daugunu remains somewhat of a mystery, given his exposure at the elite level remains limited.”The first time I saw (Daugunu) he was playing for Wests, against Souths, in a trial match and straight away I said ‘Who’s that guy?'”He scored three tries game, kicked a goal and for me, I’m just happy he’s on my side.”He will be amazing for the Tens, I know that.”The Reds haven’t named a wildcard in line with the other Australian franchises and that’s testament to Thorn’s dislike for frills.”Speaking to Thorny, I think he just wants to give opportunity for all the boys to play,” Kerevi said.”We’ve got a great, young side coming through and we have some exciting players here for the Tens.”We want to win but we also want to get the cobwebs out.”After a preseason packed with gruelling sessions under Thorn’s observant eye, Kerevi looked at the tournament as a reward, of sorts.”It’s been a long preseason so we are ready to start playing footy,” he said.”I just really want the young guys to express themselves and enjoy playing footy.”It’s the reward we get after a long couple weeks of preseason.”last_img read more

“Rodrigo is on the table”

first_imgRodrigo does not have the profile of Suarez by far, but it may be the only viable option to reinforce the lead with a real player. The Lautaro option is complicated and there is silence regarding other names such as Aubameyang or Giroud. Bartomeu’s words confirm that Barça and Valencia speak for the striker, although the agreement will not be easy. Barça would like the transfer not to include a mandatory purchase option while Valencia wants 60 million for the international striker now or in June. Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barça, admitted Monday at the World Sports Gala that the Barça club considers the signing of Rodrigo: “It is on the table of the technicians to replace Suárez”.last_img

Tuchel, on Neymar’s birthday: “It’s not the best way to prepare a match”

first_imgThe Borussia Dortmund’s technician, who has plenty of support among the Paris fans, also tried to subtract iron from the matter, aware of the atmosphere surrounding the club: “Is it the worst thing that could happen to us? Nor is that. It’s a shame because we give opportunities to talk badly about us.”. “We are a mentally strong team,” added the German, “We have to get used to this situation, but not leaving players on the bench or at home because they were partying”. Related to the latter, Tuchel He dropped that both Neymar and Mbappé could be from the game against Nantes: “If they are in good shape, if they train well, we will do that.” The German tried to close the matter by explaining that the situation “is not black or white”: “The context is bigger. Everyone should train seriously and show tomorrow that they are able to play as they know.” We will have to follow closely the development of events in the French capital. It seems impossible to spend a quiet quarter at Paris Saint-Germain. To the last row starring Thomas Tuchel and Kylian Mbappé, which sounds again loudly to arrive at the Santiago Bernabéu, we must add the comments of the German coach about Neymar’s birthday party, which the Teuton technician did not like precisely. In the previous game that will measure the capital against Nantes, Tuchel was not too happy that the celebration of the twenty-eighth anniversary of the Brazilian was two days after the clash against the Bretons: “Is this the best way to prepare for a match? Clearly not.”.last_img read more

Bale follows his air

first_imgZidane replaced Bale in Pamplona in the 71st minute.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELA Maybe it was just that, seeing himself in a fast and hard-legged encounter, which caused him to withdraw thinking that in two weeks the Manchester City in the Champions catwalk. “Bale is afraid of getting injured again”, commented Dani Garrido in Sports Carousel. The Welshman was cheating on the sprints, leaded under the socks. Only two shots (none at Herrera’s arch), the least you have a good time (twenty-one), not a dribble and many, many losses (14, more than Isco and Benzema) … Zidane’s defense That is why or because they had agreed, Zidane replaced him in the 71st minute. “He is an important player, he has shown, he has made very good minutes defensively and offensively, “was the response of the Marseillaise when asked about Bale in the flash interview. “I do not agree with Zizou, I thought it was another Bale match … “Jorge Valdano added immediately in Movistar + LaLiga. The week of Bale did not end in full reintegration. Your agent (Jonathan Barnett) tried to reconcile Welsh with Real Madrid through this newspaper in pursuit of the four months he has left in the club (“Gareth loves Real Madrid, the city and his life there”) and Zidane gave him a complex match in Pamplona that was more a challenge than a real pardon. Well, Bale left The Sadar without winning any of those two particular matches. He was seen cold and not very participatory, that is, a standard match under the parameters of Welsh, unalterable even in a game as revolutionized as yesterday. Since Madrid returned from the Saudi Super Cup, Bale had only been taken out of the dungeon before Unionistas in Copa, party that also did not complete, but Zidane goes to the old resource of the external threat to corner the debate. “They want us to have a problem with Gareth, but there isn’t one.”he insisted. The highest paid player of the team stayed in July when he had the suitcase made, he has only completed five games throughout the season and his production is limited to three goals. Not to be a problem, Bale seems.last_img read more

Diego Martínez: “In the second part we deserved to pass”

first_imgWhat taste in the mouth leaves the elimination ?: “We have had a very high level of play. I can only thank and congratulate the players. Honestly, I don’t change to the final in another way and with other players. Thanks to the team and the fans for what they have made us live. It has been unforgettable. This hobby has brought us on volandas. We have made a second part where we deserved the pass to the final. That goal in 81 ’slows the reaction. It was the only mistake we made. ”Can you take a toll on wear and tear before Levante ?: “Today is not a day to talk about Levante, but to enjoy. That ball that we get from under the goal in the first half would have changed everything. But this is football. It is time to get positive things from this year and a half that we have. Today is a day to be very proud and happy to have lived all this, even if we are screwed. ”Can you fall asleep tonight ?: “What I do know is that nobody is going to take it away tonight. That is worth more than a sporting result. Granada has been an example of how to compete, with respect, honesty and honesty. We have faced an opponent with whom by trajectory and budget we have nothing to do. But in the green, Granada has been better today. ”They have been less than 15 minutes from playing a final: “The result contaminates everything. We had the game very well controlled. We would have liked to do the third. The details are made by the great players, that is why Yuri has played at Paris Saint Germain. But you have to accept it. The level of play has been very high. In the second part, honestly, I think we were better. But this is football. They seized their opportunity, a mistake. That is why it is so difficult to reach a final. ”Do you consider the elimination unfair ?: “In the first game they can say they were better. Today Granada has been better. I am proud of my team. We leave, after winning, by this double goal rule. I go with my head up, let’s not forget where we come from, who we are and the example we have given of emotion, of Granadaism and of how a party is lived from competitiveness and respect ”. How did you find the locker room ?: “It’s a hard and sad moment. They are annoyed, but this is going to make us much better. Just as it has made us better each and every one of the experiences that we have had to live in this year and a half. I don’t change one. The dream and the illusion that this team has infected us … This is a game, a sport, and if we have to not be in a final, let it be this way. The team match has been very good. ”Do you think the change of format of the competition has been a triumph ?: “I totally agree. In the Premier the unique match is something habitual. And in football in 90 minutes more discount everything can happen. This format is much more attractive and makes it more interesting. Everything can happen. I see it a success. You have to adjust things, but this format is a total success. ”Of all that you have lived in these last days, what time do you stay ?: “It’s a bad time to choose a good time. See a city delivered to your team, see those buses, see the club employees dump for adding to the team, thanking everyone … We would have loved it and we fought to the fullest to be in the final. Words come to mind that my grandmother said to me today: ‘we will win’. And he said “Grandma, ask us to pass, not to win.” In the end we won, but we didn’t pass. You leave with your head very high, with your boots on and with the feeling of having deserved more. ”Very recently there were barely 4,000 members and today there were almost 21,000 people in the stands: “Seeing the stadium like this is our progress, our growth. That is the best image. The Granada-born heart has been beating stronger than ever and we hope this is a seed and a germ for children. They can say they have lived it. ”How has the team lived the reception upon arrival at the stadium ?: “The reception has been impressive. Extraordinary. Fascinating. Exciting There are no words. I cannot describe with words the emotions that have made us live today. When we turned the bus to enter the stadium, there were no more people. We thank you. Yes, I go with the thorn not having corresponded with the final. It could not be, I’m sorry, but we have given everything. We can’t ask the team for anything else. ”last_img read more

The cracks that Lorenzo Sanz signed

first_imgThe first summer, 1996 when the Gallaghers were still together and Wonderwall was one of the themes of the year, He was the first to design the squad and undertook signings to revolutionize the team for an equivalent price that exceeded 50 million euros., a real fortune at the time.As for transfers, the best known of his career, that of Pedja Mijatovic, closed. The Titograd forward, current Podgorica, signed on July 1 after Real Madrid deposited with the LFP the termination clause that tied him to Valencia: 1,489 million pesetas. Sanz negotiated with Pedja during the entire previous campaign when he was in Mestalla without Francisco Roig, president of Ché, knowing about it, which sparked a crossing of statements in the media and strained the rivalry between the two clubs when he left.The move would go well for Lorenzo Sanz as a Montenegrin goal would end a 32-year drought without winning the European Cup only one season after arrival.That same summer he brought in another club legend, Roberto Carlos, who would remain on the team until 2007 without anyone moving him from the Bernabéu’s left wing. Inter released him in exchange for six million euros. Lorenzo Sanz passed away this Saturday in Madrid at the age of 76. The businessman had different businesses throughout his life but became famous when he occupied the main seat of the Santiago Bernabéu’s presidential box since Ramón Mendoza’s resignation on November 26, 1995. His legacy is history. He returned the European Cup to the club 32 years later with the Seventh (1998), added the Eighth (2000), also won a League, an Intercontinental and a Spanish Super Cup and signed players who marked an era in the white club. In addition, he also dressed Suker, Seedorf, Illgner, Panucci and Zé Roberto in white. The Croatian and the German triumphed at Real Madrid while the 10, the Italian and the Brazilian demonstrated their best level further from the Bernabéu. Seedorf shone for a decade at Milan, Zé Roberto did so at Bayer Leverkusen and at Bayern and Panucci in Rome.There was no other summer like itLorenzo Sanz kept looking for stars to reinforce the team but there was no other summer like the one in 1996. In the winter of ’98, they finally managed to bring to Karembeu, after a tug-of-war of months with Sampdoria. The New Caledonian left two marks for white history in the achievement of the Seventh against Leverkusen and against Borussia Dortmund. That same year Savio came from Flamengo, and two Spaniards who would spend some years in the white discipline leaving a good memory: Fernando Morientes and Aitor Karanka.The third season was more dedicated to sales, with the departures of Zé Roberto, Dani García, Amavisca or Santi Cañizares to add touches to the European champion squad with less-than-blinding signings.In the last of Sanz, the 99/00, spending soared with a very powerful investment (more than 30 million) in Nicolas Anelka, at that time, promising French striker for Arsenal. Another 21 were spent at Elvir Baljic and up to 8 at Ognjenovic. In the end, the ones that came out the best were the cheapest: Michel Salgado, for which 6 million were paid to Celta, Iván Helguera, which cost 2.5 million and Steve McManaman, who came free from Liverpool.That was a year of staff reform in which they came out Seedorf (€ 24m to Inter), Mijatovic (€ 12m to Fiorentina), Panucci (€ 9.3m to Inter), Davor Suker (€ 5m to Arsenal) and Samuel Eto’o, which did not materialize in Madrid and was sold for € 4.5 million to Mallorca at just 18 years old.On May 24, 2000, Lorenzo Sanz’s Real Madrid won the Eighth in Paris against Valencia and on July 16 called elections, in which he fell in front of Florentino Pérez, current president of the club ending his stage at the head of the white entity.last_img read more

Espanyol readies 27 players for Dani Jarque’s bunker

first_imgNot in vain, the exams with which everything will resume, presumably between Wednesday and Thursday, its about PCR tests (to detect if someone has the virus) and ELISA tests, a blood test to confirm that those who passed the disease are immunized. Any positive will obviously be sent home immediately and will not return for at least two to three weeks. Along with the footballers too may attend, separately and in stages (which will coincide, always with extreme security measures, as the different phases of training: individual, group and collective), the members of the technical staff commanded by Abelardo Fernández (who also had two positives in his ranks), of the medical services, the utilleros, the sports director, Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete, the delegate, Guillermo Calzón, and a small retainer of communication personnel of the club.Management, gardening, maintenance, cleaning and securityThey add between all the previous ones a fifty of people related to the first team who are authorized to cross the door of the Ciudad Deportiva. And they include only the minimum essential and essential for the development of training in these exceptional circumstances: management, gardening, maintenance, cleaning, security and, after the first phase, a cook.Among all make up 68 people until new order. AND no one else will be allowed to access the premises as soon as this week begins, the protocol will be launched. If for example it arrives sports or food material, will remain in the gatehouse and will be disinfected in the base football locker room closest to the entrance of the Sports City.All this compendium, and the numerous safety and hygiene measures that all workers must follow will be carried out strictly under the continuous supervision of a LaLiga delegate. He will start football again, except for a counter order or medical prescription, the week that begins. AND Espanyol, which already had to cancel the tests that it had planned to carry out last Tuesday, April 28 by the general recommendation of Health to LaLiga, has the theoretical part ready. Dani Jarque Sports City will be a real bunker to be as isolated as possible from a spread of coronavirus. So will be the return to activity.For the return tests and the subsequent training phases 27 footballers are listed: the 24 with professional records plus the three that, even with a subsidiary record, have been in the first team dynamics all season: Víctor Gómez, Pol Lozano and Víctor Campuzano. This means that Sébastien Corchia will attend, injured right knee since December, and the up to eight players who tested positive on COVID-19 (Wu Lei, Matías Vargas and Leandro Cabrera were the only names that came out), which made the Espanyol in the most affected club in all LaLiga.last_img read more

Scorpions facing defeat in WICB First-Class Championship

first_img Volcanoes trail Red Force At Beausejour Cricket Stadium: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 76 on first innings, were two without loss at the close on the penultimate day of their fifth-round game yesterday. Scores: Volcanoes 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, Andre Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51) & two without loss. RED FORCE 382 (Yannick Ottley 99 not out, Yannic Cariah 70, Narsingh Deonarine 60, Marlon Richards 60; Kevin McClean 4-66, Shane Shillingford (3-109). The Jamaica Scorpions are staring at defeat against Guyana Jaguars heading into the final day of their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park. Set a challenging 326 to win heading into the final session yesterday, Jamaica were 83 for three when stumps were drawn, 244 runs shy of their target. At the crease are new number-three batsman Devon Thomas, not out on 20, and former captain Tamar Lambert, who is yet to get off the mark. Towering Guyana off-spinner Steven Jacobs has taken two for 13. Starting the day on 133 for three, an overall lead of 176, Guyana went on to press home their advantage by posting 282 in their second innings, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul leading the way with a well-compiled 82. The 19-year-old, who was not out on 39 overnight, went on to make his maiden first-class half-century before falling short of what would have been a deserved century, on the stroke of lunch. Chanderpaul hit three sixes and four fours in just over five hours, before he was the third man dismissed in the morning session. His overnight partner, Raymon Reifer, who started the day on 12, went on to score 24, while the innings was propped up with a plucky 35 off 75 balls from wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble. Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, with four for 78, was the Scorpions’ best bowler, while there were two wickets apiece for his spin compatriot, Nikita Miller, and young fast bowler Marquino Mindley. Needing to make what would be their highest score of the season thus far, Jamaica started cautiously, with the opening pair of John Campbell and Paul Palmer Jr putting on 35 for the first wicket. However, playing leisurely at an outswinger from fast bowler Keon Joseph, Palmer was to depart for 13 off 62 balls; and 13 runs later, Campbell went for 26, leg before wicket to Jacobs. Thomas and AndrÈ McCarthy, with a 32-run third-wicket stand, then attempted to see out the rest of the day. However, with less than three overs remaining, McCarthy misread an arm ball from Jacobs and was stumped by Bramble. Play is scheduled for a 10 a.m. resumption. Barbados Pride win At Kensington Oval: Defiant half-centuries from Orlando Peters and Jacques Taylor were not enough as Leeward Islands Hurricanes plunged to their fifth straight loss of the Regional First Class Championship yesterday. Following on by 198 runs at the start of the penultimate day of the fifth-round match at Kensington Oval, Hurricanes were bundled out for 198, about 25 minutes after tea, to leave Barbados Pride with a single run for victory. Seamer Gavin Tonge’s no-ball was then enough to secure Pride the result, which gave them 19 points and left Hurricanes with three. Fast bowler Tino Best (2-17) knocked over both openers, Chesney Hughes (0) and Shane Jeffers (1), before left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn sliced through the middle order to finish with four for 50. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse chipped in with three for 67. Barbados Pride had scored 368, to which the Hurricanes had replied with 170 in their first innings.last_img read more