Origin greats back Cordner to lead the Blues

first_imgCordner was recently named Roosters co-captain along with last year’s skipper Jake Friend, and it hasn’t taken long for his name to be thrown into the ring to take over from Gallen at State of Origin level as well. Minichiello, who skippered the Roosters to premiership success in 2013 and who is an NRL Ambassador for 2017, is no stranger to the Origin arena and is confident Cordner has what it takes to lead his state. “It’s a great idea. The Blues are looking for a new captain to lead them into the future, and I think Boyd is a definite candidate for that role. He’s going to be in that squad for years to come so I’d pick him,” Minichiello told NRL.com. “I think every player in the team loves to play with Boyd because his game is pretty consistent from week to week and he doesn’t leave any stone unturned. He’s not happy if he doesn’t win so he’s got a great competitive nature. “Off the field, people listen when he says something because he says it with good authority.”Minichiello noted Cordner’s maturity from his formative days at the Roosters, with fellow senior players thoroughly impressed by his work ethic on and off the field during his first season in the NRL. Having made seven appearances in his debut season, it took Cordner just one game in 2012 to dispel any fears of second-year syndrome as he grubbered through in the 80th minute to set up Minichiello for the match-winning try in Round 1 against arch-rivals South Sydney. He has now played over 100 NRL games, represented his state and country and according to Minichiello is ready to embrace the added responsibility of having the ‘c’ next to his name. “To have the ability, and more importantly the confidence to put that kick in on the bell in an all-or-nothing play showed his maturity,” the former fullback said as he recalled the win over Souths.  “He loves to train hard, and that was a big thing that the older guys noticed. He never shirked his workload and he was always working hard in the gym or on the field. “He’s really excited about it. He’s looking forward to working with ‘Friendy’ (Jake Friend) who has done a fantastic job over the last couple of seasons. I think those two together will make a really strong leadership pairing.”Cordner’s ascension to the co-captaincy will benefit Friend who is coming off a difficult year flying solo in the top job. Dramas at the club on and off the field – coupled with a crippling injury toll – made life tough for the 26-year-old, but to Friend’s credit he fought on bravely week after week to finish the season as the Roosters’ best and fairest. “Obviously it was a tough year from a club point of view. Injuries and other things took their toll on every player, and obviously as a captain, you wear that responsibility a bit more because you’re in charge,” Minichiello said. “‘Friendy’ was such a great leader for the club last year and he prides himself on his performance and winning games as well. I think having co-captains will allow both Boyd and Jake to focus on what they have to do on the field as well as leading the boys around the park.”It’s not just ex-teammates who are backing Cordner to lead the Blues, with former NSW skipper Danny Buderus tipping the back-rower to excel if given the job. Buderus and Minichiello were at Rugby League Central on Wednesday along with 44 other NRL Ambassadors for the 2017 season, and the Knights great said Blues coach Laurie Daley should seriously consider Cordner for the captaincy. “I’m glad for Boyd Cordner for being named co-captain at the Roosters. I’d like to see someone like that [lead NSW],” Buderus said. “I know the Blues have got a young group coming through with the Trbojevic boys, Tyson Frizell and Josh Jackson – there are a number of guys there who have got a lot of years in them in the Origin arena. “I’m sure Laurie has thought about it long and hard and he’ll make the right decision, but for mine, Boyd Cordner has been a really good, strong player for a long time.”last_img read more

Simmons a surprise second Bledisloe starter

first_imgSimmons, played 13 matches for the Reds this year, one of those at blindside flanker after being released by Queensland as coach Nick Stiles looked to the future.He and fellow World Cup lock Kane Douglas were both out of favour at the Reds, with Simmons left out of the 23 as early as March when the side played the Jaguares.Simmons played in 11 of the Wallabies’ 15 Tests last year, starting in three of the Spring Tour Tests after an injury to Adam Coleman.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika showed the 72-Test veteran faith, though, picking he and fellow out-of-favour lock Kane Douglas in his Rugby Championship squad.Simmons is the only change in the Wallabies forward pack from the Sydney Test, with Rory Arnold shifted to the bench in a straight swap.As widely expected, Samu Kerevi, has been a casualty of the Wallabies’ Bledisloe loss as well, dropping out of the 23, with Tevita Kuridrani coming into the starting side for the Dunedin Test.Dane Haylett-Petty has been cleared of a biceps injury, replacing Curtis Rona in the 15, with Henry Speight shifting to the left wing.Rona has been kept in the matchday 23, though, named on the bench.Jack Dempsey comes into the 23 calculations, with Cheika leaving a choice between he and Lopeti Timani open for one more day.last_img read more

SBW fan makes ABs hijab

first_imgThe Aucklander captured attention on Saturday night wearing her special homemade All Blacks hijab at the test match against South Africa.The idea of a “rugby hijab” was suggested to her by her sons during the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Ali said she always wears it on game day.”My boys decided I am a big fan but there was one thing missing to my All Blacks outfit and thought it was a great idea to have my All Blacks hijab made up for me to wear on game days,” said Ali, who was spotted on camera celebrating a New Zealand try in the 57-0 rout of the Springboks last Saturday night.Originally, Ali took her hijab to a printing outlet who turned her away because of copyright. Not being one to let obstacles get in the way, the finance worker turned her art to sewing, which she had never attempted before. She cut the logo out of a beanie she owned and sewed it to the original hijab.Ali said it was important for the Muslim community to come forward and share their identity as it should be commonplace in such a multi-cultural country as New Zealand.”I have a social life as well and being a Muslim shouldn’t make any difference. I am an individual just like you.”Her message to other Muslims, whether they are rugby fans or not, was “don’t be shy to show your identity and wear your religion proudly”.”We should all respect one another’s religion.”Ali was originally from Fiji, but moved to Auckland in 1988 and has since called Manukau home. She has alway supported the All Blacks even against Fiji, which she is not sorry about.The massive All Blacks supporter attends every match she can in Auckland.While she loves the entire team, her favourite player is fellow Muslim Sonny Bill Williams.”I admire them all, but I admire the way he plays and he is a great role model for all Muslims.”While she would rather be an “original”, she is happy for her All Blacks scarf to go viral and be sold on the shelves.But she will always continue wearing her own “Ali Special”. Photo caption: Rehana Ali and her husban Azam Ali supporting the All Blacks in her uniquely designed All Blacks hijab.last_img read more

World youth champion Tarbei pips compatriot Bett to 800m gold

first_imgTarbei, who claimed the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Youth Championships 800m title in Colombia in July ahead of his team-mate, clocked the fifth-fastest time of the year as he crossed the line in 1min 46.05sec.In the battle of the top two boy’s 800m runners in the world, Bett led at the turn coming into the home stretch but Tarbei powered to the front late on, with the world youth silver medallist finishing in 1:46.15, while Scotland’s Ben Greenwood clinched bronze.South Africa’s Tlotliso Gift Leotela confirmed his status as the Commonwealth Youth Games sprint king by completing the 100m and 200m double thanks to a wind-assisted time of 20.56, equalling the fourth-fastest registered this year as he pipped England’s Toby Harries in a thrilling race.The two competitors were neck and neck going to the line but Leotela just shaded it, ensuring he topped the podium for the second time at the event, with Harries winning silver and fellow South African Kyle Appel bronze.Nigeria’s Idamadudu Praise Oghenefejiro stormed to the girl’s crown in 23.30 as Scotland’s Alisha Rees had to settle for silver, while Etim Aniekme Alphonsus sealed another sprint medal for the African nation by taking bronze.The day had started in perfect fashion for Kenya after they reigned supreme in both the boy’s and girl’s 3,000m races.World youth bronze medallist Sheila Chelangat clocked 9:10.12 in the girl’s event, finishing streets ahead of Ugandan duo Peruth Chemutai and Janat Chemusto.Compatriot Davis Kiplangat, silver medallist at the World Youth Championships in Cali in July, then led home a Kenyan one-two in the boy’s race as he narrowly ousted team-mate Richard Kimanyan with a time of 7:59.56, with England’s Alex Yee coming through to take bronze.There was more success on the track for Australia as Amy Harding-Delooze claimed gold in the girl’s 800m to seal the middle distance double as she surged to victory over two laps of the track in 2:06.84.The 17-year-old, who took 1500m gold earlier on at the event in dramatic style by pipping Chemutai of Uganda on the line, delivered the perfect tactical race, keeping pace with the pack before kicking at the right time to finish ahead of Carys McAulay of Scotland and Abitha Manuel of India.Jamaican Junelle Bromfield also picked up her second title of the Games here in Samoa as she won the 400m hurdles in 1:00.78 to add to her 400m crown, while Yamani Danansooriya Mudi of Sri Lanka secured silver and England’s Niamh Emerson won bronze.The boy’s event saw Barbados pick up their first track and field gold as Rivaldo Leacock triumphed in an intriguing battle with Jauavney James of Jamaica by virtue of a time of 51.12, with Harrison Kimpton-Moss bagging bronze for Australia.South African Taylon Bieldt produced a commanding display to take the women’s 100m hurdles crown, clocking a time of 13.18, which saw her finish in front of Australian pair Kirra Womersely and Rachel Pace.Mpho Katlego Tladi then built on his compatriot’s triumph in the boy’s 110m hurdles event, powering home in an impressive time of 13.50, with New Zealand’s Benjamin Collerton sealing bronze.Northern Ireland’s Benjamin Fisher, bronze medallist in the boy’s long jump, claimed his second medal of the Games as he rounded off the podium by taking third.Out in the field, Jamaica’s Kevin Nedrick edged Werner Jakobus Visser of South Africa, Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist in the discus, with a throw of 20.12 metres to clinch the boy’s shot put title.Visser’s team-mate Burger Lambrechts won bronze.Australian Grace Robertson proved too strong in the girl’s shot put as she registered a best attempt of 16.39m, with England’s Sophie Merritt second and Indian Amika Das third.Nigeria ended the event in style by winning the girl’s 4x100m relay as Adiakerehwa Blessing and Abolaji Omotayo Oluwaseun, alongside individual 200m medallists Oghenefejiro and Alphonsus, clocked 45.86.That time saw them in front of Australia, while Samoa benefitted from a mistake from the English team to delight the home crowd with bronze.Karabo Sibanda, Nanijing 2014 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist in the 400m, helped Botswana to boy’s 4x100m relay gold as their team, also comprised of Thabiso Sekgopi, Aobakwe Malau and Kabo Mphali, sprinted to a deserved victory in 41.94.  Australia held off the challenge of Nigeria to ensure they took home silver.last_img read more

Hekari United registers six straight wins

first_imgHekari remain undefeated after beating Gigira Laitepo United FC in round six of NSL at Bisini Soccer Grounds, Port Moresby today.It was a replay of round one when the two teams first met with Hekari claiming victory 4-2.Hekari wasted no time scoring eight minutes into the game through striker Papalau Awele.  Upaiga extended the lead 23 minutes later, scoring an easy goal from in front of the goal mouth, 2-0.Gigira struggled to score but was fortunate to be given a penalty a minute to half time after Hekari’s goal keeper knocked down a Gigira player in front of the goal mouth. Gigira took the chance and scored its first goal from a penalty shootout through Ian Yanum to take the score up to 2-1 at half time.In the second half, Hekari bounced back to score through a wonderful goal from Wira Wama in the 66th minute, taking the score to 3-1.Upaiga scored his second goal to make it 4-1 six minutes later again in front of the goal mouth.Pressure started to build towards the end of the match as Hekari lost control of the ball, allowing Moses Arisib to score for Gigira six minutes later,  with the score becoming  4-2.Hekari beefed up their defence when backs Tekeita Reniueru and Otto Kusunan prevented any more goals till full time.In other results, PKA Rapatona FC defeated Erema Gulf FC 3-1 and FC Port Moresby thrashed Huawei PS United FC 6-0.For the northern conference, Madang FC thrashed Besta PNG United FC 3-0 while Welgris Morobe United drew with Admiralty FC 1-1 at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.Up in Goroka, the home team lost to champions Lae City Dwellers 4-0 at the National Sports Institute.last_img read more

There will be a corridor from Seville to Real Madrid on Saturday in Chamartín

first_imgIn addition, there are precedents in reverse. In 2006, when Sevilla won their first UEFA Cup, the next league match was against the Real Madrid team at Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. Then the whites paid tribute to the team at the time of Juande Ramos, who had released his European record.The gesture was a tradition that was seen normally until a few years ago, but in recent campaigns there have been episodes that have distorted the issue. Among other exceptions, Barcelona refused to make the white team a hallway for its conquest of the Club World Cup in 2017. “It is usually done if we participate in that competition. It is not the case now,” justified the director of Barça institutional relations, Guillermo Amor.Months later, Real Madrid returned the trip to Barça when he visited Chamartín with the newly conquered LaLiga title. Zidane explained then the refusal of the whites: “We are not going to make a corridor. It is a decision of mine and that’s it. I do not understand the corridor. Barcelona broke it. It is that tradition no longer exists.” LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 15, 2020 Sevilla will make a corridor to Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu before the dispute between the LaLiga match between the two next Saturday, starting at 4:00 p.m.. The Nervión team will have the usual and gentlemanly gesture between two teams when a title has just been won, in this case the Spanish Super Cup played last week in Jeddah.At the beginning of last year, Villarreal players made a corridor for Real Madrid players in the first meeting of 2019 for both teams after the white team manage to win the Club World Cup. Santi Cazorla, among other moments of mention, hugged his former teammate at Málaga Isco Alarcón while he was passing among the yellow players.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 15, 2020last_img read more

The Lugo hurries the last hours to announce his reinforcements

first_img33 The CD Lugo still waiting to incorporate players to reinforce the squad. With El They do very close to arrive on loan to the Anxo Carro and Aarón Ñíguez training with the team still without record, the albivermellos would give the chapter of entries already closed, although it is expected that there may be some more departure before midnight on Friday. Lebedenko Y Carlos Castro they could be those indicated to leave the rojiblanco ship although with very different conditions: the Ukrainian side would in any case go out on loan, while the forward, belonging to the Majorca, a destination would have to be sought before leaving Lugo via cancellation of assignment. Be that as it may, no more movements are expected than those mentioned on this last day of the winter market. With Kravets already acting as owner of the left flank of the rear, the signing of Ñíguez and the contribution of They do in the midfield the most needy positions would be covered, although the spine of not being able to reinforce the front would remain since, except surprise, there will be no reinforcement for the attack.last_img read more

“Women cannot argue with referees; men can spit on them”

first_imgSerena Williams, 38, has the best variety of Grand Slam titles of an lively tennis participant (male or feminine). With a complete of 23, it exceeds Federer in three, Rafa Nadal in 4 and Djokovic in six. However past his sporting feats, For years he has been main a battle with out quarter for gender equality in sports activities basically and in tennis specifically. This week it has been introduced that Serena will collaborate in a research that analyzes gender prejudices in sport from highschool to skilled sports activities.In an interview granted to Huffington Submit He has talked about his battle for equality, of his double aspect as a mom and athlete … Though he acknowledges that, through the years, tennis has achieved many issues (for instance, the large 4 have the identical money prize for men and girls), grievance that continues to undergo discrimination in tennis. And he pointed instantly on the referees: “I feel tennis has come a really, very good distance, however Ladies are usually not allowed to argue with the referees or we run the danger of getting our video games taken away, and men can spit on them and nothing occurs. “ Keep in mind that Serena starred in a tough dialogue with the chair choose in the course of the 2018 U.S. Open remaining, the Portuguese Carlos Ramos. Initially of the second set, the referee admonished the American for teaching (receiving directions from her staff). “I’ve by no means accomplished teaching, I’ve by no means cheated,” he stated. Later she was reprimanded and was penalized with some extent.Serena acknowledged that there’s nonetheless a protracted option to go on equality in sport: “I feel now we have made nice strides, however I additionally consider that now we have a protracted option to go. Usually, ladies’s sports activities, whether or not tennis, soccer, basketball … have a lot room for enchancment. And it is very important notice that, sure, now we have come a good distance however we aren’t accomplished as a result of we nonetheless have a good way to go. ”last_img read more

Ferrán Soriano, CEO of the City: “They were based on stolen and out of context emails”

first_imgIn statements provided by the club itself, Soriano has explained who knows that they have the support of fans and that the club has had to go through “many challenges over the years”.“This is just another challenge. We will be together, we will pass it and not We will disappoint our people. The most important thing I have to say today is that the accusations are not true. They are simply not true. The Fans can be sure of two things. The first is that the accusations they are false. The second is that we will do our best to prove it “, said the manager. Soriano also clarified that the owner of the City has not put money in this club “that has not been properly declared”. “We are a sustainable club, with benefits, without debt, our accounts they have been examined many times, by auditors, by regulators, by investors, and it has been very clear, “he said. “My hope is that this will be finished by the beginning of the summer,” he added.The City issued a statement hours after hearing UEFA’s sanction saying that the process had been prejudged. Asked about that hard statement, he said: “This has been our experience, this is how we feel throughout this process. Of course, many people come now and say: what did you expect? This is how it works. The way it works system you could already anticipate a negative result. But we didn’t believe it. We worked very hard to provide the evidence, but in the end, This FFP Chamber relied more on stolen and out of context emails than on all the other evidence we provided on what really happened. I think it’s normal that we feel like we feel. Ultimately, based on our experience and our perception, this has gone less from justice and more from politics. “Tonight, after the game against West Ham United, Pep Guardiola is expected to make his first impression of the penalty. “Obviously Pep has been informed of the entire process, but it’s not something he has to answer for. He focuses on the game, on the next and the next matches “Soriano finished. Ferrán Soriano, CEO of Manchester City, said the accusations of UEFA, for which the club has been sanctioned for two years outside European competitions, they are “false”, and that they will do everything possible to prove it.Last week, City was sanctioned by UEFA with two years undisputed European competitions, plus 30 million euros of fine for breaking the rules of financial fair play.last_img read more

Di Marzio: “Messi is Barça; where do you want me to go?”

first_imgAnd why didn’t the negotiation come to fruition?Ferlaino did not want to, he said that I was infatuated with the young people and lost that occasion. It would have only cost 240,000 dollars.Something similar happened with Cristiano.I discovered it. I hardly had three games in Sporting, I worked for Juve, Moggi asked me to go see Quaresma and, instead, I noticed Ronaldo. I wrote that I was going to be one of the best in the world.And later?I took him to Turin for medical examination, but the operation did not close because Salas did not accept bartering, he wanted to return to South America.He was also close to Messi.In 2005, in the U20 Argentina he didn’t play, Barrientos occupied his place … I met him, I started talking to him and his father. He liked the idea of ​​coming to Juve, but his link with Barça was already very strong, they were too grateful to the club. It could not be.This summer you can get rid for free.Messi is Barça. Where do you want me to go? If I were younger, maybe … But it’s already the soul of the club. I would advise you to stay. He needs human warmth, he wouldn’t see him well in the Premier, or in France or Germany.There was tension with the directive.He did well to respond to Abidal, you cannot say certain things in public.Can this club, reduced by injuries, suffer in Naples?The losses of Luis Suárez and Dembélé are heavy, but the ‘Barça B’ that played against Inter impressed me more than Barça. They have amazing players. They give equal moment and absences. And then there is Messi.That according to many, it is better than Maradona.Diego is a God, he has nothing to do. God there is only one. Barça returns to San Paolo, where it has never disputed an official confrontation. The only time that the blaugranas appeared on the lawn of Fuorigrotta was in 1978, for a friendly He finished 1-1 with goals from Esteban and Ferrario. It was the Barça of Michels and Cruyff, while on the Azzurro bench was a young Gianni Di Marzio. The former coach recalls that afternoon and his relationship with Maradona, Messi and Cristiano …Mister, what do you remember of that Naples-Barça?More than the game itself, the manor of Cruyff has been recorded. We did an interview together, when yours was over he said goodbye to everyone present with a handshake. Everybody! It was one of those acts of humility that I have only seen the greatest do, like him, Pele, Beckenbauer …His team got a draw to one, a good result against so many stars.We played in the zone, with a man-to-man defense we would have gotten six. I was already inspired by the Dutch model.And a few months later, he found Maradona …I went to see the World Cup in Argentina and by chance a taxi driver, those are the ones who know the most, he advised me to go see a boy. The president of the Argentinos Juniors was originally from Calabria, he knew me because I trained Catanzaro, and organized a meeting. But Diego was very angry …What happened to him?Menotti had put it on the list of 40 of the albiceleste, but left it out of the final. He already had character. I went to see him, I spent 15 days with him and we agreed to take him to Naples. I even sent him an azzurra shirt, 10.His passion for partenopeiThen, it was born thanks to you.I don’t say it, he declared it. There are several videos of Diego saying that he chose Naples thanks to everything I told him.last_img read more