Johnson strikes twice to lead Leafs past pesky Bruins

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s something about third periods and the Grand Forks Border Bruins that keeps Leaf fans on the edge of their seats.For the second straight game the Bruins staged a third-period rally, only this time falling short in a 5-4 loss to the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.“I wasn’t here for that game (a 6-5, December 12 loss to the Bruins) but I heard about it,” said the game’s first star, Dustin Johnson, who finished the contest with three points for the home side.“Grand Forks, from what I saw playing them tonight, is a team that is not going to give up no matter what the score.”“So for us heading into playoffs we’ve got to focus on not giving up those leads,” Johnson added.It was obvious from the start most of the Nelson players still had nightmares from the pre-Christmas collapse.The Leafs took the play to the Bruins from the opening puck drop, firing 20 some shots at the Grand Forks net.Patrick Martens and Taylor O’Neil, on the power play, gave the Leafs a 2-0 lead after one period.In the second Johnson struck twice with one of the markers coming with the man advantage. Joel Stewart had the other marker to increase the Nelson lead to 5-2 after 40 minutes.However penalties, the key during the previous encounter in December, gave the momentum to Grand Forks. Cody Larsen, once on the power play, scored twice to cut the lead to 5-4.The Bruins pressed for the equalizer but Marcus Beesley made some huge saves to keep Nelson in front.The Leafs finished game out shooting the Bruins 51-24.Beesley, in goal while starter Darren Hogg rests his injured leg, registered his tenth win of the season.Next game for the Leafs is Friday, January 21 when the Kalona Chiefs pay a visit to the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: Jeremy Mandoli backed up Beesley in the Leaf nets. . . . Blake Arcuri did not play as did Gavin Currie. . . .Dustin Johnson, who broke into the KIJHL with Summerland Sting in the 2006-07 season, has a five-game points streak. . . .Darren Hogg, injured during the recent road trip in Golden, lost his chance to play in the KIJHL Prospect’s Game. Alex Ross of Castlegar will replace Hogg. However, the news is better for Riley Henderson, who gets his shot during the KIJHL All Star contest after starter Darren Tarasoff was hurt. . . .Currie’s spot on the Kootenay team is taken by Ryan Aynsley of Castlegar. . . .Leaf coach and GM Chris Shaw traded winger Connor McLaughlin to the Fernie Ghostriders. It’s believed McLaughlin may not be avaliable to play again until the Riders play host to the Cyclone Taylor Cup in April.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NPD Emergency Services Camp

first_imgA host of interested students recently signed up to participate in the first annual Emergency Services Camp to experience life an emergency official.The camp, coordinated by the Nelson Police Department in conjunction with the Nelson RCMP, Nelson Fire Rescue, Nelson Search and Rescue, and BC Ambulance, involved students from LV Rogers Secondary, Salmo Secondary, JV Humphries Secondary in Castlegar, Mount Sentinal Secondary and Grand Forks Secondary. The camp is based on our previous successful years of Police Camp in Nelson.  The students were involved in demonstrations from the various emergency services and completed the requirements for the police physical testing along with firearms and accident investigation. It was a very busy weekend and ended with a graduation where all students received a certificate of participation from camp coordinators.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute everyone involved in the weekend camp with Team of the Week honours.The success of the camp was not only in part to the dedication of the students but also numerous sponsors.”We would like to thank our group of students who participated in our Camp for 2014, you were an awesome group,” said NPD Sergeant Janet Scott-Pryke.”Our Emergency Services Camp is a true example of our communities working together to create opportunities and career ideas for our youth.”last_img read more

Five teams vye for Kootenay Regional Men’s Curling crown

first_img“Usually we get two spots, but with this few entries (Kootenays) were only allocated one.”The Regional Playdowns open Friday at 5 p.m. with Nichol facing Ferguson and Nobert battling Firman.Buchy was awarded the bye and plays the Nobert/Firman winner at 9 p.m.The playdowns continue Saturday with draws at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.The first round of the Page Playoffs goes Saturday at 7 p.m.There’s a draw at 10 a.m. Sunday with the Final set for 2 p.m.The winner advances to the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship ­ at the Vernon Curling Club February 3-8, 2015. Myron Nichol of Castlegar, fresh from winning the Nelson Open Cashspiel, is the early favourite entering the Kootenay Men’s Regionals this weekend at the Nelson Curling Club.Nichol defeated Ken McHargue of Sparwood to claim the top prize at the cashspiel.However, all bets are off as four other teams join the Castlegar skip in the search for the lone Kootenay berth beginning Friday at the Curling Club.Joining the Nichol rink is last year’s BC Finalist Tom Buchy of Kimberley, Rob Ferguson of Trail, Josh Firman of Creston and Castlegar’s Rob Nobert.“The zone format was discontinued a few years back in favour of this inter-regional competition,” said playdown organizer Garry Beaudry.last_img read more

VYJACK REELS IN LEADERS LATE TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 CITY OF HOPE MILE (TURF) BY HALF LENGTH IN COURSE RECORD 1:31.69; RIDDEN BY PRAT & TRAINED BY D’AMATO, 6-YEAR-OLD GELDING MAY RUN IN BREEDERS’ CUP MILE NOV. 5

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2016)–Far back off a scintillating early pace, 6-year-old gelding Vyjack kept to his task the final sixteenth of a mile and wore down well-fancied Om and heavily favored stablemate, Obviously, to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile by a half length in a course record 1:31.69. Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Flavien Prat, Vyjack will be pointed to either the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4, or the Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf), on Nov. 5.With longshots Frank Conversation and St. Joe Bay both gunning from their inside post positions, Om, ridden by Gary Stevens, saved ground into the first turn as Obviously, breaking from post eight, joined and then overtook the two speed merchants in the run down the backside. From there, Obviously, who was ridden for the first time by Tyler Baze, held the advantage until the winner and Om overtook him 50 yards from the wire.“Vyjack is so professional,” said D’Amato. “In many ways, he reminds me of Obviously. He has a different style of running but both are very professional and you can put them where they want to run. I have to give Flavien a lot of credit. He’s breezed him since he’s been here in California (he had been based in the east with trainer Bill Mott) and I think that’s helped a lot.“I thought the fractions were suicidal. Obviously was a victim of circumstances and there were two horses that maybe didn’t belong in here and our guy still fought valiantly…The original plan was the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile for Vyjack, but with the way he ran today, we’ll see. The turf milers here have such a tremendous turn of foot and Vyjack showed that today and it set up for him. I don’t take anything away from Obviously today. I don’t think they’ll go (that fast) in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, so between the Mile and the Turf Sprint, I think one of those spots will be right up his alley.”Off at 4-1 in a field of 10 three year olds and up, Vyjack paid $10.60, $4.80 and $2.80. Owned by Pick Six Racing, the Kentucky-bred by Into Mischief got his eighth win from 27 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $1,321,900.“With the fast pace I knew I would be farther back but it was fast enough and we fought,” said Prat. “There were some good horses in here and to catch those types of horses, you’ve to be good and you’ve got to be brave. I knew I was able to put up a fight, but when you’re racing horses that are good, you never know for sure if you’ll beat them.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, Om, who overtook St. Joe Bay midway around the far turn and eventually outran the favorite by a half length, was off at 5-2 and paid $4.40 and $2.40.“We ran big,” said Stevens. “We kinda got double-teamed there but he ran a good race.”Idle since cruising to victory in a Grade III mile turf stakes on June 18 at Belmont Park, Obviously, who was 5 ¼ lengths clear of the fourth horse, was off at even money under Tyler Baze and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.40, 43.97, 1:07.86 and 1:19.72.The City of Hope Mile was the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday at Santa Anita.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Barrios Earns Third Women’s Basketball Weekly Award

first_img2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 15 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Raceland. La.Barrios increased her Southland-best double-double total to 12 overall, leading Nicholls to a pair of convincing wins last week. She averaged 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 blocks while shooting 58 percent from the field and hitting all 15 free throws. The junior started the week with 26 points and 11 boards in an 81-60 win against Abilene Christian, making 9 of 13 from the field including three triples. In the 63-45 win against Houston Baptist, she had another double-double and blocked four shots to tie the Colonels’ single-season blocks record. Barrios is the only player in the Southland to rank in the top 10 for scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks. Nicholls (11-12, 6-6 SLC) is currently on a three-game win streak heading into week 15. The Colonels hit the road to face Sam Houston State (4-18, 1-12 SLC) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN3 before heading to Conway to square off with Central Arkansas (16-7, 9-3 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. This is Barrios’ third weekly honor of the 2017-18 season, having earned the award previously on Nov. 13 and Jan. 8.center_img Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Stevi Parker, Stephen F. Austin; Kierra Jordan, Central Arkansas; Chastadie Barrs, Lamar.last_img read more

No. 3 McNeese Advances in Winners’ Bracket, Beat No. 2 Stephen F. Austin 8-2

first_imgStephen F. Austin will meet No. 8 Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight for an elimination game. The Cowgirls continue on in the winners’ bracket. They will meet No. 1 Nicholls at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday. Tournament Central | Box ScoreLAKE CHARLES, La. – No. 3 McNeese advanced in the winners’ bracket with an 8-2 win over No. 2 Stephen F. Austin in game six of the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. McNeese jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when shortstop Tayler Strother singled to right field to score pinch runner Shelbi Strickland who ran for designated player Alexandria Saldivar. The Ladyjacks answered in the bottom frame as first baseman Margarita Corona blasted her ninth home run of the season, smashing it to left-centerfield. The Cowgirls calmed anymore damage with catcher Aubree Turbeville and Strother combining to catch SFA’s Autumn Holloway attempting to still third. Strother then made a diving catch for out two followed by a full-stretch snag to close the inning. Third baseman Morgan Catron of McNeese recorded her second home run of the tournament with a shot over the scoreboard in leftfield to give the Cowgirls an 8-2 lead in the last inning.center_img The Cowgirls took a two-run lead in the third inning when Saldivar registered her second hit of the day, scoring left fielder Lauren Brown and right fielder Justyce McClain. SFA’s third baseman Amber Landry singled to second base for catcher Taylor Fraccastoro to cross the plate and make the score 3-2 in the third. Turbeville recorded her second home run of the season, hitting the championship banner in the top of the fourth. Caroline Settle gave up just four Ladyjack hits in a complete-game effort for the Cowgirls, her sixth this season. She struck out two and walked just one.last_img read more

DREAM TREE, ESCAPE CLAUSE, MARLEY’S FREEDOM & PARADISE WOODS HEADLINE STAR-STUDDED GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES ON SATURDAY

first_imgDREAM TREE, ESCAPE CLAUSE, MARLEY’S FREEDOM & PARADISE WOODS HEADLINE STAR-STUDDED GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES ON SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2019)–In what shapes up as a truly star-studded affair, Dream Tree, Escape Clause, Marley’s Freedom and Paradise Woods headline a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs.Although she flopped as the 3-5 favorite in the opening day Grade I La Brea at the same distance, Bob Baffert’s previously undefeated Dream Tree merits top billing as she’s joined by stablemate Marley’s Freedom, who’s been idle since winning a Grade III, one turn mile stakes at Aqueduct Dec. 1.Quite possibly the hardest trying Thoroughbred in training, owner/trainer Don Schnell’s Manitoba Canadian-bred Escape Clause, fresh off a romping victory going 1 1/16 miles in the Grade III  La Canada Stakes here Jan. 12, will cut back in distance as she bids for her 20th win from 29 career starts.Paradise Woods, brilliant at three but winless in her last five starts, has been idle since July and will be making her first start for trainer John Shirreffs.Throw in last year’s Santa Monica winner, Selcourt, and this year’s renewal indeed has the look of something very special.DREAM TREEOwner:  Phoenix Thoroughbred III                                   TTrainer:  Bob BaffertUnbeaten in her first five starts, three of them graded, including the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos in December, 2017, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly was simply off of her game in the Grade I La Brea, a race in which she broke a bit slow, was attentive to the pace for a half mile and caved readily to finish last by 25 ½ lengths.  With five works to her credit since the La Brea, including a bullet six furlongs in 1:11.60 this past Sunday, look for Dream Tree to bounce back with an “A” performance with Mike Smith up.ESCAPE CLAUSEOwner:  Don SchnellTrainer:  Don SchnellOne of the best “feel good” stories in American Racing, she comes off a dominating 5 ½ length win in the Grade II La Canada and cuts back to a distance at which she’s a perfect two for two.  A winner of eight in a row last year, starting in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 8 through Oct. 21 at Centennial Downs, near Calgary, Alberta, this Manitoba-bred has performed with unquestioned distinction in four Southern California starts, which have produced two wins, the first via disqualification in the restricted Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 9 and in the La Canada here at Santa Anita.  Returned by Schnell to her base at Turf Paradise in Phoenix following the La Canada win, she’s had two recorded works heading into the Santa Monica, her most recent a half mile in 47 flat, second fastest of 46, on Feb. 9.  A 5-year-old Manitoba-bred by the Unbridled’s Song stallion Going Commando, Escape Clause is 28-19-3-3 overall with earnings of $423,500.MARLEY’S FREEDOMCicero Farms, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertA neck winner of the Grade III Go For Wand Handicap going a one turn mile at Aqueduct Dec. 1, this 5-year-old Blame mare was off as the 3-5 favorite and has been favored in her last six starts, winning five of them.  With Mike Smith apparently opting to ride Dream Tree, Drayden Van Dyke, who has won with three out of his four tries with her, gets the Santa Monica call.  An easy 3 ¼ length winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga three starts back on Aug. 25, Marley’s freedom is a four-time graded stakes winner and is the leading money earner in the field with $815,935.PARADISE WOODSOwner:  Pam & Martin Wygod & Steven SarkowskyTrainer:  John ShirreffsA winner of both the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks and the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes at age three, this 5-year-old mare by Union Rags has been idle since well beaten going 1 1/16 miles on turf in the restricted Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar on July 20–her fifth consecutive defeat since taking the Zenyatta in September, 2017.  A big question mark by any reckoning, she banked $773,890 with Richard Mandella, but will be making her first start for John Shirreffs, who’s been pleased with the way she’s trained up to the Santa Monica.  With an overall mark of 11-3-2-2 and three consecutive six furlong drills to her credit, including a bullet 1:10.80 drill here on Feb. 8, Paradise Woods appears ready as she’ll be ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario.SELCOURTOwner:  Medallion Racing & Keith AbrahamsTrainer:  John SadlerA galloping 4 ½ length winner of last year’s Santa Monica, this lightly raced 5-year-old Tiz Wonderful mare was then idle prior to running 12th in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.  With her next assignment coming as the 1-5 favorite in the ungraded Kalookan Queen Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 13, she bobbled at the break, dueled for the lead and ended up second, beaten 2 ¼ lengths under regular rider Tyler Baze.  With Baze opting to stick with Escape Clause, Selcourt will be handled for the first time by Joe Talamo on Saturday.  Bred in Kentucky by Abrahams,  Selcourt is 8-4-2-1 and has earnings of $299,160.THE GRADE II SANTA MONICA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT Paradise Woods–Joel Rosario–120Selcourt–Joe Talamo–120Marley’s Freedom–Drayden Van Dyke–124Dream Tree–Mike Smith–124Mopotism–Mario Gutierrez–120Escape Clause–Tyler Baze–122Amuse–Rafael Bejarano–120First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Dele Alli slams ‘arrogant’ Spurs as Rashford ruins Mourinho’s Man Utd return

first_imgDELE ALLI rapped “arrogant” Tottenham as Marcus Rashford ruined Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United return.Dele’s wondergoal counted for nothing in the end as Rashford bagged a brace to lift the pressure off boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.2 Dele Alli called Spurs ‘arrogant’ after the slipped to defeat at Man UtdCredit: EPA2 Spurs had been itching to keep up their 100 per cent record under MourinhoCredit: ReutersNew Spurs chief Mourinho had been desperate to continue his winning run at the expense of the club who axed him almost a year ago.But Dele said: “With the old manager coming back they were always going to be up for it that little bit more.“We lost not on them outplaying us but on our attitude — we weren’t hungry enough. It was maybe a little bit of arrogance and over-confidence.”In games like this you have to have a bit of arrogance — but we were sloppy.“We were slow to every second ball and weren’t winning the 50-50s and you can’t do that in games like this.“It’s always nice to get a goal but you can’t see any positives when you lose a game. We wanted to win not just for him but for the fans.”Rashford lashed home a sixth-minute opener that caught out Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga at his near post.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Man Utd, Leicester and Wolves scores this coming weekend and win £100And his second early in the second half was from a VAR-checked penalty he had won himself, tricking Moussa Sissoko into a trip.Mourinho said: “He was dangerous and I knew that. I gave the players the best possible information about it.“The first is a typical Rashford goal, coming inside and shooting.“Also the way he attacked the defenders with his second goal. Our boys knew it, they knew it clearly.”Rashford, 22, now with nine goals from his last nine United outings, said: “That’s the hardest we’ve had to work to get a result this season.“We want to show people we can play against top teams. We know we need to improve but, game by game, we are. We had a lot of shots on goal.”The win enabled Solskjaer to go into Saturday’s derby at Manchester City with a smile on his face.Solskjaer said: “It’s the best game Marcus has had under me. MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year“He was mature, strong against good Premier League players. His penalty was calm and composed, and his first goal, we know he’s got those strikes in him.“It’s like he was back on the playground or in the back garden.“We want them to have fun, there’s nothing dangerous out there — just 75,000 people, wanting to see the best of them.”last_img read more

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