Simmons, 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.
Kolkata, Apr 27 (PTI) She may be hogging the limelight after becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics, but Dipa Karmakar says she has not changed a bit and happy that people have started recognising the sport. “Ive not changed a bit after my Olympic qualification, but Im happy that people have started recognising gymnastics finally,” Dipa said at her felicitation by Calcutta Sports Journalists Clubs Coal India Annual Awards here today. Theres has been an outpouring of congratulatory messages ranging from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar but Dipa said her feet were grounded and her focus is to “polish” her scores with less than 100 days to go for Rio. The SAI has announced Rs 1.10 crores for her training in the build up to the Olympics with RS 80 lakh on apparatus and the rest in foreign exposure, her coach Bishweshwar Nandi said. “Dipa will choose between two events — in Turkey and Singapore — in June for her build up event ahead of Rio. Theres no shortage of support for her, even Rahul Dravid (of GoSports Foundation) has extended full support,” Nandi added, The coach further said that the focus is now to polish her first landing score of 15,04 so that it betters her medal opportunity. Her choice of vault — Produnova — has the risk of fatal spinal injuries as very few gymnasts has attempted that but the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist is relishing the challenge. “Every success involves risk and Im not afraid of taking risk. I believe in hard practice and my coach (Bishweshwar Nandi). Im just following him. My coach doesnt let me take any pressure,” Dipa said. “We need full fledged centres, only three four till now. The more centre come up the more popular gymnastics would become.” PTI TAP PDS PMadvertisement