Meninga extends Kangaroos deal until 2021

first_imgMeninga has been at the helm of Australia since late 2015 and led the Kangaroos to success at the Rugby League World Cup in 2017.The rugby league great will remain at the helm for at least another two years, it was announced on Monday.”I’m incredibly honoured to continue to coach the Kangaroos and in particular have the opportunity to coach the team to another World Cup campaign,” Meninga said in a statement.”Playing for my country was for me the pinnacle of my career and I know that every player I’ve coached as part of the Kangaroos has felt similarly.”We’ve worked hard to respect our past and take the spirit of former players with us every time we represent Australia and our fans.”I’m looking forward to the next few years with the team and the opportunity to coach at a World Cup in the United Kingdom in 2021.”Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter Beattie paid tribute to Meninga.”Mal is a legend of our game with a revered presence wherever he goes,” he said.”He has instilled a strong sense of history and values into the national team fabric and has created an enormous sense of pride in the Kangaroos jumper.”He has also lifted the profile of international rugby league significantly at a time when it is a real focus of the Australian Rugby League Commission.”Mal also ensured that our women’s national team – the Jillaroos – are equal to our Kangaroos when it comes to national pride, presence and opportunity and that’s something that hasn’t been lost on both sets of players and fans.”The rugby league community wishes Mal the very best over the next few years.”The Kangaroos also named a 19-man squad for Tests against New Zealand and Tonga on October 25 and November 2 respectively.Josh Addo-Carr, Nick Cotric, Payne Haas, Cameron Murray, Paul Vaughan and Jack Wighton are the six debutants included.Mal Meninga has named several new faces for the upcoming @Kangaroos Tests against New Zealand and Tonga.— NRL (@NRL) October 6, 2019Australia: Josh Addo-Carr, Daly Cherry-Evans, Damien Cook, Boyd Cordner, Nick Cotric, Tyson Frizell, Wade Graham, Payne Haas, Ben Hunt, Luke Keary, David Klemmer, Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Munster, Cameron Murray, Josh Papalii, James Tedesco, Jake Trbojevic, Paul Vaughan, Jack Wighton. Photo Getty Images Caption: Kangaroos coach Mal Meningalast_img read more

Stray animals owners and councils are to blame

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A recent increase in the number of reported attacks by stray animals on pedestrians is largely attributable to the irresponsible behavior of citizens who abandon their pets and the failure of authorities to implement programs for the protection of strays, animal welfare experts said last week.The most extreme example of violent attacks by stray animals in Attica is the case of an 86-year-old woman who died earlier this month after being set upon by a pack of stray dogs in the northern Athens suburb of Ekali.Experts blame this and other attacks on pet owners who abandon their pets when they become too much of a commitment, but they also highlight the absence of positive action on a local government level. “There are municipal programs for the care of stray animals but the problem is that these programs are rarely implemented,” Yiannis Maistros, vice president of the Stray Animals’ Refuge said. According to Maistros, dogs change their behavior for the worst when they are abandoned. “They form packs, search for food together and become aggressive,” Maistros said. “If the [municipal] programs aimed at fostering our coexistence with strays were being implemented, these animals would be much friendlier,” he added.Maistros and other animal welfare experts stress that a large portion of the strays on the street have been abandoned.“Around 10 percent of the 3,500 dogs we have treated are pedigree,” said Anna Makri, of Athens City Hall’s urban fauna department. “Clearly these animals were not born as strays but some irresponsible individuals purchased them and then decided that they did not want them anymore,” she added.According to Makri, the municipality gets several complaints each month from pedestrians claiming to have been attacked by stray dogs.In each case, a committee decides whether the animal is fit to remain on the streets or poses a public safety risk. In the latter case, the stray is kept in a municipal shelter until a foster home is found.last_img read more