South Sydney Rabbitohs predicted Round 1 line-up

first_imgThose names – think Cam Murray, Tyrell Fuimaono, Braidon Burns and Siosifa Talakai – will be better for the run and provide competition to established players.The big question is at No.9 given new coach Anthony Seibold’s preference for an 80-minute hooker while Cody Walker should flourish in the security of the No.6 jersey given Inglis’s return at the back.Left centre and wing are wide open with Fuimaono, Burns, Hymel Hunt, Robert Jennings, Jacob Gagan, Campbell Graham, Adam Doueihi and Richard Kennar just some of the candidates pushing for spots on that edge.NRL.com expert Jamie Soward says:”Rob Jennings might get a spot on the wing for Braidon Burns. They never got that right winger quite right this year, they kept chopping and changing. Fuimaono is probably a back-rower but he seemed to find a spot in the centres.”Damien Cook is under a lot of pressure to play 80 minutes and keep that quality. I don’t know if it was right last year, I don’t know if it was wrong either but they played two hookers at times. Cook is so fast and plays 13 for 10 or 15 minutes and really changed the tempo of the game.”Souths were at their best when Issac Luke was playing 80 minutes and bringing the forwards onto the ball. Cook does that. He’s still learning the game, he’s still relatively young in terms of his first-grade career. I think Cook probably has the edge at the moment being a bit younger but he’s going to have Farah breathing down his neck all year.”Their back line will all depend on how Greg Inglis is. You might find he goes to centres, Fuimaono to back row and push Sutton or even Crichton back to the bench given what’s happened (with Crichton signing for Roosters). Gagai or even Alex Johnston would have to go to fullback.”NRL.com’s predicted Round 1 team:1 Greg Inglis, 2 Alex Johnston, 3 Tyrell Fuimaono, 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Braidon Burns, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Zane Musgrove, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Sam Burgess. Interchange: 14 Cameron Murray, 15 Kyle Turner, 16 Jason Clark, 17 George Burgess. Reserves: 18 Robbie Farah, 19 Mark Nicholls, 20 Siosifa Talakai, 21 Robert Jennings.last_img read more

Mowen finds peace with Pau

first_imgHaving been largely unheralded during his time at both the Reds and Waratahs, he was the leader of his beloved Brumbies and captain of his country.Mowen had taken the most prized position in Australian rugby from James Horwill at the end of 2013 and after years of pouring his heart and soul into every jersey he had ever pulled on, he had finally reached the pinnacle.It was a late ascent at the national level that could only be matched by a man in another sport – Mike Hussey, who made his Test debut at 30 and was instantly one of the Australian cricket team’s most integral players.Mowen may have been 28 when he made his Test debut against the British and Irish Lions but five months later, he was leading his country on a Spring Tour.So when Mowen announced his imminent departure to France in January 2014, it was a shock of enormous proportions.He had the rugby world at his feet and would have likely been a certain starter, if not skipper, at the 2015 World Cup.Why leave?The answer was simple.”I always had that in the back of my mind running parallel that while I was playing rugby, family was always going to be the most important thing,” Mowen told RUGBY.com.au.”I really loved my rugby at the Brumbies and Wallabies but it was detracting from (family) so I needed to find a balance that was more conducive to family life.”That thinking started to eventuate over that 12 months and it was that 12 months which coincided with my elevation to the Wallabies.”That was a really exciting thing and after the end of the Spring Tour I had time to sit back and reflect.”I was on the high of being with that Wallaby team but I had missed all that time at home as well.”I look back on that time with fond memories but I was also very proud of the decision I got to in the end.”Mowen packed up his family and moved to Montpellier under former Brumbies coach Jake White, before linking with Pau, with whom he is making his first rugby return to Brisbane.it was a life decision with which he found peace during the Christmas break of 2013.”It wasn’t an easy decision to get to but in the end it was a very easy decision, if that makes sense,” Mowen said.”It took me a good month or two of really thinking about it to get to that point where I was certain but once I was certain I was completely comfortable with where that sat.”Coming down off that high of the Spring Tour and we had a reasonably successful tour – it was great.”But it was the time I got to spend with my daughters over Christmas where I really got to weigh it up.”I’ve got huge respect for the guys that do it because it’s a huge commitment from them physically but it’s also a huge commitment emotionally to travel, to be on the road and to have that family balance.”I know lots of guys do it and do a great job of it but for me, that’s where my future lied, to correct that balance for me.”While he has no regrets over leaving Australia, the 33-year-old admits watching the Wallabies through his first two years abroad was a bittersweet feeling.”I’d definitely be lying if I said in the first 12 months to two years, I didn’t still harbour ambitions to go back and play for Australia.”But that was always balanced with the family life that I wanted to create.”Now I’m into my fourth year in France and the final years of my rugby career and our life in France, I’m really content with it.”As Rugby Australia searches for ways to stop the flow of players shifting abroad, Mowen also offered an insightful piece of advice to those looking overseas.”I think every situation is really different and only that person in that situation can know if it’s the right time or the right situation.”We are seeing guys going a lot younger but my advice to guys would be to try and maximise their time in Australia because I think you get the most development through playing here.”Having access to the coaching, the strength and conditioning, we do it pretty well compared to a lot of programs around the world and I think you maximise your development by exposing yourself for that.”There is always going to be a time where you can take up that experience overseas and I think you have to take that up at some stage in your career.”I hope those young guys that go overseas get exactly what they want out of it and hopefully they come back better, more rounded players and can contribute more to Australian rugby.”last_img read more

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. pic.twitter.com/IQke0REBXt— 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

Jarryd Hayne effect

first_imgFRU chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu, while applauding former Fiji Bati fullback Hayne’s selection, said it was the best news ahead of the Flying Fijians tricky opener against home team England at Twickenham.Radrodro said the FRU was confident that Hayne’s transition from professional rugby league to American Football together with all his achievements as a professional sportsman was an inspiration for the Vodafone Flying Fijians.”His achievement thus far is remarkable and manifests a nothing is impossible attitude,” he said in a media statement.”Jarryd is challenging all of us to strive beyond our comfort zone.”He is a champion and an example.”Radrodro said Hayne’s achievements sent out a strong message to locals involved in different sports around the country that if they had the right attitude then ‘sky is the limit’.Hayne played for the Fiji Bati in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.Dubbed the Hayne-plane for his stylish celebrations after scoring tries in rugby league, the son of former Fiji Bati centre Manoa Thompson has also played for the Australian Kangaroos in international rugby league.FNRL board member Tomi Finau said Hayne was a role model for local players.”FNRL is very happy and pleased to learn that the former Vodafone Fiji Bati has been selected,” he said.”It was a big decision for him to leave NRL in the pinnacle of his career and pursue American Football. Our hope is that all players in the Vodafone Cup aspire to work hard and be like Hayne. If players put their mind to what they want, they can be successful.”Someone who was once part of the Bati has gone so far, we’re really pleased with his achievement,” Finau said.Meanwhile, Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee has enlisted retired Irish referee Alain Rolland to help his team in the run-up to the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2015 against England.Rolland spent time with the Flying Fijians at their training ground, London Irish RFC, Sunbury-on-Thames, on Friday in a continuation of a relationship that began at the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) earlier this year. The main focus has been to improve the team’s technical awareness to cut down on the number of penalties awarded against them.”At this level a high penalty count can be very costly,” said McKee, adding he was concerned about Fiji being penalised for infringements in rucks.McKee revealed that the Fiji coaching team first spoke to Rolland before the PNC final against Samoa on August 3 which was “very beneficial”. Fiji won that match 39-29 with 12 of Samoa’s points coming from penalty conversions by Michael Stanley.Rolland’s relationship with Fiji has continued in the run-up to RWC 2015. He worked with the team ahead of their warm-up match against Canada at Twickenham Stoop on September 6.”In the Canada game our penalty count was only seven which was a significant decrease from what we had before,” said McKee.McKee added that the team had been working on aspects such as rolling away from tackles and staying on their feet.”It’s just one of many things that we do to make sure that players are very clear in the requirements of the game.”last_img read more

Celades took his character in the match against Barcelona

first_imgIn the almost five months that Celades has lived on the Valencian bench, it has been found that he is not an excessively temperamental person. The coach transmits tranquility from the band and in his appearances also exposes his calm character. Nevertheless, Last Saturday against Barcelona, ​​the most active Celades of the whole season could be seen.The game was key for the Valencianistas because they wanted to improve the image, in addition the rival favored a meeting with high pulsations. The master remained calm for much of it, but Gil Manzano’s decisions ended up causing him to show a character never seen before in Mestalla. In the 42nd minute the Catalan began to alter when the referee cut off Ferran’s counterattack Torres after having previously given the law of advantage. The technician, making fuss, he supported his people to talk with the referee shouting “tell him, tell him”.And when Gil Manzano annulled Paulista’s third goal, Celades no longer gave credit. Both he and Ruipérez Marín, the fourth referee, spent more than two minutes conversing intensely, although the explanations should not have convinced him since at the end of the meeting he declared in the press room that “there are times when there are doubts about things and it would not be bad to receive explanations.”last_img read more

Suso: “It is the perfect time to play in Sevilla”

first_imgEurocup: “The first thing is the club, if everything is done well then the selection is something that comes alone.”Close family: “For them it was very important, it is a great happiness that can be here. Copa del Rey? You had to win that game, it’s an ugly day and those games are the worst for not entering with the mentality with which you have to enter. We already look at LaLiga. ”State of form: “I don’t think the circumstances of three weeks change much. I am available to the coach and I have been playing almost always. I do not think that after four years playing this break is very noticeable. If there is a coach who knows me well, it is Lopetegui. He is the perfect person. ”Trajectory in Milan: “One stays with many things. Tactically I have learned a lot and have improved in the Italian league. ” Sevilla seeks to leave the chaos butler and presented today the signing of Suso Fernández as the last piece aimed at strengthening the power of the Julen Lopetegui squad. The player did not hesitate to highlight the importance of his arrival: “We were talking for a week and there was a great desire for this to happen. We all made an effort and what I wanted was to be here. ”Looking to the future and its intentions: “I played here in Spain with 19, it was another moment of my life. Now I arrive at the best possible moment, it is when I am better. There are perfect circumstances and I am in a great club with a coach who knows me perfectly about the national team, it is the perfect moment. ”He influenced his qualities for the team: “There are very good players, as in all the great teams. I come to help and improve in many ways to make the goal easier. ”last_img read more

Joselu and Lucas are the best couple of Spanish gunners

first_imgLast summer Deportivo Alavés announced the arrival of two strikers with a great reputation in European football. They were Lucas Pérez (A Coruña, 09/10/1988) and Joselu Mato (Stuttgart, 03/27/1990), who arrived from West Ham United and Newcastle respectively. Two gunners who came from trying their luck in a Premier League who, unfortunately, had not repeated the taste of their goals so regularly as other leagues of the old continent had done. The ‘7’ Coruña scored an unprecedented personal record in the League: 7 consecutive days scoring, something that only he has achieved with the shirt of two different teams in Coruña and Vitoria. A vertiginous figures from which a Joselu has not taken off, who with the goal of last Sunday at Sánchez-Pizjuán shares the figure of top national scorer of LaLiga Santander together with Roger (Levante UD) and Ángel (Getafe CF).The 9 and 8 goals of Joselu and Lucas place them as the Spanish couple that makes the most goals in the league championship. Of the 23 goals that the Vitorian team has achieved, 17 have carried the seal of one of the two. Some figures that approach, but do not exceed, the 16 goals scored by Gerard Moreno and Santi Cazorla, of Villarreal CF. This Friday, before SD Eibar, Deportivo Alavés faces a very important clash facing the goal of permanence. Joselu already knows what it is to score a goal to the armorer team, and that is that ‘9’ was the author of the two goals that marked the first home victory of the course in the Basque feud. Lucas could not travel to Seville last weekend because of discomfort in the pubis but today he has trained with the group normally. His seemed to be a fierce battle to take the position of striker of a babazorra squad who wanted to forget the Calleri and Borja Bastón last year, and the first to hit was a Joselu Mato who scored his first two championship goals in the matches against Levante UD and Getafe CF. A drought scorer of Asier Garitano during the 4,5 and 6 days made fear that the goal albiazul lost his reference, but soon Lucas Pérez joined the cause.last_img read more

Love: “Messi has been huge”

first_imgAnalysis: “The first part we played very well. Leo has been at a great level, has scored four goals. He has had the opportunity to score and has been huge once again. We played quite well. With 3-0, then it is normal that we have slowed down in the second part. “ Vidal: “He is not an extreme, but today he has played very open and has given us breadth. He has played quite well with and without the ball. He has been very involved, has played easy, gives a lot of work and helps a lot to the center of the field. you can say nothing against it because its performance is magnificent. “Braithwaite Debut: “He has played 20 minutes and has been very good. His movements, his unchecking. He has pressed up. They have been 20 minutes of many things and very good.”Real Madrid. “We depend a little on them, but we have to think about us. I hope he doesn’t win, but we have to think about our matches. Little by little, many points remain and it’s difficult for all teams to win every game.”last_img read more

Braithwaite, the burning nail

first_imgMeanwhile, in Sport he talked about the Camp Nou reception: “I don’t feel like my soccer looks like Larsson’s, To be honest. But we are similar in one thing: he was a tremendously intelligent player. I don’t know what his mentality was and his way of being, because I haven’t met him personally, but he’s a legend. When I entered the Camp Nou I felt amazing because the atmosphere was fantastic. But I don’t know if that environment is normal here. “ Martin Braithwaite, Last minute signing at Barça after the long-lasting injury of Dembélé, appears as great animator and hope azulgrana for the last twelve days of the League. As oblivious to the pessimism surrounding the club and the messes that arise every day around the team, Braithwaite lives in a bubble and claims to be “one hundred by one hundred” convinced that Barça will win LaLiga. This Friday is the cover of sports newspapers in Barcelona. In the interview with Sports world, it falls apart in praise Messi: “He’s a great boy, He is waiting to help the players. It is helping me to join the team and in the countryside, of course, it’s amazing, it’s nice to see you. I’m sure that as we get to know more and play more time together, Our connection will improve. If it is amazing to see him play in games, enjoy him in training every day, it is even more incredible. I try to learn from him. “last_img read more

Betis change face with Pier

first_imgThe Betis not the same since the arrival of the coach Pier Luigi Cherubino, who replaced in office Antonio Contreras. The former Verdiblanco player has managed to change the direction of the team, which was in decline, to get it out of the red zone and change the feelings completely. “This team is trained to be higher. You have to keep squeezing the girls because they have room for improvement, “Pier said in a recent interview with the Betis media. The numbers speak for themselves. Under Contreras’ mandate, the Andalusian team added eight points in thirteen games played in the League, with seven defeats, five draws and only one victory. Figures that have improved substantially under Pier’s orders. After eight league games since joining the coaching staff, the Andalusian team accumulates twelve points, with three wins, three draws and two defeats. It is worth noting the important points added against direct rivals such as Espanyol (2-1) or Valencia (2-2) and the team’s great participation in the Cup: they eliminated Atlético on penalties and brushed the semis, falling in the quarterfinals against Logroño (1-0). The Verdiblanco coach was very satisfied with his work on the team, which has returned to work after a few days off due to the team break. The Bacon and a derby await the Baetics against their great rival, Sevilla, in the next days of the First Iberdrola. “The work we are doing is being received well. It is improving. The important thing now comes in the final stretch, which is where you have to press the most and improve those numbers. I am convinced since I arrived. I’m not satisfied with saving ourselves and that’s it and more seeing the players out there. We have to aspire to win games, “said PierThe former Betis player stressed that upon arrival he saw that “there was a lack of joy” in the team and has tried to recover that essence, which was also characteristic of Betis de María Pry. “When I arrived, what I did was change my mind and I wanted them to come to train with joy. If you don’t get inside and you know what they feel, you can’t get all their football out, “ Pier stressed, who also confessed to having been forced to change the way he played to get the most out of his players. The Canarian coach seems to have found his ideal system at Betis at 4-1-4-1. “My way of playing is different. I like to play more vertically. I tried it in the first games … But I think that to be a coach you also have to be smart and you should not be closed in a style of play and a way of playing football. You have to focus on what you have and the characteristics of each player, “he said.last_img read more