first_imgPhoto by: Getty Images  Wayne Barnes awards the match-winning try. The tournament organisers said on Friday that its Untoward Incident Review Group had concluded France failed to comply with the “HIA (head injury assessment) protocol and/or the relevant laws of the game.”It added, however, that there was “no clear evidence” of any intent to obtain a competitive advantage. France won the game 20-18 with a try scored 20 minutes after the end of normal time.Wales coach Rob Howley said then that replacement prop Uini Atonio’s stoppage time substitution by starter Rabah Slimani was unlawful. “The integrity of the game has been brought into disrepute,” he told a news conference at the time.”What happened in the last moments of that game shouldn’t ever happen again. One of the coaches had a word with their doctor and within a minute of that their tighthead went off. The evidence suggests that it’s not in the integrity of our game.”Slimani had earlier been replaced but was allowed back on when Atonio went off for a head injury assessment. last_img read more

first_imgPiutau, 25, will swap Ulster for Bristol next summer after signing a two-year deal which is expected to make him one of the best paid players in the world. A title he already holds, earning a reported £500,000 a season in Ulster.In an interview with the Press Association, Piutau explained why he opted for Bristol and a big payday rather than adding to his 17 New Zealand caps. A decision which did not come lightly.He said: “First maybe there was an option to go back to New Zealand. After catching up with people in the union (NZRU) it became clear that I didn’t want to go back. So after that it was an easy option for me, to stay in the north. “Then I started talking to a few clubs, and I found Bristol was a perfect fit for me. I was born and brought up in New Zealand, I love the All Blacks jersey and I love what it stands for.“But when it comes to a place when you can provide for your family and there’s a better opportunity, to me it was an easy decision.“I’ll always choose my family over anything else. I’m so thankful for everything that happened in New Zealand, but as well as wanting to provide for my family, I also wanted to experience this side of the world.”Piutau will link up with his brother Siale, who is already at Bristol having signed a new deal this summer, his best friend Steven Luatua and his former Auckland Blues coach Pat Lam.He said: “I’m the youngest of 10 siblings so I always wanted to find my own two feet,” said Piutau.“I always had that family support around me and that’s a good thing but at the same time, coming overseas, it was hard, but I knew it would help me grow as a person.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Rugby Paper are reporting controversial Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is ready to hand Faletau’s current employers Bath a whopping €500,000 transfer fee to buy the 70-times capped Wales No.8 out of the final year of his contract in the west country.And the three-times kings of Europe are also said to be ready to offer the 27-year-old an eye-popping €1m a year deal to make the move across the Channel to the Stade Felix Mayol.Faletau picked up a knee injury against Toulon on Saturday in their 24-20 defeat to the French outfit that will rule him out of next Saturday’s rematch at The Rec.The Dragons are also said to be interested in bringing Faletau back to Newport and form a back-row partnership with Ross Moriarty.They are willing to make him the highest paid player in Wales, but won’t be able to match the wages being offered in France.Wales and Lions star Faletau retains strong links with his former club and was at Rodney Parade this month to watch the thrilling 32-32 draw with star-studded Ulster in the Guinness PRO14.Sources maintain Faletau is interested in rejoining the Dragons, who he left last year to link up with Bath.But they would have to pay a transfer fee if they are to get him this summer unless the west country club were willing to part with him, which is an obvious stumbling block.“Taulupe didn’t really want to leave the Dragons. If the then regime had offered him £20,000 more a year he would have stayed,” claimed an insider at the region.“His situation is akin to when Johnny Sexton left Leinster for France. Johnny didn’t really want to join Racing Metro and couldn’t get back quick enough to Leinster when the opportunity arose.“As a number of leading Welsh players have also found in the past, the grass isn’t always greener outside Wales.”Having already played over 70 times for his country, Faletau would be still eligible for Wales should he move to France where he would join Toulon-bound Ospreys and Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb.last_img read more

first_imgUelese was ruled out of the Wallabies’ June Series on Sunday, with suspicions he had suffered the serious injury, and scans on Monday confirmed the worst-case scenario.The 21-year-old was on the field for just 10 minutes in the Rebels’ win over the Blues in Auckland before falling awkwardly in a tackle on Blues no. 8 Akira Ioane.Uelese will go under the knife on Thursday, and begin the long rehabilitation process.Rebels general manager – professional rugby – Nick Ryan, said the news was a blow to the team.“The news of Jordan’s injury is incredibly disappointing for everyone involved in Australian and Victorian rugby, the Rebels, but foremost for Jordan,” Ryan said.“Jordan is a respected member of the Melbourne Rebels playing group, and someone who has showed great resilience and dedication to his rehabilitation to return from a shoulder injury this season.“His resilience will be tested yet again, but we are confident that Jordan will apply himself to the process to get himself back to playing, meanwhile supporting his teammates as we look to chase our bit of history this Super Rugby season.”The Club has great faith in quality players such as Anaru Rangi and Nathan Charles to lead the way for the rest of our campaign.”Rangi is a chance to be called up to the Wallabies’ June squad, after Uelese’s withdrawal, but an official replacement is yet to be named.last_img read more

first_imgVarious reports have revealed the 27-year-old will join former Raiders boss David Furner in his first year as head coach, leaving the Titans after three seasons.Hurrell is contracted to the Titans until the end of the 2019 season, but it’s understood the club has agreed to let him go to Leeds.He has made 113 NRL appearances during his career with the NZ Warriors and Titans.The Rhinos are one of England’s most successful franchises, winning 11 championships – most recently in 2017 – and 13 Challenge Cups – rugby league’s version of football’s FA Cup.If he makes the move, Hurrell will link up with former Warriors teammate and Tongan international Tui Lolohea, who signed a three-year deal with the club earlier this year.Former Junior Warrior Nathaniel Peteru is also contracted to the squad.Hurrell has been left out of Tonga’s squad to face Australia in a historic test match in front of a sellout Mt Smart Stadium crowd on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgHayne, 31, appeared briefly in the Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday before magistrate John Chicken.Mr Chicken said he had not been “living in a bubble” and understood Hayne was facing a second aggravated sexual assault charge.Defence lawyer Leo Premutico confirmed the new charge had been laid against Hayne and asked for two changes to his bail conditions, involving his residential address and where he would report to police.Hayne, who is living in Queensland’s Broadbeach Waters, is accused of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman on September 30, 2018, between 8pm and 10pm at Newcastle [Australian time].Court documents state Hayne had sex with the woman without her consent and “recklessly inflicted actual bodily harm” to the woman during the alleged rape.Mr Chicken agreed to vary Hayne’s bail conditions and adjourned the matter to June 26.Hayne did not speak to media as he was escorted by a police officer to a car waiting outside the courthouse.Hayne’s barrister has previously indicated in court that the former NRL player intends to plead not guilty.The charges he faces each carry a maximum 20-year jail term.last_img read more

first_img“This competition means a lot to me,” he says.”We get to play against most of the best players in the Pacific. It’s always a good challenge and I look forward to playing in this competition.”Since winning the competition in 2010 and representing Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup, the side has been undergoing a rebuilding period.This year after winning their first two matches at QBE Stadium in Auckland, Hekari United looked on track to make the semi-finals for the first time in a long time.However a 4-0 loss in their final match to Team Wellington effectively ended campaign to the great disappointment of Muta and his teammates.Now, the 28-year-old is turning his attention to the upcoming OFC Nations Cup where he will finally have an opportunity to play in front of home fans after missing out on last year’s XV Pacific Games.In the past the Pacific Games was a senior competition, but in 2015 it was played between U-23 men which ruled Muta out of contention.”I was really disappointed. I had been looking forward to it as it was our home ground in Papua New Guinea.”Although he wasn’t taking to the field, Muta still donned team colours after taking up the unofficial role of fan coordinator – a position he relished as a proud Papua New Guinea native.”Since I couldn’t play I decided that maybe I should go and support all teh teams, the men and women at the same time. I want to show the young boys especially that I’m a senior player but I was always there for them.”The home support paid dividends for both sides as the women successfully defended their gold medal while the boys picked up an historic bronze.”I was proud and happy that we took something home in the football. For many years we, the senior players, were playing in this competition and we weren’t getting any medals.”But they were the ones to break the record and get a medal and I was so happy and pleased for them.”Muta will be playing alongside some of those players come the Nations Cup, and national team coach Flemming Serritslev believes his experience and leadership will be key to those young players integrating into the squad.”David Muta is a fantastic, committed player and he is really the finest representation for Papua New Guinea that you can imagine,” enthuses Serritslev.”The way he plays, his behaviour on the pitch and outside the pitch. I know because when we were in Solomon Islands recently he was still the captain even if he didn’t take part in training or matches.”The national team will have a strong base from both Hekari United and Lae City Dwellers and Serritslev has spent just over a week in New Zealand checking out his players, and potential opponents.He says what he has seen of Muta during the competition has been impressive, but he believes his captain can do better.”To be honest, he can play even better. Not that he has been playing bad but it’s very easy to see that he is still suffering from the injury that prevented him from playing against the Solomon Islands.”Muta is looking forward to the challenge ahead and truly believes that Papua New Guinea will experience success in Port Moresby.”I am ready and looking forward for that competition,” he says.”No matter what I am trying my best and training hard and I can’t wait for it to get started.”As for his new coach, Papua New Guinea’s fourth in as many years, Muta says Serritslev offers something new and different which is what the team needs.”Flemming is such a great coach,” he says.”He’s so humble and he really loves to work with the boys. He’s a little bit funny, and he’s a good fellow. We all respect him and he’s a good coach.”From Serritslev’s end the feeling is mutal.”It’s very important that you have a leader on the pitch but also in my opinion, outside the pitch,” Serritslev says.”He’s an idol in his way of living, in his way of performing when he’s able to train and when he’s able to play.”I’m very satisfied with David and actually, I didn’t expect to find such a perosn in PNG who actually has the experience to be a top player.”A top player for me isn’t just a good footballer – it’s also a very good person.”Both Papua New Guinea clubs are out of the running at the 2016 OFC Champions League and attention will now turn to the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.The host nation has been grouped alongside Tahiti, New Caledonia and Samoa for the competition which runs from 28 May to 11 June in Port Moresby.last_img read more

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 10, 2020 The Madrid derby will capitalize attention in Jeddah on Sunday but it is not yet guaranteed that King Abdullah Stadium will be filled to see who, Real Madrid or Atlético, is the first winner of this new Super Cup four and in Arabic soil.According to information provided by the Spanish Federation, by mid-afternoon this Friday 6,017 locations were still available for the grand final. Less than ten percent of the total capacity (62,345) and the attendance is expected to be similar to the semifinal between Atlético and Barcelona, ​​which brought together 58,410 fans and amateurs, this important nuance in this controversial Spanish Super Cup on Saudi soil. Saudi Arabia has run out of an official Classic but will have a derby. The absence of Messi, the big star of the tournament, remains tugged (Atlético-Barça beat Valencia-Real Madrid by 18,000 spectators) but the schedule will be more benign for the Saudis, at 9:00 p.m. local time and the Zidane duel- Simeone has gone on to take the leading role of the final as a great claim. The stars, this time, are the technicians.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 10, 2020last_img read more

first_imgToday in the Virgen del Camino vs match @SDAlmazanoficia one of his players (known throughout the category for his anti-sportsmanship) has spent the entire game telling me, “fucking black”, “fucking black”, “how disgusting you give me.”@rfef @FCyLF and the problem is that there is never a penalty .. New racist episode in Spanish football. At least, that has denounced Oedipus Rodriguez, player of Almazan. According to his version, not stated in the arbitration record, one of the centrals of his rival, the Virgin of the Way, was throughout the game uttering insults like “fucking black“or”fucking black“and expressions like”how disgusting you give me“. – Oedipus A. Rodriguez (@ Oedipus27) January 19, 2020He did it through Twitter, claiming the Royal Spanish Football Federation and the Federation of Castile and Leon that act accordingly. His club, also with the social network as a platform, expressed his outrage at what happened. Further, Oedipus cataloged the player as “known throughout the category for his unsportsmanlike”, although he did not want to name it. Oedipus also argued that they had told the collegiate, but that he had not responded to their requests for action. The Virgin of the Way, for the moment, has not ruled on this matter. Nor by the elbow with which the other central hit the attacker of Almazan without a ball in the middle. The referee did act though only with yellow cardboard, despite the wound that can be glimpsed in the face of the affected.last_img read more

first_imgThe outcomes present me that what I’m doing is working. It’s clear that beginning the 12 months with a final and with the arrogance that you just have received good video games in opposition to good folks is a good begin.What facets of your sport within the final would you have preferred to appropriate?I might have preferred to get higher. I feel I did not discover my serve and I used to be in a scenario of fixed menace as a result of I performed a lot with seconds. I feel within the rallies she managed properly and made many winners. He put many balls in play as a result of he ran a lot.How do you clarify the double faults at such decisive moments?I bought mistaken. There are days when one feels higher with the serve and others through which you do not discover your rhythm. Making double faults has brought about me to do much more in some unspecified time in the future. I didn’t count on my serve to be so out right this moment.What optimistic issues do you get from these weeks?That I overcame troublesome moments feeling unhealthy, that I managed to win video games in opposition to good gamers, some top-10, that I discovered myself higher with my tennis and I used to be in a position, though it’s arduous, to be concentrated 24 hours … Many issues.Are you in a position to keep this regularity within the subsequent tournaments?Regularity has by no means been my forte. I have all the time been a participant of doing nice tournaments, though not all the time 25 a 12 months if not unexpectedly. I nonetheless work on that, however very troublesome, as a result of I’m an aggressive participant and I take a threat. Nicely, I have a persona like that too … anyway. It’s arduous.What does Conchita Martínez say?We talked little as a result of I used to be offended. It is extremely troublesome to begin the 12 months with a new group and attain the final of a Grand Slam. What reveals that’s that my resolution has been proper. She has understood me as a participant, daily and in feelings. Garbiñe Muguruza, who got here to the Australian Open as 32nd on the planet and without being seeded after a very unhealthy final season, he could not full his ascension in opposition to Sofia Kenin within the final, earlier than which she misplaced 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2. “That is very thrilling,” he mentioned shrunk as quickly as he picked up his runner-up trophy., releasing all the stress. “Sofia has performed an unbelievable match and match, I hope we may be in additional finals collectively, “he praised his rival. Muguruza, who performed his fourth Grand Slam final, had phrases for his renewed group, with which he has returned to battle for a giant trophy. “That is a person sport, however I could not be right here without them, without my group (he quoted all of them). Thanks for serving to me meet once more in a Grand Slam final once more, Conchita, “ acknowledged. Then, sorry however paradoxically extra smiling than different days, chatted for a jiffy with the Spanish media After giving a press convention in English.How do you are feeling bodily and emotionally?Bodily drained. It has been two intense weeks, video games in opposition to troublesome opponents and it has been a very long time since I performed so many in a row … Usually, the logic is that all the things hurts. Emotionally, now badly, as a result of it’s a defeat in an vital match. It’s a unhappy second, however it would occur to me after I notice that you just have been a good match.Do you assume that his efficiency, what he has achieved in Melbourne, can pave the remainder of the season?last_img read more