Kangaroos squad updated

first_imgCameron Smith © Centre Interchange Prop Townsville Brothers Fullback Player South Tuggeranong Knights/Valley Dragons Prop Melbourne Storm Blake Ferguson Mudgeeraba Redbacks Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Halfback Darius Boyd Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Lock Mona Vale Raiders Will Chambers Brisbane Broncos Five-Eighth Sam Thaiday All Saints Toongabbie Bribie Island Warrigals St Edwards, Gosford Nhulunbuy, NT Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Interchange Boyd Cordner Trent Merrin Johnathan Thurston Townsville Brothers David Klemmer Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Old Bar Pirates Valentine Holmes Michael Morgan Position Shellharbour Sharks Wing Logan Brothers Griffith Waratah/St Patricks Blacktown Matt Gillett North Queensland Cowboys 20th man Second Row Jake Trbojevic Brisbane Broncos Junior Club Western Lions/Townsville Brisbane Broncos Centre Wing Melbourne Storm Souths Sunnybank North Queensland Cowboys Tyson Frizell Interchange Andrew Fifita North Queensland Cowboys 19th man Cooper Cronk NRL Club St George Illawarra Dragons Hughenden Hawks/Townsville St George Illawarra Dragons Souths Acacia Corrimal Cougars Melbourne Storm Jordan McLean Josh Dugan Sydney Roosters Sydney Roosters 18th man Prop Andrew Fifita will now start in the front row on Friday night against New Zealand at GIO Stadium, after Boyd was ruled out due to a lower leg injury.Jake Trbojevic has been promoted to the interchange bench in place of Fifita.The updated 2017 AnzacTest Kangaroos squad is:  Melbourne Storm Young Cherrypickers Second Row James Maloney Wellington Cowboys/Earlwood Saints Interchange Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Justin O’Neill Penrith Panthers Hookerlast_img read more

Umaga takes blame for Tokyo blue

first_imgPhoto by: RENEE MCKAY/ GETTY IMAGES (Blues coach Tana Umaga). With both teams out of playoff contention, the last-placed Japanese side scored eight tries to three and ran the woeful visitors ragged on their way to a commanding 48-21 victory on a scorching afternoon in Tokyo on Saturday.The Sunwolves, who had just one other win this year and came into the match having conceded 146 points in two big losses in South Africa, trailed by 14 towards the end of the first half before rattling off 41 unanswered points and keeping the visitors scoreless in the second spell.The Blues simply couldn’t live with the pace and ambition the Filo Tiatia-coached team played with, wilting under waves of unrelenting pressure as the mercury reached a furnace-like 42 degrees.While he acknowledged the attitude of Sunwolves had been far better, Umaga felt his decision to take his team to Japan 12 days early in an attempt to acclimatise to the sweltering temperatures had played a significant role.”I have to look at myself before I start looking at the players and that performance,” a downcast Blues coach said.”It’s how I prepare them during the week, what I have done to really help them and have I helped them enough. I can’t play but I can have an influence with how they prepare and motivating them.”We did what we thought was right but clearly it wasn’t. We can’t go pointing fingers at players and what they are doing, we’ve got to look at ourselves and what can we take out of this.”Although they were already resigned to finishing fifth and last in the New Zealand conference, lack of motivation was not an excuse for the Auckland-based franchise.The contest was the 99th and last for the Blues for prop Charlie Faumuina, who is joining French club Toulouse, while loose-forward Steven Luatua was making his 76th appearance before heading for England to link up with Bristol.Umaga said not sending the departing duo off in the appropriate manner was the hardest thing to take, followed closely by the feeling it left them with after an overall campaign that had also included seven wins and, at times, some promising signs.”It’s that old adage that everyone remembers your last performance and it’s not a good one for us going into the end of the season.”The best thing for us is to look at ourselves … it’s definitely one we’ll debrief; we need to take the learnings.”It’s also just a realisation that we are where we are at the moment because of these inconsistencies we are showing, not being able to get on the front foot in games we’re actually meant to do well in.”That is attitude, preparation and mindset. And we’ve got to keep pushing on that.”It wasn’t all doom and gloom from the Blues coach.He still assessed the entire season as a step forward from last year and felt it was important one poor performance did not stop them from looking ahead in a positive fashion.And while it was frustrating to not be taking those steps at a faster rate, Umaga said he had every intention of seeing out the third and final year on his current contract.”I’m positive in what I can do and confident in my ability, I have to be otherwise I shouldn’t be here.”I’ll see that [final year] out and who knows what happens after that. We all realise this is a results driven game.”As long as we are improving hopefully I keep putting those opportunities up for myself.”Sunwolves 48 (Tim Lafaele 3, Keisuke Uchida, Ryohei Yamanaka, Kaito Shigeno, Yoshita Tokunaga tries, penalty try, Yu Tamura 2 con, Jumpei Ogura con) Blues 21 (James Parsons, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Michael Collins tires, Ihaia West 3 con). Halftime: 14-21.last_img read more

Biggar, Halfpenny and Williams return to Wales’ starting XV

first_imgNumber 10 Biggar has not featured in Wales’ opening two rounds, a comprehensive win over Scotland and a narrow loss to England, due to a shoulder problem, but he returns to earn his 61st cap.Fellow British and Irish Lions Williams and Halfpenny also make the team, the former having featured and scored for Saracens against Sale Sharks on Friday to step up his comeback from an abdominal injury, while the latter was a late withdrawal against England due to an infected foot.Winger George North remains among the replacements with Gareth Anscombe also on the bench, but Rhys Patchell – singled out as a weak link by England coach Eddie Jones before the match at Twickenham – misses out altogether, as does Josh Adams.Taulupe Faletau does not make the matchday squad despite having been declared available on Monday in a fully-fit squad.TEAM NEWS Wales welcome back @lionsofficial trio Dan Biggar, Leigh Halfpenny and Liam Williams for #IREvWAL. Croeso nol i Lewod Halfpenny, Williams a Biggar i wynebu Iwerddon dydd Sadwrn. pic.twitter.com/MDgRyrrmGM— Welsh Rugby Union (@WelshRugbyUnion) February 20, 2018″It is great to be able to bring so much experience back into the starting XV and into the backline,” head coach Warren Gatland, who will take charge of Wales for the 100th time, said about his selection for the match in Dublin.”It is the first week we have had everyone in the ‘green’ in terms of availability which is a nice luxury to have and a positive ahead of what is a very important Test match against a very good Ireland side.”We have been pleased with the depth we have developed in the back three and pleased with how those players have gone, but having the experience of Dan, Liam and Leigh coming back in is hugely important.”We have been pleased with how the forward pack has been going and how they have worked as a unit but as always there is pressure for them to perform too.” Wales XV: Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steff Evans, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones, Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi, Ross Moriarty.Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Justin Tipuric, Aled Davies, Gareth Anscombe, George North Photo Getty Images. Caption: Wales fly-half Dan Biggarlast_img read more

U20 World Cup spot up for grabs for Oceania women

first_imgPNG replaced South Africa as World Cup hosts in March, gifting them automatic qualification and a second berth for Oceania.Hosts Tonga face a tough test in today’s opening match against defending Oceania champions New Zealand, who have been on an unbeaten run since 2002.Coach Penateti Feke was a part of the Tongan team at July’s Pacific Games.She’s selected four of her teammates from that event, while nine have experience from last year’s Under 20 tournament.”They’ve already played against New Zealand so they know what it’s like to play against the toughest team in the region so it’s going to be the toughest game out of all the games. From last year we had one victory so this year we’re looking to get more than that. If the girls have it to take us to the top then so be it”.Vanuatu take on New Caledonia in today’s other clash with Samoa’s first game not until Saturday.last_img read more

Garamuts winless at World Cup qualifiers

first_imgIn their last match on Wednesday this week , the Garamuts lost to USA by 5 wickets (with 58 balls remaining).This was their fourth consecutive loss at the qualifiers.The Garmuts finished last on the ladder out of 5 participating countries.Meanwhile, Nepal qualified for the 2016 U19 World Cup in Bangladesh after beating Ireland by 3 wickets in the final on Thursday.Nepal finished unbeaten at the qualifiers.In the third place play off, USA beat Uganda by 5 wickets.last_img

Meet the new Hunter

first_imgHe may not have Ottio’s height or the running game of Eliab  but his performance  in the first three rounds has won the hearts of fans.Hailing from the Sinesine District of the Simbu province,  22 year old Justin Olam is no stranger to rugby league.He was a consistent performer for the Lae based Snax Tigers in the Digicel Cup starting from year 2014 untill last year.His performance did not go unnoticed when he was rewarded a Kumul jumper to play in the 2015 Prime Minister’s XIII in which he scored a try.Olam’s performance also caught the attention of  Hunters selectors.He was drafted in the Hunters train on squad and eventually made the final 25 men squad.In the trial matches Olam was very impressive with his strong defense and the tackle busts he made which caused trouble for the opposition .That forced the Hunters Coach to promote him to a spot on the bench then to the starting team to play on the wing while regular winger Adex Wera was suspended by the QRL judiciary for a high tackle the previous weekend.Last weekend against Tweed Head Seagulls,he did not disappoint  again ,he kept busy on the defensive and also in attack made couple of line breaks.But Olam says he still has alot to learn.Rugby League runs in his family.His uncle was a former PNG Kumul and Mendi Muruks Winger, Michael Mark.Olam excels in Education also. He will be graduating with a degree in Applied Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation this year.It is a goal for all Rugby League players in PNG to make it to the Hunters side and Olam said “it is a privilege to be an Hunter and now his goal is to play NRL one fine day”.last_img read more

Angry Melchior: This was the confrontation of the Magician King in the ride

first_imgPicture: iStock -Would you like sweet? Take candies.Would you like too? Pos take, fuck.One other who desires sweet. Candies, candies, candies, I bury you in candies, josdeputas !!! pic.twitter.com/5YHa8YkO3P– TodoJingles (@TodoJingles) January 5, 2020There have been few movies which were made viral by way of Twitter and in which we will see Melchor give attention to one of these teams of mother and father and youngsters. Melchor not solely throws sweet aggressively, but additionally threatens to level out a number of of the assistants to the ride of Tarrasa. The explanation for this anger? Apparently a number of spectators returned the candies to the float, impacting the Magician King. It could be that Melchor’s endurance ended at a sure level in the journey and he determined to take it with the individuals gathered in the road. I was slightly offended, proper? I throw them in my face and it virtually leaves me one-eyed however I nonetheless love him. pic.twitter.com/RXDvXNKmYe– Candy Bussy (@MstaniaL) January 6, 2020King Melchior yesterday in the ride of my metropolis, I’m crying pic.twitter.com/J2u7SE2fyY– Ricky (@Rickyexp) January 6, 2020 Twitter has proven all types of movies from completely different anglesApparently the Magician was throwing candies violentlycenter_img The arrival of the Magi is taken into account the final nice Christmas occasion. Earlier than the presents for the little ones in the home, at all times accompany the corresponding ride on responsibility. Yearly and all through Spain their majesties arrive accompanied by the pages, entering into floats to throw candies. Nothing out of the extraordinary, if it weren’t as a result of evidently Melchor has began 2020 considerably extra offended about the account.We journey to Tarrasa, the place the native ride has gone viral exactly as a result of it has the most annoying Magi of current years. Removed from throwing candies with love and for them to succeed in as many individuals as attainable, Melchor appears at occasions that focuses on ‘assaulting’ sure viewers. last_img read more

Do you know that the SAR also removes words from the dictionary? These are some of them

first_imgThe Royal Spanish Academy, better known as RAE, has been for years the cultural institution that is dedicated to the linguistic regularization of Spanish with different standards to ensure its proper use. His work also includes, in addition to creating linguistic regulations, updating the Spanish dictionary over time, including new words that have been created or have extended its popularity, and even removing words that are no longer used today.It can be difficult to think what words may be those that according to the Royal Spanish Academy, are no longer worthy of being in the Spanish dictionary, but we can assure you that some of them are so rare, that the strange thing is that once they had been included. To them: Keys Ahogaviejas: Quijones Asgo: Disgust Snails!: Caramba! Cadascuno: Each Camasquince: Melee Demoñejo: Demon Enguria: Wrinkle Bloodied: Distressed Galdrufa: Top Gelo: Ice Wink: He who beckons with his eyes Guzpatarero: Thief holing and drilling the walls Muhammad: Sloppy and lounging man Marcellin: Pertaining to march Mege: Doctor Mercadantesco: Mercantile Yoglar: Minstrel Xion: Yes Some of the words removed are frankly rare The Royal Spanish Academy is responsible for updating the dictionary from time to time Image: iStockcenter_img Castilian, although it is an official language, may sound differently depending on the area in which one is. For example, if in one area a small child eats potatoes, in another a small child eats potatoes. These small differences at the time of speaking although they are different, are totally correct and there is an institution in charge of verifying it: the Royal Spanish Academy.last_img read more

Budimir, at the casting of ‘9’

first_imgThe casting of possible signings of Barcelona to sign Ousman Dembélé is extended. The names of Angel, Lucas Pérez or Roger Martí have been added in the last hours of Ante Budimir, as AS has learned. The Croatian striker of Mallorca breaks into Barcelona’s radar and is another option that sounds in the offices of the Barca club in order to replace the injured Frenchman. Budimir is a ram of 28 years and 190 centimeters that this season has eight goals with Mallorca. The Croatian is an area forward who would fulfill the profile of being a different tip than what Barcelona has right now. Budimir arrived in Mallorca on loan from the Italian Crotone last January 2019. In June, the vermilion club acquired it in property for two million and in the first part of the championship it has exploded. Its termination clause is around 40 million.last_img read more

Good or bad GM? Scientists say they neither harm the health nor the environment

first_imgTo prepare their report they have examined 900 studies An ear of GM corn. Image: Pixabay The scientists, who presented the work on Tuesday, carefully looked for studies and evidence of the adverse health effects of the consumption of GMOs or derived foods, but found none. According to the work done with animals on the chemical composition of transgenic foods, the researchers reveal that there are no differences in the health risk between the consumption of transgenic and conventional foods. In addition, the report emphasizes that the available epidemiological data do not show associations between GMO consumption and any chronic disease or condition. In fact, there is evidence that insect-resistant transgenic crops have brought benefits to humans by reducing insecticide poisoning. To all this is added the fact that GM crops designed for the benefit of health are being developed, such as rice with higher beta-carotene content and thus avoid blindness and death caused by vitamin A deficits suffered by people who suffer They live in developing countries.Effects on the environment On the other hand, the use of this type of plants has not reduced the total diversity of the plants nor the life of the insects in the farms. The researchers point out in their report that even in some cases these insect resistant crops have allowed an increase in insect diversity.Thus, the scientists also found no conclusive cause-effect evidence on the environmental problems of transgenics, even in the transfer of genes between a transgenic plant and a wild relative species. However, given the complexity of assessing long-term environmental changes, experts say it is difficult to reach definitive conclusions. In agriculture, evidence indicates that genetically modified crops of soybeans, cotton and corn have generally allowed favorable economic results for farmers, but these have varied depending on the abundance of pests, agricultural practices and the infrastructure used. But on farms where management strategies to resist pests were not maintained, there are insects that are developing resistance to the type of pesticides. In addition, in many fields some weeds show resistance to glyphosate, the herbicide to which genetically engineered crops should be resistant. For the committee of experts, it is the product and not the process to improve the genetics of the plant that should be regulated, as previous reports from the Academy show.center_img Genetically modified organisms have been cultivated for more than 30 years, but their use has not been without controversy. Now, an exhaustive report by US scientists confirms that these transgenic plants show no health or environmental risks, although their resistance to herbicides could pose a serious agricultural problem.Since the 80s, biologists have used genetic engineering to create specific characteristics in plants and that they achieve, for example, lengthen the shelf life of fruits, include greater vitamin content and have a greater resistance to diseases. However, it was this last aspect that had the greatest commercial use. In the fields, the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) capable of supporting the use of herbicides or of being toxic to insect pests has been extended. But the benefits and risks of these plants were still uncertain. After examining in depth about 900 studies and other publications on the development, use and effects of the characteristics of corn, soy and cotton, genetically modified organisms for 30 years, the expert committee of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine The US found no evidence on the differences in health risk between transgenic and conventional plants. last_img read more