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France to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

first_imgThe Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) board last month unanimously recommended South Africa to host the tournament in six years’ time.Yet World Rugby Council members on Wednesday voted in favour of the France bid, despite South Africa being picked out as a “clear leader” a couple of weeks before decision day.France presented the tournament solo for the first time in 2007, having played joint-host in 1991 with the UK and Ireland, and they will also stage the 10th edition of the tournament.Congratulations to France who have been awarded Rugby World Cup 2023 following World Rugby Council’s vote #RWC2023 pic.twitter.com/JJ35aDVZVX— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 15, 2017The successful French bid received 18 votes in the first round of voting to South Africa’s 13, with only eight in favour of Ireland.A decisive second round of voting resulted in France getting 24 votes to South Africa’s 15.World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “I think we’ve been fortunate to have three great bids and certainly there’s going to be two of the countries extremely disappointed.”Obviously delighted for France that they’ve run a World Cup before, they have run events before and I think it will be a really exciting tournament.”South Africa were expected to get the vote to stage the tournament for a second time, having hosted a 1995 World Cup which was won by the Springboks.SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said: “We are bitterly disappointed at this decision and would like to apologise to the people and government of South Africa for raising their hopes.”We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today. “We produced a compelling bid document that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup Ltd board. That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week. “However, the view of the experts and World Rugby’s leadership was overturned by World Rugby Council members, who may have had other factors to take into account.”We cannot hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: The Webb Ellis Cup, presented to rugby’s world championslast_img read more

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NZR hold Cheika in limbo over Samu

first_imgThere are five uncapped players in Cheika’s 33-man squad but Samu who signed with a two-year deal with the Brumbies this week isn’t one of them.Rugby Australia had submitted an official request to New Zealand Rugby for the release of the Australian born Samu but approval was yet to come through.While World Rugby’s regulations force the release of players for Test duty in June, there is a sub-clause that allows unions to deny such requests when the player holds dual eligibility.”I have been told at this point I can’t select him. But there is a spot for him there,” Cheika said.”At this point, it is in other’s hands.”I am not really involved in that part of it but I am hoping that there will be some more clarity about that (on Thursday).”While there is still hope Melbourne-born Samu will be cleared in time to take on Ireland, it would be entirely at New Zealand Rugby’s discretion.The 26-year-old is also eligible for the All Blacks through residency.While World Rugby’s regulation nine forces the release of players for Test duty in June, there is a sub-clause that allows them to deny such requests when the player holds dual eligibility.If Samu isn’t made available, Cheika said newcomer Caleb Timu and Lukhan Tui were possible contenders to play at No.6 for the series opener in Brisbane on 9 June.last_img read more

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Southern Waves women’s champs of Southern Flames Cup

first_imgThe smaller Mix Souls outfit came out strongly in the first quarter, taking a 12-7 lead.But the Southern Waves fought their way back and both teams were neck and neck at the half time whistle with a 18-18 score line.In the end, the Southern  Waves girls led by captain Emily Koivi took the game away from the Mix Souls to lead 35-24 at the third quarter and finished  strongly,  adding a further 10 points in the final quarter.Southern Waves walked away with K1500 in prize money while Mix Souls picked up K800 as runners up.In the third place play off, Sogeri Tide rode over the Hohola Butterflies to win 29-24.Sogeri Tide won K600 and the Butterflies settled for K300.last_img read more

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Official: Braithwaite is from Barça

first_imgDon’t forget that Braithwaite You can only play this season in LaLiga, since it is not possible to register it in the Champions League as well as it can no longer do so in the Copa del Rey after having been out of Barcelona in the quarterfinals. That means that the Danish striker has 14 games ahead to convince his own and strangers of the convenience of his signing.This Friday he will join the training with his new teammates and coach, Quique Setién, and it cannot be ruled out that it enters the list for the match against Eibar Saturday and until I play a few minutes to rest some of the strikers, especially thinking about next week’s appointments against Naples and Real Madrid. Finally the club formalized after eleven in the morning a signing that was already on everyone’s lips: the incorporation of Danish striker Leganés, Martin Braithwaite. The club, in a statement, announced the signing after payment of the 18 million clause. He also specified that sign a contract until June 30, 2024 and that its clause will be 300 million euros.Braithwaite will be presented this afternoon After first going through the protocol acts of the medical review and the photo of the act of the firm with President Josep Maria Bartomeu. Then you will have to go through the Camp Nou to take pictures with the new shirt and later, in principle at 19.15 hours, the time will come for the player to appear to attend the media at the press conference, flanked by Bartomeu and the sports secretary, Eric Abidal.last_img read more

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Calleja already has his defense after almost six months without being able to use it

first_imgThe problem for Javier Calleja it is that that titular defense has not been the usual defense, rather the opposite. They are few times in which Calleja has counted on those four players, since the injuries have taken their toll. Especially in the case of Alberto Moreno, what Add three casualties and more than three months out. Therefore, this defense has only played together on the ninth day and in the match with Espanyol, in which Calleja was able to align the four together.A situation which for the team has been a handicap, since this was one of the bets clear to improve. For Calleja, speed and arrival capacity of the two sides, with those who are looking for attacks and overflow. And between injuries, low forms, and various problems; the side pair formed by Peña y Moreno He has only played two of the 25 matches of the championship. This summer Villarreal faced the preparation of his staff for this campaign with the clear idea of ​​radically changing his defense, seeking to have a completely new starting defense. Thus, the club bet very strongly on that demarcation, in which no resources were spared.Eight million were paid for the side Ruben Pain, something that had never been done. Peña’s is the strongest bet for that position, which sought to have a side of arrival and quality. After Peña, the club managed to convince Alberto Brown, paying him a good contract and thus compensating the one who arrived with freedom to the team.In the center of the defense the idea had always been to recover Pau Torres for the left profile, being clear that it would be a fixed. And for the right profile he continued betting on Raúl Albiol another year, after not achieving his signing the previous year. This time the club did achieve that signing, which was able to sign the key piece of the starting defense.last_img read more

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Almeria has the rise in an unarmored house

first_imgThe Almeria he has barely won half of the matches he has played in the Mediterranean, where he has a balance of seven wins, three draws and four losses, with 21 goals in favor and thirteen against. Highlights the latest, since in the last campaign those of Fran Fernández They barely fit a couple more goals throughout the season. A last season in which the rojiblancos made an average of 1.86 points per game, for 1.71 now.The average has been going down five days, since Almeria have barely won in one of their last five meetings in the Vega de Acá site, losing three times and matching once. Next Saturday (9:00 pm) Almeria will receive Deportivo; on day 33, to Las Palmas; in the 35, to Alcorcón; in 37, to Sporting; in 38, al tenerife; in 40, to Lightning; and in the last one, to Malaga. Almeria will fight until the last moment to climb to the First Division if he does not pee in the Stadium of the Mediterranean Games, where he will perform in seven of the dozen days remaining. In addition, despite the fact that it is one of the most even seconds of the last seasons, except the Alcorcón and the Lightning, the rest of the rivals that will visit the feud of the Vega de Acá are fighting today for the permanence .However, those of José María Gutiérrez are not being reliable in the Stadium of the Mediterranean Games, especially since the arrival of Madrid. Specifically, with the former Real Madrid the Indian team just He has won three of the eight games he has played at home. Taking a global look at the classification of the matches played at home, the UDA would be in ninth position.last_img read more

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Ben Arfa moves from the hotel to the club’s Youth Players Residence

first_imgThe Real Valladolid Youth Players Residence is located in the Valladolid neighborhood of Parquesol, 10 minutes from the stadium, and in it, Ben Arfa will enjoy in its 2,700 square meters, divided into four floors, with a television room, conference room, library, swimming pool, gardens, a large dining room and 23 rooms, double or quadruple, with large terracesSince its inauguration on June 22, 1999, some of the blanquivioletas players who debuted in the First Division have even gone through it, including some who were international. So through the residence they passed Óscar González, Jonathan, Álvaro Antón, Villar, Rafa, Kike, Jesús Rueda, Carlos Lázaro, Lolo, José Arnaiz, Toni, Anuar and Salisu, who now has lived in his own flat since playing in the first team.These facilities are special in the club. There are many of the trophies that have won the lower categories of Real Valladolid and the shirts of all the players who have spent seasons there and have debuted in the First Division like those of Anuar, Toni and Salisu, the last inhabitants of this Residence who debuted in First. Hatem Ben Arfa, will not be able to say that his adventure in Valladolid was monotonous. After having played 26 minutes between two games in a month and a half, the order of confinement for Covid19 has caught him in the Valladolid capital, living in a central hotel, since he did not want to rent an apartment. The problem has come because of the central government’s mandate that hotels must close their doors before March 26.In this way, the blanquivioleta club has found a solution that has satisfied the francotunecino. He will live in the Real Valladolid players’ residence where right now only two players from the Ghanaian youth team from Pucelana live together, who were unable to return to their country. These are Amoah, a youth soccer player, and Asamoah, who plays on loan from the Blanquivioleta club at Atlético Tordesillas, in the Third Division. For these three athletes, there is a retainer of pucelano employees who are in charge of cleaning the facilities, making food, etc …last_img read more

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“João Félix would do better with Barça’s style than Atlético’s”

first_imgJoão Félix’s performance in His first season at Atlético has generated many comments and debates. João Mario, of Lokomotiv and companion of the rojiblanco striker in the Portugal team, values ​​the adaptation of the young man to the Spanish League and the difficulties encountered when leaving Benfica: the pressure and the style of play. In an interview to Eleven Sports, João Mario explains: “Atlético, seen from the outside, is very well worked, as if it were an Italian team that plays in Spain. And of course, Going from Benfica, which makes 80% of the game in organized attack, to Atlético, and even more so with the pressure of the price, it is not easy in terms of adaptation. Being in Barcelonafor example of course the pressure could be higher but the style of play could be more convenient for you. “ He also praised Cristiano Ronaldo in this recent interview: “Playing with Cristiano is very stimulating. He always makes you try to be better and you think ‘If Cristiano, who is 35 and has won everything, still wants to be better, why shouldn’t he always try to be better?“center_img It is not the first time that the Lokomotiv has evaluated João Félix’s performance and the relevance of the environment. “You can’t expect him to be the savior in an almost Italian team”, he commented in January.last_img read more

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Djokovic: “In 2010 I thought about leaving tennis, I saw everything black”

first_imgDjokovic, who additionally serves as chairman of the ATP gamers council, additionally mentioned how he expects the tennis calendar to evolve following the suspension of a number of tournaments as a result of coronavirus pandemic. “For us tennis gamers, it is necessary that there’s readability with the schedule. We’ll formally return on July 13, however many say it’s tough for us to begin on that date. It is necessary for me to take care of the routine, I can not wait to compete. I prepare every single day within the gymnasium and likewise play with the youngsters at residence. At first I was not clear tips on how to cope with this however after speaking to my workforce to attempt to prepare every day. We have been due again on July 13 however they’ve canceled the Canadian WTA event. AND We’ll see the state of affairs in the USA, as a result of we’ve to play there in August. If there may be much less danger, we will play. Another choice is to cancel all tournaments in America and begin the clay tour within the fall. “Lastly, Djokovic wished to ship a message of encouragement to Italy, a rustic he loves and has additionally helped in the course of the pandemic along with his donation to a hospital in Bergamo. “I love Italy with all my coronary heart. I lived in Perugia and Florence for a very long time and its tradition and language have attracted me. I really feel somewhat Italian and what occurred in Bergamo, Milan and Lombardy moved me. “ Novak Djokovic revealed in an interview on Sky Sports activities Italia that he was near leaving tennis in 2010. The Serb, primary within the ATP rating, revealed that the defeat towards Austrian Jurgen Melzer at Roland Garros was a turning level in his profession after considering about hanging up his racket. “In 2010 I misplaced to Melzer within the Roland Garros quarterfinals. I was crying after this loss. It was a nasty time, I thought about leaving tennis as a result of I saw all of it black. It was a change as a result of after this defeat I broke free. He had received the Australian Open in 2008, he was world quantity three however he was nonetheless not completely happy. I knew I may do extra however I misplaced necessary video games towards Federer and Nadal. After this I took the strain off and began enjoying extra aggressively. It was my turning level. “Nonetheless, Djokovic additionally highlights a few of his most fun matches on the circuit, such because the 2012 Australian Open remaining towards Rafa Nadal and final 12 months’s Wimbledon remaining towards Swiss Roger Federer. “The 2019 Wimbledon remaining towards Federer was one of many two most lovely matches I have performed together with the ultimate towards Nadal on the 2012 Australian Open. They’re distinctive matches the place everything has occurred. From a technical standpoint, the standard of Federer’s pictures was wonderful from the primary to the final level, because the numbers present. I performed the deciding factors nicely, I didn’t lose a ball within the tie-breaks, one thing I assume I did for the primary time in my profession. I am grateful to have been capable of play towards Federer on a monitor as prestigious as Wimbledon Central. “last_img read more

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No fault: the ‘wild’ method for Cristiano to play on tap

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s model of play has modified fairly a bit over the years. Madeira’s went from being a thin, very quick and glorious dribbler with much less purpose to a voracious striker able to scoring nearly any sort of purpose ranging from the facet in the direction of the heart and with a extra forceful physique.In his first campaigns in England, his style for dribbling, which gave the world numerous highlights with actions and spouts, made him retain the ball extra however a member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s employees, Walter Smith managed to begin altering his sport in a reasonably specific means: not whistling for fouls throughout video games in United apply.“In his early years he had a tough time in the dressing room. There have been instances when he stored the ball lots and didn’t make good selections with him on his ft. That they had to say some truths to his face however he accepted it effectively. He has an awesome persona” Darren Fletcher defined in The Lockdown Techniques.Scottish additionally particulars Smith’s method. “When he arrived, he determined that he wouldn’t whistle for fouls in coaching. I knew it was for Ronaldo. The boys flew one another and Cristiano had bruises from the kicks they gave him. Earlier than, we didn’t make delicate faults however they whistled for you. Cristiano dribbled, took the free kick, laughed and received the ball, so Walter determined not to whistle for fouls in coaching. Ronaldo for two weeks went loopy. It mentioned ‘Who is that this Scotsman? What is that this? ‘”Revealed the United midfielder. Fletcher acknowledges that, regardless of Cristiano’s anger, the method had an impact in Portuguese. “Principally, the guys would hit you wherever at United however you knew they weren’t going to blame you. Actually, it’s spectacular how shortly Cristiano began to contact her and run as a result of he knew that he was not going to be referred to as a foul and that there was no level in maintaining the ball. Thus, he started to rating extra targets and attain extra purpose positions. In the second a part of the season, when Walter Smith arrived, Cristiano took an enormous step ahead. I bear in mind him very pissed off, shortly accepting what was there and beginning to play one or two touches, taking part in and operating extra with out the ball. That means he scored extra targets, “provides Darren Fletcher.The medium, who was at United from 2001 to 2015, ensures that everybody retains an awesome reminiscence of Smith even when they took some further kick for his strategies. “He managed to get one thing to ‘click on’ in Cristiano’s head and assume ‘Oh, haggling is ok however this coach has made me see that if I transfer the ball quick and run, with my physique, I can be more practical.’ Nice administration. Walter Smith was all the time at Sir Alex’s facet. He was an awesome coach and an incredible man. He had an awesome affect when he got here to United. All the boys maintain raving about him. A improbable man and coach, “mentioned Fletcher.last_img read more

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