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first_imgNew Zealand’s 35-17 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires at the weekend ensured another southern hemisphere championship for the All Blacks but that will not lead to any slackening of against the Springboks in Pretoria says Perenara.”We’re so focused on the next job and winning games and being the best footy players that we can be that we don’t often have time to reflect on what we’ve achieved,” Perenara, who celebrated his 50th cap in Velez Sarsfield win, told New Zealand media.”We’ve finished that game and my mind’s not about my 50th game, my mind’s on (this) week in Pretoria and trying to right a wrong from a couple of weeks ago.”That will be a part of the motivation. Knowing they beat us a couple of weeks ago is disappointing and it hurts,” he said.”Our major motivator is that we want to be better than we were the week before… if we don’t improve on what we did tonight (against Argentina) that’s a failure for us. We need to be growing day to day and week to week.”The All Blacks head into the match at Loftus Versfeld with renewed confidence in first five eight Beauden Barrett’s kicking. He enjoyed a perfect night off the tee against Argentina after missing four of his six shots against South Africa.”That’s the kind of character he is,” Perenara said.”He doesn’t read too much into the hype or what the media… or the critics say. He does his job. Every now and then he’ll miss a couple of kicks, but that’s part of being a goal kicker.”last_img read more

NRL wants all 16 clubs to survive

May 26, 2020 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_imgThe NRL announced on Monday it was suspending its season until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.Like many sports and leagues around the world, the financial impact is set to be felt by the NRL and its clubs, but Greenberg is keen to ensure none fold.”That’s been the commission’s view from start to finish is that no-one gets left behind and we’ve got to make sure that we have an ability to help all 16 stay afloat for the premiership and for the long-term and that’s really important,” he told Fox Sports on Thursday.”Some will be doing it harder than others. It’s almost a perfect storm for some of our Sydney clubs as their licensed clubs have closed at the same time. A lot of the Sydney-based clubs are so reliant on leagues clubs funding so for this moment in time where their leagues clubs are closed and a big part of their revenues comes from those, as well as having the gates closed for membership and ticketing and sponsorship, as well as the TV money, it is a very, very difficult time.”Our goal as we stand here today is to make sure all 16 come out the other end. As I said, it’s not going to be easy and there’s a lot of hard decisions being made.”You just talked about the staff and I think that’s the part that everyone has the most difficulty accepting is the personal impact. We’ve got hundreds of staff at the NRL, many of them are just hard working men and women with families, children, mortgages and I had to look them all in the eye earlier this week too and it’s a very unpleasant experience, but it’s really the only choice we have and we’re not the only industry in this country who are doing it.”There are literally hundreds and hundreds of businesses facing the same challenge and rugby league is no different.”The NRL seemed desperate to continue amid the COVID-19 outbreak, before stricter travel measures in Australia saw it suspend its season.The list of coaches on leave grows with Arthur and Green the latest to join. https://t.co/HhTJdprr0B— NRL (@NRL) March 25, 2020Greenberg said the NRL would work to make sure it returns this year after productive talks with the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA).”We are going to do everything we can to make sure there’s rugby league in 2020 on the field, whether that comes in June, July, August or even as late as September and we play through to Christmas,” he said.”We’ve got to plan for each of those models and then we’ve got to also, most importantly, ensure the financial future of the game so that when we do come back, we’ve got enough money left and we can pay everyone accordingly.”We’ve got to bunker down in this period, cut all our costs and that includes the players. We had some really good discussions with the players and all credit to [RLPA chief] Clint Newton and some of the senior players I spoke to yesterday, there wasn’t one of those players who were concerned about their own financial future. The primary concern that came through on that call was what are we going to do about the players from numbers 20 to 30 and how do we make sure they stay afloat during this six-month period? And I’ve got to tell you it was a nice, warming thing to hear that the players have got a view about their colleagues.”Photo Getty Images Caption: NRL chief executive Todd Greenberglast_img read more

Fiji locals help inspire Bati bonding

May 26, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgThe 27-year-old veteran of six Tests for Fiji is now one of the senior men in the squad along with the likes of captain James Storer and as such they take some ownership of welcoming the new players into the fold.But while most of the squad is made up of current or former NRL players and players from the respective state-based Intrust premierships, there are four players based locally in Fiji who have brought their own unique flavour to this Bati squad.Tuimasi Pio Moceiwaiyevo Seci, Ratu Jowasa Tubailagi Drodrolagi, Etuate Tamanikaitai Qionimacawa and Iliavi Chris Ravu are certainly not household names over here and coach Mick Potter by his own admission isn’t even sure how to pronounce them, but they are just as important to the squad as any other player, according to Naiqama.”We’ve got four local boys from Fiji and once we introduced ourselves to them they were just in shock and it definitely makes me proud when I see that,” Naiqama told NRL.com of meeting his new teammates.”It’s definitely a reality check and just how blessed we are in the NRL being at that level. Sometimes it can become a routine so it is a reality check when you see that reaction on their face. It definitely makes me more proud to be Fijian.”They were (awestruck) at the start but they’ve come out of their shell a bit and that’s what we want. Our senior boys want to spend more time with them to make them feel welcome.”The team shares prayer sessions in the morning and evening while a night of ten-pin bowling on Tuesday night as a follow up to Monday’s team go-karting session had also brought the group together quickly.”We want to make them feel welcome, they’re just as much a part of this as anyone else and they’re definitely feeling that,” Naiqama said.”The Fijian culture, if you’ve been to Fiji it’s always happy people so it’s a positive that we gel real easy. It’s only been three days but it’s like we’ve known each other for weeks.”It also helps that Fijians are naturally so happy and cheerful – and not to mention musical as well as spiritual – Naiqama added.”We’ve got our hymn that we sing before [a game], we do our diversion every morning. “It’s something that’s part of our culture, we put our footy on the foundation of God so we do that every morning at 7am and every night at 5:30, we put 15 or 20 minutes aside for that.”Anyone who has visited Fiji will know what Naiqama is talking about when he says everyone there is musical.”It’s weird how it is but we’re just blessed in that regard that we can all sing and when our voices come together it sounds real good. Those four Fijians coming in have instilled that into all of us,” he said.Potter told NRL.com that selecting the Fiji-based players had required some assistance but they had been a very welcome addition to the squad.”We’ve got some new players that are pretty green to this standard so we’ve done a fair bit of teaching. The players have got together, in their own way they build that very quickly, that togetherness. They do a lot of singing and praying and there’s a good feeling in the camp,” Potter said.”It is a good culture and that brings them together and the pleasing thing is most of the time when they’re doing that they’re not on their mobile phones.”When they’re in a group everyone’s got their heads up communicating or singing rather than having their head in their phones which is what you quite often see now with young players.”The biggest challenge for the new players would be getting used to the intensity of how the game is played by NRL-calibre players, according to Potter.”There’s so many subtleties that we have in the game… every play is daunting for new players, especially fresh from Fiji,” he said.”They’re on a steep learning curve and some of the other guys are as well. There’s some guys there with names I can’t even pronounce but there’s some big athletic young men that will give a good account of themselves on Saturday.”Both Naiqama and Potter also threw their support behind new Kangaroo and former Bati Semi Radradra, despite their obvious disappointment at not having him in the squad.”They’re more happy for him because they know what it could mean to his family and himself. Sure they’re disappointed they can’t play with him but he’s doing better for himself and that’s great,” Potter said.”He probably makes the Australian team better. Some of the Australian people are probably disappointed because someone’s got to miss out because Semi’s going to take their place.”Added Naiqama: “Obviously we’d love to have him here playing for Fiji. He has played for us but we can’t be angry at him, we love him too. At the end of the day he is Fijian and that’s where he comes from but him getting to represent Australia, we’re happy for him and we support his decision.”last_img read more

first_imgThe news was announced today at the National Football Stadium by CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Bob Cutmore.The contract with the Storms will depend on Olam passing a full medical check-up in Brisbane next week by the Storms medical staff.Olam’s contract will then be forwarded to the NRL for registration.The humble and soft-spoken lad from Chimbu said he could not believe it when he got the news about the offer to play in the NRL.”It has always been my dream to play in the NRL. This is a great opportunity for me and I will give my best to make the most of it.”I want to thank the Lord firstly because without him, I am nothing.”Thanks to the sponsors for the making the Hunters program possible, coach Michael Marum, my old club the Lae Snax Tigers and of course my family and friends.”Thank you to everyone who has supported me. I really appreciate it,” said Olam.Cutmore explained Olam will remain with the Hunters for the remainder of this season.”Justin made a commitment to himself and his family that he would dedicate himself to making the NRL – a commitment that is now in sight.”Justin’s commitment and dedication has paid off and this is a wonderful opportunity for him,” said Cutmore.Olam joined the Lae Snax Tigers in 2014 and played until the 2015 season.This is only his first season with the Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup.He also made his debut for the PNG LNG Kumuls side that beat Fiji Bati in the recent Pacific Test.last_img read more

first_imgJoão, right. In the 40th minute Simeone ordered Joao Felix to be placed on the right wing and in the second half the Portuguese started in the same position. And there he was defending until the 56th minute that the Cholo entered Vitolo through Herrera and João returned to the front next to Morata, Correa returned to the right wing, Vitolo got on the left wing and Saul went to the center with Thomas. In the 68th minute he was going to take out Marcos Llorente, but he stopped the change and took it out in 88 thinking about the extension. Marcos Llorente left for Lodi, passing Saul to the left back, his third demarcation of the game.Extension. That’s how Atlético was left to play the extra time: Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Giménez, Saúl; Correa, Llorente, Thomas, Vitolo; Morata and João Félix. And after 8 minutes of the extension Giménez had to be injured and Savic entered. And after 10 minutes he took João Félix (he thought more about stopping Rodrygo and Vinicius than in the penalty shootout) and to take Arias from the left back and Saúl went to the right wing (fourth demarcation he occupied). Atlético finished: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Arias; Saul, Llorente, Thomas, Vitolo; Correa and Morata. And he could beat Madrid in three very well executed counterattacks, the last one that was cut off by Valverde when Morata was planted alone against Courtois. Then came the penalty lottery … Good pressure Simeone raised the game well. He took the team to pressure an assigned area and Madrid had a higher percentage of possession of the ball, but Atlético had controlled the game because neither Isco nor Modric nor Kroos had the ball in the end zone. Only when Valverde entered the right wing or when he progressed through his band Mendy Madrid created some danger and caused corners. Atlético only retreated when Madrid demanded. The system was 1-4-4-2 with Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Giménez, Lodi; Correa, Herrera, Thomas, Saul; Morata and João Félix.For the bands. Atlético sought to counter Real Madrid attacking him by gangs. As Casemiro is left alone holding the team while the rest of the team goes to attack, the rapid orientation changes when he steals the ball to shake off the pressure after losing Madrid, it was a fast attack resource of Atlético to seek to make a two against one in the band.Profiling out. João Félix pressed the exit to Varane and Morata to Sergio Ramos. Both profiled the centrals to start the game with the sides and Saul and Korea closed the pass to Kroos, while Trippier and Lodi stayed hand in hand with Mendy and Carvajal. While Zidane tried to make two for one in a band by opening with Valverde and Modric and Isco next to the sides. Atlético defended higher and did very well without the ball and Madrid de Zidane defended with the ball and did not fret for the game as evidenced by the Mariano man-for-man exchange for Jovic. Simeone managed and minimized Madrid of the five Zidane midfielders.last_img read more

first_imgOnce the weapons were requisitioned, the forces of the order forced the Sevilla fans to return to the Spanish capital. Further, Police led the stadium among strong security measures to Biris fans who went to the white stadium. There, at the entrance, various banners were seized.Real Madrid-Seville of the 20th day of LaLiga Santander is declared high risk by the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport. Police have seized several white weapons in Seville’s amateur cars who were preparing to attend Santiago Bernabéu to witness the League match against Real Madrid, according to Deportes Cuatro, citing sources from the State Security Forces and Bodies.last_img

first_imgThe Real Madrid it is for the fourth consecutive year the football club with the most visits on its world website, ahead of Liverpool and of Barcelona, which doubles with a monthly average in 2019 of 2,006,000 unique users. As reported by the Madrid club, Real Madrid has the most visited website, as the Comscore study reveals, official meter of Internet audiences.The white club closed 2019 with a monthly average of unique users that exceeds two million. It is followed by English Liverpool with 863,000 Y Barcelona, ​​with 812,000.Real Madrid Y Barcelona They are the only two Spanish clubs in the top ten, including five English: Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Y Manchester City.last_img

first_imgThe Spanish National Team already knows the venues for the two matches of April, which are qualifiers for the England Euro Cup of 2021.Will play the April 9 before Moldova in the new Athletic City of Madrid which is located in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and the 13, of the same month, against the Czech Republic in Motril (Pomegranate). The internationals are first in group D with 7 points, 2 wins, 1 draw, 8 goals in favor and 1 against. These two clashes are vital for La Roja to close the Euro banknote in British lands as soon as possible. It is the objective of the national combined short-term.last_img

first_imgWhat a 77th birthday on Sunday in San Mamés with people standing!Yes, they did it by surprise, because I didn’t expect it. It was a secret, and the truth is that it moved me, it was very beautiful. And listen in the new field in minute one ‘Iribar is great, as Iribar there is none’ already disarmed him.Well (laughs). I have always said that this song has encouraged me a lot, but I think it is more like me …Let me doubt it. Let’s go with the Cup. What do you remember about that semifinal against Granada in 1969?It was a good team. The tie looked like it could be matched. First we played there and they got ahead. It marked Noya, a blond who was very incisive. We tied through Javi Clemente. Then the goals were not worth double in the opposite field. The tie was promising.In San Mamés they were stronger. Copa del Rey* Data updated as of March 3, 2020 Forever. We were growing up. We won two to zero.That Granada was run by Marcel Domingo, a French exporter.If I remember.In his team were Tinas, Lorenzo, Barrenechea, Santos, Barrachina, Ureña and Ñito, a canary, goalkeeper …I just was with him! He is from Tenerife and we greet each other on the day of the Cup qualifier. He has had the most contact of that generation. Ñito was in Valencia and was once selected.Later, in the 70s, the Granada of ‘Los Carniceros’ rose to fame, with two very tough centrals such as the Argentine Aguirre, who apparently had falsified papers to impersonate Paraguayan, and Paraguayan Fernández. They became sixth in the league.Fernandez was said to have withdrawn Amancio after an injury that required 150 stitches. It was a team with a very expeditious defense (laughs). We talk about other times. In all the teams there were players who defended without contemplation against players like our Uriarte, Argoitia or Arieta at that time. There was more permissiveness, the pressure was enormous towards the referee. The moves after the matches were not analyzed. There was no turning back and the teams became very strong at home. Depending on the level of the adversary, he defended himself very strongly.They even had Enrique Porta, who was top scorer in First.It was very good, yes. Lasa played with them before coming to Bilbao. He acted as an extreme and with us he went to the right side.He will have an intense memory of the final against Elche.Yes, those memories are fresh, because it is a final. The day of winning a title again. We had a great responsibility because we had not achieved it for eleven years. Before we had played two finals, against Zaragoza and Valencia and we could not take them. We were eager and very responsible. Elche gave us work. Almost until the end we did not achieve it, with a great goal from Antón Arieta.That Athletic was good, huh? Rojo I, Arieta, Igartua, Sáez … with Rafa Iriondo as coach.Yes it was. Very good. As a team we worked very well.Do you remember the celebrations?It is one of the best memories of my sporting life. After dinner, celebrating there with the Cup and throwing some songs … the rigor, end of the season, was the last game and we had permission to leave, we went out in a group and celebrated. We were very much in a gang.And the next day, more party.As soon as we got up we were thinking about the reception, we thought we would have to go a little uniformed, then there was no culture of wearing the shirts … we took Guillermo Perdiguero, the masseuse and the one who was in charge of the material, we sent him for the stores for a shirt that was red and white, and he got it for the 20 or 21 we were there.center_img Copa del Rey* Data updated as of March 3, 2020 They entered Durango, in honor of Anton Arieta.Yes, he deserved that the people jelly him, for the goal of the final. The baserritarras, grandparents, children … all came. And some with the hoe because there was nothing else!They went down by Atxuri.They mounted us in a truck. We were crowded. You touched the people on the balconies with your hand. When you win, you think: mission accomplished.The return this time is in Los Cármenes. Does that balance the forces a little more?We have a good result, but they, when playing at home have that plus. Always like the return in your fief when there is a double game. We will have to be very focused, because they also have a very good team at the moment. You have to be very put to avoid scares. We have a very good defense and that can give us a lot, but we must have respect and success in the face of the opposing goal.He talked about the pressure they had 50 years ago to win a title after so long. Is it comparable to now? The barge has not been removed since 1984. Only the 2015 Super Cup has been won.Can be. It is a great opportunity. We are all aware; the first, the players, to be back in a final. In the last ten years we have been in a few. We already know what our people like to be in the Cup finals.Due to the fact that Barça, Madrid and Atlético are not there, do you think that it is more feasible than ever in this recent era?Due to the fact that these great teams are not there, the Cup is different. You always think you can have more options, but in football everything is hypothetical.It’s true, there are examples throughout history.Look at 58, when Athletic won Real Madrid, European champion, to a match. It was played in Chamartín. And the surprise came, Athletic won by zero to two. Football has that component of luck that harbors those surprises, that’s why it’s so big.What has evolved football from that semifinal of 1969 to the present. Have you thought about it? You were an avant-garde in that serve with your hand, you were great clenching your fists … Now the goalkeeper has to be one more field player. Everything has changed a lot.Yes, it has evolved, but the former remains the same: stop. The rules have changed and that has made the goalkeeper’s job difficult. The goalkeeper has been changing the way he plays, he is now a footballer, the libero. With advanced defenses, they force you to have other positions. It is the sign of the times, everything evolves. That improves the qualities of a goalkeeper. Is more difficult. You have to stop and know how to play, the two facets are very important, in certain teams more than in others. That requires more preparation. It is convenient to progress on this issue without any doubt.What goalkeeper do you like about the current ones?I could not quote one. There are many and good. Here, in LaLiga, Ter Stegen, Oblak, Courtois. Now he is in Madrid. I loved Atlético. They are sober. A little like me.In the crossing of Athletic through this Cup the goalkeepers have been very important.Two batches of penalties were saved, with Herrerín and Ezkieta.Should we score in Granada or should we find a zero draw?It is convenient to score. Always try to do it outside, because a goal gives you much more life. It would grant us many possibilities. If not, you have to be very tense trying not to get stuck. It is not convenient to have too much uncertainty (laughs). The game is complicated, but I insist that we have a good result.This Cup format has been beautiful.I love it, in football you have to give everyone a chance. It is the essence of football, giving more opportunities to the participant, especially the most humble. Strengthen the humble. There have been small teams that have been able to eliminate First clubs. And there is the Mirandés. It’s nice, exciting and positive to see them.The president of the Port of Bilbao, Ricardo Barkala, asks to use another means other than the barge if the Cup is won for security reasons.We’ll talk on Friday if you think so.What can it mean for Athletic to recover the path of the titles?The philosophy is very reinforced, we are a team that even in the League we are able to beat Barcelona. Those matches stay in the retina of the whole fans. And it adds to the children and the next quarry. It is a reinforcement. Whenever you win something, it reinforces you. But I still think that everything is very well established.last_img read more

first_imgAnderlecht is in negotiations with its players for them to give up a month’s salary to help the viability of the club in the coronavirus crisis. However, the talks are not coming to fruition and there are some soccer players who resist giving in to the entity the money that corresponds to them, as reported by the Belgian newspaper HLN.As well, Kompany, first team player, se has grown tired of such uncertainty and has offered to pay the salary himself those soccer players who refuse to give up their wages. “The choice is yours, but those who choose their money are not supportive“commented the Belgian central defender at HLN. The club submitted an ERTE and tried to reach an agreement with the players. These, due to the change in conditions due to the worsening of the spread of the virus, refused to give Anderlecht facilities. In Belgium the matter has sparked great controversy and that is why Kompany has gone out to try to fix it. Of course, there is already certainty that they will charge.last_img read more