Rugby – Sportalicious Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:36:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rugby – Sportalicious 32 32 RTÉ and TG4 to share free United Rugby Championship coverage Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:36:00 +0000 RTÉ and TG4 will broadcast live at least 52 matches involving Irish provinces in the new United Rugby Championship this season.

As the new URC officially launched today, national broadcasters announced a joint deal that will deliver over 150 hours of unencrypted rugby.

Coverage begins with Connacht live on TG4 on Friday September 24, followed by an action packed Saturday (September 25) with Leinster live on TG4 and Munster live on RTÉ.

RTÉ will broadcast live television, radio and online coverage of 26 matches featuring Irish league provinces, as well as additional knockout matches. There will also be highlights and analysis each week on Against the Head on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.

TG4’s Rugbaí Beo will broadcast 26 matches involving Irish provincial clubs and 16 additional matches featuring international clubs.

The final of the RCU will also be broadcast unencrypted with RTÉ and TG4 which will broadcast it live every other year.

Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said: “Throughout the year RTÉ Sport has seen the best Irish athletes compete nationally and internationally against top class opponents at an elite level. Being able to provide free-to-air coverage of the provinces to our audience in the newly replenished RCU adds an extra dimension to this and allows us to ensure that our best rugby players are seen and perceived to inspire future generations who want to wear. one day their provincial and national jersey.

Rónán O Coisdealbha, Head of Sports at TG4 added: “TG4 has offered interprovincial rugby to the Irish public since the early days of the Celtic League in 2001, and we are looking forward to taking that next step with the RCU and seeing the South Africa. The “super” teams are now part of our Rugbaí Beo team. This partnership with RTÉ galvanizes TG4’s commitment to bringing the best of sports action to our audiences and to making this coverage free and accessible to all fans.

RTÉ & TG4 Live TV Matches

Friday September 24: Cardiff v Connacht, player TG4 and TG4

Saturday September 25: Leinster vs. Vodacom Bulls, player TG4 and TG4; Munster vs. Cell C Sharks, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

Friday October 1: Connacht player vs. Vodacom Bulls TG4 and TG4

Saturday October 2: Dragons vs. Leinster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; Munster vs. DHL Stormers, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

Friday October 8

Ulster vs. Benetton, TG4 and TG4 player

saturday 9 october

Leinster vs. Zebre, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; Connacht vs. Dragons, player TG4 and TG4

Sunday 10 October

Scarlets vs. Munster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

Friday, October 15

Ulster vs. Emirates Lions, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

saturday 16 october

Benetton against Ospreys, player TG4 and TG4; Leinster versus Scarlets, player TG4 and TG4; Munster vs. Connacht, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

Friday 22 October

Scarlets against Benetton, player TG4 and TG4; Glasgow v Leinster, player TG4 and TG4

saturday 23 october

Ospreys vs. Munster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; Connacht vs Ulster, player TG4 and TG4

Friday November 26

Connacht vs. Ospreys, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

saturday 27 november

Cell C Sharks vs. Scarlets, TG4 & TG4 Player; Vodacom Bulls against Munster, player TG4 and TG4; Leinster player vs. Ulster RTÉ2 & RTÉ

Friday 3 December

Leinster vs. Connacht, player TG4 and TG4

Saturday 4 December

Emirates Lions vs. Munster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; DHL Stormers vs. Cardiff, TG4 & TG4 Player

Sunday 26 December

Ulster against Connacht, player TG4 and TG4; Munster vs. Leinster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

Saturday January 1

Connacht against Munster, player TG4 and TG4; Ulster vs. Leinster, player TG4 and TG4

friday january 7

Leinster vs. Emirates Lions, player TG4 and TG4

Saturday 8 January

Connacht vs. DHL Stormers, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player; Munster vs. Ulster, RTÉ2 & RTÉ Player

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English rugby legends will be team captains in a charity match in Richmond this Sunday Sat, 11 Sep 2021 09:51:33 +0000

Two English rugby legends will be team captains at the first Frontline services vs veterans charity rugby match taking place this Sunday at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

The match will see former Leicester Tigers player Tim Stimpson captain of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) team as they take on a squad made up of members of the Veterans Charity, Battalion of Pals, skippered by former Wasps player Paul Sampson.

The event, hosted by Pals, is held in memory of Grenadier Guard Elliot Hennell who tragically committed suicide in 2020, and with the participation of charities, will aim to raise awareness and support men’s mental health topics and PTSD.

The match will be held in memory of avid rugby player and Grenadier Guard, Elliot Hennell, who has been on three tours of Afghanistan and sadly committed suicide in 2020.

Tim Stimpson said: “It’s nice to be part of these ambitions that help people far worse than us, who have sacrificed far more than us.

“Whether it’s the military or first responders, whether it’s men, women; rugby players, amateurs or professionals.

“If, as a former rugby player, I can introduce myself [to the match] and thanking people and telling stories, so maybe that will resonate with someone who is feeling a little bit down right now.

“We all go through good and bad mental health, we all have good times, we all have tough times and we all want to be there for each other.

“It’s about showing that you care, because you can.”

All money raised will be donated to the NHS, LAS, Pals Battalion and the charity Let go who are working to end the mental health stigma in rugby and want to see a mental health representative installed in every rugby club.

The charity day will start at 1:30 p.m. with a mixed-capacity match between Surrey Chargers and Berkshire Brigands and will be followed by the Pals vs LAS game at 2:30 p.m. which will see veterans, frontline workers and several former and current professionals take to the pitch.

Stimpson added, “You judge a company by how it treats its vulnerable people, how it treats the elderly and how it treats its key workers, and I hope COVID has led to this awareness that maybe be that we are hurting our value system.

“Maybe we give too much respect to people with status rather than people who have a valuable role to play in society.”

“The right people have to come together to try to make a difference… we have a moral obligation to take care of people. ”

More than 160,000 veterans in the UK have developed some form of PTSD, with ambulance workers five times more likely to develop the disease than soldiers returning from active duty.

Almost half of all intensive care staff report suffering from symptoms of PTSD, anxiety or depression.

Event organizer Julian Oliver said the event is a great opportunity to bring together an ecosystem of charities, players and supporters who can start to make a real difference in the mental health support available. and the effect it has on people’s lives.

Oliver remarked: “The conversations are starting to take place. We have generations to come who have compassion as the default setting, rather than in our age group where it’s a little weird and awkward.

“We are injecting compassion into an arena that has struggled tremendously, and so there are a lot of lost men out there.

“Let’s pay homage to Eliot Hennel, get his family down and show he’s taken care of, and put as many veterans and frontline responders in one place as possible under the common umbrella of helping each other, drink beer, and watch rugby.

The games will be followed by a charity dinner attended by the Deputy Mayor of Richmond, at which Stimpson will speak.

If you would like to donate, search @LASversusPALs on Facebook which will have a donate button available, or contact @LooseHeadz on Twitter.

Tickets for the match cost £ 10 for over 16s and are available at:

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]]> 0 Springboks lose Kolbe and win Vermeulen for rugby championship clash with Australia Wed, 08 Sep 2021 10:25:07 +0000

South Africa will have powerful number eight Duane Vermeulen by their side for the rugby championship clash with Australia at the Gold Coast on Sunday, but lost electric winger Cheslin Kolbe to a leg injury.

Vermeulen has missed the entire 2021 international season so far with an ankle injury, meaning he hasn’t played for the Springboks since his man of the match performance in the final victory of Rugby World Cup 2019 against England.

His return will strengthen their front pack, while he is also a dangerous runner with the ball in hand.

“Duane played an active role off the pitch in our team meetings and in analyzing the opposition, and he also provided coaching advice,” Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber said. .

“He returned to full training when we got to Australia, so he’s been in the thick of it for a while now.”

Scrum backs Faf de Klerk and Herschel Jantjies also returned to the squad on match day after injury, with flanker Marco van Staden, while lockdown Eben Etzebeth is back in the starting lineup after losing rests.

“Duane, Faf and Herschel are Rugby World Cup winners, as is Eben, who is back after we pivoted him to handle his workload, while Marco also had a big impact on the pitch this season, ”Nienaber said.

Kolbe is a key attack weapon for the Boks, but suffered a leg injury in practice on Friday and was replaced by Sbu Nkosi on the wing.

“Unfortunately, we lost Cheslin to injury, but we are fortunate to have Sbu come in. He has worked hard in training and is eager to get back on the pitch,” added Nienaber.

The Boks have won back-to-back matches against Argentina at the start of the Rugby Championship, but face an improvement in quality with their next two games against Australia and then two more against New Zealand.

“We will be tested extensively over the next four weeks, so we have to be ready to meet the challenge mentally and physically,” Nienaber conceded.

South Africa Day 23

Starting XV: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. S’bu Nkosi, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handre Pollard, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Franco Mostert, 6. Siya Kolisi (captain), 5. Lood de Jager, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff.

Substitutes: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Ox Nche, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Marco van Staden, 20. Kwagga Smith, 21. Jasper Wiese, 22. Herschel Jantjies, 23. Damian Willemse.

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Nigel Owens column: Rugby is at a crossroads and players must take responsibility – Nigel Owens Sat, 04 Sep 2021 09:09:34 +0000

There has been a lot of talk lately about player well-being and concussions in rugby.

Things change over time with research and evidence and it takes some time to put the details together.

Sometimes you don’t know the impact on a player’s health until later in life.

You have to remember that this is a very different game now than it was 20 or 30 years ago.

It’s a lot cleaner in a way now. You no longer see the punches going through the scrum or the players kicked over the head to the ground, which was the reality of things in the 1970s.

But what you have now is a different style of play in terms of collisions.

When I was in school in the 1980s, where I was taking rugby lessons for the first time, your gym teacher taught you that you run on the player and try to run around him, sideways , dummy, pass, lead stroke or engage it in the tackle just before passing.

This is how the game was trained and played.

Today you are trained to either run straight towards that player or use the pick and go tactic until you find your way above the win line or try line.

There has been a great influence from the rugby league, both in defense and attack.

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There has been much more impact in the past 20 years than there has been in the previous period.

You may be seeing the effects of this style of play now with players getting bigger and stronger. Collisions are bigger now than they’ve ever been.

When you umpire these high intensity professional rugby matches, the physique and the crashes are huge.

I remember refereeing South Africa-New Zealand a few years ago, England-France, some of those Leinster-Munster, Ospreys-Scarlets derbies, the tackles and hits in those matches are huge.

It’s very different from what it was 15-20 years ago.

I think the game is at a crossroads right now in terms of what needs to be done to try to get away from the head-on collisions, which you see a lot.

We teach people to meet players, maybe we have to start trying to beat a player again.

Awareness has certainly been awakened with regard to head trauma.

I remember about 10 to 12 years ago we had a meeting with the head of the medical sector in Australia where he was reviewing the new protocol for HIAs.

It was something totally new to us.

You have to understand that rugby is a physical sport. It always has been and always will be, unless you want it to change and become a whole different game.

It will always be an impact sport, but what you want to do is try to reduce head-on collisions and start trying to beat men again rather than going through them or through them.

We need to make the game as safe as possible while remembering that this is a collision sport.

To be fair to the powers that be, they follow medical advice and put in place protocols that anyone showing signs of concussion is removed from the field.

World Rugby and the national governing bodies are doing everything possible to make this wonderful physical sport that we love as safe as possible.

I have officiated matches where a doctor has told a player to retire and the player says “no, I’m not leaving, I’m fine”.

On some occasions I intervened and told the player that if the doctor advises to leave, then you leave.

The referee has the final say at the end of the day. He can make a call for safety reasons if he feels a player looks shaking on his feet.

I remember saying to a player “this game won’t start again until you leave the field”.

There must also be a sense of responsibility with the player.

If they receive all medical advice, the player must follow it.

In a game last season, I saw Tom Rogers of the Scarlets fight the Dragons.

He was on his knees and he was like ‘Nigel, I had a hell of a blow to the head’.

So I called the doctors to come and Tom walked out of the field.

This player took possession and responsibility, saying he was dizzy and needed to go.

Players should follow medical advice because they are there for a reason.

But I refereed a few games where I saw players refuse to leave, telling the doctor they were okay, and the doctors said “you’re not doing well, we can see from the way you run you are not well “.

You, then, as a referee, have to step in and support the doctors and say “the medical advice is that you leave the field, therefore you leave the field”.

You attend classes and conferences to be aware of what is going on.

There have been times I’ve seen a player get hit on the head and he’s cold, so I’ll tell the medics that when they come in and take him off the pitch immediately.

Everyone has to be a part of player safety because it is so important.

You should follow the advice of professionals whose job it is to provide medical advice.

Maybe we need to look at the number of games players are playing and I would like to see some adjustments in the laws to reduce the number of collisions.

One of them would be to reduce the number of replacements.

I have been saying this for quite a few years now for various reasons.

This would free up more players to play at the lower level and it would mean that players are carrying less kilos of muscle, in order to play 80 minutes of rugby instead of 50.

This would then reduce the magnitude of collisions.

Like I said, the game is at a real crossroads. We have a lot of data and research to turn to and now it’s everyone’s buy-in to keep players safe, which is absolutely paramount.

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Women’s Rugby World Cup: the Scottish trio return for the qualifying event Wed, 01 Sep 2021 13:52:19 +0000
Jade Konkel missed this year’s Six Nations to attend firefighter training in London

Captain Rachel Malcolm is back from a knee injury to lead Scotland in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Europe.

Harlequins duo Jade Konkel and Sarah Bonar are also returning after missing the Six Nations due to professional commitments.

Scotland will face Ireland, Spain and Italy in a round robin format, with all matches in Parma on September 13, 19 and 25.

The winners secure a place for the World Cup, while the runner-up will take part in a final qualifying tournament.

Head Coach Bryan Easson said: “The selection of the team has been difficult as the players have really improved during our recent training camps.

“In this round robin, every game counts and we know we have to get to work.

“We know our opponents very well and we know they will each present very different game plans, but we firmly believe that we have the ability to adapt to any challenge that may arise.”

England, Wales, France, Australia, South Africa, Canada, the United States and Fiji are already guaranteed places, as well as the hosts and holders of New Zealand, for the World Cup finals, which will run from October 8 to November 12, 2022.

Scotland Team

Forwards: Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning), Christine Belisle (Cartha Queens Park), Sarah Bonar (Harlequins), Siobhan Cattigan (Stirling County), Lisa Cockburn (Darlington Mowden Park), Katie Dougan (Hillhead Jordanhill), Eva Donaldson (Edinburgh University )), Evie Gallagher (County Stirling), Jade Konkel (Harlequins), Rachel Malcolm (Loughborough Lightning), Rachel McLachlan (No Tie), Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill), Lana Skeldon (No Tie), Emma Wassell (Loughborough Lightning) , Molly Wright (Watsoniens).

Back: Abi Evans (Darlington Mowden Park), Megan Gaffney (Heriot’s), Sarah Law (Unattached), Rhona Lloyd (Loughborough Lightning), Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning), Mairi McDonald (Hillhead Jordanhill), Liz Musgrove (Unattached) , Helen Nelson (Loughborough Lightning), Chloe Rollie (No tie), Rachel Shankland (County Stirling), Hannah Smith (Watsonians), Lisa Thomson (No tie), Evie Wills (County Stirling).

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Japan triathletes medal as wheelchair rugby team loses Sat, 28 Aug 2021 11:42:07 +0000

Japan won their first Paralympic triathlon medals on Saturday, but their wheelchair rugby players can’t do better than bronze after suffering a semi-final loss later today.

The triathlon competitors endured a sweltering morning in the Tokyo Bay area, although that didn’t stop Hideki Uda and Satoru Yoneoka from swimming, pedaling and running towards Japan’s first two Paralympic medals in the sport. .

Hideki Uda of Japan celebrates after winning silver in the men’s PTS4 triathlon at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on August 28, 2021, at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

Japan’s Daisuke Ikezaki (left) passes the ball in the third period of a wheelchair rugby semi-final against Great Britain at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on August 28, 2021, at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. (Kyodo)

Uda finished second in the men’s PTS4 category, beaten by 3 minutes and 47 seconds by Frenchman Alexis Hanquiquant. Yoneoka was third, 1:04 behind American Brad Snyder in the men’s PTVI event.

“When I finished the race I had a hard time controlling my emotions because I was overwhelmed by various feelings,” Uda said. “I felt really happy to run that home stretch.”

Japan’s dream of winning wheelchair rugby gold ended in a 55-49 semi-final loss to Great Britain.

The European champion’s stifling defense put the pincers on the Japanese, whose tryout total was around seven shy of what they averaged in their first three games.

“We knew the Japanese had high expectations of us, and I really wanted to make them happy, but today our best was not good enough,” said moving Daisuke Ikezaki, who led Japan with 13 tries, as a result of the loss.

“People have put so much effort into hosting the Paralympic Games during this difficult coronavirus situation. But we couldn’t live up to expectations, and that’s the really disappointing thing for me.”

Associated coverage:

Paralympics: Uda and Yoneoka win Japan’s first triathlon medals

Paralympics: Japan fall to Great Britain in wheelchair rugby semi-final

Swimmer Takayuki Suzuki stayed on track to achieve his goal of winning a medal in every individual event he contests at the Tokyo Games, this time touching bronze for his third medal.

Suzuki won his last medal in the men’s 150-meter medal medley SM4, adding it to the gold and bronze medals he had previously won in the 100 freestyle and 50 breaststroke, respectively.

The Japanese scorers enjoyed a two-game winning day, with the men’s team beating Lithuania 10-2 to stay ahead of their group, while the women claimed their first victory, edging the United States. 3-2. The women’s team is now in third place in its group and is in a good position to reach the quarter-finals.

Only one Japanese judoka reached a medal fight on Saturday.

Junko Hirose faced Turkish fighter Zeynep Celik for bronze, but she left Nippon Budokan empty-handed, coming out with a loss by ippon.

Japan’s Rie Urata (R) saves during the second half of a preliminary match against the United States in women’s goalball at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on August 28, 2021, at Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

Junko Hirose (white) of Japan and Zeynep Celik of Turkey face off in a 57-kilogram women’s judo match for bronze at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on August 28, 2021, at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

In wheelchair basketball, the Japanese men pushed ahead in the fourth quarter to turn a six-point deficit into a six-point victory over Canada. Hiroaki Kozai was the main man, scoring 24 points with Takuya Furusawa contributing 14.

Maki Ito lost in the semifinals of the Class 11 women’s table tennis event to take bronze.

The 36-year-old athlete with an intellectual disability lost in consecutive games to France’s Léa Ferney, but was two places better than her fifth place at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Japan’s Takuya Furusawa scores a point in the third quarter of a preliminary round men’s basketball game against Canada at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on August 28, 2021 at Ariake Arena in Tokyo. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

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Welsh Rugby Union | Wales and regions Tue, 24 Aug 2021 16:32:24 +0000

Where former Brecon hooker Davies led, former Wales U16 and U18 mainstay Harrison Walsh hopes to follow in the F44 disc in Japan after being successfully transferred to athletics after an injury to the knee to leg playing for Swansea in 2015 dashed his rugby ambitions.

Now 25, the Cardiff Met student will compete in the Tokyo Games as the world record holder in his main event and among the favorites to clinch gold. The Games start today and Wales also have a representative in the Jim Roberts wheelchair rugby tournament at Welshpool.

Walsh was good enough to play for his country at the U16 and U18 levels and was part of the U18 squad which traveled to South Africa in 2014. As an accessory, he was a teammate with future internationals Seb Davies and Owen Watkin during from that trip and had other Ospreys aspirants. Luke Price, Jon Fox, Matthew Aubrey and Joe Gage on tour with him.

In 2014, with Wales lock and British and Irish Lions Adam Beared, he secured a development contract with the Ospreys. The world of rugby seemed to be at his feet, especially when he was selected to play against England in the 2015 Six Nations Under-20 Championship.

But then disaster struck and his sporting dreams were shattered on January 24. As a late replacement for Swansea in the 64-8 win over Tata Steel in a league game after a player was given a red card, he injured his leg in the last game of the game. Here’s how he recalled the fateful incident in an interview with BBC Wales:

“I had just come off the bench in a game with nothing and in the last game my knee hit and it completely collapsed under me. Unfortunately, I dislocated my knee, tore just about anything you can tear in it, and tore my nerves apart leaving me unable to move my foot. I knew it was something wrong because I couldn’t move my foot and my knee was the wrong way. There was no gas or air, so the best way to describe the pain is jumping into the coldest water you’ve ever done. You breathe heavily and can hyperventilate. It was so strange and a total body experience. It was my last game, so I didn’t leave the pitch, I got carried away.

He couldn’t have done more damage to his leg. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL). He also tore his femoral biceps (hamstrings), popliteus, gastrocnemius lateral head, and the common peroneal nerve, which controls how you move your foot.

A week after undergoing five hours of surgery, he learned the terrible news that he would never be able to play rugby again. If this was difficult enough to deal with, he was also told that he would never be able to run again and that he might have difficulty walking.

“Basically I don’t have any feeling in my right foot anymore, especially on the top where I don’t have any movement. It’s one of the worst knee injuries you can have, ”he added.

For someone who had dreamed all his life of one day playing for Wales and the British & Irish Lions, it was a blow. He remains fiercely proud of the caps he won for Wales at the U16 and U18 levels and has now filled the void of not being able to continue playing with a new sporting career:

“I went from being this great, strong Welsh rugby player to this guy who couldn’t move his foot or get out of bed. I lost almost 20 kg and hadn’t been myself for probably a year. Your sport is becoming your identity and it was difficult for me to watch a few years ago, ”he recalls.

“The Ospreys physiotherapists helped me a lot and I was very lucky to be in this system. I walk because of them. At first he was just relearning to walk, maybe he was looking to run and even play again. This did not happen due to the extent of the injury, so I had to officially retire at 20. I could still lift weights and launched with the same energy as when I played rugby.

He enrolled in a three-year course in fitness, rehabilitation and massage at Cardiff Met University and also turned to training with the U16 Ospreys. It was then that a colleague who coached and was responsible for sports and health at the local authority suggested that he try para-athletics.

He met Disability Sport Wales and suddenly discovered that a whole new playing field was opening up for him in track and field.

“I realized I had a disability that kept me from doing things, but I never considered myself disabled,” Walsh admitted.

Walsh is classified in category F44, but also participates in valid meetings. He started out just for fun, but quickly realized there were World Championships, Paralympics, and Commonwealth Games to aim for.

So far, so good. He has already set a world record in the 15.73m F44 shot put at the Para-athletics Grand Prix in Grosseto, Italy, and improved that mark to 16.21m at home. He also throws the disc very, very far in the F64 category, the event in which he will go for gold in Tokyo.

“I started to throw and was having fun. It is a very different sport from rugby in terms of strength. It is the process of learning again something new in the sport that I have adopted. The first row in rugby is very static and you have to be very strong but it is not dynamic like the throw. It took me a long time to get this dynamic power.

“It’s the hardest part, but it’s coming. You have to be an athlete before you are strong. I don’t think I realized how important this was. I suck now compared to where I hope to be 10 years from now, but I have the raw power and the experience to be a professional.

Walsh made Tokyo the starting point of his competitive career in major championships. From there, he wants to climb to the top step of the podium and conquer the world.

“I don’t regret what happened to me. In rugby, everyone wants to play for Wales and the Lions. In track and field I now represent Great Britain and could represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in 2022. It’s not what I dreamed of growing up, but now I get goosebumps thinking about it .

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Rugby: Resolution found? All Blacks to leave New Zealand next week Mon, 23 Aug 2021 06:23:41 +0000 The All Blacks are set to leave Perth for the third game of the Bledisloe Cup after being previously held down for player welfare reasons.

After New Zealand rugby controversially chose not to send the All Blacks to Perth this week, a solution appears to have been found with the All Blacks due to leave New Zealand next week. Liam

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns new approach to refereeing turns football into rugby Sun, 22 Aug 2021 19:40:00 +0000

Of his team’s reluctance and the apparent expectation that referee Craig Pawson will award a foul, Solskjaer said: “We should do better. If you’re not making a foul we have to block, put a body on the line and make sure there’s no shot on target.

Klopp had suggested following his side’s 2-0 win over Burnley on Saturday that the Premier League would turn into a “fight” after highlighting a string of unpunished challenges. “Are there no more faults?” Klopp said. “We have to stick to protecting the players. Watch the fight if you like these things.

United striker Mason Greenwood also insisted Fernandes was fouled. “I think it came through the back of him – if there is a foul, there is a foul,” he said.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he supports the new approach and hopes it will reward what he called Southampton’s “aggressive and pressing” style.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of letting things unfold – this is the Premier League,” he said. “Right now we were the team that took advantage of an aggressive attack. I’m glad every touch wasn’t a foul. That’s what the Premier League was famous for. It’s more robust – that’s a good thing for me.

Referee’s point of view: A relaxed approach is good for the game even if Solskjaer is right to feel aggrieved

By Keith Hackett

Jurgen Klopp has made a characteristic comment that his Liverpool players have to endure a ‘wrestling match’ against Burnley and the Premier League is in danger of falling for 10 to 15 years.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also wronged by the way his side conceded a goal in Southampton and used a rugby analogy to talk about the home side’s robust approach.

Klopp was clearly referring to the new “leaner” approach that Professional Game Match Officials Limited took at the request of top clubs after the success of Euro 2020.

I have to say I’m stunned by the outburst of the Liverpool manager, who in my opinion was misinformed and unfair, and I think most observers think that way.

Klopp, like all managers in the Premier League, will have attended pre-season meetings where this new approach will have been discussed.

Mike Dean, the official in charge of the Liverpool v Burnley game, delivered a top notch performance and certainly adapted to the lighter touch.

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Rugby League: New Zealand Warriors’ NRL qualifying hopes in shambles after loss to Brisbane Broncos Sun, 22 Aug 2021 12:15:47 +0000 Anthony Milford of the Broncos celebrates a try as Reece Walsh of the Warriors reacts. Photo / Getty

Bronco 24
Warriors 22

Don’t dream, it’s over.

The Warriors still have a mathematical chance, but their playoff chances are out of their hands after an excruciating 24-22 loss to the Broncos tonight.

The Auckland club will have to rely on unlikely results from the teams around them, even if they win their two remaining games.

While the Warriors showed great wit with their end-of-season resumption, it was a huge lost opportunity.

They were leading 14-12 with 25 minutes left, after falling 12-4, but were guilty of cutting twice as Albert Kelly and Anthony Milford scored opportunistic tries for the Broncos.

Still, they could have forced overtime, after Euan Aitken’s 77th-minute try, but Reece Walsh missed the conversion, then was right on it with a daring two-point field goal with 30 seconds left.

Goal kicks made the difference on the scoreboard, with Walsh missing four of five attempts, despite all coming from away.

But it’s hard for the teenager. As a team, the Warriors have slipped from the standards set in previous weeks, especially in the first half.

They didn’t quite click for long stretches, allowing the Broncos to build up the pressure, and lacked liveliness on offense and hunger on defense,

Albert Kelly of the Broncos breaks free from the Warriors' defense to score a try.  Photo / Getty
Albert Kelly of the Broncos breaks free from the Warriors’ defense to score a try. Photo / Getty

Coach Nathan Brown, as he likes to do, shuffled the game before kick-off, leaving Wayde Egan on the bench and omitting Kodi Nikorima from the 17th, which was a brave choice.

The Warriors dodged a ball early, with the Broncos nearly forcing the ball under the posts, after a risky play by Dallin Watene-Zelezniak behind his own try line, before Aitken was turned down minutes later for a double move. .

The Broncos opened the scoring thanks to Xavier Coates, after Walsh completely misjudged a Milford bombshell. Hot footwork from Milford set up Coates soon after, after an unfortunate mistake from Watene-Zelezniak.

Walsh had struggled to get involved in the first quarter, but ultimately made his mark with a scorching break, beating four defenders from deep within his own turf. This sparked the Warriors, with Montoya ending a high-profile groundswell.

But the Broncos were dominant and should have extended their lead thanks to Milford, who was everywhere. The Brisbane playmaker was over the line – after a sudden passing movement – before a miraculous effort from Peta Hiku to hold him in place.

Hiku came close at the other end, after a few pinballs, but the Warriors spent most of the first half on the back foot, forced to make nearly 80 more tackles than their opponents, unaided by eight errors.

They showed great spirit to keep their line intact, defending a series of sets as the home side benefited from some charitable appeals from officials in the later stages.

Instinctive magic from Hiku, who had a stormer, brought the Warriors closer early in the second half, as the center pushed the ball between two defenders with his foot, following a Watene-Zelezniak grubber, then went showed agility to touch the ground.

There was more to come, as Josh Curran made his way through a crushing charge from Bunty Afoa.

Josh Curran of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try against the Broncos.  Photo / Getty
Josh Curran of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try against the Broncos. Photo / Getty

The Warriors had all the momentum but gave it back with a disappointing Broncos try. As a Milford kick spun around Kelly wanted it the most, while his opponents were guilty of staring at the ball.

But Hiku was unstoppable, with a subtle blow putting Watene-Zelezniak through, after Walsh’s pressure forced a line abandonment.

It evened the scores, setting up a frenzied 17-minute final. But Milford broke the Warriors’ hearts with an opportunistic try, after following his own bombshell and getting lucky while being pushed back.

Aitken gave a late hope – by forcing a Walsh puller – but it wasn’t.

Bronco 24 (Xavier Coates 2, Albert Kelly, Anthony Milford tries; Herbie Farnworth 4 con)
Warriors 22 (Marcelo Montoya, Peta Hiku, Josh Curran, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Euan Aitken tries; Reece Walsh con)
Half time: 12-4

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