Kangaroos tune up for Scotland clash

first_imgAustralia will play The Bravehearts in Hull to open the Four Nations in the first of six pool matches. The game will kick-off at 6.00am AEDT on Saturday, October 29 (5.00am in Queensland).Kangaroos centre Josh Dugan said the squad had already started to acclimatise to the UK time zone and conditions.  “We had a bit of a blow-out in the cardio room and did a bit of weights. We had a couple of days off but now we’re starting the preparations for Scotland,” Dugan said.”It’s always good to be in these camps with the quality of players we’ve got. “I think the weather may be a bit of a factor but we are going to prepare as best we can and go out there and do everyone at home proud.”Dugan is keen to continue his right-side partnership with winger Blake Ferguson for the Kangaroos and could come up against St George Illawarra Dragons teammate Euan Aitken, who has been selected in the Scotland squad.North Queensland Cowboys backs Lachlan Coote and Kane Linnett, and former Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Douglas could also line up for Scotland against Australia. Douglas recently signed a three-year deal with Super League club St Helens.”We’re looking to win all our games and make that final, and it all starts with Scotland,” Dugan said.”It’s a bit of an unknown, we don’t really know what to expect, but I’m really looking forward to the game and getting another Test cap.”Mal Meninga’s side tuned up for the Four Nations with a win over New Zealand in Perth last week and are expected to easily account for Scotland in Hull before games against New Zealand in Coventry on November 5 and a clash with England in London on November 13.Meninga has his squad based in Manchester to start the tournament, with Dugan impressed by the local facilities.”They’re awesome. We did a bit of cryotherapy yesterday and they have a state-of-the-art recovery facility,” he said.”The gym is really good as well. “We’re not going to have any excuses about where we’re training and it’s great to have these sorts of things available to us.”last_img read more

Highlanders beat Blues 41-34

first_imgThe Highlanders trailed 31-24 when Blues replacement flanker Antonio Kiri Kiri was yellow carded by Jamie Nutbrown for a high tackle and the home side seized on the opportunity to take a lead they did not relinquish.Walden’s centre partner Rob Thompson also grabbed two tries, while flyhalf Bryn Gatland, winger Matt Duffie and number eight Akira Ioane (two) replied for the visitors.Neither team was perfect in their first competitive match of the season as they struggled with the new laws at the breakdown that does not allow defenders to attack the ball.The game, however, was played at an unrelenting pace and no quarter was asked or given in the tackle as both sides showed they wanted to attack when they had the ball in hand.The lead changed six times in the first 40 minutes, with Thompson scoring two tries for the home side to go with Lima Sopoaga’s opening penalty.The Blues, however, struck back every time the Highlanders’ scored with Gatland, Duffie and Ioane all crossing.Gatland’s penalty on the stroke of halftime to give his side a 24-17 lead at the break was the first time either side had scored twice in succession.The see-saw momentum of the game continued in the second half with All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s decision to take a quick tap penalty putting prop Siate Tokolahi over, before Ioane responded within seconds of the restart.Kiri Kiri’s yellow card, however, allowed Smith to take control of the match with his tactical kicking and speedy passing putting pressure on the Blues defence and keeping them in their own territory.Smith’s wide pass put Walden into space for his first try, with the inside centre grabbing his second shortly after when he combined with Thompson to grab a chip kick over the defence.Replacement flyhalf Fletcher Smith added a penalty to give them home side a seven-point advantage and while the Blues had the opportunity to score a late try to at least salvage a draw, they were unable to break down the Highlanders’ defence.last_img read more

Selections must be from PNGRFL leagues and associations

first_imgThis was the message sent out by Tsaka ahead of next week’s 2016 National Confederate Rugby League championships in Lae.He said the national championships brings together the next generation of the best and upcoming rugby league players who are talented, disciplined, highly skilled and good ambassadors of rugby league from respective leagues and Confederates throughout PNG.“The National Championships has a rich history of identifying and developing high quality rugby league talents that have succeeded with players in the likes of Kato Ottio, Brandy Peter, Silas Gahuna and many others who have continued on and are currently playing for their local Digicel Cup franchises.“PNGRFL recognises and urges commitments from all selected players and officials to display care, respect and responsibility reflective of good sportsmanship while in Lae for the championships,” said Tsaka.Photo credit: PNGRFLlast_img read more

De Rossi, the symbol of the Italian ‘all-time player’

first_imgAnd after 16 seasons as a Romanist, in which he rose to second captain, De Rossi collected from the 2017-2018 course the bracelet that his idol and companion Totti wore. His career as a Romanist, which began in 2001, registered 459 matches in the Italian league, 56 in the Italian Cup and 98 in international competitions, in addition to four Italian Super Cup matches. His leadership and talent generated throughout his career the interest of great teams from Europe, including Real Madrid and Manchester United, but, as Totti did, de Rossi decided to dedicate his sports life to his city club and preferred to represent the Romanist shield to the possibility of obtaining more international titles. In fact, De Rossi only won three trophies with clubs: two Italian Cup titles and one of the Italian Super Cup lifted during the management of Luciano Spalletti in 2007 and 2008. The great success of his career came with the national team jersey Italian, with which he was crowned as world champion in Germany 2006, in a World Cup in which he played a leading role in transforming one of the decisive penalties in the final round against France. In that World Cup, with only 23 years, De Rossi was a leader of the midfield of the national team trained by Marcello Lippi and, despite a four-game penalty by a nudge on the second day of the group stage, he returned to eleven in the Berlin final, in time for contribute to the fourth world cup in the history of football in Italy.After 18 years in Rome, the American property decided not to renew its contract, which expired in July 2019, and De Rossi left the team among the hard-fought controversies of the fans to sign a one-year contract with the Argentine Boca Juniors. His stage in the whole of Buenos Aires ended after six months, with seven games and one goal. A period in which he became deeply fond of Boca, a team he is very grateful for, De Rossi himself highlighted in his farewell press conference. His football career officially ends on Monday, although football will continue to be part of his life, because in his plans he is studying to be a coach. Daniele De Rossi, a symbol of the Italian “tococampista”, tireless in defense and optimal at the start of the ball, said goodbye Monday to Boca Juniors, a club where he played since last July, and put an end to his soccer career at 36 years old. This was confirmed by De Rossi, speaking in Spanish, in a press conference offered on Monday in Buenos Aires, in which he said he is sad to leave the life of a football player and explained that, although he would have liked to continue playing “another ten years, “he wants to return to Rome to be with his family. De Rossi, born in Rome on July 24, 1983, ends a 20-year career, lived almost entirely in the team of his city and he is fond of, a Rome with which he played 616 games and with which he scored 63 goals. Midfielder of charisma, physical strength and great defensive capabilities coupled with a good technique constantly improved in his career, De Rossi was nicknamed from his early years in Rome as the “Future Captain”, the player designated as heir to the legend Francesco Totti.last_img read more

Unit B responds in the Cup

first_imgFrom there, We must mention Luca Sangalli, the young Ander Barrenetxea and the left-handed side Aihen Muñoz. The three claimed themselves with goals and good play in Ceuta territory, including Alexander Isak, He is taking advantage of the Cup to continue demonstrating that he has a place in the eleven realistic. Sangalli was the best of the Ceuta game by far. The Donostiarra is a soccer worker, a team player that you always have to have in your squad, because the level of training increases and because when you need him he always responds. He went from less to more until leading the game from midfielder. He scored two good goals, and completed a good game to claim. The young Barrenetxea, with just 18 years, continues to accumulate minutes in the first team, and merits to win a long career in professional football. Again, he once again displayed overflow by band, game vision, definition and one on one. He scored a goal and attended Januzaj. As in Palencia, he stood out again.Behind Barrenetxea, on the left-handed side, Aihen Muñoz is taking advantage of the Cup to remind Imanol that he can play even if Monreal was signed Late in the market. It was his first opportunity to take advantage of Monreal’s injury. And it came out unscathed. Without great boasting, he met on the left side and contributed to the final victory. He will play again in Seville against Betis. And to all these players you have to add Robin Le Normand, that in the Cup he is starting to win opportunities in the League on a regular basis, and Ander Guevara, that he was not counting on opportunities, but that with the ko competition he has shown his coach that he has spells to play more regularly. 0-4 of Ceuta, without a doubt, led the signature of unit B of the Royal Society. Unit B of the Royal Society responds to the requirement posed by Imanol Alguacil. Coach txuri-urdin has handed over the Copa del Rey to players who do not usually play in the League, and the result could not be more satisfactory. Two games, two goals. It is true that against rivals of lower category, Third Division. But the reality is that in other occasions the substitutes in League were not able to carry out coperos procedures of the style that they have overcome with solvency in Becerril and Ceuta, reaping the embarrassing eliminations in the Cup of such an infamous memory. The one that is shining the most, without a doubt, is Adnan Januzaj. For now, it’s the Belgian player’s Cup. He has stood out in the two games played so far, scoring four goals and being the top scorer of the Real in the competition, recording a curious fact: the last player to score four goals in the same season in the cup was the unforgettable Meho Kodro. Januzaj can sin as an individualist, but he is shining with his own light, with goals, assists and much magic. In Ceuta, your gestural language may condemn you. It seems to play with carelessness, as if without desire; but then he takes the ball and does some wonderful things. In the first part against Ceuta he was the most lucid realist, although without great boasting. And in the second half he was not so fine, but he scored again, and that the poor state of the artificial turf did not favor him too much.last_img read more

A year of Lei

first_imgIn a recent talk with AS, coach Jordi Vinyals, who between 2015 and mid-2019 was the architect who built the Qingdao Huanghai from nowhere, now in the Chinese Super League, explained that it is about “an impact athlete in his country, as at the time happened with Yao Ming and basketball. The Chinese are very idolaters in sports in which they do not stand out as a power, and Wu Lei is a paradigm, “explained Vinyals, who therefore considers his signing” was a total success on the part of the owner of Espanyol“. As a clue, Espanyol has budgeted for this year 2019-20 an increase of 37 percent in commercial and advertising revenues, up to 14.77 million. And that without counting the contribution of Manbet X, a gaming company that He has left Real Madrid to sponsor Espanyol, although mysteriously the agreement has not yet been made public.Wu Lei is able to pulverize the sale of t-shirts (40,000 with its number and name in its first four months, much more than the sum of the other players) or cause more than 40 percent of Espanyol’s followers on social networks are Chinese, thanks to platforms such as Weibo, WeChat or Toutiao, which the entity takes care of daily with native personnel adding content. How brutal is the Wu Lei phenomenon? But nothing would be Wu Lei if sports performance didn’t accompany him. The best soccer player in China, who He has received two Golden Balls from his country since he landed in Espanyol, has already participated in 46 official matches between LaLiga, the Europa League and the Copa del Rey, in which he has scored nine goals. One of them, on May 18, signed the return of Espanyol to continental competitions after 13 seasons. And it earned him to leave on Cornellà’s shoulders. And, speaking of shoulders, he agreed to play five months with a damaged one.It is clear that Wu has fallen. And that, with his family, he adapts more every day. “You can already understand a conversation in Spanish, even if it costs him to express himself “, he affirms to this newspaper Daniel Yan, correspondent for Titan Sports, which tells the player’s daily life for Chinese readers. “He has managed to change the country’s football culture in record time. At first, if Wu didn’t play, people insulted Espanyol, the coach, the teammate who played instead. But now they have understood the circumstances, their own abilities and the level of LaLiga. “Weibo ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Wu Lei posed in the prolegames of the match against Athletic holding a shirt that read the motto “Cheer up, Wuhan!” In both Spanish and Chinese, alluding to his compatriots affected by the coronavirus.Weibo “Many few do a lot; many grains of sand make a pagoda.” With a Chinese proverb, of those who like to pronounce the Espanyol owner Chen Yansheng, it could gloss the first anniversary since Wu Lei landed at the parakeet club, on January 28, 2019. An economically opaque operation (published in China that paid two million to Cornellà to Shanghai SIPG, its original equipment, an amount clearly below the market price), but that, grain by grain, has been reporting huge revenues to Espanyol.The attacker’s impact It has been such that it became part determinant (along with television revenues and Europeans) for LaLiga to extend the salary limit of the parakeet club. That is, so that Raúl de Tomás, Adrián Embarba and Leandro Cabrera could sign. As it is. Hence, sports and corporate area will go to the greed to be attributed the merit. From a financial point of view, Wu Lei has attracted two capital sponsors, LD Sports (which looks on the front of the shirt at a rate of about four million euros a year) and iFlytek, whose benefits are unknown. “The same goes for his teammates, who increasingly know their qualities better. And those who get along better with him, like Naldo or Vargas, are also very popular in China and people worry when they don’t play, “says Yan.The play, which a year ago raised more than reasonable doubts, has become a ‘win win’, as was found after the goal of Wu Lei in the derby against Barça: gave a valuable draw and, bouncing, thes shares of Rastar Group, the conglomerate owner of Espanyol, grew by more than 100 million in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.Now the question lies in whether there will be a second anniversary. Your contract expires in December of this 2020, renewable for another calendar year.. The future can also be Lei’s.last_img read more

Barcelona, ​​afraid of not making a ‘Boateng’ again

first_imgYou break the negotiations for Rodrigo, the Barça has panicked 48 hours after the transfer market closes. Seemingly impossible to transfer Lautaro Martínez, and with the operation of the front of the Valencia stop, the debate in the offices of Camp Nou At this time it focuses on the suitability of incorporating or not a signing that has no guarantees. The case Boateng He scored a lot for the technical secretariat, which brought a player from the Sassuolo to walk around the city and little else. A management failure that served to proclaim to the four winds that players would never be signed without guarantees and that, if they did not exist, would be thrown from the quarry. It was the initial plan this course when you bet on Carles Pérez. But the striker is heading to Rome and Barça still does not have a replacement for the subsidiary boy or Suarez. Offers multiply, but Abidal is afraid to make a Boateng.last_img read more

The Selection grows in value

first_imgTwo centrals and one position in the airSergio Ramos will be the captain of the National Team and the leader of the rear. However, the withdrawal of Gerard Piqué and the absence of minutes in soccer players like Nacho They have caused a headache to Luis Enrique. At the expense of what happens with the nationality of Gabriel Paulista, two young First Division centrals want to knock the door down. It is the case of Unai Nuñez, favored by the scheme of three Garitano plants, and Pau Torres, with Albiol as a teacher on the La Cerámica lawn.The Athletic has gone from being worth 15 million to cost five more and has already been called for duels against Romania and Faroe Islands. Curiously, two of his teammates are the ones who could take the place for the European event: Yeray and Iñigo Martínez. Pau Torres was summoned to Sweden, Malta and Romania and, in fact, in his debut with Spain he managed to score a goal in the disputed half hour. Its price has skyrocketed to € 20M.AMAIA ZABALO & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Aitor Fernández, goalkeeper with more stops in the First Division.AMAIA ZABALO (DAILY AS) Do Gea and Kepa have a rival?Neither De Gea nor Kepa have a good time in England. Moreover, the Chelsea has lost the starting position against Willy Caballero, although claimed in the FA Cup against Liverpool. Given the circumstance, the emergence of a third goalkeeper is already placed on the table. The great favorite to accompany the two seems Unai Simón, unquestionable in Athletic and with ten million more value than months ago. I turn, which he will face in the Copa del Rey final, has also seen his ‘price’ increase by € 7.5M. Aitor Fernández, one of the covers, already worth € 10M.They grow, looking forwardThe opportunity does not seem to have arrived yet Marc Cucurella, despite its importance in the ‘EuroGetafe’. Even so, its value only grows and is already at 20 million. The same goes For your, although his name is not on the table. Nor is that of Reguilón, although with a view to the future. Who wants to sign must pay € 25M, always according to Transfermarkt. Trigueros, Zaldua, Rubén García, Sergi Guardiola, Carlos Fernández or Roberto Torres they also have significant floods although the Selection is not close to them. Luis Enrique has a difficult ballot for the next Eurocup call. Spain is no longer a monopoly of Barcelona Y Real Madrid and, in fact, an important part of the list will come out of First Division footballers They don’t play in one of the big ones. They will only be 23 names and, most of them, they can be said of carrerilla. However, in the last months they begin to sound strongly in the pools, a priori, of lower media noise. If not for the European tournament, many men mentioned below will begin to enter regularly Once the summer passes. The Transfermarkt portal updated in the last hours the value of a total of 67 First Division players and, among them, stand out names called to wear the national elastic sooner rather than later. The most striking is Ferran Torres, with 50 million value at 20 years. But he’s not the only one. Mikel Merino, commander in the core of the successes of the Royal Society, has been worth € 30M, ten more than in the last update. They are probably two of the candidates with the possibility of competing for the European Championship If everything goes on like this in the final months of the season.Ion Alcoba Beitia & nbsp; (© GTRESONLINE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Mikel Merino, one of the great revelations of the season.Ion Alcoba Beitia (© GTRESONLINE)center_img The strikers: yes, but noOne of the big questions facing the European Championship is who will be the starting striker of the Spanish National Team. Rodrigo Y Morata (It has lowered € 5M in value in recent months) competing for the position. At least, a priori, it is also in the air who will accompany you from the bench. There the fight is fierce and this has been reflected in the Transfermarkt quotes. Paco Alcácer, for example, has been the star signing of Villarreal in winter. However, its irregularity in Germany has led to cost € 35M, seven less than in its last change.Alavés fans cry out for the summons of their two points, absolute referents of the goal in Mendizorroza. JoseluWith a flood of 2.5 million, its effort on the grass is rewarded. Too Lucas Pérez, in the previous update, it grew exponentially despite its 31 years. They registered the same Raúl de Tomás or Ángel Rodríguez. Despite this, and except surprise, men like Williams or Gerard Moreno They leave with advantage.Alavés fans claim a place in the National Team for their two strikers.last_img read more

Olympique de Marseille is an escape route for Rony Lopes

first_imgRelations between Sevilla and Olympique de Marseille are more than smooth and the best example is the speed with which the arrival to Nervión of Lucas Ocampos in the summer market was closed. Now, Monchi has asked again about Maxime López, who has been interested in the Seville entity for several summers and could be curious that Rony Lopes’ best service was to serve as a key to unlock said operation. The chances of Rony Lopes continuing at Sevilla next season are rather slim and his return to France, from where he arrived in Nervión last summer, it is a real possibility. And is that Olympique de Marseille has been interested in the Portuguese attacker, for whom Sevilla disbursed almost 25 million euros in the operation that ended Ben Yedder in Monaco and Rony at Sánchez Pizjuán. As pointed out from France, the contacts between the Marseille club and the still Sevilla player have already taken place.Rony Lopes’ performance at Sevilla has been more than disappointing. The player was out of shape and it took him a world to get in tune, which meant that the opportunities that Lopetegui offered him have been scarce. On the other hand, the player has also not earned having much more prominence in the little more than 600 minutes he has played spread over 12 games. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 26, 2020last_img read more

Oshoala, the African ‘queen’ who planted her family to play

first_imgThe Barça attacker was tanning in several clubs in her country, with which she came to play the 2015 World Cup, and set course for the best leagues in the world. His life then walked between a ball and a suitcase, beating goals on three different continents. He tried his luck at the Premier (Liverpool and Arsenal) and in the Chinese Super League (Dalian).And, last year, he landed at Barça, where he stands as one of the team’s stars. Little remains of that family pact. Oshoala, image of Nike, has managed to make a living from soccer and demonstrate that any African can do it. For this reason, he has a foundation in his country with which he tries to make parents aware of letting their daughters play. A reference on and off the field. Asisat Oshoala is being one of the most outstanding players this season, in which she remains the second top scorer in Primera (20 goals). The Barça player is a manual forward, fast, strong and with a lot of goals, characteristics with which she continues to demonstrate why she has won her fourth African Ballon d’Or this year, a figure that has only been achieved Etoo, Yaya Touré and Nkwocha.But, beyond its sporting success, Oshoala stands out for being a symbol for African girls and young people who dream of being a footballer. Born in 1994 in Ikorudu (Nigeria), Oshoala always wanted to play soccer, despite the fact that her parents did not support her love for this sport. To convince them, the Nigerian attacker had to come to a pact: if she didn’t get a professional contract in two years, she would have to get married and have children. There his career began.last_img read more