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Benji switch has Joey significance

Benji Marshall

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BENJI Marshall’s former Wests Tigers teammate and rugby kinship modify Sam Harris believes New Zealand rugby has scored a manoeuvre that Australia missed by not signing Andrew Johns.


Harris rates Marshall as a best contestant he played alongside, in a career that took in apart Super Rugby stints with NSW in between a three-year army in a NRL and a diversion for City Origin.

Given Harris played alongside a likes of Lote Tuqiri, Matthew Burke, Brett Stewart and Steve Menzies, it is some compliment.

“I always suspicion that a ARU’s biggest mistake was not removing Andrew Johns when they had a opportunity, we consider a NZRU have capitalised on this one,” Harris told a Sunday Telegraph from Japan, where he is now conflict manager of a Honda club.

“Benji is a best contestant I’ve played with.

“He has unequivocally got what it takes to make a All Blacks.”

Marshall has sealed a two-year understanding with a Auckland Blues and has been lured to rugby with a dream of representing a All Blacks.


Former All Blacks star, Justin Marshall believes his namesake, Benji has a talent to strech New Zealand’s top turn in rugby.


Harris defected from kinship to fasten in 2003, fasten Manly before spending one deteriorate with Marshall during a Tigers in 2006, a year after a playmaker had guided a bar to their famous lass premiership.

But even with 28-year-old Marshall underneath glow over his form in a past dual seasons, Harris pronounced he could rediscover his sorcery in a new game.

“This is substantially a change that he has needed, he competence have grown a bit seared and saying all his good friends during a Tigers removing their contracts ripped up, that has got to have had an impact,” pronounced Harris, 33.

“He has been there and finished that in league, he has won a foe for a Tigers, been a marquee actor for a prolonged time, and now he can start fresh.

“He has been criticised in a past integrate of years though usually 3 years ago he was a best actor in fasten (Marshall won a Golden Boot in 2010).

“To be honest, we consider his diversion is now some-more matched to rugby.

“He is an puzzling bloke who will unequivocally feed of that challenge.”

As an consultant on creation a transition from fasten to rugby, Harris summarized specific issues that Marshall will need to master if he is to lift on a famous black jersey.

Harris nominated Marshall’s ball-running and proceed to being tackled as his biggest hurdles, some-more so than a breakdown.

While Blues manager Sir John Kirwan is still mulling where he will play Marshall – possibly five-eighth, inside centre or fullback – Harris is certain a former Kiwis rugby fasten captain will start during a back.

“I trust a Blues will play him during fullback, if he plays No.10 there is too many invested in him and too many pressure,” Harris said.

“He would have too many information to catch and have to plate out.

“At No.15 he can do what he does best, mark an event and take it.”

Asked where that would leave obligatory Blues fullback Charles Piutau, one of a many sparkling immature players in New Zealand, Harris said: “Israel Folau is a good fullback, though he plays on a wing for Australia.

“I don’t consider we could put Benji on a wing.

“If a Blues have a successful season, he will have a successful season.

“I don’t know if he walks true into a All Blacks after that, though he positively could.”

SAM HARRIS: TIPS FOR BENJI

Running:

“One of a categorical things Benji does in fasten is boyant opposite a field, with guys entrance opposite on switch angles,” Harris said.

“He can chuck a round inside or feed it wide, or get tackled himself.

“In fasten it is no large tackle if he gets tackled going opposite field, it will be a third or fourth tackle and afterwards we get adult and play a ball.

“But in rugby, if he gets removed doing that he’ll get himself and his group into trouble.”

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“The biggest problem we had when we went behind to kinship from fasten was when we took a round adult to a line, we was attack a belligerent approach too early,” Harris said.

“In league, when someone puts their arms around we it is a given you’re removing tackles, so we sight to get to a belligerent as quick as probable so we can get behind adult quick and play a ball.

“But we started doing that in rugby, and it was creation it tough for a ancillary players to get there and purify out.

“You’ve unequivocally got to keep your legs pumping in a tackle and give time for your teammates to arrive.

“Benji is really clever so we don’t consider he’ll have an issue, we trust he will energy by once he gets informed with that.”

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Link vows to collect and stick

Wallabies

McKenzie vows to hang with Wallabies’ new boys.
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EWEN McKenzie has ruled out extreme changes to his group or aggressive gameplan for a second Bledisloe Cup clash, yet concedes a Wallabies contingency be smarter and some-more trained with a round in Wellington.


It’s a new epoch yet new a Test manager achieved his initial day-after Bledisloe duties in many same joyless approach as his prototype Robbie Deans – explaining divided a home detriment and sticking onto positives.

In vouchsafing in 47 points to a All Blacks during ANZ Stadium, a Wallabies conceded a third top points total in story of trans-Tasman games and with dual wins now compulsory in New Zealand, let trip hopes of winning a Bledisloe Cup for another year.

But notwithstanding a burble of certainty being burst, McKenzie and vice-captain Will Genia both refused to be “deflated” and pronounced their source of certainty was a Wallabies’ points transport in a 47-29 defeat.

“I don’t feel deflated. Not during all, there is a lot of certainty in a fact we scored 29 points,” Genia said.

“If we can measure 29 points opposite many sides, we will come divided with a win. But opposite a side like a All Blacks, defensively we have to make certain you’re operative tough and it’s about minimising their opportunities and not personification to their strengths.

“We usually have to go divided and work hard. Seven days is a prolonged time, it’s an aged cliche yet we still feel really confident. We have mislaid one game, we have dual some-more potentially to hopefully get a trophy.”

After reviewing a tape, McKenzie pronounced he was some-more upbeat than post-match; gratified with his side’s adoption of new aggressive shapes after usually a week of training.

“We will combine on a 29 we scored, obviously, with a comparatively fresh group opposite a really gifted team,” McKenzie said.

“There’s indeed a lot of things there for us to work with. We’ve had 7 days to work as a group putting that together and we were means to get 29 points. We will see how we can grow in 7 days.”

History is resolutely opposite a Wallabies staying in a Bledisloe Cup. They haven’t won in New Zealand in a final 14 Tests, dating behind to 2001. Moreover, Australia hasn’t won dual matches there in a same year given 1986.

Armed with over 300 caps some-more Text experience, New Zealand done life tough for McKenzie’s many fresh Wallabies; utterly in a backline.

McKenzie pronounced he wouldn’t be tempted to drop all a Test rookies, though.

“I demeanour during a things we did and a errors we made, they’re all things we can neat adult utterly quickly. We picked a guys … for a reason, and we don’t wish to usually get a large brush out and get stranded in,” McKenzie said.

“Unless you’re a French team, it’s surprising to have 5 guys debuting. Now they have got that out of a way, we have to take a knowledge out of it and do something with it. There’s copiousness of upside, we have copiousness of range to improve.”

Fullback Jesse Mogg appears underneath many vigour to reason his mark after an indifferent starting debut, that contained plain work underneath a high round yet a bad defensive skip that gave Conrad Smith a try.

McKenzie, who pronounced a errors were “uncharacteristic” from Mogg, has a choice of changeable James O’Connor to no.15, or presumably even Israel Folau, who saw really small ball.

The Wallabies bemoaned their self-inflicted wounds, that saw them palm a Kiwis 3 tries around mistakes and turnover ball.

It was, in reality, a by-product of a high-risk aggressive plan of a Wallabies, that saw them run a round from all tools of a margin and display themselves to All Black vigour in their possess half.

It also saw a Wallabies grow leg sap sooner, and tumble off tackles in a second-half.

Genia pronounced Australia indispensable to be some-more useful in Wellington and flog more.

“We need to be some-more fit from personification from a half, and play some-more territory,” Genia said.

“What they do good is pin we in a corners and try and stifle you, and measure points.

“If we can brew adult a diversion between using a round and attacking, that we consider we did utterly well, and kicking some-more effectively, that will offer us well.”

But when asked if a Wallabies indispensable to dial down a aggressive aspiration to stop personification into New Zealand’s hands – as per each year in a final 5 – McKenzie took a opposite stance.

“I don’t consider there’s anyone in a group who will contend they don’t wish to play rugby. We are not going to behind divided from that,” he said.

“What we have to do is make subtly improved decisions, depending on margin position. It is always a balance, yet essentially we are always going to use a round and use a skills. We saw some of that. We saw some good linebreaks. If that was on a first-up effort, you’d wish it is going to get better.”

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Geale beaten in separate decision

Daniel Geale

Geale mislaid out in a separate decision.
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AUSTRALIA’S Daniel Geale has mislaid a IBF middleweight fighting pretension to Englishman Darren Barker on a 12-round separate points preference in Atlantic City.


Geale came within a separate second of winning a quarrel as Barker hardly kick a count in a sixth after being forsaken by a left palm physique shot.

Geale attempted furiously to finish a quarrel in a seconds after Barker got up, yet a Englishman threw several shots in a shutting seconds of a round.

One decider scored a quarrel 114-113 to Geale, while a other dual had Barker forward 114-113 and 116-111.

Barker outworked Geale over a shutting rounds, yet Geale clearly won a 12th.

Geale mislaid for only a second time in 31 veteran fights.

Geale is eminent for being widespread over a shutting rounds, yet it was Barker who finished a stronger detached from a last.

Right from a early rounds Barker showed he was going to be a challenging opponent, alighting some-more energy punches.

Geale also scored good with some right hands, yet Barker was mostly means to land first.

Barker was warned by arbitrate Eddie Cotton for pulling down Geale’s head.

He was also warned for punching low, yet surprisingly a counsel came after Geale landed a low blow.

“I’m not going to whinge and cry and lift on,” Geale said.

“The thing is it didn’t go my approach tonight, I’m really disappointed, don’t get me wrong.

“I worked so tough for that, and put all into that.

“I harm him via a fight.”

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Refs crawl to IRB pressure

Wallabies scrum

Genia seeks construction on new IRB scrum laws. Picture: Matt King
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REFERE Craig Joubert warned a Australian and New Zealand halfbacks he would moment down on curved scrum feeds since he was underneath IRB vigour for destiny Test appointments.


The engaging explanation from Will Genia came as a Wallabies pronounced they would find construction on rulings done underneath a new scrum laws, that were rolled out in Tests for a initial time in a Bledisloe Cup opener.

Changes to a scrum routine – with a new call of “crouch, bind, set” – were likely to give a front rowers headaches, quite a hookers, though it was a no.9s that seemed a many impacted upon.

As partial of a changes, referees call a round in and military true feeds, and in a initial scrum of a night, Genia was whistled adult by Joubert for not feeding it straight; a extrinsic call, during best. It was followed by several some-more penalties conflicting both sides, and Chris Pollock also blew short-arms in a Springboks-Pumas game. Both refs were praised by IRB trainer Brett Gosper for a opening penalties on Twitter.

Genia said: “It was tough, to be honest. He (Joubert) pronounced before a diversion started: “Look, we wish it passed straight, we are underneath vigour to get comparison for games so we have to make certain we make it. we kind of went into awaiting to get maybe penalised once or twice, and we theory that eventuated. It is a work in progress.”

The Wallabies find clarity on a non-call by Joubert, however, in a second-half where a Genia feed in a scrum on a Wallabies line saw a ball kicked out a conflicting tunnel, and a Kiwis collect a round adult and measure shortly after.

It pushed a measure from 32-22 to 37-22 and all-but finished a contest. Rules state it should have been a scrum re-set.

“With that one that went by a other side, examination that Argentina diversion (a identical incident) got called back. we am not carrying a whinge about that though small things like that have to get nutted out,” Genia said.

McKenzie pronounced he didn’t censure Joubert though would find clarity on a statute from SANZAR.

There were reduction collapses with a strike removed, though scrums were disorderly and a vast suit still finished with a arbitrate floating his whistle.

“I can see where it’s going. We are going behind to how we used to play. There is some upskilling that needs to go on,” McKenzie said.

“Clearly a lot of a penalties and giveaway kicks conflicting both teams final night were about straightness of a feed, so there is not a lot of toleration there. There has always been a rope we can feed a ball, now a clearly unequivocally straight.”

“We only wish a scrum to be a platform, it’s a competition though we still wish to be means to play from it. We got a small bit of round out of there though conjunction group unequivocally profited from a scrum. There were turnovers and penalties, that unequivocally only cuts out a lot of a backline play, that crowds want.”

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Link confronting honeymoon hangover

Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie’s honeymoon duration as Wallabies manager finished with a hangover. Picture: Paul Miller
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IF a honeymoon isn’t already over for Ewen McKenzie, he’s during slightest during accepting classification out a mini-bar.


The All Blacks have a robe of flossing their teeth with Australian confidence and so it valid again on Saturday night.

In hindsight it all seems so clear. What did we design from a universe champion side braggadocio over 300 some-more Test caps than a Wallaby group that not usually contained 5 debutants, nonetheless 5 of a starting XV personification in their initial Test opposite New Zealand?

Or cruise this: in a same diversion Australia had during slightest dual players simply attending their initial Bledisloe Cup game, and Richie McCaw upheld David Campese’s record for many tries (nine) in a trans-Tasman clashes. It was his 29th Bledisloe Cup game.

Yep, New Zealand have a ability to silt divided a intrigue of rugby and so McKenzie – after losing a new manager heat – now has a mundane, and nonetheless potentially significant, preference to make one Test into his reign.

Namely, does McKenzie hang quick with a players from a Sydney Test or keep regulating a regulation formed on new form and make changes?

Does he reinstate Matt Toomua with Quade Cooper? Does he trifle his behind three, pierce James O’Connor off a wing and dais Jesse Mogg? Does he cruise about changing his backrow?

All have plain arguments for and against.

Toomua was plain nonetheless by station distant too low in conflict and shovelling, he authorised defenders to spook opposite margin comfortably.

Cooper’s transparent ability to squash adult and conflict a line mirrored Aaron Cruden’s hazard nonetheless even in a 20 notation cameo, a few dear fumbles and kicks reminded of a counter-case.

Mogg continued a trend of going cold in large games, and nonetheless clever underneath a high ball, done a few dear misreads in defence.

James O’Connor did too, nonetheless his attention and enterprise to go looking for a round and conflict was good. Moving O’Connor to fullback could be an option.

Hugh McMeniman looked brief of a trot during no.6, and didn’t make a large impact either. McKenzie could demeanour during Scott Fardy or even Liam Gill as a no.6 alternative.

The doubt on preference changes McKenzie contingency cruise is this: is a best march of movement to reason organisation and do nothing?

Are Toomua and Mogg guys he can see in a Wallaby jersey in a year’s time? If yes, afterwards they should stay.

To design brilliance, restraint and discriminating performances from kids in starting debuts is barmy.

It’d be nicer to blood them in a three-Test array opposite Italy nonetheless Australia get a All Blacks. Not usually any All Blacks, nonetheless one of a good ABs teams of all-time.

It’s like opening a batting on entrance opposite a West Indies in a 1980s, or personification Roger Federer in your initial diversion on Wimbledon Centre Court.

Expectations contingency be picturesque and viewpoint kept. Uploading knowledge into earnest rookies is a must, nonetheless sadly, it is unpleasant too. Particularly when a array of rookies are all in a same team.

McKenzie talks mostly with coaches from opposition codes on strategies for success, and dines each now and afterwards with Mal Meninga.

He would no doubt have grilled him about selections.

Under glow a decade ago, a Queensland Maroons picked a group and stranded with it. NSW, once they began losing, have altered theirs each year, mostly many times within a series.

The Bledisloe Cup is left in 2013, let’s finally be honest. The usually people who distinction from a blind confidence are a All Blacks and a TAB.

So dual some-more clashes opposite a Kiwis should be used strategically by McKenzie, to upload knowledge and investigate accurately how to kick a All Blacks.

Who he trusts to do that work is nonetheless to be seen, nonetheless we know what a phone call to Meninga would suggest.

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Doubting Kiwis dismissed adult All Blacks


Australia’s Bledisloe Cup drought looks no closer to ending, after a Wallabies were thumped by a prevalent All Blacks side.







AS if a Wallabies indispensable another jump final Saturday, it has emerged that a distrustful New Zealand open has emerged as a pushing force behind a All Blacks’ thumping feat in a Bledisloe Cup opener.


Following a 47-29 thrashing during ANZ Stadium, All Blacks manager Steve Hansen took a surprising step of creation his possess matter before fielding questions from reporters.

“I wish to discuss a few people,” Hansen said, before branch to All Black captain Richie McCaw, seated subsequent to him.

“To come behind after carrying a mangle and everybody doubted him, to get by a 70 mins like he did, shows a impression of a bloke once again,” Hansen said.

“So hopefully there won’t be any some-more doubters.

“I wish to speak a small bit about Aaron Cruden too. There’s people that question-marked him during times during this level.

“I consider he showed tonight that he is a loyal general actor of world-class ability and he led a group really well.

Richie McCaw

Captain Richie McCaw leads a All Blacks out during ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.




“Ma’a Nonu is another chairman I’d like to mention, struggled all week with an ankle damage and substantially played one of his improved games for a All Blacks – and he’s had some really good ones.

“And final though not least, a immature male who came into a side with 5 mins to go in training on Thursday, and played his initial full international, Steve Luatua.

“I suspicion he was utterly superb in his performance.”

Before a Test, a discreet Wallabies had tip-toed around any revealing questions from reporters that non-stop a doorway for critique or doubt of any viewed Kiwis vulnerability.

But radio and internet explanation in New Zealand ran prohibited with fears that McCaw, starting his initial veteran diversion in 8 months, was underdone and would be exposed.

There were doubts that Cruden would reason adult to a vigour of replacing Dan Carter, and possibly centre Nonu – neglected by Super Rugby franchises – was still able of delivering in a Test arena.


Wallabies captain James Horwill and All Blacks captain Richie McCaw share their thoughts after a match.


And when distracted backrower Liam Messam was ruled out with a hamstring damage dual days before a game, there was nearby panic during a suspicion of Luatua creation his starting Test entrance alongside McCaw in what could have literally been a really lax brazen trio.

Luatua even certified warn that people would doubt McCaw’s willingness for a game, that came on a behind of reduction than 80 mins of game-time for a Crusaders and in All Black trials.

“To be honest, approbation (I was surprised),” Luatua said. “I consider people don’t see a work he does behind a scenes, and we see him around a lane and during training, and he hasn’t played a lot of footy though he’s still gassing me.”

It was no fluke Hansen singled out those 4 after a game. It gave good discernment into how his group – universe champions, a undisputed best group in a game, on a decade-long Bledisloe Cup winning strain – finds any small apparatus of proclivity to sojourn kings of a rugby jungle.

By Sunday afternoon Hansen was already indicating out weaknesses in his team’s armoury and a risk of a bleeding Wallabies side streamer to Wellington to explain their initial win in New Zealand given 2001.

“We did a series of things flattering effectively though there’s a lot of things we have to get improved at,” Hansen said.


The tip 5 moments from Australia’s strife with New Zealand.


“We weren’t overly happy with a set square and a tie from a set square to a backs during times wasn’t good either.

“We’ll work tough and see if we can emanate some some-more opportunities subsequent week.

“We’ll make certain a preparation’s right and honest.

“There’s been copiousness of incidences where teams have mislaid by a large margins and afterwards come and won a subsequent week, we’ve finished it ourselves a final time we mislaid here (2008) and incited it around a subsequent week.

“It’s all about gripping your opinion right, not removing forward of yourself and gripping your feet resolutely on a ground.”

Meanwhile, Hansen pronounced a scrum would be a vital concentration during training this week after a trashy entrance of a new “crouch, bind, set” complement on a general stage.

Both teams were penalised by arbitrate Craig Joubert for curved feeds and bootleg scrummaging, notwithstanding a new manners designed to cut a series of scrum re-starts and penalties.

“Obviously that’s a vital regard for both sides, both halfbacks from both sides were on yellow label warnings,” Hansen said.

“The referees have shown their hand. We’ve only got to get it right.”

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Don’t censure Howard, T20: CA boss


Former England captain Michael Vaughan shares his thoughts on a fourth Ashes Test.







AUSTRALIAN cricket was defunct during a circle during a golden era. Now it is profitable a cost for complacency.


Unless this group can find something special and equivocate improved during a final Test during The Oval, commencement on Wednesday, it will turn a initial side in a 133-year story of England tours to remove 4 Tests.

The gloating internal media are in risk of being valid right. This could be a misfortune Australian side ever to debate England.

For too prolonged an over importance on winning state titles instead of producing Australian players has seen other vital cricket nations take a march.

Now state teams doctoring wickets for formula is being blamed as a vital reason for a disaster to furnish peculiarity batsmen.

Cricket Australia arch executive James Sutherland was allocated during a rise of a team’s powers in 2001 and is underneath augmenting inspection as Australian cricket has tumbled.

Questions were lifted about since Sutherland was on a house of a Argus Review following a prior Ashes disaster instead of being reviewed himself.

Sutherland claims that he was usually on a examination house as an administrator, he had been reviewed, and was during business propagandize in a US when a Argus Report was produced.

The manager and selectors were altered and a new position of high opening manager was combined and filled by former Wallaby Pat Howard, who is many underneath vigour as a opening of a Test group continues to slide.


Darren Lehmann refuses to reason behind after a Fourth Test, warning Australia’s misfiring batsmen that careers are on a line in a final Test during The Oval.


In a face of widespread displeasure Cricket Australian authority Wally Edwards recently told Sutherland that he had a CA board’s full support.

“We’re all desirous for success, everybody concerned in Australian cricket,” Sutherland said, though warned there were no elementary answers.

PITCHES

“We’re building a complement where we can urge pitches. In a past there hasn’t been a possibility to speak about that as openly.

“There were stairs taken final summer to do that and we’ll continue to work on that.

“We wish Shield cricket to be a best probable credentials for Test cricket so Shield pitches should be really identical to Test pitches.

“That means they need to be drier during a start and be wearing after to move spinners into play, as good as batsmen carrying a bit some-more of a chance, positively on a initial day of a game.

“I have a high turn of expectancy that we will see (Shield) pitches that are some-more developed.

James Sutherland Pat Howard

James Sutherland (L) and Pat Howard after confirming a sacking of Mickey Arthur. Picture: Ella Pellegrini.




“I would design curators to be scheming pitches that are a homogeneous of a day one, one and a half, day dual Test representation for a start of a defense game.”

SPINNERS

“What we have seen is that people are scheming pitches to play opposite Australia that are dry, though a blade of weed and violation adult or holding spin.

“I don’t consider we have to be Einstein to see that people are scheming pitches to fit themselves.

“I’m not creation excuses here, they’re entitled to.

“We need to get improved during personification in these conditions.

“We’ve got to give spinners some-more opportunities to play in Shield cricket.

“At times they’re not removing comparison let alone personification a poignant partial in a game.”


The Southern Stars shot during maintaining a Ashes will rest with a one-day and Twenty20 matches after a solitary Test finished in a pull during Wormsley.


SLOW TO ADAPT

“When we have a successful group it papers over deficiencies in your pipeline.

“It’s easy for people to contend we should have finished something about that.

“To some border people were perplexing to do things though there is always a insurgency to change when people contend if it’s not damaged don’t repair it.

“Perhaps in a past there has been too many of a concentration on winning trophies (at state level).

“The concentration now is not only removing some-more people to play a diversion though removing genuine cricketers, identifying that talent during 14, 15, 16, gripping it, and removing some-more neatly focused on that.

“In a past we haven’t had a resources to deposit in that area.

“Some of a competitors have invested outrageous amounts of income in their high opening systems.”


Courier Mail author Robert ‘Crash’ Craddock discusses a Australian ODI patrol named to debate England, that includes former interloper Fawad Ahmed.


NO QUICK FIX

“The existence is that a Performance Review (Argus report) finished transparent people shouldn’t have beforehand expectations about a rebuilding phase.

“There have been some good things that have happened with a quick bowling bonds over a final integrate of years.

“We’ve still got hurdles with a batting though there’s a lot of work that’s being finished there.

“There is a lot of work being finished with a spinners and we’re starting to see some of them come through.”

PAT HOWARD

“The emporium front window for us is really many a Australian cricket group though in terms of his purpose it’s many broader than a inhabitant team.

“Those who are vicious of him don’t indispensably know a abyss and extent of his role.

“A really poignant partial of that purpose is a men’s team, though he also abroad a women’s team, a chosen underage competitions, Australia A.

“We have invested a lot in a underneath 19s and Pat has been organising Australia A tours to enrich a men’s team.

“Pat is on a contract. Most people in high opening are on contracts until after a 2015 World Cup.

“That’s a arrange of time support a Player Review (Argus report) talked about in terms of carrying expectations.”

MICKEY ARTHUR

“Mickey Arthur’s appointment didn’t work out, that’s what happens.

“I sat on a row with Mark Taylor and Pat Howard and Mickey was by distant a many credentialed candidate.

“We finished a unanimous recommendation to a house and perceived a unanimous support of a board.

“We take shortcoming for that though infrequently things don’t work out and that wasn’t foreseeable.”

BIG BASH V SHIELD

“All that is a balancing act though it shouldn’t be seen in isolation.

“Around a universe it’s not unsuitable for there to be a duration in South Africa or England or India where they play a T20 foe in siege from their initial category system. This is not singular to Australia.

“It amuses me when people infrequently contend a reason since Australia is not batting good is since we’re personification T20 cricket.

“Every cricket republic in a universe plays T20 cricket. India plays some-more of it than anyone. Every Indian cricketer plays in a IPL and nonetheless they seem to have a engorgement of talent during a moment.”

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Folau fullback pierce imminent

Israel Folau

Israel Folau could find himself during fullback for a second Bledisloe Cup match.
Source: AP




ISRAEL Folau could find himself personification during fullback to urge Australia’s aggressive options and give a Wallabies a improved possibility of violence New Zealand.


Wallabies manager Ewen McKenzie pronounced Sunday he would not order out relocating Folau, who played but hazard on a wing in a All Blacks’ 47-29 win over Australia in a opening Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship compare Saturday, to fullback, where he played for a New South Wales Waratahs this Super Rugby season.

McKenzie says “we’ll be big about that” concerning a probable position switch for Folau for subsequent Saturday’s second exam in Wellington, where a Wallabies will try to equivocate losing a trans-Tasman Bledisloe Cup array for a 11th uninterrupted year.

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Is Bolt now greatest-ever athlete?

Usain Bolt

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (L) sprints to win a men’s 200 metres semi-final.
Source: AFP




ANOTHER vital championships. Another extraordinary Usain Bolt performance. Another physique of evidence.


Is it now time to announce a Jamaican luminary a biggest sports chairman of this generation?

And while we’re during it, how tighten is he to sporting immortality? 

Bolt’s work in Moscow reliable his mass in a competition that is underneath siege. He once again shone during a universe championships that was desperately wanting a saviour following new drug scandals.

There is no discuss about him being a biggest lane and margin contestant of all-time.

Bolt has 6 Olympic bullion medals and 6 universe titles with a integrate some-more to be combined before his time is finished in Russia.

He owns a 100m and 200m universe annals and has usually ever mislaid one tellurian 100m pretension and that was usually by his fake start suspension during a Daegu universe championships dual years ago.

His record is a thing of wonder. In a past 4 years, usually 4 group have ever beaten him in 39 100m finals all over a world.

That party of Yohan Blake, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin have all unsuccessful drugs tests. Nobody with a purify record has finished it.

Putting Bolt during a tip of a tree means he goes past some legends of a competition such as Jesse Owens, Michael Johnson, Sergey Bubka and Carl Lewis.


Usain Bolt has reclaimed his 100 metre climax during a World Athletics Championships with a season’s best time of 9.77 seconds.


But it’s not usually his deeds on a lane that sets him apart.

Bolt is not usually zodiacally dignified though loved. In an epoch where many sports stars are eminent for their diva qualities, a laid behind Jamaican is deferential of his sport, his opponents, his fans and never forgets where he comes from.

“I know a lot of kids demeanour adult to me. When we came home from Jamaica even a girls were saying, ‘I wish to be a subsequent Usain Bolt’,” he pronounced recently. 

“I know we enthuse a lot of kids. we always inspire them to work hard. we get a lot of messages on Facebook from kids who ask me about coaching. 

“I try to give them moving messages. we pull myself tough since we know they wish to see me run quick and do good. There will be severe times. It’s all about how we concentration and how most we wish it.” 

So who are Bolt’s rivals in a complicated era?

In tennis Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have been dominate. Tiger Woods before his liaison was widely regarded as a best ever while Kelly Slater has taken surfing to another turn as did Michael Phelps in a pool.

After his feat during final year’s London Olympics, Bolt changed his sights to a immortals he dignified – Muhammad Ali, Pele and Michael Jordan.

There are others estimable of being in that contention such as Don Bradman, Babe Ruth, Rod Laver and Wayne Gretzky. 

“I can’t contend if we have a standing of Ali or Pele. I’ve unequivocally set myself high in lane and field,” he said.

“Michael Jordan was a biggest in his competition and I’m a biggest in mine. Ali was a biggest in his. I’m guessing we am in that difficulty though I’ll let other people confirm that. we usually know I’m a legend.”

Bolt, who turns 27 on Wednesday, has his eyes set on fortifying his titles during a 2016 Rio Olympics. If he does that, there will be no serve debate. Immortality awaits.

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Boss on another champ

Puissance De Lune

Glen Boss roving Puissance de Lune wins a P.B Lawrence Stakes during Caulfield.
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THE opening was superb and a wraps strange after Puissance De Lune scored a thespian last-to-first P.B. Lawrence Stakes win to launch his desirous open debate during Caulfield yesterday.


The long-time favourite unexpected has a vice-like hold on Melbourne Cup betting and he has also emerged as a weight-for-age force in a cover of Makybe Diva and So You Think.

So considerable was a grey first-up that he is now also favourite to win a Cox Plate with many bookmakers.

Jockey Glen Boss, who won a Cox Plate on So You Think and 3 Melbourne Cups and a Cox Plate aboard Makybe Diva, insisted yesterday that Puissance De Lune is a best equine he had ridden.

“He could win a Newmarket this equine – he’s that good,” Boss said. “First-up he could win a Newmarket.

“He sprints like a Group 1 competitor and currently he was usually 80 per cent fit,” he said.

Puissance De Lune, an easing $3.50 favourite, seemed a unequaled possibility branch for home in a 1400m Lawrence – final and behind a wall of horses.

But Boss pointed a grey into a transparent and he rattled home to kick front-runner Ajeeb ($7.50) and Second Effort ($7.50).

Puissance De Lune

Glen Boss stands high in a stirrups after putting on an muster with reigning Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance de Lune during Caulfield.




A Melbourne Cup debate is informed domain for Puissance De Lune’s owners Gerry Ryan, who also raced 2010 Cup leader Americain.

Ryan seemed dumbfounded by a palliate of a win.

“Bossy pronounced before a competition that he wouldn’t pull a whip and he didn’t have to,” Ryan said. “All that articulate adult he’s (Boss) been going – he competence be right.”

Both Ryan and tutor Darren Weir pronounced they were good wakeful that a Cup, and also a Cox Plate, were still a prolonged approach off. Ryan reliable Puissance De Lune would try racing’s good champion’s double, a Cox Plate into a Cup.

Most bookmakers yesterday towering Puissance De Lune to about $5 injustice for both races.

“Yes, he’s positively going to go to a Cox Plate though we’ve still got a few runs between now and then,” he said.

“The approach he did it is what we liked.

Puissance De Lune

When Bossy gets a ‘Makybe Diva point’ function we know he thinks a apparatus underneath him is flattering special.




“He wasn’t going to win though he won it easy.”

Weir pronounced he would liaise with Ryan, Boss and form consultant Deane Lester before plotting a march to a Cox Plate, though he suggested a Makybe Diva Stakes during Flemington subsequent month could be sealed in.

“A Group 1 mile during Flemington – it looks flattering good,” he said.

Boss pronounced he was always assured he would collect adult a leaders yesterday.

“He idles, he waits for we to ask him to go and when we do argghh – we only feel a acceleration,” he said.

Darren Weir

Darren Weir realises by now that he has something flattering special in his fast with import Puissance de Lune, who is prepared for a trackwork event during Lady Bay beach nearby Warrnambool final month.




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