Idris right back home at centre

first_imgThe 26-year-old faces his biggest challenge since returning to the game for the clash on Easter Monday, facing an Eels left-side edge of Michael Jennings and Semi Radradra.Both Jennings and Radradra have been kept quiet in the last month with limited opportunity, however the pair have 13 tries from 17 combined in appearances against the joint venture.Meanwhile, Nofoaluma confirmed he was in negotiations with the Wests Tigers to extend his career beyond 2017 after six rounds of arguably the best football of his NRL career to date.The 23-year-old is ranked first in offloads (21) and third in tackle breaks (47) behind teammate James Tedesco (53) and Kiwi international Jordan Rapana (51) at Canberra while also averaging over 170 metres per game.”My manager and I are in talks with the club and they’re coming close to signing a deal, nothing has been sealed yet but I’m sure they’ll sort it out,” Nofoaluma said.”Obviously coming off contract my job is to play my best footy for the club and I represent the Tigers for now and my manager looks after that side of things.”I’m just really loving the game at the moment and enjoying it week in week out, putting in the extra efforts.  “I’m there to put my best performance in for the team and that’s my thinking, whatever is going on behind closed doors I just block that out and focus on myself.”Nofoaluma’s final decision on where he plays next year will not be impacted by the choices of Tedesco and Aaron Woods.”There’s certain circumstances that come along and players make decisions and sometimes it’s the best thing for them,” he said.”For myself personally I wouldn’t like to see them leave but I’ve got a role here myself at the club and I’m here to perform than worry about others and what they do… the decision they make is based on themselves.”For now though, a one-on-one battle with Radradra awaits for the in-form flyer with the Eels desperate to snap a four-game losing streak in their second home game of the season at ANZ Stadium. While Ivan Cleary kept things simple in his first stint as coach against the Cowboys, moving Idris to the right side to partner in-form winger David Nofoaluma provided a right-side attack that had been lacking in recent weeks.‌It has been a disruptive start to the season for Idris, who missed a game due to a foot injury before being played off the bench by former coach Jason Taylor in the opening two rounds of the Telstra Premiership and a stint in the Intrust Super Premiership.“I played close to 100 games on the right side and that’s where I played all my time at the Bulldogs and I got that left fend so I could finally put it to use,” Idris said.”You’re always going to be a little happier when you get a win so hopefully we can roll from that and start building on that this week.”last_img read more


Piutau set for massive payday with Bristol

first_imgThe British Telegraph is reporting that Piutau has signed a deal with Championship side Bristol worth nearly $2 million.The newspaper says Piutau’s contract is worth $1.8m a year.The 16-test All Black will join the English club at the 2018/19 season after signed a two-year deal.He currently has one year left on his deal with Irish province Ulster.It puts Piutau in the league of former All Black Dan Carter for pay.Carter’s current deal with French Top 14 club Racing 92, is believed to be around $1.9m a season, but is due to expire next year.The Telegraph quoted Pat Lam, Bristol’s new director of rugby, as saying it was “one of the biggest coups in the club’s history”.It said Bristol had seen off strong competition from leading clubs in France to secure the deal.Bristol, who were relegated from the Premiership last season, had already set a new Premiership record by signing Piutau’s former Auckland Blues and All Blacks team-mate Steven Lautau this season, on a deal understood to be worth $1.1m a season.last_img read more


Segeyaro set for tough reception on Saturday

first_imgThe 11th edition of the annual challenge will be played under the lights at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday.In a combined media conference this afternoon, PNG PMs 13 coach Stanley Tepend gave a thumbs up for his troops’ preparation.“The camp is good; they all play against each in the Digicel Cup and have now bonded well as a group.”His counterpart Ivan Cleary said, “Many (of the players in the squad) play together and the combination will there.“It’s a professional sport and preparation timeframe is not a problem,’ added Trent Merrin, Australia PM’s 13 captain.Meanwhile, this year’s match is the most anticipated with PNG born James Segeyaro turning his back on his country of birth to wear the green and gold jumper in order to achieve his dreams of playing for Queensland and the Kangaroos.         When questioned by Loop PNG, Cleary said “Segeyaro is emotional” and it was a personal decision. With the home crowd expected to boo him when he runs onto the field, Segeyaro will come under the microscope of the PNG boys in defence and attack.PNG captain Albert Patak declined to reveal what is in store for the man of Goroka and Tolai parentage  when he receives his first ball but gave a hint that the defence will be up in his face.last_img read more


Valencia takes advantage of Mestalla’s inertia

first_imgFar are the parties in which the black and white left the field overwhelmingly, achieved an early advantage and were dedicated to defend the rest of the duel. Under Celades and playing as locals, The team works the matches with the peace of mind of a large team, knowing that the goal may arrive sooner rather than later. The stand understands it and has the necessary patience to not give up on supporting theirs.Celades said after the hard defeat in Mallorca that he did not like that the team “will not rebel against adversity”. And in the last two clashes in Mestalla it is just what their players have done. Facing Barcelona when Maxi missed the penalty, far from lowering the arms or feeling some frustration, the squad continued to attack and play in the same way. And yesterday before the vigueses, when Garay was injured and in the moments that the Blues -Yer of red- stamped the team, the che acted with the tranquility of a team that knows itself superior, or at least with more confidence than its rival, and they turned the situation around. A tranquility and a positive inertia that are worth 37 points and be fully in the fight for the Champions League. Mestalla is again an impregnable castle. Since last April 28, when Eibar assaulted the capital of Turia, the Valencian squad has grabbed each game with nails and teeth and has not conceded a single defeat. Not surprisingly, since then the team has played 13 games in the domestic competition and has added 8 wins and 5 draws.And in the last games played in the feudo che, those of Celades have asserted that positive dynamic that they carry in Mestalla managing to overcome his rivals by curdling matches in which, although they are not infinitely superior, they have control of it for almost 90 minutes. So, in front of Celta, Villarreal, Granada, Madrid or Barcelona, ​​the locals did not get ahead until the second part. And in other victories, as against Alavés, the duel was not decided until after the 80th minute.last_img read more


Bordalás: “It is an excessive and painful defeat”

first_imgHas the lawn influenced the slip of Etebo?Today it has hurt us. It is not in the best conditions, I hope it improves.How was Etebo in the locker room?Players are aware when they make a mistake. In the first action he should not have risked and the slip arrives to assume unnecessary risks. We have encouraged you and it sure happens again.Lopetegui has said that they remain a direct rival in the fight for the Champions League.We don’t compare ourselves with anyone. We suffer a painful and excessive defeat and we already think about the next one. Let’s go step by step. We are the Getafe and in front was the fourth budget and that is important.Did the fans prove to be with the team in the bad?There is no bad. Today has been a bad result in a season of honors. The boys are pissed off and you have to get your spirits back. I thank the fans for the support.Did you end up more desperate than ever?Desperate is not the word. A little pissed off by the boys and the fans. That first goal marked the result and it’s a shame. We could have lost the same, but with 0-o at rest the result would have been different. What happened to the team?It has been a carbon copy of the match against Real Madrid. The first half except the start was played in the Sevilla field. Unfortunately, the error marked the future of the game in a psychological minute. They entered the second half very stimulated, accumulated a lot of people in the middle and in a lateral foul they made us the second and our team went down cheerfully.Did the game against Ajax take its toll?The team is physically fine. The mood of the team after 0-2 was a big hit.How will they react on Thursday?This has to bring us all to reality. Sevilla is the fourth budget of the championship and has very high level players. A mistake marked the game and on Thursday we have a very difficult game in which Ajax is a favorite.What happened to the referee and the delegate?I was telling the delegate that they were taking a long time and they put the label on us. Today nobody will say anything about wasting time. You only talk about it when the Getafe wins. Today nobody says anything and I am very surprised.Too much euphoria around Ajax?The illusion is there and it is normal, but the reality is what it is and we cannot ignore who we are. The result is good, but not definitive. Ajax scored four goals for Real Madrid in its stadium and three for Valencia. A great team, but we go with the maximum illusion.last_img read more


Mayoral: “Real Madrid has not contacted me to renew”

first_imgAnd, in that sense, in what situation is Levante?In the end, I will be in Levante for two years. We all hoped that there would be one and this is my second year. I think we are in the same situation as last summer. The reality is that I will no longer belong to Levante, but there are options. As you all know and I always say, I am happy here, in Valencia and with the club in general for how they have behaved with me from the first moment. It was not easy for me to be here and it has been two years in a row that I have been. Of course there are options to follow, but the reality is that it is not only up to me. When I return to Real Madrid I only have one year left on my contract and not like in previous seasons.They will request an important transfer despite subtracting a year from his contract.Well I do not know. I don’t know, really, hopefully. That would be a good sign for me. I am young, I know I have a lot of potential to give yet. In the end if a player has a high cost it is because he is good and because they love him. But in the end it is as I have told you before, it not only depends on me, it also depends on Real Madrid and what you want to do with me. Then we’ll see what happens.Would you like to continue in Orriols?I don’t think much about the future. I plan to end the season well, individually and collectively, and when I arrive, Real Madrid, my representative, my family and I will sit down to make a decision. But, well, it is not only up to me because in the end I belong to Real Madrid.Changing the subject, what is certain is that he runs out of the Olympic Games. One of his dreams. At least this year … Do you trust them to respect your generation?You could see that they were going to be suspended for everything that is dragging on this. Yes, it is true that I recently read an article that said that I hope they can respect the generation of ’97 who, as you have said, have been champions of the European Under-19 and Under-21 championships last summer. The truth that these Games make us very excited. I personally would love to participate in an Olympic Games, which is the closest thing to a World Cup and always representing your country in these events is special. Let’s see what happens. Hopefully they respect the ages because I think it would be a little unfair. In the end we were the ones who qualified and those who could play these Games. In the end they are going to play next year and I don’t know if they will respect the age of the generation of 97. I hope so.Finally, what do you think of the campaign to collect funds for toilets that have been launched from the Granota club?Well, it is the campaign that we have launched to help buy medical supplies and also to help the homes that take care of our elders. From there we can help a lot and when the president and the captains contacted us, we did not hesitate to contribute our grain of sand. Whenever we can we help and this is the campaign that we have launched from the club. Borja Foreman He is aware that this summer will mark a before and after in his career. With just one more year of contract in the Real Madrid, understands that “this summer a different decision will be made regarding me.” At the moment, the white team has not contacted him to renew. Meanwhile, the I raised awaits your opportunity. The Parla forward analyzes his future for AS.From the protagonist’s point of view, does an interview change much in these circumstances?No, not really. It’s different, but I don’t care if I do it over the phone or in person, really.How is confinement happening?Well, they are different days. But I also take the opportunity to do things that I did not do before, such as practicing yoga. I watch many series with my girlfriend and I try to take advantage of the time to talk a lot with mine, with my family and my friends. In short, I try to take advantage of time.I understand that you are especially concerned about what is happening in Madrid.Yes, there is some concern. Because in the end I have many friends and my whole family is from there. I am constantly in contact with them to ask how they are, also with my grandparents, who we know are risk factors, and I try to speak with them almost every day.Has Real Madrid contacted you these days?No, you have not contacted me.I imagine they would breathe when they all tested negative for the coronavirus.Yes, because in the end everything we read and heard from all the people who were infected … We were tested and thank God we all tested negative.Now that you have so much time to think, have you reflected on your future?No, I try to focus on the present. There are still matches and hopefully the competition will resume. Now I think about finishing LaLiga in the best possible way. Then there will be time to think about the following.The reality is that it faces a key summer: with a contract until 2021 and already, it seems, a definitive sale. How do you live it?All right. In the best way. In the end I am calm because I have one year left with Real Madrid, until 2021. They have been at Levante for two years and it is true that this summer I think a different decision will be made regarding me. But, as I say, I face it in the best possible way, with all the illusion. What comes will come. I really am happy, happy and above all calm, which is what is important.Has Real Madrid transferred interest to you to renew your contract?No, I personally have not been contacted. That is taken more by my representative, but I think they have not contacted. I also think that when this happens everything will return to normal and there will be more conversations for my future. Now the important thing is that all this happens, that LaLiga ends in the best way and then we will see.last_img read more


What will Son face in compulsory military service?

first_imgThe South Korean player will complete this service at the Jeju Island Naval Base, where the Hallasan Volcano is located. According to the South Korean portal Naver, One of the first things Son will have to do is shave his hair. The hair is kept in sealed bags so that, in case the soldier dies, it can be sent to the family.As for the workouts, They will face intense physical exercises, including hand-to-hand combat, learning to use weapons., crawling under barbed wire, as well as marches of up to seven kilometers carrying more than 24 kilos. It will not be a pleasant four weeks for the Tottenham attacker. Even, Son will have some days in which will be exposed to tear gas in maneuvers as close to what can be found in the South Korean army in a war scenario.These situations may not be the most ideal for Son, who is recovering from a shoulder injury that required surgery and had kept him out of the field of play since before English football stopped. Although Son was exempted from full service, by winning the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games, You have to complete four weeks of mandatory military training. It will begin this month, taking advantage of the break in English football due to the coronavirus crisis. Tottenham Hotspur footballer, Heung-min Son, Mandatory military service in South Korea will begin this month, during which you will have to face various tests, especially physical.last_img read more


Kyrgios criticizes the “slowness” of the ATP to help tennis players

first_imgThe entities concerned in world tennis issued a press release on Tuesday confirming that they’re in talks to create a fund to help low-ranking tennis players. On Instagram, Djokovic introduced that this fund will consist of a number of million {dollars}, contributed by the ATP and the WTA, the players, the ITF and the Grand Slams.This Tuesday, the wayward Australian participant additionally threw a thumbs up at the digital event in Madrid, who requested that as a substitute of conducting a digital competitors with the Tennis World Tour online game, do it with Fortnite, FIFA or Name of Obligation in order that “folks see it”. Australian Nick Kyrgios criticized the ATP on Tuesday, after the company introduced that they’re working to create a fund to help low-ranking players, saying that this determination ought to have been made a lot earlier. In a message on Twitter, Kyrgios identified that the world tennis organizations have left “all the tennis players” in the shade “in a” poor “approach, and requested them to get their batteries on.last_img read more


Red Force into final after whipping Jaguars

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force stormed into the final of the Regional Super50 when they produced a clinical bowling performance to whip Guyana Jaguars by 54 runs in the semi-final here Wednesday night.In a repeat of last year’s final, Red Force raised a competitive 259 for nine off their 50 overs and then used their spin attack on a turning Queen’s Park Oval track, to bundle out Jaguars for a disappointing 205 off 48.3 overs.Left-hander Darren Bravo missed out on a sixth regional one-day hundred when he fell for 95 while West Indies teammate Denesh Ramdin weighed in with an attacking 43 off 44 balls and Kjorn Ottley, a well-played 33 off 62 deliveries.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was the leading bowler with three for 56 while off-spinner Steven Jacobs (2-12) and seamer Paul Wintz (2-67) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, Jaguars suffered from a sluggish start before losing wickets steadily as the Red Force spinners crippled the innings.Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble resisted with a cameo 51 while Paul Wintz struck 26. Chris Barnwell got 22 and captain Leon Johnson and opener Vishaul Singh both scored 20.The damage was done by Jon-Russ Jaggesar who claimed three for 36 while fellow off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine (2-35) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-42) picked up two wickets apiece.Red Force will now await the winners of last night’s second semi-final between Barbados Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes, to know their opponents in tomorrow’s final.last_img read more


Messi helps Barcelona equal record

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Lionel Messi scored with an unstoppable free kick to help Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 yesterday, a record-equalling 34th game without loss that kept the champions on track to retain their Spanish league title.Sevilla’s Victor “Vitolo” Machin struck first for the visitors in the 20th minute, but Messi curled home his free kick 11 minutes later before Gerard Pique put Barcelona ahead just after half-time.Barcelona equalled Madrid’s record unbeaten streak in all competitions from 1988-89. Barcelona’s last loss in any competition was at Sevilla on October 3.”The record means nothing to me,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “If we win the title, fine, but, if not, then it means nothing to me.”Luis Enrique’s team is certainly on course to win the league. In fact, they have a chance to repeat their rare treble of league, cup and Champions League trophies from last year.Barcelona’s 10th consecutive Liga win maintained their eight-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid. Third-place Real Madrid, which lost 1-0 to Atletico on Saturday, fell 12 points behind the pacesetters with 12 rounds to go.Sevilla, which remained dangerous until the final whistle, slipped down to sixth place. Unai Emery’s team will have the opportunity to avenge the defeat when they meet Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final on May 22.”It’s tough for a defeat to strengthen you,” Emery said. “To beat Barca, you have to find that extra something because we are probably talking about the best team in the world.”Elsewhere Sunday, Villarreal eased to a 3-0 win over 10-man Levante to cement their hold on fourth place, while Athletic Bilbao won 3-0 at Valencia in a preview of their Europa League round-of-16 clash.last_img read more