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23 ноября, 14:30

Easing eligibility rules would boost Samoa, says Tim Nanai-Williams

• Samoan urges following league’s example over dual-nationality players• League players not picked by tier-one nations can turn out for tier-two teamsTim Nanai-Williams believes Samoa could compete on an equal footing if rugby union’s authorities follow their league counterparts and introduce legislation that would allow his cousin Sonny Bill Williams potentially to play alongside him for the Pacific island side in the future.Last year rugby league’s eligibility rules were changed to free up players with dual nationality who were not picked by tier-one nations – Australia, New Zealand and England – to represent tier-two sides at the World Cup, now at the semi-final stage. Continue reading...

23 ноября, 13:31

Jamie George to make first England start but Dylan Hartley on bench against Samoa

• Hartley had captained England for all 22 Tests since Eddie Jones took over• George Ford and Chris Robshaw named co-captainsJamie George will make his first England start in Saturday’s match against Samoa, with Eddie Jones omitting Dylan Hartley from the Test XV for the first time in his tenure. As was the case against the Barbarians in May, George Ford and Chris Robshaw have been named co-captains.George, who started all three British & Irish Lions Tests against New Zealand over the summer, has hitherto won all of his England 19 caps from the bench – an international record. The Saracens hooker is finally given the No2 jersey, however, with Hartley, who has captained England for all 22 Tests since Jones took over, named as a replacement. Continue reading...

22 ноября, 17:39

England players rule out donation to Samoa on ‘ethical’ grounds

• Twickenham hosts will receive £22,000 each while Samoans will get £650• Dan Cole says donation would risk creating a dangerous precedentEngland’s players have opted against donating a proportion of their £22,000 match fee to their Samoa counterparts because doing so would compromise rugby union’s integrity, according to Dan Cole, who has defended the decision on “ethical” grounds.Cole revealed that England’s senior player group had discussed the issue this week after Mako Vunipola had urged his team-mates to donate £1,000 each to Samoa, who earn approximately £650 per player, for the match at Twickenham on Saturday. “It’s above our station as players,” said the tighthead prop Cole. “We play the game against the opposition, whoever we play, and it’s not for us to get involved in the politics of paying people.” Continue reading...

21 ноября, 22:30

Sam Simmonds in line to replace injured Nathan Hughes for England

• Wasps No8 will be out for up to four weeks with knee problem• Alex Lozowski may start but Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson releasedSam Simmonds is poised for a first England start after Nathan Hughes was ruled out of England’s final autumn Test against Samoa on Saturday. Eddie Jones has also omitted the British & Irish Lions Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph in a number of changes made to his squad.Hughes misses out with a bruised knee while Charlie Ewels and Nick Isiekwe will be part of the match-day squad and Alex Lozowski is expected to feature, having been retained in the 25-man squad. Simmonds, 23, has made brief cameo appearances off the bench in both autumn Tests so far but with Hughes out for up to a month and Sam Underhill due to be rested, he is set to line up against Samoa. Continue reading...

21 ноября, 01:12

World Rugby: Samoa is not bankrupt

World Rugby says the Samoa Rugby Union is not insolvent and has refuted other comments by its chairman Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, also the prime minister. "World Rugby can…

21 ноября, 01:00

Eddie Jones turns to Maro Itoje and Chris Robshaw for England openside

• England coach out of options for No7 shirt after Sam Underhill concussion• Itoje or Robshaw will be given role against Samoa at Twickenham on SaturdayEngland are considering entrusting their No7 jersey to either Maro Itoje or Chris Robshaw on Saturday in place of Bath’s Sam Underhill, who has been ruled out with concussion. The head coach, Eddie Jones, has previously said he does not see Robshaw as an openside flanker but is running out of specialists before the Test with Samoa on Saturday.With Underhill stood down after he sustained his second concussion of the autumn, Tom Curry out having dislocated a wrist in training this month and James Haskell exiled from the squad, the other openside candidate currently in Bagshot is Exeter’s Sam Simmonds. Continue reading...

20 ноября, 22:46

Медвежонок Снежинка переберется из Якутии в Петербург к своей бабушке

В Ленинградском зоопарке ожидают пополнение: из Якутии сюда приедет белый медвежонок по кличке Снежинка, сообщает пресс-служба комитета по культуре Петербурга.

20 ноября, 09:00

Danny Care’s blazing cameo adds a final flourish for England’s late bloomers

• England 30-6 Australia• Replacement sets up two tries and scores one to underline squad depthIt is just over two years since Australia beat England 33-13 in London to knock the hosts out of the Rugby World Cup. Since then it has been an entirely different: played five, won five at an average of just under 35 points per game. The squad floored by the Wallabies in 2015 – and England’s starting XV on Saturday contained eight survivors – has bounced back with a vengeance.As Eddie Jones is well aware, there remains further scope for improvement. But this was a highly significant win psychologically, despite the fact that a record English margin of victory disguised the tightness of the contest. Even New Zealand do not have a more consistent recent record against the Wallabies and, if Samoa are put away this Saturday, England will have won 22 of 23 games under Jones’s stewardship. Continue reading...

20 ноября, 01:16

Danny Care’s kicking game makes him England’s No1 scrum-half contender | Nick Evans

Skill at ‘seeing space and putting ball over the top’ is his finest attribute and he could make his case with Eddie Jones in Saturday’s game against SamoaDanny Care is one of the best running scrum‑halves in the world but I was really pleased with how he contributed in different ways against Australia. He is obviously a good mate of mine. I played alongside him for a long time and now coach him at Harlequins and what we saw at Twickenham were the fruits of Danny maturing as a player as he has got older.He has worked really hard on seeing the space in behind and when the opportunities are there in the big games, he really nails it. A recent Premiership match against Sale stands out in my mind – he was spot-on at identifying that space. He has that ability to put the ball over the top and put it on the money, as we saw at Twickenham. Continue reading...

19 ноября, 20:16

Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn internationals | Paul Rees

England still not the finished article while TMO controversy continues; gap between New Zealand and rest is closing, and the second tier show improvementEngland will finish the year on a winning note unless Samoa, vanquished by Romania in Bucharest on Saturday, produce the result of the decade. Unbeaten in their first year under Eddie Jones, they have lost only against Ireland in 2017 without, Scotland at home apart, producing an entirely compelling performance. Jones will not mind, counting down as he is to the 2019 World Cup; he is completing a jigsaw puzzle, adding pieces each game. Against Argentina, England were largely on the front foot, building patiently, if unspectacularly, almost rigid in their approach. On Saturday, they played more off the back foot, absorbing pressure and feeding off mistakes. Performances should be looked at collectively rather than in isolation: in the past two weeks England have shown defensive resilience and opportunism in attack, buoyed against Australia by the return of Maro Itoje, a multi-faceted player whose decision‑making is invariably spot-on. He had been on the field only a few seconds when he spotted a run by Kurtley Beale and hauled down the full‑back before he had got into his stride. For all their strength in depth they have no one to match him. Continue reading...

17 ноября, 14:54

Valentine Holmes scores five tries as Australia trounce Samoa in Rugby League World Cup

Kangaroos demolish Samoa 46-0 in Darwin to reach semi-finalsRecords tumble as hosts ease into last fourHistory was made in Darwin on four separate accounts as Australia continued their perfect 2017 World Cup record, carrying out an outstanding 46-0 Darwin demolition job on Samoa to secure their passage to the semi-finals.For the first Test match held in the Northern Territory capital, Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith equaled Bob Fulton’s record for the most World Cup appearances with 15, Billy Slater joined Jarryd Hayne as the greatest try-scorer in tournament history with 14, and most memorably Valentine Holmes grabbed a phenomenal five tries. No other Australian player in history had crossed five times in a Test match before. Continue reading...

17 ноября, 12:33

Australia beat Samoa in Rugby League World Cup quarter-final – as it happened

Kangaroos advance with 46-0 win in DarwinValentine Holmes scores five as hosts ease into semi-finals 11.56am GMT Here’s our man in Darwin, John Davidson, with the match-report: Related: Valentine Holmes scores five as Australia trounce Samoa in Rugby League World Cup 11.43am GMT Final ThoughtsThe first Test ever played in Darwin has not exactly been a thriller. From go to woe-is-Samoa the Australians dominated and scored 9 tries to zip (with Smith converting the first eight of them). Winger Valentine Holmes grabbed the headlines with his five tries, the most scored by an Aussie in a World Cup match. Continue reading...

15 ноября, 01:15

World Rugby increases investment in Pacific Islands teams

World Rugby has announced details of an increased investment into Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in co-operation with Pacific Rugby Players, the body representing players in the region.  As…

14 ноября, 20:45

Линейка "Turbine Пилот" пополняется!

Модель Turbine, знаковая для Perrelet, является самой динамичной интерпретацией технологии Двойного ротора, отличительной характеристики марки Perrelet. Разработанная в 2009 году швейцарской мануфактурой Perrelet, эта модель продолжает удивлятьпоклонников часового искусства, желающих видеть на своем запястье эксклюзивные часы.

14 ноября, 09:02

Звери снимают стресс жителям ДНР

В Донецке придумали необычный способ поднять настроение людям, уставшим от трехлетней войны

13 ноября, 20:05

World Cup climax can be the catalyst for rugby league to take new direction | Aaron Bower

The 2017 knockout stages could be the most exciting yet but the international game remains undervalued, particularly in the northern hemisphereAs the World Cup enters the knockout stages it is difficult to gauge the mood surrounding what should be the sport’s most important and prestigious tournament.While things have played out largely as expected, it is the feelgood stories that will live longest in the memory. Whether it is the way Papua New Guinea have proved to be such wonderful hosts, playing in front of sellout crowds in Port Moresby, Samoa and Tonga’s spine-tingling pre-game tête-à-tête or the encouraging progress of some smaller nations, there is much to sit back and smile about. Continue reading...

11 ноября, 20:26

Wales 21-29 Australia: autumn international – as it happened

Wales held their own in a ferocious Test match but struggled to make the most of opportunities and lost out to sucker-punch tries from Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale 7.17pm GMT That’s all from me, but our match report will be online shortly. That was a frantic, competitive game, and one where Wales can point to several missed opportunities, and perhaps a little injustice in Beale’s killer breakaway. In the end, it’s another win for Australia, one they deserved on the balance of play. They have won 13 in a row against Wales and are getting back to their formidable best – England will be up against it next weekend. Thanks for reading. Bye! 7.13pm GMT A quick chat with Michael Hooper: “Another tough Test match, it’s never easy to win here. I’m really proud of them digging in at the end there. Wales had new threats that we hadn’t seen before. I’m happy we dealt with them, and we got the win tonight.”Alun Wyn Jones says he’s happy with the performance, and thinks they “should have won the game”. Not sure about that, but it certainly wasn’t the one-sided affair some Welsh fans feared. Continue reading...

10 ноября, 13:09

Sports quiz of the week: World Cup play-offs, Andrea Pirlo and a window cleaner

Who needs some exercise? Who is a ‘good gamble’? And who is inedible?• Have a go at previous quizzesItaly face a play-off to reach the 2018 World Cup. The four-times winners have only failed to qualify for one World Cup, in 1958. Who hosted it?EnglandSwedenMexicoBrazilWhy will Scotland captain Danny Brough not be in the team when they play Samoa in their final group game at the Rugby League World Cup this weekend?He injured himself in the showerHe was knocked out by a team-mate and didn’t pass a concussion testHe was sent home after being too drunk to board a flightHe accepted an offer to play for their rugby union team against SamoaPeter Shilton played 125 times for England; Paul Bastock owns a window cleaning business. But which record do they share?They both saved three penalties in one game for Leyton Orient They have both made 1,249 appearances in club football They are the only British goalkeepers to have been awarded OBEs They have gone for 10 matches at the start of a season without conceding a goal Complete this quote from Sergio Ramos: “Real Madrid could sign Neymar but we'd have to negotiate …”?“… who takes free-kicks and penalties“ “… a way of paying no taxes” “… his sister's birthday”“… a sensible salary”Celtic broke their own 100-year-old British record on Saturday by going 63 games without defeat in domestic competitions. Which side holds the European record, having gone 119 games without losing in the 1980s?MilanCork City Real Madrid Steaua Bucharest Who told whom to “get fit, you fat fuck”?Eddie Jones to Mike Tindall David Haye to Tony Bellew Anthony Joshua to Tyson FurySlaven Bilic to Andy Carroll Chelsea’s longest-serving player, Matej Delac, has announced he is planning to leave the club after seven years of service. How many competitive matches did he make for the club?None TwoFourEightHow did Rino Gattuso compare himself with his former team-mate, Andrea Pirlo?Like “Buckfast and Beaujolais” Like “two brothers from different mothers” Like a “water carrier and a fine glass of wine” Like “Nutella and shit” Which of these trophies did Pirlo not win in his playing career?World Cup Champions League European ChampionshipCoppa Italia Serie A Who said this about West Ham’s decision to appoint David Moyes as their new manager: “I think it’s a good gamble and I think if I was a West Ham chairman I would certainly consider David Moyes as manager, that’s for sure”?Alex Ferguson José Mourinho Slaven Bilic David Moyes Continue reading...

09 ноября, 05:16

Bankrupt Samoa to face World Rugby scrutiny

World Rugby said Thursday it will look at the game's governance in Samoa after administrators in the Pacific nation admitted they were bankrupt and could not pay their…

09 ноября, 03:06

Witch-doctor has banished my injury curse, says Manu Tuilagi

• Tuilagi told groin, hamstring and knee injuries were caused by evil spirits• Spiritual healer balmed player with Fijian oil on Samoan island of UpoluManu Tuilagi has made the extraordinary claim that the injury problems which have blighted him in recent years are over following a visit to a witch-doctor in Samoa who apparently exorcised a curse caused by three evil ghouls.Tuilagi visited the nation of his birth last week upon the advice of his mother, who suggested seeing the spiritual healer after serious groin, hamstring and knee strains significantly disrupted his playing time for England and Leicester since 2014. Continue reading...