Fiji honours rugby 7s team with banknote

first_imgThe seven dollar banknote and fifty cent coin celebrates the team’s victory at last year’s Rio Olympics.Fiji’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama launched the tender last night saying rugby is an intimate part of Fiji’s collective identity.The note features pictures of the team, its coach Ben Ryan and captain Osea Kolinisau.The coin depicts Ben Ryan sitting on the beach and the team on the reverse. Photo: Facebook/ Fiji Governmentlast_img

More injury trouble for Blues

first_imgAlready down a first five-eighth with Otere Black ruled out with a knee injury, the Blues will be without fellow number 10 Stephen Perofeta for up to six weeks after he broke his hand during his side’s pre-season win over the Chiefs last week.The Blues first match is less than three weeks away against the Highlanders meaning back up first-fives, Bryn Gatland and Dan Kirkpatrick, will fight it out for the starting spot.Head coach Tana Umaga confirmed they would not be bringing in a replacement for Perofeta, a 20-year-old who has shone at provincial level for Taranaki and is considered by many the future of the Blues franchise.”We’re unable to bring in players.”You have to have two injuries in the same position, and we don’t want that. We’ve got to look within the squad at who can cover there.”We’ve still got Bryn Gatland and Daniel Kirkpatrick, and this gives an opportunity for them. We’re very happy with the way all our players have been running, and they’ll get another week to cement some things, and we’ll see how that goes against the Hurricanes next week.”Umaga did not want to speculate on a potential return date for Perofeta, but there is no doubt is a sizeable blow to a squad already battling a raft of injury concerns.The Blues coach also ruled out the franchise making a play for former Wallabies No 10 Quade Cooper, who is on the outer at the Queensland Reds and has been spotted around Auckland in recent weeks.”We haven’t talked to him,” Umaga said.”That’s just speculation that comes with being part of a big city. I hear we’re in the market with a lot of players we haven’t been party to.”No, is all I can say really.”Meanwhile, the Blues also confirmed on Tuesday All Blacks Akira Ioane and George Moala will join former first-five Carlos Spencer in their team to contest the Brisbane Global 10s tournament this weekend.The 22-strong squad also includes teenage talent Caleb Clarke, who returns after playing for the New Zealand sevens team in the World Cup tournaments in Sydney and Hamilton.The Blues team will be led by 46-game Super Rugby loose forward-lock, Jimmy Tupou, and features a number of up-and-coming young players.”It is a good occasion which the players really enjoyed last year,” Umaga said.”We are going there to enjoy this opportunity and produce some good rugby.”At the same time it will play a key part in our preparations for the upcoming Super Rugby season and have some goals to achieve while the rest of the squad are preparing at home.”We are bringing some players who are exciting runners given some space and opportunity. We are keen to play a physical and open running game that will both effective and also attractive.”Players not considered for selection because of injury include Otere Black, Michael Collins, Blake Gibson, Matt Moulds, Perofeta, Kara Pryor, Matt Johnson, James Parsons, Jerome Kaino, Scott Scrafton, Leni Apisai, Josh Goodhue, Dan Kirkpatrick, Sione Mafileo, Isaac Salmon.Goodhue, Kirkpatrick and Perofeta received injuries in the pre-season game against the Chiefs, with Perofeta likely to be out for six weeks with a slight fracture in his hand, while Johnson will be replaced in the team for the season due to a medical condition.Blues team for Brisbane 10s: Caleb Clarke, Kurt Ecklund, Jordan Hyland, Akira Ioane, Antonio Kirikiri, Orbyn Leger, George Moala, Melanai Nanai, Sam Nock, Jordan Olsen, Dalton Papalii, Jacob Pierce, Marcel Renata, Jonathan Ruru, Hoskins Sotutu, Carlos Spencer, Michael Tamoaeita, Murphy Taramai, Tanielu Telea, Jordan Trainor, Tamati Tua, Jimmy Tupou (c).last_img read more

Oceania rugby appoints first female representative

first_imgThe announcement was made in Fiji by Oceania Rugby President Richard Sapias.”I am delighted to announce that at our recent Oceania Rugby Board meeting – the directors and I unanimously appointed Fiji’s Cathy Wong to be Oceania Rugby’s first female representative to the World Rugby Council,” he said.”World Rugby as an outcome of its Council Meeting in November last year, in London, underscored its commitment to furthering gender equality at all levels of the organization by announcing sweeping reforms of its Council with an ambition of at least one-third women’s representation from 2018 onwards,” Sapias said.”Cathy’s appointment will give Women’s Rugby in the Oceania Region a louder voice to share the work that our Member Unions are doing to increase participation and involvement at all levels of the game,” he added.Sapias noted that through this historic and unprecedented decision spearheaded by Chairman Bill Beaumont, World Rugby has now increased the number of people who sit on Council – its highest decision-making body – from 32 to 49, with the 17 new representatives to be women.”This appointment will strengthen the recognition of women as Board directors and the value women bring into boards,” Cathy Wong said at the announcement.”It recognises the importance that World Rugby has placed women in the highest level of governance in rugby, the contribution we bring to the table and our contribution towards building an inclusive model of decision making,” she added.”I see this as a major breakthrough in changing the mind-set that women can be the best at whatever they choose to be,” she mentioned.”I would like to see us maximize the power of athletes as mentors and agents for change in issues like violence against women, harassment in sports, drugs in sports, safeguarding of athletes, the fight against NCD’s (Non-Communicable Diseases) in Oceania,” she added.In order to support that growth, promote greater parity at all levels across the sport and further strengthen and grow the game globally; the Council Meeting last year also ratified and approved a new strategic Women’s Plan.Rugby Services Manager Oceania, World Rugby and General Manager, Oceania Rugby Bruce Cook said,”Rugby’s popularity makes it an ideal platform to raise awareness, build understanding, adjust negative social norms, and support innovative solutions to promote gender-equality and to end violence against women and girls.””Cathy’s appointment on the back of this transformational reform – will change the way rugby is governed going forward; making a difference not just for women in rugby but for all of rugby,”Cook further added, “a record number of women’s team are now competing at national and international level.””Since 2015, almost 80 thousand girls in 14 Pacific Island countries have participated in “Get into Rugby” and in 2017, 56% of Get into Rugby participants were girls,” Cook said.”We place our utmost confidence and pledge our continued support to Cathy and congratulate her once again on her appointment, Cook added.Cathy has had a notable career in sports-medicine and was former Director of Physiotherapy for Fiji Rugby Union (FRU).FRU Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor said, “this is a historic milestone for FRU and likewise for rugby in Fiji as Cathy is the first Fijian woman or Fijian to be appointed to the World Rugby Council.””In 2016 we were proud to nominate Cathy as one of the independent members to the Oceania Rugby Council and we are so proud now to hear the announcement of her appointment to the World Rugby Council,” O’Connor added.”Congratulations to Cathy and we wish her all the best in her appointment to the World Rugby Council and we look forward to working with her in growing the women’s game in Fiji,” O’Connor concluded.last_img read more

La Romareda will be filled to receive Madrid in the Cup

first_imgThe Real Zaragoza-Real Madrid of the round of 16 Cup which will be played next Wednesday (9:00 p.m.) will be high altitude. La Romareda will be filled after Yesterday morning the more than 4,000 tickets available will be sold out in a few hours. The ticket offices of the stadium woke up with a long line of fans with the desire to acquire a locality and at noon all the paper had been exhausted. Already the day before, hundreds of fans positioned themselves to wait outside the offices of the Aragonese club even before the publication of the meeting schedule, with the idea of ​​being the first to acquire their tickets, whose prices ranged from 60 to 95 euros. In addition, online sales were also available. The zaragocista subscribers have their reserved locations, but they will have to pay between 10 and 20 euros to be able to witness Madrid’s visit to La Romareda for the first time since 2013.last_img read more

1×1 of Barça: Griezmann and Messi can’t with Unai

first_imgFrom Jong: The Dutchman still does not offer his best version. He gave some green shoots after the break, but without regularity or continuity. He was much more incisive when looking at the rival goal and the team thanked him. They made him a book penalty, but the referee and the VAR turned a blind eye.Rakitic: The Croatian complied with the script in the dark work, but still fails miserably with the ball at his feet. It was replaced by Arthur.Sergi Roberto: His best game of the season. The one of Reus left playing almost like extreme right, contributing verticality and strength in the high phase of the game. He gave a masterful assistance to Griezmann, leaving him alone before the goalkeeper, that the French did not end up in goal by a huge intervention of Unai with his feet.Messi: The Argentine did everything and was more curious than ever. He came to the midfield in search of the ball and always looked for the goal of Unai. He connected whenever he could with Fati when he was in the field and in the 87th minute he had the classification of the Cup in a shot that stopped with Unai feet miraculously. The truth is that the Argentine cannot be asked for more.Ansu Fati: Good game of the youth who became the most incisive man in the first twenty minutes with two shots on goal. You are lucky to have the best possible ally, Leo Messi. It was the first change.CHANGESGriezmann: He must still be spinning how he could fail a sung goal like the one Sergi Roberto gave him. Well in the defensive and generous intensity in the offensive game.Arthur: He gave an impressive assistance to Messi, who erred surprisingly.Umtiti; He left for an injured Piqué. The French held out in the field. That is the most important. Ter Stegen: The German goalkeeper almost obsessively obsessed in the short passes in the middle to get the ball, forcing on more than one occasion the partner’s mistake. In addition, he made two unforced errors that almost cost him the goal. In the goal of Williams could not do much more because it was a very fast play and that just gave him time to react. A game in any case very discreet his, since he never gave security with the ball on his feet.Semedo: The Portuguese side did not lavish as much as on other occasions as a lane, covering his back more. Serious match but without stridency.Pique: The worst thing is that he ended up injured in the adductor of the right leg. In fact, he arrived in San Mamés depleted of conditions after finishing a febrile process. He was noticed in the field that he was not as spare as on other occasions because he was limited to doing the right thing, without stridency. After a clash with Ter Stegen, his forces began to diminish until he asked for change.Lenglet: His first part was disastrous. Unsure on the ball out, losing dangerous balls, without forcefulness when defending and with many doubts. However, after the break, he improved his performance.Sunrise: He was very nervous in the field, to the point that he ended up being reprimanded for protesting. In the sporting aspect, he was very active and incisive in his band, especially when combining with De Jong and Fati. Strangely with Messi he did not connect so much, although he searched desperately.Sergio Busquets: Keep on completing good matches since Setién arrived. After a somewhat irregular first part, especially the intense pressure of the opponent, in the second, he took over the midfield, moving the ball with ease and always offering solutions. Good in anticipation. Of course, it will appear in the photo of Williams’s goal because he touched the goal that ended up giving the elimination of the Cup.last_img read more

Elche has not won at Heliodoro Rodríguez López since 1988

first_imgThe first duel between both teams is also well remembered by the Elche fans. That April 14, 1959, the visitors won by 0-3 (so many from Nito, Cardona and Pauet) and consummated their first ascent to the highest category with the Tenerife goalkeeper Isidro Acosta in his squad. On the next visit, Elche won again (1-3) until finally, the insular ones triumphed thanks to Manolo Medina, in May of 1972 (1-0).In more recent times, some of the clashes left situations to remember. For example, in the clash of June 2006 there was the premiere of the youth player Tomi Correa, in December of that same year, Casuco debuted as coach of Tenerife and in the game played in October 2010, for the tenth day, the insulars won with Natalio’s goal their first game of the sad campaign that led the club to Second B. Elche’s visits to Heliodoro have two eyes: one of them discovers that the ilicitanos have not won on the Island since 1988. The other reflects that, Nonetheless, The Verdiblanco team has scored in half of its visits. Both are true and it is in each one to see the glass half full or half empty. Total, they have met 20 times in the Rodriguez Lopez with a balance of ten victories of Tenerife, five draws and five joys visitors.That last joy of Elche dates from February 21, 1988 (This Friday will be 32 years old). The pupils of former blue and white Felipe Mesones confirmed their position as leaders of the category by scoring 1-4 thanks to three goals from Sixto and one from Claudio Barragán. Chema Noriega had done the same for Tenerife that ended with ten for the expulsion of Chalo. At the end of that campaign, the ilicitanos ascended to First Division.The last time the faces were seen was in January 2019 and on that occasion, the Blue and Whites defeated thanks to Filip Malbasic and Jorge Sáenz the afternoon in which a deserved tribute was paid to Nino who returned to Heliodoro.last_img read more

“We saw Guardiola’s plan, there are things that can help us”

first_imgGuardiola: “I didn’t go to see Guardiola, I went to see Madrid. We were drawing conclusions, we had the opportunity to speak. We saw Guardiola’s plan to win the game, there are things that I will not manifest. There are things that the City did that may come in handy and there are others that we are not interested in or that we cannot develop. That was the conversation about the game. ” League Options: “It can be an important day. A victory means an important advantage but I don’t know if it would be enough. The reality is that I don’t trust the dynamics, in these games the past is forgotten and the present prevails. The points and the situation in the table are almost forgotten. It’s a Classic, the two teams always want to win regardless of each other’s situation. ”Jordi Alba: “It’s pretty good, the feelings are positive. The only thing is to decide if it will start or not. We will see the feelings you have tomorrow. It is one more day. He is confident and we will see what we do. ”Four midfielders or trident: “The plan we have planned is the one we will carry out, I will not tell you. We will not give clues to the rival. We will not give up in any case to go for the match. If we have alternatives, we will see how events unfold. ”last_img read more

AFE will take legal action against the RFEF for the recording

first_imgThis says article 197 of the Penal Code:1. The one who, to discover the secrets or violate the privacy of another, without your consent, seize your papers, letters, email messages or any other documents or personal effects, intercept your telecommunications or use technical devices to listen, transmit, record or reproduce the sound or image, or any other communication signal, He will be punished with prison terms of one to four years and a fine of twelve to twenty-four months.2. The same penalties will be imposed on those who, without authorization, Seize, use or modify, to the detriment of a third party, reserved personal or family data of another that is registered in computer, electronic or telematic files or supports, or in any other type of public or private file or registry. The same penalties will be imposed on those who, without being authorized, access them by any means and whoever alters or uses them to the detriment of the owner of the data or a third party.3. A prison sentence of two to five years will be imposed if they are disclosed, disclosed or transferred to third parties. the data or facts discovered or the captured images referred to in the previous numbers.He will be punished with prison terms of one to three years and a fine of twelve to twenty-four months, who, with knowledge of its illegal origin and without having taken part in its discovery, will carry out the conduct described in the preceding paragraph.4. The facts described in sections 1 and 2 of this article will be punished with a prison sentence of three to five years when:to] They are committed by the persons in charge or responsible for the files, computer, electronic or telematic supports, files or records; orb] are carried out through the unauthorized use of the victim’s personal data.If the reserved data had been disseminated, assigned or disclosed to third parties, the penalties will be imposed in the upper half.5. Likewise, when the events described in the previous sections affect personal data that reveal ideology, religion, beliefs, health, racial origin or sexual life, or the victim is a minor or a person with a disability in need of special protection, the penalties provided for in the upper half will be imposed .6. If the events are carried out for profit, the penalties respectively provided for in sections 1 to 4 of this article shall be imposed in its upper half. If they also affect data from those mentioned in the previous section, the penalty to be imposed will be imprisonment for four to seven years.7. It will be punished with a prison sentence of three months to one year or a fine of six to twelve months if, without the authorization of the person affected, disseminate, disclose or transfer to third parties images or audiovisual recordings of the one obtained with your consent in a home or in any other place out of the reach of third parties, when the disclosure seriously undermines the personal privacy of that person.The penalty will be imposed in its upper half when the acts have been committed by the spouse or by a person who is or has been attached to it by a similar relationship of affectivity, even without coexistence, the victim was a minor or a person with a needy disability of special protection, or the acts would have been committed with a lucrative purpose. The Association of Spanish Soccer Players has taken action on the matter after checking how several conversations had been leaked from the last meeting of the Monitoring Commission last Tuesday held, among others, by the Federation, LaLiga and the union, and will take legal action immediately. In those audios, unveiled by Cadena SER, the president of AFE, David Aganzo, supposedly looks bad for the footballers, among other things, when he says that “you have to be flexible” about the idea of ​​resting 48 or 72 hours when the competition returns, if you return, and you have than press the calendar. AFE has always upheld the idea of ​​it being played every three days, as a FIFpro brand, and in this conversation its top manager seems to leave doubts.The leak has sat like a shot at AFE, where it has bothered above all the fact that external agents to his organization question his role in this crisis with a movement that, they consider, has much more to do with the intention of wanting to confront his associates in a clear electoral strategy that will be also taken advantage of by an AFE sector that does not agree with Aganzo’s management. For this reason, AFE has sent a letter of disapproval to the president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, to the secretary general, Andreu Camps, and to the federal legal services, with a copy to all the other members of the meeting, in which beyond LaLiga there were also members of the futsal, beach soccer and women’s soccer competitions. In that letter, AFE states that an illegality has been committed in the use of a private, non-agenda meeting for third parties, and that it was not held under any collegiate body of the RFEF, it was “a meeting in good faith” between soccer operators.AFE confirms that there was no express agreement to record the meeting, according to the data protection law, so it understands that It is an extremely serious question to denounce since, in addition, it creates total mistrust for the future meetings that there must be to study the measures to be undertaken in Spanish football by the coronavirus crisis. In these appointments, on the part of LaLiga, Javier Tebas never participates but his right hand Carlos del Campo does.Several sources consulted by AS assure that none of its three AFE members who participated in the meeting, David Aganzo, Diego Rivas and María José López, were notified that it was recorded. Something that the RFEF denies. From AFE they say that the recording was made without express consent. In fact, the co-director of the legal services of AFE could not even connect properly at the beginning of the videoconference, and this was revealed, but those audios have not transpired. AFE understands that this way of acting is an “interference with the privacy of AFE as a legal entity” and that it may violate Article 197 of the Penal Code, since it has been possible to breach the Data Protection Law, whose violation could cause up to jail terms.last_img read more

João, the Portuguese of the moment

first_imgThe most valuable of the Cholo teamA coach, Simeone, who the footballer himself has praised in his latest statements. “I chose Atlético because it was where I can evolve.” In the general fall due to COVID-19 according to the accounts of transfermakrt that curiosity: João Félix is ​​currently Cholo’s most valuable footballer, ahead of Oblak (80 million) and Saúl (72). But not only that: the specialized page also positions the young rojiblanco (turned 20 in November) as the most valuable Portuguese of the moment. Yes. Ahead of Bernardo Silva of Manchester City (80 million) and also of Cristiano Ronaldo, the only one who has sat at Messi’s table (whose value falls to 60). João Félix sits at Messi and Griezmann’s table, if at that table in this League there was someone other than the Argentine. So at least the specialized website slides it transfermarkt in its last update, carried out under the parameters of a global cut in market value due to the coronavirus crisis. While in general the drop in most footballers is around 20%, in the case of Atletico it is only 10%, going from 90 to 81 million in market value. Only two players in LaLiga are ahead of him. Both of them. Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann, with a value of 112 million and 96 respectively. But not only that. Transfermakrt Two other titles hang from his legs: most valuable footballer of the Atletico team and Portuguese of the moment. Signed last summer for 127 million euros, João Félix became the most expensive signing in Atlético’s history, after a dazzling breakthrough into the Benfica first team which immediately earned him the nickname of Menino de Ouro. “He hasn’t stopped surprising me in every game,” predicted a red and white legend like Paulo Futre in June. Before his name even sounded in the orbit of the Metropolitan Wanda, he already saw it with the red and white. “João Félix would fit perfectly into Atlético“he said. Afterwards, he has not stopped defending him, although his career in the first season has had more sparks than continuity, sometimes due to injuries (two lengths, a sprain and another muscle), sometimes due to his position on the field ( he even refused to play where Cholo wanted, the right, during the match against Granada), questioned by some, as in the case of Van der Vaart. “João Félix is ​​a great player, but he is in the wrong team … And with the wrong coach” last_img read more

Di Stéfano must adapt the VAR, lighting and advertising

first_imgThe decision of Madrid to play the remainder of the season, when the institutions and Health give the green light to the return of the competitions, at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium in Valdebebas is taking more and more body. The possibility of accelerating the works this summer without interruptions caused by the game days, as it happened until it stopped all on March 13 (the day that Madrid-Eibar was going to be played at the Bernabéu), has forced the club’s desire to take advantage of Valdebebas facilities and the stadium in which Castilla plays to play the six remaining league games at home (Eibar, Valencia, Mallorca, Getafe, Alavés and Villarreal), as well as the option to play the quarterfinal of Champions if those of Zidane manage to overcome against City in the pending game in Manchester. There will be no scheduling problems with Castilla, a regular tenant of Di Stéfano, when the Spanish Federation decided to permanently suspend the competition in Second B.Both LaLiga, for the remainder of the competition, and UEFA, for the remainder of the Champions, have informed the club that when playing behind closed doors due to the coronavirus they will not fault. to that change of scenery proposed by Madrid. In addition, the measurements of the playing field are exactly the same as those of the La Castellana Coliseum. Yes, in the entity they prefer to be cautious while waiting for the decisions made by all levels about the return to training and competition, for which there are still no fixed dates. In addition, it is necessary to undertake an investment in Di Stefano so that Madrid can play there with all the guarantees. To begin with and as AS reported yesterday, the first step is to seamlessly move VAR technology (cameras and monitors installed in the Bernabéu) and the club assures that it will be done safely and without any difficulty. Further, Di Stéfano’s night lighting is valid for broadcasting Castilla’s matches in Segunda B, but it is not of sufficient quality to offer League and Champions matches. The club would have to install new artificial lighting turrets, more powerful and guaranteeing perfect visibility and approved by the League and UEFA. By last, it would be necessary to adapt the advertising of the ‘ad time’ system, installed in the bands and funds of the Bernabéu. The sponsors generate a good source of income for the club and the change of scenery would force the advertising infrastructure to be moved so that those income are not in danger.Madrid believes that all this can be fixed in the coming weeks without problems, since until June minimum the competitions will not return. There is plenty of time to adapt to this new reality, which will take advantage of the Bernabéu and its modernization works, which could be several months ahead of the deadlines set in the initial project (autumn 2022).last_img read more